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Colonial Cases

1854

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 January 1854

DEATH BY SHOOTING. - We copy the following news from the Calaveras Chronicle:

   Four Mexicans got into a spree at a Chinese house, at Mokelumne Hill on Saturday night week, whom Sheriff Clark and Deputy Sheriff Ellis undertook to arrest.  They approached the house by a back entrance, where they found two Chilenos at a window, one of them having a pistol in his hand, and so intently watching the movements of the inmates that they did not hear the officers.  They were arrested, and on the way Nicholas Verras, who had the pistol, made his escape.  He was followed, called on to stop, but not heeding the order, Capt. Ellis fired, the ball penetrating his back.  He died next day.  An inquest was held on the body on Monday, before E. Gates, Esq., and a verdict rendered acquitting Mr. Ellis of all blame for the act.

   On the Monday night following, an individual remained at Camp Seco overnight, with two horses.  Next morning he left town, and was followed by two men, who claimed the animals he had with him, when he immediately started off to make his escape.  He was pursued and fired at, it is asserted, without effect, but that he was seen to draw a pistol and shoot himself.  The parties who followed him, captured the horses and returned to town.  Those who had seen the occurrence reported the death to Justice Beatty, who held an inquest, and had the pursuing parties arrested and subjected to an examination.  The jury had not sufficient evidence to convict them of killing deceased.  They were held to bail, however, to appear when called on.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 3 January 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of a man named George Ricketts, aged 22, a native of England, who was found dead in his bed on Sunday night.  It appears that the deceased had retired about nine o'clock that night, in, as usual, good health, and about eleven o'clock he was found dead by a man who slept in the same room.  No marks of violence.  Verdict, death from apoplexy.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 January 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of John Carlett, a native of England, twenty-two years of age, who was drowned by falling from the deck of the schooner Arrow at Oregon street wharf.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 January 1854

BY Langton & Bro's Express, we are informed that a Swede or German was found dead in his cabin, at Foster's Bar, on the morning of 3d January.  He had been in bad health for some months.  An inquest was held, Judge Sharkey presiding.  The jury returned a verdict of "came to his death from natural causes." - Marysville Herald.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 January 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of a man found floating near North Beach.  He appeared to have been dead several days, and the body was so decomposed that no recognition could have been made.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 January 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - James Webb was found dead on the 30th ult., at Spring Gulch, four miles from Big Oak Flat.  Verdict - death from exposure while under the effects of delirium tremens.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 January 1854

San Francisco Items.

We clip from the Evening News of Wednesday:

   The Coroner held an inquest to-day upon the body of Wm. Bernard, the boy who was injured last night at the Pacific street Circus by the Clown swinging him around.  A post-mortem examination was held upon the body, the result of which proved to be that death was caused by a rupture of the left pulmonary artery.  The Coroner's Jury returned a verdict of death being produced by accident.  He was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and was about 13 years of age. - Evening News.

BODY FOUND. - The body of a man was found this morning in the water, at the corner of Front and Washington streets, and is supposed to be the one reported a few days since under Cunningham's Wharf.  The deceased must have been in the water several days, as the flesh was entirely gone from his face.  The Coroner held an inquest on the body.  Verdict - death from accidental drowning. - Ibid.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 January 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Smith, on the body of James Spear, a native of New Orleans, found dead in a tent, on the corner of I and Fifth streets.  Verdict, death from intemperance and exposure.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 January 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning, upon the body of a colored man named J. Johnson, from Virginia.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from a disease of the heart.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 January 1854

AN INQUEST was held on Monday afternoon at 41 Montgomery street, San Francisco, upon the body of a man named Theofice Hesould, aged 322, a native of France, who was found dead in his bed yesterday morning.  Verdict: "Death from a fit of apoplexy, produced by intemperance."  Deceased was unmarried.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 January 1854

STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION.

Loss of Life - Many Persons Scalded.

Yesterday morning, a few minutes after nine o'clock, the flues in the starboard middle boiler of the steamboat Helen Hensley, laying at Jackson street wharf, collapsed, the result of which wass the killing of at least one person, and the severe injury of several others. ... The man who was killed was a fireman named Hugh Fitzsimmons, who was standing directly in front of the boiler, and who was blown away forward under the bitts, a distance of between forty and fifty feet.  Both his legs were broken short off, below the knee, the right arm was broken, and his face and head terrible cut and scalded, the tongue being blistered by the inhalation of steam, which probably killed him instantly. As soon as the smoke had cleared up he was taken up and carried to the U.S. Barge office, but was dead. ... The second cook, name unknown, is missing.  It is supposed that he was knocked or jumped overboard and was drowned. ...The Jury, steering between the two [opinions], came to the sage conclusion usually arrived at in such cases, that "nobody is to blame."

   Since writing the above we have heard of the death of Thomas Norris, mentioned above as having been severely scalded.  He died yesterday afternoon at the Keystone House, on Davis street, whither he was carried immediately after being picked up.  An inquest was held by Coroner Whaling, and the evidence being about the same as that on the inquest upon Fitzsimmons, the jury rendered a verdict of accidental death.  Norris, the third engineer, was a native of Louisville, Ky., and was 27 years of age.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 January 1854

PROBABLE SUICIDE. - The body of a man supposed to be James French, formerly of Massachusetts, was found on the 17th inst., on Consumne creek, Prairie township. In this county, but so disfigured by cayotes that it was impossible to identify it.  A knife was found by his side, and the sheath in his pocket.  An inquest was held by H. F. Kellum, Justice of the Peace, and a verdict was rendered, "caused by his own hand."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 January 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest last evening at the Mountain Lake House, upon the body of a man named James Gordon, who died from exposure to the cold, having been refused admittance from the inmates of the house.  The deceased was a discharged soldier from Company C, of the First regiment of Dragoons, U.S.A.  Verdict - Death from the rupture of a blood vessel, produced by exposure. - News and Picayune.

INQUESTS. - A post mortem examination of the body of Mr. John H. Humphreys, recently had at Crescent City, resulted in a verdict of "death from apoplexy."  The deceased died suddenly on a return from a hunting expedition.

DIED. - Wm. M. Higgins, a native of Ohio, who was recently shot by J. R. McCann, at Mokelumne Hill, died on Thursday last.  An inquest resulted in a corresponding verdict.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 January 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Smith held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man, (name unknown,) found floating in the American river, two miles above Brighton.  Deceased had light hair, was about five feet five inches in height, and about twenty-five years of age.  He was clothed in grey pants, two woolen shirts, (the under one red and the other blue,) and had a strap around his waist. Verdict - death from accidental drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 31 January 1854

INQUEST. - An inquest was held at the bay on Friday, on the body of as man named Frederick Miller, aged 28 years.  He leaves a wife and child in Philadelphia, and died of consumption.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 February 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest at the house of Charles Seeger, on Ellis street, between Hyde and Larkin streets, upon the body of Amasa Keyes, a native of New Hampshire, aged about 40 years, who was found lying dead near the house of Mr. Seeger.  He was an intemperate man, and had been drinking very hard for several days.  The jury returned a verdict of "death from intemperance."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 February 1854

THE CITY.

ANOTHER MURDER. - About one o'clock yesterday afternoon, a man named William Peters, second cook in the Central Restaurant, on J street, near Third, stabbed another named Patrick Ferris, employed as a "dish-washer" in the same establishment, in an altercation occasioned by the former throwing butter at the latter from a plate upon the kitchen table.  The instrument used was a long-pointed butcher knife.  The deceased received three wounds, one of which passed entirely through the lower lobe of the right lung, immediately back of the heart.  Several large blood-vessels were severed and death ensued almost immediately.  We understand that the deceased was about 30 years of age, and has a brother living in Marysville.  Peters fled instantly.

   The police were immediately notified of his escape, and measures were taken for his apprehension.  John McClory, Captain of Police, when first informed of the facts, was upon 8th street, and having procured a horse of Mr. C. Espy, for whose service the animal was already saddled, proceeded up I street as far as 14th street, with the intention of intercepting Peters, who was supposed to have fled up the alley between I and J.   Discovering nothing of him the captain rode over towards the Levee at the foot of 10th street, on approaching which he noticed a man answering the description of Peters, and called on him to stop.  Thereupon, the latter probably recognising the former, immediately ran to the Levee near the slaughter-house, plunged into the slough, swam across, and hid himself among the bushed on the knoll or island, a short remove from the Levee.  Upon the commencement of his flight the captain spurred his horse, and seeing him in the water, shouted to him "Stop, you're my prison err," but his call being disregarded, he shot at him twice without effect.

   Peters remained in the bushes some ten or fifteen minutes, during which time the captain watched and awaited the arrival of assistance - at the expiration of that time Mr. Espy appeared, having procured another horse, as soon as possible and followed after.  The captain shouted to him to proceed to the city and procure a sufficiency of aid to ensure the arrest of Peters, upon hearing which the latter broke cover, plunging in to the larger slough, on the northern side of the knoll, and succeeded in reaching the other side apparently half drowned, and buried himself in the chapparal.  The captain, together with Deputy Sheriff Evilang, kept guard until the arrival of Marshal White, with a reinforcement of police, when the latter entered the bushes, guided by the tracks, and succeeded in discovering and arresting the offender.

   When taken, he was suffering severely from his cold bath.  He was immediately taken down the Levee, and confined in the prison brig.  The news of his arrest attracted an immense crowd upon the Levee opposite the point where the brig lies moored some time before his arrival, and the excitement which prevailed, with the frequent shout of "hang him," filled him with a dread of summary punishment.  No attempt was made, however, to take him from the hands of the officers, and in a short time the crowd dispersed.  When first seen by Capt. McClory, he had on a new pea-jacket which he had bought immediately after committing the murder. 

   The event of the murder and the temporary escape of the assassin caused popular excitement, the intensity of which has seldom been exceeded.

   A post mortem examination of the body was had by Drs. George K. Smith, assisted by Mr. James E. Perkins, about 3 o'clock, P.M., and Coroner Smith held an inquest at 4 o'clock, which resulted in a verdict "that the deceased came to his death by wounds inflicted with a knife in the hands of William Peters, in a moment of passion."  The following testimony was adduced at the inquest:

   Michael Downear sworn - Lives at the Central Restaurant; is a cook there; was present and saw the difficulty in which the deceased was killed; name of deceased is Patrick Ferris; Patrick and witness were skylarking; second cook was sitting in a chair near the corner of a table; he reached across the table and took some butter which he threw at deceased; this was repeated; deceased then wiped off the butter and took hold of the second cook, who immediately seized a knife and struck several times at deceased with it; deceased was standing almost fronting to the second cook, and trying to guard off the blows; thinks there was another man in the saloon at the time; saw second cook run to the door; think the knife in possession of the Coroner the one used; thinks that deceased gave no cause for offence; witness was on good terms with cook, second cook and dishwasher; second cook was frequently on bad terms with the dishwasher; the former frequently called the latter names, and run down the Irish; deceased and second cook stood facing each other when the second cook struck over his shoulder or arm to inflict the wounds; the difficulty occurred about dinner time to-day; have known deceased about a month; have known the second cook about the same time; don't know the name of the latter; always called him "Bill;" the affray took place at the Central Restaurant; the body over which this inquest is held is that of Patrick Ferris; deceased has about $30 deposited at Adams and Co.'s; has also some clothing, &c.

   W. S. MacKay sworn - Was taking dinner at the Central Restaurant to-day; while there heard some one cry out; went back to the kitchen at once; saw a knife lying on the floor; pulled up the shirt of deceased and saw he was wounded; went at once for a physician; on my return found the deceased lying ion the floor of the dining saloon; he died in about twenty minutes after being wounded; think the knife in possession of the Cromer is the one used; it is similar to that I saw; think the one I saw was bright; picked up the knife and laid it on a shelf; when I returned the knife was gone.

   [The knife produced to the jury was bloody and partially covered with paste - a butcher knife with a long, sharp pointed blade, about six and a half inches in length.]

   Charles Donell - Was at dinner at the Central Restaurant about half past twelve o'clock to-day, heard a scuffle in the kitchen; went in and saw deceased and another man clinched; deceased said "I am stabbed;" the other person left him at once; I supported him a moment; he then walked into the dining saloon and fell on the floor; helped to carry hi

   m outside; am not acquainted with either party; decreased was stabbed before I went in; deceased was bent over and the other man on his back.

   E. Everts - Am waiter in the Central Restaurant; have known deceased since the tenth of last month; both he and second cook were there at that time; know of no quarrel between them before to-day; was waiting on the table about noon to-day, when I heard a quarrel in the kitchen; went to the dish room and looked through the window between the dining saloon and kitchen; saw Mr. Peters, the second cook, grasping deceased by the neckcloth with one hand and holding a knife in the other; deceased held Mr. Peters by the wrist and said he was stabbed; he came at once into the dining saloon, saying he must die, and fell upon the floor; he was soon after taken into the back shed.

   George W. Davis - Am proprietor of the Central Restaurant, where the affray took place; was not in at the time; deceased had been in my employ about a month, Mr. Peters not quite so so long; do not know of any previous quarrel between them; know nothing of the property of the deceased; I owe him about thirty dollars for wages.

   Dr. G. K. Smith - Have held a post mortem examination on the body of the deceased, Patrick Ferris; on searching the body, I found three punctured wounds, one about three inches below the point of the right shoulder and about the same distance back of and above the axilla, which merely penetrated the integuments; one about three inches back of and below the axilla, which, on probing, I found to extend downward and backwards, about three inches, between the ribs and the muscular structures; about one inch above and two inches back of this wound, I found another and much larger one, which, on probing, I found to have entered the cavity of the body; on removing the viscera, found the lower lobe of the right lung entirely perforated, the point of the knife having passed immediately back of the heart and rested in the walls of the stomach; several large blood vessels, branches of the pulmonary artery, were severed; have no doubt that this wound caused the death of the deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 February 1854

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Whaling upon the body of Thomas Jones, a native of Wales, aged 27 years.  He was an intemperate man, and went into an outhouse of his boarding house, on Jackson street wharf.  The building overhung the water, and Jones fell through.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

   The Coroner also held an inquest last evening upon the body of Daniel Bohen, a native of Germany, aged 43 years, who formerly kept as boot and shoe store at 43 Pacific street.  He has been missing since January 9.  His body was picked up at sea yesterday by Capt. James Daly, one of the pilots.  The deceased had a wife and family at New York.  He was also a member of Home Lodge No. 415, I. O. of O. F.

DROWNED. - Charles Hoskins, of Ohio, was drowned on Friday night, by falling from a plank while endeavoring to go on board the California.  He had just arrived in the boat.  The body was not recovered.

DEATH FROM APOPLEXY. - Capt. Brown fell down and died instantly yesterday, near the Pacific Mail Steamship Works.  His death was caused by apoplexy.  He came here some four years since, as pilot of the Senator.

 

  SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 February 1854

EFFECTS OF INTEMPERANCE. - The following items are clipped from the San Francisco papers of Saturday last:

   A man was drowned on Friday night last, at the corner of Jackson and Davis streets, making the third one who has met with this fate, at this spot, within a month.  His body being recovered, an inquest was held by the Coroner, this morning, when the deceased was recognized by some of his ship-mates, as a sailor by the name of Thomas Jones.  The surgeon who examined the body, testified that he was apparently drowned while under the influence of intoxicating liquors. - Herald.

   Coroner Whaling held an inquest last evening on the body of Amasa Keys, of New Hampshire, aged 40 years, who died suddenly on Ellis street between Taylor and Hyde.  Verdict of the Jury - Intemperance. - Sun.

ANOTHER. - Another man, whose body has not yet been recovered, was drowned at two o'clock this morning, at the corner of Pacific and Davis streets.  He was supposed to be a passenger by the California. - San Francisco Herald.

FATAL AFFRAY. - Just as we were going to press last evening, we learn that on Tuesday last, a man named Visneau was shot at Natchez, on the road to Forbestown.  Deceased and a Frenchman named Chevalier, quarreled while in a drinking frolic, and the former was shot and died in half an hour.  Chevalier was taken to jail at Bidwell's Bar. - Marysville Express.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 February 1854

CORONER'S IN QUEST - SINGULAR SHOOTING AFFAIR. - Corner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of a man, who came to his death on Saturday night, about twelve o'clock, under the following circumstances:  He was walking down Jackson street, between Montgomery and Kearny.  About thirty yards in front of him were two females with a Mexican, and behind him was another man at a distance of about ten yards.  The deceased was making a noise and singing, and the Mexican called him a "son of a bitch."  Deceased walked up to the Mexican and struck him several times in the face.  After striking the Mexican he turned and commenced striking the man in the rear.  He struck him two or three times.  The man jumped back and shot the deceased.  The only words deceased uttered were "You have shot me."  He walked about ten or fifteen yards to some crockery crates and fell.  He was taken into a drug store, but died in a few minutes.  The man who fired the pistol was dressed in a large drab coat and black hat, and appeared to be an American.  It was five or ten seconds after deceased made the attack that the pistol was fired; and all the witnesses, of which there were four or five, testified that the assault appeared to be entirely unprovoked.  What became of the man who fired the pistol, or the Mexican and the women, none of the witnesses stated.

   The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a pistol bullet fired by some person unknown, and that they believed from the evidence, that it was done in self-defence.

   The deceased was not recognised until evening, when he was found to be a man named Alexander Hamilton, 3rd engineer of the steamer California.  He was from Philadelphia, and aged about 33 years.  A Mexican was arrested during the day whom it was supposed had some knowledge of the affair.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 February 1854

INQUEST. - An inquest was held on the 4th inst., on the body of a man found dead about eight miles from Stockton, near McCloud's Ranch.  From a bank book found on his person, his name is supposed to be J. J. Kearney.  The corpse had been mutilated by cayotes, and is supposed to have been lying there about a week.  Verdict - "intemperance."  The body was interred at Stockton.

MURDER ON JACKSON STREET. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday at 1 o'clock, on the body of a man who was shot on Saturday night, about 12 o'clock, on the corner of Jackson and Montgomery streets.  Several witnesses were examined by the jury, but the only one who could throw any material light upon the transaction was Mr. William Armstrong, who testified that he was going down Jackson street, when he saw deceased in the street singing a song, and apparently under the influence of liquor.  Witness also saw a Mexican and two females about thirty feet in advance of the deceased, as well as a man about midway between the Mexican and deceased.  An altercation between the deceased and the Mexican who was with the woman arose, in which the Mexican called the deceased a harsh name.  The deceased then walked up to the Mexican, and struck him in the face.  The third man, who was in the rear, called out to ask deceased what he was doing, when he (deceased) turned round and struck him several blows, when he fired a pistol, as is supposed, at the deceased - the ball taking effect in the chest, passing downwardly through the heart, and lodging in the ribs, a short distance above the hip.  The man who had fired immediately ran off.  The only words spoken by deceased were - "You have shot me."  He then walked some ten or twelve yards and fell, when he was carried to a drug store at the corner of Jackson and Montgomery streets, and his wound examined by Dr. Kerr.  Deceased lived but a few moments after he had been shot.  The verdict of the jury was, that he died from the effects of a gun-shot wound from a weapon in the hands of a person unknown to the jury.

   Yesterday afternoon the body was identified at the Coroner's office, as that of Alexander Hamilton, formerly of Philadelphia, 28 years of age, who has been acting as an Engineer on board the steamer California. - Herald.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 February 1854

SINGULAR AFFAIR. - On Mon day morning, about five o'clock, s msn by the name of Abegrando Aranciabisque, a Chileno, was admitted into the State Marine Hospital, with a permit from the Chilean Consul.  About three quarters of an hour after his admittance he died.  It appeared from the story told by his companions, that he had been employed on a rancho in the vicinity of Sonoma, and that, on Saturday last, he got in to a difficulty with some of his companions, in which he was stabbed in the abdomen, and that he came down here in order to enter the hospital.  Yesterday morning Coroner Whaling was notified of the facts, when he took the body in charge, and deferred holding an inquest, in order to procure the testimony of the men who had brought him to the hospital.  The men have disappeared and took the clothes of the deceased from the hospital, promising to return shortly with new ones.  The deceased also had a knife wound on the right temple.

MURDER. - A man named Pedro Evarro was examined before the Recorder yesterday upon a charge of murder.  A ball was given at Sanchez' rancho on Saturday night.  Many of those present were drunk.  There was a row outside and a man was stabbed.  One witness stated that he saw the defendant come out and fire a pistol at the man.  The evidence was very incomplete, it not even knowing who the man that was stabbed was, or whether he was dead.  The defendant was discharged.

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon, on the body of an unknown man, found drowned at the foot of Jackson street Wharf.  There were no marks of violence upon the body, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.  The deceased was dressed in the garb of a seaman, and, from the appearance of the body, had been in the water for about three weeks.

INQUEST. - A Coroner's inquest was held on Saturday, 4th inst., by Dr. C. Grattan, on a person found dead on the plains, about eight miles from the city, near McCloud's Ranch.  On his person was found a bank book, by which his name is supposed to be J. J. Kearney.  From appearances it is supposed he had been dead about a week.  Verdict of the Jury - Intemperance. - San Joaquin Republican.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 February 1854

Address to the Grand Jury by Judge John Heard.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 February 1854

EXAMINATION OF PETERS. - The examination of Wm. Peters, charged with the murder of Patrick Ferris, at the central Restaurant on J street, on Friday last, took place before Recorder Curtis yesterday, and occupied his attention during the whole day.  Nothing additional to the testimony elicited before the Coroner's jury was offered, and the defendant was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff to await the action of the Grand Jury. - Sac. Union.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Justice Doyle held an inquest upon the body of Thomas Edwards, found dead in his own house, about two miles from this place, on Thursday.  The verdict of the jury was, the deceased came to his death "by a visitation of God." - El Dorado Republican.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 February 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of a man named Gorham, a native of N.Y. who was found dead in the dock, in the rear of Flint, Peabody & Co.'s building at Clark's Point.  It appeared from the testimony adduced that the deceased was a boatman and had been missing for about a week past, his friends thinking that he had been shipped on board of some vessel while under the influence of liquor, as it appeared he was intoxicated the day he was first missed.  There were no marks of violence upon his person.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.  ... [Funeral.]

ARREST OF A MURDERER. - A Chinaman, who murdered another Chinaman at Jackson, Calaveras county, almost a week ago, was arrested yesterday and brought to the Station-house, by Sergeant McElroy of the police.  Some of the Chinese in the city has received a notice that he was probably on his way down here and yesterday succeeded in ferreting him out and delivering him to the officer.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 February 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of a Chinawoman named Ah See, who was found dead in her bed that morning at No. 214 Jackson street.  It appeared from the testimony in the case that the deceased kept a house of ill-fame at the above place, and had got into pecuniary difficulties, and being unable to pay, put an end to her existence by taking narcotic poison, which, on examining the body, proved to be opium.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 February 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of a Chinese woman, named Hung King, who kept a house at the corner of Washington and Dupont streets.  She had been troubled with a severe cough for some time, and was found dead in her bed yesterday morning.

   An inquest was also held upon a Chinaman, named U-Song, at the Canton Company's house, on Clay street.  He had been on a spree the night before.  Verdict - Death from intemperance.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 February 1854

THE COURTS.

District Court - A. C. Monson, Judge.

Monday, February 13.

TRIAL OF J. B. GATES FOR THE MURDER OF JONATHAN HARROLD AT SUTTERVILLE ON 6TH DECEMBER, 1853.

...,

Dr. Hatch - Attended post-mortem examination; found a wound about one and a half inches to the right of, an d a little above the right occipital protuberance; ball passed through the brain and lodged at the angle of the left eye; wound was sufficient to cause death; (shown statement made before a coroner's jury signed by him;) this statement is correct.

...

