The Greatest Burglary in U.S. History [Edwards, Oscar]. Robbery of the Northampton National Bank. The Cashier Overpowered at Midnight, Tortured, And Forced to Give the Combinations to the Vault and Safe: Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars in Money and Bonds Stolen. $25,000 Reward. Northampton, MA: Steam Press of Gazette Printing Company, 1876. 24 pp. Two woodcut text illustrations, one a floor plan. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Negligible light soiling, spine worn at ends, faint vertical crease through center, light toning to text. $350. * Only edition. Text at head of title page: "The Greatest Burglary on Record." An early account of the greatest burglary in U.S. History, which was carried out by members of the Rufus Ring, a gang that conducted several bank robberies in places ranging from Kentucky to upstate New York. The subtitle is not accurate; the robbers stole $1.6 million in cash, bonds and other securities, about $26,000,000.00 in today's money. Three of the robbers were captured and the securities recovered. Unfortunately, the money was never found. Appended to the text is a list of the stolen securities. OCLC locates 2 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress).
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