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THE DOCTOR TURNS COWBOY
were fried, so grabbed one and began. In a moment I
heard vehement expressions of disgust as he spat his
mouthful into the fireplace. In fact he was quite profane.
'If that's a doughnut, excuse me,' he said. I registered
astonishment and tried one myself, only to discover that
in his haste to help me Jim had picked up the salt can
instead of the sugar.
Twice during my tour of range riding we were visited
with a severe Norther, each one starting just after dark,
and in a short time bunches of cattle all along the line
were drifting south with the storm. Each cowboy on the
ranch was out on the south boundary doing his utmost to
stem the tide and bring back the stragglers, but a good
many got away and kept on going.
At night those wild Texas cattle will stampede at the
drop of a hat and there are few more dangerous adven-
tures than trying to stop or head them off. The Texas
cow-horse is a remarkable animal, sometimes more intel-
ligent than his rider in doing the right thing at the right
time in emergencies. During these night stampedes in a
Norther, when it is dark as pitch, the wind fairly howling,
wild cattle dashing here and there over broken and rough
terrain, the way your horse will carry you at full speed,
without stumbling or falling, sometimes for hours, is little
short of marvelous.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/97/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.