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Death in CA 1863- ‘Joaquin Jim, noted chief of the Owens River Indians
Posted by: Vern Dander (ID *****8132) Date: June 06, 2008 at 08:53:12
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Transcribed by Dee Sardoc
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
 >>THURSDAY, 23 APR 1863<<

NOTED INDIAN KILLED -- The Visalia ‘Delta’ of the 16th inst., says: ‘Joaquin Jim,’ one of the most noted chiefs of the Owens River Indians, who was in command of the band who were so badly used up by the soldiers not long since, came over into the valley last week, either because he had been disgraced for incapacity, or, more probably, to obtain the assistance of a surgeon in healing his bullet wounds. Learning that he was at a rancheria about 5 miles from town, some 6 soldiers and citizens went up to capture him. On approaching, they discovered him engaged in washing a shirt, and as soon as he discovered them he broke like a deer in the direction of a swamp some 300 yards off, and, finding that he would certainly escape, they fired upon and killed him. On his body were found 2 recent wounds, 1 (in an advanced state of mortification) in the back, and another across the scalp. Besides there were numerous cicatrices of old wounds, received in some of his numerous battles.  Jim ! was probably the bravest and worst Indian in this part of the State.  He is known to have murdered 2 white men and has been at the bottom of all the outbreaks in this section for the past 8 years. He was brave as a lion -- his 1 redeeming quality.

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