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Colonial Cases

1853

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 January 1853

THE CITY.

The Murder Case.

We are indebted to Coroner May for the testimony and facts in the case of the murder of Ann Higgins by her husband, on the Stockton road, which are copied below.  The father was acquitted by the jury of having any hand in the matter.  These depositions were taken by the Coroner on Thursday morning, at the scene of the murder.

TESTIMONY OF GEO. W. COLLINS.

   Am at present as resident of Sacramento county; on the morning of January 5th, husband of the woman here, came to my cabin, and wanted to hire my wagon to carry his wife to Salmon Falls; said she was dead; said he came home night previous, and was sitting by her when she suddenly took a fit and died; he was in a great hurry to bury her; he was apparently drunk; it was between 8 and 9 o'clock when he came; said his wife died about 9 o'clock the previous night; he said at the time she died, her father was out chopping wood, and he went out and called him; I live on the Stockton road, about one mile from the Fort.

TESTIMONY OF JOHN FACKLIN.

   Am a resident of Sacramento county; I live near the Two Friends House; I don't know anything about the murder or death of this body; Higgins has the reputation of abusing h\is wife.

TESTIMONY OF MARY FLANEGAN.

   I am a resident of Sacramento county; I live on the Stockton road, about two miles from the Fort; this body is the remains of my daughter, Ann Higgins; her age is 30 years; was born in London; came here in 1848, from Valparaiso; I lived last at San Francisco; she was married at Valparaiso, about eight years since, to Michael B. Higgins; Higgins was born in Ireland; she had one child, born in Tahiti, which died eighteen months since at Salmon Falls.  On Tuesday morning, Jan. 4th, about 9 o'clock, I went to Brighton, and left her alone; I came back about dusk and found her lying dead on a bed; Mr. Flanegan and Higgins were here with her, rubbing her with hot water; I asked Flanegan how she came to her death, and he said she was drowned in the well; I went up to her and saw Higgins leaning over her; I said to him, go away, you murdered her, and then threw her in the well; they were all rubbing her; Higgins used to beat her when he was drunk, but always treated her well when he was sober; Higgins and Flanegan were both sober a while ago; my daughter, while up at Salmon Falls, tried to shoot herself with a pistol; she has often said she wished she was dead, her husband treated her so badly; I saw him once at Salmon Falls throw a dish of butter at her head, when he was sober; he used to keep a store at Salmon Falls, and done well, but got to drinking and gambling, and spent all he had; he was never much inclined to work.

TESTIMONY OF JOSEPH L. BROWN.

   I am as resident of Sacramento county; I keep the Two Friends House on the Stockton road; I know the body lying here by the name of Higgins; I know Mr. Higgins; I know her father by the name of Flanegan; I saw her about a month since at my house with her husband; she was well, apparently; on the night of the 4th of January a boy by the name of Flanegan came to my house about 7 o'clock and said his mother had sent for me; he said his mother told him she had been to Brighton, and when she got back, she found the daughter drowned in the well, and desired me to come right over to the house.  I called on two strangers who were stopping at my house to go with me; they came with me; I came in the front door and went through to the back room; I saw the corpse on a bed in the room, covered with blankets; I felt of the body and found it warm; I thought at first it was not dead; I rubbed the body with a flannel, hot water, and salt; I rubbed it about half an hour; I then thought it was no use to rub it any longer as I saw it was dead; I asked Higgins and Flanegan how she died; Higgins said, about 10 o'clock in the morning he and his father were out cutting wood; the father came home to the house, and returned again; when he came back, Higgins said he had a splinter in his finger, and the old man told him to go home and get his wife to take it out; he came home, he said, came in the front door, and saw his wife behind the bar; she had a tumbler full of brandy; he said, I catch you right in time; what are you going to do with all this brandy; she said, I will show you what I am going to do; she went into the kitchen; he called to Mrs. Higgins and said he wanted a needle; she said you will find one behind the bar; he got a needle and tried to get the splinter out, but did not; he then went out to the well, to a tub to wash his hands; met his wife there, and she frank the brandy she had in the tumbler; she then went to the house by the back door; he went by the front door; when he went in he called to his wife, but she did not answer; he went up stairs; looked out of the window and could not see her; he came down and went to the yard and looked in the well, and saw nothing; he came to the house again, and looked under the table; could not see her, and went out again; looked into the well again, and saw the water bubbling up; he looked close, and saw some of the clothes in the well; he reached hold of her and pulled her out, brought her into the kitchen and laid her on the table; pulled the clothes off her, rolled her up in blankets and used hot water for a long while; after a while went out and saw the father coming; by this time it got to be past 1 o'clock; he called the father and told him Ann had drowned herself; I saw nothing of her clothes; I saw no marks of violence on her body; I saw no blood in the house; I saw the old lady here all the time; I left the house about 10 o'clock, P.M., I saw Higgins crying near the corpse; the old lady said to him "Go away, you murdered her and then threw her in the well;"  I asked the old man Flanegan if he thought Higgins murdered her; he said "I think not, I cannot say;" if Higgins had been drunk he thought he might have murdered her, but as he was sober, he thought he would not do it; I asked him if he thought she had drowned herself; he said she had freely drank since Christmas; he said she tried to kill herself once by shooting at Salmon Falls; I told Flanegan if he thought Higgins had murdered her, he must go to the city and report it; he said he would go in the morning or send Higgins and report her as dead; I don't think Higgins was drunk when I first seen him, but he began to d rink and was drunk before I left him; I don't think Flannegan was under the influence of liquor at all; next morning Higgins came to my house about 7 o'clock; he was drunk; he asked me what he should so; I told him to go to the city and get as permit to bury her; he wanted to bury her at Salmon Falls, as the night before she died, the wife asked him to bury her whenever she died, at salmon Falls with her child; I have known this family since last summer, they done my washing; I have been here in the house only three times; about two months since, Mrs. Flanegan came to my house and asked me to come up to her house, as Mr. Higgins was beating his wife; I came and saw Mrs. Higgins lying on the ground bloody, and had a cut on the head and chin; a man with me took Higgins and whipped him with a horse whip; Higgins was drunk; I have been told by Mrs. Flanegan that Higgins often abused his wife; when I came to the house, I asked Higgins why he had not sent for any one sooner; he said he did not want to leave his wife alone.

TESTIMONY OF FERDINAND BRANDES.

   I am a resident of Sacramento county, about one mile from the Fort; I called here a few days since, and saw this woman alive and apparently well; yesterday morning her husband came to me about 8 or 9 o'clock; he had one shoe on and one in his hand, he said his wife was dead, and asked him what was the matter with her, and he said she died in a fit very suddenly; he said she had made him promise to bury her at Salmon Falls - to bury her with her child; he asked me if I would take her over, and what I would charge; I told him m y horses were out ploughing, and could not go; he asked me three or four times, but I refused; he was drunk; went away, and I thought to please him I would go; I came up to see the old man about it; I met him before I got to the house; I asked him if the woman was dead; he said yes; I asked him how she died, and he said he was chopping wood; the old woman was over at Brighton getting clothes to wash; he was called to the house by the son, and found the woman dead; he said he believed the son-in-law killed his wife.

Cross-examined. - I am sure that Higgins told me that his wife died in a fit; the old man was not drunk, but smelt of whisky; Higgins said he had been to my neighbor to get him to carry her to the Falls, but he charged $20.

FINDING OF THE JURY.

   We the undersigned, Jurymen in this case do find upon examination, the following evidences of murder: On two skirts we found the largest quantity of blood; on the sack no blood; on a loose under dress we found marks of blood; on a coat belonging to Higgins, we found blood on the left arm in considerable quantities; on the right arm we found spots of blood; on one bench blood was found; on a feather bed, and a mattrass blood was found; and blood on a blanket; the clothes were all wet and some of them slightly muddy; on the person of the deceased, we found marks of violence all over the body; on each side of the cheeks, back down to the thighs, just below the abdomen we found a large impression, apparently of a foot; marks of violence on the head; on a small piece of wood we found a small tuft of hair which we compared to the hair of the deceased, and they were alike.

THE VERDICT. - An inquest taken this day at a place on the Stockton road, about a quarter of a mile beyond a house known as the Two Friends, in the county of Sacramento, State of California, on the sixth day of January, A.D. 1853, before S. J. May, Coroner of said county, upon the view of the body of a woman, named Ann Higgins, there lying dead, and by the oaths of the jurors, whose names are hereunto subscribed, who being duly sworn to enquire on behalf of said county, when, how, and by what means the said deceased came to her death.

   Upon their oaths do say, that the above named came to her death, in consequence of violence inflicted upon her person and being thrown into a well, by a person or persons to this jury unknown, but in their opinion, as far as the testimony goes, it being mostly circumstantial, we are well satisfied that Michael B. Higgins was the murderer, but acquit Flanegan of all crime in the case.

   In testimony whereof, the said Coroner of this county, and the jurors of this inquest, have hereunto set their hands, the day and year aforesaid.

SAMUEL J. MAY, Coroner.  L. Keseberg, W. W. Carpenter, W. S. Eastbrook, Franklin Heth, John Reed, Elisha H. Hall, Luther Curtis.

A DEAD BODY EXPOSED. - We have been informed by several reliable gentlemen, that the body of a dead man is lying in a ditch, partly covered with water, in the near vicinity of the big slough above Sutter's Fort, and about twenty rods from the house of Mr. Fitch.  They assure us that it has continued to lie there from within a few days after the conflagration; and that when first discovered, it was partially covered with straw, leading to the belief that the man had been murdered.  The body is well dressed, having on a white shirt, satin vest, black cassimere pantaloons, a pair of fine calf-skin boots, and is rapidly decomposing.  These facts appear to have become general as much as a month ago; and yet the body remains on the identical spot, with the head and shoulders sunk, while the legs and boots float about on the surface of the water.  Can such things be in a christian country?  The Coroner is requested to give his immediate attention to the matter, and investigate, so far as possible, the whole facts relating to it.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 January 1853

An inquest was held Saturday by Coroner Gray upon the body of a man found in the water, on the north side of Market Wharf.  He appeared to be an American sailor.  He was about forty years old and dressed in pants, blue woolen shirt, and had the American eagle or flag on his left arm and the letters W. R. on his right arm.  His name is supposed to be W. Rogers, of New York.  His body will be kept at the Coroner's Office until 12 o'clock to-day for recognition.  Verdict of the jury, "Accidental drowning on the night of the 7th inst."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 January 1853

AN INQUEST HELD. - Coroner May repaired on Saturday to the spot where the remains of a human body was discovered - which was noticed in the Union of Saturday - and held an inquest over the same.  So long had it been exposed to the action of air and water that but little flesh remained on any part of it, and as no papers were found any where upon it, it was found impossible in any manner to identify it.  The Coroner had it decently interred.

DROWNED. - A couple of Germans coming down from their garden near Sutter Fort in a small boat on Saturday, were drowned by having been upset into the water.  We have not ascertained their names.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 January 1853

An inquest was held by Coroner Gray yesterday afternoon, on the body of a man who died in a house at the head of Washington street, yesterday.  The jury found that his name was John Carmody, of Ireland, aged about forty-five years, and that he came to his death by intemperance and want of proper care.

A SMASHING BUSINESS. - No less than fifty-one cases were brought up on the police docket Tuesday morning, ...  Mrs. Quigley underwent another examination touching her participation as aider and abettor in the murder of John Kennedy.  She was remanded for a continuance of the inquiry, ...

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 January 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The body of an unknown man was found on the beach below the U.S. Barracks last evening, supposed to be drowned.  He was dressed with a cotton, red and white striped shirt, coarse pants, monkey jacket, metal buttons with an anchor in the centre.  He was about five feet and two inches in height.  The Coroner had the body brought to his office, where is will be retained until 2 o'clock this afternoon, for recognition.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 January 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - H. A. Schofield, Esq., held an inquest on the body of a man found dead in the ravine that runs down by the Traveler's Rest, in Auburn, on Saturday last.  The body was recognized as being Henry V. D. Wisch, one of the proprietors of the Book Store near the El Dorado.  He had been out hunting, and it is supposed that in returning he fell from a log which crosses the ravine, and the stream being much swollen by the rain was drowned.  Verdict of the jury, Accidental Drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 January 1853

DROWNED. - It is our painful task to record the death by drowning of John B. Hebbard.  On Wednesday last, he started from Barton's Bar for this city in a small boat; the boat was found broken into pieces, and Mr. Hebbard has not since been heard from, leaving no doubt as to the fact of his melancholy death.  Mr. H. formerly resided in Syracuse, N.Y., where a young wife and a large circle of warm friends will mourn his loss. - Marysville Herald.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner's jury in the case of the man found dead yesterday, find that his name was Ira H. Ware, a native of New England, aged about 30, 1st Sergeant of Company A, 3d regiment U.S. Artillery; that he came to his death on the morning of the 19th, by the discharge of a gun in his own hands, produced by pecuniary embarrassments.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 January 1853

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. - On Thursday afternoon an inquest was held on board the steamer Thomas Hunt, over the body of a man named Guy Hunneford, of Manchester, N. H.  He had been sitting in the engine room, near the machinery, and was struck violently on the side by one of its cranks, which occasioned his death in about ten minutes after.  A passage ticket of the Tennessee was found in one of his pockets, and in his valise a bible, presented to him by his wife, dated "Manchester, N. H., Dec. 15th, 1852."  The verdict of the coroner's jury was in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 January 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon upon the body of a man found in the water, near the corner of Washington and Davis streets; aged about twenty five years.  Up to a late hour last evening he was not recognized, but from letters found in his person his name is supposed to be O. W. Purdy, of Dutchess county, New York.  His body will be retained until 12 o'clock to-day, at the Coroner's office, for recognition.  Verdict of the jury - accidental drowning.

DROWNED. - The body of Mr. Obadiah W. Perdy was recovered from the water, near the corner of Washington and Davis streets, yesterday.  An inquest was held on the body, and the jury found "That the deceased came to his death by accidental drowning," and from letters found on his person, his name is supposed to be Obadiah W. Perdy, a native of Dutchess county New York.  The body was retained till 12 o'clock yesterday, for recognition, at the office of Coroner Gray, near the corner of Sacramento and Dupont streets.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner's inquest on the body of a man found drowned in the bay yesterday, has resulted in the recognition of the deceased.  The jury rendered the following verdict: "That deceased was named John Burns, a sailor by profession, and a native of New York; that he came to his death by accidental drowning."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 January 1853

FROM THE INTERIOR.

Marysville.

The following items of news are clipped from the Herald:

SINGULAR AND FATAL ACCIDENT. - A strange casualty occurred at Gatesville, (formerly known as Sucker Flat, on the Nevada road,) on Thursday last.  A person engaged in a boarding house, kept by Mr. Morris, went out and procured two quick-silver flasks, which he put into the fireplace to be used as andirons.  A fire was kindled, and at about 8 o'clock, the heat caused one of the flasks to explode, by which accident a girl of about fourteen years of age, a sister of Mr. Morris, was almost instantaneously killed, and a younger girl, his daughter, severely wounded.  The house was literally shattered into pieces.  It was ascertained that the exploded flask had been charged with gunpowder.

