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    坏药 Bad Medicine

    时间:2014-09-20  阅读:次  来源:中国文学网  作者:Andy Adams
    摘要: The evening before the Cherokee Strip was thrown open for settlement, a number of old timers met in the little town of Hennessey, Oklahoma. On the next day the

     The evening before the Cherokee Strip was thrown open for settlement, a number of old timers met in the little town of Hennessey, Oklahoma.

     
    On the next day the Strip would pass from us and our employers, the cowmen. Some of the boys had spent from five to fifteen years on this range. But we realized that we had come to the parting of the ways.
     
    This was not the first time that the government had taken a hand in cattle matters. Some of us in former days had moved cattle at the command of negro soldiers, with wintry winds howling an accompaniment.
     
    The cowman was never a government favorite. If the Indian wards of the nation had a few million acres of idle land, "Let it lie idle," said the guardian. Some of these civilized tribes maintained a fine system of public schools from the rental of unoccupied lands. Nations, like men, revive the fable of the dog and the ox. But the guardian was supreme--the cowman went. This was not unexpected to most of us. Still, this country was a home to us. It mattered little if our names were on the pay-roll or not, it clothed and fed us.
     
    We were seated around a table in the rear of a saloon talking of the morrow. The place was run by a former cowboy. It therefore became a rendezvous for the craft. Most of us had made up our minds to quit cattle for good and take claims.
     
    "Before I take a claim," said Tom Roll, "I'll go to Minnesota and peon myself to some Swede farmer for my keep the balance of my life. Making hay and plowing fire guards the last few years have given me all the taste of farming that I want. I'm going to Montana in the spring."
     
    "Why don't you go this winter? Is your underwear too light?" asked Ace Gee. "Now, I'm going to make a farewell play," continued Ace. "I'm going to take a claim, and before I file on it, sell my rights, go back to old Van Zandt County, Texas, this winter, rear up my feet, and tell it to them scarey. That's where all my folks live."
     
    "Well, for a winter's stake," chimed in Joe Box, "Ace's scheme is all right. We can get five hundred dollars out of a claim for simply staking it, and we know some good ones. That sized roll ought to winter a man with modest tastes."
     
    "You didn't know that I just came from Montana, did you, Tom?" asked Ace. "I can tell you more about that country than you want to know. I've been up the trail this year; delivered our cattle on the Yellowstone, where the outfit I worked for has a northern range. When I remember this summer's work, I sometimes think that I will burn my saddle and never turn or look a cow in the face again, nor ride anything but a plow mule and that bareback.
     
    "The people I was working for have a range in Tom Green County, Texas, and another one in Montana. They send their young steers north to mature--good idea, too!--but they are not cowmen like the ones we know. They made their money in the East in a patent medicine--got scads of it, too. But that's no argument that they know anything about a cow. They have a board of directors--it is one of those cattle companies. Looks like they started in the cattle business to give their income a healthy outlet from the medicine branch. They operate on similar principles as those soap factory people did here in the Strip a few years ago. About the time they learn the business they go broke and retire.
     
    "Our boss this summer was some relation to the wife of some of the medicine people Down East. As they had no use for him back there, they sent him out to the ranch, where he would be useful.
     
    "We started north with the grass. Had thirty-three hundred head of twos and threes, with a fair string of saddle stock. They run the same brand on both ranges--the broken arrow. You never saw a cow-boss have so much trouble; a married woman wasn't a circumstance to him, fretting and sweating continually. This was his first trip over the trail, but the boys were a big improvement on the boss, as we had a good outfit of men along. My idea of a good cow-boss is a man that doesn't boss any; just hires a first-class outfit of men, and then there is no bossing to do.
     
    "We had to keep well to the west getting out of Texas; kept to the west of Buffalo Gap. From there to Tepee City is a dry, barren country. To get water for a herd the size of ours was some trouble. This new medicine man got badly worried several times. He used his draft book freely, buying water for the cattle while crossing this stretch of desert; the natives all through there considered him the softest snap they had met in years. Several times we were without water for the stock two whole days. That makes cattle hard to hold at night. They want to get up and prowl--it makes them feverish, and then's when they are ripe for a stampede. We had several bobles crossing that strip of country; nothing bad, just jump and run a mile or so, and then mill until daylight. Then our boss would get great action on himself and ride a horse until the animal would give out--sick, he called it. After the first little run we had, it took him half the next day to count them; then he couldn't believe his own figures.
     
