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1852

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 January 1852

JUDGE LYNCH AT RICH BAR. - From a gentlemen recently from Rich Bar, we learn that a man named David Brown was arrested, tried before a court of the people and convicted of stealing $16,000, the property of two Germans, sentenced to death, and the sentence carried into execution by hanging him by the neck until he was dead.  We further learn that the trial was conducted with the utmost coolness and impartiality.  A jury of twelve men was empanelled, Judge selected, and counsel allowed the prisoner.

   The circumstances, as we learned them, were as follows:  The man Brown had been sick some time since, and had been nursed and otherwise cared for by the Germans.  Soon after his recovery the theft was committed.  Brown was suspected, brought before a court and examined.  He denied the theft, and proof sufficient to convict him could not be obtained.  On being liberated he left the bar, and remained away several weeks, when he again returned.  His movements excited suspicion anew that he was the thief, and a close watch was kept upon him. He was seen to visit a hole with a pick and pan, and after leaving it a search was made, and the purse which had contained the stolen treasure discovered.  It was shown to him, but he denied all knowledge of it.  The proceedings as narrated above, were then had, and his guilt clearly proven.  He made a full confession, after which he was taken out and hung in accordance with his sentence.

   Thus has another heartless scoundrel, who hesitated not to rob those of whose kindness and charity he had been the recipient when sick and destitute, been hurried into eternity, and another warning has been given to thieves and robbers that justice does not always sleep. - [Cal. Express.]

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IMPORTANT ARREST. - At the El Dorado saloon yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, four Mexicans were arrested on suspicion of being connected with the recent murders near Marysville.  One of them was identified by a party in town, as having been seen under suspicious circumstances the day preceding the murder, and the others are his supposed accomplices.  They are now in the station house, and give their names as Antonio Flores, Henrique Artrays, Jose Jesaris Jesus Pera, Carlos Camplido. - [Times.]

MURDER BY INDIANS. - [See 19 December 1851.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 January 1852

Through Reynolds, Todd & Co., the following communication is received and published:

MARIPOSA, Dec. 28, 1851.

GENTLEMEN: - A most horrid murder was committed upon the body of J. F. A. Marr, the treasurer of this county, on Friday last. Mr. Marr had been on the San Joaquin, assessing taxes and collecting licenses.  He was murdered near the junction of the Mariposa and Agua Frio streams.  It appears from the verdict of the jury of inquest that he was killed with a slung shot.  Who the perpetrators of his foul deed are, they were unable to say.  Suspicion has not as yet rested upon any party.  Mr. Marr had, it is supposed, upon his person, about $900.  I will give you more of the particulars when I hear them.

                               Respectfully,  GEO. HULME.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 January 1852

AN OUTLAW MURDERED. - Yesterday morning Justice Corbett held an inquest upon the body of Jose Feliz, which was found at Sanchez's Slough, near the Twelve Mile House, on the road to San Jose.  The body was greatly mutilated and disfigured, the left hand being nearly severed from the wrist, the head cut in different places, and several wounds on other parts of the person.  Feliz was well known to many of the old residents in this vicinity.  In the year 1849 he murdered a man in the Red-woods, and since that time has been an outlaw.  For the last two years he has been but rarely seen, taking every precaution to elude the officers of justice, or even being seen b y his acquaintances.  About six weeks ago he was met by officer lee, who made an attempt to arrest him; shots were exchanged, but Feliz made his escape.  From circumstances that have lately transpired, it is supposed by many that he was connected with the murder of Capt. Jarvis at the Mission Dolores.  The jury who sat upon the inquest rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death by the hands of some person or persons unknown.  From the nature of the wounds, a sword was evidently the instrument used in the committal of the deed. [See 24 January below.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 January 1852

THE ACCIDENT AT SAUCELITO. - It is much to be regretted that the first account of this lamentable affair, published in the papers, so incorrectly stated the circumstances which led to the death of Mr. Carrol.  ...We therefore present the particulars corrected:

   "It appears that Caption Shaeffer and Mr. Carroll were sitting side by side in the blind, waiting for a shot at a flock of ducks.  Mr. Carroll, who was sitting on captain Shaeffer's right, had just requested his companion to draw up close to him, and they remained with their guns cocked, resting on their knees.  The lock of Captain Shaeffer's gun being out of order, one of the barrels was suddenly discharged, recoiling the gun between the two gentlemen, and striking the butt of it against a bank in their rear.  The shock brought down the other hammer, the second barrel was discharged, and the contents lodged in Mr. Carroll's left side.  But for an angle in the bank, which changed the direction of the muzzle, the accident would have terminated fatally to captain Shaeffer, instead of to his companion.  Mr. Maury, who was near at hand, came up immediately, and after endeavoring to staunch the blood, hurried after a surgeon.  The wounded man was conveyed as soon as possible on board the Warren, where he expired about four hours after receiving the wound.  Before his death he entirely exonerated Captain Shaeffer of all blame of carelessness, and testified his friendly regard for that gentleman by leaving him executor of his effects.  It is needless to say the captain is in the deepest affliction at the sad casualty; but he should console himself with the reflection that it was not brought about by any inadvertence on his part.  Providence even so willed it that the fatal instrument should not be in his hands at the time the wound was inflicted."

   Repeated report of the Jose Feliz inquest.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 January 1852

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - Coroner Gallagher held an inquest on Saturday evening on the body of the man which we mentioned as having been found on the beach, about twelve miles from this city.  The body was discovered by a Frenchman who was searching for wood.  When the Coroner reached the spot the body was found tied to a tree with a rope.  He appeared to be a man about 35 years of age, was five feet ten inches in height, stout and well made.  It was entirely impossible to make any recognition from the face.  He had on a brown velvet hunting-coat, brown pants, blue over-shirt, and red flannel drawers and vest.  He had upon his person the following marks in India ink: On his right breast a female bust, on his left breast some laurel sprigs, with two hearts, and in the centre of the breast a ship in full sail; on the right arm a Hope and anchor, a cannon and a female bust; on his left arm, a cross, ship, and a bracelet around the wrist.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by accidental drowning, and he was buried on the beach.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 January 1852

CITY INTELLIGENCE.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gallagher held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of a man named Michael Cameron, who came to his death under the following circumstances. - He was employed on board the store ship Florence, lying at the foot of Broadway, and having been on a spree on Sunday night, was attempting to walk the plank which leads on board the ship, when he fell overboard and was drowned.  He was about thirty years of age.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 January 1852

HORRIBLE MURDER OR SUICIDE. - The body of a man was found yesterday morning lying against the rear of a blacksmith's shop on Battery street, near the head of Law's Wharf, where he had evidently roiled from the height above.  There is a steep bank here, where the work of excavation has been some time in progress, which is about sixty feet high and almost perpendicular.  The bank is of jagged rocks, and a line of blood marked the path down which the victim fell.  His brains lay scattered about for the whole distance, making a horribly disgusting sight.  The body was very much bruised, and the skull shattered to pieces.  On the top of the bank, about a foot from the edge, a pool of blood was found, and lying near it a double-barreled pistol, with one barrel discharged, and the other loaded, capped ands cocked.  A purse with about $7 in it was also found lying near the body.

   From the evidence taken upon the inquest, which was held by Justice Weed, it appeared that the name of the deceased was Lewis Caurad, and that he was a Frenchman who arrived here on the 1st of November last, in the ship Wm. Money, from Havre.  Since that time little has been known of him.  The pistol found was recognized by the mate of the ship in which he came, as a pistol that was on board the ship, but is not sure whether it belonged to the deceased or one of his companions.  Another witness testified that he had heard a shot fired, apparently from the top of the bank, about ten o'clock in the evening.  Under all the circumstances, it is highly probable that the man committed suicide, and that he first shot himself, and then fell over the fearful height.  His head was so shattered that it was impossible to perceive whether there had been a pistol wound inflicted upon it or not.  The coroner's jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by a pistol shot, fired by his own hand or the hand of some person unknown to the jury.

DROWNED. - Three Frenchmen started on Tuesday afternoon to go in a sail boat across the bay.  One of them named Leguene was intoxicated when he got into the boat, and when about half way across, fell overboard.  The efforts of his companions to save him were in effectual there being a very strong current, and he was drowned.  His body has not been recovered.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 January 1852

LAW COURTS.

RECORDER'S COURT. - Before Recorder Baker.

Suspicion of Murder. - Jose Ebon David, charged with the murder of Jose Feliz, at Sanchez's Slough, near the San Jose road.

   Ysidrio Sanchez - Saw the body of Jose Feliz, and was present at the inquest held by Justice Corbett. Saw blood on the defendant's clothes and also on his boots; there were marks of blood around the house, and the impression of bloody fingers on the door.  I have had no conversation with the prisoner about this matter.  [The witness here identified the pants and boots of the prisoner.]  The prisoner's pants were not torn before the time of this supposed occurrence.

Cross-examined. - We had killed a beef about five or six days before this time; there were no marks of blood left about the house; the prisoner assisted in butchering, and wore the same pants and boots that have been identified in court; the Indian assisted in skinning and dressing the meat; I think I can distinguish between human and animal blood; the human blood leaves a dark stain, while the animal leaves none after washing; the defendant had on a shirt when he left; do not know what he has done with it; I lefty home on Saturday and returned on Monday; I left at the house the prisoner and Francisco Cruz; went in search of the body after I got home; found the stairs on the house; the boots back of the house and the pants on a bed.

   Juan Castillo. -  Has been in the employ of Antonio Cruz, but did not know Feliz; knows the house of the last witness; defendant and Francisco Cruz slept there on Sunday night; went there next day between 11 and 12 o'clock; saw the defendant there; no traces of blood visible at that time, but have seen them since.

Cross-examined. - The prisoner and Francisco Cruz were the occupants of the house on Sunday night.

   Statement of the Prisoner. - he states that his name is Jose Ebon David;   born in Santa Cruz, but does not know his age; lives on Sanchez' ranch, and is a servant.  The deceased came to the house during the night, and asked for some barley for his horse; he and Francisco Cruz commenced quarrelling.  I took the saddle off the deceased's horse.  Feliz took out a bottle of brandy and we commenced drinking; a short time afterward Antonia Cruz and another boy arrived there and commenced drinking.  The parties from talking got into a fight.  Feliz said something I could not hear, when one of the sons struck him, and also the father, when deceased fell.  Francisco got a sword and fell upon him.  They hid the pistols he had left on the top of a trunk.  He called for them; I told him I did not know where they were.  He said if I did not find them he would kill me, I said, why do you wish to kill me, I am a poor Indian.  The deceased then drew a knife from under his leg.  The old man, Antonio Cruz, jumped up and said, "You don't kill that Indian."  The old man took hold of a stick to strike him, but did not.  The deceased rushed upon me to seize a knife that I had, when I struck him over the eye with my hand; the three others rushed upon him and killed him.  He fell from a stroke on the head by a cutlass in the hand of Don Francisco.  They ordered me to saddle a horse to carry the body away from the house.

   Ramon Dezaldo, interpreter, sworn - Says that about half past 3 o'clock yesterday he went to the accused, and said the gentleman next to him was his counsel, and that I myself felt an interest in his unpleasant position.  I asked him to tell me if he knew anything of the transaction; that he had nothing to fear from the Mexicans or Sanchez' family; I told him if he made a confession I would convey it to his counsel, and use my influence with the Sanchez family for them to entertain no prejudice for confessing to me; he still refused, but after taking him in the Recorder's office he made a statement to me; I held out no inducement except to use my influence; his confession to me is as far different as the statement made to-day, as day is from night.

   The evidence here closed, and after some few remarks by Mr. H. H. Byrne, for the prosecution, and W. W. Chipman for the defence, the Court ordered the prisoner to be remanded in jail to await his trial in the District Court.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 January 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning, by Coroner Gallagher, upon the body of Warren C. Norris.  The following gentlemen were empaneled as jurors in the case: S. J. Bookstaver, W. H. Holliday, P. A. Grotjan, Thos. Norris, James Dennis, David Jobson, A. E. Beatty.  The following evidence was taken in the case.

   Capt. G. W. Casserly, sworn. - Am Captain of Police; was present in the station-house the night before last; at about fifteen minutes to nine o'clock, officer Moss brought in a Frenchman, given him by Mr. Edgerton; Mr. Edgerton and Capt. Treanor soon came in with Mr. Norris; Mr. Edgerton said, "I charge this man," - as he was in the act of making the complaint, Norris said, "Jim Edgerton, you are a d----d son of a b---h."  As he made use of this expression he struck Mr. Edgerton, retreated back and threw up his arm; I told Norris to keep order; he said he did not care, and then called Edgerton a "son of a b---h" again, and said that he could whip him; E. replied, I have nothing to say to you; now you are in the police office."  The Marshal was beside Mr. Norris when the first blow was struck.  There was a pistol placed on the desk by Edgerton, who said that was the pistol her took away from Norris.  There was a wound on the fore part of Norris's forehead when he was brought in.  When Edgerton was struck the second time he said, "Captain I will be protected in this office;" he then said, "if he strikes me again U will cut him;" I then said, Mr. Edgerton will you leave the office, I must have order in the office.  Mr. E. turned and was stepping back, as if he was going to the door, when Norris struck him again in the mouth; E. turned quickly, and I saw a knife gleam in his hand; I came outside; I saw Norris sink down.  The Marshal said, "Edgerton, I arrest you;" E. said, "very well."Have not seen the knife since; don't know that I could recognize it; think it was a bowie knife; Norris was advancing on Edgerton; E. appeared to be very much alarmed and excited at the time; said once, "I can lick you."  Have seen Mr. Norris several times ion a state of intoxication.

   Marshal Thompson testified substantially the same.

   R. G. Tobin, sworn. - On Saturday evening heard a police whistle on Kearny street, saw a crowd going on.  Saw Treanor and said to him, what is the matter, has that man drawn a pistol on you.  He said "Yes."  I went up to the station house with him.  Edgerton and Norris were in the station house.  Heard Edgerton say "I can kill you." He made a stroke at Norris.  Norris struck him on the cheek.  The Marshall then said, I will put you down below.  Saw Edgerton put his hand around his body after being struck.  I saw Norris sink down by my feet.  I looked down and saw Edgerton have a knife in his hand as if he was wiping it.  I stood about ten feet off.  It was about nine o'clock.  The room was well lighted.  The Marshal arrested him.  Could not see any blood.

   James Treanor sworn. - I arrested on Saturday night a man named Norris.  Mr. Edgerton said, "Take this man to the station house;" I said, "Take him yourself;" I then said, "Are you in earnest?" He replied, "Yes;" when I said, "I will assist you."  When we got opposite the Verandah he struck me three blows with his hand, the third blow knocking me down; and when I was down he drew a pistol on me; I succeeded in throwing him down, and some persons got the pistol from him; I struck him on the head with the stick I had; I accompanied him to the station house; heard him call Edgerton a "thieving son of a b---h."

   J. R. Frazier sworn. - Was present in the station house on Saturday evening when a man was stabbed; saw a crowd and followed them in; Norris was drunk, and wanted to fight; saw him strike at Edgerton; Norris struck him again in the face, not a very violent blow; saw E. follow toward Norris, and heard something like the blow of a mace; did not see Norris fall; did not see what it was Edgerton was putting in his pocket; heard Norris say he could whip him; don't know of any person that saw the blow struck; I thought there was sufficient force to hold the prisoner; the Marshall told him to leave the office twice; saw Edgerton advance about ten feet toward him; don't recollect hearing Edgerton make any threats; Norris was intoxicated, and used threatening language toward Edgerton; said that he would whip or kill Edgerton; saw Edgerton have a handkerchief to his eye after the man was cut.

   Dr. Gray, sworn. - Drs. Stout, Harris, Hitchcock and myself examined the body of Norris this morning; the wound was in the abdomen, passed though the intestines, nearly dividing a large intestine; it passed nearly through to the skin of the back; it was done by some sharp instrument with a narrow blade; the wound was about an inch wide.

   Some other evidence was taken, but none of an important character.

   The jury returned the following verdict: "We, the undersigned, sitting as a jury of inquest as to the cause of the death of W. C. Norris, find that the said Norris came to his death by a wound in the abdomen, on the left hand side, by a knife or some sharp instrument, which the jury believe was inflicted by James Edgerton, a police officer." (Signed by the Jury.)

FUNERAL OF MR. NORRIS. - The funeral of Warren C. Norris took place yesterday afternoon and was largely attended by his friends, as well as the Sansome Hook and Ladder Company of which he was a member.  Mr. Norris was thirty-two years of age and was from Utica, N. Y. having been in California about eighteen months.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 January 1852

Brief report of the Norris inquest.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 January 1852

LAW COURTS.

DISTRICT COURT. - Before Judge Barbour.

The People vs. Alfred A. Green. - Indictment for the murder of Adrian B. Bartholf, on the 30th of December, 1851.  Testimony for the prosecution resumed.

   Pedro Alabar.- Has resided in San Francisco for two years and a half; knew the defendant, and knew the deceased; the deceased died from the effects of a pistol shot, at the Milk Punch House, between the last toll-gate and the Mission Dolores.

   The testimony for the prosecution here closed.  Genl. McDougal, the senior counsel for the defence, then stated to the jury that he should be able to establish a clear and justifiable defence.

