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1856

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 January 1856

DEATH IN THE STATION HOUSE. - A man named McKune, alias John Gill, died about 4 o'clock this morning, in the Station House, from the effects of intoxication.  He was brought in by two friends on Friday last for safe keeping.  He had been on a desperate spree for a week past.  The Coroner took possession of the body, and will hold an inquest this afternoon. - News.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held and a post mortem examination made yesterday upon the body of a German, named Martin Schonhosser, who died on Saturday from the effects of a fall whilst intoxicated, the previous day, resulting in a fracture of the skull.  The deceased leaves a wife and child in this city. - News.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 January 1856

MYSTERIOUS DEATH - BODY NOT RECOGNIZED. - An inquest was held yesterday upon the body picked up on Friday morning, at the corner of East and Washington streets, and the verdict of the jury was, "found drowned."  The body has not yet been recognized, and it will remain at the Coroner's office until to-day, to give further opportunity for identifying it.  The probability is, that he was one of the passengers of the Sierra Nevada, and dropped through the street on his way up from the steamer this morning.  Being a stranger in the city, and having no friends to search for him, the body naturally enough remains unrecognized.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 January 1856

The Cora Trial.

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ARRESTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

... A few days subsequently, a man known by the name of Cherokee Bob was arrested at the Mission of San Gabriel, on suspicion of having been connected in some way with the murder of Wall and Williamson, near Monterey.  He had gambled away a massive and valuable gold ting, believed to have belonged to Mr. Wall, and which was said to be recognized as having been presented to Wall by Capt. Burton, of San Diego.  Captain Haley carried the ring to Monterey, with the purpose of having it identified.  The prisoner underwent a strict and scrutinizing examination by Justice Hays, and we understand that he is proved to be a convict from the State Penitentiary, whence he made his escape, in company with others, in March last, killing some of the guard. - Southern Californian.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 January 1856

SURRENDERED HIMSELF. - Patrick Brooke, the man who killed Baker at the twelve-mile house on Tuesday, came into the city the same evening, and surrendered himself to the officers, who placed him in confinement.  His counsel, Messrs. Tingley and Bowman, yesterday moved to postpone the preliminary examination until the result of the Coroner's inquest was known.  The motion was granted, and Saturday next fixed for the examination.  We understand that Brooke claims to have acted in self-defense.  This gentleman, we presume, has surrendered himself to the authorities of S. Francisco, believing himself to be quite safe here; while had he gone directly into the country he might have fallen into the hands of a mob and been hanged.  Sensible man!

MURDER OF BAKER - CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of Baker, killed by Patrick Brooks, at the twelve Mile house, and from the evidence adduced, it appears that the homicide was committed without justification or reasonable provocation.  The deceased was engaged in plowing his field, when he was approached by Brooks, and an altercation ensued, upon the claims of the respective parties to the land they were on, during which Brooks drew his revolver, and deliberately shot his adversary, who died in three hours thereafter.  Baker was a native of Kilkenny, Ireland, and was thirty-six years of age.  He leaves a wife in this country.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 January 1856

UNPROVOKED ASSAULT. - The Grass Valley Telegraph says that a most unprovoked assault was committed upon the person of a Chinaman, at the Chinese wash-house, on the corner of Mill and Neal streets, on Sunday week last.  It appears that the Chinaman was cooking some rice for his supper, when a white man present persisted in throwing dirt into the dish, against the repeated remonstrances of the Chinaman.  Becoming irritated at these remonstrances of the Chinaman, the white man picked up a stick of woof, and with it felled his victim to the floor, and then repeatedly kicked him in the stomach.  The man was apparently a stranger about town, and a miner.  He immediately left the house, and has not been seen since.  The Chinaman lingered from Sunday till Tuesday might, when he died.  A coroner's inquest rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the murderer, who is still at large.  The Chinaman was well known about Grass Valley and Nevada; he spoke the English language fluently, and was frequently employed as interpreter in the courts.  He was a man of considerable consequence with his countrymen.

DEATH FROM INEBRIATION. - An inquest was held by Coroner Bell, on Wednesday evening last, on the body of a man named Frederick Smith, a native of Belgium, who was found dead in his bunk in the cabin of George Stone, near the ferry at the mouth of the American river.  It appeared from the testimony elicited at the inquest, that the deceased, who was very intemperate, was taken sick on Monday, from the effectds of liquor, and grew worse thereafter.  Mr. Stone, being a fisherman and compelled to attend to his business, left him alone in the cabin early on Wednesday morning, and, on returning late in the evening, was informed by the neighbors that deceased was found dead about 4 o'clock P.M.  Suspicions being entertained that he had been poisoned, Dr. Houghton was called in and held a post mortem examination, by which he was confirmed in the opinion, and so testified, that death was caused by a chronic inflammation of the stomach, produced by the excessive use of ardent spirits.  The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.  We understand that persons applied at the Station House for the admittance of the deceased, and that an officer or officers proceeded to the cabin to ascertain his condition, but were unable to act in the matter, he being then in the agonies of death.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20        January 1856

ANOTHER MURDER. - Joseph Brooks a coal passer on the steamer Columbia, was murdered this morning about one o'clock by Nicholas Graham a fireman on the same steamer.  The parties had some difficulty yesterday, which was unsettled, and Graham was on shore during the evening, and got tolerably drunk.  He went on board about 12 midnight, and attacked Brooks with a knife, while he was lying in his bunk and inflicted no less than fifteen severe cuts upon his person, from the effects of which he died this morning.  An inquest will be held this P.M., the particulars of which will be given to-morrow morning.

LATE FROM THE WRECK - BODIES ASHORE. - A messenger who came from the scene of the late wreck of the Isabella Hyne, this morning,  reports that the body of Beatty the late mate of the vessel, was washed ashore, and also portions of another body, supposed to be that of Captain Calhoun.  The Coroner will go down this afternoon to hold an inquest.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 January, 1856

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Friday evening, Jan. 18th, a young man by the name of F. M. Wooley was crushed to death at Bunker Hill, near Rough and Ready, in Nevada county, by the caving of a bank of dirt, while engaged in digging a deep cut for sluicing his claim on the hill.  A coroner's inquest was held upon the body of the deceased by Justice Henton, of Rough and Ready Township, whereupon the jury returned the following verdict, viz: That deceased came to his death by the accidental caving in of the bank while at work in the cut.  Deceased has a brother living at Gold Hill, Placer county.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 January 1856

Coroner's Inquest - A Singular Case.

An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at the County Hospital (Drs. Price and Proctor's), by Coroner Bell, on the body of a man named Edward Cahill, who died in that establishment about 11 o'clock in the morning.  The deceased, it seems, had been at variance with a man named John Butler, about some wood.  They met on the Levee, on Friday last, and quarreled.  Deceased, after abusing Butler, struck him.  Butler returned the glow and broke the lower jaw of deceased on either side, the gone having been weakened by absorption and a previous facture in Mexico.  The deceased was taken to the Hospital immediately and treated, and afterwards died as above mentioned.  Upon being informed of his death, Butler walked to the Station House, and delivered himself up, stating the facts of the difficulty.  G. W. Montgomery, Wm. S. Barnes, John B. Best, Robt. Turnbull, T. O. Mahon, C. M. Cornell, H. A. Caulfield and J. La Valle were summoned as jurors at the inquest, at which the following testimony was elicited:

   F. J. Rountree, sworn - I reside in San Francisco; came to this city two weeks ago last Sunday, when I first saw deceased; on last Friday I went to the levee, and saw deceased and Butler, when they had some angry words; deceased abused Butler very much, and called him many hard names; the difficulty appeared to be in reference to some wood; deceased said to Butler, "I want the pay for that wood," and said "I can whip you," and squared off for a fight, and struck him with his fist; Butler then struck deceased with his fist a blow which, I think, broke his jaw; I am quite certain that Butler did not have anything in his hand when he struck the blow; I stood about 10 or 12 feet from the parties at the time of the fight; I heard deceased say, after the fight, "he has broke my jaw."

   Dr. Morton, sworn - Am physician; live in this city; was called on to-day by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, and made a post mortem examination of body of deceased; first examined the brain, and found a high degree of inflammation and effusion; also found congestion of the lungs, and the formation of tubercules therein; I think the cause of death was the inflammation and effusion of the brain; the lower jaw-bone was fractured on either side; the bone had been absorbed on the lefty side, leaving it only about one half the natural size; I do not know what caused the absorption; it may have been caused by an old fracture; I have no doubt but the jaw caused the inflammation which produced death.

   Dr. Wm. Proctor, sworn - Deceased came to the Hospital; on Friday night last, with a fracture of the lower jaw, and appeared to be very nervous, and I was fearful he would have lock-jaw or delirium tremens, and I ordered him some morphine; he then became more quiet, but when I came here this morning I found him laboring under inflammation of the brain, which caused his death.  The injury of the jaw caused the inflammation, but I do not think that the injury of the bone would have produced death in a healthy man who had not been in the habit of drinking to excess; the fracture was not the immediate cause of his death, but led to it.  He died to-day about 11 o'clock A.M.

   Dr. Aylett, sworn - Was present to-day at the post mortem examination on body of deceased, and fully concur with Drs. Morton and Proctor in reference to the cause of death.

   Robt. Harrison, sworn - Am a police officer; Mr. Butler came to the Police Office and gave himself up to-day, and said that he and deceased had had some difficulty, and that deceased struck him, and that he then struck deceased and fractured his jaw.

   Wm. Wright, sworn - Resides in this city; have known deceased over two years, and have known Butler since 1848; Butler and deceased had a difficulty about some wood. [Testimony same as of first witness.]  After he was struck, deceased turned to me and said, "he has broken my jaw - it was broke before in Mexico."

   The jury returned the following verdict: that in their opinion "the deceased, Edward Cahill, came to his death on the 28th Jan., 1856, from inflammation of the brain, produced by the fracture of the lower jaw, caused by a blow from the fist of a man named Butler, when engaged in a fight with deceased on Friday last."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 February 1856

More Shooting - A Man Killed by his Wife - Surrender of the Woman.

A fatal shooting affair occurred last evening, about seven o'clock, at the house of Patrick Duffy, in Card's Alley, a small street near the corner of Stockton and Vallejo streets.  The parties to the affair were Mr. and Mrs. James Ivers, and the husband was shot through the head by the wife and killed instantly.  The particulars, as we gather them from the friends of the unfortunate woman, are about as follows:  Ivers was a ship carpenter by trade, and was in the habit of drinking pretty hard, and they had lived quite unhappily together for some time past, residing most of the time at the house of Mr. Duffy, above referred to.  They were persons of limited means, and Mrs. Ivers has been for several weeks laboring as a house servant for the family of Mr. Little, on Mason street. 

   During the day, yesterday, Ivers went to the house of Little, and created considerable disturbance by quarrelling with his wife, and interfering with her household duties; so much so, that she was compelled to leave her situation, and go home to the house of Mr. Duffy, where the sad affair occurred.  The difficulties continued last evening, at Duffy's house, and Ivers was found to have a pistol in possession, and exhibited a disposition to use the same upon the person of his wife.  Duffy and his brother-in-law wrested the weapon from him, and threw it into the house, where were Mrs. Ivers and the family of Duffy.  Mrs. Ivers took up the pistol, and remarked that she did not think there was any ball in it.  She then stepped to the door and fired it into the air.  She again cocked it and fired a second time, and at this moment Mr. Ives came round the corner of the house, and was about stepping into the door, when he received the ball of the second discharge in the forehead, immediately over the right eye.  The wounded man fell and died in about an hour.

   The body was removed to the Coroner's office, and an inquest will be held this morning.  Mrs. Ivers came down to the Station house, about 9 o'clock, last evening, and surrendered herself to the authorities.

   The house where this tragedy occurred, is the same one at which Mrs. Murphy was shot and killed, about a year ago, during a squatter difficulty.  The case will probably comer up for examination before the Recorder this morning, when fuller particulars will be developed.  We have simply given the representations of the friends of the wife, who are not supposed to have been very friendly with the deceased, as they represent his conduct towards her as unkind.  It is a very unfortunate affair, and if the shot was an accidental one, it can do but little towards allaying the feelings of regret and remorse that must of necessity prey upon her, at the reflection of having caused the death of her husband.

ANOTHER VICTIM. - George Dommoney, belonging to the Black Warrior, was picked up in the bay yesterday, and supposed to have been lost while endeavoring to get on board the ship on Wednesday night, while intoxicated.  An inquest was held yesterday, and deceased was found to be a native of Southampton, England, aged thirty-five years, and was engaged on the vessel above named.  Verdict of the jury - accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 February 1856

FUNERAL OF JAMES IVERS. - The funeral of Jas. Ivers, who was killed by his wife on Thursday night, was attended yesterday, from the house where the tragedy occurred.  A very considerable number of friends were in attendance and several carriages were engaged for the occasion.  Among those who thus paid their last respects to the memory of the deceased, was the wife of Ivers, his destroyer, accompanied in the same carriage by the man of whom Ivers in his lifetime, was said to be so jealous that it was the cause of much trouble.  We do not like to impugn the motives of this unfortunate woman but her conduct on this occasion seems strange, and was anything but in good taste, or accordance with common propriety.

DEATH FROM SCALDING. - A child about six months old, the son of Mr. Griffith living on Market street, was scalded yesterday, so badly that it died soon after.  The mother of the child is a very intemperate woman, and the cause of the fatal occurrence is undoubtedly attributed to her carelessness while intoxicated.  She informed the Coroner that she dropped some clothes from a boiling kettle upon it, but the injuries appear to be all upon the back of the child, which would seen to render such a story improbable.  There are apprehensions that the true statements have not been made of the manner in which the injuries were received.  The mother was in liquor yesterday, and appeared to take but little interest in the disposition of the body of her deceased offspring.  The body is lying at the office of the Coroner, who will hold an inquest and attend to the burial of the remains.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 February 1856

A MAN KILLED BY HIS WIFE.

[Repeats previous report.]  The coroner held an inquest this morning upon the dead body, and the jury rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the wound of a pistol, discharged whilst in the hands of his wife. - San Francisco Evening News/

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 February 1856

AWFUL CALAMITY!

EXPLOSION OF THE STEAMER BELLE!

TWENTY DEAD, WOUNDED AND MISSING!

The Boat a Wreck - Incidents, &c., &c.

A terrible calamity, only equalled in these waters by the awful disaster which destroyed the Pearl a year ago, occurred on the Sacramento Rover yesterday morning.  The steamboat Belle, Capt. Charles H. Houston, left this city at 7 o'clock for Red Bluffs.  At precisely 7 ¾ o'clock, and when opposite the Russian Ford, eleven miles above town, the boiler burst, and instantaneously the stream was strewed with mangled bodies, and fragments of the wreck. ...

   The entire boat, with the exception of some forty feet of the after portion, sunk instantly, and the wreck is more complete than was that of the ill-fated Pearl.  At the moment of the arrival of the General Reddington, the body of Capt. Houston was drawn from the water, considerably mutilated.  William Shallcross, one of the pilots, was found with his thigh broken and head cut.  He is dangerously hurt.  Napoleon Hyte, another pilot, is missing; also, Alonzo Taylor, clerk; E. Sheets, mate, and two deck hands.

...

   The names of the dead whose bodies have been found, so far as ascertained, are as follows:

Chas. H. Houston, captain; Wm. Green, fireman; John White, (Swede) deck hand; Chas. Yakey, second cook, was taken to Price & Proctor's hospital, where his leg was amputated, death resulting immediately after; Wells Holcomb, just arrived in the state, from Hudson, Summit county, Ohio; one unknown.

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Coroner's Inquest on the Body of Captain Chas. H. Houston.

   The testimony was here concluded, and the jury, after deliberation, returned a verdict that "deceased came to his death on 5th Feb., 1856, from injuries received from the explosion of the Steamboat Belle, and from drowning."

Further Particulars.

Visit to the Wreck - Grappling for Bodies - removal of Freight - Complete Demolition of the Boat - Eighty Thousand Dollars on Board, all saved, &c., &c.

Also lists others missing not found.

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From the most reliable information obtainable, we cannot learn that there were over forty souls on board.  Of this number, however, we fear that a great proportion are no longer in the land of the living, and there is little probability that their names will all be recorded, save in the registry of Heaven.  This deplorable tragedy, as well it might, has cast a deep gloom over our city.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 February 1856.

More details of evidence at the Inquest; Belle explosion.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 February 1856

The Belle Explosion - Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held by Coroner Bell yesterday, on the Antelope storeship, on the body of William Green, the fireman who was killed by the explosion of the Belle. [Mostly evidence about the condition and operation of the boilers.]

   The testimony here closed, and the jury returned a verdict that death was caused by the explosion of the steamer Belle, and that the cause of the explosion was to them unknown.

   The jury were William Chesley, O. H. Young, G. McDonald, Chas. S. Merwin, John Drummond, Wm. R. Strong and L. L. Baker.

CORONER'S INQUESTS. - Coroner Bell held inquests yesterday on the bodies of five persons, whose deaths were caused by the explosion of the steamer Belle.   One was held in the morning, on the body of Wm. Green, the fireman, a detailed report of which will be found in this issue.  Subsequently inquests were held at Murray's undertaking establishment, on 4th street, on the following persons: John White, deck hand on the Belle, a Swede - aged about twenty-five years - identified by Peter Nichols, also a deck hand on the steamer; Charles Yakey, second cook on the steamer -0 from Adams county, Pa. - recognized by James Brien, a deck hand; an unknown man, recognized as having been on the steamer by T. McAlpin, who saw him lying dead on the floor of the ladies' cabin.  The last above were from the Price & Proctor Hospital, all of whom had been taken there deceased, with the exception of Yakey.

   An inquest was afterwards held at the above hospital, on the body of Louis Conkler - known as "French Louis" - an employee of the Lambard Mills, on I street, who died in the hospital on Tuesday night.  The verdict rendered in each case was similar to that reported in the case of Green.

  The body of the unknown person above mentioned was interred yesterday afternoon.  We were assured on Tuesday, by one who was in the same party, that it was the body of Wells Holcomb, but as his father and brother were in the city on that evening, and the body was unclaimed, we presume our informant must have been mistaken.

TWO MORE BODIES FOUND. - The body of McCabe, the messenger of Wines & Co.'s Express, was recovered by dragging the river, yesterday afternoon, and brought to the city about dark, and deposited temporarily in the Water Works building.  A deep incision immediately over the right eye undoubtedly proved fatal.  He had been employed as a mountain messenger between Shasta and Yreka, and he was returning from a trip to this city, the first since last fall.  Upon the body was found several private papers, a gold watch and $17.

   The body of Thos. J. Newton, of Fremont, formerly of Clarksville, Johnson county, Alabama, was also found yesterday, and brought to the city about 7 o'clock in the evening.  It was identified by his brother, who says he had about $160 on his person, although nothing was found on him.

   Both bodies were found some distance below the scene of the explosion, on the opposite side of the river.  They were taken in charge by the Coroner, who will hold inquests on them this morning.  The dead - those whose bodies have been recovered, and those who have died under treatment - number nine.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 February 1856

MORE BODIES RECOVERED. - Three more bodies of victims of the Belle explosion were recovered yesterday by dragging the river in the vicinity of the disaster.  Two of them - those of Eli Sheets, the mate, and Peter Degrispy, a deck hand - were brought down about 1 o'clock P.M. on the steamer Cleopatra.  Inquests were subsequently held on them, at which it was divulged that Sheets was about thirty-five years of age, a native of Kentucky, and had followed boating sometime on the Mississippi.  A fine gold watch and chain were found on his person. He had a brother who followed steamboating in Louisiana and Alabama, and another who is supposed to be in town.

   Degrispy was a native of Austria, and twenty-seven years of age.  Upon his body were found $7 75 and a small specimen.

   The other body was brought down about seven o'clock last evening, by the steamer Orient, which has been lying near the point of the disaster.  It was that of a deck hand, named Chas. Fernworth, a Swede, aged thirty-two years, and was recognized by his brother.  Upon it, in a port monnaie, were found $55 75 in coin.  An inquest will be held on it to-day. [Mentions McCabe and Newton inquests.]  The number of bodies thus far recovered is twelve.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 February 1856

MURDER OF A CHINAWOMAN. - A Chinawoman named Ah Li was murdered about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at her residence on I street, between Third and Fourth streets, by a Chinaman named Ah Chung.  Ah Chung with three other Chinamen, entered the house, and being offered a cup of tea by Ah Cho, the mother of Ah Li, sat at the table and drank it.  Presently he picked up some Chinese crackers that were lying on the table, and commenced exploding them in the house.  Ah Cho expostulated with him, saying that that was not a proper place for the firing of crackers.  Immediately Ah Chung seemingly grew indignant, drew a dirk knife with a double-edged sharp pointed blade, about nine inches long, and one inch wide at the heel, and attempted to stab her.  While so doing the daughter, Ah Li told him earnestly not to cut her mother, and advised him to leave the premises, whereupon Ah Chung turned upon her and stabbed her in the left side in the region of the heart, death resulting in a few minutes afterwards.  Deceased at the time was standing beside a bed, nursing her infant.  One stab only was inflicted, penetrating to the depth of about six inches.

   Ah Chung immediately proceeded into an adjoining room and threw the knife out at the window, towards the slough.  It fortunately struck and lodged among the roots of a tree, where it was subsequently found with fresh blood upon it to the length of about six inches.  It seems that the other Chinamen had left previous to the assault.

   Ah Chung was arrested by R. W. Bennett, a special policeman, (who was passing at the time) and taken to the Station House.  Another Chinaman named Ah Yung was afterwards arrested as an accomplice, but it does not clearly appear that he is in any way implicated in the murder. The hands of the mother were severely cut, in her efforts to ward off the blows aimed at her by Ah Chung.  She sustained no other injury.

   The Coroner was immediately summoned and held an inquest on the body.  John G. Hatch, Louis Bache, O. H. Young, O. S. Stinson, S. T. A. Affantrager, S. H. Kean, Joseph Shaw, John lee Woods, and O. C. Hayward acting as jurors.

   Details of the circumstances will be found in the evidence, which was as follows:

   J. Smith, sworn - I reside in this city, on I street; about 4 o'clock this afternoon I heard screeching and screaming of female voices in a house across the street; I ran across and went into the house, supposing that some one had fallen into the slough from the back part of the building; I saw deceased; she was quiet when I went in, and fainted shortly after, so I thought; she was standing by a table with a child in her arms, and sank back upon the table; Officer Bennett came in soon after me and opened her clothes; I saw blood on her right side; did not examine particularly, as I was holding the prisoner, Ah Chung, at the time; saw no knife at the time; the prisoner was arrested by Bennett; when it was said that she was dead, Bennett let go of the prisoner to open the clothes of deceased; the prisoner then attempted to leave the house, and I detained him; understood at the time that the prisoner committed the act; can't understand Chinese sufficiently to know what was said at the time.

   R. W. Bennett, sworn - Special policeman; was passing the house of deceased about 4 o'clock this afternoon and heard China women crying out; went into the house; saw deceased leaning on a Chinese bed, (called a table by the last witness,) in a room adjoining to that in which the body is lying; she was leaning or sitting with a child on her right arm; she was crying, and looked very pale; she pointed to Ah Chung, and said "him;"  I arrested him immediately, and afterwards took him to the station house; on the way there he said "I killed her - I die too;" he said nothing more in reference to the affair; after arresting Ah Chung I saw deceased had fainted apparently and fallen back upon the bed; I took the child from her, turned her upon her side, opened her clothing and found a punctured wound in her left side, in the region of the heart; saw the blood gush out; she was still alive; I then, with assistance, carried her into the room where the body now lies and placed her on a bed; I left before she died, to look for a knife which a Chinawoman informed me Ah Chung had thrown into the slough; I found the knife (the same now before the jury) with fresh blood upon it to the extent of about six inches; it had struck and lodged in the root of a tree, which prevented its falling into the water; I recognize the body as that of the woman mentioned; she is called Ah Li; Ah Chung did not seem to be intoxicated when I arrested him; afterwards he did; I saw opium in his mouth while going to the Station House; when near the Station House he began to show signs of drunkenness; I asked him why he killed Ah Li; he said - "She has spent too much money for me;"  he was the only Chinaman I found in the house; when I arrested him I found sticking in the waistband of his pants a sheath similar to those that always come with such knives, but have lost it since; when I entered the house he was coming out of the room in which the body lies; I found the knife lying about six feet distant from the house, under the window of the room from which he was issuing when I entered.

   John A. Brunner being sworn as interpreter -

   Ah Cho (Chinawoman) testified - Deceased is my daughter; Ah Chung came into my house to-day; I offered him a cup of tea, he drank it and then went to firing crackers that were lying on the table; I told him it was not well to do so; he then got angry and went to cutting me with the knife now here; when Ah Li saw him cutting me she took my part and advised him to leave the house and not cut her mother; her then stabbed her; she was leaning against a bed suckling her child at the time he cut her; he cut her in the left side with the same knife; the knife does not belong to the house; I saw him throw the knife out of the window towards the water after he cut my daughter.

   The testimony being here closed, a verdict was returned in accordance with the facts.  The deceased was married, and is represented, by a number of white persons who were present at the inquest, as having been a woman of correct deportment - a creditable exception, in point of character, to the generality of her country-women in her neighborhood.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 February 1856

ANOTHER BODY FOUND. - The body of Napoleon Hight, 2d pilot of the steamer Bell, was recovered by grappling about half past four o'clock yesterday afternoon, in the vicinity of the place where the explosion occurred.  The skull was terribly fractured, necessarily producing death instantly. ... An inquest will be held thereon, by Coroner Bell, at Murray's on Fourth street, at 11 o'clock, A.M.  Deceased was about 29 years of age, and formerly resided at St. Louis, Mo. 

   Thirteen bodies have been recovered in all, none other than the above having been found within the past three days.

SINGULAR. - It seems to be the general impression throughout the community that the Chinaman, Ah Chung, who murdered the Chinawoman, Ah Li, on Friday last, will be hung.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 February 1856

SUDDEN DEATH. - A child died suddenly, on Dupont street, this morning, with the scarlet fever.  Coroner Kent was sent for when he ascertained that it was not a case for an inquest.  It is supposed the death was probably the result of the neglect of medical attention, as the parents said they were too poor to employ a physician.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 February 1856

INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Bell yesterday morning on the body of Napoleon Hight, second pilot of the steamer Belle, the recovery of which we mentioned yesterday.  Nothing of interest was elicited other than has already been recited. ...

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 February 1856

The Drowning Tragedy on Horner's Ranch - Further Particulars - Recovery of the Bodies - Funeral, &c., &c.

The dreadful calamity on Horner's ranch on Tuesday last, by which four valuable lives were lost, by being thrown into a pond or lake, which they were attempting to pass or ford, was the all-absorbing theme of interest and conversation during yesterday.

...

The driver started to pass the lake by driving along the margin, in the water, which was shallow, leaving the lake on the right.  After going about one hundred feet in this manner, the water continually growing deeper, and the ladies becoming frightened, and fearing that he would be unable to make a successful passage, he turned the horses to the right, into the lake, in order to retrace his steps - as he could not turn to the left, in consequence of the high and steep bank; and the water being of much greater depth than he anticipated, the horses instantly floundered in deep water and went down, drawing the carriage after them with its load of precious freight. ...

   Several articles of clothing, and the child of Mrs. Ulmer, were seen floating on the top of the water during the afternoon, and were recovered before dark.  The search was continued through the night, and before morning the body of Mrs. Ottenheimer and infant son, six weeks old, were taken up from near the spot where the carriage went down.  The child was firmly clasped in the arms of the mother, in the same manner as they would naturally be in life.

   Early in the morning the body of Mrs. Ulmer was found near or connected with the carriage, which was about one hundred feet from the point where they went in.  It is supposed that this distance was made by the team after entering the water, and before life was extinct. ...

THE DECEASED.

The departed ladies were each twenty-four years of age, and both natives of Germany.  Mrs. Ulmer's child was a female and fifteen months old.  Mr. Ottenheimer's child, a son, was six weeks old, and named Eugene. ...

THE VERDICT.

The Jury found as follows: "That they came to their death by drowning, in a lake near the Ocean House, while they were taking a pleasure rider, and that there is no blame attached to any one for the sad accident."

Philip Schloss, J. Seligman, M. G. Wasserman, Henry Regensberger, Adolph Sutro, R. Reinhardt, Jurors.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 February 1856

Editorial re medical evidence at the Belle Inquests.

Terrible Accident - Two Women and two Children Drowned - Arrival of Clippers.

See Daily Alta, above.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 February 1856

AN IN DIAN WOMAN KILLED. - The Monterey Sentinel says that a quarrel which occurred in that town, on Wednesday the 6th inst., between Jose Gugilla, a Swiss, and an Indian woman Nicodemas, resulted in the death of the latter by a pistol shot.  Cause said to be jealousy.  The Coroner's inquest found the Swiss criminally guilty of the act.

UNCEREMONIOUS BURIAL. - Mr. George Fagg, of Forrest city, informs the Marysville Enquirer that six Chinamen were suddenly buried on Monday near the South Fork of the Yuba, under a bank which they were excavating.  Assistance was soon at hand and five of them were dug out alive, but the sixth one had returned, in spirit, to the flowery kingdom.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 February 1856

SUDDEN DEATH - CORONER'S INQUEST. - A young man named Cyrus B. Lawton, aged about 26 years, a compositor in the office of the State Journal, and formerly one of the publishers of the Miner's Advocate, died suddenly between 8 and 9 o'clock yesterday morning, at his lodgings.  He complained of a headache on the evening previous.  Just before his death his room-mate, B. F. Huntly, being awakened by his making a noise as though in a fit, and being unable to get him to speak, went out for assistance, and on returning found him dead.  Dr. Hatch arrived within a few minutes afterwards, and is of the opinion, as is also Dr. Norton, who subsequently held a post-mortem examination of the body, that death was caused by congestion and effusion of the brain.  An inquest was held by Coroner Bell, at which the above facts were elicited.  Deceased was from Nashua, N. H.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 February 1856

PROBABLE SUICIDE. - A Chinawoman named Chin Choy, aged about 17 years, died at 10 o'clock yesterday morning, at a house on I street, between 2d and 3d streets, probably from the effects of opium, self-administered.  Her husband died six weeks ago, since which time she had been constantly moaning, crying and praying, apparently disconsolate.  A Chinaman residing in the house states that on Tuesday morning last she went out, procured some opium, and on returning locked herself in her room.  An entrance was afterwards effected, and she subsequently vomited pieces of opium, but would not disclose the source whence she procured it.  No physician was called, as it was supposed, from her appearance, that she would recover.  The remains were about being interred yesterday afternoon, when special policeman Bennett interfered, and Coroner Bell was sent for to investigate the circumstance.  An inquest will be held on the body at 10 o'clock this morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 February 1856

THE CITY.

THE FIRE - ONE LIFE LOST. - The fire that occurred at the comer of K and Front streets on Saturday morning, originated, as mentioned in our issue of that day, in a Chinese wash-house on K street - a portion of the frame cluster destroyed. ...

   The most serious result, however, of the fire is the burning to death of a news-boy from San Francisco, aged about 14 years, named James Cassaday.  The remains were discovered soon after daylight, divested of hands and feet, and the face a charred mass, but the body slightly burned, being enveloped in a blanket.  An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Bell, at which it appeared that deceased came up from the Bay on Friday night and had been permitted to lodge at the Young American Bar by one of the proprietors.  An alarm having been given on the discovery of the fire, the other lodgers escaped, from which it is presumed that the boy, sleeping soundly, must have been suffocated by the smoke.  The Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.

Fatal Affray in Nevada County - Full Particulars.

NEVADA, February 24th.

We learn from N. P. Brown that a man named James L. Daves was shot on Saturday evening at about 8 o'clock, by a man named Solomon Flanders.  Flanders was about going to bed in his cabin, when Daves entered, stating it was his intention to kill him, and at the same time drew his pistol and attempted to fire it.  The pistol being out of order, the attempt proved unsuccessful, whereupon Flanders drew his pistol and shot Daves, and he died in about four hours afterwards.  He stated before he died, that he did not blame Flanders, as he was tired of life.  The ball entered a little below the right breast, and came out about two inches above the left hip.  Flanders came to Nevada this afternoon, and gave himself up.  The Coroner has been sent for, and was expected to arrive to-day, when an inquest would be held.  Mr. Daves has a brother living at San Jose.  He has left considerable property.

   The cause of the quarrel was some words about a trifling matter on Wednesday last.  Flanders and Daves were on good terms, and the matter was settled as the former supposed; but on Saturday forenoon, Daves went around town telling his friends that Flanders had got to die that night.  When at the supper table, Daves informed the keeper of the boarding house that there was no need of a place being set on the table for Flanders, as he was making preparations to kill him.

   This affair has cast a gloom over the town, being the second shooting affair in that vicinity within two months, both of which have proved fatal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 February 1856

THE CITY.

DROWNED - CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon by Coroner Bell, on the body of a man named Joseph L. Mensman, who was found drowned between two and three o'clock, P.M., near the saw mill on the American River, just above its mouth.  Deceased was joint owner of a flat boat used for tripe cleaning.  When found his head was buried in the mud and water, while one leg rested on the boat.  He had undoubtedly fallen into the water in a fit, as will appear in the testimony adduced at the inquest, as follows:

Wm. Green, sworn - I have known deceased for 14 years; his name is Joseph L. Mensman; I did not see him to-day until after the body was taken from the water.

   C. Jones, sworn - Reside in this city; I owned a small flat-bottomed boat, and this morning sold it to deceased and C. Bolen; I left him and his partner on the boat on the American river, above the saw mill; I returned to the boat again, between two and three o'clock this afternoon I found deceased lying in the water, between the boat and the shore; the water was very shallow; his head was in the water, and one foot lying on the side of the boat; I pulled him out, and found that he was dead; I  did not see any person about at the time; I don't know how he came to his death; I don't think he had much money about him; I was well acquainted with him; he had been working with me some months; his head was in the mud under the water when I found him; the boot and pantaloons on the leg out of the water were dry.

Chas. Mensman, sworn - Brother of deceased.  I saw him to do-day, about 10 or 12 o'clock.  At about 2 ½ o'clock I was told he was dead; I went and found him on the boat above the saw-mill; he had a severe fit about six years ago; he had been apparently unwell for some time past; some five months ago I saw some peculiarities in his actions, and thought then that he might have another fit, but had not thought of it since; he did not have any money of any consequence about him; I do not believe that any person killed him; it is my opinion that he had a fit, fell into the water and was drowned; I came to that conclusion when I heard of it, before I saw him.

C. Bolen, sworn - Deceased and myself bought a boat to-day of Mr. Jones, for which we paid $650; the money was paid to Jones by deceased; I left deceased in the boat at 10 o'clock, to-day; he was then lying in the boat reading; I went out of the city to the slaughter house; when I returned about 4 o'clock he was dead; I do not think he had over $10 or $12 about him when I left him; I do not know of anything that could have led any one to kill him; I have known him 18 months; he was a temperate man; he was sober when I left him to-day; when I left him he appeared well and lively; he ate a hearty dinner about 12 o'clock.

   The Jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."  

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 March 1856

HORRIBLE AFFAIR - AWFUL RESULTS OF INTOXICATION. - Intense excitement was created in this city yesterday morning by the intelligence that a boy had been found dead in his bed, under circumstanced which led to the suspicion that he had been killed by the violence of his relatives, during a state of intoxication.  The boy's name was Carey, aged 13 years, and his parents, Thomas and Mary Carey, have frequently been before our police court for drunkenness and disorder.  They resided in Spring street.  From the evidence given below, the coroner's jury returned a verdict in accordance with the suspicion mentioned above.

   It appears that on Wednesday night, his father, mother and brother had indulged in a drunken orgie; yesterday morning, the boy was found dead on a pallet, laid on the floor, (where his father and brother had also slept,) in the corner of a room, the only apartment occupied by the family, where they lived in squalor and wretchedness.  His head and body were covered with bruises.  Near his bed, and about his height above the floor, was an indentation in the wall, apparently made by his head, as if it had been violently jammed there.  It seems quite probable also that he had fallen down stairs, but whether accidentally or by being pushed, is doubtful; the physicians, however, who examined the body, testified that his death was not caused by the injuries so received.

   After hearing the testimony, the jury rendered the following verdict:

   That John Carey, the deceased, came to his death from injuries received at the hands of Thomas and William Carey, in a manner unknown to the jury. - Trenton Gazette, 25th.

Coroner's inquest. - The San Joaquin Republican says that an inquest was held on Friday by Coroner Bond on the body of Manuel Alfaro, who was shot on Wednesday night by one Domingo Herrera.  He died at about noon yesterday.  The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death by a pistol ball entering his breast, and that said pistol was fired by Domingo Herrera.  The perpetrator of this act is at large, and so far has evaded the diligence of the officers.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 March 1856

SUICIDE. - From the Evening News we learn that a young man named Morris Goldstein committed suicide on Friday, at the house of a friend on Kearny street, by taking strychnine.  The deceased is about 22 years of age, and it is supposed committed the rash act in consequence of excitement produced from differences with his family.  He has a sister living in San Francisco, and parents in Sacramento.  Mr. Marks, at whose house Goldstein died, made several different statements regarding the affair.  At first he gave the name of the deceased as Morris Herman.  It is also stated that Marks was aware that the young man had taken poison half an hour before his deceased, and that no effort was made to save him.  In view of these circumstances, the Coroner ordered Marks into custody, to await the result of the inquest.

BODY FOUND. - Last evening a Mexican entered the office of Coroner Kent, and stated that a body had been washed ashore at half Moon Bay, supposed to be that of the Captain of the Isabella Hyne, lately wrecked in that neighbourhood.  The Coroner immediately departed for the place, and will return this evening. - S. F. News, Saturday.

