NEW MEXICO: Good Man of the Badlands

In the Southwest, famed for its tough badmen, a tough good man died last week. Elfego Baca was little known outside New Mexico, yet he left a saga rivaling Billy the Kid's.

Elfego decided to become a Socorro County deputy sheriff one afternoon when five drunken cowboys castrated a Mexican while a peace officer stood idly nearby. Elfego believed the law should be as strong as the lawless. One day, after he was made a deputy, he arrested a cowboy who shot his hat off. Eighty enraged ranch hands galloped into the tough town of Upper Frisco to rescue their comrade...

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