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By Bill Brett

Bill Brett's people story of lifestyles within the titanic Thicket happens within the years round the flip of the century. Brett heard the tale from the outdated guy who had lived it. He retells it as an enthralling, earthy yarn that received the nationwide Cowboy corridor of Fame's Western history Award for folklore in 1978, while it first seemed in fabric edition.

The narrator, a tender guy harm in an oilfield coincidence and down on his good fortune, runs out of cash. whilst the chance offers itself, he steals a small herd of steers and a horse and units out to force them to industry. abruptly his plans are halted while he comes down with a serious case of malaria. thankfully he meets a terrible yet beneficiant black guy and lady who nurse him again to overall healthiness, spending their final buck to shop for his drugs. Like a contemporary Robin Hood, the younger guy stocks the culmination of his robbery with the negative, buying and selling the stolen steers for a small farm he then indicators over to his benefactors. They by no means research the resource in their wealth, which they in flip proceed to percentage with others. in a single extra attempt to pay off his friends--and in a last act of revenge for a improper performed to them--he guarantees their safeguard whereas giving up his own.

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