   Ambrose Graham. - Knew the deceased, and knows the defendant; there was a legal difficulty between the parties, in relation to a house rented by defendant as agent to Ann Gottard; knows that there were negotiations by Green as agent of the lessor, and Bartholf as agent for the lessee, in relation to the reduction of the rent; they did not agree; a suit was instituted before me for one month's rent by Josiea Ligorette against Ann Gottard, and a judgment rendered; the property in the Pavilion was attached, and also that in a house known here as the "Gem;" a part of the property was sold to satisfy the execution; previous to the attachment, I had been with Green to his mother-in-law's, and returning, I stopped at the "Gem;" the deceased drove up in a buggy, and Green passed on; I heard Green and deceased in conversation in relation to their legal difficulties, and heard deceased say to Green, "You long-legged, gander-necked son of a b---h, I'll cut your wind-pope or cut your guts out."  I do not exactly remember the words, but I am sure that It was a threat to take Green's life; I know Green heard it, for it was afterwards the subject of our conversation; this occurrence took place about the 12th or 14th of December last.

Cross-examined. - Was born in Canada, am an American citizen; have been in California over two years; always considered myself entitled to all the rights and privileges of an American citizen; consider myself as a subject to the Queen of Great Britain.  Green has never assigned his property or made a bill of sale of it to me.

   [The witness here gave an account of the suits between the parties, the judgments obtained, the costs accrued and the constables who had summoned the jury.]

   At the time that deceased made the threat, he made no assault upon Green; they were some distance apart, and I regarded the threats as idle, but subsequent events have shown me that I was mistaken; in my office after judgment has been rendered, deceased remarked that it was hard, and that Green would regret it; I heard from several parties that threats had been made by the deceased against Green, a person whose name I have forgotten, told me that he was very sorry that Green had not committed the act on the day of the sale, as he would have been justified, from the abuse  received.  At the time that the threats were made by Bartholf near the Gem, Green said, "if he ever touches me, he will have cause to regret it bitterly;" I saw Green about 11 a.m., on the day the murder was commuted; he came into my office; I did not know that Green intended to go to the deceased's house; did not even know that Bartholf resided there; I claimed jurisdiction of the case, by reason that the proceedings of the Coroner's inquest were sent to me; an examination was held and defendant held to bail in the sum of $10,000.  The papers were sent up to the District Court.

   [The defendant here explained his citizenship; his parents were Americans, and the act passed by Congress in 1806, declared that the children should be considered as naturalized American citizens, no matter where they resided.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 February 1852

The Sacramento Times and Transcript has a correspondent at Grass Valley, who furnished the subjoined account of a murder by the Indians in that vicinity, of two Chinamen a short time since.

   The letter states that immediately on the news of the occurrence being received, Stephen Smith, Esq., Justice Burgess, and seven others, left Centreville for the scene of the murder, to arrest, is possible, those who had perpetrated the deed, and hold an inquest over the bodies.  They first went to the Chinese camp, where they were informed that these two of their comrades had failed to come to their supper last Sunday.  Monday they had made search for them, but unsuccessfully.  They however found that the rocker and other tools with which they had been working, were all broken to pieces.  They also found traces of blood and pieces of arrows.  The party then commenced a search for the bodies, and about a mile and a half from the camp and near the broken fragments of their tools, they were found in Wolf Creek.  One had five arrows in his body, and his head most horribly mangled, as if done with a stone; the other had three arrows in his body, each of which would have proved fatal.  The arrows had been drawn out, and some broken, leaving the ends of the sinews with which the barbs are fastened, hanging from the wounds.  They had been dragged about fifty yards, and an attempt made to hide them in the water.  One of them had $140 on his person, this being all the money they were known to have with them when they left camp, so they were not murdered for their money.

   The Indians were observed to have been confused during the day of the occurrence, and it is possible Weimer himself has fled, for fear of being taken, as he was served so once before.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 February 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held on Friday last, by the Coroner, Dr. Grattan, on the body of an American who was found dead upon the plains, about six miles from this city, some 200 yards from the Mariposa road.  The verdict of the jury was - "The deceased died from the effects of exposure and disease."  On his body were found a blue shirt, colored pantaloons, and white fur hat, and there was a ring on his finger, upon which were engraved the letters "G. W." - [Republican.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 February 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning by Justice Weed, upon the body found by Constable Harding, floating in the water on Sunday afternoon.  From some evidence taken, it was supposed that the body was that of a man named Davis.  Davis recently came down from the mines, and was stopping at the Steamboat Hotel on Pacific Wharf.  On Friday last, he said that he was going out to the house of a friend of his beyond the Mission.  Since then he has not been seen.  The pantaloons and shirt of the deceased were similar to those of Davis, but the evidence not being considered sufficient, the jury returned a verdict that "The deceased, an unknown man, was found floating in the water with his throat cut."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 February 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning by P. W. Shepheard, Justice of the Peace, on the body of a man found floating in the water, between Angel Island and Saucelito.  The body appeared to be that of a respectable man, dressed in a drab overcoat, black silk neckerchief, fine boots, white short and merino undershirt.  The skull was perfectly bare, and the features undistinguishable.  A white shirt without any mark was wrapped up and in the coat pocket; also a pair off scissors, a comb, and one dollar and twenty five cents.  The jury found a verdict of accidental drowning. [See 21 February.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 February 1852

RECOGNIZED. - Officer Donnelly has recognized the body which was found floating in the bay, and upon which Judge Shepheard held an inquest yesterday, as that of Bargue, the Frenchman whom he arrested a few weeks since, and who jumped overboard on the passage down.  He recognizes distinctly the clothing as well as the comb and scissors which Bargue had in his pocket.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 February 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner May, held an in quest yesterday, upon the body of Charles Adrian, lost overboard from the steamer Express, while in the act of drawing a bucket of water, on the evening of Sunday, feb. 7th.  Verdict of the Jury, accideental drowning.  His age is 17 years.  He came out in the clipper ship Comet, and has a mother residing in Poughkeepsie, New York.


DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 February 1852

Our Monterey Correspondence.

MONTEREY, Feb. 24th, 1852.

Messrs. Editors: -- Yesterday revealed the perpetration of a most brutal and atrocious murder committed several weeks ago, in our very midst.  The body of a murdered man was found lying in a lagoon within the precincts of the city.  It exhibited marks of extreme violence; there was what appeared to be a deep gash in the right side of the breast inflected by some sharp instrument, a rib was broken, and the head severely bruised in several places, apparently by repeated blows of a club.  Putrefaction and the ravages of birds had so wasted and mutilated the body that it was scarcely recognizable; but from a crippled hand, and from some other peculiarities of person and dress, it was identified as that of an old Mexican candlemaker, who disappeared about the supposed time of the murder.  The affair was evidently deliberate and cold blooded, and the precautions to conceal it well taken.  When found an iron hoop was around the body confining the arms thereto; a beef's head and a large piece of whalebone had been fastened to it to cause it to sink. Suspicion as yet rests on no one, nor can a probable cause be assigned for the commission of the bloody deed.  The character of the deceased was that of a harmless and inoffensive person, not likely to have a deadly enemy, and his extreme poverty precludes the supposition that money was the object of the assassination.  An inquest was held over the body, but no additional information elicited.  Verdict in accordance with the above facts.

LAW COURTS.

RECORDER'S COURT. - Before Recorder Baker.

Examination of James McDonald, for the Murder of John Carroll, on the night of the 22nd of February. - The defendant waived making any statement of the case, on account of being drunk at the time of the occurrence, and consequently could give but a confused account of the matter.

Testimony for the defence:

Capt. Alexander Dodge, swoon. - Is master of the vessel Matthew Vassar, and has known the defendant for the last year; was with him on the 22d of February from 8 p.m. until we went out the last time; we went there about 11 ½ p.m. or a little later; we spent some time there, and left for Mrs. Cooper's; when we arrived opposite Mrs. Ewing's house, I said to defendant, "Let's go in;" he replied that he did not wish to go in; I insisted, and he said, "Very well, let's go in."  We spent some time there, and remained until all the women left the parlor; in going out we met a party coining in; we went to Rose Cooper's and remained there fifteen or twenty minutes; from there we started to go home, and passing Sarah Ewing's house, heard her (Ewing) talking in a very loud tone of voice and speaking harshly of McDonald, saying that he had  cut her curtains, that she had as much money as any other whore in California, and she could prove by witnesses that McDonald had cut her curtains.  McD. Said, "let's go in to see what that's about."  I asked him to go home, and would not go in again.  McD. Said, "hold on a moment," and as he entered the door Mrs. Ewing called him a son of a b---h, or words to that effect.  They were talking in a high strain, and Mrs. Ewing accused McD. of cutting her curtains, which he denied.

   Some female spoke, and McD. Told her to shut up.  Some man then spoke, and they began to talk about fighting.  The man said to McD. That "he would bet him $100 that he could whip him."  McD. Told him that he could not do it, but that he would see him tomorrow.  The man kept talking about McD., and said he could whip him, and to night was the time.  McD. Then came out and met Mr. Douglass.  Mr. Douglass told him he had better not go back as there was a bad party in there, and he might get worsted.  McD. Went in again and said to some one "what is it your business," and why do you wish to interfere?"  At that moment heard Sarah Ewing cry out for the watch.  Heard a scuffle, and some one cry out "don't strike me with a pistol." Some one said, "move the table back, they shall have a fair fight."  I then started for a police officer, and when I came back I was informed that McD. Had stabbed a man.  I went into the house and was requested to go for a doctor.  McD. Had been drinking considerable that evening.

Cross-examined. - Have related all that I recollect of on the direct examination; when McDonald first went in I saw him all the time; I saw the handle of a knife sticking out of his pocket; do not recollect of seeing it in his hand; did not see him cutting any window curtains or a sofa, nor threaten to break anything; did not see him spin the chandelier around not did not take hold of him to prevent him from doing anything; I am engaged in the Oregon trade and have been here since May, 1849; have known McDonald for twelve or fifteen months; he did not sleep with me nor on board of my ship; I did not give him a hat; did not hear McDonald threaten to throw anything at the head of any of the girls; I recollect of the girls leaving the room, except one with sandy hair, and afterwards she left; that girl said, "Jim is drunk, and go home with him;"  did not hear him say that he would kick the door down, or that anything she said was a d----d lie; McDonald was in good humor and laughing the whole time he was in there; did not see him commit any acts of violence or chase one of the girls out of the room; as we were going out McD. Scraped his hand down the wall; there was none of the girls in the room; saw him with his hands on a chair near the sofa; I said to him "come, let's go Mac."  Don't recollect whether I put my hand in his shoulder or not; when we went out I locked arms with him; did not have to persuade or pull him to get him out; did not see any window curtains that was torn or cut.  The reason why I wanted to get him out was that he was drunk, and I was tired.  He did not appear to be boisterous; saw him take the urn off the stove and drop it on the floor; do not recollect any expression he made at the time, or that he threatened to throw it at the sandy-haired girl; have talked with several about the matter and read an account in the papers; have no particular anxiety that McD. Should get clear; have been in Mrs. Ewing's several times, and know her as a woman of that character.

   [The court here received the testimony of Capt. Chas. J. Brenham, who testified that he had never discovered in defendant any turbulent or vicious disposition.  The court then took a recess until 7 p.m.]

   James E. Arlington sworn. - A short time before the row I was in Sarah Ewing's house; saw McD,; he appeared to be in a good humor, and did not see him do anything wrong; he came out with me and we went to another house, stayed a few minutes and then came out.  I left him at the door; went up the street and back again as far as Mrs. Ewing's house, but did not go in; there was a row inside, and heard a woman crying out that she wouldn't stand it from a d----d son of a bitch;" I do not know what she meant or to whom she referred.  I went to a ball, and hearing a man was stabbed went back to Mrs. Ewing's house and saw the wounded man on the sofa.  Immediately after the affray I heard him lament about his family, and say that he thought the defendant was more of a man than to use a weapon.

Cross-examination of Capt. Dodge resumed. - Recognized Sarah Ewing's voice; could tell it anywhere.  Have seen her several times.  I remonstrated with McD, when he went in the second time.  Heard Sarah Ewing cry out for the watch, but did not hear McD. Threaten to break everything in the house.  He said that he would slap some one, and asked what business he had to interfere.

   The testimony for the defence here closed.

   The argument was begun by Judge Brown for the prosecution, and Col. Irving for the defence, and submitted to the Court.  The Court reserved its decision until to-morrow, intimating that they were satisfied that they had the power to distinguish between manslaughter and murder, and find accordingly.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 March 1852

Repeat of inquest report of 13 February.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 March 1852

Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held yesterday morning by Dr. J. S. May, Coroner, on the body of Joseph Fish, printer, and one of the proprietors of the Democratic State Journal. It had been noticed by his associates for several days past that he was very eccentric in his actions and conversation, and it was remarked by some of his friends that he was insane.  On Sunday evening, about 9 o'clock, he called at the Phoenix Hotel, on K street, and inquired for a bed; he also requested the proprietor of the house to give him a pencil and paper, as he wished to write some poetry.  Shortly after, suppressed moans were heard proceeding from his room by the occupants of the house, and on entering the chamber he was found lying on his back, and his face of a deep purple color.  There was an empty phial lying on the bed, that had evidently contained laudanum.  Drs. Crane and Taylor were immediately called, who used every possible means to counteract the effects of the poison, but their efforts were unavailing, the patient expiring about 12 o'clock.  There were two wounds discovered on his arm from which a small quantity of blood had oozed, and on his bed was found a sheet of paper with the following lines written thereon:

"SACRAMENTO, March, 1852. - I have taken two ounces of laudanum.  I have cut two holes in the veins of my arm, but I did not do it soon enough, and the blood will not flow.  Under these circumstances I write.  This is one of the happiest moments of my life.  I feel sure that when I leave this world God will provide me with a place better suited to my nature.  I am of the hunted down men whom I have never: -

The sentence was left incomplete.  The jury rendered a verdict "that the deceased came to his death in consequence of swallowing two ounces of tincture of opium while in a state of mental derangement."  The deceased was formerly a resident of Pennsylvania, and aged about 28 years.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 March 1852

Repeat of Monterey inquest, 29th February.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 March 1852

[COMMUNICATED FROM THE UNION.]

Interesting Intelligence from Shasta - Particulars of the late Indian Disturbances.

SHASTA, Fe\b. 25, 1852.

MESSRS. EDITORS: - In my last communication to you, dated the 7th inst., I dwelt mostly upon Indian depredations.  Since that time, as well as most of the time before, I have been in the mountains, returning last evening.  This also must be filled with Indian depredations and murders.  I cannot tell mote than half, which is more than enough to make the heart sick and the hand weary.

   On Monday last, the 22d, two men going from Reading's Bar, on the Trinity, to Indian Creek, distance eight miles, when about two miles from the Bar saw an arrow lying on the trail, which on picking up, they found to be covered with fresh blood; at the same time they saw a mule with cargo, near the trial, but no man about; on approaching the mule it ran with great violence, as if much alarmed, and threw a part of its cargo.  After pursuing the mule for about a mile, they succeeded in catching it, when repacking the cargo they took the mule with them to India Creek.  The circumstances causing some suspicions of foul play, the next day (Tuesday) one of the men who found the mule, and another man, went down to the place where the arrow and mule were found, for the purpose of solving the mystery.  On searching further, they found two more arrows, and the body of a man near the margin of the Creek.

   They immediately returned to Indian Creek and reported what had been seen, when a committee, of whom your correspondent was one, was appointed to go and hold an inquest and bury the body.  On Wednesday morning we went down to discharge our duties, when we found that the body had been removed to Reading's Bar and buried.

   The body proved to be that of Capt. John Gilmore.  He was from one of the Eastern States, and a partner of Samuel Francis, from Providence, R.I., and kept a trading post and public house at the crossing of Clear Creek, on the Trinity trail.  Capt. G. and partner had, within a few days, sold out their stabnd and were closing up their business preparatory to do in a few days.  Capt. G. had packed five animals and gone into the mines, and when on the trail to Indian Creek, was shot by the Indians, who, it is believed, were lying in ambush for a good opportunity to rob.  Where the body was found twenty more arrows were picked up, besides a club with which his head had been beat and his teeth knocked in, from which I picked hair. The body had six arrow wounds in it. A purse containing about $125 was found on the body, and the trail where the Indians had taken away the animals with their cargoes into the mountains, was struck immediately opposite where the body was found.

   Capt. G. was known and highly esteemed in this community, and his death, and the mode, has caused a deep sensation. He must also be known to many in Sacramento City.

   A Mr. Duty, from St. Louis, I learned to-day was killed by Indians this week, between Whisky Creek and French Gulch.  A man who was in company succeeded in making his escape.

   Intelligence has just come in that a body is lying near the Back-bone, filled with arrows, with the throat cut.

   ... One man, who has been missing for several months, has recently been heard of by his family, now in this place, and who have been long here awaiting his return, but in his place comes the intelligence that he was killed by Indians, with one other man at the same time, on Salmon river.  His name was James S. Bradley, from Iowa.  He has left a wife and one child, a boy about five years of age.

   On Thursday last, the body of Frenchman, named Victor Huet, was found near town.  When last seen he was in company with another man, and was known to have in his possession $700.  When found there was no money about the person, and two ball wounds were found on the body; one in the chest and the other in the leg.  Mr. Huet had a short time precious to his death completed a fine building in the upper part of our town.

   During the last week, a man by the name of Cleary, while with a party, prospecting, near the head of South Trinity, was so badly wounded and torn by a grizzly bear, that he died before his companions could procure a litter to bear him to camp.  It is reported that the bear would take Mr. C. in its mouth, and shake him as a dog would a fox, biting him upon both sides from his arms to his hips.

... MINER.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 March 1852

The Monterey murder, again.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 March 1852

From the Interior.

