The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 28, 1955 · Page 19
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THURSDAY, APRIL M, 1996 BLTTHBYILLf (ARK.) COURIER NEWi PAGE NINETEEN OUR WARDING HOUSI — with M«|»r Ht«fU WA-MA/triAT^ IT HUH •'--*»»', * M688E THAT. AIN'T MO WILD OUT OUR WAY |y J. R. Williams IT'6 LIK6 THl«, JAKE / A FEW TREATMENTS Of NEW VlTAMirJ A COARSE, ROUSH *KIN TO THE £OFT,£MOOTH TEXTURE OF A SHEER rlYLONi ' W0MDEE MlTAWlM, THE HIDS OFA g£ TRANSFORMED TO JAKE TO P6R/AOT& IT/ WHY MOTHERS (SET ORA.V --Mf HOROSCOPE FORTbOAY . SAID, -Dorr PSOCRASTINATB TACKLE DiSMRECABLe PROBLEMS WTTHOUT OCUY/ TtXl'RE \ OH, I VVOULOMt SW OH, SAR4U, DEA*— [ WHT, . WHAT A siMptr J THANK YOU, ADORABLE irC JUNE' NECKLACE- , . SWEET! I OWIMS 1OU i COMPU' PUZZLE ANSWER: S/LENCEJ DEATH OF A LEGEND WILL HENRY THE STOttYi At the aft ot •- algal, JeiRe Jamei aaa alreudr ; embarked oa a life •* erlme. HU ''.], lr*( «tep wa» the kldnaptnK of an escaped ilnTe from the home •I m Kanmai abolltlonlat M ISM. -;' n •TT wae in February of ttie fifth spring following the boys' liberation ot Uncle Eben that the • first rocket from Fort Moultrie • ran up Into the southern night and exploded over Fort Sumter. The echo of Confederate cannon- fire released by its fiery signal . carried growlingly across the ."land, '•'• Frank James, coming a full 18 and no longer the mild-mannered "Buck" of the boyhood years, enlisted in the rebel Missouri ^.State Guard. Cole Younger, now 17 and a man grown, hesitated .between his loyal desire to join up and his bounden duty to stay at home and work the land. In the end he listened to his mother, staying on at the family farm near Harrisonville in C a s s County. Up at Centerville in Clay County, Dingus, now rising 14, ..underwent the same struggle but with less cause. The situation had not yet deteriorated to the "point of enlisting little better than 13-year-olds. Dr. Samuel was a quiet, well- educated medical doctor to whom Dingus looked with great respect. He was, in fact, the first real father the boy had known; his natural parent and his mother's .first husband, the Rev. Robert James, an ordained minister, had •abandoned his family to disappear in the California gold rush of '49. Three weeks after the Snuth's ' first smashing victory at Bull Run. Sterling Price and his Missouri Guard clashed at Wilson Creek with the flrst regular : Union troops to penetrate the area. Frank, a boot corporal in Price's irregular cavalry, distin- Iniished himself in the victorious action and was granted a 30-day furlough. On his return from Wilson 'Creek, Frank became the idol of his clansmen in general and of ' young Dingus in particular. Shortly, reports of the latter's boastful accounts of Frank's rebel exploits arrived in the Union town of Liberty. As promptly, the commander of the Union state militia garrison saw his duty. Within the hour his men were riding Before daylight of ;Aug. 15, Frank was considering .the freedoms of Confederate speech from within the, limestone walls of Liberty's Union lockup. Shortly before noon the garrison commander received telegraphed instructions from his area corps commander to the following unhappy effect: State Sen. ' Erasmus R. Cole, firstly a loyal blood-cousin of Jesse's mother and only secondly a lip-service Union man, had made, official protest to the arrest. The Senator personally guaranted the fu- 'ture loyalty of young James, and demanded his immediate release "on parole. ' Frank went free before the day was up. Some time during the week of ' Aug. 20, 1861, Frank slipped his 1 Union parole to vanish into the ; nameless ranks of Charley Quani trill's Confederate guerrillas. It became at once' inevitable that the 14-year-old Jesse would at: tempt to follow him. i THE favorite tale is that of the serious - minded, Bible - quoting Frank, prevailing upon his younger brother to return to the ' Samuel farm and "stay by his . faithful mother's side." The sim- • pie fact is that Quantrill himself laughed the baby-faced candidate ', out of the bandit camp, hastening his exit with • well-placed the pitched remnint of a Union Copyright 1954 by WiH Htnrjr. Used by orrangmieitt Random Houie, Inc. Distributed by NEA Sinice. While Cole had been stallint for him, the subject ot Bloody Blll'i •Btburst had jot put the picket*. mer, the guerrilla stage was set for Jesse's entrance. In that month the Jayhawkers, under "Shawnee" H a r k e r, Invaded Harrisonville, putting the town to the torch. Leveled among its ishes was old bolonel Younger's famed livery stable. Within 30 days the Colonel himself was found murdered upon a lonely road near Independence. On Nov. 14 Cole and Todd, with four other guerrillas, trapped Harker in a