Jesse James' exploits

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Jesse James Stories
Lawson, W. B.
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A DfALJrtG WITH THE-DETECTIOn Of CRIME Issued Weekly. By Suhscript il m 1 2 .Jo per y < a ,. E,./,,,-eti as Sec ot1d Cl a ss M at/"1 at the N. Y P o s t 0./fiu, 6 y STREET & S MITH, 238 WU/16 tn St., N. y_. E n l6r d a cC4.-tlinr t o Act of C'on,rre s s i n the ya,. rQll2 s n t ile Office tile L1l w a ,.ian o f Conpess, Washin r to n D C. No. 3 6 NEW YO R K Jan u a r y 11 1902. Price Five Cents. Jesse James' Exploits By W. B. LAWSON. CHAPTER CXCII. BEAR S A CHARMED LIFE." "Matte r s are l ooking ve r y b ad for yo u and us, Dayt o n. H e r e hav e w e bee n for o ver six m o n t hs, twenty m e n st ron g huntin g J 1 e s s e Jiames down surroundi n g him and having him in our very clut che s and ye t h e esc ap es e ve r y time. "It' s no u s e ; he b ea r s a charmed life, and h e'll ne v er b e tak e n b y mortal m an." I It wa s 1'.far shal B rownin g of L i e RoY Barto n C o un t y l\'Ii sso uri, who s p o k e His c o mpanion was the celebrated West e rn dete c tive, J im Dayton. The t w o were followed a t a short distan ce by s ix a s si s tants o f the mars hal. All w e re mounted on g oo d a n ima l s and well armed. They had been and w e r e at t h e tim e; hunting for Jess e Jame's \Yho had rob bed th e b a nk at Barto n th e day b e for e and th e n most my s teriou s l y di s appear e d W e've go t him pretty w ell cornered now ," r e pli e d th e deteotive. "The r e 's a poo chanc e o f hi s escaping u s a s we k now h e s cut off fro m the r est of the gang, a n d that F rank Jame s i s a pri s oner in t h e Stockton jail. "Are y ou qu i te sure that Frank is a pri soner?" "Certainly; I s aw him there myself the day before y e s terda y T hat's goo d n e ws, anyhow, s o let us push along after J e ss e H e 's somewher e in that for e st ov e r there, su re," p o inting to a l o w l ong chai n of tre es two miles a w ay. The y had ent e red the w ood, and were picking t h eir way care full y whe n the whole cavalcad e was brottght to a st a nd still b y t h e sudden appearanc e o f a stalwart and d a re-de v i l looking rider, about twent y y a rds ahead of th em. Throw up y our hands there !" came in stentorian t o nes fr'Om the s tranger, as h e held two revolvers l eveled at th e of the for emos t r id er s A m o v e ment w a s 1na de b y those in t h e r ear, when they h a d pa r t l y r e cov e r e d fr o m t h eir s ud d en su r p r i s e to th e ir s ix -s hoot e r s whi c h the lon e l y robber immedia t e l y n o tic e d "Move a h a nd yo u inf e rn a l cu r s, and I'll shatter the brain s o f bo th your l e a de rs. Thr ow up yo u r hands, e ve r y m ot h e r 's s o n o f you!" H e had sca rc e l y finis h e d th e la s t word wh e n one o f th e m at t h e ba c k l e v e l e d hi s r e v"Olver a t th e outla w and fir e d The bull e t jus t graz e d th e outlaw' s c h e ek T hi s fir s t s h o t w a s th e s i g nal for all t o empt y the ir pis tols at the daring man, who so calm l y fac e d t h em. \h/ hen th e s m o k e had clear e d away, it w a s s e e n that th e mars hal and the detective w e r e biting t h e grass ea c h with a bullet in his ch e st. With the war whoop o f a wild Comanche, th e dau ntl ess J esse advan ced ff ring on the remaining six, e x claim ing: "I'll te a ch you c u r s to m o nke y with J ess e J a m e s l


I 2 THE JESSE Jt\MES STORIES. The name acted like magic on the marshal's assistants. T h ey turned tail at once, and two more of them fell beneath the high1rn yrnan's deadl y aim before they got a way. Jesse James, for it was the celebra 1 ted outlaw himself, refrained from pursuing, and turned his attention to the wounded, whose h o rse s had fled in affrigh t. Th e n\arshal and the detective had their shoulderblades shattered, and were bereft of consciousness; the other two, however, were both dead. Walking up to the two wounded men, Jesse t ook a good look at them, relieved the m of their va lu ables and weapons, and the detective of a 11allet of papers, which the outlaw eagerly read. "So, m y fine buck, Dayton, we meet once again, and again you are the loser. "Let this be a l esson to you and all others to leave esse James alone in the future. "Ha! According to these papers, George Best has turned traitor, and Co l onel Lover has engaged you to fin d out w here his so n is. "Well, let rrie teil you that ;is so n is in my power, and will r emain so until the colonel pay s the ten thousand dollars I a..sked." As h e had been speaking, Jesse returned the papers h e had taken, and noticed that the detective was, recovering his 5\'.nses. He hastily pulled forth a large flask of brand v and gave b ot h m e n a drink, which quick l y strengthened them. He then cleverly stopped the heavy Aow of blood from the wounds. The men had soo n sufficiently r ecovered to be abl e to speak, and J esse started in to give them a few pointers. "I say, Dayton, as I know y o u are a private detective, I want to hear whether you are after-me for the reward on m y head, or \d1ether you have been employee! by any one else." ''I'm following you up for the sake of the reward," r eplied the detective. "You lie, curse you! Tell me who you are \Yorking for, or I'll put a bullet through your brain." As the detective did n o t want to let it be known that hi s principal object was the r e covery of Colonel Lover"s onl y soti a lad of fourteen, 11hom Jesse James had kidnapecl out of revenge and hidd en away, and as h e did not know, in hi s insensible state, thal the outlaw knew hi s b11s iness, h e made up his mind to deny it, and ans werecl: Yo u arc 1nong. J esse, l"m o nly working for you r capture, and I'll succeed yet." ''Bold words, my buck, espec iall y as you will be having a view of Hades in a few more minutes. " \Vhat D o mu mean to that you are goin g to k ill me in co!cl blood r "Why, of course I am. I hav e s 1yorn t o s h oot every detec tive who dares to trouble me or interfere with m y business. So jus t say your praye r s, for in five minutes both of you will have tasted a blue pill f1'om this medic ine chest touching one of hi s revol vers. Jus t as h e spoke, Jesse .s sharp ear had heard the tramp of many galloping steeds. Looking up, he beheld ab ou t a doze n well-armed hors e m e n hastily approaching. "Too many there for m e he exclaimed, and, springin g into hi s saddl e again, h e said: "You two may live. No. matte r what people may say about me, Jesse James never shoots a h e lpl ess man. "Tell those devils coming t h ere that if th ey are not out of thi s region in an hour, I'll make it very liv e ly for them. So long," and he galloped off. And non e t oo soo n for the new arrivals were only a c ouple of hundred yards away. CHAPTER CXCIII. A SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE. They saw Jesse"s flight, and haste n e d to overtake him. Jesse, however, had the fastest horse in Missouri. his famous racehorse and hurdle-flyer, Black Bess, and h e soon was out-distancing his pursuers. Still the majority of them followed o n 1 1 liilc t11 J"C main ed to attend the 1 1 01111ded m e n On, on, went Jesse, st ill in sight, flakes of foa m fal ling on the l eaves from his gallant mare, which h e rode s o well. After him in hot pursuit, and putting t heir st eeds to the uttermos t, came his followers, while now and again l some of them vrnuld send a rifl e-shot after the rid e r in front, eac h flying wide o f it s mark. Suddenly Jesse turned to the right of a clump of trees, and disappeared, as if into the bowels of the earth. In a couple of minutes his pursuers had gained the spot where he had so mysteri ous ly disappeared. Search was made o n every side. The tracks of hi s horse could be see n up to the clump of trees, which al so formed a thicket of low bushes. But here every sign of a t r ack had vanished. In vain did t h ey search for miles around. Nothing could be seen of the out la w or his horse. The y \\'ere s l o 1 vly and sadly returning whence they cam e, cursing their hard lu ck, and wondering at th e manner in which Jesse had so eas ily avoided their pur suit, when, bang! bang! bang! ra11.g out the tones of falling bullets from both sides of the road, while saddle after saddle was emptie

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES., 3 They had fall e n int o a t e rrible trap. N o t a soul co uld b e se en on whom th ey might retaliate. Nothin g but th e drear fo rest on ev e r y side, out o f which rain e d bullet s a s i f fir e d by the v e r y tre es Sh o t a fter s h o t was fired o n the helpless posse, a nd t h e r i de rl ess s t ee d s gallo p ed, frighte ne d away. Se v e n m e n la y bleeding to d e at h on th e crim so n-dy e d green and n o t a so ul had y e t b e en seen. The r e rnainin keep m e th e r e "As soon as I wa s fr ee I m a d e has t e this wa y and appar e ntly arrived in th e nick of tim e for y ou w er e havin a pre t ty close call Jess e." "Yes o l d man, yo u jus t cam e in tim e But h ow ab o u t th e boys; d i d y ou ge t a n y news of them? "Yes. I sa w th e Younge rs, Anders o n a n d Cummin g s They a re all willin g to follow yo u and. divide t h e haul, a s you pro p o se d a nd th e y w ill also brin g a few more of t h e o th e r b oys alo n g with th em." "That's ri g ht. The train i s to arrive a t Kansas City o n th e siXJte e n t h, so that will l e ave u s ten days clear t o p r e pare o urs elves and ba g a cool hundred th o u s and. I tell yo u w hat, Frank, I'm goi n g in for big licks n ow. N o m o re c o uple o f hundre d dollar robb e ries for me; I pl ay for big s takes o r n ot hin g a1: all." "I'm with you J esse, t o th e e nd." I know that, Fra nk o ld bo y Before, it wa s Jess e Jame s a g ainst Mi s souri ; b u t n ow, by heav e n, i t's J esse Jame s again s t ail en emie s ." TI1e n ex t m o rn i n g J e s se James emerge d fr o m the and started for Barto n w h e r e h e had s o m e b usin ess to tran sact. H e knew e v e r y inch o f th e countr y and mad e a crosscut for B a r t on. H e h a d n o t p rocee ded far b e for e h e n otice d an o th e r s o lit a ry r id e r c o min g toward him. A s the latter ap p roach ed, J ess e knew him to be th e t raitor member of his gang, Geor g e Best. A t l a st, y o u cur!" fie r ce l y muttered Jesse t o hims e lf. ' A t l a s t w e meet an d b y heav e n l '.JJ t ea c h y v u t o o n m e again."' \Vh e n t h e ne w co mer r eco gni ze d J e ss e r h e t urn er! a s i ckly gre en, but s till kep t on, nev e r for a moment t hi ni, in g that h i s c h ief had a n inkling of his treach e r y H ello Jesse!" h e excla im ed "jes t bin a-thin kin v. w'er e y o u kept yer s clf lately How air ytir gettin' on?" "Oh, I'm always all r ight; but where have yo u bee n the last w e ek o r two ?"


\ 4 THE JESSE JAMES STORJES. "Oh, I 1 \ ent on a spree in l\Jissouri, an' jest got over it, and am gettin' back to ther bo ys." ' Seen any detectives about lately?" "Nary a one, Jesse "Didn't you see Jim Dayt o n at all?" George Best winced perceptibly at the sudden que st ion, but answered, calmly: ''Never heerd o' him; vvho' s he?" "You lie, you sneaking hound i "Heaven strike me d ead this minit if I m not tellin yer the gospel truth, J esse "Then have your wish, you black-hearted traitor, and die. Jesse pulled out hi s revolver as h e spoke, and leveled it at the head of the unfortunate ruffian. The latt e r trembled so much that h e swayed in his saddle, as he sa 1\' the murd ero u s gleam in Jesse' s eye, and noticed that h e had drawn a bead on him. "For mercy' s sake, spa re me!" whined th e coward. ''I've bin true to you, J esse, I swear it by my soul!" "You lie you cowardly cur, you lie! There, take that, and--" As Jesse was about to fire, a shot rang out, and hi s revolv er went spinning ant of his hand. "Throw up your hand s at o nce, o r you are a dead man!" rang out, in clear stentorian tones from a voice but a few yards distant on the righ t. Quick as a flas h Je sse had snatched another revolver !ram his belt, and turned to th e spot whence the voice came. There stood a tall, stern-looking man pointing a r e v olve r at his h ead. It was the fir st tim\'. J esse James ha

THE JESSE JAMES to be making it hot for me to-day. n1 just l et them pass, and pay a visit to the place where they came from." Making a flank movement, he rode about thirty yards to the right of the road among some l ow bu s h es. He sprang quickl y from his mare, a:t the same time saying to her: "Down, Bess, 0Jd girl, down, and keep as quiet as you can!'' The intelligent beast immed iately obeyed the voice of i ts master by la ying itself down on it s side, and stretching i tself out a s if dead. The posse halted when it came to w h ere the t\vo men lay. 'Wh o has dQne this?" asked the sheriff. "Qui c k some o f yo n, see whether they are dead o r alive!'' ''Th ey are alive." In a few minutes the detective and Best returned to C011SC!Ol1S11ess. "How did yon meet with thi s a cc id ent?., queried t h e s h e riff 'Jesse James, of course," the detective r epl ied "I neyer thought that devi l would get the best of m e so easily as h e d icl. ., As the detective related how h e had captured and l ost Jesse James, l oud imprecations were heard on every s id e which th e concealed outlaw could plainly h ear. "Then h e can t b e fa r from h ere?'' sa id t h e s h eriff. '';\o; I suppo se he made tracks as he heard yo u com ing He can't be more than a fe\\ hundred Yards a head of ns." "Ah ead. yon say?" 'Yes, of course: t h at's t h e 1ray h e was going, and, should h e have c hanged his mind yo u would have see n him. "Th e n, after h im, lads! Don't let t h e brute escape us this time. Think of the revvard, boys!" "Yes, think o f the r ewa rd but r e m embe r me," mockingly excla im ed Jesse, as he \\atched t h e h o r se m e n disappear in the distance. "Cp, Bess! l ow for a lark at the expense of those fools CHAPTER CXCV. THE VERDELLA B.'INK ROBBERY. ] es se then set out fo r Verdella, whence the po sse had just c o me It was n ea rly one o'c lock a s h e r eached the s mall town, which contained one bank and seve ral produce and liquor stores. Jesse sprang from his h o r se in front o f the bank, and walked in. There were t wo c u stomers, the c a shier, and a young lad present; the rest had gone to lunch .. ''Is the manager in?" quietly questioned J ess e of the cas hi er, who was busy counting greenbacks. ''Yes, s ir: but he 's too busy; what do yo u want?" "I want to see him personall y on most important busi n ess, and I have no time to wait." The cashier gave ] esse a very s uspicious look, but the frank, blu e eyes of the outlaw seeme d to be a good recom men elation. "Step this way, then," he said, showing Jesse into the manager 's office, and then retiring. "What ca n I do for you, sir?" ask ed Skelton, the manager, as h e sat over so m e papers, which h e seemed to be studying, while Jesse n o tic ed that the door of the safe \ vas o p e n. "You can and will do a great deal fo r me. In the fi'rst place, liold np your hands. I'm Jesse Jam es." T h e manager turned deadly pale as h e heard the last words, and saw a r e Y o l ver l eveled at his head. He threw up hi s hands at o n ce "Nol\-," said Jesse it depends upon yo u whether you liv e o r die. One false mo ve, and I'll riddle you with bullets. How much m o ne y h ave yo u in that safe?" "About twelve thousand dollars." "Jus t the sum I want. Here, take that bag and put ali the m oney yo u 've got into it." The frightened manager obeye d h ow much ha s the cashier got?" "About four thousand dollars more." "Call him in, but r e m ember, o ne sig n of treachery, and you are a dead man." T h e manager was about to go to the door to call the cashier. whe n Jesse called out: '"Stop Have you no other means of calling him? Tell th e truth, o r by Heaven, it'll be the worse for you." "Yes, I have. By touching t hi s bell twice." \ i Vell, do so." A moment la te r t he cashier en terecl. "Throw up your hands at once!" The cas hier dicl n o t immediately o b ey, but made a side spring to the door "Throw up your h ands. o r I'll fire yo u cur!" exclaimed Jesse, angrily. T h e cashier took in the s ituati o n at o nce He saw that hi s Ii fc was at s take, but h e was a brave man. He threw up hi s hands, hOl \ever. "How muc h money have yo n got?" asked Jesse "I refuse to tell you .,' \i\fhat D o you know who I am?" I presume you are one of t he James boys.'' "I am Jesse James, and, by heaven, if you don't do as I tell you, I ll blow y our brains o ut.


