Mrs. Samuel's Say

Joplin Daily Herald, July 22, 1880.

Racy Interview Between the Mother of the James Boys and Geo. Shepherd.
Kansas City Times, July 21.

    Mrs. Samuels, mother of the notorious outlaws, Frank and Jesse James, resides in a small house situated among the timber near Kearney, a small station on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, a few miles from Kansas City, and can always be expected in this city within twenty-four hours after any startling news appears regarding her outlawed sons.  On Saturday last the Times contained an article regarding the appearance of Frank James in the eastern portion of the county, and yesterday, like the "Lone Fisherman," Mrs. Samuels appeared at the office of County Marshal Ligget, the look of inquiry in her face plainly telling what she came for.  After talking with the Marshal awhile Mrs. Samuels managed to ask some questions regarding the reported appearance of Frank, and then went to do some shopping.  She was on her way back to the Court House when a man from Liberty, knowing who she was, stopped her at the corner of Main and Fifth streets and asked her "if she would like to see George Shepherd, the reported slayer of her son near Joplin last fall."
    "Is he about here?" asked Mrs. Samuels, her whole frame showing the excitement which, like Banquo's ghost, would not down as the name of Shepherd was uttered.
    "Yes, he is right here on the corner," and Mrs. Samuels was escorted where Shepherd was standing, near the barber shop just north of Fifth street on Main.
    Mrs. Samuels cast one contempuous look at the man and then said:
    "As so George Shepherd, you say you killed my son Jesse?"
    "Yes I did."
    "What did you do it for?"
    "Partly to avenge an old score and partly for money," replied the one-eyed ex-guerilla.
    Mrs. Samuels all this time was eyeing the man before her, who boasts of having killed her son, and then asked quickly,
    ":And so you killed Jesse, and do you expect to live until the leaves fall?"
    "I think it doubtful."
    "Well, I should think you would ----- George Shepherd, I would see my far----- and live the rest of my days in the poor house in order to raise money to pay someone for killing you if I knew you killed Jesse."  (----- denote sections missing from original article)
    As she said this Mrs. Samuels became terribly excited, and Shepherd drew back in the hallway to continue the conversation, as a crowd had gathered, knowing that the mother of the most famous outlaws in the country was in conversation with the man who said to have followed and killed one of them at the risk of his own life.  The two then continued the conservation, and those who witnessed it say that the old lady laid down the law in the most emphatic manner.  At the conclusion of the confab Mrs. Samuels moved away repeating her vow that Shepherd would die before winter, "as money could accomplish anything."