Gun Believed to Have Been Carried by Jesse James is Sold Here for $7
Discovery of a
.38-caliber revolver believed to have been carried by Jesse James and a
member of his notorious gang, C. Miller, has been brought to light here.
The gun, purchased for the collection of Albert
Whelan of Paris, Mo., was found to have the names of "Jesse James,
1879, Kearney," and "C. Miller" inscribed on the inside of the handle
grips of the gun.
J. O. Whelan, 813 Chestnut avenue, a carpenter, saw
the gun in Vaughan's Repair Shop, 218 Main street, last November and
purchased it for $7 for his father's collection.
A few weeks after sending the gun to the elder
Whelan at Paris, the Joplin man was notified of the discovery of the
outlaws' names inside the handle grips.
A picture of the collector holding the gun is shown
here. It is a double-action Bisley model, chambered for six
cartridges. Serial numbers of the gun are being checked, and
other collectors have been contacted in an effort to definitely
establish the fact that is once belonged to the bandit gang leader.
The names of James and Miller were found when the
gun was taken apart to be cleaned. It is recalled that a C.
Miller was one of the James gang to escape in the battle at the
attempted bank robbery of Northfield, Minn.
Joseph W. Vaughan, operator of the shop where Whelan
purchased the gun, said he did not remember where he obtained it, but
that it had been in his shop several months.