The Nevada Journal says, that an inquest was held on Monday last over the body of a man found dead on a sand-bar in Deer Creek, three miles below Nevada.  The corpse was greatly bruised, and the attending physician as well as the Jury, declared that the man must have been murdered.  His name was Patrick Barry, aged 27, formerly of New York.

ARRESTED FOR MURDER. - A prostitute woman and a man were yesterday arrested, charged with the murder of Patrick Barry, over whose body an inquest was held on Monday last.  The charge is now undergoing investigation, and as we know but little or nothing of the circumstances, we withhold any expression of opinion.  Suspicion, however, hangs heavily over the accused.

   The man we mentioned in our last as being in the custody of Judge Lynch, at New Town, was duly executed; or at least as nearly so as a bungling set of executions could come to it.  On the first attempt, he was hanging too low, so that his feet dragged the ground, in consequence of which they had to hang him again.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 March 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Justice P. W. Shepheard, yesterday morning, held an inquest upon the body of a man found drowned in the basin bounded by Clay, Washington, Montgomery, and Battery streets.  The body was identified as that of Thomas Brown, aged 25, a laborer by occupation, and an Irishman by birth.  He came to this country several years ago with Col. Fremont, was rather of dissipated habits, and undoubtedly fell off the wharf when in a state of intoxication.  From the appearance of the corpse, it is probable that it had laid in the water for several days.  The verdict of the jury was death from accidental drowning.

ARREST OF A WOMAN. - On the last trip of the New World from Sacramento, officers Duffy and McElroy arrested a Mexican woman named Maria Josepha Feliz, upon a charge of killing a person known as California Jack, at Moquelumne Hill, about five months ago.  There was a man with her pretended to know all about the transaction, but whom it appears cannot now be found.  The woman states that she was tried of the charge at the Hill and acquitted; but some circumstances which have transpired rather indicates that she did not appear and her bail was forfeited.  It was thought proper to detain her until the truth of the matter will be fully ascertained.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 March 1852

Repeats on 19th.

THE ACCIDENT ON THE RAILROAD. - The boy Eugene Addison Hyde, who was so unfortunate as to have both legs crushed on the Battery street railroad, expired in this city, at the Rassette House, yesterday morning, at 6 o'clock.  His parents are at present residing in the city.

DROWNED. - The Sonora herald states that three men, named Callahan, Wilson, and Hilliard, were downed on the 11th inst. in attempting to cross the Stanislaus in a canoe, six miles about Knight's Ferry. 

   The Calaveras Chronicle says that a miner named Alexander Dunn was drowned in the Calaveras at Esperanza, on the 8th inst.  He has a brother residing in the vicinity of Stockton. - [Ib.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 March 1852

SUICIDE. - On Tuesday morning about nine o'clock, a young man named S. Wiel was found dead in one of the rooms of the hotel on J. street, known as the Washington Restaurant.  It appears that he attended the theater on Monday evening in company with a friend, ands was known to have retired to his room about twelve o'clock, in much better spirits than usual.  Under his pillow was found a vial containing a small portion of laudanum.  A post mortem examination was held by Drs. McClintock, B. Brown, and Downes, who found a large quantity of opium in the stomach.

   Coroner May held an inquest on the body, and the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

   The deceased was a young man, twenty-two years of age, of very gentlemanly address, and well known in this city as a dealer in cigars.  He was decently interred in the Jewish cemetery.

...

MURDER. - We learn through Hunter & Co.'s Express, that a brutal murder was committed at Mokelumne Hill on Saturday evening, 20th inst., by a Mexican, on the person of Miguel, owner of Cebrinna House.  There are several persons out in pursuit of the murder, but as yet he has not been taken.  It is supposed that he has gone towards Stockton.  The Vigilance Committee of Mokelumne Hill have offered a reward of two hundred dollars for his arrest.  These are the particulars as given by one of the Vigilance Committee.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 April 1852

ANOTHER MURDER IN THE SAN JOAQUIN COUNTRY. - The body of a murdered man was found at Saw Mill Flat, about three miles above Knight's Ferry, on Saturday last, which, on an inquest being held by Major Ross and others, proved to be that of John Teffair, who, one of the persons present at the examination, testified to having visited his house in company with a Mexican on the evening of the 25th inst., for the purpose of getting fire to cook his supper.  The deceased was found the next day, stripped of his clothing, except a shirt, and his saddle blanket sprerad over him, a wound in the temple near the eye, and a small scarf forcible tightened around the neck.

   The Coroner's Jury found that the deceased came to his death by the infliction of wounds and strangulation, and that the Mexican was his murderer.

   The Stockton Journal of the 30th says:

   Teffair, the deceased, was in the employ of Messrs. Ward & Visher, of Stockton, and left this place with a drove of cattle, which he was to have sold in the mines.  He is supposed to have had $1200 or $1400 with him.  Mt. Visher has been up the country, but has heard nothing of the Mexican.

   Teffair was from Schuylerville, Saratoga county, N.Y.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 April 1852

COLD BLOODED MURDER AT SAN JUAN. - The San Jose Visitor of Saturday has an account of a brutal, unprovoked murder, committed at the Mission of San Juan on the 30th, which we transfer to our columns:

   "There were five or six men from the mines going south after cattle, and among them was a man named Jake Mosier, all of whom had encamped by the orchard of this Mission, when a man by the name of Charles Peck arrived at the camp from Monterey.  He was there but a few minutes when the report of a pistol was heard, and the next instant a young man turning the comer of the orchard saw Mosier replace a pistol in his belt, and Charles Peck fall to the ground some three or four yards from Mosier.  Peck got up on his horse and rode to the Mission, where he died in less than an hour after the occurrence.

   The ball entered the left side, near the ribs, and ranged downward.  Before his death Peck said he gave no provocation to the murderer.  In the confusion the felon made his escape across the valley, and although pursued by several men, his horse outran the rest, and he made good his retreat, as also his companions."

BODY FOUND. - A few days since, Justice Shearer held an inquest over the body of a man a few miles from this city.  From the statements made by the acting Coroner, we are induced to believe that the body found is that of the person mentioned in the confession of Vasquez, who was hung in this city on the 30th of January last, for horse-stealing. - San Jose Visitor, 3d inst.

DEAD. - Mr. John Barker expired on Friday, the 26th, from injuries received a few days since by being thrown from his buggy.  Mr. B. was a native of Vermont.  He was in the 58th year of his age at the time of his death.  He was much esteemed by all who knew him. Ib.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 April 1852

From Mr. E. Woodward, of Adams & Co.'s Express, we learn that an inquest was held by Justice Mumford at Mormon Island yesterday morning, on the body of a man named Edward Garrard, said to be from Richland county,Ohio, where he has a wife and family.  He came to this country about six weeks since, in the Golden Gate.  The verdict of the jury was, that the deceased came to his death by committing suicide, in cutting his throat with a razor.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 April 1852

INQUEST. - On Friday last Justice Greer held an inquest on the body of as man named David Swanson, who came to his death by the falling of a limb while engaged in cross-cutting logs at Whipple's saw-mill, on Turk's Ranch, at the redwoods.  A large redwood limb fell on the head of Swanson, killing him immediately.  The deceased was an Englishman by birth, many years a resident of California, and highly esteemed by all who knew him.  The jury rendered the following verdict: "That David Swanson came to his death by the visitation of God, in the falling of a limb of a tree on deceased's head, while at work."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 April 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Justice Shepheard held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of a man found drowned at Hunter's Point, about twelve or fifteen miles below the city.  It had evidently lain in the water for a long time, as the skull was entirely bare and the flesh eaten off of different parts of the body.  The only articles of clothing found was one boot and the remnant of a pair of flannel drawers.  From appearance, the person must have been about five feet ten inches in height.  The jury rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death by drowning.  The body was interred near the place where it was found, by Justice Shepheard and the city sexton.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 April 1852

Placer County Correspondence - The Chamberlin Murder

YANKEE JIM'S, PLACER COUNTY,

April 10th, 1852

 

Messrs. Editors: I have noticed that this place has been much neglected in your correspondence, and the first attention paid to it was a paragraph contained in a recent number of your valuable journal mentioning one Jim Ugly.   ...

   The person was named James Edmonson, from Hopkins County, Ky.  An affray occurred between him and Samuel Chamberlain, the barkeeper at the "Indian Queen;" a house of ill fame in this place, in which the latter was stabbed in the lower abdomen, and of which wound he died.  It appears that Edmondson wanted liquor, which Chamberlain refused.  Words and blows ensued, in which Chamberlain struck the other several times with a club, and finally knocked him down, and while this Edmondson inflicted the wound.  Edmondson went to the place where he was lodging, and after a short time, duly authorized parties proceeded to arrest him.  After he was in the hands of the officers, he received a stab in the back, which penetrated the cellular cavities of the left lung, and of which wound he was confined to his bed, and unable to rise.

   When Chamberlain died, a coroner's inquest was held, and a judicial examination was made into the case.  The evidence produced developed the facts before related; but the populace was greatly excited, and immediately a crowd assembled and decided that Edmondson should die.  The decision was straightway put into effect.  Had he been left alone, two or three days at most would have closed his career, for he was nearly dead when hung.  I make no comment upon the matter, but simply state the facts.


DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 April 1852

INQUEST. - The Coroner was called yesterday to the Ten Mile House, to hold an inquest on the body of a man found drowned on the previous day.  On arriving at the spot, the body was not to be discovered, having floated from the spot where it was first seen.  It was greatly decayed and had evidently been in the water some weeks.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 April 1852

INQUEST AT SONOMA. - An inquest was held at Sonoma a few days since before P. Campbell, Justice of the Peace, on the body of a man named James McGregor, who died very suddenly on the 15th inst.  The verdict was that he came to his death from drinking oil of bitter almonds whilst in a state of delirium.  The deceased was formerly the proprietor of the California House in that village.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 April 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray yesterday held an inquest on the body of Capt. David Ritchie, who died on board the barque William Watson, at 8 o'clock on last Saturday evening.  From the evidence, it appeared that the deceased had came ashore and started to return to the vessel at a late hour on the night of the 15th.  On his way he was knocked down by two men whom he was unable to recognize, who beat him in a cruel manner, broke his finger, and robbed him of a ring, the only article of value that the deceased had about his person.  Dr. E. R. Smillie testified that when he was called upon to visit the deceased, he found him complaining of a pain in his head and back, caused by bruises, and that severe inflammation had resulted.  The exciting cause was by cold being taken from his being too thinly clad.  His disease was complicated with disturbance of the brain caused by free living.  The progress of the disease was very rapid, and the tendency a congestion of the lungs.  The day previous to the assault, Capt. Ritchie had come ashore with $1000 in specie, which he had deposited with Mallory, Stewart & Co. in this city.  The jury rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death from congestion of the lungs and brain, caused by bruises received from the hands of persons unknown.  Capt. Ritchie was a native of Scotland, and was highly esteemed and respected.  No clue has yet been obtained that may lead to the perpetrators of this foul outrage.


SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 April 1852

KILLED BY THE INDIANS. - A few days ago, John Anderson, late of Jefferson City, Mo., was most inhumanely murdered by the Indians near Weaverville, Trinity County.  He rode out a short distance from camp, and upon his horse coming in without him, his companions went in search of him.  His body was found, with fourteen arrows in it; his skull was broken and his throat cut.  Our informant states that the Indians in that section of country are more hostile than ever, committing innumerable predations.  A company from Weaverville had gone out in pursuit of the murderers of Anderson.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 April 1852

A MAN PROBABLY DROWNED. - Yesterday morning, about three o'clock, whilst Capt. Moss of the police, was passing near the foor of Washington street, he heard the cry of some drunken person on the wharf, and in a few moments afterwards a splash in the water and a gurgling sound, as if some one had fell overboard and was struggling for his life.  The captain immediately procured a boat, and made a diligent search in that neighborhood, but without making any discovery of the person.  It is highly probable that some intoxicated individual fell over the wharf and was drowned, but nothing definite is known.

   Since writing the above the body has been found, and an inquest held upon it by Justice Shepheard.  It proved to be a Frenchman, name unknown, aged about forty years.  He was seen at a late hour last evening, crazy from the effects of liquor.  The jury rendered a verdict of death by accidental drowning.

TWO MEN DROWNED. - Captain Cornwallis, of the schooner Victoria, which arrived in our harbor yesterday, from Drake's Bay, wither she had gone on a fishing cruise, informs us that two of his men were drowned in attempting to reach the shore at that place.  They had left the vessel for the purpose of going ashore and getting clams, when the boat capsized, and both found a watery grave.  Their names were John Brown, a Swede, and William McAvoy, the latter from Baltimore.  The body of the former was found and buried, but the latter has not been seen.


DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 May 1852

LOCAL MATTERS.

CONVICTION OF EDGERTON. - The jury empanneled to try this cause, after deliberating all night, yesterday morning came into court and rendered a verdict, finding James Edgerton guilty of manslaughter and recommending that he receive the lightest punishment allowed by law.  A majority of the jury were in favor of an acquittal, but agreed to the above verdict which was considered tantamount to it.  The law allows a lapse of two days before sentence is passed, it then lies entirely in the discretion of the judge.

THE MURDER CASE. - Justice Shepheard, who held the inquest over the body of the murdered Spaniard, Joachim, appeared and stated to the Court that from the testimony, he believed that Louis, the partner of Joachim, had committed the act, and on making affidavit to that effect a warrant was issued for the arrest of Louis.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 May 1852

The following items are from the Chronicle:

ACCIDENT. - On last Saturday night, a Chilean named Esteban Bolta, was killed in Jackson, by the accidental discharge of a rifle in the hands of another Chilean.  Bolta was in the street talking with two others when the gun was discharged in a house near by, the ball struck him in the head and killed him instantly.  It was proved to the satisfaction of the coroner's jury, that the shot was accidental, and they rendered their verdict accordingly.

MURDER. - We learn that on Friday of last week, the dead body of an American was found on Sutter's Creek, about two miles below that village, who had evidently been robbed and murdered.  An inquest was held by Justice Dunham, of Jackson, but the jury were unable to discover his name or find any clue to the detection of the murderer.

ANOTHER. - Since the above, another murder has been perpetrated in the vicinity of Sutter, the circumstances connected with which are wrapped in as much mystery as the first.  The victim was also an American, and was known to have had twenty-one ounces of gold dust the day before his body was discovered.  Suspicion rests on certain Chileans who have lately arrived in the country.  The miners around Sutter are much exasperated, and should the murderers be discovered, the county will be put to no expense in their trial and punishment.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 May 1852

INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest yesterday afternoon on the body of a male child, found at the cemetery, in the bottom of an open grave, under rather suspicious circumstances.  Upon investigation, however, it proved to be the infant of a Chilean woman named Michaela Losa, who died on Sunday at the State Marine Hospital.  The child was about four weeks old, and died on Monday morning.  Its nurse carried it to the grave-yard, expecting to place it in the coffin with its mother, but not finding her remains, she placed it in the grave, spread a handkerchief over its face, and spread over it a few inches of sand.  Physicians examined the body, and after their evidence had been taken, together with that of other witnesses, the jury returned a verdict of "Died by the visitation of God."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 Apeil 1852

CORONERS' INQUEST. - An inquest was held by F. W. Barnard, Esq., at Rodger's bar, Yuba river, in the 9th inst. on the body of a man found floating in the river.  Deceased had on a pair of ribbed corduroy pants, woolen socks, and shoes.  In height he was about five feet ten inches; auburn colored hair; light whiskers; complexion sandy; aged about twenty-five or thirty years; on his right arm the letters E. Y., with an anchor directly under, printed with India ink. - Ib.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 May 1852

LOCAL AFFAIRS.

SUICIDE. - A man named S. J. Springer, recently a policeman in this city, committed suicide at the Station-House, about three o'clock on Sunday morning, by blowing his brains out with a revolver, while laboring under the effects of mania a-potu.  He entered the house about two o'clock, borrowed the pistol from a friend, and stepping a little one side, immediately committed the fatal act.  He died instantly.  Springer was formerly a resident of Kentucky, and at the time of his decease was twenty-three years of age.  The rumor that Springer was a criminal under confinement is totally unfounded.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 April 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Dr. S. J. May, Coroner, held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man found floating in the Sacramento river, about seven miles below this city.  There was no mark on his person by which he could be identified.  The appearance of the body indicated that it must have been immersed at least ten or twelve days.  The following is a description of his person: Height, five feet ten inches; age, about thirty years; had on a red flannel undershirt, blue spotted overshirt, black cravat, dark plaid vest, grey oversack, black pants, grey socks, shoes toed with blue cord.  His pocket contained two combs, an empty buckskin purse, and a five franc piece.  Any information concerning him will be received by the Coroner at his office on J street, near Front.


DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 May 1852.

A POISONING CASE. - Coroner Gray yesterday held an inquest on the body of Stephen Read, who died at his residence, on Green street, near Powell, on Thursday morning.  The deceased was aged 24 years, a native of Fall Rover, Mass., and was employed on board the steamer New World, plying between this city and Sacramento, as a fireman.

   On the 18th of April last, he was married to Miss Matilda Emma Bryan, then in her fourteenth year.  The mother of the wife being then  absent up country, was informed of the fact, and when she came down approved of it, and had the couple r-married on the 9th of May, in Grace Church, by the Rev. J. L. Ver Meht.  The couple, as far as is known, lived very happily together until a few days since.  Read was taken suddenly ill, and died on Thursday morning. - During the illness of the deceased several of the neighbors called at his house to inquire concerning his health, but were answered by the wife that he did not wish to be disturbed, and by other expressions, rather of a doubtful and suspicious nature.  S he stated that she had called in the services of a physician, but gave a name which is not known to the profession here. 

