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went clear through the stirrup as he fell. Three men with their ropes down jumped their horses
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to the rescue and before the big sorrel had dragged Joe a dozen yards a rope settled around the
horses neck and he was thrown and tied.
I ran up crying but when I saw Joe being carried off so white and still I got so mad I
couldnt see. I kicked the helpless horse, and then a sudden thought came to me. I would get
revenge and ride him for Joe. No one was watching me as I stood astride the tied horse and
measured the stirrups. Yes they were short enough!
I seized the choke rope in my left hand, reached down and released his feet. I went white
as he rose under me. Hooking spurs in the cinch, I felt myself being carried up, up-then came
a sickening descent. I had one lightning impression of a blur of faces in the grandstand then
a jar that almost popped my neck. The next few moments seemed like some kind of a night-
mare to me. My body was wrenched and tortured by a twisting, turning whirlwind of horse- I
was about ready to turn loose and be thrown when the horse paused for a single instant reared
burst the mighty artery leading from his heart.
I staggered up pushing men from me, and seeing Joe seated over against the fence I went
to him. When I was seated by his side, he put his arm around me-
Did I ride him Joe? I asked sleepily.
You just bet you did! You re the best rider on the range and a pard to tie tol
And with his words my longing was fulfilled. It was the hour of my great satisfaction!
Twinkle, twinkle, little Npenf,
How I do hate to be in
When a football game is on,
Or my chum on a hunt has gone.
When the detention list is read
And I hold my breath in dread,
Breathe with me a silent prayer
That my name wonit be on there.
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high into the air and fell his length. He had pitched his last time, for in that effort ,he had
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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
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 ' '
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in up in nn ln tit I w horn nd
on the Llllllll whtn los ttmm ln ind Ll Intl
wit nn tttl Nllltlll l I emi lly
I intwtmtit th 1t reminded ine of .1
men ol il cyclone. 'l'hrough ull his hueking. twisting. turning, nnd trielxy pitching. joe. the little
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hed In the l
t the W,
Inn none writ -o lull ol hxpe 1 I lol loe find I had
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I nh huke log g pity
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A Cbvntil 1Hartit Svrninr I
fWith apologies to Chaucer!
A Cenror was ther Wlfh a red sweater
In the study halle neare the glrles he ysatte
Upon hls hced IS a whyt Stetson hatte
Hrs brown shoes are ful well y sh1ned
He speken louder than others of hls k1nd
Wel coude he talke to glrles, short and talle
Ydodge dements and yescape detentlon halle
Fro mornmg untll the nlght
He wol lafen joken or fight
ThlS worthy Semor IS a presldente
To that OHICC noone better coude be y sent
IIIS gouvcrnance was so very yexcellent
That m1 dues were nmety nme plus one cent
Wlth teachers and students alle
When he IS ywanted tts Bonv they calle
Slttlng before a fue 1n a room ln Nlagara cne w1nter evenmg I was looklng back over a
volume of the 1922 Flashllght the year book of the Abllene Hrgh School As I sat absorbed ln
thought a v1s1on of the old Abrlene H1gh Qchool now the Central Ward Qchool appeared to me
and Isaw aga1n many of the old famlllar faces as they were on a typ cal day ln 1922
I am busy at my desk and tha tall lanky awkward boy across the alsle on my rlght IS Edgar
Goodnlght edltor of the annual and otherw1se known as Alma I am aroused from my study by
the prlckmg of a pm and I find that the offender 1S he A bell announces the end of the seventh
period whlch cuts short the squabbllng of Alma and Bony the class presrdent known to
many as Franklm Haynes
I take thls three mlnute mterval between the classes to avenge myself on Alma and after
several moments of scuffhng we are warned by MISS Smlth that th1s 1S an 1n0ppOrtl1I1C tlme to
settle our d1ff1cult1es and perhaps two demerrts w1ll help us to remember ll next t1me
The boy leanmg m h1s seat up agamst the wall and kept busy dodglng Pat Murphys paper
wads IS Cup Beall whose Chr1st1an name IS Bennre Oswald Babb s1tt1ng 1n front of htm IS
busy wrltmg another theme thls one I thmk to be a ballad to .lane Strnson Papa Gentry
the l1ttle fellow behmd Alma IS havlng a hard tlme trymg to study because Pek Noland
keeps annoymg h1m because he IS so llttle Pete Olds rntervenes at th1s polnt to get my key to
the Flashhght room
Hearrng laughter among the grrls rn the back of the study hall I find that Lots mchackelford
and Bertha S1dCS are quarrellmg over a compact box Lucrle W1nsh1p and Dorothy Wrtght are
looklng on wlth mterest Patty Bass IS trymg to persuade Clyde Pratt that he has tlme to wrxte
ln her memory book and D W Wrlsten IS studymg the Webster Hayne debate Cec1l Boles IS
stlll at work on Woolleys Handbook Between the seventh and erghth perlods Benjy Wllt
shlre IS employed passlng out and recervmg notes as fast as the grrls call for them
Any further thoughts along thls lme are mterrupted by the supper bell and I replace the
book on the shelf wonderlng where all these old frmds are who for all thelr mlsglvlngs made
the best Senlor Class ever put out by Abllene Hlgh School
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