Wagons West Chronicles October Issue 2016 October Issue - Page 6

October 2016 6 The Round Up III from page 5 slide down to the bottom almost or quite on his haunches. In very wet weather the Bad Lands are absolutely impassable; but if the ground is not slippery, it is a remarkable place that can shake the matter-of-course confidence felt by the rider in the capacity of his steed to go anywhere. When the men on the outside circle have reached the bound set them, - whether it is a low divide, a group of jagged hills, the edge of the rolling, limitless prairie, or the long, waste reaches of alkali and sage brush, they turn their horses’ heads and begin to work down the branches of the creeks, one or two riding down the bottom, while the others keep off to the right and the left, a little ahead and fairly high up on the side hills, so as to command as much of the view as possible. On the level or rolling prairies the cattle can be seen a long way off, and it is an easy matter to gather and to drive them; but in the Bad Lands every little pocket, basin, and coulee has to be searched, every gorge or ravine entered, and the dense patches of brushwood and spindling, wind-beaten trees closely examined. All the cattle are carried on ahead down the creek; and it is curious to watch the different behavior of the different breeds. A cowboy riding off to one side of the creek, and seeing a number of long-horned Texans grazing in the branches of a set of coulees, has merely to ride across the upper ends of these, uttering the drawn-out “ei-koh-h-h,” so familiar to the cattle-men, and the long-horns will stop grazing, stare fixedly at him, and then, wheeling, strike off down the coulees at a trot, tails in air, to be carried along by the center riders when they reach the main creek into which the coulees lead. Our own range cattle are not so wild, but nevertheless are easy to drive; while Eastern-raised beasts have little fear of a horseman, and merely stare stupidly at him until he rides directly towards them. Every little bunch of stock is thus collected, and all are driven along together. At the place where some large fork joins the main creek another band may be met, driven by some of the men who have left earlier in the day to take one of the shorter circles; and thus, before coming down to the bottom where the wagons are camped and where the actual “round-up” itself is to take place, this one herd may include a couple of thousand head; or, on the other hand, the longest ɥ䁹Ёɕձ)ѡ镸̸)́ͽ́ѡɥ́ɔѡ)͔Ѽѡȁɕѥٔ݅́Ѽ)Ёȁ͕̰٥ѡѱѼ䁽)ݼѡȁյȸ%䁄͵)յȁѱٔѡɕѡݥոѼ)ɐ쁥ѡɔɔ䁽ѡ)ݕٕȰѡɕЁɑ́ݥ)͕Ʌє)ѽˊé9є9ЁѠѡ)ѱɥٔѥՕ́ݥѠ)Ʌ()EUMQ%=8(+q]Ё́ət()]́]Ё ɽ())MM)5L)5II%()ɥ(а(а) ɽ)-ɹ)5ͽɤP)͔]ͽ))))iɕ)5̰ݸ)Ѽ́iݕɔչ)䁵ɥ丁Q)ݕѽЁѡ)iéͥѕȰ5̸)\ ɽݑ(1Ս))-ɹ)5ͽɤQȁչ)Iظ]))ݸ̃qU 䳊t))͔i)̸)5ѡЁѕȁɽ)-́ͅ 䰁5ͽɤəɵѼͥ́)͗e)ѡɕ丁iéͥѕȰ1Ս䰁݅́ɽЁɽɅ)ѡɽȸ!ȁѡȁݼѕɕѽݸЁݥ)ͥѕ̰9M䰁ݕɔiéݡЁ݅́ɔ)ѕ̸!ȁɽѡȰQ́)͔ɕٕ͕ɥ́䁥ѡ)ɥЁչ)5̰ٔi݅)i͕)ͥɽ՝) ͔Aѽ́ɔ)չѥ)є=ѽȸ])ͥа)ե)͔ȁ͕ɥ)ѥ))ȁѠѡ䁅ɕѡ)ѕѡݕ݅́)Ʌ䁭ݸٕͼЀ)ͥɕٕɕѡݽձ)ɥ́ɕѥٕ́ѕѡɥȁͥ啅́ѡɔ݅́ݽ)ݕ)ݥѡɕ䰁ѡݕ́ȁ́)͗é͕ɥ)ɔɹѡ͔ݡ܁ɕٕݽɐѡЁݼ)eЁٔѕɅє Aѽѕѥٕ́ݕɔɥ)սѥɅ͕ɕٕ́ȁɽ1䰁5ͽɤѼɕ)ձٔѡɥ́)͔ٕѡ՝ѡAѽ)ݡ͕́QɔձٔэݥѠ)ɔͼѡ͔ݡͅ䁥ɽ)͔́ɥ́ѡ͔ѥ٥ѥ̰݅́ѥѡЁɽ͔ݽձх)͔ѡɥɕѵЁ ͔ié͵ͥ锰ȁͥѕ)ѽ݅ɐMѡɸѡ́ȴiݕѡѡȁ)ѡɕ̰٥i)ݥѡ ٥]ȸ)iéѡȰѡȁɔ՝Ёѡѽȁȸ)͕݅䰁͕ѡݕ)͔ݼɥ̰ѡ)Ё䁉͔)͗éɸݥѠ͕́Ёѡɕ)]ѡAѽ́ݕɔͥ)ɥѥ̰Ёͼ͔)1Սe)͔)͔́ɥ))͔iɔЁ̸ͥie)ɽ)݅)́Ս͔)ѡȰ5䰁́ͥѕȁIظ)IЁL)̰ѡ͕ͥɑȁѼɅ܁ѡѕѡȁ)ͥ)̸i݅́Դѥٕ́Ѽݥѡ ͔)䁹ȁ)͗éѡȰѡɥͭ́)͔)ɥ̰ѡȁɥ)iɕ))͔iЁԁܴمUͽ́ɥѡ))͔͕ɥͱ䁥ɕ ٥]ȰѡAѽ́ݕɔ)Uͽ́ɥɕȁݥ͔͔)͔ѡɹѥѥ̸ݥѡ ٥Ѽiéͥѕˊé)]ȰMѡɸɕձ́ɕԴi))͔iɔյɕѼ)́ݕɔɕեɕѼɕȁѼ))ѽ݅ɐQ͕ݡɔ)Uɽ̸)͔܁)ѡɔ)ɔ)݅Ʌ́ȁ)͗e)ɕձ́ɕѼЁչ)ݡєݥѠUхѼɕи)%х䰁յȁͼ́Ёѡ)͍́ɕȁѕɵ̸ѕ)Ʌ))̰)͗éɽѡȰ)ѕɵ͍͕́)͗e)ͼ))ѥɥͽ)ɕձ́ݕɔٕݕѼ() %Q]э() Ѽ]э((0