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Miscellany of Texas Folk-Lore
So mounting quick as lightning,
To go was our desire,
Too late, the painted Hasques
Had set the house on fire.
We tied our horses quickly
And waded up the stream;
Among the vines and rushes
We heard a muffled scream.
Among the vines and bushes
A little girl did lie;
Saying, "My father is murdered
And here I must die."
As I rode in the town of Fort Griffin in the spring of '83
An old Texas cowman came riding up to me,
Saying, "How do you do, young fellow, and how would you like to go
And spend one summer season in the hills of Mexico?"
"It's being out of employment," to the drover I did say,
"For me to go to New Mexico depends upon the pay,
But if you pay good wages and transportation too,
I wouldn't mind to go along and spend a month or two."
"Oh, yes, we pay good wages, free transportation too,
But if you grow homesick, Fort Griffin bound to go,
I'll never loan you a horse to ride from the hills of Mexico."
"0 listen to that old driver's talk, 0 listen what a gag."
It's ten or twenty cowboys, all stout able-bodied men,
Our trip it was a pleasant one--
Until we reached old Boggus Creek out in old Mexico.
Now our pleasures have all ended and our troubles have begun
The first hail storm we had on us, Gosh, how those cattle run.
They run through thorns and thickets, our lives we had no show,
For there's no worse hell on earth than the hills of Mexico.
Go home to wives and sweethearts, tell others not to go
To the God-forsaken country of old New Mexico.
NEGRO SONGS AND STORIES
The following two stories were contributed to me by Cuero
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Coffee in the Gourd (Book)
Collection of miscellaneous folklore of Texas and Mexico, including folk songs, information about Indian pictographs, legends, superstitions, and weather lore. The index begins on page 105.
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Texas Folklore Society. Coffee in the Gourd, book, 1923; Dallas, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38309/m1/55/: accessed November 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.