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PAGE TWO MR. SIKE eLeGY BY Miles Overholt, in the "Peoples" Magazine for December, 1923. (Concluded from Last Week.) "It looks to me as though I was go- ing to have to get into the sheep busi- ness, if I'm going to keep you two hombres on the place," he said. "Sheep herding might be a little arduous for you boys, but mebbe you could learn it in time," he said, sighing sadly "We never advertised to be broncho twisters, anyhow," Dug told him. "We are cow-punchers and psychologists," he said. "Psy-cow-logists," I corrected him. "And, besides, you got a fine, curly- haired buster right among the family fireside,, said Dug. "Far be it from us to do our best riding and euchre him out of a job." "Mr. Green is knocked out from breaking a herd of wild horses for the movies," said Old Man Wortham. "In a few days he will be well enough to ride and then you boys may go and dig postholes, or something that re- quires neither mentality nor effort." "is Sally Pritchett a doctor or some- thing?" Dug wondered. "Because this here Mr. Green actor spends most of the day and a good part of the night over to old Jim's house." "He's recuperating his health," Old Man Wortham said. "He expects to start to work next week--and when he does he will break all of those cay- uses to ride while you and Hap are snubbing one of them up. That's the kind of a twister Mr. Green is." That night Dug and I went over to see Sally, she having sent for us, and all,, and she started the evening's con- versation out with words. "Boys," she said, "do you know any- thing about Mr. Green?" Sure," we said. "But not for the ears of pure womanhood." "What is his stage name ?" she won- dered. "Shucks, he'never drove stage; he's an actor," Dug said. "Did he act under the name of Green ?" she wondered, sticking to the subject like a woman sticks to a drunken hunsband. "If he did I bet the rest of the Greens have turned Brown," I said, being full of wit and weinies. "He's a handsome man, isn't he?" she said. And we said, "Uh-huh." And after that we didn't talk about Mr. Green any more. No ma'am, it kept Dug and 1 busy talking about ourselves. When we went home, Dug, he said: "Sally had some reason for asking us to come over to dinner besides w~,nting to see how much you could eat at a time. What do you suppose it was ?" "She wanted to find out if Mr. Green was handsome," I said. "She is afraid to trust her own eyes." Which was as good an answer as any, I not knowing anything about women and why they ask fool questions. All Green and Old Man Wortham were sitting on the porch discussing matters of importance and one thing and another, so we got off and visited among their midst; "Well,. Mr. Green says he can bust three broncs a day when he gets star- ted," Old Man Wortham said. "That beats Jack White by two hess- es," I sa~d. "And he's the best rider in the west.--" "Was," said Alf Green. "He isn't any more." "Who is then ?" Dug wondered. "A gentleman named Green," said the cowboy actor. "Ain't the moon beautiful this eve- ning?" I remarked in a purring tone of voice, and then I got up and went away from there in a heartless man- ner. Down at the bunk house, Dug pretty nearly bit himself on the forehead, he was so mad at Mr. A. Green, actor. 'Tll bet that four-flusher can't ride an idea even," he grouched. "I'd like to bet Old Man Wet,ham even money that he can't stay with any one of THE CATALINA ISLANI , and schemes for quick and easy mur-I ] der, suicide and destruction. ] Ir~ Still I kind of figured that Professor ] ,ralinrat n ivolvorvtw o,,rove .a. a, t a, , His letter said : I f:L Yal ~it:r~a C~m~ We are havi of Pyr Psychology will do for your man Ivory COMBS BRUSHES, when nothing else can do. It can T ,~ucn u [ CLOCKS, MIRORS, E C t even give him courage. You say he "LJ~tra]n al has been riding before a motion-pie-, [ at one-thlrd off. Come in, see w~.- " 'S | ture camera. Now tt ts every one we have to offer. ~ st ocq knowledge that motion-picture cow- | ~rth th boys must ride well before the camera..|AVALON DRU(i Your man, doubtless, knowing the camera man is recording his every / 405 Crescent Avenue ~, ndeoth: movement, would compel himself to ! ~experim ride. His thought would control his ' ~conclusi physical self.I suggest that you ac- e - o ...... ,-ir.