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OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville), 19 November 1862.

Three Men Lynched at Lewiston.

We copy the following from the Golden Age Extra of the 9th inst. ... [On Sunday, at 12 o'clock, Nov. 9th, the citizens held a Coroner's Inquest on the bodies, ...]


News has just arrived that another man is hanging to a tree on the Florence road.  His name is supposed to be Charles Harper.  His body is near the forks of Sweetwater, near Lapwai.  He is known as a celebrated horse thief, and always attending to other people's business.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville), 27 July 1867.

A man named James Joice was behind the bar at Martin Reynolds' place, No. 133, Front street, Memphis, about five o'clock, Tuesday evening, when a man named James Daily entered.  Joice had taken from the drawer a number of articles, among them a pistol, for the purpose of re-arranging them, and laid them on the counter.  There had been no previous difficulty between him and Daily.  Daily, in apparently good temper, looked at the things on the counter and picked up the pistol as if to examine it.  The next moment the pistol exploded, and the ball striking Joice just below the arm, on the right side, passed through and came out in front of the left arm.  Not a word had passed between the parties.  Daily threw down the pistol, and as if terrified at what was done, ran out as if to escape.  Joice fell to the floor, and in a short time was a corpse.  A coroner's inquest was held, and the jury, influenced by the fact that Daily had tried to escape, found against him a verdict of wilful murder.  He was arrested under a coroner's warrant.

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