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AT THE PALO DURO RANCH WITH
WHEN the grass sprouted in the spring of 1878, Moore
sent a party of eight men, including Latigo Jim and my-
self, a cook and 'chuck' wagon, in charge of Jack Ryan,
south across the Staked Plain to gather up strays that had
drifted with the storms. Ryan was the junior foreman of
the ranch, a first-class cowman, genial and cheerful in dis-
position, a good mixer, and just the man for the place.
Going south as far as the headwaters of the Brazos and
Concho Rivers, we picked up quite a herd and began
gradually to work homewards. After a while we struck a
tough bit of country, and while scouting around, picked
up the fresh trail of a bunch of horses. We followed this
trail, which led into a secluded camp, in which, upon
turning a point of rocks, we ran into a camp of four men
and saw just beyond about twenty-five horses. Both
parties saluted. We dismounted and each began to size
up the other. After talking a moment, Ryan recognized
the leader of the four, introductions followed, and all
were soon chatting and very much at home. They
claimed to be on the same errand as we, except they
were after stray horses.
As soon as we pulled out, Ryan told us, what we had
already surmised, that they were horse and cattle rustlers.
The leader was William Nickel, alias Slap Jack Bill, a
young man, quite handsome and, according to Jack, from
a fine family in the States, but the black sheep of that
family. We shall meet him again.
Some of our supplies were getting low, so Jack sent me
Here’s what’s next.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/98/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.