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Stockton Daily Argus
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>Tuesday, 19 Mar 1861<<
MURDER NEAR SONORA -- Sonora 'Democrat' -- An old man named Capt. E. RUNNELLS, who lived a short distance out of town, on the Shaw's Flat road, was mortally stabbed on Wednesday morning last, by an Italian named Francis THALIAN. A partner of the murdered man also received an ugly cut across the stomach from the same person. The Italian came at once to Justice DODGE's office, and gave himself up. The parties were all miners, and the difficulty originated in a dispute about water. Capt. RUNNELS [spelled 2 ways] was buried by the Masonic fraternity on the day following, and the large concourse of mourners showed how highly the deceased was represented in this community. The murdered man was from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he leaves a family.
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