The summing up will be resumed and concluded, and a verdict probably rendered to-day. [2 ½ columns.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 February 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of a man named John Colver, from Lancaster county, Ohio.  He had been sick for some time and had just returned

from Petaluma.  A friend was giving him a foot bath yesterday morning, when he fell over and died in his arms.  The jury returned a verdict of "Death by the visitation of God."  ... [Funeral.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 February 1854

INQUEST. - An inquest was held at San Francisco on Saturday, on the body of a man named Gorman, from New York, found dead in the bay.  Verdict, accidental drowning.

   The Citizen is to be independent of politics.  We find it filled with items, from which we extracted the following:

   Patrick Carlin was killed yesterday on Secret Canon, by the falling of a tree.  A coroner's inquest was called by Judge Pettybone.  Verdict, death by accident.  Mr. Carlin was a native of Ireland, but for some years a resident of Racine county, Wisconsin.  He came across the plains in 1852, and has been a resident of Sierra county since September of that year.

   We find the following also in the Chronicle: Portions of the skeleton of a young man named Robert Coleman, who left French camp about six weeks since, on a hunting expedition, was discovered on Tuesday last, by Indians, in the lair of some grizzlies.  Information of the circumstance was given to Mr. J. L. Hunt, of the Fresno, who immediately repaired to the spot, and had the remains decently interred.  The sun of the unfortunate man was found near by gnawed and broken. Mr. Coleman came from Alabama to this country, about two years ago, and was a person generally liked and esteemed by all who knew him.  His untimely demise was evidently the result of an unexpected encounter with one or more grizzlies.

CHARGE OF JUDGE MONSON.

On the Trial of J. B. Gates for the Murder of Jonathan Harrold.

[Very detailed account.]

[The Court here stated to the Jury why it had, after the defence had introduced six or seven witnesses as to character, stopped there, and prevented them from introducing further testimony on that point.]

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The Jury not having been able to agree, up to a late hour last evening, had sent for their blankets.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 February 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of an Indian named Jose Santana, who was found dead in a tent on Clay street.  The jury returned a verdict of death from intemperance and exposure.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 February 1854

SUDDEN DEATH. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest this morning upon the body of a man, named John Culver, of Lancaster, Ohio, aged 28 years, formerly a stage driver, who fell in his friend's arms and died.  Verdict, Death by the visitation of God. - Evening News.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 February 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest upon the body of a Swedish sailor, named John Jacobson, who was found in the water, near the foot of California street.  There were no marks of violence upon his person, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 February 1854

INQUEST. - An inquest was held at San Francisco on Wednesday morning, on the body of Jose Santa Anna, (an Indian,) aged about 28 years, at which was rendered a verdict of "death from exposure and intemperance."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 February 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon, upon the body of a Chinese woman, named A Li, who was found dead in her bed, yesterday morning, in a Chinese house in Jackson street.  From the evidence of the other woman in the house, it appeared that she was without money and had taken opium.  She was seen at six o'clock in the morning alive, and on going to her room to call her to breakfast they found her dead.  The jury returned a verdict of death from suicide from opium.

   The Coroner has had several cases of this description recently, and it seems to be an ordinary thing among this low class of Chinese woman, when they are out of funds to resort to the potent influence of opium for an early death.  Day before yesterday, a Chinese woman, in another house in Jackson street, took a large quantity of opium for the purpose of self-destruction, but was restored from her stupefied state by timely medical assistance.  These Chinese women are flocking in amongst us, and are packed into the various houses where they lived like pugs in a pen.  They resort to no honest means for a livelihood, and must ere long become the victims of destitution and want.  If no other means can be adopted, this whole class out to be arrested as vagrants, and some means provided for setting them to work.  [See also Daily Alta, 4 March.]

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of a man named Michael Kelly, a native of Dublin, aged 36 years, who came to his death under the following circumstances.  He was captain and owner of the sloop Anna Maria, and started from here on the morning of the 17th to go to the wreck of the ship San Francisco.  About two o'clock on Saturday afternoon, Kelly and a man named George Gordon were launching a boat from the beach to go off to the sloop with a keg of water, when the boat was upset in the surf.  In Turning, the gun whale of the boat fell upon the deceased, inflicting injuries upon the spine, which caused his death in about three quarters of an hour.  A post mortem examination was held by Dr. Tewkesbury, and the jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by the upsetting of the boat, and that no foul play had been used upon him.  [Funeral.]

   An inquest was also held upon the body of an unknown man, found drowned at the foot of Jackson street wharf.  The body was very much decomposed, and appeared as though it had been in the water about six weeks.  He was dressed in the garb of a sailor, but there were no marks upon him by which he could be identified.  The jury returned as verdict of "accidental drowning."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 February 1854

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of a man named Daniel Mackin, who was drowned in Tuesday evening by falling through from market street wharf.

   An inquest was also held upon the body of an unknown man who was found floating near Broadway Wharf.  He was respectably dressed, about thirty-five years of age, and looked as though he had been for some time in the water.

   In both the above cases, the jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 February 1854

DEATH BY FALLING IN A WELL. - Yesterday morning the body of Samuel Franklin, one of the workmen engaged on the Government works at Bird Island, was found in a well at that place, which is but partially completed.  From the circumstances, it is believed the unfortunate man had gone out during the previous night; and as he had been but recently employed, had stepped into the opening without knowing of its existence.  The remains were brought to the city yesterday afternoon, when an inquest was held by Coroner Whaling.  The jury found a verdict in accordance with these facts.  Deceased was a native of Ireland, aged about 30 years. - S. F. Herald.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held at San Francisco on Monday on the body of B. Woolsey Rodgers, Jr., late of New York, who died suddenly from abscess of the lungs.  Verdict accordingly.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 March 1854

Downieville.

On Tuesday of last week, Justice Booth held an inquest on the body of Daniel Peterson, formerly of Philadelphia.  He was about 25 years old, and over six feet high.  He blew his brains out with a pistol while in a state of insanity, caused by drinking.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 March 1854

CORONER'S IN QUESTS. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of Thomas J. Fellows, who was drowned on Monday, while attempting to ford San Francisco Creek, being carried down by the force of the current.  Fellows was from Deerfield, N. H., and aged 22 years.

   An inquest was also held on the body of Robert Hudson, a native of Cambridge, England, but lately from New Zealand.  He was killed yesterday morning by the caving in of the bank of a sunk which he was digging in the yard of the State Marine Hospital.  He was about fourteen feet below the surface when the bank caved in.  He was taken out as soon as possible, but died in about three hours.  He was about 56 years of age.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 March 1854

CRUSHED TO DEATH. - Yesterdat a workman named Robert Hudson, a native of Cambridge, England, and last from New Zealand, was at work in a shaft on the lot of the State Marine Hospital, about fourteen feet below ground, when the earth caved in and completely buried him.  He was rescued as quickly as possible, but was so severely injured that he died within three hours after.  An inquest was held upon the body by Coroner Whaling, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. - Herald.

 

 

 

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 March 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Ortez, the Mexican boy who was killed in the dance-house on Kearny street, the particulars of which are given in the police report.  The jury returned a verdict of justifiable homicide.

FATAL AFFRAY AT OAKLAND. - An affray occurred at Oakland, at about eight o'clock on Thursday night, in which a man named Thomas Moffat, formerly a police officer of this city, was fatally wounded.  The origin and progress of the difficulty was, as near as we could ascertain, as follows:  Mr. Moffat had been keeping a bar-room at Oakland for some weeks and on going over from this on Thursday afternoon, found that an attachment had been placed upon the house by a Frenchman, named Alpin, who owned it, and the house was closed. Moffat proceeded to Alpin's house, in company with one or two friends, and found Alpin taking supper with a man named Miller.  Moffat and his friends commenced an attack upon Mr. Alpin, during which he and Miller were badly beaten and bruised.  During the encounter a shot was fired from a gun in the hands of some person outside, the contents of which entered Moffat's body, near the kidneys.  Moffat died at about two o'clock yesterday afternoon.  A man was arrested charged with the shooting, but was allowed to go again, and it is not known who fired the shot.  After Moffat was shot, a friend who was with him, and who had seen the gun pointed, took Moffat's pistol and fired at the man with the gun.  Moffat was a man about 35 years of age, and was generally considered a peaceable, quiet man.

TRIAL OF SAMUEL GILMORE,

Indicted for the Murder of Benjamin Twitchell.

RECORDER'S COURT - Before Judge Baker, March 3d.

MURDER. - Juan Saralega was charged with the murder of Aciano Ortez.  The affair took place in a Mexican dance house on Kearny street, on Tuesday night, when the man was stabbed.  He died yesterday morning.  The prisoner on his way to the station house admitted that he stab bed the deceased.  A witness testified, that on the night in question the deceased came into the house with a dagger in his hand, and asked several of those present to fight with him.  They all refused, and finally he asked the prisoner to fight with him.  He refused several times, the deceased using very insulting language towards him.  The prisoner got up to go, when the deceased told him to come outside and one would kill the other.  Deceased made a blow at the prisoner with his dagger.  Prisoner drew his knife.  Deceased rushed at him and was stabbed by the prisoner.  The interpreter stated that he saw the deceased shortly before his death, and that he told him he had been stabbed by one Juan Noriega, and not by the prisoner.  Judge Baker said the evidence was sufficient to show that the act was committed in s elf-defence, and the defendant was discharged.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 March 1854

SUICIDE BY HANGING. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of an unknown man, found hanging and dead.  James Dennison testified that he was out fowling, when his attention was attracted by the legs of a man hanging to a clump of trees, and dead.  He had hung himself with \his sash - a crimson silk one.  He was not recognized by any one, and no marks or papers were on his person by which he could be identified.  He appeared to be a German, about thirty years of age, with blue eyes and fair hair, about five feet none inches in height, and dressed in check woollen pantaloons, blue woollern shirt, black frock coat and Panama hat.  His body will remain at the Coroner's office till five o'clock this afternoon.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 March 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Capt. Henry Neef, who was drowned on the 28th of January, from the clipper ship Bald Eagle.  The body was found near Stewart street wharf, yesterday morning.  Deceased has a wife and family in Philadelphia.  He was about fifty years of age.  The jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."

The Case of Gilmore - Punishment of Crime.

Editorial on the case, verdict and punishment.

On this evidence the jury found a verdict of manslaughter, directly in the face of the law and the evidence.  If there ever was in this country a murder, as defined by our law, then this case of Gilmore was one; but the jury, whether moved by the fact that the difficulty had its origins in a dispute about land, or by the evidence that Gilmore had been previously a peaceable, orderly man, or by other motives, returned a verdict of manslaughter. [continues.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 March 1854

MYSTERIOUS. - The Jackson Sentinel publishes a communication, dated March 8, announcing the sudden death of Mr. E. L. Winslow, aged 48 years, a prominent merchant of Volcano, and formerly from St. Lawrence county, New York.  It seems that Mr. Winslow left Volcano on Monday, the 27th February, for Mokelumne Hill.  Nothing was heard of him until the Friday following, when his body was discovered lying on the ground near the South Fork of Jackson Creek, by an Italian from Clinton.  The information having been communicated to Clinton by the Italian, a party immediately set out and found the body as described.  His hat was off, and near his head was a small bag, apparently placed there to lay his head on; and not more than twenty paces distant stood his trusty animal, which like a faithful friend, would not desert him in the hour of death - and thus lead to his discovery.

   On Saturday the body was taken to Volcano, where an inquest was held upon it, and as no marks of violence were to be found, it is believed he died of apoplexy.

   The Sentinel has received another communication on the subject which it will publish next week.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 March 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest at the State Marine Hospital, last evening, upon the body of a Mexican, whose name was entered on the book as Eldifonas Ellis, aged twenty-six years.  He came to the hospital on the 18th of January, with a severe wound in his wide, inflicted with a  knife, which he stated, was done in a quarrel with a companion, up the country.  He died yesterday morning.  The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 March 1854

SHOT WITH A PISTOL - WANTON CARELESSNESS. - A man named John D. Whipple was shot dead at the Crescent City Hotel, yesterday morning, by a man named Leonard Metzger, under the following circumstances.  Metzger is the porter and night bar-keeper of the hotel, and Whipple was a runner and out-door clerk.  They were very intimate with each other, and yesterday morning, about half past five o'clock, Whipple came in while Metzger was behind the bar, brining in some of his friends.  Whipple wanted something to drink and wished to treat his friends.  Metzger made some playful reply to his request, and some jocular conversation ensued between them, when Metzger opened the desk in which a number of pistols were lying and taking one out, in a joking manner threatened to shoot Whipple.  Whipple went up to him as of to knock his hat off, when Metzger pulled the trigger, and Whipple fell instantly dead.  The pistol contained two balls, both of which entered his cheek near the nose and passed through the brain.

   An inquest was held upon the body, and a verdict of "accidental shooting" returned.  There is no probability that Metzger intended to shoot Whipple or that he had any idea the pistol was loaded.  But this is a case of something more than carelessness, and should be punished.  It is a different matter from what it would have been if the pistol had gone off accidentally in Metzger's hand.  Some punishment should be inflicted on a man who would take a pistol from among a number without stopping to seer whether it was loaded or not, and by his wantonness causing the death of a fellow creature.  Whipple was a man about 28 years of age, of industrious habits and good moral character, from Clinton, New York.  Metzger was arrested and kept in custody until the verdict of the Coroner's jury was rendered, when he was discharged.

SUDDEN DEATH. - A man named Roland C. Bunker, a native of Nantucket, Mass., first mate of the barque Powhattan, died on Thursday night under the following circumstances.  He was taken suddenly sick during the night, and requested the second mate to go to a drug store and procure him an emetic.  Some medicine was procured for him which he took, and in about half an hour he died in intense suffering.  It is supposed that some poison was administered to him which was given by mistake.  A post mortem examination and Coroner's inquest will be held to-day.

SUICIDE BY OPIUM. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of a Chinese woman named Ah-Cum, who committed suicide by taking a large dose of opium in a Chinese house on Jackson street.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 March 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest, yesterday morning, upon the body of Capt. Roland C. Bunker, whose sudden death we have previously noticed.  The jury returned a verdict of "death from inflammation of the stomach."

BODY FOUND. - The body of an unknown man was found floating in the water at the foot of Main street wharf by a boatman, yesterday morning.  There were no papers or marks upon the body by which it could be identified.

NEW TRIAL. - A motion for a new trial in the case of Gilmore has been made in the Court of Sessions.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 March 1854

An Unfortunate Move.

We have already expressed our regrets that the Assembly should have adopted the extraordinary resolution to adjourn in a body to attend the funeral of a man [Dr. Dickson] who had fallen in a duel.  [continues.]

NEW TRIAL. - On the recent trial of Robert Bruce for murder at Somers, the jury were unable to agree, and the defendant was remanded to the custody of the sheriff to await a new trial.

SAD ACCIDENT. - A young man by the name of Francisco Estrada, who shot dead by Pedro Baisseau, a Peruvian, last Saturday, while out duck shooting on the Buena Vista ranch, near Monterey.  It was doubtless accidental, as Baisseau delivered himself up to the authorities. - Times and Transcript.

DEATH OF MURPHY. - Mr. Murphy, who was shot by Judge Thompson at the State prison, is dead.  He ac quitted the Judge, whom he sent for on his death-bed, of all blame. - Times and Transcript.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 March 1854

HUNG HIMSELF. - An inquest was held yesterday morning upon the body of Geo. W. Gallagher, aged twenty-five years, a native of Missouri, who was found yesterday morning hanging dead in the lumber yard of A. G. Pope, at the corner of Pine and Battery streets.  It appeared from the evidence that he had been insane for some days, and the jury returned a verdict of "suicide by hanging while laboring under an aberration of mind."

The Coroner's Inquest again.

To the Editor of the Alta California.

SIR, Letter from Robert K. Nuttall, M.D., L.R.C.S., Ireland., re treatment of captain Bunker and the question of poisoning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 March 1854

THE COURTS.

District Court - A. C. Monson, Judge.

MURDER TRIAL.

The trial of William Peters for the murder of Patrick Ferris, at the Central Restaurant in this city, on the 3d February last, took place before Judge Monson yesterday, in the District Court.

...

Dr. G. K. Smith sworn - Was present at and conducted the post mortem examination of the deceased; found three punctured wounds in the region of the right shoulder b lade; one of these was just back of the hollow of the arm about the middle of the shoulder blade, another about three inches below, and one inch back of the hollow of the arm; the third was back of and above the last mentioned, just above the lower edge of the shoulder blade; found that the knife had punctured the lower lobe of the right lung; had entered the body between six and seven inches; found a great quantity of blood in the cavity of the body; sufficient to cause death; this was on the 3d February, about two or three hours after death; wounds were inflicted by a pointed cutting instrument; it had severed the pulmonary arteries and several blood vessels; have no doubt that the wounds caused death.

   Cross-examined - (Re-described the positions of the wounds;) the deep wound (the one last above mentioned) ranged obliquely downward and to the left, and must have been made when the body was bent forward; this was the mortal wound.

...

Their consultation was short, and resulted in a verdict of "guilty of manslaughter."  The defendant will be sentenced on Tuesday next.

MAN DROWNED. - The Sierra Citizen says that "a man whose name we have been unable to learn, was drowned in the South Fork, near O'Donnel's Flat, in the early part of the week.  The body has not yet been recovered."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 March 1854

THE MURDER. - We find in the Marysville Herald the following particulars of the murder announced b y us under the telegraphic head yesterday:

   A Mexican named Charles Guiteras, a native of New Mexico, was shot about 4 o'clock P.M. yesterday, with a Colt's revolver, in a Mexican Fonda, on First street, near the corner of Virgin Alley.  The ball passed through the left breast, killing him almost instantly.

   The murderer is known as the Yankee, and was waiter in the Fonda.  A coroner's inquest was held by Justice Fowler on the body of the deceased, and the following verdict returned by the jury.

   "That the deceased came to his death by a pistol shot wound, inflicted by a person known as Yankee, in the city of Marysville, on the 15th of March, 1854, under circumstances not justifiable by law."

   A post mortem examination was made by Dr. J. T. McLean, who reports that the ball passed through the left breast, penetrating the left lobe of the lungs, and also the pericardium and the pulmonary artery, and lodging in the region of the spine.

   The murderer is still at large.  He is described as a young man, about 20 years of age, low in stature, with long, dark, curtly hair and rather light complexion.  The officers are on the alert for him, and hoped are entertained that he will be arrested.

   The Express says "a trivial dispute arose between them, when Yankee used an epithet towards his adversary, which so exasperated him that he rushed upon him with a knife.  Yankee, retreating towards the door, drew a pistol, and discharged it just as Guiteras was stepping out."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 March 1854

RESULT OF THE FRACAS AT THE UNION. - Thos. Burke, who was shot in the Union Hotel, a few days since, by Jas. Smith, died yesterday morning about 6 o'clock, at the State Marine Hospital.  Before his death, he requested of Dr. Mills not to appear against Smith, saying they were both drunk at the time, and that Smith was a friend of his, and did not mean to hurt him.  Smith went up to see him, in custody of an officer, just before he died, and we understand that Burke told him that he acquitted him of all blame.  Burke was about twenty-five years of age, and originally from New Orleans.  He has a mother in this country.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of a Frenchman who had been known around the wharves only by the appellation of "Jo."  The body was found floating in the water at the corner of Vallejo and Davis streets.  He was about 35 years of age, and appeared to have been dead about a month.

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. - The body of a man named Michael Cotheral, who some time since worked as a miner at Columbia, was found a few days since at middle crossings of Canon Creek, on the trail from St. Louis to Morrison's Ravine, Sierra county, so much disfigured by the wolves that it could not be identified.  In the pockets of the clothes were found, fifteen in gold and four in silver, together with a ticket for the steamer Sierras Nevada, with the name of Michael Cotheral upon it; also a letter from Illinois addressed to that person. - Calaveras Chronicle.

Coroner's Inquests.

The following remark on the article of Justice in the Alta of the 13th, have we are happy to learn, awakened considerable interest in the community and excited some irritation in certain sensitive quarters, ...  Long discussion of inquest procedures, specifically the case of Captain Bunker and others generally.

MAN KILLED. - Saturday morning, a party of miners were at work on the north side of Negro Hill, when a large portion of the ground gave way, carrying with it one of the miners; mangling him in a shocking manner. - Dem - Placerville.  Additional information from SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 March; "When his companions found him he was dead.  We did not learn his name. - Mountain Democrat.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 March 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of a man found on the beach at Angel Island.  There was no marks of violence upon the body, and from appearance, he must have been in the water about four weeks.  On the left arm was "Hinrisin, 1848," in Indian ink.  The jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."  The body will be kept at the Coroner's office until two o'clock this afternoon, for recognition. - San Francisco Herald,

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 March 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of an unknown man found on the Palmetrio rancho, about a mile beyond the San Souci.  He was found drowned in a hole about three feet wide and six feet deep, which was dug for the purpose of watering cattle.  He was found yesterday morning by a Mexican who worked in the ranch.  There were no marks of violence upon him, nor any marks by which he could be identified.  He was dressed in a grey cloth working jacket, black cassimere pants, white shirt, black silk neckerhandkerchief, and black Kossuth hat.  He was about 5 feet 8 inches high, stout built, black hair, and having black whiskers.  He was about 30 years of age, and appeared to be a Frenchman.  The body will be kept at the Coroner's office for recognition till two o'clock this afternoon.

SIX MEN DROWNED. - Capt. Bunker, of the brig Judson, which arrived yesterday from Umpqua, states that a boat from Coose Bay, while going out to put a pilot on board the Louisiana, was swamped, an d the whole crew, consisting of six men, were droned.  The names of the unfortunate men are H. A. Stark, John Duly, John Smith, John Winters, Alvin Brooks, and John Robins.

BODY FOUND. - A gentleman named Marshall, w\ho was on the Point yesterday, near where the San Francisco was wrecked, discovered the body of a man who had evidently fallen from the side of the mountain into a gulch where he was found.  His head was fractured and his neck broken.  He had on a blue flannel shirt and blue dungaree pants. [See Alta, 23 March; buried by order of Coroner Whaling; n o inquest "as it was out of the county."]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 March 1854

APOPLEXY. -  An inquest was held at San Francisco on Saturday morning, on the body of a gentleman named Francis Emsell, resulted in a verdict of death from apoplexy.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Smith held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of John Lynch, a native of Ireland, who, it will be remembered, was the person supposed to have been drowned from the storeship Antelope, early on the morning of the 19th of February last, immediately after the fire on K street.  The body was found in the river about a mile below this city, and recognized by two brothers of the deceased.  Dr. G. K. Smith was present at the inquest, but discovered no marks of violence.  Verdict - Accidental drowning.

PETERS. - William Peters, who was recently convicted of manslaughter in the killing of Patrick Ferris in February last, was sentenced yesterday by Judge Monson to three years imprisonment in the State Prison, and to pay a fine of $100.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 March 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon, on the body of a man named Francisco Ramos, who died suddenly at his residence in Valparaiso street.  He rose about 6 o'clock, in his usual health, and about 9 went to a grocery store to purchase some provisions; about ten minutes after his return, he suddenly fell on the floor, and was found to be dead.  A post mortem examination was held by Dr. Phinney, which resulted in the discovery that he died from ossification of the lungs.  Deceased was a native of Valparaiso, about 70 years of age, and came here in 1849.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 March 1854

BODY FOUND. - The Evening News says the body of a man supposed to be an American, was found in a pool of water, about a mile beyond the Sans Souci House, on Tuesday.  Coroner Whaling proceeded to the spot to hold an inquest.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 March 1854

BODY FOUND. - An inquest was held at the Bay on Sunday, on the body of a French sailor found drowned.  He had been missing for some time.  Verdict in accordance with the above.

WE are indebted to Adams & Co. for the Marysville papers of yesterday.  We clip the following account of a fatal affray at Park's Bar from the Express:

   On Sunday last an election was held at the Bar for a Recorder of Mining Claims.  Much hostility was shown during the day by a large body of Irishmen towards the American candidate, and late in the day the polls were attacked and the ballot-boxes were destroyed by the foreigners.  Of course ill feelings were en gendered, and between nine and ten o'clock P.M. a crowd having assembled at the American House, one John Mullony, a ring-leader of the Irish, dared any American to fight, saying he could whip any four Americans on the Bar, and offered to bet $600.

