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THE COWBOYS' CHRISTMAS BALL 33
Such is life upon a cow-ranch and the half was
never told; But you never find a kinder-hearted set Than the cattleman at home, be he either young or
old; He's a "daisy from away back," don't forget.
When you fail to find a pony or a cow that's gone astray,
Be that cow or pony wild or be it tame,
The cowboy, like the drummer, — and the bed­bug, too, they say, —
Bring him to you, for he gets there just the same.
THE COWBOYS' CHRISTMAS BALL
By Larry Chittenden, of Texas
/ received this song from Miss Jessie Forbes, at Eddy, New Mexico, 1898. lunderstand it was one of a collection of Chittenden's entitled Ranch Verse.
'Way out in Western Texas, where the Clear Fork's
waters flow, Where the cattle are a-browsin' and the Spanish
ponies grow; Where the Northers come a-whistlin' from beyond
the Neutral Strip; And the prairie dogs are sneezin', as though they
had the grip; Where the coyotes come a-howlin' round the
ranches after dark, And the mocMn' birds are singin' to the lovely
medder lark;






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