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    Ode to Billy the Kid

    Lincoln County War: John W. Poe & Billy the Kid Ballad. Group of three items related to Billy the Kid. 1) 15-page booklet measuring 6" x 8 3/4", titled "'Billy the Kid' Notorious New Mexico Outlaw. The Only Truthful and Accurate Account of the Killing of This Young Desperado" by John W. Poe (A Member of the Sheriff's Posse), Los Angeles, E. A. Brininstool, second edition, bound in thick titled wraps. Poe and Thomas "Kip" McKinney were deputies who accompanied Pat Garrett when he pursued Billy the Kid and his gang of rustlers. Slight vertical fold. 2) February 8, 1892 check signed by cattleman James Sutherland, made payable to "J. W. Poe" and endorsed with a rubber stamp "to the credit of Poe, Lea & Cosgrove." 3) 3 1/2" x 5 3/4" memorandum book that belonged to Don Juan Maria Dominguez. The first page, dated August 21, 1883 from San Hilario, New Mexico, records births in the family. Then there are 22 pages, written in pencil on both sides of the sheet, comprising a ballad titled "La CampaƱa Sobre Los Bilitos". There are numerous references to Pat Garrett, Fort Sumner and, we believe, Billy the Kid ("los bilitos"). With possible transcription errors, in part: "Lo noticia les manda/ Que Pat Garrett con cinco hombres/ En el fuerte amanecio/ Yiban averir los Biles/ Y esto lo desanimo". This ballad to the local folk hero has an astounding 40 verses.

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