Joaquin Miller Poet of the Sierras
Cincinnatus Heine (or Hiner) Miller, known as Joaquin Miller, was a poet who was born in Indiana.
He went West and did many things: mining-camp cook (who came down with scurvy from only eating what he cooked), lawyer and a judge, newspaper writer, Pony Express rider, and horse thief. On July 10,1859, Miller was caught stealing a horse gelding valued at $80, a saddle worth $15, and other items. He was jailed briefly in Shasta County for the crime, and various accounts give other incidents of his repeating this crime in California and Oregon.
Later, he became a poet, looking to Bret Harte for advice. He published several books.
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