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INTO THE PANHANDLE
Mexican on his back in great pain, which I soon dis-
covered was due to a dislocated shoulder sustained while
after buffalo. Having no anesthetic I pulled off one of
my boots, used my heel as a fulcrum, and by main
strength reduced the dislocation. Fastening his arm to
his body with an improvised bandage, I ordered him to
keep quiet and come to me in Tascosa in three days. All
this was done by signs, as I could not speak or understand
Spanish at that time.
Next morning he grew curious, slipped off the bandage
to see if his arm was all right, and at the first motion out
it popped again, so he had the pleasure of operation num-
ber two. His curiosity was satisfied.
I crossed the river to Tascosa and found the young
beauty, Sefiorita Piedad, a most loathsome object.
There was not a spot on her body without a pustule. One
of the torments of smallpox at a certain stage is intoler-
able itching. I racked my brain for something to allay
that. There was no drug store in the country, of course,
and my stock of medicines was very limited. One thing
that was plentiful was gunpowder and knowing it con-
sisted of charcoal, saltpeter, and sulphur I tried an experi-
ment. I added water, made a paste, and had it spread
over the entire body. It was a decided success. Sefiorita
Piedad, my first patient in the Panhandle, recovered.
Later she married a fine young American, and at last
accounts they are still living and enjoying life.
Her foster mother, Dofia Solome Romero, a beautiful
woman of the pure Castilian type from one of the best
families in New Mexico, was especially grateful at the
recovery of Piedad, who was her niece as well as her
On Christmas a dinner and baile were given by the
Romeros at their commodious hacienda and Sefiorita
Piedad, now fully recovered, made her debut in Pan-
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/81/: 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.