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A Dickens of a Heist


Boarding a railroad car at Gads Hill, Missouri, Frank James quoted Shakespeare, announcing to startled passengers his gang’s intent to rob them. Just the rich, mind you. Not the working poor, with calloused hands. No women. No children.
The Bard describes Falstaff and a gang of highwaymen on the “Road by Gads-Hill.” The well-read Frank James scorned fusty fat cats who rode the rails.
So why not stage a train robbery at Gads Hill, Missouri?

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