The Mind of a Fox
| In the early days before radio, television and the prolific
distribution of newpapers, when cattle herds moved in great numbers across
the west, a cowboy's life could be lonely and monotonous - day herding a
bore, and night herding endless. Roundups were long days and hard work.
A cowboy didn't get many chances to laugh or enjoy a situation that was comical. The ones that happened naturally were enjoyed to the fullest, but if those didn't come around often enough the cowboys started thinking up practical jokes to pull on some unsuspecting person. Sometimes these situations that were designed to produce laughter also produced injury and pain to the recipient, but what the heck, if they all got a good laugh from it, what's a few bruises and broken bones.
This page last updated January 3, 2007