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 - JESSE JAMES. The Notorious Outlaw and Bandit...
JESSE JAMES. The Notorious Outlaw and Bandit Killed at St. Joseph, Mo. TUP. KILLINO IN DETAIt,. Biwc'al 10 KiinMs City .rounml. ST. Jo.st:pit, Mo., April 3,—Between and 9 o'clock thia morning .Tesse James, the Missouri outlaw, before whose record the deeds of FraDiavolo, Dick Turpin and Shi 11 terh am 1 es d wi t.i :.l .l.-i. •JllRrinsigDiQcHnce, w.ta killed by a li'iy 21 years old named llobt. Ford, nt his temporary residence on Thirteenth and Lafayette alreets, in this city. In the light of all moral reasoning the ahnnt ing was wholly unjustifiable, but the j.aw '.i»..Ymdi.cated,-and- the 150,000 re- wiird offered by the state for the body of the brigand dead or alive will doubtless go to the man who had the cour- ag«'to draw a revolver on the notorious Oittbiw when his back was turned, as in this case. There was little douot that the killing was tho result of a premeditated plan formed by Robert and Charles Ford several montlis tigo, Clmiles had been an accomjilJCB of •Jesse James since the 3d of last November, and enyrely jpossessed jus con^ 'Q(lence.7 Robert Ford, brother, joined Jesse near Mrs, Samuels (the mother ot the James boys) hist Friday week ago, and accompanied Jesse and Charles to this city Sunday, March 23. Jo98o, his wife and two children removed from K;U)sa3 City (where tliey had lived several nimitha until they feared their whereabouts would be sus- liected) to this city, arriving here Nov. 8, 1881, coming in a wagon and accompanied by Charles FonJ. They rented house on the corner of Lafayette and Twenly-firat streets, whe>'o the.y stayed two months, when they secured the house No. 1318 on Lafayette street, formerly, the property of Coimcilman Aylesbury, paying %\i a nionth for it and giving the name of THOMAS HOWAIi.D, The house is a one stovy cottage. Vainted white, witli green «huttera, and romantically situated on tlje brow of Itfty eminence cast of the city, com- mandinj» a flue view of th» principal portion of the city, river and railroads, and adapted by nature for the perilous and desperate calling of Jesse James. Jiiat e«st of the house is a deep, gulch- like ravine, and beyond that a broad expanse ot open country backed by a belt timber. The house, except from the west side, can be seen for several miles. There la a largo yard attached to the cottage, and a stable where Jesse had been keeping two horses, which were found there this morning. Charles aiidTlohert Ford have been occupying one of the rooms in the rear the' dwelling, and have secretly had au understanding to kill Jesse ever since laat fall. A short time ago, before Robert had joined James, the latter proposed to rob the bank at Platte City. He said the Rurgess murder trial would commence there to-day and his plan waa if they could get ajiother companion to take a view of the sitiia- tion and while the arguments were being heard iu the murder case, which would naturally engage the attention the citizeiLS, boldly execute one of his heard the shot, ahd droiiping her household duties ran into the front room. Site saw her hubbuiid lying extended on hia back, his slayers, each holding his revolver iu his hand, making for .the fence in the rear of the house, llobert had reached the inclos- ure, and was in the act of scaling it, when she stepped to the door, and calling to him: "Robert, you have done this, come back," Robert an- -swered^—-BWjBar-to-Go'J—I-didn't;" They then rgtitrned to where she stood. Mrs, James ran to the side of her husr band aud lifted up hia head. Life waa not yet exliuct, aud when she asked him if he was hurt, it seemed to her that h.e_w«nted to say something, htit could not. She tried TO WASH AWAY the blood that was coursing over his f.ice from the hole in his forehead, but it seemed to her that the blood would come faster than she could wipe it away, and in her hands JE.SSE JASIKS mv.D. Charley Ford explained to Mrs. James thtit "a pistol bad accident-sUy gone, off," "Yes," said Mrs. James, "I guess it went off on puipose." Mean- wliileCliarley had'gone"back'into tlie lumso and brouglit out two hats, and the two boys left the house. They went to the telegraph ofUce, sent a taea^ aage to Sheriff Timberlake, of Clay county; to Police Commiaakmer Craig, of Kmisas City, to Gov. Crittenden, and other ollicers, and then aurrehdeied thrmsi>lves to M >ar3hal Giaig. ^Vhetl tho Ford boya appeared at the poli(;e atation they, were told by an olliier that Marshal Craig arid apoisie of uillcers had gone in the dinctiou of the