A Sketch of Sam Bass, the Bandit: A Graphic Narrative : His by Charles Lee Martin

By Charles Lee Martin

Sam Bass may be the main infamous Texas outlaw of the 1870s. inside of 4 years he and his band robbed trains, levels, and shops from the Dakota Territory to the Mexican border. He was once no longer a killer, and as the railroads and their excessive freight premiums have been unpopular, Bass speedy grew to become a mythical hero. however, Wells Fargo brokers, railroad detectives, Texas Rangers, and posses of personal electorate chased Bass from his hideout in Denton County, Texas, in the course of the outdated Southwest until eventually he was once shot through Texas Rangers in an tried financial institution theft at around Rock, Texas, in 1878.

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Sam was too enamored of his mare to part with her, and threw up his situation. He then, this being 1875, began a life of dissipation. The only business he followed was racing and gambling. His nights were spent in carousing and card playing, at which he was an adept, and his companions were only of the most dissolute, questionable character. About this time he formed the acquaintance of Henry Underwood, from whom he was inseparable, and who afterwards became his companion and the lieutenant of his noted gang of highwaymen.

This book by Charles Lee Martin was the last of the quartet and has become one of the rarest. Personally I know of but one copy of the original, and that is in the Library of Congress. For some reason all but one of these four books were published anonymously. Perhaps it was because they were written during the life of Bass and his followers and there was some fear of retaliation, but more likely it was because the writers were too proud to have their names associated with that of an outlaw. In those days the paper-backed books about outlaws were classed with the "penny dreadfuls" forbidden to youngsters and read in secret by adults.

Mrs. Lacy, proprietress of the Lacy House, in the town of Denton, was the first person who gave him a situation. He was faithful to her services for some eighteen months, being attentive to all the duties incumbent upon him, and by his good behavior and gentle qualities endearing himself to that good lady. He next went to work for a man named Wilkes, with whom he remained but a short time, when he entered the service of W. F. Eagan, sheriff of the county. He worked for Sheriff Eagan until 1874, Page 6 driving a team and herding cattle, and doing whatever service that gentleman put him to.

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