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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
one end made into a hondo (loop), and the riata was ready
Siringo then taught me how to throw it, an accom-
plishment I have not entirely forgotten to this day.
During the Filipino Insurrection in Luzon, Philippine
Islands, in 1900, I was Chief Surgeon on the staff of the
late Major-General Frederick Dent Grant. Desiring to
mount a force of his troops, he asked for four hundred
American horses and that number of wild broncos from
Oregon was shipped to his command. A number of ex-
cowboys and men familiar with horses were detailed from
the different units, a typical Western corral was con-
structed, and the breaking of these beasts begun.
One day General Grant and I were sitting on our
horses, interested spectators of the performance. An
officer taking a fancy to one of the horses had pointed him
out to the man in the corral, who had already made
several unsuccessful attempts to put the rope over his
head. There was a large bunch of horses milling round
and round toward the right. The one wanted kept in the
middle and when the rope was thrown he would duck his
head and escape.
After several misses I made a facetious remark about
the roper, and another officer hearing me came back with
something like "Tis much easier to criticize than to do.'
I was nettled by the tone of his remark. Intensely in-
terested in the scene before me, my memory flashed back
over twenty years and I felt an uncontrollable urge to get
hold of that rope. Turning to the General I asked permis-
sion to enter the corral and try my luck.
He gave me an astonished look, but seeing I was in
earnest consented. All this was done on the spur of the
moment, and my idea was to ride into the corral, get the
rope, and follow my prey on horseback. Being above him
I thought I could easily put the loop over his head,
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