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Death of Jesse James...

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April 4, 1882

DAILY TIMES, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 4, 1882

* Outlaw Jesse James killed
* Charles & Robert Ford

The back page has a rather inconspicuous report at the bottom of the first column: "Death of the Notorious Robber Jesse James".

The report which continues at the top of the next column reads, in full:

* Jesse James, the notorious robber was shot dead in St. Joseph, Mo., by Charles and Robert Ford, who then gave themselves up and were lodged in jail. The Fords formerly belonged to the James Gang, but have recently been acting as detectives to catch James, hoping to gain the large reward offered for his apprehension, and they arrived at St. Joseph a week ago for the purpose of capturing him. It seems they feared to attempt to take him alive, and one of them shot him down while he was off his guard

Actually one of the better reports about the death of James, some being just a short sentence or two in length. First leaf has a narrow piece missing in the left margin, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Jesse Woodson James (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882) was an American outlaw from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. Already a celebrity when he was alive, he became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death. A recent scholar placed him in the context of regional insurgencies of ex-Confederates following the American Civil War rather than a manifestation of frontier lawlessness or economic justice.[1]

The James brothers, Frank and Jesse, were Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War, during which they were accused of participating in atrocities committed against Union soldiers. After the war, as members of one gang or another, they robbed banks and murdered bank employees or bystanders. They also waylaid stagecoaches and trains.

Although James has often been portrayed, even prior to his death, as a kind of Robin Hood, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, this is incorrect. His robberies enriched only him and his gang.

Category: Post-Civil War

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