Billy the Kid: His Life and Legend by Jon Tuska

By Jon Tuska

Was once Billy the child the main romantic of Western desperadoes or a vicious killer? Ever because the child was once shot by means of Pat Garrett in 1881, historians, storytellers, and filmmakers were recounting and reinventing his lifestyles. In 1983 Jon Tuska released his first variation of Billy the child, and it used to be instantly famous because the such a lot exact account but produced. selection known as it an impressive journey de strength and a version for others who may examine mythical heroes of the yank West.In this new version, Tuska reexamines the child's existence and legend, and he analyzes the various histories, novels, motion pictures, and different interpretations of the child. He issues out the blunders of past fabrics in addition to these perpetuated within the final 12 years. As with the sooner quantity, this is often the ultimate at the Western determine who nonetheless captures the general public mind's eye past all others. For public libraries and all scholars and students of the yank West and American pop culture.

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There was a good eating house there and a saloon that had a little dance hall. It was only about four miles from Camp Grant and of course the men from the post used to go there a lot, too. I read a story in a magazine where some fellow said that Billy killed a Chinaman in Globe, but if that had really happened I am sure I would have known about it. "12 Lewis Abraham, Henry's friend living back in Silver City, heard that he was working as a cowboy in Arizona. Henry was employed for some time by W.

Wood, the sixteenth Anglo-American to settle in Arizona Territory (and so something of an old-timer by local American standards), became both sheriff and justice of the peace at the civilian Camp Grant. Henry, no doubt because of his youthful appearance, was now commonly referred to as "Kid" by locals. Gus Gildea in an interview with J. Fred Denton described the Kid as "dressed like a 'country jake,' with 'store pants' on and shoes instead of boots. " 14 Between sporadic periods of legitimate employment, Kid Antrim was part of a gang stealing horses and sometimes cattle in the Camp Grant area and driving them out to the mining camps where they were bought with no questions asked.

Frank P. Cahill was a civilian blacksmith attached to the post who had earned the nickname "Windy" because of his overbearing manner. " Cahill wrestled the Kid down. The Kid pulled a gun and shot the older and much heavier man through the stomach. ' ''17 Frank Cahill died the following day. "18 The Kid was once more incarcerated at the military post to await formal trial. The 30 March 1933 issue of the Tombstone Epitaph ran a letter from Colonel C. C. Smith, retired, about his father, Captain G.

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