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Judge Raley immediately issued a warrant for his arrest and placed it in the hands of Sheriff Smith. Pasco said that he would rather die than go back to Dannemora where he had already previously served one term. It was assumed that he would make a desperate fight rather than submit to arrest. Sheriff Smith learned that Sam had secured a position with the Griffin Lumber Co.y of Hudson Falls and was working on the company’s farm in Moreau getting out lumber.

Dec. 19, Sheriff Thomas J. Smith, Deputy Sheriff George Dougrey, William Hackett and Constable John Malan went to the Combs farm in an automobile and surrounded the house. Through a window they saw Pasco with a burning match in his hand ready to light a lamp. Sam lit the lamp and at the same time saw Dougrey through the window and before he had time to move, Hackett and Malan entered the room through an unlocked door, each with a drawn revolver. Hackett said, “Sam, throw up your hands” and the trapped man submitted without a struggle. Handcuffs were put on him and he was driven to the county jail in Lake George.

Monday morning he was taken before the judge and his lawyer T. Edward Singleton pleaded for mercy promising the judge that his client would immediately leave the county. The judge was having none of it and declined clemency for a second time and Sam was taken to Clinton Prison at Dannemora the day after Christmas, too late to celebrate the holiday there.

In the opinion of his fellow Thurman townspeople, among whom his whole life had been spent, he was deserving of no mercy as they believe that he is entirely without principle and is indeed a man to be feared. His foolish defiance and apparent contempt for the law was a characteristic act of his bravado.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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