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Posse Apparently in Hot Pursuit
By Robert R. Van Ryzin, Bank Note Reporter
May 13, 2013

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I have been doing some research in old newspapers into stories of bank robberies in the Old West. I came across what I believe is one of the James Gang’s bank holdups, in Russselville, Ky., in 1868.

The Leavensworth Bulletin for March 23 reported in a story datelined from Louisville, March 21, that “The banking house of N. Long & Co., at Russelville, Ky., was entered yesterday by five men, and robbed of nine thousand dollars in currency, and an unknown amount of private deposits...The robbers escaped to Frankfort.”

In its March 27 issue, the Richmond, Va. Whig noted, datelined from Nashville, March 24, that “The robbers of the Russelville Bank passed Hartsville yesterday, with thirty men in pursuit, who passed half an hour afterwards.”

Now that’s reporting.

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