After fifty years, William W. James again is a citizen

In 1860 he joined Cofederacy and was a Lieutenant in Quantrell's Band - Fought in Many Battles

For many than fifty years Willam W. James, 68 years old, lieutenant in Quantrell's band and a first cousin of the famous Frank and Jesse James, had been an outlaw, but he surrendered last week when he signed the oath of allegiance to the United States at Fort Worth, Tx.

Since 1860, when he left his home at Lees Summit, Mo. and joined the Confederacy, James has considered the government of the United States his enemy.

"I've been an outlaw since 1862, when General Hallock put a price on my head, along with the rest of us Quantrell boys," he told United States Commissioner Mitchell, as he signed the oath. "He gave orders to catch us and hang us. Well, they caught a few of them, but they never got me."

It was Frank James, his outlaw cousin, at their last meeting two years ago that advised him to lay aside his spit-fire attitude toward the government and become a regular citizen again.

Quit Fighting in 1880

It was not until 1880 that James quit fighting. when Federal soldiers began to make it hot for the remnants of the Quantrell band around Kansas City, James and several others made their way to Norfold and saialed for Europoe. Until 1880 James was in the following campaigns: With France in the Franco-Prussian War as a member of the foreign legion; fought bushmen in Australia as a British soldier, and bears a scar today that was made by a bushman's boomerang; transferred to New Zealand to help subdue uprising of Maoris.

May be His Only Vote

Later went to South Africa and fought Zulus as a member of Natal carbiners. He shows a Victoria cross today which General Roberts gave him for for rescuing a member of the Beresford family in a Zulu attack.

He returned to the United States in 1880 and and settled in Texas.

"I want to vote in the November election," he told the commissioner. "This will be my only vote, and I do not want to die without voting at least once." (Submitted by Ann Baughman


Developments From the Arrest of Himself and Band

Misdeeds for Which Innocent Men were Arrested

Suspected of Implication in Three more murders, while many others are believed to have been committed by his companions - the assailant of Alice Ninas to be sentenced to death

Paris, Tex., March 26 - Since the capture of Bill Hudgins and most of the members of his gang February 5Paris, Tex., March 26 - Since the capture of Bill Hudgins and most of the members of his gang February 5, and the killing of Aleck Davis and the capture of Bill Poe on the 17th inst., officers have secured information that shows Hudgins' connection with at least four murders that have heretofore remained a mystery.

On July 9, 1890, Aleck Handlin was shot from ambush about thirty miles west of Purcell, while driving along the road with his wife. She drove sixteen miles to the nearest house. Two men named Samuel and Ramey were arrested for the crime and brought here and the case was thoroughly investigated. While there was some strong circumstances against them, the case was dismissed. They were arrested in Greenwood county, Kansas, by Sheriff Bookover, and are now suing him for false imprisonment.

Soon after the opening of Oklahoma an old German and his son and a man named Casey fell out over a claim and one night they were called out and shot down. Casey was suspected of the crime, but no evidence could be obtained against him and the matter almost passed out of mind.

A year or two ago the office of the Santa Fe railroad at Horton, in the Cherokee strip, was entered. No other house was near. The agent was shot and the station robbed. The agent leaned over his table and while his life blood ebbed away tapped this message: "Help, am dying; station robbed." A special train went down from Arkansas City, Kan., and the agent was found .

Evidence is now accumulating that will undoubtedly prove that Hudgins, who is well known as an outlaw, committed all of these murders, and three others have been partially developed besides these against him. Murder cases have been worked up on five other members of the gang. Hudgins is only 22 years old and all of the members of his band are young men. (Kansas City Times, March 27, 1891, page 4)



Meant to Rob the Bank But Didn't Finish the Job

Pratt, Ks., March 16 - Evidence for the state in the trial of Eddie Adams, alias J. W. Wallace for the robbery of the Cullison State Bank, February 12, established the fact that the defendant in answer to a question by representatives of the bank and of the Cullison Mercantile Co. which was also robbed on the same date in the Pratt county jail, February 13, admitted the store robbery.

According to these witnesses, Adams said the people of Cullison must be awfully sound sleepers.

Witnesses also said that when the defendant was asked whether the alleged bandits had planned to rob the store, he answered, no, we just meant to rob the bank but we did not finish the job.