SUICIDE. - Says the Placer herald, Mr. Taylor, formerly collector on the North Fork Canal, put an end to his existence by taking opium on Feb. 25th, at Doten's Bar.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 March 1856

On Monday the body of a man named Horatio Leonard was discovered near Wood's creek, about two miles above Love's store.  An inquest was held under the direction of Justice Raymond, and a verdict returned that deceased came to his death by cutting his own throat, while laboring under an attack of delirium tremens.  The deceased was about forty years of age, and left a wife and two daughters in Massachusetts. - Sonora Herald.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 March 1856

ARRAIGNED. - Frank Cashell, recently convicted of manslaughter on an indictment for the murder of Richardson, will be arraigned for sentence to-day in the District Court.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, by Coroner Bell, on the body of an Irishman named Thos. Lynch, who died at Drs. Price & Proctor's hospital, at 6 o'clock, A.\M., from injuries received by being crushed between a car and a bank on the railroad near this city on Tuesday last.  A verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts.

GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER. - The trial of John Vandenhoff, indicted for killing John Pelton by stabbing him in the back, in August last, was concluded yesterday in the 12th District Court.  The Jury, after a short absence, returned with a verdict - guilty of manslaughter. - Evening Journal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 March 1856

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Nevada Democrat says that an inquest was held on the body of a Frenchman named Paul Haims, who died at the Virginia House that day.  The following facts were disclosed at the investigation:

   It appears that Haims, who was thought to be deranged, had been stopping at the Union Hotel for some time, and occasionally cutting wood to pay for his board.  On the 15th inst. he started to leave, taking with him an axe.  Mr. O. N. Smith, one of the lessees of the hotel, sent his younger brother after the axe, who soon returned and stated that Haims drew up the axe and threatened to strike him if he attempted to take it.  Smith then started after Haims himself, and overtook him on Boulder street.  Haims first drew the axe on Smith, but immediately turned and ran; upon that Smith threw a rock, which struck him on the back part of the head, from the effects of which he died on the morning of the 21st.  Mr. Smith has lived in Nevada several years, and has always been a peaceable and quiet citizen.  He probably threw the rock thoughtlessly, without any intention of killing, or even seriously hurting the deceased. Hearing that Haims was likely to die, Smith left town on the evening of the 20th, and has not since been heard from.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 March 1856

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The body of Samuel McGowan, a native of Liverpool, aged about twenty-five years, who was lost from the steamer Gem on Wednesday, was recovered by grappling yesterday morning.  An inquest was subsequently held by Coroner Bell, at which facts were developed as reported by us yesterday.

MAN DROWNED. - The Evening Bulletin of Thursday says, the body of a man, recognized as that of Peter Frazier, aged 44 years, a native of Scotland, was picked up by a boatman, at the Vallejo street dock.  Frazier was the third mate of the steamer "J. L. Stephens," and was last seen in a state of intoxication about ten days ago, late at night, walking through East street.  It is supposed that he fell through one of the man-traps the same night.  The deceased came to California in 1850, and has a wife in Boston.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 April 1856

SUPPOSED MURDER. - Coroner H. J. Shurtleff informs us that he held an inquest on the body of an unknown white man on Wednesday last, at Cottonwood creek, about eight miles from Hunter's ranch.  The body was found about thirty feet from the trail leading to Red Bluffs.  The jury were of the opinion that the deceased had lain there some six or eight days, and had been beaten to death.  Deceased was about five feet ten inches in hight; black hair and light goatee; had on cashmere pants, striped yellow, nearly new; gray and white shirts; thick snuff-colored box coat; new California black hat; had on two pairs of stockings, one of cotton and the other of yarn; A walking stick was found within a few feet of him.

   There are no inhabitants living in the vicinity where the murder was committed.  The jury have no particular suspicions upon any one, as the deceased had lain so long that it was impossible ton identify him.  We have heard it surmised that deceased was one of Carter's gang, and that he had been murdered for his share of the ill-gotten gold. - Shasta Courier.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 April 1856

DISTRESSING ACCIDENT. - From the San Francisco Sun we learn that on Thursday a child, named Gaston Gedges, was drowned in a pit of filthy water on a vacant lot, corner of Washington street and Whitmore Place.

   The lot adjoins the house occupied by Henry Haight, Esq.  He was six years of age, and a very promising young lad.  The vacant lot is owned by Samuel Elmore, and the hole was dug for as cess-pool, and has been open about three months.  It is about six feet square and twelve feet deep.  The neighbors in the vicinity have often complained of it, and too severe condemnation cannot be heaped upon Mr. Elmore for having such a "man trap" for human beings to lose their lives in.  Mrs. George Dam was the person who drew the child from the water.  A little boy who was with deceased, says that Gaston was throwing stones in the pit, and losing his balance, fell in.  On hearing of the sad accident, Mrs. Gedges became suddenly ill and unconscious.  Doctors Gray, Harris and Atchison were called in, but their efforts to restore the lad to life were without effect.  In consequence of the critical state of the mother, Coroner Kent postponed the inquest until this morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY NEWS, 21 April 1856

FATAL RAILROAD ACCIDENT. - A young man named Francis N. French, aged twenty-five, formerly from Illinois, was instantly killed about 6 o'clock on Sunday evening by being run over by the cars near the passenger depot.  Deceased, who had usually been employed in repairing the track, occupied temporarily the position of baggageman and brakeman.  At the time of the accident he attempted to unhitch the "switch rope" in "switching off" the cars, but being on the wrong side of the rope tripped and fell face downward across the track immediately in front of the car.  The wheels of the cars traversed diagonally across his chest, crushing him horribly and extinguishing life immediately.  An inquest was held on the body the same evening by Coroner Bell, at which the facts were elicited as above.  The remains were interred yesterday afternoon.

FOUND DROWNED - IDENTIFIED. - The body of a Chinawoman was found floating in the river near the mouth of Steamboat Slough on Thursday last, by Capt. Bean of the sloop Kate Dodge, who secured it to the bank and informed residents of the neighborhood of the fact.  A Chinaman of this city, named Mow Hin, had an interview with the Captain yesterday, and obtained a minute description of the dress of the deceased, from which he was satisfied that the body is that of his wife, who was drowned a few weeks since by the upsetting of a skiff, which came in contact with the chain of the prison brig.  The Coroner yesterday gave him a note, to enable him to obtain possession of the body for interment here.

VERDICT. - At half-past four yesterday afternoon, the trial of W. R. Backus, for manslaughter, was concluded, and after a brief charge from Judge Hagar, the case was submitted to the jury, when they retired.  At ten o'clock last evening the Court was again opened, when the jury entered and returned a verdict of "guilty of manslaughter."  We learn from one of the jurors that immediately on retiring, eleven agreed for conviction, but one, Mr. Manley, hesitated during the remainder of the time they were in session, as he was never on a jury before, and knew nothing of law matters; that if Backus shot the man he was guilty of murder.  After some argument he was convinced that the jury had nothing to do with murder; that the only question on which to decide was, "guilty or not guilty of manslaughter," when he agreed with his colleagues.  The prisoner will be sentenced some day next week. - Sun, Saturday.

NEVADA GRAND JURY. - The Grand Jury of Nevada, says the Journal, have found bills of indictment against Keefe for killing Hays at Grass Valley; against Duval for killing Orme at French Corral, and against Kurtz for killing Wesendorf near Washington.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 April 1856

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING. - A German named Frederick Vallmer was drowned near Pacific wharf yesterday.  It seems that his hat had blown into the bay, and he was down near the wharf of a flight of stairs, and was trying to secure his hat with a stick, and accidentally fell into the water and was drowned before assistance could be rendered.  He came down from Strawberry Valley on Tuesday, and was a stranger in town.  It was said that he had a large amount of money on his person and the Coroner insisted upon the presence of his friends when he was examined, but only about $90 and a gold watch was found.  An inquest will be held to-day.

FATAL MINING ACCIDENT. - The Democrat says, a man by the name of Lemont was killed at Dutch Flat on Saturday last.  He was at work in his diggings, and a boulder weighing three or four tons, which had been washed out of the bank, fell upon him and injured him so badly that he died in about two hours.  He was lying under the rock at least half an hour before he could be extricated.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 April 1856

The Trinity Mountain Robbers - Desperate Conflict - Death of Walker and Arrest of Newton and Niconora.

The story of the late robbery of Rhodes & Whitney's Express on the Trinity and Shasta trail is fast drawing to a close.  Information having been received that Geo. Walker alias Williams, Adolph Newton, a Swede, and Niconora, a Mexican, who were engaged in the perpetration of the robbery, were rendezvousing in the vicinity of Folsom, Officer Harrison, of our city police, and Isaac M. Anderson, late Marshal, and A. J. Barkley, late Captain of Police of Marysville, commenced active operations on Monday last in securing their arrest. ... Between 8 and 9 o'clock that evening, the three above mentioned proceeded to the cabin of the robbers, and after a desperate resistance, in which the contestants were even-handed and well armed, succeeded in arresting Niconora, but were compelled to send Walker to his final account, ...

   An inquest was held on the body of walker by Coroner Bell, at the Marshal's office, yesterday afternoon.  The entire contents of both barrels of the fatal weapon entered his left side just below the arm-pit, and doubtless riddled his heart. [Detailed evidence at the Inquest.]

   The testimony was here concluded, whereupon the jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death by a gun-shot wound from a gun in the hands of Officer Harrison, inflicted while the latter, with the parties above enumerated, was engaged in the discharge of his duty as an officer, and that the act was one of justifiable homicide.

THE GRASS VALLEY SHOOTING AFFRAY. - The Telegraph furnished the subjoined particulars of the late shooting affray, educed at the examination before Justice Hurniston:

   It appears that two men named Clark and Ahern have been keeping liquor stands in adjoining houses, on Mill street, for some time past.  Mutual jealousies had produced frequent and mutual quarrels.  On Saturday evening, about 11 o'clock, Ahern was intoxicated, approached the house of Clark, and hurled a stone through the window at Mrs. Clark; he subsequently followed up this lawless act by violent and abusive language to Mrs. C., and finally went so far as to strike her when she appeared at the door; the effect of which blow was a "black eye," with which ornament she appeared in court.  Immediately on receiving the blow she cried for help, when her husband appeared and demanded to know the cause of the disturbance.

   Ahern replied with abusive and threatening language, upon which Clark fired a pistol shit at Ahern, the ball entering his head through the left eye, and lodging somewhere in the head.

   Drs. Tompkins & McCormick were immediately called to the wounded man, and dressed his wound.  He lies in a very critical situation, and there is but slight probability that he can live.  Clark was immediately arrested and examined yesterday, when the above provocations being made to appear, he was discharged.

A  SHOOTING AFFRAY. - On Monday night there was a fandango at the house of Jesus Dominguez, near the Montgomery, which was attended by a large number of Americans.  As usual on such occasions, nearly every one went armed.  A difficulty arose between some parties, which resulted in the killing of one man and wounding of another by the City Marshal, Alfred Shelby.  On Tuesday Mr. Shelby was brought before Judge Hayes, charged with the murder of a young man named Wm. H. Burgess. 

   The Court was occupied all day in taking testimony, which is very voluminous and proves that a great deal of liquor was drank, and that from this alone arose all the difficulty which resulted in the killing of Burgess and the wounding of Thomas Taite. The Judge gave the evidence a patient investigation and held the accused to bail in the sum of $2,500 to answer the charge of manslaughter.  Securities were readily obtained, and he was discharged. - Los Angeles Star, 19th.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 April 1856

FOUND DROWNED. - A man named O. Petersen, residing near steamboat slough, called on Coroner Bell yesterday morning, and stated that one of his neighbors, John Slaughter, informed him on Tuesday last, that he and other persons found on that day in the river, near the mouth of the slough, the body of a white man "with his pockets cut out."  The body being very much decomposed, was interred on the island.  There were no marks discernable on the body, neither were there any papers of other thing found on it by which it could be identified.  Mr. Peterson was unable to describe the clothing.

   We understand that persons in the lower part of the country contiguous to the river have frequently found bodies and buried them without giving information of the discovery to the Coroner until after interment.  This should not be.  It is the duty of persons finding a body to notify the Coroner, or (in case he cannot be found,) the nearest or most accessible magistrate, of the fact.  A slight circumstance may lead to the identification of a body.

THE CASE OF GARRETT. - The appeal of Samuel Garrett was dismissed yesterday in the Supreme Court, on motion and filing certificate of the Clerk below, that the transcript was completed and had not been called for by the attorney for appellant.

   Garrett, it will be remembered, was convicted in the District Court, before Judge Munson, several months since of the murder of A. Brickell, whose daughter the appellant had abducted and seduced.  Of course, should not the order dismissing the appeal be vacated, the District Court will be compelled to fix a day for the execution of sentence.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Coroner Bell on Wednesday morning on the body of the Chinawoman which was found floating in the river, near the mouth of Steamboat Slough, a week ago yesterday.  Deceased was drowned on or about the 26th of March last, by the capsizing of a boat near the Prison Brig.  The body was disinterred, near the place where it was found, and brought to this city by the husband of deceased.  Verdict, accidental drowning.

WALKER. - The body of the desperado, Walker, was interred yesterday afternoon, having been fully identified.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 April 1856

Lynching Affair.

COLTERVILLE, VIA SONORA,

April 24 - 10 P.M.

On the 22nd instant, a man by the name of Conly, was killed at this camp, by a Chinaman, who made his escape.  The citizens turned out in search of the murderer, and on yesterday they came across a lot of Chilenos, supposed to be accessory to the murder.  A fight ensued, and two Chilenos were killed, and one taken, who was immediately hung.  Conly was supposed to have been implicated in hanging some Chilenos at this camp some time since - hence his murder.  There is still much excitement, and the end is not yet. - Tel. to State Tribune.

ANOTHER SUDDEN DEATH. - The Coroner was called to San Mateo last night at 10 o'clock, to hold an inquest upon the body of a Mr. Heinchman, who died suddenly at Judge Reed's house, Justice of the Peace of that township.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION. - 26 April 1856

SUPPOSED MURDER. - A man by the name of John Tiffendale, a native of Scotland, dropped down dead yesterday afternoon in the drinking house of Wm. Barry, on Montgomery street, near Pacific.  He had been attached to the Revenue service, and was a man of powerful frame.  When the attention of Coroner Kent and the police were drawn to the fact, Barry had fled, and Mrs. Barry being inquired of as to the cause of his death, told the officer it was none of his d----d business.  She was taken in custody, and the Coroner entered a charge of murder.  A post mortem examination of the body was held last evening, and Coroner Kent will call a jury of inquest this forenoon.

   Dr. R. Beverly Cole conducted the post mortem examination with his usual skill, and discovered in his stomach appearances of severe inflammation.  But whether the cause of that inflammation was produced by an acrid or irritant poison, or from a long course of dissipation, it was difficult to decide without a more minute examination.  The examination closed at 12 o'clock last evening.

   Officer Nugent succeeded last evening in arresting Wm. Barry, who had secreted himself in a bed in his house. - Globe, Thursday.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 April 1856

INQUEST. - The Coroner returned yesterday morning from San Mateo, where he held an inquest upon the body of Mr. Hinchman, who died suddenly on Friday last.  The Jury found that the cause of death was the too free use of intoxicating drinks.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 April 1856

THE CITY.

RECOVERED BODIES. - On Friday last Coroner Bell, in company with and at the request of Capt. Taylor, proceeded to Steamboat Slough, to ascertain the peculiarities of the body which was found and interred there last Tuesday -  Capt. Taylor thinking it might be that of his brother who was lost by the explosion of the "Belle."  After considerable search and enquiry on the island formed by the river and slough, they obtained a description of the body and clothing, from which Capt. Taylor was satisfied that the deceased was not his brother.

   Coroner Bell informs us on the statements of those he met, that the deceased must have been about six feet in height; was dressed in a blue shirt, knit under-shirt, blue cotton pants, and had a red sash around the waist.  In one of the pockets of the pants was found a gold ring, with an ordinary setting, and "T.G." on the outside.  The pockets were not cut out, as reported by us in Friday's issue, on information left with the Coroner.

   The body in question is supposed to be that of a man who jumped overboard from the steamer Confidence about three weeks since, probably in a fit of insanity.

   While on the island the Coroner was informed that the body of a man was found sometime since and buried on Sutter Slough, which sets off from the river with a considerable current just above Steamboat Slough.  It being reported that a duplicate of a check for $3,000 (probably second of exchange) was found on the body, Capt. Taylor engaged a man to proceed to the slough and investigate the matter, as his brother had sent $300 to the East just before his death, and it was thought the figures on the check or draft might have been read erroneously.  It is probable a communication will be received from the messenger to-morrow, when we may be furnished with data that may lead to the identification of the body should it prove not to be that of the brother of Capt. Taylor.

SUICIDE - INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning by Coroner bell on the body of an unknown man, a German or an Irishman, who committed suicide on Saturday evening by shooting himself in the head with a pistol, on an open lot, corner of K and 12th streets.  A man named John Davis, who was in the immediate vicinity, hearing the report of a fire-arm, looked in that direction, and saw the deceased fall.  Davis ran over to him immediately, and found him on his back, bleeding freely, with the pistol (an Allen's revolver) lying across his breast.  He was, as soon as possible, we understand, taken to the County Hospital, and subsequently, admittance being refused, to the hospital of Drs. Price & Proctor, on 2d street.  The act was committed about dark, but the deceased lingered until about 10 o'clock before he expired.

   Dr. Proctor testified that he found a wound in the roof of the mouth, passing upward and backward as far as he could insert his finger.  The pistol was loaded with large shot, and the fact that there were no powder burns on the face, was conclusive proof that the muzzle must have been inserted in the mouth when the weapon was discharged.  Shot were found in the pocket of deceased corresponding in size with those in the pistol.

   Deceased was from thirty to thirty-five years of age, about five feet eight inches in hight; had sandy whiskers, thick auburn hair, and was dressed in a grey woolen short and coarse dark pants.  No papers were found on the body, or anything that would lead to identification.

SUPREME COURT. - The Sacramento calendar will be taken up in the Supreme Court to-day.  Among the cases set for to-day we notice those of Garrett, Kelly and Stonecifer, all of whom have been convicted, in this District, of murder.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 April 1856

INQUEST. - On Saturday night the Coroner of San Francisco held an inquest at a house on the San Jose road, on the body of Nathaniel Griffin Hinchman, of New York, aged thirty-six years.  He died suddenly from the effects of intemperance.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 May 1856

SUICIDE IN SONORA. - The Sonora Herald says: On Wednesday morning last a man was found dead in his bed at the Alliance Restaurant, in the Southern portion of this city.  Coroner Davis held an inquest upon the body, and from the testimony before the jury, it appeared the deceased went to the house on Monday night, and took board by the week.  Tuesday he took his meals regularly, and went to bed at eight o'clock ion the evening.  At ten o'clock the inmate of the house were aroused by a moan from the deceased. A physician was sent for, who ordered some powders, which having been administered, the person of the establishment went to bed.  Wednesday morning the stranger was found dead in his bed.  He was supposed to be a Canadian Frenchman.  The following letter was found on the clothes of the deceased:

SONORA, April 29. 1856.

This is my own act, and no one is to blame in the least.  Life has long ago become burdensome to me, and a natural death would have been the greatest blessing that could befall me.  But no such good fortune has happened to me; therefore I am under the necessity to end my own existence.  I might write many pages assigning the reasons for [what] may seem so strange an act.  But no two persons would think alike about them; therefore, I prefer to let every one think just as every one pleases.   CHAS. LEWIS.

Two phials of morphine were found under the head of the deceased.

THE MONTEREY MURDER. - We have already given an account of this occurrence.  By the stage which arrived from San Jose on Saturday afternoon the Alta has information that a vigilance committee has been formed at Monterey, and that they have succeeded in arresting four Spaniards, or persons of Spanish origin, who were concerned in the late murder of Mr. Picarte, a shop-keeper of that place.

   It appears that during the afternoon preceding the night of the murder, an American boy was in the store of Mr. Picarte, and there noticed the individuals who have been arrested.

   During the night, and at the time the murderers knocked at the door of Picarte for admission, the youth was standing in the neighborhood, and after they had obtained admission, he was led, through an idle curiosity to watch their proceedings through they key-hole, and from this position saw the first blow with the hatchet given.  The youth ran off, alarmed the neighbourhood, and thus prevented the accomplishment of the object designed by the murderers, which undoubtedly was to rob.

CONTINUED SLAUGHTER OF MEXICANS AT CENTERVILLE. - The Union Democrat of May 3d learns from the mail carrier between Sonora and Mariposa, that the excitement consequent upon the murder of Mr. Conway is still unabated.  All the Mexicans and Chilenos in that vicinity, the innocent with the guilty, have been driven this side of the river, by the vigilance committee, and a company of rangers are scouring the country in quest of Pancho, the murderer of Conway. - Ten Mexicans and Chilenos are known to have been shot, and one hung; it is supposed there are many other similar deaths unrecorded.  It is said that Conway was murdered on account of his participation in the lynching of "Steve," a short time since, Pancho being the partner and bosom friend of the latter.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 May 1956

THE PACIFIC GARDEN ACCIDENT - CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Charles P. Daggett, who was killed by the explosion at Pacific Garden on Monday, but nothing particularly new was elicited not already published.  It was fully proven that the vent of the piece was not stopped during the loading, which was the cause of the discharge. 

   From the testimony of Dr. Sawyer, who attended the patient and made a post mortem examination, it appeared that his injuries were sufficient to have caused death in case of a reaction after the shock, which, however, did not occur, and the immediate cause of death was the severe shock of the system by the force of the explosion.

   The jury found a verdict in accordance with these facts, and also that he was a native of Union, Maine, and aged 35 years.  A silver watch was found upon his person, with a small fragment of a gold chain-guard attached thereto, and both were very much blackened by the gunpowder. The faithful monitor of time stopped at the moment of the fatal discharge, and its hands designate the time as 35 minutes past 5 o'clock. [A survivor, Bernard S. Toby, both arms amputated.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 May 1856

THE ACCIDENT AT THE TURNER FESTIVAL. - The San Francisco Evening News gives the following account of the sad accident which occurred at this festival on Monday afternoon, May 5th:

   Two persons, named Chas. B. Daggatt and Bernard S. Toby, were engaged in firing a salute3, the former ramming the charge home and the latter holding the vent.  They had fired off two guns, and the charge for the third was being rammed home, without having previously been scrubbed our, when Mr. Toby's finger was removed from the vent and the piece prematurely exploded, mangling both in a shocking manner.  Mr. Daggatt lost both his hands and a portion of his arms, lacerating his body in a terrible manner, besides which the rammer caused severe contusions about his face and breast.  Mr. Toby will lose both his hands, besides suffering severe injuries from burns and lacerations.

   Both the unfortunate men were conveyed to the Hospital on Mission street, where they received every attention their distressing condition demanded.  Mr. Daggatt is from Union, Me., and Mr. Toby is a Hollander.  The former laid in a critical state last night, and sank rapidly this morning, expiring about ten o'clock.  The Coroner will hold an inquest this evening.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 May 1856

INQUEST. - The Coroner held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of Master Wm. F. Brooks, who was drowned on Thursday evening, by falling through a hole in the planking of the premises occupied by his parents, near the corner of Clay and Drumm streets.  The parents were the only witnesses in the case, and they testified that the little child escaped from their notice for a few moments, and, as they suppose, went down in to the yard to float his little boat upon the water, by means of a string attached to it.  He had not been gone more than ten minutes when he was missed, and in less than half an hour his body was recovered from the water.  The string which was attached to the boat was also wound around his wrist.  The jury found in accordance with these facts, and that he was born in Chicago, Ill., and aged 5 years, 5 months and 8 days.  He was the son of Aaron and Mary Jane Brooks.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 May 1856

A SON SHOT BY HIS FATHER IN SAN FRANCISCO. - On Monday night, the 12th of May, between the hours of 11 and 12 o'clock, a German by the name of Frederick Naumann, living in a small tenement near the corner of Powell and Green streets, shot his son dead, and then attempted to kill himself.  His family consisted of his wife, two boys and a girl.  He had retired to bed with the children two hours previous to the occurrence, leaving his wife attending to some household duties in an adjoining apartment.  The wife was alarmed by the report of a pistol, and rushing into the sleeping apartment, found the husband just in the act of raising the pistol to shoot himself.  She threw herself upon him, and endeavored to get possession of the weapon, but he managed to change the weapon from the right to the left hand, and raising it to his head, fired.  The ball, it was first supposed, had penetrated the skull, but from subsequent  examination , it was found that the second shot did not perform the work intended, but glanced off and entered the wall about four feet above the head of the bed.

   From the statement of Mrs. Naumann, it appears that in the struggle her husband got upon his feet on the floor, and from the appearance of his wound it is evident that the perforation in the wall was produced by the shot which caused the wound.  It is now believed by the attendant physician, says the Evening News of the 13th, that Baumann will recover.

   He is a compositor by profession, and was engaged in the office of the German Democrat.  Mrs. Naumann states that her husband has been subject to frequent fits of insanity from his youth, resulting from injuries received from a  fall when quite a child.  This tendency to insanity was greatly aggravated by habits of dissipation.  No longer than on Sunday last, he made an attempt upon his own life, and fearing that he would accomplish the design, his wife secreted the pistol, but was induced to restore it to him upon his threatening to purchase another, and kill his children as well as himself.  After the first shot was fired, the boy did not moan or speak.  An inquest was to have been held yesterday.

Coroner's Inquest.

A telegraphic dispatch having been received about 1 o'clock P.M. on Tuesday last from Mr. Elliott, at Mississippi Bar, that his services were required at that point, Coroner Bell proceeded thither on the same day and held an inquest on the body of S. S. Roath, who was found dead in his bed on that morning.  The evidence elicited at the inquest was as follows:

   J. H. Wilson, sworn - I reside at Mississippi Bar; am a miner; I recognize deceased as S. S. Roath; have known him for four years; he resided in this place and was acting as the agent of the Bear River Water Company; I conversed with him last night for two hours; he retired to bed about ten o'clock, as usual; appeared in good health; I slept in the same room; about 3 o'clock this morning I heard him making a noise like a person having the nightmare; I asked him "Is that you, Roath?" there was no reply, and I did not hear any other noise; went to sleep; thought no more of it; in the morning I learned that he was dead; he was an intelligent, temperate man; I don't know of his having any enemies, or of any thing that would induce any one to kill him; he had no money with him of any consequence.

   D. S. Graham sworn - I reside at Beal's Bar; I recognize deceased; his name is S. S. Roath; I knew him in South Carolina; we were then employed by the railroad company; he was about 45 years of age, and came to this country from Columbia, South Carolina; he was a respectable man; he always deposited the money which he received during the week as agent of the Bear River Co. on Saturdays; I do not know what caused his death.

   J. M. Elliott sworn - I saw deceased at 10 o'clock last night; I slept in the same room with him; he retired apparently in good health; this monring I was told that he was dead; I went to the bed and found him lying on his back with his mouth open and his eyes partly closed; his body was yet warm, and we tried to being him to but failed; I have no idea of what caused his death; he had no money with him of any amount.

   J. M. Rhineberger sworn - I slept in the same room with deceased; during the night I heard a noise like a man breathing hard; I supposed he had the night-mare; I did not speak to him; I got up about daylight and found him lying on his back, dead; I could not see any marks of violence upon him.

   Jacob Coppes sworn - I keep the house in which deceased was found this morning; he had lived with me four months; last night at 10 o'clock he took a drink and went to bed; he was a moderate drinker; this morning I was told that he was dead; I went in and found him as described by the other witnesses; in his pocket was a watch, which he had borrowed from Mr. Greaves, and $29 15 in money; there was no saliva or froth about his mouth; he looked quite natural.

   The Jury returned a verdict that in their opinion deceased came to his death by "visitation of Providence."

FATAL MINING ACCIDENT. - Last Monday, May 12th, a correspondent writes us, Mr. Wm. McGrew was instantly killed at Dutch Flat, Placer county, by the caving in of a bank, which fractured his skull.  He was formerly from Jefferson county, Ohio, where he left a wife and family.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 May 1856

DEATH OF NAUMANN. P- Arnold Naumann, the German, who killed his boy, a child six years of age, by shooting him through the head, and then shooting himself, died yesterday, from the effects of his injuries.  The Coroner will hold an inquest to-day, and we hope Mr. Kent will make a rigid examination of the circumstances attending this fatal affair, as there seems to have been something very singular about the whole transaction.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 May 1856

THE HOMICIDE IN SAN MATEO. - The San Francisco Globe gives the following version of the killing of a man at the election in the above county:

   An inquest was held on the body of Antonio Carthagenia on Thursday, May 13, by Coroner Kent, at the San Rafael House, on the San Jose road.  A man who was present at the time the deceased was stabbed by Harry Gray, by the name of John Langworth, was examined at much length as to the circumstance attending the homicide.  I seemed that there had been a dispute between Gray and Patrick McMain, the former drawing a knife and the latter a pistol, when friends interfered, and deceased requested me to stand aside, or Gray might stab me.  Whereupon Gray thrust his knife into the body of the deceased, letting out his intestines.  The deceased, putting his hand over the wound, then said, "you assassin, you have killed me!" and then drawing a large clasp-knife, cutting Gray five or six times, until he was so faint that he was obliged to stop.  Deponent afterwards went to Judge Reed to have Gray arrested.  The verdict was to the effect that the jury find "that deceased came to his death from a knife wound by the hands of one Harry Gray, and that he is a native of Chile, aged 28 years."

   It was also reported that Gray had died on Tuesday, but this is questioned by some of the papers.

THE INFANTICIDE CASE. - An inquest was held in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, May 14th, on the body of the child killed by its father, Frederick Naumann, on Monday night.  No additional facts were developed, and it was fully and clearly established that the unfortunate father is insane, as he was much attached to his child.

BAIL FIXED. - The bail of William Wilson, alias "Grizzly," who killed a waiter on board the steamer confidence, was fixed on Wednesday last, by the San Francisco Court of Sessions, at $5,000.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 May 1856

DEATH OF MISS TIBBITS. - A post mortem examination was held upon the body of Mrs. Tibbits yesterday; but as yet no causes of death are discovered.  The stomach, however, has not been examined, but will be reported upon to-day.  There is something very strange about this death, and should be rigidly investigated.  We are glad to learn that Mr. Kent will make a full examination of all the circumstances connected with her decease.  An inquest will be held to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 May 1856

DEAD. - Arnold Naumann, the German printer, who killed his son and then shot himself, died on Thursday, the 15th of May, from the effects of the wound.  There is said to be some mystery in the matter.  The inquest was held on Friday evening, and the jury seems to have had some difficulty in arriving at a verdict.  Finally they rendered the following:

   That the deceased died from the effects of a pistol shot wound, received from a weapon in the hands of some person unknown, at his residence, corner of Green and Powell streets, on the night of the 12th inst.  They also found that deceased was a native of Switzerland, and aged 31 years.

HORRIBLE DEATH. - An elderly gentleman, with a wife and three young children, named John Gates, was instantly killed on Wednesday last, the 14th May, at Hunt's Gulch, in Amador county, by the caving in of a bank of earth.  The earth, as we learn from the Jackson Sentinel, pressed him up against a pile of rocks, and completely mashed him to atoms; there was not a whole bone in his body when taken out. His heart and entrails were forced out of a hole about two inches in diameter in his side, and were picked up by his side.

ESCAPE OF A HOMICIDE. - Gray, the man who killed the Chilena named Antonia, during the election riot in San Mateo county, has managed to effect his escape from his keepers.  He was, it seems, only to have been kept under guard.  It is also stated that when Judge Reed was applied to to issue a warrant for his arrest he expressed some reluctance, as it might interfere with his political prospects.

CHINAMAN DROWNED. - On Thursday last a Chinaman was drowned in attempting to row across the river at Tunnel Point, in El Dorado county.

SUDDEN. - The Coroner of San Francisco was called upon on Saturday last, to hold an inquest on the body of Mrs. Tibbetts, a seamstress, who fell suddenly dead, while engaged in sewing in the family of Mr. Thos. O. Larkin.

   A little school girl, named Ellen Sears, also fell dead in the school-room of the Catholic Orphan Asylum, in San Francisco, on Friday morning.

ROBBERY OF THE DEAD. - The dead body of geo. H. Rahl, a fireman, was robbed at the San Francisco City Hospital of $180 immediately after he expired, by a scoundrel named Geo. Myres, who was also on the sick list.  The thief had escaped.

FOUND AT LAST. - The body of the child Alfred Smith, who had been missing for some days in San Francisco, was taken from the water at the foot of Washington street, on Thursday evening last, the 15th May.  It seems that the child had been visiting a play-fellow in the neighborhood, and in returning home, as is supposed, fell through the wharf.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 May 1856

WOUNDED UNTO DEATH. - Allen McCloy, says the Sacramento State Journal, who on the 22d of March last, was struck with a hammer by Henry Gill, died at 5 o'clock last evening.  Gill was some days since delivered up by his bondsmen, and is now in the Sheriff's custody.  Deceased was from New York, and aged about 24 years.

DROWNED. - A man named John S. Giles, was drowned in the bay a few days since, and his body was recovered yesterday and an inquest held upon it by Coroner Kent.  He is supposed to have fallen overboard from some of the vessels.

REPORT OF THE MURDER OF A SURVEYING PARTY. - Stockton, May 19, 1856 - 1 o'clock, P.M. - A report has reached this city, by a man from Four Creeks, Tulare county, that the surveying party of Von Schmidt, composed of eighteen persons, which left Stockton about two weeks since, have been murdered by the Indians, with the exception of one man, who succeeded in making his escape. - Tel. to Evening Bulletin.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 May 1856

THE CITY.

INDIAN MURDERED. - An Indian familiarly known as "Pete," was stabbed about ten o'clock last evening, at the southeast corner of the Water Works building, by a Mexican named Simon, while in company with three other Mexicans named Jose Vega, Edwardo Carmona and Estevano.  Immediately on commission of the act the Mexicans ran along Front street and entered the coffee stand in the old Hotel de France.  The Indian followed them, bleeding profusely, and fell upon the sidewalk in front of the coffee stand, whence he was removed to the Station House, where he soon afterwards expired.  Capt. Taylor and Officer Riker started out immediately in quest of the assassin, and found the Mexican above named sitting at a table eating, in the room back of the coffee stand.  Under the table was found a bloody bowie-knife - the blade about eight inches in length - which belonged to Simon.  The parties were arrested and taken to the Station House.  No other weapons were found on their persons.

   The deceased received two severe stabs - one in the left side, just above the hip, and the other in the right arm-pit, nearly severing the arm.

   The keeper of a beer saloon, in front of which the wounds were inflicted, saw Simon apparently tussling with deceased, about the time the act was committed. The Mexicans, as also the deceased had been employed in the wood-yard of Jose Arsego during the day, and had been together drinking during the evening.  Two other Mexicans, named Pedro (brother of Simon,) and Edwardo Semper, who had been with the party during the early part of the evening, were arrested about 11 o'clock, and taken to the Station House.  Simon, who, his companions say, is the assassin, is about 21 years of age.  Only a cursory examination was made of the body, but from cuts in the garments of deceased it is thought that other less severe wounds were inflicted.  An inquest will be held on the body by Coroner Bell at 9 o'clock this morning.

TRIALS FOR MURDER. - Wise and Fehly, charged with murder in Trinity county, will be arraigned before the District Court of that county, to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 May 1856

SIXTH DISPATCH.

Effect produced by Mr. King's Death - The City in Mourning - Scene before the Committee House - The Last Moments of the Martyr - The State of the Prisoners - Funeral of Mr. King.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 20 - 10 P.M.

On the announcement of the death of Mr. King almost all the stores, hotels, &c., were closed. ...

...

All is anxiety to know what has been the action of the committee.  Report says the prisoners will be hung to-morrow.  It will be known in the morning.  It is said that Casey and Cora have been tried and found guilty of murder.  It is also one of the rumors in circulation that Cora bore the announcement with fortitude, but that Casey sunk under it considerably.  At the trial of Cora Mr. Johnson and another witness testified that they had seen Cora shoot Gen. Richardson.

The Indian Murder - Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held at the Station House yesterday, by Coroner Bell, on the body of the Indian Peter, who was murdered on the evening previous at the corner of I and Front streets, by a Mexican named Simon.  The following jury was empanneled:

J. H. Hewlett, Nathan A. Read. N. D. Rose, H. Benjamin, A. J. Lettin, C. S. Merwin and James McMillan.

   The evidence elicited was as follows:

   F. Colcich, sworn - Resides in Sacramento; bar-keeper on Front street; recognise deceased as a Sonorian Indian, known as Peter; at half past 9 o'clock last evening I was on watch as bat-keeper; during the afternoon I saw several Mexicans drinking; deceased was with them; at half past 9 I saw the Indian alone; he was drunk; he went to the bar, and in a few minutes he and a Mexican named Simon came upon the walk together; Simon said: "Come along, and I will let you know who I am," and used some abusive language; appeared to be excited, and took him by the left arm; he spoke in  Spanish; they walked together towards I street, and in four or five minutes the Mexican came back, walking in a hurry, as though he was frightened; in about ten minutes afterwards deceased came back, walking slowly, saying: "Where is the man that killed me?"  I then saw the blood on the deceased, and went out and called the police; Capt. Taylor came, and I pointed out the man that committed the murder; he was with some others at supper, in the next house to ours; I think the Mexicans at supper with Simon were at supper when the murder was committed.

   Frank Rabel, sworn - Resides in this city; is interested in the Hotel de France; last evening, about 8 or 9 o'clock, there were one woman, one Chilean and two Mexicans, taking supper in a back room, and Simon, who is under arrest, was with them; I went out for a few minutes, and when I came back Simon was standing by the table where the others were eating, and had a knife in his hand, (I think it was the knife now before the jury,) and said to the other persons in Spanish: "I call you to witness I killed Peter," at the same time shaking the knife in his hand; I then went out to see my wife, for fear that she might be frightened; I recognise deceased as having been at the bar on yesterday; I saw him in company with Simon, and think he loaned him a dollar in the afternoon.

