Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Hillard J. Hay]
“Fate Seely was the foreman and be questioned me about my experience. I, at the time, was not a roper or [horesmean?]. That is not as efficient a one was supposed to be in order to be classed as a cowboy. I was what the cowhands called a greener. I could ride a horse in the ordinary way and throw a lasso, but the real knowledge of roping a beast or handling a horse was not, as yest, learned by me.
“At about the end of my statement to Seely, Hall, the owner, came to where we were talking and Seely repeated my statement to Hall. The two men said they needed experienced cowhands, but if I was willing to learn, they would let me go to work and would try me out. My wages was set at 75¢ per day. Of course, in addition to my wages, I received my board.
“Seely and Hall were pleased by what I told them about being certain I could learn to do the work. I told Seely that I had an older brother who could ride 'em with the best of riders. If he could ride I could learn to, because I was sure I had the same amount of riding blood in me. The two men took a liking to me and for this reason I was given a chance to learn the work.
“Seely taught me to ride. His method was the tough system. He gave me one mount after another to ride which threw me. I guess I [w s?] thrown 40 times. The last spill injured me some and Hall reprimanded Sheely, because assigned me to horses which were hard pitchers. To use Sheely's words, he said,” Well I want to see how much sand