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aUsltatinbg to he Act of Congres, a Lt year
86 by & TO 3. DmwinAL, In the Clark's OMfe of
tw Df Court of the st Judicial District of MontaUn
VIGILANTES OF MONTANA.
A rULL AND COIPLEIT HISTOIY or
THE CHASE, CAPTURE, TRIAL AND EXECU
TION OF ALL THE OUTLAWS WHO FIG
URED IN THE BLOODY DRAMA.
TIM DIIZ LODOG SCOUT.
The sleuth hound is upon the trail,
Nor speed nor force sall aught avail.
The tone and manner of the summons at
once dispelled even his profound and sorely
needed slumber. He rose without further
parley and went from the parlor to the bar
room, where Red and Brown were lying in
a corner, asleep. Red got up at the sound
of his footsteps, and said, " You have treat
ed me like a gentleman, and I know I am
going to die--I am going to be hanged."
"Indeed," said his quondom custodian
that's pretty rough." In spite of a sense
of duty, he Ielt what he said deeply. "it
is pretty rough," continued Yager, "but I
merited this, years ago. What I want to
say is that I know all about the gang, and
there are men in it that deserve this more
than I do ; but I should die happy if I could
see them hanged, or know that it would be
done. I don't say this to get off. I don't
want to get off." He was told that it would
be better if he should give all the informa
tion in his possession, if only for the sake
of his kind. Times had been very hard
and "you know, Red," said the Vigilanter,
"that men have been shot down in broad
day light---not for money, or even for
hatred, but for LUCK, and it must be put a
To this he assented, and the captain being
called, all that had passed was stated to
him. He said that the prisoner had better
begin at once, and his words should be taken
down. Red began by informing them that
Plummer was chief of the band ; Bill Bunton
second in command and stool pigeon; Sam
Bunton, roadster, (sent away for being a
drunkard); Cyrus Skinner, roadster, fence
and spy. At Virginia City, George Ives,
Steven Marshland, Dutch John (vWagner),
Alick Carter, Whiskey Bill (Graves), were
roadsters ; Geo. Shears was a roadster and
horse-thief; Johnny Cooper, and Buck
Stinson were also roadsters; Ned Ray was
council-room keeper at Bannack City; Mex
ican Frank and Bob Zachary were roadsters;
Frank Parish was roadster and horse-thief;
Boon IIelm and Club-Foot George were
roadsters; Haze Lyons and Bill HIunter
were roadsters and telegraph men ; George
Lowry, Billy Page, Doc. Howard, Jem Ro
maine, Billy Terwiliger and Gad Moore were
roadsters. The pass-word was "Innocent."
They wore a neck-tie fastened with a "sai
lor's knot," and shaved down to moustache
and chin whiskers. He admitted that he
was one of the gang; but denied-as they
invariably did-that he was a murderer.
He also stated that Brown-his fellow cap
tive-acted in the capacity before men
He spoke of Bill Bunton with a fierce ani
mosity quite unlike his usual suave and
courteous manner. To him, he said, he
owed his present miserable position. He it
was that first seduced him to commit crime,
at Lewiston. He gave the particulars of the
robberies of the coaches and of many other
crimes, naming the perpetrators. As these J
details have been already supplied or will
appearin the course of the narrative. they
are omitted, in order to avoid a useless
After serious reflection, it had been deci
ded that the two culprits should be executed
forthwith, and the dread preparations were
immediately made for carrying out the reso
The trial of George Ives bad demonstra
ted most unquestionably that no amount of
certified guilt was sufficient to enlist popular
sympathy exclusively on the side of justice,
or to render the just man other than a mark
for vengeance. The majority of men sym
pathize, in spite of the voice of reason, with
the murderers instead of the victims; a
course of conduct which appears to us inex
plicable, though we know it to be common.
