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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 27
We moved slowly along with our heavy loads
on our return trip. One of the oxen, a very heavy
one, became very tenderfooted and got worse every
day, and one morning before we had traveled far
the ox laid down and refused to budge, and all of
the long train was stopped. There were probably
thirty yoke of oxen in the train. Those teamsters
were rather rough, but they were true to one
another. They would never desert a comrade that
had fallen by the way. A valuable lesson might be
learned from these boys by people that are now in
such a scuffle trying to get ahead of their neighbors.
"Well," said one of the boys, "it is no use. We
might as well turn out our oxen for a few days and
rest, and then try it again." And some of them
began to unhitch, when the Yankee was heard to
exclaim, "Hold, hold, let me suggest. Boys," he
said, "Let us shoe this ox." Then one of the boys
replied, "We have got no leather nor anything else
to shoe him with." The Yankee replied, "Let me
suggest. We have a lot of sides of bacon. We can
shoe him with bacon rind." At once some of the
sides of bacon were got out, and a piece larger than
a dinner plate cut off for each shoe, and the experts
went to work making shoes for that ox. They were
made and placed upon the feet of the ox, a very
good backwoods fit, and one of the boys told the
driver to get his whip and make that ox get up.
Before he had time to strike the Yankee was heard
to exclaim again, "Hold, hold, let me suggest. Boys,
let us give him a dram of whiskey," and several of
the boys answered in chorus, "All right."
The best barrel had'been tapped, and the boys
had been drinking it. They drew a quart bottle full
of the very best brand, and one of the boys held him
by the nose and horns, and another one poured the
bottle of whiskey down his throat. The old ox
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