New York: Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1931. First Edition. Octavo. Item #028962
Portrait frontispiece, 313 pages. Letter is 3 pages (74 lines), from a son to his mother with family connections. He writes the descriptions of the country around Joplin and was very close to what he found just before he arrived there. He regrets that he did not know any of the desperados as well as she knew Jesse James. Besides his visits to Coffeyville, he describes the Osage Nation which had become rich with oil and gas reserves which was being distributed by Government agents each month. He writes that Emmett Dalton writes why men become outlaws after being U.S. Marshals (likens it to his own day in the early 1930's). He signs his letter, Your Affectionate Son, [unreadable, Sept. 2, 1931). Bound in brown cloth stamped with a smoking gun in dark brown, spine lettering dark brown, spine is faded, top edge stained red, pictorial endpapers. A very nice copy. [Howes D-39].