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OVER THE TRAIL TO SANTA Ft
EARLY in September, 1877, with Hugh B. McCune and
two Germans, I left Deadwood for the South. Our equip-
ment consisted of a covered wagon, a span of mules and
three saddle horses, and a camp outfit with plenty of pro-
visions and ammunition. We were well armed. I carried
an octagon-barreled Ballard rifle and a Colt's forty-five
revolver, as the Sioux were still on the war path.
Following the trail used by the Gilmer-Salisbury stage
line from Deadwood to Cheyenne, we averaged about
twenty-five miles a day, taking turns standing guard at
night until we neared Fort Laramie. From there on until
we reached New Mexico there was no more danger from
Shortly before we left Deadwood the Gilmer-Salisbury
stages had been held up and robbed by four men not very
far from that city. The trail ran down a deep cut in the
high banks of a dry stream and here the stage had been
held up several times. The robbers concealed themselves
under the bank on both sides and as the leaders arrived
at the bottom of the cut they would step into sight and
turn their trick. Mute evidence of their work still showed
in the way of all kinds of articles, bits of paper, etc., scat-
tered through the sand from baggage and mail sacks that
had been overhauled.
A bunch of cowboys had driven a herd of cattle from
Texas to the Black Hills, sold them, gambled and frit-
tered away the proceeds in the underworld of Deadwood,
and, becoming desperate, had adopted this method of re-
couping their finances in order to report to the owners of
the herd in Texas. The notorious Sam Bass was a mem-
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/64/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.