Bankers and Cattlemen

Bankers and Cattlemen

Bankers and Cattlemen

Bankers and Cattlemen

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It is a prosaic observation that the cattle industry has captured its share of the printed word in the literature of the West. Much of this verbiage has been devoted to an emotional rendering of the folk-saga theme of what must be conceded was a very dramatic period in American history. The scene is predictable -- the lone cowboy, sitting astride a magnificent horse on a high bluff, silhouetted against the twilight sky, with the muted bawling of milling cattle heard in the distance. All this is calculated to bring tears to the eyes of the most hardened cowhand or television viewer. This is the West that was, they say; this is the West that is gone.

The earthier and harder side of life on the range -- the long drives when more dust was swallowed than water; the stench of the bunkhouse; the grease-filled plates; the broken leg, with a doctor fifty miles distant; the constant tug of war with the local or Eastern banker -- all are forgotten, buried in the mush of sentimentality.

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