By Andy Adams
Buy of this publication comprises loose trial entry to www.million-books.com the place you could learn greater than one million books at no cost. this can be an OCR version with typos. Excerpt from publication: bankruptcy III LAS PALOMAS Theee is whatever approximately these huge ranches of southern Texas that reminds one of many outdated feudal approach. The pathetic attachment to the soil of these born to yes Spanish land promises can merely be in comparison to the ecu immigrant whilst for the final time he seems at the land of his start prior to crusing. Of all this Las Palomas was once standard. during time a number of such promises were absorbed into its baronial acres. however it had continually been the coverage of Uncle Lance by no means to disturb the Mexican inhabitants; fairly he inspired them to stay in his carrier. therefore had sprung up round Las Palomas ranch a bit Mexican group numbering a couple of dozen households, who lived injacals with reference to the most ranch constructions. They have been easy humans, and rendered their new grasp a feudal loyalty. there have been additionally a number of small rancMtes positioned at the land, the place, lower than the Mexican regime, there have been pretentious adobe structures. a couple of households nonetheless resided at those abandoned ranches, content material in cultivating small fields or taking care of flocks of goats and some head of farm animals, paying no condominium keep a provider tenure to the hot proprietor. The customs of those Mexican humans have been uncomplicated and primitive. They blindly approved the non secular teachings imposed with fireplace and sword through the Spanish conquerors upon their ancestors. A padre visited them each year, christening the babes, marrying the early life, shriving the penitent, and asserting plenty for the repose of the souls of the departed. Their social customs have been in lots of respects special. for example, in courtship a tender guy used to be by no means allowed within the presence of his inamorata, until in corporation of others, or below the attention of a chaperon. Proposals, even one of the nearest of pals or such a lot intimate of pals, we...
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For a moment I pitied her. Indeed, the pathetic was not lacking. But the hearty corporal reminded his better half that her parents, in his interests, had once been asked for her hand under similar circumstances, and the tears disappeared. Tears are womanly; and I have since seen them shed, under less provocation, by fairer-skinned women than this simple, swarthy daughter of Mexico. It was but natural that the parents of the girl should feign surprise and reluctance if they did not feel it. The Dona Anita's mother offered several trivial objections.
Besides, I'm sending Theodore and Glenn on horseback as a bodyguard. Las Palomas is putting her best foot forward this morning in giving you a stylish turnout, with outriders in their Sunday livery. And those two boys are the best ropers on the ranch, so if the mules run off just give one of your long, keen screams, and the boys will rope and hog-tie every mule in the team. ” It was pettishness and not timidity that ailed Jean Lovelace, for a pioneer woman like herself had of course no fear of horse-flesh.
BOYD SMITH 1904 [Illustration: ROLLING THE BULL OVER LIKE A HOOP (page 207)] TO FRANK H. S. CUSTOMS SERVICE LAREDO, TEXAS CHAPTER I. LANCE LOVELACE When I first found employment with Lance Lovelace, a Texas cowman, I had not yet attained my majority, while he was over sixty. Though not a native of Texas, “Uncle Lance” was entitled to be classed among its pioneers, his parents having emigrated from Tennessee along with a party of Stephen F. Austin's colonists in 1821. The colony with which his people reached the state landed at Quintana, at the mouth of the Brazos River, and shared the various hardships that befell all the early Texan settlers, moving inland later to a more healthy locality.