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1 1 n 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Didn't Get the Job. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Alfred Henry Lewis in New York Herald: Frank James, an aforetime terror, and who was for eighteen years following the close of the war the king of western holdups, was de feated the other day in a modest am bition for office. James asked the Mis souri legislature to name him door keeper of the house of representatives, and was beaten with a prompt com pleteness which left nothing for re spectability to cavil at. Doubtlesss however the defeat of James brought the pang to that element of gray rebel lion, replete of moss . and mocking birds, in whose ears still ring ' the bugles of the lost confederacy. These folk look on James as a patriot fit to talk with William Tell. It was A. M Dockery, now governor of Missouri, who was a stumbling block in the office seeking path of James. TJoekery became a stumbling block in this fashion: Dockery is of that thrifty set. who own banks. In the old days James was so repungant to the banking interests in so far that he pillaged small eligible banks on all possible oc casions, with others back in the mid dle '70s. James held up and looted the bank at Gallatin. Mo., of which Dock ery was then and still is a principal owner. The James gang rode up and paused in front of Dockery's bank. They emptied their six-sooters in a carelees, almost listless fashion up and down the street. The experienced natives of the hamlet fled to cover with a unanimity which on. any other matter of general interest was never arrived at. Then Jesse James and a fellow bandit entered the bank, while Frank and the others sat on their horses domineering the scene outside. Jesse and his partner collected all available assets. the exact amount whereof was never disclosed. Some authorities say as much as $80,000. I asked a Gallatin historian on one occa sion. "How much?" He couldn't say in figures, but assurde me that "it was a bundle big enough to choke a cow, and all in $500 bills." As a red inci dent to bis harvesting the wealth of 'the bank Jesse slew the cashier, who I was disposed to a peevish, grumbling imenerecce. Undertaker fiot Hia Own "I think you belong to the undertak- er. anyway." retorted Jesse to the on. Ion cashier "and I reckon I'll fix you so that you won't get away.' le-rsixter barked Tand"the fixed cashier three dav later nail viae ui me iai seek luuciaia uaiiauu ever enjoved. Frank. Jesse and their foit n, m vnm V,v nAlltlM their plunder But it seemed to displease Dockery. this rapine of his bank, and he has never been reconciled to the raid nor to Frank James, who was ite architect anl moving spirit. Dockery is now governor, ind Frank James is the de- feated candidate for doorkeeper of the state house of representatives. Dock- ery was the influence to blight the door slamming hopes of James. and , 7iin i,.,i, ,lu., waVttei-efSon 1 Frank James' is now fuUy 60 years ' of age. There is little in his look or make up to wart one of the fires of misrule, not o jot murder, that con- i .,.!,: x.. T ,. ! of middle height, slender rather than h 11-, .,r,Ho l His eyes are gray and keen like a new , myself ur. I want nothing but justice, bowie. quietlv watchful, and folk who1 Ve,n ,,?ubt f. T have had the uneasy advantage of a acquittal, and the step I now take meeting with him say they never wink. iSMns he on,y- w-u as,the sfccrtest James' hair is light brown, and his ' way to a dav when, under my own beard and mustache are the hue of name- acd ,earln? no. raan- 1 ra 1,ve corn silk. The exholdup is a word- ?;lth mv wi'e and m mv own hom.f: less man. and gentle in his way. It is 1 m yur prisoner governor: what will the peace of the panther, however; the truce of the mountain lion capa- ui in, iTn iih ani ctawo ttodSrtfeS? agTnc. Alone of - . " I iuiujiiKiii train lur iiiutruiiutsitut;, wnnc te rnwJH wi of la" naictment had long been waiting genTlenLs5aandF,mn1d mll" They'd' , nbWv JameS better lift one of his griddles once." "" conl!ng of tne midnlght Frank's Celebrated Surrender. train. James and Farr went across to Frank James, who was four years the hotel to get dinenr and kill time, older than his brother Jesse, is fairly The news of the James "surrender" well educated. He was a student at had spread. thwe were a thousand the William Jewett college, a seminary folks to crowd about them. This, after of some local reputation in Clay coun- the first ten minutes, made James tin ty, Missouri, when the war broke out. easy. He whispered to Farr: Jese received little education and for- "Have vou got any guns on you?" got even that. "No." replied Farr. Possibly the story of Frank James' "Well, for heaven's sake, get some," "surrender" to Governor Crittenden . said James. "I'm used to carrying may b worth the telling. It was in i guns. I'm nervous without them. November. 