Manuscripts/Mixed Material [A. Harry Williams]
Williams' horse, Billy Buttons, was the fastest horse in this part of the country. One afternoons as Williams was going home from a visit to Cox, Cox decided to play a joke on Williams and at the same time see how fast the horse, Billy, could run. He put on a strange hat, got on a strange horse, and took a short cut up a long branch. By riding fast, he came out in sight of Williams who was just about half way across the prairie. Cox had with him a big, old, muzzle-loading rifle. He thought that Williams would run for the brush when he saw what he thought was a stranger, but, instead, Williams slipped off on the far side of his horse and laid his old shot gun, known as “Old Betsey” across the saddle. Cox knew just how Williams was armed, and how far a bullet from “Betsey” would carry, so he stayed back out of gun-shot range and sent a bullet from his longer-ranged rifle singing over Williams' head. Instead of running, at the report of the rifle, Williams leaped into the saddle and started full speed right at the man with the rifle.