1870 - California Roughs. By Mark Twain.
...Sam Brown, of Nevada, killed sixteen men in his time, and was journeying toward Esmeralda to kill a seventeenth, who had stopped the breath of a friend of his, when a party of law-abiding citizens waylaid him, and slaughtered him with shot-guns. Mourners were exceedingly scarce at his funeral. It is said that Sam Brown called for a drink at the bar of the Slaughter House, in Carson City, one morning (a saloon so nicknamed because so many men had been killed in it), and invited a stranger up to drink with him. The stranger said he never drank, and wished to be excused. By the custom of the country, that was a deadly insult, and so Brown very properly shot him down. He left him there and went away, warning everybody to let the body alone, because it was his meat, he said. And it is said, also, that he came back after awhile and made a coffin and buried the man himself - though I could never quite believe that without assistance...
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
February 5, 1870
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