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Chapter 22 - Abby Goes to Town with her 4 Children.
Abby was just turned thirty when she gave birth to another
Three boys and one girl. Daniel was the oldest and spent as much time
with Abner as I would allow. There was
something about Abner’s rough exterior that appealed to my son. I could tell
when he had been with Abner by the way he acted when he came home. He would act
roughly with his siblings.
On this particular day our hired hand hitched up the buggy
for Abby and she came to town with all four of the kids. Daniel was big enough
to hold Lloyd our new baby so Abby was free to drive the horse. When she
arrived she took baby Lloyd and Daniel jumped down and hooked up the horse to
the rail. Sammie got down and Daniel helped Lorry to which she objected.
Abby with all her brood started her shopping tour when she
was braced by a cowboy who was above the deadline and he was armed. Along with
him were four more intruders. The first one began to say unseemly things to
Abby and wanted to take the baby. Daniel lit into him kicking him with his
sharp metal toed boots and the man fell to the ground.
The other four men started to move forward as Daniel
relentlessly kept kicking the man wherever he could. As one of the men reached
for Daniel a gun barrel crashed across his skull.
Cody hit another one and knocked him out in the street where
a heavily loaded wagon ran over his leg, breaking it. Cody’s deputy hit the
other two with his gun butt in quick succession and Cody pulled Daniel back
from the man he was still kicking.
They disarmed the men and his deputy took them to jail. Abby hugged Cody and said "I’m glad you were
here and handled this."
Cody said, "Daniel almost had it under control. It looks like his
time with Abner was well spent. When I
was with Abner he taught me the same stuff he used on that worthless tramp." The
man laying in the street was hurting and pleading for help. The doctor finally showed up and got him down to his office.
Those who got pistol whipped had split scalps and were sewed up by one of the
nurses later on.
I arrived after it was all over and felt a little ashamed for
not being there.
The next day the rancher whose men were involved in the
fracas showed up and was plenty mad. He came to me and demanded an explanation
why his men had been mistreated.
He wouldn’t listen to anything I tried to say so I told him
to sit down and shut up or I would knock him silly. That quieted him down and I
told him what happened and if I had seen what they were doing they would be
lying dead for no one messes with my family.
Then I told him he had better keep his mouth civil or he
would need some new teeth.
After seeing I meant business he meekly said, I’m starting
roundup and I need these men. There are not any more men available around here
I asked him how many men he needed and he said “I could make
it with six.”
I told him to get back to his gathering herd and tomorrow he
would have the men he needed. Cody took the men before the judge and he fined
them all the money they had and gave the thirty days for being above the
deadline and thirty days for accosting Abby.
They were complaining about losing their job and for the time
in jail. The judge said; if anybody is unhappy I will double their time in
jail. The noise went silent immediately.
The next day I pulled five of our hands to go with me and help
the ramrod finish his drive. I knew what it was like to make a round up and a
hard drive to the rail head and have trouble the last minute. Before the week
was over his herd was either loaded and on the way to market or in the corrals
to be loaded tomorrow.
He came over to me and said; you’re alright. “I’m sorry for
the way I acted when I first saw you. I
want to thank you and your men for I was really in a bind. I had to meet the
schedule or the rail road would have refused my herd.If that happened, I don’t know what I would
I said, “We cattlemen have to stick together. Just try to
pick hands with a little more self-control for the next drive.”