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Colonial Cases

1857

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 5 January 1857

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday over the body of Anton Robloff, who was drowned by falling through a man-trap on Wednesday night.  He had fallen through a hole about half an hour previously, but was rescued, taken to Mr. Ritt's hotel, and dry clothes furnished him.  A witness testified that he went with him from Mr. Ritt's, when he started the second time to go home; that it was very dark, and in passing by, the deceased pointed out the hole through which he had fallen; that he proceeded but a few steps further, when he fell into another hole and was drowned before assistance could reach him.  The verdict of the Jury was accidental drowning.

   The statement in some of the papers that the man was drunk, is altogether incorrect.  He was a remarkably temperate man, and had taken no liquor that day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 January 1857

FOUND DEAD - CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held at about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon on the body of a colored man, familiarly called "Uncle Billy," who was found dead on Monday afternoon in a small house on the farm of Henry A. Bush, on the other side of the American river, about midway between Lisle's bridge and the lower ferry.  It appeared from the testimony elicited that deceased had been sick for several days.  A boy named Robert Gilbert, aged ten years, called at the house on Wednesday or Thursday last, and found him lying in the floor sick, and was requested to assist him to get up.  A man named Dennis Murray, employed by F. B. Maulden, who has a farm adjoining, stopped and knocked at the door of deceased as he was passing on Monday afternoon, and receiving no answer, looked in at the window and discovered him lying on the floor, dead.  Murray informed Mr. Maulden of the circumstance, and accompanying him to the house yesterday morning, entered the window and opened the door.  Nothing of value was found on his person, but it appeared from the testimony that he had money in the hands of a German gardener, named Crys, who resides near Lisle's bridge, and also a gold watch somewhere in this city.  The jury returned a verdict that death resulted from some cause unknown.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 January 1857

SUICIDE. - On Thursday morning last, Mr. J. Hawes Davis, A person well known in this city, and formerly a clerk in the law-office of Messrs. Brown, Pratt & Tracy, while laboring under a temporary attack of mental aberration, swallowed a quantity of strychnine, from the effects of which he died at his residence on the corner of Union street and Union square, between Stockton and Dupont streets, yesterday morning, about 1 o'clock, after great suffering.  It appears that on Thursday morning he had requested his wife, who is possessed of considerable property, to sign a deed, which she objected to, on the plea that she had signed enough already.  He then went into the kitchen and in the presence of his step-daughter Augusta, about 14 years of age, took a portion of the contents of a vial containing strychnine, which was kept in the house for the purpose of killing rats.  As soon as it was discovered that he was ill, Dr. Geary, the family physician, was sent for and attended him until his death; a post-mortem was held yesterday.  Dr. Lanzewerth will make an analysis of the contents of the stomach to-day, and an inquest will be held.

Inquest.

Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Michael Mann, who was drowned on Wednesday evening, near Fort Point, in attempting to come from Bird's Island to this city in a small Whitehall boat.

   Mr. J. C. Fruchy (keeper of the Light-House at Fort Pont) being sworn, said - Last evening, between nine and ten o'clock, as I was sitting in the light-house, at Fort Point, I heard a cry for help.  I at once went out to ascertain from whom and whence it came.  I heard men crying out directly in the rear of the house, in the surf.  They asked me to throw them a line.  I went into the house and got a line, and just as I got out again, the surf had thrown the boat and men ashore on the rocks.  I got hold of them and assisted them out and into the house.  They told me that a third man was missing.  I went in search of him up and down the beach for some time, but could make no discovery either in the eater or on shore.  This morning, about five o'clock, I went out and found the body of the deceased on the shore, lying in the edge of the surf on the rocks.  I at once procured assistance and took him back out of the reach of the water. He was then taken into the Fort.  It was low water when I first heard the cries last night.'

   Charles Snook, who was with the deceased at the time he was drowned, being sworn, said - I am employed on Alcatrez Island.  Yesterday afternoon, about six o'clock, Mr. Sullivan, deceased, and I, started in a Whitehall boat for the city from the Island.  It was very foggy.  I was steering at the time.  We left the Islands under the direction of Sullivan.  We pulled about an hour, and I think I remarked we were lost, and I could not tell where we were.  I then took the oar and deceased took the rudder and steered, at Mr. Sullivan's directions.  About fifteen minutes before we went on shore, we saw a light.  The deceased said: "I'll steer for that light, for it is on Alcatrez Island, and we shall be just where we started from."  He steered for it.  A few minutes afterwards, I saw a breaker astern of us within five or six feet.  The breaker struck us, and we filled and upset.  I came up on one side of the boat, and Sullivan and deceased on the other.  Another breaker soon struck us, and all went over again.  The deceased then could not go on the boat, and Sullivan and I assisted him on.  Immediately another sea struck us, and we were again overturned.  Sullivan was down some time, but came up, and clung to the boat.  I did not see the deceased again.  I do not think there was a word spoken by any of us.  In a few minutes we struck on rocks.  We cried for help, and the light-house keeper came out.  I do not think either of us had drank a drop of liquor since we left the Island.  There was n o liquor of any description in the boat. I think the tide was taking us out all the time, and it was so foggy we could not see where we were.

   Florence Sullivan, who was also in company with the deceased at the time of the accident, was too unwell to be examined in consequence of the injuries he received on Wednesday night, by being beaten against the rocks, after the boat capsized.  He merely corroborated the statement of his companion, Mr. Snook.

   Mrs. Margaret Mann, wife of the deceased, was also examined.  She testified that the deceased had left home on Monday morning last to go to Bird's Island to work; since which time she had never seen him until the body was found after death. The deceased was a temperate man, aged about twenty-five years, a native of the county of Tipperary, Ireland.  The Coroner's Jury rendered a verdict of "death from accidental drowning."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 January 1857

INQUEST POSTPONED. - The inquest on the body of J. Hawes Davis, who committed suicide on Friday morning last, by taking strychnine, will not be held until Monday, owing, as the Coroner states, to reasons which cannot yet be made public.  Coroner Kent will summon a jury.  They will be sworn in and then await the order of the Coroner. [Funeral.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 January 1857

SUDDEN DEATH. - A colored man, named Daniel Baltimore, a native of Washington City, died very suddenly yesterday morning, at a house on Kearny street, near Pacific.  The deceased had passed the night at a dance-house on Pacific street, known as Charley Stuarts; he came home in the morning and went to bed; in an hour afterwards he was found dead.  His body is at the Coroner's office - an inquest will be held to-day.

INSANE. - [Re Amiel Grocher, a Frenchman.]

Almost every day we hear of some insane person being arrested and lodged in the Station House.  In proportion to the population, perhaps, there are more insane persons in California than in any other State in the Union.  This may be accounted for in many ways.  The frequent exposure to which men are subjected in this country, more than in any other, tends to undermine their health and constitution.  The constant excitement attending the struggle for wealth, and the sudden reverses of fortune; the blasted hopes, ruined health, wasted energies, disappointment, sickness, and despair, are common every day occurrences. And when the wearied body and o'erwrought brain can bear no more, then nature draws her curtain o'er the windows of the soul - and the mind wanders.

THE LAST CASE OF A SUICIDE IN SAN FRANCISCO. - The Town Talk of Saturday, January 17th, mentions the following particulars in connection with the death of J. Hawes Davis, who had for some time been connected with the law firm of Brown, Pratt & Tracy:

   During the pendency of the Vigilance Committee he was a prominent member, having charge of the armory and magazine.  The deceased was about thirty years of age, and leaves a wife and family - the latter, however, not his own, he having married a wealthy widow.  The cause that prompted the fatal deed is unknown. He resided in Union street, and his wife denies knowledge to any difficulty which could have led to the same.

   On Thursday morning, she says, he asked her to sign a deed, which she refused compliance with, on the score of having signed enough already.  He then went to the kitchen, where, in the presence of his wife's daughter, aged fourteen, he took the contents of a vial, unknown as to quality, but of a white color.  No effects, however, of poisoning were manifest until night, when he was taken with convulsions, and Dr. Geary, the family physician, was called in, but his efforts were unavailing, and he expired about one o'clock yesterday morning.  Dr. Geary made a post mortem examination, and the stomach and contents were given to Dr. Lanzwert for analysis, upon the completion of which an inquest will be held.  It is supposed he took strychnine, but the matter is so shrouded in mystery at present that we forbear commenting.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 January 1857

INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest last evening, on the body of J. Hawes Davis, who died at his residence on Mission street, in this city, on Thursday last, from the effects of poison.  Drs. Geary, O'Brien, and Jeden Miller, the attending physicians, were examined, and Mrs. Davis and her daughter Augusta.  The facts elicited did not materially differ from the account already published.  The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effects of strychnine, administered by his own hand.

 

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 20 January 1857

SUDDEN DEATH. - Daniel Baltimore, a young colored man, a native of Washington City, went into Pirrin's restaurant, on Kearny street, between Jackson and Pacific, last night about 12 o'clock, and called for supper.  He was partially intoxicated, and was accompanied by another man who left shortly afterwards.  After eating, Baltimore requested a bed for the night, as he did not wish to go home in the state he was then in.  His request was granted, when he went up stairs, took off his coat, boots, and went to bed.  Half an hour afterwards a man went into the sleeping room and found him dead, and appearances indicated that he had died shortly after lying down.  Every means were taken to restore him that were possible.  The physician who first examined the body that it likely that he died from palpitation of the heart.  Coroner Kent has ordered a post mortem examination of the body.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 January 1857

INQUEST. - The inquest on the body of Joseph Mills, who was picked up in the bay on Friday last, will take place to-day, (Sunday,) at 10 o'clock, A.M., in the Recorder's Court Room, City hall, by direction of the Coroner.

SUDDEN DEATH. - The S. J. Republican says: We are informed that Mr. Poland, who resides some twenty miles from this city, on the Mokelumne Hill road, died suddenly yesterday at his residence. He had been complaining a day or two of slight indisposition, but was able to attend to his ordinary pursuits, until the forenoon of yesterday, when he was taken ill very suddenly.  Apoplexy is thought to have produced the death.  Mr. Poland leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 January 1857

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday, in the Recorder's Court Room, on the body of José Maria Mantillon, known as "Joe Mills," a native of Peru, aged about 25 years, who was found drowned near the foot of Vallejo street, on the 23d instant.  The following is a brief statement of the facts of the case as developed on the examination:

   Balthazar Sequi, sworn - Says he is a bar-keeper in a saloon, corner of Davis street and Vallejo; knew deceased; on Monday night, between 6 and 7 o'clock, saw deceased coming from the Golden Gate; he was running up the street; a party of men were after him, trying to catch him; he ran into a restaurant, and some of his pursuers followed him; heard the cry of "man overboard" shortly afterwards; I knew none of the parties, and cannot recognize them; cannot say that I saw any of the parties who have been arrested for murder present at the fight.

   Marian Miseiger, sworn - Has known deceased since the arrival of the Golden gate; on Monday, about 7 o'clock, P.M., deceased ran into the restaurant where I am cook; he had a bundle of clothes, which he laid on a table, and escaped through the back door; some persons were running after him; he got out on a platform, and went down a step ladder to get out of the way; the ladder broke, and he tried to catch hold of a plank, which gave way, and the deceased, with the ladder and plank, fell into the Bay; the house is built over the water; he arose once or twice and screamed; I threw him a rope, but he did not take hold of it; the water is about fourteen feet deep, and very muddy at the bottom; I was in the kitchen; no one came in, except a Portuguese, a Spaniard, and an Englishmen; they were bleeding, and had been beaten; I am positive that no one followed the deceased into the kitchen; I think his falling into the Bay was purely accidental.   Several other witnesses were examined, but their testimony was not material.

   Officer Lees was present when the body was found.  There was a gold watch upon his person, but no money.

   Doctors Rowell and Sheldon examined the body, and found no marks of violence upon it.

   After hearing the testimony, the Jury rendered a verdict that deceased came to his death b y drowning.  Signed - J. D. Sanborn, W. B. Ranson, E. P. Peckham, Thos. J. Donnelly, J. B. Brown, Joseph W. Adams and Lorin Cox.

SUDDEN DEATH. - The Benicia Herald records the sudden death of W. Edwin Collier, M.D.  The coroner's jury rendered a verdict of death b y the excessive use of intoxicating liquors.  Mr. Collier was born in Albany, N.Y., was nearly fifty years of age, and had been, in early life, attached to the United States Navy as medical officer.  He had resided in Vallejo for two years and upwards, where he has followed his profession as physician, and won for himself the reputation of being a most successful practitioner.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 January 1857

Account of various persons arrested in the case of Mantillon, alias Joe Mills.

HORRIBLE MURDER.

One of the most horrible and cold-blooded murders ever committed in our city was perpetrated about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon by a longshoreman named William Smith, who deliberately stabbed a comrade named John brown - familiarly known as Dungarven Jack - with a sheath knife in the left breast near the region of the hear, killing him instantly.

   The facts of the caser, as detailed to us by an eye witness of the dreadful deed, are as follows:

   It appears that between Smith and the deceased an old grudge existed, and they frequently exchanged angry words.  Yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock the deceased and Smith, with Thomas Allen, Andrew Thompson and anther person whose name we did not learn, were together in a small frame shanty on the west side of Sansome street, one door above the corner of Vallejo; angry words passed between Smith and the deceased, as had often occurred before, and finally the deceased called Smith a d----d son of b---h, and slapped his face with his open hand, saying at the same time, "Come, let's have it out," with that Smith drew a sheath knife and made a lunge at the deceased, severing a rib entirely through and burying the knife up to the hilt in his left breast.  The wounded man cried out "I am stabbed," and fell back into the arms of Thomas Allen, one of the witnesses and died in a few moments after.  Andrew Thompson, another of the witnesses, started immediately to inform the police, and officers Pilsbury, Tolson, Hess and Riley hurried to the spot; they found the dead man lying on the floor of the cabin bathed in his own blood; and the murderer, who had not attempted to escape, was standing on the door-step in the rear of the house - the fatal knife, clothed with gore, was lying near his feet, and his right hand reeking with the blood of his comrade.  He was arrested and taken to the station house.  The dead man was removed to the Coroner's office.

   A post mortem examination was made last evening upon the body by Dr. J. P. Macauley.  A wound was found in the left breast externally 21/2 inches in breadth and 4 ½ inches in depth - entering between the second and third rib, severing the third rib, passing through the anterior upper third of the left lung, and finally entering the heart, severing the aorta and semi-luna valves.  An inquest will probably be held on the body this morning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 January 1857

MURDER CASE - CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held this morning at 12 o'clock, on the body of John Brown, known as Dungarven Jack, who was killed last evening, about five o'clock, at the corner of Sansome and Vallejo streets, by a comrade named Wm. Smith.

   The following Jurors were sworn - H. Rosekraus, George Bucknall, James M. Welch, Jno. A. May, D. W. Chauncey, Patrick Nolan, and Wm. Boyle.

   The evidence before the jury did not materially differ from the account of the murder as published in out morning edition.  Richard Kelly testified that he lived near the shanty, where the murder took place; saw deceased lying in the arms of one of the witnesses; went there and was told that he had been stabbed; asked Smith if he did it; he replied, "Yes, I killed him."  Smith then looked at the dead man and said, "Poor Jack, he has gone; I shall soon follow him."  Smith afterwards said he "did not kill him; it was whisky that did it."

   Thomas Allen, a native of Ireland, and Andrew Thompson, a native of Norway, were present at the time of the murder.  Thompson was outside of the shanty, and did not see the fatal blow struck.  Allen was standing near the parties, and saw it all.  His statement was exactly corroborative of the account published this morning.

   The Jury returned a verdict that "the name of the deceased was John Brown, a native of Ireland, aged 35, and that he came to his death by a wound in the left breast from a knife in the hands of William Smith, and that said wound was inflicted with the intention to take life."

HOMICIDE. - The Union Democrat says: On last Saturday night a Mexican named Santiago was shot by officer A. F. Noles, at a place called Palucio's Ranch, about three miles from Sonora.  At the time of the affair, Capt. Noles, in conjunction with Deputy Sheriff Sedgwick and John M. Paughman, a policeman of this city, were attempting to arrest Santiago, who was charged with the crime of grand larceny, committed in Sonora some weeks since.  Santiago, was in bed when found, and when discovered by the officers, drew a revolver and attempted to escape.  There being no other way to capture \him, he was finally secured after bring wounded by Captain Noles, from the effects of which, we learn he has since died.

HORRIBLE DEATH. - The Calaveras Chronicle says: On the afternoon of the 19th inst., at Sandy Gulch, near this place, a young man by the name of John Buntan was accidentally killed in the quartz mill of Mr. Littlefield.  He was carelessly looking for something he had lost about the mill, and placing his head between a post and a large wheel which was rapidly revolving, when it was caught by an arm of the wheel and instantly crushed to pieces.  Deceased was about twenty years of age, and a native of the state of Delaware.

ANOTHER INQUEST. - The inquest upon the body of the negro "Baltimore Dan," who died in this city very suddenly, several days ago, was commenced yesterday before the Coroner.  After swearing the Jury, and making a partial examination of the case, it was postponed until this morning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 January 1857

Coroner Kent held an inquest this morning on the dead body of John Brown, or Dungarven Jack.  As stated above, it appears that William Smith, the alleged murderer, and Jack, had been in the habit of drinking and quarreling together.  Yesterday, being both in Smith's house, they got into a quarrel about a broken looking-glass.  Jack struck Smith in the face with his hand, when the latter drew his knife and plunged it into his victim's heart.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased had come to his death from a wound inflicted by a knife in the hands of William Smith.  Smith is an Englishman, and looks as though he were something over thirty years of age.  He appears to feel that there is little hope for him, though it is to be presumed that he could be convicted of no more than murder in the second degree.

SUDDEN DEATH. - On Monday night, about 11 o'clock, a man named William D. Wood died very suddenly at his residence in this city.  He had been employed as a laborer on the works at Fort Point, and feeling slightly unwell, quit work and came home on Saturday last, where he died as stated above.  He had been subject to severe attacks of asthma, and died of that disease.  He was about 26 years of age, and a native of Ireland.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 January 1857

DEATH FROM POISON - CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held yesterday, on the body of a colored man, named Daniel Baltimore, who was found dead in his bed at the Georgia Bakery, on Kearny street, on the morning of the 18th instant.  From circumstances connected with the affair, the Coroner was induced to suspect that the deceased had come to his death from poison.  A post mortem examination was accordingly made, and the contents of the stomach analyzed by Dr. L. Lanzweert.  After a thorough and careful analysis, Dr. L., made an elaborate report to the Coroner on the 27th instant.  The report would be highly interesting to the medical fraternity, and but for its extreme length we should publish it in full.  The result of the analysis was that a corrosive poison, known as bi-chloride of mercury in a solution of iodide of potassium, was found in the stomach of the deceased, and which, no doubt, caused his death.  At the examination, yesterday, no new facts were developed; several witnesses were sworn, but their testimony merely corroborated the facts already published concerning his death, which were, that the deceased, on Saturday night, a fortnight ago, visited a dance-house in Pacific street, kept by a colored man, named Charles Stewart; he drank repeatedly at the bar, and danced several times.  About 12 o'clock at night, he was taken sick at the stomach and vomited, after which he feel asleep on a bench in the saloon.  One of his friends awoke him, and took him to a lodging-house on Kearny street, kept by a man named Perry, and out him to bed; a short time afterwards he was found dead in the bed.  Under the mattress of the bed was found a bottle containing poison, similar to that which was found in his stomach.  No one knew anything about it, or how it came there.  After hearing the testimony, the Jury returned a verdict "that the deceased, Daniel Baltimore, was a colored man, aged 30 years, a native of Washington, District of Columbia, and that he came to his death from the effects of a corrosive poison, known as b-chloride of mercury, in a solution of iodide of potassium, administered by some person or persons to the Jury unknown."  Signed - D. B. Stover, D. G. Waldron, E. Durkin, \W. A. Donnelly, Wm. P. Mullen and James H. Wingate.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 February 1857

Summary of News for the Past Fortnight.

A man named Lewis Harriman was frozen to death on the 9th ult., at Grizzle Flat.

   Two men named John Fehley and John Weis, were executed at Weaverville, on the 16th ult. Fehley for the murder of Dennis Murray, on the 7th of April, 1856; and Weis for the murder of Thomas Collins, on the 12th of the dame month.

   A man named Tom O'Brien was killed by a gun shot wound, at Petaluma, on the 19th ult., by the keeper of an ale house, named V. Lambert.

   A man named John O'Brien, was crushed to death near Weaverville, Trinity county, by a land slide, while engaged in digging a ditch.

   Elijah Archer and Andrew best were executed at Coloma on the 23d ultimo.  Some two thousands persons were present to witness the execution.

   A man named James Boyce was drowned in the American river, at Hoboken, on the 26th inst.

   Three Frenchmen, named Francis La Fontelle, Louis Chevalier and Christophe Forchett, were murdered by two Mexicans, on the 13th inst., on the Sonora road, 28 miles from Fort Yuma.  A party of men, under Messrs. Yancey and Kibbon, started from the Fort in pursuit of the murderers.

   A party of four men, four women, and five children, who left Los Angeles for Sonora, on the 10th of Dec., under command of Dr. Hannum, were attacked by the Apache Indians near Las Cruses; all the woman and four of the children were killed.

   An Indian, and a Mexican named Nicholas Contreras, were murdered at San Diego lately.

   J. R. Barton, Sheriff of Los Angeles county, Wm. H. Little and Chas. R. Baker, constables of Los Angeles city, and Charles Daly, a blacksmith, were murdered by a band of robbers near the San Juan hills, about 60 miles from Los Angeles, on the 23d ult., whom they had gone out to arrest.  The robbers were some fifty strong.

City.

   A man named Andrew Johnson, while sailing in a small-boat outside the Heads, on the 29th ult., in attempting to take in sail, the boat capsized.  No tidings have since been heard of the unfortunate man.

   A Chinaman named Ah Hung was stabbed in the left side by a Mexican named Pasqual Hernandez, on an alley north of Pacific street, on the 3d ult.  The wound will probably prove fatal.

INQUEST. - The inquest upon the body of the negro who was found in a dying condition, at the corner of Bush and Folsom streets, and removed to the Station house on Tuesday, where he subsequently died, will be held this morning, at the Coroner's office.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 February 1857

THE CITY.

FOUND DEAD. - Wm. Trioutwein, the German who commenced the boring of the artesian well at the Water Works, was found dead in his bed about 9 o'clock yesterday morning, at the Antelope Hotel, on K street, between Front and Second streets.  One of the boarders went up at that hour and inquired if he was going to lie abed all day, and receiving no answer found upon examination that he was dead, and informed one of the proprietors of the circumstance.

   The Coroner, having been notified of the occurrence, directed the removal of the body to the rooms of Mr. Murray, on Fourth street, where a post mortem examination was subsequently held by him and S. Morton, and an inquest will be held at 10 o'clock this monring.

   We understand that the examination developed no sufficient cause of death, but that no evidence existed that violence had been offered or suicide committed.  The fact that a vial containing a small portion of laudanum had been found in the coat-pocket of the deceased, impressed many with the supposition that he had committed suicide.  No trace, however, of the poison was discovered in the stomach.  Deceased had recently been in the employ of Mr. Whitfield, the blacksmith, on Sixth street, between I and J streets.  Latterly he had been of very intemperate habits, rising late in the morning and pretending to start out to go to work, and returning late at night, invariably intoxicated.  A tin can, which had evidently contained spirits, was found in his trunk.  When found he was wrapped naturally in his bed-clothes, with his pants under his pillow.

PARDON OF STONECIFER. - A petition for the pardon of this man, now under sentence of death, in this county, has been circulated, and, according to the Butte Record, numerously signed in Oroville.  That paper advocates the propriety of the pardon.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 February 1857

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held by Dt. Bell County Coroner, at 10 o'clock yesterday morning at the rooms of Mr. Murray, on 4th street, on the body of Wm. Trautwein, who was found dead in his bed at the Antelope, on K street, between Front and Second streets, on Sunday morning.  The evidence as elicited at the inquest sustained in all respects our report of the circumstances as published in yesterday's issue.  The deceased had been intemperate for some time previous to his disease, and had latterly kept a tin can more or less filled with liquor, in his trunk, to which he was in the habit of having recourse during the night.  He was a German, aged about forty three years, a widower, and without means.  He had frequently remarked that he was unable to get work, and wished that he was dead.  It was evident from the condition of his system as developed by the post mortem examination, that his death was the result of natural causes.

   We publish below the testimony of Dr. Morton, who made the post mortem examination, assisted by Dr. Bell.  Dr. Morton testified as follows: "I yesterday made a post mortem examination of the body of deceased; found quite an unnatural accumulation of fatty matter on the omentum, mesentery and bowels such as usually formed when persons have for a long time indulged excessively in the use of alcoholic drinks; found the stomach highly inflamed, more particularly in the pyloric orifice and extended for some inches into the first bowel, which was much softened, so much so, that it was torn by handling; I think this condition of the stomach and bowel was produced by the use of alcoholic drinks; with the exception referred to, the viscera of the abdomen was found in a natural condition; the urinary bladder was distended with urine, which leads ,e to suppose that he had lain in bed some time before death; the lungs were much congested; the aorta was ossified extending from the valves some three inches, which was calculated to disturb the circulation of the blood; the brain was in a natural condition; from the ossification of the aorta, and from the diseased condition of the stomach and duodenum, (first bowel,)and from his having been found lying on his back, I am of the opinion that he died in a state of syncope; had he lain in any other position he might not have died at that time; I think that the deceased conditions found are sufficient to account for his sudden death; there were no marks of violence on the body, nor anything to lead me to suppose that he had been poisoned.  It is my opinion that he died in a state of syncope brought on by causes before mentioned."

   The Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.  The body was interred in the City Cemetery about 1 o'clock P.M.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 February 1857

THE CITY.

BRUTAL MURDER. - The body of a man was found by a boy, while hunting stock, yesterday morning, near the central Auburn road, and information of the fact given to C. C. Oakley, who came to the city immediately and notified the Coroner, Dr. Bell.  The Coroner left the city about 4 P.M., with the view of holding an inquest on the remains, visited the spot, empanneled a jury, partially completed the examination and returned to town about 8 o'clock in the evening.  He informs us that he found the body lying on the face, on the plains, about four miles beyond Lyles' bridge, about mid-way between Wilson's road and the Chicken ranch road.

   Deceased had been shot twice in the head from behind, the balls passing entirely through the head.  There were also two cuts upon the face, cleaving the skull with a clean cut, evidently with a heavy, keen-edged instrument.

   The fact that the tracks observed in the vicinity were wide, and those of two persons, led to the conclusion that the deceased was running at the time he was shot, and was shot from behind.  This is also sustained by the circumstance that the body was found on a declivity, and the balls had a downward rake, sad though discharged from an elevation, and the tracks of a man were ob served leading from the locality.  It would seem that the murder had been committed for gain.  The pockets of the deceased were turned inside out, his clothes torn, and shirts pulled out of his pants, apparently in the search for valuables.  Near the body was found an imitation Peruvian hat, daubed with blood on the outside, but not perforated with shot; also a pocket comb and knife.  In his coat pocket were found a pair of broken spectacles, and a copy of the State Journal of Feb. 7th, and a piece of suet wrapped in paper.  No manuscript was found on the body.

   Deceased was about five feet seven or eight inches in height; had thick hair, quite gray, and cut short behind; was stout built; about 45 years of age; and was dressed in a faded bottle green sack coat, grey woollen overshirt, check undershirt, bluish cheek pants, and large boots.  His boots had been pulled off, probably in search of money or valuables.  J. E. Scott, Justice of the Peace, who was present at the examination, was of the opinion that the deceased was a man named Farr, who was examined before him some two or three months since, on a charge of assault with intent to kill, who was committed by him and sent to the prison brig; and who has latterly lived somewhere below the city.  His opinion was based on the manner of his dress and his general appearance, and concurred in by his brother.  As it was deemed proper to continue the investigation, it was agreed that the body should be brought to the city and the examination concluded here, the jury promising to be in attendance, and subpoenas being issued for other witnesses.  The body was accordingly brought in by the Coroner, and deposited in the rooms of Mr. Murray, on Fourth street, where the inquest will be proceeded with at 11 o'clock this morning.  It is desirable that persons acquainted with Farr, or who may by any possibility be able to throw any light on the subject, should call as above and confer with the Coroner.

  

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 February 1857

Investigation of the Murder - Coroner's Inquest.

   The inquest on the remains of the man who was found murdered on Tuesday morning, about five miles from the city, near the middle Auburn road (Wilson's), was resumed yesterday morning by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, at the rooms of Mr. Murray, on Fourth street, to which place the body had been brought as mentioned yesterday.  The boy, Thos. Julian, who discovered the body, and C. C. Oakley, who was informed of the fact by Julian and accompanied him to view the body, were examined - their testimony corroborating the account given by us in our last issue - as to the place and position in which the body was found, the wounds upon it, the tracks in the vicinity, &c.  Mr. Oakley also testified that the hat which was found lying near the head of the deceased, was bloody on the outside; that there was no blood on the inside, nor any cuts or holes in it to indicate that it had been on his head when he was shot or cut.  It was satisfactorily established by the testimony of J. M. Wilson, Geo. Watkins and J. J. Watson (keeper of the Prison Brig), that the deceased was not the man Farr (as surmised previously), who had been committed to the brig by Justice Scott.  It will be seen by the following testimony that the murdered man was an Irishman named Dawtherd (or so pronounced), who had recently been gardening for Mr. Asbury in Washington.  The rooms of Mr. Murray were thronged during the day with persons anxious to get a view if the body.  The testimony of the remaining witnesses was as follows:

   Leonard Phelps, sworn. - Resides in Sacramento county; recognize the body as the one I saw on the plains yesterday, as described by other witnesses; this morning, in company with Mr. Melott, I examined for tracks leading to and  from the body, as described by Mr. Oakley, and found two tracks on the cross road leading from the Chicken ranch road to the Wilson road, which had passed along that road for some distance, and the track of one man coming back from the same direction; the two tracks appeared to have been made by two men, walking side by side, and the returning track was made by some one apparently running a part of the way; the road is seldom traveled, and leaves the Chicken ranch road near a house owned by a colored man named Brown; I don't know who lives in the house; we did not ascertain whether or not the tracks on the road led  in the direction of and correspond with those at the body.

   Charles Antrobus, sworn, - Resides in this city; think I recognize the body as that of a man who called at my office about noon on Saturday last; he was in company with two other men; I did not know either of the parties; had often seen deceased, but did not know his name or occupation; they called to inquire for work on the Auburn road; I had a notice up, and they called to know the terms, &c., I told them the order was filled; they afterwards inquired where it was, and I told them; they then wanted to know if they would want any more men; I told them he (Mr. Swarts) might want more men next week, and one of them said, "Let us go and hunt work ourselves"; they then left my place in company; one of the men had on a grey shirt; he was a large man; another had on a pilot cloth coat - was not so large as the other; I think one of them had been a sailor.

   S. Hiller, sworn - Resides in Sacramento; recognize the hat now before the jury as one which was stolen from my store about three or four days ago, and an old hat left in its place; believe this to be the hat which I lost about that time; am the only person in this city who has hats from the same house; I get them from San Francisco; have not got the old hat which was left; threw it away.

   Shepherd Warren, sworn. -  Resides in Yolo county, think I recognized the body as that of a man named Datherd; don't know any other name for him; had known him about one year; knew him in Downieville one year ago; had seen him in Sacramento for some six weeks until recently; I saw him at the ferry on Saturday last, and perhaps again on Sunday morning; he then told me that he was going with a Dutchman to the country; he thought the Dutchman could get him work; don't know to what part of the country he was going; he told me some weeks ago that he had been having his boots half-soled in Sacramento; I have seen the boots before the jury, which are said to have been found near the body; I believe them to be the same he wore; they have been half-soled; recognize the hat, I think, as the one he wore - at least he wore one like it which he told me he had recently bought in Sacramento; he told me some weeks ago that he was out of money; told me he was going to leave for the country on Sunday morning last; I never knew him to be a drinking man; he was an Irishman; I believe the coat now on the body to be the same that he wore when I saw him last; he told me he expected to work on a ranch in the country; have heard him say that his mother lived in Pittsburg, Pa., and kept a boarding house; I suppose his age to have been about 50 years; his hair was gray, and cut short; I think he had a small old knife with three blades, one of which was broken;[was here shown to the wiriness,] I think that is his knife; I borrowed it of him one day to use; don't think he had any particular acquaintances in this section.

   B. H. Hoag, sworn. - Resides in Yolo county; recognized body as that of a man who has been to work for Mr. Asbury, in Washington, for some weeks past; did not know his name; Mr. Asbury has examined the body and told me that it was the same man; I saw him about one week ago; think he was an Irishman; he quit working for Mr. Asbury about that time, and wanted to get work; he had no money except what Mr. Asbury paid him - at least I heard him say so; don't know where he went to; think Mr. McClary and Mr. Minniss were acquainted with him; they knew him in Pittsburg; they are now in the county; I supposed he was about forty-five years of age; he worked for Mr. Asbury about two weeks; Mr. Green, with whom deceased lodged in Washington, examined the body this morning, and told me it was the body of  him to whom I have referred as having worked for Mr. Asbery'; he does not know his name; don't think that he drank; never saw him use spectacles; appeared to be a candid man; think if he had money he would not tell me he had nine; he worked at gardening for Mr. Asbury.

   Jacob J. Norton, sworn. - I reside in  Sacramento county; reside on the middle Auburn road, sometimes called Chicken Ranch road; live in a house own by Brown; the road is seldom traveled; have seen the body; don't recollect ever having seen deceased; am positive I never saw him before; three men were at my house on Sunday last: one, I think, is named Millsop - one  a man who worked for him, and the other a man who burns coal for another of the Millsops; they were there about 2 o'clock P.M.; they left to go home, and the man who burns coals, and a man known as Dutch Pete, came back together and spent the afternoon at my house; while they were there two other men came in before dark; they all remained till between 8 and 9 o'clock P.M.; Peter Haw, also a man chopping wood for him, and Dutch Pete, left to go home; I did not see them again that night; the other man (who was burning charcoal for Millsop) remained about half an hour and went out, alone, to go home; I saw him no more that night; the men I have referred to were playing cards at my house on Sunday; Dutch Pete came to my house and woke me on Monday morning, between 4 and 5 o'clock, and said he was cold - that he had lost his way - that he had been traveling all night and was tired; after I had let him in he wanted me to let him sleep; he went to bed, slept two and a-half hours, got up, sat at the stove sometime; I made him some coffee, and told him I wanted to go to work; he then left; I had never seen Pete till Sunday; don't know whether he had any weapons; when he left my house on Sunday night he was intoxicated and might, in consequence, have lost his road; after leaving my house Pete and the other two men would have separated at a short distance to go home; I am acquainted with Peter Haw and the man who was chopping wood for him,; the others were strangers to me; saw no one at my house on Saturday except Haw and his wood-chopper; saw no one pass my house on Sunday; heard no report of fire-arms at any time either on Saturday or Sunday; resided with Haw some ten months until last Thursday, when I moved in to Brown's house for the purpose of farming; I was at the house most of the time on Saturday and all day Sunday.

   George Watkins (recalled) - To-day when I was in Center township after a witness, I met Wash Millsop, who told me that he had been in Sacramento to-day and had seen the body, and was of the impression that it was the body of a man who had once worked for him, and also, for some time, for Mr. Strong; he also stated that on Sun day morning he heard two reports of a gun or pistol in the direction of where the body was found; his house is perhaps about three-quarters of a mile from the place where the body was discovered.

   At this point the Coroner continued the inquest till 10 o'clock this morning, and issued subpoenas for witnesses residing in the neighborhood of the occurrence, which were placed for service in the hands of parties who left for that purpose immediately thereafter, about six o'clock in the evening.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 February 1857

Investigation of the Murder - Coroner's Inquest.

SECOND DAY - THURSDAY.

The inquest on the body of Edward Doughther, who was murdered near the middle Auburn road, on or about Sunday last, was resumed yesterday by the Coroner, Dr. Bell, the additional witnesses who had been summoned being present.  The testimony elicited was as follows:

[Long and detailed evidence, two columns]

John McClory

J. V. Hoag

Schyler Strong

G. Wash. Millsop

Peter Haw

--- A. J. Millsop

Samuel Bright

Peter Wilson (Dutch Pete)

The examination being here brought to a close, the jury retired and returned a verdict that deceased came to his death on or about the 8th Feb. inst., from gun-shot wounds and cuts in the head by some person or persons to the jury unknown.  The jurors were J. E. Scott, Leonard Phelps, John Whaley, William Malotte, Abram Scott and C. C. Oakley.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 17 February 1857

FOUND DEAD - EFFECTS OF OPIUM. - A man named Joseph Byers, aged about forty years, the same who recently prosecuted a courtesan named Marie Pomier, alias Durand, before the Recorder and the Grand Jury, on a charge of robbing him of $6090, while a temporary inmate of her establishment, was found dead in his bed, at the Merchants Hotel, on K street, about noon on Sunday.  A post mortem examination was held by Dr. Morton, assisted by Dr. Bell, on Sunday afternoon, and an inquest held by the latter on the body at 10 A.M.  It would appear, from letters found on his person, that he was from Oktibbeha county, Mississippi.  The following facts were developed at the inquest.

--- A.M. Parker, bar-keeper at the Merchants' hotel, recognized the body as that of Joseph Byers, who had been stopping at the hotel about ten days, and testified that deceased retired about 7 ½ o'clock on Saturday evening, apparently intoxicated; came into the bar-room again about 11 o'clock, still apparently intoxi9cated, although able to walk straight; witness had not heard him say anything about being sick, and about noon on Sunday went into his room to get a valise for a man who had occupied the room.  Deceased was then lying on the covering of the bed, undressed, dead. Witness had occasion to pass his room several times after deceased went to bed, at 11 P.M.; the door was ajar, and each time he heard him snore very loud, and in a manner inducing him to think he had the nightmare, but as he had left no one in the bar, he did not enter to ascertain his condition.  It was about 3 o'clock in the morning when he last passed the room; no one occupied the room with him; after losing his money, he appeared to be intoxio9vcated frequently.  Witness did not think he had any money, his friend, A. G. Brown, having left twenty dollars with the bar-keeper to pay his expenses.

   One of the proprietors of the house corroborated the evidence of Parker as to the deceased boarding at the house, being frequently intoxicated lately, as also on Saturday evening, and as to the deposit.

   Dr. J. F. Morse testified that he was called to see deceased on the 7th inst., and found that he had taken about three-quarters of an ounce of laudanum; that deceased said he had not slept for two or three nights and took it to procure sleep; that he appeared to be much alarmed at its effects, and said he did not to it to destroy life;  Dr. Morse saw him next day, and warned him against such large doses of opium; he replied that he had not been addicted to the use of it, and appeared grateful for having been relieved; it appeared from the testimony of Dr. Morse that a dose of opium produces a heavy peculiar breathing, as was observed in this case by Parker, and that congestion about the head and face ensues.

   John Goldsticker, a resident of this city, an interpreter, testified that he saw deceased on Saturday afternoon; that he was then sober, and, in speaking of the loss of his money, stated that when he was before the Grand Jury, he was stupefied from the effects of opium or laudanum, but that he "has all his faculties."

   John Peasley, one of the proprietors of the hotel, was told by Brown several days since that deceased had been taking opium; that Dr. Morse was called, and that deceased seemed to have been drinking on Saturday evening; also saw Dr. Bell (Coroner) take some opium from his coat pocket.

