By Charles Lee Martin
Sam Bass might 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 now not 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Texas Rangers, and posses of personal voters chased Bass from his hideout in Denton County, Texas, in the course of the outdated Southwest until eventually he was once shot by means of Texas Rangers in an tried financial institution theft at around Rock, Texas, in 1878.
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Right there the first culmination of his evil course was reached. He could not reason the Indians out of the ponies; he could not persuade them to give them up; he could not curse them into it, nor scare them, so he determined to take them. Therefore, one favorable night, he rounded up all the ponies he had won, and as many more as he could gather, and made a break for Texas. Before morning he had crossed Red River and headed straight for San Antonio, Texas. This is the first robbery of which Sam is known to have been guilty.
Having finished the job, the train was permitted to go on. They took their money and hid it in the sand on the bank of South Platte River, when they returned to Ogallala, where they remained two days. Finding that they were not suspected of the robbery, they divided their gold, each taking $10,000 and putting it in strong sacks, they separated, going in pairs. Bass and Davis went together, Collins and Heffridge, and Berry and Nixon, the two latter heading for Missouri, while the other four set out for Texas.
Sam's mother died in 1861, when he was but ten years of age, leaving him a high-strung, mettlesome boy, without a mother's guiding precepts and restraining counsels. His father soon married again to a young widow devoted to piety and Methodism, she being a member of the Methodist church and prayed in public and lead in class meeting. He died February 20th, 1864, leaving a young widow and one child, the fruit of their marriage, Charles Bass, who now resides in Missouri. After the death of their father a maternal uncle of the Bass children, Daniel L.