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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 27, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta air -1 ^ ' ' ��i ii >y 11 1.11111' fVa'ia ��'i)mi;i el'..' Western Cowboys' Life ;A ath to have the foot seat, and worn over the ordinary froe. as otherwise they might le supplanted by the railway, save in ilragged lor miles. remote districts. To see the ivalwcst . .however, it is necessary to leave tlie iron horae far behind, and withstoed.s of flesh .and blood explcre> new territory, for the steel rails betray the advance of civilizi�ti6n, whereas when uno is but ten miles from the rail -way the country is often as primeval aa in the days of Adam, and the traveller vould hardly toe surprised if a marauding party of painted and befoathered Indians suddenly burst into view. But the modem redslcin la a ihaappointed animal, clad in rag? and dirt and sadly lacking the picturesque elomont Save on an oc cMional fete day. RATTLESKAKES MORE COMMON The sameness of the prairie Is fre qucntly .spoken of, whereas it has many different characters, from the roiling, well-watcreer when they lose their Bight and be come vicious. Their bite is always deadly, but, except when bl,ind, are afraid of ^nian, and will not, unless disturbed to an unusual degree, at tack hint. THE Bia ALBERTA RANCHES. In Southern Alberta there are now probably fifteen or twenty largo ranches with ten thousand head or more of cattle on each. In addition to these there are numerous smaller ranches v ith a few hundi-ed head of cattle on each. There are thousands of recorded brands, but many oftkese Tcpi�sent herds that have disapp?ar-ed and accordingly are no longer in use. The total nunilwr cf range cat tie in Alberta is six bundled ihous -and. The average numter on ea";h important ranch is 10,000, which wc.uld reqtiire a range of from sixty to two bundreli thousand acres, according to the tiuulity and quantity of grass. The writer, found that this grass is by no means soft to fall on when thrown from a horse, but the e.x chtement soon wears out the feeling of stiltness attendant upon such an accident. No real cowboy is ever thrown, and the only influence which horse's bucking has on him is to make him give a number of hall' joyi'iil yells, and nfler the porformance is over the horse and rider go about their work as if nothing unusual had happened. REQUIRES THIRTEE.V. To manage a ranch of ten Hious ami cattle from Ave to ten cowboys a foreman, two hor.sc wranglers, ami a cook are necessary. Tlie numfcer of cowboys or cowpunchers, as they prefer to style thcmcelvcs, varies as the season, tar fewer men being required in winter than in siunrocr, and a iarger numl)er still arc needed when an>i.hing out oi the ordinary, such as a big cattle drive, takes place. Owing to tho name, cowbo.v, many people think that m�st of those entitled to the name arc young fellows ranging from fifteen to tven-'ty-Cve years of age, and are really hoys. Most of the vaen, however, are between the ages of twenty and sixty years. Another mi.staken idea about west mistaken so far as Canada is concerned, at any rate, is as to the prevalence of crime. Thei-e is farlo.ss crime in Western Canada than in tlhicago. The cowboys do not carry guns now or bowic knives, not il� they indulge in 'fringed buckskin fihiits or crimson nackerchiefs. A cow-puncher wears a plain .shirt, generally of dark blue or black or some Kurh somlire color, corduroy ortwood trousers, aivd a soft felt hat cf Stetson make (widel.v. dilTeront from that worn by the bank clerks and otfaor town dwellers in Calgary and Loth-bridge). In winter he wears also a jacket of fur-or heovy cloth ami chaps (toother trousers nuinus the corduroys). These generally have Jong angoru hair black, white or yellow In color, pasted on in front. G08TUME DESIGNED FOR USE. There is no part of the cow punch-�r'h coatiinie not designed for use. Tba broad-hrimfncd felt hut is far more efficient in protecting the eyes from the sun than is a straw, hat. The black silk/handkerchief protects the'vncek from sunburn, and thcchaps (pronounced shapa) ore comfortable for' rMing and keep the legs warm in a ray which nothing else would. The hcols of the trp boots am made very' high In order to prevent the feet from slipping through the largo wmlern stirrupa; fpr the caw punch-eniv do not ride with merely the