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INTO THE PANHANDLE
We reached the Canadian River at a sheep ranch
owned by James Campbell some distance above Tas-
cosa and were made welcome. Campbell was then ar-
ranging to go on a buffalo hunt and invited me to join
him - an invitation that I accepted with alacrity.
About this time McCune felt that he had had his fill of
'roughing it' and left in the covered wagon for his old
home in Iowa.
I needed a pair of boots by this time, but my financial
resources were low. When I spoke to Campbell about it,
he at once took me to the little store he kept for his em-
ployees, fitted me out with a pair, with the remark,
'The valley is full of smallpox and you will soon have all
the money you want.'
With an outfit we traveled south fifty miles or so,
making camp near the head of a brake with a fine spring
for water. Hunting buffalo I found to be wonderful
sport. Campbell loaned me a fine horse and, although I
have hunted all kinds of game since in different parts of
the world, I have never quite equaled the thrills that I
experienced in the midst of a great herd of buffalo,
mounted on a good horse and with a good gun in my
Campbell's men were Mexicans. He and I would
bring down the game and the employees would do the
rest. After they had skinned and quartered the animal,
it would be brought to camp in a wagon and divided. All
the meat was given to the Mexicans except the hump and
hind quarters which Campbell retained. Two quarters
were impaled on a gambrel and suspended from a cut-off
limb of a tree above the ground. Fresh meat could be
preserved for some time in that way. When enough to
fill a wagon accumulated, it would be sent to the ranch.
In loading these quarters into a wagon it took at least
two and sometimes three Mexicans to a quarter. I was a
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