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The Story of Cole Younger, by Himself by Younger, Cole, 1844-1916

The Story of Cole Younger, by Himself by Younger, Cole, 1844-1916

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Contents
Why This Book Is Here
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1. Boyhood Days
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2. The Dark and Bloody Ground
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3. Driven from Home
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4. The Trap That Failed
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5. Vengeance Indeed
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6. In the Enemy's Lines
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7. Lone Jack
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8. A Foul Crime
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9. How Elkins Escaped
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10. A Price on My Head
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11. Betrayed
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12. Quantrell on War
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13. The Palmyra Butchery
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14. Lawrence
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15. Chasing Cotton Thieves
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16. A Clash with Apaches
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17. The Edicts of Outlawry
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18. Not All Black
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19. A Duel and an Auction
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20. Laurels Unsought
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21. The Truth about John Younger
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22. Amnesty Bill Fails
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23. Belle Starr
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24. \u00e2\ue000\ue006Captain Dykes\u00e2\ue000\ue007
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25. Eluding the Police
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26. Ben Butler's Money
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27. Horace Greeley Perry
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28. The Northfield Raid
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29. A Chase to the Death
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30. To Prison for Life
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31. Some Private History
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32. Lost\u00e2\ue000\ue003Twenty-five Years
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33. The Star of Hope
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34. On Parole
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35. Jim Gives It Up
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36. Free Again
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37. The Wild West
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38. What My Life Has Taught Me
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An Afterward
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Contents
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Illustrations
Cole Younger
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Nannie Harris and Charity Kerr
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John Jarrette
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William Clarke Quantrell
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William Gregg
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Jim Younger
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Jesse James (top) and Frank James (bottom)
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John Younger
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Bob Younger
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Illustration: Wild West Show advertisement
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Illustrations
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Why This Book Is Here

Many may wonder why an old \u00e2\ue000\ue006guerrilla\u00e2\ue000\ue007should feel called upon at this late day to rehearse the story of his life. On the eve of sixty, I come out into the world to find a hundred or more of books, of greater or less pretensions, purporting to be a history of \u00e2\ue000\ue006The Lives of the Younger Brothers,\u00e2\ue000\ue007but which are all nothing more nor less than a lot of sensational recitals, with which the Younger brothers never had the least association. One publishing house alone is selling sixty varieties of these books, and I venture to say that in the whole lot there could not be found six pages of truth. The stage, too, has its lurid dramas in which we are painted in devilish blackness.

It is therefore my purpose to give an authentic and absolutely correct history of the lives of the \u00e2\ue000\ue006Younger Brothers,\u00e2\ue000\ue007in order that I may, if possible, counteract in some measure at least, the harm that has been done my brothers and myself, by the blood and thunder accounts of misdeeds, with which relentless sensationalists have charged us, but which have not even the suggestion of truth about them, though doubtless they have had everything to do with coloring public opinion.

In this account I propose to set out the little good that was in my life, at the same time not withholding in any way the bad, with the hope of setting right before the world a family name once honored, but which has suffered disgrace by being charged with more evil deeds than were ever its rightful share.

To the host of friends in Minnesota and Missouri who have done everything possible to help my brother and myself during the last few years, with no other object than the love of doing good and aiding fellow creatures in suffering, I wish to say that I shall always conduct myself so that they will never have the least cause to regret having championed our cause, or feel any shame in the friendship so generously proven to us. Nothing lies deeper in my heart than the gratitude I feel to them all, except a desire to prove myself worthy.

In the two states named these friends are too numerous for me to mention each of their names, but among those in Missouri who traveled long journeys to Minnesota to plead my cause, even though they knew it to be unpopular in many quarters, I wish to especially thank Col. W. C. Bronough of Clinton, Capt. Steve Ragan, Colonel Rogers of Kansas City and Miss Cora MacNeill, now Mrs. George M. Bennett of Minneapolis, but also formerly of Kansas City.

In concluding these remarks, I wish to say that from cover to cover there is not a statement which could not be
verified.
Yours Truly,
COLE YOUNGER
Lee's Summit, Mo.
Why This Book Is Here
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