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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
patches of brush, mesquite, and timber, and a forty-five-
foot rope was employed.
During round-ups Moore would sit back and watch
some wild and exceptionally unruly steer baffle every
cowboy who was trying to rope him for branding pur-
poses, and after all had failed Bill would put spurs to his
mount and dash in. And I never saw him miss.
Later it transpired that Moore had killed some mem-
ber of his family in California, and fled to Wyoming,
where he became manager of a large cattle ranch, and
after a time became incensed at a negro employee and
killed him. He then escaped to the Panhandle of Texas,
where the Bates & Beals Company had recently estab-
lished the LX Ranch, and after a short period of proba-
tion they made him superintendent.
During my sojourn of about a year in that section
Moore was probably the most popular and highly es-
teemed cowman there. Although reserved and dignified
with outsiders, he was very cordial and courteous with his
own crew. A few years later he moved to New Mexico,
west of the Rio Grande, and started a ranch for himself.
There were two brothers owning land adjoining his. This
land had a fine spring of water that Moore wanted. They
refused to sell and after sending them word he was coming
after them, he rode up to their home and shot them both
down in cold blood.
He again made his escape and was not heard of again.
Many years afterwards one of his two foremen on the LX
Ranch, Charles A. Siringo,' had become a detective, and
while after a criminal in Alaska met and recognized him,
although he denied his identity. Siringo, who knew him
well, was certain he was the man, as Moore had a peculiar
cast in one eye which could not be disguised and which
can be seen in the picture in this book.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/90/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.