   Wm. Riker, sworn - Is a policeman; about 10 o'clock last night I heard that a man was murdered; I went with Capt. Taylor into a room, where the man now under arrest, and others, were eating; Capt. Taylor arrested Simon, who was pointed out to him as the murderer; I looked under the table and found the knife now before the jury, at Simon's feet; the knife was bloody; the blood was fresh, and there was also fresh blood on Simon's left hand; we arrested the other men who were with him at the time.

   Capt. Taylor, sworn. - Captain of Police; last night, about 10 o'clock, I heard a noise and went to the door; heard persons calling "police;" a man came and told me that there was a man killed; as soon as I could get some one to stay in the office I went down between I and J streets, on Front street, and found deceased; he was lying on the sidewalk, wounded; he was not yet dead; I went into the restaurant next to the Hotel de France, and in a back room found four men sitting at the table eating; one of them showed guilt, and appeared excited; I raised him to his feet and  searched him, and then let him set down, watched the doors so see that none escaped, opened a closet and then returned to the room where they were; Mr. Colcich came in and pointed out Simon, and said; "I think that is the man;" I then arrested and examined him, and found fresh blood on his left hand; I took hold of two of them and told Mr. Ricker to bring the other two; we brought the four to the Station House, searched them and found two watches on them.

   Robert Pollock, sworn - Lives in this city; know Simon; saw him last night about half-past nine o'clock; her was in company with others and had the knife (now before the jury) in his hand, sky-larking with it.

   James Price, sworn - Lives in this city; about 9 ½ o'clock last night, saw deceased and Simon drinking at the French Hotel; knew Simon last year in Marysville; he was looked upon as a dangerous character; was in the habit of drawing a knife when angry; I was in the French Hotel last night when Capt. Taylor came in; Simon and others were sitting at a table; I saw Simon throw the knife (now before the jury) under the table.

   Stephen Leon, sworn. -  Lives in this city; a boatman; recognizes deceased; know him a month or two; last night myself and three other Mexicans were at the new bar where the Hotel de France formerly was; deceased came into the room and Simon said to him, "Peter, sit down and take supper with us;" Peter said, "I won't sit down with a hermaphrodite;" Simon then got up and said, I am not a hermaphrodite - I am a man;"they then went out together, and in a few minutes Simon came into the room with the knife now before the jury, and said "I have killed Peter;" he sat down to the table, and Capt. Taylor came in and searched me and then went out; while he was out, Simon took the knife now before the jury and threw it under the table.

   Jose Vega, sworn. - Lives in this city; a boatman; last night Peter and Simon went out to fight; they quarreled because Peter called him a hermaphrodite; I got up from the table; did not see the fight; Peter had no knife, but told Simon to come out to fight; the knife before the jury belonged to Simon; he was in the habit of carrying it; I saw him come in after he went out to fight; he threw the knife under the table; Peter loaned me ten dollars last night; I heard Simon say when he came into the room that he had killed Peter; he said, "I gave him four stabs and have killed him."

    Henry J. Lopdell, sworn. - Resides in this city; last night I saw two men near the corner of Front and I streets; they seemed to be striking, or at least one of them, and one of them ran in the direction of the French Hotel; shortly after, the other followed; I found the scabbard of a large knife this morning near where I saw them last night.

   The testimony was here closed, and the Jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death from a wound or wounds inflicted with a knife in the hands of a Mexican named Simon.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 May 1856

BY THE STATE TELEGRAPH LINE.

Movements of the Vigilance Committee - Cora Convicted - Casey's Trial and Rumored Developments - Immediate Cause of Mr. King's Death - Preparations for the Funeral - Testimonial - Sailing of the Steamer - Arrivals.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 9 P.M.

Early this morning a large number of spectators collected around the Vigilance Committee rooms, in anticipation of some action.  There being no sign evinced, and a heavy rain having commenced to fall, the crowd gradually dispersed.  The usual guard is on duty - two companies of foot and about a dozen horsemen parading nearby to keep the passage clear.

   It is pretty well known that Cora was tried and found guilty, and that the evidence of Mr. Johnson, who was absent in Oregon during the former trial, was positive against Cora.

   Several witnesses have been examined on Casey's trial.

...

A Coroner's inquest was held over the body of Mr. King to-day.  We learn that no vital organ was injured by the passage of the ball.  The subclavian artery was not hurt.  The actual cause of Mr. King's death, beyond the effects of the wound, cannot be accounted for else than a lack of reactionary power.

...

SECOND DISPATCH.

Verdict of the Coroner's Jury.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 9.30 P.M.

The verdict of the Coroner's Jury, as rendered, is: That deceased came to his death from the wound of a pistol fired in the hands of James P. Casey, and that the same was premeditated and unjustifiable.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 May 1856

Events of Yesterday.

Funeral of Mr. James King of Wm.

EXECUTION OF CASEY AND CORA BY THE VIGILANCE COMMITTEE!

THE DAY.

Long and detailed account, including the execution by the Vigilance Committee of Casey and Cora.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 May 1856

Another detailed account.

ADDITIONAL.

Testimony before the Coroner's Jury.

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   Dr. Wm. Hammond, sworn as a witness, testified: I am a practicing physician, and reside in San Francisco; I have made a post mortem examination on the body of James King of Wm., at the request of the Coroner; I was the attending physician on Mr. King; I was called on Wednesday last in the Pacific Express office; I found a ball wound under the clavicle on the left side, about an inch or an inch and a half below its middle, passing obliquely upwards and outwards to the point of exit on the posterior part of the shoulder blade; I attended Mr. King until yesterday, at half past one P.M., when he died from the effects of the wound; there was no internal bleeding.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 May 1856

More on the King affair and the Vigilance Committee.

SENTENCED TO BE EXECUTED. - Samuel Garrett and Wm. Stewart Kelly were arraigned before Judge Monson in the District Court yesterday morning, and sentenced to be hanged on the 27th June next - Garrett for the murder of A. Brickell, at the Golden Eagle Hotel in this city, and Kelly for the murder of Howe (in company with the notorious Micky Free and another) in Lake valley, Ed Dorado county, in July last. ...

EXTRAORDINARY ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday, May 20th, two brothers, named berry, were working at Columbia Hill, in Nevada county.  One of the brothers had his leg broken at the knee by the caving of a bank.  The other ran to Cherokee for surgical assistance.  On his return, a tree was accidentally felled upon him, fracturing his skull, and a limb of the tree took his nose entirely off.  The one who was first injured will recover, but it was thought that, the wound of the other would prove fatal.

Quiet Restored and Business Resumed in San Francisco - Disposition of the bodies of Casey and Cora - Coroner's Inquest upon their Bodies - Witnesses Refuse to Answer.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 23.

Business resumed its usual appearance and all is quiet - a contrast with the stormy scenes of yesterday.  The Vigilance excitement, burial, the arrival of so many passengers on the Golden Age, and news from the Panama accident, all added to the popular commotion.  Almost every man, woman and child in the city was either a spectator or participator.

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An inquest was held over their bodies by Coroner Kent.  The verdict was that James P. Casey and Charles Cora, found at No. 39 Sacramento street, came to their deaths by hanging by a body of men calling themselves the Vigilance Committee of San Francisco.

   Several witnesses were examined, amongst them Wm. R. Gorham, T. J. Smiley and George Hossefrosse, who refused to answer any questions about the Vigilance Committee, except that they knew there was such a body.

 

WILD WEST, 25 May 1856

Several columns on the King affair.

MAN DROWNED. - The body of a man named Thomas Manchester was found yesterday at North Beach, near Meigg's wharf, where he had been washed ashore.  An inquest was held, and a verdict of "accidental drowning" rendered.  The deceased had been a resident of California since 1846, and was a native of Holmes county, Ohio.  Lately he has been a man of very intemperate habits.  He fell asleep on the wharf on Friday night, and after he awoke he made a mistake in his direction and walked overboard.  He was thirty-two years old.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 May 1856

More on the King affair.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 31 May 1856

THE MURDER OF A CHINAMAN IN NEVADA COUNTY.

It would seem, from subsequent investigation, that the Chinaman who was murdered on Saturday, the 24th of May, near Cold Springs, was not killed by one of his own people, but by a couple of desperadoes belonging to an organized band in that vicinity.  This murder, committed as it was in open day, has much incensed the citizens.  From the testimony taken at the inquest, as we learn from the Journal of May 30th, the name of the murdered man was ascertained to be Chue, and that he had on his person $300.  The murderers effected their escape with his mule, and have not since been heard of.

 

WILD WEST, 1 June 1856

A WESTERN JURY, holding an inquest over a man who died in prison, returned the following verdict: "The way of the transgressor is hard, and deceased died from natural causes."

A Week of Wo.

Inquest on Mr. James King of William.

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On Wednesday the Coroner's inquest was held on the body of Mr. King, and evidence taken which goes to implicate Edward McGowan and Peter Wightman in the assassination of Mr.  King.  ... Execution of Cora and Casey.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 June 1856

Coroner's Inquest - Sudden Death.

Coroner Bell having been informed on Saturday evening that a colored girl had been whipped to death on the 22d of May, on the Consumnes river, near Hick's ranch, visited the locality - the residence of D. H. Cantwell, - yesterday morning, and investigated the matter before a jury.  As no circumstances were developed rendering necessary a post mortem examination, (especially in view of the risk attending the examination of a body that had been so long interred,) the remains were not exhumed.  The evidence elicited was as follows:

Hannah Cantwell, sworn. - Mary (the deceased) lived with us for the last three years; my husband bought her from my brother, after we started from Missouri on our way to California; she was then about 11 years of age; for some time past she had been impudent and unruly; my husband had been sick for some time and was just getting about, and on the 22d May last, I attempted to correct her as I always had done; as I would one of my own children; she resisted me, and I called to a man named Tom, (I did not know any other name for him,) who had been hired on the farm for about one week, and asked him to tie her for me, that I might correct her; he did so, and when he had tied her, I asked him to whip her for me, and he did so; he whipped her on the naked skin with a strap which had been a raw hide, but had been in the water and was straightened out; the inner portion of the cowhide was gone; he struck her about eighteen blows with this strap across the hips and legs; he did not strike her on the body; I told him not to do so; he did not strike her with any thing else than the strap; I was present all the time; she still continued obstinate, and I sent down for Mr. Hicks, and he came up; she was  still tied, and he talked to her and advised her to do better, and she promised him she would; he then  said "let her loose," which was done. She sat down on the floor, leaned against some [bars], said she was sick, asked me for some water, and vomited; I gave her some water, and did not think any more about it at the time, as she always complained of being sick when I whipped her; I was engaged for a short time, and did not notice her for about three-quarters of an hour, when I saw her lying on her face on the bed; went to her, and found her dead; I supposed she had fainted when I first saw her; I put her in a warm bath, and sent for the doctor and Mr. Hicks; I do not know what caused her death, but I do not think it could have been from the whipping; she was not whipped more severely than usual; I do not know where Tom is; he left here after the girl died; he was a hired man.

   Dr. C. Dunscomb, sworn. - I am a physician; graduated in the Jefferson medical College at Philadelphia; on the 22d May last I was summoned to see deceased; I knew her; I was informed that she had fainted; when I reached Mr. Cantwell's I found her dead; they said they thought she had fainted; her clothes were all off, and I examined her carefully, to find the cause of her death, if possible; I was told that she had been shipped, and I found some marks on her hips and thighs, but the skin was not cut; I could not find any marks of any kind on her body; I examined the head very carefully, to see if I could not find any injury of the head or any other part; there was not any indentation, cut, bruise, or tumefaction, on any part of the head or any other part of the system; she was athletic, low, short necked, and had a large head; there was an extensive eschar on one side of the face, which had the appearance of having been left by a burn; I do not think sufficient violence had been used to cause her death, or I would have found some evidence of it; I am sure she could not have been whipped as as to cause her death without my having been able to find more marks; my opinion is that she died from congestion of the brain, which may have been produced by the excitement; I did not make post mortem examination; I did not see any evidence of her having taken poison; she may have fainted and suffocated from lying on her face in the bed.

   William Hicks, sworn - I knew deceased; last Thursday, a week ago, Mrs. Cantwell sent for me; I went to the house, and found Mary's hands tied, and a hired man named Tom standing in the room by her with a strap (such as described by Mrs. Cantwell) in his hand; the strap was such as would be formed by straitening an ordinary cowhide used as a riding switch; Mrs. Cantwell told me that deceased had been very bad, and she wanted me to try if I could not make her do better; I talked to her, and she said she would be a good girl if they would let her go, and I told the man Tom to do so, which he did; she said she would do better in future, and that Miss Hannah would not have to whip her any more; when she was let loose, I told her to go and sit down, and I went home; in about an hour or less I was informed that she was dead; Dr. Duncomb came by my house on his way to see her; I went with him, and found her as described by the doctor; I examined her carefully, and saw some marks on her hips and thighs, where she had been shipped; the skin was not cut but whitened as is usual in colored persons, where they have been whipped; there were no marks on the body; of she had been severely whipped on the body, I could have seen the marks; I do not know the cause of her death; when I first went to Mr. Cantwell's and had her untied, she talked to me as usual; she did not appear exhausted, as though she had been severely whipped; I have heard the man Tom who whipped her spoken of as quiet and inoffensive; I did not know anything about him; he appeared to be a mild man.

   D. H. Cantwell, sworn - I bought deceased from my brother-in-law on the plains, after I had left Missouri for California; he followed me and wanted me to buy her and bring her with me to California; she was about eleven years of age when I bought her - at the time of her death she was 14; she was not a very bad girl; my wife occasionally corrected her as she did our own children;  I never found it necessary to correct her myself; upon the 22d May, the day of her death, I went in to the cheese house a few feet from our dwelling, and it was commencing raining which detained me, as I did not wish to get wet as I had been sick for a long time and was just getting about; I heard my wife scolding the girl, and some time afterwards she called me in and said that deceased had fainted; I went in and found her dead; I do not know what caused her death.

   The evidence was here concluded and the jury, consisting of William Curry, Wm. H. Vaughn, Joshua Ellis, Martin Haser, Andrew Whitaker, and Charles Ritz, returned a verdict that deceased came to her death from some cause to them unknown, but that, in their opinion, the whipping she had received was not severe enough to produce death or injury.

FOUND DROWNED. - A man named C. J. Raney called on Coroner Bell on Saturday and informed him that he had found the body of a man in the Sacramento river near his house, at his ranch, about twelve miles above the city. The Coroner went up and held an inquest on the body on that day.  The body is described as that of a muscular man, of from forty to forty-five years of age; five feet eight inches in hight; hair very black and coarse; head bald on top; whiskers extending under the chin; three whole teeth in the lower jaw in front; other teeth decayed or missing.  There were four cuts in the scalp, but not sufficient, in the opinion of the Coroner, to produce death, the skull being uninjured.  The body was entirely naked when found, and somewhat decomposed, having lain in the water probably a fortnight.  The jury returned a verdict that death was produced by some cause to them unknown.  The body was interred by the Coroner, with the assistance of those in the neighborhood.

Suicide of Yankee Sullivan.

The San Francisco Bulletin of Saturday afternoon, May 31st, gives the following particulars of the suicide of this unfortunate man:

   This morning the notorious Yankee Sullivan committed suicide by cutting into his left arm, and bleeding to death. ... About two hours later, when Sullivan's breakfast was being carried into his room, the prisoner was found on his bed dead.  He was dressed in his pantaloons and shirt, and lay extended on his back.  He had cut his left arm at the elbow joint, on the inside, to the bone.  The main artery was completely severed, and he must have died in a few minutes afterwards.  He inflicted the wound with the knife which he used to cut his food with.

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He confessed that he had been convicted in England for stealing, and had been sentenced to transportation to New South Wales for fourteen years. ... He escaped, however, from New South Wales.  It was one of his greatest fears that he should be sent back there again.

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Coroner Kent was duly notified of the death, and the body was taken in charge by him.  An inquest will be held to-morrow morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 June 1856

INQUEST UPON JAMES, ALIAS YANKEE SULLIVAN, ALIAS FRANCIS MURRAY.
Coroner Kent convened a jury yesterday morning, to inquire into the cause of the death of Yankee Sullivan, who committed suicide on Saturday last at the rooms of the Vigilance committee, and the following testimony was taken:

   Jerome Rice, sworn - I know James Sullivan by sight; the last time I saw him alive was on the night of the 30th ult., he was then in a room in the building on Sacramento street, formerly occupied by the United States Appraiser; when supper was taken to him, he asked for a priest; I told Mr. Dempster what he wanted, and he told me that Sullivan did not require a priest; I did not go back to tell Sullivan what was said, nor do I know whether he had a priest or not; I did not see him again until the next morning, when I went into his room to get the empty dishes; I found him lying on his back in the bed, with one leg hanging over the side of the bed; I immediately gave the alarm to the guard; I never knew any of the Committee to use any language that was calculated to intimidate him; there was a lady there on Thursday or Friday, who said she was his wife; she had a child, which she said was his; he told her he was to be hung, and appeared to be alarmed; she tried to pacify him; I never saw here there but once; I saw her once outside of the building; she said she wanted to see Sullivan; I told her she could not see him then; I have told Sullivan that he need not fear execution; I decline saying whether I was on duty that night at the room of Sullivan.

   Emily Mary Sullivan, sworn - I was the wife of one Francis Murray, alias James Sullivan, now deceased, and have been for the last fourteen months.  We were married by a German Clergyman in this city.  We have lived together in this city and the Sandwich Islands.  He is a native of Ireland and aged 37 years.  I saw him last alive on Friday last at 12 P.M.  He was confined in a cell in Sacramento street, at the Vigilance Committee Rooms.

   He told me the committee were going to hang him on the following day.  He looked at the wedding ring on my finger and said that it was the first present he had given me.  He then took a diamond ring from his pocket and said that it would be the last he would give me, as he was positive he would be hung the next day, as he had heard the guard at the cell door say so.  I told him not to be afraid, as they would not do so.  He did not seem much depressed in spirits, and was as cheerful as usual.  The last day I was with him before his arrest, he was speaking of the crime of suicide, and said that he would never do it, for then he could not get the rites of the church, as he was a Catholic.  He intended to leave the country at the time of his arrest.  The day he was arrested, he told me to pack up all my clothing as he was going to leave the State for good.  I have one female child 5 months old by the deceased.  I recognize the body as that of my husband.

   Dr. Beverly Cole, sworn. - I was called to the rooms of the Vigilance committee on Saturday morning to examine the body of Sullivan, and was informed that he had stabbed himself.  I found him lying upon the bed, with a large wound upon the left arm, apparently made with a dull instrument.  I saw a knife lying ion the bed, the same as is here exhibited, and believe he inflicted the wound with it.

   James F. Curtis, sworn. - I know Sullivan; at 12 o'clock on Friday night he told me he wanted to see a minister, as he expected to be hung on the following day.  I told him he had nothing to fear, as he would not be hung.  He was excited at first, but by my assurances he became pacified.  About 9 o'clock on Saturday morning I went to the cell with Mr. Rice, and found him dead.  His cell is about 12 by 6 feet, and well ventilated.  I never knew him to be handcuffed while he was in the rooms.  The door of his room was unlocked.

   H. A. Russell, sworn - About fifteen minutes before 7 o'clock on Saturday morning I went into the cell of Sullivan, and asked him how he felt.  He said he slept very poorly, and had an awful dream, which was that he was hung and cut down.  I pacified him for about four minutes, and left him more quiet.

   Drs. A. J. Bowie and A. F. Sawyer had a post mortem examination of the body, and upon their certificate, in connection with the foregoing testimony, the following verdict was rendered:

THE VERDICT.

   We, the undersigned, Jurors convened at the office of Coroner Kent, to inquire into the causes of the death of a man named Francis Murray, alias James Sullivan, who was found dead in a room in a building known as the Vigilance Committee Rooms, on Sacramento street, on the 31st ult., do find that he came to his death from the effects of a wound with a knife, inflicted by himself upon the left arm, which severed the brachial artery.  The Jury, accompanied by the Coroner, visited the rooms of the Committee, and, upon examination of the apartment lately occupied by deceased, found everything to correspond with the evidence given before them.  We also find that he is a native of Ireland, aged 37 years, and leaves a wife and one child in this city.

JAS. E. WAINWRIGHT, DAVID L. BECK, GRO. H. DAVIS, THOS. GORDON, ISAAC S. FREEBORN, FRANKLIN L. JONES, DAVID MOORE.

 

MARYSVILLE DAILY HERALD, 4 June 1856

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF SULLIVAN.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 June 1856

Tollgate Keeper Murdered by Indians - Pursuit and Capture of some of the Culprits.

A very great excitement was produced on Tuesday, June 2d, on the North Fork of the American River, at Whisky Bar, Placer county, by a murder perpetrated by a band of Indians in that vicinity.  The person murdered was Mr. P. A. Longley, formerly of Montezuma, New York, keeper of the Empire Bridge at the above place.  It seems that he lived by himself, and that his only neighbors resided on the opposite bank of the river.  About six o'clock, one of those neighbors who had gone over the river, discovered traces of blood leading from the gate to the door of the house, a distance of about twelve or fourteen feet.  He immediately entered the house and discovered the gate-keeper lying on his bed in a dying condition.  He had been stabbed, and the loss of blood had reduced him so low that in a very short time he expired.  Before his death, he had merely strength to state that during the night four or five Indians entered his house and attempted to break open his desk, when he interfered to prevent the consummation of the outrage.  A scuffle ensued, in which Mr. Longley received several stabs from a knife in the hands of one of the party.  This was the only information that could be obtained.  Subsequently the knife was found, covered with blood, lying about two feet inside the door.  It was recognized as the property of an Indian living in that vicinity.

   As soon as the wounded man was discovered, a messenger was despatched for a physician, and the news of the outrage spreading through the neighborhood, about one hundred men soon collected, who armed themselves and started in pursuit of the suspected parties.  In a short time they came upon the Indians.  Some showed fight and refused to submit.  They drew their knives and prepared to use their bows and arrows.  Before they could be taken one of the Indians was wounded.  Following them, another was taken at rattlesnake Bar.  At Beale's Bar one of the Indians fired a number of arrows at Mr. L. Givens, of Doten's Bar, one of which struck him directly on the upper lip, penetrating to the bone.  Mr. G. fired in return at him, and is confident he struck him, although he succeeded in making his escape.  There were a number of Indians captured, and among them the one top whom the knife belonged.

   Later in the day an inquest was held upon the dead body, when, upon an examination, it was discovered that the wounds were made by the knife found on the floor.  There was one gash in the arm, another in the thigh, and a third in the back. These wounds were not in themselves mortal, and if assistance had been at hand, to stop the flowing of the blood, life might have been saved.  It did not appear that the wounded man made any effort to prevent the flow of blood.  He cried for assistance after he had been wounded, and was heard across the river, but it was supposed some drunken man was making a noise, and no one went to his relief. ...

GEO. S. STEERE. - This gentleman, formerly of the firm of Steere & Hathaway, produce dealers in San Francisco, was drowned on Monday afternoon, June 2d, at Suscol, Napa creek.  He was standing on the wharf, when his foot slipped and he fell overboard.  He could not swim, and before a friend, who was in a boat, could reach him, he was drowned.  He was thirty-eight years of age, and a native of Providence, R.I.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 June 1856

Fatal Affray near Coloma.

COLOMA, Sunday, June 8, 10 P.M.

An affray took place to-day, five miles below this place, between John Smith and A. Snidevosky, a Hollander.  The facts developed at the Coroner's inquest were about as follows: The parties were disputing about some water, and Snidevosky struck Smith with a shovel, next with his fist, and then clinched and threw Smith down in some mud and water, and commenced choking him, when Smith jerked a large knife, and inflicted a wound in the left side, near the heart, which produced instant death.  Judger Long has just examined the case, and held Smith to bail on the sum of five hundred dollars. - Tel. to Bulletin.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 June 1856

INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday upon the body of John McDonald, a lad fifteen years old, who fell from the rigging or other fixture, on board the barque Palmetto, and was so seriously injured that he died from the effects.  The jury found in accordance with the above facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 June 1856

JAW BROKEN. - Jordan, who was killed by Lewis, in Nevada, on Saturday last, had a difficulty on the previous day with Lewis C. Ross, on the road between Grass Valley and Nevada, in which he fractured the lower-jaw of the latter.  He was arrested and held to bail, but released by death, and, adds the Nevada Democrat, instead of being tried for assault and battery, at the hour set for trial, the Justice was holding an inquest upon his body.

FOUND DEAD. - A Sonorian, named Jose Cabrera, who had just arrived at San Francisco from Shasta Valley, was found dead in his bed in a house on Oregon street, San Francisco, on Tuesday morning last.  An inquest was held, and it was ascertained that he died of disease of the heart.

TERRIBLE TRAGEDY - FOUR PERSONS KILLED. - A person who came down from Traverse des Sioux on the Reveille yesterday morning furnished an imperfect account of a terrible tragedy which took place last week between Traverse and Eureka, about seven miles from the former place. A family, consisting of husband, wife and two children, has been destroyed, either by one whom they looked upon as a protector, or by the murderous hand of another.

   For two or three years past a German named Julien has resided on a claim near Traverse. He was known as an industrious and hard-working man, in comfortable circumstances.  Last week Julien's neighbors were surprised by the silence about his house, and the fact that neither he nor any of his family had been seen for several days, induced them to visit his house to ascertain what the matter was.  Several of his neighbors accordingly proceeded to the dwelling on Saturday last.  Everything on the first floor was found in good order - the furniture undisturbed, and no evidence of an affray; but on descending to the cellar the dead body of Mrs. Julien was first discovered, then that of Julien and the bodies of his two children, all having apparently come to their death from gunshot wounds.  Mrs. Julien was shot through the back with a rifle, but Julien and his children were killed by a shot gun, the former having been shot in the breast.

   The bodies were discovered on Saturday last.  The Coroner was immediately sent for, and upon his arrival an inquest was held, but the result of the jury deliberation had not been announced when our inform ant left.  A great deal of excitement existed among the people living in the vicinity of the scene of the lamentable tragedy.  The prevalent opinion was that Julien first killed his wife and children, and then destroyed himself.  Others were of the opinion that the family had been murdered.  The position of the bodies when found seemed to substantiate the opinion that Julien was the murderer.

   On the body of Julien when it was discovered was found a considerable sum of money.  This would seem to controvert the opinion of some that he had been robbed and murdered.  At the time of his death he was making preparations to remove to Traverse, where a house had been constructed for him.  The entire affair is shrouded in mystery, and we will wait with impatience for the result of the Coroner's investigation now going on. - St. Paul Pioneer, April 16.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 June 1856

THE ALLEGED HOMICIDE ON BOARD THE GOLDEN GATE. - We have already given the different versions of the death of John Bowen, one of the hands on board the Golden Gate, on her last trip to San Francisco.  On Monday last, June 16th, the case was investigated before United States Commissioner Monroe, when E. Seymour Farnsworth, the second officer, charged with the killing, made the following statement under oath:

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   James P. Riley deposed: I am surgeon of the golden Gate; I was called to see the deceased about one o'clock P.M., and found him laboring under congestion of the brain; it was difficult to say by what it was produced; intense heat and exposure to sudden cold is liable to produce congestion of the brain; the heat where he was in irons was 105 degrees, and under the ventilator is was 84 degrees.

   The testimony here closed, and the Commissioner remanded the defendant before the Grand Jury, and held him to bail in the sum of $5,000.

SUFFOCATED IN A WELL. - The Coroner of San Francisco was called upon to hold an inquest on the body of George W. Topping, a native of Michigan, about 26 years of age, who died on Monday afternoon, June 16th, from inhaling carbonic ac id gas, in a well in the yard of Capt. C. W. McCondray, on Stockton street.  The well is about eighty six feet deep, arched with bricks, with a small trap door at the top about one foot square.  John Battersby, his fellow-workman, engaged in mending a lead pipe, testified:

   We kindled a fire of charcoal and took it down to heat the irons; remained in the well half an hour, and both came out much exhausted from the fumes of the charcoal.  We went to dinner; returned at 3 o'clock and went down in the well again, and remained half an hour, having with us two candles to see to work by; he suggested we had better get out; I agreed and went ahead of him.  When I got near the top I called to him to know if he was following; he replied, "yes, coming," three or four times; the last time I called he made no reply; I knew there was great danger, and went down in search of him; found him sitting on a plank about forty feet from the top; got a rope and put it around his body, and had him hauled up to the top.  He laid down on his back and lived for about twenty-five minutes, and then expired.  [Incomplete?]

PROBABLE INFANTICIDE. - The body of a negro child, several months old, was discovered about 8 o'clock last evening under the sidewalk on the southeast corner of L and 5th streets, by some boys while at play.  An unusual stench being detected, curiosity led them to remove a pile of rags with which the nude body was covered.  The flesh was very much decomposed, death having occurred probably a month since.  An inquest will be held on the remains by Coroner Bell this morning.  Meantime, should any persons know of such a child being missing, they should not fail to communicate the facts to that officer.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 June 1856

MURDER IN CALAVERAS. - The Calaveras Chronicle says that Mr. Wm. Smith, a well known merchant at Boston Bar, on the Calaveras, was brutally murdered on Wednesday evening, 11th inst.  A Mexican named Jose Sanchez, who has been in the employ of Smith, gives the following account of the transaction.

   About 8 o'clock, P.M., he says, four Mexicans entered the store, and two of them approached Smith, while the others advanced towards him (Sanchez) with drawn pistols and knives, threatening to kill him of he made resistance.  He was then bound and blindfolded, and so remained while the murder was committed.  About three quarters of an hour after the departure of the Mexicans, he informed some of the American miners living on the Bar, of the murder.  A large party, including officer Shrobel, and others, from San Andrea, made diligent search for the murderers, but without success.

   On the next day an inquest was held, but nothing was elicited to criminate Sanchez.  On examination, it was found that deceased had received seven stabs, with knives - one piercing through the heart.  Plunder is the supposed object of the murderers, Mr. Smith being known to have at times, large sums in coin and dust, besides watches, jewelry, &c.

   On hearing of the outrage, and assuming that Sanchez was a participant therein (and there is strong possibility that he was), a party of citizens secretly organized and determined to dispose of Sanchez in modo vigilantum.  Accordingly a committee proceeded to Smith's store, captured the intended victim, and brought him to Camp Seco.  What the ultimate intentions of these gentlemen were, we know not; but rumors of their proceedings got abroad, and Deputy Sheriffs Mulford and Paul went to their room and demanded the prisoner.  He was at once surrendered to those officers, who conducted him to the jail to await judicial examination.

LYNCHING AT WATSONVILLE. - The Santa Cruz Sentinel says: On Saturday night last a drunken Indian killed a Sonorian on the Monterey side of the Pajaro river, near Watsonville, by stabbing and cutting him with a knife; the Indian was visited and executed by Judge Lynch sometime during Monday night.

   The accounts of the killing are contradictory; some are to the effect, that the Indian cut the throat of the Sonorian while asleep others that he was killed in a drunken street fight, and that the Indian was also cut in several places.  We have been unable to learn the name of either party.  The name of the party who furnished the liquor to get up the drunk - the name of the killer and killed - the circumstances of the case - the names of the judges, jury, and executioners, are all involved in mystery; the time for trial, and execution was darkness, which presents rather a sad affair - and we are constrained to say, reflects no credit on any of the parties concerned.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 June 1856

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN. - We are informed upon reliable authority, that the Vigilance Committee, in their investigations into the case of Thomas B. Cunningham, have elicited satisfactory evidence that he was in the habit, while connected with the office of Coroner of this county, of disinterring the bodies of persons who had been buried, for the porpoise of dropping them in the docks, and this receiving the fee attending an inquest.  In this way, it is said, one body has been made to do service three or four times - or as long as it would hold together.  This accounts in part for the great number of bodies that, but a little while ago, were constantly found under the wharves. - True Californian, June 20.

BODY OF CROSBY RECOVERED. - CORONER'S INQUEST. - The body of David Crosby, a young man nineteen years of age, who was drowned in the American river near Hunt & Co.'s mill on Tuesday afternoon, as mentioned in our last issue, was found by Mr. Carleton and others about seven o'clock last evening a short distance from the shore where the accident occurred.  An inquest was held on the body by Coroner bell last evening, at which it appeared that deceased, on company with a young man named Place and another, came up from San Francisco on Monday night last in search of employment.  Place and the deceased visited the river as above for the purpose of bathing.  Deceased went into the river first, stepped almost immediately beyond his depth, and being unable to swim was drowned before assistance could be extended him.

   The locality of the accident having been pointed out by Place, hooks were prepared by Mr. Carleton and others, and the bottom of the river in that vicinity dragged for a few minutes when the body was discovered.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

RUMORED ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE. - A report was current on the streets, yesterday, that Samuel Garrett, who is to be executed to-morrow, for the murder of Brickell, attempted suicide on Tuesday evening by swallowing poison.  We understand that he acted so strangely on that evening that the officers on the prison brig supposed he had been taking poison, and immediately sent for Dr. Hall, the County Physician.  Dr. Hall informs us that his strange actions were merely the result of a nervous attack, con sequent, doubtless, on high mental excitement.  We are assured by the officers on the brig that extreme care is taken that no one confers with him except in their presence, and under circumstances to preclude the possibility of poison or a weapon being conveyed to him.

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of a man was picked up in the Bay at the foot of California street wharf this monring.  The body was dressed in the usual garb of a seaman - a red flannel shirt, blued cloth pantaloons, heavy boots, and a leather belt round his waist, containing a sheath and knife.  The body of five feet eight inches high, stoutly made, with black hair and whiskers.  It has the appearance of having been in the water for two or three days.  Coroner Kent had the body removed to his office, and will hold an inquest upon it this afternoon. - Bulletin.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 June 1856

ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE - LAMENTABLE CASE. = Harriet L. Garrett, (The wife of Samuel Garrett, who is condemned to be hung to-day for the murder of Amiel Brickell, the father of the former,) having for a day or two past manifested symptoms of mental derangement, has latterly been closely watched, with the view not only of preventing her from committing suicide, but to guard against her conveying poison or a deadly weapon to her imprisoned husband.

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EXECUTION OF GARRETT AND KELLY.

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DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 June 1856

THE SUICIDE. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday upon the remains of the man who committed suicide on Thursday last at the foot of Broadway wharf. , but nothing was elicited that would enable him to ascertain the name of the unfortunate man.  Doctor Macaulay made the following certificate:

   I do hereby certify that the deceased came to his death from a pistol bullet, which entered the anterior superior portion of the occipit close to the junction with the spheroid and palatine bones; thence passing through the right hemisphere of the brain and fracturing the parietal bone about one and a half inches from the connection with the occipit.

   The jury found that the deceased came to his death from the effect of a pistol wound, received from a pistol in his own hands.  It also found that the deceased's name, age and nativity were unknown.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 June 1856

Correspondence of the Union.

The Murder of Mr. Ballou - Some Plain Questions.

MICHIGAN BAR, June 29th, 1856.

EDITORS UNION. - Barns, the individual who shot Ballou, while the latter was working his claim near this place, is still at large.  It will be recollected that when Ballou was shot he was entirely unarmed, and that he lived only about twenty four hours afterwards.  Barns was last heard from at Rabbit Creek, where he was arrested by a citizen of that place and detained over night, but the next day succeeded in making his escape.

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Why did not the Coroner, or some Justice of the Peace, of Amador county, hold an inquest over the body of deceased previous to his interment?

Let those concerned answer.   JUSTICE.

PARTICULARS OF THE MURDER IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY. - The SAN FRANCISCO Herald gives the following particulars of the murder of Terence McDonald, which we have heretofore noticed, at Antioch, on the 14th of June:

   McDonald was living alone, and these Indians were stopping with him that night.  One of the Indians was named Raefelle, and had his wife with him.  The circumstances attending the murder were that an Indian of the party stopped on the night in question at Major Clark's, who resides a short distance from McDonald's; and about 10 o'clock the Indian Raefelle came to the corral in which the former party was lying, and after talking some twenty-five minutes, they went off together and murdered McDonald.  The next morning Major Clark went over to McDonald's, opened the door, and found him lying dead, with seven stabs in his throat, his hands cut and fingers broken, and his pockets robbed of what little money he had.

   The Indians also stole from the house a double barreled gun, (one a shot barrel and the other a rifle barrel,) one pair of fine doeskin pants, and two medals - one representing a ten dollar gold piece and the other a twenty dollar piece.  They may, perhaps, thinking the medals to be genuine money, attempt to pass them at some of the stores, and this lead to their detection and capture.  A reward of $100 is offered by the Sheriff and citizens of the neighborhood for the arrest of the murderers.

COURT INCIDENT. - At the session of our District Court which adjourned last Wednesday, a German was tried for killing a man at Fiddletown some six weeks ago, and found guilty of manslaughter.  After the jury returned their verdict he was under the impression that he was to be hung, and no one could convince him to the contrary.  When called up to receive his sentence he was so badly frightened that it was with difficulty that he could stand, and he was unable to speak.  The Judge proceeded to pass sentence, remarking that, though the prisoner had been indicted for murder, the jury had found him guilty of manslaughter only, and that he should therefore sentence him to three years in the State Prison.  So completely surprised was the prisoner that he sprang forward and exclaimed, "I go five years, I go five years."  It is needless to say that the Sheriff had some difficulty to restore order in the court room. - Volcano Ledger, June 28.

DEAD BODY FOUND AT BENICIA. - The body of a man, so decomposed as to prevent recognition, was found on the shore near the barracks at Benicia, on Sunday the 22d June.  He had been washed up by the tide.  From the fact that his arm was tattooed he is supposed to have been a sea-faring man.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 July 1856

INQUEST. - An inquest was held to-day on the bodies of two Chinamen, murdered at the Lagoon, but no new facts elicited.

