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mothers fluttered clouds of soft tissue paper, tinsel and
Some of the younger fathers even went so far as
to catch "Mrs. Mother" under the mistletoe.
I sighed. I could see through the long, undraped
French windows, dolls, (loll carriages and tiny doll
houses. The eternal feminine! God bless them! Brignt
colored horns spoke of early morning blowing. There
were drums waiting to be beaten by boyish hands; rocking
horses to be ridden across the "living room range,"
where wild animals and war-whooping Indians lurked
behind chairs and under davenports. It would be a
riot in the morning when the bronchos would be roped
and the Red Mien scalped by the stout-hearted "Freddies,"
"Billies" and "Jimmies."
I wondered what sort of a Christmas Day the folks
at home on the ranch would have. I had left in such
a rush that Christmas had not entered my mind. All I
could think was how lonely and strange I felt, walking
silently in the quiet of this sacred night.
Before my eyes were happy homes. Here was
what men strive for and protect-wife and children.
The Nation's backbone-home!
Yet one man will destroy another man's home to
preserve his own.
Strange thoughts sprung in and out of my mind.
Any one of the men for whom I sought might at
this moment be the center of a group such as met my
gaze at each new turn. Perhaps some of them were
husbands and fathers! I did not krnow. I tried to
picture some of them distributing Christmas cheer. But
my sense of humor got the better of me. All I could
see was Stetson, followed by Spencer squeezing down
the chimney, making a general clean-up of the presents,
and departing before the man of the house could shoot
I did wonder what I would do if I came on one
of tl-cm in the midst of his family. Would I have te
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/54/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .