Manuscripts/Mixed Material [E. F. Forsgard]
“I saw Sam Bass when he passed through Waco on his way to Round Rock to rob the bank there, and was killed there by rangers. He stopped at the old Ranch saloon on the square, There were two or three others with him. They stayed a day or two. They had some friends here they stopped to see. I don't remember just who their friends were. Bass figured to hold up a bank here, but I think the big gamblers told him to move on. We didn't know who he was when we saw him, but we looked his and his men's horses over pretty well. When we heard of what happened at Round Rock, we were able to connect up certain things, descriptions, and so on, and knew then that we had seen Sam Bass. He was about a medium-sized man; had sort of brownish gray eyes. He was not so much out of the ordinary looking, but he was a man that when you had seen him once, you would know him when you saw him again.
“Myself and my son, Sam, were with the Winchester Repeating Arms Company for between seven and eight years as firearms demonstrating. We were expert shots with rifle, shotgun and pistol. I have won a good many trophies at national and international meets. I won one trophy by hitting twenty-five live birds in twenty-five shots. Over a year's time I have hit 2,077 shots out of 2,100.
“My father said that in the early days if a man came into Waco with his family and was broke the people would see that he and his family had something to eat and a place to stay, and they asked no questions. They figured that if he was a good man, he