By James H. Cook
The keen-eyed, cool-headed, and fearless males (Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Buffalo invoice Cody, giant Foot Wallace, and Captain Jim prepare dinner, between others) who have been pivotal personalities for greater than part a century within the virtually ceaseless activity of clearing the best way for and guarding the lives and houses of explorers, emigrants, and settlers within the West, are an extinct form of pioneer, money owed of the heroic deeds of this handful of fellows, despite the fact that, stay this present day as indelible files that dramatize the melting away of this country’s sizeable frontiers.
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Cook. " Page xi CAPTAIN COOK'S PLACE AMONG REMINISCENCERS OF THE WEST By J. Frank Dobie There may be a few exceptionsdepending upon definitionbut as a rule the most illuminating and, to civilized taste, the most readable personal narratives of the West have been written by men with perspective. This is especially true of narratives dealing with life on cattle range and trail. Writers of the best ones have been aware of life and values far away from their own camps and cows. Granville Stuart, called "the Father of Montana," whose Forty Years on the Frontier is primary on both early mining and ranching, had a thousand books in his ranch home and had read them.
After a while a little old man walked down from the house to our camp. He wore a belt filled with Henry rifle cartridges, and the handle of a big butcher knife was sticking out of one Page 8 of his boot tops. Thinking that he was some old Mexican, I used about all the Spanish I had learned from Longworth on our way out from San Antonio, trying to say "Good evening" to him. " He then began to talk to Longworth, using both Spanish and English. I soon discovered that this man was none other than Ben Slaughter himself, who was now my employer.
I did not understand a word of the conversation as we rode along, but I became very familiar with the expression "San Antonio Querido" ("dear San Antonio"), for it was repeated many times in a song that seemed to please the rest of the party and was sung quite frequently. Longworth appeared rather surly to me, and I soon found out that he was a vicious, dangerous man, but a good vaquero, or brush runner, when it came to catching wild cattle. In about four days we reached the ranch home of Ben Slaughter, father of Charlie, Billy, and John Slaughter, later the big cattle drovers on the Texas trail to Kansas.