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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 23
pants were of many different colors, a streak of
white and yellow and then a streak of brown, and
where the walnuts had rested on them there was a
black spot about the size of a marble, and we could
not do anything to change it for the better, so we
hung them on the fence, and would step back and
look at them, and all we could say was, "The leopard
cannot change his spots, nor the Ethiopian the color
of his skin, neither can we change the color of these
pants." If Joseph of old had had a pair of them
to match his coat of many colors it might have excited
the jealousy of his brethren to such a degree
he may have fared much worse than he did.
The evening we expected our parents to return
we put them on, as it was all we had, and when they
hove in sight we went out to meet them, keeping up
a bold front and trying to make it appear that we
had made a blooming success in the dye business,
but expecting all the time a good whipping. But
the meeting was so funny, and our appearance so
comical, our parents laughed it off, but refused
to let us go to camp meeting, and the good impressions
we might have received were postponed for
another twelve months.
Time passed, and we continued to work very
hard. Father and my older brothers would make
rails, and with one yoke of oxen and the old wagon
we had, would haul them to the edge of the prairie,
and with two yoke and a sled I would haul them two
miles to the place we were trying to enclose, and we
never let up nor gave up until we had the largest
farm fenced in the north part of Dallas County.
Our cattle increased, and we had a lot of young
steers that we broke to work, and we soon had oxen
for sale. That was the only kind of cattle that there
was much sale for, and we began to be in better
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