Charles Siringo Learns a Hard Lesson
Old cowboy Charles Siringo wrote:
"I worked with Logan one trip, until we got back to the ranch and then I settled up for the first time since going to work, nearly two years before.
An old Irishman by the name of "Hunky-dorey" Brown kept the store and did the settling up with the men. When he settled with me he laid all the money, in silver dollars, that I had earned since commencing work, which amounted to a few hundred dollars, out on the counter and then after eyeing me awhile, said: "Allen, Pool & Co. owe you three hundred dollars, or whatever the amount was, "and you owe Allen, Pool & Co. two hundred ninety-nine dollars and a quarter, which leaves you seventy-five cents/ He then raked all but six bits into the money drawer.
To say that I felt mortified wouldn't near express my feelings. I thought the whole pile was mine and therefore had been fig uring on the many purchases that I intended making. My intentions were to buy a herd of ponies and go to speculating. I had a dozen or two ponies, that I knew were for sale, already picked out in my mind. But my fond expectations were soon trampled under foot. You see I had never kept an account, consequently never knew how I stood with the company.
After pocketing my six bits, I mounted "Fannie 1, a little mare that I had bought not long before and struck out for W. B. Grimes ranch, a few miles up the river. I succeeded in getting a job from the old gentleman at fifteen dollars per month."
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----- Charles A Siringo, "A Texas Cowboy," 1885
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.