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1873 Jesse James' first railroad robbery...

Item #671648

July 23, 1873

NEW YORK HERALD, July 23, 1873 

* Jesse James-Younger Gang

* First train robbery - holdup

* Rock Island Railroad - Adair, Iowa

Page 6 has an editorial on the first train robbery by Jesse James and the James Gang, although the men were not identified at the time of this report.

The editorial is headed: "Highwaymen on the Rail" See images for text. This holdup took place just... See More  

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Jesse James & Younger brothers train robbery...

Item #671617

December 09, 1874

NEW YORK TIMES, December 9, 1874 

* Jesse James-Younger Gang

* Muncie, Kansas train robbery (1st report)

Page 5 has an article: "Another Bold Railroad Robbery" "A Train Stopped and the Express-Car Robbed By Five Masked Men" with the article providing various details as know at that point. This article is followed by: "Another Account of the Robbery". This ... See More  

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Jesse & Frank James captured ?

Item #668395

January 29, 1875

THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 29, 1875 

* Jesse & Frank James boys

* Outlaws - deperadoes

* Raid on family home

The front page has an interesting--yet false--report headed: "The Capture of The James Boys" which has various subheads including: "Statement of The Mother...She Declares the Boys Were Not in the House at the Time--Marks of A Desperate Fight" (see).

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Jesse James & Younger brothers gang... Sitting Bull...

Item #667182

July 10, 1876

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 10, 1876 

* Jesse James Gang... Younger Brothers

* Otterville, Missouri Train robbery

The front page has: "The Missouri Railroad Robbers" with subheads: "Bodies of Men in Pursuit of the Outlaws--Their Capture Hourly Expected--The Adams Express Company's Loss" with some details, and closing with: "...There is reason to believe that t... See More  

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The death of Jesse James...

Item #667181

April 04, 1882

FITCHBURG DAILY SENTINEL,  Massachusetts, April 4, 1882 

* Jesse James assassination

* Robert & Charles Ford

* St. Joseph, Missouri

Page two contains a significant report of the shooting of noted outlaw Jesse James by two former James Gang members, Charles and Robert Ford. The report is headed: "Jesse James Killed" and reads in part: "...from St. Joseph says: &... See More  

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Jesse James... Rock Island Railroad robbery...

Item #666272

July 18, 1881

NEW YORK TIMES, July 18, 1881 

* Outlaw Jesse James gang

* Rock Island Railroad train robbery

The top of the middle column of the front page has heads: "THE WORK OF ROAD AGENTS", "Robbery And Murders On A Rock Island Train", "Details Of The Bloody Affair At Winston, Mo.--The Conductor And A Passenger Killed And The Express Safe Robbed--Statements By The Train-M... See More  

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The last holdup of the Jesse James gang...

Item #666269

September 09, 1881

THE SCRANTON REPUBLICAN, Pennsylvania, Sept. 9, 1881 

* Last Jesse James Gang robbery

* Blue Cut Train Robbery

* Glendale, Missouri

The front page has one column heads including: "Train Robbers" and "An Express Car And Passengers Robbed--The Governor Of Missouri Issues A Proclamation Calling On The People to Organize And Exterminate Train Robberies". A detailed rep... See More  

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Outlaw Frank James trial...

Item #665386

August 18, 1883

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, August 18, 1883

* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James gang

* Gallatin, Missouri trial

This uncommon Midwestern title has news of the day with many advertisements. Page 4 has an article headed: "Mrs. Hite to Testify Against Frank James" with subhead. (see) This trial of the brother of outlaw Jesse James, held in Gallatin, Missouri, was concerning h... See More  

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Jesse James & the Rock Island Railroad train robbery...

Item #664685

July 17, 1881

NEW YORK TIMES, July 17, 1881 

* Outlaw Jesse James-Younger gang

* Rock Island railroad train robbery

Page 2 contains one of the better reports we have seen of the infamous Rock Island Railroad train robbery by Jesse James and his gang. While most reports are little more than a paragraph or two, this report takes two-thirds of a column and includes several accounts and much detail--pho... See More  

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1st (Jesse) James Gang robbery...

Item #661855

February 16, 1866

CLEVELAND DAILY LEADER, Ohio, February 16, 1866 

* Jesse James Gang

* 1st known robbery (1st report)

* Liberty, Missouri bank

The front page has an article headed: "Guerrillas Rob a Bank in Western Missouri" with subhead: "Bank Robbery" Nice detailed report here.

