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    [James-Younger Gang]. Detective Flourney Yancey Telegram to C. C. Rainwater. One page, 5.25" x 8", Lexington [Missouri], September 23, 1874. On September 3, 1874, Flourney Yancey, a detective with the St. Louis Police Department and a scout during the late war, was hired as an agent with the Missouri secret service by acting governor of Missouri, Charles P. Johnson. His mission was to track down leading members of the James-Younger Gang following the Lexington Stage Robbery (August 30, 1874). Having had a hard time finding the men, he literally stumbled upon them by accident and a shootout ensued.

    Yancey sent this telegram to C. C. Rainwater, vice president of the St. Louis Police Board, two days after the incident, in full: "On Monday morning at eight thirty oclock [sic] I flushed Jesse James and James Younger was forced to fight eleven shots exchanged Jesse James wounded I am safe have been in pursuit since." Smoothed folds. Scattered areas of light staining and ink ghosting. Two small binding holes near upper edge. Chipped upper right corner.

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