   Mr. James Stewart, of the New England House, was present and endeavored to calm Mullony, telling him he ought not to talk so, when Mullony became enraged, seized Stewart by the collar and endeavored to drag him to the door.  Stewart then struck Mullony, knocking him down and out of the house.  The fight was renewed outside for a while, when they were separated.  About this time a general fight commenced among the Irish and Americans inside the house, Mullony came in and was actively engaged in the melee, when he received a cut in the abdomen which shortly caused his death.  Mr. Stewart was arrested by Constable Duval, and brought to the city for examination, on suspicion of having killed Mullony.  The case came up yesterday before Justice Singer, but on account of the absence of witnesses it was postponed until eleven o'clock this A.M.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 March 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Smith informs us that he held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of a Frenchman, found dead in the river, about four miles below Sutterville.  No papers were found upon the body by which it could be identified.  The deceased had on a check shirt, plaid pants, a belt around the waist, and boots of which the tops had been cut off.  His hair was black, mixed with grey, and whiskers and moustache grey.  Several large wounds, one of which fractured the skull, were found about the head, leaving no doubt upon the minds of the jurors that death had been caused by violent means by the hands of some person or persons, to them unknown.  A verdict was rendered accordingly.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 April 1854

CORONER'S IN QUESTS. - It is now more than a week since the Coroner has been called upon to hold an inquest.  We very much doubt whether so long a time has elapsed without an inquest in two years before.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 3 April 1854

Dr. Gardner found Guilty - Sudden Death of Prisoner.

WASHINGTON, March 3, 1854. - The jury in the Gardiner case returned a verdict of guilty this morning, after twenty two hours deliberation, and the Court passed the highest sentence allowed by law - viz., ten years in the penitentiary. ... Dr. Gardiner was placed in the custody of the Marshal, and died very suddenly shortly afterwards.  He is supposed to have poisoned himself after his conviction.

   It is not certain, however, that the case is suicide; over-wrought feeling, it is thought, may have been the cause.

   The post mortem examination held this morning on the body of George A. Gardner established nothing positively as to the cause of death.  All the doctors, however, agree in believing it was produced by strychnine.  The contents of the stomach, and a white powder found on his person, have been handed to Dr. Breed, of the Patent Office, for analysis, and the inquest stood adjourned till Tuesday. [Funeral.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 April 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held in Sacramento on Friday, upon the body of a man found drowned in the river about eight miles below the city.  A small book was found in his pocket containing the address of E. V. Boynton, Alder Creek house.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 April 1854

MURDER. - Mr. Henry C. Day was deliberately murdered on Wednesday evening last at San Francisco by a man named Wm. B. Sheppard, whom he had employed to work on his ranch, about thirty-five miles from the city.  An inquest was held by Coroner Whaling on Thursday morning.  The Evening News says: The evidence which was introduced before the Coroner's Jury, went to show that the foul deed was committed because Day refused to let Sheppard marry his daughter, she only being 14 years of age.  One witness testified that he heard Sheppard say, "Damn you, take that."  Mr. Day lived long enough to give the name of the murderer to Capt. Monks of the police.  The verdict of the Jury was "wilful murder."

SHOCKING SUICIDE, CAUSED BY DESTITUTION. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning, upon the body of a man named William Gray, a native of New York, who died at his boarding house, on Taylor street, under the following circumstances: About 11 o'clock, the inmates of the house were surprised to hear the report of a gun in one of the rooms, an d ran up stairs to see what was the matter.  On entering the room which the deceased occupied, they found him weltering in his blood on the floor.  It appeared he had put the muzzle of a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger with his large toe, completely blowing the upper part of his skull to atoms, and scattering his brains all over the rooms

   The deceased had been out of work for some time past and was in ill health, and having no money nor friends in this place, it is thought this was the cause of his putting an end to his existence.  Verdict in accordance with the facts - death from suicide.

   The deceased was a young man, only 19 years of age, and leaves a mother and father in New York. - Herald.

DISCOVERY OF THE REMAINS OF CHARLES CHARRAUD. - The body of the unfortunate man who was crushed in the ruins of Mr. Schroder's store, was discovered this morning by the workmen engaged in the removal of rubbish, near the back part of the building. The face was down, the neck resting upon the chime of a barrel; with a heavy beam upon the back portion; another large beam was upon the back, and nearly the whole of the face and eyes had been eaten off by the rats. - Evening Journal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 April 1854

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A fatal accident occurred on Saturday morning last, about seven miles from this city, on the Nevada road.  An orphan boy named Oscar Williams, aged about fourteen years, an adopted son of a Mr. Williams, upon whose ranch the affair occurred, went out with a lasso to catch a horse.  On returning with the captured animal, he either intentionally or incautiously permitted the rope to become wound around his body, and having lost command of the horse, he was dragged upon the ground a distance of about a mile and a half.  When found life was extinct.  The head was much bruised, and the rope had cut entirely through his clothes.  Under the recent decision of Judge Heard, that where the cause of death is known, it is unnecessary to hold an inquest, we presume none will be held.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 April 1854

EXPLOSION OF THE SECRETARY.

Inquests upon the Bodies of Mrs. Cecilia Clark and Mrs. Eaton. - The Safety Valve lashed down.

An inquest was held yesterday morning at 9 o'clock at the residence of Mr. J. B. Clark, on Jackson street, upon the body of Mrs. Cecilia Clark, which was found at the wreck of the Secretary.  The following evidence was taken:

...

The evidence of Dr. Tewkesbury was taken, who gave it as his opinion that the deceased came to her death by drowning, and the jury returned the following verdict:

   We, the undersigned jurors, convened this 16th day of April, 1854, by the County Coroner, on Jackson street wharf, to inquire into the death of a woman named Cecilia Clark, who is dead at the house of Mr. Craig, on said street, after an examination of the body of deceased by Dr. Tewkesbury, and hearing his medical testimony thereon, accompanied with that of other witnesses, do find that deceased came to her death from injuries received from the explosion of the steamer Secretary, on the morning of the 15th inst., on her passage from San Francisco to Petaluma, the same being caused by the reckless conduct of the officers and owners of the said boat, and would recommend that the District Attorney institute immediate proceedings against the said parties; and, if possible, put a stop to this wholesale destruction of human life.

   We also find that the deceased is a native of Hamilton, Scotland, aged 40 years.  She leaves a husband and four children in this country.

G. R. MUNROE, THOMAS SMITH, WM. A. WHITE, JOHN PROCTOR, M. WYTE, JOHN H. LEE.

   An inquest was also held at the house of Wm. Lundy, No. 13 Broadway, upon the body of William Eaton, on which the following evidence was taken:

...

Dr. Tewkesbury testified that the result of his examination was, that the chest was entirely broken, and the ribs broken from the spine on the left side; the right thigh was also broken in several places and the left leg was dislocated at the knee bone; the wounds were sufficient to cause death.

   the jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from injuries received by the explosion of the boiler of the steamer Secretary, the same being an accident, the cause of which is unknown.

Condition of the Wounded - Further Particulars. ...Three persons, Isaac Palthorpe, R. A. Lewis and E. H. Snider were taken to the State Marine Hospital, immediately upon the arrival of the Nevada. Palthorpe was terribly cut and scalded and died during Saturday night. ... Emma Holmes, who was killed, was a lovely little girl about ten years of age, whose mother, a widow, resides in Petaluma.

EDITORIAL.

In another column we publish the evidence taken before the Coroner, on the inquests held upon the bodies of two of the victims of the Secretary slaughter.  "Slaughter" may be considered a harsh term to apply, and "accident" certainly does sound less appalling; but when so many human beings have been suddenly killed by worse than carelessness, and when all the travelling public are liable to meet with a similar fate from similar cause, it is not time to seek for honied words with which to clothe the details of this horrid affair. ...

  

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 April 1854

Shocking Steamboat Explosion - Sixteen Persons Lost and Thirty-one Wounded.

The following are the particulars of a steamboat explosion which occurred on the bay on Saturday, which we take from the Alta:

...

All, however, describe the scene as horrible in the extreme.  The Nevada immediately commenced picking up those who were in the water.  But one dead body was recovered, that of Mrs. Cecilia Clark. The rest who were instantly killed by the explosion sunk, and were seen no more.

...

The list of missing is of course incomplete.  Many were killed, probably, whose fate will never be known.

PASSENGERS MISSING, (PROBABLY ALL KILLED.) - Mrs. Cecilia Clark, body found; John Ebbetts, W. H. Tripp, child of Mrs. Isaac Hillman, Theodore A. Bird, Morgan Clark, George Clark, Jesse Potter, Thomas Cameron, James Wright, Emma Holmes, Wm. Lundy.

CREW MISSING. --- --- Bessie, Engineer; George P. Huie, fireman; ------ Miller, deck hand; deck hand, name unknown, and cook, name unknown.

INJURED. ...Charles Smith, badly, since dead; ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 April 1854

INQUEST. - An inquest was held on Monday at the Lake House, near San Francisco, on the body of John Clark, aged 30 years, a native of Ireland, who was drowned in the lake during a fit of epilepsy.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 April 1854

THE CITY.

FIRE - WOMAN AND CHILD BURNED TO DEATH. - A fire broke out last night between the hours of nine and ten o'clock, on I street, three doors above Seventh, north side, in a small frame building occupied by a Spanish woman, named Philomena.  As soon as the flames were discovered, another Spanish woman, (who happened to be on a visit there, and had retired to bed, on account of indisposition,) effected a precipitate flight from the house, just in time to prevent her being consumed.  Philomena and a little girl, aged five years, occupied an upper story, and were, perhaps, asleep, or unapprised that the building was on fire.  These, unfortunately, were both burned to ashes. ... The charred remains of the mother and child were found between eleven and twelve o'clock, and having been carefully gathered, were removed by Coroner Smith to the State House.  An inquest will be held at eight o'clock this morning.  ...

PROBABLE SUICIDE. - Coroner Smith held an inquest last evening upon the body of a man named James Sutton, formerly from Boston, (as we are informed,) aged about 35 years, who was found weltering in his blood, about 10 ½ o'clock yesterday morning, in a Chinese house of ill-fame on Third street, next door to the Police Office.  The report of a pistol having been heard in the direction of his room, the barkeeper immediately proceeded thither and found him stretched upon the floor as above. - The ball entered on the right side of the head just above and back of the ear, ranging directly inward.

   The inmates of the house were immediately arrested, physicians called, and the wound probed to the depth of about four inches, the ball, however, eluding all search.  The deceased lingered on until between six and seven o'clock, P.M., apparently wholly unconscious.  He was a carpenter by trade, came to this country early in '49, had been recently much out of health and intemperate, and intimated on several occasions a disposition to put an end to his life.  The act was committed with a [pistol which was found lying upon the table beside which he had evidently been standing when shot.  We have not heard the result of the inquest.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 April 1854

A MURDER. - Coroner Smith was again called upon yesterday to hold an inquest on the body of a man found floating in the river, about one mile below Sutterville.  Nothing was found on the body of the deceased by which his name could be ascertained.  Two gun-shot wounds, by which his death was evidently caused, were found in his forehead.  He was apparently between twenty-five and thirty years of age; complexion, dark; hair, black.  He wore a goatee, and was dressed in plaid pants, satin vest, two shirts, and heavy boots.  Verdict of the Jury - that the deceased came to his death by the hand of some person or persons to the Jury unknown.

THE DEAD. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith yesterday morning on the remains of Philomena and Mariana Lisardi, the mother and child who lost their lives at the fire on I street, on the evening previous.  The Jury returned a verdict of "accidental death."  The remains were interred yesterday afternoon by the city sexton, in the city burying ground.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 April 1854

RUM. - An inquest recently held at Nevada on the body of a man named Charles Debron, resulted in a verdict that he came to his death from the combined effects of an old fracture of the skull and an excessive use of alcoholic drinks.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 April 1854

MORE BODIES RECOVERED. - Two more bodies of the victims of the Secretary explosion have been recovered, and were brought to the city yesterday.  One was the body of Pardon D. Lapham, and the other that of Jessie Potter. 

   Lapham was from Burrilville, R.I., aged 24 years, and has been in California several years.  Potter was also from Rhode Island, and leaves a wife and one child in this city. 

   An inquest was held upon the bodies by John Burns, Esq., Justice of the Peace in Marin county, and they were delivered to Nathaniel Gray, Esq., for interment.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 April 1854

RECOVERY OF THE BODIES OF FIVE MORE OF THOSE LOST ON THE SECRETARY.

We are indebted to Mr. Thomas Inman, who went up on Saturday in the schooner Catherine, in quest of the bodies of those lost on the steamer Secretary, for the following additional particulars regarding the fatal result of that disaster.  Those on board the schooner found that the bodies of five persons, whose names have not heretofore been mentioned among the lost, had come ashore on Rafter's Beach, about five miles this side of Corte Madera.

   One had been buried on Saturday, but was disinterred and an inquest held upon it yesterday morning by acting-Coroner Burden.  The name of the deceased could not be ascertained.  He had on a blue jacket and pants, check shirt, and $3 75 in his pockets.  No artificial marks could be discovered about him.

   The second body proved to be that of Peter Lindahl.  There was an anchor on his right hand and the letters P. D. L. on his left.  A gold watch and chain, $71 in cash, and a certificate of deposit upon Page, Bacon & Co., the amount of which the holder refused to make known, were found upon him.

   The third body was that of Stephen J. Wright, for the recovery of which a reward of $500 had been offered by his father, and old resident of this city.

   The fourth was a small sized man, dressed in black frock coat, vest and pants, with auburn hair, no whiskers, light colored moustache.  On his right arm were marked the letters M. F. G., and an image of Lady Campbell, the female pirate.  On his left hand was a star, and on his left arm a monument.  His name could not be ascertained.

   The fifth body was that of a middle sized man; had on a check shirt and check pants.  The inquest upon this had not been completed when our informant left.

   Still another body, we are informed, was picked up on Saturday, on the beach outside of the Heads, near the Big Lagoon, in the vicinity of Belinas.  It could not be recognized, and was buried without an inquest.

   On Rafter's Beach was also picked up a certificate of deposit on Wells, Fargo & Co. for $220, in favor of Richard H. Bushnell.  It was found by and remains in the possession of L. McNaughton.

   The verdict of the Coroner's jury was that the deceased came to their deaths by the explosion on board the steamer Secretary.

   Mr. Inman will return to the scene of the disaster to-day, in search of the body of his partner, Mr. Lapham, who was among the lost.  Those desiring any further information concerning the bodies can obtain it from Mr. Inman. - Herald.

MAN SHOT. - We are sorry to inform our readers, that we have only one murder case to present this week.  A man named Gray was shot by a man known as "Long-haired Brown," at Carsons', and is not expected to recover.  The difficulty originated over a game of cards, (both are gamblers,) and Brown struck Gray with his revolver and then shot him, the ball striking him in the forehead, and passing around under the skin, came out behind.  Brown has fled. - Mariposa Chronicle.

BODY RECOVERED. - A letter from Judge Thompson, of Marin city, to Mr. Jappan of this city, states that the body of Mr. John S. Brenner, late Superintendent of the State Prison, who was drowned on Sunday last, was found on Thursday by Lieutenant Gray, and was temporarily deposited in the sand, on the island, until his friends could proceed to the island for it, which will probably be done to-day or to-morrow. - Herald.

THOS. MANCILLA, convicted of murder in Bear Valley, and sentenced to be hung on the 21st inst., has had his sentence commuted by the Governor to imprisonment for five years in the State Prison, and left last Tuesday, under convoy, for the above "institution." - Mariposa Chronicle.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 26 April 1854

AN INQUEST. - An inquest was held at Downieville, on the 18th inst., on the body of Martin Dormer, a miner, aged about 40 years, found dead in a pool of water at the upper end of the town.  Verdict accordingly.  The Citizen says he leaves a wife and several small children.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 April 1854

A Conviction for Murder.

William B. Sheppard was yesterday convicted of murder in the first degree by a jury in the Court of Sessions.  He was arraigned and tried for the murder of Henry C. Day, the act having been committed some two weeks since, the circumstances under which the deed was done being, we presume, fresh in the recollection of most of our readers.  The evidence, although principally circumstantial, was strong, ands to the purpose, and was rendered more reliable by the dying declaration of the murdered man, who upon his death bed declared that Sheppard was his murderer.  The cause of the murder as stated by him was, that Sheppard was incensed at his refusal to allow him to marry his daughter, a girl of some fifteen years of age, and the circumstances show that the deed must have been deliberated upon and coolly and calculatingly committed.  On the evening of the murder, Sheppard asked Day to take a walk with him, and when a few steps from Day's door, plunged a knife into his body.  [Continues with editorial on murder and convictions, - "the hope which it gives that a better day is dawning upon California, and that crime shall hereafter meet with its sure punishment." ...

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Henry Lloyd, one of the victims of the Secretary explosion, the recovery of whose body we noticed yesterday.  Lloyd was twenty-two years of age and leaves a father and two brothers in this city.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 April 1854

The bodies of P. D. Lapham and Jesse Potter, two of the unfortunates lost on board the Secretary, were found yesterday, brought to the city and interred.  An inquest was held on them by a Justice of the Peace in Marin county.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 May 1854

DROWNED. - Yesterday morning, between 10 and 11 o'clock, a boat belonging to the Golden Fleece capsized in the surf, which was running very high, while on her way from the ship to the shore, and four of the five men at the time were drowned.  The fifth managed to get ashore through the assistance of the men at the Fort.  One of the bodies floated ashore.  The Coroner had been notified, and an inquest will be held to-day.  Two of the crew of the Golden Fleece were droned on Sunday.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 May 1854

FOUR MORE LIVES LOST AT THE WRECK OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE.

We gave an account yesterday of the drowning of two men at the wreck of the Golden Fleece on Saturday.  Information was received last night by the Coroner, that four more men were drowned yesterday, the boat in which they were putting out for the wreck having been swamped in the surf.  One of the bodies was recovered and brought to the Fort.  We were unable to learn the names.  An inquest will be held on the bodies to-day. - Herald.

DROWNED. - On Monday night at ten o'clock, as the brig Kingsbury was coming into port, Joseph Murden, a seaman, aged 19 years, of Norfolk, Va., was knocked overboard by jibing the main boom, and drowned.  All efforts were made to save him, but without success; it being dark and a heavy swell on, the boat was swamped. - Times and Transcript.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 May 1854

FOUND DROWNED. - Coroner Smith held an inquest on Saturday afternoon on the body of a man found floating in the American river, near Norris' ferry.  The body was entirely nude, five feet ten inches in height, and had been in the water apparently between three and four weeks.  No marks were discernible which could lead to identification.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 May 1854

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - Coroner Whaling informed us yesterday that he has not held an inquest in a fortnight, and that so long a time had not elapsed without one before since he took possession of the office.  Although this is unfortunate for the pocket of the Coroner, and particularly distressing to the news reporters, who are forced to run the soles off their boots to get items in these dull times, still it is gratifying that out city is in such a healthy condition.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 May 1854

ASTONISHING. - Coroner Whaling, of San Francisco, has not held an inquest for the two weeks past.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 May 1854

Suicide by Hanging.

SACRAMENTO, 9 P.M.

An inquest was held by Coroner Smith, on the body of a man named William McMeekin, who committed suicide this morning, by hanging himself with a pocket handkerchief.  Temporary insanity was the probable cause of the act.  He said something last evening about the murder of a Chinaman up in the mountains, but no heed was taken of his ravings at the time.  He was stopping at the house of a fisherman, about one mile below the city.  In the afternoon of yesterday he made several attempts to drown himself, and in the night stabbed himself with a pair of scissors.  About daylight, after leisurely lighting his pipe, he started, and was found dead shortly after by the fisherman.  Deceased was from Cold Springs, El Dorado; but formerly from North Star, Washington Co., Pennsylvania, where, it is said, he left a wife and three children.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 May 1854

SUICIDE. - A man named Wm. N. McMeeken committed suicide early yesterday morning, ...

As Daily Alta of 16 May.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 May 1854

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest at the State Marine Hospital, yesterday, upon the body of a German named Gunter Bocholtz, who died there on the morning of the 18th inst.  It appeared that the deceased had been in the country about two months, during which time he had been in the mines, and returned here entirely destitute; and although he had looked for work, could find none.  On Wednesday he went to a drug store on Long Wharf and purchased some arsenious acid, which he took, and, upon being taken ill, he was sent to the hospital, where he informed the attendants what he had taken.  The usual antidotes were given, but without success.  Deceased had previously told his friends that he did not wish to live any longer.  The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

   Another inquest was held, on the body of a woman named Ellen Stribech, a native of Ireland, at her residence on Wetmore Place.  She was about 35 years of age, had been very much addicted to drinking, and died from inflammation of the viscera.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 May 1854

A FATAL DUEL. - A duel took place yesterday morning about half-past five o'clock, near the Pioneer Race Course, between N. Hubert, ex-member of Assembly from this city, and George T. Hunt, an attorney of San Francisco.  The difficulty which led to the hostile meeting occurred at the Metropolitan Theatre a few evenings since, and was detailed in the papers the following day.  The parties were both afterward arrested, and fined by the Recorder.  The challenge was given by Mr. Hunt.  Mr. Hubert was attended on the ground by Charles S. Fairfax, Esq., late Speaker of the Assembly, and W. F. Tighlman, and Mr. Hunt by Messrs. Knox and Fox.

   The parties fought at ten paces, with duelling pistols, and were to fire between the words "one" and "three."  The first two fires were ineffectual, but at the third Mr. Hunt received his adversary's ball in the abdomen, on the right side, and fell to the ground.  He immediately called for Mr. Hubert, who came up to him, when Mr. Hunt said he forgave him everything.  It is said that Mr. Hubert was very much affected as he went off the ground with his seconds.  Mr. Hunt was taken up and brought to the city, where the ball was extracted by Dr. Bryerly.  He lived till nearly four o'clock, and continued sensible till the last moment.

HORRIBLE MURDER. - The most horrible murder that we have ever been called upon to record was perpetrated in this city, probably on Saturday night.  Yesterday afternoon, about 6 o'clock, some children playing about a shed in Union street, a short distance above Stockton, entered the shed, and there found a Mexican woman lying dead.  She was strangled with a rope about her neck, her hands tied behind her, and her feet tied to her hands.  She appeared to have been dead but a short time, and to have been dragged some distance by the rope.  The body was removed to the Coroner's officer, and an inquest will be held to-day.  It is not known who the woman is, but in all probability she is the one referred to in another paragraph, headed "Mysterious Disappearance."  It seems almost impossible that a fiend in human form could exist capable of committing such a murder.

MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE AND ROBBERY. - An old Mexican woman named Antonia, who lived in a little house on an alley opening out of Dupont street, near the Gibbe Hotel, was called to her door, on Saturday night, about 11 o'clock, by a Mexican, who asked her to step outside with him and get a letter from her son.  Since that time she has not been heard from, and yesterday morning her two trunks were found in the alley, broken open and robbed of their contents.  When she went out, she took the key of her house with her, and it is supposed that the robber has either killed her or locked her up somewhere, after which he committed the robbery.  She is supposed to have had a certificate of deposit for $1000 and a large quantity of jewelry and money.

