C. A. Earle Rinker letter to his mother, Mar. 4, 1907, page 3
MACMASTER & MACMASTER MINING STOCK BROKERS P.O.BOX 1063 GOLDFIELD,NEV. - 3 - Tony cried "Oh Tex you have shot me." Well I tell you we were all scared. We examined Tony and found the shot had went up into his body. We got the mules in harness and put some hay and a bed in the wagon and loaded him in and Billy Malcoy and myself started to Lida with him, Tex and Ding were to stay at the camp. He was suffering terribly. Billy done the driving and I sat back in the wagon with Tony's head and shoulders in my lay. He could not lay flat for he was spitting blood and vomiting and would choke up if he laid flat. I had to sort of lay on one side to keep his head high enough. We put him in the wagon head first and there was no end gate in the end of the wagon. He would keep scooting back in the wagon and I had a deal of a time to keep him in. The road was very rough and Billy had all he could to drive. We did not have a lantern or light of any kind and it was Pitch dark. He wasshot about 7:15 and we were on the road in less than 15 minutes after. The road was rough and the canyon was pretty rough. We came near going over several times. Tony was concious all the time but we did not think he would live from one minute to the next. After we had got started Billy and I decided we had better head for Goldfield with him as there was no hospital at Lida and only one doctor. We got out of the canyon alright but we got on the wrong road. This lost us quite a bit of time and we cut out across the sage brush and rocks and took chances on hitting the Goldfield trail. We found the right road alright. The wind was blowing hard and sprinkling rain. Tell you Mother you cannot imagine the position we were in. The trail was so rough that we could not drive fast until we got out in the valley. We thought maybe we could get a fresh team when we got to the Half Way Houe but we were disappointed. I thought several times that Tony was dead in my arms as he did not make a stir my hands were to cold to feel his heart. He would get wild again and and call for water and talk to us. We would try to keep going all the time. He wanted me to hold him all the time and would not let me change places with Billy. I had to keep right in that one position all the time and I thought we would never reach Goldfield. I was cramped and could not move myself but I had to stick. It was so dark that I could not see a thing. I managed to hold out till we got to Goldfield and got him in a Hospital. Then they kept us up there waiting for the Officers to come up there so that we could tell them how it happened. We got to the Hospital about 12;00 and waited there till 3;00 in the morning. I was so near all in that I had to go up to our shack and go to bed. The officers did not go down until early this morning and we were not there. They put Tony on the Table last night and examination proved that the bullet had went through his bladder and liver. The doctors say they do not see how he ever lived to stand the long ride in the wagon. He is still alive this evening but they will not be able to do anything for him. I am a complete wreck. I went to the shack last night and slept a couple of hours and went to the hospital again this morning as Billy and I made arrangements before we left there last night that we would talk to the Officers at the Hospital at 8:00 this morning. We went there but they had been there and gone. The Sheriif went out after Texas this afternoon and I am afraid they will have trouble. Texas would have came in and gave himself up if they had let him along but he will never be taken by a sheriff. We are going to send a wagon out to the camp in the morning to to bring in the tent and supplies.
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