E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A highwayman in the mountain districts of North America.
Road-agent is the name applied in the mountains to a ruffian who has given up honest work in the store, in the mine, in the ranch, for the perils and profits of the highway.W. Hepworth Dixon: New America, i. 14.