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THE DOCTOR TURNS COWBOY
JOHN CHISUM's statement that the Panhandle was 'full
of people' was a mistake. Smallpox soon faded away and
there was little for me to do. There were all kinds of
hunting, plenty of adventure and excitement, and I was
enjoying life, but my income diminished, and it was not
long until a debonair young medico, distinguished as the
first to locate and practice medicine and surgery in the
Texas Panhandle, was in that financial condition com-
monly known as flat broke.
I was too proud to send home for funds, which would
not have been an easy matter anyway as the nearest post
office was Dodge City, Kansas, several hundred miles
away, and the only communication with it an occasional
bull train with freight or Old Dad Barnes, an antiquated
old-time cowboy who, about every three months, ambled
up and down the valley on a has-been mustang, picking
up letters for Dodge City at fifty cents a letter and re-
trieving answers at the same price. As a solution I ap-
plied to W. C. (Bill) Moore, superintendent of the LX
Ranch, the largest in the valley, for a job.
Moore was short-handed and took me on. He had a
staff of about fifty men, a good part of whom were
refugees, many under an alias and a few with rewards for
their apprehension hanging over them. This latter class
even included Moore, but this was not known until later.
Bill Moore, a Californian and raised on a cattle ranch,
was one of the best vaqueros I ever saw. The riata of that
day was made of rawhide, and in California, where the
ranges were then in the 'wide-open spaces,' a sixty-foot
riata was used. In Texas the ranges were broken by
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/89/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.