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Wells, convicted of the murder of Dunn, at Benicia, attempted to escape yesterday.  He was, however, captured, and afterwards he tried to cut his throat with a piece of glass.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 July 1856

Santa Barbara News.

MURDER. - On Sunday last an Indian named Miguel stabbed another named Diego with a large knife, at San Bonaventura, killing him instantly.  The murderer fled and has not been taken.

   From the Gazette, of Thursday, June 18th, we copy the following:

   A MURDER AND A CASUALTY. - The Coroner held an inquest on the 19th instant upon the body of a man who was killed the day preceding at the vineyard of San Jose.  The jury found that the deceased was named Eusebio, of Hermosillo, in the State of Sonora, and that he came to his death from a stab in the breast inflicted by Diego Feliz, with premeditation.,

   On the 20th instant the Coroner held another inquest upon the body of a Mexican named Carlos Gimeno, who was found dead in a well in the rear of the house of Dona Candelaria.  The deceased was about fifty years of age, and had gone to draw water.  There was neither curb nor other protection around the mouth of this well, and it is supposed that by a misstep he was precipitated into it head foremost.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 July 1856

THE YREKA AFFAIR !

Statement of the Yreka Union.

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For the last three days, our usually quiet town has been the scene of great excitement, and has been threatened with a repetition of some of the scenes which have lately occurred in San Francisco.  On the 4th of July, a man named John Blunt was shot dead by Deputy Sheriff James Millhouse.  The particulars of the homicide are, as far as we have been able to learn, as follows:

   Millhouse, whilst standing in the street, saw Blunt, in company with another young man, in the act of kicking in a door of a Chinese brothel in the upper end of the town.  Millhouse ran up to Blunt (who by this time had crossed the street,) and said that he had come to arrest him.  Deceased replied that he would not be arrested, and at the same time said that he would whip him (Millhouse) and that he did not know whether he should whip him now or not.  Millhouse replied that he should not whip him, and said that he wanted him (Blunt) to go to the Justice's office.  A few more words passed between the parties, when one of Blunt's friends took him by the arm and walked down street with him, Millhouse following alongside.

   When the parties reached the foot of the stairs at Justice Waterman's office, Millhouse said to Blunt that he wanted him to go in to the office, but Blunt replied that he would not do it, and immediately passed into a neighboring French restaurant; Millhouse followed him in to the restaurant and said, "Come along with me."   Blunt raised his arm to strike Millhouse; Millhouse cried out, "Don't you strike me," when Blunt withheld the blow, and all the parties passed in to the street, the friends of Blunt placing themselves between him and Millhouse.  Some of Blunt's friends cried out to him to run.  Blunt commenced running, and Millhouse, jumping out of the crowd, followed him.  The parties run until they got about sixty yards down Third street, when Millhouse overtook Blunt, passed him, and placed himself in front of him.  Blunt then attacked Millhouse, and struck him twice; Millhouse returned the blows, twice striking Blunt on the head with a revolver. A number of blows passed between the parties, when Blunt clinched Millhouse, threw him to the ground, and commenced beating and gouging him, Millhouse crying out for help.  Some persons here interfered and separated the parties; Millhouse, as he rose, struck Blunt with his revolver and knocked him down.  Blunt rose, and, for the time, quit the combat, and started up the street with his friends - Millhouse following by their side intent on effecting the arrest.  After proceeding thirty or forty paces, some friends of Blunt, who came up, stopped him, and urged him to attack Millhouse again and whip him.

   Blunt then took hold of Millhouse again and commenced striking him; Blunt crowded Millhouse up against the side of the house next to the corner of third and Miner streets, where he (Millhouse) received a number of severe blows and was finally prostrated; after he fell Blunt and another party kicked him severely.  Millhouse recovered himself and circled around Blunt a distance of about ten feet, telling him that if he came at him again he would shoot him, and at the same time cocking his pistol.

   At this moment the pistol of Millhouse was discharged the first time, it is said accidentally, the ball taking a direction at almost right angles with the body of Blunt, and lodging in the house on the opposite side of the street, Blunt then advanced on Millhouse, when he (Millhouse) fired the second shot at him, but so far as we can learn, without effect.  Blunt finally came up within a foot of Millhouse, when he (Millhouse) holding his pistol within about six inches of Blunt's person, fired, the shot taking effect immediately below the base of the neck.  Blunt immediately commenced staggering, and was assisted a few paces across the street where he fell and in a few minutes expired.  Millhouse immediately proceeded to the office of the Sheriff and placed himself in custody.

   In the struggle, as above narrated, we should have stated that when Blunt made the last attack on Millhouse, Henry Beechey alias Tucker, who was called upon by Millhouse to assist him, received a severe blow from some person whose name is unknown.  He was felled instantly to the ground, and at first was supposed to have received a mortal blow.  He has now, however, partially recovered, but recollects nothing of the affray after he received the blow.

EXCITEMENT AND ATTEMPT AT RESCUE.

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ROUT OF CHINESE AND OTHER PROSTITUTES.

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THE INQUEST.

The body of the deceased, (Blunt,) was removed to the Court-house early on Friday.  On Saturday Dr. Ridgley, county coroner, held  an inquest, but took no evidence other than that which tended to establish the killing, and the person who fired the shot - it being thus general in character, its publication would throw no light upon the merit of the affray.

   The following is the verdict rendered by the jury:

      We, the Coroner's Jury, hereby empamnelled to determine the cause of the death of John Blunt, do affirm that the deceased came to his death from a pistol shot fired by the hand of James Millhouse, on the Fourth day of July, 1856, in and at the town of Yreka, State of California, and county of Siskiyou.

  1. M. Quivey, J. Carroll, A. V. Gillett, W. Johnson, B. Porter, J. H. Harper.

Few persons are in town to-day, there is little or no excitement.  The stores and saloons are all closed.  Rumors have reached town to the effect, that in case Millhouse is acquitted a mob will be raised.  No serious apprehensions however are entertained.  The forces ready to support the Sheriff are too numerous and too well armed to permit any violence.

   The deceased was a native of Indiana, and is represented to have been an industrious and ordinarily a peaceable man.

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DEATH OF CAPT. RITCHIE. - The True Californian gives the following particulars of the death of Capt. Archibald A. Ritchie, of the firm of Ritchie, Osgood & Co/, of San Francisco:

   Capt. Ritchie was drivi9ng from his rancho, some twelve miles dostant, into Napa city, seated in a buggy.  All of a sudden, when two miles from Napa, he was seen, by a gentleman in another buggy some two hundred yards behind him, to fall out.  Upon the former's coming up to where the accident happened, he found Capt. Ritchie dead, and bleeding from the nose and mouth.  The gentleman can assign no cause for the fall, as the road was level and good, and the horse quiet.  It is thought that Capt. Ritchie must have been attacked with an apoplectic fit, and have fallen out on his head, causing immediate death.  The fall by itself was not deemed sufficient to produce death. About two years ago Capt. Ritchie fell from a horse he was riding in the neighborhood of Benicia, and laid on the road insensible for several hours.  The account he gave of the accident was that his horse became restive and threw him; his friends, however, always thought that he was stricken down with a stroke of apoplexy. ... Capt. Ritchie was between fifty and sixty years of age, and apparently enjoyed robust good health.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 July 1856

LATER FROM YREKA.

Indian Murder and Pursuit by the Whites - The Yreka Affair.

We have received an extra of the Yreka Union dated Tuesday, July 8th, 10 A.M. ... Below we give the substance of the extra of July 8th:

   We have just been informed by the Rev. Mr. Stratton, who last night arrived from Jacksonville, that an i tense excitement prevailed in Rogue River Valley, on Sunday, in consequence of word having arrived that a packer had been shot that morning near the summit of Siskiyou mountain, by the Indians. It appears that Messrs. Taylor & McDermit, in company with a hired man, started to cross Siskiyou mountain for Jacksonville with their pack train of twenty-five mules, and upon arriving at the spot some forty rods beyond the summit, the scene of the "ox team tragedy," they were fired upon by a party of Indians concealed in the brush at the side of the road.  One ball took effect upon the hired man, killing him instantly - the ball entering underneath the right arm and coming out under the left.  Taylor & McDermit then fled down the mountain.

   A party of about twenty men, from the upper part of Rogue River Valley, started immediately in pursuit.  Upon returning to the scene of the murder, they found the body of deceased, which had been dragged about sixty rods down the mountain by the feet, the effect of which was to render it a most hideous sight to behold.  They also found three mules that had been killed.  Thirteen were driven off and nine recovered.  Mr. Stratton has also shown us a couple of arrows which were extracted from the dead animals; they are Tule Lake arrows and are such as are used by the Modoc tribe.  This circumstance, connected with the fact that the Indians fled towards Klamath Lake, would seem to settle the question as to what tribe did the deed.

   The pursuing party, while following on the trail of the murderers, found a newly shod gray horse, saddles and bridled.  The inference is that these same Indians have murdered the rider.

   Thus it seems that as the war closes in Oregon it commences in out own immediate vicinity.

   The Modoc tribe, which has, heretofore, during the war in Oregon, maintained, as is supposed, neutral grounds, are now, without a doubt, in arms against us, and there is no telling after this successful result of their first effort, what they may next contemplate doing.  We deem our citizens in Shasta Valley on eminent peril. ...

A MAN KILLED AT A HORSE RACE. - The Shasta Courier has received from the expressman from Bald Hills an account of a fatal affray which occurred on the Fourth at a horse race, at that place.  ... The account proceeds:

   After the above race was run, a difficulty arose between Y. C. Duncan and George Thornton, in regard to the stake money, when a fight occurred.  Thornton was badly cut in several places, but none of the wounds are considered dangerous.  On account of this difficulty, several friends of the above parties participated, when a general fight ensued.  The stakes were eventually given up and the matter settled.  The balance of the day was spent in running scrub races and drinking a great deal of liquor.

   At daylight on the morning of the 5th all the parties met on the race course, when some words passed between Duncan and Robert Martin.  Duncan made at Martin; Martin drew his pistol and told Duncan not to come any nearer to him.  Duncan went towards him, and Martin fired and shot Duncan just above the left eye and in the brains.  Duncan died in about two hours, and was carried to his own ranch and buried the same day.  Martin went to town and immediately gave himself; he was subsequently examined and cleared.

   This man Duncan, who was killed in the above affray, is the same person with whom Mr. Webb, of Red Bluffs, once had a difficulty, and was obliged to shoot in order to preserve his own life.

   An inquest was subsequently held, and the jury returned a verdict that the act had been committed in self defence.

MURDER IN PLACER COUNTY. - On Saturday, the 5th of July, as Chilean was murdered at Elizabethtown.  Subsequently an inquest was held by the Coroner at Wisconsin Hill.  The Iowa Hill News says:

   From, the testimony it appeared that two Chileans came from Yankee Jim's the day before, and passed through Elizabethtown on their way to Iowa Hill; that during the night the occupants of a house at the former place heard a noise, and going to the door found one of them dead, and saw some one running off.

   The murdered man had been stabbed at the back of the neck on the right side, and the wound was six or eight inches deep, severing some of the main arteries.  The murderer left his knife and coat by the side of the body, both of which are in the possession of Mr. Crutcher, the Constable.  The blade is nineteen inches long in the blade, and very sharp on both edges.  Both knife and coat, when found, were covered with blood.

SUICIDE AT SAN JOSE. - A Mexican named Antonio Salinas shot himself through the head at San Jose on Friday, the 11th July.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 July 1856

STABBING AFFAIR. - On Sunday, July 13th, at Enterprise, Butte county, in a drunken quarrel, a man named Jack Ringold inflicted a wound upon another named Kanaka Jack, which let out his bowels, and will probably prove fatal.  Ringold had the fingers of his right hand nearly cut off by a party who tried to take the knife from him.  They quarreled about a squaw.

ANOTHER SUICIDE. - On Friday, July 11th, the Coroner held an inquest in San Jose upon the dead body of a Mexican named Antonio Salinas, who shot himself in the head with a pistol.  The act was very deliberate, and was caused by the inconstancy of his mistress.  Before killing himself he wrote a note and nailed it to the door of the room in which the deed was committed, fully explaining his intention.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 July 1856

INQUEST. - The Coroner's inquest upon the body of the boy, Jacob Spigelstein, resulted in a verdict that he came to his death by the violence of Jacob Levy.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 July 1856

THE BRICKBAT HOMICIDE CASE. - The Coroner of San Francisco on Saturday held an inquest on the body of the boy Jacob Speigelstein, who died from injuries received by a blow from a brickbat, in the hands of Jacob Levy.  It seems that the boy and his brother had a fight with Levy's nephew, and that this act was the result of it.  Levy, who has been arrested, denies that he intended any serious injury, and it is contended by some that the boy was badly treated by his physician.  The jury, however, found that death had been caused by the blow.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 July 1856

THE WAR OF OFFICERS. - On Tuesday last A. C. Labatt, who has recently been appointed Coroner of San Francisco, in the place of J. Horace Kent, who failed to file his bonds, called, as we learn from the Globe, at the office of Coroner Kant and demanded to be put in possession of the records of the office.  Coroner Kent denied the legality of Mr. Labatt's appointment, and refused to comply with the demand; and Coroner Labatt notified Corner Kent that he (Coroner Labatt) would Endeavour to sit upon the first body that presented itself in the shape of a subject for a Coroner's inquest.  Coroner Kent replied that he should deem it his duty to dispossess Coroner Labatt, or any one else, found in the possession of a body, where it appeared that the death of the subject might become the matter of judicial investigation.  Coroner Labatt intimated that he would take good care not to subject himself to a personal collision with Coroner Kent, but insisted upon his right to to the office, and asserted his firm determination to fulfill its duties.  The controversy was conducted in a spirit of mutual accommodation, and the two Coroners parted very amicably.  Mr. Labatt has applied for one of the vacant apartments in the City Hall.

 

MARYSVILLE DAILY HERALD, 27 July 1856

The Shooting of Dr. Randall.

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A few seconds thereafter Hetherington entered, and approaching the counter, seized Dr. R. by his beard, which is very long, and said, "G-d  damn you, I've got you now;" at the same time twisting the Doctor round, facing the northern wall.

   The Dr. immediately drew his pistol, but before he could use it Hetherington fired - the ball passing close by Mr. Sheppard, and entering the wall adjoining the safe.  The residue of the affray occurred instantaneously; both fired, and Hetherington kept on firing in rapid succession.  The smoke covered the parties, and the gentlemen in the room were panic-struck - the balls whistling around them so quickly that fears were entertained that each would be shot.  Dr. Randall crouched round inside of the counter, Hetherington still firing when he got there.

   Hetherington bent over the counter, and fired his fifth and last shot at the Doctor's head, the ball entering the lefty temple, and lodged, as is presumed, on the base of the brain, inflicting a mortal wound.  Drs. Toland and Hewlett were in immediate attendance, but, from the character of the wound, recovery is impossible.  Dr. Randall remained insensible, which is gratifying, for, hanging between life and death by a thread, he is out of pain.  His right side was immediately paralyzed, which leads to the supposition that the ball lodged near the spinal connection.

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It is represented that Hetherington has been driven out of his mind by reverses, particularly in regard to Dr. Randall's transactions, he seeming to think the Doctor desired to cheat him.

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A Disgusting Contest.

The following disgraceful affair we copy from the Globe: Article critical of the behaviour of Coroners Kent and Labatt.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 July 1856

The Murder of Dr. Randall.

The San Francisco papers of Friday, July 15th, contain further particulars and facts connected with the shooting of Dr. A. Randall, on Thursday, by Joseph Hetherington, which will be read with interest.  We have already published the full particulars of the shooting, and in the True Californian we find the following account of the causes which led to the assault:

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This man Hetherington is well known in this community, and will be remembered as a former monte dealer on Long Wharf some years ago; he was the recipient of the Old Vigilance Committee's attention, and during the famous slaughter year of 1853, when everybody who chose killed his man, and everybody who was able to pay for it got clear, he cowardly and premeditatedly murdered Dr. Baldwin, in a dispute about the ownership of a lot near the corner of Dupont and Greenwich streets. [Detailed account 1 August 1853, but acquitted; details of trial judge's address, jury.]

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DEATH OF DR. RANDALL.

The Bulletin of Saturday afternoon thus announces the death of Dr. Randall:

   Dr. Andrew Randall, the victim of Joseph Hetherington, died this morning, at a quarter before 9 o'clock.  He had remained apparently unconscious up to a short time before his death, when he is said to have appeared to recognize his wife, who was sitting by his bedside.  A post-mortem examination was to be held upon the body this afternoon; and an inquest this evening or to=-morrow morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 July 1856

CONFLICT OF CORONERS OVER A LIVE BODY.

The San Francisco Globe of Friday, July 25th, contains the details of a conflict between the rival Coroners of San Francisco, over the body of Dr. Randall, before life was extinct, which are too revolting, almost, to be credited. ...

 

   SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 July 1856

  SAN FRAN CISCO, July 28, `1856

  Wm. P. Mullins, John Cramer and some others were yesterday on a visit to the house of Mr. Ballentine, on the Mission road.  Mr. Cramer took a double-barreled shot-gun from a room adjoining in which the rest of the company were sitting, and taking it with his hand near the muzzle, dragged it with the butt on the floor towards the company; it unexpectedly went off, the contents passing through the left leg of Mr. Cramer and into the face of Mr. Mullins, who was sitting opposite.  The gun was loaded, as is said, with No. 5 shot, which all passed through Mr. Cramer's leg below the knee, tearing and lacerating it to a terrible extent where they passed out.  Mr. Mullins was seriously injured in different parts of the face, and one of his eyes entirely destroyed.  Medical assistance was sent for immediately.  Cramer died this morning.  An inquest was held by Coroner Kent.  By the evidence taken it appears he tripped and fell, and the hammer of the gun caught on the door-dill.

   Hetherington is a British subject - claims a trial before a legal tribunal.

   Mr. Davies, who was shot by a Frenchman at San Jose, some time since, died at 10 o'clock to-day.

THE CITY.

MAN DROWNED. - An inquest was held by Coroner Bell, on board the hulk "Eliza," at 9 o'clock yesterday morning, on the body of Arthur O'Neill, a boiler maker, aged about 25 years, formerly of New York, and late of San Francisco, who fell overboard and was drowned from the steamer Confidence, while lying at the levee, about 2 o'clock, A.M., of that day.

   The following jurors were sworn: Alex. Clark, A. W. Doe, G. E. F. Doane, John Clark, Joseph Field, and John Lapier.  Witnesses were sworn, and testimony adduced as follows, resulting in a verdict of "accidental drowning."

   P. C. Smith, sworn - Lives in this city; recognizes body as that of Arthur O'Neill; has known him about four weeks; learned from him that he came to this county from New York; he was a boiler maker, and had been living some time in San Francisco; was in company with him last night till 12 or 1 o'clock; he and I, in company with others, went down upon the steamer Confidence; I went down into the hold with others; deceased remained on deck; after I got through talking I came up and started to go home with deceased; I was in advance, and when I had got from the hulk that lies between the steamer and the shore, I heard him call to me; I went down to the edge of the hulk and saw deceased in the river; I took off my jacket and went in after him, but the tide swept me away from him and he sank; the watchman of the steamer came with a light, and I called to him to throw me a line but I could not reach him; deceased was intoxicated at the time he fell overboard; I was present this morning when the body was recovered; it was found within two feet of where he fell into the water; he must have fallen from the gangway between the steamer and the hulk; I did not see him fall; the first I knew of it was when I heard him call my name.

   Joseph Hunt, sworn - I am employed on the steamer Confidence; recognize the body before the jury as that of a man who was in company with Mr. Smith, Mr. Kelly and myself, last night; we all went to the Confidence last night and had gone into the forecastle, deceased excepted; Mr. Smith went up on deck, and I heard some one call out "a man overboard;" went up and saw Smith jump into the river after him; I heard a  s[plash, and heard some one call to Smith before I went up; I think he fell overboard accidentally.

   Mr. Kelly, sworn - Resides in this city; recognize body of deceased; saw the hat of deceased floating on the water. [Was in company with deceased on Sunday night, and testified substantially in corroboration of Hunt's evidence.]

   Edward Graham, sworn - Watchman on the steamer Confidence; was in the pilot-house about 2 o'clock this morning, and heard some men come upon the boat and go below; did not notice them particularly, as I heard the voice of one of the hands of the boat among them; thought he was tight; afterwards heard two men on the deck, and heard one of them, (Smith,) cry out "a man overboard;"  I came down with a light, and saw Smith in the act of getting into the water after the man had fallen in; saw a hat floating on the water; thinks deceased was drunk and fell overboard accidentally and was drowned; if there had been any quarreling or scuffling I would have heard it; heard some person staggering on deck as though drunk before I heard the alarm, of a man being overboard.

BERNHARDT TOBEI.

It will be recollected that this unfortunate man lost both his hands in the early part of May last, while firing a salute at the Pacific Gardens, in San Francisco, ... and as he is now unable to work, he is engaged in raising a subscription from those benevolently inclined, in order that he may return to his naive country - Holland.  He is at present in our city.

 

MARYSVILLE DAILY HERALD, 30 July 1856

Inquest upon the body of Dr. Randall.

We give below the concluding portion of the testimony taken before the Coroner's Jury, at the inquest upon the body of Dr, Randall.

MEDICAL TESTIMONY.

The ball penetrated the left temporal bone, about two inches posterior to the external angle of the eye, and passed downwards and backwards until it came in contact with the petrous portion of the same bone, which changed its direction upwards and inwards.  It was found in the posterior and internal part of the middle lobe of the brain, about an inch from its inferior surface.  The whole of the inferior portion of the middle lobe of the brain was completely disorganized, and both the lateral venticals were distended with bloody serum. (Signed.) H. H. TOLAND.

VERDICT OF THE JURY.

We, the undersigned Jury, convened at the St. Nicholas Hotel, on Sansome street, on the 26th day of July, 1856, and on the 278th ditto, at the office of the Coroner, 161 Sacramento street, to enquire into the cause of the death of Dr. Andrew Randall, after receiving the medical testimony of Drs. H. H. Toland and Herver, accompanied by that of several other respectable witnesses, do find that he came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot wound, by the hands of Joseph Hetherington.  We also find that he is a native of Providence, Rhode Island, and aged 37 years.

(Signed,) JOHN MIDDLETON, J. O. ELDRIGE, JAMES LINEN, HENRY BAKER, JAS. C. GEORGE, STACY D. JOHNSON.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 31 July 1856

NEW TRIAL. - A Man named Davis was convicted of murder in Tuolumne county on Saturday last, but owing to some technicality, a new trial was granted.  On the following day, he was again tried and convicted.

SUPPOSED SUICIDE. - On Saturday last, an inquest was held upon the body of a man, unknown, near Tuttle's Ranch, Tuolumne county.  He is supposed to have committed suicide.

 

MARYSVILLE DAILY HERALD, 31 July 1856

San Francisco News.

The inquest on Hetherington and Brace was postponed until 12 o'clock to-morrow.

   A Mexican named Pedro Gorgona stabbed another named Josia Marie in the neck, in an alley leading from Broadway.  Assassin fled.  Wound fatal.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 August 1856

BY THE STATE TELEGRAPH LINE.

Coroner's Inquest on the Bodies of Hetherington and Brace.

At the inquest over the bodies of Hetherington and Brace to-day, Capt. Andrews, C. V. Gillespie and W. T. Coleman were examined.  All refused to answer as to complicity in the hanging.  Mr. Coleman acknowledged himself a member of the vigilance committee.  Robert Nixon, said to be hangman, was also examined and refused to answer any questions as to the death of Hetherington and Brace.  The inquest was adjourned until to-morrow. [See preceding two columns.]

EXECUTION OF HETHERINGTON AND BRACE.

Full Particulars of the Tragedy.

The Preparations - Movement of Vigilance troops - Deportment of the Condemned - Their History - The Crowd - The Gallows - Hetherington's Speech - Disgusting Conduct of Brace - The Execution - The End.

...

EXCITEMENT IN THE MORNING.

By some means it became known, early in the morning, that the execution of Joseph Hetherington, the murderer of Dr. Baldwin in 1853, and of Dr. Randall on Thursday last, and of Philander Brace, the murderer of Capt. West in 1854, and the supposed murderer of Marion, an accomplice, two days afterwards, would occur during the day, ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 August 1856

THE CITY.

MAN DROWNED. - A party of five persons, named H. Cohn, D. Morris, Elias Simon, Isaac Koffal and Isaac Moritz, went to the other side of the slough, opposite 4th street, about half past five o'clock yesterday afternoon, generally for the purpose of bathing.  Three of the party (including Cohn) stripped and plunged in; the others remained in the boat and paddled around, the swimmers playing about the boat the while.  Suddenly Cohn commenced halloing as though suffering from cramp.  Instead of proceeding to his assistance, the other swimmers swam away from him - one proceeding to the shore, where he stood looking at Cohn - the other swam to the boat.  Those in the boat seemed bewildered, and instead of exerting every effort to rescue the drowning man, first pulled the swimmer into the boat, and then, the one at the bow and the other at the stern, commenced paddling in opposite directions, swinging the boat round and round, as though on a pivot.  Cohn, who was at this time only about fifteen feet distant from the boat, kept shouting for assistance and struggling to keep his head above water.  Finally the boat was headed in the proper direction, and had proceeded within half a length of Cohn, when those who were paddling ceased their efforts and looked as the struggling man as though he were something rather to be avoided than saved, although at this time he was calling for assistance.

   In a moment afterwards Cohn sank for the first and last time, but within a few moments thereafter two Chinese fisherman hurried to the vicinity, with a boat and net, and sought to recover the body, which they would probably have done had not the survivors been so excited or bewildered that they could not point out the exact place where the accident occurred.

   After a lapse of some thirty minutes, Capt. Taylor, of the police, being informed of the occurrence, proceeded to the spot, and finding the exact locality of the body, dove, secured a line to one arm, and recovered it.  The body was taken ashore and subsequently consigned for the night, by the Coroner, to the care of the friends of the deceased.  An inquest will be held this morning.  Deceased was a glazier.  Capt. Taylor, about two years since, and near the same spot, recovered a body in the same manner.

DROWNED. - John Graham was the name of the deck hand who was drowned near Hock Farm one day last week in a fooliish attempt to swim to the steamer Cleopatra, after going ashore with a line. The body was brought to the surface yesterday by the revolution of the wheel of that steamer on her downward trip, and a person employed to recover and inter it.  He was an Irishman, aged about 35 years, and came to this country from Canada.  We understand that one of the hands who had been sent ashore with a line narrowly escaped drowning yesterday near Nicolaus.

Body Found - Coroner's Inquest.

Dr. Bell, County Coroner, was notified about one o'clock yesterday afternoon that the body of an unknown man had been found among some weeds, near the Sacramento river, about four miles above this city, in the vicinity of Zennalt's ranch.  He proceeded to that place and held an inquest on the body about four o'clock P.M.  The following evidence was adduced:

Mr. C. E. Hodgkins, sworn. - Resides in Sacramento county; recognize deceased as a man who came to my house on  Tuesday last; he said he was sick and wanted something to eat; he appeared very feeble; I offered him dinner, but he ate nothing; he  drank a cup of coffee; I left him at the house and went after some cattle, telling him to make himself at home until I returned; he  said he would do so, but when I returned he was gone; there was no other person at the house when I left; I have not seen him since till I saw the body to=day; he was dressed in a check shirt, blue cotton pants - the same found on the body to-day; he also had on  a pair of coarse shoes and a yellow hat; I asked him how long he had been sick; he said about two months - first had the diarrhoea and then the fever; I asked him where he had been living, and he said "in the first ranch;" that was all I could get out of him; he did not appear inclined to tell me more; I did not question him further, as I did not suppose that he would leave the house until my return; he appeared insane, or rather stupefied; I think that he wandered to where the body was found to-day, and then died from disease.

    H. Butler, sworn. - Resides in Sacramento county; recognize deceased as a man I saw at Mr. Hodgkins' on Tuesday last; I asked him if he was  sick, and he said he had had the fever and ague; I have not seen him since until to-day; Hodgkins lives about half a mile below where the body if now lying; I to-day saw the yellow hat which he wore at Mr. Hodgkins'; saw it near the rover's edge, twenty or thirty yards from where the body is lying; also saw a pair of shoes lying near the hat.

    Mr. D. C. Meadows, sworn. - Resides in Sacramento county; recognize the body as that of a man I saw on Tuesday last lying about a quarter of a mile this side of Mr. Hodgkins'; I was in company with another man; we did not speak to him, supposing that he had been on a spree; we passed again next morning and saw him lying near the same place; I then asked him if he was sick; he said that he was, and asked me how far it was to the river; I had not seen him since until I found the body about nine o'clock this morning, when in company with the same man who was with me when I first saw him; I found the body from the unpleasant odor; a hog was tearing the body when I found it; the hat before described is the dame he wore when I first saw him by the roadside; he was about five feet nine inches high, and about forty-five years of age; his hair was black, mixed with grey; he had a very high forehead.

   The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

The Coroner's Jury, sitting on the bodies of Hetherington and Brace, met again to-day at 1 o'clock, when after recalling one or two witnesses, adjourned until next Wednesday, 12 o'clock, M. It is said that they will find Robt. Nixon, the executioner, and a man called Bill, a "butcher boy," accomplices in the murder (?) and will indict them for that crime.

   The body of Matthew Silk, the cook of the schooner Anna G. Doyle, who fell overboard, and was drowned, about a week ago, was picked up in the Bay yesterday.  The Coroner will hold an inquest on the body late this afternoon.

ANOTHER DEAD BODY. - The dead body of a man, supposed to have been murdered, was found covered up in a ditch at West Point, Amador county, last week.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 August 1856

INQUEST. - An inquest was held about 9 o'clock yesterday morning by Coroner Bell on the body of Harris Cohn, who was accidentally drowned in Sutter Lake on Sunday.  No new facts were elicited.

 

MARYSVILLE DAILY HERALD, 5 August 1856

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of a man was seen floating in the Feather river on Sunday morning last about a mile below the Hock Farm and was recovered and brought to this city, and an inquest held on it the same day, but from the decomposed state of the corpse it was impossible to recognize it.  The deceased had on when found a red flannel; shirt and blue overalls, was a large sized man, would weight probably 170 or 180 pounds. - No marks of violence were on his person.  Verdict of the Jury, accidental drowning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 August 1856

HORRIBLE MURDER AT SAN JOSE. - A most horrible murder was committed at San Jose on Sunday morning last, by a man named Knapp, who had a quarrel with his wife and is supposed to have cut her throat with a bowie-knife, and nearly or quite severed her head from the trunk.  There were no witnesses to the bloody deed, but circumstances strongly indicate that he is the perpetrator of the murder.  An inquest was being held when out informant left, and Knapp was held in custody.  There can be but little doubt of his conviction by a combination of strong circumstantial evidence.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 August 1856

CORONER'S INQUEST IN YOLO COUNTY. - On Wednesday, Aug. 6th, Dr. E. C. Taylor held an inquest in Yolo county, on the body of an unknown man, found in the river by Dr. E. Curtis, opposite his ranch, one and a half miles below Washington.  The jury found that deceased came to his death by foul means.  He was a thick set man, 35 years of age, five feet six inches high, and apparently a German by birth.  He wore a blue black cloth sailor's jacket, check cotton shirt, blue cotton pants, Kossuth hat, and had tied to his ancle an iron pin, such as is used for sweeps on flat boats.

ANOTHER SHOCKING MURDER.

The Knapp case.

DROWNED. - Unknown man at Feather river [see above.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 August 1856

THE DAN JOSE MURDER. - We noticed yesterday the fact, of a murder of a peculiarly revolting character, committed at San Jose.  Since then, we have received the Telegraph of the 5th August, which contains the following particulars:

   On the monring of last Sunday, at about 11 o'clock, Mrs. Olive Knap, wife of Nathaniel Knap, was found murdered, lying under the shade of a tree in the back yard of her residence, which is situated about two miles southwest of San Jose.  A deep cut from ear to ear upon the back of the neck, completely severing the cords, a long cut on the side of the neck, a cut across the lower lip, and a knife stab in the breast bone, attest with what diabolical malignity the inhuman monster completed his hellish purpose.  Mr. and Mrs. Knap were persons of middle age, of respectable character and industrious habits; they had, we believe, no children living with them, but have a daughter perhaps at school in New York.

   The circumstances attending the discovery of the crime are these: At about 11 o'clock last Sunday morning, Nathaniel Knap came to the housie of a neighbor named Riley, distant from his own about half a mile, and stated that while he and a Spaniard were together measuring a pile of wood the Spaniard had cut for him, he became suddenly oblivious of everything, and knew nothing more until he found himself wandering near Riley's house.  He had a scratch on his face, and exhibited a slight wound on the breast.  He said he had been badly used, and asked Mr. Riley to go to his house and inform his wife of it, and bring her to him.  Mr. Riley departed, and on returning informed Knap that his wife was murdered, and at his request Riley went to inform  Mr. Knap's brother of the horrible occurrence, and came on to the city and communicated it to the officers of the law. Coroner Swain and Deputy Marshal Gunn immediately proceeded to the scene of this terrible tragedy.  The former summoned a jury of inquest, which sat on Saturday evening, and last evening adjourned over until Wednesday, (to-morrow,) in the hope of obtaining other testimony in elucidation of this most terrible affair.  Nathaniel Knap, the husband, was arrested on Sunday, and will be held over for further proceedings, and it is therefore improper for us to enter into a more minute detail of facts and circumstances in connection with this affair, which are freely discussed by our citizens, under the excitement which this horrid crime has produced.

BADLY BURNED. - On Friday night, Aug. 1st, a little boy, living at the house of Mr. Anderson, on Texas Hill, was so badly burned that his life was despaired of.  His clothes caught fire by accident, from a candle.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 August 1856

Editorial re Hetherington and Brace Inquest.

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING. - A sailor belonging to the schooner Lawrence, was drowned last night by falling from the Stewart street wharf.  It appears that he had been drinking at a saloon near the wharf, and started to go on board the vessel but mistook a board extending over the edge of the water for the plank leading to the vessel.  The splash in the water was heard by some one on deck, and by means of a boat hook the body was drawn upon the wharf within twenty minutes after the accident, but all efforts to restore life proved unavailing.  The name of the deceased was John Bowyer. He was an Englishman, and aged about forty years. - Globe.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 August 1856

IMPORTANT FROM THE NORTH ! !

Another Popular Outbreak and another Indian Fight.

[From the Yreka Union Extra, of August 5th.]

Affray at Scott's Bar - Rescue of Prisoners - Destruction of a Jail - Refusal of the Crowd to Participate - Return of the Prisoners - Triumph of Law.

A mortal affray occurred at Scott's Bar of Sunday morning last, between S. R. Lewis, a well known citizen of this county, and one Sampson Crowder, said to be partly of Indian descent, in which Mr. Lewis was almost instantly killed. From persons resident at Scott's Bar, and from the testimony taken at the inquest held upon the body of Lewis, we have gleaned the following facts. 

THE AFFRAY.

The parties were in a house known as the French Bar Bakery, kept by Mr. John Green.  They had been drinking up to about three o'clock on Sunday morning, when a quarrel; arose between them - but how it originated is not fully set firth.  They quarreled for some time, and after indulging in much violent language, they came together.  Some of those who were present swore that a blow or blows passed between them.  Crowder drew a knife and stabbed Lewis once in the neck, completely severing the jugular vein - once ion the side, and once also in the head.  After the blows were inflicted, the parties, still together, struggled across the floor and fell.  The blood flowed profusely from the neck of Lewis.  Some person present attempted to stop the blood, but was unable to do so, and in a few minutes Lewis was a corpse.  Crowder was immediately taken into custody and lodged in a building belonging to Justice Daniel F. Finley.

...

THE INQUEST ON THE BODY OF LEWIS.

Justice Finley held an inquest on the body of Lewis on Sunday.  The following gentlemen composed the jury: E. Daham, C. Morgan, J. T. Hunt, Johnson Morgan, John A. Halden, James Cormack, James Coates, and B. Henderson. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from wounds inflicted upon his person by Sampson Crowder, and that the killing was felonious and of malice aforethought.

   S. R. Lewis was from the State of New York, where, it is said, he leaves a family

Death from an Affray - Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held by Coroner Bell yesterday morning, on the body of a Frenchman, named Francisco Monterichard, proprietor of the Hotel Francais, located on the alley between Front and 2nd, K and L streets.  Deceased died about 4 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, from injuries resulting from an accidental blow on the head with a decanter, thrown at the above house on the evening of the 4th inst., by Wm. B. Hunt, at a man named Wm. Allen, with whom he was engaged in a difficulty.