   MR. THOMAS BURDUE, who suffered a long imprisonment in this county, and ran a narrow risk of being executed for the murder of Charles E. Moore, of which crime, by the confession of the real murderer, Jim Steward, he was honorably acquitted. ...

   SUICIDE. - An inquest was held by Coroner Warfield, on Sunday 23d inst., on the body of a man, named David Wolfe, formerly a steward in the Hotel du Commerce.  The body was found in the Yuba river, just below the lower steamboat landing, where it has probably lain since some time in the month of November, when he was missed at the Hotel du Commerce.  Upon examination, it was ascertained that a ball had passed through his head, entering the frontal on the right, and passing out through the temporal bone, on the left side of his head. The verdict of the jury was, that he came to his death by his own hand.  The sum of forty-five dollars was found in his pockets, which he had received as his months' wages on the day he was first missed from the hotel.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 January 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning on the body of a man, name unknown to the jury; he was found in a bed of lime in Bryant street, near Simonds, about two weeks since.  He died from causes unknown to the, probably two years ago or upwards, and owing to the peculiar state of the country at that time, was buried without a coffin in that spot; nor do the jury find that there  is any reason to believe that the deceased came to his death by violence.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 January 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest last evening on board the English barque Globe, at Sacramento street wharf, on the body of Capt. Charles Gordon, of the barque Abyssinia.  After the hearing of the testimony, the jury rendered their verdict as follows: That the deceased came to his death by falling between the ship and wharf into the water, about 2 o'clock on Saturday morning, the 29th inst., in attempting to get on board the ship.

Police Court. - Before Recorder Baker.  ... Jas. Quigley, murder, county jail, to wait trial; ...

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 February 1853

INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Gray yesterday, on the body of a Frenchman named Theophile Pisty, who died from intemperance and exposure.

DROWNED. - The body of a drowned man was discovered yesterday afternoon, and the Coroner held an inquest on it.  The Jury returned the following verdict: That his name was Joseph Johnson, a seaman by profession, and that he came to his death by accidental drowning on the 11th of January, 1853, from falling overboard from the British bark Diana while in the discharge of his duties.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Mr. Watson Coulson, an efficient member of the Police department, died very suddenly on Monday, at the house of Mr. Eddy, in Hinkle street.  Mr. Coulson reported himself at the Marshal's office at one o'clock, but was dead before three.  His death was caused by cramp in the stomach.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 February 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest over the body of a Frenchman on Monday afternoon, who died in a house on Warren street, San Francisco.  The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death by intemperance and exposure, and that his name was Theophile Pisty.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 February 1853

SUPPOSED INFANTICIDE. - CORONER'S INQUEST. - A Coroner's jury was summoned yesterday afternoon on the dead body of a female infant, which was found in the slip at the corner of Davis and Sacramento streets, with its head cut off.  Professor Gibbons was called in, who made a post mortem examination and he elicited the facts, that the child was produced by abortion, either accidentally or designed.  He also stated that the child never had breathed, as the lungs gave [incontrovertible] proof of never having been inflated.  No clue to the parentage has thus far been obtained.  The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 February 1853

FOUND DROWNED. - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon on the body of a man found drowned at Fort point, near the wreck of the Aberdeen.  His name is unknown.  He was dressed in blue shirt, moleskin pants and calf skin boots, apparently of English manufacture.  The body can be seen by applying at the Coroner's office, No. 205 Sacramento street, until 12 o'clock to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 February 1853

BODY FOUND. - The body of a German named Schewdendick, drowned in the slough near Sutter's Fort. On the 7th of January last, was recovered on Tuesday last, and an inquest held over it by Coroner May.  On his person was found a small amount of money, which was duly retained by that officer.  He was a native of Hanover, Germany, and had been a resident of this State about a year and a half.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 February 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray was called on yesterday to make an inquest on the body of a man who had lately been interred in the cemetery.  Dr. Gray was in attendance, and a post mortem examination was made.  It appeared that the body had been buried from one of those sinks of iniquity, a

rum-shop on Pacific Wharf, and the examination was such as to lead to the suspicion that the deceased had met his death by foul means.  This should be most rigidly inquired into and should these suspicions prove well grounded, the matter should be traced up and the nefarious perpetrators brought to condign punishment.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 February 1853

THE CITY.

MURDER. - The dead body of John alias James Carroll, one of a band of notorious characters, was found Monday morning on the levee, in the vicinity of Ninth and Tenth streets, where it had been murdered Sunday night.  A light was seen in that neighborhood about the time the murder was supposed to have been committed, and a succession of wild and terrible screams heard, which awakened and frightened several persons residing a considerable distance off, till they leapt from their beds, threw up their windows, and endeavored through the moonlight to penetrate the cause.  A silence succeeded, which allayed suspicion; but even then, so piercing had been the death anguish which aroused them, that their dreams were disturbed through the balance of the night.  A piece of burnt candle was found near the body, and as a robbery was committed in the city on the afternoon of Sunday, it is believed that the band to which Carroll belonged - himself among the number - were the robbers, and had resorted to the spot where Carroll's body was found, for the purpose of dividing the spoil, and that a quarrel ensued between them which induced one of them to carry a previously indulged threat intro execution, by murdering him with a revolver.  Three distinct pistol shots were heard in that neighborhood, besides the screams, and the head and neck of Carroll were found to be pierced with three separate bullets.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner May held an inquest over the body of John, alias James Carroll, on Monday morning, at the shop of Mr. Youmans, City Undertaker.  A post mortem examination was held on the body by Drs. Williams and Proctor.  Three bullets were found to have been shot into him, viz: One entering the brain about an inch above the left ear; a second entering the skin and flattening against the back top part of the head, occasioning a slight fracture; and the third piercing the neck immediately below the hair of the head and back of the right ear.

   The finding of the jury, subsequent to this examination was, that "the above named Carroll came to his death in consequence of wounds received in the head from pistol shots inflicted by the hands of one Wm. Dunning, (Dunham) and that Stewart was in some manner accessory to his death."

   This conclusion was arrived at from the previous examination of three police officers:

   Charles Chaloner, being sworn testified: I recognize the body as that of John Carroll; am a police officer; saw John Carroll last night about eight or nine o'clock; saw him and talked with him; he was on the levee, and said he had plenty of money now, and that some poor fellow had to suffer for it; said he had had a fight with Little Barney and Wm. Dunham, and that they threatened to shoot him; and the first time they committed an offence he intended to have them arrested; he then had on a pair of green pants, grey shirt and black hat, and no handkerchief on his neck; he went away and came back in about half an hour, and had on a black frock coat, yellow Peruvian hat and fancy silk handkerchief; him and I then went up J street, and he took out from a tent an iron instrument that he called a "jimmy;" I asked him where he had raised the coat and hat; said he had been to see Dunham and settled with him, and borrowed his coat, hat and handkerchief; he left me then and went up street; that was the last I saw of him.

   Henry Kelchum sworn.  I am a police officer; I know the body there to be that of John Carroll alias "Boot-Jack;" he has the reputation of being a common thief; I saw him last evening about 7 o'clock, on J street; I followed him up as far as the Fifth street House; he was in company with Wm. Dunham; when he came out of the house, he went up the alley between I and J towards Sixth street; I have known him since August last: Wm. Dunham I knew when he was in the chain gang last summer; he has the reputation of being a thief; Dunham was arrested this morning by Officer Warren.

ANOTHER MURDER. - Coroner May was called out of the city on Monday afternoon to hold an inquest on the body of a second murdered man, found in a stream known as Dry Creek, about fourteen miles out of the Jackson road.  The body was first discovered Sunday morning, by a boy, while driving cattle down to drink.  Appearances indicated that it had laid in the water for several weeks.

   On the right side of the head and cheek was a severe fracture, completely crushing in the cheek bone; and on the left hand a slight cut.

   The pockets were turned inside out, and contained nothing by which the individual could be identified.  The body was about five feet six inches in height, complexion fair, hair brown, and aged about 25 years, of slender proportions.  It was dressed in a blue striped shirt, blue congaree pants, without hat or boots, and a sock on but one foot.

   The presumption of the jury was that this man, who is thought to have been a miner, was murdered, robbed, and his body thrown into the Creek for concealment, as the spot where it was found is more than a mile removed from the main road.  The finding of the jury was that he came to his death by the hands of a person or persons unknown.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 February 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

CORONER'S INQUEST. -0 The annexed is the verdict of the jury in the case of the person shot by Mr. Stagg on Sunday night last:

   We, the jury, find that the deceased (Frederick Theinejeky), came to his death by being shot with a pistol in the hands of Mr. C. Stagg.  The verdict of the jury is justifiable shooting.  (Signed) James Smiley, Joseph Galloway, Dr. Chas. Bertody, Geo. B. Hyatt, M. L. Callender, James W. Daly.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 February 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held Wednesday last, by Coroner Gray, on the body of F. Phernosskay, who attempted to break into the house of Mr. Stagg on Monday morning.  After hearing the testimony, the jury rendered the following: "That the deceased came to his death by being shot with a pistol in the hand of Mr. Stagg." Verdict of jury - "Justifiable shooting." - Times & Trans.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 February 1853

A MYSTERY EXPLAINED. - A report came to the ears of Coroner May on Saturday, that the body of a female had been discovered in a cask or barrel on the banks of a slough, about a mile and a half from the city, beyond the American river.  The Coroner procured a coffin, and in company with two gentlemen from this city, repaired to the spot.  The cask was found, and its contents to be precisely as rumor had asserted.  A jury of gentleman residing in the neighborhood was summoned, and an inquest proposed to be held; but as no person present was in possession of facts sufficient to explain the mystery, the body was placed decently in the coffin provided, when an examination was instituted to discover if evidences existed of its having been foully dealt with.

   It was a female of delicate dimensions, in a partial state of preservation by liquor.  The head of the cask having been knocked out when the discovery was first made, none of the liquor used for embalming remained.  The corpse was clad in the nightclothes of a female, and the limbs folded up in such a manner as to render it entirely practicable to have forced it into a half barrel.  On the left side of the neck, extending from the vicinity of the ear down to the breast bone, was an incision, which had afterwards been sewn up in a bungling manner.  No other marks of apparent violence were discoverable.  The lid of the coffin was nailed down, and the body hauled some 75 or 80 rods distant, and interred on the banks of the slough, adjoining the grave of Charles E. Bush.

   Room having been given for wide suspicion, these facts were stated in the city, and created great sensation.  On Sunday the whole city was excited.  A story being current that the body was that of Mrs. Bush, whose husband had died subsequent to her own decease, a surviving brother of the deceased Bush was arrested and taken before the Coroner's Court in the afternoon.  A jury was empanneled as follows: J. B. Starr, Geo. S. Fake, G. W. Gunn, W. H. Dunn, John S. Fox, M. D. Winship.

   Henry A. Bush was sworn, and testified that his brother, Charles E. Bush, and his wife, came to California with him in 1849.  The arrived at Sacramento on the barque Rising Sun.  While residing on board, his brother's wife took sick and died.  She had requested that her body might be sent back to her friends residing in the Atlantic States.  With the view of having this dying request complied with, Dr. Benedict, the officiating physician, had made an incision in the neck of the corpse, and injected it.  It was afterwards placed in a cask containing alcohol, or some other kind of liquor, and removed by the husband to his ranch in the neighborhood of the slough, where, on Saturday it was found.  A vault was dug in the bank of the slough, where the cask was deposited.  In April of 18562, the husband died without having carried his determination of having the body sent home into effect.

   The surviving brother, Henry A. Bush, had received no instructions on the subject, but wrote home to the relatives of the deceased Mrs. Bush, to know whether he had better send them the body or bury it.  The reply, received after a considerable lapse of time, was, that he should bury the body beside the deceased husband.  This request was neglected to be complied with.  In the meantime the recent flood took place.  Henry Bush, fearful that the water would reach, and perhaps carry off the cask, removed it to the bluff bank above.  Here it remained during the high waters, and rested after they had subsided.  The curiosity of some passer-by being excited as to what the cask contained, the head was knocked in, which led to the discovery as already stated.

   The testimony of Henry A. Bush was corroborated by Mr. Waters, who was acquainted with the parties, and had heard of the principal facts of the case at the time of their occurrence.  Other evidence was introduced, which convinced the jury that the body was that of Mrs. Bush; that she had come to her death in a natural manner, and their verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts.  In this manner, the whole mystery was explained, and if blame were anywhere to be attached, it was for the indecent manner in which the corpse had been bestowed; the neglect, first of the husband, and afterwards of his surviving brother, in not having the body sent home to its friends, or buried after the customs of christianity.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 March 1853

Arrival of the Ohio.

Serious and Bloody Affray at Los Angeles.

The steamer Ohio arrived at San Francisco from San Diego and intermediate ports on Saturday last.  The following is a summary of her news:

   A bloody occurrence took place at Los Angeles on the evening of the 22d Feb., which the purser of the Ohio furnishes to the Alta, in the following language:

   The 22d February was celebrated in Los Angeles by a brilliant ball, at the residence of Hon. A. Stearns.  The gaiety of the party passed unmolested until 11 o'clock, when a crowd of noisy rowdies fired a cannon and a large quantity of fire crackers near the house.  At this, one of the gentlemen present, Judge M. Norton, said to Col. Watson, "I fear we may have some more serious difficulty, and I am going for my pistol, and would advise you to do the same."  Both gentlemen retired, and shortly after returned with their weapons.  The house was almost immediately beset again by the party that had disturbed its quiet before, equipped with tin pans, horns and the like, with which they commenced to annoy those on the inside.  They then marched up to the door, which was immediately closed, when the outsiders commenced kicking at it.  A shot was then fired through the window, by some on e outside, but without effect; this was soon followed by another shot through the door, which hit Judge Norton in the fleshy part of his arm.  Judge N. and Col. Watson returned the fire from their revolvers, killing Dr. Overstreet outright, and wounding two others mortally.  One of the wounded men was named Robert Moore, a gambler, who was driven from Santa Barbara a short time since, for sundry malpractices.  The name of the other wounded man we have not been able to learn.  Four other gentlemen then posted themselves on each side of the door, armed with Bowie knives, prepared to cut to pieces the first who should enter.  The mob then dispersed.  Robert Moore has since died of his wounds, and no hopes are entertained of the recovery of the other man.  When the Ohio left there was great excitement in town.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gibson held an inquest last Monday on the body of an Indian unknown, who was found dead in a room appropriated as a city prison.  The verdict was that his death was the result of intemperance.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 March 1853

INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest on Monday on the bodies of D. McClare, of Scotland, aged 66 years and John Kelley, of Ireland, about 40 years.  Verdict, "Death from intemperance." [SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 March; letter; D. McClure; John Kelley, passenger on board the ship Jane, for Australia; ...]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 March 1853

Arrival of the Sea Bird - Particulars of the Late Tragedy at Los Angeles - Coroner's Inquest - and other matters.

