Cowboy Songs And Other Frontier Ballads

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Collector's Note
Forty-Niners found their way to California. The cowboy has fought back the Indians ever since ranch­ing became a business and as long as Indians remained to be fought. He played his part in winning the great slice of territory that the United States took away from Mexico. He has always been on the skirmish line of civilization. Restless, fearless, chivalric, elemental, he lived hard, shot quick and true, and died with his face to his foe. Still much misunderstood, he is often slandered, nearly always caricatured, both by the press and by the stage. Per­haps these songs, coming direct from the cowboy's experience, giving vent to his careless and his tender emotions, will afford future generations a truer con­ception of what he really was than is now possessed by those who know him only through highly colored romances.
The big ranches of the West are now being cut up into small farms. The nester has come, and come to stay. Gone is the buffalo, the Indian warwhoop, the free grass of the open plain; — even the stinging lizard, the horned frog, the centipede, the prairie dog, the rattlesnake, are fast disappearing. Save in some of the secluded valleys of southern New Mexico, the old-time round-up is no more; the trails to Kansas and to Montana have become grass-grown or lost in fields of waving grain; the maverick steer, the regal longhorn, has been supplanted by his un-poetic but more beefy and profitable Polled Angus, Durham, and Hereford cousins from across the seas.