Kansas City saloon. The latter, with five of his men, was playing poker at a back table. Cole and his followers, disguised as Federal cavalrymen, entered the room at 11 p. m. Outside, his clumsy uniform coat turned high against the sting of the wet November snow, a pale- eyed, blinking boy held their nervous horses in instant readiness. Approaching the table. Cole waited politely u n ti I Harker glanced up, then asked quietly, "Excuse me, sir, are you Mr. Harker?" "I am," grunted the other. "Who might be asking?" "Cole Younger," replied the soft-voiced Union soldier, and whipped out two pistols, and shot the Red Leg leader dead in his chair. And Jesse James had held his horse! The following month a party of Federal militia, still on the trail of the vanished Cole, swept down on the Samuel place shortly before dusk. Angered at failing to find the wanted man in hiding there, they seized Dr. Samuel with the announced intention of jailing him as a Southern sympathizer. When the ex-Mrs. Robert James, n gaunt, fierce-eyed woman well fitted by harsh nature and training to be the mother of outlaws, sprang to his defense she was roughly handled. Dingus, literally weeping with rage, leaped at the jeering troopers. He was knocked down and, on the orders of the young lieutenant commanding the search party, held and flogged unmercifully. The rest is threadbare legend. The detachment at once departed, taking Dr. Samuel only far enough down the road to string him up to the nearest tree. Dingus and his mother, trailing them, cut him down in time and he survived to become the physician in constant, shadowy attendance to the future wounds of his savage stepsons. Fact or folktale, it could not have altered the result. With the mistreatment of his beloved mother, and with his own brutal flogging. Dingus James, like Cole Younger before him, had had enough. Within the year a more evil name began to be hea rd along the border: Jesse James! • • • IN rough-voiced council before cii\alr> dool, By Jui/ <* tb* I dog-lent sat If. "Bloo^ J from his ma|or part In the recent Confederate guerrilla sacking and burning of Lawrence. Kan. Flanking him squatted eight of his chief lieutenants. Confronting the uncertain tempers of this tough group stood an understandably awkward Cole Younger. "Here, now, my young bucko,** Anderson was growling at Cole, "you aiming to tell us you got a friend that's only just turned 16, what's fitten ,to ride with the likes of us? ,Wh,y, 1 ain't even decided to leave you join up yet, let alone no wet-nose friend of youm. What's his name now, Younger?" Cole toed^an errant ember back into the firebed, kept his head down. "Dingus James," he said at last, uncomfortably. "Dingus James!" Cole winced. A body would have thought, from the way Anderson roared it, mai tic t . been arrow-shot square through his broad behind. "I wouldn't let that flicker-eyed runt foller me. Why, Frank himself says he's crazy as a turpentined cat. That puny squirt couldn't get into no camp of mint? with a pass from General Price himself!" "Oh, couldn't he, now?" In startled response to the thin, high-pitched query, the eyes of the outlaw circle swept past Bloody Bill to the entrance of the tent behind him. Nobody, Anderson included, said a word. To a man they simply sat and stared. And with good reason. Somehow, while his friend Cole had been stalling for him, the despised subject of Bloody Bill's outburst had got past the guerrilla pickets and into their leader's tent. He was standing insolently now in its ragged entrance. At 16, Jesse stood not over five feet six, including the considerable uplift of his Union jackboots. He wore hickory homespun britches under a cavalry- issue overcoat. A black slouch hat, its brim riding his jug-handle cars, and the belled-on sag of an old revolver completed his attir*. OVERCOMING their original astonishment at the bey's being able to penetrate their midst undetected, the guerrillas, still heady over their successes at Lawrence, broke out in a coarse laugh. The laughter slopped. Bloody Bill heaved himself up off his haunches, moved in on Jesse. "You got a big mouth, boy. Lemme tell you a few things you shouldn't leave come out of it" He towered menacingly over the slender youth, a guerrilla giant threatening.a tender child Jesse cut him ofl^wlth an unqualified sneer, together with a quick blink of his blue eyes and some thin-lipped advice. "I don't scare, mister," be said,, "10 you rnay as well leavt off sweating the fabulous William 1 yourself." The effrontery paid ofl. Sovereigns address one another as "brother" to imply equality, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. , TIRED SHOES MEAN TIRED FEET! 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