By Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz
This publication of recollections of previous XIT Ranch cowmen places on list the typical lifetime of the people who made the ranch run.
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We have made no attempt to confine their story to the one big ranch, but to draw from their experience where-ever it was enjoyed, or endured. In the main our function has been to moderate, to announce the next speaker, and then to get out of the way. At times we have debated whether the editing should be tighter, but when a cowpuncher was wound up and making good sound, we were disposed to let him go on “cooling his coffee,”—to use a favorite cowboy expression—even though what he was saying might stray a bit off the narrative range.
Those that stayed were the best cowboys I ever saw. I loved them all. “In McCullough County before I worked on the XIT we held a herd at the head of the Colorado River in the Long S range. We had a corral to pen the cattle in, but those bulls would get back in the herd in the daytime and we would cut them out every night when we went to pen. Cutting a bull out of a herd was a dangerous job. They were Spanish bulls, and would hurt a horse. “There were lots of cactus in that country; so we would rope the cactus, pull it up by rope, get the cactus by the root, and sling it on the bull’s back.
Instead, Mrs. Duke and I wish to let the XIT cowboy tell the story of his workaday world as he saw it, stripped of the false heroics imposed by countless Hollywood and TV scenarios and many more thousands of “Western” storytellers, who may operate out of Liverpool, Los Angeles, or any other “Western” point in between. The authors of these sketches shared one common experienee—somewhere in their careers they had been associated with the XIT. Before or after they worked for the XIT, they worked for other outfits—or, in some instances, for them-selves.
6,000 Miles of Fence by Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz
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