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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
a distance of from ten to twenty feet would deftly remove
the coin with a crack of his whip, without disturbing or
touching the tent pin.
Then he would declare he could crack the coin from the
seat of any one's trousers without touching the wearer.
One of his mates would offer to bet quite a sum that he
could not. This would lead to an exciting argument, the
money would be put up, and the next move was to get the
victim to hold the coin. In this instance, by considerable
Western diplomacy, the one secured was from our neigh-
bor's camp, he to have half the winner's stake.
The poor victim, full of visions of what a good time he
would have with his share, would get down on all fours,
the whip would crack - as would also about six inches of
trousers and integument beneath. I can still see vividly
the skyward jump our visitor made. If there had been an
amplifier and loud speaker then, his yell would have been
broadcast all over Canada. When he came down, he was
ready to whip the entire Yankee camp and it took an-
other half-hour of diplomacy to avert war.
Before I left home I had been taught by a young Ger-
man a novel race which I introduced whenever I had an
opportunity on this survey. I would run a hundred yards,
turn a stake, and sprint back to the starting line against
a man on horseback. At this stunt I never was beaten.
Out West where good horsemen were the rule it was little
trouble to arrange this race if it had never been seen
before. However, it soon became well known through
the expedition and it became difficult to find any one to
compete with me. Occasionally, however, we would meet
a roving band of half-breeds on a hunt, or a small party of
traders from the Blackfeet Indian country, and, as they
were always mounted and eager for sport, my race was
soon in evidence.
We passed through all kinds of country. For days it
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