Books [Harry Buffington Cody]
“When we reached the Half Moon, Red was offered a berth as an ordinary cow poke, owing to their having a foreman and a straw boss already, but Red decided not to work, but to just hang around for a spell. They hired me at $20.00 a month and my chuck, but when I drawed my first pay roll, I lit out for farther S.W.
“I rolled along, not very fast but just [ambling?]. About six weeks later, I lit on the Briscoe spread just below Uvalde. The Briscoes ran around 1,000 head on their 'AB Connected spread,' made like this: AB, and around 200 head of wild hosses. They hired me at $30.00 a month and chuck to bust in their wild hoss stock. Now, while I could really top them off right, I counted the consequences and realized that it was really worth a $100,00 a month and chuck because of the danger in busting wild hosses. Why, anything can happen to you in that business. When I took the job, I told them I'd keep just twice as many hosses busted as they needed for work on the ranch, and that was agreed on.
“The catch to that was, that they didn't need but about eight fresh hosses a year to work that spread, so I busted 40 to