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Sam Bass: Robin Hood Or Thief?

1665 words - 7 pages

The Sun is slowly sinking. Birds are ceasing to sing. You should be asleep, but instead, you’re wondering if you will. There’s no way to earn money, you are going to have to find another way to help yourself. Forget about sleeping in a house, the cold ground is your bed. All of your “friends” have vanished, your canteen is dry, and if you go into town, you will surely be shot. Once you go wrong, you can’t go back, because you’re wanted. Dead or alive.
Sam Bass was born to Daniel and Elizabeth Jane Sheeks Bass on July 21, 1851 near a small town called Mitchell, Indiana. He had a normal early childhood, if you exclude the fact that he did not attend school. This was normal for ...view middle of the document...

He worked at this hotel, called the Lacy House, and soon met a local sheriff, a Mr. William Egan, who was also in need of a cowboy. Sam worked on his farm, caring for the his animals and doing any jobs that Sheriff Egan needed him to do. He also spent time as a freighter between Denton and a few nearby towns. His life was simple, and easygoing. But Sam yearned for excitement, and after four years of being a handyman, he finally purchased a horse and quit his freighter and ranch hand jobs. When he bought her, the Denton Mare was an ordinary stable horse, but he made her legendary. Sam spent two years racing his beautiful mare. He proved to be good jockey, and won most of the races he competed in. The races of North Texas were too easy for Sam, and soon out of boredom, he left to San Antonio, and found these races more challenging and he stayed for the remainder of the year. However, by 1876 he decided he still was not content, and he had also had a run-in with some local police about a horse racing dispute. The races were now an everyday affair, and Sam’s early childhood had been filled with an ever-changing routine, and he was never fully satisfied with anything that stayed the same. So he sold his horse, and journeyed out into the world once again.
Not long after his racing career came to an end, Sam met a young bartender in San Antonio by the name of Joel Collins. Joel was a tough looking guy, but seemed nice enough, and Sam saw no harm and joined him to drive some cattle north to take them to their owners. When they reached Dodge City, where the rightful owners of the cattle resided, Collins did not want to deliver them right away. He persuaded Sam to take the cattle farther north with him where the prices were higher. They soon arrived in Kansas, and sold the cattle for a solid fee, and after paying the ranch hands, they had $4,000 apiece. Sam was not accustomed to having so much money, and was unsure of how to manage it, so being naive about this, he followed Collins through Nebraska and South Dakota, gambling all the way. As expected, with all the whiskey and poker, they eventually ran out of money, and decided to try freighting. Finding low profits, Sam joined a gang with Collins and a few other men.
By the year 1877, Joel Collins had taken Sam from the innocent young man he had been to a criminal not to be reckoned with. Together, and with their gang, they robbed stagecoaches from South Dakota to Nebraska, earning a feared name for themselves. In Big Springs, Nebraska, on September 18th, the six gang members held up an entire Union Pacific train, acquiring $60,000 in solid gold pieces, $1,300 from miscellaneous passengers, and four gold watches. This was his biggest prize throughout his entire outlaw life.
By this time, Sam had earned himself a name that was widely heard all around Texas. He was now a wanted criminal. Texas Ranger functionary, Junius Peak had his gun aimed at him. He knew that if he...

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