Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Ernest Spann]
“The cattle rustler stole stock for sale. That breed would cut the range fence and drive the crittees off. Later, after I quit the range, the rustler used the auto-truck and loaded the critters at the range, and then drove to market. We could always tell when a bunch of crittees were rustled by finding the range fence cut and the tracks of the crittees leading out through the gap.
“Fence ridees were kept busy riding the fence line watching for gaps cut by rustlees and broken wire. There was two men that did nothing else but repair the fence and keep it in good condition.
“Only once were we able to catch [the?] rustlers in the act. That time the fence rider rode up on the bunch as they were driving 25 head to the highway. Five men were too many for him, so the rider hit for the camp with the news. Ernest Dawson was top-screw and he sent six of us after the gang, while he hit for Seymour to notify the High-Sheriff.
“Us waddies caught up with the rustlers, about five miles from where the gap was cut, driving the crittees down the highway. It was dark and to trail the outfit we had to frequently get off of our hosses and examine the road for tracks. Ever