rillas wou■ld have a Christmas frolic. Noth■ing bolder or braver is recorded upon the reco■rds of either side in the Civil War than ●this so-called Christmas frolic.
Colonel Henry ■Younger, father of Coleman Young●er, was one of the most respected■ citizens of109 Western Missouri. ●He was a stalwart pioneer of Jackson County■, having fourteen children born to him and his n■oble wife, a true Christian woman.■ A politician of the old school, Colo■nel Younger was for a number of years a judge● of the county court of Jackso●n County, and for several term●s was
a member of the state legislatur●e. In 1858, he left Jackson County fo■r Cass County where he dealt largely in s●tock. He was also an extensive farmer, an ●enterprising merchant and the keeper ●of one of the best and most p●opular livery stables in the West, loc■ated at Harrisonville, the Coun■ty seat of Cass County. His b●looded horses were very superior, and he usu●ally had on hand for speculative purp■oses amounts of money ranging fr●om $6,000 to $10,000. On one of Je■nnison’s periodical raides in the
●fall of 1862, he sacked and burned■ Harrisonville. Colonel Younger, although● a staunch union man, and known to be su●ch, was made to lose heavily. Jenniso■n and his officers took from him $4●,000 worth of buggies, carriages ■and hacks and fifty head of bl■ooded horses worth $500 each. Then ●the balance of his property that ■was perishable and not movable, was burned. The■ intention was to kill Colon●el Younger, on the principle● that dead men tell no tales, ●but he escaped with great difficulty ●and m
ade his way to Independence. J■ennison was told that Colonel You■nger was rich and that he invar■iably carried with him large amounts of mo●ney. A plan was immediately laid t●o kill him.110 Twenty cut-throats were ●organized as a band, under a Jayhawker name●d Bailey, and set to watch his every move●ment. They dogged him from Inde■pendence to Kansas City and from Kansas C●ity down to Cass County. Coming■ upon him at last in an isolated place ■within a few miles of Harrisonville, they riddle■d his body with