The Sea Bird arrived yesterday morning from San Diego, and brings the Los Angeles Star of the 26th, giving the particulars of the late tragical affray at the place.  The Star's version runs thus:

   Bloody as are our records, it is not often that we are called upon to chronicle outrages so gross and unjustifiable as those made upon the party assembled at the house of Mr. Stearns, on Tuesday evening.  It was the anniversary of the birth day of Washington, and several gentlemen saw fit to give a ball on the occasion, to which they invited such individuals as they believed would form an agreeable company.  But it seems that certain persons took umbrage, because they were left out, and resolved to break up the ball.  Their subsequent conduct shows that the managers had a proper appreciation of their characters.  If no other reason existed, self-respect alone would have been a sufficient one for excluding them from all respectable associations, now and forever.

   The party assembled anticipated no attack, and except two revolvers, they were unarmed.  During the evening the cannon was carried from the Plaza to a point near the house.

   About 11 o'clock it was discharged, and the mob, numbering some fifteen or twenty, commenced ringing gongs, tin pans, bells, &c., and burned Chinese crackers, with which it is said every man was provided.  Two bunches of crackers were thrown upon the corridor in front of the door, some of which flew into the room, but were kicked out, and the door and window closed.

   The mob then left with the loud noise of all their instruments, and it was supposed that nothing more would be heard from them.  In the mean time the heat becoming oppressive the door was again thrown open.  All was quiet until a quarter past one o'clock, when one of the party inside started for home; as he passed out he heard exclamations which induced him to suspect another attack, and he instantly returned and closed the door.  Immediately after, several persons threw themselves violently against the door and window, and gongs, bells and voices commenced ringing.

   Several gentlemen wished to go out to attack the mob, but were restrained until the ladies could retire from the room.  In the mean timer Col. Watson determined to be among the attacking party, jumped upon the window and dashed his foot against the iron bars, partially opening the blind, when a shot from without wounded Hon. Myron Norton in the arm.  The ball was spent from passing through the blind, and still remains in his shoulder.  Several witnesses testified before the coroner's jury that the first firing was from the party inside, and that Robert Moore late of Santa Barbara, was first wounded by a shot from the window.  Be that as it may, there is one fact that cannot be disguised, namely: that a body of armed men violently attacked the private residence of a respectable citizen at midnight, in a manner which shows that the motives. At least that of the leaders, was something more than "mere fun."  No one will deny that self-defence is the first law of nature.

   The door was at length opened, and Colonel Watson sallied out alone - the party without continuing to fire from round the corner, their balls taking effect in the walls of the house.  Col. W. discharged four shots from the door, the effects of which were, mortal wounds to Elias Cook, and Dr. J. T. Overstreet.  The mob then fled leaving their wounded upon the ground.

   Dr. Overstreet survived about thirty minutes.  We believe he was from Washington, where his father's family now reside.  He was sometimes engaged as a Clerk to the Board of Land Commissioners.

   Cook survived about 15 hours.  Moore is yet alive, and though severely wounded, it is said, will recover.

   The following are the verdicts of the Juries, which were empanelled in the cases of Overstreet and Cook:

VERDICT IN THE CASE OF DR. OVERSTREET. - We, the Jurors in the case of Dr. Overstreet, are of opinion that the deceased came to his death by a wound through the abdomen, by a ball from a pistol or gun, said by the deceased, to have been fired by Judge Norton, on the night of the 22d or morning of the 23d of February, 1853, in the city of Los Angeles.

VERDICT IN THE CASE OF COOK. - We, the undersigned Jurors, are of opinion that the deceased (Cook,) came to his death by a wound received in the left groin by a pistol ball fired from the hands of Col. Watson which caused his death.

Los Angeles, Feb. 24th, 1853.

   In consequence of the above verdicts, Judge Norton and Col. Watson appeared before Benj. Hayes, D istrict Judge.  The case occupied Thursday and Friday until 12 o'clock, a great number of witnesses being examined.  The Judge gave his opinion at length upon the law governing cases of this kind, and declared that he considered this a case of justifiable homicide, under our laws.  Consequently, the defendants were discharged.  The decision of the Judge is not lengthy.  Scott and Granger, counsel for defendants; K. H. Dimmick, District Attorney.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 March 1853

THE CITY.

MURDER TRIAL. - The case of George Stewart, on a charge of being accessory to the murder of John Carroll, alias Bootjack, on the night of Sunday, 20th February last, came up for trial in the District Court, before Hon. A. C. Monson, on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The prosecution was sustained by George H. Carter, Esq., and the prisoner defended by Ben E. S. Ely, Esq.  After some time in empanneling a jury, the following gentlemen were accepted: Messrs. R. Raynes, F. W. Bush, G. W. Cozens, L. L. Barker, John Hatch, Jr., J. W. Noyes, Jos. Virgo, H. J. Bidleman, J. C. Coachman, F. Page, F. Fogg, Wm. Willett.

   On the motion of the prosecutor, Wm. Dunham was discharged from the joint indictment, in order to secure his evidence for the State.  Coroner May having been examined as to the identity of Carroll's murdered body, the trial proceeded, by the introduction of material testimony.  After a hearing of all the facts, the case was given to the jury, with the charge of the Court.  The jury was out but a few moments, and brought in a verdict of GUILTY.

   The judgment of the Court will be rendered on Saturday, the 19th inst.

N.B. - The evidence in this case is withheld, by a request of the court, in order that the public mind may not receive a prejudice against the other parties arraigned in the indictment, yet to be tried.  These are Barney Ackerman and John Thompson.

INQUEST. - Coroner May held an inquest near Sutter Fort, on Monday, over the body of Antonio Reeder, who was drowned in the slough, on Sunday, Feb. 20th, in attempting to swim over on horse back.  The deceased was a German by birth, and had been engaged as a ground coffee vendor, in the streets of Sacramento.  He was about 45 years of age, and had been in California about two years. Verdict in accordance with the above facts.

Our San Francisco Correspondence.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 1853.

A ,man by the name of James Moore, who assisted the notorious scoundrel, "Jimmy-from-Town," to escape from prisoner, was arrested last evening by officer J. W. McKenzie, in one of the dens on Pacific street.  On his way to the city prison, he broke and ran away from the officer, and being requested to stand refused whereupon the officer fired at him, the ball taking effect in the back below the kidneys.  The act was a most justifiable one, and in fact the only kind of justice that should be meted out to all scoundrels of the same ilk.  Moore's wounds are pronounced dangerous and in all probability he will die.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 March 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held on Sunday afternoon, by Coroner May, on an unknown body found floating in the Sacramento, about a mile above the mouth of the American river.  It was in such a state of decomposition, from the influence of the water, as to fall in pieces while being placed in a coffin.  Verdict, "accidental drowning."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 March 1853

THE CITY.

THE EFFECT OF CRIME. - Wm. Dunham, the young man who turned State's evidence in the cases of George Stewart, Barney Ackerman and jack Thompson, as accessaries to the murder of John Carroll - by which they were convicted and now await sentence of death - is a mere youth, of prepossessing appearance, and great natural shrewdness.  He is a native of the State of Indiana, aged perhaps 20 years, and springs from a very respectable family.  The murder of Carroll, according to his statement under oath, was perpetrated by his own hand.  When he stood before the bar of justice and narrated minutely the manner in which he performed the deed, his conduct was marked by a cold-blooded effrontery, such, perhaps, as no criminal ever displayed before.  ...

INQUEST. - Coroner May held an inquest early on Monday morning, over the body of John Shaw, who was drowned in Sutter Lake the evening previous.  The deceased lived on the island, and was crossing to the city in a small boat, when by some accident he fell out and was drowned.  His wife was present at the inquest, and her anguish knew no bounds.  Shaw was an Irishman, aged 24 years, and a very industrious man.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 March 1853

Nevada.

We learn by private letter from this place that Mr. E. Cook, the gentleman who was stabbed on the evening of the 23d inst. by one Henry Hanssen, died on the morning of last Friday, from the effects of his wound, at Phelps' Hotel in that city. ...  A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body, and a verdict rendered that the deceased came to his death by a wound inflicted with a sharp pointed instrument in the hands of the said Hanssen.  Hanssen was examined on the day previous to the death of Mr. Cook, and held to bail in the sum of twenty thousand dollars - failing to give which he was committed for trial.  On the decease, however, of Mr. Cook, the committing magistrate countermanded the order for permission to give bail.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 March 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The body of a Chinaman was picked up floating in the Sacramento, opposite the storeship Crescent, on Tuesday morning, and an inquest held over it by Coroner May.  His legs were woven round with a rope, ten or fifteen feet in length, and tied in a hard knot.  His face was smashed in, his arm cut in several places, and a stab found on his breast.  He had been in the water eight or ten days, and was perhaps forty years of age.  The verdict of the jury was, that "he came to his death by the hands of some person or persons to them unknown."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 April 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The body of an unknown man was found on Sunday morning, near North Point, in the water, by Mr. John Frances.  He was dressed in a fine calico shirt, blue woolen over shirt, satinet pants, cloth gaiters and satin stock.  He was about 5 feet 4 inches high and slender built.  His body will be retained by the Coroner for recognition until 2 o'clock Monday.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 April 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner May will hold an inquest this morning at 10 o'clock, four miles below the city, on the body of a man found floating in the Sacramento river.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 April 1853

From Shasta.

Shooting Affair at Shasta - A Trader Killed - The Murderer Hung by the People -

We are under obligations to Mr. Lusk, of Rhodes & Lusk's Express, for the following interesting particulars:

   On the morning of Wednesday last, before day break, James Noland, a gambler, and a Mr. Murdoch, trader, were engaged in a game of monte at the Trinity House, the former dealing, and the latter betting at the game.  During the progress of the game, Noland pulled two cards, which Murdoch detecting, grabbed the money of the bank in one hand, while with the other he reached across the table and collared Noland.  High words ensued between them, in the utterance of which they scuffled, and worked themselves off from the table.  Murdoch in the meantime drew his revolver, cocked it, and letting the muzzle hang down, threatened to shoot Noland, unless he delivered over the money won.

   Having gained a position near the counter of the bar in the scuffle, Noland reached under it, or over it, and procured a pistol, which he cocked silently and rapidly, and presenting it at the breast of Murdoch, exclaimed: "You have drawed a pistol on me and threatened to shoot - now shoot and be d----d!" saying which he fired, the bullet passing into the neck of Murdoch, immediately above the collar bone, and killing him instantly.

    Sheriff Cozart, residing near, and hearing the difficulty, got up from his bed and hurried to the scene, in time to arrest Noland and placed him under guard.

   News of the affray and its consequences having traveled with lightning speed among the miners, during the day many of them crowded into Shasta, from Whiskey Creek and the surrounding region, and demanded Noland to be given up.  The Sheriff resisted their demands as long as it was safe to do so, when he relinquished Noland into their hands.  A jury was formed, a trial held, and the prisoner found guilty.  At seven o'clock in the evening he was hung up by the neck, until he was dead!

FROM MARYSVILLE.

... the Californian Express, ... The same paper says that the body of a man supposed to have been drowned was found on the 31st ult., about 2 ½ miles below Ousley's Bar, Yuba River.  There were no clothes on, except one boot on the left foot.  The skull bone was entirely naked.  It was difficult to tell how long the deceased had been dead.  He was a young man and was about five feet five inches high.

From Stockton.

Six thousand and six hundred dollars are offered in different sums by the Governor, Mayor of Stockton, County Judge of San Joaquin, and private individuals, for the apprehension of W. L. Bowlin, who killed W. A. Brown, of Brown's Express.  The murderer is this described: ...

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held on Friday at the ranch of Dr. T. J. Hall, about seven miles below this city, on the body of a man found in the Sacramento river.  He was dressed in a blue plaid jacket, grey shirt, iron gray pantaloons, and was supposed to be about 30 years of age.  In his pocket was found a deck passage ticket on the steamer J. Bragden.  Verdict, "Death from some cause to the jury unknown."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 April 1853

Further Particulars of the Explosion on board the Jenny Lind.

From the San Francisco Herald we copy the following particulars concerning the explosion on board the Jenny Lind:

   The lady supposed to be Miss Kimball has been recognized as a French lady named Beaudeshou.

   Mrs. Ripley was moved yesterday morning to the house of Mr. Frederick R. Bunker, where she died.

   Among the scalded was Mrs. Rosella Emerson, wife of Capt. Chas. Emerson.  She was from Bucksport, Mo., and was aged 32.  She left three children residing in Santa Clara valley, and was about making a short visit of pleasure to this city.  She died about one o'clock yesterday afternoon.

   Mr. C. A Shelton was known by quite a number of those on board of the Union, but in his scalded state was not recognized.  He was removed to the Tehama House shortly after the arrival of the boat, and we regret to say expired about quarter after 7 last evening.

   Among the additional deaths were those of J. S. Bradbury, and a child of S. R. Westfall.

   Mrs. Page died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and Judge White of San Jose about 1 o'clock.

   Mr. Winser died at one o'clock yesterday P.M.

   Among the deaths also are those of Jonas Hawkins, Mr. Bramley, Mr. Carpentier, a Frenchmen and Mr. Thomas Golden.

   The Coroner held an inquest on the bodies yesterday afternoon.  The following is the

REPORT OF THE JURY.

The following named gentlemen were empanneled as a Coroner's Jury to investigate the causes leading to the melancholy accident on board of the streamer jenny Lind.

   David S. Turner, Foreman; A. C. Wakeman, Secretary; E. S. Coffin, C. W. Drury, Wm. E. Dennis, Richard Savage, Joseph Weed, Henry S. Fitch, D. J. Tallant, Jos. W. Finley, T. J. Johnson, Nelson Wismell.

   The first body examined was that of a young man, name and age unknown; noted in the capacity of head waiter for the trip.

   The second was identified as the body of Jeremiah Van Buren, fireman, aged about 25 years, native of Greenbush, New York.

   3d. Francis Henry Macabee, steward, aged 27; native of Yonkers, N.Y.

   4th. John Brady, of New Orleans, 2d steward, aged 24.

   5th. Infant child, Clarice Bleaudeshou, aged 8 months, born in California.

   6th. Charles Beaudeshou, aged 5 years, born in Cal.

   7th.  Alalie Beaudeshou, mother of the above children, aged 34; residence No. 7 Virginia street, San Francisco.

   8th. Adolph Behn, aged 5 years; native of Mexico.

   9th. Lafayette F. Drake, native of Portage county, O, late a merchant of Diamond Springs, aged 29.

   10th. Miss J. B. Winlac, born in Scotland; aged about 35; resided in Santa Clara.

