125 years ago today - Jan 1, 1898; Saturday

[Anthony Ivins]
Colonel [Emilio] Kosterlitzky came via Colonia Juarez and remained a day here. He had not found Black Jack and party but had arrested a young man who had been working at our saw mill in the mountain. ... Kosterlitzky arrested the [a man] and brought him to Juarez. Before leaving the colony he came to me and told me I could do what I pleased with the man's team, which was at Colonia Dublan, that he would take care of the man. I said--Why Colonel you do not mean to kill that boy do you. He has done nothing wrong. Well, he answered, I do not intend to be bothered long with him I can tell you that. I strongly protested against any violence being done to the man except after a fair trial had been given him, telling the Colonel that I did not believe the man had ever seen Black Jack and his gang. The Colonel listened and when I had finished said--Well, hell, Mr. Ivins, if you dont want him killed I wont kill him. ... the Col. addressing him said--Mr. Ivins say[s] he will vouch for your char- acter, and be responsible for your conduct and I am going to turn you over to him. If I ever hear that you have broken your parole I will come back and get you if I have to follow you to hell. Do you understand. The man, pale and trembling said yes. ... Several months later letters were received from her written from British Columbia, in which she expressed her gratitude that I had saved her boys life.

[Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins]

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