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THE SUNDAY 0KEG02OAS, PdBTLAOT, JASUAEY 29, 1905".
WHEN A PRESIDENT IS ACTUALLY ELECTED
Counting" the Voter That lifakes ; Roosevelf the- GhtT
Executive of the Nation.
WASHINGTON. Jan. SL (Special
Correspondence of The SundayOre
roniaji.) Tbe formal finishing
ioucfcea en the election ef Beooevelt and
Fairbanks vrtU be added at the National
Capitol a Wednesday, February . A
picture eee&e 1K thea be enacted
la tbe crt-at hail of the Hocm ef Repre
rentatlvrs. the occasion wKi be th
raort eeretsenl&ss of the mmy Interest
ing rveau regular!)' ichcduled on the
Of eeerne. it may srpriie mujr to
'imti that these tno candidates were not
ietftd In November last; that the' were
net even voted for then, bet that the
PrcMldeatlal Slecters to vote later for
President and Vlee-President were then
etreeta' ohB. On the -cRd Monday
of January, at the captain ef their rari
tm a!, the Presidential Electors met
Messengers From States.
OUkM rai&o ?-?,. one ebeoan by each
bear of Mur tx-tnn. have eiee beea
i matiii. to WaMati bearing to the
Preiltlant pre tomeere of the Senate.
eorttnlaa ef the eleetoral vote,
Kom of Jw meensira have been ee
f ftni to the WMu Kmmi by their Cea-f-r-eianni
fritenee and Introduced to the
Prjnfai. Tb hae had tnek- expenses
tnM or tnelr rf-etve states and. In
fcddMos. mox1 nave received handsome
ta for tbalr trouble
la tbe enrponiec JWtep of the CupHel.
twiowbBV. xa exjart eablaet-mak"r bar
bean aeaiytoy all of the MM of hi art
te tba aMMMtfaetitre ef two nighty pettsned
ram waensbt f the beat mahogany,
late Sneoe th sealed eftifieatea bmugirt
i' tb ?rtMi ore ixmpere ar to be
rectoee. after tMOng trasaformd fnen the
tol oT chat high tonrttoaary. previews to
tbe ecicronory to be doaerlNtd.
On Foamnry the two hwww of Can
err wM meat, aa nana!, at mm. at
"hk boor a Mac ran mo on each of tbetr
rfwthe "Ktn of tbe CeoKei wilt nre
lim tfer jetlmg. Tor aoveral prevtoes
lra lore rrecwea wttl have been rwrm
'ng o tbe great 7WJtle pHe There wHl be
a MVdfSbur of bnodrd of feet tP the
wtejfaag marm atairways.. and deerkeep
rrs. 1 waning MUlr Ml tb4j- chair eat
4 tbe gallery entrant of tbe 1 loose
-f BiK' 'ildre. will be importuned for
i aiaauainiii Bot ffnanlnra, Ronreeeflta
te. tboir famine ad frlonda wilt alone
b I 'Moaltind by Mtd to oeeuojr the aeata
m oaMy oot aaort for the renoral nblir.
TK olmt obiiid ooeo'wMt denoeod to the
maba floor f tbe sra MM44fu; and Hne
m4r tlnmc tbe tav xoad blocks of
wotridowi OMHHtrttef the of the
The Senate on Parade.
At 1 'Mk. aHwsT havta ti
fiM toe Unoer Mooae that the tower S
reodf- tbe i oath i rn door of the Senate
rhtwdii MI ooein. and. "traap. traBtp.
tfin" a proonMdon of oaee wM icoae
1rtk ay on tbe mosiile floor of the oerri
dr. Abad of thorn w4M morrh a phalanx
f Ountol ronew the very ertone de la
rrmnr of tbe NatleVa "ftooot"! hricht
VI or umitm iaa and fhiaiag bmas battona.
Mod th- the aoidotant doorkeepers of
tbe Bonae wlH boar the pHi4ied aaahoc
aoy boxes; beortoc the Klod eertMbsaies
'f the eoneteral veto 5C-t wW atarrh
(be 6ercat-at-Arms. foMewed by the
frfn4doM pro teeaper. Senator H'Wtera
r trye. of Maoa- iwbo proswlea ovrr the
Bato bi tbe obfeone of a. Vle-rreoldeot
tbe Hatted tof. Soneier Krye wnt
W to sort i d by Charles G. Bennett. Cleric
PRESIDENT rSO TEif. ITtYK, WIO OFfTCIALLY ANNOUNCES
KLUCTION OF FAIRBANKS AND IOSEXLT.