Other news and advertisements of the day. Complete in 4 pages, large issue measuring 32 x 23 inches, m... See More  

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Interview with Jesse James' wife...

Item #661536

April 29, 1882


* Outlaw Jesse James

* Interview w/ his wife

Page 9 has nearly a full column taken up with: "JESSE'S TRANING" "The Delicate Way in Which Mrs. James Refers to Her Husband's Peculiar Vocation" "An Hour's Talk with the Outlaw's Widow--Some of the Savings Invested in Business--A Mysterious Friend Said to be ... See More  

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The James-Younger gang rob a train...

Item #661417

July 23, 1881

LIBERAL SENTINEL, Middletown, New York, July 23, 1881 

* Outlaw Jesse James-Younger gang

* Rock Island railroad train robbery

Page 2 has a report noting: "A gang of outlaws, supposed to be the James gang, on Friday night captured a train on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific road...robbed the conductor & a passenger..." and a bit more (see). The next page has a much mor... See More  

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The Custer Massacre... Northfield Bank robbery... Statue of Liberty...

Item #661344

September 09, 1876

NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 9, 1876 

* Custer Massacre

* Northfield Bank robbery

* Jesse James gang

* Statue of Liberty

Several interesting items in this issue including a page 5 item, although brief: "The Northfield Robbers - Reported Fight With the Escaping Bank Raiders" who were the Younger Brothers.

Also on page 5: "THE INDIAN WAR", "Crook Striking In For the... See More  

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On the killing of Jesse James...

Item #660927

April 05, 1882

WORCESTER DAILY SPY, Massachusetts, April 5, 1882 

* Outlaw Jesse James assassination

The top of the last column on the front page is headed: "The Dead Train Robber" which is a report concerning the death of the infamous Jesse James. It begins: "At the coroner's inquest Mrs. Samuels, mother of Jesse James, testified that it was her son Jesse. Considerable excitement w... See More  

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Jesse & Frank James captured?...

Item #660099

February 01, 1875

THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 1, 1875 

* Great Jesse James report

* Raid on his home (birthplace)

* Kearney, Missouri

The top of page 2 has a rather lengthy & interesting article headed: "THE JAMES BOYS" "The Attempt To Capture Them At Kearney" with subheads: "Strange Acts of the Detectives--A Bombshell Thrown Into Mrs. Samuels' House--A Child Killed An... See More  

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Details on the death of Jesse James...

Item #656406

April 14, 1882


* Outlaw Jesse James assassination

The most notable content is the page 10 article: "The Death Of Jesse James" "A Talk With City Marshal Craig" "How the Robber Lived in St. Joseph--Opinion In Missouri As to the Governor & the Fords". The article takes over a full column & has much detail, including: &quo... See More  

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Making a living lecturing on the outlaw Jesse James...

Item #656405

June 07, 1882

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, June 7, 1882  Keeping in mind that Jesse James was killed in nearby St. Joseph just 2 months previous, page 4 has an article: "The James Lecture". The article talks of the ethics of making a living by speaking about Jesse James, and including members of James' family as part of the presentation. One bit notes: "...That the widow should se... See More  

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Jesse James warns those who pursue him... The bandit Vasquez...

Item #656401

April 19, 1874

NEW YORK TIMES, April 19, 1874 

* Jesse James Gang murder

* Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez

Near the bottom of the front page is a terrific report headed: "The Missouri Outlaws" which notes in part: "...particulars of the killing of another detective by the notorious James Brothers. The victim was found dead, covered with blood...A card crossed with blood was pinned to the coast... See More  

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Chasing after Jesse James...

Item #656224

November 30, 1876

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, Nov. 30, 1876  Page 4 has a small item: "On Jesse James' Heels" has some details on those who are after him. The front page has a report concerning: "The Fiendish Atrocities Perpetrated in Louisiana" "Testimony which Will Cause the World to Shutter" with more.

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Report of the death of Jesse James...

Item #656169

April 05, 1882


* Outlaw Jesse James assassination

Page 2 has a brief & quite inconspicuous report reading: "Great satisfaction is expressed in western Missouri over the shooting of Jesse James, the noted bandit. It is said that the shooting was the result of an agreement between Ford and Governor Crittenden to the effect that James was either to be ca... See More  

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Jesse James report, from very close to his hometown...