   The difficulty seems to have originated in a discussion relative to the election of Engineers of the Fire Department, held on the 4th inst., at which Hunt was a candidate for Assistant Engineer.  The circumstances attending the affair are pretty fully developed in the evidence adduced at the inquest, which will be found at length below.  The following were sworn as jurors: Charles R. Pike, P. A. Owens, C. H. Frainer, John Bellinger, Wm. P. Michener, William Wells, Z. Stoddard.  The testimony was as follows:

   Dr. J. F. Morse, sworn. - I am a physician, and reside in Sacramento; I made a post mortem examination of the body of deceased yesterday evening; I was called on the 5th of the month, to see deceased; found him in bed, with his head bandaged and bloody; found a French physician in attendance, named Devon, from whom I learned that deceased had been struck with a bottle on the right temple, and that at first there had been a great deal of bleeding from the wound, which another French physician had endeavored to stop by adhesive plaster, ands that he had stropped the bleeding by a compress and bandage; I did not find any injury on any other part of the body; wished to examine the wound at the time; the physician thought it would re-produce the bleeding and assured me there was no fracture of the skull; at this time the patient did not reveal much disturbance of the brain; I saw him on the following day, at 10 o'clock in the morning; there was then more evidence of irritation about the brain; I again insisted on examining the wound, but did not do so, owing to the opposition; I saw him again in the evening; his friends insisted on my taking charge of the case; I removed the dressing, and found a large fracture of the skull, extending from the center of the ridge of the right eye almost horizontally back to a point parallel with the ear; I then demanded counsel, and Dr. Blake was called; we treated him  together until his death, which occurred about for o'clock P.M. on  the 9th instant; he was conscious to the last; his bowels and kidneys acted all the time naturally; yesterday evening at nine o'clock we held a post mortem examination; upon examining the head we found a fracture of the skull extending from the orbital ridge of the right eye back about 3 ½ inches; it was an irregular comminuted fracture, with general depression of the fractured parts; upon removing the skull we discovered that the fracture had extended across the upper plate of the right orbital cavity and communicated with the ethmoid and  sphenoid bones,  coursing diagonally across the base of the skull and terminating at the end of the petrous portion of the left temporal bone; the line of then fracture was open to the width of  two lines; there was a moderate degree of extravasation of blood on the upper and forward surface of the right and left lobes of the bones; upon examining the forward portion of the right lobe of the brain, and a small portion of the left lobe in contact with the right, we found the brain to have been crushed to a jelly, apparently by the comminuted portions of the bone driven in by a blow; the substance of the right lobe was so much destroyed as to leave a cavity which would have contained a hen's egg; the balance of the brain was in a healthy condition except some effusion in the verticles and in the sheath of the spinal column; the right eye was projecting an d shriveled; the injuries above described were sufficient to produce death, and I believe did produce death.

   Question by a juror - Do you think the man had been properly treated before you saw him?

   I would have treated him differently; I think the wound would have proved fatal under the best treatment.

   Dr. James Blake, sworn. - I am a physician, and reside in Sacramento; was called to see deceased with Dr. Morse and Dr. Devon on the 6th instant; found a contused wound on the right temple, skull broken, bones knocked in for a space of about two or three inches; I have heard Dr. Morse's testimony and con cur in  his statement, )having assisted in the post mortem examination;) when I was called to see the patient I learned that the wound had just been opened for the first time; this was forty-eight hours after the accident; the injuries spoken of caused his death.

   Dr. T. W. Morton, sworn. - I am a physician, and reside in Sacramento'; was called in at the post mortem examination; did not see deceased during his sickness; found a wound an inch and a half or two inches in length in the right temporal region; found an extensive fracture and depression in that region of the skull; on opening the skull, found the fracture had extended through the bones of the skull; found the bone around the roof of the eye sol fractured that the eye might have been pushed in; the fracture extended to the petrous portion  of the temporal bone by which it was arrested; found the brain in the condition as described by Dr. Morse; I believe that he died from the injuries referred to.

   Dr. Emile Devon, sworn. - I am a physician; was called to see deceased on the 4th inst., about half-past 8 P.M., found him bleeding considerably; learned that he had been bleeding about two hours from the wound on the head; he expectorated some blood; I stopped the bleeding; I then  began to treat him medically; Dr. Morse saw him, with me, the next morning; I did not examine the wound closely, as there had been a physician there before me; he came again while I was dressing the wound; when I saw the man first I did not examine the wound, but the shock to the system, led me to believe that it was a bad wound; Dr. Poultier was the one first called.

   [Evidence concerning the affray: E. R. Henderson, R. Martin, Miss E. Dumas (sister - I think his killing my brother was an accident')]

   The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death on the 9th of August inst., from an injury received by a blow on the head from a bottle thrown at Wm. Allen by Wm. B. Hunt, on the 4th August inst.

   On the result of the injury being decided, Mr. Hunt, who had been in unremitting attendance on deceased meantime,  delivered himself at the Station House, where he is now awaiting a judicial examination of the case.

Probable Suicide by Drowning - Coroner's Inquest.

Coroner Bell, on notification, proceeded to Johnson's ranch, on the Sacramento river, about fifteen miles below the city, on Saturday, and held an inquest on the body of an unknown man, (probably a German) which was found in the river at that point about 1 o'clock P.M. on the day preceding.  It is evident from the testimony elicited at the inquest, published below, that the deceased committed suicide by drowning, while in a state of insanity.  B. F. Hester, F. C. Oldham, Andrew F. Grim, Irwin Smith, J. W. Bush and W. N. Heslep were sworn as jurors.  The testimony was as follows:

   J. W. Bush, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento county; about 1 o'clock yesterday, I heard a man talking down at the river, and in the course if a few minutes I went to the river bank, and saw deceased in the water, between two logs; he Waa naked; I thought he was crazy, and I went back into the field and told Mr. Oldham, with whom I was working, and he and I went to the river together, and found the deceased in the water, drowned; the water was shallow at that place, and I think he could have got out if he had wished; I did not speak to deceased when I saw him.

   H. C. Oldham, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento county; yesterday about 1 o'clock, Mr. Bush came to me, and said there was a man in the river, and he thought that he was crazy; I went down to the river with him, and found the body now before the jury; the water was not deep, and I think that any man could have got out if he had wished; I had heard some talk before Bush went down to the river, and I supposed until he came back that it was a boatman, but when I went to the river I did not see any one, save the body in the water; we supposed him to be dead, and went for Mr. Allmond, and we then took the body from the water; I had never seen deceased before that I know of.

   John H. Allmond, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento county, about one-fourth mule below this place; on yesterday, between 1 and 2 o'clock, Mr. Bush came to my house and told me that there was a drowned man in the river; I came up, and found the body now before the jury in the river; life was then extinct; the body was between two logs near the bank; there was a bout three or four inches of water over the body; it was entirely naked; I did not think that I had ever seen him before; do not know who he was; I hailed the captain of a small sloop lying in the river, and asked him is he had seen the man, and he said that about twenty minutes before he saw Mr. Bush come upon the bank, he saw deceased in the water naked, ands heard him talking; supposed he was talking to some one on the bank; deceased was about thirty rods distant at the time; the captain's name was C. Danielson; I am acquainted with Mr. Bush; he works for Mr. Johnson; deceased is about 5 feet 7 inches in height; has a small goatee; a sandy complexion; is about 25 years of age; looks like a German; there are no marks on the body; I found clothes piled together a short distance from the body; a pair of striped cassimere pants; the stripes run around the leg, and were smaller on the back than on the front side; a white shirt; a pair of shoes; a black silk cravat in one of the shoes, and a new Leghorn hat; all of the clothes would have about fitted deceased; found no papers in the clothes; found $3 in change in one pocket.

   W. N. Heslep, sworn. - A man named Curtis, who lives near this place, told me last night that a man from a small sloop was at his house yesterday for milk, and told him that they had taken a crazy man on board the sloop from the other side of the river, but they were becalmed and they put him ashore on the Sacramento side; he said the man wanted to jump overboard and was troublesome.  I do not think I ever saw deceased before.

   The following statement was left with Messrs. Allmond & Oldham by Capt. Danielson, who could not await the arrival of the Coroner:

   "Mr. Christian Danielson, of sloop Chesley Smith, says he saw deceased standing on the bank near the water's edge, about twenty or thirty minutes before he (deceased,) was discovered by Jas. W. Bush; says that he was naked, and that he (C.D.) heard deceased talking and supposed he was  talking to some one on the bank; saw deceased go into and get out of the water three or four times; did not see him drown; did not hear him make any noise while in the water; deceased was standing in the water when I saw him last; I was anchored about thirty rods from where I saw deceased standing.

   Signed in presence. - John G. Allmond, H. C. Oldham, Christian Danielson (his mark.)

   The jury returned a verdict that the deceased, whose name was to them unknown, came to his death by drowning.  They should have coupled with their verdict an expression of disapprobation, at least, of the conduct of the captain or master of the sloop who could set an insane man ashore at such a place, especially in view of his manifest disposition to drown himself.  No plea of temporary inconvenience can justify such an act of indiscretion.  The remains were respectably interred by Coroner Bell in the vicinity.

[Identified as Charles Schmidt; see Daily Union ,13 August,  below.]

A  SINGULAR CASE. - The Placerville American of Saturday, August 9th, gives an account of an occurrence in that county of rather a singular character.  We judge there must be some mistake about the matter, but as we have not the means of knowing what the circumstances really were, we give them as we find them reported:

   About two weeks since, a Swiss arrived at Pleasant valley, in this county, and shortly after purchased a mining claim in the vicinity.  On Sunday last, the Sheriff of Calaveras county, with another man, went to Pleasant valley and arrested the Swiss miner on a charge of murder.  While stopping at the Clear Creek House for the purpose of obtaining a cord to secure the prisoner, and while in the immediate custody of the attendant of the Sheriff, the prisoner broke and run; having gained nearly a hundred yards of his pursuer, the Sheriff ordered his associate to fire.  He fired, and the ball striking him near between the shoulders and passing out in front, killed him instantly.  The Sheriff and his associate then quietly left their dead, and coolly went their way hence.  The people of the valley, among them Hon. John Borland, notified the nearest Justice (at Newtown) of the occurrence, supposing that such an event would at least suggest the propriety of an inquest.  On the following day the Justice arrived, but instead of an inquest, wanted to know why they didn't bury "the stinking thing!"  And they buried him.

   The Calaveras Chronicle, of the same day, gives an account of an affair which, it is possible, may be the same above referred to, although it has reference to the body of an Italian, found murdered at West Point.  It says:

   A warrant for the apprehension  of his supposed murdered was placed in the hands of Deputy Sheriff McIlhenny, who, with two assistants, went to El Dorado county, whither he had fled, to arrest him.  This being done, on the return to West Point, while the Deputy had gone to procure a rope, leaving the prisoner in charge of his companions, the latter broke from them and endeavored to reach a thick chapparel.  Not being able to overtake him, one of the party, an Italian, having repeatedly ordered him to stop, shot the fugitive.  The ball struck him on the neck, producing death almost instantly.

 TWO MEN DROWNED. - A party of four Germans, Charles Goth, Charles Leinberger, Adam Messel and George Sharp, went into the river between Selby's and the point just below, to bathe, between five and six o'clock last evening.  With the exception of Sharp none of the party could swim, and the bottom being bold a short distance from the shore, the others slipped off far beyond their depth, into from ten to fifteen feet water. Messel was rescued by Sharp, who reached and caught his hand as he was sinking. Goth and Leinberger were drowned before they could be reached.

   Several Americans were bathing just above them and could have rescued them had they been immediately notified of the occurrence, but knew nothing of it until they were informed by the survivors, who were on their way to the city to procure means to recover the bodies.  Coroner Bell was notified of the fact about 65 o'clock, and proceeded immediately to the spot.  After waiting there a while fore the return of those whom he understood had gone for grappling irons, the Coroner drove up, procured the irons (about ten feet in length) belonging to the Steam Navigation Company, and sent them down to the place of the accident.  The bodies were recovered about 8 o'clock, by J. A. Hunt, E. Bulloch, and A. C. Borden, who deserve credit for their exertions.

   An inquest will be held at none o'clock this morning, at the rooms of D. Murray, undertaker, on 4th street.  The deceased had but recently arrived in the State, and were both journeyman tailors.  Goth was employed on J street, near the public square, and Leimberger by Adam Messel, on 6th street, between J and J streets.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 August 1856

Coroner's Inquests.

Inquests were held by Coroner Bell at 9 o'clock yesterday morning at the rooms of Mr. Murray, undertaker, on 4th street, on the bodies of C. H. Goth and Charles Laenwber, who were drowned while bathing in the Sacramento river, near Selby's, on Sunday evening last.  The evidence adduced in the case of Goth was as follows:

   F. C. Hennig, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento; recognise the body before the jury as that of C. H. Goth; he worked with me as a journeyman tailor; saw him last about 10 o'clock A.M. on yesterday; he was a German, aged about 30 years.

   George Fahrbock, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento' recognise the body as that of C. H. Goth; yesterday afternoon he, in company with myself and three other persons, went into the river to bathe, and he, deceased, got beyond his depth, and was drowned;  had known deceased but a few days; myself and Laenwber went down together; he had hold of me, and pulled me under, and deceased came to our rescue; I think Laenwber caught hold of deceased, and pulled him down with him, and they were both drowned together; when I got ashore, I saw Nessel, who had gone to the rescue of deceased, and was by them pulled underneath, hold up his hand, and I went in and got him out; he was nearly drowned when I got him to shore; I saw one of the drowning men hold up his hand about three minutes after I got ashore, but I was too much exhausted to go in, having been pulled under and held for some time by Laenwber.

   Adam Nessel, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento; recognise body as that of C. H. Goth; he, three others and myself, went into the river to bathe between 5 and 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon; saw Goth and Laenwber in the water sinking, and went to them to try to help them out, and one of them (I think, L.) caught hold of me and pulled me down; I came near drowning, but the last witness came to me, and pulled me to shore; I was so near drowned that I did not see the two men in the water after I got out.

--- A. C. Borden, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento; between 5 and 6 o'clock, P.M., yesterday, I was sailing down the river, and saw some men below Selby's, and learned from them that two men were drowned; went to the place, and  with Messrs. Hunt and Bullock, procured the necessary apparatus, and found the bodies of deceased and another man, (L.;) they were near together, about twenty feet from the shore; we brought the bodies to the city, and by the Coroner's orders, gave them in to the hands of Mr. Murray, undertaker; had no acquaintance with deceased, but know that the body now before the jury is one of those recovered by us yesterday.

Several other witnesses were examined on the inquest on the body of Laenwber, but the facts are substantially related above.  The jury, composed of D. Murray, N. Thieler, J. P Williams, H. O. Seymour, A. Klavehn and Thomas Stevenson, returned a verdict of accidental drowning. 

THE HOMICIDE. - The case of Wm. B. Hunt in connection with the homicide of Francois Monterichard, brother of the proprietor of the Hotel Francais, on the alley between Front and Second, K and L streets, of which we published a detailed account yesterday, as developed at the Coroner's Inquest, was examined before the Recorder yesterday, J. W. Winans appearing for the defense.  On the conclusion of the examination and a brief argument, the Court concluded to send the case to the Grand Jury and fixed the amount of bail at $5,000, which was promptly given, with Joseph S. Friend and Frederick Warner as sureties.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 August 1856

BODY IDENTIFIED. - We published on Monday last the particulars of an inquest held by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, on Saturday preceding, on the body of an unknown man, found in the Sacramento river, near Johnson's ranch, about fifteen miles below this city.

   A Mrs. Lee, resident at the corner of O and 8th streets, called on Dr. Bell yesterday morning and stated that she believed the deceased was on Charles Schmidt, who left her house on or about the 7th inst., saying that he was going to San Francisco on a sloop.  He was partially insane, talked much about religion, often to himself, and his clothing, when the body was found, was precisely as described by Mrs. Lee, except that he wore boots instead of shoes, and a different hat.  He had, however, talked of buying a pair of shoes, and probably did so, and the amount of money found in his pockets justified the opinion that he had also purchased the hat, (a new leghorn,) which was found near the body.  Deceased was about five feet seven inches in height, of sandy complexion. Wore a small goatee, was a Dane by birth, and about thirty years of age.  He had a brother residing in the neighborhood of Iowa Hill.  He had in his possession about eight or ten dollars, when he left the house of Mrs. Lee.  When the body was recovered three dollars only was found in his clothing.

   At the inquest, it was testified that a person attached to a sloop which was becalmed near the place where the body was found, had stated that they had put a crazy man ashore on that vicinity "because he tried to drown himself and was troublesome."  Dr. Bell is clearly of the opinion that the deceased and Schmidt are identical, every circumstance, except the above specified, being corroborative of that conclusion.

BOY DROWNED. - A boy named Keller, aged about 14 years, was drowned yesterday afternoon on the American river, at Stevens' ranch, near Patterson's, while on swimming with other boys.  The body was recovered about 5 o'clock P.M., and we presume the Coroner will hold an inquest this morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 August 1856

BODY RECOVERED. - Dr. Bell, County Coroner, was informed yesterday, by a man named T. H. Pendleton, that the body of the blind boy, John Kelly, who was drowned in the American river, near Patterson's, was recovered by an Indian, about noon, and would be interred in the evening, at J. Malone's, near the Consumnes.  The Coroner, having visited the spot and ascertained conclusively that the drowning was purely accidental, concluded it unnecessary to hold an inquest and authorised the father of deceased to inter the body.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 August 1856

Suicide of Captain Reynolds.

Last evening, about 6 o'clock, Capt. Jas. Reynolds, a well known resident of this city, committed suicide by cutting his throat at the Central House, on Clay street, near Dupont.  The deceased was a native of Philadelphia, where he leaves a wife and eight children.  He was a captain in the Mexican war, of the Jersey battalion, and has resided several years in San Francisco.  He has been engaged in the Mint for some time, but was discharged from the service a few days ago. For what reason we do not know.  The Superintendent had, however, promised his friends that he would re-instate him to-day, but the suicidal knife has prevented him from doing so.  His friends have observed for some days that his mind has been troubled, or his brain affected, and it is thought he might have been partially insane.  A lady, with whom he boarded, interested herself with Judge Lott yesterday to get him back to the Mint, and succeeded in getting the situation, but when she entered his room to convey the news to him, she found him a corpse.

   He had severed the jugular vein on the right side of the neck with a small pocket knife, making a circular wound, and quite deep.  After inflicting the wound, he stood over a large wash basin which was in his room, until it was nearly filled with his blood, when he apparently sank back and expired on the floor.  His body was removed to the Coroner's office, where an inquest will be held to-day. [Personal letters and details].

   Drs. J. M. Williamson and Fifer made a post mortem examination of the body of Capt. James Reynolds, and found an incised wound on the right side of the neck, midway between the angle of the lower jaw and the collar bone, which penetrated the carotid artery and jugular vein.  Cause of death, hemorrhage.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 August 1856

SAD ACCIDENT IN THE MINES. - A correspondent writing from Grass Valley inform s us that at 11 o'clock on Thursday, August 14th, while some miners were at work in a claim on Pike Flat, drifting under ground, the earth caved, burying Mr. John Dable several feet deep.  Efforts were immediately made to extricate him, but before it could be done life was extinct.  Death was doubtless caused by suffocation, as no bones were broken.  The deceased was an Englishman by birth, but came to California from Eagle Harbor, Michigan, and had been here about ten months.  He was about twenty-seven years of age, and was without a family.  An inquest was held upon the body by L. Hermiston, and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts.

   This is the third person who has lost his life in or near this claim, and several others have been seriously injured.  Greater care should be learned from such lessons.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 August 1856

INQUEST UPON THE BODY OF CAPT. REYNOLDS.

His troubles with the Vigilance Committee. ...

The Jury found that the name of the deceased was James Reynolds, a native of Alabama, aged about 40 years.  They found that he came to his death from a wound inflected by a knife in his own hands, while laboring under a state of mental derangement.  They also found that he leaves a wife and eight children in Philadelphia.

 

WIDE WEST, 17 August 1856

ANOTHER SUICIDE. - A man of the name of James Reynolds, a well-known resident of this city, committed suicide at the Central Hotel on Clay street above Dupont, on Friday afternoon, at about six o'clock, by inflicting a mortal wound upon his neck, severing the carotid artery.  Coroner Kent held an inquest on the body yesterday.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 18 August 1856

SAN FRANCISCO,  August 15th, 1856.

Richard McDowell, a well digger, died yesterday morning from the effects of in haling carbonic acid gas.  McDowell was employed in digging a well on Essex street, near the residence of the Russian Consul, when the accident occurred.  An inquest was held on the body to-day by Coroner Kent, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 August 1856

SUDDEN DEATH ON THE STREET. - A man named Phillip Purcell fell down at the corner of Dupont and Pacific streets, yesterday afternoon and expired almost immediately.  Purcell came to this country with Stevenson's regiment, in 1847, and he had lived here ever since.  His wife was burned to death ion this City, in the great fire, June 1851.  For the last two or three years Purcell had been residing at Santa Rosa, where he leaves a son and two daughters.  Dr. Rowell held a post mortem examination upon the body last evening, and found that the deceased came to his death from dropsy on the brain, superinduced by intemperance.  The Coroner held an inquest this afternoon, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above medical testimony.

SUICIDE. - Dan, a sailor on beard the Russian ship Zenobia, trading between this port and Sitka, committed suicide this morning, by shooting himself through the head with a pistol.  We have heard no reasons assigned for the rash act.  The deceased was a native of the Isle of Man aged about 30 years, and had been in this country three years.  The Coroner will hold an in quest on the body to-morrow.

INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest this morning on the body of a Frenchman named Eugene Decors, who died last night, very suddenly, in a house on the corner of Pacific and Sansome streets.  The jury, after hearing the medical testimony of Dr. Pigne Dupreytren, retuned a verdict of death from cerebral appoplexy.  The deceased was found about 11 o'clock last night, lying on the floor near his bed, and partly undressed.  Decors was a native of Paris, aged 52 years.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 August 1856

KILLING. - Two Mexicans who had been drinking together on Monday, August 4th, began disputing, as is frequent in such cases, which resulted in a fight.  One of them, Juan Mercado, had a bar of soap in his hand, the other had a knife.  After a few passes by the one whose name is unknown, and a little dexterous dodging on the part of the other, Mercado received a wound across the arm, the knife passing down to the bone.  Before medical aid could be procured, he became exhausted from loss of blood, and soon after died.  An inquest was held before Judge Sackett, and a verdict returned in accordance with the facts.  The assassin is still at large.

 

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 August 1856

SUDDEN AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH. - R. W. Bennett, special policeman on I street, died about 6 o'clock yesterday morning, after a short illness, under circumstances which induce the suspicion that he had been poisoned.  We have ascertained on inquiry that on Monday evening, (Aug. 11th) he attended a social party of Chinese, at a Chinese restaurant, in the brick buildings on the north side of I street, between 6th and 7th streets.  During the evening, he partook of Chinese wine or liquor, handed him at separate times by two Chinamen.  About 11 o'clock that night, he stopped at his residence ands complained of chilliness, but went out upon watch again.  At two o'clock on Tuesday morning he returned home, and complaining of being too unwell to remain up longer, was taken with vomiting and went to bed.  He subsequently on that morning attended at the Recorder's Court, but was frequently attacked with vomiting, and finally compelled to return home.  Dr. Baillie was immediately called in and administered to him.  The symptoms being no more favorable on the following day, Dr. Harkness was called in and remained in attendance until his decease,

   We understand that the symptoms were such as could only be produced by strychnine or crucine, the latter being a poison only less active than the former. 

   A natural suspicion arising under the circumstances, Dr. Harkness, assisted by Dr. Hall, made a post mortem examination of the body, after which the stomach was taken in charge by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, with the view of analysing its contents.  The result will be ascertained to-day at the inquest which will be held at 9 o'clock this morning, at the residence of deceased, corner of I and 7th streets.  Deceased was twenty-eight years of age, and had held the position of special policemen in the Chinese quarter for several years past.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 August 1856

Coroner's Inquest on the Body of R. W. Bennett - Case of Poisoning.

An inquest was held yesterday, by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, on the body of R. W. Bennett, special policeman in the Chinese quarter, who died on Tuesday morning, under circumstances inducing the suspicion that he had been poisoned.  The inquest was held at the late residence of the deceased, corner of I and 6th streets, commencing at 9 A.M. and concluding about 6 o'clock P.M., with an intermission of one hour.  We present below the material portion of the testimony elicited.  Several other witnesses were examined, including two or three Chinese physicians, (the Rev. Mr. Shuck acting as interpreter,) the latter relative to poisons known among the Chinese, it having been suspected that the deceased had been poisoned at a supper given by some Chinese, as will appear in the testimony.  This branch of the testimony, however, not only failed in sustaining the suspicion, but the Chinese suspected were absolved from the imputation by the evidence of Ald. Gallup, who testified that they belonged to a different clan of company than that of which Ah Chung (the Chinaman who was executed,) was a member, and that the members of one clan did not fraternise with those of another.  It is also clearly evident from the testimony that death was the result of strychnine, administered by some person during the sickness of deceased, but by whom is a mere matter of inference, there being no direct evidence to fasten the guilt on any one in particular.  The material or more interesting portion of the evidence was as follows:

   Margaret Bennett, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento; am the wife of R. W. Bennett, deceased; have been married eleven months, I think; we were married by Judge Fry; he was taken sick on the 11th inst.; I did not know of any cause of his death; he had been out at supper with some Chinese at 7 o'clock P.M. on that day, and came in at 8 o'clock; he was then well; he again went out, and returned at 11 o'clock; he was then unwell, and said he was chilly; he again went out, and came in at 2 o'clock A.M. on the following day, and said that he had been vomiting and was fatigued; at 6 o'clock that morning he again vomited; on the afternoon of the 12th he called in Dr. Baillie, who attended him until Wednesday evening; he still continued vomiting; on Thursday I called on Dr. Harkness at 1 o'clock P.M.; at 1 o'clock on Friday he had spasms, and I sent for the Doctor; he continued to have spasms until 8 o'clock on Saturday morning; the Doctor did not come until during the forenoon, but sent some powders; when the Doctor came he broke the spasms; he was all drawn up and seemed to have spasms; his legs were drawn up and cramped; he was sensible until the time of his death, and complained of burning in his stomach; from Tuesday until his death he drank a great deal of cold water; he did not want any one to touch him when he was in the fits; he did not say why; he died at 6 o'clock yesterday (Tuesday) morning; he had some starts of spasms on Saturday; the rest of the time he lay quiet, but did not sleep; at 10 o'clock P.M. on Monday night he was restless and got up and down, and I sent for the Doctor, but he did not come but sent some powders; he did not have any spasms that night, but said he felt like it; ten minutes before he died he asked me to lift him; he then got up, and again got into bed; I raised him up in my arms, when he said, "I am gone - goodbye - take care of yourself," and died.

   Dr. T. B. Baillie, sworn. - I am a physician, and reside in Sacramento; on Tuesday of last week I was called to see deceased; he complained of vomiting and uneasiness of the stomach, and said he was afraid he was going to have chills; I found no other symptoms than irritation of the stomach; I ordered mustard plasters and emollient injections; I returned at 10 o'clock; the door was closed and the windows darkened, and I did not go in; on the next morning I found him up and better; he said he would call and see me as soon as he could get out; on Thursday morning I was called urgently to see him, and found him laboring under spasms, and afraid to have any one touch him or be near him, for fear of brining on the spasms again; I did not see him have the spasms; he was perfectly sensible, but in great distress; I learned that he was then under the care of Dr. Harkness, and did not prescribe for him, preferring to wait till he should come; I left and did not see him again; my impression was, when I saw the patient at that time, that he was in a condition in which I would expect to find a patient who had taken an extreme dose of some active vegetable poison.

   Dr. H. W. Harkness, sworn. - I am a physician, and reside in this city; I recognize the body as that of Mr. Bennett, on which I made a post mortem examination yesterday; I was called in about one o'clock A.M., on the 4th inst., I found him suffering from a burning in the stomach, but had no pain; he was vomiting pure bile; what I prescribed for him then I do not now recollect; do not now recollect what course I then advised; I saw him again in two or three hours, and found the same symptoms; I ordered counter-irritants and quieting powders; I think on that afternoon I left some alternative medicine and a cold infusion of wild cherry bark and some medicines calculated to allay nausea; I was called up during the night about 1 o'clock; they said he was nauseated and irritable; I did not go, but told then to go on  with the treatment that I had directed; I did not think that I could change it for the better, and that I would see him early in the morning; they sent again the same night and I went, and on arriving there he said, "Don't touch me, I will have another spasm;" I did not take hold of him; in a short time he had a spasms; there was profuse perspiration, and he had spasms at intervals of about two or three minutes; he sais he had been suffering from spasms for an hour or two; this was on the morning of the 15th; the spasms were severe; he said he could not take anything liquid; I called for liquid to see the effect; his jaws were moved with convulsions, with chattering of the teeth and distortion of the face; when convulsed he would rest on his heels and head, raising his body from the bed with convulsive movements of the arms; the abdominal muscles were rigid; I remained until he was pretty well relieved of the spasms; I ordered an emetic, on suspicion of poison; after the emetic operated the spasms diminished, and in four hours ceased; I asked if he had been eating or drinking with any of the Chinese, or if he had any enemies; he said that he had been drinking with some Chinamen some two or three days before; he seemed to jump at the conclusion immediately that he had been poisoned by some of the Chinamen at the time referred to; he said he was a witness on the trial of a Chinaman who was hung some time ago, and that a friend of the one who was hung was one of the party and was officious; he said he eat something with them; I ordered him antidotes for poison, and left; I gave him strong coffee after the emetic; sometime next day I returned and found him better; he had continued up to this time to have burning of the stomach and vomiting of uncharged bile, but improving in strength; I used remedies to allay the irritation; on the 18th, I found him sitting up; I ordered him port wine, but he could not retain it; on the 18th, I called first in the morning and again during the day, when he was quite comfortable, although he complained of some nausea; at 8 o'clock in the evening I called again, and found him about the same; at 11 o'clock on the same evening I was sent for, but did not come; I attributed his being worse to nervous irritability, and wrote a prescription for one-third of a grain of morphine, to be given every hour until he became easy; I learned to my astonishment the next morning that he was dead; the symptoms of the stomach were not those of a bilious attack; there was no severe pain, but a burning; I know of no poison which could have produced the symptoms which I found existing a portion of the time, but nux vomica, or some of its preparations, one of which is strychnine; I cannot account for the symptoms in any other way than that he had taken some of the above named poisons; those symptoms did not make their appearance until about five days after he was first taken sick, excepting the burning sensation of the stomach; had he taken any of the poisons above referred to they would have produced an effect much sooner; they generally produce their effect in from ten minutes to two hours; if he took poison while at the china house, it must have been something of which I have no knowledge, to produce the effect after that lapse of time; I think it was on the morning of the 15th that I first came to the conclusion that he had taken poison; I considered  the poison to have been counteracted on that day by the remedies which I gave; a patient could not die from the secondary effects of strychnine three days after taking it; on yesterday, I requested Mrs. Bennett to allow me to make a post mortem examination, and with her consent, I did so; I found the organs presenting a healthy appearance, excepting the stomach, heart and intestines; I found the intestines somewhat changed, as you might find in a case of gastritis; the lining membrane of the stomach was somewhat thickened, presenting symptoms that might be found in gastritis; I found the pericardium filled to some extent with fluid, perhaps six or eight ounces; the heart was very small, and there was fatty degeneration in one of the auricles; the immediate cause of death may have been disease of the heart, but that would not account for the spasms and other former symptoms; a person with disease of the heart is never safe, and the act of vomiting may have hastened death, or death may have been produced by any exciting cause; I did not make a chemical analysis of the contents of the stomach; it would have required a long time to do so; if he had taken strychnine at the time when I first concluded that he had taken poison, it would have been very difficult to detect it at the time I made the examination; it is very difficult to detect strychnine in the contents of the stomach.

   Charles Lenoir, sworn. - Is a policeman of this city; saw deceased on Saturday evening; he said that he had had spasms, but was better, and thought he had been poisoned; I asked him by whom; he did not appear disposed to tell; but either he or his wife afterwards told me it was by a Chinaman at a supper.

   T. W. Hancock, sworn. - Is a policeman of this city; was very intimate with deceased; saw him last Saturday afternoon; I was on my beat and he or his wife called me with a whistle; he was then sitting in a chair, and said he was very unwell, and thought he had been poisoned, and asked me if I knew what the symptoms of poisoning were; I have him my opinion; he then dropped his head on his breast, raised his eyes, and by a slight nod of the head indicated that he wished me to retire, and I did so; I passed round my beat again, and when near the church he beckoned me to come in; I came in and we were then alone; I asked him if he knew who poisoned him - if it was a Chinaman? He dropped his head, and shook it, and appeared as if speaking to himself, and said, "Perhaps it is nearer home;" I always thought he was excitable, and got up and left the room; I saw him afterwards, but not alone; his eyes always indicated that he was not alone, and did not wish to speak to me; I never heard him speak of any difficulty in his family; I often visited them, and all appeared peace and harmony.

   Mrs. L. Washburn, sworn. - I reside in the same house with Wm. Bennett; I was acquainted with deceased; I saw him first after his illness on Saturday last; I was in the room on the evening previous from ten until half past one o'clock in the morning; he often vomited; I saw him often on Saturday he was then tolerably comfortable; I was called on Tuesday morning by Mrs. Bennett just before his death; he was dying when I went in; I never knew of their ever having had any difficulty; some three or four weeks ago Mrs. Bennett said top me that she had received a letter from a former lover who, not knowing that she was married, had written to her; she said that it was delivered by a man who read it for her, and that the man had said to her she had made a singular choice; but that she remarked to him that as she mad made her bed she must lie; Mrs. Bennett said to me before his death that she thought he had been poisoned when on a visit; I was in the house on Saturday, and he motioned, as if writing something in his hand to me; I did not understand him; he talked to me, but I did not hear him, and told him not to exert himself to make me hear, as I was very hard of hearing; I heard him say "$500, and I don't care one cent;" I do not know what he meant.

   Josiah Gallup, sworn. - Resides in this city; am engaged in teaming; was well acquainted with deceased; I was at a supper given by a Chinese company some eight or ten  days ago; I saw deceased go into one room; I was in another; conversed with him considerably during his sickness; he told me that Dr. Harkness had asked him if he had drunk with any of the Chinamen; he thought that the Chinamen must have poisoned him, but had not thought of it till the doctor made the inquiry; this was on the morning he had the spasms; he said that two of the Chinamen who were at the supper were friends of the Chinaman who was hung some time ago, and that they were anxious that he should take supper with them; that he was a material witness on the trial of the man referred to' I saw him about fifteen or twenty minutes after he had been having the spasms; when in the spasms, his hands and legs jerked with sudden twitches; his legs seemed to quiver with sudden jerks; he said, "don't touch me, you will bring these hard spasms on me again;" he asked his wife for some water; when she brought it he tried to drink; he would start and quiver, but took a few swallows; she brought him some fresh water at his request, and he drank often; each time he would startle, and then appear more quiet for a moment; I think I saw him have those spasms for about one or one-half hours; I think he breathed tolerably hard; when he got through one of the spasms, he would draw a long breath and say, "I have got over that one - I will go in the next;" he was quite rational; when I first saw him he appeared talkative; he talked principally about business matters; I kept telling him not to talk so much; he would say a few words and then go into spasms.

   The verdict was as follows:

   We, the jury, find that R. W. Bennett came to his death on the morning of the 19th August, 1856, from cause to us unknown, but are of the opinion that during his sickness he had taken a poisonous dose or doses of strychnine, or something of a kindred character.  A. M. WINN, E. S. ROGERS, WM. E. KNOX, R. P. JACOBS, JAMES CARDWELL, JOHN S. BIBB.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 August 1856

The Suicide Case.

Coroner Kent yesterday held an inquest upon the body of the woman Bridget Phelan, who committed suicide by taking arsenic.  We yesterday published the cause which induced the sad result; below we give the evidence before the Coroner's Jury and their verdict:

   Abraham Tandler being sworn, says, I reside in Custom House Block on Sacramento street; I knew deceased; her name was Bridget Phelan; she is a native of Ireland, and about twenty-four years of age; she was employed by me as a servant girl, and had been with me nearly two years and five months; the last time I saw her alive was last night about twelve o'clock, at which time she was sickle she expected to die and wanted to make her will; Father Gallagher was there at the time and she wanted him and myself to take her property; I don't know who sent for him; I also saw her about 7 o'clock in the evening; she was sick then; I do not know what was the matter with her; she was in bed in her room then; I saw her about half-past five and she was sick then, but I did not know what was the matter; she said she was sick; she was quite well at my dinner time - say twelve or one o'clock; when she died I owed her $675; she has some clothing in my house; I asked her what was the matter with her, and if I should send for the doctor, and she said "no," and would not tell me what was the matter with her; I have heard her say that Wm. Loody was engaged to be married to her; he had been in the habit of coming to my house often to see deceased; for the past few weeks, every night; I believe that deceased made a will; deceased did not appear so lively as usual for the last few days.

   H. Henriquis, says: - About half past four yesterday, I was called by the deceased to build a fire and cook the dinner; said she was sick; she went into her room and commenced taking off her shoes; she then began to vomit; when Wm. Loddy came upstairs, and I told him she was sick; then I told deceased that Loddy had come; and she said, send him in my room; and she shut the door, and I went down stairs; I have seen the deceased sitting on Loddy's lap in the kitchen.

STATEMENT OF THE PHYSICIANS.

We certify that we were called between eight and ten o'clock last night to Bridget Phelan, and found her under the effects of a corrosive poison, which, she confessed to be arsenic, she had taken about one P.M., the same day.  We made a post mortem examination to-day, about one o'clock, P.M., and found then cause of death to have been the effects of a corrosive poison taken in the stomach.

  1. P. GAUTIER, M.S., JOHN HASTINGS, M.D., ARTHUR B. STOUT, M.D.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 20th, 1856.

VERDICT.

We, the undersigned jurors, convened by Coroner Kent, at 161 Sacramento street, on the 20th of August, 1856, to enquire into the cause of the death of Bridget Phelan, after hearing the testimony of Drs. Hastings, Stout, and Gautier, and other witnesses, do find that she came to her death by taking arsenic, administered by herself; and that she is a native of Ireland, and aged twenty-four years.