COCNTTNO THE ELECTORAL VOTE, 1881-
of the Senate. Behind them the Senators
wtlt feHow in doebie file.
Before this distinguished procession
reaches the sn-fcijctair northern door of the
hall of the Hoese. Doorkeeper F. B. Lyon
ef that body wilt enter the great cham
fer by the center slate and formally an
nounce to the Speaker the arrival of tho
The Speaker will rife, his example bclnc
followed by the 3& other members, In a
body. All wW remain standing until the
I'ppor House Js seattd. Previously 50
Kepresentatlves en the Democratic side,
wttt have vacated their chairs In the first
four rows to the Hcht ef the Speaker,
sad will have been crowded In among the
members Ir the remainder of the hall.
If- amoni; th" general jwblle are aware
ef the faot that the Democrats occupy
the honor seats Ir both Houses of Con
cress those on tbe right of the presiding
officer. The Republican majority in re
cent Cengres has ben so great, how
ever, that IgMators of that faith have
overrun the lienor sldo to a considerable
J Beneath the large silk flag draped
above the presiding officer's chair
i President Pro Tern. Kry and Speaker
Cannon w-lll sit aide by side, the form
er, on the right, belag by rtatute the
presiding offleor of the Joint session.
Oengrees many years age spcclfled
very rlearly as to who should preside
on such an occasion, and perhaps the
loaders of that day foresaw that a
babel such as occurred a few weeks
ago In the Colorado State Capitol
might be witnessed In the National
Houso on an occasion of bitter politi
cal strife. The Colorado Legislature
was in Joint session, performing for
the state the same function which
Congress w'.ll perform for the nation
the ratiflcr.tion of the executive vote
when th- dispute arose as to who
wns the presiding officer of the Joint
session, and when the Lieutenant-Governor
and speaker endeavored to out
pound each other with their gavels,
while each contradicted the ruling of
How Morton Blocked Ceremony.
The two mahogany cases will repose
upon the Speaker's desk, the two keys
being placed before Senator Frye. The
ceremony will actually commence with
the unlocking of the boxes by the
President pro tern. In 1393 a hitch
occurred at this stage of tho ceremony.
Mr. Morton was then Vice-President.
He put out his hand to take up the
keys, but they were not in their tra
ditional place and could not be found.
He became uiorvous. He raised various
sheots of peper upon his broad desk
and peered beneath them. The Speak
er, seated beside him. looked under
the inkstand, but still no key, was to
be found. 'The secretary, the clerk and
various other attaches Joined in the
seaich. the Vice-President growing
more and more nervous every minute.
The boxes were tried, but their locks
refused to yield. It began" to look as
though Gro'er Cleveland would have
to be elevated to the Presidential
chair by aid of an ax.
The search on. in, about and under
the desk was repeated, the corps of
searchers having been greatly aug
mented. By this time every Legisla
tor on thc.,floor appreciated the humor
of the difficulty and was laughing.
The Vice-President finally commenced
to fumble in his pockets. He searched
those of his trousers, then those of his
coat, going down to the very depths
of his coat tails. Then he ran bis
fingers Into his waistcoat pocket and
brought forth the missing keys. Tbe mem
bers of both Houses burst forth into a
hearty round of applause, and the
boxes were opened.
"When the new boxes are opened at
the coming Joint session there 'Will be
revealed to the scribes craning their
necks from the press gallery above the
Speaker's desk, a number of large
brown envelopes, each marked with
the name of a state. They being
placed before the President pro tem
pore, he will rise, gavel In hand, and
address the assemblage thus:
'This being the day and the hour
appointed for opening the certificates
and counting the votes of electors for
President and Vice-President, the Sen
ate and House of Representatives have
met together pursuant to the Constitu
tion and laws of the United States."
He Jfill then take xv the brown
packages in alphabetical order, each
containing an Inner envelope sealed
with wax. He will first break the seal
on the envelope from Alabama and
hand the certificate within to one of
the four tellers, two of whom one
Democrat and one Republican will
previously be chosen from each house.
