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I HANG OUT MY SHINGLE IN DEADWOOD
I SPENT my first forenoon in Deadwood searching for
something to rent for an office but could not find even an
available drygoods box from one end of the gulch to the
other. Returning to the I. X. L. Hotel for dinner, I made
a strong effort to rent a room or two from my landlord,
but was promptly turned down. 'Impossible,' he decided.
At this juncture John Bull entered and I was greeted
with, 'What's the good word, Doc?' Hearing my predica-
ment, he called the landlord, Van Danager. 'Van, meet
my friend Dr. Hoyt. I want you to let him have a room
where he can hang out his shingle and go to work.'
'Johnny,' replied Van, 'I would be glad to, but I'm
chuck full all the time and it's impossible.'
'I know you are,' said John, 'but he doesn't want you,
he wants a room in the hotel.'
'Nothing doing, John. As I told you before, that set-
Bull's genial smile, ordinarily present, faded away. His
eyes flashed and stepping close up to Van he remarked in
a low tense tone, 'Did you hear what I said? Dr. Hoyt is
Not another word was said, but Van showed a sickly
grin on his face and I was given the best room in the house.
Although I was mighty glad to get this room, I was
certainly practicing medicine under difficulties. The
room was about twelve feet square, a bed on each side
with about a three-foot strip between as one entered,
leaving a space of about six feet from the foot of the beds
to the outside wall, where there was one small window
with a cheap washstand, bowl and pitcher beneath. The
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/55/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.