Every fibre of our frame vibrates with anger
and disgust when we meet a ruffian, a mur
derer or a marauder. Mawkish sentiment
alism we abhor. The thought of murdered
victims, dishonored females, plundered way
farers, burning houses, and the rest of the
sad evidences of villainy, completely ex
cludes mercy from our view. Honor, truth
and the sacrifice of self to considerations
of justice and the good of mankind-these
claim, we had almost said our adoration;
but for the low, brutal, cruel, lazy, igno
rant, insolent, sensual and blasphemous mis
creants that infest the frontiers, we enter
tain but one sentiment-aversion-deep,
strong and unchangeable. For such cases,
the rope is the only prescription that avails
as a remedy. But, though such feelings
must be excited in the minds of good citi- ,
lens, when brought face to face with such t
monsters as Stinson, Helm, Gallagher, Ives, t
Skinner, or Graves, the calm courage and I
penitent conduct of Erastus Yager have the I
opposite effect, and the loss of the goodly *
vessel thus wrecked forever, must inspire
sorrow, though it may not and ought not to
Brief were the preparations needed. A
lantern and some stools were brought from
the house, and the party, crossing the creek
behind Lorraine's Ranche, made for the trees
that still bear the marks of the axe which
trimmed of the superfluous branches. On
the road to the gallows, Red was cool, calm
and collected. Brown sobbed and cried for
mercy, and prayed God to take care of his
wife and family in Minnesota. He was
married to asquaw. Red, overhearing him,
said, sadly but firmly, "Brown, if you had
thought of this three years ago, you would
not be here now, or give these boys this
After arriving at the fatal trees, they were
pinioned and stepped on to the stools, which
had been placed one on the other to form a
drop. Brown and the man who was adjust
ing the rope, tottered and fell into the snow;
but recovering himself quickly, the vigi
Zlanter said quietly, "Brown we must do
Sbetter than that."
Brown's last words were, " God Almighty
save my soul."
The frail platform flew from under him,
.and his life passed away almost with the
wang of the rope.
Sed saw his comrade drop; but no sign
if trepidation was vis'ble. His voice was
is calm and quiet as if he had been dis
3oursing with old friends. He said he knew
ihat he ahoald be followed and hanged when
Pe met the party on the Divide. oHe wished
bat they would chain him and carry him
to whm t :ret. were, that he might (
S rm ed. Just before he was
ed nto eternity, he asked to shake
witkbms all,.which having dose, he
Of tb.Aei who had esemrted him to
,.L Ii0 4OPd "folow and niaish
was Is b
His luet words weja, W Geoabya b" ;
God ble you. You are on go..ý ider
taking." The frail footing on which he
stood gave way, and this dsue .amd yet
guilty oriminal died without a tsa gJg i IS
was pitiful to seeoneowho stte n.
for a hero, dying--and that jusdly-like a
A label wae pinioned to his b4rh bearing
the legend :
"RED! ROAD AGENTLy ,P MISIZNGgI."
The inscription on the .per fastened on
to Brown's clothes ras :
"BRowx! CORRESPONDINO SCgarTiRi."
The fatal trees still smile as they don the
green livery of Spring, or wave joyfully in
the Summer breeze; but when the chill blast
of winter moans over the snow-clad prairie,
the wind sighing and creaking through the
swaying boughs seems, to the excited lis
tener, to be still laden with the sighs and
sounds of that fatal night. Fiat justliia
The bodies were left suspended, and
remained so for some days, before they were
buried. The ministers of 'ustice expected
a battle on their airival at Nevada; but they
found the Vigilantes organized in full force,
and each man, as he uncocked his gun and
dismounted, heaved a deep sigh of relief.
THE CRISIs WAS PAST.
Id ChAPTER XVII.
) DUTCH JOHNS (WAGNER).
t "Give me a horse ! Bind up my wounds !"
Id RaICARD In.