   11th. Bryan Murphy, aged 30 years; resident of San Jose, born in Ireland.

   12th. Sarah Emma Page, daughter of David Page, Esq., of San Francisco, aged 8 years; born in Boston.

   13th.  Noah Ripley, Esq., of Barre, Mass; aged 50 years.

   14th. Mary Burtons Turk, wife of Noah Ripley, aged about 30 years.

   15th. Sarah Frances, daughter of above, aged 10 years, born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

   16th. Charles Edward, son of above, aged 8 years, 1 month and 20 days, born in Brooklyn.

   17th. Ann Farley, daughter of the above, aged 6 years, 9 months, and 14 days.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 April 1853

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - The Coroner was called upon yesterday to hold an inquest on the body of a man named Joseph Monagan, formerly a fireman on the steamer City of Pittsburg.  The jury returned a verdict, that he came to his death by falling down the hatchway of the steamship Pioneer on the evening of the 15th inst.  His body will be kept for the inspection of his friends at the Coroner's office to-day.

   Coroner Gray was called to hold an inquest on the body of Col. J. A. Cost, late Naval Officer of this city.  Drs. Bowie, Mott, Gerry and others made a post mortem examination, which resulted in the conviction that Col. Cost died from disease of the heart.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 May 1853

INQUEST. - An inquest was held this morning upon the body of a drowned man, found on the lower part of Washington street near Front.  The jury found that the deceased was a sailor, aged about 30 years, named James Bluck, from the north of Ireland, and came to his death on the night of the 6th instant, by accidental drowning, being intoxicated. - Jour.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 May 1853

SUDDEN DEATH. - Mr. Edward Lanagan died very suddenly about 8 o'clock yesterday evening at the Knickerbocker Engine House.  He had been out with the engine upon the alarm of fire, and upon returning to the engine house sat down upon a box.  After sitting a few moments, the persons around him noticing that he was about to fall, caught him, and in about five minutes he expired without a struggle.  A physician was sent for immediately, but he arrived too late.  The coroner held an inquest upon his body.  The verdict of the jury was death from causes to them unknown, Mr. Lanagan was about 22 years of age, and his former residence was Brooklyn, N.Y.  He was not a member of the Knickerbocker Company, but was employed by them as the steward of their engine.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 May 1853

INQUEST. - An inquest was held in San Francisco on Sunday, on the body of a man who died suddenly at the restaurant No. 52 Long Wharf.  The deceased's name was James H. Darrow, aged 48, of Saratoga Springs.  The jury rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death in consequence of an over dose of morphine, administered by his own hand.

SUICIDE. - An Englishmen named Alexander Whetter, aged 35 years, committed suicide at Six Mile Creek, on the night of May 2d.  The infidelity of his wife caused him to commit the dreadful act.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 May 1853

An inquest was held over the body of Antonio Lazor, a Spaniard, at Charcoal Flat, on the 6th inst., who came to his death by the falling of a tree, which mangled his skull in an awful manner.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 May 1853

POISONED. - On Monday night, about 12 o'clock, Mr. Gustav Goyetche was discovered by Mr. Chauviteau, one of his neighbors, apparently very sick.  Physicians were immediately sent for, but before it was discovered what was the matter with him he was dead.  He lived only about fifteen minutes after being first observed.  Upon an examination it was found that he had apparently been taking medicine.  Upon his table were two bottles, one containing a solution of 1 oz. of cyanyuret of potassium in 8 oz. of water, and marked as ":gargle."  This was sufficient to account for his death, such a mixture being a deadly poison.  A solution of cyanyuret of potassium is used as a gargle, but the proper proportion would have been one grain instead of one ounce.  The gargle had been prescribed by an intimate friend of Goyetche, Dr. Pissis, who left for Mexico a few days since.  The apothecary who prepared such a prescription seems to have been very careless in marking such a prescription a "gargle," even in accordance with the direction of the physician.  Goyetche was a native of Bayonne in France, and was about thirty bone years of age.  He had a tobacco establishment in Washington street a few doors below Montgomery.  The deadly character of the poison may be known from the fact that hydrocyanic acid is prussic acid, the poisonous principle in this medicine.  The coroner began holding an inquest yesterday; the inquest will be continued to-day.  A post mortem examination has been held on the body.  The remains of Goyetche will be buried this afternoon at 3 o'clock, after funeral service to be held at the Catholic chapel, on Vallejo street.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 May 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

INQUEST. - The inquest to inquire intro the causes of the death of Mr. Gustave Goyetche rendered a verdict yesterday.  The following is the verdict: "The jury empanneled to inquire into the death of Gustave Goyetche, report that the deceased came to his death by taking a poisonous substance, prescribed by Dr. Pissis and compounded by Victor Chevalier.

   The jury cannot too strongly censure the gross carelessness of both the physician and druggist - the one in writing a prescription of so deadly a nature, and the other in preparing and delivering the same without any accompanying caution as to its poisonous nature.

DROWNED. - A Coroner's inquest was held yesterday on the body of Thomas Skelly, formerly of Liverpool, aged about 24 years.  The verdict was that he had been accidentally drowned.  He is supposed to have been drowned about the 9th instant, on which day in the afternoon he was seen very drunk on Pacific wharf, where he was drowned.  It is supposed that the liquor was drugged.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 May 1853

SUICIDE - Dr. D. W. Petrie, late of Oswego County, New York, committed suicide yesterday evening at 6 ½ o'clock, at the residence of Dr. White in Virginia street, four doors south of Jackson street.  Dr. Petrie had been in California about six weeks, and was suffering from Panama fever, and had shown for several days past symptoms of derangement.  Dr. White had gone out to the lower part of the city a short time before, for some medicine, and a lady of the neighborhood had come in to sit up with Dr. Petrie in the meantime.  She had been sitting in the room but a short time when she noticed his hand moving under the bed clothes, and in a few minutes after she saw blood running from the bed.  She immediately called in Mr. West, who happened to be riding by.  Mr. West laid down the bed clothes and found that Petrie had stabbed himself with a thumb lancet four slight wounds in the breast and waist, and one mortal wound in the right thigh severing the femoral artery.  He lived only about ten minutes, and died without noise or struggle.  The coroner held an inquest and the verdict of the jury was that in a fit of derangement he had killed himself by opening the femoral artery.

DROWNED. - Yesterday afternoon Mr. Joseph E. Thain fell overboard from a lighter near the ship Lord Weston, and was drowned.  His body has not been recovered, and we are requested to say that a reward of $100 will be paid by his brother for its recovery.  Information to be left at the counting room of Messrs. Samuel Rice & Co. or Grogan & Lent; Mr. Thain was 3 feet 7 inches in height, light haired, and without whiskers.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 May 1853

INQUEST. - An inquest was held at San Francisco over the body of Thomas Skelly, of Liverpool, aged 24 years.  The Journal makes the following comment upon the causes leading to the deceased man's death:

   "The last time he was seen on the 9th instant, he was laboring under the influence of potations compounded and dealt out by the numerous grog-shops licensed and unlicensed in our city, but the jury rendered a verdict of accidental drowning."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 May 1853

THE AFFAIR AT SANTA BARBARA. - A gentleman has kindly transmitted to us the evidence taken before the Coroner of Santa Barbara, at the inquest held on the body of J. Vidall, the person who was shot in the affray in that city on the 30th ult.  It does not differ materially from the statement which we published last week, and we therefore omit its publication.  Our correspondent says, "John Dunn will recover from his wound.  The ball passed through the right breast, slightly fracturing the shoulder blade."  The Californian who stabbed the Sheriff, and was afterwards shot by him, by named Leyva, not Lugo, as we stated last week.  He has since died of his wounds.  The Sheriff will probably recover.  The verdict of the Coroner's jury in the case of Vidall:

   "We, the undersigned, jurors in the case of one John Vidall, do hereby agree that the said John Vidall came to his death by balls and knife cuts, inflicted by some person or persons to the jury unknown." - Star.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 May 1853

INQUEST. - The body of Jules Simonds, whose death by drowning we noticed some days since, was found yesterday, and an inquest was held.  Mons. Simonds was twenty-three years of age.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 May 1853

SUICIDE. - An inquest was held yesterday on the body of Wm. Innis.  The facts elicited by the evidence were, that Innis was from Pennsylvania, and about 28 years of age; that he had been sick five or six weeks, and his jaw had been very sore, and as he supposed, fractured; that he took leave of some of his friends on Wednesday evening, telling them that he should be a corpse in two hours; that then he bought as two ounce vial of laudanum; and that he was found dead yesterday morning, in a small house near the corner of Sutter and Sansome streets.  When he spoke to his friends, bidding them good bye, some of them proposed to arrest him; but others supposed that he was jesting, and nothing was done.  The verdict of the jury was that he had committed suicide.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 May 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

INQUESTS. - Two inquests were held yesterday by Coroner's juries.  One was on the body of a man found floating in the bay near Cunningham's Wharf yesterday morning, by John Allen, James Lockeren, and James Laffin.  The features were gone, so that no one would have been able to have recognized them.  He was dressed in a black broadcloth dress coat, in satinet pants of a dull green ground with small blue stripes, in a dark-colored vest of fine twilled woolen goods, and he had on two handkerchiefs, one of which was white, with large square blue figures.  The body was tied by a rope to a heavy iron brake of a windlass.  He had apparently been in the water eight or ten days.

   The second inquest was had on the body of Joseph E. Thain, aged 25 years, formerly from St. Johns, New Brunswick.  The verdict was that he came to his death by accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 June 1853

INQUEST. - An inquest was held by the Coroner yesterday, on the body of Ernest Demier, a German by birth, aged 47 years.  He died in a shanty on Fremont street between Folsom and Harrison streets.  The verdict of the jury was, that intemperance was the cause of his death.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 3 June 1853

A MAN SHOT. - The Mokelumne Hill correspondent of the Sacramento Union says that an intoxicated man who, mistaking the jail for his hotel, attempted to force an entrance, was shot on Thursday night by the jailor, who supposed that an effort was being made to liberate the prisoners.  The unfortunate man was mortally wounded, and died in a few hours.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 June 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Deputy Coroner held an inquest yesterday morning over the body of a man, name unknown who was found floating in the river near Sutter.  It is believed that he was one of the city convicts who escaped from the prison brig a few days since, as shackles were found on his feet, when discovered in the water.  A gold ring was also found on his finger, and a file in the bosom of his shirt.  The body was greatly decomposed.  The deceased is supposed to have been a Scotchman, about 35 years of age.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 June 1853

BURIALS IN '49 AND '50. - In disinterring a few days since, the body of a person buried in '49 or '50, a number of coins amounting to six or seven dollars were found in the coffin.  He had been buried so carelessly that his money had been overlooked.  Several years ago a miner, on his way to the Atlantic States, died in this city and was buried as men usually were buried in those days.  His brother in the mines came down soon after and asked what had been done with the deceased's money.  The answer was that he had had no money.  The miner insisted that he had, and got the Coroner to have the body disinterred, and sure enough, on the body was found a belt containing about $800.

INQUEST. - Mr. John Clary was killed yesterday morning, about 8 o'clock, by the caving in of a bank in an unfinished cistern at the corner of Dupont and Vallejo streets.  Clary was standing in a ditch which was about seven feet deep and three wide, where he was digging under one side, when suddenly the overhanging bank fell and threw him against the opposite wall.  Had the earth been sand it would not have injured him, but it was a very hard lumpy clay.  The whole weight that fell upon him was not more then 200 pounds, and it buried him nearly to the armpits as he fell on his knees against the bank.  He made one gasp, and died almost immediately without a groan or a struggle.  He was a native of Ireland, about 40 years of age, leaves a wife and eight children, and arrived only about three weeks since from Sydney.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 June 1853

DROWNED. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man found floating in the water near Pacific Wharf.  From papers found upon his person it appears that his name was Antoine Picquenot; that he was born at Chauville la Hare, in the department of La Manche, in France, and that he had resided in Clichy, rue Zealot No. 11; and that he was a gardener by profession.  He appeared to have been in the water a couple of weeks.  The verdict of the jury was accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 June 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

INQUEST.. - The body of a man was found yesterday by Mr. H. K. Dean, among the hills about three miles west of the Mission Dolores.  He appeared to have been dead about six weeks, and had his skull broken in such a manner that it was plain he had been murdered.  He was dressed in a coarse woolen undershirt, blue checked cotton overshirt, sheep's-grey pants, and coarse heavy boots.  He was of medium height, and had sandy hair.  There was no clue to his name.  The Coroner held an inquest, and the verdict of the jury was that the deceased had come to his end by unfair means.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 June 1853

SUICIDE. - Salery Hue, a native of Bayonne, in France, aged 35 years, died suddenly on yesterday morning, about 4 o'clock, at his residence, No. 229 Stockton st.  He had been unwell for a few days past, melancholy and somewhat deranged, having been driven it is supposed, to excessive dissipation, by some previous misunderstanding with his wife.  In this fit of mental aberration he swallowed a large quantity of essence of noyau, causing death soon afterwards.  A Coroner's inquest was held upon the body, the Jury rendering a verdict in accordance with the above facts. - Herald.

FATAL RESULT. - We regret to learn that Dr. Alfred Crane, who was shot by Mr. Toby, on Friday last, expired in great agony about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  He was from Alexandria, Louisiana, where he leaves a family to mourn his loss.  He was sensible to the last, and disclaimed any ill feeling towards the gentleman who was the unfortunate cause of his death. - Ib.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 June 1853

FROM THE INTERIOR.

Calaveras.

DEATH SENTENCE. - Jolly Sebastian, a Frenchman, was sentenced by Judge Creamer to be executed on the 15th of July, at Moquelumne Hill, for the murder of Maturen Lawrence, another Frenchman.

KILLED. - Two Frenchmen had a dispute on Saturday week about a claim involving three or four feet of ground, which ended in one shooting the other dead on the spot.  The culprit was arrested, brought to jail, tried and found guilty of murder.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Last week, Thursday, a man named Mills was killed near Drytown, by the caving in of a bank where he was at work.  Mills was from the State of Illinois, where he leaves a family.

MURDERED BY THE INDIANS - TRAILING THE FUGITIVES. - On Tuesday last, says the Chronicle, the body of a Mexican was found near San Andres, and information having been given, an inquest was held by the Coroner, Dr. Austin.  The jury returned a verdict that death was caused by a gunshot wound, supposed to have been inflicted by Indians.  On examination of the place where the body was found, marks of bare feet were discovered, and also shoe marks.  Capt. Ellas immediately commenced a search, and accompanied by two gentlemen named Hatch, merchants of San Andres, traced the mark for miles, but were unable to discover the hiding place.  It seems that in traveling over grass, the bare foot only bends it and turns it inwards, while a shoe track breaks the grass near the root, and turns it outwards.  By close observation, the Capt. traced the Indians five or six miles, crossing the road several times, but lost the trail in the bed of a creek.

