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Vol. 3 - No.09 September, 2021 Nooseletter Home SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
 
Chronicle of the Old West
Dakota Livesay | Old West Historian
The people of frontier towns, when hiring a lawman, would look for someone with nerve and skill with a gun. Unfortunately, as the people of Aurora, Nevada discovered, the man they selected may have had nerve and skill with a gun, he was also a scoundrel.

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John Daly
John Daly was born in New York. As a young man, he migrated to California. Leaving a string of dead men behind him, he then went to the gold mining town of Aurora, Nevada. The mining company and the town fathers were looking for someone to protect their interests from the criminal element. Since Daly carried himself well, and seemed to know how to handle a gun, they hired him as a deputy city marshal.

Daly convinced everyone that he needed some policemen to help him, so he hired Three Fingered Jack, Italian Jim, Irish Tom and a couple of other men who seemed to be of questionable character.

In a short time, the men augmented their income by shaking down the local merchants. Also, people who protested ended up in the local graveyard.

Finally, one of Daly’s policemen attempted to steal a horse from a local merchant by the name of William Johnson. In the process, Daly’s man was killed. It took a few months, but on February 1, 1864, Daly and his associates made an example of Johnson. He was clubbed, shot in the head and his throat cut.

The honest citizens had looked the other way long enough. They formed the Citizens Protective Order, which is a fancy phrase for a vigilante committee. Daly and his gang were arrested and jailed. For a short time… a very short time, if seems as if the men were going to be tried before a judge and jury. But on February 10, the Citizens Protective Order the took the gang out of jail, escorted them to a scaffold, and ended the whole affair right then and there.
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