   After his death Dr. White called at the house, and was requested to give a certificate for the interment of the deceased, but not having seen him alive, and being unacquainted with the causes of his death, very properly refused.  His suspicions were aroused that the deceased had met with a violent death, and on Thursday evening, Coroner Gray was called to hold an inquest.

   A post mortem examination was held by Drs. White, Bertody and Gerry, who found a large quantity of arsenic on the stomach and intestines.  Upon the first examination of Mrs. Read, she flatly denied any knowledge of arsenic, but in her examination yesterday acknowledged to having bought arsenic twice, and having delivered it into the hands of her husband - he having requested her to procure it.  The druggist from whom the poison was bought, testified to the fact of having sold it to her.  Mrs. Read stated that her husband had threatened to kill her if she did not procure it, and also that he had  cruelly beaten her, keeping her hands tied the whole of one night, and inflicting blows on her back.  She also made several other very contradictory and unsatisfactory statements.   The jury empanneled to hold the inquest rendered the following verdict:

   "We, the jurors, summoned by the coroner to investigate the cause of the death of Stephen Read, find that the deceased died on the morning of the 20th of May from the effects of arsenic procured by his wife, Matilda Read, and we do recommend that the said Matilda Read be arrested on suspicion of having administered poison to the deceased."

   Upon the rendition of this verdict, a warrant was issued and Mrs. Matilda Read was arrested last evening and taken to the station-house.  An examination will probably take place to-day.

INQUEST. - Yesterday, Coroner Gray held an inquest on the body of the negro concerning whose death on board the barque Burnham there appeared to be something suspicious.  It will be recalled that we gave a full account of it day before yesterday.  We understand that all the hands connected with the barque were the captain, the steward, and this cook.  The captain and the steward were on shore, and as they were about to leave for the ship, they were informed by some person that he had seen a man fall from the rigging of the ship.  They went on board, and found the cook horribly bruised, and with his throat cut.  The coroner's jury found a verdict that the deceased came to his death by a fall from the rigging.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 May 1852

LOCAL MATTERS.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest yesterday on the body of a prisoner who was confined in the station house upon the charge of drunkenness.  The deceased was named William H. Van Dickle, and was formerly from the town of Phelps, Ontario county, N.Y.  The jury rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death by intemperance and exposure.  Several witnesses testified to the dissipated habits of the deceased, produced by domestic difficulties in this country.  A memorandum-book was found in his possession, which exhibited the state of his mind, grievances and wrongs, and which seemed to anticipate his speedy death.

THE POISONING CASE. - The examination of Mrs. Matilda Read, arrested upon the charge of poisoning her husband, has been postponed for a day or two, until further investigations can be made into the affair.

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 May 1852

FROM THE INTERIOR.

From Stockton. - On Saturday night last, says the Journal, a man named William W. Janes, was shot through the head at a dance house by a California half Indian named Jose.  He died ion Sunday afternoon.  The Indian fired from the door, and lodged a ball in his skull, causing a wound from which the brains protruded.  The Indian was chased some distance, and several shots were fired at him, but he made his escape.  An inquest was holden over the body, but nothing was elicited to show that the shooting of Janes was intentional, on the contrary it was proven that the Indian had had a difficulty with a Spaniard the night previous, who was in the room at the time, and not far from Janes.

   The deceased was about 35 years of age and leaves a wife and child at St. John, near Montreal, Canada, and a brother in Sacramento.  He had been recently a resident of Sacramento.

   A man named Tozer, who left Stockton on Friday evening for the San Joaquin river, was drowned in crossing a slough.

SUDDEN DEATH. - On the passage of the steamer Sophie to this place, on Saturday night last, Mr. Charles H. Smith, a native of London, died suddenly of a disease of the heart.  He has been for some months a resident of this city and leaves a young wife to lament his loss.  He was thirty five years old. - Journal.

Calaveras Correspondence.

Death of Henry R. Mann - Murders - Stabbing - Vigilance Committee, &c.

JACKSON, May 24, 1852.

... On Thursday night, at about 12 o'clock, a most brutal murder was perpetrated near this town, which has caused a great deal of excitement.  Two Frenchmen were assaulted while sleeping in their tent, by three Mexicans, with knives, and one of them killed, and the other dangerously and probably mortally wounded.  The murderers are well known, and out citizens have offered a reward of $300 for their apprehension.  They have not yet been captured.


DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 May 1852

DROWNED. - A man named Tozer was drowned in the slough about two miles this side of Bonsell's Ferry, on the 22d inst.  The unfortunate man was a member of the firm of Tozer & Nicodemus, doing business at Murphy's Diggings.  The body was found on the following day.  It appears that the horse's head was bound up in a peculiar manner, and the animals could not maintain its erect position.  The accident occurred near the ranch of Captain Harding, to whom the thanks of the friends of deceased are due.

THE LATE SHOOTING AFFAIR. - It appears that the half-breed, named Jose, who shot Mr. W. W. Janes, at the dance house, on Saturday night, fired at a Spaniard with whom he had had a quarrel a few nights previous.  While the Indians was running, six shots were fired at him, but without effect.  He was started from his hiding place on the following day again, but managed to effect his escape.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body, and a verdict of wilful murder returned against the Indian.


DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 May 1852

From the Daily of May 23.

THE POISONING CASE. - Mrs. Matilda Read, who was arrested according to a verdict of a coroner's jury, upon suspicion of having administered poison to her deceased husband, was yesterday discharged by the Recorder, upon a motion to that effect by the District Attorney. The recorder remarked that he had taken particular pains to investigate the whole affair very closely, and was now satisfied that the accused was perfectly innocent of the charge.

   A letter found in Read's house, written apparently by himself, and directed to his mother-in-law, leads to the conclusion that he premeditated his destruction, and that he was not of a very sound mind.  The letter is written evidently by a person of a disordered brain, from the extravagant phraseology and the singular motives that prompted him to take his life.  Mrs. Read, it should be remembered, is quite young and uneducated, perfectly artless and unsophisticated, and did not even know the correct name of the deadly poison that she had purchased at the drug store.

   She had for two nights and days sat up with her dying husband, and at the time that the Coroner's inquest was held she was worn out both in mind and body, and consequently was not in a fit situation to give her evidence.  As soon as her physical and mental faculties were fully restored, and she became informed of what she had testified to, she immediately sent for one of the jury and corrected her statement by acknowledging that she had purchased the fatal drug. There were no attending circumstances to show that any feeling of jealousy or revenge should have prompted her to commit the deed.  Her whole bearing upon the occasion was perfectly natural and incident to youth and childish simplicity.  The Recorder, viewing the death of Stephen Read as a plain suicide, very properly ordered that Mrs. Read be discharged from custody.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 May 1852

LOCAL MATTERS.

From the Daily of May 17.

INQUESTS. - The coroner of this county has had but little work on his hand for some time back.  The stabbers and suicides seem to have vanished for more favored climes.  We are informed that during the [past six or seven months there have not been more than twenty-five inquests held.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 June 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner May held an inquest on the body of Alexander McAllister, yesterday morning.  The jury, after examination, returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot fired by Thomas Moore.

...

THE SHOOTING AFFAIR. - It will be seen by the testimony of the attending physician of McAllister, published in to-day's paper, that all four shots fired by Moore took effect upon the person of his adversary.  But one, however, was sufficiently severe to have caused his death.

...

Recorder's Court. - Before Judge McGrew. 

MONDAY, JUNE 3.

The People vs. Thomas J. Moore. - Charged with murder, by feloniously shooting with a pistol charged with powder and ball, one Alexander McAllister, on the night of the 2d day of June 1852, in the City of Sacramento, in the El Dorado Saloon, corner of J and Second streets.

   Reuben Raynes, sworn.  Reside in Sacramento; keep a saloon; am acquainted with defendant and McAllister the deceased; saw the disturbance last night.  It took place about 10 o'clock last evening in the El Dorado Saloon in this city, at which time Moore and myself were talking in the back part of the saloon.  McAllister came up to us, and said he ""had a friend who had been damned badly treated" in my house, addressing himself to me; defendant at that time walked immediately off, and left the deceased and I together.  McA. Then repeated the same remark, and stated that he intended to limb, wing, and jay-hawk a man in my house that night.  I then asked him why he addressed himself to me in that way.  He said that Mr. Height had been badly treated in my house, and that he (McA.) intended to have satisfaction. 

   I remarked to him that Mr. Haight had better fight his own fights.  He then placed his hand on his pistol, drew it in sight, and told me he meant exactly what he said.  I knew the recklessness of the man, and watched him, believing he would as lief shoot one man as another, in the condition he was; he still stood with his hand on his pistol, seeming to meditate what he should so.  He stood looking at me until I had walked nearly across the floor.  I went to the defendant, and stated to him the conversation which had taken place between deceased and myself.  I told Moore he had better look out, as I believed deceased designed to attack one of the other of us.  I could not tell which; that was all that occurred at that time.

   Afterwards, at about twelve o'clock, I came in to the El Dorado Saloon after a short absence.  The defendant and Smith were standing talking with their backs against my counter. Deceased was walking up and down the room, immediately in front of them; he stopped often and eyed defendant and Smith.  I walked up, and asked the two latter persons to drink; while drinking, defendant observed to me: "McAllister has been walking up and down here, and you had better look out, as he seems bent on attacking somebody; and as he and I have had no difficulty, I think he means to attack you."  While this conversation was going on, deceased had come up immediately behind, and was eying us.

   Defendant then passed down to the south end of the room, to where his table is.  On his return back to where Smith and I were, he was accosted by deceased.  I did not hear his language, but I heard defendant reply, very kindly, that he could not do it.  Defendant then made a movement to join us, deceased still addressing something to him that I did not hear; he was not speaking loud.  Defendant then raised both hands open, ands said: "Alick, why do you follow me around so? I don't want to have anything to do with you."  Deceased replied very pertly, that he would follow anybody, and that he would have something to do with him.  Immediately as he made that remark, he reached with his right hand and drew a five shooter; I was about fifteen feet from deceased at that time, and defendant was between him and I.  When he drew his pistol, he cocked it immediately, and I went directly to him to try and catch him before he could shoot.  Defendant stepped back a step or two, drawing and cocking his pistol; he then asked what deceased meant, who. Without answering, raised his pistol, aimed at defendant's head, and fired before I reached him; he overshot Moore, and didn't hit.  I then caught him just as he had got the pistol cocked to make the second fire; a scuffle then ensued between deceased and me, he endeavoring to bring his pistol to bear on me; I succeeded in preventing him, and threw him on a bench.  As he fell upon the bench, I heard pistol shots fired in quick succession, the first about the time he fell on the bench.  I cannot tell where defendant was after I took hold of deceased.  I held on to him until three r four shots were fired.  I continued to hold on to him and his pistol, until some one wrenched the pistol from both of us.  At that time deceased had partly raised with me; the last shot was fired by defendant; it hit the wall just behind where deceased was; that was just as the pistol was wrenched from us, at which time my finger was injured by the pistol being jerked away.  Deceased then walked to the front door by a pillar, and there sunk down and was carried off.

   I saw no more of him until this morning, when I went with Judge McGrew to see the body.  Deceased did not change his position after he fired at defendant, until I took hold of him, but stood ands cocked a second time; I pushed him back a very little way to the bench, and his head fell towards the south door; my body would not cover him from defendant as he lay on the bench; at the time I saw defendant fire, he had advanced a little, and stood in front of the table toward the door; that was just as deceased was rising up.  At the time defendant was shot at, he stood on the north side of the table, about twenty feet from the bar.  After that I did not see him, until the shot I saw defendant fire; he then stood on the south side of the table; it was the last shot fired.  The struggle continued between deceased and I a very short time; I cannot tell how long.  Defendant had no pistol in his hand at the time he was shot at; I had hold of deceased's pistol from the time I first caught him until it was over.  I believed if I had let it go, he would have shot me.  I cannot tell how many shots were fired.

Cross-examined. - I know the cause of the deceased's animosity against defendant; deceased expressed it to be the treatment Haight had received; did not see defendant have a pistol in his hand, nor did I see him attempt to draw one when deceased fired at him.

   L. W. Ogden, sworn. - Reside in Sacramento city; am a physician and surgeon by occupation; was called upon last night to see McAllister, who had been shot; he was supported by two or three persons at the south door of the El Dorado saloon in this city; he was in a reclining posture; he was immediately removed to the Diana where I commenced an examination of his wounds; I soon discovered that he was dying from internal haemorrhage, caused, as I supposed at the moment, by a shot which entered the scrotum and came out near the lunber region; I believe that shot caused his death by dividing one of the main arteries, the Ilium or Mesentery, or one of its branches; did not give him that minute examination that I would if there had been any probability of his living.  At that time I discovered but the evidences of two shots, one in the Pettela or knee-bone, the other as above described.

   Upon the examination of the body this morning, after he was dead, I discovered two other shots, neither of which would have proved fatal; I think his death was caused by the first shot referred to; the last two shots spoken of, one entered just above the Pubes and lodger in the muscles of the chest, the other entered the posterior part of the right thigh bone; its direction I did not ascertain.

   Charles Brogan, sworn. - Reside in Sacramento city; Gambler; was in the El Dorado last night just as deceased came in; heard the words used by deceased as he came in; he wanted defendant to go and take a walk with him; defendant told him he did not want to go; deceased then said something I did not understand; did not think they were quarrelling, both looked good natured; then turned my back towards them and heard a pistol go off; turned round and saw deceased have a pistol in his hands cocked; he held it in both hands; then saw Mr. Raynes get hold of deceased and shove him back on the bench and try to wrench the pistol out of his hand; went up to them and took the pistol out of his hand; as I stepped back heard a pistol fire and stepped one side; heard a man cry don't shoot this way; saw a man lying on the floor; it was Mr. Lambert, and thought he was shot; then saw the deceased walk past the table and the defendant shoot at him as he walked; this was after deceased's pistol had been taken from him; did not see the defendant draw his pistol; there were five or six shots fired; saw defendant fire two, one was before the pistol was taken from the deceased and one afterwards.

Cross-examined. - Did not see the defendant at the time of the first fire; heard defendant tell deceased he did not want anything to do with him; do not know of any difficulty.

   John C. Keenan, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento city.  Am a gambler.  I was in the El Dorado, in the north part of the house, with my back towards the door, when I heard the report of a pistol.  I turned around and saw Mac with a pistol in his hand, raised.  Raynes was struggling with him.  At that time m y attention was directed to defendant, who was retreating back towards me, evidently very much excited.  He came with his left hand on his coat, pulling it out of the way, and his right hand on his pistol trying to pull it out.  By the time he had turned the table where I was seated he had got his pistol out; he was then about twenty-five feet from where Raynes and deceased were struggling.  Defendant then ran up towards Raynes and deceased, and by the time he came within ten feet of them he fired.  Deceased had the pistol in his hand standing up, with Raynes and another person holding him; he immediately fell down, either by being hit or by being thrown by Raynes; he fell with his feet diagonally towards the door.  Raynes and the other person then jumped off from him.  Defendant kept repeating his shots until he had fired all in his pistol.  He turned around then and walked off, until he met Whittier (policeman) coming in at the back door; he then walked out with Whittier.  Don't know which door.  Can't tell how many shots were fired, or how many were fired before Raynes let go of deceased.

   Defendant waived his right to make as statement, but called to the stand a number of witnesses, who were sworn and examined; the testimony elicited, however, was not taken down, being merely confirmatory of the foregoing.

   The recorder decided that "the killing was proven, but the Court considered it a case of "justifiable homicide;" and on this ground he ordered the defendant to be discharged.

   The case was argued by the District Attorney for the People, and by Horace Smith, Esq. for the Defence.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 June 1852

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - Yesterday a deplorable accident occurred in the bay, by which three persons were drowned.  About 1 o'clock in the afternoon whilst Messrs. Phillip Hall, Thomas Cairnerass and T. Jacobs were on their way in a boat from Angel Island to this city, when near Bird Island they heard a cry and looking to windward saw a person about half a mile off floating on an oar and piece of board.  They immediately pulled in that direction and soon picked him up. The name of the man is John Dillon, who informed them that he and C. Lockman, J. Wales and Mr. Brown, were in a small sailing boat of about 120 tons, and towing a small boat astern, and that she was struck by a heavy sea which immediately swamped her.  The wind was blowing very hard at the time and none of the party were sufficiently skilled to manage her.  Mr. Dillon the man who was saved, saw nothing of his unfortunate companions from the moment that the boat went down.  He was struggling in the water for an hour and a half before he was picked up.

