In the year 1881, there was a small town in Nevada just outside of Las Vegas. This town was called Gold Springs. The residents of Gold Springs were a fairly happy group of people until the early part of the year when one of the most feared outlaws came riding into town. This outlaw’s name was Samuel Teach, a descendant of the notorious pirate, Captain Edward “Blackbeard” Teach. Samuel had brought his two younger brothers along with him out west after their parents died and started supporting his brothers by robbing random travelers. As he got more experienced, he worked his way into bank and train robberies. Every robbery would end in a shoot out with the law and would end with Samuel riding away from the scene with his prizes as Marshalls and sheriffs lay dead where they stood at the time they were shot. This reputation of being a cold blooded killer caused the people of Gold springs to fear him and would meet any demand he made to avoid bloodshed. In September of 1881, a new sheriff was appointed in the town and made it his goal to end the reign of terror that was caused by Samuel. One morning, Samuel came in to town after one of his brothers found out that there was a new sheriff in town. Samuel got his horse and rode into town, stopped in front of the sheriff’s office, and called the sheriff out. “Sheriff, this is Sam Teach here and I’ma callin’ you out!” The sheriff came walking out through the double swinging doors with his Winchester shotgun in hand. “Well hello Mr. Teach. That’s a mighty fine horse ya got there. What can I do ya fer?” Samuel looked at the sheriff, confused by the courteous attitude being shown to him. “I’m sure that the townsfolk here have told you all about me so you can stop pretending you don’t know who I am! I am giving you the chance to leave town while you still can sheriff! If you’re not out of here by high noon tomorrow, I will personally see to it that leave this town in a pine box!” The sheriff then nodded his head in understanding and cradled his gun. He started to approach Samuel but stopped after the first step when the outlaw drew his gun and fired a single shot just in front of the sheriff’s feet. “Well Mr. Teach, I can see you live up to my expectations. You don’t take chances when you’re approached and you’re just as quick to draw and shoot as I thought you’d be. I really don’t want this to end in blood for either of us. Perhaps we could make a deal?” Samuel looked at the sheriff and then started to laugh. “You can’t get rid of me that easily sheriff. Nice try though. You can forget makin’ any deals with me because it just isn’t going to work. Remember, I’m giving you until high noon tomorrow to reconsider your job here.” As Samuel rode off to his hiding place, the sheriff yelled out to him, “I’m never going to give up! You’ll Just have to kill me because I refuse to leave!” After hearing those words, Samuel turned his horse back around and went back up to the sheriff. “You refuse to leave? You say that I would have to kill you first? That sounds like an invite to me.” As the sheriff’s mind raced to think of a way to explain what he meant, Samuel drew his pistol out and shot the sheriff twice in the chest and then he got off his horse, walked up to the sheriff, and then shot him once more in the head. After killing the sheriff, Samuel leaned down and took the sheriff’s badge and pinned it on himself and then faced the onlookers. “From this day on, I am hereby appointed the new sheriff of Gold Springs, Nevada! If you have a problem with that, come and say something now!” The following year in March, a mob had stormed the home of Samuel Teach as he and his brothers slept. They bound all three brothers and dragged them out to the center of town to the gallows where three nooses had been draped. As Samuel looked around, he noticed that the mob leader was wearing a badge that said “MARSHALL.” He then looked back at the hooded executioner and noticed the same thing. As the Marshall leading the mob read off the charges, Samuel hung his head down and expressed a look of shame as he did. When asked if he had any last words before he died, he said, “Yes Marshall, I do have something I would like to say. Two things to be exact. First thing I say to you is that my brothers are being wrongfully punished. They committed no crimes. They didn’t even know about my own actions. I am asking you and the people here to show the mercy that I could not. I am asking you to please spare the lives of my brothers. Don’t punish them for the things that I did. The second thing that I have to say before I die is that I feel I have been captured unfairly. But if this is the way that it has to be then so be it.” The Marshall looked at Samuel’s brothers and then asked the crowd for their input on what should be done. The people of the crowd started talking about the decision among each other and then decided to free the two brothers. Samuel looked up as he felt the noose being draped and tightened around his neck and with a tear of gratitude falling from his eye he said gave thanks to the crowd and the Marshall for granting the outlaw’s final request for mercy. He turned his head to his brothers and gave them a big smile and then suddenly fell through the floor of the platform where he twitched at the end of the rope before finally dying. And from that point on, Gold Springs lived in peace and made the two brothers the sheriff and deputy.