6 “I Worked for the Leeforce ranch about 13 months and then went to Mo., where I secured work on the Rankin Cattle Ranch. It was located in Atkinson co., near Larkin. The ranch was divided into 12 units, each consisted of from 5000 to 10,000 acres. The entire tract was fenced and the unites were enclosed by separate fences. Each unit ranged from 3000 to 5000 head of cattle, and on each was planted and raised, on an average, of 2,000 acers of corn. There was a crew of about six cowhands working on each section, [?] the workers who looked after the corn crop. The average production of corn per acre was about 75 bushels, thus, one/ may calculate the amount of corn raised and fed on the Rankin Ranch.
“The ranch had their own breed of cattle which was the White Face Herfords, but Rankin bought a great number of cattle from W. Texas. The cattle came in from Texas by the train load. These cattle were fattened on corn and then sent to market. All the cattle which came in from Texas, were steers of the two/ year old class. These were fattened and sold when three. The market where Rankin sold his stock was St. Joseph and Omaha.
“The Texas cattle were a mixed breed, but no Longhorn. Rankin had on experience with a train load of Longhorns steers, which were twos. This bunch caused Rankin to refuse to buy any more of such cattle. These cattle were unloaded on the range and within an hour the Longhorns went on a stampede. They didn't like the country, I guess. The animals ran in to the fence and went through it as if the wires were so much thread. So far as Rankin's