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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 22, 1912, Image 20

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ent leather shoes-. We purchased
two suits of clothes ('overalls
and jumper price $4.50, two
pairs heavy shoes with spikes, a
couple of wide brimmed hats and
a few other necessaries, a oretty
cheap layout compared with what
I have been paying for by ward
robe heretofore.
We arrived at the ranch about
3 o'clock; changed my city
clothes, put on my new regalia
the overalls, spiked shoes and soft
shirt and hat. I felt queer for a
time, but soon got used to it.
Nolan mentioned that, as sup
per would not be ready until six,
we would have a few hours time
and would take a walk. Accom
panied Tjy two dogs we started
on our tramp.
After taking in the level part
of the ranch, where I was taught
my first lesson how to distin
guish growing alfalfa from
"wheat, oats, etc., we proceeded to
the hills or pasture land as they
call it. We were fully a mile and
a half from the house.
At a signal the dogs rounded
up a bunch of mules, horses and
colts, fully forty or fifty. The
way they handled this drove of
bucking and kicking aniriials was
an eye-opener to me, running
around and barking at them, al
ways keeping them bunched.
It seemed as though they knew
more than a lot of men. One of
these shepherds, "Bum," was
particularly smart. The way he
ducked hind feet aimed at him
made be believe that he was one
of the best pupils in the art of
self-defense I have ever seen.
Some of the large brood mares
would not move fast enough to
suit Bum. He would slip up and
nip them on the hind legs. Quick
as a flash down Bum would drop
or dodge the blow. This little
stunt got my goat, I never realiz
ed a dog was so smart.
While this show was going on,
we heard the bell tolled loud, a
signal that supper was ready. We
arrived at the house in time to
wash. It was just 6 o'clock.
Nolan and I seated ourselves
alongside of the workmen and I
ate a very hearty meal of boiled
meat, fresh vegetables, beans,,
etc., finishing up with a couple of
glasses of milk.
This is my fifth day and I have
not tasted any tea or coffee, or
pastry in any form. Its kind of
hard to get used to the coarse
grub. You know what you do
eat is fresh. It's all raised on the
farm, plenty of game, besides and
any amount of fish right on No
lan's 200-acre tract. ,
After supper I'chatted with the
men for an hour or so. It was
just about getting dark, when
they made for the bunk house.
Billy's bed and mine were on
the front porch out in the open
air.
Nolan started to undress. I
told him that I could not sleep as
early as this, he replied, "suit
yourself." We all get up at five,
only one table, six; twelve and
six."
Seating myself in the setting
room, I read until. 10 o'clock.
Coming outside again I heard
Nolan snoring like a buzz saw, so,
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