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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 21, 1913)
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
THE BANDIT5 and he BURIED
(HOLD or llfTUm
LD Joaquin Murrleta's burled gold Is
growing restless In Ha hiding iilnco.
Ono of tliu herders of E Tojon
rnnelio c.'iriio In pnto nnd frlBhtenoil
Uio other night. Ho had kccii a ball
of Unlit flickering nnd dancing nlong
Hm plateau of thi) Rnndcrlllus. Ho
mild It Honied nlong tlm roud In front
of him for a long time, nH though to
lead 111 m Hoiiiowhuru. Finally, It
Rtopped by tlm Hide of thu road; ho
hurried p-st and went homo na fast
tut ho could. Being n Gringo from Cincinnati, ho
thought It wan a ghoat.
Any Mexican vnqucro would havo recognized
Uio nlgn. Such a light buma over burled treas
ure nowhere clso.
Had ho followed tho light, It would probably
havo led him to tho burled loot of old Joaquin
Murrlota, Throo-Klngored Jack, Tlburclo Vnsnucz
or Koine other ouo of the hundred bnndltH who
Infested tho Tojon I'rbh nnd tho Valley of tho
And sir, they woro banditti. Dink Turplnl
I'ough t A wretched piker! Dick Turpln nnd
Claiido Duval couldn't hnvo got a job currying
homes for Joaquin Murrlota. Don Joaquin was,
without doubt, tho most terrlblo, bloodthirsty nnd
successful bandit who over held up n Btngo.
He was chief of a band that Botnetlmoa mini
borod nearly a hundred daredevils, nnd tho treas
ure that ho collected must hnvo been enormous.
An examination Into tho eventa of his plctuo
enquo caroor would clearly Indicate that tho sto
ries of hla burled gold nro not mero vnqucro
myths. Ho must havo loft treasure In consider
ablo quantities cached aomowhoro In tho vicinity
of the Tejon ranch very likely In tho Tojon
Murrlota Is doscrlbed as a vary ordinary-looking
young Mexican at tho tlmo ho began his dep
redations. Ho sometimes wont by tho name of
Carlllo and many suppose that to hnvo been hit
He camo up from Mexico, whero ho was born,
t tho time of the California gold excitement In
1849. With him camo a beautiful young Spanish
srtrl of a high-born family. Her nanio was Hoseta
Sho and Joaquin nettled In Stanislaus county
and hnd begun washing tho gravel for gold when
tho tragedy occurred that turned Murrlota Into
tho crudest outlaw tho world has known.
At that tlmo thoro wcro all mnnnnr of raco
riots through California as a result of tho "anti
foreign" mining laws that hnd been passed. Dur
ing one of these rlota, .Murrlota and his brldo
woro driven out of tho gold diggings with Insult
and Indignity. Shortly thereafter, Joaquin,
while riding a horso borrowed from hla half
brother, was arrested and whipped as a horso
With black murdor In his heart ho "took the
road," and no one known how many Innocent
lives wero sacrificed to wlpo out tho wrong dono
this Mexican peon when lashed to a trco nt Mur
phy's Diggings In Calaveras county that day
when thoy took him from tho borrowed horso.
On account of the Injustice of tho nntl-forolgn
legislation, thoro woro hundreds of young Mexi
cans ripe for Joaquin's picking and ha soon col
' lected a desperate band of cut-throats. Chief
among them wero Manuel Oarcln, known as
Throc-Klngcrod Jack on account of a mutilated
hand which had been wounded In tho Mexican
war; Reyes Fellz, a brother or his bride; Claudlo,
Joaquin Valonzuola and Pedro Gonzales.
Throe-Plngorod Jack was a monster of vlco
and maniacal cruelty. Ho seamed to taka a spe
cial delight In murdering Chlneso. On ono occa
sion he rounded up six Chinamen on the road,
tied their quouos together and cut their throats
one at a time laughing at the terrified yells of
the living aa tho dying mon struggled In their
For about four years Murrlota's band ravaged
central California. Tholr main field of opera
tions was through tho San Joaquin valley. The
old-timers say that the stage that ran from Los
Angeles to Stockton was hold up so many times
In tho vicinity of Hakorsflold that It became an
ordinary and commonplaco event. No rond was
safe and every traveler rodo at tho peril of hla
life. The solitary horsonmn, rounding a clump
of chaparral, was qulto Ukoly to hear tho Blng of
BBBBBBBBV BBMr . . SI? S
a rlata through tho air nnd feel tho rope nettling
around hla shoulders with a Jerk that dragged
him from tho saddlo. Tho band of robbers that
worked for Murrlota wero unlquo In thnt the
rlata waa their chief weapon tho rlata and tho
bowlo knlfo. Mnny of Murrlota'a victims wero
dragged from the saddlo and had their throats
Thero waa seldom any pnrloy with the victims
nor any mercy shown. With Murrlota It was not
only a quest of treasuro but a merciless war of
rovengo against tho Gringo.
