From the book's Foreword...
By William Thomas Carley
In gathering and publishing the songs that are found in this notable volume,
in narrating with a master hand the glorious panorama of the hardy actors of the Texas Frontier
of the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties, of picturesque characters who live now only
in the rose garden and hallowed memory, Mr. Allen has made a contribution to the folk-lore
of the Southwest which will not soon be forgotten. Depicting in colors that
will never fade the lofty souls of those cowmen who have crossed The Great Divide
to a Green Pasture Land—to The Roundup In Glory—where there's plenty of fat cattle,
no sheep, no alkali, no dry water holes, no "chip-carts," but
plenty of wood and good horses—Cowboy Heaven.