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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
nial, a band of eight men, splendidly mounted, each
armed with a brace of Colt's forty-fives, galloped into the
quiet, peaceful little village of Northfield, Minnesota, and
halted in front of the First National Bank. Two dis-
mounted and ran into the bank. The others sat on their
horses, firing off their revolvers and cursing furiously with
the idea of terrorizing any passers-by.
J. L. Heywood, the cashier, was alone in the bank when
the two outlaws entered, threw their guns down on him,
and ordered him to open the safe. He refused either to
open the safe or to give the combination, and after cursing
and threatening him without avail, one of them put a
bullet through his brain.
In the mean time there was something doing outside.
A young medical student, Wheeler by name, was in a
doctor's office upstairs just across the street. Hearing the
racket, he rushed to the window, took in the situation at
a glance, tore down an old Spencer carbine that had been
hanging on the wall since the Civil War, and, without
hesitating a moment, opened up on the mounted bandits
across the street, killing one of them, Clell Miller by
name, in short order, and shattering the right elbow of
another, Bob Younger; while a Mr. Manning with a rifle
killed another, Bill Chadwell.
The two men in the bank, having failed to get the safe
open, dashed out, sprang on their mounts, and made a
quick getaway. As they fled from the scene, they met an
inoffensive Swede along the roadway and, with a curse,
fired a volley at him, killing him outright in cold blood.
The six that galloped from the bank scene were the
three Younger brothers, Bob, Cole, and Jim, Jesse and
Frank James, and Charley Pitts. The entire country was
quickly aroused and posses were hot-foot after them in
every direction. They began to realize their danger and,
as they disagreed about the best route to follow, they
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/40/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.