Joaquin continued journeying among the mountains in sheltered places until he found himself completely out of danger. Then he cleared Carson Pass and four days later arrived near a mining camp situated at the mouth of the Walker River. He passed the night there, but fearing to be recognized, he set out at daybreak, and the next day at the same hour he found himself inside of a second camp, which he supposed belonged to some Indians. After drawing near he was surprised to find himself face to face with Valenzuela and Jack Three Fingers, who were not less surprised than their leader at the meeting.
While they were breakfasting, the chief heard from the lips of his subordinates the result of their travels, and why they happened to meet at that moment. On going out from the arroyo, Valenzuela had directed his company toward Weaverville in conformity with the orders of Joaquin. Before arriving, they had seized a number of horses, which had been taken to headquarters by fifteen of the men.
Valenzuela had remained alone with Lopez, Pedro, Castillo, Rafael and Garcia. Pursued by various ranchers from whom they had just stolen several horses, the six bandits succeeded in escaping by swimming across a very rapid torrent. Wounded by the bullets of the enemy, Lopez, Pedro and Rafael had been drowned. Castillo succeeded in crossing the stream, but suddenly found himself face to face with a Missourian who knocked him down with a heavy blow. At last, Valenzuela and Jack Three Fingers were the only ones who succeeded in saving themselves.
On arriving at Weaverville, Jack had wished to go into a dance hall, in spite of the objections of the prudent Valenzuela. Four Americans leaning on the bar of the saloon were drinking and talking about the horse thieves. One of them expressed his opinion that Joaquin was probably not a stranger to the robberies which they had lately perpetrated, and added that he would gladly exchange his head for a ball to see the robbers hung. Garcia planted himself in front of him, and in a brutal tone said, “It is possible that you may exchange