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A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowboy Code Of Conduct, The Lone Ranger

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Today, the West continues to celebrate the “cowboy spirit” of adventure and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Some of the politest and most modest individuals have made their living horseback or in the livestock business. Their principled behavior became codes of conduct that many of America’s cowboy heroes of the past promoted and illustrated for viewers back in the early days of Western movies.

Fourth in a four-part series, the inspirational philosophies of movie cowboys, unknown to many today, are being shared.

The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto.

The Lone Ranger and Silver.

First appearing in a radio series in 1933, the Lone Ranger show proved to be a hit. It spawned a series of books, an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1956, comic books, and several films.

Clayton Moore portrayed the Lone Ranger, who rode his white horse named Silver. Jay Silverheels, a Mohawk, was cast in the role of Tonto, riding his spotted horse named Scout.

“Return now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the West with the speed of light and a hearty Hi-Yo, Silver.”

The Lone Ranger Creed

  1. I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.
  2. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
  3. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
  4. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
  5. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
  6. That “this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people” shall live always.
  7. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
  8. That sooner or later – somewhere – somehow – we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
  9. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone, lives on forever.
  10. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.

Reminded of John 14:6: “Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.




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