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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXVI. HUNTING THE JAVELINA ALONG THE RIO GRANDE IN TEXAS. Accepting an invitation from my friend, George D. Ford, of Kansas City, Missouri, to accompany him to his ranch in Southwest Texas, on a hunting trip, we left for Cactus, December 6th, 1910. In the party were my old friend, H. P. Wright, and Mr. Foster, of Kansas City. Mr. Ford's ranch is composed of one hundred and fifty thousand acres all under a four wired, barbed fence. This ranch is located one hundred and fifty miles below San Antonio. When we arrived at the latter place where we were to change cars to another road, we learned that the train was eight hours late. Here we were met by "Tom" Coleman, of San Antonio, who ordered a special train of two coaches to take us on our journey. Mr. Coleman, known all over the Southwest as "Tom," is one of those big-hearted, wholesouled Texans who have, by their congeniality, made the state famous for the hospitality of its citizens. Tom has under wire about nine hundred miles of fence enclosing five hundred thousand acres of Southwestern Texas grazing land. We were met at Cactus by some fence riders of the Callahan (Mr. Ford's) ranch, and our equipment and selves were conveyed to the ranch house, ten miles from Cactus. To my surprise I found large houses with modern improvements, such as bath rooms and other conveniences. What strange surroundings to one who has been in the habit, while on hunting trips, of sleeping on the ground, in snow, rain and cold, to have nice brass beds, clean linen, a table and chairs to sit down in and a napkin at each china plate, and fresh cream and butter. Amid all these modern luxuries I could stand on the veranda, almost any day, and see jack rabbits, quails, wolves, and on several occasions, wild...
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