The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 393
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rock pinnacle that stands up sharply and I suppose is the very highest
point. We made our way over loose, broken rock to it, and started
to climb it-almost straight up-but the black clouds and the thunder
scared us back. We thought we were in for a soaking and wanted to
find our tank with the plain trail home before we got lost in a fog.
We followed the trail back, over the ridge, but lost it again and
got a whole canyon out of our way. We crossed it to the right canyon
and Carey finally found the trail way below the tanks. It rained some
but very little.
Near home a fine young jack rabbit crossed our trail. Carey hit
him first shot, but he ran into the brush squealing. The second shot
went through his body too, and he still squealed. Another shot made
him jump straight up in the air and fall kicking vigorously-but he
still squealed. Another shot in the head didn't phase him-he still
kicked and squealed. We couldn't stand the squealing, and one more
shot did stop that. He was such a young tender-looking jack rabbit
that our hearts were softened toward him. His meat looked very dark
red when we skinned him. It looked tougher than any tough steak
I ever saw. Well, we had jack rabbit for supperl It is good exercise to
eat jack rabbit-gives you an appetite. Jack rabbit should always be
served with tooth picks. Jack rabbit is economical, one piece two
inches in diameter and half an inch thick will last an average man
all day if he chews constantly and his jaws stand the strain. Jack
rabbit meat would make good sole leather. We are going to put a new
heel on Carey's shoe from some of our jack rabbit that is left. I am
going to try stewing some of what is left. (We have had four meals
already and it isn't half cooked yet and we threw away some.)
Maybe if we soak it all night and boil it all day we shall be able to
chew the juice, but I don't know. I do not like jack rabbit. This was
a young jack rabbit-only about half grown. I wonder what an old
patriarch of a jack rabbit would be like. No, I don't. I don't want
We were homesick for our house that night. If it had not been so
late we would have come on home, but when I thought of leading
Nebuchadnezzar through the creek fifty-seven times in the dark, my
courage gave out. So we stayed another night. It threatened rain
some, but the morning was fair.
420f this problem, Carey said:
Miss Young writes repeatedly of tough jack rabbits and she has also written of
good rabbit. The latter are a variety of smallish rabbits similar to East Texas
[to be concluded]
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