The Republican teller appointed from
the Senate will read at length the cer
tificate of the vote of the state of Ala
bama. Following precedents observed
on former occasions", the tellers, hav
ing observed that the certificates are
in due form, will omit reading the
others in full and. taking the states
in alphabetical order, will announce
the votes of each. "When Maryland is
reached It will be found that the vote
of that state is split, seven votes be
ing cast for Parker and Davis and one
that of Charles J. Bonaparte, grand
nephew of Napoleon and grandson of
the King of "Westphalia being for
Roosevelt and Fairbanks. This split
ting of the Maryland vote Is alleged
to be due to a- misunderstanding of the
ballots on the part of the voters last
Thc votes of all other states will be
"straight," although there is no law,
save the unwritten rule of party loyal
ty, compelling any elector to vote fot
bis party candidates. Only once in
American history, however, has an
elector failed to vote for the nominee
of his party. This was in the elec
tion of 1820. when James Monroe re
ceived rII of the electoral votes but
one. This solitary ballot was cast
against him by a New Hampshire elec
tor of Monroe's own party, but was
opposed, on general principles, to the
unanimous election of a President.
The secretary of the Senate will
gather up each certificate after it is
read by the fellers and handed to him
by a page. .The votes of all tho states
having been read and added by the
tellers, the announcement of the result
will bo made to the President pro tem.,
who will rise and say:
The state of the vote for President
of the United States, as delivered to
the President of the Senate., is as fol
lows: The whole number of the elec
tors appointed t vote for President of
the United States Is of which a
majority is 233 Theodore Roosevelt,
of the state of New York, has received
for President of tho United States 336
votes, and Alton B. Parker, of the st4t.
of New York, has. received I4Q. YO.te."1
A similar announceniefit or tnff vote
for Vice-President will then followJ
and. afterward the President pro teml
pore will, make his formal declaratibr
of the election- of Roosevelt and Fair
banks In these words:
The Formar Declaration.
"fThls announcement of the state of th
vote by tho President of the. Senate is bj
law a sufllcleat declaration that Theo
dare Roosevelt- of the State, of Ne
York, is elected President of the Unite
States, and that Charles W- Falrban
of the State of Indiana. 1? elected Vlcfj
President of the United States, teach fi
the term beginning March 4. 1505, oz.C -ri:
be entered, together with; a list oC tJi
votes, -on the journals: of the Senate and
of the House of Representatives. '
Amid the applause from the ltoor and
galleries Senator Frye will bring fci3
gavel down upon the Speaker's desk, the
r Senate will march back to its chamber.
and, five minuteslater, the .House win
have again settled down to its routlrw
of business. The entire -ceremony will
consume about an hour and twenty min
utes. Ths Electoral Commission.
Such has been- the ceremony which,
since the- Republic was born, has beea
sufficient to canvass" all of the electoral
votes, except those cast in the famous
Hayes and Tlldcn campaign. So uncer
tain was the result of that election that
early In the "following Winter thought
ful men foresaw much trouble at the final
counting of the votes of the electoral
colleges by the President of the Senate,
whose authority In the matter had al
ready been questioned. Congress there
upon passed a bill providing for tha
meeting of both "houses in the hall of the
House of Representatives on February
1. 1ST7. to there count the votes. In case
of more than ono return from a state, its
vote was to be decided by a commission
of 15 members five from each house, to
bev appointed by oral vote, and four Asso
ciate Justices of the Supreme Court, who
should select a fifth Justice to sit with
t&e'm- The entire commission was to be
presided over by that Justice of the five
who had seen longest service. The bill
was passed and the commission assem
bled to the House of Representatives on
February 1. It consisted of eignt
nublleans and seven Democrats, the
Justice selected by the fout appoln!
Justices being a Republican. They pas:
upon the legality ot the returns" from dfs
nnted stateav Tho joint session of Con
gress met on March 2 to witness the final
canvassing of the vote by the President
of the Senate, who announced the elec
tion of Hayes and "Wheeler.
The crisis reached in the counting of
the electoral vote in 1ST7 by the electoral
commission caused so much! dissatisfac
tion, however, that Congress attempted
to remedy the apparent defects of the old
law, and on February 3, 1SST ten years
afterward the , present law was passed.