MURDER AT CAMPTONVILLE. - A letter from Camptonville, dated May 17th, to the Marysville Express, gives the following account of a murder there:

   To-day at noon our hitherto quiet village was thrown into a feverish excitement by the cry of murder.  The victim of the assassin was a young man about twenty-one years of age, whose name is John K. Kane, from Baltimore.  He had a difficulty with a man by the name of Mat. Blakemore, when Blakemore used some insulting epithet towards Kane, when the latter struck his antagonist with a tumbler.  The excitement became somewhat allayed, when the bell rang for dinner - when all present retired to the dining room except this man Blakemore, who passed into the kitchen, and deliberately took up and sharpened a kitchen knife, and carelessly sauntered back into the dining room behind Kane, and stabbed him in the back below the shoulder blade.  The young man is now about breathing his last, while a large portion of our citizens are upon the assassin's trail, who is making a strong effort to escape.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 May 1854

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Geo. T. Hunt, who was shot by Mr. Hubert in a duel on Sunday morning last, May 21st.

   A number of witnesses were subpoened by the Coroner, amongst them deceased's seconds, but all of them declined answering questions touching the fatal affair, with the exception of two young men, who testified as follows:

   That they knew both parties; saw them on Sunday morning at the Pioneer Race Course; saw two men hand each a pistol; the deceased and Hubert took positions on the field opposite each other; both parties fired three shots at each other, the first two proving ineffectual; at the third fire Mr. Hunt received his antagonist's ball in the right side, and fell immediately to the ground.  Drs. Bryerly, Aylette and Mills were in attendance, and dressed the wound, &c. and prescribed some medicine.  Deceased lay upon the ground about three quarters of an hour, when a carriage was brought and deceased taken into the city, arriving about 8 o'clock.

   The jury, after hearing the testimony, returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot wound received from a weapon ion the hands of a man named Hubert, the same being done with intent to take the life of deceased.  We also recommend that the Grand Jury take this case into serious consideration, and try to put a stop to this destruction of human life by making an example of the parties connected with this affair.

   Deceased was a native of London, England, and aged about 34 years.

   Another inquest was held on the body of Antonia Pariaz, the unfortunate woman who was found dead in a vacant house on Union street, corner of Stockton, on Sunday morning last, May 21.  No further facts than those published could be elicited concerning her death.

   A post mortem examination was held upon the body by Dr. Rowell, who declared that deceased died from a fit of apoplexy, caused by strangulation.  Deceased was a native of Mexico, and aged about 40 years.

   An inquest was also held yesterday afternoon at 218 Kearny street, upon the body of a colored man named John D. Ross, who died under the following circumstances.  The proprietor of the house, Mr. Cox, testified that the deceased had come into his house about eight o'clock in the morning in company with another colored man for the purpose of playing billiards.  About half an hour afterwards Cox's attention was attracted by a noise, and looking round saw deceased lying on the floor, where he died in about five minutes.

   A post mortem examination was held when it was discovered that deceased had ruptured a blood vessel in the left lung.  Verdict - deceased had died from hermorrage of the lungs.  Ross was a native of Buenos Ayres and aged about 34 years.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 May 1854

The bay papers contain little of interest; we extract the following case of murder from the Chronicle:

HORRIBLE MURDER.  - Repeat of the murder of Antonia Pariaz; no inquest.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 May 1854

The issuance of a warrant for the arrest of the surviving party in the late duel, presents a new phase in the criminal jurisdiction of California.  Editorial. ... We look upon duelling not merely as the sin of the parties who actually put in force its barbarous code, but as the sin of society, which permits it, and does not discountenance by every means in its power the partakers in it.  The proceedings in this case will be watched with a great deal of interest.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 May 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon, upon the body of Thomas L. Benson, who died yesterday morning from the effects of a wound received in a duel with Richard Menzies, on Wednesday.

   A man named John Motley, testified that he knew deceased, and was requested by him on Wednesday to go with him to Cris. Lilly's, and told him her was going to fight a duel.  He went out with him and arrived about 9 o'clock.  They then went about two miles further.  When arrived upon the ground he saw a man named Menzies, with whom deceased told him he was going to fight.  Mr. Caughlin and a man he did not know, measured off the ground, at fifteen paces.  They each took a pistol and faced each other.  Menzies' seconds asked if they were ready.  Deceased said he was ready.  At the word fire, Menzies fired at deceased, whose pistol did not go off.  Both parties kept their positions after the first fire.  Both parties fired again.  Benson received his antagonist's ball in the right side.  The wound was dressed by Dr. Riuce, and the deceased being brought into town, died about a quarter to ten yesterday monring.  Deceased was a stevedore.  Immediately after deceased was shot, Menzies went to him and asked him if he had any ill feeling, upon which he replied he had not.  The weapon used by deceased was a Colt's five inch revolver, while that used by his opponent was a Navy size.  The outside friends were in favor of compromising the matter, but deceased's second (Caughlin) objected to it, and placed deceased on the ground.

   The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death from a weapon in the hands of Menzies, and recommend the Grand Jury to make an example of the guilty parties.  Deceased was a native of London, aged 24 years.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 Mat 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of Lewis Aschemon, found dead lying in a boat at Mission Creek.  Deceased was a native of Hanover, Germany, and was employed at a brick yard on the Creek.  One of the witnesses before the inquest testified that on Saturday morning he had noticed the deceased washing himself on the opposite side of the Creek, and a few minutes afterwards he had looked around and saw deceased in the stream, coming up with his head above water.  He instantly remarked that something was the matter with the man, and called out top some persons on the bank to launch their boats, who answered by telling him to "go to h------."  He called out again, when the boat was launched, but the body had sunk and could not be found.  On returning next day, the witness found the body lying in a boat on the Creek.  Verdict of accidental drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 May 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Evening Journal says that an inquest was holden on Friday upon the body of an unknown man found under Broadway wharf.  Verdict -  accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 June 1854

The Grand Jury and the Steamer Secretary.

TO THE PUBLIC.

Letter concerning the Report of the Grand Jury, GEO. GORDON & STEEN, Vulcan Foundry.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 June 1854

LYNCHING AFFAIR AT SONOMA. - A MAN HUNG.

The Sonoma Bulletin of Saturday gives the particulars of an awful tragedy enacted in that county.  On the 5th inst. Three mules were stolen at Santa Rosa, belonging to Messrs. Hereford & Tarwater, who, in company with Mr. Cyrus, started to Sonoma in pursuit.  On the 7th, notices were posted about town offering a reward of $150 for the security of the mules and thief.  These were subsequently found at Shasta, the accused, William Ritchie, being in jail, who averred that he took them of a man in Napa for debt.  The purchaser of the mules from Ritchie produced a receipt signed Warren.  The prisoner was re-conveyed to Santa Rosa, where they arrived on the 29th, fearing to go down to the Napa valley lest their prisoner should be rescued.

   Early on the morning of the 30th, some twenty men forcible took the accused from Hereford's (where he had slept the night previous) to the Santa Rosa House, but the same day re-delivered him to Hereford, saying that he might take him to Sonoma.  The party accordingly left about sunset, but at midnight, and when within about five miles of Sonoma, they were overtaken by a party of horsemen, who captured the prisoner and compelled the guard to return.

   The next morning the unfortunate man was found dead, being hung on the road side to the b ranch of an oak tree.  The night was very dark, say the guards, and the horsemen, supposed about twenty-five or thirty, were apparently in disguise.

   On Wednesday morning, Justice Campbell, acting coroner, repaired to the spot and empaneled the following jury of inquest: Joseph Hooker, Forman; Joseph Brockman, A. C. McDonald, Thos. Pyatt, J. C. Bishop, Jesse Beasley, A. J. Cox, H. L. Kamp, Wm. Palluson, Rich'd Turner, Theo. Welscholdt and Christian Bruner, who gave a verdict "That the deceased, William Ritchie, came to his death by being hanged to a tree b y the neck, about midnight of the 30th May, 1854, by some persons unknown to the jury."

   The body was brought to Sonoma by the coroner, and interred in the church yard.

   The deceased was between 25 and 30 years of age, and was a resident of Napa valley, where his parents and relatives live.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 June 1854

Inquest on the Body of George D. Smith.

At an inquest held 5th day of June, 1854, at No. 171 Sacramento street, in the city of San Francisco, to inquire into the cause of the death of a man named George D. Smith, the following persons were summoned to serve as jurors, to inquire into the cause of his death, viz:

E. BELLEDIN, C. H. HAYFORD, THOS. F. POTTER, JR., J. M. BREEDLOVE, THOS. B. CUNNINGHAM, J. RINGO.

Charles Morse sworn as a witness, says - I reside at the Tennessee Hotel in this city; am a laborer; I recognize the body of deceased to be that of a man named George D. Smith; he is a native of New York, is a married man, and has a wife and two children living there at the present time; deceased has been in this country for the last five years; was a sober industrious man; has got no property in this city that I know of; the last time I saw him alive was about two o'clock on Saturday afternoon, the 30th instant, he came to where I boarded and we walked together to the corner of First and Mission streets, when we parted; we had no conversation during the time about his being engaged by any party to pull down houses which were on property claimed by a Capt. Folsom; I knew nothing of the difficulty which took place on Sunday morning by which deceased lost his life.

   Richard Crogan, sworn, says : I reside on Stockton street, between Vallejo and Green streets, and am a drayman; was sleeping in Mr. Keating's house, who resides on First, between Howard and Melius streets, on the night of the 3d inst; I went there for the purpose of assisting Mr. Keating in defending his house from being torn down, having been informed during the day that it was to be attacked during the night; There were some four or five men in the house during the night, besides Keating and myself; there were two or three double-barrel guns in the house, loaded; I retired to bed about one o'clock and went to sleep, when in about an hour after I was awakened by hearing the discharge of firearms; I got up, and found that the men who were in the house when I went to bed had gone out; I went out the back way, and when in the act of doing so, was hailed and asked 'who goes there?'  I never spoke but went on towards First street, when two shots were fired after me; none of them took effect; heard the balls strike the fence; I did not fire any weapon myself that night, nor did I see any person who was in Keating's house fire any; I got out on First street and went home to my own house, and did not return again to the scene.

   John Eagan sworn - I reside at the corner of First and Melius streets, in this city, and keep a grocery store.  I do not know deceased; never recollect to have seen him before to-day, when I saw his body at the coroner's office; on Sunday morning, about 2 o'clock, was awoke by hearing a dog bark in my house; got up and heard fire arms discharging, apparently close by my house; I went outside to where I saw a crowd of men standing on First street, between Howard and Melius; I did not know any of them, unless a man by the name of Shirlock; he had a long pistol in his hands; I saw him fire it two or three times towards Mr. Keating's house, which is on a lot between Howard and Melius streets, on first street, and claimed b y a Captain Folsom; they were standing outside of the fence which encloses this lot, with their backs towards the fence; around the Gas Works there were some five or six of them besides; Shirlock seemed to be their leader; each of the rest had long guns; they were also firing by his (Shirlock's) orders towards Keating's house; besides these there were some four or five men inside of the fence which encloses this lot in dispute, who had 4 large axes with them; heard Shirlock tell them to cut down the fence, which they immediately did, and then I heard Shirlock tell the men with the axes, to go and tear down the house that Keating lived in; a rush was made towards the house, when I distinctly heard Shirlock address some of the party to guard the rear of the house, and if any of them made their appearance to shoot them down; in about one minute after Shirlock told his men to demolish Keating's house; I went to go up to the place, but was challenged by some man who was keeping sentry; he asked me who I was; I asked him what was it his business; he then told me if I would not go back he would shoot me; I then went back towards my own house and went to bed.  This Shirlock seemed to be the leader of these men who fired at Keating's house, broke his fence and tore down his house; I did not hear or see any shots fired by the opposite party, nor did I see any opposition made to Shirlock's men when they broke the fence and tore down the house; the house which I live in and do business is owned by Capt. Folsom; I lease the place from him and pay him the rent monthly in advance; never had any difdficuilty with him; am on good terms with him; never pretended to own any part of this ground in dispute between Keating and Folsom; know that Keating has lived on it for three years past; always looked upon him as the rightful owner of the house and lot in question.

   John Beard sworn - I reside on First street, between Howard and Melius opposite the Gas Works; live on my own property; bought it three years ago from a man by the name of Childs; have lived on it since; was awakened on the morning of the 4th inst. by hearing the report of fire arms outside of my house, and the whizzing of balls over my wife and myself when we were in bed; one of the balls struck an ink bottle and broke it to pierces, it falling on my head; there was no person in the house but myself and family, consisting of my wife and four children; some of the balls struck a stove in the room and broke it to pieces; I remained inside of my house all the time; did not go out; did not fire any weapons myself; was not aware that an attack was to be made on my house that morning; was told that Capt. Folsom had hired a gang of filibusters at the Tehama House to come and demolish Mr. Keating's house and my own; am sure that no shots were fired from my house wither inside or about it, to my knowledge or by my consent.

   At this stage of the proceedings, it was found that a number of important witnesses who had been subpoened to testify, had not come forward, ands the inquest was adjourned until to-morrow, at 11 o'clock, A.M.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 June 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Smith held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of the Mexican who was drowned in the Slough, near Fourth street, on Sunday evening last.  Nothing was elicited other than we have already mentioned, ands the jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."  The remains were respectably interred by the friends of the deceased yesterday afternoon.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 June 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST - THE LATE SQUATTER RIOT.

We give below a continuation of the testimony taken before the Inquest, yesterday, on the body of George D. Smith, killed in the late squatter riot, on First street:

   Andrew Cummings, sworn, says - I reside on the corner of Third and Folsom streets, and am a laborer; about half past six o'clock last Saturday evening, I was on First street opposite the Gas Works; I saw Mr. Canny's horses and carts standing on First street, outside of a fence around a lot claimed by a Mr. Larkin, when I heard Mr. Larkin tell the drivers and a Mr. Shirlock, to take their horses away, as their day's work was done; the drivers took away the horses, and Mr. Larkin then went to work and put up his fence; this Mr. Shirlock remained on the ground during the time the fence was going up; shortly after, Mr. Canny came on the spot, when one of the brothers Larkin pulled out a paper and asked him (Canny) if he had a better title to the property than this, meaning the paper he had in his hands, saying if he (Canny) had, he would walk off it without any law; Canny made no reply, but laughed and went up towards the gas Works, where he soon after turned around and told Larkin and the others who were present, that he (Canny) would show them some fun; Canny then rode off towards Mission street; I saw or heard nothing more of the matter until about seven o'clock on Sunday morning; I was informed that there had been some difficulty.

   James Larkin, sworn, says - I reside at the corner of Pacific and Kearny streets; I do not know deceased; never recollect to have seen him before yesterday, when I saw his body at the Coroner's office; on Saturday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, I went to my place on First street, between Howard and Melius streets, where I found some horses and carts belonging to Mr. Folsom; Shirlock, who is Mr. Folsom's foreman, seemed to be superintending them; they had graded away the lot in close to a house which was on it; I was afraid of the house falling down, and I addressed Mr. Shirlock and told him that this place was mine, and I did not wish him to grade it any more; I also told him that if he had a better title than mine to it, that I was willing to leave without any trouble; he replied that it was not his wish to throw down the house, but that he would be guided by Mr. Folsom; he also said that he did not believe it was Folsom's wish to throw it down either, but that it was Mr. Canny's doings; I pulled out my deed and carried him into a house of Mr. Katon's, where he read it; he seemed to be satisfied, and told the men to knock off grading, and did not work any more under the house; I then sent for some lumber, for the purpose of putting a fence around the lot; the lumber came about half-past five o'clock, and I laid it to one side until Folsom's men knocked off work; they quit work about 6 o'clock, when I commenced to put up the fence around my lot, part of which had been graded that day by Folsom's men; my brother, and a Mr. McMahon and two other men assisted me in putting up the fence; we had it up about 7 o'clock; I left then, returning about half past 8 o'clock, in company with my brother and Mr. McMahon; soon after, a Mr. James Keighan came up and asked me what we were doing there?  I told him that I expected to have some difficulty regarding my lot, and he offered his services to me, to keep our company; it was now about 9 o'clock; we all walked about the lot until about 12 or 1 o'clock, when I saw no necessity of keeping up any longer, and went into the house and laid down on the bed; the rest remained on the lot; none of these men had weapons, that I know of; I had a pistol, but it would not go off - the caps only exploded; I went to sleep and remained in bed until about 3 o'clock, when I was awoke by the discharging of fire-arms; I got up and went out of the kitchen door, not with the intent of going where I did go; but the bank being dug away, I found myself sliding down the bank among the men, who were firing at my house; when I got down, I heard Mr. Canny speak to the men in these words: "Go ahead boys, tear down the house and shoot the damned robbers;"  I heard Shirlock order his men to tear down the fence, when Canny told the men to shoot the damned rascals; they were firing at my house and at me, and still kept it up; I was about five steps from the men, who were shooting at the time; Canny was standing on First street at the time he was giving these orders; the confusion was so great among the men under Canny's command, that I walked out and went past them on First street; I then went in search of the men who were staying with me, and found them about 30 yards from the scene; I found Mr. McMahon and Keighan; McMahon was shot through one of the shoulders and in the right arm; Keighan was not hurt; I asked them where my brother was, and they told me that he was shot; I went back towards the scene in hopes of finding him, and found that it was impossible for me to go where he was, for fear I should be shot myself; at that time I saw Mr. Shirlock standing some steps from where my brother was lying on the ground; I then left the place and went up First street towards the city, and met Dr. Nuttall on First street, and told him of the occurrence, and that my brother had been shot dead, and requested that he would accompany me to the place where he was, and try to get him away, as I did not know whether he was dead or not; he came along with me and in company with another young man, whose name I do not know, to where he was lying; we got a cart and put him into it and brought him to my house; it was then  about four o'clock in the morning.

   Edward Canny, sworn, says - I reside on Mission street, between First and Second; I am agent of Captain Folsom; on Saturday last I had carts at work grading a lot situate on corner of Howard and First streets; I was driven down to the lot about seven o'clock in the evening, and found that it had been fenced in and a large crowds of men standing about it; McMahon came up to me and used some unbecoming language; I told him that there would be some trouble about this lot; I then went away and visited Dr. Cole, who had got shot, and remained with him until about 1 o'clock, in the meantime, having seen Capt. Folsom, to whom I did not tell anything about removing the squatters on the lot in  question;  I left Dr. Cole's place about 1 o'clock, in company with a Mr. Hamilton, who saw me home; I laid down in bed with my clothes on, an d remained there for about half an hour; when I got up and went out, and walked to the corner of Third and Mission streets; I came to the conclusion that it would be better to have these men removed that night from the lot; I spoke to some young men whom I had formerly engaged to protect Capt. Folsom's property, and told them that a portion  of Capt. Folsom's was being squatted upon by some Sydney men.; whether they had been convicts or not, I did not know; I asked the young men if they would assist in protecting owners in their legal rights, and assist in driving off thieves and robbers from their property; these young men whom I was addressing were protecting property owned by Capt. Folsom at the corner of Third and Mission streets; there were 16 of them; I took 13 of them to come with me to this lot, which was at the corner of First and Howard streets, and when we got the length of Second and Howard streets we halted a few minutes; it was then past two o'clock; fearing we should be fired upon from the shanty on the lot, I rook three or four men with axes, in case it should be necessary to remove the shanty; we then walked around in front of the lot, and took the five men with axe up the hill, and told them to knock the shanty down; they commenced doing so, when several men from the shanty rushed out of it and passed close to me, and ran down towards Melius street; the shanty was knocked down, and the firing seemed to be over; I went to the house of a Mr. Shirlock, whom I employ as overseer, and told him that I had demolished those fences around the lot, and that I wished him to go and assist in removing the rubbish; I then returned to the scene;  it was then about 3 o'clock; before Mr. Shirlock came there I left the ground; I had two of my carts to come to render any service, and went to the corner of Third and Mission streets to protect the property there; I then lay down about half an hour at that place, when Mr. Smith, the deceased, was brought in a dying state, having been shot in the head; I then went after Dr. Stout and brought him down to where Smith was, who, in company with Dr. Hammond, examined the wound and pronounced it fatal, and recommended that he should be taken to the hospital; I then went and procured a spring wagon from a Mr. Vance, and had him conveyed to the hospital, where he died the following day; deceased was one of the young men whom I took from the corner of Third and Mission streets on the night of the occurrence; these thirteen young men were armed as follows: two double-barrelled guns, four axes, and the remainder had Colt's revolvers; I took the men to the lot for the purpose of clearing off these squatters; deceased had a pistol when he went on the ground, and was not hurt at the time that I left to go to Shirlock's house; I told the men when I marched them on the lot that I did not wish any person killed, and if they did shoot, not to shoot above the knee; I was on the hill with the men who were tearing down the shanty at the time the rest of the men were firing.

   J. B. Wilson, swoon, says -  reside at the corner of Division and Third streets; I know the deceased by the name of Smith; have known him about one week past; the last time I saw him was about 2 or 3 o'clock Sunday morning, on a lot opposite the gas works; he was sent there, in company with others, to demand and protect said lot, at the instance of Capt. Folsom, to demand peaceable possession; I was one of the number; about 2 o'clock Sunday morning, eleven of us started from the corner of Third and Missions streets and went to this lot, and spoke to a man whom I saw standing in front of the fence which was around the lot; I told him that I had come up, at the instance of Cap. Folsom, to demand peaceable possession; he replied that I could not have it, and immediately discharged a pistol, which he had in his hand; this was the first shot that had been fired on either side; I do not know the man who fired this first shot; a number of shots were fired on both sides; I did not fire, nor give orders to the men who were with me to fire; I saw the man who fired first step back two or three paces after he fired, when he tripped and fell; I did not notice whether he got on his feet or not; I then went through the fence into the lot, and some of my men along with me; the firing was still kept up on both sides for some time; I did not see deceased when he was shot, but saw him a few moments after; he was then in a line with the rear two houses on the lot, and from which the opposing party was firing; deceased, when I first saw him, wass in sensible; he could not speak; I am sure that the shot which killed him was fired by some person at the house on the right-hand side of the lot; there were three or four shots fired from this house at the time deceased fell; we went upon the lot for the purpose of gaining possession of it for Capt. Folsom; we were told by Mr. Canny, his agent,. Previous to starting for the place, that if we were obliged to fire, not to fire above the knee, which order was obeyed, as far as I know.

THE VERDICT.

   The Jury returned the following verdict:

   We, the undersigned jurors, convened this 6th day of June, 1854, by the County Coroner, at No. 171 Sacramento street, in the city of San Francisco, to in quire into the c ause of death of a man named George D. Smith, who died at the State Marine Hospital on the evening of the 5th instant, having fully considered the testimony elicited during the inquisition, render the following verdict:--- We find that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a gunshot wound in the hands of some person unknown to the Jury, at a squatter riot which occurred on the morning of the 4th inst., on First street, between Howard and Mission streets.  We also find that deceased is a native of New York State, and aged about 25 years, and leaves a wife and family in Syracuse, N. Y., to mourn his loss.

   Having rendered our verdict ion the facts of this case, it may be thought that our respective duties had ended here.  We think not.

   The sacrifice of human life which has of late disgraced our city, consequent in part from the want of laws adequate to its proper protection and in part resulting from the non-enforcement of law now existing, has of late been terrible, and appears to be on the in crease.  The power vested in our civil authorities seems to afford but little protection in cases of this kind, and we feel in duty bound, as good citizens, to call the attention  of the higher tribunals to this matter, more particularly as so many valuable lives have been sacrificed in cases of squatter riots of this kind, in order, if possible, that they may effectually out a stop to such wanton sacrifice of human life, and afford that protection to life and property which every good citizen is entitled to.

J. M. BREEDLOVE, E. BELLEAU, T. F. POTTER, Jr., THOS. B. CUNNINGHAM, H. F. MELWEIN, E.H. HARFFORD, J. RINGO.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFRONIA, 9 June 1854

ANOTHER SQUATTER RIOT.

A WOMAN FATALLY WOUNDED AND ONE MAN SHOT.

... During the firing, Mrs. Murphy came to the door of her house, with her infant in her arms, when a ball struck her, passing into the right lung.  She fell, and was removed to her bed. ...

