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A good cook would diligently poke a hole in each bean with a needle before cooking so as to let all that extra gas escape, but if that failed, they did the honorable thing and blamed it on their horse.
Baking soda makes all the dirt drop to the bottom of a pan of water. If you ever saw the river water in this area you would know why. Once the dirt sank you skimmed the clean water off the top. If they didn't all the clothes would have been red unless washed using rain water and that stuff was too precious for that. Maybe that’s where the red long johns come from?? lol
According to most of the historical accounts of the cowboys of those days, it was very seldom a cowboy was around any "nice" women. Maybe the boss'es wife or perhaps the foreman's, but that was pretty much it. Until later in their lives, when they gave thought to settling down, they were not too concerned with "nice" women. Most of them could not afford a wife anyway, and courting was about the only way they would have an interaction with the "nice" women. Perhaps a few times at a church social or dance, but even that was rare. As a matter of fact, single, adult, "nice" women were a rarity in the cowboy's world.
I suppose around the "other type" women, they were not too concerned over such matters, although it was a cardinal rule to always be polite to any woman, regardless. So, probably a polite "Scuse me, Mamm, was the extent of it.
Instead of all that hole poking with a needle why didn't they just use Judge Roy Beano?!
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