   Thos. M. Gilmer, an attaché of the office of Wm. S. Long, had been called on several times by deceased for legal advice relative to the loss of his money; saw him last on Saturday evening about 10 o'clock, playing cards in the Oro saloon, apparently intoxicated; deceased called him aside, and apparently much excited, said that the money who had stolen his money was  going to have him prosecuted for malicious prosecution, and that Holdsticker, (the interpreter) had been to see him on Saturday, and told him that he would have the prosecution stopped or prevented if he would give him, (G.,) $100; deceased said he must raise the money by 2 o'clock on Sunday; witness told him to have nothing to do with G. alone; that if G. had anything to say, to bring him to the office, and let him talk there; deceased then wished witness to go with him to the Merchants' Hotel, as he wanted to talk with him privately - opened his valise, and showed him books, papers, &c., in reference to masonry, Odd Fellowship and the Sons of Temperance, and wished to satisfy witness that he was a Mason; said that he belonged to the Temple of Honor, Sons of Temperance, and was an Odd fellow, and  wanted witness, as a Mason, to help him if he got into any scrape with the Frenchwoman; witness left him in his room just before 11 o'clock on Saturday night; he was then  intoxicated, and promised to call at the office on Sunday.

   Dr. T. M. Morton made a post mortem examination of the body of deceased on Sunday; found him purple in the face and about the neck; froth issuing from the mouth; great congestion of fluid blood to the brain, etc.  The blood not coagulated, nor had it any tendency to coagulate; after the brain was removed, the face and neck lost the purple appearance referred to from the escape of the fluid blood.  There was sufficient congestion, in his opinion to cause sudden death; the fluid condition of the blood and the congestive appearance of the face and neck, &c., were unusually found;  he testified where persons have died from the e4ffects of opium; in such cases the blood is little inclined to coagulate; so far as his information extended, there was no other cause of death  that could leave the blood in the same condition; found no opium in the stomach, but as the stomach was full it would have been difficult to detect it; with the assistance of the evidence which he had heard detailed before the jury, Dr. Morton was of the opinion that death was caused by congestion of the brain produced by the effects of alcohol and opium.

   The jury comprised A. M. Parker, John Peasley, Thos. W.  Gilman, S. D. Horton, T. M. Morton and M. C. Baker, rendered a verdict that the deceased died from the effects of opium.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 February 1857

DROWNED IN WHISKY CREEK. - On Monday, February 16, J.C. Schoch, of Weaverville, engaged for between two or three years in trading between Shasta and the Trinity river, was drowned in attempting to ford Whisky Creek, with his pack train.  On Tuesday his body was removed to Shasta, by the Masonic and Odd fellows Societies, of which he was a member, and on Wednesday buried by them.  A committee from the same societies arrived from Weaverville, in time to participate in the ceremonies.  The Shasta Courier thus describes his death:

   The water in the creek was very high, and it was with great difficulty that any animals could be crossed.  It appears that Mr. Banjo. Mix and some other gentlemen were assisting Mr. Schoch to cross his train, and one of the mules became unruly.  The animal sank and d rifted down some fifteen feet below the usual ford.  Mr. Mix jumped in the water for the purpose of getting the mule out, but both were carried down as far as Clear Creek, when Mr. Mix abandoned the idea of saving the mule and went to his house - distant some one hundred yards.  When he arrived there he found part of the train, and waited some little time, supposing Mr. Schoch and the balance of the train would soon arrive.  Finding that they did not come, Mr. Mix went back to the creek, and after looking about for some time, he saw the hand of Mr. Schoch holding fast to a log near the bank, the body being entirely under water.  The body was taken from the water, and carried to the hotel of Mr. Mix, where on Tuesday morning Coroner Shurtleff held an inquest on the body.

FATAL ACCIDENT IN THE MINES. - Edward Smith, an Irishman, last from Boston, Mass., was killed by the falling of an embankment, a few days since, at Brushy Canon, Placer county.  His companion narrowly escaped the same fate.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 February 1857

DROWNED. - John Reed was found drowned on Sunday last, in the South Fork of the Calaveras.  An inquest was held on the body, but no particulars elicited.

Disgraceful.

On Monday last, Coroner Kent was called to see a Spanish woman, lying dead in a house on Pacific street, above Dupont; on arriving at the place, the Coroner found that the woman had come to her death from natural causes, and there was, of course, no necessity of holding an inquest. The husband of the woman, a man named Eugenio, informed the Coroner that she had been dead two days, but that he was too poor to pay the necessary expenses of her funeral, and he had no friends to whom he could apply for assistance.  [Continues with editorial on the cost of such burials, the Coroner's bill for similar instances having been rejected.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 March 1857

FOUND DROWNED. - The body of a man, apparently about 37 years of age, was picked up this morning, at Lombard street dock.  From the decayed appearance of the body it must have been in the water several weeks.  The body is supposed to be that of John Foley, a sailnaker, who fell overboard from the British barque Sakwine, about the 20th of December last, as it was found near the spot where he was lost.  Coroner Kent will hold an inquest upon the body to-morrow.

CONVICTED. - Miller., who was indicted in Oroville for murder, has been convicted of murder in the second degree.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 March 1857

THE CITY.

DESTRUCTIVE EXPLLSION - FLOURING MILL DESTROPYED - TWO LIVES LOST. - An explosion, terrible in effect - seemingly periodical at this season in this vicinity - occurred about six o'clock on Saturday afternoon, evidently in the southwestern portion of the city.  Immediately thereafter was heard a continuous crashing, about half a minute in duration, necessarily startling in character.  The cloud of steam, dust or smoke that rose in that quarter was a sufficient guarantee that some terrible calamity had occurred.  On the instant the alarm bells were ringing and the entire fire department in motion in the direction of the scene of the explosion.  Crowds of people, old and young, were seen hurrying along the thoroughfares, anxious to learn the cause and effect of the then mystery. It was at first reported that the boiler of the Lower Bay State Mill had exploded, and the report passed through town and was generally credited.  Those, however, who visited the spot discovered the Upper Bay State Mill, a frame building on N street, between Front and 2d streets, a mass of ruins, with the exception of a small part of the front of the building, which escaped the general wreck.

   The cause of the disaster, as may readily be inferred, was the explosion of the boiler - a flue boiler, 24 feet long, 28 inches in diameter, with two 133 inch flues. It was evident from the appearance of portions of the boiler, and from the testimony of engineers familiar with the subject, that the explosion resulted from a deficiency of water in the boiler and the consequent generation of gas, which, becoming ignited, was uncontrollable.  The boiler was literally blown into fragments, generally in an eastern direction, a few pierces only passing westward.  That portion of the mill in which the machinery was located was wholly demolished.  The smoke stack was thrown westward in fragments, the greater portion landing upright on the opposite side of the alley within thirty or forty feet of its original position.  The forward end of the flues of the boiler were twisted at a right angle in a portion of the boiler head, and removed only about twenty feet.  The brick work setting around the boiler, one foot in thickness, and seven feet in height, was utterly demolished.  A large portion of the "fire box" was thrown to the end of the lot against a brick building, recently built by George Boller, (who died from injuries received,) crushing in from the fire wall to the foundation, about one-half of the northern wall.

   A large portion of one of the flues passed over the bakery of Mr. Boller, adjoining the mill, and demolished the south end of the fire wall of a brick building, owned by Dr. Hazzard, corner of Second street, and falling into the vacant lot adjoining - by some unaccountable movement knocked a large hole in the wall a few feet from the ground, and brushed off a window-blind and a number of the clapboards from the side of the bakery.  The front of the boiler landed at the rear of the frame building known as the Columbus Market, owned by I. G. Brewton,   staving in the clapboards and joist.  Another portion of the boiler, weighing about a ton, fell upon the center of a building owned by Francis Moore, a drayman, crushing in the roof and demolishing one room entire.  There was but one person (a lady) in the house at the time.  This fragment was nearly severed in two pieces, the parts being joined only by a connection of about six inches.  As it was found necessary to sever it to remove it, a cold chisel was procured for that purpose, but upon a blow of the hammer the iron broke as though it were cast iron.

   Mr. Moore was in the yard at the time of the explosion, on hearing which and looking up and seeing the air filled with bricks, timbers, &c., and portions of the boiler descending, he sought shelter beneath the building - literally dove beneath the plaza.  When he struck the ground a portion of the boiler ploughed the soil within eighteen inches of his feet.  His wife, who was just on the point of coming into the gate, ran out into the street affrighted, and was knocked down into the mud, under the shower of brickbats, &c., but escaped without serious injury.  A young son of Mr. Potter, (a neighbor) who was sawing wood in the yard at the time, had his saw knocked from his hand and shattered by a brick.  The fact that he happened to be under the shelter of an out-building doubtless saved him from severe injury.

   The more serious result of the disaster - that which outweighs any mere loss of property - was the destruction of life which ensued.  The engineer of the mill, Dexter Moore, a native of Massachusetts, and formerly a resident near Boston, where, we understand, his family now resides, was last seen in life standing beside the engine, wiping the cylinder.  His body was found about half-past seven o'clock the same evening, about ten feet from the cylinder, in front, near the burrs, under a mass of rubbish, so crushed and mutilated as to destroy identity under other circumstances.  Soon thereafter, the remains were removed to the rooms of Mr. Murray, on 4th street, and an inquest held thereon yesterday morning.  The body was interred at half-past one o'clock P.M. by the Winn Division Sons of Temperance, of which body the deceased was a member

   George Boller, a German baker, carrying on business in an adjoining building, was, at the time of the explosion, sitting in a chair on his back stoop, playing with his child, a boy of three years, his wife standing at his back, within the door.  Seemingly, at the moment of the explosion, Boller was thrown one way and his child the other, while the wife was thrown down within the building.  She regained her feet almost immediately, and looking around, perceiving nothing of her husband, hearing the child cry, caught it up and rushed to the front of the building, calling for assistance.  Parties repaired to the spot and found Boller prostrate, with a portion of the boiler lying upon his breast and his head severely injured, undoubtedly cut by the flue.  He was removed to the interior of the bakery, where medical attendance was promptly furnished.  On examination, it was found that the skull had been severely fractured to the extent of about eight inches on the right side, extending from the right nostril to the back part of the head.  He lingered till about half-past 3 o'clock yesterday morning, when he expired.  He leaves a wife, enceinte, and the child mentioned.

   Charles Rapp, the second miller employed in the mill, was, when the explosion occurred, sitting by the bran bin.  He was knocked over by the rush of air, upon a lot of bags, and escaped uninjured except by the concussion.  Mr. Polley, proprietor of the mill, was standing in front of the building and was moved several feet from his position, and his hat was blown about two-thirds the distance across the street.

   The damage done the mill is estimated at between $6,000 and $7,000.  The stock in the mill was owned by A. W. Hall, and valued at about $8,000.  The greater part of this was saved, the loss (about $1,600) being principally in grain that was in the garners.

The Explosion - Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, at 10 o'clock yesterday morning, at the rooms of Mr. Murray, on Fourth street, on the body of Dexter Moore, the engineer of the Upper Bay States Mill, who was killed by the explosion on Saturday evening.  The following testimony was elicited, tending to the discovery of the cause of the explosion:

[Evidence from Henry Polley, Thomas Hutchins, H. E. Lewis, E. Garfield, Samuel W. Green.]

   The testimony here closed, and the jury, consisting of Robert Kyle, Charles G. Qallfelt, T. B. Vache, Henry B. Rice, O. W. Brown and W. H. P. Norris, returned a verdict simply that death was caused by the "explosion of the boiler of the Upper Bay State Mill."

DREADFUL ACCIDENT. - On Thursday afternoon last, Feb. 26th, at Frenchman's Bar, on the Yuba,  four men - Wm. Davis, T. T. Bridwell, Harvey Bates, and Mr. White, while at work in diggings at that place, were overwhelmed by a large slide, and buried to the  depth of eighteen or twenty feet.  The slide was from the earth of diggings adjoining those in which they were employed, and was caused solely by the softening of the ground by the late continuous rains.  Every means are being used, says the Nevada Journal, of Friday, for the removal of the immense mass of earth over the bodies.  Three hundred inches of water has been turned on, and the work will proceed by night and day, until the bodies are recovered.

MURDERER SENTENCED. - William Miller, who was convicted of murder in the second degree, in the District Court of Butte county on Wednesday last, was on Thursday, February 26th, sentenced by Judge Dangerfield to twenty-one years confinement in the State Prison.  The murder was committed on the person of Charles Green, a Portuguese, at Natchez, on the 5th of October last.  

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 March 1857

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING. - A Frenchman, by the name of Auguste, aged about twenty-seven years, was drowned in Willow Creek, about a mile and a half from Folsom, on Friday evening, February 27th.  The circumstances, as near as we can learn them, are as follows:  Three miners (Frenchmen) were living in a cabin on Willow Creek.  Near their cabin and spanning the creek was an unoccupied barn.  About eight o'clock, during a thunder storm, the three men were walking through the barn to the opposite side of the creek for the purpose of saving their sluices, which were being blown down, when two of them fell through the floor into the creek.  The water there being about fifteen feet deep, one clung to a plank and was saved.  The body of the other was found in the morning near the railroad bridge, over Willow Creek.  His person was horribly mangled and bruised by drift wood.  Justice Seabough, of Folcom, held an inquest, and the jury found in accordance with the above statement.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 March 1857

Coroner Kent commenced holding an inquest on the dead body of Daniel F. Barney, which was found on Wednesday afternoon in a vacant house, near Fort Point.  Up to the time of the closing of my communication, nothing new, or differing from the statement already given, had been elicited.  He was destitute of means and desponding, some time before his death, which was, beyond much doubt, produced by his own act.

FROM PUGET SOUND. - The Pioneer and Democrat published at Olympia Washington territory, ...    On the 15th February, an Indian named Yelin Jim was killed on the new Nisqually Reserve, near the encampment of his people.  It was supposed to be the work of some white man.

MISSING. - James Howers, ship-keeper of the steamer Pacific, at Mare Island, is missing, and supposed to be drowned.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 March 1857

SAN FRANCISCO, March 9 - 3 ½ P.M.

Editors Union:

An inquest was held yesterday noon, in the recorder's Court Room, by Coroner Kent, on the body of Angus McIsaacs, who was found dead in the forecastle of the ship Neptune's Car, off Jackson street wharf, on Saturday morning, and supposed to have died in consequence of injuries inflicted upon his person by George Kingsley, the second mate of the shop.  The evidence taken by the Coroner went to show that McIsaacs went on board the ship on Friday morning last; that in the course of that day, while at work on the deck, he commenced grumbling to himself, in a low tone of voice; that Kingsley, the second mate, overheard these mutterings and thought they were directed to him; that the second mate spoke to deceased in regard to his language, whereupon, according to the testimony of William Hair, the first officer of the ship, McIsaacs called Kingsley a "son of a w---e;" the second mate then struck deceased, knocked him down, and kicked him in the face; deceased never spoke afterwards; he was then taken into the forecastle, where he died the next morning, not having received any medical attendance during the night.

   Dr. Sawyer testified that the skull; of the deceased was fractured, which caused his death.

   From the testimony it would appear that deceased was somewhat under the influence of liquor on Friday, and that was probably the cause of the difficulty.  Kingsley made his  escape from the ship by means of a boatman, who went out to the vessel for another purpose; this was early Saturday morning, and the boatman was ignorant that any wrong had been perpetrated on the ship.  The inquest will be resumed this evening, at seven o'clock.  The supposed murderer, Kingsley, has not yet been arrested.

   The dead body of a Scotchman, named McMillan, was picked up in the Bay this morning, near Drummond, between Jackson and Pacific streets.  The deceased had been a servant at the Oriental Hotel.  He went out one night, about twelve days ago, and was not heard of till his dead body was found as above stated.

 

DSACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 March 1857

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A seaman on board the clipper ship Neptune's Car, named John Johnson, last evening, while at work in the rigging, at a height of nearly 100 feet, fell to the deck, and broke his skull and both his legs, causing instant death.  The deceased was a native of Germany, aged 35 years.  The body was taken to the Coroner's office.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - The Coroner's Jury have concluded the inquest upon the body of Daniel F. Barney, who was found dead, with his throat and arm cut, lying at an out-house, near the Middler Station, about a week since.  The Jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death by wounds in his neck and arm, inflicted by his own hand, or by the hand of some person or persons unknown.

 

SACRAMENTO DAIULY UNION, 13 March 1857

ACCIDENT. - An accident occurred on the hill beyond the Presidio, yesterday afternoon, which is expected to prove fatal to a young man named John L. Wood.  He and John Hill were riding in a buggy, and when coming down a steep hill the horses ran away, precipitated the buggy into a deep ravine, and injured both of the riders.  Wood had his skull fractured, and was picked up bleeding at the nose and ears.  He is now lying at the Presidio Hospital, very low, and his attending physicians say that he cannot live.  Hill had his wrist sprained.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent, yesterday, held an inquest upon the body of John Johnson, the man who fell from the rigging of the shop Neptune's Car, on Tuesday last, and was killed.  There were several witnesses examined.  Wm. Hair, the 1st officer of the ship, testified that deceased was sent aloft, about five o'clock P.M., to crease the mast; he went aloft as far as the top-gallant rigging; the witness saw his bucket drop, and looked up; deceased was sliding down the running rigging; lit on the mizzen top-gallant and royal braces, perfectly balanced; witness sung out "hold on my man;" he said, "all right, sir;" he then got off the braces, and undertook to slide down the topmast back-stay; in doing so, he commenced shaking, as if he was faint, and fell to the deck; he never spoke nor moved afterwards; he struck on his face; the deceased fell about 60 feet.  The other evidence went to corroborate Mr. Hair's statement, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

DXROWNED. - Last evening, about 10 o'clock, as the steamer Bragdon was on her way down from Stockton, when about two miles below the Three Sloughs, in the San Joaquin river, the watchman, W. R. Pitts, seeing a man standing in a dangerous position, requested him to leave, which he did, and shortly afterwards jumped overboard from the pilot deck, on the starboard side, and was drowned.  He is supposed to have been insane, and of Irish or German descent.  Capt. Seely immediately stopped the steamer and lowered a small boat, which went in search of him, but without success.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 March 1857

FOUND DROWNED. - The dead body of a man, name unknown, was picked up yesterday morning on the west side of Goat Island, and brought to the Coroner's office.  The man was apparently about 35 years of age, with sandy whickers, and dressed in the garb of a sailor or longshoreman, having on an oil-skin coat buttoned to the chin, and a pair of coarse black pants stuffed in the tops of a pair of heavy boots.  An inquest will be held upon the body this morning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 March 1857

CXORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of the man who was picked up near Goat Island on Friday morning.  The deceased was recognized as Peter Weber, a native of Hamburg, Germany, aged 25 years, the man who accidentally fell overboard from the steamer Brother Jonathan, on the 25th of last month, while engaged in cleaning the anchor chain.  August Schwarcks, one of the men who were knocked overboard at the same time, was the only witness examined.  The Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKLIFORNIA, 16 March 1857

LATER FROM THE NORTH.

[PER WELLS, FARGO & CO.]

In the latter part of February two men, named Patterson and Snider, went to the Reservation to arrest two men who had attacked an Indian Rancheria, and stabbed a squaw.  The men fled to Youing's Ferry, where they fired upon the cook and attacked Youing, who, in self-defence, shot one of them named Lawson dead.  The other, Lewis, was taken and confined at Orleans Bar.

   John Burman, one of the old pioneers on the Bay, was drowned in Mad River at the crossing of the upper old trail, on the 1st inst.

   Two Chinamen were lately drowned in the Klamarth, while being passed over in a canoe by some Indians.

Infanticide - Murder of a Child by its Mother.

It is our painful duty to report, among the occurrences of yesterday, one of the most horrible and revolting crimes ever committed in our city - the wilful, deliberate murder of a child by its mother.  The particulars of the case, as near as we could learn them, are as follows:

  About 12 o'clock, M., yesterday, a Mr. Wood, who loves in a brick house built upon the triangular lot at the junction of Market, Kearney and Geary streets, observed a woman named Eliza Munroe (who with her husband occupied three rooms in the basement of the same house) carry a large bundle into the privy in the yard; her manner and actions caused suspicion, and, on searching the place, he discovered what he thought to be the dead body of a child, wrapped up and hidden upon a beam beneath the seat.  Without stopping to examine the bundle, he hurried after an officer, and on the way to the Station House met Deputy Sheriff Uhrig, to whom he disclosed the facts.   Mr. Uhrig went with him, and arrested the woman.  Information was also given to Coroner Kent, who repaired to the spot, and found, as above described, the body of a female child about six weeks old, with its head severed from its body.  The head was wrapped in a cloth, and the body in another, and both were placed in a pillow case.

   Upon hearing of the murder, Officer Douglass, who resides nearly opposite the house where the murder was committed, remembered having noticed the woman, about 10 o'clock yesterday morning, come out of her house and walk across the yard with a large bundle of what appeared to be sticks and rubbish.  He thought nothing of it at the time, but, on hearing of the murder, he remembered the occurrence, and was induced to search the lot.  In a hole about three feet square and two feet deep, which had been dug in the corner of the yard by the children of the neighborhood, was found several pieces of a washboard, with blood upon them, and a lot of bloody rags.  Around them was a parcel of shavings, and two large pieces of resin, which would seem to indicate that the woman in tended to place the remains of the child upon the rubbish and fire the pile to destroy all evidence of her guilt.  Upon searching her bed-room, the axe, with which she committed the deed, was found, the blood scarcely dried upon its blade and handle.

   On her way to the Station House, the woman confessed having murdered the child, and expressed her readiness to be hanged; she gave no reason for committing the dreadful act, except that her husband was not the father of the child; it belonged to another man, whose name she gave the officer, and she thought its death would relieve her husband of trouble and expense.  The woman was conveyed to the Station House.  She is a tall, and not untidy-looking woman, apparently about 30 years of age, with an oval face, clearly marked eye-brows, rather thick lips, brown hair, and light hazel eyes, with a dreamy unsettled expression.  There is nothing in her countenance which would indicate so abandoned a heart as must have prompted the deed.  She says that three times the axe fell from her hand, she had not the heart to do the deed, but nerving herself, she placed the child upon the wash  board and struck it a slight blow upon the neck, the marks of which are still upon it; she then made a second blow, s till harder, and severed the neck entirely.  She washed the head before placing it in the bundle.

   The woman's history, as we learn, is as follows: she is a native of Cork, Ireland; her maiden name was Elizabeth Howard; she married a man named Moore, and came to this country with him in 1850; her husband died in this city; four years ago she married her present husband, who goes under the name of Munroe, but whose real name is William Blackburn Smith.  Their first child, a little boy three years old, is still living; the second child, a girl, died about a year ago.  The child which she murdered was only six weeks old.  The husband and wife have not lived very peaceably together for several months; she is addicted to the use of ardent spirits, and is frequently insane from its effects.  On one or two occasions she has complained of her husband for ill-treating her, and had him arrested.  About three weeks ago he complained of her as being insane, and stated that she had left his house and slept under the bushes upon the sand hill for three nights in succession; she was arrested and placed in care of the Sisters of mercy, from whom she escaped shortly afterwards, and returned to her home.  Two or three days since, the husband and wife quarrelled again, and he left the house, and was absent on Saturday night and yesterday when the murder was committed.

   The body of the child was taken to the Coroner's office; hundreds of persons, moved by a morbid idle curiosity, which we cannot too much condemn, hurried to the office to feast their eyes upon the mutilated remains, but Coroner Kent very properly placed the body in a coffin and shut it from their gaze.  An inquest will be held upon it this afternoon at 3 P.M.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 March 1857

Coroner's Inquest.

Coroner Kent held an inquest, at three o'clock P.M., yesterday, in the Supervisors'' Room, City Hall, upon the body of the female infant which was killed by its mother, Eliza Monroe, on Sunday last.  The following persons were sworn as jurors: M. S. Brown, N. B. Strone, J. S. Nichols, George Ladd, Wm. Perry, George Coffran, C. C. Bennis and D. C. Gilman.

   C. A. Uhrig, sworn - I am a Deputy Sheriff; about two P.M., on Sunday, I was passing near the corner of Kearney and Geary streets; Mr. Landers asked me to go and arrest a woman who had murdered her child; I went; he showed me the privy, I saw the child; he then showed me where the mother lived; I arrested her, and took her to the County jail; she was afterwards taken to the Station House.

   The woman confessed her guilt, and said she thought it was better the child should be out of the way, rather than to die herself, as her husband had threatened to kill her.

   Wm. G. Douglass, sworn - I am an officer of Police.  The witness testified to having seen the woman several times from the house to the corner of the yard, with a bundle, which proved afterwards to be the pieces of the washboard and bloody rags.  His evidence did not materially vary from our statement of the affair in yesterday's paper.  He stated that complaints had frequently come to the Station House, about her husband and herself.)

   James Landers testified, that on Sunday, about ten o'clock, the woman came up stairs in the house, and said her husband was there, and she wanted to see him, and appeared excited; witness told her he was not there, and she went out; on Wednesday the husband came to me, about 11 P.M., and said a man was in his wife's room, and  wanted me to go with him; I went, and found nobody there; the husband and  wife were not on good terms; he  told me that the child did not belong to him.

   Eliza Mon roe, sworn - I am a married woman; my husband's name is Wm. Monroe; he named me by that name, but his real name is Wm. Blackburn Smith; we have been married four years; we have not associated as man and wife for ten weeks; I know the child which was found dead there, it was my child, a female child; the father of the child is Joseph De Craike, a tinsmith, on the corner of Jackson and Sansome streets; I used to do his washing; my husband was in the mines at the time; I told my husband that I did not want to live with him, and he threatened to shoot me; when he came down from the mines he only staid a few days, and then went to his own folks; when I was taken sick I sent for him, and he came and took care of me, and then went away again; about two months before the baby was born my husband came and lived with me until this  difficulty; after the child was born, I told my husband that it was not his, and told him whose it was; since that time we have not lived pleasantly together; after the child was born, my husband bothered me so, that I ran away, and was  gone some days; he  said he would take my life; he took the child to his mother's, and kept it until I came back; I then took a police officer and got my child, and kept it until its death; I know how the child came to its death; I killed it myself with an axe, a dull axe; I laid the child upon a washboard, on the floor, and struck it twice in the neck; the first blow was a slight one; I then struck again, and cut the head off; I think it was about ten or eleven o'clock on Sunday morning; I then took the head and wrapped it in a cloth, and wrapped the body in another cloth, and put them both into a pillow case; I then carried it out, and put it in the water-closet; I threw it among the filth; I then went into the house and felt that I had done wrong, and I was going to kill myself right away that moment; I then took the wash-board and split it up, and put it into a hole in the yard, I threw some shavings on them; I did not put any rosin in the hole, I am positive about that; after I did this, I drove a nail in the mop-handle, and took the child out of the filth and placed it on the beam; I was  going to put it into a box and take it away.

   The Coroner showed the axe to the woman, who said it was like the one with which she committed the deed; the mop-stick was identified by her; the Coroner then held up a piece of rosin; she threw up both hands and  said, "I don't know that rosin;" on being questioned afterwards, she denied knowing that it was rosin.

   Joseph DeCraike, sworn - The witness knew the woman, but never saw the child; knew nothing about it; I believe she was married; knew her husband before I knew her; she used to wash for me; I have not seen the woman for three or four months; never had any connection with her; I have been at her house, and she has been at my room; she never told me that I was the father of the child; she got a stove from me and promised to pay for it by washing; I have given her $15; I  know nothing of the cause of the child's death.

   Peter Wood, sworn - Testified to having seen the woman make frequent visits to the water-closet on Sunday morning; saw her take a bundle into the closet, and afterwards take a mop in; he told his wife, and she suggested the probability of the woman's having killed her child; he then told Mr. Landers, and they went and found the body as above described.

   Wm. Blackburn Smith, sworn - I believe my name to be Wm. Blackburn Smith, but, since childhood, I have received the name of Wm. Monro, my mother's name was Smith, my father's name was Blackburn; Mr. Monro married my mother when I was a child, and he brought me up; I am married to Eliza Monro; I have no family; my wife has two girls in the States by a former husband; the only child of which I was the father, died about four months ago, and is buried at the Mission; my wife has had another child since; it was born about the first of January of this year; it is the one which was killed; my wife told me it was Joseph DeCraike's child, and that he had offered her $1,000 to get a divorce from me; it was about a year ago this happened; after my wife told me that it was his child, I went to him about the affair; he denied knowing anything about it; she told me that he had given her $10 at two different times; I was at home with my wife on Saturday; no difficulty occurred between us then; I have frequently asked her to give the child away to the Sisters of Mercy; she would not do so; I know nothing about the cause of its death; I  did not stay on Saturday night, but bade her good-bye, and went to my step-father's to sleep; the name of the child was Eliza Monro.

VERDICT.

The Jury returned the following verdict: That the child's name was Eliza Monro, aged about six weeks, a native of San Francisco, and that it came to its death by having its head severed from its body by blows from an axe in the hands of its mother, Eliza Monro.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 March 1857

THE DEAD CHINAWOMAN. - Coroner Kent was unable to find a physician who would gratuitously make the post mortem examination of the Chinawoman who was found dead in a brothel, on the alley between Jackson and Pacific streets, on Saturday last, and who is believed to have died from the effects of poison.  The Coroner is, consequently, compelled to employ a physician at his own expense.  Dr. Rowell examined the stomach yesterday, and the analysis will be made by Dr. Raymond.  As yet the Coroner has been unable to obtain the services of any Chinese interpreter, without first obligating himself to them out of his own pocket.  From the appearances of the stomach, there is reason to believe that the woman died from poison.  There is also marks of violence upon her person.  An inquest will probably be held this afternoon.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 March 1857

LOATHSOME. - On Sunday, the 15th March, the body of a man was found in a cabin on Secret Ravine, near Middletown, El Dorado county, and an inquest held the following day, when it appeared that the name of the man was Frederick Harris, from Holstein, Germany, aged 28 years, and that he had committed suicide in a temporary fit of insanity.  The Placerville Democrat describes the spectacle:

   A Mr. Foster, in passing his cabin, was attracted by the offensive stench issuing from it, which infected the air some distance, and attempted to force the door, but failing in this, he pulled off part of the roof and discovered Harris hanging by the neck, dead,  From appearances, the body had been in the position found some four or five weeks.  It was in a state of the most loathsome putridity.  When taken down his body parted just above the hips, the  flesh falling off his bones at the slightest touch, and disgusting matter oozing out of every pore.  The effluvia arising from it was almost unbearable.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKLIFORNIA, 25 March 1857

MARYSVILLE. - The Herald, of yesterday, says Phillip S. Julien, who was so brutally assaulted and robbed on Friday morning last, died on Sunday night about 11 o'clock.  Three men have been arrested upon whom strong suspicion of committing the bloody deed rests.  Their names are Tom Pardy, Ned McCormick and Dan Casey.  A Coroner's jury has held an inquest over the body, but the facts elicited by the testimony have not yet transpired - that the prisoners were separately examined before the jury, and their statements very conflicting. A lad by the name of Humphreyville recognized one of them, as being of the party whom he overheard planning a robbery, near the premises of the deceased, on the night the murder was committed.  This is the most suspicious circumstance that we have yet heard of in the case.

FROM  COLUMBIA. - On Sunday evening, a China woman committed suicide in this place by taking poison.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORMNIA, 26 March 1857

INNQUEST. - The inquest upon the body of the Chinese woman, who was found dead in a brothel on the alley between Jackson and Pacific streets, has been unavoidably postponed for want of proper testimony, which the Coroner has as yet been unable to procure.  There is but little doubt, however, that her death was caused by poison and personal violence.

AN GELS OF MERCY. - The ladies of Shasta have been actively engaged, during the past week, circulating a petition asking Governor Johnson to commute the sentence of Charles Blair from hanging to imprisonment for life.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 March 1857

Sierra County Correspondence.

A fatal affray took place here yesterday, between two men named James Thompson and John Hurley.  The latter was usually called ":Irish Jimmy."  The dispute originated with a mining company, (of which Thompson was a member,) in jumping a small water ditch of Hurley's.  When the parties met, Hurley called Thompson a few hard names; Thompson knocked Hurley down, and on his recovering himself, he shot Thompson through the abdomen.  Thompson survived about twenty-four hours.  A post-mortem examination was held by Drs. Drake and Dump, which resulted in finding two balls lodged near the spine.  Hurely has been committed to jail in Downieville, to await the action of the Grand Jury.

Coroner's Inquest on the body of Sarah Ann McCabe.

An inquest was held by Dr. bell, County Coroner, yesterday (Thursday) morning, at the New Orleans house, on K street, between Front and 2d street, on the body of Sarah Ann Mccabe, who was killed yesterday morning by the falling of the brick building, No. 115 J street.  The investigation was commenced at 11 o'clock, A.M. and concluded at 4 o'clock P.M. The following testimony was elicited:

   Charles Bishop, sworn - Resides in this city, and is a policeman; recognizes the body before the jury as that of a woman whom I this morning found covered in the ruins of a building on J street, said to belong to J. Pershbaker and occupied by C. C. Auld and others; the house had fallen, filling up an excavation on the east side of the building; the bed and bed clothing were on the body; the timbers &c., overlaying; the body was inside of the fallen building.

Long account, see preceding column.

Dr. Charles Burrell: ... I pointed out the place in the rear where the deceased would be found, and was present when the body was removed; she was killed by the fall of the building in which we lived; I have examined the body and find injuries sufficient thereon to cause death; the upper and right portion of the breast was crushed, breaking the ribs;  ...

C. W. Buck

W. T. Knox

Wm. M. Hogg

C. C. Auld

Wm. Carr

--- A. P. Andrews

S. J. Winans

George T. Walterson

--- A. F. Eisen

Wm. Turton

The jury, composed of W. N. Brainard, R. S. Lockett, W. P. Fuller, B. B. Stansbury, A. M. Winn and W. B. Van Dyke, returned a verdict that deceased came to her death "from the falling of the wall of a building on J street, &c., caused by the excavation of the earth on the east side."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 March 1857

INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday upon the body of Ching Quy, the Chinese woman, found dead on Sunday last.  The Coroner stated to the Jury what facts had come to his knowledge relating to the death.  Dr. Rowell testified that he found some contusions about the head, back and breast, but not sufficient to cause death.  The contusions upon the head showed greater evidences of severity internally, than an external examination would have indicated.  Dr. Raymond examined the contents of the stomach, and found mist conclusive evidences of the presence of morphine.  He said the preparation used to destroy life was burnt opium, such as had been used by the Chinese in their pipes.  The Jury, after hearing this evidence, came to the conclusion that the woman was "fifteen years of age, a native of China, and that she came to her death from the effects of morphia, administered by some person or persons unknown to the Jury."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFONRIA, 1 April 1857

SUICIDE. - A French shoemaker, named Louis Roussseau, a native of Nantes, in the Province of Brittany, aged 38 years, committed suicide on Monday night, at his house, a small shanty on Bartlet alley, between Pacific and Jackson streets, below Dupont street, by severing the brachial arteries of both arms above the elbows, with a razor.  During the day previous, he had been laboring under an attack of delirium tremens, and ran several times to and  fro in the alley, with a knife in his hand.  He had been addicted to intoxication, and his neighbors took but little notice of the occurrence, as he retired to his room as usual in the evening; but as his shop was not opened at the accustomed hour, they became alarmed, and informed officer Wallace of the circumstance.  The officer broke open the shutters, and found the man lying dead upon a couch, with both arms severed, and an open razor lying at his feet.  The room and bed were literally soaked with his blood.  On examining the room, a pair of pistols were found under his mattress; but no papers, or anything which could account for the commission of the dreadful deed. 

   The deceased was an industrious man, and during the day would labor at his trade, but in the evening he drank to excess, and squandered all his daily earnings.  He has frequently boasted of having money laid by sufficient to convey him to France, but no certificate of deposit, or other evidence of its possession, was found.  Coroner Kent took charge of the body, and will probably hold a post mortem and inquest upon it to-day.

BODY FOUND. - The dead body of an infant was found, yesterday, by officer Hubbard, in the rear of the house No. 232 Dupont street.  On inquiry, it proved to be the remains of an infant three months old, named Maria Mandelet, who died on the 121st of June, 1850, and was buried by the parents in the rear of the lot, then owned by them.  It was exhumed, by workmen making an excavation of the lot.  Coroner Kent took charge of the body.

 

DAILY AKLTA CALIFORNIA, 3 April 1857

Coroner's Inquest.

Coroner Kant held an inquest yesterday afternoon, upon the body of Louis Rousseau, the French shoemaker, who was found dead in his bed in a small house on Bartlett alley, between Jackson and Pacific streets, on Monday morning last.

   Two witnesses were examined, Charles D. Wallace, the police officer who first entered the house and found the deceased, and Louis Paggen, who stated that deceased had frequently been crazy from the effects of liquor.  There was no evidence that deceased left any property.

   Dr. Sawyer, who made the post mortem examination, testified that the deceased had a transverse incised wound at the end of each elbow joint, extending down to the bicep muscle covering the bronchial artery, wounding the fascia in both instances, but leaving the artery intact.  In the track of the wound on the left elbow, the cephalic vein was severed, the hemorrhage from which caused his death.

   The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts, with a belief that the wounds were inflicted by himself.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 April 1857

INQUEST. - Coroner Kant, yesterday, held an inquest on the body of M. Rousseau the French shoemaker, found dead in Bartlett Alley, on Monday, from wounds in his a rms.  No news fats were elicited.  One witness believed he committed suicide on account of some misunderstanding with his wife, who resides in France.

THE SUICIDE CASE IN THE COUNTY - INBQUEST - The following is the testimony, as well as the finding of the jury, in the case of an inquest held at Dr. Elliott's ranch, Alabama township, in this county, on Monday, March 30th, upon the body of Mrs. Ellen Southerland, who put an end to her own life on the previous day at that place.  The deceased is represented to have been an estimable lady, wife of an industrious farmer on Dry Creek.  In the absence of the Coroner, the inquest was held by S. C. Goodman, Justice of the Peace:

   John Southerland, sworn - Resides in this county; is the husband of deceased; yesterday morning she wanted to look at some horses; we went from there to see some sheep, on small stables; I found one of them hung by a rope; my son James came up at the time I was looking at the sheep, he being the instigation of its death; Mrs. Southreland was with me at the time; I scolded the boy for his neglect on letting trhe sheep get hung; we then returned to the house, the boy following us; bhe then walked out and picked up some little things he had, and was going off to leave us; my youn gest boy, Geiorge, came up staits and sais that Jim was going away; Mrs. Southerland burst into tears; I rold George to go and tell him to come back, his father wanted him; Mr. Kelly went after him also, and tried to get him back; I then left the room, with the expectation that he would return, and that his mother would talk to him and get hiom to do better; the lottle boy retuirned befotre O left the room; his mother asked him what James said; he told her that he woil;d not come back, but that he hated to leasve on account of his father having a broken leg.

   I think, within about twenty or thiorty minutes after this she came into my room and said she was going to die, and would not be long with us.  She came to the bedside; I took hold of her and asked her what she had been taking.  She said dshe had taken half a bottle of strychnine, in some opysters; she then desired her sister-in-law to take carfe of her lottle chikldren; she saids she would like to see all of her chikdren; she has three little ones.  As soon as she came into the room, I called Mrs. Wm. Southreland; she ius a sister-in-law; just as  qyick as she casme into the room, I told hger to get some warm water and butter, and give it to her, though she refused to take it at first, but finally took some of it, and it vomuited her.  She would not gtake any more; she died within half an hour after taking the posion, at about 2 o'clock on Suynday, the 29th inst.

Mr. Kelley was in the yard; he went immediately after a doctor, but when he returned she was deade.  About sixxteen years since Mrs. Southerland was somnewhat deranged, caused by sickness.  Since that time she has appeared all right in her mind; never have seen anythingf wrong.  She is about forty-one years of age.