Goods taken from the store were also identified this morning. (Hutchinson News, March 16, 1921, page 1)

Eddie Adams Was Turner Hold Up

Ray Close Told Police Bandit King Relieved Bob Turner

His Career is Ended

Killed in Desperate Battle in Wichita Which Resulted in wounding 3 Officers

It was Eddie Adams, notorious outlaw killed yesterday in a desperate battle with Wichita policemen at the cost of one officer's life and the serious wounding of three other officers and one farmer, who held up the dance hall at Turner Lake near Sylvia on a Saturday night several weeks ago. Ray Close in the house at the time of the bold hold up in which about $200 was taken, recognized Adams but said later that he didn't care to address him for fear the bandit would kill him.

Close told Fay Brown, an officer on the police force, the day after the hold up that it was Adams who had engineered the deal. The police did not make it public because of Close's request. He was afraid of the bandit and gunman who had defied all jails to hold him.

Was he Born Near Here?

Adams was formerly a member of the famous Major gang which was broken up. He then took the lead in a gang of his own and has been involved in every crime on the catalogue. His last well known escapade was a sensational escape from the state prison at Lansing.

Adams is suppose to have been born somewhere near Hutchinson according to Associated Press advices but there seems to be no one here who knows where he was born. At police station there was an impression that the place was Lyons. Sheriff W. T. Clark said that he was sure it was not Lyons but didn't know the locality. Adams is said to have been seen in the southern and western part of the county several times.

Sent up From Pratt

Adams was sentenced last March to the State Penitentiary from Pratt county where he was caught after the robbery of a bank. He escaped last August after he and three other convicts had thrown the prison into darkness climbing over the wall by using an improvised ladder.

The Wichita police have been on the trail of the bandit and members of his gang for several days following the shooting of a farmer near Winfield and the killing of Robert Fritzpatrick, a Wichita motorcycle officer, Charles Huffman, Ed Bowman and Ray Casner were the officers shot yesterday. Hoffman it is feared will die but the other two are expected to recover. Two other arrests were made of supposed members of the gang.

Talked in Sleep, Arrested

Wichita, Kan, Nov. 23 - three men are under arrest today, suspected of having been members of the gang of which Edward C. Adams killed yesterday in a fight with detectives was a leader.

One of the three killed was arrested last night at a lonely railroad station near Winfield. The man was sleeping in the station when he began to talk in his sleep. According to the station agent, the man said I wish I'd never joined that gang. I wish I was out of it.

The agent telephoned the Winfield police who arrested the man. The man who gave his name as George McFarland is said to have been identified as one of the three who were in a car Sunday when Robert Fitzpatrick a Wichita policeman was killed in a gun fight. (Hutchinson News, November 23, 1921, page 13)

Members of Adams Gang are in Jail

Chubb McFarland and Billy Fentlemen are Also Being Held

He Talked in His Sleep

McFarland Did This in Railroad Station, Agent Heard it and Called Officers

Wichita, Kan., Nov. 23 - George J. (Chubb) McFarland, charged with assisting Eddie Adams in the murder of Motorcycle Officer Robert Fitzpatrick here early Monday morning was arrested in Augusta at midnight last night and is now in the city jail here.

Billy Fentlemen, alias William Shepard, another member of the Adams gang has been in jail here since Monday night. He also is being held in the shooting of the police officer.

Jack Jones Held

A third member of the gang, Jack Jones, who was with Adams in a few minutes before his fatal gun battle with Wichita detectives yesterday afternoon was arrested within an hour after the shooting of Adams and also is being held. Aside from these three alleged accomplices of the dead bandit, a dozen other men and women are being held as hangers-on of Adams.

The capture of McFarland for whom police first directed their search after the killing of Officer Fitzpatrick and the shooting of another Wichita officer and George Oldham, Cowley county farmer can be credited to the publication in the Wichita Beacon of his photograph and description.

Talked in his Sleep

Worn to complete exhaustion after two days and nights of running from the police, McFarland walked into the Santa Fe railroad station at Akron, Kansas, shortly before 9 o'clock last night. Where he came from nobody knows. Whether he fled from Wichita following the killing of Eddie Adams or whether he had been wandering through Cowley county since Monday morning is a question.

