By Charles Lee Martin
Sam Bass might 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 was once now not a killer, and as the railroads and their excessive freight premiums have been unpopular, Bass speedy turned a mythical hero. however, Wells Fargo brokers, railroad detectives, Texas Rangers, and posses of non-public electorate chased Bass from his hideout in Denton County, Texas, during the previous Southwest until eventually he was once shot via Texas Rangers in an tried financial institution theft at around Rock, Texas, in 1878.
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During his lifetime he painted portraits of many famous and prominent people, won world-wide recognition, and received many honors and medals. Little did the author of this outlaw "thriller" foresee that his young illustrator would become a famous person. This last of the quartet of books written about Sam Bass, all within a period of five years, is perhaps the most thorough, the longest, and the rarest. It seems strange that the majority of these outlaw books could become so scarce during the course of a few years, but it must be remembered that they were usually printed on cheap paper and received rough treatment in reading.
Though hitting only the high spots of Bass's career, it contains many errorssuch as that the Union Pacific robbery netted the robbers $65,000, and that the Eagle Ford robbery was the first committed by the Bass gang in Texas. The latter happened to be the third train robbery since Bass's return to Texas. Ed F. Bates, in his History and Reminiscences of Denton County, is also incorrect in his account of the Union Pacific robbery. And Murphy did not break jail at Tyler, Texas, but skipped bond in a frameup arranged with the officers so that he might return to the gang and betray his friend Sam Bass.
Tame the Restless Wind: The Life and Legends of Sam Bass, by Noel Grisham, was published by San Felipe Press of Austin, Texas, in 1968. In 1982, as an addition to its Early West series, Creative Publishing Company of College Station, Texas, reprinted Alfred Sorenson's very rare Hands Up! The History of a Crime. Originally published in 1877, it was now reissued with an introduction by Wayne Gard, the Page viii best biographer of Bass. Six years later, Westernlore Press of Tucson, Arizona, published The Tenderfoot Bandits: Sam Bass and Joel Collins, Their Lives and Hard Times, by Paula Reed and Grover Ted Tate, as Volume 51 of its Great West and Indian Series.