    "A Val Verde County lad who counted with him said they were all right--not a hoof shy. But the medicine man's opinion was the reverse. At this the Val Verde boy got on the prod slightly, and expressed himself, saying, 'Why don't you have two of the other boys count them? You can't come within a hundred of me, or yourself either, for that matter. I can pick out two men, and if they differ five head, it'll be a surprise to me. The way the boys have brought the cattle by us, any man that can't count this herd and not have his own figures differ more than a hundred had better quit riding, get himself some sandals, and a job herding sheep. Let me give you this pointer: if you are not anxious to have last night's fun over again, you'd better quit counting and get this herd full of grass and water before night, or you will be cattle shy as sure as hell's hot.'
     
    "'When I ask you for an opinion,' answered the foreman, somewhat indignant, 'such remarks will be in order. Until then you may keep your remarks to yourself.'
     
    "'That will suit me all right, old sport,' retorted Val Verde; 'and when you want any one to help you count your fat cattle, get some of the other boys--one that'll let you doubt his count as you have mine, and if he admires you for it, cut my wages in two.'
     
    "After the two had been sparring with each other some little time, another of the boys ventured the advice that it would be easy to count the animals as they came out of the water; so the order went forward to let them hit the trail for the first water. We made a fine stream, watering early in the afternoon. As they grazed out from the creek we fed them through between two of the boys. The count showed no cattle short. In fact, the Val Verde boy's count was confirmed. It was then that our medicine man played his cards wrong. He still insisted that we were cattle out, thus queering himself with his men. He was gradually getting into a lone minority, though he didn't have sense enough to realize it. He would even fight with and curse his horses to impress us with his authority. Very little attention was paid to him after this, and as grass and water improved right along nothing of interest happened.
     
    "While crossing 'No-Man's-Land' a month later,--I was on herd myself at the time, a bright moonlight night,--they jumped like a cat shot with No. 8's, and quit the bed-ground instanter. There were three of us on guard at the time, and before the other boys could get out of their blankets and into their saddles the herd had gotten well under headway. Even when the others came to our assistance, it took us some time to quiet them down. As this scare came during last guard, daylight was on us before they had quit milling, and we were three miles from the wagon. As we drifted them back towards camp, for fear that something might have gotten away, most of the boys scoured the country for miles about, but without reward. When all had returned to camp, had breakfasted, and changed horses, the counting act was ordered by Mr. Medicine. Our foreman naturally felt that he would have to take a hand in this count, evidently forgetting his last experience in that line. He was surprised, when he asked one of the boys to help him, by receiving a flat refusal.
     
    "'Why won't you count with me?' he demanded.
     
    "'Because you don't possess common cow sense enough, nor is the crude material in you to make a cow-hand. You found fault with the men the last count we had, and I don't propose to please you by giving you a chance to find fault with me. That's why I won't count with you.'
     
    "'Don't you know, sir, that I'm in authority here?' retorted the foreman.
     
    "'Well, if you are, no one seems to respect your authority, as you're pleased to call it, and I don't know of any reason why I should. You have plenty of men here who can count them correctly. I'll count them with any man in the outfit but yourself.'
     
    "'Our company sent me as their representative with this herd,' replied the foreman, 'while you have the insolence to disregard my orders. I'll discharge you the first moment I can get a man to take your place.'
     
    "'Oh, that'll be all right,' answered the lad, as the foreman rode away. He then tackled me, but I acted foolish, 'fessing up that I couldn't count a hundred. Finally he rode around to a quiet little fellow, with pox-marks on his face, who always rode on the point, kept his horses fatter than anybody, rode a San Jose saddle, and was called Californy. The boss asked him to help him count the herd.
     
    "'Now look here, boss,' said Californy, 'I'll pick one of the boys to help me, and we'll count the cattle to within a few head. Won't that satisfy you?'
     
    "'No, sir, it won't. What's got into you boys?' questioned the foreman.
     
    "'There's nothing the matter with the boys, but the cattle business has gone to the dogs when a valuable herd like this will be trusted to cross a country for two thousand miles in the hands of a man like yourself. You have men that will pull you through if you'll only let them,' said the point-rider, his voice mild and kind as though he were speaking to a child.
     
    "'You're just like the rest of them!' roared the boss. 'Want to act contrary! Now let me say to you that you'll help me to count these cattle or I'll discharge, unhorse, and leave you afoot here in this country! I'll make an example of you as a warning to others.'
     
