Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Eddie McGregor]
“While I wouldn't say anything against [?], because he was a real [cow?] poke and honest as the day's long, but he caught quite a few wild ones that had a brand, and he slapped the M iron on them if [they?] were still wild when he trapped them. I've heard him and my dad talk about that, many a [time?], [and?] I don't know as anybody ever beefed about his doing it, even [though?] [they?] were just [round?] to have known about it. You see, he had to blot the other brand to put the [?] iron on, if the other iron couldn't be changed into the M. And, if he wanted to goto town, he didn't fail to ride a blotted brand hoss if he'd been riding it before he started towards town. In other words, he didn't change [hosses?]. Might've [?] the others were afraid to bring it to an issue. I don't know, but I do know that old Bill was pretty peppery and able, so they just looked the other way when they saw him on [?] blotted brand hoss, I reckon.
“By the time I was seven years old, I was [right?] in there with old Bill working side [by?] side and doing regular cow poke work right with him. [Then?] they [got?] to [?], Bill handled them. [?] wasn't my idea, but his'n. That was the only way he'd let me work with [him?] but let me tell you that what he didn't know about