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Colonial Cases

1855

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 January 1855.

SUICIDE AND INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man named John Allenborg, a native of Germany, aged 38 years, who committed suicide whilst laboring under an aberration of mind produced by intoxication.  The deceased formerly lived at Santa Clara, where he leaves a wife, and had come to this city on a visit to his brother, when having been on a drunken spree his mind became so affected that he bought two drachms of strychnine and swallowed the whole of it, from the effects of which death ensued in 20 minutes afterwards.  Medical aid was called in, but all efforts were vain to save his life.  A verdict in accordance with the above facts was rendered by the jury, accompanied with a recommendation that some law should be enacted to prevent druggists and apothecaries from selling or disposing of any poisonous drugs to any person without a receipt or prescription from a regular practising physician.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 January 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, on the body of Mrs. Mary Fisher, who died suddenly about 7 o'clock in the morning.  On examination, it was ascertained that death had been occasioned by disease of the heart.  Up to the time of retiring to bed on Wednesday evening, the lady had enjoyed excellent health.  Deceased was 22 years of age, and was the wife of Mr. Fisher, the foreman of the San Francisco Herald press room.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 January 1855

SUDDEN DEATH. - Coroner held an Inquest to-day, over the body of Mrs. Mary Fisher, a resident of this city, who expired very suddenly this morning about 7 ½ o'clock.  From testimony at the inquiry, it seems that the deceased retired to rest at an early hour last evening, in the best of health.  She slept soundly until between 4 and 5 o'clock, when she awoke and complained of being ill.

   A couple of hours later she had grown much worse, and her husband becoming alarmed sent for a physician, but before one arrived, which was within fifteen minutes, the woman was a corpse.  A post mortem examination was had by Dr. Powell and upon his statement the jury returned a verdict of death from an affection of the heart.  Mrs. Fisher was of robust, hearty constitution, twenty-two years of age; her husband is foreman of the Herald Press room. - News.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 January 1855

INQUEST. - An inquest has been holden over the miner who was killed in his cabin at Green Valley, in consequence of wounds received by the falling of a tree during the tornado.  His name was John Bogeia, German.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 January 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith about 11 o'clock yesterday morning, at the office of Mr. Youman, City Sexton, on the body of a young man named Andrew Williams, who died the same morning on the steamer Antelope.  Deceased was formerly from Illinois, and had just arrived in company with a brother.  The jury returned a general verdict of death from natural causes.  Deceased, we are informed, was of consumptive habits.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 January 1855

SUICIDE AND INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, at No. 238 Pacific street, upon the body of a man named Martin Eugene, who stabbed himself the day before with a large carving knife, the instrument passing through the heart penetrated the spine, causing instantaneous death.  Deceased was 34 years of age, a native of France, and a cook by occupation.  He had resided in this country about two years.  It was observed that his spirits had been much depressed for several days past.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 January 1855

INQUEST. - The Calaveras Chronicle says that an inquest has been holden on the body of an Italian known as Billy Jackson, who was killed by Peter Miller at James Bar.  The assault was unprovoked.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 January 1855

INDIAN MURDER. - Justice Eaton held an inquest on an Indian, who was found on Tuesday morning in the vineyard of Thomas Sanchez.  He was about eighteen years old, and is supposed to be from San Diego.  When found, his head was bruised and mashed, as though done with stones, and stripped entirely naked except a pair of socks on his feet.  The supposition is that he was murderer by Indians during the night previous, as the occupants knew nothing of the affair. - Los Angeles Star.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 January 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest, yesterday evening, over the body of Lyman Mowry.  It appeared by the evidence that a man named John Blake, who had been in his employ, called on deceased on Sunday evening last, about 6 o'clock, and asked for money, which he said deceased was indebted to him.  Deceased declined having any conversation with Blake on the subject, remarking that when he found it convenient he would pay him, and furthermore remarked that he was not in such a hurry to pay him since he had learned that he had threatened to shoot him.  High words ensued, during which a report of firearms was heard, and on the parties who were present looking round to see what was the matter they discovered Blake with a pistol in his hand, which he threw down on the counter, and exclaimed "I am ready to be hung."  Mowry fell on the floor, and was found to be wounded.  He died at 10 o'clock, A.M., yesterday.

   Drs. Fifer and Rawson made a post mortem examination of the body, and it was discovered that a small bullet had entered the left side of the head under the temple, passing through the cranium into the brain, about three inches, and causing the formation of an abscess, which was the immediate cause of Mowry's death.

   The deceased was a native of R. Island, aged about 36 years, and leaves a wife and three children in this city.  The verdict of the jury was "that deceased came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot wound, the said pistol being in the hands of and at the time discharged by one John Blake, with the intent to take the life of deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 January 1855

DEATH FROM INTEMPERANCE. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest to-day upon the body of a man named Jean Baptist Dubois, who was found dead in his bed this morning, in a house rear of No. 400 Stockton street.  It appeared from the testimony that the deceased had not been seen for a day or two past, and had awakened the suspicions of the landlord who rented him the house, who, in company with some other person, opened the door of the room where he slept, and found that he was dead.  It appeared that he was a man of intemperate habits, and was intoxicated the last time he was seen alive, which was on the evening of the 15th inst.  There was no marks of violence on his person.  Verdict: Death from intemperance.  Deceased was a native of Lamonsallie, France, and aged 50 years.  He leaves a wife and family living in France.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 January 1855

BY TELEGRAPH.

Murder of the Treasurer of Tuolumne.

STOCKTON, Jan 19 - 3 P.M.

The following, from Adams & Co.'s Express office, Sonora, has just been received here.

SONORA, Jan. 18th - 11 P.M.

A most brutal and atrocious murder was committed here this evening about 9 o'clock.  Mr. Joseph Heslop, acting County Treasurer, was attacked and murdered in his office.  His skull was broken in two places, and his mouth gagged with paper.  An axe and hatchet were found in the room, both of which instruments were used in killing him.  He was last seen, before the deed was perpetrated, about 8 ¼ o'clock.  When found, he was speechless.  The safe was robbed, but it is unknown what amount of money was in it.  By his death, society has lost an ornament, and the county an efficient officer.  Justice R. T. Sullivan is now holding an inquest.

Later. - Arrest of the Murderer.

(BY WELLS, FARGO & CO.)

One of the murderers, named Griffiths, has been arrested, and part of the money recovered.  He will probably be lynched by the excited citizens.  Griffiths confesses having committed the murder, and when taken his clothes were bloody.  It is thought he has accomplices.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 January 1855

EFFECT OF INTEMPERANCE. - An old man named jean Baptiste Dubois, a native of Lamonsalle, France, was found dead yesterday morning, in his bed, at a lodging house to the rear of No. 400 Stockton street.  An inquest being held over the body by Coroner Whaling, it appeared that death had been produced by intemperance and habits of general dissipation. - News.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 January 1855

MAN SHOT. - Last evening, about 7 ½ o'clock, a man named Frederick Oldman was shot on Washington street.  The particulars, as accurately as they could be obtained, are as follows:  Mr. W. R. Backus, who shot the man, states that he boarded at a house on Stout street, near Washington.  On arriving at his boarding house, shortly after 7 o'clock, he was informed by the lady of the house that a man had been there and kicked in the window and attempted to enter, but on calling for help on a gentleman who was boarding in the house, he had taken flight.  Whilst conversing with the lady on the subject, the man again made his appearance and was pointed out as the individual who had broken in the window.  Mr. Backus states that the man made a spring towards the lady as though he would attack her for having pointed him out.  Mr. B. then sprang between them to prevent the lady from receiving any injury.

   Deceased then ran off, pursued by Mr. B., who called to him several times to stop; he however continued to run down Washington street, closely pursued.  Suddenly he stopped and crouching down commenced feeling behind his back as though he intended to draw a pistol.  Mr. Backus also stopped and concealed himself partially behind the corner of an adjacent building, at the same time calling out to those in the vicinity to "take care, the man was going to shoot."    Backus then, with the intention as he avers of disabling him, aimed at the lower extremities of the man and fired.  The ball took effect in the head, killing him instantly.  Mr. Backus immediately gave himself up and was taken to the station house. 

   A knife was found on the spot where Oldman fell, supposed to have been the one he was endeavoring to draw at the time.  The man who was shot has been in the city prisoner several times lately for petty offences.  He was liberated about three days since, after having been incarcerated fifteen days on a charge of vagrancy.  The Coroner will hold an inquest on the body to-day.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 January 1855

THE SHOOTING AFFAIR. - W. R. Backus was arraigned before the Recorder yesterday afternoon at 2 ½ o'clock, charged with the murder of Frederick Oldman, by shooting him with a pistol, on the evening of Wednesday, January 24th, on Washington street, between the hours of 7 and 8 o'clock.

   Col. James appeared as counsel for the plaintiff.

   Col. James proposed to the Court that the verdict of the Coroner's jury of inquest be read, and felt certain that on hearing it the case would be discharged.

   The Recorder said that he should not discharge the case on a verdict of as Coroner's inquest; that there was no one present to conduct the case, and he should fix the bail of the defendant $10,000, and hold the case over till to-day, at 1 o'clock.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 January 1855

Coroner's Inquest.

Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday on the body of Frederick Oldman, who was shot dead by R. M. Backus on last Wednesday evening.  The following is the testimony of the landlady at whose house the difficulty originated:

   Margaret Finch swoern as a witness says :- I reside in Stott's Alley, four or five doors from the corner of Washington street; have seen the deceased on board the Prison Brig in Sacramento, about nine months ago; don't know his name; did not see him again from the time I saw him in Sacramento City until yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock; I saw him attempting to get into the room of a Mr. Backus by the front window; said room is situate on Stout's Alley; I was in the room; saw him and called out for assistance, when as Mr. Moody, who lives in said house, was in the yard at the rear and came to my assistance; asked me what the matter was; told him a thief was trying to get in the window; he went to the front door; I went along and showed him the man; the deceased was then within one door of Washington street and the alley aforesaid; Mr. Moody came back and asked me which window he wanted to get in; showed him the window; he went out shortly after and have not seen him since; about 6 o'clock Mr. Backus came to the room, when I told him the circumstances aforesaid, when he said he wished he had been at home; asked me if I would know him again; should I see him, I told him yes; about one hour and a half subsequent, I had occasion to go to the front door; when I opened it I saw the deceased approach towards it; Mr. Backus was along with me; I told him that he was the man that had attempted getting in the window; Mr. Backus went into the room for his pistol; during the time he was gone, the deceased came up and caught hold of me by the shawl, first, then let go his hold and caught me by the throat; I hollowed and he let go; by that time Mr. Backus had returned with the pistol, and when deceased let me go he attempted to catch hold of Mr. Backus; he put his hand behind his back; I thought he was about to draw a pistol; this occurred near the door on the alley; he then ran away  towards Washington street; Mr. Backus ran after him; did not hear the deceased say anything; heard Mr. Backus call out to some persons who were standing at the corner of Stout's alley and Washington street to get out of the way, as he, the deceased, would shoot; I did not see a pistol in the hands of Mr. Backus during the affray, nor do I know who fired the weapon that the deceased lost his life by.

   Capt. McDonald, sworn as a witness, says - I am captain of Police of this city; recognize the body of deceased to be that of Frederick Oldham; have known him to be locked up in the station house several times; the last time he was taken up was for vagrancy; he was sentenced for 15 days; I let him out of the station house on the 19th inst.; have always looked upon him as a suspicious and dangerous character; saw Mr. Backus about 7 o'clock last evening in my private room; he was then in company with an officer, and he told me he had shot deceased; did not pay any particular attention to the rest of the conversation that took place as there were a number of people present at the time.

   We, the undersigned jurors, convened this 25th day of January, 1855, by the County Coroner, in the City of San Francisco, for the purpose of inquiring into the cause of the death of a man named Frederick Oldman, who was found dead on Washington street, between Pike and Dupont, on the night of the 24th inst., after a post-mortem examination made upon the body of deceased by Drs. Winslow and Ayres, and hearing their medical testimony thereon. accompanied with that of other witnesses, all of which we have faithfully considered, render the following verdict:

   We find that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot wound received in the head, from a weapon in the hands of one named M. Backus, on the night of the 24th inst., on Washington street, the same being done by said Backus in self-defence, in order to protect his life and property from the hands of the midnight assassin.  We also find that the deceased is a native of Berlin, Prussia, and aged about 30 years.  B. P. Hilliard, T. A. Battelle, Frank P. Knight, Theodore C. Sanborn, Thomas Gordon, Maldon D. Eyre, GEO. FRANK LEMON, Foreman.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 January 1855

A Coroner's inquest was held this morning upon the body of Fred'k Oldman, who was shot last evening by Rodman Backus.  The verdict was justifiable homicide, in defending his person and property.  There is not the slightest sympathy here for the deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 January 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday upon the body of an unknown man, found drowned in the dock at Mission street wharf, and picked up by a Mr. Whipple, master of the store ship Acasta.  The deceased was dressed in the garb of a seaman; had on a blue pilot cloth monkey jacket, grey woollen pants, and grey woollen undershirt.  He was about five feet eight inches high, and stout made.  The body could not be identified.  The fish had mutilated the face, and nothing was found on his person that would identify him.  He was about 34 years of age.  Verdict: Death from drowning.

   Also, an inquest upon the body of a female child, found near the barracks at the Presidio, by one of the soldiers.  The body was rolled up in clothes and placed in a box, and was found in the chapparal.  Dr. Gray examined the body, and pronounced it a Chinese child about 8 months old.  It had been born alive, and his opinion was that it died from natural causes.  Verdict in accordance with the doctor's testimony.

EXPLOSION OF THE STEAMER PEARL.

FEARFUL LOSS OF LIFE.

LIST OF KILLED, WOUNDED AND MISSING.

[from the Democratic State Journal.]

   About half past 12 o'clock yesterday the steamer Pearl, of the Combination Line, while on her way from Marysville towards this city, when opposite the mouth of the American river, burst her boilers, carrying death and destruction in every direction. The noise of the explosion was heard all over the city and crowds rushed from all directions towards the scene of the disaster.   The water was covered with splinters and remnants of the wreck, human bodies, dead, dying and mangled, jammed in among them. ...

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KILLED.

Capt. Davis, of Pearl.

Capt. Randall, formerly of steamer Plumas.

Alexander Anderson, lawyer, of Nevada.

---- Fisker, tinsmith, of Sacramento.

Augustus Schultz, fruit merchant, of Marysville; (has a brother at San Francisco)

An unknown man, evidently a miner.

Eight Chinamen.

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The Coroner's Jury.

SATURDAY, 27th, 1855.

The dead bodies having been conveyed to the Station House, B. D. Fry, Justice of the Peace, in the absence of the Coroner, summoned a jury, consisting of the following persons; J. B. Starr, J. M. McBrayer, Isaac Mico, H. G. Bredleman, J. H. Houseman, Sa. Carlyle, Wm. Chesley, Thos. Lear, V. G. Snyder.

   The Jury having been sworn, and appointed J. B. Starr Foreman, proceeded to examine the bodies, eight white men and five Chinamen, and having done so adjourned till 7 P.M.

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Further Particulars of the Explosion of the Steamer Pearl.

SACRAMENTO, Sunday, Jan 29 - 7 P.M.

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Twenty-three bodies have been taken from the river to-day, making thirty-three now lying dead in a room at the Water Works buildings.  Three more a\re at the hospital mortally wounded.  These, with ten others known to have been on board, and who are missing, make forty-three deaths by the disaster.

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Reservoir at Iowa Hill Bursted - Three Lives Lost - Woman Seriously Injured.

GRASS VALLEY, Jan 27, 9 P.M.

The large reservoir of Capt. Hill, at the east end of the town of Iowa Hill, gave way this morning.  The flood carried away a bath house to the distance of three hundred yards, containing four persons, named John Bostwick, from Detroit, Michigan; John T. Colby, wife and infant child, from Ireland.  Bostwick, Colby and the child were found dead; Mrs. Colby is still alive.  Her left thigh is broken in three places, her left ankle broken, and also several ribs broken in such a manner that her lungs were torn.  Dr. Blake, attendant, thinks there is a bare possibility of her recovery. - Telegraph to State Journal.

FIREMAN'S FUNERAL. - The funeral of Thomas Murray, the fireman killed at the fire on First street, took place yesterday afternoon.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 January 1855

[From the Extra Union of Saturday.]

TERRIBLE STEAMBOAT ACCIDENT !

Explosion of the Pearl.

Fearful Loss of Life, and Many Missing.

Details of all missing, wounded or killed.

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An inquest was instituted by Judge Fry, ...

THE LYNCHING AFFAIR AT CONTRA COSTA. - In addition to our telegraphic disptach published on Saturday, we get the following account from the Chronicle:

   On Friday of last week, J. A. Neal, a resident of Livermore's ranch, received information that three men were seen upon the mountains driving off a number of cattle.  He immediately started in pursuit along with eight or ten men.  After a chase of nearly fifty miles, Mr. Neal and one of his vaqueros overtook the fugitives.  This was at Turner's Ferry, on the San Joaquin.  The fugitives, who had with them 25 head of cattle belonging to Livermore and Bernal, were found to be Salvador Valdez, a Californian - a most desperate character - and Jose Strode and Juan P. Gonzales, Chilenos.  Upon being summoned to surrender, one of the Chilenos handed his pistol to Mr. Neal, at the same time that the others attempted to shoot that gentleman.  Fortunately the vaquero was sufficiently quick to fire at the treacherous Chileno, wounding him severely enough to divert his aim.  All three were then arrested.

   Mr. Neal and his vaquero then took their priors to Turner's ferry, where twenty-seven men were called as a jury, who proceeded to try the parties.  The prisoners were found guilty of cattle stealing, and twenty-four of the jury voted for their death by hanging.  That sentence was carried into execution on Monday afternoon, at 1 o'clock.  It was on the previous day, Sunday, that the criminals had been arrested and tried.

   Before his execution, Valdez made a confession of numerous crimes that had been committed by him.  He acknowledged to have murdered in his time seven persons and to have stolen an immense number of horses and cattle, more indeed than he could remember.  Valdez was the individual who stole seven or eight head of cattle from W. H. Davis, of San Leandro, and murdered the Indian who had been in charge of them.  For that offence, Valdez was arrested, but made his escape from the Sheriff. 

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Valdez died as he lived, a hardened villain, confessing that he had deserved death long ago.  He also states that he was in connection with a band of thieves who had laid a plan to scour the country below San Jose and rob every ranch between that town and Monterey.  The two Chilenos begged hard for life, but in vain.  All three were hung.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT. - Mr. Thomas Murray, a well known and efficient member of Fire Company No. 11 in San Francisco, was dreadfully injured at the fire of Saturday morning, by the falling upon him of a large piece of iron smoke stack used as the chimney of the mill.  His spine is broken, and it is the opinion of Dr. Gray, that he cannot recover.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 January 1855

Coroner's Inquest.

Coroner Smith held yesterday inquests on the bodies of sixteen additional victims of the recent explosion.

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More Bodies Recovered.

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FOUND DEAD. - A Chinaman with his forehead cut open, was found on the bank of Yuba river, opposite Marysville, on Sunday.  It appeared from medicines found in his pocket that he was a doctor.  He was known to have $1500 about him and a gold watch, a few days previously.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 31 January 1855

INQUESTS. - Coroner Smith held inquests yesterday on ten additional bodies of those who were list on the Pearl.  The testimony elicited no new facts.  Two other bodies were found yesterday.  The one was identified as that of Thomas McCabe, the other had not been recognized.  Inquests will be held on these at 8 o'clock this morning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 February 1855

INQUEST. - A Frenchman named Jossie, was found dead in his bed, on Kearny, near Sacramento street, night before last.  A coroner's inquest established the fact that he died from an abscess in the brain.

HABEAS CORPUS IN THE CASE OF BACKUS. - Judge Freelon yesterday granted a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Ron. Backus, charged with the murder of Frederick Oldman.  The petition on which the writ was sued out alleges that bail was improperly refused by the Recorder, and also asks for the entire discharge of the prisoner, on the ground that the mittimus, or writ of commitment in the Recorder's Court is defective, by not setting out any offence whatever!  A hearing will be had on the writ at 10 o'clock this morning.

Great Excitement in Oakland. - Capture of two Horse Thieves. - A man Hung.

Between 3 or 4 o'clock this morning (Wednesday, Jan. 31) the staples were forced off the door of the Oakland Jail, by a party supposed to be Redwoods men, who captured two of the inmates, notorious horse thieves, George Seldon and Bob Parker.  They immediately proceeded to the bridge leading to Clinton, where the mob hung George Seldon upon a tree.  Bob Parker was set at liberty, ...

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 February 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest on Wednesday evening, upon the body of a Chinese woman, who died in a house on Sacramento street.  Verdict: suicide by opium.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 February 1855

THE EXPLOSION.  Two more bodies were recovered from the river yesterday. ...details of some still missing.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 February 1855

THE BENICIA MURDER. - An inquest was held on Friday morning, at Benicia, on the body of Sullivan, a workman in the employ of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, who was shot by a fellow laborer named Kemp.  The jury found that Sullivan's death was produced by a gun-shot wound inflicted by Kemp.  During the day the accused was taken before Justice Barry, and after examination fully committed for trial.

SUDDEN DEATH. - A man named George Coffin dropped down dead on board the ship Osborne Howes, yesterday morning.  A Coroner's jury was summoned and a verdict rendered that he died from apoplexy.  Deceased was about 45 years old, and a native of Scotland.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 February 1855

The Case of John Tabor.

Editorial in favor of clemency for John Tabor, convicted of murder of Joseph Mansfield.

THE AMADOR COUNTY TRAGEDY. - In the Union of Thursday last we stated that a bloody affray had taken place near Jackson on Sunday night last.  In the Sentinel of Saturday we find the following additional particulars:

   At the Gate, on Sunday night, a dispute arose between a Chilean "bucker" by the name of Vicente Gutierres and a Mexican "dealer" named Don Ignacio Piscador - described by the Mexicans as the son of as "very good and very rich man" in Durango.  These two fought - the former with a knife, the latter with a pistol.  The knife rather laid over the pistol.  Piscador's left hand was nearly cut off at the wrist, while Vicente was not hit at all.  Then up slips Piscador's Friend, and with two blows of a large knife, one directly in the throat, instantly kills Vicente, and thus he who had taken the knife perished by the knife.  This Friend, who committed this murder, is still at large; he is described as a small genteel looking Mexican, and wears a moustache.  The murdered man's friends now assembled and sought the murderer.  They could not find the real one, but found Piscador, concealed under his house, not far from the scene of action - his hand bleeding too freely to allow him to evade discovery.  They brought a candle and revolvers, and proceeded immediately to make a target of the wounded wretch, who was pierced by four balls, from the effects of which he died on Wednesday morning.  The men who killed him are known.

   Justice Southwell held an inquest on the body of Vicente, and took the deposition of Piscador, so far as his weakness and pain would allow him to answer, and the facts elicited have been placed in possession of the proper officers.

THE EXPLOSION. - The Coroner held an inquest on Saturday, on the body of Thomas Sheridan, a native of England, aged 20 - one of those wounded by the explosion of the Pearl.  He died in the Hospital.  The deaths resulting from the calamity now number sixty-seven, so far as ascertained.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 February 1855

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A melancholy accident - resulting in the death of a child named Thomas C. Gunn, aged one years and nine months, son of Y. W. and Ann Gunn - occurred between 10 and 11 o'clock yesterday morning on the premises of the father, on H street, between Seventh and Eighth.  The child, when last seen by its mother, who was engaged with her domestic duties, was playing in front of the house.  In a few minutes afterwards, the mother being attracted by the noise of a pig that had fallen into a barrel of water inserted in the ground, proceeded to the spot, rescued the pig, and then discovered the feet of her child protruding above the surface of the water.  The top of the barrel was about one foot above the surface of the ground, and had been accidentally left uncovered.  It is presumed that the child fell in accidentally in attempting to rescue the pig, although, from appearances on the breast of its dress, it might be inferred that the latter had caught hold of it and pulled it on.  The face of the child was somewhat disfigured by contact with the feet of the pig.  An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Smith about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at which the jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

HIGHWAY ROBBERY. - Two men named Frank Brayer and W. H. Bess were arrested yesterday afternoon, ... Brayer, it will be remembered, is the same party who figured in connection with the murder of Julia Hayden in this city, about a year since. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 February 1855

FATAL AFFRAY AT YREKA. - On Sunday 28th, ult., an affray occurred at Yreka, Siskiyou county, between L. C. Rogers and J. Williams, which resulted in the death of Rogers.  The Yreka Herald gives the following particulars:

   It appears that a feud existed between the parties.  Rogers met Williams in the street, attacked him with a revolver, shooting at him three times, each ball taking effect in Williams' right breast and shoulder, Williams, in the meanwhile, using his knife so effectually as to inflict no less than thirteen wounds upon Rogers, many of which were alone sufficient to produce instant death.  An inquest was held on the body of Rogers, and a verdict rendered that the deceased came to his death from wounds inflicted by Jacob Williams, in self-defence.  Williams, it is thought, will recover.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 February 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - We understood last evening that the Coroner had been called to hold an inquest on the body of a man who died suddenly yesterday afternoon at the Sutter Race Course.  We have not been informed of the particulars.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 February 1855

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith on Friday evening last, at the Sutter Race Course, on the body of a man named Orlando Gatfield, aged about 45, formerly of Newark, N. J.  Deceased had recently had several severe attacks of asthma.  At about 10 o'clock on Friday morning, one of the men connected with the track went out for the purpose of exercising a horse, leaving deceased in the house.  On returning, in about an hour after, and receiving no answer to repeated calls, he went into the house and found him dead, the body being still warm.  The blood-vessels of the chest being found very much congested, the jury returned a verdict that death was caused by an asthmatic attack.  Deceased was without means, and crossed the Plains last season.  A nephew, named Joseph C. Donaldson, resides at Lockwood's saloon, San Francisco. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 February 1855

THE TIMBUCTOO MINING DIFFICULTY. - The Marysville Herald says that indictments have been found by the Grand Jury against four of the Parks' Bar party, charged with the murder of Webster, Anderson and Rice, at Timbuctoo or Sand Hill on Saturday last.  The names of the persons indicted, and which were kindly furnished us at the Sheriff's office, are James Webster, Jeremiah Long, Jesse Craven, and Jacob Shelby.  They are all in jail.  There are two others indicted, as accomplices in the same crime, for whose arrest warrants have been issued, but they have succeeded in eluding the sheriff's officers.  It is supposed that they have fled from this part of the country.  The trials of the prisoners will be had at an early date.

CHINESE INFANTICIDE. - The crime of infanticide, historians tell us, has been practised for ages by the Chinese, especially the sacrificing of their female off-spring.  The first instance in California we recollect as having been under our observation, is the following; A child was found some days since, says the Mountain Herald, in the vicinity of Grizzly Hill, near Yreka, tied up in a bag.  The Coroner's inquest divulged the fact that it was a Chinese child, and had come to its death at the hands of its relatives, two of whom are now in prison (a man and a woman) on the charge of infanticide.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 February 1855

THE PEARL DEAD. - The body of W. H. Spencer, of Nevada, a victim of the Pearl explosion, was seen to rise in the river, near the prison brig, early yesterday morning, by one of the guard of the vessel, and brought to shore.  An inquest was subsequently held by Coroner Smith, with the same results as in the previous cases. ... The total number of deaths ascertained to have resulted from the explosion amount to sixty-eight.  Doubtless the bodies of other victims have become entangled in the river, as several of the passengers are still missing.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 February 1855

THE PEARL DEAD. - The body of another victim of the Pearl explosion was found floating in the river about 8 o'clock yesterday morning.  An inquest was held thereon by Coroner Smith, at which it was fully identified as that of a young man named Calvin Peck, previously reported as having been a passenger of the boat. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 February 1855

THE PEARL DEAD. - The body of a man supposed to be a Slavonian, a victim of the Pearl explosion, was found floating in the river about 11 o'clock yesterday morning, by two fishermen, about seven miles below the city, near Hall's ranch.  An inquest was held upon it at 4 o'clock in the afternoon by Coroner Smith.

   There were found in the pockets of the deceased twenty-five gold (mostly specimen) rings, some ear ornaments, and $65.55 in coin, a silver watch and a handkerchief marked plainly Zullick 2d.

   Deceased was about five feet ten inches in height, dressed in a grey coat, satin vest, striped cassimere pants, white shirt and drawers, black cravat, heavy boots, had a long red sash tied round the waist, long black hair, thin goatee and moustache, and both legs broken.  The body was brought to this city and interred immediately on the conclusion of the inquest.  The articles found upon the body justify the conclusion that the body was that of a jeweler who was known to have been a passenger on the boat, and has hitherto been missing. 

   The total number of deaths resulting from the explosion amount to seventy.  We regret that we could not have, long since, dismissed the subject from our columns.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 February 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - A man named Richard Rockwell, who was one of the crew of H.B.M. ship Pique, was found floating in the bay yesterday, near Vallejo street wharf.  He had received permission to go on shore on the 10th inst., since which time nothing had been seen or heard of him until he was found as above stated.  The Coroner held an inquest on the body yesterday.  No marks of violence was found on his person, but his face had been somewhat disfigured, as if it had been gnawed by rats.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

   THE BACKUS TRIAL was adjourned till this morning, pending the testimony on rebuttal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 March 1855

THE BACKUS CASE. - The Jury in this case did not, as erroneously stated in some of the San Francisco papers, recommend the prisoner in their verdict to the mercy of the Court, but after its rendition did sign a petition for the pardon of the prisoner, as private citizens.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 March 1855

DEATH FROM IN TEMPERANCE. - A youth named William Walterson, aged only eighteen years, was, on Saturday, found dead in his bed, on board the hulk Fame.  This storeship is moored, along with the other old remnants of a departed race of ships, off Rincon Point, and the deceased was an employee in taking care of her.  Habitual intemperance brought about an apoplectic attack, during which he is supposed to have died.  Coroner Whaling held an inquest on the body, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 March 1855

SHOCKING CASUALTY. - A most deplorable accident occurred yesterday morning at the residence of R. K. Leonard, in Fremont street.  It appeared that the infant daughter of Mr. L., a lovely and interesting little girl, was playing in the kitchen of the house, and by some mischance tripped near the stove, and struck a kettle of boiling water standing thereon from its place.  The contents were delivered all over the person of the unfortunate little one, who expired in the most intense agony after a short time.  Coroner Whaling held an inquest on the body yesterday afternoon, when a verdict in accordance with the above facts was delivered.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 March 1855

DROWNED. - A body was yesterday morning found floating in the harbor near Rincon Point, and brought to the office of the Coroner for identification.  The deceased had on a grey woollen under shirt, grey woollen pants, heavy brogan shoes, and black silk handkerchief about his neck.   The body was about five and a half feet, heavy in build, brown hair and whiskers, and a pair of gold ear-rings in the ears. It will remain at the Coroner's office until noon to-day, for identification, and when an inquest will be held.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 March 1855

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - A Coroner's inquest was holden at Negro Hill, El Dorado county, on the 7th inst., by George W. Chamberlin, Coroner, on the body of William Bell, a colored man, and the jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death on the night of 6th March, by means of a knife in the hands of some person unknown.  The jury have reason to believe that the said act was committed by a man known by the name of Tennessee.  The deceased was the person whose death was announced in our account of the fracas at Negro Hill, on Wednesday.

BODY FOUND. - The body of an Indian woman was found floating in the river near the steamer New World, yesterday morning, and secured by the hands of the boat.  An inquest was subsequently held by Coroner Smith, resulting in a verdict of accidental drowning.  The body had the appearance of having been in the water for a long time - probably over a month.

MURDER. - Dennis Scott, the young Cherokee who is under indictment for the murder of his countryman, Warren B. Verd, at Maulden's ranch, on the other side of the American river, on last Christmas evening, was arraigned before the District Court yesterday, and granted until Monday next to plead.  Another Cherokee, who was implicated in the affair, fled immediately afterwards, and is still at large.  It will be remembered that the parties were all intoxicated at the time of the commission of the offence.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 March 1855

Los Angeles Matters.

Last Sunday night was rather a brisk night for killing.  The long quiet that had reigned in our midst was more than could be borne, and the thirst for blood busted out in a dance house in the upper part of town, in killing a useful member of society, (a butcher.) 

   Constable Hale being on hand, arrested the murderer, assisted by Pancho Johnson, and were on their way to the jail with the prisoner, when some eight or ten Sonorians attempted a rescue.  They were on horseback and fired some 12 or 14 shots at the constable and party, one of the balls taking effect in the leg of Mr. Johnson, inflicting a serious wound, although not mortal, when Messrs. Hale and Johnson fired three or four shots, wounding several of the Sonorians, one of whom died next morning about nine o'clock. 

