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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
with us. This was James J. Hill, then working as a
freight clerk at forty-five dollars a month. Many years
later, when, by his remarkable foresight and acumen, he
had risen to be one of the great railway magnates of the
country, the head of the Great Northern Railway lines,
I became chief surgeon of all his properties.
Very well do I remember also the many bands of In-
dians who visited the old farm, coming from the West
with furs, buckskins, pemmican, and maple sugar to sell
or trade. They camped all about our home during their
annual visits, and as my father spoke their language they
became very friendly. I attracted their special attention
because I had a profusion of curly red hair. This they
seemed to admire greatly, and I received many presents
of moccasins, leggings, etc. My complacency with this
state of affairs, however, was shattered by one of our
hired men who told me that the reason they paid so much
attention to my red curls was because they were prepar-
ing to go on the warpath, and as red scalps were very
scarce, they would be after mine the first thing. At once
there was a noticeable cooling in my friendship for the
Father had always bought from the Indians quantities
of their maple sugar, which, with buckwheat cakes, was
an ever-popular item on our winter morning breakfast
menus. One day it was found out that they always
strained the maple sap through their blankets, and from
that time Indian maple sugar was taboo in the Hoyt
family, and syrup from home-grown sorghum became the
It was the usual thing for these Indians to file silently
into our kitchen in the early morning, squat around the
kitchen stove, and gratefully eat the abundant leavings
from our table that mother scraped into a dish and passed
to them. Later on many of these very Indians were
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/24/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.