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I HANG OUT MY SHINGLE
bird had flown. I never ran across him again. As the re-
sult of this experience I provided myself with a bottle of
testing acid, so this trick was never duplicated.
Mr. Prentice also put up at the I. X. L. Hotel, and
both he and Mr. Bull usually dropped in to my office
sometime during the day for a friendly chat.
One (lay Bull burst in, wildly exultant over something.
This was unusual, as he was ordinarily rather quiet and
'I got him! I got him!' he cried, slapping his leg.
'Got who?' I asked.
'Prentice, I told you I'd get him. I finally landed him
in my game and cleaned him for five hundred dollars. I
have laid for him for days and have got him at last.'
Bull had not been gone ten minutes before in came
Prentice, scarcely less mirthful and excited than Bull.
'By gosh, Doc,' he said, 'I got him.' 'John Bull,' he
added, seeing a quizzical expression in my eyes. 'Cleaned
him up to the tune of five hundred dollars.'
I indulged in a hearty laugh and with the remark,
'Now I'll tell one,' gave Bull's side of the story. To this
'He did think so, but it was thought only. This is the
way it was. I sat in his game and got hung up for five
hundred dollars. I said I'd have to cash in. "I need all
the money I've got with me for business to-morrow, so
I'll have to ask you to take this draft !" He bit, took the
draft and counted out five hundred dollars in change.
The draft was for one thousand dollars and it was no
Such was life in the Far West fifty years ago. John
Bull was a character in his way, one of the best in his
line, and withal a kind-hearted man and a mighty good
friend. This sketch would hardly be complete without a
description of our last meeting.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/57/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.