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[339] return the way he came, unless he wished to see strange sights. This message broolied no fencing; and he rode away that night, leaving his protest with some district judge. An agent whom he afterwards sent out was shot.

“It is a good thing,” says my friend, “ to have a fine cattle-run, but a man who owns a good cattlerun on the upper Brazos, ought to live out West, and keep things square.”

“What do you think of us now?” asks a citizen of Galveston county.

“You seem to have a big estate-wood, water, grass.”

“ Grass is a cuss. You see these fields near the creek: they're under cotton. Cotton is king. You think we might have meat and milk? We might; but then who cares to throw away his chance? No man ever got rich on meat and milk. Dollars are what we want; dollars from St. Louis and Chicago; dollars from Boston and New York; and neither St. Louis nor Chicago, Boston nor New York would send us a coin if we began killing our own calf and milking our own cow. If we had no need for Eastern dollars, we'd divide.”

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