I- The tidings of Ives's execution and the
6e deep and awe-striking news of the organi
z, zation of the Vigilantes in the camps on
r, Alder Gulch, flew like wildfire, exciting,
.d wherever they were received, the most dread
)r apprehension in the minds of those whose
a consciences told them that their capture and
their doom were convertible terms.
g Among these men was Dutch John,
o (Wagner). His share in the robbery of the
r train, and his wound from the pistol of
a Lank Forbes, pressed upon his memory.
it By a physical reminder, he was prevented
n from forgetting, even in his sleep, that dan
n ger lurked in every valley, and waited his
a coming on every path and track by which
e he now trusted to escape from the scene of
, his crimes. Plummer advised him to leave
, the Territory at once ; but he offered him no
e means of locomotion. This, however, was
I of small consequence to Wagner. Heknew
how to obtain a remount. Taking his sad
s die on his back, he started for the ranche of
- Barrett & Shineberger, on Horse Prairie
where he knew there was a splendid gray
horse-the finest in the country. The pos
session was the trouble-the title was quite
immaterial. A friend seeing him start from
Bannack, with the saddle, sent word to the
owners of the gallant gray, who searched
for him without delay, taking care to avoid
the willows for fear of a shot. One of them,
after climbing a hill, discovered the robber
sitting among the underwood. The place
was surrounded and the capture was made
Short shrift was he allowed. His story
was disbelieved, and his captors went for
his personal outfit, if not for his purse.
They lectured him in the severest terms on
the depravity which alone rendered horse
stealing possible, and then started him off
down the road, minus his saddle and pistol,
but plus an old mule and blanket.
With these locomotive treasures, DutCh
John left Horse Prairie, and took the Salt C
Lake road. He was accompanied by an
Indian of the Bannack tribe, armed with
bow, quiver and knife. Ben Peabody was
the first who espied them. He was going to
Salt Lake City with a cayuse pack-train,
for goods, and saw the Road Agent and his
aboriginal companion at Dry Creek Canon
Ranche, since used by Oliver & Co. as a
station on the road to the metropolis of the
Latter Dav Saints.
About two miles below this place, he met
Neil Howie, who was coming from the same
City of Waters, along with three wagons
laden with groceries and flour. Alongcoa
sultation was the consequence, and a prom
ise was given that the aid of the train men
would be given to secure the fugitive from
justice. The same pledge was obtained
from Neil's own party, and from the owner
of a big train further down.
Shortly after. Dutch John and the Indian
hove ii. sight; but this did not mend mat
ters, for the parties "weakened" at once,
and left Neil cursing their timidity, but
determined that he should not escape.
Wagner rode up and asked for some
tobacco. He was told that they had none
to spare, but that there was a big train
(Vivion's) down below, and that he might
get some there. During the conversation
he looked suspicious and uneasy; but at
last went on, parting amicably from them,
and attended by his copper colored satel
lite, whose stolid features betrayed no sign
of emotion. Neil felt "bad," but deter
mined that his man should not escape thus
easily, he mounted his poney and galloped
after him, resolved to seek for help at the
big train. He soon came up with the pair,
and Neil fancied that Wagner gave some
directions to the Indian, for he put his hand
to his quiver, as if to see that all was right
For action. Dutch John held his rifle ready
and looked very suspiciously at Neil. The
Indian kept behind, prepared for business.
(To be Continued.)
KRALL & PETCHNER'S
Confectionery & Bakery
A Large and Fresh Stook e
CANDIES, CANNED FRUITS
CONFECTIONERIES OF ALL KINDS.
Fine Cigars Wines and Liquors
KEPT CONSTANTLY ON HAND.
Ball Suppers & Wedding Cakes
Got up on bort ntioea
Wallace St., one door above the eoIs.
Virgdia City, Y. T., h . gis , 186. 5-17
For Sale Cheap, for Cash.
ONbE Twlv amp Qarts rm, r Sa E..i ag
TUTT & DOXIXLr
SCtg , x T., se .30 1863. 1 7.*
'T. Wa. Ra rrik r e..
Mrlaa . .r s . ASE
E. OLJAemevBp a Ce.,
STORAGE & COMMISSION
Cerner of Wallace d Jackeiso St.,
VIRGINIA CITY, - M. T.
The Best Fire-Proof Warehouse in the
City, with Cellar Attached.
They Keep cocstantly on hand and hei re
T.I, GLASS, CALIFORAN SHOVELS & .RILS.
A Choice assortment of
RYE WHISKEY, GIN, SCOTCH WHISKEY,
CHERRY BRANDY COGNAC BRANDY,
CHERRY WINE, CHERRY JUICE.
