Murdered by Capitalism: A Memoir of 150 Years of Life and by John Ross

By John Ross

A San Francisco Chronicle top publication of 2004 After spilling bourbon on Schnaubelt's grave, its pugnacious and extremely lifeless occupant turns into Ross's mentor, sidekick, and boozing spouse via this epic telling of the hallucinatory, carnal, and ornery histories of the yankee Left and John Ross's personal striking existence. Schnaubelt navigates us via his likely boundless progressive battleground, uttering cries of subversion from in the grave whereas attempting to stay out of earshot from the FBI snoop and native grocery store rich person buried within sight. Ross's personal story—hobo revolutionist, junkie, poet, and journalist is a contrapuntal to Schnaubelt's. Ross by no means takes himself too heavily, but his so much extraordinary trait is the honesty with which he methods existence, even whereas attempting to deconstruct his personal faults, own tragedies (including the loss of life of his one-month-old son), and imperfections. His pursuit of innovative politics and poetics is the consistent, usually spent together with his muse, innovative Mexico. Ross concludes with a visit to Baghdad as a ''human shield,'' ahead of the Anglo-American invasion, able to sacrifice his lifestyles as a part of his perpetual fight for justice. Award-winning author John Ross's memoir is galvanized from a tumbledown tombstone in California: The gravestone reads: E. B. Schnaubelt 1855–1913, ''Murdered by means of Capitalism.''

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N hi~ way to Dry Creek to shoot birds. My pup was following his dog and 1 worried myself much to get her along; so ~lad was she to meet one of her own specie 1 had to make signs to the indian to drive her back- beat h;r with his bow: -which he W~le he was going off, I turned round, thought of eatmg- him; he was then about thirty or forty pa~es; but I could not shoot the poor wretch in the back: besides, he had done me a favor. So I proceeded. - the one l trailed and wanted to eat~ 1 dare say. ' small

Typical of many then and later is the first episode whose Indian victim was probably but not surely a Yana. A Mr. Pentz, who appears prominently among the organizers of expeditions against the Yana in succeeding years, was one day early in 1851 somewhere along Concow Creek. There he met on the trail an Indian whose attitude became "threatening and belligerent," as Waterman got the story, and who was summarily killed by hanging. (Presumably Mr. ) In 1853 occurred one of the first of the mass murders of Yahi, this one under Pentz's leadership.

The Maidu were surely innocent. Whatever mischief was done there by Indians must have been the work of Yahi. They stole stock in considerable numbers, and when any of the stolen animals were recovered, as happened when horses could not be made to swim a stream or when carcasses had to be abandoned because the trail was "hot," the animals bore scars from having been shot with bow and arrow, sure evidence that the "hunters" had been Yahi. But it was the murder of two women, Mrs. Dirsch and Mrs. Allen in August, 1864, somewhere in the vicinity of Millville and Balls Ferry, which triggered the unwontedly concentrated and bloody activity of Anderson's and Good's men among the Yana.

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