Excerpt: ...cowboy subsided, then burst into vociferous demands for a bed. A minute later Roosevelt heard steps in the (p. 245) hall, followed by a knock at his door. Roosevelt opened it. "I'm sorry," said the host, "but there's a man I'll have to put in with you for the night." "You're not as sorry as I am," Roosevelt answered coolly, "and I'm ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...cowboy subsided, then burst into vociferous demands for a bed. A minute later Roosevelt heard steps in the (p. 245) hall, followed by a knock at his door. Roosevelt opened it. "I'm sorry," said the host, "but there's a man I'll have to put in with you for the night." "You're not as sorry as I am," Roosevelt answered coolly, "and I'm not going to have him come in here." The host was full of apologies. "He's drunk and he's on the shoot," he said unhappily, "and he's got to come in." This appeal was not of a character to weaken Roosevelt's resolution. "I'm going to lock my door," he remarked firmly, "and put out my light. And I'll shoot anybody who tries to break in." The host departed. Roosevelt never knew where the unwelcome guest was lodged that night; but he himself was left undisturbed. On another occasion that spring, when Roosevelt was out on the prairie hunting the lost horses, he was overtaken by darkness. Mingusville was the only place within thirty miles or more that offered a chance of a night's lodging, and he again rode there, knocking at the door of Mrs. Nolan's boarding-house late in the evening. Mrs. Nolan, who greeted him, was a tough, wiry Irishwoman of the type of Mrs. Maddox, with a fighting jaw and a look in her eye that had been known to be as potent as a "six-shooter" in clearing a room of undesirable occupants. She disciplined her husband (who evidently needed it) and brought up her daughters with a calm good sense that won them and her (p. 246) the respect of the roughest of the cowpunchers who came under her roof. Roosevelt, having stabled his horse in an empty out-building, asked for a bed. Mrs. Nolan answered that he could have the last one that was left, since there was only one other man in it. He accepted the dubious privilege and was shown to a room containing two double beds. One contained two men fast asleep, the other only one man, also asleep. He recognized his bedfellow. It was "Three-Seven" Bill Jones, an...Read Less
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