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October 2016 Wagons West Chronicles FRANK JAMES’ TRIAL REMINISCENCES OF CASE WHEN TRIED FOR LIFE. Lively Scenes in Court– Dramatic Episode in Mansion When Bandit Pulled His Pistols and Surrendered the Governor Was Scared. April 15, 1899, Daily Herald, El Paso, Texas — The recent trial of Jesse James for complicity in the train robbery at Leeds, Mo., last fail, has recalled to many citizens interesting reminiscences of the trial of his brother, Frank James, now a resident of Kansas City, and who was tried for the killing of a man in what was known as the Blue Cut train robbery in the early 70’s. At that time Frank James was an outlaw with his brother, and, justly, or unjustly, was quite as noted as Jesse for his desperate deeds. He had, moreover, an interesting personality, being described in the newspapers as a college bred man of literary attainments. And with all this he was a handsome man of splendid physique, refined in manner and as gentle as a woman when his passions were not aroused. The James boys and their followers, it will be remembered, were denied, at the close of the war, the privilege accorded the regular confederate soldiers of surrendering and returning to their homes and usual vocations. They were, therefore, forced to keep in seclusion, or submit to arrest and trial for deeds charged to them at a time when the minds of those in authority were not in the best condition to administer justice. Though thus outlawed, Frank James early sought his friends to obtain assurance of a fair and impartial trial should he give himself up. After years of waiting, during which old scars had healed, and heated passions cooled off, he felt reasonably sure that justice would be accorded him. He accordingly arranged through the good offices of Maj. John N. Edwards and other friends to surrender to Gov. Crittenden in per- Frank And Jesse James. son at Jefferson City. One bright morning in 1883 Maj. Edwards, accompanied by James, whose identity was concealed, arrived at the capital. Gov. Crittenden himself did not know of their presence in the city until Maj. Edwards ushered James into his presence in the executive office. It is said the governor received James with some nervousness, as the latter, upon being introduced, threw open his coat, exhibiting a brace of revolvers Expended from a belt. Before the governor could realize what was taking place, James unbuckled the belt and deposited the revolvers on the governor’s desk as an earnest of his surrender. From Jefferson City, James was, according to the program previously mapped out, escorted to Gallatin, Daviess County, Mo., where he surrendered to the sheriff to answer to the McMillan indictment. Numerous indictments were pending against him in other counties, but this one had precedence. The trial that followed attracted national attention, and hundreds of visitors from all over the country. It lasted for weeks and was full of exciting scenes and dramatic incidents, and justly ranks as one of the most famous trials in Missouri history. Ex-Congressma )))4)ٕȰѡ́䰁݅́ѡ)չ͕́ȁѡ͔ɕɕمՅͥхѼظ) ɱ́@)ͽѡ()ѽɹ䁙ȁ)̸Ѽ)ɕ͍Ёɽɕ)ѡɽ́չ)́Ѽ)Mи1ե́IՉɕѕ)չѡݥѕɕѥ)ѡ́ɥ+q Ё݅́ѡɄ)͔ѡՑ䰁ݥѹ͕́她ѡхݡѡ͔)ѕɕѕѡ͔ѡ)ѡɽ՝ɥ͡ȁɥͥ)ѡ͕́܁ѽ)ѡɕȁѡ͔Qɔ)ݕɔ䁥ѕɕѥͽ́ɕ͕и=ѡ͔݅́ ɐ)ݡЁ)͔)́)ѡɕ݅ɐɕѡ)хєݡ݅́ɑѡ)ٕɹȁѕȁեѼ)ѡɝɑȁɔѡ)݅́䁽͕́ѕ)ѡȁ݅́5̸ ѽݡ٥ͥѕѡᕍѥٔͥѕɕѡ))̸Qѡɔݕɔ5̸)MՕ̰ѡȁѡ)̰́)ݡɕѱѕѥ)-́ͅ )M䰁)ɼѡ٥݅Ȱѡѥհݽݡ͔ѕɕЁѡ)ɥѼѽɥ́Ё)ɥ͡ݥѠѡѱ̸+qQѽ䁽ѡɅɽ)́ѱѡ͔݅́ѡ)ѡɅЁ Ք) Ё䁵ͭݡѽ)ѡȁѡȁݥѠɥ́)ѡ͕́)ɽՍѡ̸͕)55ѡݡ݅́)͕݅́ѕѡɕȁѕ́)ѡ̰ɥձѡ)ɥɅ͕́ձ)Ս݅́хѱ)Qхє))ɕѡЁ͡и1ݡ)݅́չȁ͕ѕ)ɽ՝ЁѼ((()ѡ͍Ѽѕѥ䁉ݼ)͡ɥ̰݅́ͅѡ)ݡѽЁѡ)ݽɔѡЁ)́ɕѡх)͡и%ѥѼѡ̰ѡɔ)ݕɔ͕ٕɅݥѹ͕́ݡѕѥ)Ѽ͕ݡɕ͕))́ѡ٥䁽ѡɽ)͡ѱ䁉ɔЁɕ=)ЁѡЁɕ͕͕)ѡɕȁݥѠݡ)ѡ́݅́́ɥݥѠMɔݡ)սѕѥՅ丁́ѡ́݅́)ݕݸЁݡ)́)ѡ́݅́ɐЁѼٕɍ+qQ́݅́ѥ䁽ٕɍѡ)ɝյ̰ݕٕȰݡѡ)͔՝Ёѡѡ)ѡɔ݅́䁽٥) չ䰁ѡѡ́ѡхє)ݡձսєMɔ)Q)́ݡ)ݽѡ́ѡ丁!ͅ)ݥѠɥ́ѡ)䁽ѡɽ丁!݅́ͭ)ݽձٔѡȁ̸!)ͅݽձӊMѡЁݽձ)Ё͝Ʌѡ䁉ɥ)ѡȁ́Ѽѡ͔Q)Ցͥѕ́)ѡ͔ɥ̰Ё)́ɕ͕)́ͥѕ䁥ѡ́ɕͅ)共Ѽ́ɥ́ɕ)ѡ䰁ݡ́չ͕ͅѡЁ)́݅ѕ)ѡЁ͔݅́ѡ́ͅɥ́ݡݽձٔ)ݽɸѼѡѼٔͅ+qQɥѕȁѡɕݕ̰)ɥѡ́ѥ1%ݽ)ѱܰݡٕ)́)ɽѡȰ䁽ɕ)ѼЁ))͍́ͽ́ѡ䁙չ)݅́ՅȸQɕձЁ)ՍѕЁݽձɽ) ѥՕ((0