Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Interview with Jose Garcia Y Trujillo]
“Jose Chavez y Chavez”, he corrected me. “No, senora, he had left the country at that time.”
According to Walter Noble Burns it was this Jose Chavez y Chavez who was responsible for the friendship between Billy The Kid and the wealthy Maxwells. Billy The Kid had ridden over to Fort Sumner from Lincoln with several of his men, among whom was Jose Chavez y Chavez. The fiance of one of the Maxwell girls was drunk and met Jose Chavez y Chavez on the street back of the Maxwell House. The two men quarreled and Jose Chavez pulled his gun. Mrs. Maxwell ran out of the house and tried to pull her future son-in-law away, begging Chavez not to shoot him as he was drunk and didn't know what he was doing. Chavez replied that drunk or sober he was going to kill him, and he was going to do it immediately. Just then a young man walked rapidly across the road, touched his sombrero to Mrs. Maxwell, said something in Spanish to Chavez and led him away. It was the Kid. From that time until his death, he made Fort Sumner his headquarters, and was a frequent visitor at the Maxwell home. It was in Pete Maxwell's room that Pat Garrett shot him.
Mr. Garcia asked me if there were any books in Spanish about Billy The Kid. “My wife,” he said, “she taught me to read. I didn't know the letters when I married her. She didn't know the words but she knew the letters and she taught me. I taught myself how the words went, but I never could teach her to read, ni con carinoes ni alebanzes - neither by coaxing nor praising - she never could learn anything more than the letters.”