1883. The causes which j There may be a dozen lunatics in this led to it antedated the "surrender" crowd, any one of whom might put a two years. Among the outlaws who bullet through my head merely to hay from time to time onerated with the hereafter that he'd downed Frank James boys were Dick Liddle and j James." Wood Hite. The first was a meager , Farr was ignorant of "guns." He ob little man with a squeaky voice. Also tained a brace, however, and James he was as game as a hornet. Wood loaded them with great comfort to Hite was a handsomer man and a sort himself. He offered them to Farr. of Beau Brummel among the outlaws, j The latttr told him to keep them, as He likewise in the idiom of Missouri : he was untaught in their use. James was reckoned "clean straw game." j belted them on under his coat, and Wood Hite and Dick Liddle loved the ( with an air of deep relief taid he was same girl a kind of she bandit the. now ready to dine. The two sat down girl was and she loved both Wood j at a table, the prisoner in possession Hite and Dick Liddle with a fervent Impartiality that finally bred the ob sequies of Wood Hite. Hite and Liddle called ths same day at thft Ray county farmhouse of which the girl was the sunshine. The artil lery of the lovers came promptly to the front. With the earliest flash the iAr in the case dived into the cellar with a celerity that would make the j motions of a prairie dog going into hia uvm plow and sedentary. The exit of the lady in no wise damnened the jocund war. Bang! bang! bang! went the mutual six-shooters. When the smoke blew away Wood Hite was dead and Dick Liddle hid a broken lov Th ladv emerged from thp cel lar' and nursed Dick Liddle tenderly ,. Sh-i would have nursed Wood Hite if j affairs had bf n reversed. I ncy mi ned Wood Hite's body in the bd nf a running stream and ihe ears of the law heard not of its taking off. But Jesse James, who was in Ten nessee at. the time, heard of it. He sent word that he would kill Dick Lid dle on sight. This was exactly the kind of nromie Jeste Jam was apt to keep. nd when he lesrned of il Dick Liddle waxed a bit nervous. These outlaws would fight with each other like wolves. But the boldest was in abject fear of Jesse James. As affairs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 stood. Dick Liddle, to steal a phrase from the science of insurance, regard ed himself as "a bad risk." "Dick" Liddle, Death Agent. There was $50,000 reward on Jesse, lead or alive, offered by railways and banks. Liddle determined to hook up with the authorities and aid in the hunting of Jesse, and thereby secure safety and wealth at one and the same time. It was a bright, albeit a craven idea, and it worked. As a result Jesse was killed by Bod Ford in July. 18SS. at St. Joseph. Mo. There was a deal of nerve and a thrill went with the slaughter of Jesse James, but it is. as Kiplink says, "another story." an J may not find telling here. Jesse James' body was brought over to Kearney, in Clay county, and buried in the family dooryard. The one-armed lioness, his mother, distinguished herself on that occasion by her profound, not to say vociferous grief. She threatened all black things against the slayers of her most petted youngest cub. Frank James went to his brother's funeral In disguise. It may have been the death of Jesse, it may have been the cooling touch of creeping years; whatever it was, from that day the one thought of Frank James was how to "surrender" to the law and at the same time win himstlf safe of punish ment. In November of 1883 Frank -James came into Jefferson City and gave up his sruns to the governor. I have heard the story from Governor Crit tenden's lips. "It was about 5 of the afternoon, said Governor Critteden, "when Major John N. Edwards, then editor of the Kansas City Times, end who had been with Frank James at he back of Quantrell in the old guerilla days, came into my office at the capitol. There was a mild man of, middle size, clothed among other garments in a derby hat and a diagonal overcoat, who walked close to the major s elbow. " 'Governor.' said Major Edwards. 'I want to introduce you to Frank James, of whom you have heard, ?nd who has some business to transact with von of moiTient to both. "Then." continued Governor Critten den. "ths mild man ciood forward. As he dld tne J" his i.ands under his overcoat and brought into sight a be t neavy wivn carinuges ami iwu bre eight-inch six-shooters, one a Colt's '? one a Smith & Wesson. I have pisiois yeu 'Governor,' said the mild man. tak- , . , , , -r?.a 'nS fP toward "f ' J?" has told you who 1 am. I m Frank James- 1 want to surrender to you. and here are my guns in proof of what 1 f- As ' ?v u e8eaf8t?iT ' want to explain that they are yours Personally and not the states. Keep them- governor and if you should ever n,e,ed a P!st " v?uch 'or these being a riSht- As 1 mTak? vs,f -vVr Vl onT- syeI- 1 WR"t te "'l M -vo" the first man wh? vr ptive for a moment. In explanation of whet I 'lo, I desire to assert that while I am charged with twenty criDes Ive nev.er committed Jor sl;?n rj Ift,? bVntcd J1 w'f- and 1 "red out. I ve got a boy ? 