Item #655973

May 11, 1880

KANSAS CITY DAILY JOURNAL, Missouri, May 11, 1880 

* Jesse & Frank James

* Outlaws - train robbers

Kansas City newspapers are among the best for any report concerning Jesse James and the James Gang, as nearly St. Joseph (53 miles north) was their home & where Jesse would be killed in 1882.

Page 2 has a nearly half column report headed: "THE JAMES BOYS" "They Are... See More  

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The Custer massacre... Sitting Bull's autobiography... James Gang train robbery...

Item #655845

July 09, 1876

NEW YORK HERALD, July 9, 1876

* The Custer massacre

* Battle of Little Big Horn

* Chief Sitting Bull autobiography

* Jesse James-Younger Gang

* Otterville, Missouri train robbery (1st report)

This is a great issue on the General Custer massacre, with very nice page 3 column headlines including: "THE SIOUX WAR" "General Terry's Official Report on Custer's Gallant Ma... See More  

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What the death of Jesse James has meant to the "romance" of Western outlaws...

Item #655490

May 07, 1883

NEW YORK TIMES, May 7, 1883  Page 4 has a lengthy & interesting editorial headed: "The Growing Crop of Bandits" which begins: "The death of Jesse James and the disintegration and overthrow of his band of distinguished robbers were very naturally regarded by railway travelers & bankers as events of great importance..." with much more on the career of Jesse James and... See More  

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Rock Island Railroad robbery by the Jesse James Gang...

Item #655228

July 18, 1881


* Outlaw Jesse James gang

* Rock Island Railroad train robbery

Near the top of page 2 is a article: "Desperadoes On the Rail" "A Western Express Robbed and The Conductor and A Passenger Murdered". The article begins: "One of the most daring of recent crimes was committed on board a train on the Rock Island road near Win... See More  

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1876 Northfield bank robbery... Younger Brothers...

Item #654857

September 22, 1876

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, September 22, 1876

* Jesse James -Younger Brothers gang

* Northfield bank robbery attempt

The back page has an article headed: "Capture Of The Northfield Robbers" "They Are Hunted Down On The Prairie And One Killed" See image for 1st report coverage on the capture of members of the James-Younger gang at Madelia, Minnesota A few weeks after the famous No... See More  

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Jesse James... Indian treaty... Susan B. Anthony...

Item #654474

May 31, 1873

NEW YORK TIMES, May 31, 1873 

* Jesse James Gang

* Early bank robbery

* Genevieve, Missouri

The ftpg. has more than a column on the Modoc War: "AFTER THE MODOCS" "From the Columbia River to California--Scenes En route--Oregon Railroads--To the Lava Beds" & also: "Indian Treaty - Government Acquires the Title to 1,000,000 Acres of Land by Treaty with the De... See More  

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Uncommonly lengthy on the death of Jesse James...

Item #654268

April 05, 1882

NEW YORK TIMES, April 5, 1882 

* Outlaw Jesse James killed

Page 5 has an uncommonly lengthy account--extremely detailed--on the death of Jesse James, headed: "The Murdered Outlaw" "The State Officers Previously Arranging For The Killers" "Shot Down With A Rifle Which He Gave to His Slayer---Threats of His Friends---Gov. Crittenden's Arrangement with Robert F... See More  

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Reporting the death of outlaw Jesse James...

Item #654134

April 04, 1882


* Jesse James assassination

* Robert & Charles Ford

* St. Joseph, Missouri

Near the bottom of the front page is a small report headed: "Vengeance on Train Robbers" which reports: "The city is wild with excitement over the death of Jesse James. The fear of his vengeance has restricted the people from taking extreme action against a... See More  

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Jesse James & the Rock Island Railroad robbery...

Item #654133

July 19, 1881


* Outlaw Jesse James-Younger gang

* Rock Island railroad train robbery

* Winston, Daviess County, Missouri

Page 2 begins with a quite lengthy account of what was the infamous Rock Island Railroad robbery by the James Gang. It is headed: "The Great Train Robbery" and begins: "Charles Murray...was the messenger of the U.S. Express Compa... See More  

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The Otterville train robbery by the James-Younger gang of outlaws...

