Excerpt from The Border Outlaws: An Authentic and Thrilling History of the Most Noted Bandits of Ancient or Modern Times, the Younger Brothers, Jesse and Frank James, and Their Comrades in Crime
AN authentic history of' the desperate adventures of the four Younger Brothers ha... s become a necessity. Their lives require no romantic or exaggerated shading to make the narrative remarkable. Their deeds are as prominent in the archives of guerrilla warfare as their names are fa miliar on the border. But with a comprehension of the mor bid appetites of many readers, newspaper and pamphlet writers have created and colored crimes with reckless ex travagance, and then placed upon them the impress of 'the Younger Brothers,-because the character of these noted guerrilla outlaws made the desperate acts credited to them not improbable. The difiiculties encountered in procuring facts connected with. The stirring escapades of the outlaw quartette, have heretofore been overcome by imaginative authors and correspondents, giving in minute detail inci dents with which their creative genius is at all times well supplied. These remarks are not intended to disparage the merit of any contributor to the annals of border his. Tory, but rather to excite a proper suspicion on the part of r the public against a too ready belief of every adventure, fight or robbery charged to the Younger Brothers.
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