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I GO AFTER GOLD
AMONG my patients in Deadwood was a young mining
engineer, Bailey by name, who had a contract with a
Chicago syndicate to prospect for gold in the Black Hills.
If he discovered a quartz proposition that would average
twenty-five dollars to the ton, they would finance and
develop it, giving him fifty per cent.
Fifty years ago, no one would look at a lode mine that
averaged less than twenty-five dollars a ton. There has
certainly been some progress in mining methods since
then, when one of the best gold mines in this country is
the Homestake, right in that district, that averages a
trifle less than two dollars to the ton.
One day we visited the grave of the most famous 'two-
gun man' the West has ever known, Wild Bill Hickok.
It was on an eminence to the left of the gulch not far from
the center of the town, going west, and was marked only
by a pine slab driven into the ground at the head. The
name and inscription was written on the slab with a car-
penter's pencil. I have been informed that there is now
a monument at the grave.
Wild Bill was murdered in Deadwood in 1876 by one
Jack McCall. They were in a poker game and Bill repri-
manded Jack for some breach of poker ethics. A day or
two later, McCall walked up behind Bill when he was
sitting in a game and shot him dead. Jack escaped, but
was captured about a week later near Fort Pierre and
hanged. In the fall of 1877 I met Wild Bill's partner,
Colorado Charley (Charley Utter), at Santa Fe, New
Mexico, and he showed me Bill's sombrero with the bullet
hole through the center of the back of the hat band.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/60/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.