    "'It's strange that I should be signaled out as an object of your wrath and displeasure,' said Californy. 'Besides, if I were you, I wouldn't make any examples as you were thinking of doing. When you talk of making an example of me as a warning to others,' said the pox-marked lad, as he reached over, taking the reins of the foreman's horse firmly in his hand, 'you're a simpering idiot for entertaining the idea, and a cowardly bluffer for mentioning it. When you talk of unhorsing and leaving me here afoot in a country a thousand miles from nowhere, you don't know what that means, but there's no danger of your doing it. I feel easy on that point. But I'm sorry to see you make such a fool of yourself. Now, you may think for a moment that I'm afraid of that ivory-handled gun you wear, but I'm not. Men wear them on the range, not so much to emphasize their demands with, as you might think. If it were me, I'd throw it in the wagon; it may get you into trouble. One thing certain, if you ever so much as lay your hand on it, when you are making threats as you have done to-day, I'll build a fire in your face that you can read the San Francisco "Examiner" by at midnight. You'll have to revise your ideas a trifle; in fact, change your tactics. You're off your reservation bigger than a wolf, when you try to run things by force. There's lots better ways. Don't try and make talk stick for actions, nor use any prelude to the real play you wish to make. Unroll your little game with the real thing. You can't throw alkaline dust in my eyes and tell me it's snowing. I'm sorry to have to tell you all this, though I have noticed that you needed it for a long time.'
     
    "As he released his grip on the bridle reins, he continued, 'Now ride back to the wagon, throw off that gun, tell some of the boys to take a man and count these cattle, and it will be done better than if you helped.'
     
    "'Must I continue to listen to these insults on every hand?' hissed the medicine man, livid with rage.
     
    "'First remove the cause before you apply the remedy; that's in your line,' answered Californy. 'Besides, what are you going to do about it? You don't seem to be gifted with enough cow-sense to even use a modified amount of policy in your every-day affairs,' said he, as he rode away to avoid hearing his answer.
     
    "Several of us, who were near enough to hear this dressing-down of the boss at Californy's hands, rode up to offer our congratulations, when we noticed that old Bad Medicine had gotten a stand on one of the boys called 'Pink.' After leaving him, he continued his ride towards the wagon. Pink soon joined us, a broad smile playing over his homely florid countenance.
     
    "'Some of you boys must have given him a heavy dose for so early in the morning,' said Pink, 'for he ordered me to have the cattle counted, and report to him at the wagon. Acted like he didn't aim to do the trick himself. Now, as I'm foreman,' continued Pink, 'I want you two point-men to go up to the first little rise of ground, and we'll put the cattle through between you. I want a close count, understand. You're working under a boss now that will shove you through hell itself. So if you miss them over a hundred, I'll speak to the management, and see if I can't have your wages raised, or have you made a foreman or something with big wages and nothing to do.'
     
    "The point-men smiled at Pink's orders, and one asked, 'Are you ready now?'
     
    "'All set,' responded Pink. 'Let the fiddlers cut loose.'
     
    "Well, we lined them up and got them strung out in shape to count, and our point-men picking out a favorite rise, we lined them through between our counters. We fed them through, and as regularly as a watch you could hear Californy call out to his pardner 'tally!' Alternately they would sing out this check on the even hundred head, slipping a knot on their tally string to keep the hundreds. It took a full half hour to put them through, and when the rear guard of crips and dogies passed this impromptu review, we all waited patiently for the verdict. Our counters rode together, and Californy, leaning over on the pommel of his saddle, said to his pardner, 'What you got?'
     
    "'Thirty-three six,' was the answer.
     
    "'Why, you can't count a little bit,' said Californy. 'I got thirty-three seven. How does the count suit you, boss?'
     
    "'Easy suited, gents,' said Pink. 'But I'm surprised to find such good men with a common cow herd. I must try and have you appointed by the government on this commission that's to investigate Texas fever. You're altogether too accomplished for such a common calling as claims you at present.'
     
    "Turning to the rest of us, he said, 'Throw your cattle on the trail, you vulgar peons, while I ride back to order forward my wagon and saddle stock. By rights, I ought to have one of those centre fire cigars to smoke, to set off my authority properly on this occasion.'
     
    "He jogged back to the wagon and satisfied the dethroned medicine man that the cattle were there to a hoof. We soon saw the saddle horses following, and an hour afterward Pink and the foreman rode by us, big as fat cattle-buyers from Kansas City, not even knowing any one, so absorbed in their conversation were they; rode on by and up the trail, looking out for grass and water.
     
