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Daniel Buck
Re: Longabaugh and New Mexico
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:49am

Thanks. C.L. Sonnichsen is another great Western writer from the recent past. Here's the first part of his review:
"The Wild Bunch. Edited by Alan Swallow. (Denver: Sage Books, 1966. 136 pages. Introduction. Foreword. Bibliography. $3.95.) The last book, so far as this reviewer knows, to be edited by the late and much-mourned Alan Swallow is a strange and somewhat mysterious little volume about Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch of cowboy train robbers. These were the gay desperadoes par excellence of the years just before and just after the turn of the century—cheerful, daring, resourceful, highliving and free-spending young bandits who ranged from the Hole in the Wall in Wyoming to the Mexican Border. Their story is familiar. Even casual students of the West know that their leader was George Leroy Parker of Circleville, Utah, son of a Mormon elder, and that he and his outlaw elite kept ahead of the Pinkertons until they all bought dress-up clothes in San Antonio and made the mistake of having a group picture taken. After that they could be identified and the law closed in. Ben Kilpatrick, Harvey Logan, Elza Lay and Bob Lee were captured and went to jail. Bill Carver and George Currie were killed. Butch Cassidy and Harry Longabaugh Reviews 159 survived a few years longer by transferring their hold-up techniques to South America, where they held up one payroll too many."

OK, here's another question, who was the other writer, Brown Waller? It was apparently a pseudonym for Waller Brown Fraser (1905 -- ??) but who was he? Dan

  • Re: Longabaugh and New Mexicogobby git, Sat Mar 17 10:26am The literature on this small but highly skilled and successful gang is quite extensive. The two leading documents are James D. Horan’s Desperate Men, based on... more
    • Re: Longabaugh and New Mexico — Daniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 10:49am
      • Re: Longabaugh and New Mexicogobby git, Sat Mar 17 11:56am
        Thanks Dan ... had the first part but not the third part after it trails off ... thought the bit about Logan’s attorney, Sam Haskell, former mayor of Knoxville might be of interest ... no help with... more
        • Re: Longabaugh and New MexicoDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 12:29pm
          Thanks. Yes, the Haskell idea is interesting. Whoever Brown Waller was, he mentions in his acknowledgement having visited libraries, archives, & historical societies in more than 20 Western US... more
          • Brown WallerBob Goodwin, Sat Mar 17 4:32pm
            If the "New General Catalog of Old Books and Authors" is to be has Brown Waller as a pseudonym of Waller Brown Fraser, with birth date of 29 April 1905. If this is correct then he was... more
            • Re: Brown WallerDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 6:08pm
              Bob, where oh where did you fish out the part about Fraser going bonkers in his dotage? That was some serious angling. Dan
              • re: Brown WallerBob Goodwin, Sat Mar 17 9:27pm
                The Tampa Tribune 20 Oct 1973, The Tribune also has his death notice 6 Jan 1974. Walter wrote a thesis at the University of Tennessee for his Master degree in 1930. It was titled "The Political... more
            • Re: Brown WallerDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 5:39pm
              Bob, Thanks. What a story. He must have spent every waking minute researching because if his acknowledgements are to be believed, he visited more than 20 libraries, historical societies, and... more
              • re: Brown WallerBob Goodwin, Sun Mar 18 9:35am
                Dan, We have to remember when Brown Waller wrote his manuscript (before 1966) internet research was non-existent and research in major libraries was more limited than what we have today. He just... more
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