The trail of the Loup; being a history of the Loup River region . ce a year at the annual round up. The straying cattlethus fell an easy prey to unscrupulous characters, who would coollyshoot them down, slaughter them, and haul them by the wagon load to thenearest railroad station for shipment. This trafiic took on vast promotions 72 THE TRAIL OF THE LOTJP before the cattlemen could notice their losses. When finally they woke toa realization of what was happening their rage knew no limits, and deathby lynching would have been considered almost too good for a culpritcaught in the act. The real
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