Joaquin Murrieta: Life and Adventures of the Celebrated Bandit : His Exploits in the State of California

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Chapter XI

Two or three days afterward, the company went to visit the cabins of their victims. After taking possession of the horses and mules which were there, the bandits commenced to search for the precious metal, and they found around fourteen thousand dollars’ worth of gold and gold dust. Joaquin took possession of this sum, and then they turned towards Yaqui Camp, situated a short distance from San Andreas, where the chief had an engagement. The day following their arrival in this place, he ordered six of his men to Arroyo Cantova, led by Valenzuela, with all the animals which were not useful to the company, and part of the gold which they had found in the camp of the Americans. From this time on, the chief began, with the men who were left, a series of expeditions against their common enemy, killing and robbing as many as came into their hands. For many miles around San Andreas, Calaveritas and Yaqui Camp, one heard of nothing but the bold robberies, and no one knew how they had been committed nor what became of the victims. Various individuals had been beheaded without so much as knowing whom the assassin was. All that the miners knew was that some robbers and murderers, like so many phantoms, were in their midst without their being able to recognize them. Thus, one only saw frightened faces and wild eyes, since each one feared an assault on his way.

Captain Ellis, deputy sheriff of the county, succeeded in organizing a company of the bravest citizens of San Andreas, and immediately set out in search of the outlaws. Having ascertained by means of a spy that Joaquin was to be found in Yaqui Camp, and that one of his men was accustomed to frequenting the monte tables, he lost no time in going there, recognizing the man whose description he had, and took his prisoner.

Carillo, for it was none other than he, was condemned to be hanged at once for robbery and murder. But they offered to pardon him if he would reveal the hiding place of his companions. The ban

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