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Great picture, but the trouble with it is the kid was never a cowboy a day in his life. I'll bet he never wore a pair of chaps. The kid rustled cattle quite often but he never "worked" cattle a day in his life. Except for when he was a youngster working tables in a hotel the kid never held a "real job" in his life, unless you call the two or three months that he worked for Tunstall, a real job, which it wasn't, he was a hired gun.
I read that he once had a job washing dishes for a couple of months. I think it was in Las Vegas N.Mexico.
This is my Grandfather's side of the family...........before they became miners.
Steve, I don't know how you can say that Billy was never a "cowboy". What did he have to do to rustled cattle? He had to be able to make the cattle go where he wanted them to go. Also, I have read several accounts of Billy and the gang "rearranging" the brands on Chism's cattle. If that's not what cowboys do I don't know what is. Can't remember which historian said it but on a program on TV about Billy it was said that he was probably the most "cowboy" of any of the old west cowboys.
Hi Polly: "Working" cattle and rustling them are two very different pursuits. I do agree that Billy and his boys probably "adjusted" brands, but the people who were famous for it were the Seven River's cowboys. They also removed the "jinglebob" - the ear flap. I have never read that the kid's bunch did that.
Driving cattle is no big deal. While it is cowboy like, I guess; it's not what working cattle is all about. I have read that real cowpokes were angered that the kid was sometimes called one of them, when he was never a true cowboy in his life. He was a cattel rustler. He did round up cattle on the open range, probably no more than a hundred head and sell them. The people who bought them probably didn't care where they came from. He sold them cheap. There is a story that he scored $750 once after selling stolen cattle. At, say, $10 a head that's 75 critters. That's about right.
However, Polly your points are well taken
Yours too Steve.
So, I guess being a bank robber doesn't make someone a banker.
LOL, yeah Oklahombre, next time you happen to be in a bank that's being robbed, ask the robber for a loan!
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