Utica Saturday Globe.
Title THE KING OF DESPERADOES IS THE NOTORIOUS OLIVER CURTIS PERRY, WHO ESCAPED LAST WEEK FROM MATTEAWAN (N.Y.,) ASYLUM, WITH THREE RUFFIAN COMPANIONS. HE IS THE MOST SENSATIONAL AND DARING TRAIN ROBBER AND ALL AROUND CRIMINAL OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, OUTDOING JESSE JAMES IN CUNNING AND BOLDNESS.
Publisher Utica, NY: The Utica Saturday Globe, ca. 1892.
Seller ID 409
4 1/2" x 9". Near-fine broadside advertising the April 20, Utica (NY) Saturday Globe Newspaper: "The Utica Saturday Globe of April 20, will Detail and Illustrate the Startling Career, Desperate Deeds, Life in Prison, and Remarkable Escape of this Gifted Ruffian."The first person to rob a train solo (as opposed to being accompanied by gang of thieves like the James Gang), Oliver Curtis Perry was indeed a "gifted ruffian" and the "king of desperadoes" who outdid "Jesse James in cunning and boldness." In a dramatic and great train robbery involving swinging into a moving train car on a piece of rope while wearing a mask and a red cloak, stealing $78,000 in currency, and stealing a locomotive, Perry made headlines all over the country before he was finally captured. This broadside is undated but details his (temporary) escape from prison and was printed in Utica, NY, the region where this bold crime was committed.