This is a short tale of a small struggling ranch on the edge of bankruptcy going nose-to-nose against the aggressive Circle Eye ranch headed by “Dunk” Dore. It relates an unfortunate habit of the cook–the dough pounder. Despite the humor in this story it highlights the truthful fact that ranching was often a big gamble. Losses of cows from disease, rustling and the weather cut into profits and when there was significant loss such as the burning of the chuck wagon and supplies it could spell disaster for a small struggling outfit. Cowboys were often blindly loyal to their brand. This is something to think about when designing scenarios involving conflict between ranching outfits.
From Western Story Magazine, 13 May 1933.