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Collector's Note
ever, a Homeric quality about the cowboy's profanity and vulgarity that pleases rather than repulses. The broad sky under which he slept, the limitless plains over which he rode, the big, open, free life he lived near to Nature's breast, taught him simplicity, calm, directness. He spoke out plainly the impulses of his heart. But as yet so-called polite society is not quite willing to hear.
It is entirely impossible to acknowledge the as­sistance I have received from many persons. To Professors Barrett Wendell and G. L. Kittredge, of Harvard, I must gratefully acknowledge constant and generous encouragement. Messrs. Jeff Hanna, of Meridian, Texas; John B. Jones, a student of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas; H. Knight, Sterling City, Texas; John Lang Sinclair, San Antonio; A. H. Belo & Co., Dallas; Tom Hight, of Mangum, Oklahoma; R. Bedichek, of Deming, N. M.; Benjamin Wyche, Librarian of the Carnegie Library, San Antonio; Mrs. M. B. Wight, of Ft. Thomas, Arizona; Dr. L. W. Payne, Jr., and Dr. Morgan Callaway, Jr., of the University of Texas; and my brother, R. C. Lomax, Austin; — have ren­dered me especially helpful service in furnishing ma­terial, for which I also render grateful thanks.
Among the negroes, rivermen, miners, soldiers, seamen, lumbermen, railroad men, and ranchmen of the United States and Canada there are many in­digenous folk-songs not included in this volume. Of