A Love To Remember (Episode 8.07)
Executive Producer Norman Macdonnell
Love had been snowbound for many weeks....Then, where winter barred his visits to Bear Creek, and there was for the while no ranch work or responsibility to fill his thoughts and blood with action, he set himself a task much lighter. Often, instead of Shakespeare and fiction, school books lay open on his cabin table; and penmanship and spelling helped the hours to pass. Many sheets of paper did he fill with various exercises, and Mrs. Henry gave him her assistance in advice and corrections....So the snow fell, the world froze, and the spelling-books and exercises went on.
While sitting around a campfire with the other hands, Trampas tells a tall tale about being followed in the desert by an 8 foot hoopsnake. The snake saved Trampas life because he wanted his hat.
...I was diggin in a hole Id seen an owl run down. And thats what
I got. He held up his thumb again.
The Snake! I exclaimed. Yes, sir. Mr. Rattler was keepin house that day. Took me right there. I hauled him out of the hole hangin to me. Eight rattles...Yes, sir. Thought I was dead. But the woman...she acted better than the man...she just clawed his pocket and burrowed and kep yelling Give him the stone, Augustus! And she whipped out one of them Injun medicine-stones, - first one I ever seen, - and she clapped it on to my thumb, and it started in right away. What did it do? said I. Sucked. Like blotting-paper does....And when it had sucked the poison out of the wound, off it falls off my thumb by itself! And I thanked the woman for saving my life that capable and keeping her head that cool. I never knowed how excited she had been till afterward. She was awful shocked...when her next child was born, it had eight rattles.