FRANK F. FARGO, O. J. MURPHY, J. H. BREWER, JOHN HURLEY, WILLIAM WHITE, EDWARD MELLEN, PHILLIP McKENNA.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 August 1856

FOUND DROWNED - CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday morning by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, on the body of an unknown man found drowned on Thursday morning by a fisherman, lodged against his net, at a [place called "Devil's Reach," about twelve miles below the city, in the Sacramento river.  The following testimony was elicited before the jury:

   R. T. Buckingham, sworn. - I reside in Sacramento county; at 7 o'clock on yesterday morning Mr. Burkmar, a fisherman, came to me and informed me that there was a man lodged against his pike net; I went down to the river and found the body now before the jury lodged against a net near the shore, and fastened the body and sent word to the Coroner; deceased had on a woolllen shirt, striped cotton pants, socks, and a shoe on one foot; he was about five feet six or seven inches in height, and had sandy hair and whiskers; I think the body had lain in the water over a week; it was much decomposed; I have no knowledge of the identity of the body; have no idea of his age; no papers, money nor other things were found on his person; I would suppose that he had been drowned.

   C. W. Lake was also sworn; testified that he was present when Mr. Buckingham was informed of the discovery of the body, accompanied him to it, and concurred in his statement.  He had never to his knowledge seen deceased during life, not had he heard of any one having been drowned in that vicinity recently.

   The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the testimony.

MURDER ON THE HIGHWAY. - The Marysville Express, of yesterday, Aug. 22d, received information before going to press that as a man was driving a six mule team into Marysville, while seated on the saddle mule he was shot dead and left lying in the road a short distance from the Oregon House.  No further particulars could be obtained.

MELANCHOLY. - The Coroner of San Francisco on Wednesday, August 20th, was called upon to hold an inquest upon the body of an aged Frenchman who died from want, at the corner of Union and Powell streets.  He had at one time been wealthy, but could not latterly support a family consisting of a wife and three children.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 August 1856

Horrible Affair - Probable Murder and Arson.

We published, on Friday, a telegraphic dispatch from Stockton, giving the news of the following terrible affair.  The details below, we take from the San Jose Republican:

   We learn from Maj. Cunningham, who arrived in this city yesterday, from the Fresno, that on Thursday afternoon, between one and two o'clock, a most dreadful affair occurred on the Stanislaus, three miles south of Emory's Ferry. The scene of the disaster was the Lone Star stand, kept by a Mr. Weeks, a much respected citizen of that neighborhood, and occupied by himself and wife.  Mr. Weeks was an American and his wife a Chileno. 

   About 1 o'clock Mr. W. W. Allen passed the lone Star tavern, and observed two teams standing in the yard, but saw no person about the premises.  He pursued his way to the ferry, and thought no more of the matter, until the arrival of a Mr. Holden shortly after, who gave the report that the house had been burned.  Mr. Holden derived the information from a vaquero in the employ of Mr. Cross, who reported that he had seen, from a distance, the house burning, proceeded thither, and rescued some mules and horses from the stable, but saw no person about.  The waggons by that time had departed.

   Mr. Holden and a party from the ferry at once proceeded to the scene of conflagration, and examined the premises which were in ruins.  Behind the counter of the bar room the remains of Mr. Weeks were found, burned to a crisp.  His feet were against the wall, and his arms elevated over his head, as though he had fallen in that position while endeavoring to protect his person.  The body was so badly burned that it was impossible to discover any marks of wounds or blows.  The body of Mrs. Weeks was found in front of the counter, near a window, lying in a similar position to that of her husband.  On raising up her body, the back part of her head fell off, but whether this was the result of the fire, or previous injury, could not be determined.

   A Jury of inquest was held, and the verdict merely gave the suspicion of murder, in accordance with the facts we have related.  [continues.]

FATAL ACCIDENT. - The Mariposa Gazette says a Chilean, whose name was Carmela, was instantly killed on Wednesday by the falling in of a bank on Missouri Gulch.  Deceased was drifting, and had taken very little care for the prevention of such an occurrence.

SUICIDE. - The Calaveras Chronicle says a Chinese prostitute named Wong Chaw committed suicide at Campo Seco last Saturday night by taking opium.  Chinese physicians were called in, but they failed in arresting the effect of the poison.  An inquest was held on the body by Judge Briton, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 August 1856

THE CITY.

THE SHOOTING AFFAIR. - We related yesterday the circumstances attending the shooting of James Woodward, by officer Harrison, on Saturday afternoon, on I street.  The officer delivered himself up immediately afterwards, to await an examination.  The friends of Woodward called on the recorder's Clerk, yesterday morning, and procured subpoenas to be issued for the immediate attendance of witnesses for the prosecution, alleging that they were about leaving the city. The case was called up before the Recorder soon afterwards; the defendant meantime having had no intimation of the proceeding, was unprepared with his witnesses.  The several witnesses were examined, but failed to detail and circumstances unfavorable to the officer, or other than were related in our former account.  Although all but one were well acquainted with Woodward, they disclaimed any knowledge of the party who was mounted on a white horse, and had a private conversation with Woodward, prior to the attempt of the latter to escape from the officer, and who had undoubtedly been connected with Woodward in some of his illegal operations, and contemplated assisting in his escape..  This supposition is sustained by the fact, that he not only neglected to stop or return, on the fall of Woodward, but has not been seen since within the city limits by any officer.

   Judge Curtis, who appeared for officer Harrison, moved for his discharge on the conclusion of the testimony, and read in support of the motion from the Compiled Laws and Wharton's American Criminal Law, as follows:

"If, after notice of intention to arrest the defendant, he either flee or forcible resist, the officer may use all necessary means to effect the arrest. - Compiled Laws, Title 3, Sec. 131.

"Where an officer of justice has knowledge of the commission of a felony, he is bound to make every exertion to prevent an escape; and if, in the pursuit, the felon be killed, where he cannot be otherwise taken, the homicide is justifiable. - Wheaton's American Criminal Law, p. 400.

In the case in point, the officer had informed the prisoner that he had a warrant for his arrest for grand larceny, and that he must accompany him to the station house.  In a moment afterwards, a man rode up on horseback and dismounted; the prisoner conversed with him briefly, in  a low tone; the man then re-mounted and rode off, the prisoner following, walking fast; the officer pursued, and called to him to stop; the prisoner quickened his pace; the officer again called on him to stop, at the same time drawing his pistol; the prisoner over his shoulder, seeing the officer with pistol in hand, bounded off on a run, but had proceeded only about 15 feet when the officer shot, the prisoner fleeing so rapidly at that time, that, falling upon  his face he turned nearly a complete somersault.  It also appeared in evidence that the officer had arrested Woodward on suspicion of horse stealing, and that the latter when discharged had threatened that he never would be taken again by him alive.

   The prosecuting attorney coincided with the view of the law entertained by counsel for the defense, and the defendant was discharged without introducing any witnesses in his own behalf.

   It would be singular indeed, should an officer be imprisoned under such circumstances, especially when our highways in all directions are infested by robbers and cut-throats, who manage to elude the punishment their crimes sop richly deserve, by the many facilities afforded them to escape.  [See also 25th August, 'SHOT BY AN OFFICER,' - "Officer Harrison pursued him immediately, and having called to him twice to stop without effect, drew his revolver and shot him, the ball entering his back, just to the right of the point of the left shoulder blade, and ranging upwards.  Woodward fell immediately on his front, bruising and scarifying his face considerable by the fall.  He was removed immediately to the hospital of Drs. Price & Proctor, on 2d street, where the wound was probed as far as possible, and his injuries attended to.  The ball, it is thought, may have glanced and injured the spinal column, and lodged in his neck.  He complained that evening of a paralysis of his lower limbs, which may either be the result of a shock or a permanent injury to his spine. ...]

MYSTERIOUS. - On Thursday, Aug. 21st, a servant girl in the employ of Mr. Allen, of Sonora, was mysteriously killed - having been stabbed with a knife.  The coroner held an inquest upon her dead body, but the facts have not yet been made public.

CASUALTIES. - The Sonora Herald of Saturday, August 23d, says:

During the week which will close this evening, six persons have met with violent deaths in this county.  Two from shooting, two accidentally killed, one suicide, one - a female - stabbed. ...

VERDICT. - At the inquest held upon the body of the native killed by the Chinamen, on Monday last, the verdict rendered was that Hoopii came to his death from knife stabs inflicted by two Chinamen, one of whom is dead in the Fort, and the other unknown escaped into the woods. [Later arrested.]

   The verdict at the inquest on the body of the Chinaman was that he was killed with a hatchet, by Hoopii, in self defence, in an attempt to arrest him as an escaped convict.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 August 1856

THE ANDERSON VALLEY HOMICIDE. - We have taken considerable pains, says the Sonoma Journal, to ascertain the facts connected with this affair, but the conflicting accounts given of the matter seem to render this almost impossible.  The following statement we think, however, can be relied upon as substantially correct:

   It seems that, after the two Barnes' and Estis had been discharged by Justice Smith, as stated in our last issue, an ineffectual attempt was made to arrest them by the Sheriff of this county, and that subsequently they were indicted by the Grand Jury of Sonoma county for the attempted assassination  of Mr. Coleman.  Some of Mr. Coleman's friends, learning that they continued to lurk in the neighborhood, determined upon their arrest.  Accordingly, on the morning of the 11th inst., a small party, consisting of a Mr. Ingram, Mr. McCarty, and a Mr. Baylor, proceeded to a small house, immediately adjoining the house of Mr. A. Brayton, and which was at that time occupied by Mrs. Norton, where it was supposed the parties were in the habit of visiting.

  As they rode up to the house, Mrs. Norton and Peter Leiber, who happened to be at the house at the time, came out - the latter holding a rifle in his hands, which he cocked and partly presented.  The attacking party also presented their weapons, at the same time making known the object of their visit.  They were told by Mr. Leiber that they could not take Barnes.  At the same instant a shot was fired, as is alleged, from the house, which, striking the gun held by Mr. Baylor, caused its discharge.  Its contents lodged in the person of Mr. Leiber, who was standing directly before him.  Both parties immediately commenced firing. 

   At this juncture, Baronet Barnes, coming out of the house with a revolver in his hand, was shot down.  Mr. Barnes and Mr. Leiber both expired almost instantly.  Mr. Baylor received a severe wound in his hand, and Mr. Ingram's forehead was grazed by a bullet, without, however, doing any serious injury.  As soon as intelligence of the affair was received at Santa Rosa, Dr. Williams, the Coroner, repaired to Anderson valley, for the purpose of holding an inquest upon the bodies of the deceased.  It appeared that each of the deceased had received three wounds, either of which would have proved fatal.

   The Coroner proceeded to issue a warrant for the arrest of Messrs. Ingham, McCarty and Baylor, who immediately came in and delivered themselves up to the authorities at Santa Rosa.  At the date of our latest advices, they were undergoing a preliminary examination before Justice Coulter.  Mr. Baylor, we are told, is a young man from San Francisco, who has been stopping a short timer in Anderson valley on a visit.  He was one of Mr. Tobin's party, which passed through Petaluma a few weeks since on a hunting expedition to the Russian River Mountains.

   The following is the verdict rendered by the Coroner's jury upon the body of Barnes.  A similar verdict was rendered in the case of Leiber:

COUNTY OF MENDOCINO,

State of California, Aug. 13, 1856.

We, the undersigned jurors, summoned and sworn by J. S. Williams, the Coroner of said county, find that the deceased, Baronet Barnes, came to his death at the house of Mr. Brayton, of Anderson Valley, in the county aforesaid, on the 11th day of the present month, from the effects of several wounds made by balls discharged from gun or gun s and pistols in the hands of and fired by one Benjamin McCarty, one Ingram, and one Baylor. - J. B. Lamar. B. McManus, J. D. Ball, James Garlich, Isaac Buson, J. H. Steelbam and Milton Maupin.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 September 1856

 Homicide at Prairie City.

Deputy Sheriff Welbourn having received a telegraphic dispatch on Monday afternoon, than an examination for murder was progressing at Prairie City, and fears were entertained that the prisoner would be rescued should an order be made for his commitment, proceeded to that place immediately to render whatever assistance might be necessary in support of the law.  Mr. Welbourn returned yesterday, and has given us a brief account of the affair, substantially as follows:

   The defendant, Joseph H. Carter, of Michigan Bar, while standing leaning against a wagon in front of Lewis' store, in Prairie City, was approached by a drunken Irishman (of whose name we are not advised) who seized him in a rough manner.  The latter pushed him back and he fell, but regaining his feet again advanced and seized Carter as before.  Carter again pushed him away or knocked him down.  He then seized Carter by the leg, when the latter kicked him in the abdomen, from which injury death soon resulted.

   An inquest was held on the body by Justice Difffendorf resulting in a verdict in accordance with the facts; it appeared, however, that the deceased had been on a spree for some time, and that his intemperate habits had doubtless materially conduced to the fatal issue.  Carter having delivered himself up, the case was examined before Justice Diffendorf, and concluded at 2 o'clock A.M., yesterday, resulting in the defendant being held to bail in the sum of $1,000 to answer.  He was subsequently released on filing the requisite bond, with J. B. Dayton and Dr. J. R. Woodford, of Michigan Bar, as sureties.  Judger Robinson, of Coloma conducted the examination for the defense, and P. T. Hopper, of Granite, for the prosecution.  A large number were present from Michigan Bar, and considerable excitement prevailed during the examination.  The friends of the deceased supposed that an attempt would be made by the friends of carter, to rescue him should he be held to answer; and the latter had the impression that the former would attempt to lynch the defendant should the case be dismissed.  No violence, however, was attempted.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 12 September 1856

The Sonoma Homicide.

SONOMA, Sept. 9, 1856

EDITORS ALTA: - The communication of one Mr. Selling, in your paper of yesterday, which speaks of the killing of James Cooper by young Graham as a "foul murder," is part of a systematic plan of misrepresentation to injure an innocent man.

   The death of Cooper was the result of a wanton and unprovoked attack by Cooper, a powerful man, on Graham, a man of the smallest size, and it was only after Graham had retreated ten or fifteen paces, and after Cooper had advanced and actually seized him, that the stroke was given which proved fatal to Cooper.  There never was a killing more justifiable.

   The death of Mr. Cooper was doubtless generally regretted, but the whole community were not up and enraged, as Mr. S. represents.  A few zealots and shoulder-strikers made efforts to commit violence on Graham, and insulted and abused him most shamefully.  The community is content to see Mr. Graham vindicate himself before a jury of his countrymen, which he will certainly do.

   Mr. Cooper was a man of some good impulses - the friend of his friend, and the dispenser of a generous hospitality; but he was a man of turbulent disposition, given to quarrelling, and overbearing to the last degree; justice to the living requires this to be said.  The rest of Mr. Selling's eulogy may pass.

   The verdict of the inquest was drawn up by Martin E. Cook, Esq., a fast and intimate associate of friend of the deceased.  He appeared before the jury, managed the whole examination, and worded and drew up the verdict, finding the killing wilful and malicious - no one appearing before them on the part of Mr. Graham.  The inquest was held in the country.  Two of the jury have since voluntarily stated they do not acquiesce in the verdict.

   On the examination before the committing magistrate, the case of the prosecution "broke down" on the cross examination of the first and leading witness, and the committal was by consent to avoid difficulty.  The magistrate has since said that he would otherwise not have hesitated to bail the accused.  His conditional discharge would have been asked for, but for the reasons given.

   I give you my teal name as a voucher for the truth of the above statement; the public, for the present, must be content with the signature of a FRIEND TO JUSTICE.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 September 1856

MURDER. - To-day has been set in the District Court for the sentence of Henley M. Gill, recently convicted of murder in the second degree.  Argument will probably be heard on motion for a new trial.

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

At the inquest held on the body of the man, Michael Somers, who died from the effects of inhaling carbonic acid gas - mention of which was made yesterday - the following particulars came out:

   "On the morning of the accident deceased had gone down into the well, and after remaining a short time, came out.  He complained of the foul air, and seemed very weak.  In a little while he went down again, and after sending up four or five buckets of dirt, shouted to the windlass man to hoist him out.  When about ten feet from the bottom, he fell back, insensible, and Thomas Harris, the windlass-man, went to another place after his (Harris') brother, who went down into the well and brought Somers out.  He was then conveyed to the Hospital of the Sisters of Mercy, where he died.  Before going into the well the deceased had made a large fire at the mouth of the pipe leading in to the well, so as to drive the foul air out.  Thomas Harris testified that the Russian Consul, who was present, refused to allow so large a fire, alleging that it endangered his property.  He (Harris) then told the Consul that if he would not allow him to keep up such a fire as he deemed necessary for safety, he would not work at the well.

   The verdict of the jury was that the deceased came to his death from inhaling carbonic acid gas, and other internal injuries, as described by Dr. Sawyer.  They also found that he was a native of Ireland, aged 30 years."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 September 1856

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A man was crushed to death by the falling of rocks, on Tuesday, Sept. 9th, at Mr. Norris' claim, on Carpenter's Flat, near Oroville, was we learn from the \Record.  Two other men were with him in the drift at the time, but were fortunately not injured.  Justice Elliott held an inquest on the body and elicited the following facts in connection with this sad casualty.

   He had but just commenced work, and his name was not known.  In his over-shirt was found a little book, in which was written the name of B. F. Mann, Marietta, Ohio; landed in San Francisco, July 19th, '56.  This is thought to be his name.  He also had a knife and a port monnaie in his pocket, all of which are in the hands of Judge Elliott.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 September 1856

DEAD. - Robert Moula, the man who fell from a balcony on Stockton street, last week, died at the U.S. Marine hospital on Monday, and was buried yesterday.  No inquest was held on the body.

 

MARYSVILLE DAILY HERALD, 27 September 1856

A SUPPOSED MURDER. - The dead body of an unknown man was found yesterday morning on the road, about 2 miles before Yuba City, in Sutter county.  It is supposed that he was murdered as he was stabbed in the neck, breast, and back.  He had been dead three or four days, as mortification had already taken place when he was found.  He was about five feet six inches high, had black hair, sandy whiskers, no coat or vest on, but cassimere pants.  He had a patent leather belt on which held a pistol scabbard - the pistol was gone.  In one of his hands two dollars and twenty-five cents were found.  He undoubtedly met his death at the hands of some of the robbers who are prowling about our country. A coroner's inquest was held on the body, and the verdict rendered that he had been killed by some person or persons to the jury unknown.  The body was buried last evening.  His clothes are at Yuba City, where they will be kept in hopes that they may lead to recognition of the murdered man.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 September 1856

BODY FOUND - SUPPOSED MURDER. - On Friday, Sept. 26th, the body of a man was found two miles below Yuba City, in Sutter county.  There can be no doubt that he had been murdered, he having been recognized as one of the parties connected with the recent robbery of a faro bank in Marysville.  It is supposed there were two of them, and that he was murdered by the other for the whole amount of the ill-gotten gains.  The Inquirer says:

   He had knife wounds in five places, and exhibited other signs of having been brutally murdered.  He could not be recognized by any one present.  He was without coat or vest, but the rest of his apparel was good.  He was of medium height, with black hair and sandy whiskers.  His appearance indicated that he had been dead about two days.  Two or three of the wounds were in his back, and the others in his breast.  When found, his right hand grasped the sum of two dollars in silver.  Coroner Bostick, of Yuba City, held an inquest upon the body, and received from the jury a verdict that he came to his death by the hand of some person or persons unknown.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 October 1856

SUDDEN DEATH - CORONER'S INQUEST. - Dr. Bell, County Coroner, having received information that a Frenchman named Martin Marx, aged about 42 years, had died suddenly on Monday afternoon, at the Five Mile House, on the American river, proceeded to the spot yesterday and held an inquest, at which the following facts were elicited:

   John Studoros, proprietor of the house, testified that he had known the deceased about five months, during which time he lived in his house; that he was sickly - had a cough, and was advised by physicians that he had the consumption.  On Monday, after eating a heart dinner, he went out to drive some cattle, exerted himself considerably, returned to the house, commenced bleeding from the mouth and nostrils, and would have fallen had he not caught him.  The blood choked him so he could not speak, and he died in from ten to fifteen minutes afterwards - about 1 o'clock P.M.  It appeared from papers found on the body, that he had lived in New Orleans.  He was a poor man, and nothing of value was found on his person.  A. B. Hawkins testified that he has\d assisted Mr. and Mrs. Studoros in taking care of deceased during his illness; that they were very attentive to him; and corroborated the statement of Mr. Studoros.  He was satisfied that death was caused by the rupture of a blood vessel.  The jury, consisting of A. B. Hawkins, Edw. Cronin, John Tosh, Charles Owen, J. W. Straud and J. Wirdener, returned a verdict in accordance with the above.

BAIL. - The amount of bail in the case of Henley M. Gill, who is under conviction of murder in the second degree, and awaiting the decision of his appeal to the Supreme Court, was fixed yesterday at $10,000.

FROM SANTA BARBARA. - On Mon day the 22d inst., Jose Romero killed Jose Francisco Sorio at Montecito, near this city.  Romero was immediately secured and brought to this city by three Californians and taken before V. W. Hearne, Esq., Justice of the Peace, before whom he made the following declaration:

   "This morning about 8 or 9 o'clock, Jose Francisco Sorio went to my house and took my pistol from the head of my bed.  I went to him and asked him for it, and he denied having it.  I fired at him one shot, and afterwards stabbed him three or four times."

   Romero was committed to prison to await the action of the Grand jury.

   On Tuesday the Coroner proceeded to Montecito to hold an inquest on the body.  On examination it was found that the deceased had received nine buck-shot wounds and nine knife wounds.  The deceased was a young man much beloved by his countrymen.  He leaves an aged mother in Santa Cruz county to deplore his untimely end. - Gazette, 25th inst.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 October 1856

DESPERATE FIGHT WITH TOM BELL. - ONE OF HIS BAND KILLED. - We are indebted to Edwin Avery, Justice of the Peace at Doten's Bar, for the particulars of a desperate encounter with Tom Bell and two of his gang, on the road from this city to Auburn, near the Franklin House.  The letter was written at four o'clock yesterday morning, Oct. 1st, and dated at Doten's Bar.

   Sheriff Henson, of Placer county, having received authentic information on Thursday, Sept. 30th, that Tom Bell, and at least a portion of his gang, were on the road in the vicimnity of the Franklin Hoiujse, summoned a posse of reliable men in ASuburn, and started out to arrest them.  By this time it was late in the day, and it was not until near midnight that they reached the spot indicated.  At that hour a portion of the Sheriff's posse came up with Tom Bell, Ned Conway, and another called "Texas," near the Franklin House, recognized them and ordered them to stop.  The highwaymen immediately commenced drawing their pistols, but Deputy Sheriff Moore got the start of them, and firing, shot Ned Conway through the body.  After the man had been shot, his horse carried him into the bushes a few steps, when he fell from his back dead.

   Bell and Texas commenced firing upon the posse, and about twenty shots were exchanged, one of which struck one of the Sheriff's horses.  None of the men were, however, touched by the balls. The highwaymen then broke and rode rapidly up the road, when they were intercepted by Sheriff Henson himself and Deputy Sheriff Bartlett, who were armed with double-barreled guns.  They both leveled their guns and drew on the robbers, when both guns snapped without going off.  Recovering, they again leveled and discharged the other barrels, when Tom Bell and Texas fell from their horses and crept in to the bushes.  The bushes were carefully searched, but the robbers could not be found.  The three horses were secured.

   Deputy Sheriff Moore then rode down to Doten's Bar for Mr. Avery, to hold an inquest upon the body of the robber who had been shot, and bury it.  Meantime, the whole neighborhood was aroused, and large numbers had gone in search of the robber chief and his companion.  Mr. Avery was about starting for the scene of action when he wrote us.

   It was also rumored in this city yesterday that Tom Bell and his whole band had paid us a visit the day before.  This cannot have been so.

CONFLAGRATION AND LOSS OF LIFE. - The San Joaquin Republican has obtained the information from a gentleman who arrived in Stockton from Sonora, on Tuesday, September 30th, that the Belvedere House, situated a short distance this side of Montezuma, was entirely consumed by fire that morning.  The fire occurred about one o'clock, and in fifteen minutes the building was in ashes.  Nothing within the house was saved.  A Mr. Woodward, an agent for one of the water ditch companies in that vicinity, was so badly burnt that he died at about half-past five the same morning.  ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 October 1856

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

Coroner Kent held an inquest on the body of Mr. Charles Grennell, this morning, and the Jury brought in a verdict that deceased came to his death from simple apoplexy, was 35 years of age and a native of Georgia.

...

Last night a man named "Scotty," one of the seamen of the clipper ship Endeavor, fell into the Bay, opposite the Keystone house, and was drowned.  He was intoxicated at the time.

ARREST OF A MURDERER. - Domonico Quiezo - an Italian - was arrested in this city yesterday, upon the charge of murder and robbery.  The circumstances of the case, so far as we can learn them, are as follows:-

   One day last week, Dominico, in company with another man, killed a Mexican at Yuba City on Feather river, and robbed him of $1,200 in cash, and three pistols. - Dominico escaped, but the other man was arrested at Marysville, and one of the pistols found upon him.  Ex-Marshall Anderson and officers Lebyrt of Marysville, and Gay of Sacramento, came down to this city on Sunday last in search of Dominico, and were assisted here by officer Nugent.  On Tuesday they succeeded in finding and arresting him.  Upon proceeding to the house at which he was staying, on Washington street, near Sacramento, and searching his room, a suit of clothes was obtained which he had purchased in Marysville, and also the two remaining pistols, which were identified as having belonged to the murdered Mexican.  The house at which he was staying was occupied by Italians.  He was taken to Yuba City on yesterday's boat.  None of the money has been found.

MURDER IN NAPA. - We were informed last night that a horrible murder had been perpetrated in Napa.  The particulars we could not ascertain, further than that it was an assassination by a father and son for money; and that they had been interrupted while cutting up the victim to put in a bag, to be carried off and buried.  The father escaped, but the son, who is quite a boy, was arrested and confessed all.

 

WILD WEST, 5 October 1856

BODY FOUND. - Some workmen on Third street, near Harrison, yesterday, discovered the remains of a human form, buried in a common coffin, which were removed to the Coroner's office, where an inquest will be held.

NEWS OF THE WEEK/

--- Mr. Charles Grennell, Clerk of the 12th District Court, fell dead on Wednesday morning, in Frank Wheeler's gymnasium, where he had been exercising.  He has been for some time complaining of ill health, and was attending the gymnasium by medical advice.  On the morning of his death he went through with the usual exercises, and was dressing himself to leave, when he fell dead in an instant.  From the appearance of the body it is supposed that he ruptured a blood vessel.  Upon his person, at the time, was a considerable amount of money.

--- Jose Francisco Sorio was killed at Montecito, near Santa Barbara, on the 22d of September, by Jose Romero.  The alleged cause was the attempt of the former to steal a pistol belonging to the latter.

--- A man named Colebrook murdered a Dr. Armstrong on the 26th ult., at Angel's Camp.  He was arrested by the authorities, but afterwards taken from them by the people, and hung.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 October 1856

Drowned - Coroner's Inquest.

A deck hand on the steamer Wilson G. Hunt, while washing the decks, between 9 and 10 o'clock on Sunday morning, at her mooring at the levee, slipped from the guard and was drowned.  Deceased was a German, named James Phillips, aged about thirty years.  The body was recovered about 11 o'clock, A.M., and an inquest held by Coroner Bell about noon.  E. W. O'Neil, J. P. Williams, Daniel B. Foster, Samuel Green, James H. Kimball and Robert Crawford were sworn as jurors, and the following testimony was elicited:

   David Foster, sworn. - I am Steward on the Wilson G. Hunt; recognize deceased as one of the deck hands; do not know his name; saw him about half-past 9 o'clock this morning scrubbing the deck; found afterwards that he had fallen overboard and was drowned; saw some of the men take the body from the water, about 11 o'clock, from the place where I learned he had fallen overboard.

   Furman Clayton, sworn. - I am assistant engineer on the Wilson G. Hunt; recognize the body as that of a deck hand named "Jimmy": saw him this morning scrubbing the deck and shortly afterwards heard some one halloo in the direction in which he was; got on the hulks and saw him in the water; he was sinking when I saw him; he did not rise; I gave the alarm, and we recovered the body as soon as possible, but he was dead when taken from the water; I am satisfied that he slipped and fell overboard accidentally; he was on the guard scrubbing the side of the boat when I saw him.

   John McKay, sworn. - mate on the Wilson G. Hunt; have known deceased two or three years as a deck hand on the boat; his name was James Phillips; this morning I set him to washing the boat, and soon afterwards learned that he had fallen overboard and was drowned; I got grappling irons and recovered the body, but he was dead when taken from the water.

   Thomas Phillips, sworn. - I am a deck hand on the Wilson G. Hunt; recognize the body as that of James Phillips; deceased and myself came to this country together from New York; he was a German; I suppose his age to have been about thirty years; he was a deck hand on the Hunt; we were washing the deck, and heard a man, who was drawing water, call out that he was overboard; I went to the side of the boat, but did not see him; saw his hat floating near where the body was found.

   The jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning."  Friends of the deceased took charge of the body, and had it interred in the City Cemetery.

THE TRIAL OF FARNSWORTH. - The trial of E. Seymour Farnsworth, second mate of the steam ship Golden Gate, for the murder of John Bowen, was commenced before the United States Circuit Court on Friday, Oct. 3d.  This was the case in which Bowen was suffocated by being tied up to a beam near the boiler some time since.  The trial was still going on on Saturday.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 October 1856

FATAL ACCIDENT. - We noticed yesterday a rumor to the effect that a boy had been accidentally shot by another boy on Saturday evening.  Our inquiries failed to elicit any foundation for the report, but we have since ascertained that it was too well grounded.  A boy aged twelve years, son of Peter Spohn, butcher, on K street, had been out shooting blackbirds with a pistol on Saturday afternoon.  On his return he stopped at the residence of D. B. Kimmel, corner of P and 213th streets, where he re-loaded the weapon with shot.  A son of Mr. Kimmel, named Frank, about five years of age, being curious to see the pistol loaded, got upon his knees in front of young Spohn, as the latter applied the percussion cap, when the charge suddenly exploded, six of the shot piercing the belt and entering the abdomen of the former.  Physicians were immediately called, and every attention paid the little sufferer, but he died about 10 ½ P.M. 

   We are informed that a messenger was dispatched for Coroner Bell, and returned with word that he did not deem it necessary to hold an inquest and that the remains might be interred without his presence.  We are assured, however, by Dr. Bell, that he had received no intimation of the occurrence.  The remains were interred on Sunday afternoon.

   It is strange that a mere boy should be permitted to go about with so dangerous a weapon, especially in a populous district.  Accidents of this character too frequently arise when those handling the weapons are of maturer age, and deemed much more prudent in their use.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 October 1856

AT THE CORONER'S OFFICE. - The body of the Frenchwoman murdered on Tuesday night is now lying in the Coroner's office, preparatory to holding an inquest.  The mutilated appearance of the body is horrible.  Every effort is being made to ferret out the perpetrator of this brutal midnight murder.

The Murder of Victoire Retang.

INQUEST BY JUSTICE CASTREE.

Justice Castree (Coroner Kent being absent from the city) held an inquest yesterday, over the body of the Frenchwoman, Victoire Rotang, who was found murdered in her dwelling, on Wednesday evening.  Some half-a-dozen witnesses were examined, but, in the main, their testimony was substantially in accordance with the statement given by the Alta yesterday.     The chief witness was a German woman, named Sophia Starkar, occupying the cottage adjoining that of the deceased.  She is a shameless character, and gave a considerable amount of information, in connection with the case, wholly unfit for publication.  She supposed that the last time she saw deceased alive was Tuesday morning; about 10 o'clock on Tuesday night she retired to rest with a companion named Peter Medel; she awoke about 12 o'clock, and heard a man talking with Victoire, in English; an hour later she was aroused by hearing Victoire scream three times, then all was again silent; pretty soon after, a little dog belonging to Victoire barked, and she heard a man tell it to be quiet; Medel was also awakened, and remarked that the Frenchwoman next door must be sick; at 4 o'clock in the morning she got up, and at that time distinctly heard a man walking in Victoire's rooms, and feel the fastening of the front door; Medel went away about 7 o'clock, and she did not see him again till the following morning, when, meeting him near her house, she asked about the screaming; he answered he did not hear any of it; the witness said that a friend of hers, one Eugene Lockawa, slept in her back room on the night of the murder, and heard Victoire cry out "Mon Dieu! Mon  Dieu! Mon Dieu!"

   Peter Medel being sworn, denied that he heard any screaming or unusual noise in Victoire's house; neither did he hear a dog bark.  About 12 o'clock he heard Victoire and some man conversing, though what they said he could not understand; further than that he heard nothing at all.  He made no remark to the witness Sophia about Victoire being sick, nor did he have any conversation with Sophia respecting her.  Upon being questioned by Sophia in the street, he denied emphatically having heard any such sounds as she described.

   From the evidence of Medel, it appeared that the woman Sophia was anxious he should corroborate her statement; the manner in which she talked to him in the street being tantamount to a request that he should so do.  There is evidently something wrong with this Sophia, more especially when, as she admits, there was a man sleeping alone in her back room.  That she knew something more than she had said in regard to the bloody deed, there can be but little doubt; indeed, many believe that she is cognizant of the whole transaction, and knows the author.

   The police, however, are doing everything possible to ferret out the whole truth, and it is earnestly hoped they will succeed in discovering the murdered and bring him to justice.

   From a post mortem examination , it appears that the fatal wounds was inflicted with a double-edged knife, entering near the last rib, passing through the left lobe of the liver, severing the descending aorta, and entering the spinal column.  The result must have been almost instant death.

   The inquest is not yet concluded, but will be taken up again on Saturday.  The remains of the deceased have been moved to her dwelling, and will be interred to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 October 1856

Horrible and Mysterious Assassination - A Woman Murdered in her Bed.

The Coroner's office has been crowded all this morning with people, to look at the corpse of the murdered woman, Victoire Rotond, and learn, if possible, the names of her murderers.  At about two o'clock, a jury was summoned, but up to the hour of my closing my report nothing of importance has been elicited from the witnesses examined.  The following particulars I take from the True Californian   of this morning:

   Last evening about half-past five o'clock, information was conveyed to the police officers, that a woman had been found murdered in her bed in a house on Washington Place, (a small alley that runs from Washington to Jackson street, near Dupont,).  Capt. Lees proceeded to the scene of the alleged assassination, and found the body of a woman lying in bed, dead and stiff.  It was dressed very scantily in night clothing.  On the body, just under the ribs, ands a little w ay from the centre to the left, was a wound about an inch ands a half in length, and apparently of great depth.  Judging from the aperture of the wound, it would seem that a long and keen knife or dirk had been driven upwards in the direction of the heart, causing almost instant death.  There was very little blood upon the bed - the hemorrhage being principally internal. The body was removed to the Coroner's office, and an inquest will be held over it to-day.

   Up to the present this most atrocious assassination is shrouded in mystery.  We lay before our readers this morning the following circumstances and particulars concerning the victim, and hope that before many days, we will have the pleasure of recording the detection of the assassin.

   The name of the murdered woman was Victoire Rotond; she was a native of France.  For a number of years, she has kept up a quasi connection with a Frenchman named Louis Maillet; but still her reputation and life has been that of a Cyprian.  Maillet, at present, is living at the Lagoon, being an employee in a restaurant there, called the "Petit Vincenne."  Victoire Rotond, who is now murdered, has been in the habit of going to the Lagoon, and stopping at the above restaurant to see her friend Maillet; and on Tuesday she went out there and took breakfast with him.  After breakfast, the employer of Maillet coming to the city in a wagon, with Auguste Acoulai, a waiter in the restaurant, the Wolman rode with them, and they left her at the door on Washington place.

   On Tuesday night. Eugene Laqua, who lives in rooms that adjoin Victoire Rotond's, heard her talking in her own apartment with a man in the English language. - The conversation was about some money; the man had to pay her $15, and it seemed that he had handed her a $20 piece, and she was getting him the change.  This Laqua did not pay much attention to, and shortly after went to bed.  About two o'clock in the morning, however, he was awakened by some noise proceeding from Victoire Rotond's room, and on rousing himself and listening, heard her exclaim in a smothered tone: "Oh! mon Dieu! Mon Dieu!"  He waited to hear more, and looked at his watch to see how late it was.  All was hushed, and he dropped again to sleep, and heard nothing more.

   Wednesday morning Auguste Acoulai, the waiter of the restaurant at the lagoon was coming to town again in the wagon, and Maillet desired that he would call and deliver some message to his woman, Victoire Rotond. - When the man went to the house, he found the door locked, and rapped, but received n o reply.  While repeating the rapping, the neighbor Laqua, we have spoken of, came out and told him that he had heard the woman  groaning in the night, as if sick, and as he had seen nothing of her all day, and the door was fastened, he was afraid she was not well.  Acoulai carried this word to Maillet, at the Lagoon, who became so uneasy that he mounted a horse and rode at once to the city.  He arrived at the house about five and a half o'clock.  Finding the front door fast, he went through the back way, and crawled in at a window.  He saw nothing of the woman in the bed room, nor in the parlor.  It was too dark to see well in the bed, so he went up to feel with his hands.  As he reached them forth, they came in contact with the clammy features of the corpse.  His cries soon brought the neighbors, and others, and the alarm was given at the police office, as before stated. 

   The murdered woman was a principal witness against the perpetrator of the vitriol outrage; and at first a belief gained ground, among the police, that she had been assassinated in order to get her out of the way; but we are satisfied there is no foundation for such a supposition.  As she had some $69 about her at the time, it may be that she was murdered for her money. - True Californian.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 October 1856

Found Dead - Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held by Coroner bell yesterday morning, on the body of an unknown man, which was found in a cabbage patch on Johnson's ranch, located on the Sacramento river, just above its confluence with the American, on Saturday afternoon.  The evidence elicited at the inquest was as follows:

   J. R. Johnson, sworn. - I reside in American township, Sacramento county; on yesterday afternoon, near sundown, I was going across my field, and saw the body now before the jury lying among the cabbage; I did not then pay any attention to the body, as I thought it was an Indian who lives in the neighborhood, and that he was drunk; I was going to get grapes, and on my return, seeing that he was still there, went to him, and found the body now before the jury; I think deceased was a Frenchman; he was about five feet six inches in height, about forty years of age, and had on a blue woolen overshirt, a white undershirt, blue cotton pants, white cotton drawers, and boots; by his head there was a white slouched hat, much worn; he was a slender man; his hair and  whiskers were much marked with gray; I do not recollect ever having seen him before I found him on yesterday; I have made inquiries, and cannot find out anything in reference to him; several persons have been to see the body, but, so far as I know, it has not been identified; I did not see any marks of violence on the body, or anything to lead me to suspect that he had been murdered; he had the appearance of one who had been destitute; I did not find anything of value or any papers on the body; think that he wandered there, and died from want of the necessaries of life.

