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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
After leaving the Black Hills in September, 1877, I
lost all track of Bull. Some time in the nineties I entered
a car at St. Paul, Minnesota, my home at that time, on
my way to the City Hall at Minneapolis. As I sat down
in the only vacant place, I recognized John Bull as my
seat mate. He gave me a cold stare when I spoke, evi-
dently taking me for some former victim, but was most
cordial when I identified myself.
At the end of the ride, I invited him to dine with me
that evening and hark back to the old frontier days.
Hesitating a moment, he replied, 'Doc, I would be de-
lighted, but I have a deal on and if it goes I shall fade
away; if not, I will sure be there.' He did not appear
and the newspapers next morning explained the 'deal,'
amounting to several thousand dollars, all of which ac-
counted sufficiently for his 'fade-away.'
We have never met since. At the time of this writing
(1928) I learned from good authority that with all his
experiences and ups and downs, he has never been behind
the bars, which fact demonstrates both brains and an un-
usual efficiency of its kind.
He had, however, one very close shave.
Before we parted at the Minneapolis depot that day,
we chatted for a few moments, then he went in one di-
rection while I went in another. I was quite elated over
the meeting, as Bull had been kind to me in every way
when I needed help, and I anticipated a pleasant visit
To see if I was on time for my appointment I reached
for my watch which was a very fine one and had been a
present, and which I carried in my right hand vest pocket
without chain or fob. It was gone.
It would take a number of pages to describe my
thoughts for the next minute. I do not remember ever
being more furiously angry. The idea that I, a man of the
Here’s what’s next.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/58/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.