   The same party after being repulsed by the constable, made an attack on Dr. Osburn and Mr. Barker, who returned their fire - with what effect it is not known; but it is supposed several more were wounded.   Among the party of rescuers, it is said, was Guadalupe Sanchez, a notorious murdered, who has within the last three months been prowling about this neighborhood.  The Sonorian that died Monday morning is recognized as Dionicio Garcia, the same person who was charged with the murder of the Sheriff of Monterey last summer.

   We are informed that Dr. Osburn was called upon on Monday morning, to hold an inquest on the body of a person who is supposed to have been murdered, on the other side of the river, by the same gang who attempted the rescue of their companion from the constable.

   One of the men shot by Dr. Osburn was found dead about five miles from town.  His companions having carried him this far, then left him to be torn to pieces by the coyotes.  The ways of the wicked are truly hard. ... Southern Californian, 7th inst.

DROWNED. - John Thompson, aged 27, formerly of Wales, and lately from Pennsylvania, was drowned at Pine Log Crossing (Stanislaus) on the 7th inst.

   David Harvey and William Goodenough - the former from Iowa and the latter from Maine - were drowned in the Tuolumne River, at Jacksonville, on the 7th instant, while attempting to cross the stream. 

   On the same day another person was drowned at French Bar.

FATALITY. - Norman Vandoren, aged about 26, formerly from New York, was killed at French Corral, on Tuesday, by the caving in of a bank of dirt. - Nevada Journal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 March 1855

The Negro Hill Affray.

NEGRO HILL, March 9th, 1855.

MESSRS. EDITORS: -- I saw in the Union of Wednesday, a telegraphic account of our affray here, which was incomplete.  The full facts are as follows:

    Monday evening last, there were present in a house or dinking saloon, kept b y a negro named Jackson, four whites and three or four negroes, when a gang of rowdies came in drunk and noisy; after some words, one of them seized a bench, which was pulled away from him by one of his own party; in a moment he again seized and threw it at some negroes who were standing behind a table.  At the same time, a negro by the name of Henry Bell, was stabbed between the sixth and seventh ribs, by one of the rowdies.  Within a minute after three shots were fired, one within the building and two without, by the same, or some other person, standing in the street and shooting through the door - two or three took effect on the person of a man named Harris, commonly known as Jimmy-from-Town, one striking above the right hip and lodging in the abdomen, the other striking and lodging in the left shoulder.  Harris is reported out of danger.  Bell died on Tuesday afternoon.

   An inquest was called on his body, by Justice Chamberlain, and the jury returned a verdict that he came to his death by a knife in the hands of a person called Tennessee - his right name is supposed to be John Murch.  The names of the perpetrators of this wanton and unprovoked outrage, besides Harris and Tennessee, are Solomon Rathboun, Moses Drew and James Comstock.  The evidence elicited did not implicate Comstock and Harris as taking an active part.  So far no arrests have been made, and the attention of the authorities is respectfully called to these facts.

Respectfully yours, NEWTON C. MILLER.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 March 1855

MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE. - About 11 o'clock on Saturday night, Officer Reynolds, of the Police, discovered a man lying on the sidewalk in Pacific street, apparently drunk.  On procuring a handcart, he had him conveyed to the Station House, where it was discovered that the man, if anything, was rather drugged than intoxicated.  Dr. Rowell was sent for, and, on finding his situation, tried everything in his power to restore him, but without success, and in the course of a short time he died.  A post mortem examination, held yesterday, resulted in finding that he died of inflammation of the lungs.

   On his body were found invoices of goods purchased of the following firms: Chapin & Sawyer, Conroy & O'Connor, A. J. Quigley, Plummer & Co., Goddard & Co., and the Pacific Foundry.  These invoices were made out in the name of John Longwell & Co., Napa City. Numerous notes, and bills payable for large amounts, also belonging to the said firm, were found on him, leading to the supposition that he was a member of that firm.  The body will remain in charge of the Coroner until Tuesday next, for recognition.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held on Saturday, by the Coroner, on the body of a man, discovered on the morning of the 16th, in the vicinity of San Mateo.  From the position of the deceased, with his throat cut and a bloody razor lying by his side, it was supposed that he had committed suicide, and a verdict in accordance was rendered by the Jury.  On the body was found part of a letter, dated "Sailor's Diggins, Dec. 12, 1854," also, a card of James Hutchinson, proprietor of the Alameda Flower Garden.  The body will remain in charge of the Coroner until Tuesday, at 12 M., for identification.

FOUND DROWNED. - Yesterday afternoon the body of a man was found floating in the dock at the foot of Washington street, and, on being drawn up on the pier, was discovered by his hair to be a Chinaman.  He was dressed in American clothes, had evidently been in the water for a considerable length of time, and had a quantity of bricks, some fifty or sixty in number, tied in a cord, and attached to his person.  A letter on the body, addressed to Yung Tong, by the Yung Wee Co., showed that he belonged to that company.  No marks of violence were on the body, and a verdict of death from suicide was rendered.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 March 1855

Officer North has returned after an unsuccessful search for sanders, who was arrested for forgery.  He found a man, name unknown, murdered near San Jose.

   A Chinaman was found drowned to-day at Washington street wharf, with a number of bricks tied to his legs.  It is supposed that it was the work of the Chinese Secret Society.

   Backus has been sentenced to three years imprisonment, and $100 fine.

   A man named Longfellow was picked up in the street last night and carried to the Station House, where he died in a few hours.  It is supposed he was poisoned.

   A man, whose name is supposed to be James Hutchinson, a gardener from Alameda, was found dead at San Mateo.  An inquest was held - verdict, suicide.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 March 1855

INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday on the body of a man named James Finegan, who was found floating in the dock under the planking of California and Davis street.  He was a native of Baltimore, and about 58 years of age.  Formerly he held the post of carpenter in one of the U.S. Dockyards, and report assigns to him the honor of raising the first American flag on Telegraph Hill.  Being of intemperate habits, it is supposed that he accidentally fell into the dock and drowned.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 March 1855

FATAL ACCIDENT. - INQUEST. - A man named Chas. Warner, aged 30, a native of le Roy, Genesee Co., N. Y., and late of Salt Lake, was run over by a loaded wagon at the Phoenix Mills, corner of J and Thirteenth streets, between 3 and 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and so severely injured that he died in about half an hour afterwards.

   He was engaged in hauling wood to the mill from the levee.  The grade of J street at the mill is considerable higher than that of Thirteenth street, and the latter has only been filled in at that point to a width sufficient for the convenience of the mill.  In descending this grade, a portion of the wood, upon which deceased was seated, fell upon the team and started them.  After running about thirty feet, the advance of the wagon was temporarily checked in passing through a mud hole, whereby deceased, with other portions of the load, was thrown forward, the fore and hind wheel striking him on the left shoulder, and passing over his breast, breaking several of his ribs, and otherwise injuring him.  The horses, affrighted, continued running till they were caught near the residence of the deceased on Fourteen street, between K and L streets, to which he was subsequently conveyed.

   Coroner Smith held an inquest at four o'clock, at which a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts above.  Deceased leaves a wife and several children in this city.  We are informed that the deceased was thrown from a wagon in then above locality about six weeks since, and only saved from serious injury by the activity of bystanders who pulled him from under the wheel - and that similar accidents are occurring there every few days. [Continues with editorial comment on the condition of the roads.]

 

DALY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 March 1855

DREADFUL MURDER. - A murder took place at Iowa Hill on Monday last, between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M.  Mr. J. Vaun and John Roberts, the proprietors of the Queen City Hotel, had a disagreement while endeavoring to settle the business of the house.  Roberts drew a bowie knife and stabbed Vaun three times; once in the back, a little behind the shoulder blade, another in the small of the back, severing the kidneys, and the third in the heart.  Vaun did not speak after he was wounded, but fell over, and expired in less than five minutes.  Roberts was immediately arrested, and being taken before a justice of the peace, waived an examination.  The Coroner held an inquest on the body of the murdered man, and the jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against John Roberts.  He is now safely lodged in the county jail at Auburn, to await his trial for one of the most heartless, cold blooded murders that ever disgraced the annals of crime. - State Journal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 March 1855

MURDER AT BODEGA. - The San Francisco Herald learns that Bodega on Sunday last was the scene of a desperate affray between Capt. John Campbell of the schooner Teresa, and a number of Italian fishermen.  It appears that Campbell and others turned the course of a stream of water which was used by the fishermen to supply their boats.  This occasioned a difficulty which resulted in a general fight, and was concluded with the death of an Italian named Angelo Capolo, who was shot through the head by one of Campbell's party.  Judge Castro held an inquest upon the body, and the jury rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased was murdered by Alexander Shaw.  The accused was arrested.  Campbell was also taken into custody as an accessory to the murder.

DROWNED. - From the Auburn Whig, we learn that on the 17th, Mr. Joseph Dutraie, a Portuguese, was drowned in attempting to ferry a Chinawoman across the North Fork at Calf Bar.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 March 1855

SUICIDE BY A FEMALE. - The Express says that the Coroner of Marysville held an inquest, on Saturday, over the body of Mrs. Christina Haywood, who came to her death by wounds inflicted by herself with a small knife, upon her neck, on the evening of the 22d March inst., while laboring under mental derangement, of which wounds she died on the morning of the 24th, about 11 o'clock.  She was formerly from Massachusetts.

KILLED. - A Cornish miner named [Bray] [paper creased] was killed on Oregon Hill on Saturday last by a rock falling upon him while at work in a tunnel.  Deceased leaves a family in England.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 March 1855

MURDER IN TRINITY COUNTY. - From the Times we learn that a man named Daniel Geraghty was killed in Weaverville the 18th inst.  About twelve midnight, a party of persons, among whom was the deceased, entered the saloon known as the Orleans Bat, and commenced an attack upon the inmates - a melee ensued and the attacking party was driven from the house.  A few moments afterwards the deceased was found lying on the platform in front of the adjoining building apparently severely injured.  He was carried into the Union Hotel and medical aid immediately sent for, but before the physician arrived life was extinct.  On examination it was discovered that he had been stabbed in two places, one wound being in the chest, the other in the abdomen - either of which would have been fatal.  The deceased leaves a wife and child residing in San Francisco.  The coroner's inquest fixed the guilt on no one in particular, although 25 witnesses were examined.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 March 1855

An inquest was held yesterday upon the body of Samuel Hickman, which was found in the water at Stewart street wharf.  He was known to be of intemperate habits.  Verdict, accidental drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 April 1855

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING. - A fisherman named David McKewen, aged about 24 years, a native of Greenock, Scotland, accidentally slipped from a scow in to the American River, near Gay's mill, about ten o'clock, yesterday morning, and was drowned.  The eddy is so strong at that locality, that he sank before assistance could be rendered him.  The body was recovered by grappling about half an hour afterwards, and an inquest held at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, by Coroner Smith.  Deceased had resided in this State about four years.  His father is a ropemaker.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 April 1855

Trial of Officer E. W. Walton for Murder.

The second trial of police officer E. W. Walton, on an indictment for shooting a man named Michael Reid, on the night of the 21st December last, took place in the District Court, before Judge Monson, yesterday.

   The Jury consisted of Messrs. Wm. G. English, J. S. Sheppard, C. L. Danielson, R. G. Davis, J. O. Mosier, J. A. Haggerty, Wm. Hendrie, J. F. Cloutman, S. M. Bailey, J. Broadus. J. H. Shirley, and F. S. Lardner.

...

At about 10 ½ o'clock, P.M., the jury returned into court and rendered a verdict of "manslaughter," with a recommendation to mercy.  The Judge thereupon stated in open court that although he doubted not the defendant had acted conscientiously, as he thought, in the discharge of his duty, yet he was glad the law had been vindicated.  In view, however, of his estimate of the motives that had actuated the defendant and the peculiar circumstances of the case, he would impose a light punishment and use every exertion to procure the interposition of the Executive clemency.

ANOTHER MURDER. - The Stockton Republican learns through Wells, Fargo & Co.s express, that an inquest was held on Saturday last at Campo Seco, upon the body of a man found in the Calaveras river, near Goram's ranch.  The body had been some days in the water.  He had been shot in the breast and had a rope round the waist, to which was attached a sack containing about sixty pounds of stones, which prevented the body from floating.  The body was discovered recently by a gentleman hunting cattle.  This is in the vicinity of where Mr. Brooks was murdered a few days since.

CAPITAL ARREST. - The Town Talk says that a young man named John Shaw, a Scotchman, who arrived at San Francisco from this city on a schooner, was recognised by an Italian on landing as being the person who killed another Italian named Angelo Copola, at Bodega, on the 18th ult.  He was immediately arrested.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 April 1855

SAD CASUALTY. - We hear from Mr. Raveley, of Raveley's Express, that on Wednesday, the 28th inst. two men were buried in a drift on Red Gulch, near Stewart's Fork of Trinity river, by the caving in of the earth.  One of them, Wm. Ives, was but slightly injured; the other, George Murray, was immediately killed.  The deceased was about thirty years of age, and a native of Ireland. - Trinity Times.

 

 

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 April 1855

SUDDEN DEATH. - Mr. Anthony Rosentiel, a native of Germany, fell down in a fit on Bush street this morning, about 10 o'clock.  He was immediately taken to his boarding-house and expired in a few minutes after.  Mr. R. was affected with pulmonary phthisis for a long time past, and had been confined to his bed for some days, but feeling better this morning, he went out to take a walk.  The deceased was one of those who came here in Colonel Stevenson's regiment, in 1847, and was very highly esteemed by all who knew him.  Coroner Whaling held an inquest on the body and returned a verdict accordingly. - Evening News.

SUICIDE. - A man named P. Donahue committed suicide in San Francisco on Tuesday, by cutting his throat with a razor.  He was industrious, sober, "and well top do in the world."  He leaves a family.  No cause assigned for the commission of the fatal deed.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - The Nevada Democrat says that a man named John Waters, was killed on Friday last, on Womack & Co.'s claim, by the falling of the timbers of the drift.  He was formerly from England.  

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 April 1855

SUPPOSED MURDER. - A quarrel ensued yesterday afternoon, at a place called Charley's Saloon, on Jackson street, below Front, amongst a party of sailors.  The party were nearly all intoxicated, and in the course of the affray, one of the men drew a large and fearful-looking Bowie knife, and plunged it in to the breast of a man named John Caton.  The man fell, terribly wounded, and was taken to the Hospital.  The entire party were arrested by officers Walsh and Pomeroy, and taken to the Station House.  One of the number, Robt. Pottsford, was taken to the Hospital, where he was identified by Caton as the man who stabbed him.  A Catholic clergyman was with Caton at the Hospital last evening, and it was not supposed he would live through the night.  Pottsford has recently been in the County Jail for stealing.

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest to-day upon the body of a man named John Brown, who was picked up at the junction of California and Market streets this morning.  It appeared that deceased was a sailor on board the ship John Gosler, lately arrived from Puget Sound - had left his boarding-house last night, at about 7 o'clock, and was then under the influence of liquor; about 8, some persons at the corner of Drum and Market streets heard a splash in the water - on running forward heard some person call for help, but before a boat could be procured he had sunk.  The deceased was a native of Finland, ands aged 28 years.  Verdict, accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 April 1855

DEATH ON SHIP BOARD. - Last evening, a man named Miles Fletcher, a native of Scotland was killed under the following circumstances: It appeared that he had gone aboard the ship Alfred, now in port, and bound immediately to Sydney, in order to take leave of some friends.  The forward hatchway was covered with a house, but no gratings placed on the combine.  Fletcher, in stepping inside, supposing that there were steps to descend by, was precipitated head foremost into the hold, and upon the stone ballast, which lay uncovered.  His scull was horrible fractured by the fall, and we need scarce add that he was killed instantly.  The unfortunate man only reached this city a short time since on board the vessel Susan G. Owens, of which vessel he was cook from Liverpool.  An inquest will be held on the body this morning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 April 1855

CAPTAIN DAVIS: A CALIFORNIAN BALLAD.

Verses on the Rocky Canon murders December 1854.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 April 1855

FOUND DROWNED. - A man named Charles Williams, a stevedore by trade, was found yesterday morning at an early hour floating in the dock at Broadway wharf.  A Coroner's inquest was called, when it turned out that the last time he had been seen was on the night of the 12th, when he was noticed staggering along the wharf, evidently in a state of extreme intoxication.  It is presumable that he walked overboard while in this state, and, of course, was drowned.  It is stated that he is a native of Finland, where he has left a wife, and is aged about 40 years.  The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the above facts.

MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR - MAN SUPPOSED TO BE MURDERED. - On Saturday afternoon last, the body of a murdered man was discovered in an unoccupied house, between Columbus Ranch and the Five Mile House, Mokelumne Hill road.  On Sunday Coroner Grattan held an inquest on the body.  The jury came to the conclusion that the deceased, to them unknown, came to his death by a pistol ball, fired out of a Colt's pistol by some person unknown, and that the said deceased was most likely murdered for his money.

   Deceased was about 5 feet 10 inches high, fair complexion, red beard, auburn hair, light blue eyes, Grecian nose, good set of teeth, and supposed to be between 35 and 40 years of age.  He had a pitch plaster on his back, and wore brown striped pantaloons, nearly new, gray drawers, under-shirt and over shirt, brown coat, green straw hat with black cover, and a good pair of miner's boots.

   Since writing the above, we learn that the body has been recognized to be that of Robert Nixon. - San Joaquin Republican.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 April 1855

INQUEST. - The Nevada Democrat says that a coroner's inquest was holden on Sunday last on the body of William Vore, who died suddenly at the office of Dr. Cummings the night previous.  Verdict, congestion of the brain.  Deceased was formerly from Ohio, and fifty years of age.

DEATH OF A CHILEAN. - The Mountain Messenger says that a Chilean in the employ of Messrs. Lester, at Yankee Hill, while chopping a stick of wood, ruptured a blood vessel, causing instant death.

FOUND DROWNED. - On Sunday, April 14th, there was found in the American river, at Negro Bar, the body of a man supposed to be about thirty-five years of age, with black hair, moustaches, and a ring in his left ear.  He had on a pair of black satinet pantaloons.  No other property was found upon his person.

   On Thursday, the 19th, there was also found the body of a man supposed to be about twenty-five years of age, wore satinet pants, check shirt, one shoe (new;) had black hair but no whiskers.  No papers or effects were found upon his person.

   Inquests were held on the bodies by Justice Meredith.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 April 1855

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Last night, about 10 o'clock, a young man named Peter Johnson, a cook on board the schooner Fanny Piper, that lies near the Stewart street wharf, in attempting to return on board his vessel, walked into a break made in the planking of Market street by the Street Commissioner, and fell through where the water is very deep.  Some men who were at the time in the Ensign House near by, heard his cries for assistance, but before they could afford any succor, the unfortunate young man was drowned.  Johnson was a man of steady, industrious habits, and at the time perfectly sober.  He was a native of Germany, aged about 24 years.  Coroner Whaling held an inquest upon his body to-day, and a verdict of accidental drowning was returned. - Evening News.

MURDER. - From the Stockton Argus we learn that the dead body of a man was found on Sunday about five miles from that town, on the Mokelumne Hill roads.  He was no doubt foully murdered, and then robbed, being shot in the back.  He was dressed in miner's garb, and had light hair and red whiskers, but there was no means of ascertaining his name.  Circumstances went to show that he was upon horseback at the time he was killed.  The body was brought to Stockton for interment in the city cemetery.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner of San Francisco held an inquest, on Monday, over the body of Charles Williams, a Finlander, who fell off Broadway wharf while in a state of intoxication.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 April 1855

The Murder of Rudolph Schondorff - Coroner's Inquest.

Rudolph Schondorff, the man who was stabbed by Adalbert Hoepke, on Friday evening, died of his wounds at 5 o'clock yesterday morning in the German Hospital on Mission street. The Coroner's Jury summoned in the case furnished their investigation at a late hour last night.

   Charles Krug, one of the proprietors of the Lager Beer Saloon on Clay street, near Kearny, testified that the deceased and Hoepke were in the saloon about 7 o'clock P.M.; they were sitting apart; about half an hour subsequently, witness heard a noise in the street, and upon going to the door, saw deceased, who said that Hoepke had stabbed him. 

   W. E. Lyndall testified that he saw the parties clenched; the deceased struck Hoepke, who staggered back; they again clenched and Hoepke appeared to be striking the other in the stomach; Schondorff had hold of Hoepke by the collar, striving to keep him off; witness saw the knife in the hands of Hoepke; it was covered with blood to the hilt; a post mortem examination was held upon the body by Doctors Gray, Stout, Becht and Harris.  Three of the wounds were essentially fatal to life. 

   The Jury rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death from the effect of knife wounds received by a weapon in the hands of Adalbert Hoepke.

   The deceased was a native of Mecklenburg, in Germany, and aged about forty years. He was at one time a commission merchant, doing business in Jackson street.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 April 1855

FOUND DROWNED. - Last Sunday night, (a week since,) a sailor named Peter, and known also among his acquaintances by the name of William Reed, was going on board the schooner Loo Choo, on which vessel he was employed, when, accidentally falling overboard, he drowned before any assistance could be rendered.  Yesterday morning early, a boatman named Frank discovered a body floating in the dock at the foot of Washington street, and drew it ashore, when it was discovered the be the missing sailor.  An inquest was held by the Coroner, last evening, and a verdict rendered of death from accidental drowning.  Deceased was a native of Norway, and aged about thirty-six years.

MURDER NEAR FORT MILLER. - We are informed by T. M. Heston, Esq., of the Kern River Express, who arrived in this city yesterday morning, that considerable excitement existed at Fort Miller on Monday night last, caused by the murder of Mr. John Donaldson, late of Ohio.  His body was found in his camp horribly mutilated, and it was supposed that the deed was committed by the Indians.

   It was also rumored that another murder had been committed at the same place.  Mr. Heston intends leaving for Kern River this afternoon at 4 o'clock; he can be found at this office during the day.

REMOVAL OF THE ASSASSIN. - Adalbert Hoepke, the assassin of Schondorff, was removed on Saturday from the Station House to the County Jail for safe keeping. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 April 1855

MURDER IN EL DORADO COUNTY. - Messrs. Cushing and West writes us as follows, from White Oak Flat, El Dorado county, April 22d:

   "A most atrocious murder was committed in our vicinity on Friday night, 20th inst.  The murdered man was in charge of a store on Dry Creek, and on Saturday morning was found dead in the store, his face and neck horribly mangled, as if with an axe.  Three hundred dollars was stolen, which was supposed to be the only incentive to the murder.  Acting Coroner C. Hix held an inquest, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.  No clue to the murder has been discovered as yet.  The name of the deceased was Charles Keine, and he formerly kept a tin and hardware store on J street, near the Burnet House, in your city."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 April 1855

Finding of the Body of Steen.

For some days back the public have been in a state of feverish excitement in regard to the disappearance and supposed butchering of the man Steen.  It was universally believed that he had been decoyed into some one of the low haunts along our docks, and there murdered.  People even went so far as to say that in certain localities, at an unreasonably late hour of the night of his disappearance, groans and other voices were heard.  The police were censured for not having discovered some trace of the missing man, or else arresting somebody, it did not matter very much who, but somebody the community thought should have been brought up. 

   The chances that hung over our city in the way of a blackened reputation, were suddenly swept aside, yesterday morning, by the discovery, by a boatman named Isaiah Palmer, of the body of Steen, floating in the dock at the intersection of Drum street with Pacific wharf.  On being drawn ashore, it was discovered that the money which it was supposed led to his assassination, was still on his person; $210 being found in gold coin, in a leather purse, and the gold dust in bags contained within a belt.  The funds were taken charge of by Mayor Webb, and in the afternoon an inquest was held by Coroner Whaling on the body.

   The facts that we have before laid before our readers, all came up in evidence, showing that he came into the bar-room of the Rip Van Winkle Saloon, corner of Davis and Pacific streets, on the night of the 15th, heavily intoxicated.  Tried to play at billiards with McCrea, a runner for the house.  Was expostulated with by officer Pomeroy, who tried to induce him to return to his boarding house.  He refused, and went back to settle a quarrel with McCrea, who in the meantime had been taken off to bed with by a friend.  This man returned to look after Steen, and found him gone, and supposed that he had proceeded home.

   It is presumable that at this time he staggered out and went down the wharf, instead of up, and at the crossing of Drum street fell overboard.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

TO BE EXAMINED. - The case of Adalbert Hoepke, the man who killed Rudolf Schandorff, a few evenings back, on Clay street, will undergo examination before the Recorder, to-day, on the charge of murder.  Generally, cases as plain as this, are sent directly to the Grand Jury, or the appropriate court, but the counsel for the defense have refused to waive the privilege, being desirous, they state, to have the  complaint entered in tangible shape, so that they may know what they are fighting.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 April 1855

DISCOVERY OF A DEAD BODY. - Mr. W. A. Mathews of this city, on Tuesday last, while on the grounds of Capt. Macondray's ranch, at San Mateo, came across the remains of a man.  The cayotes had eaten so much of him that save the frame of his body, the hair, and a pair of boots that he wore, but little else remained. Coroner Whaling goes out this morning to the locality to investigate the matter and hold an inquest.

EXAMINATION OF ADALBERT HOEPKE.

The examination of this young German for the assassination of Rudolph Schoendorff, was commenced yesterday afternoon in the recorder's Court. ...

SHOCKING CASUALTY. - A most deplorable accident befel a little Indian girl employed at the house of Mr. De Zaldo, at the Mission Dolores, on Wednesday evening.  It appears that the girl had charge of an infant of Mr. De Zaldo, and about 10 o'clock went into the nursery to see if the child were asleep.  While there, it is presumable that she fell asleep, and the candle falling out of the candlestick, set fire to her clothes.  Piercing shrieks soon brought Mrs. De Zaldo and her daughter to her assistance.  After considerable effort they succeeded in extinguishing the flame, and did everything possible to assuage the agonies of the little sufferer.  She, however, in spite of all that could be done, expired yesterday morning at 9 o'clock.  The verdict of the jury was "accidental death."

SAILING ACCIDENT. - During the brisk wind that prevailed on the afternoon of Wednesday, a pleasure party in a small sail boat, who were in the neighborhood of Saucelito, were capsized in a flaw that struck the boat.  Three of the party succeeded in regaining her, and clambered up on her bottom where they remained until taken off by a fishing schooner.  The fourth one, Jacob Kurtz, a native of Germany, was unfortunately drowned.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 30 April 1855

SUDDEN DEATH - CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith, about ten o'clock on Saturday morning, on the body of a man named A. J. Lawless, who died suddenly on the night previous at a house near the American river, below the lower ferry.  A piece of opium being found in the pocket of deceased, the jury requested that a post-mortem examination might be held, which was accordingly performed by Dr. G. K. Smith, developing that the deceased had been afflicted with dropsy of the heart and extensive ulceration of the lungs sufficient to produce death.  A verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.  Deceased leaves a wife residing near Big Creek, Johnson county, Missouri.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 May 1855

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - A bright promising little boy, eight years of age, named James Henry Davis, son of Mr. Davis, residing on Union street, between Montgomery and Kearny, was drowned on Saturday at 12 ½ o'clock, by falling off the end of Broadway wharf.  He was fishing in company with a school companion by the name of Jones, when his line became entangled on one of the piles of the wharf, and stooping down to disengage it lost his balance and fell into the stream, a strong ebb tide making out at the time.  Several persons in the vicinity procured a boat and hastened to his assistance, but he dank before aid could reach him.  The body was recovered with grapples about four hours after.  A Coroner's inquest was held yesterday morning at the residence of his father, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.

THE SAN MATEO SKELETON. - The mystery hanging over the human skeleton recently discovered on the rancho of Mr. Macondray, at San Mateo, remains yet to be cleared up.  Suspicions at first rested upon the men employed upon the farm of Mr. William Mathews near by, named Hackman and French, from the fact that some property of as missing man named nelson Drinkwater, from that section of country, was found in their possession, but it was afterwards proved that Drinkwater had been seen within six weeks in this city, by a man employed in Mr. Coward's Livery Stable on Kearny street, and that he was about then starting for the mines.  A foul and brutal murder has probably been perpetrated, the facts of which must remain hidden in the silence of the grave.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 May 1855

SUICIDE - CORONER'S INQUEST. - A young man named John Reed, a compositor in the Democratic State Journal office, committed suicide on Saturday afternoon by taking strychnine, which proved fatal at about 9 o'clock in the evening, several hours having elapsed from the time of his having swallowed the draught.  An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Smith, about eleven o'clock yesterday morning, at which the following facts were elicited:

   From as letter found in the pocket of the deceased, addressed to friends and read to the jury, it seems that he had contemplated the act at several different times, being fully satisfied that he could not, in view of his habits, lead a peaceful life.  In it he asked the forgiveness of all whom he had in any way offended.  As to the formation of his suicidal resolution, it says: "I have ruined myself forever in this world of gambling, and the appetite I have formed for the pernicious habit appears to be so strong that I have found it impossible to quit it."  It requested that his parents, resident at New Martinsville, Wetzel county, Va., might be informed of his death and a lock of his hair sent to them, but that the letter might not be published or made public.  The letter was written in a bold, firm hand, was connected and coherent, and concluded with an avowal that his death was compassed by poison and a request that no post mortem examination be held on the body.

   The previous publication of the substance of the letter by a contemporary, renders it unnecessary that we should pause to consider the propriety of heeding the request made by the deceased for its suppression - a request based on his apparent desire to avert the consequences of a detail of the circumstances to his aged parents.  The deceased was paid off in the afternoon, as usual, and proceeded immediately, we are informed, to the Arcade gambling saloon, where every dollar of his week's earnings was soon swept from his possession.  Thence, in pursuance of his expressed determination, he seems to have gone soon afterwards to the drug store of Harned & Co., on K street, and there bought a bottle of strychnine, having previously borrowed money for that purpose. A friend whom he met on the street subsequently, accompanied him on a walk, at his request, to the Levee, when he drew from his pocket and handed him the letter above mentioned, asking him to read it.  After reading a portion he threw it upon the ground.  Deceased picked it up, put it in his pocket and commenced weeping, upon which his companion told him, he was foolish for thinking of such an act, and went to the office of the democratic State Journal to inform his friends and have him watched.  Deceased came to the office soon afterwards, informed his companions of his intention, took leave of them, swallowed nearly the entire contents of a vial of the poison, laid down and composed himself for death.  His companions regarded the matter as a joke rather than a reality, in consequence of which Dr. Kendall, who was called in, left a dose of ipecac, which Dr. Bell subsequently wished to administer.  Deceased declined however, saying he did not wish to take any antidote - wanted to die.

   No indication of the effect of poison being at this time discernible, and the doctor being called aside by some and informed that it was all a hoax, and that deceased had been taking epsom salts, thought a trick was being played upon him and left.  He was told that the residuum had been analyzed and found to be epsom salts.   Dr. Sharkey had previously taken some crystals upon his finger from the cup in which the poison had been mixed, and tested them.  The result however was, through misapprehension, generally understood to be reported to Dr. Bell.

   Dr. Bell remained absent about half an hour, during which time the deceased becoming infected with the idea that he had been imposed upon and furnished with epsom salts instead of strychnine, got up, went over to the drug store, stated his suspicions, demanded and received the amount paid therefore and returned to the office.  When Dr. Bell called in again, b y request, he found the deceased in spasms, clearly the effect of strychnine.  Emetics were given and morphine as an antidote, without success.  In a little over an hour afterwards, deceased expired, sensible till the last spasm.

   Deceased was formerly from Steubenville, Ohio.  His father, Robert reed, has recently removed to Virginia, as above.  The remains were interred with every mark of respect, about 4 ½ o'clock yesterday afternoon, from the house of Sacramento Engine Co. No. 3, of which deceased was a member.  The flag of the company was displayed at half-mast during the day, and the bell tolled at intervals.

 

DAILY  ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 May 1855

The Inquest on the Body of Mrs. O'Riley.

An inquest was held on the Body of Mrs. Mary O'Riley yesterday at the Coroner's office.  We attended the examination of numerous respectable witnesses, more for the purpose of ascertaining whether the unfortunate woman had met her death from neglect in the trying crisis, than any desire to listen to such painful details from motives of curiosity.

   Several officers of the Station House testified that she had lately suffered a fall in the mines, and that she underwent a considerable degree of mental and bodily excitement owing to the circumstances of her arrest; but the rumor that she was denied the attentions and aid obtainable in the place where she died is entirely groundless.

