Books [W. C. Haley]
“When I was about grown, I got a job with the Harris brothers' outfit. They owned a forty section ranch south of Robert Lee and kept a big outfit. It was partly open range then, although there were some fences. In working the herds in the spring or fall, we'd round up one bunch in one section of the pasture, cut the stuff we wanted and brand the young stuff there that day. Then we'd go on to another part the next day and continue until we'd worked the whole ranch.
“I remember the first spring we lived in Coke County, it had been awful dry. The streams had nearly all dried up. We were rounding up and the boss said some of the cattle would have to be moved where there was more water and grass or be sold. As if to play a joke on us after we had most of the herd worked, it began raining one night and it poured for several days. We had to quit work; just took out 'til the rain let up. Everybody was sure glad to see that rain.
“I made a couple of trips to the Texas Plains and I recollect we always tried to pick a place that was level and open to bed the cattle and make camp at night, as it was easier to keep them together in that way. Cattle were very easy disturbed. Sometimes a horse would snort or a rabbit jump up near the herd and frighten some of them and get them to stirring. And once they got started, the riders had to get