Lotos Leaves; Original Stories, Essays, and Poems

Lotos Leaves; Original Stories, Essays, and Poems

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...Here were more than twenty men willing to " lay over" for the Sunday, and give Old Missourah a full trial. Indeed, the emigrants entered into the performances with a calm satisfaction which came of a consciousness that they were doing " the square thing" by Old Missourah, and providing themselves with a dignified diversion for the day. The trial and execution were an impromptu drama, which most of the performers enjoyed very much. Twelve men were duly chosen as the jury by drawing twelve previously designated cards from a well-thumbed pack. No man who drew anything higher than a ten-spot was competent to serve; and the drawing was continued until the panel was complete. This formality over, the jury proceeded to appoint a prosecuting attorney and a counsel for the defendant. There was no judge; the jury thenceforward, in a somewhat disputative way, taking sole direction of the proceedings. The public prosecutor was Bill Ballard, a stalwart Arkan-sian, whose grammar was confused, but whose heart was thought to be in the right place. He had proposed blowing off the top of Old Missourah's head early in the debate. The counsel for the accused was Royal Younkins, a gentleman from Pike County, and of great physical beauty. Blond, full-bearded, blue-eyed, and standing six feet in his moccasons, Younkins was likened by the historical painter in our party to young Edward of York, as he is pictured by the chroniclers of the Wars of the Roses. A Saxon prince in comeliness and bearing, Royal was well named. I regret to add here that he was subsequently hung in Siskiyou County, California, for several murders. He confessed five of these before the hangman's noose was put over his beautiful blond head. There is not much to say about the trial. The jury sat...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236661567
  • 9781236661562