By Charles Lee Martin
Sam Bass could be the main infamous Texas outlaw of the 1870s. inside 4 years he and his band robbed trains, phases, and shops from the Dakota Territory to the Mexican border. He used to be now not a killer, and as the railroads and their excessive freight charges have been unpopular, Bass fast turned a mythical hero. however, Wells Fargo brokers, railroad detectives, Texas Rangers, and posses of personal voters chased Bass from his hideout in Denton County, Texas, in the course of the previous Southwest till he used to be shot by way of Texas Rangers in an tried financial institution theft at around Rock, Texas, in 1878.
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Extra resources for A Sketch of Sam Bass, the Bandit: A Graphic Narrative : His Various Train Robberies, His Death, and Accounts of the Deaths of His Gang and Their History (Western Frontier Library)
Many writers have given various amounts netted in this robbery, Robert J. Casey, even as late as 1950, in The Texas Border, citing the amount as $75,000 instead of $60,000. Lewis S. Delong, in his Forty Years a Peace Officer, makes the preposterous statement that John Selman killed Sam Bass; and Jay Donald, in his scarce Outlaws of the Border, Page xvii has both Bass and Bill Longley members of the James gang. N. Wilson Rankin, in Reminiscences of Frontier Days, is mistaken in his statement that Joel Collins and Sam Bass fled to the Indian Territory after the Union Pacific robbery, and that they were later arrested and sentenced to a prison term.
E. Douglas Branch, in his The Cowboy and His Interpreters, is also confused about the amount of money involved in the Union Pacific robbery, stating that the gang got $5,000 from the passengers and $15,000 from the express car. Many writers have given various amounts netted in this robbery, Robert J. Casey, even as late as 1950, in The Texas Border, citing the amount as $75,000 instead of $60,000. Lewis S. Delong, in his Forty Years a Peace Officer, makes the preposterous statement that John Selman killed Sam Bass; and Jay Donald, in his scarce Outlaws of the Border, Page xvii has both Bass and Bill Longley members of the James gang.
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