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The Daily Dispatch: January 14, 1861., [Electronic resource], Perils of the Southern Overland Mail route. (search)
Perils of the Southern Overland Mail route. --Wm. H. Bigbee brings suit in the Fourth District Court of San Francisco. against the Overland Mail Company, complaining that, on the 30th of August last, at Springfield, Mo., he paid $180 for passage to San Francisco, and started; that "a vicious, violent and drunken" driver, one Jacobs, acted as the company's agent, crossing the desert of Arizona; that without any provocation, said agent dragged plaintiff out of the coach, beat bruised, and wounded him, fired at him a loaded pistol, and drove him into the desert, and then drove on the coach, abandoning him while miles away from any inhabitants. For two days and one night plaintiff wandered, exhausted with the excessive heat, his feet blistered, his tongue blackened and protruding for lack of drink, sick, sore, diseased, and suffering greatly in body and mind. When he reached the station, the stage was gone, and the plaintiff lost the trip — for which wrongs an violation of contrac