Manuscripts/Mixed Material [John Robinson]
“I remained on the Hamilton co., ranch six years and then an opportunity was presented to me to join the Secret Service Department of the Federal Government, and I accepted the offer, I then removed the hossy stink from myself.
“I remained in the Government service four years, and during this period my duties placed me in several gun battles. I now carry visible scars made by bullets received during gun fights. The worse battle I took part in was at Kansas City in '81 or '82, when Bob Baker and his gang was subdued.
“I received word that the Baker crowd were in Kansas City. I went there to locate the gang. I took five men with me and we knew that unless we could get the drop on them, we would have to swap out in a shooting match. I called a conference at which I informed my men that we were going to meet a gang which would not hesitate to shoot, and were excellent shots. That, if we failed to get them covered before they were aware of who we were, we must be prepared to fight a gun battle. I told the boys to examine their guns to make certain as possible that their guns were in the best of shooting order. Also, I stated that if anyone felt the slightest desire to not stay on the job to make it known then and there. Not one of them indicated a desire to evade the hunt.