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Aurora Silver Mine Recorded ··········································· 3 Pecacho Mine Recorded ··············································· 3 Arrival of the Sea Bird················································· 3 Interesting from Los Angeles ··········································· 4 Joaquin the California Bandit Killed ······································ 5 Journal of Silver and Lead Mining Operations - California ······················ 6 Molina Mine Claim ··················································· 6 San Carlos Mine Claim ················································ 6 New Idria Mine Claim ················································· 6 Proceedings of the Miners' Convention in the San Carlos District ················ 8 Aurora Mining Company··············································· 9 Letter from Cirilo Basso to Daniel Gibb···································· 9 Examination of Panoche Sugar from California ····························· 10 Letters from Cirilo Basso and John Young to Daniel Gibb ····················· 11 Our New Idria Quicksilver Mines ········································ 12 Aurora Quicksilver Mine ·············································· 13 Letter from John Young to Daniel Gibb ··································· 13 Another Overland Mail Arrival ········································· 13 Panoche Turnpike Company ··········································· 13 To Gilroy, the Panoche Pass, to the San Joaquin and Fresno City················ 14 Travel in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey ···························· 16 Letter from California - Panoche Valley ·································· 17 Description of an unknown Portion of California···························· 18 More Quicksilver Discoveries ·········································· 18 Letter from California - Panoche Valley ·································· 19 The New Idria Quicksilver Mines········································ 20 New Discoveries of Quicksilver in Monterey County ························· 21 Particulars of the Tragedy at San Juan, Monterey County ····················· 22 Up and Down California ­ Griswold and Vallecito ··························· 23 Up and Down California ­ New Idria quicksilver mines ······················· 24 Quicksilver ························································ 25 William Neely Thompson Commences suit against William Gibb ················ 26 The New Idria Quicksilver Mine ········································ 27 A New Copper District in Monterey County ································ 27 Military Movements in Monterey County and the Causes ····················· 28 Recent State Telegrams-National Rejoicings······························· 28

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Quicksilver in the Southern Coast Range ································· 29 New Idria Quicksilver Mining Company··································· 30 Marcos and Francisco Vaca and Martinez found murdered ···················· 30 Marriage of Edward Morse to Adeline Bates ······························· 30 Quicksilver Mines being Worked········································ 30 Cinnabar in San Carlos, New Idria and Clear Creek ·························· 31 The Panoche Grande Claim and the New Idria Quicksilver Mines················ 32 The McGarrahan Claim again ·········································· 34 Hotel at Sweetwater Spring ­ Grizzlys in McCoy Canyon ······················ 36 To Hernandez Valley on the Stage ······································ 36 Horse Stealing - a Lively Chase and Wholesome Result······················· 37 A Female Indian Superintendent ········································ 37 The McGarrahan Claim ··············································· 37 Horse Thieve Shot ·················································· 38 Horse Thieve Rendezvous ············································ 38 Atkins Massey Killed at New Idria Mines ·································· 38 A Fight with Mexicans ··············································· 39 A Desperate Fight between Sheriff Morse and Juan Soto ······················ 39 The New Idria Company ·············································· 39 Late Mining Reports from California ····································· 40 Number of School Children in the County································· 40 Ramblings ························································ 41 Mines and Mining West of the Rocky Mountains ···························· 42 Visit to Panoche and New Idria ········································· 43 Rev. Mr. Renfro tours the Panoche Valley ································· 44 Mr. Snyder Erects New Store in Panoche Valley ····························· 44 Trip from Millerton to New Idria ········································ 44 McGilvray of Panoche Valley Reports on Late Rains ·························· 44 Trip from New Idria Mine to Cantua and Posa Chine ························· 45 Trip to the Flint quicksilver Mine ······································· 46 Quicksilver in California ·············································· 47 A Visit to the Panoche Quicksilver Mine ·································· 48 Another Shooting Affray on the San Benito ································ 49 Gallant Capture of Notorious Outlaw R. Burdell ···························· 49 The San Benito Shooting between Neisson and Chambers ···················· 50 A Jump in Quicksilver ················································ 50 Travels to Panoche Valley and Vicinity ··································· 51 Coal in the Picacho district ············································ 53

