Dobytown Description

“‘The saloon . . . in which I spend=t most of the evening consisted of a long narrow room with a bar made of rough boards extending the entire length of one side . . . some square pine tables covered with woolen blankets used for card tables. Some gambling was going on night and day, but at night . . . the tables were always full . . .languages used were Mexican, French, English and . . . profanity. Occasionally some exultant winner would express his delight by firing his pistol through the roof or into the sod walls . . . and a little loose dirt would trickle down. The air was heavy with the blue smoke from the guns and the lighter tobacco smoke; and the fumes of both, mixed with the stench of the liquors slopped over the bar by unsteady drinkers, made a combination of foul smells unknown outside a whiskey dive.'”