More on captain Folsom.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Yesterday afternoon a man, supposed to be named J. Boyle from papers on his person, entered a restaurant on the corner of front and Jackson streets, apparently in a dying condition.  A carriage was procured and the man driven to the office of Dr. Zeille, on Pacific street, where he expired in a few minutes.  Coroner Whaling postponed the inquest until this morning, that the body might remain at his office for identification.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 June 1854

Folsom again.

...

The Jury empanneled in the duel inquest, found a verdict in accordance with the facts of the case.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 June 1854

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of a man was found floating in the Sacramento river near the Fish Market about two o'clock yesterday afternoon, and having been secured and placed upon the bank, was lying there at a late hour last night, under the charge of a policeman.  We are informed by the police that in formation of the fact was sent to the Coroner at three o'clock, and subsequently, upon his non-appearance, application was made to Justice Fry to initiate an inquest, without success.  Meantime the body was permitted to remain there rapidly decomposing in the full blaze of a summer sun and the damp of night, and only exempted from the attacks of hogs and rats by the policeman specially detailed for the purpose.  Delays in such cases may frequently prevent the object of an inquest, by obliterating all traces by which the identity of the deceased or the cause of his death may be determined.  We trust that those whose duty it was to investigate the affair may be able to suggest a proper explanation of their conduct.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 June 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith early on Saturday morining on the body of the man taken from the river on the evening previous.  Nothing was elicited to show other that than it was a case of accidental drowning, which was the supposition of the jury, and a verdict rendered in accordance.  Deceased was from twenty-five to thirty years of age, had black hair, and clothed in a thin black coat, black satin vest, black cravat, check shirt and pants, and calf boots with red tops.  A small breast pin, a white handled three-bladed pocket knife, and one dollar and a quarter were found on the body, but no papers.

   In reply to our remarks in Saturday's issue the Coroner states that he was absent from the city on Friday afternoon, and did not return until about eight o'clock, when he was first informed of the case, and that the body was floating in the river under the charge of a policeman.  In relation to the authority of a Justice to hold an inquest during his absence, the statute requires that a body shall be kept for twenty-four hours for the Coroner, at the expiration of which, if he do not appear, a Justice may proceed to that duty.  This provision was violated in one instance during the temporary absence of the Coroner at Brighton to hold on inquest, but in case of its recurrence, he states that he will proceed to discharge his duty under the statute.

   We were misinformed as to the time of finding the above body.  It was found at half-past four o'clock in the afternoon, instead of at two o'clock.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 June 1854

MURDERS. - The messenger of Wells, Fargo & Co. delivers to the Stockton Republican the following note, dated Sonotra, June 11th:

   Sir, - The news came in this evening that a man named Stringer was murdered at a place about one mile north of Jamestown.  The deed was probably committed on Thursday last, by some person who had secreted himself in the bushes near to where his victim passed.  Mr. Stringer had a wife and family in the States.  The Coroner held an inquest on the body to-day.  Two balls passed through Stringer's body. - His team was found near to him in a starving condition.

   Another man, named Kelly, was found murdered in his cabin, on Brown's Flat, to-day.  The object of the assassin evidently was to obtain money.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 June 1854

HORRIBLE MURDER. - A horrible murder took place yesterday afternoon, on board the English ship Lord Dufferin, lately arrived from Liverpool.  From reliable sources we have gleaned the following particulars of this lamentable affair:

   The carpenter of the ship, named John McGowan, went on shore without leave, which coming to the notice of the captain, he informed him that, should he presume to do so again, his wages would be detained.  Some altercation ensued between them, which resulted in the carpenter's stabbing the captain with a half inch chisel in the region of the lower ribs.  The captain immediately ran forward, exclaiming that he was stabbed by the carpenter, and fell overboard.  He was picked up by some boatmen who happened to be alongside, and conveyed ashore, and subsequently placed in a carriage to be taken to the Hospital; oon the way there, however, he died.  Instead of proceeding to the Hospital, his body was taken to the Coroner's office.  On a post mortem examination, deceased was found to have been stabbed in the left breast, penetrating the lower part of the heart; the vena cava being completely severed by the instrument with which the wound was inflicted.

   The murderer, John McGowan, was arrested by special officer S. A. Redfield, and given into the custody of the Marshal, by whom he was conveyed to the police lock-up to await an examination.

   The deceased's name was Matthews, and it is said that he leaves a wife and two children in Britain.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 June 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of Alexander Mathews, master of the ship Lord Dufferin, of Cardiff, killed by a stab from a chisel, in the hands of John McGowan, ship's carpenter.  The testimony adduced went to show that several quarrels had taken place on the passage from Cardiff to San Francisco, between deceased and McGowan.

   The verdict of the jury was to the effect, that deceased came to his death by a wound inflicted from some sharp instrument, supposed to be a chisel, in the hands of a man named John McGowan

   Deceased was a native of Scotland, aged about 33 years, and leaves a wife and two small children in this city to mourn his untimely emnd.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 June 1854

HOMICIDE IN THE HARBOR. - A difficulty occurred yesterday afternoon on board the British ship Lord Dufferin, lying off Sacramento street wharf, between the Captain, Alexander Matthews and the carpenter of the vessel, a man named John McGowan, which in the course of a few minutes resulted in the former's death.  The facts of the case elicited this morning at a Coroner's inquest were as follows: Some two weeks since the carpenter, who it appears was usually of a quiet and peaceable disposition, went ashore without permission, contrary to an express rule of the ship.  The Captain said nothing about the circumstance until yesterday about 4 o'clock, just as he was preparing to leave the ship in company with his brother and Capt. Boggis who were awaiting him alongside in a boat.  He then incidentally asked him why he had taken the liberty of going ashore, before asking some of the officers.  McGowan replied that he considered there was no wrong in so doing.  The Captain reprimanded him for this assertion, and stated that if he went ashore again without permission, his wages should be stopped.  Other words passed, when at length the Captain became so incensed that he struck McGowan a blow with his hand.  The latter instantly seized a sharp chisel and plunged it into the other's breast inflicting a frightful wound.  The Captain exclaiming, "I'm, I'm stabbed!" staggered to the gangway and fell overboard.  He was immediately rescued from the water by those in the boat, and rowed with all possible haste to the nearest wharf.  There a carriage was procured, with the intention of taking him to the Hospital, but ere it had proceeded half the distance he breathed his last.

   Capt. Matthews was a n ative of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where his father, mother and a sister are now living.  He was 33 years of age, and has left a wife and two children in the city to mourn his untimely end.  McGowan is from Belfast, Ireland,

   The Coroner's jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a wound on the left breast, penetrating the chest and severing the cartilage of the third rib, which wound was received from a weapon or chisel in the hands of John McGowan.  McGowan has been arrested, and will undergo a prelininary examination before Recorder Baker. - Eve News.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 June 1854

A CORRESPINDENT of the Calaveras Chronicle, writing from Albany Float, says:

   On Friday last, a Chinese woman at a house of ill-fame in this place, poisoned herself with opium.  She died on Saturday.  A celestial disciple of Aesculapius was called in, who at once proceeded with the acknowledged skill of the medical profession of the kingdom of the sun, to revivify the defunct "frail tawny one."  The doctor procured a live kid, and making an incision in the throat of the animal, filled a large syringe with the arm blood, which he proceeded to inject down the throat of the woman to bring her to life.  However scientific as the remedy for death doubtless was, the persevering efforts of the celestials were unavailing.  An inquest was held before Justice Davis, and a verdict returned in accordance with the facts.  Some of the evidence, however, disclosed a horrible state of things as existing amongst these truly degraded creatures.  It seems that the deceased had been actually sold in San Francisco for a large sum, by her own mother, for purposes of prostitution, to the keeper of this brothel.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 June 1854

DEASTH FROM INTEMPERANCE. - From the Jackson Sentinel we learn that an inquest was holden on Tuesday on the dead body of a man, discovered by the side of the Buena Vista Ranch road.  The body was identified as that of Manuel Cariane, of Molene, France, aged 38 years.  Verdict - intemperance and exposure.

 

SACRAMEWNTO DAILY UNION, 24 June 1854

Horrible Murder of a Wife by the Husband.

   We have again to record the perpetration of a horrible murder in our city.  A German woman named Christina Spohn , from thirty to thirty five years of age, the wife of one Adam Spohn, a butcher, lately conducting business on Front street, was found lying upon the bed in a small frame building on Oak avenue, near Eighth street, about ten o'clock yesterday morning weltering in blood.  An examination of the body developed a horrible gash in the throat, commencing just above the cartilage, extending across the neck, severing the large blood vessels upon the left side and a portion of those on the right.  Several nail marks were found on the right side of the neck near the wound, as also the identification of the ear drop on the left side.  A nail mark was also found upon the left arm.  A seven or eight inch butcher knife, and a black patent leatherbelt were lying under the body, and one of the ear drops had been broken off.

   The affair was first discovered by a little girl who call in on an errand.  She immediately communicated the fact to Mr. J. Keefer, stating that the deceased was lying upon the bed with her nose bleeding and unable to speak.  A servant was immediately sent over and on returning, reported her dead.  Spohn and deceased had been married about five years, but considerable difficulty had recently occurred between, in consequence of the jealousy of the former.  About three weeks since the deceased entered a complaint against her husband before the Recorder for an assault and battery.  The husband was not to be found until several days afterwards when the complaint was withdrawn, and the parties assumed amicable relations.  Some disturbance between them was noticed by the neighbors yesterday morning, but nothing to attract unusual attention.  The husband was last seen in this city about the time the murder must have been committed, hurrying or running down Eighth street towards the R street levee.  Upon the receipt of information at the Station house, the officers of the police were mounted and dispatched in every direction to prevent his escape, and telegraphic dispatches sent to San Francisco and other points.

   A person answering his description was seen by a boy near Sutterville, about one o'clock, P.M.  He was running, had a streak of blood across one cheek, and paid no attention to the enquiries of the boy, who was struck by the peculiarity of his proceedings, noticed him for some distance, and gave information of the facts to a mounted policeman whom he met soon afterwards.

   An inquest was held upon the body by Coroner Smith, at 4 o'clock, and resulted in a verdict that the deceased came to her death by a wound inflicted with a sharp instrument, in the opinion of the jury, by the hand of her husband.

   Further particulars relative to the affair will be found in the following testimony adduced before the jury:

   P. Keefer, sworn. - Knew deceased and her husband; has known the former about a year; known the lagtter since the last flood; saw them both together; saw decxeased twivce between 9 abn d 10 or 10 and 11 o'clock; saw Mr. S. twivce; he came over with a b asket first; about an hour after that, saw him passing through 8th street; this was between 10 and 11 o'clock; he was on foot, trotting, and seemed to be in a grfedat hurry; I looked after him three or four squarfes; was told of the affaitr b y a little girl who came olver  and stated that deceased was lying down with her nose bleeding, unable to speak; the girl wanted to get something of deceased; I sent aserfvant over; he rfetuneds, pale, and said he beloeved she was dead.  On one oc c asion Mr. S. came over to my place, drunk, with a knofe in his hand, and wanted to whip me; this was about three months since; knew of n o difficulty between deceased and her husband; Mr. S. ordered deceased not to come to my store to buy anything; does n ot know whether they lived peaceably together or not.

   Charles Henkle, sworn - Knew the deceased and her husband; saw him this morning about five o'clock; knew of no difficulty brtween them.

   Charles Crocker, sworn - Slightly acquainted with deceased; knerw her husband by sight; knew there had been triuble between them; they parted a few days since; she entered a complaint against him before the Recorder; the matter was settled, and they lived together againb, he thought amicable; saw deceased this morning at work about breakfast time; she was washing, or preparing to do so; have not seen him to-day; I left immediaterly after breakfast; I was first infotrmed of the murder by my wife; I came over about 10 o'clockl, found the body lying on the left side, partly on the face, the throat cut, life extinct; it was nearly in the centre of the bed, with the feet towards the head; I looked round the room, she had evidently been ironing; the irons were in the furnasce in the kitchen; the caol in the furnasce had butrned away; there was no appearance of fore; her cloothes were not disarranged; saw n o blood except on the bedf; took a hassty look to see if I could discoverr an axe or knife.

   Dr. G. K. Smith sworn - Was called b y the Coronert to examine the body; (described the wound and marks as above;) think the kn ife shown was first picked up in my presen ce; found it on turning over the body; one of the sides of the edhe was bloody; the woumnd was a clean cut, with the exception of about an inch, which was rough; thinks the mark of the ear-driop must have been made by pressure; the sc ratch on the left arm was done before death; it is possible that the deceased may have commityted the act herself; thinks it was done by some other person; that is the knife just as we found it.

   Catharine Stillenjer sworn - Knew deceased; she came over about ten o'cl;ock this morning to borrow my furnace; did not see her husband this motrning; deceased went to the store yesterday, and said she couldn't go out., as people would talk about herr, and her husband was churlish about it; deceased told me about three weeks since that her husband said he would kill her.

   Peter Spohn, sworn - Brother of Adam Spohn, the husband; Adam had some difficulty with persons some time ago; one ab iout three months, and the other some five or six weeks since, on account of his jealousy; saw him about 9 o'clock this morning; passed my shop and went down K street with a basket; have no seen him since; don't know whether I hasve seen the belty before or not; my brother ids smaller mthan I, and used to wear a belt; have not been in the habit of conversing with him about family affairfs; don't know anything about the effectsd of the deceased.

   ___ Spohn sworn, a brother of Adam - Don't know anything about a difficulty between deceased and my brother; sdupplied him with tools to set up a butcher-shop; the known shown is similar to those sold him; was not much acquainted with deceased; thinks they had been married about five years; saw my brother this morning about nione o'clock.

   Geo. Shafer sworn - Knew deceased and husband; known deceased four or five months; known husband about eight months; understood that they had had some dicculty recently; saw deceased this morning between seven and eight o'clock, pasdding my plasce; saw her husband on the Levee between eight and nine o'clock; never saw the knife before.

   Mrs. C. Ctrocker sworn - Knew deceased slightly for several months; seen her everfy day; saw her this morning - not since between 8 and 9 o'clock; about 8 o'clocvk she called to borrow a sad-iron; kjnow the husband by sight; saw them at breakfast about half pasdt seven o'clock this morning; saw him after breakfast; cannot say whether the lasst time I saw him was b efore or after he was in our house; know of no rfecent difficulty between them; deceased never told me of any difficulty, except that he did not treat her kindly; told me that about two weeks since; said nothinhg of any difficulty this morning; have frequerntly herard them talking loudly; saw him at one time this morning push her back into the room; she was standing in the door bertween the two rooms; he was pushing her; don't know whether they were quarrelling; I tho9ught she was unusually quiet during the forenoon; she said she thought of going to the States, because he was so cross, and that he had threatened to kioll her if he ever saw her talking to a certain person; that was the only conversation we ever had on the subjecft; our back door is so located that we can look into her back room from the kitchen; first learned of her death upon inquiry on seeing the crowd collect.

   Chatlotte Colburn swoen - KLives in the vicinity; not acquainted with deceased and husband; has seen them every dasy; she has not seen deceased since 9 o'clock this morning; she was in the kitchen; can see from my door into her apartments; can't say that I know her husband; never spoke with her; have frequently heard loud talking; there was a man there thjis morning; he seemed to be an gry judging from his demeanor; it was about 9 o'clock; he had a basket on his shoulder; threw the basket down  and went into the back part of the kitchen; they were talking loud; seemingly an gry; the door was open; know noyhing more.

   John Hinsman, sworn - Deceased had been in the habit of washing for me; I missed hetr for some time rfecently; when she came back I inquirfed the cause; she told me her husbandf had abused her; that she had left him, and had beern staying at the Orleans House; that he came therfe, pulled her down sgtairfs b y the hair, and threatened to gtake her life; that she was afraid to live with him; last week she told me tyhnat she couldn'ty live with hjim, and was going homer; am ac quainted with the husband; nev er heard him make any threats; she was in my store frequerntly, and advised with me about the matter; she was a lively hard-working woman, and stated that he was jealous.

   Thomas Gillespie swoen - Am 16 years of age; not acquainted with deceased or husband; saw a person near Sutyterville about one o'clock this aftern oon; there was a sgteak of blood ac rfoss his face; he had on a white shirt, no coat, a green straw hat; was running; I askeds him what was the mastter; he made no answer, but kept on; he was a short, stout, red-faced man; thinks sandy hair; had a wasicoat on, but no belt that I could see; I looked behiand, and saw him keeping up tyher same pac e.

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THE DEAD. - The remains of Chrstina Spohn, the victim of the recent tragedy on Oak Avenue, were interred at eight o'clock last evening.  Those in the neighborhood who were acquainted woithj her speak of her with esteem.  She was em in ently in dustrious, and has, it is generrally thought, fsallen a victim to an unfoundfed suspicion.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 June 1854

SUICIDE. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of a female named Mary Brady, who it appears, committed suicide b y drowning herself in a c istern in the rear of mr. Atwell's house, cromner of Clay and Powell sgtreets.  It appears from ev iden ce, that deceased had held the situation of cook in Mr. Atwill's family for the last six mothns, and had during that time and for some time previous been saving up her hard earningds until they amolunted to $1000.  This sum it appears she had loaned to a person in this city, who is believed to have failed in business and refused payment of this sum to Mary, the loss of which preted upon her  mind so that for the last few days her mind seemed to be un settled.  She was constantly saying that this [person to wjom she had loaned the money was com ing to arrest her, and that she ewan ted to keep out of his way.  She was seen on Friday night about 10 o'clock when the family was about to retire to bed, and was discovered this morn ing about eight o'clock in the cistern.  Deceased was a n ative of Ireland, aged about 44 years.  [Also reported as Mary Bradley; SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 June; citing the Herald.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 June 1854

INQUEST. - T-day the Coroner will hold an inquest upon the body of Mtrs. Murphy, who died from the effectsd of a pistol ball in the lungs.  The shoit was fired during the squatter riot oin Green street.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 June 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner E. K. Smith held an inquest yesterday over the body of James Caldwell, at the Tremont House, corner of K and Fifth streets.  The verdict of the jury is, that the deceased cvommitted suicide b y taking an over dose of opoum, while laboring under a temporary fir of insanity.  A post mportem examination, made by Dr. Smith, rfesulted in the discovery of eomer thirty or forty grains of opium in the stomach of the deceased.  In our noticve olf this case in hyesterdfay's paper, the name of the man was incorrectly stated to b e "Colville."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 June 1854

THE CITY.

THE END OF THE MURDERER - BODY OF SPOHN FOUND DROWNED.

Coroner Smith held an inquest at Sutter yesterday miorning, over the body of Adam Spohn, who murdered his wife in this city on Friday last.  The deceased was found drowned in the river at Sutter, and there is no doubt of the body being that of Spohn, as it was immediately recognized by his two brothers and a polujceman.  It was also identified b y the hair, shoes, check of the pants, knifew in the pocket, and a gtruss, which the brothers knew of his wearfing previous to his death.  The brothers were not present at the inquest, and first saw the deceased in his coffin.  They were very much affected.  The body now reposes by the side of the murdered vicftim, in the city cemetery, and so ends thnis shocking andf painful tragedy.

THE SQUATTER VICTIM. - From the Com. Advertiser we learn that the jury who held the inquest on the body of Mrs. Mujtrphy found that the deceased came to her death from the effects of a funshot wound received in the upper part of her chest, from a weapon in the hands of some unknown person, dujring a conflict headed b y two individuals named thomas Mooney and John Murphy, on the night of the 8th inst.  They recommend that the case be submitted to the Grand Jury for further investigation.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKLIFORNIA, 1 July 1854

THE SHOOTING AT STOCKTON. - It is with heartflet sorrow we undertake the melan choly duty of recorduing the sudden and violenr death of our late frtiend and companuioin, JOSEPH MANSFIELD, which occurred in this city on the afternoon of the 22d.

   Mr. Mansfield was born in Boston, in 1825, where he rfesidfed un til the winter of 1848, with the exception of two or three years he spent, while a boy, in one of the West India Islands.  At the age of sixtreen he was apprenriced to Dutton & Wentworth, Printers, of Boston, whom he served loing and faithfully.

   After the discovery of gold in california, he was aming the first adventurers who left Boston (in December, 1848) for the land of gold, and arruived in DSan Frabncisco earkly in 1849.  After leavibg San Francisco he came to Stockton, where he resided until some time in the ytear 1850, when he went to the ,lower country - the neighborhood of Los Angeles - in the cattle trade.  He returned to Stockton in the spring of 1851, and has remained perman ently here ever since.

   The circumstances which led to this melancholy occurrence, are not of a nature for us at present to make public in outr columns, but we are willing to await the legal investigation of thew casee.  As regards there being as rencounter on the street, as hasd been publisged in this city and eslewhere, has not been borne oput by the testomony adduced by the Coroner's inquest.

   The deceased leaves a mother, sjiuster an d gtwo brothers, who trsdie in  Medforfd, mass., to mourn his i=untimely loss. ... San Joaquin Republican.

SUICIDE OF A MURDERER. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith on the body of Adaam Spohn, who murdered his wife in this city a few days sin ce.  The body was foun d in the ZSlough, near Suitterville, this P.M.  from the appearan c e of the body he must have committed suicice sooin after the murder. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 July 1854

SINGULAR VERDICT. - The Herald states that on ther 13th June, an inquest was held on the North Fork of Humb ug Crfeek, over the body of a Prussian named Charles Postel, and thnat the verdict of the jury was "Died b y a visitation of Giod in a state of apoplexy."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 July 1854

SUICIDE. - From the San Francisco "Chronicle" we learn that an inquest has been holden on the body of Jacob Keyser, who committed suicide by cutting his thoat while laboring under mania a potu.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 July 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Yesterday Coroner Whaling hewld an inquest upon the body of a man named Thomas Casey, who died at the State Maribne Hispital on the morninbg of the4 4th instabnr, under the fdollowing circumstances:

   It appears that deceased had comne into the city on the 18th June to see some person from whom he expedted to get employment.  In jis travels around town he called at a liquor stopre, kept by a man named Coffey, on Front street.  While he was there a scuffle arose between two men, and during trhe scuffle deceased rfeceived a blow on the head with an axe.  He left, and walked up to the Franklin House, corner of Sansome and Brfoadway, but was unable to proceed any further.  A carriage was procured by Poliuce Ogfficer Curran, who had hom taken to the hospital, where he lingered up to the morning of the 4th, when he died.  No clue could be obtained as to who was the perpetrator of the deed.  The person who decxeased said kept the house, stated that there had been no fight in the bhouse on the evening inquestion, and that he was n ot acquainted with deceased.  On a post mortem examination a wound was found on the head, made by some such in strument as a club, causing compression of the brain.  Deceasewd was a n agtive of Irfeland, aged about 50 years, an d leaves a wife an d two childrfen in Boston, Mass.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 July 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling yesterday held an inquest oin the body of a CVhinaman, found dead at his residenmce on Sacramento street.  The jury rendered a verdict of "daeth by apoplexty."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIOA, 10 July 1854

BODY FOUND. - Yesterday a body was found floating in the waters of the Bay, supposed to be that of Seam, who fell overboard from the steamship Yabnkeer Blade.  The Coroner will hold an inquest upon iot to-morrow m orning at 9 o'cloclk.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 July 1854

INQUEST. - The Coroner of Stockton, says the republican, held an inquest on Wednesday evening, on the body of Thomas Cassey, who died at the Hospital, after lingering for two weeks, from a wound in the head, received while endeavoring to separate two drunken men who were fighting.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 July 1854

INQUEST. - The Evening News says that the Coroner of San Frabncisco held an inquest over the body of the sdeamen named McManee, who it was reported some time since had met his death through foul play, at the han\ds of one of his shiop-mates.  Verdict, accidnetal drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 July 1854

INQUEST. - In the case of John Cushen, who was shot deaed by a ball from a pistol in the hands of a man named Wm. Slowen, at Stockton, on July 3d, the re;publican says, that the deceased was shot accidentally.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 July 1854

PROBABLE SUICIDE. - A man named Walker, lately down from the mines, and who has been suffering sdeverly from sickness, yesterday afternoon attempted to destropy himself, and it is extremely probable thast the attempt has proved successful.  He went into a privy at the rear of a shop near the corner of Clay and Davis streets, and there with a knogfe stabbed hjimself in several places in the thigh, he then cut his abdomen across in twoi different places and finished by cutting his tyhroat.  He was taken to the Hpsopiutal, but his case is considered a hoplerss one.  It is aupposed that sickness and misfortune hafd preyed heavily on his mind and produced in sanity.

