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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 21
down there and bought us each a pair of white canvas
pants. He and Mother said they would go first
and stay a day or two, and we were to remain at
home and hold the fort, milk the cows and wait for
their return. We had a pair of nimble long horn
steers. They were hitched to the cart and Father
and Mother started for the camp meeting, telling
us to be good boys, and they would return in a day
or two, and then we could go. After they left we
held a council and began to talk about our pants.
We thought they were very common, and thought
we were entitled to something better. But a happy
thought struck one of my older brothers. He said
he had seen Mrs. Meyers, one of our neighbors,
dying cloth of this kind with green walnuts, and
we had a very large kettle or wash pot, and we decided
at once to dye the pants. Brother Bill said
he would get the walnuts, if I and John would get
the water hot. It was about two miles to the walnut
grove. We had an old white horse, and Bill
mounted him. We were.all so elated over the proposed
dye works we were going to start, we were
in high glee. I can see Bill now, as he was going in
a fleet gallop, waving the sack over his head. To
illustrate how he flew towards the walnut grove, I
will tell a story. There was once upon a time a
man that was driving three yoke of oxen hitched to
a loaded wagon, and one of his oxen sulked, or lay
down and refused to go any further. The man
whipped him and beat him with his whip stock, but
all to no purpose. He would not budge. A doctor
was riding by, and the man stopped him and asked
him if he could help him any way, saying he was
only eight miles from home. The doctor said he
would try. He dismounted, took a small vial from
his saddle bags and poured a little high life on the
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