Fifty Days To Moose Jaw (Episode 1.12)
Executive Producer Charles Marquis Warren
While driving cattle north to Canada, the Virginian and his trail boss and old friend, Slim Jessup, encounter a farm boy interested in working for them as a cowhand. The Virginian is reluctant to hire someone so inexperienced, but Slim reminds him of the time he hired a kid fresh out of the state of Virginia. Had the same kind of look about him, too, yknow, scared but full of grit. When the embarrassed Virginian weakly protests No kid I remember ever looked that green, Slim fires back the words above. The Virginian agrees to give the boy a job, and makes him Slims responsibility.
...he had set out for a look at the country at the age of fourteen; and by his present age of twenty-four he had seen Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Everywhere he had taken care of himself, and survived...
Along Bear Creek...Molly and [the Virginian] took a ride...and she was telling him about Vermont.
I never was there,said he. Never happened to strike in that direction.
What decided your direction?
Oh, looking for chances. I reckon I must have been more ambitious than my brothers - or more restless. They stayed around on farms. But I got out... I have earned my living since I was fourteen. And thats from old Mexico to British Columbia.