The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 46
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The Soulhwestern Historical Quarterly
horsemanship of the cowboys had preceded us; and we proved to
be a great attraction for the people of Nashville and surrounding
country-so much so that crowds gathered in the mornings and
greater crowds in the evenings every day while we were getting in
our horses in that city. Every wild, unbroken, vicious horse in
that section was brought in to be ridden. When one came in
there was generally a rush made by the soldiers to get first chance
at him. When he had been bridled and saddled one would mount
him, pull off the bridle, turn him loose, put spurs to him, and
bid him do his worst. Before he was half through with the per-
formance another soldier would spring upon him as a hind-rider
and after a time, depending upon the strength of the animal, he
would come to. a stand-still, completely exhausted and his riders
were ready for the next act.
One attraction for the spectators was the ease with which the
horsemen could ride in full gallop or fast run and pick up from
the ground anything they wished to. To start this performance it
would be announced from the stand or some prominent place that
a number of silver dollars would be strewn along on the race track
for anyone that would run at full speed and pick them up. This
proposition would create much rivalry and interest among those
who had gotten their mounts and a. half dozen, sometimes more,
would enter the contest, for by this time many had exhausted their
pocket change. The money was placed by the spectators along
the track at intervals of twenty paces or more apart in full view
of the horsemen, and at a signal all started and generally every
dollar was picked up the first dash made. Well, the spectators
seemed to tire of the dollar proposition in a few days and reduced
the offer to half dollars which was as readily accepted and gathered
as the dollars. Later on another reduction to 25c was made and
still later the ladies would bring in many bouquets to be given
away in the same manner, but the rivalry and interest among the
performers never ceased and thus was an entertainment given from
day to day that brought many thousands of spectators during the
regiment's sojourn at the Fair grounds.
During the month of November, I think, there broke out in camp
a great epidemic of measles of a very violent form, which was
no respecter of persons seemingly, for most of the members had
it, some in milder form than others, but it seemed to touch every
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919, periodical, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/m1/54/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.