6 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "You may do what you like but you cannot make me disloyal to the trust imposed in me. "You are a brave man. I like your nerve. I shall not harm you but you must submit to my tying you. "Do what you like; I am at your Jesse then made cashier and manager fast, took the bag of money, walked behind the counter, calmly emptied the drawers, while the clerk and boy looked wonderingly on. Turning to the clerk, Jesse said: "If you keep a still tongue in your head, I'll do you no harm; but, if you say a word, I'll kill you just the same as I have those other two." The clerk and boy were too fright ened to do or say an y thing. Jess e obtained about four thousand dollars more and then walked over to the liquor store in front of the bank. "Pour me out a glass of whi s ky, your best, and give me a bottle, besides!" he exclaimed to the boniface behind the bar. "Who are you, that you ask like that?" questioned the latter. ;'Jesse James, and for not being civil, hand me over those bills there, and that watch you've got, or I'll put daylight through You." The man did as he was told. Jesse thought there wa s no one pres ent, but he had made a mistake. TI1ere was a young man in the cellar, behind and un derneaith the bar. As soon as he h e ard the outlaw d e clare himself, ht hastened out through a ba c k way and gave the alarm. A dozen or more men were s o o n coll e cted to capture or kill the daring higlrnayman. In the meantime, the robber y of the bank had b e c o me known and the p eo ple were inc e nsed at being robbed in broad daylight. Black Bess, th e outlaws famous mare, so o n knew o f the approach of strange horse s and gave a peculiar whinny. Sh e acted so nervously that Jesse be came a iert a t onc e. As he rushed into the street he saw a large body of horsemen h astening in hi s direction. HC' recu gnized the danger, and in a few bounds, had reach-cl h is mare. T h e pos s e saw him, and comm e n c e d firing at him. T h e ir \Veap o ns w e r e p o or, and the y them se l v es po o r shots. Jesse returne d the fire and o ne of his opponen ts fell a-t the first shot. He emptied the c onte n t s of two revolvers at them, and then dashed away, without wai ting to s ee what damage he had do n e Two had been killed and four wounded. In a few minutes Jesse saw that he was being pursued on horseback by four men. He hastened on to gain a forest, which he saw in front of him, hotly pursued by the others. And they were gaining on him, for his mare was getting very tired, and she had not eaten anything for two days. They were about three hundred yards behind him. A bullet came whizzing past his head. "Confound it!" he exclaimed, "they' ve got a good shot among them this time Again a bullet flew pasit him, almost touching his shoulder. By this time he had reached a den s e part of the forest. Springing from Black Bess, he again told her to iie down, which she did. He awaited the approach of the four. Suddenly his revolver rang out three times, and he saw one rider fall. what was his sur,prise to hear shots from the rear, and s e e two more fall, while the fourth galloped away. with a wild coyote yell, a horseman made his a;>pear ance. In a moment Jesse had recognized him. lt was Bob Younger. CHAPTER cxcvr. F O R A H U NDR E D THOUSAND DOLLARS. Jesse and Frank James three Younge rs, Bill Anderson, Gt.'Orge Clayton, Abe Cunningham and Fletch Taylor arc a sse mbled in Jes se James' cave. Jess e Jam es as captain, is the spok es man. ;;\i\Tcll, pards Cole Younger has already told you why w e re here to-night. night, at twenty past eight, th e No. 4 e x pre s s will arrive at Carthage on its way from Kans as City. I hav e r e ceived information that there w ill b e one hundred thon s ancl dollars on board Boy s, that b oodle mus t b e ours. All our plan s are prepared. Col e Younge r and my brother leave here to-night so as to come with the train, and see that all is right inside, while w e do the outside. \Vhat s a y you, pards ?" "Hurrah for Jesse Jame s!" cry out half-a-doz e n voices. "The express mu s t b e s topped at Jasper, where we will l i e in w a it. Bill Anders on and I will loo k out for th e guards and det e ctives. Bob and John Younger will see to the engine e r and fireman. Clayton and Cunningham will lie lo w to prev ent outside interference. The others will be prepared to assist me whenever they get a chance. Are you all agreed ? " All agreed!" they r e spond "'\.\Tell. now take a pull at the bottle all around, and then disband, to meet at Jasper at eight o'clock."


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. Shortly afterward all retired except the Youngers and J ai11es brothers. "Bob," said J eSse, "I've had no time to thank y ou for your opportune arrival the other day How did you come to be there just in the nick of time? . '" \i\lhen y ou told us to scatter, I made tracks north, but found there were too many out for us, so I turned west again, and had. been working through the woods when I heard shots. I saw you being chased, -so I jus t put in my say, and dropped a few of the jays. Devilish glad I was to see you, too. Four days later Express No. 4 l e ft Kansas City. There were, be s ides the ordinary officials, ten pa sse ngers on board. Of these, six were railroad detective s Of the other four, two were bank offitjals, in charge of the load of dollars on board which the y were taking to a large sy ndicate firm that had been buying up thousands o f acres in Western Missouri. Of the other two, one appeared to be a Roman Catholic priest, and the ot h e r a rough old woman. One of the detectives was Colonel Saunderson, the noted U nion Pacific Railroad det e ctive. He had notic e d the old woman and seemed somewhat curious about her. He sat dO\Yn besi de h e r and began a conversation: ''Excu se me, madam bu t do you b e long anywh ere abont Carthage, the stat i o n where we s top?" G ue ss n ot, old un. My home"s a few miles t'o thcr side Ca rthage. Got a c hew?" "Certainly madam ; do you chew?" ''.\ V'at d'ye take a pursin fur w'at can't chew 111 thi s part o' ther world ?'' 'No offense, madam; h ere yo u are .. T he old woman h e lp ed herself lib e r ally, and b ega n che\Ying and expectorating .in a mann e r that even aston i shed the ex p e ri e nc e d detective. I presume you are pre tt y wdl kn ow n abou t th ese part;;. .. "Know every durned st i ck, and every clurn e d clog knows Mother J o ne s." "Indeed, Mrs. Jones. Then yo u must h ave h eard of the James brother s "Beere! o' 'em? D 'ye think I'm deef ?" Here th e old woman rai se d her voi ce t() a hi g h pitch, grew extremely excited. "Th e durned c urs and thie v iri' rascal s has kiilecl my on'y so n ; but wait, l'li get even wi' 'em." ''Then you have g ood reason to be bitter against them." "Bitter, d 'ye say, old 'un? I g ues s I'm cl urn ed bitter. If I heel my own way, I 'd tie the hull gang t e r a fr ee b y tlier hair o tl1er heels, and s lit ther throats .ride open. The old woman grew so' ugl y while speaking that the aetective shrank from her, horrified a t such malignant f e rocity in a woman. She had convinced him of her int e nse hatred for the gang, however and that seeme d to be th e principal thing s he desired. Her vindictive and l o ud speaking had attracted the at tention of three other detectives, who finally approached her. "Do yo u know anything a.bout the ir whereabouts ?" th e colonel further. "Yes I do. They' re hidin' up near B a rton, ai1', if ten good men wanted ter catch 'em, I'd make one ter show ther way." "You don 'ti 1nean to s a y you know where the y actually arc?" "D'ye think I'm a liar ? Di d n 't I jest tell y er I knew w'ere th ey was? Ef ye think ye r know better'n me, w'at d 'ye ask me fur?" The detective tried to pa:cify the woman, but illy ceedecl, for she grew very cons e rvative, and drew into a corn er, \vith a heav y frown on her sun-tanned face "Come, madam excu se me if I appeared doubtful of your ability, but the news seemed too good to be true. If you will do what yo u have ju. s t stated', I'll soon get ten or twenty men good and true, to follow you, and, be sides, y ou will be enriched to the extent of many thou s ands of dollars." "I don t want no money; I want r e venge fur my boy w'at th ey murdered, an' I'll git it ef I has ter go myself." "And I'll help you to get it, madam, said t'he colonel. "Yer w ill, s ure ? '' "Yes, certainly I sh all." "Then s hake ." They s h oo k hands heartily. 'B ut ,iv'et e ye goin' ter git ther men ter foHer me?" she asked. \.Yell, all these men present are bold detectives, only too anxious to m eet the cowardly James es,"he returned, pointing to the o ther detectives "Air them aJ! fren 's er yourn ?" "Of course they are." "The n shake, boys; I'll lead yo u ter them." They all sho o k hands with the eccentric old female "Now, boys, I wants ye r ter pledge me that ye'll all st ick ter me, and help me catch them Jameses. '"Oh. we'll stick to you, old lady, all right .. In the meantime s h e h ad puilecl a lar g e l e ather-covered flas k ou t o f a bag s h e he ld. ''Lad ies first, gents !"' and s h e put it to her lips, and apparently took a good draught. The. detectives desired to keep her in good humor, s o ea c h o f them t ook a good stiff clrink. The train was now nearing Jaspe r.


TliE JESSE JAMES STORIES. A fe" m o ments after the men had partaken of the liquid they 11e1 e ro ; ling o n the floor in dreadful agony. 'Treachery, by Heaven!'' ex claimed the other detect ives _i umpin g UJ) and reaching for their revolvers. T11e priest ha d als o sprnng to his feet and with the ra p idity of electricity had fired two pistol-shots, bringing clown two men. The old woman also began firing away. Shots were interchanged on Loth sides. CHAPTER CXCVJI. THE HOLD-UP. In Jess time than it takes to write it, these two, the priest and the woman, had overpowered the detectives. The shots had attracted none of the guards; perhaps the noise of traveling had deadened the sound s of the firing. "Cole, you re a dandy; you played your part well," claimed the one in priestly garb. "Yes, Frank, we couldn't have done better. And Frank James and Cole Younger at once set about firmly binding all the detectives. Meanwhile the train had stopped A moment later Jesse James and Bill Anderson, re yolvers in hands, entered the train, closely fol\O\" ed by several other outlaws. The erngineer and frreman had b e en held up. "Hello, Jesse!" exclaimed Frank. "\V e've done up these curs." "All right; follow me into the next car." Four of them rushed into the other car, where the money lay. There were six men here. "Throw up your hands!" sang out Jesse. For a reply the two bank officials blazed away at the leader. One of the bullets missed Jesse and struck Anderson on the jaw, making a hole in his left cheek. Bang! bang! rang out shot after shot The guards' were plucky men. and kept up a steady fire, and a regular tornado of whizzing bullets ensued. Frank James sho t one of the guards through the head. Jesse sent three builets through an o ther but h e still continued to fire It was a bitter fight. The car light s Wl're out and tl:e sr:, oke s; ctarken{'G the car that no l'ne covlc1 see dearly. Shots were fired at random on both sides. Cole Younger brought down one of the bank officials. Pt:tting his head through the window, Jess e sang out: "Bring a couple o f lanterns here, some of you." A moment later Cunningham came 111 wjth two lan tern s One of the guards fired a shot at him as he entered the doorwa y and he fell with a bullet in his right thigh. Jesse took up the lights with a curse, and felt several bullets whistle around him. By the aid of the lanterns the guards could be seen and a volley was fi'red at them. Two of them fell with a groan. The last one threw up his hands. But Bill Anderson was so infuriated at receiving his wound that he shot him clown in cold blood. Jesse then hastened to the safe. There was no key. "Quick, Cole and Frank, search them for the key," roared out Jesse. No key was forthcoming that would fit the safe. "Hang it!'' yelled J es sc. "\\There's the dynamite?" "There you are. Jesse," replied one. It did not take them long to blow open the safe. A large cash box was insi de, also locked. \Vi t h a few blows of an ax they opened it, and w ent almost craz y as their eyes fell on heaps of gold and greenback .s. Jess e put them all into a sack. Look sharp, boys," said he "there must be some more money about." A s earch was made, and four thousand dollars more discovered. While they were busy relieving the v.rounded of all their valuables one of the outlaws \vho had been keeping watch outside rushed up exclaiming: Quick, boys, git fer ycr lives! Herc's a hull posse down on us." "Where ?" asked Jesse. ;;; "Just a few hundred yards away." "How many? "Ab-Out fifty, all on horseback." Indeed, the tramp of many horses could be distinctly heard already. "Get to Y?ur horses, all of you," called out Jesse. In a few minut ,es they were all mounted, ga.lloping quickl y hotly pursued by the posse, which had noticed their retreat, and had begun firing. With wild yells of defiance the' returned the s hots, though the night \1as. too dark for them to take correct aim. However, a volley fired by the posse did enough to kill a horse belonging to Frank James and lame one of Bob Younger's. They mounted behind two other men, and sped on. '''\Ne are too many ,' said Jesse, "to keep together, so


THE JESSE. JAMES 9 let us Meet me to-morrow night at the cave, where we will divide." "AU right, Jesse," they all replied as they galloped avvay i11 various directions, the darkness aiding them in baffling their pnrsners. In vam did the posse continue their search after the bold train robbers throughout that night a:nd the next day. The James boys and their followers had made their names to ring out through the whole civilized world. Never before haci such a daring robbery taken place. Never before had train robbers gained so much wealth by doing so little. The James gang was enriched by mo re than one hun dred thousand dollars in one hour. CHAPTER CXCVIII. THE MYSTBRIOUS PEDDLER. The news of the great train robbery had attracted widespread attention, and several posses and detectives were scouring the country in search of any members of the gang. The majority of the latter had taken themselves into there to spend their ill-gotten gains in all k i nds of debauchery. The Younger brothers were in the Cherokee country. Frank James had gone to F ri sc o. Jesse made up his mind to pay his mother's home a visit, with whom his wiie also liv ed. Knowing that a Jarg-e number of aut110rities were out after him, he it neces:;ary to assume a disguise, and a f ew days later he had arrived at the lonely farmhouse on the hiil occupied by his mother. They did not know him as he approached the hous e, and hi.s tall, bony mother grasped a rifle suspiciously as she saw the s upposed stranger ride boldly up to the house. J esse laughed, amused at his mother's caution. ''.\Vhat, mother, do you not know me?" h e merrily ex claimed. A joyful exclamation burst from Mrs. Samuels' lips as she recognized the voice of her son, and they were soon locked in each other's a:rms. Bad and unscrupnlous as the James brothers were as m1tlaws, as sons tj1ey were tender apd affectionate. "\.\There is Po!ly, mother?" ''She jest went inter the barn, Jesse, my boy. She 'll be here in a minit. She had scarcely finished when his wife entered and flew to the airms of her robber-husband. Indeed, one saw the mutual love that existed in this fam"ily, nobody would believe that this was a den of ruthless murderers and highwaymen, and that t h e occupants were ever on the watch against surprises by spies, posses, or detectives. How could yon return here at this time, Jesse? asked his wife. Why, P o lly? "The \\ hole country ts fhick \\ith s uspi cious-looking men. Only yesterda.y three were h ere. and I am sure they we-re detectives." ''vV'hy didn't you shoot them, then?" ''How could I, when they did nothing to us, and I had no proof as to my suspicions? There comes a stranger, just this very moment. Sure enough, a strange-looking individual was apprnaching the h o use on an aged and w eary-looking beast. In front and behind him were parcels, which indicated that he was a peddler. It by no means uncommon to see solitary ped dlers on hors e back in those parts of the country, but the words oi his wife had made Jesse suspicious. He feit saie in his disguise, but he wanted no spies ahout. As the peddler neared the door, Jesse met him. "vVho are you, and what do you want?'' he asker.l, sterniy, of the tmcouth-lookir:ig. reel-beard ed 'stranger, who ap p ea red frightened at the rough greeting he had received. ''Ach Gott, boss, I t!oesn"t vant noddings much, but mine horse ish very veak, und mine in sides is h very em

f O THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. one at a g la n ce that he could be n o of the Jameses, and yet 1 \.'frs. Samuels callec.1 him son. He recognized Jesse at once, bu1: imbued by long trammg with caution, h e saluted him as a stranger on noticing th e p eddler. "Vell, m y preddy poy, can 1 d o noclcling s for you;" asked the latter. "I got som'e very fine dings for poys so prave uncl handsome as you .. He herewith pulled out several penknives, dagge rs, pi stols, and revolvers. All present seemed pl eased with the s how. 'Anything you would like there, George?" asked Jesse of the lad. "Yes, I woulcln 't mind hav in g one oi those dagge r s, and a couple of revolvers." "We11, wh y don't you help yourse lf? The boy didn' t require a second hint. Dexterously snatching two dagge r s and t\rn revolv ers out of the cases, he bounded out of the house with them. The German's eyes filled with consternation and so rrow, while the others seemed to e nj oy the t hef t as a huge joke. "Mine Gott, mine Gott!" exclaimed the peddler, piteously, "I vas von proken-hearted Deutche r ven no gomes mit mine valuables.back. Ach Gott, mine Herr, call him back, call him back; he has me mined." "Oh, shut up, you blubbering old i ool of a double Dutchman. Do you think we can aff ord to feed yo u and your hors e for nothing? lfow mnch does it all come to?" "Ach, mine Herr, dose . \Vhere are those things you took fr o m Dutchy, George?" .. Here, Jesse." "Hanel them back t o him. The boy obeyed. "Now Saurkraut, name your own price.''" .. For you, Mister J e ssc, only twendy-five dollar." you said thirty at fir s t. Here they are.


' THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 1 1 "Now, George, take those things!" The boy was overjoyed to receive them back. The peddler added a highly-ornamented jackkniie. Later on the peddler was seen wandering a' botit aimlessly around .. the farm until he met George. During t he time that he was conversing with the boy M rs. Samuels approached without being noticed by either. It seemed to her very suspicious that this peddler should be questioning the boy so much, and she determined to find out more about him. As he was about to proceed on his journey, his mother begged Jesse to keep him over night, vrhich he did. When they were about to retire for the night Jesse asked his mother to brew them a punch. It was brought a little lat er. :Mrs. Samuels very dexterously slipped a small powder into the glass of the peddler without being seen. He soon grew weary and his brain heavy, and he then knew that he had been drngged. In vain he thought of some plan to save himself. His thoughts were too powerless tG carry out any plan to defeat the effects of the powerful soporific. \Vildly ;ind valiantly he struggled against the overwhelming in fluence o f the drug. He saw that he was being narrowly watched by Mrs. Samuels. However, this did not prevent him from secreting sev eral important documents about his person. So on after that he grew dizzy and remembered no more, going off while sitting at the table supping his whi8ky. "Hello!" cried Jes se, '\v}:at the deuce is the matter with him? He looks as if he had been drugged! Did any of you dose him?" "Yes, Jesse, I did," replied his mother. "What did you do that ior ? "Because I saw him speaking too much with George, and heard him askin' too many questions about matters which he seemed to knO\v too much of already "What! is that true?" "Certainly it is. Just wait till the drug takes proper effect, and then we'll search him, for I'm not satisfied. I believe he is a detective." "If he is, he dies! I want no false spies about h e re. whether they re after me or the youngster." \Vith that he stepped over to where the peddler lay sleeping and began a thorough search of his pockets. He found nothing, however, that would show that the man was other than what he represented himself to be. Mrs. Samuels also helped in the search. Her sharp eyes noticed a piece of wire at the back of the neck, and she at once divined the truth." "Ah, I thought so," she exclaimed. "What is it?" asked Jesse. "See here!" and she pulled off a wig and beard from the peddler's head and face .. "Jim Dalton!" fairly shrieked the outlaw, as he recog nized the countenance of the famous detective. "He shall die!" "No, wait, Jesse, until he recovers from the effects of the drug, and then you can question him first and shoot him af t ervvard. 'vVe'll :ie him so fast that it will be ut' terly impossible ior him to escape." Jes se was wild with rage at being duped so easily, and his swearing and cursing were horrible. He, however. followed his moti1er's advice, and made the clete cti ve fast and then retired. No sooner had he gone to bed than an old negro ,, ornan, who had been watching the whole scene, and was employed about the place, entered, released the detective an d gave him a close which acted like magic, for in a few minutes he was himself again. "Hush, Dayton. I'se saved yer; g>vine away at once, ma ssa, or dey kill yer 'morrow mornin'. Yer once sa bed my chile, I now sabed you; gwine way, quick!" Dayton 'did as he was bid, and soon disappeared in the darkness, for he knew, as he had been recognized, it would be death to remain. Before going, he questioned the old woman about the b o y, but she could give him no information o n that point. "Well, I'll have to find that boy under some other disguise. I believe George is the colonel's son, right enough. Get him I shall and must. Look to yourself, Jesse James. Jim Dalton always wins in the long nm!" CHAPTER CC. JESSE JAMES CORNERED. "'vVhat a chance to catch Jesse James, now!" said De tective Jim Dayton to himself, as he wandered along in the darkness. "By George! That "\ras a narrow escape Jim. "I thonght that letter which I forged would enable me to gain Jesse's confidence, and thereby obtain some in formation of the boy. "How I wis h I coulcl 1T'ect so me one n:J\ V say a couple of detectives-how eas ily we could eaten Jes se '"I've half a mind to go back and try my s elf. '"But no, it would be us e less, "Those women are a s had as he is, arld just as fero cious. Dayton !1ad been working his way over the h ill toward


12 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. Kearney, min us his horse, for he knew not where Jesse had put him, nqr whether any other members oft-he gang "ere about the farm. The night was dark and gioomy, and not a light in !iigliit. He had just reached the edge of a small clump of trees when he suddenly felt a sack thrown over his head, and he was heavily brought to the earth. A moment later he felt the well-known snap oi the around his wrists. He was a prisoner. "We' ve bagged one of them," said a voice. Dayton tried to speak, but the sack prevented him. By the voices he opined that he was in the power of three men. vVhether they were highwaymen o r detectives who had captured him in mistake he wa s a s y e t una ble to discover. Evidently, they were determined to take no chances with him, for they secured his fee t as well as his hands. Then they removed the sack fro m the head of the halfsmothered Dayton. As soon as his dazzled eyes p ermitted, he saw with a feeling of r.elicf that he was in tl1e hands of three de tectives. "Well, if you are not a set of fools, I don't know who is," he laughingly remarked. "Take off these irons, Boynton; don't you know me? v\lhy, man, I'm Jim Dayton." ''So it is. Jumping Josc:p h I thought w e had one oi the Jameses. Rciease him, b?ys, it's Jim Dayton, the cleverest detective, South or West." vVhen !1e was again free Jim told them of his plan to. capture Jesse James. and askeci them ii they were willing to assist him. "You bet!" was the characteristic reply. "Well, then, let us turn back at once," said Jim . "As I know the run of the place better than you do, I'll take the lead. Look to your shooters and sneak after me like a snake after a frog." "All right, Dayton, go ahead, we 'll folio\'."' Not even the bark of a dog nor the croak of a neighboring frog distnrbed the gloom of the opaque and s i' lent night as these.four men softly neared the house with revolvers ready for immediate action. Dayton tried the door through which lie had taken his exit, but found it locked. The windows were also fasteneu irom the inside. "What shall we do now?" he asked. "vVe'll have to burst in the door somehow," replied Boynton. "I think we had better lie in wait till the ;norning, and when Jesse comes out some of us cover him while t h e others put the bracelets around his wrists," remarked Fitzgerald, the elder of the three new arrivals. Yes, I favor that plan, too," said Cawley, the third d e tective. "Throw up your hands, you 'sneaking curs!" rang out in stentorian tones from several places at once. The four detective s were s o startled that for the mom e nt they lo s t their it s. ''Throw up your hands at once, or every one of you dies! a rough voice again sang out. Dayton was the first to gain his pre s ence of mind. "Don't give in, boys; sell your liYes as dearly as you can, for it means death by torture to be caught now." "Right you Dayton," th e y responded, "it's fight or die." They blazed away in the direction whence the voices had come, while they themse lves fell on t h e earth for sh e lter. A perfect shower of bullets an s \\'ered their opening fire. In a moment a light wa s made in the farmhouse, the door was opene d, and Jess e Jam es made his appearance completely in armor, even to the paint-pot helmet on his h ead. The detectives fired several shots at him at once and were astounded to see him walk calmly into the house again, and a mo111ent later appear with a large lantern. "Look out, Jesse!" called a voice to him, "there's a crowd of detectives about the house. "How many of the boys with you, Cummings?" coolly q uestionecl Jesse. "About a dozen, and--" Before the man could finish a bullet from Dayton's re volver had struck him in the neck, and he fell, seriously, though not mortally, wounded. He was Jim Cummings, Jesse Jam es' noted lieutenant. Over a dozen shots replied to Dayton' s, and Fitzgerald with a bullet through his brain. Forward came Jesse, while the three detectives kept up an incessant but harmless shower of bullets upon him. !Boys, get out of this any way you can," whispered Dayfon to his brother detectives. They made a rush for some trees that were near at hand. In doing s o the glare oi Jess e s lantern revealed the fugitives and a volley followed them. Boynton was struck by three buliets and fell dead without a. word. Dayton had now divined that Jesse was clad in his curious He fired low for Jesse' s legs, and had the satisfaction of hearing a wild yell from the outlaw, for he had been struck in the calf of : he left leg. This did iwt deter him,


THE JESSE JAMES S T ORIES h oweve r fro m follo w i n g t h e flee ing d etect i ves and fir ing afte r th e m a s h e w ent. A bull e t g ra ze d Dayton' s face, and a seco nd t o re part o f th e fles h fr o m his should er. A noth e r v olley c a m e fro m th e ou tlaws, and Cawl eY, f ell, sho t in th e g roin H ea v e n s I'm d o n e for! h e e xclaim e d Run, Day t o n run, and give m y lov e t o m y wift?. Goo d-b y GiYe my--" H e r e h e b e cam e ll!Kon sc iou s. D ayto n cease d fir ing and manage d to g e t awa y int o t'h e b ush He f e lt h im self grow i n g w eak. He clim bed a n ea r by tree and see m e d him se l i to t w o b ra n c h es 1\o t a m o m ent t o o s oo n for J esse and f our o th e r s s o o n p asse d by in h o t purs uit o f him. "How m a n y hav e we kill e d?" h e h eard J esse as k '"T h ree:" "Is Day to n am o n g t h e m?., '"No." .. Then we mu s t get h im! A t ho u sand d ollan t o the m a n ,, .. h o brin gs h i m t o m e de a d or a liv e CHAPTER C CI. F O ILED AGAIN D a y to n des cend e d t h e tree and m at l e all p oss ibl e has t e towa r d K ea rn ey w hich h e r e a c h ed th e n ext da y i n safety J esse an d his foll o w e r s hu n t e d for h im for a co u p l e o f h o ur s l o n ge r and t h e n g a ve up t h e sea r c h J esse was in a t e rribl e rage. \ 'vVoe b etide the d e t e ctive that c ro sses m y p a th a g a i n. No t a minut e's grace will he get. 1 '11 s hoo t eve r y o n e o f th e m d o wn lik e wild w o lves on fir s t s ight. What has be ;:om e o f Ji m C nrnmin gs ?" They so u g h t a bout until t h ey found h im uncon scio us we lt e rin g in hi s bl ood. He was t a k e n imide the farmh o u se a n d ca r ed for by ;\[rs Samue l s S h e p osse s se d con s iderabl e exp e ri e nc e and skill in th e t r e atin g of t h e w o u nded, and in a f ew da y s Cummings r e c ove r ed. "How did you fellows h appe n to be here t onight ?" questi o n e d J e s s e, w h en t h ey were seated drinki n g a b ottle of whisky. "It h appe n ed that we fou n d ourse l v e s at Cra ig's, near Kearn ey, clay 'for e y e s terday, a n J im Cummings r ecog niz e d a c o up l e o d e tective s "He s et us o n t e r wa t c h e m an' we t r ai l e d em in thi s direction "Jim followed us up. '' W e lost s i g ht o l hc r d e t ectives in t h e r dark, and Jim t o ld u s te r m a k e f ur th e r farm, wh ic h w e did w e n we found 'e m trying te r git in. " Y e s ; but I'd lik e to know h o w t ha t s n e akin g Dayto n g o t l o ose s aid J e s se t "The r e's be e n foul p l ay so m ewhe re, a n d w oe t o t h e m t h at hel p e d him w h en I find th e m out. .. We mu s tn"t s t o p her e an y l o n ger. T hat Day t o n 'll have th e whole c o untry a fte r u s in v e r y s h ort order. .. Y e r b et we w ill git aw ay fro m h e re a s qui c k a s w e k en. 'vVe" r e bound fur th e r Indi an Terr itor y at onct. B pt whar air yo u ago in ', J esse?., I d o n t kn o w y et. H ea rd an ything fro m Jasper?., 'Yes, th ey' re jest fire-hot m ad, e v e r y man, w o man, ancl c hild o 'e m " H a, h a l a ugh e d J esse, n o w o nd er; do n t bla m e 'e m a bit. Think l"ll pay e m a vis i t soon." "'vV'at ? Ye r ai n t m ad eno u g h t e r d o t h at. J esse, s ur e ? Y e r 'll b e surrou nd e d b y hun dreds at on c e an' n o m a r cy give n yer. I t ell ye r ." '"D o n t ca re; l m goin to Jas p e F .'' 'The n w e'll go al o n g w i' yer. "No yo u w o n't; t o o man y c oo k s s p o i l th e bro t h. I m going in disgu i se, a nd am far s af e r al o n e Y o u g o yo u r \ v a y and I 'll g o mine. "'vVhe n I hav e an ything m o r e for y o u to do I 'll l e t y o u all kn o w ., All rig ht J esse. Goo d-by old man a n take g o o d care o' ye r se li." W hen th ey had p a r te d J esse m o u n ted his Blac k H ess a n d s t a rt ed for Jas p e r d isgui sed a s a Mexica n cowboy. H e had p rocee d e d ab out six mil e s w h en he n oticed four rid e r s arme

.. THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. ''Guess so." ' \Vall hy::ir' s a couple o' dollars fnr ye r news, strange r. \,\ihar did yer say yer met Jesse James?" "This side o Kearney, boss, and thank yer fur yer kindpess, '' s aid J csse, as he took th e two dollars extended to h im. He noticed that the sheriff had a couple of hundred dolla'l;s left "Got a n y more dollars to spare, boss?'' asked Jesse, in a most impudent manner. The s heriff could sca rce ly believ e his own ears. He was clumioundecl "Confound your impudence," he exclaim e d, angrily. "Give me back those '!-vvo dollars fur yer cheek." "No, I won't!" yelled Jesse "Hand over the rest you've got, Sheriff Courtney, from Liberty, or I 'll send you and the res t to death in a minute!" thundered Jesse, a s he l eve led with the quickness of lightning two revolv ers at the four. "Shell out, quick; I'm Jesse James." The sheriff was nonp!u secl by this sudden turn of affairs. ';Throw down your pisto ls, every one of you, or I'll put a bullet through yom dirty bodi es. Loo k sharp!" The outwitted foin could do nothing but obey. In a moment they had thrown away their weapons. "Now, sheriff, hand m e over those other dollars you've got in your pocket!'' As there seemed nothing else to do, the discomfited sheriff obeyed. "Now get off your horses at once, y o u curs," and Jesse made them do it at the point of his r evo lvers. "Fasten those horses together.. They did so. "Give them here!'' The sheriff led the four horses to Jesse, who took them by the bridles and galloped away with them, leaving the four men cursing their hard luck at being caught in such a trap. when Jesse had gone a f e w miles hirthe r he let the llu rse s go whither they w is h e d and continued his jour-11ey toward Jasper, where h e arrived three days later v ;ithont further adventure. CHAPTER CCII. THE TRIP TO COLUMBIA. About three months el a psed after the closing of the last chapter beiore Jesse r eturned to his old home m iliissouri. In the meantime Jesse had b ee n in v a r io us parts oi Texas. California and Mexico. None knew better than he of the strategic importance and advantage to b e gained by rapid movements. In a few days after his return he was joined by his brother, FJank, the Younger broth e rs, and Jim Cum mings. They had :ill had a gay time of it in different parts of the State s and were now ready for further adven tures. "\Veil, what are we to do n ext, Jesse?" asked Cole Younger. ''I've bin thinkin' over the m atte r for some time, and have come to the conclusion to pay a visit to some s mall town in Kentucky. It's a l ong while since we have had any sport there." "Or anywhere else, for that matte r, said Frank James. "Just propose something, J es se, a nd we'll follow you, even if it's to rob the Treasury in New York,"' rema rked J ohn Y ounger. "Well, pals, we've got a good many iriends in Adair County, and Columbia's a pl easant little town in it where the district court me ets this week. This being the case, the Columbia Bank ought to be well filled and I think we ought to h ave some of its cash. Wha t do you say, boys?" All agreed, and two days lat e r, while the judge was addressing the jury, s1x horse m e n

