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The newspaper article above is presented here exactly as it was published in the Sacramento Union back on June 8th, 1860. News coming over the mountain by word of mouth was not out of the ordinary back in those days. And yes, especially since Carson City was already the capital of Nevada by 1860, any news coming out of Carson City was of interest on this side of the Sierra Mountains in California.
Carson City was named for the mountain man Kit Carson, who was part of the first whites who arrived with John C. Fremont and his exploration party in January 1843. Fremont named the river flowing through the valley Carson River in honor of Christopher "Kit" Carson, the mountain man and scout he had hired for his expedition. Prior to the Fremont expedition, the Washoe Indians inhabited the valley and surrounding areas. Settlers named the area Washoe in reference to the tribe.
As the area was actually part of the original Utah Territory, it was governed from Salt Lake City, where the territorial government was headquartered. Early settlers didn't like the fact that control of their area came from far away Mormon-influenced officials, and desired the creation of the Nevada territory.
I don't know if the Mexican desperado threatened her or not while walking out of the court, but all in all it really didn't mater. It appears that the fine lady involved was not going to take any chances of the desperado harming her family while the badman was out on bail.
Since those around her applauded, it tells me that she probably got off with killing him for reasons of self-defense. None of this surprises me really, back then folks simply did not wait for the law to handle their problems for them.
People were a lot more self-sufficient, self-reliant, and knew real well that their security was in their own hands - and not that of the government. Whether it be the Federal, state, county, or city governments, people back then knew that it simply was not the government's job to protect them from every harm.
People knew, without question, that it was their responsibility to look after themselves. And yes, just as the woman who took it upon herself to shoot that Mexican desperado and not wait for the law to protect her family, they did just that.
Isn't it interesting that history is repeating itself and we find ourselves in a position to fend for ourselves and note wait for the police to do something?Today, most Americans know way too well that by the time the police do arrive, that the perpetrators have come and gone, victims are injured or worse, property has been broken or stolen, and the police only take a report about what took place.
This lack of consequence for the lawless is making more and more Americans look after and provide for oneself without any help from others.
And yes, I see that as a good thing.