It provides that the states may deter
mine contests of their electoral votes.
According to precedent, tbe Presidert
of the Senate Is presented every four
years with the mahogany boxes contain
ing tho electoral votes before they are
counted. These cases he keeps as sou
venirs of the ceremony. Hence new boxes
must be made quadrennially, and, bear
ing in mind their ultimate dispo'sal. the
Congressional cabinet-maker applies his
JOHN ELFRETH "WATKINS.
BRONCHO-BUSTING AS A FINE ART ON THE FRONTIER
Dick, the Foreman, Tells of Several Past Masters, In
cluding Kid Lee, the Champion.
HT MtH HEKOVAN
-TVKK I "y have 11 vol In
jjtfete oo an try nit year life. Who
wa tine boot brenene-bnetor
oe -vr knewT"
wr one en abe Koran borne
"mi no. one en lab noy were otena
I in eon Tbe man fen" in tor
rn. a wtak ttM fere ef noil by
a ati- norefcweeOer. ltenoe tbere
wu net oinc te no box eereol tbe herds
nee aet in annua fonlea en tbe tarp
beaa, i am" wave jaeytnc pokor or
'"aa na. far yoar eewbey a cua
fetor naut reaaeni Iota fttp na onpartnnl
' r ln ertjM Mice tbe be kotoest bns
aoeejr. bat bos were I aa geea a
gr aii ak er yonWw rota, oeeernbag
1. wvt a vnJU reeeon ter net
rternag- OeaeaoonoMf. 'jana a same
weaM boeoa; aa. i inr.ian weald otnrt
male of a elr ef wlieer-mwanted
op am. a aaaeaflaaag ate nbnoinr. a
eetrc or n area ana, and eeorybedy
i awM aa a nbnarr Or a4l bands
wenaa ejonwa no ataoty no pontable
Manx abe nbnortroa ceeV ateww. natM
In wwan a
na mm neaanjMaa and ware a
wmat entr wnh tiiwam by born.
eant anpee a beclk wtn tfarenca
IHw tbr faeiaaaii of tb eatJU.
wenM aeiamli no wttn a aterjr. lee no4 (
jewt anotntaa toManc abaat ata trap ;
front Kiw Yevk to Ubo by nMenaer. j
fU bnaaap note the aMae end Ma e- '
tare no fnme by aene"r Mia aW- I
ripaaa ef MV roaatUmi woxni be naJ .
bees i uainak nea bi nana tear to ear j
00. nan new I we nowanic for a
Way ateri .
-Wna" abntr be ntftoesL
-'The wan tea beat araarba aaainy
oew nmiwrT I MfMnvee. I
Me enna eaaaa. ben laktac
JftfllpMVV aNwwf tttaf ana Oe AMMB
aa aaabnt a afcaaeMe anal
koi betwoan Ma Una liafnng nteaeet
anni' taken a roa4 -
aaaeo eta" tbaan eoe an4 pox. to
-We.- n a amin. ananlfcng a ctoo4 I
ef Jaaanto. -alma atf aba rent nf en
Wnaw-aoeaaaaM soon le bo teajgne
(ton. I anaaea tt nay nanL Ten went
e aen aaany tbma. nan It's
rntr anawj to natne n rbakr Aa 1
tetab ef I Was nM new- om fonVor an- ,
ymmm e naai earn aaeet reeManwnew.
IneA I mmr naav ten eT a aetaner nan j
atffan. a' ttMae wao eenaanaaaa; a one j
eosi ttaot aaeaV aa Cnann a mm ewt ;
neat ana tao eaatfH Mo wne a
atet no a 4-j or-eaa eoal end
m anen la nawwr a
rnaane 12- aet nenl lalrar apara. He
wnrwT' aaurk ef n ibaar. an 1 onai be- t
feav. !; fc aant a grant fimiiiUow I
jaor 'aaenjc ooaaa mhoi. I
'em.r to eean tha one.
eeoc' 1 aer fcta
rni... ... aant tbe
to t - ' r bnaa mt werk, f'nt
an.:. ne aant eeotta- sane
en-' t. tm aa mm na
Caere -eonay. b W an't
a . Ha se tijaat ef n
eaa a-t Wet Mo abnw ao
:a TnM nOtr. nbancn.