When he walked into the station, he attracted no unusual attention. He bought a ticket to Gordon an oil town between Douglas and Augusta in Butler county. Then he sat down on a bench to wait for the train and almost instantly fell asleep.

Wished out Loud

In a few minutes he began to mutter. The station agent overhead him explain, Wish I had not done it. Then later he muttered, Why did I go with those fellows?

Told of Mutterings

The agent called the Winfield police and told them of the man's presence and strange mutterings.

The officers read the description to the agent asking if it tallied with the man.

I think it is the man, said the agent.

A Santa Fe train was leaving Winfield at the time. Winfield police asked the conductor to pick up McFarland at Akron but instead of letting him off at Gordon to carry him on to Augusta. McFarland was so sleepy he did not notice he had been carried past Gordon. When the train stopped at Augusta he got off.

Waiting for Man

In the meantime, the Winfield police had notified W. A. Marshall chief of Police at Augusta. He was waiting at the station. As McFarland got off the conductor pointed at him and Marshall quickly seized him.

McFarland made no resistance. He had no weapons in his possession.

McFarland had refused to talk since his return here.

Fentelman, the other man once ran with the notorious Majors brothers. He was arrested January 16, 1920, in Fort Worth with Dudley Majors when they had in their possession goods stolen from a Wichita store.

Released by Court

Fentelman was charge with burglary but was released by the court. He was arrested here last summer.

Fentelman sprang a coup on the authorities while in jail in Ft. Worth in 1920 by marring Ina Shepard. She was the state's best witness against him but when she married Fentelman the law excused her from testifying against her husband.

A search of Adam's clothing following his death yesterday revealed approximately one hundred rounds of ammunition. He had cartridges in every pocket. Adams also carried a big bunch of automobile keys including six master Yale lock keys.

Hutchinson News, November 23, 1921, page 1)


Their Car Recognized and Description Fits the Members of Gang

McPherson, Nov. 30 - Sheriff Morine is positive that Eddie Adams and his gang pulled the robbery at Moundridge recently of the Krebhiel hardware store.

The sheriff recognized the car which Adams was trying to take from the garage at Wichita at the time he was killed. It closely resembles the big seven passenger blue Nash touring car which was seen in Moundridge, Hesston and Newton during the early morning hours of October 12 when between five and six hundred dollars worth of rifles and shot guns were stolen from the Krebhiel hardware store at Moundridge.

Some of the guns found by the police in Adams' room and at the places where his associates lived fit the description of some of the property taken from the Moundridge store and Mr. Krehbiel will go to Wichita in an effort to identify the property. One of the things that make the local officer certain that the car at Wichita is the one that visited Moundridge is the fact that a new fanbelt was purchased by the occupants of the car at Newton and the best on this car is of the same kind installed at that time and appears to be practically new.

Added to this is the fact the description given the officers by the Newton garage was after the appearance of Eddie Adams, Frank Foster, and George Weisgerber. The last two men were Adams' companions on his sensational escape from state prison and both are still at liberty. (Hutchinson News, November 30, 1921, page 7)


No Trace of Eddie Adam's Camping Place

Officers Give Up Search for Stolen Mail bags and Safety Deposit Boxes near Americus

Although the timber and creek banks in a radius of five miles around Americus were searched thoroughly the cache of Eddie Adams, the bandit slain at Wichita, has not been found, according to members of the search party.

A government postoffice inspector from Kansas City, E. J. Lewis, assistant postmaster of Emporia, ? Raymond, special detective for the Santa Fe and others formed the searching party yesterday.

The party searched all the timber land and creek banks on foot. The men travelled from one wooded place to another in an automobile.

We were looking for signs of a camp but we did not find any, Mr. Lewis said today. We combed all the country in a radius of five miles of Americus.

West of Americus the searching party found a hollow tree with marks showing persons recently had been near the tree. Mr. Raymond and Mr. Lewis saw a shiny piece of can lid. Raymond started to put his hand into the hollow place as Lewis probed into the dark hole with a stick. The stick struck a piece of iron or steel setting off a steel trap.

W. W. Jackson of the Americus state bank, which was robbed by the bandits believed to have been led by Eddie Adams has been making a diligent search of the surrounding country in the hopes of finding the safety boxes stolen from the bank. So far the search has been fruitless. A rural mail carrier who lost valuable papers in the Americus bank robbery, also has been making a careful search of the country near Americus.

