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Out­law Poet: Did you know? Black Bart was one of the most pro­lif­ic stage­coach rob­bers to oper­ate in the Pacif­ic North­west in the late nine­teenth cen­tu­ry. He was also some­thing of a writer. He left poems at the scenes of two rob­beries, earn­ing him a lega­cy that would live on through the ages. On July 23 (that’s today!), 1878, Bart held up a Wells Far­go stage­coach in Cal­i­fo­nia. Among oth­er valu­ables, the out­law made off with a safe box con­tain­ing $400. When the box was recov­ered a mock­ing poem signed by Bart was found inside. Here it is:

Here I lay me down to sleep
To wait the com­ing morrow,
Per­haps suc­cess, per­haps defeat
And ever­last­ing sorrow,

Yet come what will, I’ll try it once,
My con­di­tions can’t be worse,
And if there’s mon­ey in that box,
‘Tis mon­ey in my purse.