t^o! t'ow-puTicliing seems at first to te a most prosaic occupation, but us as oiiu U'coiiKi's a lish reviews. They buy as many monthlies of the better as of the poorer I'la.ss, and both are read Uy them with etpinl eagerness. In m�ar-ly every outfit ihera is some cowboy who is quite well read. I do not refer to the men who conire from cultured families and good schools, '>ut tci the iiiun i hard as that of the foreman. COWBOYS NOT LAZT. I have li'3ard people talk of the lazy life of a cowboy, but if they had oven during a short time Ml that life they would certainly haw changed their opinion, fcr there is nothing remarkably indolent in sleeping on the groumi, rising at three in the Homing  or soon after, and staying in lht> .saddle till 4 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon with a brief intermission for 'dinner at ten or eleven, and then two hours' night duty. On one occasion, inde34l, I remember themen startinij work as usual at four in the morning, and not Ceasing till wo the following morning, ond then tliey wont the last fifteen or si.Tteon hours without food. The foofi ill a cow-camp is exall � tnt, l4?lter than that to l� obtain-d in most western hotels. Pork and beans is not the staple article of diet. It never was and never will he while thteak. buns, jam and coHco, for dinner, tea and coffee, beef in some orm or other, tomatoes or corn, lidding (generally rice -ami prunes) pie, good bread and butler and jam; for tea mucii the same as for dinner, but always cake in addition. THE ROUND-UPS. The phase of cowboy .life of which the easterner hears most is the rouiKl-up.' The nanw alone con -vojs vague idea of what the work is but that is oil that most people Ipiirn concerning it. The round-up i.s hold two or, three times a year to collect all the calves for branding in the spring and fall, ond also to collect the animals to lie sold as beet. Every round-up covers different territory until the whole range and much of the .adjoining country has been cleared of the ranch's cattle.. The cowboys sometintKs ride four or five miles tieforo they come to the district to lie workolo has b�.>n collcct�l. In the latter case the c.ittle already collected am hell every night and day, but in the former this is not necessary, as there is only a round>up in the nKrning and in the afternoon the calves nrc branded and are then freed. It would be injurious to the animals andwouiil re(|uire more labor to first collect all the calves on the range and then spend a couple of weeks branding them. Forty or fifty cows and calves perhaps having \�m "cut-out " in the morning, they are left in a corraltill the men have had dinner. Then the brtinding commences. A fire is built and in it the branding iron.y respect no man save for his true worth. The sons of old and titled fanvilies who have cow-punching aspirations must needs get out and "hustle," if they wish to gain the resivct of their compan -ions. The absence of conventionality is, as. I have said, a great charm of the life, but the chief pleasure is, of cour.se, the riding. As the horses ure shaggy-coated, ungroomod, and some what small, they look inferior tothe large, neat, handsome horses of east-em stables. But their looks, lielie them, for, though they may be in -I'erior on a race course or in a par!r the vaccination of the pupils oi the public ..chools. On the 10th of .lunc Dr. Ternan, the citj; houlth oflicer, wrote the .secretary of the public school hoard u.sking for a conference with the lioord to arrange the matter of vaccinating the school children. Dr. I'ernan wrote ngnin on the 15th as he considerwl the matter urgwH. Tlie reply of thu board was riH-eivtil on the 17th. Yestei-day Dr. Tornnn visitod thc� separate school ami oini�titHl it. His proposal was that the pupils should be sent home to give tliem a clkance to return next day with ceitificates as re,|uired by the Public Health act He also visited McKay Avenue school where the same reque.st was tiwwie. superintendent^ McCaig explaine�l that as it was within ten days oi the close of the ternv ond that since the promotion examinations wore about to beg'in such action would completely 4k>moraUzo the clns.sos for tlie re-iikiinder of the pro.soiit term and tlie organization for the opening after the summer hol;!days, and ho refused to comply with the iiuHlical heolth officer's instructions. Conseils to produce vaccination