    "It was over two weeks afterward when Pink said to us, 'When we strike the Santa Fe Railway, I may advise my man to take a needed rest for a few weeks in some of the mountain resorts. I hope you all noticed how worried he looks, and, to my judgment, he seems to be losing flesh. I don't like to suggest anything, but the day before we reach the railroad, I think a day's curlew shooting in the sand hills along the Arkansas River might please his highness. In case he'll go with me, if I don't lose him, I'll never come back to this herd. It won't hurt him any to sleep out one night with the dry cattle.'
     
    "Sure enough, the day before we crossed that road, somewhere near the Colorado state line, Pink and Bad Medicine left camp early in the morning for a curlew hunt in the sand hills. Fortunately it was a foggy morning, and within half an hour the two were out of sight of camp and herd. As Pink had outlined the plans, everything was understood. We were encamped on a nice stream, and instead of trailing along with the herd, lay over for that day. Night came and our hunters failed to return, and the next morning we trailed forward towards the Arkansas River. Just as we went into camp at noon, two horsemen loomed up in sight coming down the trail from above. Every rascal of us knew who they were, and when the two rode up, Pink grew very angry and demanded to know why we had failed to reach the river the day before.
     
    "The horse wrangler, a fellow named Joe George, had been properly coached, and stepping forward, volunteered this excuse: 'You all didn't know it when you left camp yesterday morning that we were out the wagon team and nearly half the saddle horses. Well, we were. And what's more, less than a mile below on the creek was an abandoned Indian camp. I wasn't going to be left behind with the cook to look for the missing stock, and told the segundo so. We divided into squads of three or four men each and went out and looked up the horses, but it was after six o'clock before we trailed them down and got the missing animals. If anybody thinks I'm going to stay behind to look for missing stock in a country full of lurking Indians--well, they simply don't know me.'
     
    "The scheme worked all right. On reaching the railroad the next morning, Bad Medicine authorized Pink to take the herd to Ogalalla on the Platte, while he took a train for Denver. Around the camp-fire that night, Pink gave us his experience in losing Mr. Medicine. 'Oh, I lost him late enough in the day so he couldn't reach any shelter for the night,' said Pink. 'At noon, when the sun was straight overhead, I sounded him as to directions and found that he didn't know straight up or east from west. After giving him the slip, I kept an eye on him among the sand hills, at the distance of a mile or so, until he gave up and unsaddled at dusk. The next morning when I overtook him, I pretended to be trailing him up, and I threw enough joy into my rapture over finding him, that he never doubted my sincerity.'
     
    "On reaching Ogalalla, a man from Montana put in an appearance in company with poor old Medicine, and as they did business strictly with Pink, we were left out of the grave and owly council of medicine men. Well, the upshot of the whole matter was that Pink was put in charge of the herd, and a better foreman I never worked under. We reached the company's Yellowstone range early in the fall, counted over and bade our dogies good-by, and rode into headquarters. That night I talked with the regular men on the ranch, and it was there that I found out that a first-class cowhand could get in four months' haying in the summer and the same feeding it out in the winter. But don't you forget it, she's a cow country all right. I always was such a poor hand afoot that I passed up that country, and here I am a 'boomer.'"
     
    "Well, boom if you want," said Tom Roll, "but do you all remember what the governor of North Carolina said to the governor of South Carolina?"
     
    "It is quite a long time between drinks," remarked Joe, rising, "but I didn't want to interrupt Ace."
     
    As we lined up at the bar, Ace held up a glass two thirds full, and looking at it in a meditative mood, remarked: "Isn't it funny how little of this stuff it takes to make a fellow feel rich! Why, four bits' worth under his belt, and the President of the United States can't hire him."
     
    As we strolled out into the street, Joe inquired, "Ace, where will I see you after supper?"
     
    "You will see me, not only after supper, but all during supper, sitting right beside you."
     
