(Special correspondence to the St. Louis Dispatch.)
Sherman, Texas, June 5, 1874.
Not many days ago I saw the celebrated Jesse W. James in the city of Galveston, talked with him, was introduced to his wife, and recognized in her an old acquaintance of Jackson county---a lady whom I had known both before and since the war, and one who had been of immense service to the Southern guerillas when they were operating upon the border in 1863 and 1868.
I had a long talk with Jesse. He had been waiting for a vessel bound for Mexico, when it was his intention to go with his wife to Vera Cruz, and from there into the interior and take him a farm. Frank was with him and they appeared to have many friends and acquaintances in Galveston.
Jesse gave me some interesting items regarding his marriage, and told me that it was his intention to keep the matter a secret as long as he could, but that before he left home the event had been talked of much, both in Kansas City and Clay county, and so now that as he was going to leave the country in a few days, he would give all the particulars concerning it. Jesse's statements to me were about these:
"On the 23rd day of April, 1874, I was married to Miss Zee Mimms, of Kansas City, and at the house of a friend there. About fifty of our mutual friends were present on the occasion, and quite a noted Methodist minister performed the ceremonies. We had been engaged nine years, and through good and evil report and notwithstanding the lies that have been told upon me, and the criminal law at my door, her devotion to me has never wavered for a moment. You can say that both of us married for love, and that there cannot be any sort of doubt about our marriage being a happy one."
This is about the substance of the talk I had with Jesse. His wife is a young lady of about twenty-two with an elegant form, beautiful eyes, and a face that would be attractive in any assembly. When Jesse James was so badly wounded in 1864, in a fight with some Wisconsin cavalrymen, she nursed him uninterruptedly in the brush for nine weeks, and until he could be removed to a house. She is also a true and consistent Christian, and a member of the M. E. Church, South. She is a sister of the Hon. Judge Mimms, of Helena, Montana Territory and a niece of Mr. J. H. West, a most respectable and prosperous merchant of Kansas City. The whole courtship, engagement and final marriage has been a most romantic series of events, and someday I may write them up for you. By this time the parties have left the country. Jesse, however, declared it to be his full intention to return and take his trial when he thought he could get a trial rather than at the hands of a mob. RANGER.