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Whose Old Cow?
Well, we worked for a week till the country was
clean And the bosses said, " Now, boys, we'll stay here. We'll carve and we'll trim 'em and start out a herd Up the east trail from old Abilene."
Next morning all on herd, and but two with the cut, And the boss on Piute, carving fine, Till he rode down his horse and had to pull out, And a new man went in to clean up.
Well, after each outfit had worked on the band There was only three head of them left; When Nig Add from L F D outfit rode in, A dictionary on earmarks and brands.
He cut the two head out, told where they belonged; But when the last cow stood there alone Add's eyes bulged so he didn't know just what to say, 'Ceptin', " Boss, dere's something here monstrous wrong!
" White folks smarter'n Add, and maybe I'se wrong; But here's six months' wages dat I'll give If anyone'll tell me when I reads dis mark To who dis longhorned cow belong!
" Overslope in right ear an' de underbill, Lef ear swaller fork an' de undercrop, Hole punched in center, an' de jinglebob Under half crop, an' de slash an' split.

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