By Paul Iselin Wellman
The prepared gangs of robbers and killers who roamed the Midwest and Southwest from the 1860s to the Thirties went to an identical university and have been succored by means of each one other's notoriety. So Paul I. Wellman makes a case for "the contagious nature of crime." William Quantrill and his guerrillas tested a legal culture that was once to hyperlink the James, Dalton, Doolin, Jennings, and cook dinner gangs; Belle and Henry Starr; lovely Boy Floyd; and others in "a lengthy and crooked educate of unbroken own connections."
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He spent the next twenty-five years as a newspaperman: as reporter and city editor for the Wichita Beacon (1920-30) and as Sunday editor and news editor for the Wichita Eagle (1930-35). In 1935 he settled into a nine-year stretch as a writer of features and editorials for the region's leading newspaper, the Kansas City Star. While busily occupied as a full-time journalist Wellman wrote and published the first seven of his books. Newspaper work by day and intense work on his books at night brought on a physical breakdown and caused him to give up journalism.
Public Enemy No. 1 325 Bibliography, Evaluated 355 Index 369 Page viPage vii Page viii Page 1 Foreword by Richard Maxwell Brown The Author: Paul I. Wellman Paul Iselin Wellman was born in Oklahoma Territory, grew up close to the frontier in Utah and western Kansas, and spent twenty-five years as ajournalist in America's heartland of Kansas and Missouri. " 1 Wellman was born on October 14, 1898, in the boom town of Enid in country where the desperadoes that he would write about in A Dynasty of Western Outlaws (1961) were then riding high.
Under such bitternesses, one must, in attempting to assay Quantrill's character, take into account the prejudices, whether in his favor or against him, of those who described him. Major Edwards, no guerrilla himself but an officer in the Con- (footnote continued from previous page) although the librarian said the name might exist in an isolated community. Perhaps I should have tried the Library of Belfast in Northern Ireland. At any rate, the term "Jayhawker" has become associated with Kansas and has assumed a fabulous design as the patron fowl (imaginary) of the state university.