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest on the body of George Walker, who committed suicide by cutting his throat in a fit of insan ity yesterday aftern oon.  Deceased was a nagtive of Ireland, an d leaves a wife and three children at New York.  A verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.  [Also SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 July.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 July 1854

SUICIDE. - At 7 ½ o'clock yesterday evening, a man named Charles R. Bowden, residing on Union street, between Dupont and Stockton, committed suicide by putting the muzzle of a psitol in hios mouth and pulling the gtrigger.  From all we could learn on the spot, he was a sgteady hard workin g man, has for the last two eweeks been engaged in erecting a house for himself beside the one in whioch hen lived, with his family.  The neighbors say that he has ever lived happily with his wife until yesterday, when he acted very singularly and even harshly toward her, and the commission of this horrid deed leaves the inference that he was laboring under a tempotrary fir of insanity. [Funeral.]  Deceased was thirty years of age, and leaves a wife and two children in this city to m ourn his loss.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 July 1854

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - N. H. Benedict Esq., held an inquest on Wednesday last at Dry Creek, about one and a half miles below the El Doradi Ranch House, over the body of a man found dead, and bearing the appearance of having been dead some two weeks.  The verdict of the jury was that the rfemains were identified as nering Wm. H. Benton, formerly olf Maine, aged about 33 years, and that he caqme to his death in some mysterious manner, at a time and by means to the Jury unknown.  A gold watch and chain were found upon the body. - Empire Co. Argus.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UBIOBN, 21 July 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Tuesday, the 19th inbst., an inquest was held by Justice kellum, of Prairie City, upon a man whose name and identity are unkown.  He was foiund by a Mr. Tuttle, a few hundred yards from the Willow Springs House, and near the Sacramentio and Coloma road, with his throiat deeply gashed.  A razor stained with blood, and a carfpet bag lay near him.  No papers oitr trace of any kind were foun d by which to duiscxover his name, residence, or destination.  He was dressed in a fine checked ciotton shirt, dark jean pants, and wore a light hat.  His stature was ab out five feet ten inches.  He had light blue eyes, dark complexion, and dark whiskerfs, and was about 35 years of age.  Verdict "that he came to his death by cutting his throat with a razor."

 

DAILY ALGTA CALIFORNIA, 22 July 1854

A MAN SHOT. - Eugene Dumas, a Frenchman, was shot accidentally on the Plaza last Synday evening by a man named Peppers, the ball taking effect in the right side and passing into the stomach, causing death.  The deceased lingered along until Thursday, when he doied.  An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Mayes, and the Jutry brought in as verdict iun accordance with the above facts. - Star.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning by Coroner Whaling, on board the shjip Magnolia, of Boston, lyibng in the stream off North Point, upon the body of a seaman hnamed Henry Ball, who died on the evening of the 13th inbst.  Deceased, it appears, shipped on the morning in question on board said ship, as an ordinary seaman.  He was intoxicated when he came on board; he however assisted in hauling the shop from the dock into the stream.  About 4 o'clock P.M. he was taken ill very suddenly, and continued to get worse until 9 o'clock, when he died.  Deceased was a native of Prussia; aged about 35 years.  The verdict was, death producede by congestionb of the lungs and stomach.

 

SACRAMENTO DAIKY UNION, 24 July 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith, about four o'clock on Saturday afternoon, on the body of a German, named Charles Weltz, aged abiout thirty years.  The body was found lying upon the face amoing the brush beyons the slough, oppoosite the Water Works.  From the testimony elicited before the jury, it seems that the deceased had been subject to fits, and recently deranged.  He had been stopping at the house of a German near the spot where the body was found, ansd when last seen, last Monday morning, having taken breakfast, he was walking around a brush fence attached to the premises.  He was also for several days a tenant of the Station House, from which he had  been released a few days previously, apparently recovered from jis derangement.  No marks of violence having been detected on the body, the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 July 1854

Editorial on qualifications of Coroners: "The Coroner should be a man weho himself understands the effects of disease, or wounds, or poisons upon the human frame, and be able toi discriminate at once between cases that requure post mortem examination, and those which do not, and when those examinations are made the Coroner is the man who should make them." ...

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 July 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning upoin the body of a man who died suddenly in the bar-room of a house on Battery street, near jackson, the evening before.  Deceased was a Scotchman named Michael McPhail.  He had been suffering mentally since his arrival in this cvountry, on account of pecuniary embarrassment.  This was the supposed cause of his death.

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - We learn from the Mountyaineer Messenger that a disteessing accident on the 21st at Nelson Creek.  Three persons engaged in a ciut, were in the act of undermining a large stump, whehn it suddenly gave way, buryinbg them beneath it.  Two of them were got out akive, but the third, a man by the name of Stephen A. Doiuglas, was instantly killed.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 July 1854

An inquest wqas held on Monday, by Coromner Whaliong, on the body of a Frenchman named Augustus Rombeaux, found drowned.  nHe had been inbsane and disappeared on the 16th inst.  No marks of violence were discernable on the body.

EMEUTE AT THE STATE PRISON. - On yesterday, about two o'clock, P.M., ... In attempting to get to the whale boat, one of the prisoners, the celebrated "Sling Shot Smith," sentenced for 20 years, shot the musket he had taken bat a guard by the name of Estes, who immediately shot Smith through the heart." ...

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The man Robinson, who jumped from the window of the Golden Gate Hotel during  the late fire, has died from the effects of the injuries received.

Correspondence of the Unnion.

GREENWOOD VALLEY, EL DORADO COUNTY, July 24th, 1854.

MESSRS. EDITORS - You have no doubt heard of the brutal murder committed near this place on Sunday morn ing, the 23d, and the summary manner in which the citizens of this place and vicinity disposed of the heartless fiend who perpetrated the bloody deed; but where people assume the repsosibility of administering justice, it is right that their fellow-citizens should have the menas of becoming acquainted with some of the leading features of the case, which I will en deavour to state as briefly as possible, as follows:

   The murder was committed in Indian Canon, about three miles from here, by a man named Samuel Allen, aged 32, upon the person of an old man named Wm. Schay, aged about 60 years, and who has lived in this town and vicinity for about three years, and was well known as a quiet, unassuming man.  From the statement made by the defendant, it appears that defendant and his victim at one time lived in the same house, but in consequewnce of a quarrel which took place some two weeks since, they separated, defendant remaining in possession of the house.  Further, that defendant and deceased were cultivating a small garden, having an established boundary between their gardens, though enclosed by the same fence.

   On Sundfay morning last, according to defendant's own statement, and the testimony of several respectable witnesses, Mr. Schay was in the act of passing from the canon to the garden, having a pail in each hand, for the purpose (as is supposed) of irrigating his plants.  Defendant met hom in the garden, and after exchanging a few words, Mr. Schay charged the defendant with having destroyed some of his plants, whereupon defendant called him a d----d liar, and seized and threw him on the grouhns, and after beating and stamping him on the face until it was reduced to a jelly, he seized a stone which lay distant sdome four or five feet, and struck him on the head some twelve or fourteen times, after which he threw the stone into the water, whicxh was at some distance. ...

   After the execution, Dr. Nelson and others, under the direction of Mr. A. A. Stoddard, J.P., visited the scene of blood, and held an inquest, for form's sake.  Upon examination it was found that the head of the murdered man was horribly lacerated.  The skull was found to have several slight in bdentations on the top of the hreadf; on the back part there was a piece of skull bgone about an inch long cut out, which was, no doubt, done with the same weapoin that the numerous other cuts and bruises were inflicted.  ...

   The man who was acquainted with all the circumstances, and could look upon the mutilated remains of the unfortunate deceased without acquiescing in the decision of the jury, and the means employed to make their verdict effective, is not to be trsuted.  Yours, &c., JUSTICE.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 July 1854

SKELETON DISCOVERED. - The skeleton of a man was discovered last Friday in a ravibne near the Sanchez Ranch, San Mateo.  From investigations made, the skeleton was asc ertained to be that of a Frcnhman named Pierre Fiotrez, who had been lately employed as chain carrier by Mr. Van Doren, sujrveyor.  On the 17th inst. he went off to San Mateo and it is supposed got intoxicated, and died from exposure.  It is very probably that the coyotes had eaten the flesh from the bones.  Coroner Whaling will hold an inquest on the remains.

MURDER IN BUTTE. - A man by the name of Goodwin murdered a coloted man named Phillips by deliberately shooting him threough the head with a gun while he was sleeping in his cabin.  Goodwin then seizerd his rifle and fled to the mountains, declaring he would not be taken alive.  He was, however, captured and committed to take his trial. - Marysville Herald.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFGORNIA, 29 July 1854

MAN DROWNED. - Yesterday afternoon the dead body of a man was found floating in the dock near Pacific Wharf, by some boatmen.  The body is at the Coroner's office.  It is apparently a man between 35 asnd 40 years of age, dressed in black pants, roundfabout jacket, brown, with black binding, light top boots, black hair, and has the appearance of having been in the water about two weeks.  Coroner Whaling will hold an inquest on the body to-day, at 12 o'clock.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of a Frenchman namerd Auguste Rombeaux, which was founf floating in the dock at Pacific whgarf on Sunday afternoon.  Deceased had been insane for some tiome past and had been under the care of Dr. De Olivera at the Lagoon.  He had been there two weeks, and was improving; had left on the 16th inst. to come into town to see his friends.  He left his friends about 2 o'clock, P.M.  Since which time nothing was heard of him until his body was found.  There were no marks of violence upon the body.  Verdict, death from drwoning.  Deceased was a singhle man, aged 36 years.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKIFORNIA, 30 July 1854

ANORHER MURDER. - About dark, last evening, the neighborhood of Front and Clay streets, was thrown into a state of great excitement in consequen ce of the cry of murder, issuing from a store on front street, occupied by Jos. B. Atkins.  On entering the stire, a man named W. S. Way, was found lying on the floor in a dying condition, from the effects of a wound in the breat.  From a person who went into the store a monent after the cry was heard, we learn that mr. ray entered the store of Mr. Atkins, accompanied by a friend, and quarrelled with Mr. A. in relation to some business difficulties which existed between them, and in the course of the struggle Way  was stabbed by Atkins in the breast, inflicting a mortal wound.  After Way fell, he was carried out to the sidewqwalk, where he died in a few moments. [Daily Alta, 1 August; "in the left side of the chest."

   It is said by some parties that Wayt went to the store armed with a knife, with the intention of attacking Atkins.  Immediately after the afterwards the latter delivered hjimself up to the officers at the station house.  [Detyails of the 'digfficultyt.'] ... Atkins is represented as a quiert and mild dispositioneds man, and n ot likely to commit violence un less in self-defence.

   Cortoner Whaling will hold an inquest on the body to-morrow morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAIOLY UNION, 31 July 1854

Fatal Stabbing Affray.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29th.

Brief report of the Atkins and Way affair.

Inquest on the body of W. S. Way.

SAN FRABNCISCO, July 30.

The coroner held an inquest to-day over the body of W. S. Way, who was stabbed last evening in Front street, and the jury found that he came to his death by wounds inflicted with a knife ion the hands of mr. Atkins.  From the evidence adduced, it appears that in the afternoon a gentleman to whom Way owed an amount of money, sent in com pany with him to Atkin's stotre to en deavor to effect a settlement; the foirm of Atkins and Way also being indebted to him; that on their arrival at the store some words ensued, when Atkins hastily ran up atairs, and procured a pistol, and thtreatened tyo shoot either of them if they advanced a foot.  He cooled down, howebver, and after some copnversation the parties left, Way, by the advice of his friend, returned to see if he could not effect an amicable arrangement, and at the tiome no witnesses were present.  Mr. Atkins is a briother of John R. Atkins of your city.  Mr. Way was also of Sacramento.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 August 1854

SUICIDE. - On hyesterday moirning a man, name unknown, jumped overboard from the ferry boat at the junction of the Sacramento and American rivers, and sank immediatelu.  He was seen just previously to bind a cord on which were suspennded hravy iron rings, about his neck, showing that the suicide was premeditated.  The body was recovered in about half an hour.  He had on two hickory and a red flannel shirt, Panama hat, thivck boots, and black pantaleoons, in the pockets of which were found a bottle of liquor and two small keys.  He had brown hair, black whisklers, and was apparently about 35 years of age.  The Coroner held an inquest on the body, and the jury brought in a verdict of suicide.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 August 1854

MAN MURDERED. - On the morning of July 31st a strange man was found dead within three miles of the Mission San Luis Obispo, a ball having pierced his heart.  He was dressed in a brown tweed sack coat, gray sagtin et panmgts a\nd a checked shirt.  He had four buckskin purses upon his person, one of which congtained a trigfle over $150.  In the immediate vicinity of the place where the body was found was hitched a brown horse, branded G. H.  A new californian saddle and an American bridkle were on the ground by the horse.  When last seen aloive this man was at San ta Marguerita, in compnay with a man who was mkunted oin a large sorrel American horse, and carried a rifkle.  The verdict was that he died from the effects of a pistol shot from the hands of some person unknown, as no weapon could be found thereabouts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 August 1854

THREE MEN DROWNED. - Through Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Messengher, we gather the following particulars of an accident whicxh happened yersterday morning on the Feather River.

   The G. V. Dana, on her downward trip yesterdfay moirning, had in tow two empty barges.  When opposite an Indian rancheria, a short distance above Eliza, one of the barges, through defets in the rudder, became unmanageable and struck a snag, thereby throwing out three men who were on board.  Each of them held a piole, but they mujst have been injured in the fall, as none of them ever rose to the sutrface.  The steamer, as soon as the accident occurred, immediaterly stopped her engines, but some In dians had put off in their canoes and arrived first at the spot, but no traces of the unfortumnate men were again seen.  One of the men was John RFyan, oif New York, he belonged on biard steamer Gazelle.  The second was Charles Augusat Lind, a Scotchamn; the name of the third person was not known. - State Journal.

DROWNED. - Three Frenchmen, named Abel Panpert, Luc Noel, and ------ Chawry, weerfe droewnerd at Rocky Rapids, near Negro Bar, on Syunday, July 29th.  They were crossing in a boat above the rapids, and were carried down and swamped.  Their boduies were carried brlow the rapids where they were recovered, and after an inquest being held, were decejntly interred.  They were old residents of that vicinity, and much respected.  The bodies were in the water three days, and were difficult oif recognition. - Ib.

 

SACRAM,ENTO DAILY UNION, 16 August 1854

INQUEST.  - The Coroner of San Francisco held an inquest on the body of a man named William Miller, who died suddenly from the rupture of a blood-vessel.  Deceased was 31 years of age, and a n ative of Scotland.

 

DAILY ALTA CALFORNIA, 19 August 1854

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - Coroner Smith held an inquest on the body of Calvin T. Smiley, who was drowned on Monday evening, while bathing.  An examination was made by Dr. G. K. Smith, and the neck was found to be dislocated.  Verdict of the jury, death b y accidental drowning. - State Journal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 August 1854

BODY RECOVERED. - The body of mr. L. Curtis, who was accidentally drowned in the Sacramento River just bekow Washington on Tuesday last, was founf floating in the riverf nearly opposite Sutterville on Friday evening, and interred in the city burying-ground on Saturday morning.  An inquest, held by theCoroner of Yolo county, resukted in a verdict of accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 August 1854

CORINER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday mirnbinbg upon the body of a man foundf floating in the dock at the foot of Cunningham's Wharf.  Thr body had been in the water about three weeks, and was in a very advanced state of decomposition.  It was probably that of a seafaring man, as the figure of a female pirate was pricked with Indian ink onb his arms.  The verdict was death by drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 August 1854

SUDDEN DEATH. - Daniel Ryan, formerly olf Jamesville, Wisconsin, died very suddenly on his way from Campo Seco to this place, on Thursday last.  Deceased had been indisposed some time past, and was on his way here to see a friend.  E. Gates, Esq., acting as coroner, upon hearing the circumstances, immediatwely repaired to the place, summoned a jury and held an inquest - verdict deathj from natural causes. - [Calaveras Chronicle.]

SUICIDE BY DTRWONING. - On Sunday evening, July 30th, a man named Cameroin came to the house of Taylor & Co., Indian Valley, ate supper, and left.  Next day, he was foiyund drowened in Indian Valley, with a handkerchief full of rocks tied round his neck.  Cameron hailed from Canada, was in search of a son, and was about the age of 70 years.  He left an acquaintance at Poor Man's Creek. - [Gibsonville Messenger.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORTNIA, 23 August 1854

PROBABLE MURDER. - About 6 o'clock yesterday morning, the body of a man was found on Fremont street,m between Folsopm and Hyson streets.  The name of the individual has not yet beeb ascertai8bned.  He had been shot, the ball taking effect in the lower part of the neck, passing completely through and making its exit at the opposite side.  When found, the body was quite warm, evidently showing that the man had been shot but a short time previously to being discovered.  There is no doubt but that there has been some foul play connected with this affair, and at the Coroner's Inquest, which will take this morning, it is earnestly hoped that testimony will be elicited sufficiently strong to lead to the detectionb of the murderer. 

   From good authority, we have the following: A gentleman living in the neighborhood ovberheard some persons in conversation, shortrly after 12 o'clock, one of them exclaimed, "is that him!" or, "Is that it?"  Shortly after a shot was fired.  The genttelman supposed it was some persons shooting rats, and took no further  notice of the circumstances.  It was close by this gentleman's house that the body was found.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 August 1854

FATAL STABBING CASE. - Hastings, the mate of the Potomac, who was stabbed on Wednesday, in an affray with one of the crew, died yesterday at the State Marine Hospital.  No investigation has yet taken place.  The Coroner will hold an inquest to-day.  [See Daily Alta, 27 August; is still alive, ... will probably recover.]

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of a man who had been shot through the neck.  The body was found on Fremont street on Tuesday morning by a milkman.  No testimony could be elicited, although every exertyion was used, that would throw any light on this myetrious affair.  There was no one found to recognize the body, consequently the name was not even ascertained.  The verdict was, that deceasedhad come to his end by being shot through the neck with a gun or pistol in the hand of some person unknown.

 

DAILY ALTA CALOFORNIA, 27 August 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning upon the body of a Chinaman, found in a house on Jesse street, between First and Second streets.  The deceased was found suspended by a cord from the window-sash.  Deceased was one odf the passengers per ship Libertad, and had been very sick ever since his arrival.  The verdict of the Jury was, that deceased had committed suicide, during a for of temporary insanity, brought on by sickness.

ANOTHER INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquesty, yesterday, upon the body of a Chinaman named Kya-Long, who dropped dead suddenly on the corrner of Clay and Kearbny streets.  A post-mortem examination was held, and it was ascertaineds that his death was occasioned by water on the heart.  A verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.

 

SACRAMWENTO DAILY UNION, 30 August 1854

THE CITY.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - An unfortunate accident, resultoing in the death of a little boy named Charles Trusk, aged three years, a son of mr. Charles O. Trusk, resident on I street, between 11th and 12th streets, occurred about two o'cl;ock yersterday afternoon on I street, nrear the Noyes House.  A teamster namjed John E. Chappel, whiole driving an ox-team attached to a heavily loaded wagon, bound for Auburn, was accostyed by the deceased and his brother, playing by the waydside, and asked for a ride.  Chappel answered that there was no place, and passed on.  Soon after he heard a crush, turnbed, stopped the team, and discovered the deceased lying upon the groiunhs, about four feet behind the wagon.

    On examination, he found that one of the hind wheels had passed over his face, crushing the head horribly.  He poicked him up immediately, and carried him to the Noyes House, where he died in about ten minutes afterwards.  According to the testimony of the brother, the latter, upon hearing the answer of the teamster, replied that they could catch on behind, and he dfid so; the deceased, however, took holfd of the side of the wagon, probably the brake.  The leder soon let go, ran towards home, and called to the deceased to follow.  He did not see himn again un til he was bring carried to the house.  The little fwllow was probablpy struck and knocked down by the wheel while attempting to follow his brother.  Soom after the body was deposited in the Noyes House, the teamster left and dfrove on, under the advice of a stranger, who seemed apprehsive that he would be personally injured should he remain.

   Coroner Smith immediately dispatched an officer to arrest him.  When he returned, he seemed greatly frightened, and, in giving his testimony, said, "O wouldn't it had occurred for one of the oxen, gentleman, and I am perfectly innocen t of the act, so help me God."   An inqewust was held by Coroner Smith, at which the above facts were elicited, clearly exonerating the teamster of all blame.

   While we deeply sympagthise with the parents of the deceased, we3 would impress upon otherds the propriety of keeing young chilkdren from going upon the streets, where they are hoiurly aubjected to dangerr.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 August 1854

SERIOUS ACCIDENT AND LOSS OF LIFE. - Yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, three frame buuildings on Commercial streets, between Battery and Fronbt streets, in the process of being elevated to the proper grade by means of jack-screws, fell with a tremendfous crash, burying in the ruins several of the workmen en gaged thereon.  There were about ninteen men employed underneath in attending to the screws, two of whom were taken out quite dead, and several others severely injurede, one, it is presumed, fatally so.

   The report having spread that there were two others under the ruins, the Chief Engineer, mr. Charles P. Duane, caued the City Hall bell ro be rang for for an alarm of fire in the third district.  The entire Department responded to the cdall, and mustered in great force, but the services of the Hook and Ladder companies only were called in requisition.  The ruins were examined thoriuhgly, and happily no motre bodies were fouind.  One of the buildings destro\yed was occupied by Messrs. Noeller & Brother, and one by Messrs gallsoup & Chester.

   The Coroner will hold an inquest this morning on the bodies of those killed.  One of the men killed is named Thomas Cowdray and the other ----- Kelly.  In the pocket of one $150 was found.  The cause of the accident has not transpired.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 September 1854

INQUEST. - Coriner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, on the bodies of the two men who were killed b y the falling of the three hoyuses which were being raised to a level with the new grade on Commercial street.  The following verdict was rendered:-- That it was occasioned by gross carelessness on the part of Wm. Ford, in not having the building braced before the screws were removbed, and alsio in employing incompetent persons to assist him.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 3 September 1854

MELANCHIOLY AFFAIR. - An unfortunate occurrence took place yesterday morniong on Pine street.  Captain Thomas R. Hope put an end to his existence by shooting himself through the heart.  It is saiod that the vcause for committing this rash act was on account of pecuniary ambarrassments, which had so preyted upon the mind of this unfirtunate gentleman as to have caused mental aberration.  This morning, near the hour of 8 o'clock, in his bedroom, he shot himself.  Capt. Hope was much esteemed by those who wetre acquainted with him, and his untimely fate will long be deplored by a fond and affectiinate wife whom he has left behind.  The Coroner held an inquest on the body, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFO9RNIA, 5 September 1854

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Saturday last a workman engaged in excavating a bank of earth on Clay street, was injyured very severely by the bank caving in on him.  He was immediately conveyed to the State Marine Hospital, and died yesterday from the effects of injuries received.  The Cioroner will holdf an inquest on the body to-day.

 

SXACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 September 1854

DEAD. - Mr. Hatch, who was shot by special police officer Allen, during a riot on the old Mission RFoad Sunday b efore last, died on Saturday night.  Allen attempted to arrest a Mexican who happen ed to be on horfseback, and who appeared to have created all the disturbvance.  The mexican drew his knife and cut the officer from the cheek bone down the neck, and he immediatelty drew his revolvrer and levelled it at the mexican; mr. Hatch jumoped in b etween, and rfeceivced the contents of the pistol in the stomach. - [Herald.]

