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Rickard would later realize that this was even more relevant to money than it was to cattle. ”11 After fording the Red River the drovers had to move their mile-long line of cattle across the Indian Territory that separated Texas and Kansas. The native people learned they could beg, steal, or exact cattle as tolls from the cowboys who crossed their land. ) Regardless of how well prepared one was, there was always an unexpected harrowing event or two along the trail. On his ﬁrst ride, Rickard was handed a painful lesson on human relationships and violent death.
His Northern saloon and gambling hall at the corner of Crook and Main streets in Goldﬁeld was one of the most successful in the West, with fourteen game tables and 24 dealers to accommodate roulette, faro, blackjack and craps. Eight bartenders worked an eight-hour shift, and the doors never closed. Each man paid himself $12 from the cash register after his shift. Two or more ﬂoor bosses, sometimes Rickard himself, or the famed western lawman Virgil Earp, ran an orderly operation. It was the scene of what old-timers said “were some of the greatest gambling plays ever wit- One.
Texas Cowboy in the Gold Rush 35 arranged for a ﬁght between Slavin and wrestler Frank Gotch. It turned out to be a strange mix of a boxing/wrestling match. 30 Like Rickard, Mizner was bitten by the boxing bug. Later, after moving to New York, Mizner managed Stanley Ketchell. ” Mizner was a colorful character who loved the stage, and in 1910 when Rickard was out West managing the Jeffries-Johnson affair, Mizner wrote a successful Broadway play, The Deep Purple, hailed at the time as the greatest melodrama since Sweeney Todd.