King Fisher entered the state penitentiary on Oct. 30, 1870, to do a five-year stretch for housebreaking. But the governor took pity on the 16-year-old convict and granted him a full pardon after only four months behind bars.

None too happy to see the teenaged troublemaker back on the street so soon, Goliad authorities kept a close eye on the budding badman. Knowing the slightest slip-up would land him back in prison, the youth went west in search of a fresh start.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at

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