By Paul Iselin Wellman
The prepared gangs of robbers and killers who roamed the Midwest and Southwest from the 1860s to the Nineteen Thirties went to an identical institution and have been succored by means of every one other's notoriety. So Paul I. Wellman makes a case for "the contagious nature of crime." William Quantrill and his guerrillas tested a legal culture that was once to hyperlink the James, Dalton, Doolin, Jennings, and cook dinner gangs; Belle and Henry Starr; lovely Boy Floyd; and others in "a lengthy and crooked teach of unbroken own connections."
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As a young reporter and editor in Wichita he gained material for his fictional tetrologyThe Bowl of Brass (1942), The Walls of Jericho (1947), The Chain (1949), and 11ericho's Daughters (1956)dealing with the imaginary western Kansas community of Jericho, which made the transition from a village like Wellman's home town of Cimarron to a growing city reminiscent of Wichita in his newspaper days. While he was acquiring the raw material for the Jericho novels in Wichita, Wellman, as a fledgling reporter, was also putting in time on the police beat.
A photograph of Wellman in middle age reveals a man whose steady gaze falls just short of being stern. In religion Wellman was an Episcopalian, and in politics he was a liberal and a Democrat. For relief from his regimen of hard work as a writer, he read extensively, went fishing, and soaked up the life of a cattle ranch in Oregon of which he was co-owner. 5 Wellman's long career as a journalist was crucial for him. As a young reporter and editor in Wichita he gained material for his fictional tetrologyThe Bowl of Brass (1942), The Walls of Jericho (1947), The Chain (1949), and 11ericho's Daughters (1956)dealing with the imaginary western Kansas community of Jericho, which made the transition from a village like Wellman's home town of Cimarron to a growing city reminiscent of Wichita in his newspaper days.
Sheets while robbing the bank, Dec. 7, 1869. , the James gang held up a train and killed Conductor William Westfall and a passenger, Frank McMillan, July 15, 1881. Corydon, Iowa. Here Jesse James, as a joke, addressed a political gathering after robbing a bank, June 3, 1871. Columbia, Kentucky. Here the James gang robbed a bank and killed R. A. C. Martin, the cashier, April 2,9, 1872. Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Here the James-Younger gang robbed a bank, May 23, 1873. They robbed banks also in Kentucky and West Virginia in this period.