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[74] captured them? It was a short and brilliant tale he had to tell. Taken by Senati's band, he had been kept a prisoner in their camp, but he had waited for his chance, and last night when all the gang were out, except the Capitan and one of his fellows, he had fought and killed the thieves. No doubt arose; a hundred persons in the city knew Senati's face. For several days Moreno was a hero, living on the spoil of war; till he was fool enough to walk into a shop, and offer the stolen watch for sale.

The jeweller, who knew that watch, sent secretly for the rangers, a dozen of whom were quickly on the spot. Moreno had no chance of an escape. On being convicted of the burglary, he told the truth about his murder of the two brigands near Greek George's ranch. He got fourteen years in San Quentin for stealing the watch, but no notice has yet been taken of his more atrocious crimes.

Yet none of these brigands have acquired the fame of Capitan Vasquez, the young companion of Procopio in his flight to Mexico.

Vasquez is a greater idol in his country than Vallejo. Poets write sonnets to Vasquez, women

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