Page five contains the best and lengthiest report I have seen on the slaying of famed gunslinger and bandit Jesse James at the hands of one of his confederates. With the promise of a large reward, and amnesty for past crimes from the Governor of Missouri, Bob Ford agrees to kill the notorious bank robber. After a dinner in the James home, Ford shoots James in the back of the head as the outlaw was straightening a crooked picture!
The historic report is headed: JESSE JAMES, THE BANDIT, KILLED. SHOT THROUGH THE HEAD BY A MEMBER OF HIS OWN GANG WHO SAYS HE IS A DETECTIVE. Datedlined: “St. Joseph, Mo., April 3.–A great sensation was created in this city this morning by the announcement that Jesse James, the notorious bandit and train robber, had been shot and killed here.” The report continues for a third or more of a large column, and I found it almost impossible to put down!
8 pp., complete. Printed on pulp paper, but very well-preserved as it was disbound from a volume years ago and a page or two is loose (this does not affect value!). Several very old inside page tape repairs, but no loss of text.
A very tough event to find, and interesting that the Tribune thought it of such major importance that it published this long account the day after the murder! As an investment, this will soon become a $1,500-2,000 issue for sure.
Denison Daily News, Denison, Texas
February 4, 1880
Jesse James, the legendary outlaw, supposedly wounded at Shoal Creek, was reportedly taken to Kentucky by two members of his gang and is recovering. There is no truth to the rumor that he was seen in Kansas City. (See the scan for the full report)
Four pages, fine condition. You’ll really like the illustrated ads from the Wild West period, too. Early Texas newspapers are virtually impossible to find, but I’ve priced this issue at a wholesale level.
The Daily Examiner, San Francisco
October 27, 1881
This amazing original newspaper publishes headlines and the longest, most complete report I’ve ever located describing the legendary gun battle between Wyatt and Morgan Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clanton Brothers, and the McLowerys. Headings include: “Desperate Street-Fight in Tombstone. Cowboys and a Marshal’s Posse the Combatants.” Most newspapers failed to publish this gun battle, and those that did provided few details. This action report takes half a large column and is virtually impossible to put down! (See the scans!)
Four large pages, and in fine condition with but one minor old tape repair at the right margin. One of the toughest historic events to find anywhere, and in my professional opinion, a newspaper that has tremendous investment potential. This newspaper is simply irreplaceable.
Lyon County Times, Silver City, Nevada
Wednesday, June 23, 1880
The only issue of this date reportedly in existence. Silver City was a town that sprung up during the Comstock Load find, and was located near the head of the Gold Canyon gold veins. The front page has a large advertisement offering “MILL & MINING EQUIPMENT FOR SALE,” while page four contains a notice for “THE OLD RELIABLE PIONEER (stagecoach) LINE carrying Wells, Fargo & Co.’s Express and the United States Mails. Established Since the Discovery of the Comstock.”
Four pages, on sturdy transitional paper, and in excellent condition throughout. This Early Western newspaper truly takes you back in time, and provides a true flavor of the Wild West. It’s a real bargain, too!
Also in this issue: THE (JESSE) JAMES AND YOUNGER GANG ROBS
THE MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILROAD!
The Helena Daily Herald, Montana Territory
July 14, 1876
Large front page single-column heading: “THE INDIAN WAR. General Terry’s Official Report of the Custer Massacre.” The over-two column account includes the casualty list, doubt of any U.S. Army survivors being located from the Battle on the Little Big Horn, and the gallantry of his Custer’s men and officers. In part, “Of the movements of General Custer and the five companies under his immediate command, scarcely anything is known from those who witnessed them, for no officer or soldier who accompanied him has yet been found alive.” You’ll read General Terry’s report over and over again! Following Gen. Terry’s letter is a dispatch on the Custer Massacre from Gen. Phil Sheridan to Gen. William T. Sherman. Although Gen. Sheridan deplored the loss of at the battle, he felt Custer had so much courage as to be somewhat impetuous. (He was probably quite correct!)
Page 4 contains an exciting report of the notorious James-Younger Gang’s latest daring robbery of a train–this time the Missouri Pacific near Otterville, Missouri. They escaped with $17,000 from two express companies!
Four large pages of historic news reporting. Superb condition, and still printed on high quality rag paper. This is one of my personal favorites!