SUDDEN DEATH. - A young man named Charles Godbols, formerly a batr-keeper for Patten & Barry, went out to the Lake House on Saturday evening, and after eating a hearty supper, engaged lodgings for the night.  Abiout ten o'clock he retired to bed, and was not seen again until late yesterday morning, when some inmates of the house entered his room and found him dead.  An inquest was held over the body by Coroner Whaling, and a verdict returned of death from internal hemorrhage, occasioned by the bursting of a blood vessel in the left lung.  The deceased had fopr some time past, been in feeble heralth. - Evening News.]

LYNCH LAW AT MONTEREY. - Mr. J. D. Warren, messenger of Adams & Co., has politely futrnisghed the San Francisco Evening News, with the following account of an affray at Monterey, in which a Califormnian shot an officer named Hardworth, for which deed he was taken and hung.

   An affray occurred at Monterey on Satuirday night last, which ended in the death of an American and two Spaniards.  The riot or row originally started in a low dan ce house.  Officer Hardworth endeavored to arrest the marauders, and in doing his duty, was shot by a Califo9rnian and died instantly.  On Sunday moirning, as the man who had shot the officer was himself dangerously wounded in the abdomen with a charge of buck-shoty, whehn his physician stated there was a possibiluty of his recovering, a mob was raised, Judge Lynch presided.  The Californian was dragged from his bed, and hung from the eave of the house in which he committed the murder.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFO9RNIA, 6 September 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling, yesterday morning, hekld an inquyest on the body of Hatch, the man who was shot at the Mission, by officer Allen, who fired at a Spaniard and shot Hatch by mistake.  A vberdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 September 1854

[See SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 September.]

SUDDEN DEATH. -

... The verdict was as follows: We the undersigned jurors, convened this 3d day of september, 1854, by the Coroner at the Lake House, in the colunty of San Francisco, to inquite into the cause of death of a man named Godboys, who dfioed at sdaid plac e duering the morning of the 3d.  After an examination of the body of deceased by Dr. M. K. Tewkresbury, and having hisd medical testimony thereon, accompanied by that of othetr witnesess,s all of which we have fully conisdred, render the following verdict:---We find that deceased died from internal mehorrhage, prioduced by some cause unknowjn to the jurors.  We also find that the n ativity and age of deceased is unknown to us jorors.

F. VASSAULT, H. E. COHAN, S. C. PRICE, H. P. JONES, A. BELKNAP, Thos. W. THORNTON.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 September 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man named Ebenezer Jamison, who died in a house situated in an alley-way brtyween Braodway and Vallejo streets.  Yesterday morning, on a post mortem examination, it appeared that deceased had come to his end by a bloew on the head, from a club or some other weapon, in the habnds of some person un known.  Deceased is a Scoitchman by birthg and aged about forty years, leaves a wife and four children, living ast redwoods.  One witness swore that he saw thnree men run out from a house situated in the alley-way wehere deceased was ewalking.  One of them strruck deceased on the head and then ran off with all possible speed and left hjim lying on the ground.  These parties have bnot yet been arrested, but the police are on their track, and the Coroner is ujsing every effort to have them apprehended and brought to justice.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 Srptember 1854

MURDER. - Another account od the murder of Ebenezer Jameson.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 September 1854

SUDDEN DEATH. - A gentleman whose name we were unable to lrarn, died suddenly at Mr. Reed's, No. 92 Front street, last night.  The Coroner will hold an inquest tjis m orning. - [San Francvisco Sun.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 September 1854

MURDER AT CHICO. - On Sunfday last a man named Ephraim Bryant took liodgings at Luckett's Ranch, three miles from Chico Post Office, where occurred the following.  We are indebted to the Marysville Herald for the [particulars.

   About 2 o'clock he arose, took a rifle, and deliberately shot a man named Alexander H. Hibbard, who was sleeping in the same room, though the breast, giving him a mortal wound, of which he died in a few hours.  Bryant then seized another rifle, and shot another inmate of the room, Albert Lambkin, in the leg, just below the knee, inflicting a very dangerous wound.  He then e sc aped from the house, taking with him a rifle, a Colt's revolver, a horse-pistol, a butcher knifde, and a large quantity of ammunition.  As he left the bhouse he passed some men, who had been waked by the shots, and spoke something to them about the affair, in a very incoherent manner.  They permikyted him to esc ape.

   Immediately after daylight a party of men started in pursuit of Bryant, and found him in the woods near the Sacramento River, and made every enedeavor to c apture him without inflicting violence.  He, however, amnifesteed strong evidence of hostility.  Afterm wasting an hour in parleying, still making threatening demonstrations with his weapons, he started to run, when one of the party fired upon him, the ball entering his back, passing through his lungfs and out of his breast.  He still evinced a detremined hostile purpose, even in the agonies of death; and, failing to being his firearms into effect, he seized his knife and cut his throat, from ear to ear, and instantly expired.

   An inquest was held upon the body of Hibbard by Esquure Wright, the verdict of which was in accordan ce with the facts here narrated.  The leg of Alfred Lambkin was amputated by Dr. J. B. Smith, opf Chico, on Sunday, and hopes are entertained that his life will be saved.  The general opinion is that Bryant wasd laboring under insanity.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 Seprember 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of James Campbell, who was shot in a fracas at the Eagle Saloon, corner of Merchant and Kearby streets, by a man named Veeder.  A large number of witnesses were examined, two of whom deposed that Veeder and Campbell had got into a dispute concerning each others literary qualifications.  They referred the subject of dispute to acquantances who were standing by, who laughed at the affair, and treated it as a joke.  Veeder quitted the daloon, and returning soon after with a revolver, approached campbell and fired, the ball entering the breast of deceased.  The wiounded man fell forward on the floor, uttering some ab rupt and incoherent exclsmations, and in a few minytes life e=was extinct.  Some of the evidence was rather conflicting, some of the witnesses testifying that campbell had called veeder a liar, and used otyher insutling languagfe, and others wearing positively that thetre had been no provocation given.  The jury rendered a verdict as follows; "Deceased came to his death from the effects of a pistol wound inflicted by Peter Veeder."  The case will undergo an examination ti-day before the Recorder.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 September 1854

BODY FOUND. - The body of a man named Patrick Haley was picked up in the dock at Main street wharf, by some boatmen, who discovered it floating in the water last night, about 12 o'clock.  The body was removed to the Coroner's office, where an inquest will be held to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 September 1854

ASSAULT AND DEATH. - The Frenchman named Matthieu, who was assaultede some three weeks since by an Indian on the Presidio nroad with a bottle, died at the State Marine Hospital on Thursday last.  The Indian, whose name is Patricio Valencia, is now in the Station House.  He states that both were intoxicated at the time, and that the Frenchman struck the first bloe.  No inquest has been held upon the body. - [Sun.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 September 1854

KILLED BY INDIANS. - On the 14th instant Mr. John Dickson arrived in Nelsonville, El Dorado county, and stated that he had found the body of Captain Simeon A. Spalding in the Nelsonville canal.  The deceased having been absent all the previous night, Dickson became alarmed, and at dawn commenced a search, which resulted in his being found about two miles from his cabin.  Immediately a party started out to hold an inquest, and bring the body into town.  About 4 o'clock they returned with it pierced with arrow wounds and having a large deep gash in the back of the head, and otherwise much mutilated.

   The jury in their verdict stated that they believed deceased came to his death in consequence of wounds inflicted by hostile Indians.

   Spalding and Dickson were ditch tenders.  On the day of the murder, traces of blood were seen leading from his place of work to a flume which crosses a deep ravine.  Blood was also seen on each cross stick, and near this spot the body was found.  On the 15th at daybreak a large party started in pursuit of the guilty Indians with the intention of inflicting summary chastisement in the event of their being captured.

Veeder Shooting Case.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sep. 18, 1854

Veeder, arraigned on the charge of shooting Campbell, on Friday last, was brought before the Recorder this morning.  Examination through his counsel, W. W. Hawks, waived.  Same admitted killing, and asked that it be sent to the grand jury immediately.

   This afternoon at 5 o'clock, a man named James Simpson, a bos plasterer, aged 30 years, fell from the third story window of the new building corner of Sacramento and Leidesdorff streets, was engaged in plastering the jamb.  He had his back to the street, when he missed his footing and fell back, struck the balcony, and landed on a pile of bricks, killing him instantly.  His head is mashed terribly.  He leaves a young wife.  Coroner's inquest to-morrow.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 September 1854

THE CITY.

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of a boy named John F. Vaughn, aged about seven years, was found floating in the Sacramento yesterday morning, and subsequently taken in charge by Coroner Smith.  The deceased and his brother, a few years older, absented themselves from home about six weeks since, the latter having, during the interim, succeeded in supporting both by various means, such as the gathering and sale of peach tones, &c.  During that period they spent their nights in a box on the alley between L and M, Front and Second streets, and refused to return to their home in consequence of the ill-treatment that they had received from one if not both of their parents - a mother and a stepfather.  As the whole affair, however, will be investigated by the Coroner this morning, we will await the developments of the legal inquiry before we venture on an exposition relative to the point last referred to.

   When last seen - on Monday morning - the deceased was standing on the ferry landing, at the foot of I street, and asked permission of his brother, who was upon the hulk adjoining, to cross the river.  The latter refused his consent, and not being attentive thereafter, never saw him again alive.  It is probable that the deceased missed his footing and slipped into the river at that point.

   We are informed that the surviving brother was engaged during a large proportion of Monday night with a policeman in search of the deceased for whom he wished to buy a pair of boots with money derived from peach stones.  The former is a bright promising boy, has been properly cared for, and, removed from the blighting contact to which he had hitherto been subjected, will doubtless render a good account of himself in the future.

   The inquest was deferred to ensure the attendance of an important witness.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest this morning over the body of James D. Simpson, who was killed last evening by falling from a window in the third story of the building, northeast corner of Leidsdorff and Sacramento streets.  The testimony of witnesses went to show that deceased at the time of the accident, was engaged plastering a window cornice back of the shutters, and was standing on an empty nail keg, which rested on the window sill.  In reaching to perform his work, he overbalanced the keg and was precipitated to the street, a distance of forty feet, striking head foremost upon a pile of brick and stone, literally smashing his skull to pieces and causing instant death.

   Deceased was a native of Arkansas, and lived for several years in Batavia, Ohio, where he leaves a young and doting wife to deplore his untimely end.  He had been married but a few months, and was a man universally respected and esteemed by those who knew him.  Verdict in accordance with the facts - accidental death. - [Evening News.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 September 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith at ten o'clock yesterday morning on the body of the boy who was found drowned in the Sacramento river on Thursday morning.  The evidence adduced before the jury, and the verdict rendered, are substantially as follows, and submitted without comment to every reflecting mind:

   Henry Vaughn, being sworn, says: Am the brother of the deceased; I recognize the body; about six weeks ago my brother and myself left home on account of being badly whipped; we had left home, without daring to go back, and had lived by the sale of old iron, picking up peach-stones, &c., sleeping at night in some boxes down town; my mother married Mr. Arents about three years ago; I have been in the city ever since I left home, with the exception of a short trip my brother and myself took to the mountains a short time ago.

   Charles Chandler: I am a policeman; I know these children; they have been sleeping in a box down on my beat, so I saw them frequently; saw deceased last on Sunday evening; on Monday the older boy came and told me he had lost his brother, and desired me to assist in finding him; we hunted for him on Monday and Tuesday, but did not find him till Wednesday, when the body was dragged from the river, at the foot of J street; I had heard that the children were misused and left home in consequence of it, and the mother was fined by the Recorder for whipping her children.

   J. McNamara, companion of the brothers, being sworn, says: Henry Vaughn was fishing and John was on the ferry landing; he asked Henry if he could cross the river, Henry told him not to try; shortly after we missed him; since that I helped to search for him.

   Wm. Arents, being duly sworn, says: I am the step-father of the deceased; have been married for some time; the cause of the boys leaving was, that the neighbors interfered when their mother punished them, and told them to make loud cries when she attempted to whip them; they were punished for staying out late of nights, contrary to the orders of their mother; I never struck either of they boys; did not take much pains to look for them, as they caused disturbances in my gamily, and I did not want them about; their mother never ill-treated them; the police were ordered to watch the house and to break in the door in case they heard the children being whipped; I had a pistol ready for them had they made the attempt; this order to the police was made at the time my wife was taken before the Recorder and fined for whipping the children; I have given directions for the payment of the expenses, &c.

   Verdict of the Jury: That we believe the deceased came to his death by accidental drowning, and recommend that a watch be kept over the unnatural parents, who we consider the indirect cause of the boy's death.

[Interesting editorial on cases of similar homeless boys.]

BODY FOUND. - The remains of a man have been found in the bed of the river at Scott's Bar.  There was the strongest evidence that they were those of a man known as Walter Williams, who fell into the river here while crossing a foot log, about two years since.  He was supposed to have been a native of Montreal, and a machinest by trade.  About two ounces of dust was found on the remains, and he was supposed to have three thousand dollars buried somewhere in this vicinity.  The remains were found three feet under the surface.  There was an inquest held by J. G. Berry, Esq., and according to evidence it was clearly shown that the remains must have been those of Williams as above stated.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 September 1854

SUICIDE. - A Chinese woman committed suicide yesterday morning by swallowing a large quantity of opium.  It was ascertained in evidence that she was indebted to some of her countrymen, and probably poisoned herself to avoid their importunities.  An inquest was held, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts. - [Alta.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 September 1854

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning, on the body of Patrick Haskins, the laborer, who was so unfortunately buried in the sand on Friday, in Second street, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts.

   The Coroner also held an inquest on the body of a man named Lee, who died at a boarding house in Clarke street, about noon on Friday.  The deceased had lately arrived from Sonoma, and was on his way to the Atlantic States, on the 1st October.  He got up in the morning apparently in good health, was in the house all day, partook of a hearty dinner, and in about five minutes after fell off his chair and expired.  He was from Norway, and was aged 45 years.  Verdict accordingly.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 September 1854

MURDERED AND BURNED. - We learn through J. T. Landrum, Esq., that as man by the name of Wm. Fickle, was murdered at Bald Hills, in this county, on the 3d of August, and his body partly burned in a stack of hay.  The jury of inquest were not able to elicit any information affording the slightest clue to the murderer.  The deed is supposed to have been committed with an axe. - Shasta Courier.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 September 1854

A horrible murder was committed at the "Monte," near Los Angeles, of which the Star gives the subjoined particulars:

   Mr. James Ellington, who lives on the east side of the river, left his house early in the morning to hunt some of his stock.  Soon after dinner Mr. Bozeman's son was in search of some cattle, and found Mr. Ellington lying on the ground wounded, and as he supposed nearly dead.  He immediately went home and informed his father, who instantly started for the place in company with Mr. McCabe, and found him lying on his back perfectly dead.  There was a large number of persons soon collected who, in the absence of the Coroner, did not deem it prudent to leave the corpse or remove it without an examination.  Accordingly Dr. H. R. Myles, of Los Angeles, was chosen Coroner pro. Tem. To hold an inquest, who proceeded to choose six persons as jurors, and after an examination of the body, and the hearing of all the testimony that could be gathered, returned the following verdict: "That the deceased is James Ellington, residing in the Monte, and that he came to his death by wounds inflicted on his body with a sharp instrument like a lance, sword or knife, by some person or persons unknown to the Jurors."

   Mr. Ellington had a navy six-shooter with him, which is gone.  He had between two and three hundred dollars - some $50 and some $20 gold pieces - in a dressed buckskin purse, about six inches long.  Mr. Ellington leaves a large family, who reside on the easy side of the river San Gabriel, about one mile from the place where he was found.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 September 1854

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Mr. Eli A. Burgoon was accidentally shot at Smith's Mill, on Deer Creek on Thursday.  While Mr. Burgoon and his partner were at work on their claims near the Bell House, at the lower crossing of Deer creek, a thief entered their cabin and stole about $100.  They both started on the track of the thief.  On arriving at the mill they ascertained that he had passed there about fifteen minutes before.  Mr. Graham set his gun down against the steps, and the two partners started into the house for a drink of water.  As Burgoon was going up the steps, the gun slipped down, struck the hammer against a rock and went off, lodging a heavy charge of shot in his chest.  He lived but two or three minutes after receiving the fatal wound.  The deceased was from Ohio, and had lived in this State for two years.  An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Russell, and the jury returned a verdict of "accidental death." - [Nevada Democrat.]

 

WIDE WEST, 30 September 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of Patrick Haskins.  Deceased had been employed in digging away a sand hill on Second street, between Howard and Minna, when a mass of sand fell down, completely burying him and his co-laborers.  Assistance was immediately rendered by those in the neighborhood, but when take out he was almost dead, and survived only a few hours.  Verdict accordingly.  The deceased was an Irishman, and had resided for some time in Philadelphia, where a mother and two sisters will mourn his untimely end.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 October 1854

Horrible Murder

SAN FRANCISCO, October 1st.

A horrible murder was committed last evening at 8 o'clock, at the Eureka gambling saloon in Commercial street.  A man named John York killed another named C. G. McMickle, by stabbing him in the abdomen.  A quarrel arose as to the payment of $30,  said to be due from the latter to the former, which was denied; words passed; McMickle calling York a liar, when York spat in his face.  McMickle seized a chair as if to strike, when York cut him with a bowie knife.  York escaped, and all the officers have been in pursuit, but have not yet found him.

   An inquest was held on the body of McMickle.  Verdict in accordance with the above facts.

   A butcher in Washington Market fell dead this morning from heart disease. [Moylan?]

DROWNED. - Justice Hawkins, of this place, held an inquest upon the body of John Murphy Delany, at Louisiana Bar, on Monday last.  The deceased was drowned on Sunday, the 24th inst., while attempting to swim across the North Fork of the American river.  Attempts were made to rescue him, but failed.  He has a father residing in Baggot street, Dublin, Ireland. - [Placer Herald.]

SUDDEN DEATH. - On the last upward trip of the Wilson G. Hunt a Chinaman died suddenly.  He was ill, however, when he got aboard of the boat at San Francisco.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 October 1854

Murder Trial.

The trial of Thomas Milgate, for the murder of Henry Tilman, on the 18th August last, on the other side of the American river, near Lisle's bridge, commenced in the District Court, before the Hon. Delos Lake, Judge of the Fourth Judicial District.  The Court met at 10 o'clock, A.M., and the jury having been empannelled at 1 ¼ o'clock, a recess was held until 2 o'clock.  The following are the names of the jurors; Joseph Clarke, J. Lester, G. W. Chedic, M. Gross, N. P. Simmons, Jno. Kidder, M. V. Gardner, Chas. Winterstein, H. Mackay, Jeff. Lake, S. Kyburgh and P. Vertimer.

...

   Dr. G. K. Smith, (sworn). - Was called I think on the 18th August last, by the Coroner, to hold a post mortem examination of the body of the deceased across the American river. - Proceeded to the ground with several others, and found the body lying on the back and right side - the right left flexed, the left leg straight - right arm flexed, the elbow resting on the ground and hand partly across the breast and  flexed.  Noticed a pistol in the belt partly drawn, cocked and a new cap ion it - a single barrel with a bayonet on it - the Coroner attempted to draw it and found the bayonet caught; examined it and found it partly filled; concluded it was loaded.  There was a good deal of blood about the face and breast - washed the body and found about forty shot holes in the head, neck and left breast - three penetrating the left eye reaching the brain.  I probed two or three into the brain, just above the orbit - found several in the left side of the neck, that I think were mortal - must have wounded some of the large blood vessels; took out one of the shot - small sized duck shot.  Think from six to twelve of the wounds were mortal; am satisfied that those described in the head were mortal; no one was near the body when I arrived; several came immediately afterwards; the body was lying near the tree-top at first and afterwards moved a short distance.

   Cross-Examined - (The witness explained the position of the pistol, &c., more minutely.  Pistol produced and examined by jury.)  Thinks that it is the pistol; the right hand of the deceased was partially closed and thrown across the breast in the direction of the pistol. ... [Adjourned.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 October 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - A man named Ira Gordon, aged between 50 and 55 years, formerly a resident of Placer county, died suddenly about nine o'clock yesterday morning at the Noyes House in this city.  Deceased stated that he had a wife in the City of New York, but did not give her name.  Several unimportant papers and four dollars and sixty cents were found on the body, and taken in charge by Coroner Smith.  An inquest was held, resulting in a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 October 1854

DROWNED. - A French boy, about 15 years old, fell from the schooner El Hombre, on Tuesday evening, and was drowned.  He was passenger on the boat, coming from Alviso.  His name is unknown.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Yesterday Coroner Whaling held an inquest on the body of a man named John S. Kinneo [Kinner], who died suddenly at the Fountain Green House, on the old Mission Road.  On a post mortem examination being held, his death was ascertained to have been caused by rupture of the descending aorta artery.  Deceased was a Scotchman, aged about 45 years.  A verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning, by Coroner Smith, on the body of a man named Ira Gordon, who died suddenly about 9 o'clock, at the Noyes House, in this city.  Deceased was from fifty to fifty-five years of age.  Has been living in Placer county,  said he had a wife living in New York city, but did not give the name. - State Journal.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 October 1854

Inquest on the body of McMickle.

Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, on the body of a man named Grove Cook McMickle, who was killed in an affray on Saturday evening, in a room over the Eureka Saloon.

   Wm. Owens, a witness examined before the Coroner, stated that on Saturday evening, about 6 o'clock, he was in McMickle's room, over the Eureka Saloon, a man named John York, was also there, heard York tell deceased that he owed him $30, and that he had refused to pay him, saying that he had insulted him; heard him tell deceased that he would make him a present of the debt; deceased replied that he would make him a present of his opinion also, and that is "that you are a dirty puppy and a liar; deceased straightened up from his chair and  told York he was a d----d liar, accompanying the words with a smack on the face; York immediately spit, as he thought, with the intention of spitting in deceased's face; deceased then rose up and seized the chair on which he was sitting, and rushed towards York, who grabbed the chair; at that time he did not see any body strike any blows - a Mr. Hemstead and witness then parted them; after they were parted, deceased made a rush to pick something from off the floor; witness pushed him on one side, when he made a second attempt, but was again shoved back, when witness discovered that it was a large bowie knife; witness caught hold of the kniofe; witness asked deceased if he was hurt; he replied, "I am not hurt, but I am cut across the bowels; witness then told York to go down stairs, who replied that he would, if he would give him his hat, which had been lost in the scuffle; witness then gave York his (witness's) hat, who took his departure; witness followed him through the Arcade, where he lost sight of him.

   James York, another witness, was then examined.  His evidence did not differ materially from the foregoing, except that he saw York put his hand in his coat pocket and draw a knife; saw him strike the deceased's arm, when the scabbard which was on the knife flew off; York had hold of the chair in the scuffle with his left hand, and was using the knife with his right.

   The jury rendered the following verdict: "We find that the deceased, Grove Cook McMickle, came to his death from the effects of a wound received from a weapon in the hands of one John York, on the night of the 30th September, in a room over the Eureka Saloon, in Commercial street.

MELANCHOLY RESULTS. - At times it falls to our lot to chronicle sad events, and the present theme is peculiarly sad.  Our readers will recollect that several weeks ago a young lady named Weed was thrown from a horse, on the Mission Road, in consequence of one of those file curs with which the city is infested, having frightened the animal and caused him to run away. Miss Weed was very seriously injured by the fall, and died on Sunday morning from the effects of it. ...

