The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 56
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month, Ricord, with a bodyguard of three, led a mule train laden
with merchandise, mostly whiskey, to Mokelumne River, and,
after selling his goods to thirsty miners at $2o a drink, went away
again, with his mules laden, now with gold, almost as heavily
as they had been with freight when he arrived.
By the spring of 1851 he had acquired a fortune sufficient for
his wants, and he decided to return home, by way of Nicaragua.
In San Leon he found himself in the middle of a revolution.
When the city capitulated to the assaulting forces, the victorious
general incarcerated all foreigners on the pretence that they had
sympathized with the cause of General Jose Trinidad Mufioz.
After three days Ricord effected his release, but he was then
chagrined to find that his baggage, containing the bulk of his
fortune, had disappeared. Directed to leave the country as he
had entered it, he retraced his steps to the Pacific, where he was
able to find only one ship and that prepared to go in the wrong
direction, to Chile. Having no choice in the matter, he boarded
it and soon found himself in Valparaiso, where he hoped to find
a ship for San Francisco. After almost a month he obtained book-
ing on the Lyons which was laden with Chileans on their way,
it was said, to the mines in California. Near the coast of Ecuador,
the news leaked out that the peons were intended to augment
the forces of General Juan Jose Flores. Ricord remained an
involuntary passenger aboard the ship which was used in block-
ing Guayaquil. After Flores's defeat on July 4, 1852, Ricord was
plundered of his remaining possessions and set ashore. Again he
was unable to find any passage except to Valparaiso. Now desti-
tute, he resolved to go to Tahiti, where he was known by repu-
tation as late attorney general of Hawaii. At Papeete he received
a cordial welcome from the French authorities, and there he
remained for three or four years, except for one visit to Australia,
undertaken apparently in order to examine the mines there.
During most of his residence in Tahiti he seems to have worked
as a clerk in the office of the United States consul.
Having accumulated a sum sufficient to cover his fare home,
he turned his face westward to return to New Jersey. He got as
far as Bangkok, Siam, where he spent some months. Finding that
his finances were insufficient to carry him much farther in the
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