|Source: Texas History|
In early dawn hours, Gil stared at his coffee, close to campfire. It was taking almost all he had to muster to face the day. Three thousand head of cattle and twenty raw wild drovers…what was I thinking?
When Gil had signed the contract to bring the cattle up the Chisum Trail, subjugating animal and man was never a challenge. How many trips to Kansas…with all this… he forced himself stop questioning decisions made long ago.
No ranch, no wife, and no progeny, nothing to call mine. This is all I got. Doubt and depression were ongoing companions along the trail.
Wishbone set another pot on the fire. “Those ghost cattle been spookin’ man and beast alike. Jest plain spooky to scarify*** anyone. Not sayin’ they getting’ to me, no siree…”
Rowdy dragged in by the fire. “Boss, big black storm coming from the West. Gotta get goin, ‘soon as Wishbone gets some decent food on these rusty old tin plates…” He chuckled as the grizzled cook let out with some seasoned profanity.
Food done, drovers saddled and up, Gil shouted out as he did everyday: “Head ‘em up. Move ‘em out….”
***scarify: great liberties taken with this word. Decided I didn't like its meaning. To me, it made sense to mean to "scare the daylights out of one".
Brings back memories for me! It ran from 1959 to 1965, with just about every A-actor, B-actor in Hollywood. Eric Fleming as Gil Favor and Clint Eastwood as the ramrod Rowdy Yates made for strong leading men. Eastwood began a great and long career. Eric Fleming drowned in a boating accident at age 41 or thereabouts. Frankie Laine sang the theme song. Good times. Good show.
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