DAILY OHIO STATE JOURNAL—JAMES’ GANG NORTHFIELD RAID—DATED COLUMBUS, SEPTEMBER 8, 1876

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Vol. XXXVII—No. 208. 4 pp., 18” x 24, nine columns. Exhibits fold-marks, light chipping of left margin. Else VG plus and entirely legible.

The front page, 6th column (left to right) features the following dispatch from St. Paul concerning the famed bank robbery attempt by the James-Younger gang in Northfield Minnesota:

“Saint Paul, Minn. Sept. 7—A Northfield special to the Pioneer says: About two o’clock this afternoon eight men, well mounted, entered the town and proceeded to a bank. Three entered and springing over the counter ordered the Cashier, J.L. Haywood, with a knife to his throat, to open the vault. At the same time all the other persons in the bank, A.E. Bunker, Assistant cashier , and Frank Wilcox, were ordered to hold up their hands. Mr. Haywood refused to obey orders and open the money vault. His neck had been slightly scratched with the knife. Still persisting, the robbers put the muzzle of a pistol to his right temple and fired. Haywood fell dead. They then turned to Mr. Bunker and ordered him to open the vault. He said he did not know the combination. As the robbers made demonstrations toward him, he ran out the back door. They fired at him, shooting him through the shoulder. Mr. Wilcox was not interfered with.

While this was transpiring within the people without were doing good work. Two of the robber were killed outright, and one wounded. The wounded man was taken away by his confederates. One of their horses was killed, and captured. The citizens of the city behaved like old veterans. The robbers did not get into the vault, nor did they the cashier’s drawer, except the nickel drawer, and a handful of nickels taken from it were thrown to the floor.

Four of the eight men came to town before midday and waited on the north side of the bridge till the other four came into town from Dundas, Minnesota, well mounted and armed with navy revolvers, with cartridges in the belts around their bodies.

When the robbers crossed the bridge entering town they drew their revolvers, and putting their horses into full gallop dashed through the streets, shouting to the people on the walks to get inside, and ornamenting their shouts with the most fiendish curses and imprecations.

While three men were engaged in the bank, others stood on the street threatening to shoot any who interfered, and firing several harmless shots. Pistols and guns were quickly secured by the citizens, and a young man named

Wheeler from the window of an opposite building, picked off one of the villains, shooting him through the heart. Another shot, thought to be from Wheeler, immediately after prostrated another, when the robbers mounted their horses and beat a retreat. The third robber was hit, but escaped.

A band of fifty citizens was organized, and, headed by Wheeler, started in pursuit. At last accounts the robbers were only twenty five minutes ahead of the pursuers, and they are almost sure of being overtaken.

There are all sorts of rumors as to robbers, many believing them to be some of the gang heretofore operating in Missouri and Kansas.”

In the aftermath of the fight, the gang split up, and, on Sept. 21, the Younger brothers were captured after a gun fight. At the subsequent trial they pled guilty to murder charges, all receiving life sentences at Minnesota’s Stillwater penitentiary. Frank and Jesse somehow managed to escape back to Missouri and, after lying low for a spell, resumed their bank and train robbing activities. As all the world knows, Jesse was later shot and killed in St. Joseph, MO, in 1882, by gang member Bob Ford for reward money offered by the Governor of Missouri.

Fine newspaper memento of the James-Younger gang and the great Northfield Raid. (See the excellent movie—“The Long Riders”). In protective sleeve, w/white card backing.  [jp][ph:L]

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