Cash Advances Made on Consignments.
We solicit consignments of all kinds of
PRODUCE, ETC., ETC.,
We can assure tboee that consign foods to us, that they
sill be sold at the highest market price.
We are also prepared to transport goods to any and all
arts of the Territory with promptness and dispatch.
E. OLINGHOUSE, & CO.
Virginia City, June 6th, 1865. 45-71"
McCORMICK, OHLE & CO.,
STORAGE AND COMMISSION
.P E R CII 719* T sr
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL
G R 0 C ERS
Fire-proof Sltone Warehouse,
(Formerly occupied by Creighton & Co.,)
Corner of Wallace and VanBuren Sts.,
VIRGINIA CITY, M. T.
Prompt attention given to the Purehase, Sale and Storage
Liberal Cash Adtances Mlade on
Messrs. Holladay & Halaey, Bankers, Salt Lake,
" Kimball & Lawrene, Merehants,
" Gilbert & Sons, .
Mr. William Sloan, ", 4
Meir. Hawke & Bro., Nebraska City.
Warren Hussey & Co., Bankers, Denver City.
" Daniels & Brown,
" .J. Roed Co., VirginiaCity.
" Geo. H. Hanna & Co., "
Captain William Parkinson, Helea.
J, G. Baker, Fort Benton.
Two Doors Below Plrts & uessll.
GEORGE GOHN, begs to lafom the puble that he h
perwd his arrangements for a ooustnt supply of all
tic n his line, of the fnest quality.
33oeei MKCatt.o, tr'am,
0-«m a , 310omax,
No Meat t ifrior qut sold i this eblishmAt
Ordn pasMtlly d uefny lsUe. S6
ALL nOwn k gnr thesselw.. lni thso firm
of oB Co, arely doltei blMars as the
Mcraer of af .M d Van Bma , m re to
eato, at t standof the hm, of idte ther
kia*Ssilase ami save eaik
caaam n so.,
P ars I=s* MOmA.
Geats' Ituishes Geesd,."
OVERSHIRTS OF ALL STYLES,
SOCKS, &c., &c.,
Which I offer to sell both
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL,
Merchants are pseticularly requested to give me a call
befoe purchasingu, my facilities are such that I can at
a- times supply them with goods Joust from the East, at very
Remember the " CALIFORNIA STORE! "
Corner of Bridge and Main Streets,
Helena, Montana Territory.
w719 G. GOLDBERG.
Where Pilgrims and Actual Settlers may always obtain a
general assortment of
COOK STOVES, CAMP STOVES,
CAST IRON STOVES, PICKS,
SHOVELS, AND MINERS'
FARMERS' AND ME
Tin, Sheet-Iron and Copper Ware.
Builder's Hardware, Coffee-Mills, Ox and Horse Shoe
Nails, Carpenters' Tools, and a great variety,
of other things pretty, useful and
solid. Job Work in Copper,
Tin and Sheet Iron, done
5-6b* with dispatch."
W. C. Gxu.xrz. JAMES K IO.
KING & GZILLmTE,
Brl4ge Street - - - Helena, H. T.
WHOLESALE DEALERS IN
Stapte and .earnc Groceries,
" BOOTS AND SHOES,
4-16' MINED TOOL...
Higgins, Travis d Co.,
Wallace Street, Virginia City, and
Helena M. T.
LIVERY AND SALE
S T A. BLE .:8
ELEGANT rMicle, and well tained bone for th
Saddle, Buggy or Carriage, constaly on hand.
A First Clam Turn-out Guaranteed.
THE VIRGINIA CORRAL IS IN CON
NECTION WITH THIS ESTAB
Denemr JWeat ~.arket,
Nevada City, - - * u.e T.
AKiB' pi easLtoamo«eM to ti pab lia, tlbth kee
th blet stockedM-brkut in HredS CtOy, were
th" will lym y* Amb te Mrt "t s of
BAUSAf-E MEAT, $ad
SAUSAGWE OP ALL KINDS.
