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OFF FOR THE BLACK HILLS
FIFTY years ago, to obtain the degree of Doctor of Medi-
cine, it was necessary to study a year or two under a pre-
ceptor and attend two courses of lectures at some repu-
table medical college. I had completed one course and was
now ready to earn the necessary funds to enable me to
At this period, there were no laws regulating the prac-
tice of medicine and surgery, so I decided to locate in
some live town and practice. Newspapers were full of the
discovery of gold in the Black Hills. Deadwood was
classed as the liveliest mining town in the country, so I
selected that for my adventure.
Learning that Blakely, Carpenter, and Siams, of St.
Paul, were preparing to put on a stage line from Bismarck
to Deadwood, I decided to take that route. Bismarck
was then the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad,
and when I arrived there about the first of May, 1877, I
found that the first stage over the new route would leave
in a few days. I was lucky enough to secure the last seat
in the coach that was to make this historic journey.
I made the acquaintance of the clerk at the hotel, who
told me that there was a passenger booked for Deadwood
whom I should meet, as he was well known all through
the West and could do me a lot of good should he take a
fancy to me. He also added that he was a famous gam-
Among the boarders at the Snells', where I had lived in
Chicago, was a beautiful young woman, Mrs. John Bull,
and her five-year-old son. Mr. Bull was supposed to be a
traveling man. Mrs. Bull had told of his being a close
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/47/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.