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Dear Johnny,
I have been out here living, sleeping and working with the cowboys since July to learn their ways that I might paint some. A nicer set of fellows I never met with. Sleeping on the bare ground often in blankets that have been through the river I have not caught a cold nor had a single bilious spell since I have been out here. So I am in perfect health and so feel moderately happy.
September 24, 1887
Miles City, M.T.
Dear Sue,
Only last fall a horse thief was shot full of holes a few miles north of here and fall before last they hung one... While I was holding down the ranch I had all the chores to do: milking the cows, cleaning the stables, watering and feeding stock, etc. On the second day the twin calves broke out of the stable. I tried to show them in but they wouldn't go. Then I ran into the stable and picked up the first rope I saw and made a loop and tried to catch one. The rope was too short and mean and I couldn't get them so then I went and got my good lariat... I chased them up and down throwing at them for about an hour till I was so hot and mad I should have enjoyed branding those same calves... The boys had a good laugh when they heard how I had tried to rope the calves afoot. They got on their horses and caught them right away. I killed a big rattlesnake the other day and will bring home the rattle for Ella. My horse is the fastest of all those on the ranch... The time is more than half gone now. How happy I shall be to see you again.
 
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