Publication: University of Texas Press, 1962, Austin
First edition. 8vo. Blue cloth, titles stamped in silver on the spine, . 223  pp., erratum slip, illustrated mostly from photographs, portraits, index of names. Author began working at the age of 14 for Charles Goodnight on the Cross J Ranch. Includes his years in North Dakota also. "In this book you experience the terror of being lost in the dead-white expanse of a North Dakota snowstorm; the gaiety of cowboy dances, for which there were never enough women available; the excitement of a near-riot in a Hebron, North Dakota, saloon, where cowboys from the 75 Ranch drank up or poured out all the liquor, then smashed all the glasses and bottles―one day before the state became bone-dry; and the loneliness of work on the range, where a flickering lantern on the side of a chuck wagon on a stormy night meant home for many a cowboy. Running like a bright thread through the narrative is Billie Timmons’s love of horses, from whom he learned the wisdom that some horses and some men are to be handled with great care and others are not to be handled at all. His chapter on Buck, his best-loved horse, is memorable." Six-Guns 2215 says: "Has some mention of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, the Daltons, and Temple Houston." Fine in a price-clipped dust jacket with minor wear to the spine ends and corners.
Inventory Number: 49720