Collected by Mary C. Parler
Transcribed by Frances Majors
Conversation with Mr. Sam Stewert,
Mary C. Parler, Alice Fullbright,
And Frances Majors (Continued
from Reel 265, Item 9)
February 21, 1959
Reel 266, Item 1
SS: (About Cherokee Bill) ...they had rings to pitch at pegs, you
know. The fellow told him, "Now anything on any of them
pegs is yourn, if you can put two rings— two out of three—
on it. Well, Bill he just give him a quarter and got the
three rings and pitched them every one on the .45 Colts,
and that fellow wouldn't give it to him. So some of the
boys got Bill away, got him off, supposed to be going to
leave. Got down to the depot and Bill got on the train.
This here fellow, he came down to get on the train to go,
too, you know. Just walked up on the platform, and when he
did, old Bill just shot him and kicked him off the train
platform onto the platform, then turned around, walked in
and sat down.
MCP: Did you ever meet Judge Parker?
SS: That's a hard question to ask, lady!
MCP: No, I thought maybe you were on the side of the law and
working with him.
SS: Yes, I knowed old Judge Parker.
MCP: Well, was he a cruel man?
SS: Oh, hard-heartedest man. Well, I'll tell you what he done—
hung his own son to make out a hundred men.
MCP: He did?
SS: And his son hadn't done nothing, either.
MCP: But he was determined to hang one hundred men?
SS: Said he was going to hang his hundreth man if he had to hand
hisself. He did! When he died, he died a-begging for his
six-shooters. Said every man he'd ever hung was standing
looking at him. Any time you go to Fort Smith, go to that
Oak Hill Cemetary out there; there's a house built there.
He's in one drawer, his son's in one drawer, and his wife's
in one drawer. And you can go in there any time. And I'll
tell you something else. Now, I don't believe in ghosts,
nor nothing like that, but I don't care what kind of a lock
you put on that door— of a night they keep that vault locked, you
know, try to— I don't care what kind of a lock you can put on
that vault, you can set down as far as from here over to there
where you can see that there's nobody comes around, and right
at twelve o'clock that door will come open.
SS: Nobody never found out. But I don't care what kind of a lock
there is on it, that door will come open at twelve o'clock.
Well, let's see. You wanted "Green Willow Tree" next, huh?
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