Today I’m posting from a rural farm in Wisconsin, U.S.A. Of course this led to me wanting to bundle stories to do with ranching. So here is a story about cowboys and one about horses.

The first piece is Buying a Horse by William Dean Howells, which is a fictional story about a man wanting to buy a horse (despite it sounding like a non-fiction title). Howells was an American realist novelist, critic and newspaper editor.
From Buying a Horse:

“If one has money enough, there seems no reason why one should not go and buy such a horse as he wants. This is the commonly accepted theory, on which the whole commerce in horses is founded, and on which my friend proceeded.”

The second is Sandburrs by Alfred Henry Lewis. Lewis was an American investigative journalist, editor, and writer with a long tenure at the Chicago Times-Herald. He was best known for his Westerns.
Excerpt from Sandburrs:

“A sandburr is a foolish, small vegetable, irritating and grievously useless. Therefore this volume of sketches is named sandburrs. Some folk there be who apologize for the birth of a book. There’s scant propriety of it. A book is but a legless, dormant creature. The public has but to let it alone to be safe. And a book, withal! Is its own punishment. Is it a bad book? The author loses. Is it very bad? The publisher loses. In any case the public is preserved. For all of which there will be no apology for sandburrs. Nor will I tell what I think of it. No; this volume may make its own running, without the handicap of my apology, or the hamstringing of my eriticism. There should be more than one to do the latter with the least of luck. The Bowery dialect – if it be a dialect – employed in sundry of these sketches is not an exalted literature. The stories told are true, however; so much may they have defence.”

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These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
Buying a Horse by William Dean Howells
Sandburrs by Alfred Henry Lewis

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