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16 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
sa'd, "I am very tired, and would like to stay the
night with you." He replied, "Alight and lariat your
horse." My father complied with his request, and
soon was in earnest conversation with the old pioneer,
and from him he got some information about
Stew.ardsville. He told him there was such a place
over on the Elm Flats, but he did not think it was
much of a place, but he had never seen it.
In the morning my father inquired of him if he
had any shaving tackle. He said he would like to
sha le and brush up a little before he met the land
agents of Stewardsville. The old pioneer replied
that he had a razor that he might strap up, but said
it had not been used for a long time. He got his
razor and some soft soap in a gourd, and he had an
old frying pan without a handle. He had no brush,
but was equal to the occasion. He had an old sow
in a pen near by, and he extracted some bristles
from her back, tied a string around them, and invited
my father to take a seat on a stump near the
cabin door, and with that soft soap, lather and hog's
bristle brush, and rusty blade, that knight of the
razor began to play on my father's face, and after
a half an hour of excruciating pain he turned him
loose. Father saddled his horse, bade his host goodbye
with a hearty good shake of the hand. He
mounted and again headed for the West, in search
of Stewardsville. It was a very hot day, the last
of August. The deer and the antelope were making
their way to the nearest shade earlier than usual,
but Father pressed on through the tall grass, and
about the middle of the day he espied a small cabin
in the distance, and he made straight for it, and as
he approached it he saw that it was occupied, and he
called out, "Hello!" and a party came to the door
and spoke to him, and my father inquired of him
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