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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

Soon after the discovery of gold in California, the board of the American Tract Society persuaded him to go to San Francisco, in the interest of that society. He at once took a prominent position among those who established the moral and educational institutions of that city. Perhaps I might also say the military, as he was soon made Colonel of a California Regiment. He was a member of true board of education, and drafted the law and rules under which the city schools were organized.
A few years passed, and he became interested in the then celebrated Washoe mines, in Nevada. While engaged in clearing out a small stream, he fell into the water; in consequence, he took cold, and soon died, and was buried on the mountain by his companions. Two years after, the board of education, by a special act of the Legislature authorizing the expense, brought his remains back to San Fransciseo, to be buried with public honors. Most of the places of business were closed during the funeral ceremonies, and th'e papers devoted several columns to the subject.
His oldest son was one of Gen. Scott's aids on his triumphal entry to the city of Mexico. A younger son, when about eighteen years of age, started to go to his father, in California. He took passage on a vessel advertised for San Francisco, but which was really bound on a filibustering expedition to Cuba. In a storm they were driven ashore, captured, and every person summarily shot. Some of my hearers will remember the excitement occasioned by the "Contoy massacre. " Doubtless the crew generally deserved their fate, but poor George Nevins was an innocent boy.

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