The Jimmyjohn Boss

jimmyjohn1Author: Owen Wister
Published: 1900


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Dean Drake, a slender youth of nineteen, is hired as a foreman to supervise an unruly band of cowhands at a remote cattle camp in the mountains.

His first challenge as foreman is to enforce a rule of temperance in the camp by forbidding liquor, stored in “demijohn” containers. The men obey his rule until Christmas festivities weaken their restraint.