For decades, teams of three hardy fools had tried to knock each other senseless with high pressure fire hoses, while the spectators tried to escape the cross fire.
By the time the Deans arrived, the crowd was already several deep, the hoses drawn, and the early participants chatting nervously.
Those hoses pack a whale of a wallop.
When the hoses are filled with water, they're might heavy.
In 1834, when the missions had already passed their best days, there were some 486,000 cattle, hoses, mules and asses on the ranges, and 325,000 small animals, principally sheep. Throughout the pre-American period stock-raising was the leading industry; it built up the prosperity of the missions, largely supported the government and almost exclusively sustained foreign commerce.
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