SAD CASUALTY. - Yesterday afternoon, as the Oakland steamer E. Corning was on her return trip from Contra Costa, a boy by the name of George Peterford fell overboard.  He struggled in the water for some time, but as there was no small boat on the steamer, he could not be reached in time to save him and was drowned.  He was about ten years old.  A gentleman with a wooden leg, whose name we could not obtain, generously sprang overboard to his rescue but was unable to save him.  We are authorized to state that his afflicted friends offer a reward of $50 for the recovery of his body.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 June 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Simeon Armstrong, lately of Weshawaka, Ind., was thrown from a wagon in which he was riding yesterday, in the vicinity of Daylor's Ranch and killed.  An inquest was held upon the body before Justice Kneeland, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above statement.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 June 1852

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - We learn that on Tuesday, a little daughter of Mrs. Sheldon, widow of the late Jared D. Sheldon, of Daylor's Ranch, was missed.  Search was made and the body was found floating in the Cosumne river, near the residence of the late William Daylor.  An inquest was held on the body, by Seth R. Kneeland, Justice of the Peace, and a verdict was rendered that the child came to its death by accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 June 1852

BODY FOUND. - The body of Mr. E. Comstock, who has been missing for nearly a month, was found between Deer Creek and Bridgeport.  Arrows were shot through the body, and he had been scalped. - Marysville Herald.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 June 1852

WOMAN MURDERED! - We learn from Mr. Benjamin, of Adams & Co.'s Express, that a man living on the river some distance below Marysville, yesterday murdered his wife.  We were unable to get the particulars of the murder or the names of the parties.  It seems that the man was absent from his home, and on returning, saw another man leaving the premises under suspicious circumstances.  His jealousy was aroused, and he proceeded to his wife's apartment and committed the fatal act.  We will ascertain all the particulars to-day.

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - The body of a negro man, name unknown, was found in the slough in the rear of the State House yesterday.  Coroner May held an inquest over the body, and the jury returned a verdict if "accidentally drowned."  There were no marks of violence upon the body.  It had evidently been in the water a long time.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 June 1852

Sonoma Correspondence.

Fatal Accident - Escape of a Culprit.

Sonoma, June 7th, 1852.

EDITORS OF THE ALTA CALIFORNIA:  I have refrained from writing to you for several weeks, ... With regret I have to give, as a first item of news, another unhappy instance of the effect\s of that baneful curse - Intemperance. Last Sunday I was called on to visit a young man named Richard Hays, a native of Jackson county, Missouri, who fell from his horse the night previous.  His companion left him lying insensible by the side of a fence till ten o'clock the next morning.  I found his brains oozing from his ear, and he was beyond all hope of recovery.  He died at three o'clock that day.  I held an inquest on his remains, and a post mortem examination was made by Surgeon Tennant.  The verdict was that he died from concussion of the brain by means of a fall from a horse.  His parents had written to him a few weeks ago, to return home.

   The notorious Sarabouse d'Audeyville, who was to have been executed on the 11th inst., for the willful murder of Louis Legendre, escaped from the jail. ...

Monterey Correspondence.

MONTEREY, June 6th, 1852.

MESSRS. EDITORS. - A murder was committed in this county a few days since, near the Salinas river, by Graciano Manjorres, upon Concepcion Izuerra.  It appears, from the evidence on the examination of the prisoner before a Magistrate, that in a conversation with Manjorres, deceased spoke in insulting terms of his daughter; upon which the former went into his house, and returned with a pistol, with which he shot the latter through the head, causing almost instantaneous death, without further words being exchanged between them.  The murderer, after committing the fatal deed, made no attempt to escape.  The investigation resulted in the commitment of Manjorres to jail to answer the charge of murder.  Both parties were natives of Sonora.

LOCAL MATTERS.

SUICIDE. - On Thursday evening, some time between the hours of 8 and 10 o'clock, a suicide occurred on board the barque Mary Melville, lying at the Market Street Wharf.  The unfortunate man's name was Wm. Friend Couch.  He was formerly from Newburyport, Mass., where he leaves a wife and two children.  He has been residing in Oregon for the last two years, and came down here picot of the Mary Melville.  He was laboring under a fit of temporary insanity at the time.  The colors in the harbor were at half mast yesterday. The Coroner held an inquest, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above-named facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 June 1852.

Murder of Mrs. Bader in Sutter County.

With all our familiarity as journalists with aggravated instances of crime, we do not remember to have ever recorded so diabolical a deed as that recently committed in Sutter County.  Below will be found a full account of the tragedy, furnished the Marysville Herald by one of the jury of inquest which sat on the body of the unfortunate Mrs. Bader.  The perfectly unprovoked and deliberate manner in which the hell-hound must have committed the deed, and the nature of the whole transaction, prove him to have been a villain of most desperate character.  He met his just deserts, however; and much as we dislike the summary method of punishment by which he was disposed of, there probably never was a more justifiable case of lynching than hanging the murderer of this poor woman.

YUBA CITY, June 11th, 1852.

MR. EDITOR - In order to satisfy the curiosity of the public in regard to the tragical affair ...

   On Tuesday last, John Jackson arrived in our place from up the Feather River, on foot, and carrying a saddle, saying that he had crippled his horse a few miles above and that he was then on his way to his home a few miles below Nicodemus.  On Wednesday night about 10 o'clock he arrived at the house of Martin Bader, below Hock Farm, called for his supper, and wished to stop all night.  Mrs. Bader, the deceased, got his supper, and all went to bed.  After breakfast, on Thursday morning, Mr. Bader started to Capt. Sutter's on business, Jackson saying that he would remain as company for the lady until his (Bader's) return.  Mrs. Bader then gathered her clothes and started to the slough, which ran a few rods from the house, and commenced preparations for washing.  About an hour after this two gentlemen rode up to the house and inquired for Mr. Bader, when Jackson, who was just running from the spot where the woman was afterwards found murdered, covered with perspiration, and looking confused, replied that Mr. and Mrs. Bader had gone to Capt. Sutter's.  In a short time after this Bader got home, and not seeing his wife, called aloud for her several times without any answer, which alarmed him so much that he concluded to go to the corral, get a horse, and make search for her; but to his surprise Jackson met him at the bars, with his revolver presented, and informed him that he could not leave there alive, cocked his pistol and pulled the trigger, but the cap alone exploded.  Bader then searched for his pistol, but it was gone; he ran to his shot-gun, which he had loaded the previous evening, but both barrels were discharged.  Having given his horse to Jackson, who demanded it, he caught another and they both left the house together, the one to give the alarm, having then become fearful of the fate of his devoted wife, the other to make his escape.

   The alarm being given, the fiend was soon arrested, and the body of the ill-fated woman found in the slough near by her washing, with finger marks upon her throat, a bullet hole in the left breast, one on the right side of the back bone, and, upon a more close examination b y three ladies present, another bullet hole was found in the side. Upon search, Bader found that his trunk was minus twenty or thirty dollars and his Colt's revolver, which was afterwards found on the person of Jackson. 

   Squire Speagle being present, summoned a coroner's jury, who being duly sworn, proceeded to an investigation; but the enraged population without did not await their decision, knowing that there was not the least possibility of a doubt of his guilt, threw a lasso around his neck and ran with him to a convenient tree and threw the rope over a limb.  Jackson was then asked to make his confession, which he refused to do, remarking that he had nothing more to say.  Upon this the order was given to haul away, when he was suspended about thirty feet from the grounds, where he still hangs, an example of the execution of justice for one of the most heartless, unprovoked and fiendish murders that can ever disgrace the pages of a criminal record.

   Bader and his wife are natives of Switzerland, and Jackson of Norway; but all spoke English.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 June 1852.

ANOTHER LYNCHING CASE AT JACKSON. - According to the expectation of our correspondent at Jackson, whose letter appeared in Saturday's paper, one of the Mexicans who participated in the murder of the Frenchman near Jackson, was executed on the 12th inst.  It will be recollected that his companion in guilt was hung on the night of the 4th.  The name of the Mexican cheerio was Cruz.  He was seized in Sacramento in company with another man, also a Mexican, of the name of Mariano, and carried to Jackson.  On their arrival there, they demanded a jury, who were picked out indiscriminately from the crowds.  They were found guilty, and both seized by the infuriated Frenchman, companions and friends of the murdered man, and preparations made for their immediate death; however, it transpired that the young man Mariano was asleep in a house in Jackson during the perpetration of the deed.  This was sworn to by two witnesses, attached to the house.  The Americans there, who had hitherto held aloof from any action in the matter, stepped in, and by dint of persuasion released Mariano from his perilous position.  Cruz was then hung amid demoniacal rejoicings, and a spice of more severity, than is usually administered by the barbaric code of Judge Lynch.

   Mariano was brought down in custody of the sheriff of the county, and imprisoned in Sacramento, to meet a charge of horse stealing.

   We are indebted to Mr. George Tannatt, agent of Hunter & Co.'s express, for the particulars of this tragedy.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - A man named John Gray left this city on Sunday last for Washington, Yolo county, since which time nothing has been heard of him until Saturday afternoon, when his body was found in the river near Sutter.  Coroner May held an inquest over his remains, and the jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."  Gray was a soldier in the American army during the Mexican war, and took part in nearly all of the battles between Vera Cruz and Mexico.  He was about 27 years of age.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 June 1852

SACRAMENTO NEWS.

TWO MEN DROWNED. - We learn through Gregory's Express, that a melancholy accident occurred on the 3d instant, at Carpenter's Bar, on the North Fork of the American River, by which David Curray, a sailor, from Scotland, and Thomas carpenter, from Inland, lost their lives.  They were crossing the river in a small boat which, near the shore, was upset by the rapidity of the current, and themselves thrown into the stream.  Mr. Cairnes, who was near the spot, immediately run to their assistance, and reached Curray; too late, however, to succeed in saving him, as he was already in the rough rapids and completely exhausted.

   Curray had his papers about his person, and the two had more than a thousand dollars in dust with them at the time.  Their bodies have not been recovered. - Union.

LYNCHING AT MUD SPRINGS. - On Friday last, a party of Chinese and Indians got into a difficulty, at Mud Springs, El Dorado county; in the fracas, one of the Chinese was killed by one of the Indians.  The Americans there then arrested the Indian and turned him over to the Chinese, who hung him on the spot. - Ib.

   From the Nevada Journal of Saturday we learn that Judge Lynch has been holding a session in the western part of that county.  Four Indians, charged with the murder of Martin Hopkins, were tried by a people's court at Wilson's Ranch, and three of them sentenced to be hung, which sentence was duly carried out.

MORE INDIAN TROUBLES . - THREE MEN KILLED. - Mr. G. W. Stell, who runs an Express throughout the mines south of the Mariposa, had favored us with the following information: On the 20th May eight men started from Coarse Gold Gulch on a prospecting tour to the head waters of the Merced.  After travelling some seventy-five miles they were suddenly surrounded by a large body of Indians, who attacked them and killed three of their number, named Shurborn, Rose and Joseph Tudor.  The remaining five made their escape, and after enduring great hardships, returned to Coarse Gold Gulch.  They had been five days in the mountains without provisions.  The names of four of them were Grover, Peabody, Aitch and Babcock.  At the time of the attack their arms and ammunition were wert, and they were unable to defend themselves.  Only one Indian was killed.  On the 2d inst. a party of thirty-five miners started from Coarse Gold Gulch for the purpose of chastising those Indians. - Ib.

INDIANS HUNG AT BOUGH AND READY. - We learn through Gregory's Express, that two Indians were hung on Tuesday, at Rough and Ready, for the murder of an American by the name of Emanuel Comstock.  The murder was committed three weeks since.  The body of the murdered man was not found until Sunday last, pierced through with an arrow.  Immediately, steps were taken to find the murderers, which this morning proved successful.  On Tuesday morning, a judge and twelve jurymen were appointed from the people, and a trial commenced.  Mr. Whiteside was attorney for the prosecution, and Mr. Lyons acted in behalf of the prisoners.  A fair trial was given them, without the usual legal forms.  The proof of their guilt was conclusive, and they had to suffer the penalty of death.  Comstock was from Mineral Point, Wis. - Sacramento Union.

MURDERER AT LARGE - FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD. - On the 2d of this month, a man by the name of Solomon Sharp was murdered in this county by one H. H. Hetherby.  Gov. Bigler has offered a reward of $1,000 for his apprehension, to which the brother of the deceased, Mr. John Sharp, has added $500, for the "recovery of the perpetrators, dead or alive."  From accomplices of Hetherby, now in jail, it has been ascertained that Hetherby is connected with a band of thieves and robbers who design to locate in Carson Valley or upon the Humboldt, for the purpose or murdering and robbing the emigrants.  Hetherby is about five feet seven inches in height, black hair and eyes, and has the appearance of being about 25 years of age. - Journal.

WHITE MAN SHOT BY A NEGRO. - On Thursday last, W. F. Hoories, formerly from Missouri, who keeps the Belleview House, about twenty-five miles beyond Sacramento on the Marysville road, was shot by a negro named Rideout, who lives in Marysville.  Rideout, in conversation with the proprietor, used insulting language, and was ordered out of the house.  He continued his abuse and refusing to leave the premises, Mr. Hoories got his gun and snapped it at him, - but there being no cap on, it did not go off.  The negro then fired with a Colt's revolver, the ball striking Mr. Hoories in the left side, and inflicting, as it is supposed a mortal wound.  The negro and his companion are in jail at Nicolaus.

BODY FOUND. - A few days ago, the skeleton of a man was found on the Middle Fork of the American River, near the head of Wild Cat Bar.  From the appearance of the skeleton, it is surmised that the man was drowned about a year ago, and that it was deposited where it has been found by the water.  A peculiarity of the teeth might perhaps lead some friend or acquaintance to recognize it.  The front teeth of the upper jaw were gone; those of the lower jaw were very irregular, and one of them protrudes, appearing like an extra tooth.  Mr. Drake, of Wild Cat Creek, will give further particulars to any one inquiring of him. - Union.

A MEXICAN HUNG. - A correspondent informs the Union that a Mexican named Cheverino was hung by a mob at Jackson, Calaveras county, on last Thursday night.  He was supposed to be one of those who murdered a couple of Frenchmen recently, whilst sleeping in their tents.  An examination of the prisoner was had before Justice McDowell, who committed him for trial.  The mob rescued him from the authorities and hung him at an oak tree opposite the Astor House, on Main street.  The prisoner was first raised from the ground with his hands not tied behind.  He caught the rope and thus preserved his life for ten minutes, when he was let down, his hands then tied behind him, and again swung up.  He confessed his guilt.

ACQUITTED. - The trial before Judge Aldrich, in the District Court, of Millroy Powell, for the murder of Chas. Dyer, in El Dorado county, was concluded last evening, the jury returning a verdict of not guilty. - Ib.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 June 1852

HANGING AT NICOLAUS. - The negro man Rideout, who shot Mr. Hoofius, a few days since, was hung at Nicolaus by the citizens.  The standing of Mr. H., his upright and honorable course in all things, his kindness as a neighbor and devotion as a friend, endeared him to all, and the feelings of the people could not be restrained.  On Saturday the negro was taken from the officers of the law, tried by a jury of the people, found guilty, and sentenced to be hung, which was instantly carried into effect. - Journal.

LYNCHING ON ROGUE RIVER. - Mr. Henkle, of the Express, informs us that the man Brown, of Illinois, who killed John D. Platt, of Iowa, on Rogue River a few weeks since, has been hung.  He received a fair and dispassionate trial at the hands of a committee appointed by the miners.  Mr. Platt worked at his trade - carpentering - for several months in this place.  He leaves a wife to mourn his sad fate, who, in all probability is on her way to this country at the present time. - Ib.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 June 1852

INQUEST. - An Inquest was held on Monday on board the brigantine Alert, by Coroner Gray, upon the body of a man who, it appeared, had fallen from the top-mast cross-trees upon the main sheet, three days ago and was materially injured.  The jury rendered a verdict that the deceased, Joseph Talbot, came to his death by concussion of the brain.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 June 1852

LOCAL MATTERS.

FATAL AFFRAY. - On Tuesday night, about 12 o'clock, an encounter took place on Kearny street, near the Custom House, between Ramon Alamoz and Diego Sandoral, two Mexicans, in which the latter was killed.  Alamoz, immediately after the occurrence, surrendered himself to the police, and was examined before the Recorder yesterday.  The following facts were elicited upon the examination.

   Antonio Joseph Vanderwort sworn. - Was on Kearny street at the time of the occurrence.  Heard a shot fired and saw deceased fall.  I asked who had fired, and prisoner answered that it was himself.  He said that he had killed a man, and wished to deliver himself up to the police authorities.  Saw the police officer take a large knife from the hand of deceased.  [The knife was here shown in court.  It is a carving knife, about eighteen inches long, double edged and keenly whetted.  The pistol is a Colt's revolver, medium size.]

   The defence, to save time, here admitted the killing.

   The prisoner than made the following statement: My name is Ramon Alamoz, born in Mexico, a tailor by trade and twenty-one years of age.  Was going up Washington street, in company with Antonio Erce, and when near the El Dorado met deceased in company with others.  I tried to avoid him, and passed on ten or fifteen paces into Kearny street, when deceased called to me and asked me for three dollars, saying that if I did not give it to him, I would die.  I put my hand in my pocket to give him one dollar, when he drew a large knife and made at me.  I retreated a few paces and he still following me up, I shot him.  I called for the police and gave myself up.

   The above statement was fully corroborated by Antonio Erce, who was a witness to the transaction.  It was also shown that the prisoner was a young man of peaceable disposition and good character; that he had great fear of the deceased, and upon that had applied to the City Marshal to carry a pistol.  The deceased had just served out an apprenticeship of three months in the county jail for stabbing a man, and was a notorious character, having the reputation of being an assassin.  This was a clear case of justifiable homicide, and the Recorder unhesitatingly discharged the prisoner.

DEATH FROM INTOXICATION. - Day before yesterday Coroner Gray held an inquest on the body of a Mexican woman, which was found at the Washington Hotel, on North Beach.  It seems the woman had died from the effects of alcoholic drinks.  The verdict was accordingly.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 June 1852

DROWNED - An Englishman named John Luzed, aged 20 years, was drowned yesterday afternoon in the slough between H and I and 5th and 6th streets.  He went in to bathe but soon became entangled in the bushes, from which he found it impossible to extricate himself.  A number of Chinamen stood on the bank but were either afraid or unwilling to render any assistance.  Capt. Taylor, of the police shortly after the occurrence, plunged in and brought up the body.  The deceased had been employed in the Union Bakery for some time previous to this calamity.

