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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
handle society. I participated as a guest of honor. James
Kennedy, son of the junior partner of King & Kennedy,
'The Cattle Kings of Texas,' was also a guest. His
mother was Spanish, and with his athletic physique, dark
hair and eyes, he was about the handsomest bachelor in
the Panhandle. He was a wild one, so his father put him
in charge of two thousand head of cattle with a complete
outfit and sent him from the home ranch in southern
Texas to the Panhandle with the hope of making a man
Jim Kennedy and I became very good friends and were
together so much that we were dubbed by a facetious
cowboy 'the roulette twins,' red and black. Both he and
Dofia Solome were teaching me Spanish, as practicing
medicine through an interpreter was rather unsatisfac-
tory, and I was also adding to my 'bag o' tricks' by tak-
ing guitar lessons from Miss Lizzie Rinehart.
At first Kennedy conducted himself in an exemplary
manner, became very popular, and his father's expecta-
tions seemed about to be fulfilled. But, in the course
of time he drove a herd of beef cattle to Dodge City,
Kansas, sold them and, unable to withstand the tempta-
tions of the underworld there, he 'stepped out' and was
brought home with a shoulder and one arm all shot to
pieces. He never recovered from these wounds, although
I think he lived for a year or two.
The plaza at Tascosa was about one hundred yards
square and all the buildings were of adobe, or sun-dried
brick. The plaza was bounded on the north by the store
of Howard & McMasters; on the east by the house of
Pedro Romero, a nephew of Don Casimiro; on the south
by a blacksmith shop owned by Henry Kimball, assisted
by a character known as 'Bronco Jack,' who had at some
time met a bullet which crippled one of his legs; and on
the west by the store of Mr. Rinehart, who had formerly
been a sheriff in New Mexico.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/82/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.