Manuscripts/Mixed Material [William Blevins]
“When my three years were up in 1882 I went to Toyah, Tex., 25 miles west of Pecos and it was then two miles beyond a road. There were just trails running into the town. It was plenty tough and the law was what the [local?] folks made and enforced themselves. Everybody made their living by working for or owning a cattle outfit; except the merchants who of course made theirs from the cowmen.
“A story used to be told of a drunken cowhand that got onto a train going [West?] out of Ft. Worth. The conductor asked the waddy where he wanted to go. 'To hell', answered the waddy. 'Well I'll take you as far as this road goes then you'll have go get a hoss and ride into Toyah', answered the conductor.
“I put up a [lon?] building, it was just thrown together but it served my purpose. I had a good size bar in front and a pool and billard table in the rear. The style those days was to decorate the back bar with fancy colored glasses by pyramiding them at different parts. I soon learned the discard the attractive glasses. The cowhands would come in and get a drink. With the [?] drink he would push his hat back a little, with the next one hat would go back a little further and so on until that hat was setting on the back part of the fellows head. Then the cowhand was ready for some kind of action.
“Those pretty glasses I had on the backbar always drew the attention of the man with his hat setting at the back of his head. If there