   The next day, as Captain Ellas was coming to Mokelumne Hill, he met two Indians on the road, one of them carrying a gun.  He stopped them, and requested to examine the piece, which the Indians refused to permit.  He then took hold of the gun and wrested it from the Indian, and handed it to another man who happened to come up at the time, and proceeded to examine the pouch and horn.  When thus engaged, the Indian snatched away his gun, and started off, the other covering the retreat.  Refusing to stand or return when repeatedly called to, the captain sent a ball after him, which arrested his flight.  The other Digger then took up the gun and attempted to escape, but had sense enough to stop when called on.  He was sent to San Andrea for examination.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 June 1853

[From our Extra of yesterday.]

REVOLTING MURDER AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.

   In a lifetime we have not been called upon to record the particulars of so sanguinary a tragedy as it is now our duty to relate.

   Between two and three o'clock this (Tuesday) morning, the screams of a woman aroused the residents in the neighborhood of the Marion House, on J, Second and Third streets, who, hastening to the scene, were appalled by a spectacle well calculated to congeal the life-blood in their veins.

   Lying on the ground near a one story frame house which contains three small rooms, they discovered the body of a man bleeding profusely, and with his throat gashed from ear to ear.  On entering the rear portion of the dwelling, the body of a young and handsome woman was also found lying upon the floor, her face buried in a pool of blood, her head half cut off, and containing as deep gash which extended from the left front of the forehead back to the root of the ear.  In one of the front rooms another man was discovered, reeking in blood, from a similar gash on the head.

   The woman was quite dead.  Both of the men survive.

   The walls, beds, floor and ceiling of each room in the house exhibit the evidences of a bloody baptism, such as even a murderer's eye is not often called upon to behold.

   The particulars of this shocking tragedy, so far as we can gather them from the many rumors afloat, are these:

   Henry E. Strible and wife were the occupants of the frame residence.  They had retired to rest, in the rear portion of the house, and fallen asleep.  About the hour mentioned, Mrs. Strible was aroused by the entrance of a man into the room through the window.  She gave the alarm by screaming, but was in an instant after knocked down by a blow from an axe, which inflicted the deep wound on her head already described.  A second blow, aimed at her husband, struck him across the temple and forehead, inflicting an almost similar wound; but by some good fortune he was enabled to leap from the same window that the murderer had entered, and effected a present escape.

   The murderer followed him a short distance, but returning, with a razor completed his fiendish work upon Mrs. Strible, by cutting her throat till her head was half severed from her body.  He then got outside of the house and attempted to commit suicide by cutting his own throat.  Horrible as the statement may seem, this incarnate devil was none other than Joseph M. Strible, brother to the man and wife against whom his bloody hands were raised!

   It is hardly possible for either of the survivors to recover from their wounds; Henry Strible's skull is so gashed that his brains constantly ooze from the facture; and the attempt of Joseph at self-destruction has left him but just sufficient sensibility to make him conscious of his terrible criminality, and to enable him to avow himself the author of the tragedy by the use of pen and ink.  The community has been thrown into a fever of excitement by this bloody affair, for which no motives have as yet been publicly assigned.

   Physicians G. W. Williams and Strowbridge have the surviving brothers in their care.

Additional Particulars - 10 o'clock, P.M.

Henry and Joseph Strible still survive.  All three of the parties were from Baltimore, Md., and came to California at two different periods during the last two years.  Henry owned and conducted a tin shop on Third street, between J and K.  He is aged about 30 years; his brother Joseph was in his employment at the time of the tragedy.  He is aged 28 years.  Agnes, the unfortunate wife, was aged about 23 years.  She lived with her husband apparently on terms of the most devoted affection, so much so that the quiet and unobtrusive manner exhibited by the twain before their neighbors, made them a subject of general remark and admiration.

   Joseph M. Strible set fire to the curtains of the house, after having committed the murder, to conceal his guilt; but the light being detected by those who were aroused on hearing Mrs. Strible scream, hastened them to the scene sooner than they would otherwise have gone.  While repairing thither the murderer was observed making off, and pursued.  It is presumed that the fear of arrest led him at that time to turn his hand against his own life.

   Mrs. Strible was buried about 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning.  An inquest was previously held over her body by Coroner May, which returned the following:

VERDICT. - That Agnes Strible came to her death in consequence of wounds inflicted on the head with an axe, and by cutting the throat and severing the carotid artery with a sharp razor, inflicted by the hands of Joseph M. Strible. (Signed) A. T. Ward, Foreman, G. W. Hoag, H. T. Knox, Charles A. King, G. W. Gunn, T. N. Mander, H. J. Judd, F. W. Peters, S. H. Towne, L. W. Taylor, George Ormiston, J. P. Whitney.  SAML. J. MAY, Coroner.

FROM THE INTERIOR.

Yuba.

INDIAN ASSASSINATION. - We are informed  by Mr. W. King of this city, who was an eye-witness, that a young Indian, of the Valley, or Parks' Bar tribe, was murderer on Sunday last at the Tennessee House, on the Foster Bar road, by Ballaca, the Chief of the Mountain or Prentice tribe.  The murdered man was taking a drink of water, a short distance from the house, when Ballaca slipped up quietly to within a few feet of him, and discharged an arrow into his left side, in the region of the heart.  The victim lived but a few minutes after receiving the wound.  Ballaca made his escape.  The friends of the deceased immediately proceeded to burn the body - a very interesting ceremony, as Mr. King describes it. 

   The two tribes are to have a regular pitched battle on Saturday next, in a valley three miles north of the Tennessee House.  To the curious in matters pertaining to Indian warfare, a fine opportunity will be afforded for witnessing that, which, no doubt will prove a very exciting spectacle.

Sierra.

We are indebted to the Echo for the subjoined additional information:

TROUBLE WITH THE CHINESE. - Some ten days since, two Chinamen were shot by an Indian, at St. Joe Bar, and both have since died.  The Chinamen at that place, numbering some 300, having an idea that Messrs. Scellen and Miller, Collectors of the Foreign Miners' Tax, were in some manner connected with the Indians, openly threatened vengeance, and on Tuesday last attacked Mr. Miller with guns, and compelled him to leave the bar.  Miller was alone among some hundreds of the Chinese, all swearing vengeance, and only escaped with his life, by his coolness and courage; the ring-leader presented a double-barrel shot gun at his breast; Mr. Miller was compelled to hurt him severely before he could escape.  We understand that Mr. Miller intends to arrest him at once, and hand him over to the authorities, when the whole affair will be investigated. - The Indian who shot the Chinese, is well known to Capt. Alick of the St. Joe Indians, but they are afraid to point him out, for fear of the vengeance of his tribe.

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of Charles le Bel, a native of France, who fell from a log while crossing the Middle Fork at Black Dog Flat, and was drowned.  Deceased was about 33 years of age.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 June 1853

The following is clipped from the Evening Journal:

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held this morning at the Monumental Engine House, over the body of James Dougherty, a fireman, and a member of that company.  The verdict finds that the "deceased came to his death by being run over, on the morning of the 22d June, by the Monumental Fire Engine, No. 6, between the hours of 1 and 2 A.M.  The deceased was a native of Baltimore, Md., aged 25 years."

DROWNED. - On Monday night about 11 o'clock, James Smith and an Irishman named Tom, previously a fireman on board of the Sierra Nevada, both pretty drunk, were together of Long wharf, between the stopping places of the H. T. Clay and the American Eagle, when by some means they both tumbled off into the water.  Tom was drowned and Smith had just sense enough to keep at the top of the waster until he was picked up by Mr. Preston, mate of the Ohio.  Tom's family name is not known; and is supposed that he had a wife in the city.  His body has not been recovered. - Ib.

...

Sheriff Ashe, of Stockton, arrived this (Wednesday) morning, from Stockton, having in charge two prisoners, one of them Mr. Turner, who caused the death of Mr. Taylor, in a difficulty at Stockton; ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 June 1853

Letter from the Coroner, S. J. May, and 'The Undertaker' concerning the Strible affair, and burial.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 July 1853

FROM THE INTERIOR.

Coloma.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Monday last, Justice Sceva held an inquest on the body of a man found drowned in the South Fork near Sutter's Mill, in the lower part of the town.  The body had evidently been in the water for many days, and was much decomposed.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 July 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of an unknown man, found floating in the dock at the foot of Pacific wharf.  The jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 July 1853

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of Joseph West, who was stabbed by Benjamin Young on the 5th of July.  The following is some of the evidence in the case:

   Peter Douglass being duly sworn as a witness, said: I reside at Mr. Miller's, in Jackson street, near Davis.  I am a laborer; I recognize the deceased, who was called West.  I first saw him on the 5th of July, about 11 o'clock, A.M., at Mr. Miller's, playing cards with some men when I came out from dinner.  There appeared to be a difficulty between deceased and another man whose name I do not know.  After some words the deceased struck him first in the face, and he then told deceased if he touched him he would blow his head off.  I tried to get the deceased out of the house, and told him the other man was in his own boarding-house, and did not wish to fight.  I led him to the door.  The deceased returned and said he would have satisfaction, and struck the man in the face, when he was sitting on the sofa.  The man that was struck drew his knife and stabbed the deceased, making three or four passes at him.

   Harris Miller, being duly sworn as a witness, said: I reside on Jackson street, near Davis.  I keep the Sierra Nevada House.  I know the deceased now before me by the name of West; he is a native of Sweden, aged about thirty-two years.  He is a sailor.  I heard some dispute and quarrelling between the deceased and Benjamin Young.  I got up and went into the room, and they were using hard words to each other.  I ordered them to stop, and told West to go home.  West jumped on the table and caught Young by the throat.  I caught hold of West to try to part them.  Some others assisted, and they were separated.  I then took Young into his dinner, and told West to go home.  He replied he would not until he had satisfaction.  I told him he could have no satisfaction then.  After dinner West commenced abusing Young.  West struck Young on the face when he was sitting on the sofa.  West clinched Young by the collar.  I saw a motion of Young with his right hand, and soon discovered a knife.  I caught hold of Young and held his arm.  They were then parted, and West was then taken away to the doctor.  They were both intoxicated.  Young was more intoxicated than West.

   The verdict of the jury was that West died from the effects of a wound inflicted by Benj. Yioung with a kniofe on the 5th of July.  [See SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 July: "the latter drew his sheath knife and stabbed West over the lefty breast and once across the waist, making a long but not a very deep cut. West suffers considerably, but his wounds are not considered dangerous, unless mortification should take place."]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 July 1853

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of a negro named E. Riley, who died at the San Francisco Hospital, on Battery street, near Cunningham's Wharf.  Riley was about 28 years of age, and was a native f Philadelphia.  It appears from the evidence that Riley lived at Natchez, on Honcut Creek, about six miles from Bidwell's Bar in this State, and that while there he had a dispute about his claim with an Irishman.  A meeting of miners was held on the subject, and they decided in favor of the negro.  Not long afterward the Irishman shot Riley, when the latter had no though of an attack.  The ball broke Riley's right arm and wounded him in the back; that was on the fifth of July.  He immediately came down to this city and was in Dr. Heyerman and Gilbert's Hospital until yesterday when he died.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 July 1853

SUICIDE. - The Coroner [Gray] held an inquest yesterday on the body of I. S. Goodrich, at the Washington House, on California Wharf.  It appeared from the evidence that Mr. Goodrich was about 35 years of age, a native of Virginia, had resided in Cincinnati, came to California in '49, and had been in business 3 or 4 months on Davis street, in partnership with Mr. Boreland, of the firm of Goodrich & Boreland.  Mr. Boreland went to Australia not long since, and lately Mr. Goodrich has been very melancholy.  Yesterday he was partially insane, started to leave his room undressed, prayed in an incoherent and violent manner, and about half past 11 o'clock, A.M., he committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor.  He had very few or no intimate friends in California. It is supposed that embarrassment in business was the cause of his insanity, though $100 were paid to him on Saturday, and a certificate of deposit for $1,000 was found on his person.  He had the reputation of being an honest man.  The verdict was in accordance with the evidence.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 July 1853

Brief report of Goodrich case.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 July 1853

Editorial re a Mexican lynched at Jackson for horse-theft.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 July 1853

Murder at Jackson! One of the Murderers Hung!

[SPECIAL CORRESPONDENCE]

JACKSON, July 28th, 1853.

MESSRS. EDITORS: - The intelligence of a diabolical murder perpetrated by a party of three Chileans upon a Chinaman, was brought into town last night, about 10 o'clock, which created quite an excitement among the citizens of our place, particularly when they were informed that the Chinese had succeeded in capturing and making secure one of the murderers, and that the villain as in safe keeping at the camp where the murder was committed.

   In a few moments after the report reached this town, a party of fifty of our citizens, all "armed to the teeth," started off, and soon made their way through the mountains to the place of the murder, where they found their prisoner well secured by ropes, and with bloody head and face, and other portions of his body badly bruised, having been mightily threshed by the Chinamen previous to the arrival of the party.  The murderer was soon faced towards Jackson, where the company arrived with him a little after midnight.  At first it was resolved to hang the villain immediately, but the crowd finally concluded to keep him till morning, which they did; and at eight o'clock this morning, in the presence of about 1,000 persons, the culprit ascended the fatal drop, and after asking pardon of those present for the crime he had committed, the rope was adjusted around his neck, the drop knocked from under him, and the wretched being was hurried into eternity.

'   It seems that this gang of desperadoes have been camping for the last three months in the vicinity where the murder was perpetrated, occasionally mining a little, but most of the time doing nothing in the shape of labor; and by some means or other no doubt became aware that the Chinese company near them (whom they attacked) had in their possession quite a sum of money, and were resolved upon robbing them.  This company consisted of three members - an old man and his two sons.  The old man was the treasurer, and had nearly all the money belonging to the company in his possession; which fact seems to have been well understood by the murderers, as they first made a desperate attempt at the old man's life, but through the assistance of a number of Chinese present, he made his escape from the hands of the assassins, but which resulted in the loss of one of his son's lives.  In the affray, the Chilean that was hung was knocked down with a hatchet, and thus he was secured.  The young man had in his possession about $200, which the villains took and immediately left the vicinity, and have not been seen or heard of by any one in this section, and they will probably make as successful escape.  Yours, &c.

AN INQUEST was held by the Coroner yesterday on the body of an unknown man found drowned, floating in the bay off Long wharf, by two boatmen named James Duncan and Cornelius Walsh.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.  The deceased appears to be dressed as a sailor, having on when found a blue woolen shirt, cotton pants and belt, with a knife attached round his body such as a seaman wears, was barefooted, is about five feet six inches high and stout made; appears to be a man about 27 years of age.  His body will remain at the Coroner's office, 205 Sacramento street, until this afternoon, in odder that some of his friends or relations may recognize his body.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 August 1853

FROM THE INTERIOR.

Placer.