   Coroner May held an inquest over the body last evening, when the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 June 1852

Sonora.

From the Herald of Saturday we take the following additional particulars of the late fire in that place.  The losses are estimated at $778,250.

   There have been two bodies extracted from the smoking ruins of our city.  The one which we mentioned in our last paper, and one which was discovered in the lower story of the Globe Saloon, covered with the remains of a number of crates of cheese.  Inquests have been held upon both these bodies.  That upon the latter one returned a verdict that it was the body of an unknown person, [placed there previous to the fire.

   We must say that this latter affair looks even more than suspicious.  The body laid immediately on the floor, with the cheese piled upon it.  The saloon was known for some time past to have been kept locked.  The fire originated at least a quarter of a mile from the Globe, and was over an hour in progress before it reached that building.  Is it possible, under such circumstances, for a man to have lain thus long unconscious?  And how did the crates of cheese, which were known to have been piled in the lower story, come on top of the body?

   Furthermore, Mr. N. Ford, one of the witnesses, a most respectable and intelligent man, swears on the inquest, that he remarked, several days before the fire, a strong, and very obnoxious stench proceeding from the closed doors of this very place.  His curiosity had been previously aroused upon seeing the crates of cheese and a large package, placed in the building, and piled in the corner where the remains of the body have been found.  Other persons besides Mr. Ford, have observed the stench which proceeded from the building.  They endeavored to gain an entrance, to ascertain the cause of the stench, but found the doors and windows firmly closed, - a precaution which had only been taken since the crates had been moved  into the building by the person who had charge of it.

   This man was arrested last Sunday by the Deputy Sheriff.  He ands the owner of the Globe both deny that the door of the building was at any time locked, though Mr. Ford swears positively that there was a padlock on it.  All these circumstances tend to excite the strongest suspicion against the man who deposited the crates in the building; and we trust the matter will be thoroughly investigated.

MURDER. - An Italian, named John Anselmo, was killed at San Domingo on last Sunday evening, by John Francis, a countryman of his.  The murderer was arrested by a number of his countrymen, who were witnesses of the deed, and brought to this place for trial before the District Court.  His case will no doubt come up to-day (Saturday).

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 June 1852

INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of John Palmer who was aged about 35 years.  Mr. Palmer died suddenly night before last in a tent on Telegraph Hill, opposite Griffith's wharf.  He was a lawyer by profession, and connected with a very respectable family in New Haven, Conn.  He leaves a small family at home to mourn his loss.

ANOTHER. - Another inquest was held by Coroner Gray yesterday afternoon, on the body of Wm. Wilson, of Scotland.  Wilson was a seaman, aged 30 years, and died about noon, of a disease of the heart.  The verdict was in accordance with the above statement.  The funeral takes place to-day at 9 a.m.  He leaves a wife and child to mourn his loss.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 July 1852

INQUEST. - The Coroner was called upon to hold an inquest on the body of a female infant found near the foot of Stockton street yesterday afternoon.  It had the appearance of being thrown down there to be devoured by the rats or pigs.  Since the inquest was held, by perseverance, the Coroner, with the assistance of Capt. Morse, of the police, have ascertained it to be the child of one of our Chinese emigrants.  The mother has been arrested, and the case will undergo investigation this morning before the Recorder.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 July 1852

FOUND DEAD. - A Chilean was found yesterday morning dead in his chair, in a house just above Virginia street.  The Coroner held an inquest, but we understand that no facts of importance transpired during the investigation.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 July 1852

Fatal Affray at Columbia.

COLUMBIA, July 7, 1852.

EDITORS OF THE ALTA: - This morning two miners, Irishmen by birth, got into an affray, in which one wrested the pistol from the hands of the other, and short him dead, the ball entering the lefty temple.

   The deceased, whose name was Edmund May, came to where the prisoner, Roney, was at work, and began to abuse him, calling him all kinds of names, ands at length shot him in the thigh, from which a ball was afterwards extracted. - Still the prisoner bore it all, and was insulted again by the deceased shaking his fist in his face, telling him he dare not shoot, and accusing him of what appears from evidence to be incorrect.  Finally, the prisoner shot the deceased, as above stated.

   A coroner's inquest was held immediately, when they rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death by a pistol shot from the hands of Roney, the prisoner. - Roney is now on trial, but all the evidence so far goes to show that it was done in self defence.  There seems to be a strong feeling among the miners up to this hour in favor of the prisoner, who is said to have always borne a good character.  To-morrow you shall have further particulars.  J. H.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 July 1852

LOCAL AFFAIRS.

LAMENTABLE OCCURRENCE. - An accident happened in this city on Saturday morning, which has removed from among us one of our most estimable citizens, and thrown a deep gloom over the community.  Capt. Nathan Lord, owner of the steamer Gov. Dana, while on board the storeship at which that boat lies, was shot through the stomach by the accidental discharge of a pistol.  The particulars, as we have them from an eye witness, are these:  On Friday evening, an emigrant who had just arrived across the plains, entered the office and deposited a pair of saddle-bags, with the request that they might remain on the storeship until the departure of the boat on the ensuing day. - About seven o'clock on the following morning, as one of the hands on the boat was taking them up, the contents of a pistol which was in one of the bags, was discharged.

   The ball entered the stomach of Capt. Lord, and passed entirely through his body, coming out at the small of the back.  The weapon was one of Colt's largest size navy pistils.  Captain Lord, after enduring excruciating pain, was relieved by death of his sufferings at twelve o'clock on Saturday night.  His funeral was attended from the storeship at 5 o'clock on yesterday afternoon.  Capt. Lord was an old resident of California, and had but recently returned from a visit at his former home, Bangor, Maine, where he leaves a widow and five children to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and indulgent father.  The flags of all the vessels in port were displayed at half mast yesterday, out of respect to the memory of the deceased.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The following is the evidence given before the Coroner's Jury:

   Robert H. Smith sworn.  Am deck hand on board the steamer Gov. Dana.  On Saturday morning, between 5 and 7 o'clock, I was on board the Dana.  Capt. Lord requested me to take some baggage lying on board the store ship, and put aboard the boat.  I took up a pair of saddle bags, and was about stepping from the store ship to the boat, when I heard the report of a pistol.  I immediately heard Captain Lord exclaim, Oh God, I am shot.  I turned round and saw Captain Lord lying on the floor.  I threw down the saddle bags, and assisted to raise him up.  I did not know then where the shot came from. Captain Lord said the shot came from the saddle bags.  I took them up and saw that they were on fire, and noticed a bullet hole through one of them.  I don't know who the saddle bags belonged to.  I enquired and could not find any one who would claim them.

   Artemus Y. Egery sworn.  Testimony the same as the above.  I saw Mr. Lord when he fell.  He was about six feet from Smith when he was shot.  I remained with him until 12 o'clock, Sunday morning, when he died.  He is a native of Maine, aged about 42 years.

   Verdict of the Jury - accidental death.  SAMUEL J. MAY, Coroner.  C. B. Hazeltine, Foreman, Henry Prendergrast, W. C. Taylor, H. Gilman, Henry S. Whetstone, J. W. Stearns, S. Noyes, N. P. Sheldon, J. Stinson.

LOCAL MATTERS.

A DIABOLICAL MURDER. - Mr. William Ravenhill, the keep of the toll bridge on San Francisquito Creek, between this and San Jose, was found brutally murdered in his house yesterday morning.  The deceased was lying on the floor, three balls having entered his head, no doubt causing his immediate death.

   All the trunks and the chests in the house had been ransacked and broken open, with an idea, no doubt, of obtaining a large sum of money, which the deceased was supposed to have had on his premises.  At the time the body was discovered it was yet warm, and a tea kettle, which had been placed in the fire, was still heated.  It is evident that the deed was committed but a short time before his breakfast hour.

   The evening previous a man who is known as "Dutch John," and a vegetable vender residing about eight miles distant, had stopped there all night, whilst on the way up to this city.  This fact was known, and immediately Messrs. Allston and Berton started in pursuit.  The overtook Dutch John at the Mission Dolores, who, when first questioned, denied that he had remained at the bridge all night, and stated that he was at home.  There was some blood on his shirt, for which he did not account in a very satisfactory manner.  The sum of $18.50 was found in his possession. 

   He was arrested by a police officer, and confined to await an examination.  The deceased had been in this city but a day or two before, and had probably deposited all his ready money.  He was well known to many of our citizens, and was universally esteemed.  He was about fifty years of age, an Irishman by birth, and was recently from Brooklyn, N.Y., where his family are now residing.  This is one of the most foul and atrocious murders we have yet been called upon to record, and demands that the severest punishment known to the law should be inflicted upon the perpetrator.

MAN FOUND DROWNED. - An inquest was held on Sunday afternoon, on the body of an unknown man found on the Pacific Beach, beyond the lower telegraph station.  His appearance indicated that he had been in the water for some days.  He was a man who stood five feet eight on nine inches, with light or rather sandy hair, heavy whiskers, not any under the chin; dressed in blue pantaloons, blue check shirt, white flannel undershirt and drawers, black figured silk vest, and a black silk cravat.  He was without coat, boots of stockings.  No information could be obtained by which the jury could be satisfied as to who he was, and their verdict was in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 June 1852

ACCIDENT - MAN KILLED AT GOLD SPRINGS. - A man named Phillip M. Flanders, was this morning accidentally killed, while mining in a hole some twenty feet deep, at Gold Springs, by the falling of some solid earth upon him.  He was killed instantly, and one leg broken in three parts.  The deceased has left a wife and family in Hartley, Canada East, as was found by reference to some letters in his possession.  A coroner's inquest was held immediately, and the verdict t of the jury was in accordance with the above facts.  Columbia, July 12th.  J.H.

THREE MEN DROWNED.  -  We learn through the medium of a slip of paper sent us from the upper ferry of the Tuolumne, and signed by Wm. Brock, that on Thursday last a dreadful accident occurred.  The new ferry-boat was in the ac t of crossing the river, having on board three Mexicans and one American, when the rope parted, resulting in the loss of the boat and the death by drowning of the whole party, except one of the Mexicans.  No names given. - Sonora Herald.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 July 1852

SAN JOAQUIN NEWS.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - It appears that two Mexicans were playing with a pistol in a house at the outskirts of the town, when it accidentally exploded, and the ball lodged in the heart of one Pedro Gracia, killing him instantly.  Coroner Grattan held an inquest on the body yesterday. - Republican.

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. - A man by the name of William Smith attempted to commit suicide on Thursday last, at Hill's ranch, near Quartzburgh, by shooting himself with a revolver.  The ball entered the skull between the eyes, ranging downwards. At last accounts he was still alive, although the attending physician pronounces him hopeless.  Smith was from New Orleans. - Ib.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 July 1852

A MURDER. - A body was picked up last evening between Commercial and Sacramento Wharves, which had, to all appearances, been in the water only about twenty-four hours.  It was placed on the wharf, and Coroner Gray held an inquest on it a short time afterwards.  It was, without doubt, the body of some man who had been murdered.

   There was a large and deep knife gash in the right cheek, running down into the throat, and in a direction leading one to suppose that the wound was received from behind.  T\he left jaw was broken, and the gum and lips were badly cut.

   No money was found on his person, and in fact no paper or anything of the kind whereby he could be identified.  He was very respectably dressed, in linen shirt, black silk neckerchief, striped pants, brogans and checked coat.  Witnesses were examined during the inquest, but no particulars of importance transpired.  Coroner Gray ordered the body to be taken to his office, near the corner of Sacramento and Dupont streets, where it will remain until this afternoon for identification.  Any one missing a friend would to well to call and see whether he recognizes the deceased.  The jury meet again this morning, when other witnesses will be examined and a verdict rendered.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 August 1852

AN INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest on Saturday evening, upon the body of a man by the name of King, who was suffocated by the caving in of a well he was sinking, on Mission near Simmons street.  He was covered six or eight feet, and was found in an erect position, with one hand holding the rope, in the act of ascending.  He has been in the country only four or five weeks, and neither his name nor former residence could be ascertained.  He has been a soldier in the Mexican war, and was about forty years of age.  The Coroner is informed that he has friends in this city, and any further information respecting him would be thankfully received.

AN INDIAN DUEL. - An Indian was killed in Sonoma on Monday last, in the following manner, related by the Sonoma Bulletin:

   "The dead body of an Indian, named Pedro, was found on Monday afternoon last, in the rear of the Mission Church of this place.  He was killed in the morning of that day by another Indian, known as Raphael;, who, when charged with and arrested for the crime, confessed that he killed Pedro, but in self-defence.  He stated (there being no witnesses) that he and the deceased being drink, a quarrel had arisen between them, and that they agreed to fight until one should die by the hands of the other, ands that in the struggle he struck Pedro on the forehead with a stone, and then strangled him by means of a handkerchief which was around his neck at the time.  The prisoner was committed to await trial.  An inquest was held upon the body by Justice Campbell, and a verdict rendered that 'the deceased came to his death by strangulation and by a wound inflected with a stone, by the hands of Raphael, then in custody,'"


SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 August 1852

Calaveras.

COMMITTED. - The prisoner, Christopher Hebe, who was charged with the murder of Jose Ramos, and liberated, was again arrested and examined before the Hon. Geo. H. Campbell, on Saturday last.  He was committed to take his trial on the charge. - On Tuesday last, Hebe was sent down to Stockton jail for safe keeping.

   Another version of the Pedro murder by Raphael.

SHERIFF OF CONTRA COSTA KILLED. - The San Francisco Herald gives the following particulars of a difficulty which occurred in Contra Costa on Friday afternoon, in which the Sheriff lost his life:

   It appears that some time since, Messrs. Broderick and Van Buren filed a pre-emption claim to a certain piece of property in Contra Costa county, about half a mile from the town of Oakland, and placed a person in possession in order to comply with the provisions of the law.  Soon afterwards Mr. Broderick sold out his interest to Mr. Van Buren.  The person whom the pre-emptionists put in possession without authority disposed of their interest to a man named Hardy, who took possession and erected a house upon the premises.  The sale not having been recognized, Mr. Van Buren sought to establish his right, and to recover possession through the courts.  He accordingly commenced suit against Hardy, and a judgment was rendered in his favor.  Hardy then obtained an injunction stopping further proceedings for the time being.  The proceedings on the injunction having terminated in Mr. Van Buren's favor, Mr. Johnson, Sheriff of Contra Costa county, yesterday afternoon undertook to put Mr. Van Buren in possession of the property.

   Hardy resisted, and on seeing Mr. Johnson determined to do his duty, he took a gun and fired its contents at the sheriff.  Mr. Johnson received the charge in his breast, and immediately fell mortally wounded.  Hardy was at once secured, tied, and taken to Oakland.  We understand the greatest excitement was created by the news of Mr. Johnson's death, and it was thought probable that Hardy would be summarily executed by the indignant people.  Mr. Johnson leaves a wife and two children to mourn his untimely death.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 August 1852

 CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner May held an inquest yesterday afternoon, on the body of a man found floating in the American river, near Lisle's bridge.  He had been in the water about two weeks; was apparently a miner.  Had on a blue shirt, overalls, and long boots; appeared to be about thirty-five years of age, and supposed to be an Irishman.  There were no papers or marks about him by which his name could be ascertained

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 August 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner is to hold an inquest this morning a few miles below the city, on the Sacramento river, on the body of a man found drowned on yesterday morning,

CROON ER'S INQUEST. - A Coroner's inquest was held near Sampson's Ranch, on the North Fork of the Calaveras, on Tuesday last, by S. D. Ball, J.P.  Mr. Badger, while prospecting his claim, saw something resembling a flannel; shirt in the water, and suspecting it to be a man's clothing, pursued his investigations, which resulted in his discovering what he supposed to be parts of a human skeleton.  A coroner's jury was summoned, and accompanied by Dr. Teall, proceeded to the spot, and continued the search, finding bones which were pronounced by the doctor to be parts of a human skeleton.  The bones, although divested entirely of flesh, were in a high state of preservation, and supposed by the surgeon to have been in the water some two months.  The jury found a verdict in accordance with the facts - "That the deceased, whose name is unknown, came to his death by means unknown to the jury, and, they believe, some two months ago."  This affair is wrapped in much mystery, and produced a most astounding effect on all the jury.

   THE following letter extracted from the Evening Journal of Saturday, is written, as will be perceived, from Santa Barbara, at which place, it will be recollected by our readers, a murderer and horse thief were executed by the citizens a week or two since.  The whole Southern country appears to be overrun with gangs of as daring miscreants as ever disgraced any community:

SANTA BARBARA, Aug. 2, 1852.

Excitement consequent upon the arrest and trial of a band of murderers and horse thieves - Executions of two of the number at Los Angeles.

Messrs. Editors: - A few days before the arrival of the writer of this latter at this place, a perfect bomb-shell of disorder and excitement exploded in the midst of these quiet people.  For several days there had been confined in the prison here, a Californian named Dorateo Sabaleta or Zabaleta, under a charge of grand larceny.  On the evening of the 27th ult., copies of the Los Angeles Star, were received here per steamer Sea Bird.  These papers contain a history of a murder committed about the first of July upon two Americans who had landed at San Diego from one of the Panama steamers, and who undertook to perform the journey to Los Angeles from San Diego overland.

