At the age of 10, Henry Ashurst wrote in his speller, in a childish but firm hand: Henry Fountain Ashurst, U. S. Senator from Arizona. Thus he announced the great ambition of his life.

His father and mother (who had borne Henry in 1874 in a covered wagon near Winnemucca, Nev.) had trekked to Flagstaff, Ariz., where the elder Ashurst went into the cattle business. Summers, young Henry punched cows, more often tethered his horse and strode around the lonely Arizona landscape, exhorting the cacti and the boulders, making speeches to the mountains, like Demosthenes on the beach. He was practicing...

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