    切诺基地带是敞开结算前的晚上,一些老前辈的满足轩尼诗,俄克拉何马州的小镇。
     
    第二天的地带将通过从我们和我们的雇主,在cowmen。 有些男生从五到十五年这个范围已经花了。 但我们意识到,我们已经到了岔路。
     
    这不是第一次,政府已经采取了手工牛事项。 我们中的一些昔日在黑人士兵的命令搬到牛,与寒风瑟瑟的伴奏。
     
    该牧场主人从来就不是一个政府的最爱。 如果印度民族的病房有几百万英亩的土地闲置,“让它闲置”之称的监护人。 从无人居住的土地的租金有些文明的部落保持公立学校的优良制度。 国家,像男人一样,重振狗和牛的故事。 但监护人是至高无上的 - 的牧场主人去了。 这并不令人意外,以我们大多数人。 尽管如此,这个国家是一个家给我们。 这无关紧要,如果我们的名字是对收费辊与否,它穿着衣服,喂我们。
     
    我们在明天的轿车谈话后围着一张桌子坐下。 这个地方是由一位前牛仔运行。 因此,它成为了一个集合的手艺。 我们中的大多数已经由我们的头脑退出养牛好,并采取索赔。
     
    “以前我拿的索赔,”汤姆说滚,“我会去明尼苏达和苦工自己的一些瑞典人农民为我保留我的生活的平衡。晒制干草和春耕消防卫士过去的几年里给了我一切农业的味道,我想,我要去蒙大拿州的春天。“
     
    “你为什么不走这个冬天?是你的内裤太轻?” 问王牌啧啧。 “现在,我打算做一个告别戏,”续王牌。 “我要带的索赔,之前我上的文件,卖我的权利,回到老范赞特县,得克萨斯州,这个冬天,后排了我的脚,并告诉它他们scarey。这就是我的全部人活“。
     
    “嗯,一个冬天的股份,”乔盒帮腔,“王牌的方案是没事,我们可以得到500块钱了索赔的只是赌它,我们知道一些好的,那大小的卷应该冬天男子温和的口味。“
     
    “你不知道,我只是来自蒙大拿州来了,是吗,汤姆?” 问王牌。 “我可以告诉你更多比你想知道我去过了线索,今年该国;,救了我们的牛在黄石,我在那里工作过的服装有范围的北部时,我记得今年夏天的工作,我有时想,我会烧我的马鞍,千万不要再或者看看在面对一头牛,也没有骑什么,但犁骡子和无鞍。
     
    “我所工作的人有一个范围的汤姆格林县,得克萨斯州,另一个在蒙大拿州,他们把他们的年轻公牛北到成熟 - 好主意,太 - 但他们不是像我们所知道的那些cowmen他们做了他们的钱东的专利药物 - 。得到了它鲹,也不过那也没说法,他们知道牛什么,他们有董事会 - 这是那些牛公司之一的样子。就像他们在牛业务开始给他们的收入从医学分会健康的出口,他们对工作的那些肥皂厂的人在这里做的地带,几年前类似的原则。关于时间,他们学习业务,他们会破产和退休。
     
    “我们老板在今年夏天是一些关于一些药人失望东的妻子,由于他们没有使用他回到那里,就打发他去牧场,在那里他将是有益的。
     
    “我们开始与北草本来33百目三三两两的,与鞍股票公平串它们运行在同一个品牌上的两个区域 - 。虚线箭头你从来没有见过这么牛的老板有那么比较麻烦,有夫之妇是不是情况给他,微动和不断出汗,这是他第一次在步道行程,但男孩们对老板有了很大的改进,因为我们有男人的好装备沿着我的。一个好的牛老板的想法是一个男人,没有任何老板,只是聘请的男子一流的装备,然后就没有搏旭做。
     
    “我们必须保持良好向西走出德州,保持布法罗峡以西从那里来的帐篷城是一个干燥,贫瘠的国家为了得到水牛群我们的大小是一定的麻烦这个新的。药的人得到了严重担忧几次他用他的书草案自如,买水的牛,而穿越这片沙漠;,当地人都经过那里认为他是他们多年来见过的最柔软的单元有几次,我们都没有水。股票整整两天这使得牛难以保持,晚上他们想​​站起来,四处觅食 - 这使他们狂热的,然后当他们成熟了踩踏事件是我们有几个bobles穿越全国的条状;什么。 。不好,只是跳,跑了一英里左右,然后再磨,直到白天那么,我们的老板会得到很大的作用在自己身上,骑一匹马,直到动物会发出 - 生病了,他把它称为第一个小运行后,我们有,他花了一半的第二天算来,然后他简直不敢相信自己的数字。
     
