Vigilantes to suspend operations

William Coleman

William Coleman

The Committee of Vigilance lasted much longer than expected with a bigger burden on members, and particularly the executive committee, than anyone had anticipated. On June 18 a committee had been appointed to start the process of a speedy adjournment but three days later David Terry stabbed Sterling Hopkins and the entire situation changed. But on July 27th, after the Terry trial had been dealt with, a new committee on adjournment was appointed and on August 8th, the day after Terry’s release, they recommended August 18th as the date for suspension of active operations and suggested they conclude with a grand parade.

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Fort Gunnybags

On August 11th it was resolved that a final statement would be prepared for the press and at the same meeting provisions were made for future meetings of the executive committee and the board of delegates in order to secure the fruits of the struggle and to deal with lingering matters of finance and any potential lawsuits that might arise. In regards to financing, before final adjournment a vote of thanks was tendered to the Chinese community for their generous donations to the Committee of vigilance.

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