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MR. TANNER

Sacramento Daily Union - 3/23/1852, p2 - Great Excitement in Marysville - Marysville, March 20 - 0 a.m. - Messrs. Editors: - Our little town is at this moment laboring under great excitement, caused by the arresting by the people of Mr. Tanner, alias Quick, a gentleman from Sydney, who was yesterday detected in the act of stealing a large amount of merchandise-noticed this morning in the "Herald," under the head of "wholesale thieving." - He was very properly handed over to the civil authorities who bound him over in $2000 bonds for his appearance.  But it seems, Tanner's wife procured his release by the payment of some $700 or $800, and he vamosed [sic]. - This morning several of our citizens started in his pursuit, and about 9 o'clock arrested him.  While running from them he was observed to throw some article into a small pond of water.  One of the pursuers on searching for it, found it to be a leathern sack containing three gold watches. - This so exasperated the citizens that it was with some difficulty they could be restrained from summarily punishing him, without the form of a trial.  The citizens met to the number of several hundred upon the Plaza, with the prisoner in their midst, who begged a fair trial.  The circumstances connected with the affair were related to the crowd, and it was finally resolved that a committee of twenty be appointed to proceed with the prisoner to the rooms of the Vigilance Committee, try him impartially and obtain the assent of the people to their decision when made. - At this stage of proceedings, a demonstration was made by the city authorities to rescue the prisoner from the citizens, but they were promptly and effectually repelled.  The prisoner was then immediately escorted by a vast concourse to the Committee Rooms to which the prisoner and those interested, were only allowed admission. - The crowd in front of the building is, while I am now writing, very large.  They are now comparatively quiet, but most of the time have been very boisterous, as they cheered and hissed alternately the different speakers who addressed the crowd.  Mayor Jewett was promptly on the ground, and has done his utmost, by his eloquent exhortations to the crowd to induce the people to hand the prisoner over to the authorities.  His influence in the matter may be somewhat less than it should be owing to the fact of his having been so recently President of our Vigilance Committee.  The crowd has been addressed by numerous other speakers, with little or no effect, as the people seem determined to resist any interference on the part of the law. - 2p.m. - The excitement is now intense-at one o'clock the triangle hanging in front of the Committee Rooms was struck several times, when immediately the crowd began to gather, completely blocking up the street.  The President of the Committee then made an appearance, and requested the people to listen to the report of the Committee.  The Committee were satisfied that he was guilty of stealing at various times large amounts of goods and property, including 600 lbs of flour, besides potatoes, grain, liquors, &c. - A letter from the Vigilance Committee of San Francisco, was then read, which described the prisoner as being an old culprit and dangerous person.  The decision of the Committee was then announced, finding him guilty of grand larceny.  The decision was received with ociferous cheers by the populace, mingled with cries of "hang him."  Several of the citizens attempted to speak in defence of the prisoner, but were hissed down by the excited mob, who were eager for his execution. - 4pm.-The excitement is now nearly over.  The committee, unwilling to take the responsibility of the prisoner's execution, declared their intention of committing him into the hands of the people.  He was no sooner released than he was seized by a posse armed with revolvers, and rapidly borne to the jail, where he now lies.  What the end will be it is impossible to conjecture.  The people are fully aroused and are determined to compel the officers of the law to do their duty.  Had they done so last night, the turmoil of to-day would have been avoided. - How the officers of our city could reconcile the act of releasing him last night, in the manner they did, with the principle of justice they so strenuously advocate, or their anxiety for the safety of life and property, professions which they so feelingly urge upon us, I cannot imagine.  Certain it is, they are at this present time in very bad odor with the people.  Yours, truly, F.

Sacramento Daily Union - 3/24/1852, p2 - The Marysville Excitement - The Monday's letter of our up-river correspondent gave us all the particulars connected with the arrest and confinement of Tanner, the thief, down to four o'clock yesterday afternoon. - The following further particulars we extract from the Herald of Tuesday.  It will be remembered that the excitement is allayed and that the law is permitted to take its course. - "Tanner is now not only in jail but in irons, and no fear need be entertained in regard to his escape, or that he will [be] bailed out.  The session of the Grand Jury will commence a week from next Monday, when his case will be attended to. - "This excitement, which drew together a larger crowd than any heretofore assembled in Marysville, lasted from about nine o'clock in the morning till after three in the afternoon.  It presented in some respects the most remarkable as well as the most farcical scenes yet witnessed in Marysville.

