Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Interview with Jose Garcia Y Trujillo]
Mr. Garcia said he knew a good friend of Billy The Kid, Jose Chavez y Chavez. When he was herding sheep on the Yrissari Ranch, which was not far from Santa Rosa on the Pecos River, Jose Chavez y Chavez was sheep herder on a nearby ranch. One day the two of them were sitting under a tree smoking when a pack train on the way to Arizona came along on the other side of the Pecos. Just opposite the tree where the two sheepherders were sitting they tried to ford the stream. But the water was swift and the horses floundered. Jose Garcia and Jose Chavez pulled off their clothes, jumped in and guided the horses to the bank. After the pack train went on, Jose Chavez showed Mr. Garcia the twenty-one bullet scars on his body. “He had an innocent face - didn't look as though he could break a dish, but he was bad with a gun. Que hombre!
“Did they try to get Jose Chavez to go with the posse after Billy?” I asked.