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Thread #35931   Message #494352
Posted By: bill\sables
28-Jun-01 - 07:35 PM
Thread Name: BS: Question for Old West history buffs
Subject: RE: BS: Question for Old West history buffs
I do have coppies of the original newspapers from Leadville from the time but I can't lay my hands on them at the moment.
It seems my great uncle,Richard Sables, traveled from California to Leadville in the 1890's to work in the mines there. One night he was in a saloon there (probably drunk) and he got into an argument with three or four other fellows and somehow it ended up with him shooting the fiddler. He was arrested and went to trial after spending one night in jail. It seemed he was set free because he pleaded self defence and returnrd home to Cumbria UK where he later died.
While Allan C and myself were traveling across Colorado last year we visited Leadville and I asked a few people whether they had heard of my uncle and the case. I was told that in the 1890's it was a fronteer town and that killings were an everyday ocourance amongst the miners so what was one among so many. I was also shown a painting from that time of Second Srteet where there were about 60 saloons.
Kat , when I find the newspaper reports I will scan them and send you a copy.
Cheers Bill