An Indian was hung a few days ago on Bear river, for killing a Chinaman.  Before being strung up he confessed his guilt, and also stated that he had previously killed five Chinamen and one American.  The latter was killed the summer of '51, and Judge Jordon, of Auburn, was sent for to hold an inquest upon the body.  At the time it was supposed three white men had committed the crime, and one of them was kept in jail some time upon the charge. - Herald.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 August 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest this morning on the body of a male infant found buried in a cigar box on the corner of Post and Stockton streets.  A couple of men were seen burying the box on the morning of the 31st of July, but the witness said that he would not be able to recognize them.  The verdict of the jury was that the child had died from natural causes - probably was stillborn.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 August 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

INQUEST. - The Corner held an inquest yesterday on the body of Edward J. Mann, who was found drowned near Davis street early in the morning.  Mr. Mann was deaf and dumb, about 30 years of age, and was formerly of South Boston.  A witness testified that he saw him about 3 o'clock in last Monday morning, when he appeared to be under the influence of liquor.  Shortly after the witness heard some one fall into the water.

ANOTHER. - The Coroner held an Inquest last evening on the body of John Diffin, who died suddenly on Market street wharf near Montgomery, yesterday afternoon.  It appeared from the evidence that Diffin had been troubled with the ague, and had tried many medicines with but little benefit to him, and yesterday determined to try mixed liquors.  He accordingly drank about a bottle of brandy and another of ale and about three hours after drinking the liquor he died from its effects.  Diffin was about 30 years of age, a native of Ireland, and resided for some time in Tompkins county New York.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 August 1853

DEATH. - Mr. [Peter] Smith, shot in a duel on the 31 inst. by Capt. Scott, died last evening at 6 o'clock, at the Mission Dolores.

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest last evening on the body of Margaret Ireland who was found dead in the bed at 5 P.M.  The verdict was that she died in a fit from the effects of dissipation.  She was a native of Ireland, late of Sydney, and was aged out 33 years.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 August 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of Peter Smith, at Col. Bell's residence, beyond the Mission Dolores.

   J. T. Dickson, sworn as a witness, says, "I am a physician and surgeon, and follow my profession in this State.  I know the deceased by the name of Peter Smith.  He is from Wilkinson county, Mississippi.  He is about 26 years of age.  I have attended him during his last illness.  The first time I was called in to seer him, was on the afternoon of the 31 inst., about 2 o'clock, P.M.  I then found him laboring under a gun-shot wound, in the neck, on the right side, masking a half circle in its course, then passing along and finally lodging in the back portion of the left shoulder, making a wound which I do believe caused his death.  He died on the evening of the 7th inst. at 6 o'clock.

Question by the Coroner - "Do you know the circumstances connected with this man's death?"

Answer - I decline to answer that question, falling back on my reserved rights not to criminate myself in the matter.

   The jury found that Mr. Smith came to his death from a gun shot wound in the neck, from a weapon in the hands of some person to them unknown.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Fred. Schwede, a German, aged 20 years, late from New Orleans, was found dead in his bed yesterday morning, at No. 181 Pacific street.  He had been sick for three ort four days.  No inquest was held.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 August 1853

BODY FOUND. - Several days since the remains of a body were found, near the surface, in the sand, on Dupont street near Market.  The flesh had all mouldered away and the body had evidently been in the earth for a long time.  The clothes were so rotten that texture and color were indistinguishable, and there was nothing by which the person could be recognized.  The long, black and slightly curled hair reminded some persons in the neighborhood of as Kanaka woman, or wyhena, that had a tent near the spot several years since, and suddenly disappeared, no one knew whither.

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest last evening on the body of a boy, three years old, found floating in the dock at the corner of Davis and Jackson streets.  His name is Edgar Kennison, son of John Kennison.  The verdict was "accidental drowning."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 August 1853

DROWNED. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man found in the dock near Drum street, between Sacramento and California.  It appeared that his name was Martin Johnson, formerly second mate of the brig Potomac, and that he was drowned about a week since.  He tried to walk on a rail from the wharf to the vessel, but fell in and was drowned.  It is supposed that he was sober; and the Coroner informs us that it is the first one of the many cases of drowned persons believed to have been sober at the time of drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 August 1853

INQUEST.  - [repeat of Martin Johnson inquest.]  Another body was found several days since, and then supposed to be that of Johnson.  It has since been discovered to be that of Wm. Huey.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 August 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - A few days since an inquest was held on the body of a man drowned in the dock, supposed to be that of Martin Johnson, who fell overboard from the brig Potomac.  The body was afterwards recognized as that of a man named Wm. Hill, and a verdict found by the jury in accordance with these facts.

   Yesterday, an inquest was held upon another body, which was identified as that of Martin Johnson, who fell from the rail of the brig Potomac.  He was the second mate of the brig, was a native of Russia, and 23 years of age.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 August 1853

AN INQUEST was held yesterday morning on the body of Archibald Laing, found drowned near Market st., Wharf.  He was a native of New York and about forty-five years old.  He boarded on the vessel Imperial and was in the habit of getting off her in the evening intoxicated.  The verdict was accidental drowning. [Details of a letter from his son re wife.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 August 1853

Archibald Laing, as above.

   

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 August 1853

The Law of Inquests.  Editorial.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 August 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday, on the body of Michael Horrigan, aged 27 years, a native of Ireland, but late of New Zealand, who was drowned on the 22d inst., at Meiggs' Wharf.  He was intoxicated at the time, and was warned to be careful, but observed the caution by taking a couple of additional glasses of liquor; and when upon the wharf he was do awkward that his horse backed off from the wharf, and himself was drowned.  There are two morals to the accident: firstly, people should not get intoxicated: and secondly, every wharf should have a combing, so that horses can not easily back their drays off.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 August 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest Monday on the body of Charles Hadmin, which was found floating in the Bay in the morning.  The deceased was a native of Finland, aged [33] years, a sailor by profession, and a man of intemperate habits.  He had been missing since Tuesday last.  Verdict, accidental drowning.

ANOTHER. - While holding the inquest on Hadmin, the Coroner learned that another body had been found under similar circumstances in the Bay.  The evidence showed that the body was that of Mr. Lansesseur, a native of France, aged 40 years.  He sometimes drank to excess.  When last seen he was going to catch muscles.  He had been missing since Thursday.  The same verdict was returned.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 31 August 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning, over the body of a man found in the Sacramento river opposite L street.  There was no person present who could identify the body, but it is supposed to be that of the man who fell overboard from the steamer Gazelle last Saturday.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 September 1853

THE CITY.

FOUND DEAD. - The body of a dead man was discovered yesterday morning under the house of Miss Cad. Woods, on Second street, between J and K.  The name of the deceased is supposed to be Morris Yates, or G. Morris Yates, from Belvidere, Boone county, Ill., as was learned from several letters found in a small ragged valise that lay by his side.  He was discovered going under the house in a state of intoxication the evening previous, and was known to be alive at 7 o'clock yesterday morning.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body, and the verdict rendered that he "came to his death from exposure and the effects of intemperance."  Five dollars in money were found on his person, besides small articles of trifling value in his valise.  Deceased was perhaps between 40 and 50 years of age, a laboring man by calling, and exhibited the mournful spectacle of having a drained whisky bottle by his side.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 September 1853

THE CITY.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An in quest was held yesterday morning by the Deputy Coroner, on the body of a man found drowned at the ferry, near the mouth of the American river.  Apparently he was aged between 25 and 30, about five feet seven inches in height, with light hair, and had on nothing but a blue shirt, with a pocket in the left breast, when discovered.  The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death by accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALAY CALIFORNIA, 4 September 1853

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest on Friday evening about 11 o'clock, on the body of Chas. Wilson, from Finland, aged 25 years, drowned near Cunningham's wharf while intoxicated.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 September 1853

SACRAMENTO NEWS.

[PER ADAMS & CO.'S EXPRESS.]

AWFUL TRAGEDY IN DOWNIEVILLE. - A slip from the Sacramento Union office gives the following particulars of a fatal affair at Downieville:

DOWNIEVILLE. Sept. 9, 1853.

On Wednesday a disturbance took place between two men named John Potter alias "Baltimore Jack" and Muntz, respecting a mining claim at Forest City.  It appears that Muntz had been requested to collect some money from Jack, that was due a party at Downieville, it being a balance of purchase money for a mining claim.  Jack remonstrated with Muntz and a rencontre ensued.  It is stated that Jack kicked Muntz, whereupon Muntz drew his knife and stabbed jack in the abdomen, inflicting a wound that caused his death on yesterday morning.

   The Coroner held an inquest on the body, and Muntz was brought to town late last evening, in custody of the Sherriff of the county.  Early this morning as deputation arrived from Forest City, (about nine miles from here,) and before the officers of the law had an opportunity to try the prisoner, the mob had attempted to seize him from the custody of the Sheriff, and try him, ad they said, by "Judge Lynch Law."  Our very efficient Sheriff, W. J. Ford, remonstrated with them, and, after great difficulty, succeeded in getting the mob dispersed.  For a time, all was comparatively quiet, and the public mind apparently quieted.  At 12 o'clock, some of the ring-leaders were attempting to agitate the matter, when the Sheriff very properly arrested one of them as an example.

   At this time the excitement ran very high, and another attempt was made to rescue the prisoner; every good and law-abiding citizen in town was called on by the Sheriff to form a posse comitatus to assist him in preserving the peace.  The prisoner was confined in one of the upper rooms of Craycroft's magnificent saloon, and about 1 o'clock a rush was made up the stairs, at which time a revolver was accidentally fired, the ball striking Thadeus Purdy, Esq., a valuable and good citizen, and District Attorney for this District.  It entered the back of his head, the wound causing almost instant death.

   At this time the excitement was at its height, and hundreds of revolvers were drawn, the lives of the citizens being in imminent danger.  A deep-seated gloom seemed to rest over all the Downievilleans at this lamentable crisis, as Mr. Purdy was a man of high and noble mind, respected by all who knew him in his private and professional character.

   It was at three o'clock currently reported in town that a large reinforcement was on the way from Forest City and Oregon Creek, all armed, to seize the prisoner from the Sheriff, even if it cost them their lives.  This augmented the excitement materially, and an order was issued by a Justice of the Peace to stop the sale of all spirituous liquors and wines, which was most strictly obeyed.  The prisoner will be tried immediately on the return of his Honor Judge McCann, the County Judge.  Too much praise cannot be awarded out energetic Sheriff for the promptness and determination displayed by him throughout the whole excitement, and the exemplary manner in which out citizens turned out to uphold the majesty of the law.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 September 1853

Another report of the Downieville affair. - Downieville Echo.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 September 1853

STREET FIGHT - FATAL RESULT.

Very long account of affair between Dr. J. S. Downs [discharged] and Mr. Gabriel M. Duvall.

Inquest evidence:  After receiving Mr. Duvall's third fire, Dr. Downs stooped partially behind the door post, and drawing aim on the body of his adversary, at the first fire shot him through the right leg, immediately above the ancle, and at the second, below the arm, near the nipple of the right breast - the ball ranging through and lodging in his body.  He was immediately lifted from the earth where he had fallen, and carried to the drug store of Dr. Sharkey - Dr. Proctor and others being in attendance, who could no nothing to save him, and he expired a few moments after.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 September 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

MURDER. - Pacific street witnessed another of those bloody tragedies last night, between 10 ands 11 o'clock, which has made that locality do famous in the annals of crime.  A colored man named John Williams was murdered in front of the Philadelphia House, kept by a mulatto named John Ross, on Pacific, just below Kearny street.  The particulars so far as we were enabled to obtain them, are as follows: Williams it appeared had arrived from Sonora on the evening previous, with a considerable sum of money, and during the early part of last evening had been displaying it in the bar-room of the above-mentioned house.  A number of other negroes were present, besides several Mexicans, among whom was one Jose Maria.

   About the hour before alluded to, Williams, who was slightly intoxicated, while engaged in conversation with several companions in the street, fronting the house, suddenly exclaimed. "oh, I'm stabbed," and turning, ran after a man who fled towards Kearny street, crying out while running, "stop him, stop him, he stabbed me."  Officer McKenzie being in that vicinity, immediately ran forward and intercepted the flying man, who proved to be Jose Maria, and presenting a pistol commanded him to "stop," which he did, and was then arrested and conveyed to the station house.

   Williams meantime had fallen from exhaustion, caused by loss of blood, and on his being conveyed into an adjacent house, it was discovered that he had been stabbed in the left side of the back with a large knife, the spine being entirely severed.  A surgeon was immediately called, but in a few moments the poor fellow bled to death.

   The knife, a large bowie knife, the blade being about 8 inches in length, was picked up buy some one in the crowd, and was found to be covered with blood to the hilt.  It appeared to have entered the full length, and the wound inflicted was terrible.  The murderer, upon being placed in the station house appeared quite pleased with the bloody deed, evincing no fear whatever of consequences.  He is a small man apparently about twenty-five years of age.  Williams was formerly a resident of Philadelphia.  We could hear of no quarrel that had ensued between the murderer and the murdered, and are at a loss to account for the bloody deed.

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF DR. GILLIS. - The Coroner held an Inquest on the body of Dr. Gillis yesterday, who was shot by Drew, a few days ago.  Drs. Hitchcock, Mott and Hammond held a post mortem examination on the body, and found the ball had entered the inner angle of the left eye, penetrating the cranium, dividing in part in its course, the optic nerve of the left eye, and thence passing through the case of the brain, which caused his death.  The Jury, after hearing the medical testimony and other witnesses, rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts.  That he had come to his death from the effects of a pistol shot wound received in the head, and that said weapon was in the hands of a man named Drew, at the time, and was done with intent to take the life of deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 September 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Gray held an inquest yesterday upon the body of John Williams, the colored man who was murdered in Pacific st., Sunday night.  The facts, as we have already published them, were substantially the same as elicited from several witnesses who gave their testimony before the Coroner.  The sum of $475 and two specimens, valued at $8, were found on the body of the deceased.  Williams was a heavy set negro, about five feet eight or nine inches in height, aged about twenty-eight years.  The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the facts already stated.

DEAD. - The man shot by Mr. McKenzie in the riot near the corner of Vallejo and Front sts., Sunday night, died yesterday morning.  We were unable to learn his name.  Mr. McKenzie was arrested but was set at liberty on his own recognizances.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 September 1853

LAW REPORT.

District Court.

The People vs. J. H. Heatehrington - Mandamus directed to the Court of Sessions to transfer this case into this Court, said defendant being indicted for the crime of murder, (of John Bouldin.)

