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Next they closed the trap door, piled boxes and barrels atop it, and set them afire. For a while they watched, their faces glowing crimson in the light of the crackling, leaping flames. When sure that Baker and the boy were doomed, they left the now-burning store and proceeded to torch Baker's house, from which his wife and several other occupants had fled on hearing the gunshots and seeing the store burn. After setting fire to Baker's barn for good measure, the Andersons and their companions rode rapidly through the night back toward Missouri, stopping at each stage station to obtain fresh mounts, thereby easily outdistancing a pursuing posse led by Charles Strieby.
As it turned out, our conflicting attitudes proved beneficial rather than harmful in that they compelled us to try to reconcile them by compromise and thereby attain a greater balance in what we wrote. Aiding us in compromise was our agreement with what B. , the son of a Missouri guerrilla, wrote in a 1958 letter to Dr. Richard S. . It was my pleasure and pride for many years to have known a large number [of them] and very few were mentally sick. " It is often an ugly story, sometimes a tragic one, but at all times it is dramatic, for nowhere was the Civil War so savage as it was in Missouri, and nowhere did it produce a protagonist more savage than Bloody Bill Anderson.
That night Bill and Jim headed for Missouri and safety. Three weeks later a stranger with a wagon and team showed up at the Anderson homestead and took Mary Ellen, Josephine, and Janie to Missouri as well. They left behind the graves of their mother and fatherand possibly that of their infant brother, Charles. 13 The Andersons had not made it in Kansas. Hence, Bill and Jim Anderson now stood in the shadows beside Baker's store on the night of July 3, 1862. They intended to kill Baker and do it in such a way that before he died, he would wish that he never had been born.