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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
as he did from the left on the inside. I owe an apology to
my readers, but that incident flashed back from memories
of long ago, seems apropos, and is therefore introduced
When we had completed our corral, selecting six
horses from our remuda de caballos, I became a range
rider, being paired with 'Latigo Jim' - the only name I
ever knew him by - and located in a small log cabin on
Bonita Creek, south of the Canadian about the middle of
the south edge of the LX Ranch, which had an area of
forty square miles. Range riding means patrolling the
boundaries daily, and if any trails are found leading from
the ranch, the rider must follow them and bring back the
Our beat consisted of twenty miles, ten east and ten
west from our cabin. Our 'chuck' was bacon, sourdough
bread, black coffee with sugar, potatoes, and jerked or
fresh beef, the meat being alternated at our pleasure with
the abundant game. Deer, wild turkey, quail, antelope,
and buffalo were all near by. We were both good camp
cooks, so we fared rather sumptuously. From the home
ranch was issued green coffee. When we had roasted this
in a skillet, ground it at the bottom of a tin can by pound-
ing it with the end of a hammer handle, and brought it
to a boil in a quart tin pail, we had as fine coffee as I have
Jim had never seen a doughnut. So we saved bacon
grease, I mixed the dough as I had seen Mother do, and
while I worked in the sour for raising Jim poured in the
right quantity of sugar. When it had risen, I rolled out
the mass with an empty quart bottle, sliced it in strips,
dropped them in the hot grease, and in a few minutes had
as nice-looking a batch of browned doughnuts as one
They looked so good that Jim could not wait till all
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/96/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.