On ono occasion Murrlota and his men held up
n schooner on tho rlvor nenr Stockton and, mur
dering tho crew, got away with $20,000.
In tho firm dlsclpllno that he mnlntnlnod over
his gang of cut-throats, Joaquin was comparablo
to Robin Hood. Also llko Robin Hood, all sorts
of stories of his Impudent daring and his whim
sical klndnessos aro told. Soma of tho stories,
In fact, nro very like tho legends of Sherwood
forest nnd tho men In tho Lincoln green.
Murrlota took all sorts of reckless chances.
On one occasion ono of his bandits was on trial
In a San Joso court. Murrlota had, shortly be
fore, waylaid ond murdered a gentleman named
Samuel Harrington. Taking Harrington's pa
pers, Joaquin went into court, protended to bo
Harrington, gave false testimony and secured tho
acquittal of his pal.
Another tlmo, in Sacramento, a crowd stood
looking at a poster which offered 15,000 for the
enpturo of Murrlota. A Mexican pushed his way
through tho crowd nnd wroto on tho bottom of
tho placard; "I will give 810,000 myself Joa
quin Murrleta;" jumped on n horso and escaped.
As might bo Imagined, the horrors of Mur
rieta's crimes roused a great hue and cry
throughout California. Hunted like wild animals,
Murrleta and his followers selected a dark can
yon nenr the mouth of Tejon Pass for their
headquarters and divided into throo bands.
Tho country wnB becoming too dangerous for
him to conttnuo his work in. Claudlo had been
killed in a desperato battle nt San Luis Obispo.
Fellz, Joaquin's brother-in-law, had been hanged
POTENTATES AMUSE LONDON
When a foreign potcntato or 'royalty of minor
rank visits London for tho first time, n clerk from
tho foreign office Is usually detailed by tho gov
ernment to "show him round," or, In olllcinl lan
guage, to act as tho potentate's "visiting attache."
I havo acted on several occasions olllclnlly aa
guldo, counselor, and friend to a number of minor
foreign royal personages, and when doing ho havo
had soma rathor amusing experiences,
I actod is attache to Prince Lldj Kyassau, of
tho Abyssinian royal family, when ho came to
London some years ago. Ho was rather an awk
ward sort of person to havo to tuko charge of.
He had a habit when ho went into a shop of pick
ing up things to look at, and if they did not tnko
his fancy, of dropping thorn to tho ground In
the most lordly and disdainful mnnncr.
On ono occasion we went Into 11 denler'n shop
In Rond street, whoro ho took, up un old Dresden
vaso and, nftor looking nt it critically for a few
mluutos, threw it to tho ground. I made a frantic
but unavailing effort to catch It. Tho prlnco had
subsequently to pny 300 to tho dealer for tho
Anothor gentleman I hnd tho honor of escorting
nbout London for a couple of weoks wan the Sul
tan of Oran. I wont with him to a dinner party
ono night given at ono of the embassies. All
went wall until the end of tho dinner, when tho
.ambassador and hla wlfo roso from tho table.
The chief guest then suddenly hit tho tablo a
resounding blow with his list, and shouted out
omothlng In hla native tongue, while his eyes an
poarod to blazo with anger ns ho glared tlrst nt
his host and hostess and then at their guests.
No ono seemed to know qulto what to do.
Then, in n low undortono, tho sultan explained
to mo In French ho was endeavoring to thank hla
boat for hla hospitality, and tho Incident ended
Occasionally minor foreign potentates who come
hero neglect to mnko proper arrangements nbout
having money ndvlsed to them from their native
country to London, nnd, na n result, find thorn
selves In considerable financial embarrassments
when thoy get hero.
Soma years ago n prlnco of tho reigning family
of 11 minor European stnto arrived in London for
a short visit without n penny.
