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The Log of a Cowboy Paperback – December 4, 2013
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About the Author
About The Author American author Andy Adams (1859-1935) was born in Indiana and helped his family tending cattle and horses on the family farm. He moved to Texas for a decade, spending time driving cattle, before he moved to Colorado Springs. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The "violence" and "sexual content" were not even a "PG" rating--they were written in the most gentle and "genteel" manner...definitely a "G" rating.
This rider and these drovers seem to have fallen into all of the adventures that ever ocurred on these drives...fascinating reading.
For the price, this book is outstanding!
Flies in the ointment: e.g., unnecessary little flaws- the typists slipped in a few UK English spellings... centre, etc.
Andy Adams compresses a number of cattle drives together to make one in the book. He used a fictitious name but the main character is himself. He had 12 years total in the saddle as a cowboy. The first edition was in 1903.The original text was used and the publisher lets us know there may be some spelling mistakes as nothing was changed. There are several mistakes like did n't instead of didn't. A few misspelled words. INMO it did not detract from the reading. The book is a page burner and those interested in cattle driving will want to read on. I read the 387 page book in two days. Plus there are some nice B/W prints. Some of them are really great and I'd like to have lithographs like them to put on the den wall.
The owner contracts out with the US government via The Blackfoot Indian Agency to drive thousands of cattle from Texas into Montana and hand over the cattle to the US government to be given to the Blackfoot Indian Agency to be distributed to Indian families. Foreman Flood and his handpicked team of cowboys do the cattle driving.
We see the long 3,000 mile journey. A member of the team called Rebel ( ex confederate soldier) kills a man drawing guns on him in a bar who supports ex General Grant. The Rebel only wanted to relax a little in town and get a drink, but is insulted. We see another foreman (leading another herd of cattle) drowning ...horse and cattle swimming, a river. A sad eulogy by a minister. Lots of good food cooked on the range from the chuck wagon. We see the cattlemen giving 3 head of cattle to an Indian chief to feed his squaws and papooses. Also a group of rustlers who tried to sweet talk the cattleman to allow them ( the rustlers) to "cut" their cattle from the main herd. All a sham to just get some of the cattleman's cattle. The rustlers are delivered to the authority for justice. Lots of scenery description, events and more. A good description of Dodge city and the no nonsense gun shooting allowed by the town's law enforcement.
Again we see how dangerous it was going through big steams and rivers as sometimes there was quicksand. About a hundred head of cattle get bogged down in quicksand under the waters of a river.A huge steer has to be destroyed as it got bogged down in quicksand and a number of horses, ropes and cowboys pulled and pulled to get it out. Unfortunately one of the steers legs was held by the suction of the mud so much the leg was completely twisted off. Gross!
Good story telling around the campfire.
I loved the part about hiring another man to make "Bear Paws"...donuts. He makes hundreds and hundreds of them. The word gets out how good they taste and cowboys from other camps come to eat his great "Bear Paws". Some say the best they ever ate in 40 years on the range! Also a funny card game to see who will get the spare turkey egg for breakfast. Each gets one but there is one extra. Another funny part is when the cowboys after a long hard day are trying to get sleep. A coyote gets in the camp looking for something to eat. One of the tired cowboy throws one of his boots at the coyote. In the morning he discoverers his boot went in the campfire and is all burned up.
Those who want a true description of an 1888 cattle drive and learning about the life of real cowboys will appreciate this book. After the railroad connected to the various cattle producing areas and the receiving/distribution centers throughout the US the long multi thousand mile cattle drives were over and this part of the old west ended forever. Cattle ranchers could ship their beef faster, cheaper and easier.
There is small part with a couple of miners. I would of given the book 5 stars if it would of had more occupations than just cattle driving. I liked the two Time Life Classics of the Old West so much I bought another nine used in the series and may buy more if I can afford it. The Log Of A Cowboy 4 1/3 stars and proudly added to our family library.
I bought this copy as a gift for someone who enjoys history and stories about real life, like this, and people caring and keeping on in spite of obstacles.
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