A Texas Matchmaker

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1st World Publishing, Sep 20, 2005 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - 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. Thus the education of young Lovelace was one of privation. Like other boys in pioneer families, he became in turn a hewer of wood or drawer of water, as the necessities of the household required, in reclaiming the wilderness. When Austin hoisted the new-born Lone Star flag, and called upon the sturdy pioneers to defend it, the adventurous settlers came from every quarter of the territory, and among the first who responded to the call to arms was young Lance Lovelace. After San Jacinto, when the fighting was over and the victory won, he laid down his arms, and returned to ranching with the same zeal and energy. The first legislature assembled voted to those who had borne arms in behalf of the new republic, lands in payment for their services. With this land scrip for his pay, young Lovelace, in company with others, set out for the territory lying south of the Nueces. They were a band of daring spirits. The country was primitive and fascinated them, and they remained. Some settled on the Frio River, though the majority crossed the Nueces, many going as far south as the Rio Grande.
 

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Contents

1 LANCE LOVELACE
7
2 SHEPHERDS FERRY
16
3 LAS PALOMAS
27
4 CHRISTMAS
40
5 A PIGEON HUNT
49
6 SPRING OF 76
64
7 SAN JACINTO DAY
78
8 A CAT HUNT ON THE FRIO
90
13 HIDE HUNTING
144
14 A TWO YEARS DROUTH
156
15 IN COMMEMORATION
169
16 MATCHMAKING
180
17 WINTER AT LAS PALOMAS
191
18 AN INDIAN SCARE
201
19 HORSE BRANDS
212
20 SHADOWS
222

9 THE ROSE AND ITS THORN
98
10 AFTERMATH
107
11 A TURKEY BAKE
120
12 SUMMER OF 77
129
21 INTERLOCUTORY PROCEEDINGS
234
22 SUNSET
246
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Andy Adams (1859-1935) is celebrated as one of the most important chroniclers of the range cattle industry & of cowboys. He was the author of "Wells Brothers" & "The Ranch on the Beaver," among other works.

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