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It had dried out in a bit swale, an’ in general no steer could ever hev run fer it. however the herd used to be worried an’ wild. An’ jest as Lassiter acknowledged, whilst that bunch of white steers bought to movin’ they was once as undesirable as buffalo. I’ve noticeable a few buffalo stampedes again in Nebraska, an’ this bolt of the steers used to be a similar style. “I attempted to mill the herd jest as Lassiter did. yet I wasn’t equivalent to it, pass over Withersteen. I don’t think the rider lives who may perhaps hev grew to become thet herd. We saved alongside of the herd fer miles, an’ extra ’n considered one of my boys attempted to get the steers a-millin’. It wasn’t no need. We obtained off point flooring, goin’ down, an’ then the steers ran somethin’ fierce. We left the little gullies an’ washes level-full of useless steers. ultimately I observed the herd used to be makin’ to move a type of low pocket among ridges. there has been a hog-back—as we used to name ’em—a pile of rocks stickin’ up, and that i observed the herd used to be goin’ to separate around it, or swing out to the left. An’ i needed ’em to visit definitely the right so mebbe we’d be capable to force ’em into the pocket. So, with all my boys other than 3, I rode challenging to show the herd a bit to the appropriate. We couldn’t budge ’em. They went on an’ cut up around the rocks, an’ the main of ’em used to be became sharp to the left through a deep wash we hedn’t seen—hed no likelihood to determine. “The different 3 boys—Jimmy Vail, Joe Willis, an’ thet little Cairns boy—a nervy child! they, with Cairns leadin’, attempted to dollar thet herd around to the pocket. It used to be a wild, idiot idee. I couldn’t do nothin’. the men bought hemmed in among the steers an’ the wash—thet they hedn’t no likelihood to work out, both, Vail an’ Willis was once run down correct earlier than our eyes. An’ Cairns, who rode an exceptional hoss, he did a few ridin’ I by no means obvious equaled, an’ might hev beat the steers if there’d been any room to run in. i used to be excessive up an’ may perhaps see how the steers stored spillin’ via twos an’ threes over into the wash. Cairns positioned his hoss to a spot thet was once too huge fer any hoss, an’ broke his neck an’ the hoss’s too. We discovered that out after, an’ as fer Vail an’ Willis—two thousand steers ran over the terrible boys. There wasn’t a lot left to pack domestic fer burying! . . . An’, leave out Withersteen, thet all occurred the day before today, an’ i feel, if the white herd didn’t run over the wall of the move, it’s runnin’ but. ” at the morning of the second one day after Judkins’s recital, in which time Jane remained interior a prey to remorse and sorrow for the boy riders, and a brand new and now surprisingly insistent worry for her personal individual, she back heard what she had ignored greater than she dared in truth confess—the delicate, jingling step of Lassiter. nearly overwhelming aid surged via her, a sense as similar to pleasure as any she might have been in a position to in these gloomy hours of shadow, and one who by surprise surprised her with the importance of what Lassiter had come to intend to her. She had begged him, for his personal sake, to go away Cottonwoods. She may possibly but beg that, if her weakening braveness accredited her to dare absolute loneliness and helplessness, yet she learned now that if she have been left on my own her lifestyles could develop into one lengthy, hideous nightmare.