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Gray yesterday morning, as a house in Vallejo street, near Kearny, upon the body of the captain of the Mexican brig [??????].  His name was [heavily inked, unreadable].  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from disease of the heart.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 September 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning by Coroner Gray, upon the body of a man found floating in the dock at the foot of Pacific street.  he was first discovered by a deck hand of the steamer Senator.  Some papers were found in his pockets, and among them a French passport dated Paris, May 26th, 1852.  From the description in the passport, the jury came to the conclusion that the name of the deceased was M. Saliement, and rendered a verdict that he came to his death by accidental drowning.  He was 44 years of age.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 September 1853

NEVADA LOCAL NEWS ! - From Young American we learn that an inquest was holden on Tuesday last, on the body of Charles R. Bernard, late of Jamestown, Ky.  Deceased lost his life in an altercation at Bear Valley.  He was 25 years of age.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 October 1853

Biography of Thomas Savoy, alias Black Tom, alias the Special Citizen of Bexar county. - N. O. Picayune.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 October 1853

The Auburn Affair - Coroner's Inquest, &c.

The Placer Herald of Saturday contains the proceedings of the inquest held over the body of the Chinaman who was reported as having died on Monday last. [Post mortem held, after exhumation, not the right person.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 October 1853

BENICIA ITEMS. - The following items are culled from the Vedette of the 1st:

   An inquest was holden over the body of George Hoffman, found dead in a shanty.  Verdict, intemperance.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 October 1853

MURDER IN THE TENTH PRECINCT. - The following report of an informal inquest on the body of a man found in the Tenth Precinct, has been handed to us for publication.  We possess no other information on the subject.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY. - Having been called upon by the undersigned, citizens of the aforesaid State and County, to assist in holding a post mortem examination on the body of a man found dead, about one and a half miles north from the residence of Capt. Wm. D. Harrington, in the tenth precinct, in said county, on examination found said man to have come to his death by willful murder of some assassins unknown to me.  Said murdered man appears to have been shot a little above the right nipple, the ball ranging in the direction of the heart, which bullet is now in the possession of John L. Miller - also to have received two stabs in the lower part of the breast, either of which from appearances, would have proved mortal, and the third did not enter the cavity of the body.  The skull bone was broken and a large piece entirely out.  Supposed to have been lassooed and dragged about half a mile into a thicket.  I supposed said murdered man to have been about 5 feet 7 inches high, and of common size of men of that height - had on a green round about coat, with black metal buttons, steel mixed casenette pants, kip skin boots with red tops, white linen shirt under a blue woolen over shirt, and a black cravat of silk - supposed to have been murdered about four or five weeks.  Given under my hand the 3d day of October, 1853, AUSTIN HOGGARD, M.D.

  1. G. THOMPSON, A. R. PINKERTON, F. Z. BOYNTON, JAMES L. ALLCORN, L. HULLIDAY, WALTER BUCKLAND, JOHN L. MILLER, JOHN P. EDINGER.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 October 1853

LOCAL MATTERS.

THE MURDER AT VOLCANO. - Christopher Fox, the man who was brought up on the steamer Brother Jonathan, was examined yesterday, in the Recorder's Court, on the charge of the murder of Mr. Beckman, at Volcano, on the 25th of July last.  Mr. Beckman was killed by the stroke of an axe and the store was robbed of between four and five thousand dollars.  Fox and another man were sleeping in the store that night, and in the morning had disappeared.  He was arrested on board the Brother Jonathan on her passage down from here, and the mate, yesterday, testified before the recorder that about $[1400] in gold dust was taken from Fox, and that he said at the time that he had taken the money from Mr. Beckman's store.  The prisoner was sent to Calaveras county for trial.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held by the Coroner yesterday on the body of a man who was found near Lon g Wharf.  Nothing was found upon him by which he could be identified.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 October 1853

FOUND DEAD. - A Frenchman was found dead in his bed yesterday morning at a lodging house in Sacramento street.  Coroner Whaling held an inquest, and the jury returned a verdict that he came to his death from natural causes.  His name and age were unknown.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Whaling, yesterday morning, upon the body of a man named James Bebbington, a native of England, about 22 years of age.  The deceased came to his death by accidental drowning at the foot of Jackson street, being under the influence of liquor at the time.  The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 October 1853

HORRIBLE MURDER. - A foul murder was committed last evening on Jackson street wharf.  Two white men, said to be Americans, went into the Chinese wash house of gee Sing, and called for some clothing, which they said they had there.  The Chinamen present told them they could not give them any clothing unless they presented the tickets, which are always given at these wash houses.  Upon this one of the men drew a pistol, and knocked down one of the Chinamen, and then fired upon the other, a man named A Yong, shooting him through the heart, and killing him instantly.  They then ran, and although a great crowd immediately collected, they escaped.  An inquest was held last evening, and the Coroner's jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

   This is one of the most horrid murders we have ever had occasion to record.  The Chinese in our city are a most harmless, inoffensive race, and such outrages as this, upon them, or any other men, deserves the most condign punishment.  The probability is, should the real perpetrators of this horrid deed be caught, the general incomplete character of Chinese evidence would not be sufficient to convict them.  It is sincerely to be hoped, however, that they will be arrested and punished.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 October 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Wheating held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of an unknown man at the corner of Stockton and Jackson streets.  The deceased was taken ill about noon, while walking along Jackson street.  His disease was hemorrhage of the lungs.  He was a man about 35 years of age, and his body will remain till to-day at 12 o'clock, at the undertaking establishment of John Murphy, No. 357 Stockton street, for identification.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 October 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon by Coroner Whaling upon the body of a man named John Wood, who died very suddenly at his residence on Telegraph hill yesterday morning.  He had been unwell for some time, and about two o'clock yesterday morning he got up to get some water to drink, and in returning to his bed fell down and expired in a few minutes.  A verdict was returned by the jury in accordance with the above facts.  The deceased was a native of the West of England, and aged about 28 years.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 October 1853

MURDER AT RICH BAR. - We learn from a friend just down from Rich Bar, that on Sunday evening last, a man by the name of Frank Hildreth was shot at that place by another man by the name of Prasey, under the following circumstances:

   Prasey kept a small drinking establishment, at which place Hildreth was in the habit of getting his liquor.  About 10 o'clock that night, Hildreth, having spent the early part of the evening there, returned to Prasey's, and found the door locked.  He made considerable noise at the door, which annoyed Prasey, who, coming out at another opening, saw Hildreth standing at the door, and fired a pistol at him, the ball hitting him in the left side.  Three hours afterwards Hildreth was a corpse.  An inquest and examination was had on Monday, before a jury of twelve men, which resulted in a verdict that Prasey and his family should leave the Bar by nine o'clock Tuesday morning, or in default receive 100 lashes in his bare back.  Prasey fled, leaving his family behind, and, we understand he is now in this city.

   It is said, that he would have been hung instantly, but for the fact that he has three little daughters who drew so much on the sympathies of the jury as to save their father's life. - Marysville Herald.

BROUGHT BACK. - Fox, arrested on board the Brother Jonathan for the murder of Mr. Beckman, of Volcano, was brought here on Saturday last, in charge of Mr. Klebitz, partner of the deceased.  Fox had an examination, and was committed to jail to await his trial at the next term of the District Court. - Calaveras Chronicle.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 October 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Smith, on the body of a fisherman known as "Dutch Bill," who died in a fit caused by intemperance, while engaged in fishing the night previous, about seven miles above the city.  The verdict of the jury was in accordance with these facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 October 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST AT STOCKTON. - The Coroner of san Joaquin county held an inquest over the bodies of Mr. Brenham and a Chinese woman killed by the explosion of the American Eagle.  The jury exculpated the engineer, and ascribed the explosion to a fault in the boiler.

   Captain Sharp and Mr. Felt, injured by the explosion of the Stockton have died.

MURDER IN AUBURN. - A cold-blooded and atrocious murder was committed near Auburn yesterday, by Robert Scott, on the body of a man named Andrew King, of Missouri.  Scott shot King with a pistol, killing him instantly and then fled.  The officers are in pursuit of him, but have not yet taken him.  The difficulty arose from King refusing to loan Scott money at a gambling house.

...

A disgraceful riot occurred at Martinez, about half-a-mile from this place, on Saturday night last.  This camp is the rendezvous of all the bad spirits in our neighborhood, and was once the head-quarters of Joaquin Murriatta.  A dispute occurred over a game of cards in a fandango house, which soon ripened into a quarrel between Americans and Spaniards.  Pistols and knives were freely used, and the result was three Chileans mortally wounded.  One of them died yesterday morning, another last night, and the other is in a precarious situation.  A young man, an American, was arrested on the charge of shooting in the row, but was discharged.  One of the witnesses testified that he had seen him using the pistol freely, but that he said was a common occurrence in Martinez.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 October 1853

Destruction of St. Francis by Fire - One man burned to death.

...  When the fire first commenced, a native Californian named Jose Garcia, residing in Monterey, jumped from his room in the 4th story, to the sidewalk on Dupont street.  He was immediately taken to the office of Dr. Holmes, who days that he will not recover, his spine being very badly injured.  The charred trunk of a human body was found in the corner room of the third story, lying amongst a mass of shouldering bedding.  The legs and arms were both burned off, and the rest of the body so charred that it was impossible to get from it any idea of the age or nation of the unfortunate man.  Near him was found a piece of shirt, on which the name of J. Vall was written.  The Coroner held an inquest immediately, but ascertained nothing that could lead to the identification of the body. The register of the hotel was lost, and it is very probable that the name of the deceased will never be ascertained.  He was probably asleep when the fire broke out, and upon waking was so suffocated and stupefied as to render him powerless.

P.S. We learn that at a late hour last night, the deceased was recognized as Mr. Jas. J. Colman, of Kent county, Md., 40 years of age.  ... Mr. C. was for several years a clerk in the Patent Office at Washington, and a printer by profession.  He at one time edited a paper, it is stated, in Lafayette, Indiana.  We also learn that he leaves a family in Maryland.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 October 1853

SUICIDE. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest, yesterday morning, on the body of a man found under the following circumstance: A man named Frederic Bellhouse was walking near the corner of Leavenworth and Bay streets, with two dogs, when he perceived one of the dogs scenting around something, which, going up to, he found to be the body of a man.  He had apparently been dead about two days, and was lying with a huge gash in his throat, in which the large blade of a penknife was sticking, the handle of which was grasped by the man's right hand.  He was dressed in the garb of a sailor, and was apparently about thirty-five years of age.  There were no marks upon his person by which he could be identified, but a receipt was found in his pocket, made out in the name of Howard, which is supposed to be his name. - The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts elicited.  The body will be kept until to-morrow for identification.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest, yesterday morning, upon the body of a man named Joseph McGlynn, who died very suddenly on Sunday night. - From the symptoms which appeared shortly before his death, it was thought that poison might have been taken, but upon the examination of Dr. White, his attending physician, the jury came to the conclusion that he died from natural causes, the immediate cause being inflammation of the bowels.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 October 1853

MELANCHOLY. - The Minter's Advocate says the coroner held an inquest a few days since on the body of a man found dead in a cabin on Gold Flat, near Diamond Springs.  The body was very much decomposed, and presented a horrible sight.  There was nothing found upon his person, not a cent, or scrap of paper, or anything to prove his identity.  No one knew him, or how or when he came there.  In the cabin was a small quantity of provisions, but no blankets or clothing, the body reclining on the bare boards of as bunk.  It is supposed that the deceased died from sickness and destitution.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 3 November 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - DEATH FROM INTEMPERANCE. - Yesterday morning, as a young man named Gordon, a butcher who is in the habit of carrying meat to his customers, was going his rounds, he called at the house of Mrs. Tuffts, who resides at the corner of Folsom and Third streets, and who was in the habit of purchasing meat of him regularly.  He called at the door, when one of the children came out, and, being asked where its mother was, replied that she had gone out, when another one said that she was in the back room, sick.  Mr. Gordon, thinking that she might require some assistance, went into the room, and found the woman lying on the floor, dead.  Her feet were still on a bed, at the side of which she had evidently fallen.  From the evidence taken before Coroner Whaling, who was immediately summoned, it appeared that the husband of the deceased, Mr. E. Tuffts, left a few days ago for Sacramento.  It also appeared that a Mrs. Jane Cummins had been in the house of the deceased about 11 o'clock in the morning, when the deceased invited her to take a glass of brandy, and a bottle about half full of very bad brandy was produced.  When the deceased was found, she was lying on her face, and had a severe wound upon the left temple, which had probably been inflicted in falling.  A post mortem examination was held, and the jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to her death from suffocation while under the effects of intoxicating liquors. There were three children of the deceased, which were taken charge of by Coroner Whaling, in whose possession the body will remain till 3 o'clock to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 November 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon by Coroner Smith on the body of a man known as Charles Brown, a Swede, found dead in a hut on Q street, between Fort and Second streets.  The jury gave their verdict that the deceased came to his death by the visitation of God.  The body will remain at the City Sexton's on Fourth street, until eleven o'clock this morning, subject to the order of the friends of deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 November 1853

FOUND DEAD. - Charles Brown, see above.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 November 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of an unknown Frenchman, who died at the French Hospital on Broadway in the forenoon.  It appeared upon the evidence, that about six o'clock in the morning, some of the lodgers over the Mountaineer Saloon, at the corner of Kearny and Commercial street, got up, and found the deceased sleeping, as they thought, in the hall.  They tried to arouse him, but could not succeed in doing so.  They then called upon Dr. Tewkesbury, who immediately went to him ands found him in a dying condition.  He administered some stimulants to him when he appeared to revive, and was taken to the Hospital where he very shortly died.  The jury returned a verdict that he came to his death from natural causes.

   An inquest was also held on the night of Thursday, upon the body of a man named Thomas Harwald, who was drowned at Broadway wharf.  It appeared that the deceased had been in the employ of Mr. J. W. Bowman, and was at work removing a store ship, when he fell overboard and was drowned.  Mr. Bowman on hearing of the occurrence, immediately offered a reward of $100 for the recovery of the body, which was picked up by a boatman named Wilson, who received the money.  Mr. Bowman was not indebted to the deceased, and this act of liberality on his part deserves especial commendation.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 November 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of a man found lying in the dock, near the corner of Jackson and Drum streets.  The testimony taken at the inquest induces strongly to a suspicion of murder.  The head of the deceased was very much mangled, with a compound fracture of the skull.  A man by the name of Hyatt, residing in the vicinity, remembered, about two weeks ago, to have been awoke, about 2 o'clock in the morning, by the cry of murder, on the wharf; he also heard a splash in the water, followed by the sound of footsteps, as of some one running away.  The deceased could not be identified.  He was dressed in laboring garb, blue cotton shirt, checked woolen pants and blue monkey jacket; height, about 5 feet 10 inches, stout made, dark hair and sandy whiskers.  The verdict of the Coroner's jury was, that the deceased came to his death by a fracture of the skull, proceeding from some cause unknown.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 November 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - A Coroner's inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Smithy, at the house of Dr. Manelove's, on the Drytown road, over the body of John McMahon, whose death we noticed in yesterday's Union.  The verdict of the jury was, that deceased came to his death by a gun shot wound in the abdomen, inflicted by Mason Tilden.  Coroner Smith arrested Tilden and brought him to this city. - He was lodged at the station house to await his examination, which will occur before Recorder Curtis this morning.

