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Eustace Bailey Farnum, known to all by his initials E.B. Farnum, was the proprietor of the Grand Central Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota and was also briefly the town's mayor, albeit in name only. Farnum saw himself as a cunning, influential figure in the gold-mining camp's history, but to everyone else it was obvious that he was just a slimy, cowardly fool who posed no real threat despite his constant attempts to insert himself into the affairs of the most powerful people in the camp. Namely, Al Swearengen, the owner of the Gem Saloon and one of the most feared criminals in Deadwood, kept on E.B. as a close ally solely due to his connections as the Grand Central's owner, still finding it as hard as anyone else to stand the man; and later, E.B. found his way into the staff of mining tycoon George Hearst when the latter bought his hotel, though at the same time he continuously reported back to Swearengen and Sheriff Seth Bullock during their fight against Hearst. Farnum's only truly loyal ally was Richardson, a simple-minded older man who worked for E.B. at the Grand Central despite facing countless abuse from him.
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