Sacramento Daily Union - Wed 4/21/1852, p2 - From the Interior - Marysville - We are indebted to Gregory's Express for the Marysville Herald of Tuesday, from which we clip the following items of news: - The Case of Tanner - The court assembled yesterday to pronounce sentence upon the unfortunate man Tanner.  The sentence of the court was that Tanner should be hung on Friday, the 28th day of May next, between the hours of ten and two o'clock.  The prisoner heard his sentence without the betrayal of any visible emotion other than extreme paleness, and was immediately afterward removed to the county jail, where he now is heavily ironed.  Counsel for the prisoner have prepared a bill of exceptions.

Sacramento Daily Union - Tue 4/29/1852, p2 - From the Interior - Marysville - The Express through Gregory's Express, is received.  We clip from it the following items: - ..... Mr. Dodge, sheriff of Butte county, informs us, that for several months past the man, Tanner, new under sentence of death for grand larceny, has been selling goods in the mines at such prices as to induce the belief that they were stolen, and that he had been on the point of pursuing and arresting him on suspicion.  We also learn from other sources entitled to the highest credit, that goods by the wagon load have been taken to Bidwell's Bar and other interior towns and sold for less than half their value.

Sacramento Daily Union - Fri 5/14/1852, p3 - Petition To The Governor - A petition to the Governor for a commutation of the death penalty rendered against Tanner, is in circulation among our citizens for signatures.  The jury performed their duty faithfully and justly on the trial of this unfortunate man, but the question may now be considered whether justice cannot be satisfied and the majesty of the law vindicated without a resort to the dreadful penalty in question.

Sacramento Daily Union - Fri 7/23/1852, p3 - Tanner, who has been for some time under sentence of death for grand larceny, will be executed at Marysville to-day.

Sacramento Daily Union - Sat 7/24/1852, p2 - The Case of Tanner - Mr. Frank Rumrill the Express Agent of Gregory, writes as follows from Marysville: "To-day, 23d, July, Tanner is to be hung.  A strong guard has been kept over the jail ever since the decision of the court finally sealing his doom.  His execution will privately take place, quietly for this country, although the recent attempts to fire our town have been construed by many as having been made by his confederates for the purpose of distracting public attention, and of giving an opportunity for his forcible release.  Public opinion here, universally, approved the sentence condemning him to the gallows, and there is no hope for him."

Sacramento Daily Union - Tue 7/27/1852, p3 - From The Interior - Marysville - Resurrected - The body of Tanner was resurrected on Saturday night and two negroes who were about to remove it were arrested.  They are said to have been employed by other parties.

Sacramento Daily Union - Fri 7/30/1852, p2 - From the Interior - Marysville - Gregory's messenger first handed us the Herald of Wednesday. - The body of Tanner has been disinterred and delivered over to his wife, the authorities of Marysville at the request of a numerous body of the citizens having refused to give it a burial in the public cemetery.  The wife of Tanner, from the time her husband was arrested, has exhibited the depth of love and constancy which are such beautiful traits in woman's character.  She had the body of Tanner buried near her house on her own lot for the purpose of watching over his remains.  Commenting on such conduct the Herald says: - "Here was a man, a felon, convicted of crime, tried by the laws of the country, and sentenced by a jury of twelve men to be executed.  So deep was his guilt, and so outrageous were his acts, that every body forsook him but his wife, who remained true to him even after death.  Before his execution and whilst he was confined in prison, she was attentive to all his wants, and night and day devoted herself to his service; and until the last hour of his existence she clung to the hope that he would be pardoned by the Governor, or his sentence would be commuted.  After death, she is found watching over his remains to prevent their falling into the hands of the physicians, with an eagle eye, and an anxiety worthy of a better cause."


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