November 4 – November 7 1854

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Nov 1854

Sat 4           we gold gold 2$. Lloyd rockd
out the box at the house that
we pan out in P.M. & got gold
39 1/2$ we washd out the samd
bottle & got 6 1/2$ in all 38 1/2$ shaw
& Lawrence has run a deep cut in
the same ravine that we are at
work in down at the foot,t hey
got some gold but was not we
ighd

Su 5             early shaw & Lawrence went over
to the american vally while there
they saw a mexican that had
helpd to kill 3 chinaman on Fri
day Kt last the other mexian [illegible] 1
away. I & John fixd up our
fire place & doubd some of the
cracks. late in evening big Das
came by to sell me the saw mill
he said he was agoing to start home
in the morning. i did not buy
it. we divided out 97$ to the sloos
my lesson 5 chapt first General of [illegible]

Nov 1854

Mo 6           before Day I & John started to
the American Ranch to attend
court the sum had just rose be
fore we got there. The court was
in sission about noon my case
was calld but laid over for
Vaughn & finally untill tomor
row for his witnesses. John & I
went over to sister Betseys staid
all kt for supper lodging & brec

Tu 7             kfast 4$. we went back to court
early but it was near noon before
court opend give witnesses exam
ind for Vaughn & one for me.
The case was argued & submitted
& a verdict brought in against
me I & John thens tarted for
home the sun had quite set
we traveld most of the way
in the dark as the moon had
not rose we put our selves thro
ugh in good time. I paid for
our dinners on yesterday 2$ &
Buck for milk 1 1/2$ ballance for comp

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  1. On the morning of November 1 1854 four Chinese men traveling from Elizabethtown to Marysville were attacked. Three were murdered, the fourth was wounded, but able to hide. The bodies were discovered and the authorities notified shortly after; two Mexican travelers were suspected. By the time the Mexicans rode into Quincy that evening, the sheriff was already awaiting them. Seeing the authorities, the two men fled. Bullets were exchanged, and the sheriff’s horse was hit in the neck, allowing one of suspects time to escape. The other man, Jacinto Arro, was caught and arrested. Though initially found guilty of robbery and assault at a trial in Quincy, a subsequent trial in Yuba county resulted in Arro’s ultimate release (Fariss and Smith, pg 215).