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ponies. At night Bass and his companions attempted
to recover their prizes. Sam's two friends were cap-
tured at the time and had it not been that they gave
the distress sign of the Odd Fellows, which an Indian
recognized and responded to, they would have been
killed. Sam took his ponies to San Antonio where he
joined Joel Collins in driving cattle to Kansas, Nebras-
ka, and the Black Hills. It was in the late summer of
1875 that Bass made his trip to the Black Hills. At
this time there was much talk over the country about
the gold mining around Deadwood (Black Hills). In
trying to get rich in some gold schemes, they lost all
their cattle money; and in trying to reco their pocket
books they decided they would freight between Dodge
City and the Black Hills. The harsh winter of the
North soon closed the road, and being stranded and far
from home, they decided to open a pleasure resort,
from which they realized enough money to buy a gold
The gold mine did not flow with much yellow gold,
however, and again they lost all they had. A scheme
was worked out which gave the boys a chance of getting
some cash, that of robbing the stage coaches going into
the Black Hills, and later of robbing the east bound
Union Pacific train. It was during a night in Septem-
ber that the Union Pacific was robbed. Some one had
given Bass a tip that the train was taking newly coined
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/46/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.