Mine TOrk ImU. P
cORNER Of WALLAOE AND JACK.QN rST.
S, Virginia City, M. T.
Hamir n'dd ur Now Iteok of
We. now pr to o do allkds of
WITH NEATp88 AND DISPATCH.
POSTERS OP ANY SIZE,
Plain or in Colors .
BILL HEADS, BALL TICKETS
LEGAL BLANKS, BLANK DEEDS,
PROGRAMMES, BUSINESS CARDS,
SMALL BILLS, DRAFTS, CHECKS,
CERTIFICATES OF STOCK
IN THE NEATEST STYLE OF THE ARTA
OF MONTANA TERRITORY,
And faithfblly devoted to the interet of our rich
. . . .-- t in
DANCE & STUART,
Wallace Street, Virginia "City, M. T.
Wholesale and Retail Dealers ta
Maple and Fany Groeeeries,
Chewing and SmokingTobaeo
ARDWARE, CUTLERY, QUEENSWARE,
S -o- 'r'oomrs,
eTC.. ETC.. Trc.
We have abo a large and well selected stock of
Sadles, Bridles, Wips, Spns, Sad
LERY-HARDWARE, BOOTS, SHOES,
SHOE FINDINGS AND LEATHEB,
Of all Ducriptios.
Abo a Cdose 8tock eo
NOTIONS AND TOYS,
ETC., ETC., ETC.,
AU od wMell be M Cty ar O Mi OMGo d 0aJs0
URN. NeLLtaA?, tratia~
ATLA~IN AD PACIQfl STATi .
T CeaehM 1h I to .o agen a with t,. i
iAtc.hi, lauIas. aud fle , i.
Tui wegkly Coasehs betweer
l$art ke yV-w OJ Wha pU
Vak a.b. Ciy, Wetanaaak, and
Great Salt Lake City & Virglna
City, M. T. via Bannack City,
U. s. sHAIL AND PASSENNGERaS.
Al-o, t-weekly ooache between Virginia City sa
(oa.chea *r Great Salt Lake City and Bannak Cit
EVERY ALTERNATE DAY,
oonnecting at tBear Gier with oRci to Dot.. and Walla
Walla, and tGra It City. with the Daily LinW
Atlantic States, Nevada and Californi
For frther partic.lara apply at the o®ee.
126 NAT. STEIN, AT
1.26" Virginia City, Montana Territory.
GURNEY & CO.,
BOOTS &" SgHOEf.
~~E haereceived another lame sock of .sr wei
Skaowa Cortom load. Boots and Shoe, ooasisns at
ENGLISH CAP BOOTS,
LIGHT AND HEAVY KIP BOOTS.
FINE SEWED and PEGGED CALF BOOTS,
In great variety, and
Misses' Kid, Calf and Clethlk Soe
Also, a fine assrtment of
GAITERS, of SERGB,
FRENCH GLOVED EID,
Morocco and 'Calf Skin.
Misses', Boys', and Children's Wear.
layward's Double and Magle
Sole Rubber Boots.
Also a Large Stock of sole Leather.
N. B.-We Warrant all our Work
Steres at Virginia, Nevada & Helena
Cities, M. T.
HERRMANN, SCHWAB & LOEB.
(2 doors above Stonewall Hall, Wallace St.,)
VIrginia City, M. T.
AVINO pch d their Goods in the Eastern Market,
11 on favorable terms, and having freighted Utem 4
through with their own teams, they will be able to sell
cheap as any house in tawn, theirsplendid stock of
The Qaesw et cellent quaity and suitable te
Restaurant anad Hotls, as well as ir prrate fkmlies
B. M. DURu.L, W. 5. Huran
B..1,. DURE, L, " B.,
And dealers In
Boise City, Idaho Territory.
R, s Lere, trCiassr
Warren Lelan, New York ct
Hld& Halasey, G. 8. LC
okl> o Denase, VirsaCiety, . T. alb
HIGGINS TRAVIS & CO.,
Wallace Street, Vir lia it, as*
leeiagn, N. T.
&VcTONmi "M cONNXSSXON
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