Mail Robbery and Murder


(From the Resident Correspondent of the Alta California)

As reported August, 15, 1863

A few days ago the Government mail from Los Angeles to Fort Yuma was robbed, and the two men employed in conveying it, killed.  The sad affair occurred some six or eight miles east of the Temecula Post Office.  My informant says that the men were shot all to pieces, most of the balls entering their backs.  They were found about one thousand yards from the main road, covered up with brush and leaves.  The mail-bag was cut open, and left on the ground near by.  Its contents were strewn all around, and led to the discovery.  It is not known here if there were any valuables in it or not; no clues as yet to the perpetrators of this vile deed.  As the incoming mail was four days behind time when my informant left Temecula, it is apprehended that they have met with the same fate.

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