Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The Legend of Chico Cano

November 9, 2011

Sometimes I get going on a character strictly because of the name. Case in point: down around the Texas Big Bend country there was a notorious Mexican bandit called Chico Cano. Found a photo of him with U.S. soldiers during a temporary truce (circa 1910). Whipped this out this morning:

He crossed the line with ease until he was double-crossed. Grab ahold of your pommel straps, this ride's going to get a little bumpy.

Or, he carried the load of the world on his shoulders. He felt at one with them. He recited a prayer and rode hard.

"The only human beings I have thorougly admired and respected in the world have been those who carried the load of the world with a smile, and who, in the face of anxieties that would have knocked me clean out, never showed a tremor."
—Henry Brooks Adams

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