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December 7, 1909

HIDDEN POUCH FOUND
IN OLD JAMES HOUSE.

FILLED WITH OPENED LETTERS
ADDRESSED TO A. F. GEORGE.

Sack Discovered by Plumber in
Sealed Closet at 1836 East Ninth
Not Like Those Used By Gov-
ernment in Bandit's Time.
Mail Receptacle Found in Jesse James's Old House.
UNLIKE PRESENT DAY POUCHES.

A rendezvous of Jesse James was recalled yesterday afternoon, when E. N. Watts, who runs a plumbing shop at 1836 East Ninth street, discovered in an old house at 1836 East Ninth street a mail pouch upon which human eyes probably had not gazed for years.

Watts was doing extensive remodeling work on the interior of the house preparatory to its occupancy as a pool hall, when he accidentally broke into a little closet which evidently had been sealed for years. In that aperture he found a mail pouch, filled with mail matter. He dragged the sack to the light and after examining it concluded that it must have been a part of the spoils of the James gang.
USED AS A RECEPTACLE.

Mr. Watts notified the postal authorities and a postoffice inspector was soon on the scene. He examined the pouch and its contents, finding the sack was filled with many letters, all of which had been opened and were addressed to "A. F. George, 609 East Fifteenth street, Kansas City, Mo." The inspector's conclusion was that the sack must have been used as a receptacle for the accumulated correspondence of Mr. George, whoever he might have been.

Closet Where the Pouch of Mail Was Found.
CLOSET WHERE THE POUCH WAS FOUND.

The inspector took the sack and contents to the federal building, where officials, who had been in the service as long as twenty years, examined it closely. They said that although the pouch resembled the official style, it lacked certain necessary features that would justify its identification as ever having been owned by the United states government. The officials were at a loss to know why anyone would try to duplicate the official one used years ago.

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October 27, 1909

HUNT MISSING MAILBAGS.

Carrier's Rig Disappears While His
Back Is Turned in Dark.

Raffles, who was reported dead some years by an English author named Hornung, reappeared in a rather clever role at 11 o'clock last night at Twenty-third street and Woodland avenue. The victim this time was the United States directly and Samuel E. Robinson, mail collector No. 59, indirectly, if a certain horse and wagon does not turn up tied to a water plug somewhere, as is confidently expected by the police.

Robinson had driven considerably past a mail box at the Twenty-third street corner. He did not like the idea of turning his wagon around to go back when it was only a few rods and his limbs were aching for the exercise, so he tied his faithful animal to a pole and did the trick on foot.

Coming back in a few minutes he found the wagon and horse had disappeared, as two bags of first class mail matter, one package of second class and one parcel which might have contained a sable overcoat went with the rig. The robbery was deemed of enough importance to stir up things at the postoffice last night.

Several government detectives and numerous police officers were detailed to hunt for the missing bags.

At an early hour this morning no trace of the resurrected Raffles and his booty had been discovered.

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September 28, 1909

MADE HIS ROUTE IN 2 HOURS.

Independence Rural Route Carrier
Used an Automobile.

Daniel Riske, a rural route carrier at Independence, started out with his auto yesterday to deliver route No. 3. He made the trip in two hours. With a horse it takes a carrier six hours to make the trip. The auto is a light one and built especially for the work. The route is over some of the best rock roads in the country and if it is successful as a carrier other autos will be placed in commission.

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September 12, 1909

TREASURY INSPECTOR HERE.

J. A. Wetmore of Washington Will
Look Over Federal Building.

James A. Wetmore, chief of division in the supervisor's office in the treasury department at Washington, arrived in Kansas City last night and registered at the Hotel Baltimore. Mr. Wetmore will look over the Kansas City post office building and other federal property and make note of the improvements and changes necessary. "There will be no great amount of new work done here," said Mr. Wetmore. "The building here is in excellent condition and my work here will be more in the nature of a general inspection."

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