CRIME: Revolt on the Rock

It was a lovely day to look at the view. The bright sun poured down on San Francisco's blue bay and on the island of Alcatraz set in the middle of it, like a rough, unpolished stone. Private Jacob Weber set up a telescope on the Aquatic Park pier and let sightseers peer through it for 10¢.

Through Weber's telescope the rocks of Alcatraz and the geometric concrete buildings showed clearly. You could even make out men in uniform standing on the walls, other men running along the cliffs. Puffs of smoke occasionally...

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