|Dan "Black Dan" La Follett|
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An Illustrated history of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon.
Grant County - Chapter I
Current History, 1862 to 1885
Western Historical Publishing Company, 1902
"Some of these men were killed in quarrels with each other, but when a bad man met a violent death nobody attempted to bring the slayer to justice. One gambler whose fate is frequently spoken of by old residents was Dan La Follett, better known by the sobriquet of Black Dan. He is described by H. C. Paige as having been a tall, handsome fellow, about thirty years of age, probably a member of an excellent family in the east. "The last time I saw him alive," says Paige, "he was standing in front of Marchand's saloon on a beautiful evening about sundown. I had a ten-cent piece, a. rare coin in those days, too small in value for any use, as nothing less than twenty-five cents would purchase anything. Seeing a small crack in a post to the awning, I placed the money in it and remarked to Dan, 'I wonder if anyone will dig that out.' Having business, I went away, and in a few minutes heard a shot."
Dan was not killed instantly, but knew himself to be mortally wounded. He was laid out on a table in a saloon, there to repose until summoned to the "undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns." To beguile the last weary moments of his earthly pilgrimage he had the women of his acquaintance called in, and they sang songs and poured whisky down his and their own throats until the spark of his unprofitable life was quite extinguished.
Meanwhile a man had been sent to dig a grave for Dan, for it was thought proper to give him a decent burial. The task was not an easy one, as the grave had to be dug in hard cement, but at last it was accomplished. Unfortunately, however, for the plans of the funeral managers, another man had been shot in the night, and his body, too, must be laid to rest. A character known as Sailor Jack was selected to dig a grave for the second victim. Jack found the grave already dug for Dan, hastened back after the body for which he was preparing a sepulchre, got it in the grave, others assisting, of course, hastily lowered it to the bottom, and returned to Canyon City. In the language of the miner's, Dan's grave was "jumped," and the gamblers who had his body in charge were forced to dig another one for him.
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