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 used to be now not a killer, and as the railroads and their excessive freight premiums have been unpopular, Bass fast turned a mythical hero. however, Wells Fargo brokers, railroad detectives, Texas Rangers, and posses of non-public voters chased Bass from his hideout in Denton County, Texas, through the outdated Southwest until eventually he was once shot by way of Texas Rangers in an tried financial institution theft at around Rock, Texas, in 1878.
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Although the original contained illustrations, neither of Page xi these reprints retained them. The latest reprint of this book was made by the Frontier Press, of Houston, Texas, in 1952, and contains new illustrations from the famous Rose Collection. This Bass book is similar to the one written by Hogg in 1876, for there was nothing much new to add since both got their information from living eyewitnesses and contemporary newspaper accounts. This brings us to the last of the quartet of rare books on Sam Bass, herewith being reprinted for the first time.