After this bloody encounter, Captain Love collected the spoils of the enemy; these consisted of some magnificent horses, which were later returned to their owners; six excellent Mexican chairs; six Colt revolvers; a silver spur; some capes of fine cloth and a pair of rifles.
While Love’s huntsmen were returning to San Francisco, one of the prisoners broke his chains and threw himself into a pool of water, where he was drowned. His comrade was put in jail in Mariposa county; there he remained until the company disbanded, and then he was taken to Martinez. In that place he made revelations that proved that he had taken part with a great number of his compatriots, in the crimes committed by Joaquin; this man was prepared to make revelations still more important, with the object of escaping extreme punishment, when a singular incident occurred. In the middle of the night the doors of the jail were broken down by a band of Mexicans who took him with them and hanged him. These Mexicans were undoubtedly members of Joaquin’s gang, and his secret agents, and some ranchers who wished to prevent the compromising revelations of their old accomplice.
Love’s huntsmen from that moment had but one object in view—to obtain the rewards promised throughout the country to whomever should take the celebrated leader of the outlaws, dead or alive. And certainly these rewards were well earned, on account of the courage which they had shown and the dangers which they had run, together with the daring with which they had followed Murrieta even into the mountains, demolishing his whole party.
First, it was necessary to show the public the reality of their deeds. Without that, none would have believed that Joaquin had been killed; unworthy suspicions would have tarnished Captain Love’s reputation. Consequently, he did what he would never have done except under the circumstances cited; he sent and had Joaquin’s head cut off; it was immediately taken to the nearest town, situated a hun-