   Among the physicians called to testify to the appearance of the deceased and the actual cause of her death were Drs. Harris, Gray, Rowell and Sheldon, City Physician, who gave it as their opinion that her death was produced by premature childbirth and subsequent hemorrhage, caused partly by the excitement attending her arrest and the dampness and unusual character of the place where she was confined.  Dr. Gray stated, that he was called to visit the patient at a late hour at night, and arrived only a few moments previous to the birth.  He gave full attendance to the case, and left orders to send for him should further medical attendance be required.  The symptoms became alarming shortly after, and though Dr. Sheldon was on the spot at the earliest moment, the patient died at 4 o'clock Sunday morning.

   Dr. Gray on being asked by the Coroner if he believed that Mrs. O'Riley had been refused any comforts or necessaries in the Station House, replied that the gentlemen surrounding her did all he asked them to and all they could do for her, and evinced an assiduity and readiness to afford assistance highly creditable and commendable.  The appearance of the deceased was that of a body utterly devoid of blood.  The child was placed upon her breast, the whole presenting a singularly sad and sickening spectacle.

   The verdict was that the deceased died from uterine hemorrhage, after giving birth to a still born infant on the morning of the 8th instant, in a cell in the station house; the same being a natural cause, which is liable to happen in such cases.

   Appended is the following: ---"After a thorough investigation of the case, we think it is die to the police officers who had charge of the unfortunate woman during her confinement in the city prison, to express to them our gratification for their kindness and attention, and readiness to furnish her with everything that could add to her comfort or alleviate her sufferings."  These remarks apply particularly to officers McKenzie, Darling, and O'Brien.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 May 1855

INDIAN KILLED. - Yesterday morning an Indian named Fernando was found lying dead on the Peninsula, in the rear of Weber's garden.  A coroner's inquest was held over the body, which rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death on Monday night, by a wound inflicted in the throat with a knife, in the hand of another Indian named Sabada.  During the affray, Sabada cut another Indian in the hand.  Whiskey was the prime cause of the murder. - Stockton Argus, 9th.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 May 1855

THE DEAD - A MODEL INQUEST. - Our readers are doubtless familiar with the reported circumstances attending the drowning of Miss Annie Alexander, late of this city, and Mr. John Adams, in the Sacramento river, just above the city, on Sunday evening, by a small boat, in which they were, coming in collision with the steamboat Meda.  We mentioned yesterday that the body of the former was recovered by Capt.  Clary, about nine o'clock on the evening previous.  While in the act of recovering it he plainly perceived that some weighty substance became detached from it, leading him to suppose that the deceased had sunk together.  Soon after midnight he again visited the spot, and succeeded, with little difficulty, in finding the body of Mr. Adams.

   Inquests (if the proceedings can be dignified as such) were held subsequently by Coroner Van Arnam, of Yolo county, on the body of Miss Alexander between ten and eleven o'clock on the same evening, and on that of Mr. Adams between one and two o'clock yesterday morning - respectively within two hours after the recovery of the bodies, and under circumstances precluding the possibility of effecting a thorough investigation.

   Application was made yesterday to the Coroner for particulars of the inquest, and especially for a copy of the testimony elicited.  In return, assurance was given that no witnesses had been examined - the jury asked Capt. Clary a few questions, but he knew nothing definite of the affair; and upon this testimony the jury in each case returned a verdict that death resulted from drowning, caused by an "accidental collision" of the boat and steamer.  The verdict was simply based on newspaper reports of the circumstances - could not have been founded on the testimony adduced, particularly as regards the character of the collision. 

   The Coroner, it seems, yielded in deference to the low estimate of the importance of the examination formed by those by whom, he was surrounded.  They regarded the proceedings as a "mere matter of form" - a farce - and such it was made in this in stance at least.

   The examination should have been made more thorough, in that many of the fishermen engaged in this vicinity had previously openly made assertions of a character demanding it.  In the event of his being again called upon to discharge the duties of his office, it is to be hoped that he will, according to the law, "summon and examine as witnesses, every person, who, in his opinion, or that of any of the jury, has any knowledge of the facts."

   The remains were removed for interment, at 7 o'clock yesterday morning, to Cache Creek, by Mr. Stephens, brother-in-law of Miss Alexander, and partner of Mr. Adams.

MURDER. - Marshal Haines and Capt. McClory, of the police, started early yesterday morning and proceeded to the scene of the recent murder, near Daylor's ranch, with the view of making a thorough examination of the premises and co-operating in effecting the detection and arrest of the murderers.  Capt. McClory returned last evening, and informs us that the Marshall had one, with others, in pursuit of two suspected men who crossed at Michigan Bar early on Tuesday morning.  Several circumstances were developed by the visit, which will go far to identify the murderers it being morally certain that at least two were engaged in the perpetration of the crime.  It is represented that the scene in the vicinity of the cabin affords conclusive evidence that the resistance offered by Bohle was most desperate, and that the murderers must bear with them the marks of many a blow.

THE MURDER NEAR DAYLOR'S RANCH. - Our correspondent at Daylor's Ranch in forms us that a coroner's inquest was held on the body of Ferdinand Bohle (not Bohn, as formerly reported) who was so brutally murdered near that place on last Monday night.  Two men were arrested on suspicion, but discharged.  Other suspected persons have been sent for, and strong hopes are entertained that the murderers will be discovered.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 May 1855

We learn from the Captain of the Police, who returned from Daylor's Ranch last evening, that Justice Grimshaw held an inquest on the 10th, on the body of the German murdered near there on Tuesday last; and that Marshal Haines and some others have gone towards Jackson in pursuit of two men supposed to be the murderers. - Tribune.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 May 1855

THE TRAGEDY AT DAYLOR'S - ARREST OF THE SUPPOSED MURDERERS - THREATS OF LYNCHING - INTENSE EXCITEMENT, &c.

On Wednesday last an account was given in this paper of a terrible murder, committed on the person of a German named Frederick Bohle, living near Daylor's ranch, on the Cosumnes.  A man named Wm. Lomax, whose antecedents are represented as being anything but creditable, and who had been hanging about the premises of the murdered man, was arrested at "Our House," on Eighth street, in our city, on Thursday night last, on a warrant issued by Justice Grimshaw, and conducted on the following day to Daylor's ranch.  On Saturday he was examined by Justice Grimshaw, committed, and was awaiting a favorable opportunity to be transferred to the prison brig at this point.

   The news of his arrest having spread, popular excitement arose, and on yesterday morning a crowd of about three hundred persons collected, with the avowed intention of trying the offender and inflicting summary punishment should circumstances warrant.  A meeting was organized - after one chairman had declined acting - a jury chosen, and testimony taken.  When our informant left - at 2 o'clock P.M. - a verdict of guilty had been rendered, but no steps had been instituted to inflict the punishment.  Everything was conducted, says our informant, with great care and deliberation, means having been taken by Justice Grimshaw to prevent any undue excitement, by closing the liquor bars in the vicinity.  It was hoped that moderate counsels would prevail, and the culprit left to the care of the law.

   We are not distinctly informed of the nature of the testimony elicited.  It is reported, however, that the coat of the murdered man was found upon the defendant, cut in several places and spotted with blood, and that a box of friction matched, also bloody, was found in his pocket.  It is probable that the coat belonged to the defendant.

FOUND DROWNED. - On Friday the body of a man was found floating in the Sacramento river, some five hundred yards above Fremont.  Justice Bennett held an inquest on the body, and the jury found a verdict of "accidental drowning." Deceased was dressed in steel-mixed satinet pants, woolen shirt and heavy boots.  There was a belt around the body, to which was attached a sheath knife.  In a buckskin purse in one of the pockets were found nine dollars in gold and one dollar ands sixty cents in silver.  The body was that of a large man, with dark hair.  It had been in the water for a long time, was greatly decomposed, and could not be recognized.

   On the following day the body of another man was picked up, supposed to be that of a Portuguese who fell from a flat boat, above Fremont, some time ago.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 May 1855

THE CORONER'S INQUEST. - We took occasion a few days since, to scrutinize, as circumstances seemed to justify, the incomplete manner in which Coroner Van Arnam, of Yolo, conducted the inquests on the bodies of Miss Alexander and Mr. Adams.

    On Saturday he continued the examination of witnesses, and on yesterday forwarded us copies of the testimony of Napoleon Hight, Pilot, and James Lilly, Mate and Assistant Pilot of the steamer Meda, with which the small boat containing the deceased came in collision, with the fatal result mentioned.

   A note from the Coroner accompanies the depositions, in which he deprecates the severity of our language, and says that he tried and wished to postpone the inquest, but the friends of the deceased, as also the jury, urgently requested that it might be held immediately, that the bodies might be interred without delay.  Her wished to do his duty in the premises, but yielded to the solicitations of those mentioned.

   The testimony of the pilot was substantially as given in our account of the accident on Tuesday last.  The mate testified that he saw two persons in a boat when it was about ten feet ahead.  When about ten feet astern, he "saw a man come up and start to swim across the river."  That was the last he saw of him.  The man in the boat pulled one oar, by which it was propelled toward the channel in front of the steamer.  Had the oar not been used the boats would have passed without injury.

THE LATEST OUTRAGE. - In relation to the murder of the Chinamen on the "Divide," to which reference has heretofore been made in the columns of the Union, the Auburn Whig says:

   On the night of the 3d inst., about twelve o'clock, a party of eight or ten Chinamen, encamped on Shirt Tail Canon, about nine hundred and fifty yards above the Iowa Hill and Yankee Jim's trail, were attacked by a party of four Americans, when a scene of fiendish butchery was enacted, which makes the blood thrill with horror in the narration,

   Armed with the noiseless knife, these ruffians commenced their horrid work upon the helpless Asiatics.

   Two of the Chinamen were killed on the spot, one by a stab under the left nipple, the other by a wound under the diaphragm.  Four others were wounded.  One stabbed in the left temple, the knife striking the bone, and glancing downward; the second a little to the right of the fontanel; the third was struck with a stone in the right breast, and severely though, perhaps, not fatally injured; the fourth was mangled in a most horrible manner.  One wound in the breast, reaching nearly to the navel, through which the entrails protruded, and when found the wretched creature was holding them in his hands; another wound was on the right thigh, just missing the ephemeral artery, severing the ephemeral muscles and cutting the thigh about one third off; he was also wounded in the left arm; he has since died.

   The murderers, after robbing the dead and wounded of about forty dollars, fled up a steep bluff towards the Iowa Hill-trail.  Such is the history of this devilish affair.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA. 15 May 1855

THE INDIAN MURDER IN COTTONWOOD. - Two white men, named Wm. Cochran and Jesse Brown, were recently murdered by the Indians on the South Fork of Cottonwood.  They were from Ohio.  Two of the Indians, one named Wil- il-hon-ny, and the other Two-win-e-paken, have been taken and hung by the ranchmen of that neighborhood.  The squaws took the party to the spot where the men were killed, where they discovered tents, saddles and some other articles, the property of the murdered men; also the letters of Mr. Jesse Brown, which are now in our possession.  After digging up the ground, his collar-bone, one rib, one thumb-nail, and a lock of hair were found.  The Indians above name said they had killed ten white men and no whites knew of it, and that they had taken one white man near the South Fork, and had short him with arrows till he died.  They belong to the tribe called Black Indians, one of whom killed Lieut. Russell, between Thoms'; and Elder Creek, about two years since. - Shasta Courier.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday on the body of Mr. Mason, who met his death on Sunday by the accidental discharge of a pistol in the hands of Wilson.  The verdict was in accordance with the facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 May 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest has been holden on the body of George Wagoner, a native of Bavaria, found murdered at Angel's Camp, some days ago.  From the Calaveras Chronicle we learn that the deceased had been dragged down and thrown into the creek.  His coat and trowsers were carried off, but his oil cloth coat had been replaced on the body.  H was murdered for his money, as he was known to have possessed about $500.  At the inquest, no further particulars could be found out.  Judge Tuffs renewed the search this week, but without being able to elicit anything to lead to the detection of the murderers.

THE DAYLOR TRAGEDY - RUMORED LYNCHING! - It was reported last evening that the murderer of the German Bohle, at Daylor's Ranch, had been hung by the infuriated populace.  The Sheriff, however, at a late hour had received no official confirmation of the rumor, and we are accordingly inclined to doubt its credibility.

DEATH FROM EXPOSURE. - The Gibsonville Messenger says that David Bancroft, formerly of Wooster, Maine, died at Richmond Hill, from effects of exposure during the heavy snow storm which prevailed a few weeks ago.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 May 1855

DROWNED. - An inquest was holden yesterday over the body of Benj. Tolles, by Coroner Van Arnam, of Yolo county.  Deceased was found in a slough near the mouth of Putah Creek.  Verdict - accidental drowning.  Deceased was about 35 years of age, and leaves a wife and children in Canada, where he formerly resided.  He was a coal burner, and at the time of the accident was living on the island near the mouth of the creek.

INQUEST ON THE LATE LYNCH LAW VICTIM. - On yesterday Coroner E. Smith, of this county, held an inquest on the body of William Lomax, the person hung by the populace at Daylor's Ranch, on the 14th.  The verdict of the jury is that "deceased came to his death by being hung by the neck in a violent manner by a mob, in which Lord, Gray, Grimshaw, Caldwell, and other persons to the jury unknown, participated."

Lynching at Daylor's Ranch - Coroner's Inquest - Arrest of Participants.

As mentioned by us yesterday, Coroner Smith proceeded to Daylor's Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, for the purpose of holding an inquest on the body of Wm. Lomax, who was hung at that point by the populace on Monday, for the alleged murder of the German, Frederick Bohle.  Finding it impossible to obtain there a jury composed of others than those who were familiar with the circumstances attending the death, and who had formed an opinion concerning the affair, he concluded to hold the inquest in this city.  To that end several persons whom he deemed capable of pointing out the participants in the hanging, were summon bed to appear before him at two o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the Recorder's Court Room, at which time the proceedings commenced by the empanneling of the following as jurors:

Charles Pettit, Geo. Golton, C. L. Nioles, P. Peart, J. H. Mitchell, G. W. Cord, N. L. Drew, A. Garfield, Thos. Morris, Wm. Cline and C. J. McNamar.

    The following testimony was then elicited:

      W. R. Lindsley, sworn. - Lives on the Cosumnes, five miles below Daylor's Ranch; was not present at the execution of deceased on Monday; it took place 150 or 200 yards distant from the house; went there just previous on Monday; understood they were going to hang him; quite a crowd there; he was tried before a jury; evidence was taken; did not hear the evidence; the jury was out some time; thinks Justice Grimshaw stood on the porch and announced the verdict "guilty;" thinks he called the names of the jury - knows some were called; knew but one person on the jury; Grimshaw made some remarks; don't recollect what he said; I was trying to allay the excitement and get the prisoner to this city; a stranger commenced speaking, urging a postponement of the execution; the crowd hissed him; some cursed him, I think; another person made a contrary speech and  said the officers of justice would not do their duty, and that of the prisoner was sent to the city he would escape punishment, that out lives would be endangered thereby, &c.; his speech ran towards encouraging the execution; don't know who he was; the crowd shouted "hang him, hang him;" the prisoner came out, threw his leg over the porch, thanked those who had him in custody for their kindness, and said he would give five thousand dollars for a pair of Colt's revolvers if he could but be placed before his enemies; they then took him out and hung him;  there was such a crowd I could not see him hung; saw the rope thrown over a limb of the tree; saw the body laid out afterwards; did not hear him make any acknowledgment of his guilt; heard him deny it before the jury; he said the witnesses were mistaken, and that if he had a chance he could prove his innocence; I tried to get him here; it was the general impression that he should be hung then; many in the crowd thought differently; some one in the crowd ordered all who were in favor of hanging him to move off to the right; at least 100 persons moved off as directed; more than that stood off aloof; no vote was taken the other way; thinks a majority were in favor of hanging; most of those present thought him criminal; I thought there would be no difficulty in hanging him by the law; they thought he would get clear; Mr. Lord, here, said he tied the rope around his neck; when the man commenced speaking in favor of postponing the execution, Lord remarked of the deceased, "he is the d----d rascal that put a ball through me," and afterwards said he "was d----d glad he had had a chance to put the rope around his neck;" when Grimshaw was calling the names of  a committee, I heard the name of John Rhodes, and told him to go and have it taken off; Rhodes started to do so, but was prevented on account of the crowd; deceased was hung about three hours before sunset; this occurred in this county, on the Cosumnes; don't know any persons that participated in the hanging other than as stated.

   Hiram Harbor, sworn. - Have been stopping for the last six or seven months at the Slough House, 1 ¼ miles from Daylor's Ranch, in this county; was present at the hanging; not immediately at the place, near enough to see it; saw deceased swung off; was present at a part of three examinations of deceased; the first was on Saturday, before Justice Grimshaw; a postponement was had on the prisoner's statement that he could produce a witness to prove that he stopped at a house on the other side of the American river on the night of the murder; Grimshaw told him he would wait, send for the man, and if his account was correct would discharge him; the second examination was on Monday afternoon; didn't hear the testimony; the third examination was on Monday afternoon; couldn't consider it to be before Justice Grimshaw; before the examination Grimshaw made an address, in which he stated that the deceased had been taken from him by the populace on Sunday, carried to Live Oak city and brought back again, but that he would have nothing to do with him unless assisted; Grimshaw examined witnesses on the last examination; a committee was first appointed by the crowd and they I think selected the jury; don't know the number of the jury; think from six to twelve; could not get near enough to hear the substance of the testimony; heard an occasional word; I expressed myself freely about brining deceased back to the city, others said, :hang him;"  Justice Grimshaw took measures to have him brought to the city; when I went over on the Sunday evening I heard the crows had taken him from the Justice; they took him to Live Oak City; heard ----- Bates say he never should come back living; can't give the names of the persons who took him off to hang him; would know them if I saw them; don't think they resided in that neighborhood; he was taken there in a wagon; don't know who was in the wagon, nor the owner, nor the driver; thinks Mr. Lord tied the rope around his neck; might have been mistaken; think I know it was Lord.

   Alcin Saunders sworn - Lives at Daylor's Ranch; was present at the execution; Samuel Caldwell brought the prisoner there; he said he arrested him in this city; on a warrant, I understood, from Justice Grimshaw; brought him there after dark on Friday, or that was the first I saw of him; he was examined the next day before the Justice; I was present; five or six witnesses were examined; I supposed the examination was complete; the evidence was only circumstantial; the examination was concluded late on Saturday evening; deceased said that on the night of the murder he was at Van Trees', took a drink, threw down a dollar; that the bar-keeper was going to give change when he told him to take out enough for his lodgings, as he should leave early in the morning; he thought Van Trees would remember the circumstances and wished him there before he was taken to the prison brig; he was kept by a guard of men and at night put in a house and the door locked; on Sunday morning a general conversation ensued about taking him to the city; Justice Grimshaw wished to ferret out all the evidence; supposed he had changed his clothing in the fields, and started men to examine and awaited their return; I know that preparation was being made to send him to the city; Grimshaw said he would do so when Caldwell returned from the search for the clothing; the prisoner was taken away on Sunday evening, and the meeting adjourned till 10 o'clock Monday morning; he was taken to Live Oak in charge of five or six men; don't know them all; Andrew Bates and ---- Vincent were among the guard; don't recollect the others; he was brought back on Monday morning by the guard, who then requested to be relieved, and the guard was chosen; Justice Grimshaw administered the oath to them; there were five of them; one of them is generally known as Uncle Billy; I was another; don't know the names of the others; we were sworn to keep him safely; I supposed as much on behalf of the prisoner as the crowd; the people present resided at Michigan Bar, Cook's Bar, and other places; there were probably 300 present; don't know exactly; all the examinations that I know anything of were before the justice; every circumstance was against the prisoner; no positive evidence; did not hear the verdict; was in a room guarding the prisoner at the time it was given; the jury were: ------ West, (of Michigan Bar,) ----- Nurrifield, Henry Blair, Richard Wells, ---- Bailey;  don't recollect the others; there was a good deal of excitement; tried to keep the prisoner in conversation, that he might not hear; he would ask "what are they doing now?" and wanted them to vote by ballot; a vote was taken; heard the order for a division; after the verdict some one proposed the appointment of a committee to take charge of the prisoner; the guard said they had taken an oath to protect him and would do so; one wavered and wanted to go out, another objected; I thought we had better let him go, as  we could do better without than with him; the committee came in with Grimshaw, who told us he would release us from duty; knows some of the men came in; don't know whether they were of the committee; I left the room and went below; next saw the prisoner when he came out on the porch; he spoke a few words [same as testified by other witnesses;] saw him next as he was stepping into the wagon; several men were around him; don't know who they were; they proceeded to a tree about three hundred yards from the house, and drove up under a limb; I don't know all who assisted at the execution; had heard it suggested during the day that they should take him out and choke him two or three times in order to make him divulge; I went there with that expectation; was within a few feet of the wagon; Mr. Lord was in the wagon, preparing a noose with the rope; it was coiled in his lap; don't know who passed the rope over the limb; saw Lord look up and heard him say, "Some of you throw the rope over, I am not strong enough;"  I next saw the rope dangling; part of it was my own riata; it was taken without my knowledge or consent; Lord put the rope around his neck; saw a watch in a man's hand, and heard some one say "four minutes;" thought it was their intention to lower him without going to extremes, and finding they were not, left; heard it said he hung 30 minutes; the body was carried to Grimshaw's; G. told me he had made arrangements for a coffin; the coffin was procured yesterday by G., and the body decently interred about five o'clock; Lord resides at the Twelve Mile House; the rope was held by four or five men; don't know by whom; I spoke to Grimshaw about sending him to the city; suggested that there had been several mobs there; he said he didn't anticipate any difficulty; this was on Sunday morning; he said that Caldwell had started out to look for the clothing, and would take him to the city on his return; when Caldwell returned it was out of his power to do so; on Saturday I heard Grimshaw say he would send for Van Trees, examine him, and give the prisoner the benefit of his testimony; there was no crowd on Saturday; didn't think the prisoner requested to be detained; he did not wish to go to the Prison Brig; he wanted to give bail; said he could give any amount.

    D. N. Hunt, Sheriff, sworn - Was met at the Orleans by a man from Michigan Bar, on Monday evening, who said he might as well deliver his message, as the man had then probably been hung, and thereupon told him that he had been requested by Grimshaw to inform witness of the condition of matters at the ranch, and to send for the prisoner; I made inquiry, and found that the prisoner had probably been hung during that afternoon; I don't know the name of the messenger.

   Francis Hereford, sworn - Resides at the Slough House; was at Daylor's Ranch on Monday; an attorney-at-law by profession; was present at the examination of the deceased on Saturday; then thought that the Prosecuting Attorney would dismiss the case, if sent to the city; left before the examination was concluded that evening; advised with Grimshaw once or twice about sending deceased to the city; on the first day of the crowd, told him I thought he should, as an officer, close his residence, and take measures to remove the prisoner to town; he said he could no nothing against 200 or 300 men; the majority of those present on Sunday were strangers to me; knows but one person who was in the wagon on the way to execution; heard the remark of the prisoner when he came out on the porch; [corroborates statements of former witnesses;] when the vote was taken on the question of hanging, about one-half of the crowd moved off in favor; Justice Grimshaw, about the time of going into the examination, said the papers had been left open for further evidence of persons just arrived; that he had sent for officers from the city, but that none had come.

   W. R. Grimshaw, sworn. - Is Justice of the Peace of San Joaquin township; after the murder of Bohle three or four men were three or four days searching for the murderer; deceased was brought to the place on Friday night by Caldwell; I issued a warrant for his arrest; the regular constable having refused to act, I  deputized two persons who guarded him during the night; the examination was held on the next day till late in the evening; I thought the evidence sufficient to warrant a commitment; (the several circumstances tending to delay in the prosecution of the examination were here detailed, substantially as testified to by other witnesses;) I don't recollect the name of a single person who advocated the hanging when the division was called for; I was standing under the porch; a large crowds of persons, at least 500, were present; some standing in front of me on the porch; there was considerable excitement; don't know who was in the wagon; it was jammed with men, and a rush took place as it moved off; on Saturday I made out a commitment for the prisoner, and handed it to Caldwell, whom I had deputized as Constable; he handed it back to me on Sunday, when he went to look for the clothing.

   Samuel Caldwell, sworn. - Was deputized as Constable, and arrested deceased at "Our House," on Eighth street in this city, on Friday last; put him on a horse, and took him to Grimshaw's; watched him during the night; left him in charge of a guard next day, and went to subpoena witnesses; the prisoner thought that Van Trees would testify in his favor if sent for; Justice Grimshaw said he would send for him; the prisoner soon afterwards took me by the collar, led me aside, and said it wasn't worth while to go for Van Trees, as he probably would not remember him; on Sunday I appointed a guard over him, gave them arms, and told them not to give him up -0 that he should have a fair examination; am acquainted with some of those who were in the wagon - (declined answering who they were;) I was not in the wagon - (witness again declined divulging the names of any who were in the wagon until the District Attorney informed him that he was bound to answer every question that did not criminate himself;) - Mr. Gray was the only person I knew in the wagon; I don't know whether he did anything at the execution; saw Mr. Lord have a rope in his hand in the wagon; did not see him fix the knot; don't know who held the rope at the hanging.

   The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by being hung by the neck in a violent manner, on the 14th inst., by a mob, in which ----- Lord, ----- Gray, W. R. Grimshaw, Samuel Caldwell and other persons, to them unknown, participated, and recommended the arrest of those named, and of all others found to have been connected with the affair.

   Warrants were issued forthwith, and Grimshaw, Caldwell and Lord arrested.  They will probably be examined before the Recorder this morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 May 1855

SUICIDE. - A German musician named A. Lohwassen, aged about 22 years, attempted to commit suicide yesterday morning, by cutting his throat with a razor, in a large beer saloon on Fifth street, between I and J streets.  The wound inflicted was slight, however, apparently confined to the flesh.  He left the saloon afterwards, and about four o'clock in the afternoon was found by two boys floating near the bank in the slough, where the north levee crosses Seventh street.  One of the boys, about 12 years of age, ran down the bank and pulled him out of the water, upon which he gave three gasps and apparently expired.  Had he received proper treatment at this time, it is probable he might have been resuscitated; but we understand some time elapsed before assistance could be procured.  Coroner Smith appeared on the ground and took charge of the body about 7 o'clock in the evening, at which time the body was still warm, although life had fled.  A day or two since he attempted suicide by taking opium, which was rendered nugatory by his being induced to swallow an emetic before the drug had time to operate.  An inquest will be held on the body at 8 o'clock this morning, at the saloon mentioned.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 May 1855

THE SUICIDE - CORONER'S INQUEST. - We gave yesterday the result of hurried inquiries relative to the death of Antoine Lohwassen, who committed suicide the day previous by drowning himself in the slough.  Deceased was a native of Prague, in Bohemia, a musician, aged 33 years - came to this state from Ohio about four months since, and was employed for a short time at the Metropolitan Theater, San Francisco.  On the mourning of the day of his death he attempted suicide by swallowing opium, which he mixed with a glass of beer, at a saloon on Fifth street, between I and J streets.  The commission of the act being observed, an emetic was immediately administered and the fatal effect of the drug averted.  In a few minutes afterwards he was detected lying on a bed in the rear of the saloon in the act of cutting his throat with a razor.  The person who discovered him immediately seized his hand and prevented the infliction of other than a slight cut.  Afterwards he proceeded to the slough, and terminated his career as mentioned yesterday.

   We understand that he leaves a wife and two children, residing in the city of New York.  While he resided in Ohio he sent for his family, and having provided for them a comfortable home, awaited their coming sometime after they arrived at New York.  He finally became assured of the infidelity of his wife, left for California, and since that time had been unsteady in his habits and depressed in spirit.  On the day of his death he stated that he should die that day, showing conclusively that he was fully determined on self destruction.'

   An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Smith yesterday morning, and the remains were respectfully interred in the city cemetery, at four o'clock in the afternoon, attended by a large band of music, principally composed of the members of Lee & Marshall's Circus band.

DROWNED. - A young man named Sullivan was drowned while trying to ford the Middle Yuba at German Bar, a few days since.

 

DALY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 May 1855

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF FRANCISCO CRUCIANA. - An inquest was held on Tuesday, on the body of the Frenchman, Francisco Cruciana, (probably an assumed name, the deceased having resided latterly in Chile,) who was murdered at Redwood City, on the 21st inst.  The circumstances of the quarrel, resulting in the death of the deceased, have been already published in the Alta California.  The following is the verdict:---

   "We the undersigned Jurors, convened by the Coroner, this 22d day of May, 1855, at the American Hotel, Redwood City, in the County of San Francisco, on the afternoon of the 21st inst.  After a post mortem examination, made upon the body of the deceased, by Dr. M. R. Tewkesbury, and having his medical testimony as to the cause of death, accompanied with that of other witnesses, do find that the deceased, Francisco Cruciana, died from the effect of a gun shot wounds, received from a weapon in the hands of a man named Charles Lambert, at the residence of Lambert, on the County Road, about one mile from Redwood City, on the Pulgas rancho, on the afternoon of the 21st inst, the same having been done by said Lambert, to take the life of the deceased.  We also find the deceased to be a native of France, and aged 50 years.

   The body was interred at Redwood City, immediately after the inquest.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 May 1855

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of the cook of the U.S. schooner Active, who was drowned some days since by the capsizing of a sailboat in the bay, has been found near Mare Island.  A bunch of keys and a few valueless trifles were found on the body.  An inquest was held, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts lately published in the San Francisco papers.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 May 1855

BODY FOUND. - We learn from our agent at Vallejo, through the Pacific Express Co., that the body of the cook, formerly of the United States steamer Active, drowned a few days since, was found on Wednesday, 23d inst., floating a short distance from the shore, near the lower end of the town of Vallejo.  The two men who picked up the body reported that they found nothing but a bunch of keys and a purse in the pantaloons pocket of the deceased.  In the absence of the Coroner, Justice Rowe held an inquest, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.  The body will be decently interred. - Journal.

DENIED. - It is denied that the Sutter case it to be appealed.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 31 May 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - From the Nevada Democrat we learn that the naked body of an unknown man was found on the Middle Yuba, near German Bar, on Monday last.  The finding of the inquest was accidental drowning.  Deceased had lain in the water a month, and was apparently a man of 30 years of age.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 June 1855

PROBABLE INFANTICIDE. - The body of a child, apparently from 10 to 12 months old, was found about dusk yesterday by an Italian on an island or knoll in the Slough, opposite Third street, where it had doubtless been left by the subsidence of the water.  It was almost entirely wrapped with a piece of red blanket, the head and arms only being exposed. Information of the discovery having been left at the Station House, the Captain and Lieutenant of police visited the spot, and on finding the story true, dispatched a messenger for the Coroner.  An inquest will probably be held on the body this morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 June 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Smith held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of the child that was found in the slough on the evening previous.  Nothing was elicited as to the cause of death.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 June 1855

SAD ACCIDENT ON SHIPBOARD. - An accident occurred on board the clipper bark Yankee, lying at Shaw's wharf, last evening at 7 o'clock, by which a steady and exemplary seaman named Smith, lost his life.  He was sent aloft by the officer of the deck to clear the pennant, which in being hauled down had caught upon the eyes of the mizzen top-mast rigging.  The job was done, and he was preparing to descend, when missing his hold, he fell and striking the gaff in his descent glanced off and fell flat on his back upon the larboard quarter deck.  He died instantly.  He was a native of Copenhagen, and aged 26 years.  The deceased arrived here in the Chilian ship Mercedes, a few weeks since, and up to the tine of shipping bon board the Yankee, had been employed in some  sail-loft in town.  He is represented to have been a fine man and a thorough sailor.  An inquest will be held to-day on the body.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 June 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - A coroner's inquest was held to-day on the body of Daniel Shannon, who suddenly died yesterday of apoplexy.  The verdict was in accordance with the facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 June 1855

DEAD BODY FOUND. - The body of an unknown man was found in the Bay last night, near Meiggs' wharf.  The body appeared to be that of a laborer, and was taken to the Coroner's office, where an inquest was held on it to-day, and a verdict in accordance with the above facts was returned. - Evening Journal.

SUDDEN DEATH. - A colored man named Cyrus Dutton, steward on board slipper ship Syren, died suddenly to-day of hemorrhage of the lungs.  The Coroner held an inquest on the body, and the verdict was in accordance with the above. - Ib.

INQUEST. - The Coroner yesterday held an inquest upon the person of a man named Daniel Shannon, who died yesterday, at his boarding house on Sansome street.  Verdict in accordance with the facts. - News.

THE OTHER MURDERER. - Nothing has been heard of Brace, the companion of Marion, since his escape into the wheat field.  It is believed by some of the police that he will be forced to yield himself up from sheer starvation. - Alta.

