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 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 quick 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 previous Southwest until eventually he was once shot by means of Texas Rangers in an tried financial institution theft at around Rock, Texas, in 1878.

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But why moralize? Sam Bass was a thief in his heart, his true nature asserted itself, and fate for a brief period let him weed a row that led straight to the grave through the surroundings of infamy and disgrace. Having sold their cattle, Bass and Collins, with Jack Davis as their boon companion, entered upon a course of gaming and carousing and "having lots of fun," until they ran through with about $5,000 of their money, when they left Kansas for Deadwood, in Idaho Territory. Page 14 Chapter III Deadwood Dare Devils Teaming for a living don't payStage robbing is not much better but then it is livelierA frontier home and gay girls to share it Arriving at Deadwood, Bass and Collins had about $8,000 in money, or more properly speaking, perhaps, Collins had about $8,000 and shared his funds with Bass and Jack Davis.

The war over, he returned to Texas and tried farming in Grimes County for a year, but when his crops were ruined by hailstorms, he went back to the practice of law, serving a part of four years as acting county attorney. In 1869 he made his home in Jefferson, Texas, but with the city under martial law at the time, the courts were Page xiii closed, so he went back to steamboating with his father through 1870. The following year he resumed his law practice, serving as city attorney for more than a year and as county attorney for two years.

He joined the staff of the Dallas Morning News in 1887, where he remained until his eyesight failed in 1900. After years of treatment he returned to his desk in 1909 and remained until his death on November 24, 1925. At the time of his death he was writing a history of the Confederate Navy. Sam Bass was illustrated by Stephen Seymour Thomas, who was also born in San Augustine, Texas, August 20, Page xiv 1868, the son of James Edwards and Mary Landron (Blount). A student at Art Students' League from 1885 to 1888, he went to Paris to attend the Acádemie Julien from 1888 to 1891, where he was a pupil of Jules Lefebre and Benjamin Constant.

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