Lariats and Lassos: Bernard S. Mason’s How to Spin a Rope

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By Bernard S. Mason

No self-respecting cowboy would refer to a lasso.  A rope was a rope. Roping was the activity and rope was the instrument.

However, the magic that could be worked fascinated Americans, and the Wild West Show for a time rivaled the circus as exciting entertainment in the nineteenth century. Fascinated, youngsters practiced Lariats and Lassos COVER FRONT ONLYat being Wild Bill Hickoks.  In a later era, Will Rogers entranced audiences with his rope tricks accompanying his famous monologues.

This short introduction to the basics of the lasso was almost a bible to generations of backyard enthusiasts. Certainly it is a reminder of a time when having fun did not require a flat screen.

Original How to Spin a Rope cover

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