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES 1 5 I'll blow your brains out. Are you going to open it or not?" "No. I sooner--" Dang! went Frank's revolver, and the brave cashier fell with a bullet through his brain. "'Heavens! Frank, why did you kill the poor wretch?" asked Cole Younger, indignantly. .. Shut up! I'll teach him to hesitate when I tell him to do anything." 'vVhile the above tragedy was being carried out, Jesse had confronted the citizen and recognized in him an old enemy, an ex-Federal officer. "Ah! I know you, fo.r a measly Yankee," he exclaimed, leveling his pistol at the defenseless man and firingc The latte1 struck up the weapon and l eape d out o f the door unhurt, although Jesse sent several shots after him. Cole Younger kept guard over the other men attached to tjle bank, \rhil e Jesse and Frank placed all the money they could find in a sack they carried with them. The safe they could not open, for the combination was knO\rn only to the dead cashier and the president, who \ras out of town. \Vhen they had gath e r ed up all they could see they mounted their ho rses and clashed away with a whoop. On their ride out of the town they kept up an inc es s;int shower of bullets, at the sam e time swearing to shoot every soul in Columbia, if anybody dared to follow them. The authorities \vere so bewildered by the rapidity and horror of the scene that they iailed to take prompt action. \:Vhen it was too late a posse was organized, which fol lowed the outlaw s as far as Fentress Coun ty, Tennessee, where all trace of the m was lost in those mountainous regi o ns. CHAPTER CCIII. JESSE OUTWITS THE LEONITE POSSE. A week later the gang \Yas in Leon, Decatu.r County, I owa. Leo n is a busy little place, with a good deal of capital to push it ahead. Strangers come and go th e r e every day, so when half a dozen h orsemen entered qui et ly and dismounted in front of the ban/< no one t oo k particular notice of them. They were seen to be wrangling about the sale and purchase of some horses At last they seemed to have come to terms, for one of them, Jesse, stepped up to several citizens with: "Can you change a twenty-dollar bill, please? " To, but they'll do it for you at the bank ,across the street," r e plied one. J esse, Cole Younger and Jim Cummings went into the bank. "What can I do for you, gentlemen?" asked the cashier. "Can you change this bill for me?" and J csse placed the twenty-dollar green back o n the counter. "Yes, certainly," and he stepped aside to get the change; when next he turned, Jesse h e ld a cocked re volv er in hi s face. "Utter a word, Mr. Cast1ier, and I 'll send your soul to blazes." The man remained s ilent. Cole and Frank busied themselves 111 putting all the money th ey could find into a bag. 'the. sa f e was open, and all it s contents, of course, remov ed. The proceeds of the r obbe ry amounted to seventeen thonsand dollars. The citize n s soo n became aware of what 1\as taking place, and began to collec t in large mnnbers and arm themselves for an attack on the daring ontla ws. John Younger, who was sta ndin g guard outside, rushed into the bank, exclaiming: "Hurry up, boys; th e r e 's abont two huridrecl armed men coming this way." With a threat that he would s ho ot e v ery man in tlie Lank if th ey moved an inch, Jesse told the others ta mount and clear out. Revolvers in hand, they wer e soon on their horses. "Con1e o n if yo u dare!" shouted J esse, as he fired sev e ral shots at the approaching citize n s, who discharged a volley at the fast-fleeing outlaws. The latter were pursued for several clays, but, as usual, escaped. This robbery had taken place without the loss of a drop of blood The people were, howeve r t e rribly incensed, and large bodies of men scoured the country in search of the robbers. The latter were not far away, h oweve r but they managed to elude their followers by disgnising themselves as farm hands T i m clays later Jesse \Yas riding slowly along a road disguised as a granger when he sa\1 a posse in pursuit of himself. Feeliug sure that they had not seen him, he coolly turned hi s horse r mmcl and went to me e t them. "Hello, stranger! Where d'ye hail"' asked the s h e riff. I 've jes t come from Allendale. Some infernal son o! a gun has s tolen my hosses, and I wants ter cotch him. Ef I does, rn give him a close with these yere pills," touchin his revolvers.


16 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "Diel yo u see anybod y a h e ad of yo u?" qu e rie d th e sh e riff. Y as, I did b oss I s aw four as u g ly look i n ho ss thi e ve s a s ever I see d sinc e I war b o rn Tarnat ion take the b o s s -thi e v es, I c 'ld s hoot e v e ry durn e d one o 'em, so I co ul d." "Yes, t h e r e a re ple nty of robbe r s a bout nowadays. H ow fa r did yo u say, w ere t hey ah ea d ?" 'Bout te n m i les or so. m o r e n a n h our since I seed 'e m, a n th ey w u s r idi n pre t ty sharp lik e and my h oss is done u p ." \ N hat were th ey l ike?" J esse gave hi m a com p l ete desc ripti o n of hims e lf Cole Younger and Jim C um m in gs a s th ey l o ok e d w hen th ey robbed t h e bank. The s heriff co n s ult e d with his ass i s tan ts. I t's t h e ex a c t Clescri p tion ," s aid o ne. "Sh all we follow?'' as k ed a n othe r ''I'd like t o r emarked a thi r d b ut th o s e f ellows are v e r y d espe r a t e a nd d a nge r o u s " Y o u b e t te r beli eve t h ey a re," s a i d o ne. v Vhat's th e r m atte r st r a n ge r s ? asked J esse "Wha t are yo u g ivin' us? D o yo n m ea n t o s a y yo u d o n t kn ow wh at's t h e m atte r?" "On m y h o n o r I d o n t boss; h ow k e n I know w en I jes t c om e thi s ye r e w ay?" "Have yo u n o t h e ard tha t the Leon Ba nk h as b ee n robb e d o f ev er y cent?" "You d o n t s a y so!" Y es, in broad d aylight, an tho se m e n you m e t are th e thi eves, an d there s a big r eward offe r e d for th e m." \ Vall, it's time fe r m e te r s hif t W ot's th er co un t r y comin t e r ? P ears lik e h o n e s t m e n k ai n t git l o n g mu c h longe r no h o w ," grumbl e d J esse \ V iii you mak e o n e to go al o n g w ith ns, s t r an ge r ? v Ve'll soo n hav e mo r e h e lp Tel lik e te r bu t t h e clurnecl hev m a d e this ye r e h oss J a me. an' I kain't git l ong v e r y fa st. H ow s 6 m e v e r I'll go w i yer as fu r as I k e n a n e f I co m es 'cmss these t a m a ti o n ro bbe r s I 'll d o m y s h a r e o' the s ho o tin ', yo u b e t yer boot s "Tha nk s stra nger and if we catc h t h e robbers you'll g e t you r share J esse turned rou n d a n d ro d e o n w i t h t h e m \ V h e n J esse h a d pro c e eded se v e ral mil e s i n th e ir co m p any, h e ex cn sed himself fr om g oing a n y furt h e r o n ac c ount o f th e c o ntinu e d lam e n ess o f hi s h o r se. \ V h c n th ey w e r e o nt of s i g ht J e s s e clismo nn ted. W e ve foole d those fellO\VS, all rig h t Bess," a nd h e h erew i t h pull e d out a p e n k n i f e an d re m oved a p ebble. fro m th e offhin d h oo f o f h is m a re, w hi c h he had pla ce d b e t wee n t h e s h oe and the hoof wh e n he saw the p o s s e ap p roa ching. H e jumpe d on h e r back again remo v e d hi s disgui s e, and h aste n ed acro ss the c o untry to inte rc ept the p osse Twe nt y minut es a f terward he had obtain e d a lead of th e m with out b eing n o ticed. H e hid hi ms elf in s ome bushes alongsid e of the r oad. v V h e n t h ey we r e oppos ite, J ess e clash e d out suddenl y a nd h e ld t wo r evo lve r s at them. "Throw up your hanas he thunder ed. T h e m e n we r e s o surprise d b y this un expected on slau ght that t h ey threw up the ir hands at onc e with the exce pti o n o f t h e s h e r i ff, w ho \ V a s bra ve enou g h to r ea ch for hi s p is t ol. Befo re h e c o uld b rin g i t into pla y Jesse's revolv e r had bo r ed a bull e t through hi s h eart, and h e f ell d ea d at the f eet o f his h o rrified comrades, w hil e h is h o rse b o lt ed p a ni c-st ri c k e n a way Move a han d a ny of yo u a nd you'll follow your l eader." T h e me n were t ho r o u g hl y cowed. "Have any o f yo n g ot handcu ffs w i t h yo n ?" aske d Jesse. "Yes, we all ha ve." W ell, t h row you r shoote rs a w ay fir s t and th e n h and m e your h a nd c u ffs. If yo u m o nk ey w i t h me, I'll send yo u all t o b l azes, a s s ure as m y n a m e i s J esse J a m es How th e nam e acte d They h a d all b eco m e chi c k en -h e a r t e d b e fo re, bnt n o w t h ey wer e t h o r o u g hl y d e m o ralized They threw their r evolv e r s away. "Ge t off your h o r ses." W h e n t h ey h a d obeyed, J esse l a u g h e d an d s ne e r ed. He w a s d isg u s t e d at the ir c o wardice. L et o n e m a n ste p up t o m e at a t im e and h a nd m e hi s handcuff s W h e n t hi s ha d been d o ne J esse d i s m o u n t e d and h anclcnffecl th e m all in a c hain. He t h e n robb e d th e m o f all t h e ir p ossess i o ns, a nd se nt th e ir h o r ses gallopi n g all o ve r th e country Good-by, boy s T ell them w h e n yo u get b a ck t o L eo n th at Jesse Jame s robbe d their ba n k and pl aced yo u wh e r e yo u are Tell t h e m too, th a t i f th ey s encl an y m o r e s u c h p os ses aft e r m e o r m y m e n t h a t th ey had b ette r p rov i de th e m w i t h p etticoats and n u r s in g bottl es T h e p oor man acled w ret c h e s c o ul d

THE JESSE JAMES STOR I ES. 17 CHAPTER CCIV. THE WOODFORD RAID. J ess e remained at the ca ve fo1" four days a l one whe n Frank and Col e ma n Younger put in an app e arance. The y relate d th e ir adventure s since the y had par t e d. They had all s uff e red a good dea l in the meantime, e s p ec i ally F rank, who had r eceiv e d a sh o t-wo u nd i n the arm in a n enc ounter with a p osse Cole inform e d the broth e rs of the onl y piece of inter e s tin g n e w s "I've go t something to t ell you, b o y s b eside s m y p e r so nal e xplo it s he remarke d ' L e t u s h e a r it, said Jes se My brothe r J im was surmunde d by a p o sse, wound ed, capture d a nd l o dged in jail." l;v? Where?" both asked. "At pres e nt h e i s loc k e d up in Wo o dford, but the y int e n d taking him to Liberty tom orrow." T hat won t h a pp e n Co l e, if I can help it, excl a im e d Jesse. "So s a y I too ,' s aid Frank. "Thanks I knew y ou w o uld h e lp m e ." "Of : o .urs e we sh all. Have \\ e not tak e n s olem n oath t o a ss i s l on e an o th e r in a!I cla n ge r s and difficul ti es?" aske d J ess e ''Have y ou made up y our m ind y et about the b est plan b y whi c h to l ib e r ate him, Co l e?" asked Fran k "Yes, I have. " Tell it' I p ro p ose that we three ride to \Voodfo r d to night, disguise d a s cowboys \i\'h e n we a rrive the r e we m u s t pre t e nd to b e drunk. "After a w hile we s hall b egin arguing on so m e sub1 j e ct o r an o th e r unti l w e fight and cr eate a disturbance, whe n of c o u r s e we s hall b e arr ested. "They h a v e on l y one s m all pri son th e re, and once i n s ide, it will not be difficult for us to g e t Jim out again. "Not a b a d plan at all, Co l e," r e m arked J es s e "Yes I t hink it will work. But w e mus t u s e cer tain prec auti o ns. "N:i m e th e m. L et eac h o i us ta ke an o ld ru s t y pi s t o l I n one o f h i s p oc k e ts, \Yhich th e p o lice w ill of course take from u s but take car e to ha ve a good Smith and W e sson con cea l e d car efully ab out his p e rs o n wh e re it will not easily b e disco vered, a file, and a bottle of aquaforti s." "Oh, yo u can l e ave that par t of the p erfo rmanc e un s a id; w e kn o w all a bout that, Co l e, s aid J esse, chee r i ly. 'Tm awaTe of that, but it i s better to refre s h o n e s mind n o w and again on s u ch weight y matte rs. "Right y o u be, C o le; bu t when do we start?" A t once, if you like." "Let us g e t away then." An hour later s aw them on the ir way t o Woodfo r d In three h olt'rs they had r each e d it Cole1s p l an was car r ied o u t t o t'he l ette r. The y b e hav e d s o noi sily that they w e re soo n i n s i de the pri s on w alls. Here th ey found four armed guards keep ing watch over Jim Y o u nge r. The re w er e o nl y tw o p e n s formed of i r o n bars a bout hal f an inch thick and two inch es apart. In one of th e m was Jim. The other three outiaw s were placed i n t he o ther p e n. The y p l a y ed the pa r t of drunke n m e n to pe rfec ti o n. They abused thei r k ee p e rs iri strong l anguage, or s ang songs in a 10t1cl, rollic k in g voic e No o n e appe a r e d t o take any fu rthe r notice o f them, and left them to en j oy themse l ves as best t h ey could. C o le and Frank sang a duet while J esse u sed file an

18 THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES. Unce more they were in the free atmosphere Not a soul 1rns in sight to moles t or hinde'f them. "That wa s pretty easily clone, Jesse,'' remarked Cole ""Yes, but we are not out of the pla ce yet; and before we go I have a little scheme to put through." What is it ?'' asked all. .. There .de thei r 1ray to the scable, the door of which vras simply bolted o n the o u ts ide. As they ente r ed the y saw a 1pa n asleep on some bags of chaff. ln a few m o ments h e w a s bound and gagge

THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. 19 He mu s t have sneaked away on the first occasion and awaken ed the populace. They rus h e d o utside and saw about fifty half-dressed men hastening toward the bank. The posse saw the robbers coming out, and fired a volley at them. The bull ets flew around the outlaws without doing any damage. The latter sprang to their ho_rses. 'Tome on, yo u curs, if you dare!" yelled Jesse, and. the outlaws emptied their revolv e rs at the half-clad 111-habitants. The latter returned the fire with a fie rce fusillade. This time the bullets had effect. Frank received a slight flesh wound in the 6ght arm, and Jes se's hors e one in a leg, making him useless for furthe r riding. "Curse the beggiars yelled Jesse. "Get b e hind me, Jes se,'' said Frank. J esse remov e d the sack containing the spoils of the bank, and got up behind his brother. The four outlaws rel o aded their rev o lvers, and sent a volley into th e of the crowd, which had by this time approa c hed to within ab out sixty yards. Some of the bullets must have taken effect, for the robbers could h ea r seve ral groans. They then put spurs to their hors es and galloped away. The crowd hastened after them, firing as they came. "Fire awa y and be hanged! called out Jesse. The outlaws hurried toward th e ir cave in the forest, but, seeing that they were b e in g followed b y a posse, they were obliged to sep arate and double on their purs uers so a s to baffle th em. In .this they succeeded. Th e n ext afternoon they all arriv ed at the cave, where a fair divi s i o n of the \V ooclfo rd Bank robbery spoils took place. CHAPTER CCV. J ESSE HOLDS UP THE G O \T'.RNOR. Six w eeks elapse d after th e cl os ing of the preceding chapt e r and some of the James gang were thir st ing for more exc it eme nt. vVhat 's the next place, Jes se?" a s kecl Cole. "\i\T e'll have to be very careful," Jess e repli e d "Allan Pinkerton has sent clown over a dozen of his b est m e n so I heard, and tl1ey are searching all over the c ountry for us." "\i\TeIJ, that hadn t ought t o preve nt u s goin to so me place where we've n eve r been b efo re, and where, of c o urse they'd never think of our comin'," Frank James remarked. There s h eaps of places in Mis s ouri that would never think of receivin a raid fr o m any of us." Let 's take such a place, Jesse." "You're right Frank, but which place do you think the best?" "What about that durned French place, St. Genevieve? It's a quiet little to w n and most o' the inhab itant s are foreigJ1ers." "Bully for you, Frank; just the very place!" cried J esse "Then let's mount and away," exclaimed Cole. "I'm jus t d y ing for a little sport of so me kind. Two da y s afterward the cashier of the St. Genevieve S av ing s Association walked to the bank in the company of a son of General Rozier. ks he entered the bank Mr. Harris, ,tlJe cashier, noticed t wo men gazing at the building. He walked behind the counter to go on with his duties. Suddenly one of the two strangers walked in and up to him with a r evo lver in his hand. "Throw up you.r hands!" oried the s tranger, w.ho was no other than J esse Jam e s "We have to come to offer you our assistance in opening the bank this morning," the latter ironically re marked. "So look sharp about it, and open your safe, Mr. Cashier, unl ess you want to take lunch wi-th the devil. Be quick; we ve got no time to waste here!" "I am in your power, and have no means of resisting you," replied Mr. Harris. Cole Younger, in the meantime held a revolver in young Rozi er's face. The la : ter was very much fr ig htened and showed signs of runnin g away. "Now, don't yo u dare to m ove a s tep you young devil, unless yo u want to see your sm all bra ins decorating the \Valls.'' r e ma r ked Cole. '"\Vhat for? I've done and ca n do n ot hing." "Shut up! I don t want to h ea r another word from you!" The youn g fello\Y could n ot control hims e lf in this exciting s ituati on, and with a bound reached t he bottom of the steps. "Halt! yo u so n-ofa -sea-cook! cried Cole, as he fired a bullet after the fleeing cle rk which jus t grazed his chin. He got away, however, and gave the alarm to the citizeas. During thi s time t h e cas hier was at the mercy of Jesse. "Open the saie at once r oared J esse "Certainly, s ir ; 1 am compelled to obey a command which I would rat.her not," replied Mr. Harris, quietly.


.J 20 THE' JESSE JAMES STORIES. The safe was opened and about fonr thousand dollars extracted from it. "Come, Jesse," sa id Cole Younger; "we've got to get away. The whole town will be after u s in a few min utes." "All ri ght, Cole; but I want this fellow to co me with us. "Oh! All right." "Come on with us," turning to the cashier. They walked coolly out of the bank, the cashier betwee n th e m, and saw a large crowd gatherin g. They continued to walk until they came to where Frank James and John Younger were holding their horses. "Now you may return,'' said J esse to Mr. Har. ris, "and tell those people that they hav e been h onored b y a visi t from Jesse James. "But before y,ou go, I'd like a memento of this v1s1t fro m you," saying which he relieved the ca sh ier of his gol d \Vatch and fastened it to his mrn coat. "Look s 1 harp, there, Jesse, or we'll be too late!'' Frank sang out, warningly. "Oh, never mind m e!., Jesse returned. T h e crowd was approaching, and some o n e 111 i t fired a $ hOt The people were within speaking distance. "Stand back there!" yelled J esse. "If an'Other s hot i s fired b y you fellows I'll put a bull et through this man's head!" and the people believed him, as they saw h i s rev olver pressed against the cashier's forehead. I J esse n ow mounted, while the other outlaws ke pt tbe cashier covered. The strain on the man's nerves was tremendous. \ V h e n the robbers were firmly sea ted in their saddles th ey discharged their rev o lv ers at the mob, at the same time telling the cashier to get h ome. About a dozen citi ze n s on hors eback had now arrived on the scene, and a sharp int e r cha n ge of fir'earms too k pl ace, in which the cit i zens "came off second best.., The latter withdrew to await r einfo r ce m ents and longer range guns. The robbers galloped away un hurt. "So far so good; but what n ext, J e sse?" asked Cole man Younger, when they had gone a few miles. "Look ah ea d, and yo u will see some more sport in sight, Co l e," r eplied Jesse, pointing to tvvo buggies that were approaching at a fast pace about half a mile in front of them "Who the devil can they be?" "I think I know," returned Frank. "Who, then ?" "If I am n o t mistaken, Governor Burbank, of Dakota, is in this neighborhood, making an inspection for some private enterprises, and those ahead are he and his com pany." "No! you don't say so?" "Wait,. and see for yourselves "If that's the case, we'd better turn aside." "Aside!" exclaim ed J esse. "Governo r or n o governor whoeve 1 r they are, they'll have to she ll out!" In a few minutes the two vehicles met the o utlaws. Sur-e enough, the party consisted of the Governor o f Dakota and his followers. This did not deter the r eckless rob b ers. The gentlemen did not take any particular n ot i ce of the gang, thinking them a mere party of cowboys. The four outlaw s clivictecl themselves into two parties, th e two Jamescs riding on the one s id e of the road, and the two Youngers on lhe oth er. "Thro w up you r hands, gentleman! remarked J e s se quietly, as he got the drop o n the governor in the first b uggy, while the Youngers covered the inmates of the seco n d ve hicle. '' \i\T lrnt is the meaning of this?" angril y asked the g-ov ernor. D o yo u know. who I am?" "Yes, of course we do, Governor Burbank," r eplied Jesse, coolly; "but that doesn't matter to us. "It would be the same to us if you were the president himself. '"vVe're out ior the stuff, and it's all r h e same who g i ves it to u s. "I'll just trouble you to keep you r mouth shut and ha n d my brother, th ere, your valuab les 'If there's any monkeyi n g clone, I'll send every mothe r s so n of yo u on a longer journey than you expected to go!" There was n o mi stak in g Jesse's meaning. The gentlemen were all po\\'er l ess, though. armed. The revolver s of tJ1e desperadoes had them so effectu ally covered that the s l ightest oppos iti o n on their part wo ul d mean immediate death to some, if not to all. There were s i x gentl e m en in all, besides t h e governor. Frank, with a -revolver in one hand, and a satchel in th e other, collected all the mon e y and valuables t o be found in the company. CHAPTER CCVI. A RICH HAUL. The haul was not so great as J esse had expected, eighteen hundred dollars in all being the amount of the booty obta in ed "I've clone, T esse," said Frank. right, Frank. Now, gentlemen," remarked Jesse, blandly, "you"ll ob lige me by stepping out of your bug gies." "What!,. exclaimed Governor BurLank; "are you dev -


THE JESSE JAMES 21 ils not satisfied with robbing us of all our valu.ables? Do yon want to deprive us of the means of further convey ance?" ''Just as the matter stands, governor, you've said just what I wanted to, so get out, and look pretty lively about it, or you'll never see Dakota again The governor strenuously against this indig nitv bnt what wa s even a governor to do when he felt thd 'cold, threa tening muzzl:e of a 38-calibre revolver pressing against his temples? He wa s compelled tp submit to his fate : Jn a few min. utes the party w ere standing disco n so latel y on the road. J esse s impudence was nev e r exceeded before nor after' ward. ".Now, gov ernor, you and your party will kindl y oblige me by r e lieving your h o r ses of t heir harness." And this bold outlaw actually made th e m take the horses o ut of their traces ''.:\ow turn tho se buggies into the roadside." The gentlemen were c ompelled to obey. ''Take off the wheel s c ommanded Jesse. This was al so done. The governo r wa s in a pitiful p os it i on. It was terrible to think of such indignities b eing heape d u pon h is head b y a band of lawless men. He, 1\.owever, took matters very philos o phically. As one of his companions was about to protest, he remarked: .. Hush! we are completely a t the mercy of these banditti, and it would be childish folly for ns to make any resistance. "Let them take what we have, and if the y wish to have our blood, let u s die calml y and a s men. "To resist would mean certain d eat h t o all of us, whereas, 'if we acquiesce in all th ey wish, the cha nces are they will not harm u s, and we shall e s cape, to ultimatel y do some good in sweeping this desperate gang of bloodthirsty murderers from the fa ce of t he earth; therefore take advice and submit to t he inevitable when the buggies had been thrown on the road and the wheeis removed from the axles, J esse t o ld his brother to take the horses along with him. "Now, gentlemen, you have had the honor of meeting with a man whom you never expected to see," remarked Jesse, sarcast i cally. "When you return to your own fire s ides you can relate to your children that you once had the pleasure of conversing with J esse James and hi s chief a ssis tant s "This i s m y brothe r Frank; that i s Mr. Coleman Younger, and that is his brother James. I am Jesse James I wish yo u a very g ood -day, gentlemen 'Better s ucc ess in your j o urneys in thi s State next time. Goo d-by ." ( And the daring outlaw laughed loudly as he set spur3 to his horse and galloped off, followed b y the other th1ee robbers, leaving the g overnor and his party to get along on foot. But the ou:tla\YS \YC re n ot t o esca pe so easily. While J csse had been wasting hi s tim e talking to the governor, a body of horsem e n thirteen in nun'lber, had approached within a few hnncl r ed yards. The latt e r had se en t he buggies "kno cked clown," and had immediat e l y s u s pec te d that a daring hold up'. was taking place. Look, boys!" one. ,,ho appeared to be the leader; "I really believ e tha t luc k ha s thrown us right on to the men we' re after. "If tha t's not J esse James and s ome of his gang with him then I'm a so n-of-a-gun." ''By George! If it is, leL u s get 11p t o them as qnick as we can ," sa id one of them. Lo ok!" said an other; ''they see m to be going." "They have taken the horses of the party and are riding away with them ''You' re right, Bill, they, and they a1e members of th e James gang. ''Hurry up, b oys !" The men pnt spurs t o their -horses and has tened after the robbers, wh o were leisure l y continuing their w a y, un mindful of th e clanger behind them. They \\ere splitting their sides with laughter at th e idea of having held up a governor of a State. Suddenly J esse's sharp ears h eard the clatterpatter, clatter-patter of many h oo fs. Turning ronnd in his saddle, he saw the pursuing horse men only a few h undred yards away. "Devil and blazes!" he e x claimed. "Pards, l ook behind; w e 'vc got some d e tective s on ot!r t rack and th ey are even better mounted than we are!" "Yes," sa id Frank, "those are the men that Pinkerton has sent down afte r u s "Away, b oys, a s fast as w e can!" "I'll be hanged if that f ello w in front isn't Jim Day ton," angril y yc!lccl Jesse. "What a pity we've got no \.Vinchesters ''Never mind; ,,.e can't fight them now. Away to the cave! If we can t all get there together, s eparate, c o llect some of the others, s end them round to the cave, for a big fight i s before us," bre a t hl ess l y ejacu lated J esse, as all four went thundering along, vvith the detectives i n h o t purs-ult.


22 THE J ESSE JAMES STORIES. CHAPTER CCVII. A HOT CHASE. "Ride for your live s, boys; the y have seen u s and will !'et escape! yelled Detectiv e Jim Day ton to hi s compan ions. "On, on, pards; give the horses whip and s pur. Tha1 t devil, Dayton, will ye t be our ruin!" cried Jesse. And the outlaw s flew ove r the ground. Twack twac k ca me the cut of the whips on the flank s of the pu:rsuing detectives' horses. There was only a distance of about three hundred yards betwe e n p11rs uers and pursued. The 011tlaws quadrupeds were over .vorkecl; those of the detectiv es fresh and strong. As each mile wa s left behind it was quite obvio u s that the detectiv es were gaining. ''Boys," excla imed Jesse, it will be impo ss ible for u s to. ke ep this up much longe r th e pac e i s too fast; our horses are giving out." "Mine i s alm ost dead beat," said Frank. It was the sa me with t he ot h er h orses. "Let us halt and fight them," r emarked Cole. boldly. "No, not yet!" replied J esse. "Let ns try to gain so m e plac e of s helt e r first. "Ever y one of those behind is a dead shot and just a s daring as we are, and Daytc n fears nothing. Ride on, ride on!" And o n thcv thunde r ed Four men fleeing from death twel ve seeking to cau se it. All depend ed upo n the fleetnes s and endurance of a few dumb animals. "Their h o r ses are bec oming tired remarked one of the detectives. "Yes, we've got them thi s time ; only l et u s push aheacl before night overtakes u s,' said ano t h er. "\Vell, we can't go any faster," returned the fir s t. "Another mile will give the m int o our power, ' called out Dayton. Get your s}1ooters ready, all o f yo u ; 1 those fellows .viii fight like very de, ; ils !" I think we are near e nough to try a shot at the m now,". remarked a third. "All right, g ive them a volley!' Each fir e d a flying s hot at the fugitives, which, h ow ever fell short. "\Vait a while, boys, before yon fire agai n, c:ommancled Dayto n. Ten minutes later they essayed again t o hit the rob bers The bullets came n earer this time. The outlaws turne d in their saddles and sent a volley whizzing at the ir pursuers, but without effect. The sun had already sunk, and night was beginning to S Ct in. Still the hardy outlaws' s te eds held out, though gradually becoming weaker and weaker. The. de. tectives' horses were lik e wise beginning to sh ow signs of the unusual strain on their muscles. "Ah!" exclaimed Jesse, pointing to a small clump of trees a quarter of a mile ahead, "kt u s r eac h that plac e and we may be able to throw off these bloodhounds!" "For Heaven' s sake, boys," cried out Jim Dayton, "don't let them reach those trees or they'll get away from u s vet!" away at the beggars!" yelled Jesse. Bang, bang I It came from both sides. One of the detective s was hit on a shoulder; another !:ad his horse s hot down. This caused a slight delay, during which the outl;;iws had reached the clump of "Dismouut and send your horses ahead," commanded Jesse. His command >vas obeyed in a second. 'rhe horses, of course; made for the fa rm ,.,.here they belonged. The detectives could hear the tramp. tramp, tramp, o f the outlaws' galloping horses, though th ey c ould nbt now see them. They followed up the sound. "\Ve fooled them that time," Jim Younger remarked, as the d e tec t i v es hurried past. "Yes, but it won't be for long," returned Jesse. The, "li soon find out their mistake and return to hunt us up; l et: us take adYantag e of the opportunity to es cape.'' 'Whe r e to?" asked Cole "To the ca\e, oi course. : can't go borne.'' "But they'll interc<:>pt u s before \Ve c a n reach it," said Frank, "and beside s, I m in favor of going straight to the farm "Why ?" asked his brothe r "I don't know, but something tell s me that these devils mean harm to the old woman. "By H eaven! If I thought so, I 'cl a fte r them this minme," sa id Jesse, as his e y es flashed an angry, murderous look. .. But I don' t think they'd dare do anything to mother. ?\o. Frank, she's safe enough, and knows how to protect herseli." L et u s get out of this as soon as we can, unles s we w i s h to be caught," Cole Younger warned. "Yes, get ahead," said J esse. "Got anything to eat, anybody?" asked Jim Younger. "No, none of u s have any food with us, but I have !!Ot a bottle of whisky; h e r e fr is, help yours elves," replied Jesse. They were all hungry not having eaten a bit all day. They wandered all night through the forest, wit'.1 the exception of two h ours spent in sleep. The y were making their way to the cave as quickly as they could. The next d a y became v e ry wet, and they were drenched t o the skin. They were cold, hungry and tired, and in this misera ble condition they were obliged to r es t a few hours. CH.'\PTER CCVIII. TRACKED TO 'l'HE CAVE. J csse James and Cole Younger \vent to sleep first, w hile Frank James Jim Younge r kept watch. The poor iellow s were so thoroughly tired, however, that they also fell asle ep Half an hour passed when a solitary rid e r approached. He was one of the Pinkerton detectives. The latter soon di scovered the trick that the. outlaws had pla ye d up o n them.