    “一个瓦尔豪园县的小伙子谁算作他说,他们都是对的 - 不是蹄害羞,但药人的观点是相反的在这个瓦尔豪园男孩在PROD了咯,并表示他自己说,'。你为什么不有两个其他的男孩数得过来吗?你不能来中百的我,还是你自己或者,对于这个问题,我可以挑选出两名男子,如果不同,5头,它会是一个惊喜给我。男孩带来了牛由我们的方式,任何人不能指望这种从众,而不是拥有自己的数字不一致百余最好戒烟骑,让自己有些凉鞋和工作。放羊让我给你这个指针:如果你不急着让昨晚的乐趣重新来过,你最好退出计数和晚上才得到这个牛群全草和水,否则你会被牛害羞确定为地狱的热议。“
     
    “”当我问你的意见,“回答的工头,有点气愤,”这样的言论会在秩序。在那之前,你可以保持你的话给自己。“
     
    “”那会适合我没事了,老兄,“反驳道瓦尔豪园,'当你想要任何人帮你算你牛脂,得到一些其他的男孩 - 一个会让你怀疑自己算不算你有我的,如果他欣赏你的话,把我的工资一分为二。“
     
    “之​​后两人一直争吵与对方一些时间很少,另一个男生大胆的建议,这将是很容易计算的动物,因为他们出来的水,所以为了走上前让他们打的踪迹先将水,我们有了一个很好的流,下午早浇水,当他们擦过从小溪,我们两个男生之间喂它们通过。计数显示没有牛短,事实上,瓦尔豪园男孩的罪名被证实,就在那时,我们的药人打他的牌是错误的。他仍然坚持认为,我们是牛了,因此queering自己与他的手下,他逐渐陷入一个孤独的少数派,但他并没有足够的认识到它的意义。他甚至会用打和骂他的马给我们留下深刻的印象与他的权威。很少关注了他在这之后,随着草和水改善沿线没有任何权利,利益发生了。
     
    “虽然穿越'无无人区”一个月后, - 我是羊群自己的时候,一个明亮的月夜, - 他们跳下像猫拍了8号的,不干了床,地面instanter 。警惕有我们三个人的时候,和之前其他男生能拿出来的毛毯,进入他们的马鞍去就已经远低于进展得到,即使其他人来到我们的援助,我们花了一些时间来安静下来。由于这种恐慌在过去的警卫走过来,白天是在美国,他们也已经放弃了研磨前,我们是从马车3英里。我们漂回去向营,怕的东西可能已经得到了,大多数孩子们走遍了全国大约英里,但没有报酬。当所有已经回到营地,已经吃了早饭,并改变了马,计数法被勒令医学先生,我们的工头,自然认为他将不得不采取手这个数,显然忘记了他在该行上次的经验,他很惊讶,当他问一个男孩帮他,通过接收断然拒绝。
     
    “”你为什么不指望我了吗?“ 他问。
     
    “”因为你不具备普遍意义上的牛不够,也不是生料在你做牛手。您找到故障的男人的最后一个数,我们有,而且我不建议给予讨好你你有机会挑剔我,这就是为什么我不跟你算。“
     
    “”难道你不知道,先生,我在机关就在这里?“ 反驳工头。
     
    “”好吧,如果你是,似乎没有人尊重你的权威,因为你很高兴能调用它,我不知道有任何理由为什么我应该,你有足够的人在这里谁能够正确计数。我就指望他们的装备,但自己的任何人。“
     
    “”我们公司派我作为他们的代表与本一哄而上,“说工头”,而你的傲慢无视我的命令,我会履行你的第一刻起,我可以得到一个人来接替你的位置。“
     
    “”哦,那会没事的,“回答的小伙子,作为工头扬长而去。然后,他解决了我,但我的行为愚蠢,”fessing了,我不能数到一百。最后,他骑着一安静的小家伙,在他的脸上,谁总是骑着点痘痕,保持他的马比胖人,骑着圣何塞马鞍,被称为Californy的老板让他帮他数去就行了。
     
    “”现在看这里,老板,说:“Californy,”我会挑一个男孩来帮我,我们会算牛了几个头内。不会满足你吗?“
     
    “”不,先生,也不会,什么钻进你的男生?“ 问工头。
     
    “”有什么跟男生的事,但牛业务已经当了宝贵的羊群像这样将信任跨​​越国2000英里在喜欢自己一个人的手狗,你有男人的意志拉你通过,如果你只让他们“说了点骑手,他的声音温和,善良的,好像是说一个孩子。
     
    “”你和他们一样的休息!“ 老板吼道,“想要采取行动相反!现在让我告诉你,你会帮我算这些牛,不然我会放电,unhorse,并留下您在进行中在这个国家!我会做的一个例子你以警示他人。
     
