"All the annals of romantic crime furnish no parallel to the exploits of Missouri's bold rovers.
They've laid Aladdin in the shade, and snuffed out all his marvel-hatching lamps. They've eclipsed the wildest wonders of the Arabian Nights, and rendered commonplace the most incredible achievements of the Cid. They've made the tales of the Crusaders and the Buccaneers stale nursery croonings. Achilles and Hector, Barabbas, Rob Roy, Dick Tarpin and Sixteen-String Jack dwindle to ordinary marauders beside them…
The Lexington Caucasian, October 17, 1874
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