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OFF FOR THE BLACK HILLS
sprang up and, reaching over the passengers in the mid-
dle seat, threw down a roll of bills. Then he reached for
the card - but it was a two-spot!
His face registered chagrin, disappointment, and horror
all at the same time, and he collapsed into his seat. The
cat was now out of the bag and everybody, except the
victim, roared. Bull shook his finger at the latter, ex-
claiming, 'You foolish man. Prentice here was the man
we were after, and if you had kept out, we had him. I
saw him reaching for his money.
'Never mind, we'll get him yet' - this to Prentice,
who quickly replied, 'Yes, you will, like Hell.'
'Mid jest and banter, the coach jolted along over the
wild prairie. Shortly we ran into a prairie-dog town, the
driver pulled up for a few minutes, and everybody
jumped out. Prairie dogs were in every direction, barking
an invitation to us to try our marksmanship. Out came
revolvers and several volleys were fired without result, as
Mr. Prairie Dog is wary and very hard to hit.
Bull watched the scene for a time. Suddenly his hand
flew to his hip; a big six-shooter of the dragoon type with
a short barrel was drawn. The gun barked, and a dead
dog was the result. He apparently took no aim at all.
Toward evening we met the coach that had left Dead-
wood at the same time that we left Bismarck. It had been
sent to Deadwood by way of Pierre. As we stopped a few
moments to visit and get the latest news from Deadwood,
Bull's victim decided he had enough of frontier life, and
he was permitted by Superintendent Gidney to use the
rest of his transportation in returning to Bismarck on the
northbound coach. That left a vacancy in our coach.
Some hours after, we overtook a covered wagon, driven
by three young men. Two were brothers from Minnesota,
druggists who had sold out and expected to go into busi-
ness in Deadwood. Their team was well fagged out and
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/51/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.