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Last Jesse James Gang Holdup...

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September 9, 1881

NEW-YORK TIMES, Sept. 9, 1881 The inset shows the front page report regarding the last holdup of the James Gang which took place near Independence, Missouri. Nicely situated just below the dateline, this is perhaps one of the most detailed and graphic accounts of a James Gang robbery. Later in the report, which takes about 1 2/3 columns, it accurately speculates about the identity of the bandits with: "...it is generally supposed they were a gang under the command of the famous James brothers, who have a world-wide notoriety for their desperate and reckless deeds of this character ....the leader is described as a tall man with a dark beard....He also answers to the description of the leader of the party which robbed a train at Winthrop, on the Council Bluffs Road, about a year ago. He introduced himself to the engineer as Jesse James..." The report even lists the names of the people on the train who were robbed of their valuables. At the end of the report it says that three of the bandits, identified as Creed and Sam Chapman and John Burgler, were captured by a posse led by Sheriff Casen of Saline County. It closes with: "The names of the entire party are known, and their capture a certainty."
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a little margin wear and tear, otherwise good. Should be handled with care.

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