Caxton, ID: Caxton Printers, 1939. First Edition. 8vo. 253 pp. Index. Illustrations including frontispiece of Captain Nat N. Kinney. Red cloth with black illustration & lettering, illustrated endpapers, in publisher's green, black & red dustjacket. Front hinge cracked but holding firm else fine in very good dustjacket (wear to extremities; tape repair inside top of spine). Included is a 29 page staplebound booklet titled "The Bald Knobbers: The Story of the Lawless Night-Riders who Ruled Southern Missouri in the 80's" by Harvey N. Castleman, in very good condition with some chipping to extremities and spine partially split). Item #20462
History of the Bald Knobbers, terror of the Missouri hill country from 1883 to 1889. They are commonly depicted wearing black horned hoods with white outlines of faces painted on them. The group got its name from the grassy bald knob summits of the nearby Ozark Mountains. They began as a group dedicated to protecting life and property, aiding law enforcement officials in the apprehension of criminals, opposing corruption in local government, and punishing those who violated the social and religious mores of their community. In some places, the vigilantes gained much political influence, occupied key offices, and became effectively the ruling faction in local politics. They made many enemies, however, with whom they had several violent, sometimes fatal, confrontations. - wiki.