- A cowboy never takes unfair advantage - even of an enemy.
- A cowboy never betrays a trust. He never goes back on his word.
- A cowboy always tells the truth.
- A cowboy is kind and gentle to small children, old folks, and animals.
- A cowboy is free from racial and religious intolerances.
- A cowboy is always helpful when someone is in trouble.
- A cowboy is always a good worker.
- A cowboy respects womanhood, his parents and his nation's laws.
- A cowboy is clean about his person in thought, word, and deed.
- A cowboy is a Patriot.
And in Wild Bill Hickock's Deputy Marshal's Code of Conduct: "I will be polite and courteous."
And in Roy Rogers' Riders Club Rules: "Be courteous and polite."
I also found a pleasantly socialist sentiment in The Lone Ranger Creed: "Men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number."
And some good Old Cowboy's Advice: "Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled."
Those, and more, are at The Cowboy Code.
And I found Autry's "The Death of Mother Jones", which has nothing to do with this post, but is another reason I like the guy:
Since I'm rambling about Gene Autry, the Autry National Center is a great place to visit in Los Angeles.