In front of the Cathedral there was a beggar. He held out a tin can and sat in a spot where he was unavoidable. But Mannie Montoya of Santa Fe did not avoid the weathered man. He talked to him as the enormous crowd filed past to see the statue. Mannie befriended the man, Hueva Hernandez. Many people dropped coins into the Mr. Hernandez's tin can. But Mannie had a unique experience with the beggar. The Beggar gave Mannie something. After they talked for about an hour the man took off what looked like a silver class ring and gave it to Mannie. This is for you, he said.
The beggar and the line to see the statue
The beggar and his tin can
The beggar and Mannie