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When he found that they had money, he and 'Soapy ' disposed of them
and took possession of the funds. At length a man appeared with
several thousand dollars in gold dust which he wanted to exchange
at the bank, but was told by one of ' Soapy's' baud that a certain
friend of his would give a dollar more an ounce, so decided to
transact the business with him, and was ' made way with' in the
usual manner. Whether from the fact that the money was not divided,
or that his men were tired of being ruled by him, is not known;
certain it is, however, that one of them 'peached.' A mass-meeting
of the townspeople was held, and as they were trying to decide what
disposition to make of Soapy ' and his gang, the former walked in,
very much under the influence of alcohol. A scuffle ensued in which
'Soapy ' and the marshal were the principal combatants and were
both mortally wounded. The entire gang was soon caught and lodged
in jail and the town was relieved from the desperadoes who had made
life a burden." Another story of him was as follows: "Soapy" Smith
called one day on a new arrival--a missionary--pretended great
interest in his work, and asked if he had been sent out
empty-handed. "Yes," said the man, "but if you will assist me I
shall soon have enough to enable me to be of much use." "Put me
down for a thousand dollars," said "Soapy," " and when ' the boys'
see my name at the head of the list, they 'll all chip in; then
when you 've got all you can from them, come to me and you may have
the gold dust." The missionary, greatly encouraged, searched the
camp diligently for subscribers. A few weeks later he received
another visit from " Soapy " who asked whether he had met with much
success. "Yes, thanks to you," said the missionary, " I have now
nearly two thousand dollars." "Hand ...
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