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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
friend of Mark Twain and to support her statement, ex-
hibited with pride a beautiful, autographed de luxe edition
of all Mark Twain's works up to that time.
I had seen Mr. Bull only once during that winter. The
Snells had given a Christmas dinner to the boarders and
he had been one of the guests. He had the appearance of
a gentleman, was well mannered and well dressed, and in
response to an inquiry during the dinner, he told of his
acquaintance with the famous author.
Years before he had known Clemens as a newspaper
man at Virginia City, Nevada. The story of the 'hold-up'
by a party of his comrades one night when Clemens was
coming home alone from some town across the divide, the
tragic description he gave of it all when he arrived, and
his chagrin when the 'joke' was exposed and his valuables
returned is all a matter of history. John Bull was one of
the party and laughingly told us how the young news-
paper man could never see any joke in the affair. It was
carried out much too realistically for any laughs.
'Dr. Hoyt, meet my friend Mr. Bull,' said the Bis-
marck hotel clerk. I turned around and to my surprise,
Mr. Bull, 'famous gambler,' and the handsome, suave
traveling man of Chicago, were one and the same. The
surprise was mutual and he seemed pleased to meet me
again. 'I am well acquainted with the Black Hills,' he
informed me later, 'and will be glad to help you get a
That evening he confided to me that he had a partner,
but did not want it known. They had arrived late and so
were obliged to sit on the front seat in the coach, and
when he learned I was on the same seat, he asked me to
sit between his partner and himself. He had in the mean
time pointed out his partner to me on the street with the
information that his name was Fish.
The Concord coaches used at this period had three
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/48/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.