Item #653614

July 10, 1876

PROVIDENCE EVENING PRESS, Rhode Island, July 10, 1876 

* Outlaws - Jesse James gang

* Younger Brothers

* Otterville, Missouri train robbery

Page 3 has half a column taken up with reports of the Otterville train robbery done by the James-Younger Gang, headed: "Daring Robbery" "A Railroad Train Sacked in Missouri" "Armed Men Scouring The Country In Pursuit Of Th... See More  

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A lesson learned from the life & death of Jesse James...

Item #652823

May 30, 1882

THE VALLEY REVIEW, Lodi, San Joaquin County, California, May 30, 1882 

* re. Outlaw Jesse James death

* Rare Old West title

The front page has a half column article: "Lesson of Jesse James' Life" with the text including in part: "The life of Jesse James reads like a romance, which the manner of his death ends with a fitting moral...to die by the revolver of a quonda... See More  

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False report on the death of Jesse James...

Item #652515

January 06, 1880

NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 6, 1880 

* Jesse James killed ?

* Outlaw - train robber

The front page has a very interesting report headed: "Crime And Its Results" "The Outlaw Jesse James Reported Dead--A Bank Cashier Arrested--Other Crimes". This is a one paragraph report noting: "Jesse James is dead. George Shepard's shot having done the work. His wife is at the ho... See More  

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J. Frank Dalton claims to be Jesse James...

Jerusalem Fight Nears End... 1948 Arab-Israeli War...

Item #651920

May 21, 1948

THE RALEIGH TIMES, North Carolina, May 21, 1948  The front page has: "JERUSALEM FIGHT NEARS END," with subhead, "Arabs Hold 80 Percent Of Old City," which includes related text providing details regarding the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Also present is, "Miners Buried Alive In Virginia Disaster," which tells of the Clinchfield Coal Company mining disaster, and a photo... See More  

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Mrs. Jesse James on tour as a novelty attraction...

Item #649562

March 11, 1884


* re. Outlaw Jesse James

Page ten has a nice article: "Mrs. Jesse James" "The Bandit's Wife One of the Attractions of a Pittsburg Dime Museum" which begins: "Among the attractions in the city now seeking public admiration is a lady who claims to be the widow of the notorious outlaw, Jesse  James. She is now trav... See More  

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No pardon for outlaw Dick Liddil...

Item #649540

February 04, 1884


* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James gang

* Dick Liddil pardon ?

Page 2 has a great article on the notorious outlaw Dick Liddil with column heads: "DICK LIDDELL" "A Pardon Denied the Late Bandit by Governor Crittenden" "Effect of the Executive's Action on the Frank James Trial--Incompetency of Liddell's Testimony i... See More  

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Jesse James & gang rob a railroad train...

Item #648977

February 02, 1874

NEW YORK TIMES, Feb. 2, 1874 

* The Gads Hill Train Robbery - Missouri

* Jesse James-Younger Brothers gang

Ftpg. has: "The Robbery On The Iron Mountain Railroad" with the report stating that the outlaws were planning to rob a lumber company executive carrying $5000, but they discovered he was not aboard. More details about the robbery, plus word that the outlaws were being pu... See More  

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On the death of Jesse James...

Item #648502

April 05, 1882

THE EVENING TELEGRAPH, Philadelphia, April 5, 1882 

* Outlaw Jesse James assassination

Page 4 has a great editorial concerning the recent (killed 2 days prior) death of Jesse James which includes: "It is somewhat of a shock to the moral sense...to ear the frank statement of the Governor of Missouri that the deliberate murder of the outlaw James was the result of an understanding be... See More  

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Outlaw Frank James is found innocent...

Item #648302

September 07, 1883

NEW YORK TIMES Sept. 7, 1883 

* Outlaw Frank James found not guilty

* Jesse James gang - Gallatin, Missouri trial

A full column on the ftpg. & a full column on pg. 2 are headed: "FRANK JAMES ACQUITTED" "He Asks To Be Allowed to Lead A Peaceful Life" "An Outline of Some of the Daring Crimes in Which He & His Companions Have Taken Part". Not only is ... See More  

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Was Jesse James killed?

Item #648294

November 04, 1879

THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 4, 1879 

* Outlaw Jesse James

* False death report

Near the top of the front page is a very interesting article: "A Notorious Outlaw Murdered", "Jesse James Shot by One of His Comrades" with the text taking six inches. The only problem is that the report is not true. Although Jesse James was murdered by a comrade, it was not until 1882. ... See More  

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Outlaw Dick Liddil released on bond... School for cowboys...