~not suf quire a motion-picture camera/ explain Curio_ ano ,t to your man that you intend to take ~'!xvay st them broncs, without pulling leather, six consecutive or continuous minutes," he said. And then, just to egg on his mad, I said to him, I said: "You don't know what you're talk- ing about. That guy can ride anything with horse hair wrapped around it. Shucks, I've heard of him for a long time." "Why didn't you say so then ?" Dug wanted to know. "Oh, I wanted to hear your language," I grinned. After a while Dug went on: "I claim I know a rider when I get acquainted with one--and this here Green ain't even a regular person. I'll bet money on it." "How much and what kind of mon- ey?" I asked him. "Two hundred dollars, two saddles, three cayuses and my bed-roll," said Dug Turner. And, not being able to back out, why, I said I'd call his bet, I having along about the same supply of wealth as Dug Turner was all burdened up with. Which was where I figured I had gone and made a slight error. Shucks, that there Green aphis couldn't ride any more than Dug said he could, I figured. But a man's got to stand on his rights to argue, and I didn't dast back down. Gosh, it wasn't no snap to figure myself out of it. And then, by golly, all of a sudden I got an idea all covered with wisdom and fancy brain matter--I would use psychology and make the guy ride! This here Professor Musgrove, he told us to write to him back in St. Louis in case we wanted to understand something, so I up and sent him a let- ter full of question marks and short sentences. And I got his answer just in time to save a situation which was becom- ing cluttered up with grief and gloom and finances. Because the cowboy actor had gone and tried to ride old Smoky Mokc, who couidn't pitch worth a cent, except mebbe to crow-hop a bit, and Mr. Green, had falleen off at the second bounce, which is out. So it looked quite certainly like something would have to be done to save me from darn near financial ruin. Old Man Wortham didn't see this here Green cowboy fall own Smoky Moke, and the actor didn't think no- body else was looking, but that is where he erred. Dug Turner and I were looking, having located ourselves on a hill with a pair of field glasses for that selfsame purpose of thought. And then Dug, he laughed in a wholy unsympathetical manner and went on back to the round-up, while I kind of lingered among the hills and dales trying to think up little plans a moving picture of him in action, a~d I think that if you impress this thor- oughly upon him, you will find that he will ride his horse and do it thorough- ly and, perhaps, artistically. Why not try it ? Well, sir, it didn't sound like a darn fool idea, either, so I went and got Lime Huggins over at Galt to send for one of them cameras--just borrowing it-- and then I said to Mr. Green and Old Man Wortham, I said when Dug wasn't around to hear: "Lime Huggins, he wants to take some moving pictures of ranch life for somebody back east; he wants to pho- tygraft us men in action, he says." "Well, in that case, we'll have to im- port somebody, I reckon," Old ~Ian Wortham said" "You and Dug Turner never move fast enough to call it ac- tion-unless, of course, Lime wants a slow-motion picture." "Mr. Greeta, he's going to ride them mustangs," I said. "Mebbe that'll be fast enough." "That's so; I never thought of that. Sure; that'll be fine. Tell Lime to bring his camera over next Thursday and Mr. Green will furnish him with enough action to make a serial." Green, he smiled kind of silly, it looked like, but there wasn't much of a chance for him to get out of it. The old man had gone and said the words I would have said for him if I had had a chance. Which shows that if I had been given a fair deal when I was a baby I probably would have a ranch of my own right now. I got the brains. ] went and told Lime Huggins about the clever scheme I had practically fig- gered out all alone, except, mebbe, for a slight suggestion from Professor Musgrove, and he said he would come over and turn the crank, whether there was any film in the camera or not. He said cranks were all alike, anyway-- you had to keep turning 'era to keep from having trouble with 'era. So as to make it seem more like a movie, I went around and told a lot of persons about this here g, eat rider of the plains.-this here g~nt of sterling worth and broncho-busting ability. I told 'era to come over on Thursday and watch Mr. Green twist a dozen wild, untamed cayuses in one day of ten or eleven hours, with only three gallons of gas and a quart of oil. And I also told Sally Pritchett that we were about to hold a roamin' holi- day and throw the lions to Mr. Green. "Are you sure Mr. Green can ride them?" Sally wondered. "If he's an honest man, why, he can ride a bolt of greased lightning and scare it with thunder claps," I said. "1 only take his own word for it." "I'11 be there," said Sally. Well, sir, it was a fine, open-faced day, Thursday was, and Dug Turner, ( Continued on Page 10, Column 1) Look for the Sign of fight, il "- -"~ for us The Big Curio mist~ I-I. D. 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