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Execution of the bandit Vasquez...



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March 20, 1875

THE NEW-YORK TIMES, March 20, 1875  On the front page under "Execution Of The Bandit Vasquez" is a report: "Hanged At San Jose, Cal., Yesterday--No Attempt At Rescue--He Is Cool To The Last." The report about the execution of this colorful outlaw who claimed he never killed a man reads, in full: "The bandit Vasquez was executed today at San Jose. No attempt was made at a rescue, though one was feared a day or two ago. Everything passed off quietly Vasquez asserted to the last his innocence of the crime of murder at any time during his career, but acknowledged the justice of his fate, having been the leader of a murderous band. The coolness he displayed throughout his imprisonment did not desert him, but he maintained his fortitude to the last. The execution took place at 1:35 P.M.. He died without a struggle. The body was given to his friends for interment." Great to have this report on the front page, especially since reports about Vasquez are rather uncommon. Browned and slightly pulpish at edges, otherwise in good condition.

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