Lot 2008: Lawmen Pair of Documents: Dynamite Dick and Zip Wyatt

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2017-05-22 14:20:16

Lot 2008

Two partly-printed documents, each, one page, 8.5 x 14, 1895–1896: a subpoena service payment voucher dated October 29, 1896, in the case of "Dan Clifton alias Dynamite Dick & others," who is charged with "Breaking out of U. S. Jail," ordering a payment of $52 for 26 days of expenses in endeavoring to arrest the outlaw; and an Oklahoma Territory deposition document, June 20, 1895, in which George Hunter swears that "John Vicroy…did unlawfully, willfully, maliciously and feloniously did harbor conceal and assist Zip Wyatt an outlaw to elude the officers and escape arrest." In overall very good to fine condition, with a few portions of paper loss. 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. Zip Wyatt was one of the Oklahoma Territory's most notorious outlaws and it was believed that he had joined the Doolin-Dalton Gang and participated in the Rock Island train robbery on April 3, 1895. He continued his crime spree throughout the summer and was finally tracked down and shot; he died of his wounds on September 7, 1895.

Estimate: $300-500

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