SUICIDE. - From the Sierras Citizen we learn that on Friday week Mr. John Way, of Strawberry Valley, Yuba county, deliberately shot himself with a revolver.  He is dangerously hurt.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 June 1855

BODY RECOVERED. - A body of a man, supposed to be that of the German who was drowned in the Sacramento river, about six miles below this city, on Wednesday last, was recovered yesterday.  Coroner Van Aram, of Yolo, started in a small boat to hold an inquest about two o'clock in the afternoon.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 June 1855

STANISLAUS ITEMS. - The following items are extracted from the correspondence of the San Joaquin Republican:

   An inquest was held on the 7th, upon the body of a Chinaman, found drowned, by officer John Mullen, acting Coroner of O'Byrne township, Stanislaus river.  The body was in a state of perfect nudity; there was a small cord passed three times round it, and the head was closely shaved.  No marks of violence were perceptible, and from appearances it had been in the water several days.  Verdict, accidental drowning.  [Editorial comment on the river and risks.]

DROWNED. - The San Joaquin Republican says that a man named Thomas McLaren was drowned a few days since near Hill's Ferry, while attempting to swim the horse on which he was mounted across the slough.  Two men on the bank made an unsuccessful attempt to save him by throwing him a rope.  The deceased, we are informed, has been absent from his home in the States for sixteen years, and previous to his death was preparing to make his friends a visit.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 June 1855

On Sunday night W. G. Mauzey was found dead in his bed.  An inquest was held by Dr. Osburn, and the jury rendered a verdict of suicide.  Mr. Mauzey was a native of Kentucky.

   When the Doctor was returning home from the above inquest, he found, in Negro alley, two Indians, nearly dead, with their heads broken very badly with large stones.  The Doctor took them both to his own house and rendered them all the assistance which they needed.  One of them is since dead, but we understand that Dr. Osburn has great hopes that the other will recover.

   Two male and one female Indian have been murdered near Los Angeles.

   One man, American, was found dead on the beach, and another hanging on a tree near San Luis Obispo.  The Santa Barbara Gazette states that four dead bodies have been discovered near Santa Barbara.

   William Mauzey, an old resident of Los Angeles, committed suicide on May 27th, by shooting himself through the head.  The deceased was formerly from Kentucky, and was a carpenter by trade.

   The whole Southern country appears to be infested with horse thieves.  The entire caballada of different rancheros has been stolen.  Numbers of the thieves are lurking between San Fernando and the Tejun.  There appears little security to either life or property of any kind in Los Angeles and the neighboring counties.

   Three men have been arrested and lynched at the Tejon - in other words, hung.  The names of two of them were Brown and Wilkinson, and the other not given.

   Wilkinson was one of the band that were arrested with Moore and Watson, and made his escape at the time they were hung by the people in the Monte.  Brown is represented to be a brother of Dave Brown, that was hung here last winter, and is supposed to be the Captain of the bands of robbers and horse thieves that have been prowling through this and the adjoining counties for several months past.

MURDER IN SAN LUIS OBISPO. - The Santa Barbara Gazette says: We learn that the body of a murdered man was found by some travellers on Thursday last, near the southern boundary of San Luis Obispo.  A Mr. Marshall, in company with one or two others, left San Luis for the rancho of Los Alamos, and on the road encountered a Sonorian travelling with a woman, and driving a saddled horse before them.  Their looks and the fact of their having with them a saddled horse without a rider, excited the suspicions of the party, which were verified shortly after by the discovery of a human body on the beach, partially covered by the tide.  The body was that of an American, with two bullet wounds, one ball passing through the body, and the other through the breast.  News of the discovery of the body was forwarded to San Luis from the first rancho.  Two persons, answering the description of the man and woman, accompanied by an American, passed through this place week before last, the American having a considerable amount of money whilst here.

MURDER AND ATTEMPT TO BURN THE BODY. - On Thursday evening, May 24th, an American was seen passing the ranch of Mr. John Price, county of San Luis Obispo.  On the following morning his body was found on the beach about three miles from price's ranch, by Mr. Glaskin, who was passing with a drove of cattle for San Francisco, having been shot through the head, the ball entering near the left ear.  The murderer had made a fire for the purpose of destroying the body, but the tide had risen and extinguished it, before the body was consumed.  On searching the body, nothing could be found whereby he could be identified, the assassins having plundered him of everything, except his spurs, that were still on his feet.  His legs were bunt as far as the knees, and also his arms to the elbows.

   He is about five feet nine inches high, with large black whiskers, and had on a green overcoat.  He is supposed to be a drover going to the lower country.  Mr. Glaskin gave information to the sheriff of San Luis Obispo, who immediately started with a party to ferret out the perpetrators of this fiendish outrage.  The horse of the murdered man was also missing. - Monterey Sentinel.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 June 1855

THE CITY.

PROBABLE SUICIDE. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith, at 2 o'clock, P.M., yesterday, on the body of Harvey Baxter, aged about twenty-five, resulting in a verdict of "accidental drowning."  The deceased, with several others, had been fishing yesterday morning, near the bridge across Wilson's Slough, in American township, between one and two miles from this city.  Being so requested, he went ashore and cook some fish for the party, who followed soon after and partook of the meal, the deceased declining to participate, alleging ill-health.  At the conclusion of the repast a cork was heard to pop in the neighborhood, whereupon deceased suggested to his companions that they had better go and get something to drink, and started off apparently for the purpose.  The others got into the boat, and had proceeded but a short distance when they heard something plunge into the water.  Suspecting the true cause of the incident, they sought the spot immediately, and soon afterwards found the body of deceased, life being entirely extinct. 

   Deceased, we are informed, formerly worked in a newspaper office in New York, and for a short time recently in the office of the Alta California, as a "feeder."  He also, at one time, kept an oyster stand at the Sazerac saloon, in this city.  Latterly he had been intemperate and depressed in spirits, and asserted his determination to make way with himself if he did not succeed in getting profitable employment or sufficient funds to enable him to get into the mines.  The circumstances would seem to indicate that death resulted rather from design than accident.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 June 1855

DARING MURDER IN EL DORADO COUNTY. - A bold murder was perpetrated on Castle Hill, three miles from Georgetown, about 5 o'clock on Monday morning.  It appears that there were five men sleeping in a cabin, all of whom were awakened by the report of guns discharged through the door, which had been forced open.  The two men who slept immediately next to the door were fired upon, one of whom, named Wm. Coppers, was instantly killed.  The ball entered his right eye, came out under the jaw, and passed thence into his left shoulder.  Two other wounds were visible on his person, supposed to have been caused by arrows. Simultaneously with this shot, another gun was discharged, and the load took effect in the eye and jaw of a man named Wm. Fox.  Wounds on the right shoulder and cleft arm were also discovered afterwards.  Fox has had the ball extracted from his jaw, and is considered in a fair way of recovery.

   The Coroner held an inquest over the body of Coppers, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death from wounds inflicted by a gun and arrows in the hands of Indians or other persons unknown.

   There is much mystery hanging over the whole transaction, particularly as there had been no Indians in the neighborhood, although one man avers that he saw an Indian run after the guns had been fired.  This murder is the more audacious and daring from the fact that within one hundred yards of the spot were other tenanted cabins.

   Mr. Coppers, who was killed, was formerly a resident of Knox county, Missouri, and aged about 22 years.  The above are the facts so far as could be elicited at the Coroner's office, our correspondent himself being one of the jurymen.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 June 1855

THE MURDER. - A Justice of the Peace from Horsetown, before whom was held on Wednesday last an inquest on the body of Goodwin, visited Higgins at the Station House yesterday.  On perceiving him at the door of his cell, Higgins turned deadly pale - started so nervously, that the ck\lank of his chains was heard in the office, ands thereafter trembled so that his chains rattled almost continuously, while the swat started from every pore/

   Upon the Justice enquiring why he killed Goodwin, he advanced suddenly towards him, his eyes starting from their sockets, and his whole appearance denoting the most poignant agony.  It was developed at the inquest that Higgins made several different statements as to the whereabouts of Goodwin, and had money immediately after the murder, whereas, he had been destitute previously.  His hat was found in Goodwin's cabin, where the murder had been committed, and Goodwin's hat was in his possession when he was arrested.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 June 1855

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of a man, named Peter Williams, formerly of New York city, was found in the Sacramento river, near Knight's landing, on Wednesday last.  The body had the appearance of having been in the water a long time, and was interred without an inquest, as the Coroner could not be found.

   On Monday morning the body of a man, named G. L. Borne, was found in the same place.  The deceased had accidentally fallen overboard from a flatboat.  His effects were left with the proprietors of the United States Hotel, on the Levee.  Both bodies were found by our informant, J. H. Roberts, in whose employ Borne was at the time of his death.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 July 1855

FOUND DEAD - The body of an unknown man was found about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon on the bank of the river about 200 feet distant from the "Half Way House," on the levee between this city and Sutterville.  When found the body was lying on its front, under a large sycamore, and in an advanced state of decomposition, having lain there probably about ten days.  It was dressed in heavy boots, two grey woolen shirts, greyish cassimere pants and a black felt hat, hair black, height about five feet eight or nine inches.  Upon it were found two purses, the one within the other, containing sixty  cents in coin, and a small particle of gold valued at twelve and a half cents, wrapped in a piece of hickory shirting, and an old silver watch.   The body was so much decomposed that it could not be ascertained whether death was occasioned b y violence or not.  An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Smith yesterday afternoon, resulting in a verdict of "death from some cause to the jury unknown."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 July 1855

MORE LYNCHING IN ALAMEDA COUNTY. P- On Monday, the 2d instant, a short time before sunset, a man was found hanging upon a tree on the premises where the unfortunate Rochelblave and Connont, the two cattle thieves who were lynched last autumn, carried on their nefarious business.  Upon investigation, it appeared that on Sunday evening, July 1st, about 10 o'clock, a band of men some twenty-five in number, came in to San Antonio on horseback, entered the public house known as the "Antonio House," and forcible dragged one John Fanning therefrom. The people of the village were generally asleep, no noise or tumult was created, and nothing was seen or heard of John Fanning until he was discovered last evening hanging upon a tree as above stated.  The deceased has for a long time been marked as a dissolute character, suspected of horse stealing, &c.  It is evident that those who hung him were not actuated by any desire of gain, for even his pockets appeared unexamined, $25 being found upon his person when he was cut down.  Up to this time no knowledge has been obtained of the parties concerned in the commission of this disgraceful outrage, or any of the particulars of the proceedings of the murdering band after they left the Antonio House with their victim.  It is said the deceased was very active in the hanging of Rochelblave and Connont last autumn.  What a comment on mob law.

LATER. - Since writing the above, we are informed the mob hung the wrong man - a person evidently innocent of the supposed crime. - Evening Journal.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Last night about 10 o'clock Mr. John P. Hill, formerly of the firm of Hill and Brodhead, of Boston, in attempting to step from Broadway wharf on board the ship Northern Empire, of which vessel his brother is captain, missed his footing and fell between the vessel and the dock - his heads striking the anchor in his descent.  The accident was observed by those on the ship, and the unfortunate man was immediately picked up; but it was found on examination that the sharp edge of the anchor, against which he fell, had penetrated his skull and inflicted a fatal wound.  Medical attendance was procured, but death ensued before morning.  The deceased has been boarding for some time at Wilson's Exchange, and was, we believe, widely known in San Francisco. - Eve. News.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday upon the body of a Mexican named Antonio Francisco who died from exposure in an unoccupied tenement in the vicinity of Taylor and Pacific streets,

   Also in the case of the body picked up in the Bay ion Sunday, supposed to be that of a deck-hand on board the steamer Sonora, who fell overboard and was drowned, near Benicia, about two weeks since.  Verdict accordingly. - Herald.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 7 July 1855

ANOTHER TALE OF SEDUCTION, DESERTION AND DEATH. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest to-day upon the body of Elizabeth Crawford, who died at her residence, corner of Harrison and Harris streets, this morning.  The evidence adduced disclosed the following melancholy tale.

   The deceased, who was a youthful and fine looking woman, about two years ago married a man named Crawford, in the City of Boston.  Shortly after marriage a difficulty occurred between her husband and herself, which ended in a separation.  About this time some friends of Mrs. C. were starting to California, and she was advised to accompany them - which she did, and has been living in San Francisco since May, 1854, employing herself in taking in washing, at which she accumulated a considerable sum of money.

   During this time she formed an intimacy with a man named McIntosh, and eventually became much attached to him.  About the 26th or 27th of last month, Mrs. Crawford, in company with McIntosh, called upon Dr. Hubbard, a respectable practising physician of this city, and desired a prescription for a dysentery, under a severe attack of which she appeared to be laboring.  In the course of his professional duty, the Doctor closely interrogated her as to her mode of life, and she disclosed to him that she was enceinte, and that McIntosh was the author of her dishonor.  This he did not deny, but desired the Doctor to administer a potion to her to produce abortion.  The Doctor indignantly refused to do any such thing - and explained to them the great danger of making such an attempt.  He, however, prescribed for her illness, and after requesting him to call and see her the next day, she and McIntosh left.

   The next day the Doctor found her worse, and left additional remedies.  Subsequently he visited her two or three times, and finding that the dysentery was by no means checked, he suspected that all was not right, and ascertained that she had taken none of the medicines he had prescribed.  He remonstrated, and warned her that the result would be fatal unless she took the medicine - but she obstinately refused to do so.  Dr. Hubbard then told her that he should not come again to see her, it being useless unless she agreed to obey his instructions.

   Dr. Knapp was afterwards sent for, and prescribed for her.  She took his medicine, but it was then too late.  She continued to grow worse until this morning, when she died.

   During her last hours she told her nurse that McIntosh had seduced her, got her money, and in her distress and misery had deserted her.  She also informed the doctor that she had, previous to consulting him first, taken some pills, but firmly refused to tell where she got them or what they were.  It is supposed that these pills were taken to bring about an abortion, and that they produced the illness of which she died.  The deceased was a native of Ireland, and aged about 27 years.  The Coroner's Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts. - News.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 July 1855

DEATH FROM INTEMPERANCE. - The Coroner held an inquest last night on the body of a woman by the name of Mrs. Stockdale, who died during the day at her residence on Telegraph Hill.  The jury found a verdict of death from intemperance.  The deceased leaves a husband and several children. - Herald.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 July 1855

                BOLD ROBBERY - DEATH OF THE THIEF. - On Monday morning last a robbery singularly cool and daring was committed on the Alameda, between San Jose and Santa Clara.  Charles M. Weber, Esq., of Stockton, started from San Jose on a two horse carriage for Santa Clara.  Stopping at the gardens of Mr. Fox on the Alameda, he left his carriage on the side of the road, entered the grounds and engaged in conversation with the gardener.  In a very short time he noticed that the carriage was missing and nowhere to be seen.  Mr. W. immediately mounted a horse and taking the road back through San Jose, and thence towards the Almedan mines overhauled the rascal and called out to him repeatedly to stop.  He urged on, however, and as he was observed apparently reaching for a pistol known to be in the carriage, a well directed shot, plumped between the shoulder blades, frustrated his enterprising scheme and at a saving of public expense.

   The body of the thief was brought back to town where a jury of inquest was summoned in the afternoon by Justice Allen.  The only witness before the jury was Mr. Weber, who being swoern said:-

   "I started this morning at 10 o'clock, in a buggy, for Santa Clara; when half way there I fastened my horses in front of Mr. Fox's Nursery; after conversing a few minutes with the gardener, I missed the buggy; came out, mounted a horse and followed, according to the directions given, towards the Almaden Mine; as soon as I came in view of Mr. Worthington's Tavern, I noticed a man stepping into my buggy, and driving off on the road toward the mine; I followed him, and before coming within hail the man looked back, and saw me coming; some fifty yards distant I hailed him in the Spanish language the first time, to stop; he looked back and then went on his way; I hailed him the second and third time to stop the horses, but he continued to urge them on;  I then came close to the buggy, and while he was making a motion to reach weapons which lay in the bottom of the buggy, as I supposed, I shot at the man, the shot, as I supposed, taking effect; I then passed the buggy and tried to stop the horses and to defend myself in case he should fire at me; did not succeed in stopping the horses; they turned off from the road, ran towards some timber and upset the buggy; while engaged in securing the horses, some gentlemen from a house nearby, joined me; we hunted in the vicinity for the purpose of finding the thief, supposing him to have run away; while so engaged one of the men found him lying on the ground with my weapons, as well as his own near his body, and covered up by the top of the buggy; we examined him, placed him in a wagon and brought him to town; he died on the way back after reaching the limits of the city, as I believe; I do not know the name of the deceased.

   A verdict in accordance with the above testimony was rendered. - San Jose Tribune.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A short time ago, a man named Coats, from Ohio, was suddenly killed on Spanish Flat, Sierra county.  The Messenger says that while engaged in drilling, he struck into an old drift containing a quantity of water.  As soon as the eater broke in upon him, he started to run, and struck his head against some top timbers of the drift with such violence as to produce almost immediate death.  He was an estimable man.

ACCIDENT. - A young man named Charles Wilcox was seriously, if not fatally, injured by the bursting of a cannon at Yankee Jims on the 4th; a large piece of iron entering the right thigh, breaking the bone, and lacerating the flesh in a shocking manner.

FUNERAL OF MR. PERKINS. - The funeral of Mr. James K. Perkins, whose body was found yesterday in the bay, will take place to-day ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 July 1855

BODY OF CAPT. PERKINS RECOVERED. - The Coroner held an inquest this morning upon the body of the late Capt. Perkins, which was found about 8 o'clock this morning, floating off Fort Point.  His face and eyes are much disfigured, having been eaten by fishes. - Evening News.

AC QUITTED. - In the case of Landrum, charged with the murder of Bay, and which occupied the attention of the Fourth District Court yesterday, the jury retired at six o'clock, and in half an hour returned a verdict of "not guilty." - News.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 July 1855

SUSPICION OF FOUL PLAY. - An inquest was held on Monday, upon the body of a woman named Nancy Stockdale, who was said to have died of intemperance, in her house on Telegraph Hill.  The verdict was to the above effect, but we are informed by an intelligent physician, who happened to be present during the inquest, but who was not attached to the jury, that he believes the woman came to her death by violence.  There were marks upon her neck of her having been throttled, and what was very remarkable, the clothes of the deceased were not taken off, nor was any examination made of the body.  The neighbors believe that foul play was used during the night.  She was in good health the night previous, and though she sometimes indulged in excessive drinking, our informant thinks there was little reason for supposing that she dies of intemperance. - Alta.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 July 1855

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A man named Wm. Reed, while passing up the gangway plank from the wharf on board the steamer Helen Hensley, missed his footing and fell a distance of several feet, and striking his head upon the wharf cap fractured his skull.  He was taken up insensible and conveyed to the Station House, where he died about eight o'clock this morning.  The body was carried to the Coroner's office, where an inquest will be held upon it this afternoon.

ACCIDENT. - About 10 o'clock this morning, a man named John Duffy fell down the hold of the ship Stephen Baldwin, at Clay street wharf, and was so much injured that, although he was immediately taken to the State marine Hospital, no hopes are entertained of his recovery by the Hospital physician.  He had secured his passage for the East on the streamer Uncle Sam.

DROWNED. - A man named Bailey, who formerly run an engine for a pile driver in this city, fell overboard from the steamer Martin White, from Sacramento last night, and was drowned.  He was a native of Boston.  His body was not recovered.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 July 1855

LIST OF THE DEAD. - The following list of the persons who died on board the Sierra Nevada on her passage to this port, has been handed to us by the agent of the Nicaragua S.S. Co. in this city:- Joshua Lord, C. B. West, Miss Rosalie Hirschman, T. H. Brown, Mrs. T. H. Brown, Infant T. H. Brown, H. Amew, Chas. Berg, Thos. Morrison, James Rogers, Gerd. Behnken, John Collins, infant Mrs. Riley, Miss Sarah Mullins, Wm. Slattery, Charles Bole, Wm. Scottey, S. Camps, Pat Connell, J. H. Pope, Jesse Barstow, Hugh Mealy, Jas. Fox, Ang. Mayer, Ralph Seymour, Jas. Gallagher, J. Madden, John Perry, James Buckley, Mayor. - Chronicle.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held this morning upon the body of a man named P. C. Bier, who died last night from the effects of a fall.  He was seized with a fit as he was ascending the stairs of his house, on Trinity street, and fell backwards, fracturing his skull.  He lived several hours, but did not speak.  Bier was a German, and 73 years old.  Verdict - accidental death. - News.

ACCIDENTAL DEATH. - This morning as a man named Wm. Reed was landing from  the steamer Helen Hensley, his missed his footing and fell upon his head, on the wharf, cutting a frightful gash in the skull, from the effects of which he shortly afterwards died, in the Station House. - News.

THE TUOLUMNE TRAGEDY. - The Sonora Herald published the following as the verdict of the Coroner's inquest in the case of geo. Kittering:

   We, the undersigned jurors, having been called on the 10th of July, A.D. 1855, at Algerine Camp, to view the dead body of one Capt. Kittering, find the following verdict:

   The deceased's name is Capt. George Kittering.  That the deceased came to his death at Algerine Camp on the evening of the 10th of July, 1855, by a pistol shot or shots inflicted by a revolver in the hands of one Wm. H. Werth.

   Mr. Kittering was an aged man, and has three sons living in Tuolumne county.  Werth was a Justice of the Peace at Algerine Camp, but resigned his office a few days previous to the occurrence.  The examination of Werth is not yet concluded.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 July 1855

Sudden Death of a Miner, &c., &c.

MORMON ISLAND, July 17th, 8 P.M.

On Growler's Flat, near Negro Hill, at 4 o'clock, P.M.., James Bennett, an Englishman, was killed almost instantly by the caving of the bank of his claim.  His partner who was standing near narrowly escaped injury.  Inquest to be holden this evening.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 July 1855

SUDDEN DEATH. - A man named Lorenzo Bartols, died suddenly at his residence, yesterday afternoon, on Long Wharf, from internal hemorrhage.  Deceased was a native of Germany and aged about 35 years.  Should this meet the eye of his brother, George Bartols, who is supposed to be in California, will he please call at the Coroner's office, where he will learn more fully the circumstances connected with his death. - News.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Whaling to-day, upon the body of an unknown man, picked up afloat in the neighborhood of Market street wharf.  Deceased had on a red flannel shirt, grey satinet pants and heavy boots, being the usual garb of the firemen of the Sacramento steamers - was of stout build, about 5 feet 9 inches in stature, and wore a heavy sandy beard under the chin.  Nothing was in his pockets to assist in his identification.  The body had apparently been in the water some eight or ten days.  It will be kept at the Coroner's office for recognition until to-morrow at 12 o'clock. - News.

THE LATE STEAMER EPIDEMIC. - We are authorized to state that but two deaths have occurred among the passengers per Sierra Nevada since Sunday last.  All apprehensions respecting its increase, it must be evident to our readers, are illusory. - Journal.

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. - We are pained to learn that Mr. Charles Attwood, of Gilroy, while laboring under mental derangement incident to an attack of typhoid fever, shot himself with a pistol.  Mr. Attwood had been quite ill for some time, and in the wanderings of his intellect, imagining that some one was seeking his life, he called for his pistol, examined it, and placed it under his oil low.  On being left alone for a short time, he took it again in his hand and discharged the contents at his own head!  This truly melancholy occurrence took place on Sunday morning last, at about 7 o'clock; the unfortunate man lingered until about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. - San Jose Tribune.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 July 1855

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest, yesterday, upon the body of the unknown person, found floating in the bay, on Tuesday.  The action of the water upon the corpse had so defaced it as to render identification impossible.  The body may be seen at the Coroner's office until noon to-day.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 July 1855

Brutal Murder on Montgomery street - A Woman Strangled by her Husband - Startling Developments - Work for the Grand Jury.

Our readers will remember that on Tuesday, the 10th instant, we recorded the death of an unfortunate woman, named Nancy Stockdale, who was reported in the verdict of the Coroner's Jury as having died of intemperance, on Monday morning, the 9th, at 6 o'clock.  The finding of the jury was to the effect that the woman was of irregular and intemperate  habits, and on Sunday afternoon was observed to be in a state of beastly intoxication.  Such an opinion was given by Dr. Tewkesbury, to whom the body was subjected for examination.  She was a native of England, and aged 32 years.  Her husband, a carpenter, is in Union City.  She had two children living in this city, who have been cared for by a friend of her husband.

   At the time this verdict was rendered, we had our doubts of its correctness, but from some cause could not place the fault.  A hint was afterwards given us in relation to the subject by a physician of this city, but preferring to wait for further developments, we have retained the facts till now.  Yesterday, we accompanied the gentleman above mentioned, (Dr. Hubbard,) to the residence of the late unhappy woman, on Montgomery street, between Greenwich and Filbert.  It was a small wooden tenement, and was closely shut up at the time.

   After examining the premises, we entered the house of Mrs. Susan Springe, who lives near the house of the deceased.  This woman assisted in laying out, washing and dressing the body.  It will be remembered that the jury, who accompanied the Coroner to the house, reported that she came to her death by means of intemperance.  Mrs. Springe states that she has rarely seen the deceased intoxicated, though at times she has been known to drink beyond moderation.  The jury say nothing about any marks of violence being found upon the body.  Nor did Dr. Tewkesbury, (not Alderman Tewkesbury,) make any post mortem examination; he did not even touch it, and instead of having the corpse undressed, he simply "spit out," in the language of the witness, and turned away.  Mrs. Springe went on to say that she assisted in laying out the corpse.  She has often known the husband to beat, and in other ways shamefully use the deceased.  That he always shut the door to prevent her screams from being heard, when he was going to beat her.  The body was found terribly discolored and bruised.  The sides and hips were beat to a jelly, as if she had been knocked down and pummeled with a club, or kicked.  The skin under the shoulders was cut, and there was the appearance behind the neck and around the throat, of a person's fingers strangling her.  All the flesh was black and blue with bruises.  The doctor did not examine her.  From her knees down she was badly bruised.

   On Sunday morning, the day before the murder, Mrs. Springe saw Mrs. Stockdale; she was then dressing her little son's hair, and she appeared in good health.  She was enceinte; about six months gone.  On Monday morning Mr. Stockdale, who was not in Union City, as was reported in the daily papers, told the neighbors that she was dead.  A Mrs. Kelly, who also assisted in performing the last sad rites upon the body, and who with several other women ran to the house on hearing the news, remarked that it was surprising that she should have died in such a manner when she was hearty and well the day before.  Stockdale replied, "Well, I'm d----d glad she is dead - she's better so than alive.  I wish she'd died long since."

   Mr. Wm. T. Lewis has seen Stockdale knock his wife down repeatedly and stamp upon her with his feet; he has frequently been seen to jump his whole weight upon her, after throwing her out of the door and within six months.  Mrs. Springe has also witnessed this treatment, and has seen him lift her up and dash her down upon the floor with his whole strength; also thrown her headlong into the street.  The woman had no friends to take up the matter after her death, and hence the manner in which the Coroner's inquest was slurred over.  Mrs. Springe wonders she was not killed long since, for no woman could long bear such treatment.  She has often heard Mrs. Stockdale speak affectionately of her husband during his absence, and only a few days before her death she remarked, "How long it seems when he's away.  It seems to have been about a month, &c.  Stockdale is represented to be a gross, wicked looking fellow, with an expression of brutality which seems to condemn him at first sight.  He is about 45 years of age.

   Mrs. Springe also states that on the morning of Mrs. Stockdale's death, and before Stockdale made the fact known, he took his little boy, a lad of five years of age, and carried him over the hill, as she says to prevent his giving any testimony against his father.  He has been kept out of sight since that time.  These facts are also mainly corroborated by the testimony of Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Shene and others who helped to wash the body.

   These also state that before the neighbors were alarmed, Stockdale washed up the floor, cleansed the body and paved it in a bunk near the window with the hair washed and arranged.  When Mrs. Springe came in after hearing the announcement of the death, she remarked to Stockdale, "Why, you've been washing the body."  "No, I have not," he replied.  A short time after, a man named Coney, who keeps a grocery store near by, made the same remark, when he replied in the affirmative.  Mrs. S. also said, "You ought to be ashamed of yourself, Mr. Stockdale, for killing your wife, for I know you have."  "Well," replied he, "I don't care, it was time she was dead - I'm glad of it."

   Mrs. Taylor saw Mrs. Stockdale at 1 o'clock, on Sunday; she was then quite well and appeared perfectly healthy, and on the following morning she was found dead and covered with the most violent bruises.  This is only a portion of the testimony that was given.  How a Jury could render a verdict of death from intemperance, or how a Coroner should hurry through his duties in a manner so gross as the above, suppressing such evidence as these women are clamorous to swear to, or how a physician like Dr. Tewkesbury, whose professional opinion was called for, to pronounce upon the probable cause of her death should so far neglect his duties as to waive an examination of a body upon the exposed parts of which were evidences of inhuman treatment, those persons may be able to explain, but we are not.  We give it as our opinion, that the woman was murdered, and trust that the Grand Jury will make it the first subject of their attention.  If murder can be committed in the midst of a populous city like this with impunity, it is time that the public learn the names of the officers whose culpable neglect of their duties serves as the screen to such crimes.

MURDER. - Auburn, July 19. - James Freeland, who committed a murder upon the person of a Greek, at Oak Grove Bar, on the Middle Fork of the American river, near Michigan, on or about the 1st of October last, has been tried and found guilty of murder in the first degree.  Sentence is to be passed upon him at the calling of the Court on Monday morning next. - Telg. To Sac. Union.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Wisconsin Hill, July 19. - A man by the name of John Langdon, was instantly killed at this place yesterday afternoon, by falling down a well in front of Justice Selling's office.  The well is about 100 feet deep.  He went down for the purpose of cleaning it out, but the air being very impure, he could not endure it, and called to the men above to draw him up.  They hoisted him about 75 feet, when he fainted and fell to the bottom.  He leaves a wife in this place. - Ib.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 July 1855

MURDER IN PLACERVILLE. - Our usually quiet city was on last Monday made the scene of a bloody tragedy.  About 2 o'clock in the morning, a party of young men who were making the "night hideous" with their bacchanal orgies, called at the Indian Queen Saloon, where, in consequence of being refused liquor, one of them, Wm. Brown, became engaged in a fight with a Mr. Paine, the proprietor of the saloon.  The bar keeper, Thomas Collins, interfered to separate the combatants, whereupon Brown drew his bowie-knife and plunged it into his abdomen.  Mr. Collins lived but a few minutes.  Mr. Higgins, our efficient policeman, soon after disarmed Brown, and made him prisoner.  In the morning E. B. Carson, Justice of the Peace, held an inquest over the deceased, and the jury rendered a verdict to the effect that Thomas Collins was maliciously killed by William Brown.  The unfortunate homicide waiving a preliminary examination before the Justice, was soon after taken by the sheriff to Coloma, where, in prison he awaits his trial. - Mountain Messenger.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 July 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of a man about forty years of age, from New York, named Wm. B. Brown, who died very suddenly at his boarding house, 94 Battery street, early the previous night.  Deceased eat his supper and retired to bed about eight o'clock; half an hour later he was seized with cramps and pains in the stomach, and despite the immediate attentions of a physician, expired in the course of an hour.  It is said to have been a case of cholera morbus. - Sun.

CASE OF McEVOY. - McEvoy, charged with manslaughter for killing Fahrenholtz, was yesterday examined before the mayor.  The majority of the witnesses testified that they believed the shot to be accidental; but one witness said that he was in the room when the deceased was shot, but did not see the shooting, but a moment after McEvoy pointed something - supposed to be a pistol - and ordered him to leave the room, which witness did.  The Mayor sent the case to the Court of Sessions.  McEvoy cannot be convicted on the testimony. - Chronicle.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 July 1855

Nancy Stockdale - Was She Murdered?

Editorial with some extra evidence.

MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR. - Discovery of a Skeleton in a Cellar. - About 4 o'clock, P.M., yesterday, as some workmen in the employ of Mr. Monroe were clearing out the unoccupied cellar under the iron building on the corner of Leidesdorff and California streets, a box was discovered among some rubbish, which, upon being broken open, was found to contain a human skeleton.  The body had evidently been packed in the box some time, as the lime in which it was deposited had nearly decomposed the flesh, only a few ragged, dried portions of which were hanging to the bones.  The bones were those of a middle-sized man.  The deceased was a lame man, the right thigh having been once broken, and the place of the setting plainly visible.  This thigh was an inch shorter than the other.  A pair of square-toed English half-boots were also found in the box, which the lime had not yet destroyed.  There were also a pair of woollen stockings.  The boots were filled with the bones of the ankles and feet, showing that the body had been packed in without regard to decency, and also leading to the belief that the man was murdered, as nobody packed for exportation would have been thus brutally thrust into its place.  It is difficult to say how long this body had been there, as the time required for the decomposition of human flesh by lime is not ascertained to a certainty.  He must, however, have remained in the box at last six months, as, in January last, two Frenchmen are known to have carried on some business in the basement.  The building was owned by the late Capt. Folsom, and the cellar has been unoccupied since last winter, until hired by a firm for the purpose of bottling beer.  The body was cut into pieces, as the box was not of a size to admit a man.  The box was evidently made purposely, being double throughout, and strongly made.  It is of Spanish cedar, 3 feet long, 2 feet high, and 2 feet wide.  There were several other boxes in the cellar when it was first thrown open, which were all removed by some unknown persons.  The workmen were breaking up this box for lumber to fit up the place, when the discovery was made.  It was taken to the Coroner's office, where we learn an inquest will be held to-day upon the remains.  Up to this time the affair remains in the deepest mystery, and baffles the keenness of the entire police. [See Daily Alta, 1 August 1855, below.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 31 July 1855'

INQUEST. - A young man named Cornelius Mason, fell from the second story window of house No. 18, Jackson street, this morning about 10 o'clock, into the dock, and was drowned before assistance could be rendered him.  He was engaged as waiter in the above house, kept by Mr. Jesse Richardson.  Deceased was a native of Holland, and aged seventeen years.  The water at the place was twelve feet deep at the time, and the distance he fell was some twenty feet.  He arrived on the British ship Danube from Liverpool, about six weeks ago, in the capacity of a seaman.  Verdict - death from accidental drowning. - Evening Journal.

BODY FOUND. - The body of a man, supposed to have been lost overboard from the steamer Helen Hensley on Saturday, rose to the surface yesterday and was taken in charge by Coroner Smith.  An inquest will be held on the remains to-day.

Amador County Correspondence.

Horrid Murder - Business in Volcano.

VOLCANO, July 27th.

MESSRS. EDITORS. - I write to inform you of a horrid murder committed at Upper Rancheria, about five miles from here.  The circumstances, as nearly as I could gather them, are as follows:  Yesterday evening as two miners were passing down a field near the town on a prospecting expedition, their attention was drawn to a large swarm of flies collected around a pile of rocks.  On examining the cause of the phenomenon they ascertained that the dead body of a man was partially buried by the loose rocks.  They proceeded to Upper Rancheria and made known the facts, when Justice Munckton was sent for to hold a coroner's inquest.

   At the inquest the deceased proved to be a Swede, that had been stopping at Rancheria for a few days previous.  No one had learned his name.  On examining a sack of clothing that he had left in town, there was a small piece of paper found with the following names written with a lead pencil, viz: Fred. Hager and Wm. Bender.  It is probable that one of those names was his. 

   There were some five or six large wounds inflicted with a knife, or some other cutting instrument, in his breast and abdomen; also a large cut on his face, which had the appearance of having been done with an axe.  The last time that he had been seen b y any of the citizens of Rancheria was on Sunday evening, the 22d instant; he was then in company with three strangers, who had recently came to the place. ... [Descriptions] ... The Coroner's jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 August 1855

A Coroner's inquest has been held over the body of an unknown man, supposed to be a Chinaman, which was found floating in the bay near Angel Island.  The person of the deceased was so badly eaten and decayed that it was impossible to determine his nativity.

   A beautiful boy, the son of Dr. Henry Gibbons of this city, was burned to death last week by the explosion of a carboy of spirits of nitre.  He lived but a few hours after the accident.

   The old Washington Hotel was destroyed by fire on the night of the 20th, and a little girl burned to death.

   A man named W. S. McKeag, formerly engaged in the confectionary business at Stockton, was drowned on the 23d inst., by the upsetting of a  sail boat, off the western point of Angel Island.  The deceased was about 35 years of age, a native of Louisville, Kentucky. 

   The remains of a murdered man have been found carefully packed with lime in a box, in the basement of a house on California street.  They were afterwards discovered to be those of a Capt. Yansen, who was killed on the Gila river, in 1850.

   A rencontre recently at Algerine Camp, near Sonora, between a gentleman named Kerrick and Judge Worth.  The difficulty appears to have had its origin in Kerrick accusing Worth of being concerned in the robbery of Judge Brunton.  Worth demanded a retraction of the charges, which was refused by Kerrick.  A difficulty then ensued between them, during which Kerrick was shot several times, and died immediately.  Worth gave himself up to the authorities.

   News has been received in the city of a duel fought at Downieville, on Saturday, between Mr. Robert Tevis and Mr. Lippincott, in which Mr. Tevis was killed.

   A man by the name of Gardener was shot and mortally wounded at Columbia, Tuolumne county recently, by a deputy Marshall.  It seems that Gardener had quarreled with his wife and threatened to kill her, which induced her to get out a warrant for his arrest.  When the Marshal of the town, accompanied by a deputy, went to make the arrest, Gardener drew a bowie knife, whereupon the deputy shot him.

   An accident lately occurred near a Mexican fandango house, situated a short distance east of Stockton, which resulted in the death of a Mr. Caswell.  The unfortunate man was standing silently \watching another party shooting at a target at a distance of some ten or twelve feet, when the gun burst, a piece of the barrel striking Mr. Caswell in the right side, ranging upwards and causing a frightful wound, from which he died the next day.  It is said he has a wife and child in Illinois.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 August 1855

Melancholy Suicide.

   On Thursday night, about 11 o'clock, a young man took lodgings at Wilson's Exchange, and gave his name as A. Barrett, of Sacramento.  From the time he went to his room he had not been seen.  This morning, finding his door locked from the inside, something wrong was mistrusted, and the door was forced.

   On entering the room Barrett was discovered in his bed, dead.  Several letters were found, from which it is clear that he committed suicide by taking poison.

   One of these letters is addressed to "My dear mother, brothers and sisters," at 47 Nassau street, New York.  This letter is quite lengthy, and enters into a detailed statement of the causes which led to the rash act; the principal of which appears to have been some publication in the Amador Sentinel prejudicial to the character of the deceased.  We consider the contents of this letter too sacred for publication.

   The following letter is dated August 2d, and has upon the envelope an endorsement, "1/4 past ten o'clock."  It is addressed to a gentleman in Jackson.

"Friend Dan: -- I never shall see you again.  Although with a slight fancy for Banking business, I thought I was safe.  W. F. & Co. considered me honest.  Tell all my friends that Brother knew nothing of this matter, and does not to this day.  I am too weak to write more.  I'll see you in Heaven.  I have assigns in the store for what I owe.  If prudently managed there is enough to pay all debts and more to boot.  This may be a rash act - still, I shall never have any peace while my friends enjoyed so much confidence in me."

   This letter has no signature, and is very incoherently written.  The above seems to be the meaning, as near as we can make it out.

   There is another paper, upon which is written a number of incoherent sentences: "This is a rash act, but they will or would not. - Barritt."  "------ is the cause of all this - and he ought to have known it; he will meet with his reward."  Besides this, are some business directions.  This paper appears to have been originally written in Sacramento, with the intention of sending it to parties in the city, to whom deceased was indebted.

   Information was immediately given to the Coroner, who took possession of the remains.  An inquest is to be held this afternoon. - Evening News, Saturday.

Execution of Escobar and Sebado.

In accordance with the sentence previously pronounced, about half past one o'clock yesterday these two men were launched into eternity together and from the same scaffold. ... The Sheriff then read the death warrant, and upon asking the prisoners if they had anything to say, Sebado rose up and remarked in substance as follows:

   He asked if those who understood Spanish were willing to listen to him, who giving their consent, he went on to state that he was not guilty; that the real murderer of Sheldon was Jose Gomez, his companion at the time the deed was committed; that early on that morning he and Gomez were proceeding up Washington street, on their way to Dragoon Gulch; they were met by Sheldon, who presented a pistol to his breast, which he jerked from his hand.  At this time Gomez thrust a knife in Sheldon, and, saying to Sebado he had killed him, they both fled to Tuttletown.  There, he said, he was arrested, while Gomez was suffered to make his escape. ...

   Quite the reverse of this levity appeared the conduct of Escobar, for whose fate there has been much sympathy, and for whose pardon earnest efforts had been made.

   He said he felt, forcibly, the humiliating position to which rashness could bring a man - confessed that he had killed the deaf and dumb man, and regretted it. ... - Union Democrat.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 August 1855

INQUEST. - An inquest will be held this afternoon on the body of the unfortunate woman, Miss Margaret Price, who was so frightfully burned to death on Saturday night.  Some difficulty is experienced in getting any witnesses, and Mr. Wallace, the Coroner's Clerk, has been on a fruitless search for them since Sunday morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 August 1855

BODY FOUND. - Mr. Daniel Craig, Collector of Foreign taxes, discovered the body of a man in Big Canon Creek, about eight miles below Eureka City, on the 22d of July, and having made report of the same to Justice Frizell, of the latter place, an inquest was held on the body, which was thought to be either that of Samuel Somerville, one of the young men who perished in a snow storm while on a hunting expedition last winter, or that of a man who was drowned last winter in attempting to cross Big Canon Creek, from Craig's to Port Wine.  The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts, and the remains were decently interred.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 August 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of a man in a forward state of decomposition, and found floating in the water on Oregon street, between Jackson and Washington.  One side of the face of the deceased whose name was Thomas S. Bentson, was disfigured by the attacks of fish.  The jury, having no evidence, returned a verdict of accidental drowning.  We learn from a woman who keeps a lodging house on Jackson street, near Front, that the deceased had formerly boarded at her house, but had left some weeks since.  The corpse may be seen at the Coroner's office during to-day for recognition.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 August 1855

DEAD BODY FOUND. - A young man this morning while walking through Oregon street, between Jackson and Washington, discovered the body of a dead man lying in the water behind a spile.  From the appearance of the body it is supposed that the man has been dead for some time.  One side of his face was very much mutilated by the fish.  His name we learn is Thos. Benson.  The Coroner held an inquest over his body to-day, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.  The body will be kept for two or three days, to enable his friends and relatives to reclaim it. - News.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 August 1855

THE TRAGEDY AT RANCHERIA. - The following account of this horrid tragedy is from a correspondent of the State Journal:

   Yesterday morning, the 6th inst., a party of Chinamen were attacked about three miles below this place by a gang of Mexicans and Chilenos, and it was said a few Americans were among the number, and succeeded in getting about $1500 in gold dust from the hard working Johns.  No more attention was paid to the band of highwaymen until last evening about half past 10 o'clock, when our quiet little town was thrown into a state of great excitement, by the report that about twenty pistol shots were fired in Chili Town at several of our citizens.  In a short time every citizen armed himself, in view of securing the parties.  Our constable and Justice King, accompanied by several worthy citizens, proceeded to Chili Town, and in attempting to effect an entrance into a house a party of Mexicans presented their pistols and fired at them, but fortunately nobody was hurt.  A great cry was at once raised and every-body was after them, but without success.  In the meantime a guard of citizens was appointed to protect the place.  Nothing more was heard until this morning.  About 5 o'clock a messenger arrived from Rancheria, two miles and a half from here, who informed us that last night, about 11 o'clock, four Americans, one lady and one Indian were murdered by the Mexicans.  Your informant, with a great many others, proceeded to the place.  On arriving there upwards of 1500 persons had collected, and a coroner's inquest was being held.  Here a horrible spectacle was presented - the like I have never seen before.

   In a public house, called Rancheria House, in which the Mexicans made their first attack, they killed two strangers who had called in to stay that night, and also wounding Mr. Diamond severely, but it is thought that he will recover.  They also killed Mrs. Diamond.  In this place I cannot award too much praise to the ladies in this vicinity, who proceeded immediately to the scene and did all in their power for the wounded men.  I must also add that Mrs. Diamond left three children motherless, the youngest being only two months old, who were taken in charge by Mrs. Clark and another lady, whose name I could not learn.  I have no doubt that everything will be done to render them comfortable.

   The Mexicans next proceeded to the store of Mr. French, where they procured, after bursting open the safe and killing Mr. French and his clerk, the sum of $7,000; after which they left for parts unknown.  In the meantime a messenger was dispatched to Jackson, and the Sheriff, accompanied by a posse of upwards of 1000 citizens, started in different directions, and there is little doubt the Indians will be captured.

   After the coroner's inquest was held, the mob, who had by this time arrested about 36 Mexicans, proceeded with them about 100 yards east of the town, to an oak tree, and here a motion was made to hang all 36 of them, but through the exertions of several gentlemen a jury of twelve was selected from the crowd, and three Mexicans, who gave their names respectively at Petervine, Trancolino and Jose, were found guilty of murder, and after half an hour's time being allowed to prepare themselves, they were hung on the tree under whose shade their trial had been conducted.

   The testimony elicited was strong against them.  One citizen swore that he (witness) saw defendants run from the Spanish dance house to the store, and saw them about the store at the time the murders were committed, and that they (defendants) joined in the chorus of "Hurra for Mexico."  One of the defendants convicted was identified as being connected with the late notorious Joaquin.  Many thefts have been committed in this neighborhood, too numerous to mention, and no woman feels safe from this desperate band of murderers.

   While the trial was being conducted, the outraged community turned out en masse and burned the Spanish dance house, and every Spanish house in the place.  The flames made much headway, and it was at one time feared the whole town would go to ashes.  A large body of men, (your informant, a fireman of your city, included,) by great exertions stopped the progress of the flames.  I must not forget to mention that one of the parties named in this communication as being two strangers who were stopping at the public house, was still alive this morning at 1 o'clock, and Doctors Kasimir and Fox did all in their power to save him, but of no avail, and he died in one hour afterwards.

   After the three were hung up, the citizens of Rancheria passed a resolution that no Mexican shall hereafter reside at the above place; and every Mexican who shall be found at Rancheria after seven o'clock this evening should be requested to leave, and receive one hundred and fifty lashes in the bargain.

BURIAL OF MR. BENSON. - The body of Mr. Thomas Benson was yesterday interred by the Odd Fellows (California Lodge).  He was a Norwegian, aged 44 years and leaves a wife and four children in New Hampshire.

 

CALIFORNIA FARMER & JOURNAL OF USEFUL SCIENCES, 10 August 1855

Another Murder.

"OH, thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call the - devil!"

   Another victim has given his addition to swell the awful cortege of mortality; led on by the inflexible demon, drunkenness.  The evidence adduced by the coroner's inquest, was that one John Van Arnam met his death from wounds given by some sharp instrument, in the hands of some person unknown. From outside information, gleaned from reliable authority, your reporter learns that the circumstances connected with the affray, which resulted in the death of the unfortunate man, as far as known were substantially these:

   He was first seen running from a house in Virgin Alley, with his hand to his side, exclaiming "Some one has struck me with a clapboard!"  A stream of blood issuing from his side, and his face horrible mutilated, immediately attracted the attention of passers-by, by whom he was removed to the Western House, where he died the next day.  From the few words which escaped him prior to dissolution, it appears that the author of the crime was a Mexican, with curly hair and whiskers; but nothing was said of the provocation given, which induced a vengeance so summary and fatal.  The supposition is, judging from deceased's character, that in a fir of drunken frenzy, he assailed some hot-blooded denizen of the quarter where it occurred, from whom he received a death wound. - Marysville Herald.

  We saw the mangled remains of the unfortunate man, as he was about to be placed in the coffin and borne away to his last resting place.  Terrible as was his death, unhappy as must have been the life he thus led, it is not for us to censure or condemn him now. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 August 1855

ANOTHER SUICIDE. - Mr. Gill, a druggist by profession, who has been, up to about three months since, keeping a drug store on Dupont street, committed suicide by drowning himself this morning, in the dock adjoining Market street wharf, about 5 o'clock.

   The unhappy man sold out his business about three months ago, since which time he has been doing nothing.  Some unfortunate family difficulty seemed to prey upon his mind, and latterly he has given himself up to drink.  To such an extent has he carried this that it is supposed that his mind was impaired.

   This morning, Mr. Park, who expected some friends off the steamer Martin West, went down to Market street Wharf.  He saw Gill sitting on then side of the wharf, looking into the water.  When Mr. Park got within about 40 feet of him, Gill got up, looked around, and then leaped into the water.

   Mr. Park ran up, seized a rope which was handy, and threw it over to him, at the same time calling out to Gill to take hold, which he might easily have done.  But the man would not heed, and there being no boat at hand, he sank to rise no more alive.  His body was recovered in about half an hour.  His friends have been fearing that he would do violence upon himself for sometime past.

   Gill was a native of Prussia, aged about 40 years.  His wife is in this city, but they have not lived together for 12 months.  An inquest was held over his remains, and a verdict in accordance with above facts. - News.

Inquest. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday upon the body of a man found floating in the water on Oregon street, between Jackson and Pacific.  The deceased was recognized as Thos. S. Bentson.  Verdict, accidental drowning. ... News.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 August 1855

   The remains of a murdered man have been found carefully packed with lime in a box, in the basement of a house on California street.  They were afterwards discovered to be those of a Capt. Yansen, who was killed on the Gila river, in 1850.

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 June 1857

Remains of Moses Plummer, about 60, exhumed from brick yard, corner of Bryant and Second street, "at that time the spot was remote from the city."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 August 1855

THE MARYSVILLE TRAGEDY. - The following are the only further particulars of the recent shooting affair at Marysville, to those given in this paper on Saturday, which have come to our knowledge.  They are extracted from the Marysville Herald:

  As considerable excitement in reference to this most lamentable occurrence exists, and a hundred conflicting versions of it, we think it a duty we owe to all parties, to give a brief statement of the affair, being an eye witness to the affray.

   The facts referred to are substantially such as appeared in our columns.

   A coroner's inquest was held on the body of the deceased.  The verdict of the jury, after an examination of the circumstances attending the affray, was "justifiable homicide."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 August 1855

Murder on Pacific Street This Morning.

   About daylight this morning Coroner Whaling was called to examine the body of a man who had been stabbed a few hours previously and who was then lying dead at the Carlton House, on Pacific street, between Sansome and Montgomery.  The facts of the murder which has undoubtedly taken place are as follows: The deceased. A native of Illinois, named John S. McCarney, came down from the mines last week and took lodgings at a hotel at the corner of Pacific and Sansome streets known as the Franklin House, (not the Franklin Hotel.)  On Sunday he became intoxicated and wandered into the Rip Van Winkle Saloon, kept by Mr. Gallagher, on the corner of Davis and Pacific streets, where he became so noisy and abusive that one of the bar keepers ordered him out.

   In the altercation which ensued, McCarney drew his knife, which was wrested from him by Mr. Gallagher, after which he was ejected from the saloon.  We learn nothing more of the where-abouts of the deceased until this morning, at a quarter past one o'clock, he staggered into the Carlton Temperance House, kept by Mr. Jones, on Pacific street, a few doors east of Sansome.  The book keeper states that he was writing at his desk when the deceased came to the door and looked hesitatingly and wildly in.  Thinking him to be a drunken man, he accosted the visitor with "Hello, Captain! What do you want?"  The man made no reply, but staggered to the desk murmuring "I am stabbed."  The bookkeeper then discovered that the blood was spurting with every respiration from a wound in the left side of the throat, and running upon the floor.  He led the unfortunate man to the balcony, affording him all possible assistance, and enquiring for the names of his murderers, but the power of articulation had ceased, and he sank upon the stoop, becoming rapidly exhausted with the loss of blood.  By this time the alarm was given, and officer Grant, who was on that beat, hastened to the house, where he endeavored to procure some means of staunching the flow of blood.

   He sent for Dr. Hyde, who came promptly with officer Kearny, who was also near at hand.  All efforts, however, were useless, and the victim died unable to speak the name of his destroyers.  The body was conveyed to the Coroner's office, where it now lies exposed to the public gaze for recognition.  The perpetrators of this murder, however, are known.  From Mr. Forbes, who keeps a small boarding house nearly opposite the Carlton Hotel, we obtain the following particulars: ---

   About one o'clock this morning three men, the deceased, Robert O'Dair (known as "Little Bob") and  a sailor boarding house runner named "Sailor Bob" returned to the house much purturbed and gave the following account:  After leaving the house "Sailor Pete" asked the deceased to go up the street with him, which he refused to do.  Both were somewhat intoxicated.  While talking, Carney fell forward into the street and "Sailor Pete" stooped down to pick him up.  As he raised him he (Bob) saw Pete draw a dirk and stab down the neck of Carney, who screamed once.  Bob said, "My God, what have you done?" and Pete replied "Silence - don't speak loud - I've fixed him - come along," at the same time seizing Bob by the collar and forcing him towards Vallejo street around the corner of Pacific.

   He looked back and saw Carney upon his hands and knees, apparently helpless.  From here we know that he managed to reach the Carlton House, nearby, on the opposite side of the street.  Meantime, Pete and Bob went around through Vallejo street, Pete burying his dirk in the sand, and threatening to kill the other should he ever divulge a word of what had transpired.  He dragged him by the collar to Bill Lewis's boarding house (the Seaman's Home, in Chambers street), where he went to bed, forcing Bob to sleep with him.  At daylight they arose, and Bob escaping, came back to the house with the above account.  It seems improbable and disjointed, and we can scarcely credit it.  Pete was seen afterwards, and stated that he had shipped in the barque Isabella Hynes, which vessel is bound to sea to-day.  The officers, however, are on the track, and all parties concerned have doubtless been arrested by this time.  An inquest will be held to-morrow on the body of Carney.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 August 1855

MURDER. - This morning a most wilful murder was committed by some person as yet unknown, near the corner of Pacific and Sansome streets.  The young man killed was John S. McCarney, from Indiana, aged 22 years.  It appears that he had been drinking rather freely, and during the night was in company with two or three men well known to the Police.  At about half past one o'clock he received a stab in the throat, which completely severed the jugular vein.

   He immediately staggered across to the Clinton Hall, bleeding profusely, and had only strength enough when he reached the door to exclaim, "I am stabbed."  He fell on the door step and e spited without uttering another word.  His body was taken to the Coroner's office, where it now lies, and an inquest will be held over the remains to-morrow.  Suspicion rests upon several persons, and it is certain the perpetrator of the deed cannot escape the vigilance of our efficient police.  McCarney is represented, by those who knew him, as a mild, weak and inoffensive man, without means, and with but few friends.  Several of his relatives are living in this city.

   Up to the hour of our going to press no arrests had been made. - Journal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 August 1855

DIED OF HIS WOUNDS. - A man named John Peters died last night in the County Hospital, from the effects of a stab in the back, which he received on the 28th of July. - News.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest this morning on the body of a Chinese woman who was found dead in her bed on Jackson street.  A pot of opium was found by her bedside, and it was evident she had committed suicide by eating the drug. - News.

ANOTHER. - Another inquest was held to-day upon the body of a German named Whittey, found dead in a shanty on Horner's Ranch, near the Mission.  Deceased was ion the habit of drinking a quart of brandy per day, which undoubtedly produced his death. - News.

SUPPOSED SUICIDE. - A Mr. George Hudson was found dead in his bed, at 142 Clay street, this afternoon.  A vial, which had contained Tr. Opii, was found in one of his pockets, the contents of which it is supposed he had taken.  An inquest will be held this afternoon upon the body. - Journal.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 August 1855

THE SEA GIVES UP ITS DEAD. - On Saturday afternoon, a person named Dinsmore discovered the bones of a man which had washed ashore south of Angel's Island.  The remains were taken to the Coroner's office, and an inquest held upon them, but no clue could be obtained to penetrate the mystery of his death: whether the victim of man or the elements, he has passed away like others of the toys of nature - tossed from land to sea, from sea to land, and back again to rest at last with his mother earth. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 August 1855

DEATH FROM INTEMPERANCE. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith, about 11 o'clock on Saturday morning, on the body of a man named T. B. Judson, aged about 45 years, resulting in a verdict that the cause of death was habitual intemperance.  Deceased was a gardener, and had been tilling a small piece of ground between tenth and Seventh streets, adjoining the north levee.  For two or three years past he had been habitually intemperate. Early on Friday morning he started for town with a load of vegetables.  About dusk he was seen, by a number of boys, near his premises, upon his hands and knees, grasping the grass.  To several questions propounded by the boys, he gave wild and incoherent answers - when asked what he was looking for in the grass, he replied - "Ten dray loads of potatoes."  The boys became frightened and left him.  About six o'clock on Saturday morning he was seen by a Chinaman, who called at the residence of Mr. Griffith and stated that a man was lying asleep by the side of the road.  One of the inmates of the house proceeded to the spot, and on attempting to rouse him, discovered that he was dead.

   The body was lying at the base of the levee, on the north side, and judging from the appearance of the garments, the deceased, in attempting to get over the fence which crosses the levee at that point, must have fallen and roiled down the embankment.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 August 1855

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest this morning on the body of Maria Martines.  The evidence before the Coroner was but a repetition of the facts as related to the papers.  A verdict was rendered to the effect that the deceased came to her death by wounds inflicted by her husband.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 August 1855

INQUEST. - A Chinaman committed suicide on Saturday, at a house on Jackson street, by swallowing opium.  He was driven to the deed by his destitute circumstances.  The Coroner held an inquest on his body and a verdict was given in accordance with the above facts.

 

DACRAMENTO DILY UN ION, 28 August 1855

THE CITY.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Smith, at 11 o'clock yesterday morning, at "Our House," on Eighth street, on the body of Amiel Brickell who was shot by Samuel Garrett, on the evening previous at the Golden Gate Hotel.  The following were empanneled as jurors: W. S. Cothrin, John B. Hyatt, W. B. Herbert, George Gahn, J. A. C. McLune, John McNeal, J. J. Cartingdon, M. S. Herd and Wm. Beck.  With the exception of that relative to the wounds inflicted, the testimony elicited was substantially as is reported elsewhere in this issue, as having been taken in the examination before the Recorder.

   Dr. G. G. Morgan testified that one ball entered the left hand of deceased, coming out through the middle finger; another entered the breast about four inches above the left nipple, passing through and issuing near the shoulder blade; a third passed through the muscle of the left arm, struck the ribs and glancing upward, passed beneath the collar bone toward and into the neck.  Either of the two last named he thought were sufficient to produce death.  Upon a cursory examination of the head, he found the outer table of the skull fractured, but to what extent he did not examine.  The jury returned a verdict that "death was caused by gunshot wounds from a pistol in the hands of Samuel Garrett." [See previous column.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 August 1855

BODY FOUND - PROBABLE SUICIDE BY STARVATION - SINGULAR CASE. - Mr. G. M. Lutz, late of the police, while hunting yesterday in company with a gentleman from San Francisco, accidentally discovered the body of a man in an advanced stage of decomposition, at the intersection of the old and new levees, near the Tivoli House.  They returned immediately to the city and gave information of the fact to Coroner Smith, who proceeded to the spot about four o'clock in the afternoon and held an inquest on the body.

   It was ascertained from persons residing in the vicinity that the deceased, whose name was unknown, had been seen in the vicinity from time to time for several weeks past.  He represented that he was from Ohio, where he had left a wife and two children, whom he never expected to see again, and that he had come to this State for the benefit of his health.  He further stated that he expected to die soon of a pulmonary disease with which he was afflicted, and that he wished to [gap on page, torn] cause of death,   rendered a verdict ... was probably the result of exposure.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 3 September 1855

CHILD KILLED. - On yesterday afternoon, at about one o'clock, Mr. Charles Parker, who drives a water cart, stopped with the vehicle at his house on Union Alley, between Stockton and Dupont streets, to get his dinner.  During his absence, the horse took fright, and run away.  A little boy aged 18 months, named James Merchant, was standing unattended at the corner, and was knocked down and run over by the cart.

   His right thigh and arm were broken, and he was otherwise so severely injured that he died about eight o'clock last evening.  Parker was arrested but subsequently discharged.  Coroner Whaling is now holding an inquest on the body of the child.  This casualty is a sad evidence of the impropriety of leaving horses unfastened in the streets and young children unattended.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 September 1855

DEATH FROM STABBING. - John Flannigan, who was stabbed last night by Edwin Sullivan, on Long Wharf, died this morning, about 5 o'clock, of the wound received.  At the time of his death he was at the Marine Hospital, where he was conveyed immediately after the affray.  The Coroner will probably hold an inquest upon the body to-night.  From the statement of an eye witness, as related in this morning's edition, the wound was inflicted by Sullivan in self defence, after an unprovoked assault on the part of the deceased.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 September 1855

DIED OF HIS WOUNDS. - Flannagan, the man who was stabbed by Sullivan last night, died of his wounds this morning about five o'clock.  An inquest will be held on the body to=morrow.  The homicide is in prison. - News.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 September 1855

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday morning, on the body of James Flannigan, who died on Tuesday morning in consequence of a stab received at the hands of Edwin Sullivan.  The evidence went to show that the deceased made an unprovoked assault upon Sullivan, who stabbed him in self-defence.  The Coroner's Jury rendered a verdict of justifiable homicide.  Flannigan was unmarried; he was of a violent disposition, and intemperate in his habits.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 September 1855

DROWNED. - Henry Lowe, a man about 30 years of age, who arrived from Stockton night before last, for the purpose of purchasing farming utensils, was drowned yesterday afternoon, in crossing from Oakland to this city, in a sail boat.  He was accompanied by a couple of acquaintances.  He fell overboard while adjusting the sail, and was drowned in spite of the most strenuous efforts to save him.  One of the two sprang overboard after him, but failed to reach him before he sank for the third time.  The body has not been recovered. - Sun.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 September 1855

INDIAN MASSACRE. - ... news was received of the murder of seventeen miners in Rogue River.  A Mr. Flannagan, of Coos Bay, was among the number, but the names of the others were not reported. ...

INQUEST. - The Coroner of San Francisco held an inquest on Monday evening over the body of Eubert Jules, a native of Paris, aged 50 years.  He died very suddenly of dysentery.

DROWNED. - A man named John Howell was drowned at Abbey's Ferry, Tuolumne county, on the 5th inst.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 September 1855

DROWNED. - At the foot of Clay street wharf is a large hole, ... On Wednesday night, between 11 and 12 o'clock, James C. Calhoun, a porter in the store of Messrs. Peckham & Davis, while walking on the wharf, fell into the hole and was drowned.  Calhoun was a native of Ireland, aged about 28 years.  He had been about three years employed with the Firm above mentioned and bore an excellent character, except in the particular of an occasional indulgence in strong drink.  He was somewhat intoxicated at the time of the accident.  During yesterday morning attempts were made to recover his body but without success.  The deceased has a sister living in Boston but no relatives in this State.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 September 1855

Suicide.

Three weeks ago a young and beautiful girl, about nineteen years of age, arrived in San Francisco.  The story of her life must for the present remain untold, but it was one undoubtedly of suffering and sin, for her first home in this city was beneath the roof of a house of prostitution, her present and final home is the suicide's grave. 

   On Thursday night she left her apartment at a house of ill-fame kept by Rose Cooper, and proceeded to the rooms of a young man residing in Dupont street.  Here she remained during the night, and in the morning the young man left her still in bed.  He returned shortly afterwards and found her still there, but insensible.  A vial of laudanum was at her side.  He immediately went in search of a physician, and returning with Dr. Harris, every effort was made to preserve the girl's life, but in vain.  She died at about 4 o'clock on yesterday afternoon.

   The name of the deceased is Catharine McNevin.  She is apparently an American girl, and her appearance is more refined and delicate than is generally to be met with among her unfortunate sisterhood of sin.  The body now lies at the Coroner's office, where an inquest will be held this morning.  The countenance is mild and placid, the features small and regular, slightly pinched with suffering, but so slightly as to leave a doubt whether marked by the hand of death or by the wasting influence of a life of shame and dissipation. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 September 1855

SUDDEN DEATH. - An inquest was holden in San Francisco on Wednesday, on the body of one Sarah Chambers.  Deceased had been a victim of intemperance, and has also been cruelly treated by her husband.  Verdict, death occasioned by inflammation of the bowels.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 September 1855

The recent unhappy occurrence at Rogue River, in which three white men and two Indians were killed, has given rise to hard feelings between the whites and Indians.  The accounts hitherto published are incorrect.  The Indian had wounded a man in the shoulder, who pursued him for some distance, but did not succeed in overtaking him.