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 23 "The best thing for us to do," advised Jim Dayton, "is to separate and search the whol e forest; they must be in it. We'll all be close together, so in the case of any one ,;eeing the murderers he can imitate the whistling of a whip-poor-\\'ill, and the others who may hear will repeat the call, s o that \re can soon assem b!e." A n d this plan was agreed upon. .When the above-rncntionecl detective, whose name was \Villi s, saw the iour m e n lying asleep at a little di stance, he knew them to be t h e outlaws. He was a very ambitious ancl daring young fellow. He dismounted, tied his horse ro a tree and cautiously approached. 'By George r he exclaimed, '"th ey are snoring for a wager. They are dead tired and fast asleep. .. S hall I call for a ssi stance? :'\o, it \\'Onld only 1rnke n them, and I can capture them myself r He could a lreac\_v hear hi s praise extolled in every mouth. He conic! alread\ see visions of wealth and fame that would accrue to f1im, ior, single-hande d, takin g these four notorious murderers prisoners'. Softly and carefully he crept up to the s leeping o n t He stood within a fe\\ feet o f them. Centi\ he uncoi led a r oll of rope and t\\'O pairs of handcuffs which h e carried with him. The four men were s tretcl1ed out on their hacks with their hands o n their breasts. Fran\{ ] arnes and Cole younger were lying nearest to. the detective. It \\'as a piece oI reckless daring for this young man to attempt to capture such desperadoes, although they were a s l ee p ; but the reward was great, and he determined to ri s k his lif e in the attempt. .-\s gently as a snake gliding throu g h the grass, the de t l;nel t clown bes id e Frank Tames. c 1;ck \\'Cllt the handcuffs Frank's big wrist:;. detectives heart stopped throbbing with sup-pressed e x citement. He looked around. :\Jot one oi the sleepers had b ee n di sturbed. With a sigh o.f relief h e bent over Cole Younger now. Again he s ucceeded as b efore. ... Oh! that I had two more pairs of handcuffs, he mw. tered to himse li. He novv stepped back a few paces aml quietly cut tlw rope i n h al v es. He then arranged each piece so that it formed a l oop lt was hi s inte ntion to cast o n e encl o1 each ro1 x around tbe limb of a tree near at hand, the n throw tht., loops o\er each head and dra11 tant immediately. He c rept soitly to the limb and arranged the ends as intended. -\ Vi t h a catlike movement he neared the r emainin,; two outlaws. He was just about to stoop over Jesse as Frank turned in his sleep. In doing so hi s manacled hands struck the handcuffed one of Cole Younger. The sound \"\'as inconsiderable, but the detective s tepped back and quickly had h is revolver o ut, w hi le he gazed sharply at t h e two men he had just handcuffed. Apparently not one of the s leepers had been disturbed. \\iilli s waited quictlv ior about a minute. He then stooped o'ver Frank and Coleman, and i,.ras sati sfied by their lo11d breathing that they still slept s o unclh That stooping \\'a s a fatal mistake. He suddenly fell prostrate over the two handcuffed m e n f e llecl lw a terrific blow o v e r the head. l t was Jesse James \\'ho had struck hi r \l. "Take that, yon he yelled. "Up, boys !" J 11 a moment all the o u tla1Ys \\'ere on t h e ir feet. \\'hat the devil's tiic meaning oi this?" asked Frank and Cole, as they Yirwed t: : e ilandc nff s 011 their 1nists. "l t means tliis... replied Jesse, "som e slight sound awoke me, to find that fel1011 11ith a revoker in his hand, pointed at you, Frank. I s11ppo s e you mu.'t haY e cau sed the noise by turning over. .. Bad yo11 opened y onr eyes yo11 11onld have bee n killed wh ere you l;w. .. r :::l \\' hin1 stooi) over yon. "I gor up soft ly and sneaked b e h i n d him. "\Vith a blow fr o m my p is tol l knocked him senseless b efore he could tnrn round again. and thu s saved your life and most iikch all our liYes. .;By the boots, but that 1ras a close call!" remarked Cole,' as he looked do11 at hi s manacle d hands. "Cl o s e o n e for ns all," replied Frank. ''But how the devil did J ; e manage to get u s so easily?" ..\Ve rent you t wo keeping watc h ?" Col e asked of Frank ancl hi s brother. ... what I want to know, too," said Jesse. \V ell, to tell vou th e trnth, w e were so tired and we thought onrselves so safe that 11 e fell a s leep b e fore we knew what we were; doing." "A fin e thing to do," Jesse angrily remarked. "If you w ere in the army you would b e shot for it. a nice ior u s to be awakened and find ourselves j)risc1nc1s --"Frank, Jirn, I'm a shamed of you." The two men looke d a shamed, too. ''Hut Jet this be a lesson to you in the future. "Get the keys oi those bracelets out of that pocket and unfasten them, Jim!" J im did as h e was bid, and a moment later Frank and Cole w e r e once m ore free. "What arc we going to do with this ellow-'--shoot l:im ?" asked Cole. "J\o," replied Jesse, ''that \\' Ont do.'' ''\\'hv not?" ''Because you may be sure that some more o f those sletrthhounds arc lurking abol!t; he wouldn't clare be here a lone, although the way h e \1ent to work with us shows that got grit enough for a dozen s u c h m e n. ' l n fact, 1. would sooner let him go for being so p l ucky .. "What? 'You wouldn" t be such a fool, Jesse?" questi o n e d Frank, surprised. "Well, I'm going to give hirn <\chance for his life, anyway." "Ho w so?"


TH-E JESSE JAMES STORIES. "Rea ch me tho se h a n dc u frs a n d vau 'll see." J esse h a n dc u ffed t h e still unco n sc i o u s detectiv e. This finishecl. he ca rri ed h i m to a t r e e tied him w ith h is own ropes t o it. and robbed hi m of all h e possessed i n m o n ey, paper s a n d j ewe l ry. H avi n g a c c ompiished t hi s muc h h e took o u t a s lip oi paper and wrote the following o n i t with a l ea d pen c il: CAlJTJON I Ld a l l dete c t i1c s a nLl o th e r s le uthhoun d s b e war e T hi s rna n i s a n e xampk of our power \Ve l et h im Jiv e bec a use we r espect h i s bravery. a lt ho ugh w e a r e ou t law s Any one w h o t o hunt us d o wn 'hnl l fa r e w o r se Bewa r e! Take Hee d ! }ESSE } \MES, FOR T H E GAKG. The s lip was pinn e d to the detective's c oat. They left him t:ms a n d con t i n ue d o n their w ay. CHAPTER CCIX. THE DET ECT1\" E S PLOT. J esse, I w a n t to go h o me," said Frank, a s the out law s we r e n ea rin g thei r cave. W ha t for Frank?'' I can' t g e t ove r the feelin g that those d e tecti ves mean harm t o moth e r ." "If that's the case, F r a n k, l e t u s go h o m e. "Col e a n d Jim ca n go t o fre c ave and r es t t h e r e a whil e. H e r e, C o le, t a k e h alf thi s boodl e, and d ivide it between yon a n d J im." ''All ri g h t o ln d for yo u ; b e side s 1 thi11k i t wo uld b e bt>tte r all round if we s h o uld s e p a rate ior a w hile." "Right you be, J e sse. I v v a s j ust thinking o f g oing clown t o t h e C herokee to see m y gi rl. ".'\11 righ t go a h e ad, aud good lu ck." T h e Youngers t h e n separated fro m the J ameses, a !ld w eri t t o the l'3. v e to rest io r a f ew days w hil e J e s se and Frank sought the old h o mest ead. They we r e so wea k h o weve r iro m h unger and c o ld that they m a d e ve r y l i t t le p rogr ess. They came t o a farmho u se o n t h e roads i d e Let u s g o in Fran k, a n d se e what they'v e got to eat." "Go ahead, j I'm sta rv ing.'' A f e w minutes late r they e ntered the farmhous e. Their dilap ida t ed appearance fri ghtene d t h e o ld coup l e tha t wer e in s i d e 'Have yo u got any t hing good to eat lady? \ Ve a r c fami s h ed, Je,;se remarked T h e o ld woman looked at t h e m su s pi c i o u s l y but their hungr y l ooks prevented t h e h a r s h r e p ly she was a b out t o give. "'Yes I t h ink I k e n g it ye r s o mt>t hi n g. wo uld bacon an' eggs s u it ye r ? "Certa,inly," r e pli ed J ess e and he re's so m e t h i n g to repay you for your t r o ublt>," a n d he thre w dow n a t e n doll a r gold pie ce. "Keep ye r money; w e doan t w a n t n o p a y f m : a b i t e nor a s 1 1 p. s a id t he o ld m a n T ht> J a m eses made n o r e plv to this, bnt f ell to e:1ting the bread and butte r which t h e old w oman had already placed upo n t h e t ab le. T h ey were s o o n enjoying a goo d c ount r y meal w.ith a ravish ing appeti te When t h ev had s atisfi e d the inne r man, Frank threw down ano ther ten-dollar gold piece and they both left for the i a rmho u se o n the hill which they reac h e d a few h ours late r. A it e r t he u s ual greetings had been inte1 c ha11ged be twee n mother and so n;;, the latt e r wi shed, o f course, t o h ear what had happene d in their absence. 'Well, mother, how have things been g oing o n at hom e since we le.ft?'' a s k e d J esse ''Very bad, inde ed, J esse ." ''How i s that. mother? "Dett>ctives and o tlwr sneakin' curs have b een round h e r e e v e ry d ay a lmost. O n l y the day before y e s t erday, jus t afte r yom horses came home in such a terrible stat e e i ght detectives h e a de d b y that begg a r, Dayto n, w e r e h e r e. ''Th e y searc h e d all ove r the place, house b arn, and e v e r y thin g. T h e y thrt>ate n e d t o arrest m e unless I t o ld them w h ere \ 1 o u wer<" hidin '. dicln t d o s o however. ''Th a t Day t o n was goir1' t e r d o all sorts o things t o m e He wa nted t o find o-ut ail about G eorg e, but h e c o ul d get n othi n o uter me. "That reminds m.e," interrupte d J esse "where is the bov ?" :.Oh he's all r ight. l s ent him a:way thre e day s ago to my s ister's, but he'. ll b e back t o-day; in fac t, I expect h im anv minut e." h e com es, J esse, sa id Frank, pointing to the boy as h e w a s see n approaching the h o u se. H e was recei ved right royally by the two J ameses but o n t he other hand, h e s ee m e d v e r y coo l himse lf. I n fact, it appeared a s if he de sire d to shun their c om par:y and a h e av y ihoughtful brow t ol d t h a t he had been thinking o v e r s o m e se ri ous subject. T e s se n o tic e d this and di vined the cause at once. : .v Vha t is the matter with yo u George?" h e asked Ge o rg-e w a s a brave l a d, who a l wavs w is h e d t o have ev e r y thii1g clea.ri y explain e d. "I w ar:t to know w h y y o u call m e, when I'm n o t your brot h e r a t all," he r e p lie d b o l d ly. "\'/ h o the d ev i l h as pu t s u c h n onse nse into your head?" J es se q u es tio ne d a n g ril y 'It's b e e n tha t Da\"ton, has n t i t ? 'Yes. it has; a:-id ( think h e's right. J c sse gre v : w hi t e wit h rage. "\\r ha t! you devilis h cub!" h e y ell e d. "Ho w d a r e yo n s a y so?" B e coming c a lm e r o n a hint fr o m hi s moth er, Jes s e proceeded in a so f ter s t:-ain Gec;ir ge, m y boy, that Jevil, D ay t o n i s m y w o r s t e n e my and ht> wi!l d o a nything t o injure me. He h a s fille d yonr hea d wit h a parcel o f hi s n o n se n se and v o u mus t not b elieve a word h e s av s . A n v pai n that c a n ca u s e m e h e w ill infli c t. d o n t b e l iev e it," th e boy resolut e l y r epl i ed . J e sse's temper 1Yas f a s t approaching w hite heat, but the vo nn g lad r emained undaunte d "George, l want no more o f Lhis nonsense fr o m you;


THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 25 if I hear it again, I'll take you away to the Indian Territory." ''I don't care what you do. ''I want to go back to my father, though, and go I shall a s soon a s I get a chance." "YOU will, will you? "Yes, I wili," the boy replied, defiantly. Jesse was about to spring at the young lad and deal him a te rrib1; blow, and there's no telling what might have happened had not something oi great importance interven ed. "By Heavens, Jesse, look!'' Frank exclaimed, excitedly. Jesse looked out through the window and saw eight riders approaching, all heavily armed. "Pinkerton's detectives. and that so n of Satan, Davton, at their! cried Jesse, a s he recognized t lie men who had been pursuing him for the last few days. CHAPTER CCX. nm THAGF.DY i\'l' TH1'; JAMES HOMt. The detectives were approaching in a s low determined fashion, and with grim, earnest which told how serious they understood their present actions to be. "Get our \Vinchesters down at once, mother, and load all the revolvers you can lay hands on, and be quick about it," cal led out Jesse. '"We'll give those beggars a wanner reception than they have bargained for, although they do look like business." The detectives were about four hundred yards away. Besides their revolvers they had also supplied thcm sE'lves wit h Winchesters. Jesse and Frank opened ap fire on them. l\lrs. Samuels did the loadin g. while the b oy, George, s ullenl y sat in a corner and did not interfere one way or another. Je sse told h im Lo load some of the weapons, but he steadiastly refused. ''Lo1ci those guns, or !"ii put a bullet through you for yo ur im pudence!" Jq;se exclaimed, angrily. ''l"ll do no such thing. Shoot I don"t care," r eplied George brave!y. ":\TeYer mind the boy, Jesse," sa i d Frank, "11e've got something mere se ri ous to attend to now." ksse followed hi s advice. The two brothers ke'pt up a steaclv fire on the de tectives, who continued t o draw closer around the h omestead. They began to scatter themsehes about, and it 11as not so easy to get a good shot at them. "Conf ound tJ1em ejaculated F rank, 'I only wish they'd keep together." The detectives were now firing from all directions at the house. The bullets stuck iu the solid \YOOd wa1Is. J esse and Frank fired whenever they could catch sigh t of a part of.the. body o f man or horse. Fusilla' de after fusillade came from both parties. Nearer and nearer drew the detectives. Mrs. Samueis was perspiring and begrimed with powder and powder smoke as she loaded the weapons, one after the other. Two of t he detecti ves showed up in the middle of the road l ea din g to the homestead. Piff, paff! two bullets came simultaneousl y from the outlaws' rifles. Down dropped horses and riders. The latter we r e :::oon on thei r feet again, for they were uninjured. although their horses were killed No sooner had they sprang to their feet than the Win chesters of the outlaws rang out again Both men were hit although not se riou s ly bm yet badly enough to be incapacitated from doing further work. Crash. smash! came several bullets from the detectives through the windO\\"S. The latter seemed to b e the target for which they were principally aiming-. Shot after shot crashed through the windowpanes, wh ich were now al l shattered. Grim, and with teeth firmly set, the two outlaws con tint.led to fire. Suddenly a detective appeared within a hundred yards of the house. He was quickly running from tree to tree so as to get nearer the homestead. Jesse's sharp eyes espied him. Bang! went his rifle. The man dropped t h e weapon he was carrying, placed both hands over his breast, r ee led backward, and fell rleacl with a bullet through his heart. "Well hit, Jesse!" Frank, as he saw the man fall. "'Yes, that one is done for," grimly replied his younger brother. Mrs. Samuels was protec ted from any chance shot by a uarricade behind which she continued to load her sons' deadly weapons with a fierce delight that disgraced her sex. Jess e and Frank, however, were oiten exposed, but, marvelous to relate. theY never r eceived a scratch, so far. although the hullets. whizzed past their heads continuall v. ''Ho" is the ammunition, mother?" asked Jesse. "Oh, we'v e got enough to last a year yet," she re plie d .\11 right, then. keep on loading, unle ss you get too tired."' "Oh I'm' not tir ed a bit; b eside s, this does me good," she r esponded, as s h e pa ,rtook of a long drink of strong \d1iskv. She. handed the bottle over to her sons, and they also regaled themselves with a J ong draught of the illicit bre1Ying. Jt1st o.s Jesse h ad the bottle to his lip s, a bullet came c rashing through th e last wh o le pane, and smashed the hot: le in his hand. The flying pieces oi glass cut him about the face and hand's rather seve r e l y, but he took no notice of it. Quietly wiping the flowing blood irom his face with hi s bloody and powder-stained hands, which gave him a hideous look, he continued to fire on the detectives. Two of the latte r had already been severely wounded and one killed.