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Miraculous Escape ­ Snake Attack in Panoche Valley························· 53 Matthews - Horrid Murder of Three Men Committed at Snyders' ··············· 54 Murder and Robbery at Tres Pinos ······································ 55 Sheriff Lyon Arrests an old Indian for murder ······························ 57 Desperate fight with Grizzly near Panoche Valley ··························· 57 The Tres Pinos Murders ·············································· 58 The Wild Man seen again ············································· 58 Outrage on the Tres Pinos ············································ 58 Leiva Confesses about Vasquez Gang···································· 59 Grand Wedding - I. Williams to Mrs. Alice Harlan ··························· 59 New Mail Contracts ················································· 59 Hung by Mistake ··················································· 60 Public Road from San Juan and New Idria ································· 60 Shots Fired in Quarrel ··············································· 60 Road Agents Rob New Idria Stage near Wiggletail Station ····················· 61 A Romance of the Road ­ New Idria Stage Robbery ·························· 61 Justice Court ······················································ 62 Stage-Robbers - A lunatic and a Disguised Girl ···························· 62 Robbery a la Chesterfield ············································· 63 To New Idria ······················································ 64 To New Idria Mines·················································· 65 State News in Brief ·················································· 65 From New Idria····················································· 66 Quicksilver at Panoche ··············································· 67 Deo Malcom takes Charge of the Panoche store ···························· 67 From New Idria····················································· 68 Career of a California Desperado and Dastardly Deeds ······················· 69 The Bandit Chavis Roving in Panoche Valley ······························· 72 Prof. Eggleston talks about Cinnabar and Native Mercury at New Idria ··········· 72 Vasquez Resigned to His Fate - Visited by Priest and Family··················· 73 John Ashurst Accidentally Shot While Hunting ····························· 73 Gen. Hammond Sent by Congress to Report on New Idria····················· 73 George Castro Acquitted in Pedro Ruis Killing ····························· 74 The New Idria Mine Sold to Montgomery Blair for a Million ···················· 74 Benjamin F. Butler Visits New Idria Mines ································· 74 Serious Quarrel between John Reno and Trinidad Cervantes ··················· 74 Typhoid Fever at New Idria ­ Kills Mrs. Jane Ham ··························· 74 Coal Mines of the Western Coast ······································· 75

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Hernandez, Picacho and the New Idria Quicksilver Mines ····················· 75 Southern Correspondence; New Idria--Hernandez Valley ····················· 76 Livingstone Stabbed at Wiggletail near Panoche Valley ······················· 76 Erie School House in Hernandez Valley Burns ······························ 76 Dr. E.F. Greenleaf, of New Idria, Marries Miss Fannie Moore ··················· 77 Mr. Shaw, of Panoche Valley Accidentally Shoots Mr. Livermore ················ 77 H.M. Jost of Panoche Valley dies on the San Joaquin plains ···················· 77 Hollister Brewery Wagon Capsizes on Trip to New Idria ······················ 78 Albert Page Recovering from Severe Injuries······························· 78 The New Idria Scandal Case Reopened ··································· 79 McGarrahan ······················································· 82 Gambling Affray at Idria ·············································· 83 P. Fitzpatrick Accepts Position at Cero Benito Mines ························· 83 A Visit to Paicines, San Benito, Bitterwater, Priest Valley, Etc., Etc ··············· 84 A Tunnel Explosion at New Idria ········································ 86 New Idria Outlaws meet George Castro ·································· 86 Crofutt's New Overland Tourist, and Pacific Coast Guide ····················· 87 A Prophet in Fresno--The World on the Eve of Destruction ···················· 88 Intelligence from American Scientific Stations ····························· 89 William McGarrahan and his Eventful History ······························ 90 The Prophetess of the Cantua ········································· 92 San Benito Vigilantes Warn John Livingston of Panoche Valley·················· 93 New Idria ························································· 93 Tuses Ituriga Skips with Gonzales' money ································ 94 Report from New Idria ··············································· 94 Rattlesnake Bites Mr. Lorenzo Morelino ·································· 99 Joe Sanchez Shot by Antone Ruis ······································· 99 Quicksilver--New Idria ·············································· 100 Report from Panoche Valley ·········································· 101 Jim White, from New Idria, Injured in Foot Race ··························· 101 Gun Duel at Cantua--Sylvester Triado and Francisco Olives ·················· 101 Mail Stage Robbers················································· 102 San Carlos Oil Company, Valecitos ···································· 102 He Died of a Broken Heart ­ the McGarrahan Story ························· 103 Hills in Western Fresno County that Rival Death Valley ······················ 105 Marina Sanchez Williams of New Idria Dies in Tres Pinos ···················· 107 Homicide near New Idria ············································ 107 John Ashurst Acquitted in Killing of Lynch ······························· 108

