Life in the Saddle by Frank [Edited and Arranged by Mary Whatley Clarke] Collinson

By Frank [Edited and Arranged by Mary Whatley Clarke] Collinson

Englishman Frank Collinson went to Texas in 1872, whilst he was once seventeen, to paintings on Will Noonan’s ranch close to Castroville. He lived the remainder of his lifestyles within the southwestern usa, and on the age of seventy-nine all started writing concerning the outdated West he knew and enjoyed. He had an inherent ability for writing, a gorgeous reminiscence, and a keenness for fact that's obtrusive in what he wrote and said.His writings for Ranch Romances, his letters, and transcriptions of his conversations were prepared the following in approximately chronological order, in order that their value for frontier background is quickly obvious. Collinson ranged the West in his writings as he did in individual, telling of the final tragic days of buffalo searching at the Plains; clashes among hunters or cowboys and the Plains Indians; the nature of path drivers; and the definitive nature of violence, really at gun-point.J. Frank Dobie stated of Collinson: "In the area of frontier chronicles, the writing of informed Englishmen. . . males with the viewpoint of civilization, with mind's eye, and a lust for primitive nature, stand out. To this category of fellows belongs Frank Collinson."

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I never saw him hurt, or never saw him thrown. When the other boys tried to do the same stunt they would usually fall off, and sometimes they were seriously hurt. These Negro boys were uneducated. Probably none of them could read or write, but they had plenty of "horse" sense. I recall one of the Negro boys whose name was Sam. He was a professional bronc rider and broke most of the horses for the Dutch settlers in and around Castroville. One day a man named Innken told Sam that he wanted him to come to his place and break thirty or forty horses, three and four-year-olds.

He would often climb to the top of the big corral gate, and when the horses dashed through, would drop astride onto the back of the biggest, wildest mare he could see. The mare would begin to pitch furiously, but Link would cling on like a big panther and jump or fall off when he got ready. I never saw him hurt, or never saw him thrown. When the other boys tried to do the same stunt they would usually fall off, and sometimes they were seriously hurt. These Negro boys were uneducated. Probably none of them could read or write, but they had plenty of "horse" sense.

This pioneer line has long since been discontinued and no doubt forgotten. The San Marcos was to sail at noon that September day in 1872, and my brother told me "good-by" and got off. The sailors were ready to haul in the ropes, but most of the stokers, a tough bunch from Liverpool, were late and showed up just about sailing time. They were half-drunk then and went down to their quarters to have another jag. Something must have happened there because they were soon back on deck and trying to get off.

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