The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989 Page: 127
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J. Frank Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb
Mr. Dobie seemed entranced, or was he waiting for something?
The air was heavy, the night was hot
I sat by her side and forgot, forgot:
Mr. Dobie had not forgotten.., he was alert.., waiting...
Forgot the herd was taking its rest,
Forgot that the air was close oppressed.
That the Texas norther comes sudden and soon
The sound effects are readied. Mr. Dobie looked ready too. But for
what? His part in the show was done. Or was it?
The norther came, and with it a low thunderous sound of stamped-
Was that thunder? I grasped the cord.
Of my swift mustang without a word,
I sprang to the saddle, and she clung behind.
Away! on a hot chase down the wind! ..
For we rode for our lives...
Sound of a horse in a galloping run ahead of the rising thunder. And
what else? Mr. Dobie was on his mustang, too, whipping him up with
his hat, a hell-bent-for-leather, yelling cowboy, riding to circle the herd
and rescue the lovers.
Lumpkin courted the mike more intimately, ignoring the controls
engineer and his agony of levels as he rode herd on Dobie with all the
knobs at his command!
You shall hear how we fared in Texas
Down by the Rio Grande...
They fared very poorly: sound of horse falling and neighing.
-and what was the rest?
A body that spread itself on my breast
Then came thunder into my ears
And over us surged the sea of steers.
The sound of stampeding steers crescendoed and then gradually
faded-as did cowboy Dobie-on cue.
And when I could rise,
Laska was dead.
Lumpkin took a fleeting look to see if the engineer was too, and if the
show was still on the air. Both were alive. The chorus faded in, hum-
ming softly, and then did a reprise on
I want free life and I want fresh air;
I sigh for the canter after cattle.
Here’s what’s next.
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