Tho nttncho, however, who waa commissioned
to look nfter him, brought a pawnbroker to tho
hotel whero tho prlnco was stnylng, who advanced
1,000 on tho princo's Jowola, which lasted tho
prlnco until ho obtained monoy from his own
country, fortunntely only n fow days lator.
Ono of tho most amusing Incidents I remember
In connection with my experiences na n visiting
attache was when I took the then crown prlnco
of Slam to a great socoty bazaar. Tho prince
evidently did not understand, though I tried to
explain to him, thnt tho ladles selling at tho ba
zaar wero persons of high rank.
A fow minutes nfter ho entered tho hnzaar sev
eral great ladles approached him, asking him to
huy homo of their wares. Ono of these wnB a
duchess. "Tell theso women to kneel when they
nddress ine,"ho M to mo In broken French. Tho
Indies, who understood him, promptly did so, nnd
succeeded In taking about .10 off tho prince bo
fore thoy rose. Nothing on earth could, how
ever, convlnco tho crown prlnco of tho high rank
of the saleswomen.
Ruslness Manager Well, how many ordors did
you get yostordny?
New Salesman I got two orders n ono placo.
UusincBS Managor That's tho stuff! What
Now Salesman Ono was to get out and tho
other was to stay out. Cornell Widow.
In Los Angeles. Pedro Gonzales had been shot
by an officer near Camulos to prevent his rescue
from arrest by tho bandits. Tho Tejon Indians,
becoming enraged at somo depredation that con
cerned them, had swooped down upon tho ban
dits, ntolo their horses and whipped Bomo of
tho gang with lashes.
Although ho wreaked a horriblo revenge
against those who tried to capture htm, ho
never made any attempt to punish these Indiana
who took oven tho clothes from tho gang.
General Dean of San Gabriel, who tried to or
ganize a movement against Murrleta, was way
laid on tho rond and murdered. A campaign
was Btnrted against tho bandits in the town of
Saw Mill Flat and Murrleta had tho water poi
soned. Rut finally, Murrleta's Nemesis appeared. Ho
was a Texas frontiersman, named Harry Love,
who had come to Los Angeles to live. Ho or
ganized a company of rangers from among the
daring horsemen of Los Angeles and went on a
systematic hunt for outlaws.
After various adventures and narrow escapes
on both sides, tho end camo early one Sunday
morning, July 25, 1S53. Love and two or three
companions wero riding ahead of the mounted
rangers on the flats Just west of Tulare lake In
the San Joaquin valley. They came upon n small
company of Mexicans eating breakfast around a
Love nskod them what they were doing nnd
ono of them replied that thoy wero on their way
to Los Angeles. Ho asked a further question of
ono of tho peons; wheroupon a Mexican on the
other sldo of tho flro spoke up haughtily, say
ing: "I am the leader of this band; say what
you havo to say to mo."
"I will speak to whomever I please," retorted
Lovo. Noticing that the Mexican had risen nnd
was sidling over toward a saddle that lay on the
ground, Captain Love covered him with a re
volver and told him to stand still, for there were
revolvers on the saddle.
While they wore standing thero, a ranger who
know Murrleta by sight camo up. Tho recogni
tion was mutual. Joaquin suddenly yolled for
his men to escapo nB best they could. Leaping
on n horso without saddle or hrldlo, Murrleta
went hendlong over a bank nnd down into a ra
vine, landing In a tumbled heap at the bottom.
Neither his horso nor himself wnB hurt, however.
Scrambling to their feet, they started off at n
dead run down tho canyon. Ono of tho rangers
had followed them. His horso had fallen also.
Without attempting to remount, ho took careful
nlm nnd shot Murrleta's horso as it ran.
Tho outlaw leaped from tho falling horso nnd
continued his retreat on foot. Ry this tlmo half
a dozen rangers wero following him. Three
times, ns they fired, ho was seen to hesitate nnd
reel; then run on again. Ono last shot nnd he
Turning, ho raised his hand and said: "Don't
Bhoot nny more; tho work is dono." Ho stood for
n mlnuto with weakening limbs; then ho sank
slowly to his right side, his head upon hla arm.
Wicked old Joaquin Murrlota was no moro. An
other pursuing pnrty overtook and killed Three
Fingered Jack. Ono of tho bandits escaped and
drowned himself In tho San Joaquin river. An
other was murdored by Mexicans who were
nfrnld he might reveal to tho authorities their
connection with tho band.
