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    Jim Younger or John Younger: A Pair of Spurs Left Behind in the Rush to Escape Following the Notorious Gun Battle with Pinkerton Detectives in Roscoe, Missouri. Included with this lot is a detailed account of the entire episode written by Wilbur Zink and first published in 1967. In summary, Jim and John Younger had spent the night of March 16, 1874, carousing at a square dance in Monegaw, Missouri. They holed up for the night several miles away at the home of an African American named John McFerrin. His wife, known as Aunt Hannah, was fond of the boys, as her sister had worked for the Younger family in Jackson County. Also in the area were two Pinkerton detectives who had been employed by the railroad following a robbery attributed to the Youngers. By sheer coincidence, a confrontation ensued directly across the street from the McFerrin home in which the youngest Younger brother, John, was shot through the neck and killed. John's body was taken into the McFerrin house along with one of the Pinkerton's, Capt. Lull, who had been wounded in the fray.

    Unable to do anything to help his brother, Jim decamped for a point in Arkansas where he was to meet Cole and Bob. In his haste to depart, this well-used pair of spurs was left behind.

    In a 1977 notarized bill of sale (included with this lot) the seller states he purchased these fully-described and quite distinctive spurs around 1962 from Mrs. Maud Burton of Appleton City, Missouri, granddaughter of Aunt Hannah McFerrin. The affidavit states that the spurs were given to her by her grandmother and that they had been left behind following the Roscoe Gun Battle.

    Any personally owned and used artifact from the Youngers is highly prized by collectors, but these spurs, associated with one of the most famous episodes in their outlaw career, must be considered especially evocative and important.


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