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Thread #61966 Message #999040
Posted By: GUEST,Q
08-Aug-03 - 02:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Whose Old Cow (N. Howard Thorp)
Subject: RE: 19th century black cowboy rap
Roswell Freight Depot- Railroad Ave, and, I believe, 7th St.
Another interesting book is C. A. Thomson, 1979, Blacks in Deep Snow, J. M. Dent and Sons. Canadian stories.
John Ware, ex-slave, a black cowboy and rancher in Alberta, described one experience in the Macleod Gazette of June 23, 1885, when his horse dumped him, wearing slicker and chaps, in the river:
"Would you believe it, but I'll be dog-garned if those fellers didn't stand on the shore and laugh at me, an' me just drownin' all the time. When I struck bottom an' got out on the bank I looked as if I'd been drowned about two months an' was just resurrected. Them fellers they just stood an' laughed an' one of 'em says: "Git wet, John?" ... Them fellers must have knowed I was wet, slicker an' all, 'cause I looked like a drowned rat." (Not reaction to a black, cowboys would'nt help unless he had been in real trouble- unnecessary help would be resented).
His brand was 9999.