   These Americans were joined at the Mission of San Juan by Savaleta and two Sonoranians, in whose company they resumed their journey to Los Angeles.  The party was subsequently traced to the ranched of Teodicia Torba, several leagues to the northward of San Juan, where all traces of the American travelers were lost.

   Sabeleta and his accomplices continued their journey northward, occasionally stealing horses to accelerate their progress from the scene of the murder. On the arrival of the miscreants within eight miles of this place, a horse rode by Sabaleta was recognized as a stolen one, and he was consequently arrested and sent to this city, where he was committed upon the charge of grand larceny. 

   Upon the receipt of the intelligence of the ruthless murder of the American travellers, the two Sonoranians were arrested, and such was the feeling of resentment in the breasts of the American residents of Santa Barbara, that, after a brief consultation, the prisoners were taken and examined.  Carmillo the first one examined, denied all knowledge of the murderers, but swore that his companion, Jesus Rivias, had avowed to him that Savaleta was a coward, and that he, Rivias, was in consequence compelled to commit the murders.  After a thorough examination, the three prisoners were remanded to prison in the custody of the sheriff. - During the day Sabaleta, who by feigning illness had not been confined, sprang upon the guard, and wrenched a double barrelled gun from his hands, leaped over the enclosure, and was soon out of sight of the keeper.

   Sabaleta was, however, recognized in his flight by a person engaged in pitching hay, who pursued, and came up with, and knocked him down with a pitch fork.  When the Americans heard of this desperate effort of the prisoner to make his escape, their exasperation was increased, and numbering about forty, proceeded to the prison, and took the prisoners to a vacant house preparatory to their trial.  The city officers, who are nearly all Californians, immediately summoned the inhabitants to aid them in rescuing the prisoners.  In five minutes after the arrival of the prisoners at the building for trial, it was surrounded by more than one hundred armed Californians, ready for the assault.

  The Americans occupied the building, holding the prisoners, and refused to surrender them, and for a short time the excitement is represented as having been intense.  At this juncture, a communication was opened with Don Pablo de la Guerra, and a pledge obtainbed from that gentleman, that if the lives of the prisoners were spared, they would guard them safely until they could be legally tried.  A pledge was also given by that gentleman, that if the Americans would remove the prisoners to Los Angeles, he would furnish them with the necessary means.  On the following day, the prisoners, under a strong guard of Americans, were taken to Los Angeles.

   The guard returned last night, August 1st, bringing the intelligence that Sabaleta and Rivias, were hung at Los Angeles, after a trial by a jury, before which the confession of Carmillo, one of the party, was given, containing a full account of the atrocious murder.  The bodies of the unfortunate men were found at the spot designated by Carmillo, in his confession.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 August 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Justice Bailey, on the 11th inst. held an in quest on the body of Samuel B. Daggett, who died from the effects of a wounds received at the hands of a man named McMahon on the 27th of July last.  Mr. Daggett died on the 10th inst. and the Coroner's Jury found that he was maliciously and wilfully murdered by McMahon.  In speaking of the tragedy at the time of its occurrence, we mentioned the inoffensive and upright character of the deceased.  He was from Maine, where he left a family.  His age was about 38.  The murderer has not been affected.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 August 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Justice Greer, of the Fifth township, on Monday, held an inquest at the Red-woods, near Whipple's saw-mill, on the body of John Gutlub Denns, who was killed by accidentally falling from, a horse.  The deceased was a Prussian by birth, aged 39 years; had lived seven years in the United States, and had resided in this State for the last two years.  He was highly respected and esteemed by all who knew him, and was an excellent citizen.  The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 August 1852

SUICIDE. - The Coroner was called yesterday morning, to hold an inquest on the body of David Humphrey, of this city.  During a temporary fit of insanity, he cut his throat, severing completely the jugular vein.  He was stopping at Robb's Exchange at the time he committed the fatal deed; was originally from Chicago, and leaves a wire and child to mourn his loss.  Verdict of the jury in accordance with the above facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 August 1852

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - Coroner May held an inquest yesterday over the body of James McCardle, who died on the previous evening, from the effects of a gun shot wound inflicted by Julius Newbergh.  Verdict of the jury accordingly.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 August 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - We published a few days since a brief account of the murder of a man at Drytown, by some person or persons unknown.  Through the politeness of Jeremiah Burgess, Esq., foreman of the coroner's jury, we have been out in possession of the following additional particulars, brought out in an examination before the jury.  A man by the name of Jonathan C. Whitehouse, a resident of Drytown, Calaveras county, was found murdered between that place and the Cosumnes and Willow Springs Company's Ditch, in El Dorado  country, whither he had been to get some blankets, &c.  A Coroner's jury w\as formed from among some gentlemen of both counties, and the following facts were elicited at the trial:

   That the said Jonathan C. Whitehouse, came to his death by a ball shot from a rifle or pistol, and blows upon or about the head, given by some person or persons  to the jury unknown.

   He was seen returning on the eve on which he was killed, and had got within one and a half miles of his house when he was foully murdered.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 August 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. -  On Thursday evening last Coroner Gray held an inquest on the body of a seaman named James Bent, who was found lying dead in the forecastle of the ship Robert C. Winthrop, lying at Market street wharf.  The deceased had been extremely intemperate since his arrival in port, and had drank to such an excess as to produce apoplexy.  He was seen to go aboard the vessel, and some one who brought a plate of soup for him, discovered him lying perfectly dead.  He was from the city of Boston, and aged about forty years.  The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the above facts.

 

SACRFAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 28 August 1852

SUICIDE. - A man named A. Blanc, a Prussian, shot himself borough the heart at Rock Creek about a week ago.  His body was found on Saturday, when an inquest was held by Judge Anderson.  He left some letters in his own language in which he assigned as the reason that he had no friends, was in bad health, and could make no money.  He lived with another man in a cabin.  This man had been absent several days to the head of Bear river, and on his return found Blanc dead sitting in a chair, leaning against the wall.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 August 1852

MURDER AT LEAK SPRINGS. - We alluded yesterday morning in our Sacramento news to the murder of James Doan, formerly from North Bend, Indiana.  We have since heard that a man named Rose was suspected of having committed the act - was tried by a party of emigrants, found guilty and was hung up to a tree.  We shall learn the particulars by the up-river boats to-night.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest yesterday evening upon the body of a man found on the beach of Yerba Buena island.  The deceased was about five feet in height, clothed in a brown kersey sailor's jacket, blue cotton shirt, linen drilling pantaloons and coarse shoes.  He had probably been in the water for a fortnight.  Two jack-knives and an India rubber piper stem were found on his person, which, together with the shoes, can be seen at the Coroner's office for identification.  His name and nativity are unknown.  The jury rendered a verdict of death by drowning.

   Another inquest was held ion Saturday, at the Mansion House on Pacific street wharf, on the body of Philip W. Palliser, formerly of Liverpool, England.  His death was caused by the bursting of blood vessels during rheumatic spasms.  He was about 38 years of age.  Verdict of the jury in accordance with the above facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 September 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner was called yesterday morning to hold an inquest on the body of a man found dead in the bushes on the Levee, near second street.  Some boys who were playing near the spot discovered him.  They had noticed him lying there for three or four days, but supposed he was watching a quantity of melons that were lying near.  Beside him lay the rind of several melon s that he had probably eaten.  He was about 45 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches in height, gray hairs, striped cotton shirt, gray pants, and cotton socks; in his pocket was some soap, a raze, needles, combs, and 12 ½ cents in money - also, a part of a letter, directed to Joseph Christian, Sacramento, dated at Marlborough, St. John's Wood, April 17th, 1852;  also, a slip of paper, with John L. Lemon, care of Tallant & Wilde, Bankers, San Francisco, Cal., on it.  Verdict of the Jury, died from exposure.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 3 September 1852

A WOMAN MURDERED. - The quiet of our city was startled yesterday by the report that a woman had been murdered in a saloon on Kearny street, opposite the banking house of Palmer, Cook & Col.  It appears that the deceased Serolla Olle, a Mexican girl, was in her room in the morning about 10 o'clock, when Dolores Martinez, another Mexican girl, called at her room and knocked for admittance, but was refused upon the plea of being busy.  Between 11 and 12 o'clock the two woman met at the head of the stairs, and an altercation ensued which came to blows.  A few moments afterwards Serolla Olle came down stairs into the saloon, and said that she had been stabbed by Dolores, at the same time exhibiting a wound in the left breast.  She lived about half an hour after the blow was struck.  A post mortem examination  by Dr. Van Zandt, which showed that the ribs had been severed, and a wound made in the heart, about two inches in depth ands one in length.  The instrument used was a small sharp-pointed case knife, which must have been driven with great force to produce the result.

   Coroner Gray held an inquest upon the body, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above statement.  The prisoner Dolores Martiinez, says that the motion of deceased's arm caused the infliction of the blow.  The police were promptly on the spot, and immediately placed Dolores in confinement to await an examination.  There is no doubt but that the whole affair arose from jealousy.

MELANCHOLY. - A Frenchman whose occupation is that of supplying some of our restaurants with game \was out last Tuesday about fifteen miles beyond the Mission, where he fell in with a bear which he fired upon, and was in turn attacked by the animal, losing his life in the struggle.  His remains were yesterday discovered by a companion.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 September 1852

Later from Southern California.

DIABOLICAL MURDER. - This land has been the scene of many tragedies, but not partaking more of the character of the fiend than that perpetrated at the Mission Viejo recently.  We gather the following account from the Coroner's inquest:

   On the night of the 7th August Anastasio Albitre and his wife attended a fandango at the Old Mission, leaving in their house their daughter Maria Antonio, three years old, in charge of Mariano Pico.  When they went to the ball the child was asleep, but the next morning, when the father returned, it was missing.  Search was immediately made, and continued for seven days, when the body was found in a pond of water, with its throat cut.  The bushes were so thick around the pond as to be almost impenetrable, and search was directed thither from seeing the prints of horses' feet on the outside, and blood upon the bushes.  It appears that the woman left in charge of the child also attended the ball for a short time, and it is supposed that during her absence the child was stolen from the house, murdered, and afterwards thrown into the pond to conceal the crime.

   On the morning previous to the murder the father of the child had a quarrel with Dolores Higuera, in the course of which knives were drawn, and the latter received a wound on the hand.  He then made threats of vengeance, and since that time has been seen but once.

   G. A. Sturges, Esq., held an inquest on the body, the result of which was the following verdict: "That the deceased was murdered, and that the jury suspect Dolores Higuera of having committed the murder."

   The person suspected of the murder is a man of notoriously bad character, having no particular residence, but living sometimes at San Diego and at others among the Indians, in different rancherias.  At the Inquest, several witnesses testified that they believed him capably of committing any crime.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 September 1852

Another account of the murder of Olle by Martinez, inquest, details of family.

CORONER'S INQUEST. -  Dr. May held an Inquest on Saturday over the body of a young man found drowned in the river below M street.  The body was greatly decomposed and had evidently been in the water a number of days.  It is supposed that the deceased was the individual who fell overboard from the steamer W. G. Hun t about a fortnight since.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 September 1852

Santa Clara News.

ACCIDENT. - On Mon day last, a Mexican whilst engaged in trapping a bear on Miramontez's ranch, accidentally shot himself with his rifle, and died almost instantly.  His name is not known, though it is believed that he is a brother-in-law to the owner of the ranch.  A justice of the Peace had gone out for the purpose of holding an inquest.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 September 1852

A FOUL MURDER. - Yesterday evening Coroner Gray held an inquest in Pleasant Valley, upon the body of a Mexican who was murdered there about 4 P.M.  The corpse presented a hideous and ghastly appearance, there being at least half a dozen wounds in different parts of the body.  A Mexican named Jose Forni, a pie baker lately employed in the Jackson restaurant, was seen to commit the deed.  Upon the examination, John Burt testified that he saw deceased running down the hill, and a man after him; deceased was shouting at the top of his voice, and his pursuer had a kniofe in his hand; saw the man with the knife fall, and the deceased also, about fifteen feet from him.  Forni then got up and stabbed deceased repeatedly in the back, before he had time to rise.  Do not know either of the parties.  The murderer ran up the hill; witness pursued him, and saw him wipe the blood from off his knife, on his foot.  He was arrested, and turned over to the officers.   John J. Pensam saw the deceased run down the hill, and saw Forni stab him repeatedly.  Mr. Pensam pursued him, and assisted in capturing him.

   The jury, after an examination of the case, returned a verdict finding Jose Forni guilty of the murder.  He was arrested last evening and lodged in the station house.  The sum of $312 was found upon his person.  He says he won the money by gambling in the El Dorado, and that the deceased was trying to rob him.  His examination will take place to-day before the Recorder.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 September 1852

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - Coroner Gray yesterday morning held an inquest on Sacramento street Wharf, upon the body of Peter Jansen, a sailor, found floating under the wharf.  There were no marks of violence, and the deceased, probably while laboring under the effects of intemperance, fell off.  Verdict of the jury - death by accidental drowning.  The deceased was a native of Copenhagen, and aged 46 years.

   Another inquest was held on the body of Daniel Cannel, an old boiler maker, who for a long time has been employed in the Eagle Iron Foundry in this city.  He was found dead sitting on a box on the corner of Mission and First streets.  His death was caused by apoplexy.  He was a native of the Isle of Man, and aged about 35 years.  Latterly he resided in New York city where his wife and children are at the present timer.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 September 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Van Arnam, of Yolo county, held an inquest on Friday last, on the body of a man named John Filger, found dead on the bank of the river about twenty miles below Washington.  Verdict - Death from intemperance.  Deceased was a German by birth.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 September 1852

DROWNED. - We learn from Dr. May, who visited the scene of the calamity, that a  man supposed to be Thomas Fulton, from Socorro, New Mexico, was drowned a short distance below Sutterville, on the Sacramento river.  The body was recovered yesterday morning, and these facts ascertained from a small memorandum book which was found in his pocket.  He was dressed in mining costume, and from that fact, is supposed to have been a miner.  An inquest was held over the body, and the verdict rendered "accidental drowning."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 September 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray yesterday evening held an inquest on the body of a man named Daniel Lundberg, who committed suicide on board the Danish brig Melitta, yesterday about 1 P.M.  The deceased was captain of the vessel, and committed the deed with a double barreled shot-gun.  Upon his breast was found the daguerreotype of his wife.  He was aged about 30 years.  The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the above facts.  The Danish Consul, upon hearing of the occurrence, went on board and took charge of the vessel and the captain's effects.

SACRAMENTO NEWS.

A man named Thomas Fulton, from Socorro, New Mexico, was found drowned near Suttersville.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 September 1852

SUDDEN DEATH. - Yesterday morning, Coroner May held an inquest on the body of a man found dead in his bed, in a house, corner of L and Front streets.  He was well known on the Levee by the name of Mc., and had been working among the shipping for some two years. - Verdict of the jury - Death from intemperance.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 September 1852

FROM THE INTERIOR.

   The last number of the San Joaquin Republican furnished by Adams & Co.'s Express, contains an interesting letter from a correspondent at Monterey, dated Sept. 18th, from which we extract the following:

   On the 12th, (Sunday,) a Sonorian journeying to the Salinas river, was met by a party of five Mexicans, who stopped and robbed him, taking his serape and some trifling articles.  After the robbery, they immediately proceeded towards the river, whilst the Sonorant returned to Monterey.  After his arrival here, he procured another horse, and proceeded to the Salinas and made known the circumstances of the robbery to Henry Cocks, Esq., Justice of the Peace, who immediately collected and armed a party of eight persons, and proceeded to the house of a noted character; upon arriving within a short distance of the place, alarm was given by the dogs barking, and immediately the lights in the house were extinguished, and shots were fired at the assailing party; they however charged up, and fired a few rounds in exchange, when the inmates of the house broke and ran in various directions.  Two were shot down, and one was badly wounded who escaped; the next morning one of them returned to the house, when the owner under pretence of shooting a squirrel, directed a boy to reach him his gun, which immediately cocked and leveled at the robber, ordering him to give up his arms, which he did, and then broke free from the house.  Chase was given, and he was overtaken and killed.  An inquest was held to-day on the three bodies, and a verdict returned in accordance with the circumstances.  Some of the horses of the party were taken and recognized as belonging to various rancheros in the neighborhood - having been stolen. ...

The same writer adds that these men were probably a portion of a large band of horse-thieves who have infested that neighborhood, mostly Mexicans; and that a report had just come in that eleven more scoundrels belonging to the same band, had been surprised and attacked by a company of Americans from San Jose.  Six of them were killed, the remainder taken prisoners and carried to San Jose.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 October 1852

LOCAL MATTERS. - Coroner Gray yesterday held an inquest upon the body of Mrs. Rosanna Clark, 277 Dupont street, who died on Friday evening.  The evidence of her physician was received, which shows that deceased was unwell, and that he drew from her a small quantity of blood, which afforded temporary relief.  There were bruises on her arms, which it was evident were produced in her ravings by violently striking the bed and every thing that came within her reach.  Foul play was at first suspected which induced the Coroner to hold an examination.  The jury rendered a verdict of "death from apoplexy."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 October 1852

The Coroner of the Bay city held an inquest over the body of Rosanna Clark, on Sunday last, presumed to have died of wounds inflicted by her husband.  A full examination of the case, however, resulted in the verdict of "death from apoplexy caused by intemperance."

   An individual attempting to walk across some stringers on Front street, missed his footing and fell into the water beneath.  Fruitless efforts were made to rescue him before drowning.

