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    The Old West: Sheriff Pat Garrett Mortgages the Ranch. Sheriff Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett (1850-1908) is a legend of the Old West, mainly by virtue of his killing of William Bonney (real name: Henry McCarty), otherwise known as "Billy the Kid." He never collected the $500 reward for the Kid's capture, since he killed him rather than captured him. Many people second-guessed the action, as Bonney was unarmed at the time. In making his escape from Garrett's jail, Bonney killed two guards, so the Sheriff was not inclined to afford him a second chance. This three-page typed legal document is a "Chattel Mortgage" signed by P. F. Garrett and his wife, Polina Garrett (on the second page) on April 9, 1902 in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico Territory. Garrett received $3,567.50 from Martin Lohman and secures the repayment of the debt by mortgaging his ranch ("situated about one and one-half miles South-West of the Gold Camp..."), the Bear Canyon Ranch, plus all livestock, buildings, fixtures and improvements thereon. It is docketed and recorded on the verso. The reverse of the second page has a five-line inscription signed by Martin Lohman assigning his interest in the mortgage to W.W. Cox. The overall measurements are 8.5" x 14". This contract is mentioned in Leon Metz's book "Pat Garrett: The Story of a Western Lawman". Both Lohman and Cox are referenced in the book. Cox was a suspect in Garrett's murder.

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