Murrleta's hend waa cut off nnd, until tho San
Francisco enrthquako, waa on exhibition in a mu
seum In San Francisco.
At the tlmo of his death Don Joaquin was pro
paring his grandest coup. Ho intonded to col
lect all hla booty, nnd march his men openly,
llko an nrmy, Into Mexico. Tho old-timers assert
that ho had his loot cached in tho Tejon for this
"get-away" nnd that It Is still there.
Ismncl Ramirez tmya that ho spent three
months looking for tho burled gold. Ono rainy
night ho saw tho mystic light dickering under
neath an old oak tree back of tho ruins of Fort
Tejon, Ho carefully noted tho location, intending
to dig at the Indicated spot tho next morning.
When he went thero nt down, however, ho found
Hint n rancher had nlso seen tho light. Ramlroz
found an enormous hole nnd a groat Iron kettlo
from which tlm ranchor had taken $30,000 In
According to nil .roportB tho light has begun
to dance and flicker ngnln nround tho Tejon,
jeady to guldo somo ono to tho unensy gold of
tho arch cut-tluoat and bandit, Joaquin, Murrleta.
MURDERED BY SON AND WIFE
"Suppression" of the Idler Drunkea
Head of the Family Waa
Paris. A small commune near Crell
has been tho scene of a savage crlmo.
A man, an alleged drunkard and Idler,
It Is true, but, nevertheless, father of
a family of five children, has been
murdered by his son nnd wlfo. The
mnn was a workman, and lived with
his family at Vllllora Saint Paul. His
eldest son wnB nineteen. Ho had four
Two daughters, still under ago, had
left their home because of tho ntlcgcd
cruelty und bad conduct of their fath
er. Ho drank heavily, worked llttlo,
and terrorized his wlfo nnd children.
Ills wlfo nnd eldest son Beom to have
como to tho conclusion between them
that It was best to "suppress" him.
The son bought n revolver nnd 25
cartridges. Ho was prepared to "lln
iah hla father off," on tho occasion ol
his first fresh quarrel.
The occasion was not long In com'
ing. Tho fathor returned In a bad
humor at 8 o'clock in tho evening, and
tho quarrel began, as it had done often
before, over some trlllo. Tho fathei
threatened to punch tho head of hit
son, and tho latter 'hereupon drow hit
wenpon and discharged six shots nt
him. Tho mother ran out of the
house, and the wounded man dragged
himself Into tho bedroom. Tho son
walked out of tho houso and said tc
his mother, "Ho is dono for now."
That Instant tho man insldo was heard
to groan. "Ho 1b not dead at all, go
and finish him," said the mother.
Tho son went Into the room and
found his father trying to get into the
bed, and groaning nnd bleeding from
his wounds. He took good aim this
time at his father, fired two shots, and
killed him. An hour later mother and
son made up their minds to go and
Inform tho police. The next morning
one of her daughters, aged seventeen,
who had left her homo, camo to seo
the mother in prison. The mother
made no secret of tho story. She told
In tho presence of the gendarmes how
1 It had been agreed somo dayB before
(lAttimnn tlAtt nM1 VrM j-vlrtnnt nnn lrtll
uctnvuii iiu uuu iici uiuuat duii iu mil
her husband, who had become a ten
ror to them all.
TO RESTORE ANCIENT CHURCH
Work of Restoration of 8t. Bartholo
mew the Great In London, Eng.,
Is Going On.
London. Fragment by fragment the
work of restoration of St. Rartholo
mew the Great, West Smlthllold,
which Is the most ancient and famous
church in tho city of Loudon, is being
carried on. The building that now
remains of what was onco a vast
priory, is the monastic choir of tho
church, built in the flrBt half of the
'. When Henry VIII. suppressed the
monasteries in 1539 the greater part
of tne nave and all the outbuildings
were destroyed, and the remainder
sold to Sir Richard Rich, in whoso
family they remained until early in,
tho nineteenth century. A restoration
of the fabric, begun In 1863, was re
sumed In 1885, and has since been
continued at Intervals.
The north transept, which Is shown
in the drawing, was restored to tho
church Id 1893. For many previous
Nave of London's Oldest Church
generations it had been occupied by a
blacksmith's forgo. The fine arcade
;was burlod somo four feet In earth,
'and tho upper portion was entirely
,hldden by the smithy. Tho present
cloister, consisting of three only of
tho eight bays of tho east alley, waa
recovered from the stable keepers and
restored in 1905.
