The Land of Gold; A Tale of '49, Illustrative of Early Pioneer Life in California, and Founded Upon Fact
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...this holy Sabbath day by extending to these men the mercy accorded by all high-minded courts and conscientious juries." A great commotion followed the concluding remarks, in which the vilest epithets were used against the prisoners and their friend. At length the meeting was called to order, and, to the disgust of the rabble, the justice ordered that all those in favor of the prisoners being hung should move to the left, and those in favor of flogging should pass to the right. The excitement which prevailed during the division of the crowd, --the taunts and jeers of the left against the right, the exulting applause which came from the left over their excess of numbers, --was one of the most distressing scenes ever witnessed. "The right," said the judge, when order had been restored, and amid a breathless silence, " has seventy-two and the left eighty-eight, a majority of sixteen in favor of death. The prisoners shall be taken to the Hoffman cabin and confined there under double guard until nine o'clock to-morrow morning; from thence they shall be taken and be hung by the neck until dead. The guard are empowered to carry this sentence into effect." The guard now closed around the prisoners, whom they conducted with great difficulty to the cabin prison, around which both friends and foes remained until a late hour of the night. The sunbeams had been pressing their long, warm fingers through the belts of heavy timber for some three hours or more, and yet everything was quiet at Rumford's Corner. The smoke from many cabins was seen curling gracefully up into the clear blue sky. A miner with his bucket was seen occasionally wending his way to the creek for water; but beyond this nothing disturbed the sleepy calmness of this...
- Paperback | 62 pages
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
- 26 Jun 2012
- Illustrations, black and white