-C 1--' :na. a4 naafbe
aaA ' naatn fMT af
vKSi tbe fa lea, r&u looks ef
made their little heart go thumpity
bamp, like n heraes's feet on a frozen
traJl V.'hy. wbcaever he went to town
all the 1 -"
"Aw, lefa piny poker. Gannysack
IMU Interrnptod. D4ok'a blowin' oft
TMrk laughed bis big. hearty haw
haw, and let ht band fall like a pile
driver en my tteettMer. Gnny. you
amer-jlatei. denble-riveted. thlek
trHted. nnmbsknll. yo. wnat did you
went to apoH tbnt rtory for? Didn't
yon aee I bad bim faot on my rope,
and be wasn't even trying to get
awaf? He wan oentin' 'long like a
Naw, I didn't see netbin Mke that.
Only 1 knowed hm was talkia 'bout
yerself. nn' every darn word ye said
trw a dnrn lie.
IVben the laaRbier eve my discorcfitHre
or OeonyVs density. I eentdn't toil which,
bad tiebjiata and by earefni movements
I bad dtMevored that no boaes were
broken la my beck. Diek said: "Well,
yea desorve bouer treatment than that.
So I'm goin to tell yea boet tbe busters
I nrwd to aoe hereabouts.
Vo liad iiat tnat wna anre good at
riant' thorn nays. bmg 'beat the time
tbe N. V. was jMntn Ma aee through
ttaa eenntry. Tbe' need to eerae up the
trail with cattle from Texas. Some of
thorn axnyed a good wbNe. and others
weoM move en Treat er bit the back trail.
Once n awnMe a btd man weald show
an 'mens tbom. bat meatly tbey was
pretty pood cert of feners. And I want
to sny that tbom steoHeiMn cuys and
tbe Jekeaebera far tbem fanny papers
has tent a let ef He 'beat tbe cowboy.
na Birred bta m thnt talks think he's
nlwer a Are-eeiin. Moodtbiroty devil.
Mert- be 'a a hard-worlds, sober, quiet
fetter when he's en tbe range; 'tends to
bbc ewa koala i m. and expeets etber folks
to ee tbe unte. In town, after beta paid
oar. 'oowre b bits M np sonae, gambles
and ermkj, and aneets oau. But be'o
pet a mlcbty big heart, tbiaka a heap ef
h frienaa. tbeupb be don't parade his
afieonena none, and will stand by them
to tbe ond. Ur's only a man. after ali.
nnd I piwi bea abewt tut Rood as most
men. tnlan' thrat aa tbey ran. and net
parfra' attention to tneir turande.
"Uat tbnc ain't tenia ' yen 'boat tbe
hnKrx. Ne two Uun rleea aNke. Tbe
arc all ktnea. front tbe trim Htslo feller
tbnt rales aa thnnga be nnaa atubt or a
lackm boree to tbe ate. toeee-jolnted one.
tbnt jitoarb aa M ever tbe krone. One ef
tn 7ettiaot rierra xiau ever came op
tno tntM wna Triea Tom. JEvery move
be made wnt mm pretty nnd graceful aa
a main eeaM make. He'd Jurt swing
bimeK aeft and ea!'-Mke ny into the
ondle and tt tberr cnlm and unruffled
wmt tbe brenc tried to make serambted
nf bU baiMea. He'd swing Ms quirt
badt and forth a reenter and pretty aa
tbem nrtera that tr' to play eewbey on
tbe atnno. only bd ne it bard, and
mfamty near brtog btmod every time. And
Wbna tbe brent weabl etat ptMnin'. he'd
raW Mm raamid a graeolat aa a dude la
a city nark. Mjr Mm to be awkward was
no bad aa to toe tbrewod. He always
rede nam re. tee.
Aaetber burner. Cart V.'berina. was a
pewerwt coed inter. He wna a big. long
btsxd man. bat be ceuM mire ride. He
ja aert ef wrnatlod tno bock ont of a
brent . Ktoac he'd tbrew Mm nen-a. xid
ate Mm. and inan when be let Mm up.
Jerk and fctok na renaa. till be bad him
ararad or eV- mnd as a aba-bear. He'd
prve tbe oarnea a yank, g-ab bim by the
ob4i;itotp and awtac wn. Tboa tbe Sght
fei' awntd begin He'd er Mm and qnirt
Mm and naat Ms bead round and raw
Ms uiaatb terrible- Some brenoos would
aaat cpnek, btK seme wenM get mad and
17 M entngnt him. And enae m awhile
ear ef litem wetttd get tbe best of him.
