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Title The Bandit Invincible: The Story of the Outlaw Butch Cassidy
Subject Criminals; History
Spatial Coverage Wayne County (Utah); Wyoming
Personal Names Cassidy, Butch (1866-?); Sundance Kid; Logan, Harvey
Description Historical account of Butch Cassidy's exploits
Creator Phillips, William T.
Publisher Rocky Mountain House Press
Contributors Dullenty, Jim; Baker, Pearl
Date Digital 2004-07-09
Date 1986
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Format Creation Scanned at 400ppi on an Epson Expression 1630XL flatbed scanner. Files saved as uncompressed TIFF and re-sized to JPEG using PhotoShop CS.
Source Original booklet: The Bandit Invincible: The Story of the Outlaw Butch Cassidy
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2004, Green River Public Library. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution Green River Public Library, 85 South Long St., Green River, UT 84525
Source Physical Dimensions 66 p. : ill., ports. ; 30 cm.
Scanning Technician Nima Rakhsha
Metadata Cataloger Denice Hoffman
ARK ark:/87278/s6t43szj
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317865
Reference URL

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Description from Gassidy's outlaw past, William Phillips was encouraged by Ellen Harris and her son Ben to write the authentic story of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. Mrs. Harris volunteered to type the manuscript. When he returned to Spokane, Phillips began hand-writing "The Bandit Invincible." Completed sections were forwarded to Ellen Harris, then living in California, for typing. Mrs. Harris, in turn, type the manuscript exactly as Phillips had written it, including errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar. Although Ben Fitzharris believed Phillips was Butch Cassidy -- and was told so by Wyoming pioneers -- he was not aware of the former outlaw's career in South America. When he reached the chapters dealing with Cassidy's adventures in Argentina and Bolivia, he rejected the material, believing the concept of western bandits in South America was too preposterous to merit serious consideration. Phillips turned to the magazine market, but after receiving several rejection slips, including one from Sunset magazine, he finally abandoned the manuscript as a failure. He passed away on June 20, 1937. Although neither Ellen Harris1 copy of "The Bandit Invincible," nor the copy returned to Phillips is in existence today, the manuscript was not destined for extinction. Phillips had once shown two Spokane friends, William and Blanche Lundstrom, the copy of the manuscript. They were fascinated by the account and some time after Phillips' death, Blanche Lundstrom wrote Ellen Harris requesting the opportunity to read again the man's biography. The Lundstroms had been extremely close to Phillips during his Spokane years and "The Bandit Invincible" manuscript held special significance for them. Phillips had told them in confidence he was, indeed, the "bandit invincible," Butch Cassidy. With Ellen Harris' copy of the biography in hand, Blanche Lundstrom solicited the help of her daughters, Cleo Lundstrom Sigg and Veryl Lundstrom Smith and her sister Madge Fields in transcribing the manuscript. Each was given a spiral-bound notebook and a handful of pages to laboriously hand copy. As each batch was completed more pages were distributed, with notations made to track the manuscript's continuity. Because the transcribing was done piecemeal the sequence of the original material was transferred several times among the notebooks. When completed, Blanche's copy totalled 188 pages and nearly filled all four notebooks. Of the 188 pages of hand-transcribed manuscript, Blanche oopied a total of 63 pages. Her daughters Cleo and Veryl copied 48 and 45 pages respectively and her sister, Mrs. Madge Fields, copied 29 pages. The sequence shifted eight times among the transcribers as follows: Book I Blanche Lundstrom Pages 1-24 Book II Cleo Lundstrom Sigg Pages 46-80 Book III Veryl Lundstrom Smith Pages 125-140 Book I Blanche Lundstrom Pages 41-45 Book III Veryl Lundstrom Smith Pages 95-124 Book II Cleo Lundstrom Sigg Pages 81-94 Book I Madge Fields Pages 25-40 Book IV Blanche Lundstrom Pages 151-170 Book IV Pages 170-188 (Last 18 pages were lost or not copied.) Careful study of the copied material reveals a pattern of inconsistencies which can be attributed to variations among the transcribers as to original spellings and punctuation followed. Blanche rarely made paragraphs and her material most closely follows writing patters consistent with other examples of Phillips and Cassidy's writings. -2-
Format application/pdf
Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317798
Reference URL