Pete's Error

by Arthur Chapman

Arthur Chapman

There's a new grace up on Boot Hill, where we've planted Rowdy Pete;
He died one evenin', sudden, with his leather on his feet;
He was Cactus Center's terror with that work of art, the Colt,
But, somehow, without warnin', he up and missed his holt.

His fav'rite trick in shootin' was to grab his victim's right,
Then draw his own revolver - and the rest was jest "Good-night";
He worked it in succession on nine stout and well-armed men,
But a sickly-lookin' stranger made Pete's feet slip up at ten.

Pete had follered out his programme and had passed the fightin' word;
He grabbed the stranger's right hand, when a funny thing occurred;
The stranger was left-handed, which Pete hadn't figgered out,
And, afore he fixed his error, Peter was dead beyond all doubt.

It was jest another instance of a flaw in work of man;
A lefty never figgered in the gunman's battle plan;
There ain't no scheme man thinks of that Dame Nature cannot beat -
So his pupils are unlearnin' that cute trick they got from Pete.

Last updated May 09, 2019