"THE BLACK JACK"
"The Original "Desperado" under that Name Now Dying in the New Mexico Penitentiary."
"Wilson Killott, the fearless guard for the Wells Fargo express company, who was recently in a pitched battle with robbers and desperadoes near Cimarron, returned to the city last night from the north."
"On last Saturday, on the receipt of a wire message, he met at the local depot, Berry Ketchum, the rich cattleman and ranch owner, of San Angelo, Texas, and together they journeyed to Santa Fe. For Mr. Ketchum it was truly a sad trip, for it was the second time within three weeks that he was called to the territorial capital to identify a brother --- a notorious outlaw, train robber and murderer."
"Samuel Ketchum was shot in the fight with the officers near Cimarron and died in the penitentiary, and Tom Ketchum, who was wounded by buckshot from the shotgun of Conductor Harrington near Folsom, is now on the very verge of death. His brother, Barry, has recognized him as his brother, Tom, and the gradually dying bandit has already acknowledged that he is the original "Black Jack," who has stood the people throughout the southwest in terror for the past few years."
"Captain Killot had a conversation with M. McGinnis, the other bandit who was shot in the pitched battle near Cimaron, escaped and was captured near Carlsbad. It is his opinion that McGinnis is an educated easterner, knows very little about cowboy life and developed into an outlaw by becoming associated with the Ketchums. He found McGinnis unwilling to talk, and thoroughly silent when the subject of the train robberies was brought up."
(The Albuquerque Daily Citizen; Monday Afternoon, August 28, 1899; page 1.)
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