   Dr. H. Bently, being  swoern, says - On examination of the body of deceased, he dfinds no external causes that would produce dweath, but supposes that death was produced by strychnine; which fact it would be impossible to demonstrate without a post mortem examination of the body, and an anal;ysis of the contents of the stomach and a portion of the brain.

   Mrs. Ann Southerland, sworn - Resides herfe; is a sister-in-law of deceased, was sitting talking with her after Mr. Southerland left the room, and about a quarter of an hour before she took the strychnine.  I then went down stairfs to take a stand from the table; Mr. Southerland called to me before I took the stand down; he came up stairfs, and told me that she had taken strycbhbnine.  She, deceased, said it was no use, for she was fone.  Mr. S. then sent me to find the vial; she said the vial was sitting on the table near her pocket-handkerchief; I found it where she asaid; one of the boys took it from me this morning and nroke it.  As dar as I know it was strychnine.  The vial was just like this one Opointing at vial containing sytrycvhnine).  I am well acquainted with deceased; I know nothing od the cause of her taking the poison more than on account of trhe bioy going ioff bevcaise his father scolded him; the bioy was her son; previous to her taking the poison she appearedf to be all right in mind and as usual; I never had the least idea that she thought of any such a thing; I do not think it was over half an houre from the time she took it until she died.

VERDFICT.

We, the jury, find the deceased to be Mrs. Ellen Southerland, and wife of John Southerland, and that she came to her death by volumntarily taking strychnine, on the afternoon of Sunday, Marfch 29th, at about 2 o'clock.

Jurirs - Messrs. C. Chaplin, L. M. Ellison, S. B. Furnish, H. Haller, J. K. Privce, Joseph Booth, Samuel Hill, and S. Leget.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKLIFORNIA, 5 April 1857

DEATH IN THE STATION HOUSE. - A man named James O'Conner, alias James McCoy, died in the Station House, yesterday morning, at half past one o'clock.  He was brought into the Station House on Wednesday last, in a speechless condition, from the excessive use of liquor.  The C=ity and County Physicians, and others, were present, and rendered every attention to the case.  The accommodations in the Station House are necessarily deficient for the proper comfort of invalids; but in the present instanace, we are contrained to say, the officers in attendance used every effort to render the dying moments of the unfortunate man as com fortable as possible.  The body was removed aty 10 A.M., yesterday, to the Coeroner's office, where an inquest will probably be held this morniong.  Deceased was aged 27 - a native of New York.

SUICIDE. - About half past two o'clock this morning, a gentleman called at outr office, and stated that, a shoret time previous, a man named Thomas White, Jr., had committed suicie, by shooting himself through the head with a pistol, at the residence of mr. Shaw, on Powell street, near Jackson.  Our informant stated that deceased was believed to be connected with the law fiorm og Geo. F. Sharp, of this city.  He was, for some time past, thought to be insane, and appllication had been made for his admission to thew Lunatic Asylum.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKIFORNIA, 6 April 1857

Coroner's Inquest.

Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday afternoon at 3 P.M., on the body of Thomas Wright, who committed suicide by shooting himself with a derringer pistol, through the right temple, on Sagturday night last, at his boarding houjse on Powell street, opposite Grace Church.  The following jurors were sworn, G. A. Worn, G. W. Baker, Allen H. Herley, E. S. Elfelt, R. B. French, Geo. H. Davis, and Thomas S. Miller.

   John Shaw, sworn - I rfeside on Powell street, opposte Grace Church; I know deceased; his name is thomas Wright, (Junior;) I believe he is a native of Philadelphia, he was about 36 or 37 years of age; I saw him alive about 11 o'clock on Saturday night, when the family retired to rest; he has occupied a room in my house for the l;ast 13 months; since last Tuesday week I have noriced that he was insane during the night but not much during the day, as he had businbess to attend to during the day time; he fancied that some one wanted to kill him; one day he came home with a knife and a pistol, and said he intended to defend himself; I took the arms from him; he told me that he thought it was his duty to kill Edward MacKinley; I told MacKinley about it, and he said he had mno enmity against deceased, and thought he should be ecxamined before Judge Freelon or his clerk as to his sanity; I was examnined, and said I did not think it sage for him to be at large; he was gtaken charge of, but as he gave his word of honor that nothing should occur again, he was disacharged; he came home that night about 9 o'clock, and appeared more rational than he had for several days; about 12 o'clock I heard something in his room like a person falling; my  wife and I jumped out of bed and went to his door and spoke to him, but rfeceived mno answer; I tried to oeopn the door, and also to get in at the window, but could no neither; I then sent Mrs. Shaw down sgtairs to wake up Mr. Burthen; I gfot a hatchet and openbed the door; we smelled powder on opening the door; we found him lying on the floor on hjis left side; his head was covered with blood, and his brains oozing from a wound in his  right tremple; he was still breathing; I sent for Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Huard; he lived about an hour and a half and then died; when the Doctors came they said there was no hope of his recovery; when we raised him up, there was a pistol under his right arm, a derringer, it was discharged; upon the bureau was an ounce vial marked :Hydrocyanidc Acid, poison,  does one drop;" it was empty; in his eroom was foun d letters; one to the public as follows:

   I, Thomas Wright, jr., before Almighty God, in whose presence I am about to appear, do hereby declare that I am innocvent of any crime or offence against the lawe of God or man, except that of taking my own life; and for this last I pray God to pardon me.

San Francisco, April 4th, 1857.    THOMAS W RIGHT, junior.

P.S. - For this crime of tasking my life my enemies will be punished.

Another letter, direcdted to Dr. John S. Bird, of Philadelphia, was as follows:

SAN FRANCISCO, Aperil 4, 1857.

DEAR DOCTOR: I write you this letter under the most extraordinary circumstances.  I am compleled to kill myself by poison or the pistol; this has been effefcted by the connivance of an adriot and secret enemy, whose name I believe to be *   *   *   *   *.  I can only protest to you that I am innocent of any crime, thiough they are gtrying to fasten a crime upon me.  What this crime is I do n ot know; but they have condemned me to death without a trial or hearing.  Oh! what a stain  upon the name to be hung!  I will not suffer that.  I must die by my own hand.  God will pardon me, as he knows my in nocence.

Yours as ever, with love to mother and all the family.  THOMAS WRIGHT, jr.

   A letter was directed to george Sharp, Esq., in which the deceased thanked mr. S. for past kindness, and asked that he should be decentl;y buries, and letters forwarded to his family.  He protested his onnocvence of any crime, but desired to kill himself to escape the fancied enemies who were pursuing him.

   A letter of kindly feeling and remembrance was also directed to Mrs. Shaw, the lady of the house in which he bioarded.  Two pencils were found in the room, and a package of business paprtsd.  On Monday he said that a dreadful calamity would happen to him, and he thought that it would be the last day he would live.  We watched him closelty, and generally got hom to sleep about 2 or 3 o'clock.  He never was violewn t but once; he generally seemed depfressed.  There qas no on e in the room with him until we found him.

   E. N. Burlien swoen - I reside at mr. Shaw's, and cxorroborate his testimont.

   George T. Sharp sworn - Mr. S. trestidfied that he knew the deceased, and had employed him in his law office for nearklt a year abd a half; he was temperate and strictly honorable - his charcatefr irreproachable; for two weeks past deceasedx had appeared to be laboring under mental derangement; he had had a busibess difficulty with mr. MacKinley, and had an idea that he must kill MacKinley, or havew a shot at him; Mr. MacKinley always dealt honestly by him; we had him examineds as to his insanity, but he appeared to be better, and he was discharged; on Saturday he appeared wiorse; witness advised him to go to Contra Costa tro spend the Sabbath, and gave him some money; he appeared satisfied, and he said he would go; he has been taking medicine for neuralgy, and repeated the medicine without con sukting his physiciain; perhaps that may be the vcause of his derangement.

   Judge Carman stated that deceased was a native of Philadelphia, aged about 37.  He leaves a mother, and brothers and sisters.  Dr. Bird is his brother-in-law.  His people are very respectable.  Deceased came to his house on Sunday, and stated that some persons were aftewr him to kill him; he appeared delirious.  I advised him to go home; he left.  I think his inten tions were always honorable.

   The jury returned a verdfict that deceased came to his dwath by a pistol wound in hjis rioght temple, inflicted by himself whiole in a state of mental aberration.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 6 April 1857

THE SAN JOAQUIN SHOOTING AFFAIR. - The Mexican, who was shot in Thursday morning, April 2d, by A. J. Golden, agt the ranch of the latter, on San Joaquin, died on the following day, when an inquest was held, and facts consistent with those heretoforfe p;ublished, weere elicitedc.  Golden's examin ation was to have taken plac e on Saturday.

ANOTHER MAN KILLED IN THE MINES. - Frederick White, a Hollander, was killed, by the falling of a large stump, on Thursday, March 20th, while at work in his c,laim oln the North Fork of Humbug, in Siskiyouj county.

ANOTHER HOMICIDE CASE. - Last week Augustus Stobly was arrested at West Point, calaveras county, for killing a man.  There were strong circumstances of justification.

DEAD. - John Holmes, recently injured by a blast, near Jackson, Amador ciounty, died on Saturday, March 28th, from the effect of his injuries.

MINING ACCIDSENT. - Two moners, whose names are not given, were killed at Campo Seco on Wedcnesday, April 1st, by the caving of a tunnel.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 7 Aperil 1857

INQUEST. - The body of Bartolo, the mexican, who was shot on Thursday last, at Lyon's ranch, on the San Joaquin, was brouight to Stockton the following day, and an inquesy being hjelf, the juryu found that he came to his death from a pistol shot, at the hand of A. J. Golden.

CASE OF ELIZA MONRO. - This woman, who was indicted by the last Grand Jury, for murdering her child, was arraigned in the Twelfth District Court, yesterday morning.  Sbhe asked time to plead, which was granted her.  The trial may be expected to come on early in the prfesent term.

DEATH OF A SAILOR - COTONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest yestwerday, upon the body of a young man named Warden D. Guest, a son of Aatron Guest, of New York city, who dieds abouit seven o'clock on Sunday evening, on board the clipper ship Andrew Jackson, lying at North Beach, from injuries received by falling into the hold of the vessel on Thursday last.

   William Morgab, first mate of the ship, testified that the deceased was a native of New York, aged 16 years.  On Thursday, he was ordered to remove the covering from the hatch, and while doing so, he fell into the hold, and struck his head against a cask, inflicting a wound above the right eyebrow.

   The third mate opicked him up, and the first officetr dressed the wound.  It was not thought necessary trio send for a physician, as he diod not seem to be much injutred.  On Sunday, he came out of his bunk and w alked about the wharf, but in the evening he complained of headache and sickness.  Capt. Williams directed the officer to go for a ophysician, but before he arrived the lad was dead.

   Capt. Williams corroborated the testimony of mr. Morgan, and stated that  he was with the boy when he died.  he was insensible and appreared to be in great agony.  He was a lad of good character and a favorite of the ship.

   Dr. John Pascoe made a post mortem examin ation of the deceased, and testified that the right frontal bone was fractured, extending about an inch upwards and half an inch gtransversely, with depression of the bone, which injuries were sufficient to create death.

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

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 April 1857

FARTHER PARTICULARS OF THE HANGINGF AT BANGOR. - The Butte Record, of Saturday, April 5th, makes up the following account of the Bangor tragedy, from the statement of District Attorney Kleine, who, on Friday, returned from Bangor to Oroville.

   The three men who were hanged at Bangor on Wednesday night last, were arrested in Yuba county, for robberies committed there, and taken to Marysville, thence to Bangor, in this county, on Wednesday last, on the charge of murdering a Chinaman at Bangor, on Sunday night last.  They were taken before Judge Lawrence, of Bangor, and two of their number put upon their examination.  These two men were E. N. Johnson and Chas. Jones.

   The examination continued until after midnight, and Justice Lawrence was sufficiently satisfied of their guilt to commit them for trial.  The examination with reference to the other two was then continued until the next morning, and the four prisoners were placed in the hands of the Constable.  Some indications of the lynch process were manifested, and the Constable took the four prisoners from the Bangor House, as he stated, for safety, and conducted them to the chaparral.  Soon after this, the populace made a descent upon them, and took them from the Constable, conducted them to an oak tree below town, demanded a confession, etc.  Three, who were afterwards hanged, refused to confess, but Chas. Jones came out and "made a clean breast of it," in consideration of which, and the declarations of the other three, that Jones had "never shed human blood," the crowd spared Jones for the time.

    Several of the crowd were disguised, with faces blackened, etc., who proceeded to adjust the ropes about the necks of the three, who gave their names as Lake, Johnson and Ringgold, they having been placed upon barrels set in a wagon, and were called upon to make a confession, when they replied that they "did not know" they were guilty.  The prisoners then called for brandy, which was given them.  They drank each about a pint; a short time afterward the wagon was pulled from under them, and they were launched into eternity!  This took place about an hour before daylight on Thursday morning.

   In the morning, at the hour of 6 1/2w or 7 o'clock, the bodies of the three men were taken down, a Coroner's Jury called by Justice Lawrence, and an inquest held.  The verdict of the Coroner's Jury, after examining several witnesses, was in substance "the three men, calling themselves severally Johnson, Lake and Ringgold, came to their death from strangulation, by being hanged by their necks upon an oak tree, near Bangor, Butte county, California, effected by the hands of persons unknown to the Jurors." [Disposal of Chas. Jones.]

 

SAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 April 1857

FOUND DFROWNED. - The dead body of a man named William Burke, a native of Dublin, Ireland, aged 3w5 years, was found in the bay, near the foot of Vallejo street, yesterday afternoon, by a boatman named Driscoll.  The deceased had been a fireman on board the mail steamer John L. Stephens, and, it is supposed, fell overboard on the night previous to her sailing.  The body was removed to the Coroner's office.  An inquest will be held this morning.

CASE OF ELIZA MONRO. - this woman, charged with infanticide, on being arraigned yesterday morning, in the Twelfth District Court, plead not guilty.  Her trial, was set for Monday next.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 April 1857

FATAL ACCIDENT. - A man named John Williams, a native of Italy, aged 35 years, died yesterday, at the Atlantic Lodging House, in Commercial street, near Davis, from injuries received in falling down a flight of stairs leading from the wharf to the water's edge.  He had represented himself as poor, and an object of charity.  On his person was found about $75 in money and a paper signed by Wm. R. Hockins, dated "Sacramento, Feb. 6, 1857," representing that John Williams (the deceased) was a naturalized citizen of the united States, and served three years in the U.S. Navy, under Commander Perry - that he was con fined in the Hospital with an attack of paralysis, which rendered his right arm and leg useless, and recommending him to the charity of the public.  The body was removed to the Coroner's office, where an inquest will be held this evening.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 April 1857

Coroner's Inquest.

Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of John Williams, a native of Austria, aged forty years, who died at the Atlantic Lodging Rooms on Commercial street, on Saturday afternoon, from injuries received in falling down a flight of stairs.

   Frederick Bouchier, the keeper of the house, testified that deceased had lodged in his house about one week, and was suffering from an attack of paralysis; on Friday last the witness was absent from home a short time, and on his return found the deceased lying at the foot of the stairs; he was carried to his room, and Dr. Baldwin was sent for; Dr. Ayres was subsequently called in, and attended him until his death.

  1. H. Hood, who resides in the same house, corroborated Mr. Bouchier's testimony.

   Dr. Ayres, who made the post mortem examination, testified, that, on opening the cranium a large quantity of venous blood was found extravasated between the membranes and the brain; on the upper surface of the left lobe of the cerebellum, several small venous branches were ruptured, allowing a slow and gradual flow of blood, and thus caused compression of the brain, which produced death.

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

 

DAILY ALTA CAIFORNIA, 15 April 1857

SUDDEN DEATH. - Miss Mary Ann Colthread, a native of Yorkshire, England, aged 41 years, died suddenly while sitting at the supper table at the What Cheer House, last evening at 8 o'clock.  The deceased had been employed in the hotel for nearly two years, and, by her honesty, industry and good deportment, had gained the confidence and esteem of her employer. Yesterday, she appeared in her usual health, and went to supper with the family.  She was suddenly taken with an attack of coughing, and before assistance could be rendered, she died.  Physicians were sent for, but she was past recovery.  Information was sent to the Coroner, who held an inquest upon the body.  A post mortem examination was made by Drs. Sawyer and Angel, who found a large piece of beef in the throat - sufficient to cause suffocation.  Verdict accordingly.

AERIOUS ACCIDENT. - On Monday afternoon, about 3 o'clock, a drayman, named Edward Brannan, in the employ of Messrs. Treadwell & Co/. corner of Sansome and California streets, while carrying a load of iron from a clipper ship to a schooner, to be conveyed to Sacramento,  fell from his dray, near the corner of Washington and Davis streets, and was seriously injured by the wheel of the dray passing over the lower extremity of his body.  He was conveyed to his room on Front street, and Dr. Sawyer was called in.  Every possible assistance was rendered him.  There are doubts of his recovery.

ACQUITTAL OF ELIZA MONRO. - This wretched woman, who has been on trial for the last two days in the Twelfth District Court, was yesterday acquitted, on the ground of insanity.  The fact of her deliberately chopping the helpless infant's head off with an axe was not denied.  It is well for our faith in human nature that the Jury, by its verdict, sustained the plea of insanity.

   The remains of Mr. Davis A. Edwards, who, our readers will recollect, was killed by the falling of a tree on the 7th inst. in Patterson, Nevada county, were brought to this city last evening for interment. ...

     

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 April 1857

THE MURDER OF HEALY. - A few days since we published in the letter of our Shasta correspondent, an account of the murder of a man named Healy, at French Gulch, on Trinity Mountain.  An inquest, as we learn from the Shasta papers, was subsequently held upon the dead body.  The name of the murdered man was Patrick Healy, and the act is supposed to have been committed by Samuel Olmstead and a German named "Gust," as principals, and Thomas Roach, as an accomplice.  Their object was robbery - the deceased having had thirty-six ounces of gold dust about him when he left the Trinity.  Roach was taken at Moore's Crossing of Trinity river, on Wednesday last, April 15th, and is now on jail at Shasta.  The other two have not been taken.  Olmstead is supposed to be the man who committed a robbery a couple of weeks since on the same mountain.

ANOTHER DEAD BODY FOUND. - On Wednesday last, April 13th, the dead body of a man named Patrick Carberry was found in the shaft at Massachusetts Hill, Nevada county.  On the evening of the 19th of February, he was passing the spot with two friends, and was carrying a lantern some distance behind, when he suddenly disappeared.  Search was made for him at the time, but no traces found until Monday last.  The shaft had some thirty feet of water in it.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFGORNIA, 22 April 1857

A Fire - Two Children Burned to Death.

... Mrs. Murray was awakened by the crackling of the flames, and oppression from the smoke.   ... she  sprang from the bed, seized hold of one of her twin children, Owen Charles, aged between two and three months, and forced her way through the flames, which had already spread across the stairway, and descended into the street, leaving her little daughter, Sarah Jane, aged two years and seven months, and the other of the twin children, William Henry, still asleep in the burning room.  The frantic mother, unable to speak, vainly endeavored by signs to convey the sad intelligence to the bye-standers. ...

CORONER'S INQUEST.

Coroner Kent held an Inquest upon the bodies of the two children, yesterday afternoon.  The following persons were sworn as Jurors: Thomas Hoey, John Magin, John Murphy, Charles Ball, Henry Bell, James Graves.

   F. E. R. Whitney, Chief Engineer of the Fore Department, was examined.  He testified that he was present at the fire, about seven o'clock.  On arriving there he was told that all the persons in the building had been taken out alive, and believed such was the case.  As soon as a stream was directed upon the front of the building, another was placed on the rear.  He then heard that the children were in the building, and the position they were in.  Efforts were made to rescue them, as soon as possible.  Jacob Ezekiel, Secretary of the Fire department, Capt. Donnellan, and another person, whose name he did not learn, mounted a ladder and entered the bed-room, where they found the two children lying dead upon the bed - their bodies dreadfully burned.  A stream of water had been thrown through the room, and directly over them, and the fire was somewhat subdued.  The Chief expressed his belief that the fire had caught from the stove-pipe, to the cloth ceiling of the room.  A further examination was postponed until 12 o'clock, M., to-day.

SUICIDE. - The body of a German named Herman Buscher, one of the proprietors of the German Hall, on Montgomery street, near Bush, was found yesterday afternoon, by a man named Derby, hanging by the neck from the limb of a tree in the rear of Col. Wood's residence, near the Presidio.  The body was conveyed to Coroner Kent's office.  Upon examination, a gold watch, penknife, Odd Fellow's manual, and some business papers, were found in his pocket.  The penknife was closed and bloody.  Upon examining his person, several wounds were found over the region of the heart, which appeared to have been inflicted by a small instrument - probably the penknife in his pocket.  Around his neck and tied to a limb of the tree was a black silk handkerchief.  When found, he rested on his knees.  His left wrist was also cut.

   Deceased was a native of Bielefield, Germany, aged about 36.  He had resided in this city for several years, and borne a good character.  On Sunday morning last, he left his home, and stated that he was going to Rincon  Point to bathe.  As he did not return, his friends became uneasy and advertised for information concerning him.  he is believed to have been laboring under a temporary attack of insanity.  It is stated that he had met with heavy pecuniary losses, which preyed upon his mind.

   Drs. Carl Precht and F. L:her made a post mortem examination last evening, and reported as follows: "On the wrist of the left arm, and near the elbow joint, were two small superficial wounds.  On the chest were 14 wounds, only two of which penetrated - the one between the fourth and fifth rib, injuring the middle lobulus of the left lung, close to the heart, but not sufficient to cause death.  In the cavity of the chest was found about six ounces of extravasated blood; on the left chest were symptoms of beginning emphysema; in the lungs, no signs of congestion; the neck shows the mark of the rope, particularly behind the right ear.  Death was caused by strangulation." An inquest will probably be held on the body this morning.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 23 April 1857

Coroner's Inquests.

The inquest upon the two children - Sarah Jane and Owen Charles Murray, who were burned to death at the fire on Milton place, on Tuesday morning last, was completed yesterday.

Mrs. Catharine Murray (mother)

  1. L. Meeteer

Julius Durdelin, sworn - Says that he was one of the first persons at the fire; the mother was crying for her children, and someone told him to tell her that the children were saved, and for her to keep quiet; he did so, believing that they were saved.

   The Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.

INQUEST UPON THE BODY OF HERMAN BUSCHER. - Coroner Kant held an inquest, yesterday, upon the body of Herman Buscher, who committed suicide, by hanging himself on a tree near the Presidio.  The following persons were sworn as Jurors: A. Himmelman, H. Fridel, John Fischer, J. LaFontaine, John Bohn, H. Meese, Jacob Goudlash.

   Only two witnesses were examined.

   William Steffers testified that deceased was thirty-four years of age; had resided in California since 1849; on Sunday morning he was at home, tending the bar of the saloon, as usual; about 10 o'clock he left, saying he was going to take a marine bath; did not appear insane; the night before he had been very sick; the sweat ran down his face, and he shook violently; he was subject to fever, and had been sick a long time.

E. Angelis, being sworn, testified that deceased was his partner in keeping the German Hall; they owned the business and fixtures, but rented the ground from Mr. Russ; deceased had frequently complained of being sick.

   After hearing the testimony of the physician who made the post mortem examination, the Jury returned as their verdict, that he "came to his death from strangulation, caused from hanging by the neck from a tree, by a handkerchief, which had been placed around his neck and tied to the tree, by his own hand, with intent to take his life," and that the act was committed while laboring under mental derangement.  [Funeral.] [See also SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 April; "He has lately lost, by one whom he considered his friend, $1800, and it is supposed that this preyed upon his mind."]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 April 1857

LOST OVERBOARD. - The Sun is indebted to Mr. Wallace, City Sexton, for the following intelligence:  A seaman named Herman White was lost overboard from the schooner Susan Ann, on Saturday afternoon last, between Angel and Goat islands, while on her way to Mare Island with Government stores.  White was steering at the time.  He was habited in a white coat, and had on a gray under-shirt.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 May 1857

DEATH IN THE STATION HOUSE. - Last night about 7 o'clock, Officer Baldwin found a man in Jackson street, in a state of helpless intoxication.  He was brought to the Station House, where he died during the night, before being found dead at four o'clock this morning.  The man refused to give his name when arrested.  He exhibited no signs of illness during the night.  Wm. Gray, who was in the same cell, states that the man breathed heavily for a short time, and then died without a struggle.  His body was removed to the Coroner's office to await the holding an inquest.  No one has yet identified the body.  Officer Clark is under the impression that his name is Hagerson, aged about 36, the same man who was arrested some weeks ago for chasing a man in the street with a knife.

MAN KILLED. - The Butte Herald is informed that a man known by the name of Jack, was killed at Coleman's store, on Big Butte creek, on Sunday. A party of French and Germans were on a drunken frolic, when a dispute arose between two of them, who clinched, one of them drawing a knife.  Jack interposed to prevent the use of the knife, when he was stabbed to the h4eart.  The murderer then drew a revolver, but it was wrested from him, when he seized a shovel and struck his opponent several blows, knocking him down and injuring him severely.  He was finally secured and taken before Justice Wright for examination.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 May 1857

EL DORADO COUNTY CORRESPONDENCE.

Dead body of a Man, supposed to have been Murdered, found in a pit - Coroner's Inquest, &c., &c.

GEORGETOWN, April 28th, 1857.

EDITORS UNION: - I have often seen in the newspapers of California, notices and enquiries made in relation to the whereabouts of different persons, whose place of residence is unknown.  It has frequently occurred that persons have mysteriously disappeared on different parts of the State, whose disappearance is never accounted for, unless providentially discovered on some dark and deep canon, or concealed in the bushes by the way-side.

   The following circumstances, if made public, may become a source of information to the friends and relatives of an unfortunate man, who is supposed to have been murdered.  The body was accidentally discovered on Saturday, the 25th inst., about a mile and a half south of this place, under the following circumstances; Messrs. Yeagle & Co. were sluicing in their claim at Cram's gulch, by which means they were working a tunnel which had been abandoned for more than two years.  About a year ago the present owners commenced working the claim by hydraulic process, by which means they had worked several hundred feet, following up the old tunnel.  Whilst thus engaged they discovered the bare foot of a dead person, the body being covered with dirt that had fallen on it.

   The timbers of the tunnel had given way, and dirt had fallen in several places.  The parties made no further examination, but came immediately to town and informed Justice Ferguson, who went to the claim, taking with him M. S. Knox and the writer of this communication.  After arriving at the claim, Messrs. Yeagle and partners, at the request of Justice Ferguson, commenced slucing the dirt from off the body, which was soon accomplished.  The biody was found lying on the back, across the tunnel with the arms by the side, or rather on the breast.  No clothing was found on the body except a pair of blue pants and a flannel shirt.  The pockets of the pants and the shirt were examined.  The body had somewhat decayed.  No bones were broken or marks of violence discovered.  On the left side there was a bullet hole through the shirt, with the appearance of clogged blood on the shirt where the ball had entered the body.  On the back of the shirt, near the shoulder blade was discovered a small hole resembling a bullet hole.

   At the request of Mr. Yeagle and others, Justice Ferguson, assisted by Justice Collins, of Johntown, held an inquest, finding the name of the deceased to be James Butler, between twenty-five and thirty years of age, who came to his death as above described.

   The deceased emigrated to this State from Oskalacy, Ohio, in the year '51 or '52' has friends and relatives, it is said, living near Dayton, Ohio; had been living about Georgetown, but for some time before he was missing, he had been stopping in a cabin at Cram's Gulch, by himself.  It was thought that he had considerable money at the time of his death.  CITIZEN.

   Last evening, about seven o'clock,. A man who appeared to be very much intoxicated, was found on the corner of Montgomery and Jackson streets, by Officer Baldwin, and taken to the station house.  During the night he unexpectedly died.  His name has not yet been learned, nor the cause of his death.  The Coroner will hold an inquest.  He was apparently about 35 years of age, and is said to have been a hand on the steamer Golden Gate.

EL DORADO COUNTY CORRESPONDENCE.

Another  Fatal Accident.

WHITE OAK, April 30th, 1857.

EDITORS UNION: - An accident occurred bear the White Oak Plank Road by which a fish peddler from Folsom, by the name of John O'Loughlin, lost his life.  It seems that he was driving along about ten o'clock on Tuesday evening, and being unacquainted with the road, drove off an embankment, by which the wagon was upset. He was found the next morning with the wagon bed lying across his breast, his neck and one thigh and one arm broken, besides several bruises about his person.  A Coroner's inquest was held by Justice Tipton, by which the above facts were elicited and a verdict rendered accordingly.  E.C.

FEES OF CORONERS.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 May 1857

From our Evening Edition of Yesterday.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kent held an inquest to-day 12 o'clock, upon the body of a man, supposed to be John Hagerson, who was brought into the Station House drunk on Wednesday night, and was found dead in the cell the next morning.

   Dr. Tewkesbury held a post mortem examination upon the body on Thursday night, and reported that his death was caused by the rupture of a blood vessel, caused by a fall upon the head.

   The following Jurors were sworn: H. F. Josephs, G. W. Smith, S. T. Denny, D. J. Williamson, W. B. Ransome, E. B. Carter and W. H. Leviness.

   The witnesses testified as follows:

   Edward Baldwin sworn - Am a policeman; never saw the deceased until about a quarter to seven o'clock on Wednesday evening; he was then sitting on the curbstone on Jackson street, below Montgomery; some gentleman had hold of him; I have since heard that the gentleman's name was Foster; a short time afterwards the deceased got up and walked across Montgomery street, on Jackson street, and when he came opposite Caspari's building, I saw him fall on his side on the iron grating in the sidewalk; I supposed him to be hurt; I then went up to him and asked him what was the matter; he did not answer; I said, you must be drunk.  I then said if he would tell me where he lived or boarded, I would take him home.  He spoke and said he had no boarding house; he spoke in a broken, incoherent manner.  I asked him where he came from?  He said he came from the Golden Gate.  I said, if you have no home or place to go to, I shall have to take you to the station house; will you go?  He replied "yes."  He came along with me to the entrance of the City Hall; I had his arm and assisted him; he seemed willing to go; as we were going into the City Hall, he asked, where is this?  I replied, can't you read that sign? Pointing to the "Police Office" sign over the door; I then took him into the station house; Officer Bowers was on duty inside the prison; I said to Officer B., here is a man that I picked up on the sidewalk; let him have as good accommodation as you can give him.  Deceased then turned round to me, and, in a drunken, inarticulate manner, he attempted to reproach me for having brought him to the station house, and seemed displeased; he doubled up his first and raised it as if to strike me; I was close by his side; he did not hit me; I then turned him over into the care of Mr. Bowers.  Bowers then asked him his name; he made no reply but doubled his fist and made an attempt to strike Officer B., Bowers put his hand out and pushed deceased off; he fell over backwards upon the floor; he fell heavily; he was picked up and carried into one of the cells; I then came out of the prison.  When they picked him up, they washed his face with water; he did not speak; appeared senseless; I saw no marks of blood upon him; I think I remarked to Mr. Bowers that that was no way to treat a drunken man; I think he replied that he "was not going to let deceased strike him."  I have been an officer since the newly organized force; I have been on prison duty at times; the deceased was not so drunk but what he could injure a man if he hit him; his mental faculties seemed more overcome by the liquor than his physical; when I came off street duty that night, at 12 o'clock, I inquired how the deceased was; officer Clark was on duty; I do not recollect what answer he made me.

   J. T. Bowers sworn - I am a police officer; was on duty in the station-house on Wednesday night; never saw deceased before that night; he was brought in by officer Baldwin, about 7 o'clock in the evening; he was drunk, very - he could hardly stand without assistance; he made at Mr. Baldwin as if to strike him; they came together, but separated, and he made at me; I had a candle in my right hand; as he came towards me, I put up my left hand against his breast and gave him a push to keep him from coming against me; he lost his balance and fell over on the floor backwards, as I thought, pretty heavily; a prisoner named Tomlinson, who was standing by, thought the man was hurt, and went and got some water and put upon his face; I did not notice anything peculiar about the man.  We often have drunken men brought in who fall over on the floor and do not move; he appeared senseless like a drunken man; he was then taken into a cell, about half an hour afterwards I went into the cell; I put a pillow under his head, and felt his pulse; he appeared to be sleeping, and his pulse was regular; I did not think it necessary to send for a doctor; about an hour and a half afterwards, another prisoner was brought in and out in the same cell; I then examined the man again; there was nothing unusual about him; his pulse beat a grain faster than mine, but I thought it was because he was drunk; I left the two prisoners in the same cell, and did not see deceased again until I saw him in the Coroner's office, dead.

   Thomas  Cassidy sworn - I first saw deceased on Wednesday night, about 7 o'clock; Officer Baldwin brought deceased to the Station House; he appeared to be very drunk; I was out in the yard and was looking through the window into the prison; Officer Bowers, the keeper of the prison, asked deceased his name; he didn't tell, but asked them why they brought him there. He then struck at Officer Baldwin, but did not hit him; Officer Baldwin caught his hand and held him two or three minutes, and then let him go; Mr. Bowers again asked his name; he did not tell it; Mr. Bowers then took hold of his collar to search him; deceased threw his right hand up, and threw off Mr. Bowers' hand from his coat; Bowers then shoved him back, and he fell on the floor and struck the back part of his head; he laid right out.  One of the men named Miller got some water and threw it on his forehead; Tomlinson and Miller then carried him onto the cell; that was the last I saw of him until he was in his coffin the next morning.  He appeared insensible when he was carried into the cell; I suppose I was ten feet from the parties.  I think that when Bowers pushed the deceased over, Officer Baldwin told him he ought mot to abuse a drunken man in that way; did not hear Bowers reply.

   Question.  Did Bowers take hold of deceased first?

   Answer.  He  did.

   I do n ot recollect that Bowerfs had a candle in his hand; I think he had not.

   John Thomas, sworn - I saw deceased come into the Station House with Officer Baldwin; he was apparently drunk; he staggered aboutr, and Baldwin took him to the bar to tell his name; he would not tell his name; Officer Bowers asked baldwin, where he arfrested him; he answred, "on the corner of Mon tgomery and Jackson;"  deceased appeared quiute mad about being brought in, and he sgtruck at Officer baldwin, but  did not hit him;  Officer B. took him by the hand, and told him to look out or he would bhave to strike him with the cane he held in his hand; Baldwin gthen undertook to search deceased, but he would not let him; then either Officer Baldwin or Bowers told me to search him; I did so; Bowers caught hold of the collar of his coat; the deceased threw up his hand and knocked off his hold; Mr. Bowerrs then, with one hand, pushed deceased upon the breast, and he fell backwards and struck his whole weight on the back of his head on the floor; I made the remark that I thought he was killed; either Baldwin or Bowers said, "Get some water and throw it on his face;" it was done; baldwin said to Bowers, "You had not ought to use a drunken man that way;" Bowers said he was "not going to have him strike him;"  Miller and myself then took him to his cell; he was senseless; he never sopoke a word after he fell; sometime after this a prisoner was briought in for stealing some money; Officver Bowerfs told me to pi=ut him in cell No. 5, the same cell with deceased; I did so; Mr. Bowers did not go into the cell at this time; I think he had not been in at any time previous, nor did he afterwatrds until 11 I'clock, at which time I went to bed; about a quarter of an houre before I went to bed, Bowers asked me who that was bteathing dso hard; I told him it was the man Mr. baldwin briought in; he then took a lamp and went up into the cell; he felt his pilse; I took a coat and old pillow and oput them under his head; Bowers was standing alongside; I then went out and did not see him again alive.

   Alfred Clark, sworn - I am a ;police officer; went on duty at 12 o'clock midfnight, on Wednesday; I relieved Mr. Bowers; mr. Bowers handed me the key, and did not make any remark except that I had been slow; he seemed to be anxious to get away; when I came on duty I looked ands saw deceased in the cell; he appeared to be asleep comfirtably; about five o'clock, Thursday morning, in shifting the men from one cell to another, I found decedasded was dead.

   John Halsey sworn - I have been a soldier at Fort uma.; I was in the Station House on the night this affair happened; I saw all that took place, and corroborate the tesimony olf Cassify and thomas, but I am underf the impression that officer Bowers struck the deceased in the neck, and not in the brfeast.

   Dr. M. \R. Tewkersbury make the following report:-  I have examined the body of tbghe man (supposed to be John Hagerson,) who died in the Station House, on the night of the 29th of SAperil, 1857.  Externally, the autopsy developed nothing to indicate the caujse of death, as the integumen t was not cutr or broken in any place.  I proceeded to examine the ckntents of the chest, and found the organs all in a hdealthy condition, with n othjing to indicate the cause of death.  I then examined the ghead and brain; on removing the scalp from the posterfior part of the skull, I found a contused wound, with a considerable quan tity of extravasated blood. The wound was of a circular form, and about two inches in diameter, situated on the superior part of the occipital, and posgterior part of the two parietal bones.  The woujnd, I should think, was made with a heafvhy, flat instrumemnt, or a fall backwards upon some hard substabnce.  I then examined the brain, by removing the superior part of the skull, and making an incision through the membranes of the encephalon.  I should think that about olne pint of blood flowed through the incision from the brain.  This bllod was let loose from its prfoper channels by a rupture of on e of the cerebral veins of the lefgt hemusphere; such a quantity of extravasateds blood in the brain would cause comagtose an d death in a few hours.

   After a c areful exination of the above mentioned facts, I am of the opiknion  that extravasated blolod on the brain was the cause of death, and that the blow or fall on the back part of the head caused the extravasation of the blolod bhy producing a contusion of the brain, and a rupture of said vein .  M. R. TEWKESBURY.

   The Jury, after hearing thew witnesses examined, together with the testim ony of Dr. Tewkersbury, returned the following verdfict:

   "We, the Jury, &c., do find that the deceased cvame to his death from contusion on the brain, and that the same ewas caused by a fall, which said fall was caused by a shove from officer J. T. Bowerfs.  The name, age, and nativity of decedased, is to the Jury aforesaid as yet unknown."

OUTRAGES UPON CHINAMEN. - The Sacramento Union is informed that four or five Chinamen, who were trfavelling on footr, were met on Tuesday evening, about a mile from Folsom, on the road to Negro Bar, by a man named Alden, who was mklunted, and delberfately, without provocation, drew a pistol and shot on e of the chin amenm, inflicting on him as wound of which he died wjithin a few m kn utes.  Alden was afrfested an d gtaken before a Justice of the Peace, who discharghed him; there being no witnesses against him  other than  Chinedse. ...

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 may 1857

Coroner Kent, this afternoon, is holding an inquest on the body of the unknown man who died in the station-house on Wednesday night.  The deceased is supposed to have come to his death from the effect of a b,low or push from Officer Bowers; but so far as the testimony has gone, therfe seems to be no rfeason to charge the officer with improper conduct.

 

WIDE WEST, 3 May 1857

DEATH IN THE STATION HOUSE. - On Wednesday last a man was observed at the corner of Montgomery and jackson sgtreets, sufficiently under the influenvce of liquor to warrant his arfrest, whereupon officer baldwin edscorted him to the station house, where he died on the following morning.  His name was ascerftained to be George Thomas.  He was a nagtive of Irekland, and aged about 24 years.  A coroner's inquest was held over thje body on Friday, at which the jury declared in their verdfict that "the deceased came to his death from contusion on the nrain, and that the same was caused by a fall, which said fall was caued by a shove from offiver J. T. Bowers."  Bowers has been sujspended from his position, on a charge of unnecessary and altogether un justifiable sevefrityu in his condict on that ocvcasion, and will probably be gtried at an edarly day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 Msy 1857

"DEATH AT THE STATION HOUSE". - Editorial comment; That odfficer Bowers was acuated by malice, or intended to do the man bodily injury, no one will beieve; but that it is a pracgtice with many police officerfs to use prisonerfs and drunken men more roujghly than there is any ocvcasion  for, is unquestionably true.  It is, in my opinion, a practuice that should be "more honored in the brfeach than the obserfv anvce."  What the death of this man will lead to, it is impossible, as yet, to determine'; but it appears to me thjat a rfeprimand of some kind is demanded, that would in futurfe check the carelessness and indifferfent \mannetrf in which the undortunate arew too often treated. ...