    “”很奇怪,我应该出信号作为你的愤怒和不满的对象,“Californy说,”而且,如果我是你,我不会让你想到了做任何的例子,当你谈论制作我的一个例子,以警示他人“之称的痘标记的小伙子,他伸手,以工头的马的缰绳牢牢地掌握在自己的手里,”你是个白痴傻笑的娱乐理念,懦弱bluffer的提及。当你谈论unhorsing和不知从何处千里这里在进行中,使我的国家,你不知道是什么意思,但有你这样做没有危险,我觉得很容易在这一点上,但对不起,看看自己成为这样一个傻瓜,现在,你可能想了一会儿,我很担心象牙柄枪,你穿的,但我不是男人穿的范围内,不这么多的强调他们的要求着,因为你可能会想,如果是我的话,我会扔在马车;。它可能给你带来麻烦的一件事可以肯定的,如果你曾经这么多的躺在你的手就可以了,当你正在威胁你做日常,我会建一个火在你的脸上,你可以在午夜读旧金山“考官”通过。 你必须修改你的想法是小事一桩; 其实,改变你的战术。 你把你的预订大于狼,当您试图通过武力运行的东西。 还有很多更好的方法。 不要试图让谈话棒的动作,也没有使用任何前奏,您希望做真正的发挥。 与真品展开的小游戏。 你不能把碱尘在我的眼前,告诉我下雪。 我很抱歉地告诉你这一切,但我注意到,你需要它很长一段时间。“
     
    “当他发布了他的抓地力辔缰绳,他继续说,”现在坐回到了马车,甩开那把枪,跟一些男生把一个男人和计算这些牛,它会做得比你更好有帮助。“
     
    “”我必须继续听取每手这些侮辱?“ 嘶嘶药的人,铁青着愤怒。
     
    “”你申请的补救措施之前,首先去除病因,这是在您的生产线,“回答Californy”此外,你打算怎么办呢你似乎并不具有足够的牛感,甚至使用有天赋。?修改政策的金额在你的每一天的事务,“他说,当他骑马离开,以避免听到他的回答。
     
    “我们几个,谁是近得听老板的Californy的手在打扮下来,骑起来为我们的祝贺,当我们注意到老坏医学已经得到了一个独立于被称为一个男孩'粉红'。 离开他之后,他继续他的乘驾对旅行车。粉红很快加入了我们,一个灿烂的笑容打了他亲切的面容红润。
     
    “”你们当中有些人的男生一定是给了他一个沉重的剂量在早上这么早,说:“粉红色”,因为他命令我有牛数,并报告给了他的车。表现得好像他没有目标这样的伎俩了自己。现在,当我的工头,“继续粉红,”我想你们两个点的人去到地面的第一个小的上升,我们将通过把牛你的,我想密切计数,理解。你下一个老板工作,现在会推你通过地狱,所以,如果你百余想念他们,我去跟管理,看看我能不能拥有你的工资上调或者有你犯了一个工头什么大的工资和无所事事。“
     
    “点 - 男子微笑着粉红色的订单,一问,”你准备好了?“
     
    “”所有设置“,回应粉红。”让小提琴手宽松的剪裁。“
     
    “嗯,我们列队起来,并得到了他们的形状来算精神不振,而我们点的人挑选出最喜欢的崛起,我们我们的柜台之间的内衬,通过它们,我们喂他们通过,并作为定期的手表,你能听到Californy叫出他的伙计'理货!“ 或者他们会唱了这张支票上的连百头,滑倒在他们的理货串结,以保持数百人。花了足足半小时,放他们通过,而当瘸子和dogies的后卫通过这种即兴的评论,大家都耐心地等待着宣判。我们的计数器骑在一起,Californy,他的马鞍的鞍俯身,他的伙计说,“你得到了什么?”
     
