Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Milton Wylie]
“When my father was running a little store in Erath County, where he kept all kinds of frontier products including guns, some Indians came by and wanted to buy some guns. Knowing they'd take the guns and maybe do other damages too, my father said he decided to barter with them. He succeeded in trading them a few guns for some blankets and other things, gave them a little candy and got them to promise to treat other white settlers peaceably.
“I've heard my father relate an incident that describes pretty well the character of the men in that day. They seemed to have the utmost confidence in each other. They believed that honesty was truly the best policy. 'A man is as good as his word,' they'd say. My father, at this particular time had, together with a neighbor, each owning a herd, driven the two herds of cattle to Kansas, delivered them and received payment for them in cash, and in one lump sum. The first night after the sale, while father was mending a saddle, the other fellow took the money out of the bag where it was, figured out each man's share and divided it. My father took his share and thanked him, not once