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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 11
hat, and the team went hilter and skilter, and soon
hooked on to a tree, and my mother jumped out with
the baby and pulled the other children after her, and
exclaimed, "Good gracious! We have survived all
the dangers of the raging deep only to be landed in
the wilderness to have all our bones broken. John, I
am afraid we will never reach Stewardsville alive
with that team; they are wild as buffaloes." And
my father decided he would lay the whip away in
the wagon, he said, to be used in the future, when
he had reached a more advanced stage in the science
of ox driving, and he prepared himself with a stick
about ten feet long and about the size of a walking
stick, and put a sharp piece of iron in one end, and
filed it out as sharp as a tack. He called it a gad,
and that was a word he would sometimes use, and
he said, "I gad, I will touch them up a bit with that
and see how they like it."
My father armed my two older brothers with
hickory clubs about four feet long, and put one in
front and the other on the off side, and again invited
Mother to take a seat in the wagon; but Mother
declined the invitation, when Father assured her
there was no danger. He said, "We have them surrounded
and can certainly hold them in position."
But Mother shook her head, and another start was
made, and Father and the boys herded them along
through the deep sand, and Mother followed, carrying
the baby and two or three of the small children
hanging to her skirts. But they were soon tired out.
The team was stopped, and they again got in the
wagon, and Father and the boys herded them along
through the deep sand, and the first day we made
about an eight-mile drive, and when night came we
struck camp, and Father secured a room at a farm
house for Mother and the children, but we did not
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Jackson, George. Sixty years in Texas, book, 1908; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20205/m1/21/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .