Abilene High School - Flashlight Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1922

Page 122 of 156

 

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"'1"T'7'4" , FLASH LIGHT Uhr Burn' nf illllg CErra1t Svatiafariinn IPIIIZIC WINNING STUIIY1 I was eight years old when thin hrst great longing start g I HS ' il reared on the range and saw mnny riders eonte und go, hut not one ever toolx the wztrm ph 'e acllnirzltion in my heurt that .loe flnnilihell held. I rrmentln-r Illill liret evening thin he Came riding up to the runelt and tislwd lor at jolt of hront'-hustin. I donit remetnlrer what was said. hut he got the joh. 'llhe next week was spent in rounding in the hr-rd ol horses lrom the grent seventy-Seetim pZiSlllI'C to the south. Out of that wild herd were ehosen something like thirty lor .loe to heg' lvrezlliing lrotn their wild free lift- to yeurs ol lutrd, atetive serviee. .Nmong these wus at great blue' stallion that stamped and snorted zthout the high-fenced eorrnl ns the rtst ol' the lvztnd were re- leased to their freedom- I was watelting them from at granrlstnncl Seitl ' ' H , 2 '1 '- Q 1 'im ' up lmeside me. His warm and 1-heel-ful grin. along ' It so 1' 'z It y ' " te 1111 S "e 1 slipped me. had Completely won me to his friendship. "Nlyl look at that hig lJlLl1'Ii.-I he exeluitned udmiringly. "llow'd you like to he uhle 1" him, Kid?" he grinned down at me. "Ceelu l exeluintecl, overwhelmed nt the idmt. "'l'hing I erin ride him?" "I 'speeli we'lI See pretty IIIIICIQ, Kid." ln' i1llSWCI'Cl als he elannltered down Lind went to see about his saddle. My hreath eame ll little quicker when u I1-w minutes Inter the Ivig hlnrlx was sanldled. z .Ive was preparing to mount. He had an eztsiness o' we 1 1 2 A 1 1 ' eat as he swung quickly into the Saddle and said, "Let 'im loose. hoysl" The hig horse seemed surprised for at moment, then downing his In-ad and Innnping o ' hall, he jumped straight up into the air. Un the climax of that ,IIIIIIII the spurs w' tome, wrenching un atgonized lrellow lrom him. Ile -lllllllllfil so fur and last that he was Ll living S how-legged demon, rode hint with at grin. 'llhen my longing heeume at pttrpose. I was going to leztrn to ride lilo- tha . tim got Ll L'llillIl'l' alter that I rode something that would pitch. Nlatny were the hnrd hills and lJI'P2llll- cheeliing senres I got. hut they were outweig . y ' grin and words ol eneourngement I go from Joe. Autumn. winter. Elllll spring eatme und went until all his 're ilI'I'IVt'll the day of ull days the Fourth of July. llluny ol' the hoys lrom the neighhoring I'2lIIt'lll'3S were riding into Sonora enter the roping und riding eontestsg f 'r . ' ' Qt-1-ml t 3 ig 1 ' - l I - 4 Ll little seeret of our own. I was going to enter the ,lunior Ilitling Contest and ,loe was going 1 enter the Senior Contest. He was the lust rider in his event. llis horse wats A ' s "f---A ta 'I Jite " Ju I knew joe would ride him, 'l'he horse wus led out und saddled. ,loe swung ni 1 1 -'ig 'S big Stetson lrotn his head, ye ed. "I,et 'itn loose." It all happened in il moment. 'l'he seeond jumn that the horse nn - '15 , -'S ri hi g - Ieatlter und he. in trying to regain hie lmztlunee. was thrown oxer on the other 9 ' ' . S I 1 ' A . . I in up in nn ln tit I w horn nd tt ol 2' 1n in lx on the Llllllll whtn los ttmm ln ind Ll Intl wit nn tttl Nllltlll l I emi lly to ide I, ind I intwtmtit th 1t reminded ine of .1 mt 11 ent l g put men ol il cyclone. 'l'hrough ull his hueking. twisting. turning, nnd trielxy pitching. joe. the little tt I rely e I hed In the l t the W, 1 to Inn none writ -o lull ol hxpe 1 I lol loe find I had it 1 ttillq slim oiifl rt I nl 1 hu I' t ,. I 1nd tetlxnf' ln ll I I nh huke log g pity " " ide llt lul 120 THE .... -... -.....-..

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