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INTRODUCTION
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he was in more expansive mood, of which I wish I could give the exact tone and flavor.
His account of the " Sooners " at the opening-up of the Indian Territory — Guthrie's first citizen: The hour set for taking up claims was twelve o'clock in the morning; but when they came upon this old man at noon he had three acres ploughed with a pair of oxen, which he claimed to have done since sunrise! His stories of the early days in Lincoln County, New Mexico—Pat Garrett unveiled (see postscript to "Billy the Kid," by which there hangs a tale). . . . Running down a bunch of stolen cattle through the Four Corners country, i.e., Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah — some of the wildest country still to be found in these States. . . . Old days in the backwoods in Texas, scene of "The Little Cow-girl," where " they may not know the national anthem, but they all know Turkey in the Straw." . .. Early times along and across the Mex­ican border, when "headin" west from San Antone " was a part of the regular ritual. . .. Also an expe­rience of only a few years back, which, as it illus­trates a bit of international diplomacy, may be worth telling here.
Mr. Thorp was driving some cattle from Old Mex­ico up to Lamy, near Santa Fe. As it happened, he was unarmed, since on the way down from Tucson, Arizona, to £1 Sasabe on the line, he fell in with a priest who used up all the ammunition for Thorp's six-gun shooting prairie dogs. Finding when he got to El Sasabe that he could n't get any more car­tridges of the right size, Thorp tossed the gun into a drawer of the priest's secretary, and went into Mex-






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