Manuscripts/Mixed Material [William Blevins]
“I never questioned them about their shooting. In fact I would join in with them saying, “Hell boys you can't shoot. Watch me.” I was a good shot and could shoot with the best of them and my act of joining in with them shooting up my own furniture always gave them a great kick. When one of them sprees were pulled buy a bunch of cowhands I knew that the next day they would be back and pay for the damage to my furniture that they did. They never failed to do such with me. The real cowhand was a square man. I never hesitated to loan them money and they always paid it back. It was not necessary to take a note or any other forms of evidence of the debt.
“During the two years I was at Tayah I had only one piece of trouble. A cowhand had gone so far that his hat would not stay on his head. He got to hearing things that was not said and must have heard me say something that hurt his feelings. He was standing in front of me and suddenly pulled his gun and fired. I was holding a quart bottle about full and let him have it over the head. His bullet never came close to me, it landed in the back bar, the poor fellow dropped when I hit him. We took his gun away from him and that always made a cowhand feel cheap. When eh came to in a short time he could keep his hat on his head. He came back the next day and apologized, I gave his gun and we became the best of friends after that.
“I have had the boys pull all kinds of trick on me such as riding their mounts into the bar-room and let the animals stand there while