   Charles Buvet, sworn. - I am working for Mr. Johnson; on yesterday afternoon he came to the house and told me he had found a dead man in the cabbage patch; I went with him to see the body, and found the body now lying before the jury, as described by Mr. Johnson; do not recollect ever having seen him before; I concur in Mr. Johnson's testimony so far as I know anything in referenced to the matter.

   The jury returned a perfect that death was, in their opinion, caused by want and destitution.  The jurors were J. R. Johnson, Jr, F. F. Collins, Wm. Dutton, Robert Cowen, Charles Buvet and Leonard Farr.

DEAD BODY FOUND. - On Friday, October 3d, the body of an unknown man, who had been dead apparently about two months, was found partly covered, in a miner's prospecting hole, at Watson's Gulch, Shasta county.  From his clothing, he was identified as a man who had been last seen in com pan y with S. Payne, and was known to have had money.

THE SAN FRANCISCO MURDER. - Nothing further in relation to the murder of the French woman had transpired on Saturday morning.  The circumstantial evidence against Lackaway, the Frenchman, who was sleeping next door, is said to be very strong.

\SERIOUS AND FATAL ACCIDENT. - At Deadwood, in Trinity county, while some miners were at work, on Monday, Oct. 6th, a bank of dirt caved in, instantly killing one, a Portuguese, breaking the leg of a second, and bruising a third in a shocking manner.

MURDER TRIAL. - Nathan Cottle is to be re-tried for murder at Jackson, Amador county, on the 20th of October, unless a change of venue be obtained.

BY THE STATE TELEGRAPH LINE.

The coroner's jury in the assassination case returned a verdict yesterday afternoon that the woman, Victoire Roton, came to her death from the effects of a knife wounds, inflicted by some person unknown to the jury.

THE CITY.

THE WAY OF THE TRANSGRESSOR. - A man named James Woodward died about 9 o'clock on Friday evening last, at the County Hospital, from the effects of a gun shot wound received on the 25th of August last, on I street. ...

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A post mortem examination of the body was held at the hospital on Saturday, from which it appears, as was suspected, that the ball passed through the spinal column, and thence ranging upward, forward and outward, perforated the upper portion of the right lung, and lodged, it is thought, in the region of the shoulder.  The examination was conducted more with the view of ascertaining the injuries inflicted on the spine than for the purpose of tracking the entire course of the ball.  No inquest was held on the body by the Coroner, inasmuch as the circumstances of the shooting had been previously fully investigated by the Recorder, and Officer Harrison exonerated from all censure. [Gives details of the criminal record of Woodward's two brothers.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 October 1856

Verdict in the Victore Rotond Murder Case.

The inquest over the body of Victoire Rotond was concluded on Saturday.  The only additional witness was Eugene Laqua, the man who occupied the back room of Sophia Starker's housie on the night of the murder, ands who is suspected of having been the assassin. - His testimony does not vary in any material point with that of Sophia Starker's, and if they do not state what is true, they evidently had agreed well upon their story.  He states that:

   On Tuesday night last, was at home in the house with Sophie Starkar; went to sleep about half-past ten o'clock, on a mattress in the back room; did not get up during the night; about one hour after retiring heard some person talking in English to the Frenchwoman next door; about 2 o'clock in the morning was aroused by hearing a cry coming from the Frenchwoman's room, which directly died away as though smothered; heard her exclaim, Mon Dieu! Mon Dieu! Just then heard a dog bark in her room and at the same time heard the voice of a man saying "keep still!" heard the man with Sophie say that somebody was beating the Frenchwoman; at 4 o'clock Sophie came in to the room where witness was sleeping; did not say anything to her concerning the noise in the Frenchwoman's room; after breakfast Sophie said she thought the Frenchwoman was sick, and asked witness to take her a cup of coffee; took a cup and went to the back door, but could not get in, remained home with Sophie till 9 o'clock, and then went with Sophie to Davidson's bank, where she deposited $200; afterwards went to market, made some purchases and returned home; did not notice whether the Frenchwoman's  door was open or shut; at noon had some words with Sophie and left the house; returned shortly after and took it away; spent part of the afternoon playing billiards; about 6 o'clock was passing the corner of Washington street and Washington Place; saw a crowd round Sophie's door; ran down and found police officers there; heard that the Frenchwoman was murdered, &c.; Sophie was much excited by the occurrence, and witness took  her to the Mechanic's Exchange, corner of Kearny and Pacific streets; remained with her about twenty minutes, and then went back to the Frenchwoman's house; stayed in Sophie's house all the evening, until police officers came and took witness into custody.

   The jury rendered a verdict - that the deceased died from the effects of a knife wound, received from a weapon in the hands of some person or persons unknown.

CHINAMAN DREADFULLY TORN BY A GRIZZLY.

The Stockton Republican of Sunday, Oct. 12th, relates the following extraordinary occurrence:

   Yesterday morning, a Chinaman, who resided in a cabin near Bonsell's ferry, was attacked by a grizzly bear and almost torn to pieces.  It seems that the Chinaman, in company with another, about 2 o'clock in the morning, had been examining his nets, set for the purpose of catching ducks, and while on his return home, heard a hog squeal in the tules.  The comrade passed on, and he stopped to learn the cause of the outcry, and discovered the hog in the grip of a huge bear.  The bear immediately left the hog, and grasped the Chinaman, striking him on the temple, crushing the skull, and tearing the scalp literally from his head, and also raking his claw down the right side of his face and neck, exposing the bones of the face and leaving the parotid gland hanging like a pear, all exposed, besides inflicting a number of severe wounds about the sides, shoulder and back, all of which would appear shocking were they not compared with those of greater magnitude.  After the infliction of these terrible and apparently mortal injuries, the bear retreated, and the Chinaman alone, walked a mile to his cabin.

   Dr. Skinner, our county physician, was called to attend the patient, and found it necessary to remove a piece of the skull, which we have seen, measuring one half by one inch, leaving that space of the brain only covered by the scalp and integuments.  The Chinaman bore the operation of dressing the wounds with great fortitude, and the Doctor is of opinion that he will recover.

A DEAD FALL. - The Coroner's jury, convened to examine in to the death of a sailor, called Scotty, recently drowned at the Bay, on Friday last in their verdict state:

   We also beg leave to represent to the Grand Jury of the county, And call their especial attention to the fact, that this is the fourth person who has fallen into the same place, where the above named person lost his life - the same being a vacant lot on Jackson street, near Davis, and not having any protection by way of enclosure to prevent any man from being precipitated into the Bay.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 October 1856

THE REMAINS OF A MURDERED MAN RECOVERED. - In or about the 20th of June last, it will be remembered that a merchant named Rosenthall, coming from Grass Valley to Folsom, was murdered on the highway.  He was known to have had between three and four thousand dollars on his person at the time.  On Sunday last, Oct. 12th, Allen Pickard, of Rose Springs, Placer county, was walking out with his wife, when he found a hat and sash lying in a secluded spot.  Mrs. Pinkard, becoming alarmed, he was compelled to return home.  On the Tuesday following, in company with Mr. McGinley, he again went to the spot, and after search of some minutes, found the bones of a man scattered about by wild animals, about two or three hundred yards from the road, under a pine tree.  The boots still covered the feet, and by the clothing Mr. Rosenthall was recognized.  In the pockets were $4 25 in money, a silver watch, penknife, trunk key and box of matches.  The bones were collected together, and on Wednesday an inquest was held by Justice Avery, of Doten's Bar. The remains were then removed to this city, by his brother-in-law - Mr. Hymen.

DISTRESSING ACCIDENT. - A  correspondent writes us from American Bat, Middle Fork of the American, October 13th, that a few days previously, at Grey Eagle Bar, two brothers, named Starkweather, were working together under a high bank of river gravel, when it suddenly caved in, covering up and instantly killing one, while the other scarcely escaped with his life.

FIGHT OVER FURNITURE. - The other day we noticed a fight over the grave if the French woman recently murdered in San Francisco.  On Tuesday last, there was a dispute over her furniture, which was claimed by one party, and sold by another.  The one who removed it was arrested got grand larceny, but subsequently discharged.

 

WILD WEST, 19 October 1856

DROWNING OF A FIREMAN. - The flags at the different engine houses in this city were at half-mast yesterday, in consequence of the drowning of William Randall, a member of Howard Engine Company No. 3, who was found in the bay near Meigg's wharf, at six o'clock in the morning.  He had gone out from his room at about half-pasty three and was not seen again by any of his friends before the discovery of his body.  An inquest was held yesterday afternoon by Coroner Kent, and his remains will be interred by the Howard Company to-day. [See SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 October.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 October 1846

Fatal Accident - Coroner's Inquest.

An Inquest was held by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning, on the body of a colored boy named Edward Yantis, aged ten years, who was run over by an omnibus, on Third street, between O and P streets, between 5 and 6 o'clock of Friday evening.  The circumstances, from which it is apparent that the accident was the result of fast driving, are fully developed in the evidence elicited at the inquest, which will be found below.  The following persons were sworn as jurors: T. Holmes, John Thos. Jennings, Erastus Salsbury, R. K. Smith, Geo. McKee and Phillip Bates.  The testimony was as follows:

   Dubois Bigelow, sworn: Resides in this city; Is a driver on the omnibus belonging to the California Stage Company; I recognize the body now before the jury as that of a boy I saw on Third street last evening about 6 o'clock; I was driving from the Railroad Depot, on Third street, and when between O and P streets, another omnibus passed mine and got in before me, and Phil Smith, who was in my omnibus, pulled the strap and called to me to stop, and said, "look out, you will run over him!"  I looked, and saw deceased about three feet in advance of my horses, and I tried to stop the horses, but could not do so before they reached him; I felt the wheel strike something, which I suppose was the boy; when I succeeded in stopping the horses, I went back and saw the body now before the jury, lying about twenty feet behind the omnibus; he was then dead; I think the wheel of my omnibus passed over him; I was driving at a brisk trot; it was about dusk; I could have seen him sooner if I had been looking in that direction, but Frank Cashell was in a wagon near me, on my right, and I was looking in that direction, at the time, for fear of running against his wagon; I might have stopped sooner after passing over the boy, but so many persons were hallooing, some saying "stop," and others saying "go on," that it confused me.

   Dr. T. M. Logan, sworn. - I am a physician, and reside in this city; I was this day called upon, and made a post mortem examination of the body now before the jury, and found a fracture of the first bone of the neck, and also of the condyloid process of the occipital bone at the base of the skull, with severe laceration of the base of the brain and medulla oblongata; the injuries were sufficient to produce death.

   Erastus Salsbury, sworn. - I reside in this city; I recognize the body now before the jury as the one I saw on 3d street last evening, between 5 and 6 o'clock; I was riding in Mr. Gardner's omnibus,(coming from the railroad depot,) which was just behind the one driven by Mr. Bigelow; Karl's omnibus was passing the one in which I was riding; as it passed I saw deceased on the step behind; it passed on our left, and got in front of the one driven by Mr. Bigelow; I saw Phil Smith pull the strap of Bigelow's omnibus, and call "stop' for God's sake stop;"  the driver pulled up, apparently as soon as he could; I looked and saw the boy lying on the ground, behind Karl's omnibus, apparently dead; Smith said when he came back to the body, that he saw the boy on the steps of the omnibus, and had been fearful that he would be thrown off, and so expressed himself, and as soon as he missed the boy from the steps called to the driver to stop; the horses attached to the omnibus that ran over the boy were going at a brisk trot; the horses that Curtis was driving were galloping, or at least one of them; he said that he had a baulky horse in; I do not know whether the boy jumped off or was thrown off but am of the opinion that he jumped off, from the fact that the street at that point is smooth.

   Geo. McKee, sworn. - Resides in this city; I was coming up 3d street last evening between 5 and 6 o'clock, and saw some three or four omnibuses passing; they were all going at a brisk rate; I think some of the horses were galloping; after they had passed me a few rods I saw them stop and come back; I went up and saw the body now before the jury lying on the ground, apparently dead; deceased was bleeding profusely about the head; I did  not at first recognize him, but went to the house of Yantis, who lives near me, to ascertain  if it was his son, and soon learned that it was; he was about ten years of age; his name was Edward Yantis.

   T. Holmes, sworn. - Resides in this city; I recognize body as the one I saw last evening about dark on 3d street; I was in Gardner's omnibus carriage from the depot; the omnibus stopped and I got out and saw the body lying on the ground; deceased was then dead; I heard it remarked that the omnibus had passed over him and killed him; I did not see the wheels pass over him.

   The jury returned a verdict as follows:

   "We, the Jury, find that Edward Yantis came to his death on the 17th day of October, 1856, from injuries produced by an omnibus (driven by Bigelow) passing across his neck; and we are of opinion that the rivers of the omnibuses referred to in the evidence before us are censurable for fast driving, and more particularly the driver of Karl's omnibus, Mr. \Curtis."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 22 October 1856

A MELANCHOLY CASE. - The Coroner of San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 18th, held an in quest upon the body if Andrew W. Randall, who was drowned on that morning near Meigg's wharf, under circumstances calculated to excite some anxiety.  The testimony of his brother shows, however, that it was a case of derangement of mind:

   Arthur P. Randall being sworn, said: I recognize deceased as my brother; his name is Andrew Wm. Randall; he is a native of Gloucester, Mass., but lately of Boston; about thirty-five years of age; has been in this city since '49, and is a baker by trade; I saw him alive the last time about three or four o'clock this morning; he was at the Jenny Lind bakery, on the corner of Stockton and Union streets; he appeared to be delirious at this time; deceased and myself occupied rooms in the same building, and I was waked up about three o'clock this morning by hearing my brother's voice outside the building in the rear; I got up and went out, and met the man who occupied the room with him, and he asked me if my brother was crazy? And I asked him why? He said he acted to him like a crazy man; I then dressed myself and went out, and found him under the stairs hid away; I said, "Bill, what is the matter?" he said "Nothing;" I said "let's go and get a cup of coffee or a cocktail." He said "no! he did not wan t a cocktail - did not drink cocktails;" we started to go out, and he said he thought he would go to bed again; he started back and we came along; I told my companion I thought he would follow; we then went down to the marker, and I then went back after him, but could not find him; then got my breakfast, and soon after heard he had been found drowned; went to the Coroner's office and recognized him; he has been sick ever since his youth; has been burnt and also beaten about the head; he was perfectly sober when I saw him; seemed to be troubled - cause, reverse of circumstances and pecuniary misfortunes.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 October 1856

The Shaw's Flat Tragedy.

The following additional particulars in relation to the tragedy at Shaw's Flat - a brief account of which we published a few days ago - we derive from the Sonora papers, just received.

   It seems that on Sunday evening, the 13th inst., a man named Fair was assaulted at a locality on Shaw's Flat called Whimtown, by Edward and Thos. McCauly (brothers) and a fellow known as "Big Dick."  The next day Fair complained of the parties, and they were arrested and fined.  One of the witnesses who testified against them at the trial was Wesley Bond.  For this, the defendants openly threatened to take his heart's blood.  In pursuance of this threat, they went to a store in the evening, where he was, and began abusing him.  He, having heard of their purpose, got up, with the intention of leaving the place, when one of the accomplices of the McCaulys, named Carr, placed himself in the door, and shoved him back, telling him he could not leave.  Bond then drew his pistol, at which instant he was stabbed from behind by Edward McCauly.  Bond then shot Carr through the abdomen, who died within an hour after.  Some accounts say the stabbing and shooting were simultaneous acts.  The instrument used in stabbing Bond was an enormous Bowie knife.  It was plunged into his left side, up to the hilt.  "Big Dick," who was present, then wrenched Bond's pistol from him, when the latter walked to his house, about a hundred yards distant, and lying down, remarked that he had killed Carr, and shortly after died.  After Bond left the store, Tom McCauly endeavored to get the pistol from Dick, saying he wished to follow Bond and shoot him, as he had killed a man.  The two then went to the cabin and sought to get in, but were prevented by the inmates, who inquired if they wished to shoot a dead man.

   The two then left, this, it seems, being the first they knew of Bond's being stabbed.  Edward McCauly had escaped, in the meantime, to the Table Mountain, and concealed himself in the chapparal.  From here he sent a friend to procure him some money with which to escape, but the man, instead of doing so, gave information which led to his arrest.  The bloody knife was found upon him.

   Upon his being brought into Shaw's Flat, the people showed a strong disposition to take and hang him.  The Justice, however, summoned a posse of twelve men to guard him.  He was then taken inside a building, and the door barricaded.  Meantime, a large number arrived from the adjacent camps, swelling the multitude, and adding to the clamor for summary punishment.  Shortly after, the Sheriff's deputies came up from Sonora, with a volunteer force, and entered the building, and surrounded the prisoner.  The excitement amongst those collected now increased, and the deputy was obliged to promise them that he would not remove the prisoner until the next morning.  After this, Sheriff Stewart arrived, and, it becoming known that he intended to take McCauly with him that night, the excitement renewed; but, owing to that officer's determined conduct, no actual resistance was offered to his executing his purpose.  A horse was then brought for the prisoner; he was brought out, surrounded by the guard, with drawn pistols; the party mounted, and in a moment were on their way to Sonora.  When the party were some distance from town, a shot was fired from the road side.  The bushes were searched and a man was found, with a pistol, that had been discharged, on the ground at his feet.  He was arrested and taken to Sonora with McCauly, and locked up in the county jail.

   A Coroner's jury having held an inquest over the bodies, a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts. [Details of the McCauly brothers, Carr, and Bond]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 October 1856

A Frenchman yesterday, laboring under the effects of insanity, cut his throat, from which he died this morning.  An inquest is to be held this afternoon.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 October 1856

THE LAST SAN FRANCISCO SUICIDE CASE. - On Thursday, Oct. 22d, the Coroner held an inquest upon the body of the Frenchman, whose death we noticed last week, when the following facts were developed upon the examination of one of the witnesses, John Perham:

   I know the deceased; his named was Julius Alfred Ropert, a native of Brittany, France; he was about thirty-one years of age; he was a barkeeper for me at a house on the corner of First and Mellus streets; he has been employed by me for nearly a year; yesterday morning, about half-past ten o'clock, I saw him in his bed-room stand in front of the glass and cut his throat with a razor; I took him and laid him down on the bed and went for a surgeon, and I asked him what he did it for; he could not tell; Drs. Hardy and Sawyer soon came and thought the wound was not dangerous; I told them that I wanted to send him to the Hospital, and they said it was the best place; I then sent him to the County Hospital, where he died about 5 o'clock this morning; I noticed he was insane; he wanted a revolver - s aid some one wanted to kill him; he had the delirium tremens; the reason he took to drinking was because his friends wrote to him not to come home without money, and he had also received intelligence of the death of some of his relatives; he has been unfortunate in business.

MELANCHOLY DEATH OF A CHILD. - A correspondent writing to this paper from Rolling Hills House, El Dorado county, Oct. 23d,  says:

   A beautiful and interesting little daughter, aged three years and six months, of L. B. Myers, living near Greenwood Valley, El Dorado county, met with a sudden and most shocking death on the 16th inst., in the following manner: She went in company with her little brother and sister, a few years older, to the Tennessee steam saw mill, a few yards from the house, and while playing about the mill, accidentally  fell through the carriage floor and got caught in the main belt that drives the saw, and carried with great velocity around the large drum and  violently thrown against the end of the building a  torn and mangled mass.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 October 1856

From Los Angeles.

IMPORTANT ARREST. - Last week information was given by Mr. Cyrus Lyon, to W. H. Peterson, Under Sheriff, of the lurking place of the notorious Anastacio Garcia, accused of the murder of Messrs. Wall and Williamson, in November last, near Monterey. ... Garcia, of his own free will and without being questioned by the Under Sheriff, acknowledged having killed Joaquin Della Torre, by shooting him through the head; also the shooting of Beckworth, who, with a Sheriff's posse, went to arrest him on the charge of killing Wall and Williamson. ...

San Francisco Letter.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Thursday three men were digging sand, and having undermined the bank at which they were working, a portion of it gave way, and falling on one of the men, named Religia Lopez, killed him.  He was knocked under the wagon which was smashed by the weight of the earth.  The axletree pressing on his chest, was, perhaps, the immediate cause of his death.  A number of people were attracted to the scene of the accident, but owing to the mass of earth which covered the body, a considerable time elapsed before the deceased was dug out.

KILLED. - On Thursday morning the dead body of an Indian was found in the street, the head presenting a horrible sight, having been smashed with a heavy stone or a heavy club.  An inquest was held, but nothing elicited as to the facts of the case.

THE CALAVERAS SKELETONS.  - The San Andreas Independent of Saturday last, Oct. 25th, does not exactly credit the story in relation to the skeletons, told by the correspondent of the Alta, whose statement we copied.  The Independent says there are mining shafts near the place occupied by Colbrook, and intimates that injustice is done Bob Collier and others.  The Independent then gives the following account of the finding of the bones:

   We learn by a gentleman just from Angel's that Drs. Boon & Kelly have found forty-five skeletons, in all, at Salt Spring Valley.  Twenty-four skulls are now at their office in Angell's.  They were not found at Colbrook's ranch, but on the ranch of Madam Felix, in Salt Spring Valley, about one and a half miles from the ranch of the Colbrooks.

   The skeletons were found in a space of about seven feet square, buried from two to three feet deep.  The valley is twelve miles from Angel's.  Opinion is, that they are the remains of Indians and Spaniards.  Some of the skulls are well formed and well featured.  There is apparent evidence to infer that the bodies had been all buried at the same time, a number of years ago, before gold was discovered. ...

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 October 1856

CORONER'S INQUEST - SINGULAR CASE. - The suicide of Lewis Deitch, alluded to on our first page, will be the subject of a Coroner's inquest this morning.  A post mortem examination was made, yesterday afternoon, by Dr. Specht, and a large quantity of poison found in the stomach.  It is, however, the opinion of Dr. S. that the immediate cause of death was apoplexy, the poison not having had time to operate.

SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN DROWNED. - A young man, named George Watress, who boarded in the house of Mrs. Martin, on Bush street, near Dupont, has been missing since Wednesday evening last.  He was last seen at the fire, corner of Drumm and Clay streets; and it is feared he has fallen into the bay and drowned.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 November 1856

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. - Last Sunday afternoon, a little boy, between five and six years old, the son of John Brady, (formerly an attache of the Sheriff's office,) and a woman of disreputable character, now absent from the city, was drowned in a duck-pond at "The Willows," a place of public resort on the county road, about half a mile from the Nightingale.  The facts connected with this sad affair, as related to us by Coroner Kent, are very strange, and seem to show that the father alone is answerable for the untimely death of his child; his folly causing him to neglect it, and his drunkenness rendering him unable to seek for it when missed.

   According to our information, Brady hired a barouche on Sunday, and, taking with him three women and the little boy, drove to the Willows.  There Brady and his female associates spent the afternoon in drinking and carousing, the poor child being in the meantime entirely forgotten.  In the evening, when ready to return, the child could not be found, and, after looking about a few minutes, the debauched party came away without it! On the way back, however, one of the women, feeling, doubtless, some compunction of conscience, in so cruelly deserting their little companion, stopped the carriage, and begged Brady to to back and search for it thoroughly; but Brady was too much intoxicated to entertain any feeling of affection or pity, and, after swearing and tearing for some time, he compelled the woman to desist and come on with him to town.

   Yesterday morning a man noticed a cap floating in the pond, and, on close examination, discovered the body of the hapless child just below the surface of the water, at a spot where it had probably fallen in.  An inquest will be held on the remains to-day by the Coroner.  The deceased was a fine noble looking little fellow, and, it is said, was fairly idolized by his mother. [See also 5 November.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 November 1856

The Santa Cruz Tragedy.

Our readers will recollect an account we gave of a Lynching affair at Watsonville, in Santa Cruz county, which occurred some days previous.  A correspondent of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, writing from Pajaro, October 26th, gives the following particulars of the affair.  The Sentinel, in referring to the difficulties at Watsonville, says:

   The town has long been infested with a large number of low, vulgar Mexicans and Sonorians of doubtful character, and we have expected serious difficulties between them ands the Americans.  We understand that they are all making preparations to leave, in which there is some cause for congratulation.  We suppose the whole matter will in time be investigated, as it should be, and the public will know who has been to blame in creating the difficulty. ...

...

The report of the two men being killed - the one at the river bank, and the other near Major Harrison's - this evening, is not believed to be true; upon the other the Coroner has held an inquest, the verdict of which was "that he was running away from them, and found that he was shot in the breast."  But due allowance must be made for accidents and escapes.

...

... being upon whom the forms of law has never passed.  I judge not; I leave it to another age and another time to justify or condemn.  This deponent saith not.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 November 1856

FATAL RESULT. - J. B. Robinson, the engineer of the steamer Oroville, who was so terribly injured on Tuesday by being crushed, as it were, by the wheel of the boat, died about half-past 6 o'clock yesterday morning.  The immediate cause of his death was, we are informed, the injuries inflicted on the abdomen.  [Assistant engineer, also injured, not traced.]

   The accident happened at Vernon Bar, at the mouth of the Feather river.  No inquest was held by the Coroner, inasmuch as all the witnesses were attaches of the steamer, which proceeded to Marysville soon after the accident, and the deceased was attended by physicians.  Should that officer, upon inquiry, be satisfied that there has been any culpability in the case on the part of others, he will bring the matter to the notice of the Grand Jury.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 November 1856

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

An inquest was held this morning upon the body of the sailor, Narcisco Perez, who fell from the top-mast of the schooner Falmouth, yesterday, and was instantly killed.  From the evidence I learn that he was a native of the Western Islands, a single man and about 35 years old.  His parents are living in Port Royal.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 November 1856

An inquest was held this morning by Coroner Kent upon the body of the man who was killed so suddenly yesterday afternoon, (the particulars of which I telegraphed you.) From papers found on his person, it is supposed his name was E. Shore, from Shasta, about 30 years of age.  The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death from a wound made by a circular saw.

THE CASUALTY ON DAVIS STREET. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday, over the body of the man who was killed on Tuesday, at a wood-yard on Davis street, by the breaking of a circular saw.  Nothing whatever was elicited tending to throw light upon the identity of the deceased, where he came from, or anything about him beyond the circumstance of his death.  The evidence, which we give below, is somewhat indefinite and contradictory as to whether the saw was or was not cracked prior to the accident, although it is admitted that it did not run true, and that the frame was out of order.  The fact that it did not run true, however, is in our opinion, sufficient reason to censure the proprietor of the yard.  He knew, or at least should have known, that a circular saw, especially when driven as rapidly as his was, if not perfectly true, is always dangerous, and liable to break at any moment.  More than this, as he says himself, the frame was out of order.

   The jury, in their verdict, say that no blame can be attached to any one, but on what hypothesis of reasoning they could form such a conclusion, is really beyond our comprehension.  It seems to us that, had they given the matter such careful thought as it deserved, they could not have failed to find culpable negligence somewhere.

   Louis Fencier sworn, says - I am proprietor of the woodyard where the accident occurred; do not know the deceased; he was standing about fifteen feet from the saw, which was in motion, and in front of it' when the saw broke, I was working towards it, and noticed the frame work moving; I told the engineer to stop the engine; it was stopped, and then some one sang out that a man was hurt; the sawyer said the saw was broken; I ran to the deceased and found him with a gash in his head; he was just expiring' I ran for a physician, but he was dead before I returned; the piece of saw was found, sometime after, in Sacramento street; when I bought the frame, there was a broken saw in it, which I never used, but purchased another; never knew but that it was sound; I have since learned that the cause of the frame moving was sawing to the bolt which holds it to the floor; it was out of order; the nut had raised and flew off, and I think this was the occasion of the breaking of the saw.

   Phillip Hyde sworn, says - I am one of the proprietors of the Fulton Iron Works; I have never seen the deceased, and know nothing of the cause of his death, except by rumor; about ten days since I was present, near the corner of Sacramento and Davis streets, at a wood yard kept by Mr. Fencier, when a circular saw was being placed in its position to commence sawing; the saw was a cracked one; I told Mr. Middleton , who was running the engine, that I considered it dangerous to run that saw; he said he knew it, and they were going to change it; I do not know whether it was changed or not; I was at the wood yard and noticed a saw this morning which I think was the same one; the saw now shown me (here the saw that broke was exhibited) is the same that I noticed being fixed to run; it has been abandoned when I was there; from the marks of the saw which caused the death of the party, I am of the impression that it was broken or cracked before the accident.

   R. P. Quick, a blacksmith, being sworn, says - I was present, yesterday afternoon, when the accident happened, and I made the remark, that I thought there was a flaw in the saw before it broke; one of the men who works there said he thought so too, but did not know it before, or else they would not have used it; I believe it was broken before the accident.

   W. C. Perkins sworn, says - I know the  cracked saw had not been used; I told Fencier not to use it, as it had been broken, and was dangerous; the saw which killed the man was sound when Fencier got it; some days ago I was in the woodyard and noticed that the saw did not run true, and I told the man who was sawing to look out and not let any wood get under it, or there would be trouble; I think the breaking of the saw yesterday purely accidental.

REPORTED CAPTURE OF ONE OF THE MURDERERS OF DR. MARSH. - It will be remembered that some days since a Mexican named Phillipe Morena was arrested in Tuolumne county on suspicion of being one of the murderers of Dr. Marsh at Martinez, nearly two months ago.  It turned out, however, that Phillipe was not the person sought for, the name of the Mexican suspected being Jellepe Morena, instead of Phillipe Morena.  We are informed that Jellepe Morena was captured yesterday at San Antonio, where he had been living in a secluded manner since the murder of Dr. Marsh.  A man named Tison, who had Jellepe in his employ some years since as vaquero, on a ranch near Martinez, is not in this city, and will go to San Antonio to-day, with the view of ascertaining whether the person arrested is really the person suspected of being concerned in the murder. ... Globe.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 November 1856

ACQUITTED OF BLAME. - On Wednesday, Nov. 12th, the Coroner held an inquest on the body of the person who was accidentally killed on Tuesday, at the wood yard on Davis street, San Francisco, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death, acquitting all parties of blame.  The deceased's name is still in doubt.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 November 1856

Coroner Kent yesterday held an in quest on the body of Joseph McInniss, who accidentally shot himself in his own house, on the old Mission road, on Saturday afternoon.  From the testimony of his wife, Christian McInniss, and Allen H. Brewley, who were examined before the Coroner's Jury, it appears that McInniss was in town during the day, and upon his return desired his wife to give him some money, declaring that he had been abused by a "Loco" in toewn, and that he would pay the fellow back.  He had been drinking, and his wife refused to give him any money to go back to town with.  He went for a pistol, of which she deprived him.  He then secured a double-barreled shot gun, and still urging her to give him some money, threw the gun upon his shoulder, the muzzle in his hand, and evidently intending to break the weapon, violently struck the table with it twice, the force of the blows coming upon the hammers.  At the second blow, one of the caps exploded, and the contents of the barrel were lodged in his abdomen. - this was about 9 P.M.  He lingered until 2 o'clock, yesterday morning, when he expired. He had been married eight years, and leaves two children.  The Jury found that deceased was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, 33 years of age, and that he came to his death in the manner above stated.  [Follows: an account of McInniss's day in town.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 November 1856

The Death of Mrs. Perigo - Coroner's Inquest.

The inquiry instituted by Coroner Kent relative to the sudden and mysterious death of Mrs. Perigo, was resumed yesterday morning at 10 o'clock, and continued to a late hour in the evening.  A large number of witnesses were examined, and the testimony, judging from present appearances, will, when completed, be more voluminous than any ever before taken on a single inquest in this county.

   The Coroner, however, desires that none of it with the exception of that adduced by Drs. Ayres and Lanzwert, would be made public, until, after the verdict has been rendered.  His reasons for this are good and sufficient.

   Dr. Ayres was the physician called in to see Mrs. Perigo just previous to her decease. He testified bin effect that the woman was laboring under spasms of the nature usually produced by strychnine.  He asked her what she had taken, and she said nothing but some seidlitz powders.  He asked her where the powders were, and she pointed to a drawer, from which he took a box of powders, which he placed in the hands of Dr. Lanswert, chemist.

   Dr. A. made a post mortem examination of the body, and having removed the stomach, gave it to Dr. Lanswert for analysis.  The result of this analysis was presented by Dr. L., as follows:

   On Wednesday, the 12th instant, Dr. Wm. O. Ayres called and  deposited with me a box containing seidlitz powders, wishing me to retain the same until further orders.  On the evening of the above day I received through the same source a human stomach, directing an analysis of the latter, by authority of J. Horace Kent, Coroner.

   At 6 o'clock, P.M., I examined the above organ, and found the following appearances present: Externally, at each orifice, it was tied with ligatures of thread, and in all other particulars presented no abnormal appearance, being perfectly healthy.  An incision was then made, and the contents of the stomach examined.  There was found within it a viscous, oily liquid, of a straw yellow color, having no perceptible odor, and giving an acid reaction to litmus paper.  The internal appearance of the surface of the stomach to the naked eye was that of a healthy organ.  After emptying the contents, the stomach was washed out perfectly clean.  A qualitative examination of the fluid contents was made for the purpose of determining the character of any poison that might exist, and for those of a mineral character first; and all the agents failed to detect any matters of the latter class that were poisonous in their nature.

   A series of experiments was then instituted (three in number) to discover the existence of any organic poison, if such existed, and the results proved that such was present in the organ.  Satisfied of this last fact, my next object was to develop the nature of the article present, and to insulate the alkaloid.  For this purpose twelve different tests were applied in each of the three above-named experiments, and the re-agents used demonstrated that the alkaloid strychnine or some of its salts was present.  All re-agents failed to detect any other organic poison.  Presuming that the poison administered was in part absorbed by the stomach, an experiment was now made to determine this point.  The result of this qualitative process corroborated the suspicion.

   A like number of experiments with those pursued on the fluid found in the organ was then instituted; the same quality and number of reagents applied; the results of which were, that strychnine was present in the substance of the organ.  To corroborate these last, another experiment was performed (lately recommended by Orfila) and on the application of those specific reagents the alkaloid strychnine presented itself.

   An examination was made of some white crushed sugar and with the microscope, which failed to detect any matter of a poisonous nature.  Chemical tests were also applied to two white papers which had contained tartaric acid, (apparently papers used to enclose this acid used in seidlitz powders,) but no matter of a foreign nature was discovered.  The seidlitz powders alluded to in the former part of this report were also submitted to analysis, but nothing was found on which any suspicion could rest.

   In consequence of the small amount of poison present in the fluid contained in the stomach and in the substance of that organ, as a final experiment to determine the presence of the alkaloid in poisonous quantities, a portion of the contents of the stomach after being duly concentrated, was administered to a domestic fowl, which caused its death in two and three-fourths minutes, with spasmodic contractions of the muscular system, symptomatic of the effects of strychnine.  From the evidences resulting from this analysis, there is no doubt in my mind that the person from whom the stomach was taken, came to his or her death from the exhibition of a poisonous  dose of strychnine or one of its salts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 November 1856

STRANGE STORY OF A SUICIDE. - The San Francisco Globe, of Wednesday, Nov. 19th, gives the following account of the suicide of a man named Henry De Bring, who committed suicide on the previous evening, at the New England Boarding House, on Sansome street, near Pine:

   Some months ago the deceased narrated the following to the proprietor of the house, a very intelligent German, who had known Dr Bring for several years in this country.  Dr Bring emigrated from Germany to the United States when he was very young, and settled in a town of Louisiana, where he learned a trade and amassed considerable property.  About six years ago he married a beautiful woman, but before they had been married one year she deserted him for another.  Soon after she gave birth to a child, and one morning the body of the child was found at the door of Bring's house, and a note written by Mrs. De Bring stating that it was the body of his child.

   The heartless conduct of his wife drove Dr Bring nearly mad, and he seems never to have entirely recovered his senses, but would frequently exhibit signs of insanity.  On Monday night he came to the New England House, and desired to be allowed to remain there.  He said that he had just left his room, in a house on Third street, having conceived that some person in the house wanted to take his life, and he was in such haste he had forgotten to take his pistol.  A room was prepared for him and he went to bed, but kept talking to himself all night.  The next morning he got up and took his breakfast with the boarders, and appeared quite well.  After while he went away, remarking that he had some business to attend to.  During the afternoon he returned and went to his room, locking himself up.

   One of the boarders remarked when De Bring came in, that he acted very strangely, and immediately followed him to his room and demanded admittance.  De Bring, after some hesitation, opened the door and asked the man if he intended to hurt him.  The man replied that he only came to see if he was unwell, and noticing that De Bring had a pistol in his hand, he went down stairs and informed the proprietor of the house.  The latter hastened to De Bring's room and called on him to open the door.  De Bring said, wait a minute and you shall see me, and had hardly finished speaking when the report of a pistol was heard in the room, and the persons below stairs rushed up, and upon bursting open the door, found De Bring lying across the bed, his feet resting on the floor, and the wad from the pistol still burning in the bosom of his shirt.  The ball entered just below the nipple of the left breast.  He lived for the space of four minutes, but did not speak.

