Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Neal S. Watts]
“While I was on the Stevens' ranch we experienced one stampede during which we were helpless, and that was caused by a hailstorm. The stones were large and the cattle went wild. The hosses started to pitching whenever a rider started in any direction except with the storm, so we just had to let the cattle go where they pleased.
“The 10 gallon hats saved us waddies by protecting our heads and shoulders, but the rest of our bodies suffered bruises. The pain we suffered from the hail made us feel that the cattle should not be blamed for the way they were running. We hunted cattle for several days after this storm and found some [50?] miles away. We were short about a third of the cattle until the roundup and then located nearly all the strays.
“During my stay on the Stevens' ranch I rode the range and did not take part in the roundups. My only change of work was taking part in one drive of a herd to Kansas City.
“Stevens did considerable herd driving to the Northern market and besides selling his own cattle he bought many cattle to make