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Butch Cassidy, 1866 - 1910 and the Sundance Kid, d.1910




Butch Cassidy, whose real name was Robert Leroy Parker, was the leader of a gang of American outlaws called the Wild Bunch who operated mainly from a secure hideout in Wyoming Territory called Hole in the Wall. Other members of the gang were the Sundance Kid (real name Harry Longbaugh), Bill "News" Carver, Ben Kilpatrick and Harvey Logan. The Wild Bunch rustled cattle, held up banks and robbed trains, all with varied success. On one occasion they stole $40,000 in notes that were so new that they had not been signed, and their clumsy attempts to forge the signatures failed miserably. Having made things too hot for themselves by robbing the Union Pacific railway rather too frequently, in 1902 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid moved to South America accompanied by pretty schoolteacher Etta Place. This combination carried out a number of robberies, before the two outlaws were ambushed and killed in a gunfight with the Bolivian army in 1910. However, rumours persist that either one or both men returned to the USA and lived on peacefully to die of old age. The film of their life and death, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, managed to catch the flavour of criminal exploits almost perfectly.

Match each word or expression tonthe left with the correct definition on the right.

a) to make it hot for sb.

b) to forge a signature

c) an exploit

l.a bold or adventurous act

2.to take property from a person unlawfully

3.a person punished by being placed outside the

protection of the law

d) outlaw 4.a secret place where one cannot be found

e) a hideout 5.to attack sb. suddenly from a hidden place

f) to hold up 6.to make a copy of a signature in order to deceive

g) to rob 7.to steal cattle h) to ambush 8.to stop and rob

i) to rustle cattle 9 to cause a situation to become dangerous

Guess the name of the character.

According to the Bible, he was the first murderer. The story is told in Genesis, Chapter Four He was a tiller of the soil and his brother Abel was a shepherd. They were both sons of Adam and Eve. When the Lord accepted Abel's offerings and rejected those of his, he was very "wroth and his countenance fell". He tell upon his brother Abel and killed him. When the Lord asked him where his brother was, he asked the famous question "am I my brother's keeper?". For his crime, he was banished to be a wanderer over the earth, but to prevent him being killed, God put a mark upon him to protect him. According to the Bible, he went to live in the land of Nod, east of Eden.




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