THE CITY.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Yesterday a gentleman named Joseph B. Porter, from Colusa, purchased a bill of goods from Peck & Co., on K street, shipped them, and returned to the store.  Whilst there he wrote a letter, and after sealing it, left the desk and made several steps towards the door.  Before reaching it, he fell down dead.  An inquest was held on the body by Justice Shoemaker, at which the verdict was in accordance with these facts.  A letter discovered on the person of the deceased, showed him to have a brother residing at the half-way house between Sacramento and Auburn.  To this brother intelligence of the melancholy event was dispatched, and the body will be kept a reasonable length of time for his arrival.  Dr. Harkness, who was present at the inquest, gave it as his opinion that the death of the deceased was occasioned by an enlargement of the heart.  A post mortem examination of the body will be held this morning under the direction of Coroner Smith.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 November 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of a man named H. Sly, who died in a house at the corner of Washington and Davis streets.  By the evidence of Mr. Empney, the keeper of the house, it appeared that as he was standing in his door about 10 o'clock, on Saturday night, the deceased came along and asked him if he could have a bed, stating at the same time that he had just arrived in the Sacramento boat, and that he had recently come from the mines in the neighborhood of Shasta.  A bed was furnished him, and yesterday morning about eight o'clock Mr. Empney having occasion to pass through his room, the deceased told him that he was very sick, and requested him to try to procure him admission into the State Hospital.  Mr. Empney immediately started to go to Alderman Hyde to get a permit; then went and got a carriage to carry him to the Hospital.  On his return the man was dead.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from natural causes, produced by exposure.  The deceased had stated to some of the inmates of the house that he had been in this country about three years - that he had some friends in this city, and also a family in Elmira, N.Y.  The body will remain in charge of Coroner Whaling until 3 o'clock this afternoon.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 November 1853

COMMON COUNCIL.  Question raised about Doctors' fees for inquest attendance.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 November 1853

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Whaling upon the body of Alfred B. Currier, a young man who was lost overboard from the ship Venice while she was going out the harbour on the 19th inst.  The body was not found till yesterday, when it was picked up near Law's Wharf.  He was 17 years of age, and was from Portsmouth, N. H. He came out in the Venice, and was on his return in her when he was lost.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 November 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An in quest was held by Coroner Whaling yesterday morning upon the body of a man found in Sutter street, near Kearny, at an early hour yesterday morning.  When found he was partly reposing on a dray with his eyes on the ground.  He was recognized by the keeper of a drinking house nearby as a man who called at his bar the night before and asked for some brandy and water.  He was intoxicated at the time, and the barkeeper refused to give him any more liquor.  There were no papers or marks about the body by which it could be known, but the deceased is supposed to be a Frenchman, aged about thirty-five years.  Intemperance was the probable cause of his death.  The jury returned a verdict of death from exposure.  The body will be kept by the coroner till this afternoon for recognition.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 November 1853

DEATH FROM EXPOSURE. - ? repeat of the inquest above, 27 November?

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 November 1853

Board of Supervisors. - Doctors' fees at inquests.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 December 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of Benjamin S. Twitchell, who, was shot the day previous by a man named Samuel Gilmore, at a place called Potrero, about 3 miles from the Mission Dolores.  Drs. Tibbs & Rowell made a post mortem examination upon the body, the result of which proved that the deceased had received twenty-five gun shot wounds, completely covering the lower part of the abdomen, and the upper part of the thighs; the greater part of the balls made their entrance over the region of the bladder.  One of the wounds must have been made by one ounce ball or two, or three large buck shot, entering at the same place passing through the bladder and severing the artery, which was sufficient to cause death in 20 minutes.  Verdict that the deceased had come to his death from the effect of a gun shot wounds, received from a weapon in the hands of Samuel Gilmore, the same being done by Gilmore with intent to take the life of the deceased

   As we before stated Gilmore delivered himself to Justice P. W. Shepheard on Friday night, soon after the occurrence took place.  He was released by the Justice yesterday morning and held to bail in the sum of $5,000, to await his examination to-morrow morning.  The main facts elicited upon the Coroner's Inquest were the same as stated in our paper of yesterday.  In connection with this matter we are requested by Mr. Sharron to state that the land upon which Gilmore was, was held under a supposed right of his own and that he was not as stated an agent for Mr. Sharron, and that he [Sharron] had no interest in the property.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 December 1853

Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of Patrick Carr, a native of Ireland, who came to his death by the caving in of a bank in Clay street, above Stockton.  The evidence went to show that he had been cautioned against remaining so near the bank, as there was a danger of its falling in.  No blame was attached to any person, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.  The deceased was a man about 35 years of age, and leaves a wife in this city.  The houses upon the banks in Clay street, look as though they would tumble down before long.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 December 1853

INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday by Justice Shoemaker, over the body of Jonathan Harrold, at the ranch of Messrs. Harrold & Gates.  The verdict of the jury was that the deceased came to his death by a couple of bullets, fired from the hand of James B. Gates, (supposed to be from as pistol) and received in the back of the head.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 December 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held, yesterday afternoon, by Coroner Whaling, upon the body of a man named Henry Green, a native of Germany, aged twenty-nine years.  The evidence went to show that the deceased was a hand employed on board the schooner William Biddle.  He had been out late on Saturday night, in company with some friends, and retired about one o'clock.  He was missed soon after by one of his friends, when search was made for him, but unsuccessfully.  His clothing was found in his state-room, and then suspected that he was drowned.  Search was then made for his body, which was found in the dock close to the vessel at Biddle's wharf.  The Coroner's jury returned a verdict of "Death by accidental drowning."

FOUND AND BURIED. - From a gentleman who arrived from Bolinas Bay, we learn that the body of William M. Vinton, who was drowned on the 24th ult., had been recovered, and buried. He had on the same clothes that he had on when last seen previous to his falling from the store shop May Flower. We are requested to state that he was buried at that place by the officers of the steamer Governor, now lying at the wharf, corner of Stewart and Mission streets.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 December 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of a man named Robert S. Hart, who fell overboard from the gang plank of the schooner Sophia B., lying at Clay street wharf.  The deceased was a seaman on board the schooner, and had been out late on Monday night dirking with some other men, until he became very much intoxicated.  In attempting to get on board the schooner, he fell from the gang plank and was drowned.  Hart was from New Bedford, Mass., and was about 31 years of age.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 December 1853

DEATHS FROM INTEMPERANCE. - Coroner Whaling held two inquests, yesterday.  The first was upon the body of a man named James price, a native of Baltimore, who was found dead in his bed at No. 4 Long Wharf, yesterday morning.  The deceased had been a man of intemperate habits, and the jury returned a verdict that his death was the result of intemperance.

   The other inquest was on the body of a man named Peter Williams, a native of Hamburg, but recently from Philadelphia.  He had been stopping at a boarding house on Rincon Point, and had been indulging freely in liquor on Saturday, when he stepped off from a platform in front of the house, falling a distance of about twelve feet upon some sharp rocks.  He was taken up and carried to the U.S. Marine Hospital, where he died about 6 o'clock.  Verdict, accidental death.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 December 1853

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held last evening by Coroner Whaling, upon the body of a man named Henry Wright, a native of Novas Scotia, aged 24 years.  He was the steward of the barque R. S. Jackson, and about three o'clock yesterday afternoon was taken with violent cramps and pain in his body, which continued till about 6 o'clock, when he died.  The jury returned a verdict that he came to his death by apoplexy.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 December 1853

FROM SHASTA.

SUICIDE. - A miner by the name of John B. Mitchell, formerly of Franklin county, Missouri, committed suicide in French Gulch, on the 22d ult., by cutting his throat with an old table knife.  When found he had a razor and a loaded gun within reach, having doubtless placed them near him for use, in the event the knife did not effect its purpose.

SUPPOSED MURDER. - The San Francisco Herald says that an inquest was held by Coroner Whaling on Saturday evening last, upon the body of a colored man, found in the dock at Law's Wharf.  On examining the body, it was found that the deceased had received a large gash in the right side of the neck, about four inches in length, penetrating to the jaw bone, and severing the muscular arteries and tendons, which was sufficient to cause death in half an hour.  The jury rendered a verdict that the "deceased had come to his death from a weapon in the hands of some person or persons unknown."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 December 1853

ANOTHER MURDER TRIAL. - A true bill was returned by the Grand Jury yesterday against Samuel Gilmore, for the late murder of Mr. Benj. Twitchell.  Considerable difficulty and delay is anticipated in impannelling a jury to try the case, owing to the publicity given the evidence against the accused at the coroner's inquest.

SUICIDE. - The body of a man was found yesterday evening, about six o'clock, on Taylor street, between Bush and Kearney streets.  Part of the skull was shot away.  A pistol was lying by his side.  He was about 28 years old, stout built. With heavy black whiskers and light moustache.  He had on gray pants, monkey jacket, and a glazed hat.  An inquest will be held this morning at nine o'clock.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 December 1853

DISCOVERY OF A DEAD BODY. - The Marysville Herald learns through Langton's express from Downieville, that the body of a man was found on the morning of the 16th inst., in the bottom of an old shaft, on Duncan's Flat, by a party of miners who were running a tunnel under the hill.  Dr. Diken, acting as coroner, summoned a jury, and held an inquest over the remains - but the body was so much decomposed that no clue could be obtained as to its identity.  One arm and leg of the unfortunate man were broken by the fall into the shaft hole, which was thirty-six feet deep.  It is supposed that these were the remains of one of two persons who have been missing from the vicinity of Downieville for some time.

AWFUL OCCURRENCE. - A correspondent writes us from Buena Vista House, that a Mr. Savours, residing near the Ohio House, on the [crease in paper] Indians whom he supposed to be friendly, from the manner in which they returned his salute.  He was undeceived by two of them seizing hold of him, while the other four discharged their guns and arrows into his body.  One arrow pierced his temple, another his lower jaw, cutting his chin nearly off, and a third his side, penetrating to hid liver.

   After inflicting these horrible wounds, the Indians were frightened away by his cries for help.  He managed to reach the Eldorado House, and was alive at 6 o'clock on Monday evening, but his death is considered inevitable.

   On Monday morning the inhabitants of the neighborhood turned out, and proceeding to the chief of the Diggers, demanded that the murderers be given up.  They were accordingly delivered over to the whites, who were conducting them to the Ohio House, when they broke loose and took to their heels for safety.  They were instantly fired upon, and four of them killed.  The others effected their escape.

   Those of the Indians who remain have been given till Sunday next to pursue and deliver these escaped assassins, failing to do which, they have been threatened with a war of extermination.

   Mr. Savours was a quiet, inoffensive man, very much respected, and no direct cause is assigned why he should have proved the displeasure of his assailants.

FOUND DEAD. - James Rice, a native of Baltimore, was found dead in his bed Saturday morning, at the Eastern Exchange, Long Wharf, San Francisco.  He was about 52 years of age, and had been drinking very hard for some time.  An inquest was held upon the body.  Verdict - "death from intemperance."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 December 1853

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - An inquest was held by Coroner Whaling, yesterday, upon the body of James M. Bergin, who was found drowned at Jackson street wharf.  Deceased was from Boston, Mass., where he now has a family residing, consisting of a wife and four children.  It was testified that he was a man of intemperate habits, and the jury returned a verdict that he came to his death by accidental drowning.  He was about 45 years of age.

   Another inquest was held upon the body of an unknown man, whose body we have previously mentioned as having been found on Taylor street, near Kearny, on Tuesday evening.  A pistol was lying by his side, and there was a hole in his head, evidently made by a ball.  The jury returned a verdict of suicide. [See 21 December.]

   An inquest was held upon the body of Peter Gingrass, who was shot at the Mission on Monday night.  The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death from the effects of a gun-shot wound from a weapon in the hands either of Louis Leclair or Henry Gray.  Deceased was a native of Quebec, aged 25 years.

   Another inquest was held on board the ship Coronation, upon the body of John Burke, who fell in the hold a few days since, and fractured his skull.  Verdict, accidental death.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 December 1853

District Court - Before A. C. Monson, Judge.

Monday, Dec. 26th.

TRIAL FOR MURDER.

The People, vs. Ida Vanard, alias Ida Brewer; for the murder, on the 21st day of October last, of Mary lee, in the house of prostitution kept by Miss Annie Woods, Second street, Sacramento.

...

   Dr. Bell, sworn - Was called to see Mary Lee when she was stabbed; she was evidently sinking from the stab she had received in the abdomen; it was below and to the left of the navel; she died perhaps half an hour after I saw her; cannot state positively what was the cause of her death; it was my opinion that it was caused by the wound; I believe it was the 21st of October.  That is about all that I know with reference to the case.  The wound was in a place that would produce death.  Probed it with a lead pencil; defendant was not there when I was; it was in this county where I witnessed these facts.

Cross examined by Sanders - Did not see the instrument with which the wound was inflicted.  Am a graduate of my profession.  Struggling might produce death by the breaking of a blood-vessel; persons who are relaxed or worn down by disease are more liable to such accidents.

By Hardy - There was no blood-vessel ruptured in this case that I could discover.

   Dr. Harkness, sworn - Was present at the death of Mary Lee; found her lying on a bed, sinking - evidently dying; found a wound in the abdomen, midway between the navel and high bone of the hip; it had evidently been made with some sharp instrument; should judge her death to be the result of that wound; a change in the position of the muscles would prevent the wound from being probed; there are muscles which overlap; if she were bending over at the time., the nature of the wound would probably be changed Ehen the position changed; just beneath the muscles of the abdomen there are arteries which would produce death if severed; it would be almost impossible to puncture the intestines one inch without severing some of these arteries; this wound was about an inch; there was another slight wound near the knee; there was no other apparent cause of her death but the first wound described; if the hemorrhage should be in the cavities of the body or not, any quantity of blood list would produce death; I was called within three minutes after the affair occurred; went immediately after I was called; she died between twenty and thirty minutes after my arrival; it might have been more.

Cross examined by Sanders - Blood-vessels are not unfrequently ruptured, but where one is full blooded, and there is no organic disease, persons are much more disposed to rupture a blood-vessel; didn't succeed in probing; probed about half an inch; with a small silver probe it might have been done; saw the knife, I think, with which the wound was inflicted, at the Coroner's inquest. [Described the nature of the wound to the jury.]

..., the Court adjourned until this morning at 10 o'clock.

COLUMBIA. - Adams & Co. favored us last evening with the Columbia Gazette, from which wee learn that a Frenchman by the name of Buffet Reme Jean, committed suicide, at French Gulch, on Wednesday, by shooting himself in the head, with a double-barreled shot-gun, causing instant death.  He was supposed to be insane.  He had just returned to California, from home, where he had left $8,000, the product of his first sojourn in this country.

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