Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Eddie McGregor]
“I recall that [Tom?] Waggoner had the finest steeldust hosses in the country when we went over there. Another thing I recall is when a bunch of Indians were trying to load some cow critters in some cars. Dad and me had gone to the loading point, looking for the foremen. He wasn't there but we stayed to watch the Indians work because I'd never seen many of them, and they were a fascination to me.
“Then old Indians worked and they sweated. They worked and they sweated. Finally, they got their 30 critters in one car, that's the way they loaded them then, you know, 30 to a car. After they loaded them, they all went to some shade to rest. Well, you know they were so trifling that they'd forgot to shut the door and them old longhorns just poured out of there as soon's they discovered the door open. Then the Indians had all their work to do over again. They were too lazy to get anywhere working cattle. If it hadn't have been that there was some kind of an agreement or a law to use Indians while passing cattle through the Terr., they Couldn't have got a job anywhere.
“Of course, handling wild cattle like that wasn't as easy as it sounds. They'd gore you if they got a chance. Or, they'd gore your hoss if they were that mean. And some of them were. They didn't always get to gore the hoss but they'd make a try at it any way. In fact, I never saw but one man in my life that wouldn't run from a wild cow if caught an the ground, and that was a nigger. Joe Cowan was his name, but I called him 'Nigger Joe,' as every body else done. Give him a five or a six foot stick and he'd go into