Chapter 33: Texas and Texans.
A Texan is a mounted man; a knight, who rides and carries arms.
The air is hot, and swells in mortal veins.
Under Sam Houston
, there was a Texan boast that every White settler in the land had killed a Mexican and scalped a Redskin.
Later on, the saying of the country ran that every White man owned a mustang and a slave.
The slave being gone, the sense of lordship takes another shape.
Now, the legend runs, that every Texan owns a horse, a dog, and a gun; a horse that never slackens speed, a dog that never drops his scent, a gun that never misses fire.
Like his Red neighbour, the Kickapoo
, a Texan is a hunter; but, unlike his neighbour, the Kickapoo
, a Texan never hunts.
At every ranch we find a mustang hitched to a rail; on every track we meet