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JesseJames_FrankJames - THURSDAY, OCT. FltANK JAMISS. A Sketck of the...
THURSDAY, OCT. FltANK JAMISS. A Sketck of the Noted Unatlit's Career. KiDS>B City TliiicB, Oct.n. Frank James was born in Kcntuckpr in 1841; Jesse in Clay county, Missouri, in 1815. .Their father was tho Rev. Robert James, a prominent and eloquent Baptist minister, a pleasant and courteous gentleman, possessed of more education than was common with tlio ministers of his church in tho frontier days of 1843 in this state, when th« James family moved from Kentucky to Clay county. Ho was one of the (irst trustees of tho William Jewell college, located at Liberty, and though a resident of that vicinity only from 1848 to 1849, he has left a kindly ro- membrancc of liimself among tho old settlors. In tho latter named yoar he wont to California, .and there died iu 1851. Early in 1861 Frank James, then twenty years old, wont to tho war. His i'iicliir.ilion led him to .KUN QUANTIIELL'S BANO of guerrillas, in whicli he soon became noted for his daring and nuirilerous ferocity. Jesse, only 14 years old, sought .service .at the same time, but was rejected as too young. Uoturning home he became serviceable as a spy for tho guerrillas infesting Clay and adjoining counties. His step-father. Dr. Samuels, was a pronounced secessionist, and old Mrs. Samuels gave unbridled liconso to her tongue in tidvertisin^ her sympathy for the south. Tho family, thus making theiusclvos conspicuous, were marked for vengeance by tho union militia of tho state, who were stationed at Kearney and other towns in that locality. Some time in the early summer of 18C2 tho federals, in pursuance of their vow of vengeance against the Samuels was encountered anil abruptly told it was their design to li.an^ him. A ropo was, produced, and, conducting him a few tods from the house, ho was actually swung up without being given time even to expostulate. His wife, fearing danger, having soon the squad of soldiers meet her husband and go oir with him, followed, and reached tlie scene of tho hanging ust after tho federivls had turned from ilieir work, as a completed job, and cut him down. Ho was resuscitated with great dilliculty. Jesse James was threatened with hanging, but his youth saved him he escaping with many cuffs and blows at the hands of tlic soldiery. In.stead of being a lesson to tho-Samuels family and Jesse, after this visit they became more outspoken and daring in expression and act than before. An- otlier visit was paid them, but this time Dr. Samuels and Jesse were away from home. The foder.als, not to be outdone, conducted Mrs. S.amuels and her daughter Susie to town, from whence they were conveyed to St. Joseph, Mo. anil incarcerated in jail for several months. This .so enraged Jesse that he again sought QuantroU's band and implored to be admitted. He was ao ccpted, his brother Frank interceding for liim. A lIORlilBLE UECOUl). During tho war Frank James partior ipatcd in the Lawrence and Concordia massacres and all the infamous work done by QiiantreU's and Billy Auder son's gangs. After tho war ho commenced anew his life of a bandit, and the following notable crimes are charged against liim: 1868—Russellville, Ky., banlc robbery. Gallatin, Mo., bank robbery. 1870—Corydon, Iowa, bank robbery. 1872—Columbia, Ky., bank robbery. Kansas City fair grounds, rob- berjv St. Genevieve bank robbery. Rock Island train robbery. Gad's Hill train robbery. 1874—Muncie train robbery. 1875—Huntington, W. 'Va., bank robbery. 1876—Ottorvillo train robbery. Nortlifield bank robbery 1879- Glendale train robbery. 1881—Winston train robbery. 1881—Blue cut train robbery. SOCIAL KELATIONS Frank was a man of superior attainments. He left the Masonic collenro in Lexington, Mo., to join the Confederacy, carried tiway by a sentiment that dominated among tlio high toned young men of the south at the outbreak of tho rebellion. Jesse was not so accomplished, but he was bravo, manly and polished. Frank was married in 1875 to Miss Annie Ralston, whose ftvther resides in this county, eight miles from Kansas City. She is rej)uted to have been a beautiful and intelligent, but sentimental girl, who became, carried away by her romantic tomperamoiit with accounts of tlio James boys. Accident-. ally meeting witli Frank-, she fell in love witli him, and a clandestine raarriago followed. QUEER REl'OHTS, Within tho past few months all sorts of stories about tho wrath of Frank and his ])articipation in crimes all over the country have beoii in vogue. Great interest was manifested in the rumor that Gov. Crittenden had been making overtures to the notorious bandit with view to liis surrender. When, some months ago,' Annie Ralston suddenly appeared at her home in Independeneo, the8e -;rumors-llew thiot and fast; That .thoyjvero merely rumors isdcmonstrat- ed by the surprise of tho Kansas City yesterday at tho tidings of snrroiider.

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  1. The Belleville Telescope,
  2. 19 Oct 1882, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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