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by blowing out the gas

...At one time, he nearly killed himself by blowing out the gas light.
      Lockridge was never popular. He was puttering along the San Juan River with four or five hundred men, but never accomplished anything.

from “Colonel W. K. Roger’s account of his experiences with Walker in Nicaragua. From interviews made March 12th and August 4, 1912.”
in Albert Lagerstedt, The Political Career of William Walker (M.A. thesis, U.C. Berkeley, 1913) : 273-297 (281)

Google (and hathitrust) are wrong. The author is not Langerstedt, but Lagerstedt.

Lagerstedt’s introduction to the Rogers account —

Colonel W. K. Rogers.
      Colonel W. K. Rogers, was one of the sixteen staff officers of Walker, who surrendered to Commodore Davis, at Rivas on May 1, 1857. Major John Baldwin, one of his intimate friends, declares that “Rogers was a very superior and indispensible man; I do not see how we could have gotten along without him”.
      Rogers was with Walker during almost his entire career in Nicaragua. He faught in almost every battle including the siege of Rivas and Granada.
      He took part in Walker’s expedition of 1857, after which he terminated his connection with Walker and went to California and then to British Columbia where he engaged in mining and ranching and amassed considerable fortune.
      Rogers was one of the most trusted officers of Walker and he refers to him frequently in his book “War in Nicaragua”. He had charge of the food supplies during the siege of Rivas, a most difficult task. He had charge of Walker’s correspondence during the summer of 1857 when Walker spent several weeks in New York and Washington. He assisted in procuring supplies and ammunition for his second expedition to Nicaragua. He showed his devotion to Walker in many ways. He was always hale, hearty and open-minded, a most loveable and reliable man.
      Rogers married Mrs. Sanders, widow of Brigadier General Sanders. He lived till the time of his death, which occurred May 2, 1913, aged eighty nine years, with his son-in-law, Dr. Frederick Lane, at 2943 Avelon Av, Berkeley California. Dr Lane is a brother of Franklin Lane, Secretary of the Interior.
      Colonel Rogers, impressed me as being one of the finest men that I have ever met. I regret that I did not avail myself of more than two visits before his death. His high esteem for Walker continued as long as he lived.

Who was Albert Lagerstedt, and who was W. K. Rogers? and why the romance about William Walker ca 1913?
see 132a

tags: 1913; filibuster; manifest destiny; Albert Lagerstedt; W. K. Rogers; William Walker;

17 June 2022