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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta ncnALu uecemoer 1973 Fraser Hodgson Join in the spirit of a very Happy Holiday with family. For the pleasure of serving our heartfelt gratitude. PERCY DOUGANS The Herald's Representative The Lrthbrulcje Herald CHINOOK Southern Alberta's LARGEST Rural Circulation Readers A Christmas story It was Christmas and the bunk-house down below the main house on the ranch was decorated with streamers and and even a small tree. The four cowboys were feeling fine because the boss had been in a few minutes wishing them a Merry Christmas. He also told them to be on time for the big dinner in the main dining room next day no cookshack fare for that important meal There was no line- camp riding till all the cattle and horses were near the main buildings on winter pasture. Any feeding or hauling was close at and the boys had some time to themselves. No grinding hard work from daylight till dark. With a fair winter and lots of feed cold weather ranch work wasn't too especially the holi- day season if you had a good boss that cared. A cowboy's life wasn't too rough some of the time. I wish I could say this was the way it was on the ranch I worked on during the winter of 1922 It was about 15 miles north of Piapot in and that was a long way on a cold day with any travell- ing There was a bunk-house but it was just a lit- tle two-by-four and had been unoccupied since haying time in the summer. I was the only cowboy on the and I was a green kid just out of school The bunk-house was empty except for an iron bedstead and they had to burn the mattress on ac- count of creeping creatures. My great expectations of ranch life and becoming a cowboy were shattered. I was just to be a feeding a hundred or so head of cattle and and milking a couple of cows Christmas Eve came and it was just like any other all winter the same chores to be and for the first time in my life I was homesick. I had never particularly wanted to be home for Christmas but with no friends or other young people I was almost sick enough to quit and go home. But I couldn't do I had come to Piapot against Dad's so would have to stick it out Christ- mas morning the bosses two kids were around the house with their toys and and that didn't help me a bit. I had to go out and do the monotonous chores just the same. That afternoon the boss loaded his wife and kids in the and drove to the neighbors for a turkey dinner. Just before leaving he told me to milk and feed everything early and ride over too. I did as he and felt so blue I had a notion not to but finally saddled up the colt I was and rode the two miles to the Scott ranch A bunch of kids and young people met me at the barn to help put up my and a minute later all thoughts of homesickness were gone. I think it was one of the most enjoyable Christmas evenings I ever and it started out to be the worst. I didn't get any fancy but felt I could easily stand the rest of the as I rode behind the sleigh' going home. There was no but the sky cleared and left millions of and we sang Jingle Bells in time with the sleigh all the two miles home. LAST YEAR MODEL It's time again to clear out the remaining stock of '72 model skis. Don't miss early and get the best choice. sales Arlberg 101 EPOXIGLASS SKIS In 190-195 and 200 CM. Mfg. list price 69.95 Pair 24 .95 ATOMIC METAL SKIS Regular list 169.95. SPECIAL In 175 CM 80 S110 All Ski Boots 1 3 With ski purchase You Always Do Better SWAN SKI GOGGLES ..2 Regular 3.95. SPECIAL .25 DOWNTOWN 608 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5767 ;