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28 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
licked out his tongue and smacked his lips and got
up, and for a while he was as frisky as a young colt
with his new bacon rind slippers and morning dram.
He tried to pull the whole load, and our long train
again moved slowly on towards McKinney and we
reached there in due time, and the freight was unloaded.
The barrel of best whiskey was a little light,
and Mr. Newsome, the merchant, noticed it, and the
boys told him they had been using it and expected to
pay for it. But he said, "Never mind, boys. I expect
it was necessary for you to have your morning
dram down in that malarial district." He paid us
all in gold. I carried mine home, every cent of it,
and gave it to my father. The family needed it very
bad. I freighted several years hauling flour to the
Indians, and lumber from the pine mills, and earned
money to keep up the family. In regard to the boys
drinking the whiskey on this trip I will say that I
do not know of any bad results that followed. But
will say that later in life I have seen so much of
the bad effects arising from the use of whiskey that
I hope the traffic may be suppressed altogether.
When my two older brothers were seventeen and
eighteen years old they thought they ought to have
horses of their own to ride wherever they wanted to
go. But neither they nor Father had any money to
buy them with. There were many of the pioneers
trying to open up their farms, and there was quite a
demand for large teams to break up the prairie, and
three dollars per acre was the price offered. My
father rigged up a large team for the boys, and set
them to work breaking prairie to earn money to buy
their horses, and they soon,had the money in hand.
There was a large herd of Spanish ponies fresh
from Mexico in the neighborhood, and the boys decided
to buy a couple and break them to ride. They
selected two very pretty looking ones, and the Mex-
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