By A. C. Greene
It is a harsh, distant kingdom, the place the elements is often very shut and the horizon far-off. The Brazos nation of long-ago Fourth of July fishing expeditions; the grass-grown is still of a manner station of the Butterfield degree Line; the streets of Abilene; the sparse grazing lands lower than limitless skies—all are made resonant by way of a local son’s affection and realizing. it's a method of life—resilient and persnickety—that is nearly gone.
Above all, it's humans: the author’s grandmother, who had a mortal worry of bridges and whose premonitions of unnamed calamities (that as usually as no longer happened), either alarmed and happy the younger boy; Uncle Aubrey, “who married late”; the blacksmith they woke up in the dark; the universal buddies; the infrequent and deliciously mysterious strangers.
With humor and powerful, unsentimental feeling, A. C. Greene conserves for us the valuable eccentricities of position and person who are being flattened out—almost actually bulldozed away—by the impatient, insatiable onrush of the 20th century. His West Texas is a really own nation, yet what he seeks to percentage could be commonplace to all who get pleasure from the stories that tie them to their very own particular quarter of America.
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Coming through the narrow valley, walled in by tall, steep hills and thick, low stars, one could sense the presence of others both from the heavy fragrance of the fires and from the winking light of a fire here and there, high up on the side of a hill. There was no electricity in this part of the world, and with whole families out tending the charcoal mounds you saw no other evidence of man's presence as you drove through at night. Today the charcoal burners are gone from those Palo Pinto ridges and the cedar choppers operate with the gasoline-powered chain saw more than the ax.
When I have relied on hearsay or legend I have tried to remember to say so. Even so, I am sure some readers will recognize one or two of the stories herein as being among those universal classics of folk heritage. But in my relation of personal experiences, I have tried not to tell a single lie, unless Old Time has misguided my memory. To describe my inheritance I have had to relate a lot of family secrets and other accumulata which come into one's life like salt and sauce come into one's foodnot the nutrient but the taste of it.
Until after World War II, a good three quarters of West Texas used the native cedars and junipers for Christmas trees rather than buying the balsam imports which have taken over the seasonal market, even in West Texas.