Tuesday, February 05, 2008


When someone you don't think much of passes off the scene, you might remember the epitaph of Jim Murphy:

"Perhaps he's got to heaven,
There's none of us can say:
But if I'm right in my surmise,
He's gone the other way."

-- ballad epitaph (author unknown) for Jim Murphy, a member of Sam Bass' gang. Murphy informed the Texas Rangers of Bass' plans to rob a bank in Round Rock, Texas. The Rangers set a trap for Bass and his gang. Sam Bass was wounded in the ensuing gun battle, and died a few days later on his 27th birthday, July 21, 1878.

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