   Ben. Wright, the Indian Agent, who is authorized to attend to all such difficulties, arrested the Indian and conveyed him from Rogue River, towards a small encampment known as the Tu-tu-trey village.  Before his arrival there with his prisoner, a party of men overtook him and demanded the fugitive, but he kept them at bay until the arrival of a party of U.S. Troops from the Port Orford post, when the prisoner was delivered over to their charge.  He was put into a canoe with a corporal and two soldiers who had orders to convey him to the village.  While on their way up the river, a canoe containing three men named James Beauford, Michael O'Brien and A. W. Hankin overtook them, and approaching, fired deliberately into the boat, killing the prisoner, who was sitting between the legs of the Corporal, and also another Indian who was paddling.  The soldiers instantly returned the fire, killing the three men, who were buried the following day, after an inquest held by the miners over their bodies, and at which the action of the troops was commended.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 September 1855

PULGAS RANCH MURDER. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest Tuesday upon the body of Jeronimo Mesa, who was stabbed by Francisco Rodriguez, on Sunday last.  Rodriguez and Mesa were returning intoxicated from the races at John Martin's; at a late hour of the night they were walking together along the road from the Red woods to San Jose.  A lad of 12 years of age, related to the deceased, named Juan Batista Bueta, accompanied them in a cart.  Upon arriving at the spot where Rodriguez and Mesa were to part company, a quarrel arose between the two, and a fight ensued, during which Rodriguez seized a bayonet that was lying in the cart, and stabbed his opponent in seven places, one of the wounds piercing the heart and causing death.  Rodriguez then fled, after threatening the lad in the cart with death if he betrayed him.  He was formerly an Alcalde in the Santa Cruz county, is between 55 and 60 years of age, stoutly built, about five feet six inches high, with bow legs, black hair and beard, touched with grey, deep, small black eyes, a high forehead, dark complexion and prominent chin.  The verdict of the Coroner's Jury was to the effect that the deceased came to his death by stabs from a bayonet in the hands of Rodriguez.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 September 1855

SHOCKING MURDER. - Officer Ackerson furnishes us with the particulars of another horrible murder perpetrated in the Pulgas Ranch.  A Mexican, named Guillermo Mesa, residing in that neighborhood, was on Monday discovered lying stark and bloody in the main county road, near Dennis Martin's fence.  On examination it was found that he had been dispatched by repeated stabs, five in the breast, one in the side, directly towards the heart, and one in the face.  An old bayonet was discovered lying near the body, and with this the wounds were no doubt inflicted.  Suspicion rests upon a companion of the deceased, named Chino Rodriguez, as the murderer. The two were drinking in company the night before, at a small grocery in the vicinity.  Mesa was known to have had a considerable sum of money about him.  When his body was found it had all been abstracted.  Rodriguez was seen the same evening riding hard into San Jose, on a horse that was very much jaded.  Steps have been taken to capture the suspected murderer.

FURTHER PARTICULARS OF THE ABOVE. - It appears that two Californians named Guillermo Mesa and Francisco Rodriguez, visited a horse race on Sunday, in the neighborhood, and remained until past midnight at a drinking house kept by Geo. Doles, where they quarrelled over a game of cards.  On the morning following, the body of Mesa was found horribly gashed, lying in the road.  The only witness to the murder was a California boy, aged 12 years, who alleges that Rodriguez accomplished the deed with a bayonet fasted to a stake of wood.

   The body was pierced in the breast, face and throat - in all, eight wounds.

   Mesa is represented as having been a very inoffensive person.  He leaves a wife and two small children.  It is supposed that the murderer fled towards San Jose, and as soon as thee news of the murder reached this city, the telegraph wires were put into requisition for the arrest of Rodriguez.  A party of four horsemen started in pursuit from Red Woods City. The murderer is said to be an aged man, and it is presumed that he has been captured ere this. 

   The Coroner proceeded to hold an inquest upon the body of the murdered man, buy had not returned at a late hour last night. - Herald.

CONDITION OF MR. STEELE. - We learn by late arrivals from Tejon, says the Southern Californian, that Mr. Steele, who was some months ago accidentally shot in the head, is still living, but there are no hopes of his recovery.  He at one time was apparently recovering, and was able to walk about, but took a relapse, and at last accounts it was expected that death would ensue in a few days.

DIED FROM THE EFFECTS OF HIS WOUNDS. - The Man Aldwell, who was shot on the Pulgas Ranch several days since by J. Roberts, during a difficulty about the cutting of some wood, died yesterday at the hospital from the effects of his wounds.  His body will be interred in Lone Mountain Cemetery, at the expense of friends.  A post mortem examination will doubtless be made to-day and an inquest held. - Citizen.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 September 1855

THE DROWNED UNKNOWN. - No inquest has yet been held upon the body of the man found drowned at the foot of California street.  His name has not yet been ascertained.  Possibly before the day is over some clue may be discovered to the mystery.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 September 1855

DROWNED. - The body of a drowned man was found this morning at the corner of Davis and Chamber streets.  The deceased was recognised as a young man 22 years of age, named William Jones.  He had been a seaman on board the schooner Guadites, lately arrived from Oregon; on Thursday he was seen by one of his shipmates on his way to the schooner to be paid off; he was then intoxicated, and it is supposed he fell off the deck by accident.

    Deceased is a native of Wales, has been four years in this country, is unmarried, and has borne a good reputation.  He has brothers and sisters residing in Wales.  An inquest will be held to-day.

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest yesterday afternoon on the body of William Jones, the facts of whose death by drowning were published in our evening edition.  The jury rendered a verdict of accidental drowning.

ANOTHER. - An inquest was held on Monday upon the body of the unknown man found drowned at the foot of California street.  No facts were elicited to identify him.  Verdict, accidental drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 September 1855

THE CITY.

SEDUCTION - HOMICIDE - CORONER'S INQUEST. - A man named John Hunnewell, recently a resident of this city, and formerly a hotel keeper and farmer on the Placerville road, near the Mansion House, was shot about one o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the corner of K and Fifth streets, in front of the Tremont House, by a man named Johnson Reeser, who the deceased had supposed, at least, had had illicit intercourse with his wife.  The affair was in the nature of an affray.

   Although two shots were discharged by the deceased, and four by Reeser, only one  of the latter took effect, and that on the person of deceased, entering just at the right of the point of the sternum, passing through the lower part of the heart, lodging in the spine, and causing death in twenty-five minuets.  One ball passed through the left lapel of Reeser's coat.

   The circumstances of the case are fully developed in the evidence adduced before the Coroner, at an inquest held on the body at 3 o'clock, P.M. yesterday, a copy of which will be found at length below.  The following persons were sworn as jurors; W. E. Smith, Hiram Harbour, W. McGilvery, R. K. Burge, Henri Zeph, A. D. Richtmire, J. Gallup, B. Bullard, Andrew Wess, John Dempsey, F. Grist and B. B. Stansbury. The testimony was as follows:

   Nelson Flack, sworn - I reside in this city - or every other day; am a stage driver; was present at the affray to-day; it occurred about half-past 12 or 1 o'clock, P.M., at the comer of Fifth and K streets; was acquainted with the parties; the person shot is John Hunnewell; the other, who shot, Johnson Reeser; Hunnewell had been residing in this city; Reeser, I think, resides at Mississippi Bar; had been acquainted with deceased about six years; first became acquainted at Lockport, Illinois; he came to California about three years since; has a wife; has been married about five years; he came here in the summer of '52 or '53' has been on a ranch, about 15 miles from this city, on the Placerville road; has been carrying on farming; I have always regarded the deceased as a quiet, peaceable citizen; have known Reeser about one year; his business has been dealing in live stock; has borne a good character as far as I know; I was present at the shooting; was standing within a foot of either of the parties at the time, between them; deceased gave the first shot; fired first, then snapped a cap, cocked his pistol again and fired; think deceased fired three times, and Reeser four times, but cannot remember distinctly, such was the excitement; I did not see either party fall; when the shooting commenced I ran; only one ball took effect, I think: think one ball from the revolver of Reeser took effect; I met Reeser at the corner of Fifth and K streets, stopped and shook hands with him; in a moment deceased came up at my left side, pulled out a letter and said, "Nelse, here is a letter that that d----d s-n of a b---h sent to my wife; I want you to read it;"  before I could get hold of the letter the shooting commenced; I do not know where the letter went to; I have looked for it but cannot find it; deceased told me six days ago that he would shoot this Reeser on sight; I advised him to let the matter drop; he said he would do so; I heard no other threats from either party; I had a conversation with Reeser; he said the reports about him in regard to the wife of deceased were false, and did not wish to have any more trouble about it;  I do not think Reeser wholly in the wrong; this is a mere matter of opinion with me, as I know nothing of the facts, only guess at them; at the time I had the conversation with deceased about shooting Reeser at sight, he said it was on accounts of reports about Reeser's intimacy with his wife.

   Joseph Shaw, sworn. - Resides in this city; is engaged in the water business; was driving down 5th street about one o'clock this afternoon, and on turning into K street observed four men talking together; Mr. Flack was one; heard one of them say, "draw your pistol;" think it was the largest man of the two who had the difficulty; do not know whether deceased and Reeser were the persons; pistols were drawn immediately; one of the men ran behind a post; the other caught hold of Flack around the body and seemed to be screening himself from the shots; Flack threw him off.

   W. Brayman, sworn - Resides at Placerville; is a miner; was present at the shooting; knew deceased; was standing between the parties, with Mr. Flack, at the time of the shooting; the parties were about six feet apart; while talking deceased presented a letter to Flack, saying: This is the letter that d----d son of a b---h sent my wife, read it!"  Reeser started towards deceased immediately; deceased stepped back two or three feet and commenced drawing a revolver, and said to Reeser, "Draw your pistol?" at the same time a cap of the pistol of deceased bursted' I think Reeser's pistol was drawn at the same time, and that a shot was fired - I do not know from which pistol; I stepped back; think deceased fired the first shot, but both were pointed at the same time; think six or seven shots were fired - two or three by deceased and four by Reeser; had known deceased since the spring of '48; knew him in Lockport, Will county, Illinois; during the greater part of the first winter he resided in Oro City; he has a wife; they were married in the spring of 1848; he was considered a quiet citizen; I never knew him to carry arms until to-day; I crossed the Plains with him.

   T. H. Ladd, sworn - I reside in this city; I know nothing of the shooting - nothing of the cause of the death of the deceased, except a jealousy existing on the part of deceased in regard to Reeser; I knew the deceased; he left his house on Sunday morning last, as he said, because he was afraid his life would be taken - because he anticipated injury from Reeser; I heard the deceased say that Reeser had seduced his wife; that he (deceased) had been compelled to leave his ranch in consequence of the conduct of Reeser; that Reeser had followed him to this city; I saw deceased and talked with him this morning; he said he was going to arm himself' I told him not to do so, and that he had better keep away from Reeser; he said he would go out to the ranch and bring me in a cow and calf; I did not see him subsequently until after he was shot.

   Geo. D. Fisk, sworn - I reside in this city and am a grocer; know deceased; have known him some three or four months; he lived on 8th street, at the corner of the alley between K and L.  He stopped there while in town, but left about 2 o'clock, P.M. last Sunday.  Have seen him several times since and conversed with him.  He told me that there was a difficulty, in substance the same as related by the witness Ladd.  I was but little acquainted with his wife; have seen her several times; but never saw anything out of the way in her, although I have heard something from the deceased and the neighbors; deceased told me that he thought Reeser a dangerous man; that R. carried weapons; deceased borrowed a pistol from me about the time he first told me of the difficulty; he made no threats then - said Reeser was trying to break up his family and he did not think it safe to be around without weapons; he said that if R. attacked him he wished to be ready; I know of no improper conduct about the house of deceased except from hearsay.

   Dr. C. Sullivan, sworn - Knew deceased for a few weeks past; he rented a house of me on 8th street, and seemed to be a good businessman; he brought his wife with him when he took the house; I have never seen anything wrong about the house; I knew of a difficulty; I was told that if I did not move them out of the house the neighbors would not live in theirs.

   Jno. W. Hill, sworn - Lives on 8th street, between K and L streets, within about twenty feet of the residence of deceased; have seen several gentlemen pass in and out of the house of deceased, and at different time\s during the past eight or ten days; have seen one gentleman in particular - a heavy set, hump shouldered man - about 8 o'clock last Sunday evening; the house was closed at the time; the curtains down; I did not like the movements about the house; thought it was visited by improper company; have seen several persons in there; do not know what their business was; have never seen any improper conduct, but did not like the actions about the house.

   The testimony here closed, and the jury rendered a verdict that death was caused by a gun-shot wound, inflicted by the hand of J. Reeser.  Reeser was arrested immediately after the fatal rencounter, with pistol in hand, and taken to the Station House.  The wife of the deceased was present during his last moments, and seemed to be greatly afflicted.  An examination of the case will probably be had before the Recorder to-day.

THE DEAD. - The remains of John Hunnewell, who was shot yesterday, will be interred at nine o'clock this morning, from the warehouse of J. W. reeves, No. 53, 4th street.

  

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 September 1855

Hunnewell and Reeser.

DEATH FROM CARELESSNESS. - There is reason to suppose that Martha Callaghan, whose death was noticed this morning, was destroyed through the negligence of a druggist, in furnishing oxalic acid in place of epsom salts.  As an inquest will be held to-day, and the true state of the case thoroughly investigated, it would be premature to give the druggist's name until all the facts are elicited.  It is stated that he keeps a jar of the salts and acid beside each other, without a label on either; but, upon being questioned, he denies having sold either to the deceased, although she had been accustomed to purchase medicines at his shop.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 September 1855

Editorial re Martha Callaghan.

THE POISON CASE.

Coroner Whaling held an inquest on yesterday afternoon upon the body of Martha Callaghan, whose death by poison occurred on Thursday night.  The deceased was a native of England, aged 60 years.  She had resided 35 years in New York, when her husband died and she went to New Orleans.  There she obtained the situation of stewardess on board one of the Mississippi steamboats, and finally emigrated to California.

   J. Leipnitz, a druggist on Kearny street, testified that he had sold medicines to the deceased at various times, but did not remember having done so for two or three weeks past.  That she might have sent some other person to purchase oxalic acid for her, as he was accustomed to sell it to washerwomen, who used it to remove the stains of iron dust.  He explained the circumstance of the jar of oxalic acid being unlabelled, by stating that he had removed the written label on Thursday in order to substitute a printed one, but in the hurry of business had neglected to do so.  He further added that he always kept a file of prescriptions furnished by physicians, but not of medicines given on his own responsibility.

   A post mortem examination was held by Dr. Tewkesbury, on the body of the deceased.  The Doctor found the effects of oxalic ac id upon the stomach, the intestines being corroded to such an extent as to retain no more consistency than paper.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - One of the steers being exhibited at the Louisiana race course, yesterday afternoon, took fright and broke loose.  While being led through the entrance the animal gave a sudden start, broke the fastenings and made a dash at one of the persons standing near.  Unhappily the man could not escape - the horn of the infuriated steer struck him on the back - to the left side, penetrating the lung and almost coming out at the breast.  The victim expired in about five minutes.  His name is Abram Irvin.  He leaves a wife and child at San Francisco. - State Journal, yesterday.  

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION 29 September 1855

EXAMINATION OF REESER.

The recorder yesterday entered upon and concluded the examination in the case of J. M. Reeser, who shot John Hunnewell at the corner of K and 5th streets on Wednesday last.  It being deemed that the act was committed in self defense the defendant was discharged.

   We published on Thursday a report of the testimony taken before the Coroner.  Below will be found the testimony of all the witnesses who were examined yesterday and not present at the inquest.

   J. B. Callio, sworn. - I keep a hotel in this city; day before yesterday I was going down K street in this city, and when I got at the corner of 5th street, being within twenty feet of the parties, heard deceased say "draw your pistol," and then both deceased and defendant got in action of drawing their pistols at the same time; I then made a few steps and looked back, when I saw deceased burst a cap; I then started to get out of the way, when I heard two shots fired, by whom I do not know, in quick succession; I then looked back and saw deceased dodging behind the witness Flack; Flack threw him off, when deceased backed out a few steps, and then two more shots were fired - one by defendant and one by deceased; I cannot say which fired first; as deceased was thrown off by Flack and backed a few steps; defendant advanced upon him about the same distance at the same time; defendant then ran cross the street and deceased followed him, and when he got about half way across he snapped a cap and threw up his pistol and said "I am dead," and walked back and laid down on the sidewalk.

Cross-examined. - I don't know that defendant had his pistol out when the first cap was snapped, for I could not see him; deceased and Flack standing between him and me; when deceased was thrown off by Flack he backed out a few steps, the defendant advancing upon him the same distance, and when they had both stopped they fired, but I cannot say which fired first.

   Charles H. Bradford, sworn. - I am a physician in this city; I examined the wound on the person of deceased; I found that the ball had entered the chest obliquely between the fifth and sixth ribs about two inches from the median line of the sternum, passing through the interior portion of the heart, and must have lodged in the spinal column, or in the process of the spinal column; his death was caused by said wound, which was a gun-shot wound; I should say that a ball from the pistol now in court would produce a wound about the size of the one I found in the chest of John Hunnewell, the deceased; the ball passed in obliquely and downwards.

... A.H. Myers, sworn - I live in Alameda, Alameda county, and am a minister of the Gospel; on the day before yesterday, between 12 and 1 P.M., I was passing on 5th street, from J to K street, in this city, with my wife, and my attention was attracted by what seemed to be a difficulty between three man; one of the men was between the other two, who seemed to be struggling to get to each other, each of them having a weapon (Colt's) revolver in his hand; no shot was fired till one of the men broke from the middle man, when he was shot at by the other, who returned the fire as soon as he could; the first shot that was fired was fired by the man who did not retreat, which was the first shot that was fired at all; it was but a few minutes before the parties exchanged shots again, the parties in the meantime dodging considerably; the party who did not retreat at the time of the second firing, if at all, advanced a step or two; at the time of the second firing the distance between the parties was increased by the retreat of the party who first retreated, after which the party who first retreated continued to retreat, and got behind a sign-post; and the other party advanced upon him very rapidly, when the party first retreating fired, which ball, I thought, struck the sign-post; both parties were trying to fire at the same time; at which time I turned and went into a house on the corner of K and 5th streets, and after three or four minutes I returned and saw a man lying wounded on the pavement; I am not certain that the wounded man was one of the parties; from the time I first saw the weapons my attention was more fixed upon them than upon the parties holding them; I do not think I should recognize either of the parties.

Cross-examined - The party retreating kept his face towards the other party; the parties may have been twenty feet apart at the time of the second firing.

   Elijah T. Cole, sworn - I am a police officer in this city; I arrested the defendant, and when I did so, I took from him the pistol now in Court, which is a Colt's revolver, and had but one load in it; when I first heard the firing, I was up at 6th street; I ran down as soon as I could, but the firing was all over before I got there; when I first saw the defendant he was running down the sidewalk, and dodged behind\ the hind-end of a wagon with his pistol cocked in his hand.

   R. P. Jacobs, sworn - I am a policeman in this city; I saw a man pick up the larger pistol, now in Court, out of the street, near the place of the affray, immediately after the affray, and run across K street with it; I went and took the pistol from him and brought it to the Station House and examined it, and found that each barrel but one was loaded.  The pistol, I am satisfied, is in the same condition now that it was when I first got it.  There is but one barrel empty; I thought when I first examined it that two barrels were empty; it was quite dark in the Station House when I first examined the pistol, and I was misled as to the number of barrels which were empty, from the fact that one of them had a very light load in it; all the caps upon the pistol had the appearance of having been bursted, with the exception of one tube, which had no cap upon it, which might have fallen off before or after it was bursted.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 October 1855

INQUEST. - Coroner Whaling held an inquest last evening upon the body of a man named Thos. McGaffen, who was found dead in his bed in a house on Union street.  It appeared from the evidence before the Jury, that the deceased had been unsuccessful at the mines, and came to this city about a week ago to obtain employment at his trade of boot making.  During two years past he had been suffering from consumption, of which disease he died.  Deceased was a native of Ireland, aged 36 years.  His wife and two children are living at Salem, Massachusetts.  A verdict was rendered in accordance with the fact.

 Crane, the murderer of Miss Newman, and Mickey Freer, convicted as one of the murderers of Ruddle and Howe, at Lake Valley, in July last, are to be executed at Coloma on Friday, the 26th day of October.

 Alexander E. Higgins, convicted of killing D. C. Goodwin, near Horsetown, in June last, has been sentenced to be executed at Shasta on Friday, the 9th of November.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 October 1855

DISCHARGED - Anastacio Garcia, who was charged with the murder of Wm. Hardmount in this place, a little more than a year ago, came into town on Tuesday last and delivered himself up to the authorities asking to have an examination of the matters alleged against him.

   The prosecution not being able to find any testimony against Garcia, the proceeding was dismissed, and he is now at liberty.

   Hardmount was killed in a general row at a dance house, and it is said that the person who really killed him escaped from the county a long time since. - Monterey Sentinel.

INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an Inquest yesterday upon the body of a man named Jonathan Doyle, who was found drowned in the bay at Rincon Point.  It appeared from the testimony that the deceased was a seaman, had been employed on board the Schooner Gen. Pierce, was discharged from her about two weeks since, when he was drinking to such an extent that he got crazy, was seen yesterday morning about 9 o'clock, going along the beach at Rincon Point.  Shortly after, a Chinaman saw him floating in the water, about thirty feet from the beach.  He gave the alarm to some ship carpenters, who were working in the vicinity.  By the time they had got to where he was, life was extinct.  Deceased was a native of Ohio, and aged, 35 years.  Verdict, death from Accidental Drowning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 October 1855

PROBABLE MURDER. - The Marysville Express gets the subjoined information from the Coroner of Sutter county:

   A coroner's inquest was held on the body of a man supposed to have been murdered.  The body was discovered about two weeks since, concealed among some willows on Bear river, in Sutter county, a short distance below Mr. Barlow's house.  The skull was perforated with a pistol ball, apparently entering in the back part of the head.  No papers or anything leading to his identity were found about him.  The only articles of clothing found were a shirt, jacket and black hast, and a blue cloth cap.  His hair was of a light colour, but the body was in such an advanced state of decomposition as to render a further description of his person impossible.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 October 1855

MYSTERIOUS DEATH AND BURIAL. - Coroner Kent informs us that the body of a male child was discovered on Saturday buried in the sand, in the western suburbs of the city.  The infant is now at the Coroner's officer, and if the proper testimony can be procured, an inquest will be held to-day.  The only clue to the mystery is in the fact that a small wagon was seen to stop at the place from which the coffin containing the corpse was taken, on Friday last, and then bury something; but those who saw it only supposed it to be some unimportant matter, and did not pay attention.  We learned yesterday, however that the person who sold the coffin has been found, and that he expresses his confidence in finding the drivers of the wagon.  If so, then the clue is almost certain to detect from whence the child came.  From marks on the person of the infant, and from the examination of the medical men it is supposed the child lived one hour, and only died from violence.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 October 1855

The Herald also gives an account of the finding of the body of Mr. Hudson, a packer, who had started the week previous, in company with his partner, Mr. Wilson, with a train of fourteen mules, from Crescent City.  Her was shot in the temple, with a rifle ball, and had besides some seven or eight arrows in his body.  One of the mules was found lying dead, and not far off were scattered the contents of sundry packages of merchandise, together with the old rags which the murderers had exchanged for better clothing found amongst the packs.  No clue had as yet been found as to the whereabouts of Mr. Wilson, the partner of Mr. Hudson, and at the time undoubtedly in his company.

INQUEST ON NICHOLAS MORRIS. - Coroner Kent yesterday held an inquest on the body of Nicholas Morris, the man who was killed in the Kossuth Saloon, on Sunday night, by Peter Milness.  Five witnesses were sworn in the matter, whose evidence corresponded in most particulars with the account published in the Alta yesterday.  The evidence was voluminous; but the only new feature was developed in the testimony of John Nicholson, who swore that Morris was an Austrian, aged about 45 years, and was a fireman on the steamer Meda, plying between this city and Napa.  Morris came to Nicholson, on Sunday, ands asked him where that "*   *   * was, who had come on board the Meda and attempted to shoot him."  The person alluded to was Milness, from which it would appear that the two had had a difficulty at some other time on Sunday.  Morris then asked Nicholson to walk up to the Kossuth Saloon, where he had some friends, and he did so.  When they arrived at the Saloon Morris walked up to where Milness was engaged in playing dominoes, and then challenged him to go out and fight, but Milness refused, and entreated to be left alone.  Morris caught him by the collar, and attempted to drag him out, and also gave him two severe blows.  He then saw Milness draw a knife from under his coat and stab the deceased; after which he ran out doors and was taken by a policeman.  Milness gave Nicholson a pistol after he cut Morris.  The landlord testified that Morris was am married man, and left a wife and three children in Buffalo, N.Y.  The verdict of the Jury, on the evidence, was that "the deceased came to his death from the effects of a wound inflicted by Peter Milness."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 October 1855

MYSTERY OF THE DEAD CHILD CLEARED UP. - A Coroner's inquest was held to-day upon the body of the child whose remains were taken from the sand on a lot owned by Samuel Gladden, situated between Larkin street and Park avenue.  The verdict of the jury, which we give below, will reveal the whole affair:

   We the undersigned, jurors summoned by the Coroner, the 15th day of October, 1855, at 161 Sacramento street, in this city of San Francisco, to enquire into the cause of the death and burial of a male child who was found interred on a lot owned by Samuel Gladden, situated between Larkin street and Park Avenue, on the afternoon of the 13th inst.

   After hearing the testimony of Dr. Parrish, and the other witnesses, to find that the child now in the Coroner's office is the same as was found aforesaid, and that its death was the result of natural causes, it being born dead.

   We further find under the evidence that the child was buried as stated, owing to the fact of the inability to obtain a permit for its interment in the Roman Catholic cemetery, and because the expense of interment in the Protestant burial ground was greater than the parent, (mother) of the child could afford.  We also find that the name of the mother of the child was Donna Anieta, of this city.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 October 1855

BODY RECOVERED. - Coroner Kent started for Ravenswood last evening, for the purpose of holding an inquest upon the body of a man which was found floating in the Bay, by Capt. Lucas, near Ravenswood.  It is supposed that this is the body of Capt. Howard M. Polkman, of the sloop Hudson, who was knocked overboard and drowned on the 9th inst.  The Hudson trades between Alviso and Redwood City. - News.

DIED SUDDENLY. - Coroner Kent left town last evening to hold an inquest upon the body of a Mexican woman, who died suddenly at San Mateo. - News.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 October 1855

DIED FROM NATURAL CAUSES. - Information was furnished at the Coroner's on Monday, that a Spanish woman died suddenly and under suspicious circumstances, at San Mateo.  An investigation was instituted, and the fact elicited that the woman, whose name was Maria Kossuth Minoses, had been laboring for a long time under consumption, and that she died while coming into the city to make application for admittance into the Hospital.  A decent burial was given to the body, but the Coroner declined putting the County to the expense of an inquest.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 October 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Dr. E. C. Taylor, Coroner of Yolo county, held an inquest yesterday afternoon on the body of George Bevin or Bevan, aged about nineteen years, who was drowned from the steamer Daniel Moor, about eighteen miles above this city, on her downward trip from Marysville on the 14th inst.  The body was found at noon yesterday floating in the river about five miles above Washington, to which place it was brought and interred.  Deceased was acting in the capacity of cabin-boy on the steamer at the time of the accident, and had recently, it is said, had a legacy left him by his father, who resides at or near Fort Montague Place, London, where his mother, named Barrett or Bartlett, it is presumed, now resides.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 October 1855

INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest this afternoon upon the body of a Frenchman named Louis Lemaire, found drowned in the Bay.  The deceased was insane, and was released but a few days since.  He was a native of Valenciennes, and leaves a family in Paris.  He was 44 years of age.  Verdict: "Accidental Drowning."

DEAD. - The man John George, who on Saturday night last, jumped from the precipice near Battery street, died last night.  An inquest will be held this afternoon.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 October 1855

FOUND DROWNED. - Coroner Kent held an inquest to-day upon the body of a man found in the dock at Clay street wharf, and recognized to be that of Louis Lemaire, a Frenchman, who, on the morning of the 9th instant, came to the Marshal's office, and gave information that a man had cut his throat, at the corner of Kearny and O'Farrell streets; but on the Coroner repairing with deceased to the place, he was informed by one of the inmates in the house where the deceased lodged, that he wass insane.  He was brought back to the police office and given in charge, where he remained for two or three days, after which he was allowed his liberty, by order of Capt. McDonald.  Nothing more was heard of him until this morning, when the body was recovered as above described.  Deceased was a native of Valencienne, France, and aged 44 years.  He leaves a wife and family, living in Paris.  Verdict - Death from accidental drowning.  We may also say, that some three weeks ago, application was made by his friends to the French Consul to have him taken care of, but it appears he took no notice of the matter. - News.

SAD OCCURRENCE. - On Wednesday, 10th instant, Amos Clark while blasting a heavy log with gun powder, on the ranch of C. E. Weber, fifteen miles southeast of San Jose, was so severely injured by the effects of the explosion that he died in about five hours afterwards.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 October 1855

DIED. - A. Richardson, who was stabbed so severely on the levee several weeks since by Wm. Stoneciefer, died from the effects of the injuries about five o'clock yesterday afternoon.  He was a single man, a native of Lower Waterford, Caledonia Co., Vermont, and in his 30th year.  An inquest will be held on the body by Coroner Bell, at 9 o'clock this morning, and the remains will be interred at three o'clock, P.M.  The examination of Stoneceifer and Cashell (an alleged accessory) will probably take place before the Recorder to-day.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 October 1855

SUPPOSED CASE OF CHOLERA. - Coroner Kent yesterday afternoon held an inquest upon the body of a woman named Fanny Coats, familiarly known in Washington market, where she kept a vegetable stand, as Aunt Fanny.  She met with an accident on Friday last, by falling on the grating of the sidewalk in front of the market, breaking the bone of the left leg below the hip.  She was immediately taken to the hospital of Dr. Phinney, near the Lagoon; but, owing to her poverty, was left unattended to until next day, when her acquaintances raised the necessary funds to give her proper attention.  On Tuesday evening the deceased was taken suddenly ill with pains in her back, and continued to get worse until about 5 o'clock in the morning, when she died.  The physicians in attendance, (Drs. Harris, Gray, Angle and McCauley) who knew the history of her case, gave it as their opinion that she died of Asiatic cholera.  Deceased was a native of Baltimore, Md., aged 70 years; and was married about nine months ago to a man named Rogers, who is now living in the vicinity of San Jose.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday at Dr. Phinney's Hospital, situated on the Presidio road, near the Lagoon, upon the body of a woman named Fanny Coats, better known by the visitors of Washington market as Aunt Fanny, who died suddenly at that institution about 5 o'clock in the monring.  It appeared from the testimony adduced, that the deceased sold vegetables in Washington Market for the last two years, by which means she was enabled to earn a livelihood.  Last Friday, when following her daily avocation, she fell on the grating in front of the market on Washington street, and broke the femorous bone of the left leg, below the hip.  She was taken to the above institution where she remained till the following afternoon without receiving the necessary medical and surgical aid that he case required, (for want of means,) which it appears she was afterwards furnished by her acquaintances, when she received the proper attention that should nave been given her twenty-four hours previous.  The testimony of the principal witness, a Mrs. McDowell - who acted as nurse on this occasion - was very conflicting as to the mode of treatment deceased had received during her illness from Dr. Phinney; but this may have been occasioned by her being excited during the time her examination took place before the jury.  It appeared, however, that deceased was taken suddenly ill Tuesday evening, about 8 o'clock, with pains in her bowels, &c., continued to get worse until morning, about 5 o'clock, when dissolution took place.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 October 1855

DROWNED. - An inquest was held at Yuba city, by C. L. Vaughn, on Sunday last on the body of an unknown young man, found in Feather river, two miles below Eliza.  The Marysville Express says that deceased was about 22 years of age, about 5 feet 8 inches in height, and of light complexion.  He had on a pair of black cloth pants, without other clothing; was marked on the right arm with a resemblance of a tree, having a male and female figure at the base; and on the left, with a vase, anchor and heart, the heart having on it the letters "C. L. A." with a star on one side, and a circle filled with dots on the other.  He had the appearance of having been dead twelve ort fifteen days.

Coroner's Inquest on the Body of Abel Richardson.

Coroner Bell held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of Abel Richardson, who was stabbed on the levee on the morning of the 6th inst., by Wm. Stoneceifer.  The following were sworn as jurors:

John Hatch Sr., J. H. Shirley, J. A. Little, J. A. Shaber, Thomas W. Reece, M. M. Drew, Horace Lovely, Geo. W. Day, and Geo. Rowland.

