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INTO THE PANHANDLE
which were numerous on the plains above. I have seen as
many as one hundred and fifty in one herd in the Pan-
handle. Mitchell and a few Mexicans would find a band,
spend from four to six weeks in walking them down,
when they could easily be driven to his canyon and into
the corral where the old stallions would be shot and the
rest broken in by his vaqueros.
We reached Mitchell's hacienda, where we were noisily
welcomed by Mitchell's youngsters and a pack of dogs,
and on entering found our quest over. The murdered (?)
man was there in bed with smallpox. He, in a delirious
condition, had been found somewhere in the canyon by
one of Mitchell's sheep-herders. He was brought in and
tenderly cared for by Mitchell and his wife. They no
doubt saved his life, and all this automatically pardoned
our prisoner. The unfortunates both remained with the
Mitchells and recovered.
Returning one day from a call a short distance down
the valley, as I passed the home of Pedro Romero, I was
startled by piercing shrieks, evidently a woman's.
Springing from my horse I rushed into the house only to
see Don Pedro dragging his wife, Dofia Refugia, around
the floor by her heavy braided hair and at the same time
taking his 'daily dozen' by kicking her ribs. I was carry-
ing a heavy quirt with a loaded handle, and having first
ordered him to let up, to which he paid no attention, and
thinking that he had possibly gone insane, I struck him
over the head with the heavy end of my whip and knocked
him to the floor insensible.
I realized that I had struck a hard blow and as Romero
lay quite still I was afraid that I might have killed him.
As I knelt to examine his pulse and heart, I heard a rustle
and glancing up saw the Dofia, a ferocious expression on
her face and a knife in her hand, the blade, seemingly,
about three feet long. If I hadn't seen her first, in an-
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/87/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.