From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To: "'Matthias Giessler'"
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998
Subject: The Charley Parkhurst Clause
[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :
CA HISTORICAL GROUP CLAIMS SKELETON AS THEIR OWN
04/14/98 03:45AM SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP)
A historical group known for its partying has claimed
the bones of a century-old skeleton found with a liquor
bottle. The local chapter of E Clampus Vitus says the
bones, found two years ago in nearby Felton, are those
of a fellow "Clamper". "Right next to the deceased left
arm was found an unbroken liquor bottle," Clamper Peter
McGettigan said. "Need I say more?" Crews clearing brush
found the skeleton in a nearby railroad yard. Nearby was
a rusted pistol, two gold coins from the 1890s, a
toothbrush and a piece of red cloth _ further proof the
bones belonged to a Clamper, McGettigan said. "Clampers
wear red shirts to all E Clampus Vitus functions,"
McGettigan noted. No family members came forward to claim
the skeleton, so the county coroner agreed to release it
to the Clampers on the provision that a proper funeral be
held _ after a forensic anthropologist at the University
of California-Santa Cruz completed her study of the bones.
The Clampers, a group founded in the Gold Rush by miners
mocking traditional fraternal organizations, say they
don't care that anthropologist Alison Galloway concluded
the skeleton was probably female. "It doesn't matter;
it's still a Clamper," said McGettigan. "We're still
claiming him under the Charley Parkhurst clause."
Parkhurst, also known as "One-Eyed Charley," was a
stagecoach driver who lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains
during the 1860s and '70s. After Parkhurst died, those
preparing the body for burial discovered Charley was
actually a woman. The funeral for the Unknown Clamper
is scheduled for Saturday.
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