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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 29
ican herders threw the lasso over their heads and
threw them down and put halters on them, and the
boys staked them out and kept them a few weeks and
broke them to lead, and one Sunday morning they
decided to ride them to meeting. The Mexican herders
were to help them to put the saddles and bridles
on. The ponies were thrown down and blindfolded,
and the bridles put on, and then saddled. John, my
oldest brother, got on his first, and the blindfold was
taken off, and the pony went like a shot, John holding
to the horn of the saddle. The pony circled
John Jackson, Jr., Going to Meeting
around a little and then took a straight shoot towards
Dallas, passing the meeting house on Farmers
Branch, and never stopped for services, but kept
going like the wind, John still holding to the horn
of the saddle like that was his only saviour. That
was the only thing he had to hold to. The bridle
reins were gone. He reached the place near where
the suburbs of Dallas now stand, and then took a
grand circle towards White Rock. John was still
holding as tight as ever Mazeppa did, that was bound
to the wild horse, passing people and every object on
the road like the fleetest race horse, and about two
o'clock in the afternoon they rounded up near Farmers
Branch and the pony stopped among a bunch of
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