   De Bring was a machinist by trade, and was considered a very experienced and proficient workman.  He had been for some time employed in the Pacific Iron Works.  He was removed to the Coroner's office, and an inquest will probably be held to-day.

   An inquest was held yesterday upon the body of the man Debring, who committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart.  The jury found that his name was Henry Debring, a native of Oldenburg, Germany, thirty-two years of age, and has a wife, three brothers and one sister in the United States.  It seems, that he committed the rash act in consequence of domestic troubles.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 November 1856

DEATH FROM APOPLEXY. - A man named Neil M'Kay, who lived alone in a shanty on Jessie street, near Second, was found dead yesterday morning, on the floor of his dwelling.  The Coroner being informed of the fact, took charge of the body, when, upon a post mortem examination  by Dr. Sawyer, it was ascertained that death had been occasioned by apoplexy, superinduced probably by the immoderate use of intoxicating liquor.  The deceased was a native of Nova Scotia, where he has left a wife and three children.  His profession was that of a plasterer.  An inquest will be held to-day b y Coroner Kent.

 

WIDE WEST. - 23 November 1856

THE POISONING CASE. - The inquest on the body of Mrs. Perigo was concluded on Friday, and the evidence clearly established that she came to her death from the presence of strychnine in a seidlitz powder she had taken or in the sugar with which she mixed it.  The developments on the inquest place her husband in a position not entirely exempt from suspicion, and his connection with the transaction should be closely investigated.  If he be innocent he has nothing to fear from such an investigation, and if circumstances indicate his culpability it is due to the ends of justice that he should not be allowed to escape punishment.

MYSTERIOUS DEATH. - A man named Niel Mackay, a native of Prince Edward's Island, was found dead in a house in Jessie street yesterday morning.  The cause of his death has not yet been made public.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 November 1856

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday, over the body of Neil Mackay, which was found last Saturday morning, on the floor of a shanty in Jessie street.  The principal testimony in the case was as follows:

   Miss Mary Bowlin testified - I live with my mother and family, two doors from the dwelling of the deceased.  About 9 o'clock on the evening before Mackay died, my mother spoke to me and said I hear a noise, and I said it was Mackay; I went and called for Mr. Ross, but he was not at home; the noise continued; it seemed that Mackay was stamping with his boots; we then thought he was intoxicated, and fearing he would do some harm, we went and staid with a friend all night.

   David Ross testified - I saw Mackay on Friday morning about 8 o'clock; he said he was sick, had pains all over him; he then said he had lost $75 out of his pocket; about 9 o'clock at night, I met some women who lived two doors from Mackay's house, who told me that Mackay was making a great noise, and they were afraid he would burn the premises; I obtained a light and went to Mackay's door and rapped, but received no answer; I then looked in at one of the window and could not see him, the bed was empty; thinking he had gone out, I went away.

   The verdict of the jury was that the deceased came to his death from apoplexy.

SUICIDE. - The body of T. Pander was washed ashore on Friday, in front of the "Bella Union," Benicia.  The jury found that the deceased came to his death by drowning, caused by his own voluntary act.  The Solano Herald states that he had a clothing store in Benicia, where he had lived since '52.  The act was certainly premeditated, for the day before he committed the deed, he made out several bills for collection, and showed his wife the accounts and business of the store.  His friends assign the depression of business as the cause of the rash act.

MISSING. - Capt. Pratt, residing in New York of the Pacific, it is supposed has been drowned in the San Joaquin.  He has not been seen for a week, although he left word at home that he would return in the evening.  His gun and boat are missing.

FATAL ACCIDENT - MAN DROWNED. - A man named William Harper, who kept a butcher shop on Geary street, near Dupont, was drowned yesterday in the lake at the rear of the Lake House, nine miles from town.  He rode out, between ten and eleven o'clock, with a friend, for a pleasure ride, intending to return within a couple of hours.  Shortly after reaching the house, Harper obtained a gun, and taking a small skiff, used by men working about the place, started off on the lake alone, in search of ducks.  From some cause not known, the skiff, when about a hundred yards from the shore, upset; and the unfortunate sportsman, when seen a few moments afterward, was in the act of sinking.  The deceased was a married man, thirty-one years of age, and came from Philadelphia.  Coroner Kent held an inquest on the body Sunday afternoon, at the Lake House, after which it was brought in and given to the bereaved wife.  The only testimony taken in the matter was as follows:

   H. Wilson sworn, says - I recognize the deceased.  This day, about twelve o'clock, I saw him struggling in the lake, just back of the Lake House; I could see him razing his hands two or three times, and then he sunk; the skiff was about a rod from him, upset; he was then grappled for, and his body recovered about an hour and a half afterwards; the skiff belonged to James Riddle; Harper was alone in the skiff; I don't know what caused the skiff to upset.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 November 1856

Letter from San Francisco. The Poisoning Case still a Mystery.

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22d, 1856.

MESSRS. EDITORS: - The inquest upon the body of Mrs. Susannah Perigo, who died suddenly on the 12th inst., was concluded yesterday afternoon.  The investigation, though patient and lengthy, failed to throw any light upon the question as to who administered the drug which caused her death.   The evidence is contradictory as to her character for chastity, but she was an extremely industrious and saving woman.  From the testimony, it appears that she and Major Thomas Glenn took each a seidlitz powder at an early hour in the morning, and that both the powders contained poison, in the shape of strychnine, as the two were affected similarly and at the same time.  There is no reason to believe that the woman intended to poison either herself or Major Glenn, as she was not aware, until told by her physician, that she was poisoned, and the taking of the powder by the Major was purely accidental. 

   The remainder of the powders in the box have been analyzes, as has been the residue of the sugar in the bowl, from which the seidlitz powders were sweetened, without detecting the slightest trace of strychnine.  Even the papers from which the identical powders the two took were obtained, have been subjected to analysis without finding any poison.  The strychnine, it is supposed, was dissolved in the water, in which the powders were mixed; none of this, unfortunately, was saved.  This is all the information that the Coroner's jury could bring to light, as to the taking of the poison.

   Mr. and Mrs. Perigo have not lived together since March last, not so much in consequence of any misunderstanding between them, as the inability of the husband to support her.  He, however, was in the habit of frequently visiting her, since that time

   The verdict returned was that the woman "came to her death from the effects of strychnine, administered by some person or persons unknown to us.  We also find that she was a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and aged 27 years, and that her name is Susannah Perigo."

   The Sheriff took occasion to strongly condemn the course pursued by the druggists, in the indiscriminate sale of violent poisons to parties unknown, and without labels.  This is an evil which cannot be too strongly reprobated, and which should be remedied.

...

A man, name unknown, was found dead this morning, in an old carpenter shop on Mission street.  The body was removed to the Coroner's office, and a post mortem examination had, and it was ascertained that the man died from exposure.

SUDDEN DEATHS. - On Wednesday, November 19th, Abner Johnson, living eight miles from San Jose, on the Almaden road, was found dead in the yard adjoining his house.  He died of apoplexy.

   On the 15th, Frank Nicholson, a miner, living near Newtown, El Dorado county, while sitting by the stove of a neighbor, fell down and almost instantly expired.  It was ascertained that he died of apoplexy.  He was an Englishman, but came to this country from Detroit, Michigan.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A man named D. Connor, a native of Ireland, aged about twenty-two years, residing at the corner of S and 10th streets, was run over by a wagon loaded with wood, which he was driving, about dusk on Friday evening, and died of the injuries received on the following morning.

   He was engaged in hauling the wood to o e of the brick yards below R street levee, and in descending the levee at the crossing of 10th street one of the stakes of the wagon gave way, precipitating him, with a portion of the load, forward of the wagon, one or more of the wheels of which passed over his breast. 

   We called on Dr. Bell, County Coroner, to \ascertain if an inquest had been held, and learned that he had received no information of the accident, except through the papers after the remains had been interred. 

   This is the second case, of recent occurrence, in this city, in which persons have died of  violent in juries, and the bodies have been buried without notifying the Coroner, and consequently without a proper and thorough investigation as to the causes of the death.  If anything can be done to prevent the recurrence of such culpable acts, the remedy should be applied.  The matter is of too much importance to be passed over lightly, as this method of proceeding is liable to be abused, and to be adopted as a means of covering up crime.
NOT THE MAN. - We mentioned ion Saturday that a man named James Douglass had been arrested in this city, on suspicion of being one Hoagland, who murdered a man named James Hunt, in Butte county, in October 1855.  Information of the arrest having been sent to the Sheriff of Butte county, the Deputy Sheriff, W. W. Hobart, came down on Saturday to take charge of the prisoner, should he prove to be the same person.  It turned out, however, that he was not the man, although the resemblance was as close as though he was the person intended to be described.  Of course, he was released from custody.

COUNTY DEAD. - A man named Richard Print, aged 37 years, formerly of New York, a confectioner by trade, died at the County Hospital, on L street, about noon on Friday, and was buried at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

   We learn that he was brought there on the afternoon of Thursday, the person bringing him representing that he had had a fit at a place on 3d street,  two doors north of the Sacramento Theater, and that he had been employed about the house, keeping bat, &c.  His appearance indicated that he had been drinking excessively for some time previous.  He was speechless when he arrived at the hospital, and so continued up to the time of his decease.  Inasmuch as the remains were not interred in the city cemetery, we would inquire where the county buries its dead.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 December 1856

FOUND DEAD. - A man named Page was found dead on Thursday last, near Middletown.  It is supposed that under the influence of intoxication, he wandered off and perished from exposure and cold.  Yesterday, Justice Durick held an inquest upon the body - the verdict being according to the above circumstances.  Deceased has been living near Texas Springs. - Shasta Rep.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 December 1856

TWO MURDERS IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY.  - In the San Jose Telegraph of Tuesday, Dec. 2d, we find the following account of two murders perpetrated in that county:

   On Thursday last, about 11 o'clock in the morning, the lifeless body of Francis Ulrich was found in the house he occupied, situated about 7 miles from this city, near the Monterey road, hidden under some sacks which contained wheat, bran and horse feed.

   The circumstances that led to this discovery are as follows: On Saturday, the 22d November, the murdered man borrowed of a neighbor, Mr. John Tennant, an augur, which instrument Mr. Tennant having use for, on Monday, sent a man in his employ, Mr. Marshall, to obtain.  On arriving at Ulrich's house, Mr. Marshall found the door fastened, and one of the horses belonging to the deceased tied up, and the other horse, standing in the yard.  He returned to Mr. Tennant without the augur.  On Tuesday, Mr. Marshall called at Ulrich's for the instrument, and found the premises in precisely the same condition. Mr. Tennant presumed that Ulrich had gone to San Jose, or elsewhere on business, and had been detained.  On Thursday, one of the horses was seen passing by Mr. Tennant's door, and he directed Mr. Marshall to catch the animal and take it over to Ulrich's house.  Mr. Marshall did so, and found the premises in precisely the same condition that he had seen them on Monday.  The horse that was tied up seemed to be in a famished condition. On this report being made to Mr. Tennant, he thought that there must be something wrong, and he and Marshall proceeded to Ulrich's house, watered and fed the horses, and then forced open the door of the house.

   The bed was empty, and the mattress turned up and doubled over, which, ion being laid out, was seen to be stained over with blotches of blood, about the spot where the head of a man lying in bed would rest.

   At this time, Mr. R. G. Moody, of Dan Jose, rode up to the house, and assisted in the further search for the body - the grounds around were examined, but nothing was found to throw light on this mysterious affair.  On returning to the house, a new hat, belonging to the deceased, was noticed lying near a pile of sacks of grain, and upon scrutinizing the pile, Mr. Marshall discovered a piece of clothing between the sacks; this led to a removal of the pile, and the discovery of the body.  On the left side of the head, and extending above the eye, there was a terrible wound, the bone being broken in and mashed, as if by a blow inflicted with a billet of wood, and so the unfortunate man was doubtless murdered while asleep in his bed.  Coroner Swain immediately summoned a jury, and held an inquest over the body, which rendered a verdict that deceased came to his death by the hands of a person unknown. But suspicion soon began to rest upon a Mexican Indian who for a few days had been in the employ of the deceased, and who had disappeared.

   On the night of the supposed murder, about one o'clock in the morning of the 24th November, while police officers Gunn and Lanham were taking a cup of coffee in a French restaurant in this city, a dark swarthy looking Mexican or Indian  entered the room and asked for a bed - the keeper of the house said he did not know him, and refused to give him a bed - the man seemed uneasy, and  enquired particularly about what time the stages left in the morning - officer Gunn's suspicions were excited, and he ob served to Lanham that her believed the Mexican had committed murder or some crime - Lanham also gazed at the man, an d rising, told him that he would provide him with a bed, and he forthwith took him to the calaboose.  This man has since been recognized as the one who, for some days before the murder, had been in Ulrich's employ; a new coat and other articles of clothing found in his possession were also identified as belonging to the murdered man, and we learned yesterday that the Mexican had made a confession b of his guilt. Ulrich had in his possession about $200, in twenty dollar gold pieces, a few days before the murder - the money we believe has not been recovered.

ANOTHER.

Francisco Berryessa was mortally stabbed at his house near the New Almaden mines on Saturday night, by Calisto Laura, a Chileno, and died the next morning, the 30th instant, at 8 o'clock.

   Calisto was on friendly terms with the family of Berryessa, and often visited the house; he came there on the evening of the 29th in company with Berryessa.  After partaking of some cakes, Calisto started as if he intended leaving the house, but in fact concealed himself under the bed occupied by Berryessa and his wife.  There were several women in the house, some of whom knew of his concealment there.  Berryessa's wife also discovered him, and informed her husband that Calisto was under the bed.  The husband ordered him to come out, and then caught him by the hair of the head and pulled him out.  Calisto, on rising to his feet, drew a knife and stabbed Berryessa, from which wound he died. These facts were elicited upon the in quest held by Coroner Swain and a jury on Sunday last.

   The two women examined, being the wife and sister of the deceased man, acquitted Calisto of any felonious intent in concealing himself under the bed.  Calisto escaped.

 

DAILY ALA CALIFORNIA, 8 December 1856

FATAL ACCIDENT. - The San Joaquin Republican is informed that a fatal accident occurred at Two Mile Bar, on the Stanislaus river, on the 5th inst.  A sand bank caved, covering up six Chinamen, killing one instantly, and injuring two others so severely that they will probably die.

BODY OF MR. SPERRY FOUND. - The remains of Mr. W. S. Sperry, the Deputy County Surveyor, who disappeared about a week ago, were found, yesterday afternoon, on a field about a mile west of the Ocean House, in San Mateo county.  The unfortunate gentleman has been connected with the Surveyor's office for several years.  He was an amiable and worthy man, and very highly esteemed by those who knew him.  He went out some days since to survey a piece of land a few miles from town, and on Tuesday afternoon, was seen coming towards the city.  He then appeared to be partially deranged.  From Tuesday night until yesterday, when his remains were discovered, diligent search was made by his friends.  The Coroner of San Mateo county will hold an in quest to-day.

  

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 December 1856

INQUEST. - The Coroner yesterday held an inquest on the body of Mr. W. J. Sperry, whose death we have hitherto noticed.  The Jury found that Mr. Sperry was a native of Monmouth county, N.Y., aged 33 years, and came to his death by causes unknown.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 December 1856

SUICIDE. - Arsenic and strychnine are killing off not a few now-a-days.  On yesterday morning, a man named J. P. Maloney, living on Hunt street, in Happy Valley, committed suicide in his own house, by taking arsenic, which he bought at Newell's drug store on Davis street.  He represented to the clerk that he wanted to apply it to a bruise on the back of his horse.  An inquest on the body will be held to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 December 1856

Coroner Kent held an inquest last night on the body of Wm. J. Sperry, who was found dead in the neighborhood of the Ocean House on Sunday last.  The evidence showed that he had fits on the day previous to his sudden disappearance from the Lake House, and there is scarcely a doubt but he was laboring under aberration of the mind. - When found he had no boots or socks; in all other respects he was completely dressed.  His countenance was distorted as though he had died in convulsions.  He was a native of Henrietta, Monroe county, New York, and aged thirty three years.  The jury brought in a verdict that he came to his death from causes to them unknown, but as they supposed from epilepsy.

THE CITY.

SUDDEN DEATH. - A man named James O'Laughran, aged 52 years, a native of Tyrone county, Ireland, was found dead about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, lying on a cot in a small shanty, on the alley between Front and 2d, J and K streets, immediately in the rear of the Orleans Hotel.  He had been of intemperate habits, and subject to asthma and bleeding at the lungs, for some time past.  Dr. Crane visited him about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and perceiving that he was very ill and in a place where he could not receive proper attention, advised his removal to the County Hospital.  In about three-quarters of an hour afterwards a man, named James Dougherty, entered the shanty and found him dead.  The body was in the same position that was assumed by the deceased when he was assisted into bed during the visit of the physician. 

   Our readers will remember the deceased when we state that he has been peddling papers, fruit, nuts, &c., about the city during the past four years, and was familiarly known by the name of "Jimmy."  Dr. Bell, County Coroner, having been notified of the occurrence, visited and viewed the body, but declined, we understand, to hold an inquest, being satisfied that death resulted from natural causes.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 December 1856

THE SHOOTING AFFAIR AT STAPLES' RANCH. - On the 11th Dec. an inquest was held at the above place, on the body of Henry Megerle, who was shot by an Indian.  Of it, the Stockton Republican says:

   The testimony in the case showed no malice on the part of the Indian, but rather went to exculpate him from any intention of taking the life of Megerle.  The gun was found to be broken off at the breech, which the Indian says was done by Megerle, in endeavoring to wrench it out of his hands.  The jury were unable to decide how the gun was discharged.  The Indian's name is Angel.

SUDDEN DEATH. - A German lady named Anna Barbara Foerster, aged fifty-two years, died suddenly on Thursday night, at her residence on Geary street, San Francisco, says the Herald. -  She was sitting and sewing at the time, when she fell over and expired.  It is supposed she burst a blood vessel, and died from internal hemorrhage.

TO BE  HUNG. - Cottle, the murderer, is to be hung at Jackson on Friday next, Dec. 19th, if, the Sentinel says, he does not in the meantime escape from jail,

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 December 1856

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

Justice H. H. Hanrahan, in the absence of Coroner Kent, held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Miles O'Connor, who was found dead in his bed on Saturday night in a building on Commercial street, known as the "Eureka."  It was shown in evidence that the lower story had been leased to exhibit a machine called the "Flying Horses," and for the purpose of lighting the room, gas was turned on from the main pipe leading to the street.  For some months previous to this, the gas has been shut off.  Deceased slept in a room up stairs, and being somewhat indisposed, retired to bed earlier than usual, at about eight o'clock.  At ten o'clock, a Mr. Robert Hall, who occupied a bed in the same room, went up stairs to go to bed; he knocked at the door and receiving no answer, burst it open.  The room and passage way was filled with gas, and Mr. Hall raised the window to allow it to esc ape.  He then struck a light, and for the first time discovered O'Connor lying dead upon the bed.  Assistance was called in, and it was thought he might be brought to, as the body was not then cold; but the remedies failed - it was too late.  On looking under the bed a pipe was found with the vent open and the cock turned the wrong way.  When the gas was turned on in the evening in the lower story a portion of it escaped through this pipe and O'Connor was by this means was suffocated.  The jury found a verdict in accordance with the above facts, and that the disconnection of the pipe was made by some gas fitter about ten months since unknown to the jury.  The deceased was a native of Wheeling, Virginia, and aged thirty-eight years.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 December 1856

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

Bartholomew Waltz, the German who attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself with a pistol on Saturday last, it is said is rapidly sinking.  His physician entertains little hope of his recovery.

   The body of a young man, dressed as an officer in the U.S. revenue service, was picked up at the corner of Washington and East streets, this morning, about ten o'clock, by a German boatman, named Jacob Hanson.  It is thought that the deceased belonged to the Revenue cutter Active, now lying in our harbor, where he held the position of Midshipman.  No doubt when the inquest is held the name, etc., of the deceased will be made known.  From appearances I should judge that the body had lain in the water some three or four weeks.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 December 1856

SUICIDE. - A man named J. N. Speer, who, it appears, has been partially deranged for some time past, committed suicide by shooting himself through the body with a pistol, on Tuesday evening.  The deceased was a workman in the cabinet shop of Mr. N. Gray, in Sacramento street, where the fatal act was committed in a retired room of the building.  The body was not discovered until yesterday morning.  The following note was found in the hat of deceased:

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16th, 1856.

Brother A. H. Davis, I would give anything to see you; but I cannot.  Farewell.  God bless you all.  Farewell, Sister Davis.  Farewell, Brothers Kennedy.  Be careful, be careful.  God bless you.  J. N. SPEER.

Coroner Kent will hold an inquest to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 December 1856

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

A melancholy case of suicide occurred yesterday afternoon.  Mr. John N. Spear, the foreman of Nathaniel Gray's Undertaking Establishment, and a young man of worth ands character, shot himself with a pistol, under the following circumstances: For some time past, he has appeared much dejected and depressed in spirits, induced; it is supposed by the receipt of unfavorable letters from home.  On yesterday, about 3 o'clock, after finishing a piece of work, he left the shop, without saying a word to any one, and nothing was heard of him till found this morning lying dead in the lumber room, with a bullet hole through his breast, and an empty pistol on the floor.  He had evidently sat himself down on a box, and opening his shirt, placed the muzzle of the weapon to his breast, and then fired it.  He fell back across the box, and in this position must have expired in a few seconds.  One of the work-men engaged in the shop, heard the report of a pistol about 4 P.M. yesterday, which it is thought was that of the one discharged by the deceased, but, as there is a shooting gallery close by, he paid no attention to it.  There was no suspicion that Mr. Spear had committed suicide until his body was found, it being supposed that work being slack he had come to a sudden determination to go to the interior, and had left in the afternoon's boat.  The deceased was a strictly moral, industrious and most excellent man, and leaves a large number of friends to mourn his loss.  He was a native of Connecticut, unmarried, and aged about 37 years.  Coroner Kent will hold an inquest on the body this evening or tomorrow.

   Judge Van Cleave was found lying dead on the floor of his room on Pike street, early this morning.  Deceased was an old California pioneer, having come to the country long before the discovery of gold.  In 1847 and '48, he was an alcalde in this city, and a citizen of standing and means. - During 1849, '50 and '51 he amassed a considerable fortune, but met with reverses in 1852; since which time he has not done much, the change of fortune breaking down his spirits and energies. - Of late he has become very poor and much addicted to intemperance, and no doubt the latter has superinduced his sudden death.  An inquest will be held on the body.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 December 1856

THE COLUMBIA TRAGEDY. - A correspondent of the San Joaquin Republican, writing from Columbia, December 15th, furnishes the following particulars of an affair which we have already given in brief by telegraph:

   A horrible tragedy was enacted in our town to-day, and would afford a thrilling narrative for a novelist.  Love, jealousy, revenge, murder and suicide are the condiments in this last bloody dish, and the details are so shocking that, albeit we are in this State accustomed to sanguinary transactions, yet this is so terrible that the particulars will hardly be believed.   Within the past week the old public gambling houses have been re-opened, and the vices of '49 and '50 flourish as hugely as they did in those periods.  To the attractions of music and minstrels, are now added the pretty faces of lewd women, who seem to handle the cards as dexterously as their male synonymes.

   A few days since John Cardinell, formerly a resident of our town, returned with a very beautiful Castilian woman, and together opened a gambling table. The woman had attractive features and good address, and consequently was very successful.  On Friday last a well dressed, gentlemanly appeared Spaniard, arrived in town in quest of this women.  He stated that formerly she was his mistress at Mokelumne Hill, but that subsequently he had married her.  It appeared that he had been living at the Hill during the past four years; that they were of the better class of their country people, and that at one time he was possessed of considerable property.

   The woman refused to return with her husband, and it seems their separation was finally agreed upon.  This morning he concluded that he would return to Mokelumne Hill, without the woman, and to enable him to do so, borrowed a sum of money sufficient for his fare from Cardinell.  Instead of doing so, however, he went to a store and purchased a pistol, and had it well loaded.  About 10 o'clock he proceeded to the residence of the woman, found Cardinell absent, but a stranger present.  His action betrayed no intention of murder.  He spoke affectionately to her, reproved her for her lack of love, said life was no longer bearable to him, that he could not exist with the knowledge of her faithlessness, and that she should not live and be the mistress of another man.  The woman replied to him that they were both poor, and that the step she had taken was necessary to procure her a livelihood.  She had scarcely finished speaking when he pulled the pistol and fired at her breast, the ball taking a fatal effect below the left nipple.  He looked at her for a moment, and seemed to gloat over her agony.  The person present ran to give the alarm, but before he was enabled to do so, he again cocked his pistol, turned the muzzle to his own breast and fired, the ball perforating his heart.  He died almost instantly, but the woman is still lingering, although there is no chance for her recovery.

   The excitement consequent upon the murder and suicide is intense, and the scene of the tragedy has been visited by hundreds.  The Coroner held an inquest this afternoon, and the jury found a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

THE CITY.

MYSTERY - MYSTERY. - A woman named Margaret Bennett - widow of R. W. Bennett, special policeman in the Chinese quarter - died between 1 and 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the corner of I and 4th streets.  Marshal McAlpin having been advised of her decease, and learning certain facts and circumstances that induced him to believe that her death was not the result of natural causes, notified Dr. Bell, County Coroner, of the occurrence.  Dr. Bell visited the premises, and upon inquiry, finding no sufficient cause for suspicion of foul play, consented that the remains should be interred without an inquest. 

   It appears that the deceased was taken sick about ten days since, and had been attended by Dr. Downs.  Immediately after death a post mortem examination was held.  One of the physicians who assisted at the examination states that death was caused by inflammation of the abdomen, assuming the character of erysipelas.  Policeman Bennett died on the 19th August last, under circumstances that led irresistibly to the conclusion that he had been poisoned by strychnine, although the fact could not be scientifically demonstrated.  The circumstances attending his last sickness were, however, clearly indicative that poison had been administered him.  It appeared, at the inquest held by Dr. Bell, on the following day, that the deceased, (Mr. Bennett,) feeling conscious that he had been poisoned, intimated that the act might have been committed by his wife - also that the latter had recently received a letter from a former lover, proposing marriage.  These circumstances, in connection with the fact that Bennett was in possession of a considerable sum of money, induced, at the time, the suspicion that the wife knew more of the cause of his sudden death than she deemed it prudent to divulge.

   She stated, just before she was taken sick, that she had recently married a man named Fitzgerald; that she had let him have about $500, to purchase goods, with the intention of opening a store at Oroville, at which place her sister and son resided.  With this view, she sold out the drinking saloon corner of I and 4th streets, to a man named Wilson, a few days since.  Fitzgerald, it is said, went to San Francisco, ostensibly for the purpose of purchasing the goods.  In a short time afterwards she received word that he was very sick, and within a few days thereafter a notice of his death appeared in the papers at the Bay. 

   There are but two more items to pen to confirm the mystery in which this while affair is shrouded, and that is that Mr. Fitzgerald (the reputed husband) is still living, and, some say, in this city; and that previous to her marriage with Mr. Bennett, the deceased had been united to three or four other husbands, one or more of whom "shuffled off this mortal coil" in a very sudden and mysterious manner.  We understand the remains of Mrs. Bennett were interred yesterday afternoon.

 

MARYSVILLE DAILY HERALD, 23 December 1856

Suffocation from the Fumes of Charcoal.

Two Chinamen and a China woman lost their lives in our city, on Saturday night, from inhaling carbonic ac id gas, given off by burning charcoal in close rooms, where they were sleeping.  A number of other Chinamen were in the same apartments, and would have met the same fate, but for their being discovered and resuscitated before the vital spark had been quenched by the deadly gas.

   Charcoal burned in a close room is certain death to those continuing to breathe the air of that room.  The atmosphere becomes vitiated, the lungs lacking healthy air cease to decarbonize the blood passing through them, and the brain becomes oppressed by this impure blood, and finally, ceasing to act, death results.  If you burn charcoal in your rooms, let them be well ventilated, unless you want to wake up dead.

   A coroner's inquest was held yesterday, which returned a verdict in accordance with the above stated facts.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 December 1856

ANOTHER PITFALL IN SAN FRANCISCO. - On Wednesday, Dec. 24th, in San Francisco, several persons were standing in the vicinity of Drumm and Sacramento streets, close to the edge of the water, when the earth under the planking, which had become soft by the rain, slid away, and they were precipitated into the water.  At first it was thought that they had all gained terra firma, but it was soon ascertained that one of their number was missing.  A search was instituted, but without avail; and, according to the Globe, he had not been heard of up to Friday night.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - From the verdict returned by the Coroner's inquest on the body of the young Frenchman named Francoix Cristopher, found drowned in the bay at San Francisco on the 24th December, it appears that he was a gunsmith by trade, and for a long time worked at that business in San Jose.  Before he went to San Francisco he made his will, and left $860 in money and a number of valuable papers lying upon a table in the house where he formerly resided. He was a native of Nantes, France, aged forty-five years, and had been in California since 1850.

Fatal Result - Coroner's Inquest.

We briefly mentioned on Saturday that a difficulty occurred on Christmas night in Washington, (just across the river) between two young men, named A. G. Chisholm and Wm. Armington, both of whom were inebriated, in which the former received so serious injury that he would not probably recover.  Immediately after the difficulty, Dr. Taylor, of Washington, was called in, and Dr. Bell, of this city, was subsequently summoned, as also Dr. Morse - the latter by friends of Mr. Armington.  The physicians were prompt in their attendance, and unanimous in their opinion that Chisholm could not long survive. He died about 4 o'clock yesterday morning. Dr. Bell, at the request of Dr. Taylor, who is invested with the office of Coroner of Yolo county, made a post mortem examination of the body at 10 o'clock yesterday morning.

   Although general inflammation and congestion of the brain was found, no local injury sufficient to produce death was discovered - no fracture of the skull, nor any injury of the spinal column, the latter of which had been anticipated by many.  An extensive bruise of the scalp, however, was found in the region of the temple.  The deceased remained speechless and apparently unconscious from the time he was struck until he died, and death was caused undoubtedly by inflammation and congestion of the brain, the result of powerful concussion, but it is perhaps doubtful whether this was the direct effect of the blow or of the fall of the deceased.  At the time he was struck, deceased was running quite fast, and fell heavily upon his head.

   Coroner Taylor summoned a jury, and commenced holding an inquest on the body about 1 o'clock P.M. We give below the testimony of three of the witnesses, which fully presents the facts of the case, the remainder of the evidence being corroborative:

      George Sevey, sworn. - On the 265th December, 1856, the deceased came into my store in Washington; his name is Archibald Chisholm; William Armington also came in, and invited all to drink, deceased included; they were all in good humor; after drinking, all went out except Armington and deceased; they stood together talking; I was not paying much attention to what they said; think Armington told deceased that he had known him a long time, and did not know his first name; he said his name was Archibald; deceased then said yes, that was his name; Armington then asked which was the oldest, deceased or Alex; deceased asked, which Alex? Armington then asked how there could be two "Alex.'s" in one family; deceased replied that he (deceased) took the responsibility of the whole family; Armington then asked what responsibility he assumed; deceased replied that that was none of his business, or something to that effect. I think that upon this Armington struck him; if he did strike it was a very light blow, as I did not see any change in the position of the parties, and they still continued talking together; deceased was talking quite loud; I came out from behind the  bar; at this time, Armington struck at deceased; don't think he hit him; if he did, it was a glancing blow; as he struck, Armington fell upon the floor, and roiled out of the door; deceased then went out, and I saw him no more until the next morning at about 5 o'clock.

   Deceased had been drinking quite freely, apparently, when he came into the store; he was quite intoxicated.  After he came in he d rank twice or three times; the first time he drank a common sized bar tumbler full of champagne, and then he drank rather more than an ordinary glass of whisky - about one-half a glass; the last drink was with Armington.  The time he was in the store, from the time that he came in till he went out, as I stated before, was perhaps about one-half hour.  Armington was good humored, and shook hands with deceased; he was also quite intoxicated - so much so that he did not have the use of himself.  I don't think he could have struck a blow sufficiently strong to injure a person; all he could have done would have been to have struck what his weight would have been in falling, for when he got any over his balance he fell himself; when deceased left the store Armington went out also, but I saw nothing more.  G. W. SEVEY.

   Davis Berry, sworn. - Knew deceased when I saw him; knew him as one of the Chisholms.  On the 25th December, A.D., 1856, about 5 o'clock, P.M., I was standing outside of Geo. Sevey's store; while standing there I heard a scuffle in the store; I looked in through the window and saw William Armington rising off the stove; at about the same time I saw deceased come out of the store and walk up the street; Armington then came out, and after passing me, he turned and asked me to give him my hat; I gave it him, and he followed up the street after deceased; Armington had no hat on when he came out; I stood and looked at him until I saw him knock deceased down abreast of Peter Hollenbeck; I stood and saw him knock him down again; I then went up and told him he had done enough; he wanted to know if I wanted to take it up for him; I told him I did not, all I wanted was my hat; he gave me my hat, and that was all I saw of it.  He struck him with his hand or fist; I don't know whether it was shut or open; when deceased passed me he was intoxicated; when Armington passed he was quite intoxicated; when he got about sixty feet beyond me he fell; he was able to get along, and that was all; a sober man could very easily have put him out of the way; he followed deceased walking, not running. DAVIS BERRY.

   Peter Hollenbeck, sworn. - Know the deceased; his name was Archibald Chisholm; on the 25th of December, 1856, between daylight and dark, I was at Van Arnam's; I heard loud talking out doors; I went out and saw Armington and deceased standing near the back of Van Arnam's house, talking quite loud; don't know what they were talking about; Armington put his left arm around Chisholm's waist, and Chisholm put his right arm around Armington's neck; two persons went up to them, and Armington told then to go away; they did not, and he struck one of the men twice in the back; he had let go of deceased; they then left; Armington then turned around and struck deceased near the left eye; deceased said something and backed off; he then turned and started to run; Armington then struck him on the back of the neck; deceased fell on his knees and arm; deceased got up and ran again; Armington pursued him; I followed, and just before I got to them Armington struck deceased again on the back of the head or neck, and deceased fell upon the ground; when I got to him I think Armington was trying to lift deceased up, and was telling him to get up; Armington then told me to go away and he would take care of deceased himself; I would not go, but pushed Armington away; hr then struck at me, but got pacified; we then\ turned deceased upon his back; deceased was senseless; we washed his face with water, but he did not revive; Mr. Murphy then came up and told Armington to go away, that the others would take care of deceased; they started to go, but I called them back, and they came back and helped to carry him into the house; I think, when deceased fell, he struck upon his head; he fell very heavy, for he was running; the blow was sufficient to knock him down.  PETER HOLLENBECK.

Signed by H. Griffith for witness.

The jury returned the following verdict:

STATE OF CALIFORNIA, county of Yolo, ss. - An inquest taken on this 28th day of December, A.D. 1856, before E. C. Taylor, County Coroner, on the body of Arch. G. Chisholm, lying dead - on view of the body of the deceased, the jurors, whose names are hereunto subscribed, being duly sworn to inquire where, when, and by what means deceased came to his death, do say - that deceased is A. G. Chisholm, a native of Scotland, aged about 35 years, and he came to his death on the 28th day of December, A.D. 1856, at Washington, from congestion of the brain.  The jury say that the congestion is supposed to have been occasioned by a blow or fall, received at the hands of William Armington, with his naked hand.

   We also find that the said blow or fall, of itself, would not have produced death, but that the congestion occasioning death was caused after said blow by the fall; that said deceased had been addicted to the intemperate use of ardent spirits, and was at the time of the glow under the influence of the same.

   We also find that such blow was struck by said Armington without intent to produce death, or to inflict any serious bodily harm on the deceased.  We, therefore, are of the opinion that no criminal intent attaches to the act of William Armington, but that it is to be regarded as an unfortunate occurrence to be greatly regretted on account of both parties.

Signed by the jury, this 28th day of December, A.D. 1856. WARING, A. B. WEBB, G. F. BROWN, H. K. BROWNELL, ISAAC REESE, MORRIS OREM.

Armington, we understand, has not been seen since the occurrence.  The remains of the deceased will be interred to-day, at Washington.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 December 1856

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent, last evening, held an inquest upon the body which was found on the beach, near Meigg's wharf, on Sunday.  No testimony was elicited to prove the identity of the body, but it is probably that of the French sailor who, in a fir of delirium tremens, jumped from the ship Tigress as that vessel was leaving port in November last.

DROWNED. - A little boy, seven years of age, son of Mr. Abner Simons, who resides a few miles up the Bay, while playing near the water, on Sunday, accidentally fell in and was drowned.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 31 December 1856

FATAL AFFAIR AT ROACH HILL. - On Friday morning, Dec. 19th, about two o'clock, Thomas Stevens was mortally wounded by Benjamin Petrie, in Bennett's saloon, at Roach Hill, Placer county.  Upon the death of the wounded man a Coroner's inquest was held, and after a full hearing of the testimony, the jury acquitted Petrie of all blame.  The Iowa Hill News states that the general impression was that the act was justifiable.  It also gives the following account of the occurrence:

   Two young men, named Thomas Stevens and Benjamin Petrie, were in the saloon, when high words passed between them - Stevens calling Petrie a thief, and Petrie retorting that if he said that, he was a liar.  Upon this, Stevens went out, and soon returned with a knife, which he held high in the air, and followed up Petrie until he cornered him - Petrie holding his pistol in his hand all the time.  When Stevens came within four feet of him he fired, the ball striking just above the pit of the stomach, a little to the right.  The wounded man fell, and died in about two hours and a half afterwards.

   Petrie is about twenty years of age, a quiet, peaceable person, and his acquaintances say he is the last man whom they would suspect of making an unproved assault.  He is from Andrew county, Missouri, where his parents now reside. Stevens was from Clark county, Illinois, and has resided on Roach Hill for a long time.

 

 

 

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