   Since thw above was written I have learbed that officer Bowers was susopended this morning from his position in the police department.  It is proposed tio gtry him on the charges preferred by the Boatrd of Police Commissioners.  The name of the deceased has been asc erftyainbed to be John Thomas, a fireman, who came to this State in 1850 on the stedamewr rfelpublic.  He left a wife and family in New York.

SENTENCE OF BLAIR COMMUTED. - Chas. F. Blair, some time since convicted of a killing a C hianaman in Shasta county, has had his sentence cimmuted from death to imprisonment for life.   The petition was numerously signed, but there appears to be a conflict of opinion upon the propriety of the commutation.  The Shasta Courier, whihcx opposes it, says:

   If imprisonment for life meant for life, then perhaps we might have no reason to complain, but when our land is infested by robbers, and robbers let loose upon us through Executive clemency, we think we have reason for complaint.  A man who will murder a Chinaman will kill any one else, if he can do it without incurring petrsoanl danger, and this same man would, if guilty of the offence with which he stnads convicted, be an invaluable auxiliary to the Trinity murderers and robbers.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 May 1857

SUICIDE AT FOLSOM. - A correspondent writes us that on Saturday nigjt last, May 16th, about 12 o'clock, Mrs. Margaret Alley, wife of John Alley, a milkman at Folsom, put an end to her existence by taking strychnine.  Yesterday morning an inqwuest was held by Justice Scofield, and the testimony went to establish the fact that she had been a woman of violent temperr and had frequently threatened the life of her husband as well as her own.  The cause of her rash act was her husband's not procuring fior her the kind of sugar she wanted.  She became nuch incensed in consequence, and took the fatal dose about 11 o'clock.  Dr. Don aldson was called in and administered antidotes before her deathm but to no effecvt.  She had been in the habit of popisoning rats, chickenes, hogs and diogs, and she had the strychnine in the house for that ourpose.  She was thirty-seven years of age.

ACCIDENTALLY SHOT. - On Thursday, May 7th, Thomas Walker was accidentally shot by James rfeynolds, at Wisconsin Bar.  They were in conversationn at the time the pistol was discharged, and lodged the contents in Mr. Walker's body.  He died on Thursday, May 14th.  He resided at Grizzey Flat, where his widow resides. Their onkly child was drowned there about two years since in a resevoir.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 May 1857

LITTLE GIRL DROWNED. - The Calavereas Chronicle states that on Thursday, May 14th, a little Mexican girl, three or four years of age, was plahying close by the flume, near Stockton Hill, and by accident slipped into the water.  The current breing quite rapid, she was quickly carried off; and as the flumr runs over very rough ground, the father, who had observed her fall in, attempted to rescue her, but she was carried off much faster than he could pursue.  The body was found the same day about three miles from the place where she fell in.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Thurdsya, May 14th, Daniel Ross was so srriously in jured by the fall of a bank as to cause his death.  He was  from Calais, Maine.

INQUEST. - An inquest was held on the body of george leonard, who died on Wednesday, May 13th, at San Andreas, of apoplexy.  He was found dead near a tree.

CONFESSION OF A MURDERER. - On Friday, May 8th, Francisco, as he was called, an Indian who had been convicted of the murder of Francis Ulrioch, in Santa Clara county, was executed at San Jose.  [reporuces letter of confession, signed as Antonio Cardoza.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 21 May 1857

FOUND DEAD. - The body of a Chinaman was found under the sidewalk on the north side of I street, between 5th and 6th streets, between 10 and 11 o'clock on Tuesday morning, and removed about 4 P.M. by some Chinamen to a building opposite.  Upon inquiry, we learend that he had been sick for some time past, and having been abandoned by his ocuntrymen, had procured some old matting, &c., and taken up his residence under the ewalk, where he died.  The Coroner was notified of the facts; but upon learning the circumstances, concluded that it was unnecessary to entail expense on the county by holding an inquest.

THE INDIAN MURDER. - An In dian named Francisco, supposed to have had a hand in the murder of the Indian boy Jim, at Norris' ranch, about a month since, was arrested in the vicinity of Michigan Bar and brought to the station house, yesterday, by a deputation of Indians sent out by Capt. O'Brien to arrest him and his confrere Waluka, or Wakelo.  The latter could not be found.  Francisco's escort was composed of about fifteen Indians, one of whom carried a rifle, which he kept drawn on the prisoner to insure hissafe conduct to the station house.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 May 1857

MURDER. - The case of the chinaman, Ah Ling, charged with mutrdering one of his countrywomen some monthsa ago, by beating her with a bamboo cane over the head and administering opium ti her, was called up for examination, yesterday, before Judge Coon.

   The case has already been made a prolific sourse of local items - having been goven in detail at the time of finding the dead body, and again at the Coroner's inquest; and repeated a third time when the woman, Ah Lie, who was charged as an accessory, was arrested, and her case sent before the Grand Jury; and told the fourth time when Ah Ling was caughr - since which time, until yesterday, it has been harped upon by itemizers day by day, as the case would be called and continued upon some frivolous pretence of counsel.  Yesterday, however, was fixed upon as the day of trial - witnesses or no witnesses, it could be continued no longer,.  After disposing of the usual morning business, the case was called, and the witnesses examined.

   The same testimony which was given before the Coroner's inquest was repeated.  It was proved that the woman was found dead in a brothel. A physician nad analyzed the contents of the stomach, and found a preponderance of morphua or oipium.  The Coroner's Jury had saids she died from poison, but whether taken violuntarily by herself, because she was deserted, dfiseased and dying, and disgusted with life; or, whether it was forced upon her and administered by some one else, the Jury could not tell.

   Then witnesses came forward, who testified that the woman had been severely beaten with a stick in the hands of a Chinaman some days before her death.  They arrested Ah Ling as the man.  Tweo Frenchmen were examined, who proved nothjiong.  Several Chinese witnesses were examined for the defence.  They swore that they did n ot know the woman who was killed, and had never seen the defendant before, although he has lived for a long time in the same alley and in the same house.  It was thought by some that it was ratyher "hard swearing," and it diod sound so - but tio suppose for a moment that the andministering of an oathj, however solemnly done, would have any effect upon the common class of Chinese, who are brought into our courts to induce them to gtell the gtruth, when their own interestr, or the interest of a ftriend, could better be served by a falsehood, is absird.  The defendant was discharged.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 mAY 1857

THE MARYSVILLE SHOOTING CASE. - Yesterdfay we gave an account of the shooting affair between Grant Israel and a man named Reese, in the course of which the latter received a wound qwhich caused his death.  On Thursday morning, an inquest was held by the Coroner, and the Jury found that the killing was justifiable homicide.

   In commenting upon the verdict, the Express remarfks:

   The Jury was composed of some of our most substantial citizebns, and they were satisfied, from the evidence, that the unfortunate man Reese drew down upon his own head the fatal shot which deprived him of his life.  Painful as is the tragedy, we cannot, as just chroniclers of the event, do otherwise than to record the universal opiniion that Israel acted solely in defense of his own life, in the course of which he was compelled to purshue.  The following is the most important of the testimony taken befopre the Coroner:

   Thomas F. Kimball, being swoen, testified as follows: O am a policeman of this city; about 9 o'clock, A.M., on the 20th inst., I stood on the corner, or justy below the corner of B and First streets, toward Virgin Alley; I saw Grant Israel in a saloon; he asked me to come in and drink a glass of beer; I went in accordingly; he drank his first, standing near the door, and saisd to me, "it's all paid for, and I must go hiome;" as he turned to go out at the door, the deceased shot at him, and humoped back off the widewalk and ran; he fired once; I suppose he fired at Grant Israel; as he shot, Israel jumped from me; I am satidfied that the shot was fired at Israel; Israel then jumped on to the sidewalk or crosswalk; I saw him draw and shoot at deceased; they were both running; I think that the second shot fired by Israel hitr deceased; the lagter fired while he was runniong; I think deceased fired six shots at Israel, and that the latter fired five shots at deceased; both shot after deceased fell on hjis knees; both ran up B satreet,. And deceased ran as far as Second street; they were about four rods apart, when Isrfael's shot took effect, and deceased fell on his knees; I got up to Grant, and he turned around and said, "I give myself up;" there was n ot a word spoken, so my knowle4dge, between deceased and Israel before deceased fired the first shot.

   After the inquest by the Coroner, an examination was had before the Recorder.  The testimony vbefore the Coroner was produced, and one witness examined.  Mr. Israel was then discharged by the Recorder.

ACCIDENT. - On Wednesday, May 20th, a man, whose name has not been furnished sus, was sev erely injured while at work in his claim at Yorkville, near Yankee's Jim's.  A stone fell upon hjis head, inflicting a wound from which it is feared he will not rfecover.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 May 1857

SUICIDE. - A man named Alonzo Hill, of the firm of Hill & Wells, auction and commission merchants, No. 112 Sansome street, was found dead in his lodging room, in a house on Sansome street, near Pacific, at an early hour yesterday morning.  He had been lanboring under an attack of depression of spirits for several days, and had absented himself from huis business since Thursday evening, which caused the anxiety of his friends, and led to the discovery.  When found, he ewas dressed in his usual attire, and was sitting in an arm chair with his legs crossed and head inclineds, as if gtaking an after-dinner nap.  In his pocket was found a considerable sum of money, and on a stand near him, was a p;axkage addressed to mr. Wells, his partner, containing his will, and directions about his interment, which he desired should be in Lone Mountain Cemetery.  By the side of the package, was found a letter addressed to his father, Luther Hill, Esq., Spencer coumnty, mass., of which the following is a ciopy:

SAN FRANCISCO, May 20th, 1857.

Dear Father, Mother, brothers ansd Ssisters:- Indanity for nine or ten hyears had preyed upon my brain, some all the time, in excess sometime.  This last year I am conscious of its increase, and the wegfiht of my bgrain is crushing me.  I hope, when the heart which dictates this note, has ceased to throb, you will forgive me, and God too.  My partn er, Mr. Wells, will write to you of me, and send you probably some little mementos that he may think proper.

   Forgive me; all voices are calling me to the unknown shiores, I must haste - Farewell.  ALONZO HILL.

   From the apperarance of the body, the deceased had come to his death from the effects of laudanum.  The body was taken in charge by the Coroner, whjo will hold an inquest this monring.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 26 May 1857

ONQUEST ON THE BODY OF ALONZO HILL. - Last evening, Coroner Kent held an inquest upon the body of Alonzo Hill, who committed suicide, and was found dead in his room on Sansome street, on Saturday mroning.  Several witnesses were examined, the substance of whose testimony was as follows:

   Lyman Wells, the partner of deceased, in the auction  and commission business, at No. 112 Sansome sgtreet, last saw the deceased alive on Wednesday evening; he was in the store.  On Thursday morning he did not come to the store as usual, and witness went up to hids room twice during the day, but he was not in; in the evening witness went again; deceased was in the room, and asked what witness wanted.  On Friday morning, witrness s ent a colored man to deceased with a note, asking him how he was, and if he would be down to the store soon.  The n egro returned, and said Mr. Hill's hand trembled, and he could not write an answer, but said he would be dowen to the sgtore shortly.  On Fridaty evening, witrness went to his toom again; it was dark; he rapped, and got no answer; the person in the next room said he thought mtr. Hill was asleep.  On Saturday moerning, trhe negro was sent again to the room; he returned, and saisd that Mr. Hill was dead, sitting in a chair.  I took some ftiends up and saw him, and sent for the Coroner.

   Deceased's health had been bad for s long time; three months ago he was better, but latterly he was much depressed.  He has told me that he thought his d eath was not far distant.  He always indicated the idea of Sporitualism, but said that when a person died, he thought they ought to come back to see their friends.  He said, he shiould try to come to see his ftiends.  Witness knew of no cause for his committing  suicide.

  Mr. J. E. Dow testified that on Wednesday deceased had called on him, and said he thought every man ought to have one ftriend, and that there wasa a rumor our against him; he commenced telling the witrness about it, but stopped, and went outr.  Witness thought he was insane, and told his partner so.  About nine months ago, hhe came to witrness, and desitred to make his will, and saids he might die suddenly; he desired the witness to be his ecxecutor.

   Jacob Williams, the colored man, testified to the finding of the body.

   Upon hearing the testiomony, the jury retyurned a verdfict that deceased was named Alonzo Hill, as native of Worcester county, Mass., aged about 28 years, and that he came to his death by his own hand, while under an attack of mental aberration. {Alsdo Sacramento Dailty Union, 27 May.]

DEATH OF PHILIP BRWON. - Coroner Kwnt made inquiry yesterdfay into the cause of trhe death of Philip Brown, a native of Liverpool, England, aged 28 years, who died from a  fall from the bank, on the north side of Vallejo street, near Battery, on Friday nigfht last while in a state of intoxocation,  No additional oparticulars were ascertained.

SUICIDE CASE. - The inquest on the body of C. Reedf, who shot himself on Pacific wharf on Sunday last, will take place this afternoon.  Coroner Kewnt has delayed holf=ding it in the hope opf obtainiong, if possible, some further identification of the body and additional particulars of the hostory of deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 May 1857

From our Evening Efdition of Yesterday.

INFANTICIDE. - This morning about 9 o';clock, Corooner kent recveived information that a male infant, seven weeks old, had been killed by its own mother, in a house at the junction of Market and california streets.  On repairing to the spot, the Coroner found the mother of the chikld, named Margaret Ball, wife of James Ball, who keeps a sailor boardfing house, in the bar-room in a state of crazy intoxication.  The father of the child informed the Coeroner that she had been drunk for three days, quarrelling and fighting with evetry one in the house.  Last night when she went to her bedroom the father and others in the house endeavotred to take the child away from her, but she fought them off and locked the door and went to bedf.  At an early hour this morning, they heard her screaming, and going to the room found the child dead, having been overlaid and suffocated. Upon ascertaining the above facts, Coroner Kwent arrested the woman, and after considerable resistance ohn her part, she was brought to the Station House.

   Coroner Kewnt held an inquest, at 12 o'clock, upon the body of the child.  The following jurirs were sworn: Nat. Page, L. W. Newhall, John R. Greenough, Silas Fuller, Wm. Ross, James H. Fisk and H. Q. Adams.

   Wm. H. Zabriskie, Esq., was present as ciounsel for the vdefence.

   James Ball swoern, said: I reside at the junction of California and Market streets; keeper of a boarding-house; I am a married man; my wife's name is Margaret Ball; the deceased is our child; the last time I saw it alive was at 12 o'clock last nighjt; it was in bed klying aliongside its mother; they were both asleep; at half-past 5 o'clock this morning, I was asleep in the front room; I heard my wife call to Mrs. Scott that the child was dead; I jumoped out of bed, so did several others, and when we went into the room, we found the child dead alongside of her; she began to cry about the baby, and said she had klain on it and killed it; the child was  well before she went to bed; I was married in Boston, in 1852; for a short time after our marriage she was a gfood woman; she then began to drink, since which time she has been in the habit of druinking hard, and often bercomes beastklyt irioxicated; while in that condition she is very quarrelsome, and  wants to fight everybody; she has been on a spree for the last four days; in the morning she would be tolerably sober, but at night she would be very drunk; I keep liquor in the house, and when I am at home I would not let her have any, but when I am away, she would drive people away by throwing anything she could heave at them; I have only slept in her room one night since she got on this spree; she would not let me sleep there.

   Last night she was pretty srubnk and very quarrelsome; she had a dirfficultty with Mr. Sciott; sdhe threw tukmblers, bowls, &c., at me, and at any one else who uinterefere4d with her.  About ten o'clock she went to bed.  She gets on sprees every week or so, and neglects the chikldren, and is very abusive, and I have to get some one else to feed the chikldren.  About four weeks agi, she was drunk, and I was out in the back yard; I heard the child making a noise, and I went in and found my wife lying on the child.  I riolled her off, and took the child up; it was nearly brfeathless.  When I went up stairs last night, I found both the child and its mother asleep; I thought she would lie still, and I went to my bed; when she went to bed, she told me that if I came into her room she would cut me down, or something to that effecft.  No jealousy existed between us; the only blot on her character was her drunkene4ness; when she was sober, she was a good woman, and loved the child deatrly; the child's name was James Alfred Ball, aged about seven weeks, a native of this city; when I went up staiors at 12 o'clock, she was lying on the outside of the bed, and the child inside; it was usual for hewr to refuse me her room; I heard no noise after she went to bed.

   Wm. Scott, sworn - I came from Marin county last Saturday, and came to Mr. Ball's house, to stop; my wife has been stopping here; since I came here Mrs. Ball has been drunk and abusive to everybody; last night, just before she went to bed, she thrfew a tumbler at her husband, who was sitting next to me; it struck the eall and broke; a piece of it struck me in the face ans cut me; about half-past one o'clock this mortn ing I got up yo givr my own child some water, and my wife said I had better look uinto Mrs. Ball's room; I took a loight and did so - she was lying on the front side of the bed, ands trhe child on the back part; both were sleeping quietly; and I went back to my own room; about half-past five o;clock, I was awakened by Mrs. Ball singing out alouid, "Ann, Ann," (which was my wife's name,) "my child is dead!" my wife hurried in, and I followed her - the child was dead; it could not have been dead very long; it looked natural; she seemed a great deal distressed and  said her poor child was dead.  That is all I know about it.  She gave no reasons for the death of the child; she was out of bed when we went into the room this morning; since I came here the child has been perf4cftly healthy.

   Mary Ann Scott, sworn - This witjness testified that when Mrs. Ball called her this morning, she went into the room and found the mother sitting up, and the child lying dead in the bed.  The mother was much distressed, and  said that she had laid upon iot; the baby looked discolored; she was pretty drunk; the baby laid on its side with the face towards its mother.

   Dr. R. Beverly Cole, swoern - Said he had examined the body of the child, and was s atisfied that it had died from convulsions, which might have arisen from a variety of causes; but from the facts elicited through the testimomny, and the appearance of the body, I should think they were caued by asphyxia or suffocvation; no marfks of vioolernce would be found upon the body; it is probable that the mother laid on the child's chest and face.

   The Jury returned as their verdict, that the child came to its death from asphyxia or sufdfocation, from being overlaid by its mother, Mrs. Margaret Ball, while in a state of intoxication.

SUDDEN DEATH. - A gentleman named Gross died very suddenly about a quartyer-past 10 o'clock last n ight, while attending a dancing paerty at Assembly Hall, corner of Kearny  and Post streets.  He had just completed a set and seated his lady partner, when he suddenly fell back and  expired.  While in the act of falling, he was caugfht by Mr. Pierce, a gentleman of his acquaintance.  Drs. Rowell and Aytes were immediately called in, but life was extinct.  Deceased had been a merchant in Yreka  for nearly five years past, and was huighly esteemed by those who knew him.  The body was takien in charge by Coroner Kewnt, and conveyed to his office, where a post mortem will be held this morning.

IDENTIFIED. - Charles Reed, the man who committed suicide, by shooting himself in the breast last Sunday morning, on Pacific wharf, has been  further idfentified.  A man, named Williamn A. Rountree, cane ti the Coroner's office, yesterday, and recignized deceased as a man who had been a teamnster, during the war, under command of Col. Doniphan, at Santa Fe.  He had lived in this country five yeares, worked at Bear Valley, Mariposa county, in 1851 and 1852.  He afterwards worked at Shirlock's Diggings, where he killed an Indian while intoxiocated, and escaped.  Coroner Kent will hold an inquest at 10 o'clock A.M., to-day.

RES[PITED. - Jeptha R. March, convicted or murder in Colusa county, and sentenced to be hung on thr 3d April, has again been respited until the 31st of July next.  He is said to be insane.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORMIA, 28 May 1857

AUTOPSY OF THE BODY OF CHARLES GROSS. - Drs. J. Rowell and Wake Brierly made an autopsy, this morning, of the body of Chas. Gtoss, who died very suddenly last night while attending a ball at Assembly Hasll.  The folloowing is the result of their erxamination.

   "Deceaseddied of ossification of the heart.  Found upon post-m ortem examin ation, complete ossification of the semi-lunar valves of the aortam, the great and first artery of the heart.  The mouth of the artery was closed to a space not larger than a twelfth of an inch in width and half an inch in lenggth."

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF CHARLES REED. - The Coroner deferred holding an inquest upon the body of Charles Reed, the man who shot himself on Synday morning last, on Pacific street wharf, until this morning - the ibject of the delay being to enable the Coroner  to obtain further partuiculars concerning the deceased.  This morning the following juriors were swoern: A. W. Robinson, R. G. Soule, G. W. Gauol, L. Toplitz, Thomas Maguire and J. Humphreys.  Several witnesses were examined who were present at the time of the decease, and saw the pistol fired.  Their evidencxe did not materially differ from the account of the death we published in Monday;s paper.

   Dennis Brien sworn - I recognize the deceased as a man whom I have seen at Saxton's creek in 1855; his name was Charles Reed; he was a miner, I think; I kept a sgtore there at the time; the first time I saw him he  c ame into my house, and appeared intoxicated; I had an Indian boy in my employ, and while I was out of the store, he wanted the Indian boy to go behind the bar to give him something to drink; the boy refused to go; deceased shoved the bopy behind the bar, and the boy came out in front of the bar without giving the deceased any liquor; the deceased then drew a revolver and shot him, from which wound he died; Reed then made his escape through the interference of his ftriends; he was gone sdome 5 or 6 months, and returnbed; I only saw him once afterwards; I think he was from St. Louis.

   W. N. Rountree - Recognized the body as a man whom he knew at Quartzburg in 1851, and at Shirlock's Diggings in '55; when sober he had a great many  friends, but was very quareelsome when drubnk; he had been a gteamster in Col. Dinphan's regiment during the war.

   Dr. Rowell made the post mortem examination, and testified as to the nature of the wound.

   The juiry returned a verdict in accordance with the facts as published.

INVOLUNRARY MANSLUAGHTER. - Margaret Ball was examined b efore Judge Coon, yesterday, on a charge of murder, in klilling her infan t child by overlaying and suffiocating it while she was in a state of intoxication.  Messrs. Whelan and Murphy appeared for the prosecution, and W. M. Zabriskue, Esq., for the defence.  Corfoner Ken t, and two or three otjertrs, were examined; the tesimony, however, did not materially vvary  from that given before the Cortoner's inquest.  Zabriskie made an eloquent appeal on behalf of the defence, which was ably met by the a rgument of Mr. Whelan.  His Honor thought the evidence would not justify the chatrghe of murder, bhut stated that he would hold the defendant to answer at the Court of Sessions, upon a charge of inviklunatry manslaughtrer.  Bail was fixed at $1,000.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 May 1857

ANOTHER FATAL AFFRAY AT MARYSVILLE. - The Marfysville Herald of yesterday, May 27th, publishesd the followin g account of another fatal affrray near that place. That vicinity is becoming quite notorious in this respect:

   Yesterday morning, about 8 o'clock, a man by the name of Owen Smith, who was employed on a ranch about 8 miles from this city, near Welch's, got into a dispute with two men named Daniel Schultz and Lebeau, in regrad to the price of a wagon which the former had sold them.  Smith demanded of them the sum of $50, which they refused to paty, but - according to Smith's statement - offered $10, and said they would take the rest out in whipping him.  The two pitched upon Smith, who is a small man, to carry their threat into effect, and in the melee Smith seized a knife with which he stbbed Schultz so that he died in a short time.

   This is Smith's statement of the cae.  We understand there wsas no witness present except a colored man, who of course cannot testify. Smith came to town immediately after the affair and delivered himself up to the officers.  The Coroner visited the place where the affray occurred, and summoned an inquest over the body of the deceased.  At the time of going to opress, we have not been able to obtain the verdict of the jury.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 May 1857

Fire Last Night - Further Particulars - A Man Burned to Death.

This m orning, on searching among the smouldering embers of the fire which occurred last night on Commercial street, the crispef and charred remains of a human being were found among the ruins.  They were identified as the body of an Italian, who was employed as a pantry-man by Mr. Martin, of the Barnum Restaurant, and was called Fran cisco.  He had been in california seven months, and was 23 hyears of age.  It is stated that he was among the first to leave the testaurant and give the alarm, but afterwards rfeturned in to the building and was suffocated.  His remains were taken to the Coroner's office.

KILLED. - A young man named Frank Patton, was caught in the saw of a mill near Forest City on the 21st, and shickingly mangled.  Deceased was a native of Missouri.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 May 1857

RESUME OF SDAN FRANCISCO N EWS.

...

A waiter in the Barnum Restauirant, named Lorenzo Francuisco, was burnbed to a crisp in that building at the fire.  His remains were not discovered until this mortning at eight o'clock.  He was a nagtive of Naples, Italy, and twenty-hrfee years of age.  He us supposed to have been the first to give the alarm.  Why he did not get out of the building is not known.  HJis remains were taken to the Coroner's office, where an inquest will be held to-morrow.

LOST OVERBOATRD. - On Sunday, May 24th, a deck hand was lost overbioard from the Gazelle, eight miles above Colusa.  The steamer immediately rounded to, but too late to save the man.

RELEASED. - Owen Smith, who killed Schultz, near Welch's, in Yuba county, on Tuedsday last, has been relerased, as it was found he acted in self-defense.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 May 1857

INQUEST. - Coroner Kent gheld an inquest yesterday upon the body of Lauresso Jaconiti Frabcidco, who was burned at the fire on Commercial street.  The following juriors were sworn: Alexander Friance, Eugene Boniface, Leon Danegon, Henry Gianana, Louis Frisheim, Andrew Johnson, Chales Gerema.

   But two witnesses were excamined.

   Eugene Boscha sworn - I know the deceased; I do not know his name; he was always called the "pantry man;" I was employed at the Barnum Restaurant; when the fire broke out I saw deceased trying to dress himself; he gave the alarm of fire; he went out of the room; I never saw him again alive; we were in the third story; someone holloed fire before we discovered it; I do n not know what portion of the building caufghgt; deceased was the first out of his room to give the alarm.

   Francisco Martin sworn - O was the [proprietor of the Barnum Restaurant; I leased it from mr. Cannon; O knew the deceased; his name was KLauresso Jaconiti Francisco; a nativbe of Naples, Italy, aged 23 years; he had been in my employ about 5 molnths; O iwed him notjhing; he was a pantry man; I know nothjing of the cause of his death, except from hearsayt; I have no idea how the fire caught; the remains of the deceased were fouind underneath the middele of the building.

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

 

WIDE WEST, 31 May 1857

--- Danforth Harrison has been convicted at Yreka of the murder of John W. \Burke, and  sentenced to be hung on the 15th of july.

--- Francisco Rancollio, who killed Lewis Thomas, at Sonora, on the 15th of May, has been held to bail in the sum of $500.

--- William Kelly, a deck hand on the steamer Gazelle, fell overbiard last week ansd was drowned, a few miles above Red Bkluffs.  He was a native of New York.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 June 1857

Mrs. Margaret Bell [Ball], tfhe woman that caused the death of her infant child by lhying on it while in a state of introxication, in the early part of the week, and who has been confined in the City Pirison on the charge of involuntary suicide, ptreparatory to a trail in the Court of Sessions, has become insane.  The unfortunate woman is con tin ually calling the name of her child in the most puiteous tiones.  It is rather hard to confine her on the charge.  Such accidents sometimes happen when the utmost care is used to avopid them.

 

DSACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 2 June 1857

FIOUBND DROWNED. - Mr. Bacon, who livbes about one and a half miles above the Ferry, nerar the mouth of American river, called on Dr. Bell, County Co0troner, hyesterday, and informed him that the body of a man had been found in the river near his house that morning, whereupn the latter proceeded thither in comopany with Mr. True, undedrtakewr, with the voerw of holding an inquest and interring the remains.  The Coroner informs us that the body was that of a man about 5 feet 6 incjes in hight, entirely nude, with the exception of a pair of blue cotton pants, and so much decomposed that the hair had entitrely fallen out, and iden tification was impossible.  Underf the circumstancves, deeming it unnecessary to hold an inquest, he gave dorections and had the body interred in the City Cemetery.  The body was found lodged against the bank of the river by severfal men (one of whom was named Toben and another Lake,) who were raftying logs yupon the river, ansd secured it.  The Corfoner inquired among the neighbors, but could ascertain nothibng relative to the dec eased or cause of death.

DROWNED. - A fisherman, anmed Alex. Crabb, formerly of this city, fwell overbiard and was drowned on Thursday last while setting his net iin the Sacramento river brlowe Steamboat slough - the "old rivcer," as it is termed.  He was a Scitchman, a native of Banff, aged between 35 and 40 years.  Pasrties left here on Friday witrh the view of recovering the body.  It is presumed that at the time of the accident he was in possession of notes of considxerable value.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 10 June 1857

CITY INTELLIGENCE.

BRUTAL MURDER. - Thomas Latta, one of the proprietors, (owner of three-fourths interest) in the saw-mill, corner of Freiont and Q streetrs, was assaykted and murdered with a knife by a man named E. Bullock, at the mill about helf-past six o'clock last evening.  To arrive at the motives which influenced Bullock in the commission of the crime it will be necessaryt to relate circumstebces of previous occurrence.

   Bullock was formerly in ther employ of Latta & Co. at the mill, but being of a quarrelsome disposition, (and perhaps fopr other reasons) was discharged about dix weeks since.  He thereupon opened a turbning shiop somewhere in the upper part of the4 city,. And Mr. Latta, with customary benevolence, furnbished him with luimber and advised him relative to the manner inwwhich he should conduct his business.  It being subsequently ascertained that he had been circulating false  report5s injuruious tio the reputation of Mr. Latta, and occasionally visited the mill creating duisturbances, Mr. Latta fprbade his visiting the premises.  On Monday, notwithstanding this order, he visited the nill and accused one of the attaches, Wm. Kennedy, with stealing an oil stone which he claomed to be his proeprty.  The stone was carried throiugh mistyakle to thew ranh of Mr. Kennedyt, about a year previousaly, andf whjen spojken to on the subject, Mr. Hotchkiss (Mr. Latta's npartneer) knowing that it was so hard trhat it was od no use about the milol, and supposing that itr beloinged to the establishment, told him that he might keep it.  Immediately on his accusing Kennedy of theft, a scuffle ensued asnd Bullock endeavoted to obtain possessioj of a file, doubtless to use as a weapon, but before he could do sio Kennedy threw himk and chastised him.  He had Kennedy arrested and tried before the Recorder yesterday morning on a charge of assauilt and battery.  Mr. Latta was called up as a witness on behalf of the defenbse, and testified that Bullock was unworthy of belioef - that he had told faslehoods concerning him, and that his reputation for veracity among his fellows wwas bad. It is nprobable that this testimony was the immediate incentive to the murderous assaault.

   About the hour mentiojnned - 6 ½ P.M. - Bullock, with his coast closely buttoned, although the temperature was  warm, visited the mill and took a chuck from the lathe.  Mr.. Latta, who was engaged with Mr. Hitchkiss iin the office overhauling accounts at thw time, being adsvised of the proceeding, came down and advised Bul;lock that he would not be permirted to remove anything from the premises, and ordetred him to lay down the chuck.  Bullock replied, "I am perfectly vool now - you cannot take it."  Mr. Latta then s eized the churck and endfeavoured to wrench it from his grasp, and at trhe same time, or immedoately afterwards, pushed Bullock down.  The latter, recovering his position, then stabbed latta twivce with a butcher-knife, (about a six-inch blade) - once a little to the left odf the navekl, and again a little to the right of and bew,low the left nipple.

   Mr. Hitchkiss, who came down with Mr. Lattra, preceiving the position of matters, seized a stuick, with the view of opreventigng a  further assault, and struck Bullick, who returned the attack and puersued him some little distanxe, threeatening thr while, until seeing other workmneen advanc9ng with more formidable cloubs, he fled through the alley with the knife in his hand, pursued by them.  It should have been mentioned that the turner that informed Mr. Latta of Bullock's proceedings in regard to the churck, advised him that the latter was armed with a kn iofe.  Bullock was arrested near the corner of P and 2d streets, by Deputy Sheriff Welborn, and transferred to the custody of officer Riley, who took him tio the station house, where he is now confimed.

   Immemdiatwelty after Bullock left, Mr. Hitchkiss and others turned their attention to mr. Latta, who was bleeding profusely, and desjiured to be permitted to lie down on the shavings.  They finally persuaded him to allow them to assist him to a bed in a rokom  adjoining the offic3, and heaed meantime sent for physicians, but before they couolds arrive (within twenty min utes adfter the assault,) he expired.

   Deceased was a single man - about thirty-three years of age - a native of AScotland - an estimable, quiet citizen, universally respected and esteemed by all who knew him.  He leaves an aged mother and father residing in Scotland, who were dependent on himk for support and for whom hw has always evincede great affectiion and solicitude.  It was, we understand, his intention to visit them during the coming fall.An inquest will be held on the body by Coroner Bell, at the mill, at ten o'clock this mornong. [Funeral.]

MORE FOUL PLAY. - The dead body of an Indian, exhibiting woundfs from a gun shit, says the Marysville Inquirer, were fodund on Sy=unday night, near the troasd adjoining Keystoner Ranch, in Yuba county.  It is supposed that he was murdered.

A FIREMAN'S FUNERAl.

...It will be reciollected, ..., that Mr. [Chas.] Williams died about one year since, upon the Merced river, where, when alighting from his horse, after riding furing an exceeding warm day, he sat upon a chaier and immediately expired, although apparently free from dfisease up  to that time.

FOUND DROWNED. - The Marysville Herald says that the dead body of a man was found floating down the Yuba river hyesterday, near Linda Ferry, about three miles from town./  There was a rope around the neck, and the condition of the body was such as to induce the opinion that it had been in the water for several weeks.  The deceased is supposed to have been a  pwerson who came to thew State about two dteamers ago, and who, failing to obtain e3mplkoyment, became in sane and committed suicide by drown ing.

LYNCH LAW AMONG THE INDIANS. - A correspondent of the San Francisco Herald, writing from Bodega, says:

   On Monday morning, te 1st inst., the residents of Bodega were startled at the discovery of the body of a murdered Indian, on the beach or point of land that divides the estero from the bay.  However, they were not long in discovering rthe murderer, who proved to be an Indian named Julian, notoorious for the last suix years as a murderer and bravo - he hgaving committed during that time no less than eight murders, besides killing his own wife and cghild,  E. R. Piggott, Esq., the Justice of the Peace, summoned a jury and held an inquest, (there being no Coroner,) who brouight in a verdict to the effect that the deceased, Alexandro, came to his death from wounds influicted by an In dian named Julian, for whom the Justice immediately made out a committal, for the puirpose of having him lodged in the coumnty jail at Santa Rosa.  It being then too late to remove the prisoner, he was confiened in a warehouse and tied with a riata to a post.

   There were a number of Indians, pasrientes of and of the same tribe as deceaased, who were only waiting, as they open bly avowed, for an opportunity to  avenge the death of their relatuive.  However, the constable on guard retired (having first shuit the door of the house in which the Indian was con fined) for the purpose of eating supper, and merely requested some of the cvitizens who were presemnt to have an eye on the door.  He remained away about hald an hour, and shortly after js return, on going intio the house, discovered that the prisioner was absent.  There was a back door to the warehousae, ovcerlooking a precv ipice of some twernty feet, from which trhere is a spout to a wharf on the beach, for the purpose of ahipping prioduce;l this dootr was altogether overlooked.  However, the prisoner was found danglking by the neck over the precipice, having been hung with the riata, whgich was a long one, that was used to secure him. When discoivered, all of the Indians had  disappeared.  No doubt they entered the house through trhe back  door, and,. True to their instasninct, took vengeance on the prison er.

ANOTHER TRAGEDY NEAR WATSONVILLE. -  A cotrespondent of the San Jose Tribune, writing from Watsonville, Santa Cruz county, says:

   On Minday miorning, 1st June, about 9 o'clock, two Chilenos rode up to the old homestead of the Colorado ranch, abiout four miles from Watsonviller, occupied by a gentleman named Tarpy, and after riding around the house and viewing everything in a suspicious manner, retyired to a deep gulch a few yards distant, and there alighted.  An Indian vaqyuero of Mr. Tarpy, who was milking at the time, seeing that all was not right, ran to the house and informed Mrfs. Tarpy of the fact.  As the house had been attacked andd robbed by a si,milar gang some two montha ago, Mrs. Tarpy being alarmed, sent the vaquero for her husband, who was m,owing at no great distance.  He came to the hopuse, lioaded his revolver, and arming his Indian with a rifle, they proceeded on foor to the place where the Cholemnos lay concealed.  When within about twen ty yards odf them one of the party jumpoed up and fired at them both.  The vaquero in stantly returned the fire, putting a rifle ball thrfough his antagonist, who fell as if dead.  At the same moment, Mr. Tarp fired two or three shots, and sgtarted in pursuit of the other, who took to the thick chapparel, and fin ally succeeded in making his escape.

   In gthe meantime, the vaquero  had taken possession of t wo fiune horses which the Chilenios hadl; and while he was thuis occupied, gthe wounded man escaped alsio.  On Mr. Tarpty's return, they mounted the horses and galloped to town for assistance.  Returning with ten or twelve men, they searched the chapparel, and found the Chileon whom the Indian had shot, lying dead in the bushes, within a few rods of the place opf the combat.  The other one could not be found; he is well known, however, in the valley.  Late in the afternoon, two men of the same valley cawme in  and claimed the horeses, which had been stolen from them the night before.

MURDER AT QUARTZBURG. - On Mionday, June 1st, a man named Ogg was murdered at Quartzburg, Mariposa county, by Girard Jiones, familiarlky known as "Jud Jones."  The facts are thus detailed by the Gazette:

   It seems there had been a grudge exiosting between the parties for some time on account of some previous difficulty.  On the evening of the affraty, Jones, accompanied by several of his friends, walked up and dopwn the street in front of a store, where Ogg was sitting, and after using a great deal of threatening language in relation to somne person whom he said he in tended to kill, (or something to that effect,) entetred the store.  On reprateding the threat Ogg saids, ":probably you are alluding to me." Jones replied that he was.  Upon this, the deceased observed that he was not armed, but if he wanted satisfaction out of him he would fight him in equal terms, at the same time getting off the counter where he had been sitting.  On being told by Jones that he would shoot him if he came towards him, he replied that he was n ot going to do it, and rurned to walk out of the back part of the store.

   As he was going from him Jomnes drew his revolver and fired four shots into him before he fell.  After falling, a man by the name of Frazer, who was with Jiones, walked up, and looking at the body, rem,arked, with an oath, "her isd not dead yet," and shot him again in the face.

   Jomnes and his pasrty, who were prepatred with horses, immediately left, and at last accoumnts, although sev eral parties were in pursuit, he had n ot been gtaken.  The deceased was from Texas.  He was about thirty years of age.

MURDER AT GIBSONVILLE. - The Inquirer learns from passengers who arrived at Marysville, on Monday, by the Rabbit Creek stage, that late on Sunday afternoon, a difficulty occurred at Gibsionville, some six miles above that town, in which Mr. Cornelius Mutrphy was killed, and Daniel Murphy severely injyured.  Three men, whose names were not lrearned, have been arfrested on suspicion of being ht =e guilty parties. The man killed was shot and stabbed five or six times.

 

SACARAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 Juner 1857

THE MURDER OF LATTA - CORONER'S INQUEST.