   A Chilean named Juan Mathicano was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of having murdered an American named Thompson, a year since, in Georgetown, El Dorado county.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 October 1852

 LOCAL MATTERS.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of James Sawyer, who was found about 8 A.M. floating in the water near the steps on the north side of Long wharf.  The person who made the discovery immediately fastened the body with a rope to a pile, and gave the coroner the information.  The evidence showed that the deceased, who was a carpenter by trade, was much intoxicated the previous evening, and had been on a spree for several days past.  Whilst in this state he undoubtedly fell off the wharf, and was drowned.  He was formerly from Portland, Maine, where he has a family residing.  The deceased was about 43 years of age.  The jury returned a verdict of death from accidental drowning.

LAW REPORT.

District Court. - Before Judge LAKE.

TRIAL FOR MURDER. - The People vs. Dolores Martines, indicted for the murder of Servula Olla on the 2nd day of September last, at a dance house on Kearney st., where they both resided.  The defendant was put upon trial, and, after some delay, the following jury was empannelled: A. Given, E. H. Winchester, W. T. Reynolds, N. N. Moritz, A. C. Manning, D. W. Smith, I. Mexter, H. Gerke, H. Wetherbee, H. M. Whittlemore, B. Rosenwig, John Cannet. .... Evidence mostly a repeat of the inquest.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 October 1852

DROWNED. - We are informed that the body of a man was seen yesterday evening tied to the bank of the river, about nine miles above the river.  The name or circumstances connected with the drowning were not learned.  The man had on blue drilling clothes, and the body was presumed to have been tied to the bank preparatory to holding an inquest.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 October 1852

ANOTHER MURDER. - On Friday, Juan Moran, a Sonorenian, was examined before Justice Mallard, on the charge of killing an Indian named Jose Dolores.  The principal evidence introduced was the confession of Moran, made to Mr. J. D. Barker, and upon this the defendant was fully committed for trial.  It appeared that the parties had quarreled about a squaw, and that the Indian had struck the Sonorenian.  After the lapse of a few minutes, Moran attacked the Indian, stabbed him in the back and killed him.

TWO HORSE THIEVES KILLED. - Some ten or twelve days ago a large number of horses were stolen from Ignacio Reyes and Ricardo Veja, and these gentlemen with their servants immediately started in pursuit.  On Friday, the 1st inst., they came upon two of the thieves at Aguanga, near Temecula, having still a portion of the stolen property in their possession.  As the pursuers approached one of the thieves raised a rifle against them, which movement was met by a discharge of fire arms from Reyes and his party, and the two thieves were killed.  It is unknown who they were, but Mr. Reyes thinks one was a native Californian, and the other a Sonorenian.  They had with them a woman and a boy which she called her son, and who were brought to this city by Reyes ands his party.  The woman made a statement to a magistrate, and gave her name as Maria Josefa Higuera.  She expressed ignorance of the names of the thieves, and said that she was with them against her will; that when she was washing near the Mission San Rafael, these men came up and compelled her and her son to go with them.  When overtaken they were making for Sonora.  Mr. Reyes recovered only eight of his horses, and five or six belonging to other persons.

HOMICIDE. - Jose (commonly called Chapo) Valenzuela, was killed near the Old Mission, on Tuesday evening, by Ramon Veja. The investigation of the circumstances showed that Veja was riding a tired horse, and that Valenzuela rode up and endeavored to unhorse him.  Veja finally dismounted, and Valenzuela assumed a threatening attitude, advancing towards him; Veja told him to keep away, and upon his further advancing, shot him with a revolver, killing him instantly.  The Grand Jury, after hearing the testimony in the case, intimated that the killing was justifiable, and Veja, who had courted an investigation, was allowed to go free.  The parties were both young men; Valenzuela but little over twenty, quarrelsome and desperate; and Veja about sixteen years, the son of Ricardo Veja, of this county.

MURDER. - On Monday Justice Mallard held an inquest upon the body of an Indian woman, found dead in a ravine near the new jail.  From appearances, the Coroner's Jury was led to suppose that the woman was killed on Saturday evening; there were several fresh wounds upon her body, and her skull was broken, as if stones had been thrown upon it.  A verdict of "death by violence" was rendered - but, as usual, all endeavors to discover the murderers have been unsuccessful.

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING. - A man by the name of Hurre fell into the bay from Central wharf on Tuesday night.  Mr. McDougall, attached to the steamer Columbia, heard the splash, and jumped in to his assistance.  It was some time before he succeeded in getting hold of him, and finally brought him out, after being in the water for about twenty minutes.  Life was extinct, however.  The Coroner held an inquest over the body, and a verdict was returned in accordance with the above facts.  The jury passed a vote of compliment to Mr. McDougall for his humane efforts to rescue the deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 October 1852

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING. - We learn from Mr. J. H. Fort, Gregory's messenger, that Mr. Richard Dempsey, steward of the steamer Captain Sutter, was accidentally drowned, at 7 ½ o'clock, last Saturday morning, in the Sacramento river.  The deceased was engaged in passing up breakfast from the galley to the dining room, and whilst walking around the guards of the boat, which are very narrow, accidentally stepped overboard and sank at once to the bottom.  Three of the crew were standing near at the time, but being unable to swim, could render the drowning man no assistance.  Two Indians, who were on the opposite side of the river, were brought over as soon as circumstances could permit, and were directed to dive for him.  After a number of unsuccessful attempts, they finally succeeded in recovering his body.  But life was extinct, and all attempts to resuscitate it proved unavailing.  The deceased was a native of Ireland and thirty years of age.  The Indians were rewarded for their exertions by a purse raised on the spot by those present.

CONVICTION FOR MURDER. - By reference to our Law Report it will be seen that the Spaniard, Jose Forni, was yesterday convicted in the District Court of the murder of a Mexican about a month since, in Pleasant Valley.  This is the second conviction for this offence that has yet been had in San Francisco since the establishment of our courts.

   The former case was that of Richard Hall, charged with poisoning the Indian, Frank Brewer.  He was granted a new trial, and certain disclosures that were subsequently made, tending to prove his innocence, a nolle prosequi was entered in his case.

   A previous conviction took place in the fall of 1849, before Alcalde Geary, and the prisoner, a Frenchman, was sentenced to be hung.  An appeal was taken, however, and about a year afterward, the Supreme Court set aside the whole proceedings as irregular.  The punishment prescribed for this offence, under our statute, is death.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray yesterday held an inquest upon the body of a man found on the beach, beyond the Valley House and between the Presidio and Barracks.  The body was found about 8 A.M., and was secured with a line, to prevent it from being washed away, and until the presence of the Coroner could be secured.  An investigation disclosed the man to be Joseph Pierce, late of Providence, Rhode Island, and aged about thirty years.  The body was identified by some persons who were his schoolmates.  The deceased had been mining at Mokelumne Hill, and was at work for some time at Martinez.  There were no marks of violence upon his body.  A small sum of money was found upon his person.  The jury returned a verdict of "death by accidental drowning."

SAN JOAQUIN NEWS.

MURDER AT SHERLOCK'S. - We understand that a fight occurred at Sherlock's Bar last week, in which one of the parties was stabbed and killed.  We can gather none of the particulars further than that the survivor is named Paddy McCan, and that he was assailed in his hole by the unfortunate victim, who attempted to kill him by throwing a stone on his head while at work.  McCan succeeded, however, in getting out of his hole and killing his adversary. - Ib.

   William Turner, who was accused of the murder of James Taylor, in Stockton, has forfeited his recognizance by leaving the city.  His chances for an acquittal were considered doubtful.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 October 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - On yesterday morning, Coroner May was called to view the body of a man lying dead in the Station House.  He had been on a "spree" for a number of days, and on Thursday night was found insensible from the effects of liquor.  He was immediately conveyed to the Station House, where he died before morning.  Verdict, "death from intemperance and exposure."

   John Moran, who was also indicted, has been tried and found guilty of manslaughter.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 October 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray yesterday held an inquest on the body of George Le Maiter, who came to his death by the accidental discharge of a pistol in the hands of his friend, Thomas Folley, on Pacific street, near Sansome.  Mr. Folley was arrested by Constable Harding, of the first township, but subsequently discharged.  The deceased was a native of the Island of Jersey, and was aged 24 years.  Verdict of the jury in accordance with the above facts.

   This is another sad instance of the careless use of fire arms about which people have been so frequently warned.  It is a lesson which all should profit by, and lout down a dangerous and reprehensible practice.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 October 1852

MURDER. - Two men were murdered between 7 and 8 o'clock on the evening of the 20th inst., at Jose Hernandez's Ranch, distant about 20 miles from this city, on the Santa Cruz road.  They were supposed to be Americans, and stopped at the ranch to stay all night; suddenly the house was attacked by a band of banditti, which resulted in the death of two persons and the wounding of some of the rancher's family.  The Coroner's Inquest, held on the 21st inst., found (on the testimony of José Hernandez and others) that Thomas P. McCullen, and an unknown person supposed to be an American, came to their death from wounds inflicted "by a band of some eight or ten desperadoes, supposed to be Mexicans or Sonorians."

   Bernard Reynolds was arrested at Santa Cruz and brought to San Jose upon suspicion of being concerned in the murder at Hernandez's ranch on the 21st.  He is now undergoing a legal examination.  He formerly resided in San Jose, and is known to many citizens of that place.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 October 1852

SUICIDE. - A French lady, residing on Dupont street, yesterday committed suicide by taking a large dose of strychnine.  It is supposed that she labored under a mental aberration, as it had frequently been observed by her acquaintance that at times she appeared wild and distracted.  The poison she used had been placed in a drawer and labelled, having been used by a person who made external application of it for a sore or bruise.  She very cooly dissolved it in a tumbler of water and swallowed it.  As soon as the fact became known Dr. Oliveria was sent for, and immediately applied the usual remedies without effect.  She died in a very short time.  Her name was Carolina, and she was formerly employed as a barmaid in the Police Saloon.  The cause that led to the commitment of the act was some disappointment or jealousy.  The Coroner held an inquest on her body, and the jury returned a verdict that she died from taking strychnine administered by herself. [See Sac. Daily Union, 6 November.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 3 November 1852

MURDER. - A boatman, named John Chapel, was killed last evening on Pacific street, at the corner of Murderer's Alley, between Stockton and Dupont streets, by a Mexican.  It is impossible at the present time to arrive at the facts of the case, but it is believed to have been a personal difficulty.  Lorenzo Atarde and Refugio Quinterre were arrested upon suspicion of being concerned in the affair.  The former is book keeper of the establishment, and the latter proprietor.  The deceased received a knife wound in the left side, and another in the breast, either of which would have proved fatal.  He was a native of New York, and was about twenty-eight years of age.  Among his acquaintances he was known as Johnny Cab.  A large crowd had collected around the house where the crime was committed last evening, but the police was present and had charge of the building.  The affair will undergo a judicial investigation to-day.

DEATH BY POISON. - Coroner Gray held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Mr. C. H. Gridley, at No. 220 Dupont street.  The evidence showed that the deceased had drank in the house of Mary Washington, and from that time was ill.  It was very conflicting with some hints that he was not of sound mind.  He was from Boston, Mass., and aged about 24 years.  The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by poison administered by some person unknown.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 November 1852

SUICIDE. -  A coroner's inquest was held on Saturday upon the body of Mmlle. Caroline, well known to all frequenters of the Polka Saloon.  The unfortunate young woman came to her death by taking strychnine.  The act was caused by some love affair in which she had been engaged, and the verdict of the jury was in accordance with the above facts. - Eve. Journal.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 November 1852

ARRESTED FOR MURDER. - Officer Kelly of the Police Department yesterday arrested as Mexican, named Abellado Torres, upon suspicion of being guilty of the murder of John Chapel, in Pacific street, on Tuesday night.  The prisoner acknowledged the committal of the offence, and stated, in extenuation of his conduct, that the deceased fired at him.  Torres was found concealed under a bed in a house in Jackson street, and manifested much fear and anxiety at the time of his arrest.  He will be brought up for examination to-day.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 November 1852

CHILD ACCIDENTALLY KILLED BY ITS FATHER. - G. T. Burrell, Esq., was called on Thursday, to hold an inquest upon the body of Mary Caroline, aged three years, daughter of Mr. Cyrus Graham.  It appears that on the evening previous, while Mr. Graham was cleaning a pistol, it was accidentally discharged, lodging the contents in the body of his little daughter, who was playing at his side, producing instant death.  The verdict of the jury was in accordance with these facts. - Ib.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 December 1852

SOUTHERN CORRESPONDENCE.

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 22, 1852.

The Mexican who murdered young Hunter is still in custody, awaiting trial.  He acknowledges the murder, but says it was in self defence, young Hunter attacking him with a knife.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 December 1852

BODY FOUND. - Hugh Emers, Esq., informs us that the remains of a man were found in a ditch near his house, on the 7th instant, about three miles from the city, on the American river.  Mr. E. says he informed the Coroner of the fact, but that up to 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon no inquest had been held. The body is well clad, but Mr. E. thinks it cannot be identified, as it has apparently been dead six weeks or two months. - Californian.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 December 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Yesterday morning Coroner Gray held an inquest on the body of a man found dead on California street, near Webb.  He was about five feet five inches in height, sandy hair and dark eyes, and was apparently thirty-five or forty years of age.  The letters I. C. were punctured on his right arm with India ink.  He was dressed with a blue woolen shirt and plaid pants.  His name was not ascertained.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from apoplexy, superinduced by intemperance and exposure.  The body will remain at the Coroner's office, No. 205 Sacramento street, until 12 M to-day for identification.

   Coroner Gray also held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man named Justin Jacob, who died in the Philadelphia House, No. 133 Pine street.  The deceased was formerly from Saxony, but latterly from Philadelphia.  He was aged about thirty seven, and died from general debility caused by dysentery.  Verdict accordingly.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 December 1852

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Dr. May was called on Friday morning to view the body of a man who died suddenly at the Sutter Hotel on the preceding evening.  The deceased had been suffering for some time previous from diarrhoea and exposure.  Verdict accordingly.  No clue as to his name, but it is reported that he was a German and a native of Pennsylvania. [See 21 Dec.]

ANOTHER INQUEST was held on the body of Chas. Miller, who died from intemperance and exposure in a shed in the rear of the Eureka Iron Foundry, on the Levee.  The deceased was from New York, and aged thirty years.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 December 1852

POWER OF AVARICE. - We have seldom been called upon to record a more striking example of "the ruling passion strong in death" than the following:  The Coroner a few days since held an inquest over the body of an unknown person at the S utter Hotel, who had obtained on the score of poverty, lodgings at that house.  He represented himself in exceedingly indigent circumstances and without a dollar in the world.  After his death a quarter of an eagle was found in his pocket together with a half dollar piece borrowed the evening previous from some charitable person.  Afterwards at the grave, the undertaker noticed that the lid of the coffin required displacing, and in removing it, his hammer slipped and struck a hard substance on the body of the deceased.  Curiosity prompted him to examine further, when he discovered a belt around the waist of the corpse, which contained one hundred and twenty dollars in gold coin.  This poor victim, in his insatiable appetite for gain had not only literally starved himself to death, but concealed his treasures in his dying moments, fearing to entrust them to the living.  The money was handed over to the Coroner, from whom we received the particulars recounted above.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 December 1852

Late and Interesting News from the South.

[Los Angeles Star.]

EXECUTION OF THREE MEN. - At the time of going to press last Saturday, we stated that a jury of twelve men had been appointed by the citizens of this place to hear the evidence adduced in the case of Lopez and Sandoval, and to decide upon their innocence or guilt.  That jury reported to a public meeting on Sunday morning that their criminality was clearly proven, and gave in a verdict of guilty.  The whole question was then again referred to the meeting, and on a vote being taken, it was resolved by a majority to execute them at three o'clock the same day.  They were then remanded to prison, where, in the company of --------[Pecho Lubrigo], who was condemned to die at the same time, for killing one of his countrymen a few hours previous, they were waited upon by the Rev. Padre Anecieto, who administered to them such consolations as are to be found in the catholic forms of religion.  At 3 o'clock precisely the prisoners were conducted to the same gallows which, but a few days previously, had served for the execution of Reyes, where, surrounded by a large crowd of spectators, they underwent the penalty which society awards to those who take the lives of their fellow men. ...

ANOTHER ASSASSINATION. - ... On Sunday morning last, while a Sonoreno, named Pecho Lubrigo, was walking arm in arm with his friend and countryman, ------- -------, and the two were apparently conversing pleasantly together, the latter drew a punal from his belt and basely stabbed his friend to the heart, killing him instantly.  The assassin immediately fled, but a reward of $50 having been offered for his apprehension, two Indians started in pursuit and overtook and arrested him near the river, about half a mile from the scene of the murder.  He was brought into town and examined by the people in regard to his motive for committing the deed, but the only reason he adduced was, that the man was his friend, and he was a little under the influence of liquor at the time.  The proof of the case being perfectly clear, and the crime committed one of the most atrocious kind, it was not deemed advisable to deliver him to the civil authorities, but to punish his offence summarily, and as the men Cipriano and Lopez were to be executed in the afternoon, he was condemned to the same fate and at the same time. - Ib.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Thursday morning Mr. Coroner Graham held an inquest on the body of a man found lying in the street, near the outskirts of the city.  The name of the deceased was ascertained to have been Garnico, a native Californian.  Verdict of the jury - "Death by visitation of God." - Ob.

   A few days ago an Indian was killed at a ranch about thirty miles from Santa Barbara by a man named Baxter.  An investigation of the affair was made by the coroner of Santa Barbara county, which resulted in a verdict that the killing of the Indian was justifiable, Baxter having killed him in self-defence.

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