became very difficult to steal
He was taken to Lincoln, accompanied by heavy security. Lawyers feared that someone would try to save Billy, but there was no one to save him – all his close friends had been killed by then. Now he could only rely on himself. Among his guards were people who had fought on the side of Dolan in the past: Bill Matthews, Bob Olinger and John Kinney, deservedly nicknamed the “king of cattle stealers.” Along the way, they did not miss the slightest opportunity to mock the captive.
Since Lincoln did not have its own prison, Billy was chained up on the second floor of the courthouse . There were no bars on windows or doors, but Pat Garrett and his two assistants, Bob Olinger and James Bell, vigilantly guarded. For greater reliability, Billy was additionally chained to an iron ring driven into the floor in the center of the room. Continue reading
A senseless, brutal attack shocked America. The newspaper men attacked the Pinkerton, calling them child killers, monsters in the guise of a man, attacking defenseless women. Allan Pinkerton dodged, as if trying to convince the public that his people were not there at all and therefore could not drop bombs, but no one believed him. Moreover, one of the attackers in a hurry dropped a pistol engraved with the abbreviation “P.G.G.” – “Pinkerton Government Guard.”
Many years later, historians managed to find documents confirming that everything was done on the orders of the head of the agency. In a letter from Allan Pinkerton, stored today in the archives of the Library of Congress, we read: “By all means destroy the house, wipe it off the face of the earth.” The authorities knew about Pinkerton’s involvement, but he had too many friends at the top, and the perpetrators went unpunished. Only one of the participants in those sad events paid for the deed – John Askew, then recruited by Kicks to spy on James’ house, was shot dead in the courtyard of his house. Continue reading
Tall boots, a wide-brimmed hat and a scarf around the neck, as well as an invariable six-shot colt – of course, we are talking about cowboys. During the existence of this profession, cowboys have become the most recognizable symbol of America, their images are imprinted in books and films, and the romance of the Wild West haunts many in our utilitarian age! In the state of Montana, the Montana Horses company operates today, which is engaged in the distillation of horses! Her workers are the last of the Mohicans to support a fading culture.
The era of cowboys began in 1865, when it was necessary to drive away giant feral herds of bulls, mainly in Texas, to theft. Later, cowboys drove cattle from cattle-breeding areas to the nearest railway station. Cattle were driven along the desert prairies, so meetings with the Indians or white bandits were inevitable. Continue reading