Bnt mestiy he made them quit Jlrat. "When
Mandan roundin' up all the fun that wa3
loose at the State Fair. There was a
feller in town who claimed to be a horse
trainer. No, not a buster, but one of
theso here follera that trains 'em by kind
ness. I reckon he'd come out "West to
educate us savages In how to train horses.
We heard 'bout him. and went 'round the
first night he opened up his tent. He had
some horses that he said were bad, and
he proceeded to train 'em for us. But.
say. they were pet deer to what our
broncs are. He had a ring inside his
tent and seats all round it for the people
to sit on. It bein' .the first night and
nobody knowln' what kind of a flim-flam
fake it wae. the tent was crowded. I just
want to tell you. It takes a. big bunch of
patience to sit and watch a guy like that
try to show you how to run your own
outfit; Them kind of tricks might do with
Eastern horses, but, why, say. It he'd
tried them on some of our broncs he'd
have looked like a prairie dog town after
a stampede had passed over it. But we
didn't start nothin. "We just set still and
let him play his hand out.
"Finally he brought out a horse that
looked like a bronc 'Ladies and gen
tlemen,' he says, 'I've got a horae here
that I must confess baffles my skill.
I bring hlnr out just to show you that
there are some horses that are like
some people plumb crazy. This horse
minds neither brutality nor kindness.
He's Tvhat you men of the plains call
an outcast outlaw, I mean. I've tried
all the methods that I am master of.
and I ain't been able to break him" to
either harness nor saddle.
"Well, sir, , he did look like a bad
one when you looked at him close. Ho
was coal black, with a bar "X" brand
ed on him, bald faced, white footed
and cammy eyed. He was 'bout 15 hands
high, and built like a bear for strength
and an antelope for quickness. 'Looks
like a. wolf, don't he?' I said to the kid
who was with me. But the kid kept
" "Now," said tha feller, 'Just to ahow
that I believe no method can't succeed
where mine can't. I'm goln' to offer
fifty dollars to the man that will ride
"Woll. boys, you ought to have seen
that kid I Like a shot, he jumped up
out of hl3 seat and went scramblln
and jumpin and tumblin over people's
heads, just tearln his shirt to get
down there. You see. he thought every
feller in that tent was goln' to jump
at that fifty dollars, and he was dead
set on gettln' there first. Nobody
else had moved, but the kid didn't
know that. He thought we were all
hot on his trail.
"The kid finally got hjs, saddle on
him, and after a little maneuverln'
swung up. "Well, the horse was aa
outlaw, all right: you could see that
by the way he went for the kid for
'bout six jumps. Then ali of a sud
den he quit, and the kid rode him
round as gentle as a -sick pup. "We
learned afterwards that the kid had
busted the horse th Spring before
when he was at the Bar X, and the
horse knowed his boss. But he was
an outlaw; nobody but the kid ever
did ride that horse. Oh. no, the kid
never peeped 'bout it. I don't know
that he knew it. But if he had, that
wouldn't have made no difference with
"Did the kid get his fifty?" I asked.
"You never heard of a horse trainer
bein tied to a black, bald-faced Bar
X horse's tail and drug 'cross the
prairie, have you?"
"Well, you would most likely have
heard of it if the kid hadn't got his
fifty. "What do you suppose the rest
of us fellers were there for, anyhow?
Tho kid was our friend."
"Your honor." observed Mr. Bailey,
"my unfortunate client"
"There the court Is with you," gently
interrupted the Judge, with a grim smile.
And the future Senator lost his case.
be got through, the bronc would look
Mke tbe inside ef a slaughterhouse, blood
"Nebraf-ka Bill had one of the best
tricks I ever saw. He was short and
stocky, ati stout aa a grizzly. He'd ride
UK the bronc was 'bout ready to quit.
