[Mr. George Ogden]
“My next stop was at Stephenville in Erath County, I waded the Brazos river at old Fort Graham, seven miles west of Stephenville. I hired to a cattleman to help in the round-up to gather 4000 bead of yearlings and two year olds to be driven to the market. Before the grass had sufficient growth to fatten them we worked about three weeks, and had a hundred ponies being [ut?] shape for the drive to the market up North.
“We drove them over the old Chisolm Trail by way of Medicine Lodge, now called Dodge City. When the Cattle were herded at night and the camp struck, the cowboys would ride around the herd all night to keep them from stampeding. All thro' the night we would sing the songs of the trail.
“The dust hangs thick upon the trail,
And the horns and the hoofs are clashing,
While off at the side thro' the chaparral,
The men and the stays go crashing
“The above often happened and the cowboys would let the herd drift in the direction which they were being driven.