   The testimony adduced was as follows:

   Henry Bates, sworn.- I reside in Sacramento, and am a drayman; non Saturday morning I was near the levee, and noticed a quarrel, and saw Phil Smith step to a man and tell him to go home; Smith followed him, and he drew a pistol; Smith then drew a pistol and struck him; the man cried "take him off;"  Big Bill halloed "shoot the son of a b---h;" then Richardson came down and Smith said: "Have you come to fight?" Richardson gave no answer, but walked off; Smith followed him, and stepped on his toes; Richardson said: "Keep off;" Smith said: "Have you come here to fight?"  Richardson picked up a club, and here a dialogue ensued, which I do not recollect; Smith had a pistol partly drawn; Richardson struck Smith; Big Bill then jumped on Richardson, and struck him on the left side; I think I did see the knife; Richardson followed Bill with a club; I afterwards saw that Richardson was cut; Big Bill made an attempt to draw a pistol at one time; I saw Richardson struck on the left side, but did not see the knife; I saw Bill thrust but once.

   R. P. Lock, sworn - I reside in this city and keep the American Hotel; I was eating breakfast and heard of the fight; saw Richardson running with a club after "Big Bill;" Bill run into the United States Hotel; Richardson followed, apparently wounded; Richardson came out, rubbing his head; I think Bill had a knife in his hand - am certain he had a knife in his hand.

   D. Barnes, sworn - Lives in this city; saw Stonecipher running and Richardson after him; D. had a knife in his hand.

   Matthew Hass, sworn - Was standing on front street two weeks ago last Saturday; Richardson was talking to passengers; Smith came up and asked: "What are you doing here, you s-n of a b---h?  I'll give you something."  Smith pushed him; Big Bill ran into the United States Hotel, Richardson after him; I went to the Levee; saw Big Bill, and Richardson after him with a stick; Big Bill and Richardson had got enough, he guessed, after he ran out of the house; saw blood on Richardson after he was brought into the house; the knife had a white handle and long blade.

   W. C. Williams, sworn. - Lives in this city at the Sacramento Hotel; a stage agent; on the 6th of this month, about 7 o'clock in the morning, I saw a crowd, saw Smith, Richardson and Stoneceifer speaking to passengers; thought Smith and Stoneceifer were excited; Richardson was entreating them to keep away, and also retreating; I think Smith had his hand behind his coat; Richardson picked up a board; the last words of Smith before being knocked down were, "I'll fix you;" Smith and Stoneceifer both threatened Richardson; saw Stoneceifer draw a knife and strike Richardson, first on the shoulder and then in the side; saw Richardson raise the club and strike; Cashell was holding Richardson while Stoneceifer was stabbing him; Cashell evidently saw Stoneceifer using the knife while he was holding Richardson; Cashell afterwards said he held Richardson to keep him from striking Smith, but I think Smith was too far from Richardson for that to be his object.

   ----- Case sworn - Lives in this city; a drayman; had been at the lower landing; saw a disturbance; saw a man running from Smith; Smith struck someone with a pistol; Smith said "he will never draw a pistol on me again;" saw Richardson come from K street, and say "gentlemen, you can go to Marysville for two dollars;" Smith said "what did you come here for?"  R. said "keep away;" Smith trod on his toes and said "I will make a hole through you;"  he had a pistol in his pocket and partly drew it; he kept shaking his fist under Richardson's nose; R. said "Keep away;"  Big Bill said "give me the pistol and I will knock his brains out;"  Richardson had picked up a board and struck Smith, knocking him down; Big Bill drew a knife; it looked like a dirk; saw him make thrusts at R.; Frank Cashell stood near the parties and made a rush at R., and took hold of him; I think he struck at him with his fist at the same time Bill struck at him with a knife; R. struck amongst them with his club; thinks Stoneceifer struck R. several tomes with the knife; thinks the first blow was in the shoulder, next in the left side; as Bill struck at him with the knife I think Cashell struck at him with a pistol; my impression is that Cashell assisted Big Bill; Big Bill ran into the United States Hotel and R. after him; R. afterwards came out.

   D. Bundy, sworn - A miner; was on the Levee about two weeks ago last Saturday, about 7 o'clock in the morning; stood near the American Hotel; heard of a fight; saw a man running with his head covered with blood; saw Smith; he said he had whipped one man; saw him advance to Richardson, and said to him, "what are you here for, you d----d rascal;" Smith said, "draw your pistol;" R. said, "I do not wish to draw a pistol;"  S. then trod on his toes; R. picked up a board and told S. to go away from him; R. then knocked S. down; Big Bill then jumped on R., and struck at him with a knife; R. tried to defend himself; I heard Bill afterwards say he had fixed him; saw a knife in the hands of Bill; saw him make three or four thrusts at R.; I did not see any blood on the knife; supposed Bill referred to R. when he said he had fixed him; saw the body of deceased this day, and knew it to be that of Richardson; I think another man assisted to hurt R.; do not know him.

POST MORTEM EXAMINATION.

    Dr. Houghton, sworn - I am a physician and reside in this city; I was this day called to make a post mortem examination of the body of deceased; I was called upon by the Court some time ago to examine Richardson; I do not now recollect the time; I then found a high state of inflammation existing in the bowels which were very hard to the touch; I was under the impression that there was a deposition of coagulated lymph; the pulse was very corded and bore a great degree of pressure; examined the wounds and endeavored to probe them but could not succeed; I examined the wound in the back part of the chest; it appeared to be trifling; no particular derangement of the lungs; found no evidence of inflammation in them; inhaled freely without pain; the whole difficulty seemed to be in the abdomen; I thought at the time that the man would die;  I this day made a post mortem examination on the body of deceased; and found that he died from inflammation terminating in a structural inflammation; the exciting cause of which I suppose to be the wounds which he had received; on the right side of the abdomen I found a deposition of coagulated lymph in a sack; this I supposed to have been caused from lying on the right side; the exhalent vessels has thrown out more fluid than the absorbent vessels had taken up; I did not find any puncture in the bowels or lungs; had there been any wounds in either, I think I should have found them; it is my opinion that this man died from the effects of the wounds which he had received; I examined the wounds when called by the Court, but could not introduce a probe; I found a wound on the left side below the shoulder, and also one above the ilium, and another on the point of the ilium; one of the wounds I traced through the walls of the abdomen, but it had not entered the bowels.  There was inflammation and adhesion of the lungs but they were not wounded.

   Dr. Earkness, sworn - I was called to see Richardson on the morning of the 6th October last, shortly after he was stabbed; I found one wound (a cut) nearly severing the deltoid muscle, passing down the scapula to the spine; I probed to the depth of one or two inches; did not find that the instrument had punctured the lungs; I found a punctured wound on the back, below the ninth rib and three inches below the inferior angle of the scapula, and I found one wound at the anterior inferior spinous process of the ilium, which I could not probe, from the overlapping of the muscles; I found another punctured wound two inches above and a little behind the one last described; I probed that one or two inches, the probe ascending perhaps, between the folds of the peritoneum; I attended Richardson to the time of his death, on yesterday; I was present at the post mortem examination to-day; his death was from the result of the wounds which I have described; I did not see any puncture in the lungs or bowels; I think, however, that the lungs had been punctured, but all traces of the wound were obliterated; I do not think that the bowels were punctured; I know the man upon who the post mortem examination was made to-day by Dr. Houghton to be the same man Richardson to whom I was called on the 6th Oct., 1855; when I first examined the wounds I considered them fatal; I did not find Richardson laboring under any disease except that produced by the wounds.

   Dr. Hall, sworn - I called with Dr. Harkness to see Richardson; I think it was on the day after he was wounded; I examined the wounds in the abdomen; the patient was laboring under arterial excitement, and tympanitis, the abdomen being inflamed; I saw no indications of any other disease than that occasioned by the wounds; I was present at the post mortem examination; from that examination it was my impression that Richardson died from the effects of the wounds which he had received.

   Dr. Morton, sworn - I reside in this city, and am a physician; was present and assisted in the post mortem examination made on the body of Richardson; found four external wounds, which have been described by others; one penetrated the cavity of the abdomen, but did not puncture the bowels, neither had any other wounds; I found one wound on the lateral portion of the chest, below the lefty shoulder blade; could not find the lungs punctured by any wound; I think they might have been punctured slightly, and not now be discovered; I think the cause of death was peritoneal inflammation, which may have been caused by the wounds; it is my opinion that those wounds were sufficient to produce death by exciting inflammation; not having seen the patient before his death, I cannot say positively that those wounds caused his death; the wounds would not necessarily prove fatal; the substance of the lungs was not very much diseased; there were adhesions; the general character of the bowels were healthy, but from peritoneal inflammation they were glued together and externally discolored.

   Dr. Taylor, sworn - I reside in this city, and am a physician; was present at the post mortem examination held to-day on the body of Richardson; found four wounds externally; one on the shoulder, one on the back, and two in the region of the left hip; on opening the chest the anterior portion of the lungs appeared to be healthy; on the left side and back there were extensive adhesions; on the right side posteriorly considerably hepatised; the cavity of the abdomen was opened; there were adhesions from peritoneal inflammation; I did not see any puncture in the lungs; it is possible that there might have been, and that the wound might have closed; I cannot say positively whether or not there were any punctures in the lungs from the cursory examination I made, but think that there were not any; I do not think there were any punctures in the bowels; I think that one wound punctured the walls of the abdomen through the  peritoneum; I think that Richardson died from peritoneal inflammation; at least the inflammation was sufficient to have produced death; I believe that the wounds in the abdomen were sufficient to cause peritoneal inflammation which led to his death.

   The testimony here closed, and the jury, after consultation, returned a

VERDICT - That deceased came to his death by wounds inflicted with a knife in the hands of Mr. Stoneceifer alias Big Bill, and that Frank Cashell was accessory to the crime by rendering assistance to said Stoneceifer.

   Stoneceifer and Cashell are in custody.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 October 1855

MEXICAN STABBED AND KILLED. - ARREST OF THE SUPPOSED MURDERER. - About five o'clock yesterday afternoon, in an alley leading from Dupont street towards Kearny, between Pacific and Broadway, a Mexican named Miguel Castro was mortally stabbed with a small stiletto - one wound entering the breast, centrally, and penetrating the heart, while the other two entered into the cavity of the breast from the side and back.  He died almost instantly, and without uttering a word.  When he was picked up a dagger was found beside him, together with a bottle of liquor, and in his hand was an unsmoked cigarette. 

   Castro was apparently about thirty years of age, and a very good looking Mexican.  He was also remarkable peaceable, except when under the influence of drink, as he was at the time he met his death.  The person who struck the fatal blow was not seen at the time; but from circumstances that a man named Pedro Garduno was with Castro at the time, and the two had been drinking together, suspicion fixed upon him and he was soon arrested.  When taken into custody, he had about him a white handkerchief, wet and soiled with the dints of blood; and it also appeared that he changed his clothes since the time he was seen with the deceased.  He was closely questioned in the Station House, to which he was taken; but he constantly denied the commission of the offence, and charged one Antonio Gaspado with the doing of it.  He spoke carelessly and with the utmost calmness, to the questioners, joking with them about his past offences.  He is the same man who was taken up about six months ago for attempting to cut the throat of a negro.  The body of the deceased was taken to the Coroner's office, where it can be seen.

   The difficulty grew out of a dispute about a woman.  Miguel Castro, we are reliably informed, was a native of Durango, Mexico, from which place he fled three years ago, leaving behind him a family and fortune of much importance.  An inquest will be held by Coroner Kent to-day at twelve o'clock.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 October 1855

SHOCKING DEATH. - Coroner Kent was called upon yesterday to hold an inquest upon the body of a young man named Jacob Pfirter, who died at the residence of his parents, No. 43 Battery street, about eight o'clock this morning, under the following circumstances.

   It appeared from the testimony that the deceased was engaged with his father in the manufacture of larger beer in the rear of the above premises, and at five o'clock on Saturday afternoon was engaged in pumping beer from one vat to another, for the purpose of putting it in the receiving vat prior to its being put in the ordinary casks which it is used in.  The latter vat was getting too full, and he was in the act of getting down off the platform, which the pump was erected on, when he missed his foothold and fell into a vat containing about 100 gallons of the boiling liquid.  He was immediately extricated by his father, who was close by, and put into a vat containing cold water, where he remained about fifteen minutes until the arrival of a physician, who prescribed the usual remedies for him in such cases, but without the desired effect, as he lingered until about 8 o'clock yesterday morning, when he died.  Verdict in accordance with the facts.  Deceased was a native of Switzerland, and aged 16 years.

THE MURDER IN DUPONT ALLEY. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday on the body of Miguel Castro, whose death was recorded in our yesterday's Alta.  The verdict was: "That deceased came to his death from the effects of knife wounds, received from a weapon in the hands of some person unknown to the jury."  Deceased was a native of Durango, in Mexico, where he leaves a mother and sister, who are said to be in affluent circumstances.  He was twenty-three years of age.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 November 1855

A man named H. L. Carter died suddenly last night in the Station House, of mania potu.  His body was taken in charge by Coroner Kent, and an inquest will be held to-day at 12 o'clock.  We understand that the deceased was a clerk in the Land Commissioners' office.  His body can be seen at 161 Sacramento street.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 November 1855

INFANTICIDE. - An inquest was held by the Coroner yesterday upon the body of a male child which had been found in the morning on Stanley Place, between Harrison and Bryant streets.  It had the appearance of having been strangled two or three hours after birth.  It was wrapped in two or three handkerchiefs and then put into a bundle with some old clothes, but nothing could be found by which to identify or lead to the detection of the unnatural parents.  The body was found by a lad named Louis Morris, while going to Market in the morning, who immediately informed Coroner Kent. - Town Talk.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - We have just been informed that Mr. David Adams, of the firm of Adams, Welsh & Co., was thrown from his horse in Santa Clara county, and killed, on the 1st inst.  Mr. Adams was from Canajoharie county, New York. - News.

KILLED. - A man named Richard Miller, attached to the U.S. surveying vessel Hancock, was killed at Vallejo by a messmate with whom he had a difficulty. - News.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 November 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Further Particulars of the Explosion. - Coroner Kent last night commenced to hold an inquest upon the body of Carrol, who was scalded so badly at the explosion of the Novelty Distillery, that he died in six hours, after enduring the most intense pain.  Like the other victims of that horrid catastrophe, Carrol was burned both inwardly and outwardly, and thus suffered from every exertion of the lungs.  On the inquest six witnesses were examined, when the investigation closed for want of material evidence, and will be re-opened to-day at noon.  The deceased was a native of Dublin, about 25 years of age, formerly lived in New Orleans, where he has a brother residing, and was once a drover between Los Angeles and the Southern mines.

   The only new fact elicited in the examination last night, was that the still in the cellar was cracked and leaking, and that the men were busy at the time of the explosion in drawing off the liquor in buckets and carrying it up stairs.  Peter Burns, a stillman in the works, who gives the above fact, was standing near the cell at the time, waiting for the charge to come around the worm into the still, when the first he knew the liquid gushed out of the end of the worm, striking him in the face.  The explosion instantly occurred, throwing him upon his face; but he soon recovered and went up stairs where he discovered men tearing the clothes from the person of a man who was wounded.  He had no knowledge how the liquor caught fire, and was of opinion that alcohol would not ignite without the application of a blaze.  A brazier was outside the building, but he did not think the fire could have been communicated from his furnace, which was 25 feet away.  There were no fires in the cellar, and the liquor was well protected from sparks from the chimney. Under all these circumstances Mr. Burns, who was a very intelligent witness, testified that the origin of the conflagration was a matter inexplicable to him. 

   The Coroner informs us that a man named O'Neale, who was the only person in the cellar at the time of the explosion, and who was engaged in carrying the alcohol from the leaking tank to the reserved vessels, has been twice summoned to attend the inquest for the purpose of giving testimony, but so far he has failed to comply.  It was owing to the absence of O'Neale that the examination was deferred.  We shall probably give further particulars by to-morrow.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 November 1855

THE DEAD OF YESTERDAY. - The body of Thos. F. Seward, who was crushed by the falling of the walls of the Novelty Distillery yesterday, is at present exposed to the view of his friends and the firemen generally, in the new engine house of Volunteer Co. No. 7, on Pine street. ...

BERNARD BIRD. - An inquest was held this morning upon the person of the above named gentleman, who was killed at the explosion yesterday.  The testimony only elicited the fact that Bird was a native of Dublin, 25 years of age, and leaves a wife and child to mourn his loss.  His wife says that when he went to work in the morning he had $200 in his pockets, and that when his clothing was returned there was but sixty cents left.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 November 1855

COOL AND BUSINESS LIKE. - A person down in the valley part of the country, whose name we have not learned, found a man making off with one of his horses, and shot him, killing him almost instantly.  He then addressed a letter to Judge Lewis in which he states that he found the man stealing one of his animals, ordered him to stop in a lawful manner, and not being obeyed, he shot him, and requested the Judge to send the Coroner over to hold an inquest on the body. The Sheriff was sent over instead of the Coroner, and we can almost imagine the gentleman's surprise when he finds himself arrested on a charge of murder, but trust his cool business capacity will not desert him in the emergency. - Butte Record.

 

THE DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 November 1855

BODY RECOVERED. - Information was conveyed to the Coroner yesterday, at 4 P.M., that the body of a man was floating about the steamer Ellen Craig.  Mr. Kent proceeded to the spot, and by the use of ropes, soon drew from the water the body of a man without any clothing on but a shirt.  The body was much mutilated by fish, and the flesh in a state of decomposition.  On examination the deceased was recognised as William Ferguson, a teamster, who left his boarding house on Wednesday morning, the 6th inst., since which time nothing has been heard of him.  He was unwell, from too much drinking on the day previous, and at night was out of his head.  He left his room in his night clothes, with a sheet or blanket around him, and coming to the bay either threw himself overboard or fell in, and was drowned.  He was a native of Maine, and aged 26 years.  He leaves no family.  An inquest will be held to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 November 1855

The Murder of Wall and Williamson.

Full particulars of the horrible murder of Isaac B. Wall and T. B. Williamson have been received by the San Francisco papers.  The subjoined are copied from the Herald of Tuesday:

MONTEREY, Nov. 11-8 PM.

The bodies of Mr. Isaac \B. Wall and Mr. Thos. B. Williamson were brought into town at noon to-day, by a party of friends, under Capt. B. G. Baldwin, and were taken to the Fort and properly cared for. 

   The body of Mr. Wall was very much bruised on the chest and back.  The shot which killed him entered the head at the back and came out through the right eye, near the nose.  It must have killed him instantly.  He also received a bullet through the left wrist, breaking through the bone; we could see no other wound of a serious nature.  His countenance was perfectly natural, and expressing great firmness.  The assassins, of course, took him completely unawares, as Wall was just the man for sudden contingencies of danger, and as for the enemy - when Wall sighted, his eye was like the eagle's, and there was no such thing as quailing in him; he was famous in the southern counties as a dead shot.  He was therefore foully murdered by covert assassins, who were concealed completely in ambush, for he was shot on horseback.

   Mr. Williamson was killed by a large shot, which came out at his right ear, cutting it very much; his countenance was perfectly natural, and wore his usual good-natured look. 

   The wounds in both Wall and Williamson, it is supposed, were made by rifle balls, and dead aim taken by the murderers.  There can be but very little doubt indeed that the poor fellows were shot at by rifles, and that their assassins were concealed close by, to render their aim fatal.  The bodies were found about two miles from Malarin's rancho (on the road to Soledad), on the bright side of the river, where there is a canada covered with chemissal and a great many oak trees scattered about, and right near the ford of the river going to the Rancho House, on the opposite side of the Salinas river, from which it is distant about eight hundred yards.  The deaths must have occurred between seven and eight o'clock ion Friday morning, 9th inst., and most likely before the fog had lifted from the ground.  Mr. Wall had about his person, in a belt, $1,000 in $20 gold pierces, which were recovered, as also, we believe, some gold pieces in his pantaloons pocket.  His fowling piece and personal baggage, on a pack animal, were also recovered.  They were all found nearby.

   Mr. Williamson had, we believe, some $150 in gold coin in a belt, and some loose gold coin in his pantaloons pocket.  He appears to have been shot while mounted.  Mr. Wall's saddle bags were found opened, and sundry papers found strewed along a considerable distance of the ground in the vicinity.  None of their baggage appears to have been stolen except what we shall now mention.

   Mr. Wall took away with him a splendid Colt's navy six shooter, the handle of which was ivory, and mounted with silver finely chased.  The number on it we have not been able to obtain as yet.  He had on also, when he left, a gold ring set with a seal of blood stone, and on which was cut in old English letters the word "Mispah," and on the inside of it, in small English written letters, "one of twenty-four."  This ring belonged to his friend Capt. Baldwin, and was a classmate memento of Captain Baldwin's, which Mr. Wall had put on in a moment of fun before he left town.  The ring was on the little finger of his left hand, and its impression on the flesh was distinct after death.  Neither of the gentlemen had watches about them, as far as we can learn.

   It was found the most convenient under the circumstances to bring their bodies into town before holding the Coroner's inquest, which will take place to-morrow morning, before Justice De la Torre, at Monterey, who, in the meantime, has charge of the effects of the deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 November 1855

BURIAL OF THE BODIES OF WALL AND WILLIAMSON. - The bodies of these two murdered men were buried in Monterey, on Monday last, near the catholic burying ground, under some spreading oak trees.  A large number of persons attended the funeral.

   The evidence on the Coroner's inquest did not amount to much more than has already been published.  About 8 o'clock on the morning of the murder, some Indians belonging to Gonzale's rancho heard shots, but thought nothing of them.  In the afternoon, near dark, they found the horse, which they knew to be Mr. Wall's, saddled, and with a serapa on.  This was on Friday, and the bodies were not found until Saturday morning.  The coroner is of opinion that the murderers must have been six or eight in number.  No clue has as yet been obtained to the murderers, nor can the object of the double murder be conjectured, as the pockets of both the murdered men were found unrifled.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 November 1855

Murder of Gen. Richardson.

Gen. William H. Richardson was assassinated in the streets of this city last evening, under circumstances particularly atrocious. [Long account.]

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Gen. Richardson and a man named Charles Cora - an Italian by birth, but for some time residing in California - had a quarrel in front of the Cosmopolitan, between Clay and commercial streets, on Friday evening. ...

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Drs. A. F. Sawyer and Rowell made a post mortem examination of the body, with the following result:

   "The ball entered the body about two and a half inches above the left nipple; it perforated the fourth rib, near its junction with the cartilage of the rib, and passed through the thin margin of the left lung, the left cuticle of the heart, the middle lobe of the right lung, and was found under the integument over the eighth rib toward the interior part of the body."

[Biography.]

   Charles Cora, the person who committed the deed, is stated to be a native of Italy, and is said to be a member of the "sporting fraternity."  He is now confined in the County Jail, and is placed under a very strong guard.  If there are palliating circumstances connected with this murder they have not yet come to light.

   Coroner Kent has summoned a jury, and will proceed, at 10 o'clock this morning, to hold an inquest on the body of the deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 November 1855

Coroner's Inquest on the Body of General William H. Richardson.

No further medical evidence.

SUICIDE. - Lieut. Archibald MacRae, commanding the U.S. revenue cutter Ewing, came to his death on Saturday evening by his own act, on board of his vessel, now lying in the harbor.  Lieut. MacRae had for some time exhibited symptoms of partial derangement, and these had become so alarming on Saturday evening, that the clerk of the Ewing was induced to send on board the U.S. steamer Active, requesting the presence of the officers of that vessel.  Two of the officers of the Active immediately went on board the Ewing, and had an interview with Capt. MacRae in his cabin, and passed nearly two hours with him in social conversation.  Observing nothing remarkable in his language or behaviour, they bade him good night, and started to return to their vessel, but had scarcely reached the deck when they heard the report of a pistol.  Upon returning to the cabin, they found Capt. MacRae lying upon the floor in a dying state.  He had discharged a pistol into his head, the ball entering just below the right temple, and producing death in a very few minutes.  Coroner Kent held an inquest upon the body yesterday afternoon, when a verdict was delivered in accordance with these facts.  Deceased was 32 years of age.

TWO MEN DROWNED. - A colored waiter named Fletcher, and a deck hand (a German), familiarly called "Steve," but whose surname is unknown - both attached to the steamer Defender - were drowned in the Sacramento river on Friday last.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 November 1855

BODY RECOVERED. - The body of the deck-hand who was accidentally drowned from the steamer Defender, on Friday afternoon, was recovered about 9 o'clock on Saturday morning, by one of the attaches of the boat, who had been searching with a hook for that purpose.  An inquest was subsequently held by Coroner Bell, at which nothing satisfactory was elicited as to the identity of the deceased.  It is supposed that he was a native of Switzerland - was between 25 and 30 years of age - familiarly called Steve on the boat, and is said to have had a partner named Fred, at San Francisco.

SKELETON EXHUMED.  - A skeleton of a white man (it is presumed) was exhumed on Friday, by the workmen engaged in excavating at the ridge near the residence of Col. Zabriskie.  It was found in an erect position, we understand, but how it came in that locality is a mystery.  It is presumed that it was interred at some time during high water.

MURDER. - From the Calaveras Chronicle we learn that the body of a Chileno was found a mile below Mokelumne Hill on Thursday last.  The deceased was seen about midday, by a miner, sitting with another man near the trail, apparently very drunk.  On his return from dinner the murdered man was lying near his claim, and at the point of death - which fact was at once communicated to the proper authorities.  Upon examination the deceased was found to have received three wounds on the head, inflicted apparently by a pick or crow-bar.  A coroner's inquest was held, but nothing was elicited to attach guilt to any one known.  The deceased was unknown - none of his countrymen being able to recognize him.  In his pockets were found one buckskin and one silk purse, and a small block of sulphate of iron.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 November 1855

Melancholy Suicide.

Wm. Kuhlau, a native of Prussia, one of the firm of Kuhlau & Co., florists, who have an extensive garden at Sutter's Fort, committed suicide last Sunday evening, on his own premises.  The deceased has for several years past been actively engaged in horticulture in this vicinity, and it is probable that no one has effected more in the development of the adaptation of our soil and climate to the growth of vegetation of every description.  No adequate cause is assigned for the commission of the rash act.  An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Bell yesterday morning, at which the following testimony was elicited:

   George Brown, sworn - I reside in Sacramento; a negro man came to me this morning early, and asked wheat dead man that was that was in the lot.  I went out and saw the body of Wm. Kuhlau in the lot east of "Sutter Hall."  He w as sitting with his back against one of the posts of the fence with a pistol in his hand; the same one now before the jury; I have no doubt that he shot himself; m- there was an impression on the fingers, from the pressure of the pistol which must have been made before he became stiff; his arms were crossed in front of his body, and there was a continued stream of coagulated blood from the wound to the arms, and on the arm where it rested on the body there was a considerable portion of coagulated blood which had not been broken since it had coagulated, which was indicative that the body had not been moved subsequent to the shooting.  There were also streams of blood running from the wound over his clothes to the ground; there was a wound (which I take to be from a ball) on the center of the forehead, which passed through the skull down into the brain; the pistol must have been close to his forehead; the skin was discolored by the powder corresponding to the bore of the pistol; the pistol was found fully loaded with the exception of one barrel, and the hammer was on the rube of the empty barrel; he did not appear to have moved after he was shot; I do not know of anything which would be likely to lead him to commit suicide; he was usually a sober man; he occasionally drank some; I was well acquainted with him; I know the body of deceased to be that of Wm. Kuhlau; I heard the report of a gun or pistol last night, a little after dark, in the direction and about the place where the body was found this morning; I know that he had a pistol that he carried sometimes; I heard him say on Saturday that he was going to nave it loaded.

   H. White, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento, and was well acquainted with deceased; he was a native of Prussia; some one awoke me this morning and told me that Mr. Kuhlau had shot himself; I went into the lot and found him sitting as described by Mr. Brown, with a large wound from a ball in the central portion of the forehead, passing into the brain; he had a pistol in his hand, the same now before the jury; I have no doubt that he shot himself; I have often heard him say lately that he was lonesome, and he appeared at times depressed in spirits; I do not think that he had any enemies who would try to kill him; I do not believe that he had been in the habit of carrying much money; I saw him at dinner last evening at Sutter Hall, about candle-light; I left him at the table, and some twenty minutes after leaving the table I heard the report of a pistol or gun in the direction where the deceased was found this morning.

   L. Waters, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento; Mr. Brown came to me this morning and told me that Mr. K. was dead, and told me to go and wake his partner; after doing so, I went to the lot and found the body of deceased as described by Mr. Brown; I was well acquainted with him; he drank more than  usual on yesterday; he had friends with him to dinner at Sutter Hall; I saw him the last time at the table, about candle-light; he was the last to leave the table; I do not know anything about what caused his death, but believe, from all the circumstances, that he committed suicide.

   J. Waters, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento; I heard this morning that Mr. Kuhlau was shot, and went to the place where he was and found him in the position described by Mr. Brown; I think he must have shot himself; I do not think he could have been shot by any one else and placed there, or have fallen as he was found; I was well acquainted with deceased; I never heard him say anything that led me to suppose that he had an idea of committing suicide; I know that he often went into the city to get some debts that were owing him; he has appeared very lively lately, more so than usual, and often treating everybody; on yesterday he told me to have dinner for him and friends; I did so, and I noticed that he eat more than usual; I saw him last at the table last evening, at early candle-light; he carried a pistol (I think the same one before the jury), which belonged to him; it is the one that I saw in his hand this morning; I have been told that he had had a difficulty with some one, on Saturday last, which annoyed him.

   C. C. Finkler, sworn - I reside in Sacramento; I was well acquainted with deceased; I am of opinion from what he said to me that his mind was much troubled, in consequence of a difficulty which he said he had had on Saturday last; he said that a man came up behind him and struck him, and that he had not been able to get satisfaction - this he told me.

   Jacob Knouth, sworn - I reside in Sacramento, and have been in partnership with deceased for about three years; he has been absent minded for some time - more so lately; I know the body to be that of my partner, Mr. Kuhlau; I saw him last in the bar-room of "Sutter Hall" last evening; he and I slept in the same room; I went to the room last night to go to bed, and did not find him, and went out to look for him; but came to the conclusion that he had gone down into town, and was not uneasy as he was in the habit of going often into the city after supper; I have not at any time heard him say anything that would lead me to suppose that he had any idea of committing suicide; I saw a wound in the forehead of deceased as described by Mr. Brown; I am satisfied that the wound caused his death; the pistol before the Jury is the one deceased had in his hand this morning I know it to be Mr. Kuhlau's; he was in the habit of carrying it; I think that he committed suicide; I do not think that he could have been shot by any one else, and could not have been placed as he was found without some evidence of the same appearing.

   The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by a pistol shot, from a pistol in his own hand on the evening of the 18th November.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - We learn from the Weaverville Democrat that as soon as the news reached that place of the death of three men at Ridgeville, on Thursday last, the Coroner, Mr. Albert Shepard, repaired immediately to the scene of the melancholy occurrence.  The bodies were extricated from beneath the pile of earth - a jury called and sworn, and after hearing the evidence, returned a verdict that Robinson Dare, Arthur P. Haven and Nathaniel Block, came to their death on Thursday, the 8th inst., by the caving of a bank of earth upon them.

STARTLING DISCOVERY. - The Weaverville democrat is informed that a few days ago Mr. Miller, of North Fork, while on a hunting excursion, discovered the skeleton of a man, laying on a little pile of weeds and hay, on the summit of a mountain, four miles from North Fork.  A ramrod was picked up near the bones - also, a copy of the Trinity Times, of February.  Who he was or how his death was caused is as yet a matter of conjecture.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 November 1855

Melancholy Suicide.

Mr. N. K. Lovett yesterday committed suicide, in a stable at the corner of Pacific and Jackson streets, by hanging himself to a beam.  The lifeless body was discovered at half-pasty one, when information was immediately communicated to the police, and subsequently to the Coroner.

   Mr. Lovett was a married man, and leaves two wives and one daughter.  He was from New York City, and aged 38 years.  He came to this city in 1849, and was one of first policemen appointed under Malachi Fallon.  His first wife died on New York, and he again married.  His second wife came to this State about three years ago, and after living with Lovett some time, eloped with a man named Moody, a carpenter, on Jackson street, with whom she is now living.  At the time his second wife absconded, she took from him about $6000, all the money he had.  He managed, however, to collect together a small sum, with which he bought a dray and again commenced business.  Succeeding very well, matrimony again crossed his mind, and unfortunately he met with an old maid, named Ann Paddock, sometime in February last.  To her he proposed marriage, agreeing to settle upon her a one thousand dollar note, drawing 2 ½ per cent interest monthly.  Miss Paddock reminded Lovett that he had one wife already.  This objection was obviated b y the procurement of a lawyer named Graham, who drew up a mutual agreement between Lovett and his second wife, wherein they agreed to divorce themselves.   Mr. Lovett and Miss Ann Paddock were then married, and lived together for eight months, when his third wife left, and took up residence in Broadway street, when her husband lived on Pacific.