An inquest was held yesterday, commencing at 10 A.M. and closing at 1 P.M., at the Sacramento saw-mill, by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, on the body of Thomas Latta, one of the proprietors of the mill, who was murdered ion  the premiosers by Ezekiel Bullock, on Tuesday evenimng.  The following evidence was elicited:

F. S. Hitchkiss

Wm. Tompkins, frayman

Dr. J. F. Morse, SWORN -  Is a physician residing in Sacramento; was called at about seven o'clockl in the afternoon yesterday top see Latta; found him lying on his back with two wounds - one in the abdomen and one in the chest, with a protrusion of the convolurions of the small intestines from the lower wound; he was dying when I arrived, and c eased to breathe in about three min utes after my arrival; I this morning made a piost mortem examination and found one wound in the abdomen about one inch and a quarter abiove and to the left of the navel; the wound did not extend into the intestin, but did exten d into the abdom inal cavity; the wound waws over an inhch in width, made by a cutlery instrument; it was aboutr such a wound as might be made by the kn ife beforfe the juryl; I fiound a second wound penetrating the walls of the chesgt af about the same size as the form er, two in ches to the rioght and a little below the left nipple; found in the abdonjinal cavity about forty olunces of venous blood; folundf that the instruemtnt had entered the walls of the chest between the fourtth and fifth ribs thriough a portion of the cvutilages of the fifth rib , entering the cavity of the heart, passing therough the richt venttricle and in to the left ventricle; found in the cavikty of the heart and left lung about twenty-six ouncves of dark venous bloosd.  The wound in the chest was sufficient to produce almost in stant death.

   Dr. J. Powell, sworn - Is a physuiciab; assisted Dr. Morse in  the post mortem examik ation; have heard his testim ony and colncur in his statement.

Frederick Hilbron

Wm. Severance

Wm. Entras

Wm. Caldwell

L. C. Welbourn, swoen - Am Deputy Sehriff of Sacramento coun ty; on yesterday, between 6 and 7 o'clock, P.M., I was on 2d street, and daw Bullock running with a knife in his hand, and some persons after him hallooing to sdtop him, and I arrested him; hew had the knife now before the Jury in his hand, but immediately threw it over the fence into a yard; when he was informed that I was an officer, he expressed a willingness to go with me; I then gave him into the custody of officer Riley.

   The testimony was here closed, and the juiry, composed of Joel Lewis, N. A. Kidder, John A. Tutt, T. A. Tolbert, James Bowstead and george earle, after due deliberation, returned a verdict that deceaed camer to his death from wounds from a knife received at the hands of Ezekiel Bullock.

MORE STABBING. - Cutting and shooting seems again to have become the order of the day.  The following details of a recciontre which occurred on Thursday of last week at Penn Valley, between John Montgomery and a man named Hughes,m are given by the Neveda Democrat:

   The difficulty arose out of an application which had been made to the County Supervjisors to renew a license for a toll road below Rough and Readty.  Montgomery had started for Nevada that morning, and when opposite Hughes' house the latter called him yup, and placed a letter in his hand, signed by himself, making some serious charges against Montgomery.  After reading the letter, Mon tgomery peonounced the statements false.  Some more words ensued, when Hughwesa trold the other to get off from his horse and he would whip him.  Mon tgomery immediately alighted, and Hughes pitched in abnd commenc ed striking with a hoe.  Montgom ery raised his s word cane to strike back, when Hughes caught it, and un sheathed the blade.  Mon tgomery then run it into Hughes' body, inflicting a dangerous wound in the breast.  He then started ofgf, dropping his pistol as he turned, which Hughes picked up and fired at him, but without effect.  Montgomery went to Rough and Ready and gave himself up, but it being the impreession that he acted only in self-defense, no com plaint was made against him, and he was allowed to go at large.  He is still ready to surrender himserlf, however, providfed any com plain t is made.  Hughes is now thought to be out of danger.

THE GIBSONVILLE MURDER. - The following additional particularfs arfe fiurnished to the Marysville Express, concerning the Gibsonville murder:

   A few days previous to Sunday, two men, named Gibson abnd Murophy, had a difficulty about some trifling matter, after which Murphy threatened to whip Gibson, and on Sunday went to town, accom panied by a brother, for the purpose, as was supposed, of executing said thrfeat.  Gibson, who is an old, lame man, armed himself with pistol and knife, and when attacked by the brothers, shot one ofg them through the neck and stabbed him through the heart, producing instant death, and so woiunded the other that little hopes are entertained of his recovery.  Gibbson was arrested, tried before the proper officer, and acquitted, it being proven that he actyed in self-defense.  As soon as the result of the trial was known, a large body of Murphy's countrymen from a neighboring min ing locality formed thjemselves into a mob an d fraised the crhy of "hang him."  In the meantrime, Gibson had been advised by the citizens to leave town, or conceal himself, till the an gry passions of the mob subsided.  He left, but was hotly pursued by gthe crowed for s everal miles, but it is supposed he eluded their vigilance, as they all returned with clean hands.  Gibson was form erly frolm Memphis, Tenn.

 

DXACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 June 1857

MASONIC FUNERAL, Thomas Latta.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 13 June 1857

FOUND DEAD. - This morning about 3 o'clock, a man wehose name is unkmnown, was fiound dead on Pac ific street, between Sansome and Battery, opposite trhe Clinto House.  It is supposed that death was caused by rupturing a vlood vessel while coughing.  The body was taken in charge by Coroner Kwnt, and removed to his office, where an inquest was held at 12 o'clock.  Dr. Holmes has not yet completed the post-,ortem examnation.  The following witnesses were swoermn.

Daniel Oakley sworn - I do not know the deceased; trhis morning, about 3 o'clock, I was in a house on Pacific street, bwteen Sansome and Battery; I was in the front room sitting down playing cards; the deceased came out from one of the rfear rooms, and went out doors and commenced vomiting; one of the propreitors went to his assiatance; he cvame in and said the man was dying; I went out; the blood was rushing out of his mouth; he did not speak; I then went to the Station House for an officer; I do not know what deceased's name was; never saw him until he came from the back room.

   Thhomas D. Troy sworn - Abouf daylight this morning I was in a house on Paciofic street, bwteeen Sansome and battery, known as an ale-house; I was asleep; the proprietor woke me up and sdaid a man was dying outside of the house on the sidewalk; I went out and saw him lying with his head towards the door; I saw blood about his mouth; I went for an officverf; never saw the deceased until I saw him on thew widewalk.

   The examination was con tinued, owing to the absence of several impiortant witnesses.

THE LATE SHOOTING AFFAIR. - Last Tuesday week, Jacob Y. Jones, brother to G. M. Jones, who is now in prison for the killing of R. H. Ogg, was brought before Justivce Balfour, Hornitas, on a charge of being accessory to the killing.  There being no evidence beforfe the court cionnecting J. Y. Jones with the un fortunate affair, he was quickly discharged.  Wm. Presc ott was brought into court on the same charge, but there being no evidence of his complicithy or connection with the deed, he also was homnorably dischargerd.

SURRENDERED HIMSELF. - Mr. Jones, who likked Mr. Ogg, b y shooting hiom with a Colt's revolver last week aty WQuartzburg, has delivered him self up to Sheriff early, and is now awaiting his trial in Mariposa jail.  No information has been obtained in regard to the whereabouts of Bolan and Frazer, who are said to have been concvern ed in the killing, or was in company with Mr. Jones at the time he dhot Ogg.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 June 1857

The Sansome & Battery death.  The name of the deceased had not been asc ertained at the tiome I close this dispatch.  He was man apparently about thirty yerars iof age.  An inquest will be held this afternoon.

   A seaman, named Charles Brown, belonging to the U/S. gtran sport schoon er Monterey, was acciden tally knocked overboard and drowned, yesterday afternoon, while the vessel was off poin t Bonita, while the vessel was outward bound for the col;oradio River.  Every effort was made to save the unfrotunate man, but without success.  Briwn was about thirty-five yearfs of age.  The vessel rfeturned to port.  The Captain delivered the clothjing and effects of the deceased to the Chief of police.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 June 1857

The name of the man who died suddenly hyesterday morning, in Pacific street, between Sansomed and Battery, was asc ertyained to be last evcebing Jas./ Larkin, a nagtive of London, and about thirty-three years of age.  He was foerm erly emplohyed on the Govetrnment works at Bird Island, but morfe recently weas sick at the United States Marinbe Hospital.  He had only been out iof that institution az few days at the time of his death.  An inquest has not yet been held on the body.

 

SAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 June 1857

INQUEST. - Coroner Kent will hold an inquest at one o'clock P.M., to-dayu, on the body of Edward Dionnelly, who died suddenly, at the Mission, a few days since.  The \jurors who have been subpoened arfe notifgierd to meet at the Coron er's office at that hour.

 

DAULY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 17 June 1857

Cioroner's Inquests.

Coroner Kent held three inquests hyesterday, one upon the body of Jamnes Larkin, the man who was found dead uopon the sidewalk on Pacific street, between Sansome and Battery, on Frfiday miorning last.  The evidence in the case and the report of the post mortem examnin atiion have already been pub,lishjed.  The juiry returned a verdict that deceased came to his death by rupturing one of the pulmonary arteries of the left lung.

   An inquest was also held upon the body of Edward Donnelly, who died very suddenly at his residence on Mission street, on the morning of the 8th inst.  The following witnesses were exawmined:

   Dr. R. K. Nuttall, being sworn, testified as follows:- at 6 o'clock on the evening of the 6th inst. I was w aited at my office, by Mrs. Donnelly, who told me that her husband wanted to see me; I asked her what was the matter; sdhe said he had been uinwell since Thursday evening, the 4th inst., and he said he had been given poison in some gruekl she gave him on that evening; she stated further that there was no hurry and that she thought the next day would be time enough for me to call; I thought rather strange of this, and visited him that evening at 8 o'clock; he told me he had been sick ever since he had taken the gruuel fropm his wifre; that some time after he had tyaken it he eas seized with vomiting; what he vomuted "flamed up and had a dreadful bad taste ands smell;" I examined the man carefully and coukld discover ni]=o urgent symptoms whatever; his tongue was clerar, pulse natural; there was slight pain or pressure over the stomach; the only symptoms that attracted my attention was a certain degree of protrastion; I asked him if he had been drinking; he told me he had taken some lager beer and ginger wiene some days before, while across the bay, but that had notjing to do with his sickness; in answer to a question, he  said he was not in pain, and did not feel worse than he did the day before; some little joke passed between us about frinking lager beer, and he seemed more cheerful and less undetr the suspicion he had been brooding over; I gave him one grain of powdererd opium that nioght at be4d time; visiyed him next morning; he had passed a quiet night, and felt comfortable; no change had taken place in his symptoms; his tongue was slightly coated and his pulse about 84' he seemed to have gopt ovet his suspu=icion altogether, and did not allude to the subject' when lraving, I ordered a little Dover's powders, and directed that he should be given wearm drinks and kept quiet; at 3 o'clock on the morning of the 8tyh inst. I found the man dead; I learned from the cvelrgyman who attended him that he died rather suddenly, and with convuilsive motions of the hands; not knowing the cause of death, I reported the case to the Coroner.

   Question by thye Coroner - Do you think the deceased came to his death by disease and the r4suklt of natiral causes?

   Answer - I did not see the post mortem examination made, and can only judge from what the sick man said, from the symnptoms and the result.  I believe the deceased died from the effects of poison.

   Question - What poison?

   Answer - It is only a conjecture at the best, but the account given of the vomited matter by the deceased, the time and manner of death, induces me to suspect it was phophorous, as found in most drug stiores in the form of rat poison or pastfe; but this is only a suspicion and founded on no sufficient data.  Three grains of it would be sufficient to cause death.

   DXr. J. B. Haggin read a full report of the autopsy iof the body as mafde bu=y him self and Coroner Kewnt.  The result of which was that "the liver was  found to be much enlarged.  The organs, generally, were apparently healthy; the only active disease observed was in the duodenumj and portions of the jejunum; and whewther arising from an idiopathic cause, or from the effects of pioison, might have been sufficiently intense as to be a cause of death."

   Coroner Kent then rfead to the Jury the repiort opf Dr. Lanszweert, who made the chemical analysais of the stomach and con tents.  It was an able, scientific, and interesting  report, but from its extreme length, and the prfess of other matter, we are unable tio give it in detail.  The result of the analysis was, however, that no symptoms of poison, either mineral or vegetable were found.

   Rosaline Donnelly, swoern - I am the widow of Edward Donnelly; he was a native of Kildare, Ireland, and 40 years of age; he was taken sick between 12 and 1 o'clock on Thursday night; he commencede to vomit, and vomited nearly all night; the next morning he did not appear very sick, but remained in bed; on Saturday he appeared about the same; on Sunday night I went for Dr. Nuttall; he said he thought what he had eaten had sickened him; when the Doctor came, he told him he thought it was some poisoned drink tythat I gave him; Dr. Nuttall left a powder on Satrurday night; he vomited it up; on Sunday morning he appeared very weak ands sicxk; Dr. Nuttall came again; he left a recipe for four powders; he vomited up three of them; the fourth he took about 11 o'clock Sunday night; ion Mionday morning, at 3 o'clock, he died; just before he diesd, he said to me, "I'm a goner;" on the day he was gtaken sick we had bacon and cabbage for dinner; he ate heartyil;y of it; he was very fond of stirabout, made of oat meal and milk; he ate very heartu=[ily of it; no one else touched it; they were not fond of it; he never said he was poisoned; he told Dr. Nuttall he tho9ught there was something in the stirabout that sicken ed him; he  said wehen he vom,ited, the fire flew out of his eyes; he was in the habit of drinking; on the Sunday before was taken sick, he came home drunk; we never had any very serious trioubles; he had not abused me for several months; he was kind enough when he was sober.

   After hearing the evidfence of Dr. Nuttall, Dr. J. B. Haggin - who made the autopsy - and Dr,. Lanzweert - who made the chemical analysis of the contents of the stomach - and also the testimony of Mrs. Rosalina Dionnelly, returned a verdict that the deceased came\to his death from inflammation of the stomach and in testines; that he was a native of Kildare, Ireland; aged 40 years.

   At half-past seven o'clock last evening, an in quest was held upon the body of Sarah Pollard, who died suddenly on Saturday evening last, at her rfesidence, No. 214 Kearny street.

   The only witnesss examined was George Brown, who testified as follows:

   I know the deceased; her name was Sarah Pollard, a native of London, England; aged 33 years; I have known her for six years; she was in my employ for three years as housekeeper at the Me4rcantile Hotel; she was married, but divorecd from her husband in 1851; for the last three years, she has been in the habit of drinking to excess; during the last five months she has occupied the house where she died, and I had a room in the same building, and acted as her agent; within the last two or three weeks I have known her to be so drunk as to fall down in the street and in her room; she had often complained of her head; it seemed affected; I was the first person who found her dead in her bed; I had seen her about one hour before, but  did not consider her very ill; she was d runk; I had seen her so often before, and thought nothing strange of it; she had no difficulty with any person, that I know of, previous to her death.

   Drs. Sawyer and Angle, who made the post mortem examin ation, repiorted that they found the cause of her death tro be appoplexy.

   The jury returned a verdfict accordingly.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 18 June 1857

A MURDER. -  A man named Jake Bilby, was murdered yesterday, about one o'clock P.M., at Harkey's ranch, about two miles from this cvity, by one John Galvin.  As far as we were enabled to learn, the circumstances were as follows: Three men, named respectively Jake Bilby, John galvin, and ---- Curtis, were engaged threshing at the above named ranch, and while they were at dinner a dispute arose bretween the two latter.  After dinner, when they were about their work, Galvin and Curtis had a scuffle, when Bilby interfered and knocked Galvin down, and told him to be quiet, which he promised to do, but when he arose to his feet he went and obtained a knife and returned to the spot, stating that he could whip them both.  Curtis seeing the kniofe, seized a rail and advanced to hit Galvin, but was prevented by some one standing near.  Deceased then advanced, and opushing Galvin, told him toi be quiet, whehn Galvin struck him with his kniofe, piercing the heart.  Curtis then broke loose from the party holding him, and knocked the murderer down with a rail, and seizing the knife, was about yo use it upon GHalvin, when he was prevented by some party ptresent.  Galvin was brought to this city and lodged in jail.  A Co9roner's inquest was held on the body of Mr. Bilby, the jury returning a verdict "that deceased came to his death by a wound from a knife oin the hands of John Galvin." - California Express, 17th.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 June 1857

SUICIDE IN BUTTE COUNTY. - On Monday evening, June 15th, abiout 6 o';clock, Chas. Coleman, who keeps a hotel in Moontown, killed himself at that place, under somewhat singular circumstances, as detauiked by the North Californian.  He asked his pasrtner to walk up stairs, as he wisherd to speak with him.  After going up, Coleman calmly drew and cocked a large sized Colt's revolver, and told his partner he was going to shoot himself.  His partner asked him what he meant byu talking in such a manner, and they sat down on a bed together; and while his partner was expostulating with him, he said he had lived long enough, and leaned his forehead upon his pistol, and before the other was aware of what he was doing, discharged its contents, killing himself instantly.  No reason can be assigned for the act.  He was doing tolerably well, and was on good terms with every one.  He was from North Anson, Maine - aged about thirty years.

PLACER COUNTY CORRESPONDENCE.

Last Sunday quite a tragedy was enacted here; the condensed particulars are as follows; Some of the members of No. 1 Bed Rock Company had their suspicions aroused, and thinking some one was in the habit of robbing their ground sluice, determined to watch the same for a few nights. This sluice, although some distance from their diggings, is known to receive no small amount of gold that escapes through their boxes, but not being necessary, the company have no been in the habit of cleaning up oftemn.

   But to return to my narrative; one of the company (Hurbert) agreed to watch Saturday night, and was fully armed and equipped for the purpose.  At about 3 o'clock Sunday miorning H. discovered three men busily at work cleab=ning up down in their ditch or sluice-way, which, by the action of the water, was worn some seven feet deep.  Going near enough for themn to see and hear him, he gave them notice to leave or suffer the consequences.  Not heeding his timely warning, but still keeping at work, H. fired upon them awith a shot-gun loaded with buck-shot, killing one of them, who fell dead upon the spot.  The other two then made towards him.  H. drew his revolver and snapped two caps at them, but finding them still benty upon gertting to him with drawn knioves, he took aim at one and fired, cvausing the hombre to ejaculate some broken English, and the two to start and run, one showing signs of being nadly wounded.  They have not been seen or heard ogf sincve,  The party proved to be Chilenos, and the one killed was taken away by some of his countrymen and buried in the evening.

   During the forenoon there was an inquest held on the body, ands the jury retyurned a verdfict in accordsance with the facts above stated.  H. has not as yet been complained of, an d public opinion fully sustains him for having committed the act to defend his property.  More anon.

Truly yoursd, ADOLPH.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 June 1857

An inquest on the body of Kate marshall, an abandoned women, who died yesterday from the effects of morphine, after a drunkien debauch, will be held by the Coroner this afernoon.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 June 1857

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner kent held an inquest last evening, at 8 o'clock, upon the body of Catharibne Herring, alias Howard, alias Marshall, who committed suice on Wednesday morning last, by taking morphine at a house on Washington Place.  The following Jurors were sworn: James Grant, T. J. Murray, H. Carrison, Wm. Leviness, James M. Lenhart, James H. Wingate, Charles A. Howard, and John C. Wade.

   Ellen Taffts, sworn - I knew the deceased; she wass named kate Marshall; only name I ever knew her by; have known her nearly four months; roomed with her in the same house for two weeks previousto her death; she was on a spree for ten days, eat nothing, drunk all the time; about ten days ago, I brought her three letters from the Exprfess office; one of them was from her husband, Mr. Marshall, so she said, asking for money, $60; she felt very bad because she had not the money to send, and she said "that letter will kill me;" she dressed herself and went out in the street; I followed her; she went to the grocery after liquor; I told the man not to give it to her; she came back - gave the money to Mrs. Caroline E. Long, who keeps the house, and asked her if she would lend her the money; she answered yes, if Kate would stay in the house; she did so for two or three days; after that she ran about among the neighborfs and got drunk, asnd kept so for several days; complained of being low sopirited, and saisd she would die with a broken heart; at 12 o'clock on Tuersday night, we were in the bed together, and I saw her about to take something out iof a vial; I said, "Kitty, what are you  doing," she answered, "I am taking a little laudanum, to get to sleep," she told me she got it out of Mrs. Caroline's armor; I grabbed the bottlr, and called for Mrs. Caroline and Miss Page; they came and took it away from her; I then went to bed in the next room; about 7 o'clock I woke up, and found the deceased lying on her face on the bed, with her hands diubled up under her; I tuened her back on the pillow, and called for Mrs. Caroline, and told her that Kate was dying; Mrs. Caroline sent me for the doctor; I went right away; the doctor cvame and attended her; she died at half-past 11 o'clock on Wednesday; the  neigbors said that she went into the drug store, between 8 and 9 o'clock on Tuesday night; I do not know.

   Caroline E. Lomng, the colored woman who kept the house, corroborated the testimon6y of the fortmer witness.  She was aroused by the cries of the deceased several times during the night of Tuesday; she was delirious and afraid; at 7 o'clock on EWednesday morning, witness was called by Ellen, and found the deceased apparently dying; her lips were black and finger nails discolored; in the night she told me that she had taken laudanum to soothe her; she was a prostitute; she owned me a little money.

   Two other witnesses were examined.  Theior testim ony did not vary from the above.  Several letters belongiong to the deceased were in the possession of the Coroner.  One was the letter alluded to above, asking the sum of $50.  Another, datefd Baltimore, January 5th, 1853, from her mother, addresssed to Miss Kate Carrel;l, No. 45 Mercer street, New York.  Another from her father, addressed to 597 Houston street, Neww York.  A large bundle of private letters were also found aming her effects, none of which threw any additional luight upon her history.  After hearing the testimony, and the report of Dr. Sharkey, who made the post mortem, the jury returned a verdict that they found the name of the deceased to be Caroline Herring, alias Kate Carrell, alias Kate Howard, alias kate Marshall, native of Baltimore, aged 23 years, and came to her death from the effects oif  poison , administered by herself, for the purpose of taking life.

MYSTERIOPUS DISAPPEARANCE. - A sailor, named Harry Scott, arrived from Humboldt Bay, on the 11th instant, on board the barque Success, and stopped at the boarding house of mr. Phillips, on Sac ramento street, near East street, where he remained until Tuesday last, when he mu=ysteripously disappeared, and hass not sin ce been heard of.  As he was intoxicated at the time of his departure, and neither removed his luggage from the boarding house, nor informed the proprietor of his inetention to leave, it is feared that hehas fallen in to the bay and been drown ed.  He was a nagtivce of New York, and aged 25 years.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY NUION, 22 June 1857

BLOODY CHROMICL;ES OF PLACER COUNTY.

Wityhin the opast fortnight crime seems to have been concentrated within the lomits of our neighboring county of Placer.  In adduition tio what was published last week, we make up quityer a chatper from the press of that county.  The Auburn Herald corrects the statement that a man was killed at a race course near rattle Snake Bar.  Nothing of the kind occurred there, and the repott was probably confounded with the murder at Stewart Flat.  The first murder in order, which we are now called upon to notice, is thus described by the Herald of saturdfay, June 20th:

   The brothel of mad. Hunter, on Dutch Ravine, was the scene of another murder on Saturday morning last, about 5 o'clock.  As we leartn, a Mexican, named Sabriano Robles, who was d ancing in the house, was called out by Antonio Soso, and words passed between them in regard to a woman who was an inmate of the establishment.  Robles, believing that Sioso intended shooting him, or dseeing demonstrations of that kind, drew a pistol and shot Soso in the fiorehead, the ball penetrating the brain. He lingered twenty=-four hours.  Robles made good his escape.  It is full time this notorious pest-host was broken up.  At different times, for seberal years, it has  been the theater of dfisgraceful scenes; and if we mu]=istake not, two men have been killed there before.

   The same paper then proceeds to mention another affair still more recolting, which occurred on the same day.  It says:

   The news of the murder on Dutch ravive had scarcely been told, before information was received in town of the terrible butchery of a man at Stewart Flat, on Secret Ravibne.  It seems that Madame hunter, of Dutch ravine notoriety, has a br anch establishment of infamy at Stewart Flat.  A house of the same character was kept there by one Philip Garry. For some reason the women left his house and went over to that of Madame hunter's.  On Sunday afternoon, Garry, while under the influence of liquor, desired one of the woman to ride with him in a buggy that had stoopped in the road near the house, but the men riding in it declined letting him have it, and drove off. 

   Garry tuirning topward the woman, pushed her slightly with his hand, but apparently with no violent in tention, which action was ob served by two Chilenos, (Francisco Acostaand Semasio,) one of whom was a briother to the woman, and attacked him with knioves and killed him upon the spot p- giving him some nine or ten deadly wioundsa.  After the fiurst blow Garry ceased to speak, and sank to the ground; but his butchers held him up and completed their hellish work.  QWuite a number of white men witnessed the affair, but so sudden was the attack and murder, that the paralyzed crowe made no effort to stop or arrest them.  After finishing their victim, one of the murderers dfeliberately cvut a belt and pistol from the body, and both slowely left the ground.  The appearance of the murdered manw as said to have presenteds a revolting sopectacle.  One of the cuts nearly severed his heart.  Sheriff king went in pursuitr of the assassins upon hearing of the affir, but did not succed in getting upon their trail.

   Thje catalogue does not stop here.  The Iowa Hill News, of the same date, gices us still another, as fololows:

   An affray occurred at King's Hill on Tuesday evening, between a Spaniard and a mulatto.  The difficulty commrnvcred overf a game of cards - the Spanuiatrd using his kniofe with trifling effect, and the mulatto a shot gun - the charge from which took effect in the Sopaniatrd's breat and asrm.  He dfied immediately.  No arrest had been madfe.  Esquire Watson held an inquest on the body, and the Jury found that the death was caued by a charge from a gun in the hands of the negro.

SHIOCKING EXPLANATION. - having failed to receive the Stockton Argus of thursdat, June 18th, we were unable sooner to give the following explanation of a circumstance, the facvts opf which were published some time sincve.  The Argus says:

   It will be remembered that some three weeks ago we mentioned that an infant had been mysteriously lefy one night at the door of a family at Wood's Ferry, and the party leaving it had drivebn rapidly away that they might not be nrecognized.  We mentioned, also, that the infant had died from exposure. 

   It now appears that the child was the offsrping of the intercourse of a father with hus own daughter!  This is most horrible, and it appears impossible even to omagine a crime of so accursed a nature.  A man by the name of Hoskins, living upon the calaveras, about four miles from this city, is the wretch guilty of having a child by hios own daughter.  The fact was discovered by the ghirlo disclosing the crime in which her father enacted the part of a fiend.  On Tursday night last, a party of thirty men surrounded the house of Hoskins, and took him prisoner.  A number were in favot iof executing the wretch upon the spot, whikle others gave motre temperate coun sels to fdeliver hiom over to the proper officers.  This caused delay, during which time he was placed in the custody of  a watch, from whose care he managed to make his escape.  He has not yet been found.  The daughter is also missing, and it is feared she has committed suicide.  A fiction cannot be made so horrible as this most cvursed fact.

LETTER FROM DAN FRANACIWSCO.

FIGHT WITH MEXICAN ROBBERS. - Tha Mariposa Democrat, of June 18th, opubkished the following account of a desperate fight eith trobbers in that county:

   On last Saturday night week, a band of seven mexican robbers attaxcked the Chinese tents liocated near the Stone Fort on Mariposa Creek, and succeeded in relieving the Clestials in one of the tents of all their smnall change and revolvers.  They were not so dortunate in their asauklt uopon the adjoining tent, in which resided Ah Chu, a Clestial celebratedf among the Cantons as being a brave warrior, having klilled two mexicans since his arrivakl in cakifornia, who attemopted to rob his vamp.  A fugitive from the sc ene of robbery informed Ah Chu of the presence of the banditti, who quikclt made their appearabnce and demanded an imme3diate surrender of all the giold dust in the possession of Ah Chu and his companionsd.  Ah Chu bravely refused, wheh the mexicans fired upon the tent and killed one Chinaman dead upon the spot.  The chinamen returned the fire, when the mexicans charged upon them and a desperate hand to hand enciounter ensued.  The mexxicans were finally driven off, but not until they had severely cut several of these unfortunate victims of mexican rapacity.  One mexican was dreeadfully beaten with clubs by the chinese, who, unintimidated by the revolvers in thre hanbds of the robbers, rished upon the gvillain and sragged him to the ground.  Two others of the thieves were also badly wounded, and it is to be hoped that this will lead to their detection. ...

MURDER TRIAL AT AMADOR COUNTY. - On Thursday, June 18th, Julius Sable, alias Dutch Harry, was trued in the Fifth District Courty, at \jackson, Amador county, before Judge Creaner, for the murder of Jiohn Enwright.  The Sentinel gives the following report of the trial:

   After comsisderable difficulty, a jury was obtained and trhe indictment rfead, whicxh stated that on the 13th of March last, trhe defendant did shioot and kill one John Enwright, alias Butcher Jack.  District Attorney Axtell then, on behalf of the people, stated what he intended to prove, and called as the first witness

   Dr. Harris - Butcher jack was my patient until he died; the post mortem examin ation showed that the ball passed through the eleventh rib,  spleen, left kidney, and came out just above trhe hip; the wound was sufficiednt to peoduce death; there was also a cut between the shoulder blades./

   Dr. Heming - Know the position of thw saloon, bench, posts, etc., where the affray took place; saw and heard the shot; it was fired from the bench; McDowell arrested the person.

   The two next witnesses, Elias Groat and Alewxander Mars, did not dsiffer materiallyu from the one preceding.

   Thomas Ashe - The building whgere the shooting took place belomngs to out=r family; was in the house just before the shooting; sae Jack start out followed by the prisoner and orhers; saw prisoner get on the bench and fire a psitol into the crfowd.

   Cross examined - jack ralked hard against the dutch; told those behind him not to ruash on him olr he would shoot.

   The testimomny of the next witrness, Cullen, was about the same as Ashe's.  he saw the prisoner fire the pistol.

   Wm. McDowell - Saw Jack on the nigfht he was shot; afrrested him on the dsaloon and dosarmed him of a pistol; as we were going out of the door he got away from me and fell over a bench into the street; when he was getting up some one shot him; it seemed to comed from behind me, nedar the door; Cullen pointfed out the man who fitred and I arrested him.

   After re-calling Ashe, the prosecution rested theire case.

      James H. Hardy, of Sacramento, and R. M. briggs, of this place, appeared for the defense, and called Dr. Harris as the first witn ess.  He thinks the person who fired must have been nearly in front of decedased; had talked with Jack about the affray; he never told me who he thought shot him.

   Mr. Letterer testified that he was standing beside the prisoner when the shot was fired; prisoner is not the man.  Mr. O'Neill corroborated Letterer; said he saw McDowell arfrest priosnoer on opposite side of the street.

   Judge gale, Messrs. Williams, Else, Hartrum and Loukenbel, testified to the good character of prisoner.

   District Attorney Axtell made the opening and closing argument for the peop,le, and Mr. Hardy for the defen se.  The jury were out from five o'clock until m idnight, but not agreeing were discharghed.  They stood ten for conviction  and two for acwuitytal.

PURSUIT OF A MURDERER. - The San Andreas Independent of Saturday, June 20th, gives the following facts in rfelation to Bat. Ryan, who some time since murdered Mr. Leighton at Rich Gulch:

   It appears that immediately after the murder, RFyan, in company with a cousin of his, named Patrick Ryan, went over to Carson valley, where "Bat" purchased a horse for the pirpose of going to Salt lake.  Patrick Ryan returned to california via the Big Tree route for provisionss; but, in drinking freely with a companion at the Big Tree, he made known his business, when his confidant had him arrested and liodged in the Mokelumne Hill jail.  A heriff's posse have gone over to C arson Valley for the purpose of arresting Bast. Ryan. - Patrick only being rfeyained as a witness.

DEAD BODIES RECOVERED. - On Saturday, June 13th, the bodies of two men, who were buried by the caving in of a shaft at Sonora, were recovered and in terred by their ftrien ds.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKLIFORNIA, 23 June 1857

From our Evening Edition of Yesterday.

SUICIDE. - A man named Bradford A. Davis, a native of Boston, aged 37 years, committed suicide this motning at 9 o'clock, in a house formerly kept as the Empire hotel, on Oregon street, between front and davis streets.  Deceased was a cooper by trade, and was a partn er in that business with Daniel Haggeryy, and  boarded in Haggerty';s house.  He had been drinking to excess for several days, and became delirious.  On Friday night he was so delirious that the persons in the house were compelled to watch him. Mr. H. Wilson, one of his ftriemds, sat up with him; twice during the night he mnade demonstrations of personal violence, and with a small pneknife tried to cut his throat.  The knife was gtaken frfom him, and since that time he appeared more rational.

  Yesterday morning, about 8 o'cvlock, he sat down to breakfast, but did not eat much; he appeared uneasy; walked several timnes through the different rooms of the house, and when Mrs. Haggerty stepped out of the kitcnenb into the yard for a moment, he seized a large carving knicfe which was lying on the breakfast table, an d walked to as looking glass which hung ipon the wall, and deloberfately took off his cravat, and cut his throat on the right sdide, sev erfing the jugularf vein.  The blood was spattered iver the ewall and floor.  As soon as he committed the deed, he ran into his own room, and sat down upon a gtrunk, where he remained until his death, which occurred a few minutes afterwards.

   Mrs. Haggerty heard the noise opf his running into his bedroom, and camer into the kitchen, where she saw the gvlood upon the wall and floor.  She was afraid to enter the bedroom, but ran and gave the alarm.  A crowd soon collected, and a physician was sent for, but too late to be of service.  The Coroner took possession of the bodfy, and will hold an inquestyt upon it to-morrow at q12 o'clock.

   The deceased is  daid to have a wife and family in Boston.  He left New Bedford as cooper on a qwhaling ship; at the Sandwich Islands he left the ship, and came to this cuity about two months ago in the brig Boston.

 

SAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 June 1857

DEATH IN THE STATION HOUSE. - This morning, at half-pasy five o'clock, a man named Irvine Armstrong, was brought to the Station Hoiuse by a small boy, who sgtated that the masn was insane.  He had found him on jessie street apparebntly lost.  He was placed in one of the cells, and about 11 o'clock this morning was takenm with a fit, and died before me3dical attendance could be procured.  He was a stour, hdeartyy ,lookin g man, appareb rtly about 30 years of age.

DORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kwent held an in quest at 12 o'clock to-day, upon the body of Bradford A. Davis, who committed suicide on Monday morning, at 9 o'clock, at the Empore Hotel, on Orehon street.  The following juroirs were swornL: George W. Baker, James E. Wainwright, B. H. Reed, James McVea, Henry Zachariah, H. W. Root.  The testimony was as follows:

   Rosanna Haggerty sworn - I know the deceased; his name is Bradford A. Davis; heboarded at our house; yesterday morning, about 9 o'clock, he sat down and eat his breaklfast, and appeared to be perfecvtly werll; he got up and lighted a pipe, and  went into my room and shut the door; I thought that was strange; he soon came out and went in again; I went into the yard to throw out som e swikllk; when I came in I saw blood on the wall, near the looking-glass, and on the floor, and heard him in his room; I ran into the neighbot's house, and said Davis has done it at last; we had been  watching him before, because he had been talking about killing himself; he had been discharged by his employers for being drunk; he killed himself with a carving knife; he had asked for a razxor before, but we would not let him have it; he appeared disconsolate; we had watched him very closely for several days, but on that daym and on the day previous he appeared better; he aslways spoke well of his wigfe; never saw him insane except from the effects of liquioe; I know no cause to assign for lkilling himself.

   Daniel haggerty, sworn - I have known deceasd since 1844; worked with him nine years, in Boston; he is a native of Boston, thirty-eight years of age, leaves a wife and one d aughter in that city; about two weeks ago we went to the Post office, and he got a letter, after reading it, h3 slapped it down on his hand and said, with an oath, that the woman he had labored for and sent his money to had proved false to him; I don't know who he meant, but thought it was his wife; he leaves no effects.

   Officer Clark restified that he was prfesent at the Empite Hotel, on Oregaon street, at the time the deceased stabbed himself, and he went for a  disctor; the fdoctor came and was goping to sew up the wounds; the man seemed enxious to duie, and tore open the wounds.

   After hearing the above tesgtimony,. The Jury returned as their verdict, that the deceased came to bhis death from the effects of a knife wound, inflictyed by his own hand, with intent to take his own life.

DROWNED. - A man named William Martin, fell in to the slough from the west side of El Doradio street btridge, on Saturday evening, and was drowned.  He was 27 years old, from New York, and a caluker by trade.

 

XACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 June 1857

By Tuesday Night's Boat.

Failure - Sudden Death - Inquest, ... etc.

   A Mr. Armstrong, from Australia, was brought by his friends to the station-house about five o'cl;ock, this morning, for his safe keeping.  He was out of his mind, as he had twice attempted to take his life.  This morning he appeared to be sinking fast,. But Dr. Holmes, the City and County Physician, could not be fo0und, and at 11 0'clock the un fortunate man died, probably from neglect.  He was about 35 years of age.  The Coroner will hold a post mportem examination this afternoon and an inquest to-morrow.

   The Coroner held an inquest to-day upon the body of Bradford A. davis, who committed suicide, by cutting his throat with a carving knife, yesterday morning, at the Empire hotel, in Oreghon street.  Mrs. Rosanna Haggerety, the keeper of the Hotel, testified that deceased took his breakfast, lit a pipe, and went into her sleeping room and shutr the door. She went out doors for a mpment, and ehen she returned she saw blood on the wall near the looking glass and on the floor, and heard him in his room, and ran into the neighbor's and saids "Davis has done it at last." He had been discharged from employment for being drunk.  He alwasys spoke well of his wife.  Never saw him insane except frtom the effects of liquoe. 

   Daniel Haggerty had known deceased since 1844; he was a native of Boston.  About two weeks since deceased went to the Post Office and got a letter.  He slapped  down his hand an d said - "The G-d d----d b---h, that I have been sending my money to, and now to have done that."

   Officer Clark was at the house at the time of the occurrence, and went for a Doctopr; thr Doctor came and was going to sew up the wounds.  Davis seemed anxious to die, tore open the wound, etc.

   The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effe4cts of a kife wound; the knofe held in his own hand, and the act being committed by himself with the intent of taking his own life.  He was a native of Boston and aged 38 years.  The deceased leaves a wife and daughter living in Boston.

PARTICULARS OF THE VACAVILLE HOMICIDE.

We mentioned, yesterday, the fact of a murder having been committed at Vacaville, Solano county.  A cotrrespondent, wr=riting from that place, Monday, June 22d, gives us the folloiwing particulars of the affair:

   John Huckins, formerly of your place, a machinist, I believe, shot a young man by the name iof John Hendricks, killing him on the spot.  It seems Hendricks had been too intimate with Huckins' wife.  The latter had forbid him his premises under penalty of death.  Last Friday, Huckins having been away during the day, came home about 8 o'clock in the evening, and finding his childten abed and his wife absent, he suyspected that all was not right.  Preparing his shot gun and rifle, he took station just outsiode the house to awsait events.  Presently his wife and Hendricks were seen advancing together towards the house.  When within six or weight steps of where he was, Huckins leveled his rifle and fiored.  Hendricks fell, but soon attempted to rise, when Huckins picked up his shot gun and discharged the contents into his body, killing him instanbtly.

   Huckins sent word to Deputy Sheriff H. B. Ammons, what he had done, but the DSheriff was not at hom,e.  Next morning a brother of the Sheriff conveyed the information of the affair to Justice Robewr Heizer, and also tyo the constable at Vacaville.  Huckins was arrested, taken before Justice Heizer, and singular to say, was released upon giving bail in the amount of two thousand dollars, to appear before him again at some future period.