J.imea's residence, andtbey started after tliera and surrendered themselves. They accoispanied the ollieers to the bouse, and returned in custody of the police to the marshal's headtiuarters, where thoy were f uriuahed witli dinner and about 3 p. m. were'removed to the old circuit court room .where the inquest wus held in the presence of a large crowd. Mra. James ACCOMPANIED THE PFFIOEHS to the house, having previously left her, two children, aged 7 and 3 years, a hoy and a girl, at the house of a Mrs. Turrel, who had known the Jameses under the tissumed name of Howard ever since tliey had occupied the adjoining house. She was greatly affected by the tragedy, and the heartrending moans and expressions of grief were sorrowjPul evidence of the love she bore for the dead desperado. The report of the killing of the notorious outlaw spread like wildfire through the city, and as usual the report assumed every variety of form and color. Very few accredited the news, however, and simply laughed at the idea that Jesse James waa really the dead man. Nevertheless, the excitement ran high, aud wheu one confirming point succeeded-the-oUier, crowds of hundreds gathered at the undertaking establishment where Wy tho body. At tho city hall, at the court hoHse, and iu fact on every streel; corner, tho almost incredible news constituted tho sole topic of cenveraation, to the ex- olu.sioii of the barely less engrossiug topic of the coming election. Cinxmer TlfnUYina waa notiOod, and undertaker Sidoiifaden instructed to November 9, lived two months Twenty-first alrect; since then, where tny husband waa killed. Charlie Ford lived with ua. Last Sunday morning Robert came. These men were afraid to live at home. My husband told them they could atay with us. "I was married to Jessie eight years ago the 2-tlh ot April, at Kearney. Wo went to Texas and staid about fivo months, then returned to Kansas Cjfe "where we livedlil)0ut a year. We then went to NfLshville, where we lived until last March. I could tell where my hiisband has been when not with me, but 1 am not disposed to do so. We were married by \yva. James, ilethodist preacher ot K-.msas City. "Charlie and Robert were in the Blue Cut robbery, and robbed.a slage between Lexington and some springs," In answer to the <iuPStion, "Where Prwnk James?" she said, "I know, ljut slinn't tell." She said Jesse went Ntb.-aska recently to find a place live where he could go to faim'ng. SI'.e said he never went out witiiotit vnna, lie had two wouniis in his iireastand one in his leg, Henry Cfii'g, Serg't Chas. Ditsch, Ollicer Ni^ rixwTt~Siref iff . Tiinherlake atiiniick Li'ldil c:iin« up toniglit and tri»d secure the release of the two Fords. They were unsuccessful in thia, however. Gov. Crittenden will be here tlie morning, and the naen will undoubtedly be taken to Kansas City tomorrow. Numberless wild rumors have been afloat about the attempt of frtenda Jesse James to take the Fords from jafi, arid much uneasiness was felt there. Dick Liddit asked to stay in jail, where he could be of asaistance in case of trouble. Commissioner Craig, Ser geatit Ditsch and Otllcer.Nugent remained with the.body of Jesse at the uudertnkera during the night. Charlie Ford is a young man of gen- tcel-api>earanc«, dresseil in a neat gray coat and vest, black pants and stiff Iiat. Me inU black hair, large, cavernous brown eyes, and a prominent dimpled chin. Uob't Ford has blonde hair, blue eyes, aud la dressed in grey. THE JUIIY was empaneled aa follows: W, II Chouriing, J, W. Moore, Warren Samuels, Thomas Norria, Wm. Turner, Wm. H. George. The dead outlaw was fully identified by his mother and others who have known him. The jury returned the following VEiiniCT: "We tho juty^Uiul that the deceasej is Jease James, aod tliat he came his deotli bv a pistol shot iu the hsuds of Robert Ford." The two Ford brothers are confined in jail, charged with muril«r, under warrant sworn out by Mrs. James. They will not be interviewed, and the Bjieriff refuses admittance to all comers. 'rhe Fords live in R;iy counfy, near Richmond, where they were born and raised. Robert, who did the shooting, ia twenty-one years old and Charley twenty-four. The boys worked their father's farm until the apring 1880, when Robert went to Richmond to work in the store of an older brother. He left there in July last to en gage in the detective business at Kansas

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  1. The Belleville Telescope,
  2. 13 Apr 1882, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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