An appeal is now being made for
tho sum of 1,500 to enable the au
thorities to remove encroachments on
tho south sldo of the church, and, by
transferring to a distance tho boiler
house, which Is now actually within
the wallB of the chapel, obviate the
danger from fire which now exists.
Is Clogged Up
That's Why You'rs Tired-Out f Sorts
Have No Appetite.
will put you right
in a lew days.
SMALL PILL, SMALL DOSE, SMALL PRICE
Genuine must bear Signature
aavsaw bvitti f
T JMeJ ::: ; ;': i--.
St. Louis trade boosters recently vis
ited 22 cltke In one week.
Mrn.Winslow's Soothing Syntp or Children
teethlnif, HofteiiH tin; Riimt, roiluce-i lnflaiiitna
tlou,nlluyn paln.curen wluU college a botileJM
I'm not dcnylu' tho women are fool
ish; God almighty mndo 'em to match
tho men. Gcorgo Eliot.
ECZEMA SPREAD OVER BODY
Roxbury, Ohio. "When my little boy
was two weeks old ho began breaking
out on hiB cheeks. The eczema began
Just with pimples and they seemed to
Itch so badly ho would scratch his
faco and causo a matter to run.
Wherever that matter would touch It
would caUBo another pimple until it
spread all over his body. It caused
disfigurement while It lasted. He had
fifteen places on one arm and his
head had several. The deepest places
on his cheeks wcro as large as a sil
ver dollar on each side. He was so
restless at night we had to put mit
tens on him to keep him from scratch
ing them with his finger nails. If he
got a little too warm at night it
seemed to hurt badly.
"We tried a treatment and he didn't
got any better. He had the eczema
about three weeks when we began
using Cutlcura Soap and Ointment. I
bathed him at night with the Cutlcura
Soap and spread the Cutlcura Oint
ment on and tho eczema left"
(Signed) Mrs. John White, Mar. 19,
Cutlcura Soap and Ointment sold
throughout the world. Sample of each
free.wlth 32-p. Skin Book. Address post
card "Cutlcura, Dcpt. L, Boston." Adv.
Breaknlg the Ice.
"Now, Miss Imogeno," argues the
young man who has been receiving
the frigid stares and the monosyllabla
replies of the fair young thing who
chose to bocomo offended at him at
tho dinner and continued to accumu
late indignation at the opera, "it's per
fectly useless for you to attempt to
act like an Iceberg. Science tells us
that only one-eighth of an Iceberg Is
vblble, and you "
Considering tho fact that she was
wearing an evening gown, he really
might have exercised a bit more tact
Many a fellow lays his heart at the
feet of a girl who deliberately kicks a
goal with It
"Art In America is not respected,"
laid Arthur Stringer, tho poet and
novelist "What ice does a poet cut
among us compared with a Rockefel
ler or a Carnegie?
"PoctB are rated Incredibly low
here. As I reclined In a hammock
poetizing on a farm lawn last week,
a tramp approached and asked the
farmer's wife for pie. w
"She gave him pie, and, while he
ate, they conversed. I beard a snatch
of their conversation.
"'You say you used to be a poet?
said the woman.
" 'YeB'm,' replied the tramp. 'That's
how' I got my start'"
"Why did you drop' oft the water
"It was so crowded I couldn't get a
seat." explained the other man. lamely.
First Woman Jury Tries Case.
East St. Louis, 111. The first woman
jury in Illinois tried Mrs. Blanche
Thomas, charged with disturbing tho
peace of a neighbor, and found her
guilty. She was fined five dollars and
Husband Snored Loudly.
New York. "My husband snored so
loudly that I could not hear tho steam
pipes," charged Mrs. Mao M. Corbin
in a suit for divorce from hor husband,
Harry W. Corbin, a local merchant
Tax Receiver Strikes It Rich.
Paris. Tax Receiver Relsser ol
French Guiana, who camo hero to get
a coveted Job, not only got tho Job,
bu,t won $100,000 in a lottery one day
and $40,000 tho next
Appetizing and whole
some these hot Summer
No cooking no hot
Ready to eat direct from
the package fresh, crisp
Serve with cream and
sugar and sometimes
fresh berries or fruit.
Post Toasties are thin
bits of Indian Com, toasted
to a golden brown.
Acceptable at any meal
Sold by Grocers everywhere.
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