by Trial; Mollie Maguires
1876. Pottsville, PA, 1876. McDade 689.. Pottsville, PA, 1876. McDade 689. "Fraternalism Gone Bad": McDade 689 [Trial]. [Mollie Maguires]. Argument of Franklin B. Gowen, Esq., Of Counsel for the Commonwealth, In the Case of the Commonwealth vs. Thomas Munley, Indicted in the Court of Oyer and Terminer of Schuylkill County, Pa., For the Murder of Thomas Sanger, A Mining Boss, At Raven Run, On September 1st, 1875. Stenographically Reported by R.A. West. Pottsville, PA: Miners' Journal Book and Job Rooms, 1876. 36 pp. Tipped-in advertisement for the Pinkerton Detective Agency before title page Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. Light soiling, faint verical crease through center, moderate edgwear, wrappers beginning to detach at ends, a few tiny holes to front wrapper, light toning to text. $250. * Only edition. "'Fraternalism gone bad' might best describe the situation in the mining regions of Pennsylvania where the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians held sway. An inner group known as the Mollie Maguires...committing numerous murders. Its control of the area was finally broken up by a Pinkerton detective named James McParlan who had secretly spent months undercover in the group. June 21, 1877, saw the end of ten Mollies; six were hanged that day at Pottsville, Pennsylvania, for the murder of Frank Yost, a policeman of Tamaqua, and four others were hanged at Mauch Chunk, three for the murder of John Jones, a mining boss. Three more were executed at Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, on March 25, 1878, for the murder of Alexander Rea, a mining paymaster killed during the holdup of a mine payroll" (McDade). OCLC locates 3 copies in law libraries (Touro, University of Pennsylvania, Yale). McDade, The Annals of Murder 689.
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