   Hendricks lay where he was killed until seven or eight o'cvlock next morning, when his body was removed to the Justice's office.  Justice Heizer thought it unnecessary to hold an inquest over the reamins, and they were interred by a few of the citizens, in the burial ground at vacaville, on Saturday evening.  Thus has ended a sad affair, and a promising young man has met an untimely ened, whose only crome was, perhaps, the one he has so fearfully atoned for.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 25 June 1857

Irvine Armstrong, whose death at the station-house, I noticed yersterday, was an Irishman by birth, and came to this country several years since from Sydney.  He was a laboring man, in moderate circumstances, and if intemperate habits.  He leaves a wife living in this city.  An inquest will be held on the body this afternoon.

  The GHerald understnads that Wm. Harrington, who shot a man named Banghart, near the Redwoods, in San Mateo county, on the 16th of March last, owing to a dispute about land, died on Tuesday in the County Jail of Santa Clara.  The circumstances of the murder were of so aggravated a character that the prople talkjeed of lynching Harrington, but he escaped into Santa Clara county, where he was taken.  His trial was set for the 23d of April, but it was postponed for the reason that he was very sick and not expected to live.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 June 1857

CITY IUTEMS.

SUICIDE. - A few days ago, the dead b ody of an unknown man was found in the Bay, near the foot of Stockton street.  In the coat pocket of the man was found a large piece of rock, making it probable that he had committed suicide.  The body was subsequently recogtnoized as that of a man nameds George Adolff, a machinist, lately in  the employ of mr. Dr Hardt, on Kearny street.  Yesterday, additional partiocularfs in relation to the man and the causes which led to the commission of the deed of s elf-destruction came to light.  The wife of the deceased arrived in town on Saturday, from a ranch in the interior.  Upion examination before the Coroner, yesterday, she gave the following particulars:

   Rosina Adolff sworn. - I know the deceased; he was my husband; his named was George Adolff, a native of France, aged thirty-two years; we were married about a year agio, in New Orleans, and came to California three months ago; the first four weeks we lived in a biarding house; we then went up to Crescent City, but returned in a few days; he then went to work at his trade - machinisr, and I went up to San Ramon Valley, to work for Wolf, Hoffman & Co., about two weeks ago I received a letter from him, saying he missed me very much, and I must come down; I wrote that I would do so as soon as my month was up; O did so, and arrived here yesterday, and knew noithing of his death until I came; my husbnand was fireman of a shop in New Oreleans, for Messrs. Homes & Bennett; he lost his situation through two designing enemied, and he then came to this city; he was always sorry that he came; he did not want me to live out at service, but our mon ey was all spent in getting here, and we were obliged to do so; I think povedrty has driven him to commiot suicide; we always lived happily together, and used every means to get along well; the leter you have is a copy of one I found in my trunk; the money he speaks of in it is some which Mrs. Caroline Kramer had to keep for him; he bioarded at her house; they were from the samed part of France.

   The letter alluded to is addressed to his wife.  He speaks of giving Caoline $116, and of $12  due from his ewmoployer.  He regrets that he cannot bid his wife a last farewell.  He says:

"Please  forgive me for all I have done, as I forgive you.  I have tried to do as I wopuld have others do to me, and now I shall kill myself.  I would not live in New Orleans - rather than stay there I would do it anyhow.  Good bye, my liove - good bye.  I shall not see you ion thjis earth again.  I kiss you a thousand  times.  We will meet in another world.  I am sorry I cannot give you the money coming to me from my parents."

   The deceased and his wife had no children.  Deceased was well e ducated and took great proode in providing comfortab ly for his family.  His parents are said tio be wealthy.  He told his wife, some time ago, that if anything should happen to her he woukld d rown himself.  His wife appears to be a wenn-bred and ladylike woman.

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF MARTOIN AUSQUI. - Coroner Kent yesterdfay held an inquest on  the body of Martin Ausqui, who was found drown ed in a well, on Saturday morning last.  The following jurirs were sworn: John Corbett, J. H. Wingate, Henry Swift, A. T. Devercy, F. Cassin, C. Carnblone.  The following witnesses were exam,ined:

   Martin Ausqui dworn - I know the deceasedx; his name is Martin Ausqui, the same as my own; in that portion of France where we came from, two members of one family ferequently bear the same name; je is my brother; a native of Low Pyreenees, France; aged 38 years; the last time I saw him alive was about 8 days ago, in my house; he came from Chile about 15 fays ago, in the barquwe Sanchez Martinez; he went to Chile for a c argo of fruit; the cargo belonged to Juan Louis Berrot and deceased; soon after his arrival the cargo was attached for a debt of Monsier Berrot; my brothet never said anything to me about it; he appeared low spirited and depressed; seemed haf man; I at that time  did n ot know the c ause; yesterday morning, about 9 o'clock, a woman went to the well to drfaw some wagter, and when the bucket touched the water she duscovered something in the well, and thougfht it was a corpse; the Coroner was notified; he came, and took the deceased from the well; the well was covered with a curb top; he could not have fallen in very edasily; he is a single man, and leaves n o property.

   Juan Louis Berrot was also examon aed.  His testimony was chiefly as tol the busibn ess rfelations between himself and the decased.

   The jury returned a verfdict in accordance with the facts.

HUMAN REMAINS IDENTIFIED. - A few days since we notic ed the fact that the dead body of a man had been exhumed by some workmen , in a brick hyard, corn er of Bryant an d SXeciond street.  Coroner Kent ascertained hyesterday, tjhrough Joseph Wrigley, that the remains were tnhose of Moses Plummer, a nagtive of the State of Maine.  He was aged about 60 years; came to this country in 1850, in the barque Belgrade; and died a few days after his arrival, of debility.  His remains were burtied by his friends in the p,lace where they were found, as at that tikme the spot was remote fropm the city.

FOUND DROWNED. - Capt. Bates, of the sloop Phebe Mayhew, which arfrived yesterdfay from Suisun Bay, reported having seen the dead body of a man floating in the water, opposite New York, on Saturday last.  The deceased had l.ong black hair, and was dressed in a grrey woollen shoirt, black oil pants, and had on  a leather belt.  The wind was bloweing very high at the time, so that the Captain copuld not stop to pick it ip.  The Body wikll probably go ashore, as it was on the ebb tide.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 July 1857

A man named Irvine A. Armstrong fell dead in the station house on the 23d ult., from the effectd of softening of the brain.  Deceased was a nagtive of Ireland, aged 35 years; came to california from Simdney eight years ago.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 July 1857

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coeroner Kent held an inquest last night, upon the body of Daniel McDonald, who was found dead, upon Meigg's wharf, on Thursday evening last.  The following jurirs were sworn: William Fister, A. H. Davis, J. Martin, E. Morrillk, H. D. Kaaler, and D. G. Waldron.  The witnesses tesu=ified as follows:

   Mrs. Susan McDonald, sworn, says - I am the wife of the late Daniel McDonald; he was a native of Scotland, thirty seven years of age; he had been in California some  six years; the last time I saw him alive was on the 2d of July, at our house, n Washington bstreet, abovge Stockton; it ewas about seven o'clock, P.M.; he went out, and said he was gpoing to buy a new pair of boots; hew seemed depressed in spiriits, and had been ill for the last four monthsl he got hurt at D. Gibb  & Co.'s, about that time, with a blow in the head, given by a man named John Crawford, with a piece of wood about four feet long and two inches square; I have the piece of wood; hias scalp was cut, in three places; his arm was also cut, and his body bruised; he has been complaining of his head, ever since, and for the last month he has appeared flighty at times, and complained of pains in the top and front part of his head; the reason Ctrawford hit my husband was on account of a difficluty about a keg of oainbt; my husband had ordfeded him to bring it from the warehiouse to the other, and Crawfiord gave him a saucy answer and struck himn with this piece of wood, while his back was towards him; my husband had his arm in a sling at the time, as his hand was lame; there were otjer parties who saw the transaction; my husband told me of this; Drs. Rowell and Bennett attended my husband at this time; he has told me that he did n ot think he would ever be again the man he once was; his heade was injured; he had drank nothing excvept port wine, for some time, and has not at all been intoxicated; eat quite hearty.

   Robert Silvey, sworn, said - I am a marine reporter, connected with Messrs. Sweeney & Baugh, Merchants' Exchange; I do n ot know the deceased, except by sight; my office is located near the end of meigg's wharf; on the 2d of july I saw a pewrson, said to be McDonald, come down the wharf, about 7 o'clock in the evening, by my office, and went to the end of the wharf; about 8 o'clock, a man came and told me that there was a man on the end of the wharf, dyuing; I was then on m,y way to a vessel, and when I came back he was dead, lying on a pile of lumber; ot was the same man whom IO saw come down the ewharf; the cook on the vessel sais he looked as though he had a griping in the stomach; when he laid down he put a handkerchief under his head; he appeared very depressed when he went down the diock.

   The following is the certificate of Drs. Rowell and Bryarly, who made the post mortem examination:

   By a post mortem of the body of the late Daniel McDonald, the cause of his death was found to be from a lesion of the bnrain, produced by somew previous fracture of the inner table of the skull."

    After hearing the above, the Jury adjourned, to meet at half-past seven o'clock, this evening, when the examination will be contin ued, and the facts relative to the blow given by Crawford to the deceased, and the difficulty between them, will be investigated, if possible.

A SERIOUS DIFFICULTY. - Yesterday morning, about ten min utes befioere seven o'cl;ock. A difdficvulty occurred in the Sazarac Sallooon on Clay street, between Mr. Willis Corse, the propreitor of the dsaloon, and Mr. James Duff \Godron, a member or vilunteer of Monumental Engine Compan y, No. 6.  The perties had previously been upon  ftriendly term,s, and on the night of the Fourth had met upon the street, and in company with several mutual f riemds, went to the Sazarac to drink; both were under the influence of lu=iquor.  Gordon, who was a very quiet and gentlemanly man when siober, was known to be  quarrelsoned and overbearing when he had been drinking.  On this occasion he showed a disposition to quarrel with Mr. Cotrse; the latter asked him to desist, and retreated as the former followed him up; he again told him to desistt; not heeding the w arning, Gordon backed Willis into the room adjoining the sallon and there struck or puished him down gtwice; as he arose to his feet fopr the second time, Willis drew a small sized revolver and shot him - gthe ball taking effect under the right armpit. ...

 

DAILY ALTYA CALOFIRNIA, 7 July 1857

THE SHOOTING AFFAIR AT THE SAZARAC SALOON.

The case of William Corfse, charged with shooting James Duff Gorfdon, in the Sazarac Salolon, on Clay street, on Sunday morfning, was called for examination in the Police Court yesterday.  Col. Jawmes aoppeared for the defence.  Officer Robinson sgtated that the woumded man was troo inwell to appear, and the case was accordingly postponed.  Col. James asked that the defendanrt be admitted to bail, which was fixeds by the Court at $3000.  After Mr. Corse had been out on bail a short time, Chief CVurtis ascertained that mr. Gordon, the wounded man, was sinking rapidly, and could not possibly live.  He thereupon re-arrested Mr. Corse.

   A writ of habeas corpus was sued out returnable forthwith, before the Hon. Judge Freelon of the county Court, where a hearing was held in chambedrs.  Col. James appreatred on behalf odf the prisoner, an d asked that the Copurt fix reasonable bail in  the premises, and that the prisoner be ligberated, arguing that this case fell within the statutory provision for admission to bail in cases of  homicide where the provocation for the commission of the offence was sufficiently greast, and the evidence thereof suu=fficien tly sgtrong to reduce the homicide from the classification of myrder to that of manslaughter.  Evidence was introduced of witnesses to the hiomocide, but no decision was had upon the applicastion, the hearing being continued un til to-morrow morning, at quarter to ten o'clock, in ordfer that fujrthjer evidence might be addiced.

DEATH OF JAMES DUFF  GORDON. - Since writinbg the above, we regret to learn that Mr. Gordon, the young man who was shot byu mr. Corse, died from the effects of thew wound about half-past six o'clock, last night, at the Eye Informary of Dr. Cooper, on Michigan sgtreet, where he had been taken, last Sunday morning.  Mr. Gordon was a nagtive of Baltimore; aged aboutr 25 yearsl an hionest, industrious and gentlemanly man - except on rare occasions, when under the exvitement of drink. [Local details.]

   Drs. Rowell and Cooper, who had attended him during his illness, were engaged in  making a post mortem examinatiion of the body at a late hour last night.  At one o'clock, A.M., we learn the following particulars con cernbing the result of the autopsy: The ball entered beneath the right arm, struck againsty the fifth true rib, glanced downwards and passed through the diaphtragm; the outer portion of the liver, through the right kidney, and lodged in the bone of the pelvis, at the point where the hop bones join the spine.  The cause iof death was the wounding of the kidney, where the emulkgent atrtery enters that organ, prioducing excessive hemorrhage, and extravasation of utinr within the abdominal cavity.  The facts revealed upon ther post mortem ion this case, prioved the correctness of the statement, made by his attending aurgerons on their first examination of the case.  After the poistp-0mortem, the body was conveyed, by Coroner Kent, to the engine house, where the inquest will be held at 3 o'clock. P.M., to-day.

INQUEST UPON THE BODY OF DANIEL McDONALD - HOMICIDE. - The Coroner's Jury renrwed the in vesgtigation into the cauise of the death of Daniel McDonald last ev ening, at 7 ½ o'clock, at the Coroner's office.  The following witnesses were ecxamin ed:

   Samuel P. Robertson sworn - said: O know the deceased; he was employed in ther sgtiore of D. Gibb & Co., with me, as foreman of the laborers; I was one of the laborers; on the 28th day of last February, Crawford and McDonald had a difficulty about a keg of paont; McDonald was fireman in the south warehouse, belonging to mr. Gibb, and Crawford in the north wearehouse.  Crawford had borrowed some paint from McDonald, and when he took ikt back, some words passed between them; in a few minutes McDoandl came to the north warehouse and  said to Crawefotrd, "What did yopu use such language to me for?" Crawford told hjim to leave the store; McvDonald had a sire hand at the time; it was in a sling, and he only talked to Crawford roughly; C rawford took up a stick and hit him over the head and arms with it, cutting his head open, and we rushed in and separasted them; McDonald did not strike him, but only abused him; at the time McDoandl was sgtruck he was backing away fropm Crawford; after he was struck, he caught up a little sgtick and struck Crfawford, but did not hurt him.

   Geiorge W. Harris swoen - said: I know deceased; I saw the gfight between Crawford and McDonald; Crawford had a stick which looked like a piece of flooring; I also saw a lathe, or somehting similarf, in the han d of McDoand;' I could not see which sttruck fitrst, I know that McDonald's stick broke the first time he struck; McDonald called to me for help, but he was knocked down befiore I could get tio him; Crawgford had a very ugly dosposition, and never would forget what he thought to be a wrong; McDonald was  quick te,pered, but was soon ovetr it, and had n ot a bad disposition.

   Matthew Ratray sworn - said: I have heard the evidence of Harris and Robertson, and I know it to be tyrue, exceopt that when the first blow was struck, my back was turned towards them, and I cannot tell who struck first.

   The Jury returned a verdict that the "deceased came to his death from a lesion of the brain, produced b y a fracture of the inner gtable of the skull, caused b y b,lows administetred by one John Crawford, on the 28thy day of Febnruary, 1857, at the store of D. Gibb & Co., in this city. We also find that he is a native of Scotland, aged 37 years."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 July 1857

Inquest upon the Body of James M. Gordon.

Coroner Kwent held an inquest at half-past three o'clock hyesterday afgternoon, upon the body of james M. Gordon, who died on Monday evening, from the effects of a psitol woumnd, caused by Willis Corse, at the Sazerac Saloon, on Clay streetr. 

   The following persons were sweorn as Jurirs: L. H. Robie, Thos. Tennant, L. B. Garrison, Gardinber Ellis, R. T. Holmes, Leopold Loupe.

   The Jury were first taken to view the body, and afterwards to examine the premises where the shooting occurred.

   Isaac Harribngton, sworn - I knew the deceased; I have known hjim about five years; durinbg that time he would occasionally get on a spree; on the 4th of this month we were together pretty much all day; was with him also the same night, until this affair happened; durinbg the day we did not fdrink much, but at night drank pretty freely; there was Russell, Evgtt, White, Gordon, and myself togethjer, until we fell in with Willis Corfse; this was about 4 o'clock in the morning; this was on Jackson sgtreet, near Washington alley; Mr. Corse, I think, had been drinking; I did not know Mr. Cotrse at that time; I think Evatt hallowedd hiom at first, and saidsm "hallo, old man," and Corse wanted to know where we were going; some one of our party then  said to him, "You have just come out of a China house;" I do not know who it was that said it, but think it ewas Gordon; Corse then said, "Let all hands go up to the Sazerac and take a drink;" Gordon and myself stood dtill, and the rest went on  part way up the street; Gordon and myself were trying to catch a c at, and Willis chucked a brfivck down ehere we were; Gordon and me then followed thjem up to the corn er of the alley and Washington street, and Gordon said, "If that fellow flings any m ore brickds, that p;oliceman will take us in " - as there was one on the corner; Corse and the otrhers kept singing out for us to come on , and as they went on we followed, and  waited on the corner of Washington street and Brenham place, unti,l they gturned up Clay sgtreet; Gordon and myself followed them up, and went into the Sazewrac, and found Corfse behind the bar, and the others were in the saloon; Corse said, "What are you going to drink?" a lot of d irty tumblerfs were setting on the bar; I don n ot know whether RFussell and the others had drank or not, but n o one drabnk with Cirse, Gordon and me; in a few minutes, Gorfdon asked all hands to drink, and we all drank; and then, first one and then another would ask all hands to drink, and we did several times; I know I did not drink a,ll the time, because I did not want to get drunk; all hands went to dan cin g in the middle of the room; Corse came out from behind the bar.; we were all skylarking, and Cofse got up near Gordon, and Gordon knocked Corfse's feet frolm under him, and he fell on his hands and knees; Corse said, "That's not fair," or something to that effect'/ Corse got up and went to dancing again , and Gordon gtr\ipped him again; he fell rather backwards, and struck his head on the matting on the floor; he got right up and said he woul,d gave some sagtisfaction for it; Giordon went to him and saidx he was merely skylarking with him, and if he had hurt him, he begged his pardon for it; Willis Corse still repeated that he would have satisfaction for it, and Gordon said, "Let us take a drink, and have it settled;" then all hands went to the bar and took a drink, Corse going behind the bar to wait on us, and drank himself; Gordon said, when he was going to drink, "Here's friendshiop," and Corse said that was no way to do, and hew was a gentleman and would have satisfaction; Gortdon then said he had begged his pardon, and he had done all he could, and if he wassn't satisfied with that, he would fight him like a gentleman, if he would only come from behiond the bat; Willis made no reply, and Gordon then said, "Let's take another drink, and have it all hushed up - it was all for dun any way;" Cotrse then set the tumblers tight down on the counter, and we all drank, and he with us, and we then drank sev eral times without any harsh words passing between us; along abiout 6 oc;ock I said to Gordon, "Let's go up town and go home;" we got out as far as the dioor, and Gordon said, "Let's go back and take anither drink, because Corse is mad and thinks that was done intentionally;" we then went back and went to drinking; drank sev eral times; some young man came in and commenced sprinkling and sweeping the house out; I did not then know him, but since have been told that his name was Andy; he cleaned the house all up, and then went behind the bar, and Corse came out from behind the bar, with his left hand stuck in his pants pocket and his right hand part way in the other pocket of the pangts, and kept walking towards Gordon, and went Gordon wanted to go tyowards Corse, Corse would ealk away - Gordon saying that he was sorry; I thought Corse was armed, and told Gordon that I thought so; he said "No," and sais "Let's all hands take another drink;" Willis would not drink; we drank without him, and I then sdaid to Gordon, "Let's go up town," and we got as far as the door, and Willis followed us close ujp to the door; Gordon turned around and  saisd he wanted to speak to him, and Willis would walk away from him, and kept going back, until he got into the backroom - Gordon telling him he wanted to speak to him; when Corse stepped into the back room, I stepped between him and Gordon; Gordon saids he wanted to go in; I riold him he could not go in; he said he wanted to go in and talk to him; he thought Corse was putting on airs with him, because he (Gordon) was drunk; I told him to wait till they both got siober; Gordon then took hold of me, and slewed me around; and I felt mad, and turned on my heeel, with my back towards them, and I heard the crack of a postol; I turned right around, and stepped into the back rtoom, and Gordon caught hold of me and said, "Ike, I am shot;" Corse stood at the door leading from the baxck room to the privy, with a pistol; I thought it was a Derringer; it was right alongside of him; then Evatt, Russellm, and myself, took Gordon out of doors; Willis said nothing; and I have not seen him until yersterday, since I saw him at the back door leading to the privy; when we got outside of the house, Gordon asked me to look and see where the ball struck him; I was not much under the influence of liquor that morning, as I spit the whisey out of my mouth when we drank; White was d runk; Evatt was pretty well strung, and so was Russell; there were some bricks thrown at me on Jacklson street, while I was attending the calls of nature, but by whom I do not know; I did not see Gordon have any weapons at all; never saw him carry any; I know that Gordon did not sgtrike Corfse, he only tripped him up; I never heard Corse called by any other name except Willis; Gordon could not have had time to strike Willis when I turned on my heel' there were no remarks made about shooting that I heardl Willis was pretty drunk, but I thinkl knew what he was about; when Willis followed Gordon up, he made no remarks.

   Daniel Evatt, sworn - I know the deceased, mr. Gordon; I was present at the Sazerac Sasloon, on the morning of the 5th of July, at the time Mr. Gordon was shot; (coorroborated Harrington';s testimony, from Jackson street to the door of the saloon); Corse's Saloon door was locked, and he took his knee and broke his own door in; (substantiates the formner witness except that he thinks Gordon came out of the back room alone when he said he was shot); the back of witness was towards deceased and Corse, when he heard the report of the pistol; witnbess anticipated no difficvulty.

   Geo. R. Russell sworn - Suunstantiated the former witnesses,exceopt that he does not recollect of Corse maiing any remarls about satisfaction - "that is not right," &c.; nor of any recconciliation between the parties; did not anticipate any difficulty at all; I jusged that the tripping up was all in fun - was absenrt a portion of the rime.

   Andrew Duff testified - Is employed by Willis Corse at the Sazerac Saloon; at 20 minutes betfore 6 o';clock, came down stairs from my room; was awaked by the noise of singing and dnacning below; Mr. Corse was behinbd the bar; when I went behind the bar Mr. Corse went outside, and he went in to the back room.  Mr. Gordon wanted to pay for some drinks and gave me a gold piece; I had no change and went to get change from mr. Corse; Mr. Gordon followed me part of the way and then returned to trhe bar wjere I gave him his change; the reason I suspected a difficulty was from seeing Mr. Corse retreat from mr. Gordon into the back room; I went to the Minumental Hotel and told some one that they had better take Mr. Gordon away, and I might have saids if they did not Mr. Corse would shoot him; I judged Mr. Corse would shoot him from his actions; I had no conversation with him about any such thing;  did not see a pistol in the hands of either party; Mr. Corse generally had a pistol behind the bgar; after Mr. Gordon came out of the back room where they had the difficultyt and was taken out of doors, Mr. Corse came out and told me that Gordon had knocked him down twice, and he (Corse) had shot him; I saw Gordon making shoves at Corse in the back room a moment or so before the shot was fired; some of the other parties were standing in the back door, leading to the back room at the time; Corse went up stairs afterwards, where he was arrestedxs; before I went behind the bar I heard siomne ione say - "Gordon will settle this in two houres," and mr. Corse saids - "Have I niot treated you like a gentelman;" I also heard something about a knife, but this was afterwards, and I only supposed the parties were showing it; as soon as I heard the pistol short, I went out to loook if I could not see some of the Monumen tals to call them inl; the reason there was no one at the engine house was on account of the alarm of fire.

   J. C. B. Stanley sworn - Andw. Duff came to the engine room and told me that Willis had sent him around to tell some of the boys if they did not come arfouns and take Gordon out of therew, he would kill him; some twen ty m in utes orevious, I saw Evatt and Russell standing on the side walk near the door of the Sazerac, and Evatt said to Russell: "You sdhan't fight - you are too weak to fifght."  I think they were talking among themselves.

   John Nugent, officver, assisted officer Riley to arfrest Corfse; wen t up staoirs to look for the pistol, when hez. Smith was just getting up; I asked him where that pistol was; he said "Willis has just brouight it in here and gave it to me to keep;" he said he had plac ed it under the mattress, and I found it there; )postol sdown, two barrels discharged, one with an exploded cap on the same the copck was on); it was a Colt's revolver, sdmall size.

DOCTOR'S REPORT.

The ball entered the chest below the fifth true rib, and taking a downward tenden cy, passed through the diaphragm, the outer portion of the liver, through the right kidney, and downward into the hip bone.  It doubleds the emulgent artery at its point of juncture with the kidn ey, which produced a large internal hemorrhage.  Death resulted from the wound of the kidney at this point, by producing extensive extravasatrion of blood and urine into the abdominal caviry.  E. S. COOPER.

   After hearing the testomnony of the witnesses, and the report of the physicians, the Jury returned the following

VERDICT.

We, the undersigned, Jurors, convened at the egine house of the Monumental Company, No. 6, on ther 7th day of July, 1857, to inquuire into the cause of the death of james McCreary Gordon, after hearing the testimonty of several witrneswses, do find him to be a native of Baltimore, and aged about 24 years; ands that he came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot wounsd, the pistol having been held and fired by one Willis Corse.  Su=igned by the Jurymen.

 

DSAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 9 July 1857

FOUND DEAD. - Coroner Kwent received information, yesterday afternoon, that a man had been found dead in the neighborhood of california and Jones streets.  He immmediately started for the place, but as the exact ,locality was not given, it was some time befo0re the bidy was discovered by the Coroner; it was found in a miserabkle little dshanty amiong the sand hills, near Jones street; when fouind, he was lying on his back upopj a mattrass on the floor of the shanty; he was very much emaciated, and presented one of the most revolting and sickening sighnts imaginable' from the piles of rags and old clothes and bottles about the shanty, he had evidently followed the business of a chiffonier or rag-picker.  Upon searching the premises, a package of paperfs and letters wasfound, which revealed that his name was Claude Carrew, a native of Darnot, in the department of the Mosell., anf aged fifty-four years.  He had been a soldier in the 33d Regiment of the line in France; had served out his timde and been hoinorably discharged; he left home in 1853, and came to California in the ship Cachelot; he was evidently well edicated, and had travelled over the gereater part of the continent of Europe; several passpoirts with his name, age, and description, were also found among his papers.  The cause of his death has not yet been ascertained.  The body was brought to the Copron er's office, where an inquest will be held this motrn ing, at 10 o'clock.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 July 1857

SAN FRANCISCO,  July 8.

The dead body of a Frenchman, named Philip Augustus, a rag picker, was found in an unoccupied building, this motning, in the upper part of cakifornia street, among the sand hills.  He had been missing for sev eral years.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 Juky 1857

CITY ITEMS.

BANK CAVED AT ALCATRAZ ISLAND - TWO MEN KILLED. - About 11 o'clock yesterday morniongh, a bank of earth, about 40 feet long by 7 feet wide. On Alcatraz Island, on the northeast side, near the guard house, which was being excavated for the purpise of building a wall, suddenly caved in and burieds three of thre workmen, two of whom were instantly killed, and the third severely, and perfhaps fatall\y, injured.  The names of the deceased were Daniel Pewter, a native of Coun ty Clare, Ireland, aged 50 years, and Jacob Unger, a nagtive of B aden, Germany, aged 25 years. The name of the wiounded man was Anngtone Winerman, a native of Holland.  When found, he was senseless, and remained in  that condition until he was removed to the hospital of the Sisters of mercy. Amd placed under the charge of Dr. O'Brien. ...

   As soon as the bodies were recovered, Coroner Kwent was sent for, who summoned a jury, and held an inquesty, after which the bodies were brought to his office.

CORONER'S INQUEST.

The following jurors were sworn: John Daly, James Morrissy, Patrick Shine, Daniel Vaughn, John Castillo, and John Hannan.  The testiomny was as follows:

   William Cotter swiorn, said - I am sub-oversseer of the labotrers on ths island; about 11 o'clock this forenoon, I was superintending some new excavating near the gurad-house, on the northeast side of the island; I had just turned from them to walk away, when I heard a rumbling noise; I turned around and saw a man running from the bank, and the bank fell; the man I saw running escaped, but was wounded, and has since been removed to the hospital; I knew then that some other men had been covvered with the eatrth that fell.  O immemdiately ordered the earth to be removed, and found two men under it, dead; the officer of the island, Lieut. Prime, was at once notified.

   James Shea sworn, said - Three other workmen and myself were engagted in excavating the bank; somethin g hit me on the head, and I fell; when I got up, I saw the bank caved in; several parties had arrived at the spot when I recovered; I suppose it was a piece of earth that hit me; I had no idea but what the bank was perfectly secvure; I considser the slidinf of the earth purely acciden btal. [Mr. Shea was hurt ion the head, the right arm and hip.]

   Lieut. F. E. Prime swoen, said - I am in cbharge of trhe giovernment works on Alcatraz Island; this mortning, as I was on my way down the hilkl, I saw some of the men running, and I thioufght somethingf had happened; I immediatelty went to the spot where I saw them going and I found that the bank had caved in; the sub iversser and master oversser were superin tending the removal of the earth for the reocovery of the bodies supposed to have been covered; two dead bodies were taken out and one wlounded man, who has been sent to the hospital' infoermation was at once sent to the Corfoner; the bank is about 25 feet high; a portion about 40 feet long and six or seven feet wiode, caved in; the laborers were excavating for the purpose of building a wall, necessary for the defence of the works; I had been down to the spot about two hours before, and had been cxonversing on the subject of slides; the overseer and myself examinbed the b Ank, and saw nothing which would indicate a slide; this bank is the upper side of a road that lkeads from the wharf to the guard-house, and is in tended to be the only entrabce into the works, and has always been supposed to be entitrely secure; I cannot account for the caving of the earth; I had no reason to believe that igt woukld ever fall.

   John daly, swoen. - Stated that one of the deceased was named Daniel Pewter, a native of County Clare, Iredland, aged about 50 years; the other was named Jacob Un ger, a nagtive of Germany, aged 25 years.

   Patrick Slattery being swoen, testifiedthat he kbnew daniel Pewter, one of the deceased; and thinks he leaves a wife and three children in Boston, and two b rotghers in the northern mines; I wrote a letter to his britherf last Saturday, but  do n ot recollect the place to where it was addressed.

   Henry Hoy testified that he knew jacob Unger, he was a native of Baden, Germany, aged about 25 years.  He leaves a sister in West Point; he was not a married man.'

   The Jury rendered a verdict that the dec eased came to theier death by injuries received by the cavinbg of a bank of eargth which fell upon them, and that no blame can attach to any parties, as the cavikng was entirelty acciden tal.

FOUND DEAD. - Claude Carre, the Frenchman who was found dead in a shanty upon the sand hill, in the neighb orhood of California and Jiones streets, on Wednesday afternoon, it has been asc ertained by Cioroner Kent that he came to his death by intem,perance and exposure.  He had been drunk for several days.

 

DSACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 July 1857

Sheriff Nischer, of Masrin county, brought to this city, last night, Thomas Hammond and John Carroll, charged with murdering Mr. Grazuer and wife, about a mionbth since, at the head of Tomales Bay, in that county.  The prisoners have had an examination, and been held to answer the charge.  Thney have been placed in the station-house here for safe-keeping, as there was no secure place for the purpose in Marin county.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKLIFORNIA, 17 July 1857

CORONER'S IN QUEST. - Coroner Kwent held an inquest yesterday miornibng, at the "Miorning Star House," on the San Jose road, about five miles from this city, upon the body of John Higgins, who was found dead in his bed about 5 o'clock hyestetrday morning.  The following jurors were sworn: Sylvanus Hoyt, A. W. Rice, Volney W. Still, Robert jackson, Thomas McDonald, Frank Farly.

   Bbridget Higgins, swoen, said - I am the wife of the deceased; his name is John Higgins, a native of Oreland, aged 43 years; I found him dead in bhis bed about 5 o'clock; he has been intioxicated for some time, until the last three days; he had the delirium tremens; he has been raving, and appeared deranged; he was talking about the Vigilance Committee coming upon him; I think he died from the effects of in temperance.  The jury rendered a verdict accordingly.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 18 July 1857

The Town Talk says that a gentleman on this c ity received a letter yesterday from his wife at Santa Cruz, styating that a boy of the Rodriguez family had been murdered near that place on the 12th inst., b y a native californian.  The man wishing to enter a hopuse in charge of two boys, of whom this was one, lassoed him, dragged him for some distance on the grounbd, beat him on the head with a stone, and keft him for dead.  The relatives of the boy found him alive, but hew soon afterwatrds died,  The myurderer has been arrested and is not in the Santa Cruz jail.

 

DAILY ALTA CAK,LIFORNIA, 19 July 1857

CITY ITEMS.

HORRIBLE MURDER. - Last night, about twelve o'clock, a difficulty occurred in a dance-house, kept by Frederick Clarke, on Pacific street, near Stockton, between an Italian, named Thomas Gabelli, and as man named Richard Smith, in which the latter was stabbed by the former, and killed.  It appears that they were both intoxo9cated, and had angry words abiout dancing, and agreed to go and fight it out.  They went out into the street; Gabelli drew off his coat; a crowd gathered asround; the parties closedr, and Gabelli was seen to stoop as if to take a weapon from his boot.  Some of the crfowed said to Smithy, "you dhall have a show." He replied, "Boys, I have no show here," and at the same instant he fell.  He was carried into the saloon where he died in a few m in utes, and bedfore medical aid could be priocured.  Infoermation was cobnveyed to the police, and Officers Wallace and Rand arfrested Gabelli, and another Italian named Peter Nicholaus, who was seen to run from the plac e, and suspected of havin g some complicity in the murder.  No knife was found at the time upon either of the prospners.  Officerf Wallace found a drik jand,le subsequently in this street; it did not cor\respond, howeer, with the wound, in size or shape.  Further serach will be made in the morn ing.  Information of the murder was conveyed to Coronerf Kent, who rfepauitred to the spoit an d brought the myurdered man to his offic e.  Upion examination , he was found to be stabbed gtwice - one  flesh wound immediately over the right nipple; another underf, and to the left of the right nipple, pen egtrated some six in ches, and caused his death.

   The deceased was a rfeturned Nicaraguan, and lagtterly had been emplolyedx as a bioagtman on the shcoon er Fayaway, which gtradesd between this city and Sacramento.  It is also rfeported that Smith had been emplolyed as a sailor on one of the P:anama steamerfs.  Gabelli, who is accused of the murder, assertedx that he merely attempted to keep the crowd off, and was cut twicve himself.  On the way to the station-housxe, however, he told the officer that he did not mean to kill the man.  An inquest will be held to-day at 2 P.M., at the polikce Court-room.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 July 1857

CITY ITEMS.

Corfoner's Inquest.

Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday, in the Police Court room, upon the body of Richard Smith, who was killed by Thos. Girabaldi, on Pacific street Saturdfay night.  The following persons were swoen as jurirs: H. O. Gough, Chas. E. C. Plummer, John Bradley, Geo. W. Bird, E. Campbell, John Kief, Wm. Perry, Daniel Cadwiss.

   Frederick Clark swoen - I reside on Pacific street, between Dupont and Stockton; O keep a dance house and sell liquors at the bar of the house; all classes of people were in the habit of coming to my house for amusement; I know the deceased; have known him for three molnths; I have seen him at my house, and have seen him on trhe schooner Fayuway; he used to come to my house to dance; I know the prisoner Girabeldi; saw him for the first time last evenin g; I saw hiom at my house going out of the door with his cioat off; I saw the deceased going out also; I don't know whether he was behind or ahead of him; everybody was rushiong out; I did not know what the crowd was rushing out for; heard no difficulty inside; after they had gone oputsiede I heard some one day, "I have got no sjhow;" I went oujtsiode of the house and saew Tom Johnsomn have the deceased in his arms, and deceased again said I have got n o show in sight, or soemething like that; Johnson said, you shall have a show, and let go of deceased, and he, deceased, fell forward on his face; I ran in  the house and got a candle and came out and found deceased stabnbed; officer Rand came up and took him into the house; he died in three minutes; he only made one struggle; I think the prisoner Girabeldi was the person who was fighting with deceased; deceased had drank several times at the bar; I dids not see him have any weapons; nor did he appear quarrrelsome; I have heard him say that he never carried anytyhing except a knofe, which he had kept ever since he was with Walker in Nicaragua; Johnson was the friend of deceased; the prisoner was facing deceased, but they had been patrted.

   Daniel Driscol, sworn - I am engaged as a cook on the steamerfs of the Mail Streamship Line; I know the deceased; the first time I ev er saw him was in DSan Juan; he was one of the soldiers guarding specie across the route; I again saw him three or four months ago down on the wharf; the next time I saw him was last night; I sawe him in OPacific street in a dance house near Stiockton street; when I saw him I asked him if he was not a soldier in Nicarague, and he said yes; I was then gtalking with a friend of mine; I saw deceasaed go and speak to the prisoner Gitrabeldi and in about a couiple of minutes the two started to go out of doors; the prisoner took off his coat; the prisoner went out first; the folks rushed out after them, and so did I, and the first thing I saw was the prisoner knock deceased down; I then picked up deceased who was upon the side-wealk; then the prisoner got hold of him again shirtly afterwards, and another man with a brown hat on too; the tall man with thr brown slouch hat stood with his back towards me and so did the oprisoner and the deceased was facing them, and tyhey were beating deceased; the next I saw was a white mab come up and strike the man with the brown hat in the bqack of the neckj; the next I saw was the tall man rusdhing with the crowd; I then saw the oprjisoner, Girabeldi going  down with his hand between his vest and his pants for something; he rfaised uo his vest and haukled something out, but I do n ot know what it was; I mean by going down that he was trying to get a weapon out; his friends then tried to keep him back from deceaseds but they c ame togwetrher again, and somebody sang outr, "there he foes," and people rushed after him; I then saw deceased and a man leaning over him saying "he is fead;" we then bturned him over and saw blood running out of his brfeast; I then ruished down the street to catch the prisoner; I am satisfied that he is the man that run; a policemen stopped me and asked what was the mattere and I told him that a man was murdered up the street; I was taken back to the house where it was, and the prisoner was brought back; he denied being the man who committed the deed; the man who ran down the street had on a qhite shirt.

   Offucer Charles D. Wallace sworn, says - I am a special polioce officer; I was standing on the corner of Pacific and Dupont streets; about 12 o'cpock I was with officer Rand; we heard a row and went up the street; he took the middle of the street, and I the suidewalk; just at the corner of Murderers alley, I met a man coming  down the street running (the prisoner Girabeldi); I heard the alarm and called up to the house and gave hjim over to Mr. Hannon, and went up, and officer Rand asked me if I had arrested the man, and described him; I then kneww the man I arrested was the man; I trhen went and got him, and took him up to the house, and the people said: "He is the man that killed him;" I then brought hiom down to the station house, and on the way down he told me he did not in tend to kill the man; this was a reply to an inquiry of mine as follows: "What did you kill the man for?"

   Officer Alfred Clarke swoern, says - I recognize the kniofe shown by the Coroner, at about 4 o'clock this morning I found it on the street, opposite gthe exact spot where officer Wallace arrested the prisoner Girabeldi.

   Thomas Donnellt swoern, says - I know Richard Smith, the deceased; I have heard him say, his father and mother lived in Ricjester, New York; he is an irishman; he is about 28 years of age; he was a sailor; he was a very quiet man - not troublesome; I live in the jackson street house.

