Australian desperadoes / Terry Smyth.
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|Mitchell Comm. PL - Mitchell||364.978 SMY (Text)||36823002209131||New Books||Checked out||10/11/2018|
- ISBN: 9780143782377 (paperback)
- ISBN: 0143782371 (paperback)
- Physical Description: xiii, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), Portraits (chiefly colour) 24 cm.
- Publisher: North Sydney, NSW Penguin Random House Australia. 2017
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-296) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Introduction-- Dos Eldorados-- a kind of mania-- what a great misfortune-- the veneration of saint barbara-- from the ends of the earth-- oranges and leg-irons-- a red-letter day-- oliver is in town-- no luck with pick and shovel-- sainted women and painted ladies-- Latter-day sam-- kangaroo courts-- who killed charlie moore?-- fanning the flames--t fie upon your laws!-- one vast sheetof flame-- something must be done-- comings and goings-- speedy and terrible vengeance-- the grocer's apologia-- the wrong man-- the night watch-- ecce homo-- deeper and deeper-- law and disorder-- a quiet and orderly occasion-- the hangmans banner-- close but no cigar-- pillars of propriety-- chasing the wily cove-- never a kind word-- flash and counter-flash-- isiris rising-- better angles-- a scttering of coves-- twhat goes around-- showgirls and charlatans-- turnabout-- the man in the white hat-- unlucky last.
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In the roaring days of the 1850s California Gold Rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang: the Sydney Coves. The Coves-San francisco's first organised -crime gang-were Australians: men and wmen with criminal careers who had come to the US, not to dig for gold, but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than anyone else in California. The gangs base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town-a no-go zone for police, many of whom were in stuarts pocket anyway. Just as capone would one day rule chicago, the coves ruled San francisco. And, more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burned it down. The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of san francisco. realising that the law forces could not-or would not-take the coves on, they decided lynch law was the only solution. the streets of san francisco became a battlefield as the coves and vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily. when the smoke cleared, the coves reign of terror may have come to a close, but their thumbprint on american history would always remain.
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