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Re: Death in CA 1863- Unk DATES, residence at Gentry's Gulch
Posted by: Vern Dander (ID *****8132) Date: May 06, 2008 at 17:11:15
In Reply to: Death in CA 1863- Colorado Jack, Yaqui Indian by Vern Dander of 110

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Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
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>>FRIDAY, 23 JAN 1863<<

MARIPOSA NEWS -- During the last year, says the 'Gazette,' many improvements have been made in Mariposa -- many of them being of special importance, as indicating the growth and prosperity of that place; but there has been erected no structure deserving so much credit, or adding so much to the beauty of the place as the new Catholic church. The enterprising citizens who have labored and worked and accomplished this are deserving of all credit. It exhibits an energy -- a religious devotion -- truly admirable and worthy the commendation of all good people. The new church has been erected between 1st and 2nd streets, fronting on Main street, on a little eminence, and its steeple rises high over the town. 2 blocks will embrace the entire grounds; the one on Main street containing the church and grounds, and the block in the rear -- 250 feet by 125 -- being intended for a cemetery. The selection of the site is well made; and it is capable of being rendered even more beautiful than at present. The church is not entirely finished, but near enough to have been consecrated, in accordance with the rites of the Catholic persuasion, on Sunday last.

The same paper gives the following particulars of the murder of the man named DATES, who resided at Gentry's Gulch; DATES was seen in his house Sunday evening, Dec. 21st, and from that time to Jan. 8th it remained closed and no evidence of any one occupying the premises. Several friends
of the deceased, who were passing by, concluded to examine the house, and upon pushing the window curtain aside, discovered the body lying on the floor. The party returned to town immediately and gave the alarm. Justice N.R. HUBBLE, with several citizens of Coulterville, went to the place of murder, and upon examination into circumstances, came to the conclusion that the murderer was in the room along with Mr. DATES at the time the murder was committed. Deceased was shot in the head, the ball entering the back part and coming out through the left eye, while was setting at table eating. The murderer then struck him with the sharp edge of an ax, cutting the neck bone clean and clear, and leaving but a small portion of flesh to hold them together. The house was then rifled, trunk broken open, blood upon the axe partly wiped off, door closed and remained so until the dead body was found. Suspicion was immediately fixed upon an Indian who was seen, the day the murder was committed, going towards the house with a carbine, with which he undoubtedly was shot, as is evidenced from the size of the ball. Constable McKENZIE of Coulterville, and other officers, are scouring the county in search of him.



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