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Tragic "Romance in the
Life o f Jim Younger. Declared to "Be Leg ally Dead , He Coaid Marry the Wo man He Lotted, and in His Dcjpair Com mitted Satctde. Strange and terrible were the last days of Jim Younger. The man who for twenty years was an outlaw and fl.iss Aux /Tcjeclebsb H& king of outlaws, sharing the leader- of the greatest gang of bandits country has ever known, the man passed a quarter of a century in enduring in the last few of his life greater misery than had ever known before. And all because of his worship for good woman who returned his love. He had endured without a com- the quarter of a century which He passed in convict stripes in the penitentiary, but when his came his whole being throbbed joy. because he believed that he at last free to marry the devoted who had opened the doors of prison for him. ■ But he found that the freedom him was an empty thing. The law still held him in chains. personified in the attorney- of Minnesota, sternly declared Jim Younger was legally dead that he could not marry. SlB He left the woman who had done so for him to fight on alone. Miss Alix Mueller bore the sentence more bravely than did the man. She was in Boise City, Idaho, when the news reached her that her lover had killed himself. She had gone there in the hope that the climate would check the ravages of consumption which had fas tened its grip upon her. She seemed to be not surprised. He had given her a hint of his desperate state of mind. When the telegram announcing Young er’s suicide was placed in her hand she said: “Jim wrote me on Oct. 16 saying that he had given up all hope. He was out of work and utterly despondent. On Saturday he telegraphed me two words: ‘Don’t write.’ “He was driven to this act by perse cution. “I am his wife, spiritually. “Before God he is mine and mine alone. “My life work will be to place him right before the world.’’ While she spoke she was preparing to return to St. Paul to carry out the last wishes of the man for whom she had made such tremondous ascriflces. And this was the end of the ro mance which began six years before when Miss Alix Mueller visited Still water prison and was permitted to gratify a curiosity common to all visi tors to that institution, to see the Younger brothers, the only survivors of the James and Younger gang of train robbers, outlaws and bandits. Miss Mueller was born of German parents, from whom she inherited a sufficient fortune to enable her to live comfortably. She was ambitions am a life of ease and inactivity did no! please her. Newspaper work provec an attraction and she entered upon it in St. Paul. She has also worked as 2 reporter in Denver and Salt Lake City For a time she edited a weekly news paper in a small Minnesota town. When Miss Mueller first visited Still water penitentiary she had no greatei interest in the Youngers than had thousands of other visitors. But the personality of Jim Younger interested her, as, indeed, it has most people with whom he has come in contact. He was then 50 years old. She was just 24. Neither had ever had a love affair. Almost from the very start these two recognized the affection each bore the other, and it was not long before they spoke of it. Others suspected it because of the frequency of her visits to the penitentiary. Miss Mueller determined to secure the release of her convict sweetheart, and that, of course, meant the release also of Cole, his older brother. She planned a campaign worthy of an ex perienced politician. So long as it was possible to do so she worked quietly, enlisting the aid of those hav ing influence and power. For two years Miss Mueller man aged to keep her plans secret, and when they were divulged the storm broke forth. The relatives of those who had been killed by the outlaws in their raid on the Northfleld bank, and some of those who had been in the fight, protested bitterly against releasing the murderers. And there were others who were just as bitter. Since 1889 at least three efforts were made to secure the release of the Youngers before Miss Mueller dis closed the results of her long plan ning and working. The sentiment against the brothers was still power ful, but Miss Mueller was the strong er and she secured from the legislature the passage of a special act which re sulted in the release of the Younger brothers on parole. The lovers thought that their trou bles were over and their happiness knew no bounds. But the attorney general decided that the Youngers were still legally dead. They had not been restored to citizenship. In the eyes of the law they were as much prisoners as if they were still in the penitentiary. Then Jim Younger realized how great was his capacity for suffering. H,e was racked and torn by emotions so terrible that his mind became un balanced. To marry Miss Mueller meant more to him than anything else in the world. It was worth all the years he had spent in prison. And she was fighting the white death thou sands of miles away. He could not go to her, for the law said he could not leave the state. He could only hope that the ban against him would be removed, that the board of pardons would grant his prayer. But it decided against him. Years before, after the Northfleld raid, one of the many bullets that found a resting place in Jim Younger’s body pierced his brain and lodged there. It had given him no trouble until he was released from prison. Then it manifested itself. The men tal struggles, the bitter disappoint ment when he found that he could not marry Miss Mueller, still further weakened him. There Is no doubt that Jim Younger was fast becoming insane when he shot himself. He sent a telegram to Miss Mueller telling her not to write on Saturday. Oct. 18. That night he shot himself in his room in St. Paul. When the door was broken open there was found the love letters he had received from Miss Mueller, on which was a note that read: “Oh, lassie, good-by. All realatives just stay away from me. No crocodile tears wanted. Reporters, be my friends. Burn me up. “Jim Younger.” They did not cremate Jim Young er's body as he requested. Instead it was taken to Missouri and placed be side that of his brother Bob in Lee’s Summit cemetery, from which one can see the grove of oaks on the banks of the Little Blue where William Clark Quantrell organized his band of guer illas in which rode Cole and Jim Younger, Frank and Jesse James, Jim Cummings and others who drifted from war into brigandage and could scarce distinguish between them. And for years there was little difference. A wooden board eighteen inches high anil nine inches wide, on which a boy has rudely carved with a jack knife the name of Bob Younger in two lines, marks where the youngest of the brothers lies. And another board, with “Jim Younger” written in lead pencil, is at the head of the sec ond brother. In the course of time Cole Younger will rest there, too.— New York World. Blood in the Human Body. 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