Billy The Kid Or Jesse James, Who's The Most Infamous?
According to legend, on Sunday, July 26, 1879, Billy the Kid---or rather Billy 'Kid' Bonney as he was known then---was staying at the Old Adobe Hotel in Hot Springs, near Las Vegas, New Mexico Territory. Around dinner time, a friend of Billy's and bartender for the hotel's saloon, Dr. Henry F. Hoyt, entered the dining room to see Billy involved in a card game. Spotting Hoyt, Billy hailed him over to the table. Jovial as ever, Billy seemed to be getting on particularly well with a man to his side, a man who was noticably missing the tip of his right middle finger. When the man made a comment on something Billy said, Billy remembered his manners and introduced the man to Hoyt as "Mr. Howard, from Tennessee." The fellows continued their card game and within the next few days, Mr. Howard left the area, never to be seen in the vicinity again. Once Mr. Howard's departure was assured, Billy confided in Hoyt that Howard was in truth none other than famed Missouri badman Jesse Woodson James, scouting New Mexico Territory as a possible setting for relocating his family. Furthermore, Jesse had even invited Billy to accompany him back East to join the new gang he was intent on forming, though Billy turned the offer down, claiming train robbery wasn't really his game.http://www.angelfire.com/mi2/billythekid/jesse.html
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