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8 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
money was paid, and the team, wagon and whip were
turned over to my father, and all of our earthly possessions
were dumped into the wagon. My father
had never driven oxen. He could drive a quill; he
could compose an article or write a deed equal to
most of the lawyers of Dallas; but he had never taken
the first lesson in ox driving. But he said he could
do what other people had done. I can see those
oxen now, as they stood there then, headed towards
the setting sun. Since that time I have handled
thousands. I have driven them to Kansas, and driven
them to Colorado. I have herded them on the plains,
and chased them over the prairies of Texas for thirty
long years. But very few of them that I should
know now if I should meet them in the middle of the
big road; but that three yoke of oxen are as plain
before my vision now as they were on that eventful
day more than sixty years ago. I can see their long,
twisting horns. I see their exact color, and well do
I remember their names. I was a lad then of ten
summers, and can remember how my father looked
trying to handle that whip. It had a long, tapering
lash and gentle, yielding stock. It was such a whip
as the expert ox driver loves to handle. My mother
was invited to take a seat in the wagon, but she declined.
After some persuasion she agreed to if the
end gate was removed, so she could have some means
of escape if the team became unruly.
Now, all ready. My father, with his long whip
and tall hat, was ready to make the start, They do
not talk to oxen in the Old Country as they do here.
For "gee" there they say "wog," and for "haw" it
is "come hither." My father, with his long whip in
hand, said, "Wog, Dick!" and off they start, and he
gave his whip a grand flourish, and called out, "Come
hither, Darb!" But the whip twisted around his tall
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