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Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:24:50 -0500
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There are, I am sure, others on the list more qualified to answer this than
I, but my understanding is that a Texas Longhorn (and I am taking the leap
to say that is the same as a Texan Steer) is a specific breed of cattle,
defined by its horns and not its geographical origins.

On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 11:18 AM Matthew Seybold <[log in to unmask]>

> Thank you for pointing out this possibility, Barbara. I will add it as an
> update to the original post.
> Martin. Based on the reading I did in newspapers of this era, it seems that
> driving cattle through streets of even large urban Northern cities was
> still a fairly common, though increasingly controversial practice. As such,
> reports of goring were not entirely unusual. Presumably the herds were
> relatively small and were being moved from cattle cars directly to markets
> or butcheries. I admit, this was for me one of those scholarly moments
> where I came to doubt whether I could really imagine the 19th century.
> Also, “Texan steer” was a breed(?) listed in advertising and market
> reports. Was a “Texan steer” necessarily from from the Alamo state or
> merely the favored description for a bull with a bad attitude? Perhaps
> Kevin M. could enlighten us? ; )
> - MS
> On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > Thanks to Matt Seybold for posting an outstanding bit of research on "The
> > Texan Steer."  His assessment  that the article might be an "excellent
> > counterfeit" is also worthy of consideration.  The time frame for this
> > article would have been in the midst of the time period when Frank Manly
> > Thorn was also contributing to the EXPRESS under the pseudonym of "Hy
> > Slocum."  More info on that controversy is available here:
> >
> >
> >
> > Barb.
> >
> --
> Matt Seybold Assistant Professor of American Literature & Mark Twain
> Studies Elmira College