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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
six-footer and at this time a powerful and athletic man,
and I ventured some caustic remark as to the efficiency
of the Mexicans, which Campbell at once resented. I
came back with 'I can put any two quarters you have
into the wagon alone,' whereupon Campbell was at once
ready to wager that I could not.
My new boots flashed into my mind and I quickly bet
to double my debt for them if I lost or Campbell to
square it if I won. Done! Stepping up to the two largest
quarters that he indicated, I put an arm around each,
lifted them from the limb, toted them to the wagon, and
threw them in, much to the astonishment of all, even in-
cluding myself, as this happened to be a new stunt for
me. But the boots were mine!
Campbell was considered a good sport, but for some
reason he never liked me afterward.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at this camp,
buffalo, antelope, and wild turkey served in different
ways on the bill of fare.
Just before sundown a Mexican rode into camp lead-
ing a saddled mustang. Word had gone down the river
that a medico was in the country. Sefiorita Piedad
Romero, called the 'Belle of the Panhandle,' the fifteen-
year-old foster daughter of Don Casimiro Romero,
wealthiest Mexican in the Panhandle, was very ill with
smallpox and this mozo had been sent to find and bring
the doctor as soon as possible.
Don Casimiro's hacienda was at Tascosa, just one
hundred miles away, so we pulled out at sundown, rode
all night, and after a short rest in the morning, we kept on
till we reached the Canadian River, opposite Tascosa,
late in the afternoon. There was an adobe shack at the
ford, and as we rode up some Mexicans came out. After
they talked with my guide he dismounted and motioned
for me to follow him into the shack. I did so and found a
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/80/: 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.