in the vicinity, and there the lumber for his home was whipsawed.
Thus, it is this mill, which is still standing in undisturbed repose these many years, which gave the surrounding valley its name.
Read had barely finished his adobe when he died, and the place subsequently passed into the hands of the boldest bandit of Marin.
The terror of the surrounding counties--whose very name sent a chill even to the bravest heart--was Barnardino Garcia, otherwise called "Three-fingered Jack." He possessed all the daring and bravery of a dauntless marauder, and the anecdotes of his bloody adventures form many a weird and ghostly tale when told by the flickering firelight of a winter's night, sending the listener to bed inwardly quaking, with eyes peering into dark corners.
The most widely known of his crimes was committed
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shortly after the raising of the Bear Flag at Sonoma, which proclaimed the Golden West to be the Republic of California.
The Bear Flag party being short of ammunition and a rumor gaining circulation to the effect that General Vallejo had a cache of powder stored on the Sotoyome Rancho near the present town of Healdsburg, it was decided to send men to procure some. Cowie and Fowler volunteered to go, although the journey was known to be a perilous one, but the
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need was great, and these pioneers considered it no
The Bear Flag leaders swore revenge on the murderers, and eventually captured a number of Garcia's band, although he himself escaped. A fugitive from justice, he journeyed south, becoming lieutenant to the famous desperado, Joaquin Murietta, only to be subsequently shot in 1853 by Captain Harry Love's Rangers. His hand of three fingers was sent as a trophy to the commandant.
Thus ended the career of this bold adventurer.
THE THREE WELLS.
Though there are many towns in Marin
which command a more expansive vista, and offer by their
marine situation greater diversity in out-door sports, still
Mill Valley, nestling at the base of Tamalpais, has proved a
delightful summer retreat and