   Lovett leaves a daughter by his first wife, who is married to a gentleman in this city.  She says that her father has been almost crazy since his last wife left him, and that on Monday he asked her husband to take possession of all his effects, in the event that he should die suddenly. He said that his wife had led him a miserable life ever since his marriage, and at last she had left him, taking all his money, and the $1000 note.  Shortly previous to his death he wrote a farewell note to his daughter, and then deliberately proceeded to end his life.

   Lovell was a spare made man, of general respectability, but somewhat addicted to drink.  The third wife testified before the Coroner that Lovett had been a kind husband to her, except when intoxicated, and then he frequently threatened to take her life, together with that of his second wife and of Moody.  She was afraid of him, which is her excuse for leaving him.

   The inquest of the Coroner resulted in a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death as stated above.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 November 1855

The Late Assassination.

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THE INQUEST.

At a post-mortem examination made on the body of W. H. Richardson, on the evening of the 17th of November, 1855, it was found, that death had resulted from a bullet which entered the body about two and a half inches above the left nipple, penetrated the left lung, and passed through the left auricle of the heart and right lung, and was found beneath the integument on the right side of the body near the eighth rib.  The hemorrhage from this wound must have been immediately fatal.

   At an inquest held on this, the 18th day of November, 1855, upon the body of Gen. William H. Richardson, deceased, the Jury do find the following facts:

   That the said W. H. Richardson came to his death by a pistol shot fired from the hand of one Charles Cora, on the night of Saturday, November 17th, between the hours of six and seven o'clock; and that the said Richardson went in company with the said Cora to a place near the corner of Clay and Leidesdorff streets, in the city of San Francisco, in the front of a store occupied by Fox & O'Connor; and that he was there deprived of his life, in the manner aforesaid, by the said Cora; and from the facts produced, the Jury believe that the said act was premeditated, and there was nothing to mitigate the same.  DAVID CHAMBERS, Foreman.

J. M. FARWELL, CHARLES H. DEXTER, CHARLES YEOMANS, F. BAILEY, G. C. JONES, ALVAN FLANDERS, P. D. KILDUFF,  GEO. AMERIGE.

THE MURDERER AND THE MURDERED. - The subjoined brief biographies of the lamented Richardson and Charles Cora, appear in the Evening News of Monday:

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Charles Cora is an Italian by birth, but speaks English well.  He has been in this State for several years, and came here from New Orleans.  His character is of the worst description, having lived in close intimacy with an abandoned woman, who bears his name.  He is the companion of black-legs and prostitutes, and it cannot be too much deplored that a gentleman cannot walk our streets without being thrown in contact with such wretches.  Cora's paramour, a notorious woman, is reputed to be wealthy, and will doubtless liberally use her money to procure his escape from punishment.  But we much mistake the temper of our people, if strict justice be not meted out to him.  He should have a fair trial; but if any attempt be made at packing a jury, or bribing a juryman, the people should hunt down the perpetrator of it with the avidity that they would hunt down a mad dog.

SUICIDE OF LIEUT. McRAE..

Mostly biographical.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 November 1855

More About the Richardson Murder.

Mostly concerned with matter of Belle Cora.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 November 1855

The Monterey Murder.

Long report on the deaths of Wall and Williamson.

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The Leavitt Suicide.

Detailed report of the Inquest; evidence from Mrs. Sarah Squiers, daughter; Anna Paddock Leavitt, former wife; William Squiers, son in law; &c.

MURDER IN SANTA CLARA. - From the San Jose Telegraph we learn that -

   On Sunday last, at the house of Ignacio Berreyesa, near the New Almeda Mines, Santiago Berreyesa murdered Pedro Aravena, a Chilanian, under the following circumstances:  Pedro had become enamoured of the daughter of Ignacio Berreyesa, a young girl, aged 14 years, and meeting with opposition from the parents of the girl to a marriage, the young folk went to Alvisa, and were there married by a Justice of the Peace.  This happened several weeks ago.  In a short time, the parents became reconciled to the marriage, and the young pair returned to the house of the father, Ignacio. 

   On Sunday last, Santiago, the uncle of the girl, being a man of dark and malignant feelings, seeing Pedro sitting in the house, deliberately shot him twice with a pistol, producing death.  We are informed that Pedro was entirely unsuspicious of harm, and was sitting in the house - the assassin firing at him through the window.  Santiago, immediately on the perpetration of the deed, mounted his horse, and has not as yet been arrested.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 November 1855

FOUND DEAD. - On the morning of the 21st inst., Wm. McCulley, an Irishman, was found dead in his bed in a house in the lower part of the town.  Coroner Shurtleff held an inquest upon his body.  The jury found that he came to his death from natural causes.  Mr. McC. had resided in this place about two years. - Shasta Courier.

KILLED. - A German was killed in Tunnel Hill, Amador county, on the 26th.  The Sentinel says that $200 was found on his person.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 November 1855

From our Evening Edition of Yesterday.

The Georgina Explosion.

We have been furnished by Wells, Fargo & Co. with a copy of the evidence taken upon the Coroner's inquest held at Petaluma on the body of John Flood, who was killed by the explosion of the Georgina.  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Capt. Thompson.

   By the evidence, it appears that the deceased was a fireman on board the Georgina, and at the time of the explosion was standing in front of the boiler, moving wood. - There was no engineer on board, the two firemen acting in that capacity.  James Watson, one of the firemen, testified that she had on at the time of the explosion 75 lbs of steam; she was rated to carry 85.  She blew up five minutes after he left.  He told Flood to draw up the string and compress the valve.  He had shut down the throttle which prevents the steam from going to the boiler.  When Flood hauled the string down, the boat blew up.  The captain did not know the amount of steam on.  Sixty pounds is the most steam carried when under way.  The witness had engaged to act as engineer till another one was engaged.  The captain was often swearing because no more steam was carried.  Don't know whether the captain was an engineer.

   James Stewart, the former engineer of the Georgina, testified that it was unsafe to close the valve after an absence of three to five minutes from the engine room.  He left the boat because the captain growled at his not carrying more steam.

   Another witness testified that he heard the captain tell Flood to stop the valve till they got some horses and mules on board.  The boat blew up about three minutes after the valve was closed.

   Frederick Dauker testified that, half an hour after the explosion, he met Capt. Thompson running on Main street.  He said, "Dauker, give me your hat, and don't say anything."  This witness testified that the captain was "running like h-l."

   William Van Houten testified that he saw Flood fifteen minutes before he died, and heard him say, "It was all that g-d d----d captain's fault.  If I had got down, I never would have gone on her again."

   Another witness testified to hearing deceased say he had on over a hundred pounds of steam, and that it was all the captain's fault.

   The clerk testified that Watson was employed as engineer, and he had heard him say he had never learned the trade of engineer.  Every exertion was made when in company with the Kate Hayes to get on all the steam possible.  The bar keeper testified that he heard the captain on the day of the explosion say that the Georgina "would beat the Kate Hayes to-day."  The jury returned the following verdict:

   That the deceased came to his death by scalds and injuries received by the explosion of the Georgina, and that his death was occasioned by the criminal conduct and inattention of Capt. Jno. Thompson, the captain of the Georgina, and the owners, Wagner & Behler.  [Captain Thompson arrested; SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 November.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 November 1855

The Georgina, with editorial comment.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of Mrs. Jane Harlow, who died suddenly at her residence in this city, on Monday.  Dr. A. S. Murphy held a post mortem examination, and from the evidence shown to the jury they rendered a verdict of death caused by asphyxia.  She was a native of England, and aged 45 years.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 November 1855

MISINFORMED. - The telegraphic dispatch published in Tuesday's issue, announcing the death of Capt. Matthews, the submarine diver, has proved to be incorrect.  Reliable information has since reached us, which states that Stephen Crowley, also known as a successful diver, is the person who was suffocated.  The News gives the subjoined particulars of the deplorable accident:

   He had been employed by Capt. Randall, of the schooner Ada, lying off Rincon Point, to go in search of a lost anchor, and while down met with the above death. The Coroner held an inquest upon the body, and returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.  Crowley had followed the business of diving for many years, having been engaged in raising the U.S. steamship Missouri, sunk in the harbor of Gibraltar.  He also raised several vessels in the harbor of Valparaiso, and latterly had been employed to recover the treasure lost on the Yankee Blade.

DREADFUL CASUALTIES. - A little girl, daughter of Mr. Willis Morgan, lumber dealer on Dupont street, near Vallejo, while playing close to a stove on Sunday evening, caught her sleeve in the handle of a kettle of boiling water, and, upsetting it, precipitated the contents upon her person.  She was most frightfully scalded, and it is hardly possible that she can survive.

   A little child was badly burned on Spofford street by the setting on fire of the bed clothes.  Children were playing with matches, when the clothing caught in flames, and the result was most lamentable. - San Francisco Evening News, Monday.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 November 1855

SUDDEN DEATH. - A man named William ------ died suddenly yesterday afternoon, at 62 Montgomery street, between Pine and Bush streets.  He came down from the mines about two weeks ago, and engaged to work for his board at the place above named, and continued to work until 12 o'clock, P.M., yesterday.  He purchased a bottle of brandy after dinner, and was soon taken ill, and died five minutes before 12 midnight.  He was a saddler by trade.  An inquest will be held upon the body this morning at the Coroner's office, 161 Sacramento street.

THE EXPLOSION OF THE STEAMER GEORGINA.

Inquest; lists the jurors.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 November 1855

THE SUICIDE OF KUHLAU.

Report on insinuations; previously unpublished letter on his state of mind.

MEDICAL. - An Indian boy, aged about 4 years, living in the family of a Chilean woman, on the alley between Front and 2d streets, died on Friday last, after a sickness of several days.  The woman, in consequence of a precious occurrence, suspected that the child had been poisoned by a woman who resided in the vicinity, and insisted that the matter be investigated by physicians.  Drs. Proctor and Aylett being applied to, held a post mortem examination, in the presence of Coroner Bell, and discovered, as was supposed, that death was caused by intussusception - the entrance of one portion of the intestine within another.  The incident created considerable excitement in the neighborhood, which even continued some time after the examination.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 November 1855

Another Horrible Murder.

A moist brutal and shocking murder was committed this morning about one o'clock, upon the person of a Frenchman named Dupuis, who has lived and cultivated a garden at the Mission Dolores since 1849.

   He was an honest, industrious and peaceable citizen, and was supposed to have considerable money in his cabin, which in all probability was the cause of the assassination.

   His dogs, that he had relied upon to guard and watch his premises, have recently been poisoned, leaving him unattended and alone.  Yesterday he made the remark that they had killed his dogs, but they could not find his money.

   The murderers, four in number, were seen by an occupant of a house near by, who came to the relief of the deceased, but was driven back with threats of instant death unless he retreated.

   The body was found this morning, with the hands and feet tied together, and the head badly beaten with some heavy weapon, breaking the skull in a most frightful manner.

   The body is in the hands of the Coroner, and an inquest will be held to-day.  The officers are in pursuit of the perpetrators of this foul deed, but as yet no clue is had to their whereabouts.

ARREST OF MURDERERS. - Soon as the intelligence of the murder of the Frenchman yesterday morning at the Mission was made known at the Police Office, several policemen were kept on the qui vive, in order to obtain some trace of the guilty parties.  Their search has resulted in the arrest of confinement of four Frenchmen, who are probably guilty of the murder.  They were arrested by officers Wardwell, Rideout and Ridell.  The names of the prisoners are Lanermie Pierre Louis, -------- Chalefau, Isadore Maruo and Ashiel Bannao.  A Coroner's Inquest was held yesterday upon the body, but nothing further elicited more than we published in our yesterday's evening edition.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 December 1855

ESCAPE OF MEXICAN PRISONERS. - From the Oakland Leader of Saturday evening we learn the following particulars of the escape of two Mexicans, who were recently arrested on the charge of cattle stealing, and the Lynching for the same offense of two notorious individuals named John Hill and Wm. Harris - both Americans:

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In the meantime, the people, so long the victims of a gang of merciless pillagers, became greatly exasperated, and immediately resolved not to allow the American prisoners a similar opportunity to make good their escape.  A Vigilance Committee was instantly organized; the prisoners, Hill and Harris, were quickly wrested from the guard and placed in a wagon, which was guarded by the Committee, who proceeded to the ranch of Alviso, about four miles from Union City, on the San Jose road, at which place, upon the branch of a tree, at about 5 o'clock on the morning of the 29th inst., both Harris and Hill were executed.

   A Coroner's inquest was held the same day over the dead bodies, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the foregoing facts.  The bodies were then cut down and buried on the same spot where they were executed.  Some important information was, we are informed, elicited from Hill, a few moments previous to his death, which may hereafter prove beneficial to the ends of justice.  At last accounts, the escaped Mexican prisoners had not been re-captured.  The Sheriff has offered a reward of $500 for their arrest.

MYSTERIOUS. - The body of an unknown man was found dead near Grasonville, Stanislaus county, a few days ago, under very suspicious circumstances.  Says the Stockton Republican:

   About two weeks since, two men, supposed to be miners, were seen to go into the woods at the place designated above; afterwards the discharge of a pistol of gun was heard.  Nothing more was thought of the matter until the man was found accidentally by some of the residents in the vicinity, with his head perforated with a ball.  An inquest was held, but nothing definite elicited.

  

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 December 1855

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of an unknown man was found yesterday morning, floating in the Bay, near the corner of Clay and Drum streets.  He had apparently been in the water but a few hours.  He had on a black cloth frock coat, black pants and check neck-cloth, and a large gold ring on one of the fingers.  The sum of $3,25 was found in his pockets.  He was a large sized man, and thought to be an Irishman.  The Coroner will hold an inquest upon the body this morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 December 1855

Letter from a Miner.

MORMON ISLAND, Nov. 28th.

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A man was found dead in his cabin at this place a few days ago, ion a state of putrification, partly eat up by rats.  He had probably been dead some week or ten days, not having been seen around town, and his sudden demise is supposed to have been caused by intemperance.  A. Spinks, Esq., held an inquest over the body of deceased, and returned a verdict in accordance with the above statement; after which, he was decently buried.  From the signs of blood on the bed, that had oozed out of the bites of the rats, &c., it is thought by some that he was partially eaten up alive while dread drunk, and not conscious of his existence.

The Suicide of J. B. Gillis - Coroner's Inquest.

Coroner Bell held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of J. B. Gillis, who committed suicide on the evening previous, by swallowing strychnine, and administering the same to his son, a child of eighteen months.  The evidence adduced before the jury was as follows:

   Lambert Welbourn, sworn I reside in this city, and am Deputy Sheriff of this county; there was a warrant placed in my hands for the arrest of deceased, yesterday evening; I proceeded to the premises occupied by him; knocked at the door three times, and then three times more, each time telling him I was an officer; I heard no answer, and then I broke open the front door, but could not get through the partition door; O then went to the rear of the house, and forced open all the doors, until I reached the room in which I found deceased; when I opened the third door from the rear, I heard the report and saw the flash of a pistol or gun; I then broke open the door leading to the room whence it proceeded, and found deceased lying upon the bed, and at about the pit of the stomach I saw a wound from a ball; her had in his hand a single-barrel pistol, and a gun leaning against the bed, in which he was lying, and in the bed I found a Colt's revolver - all were loaded except the pistol held in his hand; he was in bed undressed, as though he had gone to bed for the night; his child was lying on his left arm - the pistol was in his right hand; the first remark he made when I entered, was "I am too fast for you - I have shot myself," at the same time pointing to the wound; he appeared very calm under the circumstances; he then directed my attention to some papers on the table; they are now before the jury; one of the papers bears date of December 3d, 1854, but this is evidently a mistake on his part in reference to the year, as he referred to the papers as though he had just written them; he told me he had taken strychnine for the purpose of killing himself, and that he had been led to believe that it would produce instant death, or he should have used the pistol in the first place; he said he found it to be too slow, and, hearing us coming, he had shot himself, as he was not willing to be separated from his dear  Willie; I understood him to say that he had given his child poison, as he wished they should go to Heaven together; he afterwards asked how Willie was getting, and when told he was better, he said he was very sorry; I was present when deceased died, about half-past one o'clock this morning.

   Dr. Chas. Burrel, sworn - I am a physician and reside in this city; I was called last evening about 10 o'clock to see deceased; found him in the position described by Officer Wellbourn; I found a gun shot wound in or near the pit of the stomach; [the testimony was given in a manner that the jury might understand it;] I attempted to probe it, but he said, "Don't give me any pain," and raised his head and whispered to me, saying he had taken strychnine, and said, "I am past hope;" in about ten minutes, the child, which was in bed with him, began to show signs of having been poisoned by strychnine; he appeared to be unwilling to allow the child to be taken from the bed, and said he expected his wife would be in soon, but when the child began to show signs of poisoning, he handed it willingly to Wellbourn; I asked, "Have you given the child positron? And how much?" he said from his manner of taking it - dry, from his hand, in the dark - and afterwards putting his hand on the child's mouth, to keep it from crying, he supposed it had got some in its mouth; in about ten minutes after the child was removed from him, he said, "For God 'sake, try and do something for poor Willie! I am past recovery;" I left the room and adopted measures for the relief of the child; in an hour I returned to his room and found several persons present; he asked me how the child was; I told him the symptoms were favorable; he grasped me by the hands and used exclamations which led me to believe that he was delighted as the prospect of his child becoming better; he was then in spasms from the effect of the strychnine which he had taken, and I left the room; however, before leaving the room Dr. Bell had arrived, to whom he pointed out the vial of strychnine, which was concealed under the pillow, from which he said he had taken the dose; the vial, containing strychnine in as crystalized form, is now before the jury; I saw him last a little after --- o'clock; I was then satisfied that he would soon die from the effects of strychnine; I am satisfied that both he and the child swallowed strychnine; I saw a small portion of strychnine on the child's lips' the gunshot wound was a little to the right of the pit of the stomach; I probed it to the depth of about two and a half inches; the wound would most likely have proved fatal from secondary inflammation, if he had not taken the poison; I this morning probed the wound since death; the ball had passed through the lower portion of the right lobe of the lungs; I have been acquainted with deceased for five years; I believe he was insane on the subject of domestic difficulties; I have been his medical adviser.

   Dr. Sullivan, sworn - I am a physician, and live in this city; I was called about 10 o'clock yesterday evening to see deceased; he told me that Dr. Burrell was his family physician, and that he wished him sent for; he did not wish me to examine him; he then told me the cause of his present difficulties; he said there had been a warrant issued for him, and he would not be taken - he had rather die.

   John Drummond, sworn - I reside in this city; I have been well acquainted with deceased for sixteen years; he has always made a confidant of me; some three weeks ago he came to me and said "O am a widower again; give me some brandy; every thing is going and I may as well go with the rest."  He said his wife had left him; he called on me about one week ago and I thought he was either drunk or crazy; he said "I want you to do a little errand for me;" and said "I am determined to make short work of it," and pointed to his back and said, "I have got it here; I want you to go and tell my wife I want her to come home and bring Willie with her; I want you to go to-morrow - Friday will be too late - Friday is hanging day."  He said "I want you to send both my wife and child - don't send one without the other." He said they would never leave the house again, and if he had know they were going to leave this time he would have shot both of them; I think he was insane on the subject of family difficulties.

   D. D. Francisco, sworn - [Evidence immaterial except in corroboration.]

  F. R. Folger, sworn - Lives in this city; I came twice last evening to the house of deceased; once between 6 and 7 o'clock, in company with Deputy Sheriff Boyer and others, for the purpose of serving as writ of habeas corpus on him; the officer had an interview with him, and read the writ to him; he declined obeying the writ, and said he wished to consult his counsel; that his child was abed, and it would be a shame to wake it and take it out at that hour; the officer left and proceeded to the office of judge Heard to procure authority to take him by force, should it be deemed advisable; I remained to prevent deceased leaving the house with the child; Boyer returned, and being unable to obtain admittance, or get any reply from deceased, affixed a copy of the former writ to the door, and left at the threshhold a note from Mr. Wallace (attorney) to deceased, advising him to obey the writ; Boyer then again repaired to the office of Judge Heard (myself accompanying him,) and received a warrant for the immediate arrest of deceased; we then returned to the house of deceased, accompanied by Deputy Sheriff Welbourn; the latter having demanded several times to be admitted in the name of the law as an officer, and knocking loudly at the door to secure attention, and not being admitted, forced an entrance; about the time Welbourn was getting into the house at the rear, I heard the report of a pistol or gun in the direction of the room, where I afterwards found deceased; I also heard groans; the party having entered the house and forced the door of the room occupied by deceased, Welbourn entered the latter, followed by myself; we found deceased as represented by Welbourn; he told us he had shot himself; it was suggested that the child be removed to other quarters; he objected, saying he would not part with it; I noticed that the child had spasms; decreased also called out attention to the fact, and gave up the child to Welbourn; deceased called for the single barrel pistol, (the same before the jury,) and showed us how he committed the act; I think he said he took the strychnine from his hand while they were breaking open the front door, and that he afterwards shot himself to expedite his death; I remained until 11 ½ o'clock, when deceased was attacked with spasms.

   R. M. Folger, sworn - I came with the Sheriff's [posse last evening; was present when the Sheriff forced his way through the wicket door in the rear of the house and followed him into the house; as I was passing in I heard groaning; waited until the bedroom door was broken open and then entered; found deceased on his back in bed; noticed that he was shot in the stomach; I took the single-barrel pistol, now before the jury, from his die; examined it and saw that it had been fired off; the hammer was down; I then went after the doctors; I expected the deceased would use his weapons on the Sheriff and posse, and so advised them, and told them to go armed.

   The testimony was here closed and the jury returned a verdict that "the deceased came to his death from a dose of strychnine, taken by him on the night of the 3d inst., while laboring under mental aberration, produced by domestic difficulties; the gunshot wound not being sufficient in our estimation, to produce that result in the short time which elapsed between the attempt on his life and his subsequent death."

   The following are copies of papers among those handed to Deputy Sheriff Welbourn:

   "My wife gone, and this night, by a mob in the dark, my child about to be torn from my bed - that disgrace brought on by you, my ever dearest Mary, and your evil advisers.  I have nothing to live longer for now.  Farewell, sooner than lose my child.  J.B. GILLIS.  Dec. 3, 1854."

   "Bad advice has produced all the trouble between me and my wife.  Me and my sweet dear child are one - he is my life.  I love both truly, God knows.  Let us, for mercy sake, be (both put in the same coffin), my DEAR SWEET CHILD and myself.  This is the end of evil advice.  Let us be buried by my brother Odd Fellows. JOHN B. GILLIS."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 December 1855

INQUEST IN SACRAMENTO.

J. B. Gillis. ...The child is said to have considerably improved, and hopes are entertained of its recovery.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 December 1855

DEATH IN THE CITY PRISON. - A Frenchman named Eugene Dusans, who has been partially in sane for some time past, and has been in the Insane Hospital for five or six months, was, a few days since, found upon Washington square, in a suffering condition, and was taken to the Station House, where he expired last evening.  An inquest was held upon his body to-day at 12 PM.  The verdict had not been rendered when we went to press.

INDICTED. - The Grand Jury of Solano county have found a true bill for murder against Gillman, who, it will be remembered, last week killed a man named Hurley, near Vacaville.  The prisoner is at present confined in the Contra Costa jail.

CORONER'S INQUEST - A STRANGE CASE. - The inquest upon the body of the Frenchman, named Veollet, who died in the city prison Friday night, has been postponed, to allow the friends of deceased to come forward and take charge of his body, as it is represented that he had friends who are wealthy and influential.  His father lives in Paris and is said to be worth a million dollars.  The deceased was banished from his father's residence when he came to California, but for what reason we could not learn.  Testimony was taken yesterday, from several Frenchmen, who identified the body, and said that deceased was very intemperate, and his occupation was "prospecting the streets for bottles and rags."  Dr. Sheldon, who attended him in the prison, certified that his death was caused by the use of intoxicating drinks, and improper exposure.  The investigation will be continued to-morrow.

RECOVERY OF THE BODY OF A CHILD. - Yesterday Coroner Kent received information that the body of an infant was interred somewhere on a vacant lot at the corner of Mission and Simmons streets.  The Coroner repaired to the designated spot, and after a diligent search, he recovered a small case, such as are used in putting up tobacco, with the label still upon it, in which was found the body of a still born infant.

   From the appearance of the body, it must have been buried some time, as it was partially decayed, and had been mutilated by the dogs, that a few days since dug it up.  From some persons in the neighborhood, the Coroner ascertained that parties had been seen upon the lot, apparently digging in the ground on two or three occasions.  They were supposed to be some Spanish or Mexican women, and are perhaps the depositors of the recovered body.  After it had been dug up by the dogs, it was again buried, and the Coroner found four places upon the lot, which appeared to have been excavated for the purpose of the burial, as they resembled the spot where the box was found.  The body is at the office of the Coroner, where an inquest will be held to-day.

FOURTH DISTRICT COURT - Dec. 8.

Before Judge Hager.

The Murder Calendar.

James Stockdale was put on trial on an indictment for the murder of his wife Nancy, on the 8th of July last. ...

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 December 1855

   The Grand Jury of Monterey have indicted several persons for murder, on account of a lynching of a Californian who was charged to have been engaged in the murder of Wm. Hardmount, constable, a little more than a year since.

MURDER. - On Monday last, a man named Meximo Arias, was found murdered near the ranch of Malarin, on the Salinas river.  The body was brought to town, where an inquest was held by Justice de la Torre.  The deceased was about fifty years of age - and was a native of Lower California, but has resided in this county for a number of years. - Monterey Sentinel.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 December 1855

FOUND DROWNED - INQUEST. - Coroner Bell held an inquest about five o'clock yesterday afternoon, at Julien's ranch, nine miles below this city, on the body of a man that was found floating in the river at that point in the morning.  Upon the body were found a Colt's revolver, navy size, No. 13,578, $60 75 in coin, in a buckskin puree, and several papers, including a letter and an order, from which it was concluded that the name of the deceased was James Reyburn.  The letter was written by J. W. Johnson, dated Santa Clara, Nov. 13, '55, directed to "Virginia A. Rutledge, at home," and stated as follows: "I send this by my friend J. Reyburn."  The order was from James F. Day on A. J. Jackson, and directed the latter to send him $50 by J. Reyburn.  Upon the body was found a narrow slip of card, inscribed "Steamer Defender."  Deceased was doubtless the passenger who was lost overboard from that steamer near this city on her upward trip on or about the 16th November,  The body was very much decomposed, having the appearance of having been a long time in the water.  No marks of violence were discovered.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning, probably in the latter part of November.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 December 1855

MYSTERIOUS - ANOTHER VICTIM. - The body of a man named Brown was yesterday morning fished out of the Bay near Vallejo street wharf, by a boatman named Barr.  The body was identified as that of a sailor on the British barque Raymond.  There are evidences of injuries received about the head, but not sufficient to cause death.

   It was thought yesterday that the body was that of the person who was supposed to have been killed by John Carney, on Friday night last, at his sailor boarding house.  Carney is under arrest now for assault and battery, and it was reported that one person engaged in the fight has been missing since, and the investigation has been continued for further information concerning the affair.

   An inquest will be held upon the body this morning, when something more may be heard of this affair.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 December 1855

SHOCKING AFFAIR.

More on the Carney @ Cooney affair.

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest upon the body of Wm. Brown, the man whose mysterious death we noticed yesterday.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased was first beaten and then thrown into the bay, when he was drowned.  The evidence acquitted John Cooney of the suspicion, which we stated were entertained against him yesterday.  One witness testified that he had seen the deceased on Friday night at 10 o'clock, while the fight at Cooney's occurred about 8 o'clock that evening.

   Another witness also testified that he had seen the deceased on Friday morning, and then he had a wound over his forehead, such as Brown had when picked out of the water.  We have published the circumstances against Cooney, and when a man is charged with as many offenses as he is, it is no desire of ours to lay the guilt of others at his door.  Human nature is inclined to magnify the errors of those publicly pointed at as bad men. - News.

KILLING A SQUAW. - One day last week, at the mouth of Salmon Creek, a man named Murphy attempted violence upon the person of an Indian girl, and failing to effect his purpose, he drew and cocked his pistol, in order to intimidate her, which she seized, and in the scuffle it was discharged, inflicting a wound upon the wretch supposed to be mortal.

   A man named Reese, hearing a white man had been shot by the squaw, went to the rancheira and killed the girl.  The citizens of that vicinity would have taken summary punishment upon the murderer had it not been for the interference of the Under Sheriff, who took him into custody, and is now on his way to Crescent City with him, where, of course, pliant juries will acquit him.

FOUND DEAD. -               The bodies of two Indian boys - San Francisco John and Nicodemus - were found, perforated with balls, on Sunday, near Knight's, on Big Slough, between this and Eureka.  It is generally known who committed the cowardly deed, though there is no testimony, as that of the Indian is not allowed in our Courts, and in consequence the perpetrators will escape punishment.  John and Nicodemus belonged to the remnant of the tribe now living on Indian Island.

GREAT EXCITEMENT AT MARTINEZ. - Confession of Jones, the Cattle thief - Implication of Respectable Citizens. - The greatest excitement prevailed yesterday at Martinez, in consequence of some disclosures made by the man Jones, who was lynched for cattle stealing, which implicated some respectable citizens of Contra Costa county.  A warrant was issued at Stockton for the arrest of the parties, returnable at that place, and placed in the hands of an officer, who, with a posse of ten or twelve men, proceeded to Martinez and took them into custody.  Their names are Lane and Davie. ... Alta.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 December 1855

INQUEST. - The Shasta County Coroner held an inquest over the body of Wm. Meredith, who died of exposure near Lower Springs, in that county, a few days ago.

IDENTIFIED. - Conclusive evidence was submitted to Coroner Bell, on Saturday, by Joseph Reyburn, of Contra Costa, that he was the brother of James Reyburn, whose body was recovered in the Sacramento river, near Julien's ranch, on the 11th inst.  Deceased was a resident of Volcano, possessed of considerable property, and fell overboard from the steamer defender in November last, as was surmised.  Mr. Reyburn was at Volcano enquiring and searching for deceased when he saw out notice of the inquest.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 December 1855

SUDDEN DEATH. - A man, whose name we did not learn [Henry Thimbleby], in the employ of Wm. Shears, at the Mission, as a cook, died very suddenly yesterday morning.  He was apparently in good health, and made no complain t of illness until the day previous, when he said he was troubled with the dysentery.  He got up yesterday morning ass usual, and commenced making a fire in the bar-room, and feeling sick, he went to bed again.

   He Said to Col. Harkness, who was present, that unless he had help within a few minutes he should die.  A physician was immediately sent for, and every attention shown him that care and medicine could effect, but all to no avail.  He died in a few minutes after making the above statement.  His body was taken in charge by Coroner Kent, who will hold an inquest this morning, and cause a post mortem examination to be held, when the causes of his demise may be made known. - Alta.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 December 1855

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest, on the 24th, on the body of Henry Thimbleby, who died suddenly at the Nightingale House.  A post mortem examination was made by Dr. W. Hammond, who came to the conclusion that he died from suffocation.  The stomach was in a normal condition; the spleen and liver much enlarged and very soft; the heart soft and enveloped in an unusual quantity of fat; lungs perfectly healthy.  Verdict of the jury - death from suffocation.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 December 1855

INQUEST. - The coroner of San Francisco, on Thursday, held an inquest over the body of an Irish woman, named Mrs. Sears, aged forty years.  She died of the effects of intemperance.

SUDDEN DEATHS. - A man whose name is unknown, was picked up this morning in the waters of the bay, at Washington street wharf.  The body is lying at the office of the Coroner.

   A Chinese woman died suddenly at the hospital this morning.  She had only been there a very few minutes.

   A man named W. C. P. Townsley, living on Union street, died instantly at his residence this morning.  The cause of death is supposed to be a paralytic stroke.

   The inquest in the three cases last mentioned will be held to-day, when further developments as to the cause of death will be made known. - Alta, Thursday.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 31 December 1855

FOUND DEAD. - An inquest was held by Coroner Bell on Saturday morning, on the body of a man found in the woods at Hooker's Ranch, on the Sacramento river, about five miles from this city.  In consequence of decomposition and mutilation by hogs, it was impossible to identify it.  The deceased was probably about forty years of age, of medium height, and had dark auburn hair.  The body was clothed in a hickory shirt, brown cassimere pants and heavy brogans, and near it were found an india rubber belt and a dark cassimere coat.  As no evidence was introduced leading to the identification of deceased or the elucidation of the cause of death, the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts above detailed.

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