Many farmers were asked by Sheriff Charles Gibson to search their farms for camping places.

The government postoffice inspector for Wichita returned home Monday night and the government post office inspector from Kansas City went home last night.

The search has been abandoned temporarily by the officers but farmers near Americus are still looking for the bandits cache. (The Emporia Gazette, November 30, 1921, page 1)


After an almost fruitless effort to get someone to officiate, newspaper reports say, a Baptist minister and members of the Salvation Army at Wichita have agreed to conduct the burial of Bandit Eddie Adams who will be laid to the grave with the money found on him when he fell mortally wounded in a battle with officers. (Iola Daily Register, December 1, 1921, page 4)


Roy Robinson, Serving a Term in State Prison, Shot While Attempting to Escape

In an attempt to escape through a line of armed guards at the state prison at Lansing, Roy Robinson, 22, pal of Eddie Adams, who met death in a revolver battle at Wichita, was shot and killed at Lansing recently.

Carl Sheldon, 40 years old, who accompanied Robinson on the dash for freedom received wounds which are not expected to prove fatal according to the prison physician.

Robinson also known as Julius Finney and Sheldon who were detailed to work in the coal mine, reached the main wall from the mine top as they came off shift. Without attracting attention they gained the brick plant, outside the north wall. The prisoners then attempted to run the gun line, the final barrier between them and freedom.

They darted between guards William Mason and M. B. Rogers, who called to them three times then opened fire. A bullet from Mason's riot gun entered Robinson's spine. He fell dead. Shelton received a flesh wound in the hip.

The attempted escape took place less than twenty four hours after James Jones bank robber and Harry Worley, Rooks county jail breaker, were shot from the wall by guards.

Robinson who entered the prison last March was serving from ten to thirty years for bank robbery. He was captured with Eddie Adams after they had robbed a bank at Cullison, Kas.

Carl Shelton who says Indianapolis is his home was received in December 1919 from Kingman county to serve a sentence for first degree robbery. He escaped from the Iowa State prison in May 1919. (Scandia Journal, December 15, 1921, page 8)

Claim Prisoner was Adams' Pal

Frank Foster, Alleged Member of Bandit Gang is being Held in Creston, Iowa, Jail

Denies Making Confession

Postal Inspector at Wichita says Foster Admitted Taking Part in Robberies and Hold-ups

Creston, Iowa, Feb 11 - Frank Foster, under indictment in Clarke County for murder in connection with the shooting of C. W. Jones, is being held in the county jail here, pending his preliminary trial at Osceola.

Foster was arrested at Wichita, Kan., and was brought back here by Sheriff Ed West of Clark County. Sheriff West says he knows nothing about Foster's reported confession to federal officers that he was a member of the Eddie Adams gang and that he has participated in 23 bank robberies and many hold-ups.

Foster denies being a member of the band of men which fired upon a sheriff's posse here several months ago, killing Jones and wounding three others.

Topeka, Feb. 11 - The confession of Frank Foster that he was a member of the notorious Eddie Adams gang and had participated in 23 bank robberies and hold ups in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas was made in writing Thursday evening at Wichita to F. O. Hallacyk, post office inspector, U. S. District Attorney Al F. Williams said today.

The confession was made Williams said, before Foster left in the custody of the Iowa Sheriff, to stand trial at Osceola for murder in connection with the shooting of C. W. Jones.

Williams, expressed surprise that Sheriff West who took Foster back to Iowa did not know of the confession. He said he understood Foster has repeated his confession orally to the Iowa officers.

Apparently Foster now seeks to repudiate his confession in the knowledge that his record would go against him in the murder trial, Williams said. He may also have been influenced by the fact that the penalty for murder in Iowa is hanging.

In his confession Foster is said to have admitted that he is a member of the Adams gang and participated in the Iowa robbery and murder but accused William Fentleman now under arrest at Wichita for firing the fatal shot.

Foster also confessed, according to federal officers that it was the late Eddie Adams who single handed robbed the mail car or Santa Fe No. 8 between Ottawa and Holliday the night of November 5, 1921. Adams escaping in a motor car with Foster and Fentleman.

Adams, Foster and a third convict escaped from the state penitentiary at Lansing last August 7, by scaling the walls. (The Emporia Gazette, February 11, 1922, page 1)

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