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Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>WEDNESDAY, 30 MAR 1864<<
FOR REESE RIVER - A party left this city yesterday for the new town of Ione, Nye county, N.T., in the Reese river country. Among them were 2 old Californians - Mr. MURPHY and Mr. SARGENT. The latter was one of the 1st settlers at Mokelumne Hill, the former dug the 1st gold at Murphys, Calaveras county, in 1848, and gave his name to that place. He has just returned from the Island of Santa Catalina, near Los Angeles, where he went to satisfy himself of the existence of paying silver mines. He does not entertain a very high opinion of the silver mines of Santa Catalina, but is too old a prospector to give it up so, and goes to Reese to get even. Mr. MURPHY is a Californian of not less that 20 years residence.
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