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Page 16 - Travels with Johnny "Butch" MacDonald

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1984/6/1 (272 reads)

and try to handle them and they just get excited and that's it, you know. I bought a cow in the country. I had a truckload of cows. And we were unloading them. And there was this cow and she was wild. And I was extra careful with her. I had a long rope on her, and I had the truck backed right up to the door, only a- bout 6 or 7 inches to spare. And I had an? other fellow with me. He was untying the cow. And instead of untying the cow and letting it go, he held onto the rope just as the cow's head was facing this little opening. And that's all that cow needed. She made the rest of the way for herself. And off she goes, up the street--up Town- send Street, Then she decided to go up Charlotte Street, I was after her. She de? cided to go up Charlotte against the traf? fic. And then there were kids gathering everywhere. Hollering, yelling, one thing and another. And this cow stopped right at the Tip Top Tailors. And she was looking in the window. She saw her own reflection in there, I was watching her, and I was ex? pecting to see her jump through the window. But no, she decided to go up Charlotte Street further. In her galloping through the streets, she sideswiped a car. At Town- send and Charlotte, she broke a railing go? ing up the steps. We were trying to corner her there. She just went to jump the rail? ing, and she only got half over it, and came down on it and broke it, So she went up the street, galloping around. Then she got onto George Street. Down near the cor? ner of George and Townsend, some fellow got ahold of the end of the rope, tied it to a post. And they had her anchored. We took her from there. Got ahold of the rope, gradually got her into the truck. But things always seem to work out. There always seems to be some way to catch them. They'11 get into a corner somewhere. But some of them, now, they can give you a hard time. You wrote a story one time a- bout an animal that got clear in Sydney. And it was me that caught her. This was off one of the lakeboats. Damn little things, wild as hell. I've had to butcher them on the truck. I was up West Bay Road one time, when a cow jiimped over the side of the truck, and broke her neck, right in the road. And I had to butcher her right there. Cut her throat, take the guts out of her, drag her up on the truck, head for home. (And would you do it all again?) If I had to work like I did, killing those lambs, no, I wouldn't do it, I wouldn't do it. Be? cause, I'm telling you, it was terrible. Day and night. Lambs, in all kinds of weather. You had to have them shipped at a certain day. They had to be shipped Tues? day. I'd leave here Monday at noon. You'd go around Monday and you'd collect up e- nough money to go and buy the load, you know. And then I'd start off for the coun? try. I wouldn't know where I was going to load them. Wouldn't know where I was going to get a carload. And I'd get up there. Well, I knew the country, I knew the peo? ple. Maybe this fellow couldn't catch them, maybe something else happened. And you'd keep going till you'd get a fellow with a bunch that, yes, he would have them. Well then, all right. The nearest station to that fellow, that's where you would load. So you'd go to the station and you'd order a car. Then you'd start this, going around and around, and you'd tell them, "Have them in tomorrow, have them in tomorrow"-- the handiest station. And it was always trouble. Maybe this one couldn't catch them: "Yes, I'll have them in. Look, they're down in the field, it'll only take a minute." The only minute is an hour, you know. And time is important. You'd start Monday. And you'd go around Monday night and make the contacts, you Museum of Cape Breton Heritage Northeast Margaree on Cabot Trail Inverness Co., Cape Breton, N. S. OPEN 9 TO 6 DAILY P.O. 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