    “”三十三六,“他回答。
     
    “”为什么,你不能指望一点点,“Californy说,”我有33 7。如何计数适合你,老板?“
     
    “”易适应,男装,“粉红说,”但我惊讶地发现,有一个共同的牛群这样优秀的男人,我一定要试试和你对这个委员会,是调查德州发烧由政府任命。你共完成过这样一个共同的使命就是充当索赔,你现在'。
     
    “谈到我们的休息,他说,”扔你牛的线索,你庸俗的苦工,而我骑回来订购向前我的车子和鞍股票,按理说,我应该有这些中心消防雪茄之一烟,正确设置了我的权威在这个场合。“
     
    “他慢跑回旅行车和满足了被废黜药人的牛人有一蹄,我们很快就看到了鞍的马下,一个小时之后粉色和工头骑美国,大如牛脂,买家来自堪萨斯州市,甚至不知道任何一个,所以在他们的谈话被吸收为自己,骑上了,上了小道,看着窗外的草和水。
     
    “这是两个多星期之后,当粉红色的对我们说,”当我们取得了圣达菲铁路,我会建议我的男人要在一些山​​区胜地需要休息几个星期,我希望大家注意到有多么担心他看起来和,以我的判断,他似乎失去肉体,我不喜欢暗示什么,但前一天,我们到达的铁路,我认为在沙山上沿着阿肯色河一天的鸻拍摄可能会讨好殿下,如果他会和我一起去,如果我不失去他,我永远不会再回到这个牛群,不会伤害他的任何睡了一晚与干牛。“
     
    “果然,我们穿过这条道路,地方科罗拉多州线附近,粉红色和坏医学左营在上午的鸻狩猎的沙山早期的前一天,幸运的是,这是一个有雾的早晨,并在半小时内两个人的视线阵营和畜群。粉红已经概述的计划,一切都明白,我们扎营在一个不错的流,而不是随着牛群后,奠定了的那一天。夜幕降临,我们的猎人失败返回,第二天早上,我们落后迈向阿肯色河,正如我们走进营地中午,两名骑兵笼罩在眼前下来的线索,从上面的。我们每个流氓知道他们是谁,而当两人骑着马了,粉红色的增长速度非常生气,要求知道为什么我们没能前一天到达的河流。
     
    “马牧马人,老乡叫乔·乔治,经过适当执教,并挺身而出,主动请缨这个借口:”你都不知道它的时候,你昨天早上离开营地,我们是出了马车队伍,近一半的鞍马,恩,我们是,而且更糟糕的是,不到下面的小河一英里是一个被遗弃的印度营,我是不会用的厨师留下来寻找失踪的股票,并告诉Segundo的左右。我们分成每三四个男子队走了出来,抬头一看马,但它是经过六点钟之前,我们落后了下来,并拿到了丢失的动物,如果有人认为我会留下来看看在一个完整的潜伏印度人国失踪股票 - 好了,他们根本不认识我“。
     
    “该计划的所有工作权。在第二天早上到达铁路,坏医学认可粉红拿牛群Ogalalla在普拉特,而他坐火车丹佛围绕着篝火,那天晚上,粉红色给了我们他的经验失去医药先生。“哦,我失去了他后期足够的日子,所以他无法达成任何栖身之夜,”粉红说,“中午,当太阳直开销,我敲响了他作为方向并发现他不知道从西直上或东部。让他滑后,我一直在观察他之间的沙山,在一英里左右的距离,直到他放弃了,unsaddled黄昏。第二天早上,当我超过了他,我假装尾随他,我在找他,他从来不怀疑我的诚意够扔的喜悦在我的狂喜。“
     
    “在到达Ogalalla,来自蒙大拿州的一名男子把在公司与可怜的老中医的外观,并为他们做了严格的业务与粉红色,我们离开了坟墓和巫医owly议会全体好了,其结果的无论是粉红色的被投入了负责牛群,和更好的工头我从来没有在工作中,我们达到了公司的黄石秋季初的范围,计算一遍又吩咐我们dogies好了,骑上到总部。那天晚上,我谈到与牧场定期的男人,而且在那里,我发现了一个一流的牧童就进不去了四个月的干草在夏季和相同的饲养它在冬天,但不要忘记它她是个牛国所有权利。我始终是这样一个可怜的手在进行中,我错过了那个国家,在这里,我是一个'婴儿潮'。“
     
    “好吧,如果你想的热潮,”汤姆说滚,“但你都记得北卡罗莱纳州的州长南卡罗来纳州的州长说的吗?”
     
    “这间饮品相当长的时间,”乔说,不断上升,“但我不想打断王牌。”
     
    当我们列队在酒吧,王牌举起一杯三分之二满,看着它在冥想的心情,说:“这不是很可笑吗?这东西有点才能使一个家伙感到富有,为什么,四位的价值在他的皮带,和美国总统不能雇用他。“
     
    当我们漫步到街上,乔问,“王牌,我在那里会看到你吃完晚饭?”
     
    “你会看到我,不仅晚饭后,但都在吃晚饭,坐在你旁边。”
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