Item #648227

November 03, 1882

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Nov. 3, 1882  Page 2 has a somewhat brief article headed: "Dick Liddell [Liddil] Released on Bond" noting in part: "...the case of Dick Liddel, on trial for conspiracy in connection with the Mussel Shoals robbery, committed by Frank and Jesse James and Bill Ryan..." with more (see). Page 5 has: "Taught To Be Cowboys" "The Practical ... See More  

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The trial of Frank James coming to an end...

Item #648220

September 02, 1883

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, Sept. 2, 1883 

* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James gang

* Gallatin trial ending

Page 4 has most of a column headed: "NEARING THE END" "Th Trial of Frank James at Gallatin Drawing to a Close" "Testimony All In and Arguments to Begin Monday" "The Court's Order Concerning Instructions t the Jury--Mrs. Hite's To... See More  

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Final moments in the Frank James robbery/murder trial...

Item #648214

September 04, 1883


* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James gang

* Gallatin, Missouri trial

Page 2 has nearly a full column headed: "Criminal Calendar" "Instructions of the Judge in the Frank James Trial" "Stage Robbers Hanged--Shot by an Ex-Convict--Outraged and Killed--Other Criminal News". This reports the closing events of the notable ... See More  

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The trial of Frank James...

Item #648213

September 05, 1883


* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James gang

* Gallatin, Missouri trial

Page 4 has nearly a full column of text headed: "Battling For The Bandit" "Mr. Phillips' Appeal to the Jury on Behalf of Frank James" "Why He Appears as Counsel for Defendant--Mr. Glover's Address--The Arguments to Close Today". This was the... See More  

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The outlaw Frank James...

Item #648178

August 25, 1884


* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James Gang fame'

* Boonville, Missouri

Page 4 has half a column headed: "FRANK JAMES" "His Admirers at Boonville Present Him with a Purse" "How Ray County People Regard the James Family and the Mormons as Inducements to Immigration" .

Ten pages, nice condition.... See More  

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Jesse James was murdered?

Item #648174

November 04, 1879


* Jesse James killed ?

* Outlaw - train robber

The last column of the ftpg. is taken up with a very interesting, although erroneous, report of the death of Jesse James with heads: "A CORPSE AT LAST" "The Bandit King Slain In His Saddle" "Jesse James Killed By a former Friend" "The Assassin Escapes After a Runni... See More  

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Is Jesse James "Dead or Alive"?

Item #648173

November 05, 1879


* Jesse James killed ?

* Outlaw - train robber

A column at the top of pg. 4 has reports disputing whether Jesse James had been murdered or not: "DEAD OR ALIVE?" "In Either Event Jesse James Foils the detectives" "The Search for the Stiff Continued Without Success" 'His Alleged Assassin Frightened Out of His Wits&... See More  

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A different side of Jesse James & his gang...

Item #648169

November 21, 1879

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Nov. 21, 1879  Page 3 has almost half a column headed: "The James Boys" "An Instance Where Jesse James Was Moved from His Purpose by the Voice of Prayer". It begins: "The famous detective, Pinkerton, has given the James boys the name of being blood thirsty wretches who could never be moved from their purpose of killing, when once they made up... See More  

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A note signed by Jesse James, and much more...

Item #648165

December 30, 1879

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Dec. 30, 1879  The back page has a column headed: "Jesse James Heard From" "Strange Communication from the Missouri Outlaw to the New York Superintendent of Police--Record of a Notorious Gang of Outlaws". The article takes over half a column while the letter Jesse James is very brief & signed in type: Jesse James. Rare to find any printed item... See More  

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Outlaw Frank James surrenders himself to authorities...

Item #648071

October 06, 1882


* Jesse James Gang

* Frank surrenders

Close to half of page 6 is taken up with very detailed accounts of: "FRANK JAMES" "The Missouri Bandit In the Hands of the Law" "He Decides to Surrender & Give Himself Up To the State Authorities" with more. Included is a quite lengthy letter by him to the governor--taking a ... See More  

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Great report on the surrender of outlaw Frank James...

Item #648064

October 07, 1882


* Jesse James Gang

* Frank surrenders

Nearly half of the front page has much detail on the surrender of outlaw Frank James, headed: "BEHIND THE BARS" "Frank James an Inmate of the Jackson County Jail" "The Killing of Whicher, the Detective, in 1874, the Cause of His Incarceration" "Intense Excitement Manifested ... See More  

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