"A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse" (1929); Hot Dog Council & "Hot Dog"

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HOT DOG--Many years ago, I sent information on "hot dog" to the National  Hot 
Dog and Sausage Council. They told the false "Tad Dorgan" story in 1995,  
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. They couldn't tell it anymore because World  
Wide Words and Snopes and Word Origins and Smithsonian and David Graulich's book 
 and others had the true story. In 2001, I got credit and, of course, my name 
was  misspelled on its website.
Well, I know that the good Council sends out its info every May  (Memorial 
Day) and July (National Hot Dog Month). I e-mailed two National Hot  Dog and 
Sausage Council people my new 1893 and 1897 citations for "hot dog." 
No response.
Hey! I'm giving this to you for free! I'm not even getting paid, because  God 
forbid if I get paid, that would ruin everything! A courtesy response is  
FREE! Thank you! It's goddamn FREE!
This is not in the Yale Book of Quotations. It's also believed to be from  
cowboy author and artist Will James. Naturally, on the web, that becomes  
philosopher William James!
“A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse”
"A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse” is usually credited to Will James  
(1892-1942), a cowboy artist and author. (Will James is not to be confused 
with  the philosopher William James.) Will James wrote many articles and books in 
the  1920s and 1930s, and this “guts and a horse” quote is documented from 
at least  1929. 

_Cowboy  Sayings and Quotes_ (http://www.coolnsmart.com/cowboy_sayings/)  
A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.   

_Topics  in Kansas History: Old West_ 
Each spring from 1866 -  1885, Texas longhorns were driven to railheads in 
Kansas or farther north to  stock the open ranges. It took about a dozen cowboys 
to trail 2,000 head of  cattle. Herd size ranged from around 1,000 head in 
the early years to 3,000 -  4,000 later on. For their labors, cowboys earned 
between $25 and $40 a month,  plus their food. 

Most cowboys were young men, in their late teens or  early twenties, and 
single. One 19th-century definition of a “cowboy” was  “anybody with guts and a 
horse.” They needed to be strong to survive the harsh  conditions of trail 

_Horsey Quotes_ (http://www.shannonleighstables.com/HORSEY-QUOTES)  
A  cowboy is a man with guts and a horse. 
~Will James 

“A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.” 
William James quotes  (American Philosopher and Psychologist, leader of the 
philosophical movement of  Pragmatism, 1842-1910) 

_Wikipedia: Will James  (artist)_ 
Will James (1892-1942), artist and writer, was born  Joseph Ernest Nephtali 
Dufault, June 6, 1892 in Quebec province, Canada. It was  during his creative 
years everyone grew to know him as Will James. 

_Will James: Cowboy Artist and  Author_ 
A special exhibition at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage  explores the 
tragic and fascinating life of artist and author Will James. On  view in the 
Showcase Gallery from Oct. 3, 1997, through Jan. 4, 1998, Will  James: Cowboy 
Artist and Author provides a rare opportunity for visitors to  appreciate the 
artistic skills of the author of such American classics as Smoky  and 
Lone Cowboy. 

James’ work, which includes 25 beloved novels,  continues to appeal to a 
large audience who grew up reading his books and to new  generations of horse 
fanciers and cowboy fans. This intimate 
presentation  draws on an unmatched collection of approximately 75 paintings 
and drawings  featuring the private collection of A.P. Hays, Paradise Valley, 
Arizona, as well  as first edition books, numerous early drawings and a newly 
acquired oil  painting from the museum’s collection. 

James’ literary career began in  the early 1920s, when the lanky cowboy from 
Nevada sent an essay and  illustrations to Scribner’s New York offices. The 
easy-going, storytelling  quality of his 
writing, illustrated with his own drawings and paintings,  made for a winning 
combination that was quickly recognized by editor Maxwell  Evarts Perkins, 
who worked with Thomas Wolfe, Emest 
Hemingway and other  literary giants. James’ first novel, Smoky, won the 
Newbery Medal in 1927 as the  most significant contribution in American literature 
that year for children,  establishing his 
place as an enduring writer of note. All 25 of his books  are still in print. 

Born in Canada as Ernest Dufaut, James left home to  be a cowboy. Along with 
a new name, he manufactured a new identity, claiming  different parents and 
birth in Montana. Despite acclaim 
and success in the  literary world, his life was tragic. A brief prison term 
for rustling, a  tumultuous marriage and devotion to drink contributed to his 
untimely death in  1942 at age 50.  

27 January 1929, Helena (MT) Daily  Independent, “On the Trail of the Rodeo,”
 magazine section: 
Any student  of the ranges can tell you, right off, the basic qualifications. 
Ask any one of  them what constitutes a cowboy. He’ll say, “A cowboy is a 
man with guts and a  horse.” That’s the only entrance requirement you’ll have 
to meet. 

_Google  Books_ 
Wyoming: a guide to its history, highways, and people  
by Writers’ Program of the Works Progress Administration 
Oxford  University Press 
Pg. 130: 
In his own language, the cowboy was a  “man with guts and a horse.” 

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