   Maertin Meyer said he was in the dance house and saw deceased and prisoner there.  Saw themn have conversation together but do not know what they said, except deceased saiod "well do you want to fioght me;" the prisoner said "yes;" they then went out and the next thing I heard was that the prisonber had stabbed him; the difficulty was all about a dance.

   Thomas Johnson stated about the difficulty; also about the parties going out the dioor; saw several Italians beating deceased; heard deceased say "I have no show;" I told him he should have a show; I had hold of him and let go of him; he fell down on his face; I saw a man run down the street; I followed him and chased to the corner of Kearnhy and Washington streets, when I lost sight of him; there were sveeral Italians there at the time of the affray; they all appeared to be acquainted; I know the prisoner; he asked the man to fight.

   John L. Bernard corroborated other testimomny.  Peter Nichols was then  broight in, and witness tho9ught he was the tall man  who struck de3ceased.  The Coroner then asked him (Nichols) to put on jis hat.  It was a red sliuch hat.

   Peter Nichols said he did not know anything about it; he said he did not know the prisoner.

SAN FRABNCISCO, Jukly 19, 1857.

Ob examining the body of Richard Smith, two external knife wounds presented themselves, one an inch below and posterior to the right nipple, openetrating the integuments only; the other penetrating the chest.  On removing the integuments, the latter woyunhd was found to ciorrespond with two oepnings in the thorax - ine through the cartilage of the fourth rib, commenncing an inch from the right edge of the sternum or breast bone, running transversely an inch and a half, and inward, backward and upward throughg the superior lobe of the right lung to its apex, puncturing at that p;oint the plaural the other commencing ¾ of an inch from the sternum, passing through the intercostal of the third and fourth ribs, penetrating the superior edge of the middle lobe of the same lung, and running downward and backward for some five inches.  These wounds in their couyrse inckluded the larger branches of the pulmonary veins and arteryu.  The chest or pleural cavity of the right side as well as of the brionchial or air ruves of both lungs were filled with coagulated blood, and the immediate cause iof death was asophyxia by suffocation.  JOHN TOOMY, M.D.   R. BEVERLY COLE, M.D.

   The jury, after hearing some remarks from the Coroner, adjourned until Mon day evening, at 7 ½ o'clock, at his office, in order to enable the Coroner to procure further testimony.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 21 July 1857

Inquest upon the Body of Richard Smith.

Coroner Kent, last evening, concluded the inquest upon the body of Richard Smith, who was killed on Pacific street, near Stockton, on Sundsay morning last.  But onew other witness was examined who testified as follows:

   Wm. Robbins [?] sworn, says - O know deceased; I have known hiomk from ifnacy; he is a native of Bath, Maine; he isd aged about 30 years; I think he has a father living in Bath; the first time I ever saw him in this State, was last summer; he was going on bioard the Nicarague steamer; deceased's name is Richard Smith; his parents are highly respectable people and wealthy; I should think from what I know of his early education, taken in com parison with his behaviour lately, that he would be likely to hail from any other place than home.

   As the testimony was concluded the Coroner then charged the hury that it was their futy to find a verdict of the cause iof death, age, nativity, &c.; also, whether deceased came to his dewath by criminal meamns, and if so, by whom the crime was committed; it was his opinion that the evidence would not warrantr thenm in finding a verdict against any named party as the principal; but he thought both Girabeldi and Nicholas were accrssories, and could be held to answer in like manner as if they were principals, as they had aided and abetted, &c.

   The jury, after an absence of two hours, returned and stated that they were divided in their verdict - six of them (a legal number) having agreed upon the following verdict:

"We, the jury, &c., do find that the name of the deceased is Richard Smith, and that he is a native ofd Bath, Masinbe, and aged about 30 years, and that he came to his death from the effects of a knife wound, at the hands of Thos. Girabeldi, and that Peter Nicholas, and others unknown to the jury, aided and abetted in the commission of the act as accessories to the offence.

HENRY O. GOUGH, DANIEL CRONIN, G. W. BIRD, JOHN KEEF, E. CAMPBELL, JNO. N. BRADLEY.

Two of the juriors dissented from the majority, and rendered the following verduict:

We, the undersigned jurors at the inquisition of Richard Smith, dissent from the above verdict, but find that the deceased, Richard Smith, came to his death from woumnds inflicted by parties unknown, and that Thomas Girabeldi and Peter Nicholas were accessories to the commission of the act of killing Smith, at the time of the offence, and that we find the killing injustifiable.

WM. PERRY, CHAS. G. C. PLUMMER.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 22 July 1857

THE MURDER CASE. - The case of Tomasa Garabaldi, charged with the murder of Richard Smith, on Pacific street, near Stockton, and the case of Petyer Nicholaus, charged with being an accessory befrore the fact to the said murder, &c., was called up for examination yesterday.  The defendants wewre examined together.  Col. Tingley appeared for the defence, and District Attorney Willis for the prosecutiion.  Frederick Clark, the keeper of the dance house in front of which the murder took place, testuified to about the same state iof facts as when examined before the Corioner:

   Thomas Johnson sworn - Saw the deceased stand up to dance with a lady; before the dance deceased walked across the room; when he came back, Garabaldi had his place; deceased came to me and said a Diego had his place, and that he couldn't come any such game over him, for he would lick any d----d Diego s-n of a b---h in the house; he then went iover to defendant and they rtalked a while; Garabaldi took him by the coat and asked him if he "wanted to fight?" they then went out of doors, and Garabaldi took off his coat; I saw defendant, Bicholaus, push the deceased out into the street several yards; did not see him strike him; when he pushed him, deceased fell; when Nicholaus shoved Smith, the latter said: "All I want is a fair show," I said, "You shall have a show;" he said: "No, boys.  I've got no show;" and then fell down and said: "Oh! I am stabbed;" a man said to me: "Come, let us run, that man is killed;" I saw a man dressed in a grey shirt and black pants running down Pacific street; in the melee four or fiove men were striking Smith; the two defendants were aming the number.

   Coroner Kewnt testified to the holding of the post mortem and the inquest, and described the nature of the wounds; one a slight wound, and the other a deep wound in the chest - running downwards - (knife shown); the wounds correspond with the size and shape of the knife.

   William Jones sworn - Saw Garabaldi and Smith at the dance ghouse on Saturday nightl saw a rush to the door; went out; saw two or three men poun ding Smith; cannot say that the defendant was one of them; saw Smith fall; it  was too dark for me to see who struck him; I shoved a man with a yellow hatm, who then went down the srfeeet.  Smith was about five feet from the hiouse when he fell; when Garabaldi was brought back to the house, several of the crows recogn ized him, and said he had killed the man.  I have not been examined b efore.

   John Mons sworn - Was going up Pacofoc street on Saturday night; saw a crowd; went into the dance house; saw two men talking, Garabaldi and a white man; one said: "klet's go out;" they did so; G. was stripped - coat off; when they got out they clinched, then they got separated; Garabaldi went a little ways out into the street, and stooped and took something from his pocket and then went in again and clincherd with Smith, who was on the sideewalk; in a moment Smith fell, and Garabaldi went into the street; I turned Smith over and said: "the man is dead;" then I told some one to arrest Garabaldi, who then ran away down Pacific street; officer Wallace brought him back; before Smith fell, I saw a tall man, dressed in black, strike Smith from behind; it was neither of the defendan ts? Some one struck the tall man back.

   John L. Bonnard sworn - Was in the dance house; saw the rush; was among the last to get out; Smith was leaning against the side of the house; saw Garabaldi make a rush at him; a pasrty closed in and surriunded him; saw a man who looked like Nicholaus; had on a brfown hat; saw him strike once at deceased; could noit see him hit Smith; think deceased's back was in front of the large man who was striking him; he was striking a high blow; Garabaldi, at that time, was closed with deceased; they got separated; deceased walked out in to the street, and turned facing the house; heard Tom Johnson say: "You shall have a show;" deceased remarked that he had mno show, and threw up his hands and fell on his face; I then  saw a man with a grey shirt standing behind him; I was un der the impression that he had cut him \in the back; I followed the man till I met odfficer Wallace, who arrested him.

   Daniel Driscoll, swoern - Was in the dance house that evening, talking to a "chum" from Nicaragua; saw Smith and garabal;di talking; saw them go out of the house; deceased was behind; when they got out, Garabaldi knocked Smith down; a tall man got hold of Smith; saw Garabaldi go down inside of his pangts after somethning; they clinched again; it did not appear to be a fight.  I could not see very well what they were doing; I saw Garabaldi run away down the street, a numnber following him; I turned to deceased; he was dead, blood running outr iof his breast.

   Frank Portier, swoen - Was in the Station House when defendantr, Garabaldi, was brouight inb; he had on a white shirt, with blood on the sleeve; his wrist was slightly cut and bleeding.

   Officer Clark testified to finding the knife on Sunday morning, near the sidewalk where the deed was commityted; the handle and blade were covered with blood; it was in a sheath stuck together with blood.

   Special officer Wallace then testified to having made the arrest of Garabbaldi; there was blood on his wrist, hand and shirt, and on his face; don't know antyhing about Nicholaus.

   Peter Nicholaus, one of the defendants, then made a statement, which did niot amount to much; he was at the dance; saw a rush; came out, and when the crfowd came down street he ran also; did not see the fight; was  talking to some ladies when he was arfrested.

   The prosecution here rested.

   The following witnesses were examined as to the good character of Peter Nicholas:

   L. Gatenchia, a fruit dealer - Known Nicholaus for four years; quiet, preaceable man; liked b y everybody; he is a woerkmate; discharge vessels; never heard any complaint against him; never saw the two defendan ts together.

   A. Georgiannni - Has known Nicholaus for three years; a quiet, hardworking man; always heard of him as a pretty good boy to work; knew garabaldi in New Otreleans 112 hyears; knew nothing bad of him; never saw the defendan ts togetrher, &c.

   The Court ordered that Garabaldo be committed to answer the charge of murder, and Nicholaus as ac cessory before the fact.  The amoujnt of bail in Nicholaus' case was fixed at $3,000.

MURDERER ARRESTED. - A man named Jas. Jones was brought to the Station House at 5 o'clock last evening, from Alameda, in charge of Sheriiff Van Hagen, of Nevada.  Jones is charghed with having killed a man named John Baury, in a geberal bar-room fight, in which some twenty or thirty persons were concerned, at Red Dig, near Nevbada.  Three knives were drawn; Jones made a pass at a man named Brown, but missed him and plunged the knife in to Baury';s shoulder.  Baury died in gtwo weeks afterwards.  Jones escaped to Alameda coun ty; where he has worked ev er since.  He trold about the difficulty, and when the news of Baury's death arrivewd, Jones was confined in jail and the Sheriff of Nevada notified b y trtelegraph and came down for the prisoner.  It appears that Bury, the murdered man, was oln the same side in the fight as Jones.

TRIAL FOR MURDER. - Ezekiel Bullock, indicted for the murder of Thomas Latta, in Sacramento, on the 9th June, was arraigned before the District Court on the 20th.  His clounsel gave nmotice of a change of venue to Son oma county.

EXECUTIOn. - Danforth Hartson was ghung in Yreka on the 15th, for the murder of Burke.  The culprit conbfessed to the murder, as also the murder of two Indians.

ACQUITRTED. - A Mexican named Phillipi, tried in Sonora for ther murder of one of his coubhtrymen in Campo Seco, has been acquitted.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 July 1857

CITY ITEMS.

INQUEST UPON THE BODY OF HENRY PERRIER. - In the absence of Coroner Kent, Justice Hanraham held an inquest, yesterday, upon the body of Hen ry Perrier, who committed suicide on Sunday afternoon, by shooting himself in the head with a pistol.  The following jurors were sworn, viz: E. Fulton, A. J. Gambill, George Rees, Samuel Gardner, J. Guthrie, and D. G. Waldron.  The evidence before the Jury was as follows:

   John Moore, sworn - I have known the deceased since 1849; his name is Henry Perrier; he resided near North Beach; I last saw him alive yesterday morning at breakfast, at about nine o'clock; I believe that misfortune in business was the cause of him killing himseklf; his age is about 57 years; he was a native of Geneva, Switzerland.

   J. B. Pertniset, sworn - I reside in Bush street; I have kniown the deceased since 1851; he qwas a paperf merchant on Clay street; I last saw him alone with Mr. Moore, at breakfast, yesterday morning; I tho9ught him insane; he was married and has a wife and daughter living in this city.

   A. Tance, sworn - I have known the deceased for four years; saw him yesterday, at about one o'clock; he had the appearabce of being insane when I saw him.

   Phillip McCann, sworn - Says, he was called to go after the body, and brought it to the Coroner's office; he found it in a house near Black Point; he was lying beside the bed.

   Dr. A. F. Sawyer, who made the post mortem examination, presented his report (the same as published in the Alta of yesterday).  The jury, after hearing the evidence of the witrnesses, and the report of the ophysician, returned a verdict that deceased came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot wound received from a weapon in his own hand, the same being donwe qwith intent to take his own life, while laboring under temporary ab erration of mind.  We also find that deceased is a native of Geneva, Switzerlanbd, aged 57 years.  [Funeral.]

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF AN UNKNOWN CHILD. P- Justice Hanraham held an inquest upon the body of the unknown male child, which was found half buried in the sand inj a vacant lot corn er of Pine and Leavenworth streets, on Friday morning last.  There was no evidence before the jury to show how the child came to its death\; the onlt evidence was as to the finding of the body.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by the hands of some person or persons to the juroirs unknown.

FORWARDED. - John Hurley, who was convicted of murder in Suerra county, and sentenced to ten years in the State Prison, was conveyed to his new home hyesterday, in charge of Sheriff Proctor, of Sierra.

STABBING. - At Port Townsend, July 3d, a soldier named Regan stabbed a person named Chas. Fitch, who died of his wounds two days afterwards.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 28 July 1857

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27 - 3 ½ P.M.

Mr. Henry Perrier, a native of Switzerkand, and 57 years of age, committed suicide yesterdat afternoon, beytween three and four op'clock, by shooting himself in the head with a piastol, at his residemnce, near the foot of Hyde street, North Beach.  He came to this city from Australiam in December, 1849, and for some time past, until recently, was en gaged in the paperp-hanging business, on Clay street, between Mon tgomery and sansome sgtreets.  He failed in that busibness some two mopnths since.  Since his failurfe he had endeavored to make a living by teaching music.  The loss of his property, con se quewnt upon his failure, seems to habe un settlewd his mind, and drievn him to the verge of insanity.

   His iwfe, who had been acting as nyurse to a lady of her acquaintance, returned home yesterday, and found the furn iture of the house in an unsettled c on ditrion.  While she was engaged in putting things in proper order, she heard the report of a pistol, and on going to the room, she found him in the last agonies of death.  He lived but a few minutes.  A large-sized Colt's Navy revolving pistol was lying by his side.

   The body was soon after conveyed to the Coroner's office, an d a post mortem examination was made, last night, by Dr. Sawywr, who reports that ":the ball entered the harfd palate in the median line, near its posterior margin; entered the cavity of the skull, traversed the brain bacxkward and uopwards, producing the most extensive fracgturfes of the crfanium, the most marked of which was the shattering of bone in the posterior part of the skull. At the parietal suture, about two inches above the articulation of the union of the occipital with the parietal bones.": An inquest was held ... The body of deceaased was gtaken possession  of and buried by the Swiss Consul.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 July 1857.

CITY ITEMS.

A MYSTERIOPUS MURDER. - A woman named Mary Boge Joghns, familiarly known as "Dutch Mary," was found dead in her bed, in a room on trhe first floor of a brick house on the west side of Dupont sgtreet, adjoining the Adelphia Theatre, about half-pasty 12 o'clock hyesterday, under very peculiar and mysterious c ircumstances, which led to the belief that she was myurdered.

   The deceased occupied two rooms on the south side of the hall of the building.  In the first room she kept a bar for the sale of liquir, and the rfear room was her bedroom.  She was kn own as a woman of n ad repute.  On Ruesday, her rooms were openbed, and she was ab out attending to her business as usual.  On Tuesday night her rooms were closed, but at what hour is not known.  Yesterday,. Abiout 12 o'clock M., Mrfs. Lebvy, who rents the building and occupies the room immediatelty above those of the dec eased, observ ed that gthe iron shutters of the saloon were still c,osed, and n o one seemed to be astir, whuch was rather an unusual thing.  She spoke to another lady ten ant of the house, and sais shew feared something had happened.  Inform ation was then conveyed to the police, and Officer Saulsbury and Special Officefrs McCormick ands Hubbard pdroceeded to her srooms. They found the doorf which opens from gthe hall into the bar roomn slightly ajar, and on entering the room  found the gas still burning in the bar.  The officers proiceeded through the bar room into her bedroom, when a shocking and rfevolting sight met their gaze.

   The dead b ody olf the woman was lhying stretched out upon the bed.  A wound, as if made by a slung shot, was on  hewr left tfemple, from which the blood had f,lowed an d satujrated the bed.  On her mouth a towel was drawn tightly, and gtied in a sailor's knot under her left ear.  Ot was gtwisted over her mouth very hard, and must have caueds sgtrangulation.  The corpse presented a most revolting sight.

   Information of the case was immediately brought to the Coeron er's office, and the body con vetyed thither, but some officious person had untied the knot and removed the towel beforfe Coromner Kwnt (who was engagfed at the gtime in the Police Court) could get a sight of the body.

   The deceased was a nagtive of Germany, aged about 32 years.  She came to thiks country three years ago, and has been a prostiturte ever sin ce.  About two years ago she removed to the building which she occupied at the time of her death.  Upoin searchjing her paartmengts, the following articleds were found and taken in charge by order of the Chief of police, and handed over to Mr. Rigers, the Public Administrator: viz., one buckskin purse, containing $2,350; one do., $2,000; $15 in gold and $13 in siklver, and a box contain ing the following articles: $123 in cash, 5 silver spoons, 1 pair sugar tongs, 1 tortouise shell box, 2 perfume bottles, 1 gold crfoss, 16 gold rings, diamond brooch, 1 pair diamond ear-rings, dioamond finger ring, 1 small pair of silver ear-rings, 1 gold locket, 1 sbuff box, 2 gold dollars, 16 small gold speciments, 1 specimen pin, 2 small breast pins, 1 bracelet, ladies' watch and chain, ladfies' enamlled watch, 1 gold fish, 3 ladies' brooches, small gold cghain, do. Neck chain, 2 gold pencils, gold buckle, silver hair ornament, hair of earrings, 1 gold waist hook, 2 silver pencils, 2 penknives, 1 siklver heart, 1 diamond, 2 breastpins, 1 pair ear-rings, 1 fancy port monnaie.

   No clue has as hyet been obtained as to the murderer.  It is tho9ught, however, from the kind of know in which ther towel was tried, that it was done by a sailor.  This is, of couyrse, only a surmise.  It would seem, however, that the murderer was notr acgtuagted by a desire tp steal, for nothning in the room appatred to have been disturbed.  There is a fearful mystery han ging over trhe affair, which only time can solve.  Dr. Sawyer will make a post mortem examin ation of the body of deceased this morning, and Coroner Ken t will hold an inquest at the Police Court this evening.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 30 July 1857

FATAL AFFRAY IN NEVADA COUNTY. - The Nevada De,ocrat opf july 29th, says:

   ASn affray occurred at Humbug on Sun day evening last, resultiong in the death of a German named Mueller.  It seems that during the day, a man named Charles Dav is had endeavored to get a daughter of Mr. Muellerf tio go with him to the circus, but the family were opposed to her going.  In the eveing Davis went to Mueller's house and raised a difficulty with him about the matter, and caught hold of him ane den adeavored to opull him from behind the bar where he was standing.  Mueller came roujnd from behind the counter and made at Davbis, who ran out of the house; Muellerf took after him, and cxhased him some distance down the street, when davis drew a pistol and fired at Mueller, the ball strking him in the right side.  He died in about half an hour.  Davis immediatelty fled to this place and gave himself up to the autjoritiers.  Justice Anderson hewld an inquest on the body the nexty day, and the above is the substance of the testim ony given by M r. Mueller's dfaughter, who is a young lady some seventeen years old.  Davis will be examined to-day.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 July 1857

CITY UITEMS.

THE MYSTERIOPUS MURDER. - CORONER'S INQUEST. - Not the slightest cluehas yet been obtained as to the perpetrator or pewrpetratorfs of the horrible murfder of Mary Augusta John, which occurred in a house on Dupont street, No. 205, between Clay and Washington, some time during the night of Tuesday last, as it is believed.  The fact of the gold, and silvber, and jeweklry having been found in her room, would lead to the belief that the murdered was not avctuated by a dfesire to rob his victim of her property, but as it is not known how much money she had in her ghouse, it is im possible to say that none was taken.  In addition to the amount found on Wednesdfay, the officers on searching her room again yesterday,  discovered $2,770 in gold, sewed ujp in a linen bag in the mattress on her bed.

   Last evening, Coron er Kent held an inquest upon the body.  The following juroirs were swoern: George W. Baker, James Linen, J. B. Bannerman, J. T. A. Anderson, Harry Austin, Florence Mahoney, William Perry, E. Mon er.  The following witnesses were examine\:

   Officer McCormick, swoern, said - I am a police officer; about 12 o'clock yesterday, I was passing the house of deceased, and Mrs. Levi called to me from up styairs and said she thought there was somethning wrong in the room of the deceased, as the front door was not hyet open, but the side door was open, keading intro the hall; that she had been to the back weindow an d r apped and got no answer; I then  called officers Salisbury an d Hubbard, and we went in at the side door;  the first thing that attracted my atytention  was the gas light burning dimly; I then went into the dec eased's room an d discovered her lying on the bed, dead; she was lying on her back, with her arms rfaised up;watrds and contracted; there was blood on the pillolw an d sheets and on the wall; the Coron er was immediately sent for; we noticed on the walls of the room blood printsn ofnwhat appeared to nbe a man's hand; a scarf and towell was tied round her moith tightly and was tied under the ear in a sailor's mknot6 and very neatly done; there was blolod about her head and mouth; O havbe known her sometime, and never knew her to be in any difficlutyt; I saw her non the nigfht oprevious at her house about half past 11 \o'clock; there was no one with her; saw no one lurking about the place; hwer house was a hopuse of ill fame,, and persons of disreputable chatacvter were in the habvit of going there.

   Officer Salisbury, sworn. - I know nothing in addition to what officer McCormick stated, ecxcept that Ifound the door leading to the nack entrance with the bolt down.

--- B. Krieslman sworn, said - I knew the deceased; have known her for three months; did not know her name; neever heard he4r say what her name was; bI have visited her house six or seven timews; the last time I saw her alivcfe qwas on Mionbday evening about 7 o'clock; on Monday morning I came down Dupont street in a wagon, and she was on the sidewalk in front of her housew; she spoke to me and asked ehere I was going; I told her I was going to take a ride; she then asked me to takle her; I did so; we went to Russ' Garden and had breakfast; we d rank two bottles of white wine; we then came in town; on the same afternoon, between 3 and 4 o'clock., we went outr again tio Russ' Gardens and had a dinner; wew returned at 7 o'clock'; that was the last I saw of her alive; I know nothing of the cvause of her death.

   Wm. Kells sworn, said - O knew the deceased; her name is Mary Augusta John; she was a native of Berlin, Prussia, about 32 years of age; she was a married woman; her husband was an upholsterer, named Lucien John, he was also a native of Berlin; her name before marriage was Boger; she left her husband in New York about 4 years ago; I have learned the above facts from herself; the last time I saw her alive was Monday, between 1 and 2 o'clock, she had just come in from Russ' Garden; I know nothing relative to the cause of her death.

   Coroner Kent then read the following report of the post mortem examination, made upon the body by Drs. Precht and Lohr.

   "The external inspection showed every sign of rapidlt progeressing decomposition, the right arm, the back and neck were livid red; the andomen s wollen, livid blue; the smell was like that from a person three days dead; the tongue standing forth about a quarter iof an inch from the mouth and swolloen; the face swollen, lividl her neck, near the thoat, was swollen, on  condequence of emphysema; on the right side of the throat were marks like the impressiob of the fin ger nails; on the left tem[ple, about one inch behind the left eye, was a deep wound, inflicted by  some clumsy in strument, penetrating to the bone, not no fracture outside visible; sugollation of b;ppd near this wound, between the muscles and the cellular texture; the intestines of the abdomen, exceot the far advanced decomposition, shiowed nothing extraordinary; the stomach and con tents has been laid aside for a chemical analysis, of nerceessary; on the brains no congestion, no extravasation except a small bloody shot on the basis outside of the anterior lobulus, corresponding with the place of the external wound; about half an inch distant from it was a small fracture or rather spklintering in the inner lamell odf the os-frontis, near the cellular spheroidalis; the whole of the fracture wqas not more than one-half inch in length.

   It is our opinion that the deceased came to her death by strangulation at the time when she was laborinhg under the stubnnig effects of a blow against her head.  There is no certainb rukle concerning the time for the beginning of decomposition after death; neverthel;ess, their sertting in a few hours after death, is a remarkable incident and cannot be explained by diseases foubnd by the post mortem exination,  The dissection explains the cause of death, but  does not e xplain the rapid decomposition; and we recommened, therefore, the chemical analysis of the contents of the stomach.  In reference to the time of death, it may be well to consider the time during which the stiffness of the body lasted, which beginbs soon after death, and never extends over 24 hours."

   Several letters, written in Germany, were found among her effects, dated from Breslau, and evidently written b y her husvband's family.  One was addressed to her as "sister-ion-law," and signed by William John, "brother-in-law."

   After hearing the above testimony and the report of the poist mortem, the jury adjourned to meet agaibn on Mionday evening next, at 8 P.M.

   In connecxtion with the above case, Coroner Kent informed the jury that he had consuklted with the Public Administratir about the propreity of having a chemical analysis made of the contentrs of the stomach, to be paid out of the effects of the deceased.  The Public Asmninistrator was willing to allow the same if apprived by the County Judge.  The matter was submitted to Judge Freelon, who decided that it would be illegal, as the cvounty was bound to opay for the chemical analysis.  The Corfoner stated further, tbhat although the cost of making the an alysis was some $50 more than his monthly pay, hyet he would endeavor to have iot made by Dr. Lanzwert, if possible.

DEATH OF O'HARA - ARREST OF "BLACK JACXK." - John O'Hara, who was stabbed in an affray which took place on the southwest corner of Battery and Pacific streets, on Sunday mornibng last, aboutr 2 o'clock,  died at 8 o'clock last evening, dfrom the effectsd of the wounds receuived upon that occasion.  Thomas Gallagher was arrested on Sunday, charged with having committed the deed.  Information was subsequentlkt received by Chief Curtis, that a man named Jack Lawson, alias "Black Jack," was concverned in the affray, and was believbed to be equaklkly guilty with Gallagher.  Yesterday, Chief Curtis, after a chse of four hours over the sanbd hills, syucceeded in capturing Wilson atr the Lagoon, near the Presidio.  Coroner Kwnt has taken charge of the body of O'Hara, and an inquest will be held upon it at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 31 July 1857

THE MURDER CASE - CORONER'S INQUEST.

The Coroner's Jury met, last evebning, according to a sjournment, in the case of Mary Augusta John, and comncluded their investigation.  The only additional matter lauid before themn was the report of the chemist, Dr. Charkles G. Raymond, who made the chemical analysus of the contents of the stomach.  He certified that he examined the contents of the stomach, and made use of tests for arsenic, mercuty, and antimony, also for morphia and strychnione, wikthout finding any evidence of the prfesencxe of eigher of the above named p;oisons.  The jury, thereupon return ed as their verdict, that the deceased came to her death by sgtrangulatiobn  from the hands of some person  or persobns unknown to the said Jurors.

DEAD. - WSe are informed by Mr. Johns, of the Bald Hill's Express, that George Wilkins, who some days since fell from a house on Piety Hill and broke bhis back, has since died. - Shasta Courier.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 August 1857

CITYT ITEMS.

INQUEST UPON THE BODY OF CHARLES O'HARA.  - Coroner Kent held an inquest yesterday, upon the body of Charles O'Hara, who died at the National House, on Thursday evening, from the effects of several lnife wounds inflicted in an affray on the corner of Pacific and battery streets, on Tuesday monring.  The following juriers were sworn: Flavel Phillips, J. A. Hawley, Charles Emerson, J. Abrams, Augustus Clarkm Edward Stepghens, Solomon Polk. The testinony was as follows:

   Richard Allman, swoen. - I reside at the Keystone House; kn ew deceased for six mon ths; on Tuesdaty morning, at one o'clock, I saw deceased in compan y with several parties, among whom was thomas Gallagher, in  front of the Rising Sun House, on Pacific street; deceased was accus\ing some one of stealiong money from him; five or six persons came out into the street; I then saw a man n amed Lawson alias Black Jack; he said he would lick any man of fifteen stone weight; at this time they were stan ding on the corn er of Pacific and Bettery streets; Mr. Flynn and myself then went into the National House, on the opposite aisde of the street; in a minute or two afterwards, I saw Gallagher and Lawson, going down Pacific streets towards Front; one of them called O'Hara an indecent name; O'Hara took his coat off and follow3ed them; Gallagher tuerbned and came back and made a fight at deceased; they fought for some time, until O'Hara was backed arfound on to Battaery street, then Gallagher got him down; O'Hara got up and found round on to Pacific street again; Gallagher again got him down and struck him a couple of times; O'Hara sung our "enogu;" Gallagher was down over O'Hara with his knees when he was striking him; when he was striking him; when O'Hara  sung ouit enough, Gallagher got up, and he and his friends went up the street, remarking that he could lick anything of his weight; I think there were some 8 or 9 persons ptrrsent at the spot when this affray happened; I know of Mr. Flynn and several others being there; there were friends of both parties and no one interfered; there was no attempt made to stop the fight, except by Mr. Flynn, and when he interfered, Laeson said let them fight it ouut; I saw O'Hara's face bloody while he laid on the ground; O'Hara was taken to the National House; O'Hara was a quiet man.

   M. Nolan, sworn - I am mate of the steamer republic; on last Monday evening, between seven and eight o'clock, I saw Gallagher and Lawson drinking together, in a saloon on Pacific street, near Dupont; watchman told me that Gallagherf came on board again about twelve o'clock; I noticed, next morning, that he appeared very uneasy; so much so that I askeds the s econd officer what was the matter with him? he replied, :He is either drunk or crfazy;" when he shipped on the Republic he had a couple of black eyes; I have seen him drunk, and with a black eye; Lawson is a veryu  quarrelsome man; he has been with me in several ships; his reputation is bad; has been discharged once for stealing, and other times for fighting; I saw blood on Gallagher's clothes.

  Harry Anderson, swoern - I am watchman on the Republic; I know Gallagher and Lawson; on Tuesday morning, between trwelve and one o'clock, they came on board the ship; Lawson was not angaged on the ship, but Gallagher was; they came on board very quietly; there was another man with them; a tall man; I knew him; he was once on the ship; Gallagher ans the tall man went righr below; I asked Lawson what he wanted? He said he was going to work his passage to Crescent City; he said he had just seen a pretty fight up town; he then went below.

   Patrick Flavin, sworn - Said I was in trhe Rising Sun House with O'Hara; there was something said about losing some money; presently all hands went out. [The testimony of the witness corroborated what of Allman, with the exception that he saw Gallagher kick deceased.]  I did not see any knife; I was not very drunk; I assisted Flynn and another to take the wounded man over to the National House; the door was closed; O'Hara was laid down on the widewalk; Flynn said if he was taken up into the house it would interfere with the boarders; I went away and left him and them there; I did bnot know he ewas stabbed at that time; I did not know what they would do with him.

   Offucer Riley sworn - I arrested Gallagher on board the Rep;ublic, on Tuesday morning; he was in the fiorecastle; he acknowledged to me that he had the fight with deceased, and s aid he kicked him ion the breast; I found no w esapkon on himl; the mate told me that he had been in the habit of carrying a pocket knife six inches long,.

   Mrs. Ann E. West sworn, said -0 I keep a bar room and boarding house on Pacific street, called the "Rising Sun;" on Monday night, aboutr 12 o'clock, Gallagher, Kawson and others were in my house; Mr. O'Hara, Nr. Flynn and another gentelman came ibn; Mr. O';Hara was inclined to a muss with a Mr. Anderson, second mate of a steamer, about some money he had stolen; he seemed to accuse Mr. Anderson about it; I told Anderson to go to bed; he did so; presently the parties went outr, and I heard nothing more until next morningf; they were all more or less intoxicated.

   Hugh Flynn sworn - I am barkeeper at the National House. [The witrness ciorroborated the testimony of Slavin and Allman.] I loeft deceased lying on the sidwewalk after we brought him over to the National House; the deceased requested it; this was about 2 o'clock in the morning; I came in and went to bed; I did not know deceased was stabbed, but he bled freely; in the morning, Mr. Doyle told me he was stabbed; I may have told Mr. Slavin not to take the deceased in the house - it would interfere with the other boatrders; vabout half-past 5 o'cl;ock I went for a physician; I saw no knife uased in the affray; Lawson would not let us part the combatants; all that O'Hara complained of was that they had jumped on him.

   Catharine Weldon swoirn,  said - Between 4 and 5 o'clock, I heard a man at trghe side door of the National House - (witness is a servant there) rapping; it was O'Hara; I went to the front door; he wanted to come in, and said, "my bowels are coming out;" he ried to creep up stairs, but could not without assistabnce; I gave the alarm to the men in the house.

   Charles O'Hara, swoern,  said - I know the deceased; he was my cousin; his name was Charles O'Hara, native of county Armagh, Ireland, aged about 24 years; I know nothing of the transaction.

   Coroner Kwent rfead the following letter from Dr. C. H. Raymiond, who a ssisted Dr. Toland and Dr. Carman in making the post mortem:

   On Tuedsay last, July 28, I was requested by Dr. Toland to visit with him Charles O'Hara, at the Natioonal Housew, 78 Pacific street; when I arrived, I found the patient had received a woubnd in the front of the abdomen, about modway between the navel and the point of the haunch bobne, frolm which about vtwo feet of the large intestibne was protruding; I aided Dr. Toland to return the bowel; there were nine small punctured wounds on the abdomen and ledft side of the neck; I visitede the patient with Dr. Toland, on yesterday; he was evidently sinkingl I was present, to-day, at the examination after death; found the wound extebnded ionto the cavity of the abdomen, and was frion an inch and a half to two inches in extent; the wound was on the right side of the abdomen; the serous coat of the intestines and iof the abdomen was in a highly inflamed condition, with an effusiob of serum and lynph; the cauise of death was trhw wound, and the inflammation induced thereby.

   After hearinbg which, the jury returned the following verdict: "Wew, the jury, &c., do find that deceased is named Charles O'Hara, a native of the county of Armagh, Ireland, aged 24 years, and that he came to his death from the effects of a knife wound in the hands of some person or persons to the jurors aforesaid as yet unknown.  We also find that ------- Gallagher , and ------- Lawson, were imlpicated in and accessories tio the crime.

   We cannot refraibnh casting severe  c ensure upon the parties whjo were at the place when the affray occurred, for their neglect in not seeing that the deceased was properly cared for agter he received the injuries."

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Yesterday morning, a young man named John Malone, a native of Ireland, aged 22 years, fell from the hay lift in a stable at the American House, at redwood City, and sev erely injured himseklf by striking his head against a plank.  Dr. McClure was called in, and, upon examining the patient, advised that he be sent to the hospital in this city.  He was at once placed in an express wagon, upon a litter, and, accompanied by the doctor, was proceeding to this city.  When about ten miles distant, the wounded man suddenly died.  His body was brought to Coroner Ken t';s office, as being the most suitable place to hold a post mortem.  Drs. McClure and Sawyer made a post mortem examin ation last evening, which resultined in their finding no external injury, but, on removing the scalp, the skull was found to be greatly fracftured, some of the blood-vessels injured, and an effusion of about two ounces of coagulated blood on the right side of the brain.  The immediate cause of death was compression of the brain.

POLUICE COYRT. - There were but six new cases upon the calendar yesterday, none of which were of any importance, except the case of Jack Lawson alias ":Black Jack," who is charged with being an acceassory ikn the murder of Chas. O'Hara, sho died from the effects of knife wounds inflictyed upon him by Thos. Gallagher, on Tuesday mormning klast, at the corner of Battery and Pacific streets.  The case was called, and, on motion, continued un til Monday next.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 1 August 1857

DECISION OF JUDGE MONSON.

State of california - District Court, Sixth Judicial District.

The People &c., vs. Ezekiel Bullock.

The defendant in this case asks for a change of venue on the griund that a fair and impartial trial cannot be had in this cxounty.  The Court, when satisfied that such is the case, is authorized by statute to temove the cause to some other county, but the fact must be clearly and positively establisged.  People vs. Bodine, 7 Hill. Rep., p. 147.   This rule is founded on good sense.  As said by Chief Justice Nelson, (7 Hill., p. 148,) its practical opetration will prove an esswential check upon the facility with which these motions may be got up by the prisoner and his ftriends from a too rfeady apprehension of undue influence - it willk guard againsty any abuse of the practice by the prisoner, and at the same time afford him every reasonable meamns or opportunity of changing the place of gtrial, when undue prejudice and partial;ity rfeally exist to an extent incompantnle with a pure and wholesome administration  iof the law.

   The mere prevalence of some excitement in a ciounty upon the subject matter of a suit will not, of otself, authorize the Court to change the place of trial.  The Court will not, from that fact alone, infer that a fair and impartial trial cannot be had; reliance will be placed upon the intelligence and integrity of jurors, and the venue will not be changed unlerss it clearly appears to be essential to the ends of justice.  [Murreay vs. N. J. R. R. Co., 3 Zabr., 64; Bowman vs. Ely, 2 Wend., p. 250; Messinger vs. Holmes, 12 Wend., p. 203.]

   The mere affidavit of the prisoner, of his fear or belief thathe cannopt have a fair and impartial trial;, is not sufficient to sustain the motion; but he is required to show, by  independent and disinterested testimomny, such facts as make it appear probable at least that his fears and belief are well founded. [Wormley's case, 10 Gratt., p. 672.]

   In the above case it was shown that subscvription papers had been circulated to raisde a fee fopr the employment of counsel to aid in the prosecution, and that they had been signed by twenty or thirty persons; it was further shown that shorlty after the homicide was committed, there had been considerable excitement against the accused, in the immediate neighborhood, and that on several occasions persons had been heard to express the belief that the people would not bear an acquittal; that some who were present at the inwuersty, and others who were present at the examining Court, had expressed the belief that the people would have proceeded to put the accused to death, if the suggestion had beewn made by leading men present, and one of the wirnesses stated that he had heard a person say that if the prisoner was acquitted by a jury hw would not be surprised if he was hung bewfore he got far from the Court House; that some six or eight persons were present on the occasion who seemed to nod assent, yet, as it diod not appedar trhat the excitement was general, nor that the inhabitangts of the coumty gebnerally entertained feelings of hostility towards the prisoner, the motion for a change of venue was denied, and properly so, said the appellate court.

   In this case the motion is oredicated upon the affidav its of the oprisoner and his counsel,.  The affidavits allege that the homiciede caused great excitement, and that the inhabitangts of this ciounty are greatly prejudices againbst the prisoner.  I am unable to discover (apart from the represetation of the prisoner and his coumnsel) any evidence tneding to show that the citizens of this county have been so much an d so geberfally excited with rfegard to the homicide as to render a fair and impartial trial ecven improbably, much kless im possible.  The mere fact that the newspapers, on the morning after the fifficlutyt, published the paerrticulars of it, and subsequently the evidence taken at the Coroner's in quest, with editorial remarks expressing the opniioon that the prisoner was guiklty of murder, affords no sufficient ground for a change of venuie.

