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Pony Diehl achieved infamy as one of the more notorious Cowboys in Arizona Territory. Born circa 1848, he claimed his true name was Charles T. Ray and that he hailed from Rock Island, Ill. Diehl became a prominent member of John Kinney’s New Mexico Territory rustling outfit.

Pony first came into prominence in the wee hours of New Year’s Day 1876, when he, Kinney, Jesse Evans and Jim McDaniels were celebrating in a dancehall in Las Cruces. Also present were 8th Cavalry troopers from nearby Fort Selden. A drunken brawl broke out in which Kinney was battered and

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