SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION—SEPTEMBER 12, 1871. Vol. XLI—WHOLE NO. 7279

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4 pp., including numerous advertisements and fascinating news tidbits. For Example,  the  “Arrest of The Noted Colorado Robbers in Missouri—a story of how a pair of ruffians from Pueblo named Patterson shot a man named Bullock in the neck, killing him dead, after calling him a “Son of a B__B and a liar”, and then fled, being chased by a detachment of cavalry from Ft. Reynolds who fell in with a ranchman who treated them to whiskey and the next day they were found drunk and asleep in a barn.

Anyway, the Pattersons skeddadled to Sacramento and then took Kansas Pacific cars for the east. Meanwhile Sherriff Allen was writing and telegraphing in all directions to have them arrested. On the 17th of August he was surprised hear that the Pattersons had been arrested at Kaseyville in Macon County, Missouri. Armed with a warrant from the Colorado Governor, the Sheriff arrived in Macon only to find himself served with a warrant by the Sheriff there. Some shystering lawyer engaged by the Pattersons had excited false impressions in the public mind concerning the rights and powers of a Colorado sheriff in Missouri. Attempts were repeatedly made by the father and friends of the prisoners, but they ran afoul of a tough customer. “Monday last Sheriff Allen hustled his prisoners into a west bound train and the party reached Denver and they were placed in the Arapahoe County Jail. Now if that wasn’t a fine feather in the Sheriff’s hat, then we’re sadly mistaken.”

[Mark Twain would have loved this story of Colorado robbers and shyster lawyers and drunk cavalry asleep in a barn. Could have written it, in fact}.

Also of interest is New York City’s Boss Tweed and the story of “The Ring Thieves in Court.” As follows:

“Hall, Tweed, Connolly & Co., municipal Tammany “ring” thieves, appeared in Judge Barnard’s Court yesterday by counsel, to plead to the compliant of the Citizens committee of Seventy, praying for an injunction. The complaint asks  that Controller Connolly and others be restrained—first, form collecting the taxes, which they can’t handle without stealing; second, from issuing any more bonds to pay city debts caused by their own robberies; and third, from transferring any more real estate, which they have been in the habit of deeding over to Catholic prelates as a bribe for the proletarian vote. Coincident with their appearance to answer to this complaint comes the report that someone has most adroitly and opportunely burglarized the Controller’s office and carried away the evidences which might otherwise have exposed the “Ring” thieves, and sent them straight from their offices to Sing Sing. It is to be hoped other means may be found to supply the place of the missing vouchers and bring the robbers to Justice.”

An extremely interesting and funny Sacramento newspaper, featuring all the news fit to print, local and international, on Sept. 12, 1871. Exhibits fold-marks and slight chipping at the extremities. Else Vg. In protective sleeve, w/ white card backing.  [jp][ph:L]

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