Glanton Gold/Researching Old Newspapers

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  • 09 Mar 2016 at 9:43 pm #8206

    Glass
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    A new research tool made possible by the Library of Congress, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia might be of interest to a few folks here.

    I played around with it for a few hours last night and have to admit finding myself spellbound reading old massacre accounts of Glanton’s short and violent stay at the Yuma crossing. I simply typed “Glanton” into the search bar and went from there. A search of “Holden” and “Judge Holden” did not produce anything relevant, unfortunately. There was a Judge Holden on the bench in Texas around the turn of the century, but that isn’t our Holden, obviously.

    One old newspaper article on Glanton and Yuma I found to be especially noteworthy because its subheds seemed to be a perfect match of those found at the beginning of each chapter in Blood Meridian. Striking similarity of style and typeface. A separate teaser hed located above those subheds and below the main headline was also quite intriguing. It read: “Again Awakened from a Long Sleep.”

    He never sleeps, the judge…

    One article I read called Glanton the devil’s “chef de oeuvere.” I had to look that up. There were lots of interesting accounts in several articles telling the tale
    /myth of Glanton burying his ill-gotten treasure around the Yuma crossing area with estimates of the booty ranging from $13,00 to $80,000. Each account never failed to mention the loot has never been found!

    At any rate, here’s a Slate article describing the project and includes a link to the search tool:
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2016/03/07/us_news_map_interactive_lets_you_map_how_historical_newspapers_digitized.html


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    10 Mar 2016 at 9:42 pm #8209

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    Newspaper story from 1850 of the massacre in Jesus Maria by the Glanton gang:

    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014434/1850-03-30/ed-1/seq-2/#words=John+glanton&proxtext=John+glanton


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    10 Mar 2016 at 10:29 pm #8211

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    Account of the Yuma massacre which includes the detail that Glanton was killed with an ax, to name one important aspect (a number of accounts say Glanton was clubbed to death):
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92070143/1904-06-25/ed-1/seq-6/#words=Glanton&proxtext=Glanton


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    10 Mar 2016 at 10:34 pm #8212

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    10 Mar 2016 at 10:53 pm #8213

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    One reason this story on the Yuma crossing massacre is remarkable is the uncanny resemblance of the subheds to those McCarthy used in Blood Meridian:

    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015133/1891-08-29/ed-1/seq-3/#words=Glanton&proxtext=Glanton


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    11 Mar 2016 at 12:09 pm #8216

    Richard L.
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    Thanks for those links, though it should be pointed out that not all newspapers are included in the search engine, not at newspapersearch.com and obviously not at the Library of Congress search engine. I wish they were, but I know from looking at the microfilm of old newspapers at the Kentucky Room of the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library that some of the smaller newspapers were just not added to the search engine.

    Likely the same omissions happened in other areas.

    Still, what is able to be had across the internet today is valuable if incomplete. I am grateful.


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