"OLD-man made a great many mistakes in making things in
the world, but he worked until he had everything good. I told you
at the beginning that OLD-man made mistakes, but I didn't tell you
what they were, so now I shall tell you.
"One of the things he did that was wrong, was to make the
Big-Horn to live on the plains. Yes, he made him on the plains and
turned him loose, to make his living there. Of course the Big-Horn
couldn't run on the plains, and OLD-man wondered what was wrong.
Finally, he said: 'Come here, Big-Horn!' and the Big- Horn came
to him. OLD-man stuck his arm through the circle his horns made,
and dragged the Big-Horn far up into the mountains. There he set
him free again, and sat down to watch him. Ho! It made OLD-man dizzy
to watch the Big-Horn run about on the ragged cliffs. He saw at
once that this was the country the Big-Horn liked, and he left him
there. Yes, he left him there forever, and there he stays, seldom
coming down to the lower country.
"While OLD-man was waiting to see what the Big-Horn would
do in the high mountains, he made an Antelope and set him free with
the Big-Horn. Ho! But the Antelope stumbled and fell down among
the rocks. He called to the Antelope to come back to him, and the
Antelope did come to him. Then he called to the Big-Horn, and said:
"'You are all right, I guess, but this one isn't, and I'll
have to take him somewhere else.'
"He dragged the Antelope down to the prairie country, and
set him free there. Then he watched him a minute; that was as long
as the Antelope was in sight, for he was afraid OLD-man might take
him back to the mountains.
"He said: 'I guess that fellow was made for the plains,
all right, so I'll leave him there'; and he did. That is why the
Antelope always stays on the plains, even today. He likes it better