Quotation by Willis Goldbeck

Fellow delegates, like all of you I've listened in awe and admiration to the magnificent oratory of the honorable Major Cassius Starbuckle, the cattlemen's mouthpiece, the lowing herds. But seriously, under the spell of his eloquence I could see once again the vast herd of buffalo and savage redskin roaming our beautiful territory with no law to trample them except the law of survival, the law of the tomahawk and the bow and arrow. But then with the westward march of our nation came the pioneer and the buffalo hunter, the adventurous and the bold. And the boldest of these were the cattlemen who seized the wide-open range for their own personal domain, and their law was the law of the hired gun. Now, now today have come the railroads and the people, hard- working citizens, the homesteader, the shopkeeper, the builder of cities. We need roads to join those cities, dams to store up the waters of the Picket Wire, and we need statehood to protect the rights of every man and woman, however humble.
Willis Goldbeck (1900–1979), U.S. screenwriter, James Warner Bellah, co-scenarist, and John Ford. Dutton Peabody (Edmond O Brien), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, speaking in favor of statehood at the territorial convention (1962).

Based on a story by Dorothy M. Johnson.
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