. 26 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. This made them a c t more cautious h-. Their plau \\'as to approach f rom all s id es and make a rush simultaneousl y o n the Jameses and overpowe r them by their superior numbe r s. The outlaws suspected :is much, and were on the alert. As soon as a head sh o1\ eel itself, a builet was dis patched at it. One of the r e m aining deLect'ives was rash e n ough to show himself, and. a bullet from Jesse's rifle crashed through hi s shoulder and he fell unconscious to the earth. The excitement was intense amon g the detectives, whereas the outlaws blazed a1ray as coolly as if they were firing at a target. Half only of the detectives remained to fight against the two da11ntless brother s. Dayton saw tliat it was useless to continu e the fight without flU'ther assistaHce. lt wasabs.urd fo r only four men in t h e o p e n to fight 3gainst two s u ch men as the Jameses when they were protected by the shelter of the hous e Davton drew back and called the other detectives to a co1isultatio n. ''It is .impossible ior us to d o anything the wa) ) we are fighting now," he remarked. ''Four of our are done for am\ none of us kno w \1ho's to be next. Have any of you any plan to pro po c ?" "Yes; replied one." ''What is it?" "I've got a ha'nd g1: e nade here: let o n e of u s creep up to' th e house and throw i t in through the wi11dmv. "It 1\iill explode aml most l ikely set fire to the house, when and Frank w iil he compe lled to come o u t "\\Then they cto; ,,.e fom can eas ily manage them." "l don't favor that plan at all," Dayton remarked. ''lt is a cowardly thing to -do. and bes ides I am sure Mrs: Samu els is in the hous e and the boy, George Lover, for 1\'hose c aptme, you kno1Y. l am principally working." But Ji111 Dayton's objections 1rtre 0 1 e1trule

, Send in your e.xchange notices, boys. We will publish them all in a special "Exchange Department." ABOUT FAMOUS MEN. Boys, turn to page 32 and see the announcement o ; il1e new. Contest. Everybody is to have another try at the valuable prizes offered. Don t miss this opportunity but send il'I your article at once. Following are some of the be'st received during the week. Read them, and then send in your own! Stories About Lincoln. (By William Kerr, Pennsylvania.) Lim:oln was born in Kentucky iu 1809, in a littfe old log house. He bad nothing to write with, so he took a piece of a shingle and a piece of charred wood. He was very fond of books and once he borrowed a few books from a neighbor, and, spoiliug one, he had to work two weeks to pay for it. When he moved to Indiana his father sold all his furniture for two barrels of whisky, and whil e moving on a raft the raft ups e t and he lost ltis whisky. Lincoln was an honest and upright m a n. Onc e while he was clerking in a store he made a mistake of a few cents, and walked several miles to fix up. When a boy he worked on the farm the best part of bis time and did not get very much schooling. While yet young h e belonged to the America n army in the war with Mexico, and iu oue battle, seeing that the enemy were getting the b est of it he ask e d pennission to advance ;vith some men and a cannon, and he forced his way into .a ch urcll iu the enemy's rear, and poured shots into tliem till they ran in great confusiou and disorder. When Lincoln wa s elected President it made con s iderable co11fusio11 iu the South, the people thinking that he would stl)p s lavery at onc e but this was not so, though hi:'! did not like to see the peo p l e having slaves He took his oath as President Mar c h + 1861. Soou after, the Civil War broke out which he handled with great ability. 1Ir. Li11col11 was seated iu a box in a theatre when John Wilkes Booth sl i pped i11 behind him and shot him in the back of the hea d. Then Booth, while making his way out oft.he b o x caught hls le g i11 the American flag and he fell, breaking his leg He limped out of the theatre, and leaped ou a horse which was in waiting for him, and made his escap e Booth thought h e yas doing a great tb' iu g for tlte South by killiug the Pre sid e nt. After Lincol n was shot he w as c a rried lo a nearby house where h e died, and tlie n ext day tl1e flags were at balfmast all over the nation. Booth was followed to a barn in Virginia, where he was killed by Lieuteuaut L. B. Baker. Captain John Smith. (By Miles Burns Massa ch nsetts. ) 1'he life and actions of this extraordinary man re s embles the deeds of a hero of romance. In the early part of his career he had the command of a body of cavalry in the .Austrian army, and, during a contest with the Tmks, was taken prisoner, and sent as a s lave to Constantiuople, from which he afterward obtained his release and returned to England. His romantic and enterprising spirit led him to engage in an expedition to the New World aud by his superior abilities the colony was repeatedly rescued from the brink of ruin. The singular adv entures of Captain Smith form a conspicuous portion of the history of the colon y On one occasion, while expl9ring the country, he was taken prisoner by a band of 2 0 0 Iudia11s, but charmed with his valor and the various arts which he used to astonish or please them, they rel e ased him from captivity. After this he was again taken b y a party of 300, who J e d him bdure Powhatan in triumph. The sentence of death was immediate ly pronounc ed against liim, and he was coudttcted to the plac e of executiou. His head was laid upou a stone, and tile sayages with uplifted clubs, were about to di s patch their victim when Pocohontas, the favorite daughter of Powhatan, threw herself be twe e n the prisoner. and by her tears aud entreaties pre vajled upon her father to recall his sentence. Her pray er s ?.ere heard and Smith wa s set at liberty. Tu 1609 Captain Smith, i n con s equence of an injury received b y au accidental explosion of gunpowder, was obliged to return to Englaud for medical aid, where be died a few years later. Gen. Robert E. Lee. ( By Edg_ar S. Poore, Richmond, Va.) Robert Edmund Lee the most di stinguished Cenfed erate g eneral, as born in Virgiuia in 1806, and died in r 870. He was the son of General Henry Lee, the famou s 'Light Hors e Harry." H e \Vas graduated at \\' est Point in 1829 at the iiead of h'i::; class. He dis player1 h is great ability, a11d was em p loyed in the most responsible positions eYen duriug the times of peace, aud when war w a s declared with Me x ico he was ap pointed chief en g ineer. The profes s ional ability and pers o ual bravery the r e cl isplayed added uew laurels to his fame and rapidly wou him the bre,ets of major, 1 ienteuant-colonel, and c o lonel. At the close of the war he was reco g niz e d by the army as the fitting succ e ssor of Ceneral Scott whenever the latter should retire from the head of the a rmy A letter written to his sister after the secession of Virginia plaiuly indicates his feeling in regard to the Civil War, and se t s forth hi s rea s on for giving his services to the Confederate cause. Perhaps s ome of my readers would like to hear what h e had to my. Here it is: "Now we are in a sta t e of war which will yield to


28 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. nothi ng. The whole South i s in a s t a t e o f revolution, into whic h Virginia, after a long struggle, has been drawll, and tho u g h I recoguize 110 necessity for this s t ate of things, a u d would have forborne and pl eaded to the end for r edress o f g rievauc e s real o r supposed, y e t in m y own pe rson I had to mee t t h e question whethe r I woul d take part against my native State. Wit h all my deyotion to the U11io11, a11d the fe eling o f loyalty and dut y of a n American citizen, I have not beeu able to rnake up m y mind t o raise m y h and agains t m y rela t i v e,;, m y childre n and m y home. I have, therefore, r e signetl. m y commis s io n in the arl!ly, a n d, s ave in the d efe n s e of m y nat iv e State, with the hope that m y poor s ervi ces will 11e1e r lie n e ed ed, I h ope I m a y never lie called on to d ra w mv sword." Dtiiing the fir s t year o f t he w a r, although one o f five g en e ral s appoint ed b\ the Co n federate C o n g r ess, was k ept in the ba c k ground, but o n his appointment a s co111m1111cler-in-c h ie f in 1 862 11ew l ifo was infused into t h e arn1ies umkr lii n ; a11d that e n c rgy wh,c h u e ver fagged to the bitter end began t o make i t se lf fel t A l thoug h 011t11n111bered-sometimes b y lllor e tha n two t o oneh e kept 11p the 11n eq11a l fight fo r thre e years, a n d i u t lie battles dmi n g tlrnt peri od usuall y infli c t e d far h eade r losses tl1an lie Probabl v not even Xap ol e on was s o devo tedl y l ov e d by h is s icliers as wa.s L e e, aud under his co mm:rn d they \\' e r e ::ilmost invincible. Tile war l ef t him home less and penniless, and h e gladly accepted the pres: d e n cy o f what .is uow called t h e '' Washingtm1 a n d Lt>e liniversity at L exingto n Va., a positio n whi c h he fille d with g r eat fid elity d11ri11g the remainder o f h i s l if e. '' Th" e grente::t gi ft tlie liero h is race I s t o b:we be e n a J;ero." How Genera l Put nam FODled the Enemy. ( B y Johu Brenne r A lb:rny, N Y.) Duriug the Revolutio n a s tro11ghold calkd some m iles abo v e N e w Yor k \ Yas i n the p ossessio n of the Britis h P ntnau1 w ith a f e w sti;rdy ratrio t s, was ltirkiug i n the vicinity, bent o n d r i v in g the lll fr o m the plac e Tire d ot' lyi u g iu amb n s b the m e n became impatient aud importllned t h e gen eral with questio n s 2s to when the y wer e going t o h ave a b o11t with the foe. One morning h e made a spe ec h wbicb co u vinced the m something \\ a s in the win d 'Fellers, you've bee n idle t o o loug, and s o hav e I. I'm going down t o B ush's at: H o r se n ec k in a n hour with an ox tea111 and a load o f corn; i f I c o m e b ac k I will let you kuo w all the particulars; if I s h ould n ot, let 'e111 h a \ e it, b y the h okey." He shortly a f t e r ward 111ou11tecl his o x cart dresse d a s one o f the commones t order of Yankee fa r mers, alid was soon at Bu sh's t avern, whic h was in posse,; si o n of the Britis h troops. N o sooner did the offi cers espy him than they be g a n to ques ti o n him a s t o his whereabouts, and findi n g him a complete simpldo n ( a s they tho u ght) they began to quiz him and threatened to seiz e his corn a n d fodder. 'How much d o you a s k for your whole consarn ?" asked the\. '' I o r marcy sake, gentlemen, replied the mock clodh o pper, with the mos t deplor a b l e look "only let me off aud you shall have m y hull t e a m and load for nothing, and if that won' t dew I'll g i v e y o u my word I'll return to-morrow and pay you heartily for your kindnes s and condescension.' "Well,," said they, "we' ll take y o u at you r word. Leave the team with us, and we won' t require any bail ,for your appearance." Putnam gav e up his t eam and sauntered abo u t an hour o r s o, gaining all the information that 11e wished. He 1 then returned to his men, and told them of the disposi t io n of the foe and his pla n of attack. The m orning came, and with it started out the g allaut band. The B ritish were handled with rough hands, and when they surrendered to General Putnam, the clodhopper, h e remarked: ''Gentleme n I hav e ouly kept m y word. I told you that I would call and pay you for your kindness and c o ndesceus i o u ' How K it Carson Managed a B u lly ( By D o n a l d N il son, Pennsylvania. ) O n e t i m e, whe n Kit Carson was with a party of men, tl1ere 'l\as a Frenchma n a m ong the m liy the n ame o f Shuman, k n O\Yll as a bully. He was d a n g e rous when in t oxicat e d a n d C a rson h a d feare d b e would make trouble, a ucl h e tri ed to get rid o E him. B u t the Frenchman grew worse every day. 011e d a y Shuman w a s boas t in g o f his e x p l oi t s, and was p articularly insolent, and insulting against all Ame ri cans Carso n hear d all. and he i mlll c di a te!y s t e p pe d forward and said: ' I a lll an Ame ri cau, the most i nco n s i d erable o ne a m o n g thelll, but i f y o u wis h t o d i e say anothe r w o.rcl a g ai u s t the A m erica n s Shmnan defied h i m He was sitting o n his hors e with a l oaded r ifle in hi s hand. Ca rson leaped u pon his horse with a l o aded p istol. The y both fire d almost at the sam e t ime, but Carso n a lit.ti e a head. Shuman's ball jus t grazed Carson's cheek. Carsou s ball eute r ed S huma n s Jia u d a n d came 011t at the w ri s t The bully begg e d for l1is .life and it was spare d a n d from tlJat time .Americans \rere u e \ e r in sulte d by him. General Richard M ontgomery. ( By R 1vl. J a mes, Kentucky. ) Ireland h a s given m a n y gallant s o ldiers to the armies of tli e world but n o n e was mor e worthy of honor tha n the bra, e Montgomery, who fe ll fig h t in g fo r A m erican liberty at Quebec. Richa r d l\fo:1 tgomery, the so n o f a memb e r of the Britis h P arlia111cut, was born D ece m ber 2 1736 at Feltrim, I r e l and. H e r ec ei \'e d a good education, fini s h ing at Trinity Coilege, Dllbl iil. Fie entered t!Je E n g l is h army at 1 8, a n d in 1 7 57 was ordered t o Halifax with his regiment T h e young soldie r t ook part in the siege of L o uisburg unde r command o f the brilliant g e n eral, James Wolf. A f t e r serving iu the c a m p a ign which terminate d in E n g l and's acquiriug p o ssess i o u of Canada, he w ent to the \V e s t Indies re-..


THE JESSE JAMES STORIESo 29 turning to New York in 176 3 About this time he paid a visit to Engla nd where he s ympathiz ed with the liberal politiql principles of Charles James Fox, E dmund Burke and Isaac Barre. Giving up his c ommiss ion in the army, he r eturne d to America, bought a farm at Kingsbridge, in what is now New York City, and married a daughter of Judge Robert R. Livingst'on. B esides the farm he purchased a fiue place on the Hudson, but spent the greater part of his married life n ear Rhine beck, N. Y .. on an estate belonging to his wife. He was a delegate to the Firs t Provincia l Congress, h eld in New York City i11 1775. In June of the sarne year he accepted an appointment a s brigadier-general in the Continental Army. Appointe d to se rve under General Schuyler, the coloni sts ope ned their campai g n agains t C anad a, Schuy l e r s illnes s g a v e Mont g om ery actua l command. He captured the for t re ss e s of St. Jolrn, Cham bly and Montreal. Joining his li t tl e army of 300 m e n with the forces of Benedict Arno ld he attempted the capture o f Quebe c. Before the battle he was mad e a major-general. He l e d his forces to the a ssault upon the city with the w o r d s : ' Me n of K ew York, you will not fear to follow where your gene ral leads.'' The attack failed and Moutgome ry was killed and was buried nea r the spot where he f ell. A grateful country brought his b o dy to New York in 1 818 and laid it in St. Paul's churchyard, wh e re a stately monument was ere cted to his memory. How Abraham Lincoln Helped a Pig. ( By Charle s A. L eavitt, Quincy !viass. ) Abraham Lincoln was an honest and kind-hearted man, and at the time of lii s death all the North and most of the South wept. O ne time when l i e w;is go i n g off on horseback be had to go through a fie ld. The r e happe ned to be a pig stuck in the mud by a whi c h he had to go over. He h a d a homespun suit of clothes on but he was so kind-hearted th t lie got off of hi s horse and helped the pig out and got his suit all mud, but he didn' t care for that. TALES Of HUNTING AND TRAPPING. TRAPPEJ:::>., BY CHARLES FROST. B e a ver Cre e k w a s one o f th e best fishing places I e ver kuew. It was an insignificant, n a rrow, little strea m its whole length uot being more than two or three mile s but it was full of broad, cle ep p o ol s that swarmed with big sunfish, catfish chubs, suckers, pike and bass Not many streams can boast of snch a variety, and it is little won de r we b oys alway s preferred Bea\er Creek to the broader, deeper waters of the Conewago, or the Yellowbreeches. I can n e ver forget one particular Sat urday afternoon that I s p e nt there-au _afterno on which to this day I recall with a shudder. I had been looking forward to that fishing trip for a whole week. I had a c a n o f nice fa t black worms, and when I started off after dhmer I felt like shouting for joy. F 'or some reason or other ( I don't recall why it was,) nobody went with rne that day. I am inclinecl t o think, however, I was as well s atisfied, for I admit that, re garding fishing, I was always a little selfish It was three mil e s from home to Bender's sawmill, the best fishing waters began, aud this distance I covered in considerably less than an hour. From Bender's down to the point where Beaver Creek empties in the Conewa g o is just a s wiid and lone s o me a bit. of COUil try as you could find of the Vork barrens. The stream circled in and out among huge. rocks, gray and moss-grown, that towered high over the water, at some places, and at others lay piled up in heaps in the bed of the creek. Steep bills stretched on both sides dense with pine a!J(; l spruce I foll o wed up the bed of the stream for ,nearly a mile, drop pi 11g a line here and there, and lifting an o_ccasional sunfish or a big chub. Then the channel became too ron g h and obstructed for even me to climb, and making a detour through a ::lense tangle of loose stone and bl a ck b err:y thickets, I came out at the ,ery finest spot on the whole length of Beaver Creek. The water filtered through a natural dam of big rocks and fallen timber into a deep pool about thirty feet square. Along both sides ran a flat ledge of rocks about two feet above the water, and the trees, arching at the top, made it a perfect grotto of shade and coolness.' I fas-


