A Disagreement

NCW 1912

Illustration done in 1912 by N.C. Wyeth for John Hay’s poem, “The Mystery of Gilgal” in which Colonel Blood (left) and Judge Phinn (right) both order a “whiskey skin” (whiskey, sugar, citrus peel and hot water) from Tom Taggart (center, behind the bar). Taggart makes just one drink, and both men assume it is theirs. Knives are drawn and in the ensuing melee everybody dies.

“They piled the stiffs outside the door;
They made, I reckon, a cord or more.
Girls went that winter, as a rule,
Alone to spellin’-school.”


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