12 who doen knof h's af nam.c- I ve got a wife and I want to settle down with her and live like other folk. For that reason I've come in to give - """"" w'1" Crittenden gave James in charge to his private secretary, a man named of the artillery. "If any gentleman shots up Frank "If any gentleman shoots up Frank as he picked up a bill of fare where from to order his repast, "you can put down a bet that he il do it in the smoke." The midnight train was crowded with ruralists returning from the Veiled Prophet, a sort of St. Louis Mardi Gran. Farr waxed facetious. "James," he observed. " I never saw a train robbery, and since you all seem going out of the business. I probably never will. Couldn't you as an accom modation hold up this outfit and let me see how it seems?" The outlaw beamed with a fashion of gri "Ka ni humor. arr. he retorted, your proposal shows your ignorar.ee of the game. Don't you know that thse people have been down in St. I".is for three days and ar? cleaned up for every splinter? You couldn't make day wages robbing this train." It was morning when the party rearhed Independence. The wife, the mother and Colonel rtalston. ihe fnth jer-in-law of the bandit, wore waiting : at the station with '-Con" Murphy, the , marshal, when Farr and his captive stepnpd from the train. When they got to the court house the James party went Into one of the empty jury rooms to have a talk. Farr and the marshal were in .the latter's office across the hall. The news had not yet reached Independence and there was no crowd "What will be the amount of the bail?" asked Farr of "Con" Murphy the marshal. The latter looked sur prised. "He can't give bail." replied Mur phy. "James is charged with the mur der of Billy Westfall, the conductor who was killed (he was slain by Jesse) at the time of the holdup. "James doesn't understand it that way," said Farr. "He supposed the charge was robbery and that he could give bail. Murphy sprp.ng up and reached for a Winchester rifile. "All I have to say." observed Mur phy, as with a click! click! he pumped a cartridge into the chamber, "is that Frank James is here and he. s going to stay. If he gets out now he 11 have to get me first." With that the marshal was starting to take possession of the outlaw. Farr detained him. Hold on." he said. "James has two big guns on him." "I don't care if he has a score.' said the marshal "he's going to etay with me. Farr went in and explained to James that the charge was murder and no bail possible. The bandit's eyes glinted with the fierce surprise of it. With the word he was on his feet and his trained hands went to his guns like a flash. "What's that?" he exclaimed "Shoot your way cut. Frank: shoot your way out!" hissed his mother, on the instant, as feverishly on fire as .er son. "Then can't take you. Frank. There ain't men enough in Jackson county to tkc my boy!" One would have supposed that this would huve opened the ball with a crash. It didn't. Frank James lapsed into natural coolness in a moment He even turned on his mother in half wrath. "Keep btill mother!" he said. "I've taken altogether too much of your ad vice in my time. Here s a woman whose interest is greater than yours. Let's hear from her. What would you do?" continued James, turning to his wife. "I'll do what you say. But don't be afraid to say shoot!. This marshal couldn't stop me any more than a cobweb could a cow. I can get away if you give the word." "No. Frank." said his wife. "You've given your word to the governor. Keep it. I'll visit you every day in jail and It won't be long when you're free for good. "Call in Murphy, Farr." said James. And So He Surrendered. Murphy, with rifle at a ready, was just at the door framed up for war. He came in and lames gave him the two guns which Farr had loaned him. Also he turned over two derringers with which he'd been armed from the first. Ten minutes later the jail doors closed on the last of the James gang. Frank James was not tried in Jack son county, but was taken to Gallatin and tried for the robbery of the Dock er' bank. The now governor lent every energy to convict James. Crit tenden sent his attorney general down to Gallatin to see fair play. The jury iisagreed and James was never tfied azain. Since then James has been va riously employed as a clerk, a ticket taker in a St. Touis theater, and a bookmaker for the races. This office he didn't get is the first he ever sought. There is a peculiar modesy and self- respect about Frank James. He has refused $10,000 for an exclusive pho tograph of himself and his certificate of its genuineess. He declined and there are no pictures of this former anierilla extant. During the Chicago World's fair a syndicate offered Frank James $25,000 for his house in Ne vada City, Mo. It wis a one-story af fair, and worth perhaps $750. James frowned like a cloud and turned his back on the man who brought him the proposition without saying a word. He has refused to go on the stage a score of times, and thereby refused a fortune. But. James is a poor man. What did he and Jesse and their fel lows do with the. money they took from hanks and trains money which agregateel over $3,000,000? No one has ever answered that question. 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