Manuscripts/Mixed Material [T. E. Hines]
“That was good training for me though, because I busted in a wild one before the next fall roundup. Flat busted him in and I was the only one to ever ride him 'til he was a cutter.
I lit on the NUT right at the start of roundup, and they kept me busy at the branding fire. I don't know just how many dogies I did slap the NUT iron on, but there was a many a one, [?] tell you for sure. I expect there was right close to a 1,000 dogies I put the iron on.
“The way you get the dogies into the branding place is to roundup all the cattle on the range. The way that's done is for all the ranchers from roundabout that particular range to have men represent them in the roundup, and go to all the places cattle could've drifted to in about five months's time. That was in the day of the open range, although I was still on the NUT when the range began to be fenced in Erath.
“I was on the NUT three years before I left. During that three years, I saw at least two pretty good sized stampedes a year. Now, there's a sight you ought to see. A herd on the stampede. They don't have a lick of sense at that time, and will run over anything not too big. If its too big, the herd will go around, but will follow the leader. They all have leaders. From one to seven or eight at a time during a stampede, an all the leaders head the same way, working together. But even they don't know where they're going, an likely as not, they'll lead a herd over