Soapy Smith and four of the sporting boys are sitting in one of the back rooms of his saloon playing poker when “Iron Jaw” Murphy loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest, and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other four continue playing standing up.
Soapy looks around and asks, "boys, someone's got to go tell 'Iron Jaw’s' wife. Who will it be?" They draw straws. Paul Gallagher picks the short one. Soapy tells him to be discreet, ''be gentle, don't make a bad situation any worse."
"Discreet? I'm the most discreet Irishmen you'll ever meet. Discretion is me middle name. Leave it to me."
Gallagher goes over to “Iron Jaw’s” house and knocks on the door. The wife answers, and angrily asks what he wants.
Gallagher suddenly loses his nerve to tell the wife the truth and declares, "Your husband just lost $500, and is afraid to come home."
'Tell him to drop dead!" retorts the angry woman.
"I'll go tell him." replies Gallagher.