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Vern D ////////////////////////////////// Transcribed by Dee Sardoch; ////////////////////////////////// Stockton Daily Argus Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA ************************* >>Monday, 24 Dec 1860<<
A MARKED MAN -- Speaking of the recent murder of Judge BRUNTON, of Tuolumne, the Placer 'Courier' says:
Judge BRUNTON was a gentleman of untiring perseverance and industry and generally had the reputation of being a man of considerable means. Since we have known him (the last 8 years) he has been twice robbed and each time nearly murdered. It seems that he has been followed by a gang of robbers almost ever since he has been in the country, for purposes of robbery. He was once whilst on his way from his home to Sonora for the purpose of making a deposit of a large sum of money, taken from his horse, robbed, and tied to a tree, where he remained all night and until he was discovered by some friends. At another time chloroform was administered to himself and family in his own house, his throat cut and his safe robbed of about $8000. He seems to have been a man of many and most terrible misfortunes.