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22 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
bruised places. The steer made a lunge, split the
yoke, and was gone like a shot with his tail going
in a circle. The man said in a moment, "Doctor,
what is your bill?" the doctor said, "Oh, nothing."
The man replied, "I know it is worth something."
The doctor said, "Ten cents will do." "Here's your
money. Now, give me fifteen cents worth quick and
put it on me, I've got that steer to catch;" and I will
say that Bill went across the prairie to the walnut
grove just like he had high life on him, and by the
time John and I had the water boiling Bill returned
with about a bushel of green walnuts, and they were
poured in the big pot. We stirred them
around for a while, and then put our pants in
the pot and began to stir then around among the
walnuts, each of us with a stick about four feet long,
going around and around the pot, with our long
white robes on, when all at once we lifted up our
eyes to behold a finely dressed lady appearing on
the scene. We not being dressed to receive company,
ran as fast as we could to a corn patch
that was hard by, and occasionally we would come
to the end of a row and peep out. But she seemed to
linger. It was said that she had her cap set for
Mr. Simpson, who was living with us at that time.
But she finally dismissed herself and walked slowly
away, and when she got at a safe distance we came
out from our hiding place. She would occasionally
look back, and we could see from a distance that her
cap was still setting for a live Scotchman. I will
not mention her name, but I saw her brother at the
old Mexican Veterans' Meeting at Dallas, a very
old man and a Mexican Veteran. After coming
from our hiding place we rushed to the dye pot in
an almost frantic manner; but it was too late. The
Rubicon was crossed, and the dye was cast, and our
Here’s what’s next.
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