his companion was George Shepard.4 In 1893, when James was a member of the St. Louis police force, he visited Nashville, Tennessee, to seek information about the death of his chieftain, William Clarke Quantrill, the notorious guerilla killed in Kentucky at the close of the Civil War. James told some medical students of the visit to Tazewell in 1875 at the time of the Honeycutt hanging, during a quiet interim in his career of crime when he and his brother Jesse were hiding from the Missouri authorities. It had been easy to lose himself for a little while in the forgotten wilderness in Kentucky where men still lived much as they pleased.

1
Interview by author with Robert H. Jones, son of Sam C. Jones, August 13, 1938.
2
William Cullen Bryant, ed., Picturesque America ( New York: 1872), I, 232-237.
3
Daily Press and Herald ( Knoxville, Tennessee), August 15, 1875; Press and Messenger ( Knoxville, Tennessee), August 18, 1875; interviews by author with eyewitnesses.
4
Interview by author with Dr. H. C. Chance, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, who heard the story from Frank James himself; Daily News ( Middlesboro, Kentucky), July 11, 1945.

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