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    [Billy the Kid]: Silver City, New Mexico Manuscripts Signed by Harvey Whitehill and "Dangerous Dan" Tucker. 5.5" x 8" publisher's "dummy" for "Doctor Livingstone's Life and Explorations in Africa" issued by the Valley Publishing Company. The book has much of the original content, but out of collation and with missing pages. It apparently was owned by someone named James Patterson from Silver City, New Mexico. The "Subscriber's List" which normally would contain names of book purchasers has a list of accused criminals as well as the names of H. H. Whitehill (Sheriff of Grant County, New Mexico) and D. Tucker (a.k.a., "Dangerous Dan" Tucker), his deputy. Harvey Whitehill is credited with the first arrest of William Bonney, "Billy the Kid". This is followed by two pages detailing the prohibition against trespass ("such fines to be turned over to the acting Clerk for the use of prisoners for necessarys [sic] such as Tobacco & c.") It is signed and attested to by P. P. Whitehill, H. H. Whitehill and D. Tucker. While the bulk of the document appears to be a clerical copy, the three signatures are, in our opinion, real. Two additional facing pages detail rules and fines associated with excess noise, smoking or profane language in the court ("No smoking allowed. No talking during Court. no laughing allowed. every Officer of this court is expected to do his duty when called upon without any trouble or he may be impeached from office.") Two more pages detail rules regarding the upkeep of the jail and "rules in regard to the Water Closet." There are additional entries that deal with "stealing from one another" and a prohibition against swearing, plus "Any man being warned of being dirty shall try to keep himself clean. if he does not he shall be taken out and scrubbed. " Dan Tucker was a very effective lawman and had no compunction at killing any miscreants, no matter the provocation or severity of the crime. He is considered one of the most underrated lawmen of the West and perhaps the most lethal. He eventually dropped out of sight, leaving historians to speculate on his final days.

    Condition: Covers with heavy wear. Contents good with scattered annotations and doodling.


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    February, 2020
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