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 barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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