Buck & Wart – Back Country Letters

Trials, travels and travails of backcountry bachelors.
Buck & Wart – Back Country Letters

J. Wayne Fears has collaborated on another e-book you’re going to want to download on your Kindle and have sitting next to your easy chair or the rocker on the front porch. It’s a compilation of fictional letters exchanged between trapper, hunter and dirt-scratching farmer I.A. “Buck” Rivers of Tater Knob, Alabama and his world-traveling friend J.C. “Wart” McGee, a train-jumping hobo, who lands in remote Alaska. The time is 1930—the height of the Great Depression.

Here’s just a sample of the letter Wart writes to Buck in which he reintroduces himself to his old friend after a long absence during which Buck had no idea where is friend had disappeared:

“… The wanderlust took holt of me about 2 year ago and wouldn’t let go. It’s been some ride. I run whiskey in Memphis, cowboyed in Wyoming, logged in Oregon and dealt cards in Seattle. I tell ya what. I shore hated to leave Memphis. I was working at a bbq joint called the Pork Palace. They bbq would eat good anywhere you took a bite. I mean it was good! But they made their real money selling whiskey to after hours honky tonks around town. I made a right smart money just on tips delivering the hooch, but decided to move on after I heard Big Jack Quinn was comin in from the capital to clean up the town. That lawman has throwed more folks in the state pen at Nashville than a skunk’s got stink.

I rode the rails to Denver and on up to southeast Wyoming near Wheatland where I caught on at the Barn N Ranch. Feller by the name of Casey Neely run cows and horses on nearly 20,000 acres in the foothills and prairie. His foreman was a tough Swede named Arnie Dubock. That man’s tougher than a hangin’ judges heart. He taught me to break horses and train them for cowboy duty. Those colts didn’t want to be rode no more than I wanted to be throwed. I finally got my fill of it and headed northwest. Arnie’d benn telling me about his folks being loggers in Oregon, and I decided logging had to be easier on a body than breaking horses.”

Throughout the book, Buck and his new pen pal exchange these letters and Buck learns about the exciting life Wart is living as the new owner of a remote roadhouse in far-away Alaska Territory and Wart learns what is going on in his beloved Tater Knob. In fact, because of the letters from Buck, Wart becomes homesick for the life, and lady, he left behind.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, the “comings and goings” of these two backwoods bachelors make this little novel a fun read. It is written as they, with their 8th grade one-room schoolhouse education, would have written it. What they lacked in polished English and “book learning” they more than make up for in woodsmanship and their lust for the outdoor life and humorous adventures.

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