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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONCjS 149
Now Bendall he was young and in the prime-of life, To come out here to Canada to lead an honest ^ife; But Birchell he betrayed him, he led him to the sfyamp, And there he drew his pistol and Bendall he did drop.
My wife she came to see me, to bid her last farewell. She threw her arms around me and wept most bitterly; Said she, "My darling husband, tomorrow you must die For the murder of young Bendall you mount the scaffold high."
He tried to play off innocent, but he found it was no go. The people turned against him and proved to give no
show. And when those words were spoken, those words "Thy
will be done," The trap door, it was opened, and Birchell he was hung.
Sam Bass was born in Indiana, it was his native home, And at the age of seventeen young Sam began to roam. Sam first came out to Texas a cowboy for to be,— A kinder-hearted fellow you seldom ever see.
Sam used to deal in race stock, one called the Denton
mare, He matched her in scrub races, and took her to the