Jesse James

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JESSE JAMES SHOT DOWN. KILLED BY ONE OF HIS CONFEDERATES WHO CLAIMS TO BE A DETECTIVE. St. Joseph, Mo., April 8. A great sensa tion was created in this city tbIs morning by the announcement that Jesse James, the notorious bandit and train-robber, had been shot and killed here. The news spread with great rapidity, but most persons received it with doubts until investigation established the fact beyond question. Then the excitement became more intense, and crowds of people rushed to the quarter, of tbe city where the shooting had occurred, anxious to view the body of the dead outlaw and tb learn the particulars. In a small frame shanty in the south-east part of the city, on the hill, not far from the World's Hotel, Jesse James has lived With his wife since some time in November last. Robert and Charles Ford, two of his gang, have made their head-quarters at his house. Charles, it is said, has lived with him in the shanty ever since November: Robert arrived about 10 days ago, and the three have been making preparations for a raiding expedition on which they were to start tonight. James and the two Fords were in the front room together about 9 o'clock this morning. James took off his belt and laid his pistols on the bed, preparing to wash himself, when Robert Ford sprang up behind him and sent a bullet through his brain. The ball entered the back of bis head at the base of the right brain, coming out over the eye. Tbe Ford brothers at once made known what they had done and gave themselves up. They are now under guard at the. Court-house. The body of Jesse James was conveyed to an undertaker's, where it was prepared for burial and where a photograph was taken. James's wife has telegraphed to his mother the news of his death. A number of men have identified tbe body, and there is no question about it being that of Jesse James. A look at the body, while it was being photographed at the, undertaker's, showed that he was a fine-looking man, apparently 40 yearsj old, with broad forehead, and his physiognomy was that of an intelligent as well as a resolute and daring man. The house where James lived, and in which he was killed, has the appearance of an armory. A number of guns and pistols, inoluding a repeating rifle, a needle-gun and navr revolvers, with a good store of ammunition, were found there. Jesse was in the habit of wearing two belts, with a brace of very fine revolvers and SS extra cartridges. In a small stable near the house were discovered several fine horses, the property of James. The Ford brothers claim that they are detectives, and that they have been on James's tracks for a long time. It is believed that they were with James in the Blue Cut train robbery, and that they were influenced in killing him by the hope of getting the big reward which has been offered fur James, dead or alive, by the Governor and by the express and railroad companies. Kansas City, Mo., April 8. This afternoon, as soon as the news or the killing ot Jesse James was received here. Police Commissioner Craig started for St. Joseph with a heavily armed posse of men to guard James's body and give protection to the man who killed bim. At the Police station it was ascertained tbat Bob Ford, a young man who has been hanging about tbe station for several weeks, was the person who shot and killed Jesse James. Ford left this city about a week ago and joined James in the vicinity of St. Joseph, remaining with him until an opportunity to kill was found. From the Pelioe it is ascertained that Ford, who is believed to be a member of the gang, was nnder tbe control of Craig, and has been used as an instrument for James's destruction. Ford is a young man, about 82 years of age, and looks like a verdant youth from the country. In appearance he is a mere boy, and is the last person in the world to be taken as the slayer of the famous outlaw.

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 04 Apr 1882, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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