Thursday, March 13, 2014

I’ve cluttered these pages with  stolen cattle stories before. So far none fiction.

I will say that the penalties for such stealing are no longer as strict as they once might have been – legally speaking.

ST. JOHN, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say a man suspected of stealing 23 cattle also apparently stashed a lot of stolen property in central Kansas.

Stafford County Sheriff Jeff Parr says the man was arrested last week in the cattle theft from a county ranch. He says investigators on Monday found items such as a recreational vehicle camper, car trailers, a backhoe and other equipment in a pasture in the county.

The suspect’s name has not been released. The sheriff says he used to live in Great Bend but now has an Oklahoma address.

The Hutchinson News reports the trail to the suspect began when Oklahoma authorities found some of the cattle and a stolen trailer near Cushing, along with other equipment. The man was arrested in Hays on an Oklahoma warrant.

All of which reminds me of a day of youth when five of us were driving in the country. The single girl, looking across the plains of Montana, saw two very tall poles poking above the rolling hills.

“What,” she asked, “are those used for?”

The driver of the vehicle laughed and told her that they were used, in the treeless area, to hang the cattle rustlers from..

And we all let that explanation stay without contradiction in spite of her denying the truth of the implausible. None of us enlightened her.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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