certificates on condition of attend -once would l>e tantaiiiount to clos . ing the schools and the ro(|uest of the medical liealth officer vos uii -reasonable and lw>'ond the require -ments of tlYC law. In cn.se tlie chatnnnn of the board or the superintendent aiw proSecuttHi for the action of the board they will pay the fine, appeal �the cose, which will take .some weeks to carry out, and by that time the schools will lie closed for the holidays. The hoard are determined at any co�t to keep the .schools open until the end of the temi. Tiie acting-city solicitor gave it as his opinion toda.r that the oot was ilefective as to terms of cnforciog .section 90, which reads as follows:- "Whenever he erson or cor -poration in coiftrol, of a school or I college. The matter is forming the subject of a conference} betui?en the deputy attorney general and the city solicitor, who will ivituni to the city this evening. --i: �# HAVE YOU WBIITEN HOME TO .MOTHER. Type B. SPRCIAL RATES TO THE COAST VIA C. P. R. in the stirrup, antl' U hyi any chance sold as beef, or the cows with calves ,^lwy slioul^ b� thrown it is a mat  at heel. The herd is held stationary Special excursion ratCs are now on sale to the following points: Vancouver, Victoria. New Westminster. Bollingham. Wosh.; Seattle, Wash.; Tacoma, Wash., ond Portlaml, Ore. at s-lngle first class fare for the round trip. Tickets oa sale daily from June 20th to .Tuly lath, going transit limit, Sept. 10th. Final return limit Sept. IStb. Any. further information will be furnished on applicatios to the O.P.I^. agent. Pray, may I ask you, worthy lad, Whose s-imile no care can smother. Though busy life throbs round about Have you written hbme "to mother? Vou are forgetting arn't you qurtev . How fast the weeks went flying^ .\nd that a little blotted sheet Unanswered still is lying? Don't you newemljer how she stood, With wistful glance at parting? Don't you rememtier how the tears Were in her soft eyes starting? Have >ou forgotten, how her orm. Stole rouofl you to caress you? Have you forgotten these lov. words, "Oood-bjv, my son, God blass you?" Oh, do Hot wrong her patient love. Save God there is no other. So faithful through all mists of sin- Fear not to write to mother. Tell her how hard it is to valk. As walkeil the Master lowly; Tell her how hard it is tu> keep A man's life pure and holy. Tell her to keep the lamp of proyor A light-a l>eacon burning; Whose beams shall reach you tor n.vay. Shall lure your soul returning. Tell hei' you love her dearly still. For fear some ghd to-morrow, Shall bi-ur away the listening soul. And leave you lost in sorrow. .Vnd then throunh hitter falling tears And sighs you may not smother. You will reinemher when too lal�� You did not ^riU; to mother. -Inne Rcmoldsoa. THE TOWNS OP TABER ANc MAG RATH. On July 1st the local improvonient villages o� Taher and Magrath will ho rifsj?d to the status of towna. Where one can ^et the Real Semi-ready 0{ the seven distinct types of Scmi-r�aJy Tailoring Type b has the lariJest sale, for it is the type of the Average Man. Type B is tuhJividci into five variatiana: Namil. Hiik SkoaUtrtJ. Ovtr ErKl. Rouoi SkoylJtiti SUpiol Skai.U�r�i ^ No man, matterf it not what be kif kright, girth, shape or figure, but may get a perfectly fitting garment from out the Semi-ready wardrobes. A. SOUTHARD, ^ Semi-ready Tailoring appeals to every man but he who is vexed with improvements. It i� the improved and modem method of selecting dress of the correct address. Finished-to�measure in two hours, the wearer of Semi-ready clothing can always forejudge its suitability to hi* individual expression. % Only the millionaire can afford to waste money buying cheaper suits than Semi-ready, and there is no gain to the man who pays more. Cheap suits are too expensive for any but the rich. Stni-rMJy Banntif Suit*. S�cki �ni Maming Coit (tylt*. in fict Enfliik vgrilfdt tni twmi: at $18 (nj $20. SraiTiWy Frock iiit�. oi tat Cktviot �ni Vicuna cloth*. ^ tiik-r.ctj tW .11 aiik-iiatj. at $25, tao ..4 sas. Tim Si|Dtt al Santr. Semi-ready Tailoring Where to get it: Lethbridge, Alta. 9. O. Boi 97 75 We are the only -exclusive Hardware in Lethbridge WE WANT YOU to see our REFRIGERATOR 8 We are selling them away below coit, and at prices you will never, never, never see, again so HURRY The Central Hardwitre Store G. L. VROOMAN i>>��iiatam�ii[>a�>�>aia����a�*M��� mmt ;