Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Early Experiences in New Mexico]
I told him that he must remember he advertised as The Studio Kid and by using that name it was like thro'wing a red flag in the face of a westerner. The only kid these people knew was Billy the Kid, whou would not only have expected it, but would have been fully prepared for such a draw.
Now before I say anything else, I want to say the life of a town to me is like the life of an individual, it has its childhood, its youth and its mature stage. If the individual ever amounts to anything it depends on its early train of its parents So it is with a town. When I first visited Portales it was in its youth, it had been a wild child and was a big handful for [i?] its city dads, who fortunately never all wed ti to get beyond their control altho'ugh they sometimes had to use peculair metho'ds.
Roswell was the [??] court of autho'rity and as that was before the coming of the automobile the citizens did not always feel it necessary to spend their time and money to worry the court with minor affairs.
I recall one incident of this kind. A vagabond stole $30 from a monte table. He was not sent to jail, nor was he fined, but he was strapped over a barrel and was given 30 lashes and told to leave town. This had the desired effect. There was no more shop lifting in Portales. As I remember, the first real court I ever saw in Portales was when Club Foot killed Billy Farris. Of course, Club Foot had another name, but I have forgotten what it was. However, as I attended the trial, I know that he came [?], and was adjudged innocent by the court.