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I BEGIN TO STUDY MEDICINE
FROM the post at Devil's Lake, Dakota, we hiked south
to Jamestown, then the terminus of the Northern Pacific
Railway. There we entrained and reached St. Paul about
the first of December, 1873.
By this time, having thought much about plans for
my future, I decided to become a doctor. I began the
study of medicine and surgery with the late Dr. J. H.
Murphy, of St. Paul, a well-known physician and surgeon
of that period, and an uncle of mine by marriage. At the
same time, my erstwhile partner, Paist, began the study
of law in the office of John B. Brisbin, also of St. Paul.
Making good progress, I accepted, in the spring of
1875, the place of steward of the Church Hospital, an
institution maintained by the ladies of the Episcopal
Churches of St. Paul and now known as St. Luke's Hos-
pital. I remained there one year, gathered a great deal
of practical experience in my chosen profession, and then
resigned to prepare to enter Rush Medical College for the
session of 1876-77. Work was to begin the first week in
September, and about August first I visited the Centen-
nial Exhibition of Philadelphia, going by way of Chicago,
Baltimore, Washington, and New York, making my first
acquaintance with a large city.
I saw everything worth seeing at the great exhibition,
including the first telephone, and Dom Pedro, Emperor
of Brazil, who, when he first listened to it, sprang back
exclaiming, 'My God, it talks!' Best of all I had the
pleasure of meeting Sir Joseph Lister, the famous English
surgeon, father of antiseptic surgery.
September 7, 1876, while I was enjoying the Centen-
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/39/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.