Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Lee D. Leverett]
“Our trouble was the winter weather, and that took the silver lining out of our cloud. The Territory, during those days, and a tolerable lot of bad spells during the winter months, and real busters with sky-fire during the summer. During storms in when/
“The cold spells in the winter gave us a heap of trouble. I have often had to cut holes in the ice of the water holes, so that the critters could get to the water. A number of the winters we had considerable numbers freeze to death. It was the weaker ones, of course, that would be unable to stand the cold.
“When a real winter buster headed in on us, extra hands were put to riding the line; and that was a he-man's job. The outfit was so located that we had several good size timber spots on the range, and we used the timber to stop the stampedes.
“When a stampede started we would herd the critters into the timber and the woods would soon slow the critters down, also bust up the run so we could hold the animals. After the herd hit the timber we would circle the woods and hold the animals in the woods. Because of the situation we never had a hard job trying to stop a run.
“There was only one stampede which resulted in a loss of critters and that happened in the summer time. The run took place at the start of a cyclone. The weather just before one of