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man named William H. Moylan, who dropped suddenly dead in the Washington Market, on the morning of Sunday last.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Yesterday morning, about 7 o'clock, at the corner of Broadway and Sansome street, was called to the Washington Market on some matter connected with his business, and, while sauntering through the market, fell suddenly on the floor.  Several persons immediately ran to his assistance, and on lifting him up, life was found to be extinct.  It is presumed that he died from a stroke of apoplexy.  Deceased was a native of Dublin, Ireland.  The Coroner will hold an inquest on the body to-day.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of as man named William H. Moyland, who dropped suddenly dead in the Washington Market, on the morning of Sunday last.  The verdict of the jury was that his death was caused by the rupture of a blood vessel.  Deceased was about 45 years of age, and a native of Dublin, Ireland.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 October 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning at the Fountain Green House, on the old Mission road, upon the body of a man named John J. Kinner, a native of Scotland, who died suddenly at that place yesterday morning.  Deceased was unmarried, and aged 45 years.  Verdict, death from internal hemorrhage.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 October 1854

INQUEST. - An inquest held over the body of the Chinawoman killed at Pine Log Crossing, Tuolumne county, resulted in finding that her death was caused from the effects of a pistol shot in the hands of a Chileno.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 October 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, on the body of a man found floating in the dock at the foot of Vallejo street wharf.  Deceased's name was James Smith, a native of England, aged about 30 years.  It is said that he was a man of exceeding intemperate habits.  The verdict of the jury was death by drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 October 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held this morning by Coroner Whaling, over the body of Jas. Smith, an Englishmen, about 30 years of age, who was found dead in the dock at Vallejo street wharf.  From the evidence adduced it appeared that the deceased was a man of very intemperate habits, and in all probability drowned himself while under the effects of delirium tremens.  Verdict, death by drowning. - [News.]

 

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 October 1854

BOY DROWNED. - A boy was found in the water at Goat Island, Saturday morning.  It was that of a boy about 13 years of age, and was entirely destitute of clothing.  An inquest was held and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 October 1854

DROWNED. - A young man, named Wm. McGuire, was yesterday engaged in sawing off the heads of the piles at the corner of Jackson and Davis streets, when losing his balance he fell overboard and was drowned.  Coroner Whaling held an inquest on the body, and a verdict of "accidental drowning" was rendered.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 October 1854

REWARD Notice $500. Mayor of San Francisco, for apprehension of John York for the murder of Grove C. McMickle. [Description.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 October 1854

Reward Notice, $500, as above.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 October 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was holden in Sonoma on the 13th inst., over the body of I. McNulty, found dead in his bed.  Verdict of the jury intemperance and exposure.  He was a native of Baltimore, and a shoe-maker by trade.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 October 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man named Isaac R. Remick, who was drowned at Vallejo street wharf on Tuesday evening last.  The deceased was much intoxicated, and staggered off the wharf into the bay.  He was a Swede by birth, about 40 years of age, and was latterly from Contra Costa. - [Chronicle.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 October 1854

Death of Dr. Robert Semple.

We see by the Sacramento Union, that Dr. Robert Semple died on the morning of the 25th inst., at his home fourteen miles south of Colusa.  His death was caused by injuries received by a fall from his horse.  [Biography.]

ARRESTED ON A CHARGE OF MURDER. - A Spaniard, named Jose Marinho, was arrested on Thursday last, in Sonora, by the Sheriff of that place, and brought to this city yesterday.  Jose is charged with having murdered a Chilean named Antonio Feliz, at the Sanchez ranch, about ten days ago. ...

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, on the body of a man named John Dougherty, was was accidentally drowned the day before, in a sheet of water known as the Alta Lagoon, about four miles beyond the Lake House, in attempting to wade after some ducks he had shot.  Deceased was a native of Ireland, aged 22 years.  A verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 October 1854

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of a man was found floating in the docks at the foot of Jackson street wharf yesterday afternoon.  There was nothing by which the body could be identified.  It was that of a man about 5 feet 8 inches high, stout-build, fair hair, and dressed in black cassimere pants, red plush vest, check woolen shooting coat, white shirt and black silk opera tie, was aged between 25 and 40 years.  On the inside of his pants were found large fragments of granite and brick-bats,  weighing about 50 lbs, the pants were fastened tight around the waist.  There were no marks of violence on the body.  The Coroner will hold an inquest on the body to-day.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - The Mountain Democrat learns by a letter from Carson River, dated Oct. 20th, that Mr. James B. Ellis, of Gold Canon, was instantly killed by the accidental discharge of a rifle which he was taking from a wagon.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 November 1854

MYSTERIOUS. - Coroner Whaling, since Thursday morning, has been engaged in investigating the circumstances connected with the death of a man named Dennis Murray, who died on Tuesday evening at the State Marine Hospital, as it has since been ascertained, from the effectds of a wound in the back of the head, produced by a blow from a slung shot.  It turned out in evidence that deceased was under the influence of liquor, and had voluntarily assisted, or attempted to assist, one of the police officers to make an arrest at a house of ill fame.  In the melee Murray received a blow, by which he was rendered insensible.  He was conveyed to Vance's stables, where, it seems, he had been employed, and afterwards to the hospital where he died.

   Coroner Whaling having learnt some facts connected with the case, sent to the hospital to make inquiries, and received for answer that a [post mortem examination had been made, and that there was no reason to believe that the man had died from any other than natural causes.  The Coroner, however, thought fit to hold an inquest before allowing the burial to take place.  Another post mortem examination was held on Thursday, and it was discovered that the deceased had received a frightful wound at the back of the right ear, which, beyond all doubt, was the immediate cause of his death. 

   It is said that a man named McGrady, who was with Murray on the evening he received the wound, has left since in a sailing vessel, and it is strongly suspected that he knows something about the affair.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 November 1854

Murder still stalks abroad in Los Angeles.  We take the following from the Californian.

MOTE BUTCHERING. - A man by the name of Jacob Rogenack, a Polander, was found shockingly murdered, on last Saturday morning, on the road [nearly] opposite Mr. Wilson's residence.  His head was very much cut with some sharp instrument, probably a sword; and from indications in the vicinity where the deceased was found, he appeared to have struggled hard to save life; the fence in several places was besmeared with blood, as though he had attempted to get over.

   An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict rendered, that the deceased had come to his death from blows inflected on the head, by some persons unknown.

   A man named Philip Alvitre, and an Indian girl sixteen years old, have been arrested for then murder of James Ellington.  Alvitre acknowledges that he and his brother killed him, and afterward killed a Chilean named Gorgona Carrera.  They had been examined before Judge Hayes and committed for trial.  The Sheriff has offered a reward of $250 apiece dead or alive for those of the murderers who are still at large.

SUICIDE. - On the 27th ult., Peter Diabler committed suicide, sat Santa Barbara, by cutting his throat with a razor.  It is said he had lived in a deranged state of mind for several days, on account of some family difficulties. - Californian.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 November 1854

FOUND DEAD - CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Smith held an inquest yesterday morning, on the body of a Frenchman named Paul Fontelais, who was found dead a few hours previously in his tent, near the junction of Sixth street and the I street levee.  Deceased had been living alone in the tent, and for some time past had been in temperate.  He was about thirty-five years of age, and had been engaged in gathering old rags, iron, &c., for a livelihood.  Verdict of the jury - "death from natural causes."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 November 1854

SUDDEN DEATH. - The Oakland Leader learns that a young man named Bennet, was found dead last Thursday morning, on the road near Oakland.  The deceased when last seen was riding out of the town intoxicated, and is thought to have come to his death by falling from his horse while in that condition, no marks of violence having been found upon his person.  He was from Massachusetts, and about 25 or 30 years of age.  The Coroner held an inquest on the body, who rendered a verdict of "Death from congestion of the brain occasioned by falling from his horse."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 November 1854

SUDDEN DEATH. - We learn from the Nevada Journal that a man named L. P. Richey, was found dead in his bed in that place on Wednesday morning last.  Verdict of Coroner's inquest was that his death was caused by congestion of the lungs, and the bursting of a blood vessel, superinduced by intemperance.  He was thirty-six years old, and has a wife and three children in Warsaw, Mo.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 November 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest on the body of a young man named Michael Scranton, who dropped suddenly dead on Montgomery street, on Monday evening.  Deceased was deaf and dumb, was a native of Ireland, aged 29 years, and is said to have been of intemperate habits.  Verdict "death from apoplexy."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 November 1854

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY - THIEF SHOT. - On Monday night last, between the hours of 12 and 1 o'clock, an attempt was made to rob the jewelry store of Mr. Hansen, in this place.  On hearing a noise at the window, Mr. Hansen and Mr. Charles Hathaway prepared their pistols and watched the thief, who while engaged in endeavoring to remove the glass, was shot at by both of the occupants of the store.  On Tuesday morning a body was found on Second street, about one hundred yards north of Rhodes & Co.'s Express Office, and about two hundred yards from the window of Mr. Hansen's store.  The Coroner was called, an inquest was held, and a verdict rendered "that the deceased came to his death by his own hands, after receiving a mortal wound while attempting to rob the jewelry store of Mr. Hansen," which is evident from the fact that a discharged pistol was found in the hand of the deceased and that the wound in his head had been made by firearms, the muzzle of which must have been placed against that part, from the burned flesh, powder and other evidences.  The name of the deceased was supposed to be James Patterson, who is said to have crossed the Plains this year.  It is supposed he shot himself for the purpose of preventing the betrayal of accomplices and to end his misery. - Yreka Herald.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 November 1854

DROWNED. - Yesterday afternoon, the body of a drowned man was found a short distance above the ferry, in the Yuba.  A coroner's inquest was held last evening.  The deceased was identified as one Enos Jones, who boarded at the American Hotel, and who, about ten days since, suddenly disappeared.  It is supposed that, in a fir of mental derangement, he got out of his bed, some ten days ago, and drowned himself in the river.  Such is the verdict of the coroner's jury. - Marysville Herald.

ANOTHER MURDER. - A Mexican named Jose Maria Escobar was committed by Justice J. A. Gogswell, of Chinese Camp, to the county jail, to answer the charge of murder, in killing a dumb Mexican at Salvador, near the above camp, on the night of the 16th inst. - Union Democrat.

ATTACK ON CHINESE. - On Monday morning last, a party of men having their faces blacked, supposed to be Mexicans, attacked a party of Chinese, shooting one, fatally stabbing another, and cutting and wounding several.  The wounded Chinamen made their way to Forman's Ranch, near to which the outrage took place, and gave information of the event.  The ruffians only got two or three dollars by the murder. - Calaveras Chronicle.

SUFFOCATED. - The Cronica says that Mexican named Eduardo Lopez and his son were suffocated by the smoke of charcoal, in Monterey, on the 13th inst.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 November 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man named Geo. C. Sindle, of New York, who died from the effects of an over dose of opium, which he had taken to cure the diarrhoea.  Deceased, after taking the opium, lived about an hour and a half.  He was 47 years of age, and is said to have been of intemperate habits.  Verdict in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 November 1854

DISTRESSING ACCIDENT. -0 Yesterday morning at about six o'clock, the boiler of the extensive new steam mill on F street collapsed a flue, killing Mr. D. Sanborn, one of the proprietors, instantly, scalding Mr. Anderson, a member of the police, who afterwards died, and injuring three others. ... Marysville Express.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 November 1854

DEATH FROM STARVATION. - From the Placerville democrat we learn that the body of Capt. Michael Powers was found a few days since, near Antoine Canon, on the North Fork, Placer county.  Inquest, that "deceased came to his death by starvation, while lost."

FATAL HEMORRHAGE. - An Irishmen, named Edward Gavan, aged about thirty-five years, was attacked with a hemorrhage of the lungs about seven o'clock last evening, on Front street near M street, and being removed as speedily as possible, sank upon the stoop of the "Verandah," a few floors below, and died in about fifteen minutes afterwards.  When attacked he was walking and conversing quietly with a friend.  He had been consumptive for about eighteen months past, and had a similar attack on Saturday night.  A brother resident at the Bay was telegraphed to immediately.  We are informed that he was possessed of considerable property in this city.  An inquest was held by Coroner Smithy about ten o'clock, and a cursory examination of the body made by Dr. G. K. Smith, resulting in a verdict in accordance with the facts as above detailed.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 December 1854

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man named John Gomes de Oliviera, who died suddenly in a house situated in an alley-way in First street, in the rear of the isthmus House.  The verdict rendered was that the deceased died in a fit of apoplexy.  Deceased was a native of the Island of St. Nicols, a possession of the Governor of Portugal; aged 47 years.

ANOTHER INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held another inquest yesterday on the body of a man, name unknown, found foliating in the bay, near Fort Point.  Deceased had the appearance, from the clothes he had on, of having been a seafaring man.  Nothing was found on the body by which it could be identified.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 December 1854

INQUEST. - We learn from the Sonoma Bulletin that an inquest was held at the town of Santa Rosa, on the body of a man named Mize, who was found dead in a pond of water a short distance from town.  He was intoxicated, which accounts for the accident - verdict accordingly.

MURDER. - On Thursday evening, at about 10 o'clock, a Mexican named Francisco Munoz was murdered in the main street of this town, near the Catholic Church.  Some Americans in an adjacent house heard two Mexicans quarrelling in the street, one of whom called for help.  On rushing out they saw the deceased fall, while the other Mexican, with knife in hand, ran over the hills and made his escape.  They were unable to recognize him, and could note only his dress, which, with some other circumstances, it is to be hoped will lead to his detection.  The wounded man was frightfully stabbed in three or four places, and died in a few minutes.  He had been seen but a short time before much intoxicated, and bore a very bad character, having been the occupant of our jails on several occasions.  An inquest was soon after held on the dead body, and the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.  This is the first homicide that has occurred in Amador county in several months, and we had begun to hope that this section had at length become exempt from the repetition of the scenes of blood that at one time characterized it. - Jacksonville Sentinel.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 December 1854

FATAL ACCIDENT. - The Columbia Gazette says that a miner by the name of Charles Sprague, aged [30] years, from Dover, Maine, was killed at Gold Hill, on Thursday afternoon, by the caving in of the bank in the claim in which he was at work.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 December 1854

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest on the body of Jas. Cavanagh, who was killed by bone Wm. Bay, at the Nomantun House, on the 7th of November.  The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts, and recommended that a warranty should be issued for Bay.  A warrant has been issued for his re-arrest.  Deceased leaves a wife and three children.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 December 1854

THE HOMICIDE. - An inquest was held about ten o'clock yesterday morning, at the Station House, by Coroner Smith, on the body of Michael reed, who was shot while in the act of stealing, on the night previous, on the levee, by Officer Walton.

   Messrs. John Burns, )(Foreman,) Samuel Filton, S. G. Little, C. P. Stump, William Ashworth, Morris Oren, H. D. Bird, E. B. Wenner, A. D. Morton, M. McDonough and George S. Given were empannelled as jurors, and returned the following verdict: "We find that the deceased came to his death by a pistol shot by the hand of Officer Walton, and we pronounce it a plain case of justifiable homicide."

   The substance of the verdict being objected to by several of the Jurors at first, the law relative to the case was read to them by J. P. Hardy, Esq. - acting in behalf of the District Attorney.

   The facts as developed were substantially the same as narrated by us yesterday.  Deceased was a heavy man; a native of Ireland, and about thirty-five years of age.  His transactions had frequently been made the subject of judicial examination.  He was first introduced to the notice of our police for committing an assault and battery on a woman. On the 10th May last he was arrested in the act of stealing a sack of potatoes from J. B. Starr & Co.; again for stealing hams from Little & Co., and subsequently, on the 28th June, was arraigned before the Recorder as one of the "ten vagrants."  Since the latter period he has been observed frequently by the police, prowling about at night, as the sequel proves, with no honest intention.  While the inquest was pending, a crowd surrounded the Station House, a large proportion of which was composed of persons whose pursuits are deemed at least ambiguous.  The body was soon afterwards taken in charge and interred by the friends of the deceased.

   Is it usual for Coroner's Juries to present other than the material facts of the case?

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 December 1854

MINERS ATTACKED BY ROBBERS.

Four Americans and Six Chinamen Robbed and Murdered.

The Times and Transcript credits the Sacramento Statesman with the following:

PLACERVILLE, December 23 - 2 PM.

The Mountain Democrat, extra, says: ---We received the following startling intelligence last night after our paper had been worked off.  Rocky Canon, the place of the tragedy, is a deep and almost inaccessible canon, about forty miles north of this place, near Todd's Valley, and uninhabited.

ROCKY CANON, Dec. 20, 1854. - No officer having been within a convenient distance to attend to a case of emergency that has just happened near our isolated camp here, the undersigned constituted themselves a coroner's jury, and held an inquest over the bodies of twelve men that were killed within a mile of our camp, on the 19th inst., a full account of which we deem it our duty to publish. Three of the undersigned were eye-witnesses of the whole scene, though too far off to give aid in any way, and the rest of us can readily vouch for their veracity.

   On yesterday, 19th inst., three men, who afterwards proved to be a Mr. Jas. C. McDonald, of Alabama, now deceased; a Dr. Bolivar; A. Sparks, of Mississippi, and Capt. Jonathan R. Davis, of South Carolina - were travelling on foot on a trail within a mile of our camp, to prospect a vein of gold-bearing quartz some 20 or 30 miles north of this place.  As they were passing the base of a mountain, three of the undersigned, being out on a hunting expedition on its side, saw a party of men, who were concealed in the bushes near the trail, spring up and commence firing at them.  Mr. McDonald had fallen dead.  He had a pistol shot before he was even aware of his danger.  He and his party had nothing but their revolvers.  Thomas S parks shot twice at the banditti, and then fell severely wounded.

   In the meantime Capt. Davis, who was the first to commence shooting in defence of himself and party, in an instant after the first volley of the robbers, being still unhurt, kept up an incessant firing upon them with his revolver, every ball forcing its victim to bite the dust until all the loads of both parties seemed to have been discharged.  The only one surviving robbers made a charge upon Capt. Davis with bowie knives and one with a short sword or sabre.  Capt. Davis stood firmly on his ground until they rushed up abreast of him within a bout four steps.  He then made a spring on them with a large bowie knife; warded off their blows as fast as they were aimed at him; gave three of them wounds that soon proved fatal.  Having wounded the other ones very slightly, and disarmed him by throwing his knife in the air in warding off a blow, as this last man expressed in a tone of gratitude before his death, Capt. D. went to work at once tearing up his own short and binding up all the wounds of the living, of both his friends and enemies.  On an examination of the persons of the deceased of those that commenced the attack on Capt. D. and party, we discovered papers, carefully concealed in their pockets, purporting to be a copy of laws and bye-laws, by which they were governed.

   The last of this band has just died.  The wound he thought himself but slight and seemed in a fair way of recovery until within the last hour, had corroborated all the evidence proven by the papers in his pockets.  If Dr. Sparks is well enough to travel, Doctor Davis speaks of removing him down to his friends to-morrow.  In conclusion we deem it due to state that from all the evidence before us, Capt. D. and his party acted solely in self-defence.  We send the communication to your papers, because the bearer having a very sick family below, will, travel post haste all night to Placerville.

Signed - W. C. Thompson, Joseph Hampton, P. S. Robertson, G. W. Hendricks, J. E. Norris, I. A. Hart, T. J. Gallibus, N. B. Porter, O. B. Wingate, W. A. Newman, J. C. Lewis, S. C. Marshall, T. C. Wallis, A. Hughes, J. Webster, O. E. Clarke, J. K. Trist.

   Another letter, dated Rocky Canon, Dec. 20th, to Wm. Henderson, Esq., Placerville:

   Yesterday we had quite an exciting scene to happen within a mile of our tent - while two of my partners and myself were taking a hunt over the hills - we heard the report of gunfire below us, and saw two small parties shooting at each other.  Convinced that they were all strangers, we hesitated for a moment before we ventured down to them - a feeling of duty, however, soon prompted us to hasten down.  On approaching we saw two of a little party of three whom we had noticed following the trail unobserved, some half hour previous, fall in the fight, and the remaining one, a man somewhat above the medium height, whom we could readily distinguish from all the rest by his white hat, fighting bravely for his life; approaching still nearer, we were surprised at the sight of eleven men lying stretched upon the ground, seven of them dead, belonging, as they afterwards proved, to a party of robbers, and one only of the party of three so suddenly fired upon from the bushes by robbers.  Three of the wounded robbers having died last night, we had ten of them to bury.  One survives, who will probably recover; he is marked however, for life, having lost his nose in toto, and the fore finger of his right hand.  Seven of them were shot through the head.  The surviving one, who seems to be but little hurt, says that their band was comprised of two Americans, --- Frenchmen, five Sydney men, and four Mexicans, and they had just commenced operations, having killed six Chinamen three days ago, and four Americans the day before yesterday.  Although we counted 28 bullet holes in Capt. Davis's hat and clothes, 19 through his hat, and 11 through his coat and shirt, he received but two very slight flesh wounds.

Yours truly, JOHN  WEBSTER. ...

SECOND DISPATCH.  PLACERVILLE - 3 ½ P.M.

Another Expressman has just arrived.  All circumstances confirmed.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 December 1854

BRUTAL MURDER - ARREST. - About six o'clock last evening a party of Cherokees - five men, two woman, and one child - stopped at the ranch of Mr. B. F. Maulden, on the opposite side of the American river, about a mile and a half from the city, with a drove of cattle for the purpose of ranching them for the night.  The whole party had been drinking freely, and one of them, named Warren, seemed to be more inebriated that the rest.  There were but three, including Warren, that first presented themselves.  Leaving Warren behind, Mr. Maulden started off with two of the party to show them a watering place, and had proceeded only about seventy-five yards, when two others (one of whom was named Dennis Scott) approached and entered into a fight with Warren.  Mr. Maulden and party immediately returned, parted the combatants and removed Warren, bleeding, into an adjacent building and placed him on a bed.

   In a short time afterwards Dennis and his colleague returned - both swearing horribly, and Dennis asserting that he had "cut his (Warren's) head nearly off with a dutch-oven cover."  They endeavored forcible to gain admittance into the room but were prevented by Mr. Maulden and the others of the party.  Afterwards feigning to be on friendly terms they were permitted to enter.  Meantime, Warren had roused in bed and seized a bottle to defend himself on hearing their voices.  After remaining passive a while, Dennis and his companion rushed upon Warren.  Mr. Maulden and the two others endeavored to prevent a further outrage - the light was put out in the contest - and finally the assailants were compelled to withdraw - Dennis boasting that he had "gouged one of his eyes out."

   On examination, in addition to other bruises, it was found that the left ear of Warren had been entirely cut through, the skull mashed in, and the right eye removed from its socket.  He lived only about thirty minutes afterwards.

   Mr. Moulden immediately sent to the house of Mr. Giles for assistance to effect the arrest of the guilty parties.  Mr. G. proceeded over forthwith, when Dennis was arrested, brought to the city, and lodged in the Station House.  Coroner Smith went over about nine o'clock last evening, to hold an inquest, accompanied by officers to arrest the accomplice of Dennis.  Both Dennis and the deceased were young men, from twenty to twenty-five years of age.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 December 1854

THE MURDER - CORONER'S INQUEST, &c. - We understand that an Inquest was held by Coroner Smith, on the premises, about two o'clock yesterday afternoon, on the body of the Cherokee named Warren B. Verd, who was murdered at Maulden's ranch, on the evening previous.  As we have had no official intimation of the inquest, we detail the result as communicated by an eye witness.

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On a post mortem examination of the body, it was concluded, we understand, that death was caused by internal hemorrhage from a ruptured blood vessel on the left side near the heart - and not from the wounds received on the head.

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It is asserted that the Coroner presented to the woman a bill of $108 for services connected with the inquest - that she paid him $50 in cash and offered him a cow for the balance - and that he was in search of the latter at five o'clock yesterdat afternoon while the body remained still unburied after a lapse of several hours.  We know of no provision of law that authorizes such a charge, and trust that the matter is susceptible of a satisfactory explanation.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 December 1854

THE MURDER - We understand that the papers connected with the inquest held on Tuesday on the body of the murdered "Cherokee" have been submitted to the Grand Jury.

Letter from Coroner Smith.

The fees.

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