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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 31
looking saddle that they girted on hard and fast,
and some of them asked him if he could stick to him
with that saddle, and he replied'that he could ride
anything that ever looked through a bridle. Bill
mounted, and the blindfold was taken off, and away
the pony went like a shot, but did not go far until
he began to pitch and buck, and Bill and the pony
parted company. Bill went up, up, and the pony
went on. When Bill came down and pulled himself
together he came back to where the crowd was standing,
and asked father if he didn't think he had better
trade him for something gentle, which he afterwards
The boys always had horses to ride after that.
The Jacksons did some foolish things, but wherever
a Jackson was found there was always something
doing. They would make a spoon or spoil a
horn, as the old pioneers used to say.
I will again go back to the year 1848, and say a
few words in regard to the first crop we made in
Texas. There was no land for rent. The farmers
then were just making a beginning and opening up
farms for themselves. None of them had enough
n cultivation for themselves.
But these old pioneers looked on one another as
brethren, and felt in duty bound to help each other,
and Mr. Marsh, the father of the late Thomas and
Dave Marsh of this county, proposed to let my father
have three acres to sow in wheat; and Mr. R. J.
West, the father of the late Judge West and John
West of this city, agreed to rent us six or eight acres
for corn. These old people have long gone to their
reward, but they remained our friends until the day
of their death, and such friends were a blessing to
all that knew them as we did. We made a very good
crop of wheat and threshed the first out with a flail,
and ground it with our hand-mill. That was the
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