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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
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Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317865
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Description Cleo created more paragraphs and correctly spelled words which her mother misspelled. Veryl used the "&" sign in place of "and," but otherwise wrote in a manner similar to that of her mother. The greatest contrast is found in the 29 pages copied by Mrs. Fields, wherein spelling and punctuation are quite correct -~ not at all consistent with the other sections nor with other samples of his writing. In 1973, following widespread news coverage of claims by Butch Cassidy's sister Lula Parker Betenson, that her outlaw brother had not died in Bolivia as depicted in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), the Spokane Daily Chronicle assigned reporter James K. Dullenty to explore persistent stories that Butch Cassidy had returned to the United States to finish his life in Spokane, Washington, under the alias William Phillips. I, Pearl Baker, was the first one who insisted that Butch, had, indeed, returned to the United States after the 1909 shootout. When the article by Arthur Chapman came out in Elks magazine in 1930, I really started to collect and record information that had come my way all my life. This was actually the first printed material on Butch Cassidy. My first printing of The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost came out in 1967 from Westernlore Press in California. Since then other books have been published. When the Spokane Daily Chronicle ran its series exploring the controversy over William T. Phillips' identity, Blanche Lundstrom, by then Mrs. Mike Glasgow, remembered the manuscript she and her family had copied some forty years before and contacted reporter Dullenty. Although William Lundstrom had passed away and Blanche had remarried and settled in nearby Medical Lake, Washington, the Lundstroms1 copy of "The Bandit Invincible" had been saved. Mice had chewed the corner of one notebook and the penciled words were badly faded, but the manuscript had survived. Mrs. Glasgow and William R. Phillips, the adopted son of William T. Phillips, then allowed Dullenty to see the manuscript along with photographs and other materials. When Blanche Glasgow first showed the Phillips' manuscript to reporter Dullenty, much of the penciled copy was faded too much to be read clearly. As he attempted to read the narrative, when the names of people and locations were undecipherable, Dullenty, unfamiliar with all of Cassidy's outlaw career, substituted gueses which he later was able to correct when he began publishing magazine articles based on his research. Ressurrection of the Phillips' manuscript as originally transcribed by the Lundstrom family was a monumental task. With few exceptions the original markings have been deciphered and reconstructed. The William Phillips1 "Bandit Invincible" passages are as the Lundstroms hand-copied them some forty years ago. Although the document lacks Phillips' handwriting, there emerged the same prose style that had characterized his letters. Indeed, the man's unique peculiarities in writing were the very proof of the manuscript's authenticity. Phillips wrote in an unadorned, homely style. With straight-forward conversa- tional prose, he brought to life the colorful people and times of the bygone frontier. And he wrote it as he recollected it, with only the loosest organization, often without chronological order. He spelled the names of people and places by ear and paid little regard to dates. His picturesque accounts of the escapades of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch allow the reader the rare privilege of intimate glimpses into the life of the horseback outlaw. But William Phillips was not spinning reminiscenses for the mere sake of entertainment. Financially broken by the Depression, in 1934 the man was sixty-eight, unable to support his family and, most important, dying of cancer. For twenty-six years he had lived a charade, a man without a past, unable to share with any but a trusted few the memories of his dramatic part in the epic of the American frontier,, -3-
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Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317799
Reference URL