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James Gang pursued... first train robbery...



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July 28, 1873

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 28, 1873

* Early Jesse James gang
* 1st train robbery
* Posse on the hunt

On the front page under "Missouri" is a report: "The Iowa Trains robbers". Report begins by stating that a large party of pursuers was just three miles behind the Iowa train robbers, and that every section of the country was notified by telegraph.

The report also says:

* Two of the robbers are said to be notorious desperadoes of Clay county, Missouri... [and] that there was never such a determined pursuit of villains as in this instance, and it seems...impossible for the robbers to escape...

Other news of the day throughout. Lite damp staining in the masthead, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: They robbed banks, stagecoaches, and a fair in Kansas City, often in front of large crowds, even hamming it up for the bystanders. On July 21, 1873, they turned to train robbery, derailing the Rock Island train in Adair, Iowa and stole approximately $3,000 ($51,000 in 2007). Their later train robberies had a lighter touch—in fact only twice in all of Jesse James's train hold-ups did he rob passengers, because he typically limited himself to the express safe in the baggage car. Such techniques fostered the Robin Hood image that Edwards was creating in his newspapers.

Category: Post-Civil War

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