The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 247
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The Life and Times of King Fisher
in Texas could be killed in the manner described by Sims, Coy,
The press reported that news of the killings spread instantly
and that an estimated four thousand people gathered around the
Vaudeville, seeking a chance to see the bodies.
Thompson's body was claimed by his brother Bill, and sent by
train to Austin. The funeral was widely attended, with sixty-four
carriages reported in the procession.
King Fisher's widow was overcome with grief. His body was
taken on the 6:40 Sunset train by Deputy United States Marshal
Fred Negli, who took charge at the request of the widow. Negli,
and a number of other friends of the deceased, accompanied
Fisher on his last ride. A dispatch from Uvalde described the
funeral as the biggest ever held there.
It is of interest to note a story that appeared in the San Antonio
Express on March 15, 1884, from Uvalde. It cited a communica-
tion signed by 271 citizens of Uvalde, including the names of what
the Express editor described as the most prominent persons there.
The statement took issue with an Express article about the shoot-
ing which referred to Fisher in a disparaging tone. The Uvaldeans
began by saying they did not care to discuss the early life of
King Fisher, but would speak of him as they had known him in
that county during the two and one-half years he had lived there,
describing him as
kind, courteous, affable, generous, always ready to ferret out crimes
and bring the criminals to justice. And [the statement added] he has
been the means of bringing to justice some of as bad criminals as
ever infested Texas. ... We feel that we do not exaggerate when
we assert that King Fisher has accomplished as much for law and
order within the last two and a half years as any man in Western
Texas, and this assertion will be verified by all officers who may
have been thrown in contact with him. In justice to the dead and
in justice to his family we ask that this correction be made.
That pulls down the curtain on the thirty-one years lived by
King Fisher. Regardless of what may be said of him, he lived a
life of contrasts, jammed full of action-a part and parcel of the
wild Texas frontier where he lived.
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