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A Texas Matchmaker

Andy Adams

Book Overview: 

As a boy Andy Adams helped with the cattle and horses on the family farm. During the early 1880s he went to Texas, where he stayed for 10 years, spending much of that time driving cattle on the western trails. A Texas Matchmaker is a narrative that describes the work of a cowboy on a large southTexas ranch during the late 1800’s. Adams is considered to be one of foremost writers of the life of the real American cowboy.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e night we reached there all the office men, including the old man himself, turned themselves loose to show us a good time.

"We had been drinking alkali water all summer, and along about midnight they began to drop out until there was no one left to face the music except a little cattle salesman and myself. After all the others quit us, we went into a feed trough on a back street, and had a good supper. I had been drinking everything like a good fellow, and at several places there was no salt to put in the beer. The idea struck me that I would buy a sack of salt from this eating ranch and take it with me. The landlord gave me a funny look, but after some little parley went to the rear and brought out a five-pound sack of table salt.

"It was just what I wanted, and after paying for it the salesman and I started out to make a night of it. This yard man was a short, fat Dutchman, and we made a team for your whiskers. I carried the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Easy-going story, through hard times and good, about cowboys on a big Texas ranch. They worked hard together and cared for each other like a family. The owner was always trying to get his ranch hands married off to some nice girls so there would be lots of babies for him to love. The story details i

An AA. Western Action Adventure (ATM)

Aa. has penned a western action adventure about a western Texas rancher who has become known for his dances and parties across West Texas. He has invited numerous families to introduce the sons and daughters to each o t her to keep Texans alive. This is an excell

Should be a movie. Such an interesting combination of prejudice and cooperation.

A classic western, written by someone who lived the life. This story takes place mostly on a large south Texas cattle ranch in the late 1870s and includes lots of details on raising cattle and horses. It is a book of its time, published in 1904, so does have views of the Tex-Mex locals that are quit