|It could have been called "The Sibling War," as brother killed brother, but there was nothing 'civil' about it. When the smoke cleared and 58,000 were buried, the routes to the West were filled with people trying to leave despair behind, no matter the challenge ahead.
The place had no name, just a clearing in the Southwest Cherokee Territory. Some pioneers had circled the wagons and hunkered down for some food and rest. The men would take positions to guard against an Indian raid. Then, at dusk, two or three of the most agile, ventured out to the high-ground to scout the prospects of an attack. That night, one of the men didn't return.
By daybreak, when a search party was being formed, they saw motion in a hammock of trees and their rifles were ready to speak death! But a small Indian boy emerged and walked slowly to the encampment. Barely seven years old and wide-eyed with fear, he moved with purpose toward the armed men. He didn't speak the white man's language, but in his tiny hand he held the silver spur of the man who wouldn't return.
There was no need for a search party and there were tears for the 'closure' just rendered, but the legend of the boy they called "Silver Spur" became known throughout the treacherous West, for his courage, compassion, and trust in his fellow human beings.
The Reel Cowboys would like to honor those who reflect the qualities of the "Silver Spur," so each year, the organization presents the "Silver Spur Awards" to deserving individuals and organizations.
|~by Joe L. Cranston
|The Lone Ranger Creed
- I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.
- That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
- That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
- In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
- That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
- That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.
- That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
- That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
- That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.
- I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
|Roy Rogers Riders Rules
- Be neat and clean
- Be courteous and polite
- Always obey your parents
- Protect the weak and help them
- Be brave but never take chances
- Study hard and learn all you can
- Be kind to animals and take care of them
- Eat all your food and never waste any
- Love God and go to Sunday school regularly
- Always respect our flag and our country
|Gene Autry's Cowboy Code of Honor
- Never go back on your word
- Never betray a trust confided in you
- Always tell the truth
- Be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals
- Help people in distress
- Be a good worker
- The Cowboy is a patriot
- Keep yourself clean in thought, speech, and action
- Never shoot first
- Never hit a smaller man
- Never take unfair advantage
- Do not advocate racially intolerant ideas
- Do not advocate religiously intolerant ideas
- Respect women, parents, and your nation's laws