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#315 - Heck Thomas

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On the trail of “Dynamite Dick”
Description                           Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500          

Legendary and deadly western sheriff involved in more than ten recorded gunfights (1850–1912). Partly-printed DS, filled out and signed within the document by Thomas, one page, 8.5 x 14, November 5, 1896. Subpoena service document for the case of “United States vs. Chas Clifton alias Dynamite Dick” with a charge of “Breaking out of United States Jail.” In the remarks at the conclusion, Thomas writes: “On November 4th 1896 Deputy received reliable information that Dynamite and 3 other out laws were camped on Verdigris River near Nowata…Deputy at once got ready with his horse man to go after them in order to affect their capture…Nov. 6 learned out laws had gone to Grand River…Nov 11th Retd…as Deputy could hear nothing further of out laws.” Signed at the top by Thomas as the deputy. In fine condition, with small edge separations at folds. Accompanied by a beautiful custom-made leatherbound presentation folder. Provenance: Warren Anderson, 1996. Dynamite Dick was a member of the notorious Doolin–Dalton Gang, the ‘Wild Bunch,’ and had been captured along with Bill Doolin in early 1896 by Bill Tilghman. They escaped from jail together, and although Heck Thomas led a posse that tracked down and killed Doolin at the end of August, Dynamite Dick evaded capture for over a year.


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