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Dastardly Murder of Antonio Ruiz near New Idria ·························· 112 Typhoid Fever takes New Idria Family--John and Elizabeth Kemp ·············· 112 Renew Activity in Santa Clara County Mines ······························ 113 New Idria Miner Killed in Accident ····································· 114 Juan Gonzales and Jose Cota Hanged at San Quentin ······················· 114 Estate of Chew Dong ··············································· 114 Murder at Hernandez Valley ·········································· 114 William Polaski Died on New Idria stage ································· 115 Tiburcio Vera Dies at New Idria ······································· 115 A.T.D. Button Dies ················································· 115 Captain Thos. N. Williams Died in San Francisco ··························· 115 Murder at New Idria ················································ 116 Juan Garcia Pleads Guilty of the Murder ································· 117 Alios Perez Released in the Hernandez ·································· 117 Juan Garcia to San Quentin ··········································· 117 Felix Vera Accidentally Killed in Drunken Accident ························· 117 Manuel Gonzales Files Petition to Administer Vera Estate ···················· 117 Death of a Pioneer - Jesus Figueroa Dies at New Idria ······················ 118 Ishmael Williams Dies After Long Illness ································· 118 Body Found in Hills of Curtner Ranch near Panoche ························ 119 Panoche Grande Rancho ············································· 119 Benitoite, a New California Gem Mineral Discovered ························ 120 Slicking Up the San Benito National Forest ······························· 121 Torstenson's Growing Museum at Paso del Rio Station ······················ 121 Mother and Four Babes Cindered near New Idria Mine ······················ 122 New Idria Mine Foreman and Family Die in Mine ··························· 122 California Quicksilver Output Shows Increase ····························· 122 New Idria Quicksilver Mining Company·································· 123 History of the Sixty-Third U. S. Infantry at New Idria ······················· 123 Production of Quicksilver in 1918 ····································· 125 The Drop in Quicksilver ············································· 125 Court Orders New Idria Quicksilver Mining Company Sold ··················· 125 Miner Precipitated 85 Feet into Shaft ··································· 126 Idria Quicksilver Mining Company Ships after 2 years······················· 126 Tres Pinos Hit by Electrical Storm ······································ 126 Aged Miner Badly Hurt in Earth Slide ··································· 126 New Idria Dynamite Victim Dies in Hollister ······························ 126 100 Fighters in Battle on Blaze in Coast Range ···························· 127

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Man Fined for Pulling Gun Gambling at New Idria ·························· 127 Baldwin Locomotive Works Receives Order from New Idria ··················· 127 Quicksilver Mines Reported Active on West Side ··························· 128 Hoover to Reopen Old Mine ·········································· 128 Ex-President Herbert Hoover Visits New Idria ····························· 128 New Idria Quicksilver Co. Sold to Van Alstyne Noel & Co. ···················· 129 Ord Soldiers to Stop New Idria Fire ····································· 129 New Idria wins the `E' ··············································· 130 Chemical Bank & Trust Co. appointed registrar for New Idria Stock ············ 130 New Idria Reports Loss ·············································· 131 Quicksilver's Mercurial Rise--is Secret Defense use behind it? ················ 131 New Idria Offers Managerial Service in Mining ···························· 133 New Idria in Uranium ··············································· 133 Idria Firm Explores Navajo Uranium Area ································ 133 New Idria Income is $173,386 in Year ·································· 134 Mining of Quicksilver May Resume in Coalinga Area ························ 135 They Run the Smallest Phone Firms in California ·························· 136 Mercury Price Dip Kills Mining Town···································· 137 Realtor Buys Town with $300,000 Bid ·································· 138

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