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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
near some ranch as possible and fiddle a few tunes. Al-
most invariably visitors would appear and get acquainted,
and in a short time one would think we were stockholders
in the ranch by the dividends of vegetables, fruit, melons,
milk, butter, and eggs that would roll in.
Rancher Jones had several daughters, a charming
schoolma'am was boarding there, other neighbors were
near, so an impromptu dance was started and everybody
had a fine time. Mr. Jones had a large field of wheat in
the shock, and was very short of hands. As we bade him
good-night he asked us to mention that fact to any men
we might meet on the road.
It seemed they had taken us for lucky gold-diggers
from the Black Hills and never dreamed that we might
help them out. When we reached camp I suggested that
we offer our own services in the morning to help stack the
grain, as we were below par financially and he offered
four dollars a day and board.
My companions were willing, but none could stack
grain. Fortunately I was familiar with farm work and
as any one could pitch the bundles, the next forenoon
found us all in the field. Mr. Jones, more than happy
at our condescension, treated us like princes. At the end of
four busy days he had as fine a bunch of wheat stacked as
one would wish and we went on our way well satisfied
with the adventure.
Pueblo and Trinidad were in the throes of a smallpox
epidemic. It seemed as if a yellow flag, the sign of quaran-
tine, was upon almost every other house. Leaving Trini-
dad, Colorado, we crossed the Raton Mountains, follow-
ing the historic Dick Whooten toll road and the Old Santa
Fe Trail, exactly the same route taken later by the Atchi-
son, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
We followed the Old Sante F6 Trail through Las
Vegas and on to Santa F6. Shortly before reaching Santa
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