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    Pat Garrett: Signed Mortgage Note for his Bear Canyon Ranch. Signed "P. F. Garrett." One page, 8.5" x 3.75", Las Cruces, April 8, 1902. It is possible that this very document set in motion the events that would lead to the murder of the infamous killer of Billy the Kid. The original document is printed and filled in by hand; it reads, in full:

    "$3567 50/100 Las Cruces, New Mexico 4/8/02, 190_/ ­_One year_ after date (without grace) _I_ jointly and severally, as principal/ Debtors, promise to pay to the order of MARTIN LOHMAN, at his office in Las Cruces, New Mexico/ _Thirty-five hundred & sixty -seven 50/100_ DOLLARS/ with interest at the rate of _12_ per cent per annum from _date_ until paid;/ and if the same shall not be paid when due, _I_ jointly and severally, promise and agree to pay all costs/ of collection, including reasonable attorney's fees, if suit is brought on this note, or if attorneys are employed to/ collect the same./ [signed] P. F. Garrett"

    Garrett had acquired the 160 acres of land in question in 1898 and kept if for four years before mortgaging it to Lohman. Tired of non-payment on the note, Lohman sold it to Garrett's neighbor, W. W. Cox, for a slightly discounted rate of $3,000. Cox renewed the note as evidenced by a second inscription found scrawled vertically across the face of the original: "April 23 04/ Paid by note of/ W W Cox & P. F. Garrett/ Due 6 months/ From date current/ Three Thousand Dollars/ Martin Lohman."

    Various theories about the murder of Garrett begin from the renewal of the note by Cox. A number of killers are named including Oliver Lee and "Print" Rhodes, brothers-in-law of Cox, all of whom Garrett once tried to pin the murders of local prosecutor Albert Fountain and his son on. In this scenario, Jesse Wayne Brazel, the confessed killer of Garrett and a ranch hand of W. W. Cox, was just a pawn for the men to get Garrett out of the way. Others point to either Lee or Rhodes as the actual gunmen.

    A second theory suggests that the illegal smuggling of Chinese workers into the U.S. from Mexico was the instigator for murder. It claims that Carl Adamson, Print Rhode, and Mannie Clements needed a place to stash their "cargo" and Bear Canyon looked to be the perfect hiding place. The only problem was the Garrett owned the land and had no intention to sell. Enter W. W. Cox, an accomplice of the group, and his employee Brazel. Garrett's son makes a deal with Brazel to graze goats, angering Garrett. Brazel agrees to renege on the lease if Garrett agreed to find a buyer for the goat herd. The group sends in Jim Miller, a known killer and Adamson's cousin through marriage, as the prospective buyer. Later, while on the road with Adamson to meet Miller, Garrett encounters Wayne Brawl (Print Rhode's partner) and the two began arguing. Garrett exits to buggy to relieve himself and is shot dead.

    The generally accepted story is that Brazel leased a portion of the land from Garrett's son (who had no legal right to make such a deal) to graze his goats. Garrett was furious about the goats and, sometime later, while Garrett was riding with Carl Adamson to Las Cruces discussing the purchase of Garrett's land, Brazel rode up. An argument over the goats ensues and Garrett is shot by Brazel. Brazel, whose story was backed by Adamson, claimed Garrett was reaching for a shotgun and Brazel shot him once in the stomach. He was acquitted.

    Beautifully matted and framed with four photographs, two of which are Billy the Kid, to an overall size of 19.5" x 28.5".

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    June, 2012
    10th Sunday
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