Apache Voices: Their Stories of Survival as Told to Eve Ball

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TWENTY ONE Billy the Kid

One clash between the acquisitive white interlopers taking over the Mescalero homeland was a chapter of the notorious Lincoln County War. That was the struggle for power between two rival merchants, John Tunstall and Lawrence Murphy and their respective partners, that flared in 1878. The feud should have ended with the murders and financial collapse that finished both mercantile houses, but their partisans carried on.

One of Tunstall's cowboys would gain notoriety at the pens of dozens of hack Western writers: Billy the Kid. Anglos regarded Billy as an outlaw, and Hispanics, as a friend. To the Apaches, however, he was another horse thief in the company of the Texas trash who menaced the reservation in that period, taking anything of value the Apaches had. "Everybody was afraid of him, " recalled Carisso Gallerito, brother of chief Sans Peur. 1

"At Fort Stanton Billy the Kid was making a raid on the Indians all the time for their horses," said Percy Big Mouth. "We made a big brush corral at Fort Stanton right near the fort. We got a brush corral and to protect us against Billy the Kid. One night they came over, tore all the brush down and got all our horses. The soldiers would go after Billy." 2

Two incidents and three murders of the much-chronicled war took place on the Mescalero reservation. One was the battle at Blazer's Mill, on 4 April 1878. The second occurred on 5 August. Billy, with a party of some twenty

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page III
  • Contents VII
  • Acknowledgments IX
  • Introduction XI
  • Part 1. The Warm Springs, Chiricahuas, and Nednhis 1
  • One Lozen 3
  • Two Tres Castillos 17
  • Three Captives 27
  • Four Geronimo and the Arroyo Fight 35
  • Five Streeter 45
  • Six Geronimo's Surrender 49
  • Seven Geronimo and Naiche 55
  • Eight the Impostors 61
  • Nine Eskiminzin 65
  • Ten the Apache Kid 79
  • Eleven Massai 87
  • Twelve Gordo and Juh 101
  • Thirteen Gold and Treasure 109
  • Part II. The Mescaleros and Lipans 113
  • Fourteen Cadette 115
  • Fifteen Bosque Redondo 121
  • Sixteen the Mescalero Reservation 125
  • Seventeen the Apaches and Comanches 131
  • Eighteen Comanche Stories 139
  • Nineteen Victorio and the Mescaleros 145
  • Twenty the Battle of Round Mountain 153
  • Twenty One Billy the Kid 159
  • Part III. The Apache Way 163
  • Twenty Two the Apache General Store 165
  • Twenty Three the Apache Pharmacy 177
  • Twenty Four Medicine Men and Women 181
  • Twenty Five Weapons and Warfare 187
  • Twenty Six Bear Tales and Other Animal Stories 195
  • Part IV. Eve Ball 201
  • Twenty Seven Eve Ball 203
  • Notes 221
  • Bibliography 255
  • Index 261
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