Then he'd head him toward the crowd, if
they was standin round watcbln', and
when he got clooe to tbem he'd yank the
b rone's head up from between his feet,
give hire a sort of a see-saw twist, and
threw him fiat on his side, while he him
self would Just kind of atop out of the
stirrups as the bronc went down, and
would stand on the bronc's head to bold
him down. Buffalo Bill tried to get him
for that show of hi that he took round
e ho win' teaderfeet how It's dene, but Ne
braska said you'd never catch him herdin
with Injuns and mavericks. Anyhow, he'd
rather stay where they was horses that
could buck he said.
"Course I'm talkia 'boot busters that
rede sUck.' By that I mean they didn't
tie their stirrups together, nor put a
buckin' roll or tbe saddle, nor hook their
wears hi the cinch. I'm not denjin' that
aneb things Is pretty handy to have when
you're siitta' straddle of buzzsaw. for
tbat what a backla' bronc Is; but I am
jin that balance la the thing that
aoants In ridin. and that's what rid In'
'Mick moans, ridin by keepin' your bal
ance. "But the lad that could top off the
whole let wts Kid Lee. I've Just been
worktn up to him while tellin you 'bout
3"exas Tem. Curt "Wheelan and Nebraska
BlU. They were mighty good riders and
cos id ride broncs thafd make other men
bile leather in three jumps. But Kid Lee
could ride anything that wore hair. I
must tell you 'bout him.
"One Spring day, when I was foreman of
the Bar V ranch, a young feller came
ridin' up and asked for a Job. "We were,
workin" over a big bunch of horses that
we'd just rounded up, and I needed all
the men with me, so I hired this kid to
do the work round the ranch. I gave him
a steady old horse to use. 'cause I sized
him up as bein green and awkward 'bout
ridin. He worked all right, though I
could see by the way he always watched
us ride off that he'd rather go with ua
than liang 'round the ranch. "We were
workin" near enough to come In for din
ner, and this kid In a quiet way began to
ask the boys "bout the horses, which were
the bad ones and so on. He'd not say
much at one time: so he didn't rouse sus
picions of what he was up to. Nebraska
Bill was with me then, ami he was ridin
a bruto that was sure vicious. One day
the kid asked me whose pinto that was.
" "That's Nebraska's,' I said. 'You don't
want to fool with that horse, kid. He'll
kill you sure. Nebraska Is the only man
that can stay on htm two minutes.'
"Well, I didn't think nothin more
about It and went In to dlnnec "While we
wao eatla" we heard a big yellln and
bawlln' out near the corral. "We all
rushes out. and I'll be scalped for an
Injun if thero ain't that locoed kid ridin
Nobraska's pinto. The horse Is standln
first on his ears, then on his tail, buckln
and pltchln and swappln ends every
third jump, and bawlln and just spllttln
his hide to get' that kid off- And the kid
la settln up there slappln the pinto with
bis hat And yellln like a Sioux Injun on a
spree. He was a big, loose-Jointed, slab-
sided kid, anyhoW. and he is just fioppin'
all over that horse from his withers to
his tall, but he don't come off, not much.
He's havln the time ot his life. We just
stands still and watches the show. And,
would you think It? that ornery-Iookln'
kid rode that plnto out Nebraska was
some sore, 'cause, you see, he'd been
pridln' himself on being the only one In
the outfit who could ride him. and here
comes this dough-faced kid and ridea him
better than Nebraska ever dreamed of.
with no quirt, no spurs, and might as
well had no bridle for all he used It.
' 'Kid, I say. when the pinto quits and
he gets off, you come out with us this
afternoon. Anybody that can ride like
that Is too good to be a cook's flunkey.'
"Well, sir, he was the best man on a
buckln' horse I ever saw. Ho could ride
any of them. He never got thrown, and
he could come mighty near makln' a
horse do what he wanted him to. He
wasn't graceful and pretty In his ridin"
like Texas Tom, and he never did get
that way. but when he put a leg over a
horse he was pure on there to stay. He
didn't give a darn what the horse .did.
he'd go right on with his work. He was
the only, man I ever saw who could use
a rope when his horse was buckln. Ho
was Just so all-fired limber that the
jolts didn't Jolt him at all.
"And the best thing 'bout the kid was
that he didn't get stuck up none 'bout
his ridin. He was just a born rider,
and he had sense 'nough to know that
the Almighty had been uncommon good
to him: , so he didn't go blowin 'round
'bout, what he cpuld do. He did tbe
ridin and let the Lord have the credit.
"One time a bunch of us were down to
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