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A MUSTANGER OF 1850
out more ado, but when I came to find that neither I nor my
horse had been much damaged I began to feel a great deal of
anger at el toro, and determined not to let him get off so
easily. I fixed up my saddle as quickly and as well as I could
and took his trail. When I came up with him, he seemed
nothing loath to renew the fight; so I coquetted with him
until I got him into a little more open country. Then drawing
my machete, I rode rapidly by him and in three or four
charges hamstrung him in both hind legs. After that I dis-
patched him at leisure, and got one of my men and packhorse
to take the meat and hide to camp.
Thus it may be seen that chasing the wild horses and cattle
was not always as funny as it might seem; that it really was
attended frequently with considerable toil and danger.
"Frontispiece," Parker's Trip to Texas, 1835
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