The Death Brand

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Danger itself stalked cowboy jess Hitson this July 4 in 1868. He ws riding alone, but when he saw a stray calf he droped his loop on it preparatory to branding. In a few minutes his iron was glowing in a fire. then withot warning - ZIP! An arrow streaked through his hat! He dropped instantly, reaching for his guns, making a breastwork of the tied calf. Soon, however, he saw that he would surely be slain, so between shots he did a little brandinganyway. jess Hitson was never seen agai, and he doubtless died within the hour. How do we know all this? Because, three years after Hitson disappeared, a full grown steer was rounded up in that vicinity, and on its side was this burned report: 7-4-68 Indians Hot as hell J. H. It was cowboy natu to make his report to the boss in spite of savage Indians, and it was cowboy character also to comment on the wather. Adapted form the book Hot Irons (Macmillam) by Oren Arnold and John P. Hale.

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