30 THE JESSE JJ.\lVIES STORIES. t e n e d a big w o rm o n the hook i n t e m pting co i ls, and ca s t it with a t re m bliug han d i nto the v e r y c e n t e r of the pool. The faint ri p p les had s ca r cely died awa y 011 t h e e d ge whe n a tre m e ndou s tug s e11t a t h r i 11 through e v e r y n erve, a nd the s harp resist a n ce tha t me t m y effort t o pull out tol d m e I h ad h oo ke d a p e r fect b eaut y The struggl e was brief a n d glor i o u s O nce I thought I had lo s t my prize, b u t the hook h el d rirm, and pre s ently I was b e n d ing with del ight o ve r a pl ump bass that co!lld n o t hav e w e ighe d l e s s tl!an t w o pou n d s. I put him on a stringer an d fas te n e d t o t h e brn n c h of a pine t re e for I was a l raicl t o trus t m y priz e in t h e wate r. Then I threw in agai11, a n d wai t e d for auo th e r b i te M y b a ud trembled so w ith excite m e n t that tl1e rod shoo k and I expecte d every rno111e u t another strike But. a s none c ame I grew uueasy. Perhap s tbe b a i t was out o f orde r I thought or p oss ibl y the h o o k w a s fast o n the bo ttom. I be ga n t o p u ll u p a n d s u re e n o u g h t h e line w as fas t. In those day s a h ook \\ a s too v al u able a u article to risl: s o I s l id t h e rod b ehind 111e until I co u l d grasp the li n e with m y hands, a n d then began to p111! s t eadi l y. At the very fir s t effort I felt s o m ethin g yield, a n d as the line c a m e o u t i n c h b y inch, w ith a h e a v y r e s i s tance, I c o n c l ud e d the h o o k \\ as ca11gh t i n a ston e or w a ter. logg e d bit o f '\Vood. In a mo111ent m o r e I saw a dar k shado w under t h e su r fa ce and then with one l as t tug, 1 broug h t t o view, n o t a s t o u e o r a log but a s q11a r e tin b o x wi t h a brass h a u d l e atHI lo c k It was v e r y Lea v y, but I dragged i t s a f e l y to the top of the l edge, and a momen t l a ter the myst e r y w a s ex plained iu a way tha t t oo k m y breath a'\Vay. Only a we e k pre v i ou s a far mer ua111e d Abbott, w ho r es id e d u ea r Bender s s aw111i l l h a d b ee n r o bbed o f a t i n box c ontai n i n g a ll his sa\ in g s in gold T h e thie f was s u p p o s ed to b e a tramp w h o h ad bee n s e en lurkin g i n the n e i ghbo r h oo d but i n s p i t e of a clos e s e a r c h no t race o f him h ad been d is co e recl. This was the s to le n m oney a t m y fe e t and the thief who h a d s unk it i n the d e p ths o f the pool w a s prob a b ly hiding a mo n g the rocks i u the v i cinity unti l all dange r of c apture was o v e r. I was not slow t o percei v e m y own dange r, but I determined t o h o ld on to the money a t any co s t. I glanced o n all sides, and then li s tened sharply for a moment, but all was quie t save the loud b e ating of my heart. In l ess tha n a minute m y t ackle was put up, and taking rod and fis h in hand, the precious box in the o t her, I m a d e tracks f9r B ende r s sawmill as fast a s I could g o In o rde r t o cut off t b e m os t rugged part of the vall e y J c i rcl e d back along t he. s lope of the h i ll. Abov e m e rose a jagg e d h ea p o f l oose b o o lders, with d a r k caverns, s h owi u g here a u d there 011 the gray sur fac e, a n d g l au c i n g up in s udden fright caused by the sharp crack of a dead l imb, I observed a roug hl y-clad unsha ve n man s t a nd ing a.I;_ the eutra n ce t o o n e o f these c a v e s a f e w yards dis t a n t. The su rprise was mutual. H i s sharp gaz e s ca n ne d m e cl os el y and then 1 s a w h i s eyes flas h. '' V ou young var m i n t 1 h e c ri e d ; ''dro p tha t box; d o YOU h ea r rne?" : M y det e r m i n a t i o n was form e d i n an i n s t an t If i t w a s a p os si b l e t hi n g, I meaut to s av e that m o ney, ancl drop p in g ro d a n d fishn o t witho u t a pang a t tlie t ho u ght o f that t wo-poun d hass-I turned a n d plung e d amollg the rocks a nd b u s h es. I h e a r d l1is wrathful c r y as h e s t arted in purs11i t but it only nerved me to greater efior t s I forme d rny p l a n s of e s ca p e while I ran. T o fol l ow u p t h e rugged course o f the s t r eam to the m i l l wou l d bring certa in capture. :.'-I y o i;ly hope J a y iii c rossing t b e cree k and g a i n ing the top of the t h ickly -wood e d r i d g e. The summ i t wa s co!:1parati v e ly ope n and if I ,ms flee t of fo o t I might reac h Bender s i n s af e t y A ll this pass e d t hroug h my miud in a n i nstan t as I dashed o yer s t on e s and fa ll e n t im b e r toward the w a t e r. I s truck til e cree k at a bad p l a c e It wa s li t erall y full o f huge u p right boulders, and the wate r a t t h ei r b a st: was dee p. To w a d e i t would b e too perilo u s, so I d a s hed a t the slanti n g surfa c e of a hug e roc k a nci p u lle d m y sel f to the fla t top by mean s of the m o s s and c revic es It w a s t e n or twelve feet a b o v e the water, a nd separated by a gap s ca r c el y t wo fee t wi d e w a s anothe r hug e b o ulder on the oth e r side o f whic h the wat e r was sha l l o w a n d offered a m eaus of s a fet y A s I pulle d myself to m y f ee t I heard the b u shes crac k be'l1ind m e and a fie r ce c o mmand to s t o p, embelli s h e d by an e xecration, shouted i n m y ears. This start l t:d me. M y pursuer was clo ser at hand than I bad s u p p osed I made a l ea p a t the small chasm bet\ ... 1een the two great b oulde r s, and prob a bly thro11g b ner vousness-I c a n t a cc o unt fo r it in any other wayI m issed m y ai m and dropp ed dow n between them. I f elt a sharp j e r k a b out my neck and shoulders the tin bo x dropp ed to the wa\er, and then I r ealized wha t h a d happen e d I h ad stuck midway to the b otto m in a narrow space b e t w e en the t w o roc k s My h ea d was about six f ee t fro m the top, a n d my f eet were a little n earer t h e w ater. My back was v v ed g e d fa s t, and I was unabl e t o m ove m y a rm s. The pain was excruciating, and a s I uttered a sharp cry a s hadow flitting a c ross m y eyes told m e t h e s camp w a s ou t o p of the rock. ''Ca 11ght in your o w n trap, you young rasc a l s a i d he; serv e s you right, too; hand up that box, quic k!" The absurdity of the demand mus t hav e suddenly struck him, for I beard him chuckle softly.


THE JESSE JAMES Then the footsteps receded over the rock, aud I won dered what he meant to do. Ju spite o f the pain, I struggledt desperately to free myself. All at once my coat gave way, and then dovvu I plumped into the water breast deep. A hasty glance showed 111e 111y surroundings. In my rear the gap between the bo uld ers was closed tightly; in front was a spac e that look ed barely large eriough to admit my body. I was hesitating whether to make a dash for freedom or not when the tramp appeared overhea d with a huge lil1lb intending, evidently, to poke me loose. ''Ha! saved me the trouble, did you?" 'be exclaimed; "now come out h ere with that box just as quick as you can, do you hear me? If you don't I'll finish you," he added, angrily, as I made uo reply. I was terribly scared. Tn fact, had I bee11 certain. that he would do me 110 harm, I would probably have gone Ollt, but the expression of his face made me believe he would kill me in orde r to avoid future pursui t. The precious box was under water, and I could locate it with my fo o t as I moved about. 'fhen I hea rd him mo ving away again, a1id a m oment later h e app ea red at the broa d eud of the passage, \.Vading in the water. 1 gave it up now, but retreated as far back as pos sible a s he advanced, and then with :i thrill of hop e obse r v ed tha t he was unable for force his way in. His burly form could not squeeze between the rocks. Mv exultatiou was shortiived. -After mutteri11g savagely a n d mak: n g the most dread ful threats, he disappea red a nd made hi s way to the top of t he rock. He had two or three stones in his haud, and the s e he flung clown with a ll his might. T-;vo barely miss ed 111e. but the third struck me on the arm, and I crie d out with pai1i. The r e was absolutely no place of refuge. I was imprison e d like a rat in a trap, at the mer cy of thi s d esperate scoundre l. will you come ont ?" he cried; ''dive clown in tll< : water and get pie that box. If you do I'll let you go without harm." I knew the man was iying, and I determine d to stay where I was a t a ll hazards. "No," I said; "I won't come out." This reply made him furiou s. He s n a t c h e d np the pole ancl jammed it fiercely at me. Luckily it mis s e d my bead, and grasping i t quic kiy, I j erked it from h is hands. ''I'll kill you as I would a rat," he ro a red, and the n I heard him go clattering down over the rock. I '1vas h a lf persnade d to rnsh out a11d try to escape but as I waded toward the entra n c e I saw m y enemy iu the shallow w ater a few yards b e low He was pickiug up rounded s tones as big as m y head. I shiv e r ed and a mist S\\'alll before my e y es. When' I looked again be was w ading directly t oward me fiv e of thos e g r eat missiles iu his arm-;: His fiendish face appeare d at the entrance, and then, drawiug back his right arm, he l e t fly t h e largest of the stones. If it had struck my head, it would have brained me, but in my frantic attempt to reach the other end of the passage, I slipped into the water, and the stone passed harml essly over m e striking the rock with a loud crasl1. As I staggered blindly to my feet, glancing through the 1iarrow aperture I saw, a few yards up the creek, a man in high boots, with a g un oYer hi s shoulder, calmly wading the shallo w water. "Help! help! h elp!" I shouted, and then, as a n other bi g stone whizze d by m y head, I went unde r headfirst. I stayed there until m y h ead was nearl y bursting, aud when I came to the top m y r e s c u e r was looking curiously through the cre vice, and the miscreant liacl vanished. It was the work of a moment to dive for the tin box and crawl out\between tl1e stom s. T he stranger turned. out to be a d etective officer in search of this yery man, whose presence in the neighborhood liad been accidentally discovered. My hasty explanatio n started him a t once in pursuit, but h e so o n discovered that h e conic! do n othing aloue, and he returne d with me to Bender's mill h e re a l arge party \\"US speedil y organi zed. In spite o f all their efforts, however, the lllan was ue\er captured. He skilfully el nded detection. }i or my cl i s covery and rescue of the sto l e n money I receive d a substantia l re ward from the owner, but from tha t clay I had a d re ad o f Beaver Creek, and not eve1! the prospect of catchiug more big bass could ever a z ai n lure m e thither. FROM TWO OF THE WINNERS. Messrs. Street & S111ith, 238 \Villiam St., New York. Gentle m e u : Your received, aucl I am delighted with it. This is t h e only contest I ev e r entaecl that has treated a pe r s on fairly, as I have often gone into such contests only to find that the y \Vere fakes. If ever another contest opens by your company I hope I may be abl e to enter it. Thanking you agaiu I remain, Jersey City, N. J. Lun; O' MALLEY. Luke O'l\falley was O!le of the lucky winners iu the recent Pri ze Character Contes t. \ Ve are glad to know y ou were so well pleased with your peukuife, and would call your a t t entio n to the Dew contest now runniug. Tl1e u e w priz es are quite as valuable. Messrs. Street & Smith, 238 \Viiliam St., New Vork. Gentlemen: To say that I was surpris ed on corning hom e l\Ionda, auc! findi n g a box there containing a nrngic lantern and outfit wol1ld be stating it mildly. I had no i d ea t!Jat I would 011e of 1lie nriz e winners in your Jesse James Coutes t. But I k11e1v that you would ac t fai rly toward anyone sending in their article to try for th e prize, and would giv e what you promised to thuse who deserved it. I have also seut i11 another story on Robert E. Lee, mid hope I will be anothe r winner. Thanking you for the lnntern, which is a handrnme one, I remain. Rich111011d. Ya. EDGAR S. POORE. We are very glad you liked the magic lantern s o well. Your article is entered in the new contest. Watch for it. The prizes are fiue.


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JESSE JAMES STORIES. (LARGE SIZE.> The best stories published of the famous Western outlaw. 1-Jesse James, the Outlaw. A :t\arrative of the James Boys. 2-Jesse James' Legacy; or, The Border Cyclone. 3-Jesse James' Dare-Devil Dance; or, Betrayed by One of Them. 4-Jesse James' Black Agents; or, The Wild Raid at Bullion City. 5-Jesse James' Oath; or, Tracked to Death. 6--Jesse James in Wyoming; or, The Den in the Black Hills. 7-Jesse James, Rube Burrows & Co. 8--<-Jesse James' Daring Deeds; or, The Raid on the Pine Ridge Jail. 9-Jesse James at the Throttle; or, The Hold-Up at Dead Man's Ditch. 10-Jesse James' Double; or, The Man from Missouri. 11-Jesse James Among the :VToonshiners; or, The rain Robbers' Trail in Kentucky 12-Jesse James' Close Call; or, The Outlaw's Last Rally in Southern Wyoming. 13-Jesse James in Chil:ago; or, The Handit King's Bold Play. 14-Jesse James in New Orleans; or, The :Man in the Black Domino. rs-Jesse James' Signal ('ode; or, The Outlaw Gang's Desperate Strategy. r6--Jesse James on the Mississippi; or, The Duel at Mid night. r7-Jesse James' Cave; or, The Secret of the Dead. 18-The James Boys in St. Louis; or, The Mysterid\ of a Great City. 19-Jesse James at Bay; or, The Robbers' Tratl.1 20-Jesse James in Disguise; or, The Missouri Outlaw as a Showm'ln. (Series) JESSE JAMES' EXPLOITS : 21-Chapters 1-7 describe Jesse James' Feud with the Elkins Gang. 22-Chapters 8-19 describe Jesse James' Chase Through Tennessee 23-Chapters 20--32 describe Jesse James Amongt the Mormons. 24-.Chapters 33-46 describe Jesse James' Deal in Dead Valley 25...-Chapters 47-57 describe Jesse James on the Trail for Revenge. 26-.Chapters 58-74 describe Jesse James' Kidnaping Plot. 27-Chapters 75-87 describe Jesse James' Death Deal in Dakota 28-Chapters 88describe the James Boys' Capture and Escape at Pancake Diggings. 1 29-Chapters 97-112 describe Jesse James' Hunt Death of the Outlaw Vasquez 30-Chapters 113-129 describe Jesse James' Escape from Cheyenne. 31Chapters 129-136 describe.. Jesse James' Rich Prize. All of the a.bove numbers always on hand. If you cannot get them from them to you by mail, postpaid. your newsdealer, five cents a copy will bring.< . STREET & SMITH,--Publishers, 2 3 8 William Street, New Yor


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