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On one occasion, Jessie James and a few of his boys sought refuge in a lonely farmhouse. The woman there gave them food and apologized for the otherwise poor hospitality. A widow and deeply in debt, she was even then expecting the landlord to arrive and demand $1,400, which she could not possibly pay.

James had the spoils of a recent train robbery with him. He gave the astonished woman enough money to clear her debt, telling her to be certain to get a receipt from the landlord. He and his fellows then withdrew to watch the house.

The landlord arrived, looking very grim. A short time later he emerged, looking altogether more pleased with himself.

James and the boys stopped the man, recovered their $1,400, and went on their way.