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When A Man's A Man   By: (1872-1944)

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WHEN A MAN'S A MAN

BY HAROLD BELL WRIGHT

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK By arrangement with D. Appleton Century Co.

1916

TO MY SONS GILBERT AND PAUL NORMAN THIS STORY OF MANHOOD IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED BY THEIR FATHER

Acknowledgment

It is fitting that I should here express my indebtedness to those Williamson Valley friends who in the kindness of their hearts made this story possible.

To Mr. George A. Carter, who so generously introduced me to the scenes described in these pages, and who, on the Pot Hook S ranch, gave to my family one of the most delightful summers we have ever enjoyed; to Mr. J.H. Stephens and his family, who so cordially welcomed me at rodeo time; to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Contreras, for their kindly hospitality; to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Stewart, who, while this story was first in the making, made me so much at home in the Cross Triangle home ranch; to Mr. J.W. Cook, my constant companion, helpful guide, patient teacher and tactful sponsor, who, with his charming wife, made his home mine; to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert N. Cook, and to the many other cattlemen and cowboys, with whom, on the range, in the rodeos, in the wild horse chase about Toohey, after outlaw cattle in Granite Basin, in the corrals and pastures, I rode and worked and lived, my gratitude is more than I can put in words. Truer friends or better companions than these great hearted, outspoken, hardy riders, no man could have. If my story in any degree wins the approval of these, my comrades of ranch and range. I shall be proud and happy. H.B.W.

"CAMP HOLE IN THE MOUNTAIN" NEAR TUCSON, ARIZONA APRIL 29, 1916

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. AFTER THE CELEBRATION 11 II. ON THE DIVIDE 23 III. IN THE BIG PASTURE 35 IV. AT THE CORRAL 47 V. A BIT OF THE PAST 81 VI. THE DRIFT FENCE 91 VII. THINGS THAT ENDURE 115 VIII. CONCERNING BRANDS 133 IX. THE TAILHOLT MOUNTAIN OUTFIT 159 X. THE RODEO 181 XI. AFTER THE RODEO 197 XII. FRONTIER DAY 239 XIII. IN GRANITE BASIN 261 XIV. AT MINT SPRING 281 XV. ON CEDAR RIDGE 297 XVI. THE SKY LINE 323

[Illustration: WHEN A MAN'S A MAN]

CHAPTER I.

AFTER THE CELEBRATION.

There is a land where a man, to live, must be a man. It is a land of granite and marble and porphyry and gold and a man's strength must be as the strength of the primeval hills. It is a land of oaks and cedars and pines and a man's mental grace must be as the grace of the untamed trees. It is a land of far arched and unstained skies, where the wind sweeps free and untainted, and the atmosphere is the atmosphere of those places that remain as God made them and a man's soul must be as the unstained skies, the unburdened wind, and the untainted atmosphere. It is a land of wide mesas, of wild, rolling pastures and broad, untilled, valley meadows and a man's freedom must be that freedom which is not bounded by the fences of a too weak and timid conventionalism.

In this land every man is by divine right his own king; he is his own jury, his own counsel, his own judge, and if it must be his own executioner. And in this land where a man, to live, must be a man, a woman, if she be not a woman, must surely perish.

This is the story of a man who regained that which in his youth had been lost to him; and of how, even when he had recovered that which had been taken from him, he still paid the price of his loss. It is the story of a woman who was saved from herself; and of how she was led to hold fast to those things, the loss of which cost the man so great a price.

The story, as I have put it down here, begins at Prescott, Arizona, on the day following the annual Fourth of July celebration in one of those far western years that saw the passing of the Indian and the coming of the automobile... Continue reading book >>




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