Bean's Two Bits

During the late 19th Century, Roy Bean was the proprietor of the Jersey Lily saloon in Langtry, Texas. One day a passenger entered Bean's bar for a bottle of beer while his train stopped to take on water. Bean told the man to help himself, which he did, racing out without paying. The irate Bean grabbed his gun and ran after the crook, yelling at the conductor to stop the train. Having found his wayward customer in the smoking bar, he cocked his gun and demanded payment. Alarmed, the man handed Bean a ten-dollar bill. "Fifty cents for the beer, nine dollars and fifty for collecting," Bean snarled. "This squares your account -- you can keep the bottle."

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