John T. James. The Benders in Kansas. Wichita: [1913]. First edition.

    More Information: John T. James. The Benders in Kansas. By John T. James, Attorney for the Defense in the trial of the "Bender Women" at Oswego, Labette County, in 1889-1890. The Complete Story. Facts, not Fiction. Wichita: The Kan-Okla Publishing Company, [1913]. First edition. Octavo (7.75 x 5.25 inches). [iii-vi], [7]-173, [1, blank] pages (note: lacking first leaf), ten full-page illustrations (eight being portraits). Library binding of bluish-green cloth, illustrated paper label (part of front wrapper) affixed to front board. Ex-library. Front board lightly soiled with a few faint marginal stains; spine label removed with some faint discoloration to lower portion of backstrip; spine ends and corners worn. Slightly shaken; front hinge cracked and reinforced with endpaper glued to title-page at gutter; occasional over-opening; card pocket removed from rear pastedown resulting in large, but clean, bruise. A very good ex-library copy. Contemporary owner signature of Rodolph Hatfield, likely the Wichita lawyer who served in the Kansas House and made a bid for the House speaker position, according to the December 29, 1889, Wichita Eagle. "A full history of the unparalleled killers, related by their defense lawyer, who must have known the facts." Six Guns and Saddle Leather, 1154.

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