   It does not preove that the people of this c ounty are so much excited as to render a fair and impartial trial umprobable.  The hiomicide does not appear to have been a general and universal subject of conversation at an y time; it attracted some attention for a day or two uin this city, bujt it does n ot appear that in the county outside of the city that it was ever much discussed.  The newspapers referred to by the oprisoner in his affidavit, only alluded to it in one or two publicationas.  The editors did n ot continue to call lpublix attention  to it.  No thrfeats appear to have been made against the prisoner.  It is not shown that any serious portion of the ciommunity are hostile to him.  In fact, there is nothjing in the evidence which would justify me in ewntertaining the supposition that the oprisoner cannot have a fair and impartial gtrial in this county.  I therefiore denby the motion for a change of venue.

  1. C. MONSON, Distrfict Judge.

 

DAILY ALTA CA,LIFORNIA, 3 Sugust 1857

CRIMINAL TRIALS. - The Sonoma Jiournal learbns that the gtrial of jack carroll and Tom Hammiond for ther murder of mr. and Mrs. Grazier, was to be convened at San Raphael before Judghe McJinstry, on the 30th ult.  ...

   Chas. McAuley, indicted for the murder of Everman, at Tomales Bay, in July, 1856, has sujrrendered himself tol the authorities of Marin, and will be gtried at the next sitting of the coutrt.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 3 August 1857

In the Court of Sessions, yesterday afternoon, the Grand Jury prfesented indictments against the following persons: Thomas Girabaldo, for thje murder of Jign Smith, on the 18th July. ...

MURDER IN CALAVERAS COUNTY. P- On Tuesday, Jukly 28th, a man named Robinson was killed at kelsey's Guklch, three mikles form Vallecito, in Calavreas vounty, by another who has gone b y the name of Sam Patch.  The lagtter was arrested and lodged in jail.  The fiollowing is the accoubnt of the affair given by the Calaveras \Chronicle:

   "Patch and the murdered man, (Robinson,) who had been mining partners, quarreled abd s eparated a short time ago, about some gold dust that had been abstracted from their cabin - mutuallt charging each other with its theft.  The matter stood thus, when Roninson, on Tuesday, came to Patch's cabion with a pail of milk, which he was carrying hime.  Patch insusted upon sgharing it with him, which Robinson refused.  After a few words the latter staretd hiome, and had proceeded about eighty yards, when Patch took down his rifle, and, taking a rest upon the door-frame, delberately fired.  The basll took effrect in Robinson's back, immediately yunder the ribs, r anging forward, throyugh his bowels.  At last accounts he was dying."

THE DEATH OF POSTMASTER DAVIS. - Last Monday we noticed the fact of the accidental death of R. F. davis, Postmaster at Coloma.  The following particuklars will be of interest.  They are contained in the Placerville Democrat of Saturday August 1st:

   On Saturday evening last, R. F. Davis, Postmastter at Coloma, in company with John L. Huntress, left this place for his home, in a buggy.  Half a  mile beyond Granite Hill the horses became frightened and unmanageable, and staretd at a fearful pace towards Coloma.  Both gentlemen were thrown from the buggy, but in his fall Mr. davis was caught between the wheels and dragged a considerable distance.  At 7 o'clock they were found in the road, Mr. D. in s ensible.,  He was taken to Coloma, where he expired at quarter past 12 o'clock.  Fromk the trime of the accident until he breathed his last he continued unconscious.  His skull was fractured.

   Mr. Davis was born in M issouri in 1830.  He came to this State from Montgomery County, Mo., in 1849 - resided in Coloma until '51, then went to Yolo County, where he was appointed both Deputy Sheriff and county Clerk, and returned to Coloma in 1854.  Early in 1855 he was appointed Postmaster, which position he held until the day of his death. [Character & funeral.]

A CONDEMNED MURDERER SENTENCED. - The Placer Press mentions the fact that on Wednesday, July 29th, Jo. Bradly, convicted of the murder of Jacob Bakeman, was sentenced to suffer death at Auburn, and adds:  [Prisoner's comments and sentencing.]

ALLEGED MURDERERS ACQUITTED. - In the District Court of Placer county, Patrick Mahoney, indicted for the murder of O'Connor, has been acquitted.  Chee Loo E, one of the five Chinamen charged with the murder of Chung Kwang, was also acquitted.  The Chinese were terribly indignant in consequence thereof, and closed their stores and houses as a mark of their displeasure.  They say Chinese cannot get justice.

MURDERER ARRESTED. - Tom Betts, charged with the murder of a man at Rabbit Creek, Sierra county, about a year since, was arrested at oroville, on Thursday night, July 30th.

MURDER TRIALS CONTINUED. - The trials of Whitehurst, Roberts, and Bearss, for the murder of A. A. Mason, of Michigan Bluffs, Placer county, have been continued until the next term of the District Court.

ACCIDENTAL D ROWNING. - We mentrioned in Saturday's issue that a disturbance occurred on the arrival of the steamer Eclipse about 1 o'clock A.N., during which an unknown man was pushed overboard and drowned.  Our information was incorrect in regard to the time of the accident, as it did not occur until some time after the difficulty referred to.  We infer from the testimony elicited before the Coroner at the inquest subsequently held, that the deceased being in ill health and frightened by the sudden cry of the crew "clear the way," in discharging freight, made a false step from the plank and  fell overboard.  Parties who hasd accompanied deceased, who was identified as a man named John Mitchell, aged about 23 years, a native of England, late of Michigan, and a passanger on the Eclipse, employed several persons to grapple for the body soon after sunrise, resulting in its recovery.

   Coroner Bell held an inquest on the body on the hulk at the steamer landing, about 10 A.M., J. J. Foley, F. A. Boige, Josiah Ames, Nathaniel Anderson, Cyrus Arnold and Nathanoel Starnes acting as jurors.  The following evidence was elicited"

   Matthew Richardson, sworn - I have just arriveds in this country; recognize the body of deceased as that of John Miotchell, aged about 23 years; have known him for several years; he and myself came in comp0any from Michigan; we landed in San Francisco on yesterday; he jis a Cornish man, (England); we came in com pany last night from San Francisco on the Eclipse; I last saw him this mortning about 12 ½ o';clock in this city on the Eclipse; he was in the steerage cabib; myself and ftiend came ashore, and supposed he was also coming ashore; he complained of being unwell after we left San Francisco, but had gottren better; when we left him we went to the Western Hotel, and finding he was missing we returned to the boat ion search of him, but could not learn anything in referencfe to him; we heard that a man had fallen oiverboard and was drowned last night, but was told it was a man who resided in the city; we were in search of him all night; this morning we employed some persons to search for the body of the man who had fallen overbiard, supoposing iut might be deceased, and this morning about 9 o'clock the body was found in the river near where the Ecliose lkanded last night; he was sober; was not in the habit of drinkingl  was a miner; his people live in England; he had not had any difficulty with any one that I know of; I had been with him all the time after leaving San Francisco until the boat landed in this city.

   Wm. H. Thomas sworn - Came in compnay with deceased and last witness, from Michigan, and have been with them all the time; heave heard the testimony of Mr. Richardson, and concur in his statements; I do not know any additional facts that copuld throw any light on the matter of the cause of dewath; the $120 found on the body was about the amouint he was supposed to have with himl we integnded to leabve for Grass Valley this motrning, for the purpose of mining.

   W. H. Brown sworn - Resides in this city; about 1 o'clock this morningh I was on the hulk at the landing of the "Ecelipse;" a few moinutes after she landed, I heard a splash in the water and heard the expression "man overvoard;" I and othgewrs used every exertion to get a rope but could not succeeed; I held the lantern down and saw a man in the water but could not reach him; he fell between the steamer and the hulj; he arose several times before he finally sank; he did not appear to be able to swim; the water was deep where he dell; I did not hear him say anything; we caught hold of some ropes but they were fast and  we could not reach him with them; the hulk and  boasty were about four feet apart; there was no difrficulty (*row or fight) going on at the time; I did not hear any difficulty or quarrel at that time; the hands were removing freight atr the time; I was within five feet of deceased when he fell; fon't think ghe could have bene knocked overboard; I think he fell from the edghe of the hulk; think I saw him on the edge of the hulk a few minutes before I heard the splash; gthe hands were hallooing "clear  the way" to enable them to remove the freight, and my impression is that he aimed to get out of gthe weay, and stepped overboard and was d rowned; had he been pushed or knocked, I should have seen it I think.

   The jury returned a verdict od "accidental drowning." The remains were interred at 10 A.M. yesterday.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 August 1857

DEAD. - Weare informed b y Mr. Johns, of the Bald's Hill Express, that George Wilkins, who some days since fell from a house in Poety Hill and broke his back, has since deied. - Shasta Courier.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 5 August 1857

SUDDEN DEATH. - Mrs. Ellen White, wife of Capt. White, a gentleman well kn own \in this city, formerly commander of the ship Superior, and for many years captain of one of the Liverpool packets, died very suddenly at her residence, at the "old Ship Tavern." On Pacific street, near Battery, yesterday morn ing, at one o'clock.  Deceased was a native of Australia, aged 27 years. She came to this country seven uears ago, and weas married to Capt. White in 1852.  Her health had been delicate for several years.  On Sunday and Mon day last she appeared in better health than usual.  On Monday evening she visited a neighbour  who had a sick childs; she remained there about an hour, and returned home at 10 o'clock, made a cup of tea, drank it, put her two childtren to bed, and then sat down to rfead opne of the Sunday papers.  Her husband advised her to go to bed.  She atte,pted to do so, bujt was unable to undress.  He sent for Dr. Haine, their  family physician. And in the meantime placed her upon the bed.  She never spoke afterwards, and died in a short time.  Information was conveyed to the Coroner, and Drs. Joseph Haine and Robert Kerr Nuttall were called upon to make a post m,ortem examin ation, which resulted in  the discovery that "death rfesulted from extavasatrion of blood in the right hemisphere of the brain, the effect of diseased atcion."  No inquest will be held upon the body.  The funeral will take place to-day.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 6 August 1857

THE LATE ACCIDENT AT REDWOOD CITY. - We have received a commubnication detailing the cxircxumstances connected with the recebnt accident at the above place, whereby John Tracy was killed.  Our correspondent gives the names of the Coroner's jury who condemn the course of the pratising physucian in atten dance, in ordering the injured man conveyed to San Francisco immediately after the accisdent.  The invalid died before reaching this city, was buried at the Mission Do,lorfes; afterwards disinterred, and on the following day (August 4th) Coroner Smith held an inquest over the body at the "ASbbey," in San Mateo county.  Our sorrespondent furthermore states that ion consequence of the neglect of sev eral wsitnesses to appear, and the mysterious manner of the whole transaction  in regard to his death and interment, the Grand Jury will have to investigfate the matter, which course is also urged b y the relationas of the decaesed.  Mr. Tracy was esteemed for his many goods qualities, ands his d emisew has cast a gloom over his many relatives and ftriends.

FAMILY IN DISTRESS. - Mrs. Bullock, with her three children, living on P street, two doors b elowe Second, is in a desitute conditrion.  We are tikd the family had nothing to eat dfor nearly two days.  Her husband is imprisoned for murder, and akll she could earn by washing has been expended to secure him counsel and comforts in prison. ... Aacxramwnto Age

DROWNED. - On the 25rgh ukltinmo, a German named Conrad Sebert, aged 24 yeatrs, was drowned while bathing in the North Firk of the Amewrican river, opposite Horse Shoe Bar.

 

DAILY ALTTA CALIFORNIA, 7 August 1857

CITY ITEMS.

HOMICIDE OF CHARLES O"HARA. - The case of Thomas Gallagher and John Lawsson, alias "Black Jack," charged, gthe foemer weith the murder  of Charles O'Hara, on the mortning of the 26th ult., on the corner of Pacific and Battery streets, and the latter with being present, aiding and abetting the commission of the murder, was called up for examination, hyesterday afternoon, before the Police Court.  Prosecutring attorney Willis appeared for The People, and W. M. Zabriskie, Esq., and Judge Scarborough, for the defence. ...   The witnesses for the defence qwere Mrs. West, William Anderson, W. Hyde, C. C. Pratt, and capt. Hill.  Their evidence all tended to fix the commen cement of the difficulty in a great degree, upon  O'Hara.  None of them appears to cimin ate Lqawson in the transavction fyurther than his having insisted upon the combatatngts having "a fair   fight, and fighting it out." SAfter hearing the testimony, Judge Coon discharged Lawson from the charge of being an accesssory to the crime of murder.

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The defendant, Gallagher, was held to answer at the Court of Sessions, on the charge of murder.

FOUND DEAD. - A Spanish or Mexican woman, named Mary Cordova, was founnd dead, yesterday afternoon, in a small yard in the rear of a house on Dupont allety, near Broadway.  Officer Wallace immnediately informed the Coroner, who came and took charge of the body.  It appears that she had been sick a long time, and suffered terribly from the ravages of a horrible disease, which eventually killed her.  She has n o f riends in this city.  Her remains will be decently buried by the Corfoner.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 8 August 1857

A woman of the town, named Maria Cordova, saisd to be a native of Los \Angeles, about twenty-four years of age, was found dead yesterday afternoon, ...

 

CAKIFORNIA FARMER AND JOURNAL OF USEFUL SCIENCES, 14 August 1857

A singular and fatal casualty occuurred near Gold Hil;l on the 8th inst.  A Mr. Blue, who occupied a small ranch about two miles below this place, went into his melon patch for the purpose of shooting some raccoon that frquent it.  The moon was just rising, and by the light it afforded he discovered something move in a clum,p of tall weeds, and supposing it to be a raccoon, he fitred at it and shot  a man.  The poor unfortun ate lived only a few minutes, the whole charge of sahort entering his breast and arm.  Justice Smith held an inquest on the body, when the jury rendered a verdict in accordsance with the above facts.  The man who was killed was a stranger whose name was unknown.

 

DAUKLY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 August 1857

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF CHARLES McGINNISS. - Codroner Kent held an inquest, hyesterday afternoon, upon the body of a man named Charles McGinniss, whi jumped overbiard from the ship Mary Weinholt, an d was drowned.  The following jurirs were swoen: Robwert McDougall, Samuel Stevenson, Jonathan Wilded, Thomas Smithe, James Brady, P. Martin, J. C. Wade, Daniel Lync h and George Dougherty.  The eviden ce was as  follows:

   Mary Layton, swoern - I am a marfried woman; deceased is my brother; he is a native of Londonderry, Oreland, aged 33 years; c ame to this State six months ago, in the ship Northern Eagle, from Boston; the last time I saw him alive was on Sunday week, at my house on Jessie astreet; he was introxocated at the time; he frequently draznk to excess; hev er showed any signs of insanity; always seemed to know what he was doing when he was drunk; he was a marfried man, and leaves a wife and two children in Londonderry. [SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 15 August: "leaves a brother in Marysville and a sister in this city."]

   James Laffin, sworn - Am one of the proprietors of the Unjited States Hotel, on Pacific street; deceased boarded with me for the past two months; frequently drank to excess; he left the house this morfning to go aboard the ship Mary Weinholt, lying in the Bay, off Pacific street wharf; I assisted him off; he seemed sober at the time, but appeared to be laboring under the effects of liquor gtaken the night previous; he had shipped the afternoon before as carpenter opf the ship; I was on board the ship Mary Whittridge when I heard that he had jumped overboard from trhe ship Mary Wein hiolt; I n ext saw the body at the drug store;  the mate of the ship has since told me that when deceased came on board, he was otrdered by the 1st mate to go forward; he refused, and said he had shipped to go aft, and he would go there, or go on shore; the boat had gone ashore, and one of the mates told him he would not lower a boat for him; he said he would swim ashore, and throwing off his cioat, he jumped overbioard; a boat was lowered, but he had dxridfted a quasrter of a mile asgtern before he was picked ujp; he was nearkly dead p- too far gone to be resuscitatedx.  Farther testimony will be heard before the jury at 2 P.M. to-day.

DIGGER BATTLE. - A party of Diamond Springs and Placerville Diggers, says the Argus, had a fight a few days ago, whujxch resuklted in the instantr death of one, ansd the probabl\e death of sev eral otrghers.  Cause, "fire-water."

TRIAL FOR MURDER. - David Butler is on trial before the Nevasa District Courtty, fior the mutrder of Robwert Moffatt, in Downieville, last September.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILT UNION, 17 August 1857

CITY INTELLIGENCE.

FOUND DRFOWNED. - Andrew Hathaway, who rfesides on the hulk J. W. Cater, which lies moored near the Gas Works, found on Saturday morning the body of a man lying in the water lidged against the hulk, and informed Dr. Bell, Ciounty Coroner,. of the circumstance.  An inquest was held on gthe body by the Coroner about 10 o'clock that morning.  The evidence of H. B. Lake is sufficient to identify the deceased as the unknown man we mentioned as having been d rowened from the slooop Caroline, on Thursday morning last.  The tesimony was as follows:

   "I rfesiude in Sacramento, near the river.  On Wednesday night last, about 11 o'clock,. I heard two men who appreatred to be intoxocated - one of them appeared to be trying to get the other on biard of some boatr or vessel; they were singing and making a noise; they went towards the water, and I did not hear them any more.  In the morning, Capt. Cooper, odf the sloop Caroline, informed me that gtwo of his hands had been ashore the night before, and that one of them had fallen overboardx and was d rown ed in attempting to board the vessel.  He saids he diod not know the man';s name - that he had just engaged with himn to woerk his passage to San Francisco.  Capt. Cooper has sin ce gone to San Francisco.   Learned from him that the man fell overbiard about twenty-five feet above where the body was found.  I am s atisfied trhe b ody us that of the man referred to by Captain Coopper.  Isaw his sailors at work on the day oprevious to the night when the man waas dxrowned, and think I recognioze thed body as that of one of them -0 at least there was on e among them much resemblibng him in dress and general appearance."

   Deceased was about 25 hyears of age, 5 feet 10 inches in hight, olf s andy complexion m, and was cdressed in grey pan ts, gray woolen shorgt, check cotton undershirt, and bootfs,

   The jury returned a verdictf that gthe dec eased, whose name to them was unnkown, came to his death by accidxen tal drowsning on or about the 12th instabnt.  The evidebn cxe od mr. Lake iks corroborative of the statement of Captain Cooper on trhe day of the accident.  The\ rfemains were interred in the City Cemetery.

FATAL STAGE ACCIDEBNT. - A correspondent weitinbg from Camop Seco, Calavwras county, August 13th, gives us the fiollowing oparrtuic ulars of another stage accident:

   The stage was runnibng between camp Seco and Stocxkton was overturnedd hyesterday miorfning, about midway between camp Seco and Poverty Bar.  There were sev en passangers in the stage, two of whom were women.  All were more or less injured, but none seriolusly except Geo. Bugg, who was riding with the deriver.  He waas so seriously hurty as to be insewneible, and con tinued in that suituation about twelve hours, when he breathed his last. Mr. Bugg was a nagtive of Nashville, Ten nessee, and came to caklifornia in '49.  He leaves a widowed mother,, now residing in Louisiana. ...The passengers all concur ib saying that this sad accident was solely owinbg to the culpabkle, if not c riminal, careless ness of an incompetent and reckless driover.

FATAL ACCIDENT IN SOLANO COUNTY. - The Benicia Herald records the death of Henry E. Warner, an old fresident of benicia, under circumstances peculiarly paibnful.  It appears Mr. Warner was employed at Mr. Ryerson;s Half-Way House, for the purpose of taking c harge of the place during his absence, and on Wednesday morning, Aug\. 12th, it is supposed he noticed a hawk hiovering about the premisesa, for the purpose, diubtless, of carryon g ocff some chickens,and went to the house of Mr. Rose, the next neighbor, to get a fun to shoot it. On entering the house he picxked up one that lay in the cornmer of the room, and drawing it towards him, the gun went off, the contenmts entering his eye, and came out at the back part of the head, literally tearing off the top of his head, and killing him instantly.  Mr. Warner came to Calidfornia in 1848, from Massachusetts.

ANITHER FATAL ACCIDEDNT. - A correspondent writews from Georgetown that a miner named Fredetick A. Riggs was instantly killed by trhe falling of a rock, on the 22d of July, while working in his clain at the Spanish Bar Ridge, on the Middle Fork of the American Riv er, in El Dorado c ounty,  Mr. Riggs was a natived of New hAvedn, Ct., aged 33 years.  He leaves a wife and two children,.

INDIAN MURDERED. - On Saturday nigvht, Aug. 8th, an Indsoan was foundf, stbbed in several places, in a vacant housew, at Volcano/.  It was foubtful whether the Indians or white mnen committed tfhe deed.

WOUNDSED MAN DEAD. - John Bartle, who was injured in a shaft of the Eureka qyuartz lead, at Sutter, Amador county, on the 7th of August,  dioed on Sunday, Auigust 9th.

MINING ACCIDXENTS. - ... On tfhe 27th of June, Geo. S. Anderson was killed b y the falling of a sluice, at Drummond';s Point, on the South Fork of Feather River.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 19 August 1857

SUICIDE - CORONER'S IN QUEST.

   Dr. Bell, County Coroner, received notice at one P.M. yesterday, that a young man named Charles F. Brewster, had committed suicide b y taking laydanum, at the Star House, on the Nevasa road. He proceeded immediately to that point and held an inquest, at which the follioeing evidence was elicited:

E. M. Potcher, sworn - I rfeside in Sacramento county; recognize the body as that of Charles F. Brewster; have known him 20 years; he came to california from the Sandwich Islands on April last; he had been there for his health; I learbned from him that he hadf been in the habit of drinking to excess for some time past; have seen him frequerntly ontioxicated.  About 6 o'clock last evening, I came to the DStar House and saw him [playing cards; he drank rfwice while I was in the house; was not intoxicatexd as I suoppoosed, but got up and went out with me, and then staggered and appeared intoxicated; he told me that he was going to leave next day for his home in the Atlantic States, and wished me to make out his account; he saisd he owed me for staying at my house; I kept the Star House, until recently; he then lived with me for some time; on yesterday he asked me of I would go with him to town on the next day; I promnised I would, and put him to bed in the Star House, and then left; I retyurned about nine o'clock \P.M., and inquired after him, and was told he was asleep; I did bnot go in to see him; I again came to inquire after him this morningh, and learned that he had walked out with anotrher person; I then went out into the barn to see to my horse, and found deceased lying on the hay.  This was about eight o'clock; he appeared to be a sleep, and I did not then  dusturb him, bugt w ent out to attend to some business, and in about one hour Mr. Hawthorne called my attention to him, and saisd there was something the magtter with him; I found hiom nearly or entirely unconcscioujs; he was dark under the eyes and about the fingver nails; I then rfecalled having seen him  have a vial of klaudany=um on the previous ebening, about a 10 ounce vial, I think; the vial was full, and labelleed "laudan um;" he showed me the vial, and  saisd to mne, "Do you see that - Dr. Ege gave me that;" I did not think strange of his showing it to me, as he was intolxicatwed; I then examined for the vial of laudanum, but diod n ot find it\; I then gaved him some w arm water and salt; it vomjited him, and I c ould smell opium in what waas thrown  from the stomach; he con tinued to sink, and died in from a half to one hour afterward; I think he was about 28 years of age.

   W. A. Hawthorne, sworn - Proprietor of the Star House - Saw deceased several days since in Sacramwento; he then told me that he had been in San Francisco some time befiore; had had a thousantr dollars, got into a game of cards when intoxicatewd and had lost his money and was unable to go hiome; I saw him again in Sacramento, and he told me that he had received a letter from the fiurst mate of the steamer Sonora, proffering him to fuernish him m oneyt and he in tended to go homer on the 20th inst.; he said he was going to my house to get his trunk wshich he had left there; when I came home yesterday I found him there; he was in toxicated and went to bed; when I got up this morning he was in the batr-rrom, and  s aid he had beden up during the night; he apperared intoxocated and acted and talked dilly, asked for b rfandy and went to bteakfast; he then went with Ben to take a  walk; (The witness further testifying corroborated the testim ony of Mr. Pitcher.)

   O. V. Healy, sworn - Knew deceased and his people at Detriot, Michigan; his pedople now live in Chicago, Illinolis; I saw him intoxicatyed in Sacramento on Saturday last; he wanted me to give him something to drink; I refused; he said to me, "I have two ounces of laudanum - if you don't gived me something to drfink I will take it;" I did not think anything of the remark as he was in toxucated; I took him and put him to bed in the Oreleans and called next day to see him, but he had left; have not seen huim alive since.

   Dr. Bell held a postt mortem examination and detected opium in the stomach, and othner evidences gthat death was prioduced by that drug, and so testified before the Jury.  The Jury, consisting of T. True, G. W. Freeman, Wm. Harmar, W. A. Hawthorne, J. C. Scully and W. Blair, returned a verfdict accordingvly.  The biody was beougvht to the city and taken to Mr. Murray's room s, on 4th sgtreet, whence it will be interred ar 2 P.M. to-day.

SUICIDE AT BIDWELL. - Thwe Butte Record learns that a man named Charles Johnson, who was rfesiding with his family at Bidwell's Bar, committed suicide on Saturday, August 15th, by shooting himself with a piastol.  His wife had srepped out for a moment, keavinbg Johnson and his boy in the room, when John took a pistol, and placingv the muzzled in his mouth, pulled the trigger and ended his own existence.

 

DSACRAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 20 August 1857

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An in quest was held yesterday mirning, by Dr. Bell, County Coroner, on the body iodf the unknown man who was fouinf drowned in the slough, at the head ofd  Fourth street, on Tuesday evening.  Ther body was not positively identifdied.  Pegter Feitgens, proptreitor of thed Hamburg Saloon, on K street, between 4th and 5th sgtreets, testified that deceased rfesembled a man who came to his house last Mon day and asked  for something to drink.  As he was drunk at the trime, witness would not let him have anything.  He then enquitred for the Antelope House.  At this time he appeared very much intoxocated and anxious for a fight.  He was a German or Prussioan, and stated that he was diggin bg a cellar at tome place, and seemed to be out of m oney.  From general appearances gthe witness was prfetty xertain that he and deceased were iden tical.  Inasmuch as no m arfks of violence were folund on the body, the jury, comopiosed of Wm. Bekman, A. Hinds, W. P. Overton, S. N. WSoods, Chas. Wilson and W. P. Joneds, rfeturned a verfdict of accidxen tal drolwning.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 21 Augusty 1857

FOUND DEAD - MURDER. - About 11 o'clock yesterdxay morning, two men tresiding in the vicinitym while crossing the Anerican river, discovered the body of a man lying partially exposede on the bank of the river opposite the Brightoin Cottage, kept by Wm. Campbell, at Brighton.  On their way to the Cottage they informed John Studeros of the circumstance, and subsequently related the facts to mr. Campbell.  the latter crissed the river in a boat with two boys, trsnaferred the body to his place,. And dispatched a messenger to notify the Coroner.  Dr. Bell proceeded to the spot about 2 P.M. and held an inquest on the body.  The body was found face downward, with the right arm tied to his breast, as also a bag of sand and blanket, the end of the latter being thrown over the head as though to hide it.  The bag weas made opf the leg of a pair of pantstied up at either end. 

   Upon examination, a bullet hole ewas discovered cutting through the thin part of the right ear, and passing through the base of the skull, the ballk liodging aghainst the skull on the opposite side. 

   Deceased appeared to have been bwteen 25 and 30 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches in hight, moderately stout and well made, had thick sandy whiskers, the upper lip being only shaved, and was dressed in blue cotton pants, grey woolen shirt, and socks, without shoes or boots.  Nothing was found in his opockets. The body was much decomposed, and had doubtless been submereged some time since, but become exposed by the subsidence of the river.  The jury, consisting of John Howell, S. Fleming, Wm. Campbell, A. M. Green, M. C. Tilden, John Studeros and C. Cronin, rendered a verdict that death was caused by a gunshotr wound inflicted by some person or persons unknown.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 24 August 1857

FOUND DROWNED. - Last evening about 6 o'clock, ex-Coroner Whaling discovered the body of a man floating in the water of the bay, near the end of the wharf at Jackson and East streets.  A boatman went out, whio secured the body and made it fastr with a rope to the steps which lead to the water's edghe.  Informnation was left with the Coeroner, and the body was removed to his office, but has not yet been identified.  The dedeased was a man about 5 feet 8 inches high, stout built, with dark hair and goatee. Fressed in the grab of a sailor - gray flannel shirt, blue satinet pants and heavy brogan shoes.  There are no marks of violence yupon the body.  Coron er Kewnt being absentm Justice Hanrahan will hold an inquest upon the body at 10 o'clock this monring.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 August 1857

CITY INTELLIGEBNCE.

THE BRIGHTON MURDER.   - Socrates C. Flemning, one of the juriors empanneled by the Coroner on the inquest held on the body of the murdered man found iopposite the brighton Cottage on Thursday last, called on us on Saturday and communicatyedf other facts which are undiubtedly connected with the case.

   He states that when the body was discopvered the features were distinct sufficiebntly to induce him to suppose that he had seen the decxeased while living, but that it was exposed to the sun with the face upward so long that a decided change occurred, preventing recognition before the Coroner arrived.  On the following day, (Friday,) a short coat, or monkey jacket, and a blue blanket, on whjich were several clots of blood still fresh, were foundf on the river b ank where the body was duiscovered by G. W. Colby and J. W. Strouf, and taken to the Five Mile house, where they may still be seen.  Thus far there has been no identific ation of the garments, but it is cintemplated to disinter and make an examin ation of the body and clothing, it being expected, as we learn from another source, that gthe deceased was a rfesident olf Brighton township.  We understand from the latfter source that the murder was perobably committedx oln or about Tuesday last, as three men,  suspicious in appeaerance, were seen on that day lurking about the sc ene of the murder, and occasionally dodged uinto the bushes, apparently to avopid notice.  The incident has caused some excitement in that v icinity, and efforts are being made to djiscover and arrest the culprits.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Joseph S. Wincxhell, a yhoung man, abds agent in this city of Joseph Genella, tfhe extewnsive crockery dealer of San Francjisco, died about noon yesterday of inflammation of the bowels, at his resuidence, on 8th street.  We understand that although not then in good health, he was at hios sgtore a portion of Saturday.

SUICIDE IN SISKIYOU. - The Yreka Union, of Aug 20th, gives the following accioubnt of a case of suicide, which occurred at Humb ug, in that county:

   On Sunday afternoon, at Humbug Creek, a man named Christian Westenhiser committed suicide by deliberately shooting himself throuigh the head with a rifle, the ball entering directly above his left eye.  He had been subject to the dropsy, which trhe Doctor said would make him crazy of not cured, and the neighbors say he was rather flighty on the day he committed the deed.

   His partner left him at the cabin about 3 o'clock in thw afternoon, and on rfeturning home in the evcening, foind Mr. Westenhiser and his rifle missingl search being instan tly made his body was found at the back of the cabion.  It seemed from appearances that he was iin a sitting position, and had used a stick to opush the trigger of the gun when  pointed towards his head.  He is an old rfesident of the North Dork of Humbug Creek, where he was highly respecfted an d esteemed as an hionest and hard working man.  He leaves a valuable mining claim that opays from $75 to $100 per week to the hand.  Hisfriends rfequest the California and Oregon paoperfs to notice name and death, that his brother, whjo is somewhere on the Pacfici coast, may hear of it.

   An inquest was held by Justice Horskley and a verdict rfeturned in accordance with the above facts, and that he was ab out twenty-three years of age, and formerly rfesided at Constantine, in the State of Michigan.

 

SACRAMEN TO DAILY UNION, 25 August 1857

TUOLUMNE COUNTY CORRSEPONDENCE.

SHAW'S FLAT, TUOLUMNE CO., August 22d, 1857

EDIOT\RS UNION: Our quiet little community was in expressibly shiocked, this mortniong, by the in telligence of an atrocious murder perpetrated last night by one of a gang of miscreants who have been plundering tfhe miners' cabins ands sluices for a couple of months past.  The circumstancves, as nearly as I can gather then, are as follows:

   A young man, apparently about 21 oe 22 years of age, named Thomas Meadows, from the State of Arkansas, wentr to visit a friend, Mr. Duncan, near Columbia, and edat peacxhes.  On his road home, on the trail from Sproingfield to Whimtown , a well known an d beraten path, and at the regular crossing olf the Stony Gulch flune, he saw a man near tfhe sluice-boxes, and following him; it being an unusual and suspic\ious circumstancxe for pesrsons to be at such work after dfark, without lighgts, he hailed him, "Hello, hombre!" The person hailed made no replyt, but rfaised a gun an d shot Meadows, a charge of six buck shot entering trhe right side and hop; three penegtrating the hop bone, and the otrher three a little higher up.  Three of the shiotr come out at the stomach, one in the left groin, one in the lower part of the abdomen, and the other liodghed in the skin on the right side.

   Meadows fell, mortally wounded, rolling on the ground in extreme agony, and vomiting blood from the internal hemaorrhage.  While in this condition, three others joined the first scoundrel, and they all came and looked at the murdered man as he lay wounded and bleeding on trhe trail, and turning, left him without uttering a word.

   This occurred about nine o'coliock in the evening, and a great number of persons in the immediate vicin ity heard the report of the gun, but opaid no further attention to the matter.  At ften o'clock a copuple of mewn came along gthe trail from Spriongield, where they had been spending the evening, and hearing Meadows crying in great agon y, "for God's sake com e and help me," they hurried to his assistance.  Learning the cirecyumstances here detailed, they procured tha assistance of five mewn working at a flume huigher uop the gulch, and whose lights guided them to the spot.  They placed hikm on a board, and carried him to his cabin, a quarter of a mile distant, and then  hurfried for medical aid.  On the arfrival of the physician  at midnightr, he found the poor fellow sinking fast, vomiting blood very feequently, and his opulse nedarly gone.  Hed died this monrfing at half-past one, A.M., about four hours and a half after the occurrence.  An inquest  will be heldf on the body to-day, and should any new c ircumstances be devbeloped, I will try to let youj know them immediately.

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 Havew just learbned that it is supposed that Meadows was mistaken for the owner, when shot by the robber.  A washing and a bri=ushing pan were seen near the placve b y one of the men assisting Neadows.  The brushing pan is of a peculiarf shape, a crfoss between an ordinarhy wsashing pan an d a gold dust blower, and is ujsed for the purpose of rfeceiving gfold b ri=ushed from the suilces.   ... QUATORZE.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORMNOA,  26August 1857

SHOT. - One nighjt during the week, Mr. Frank Alwexander, a Deputy Sheriff, was afoused from sleep b y a nolise in the vicin ity of his house.  Hed got up, took his pistol, and went to the door, where he found three men in his yard.  He hailed them in  English and Span ish, and receiving no answer, fired.  Nedxt morning one of them, an Indian, was found dead near the house, an d the trail of another was discovered, giv ing eviden ce that he had been b adly woun ded.  Mr. Alexan der repiorted the c ase tol the authorities; an in quiest was held upon the dead b iody, and a verdict returned that death had been caused by shots fired b y Mr. Alewxander.  No further action. - Star, 8th.

BY MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH.

Death of Patrick Gardner p- Coroner's Inquest.

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 25, 8 P.M.

An inquest was held to-day over the body of Patrick Gardnedr, who was killed last night on the steamer New World, on her up gtrip.  After hearing the eviden ce in the c ase, the Coropner's Jury returned a verdict, that Patrick Gardner came to his death b y injuries receibved in falling down a atorway on the steamer New World, said fall being caused by a push by the Clerk of the boagt, John Wagtson .  Watson was held tol bail in the sum of $7,000.  The eviden cxe taken before the Corfoner wsas lauid before recorder Dunlap for further consideration.

THE PASSENGER KILLED ON BOARD THE NEW WORLD. - In our paper of yesterday appeatred an item rfelating the death of a man named Patrick Gardner, by falling down the stairs leadinf from the upper to the lower deck on bioard the steamer New Wiorld, while on her upward gtrip to Sacramento on Monday evening.  Since writing the above item, we haved learned further p;artic ulars.

   Soon after the man's death, it became noiseed among the passengers that the death was not entitely the result of accident, but that the man had been pushed or kncoked down the stairs by the Clerk of the boat, Mr. Watson.  Officer O'Neill, of ther Savcramento Police, who was on boards, arrested Mr. Watson, and yesterday mirning he was taken to the Station House, where the dead b ody was also conveyed.  Dr. Hatch was called, who made a post mortem examination, and found the man's neck wsas bnroken.  Coroner Bell then held an inquedst upon thje body, the rfesult of whicxh is givebn slewhere in this issue.

THE SAN MATEO ACCIDENT. - Further particulkars of the accident bvy whuch Patrick Doyle lost his life between San Mateo and belmont, have berrn forewarded to us by our sorrecpondent at the former place.

   Deceased in falling from the stage struck his head on the wheel, and whilst on the groubnd the hind wheel passed over his body.  Her was an Irishman, between fifty and sicxty years iof age, a residnt of San Mateo county, and a man of family.  No blame whatev er is attaxched to the driver, who (on account of the deceased being intoxicated) endeavored to oprevail on him to ride inside the coach.  The Coroner's Jury returned a verdict of "accidental death."

ROBBERS SHOT. - On Friday night last, a man named Meadows was detected in the act of robbing a sluice box, near Shaw's Flat, Tuolumne county, by Mr. Thomas Nettles, wsho fired upon and killed gthe robber.  On the same night, in anotrher part of the county, Mr. Chas. Kennovan cauigvht one John Iesberg in the act of robbing sluice boxces, an d shot him, but did not hurt him much.

KILLED. - A man, name unknown, was accidedntally killed at Whatcour, Washington territory, on the 4th July, by the sudeden explolsion of a cannon whilst firing a salute.

DROWNED. - Mr. C. Giesey, member of the last House of representatives in Washington territory, was drowned in  Shoalwater Bay on 2d instan t.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 26 August 1857

ADMITTED TO BAIL. - John D. Watson, Clerk of the steamer New World, who is implicated in the himiocide of Patrickl Gardner on that steamer on Monday night, ...

... Recorder Dunlap, on persual of the evidence elicited, otrdfered that he be held to bail in the sum of $7,000 for his apperarance at the examin ation  at 10 o'clock tom orrow morn ing.  The bond was promptly given with Alfred redington and Seth R. Kneeland as suretuies, whereupon the defendant was discharged.

HOMICIDE ON BOARD THE STEAMER NEW WORLD - CORONER'S INQUEST.

... Dr. Bell, County Coroner, held an inquest on the bidy yesterday morning, at the Station House, at which it appeared that the deceased being ontoxicated at the trime, was klilled by being pushed down a staorway on the steamer, by the Clerk of the boat, John D. Watson.  The dec eased was an Irishman, named patrick Gardner, about 46 years of age - a blacksmith in the employ of the General Government at Benicia - married, and the father of a numerous family.  A detail of the circumstanc es will be found in the evidence elicited by the Ciorioner, as follows:

   J. Fancer, sworn - I rfeside at Iowa Hill, Placer county; recognize the body before the jury as that of a man I saw on the steamer New Worlds, on hwer upwardx trip last night; about sun down, I was stan duing in the front gangway, and near the engne; deceased came ujp the sgtaiots, and I saw a youn g man who appeared to belong to the boat, holding him back and telling him to sgtay down un til the tickets were collectyed; the Clesrk then came around collecting tickets, and asked dec eased for his ticket; at this tiome deceased had got to the upper portikon of tfhe staiorway; deceased told the Clerk he had n ot given him any ticket; the Clerk said, "Do you ptrfeten d to say that I did not give you an y tic ket?" Deceased replied, "You gave me no ticket;" at this time the Clerk took hold of dec eased and gave him a shove, and dec eased fell heade foremost down the stairs; I then stepped to the head of the stairs, and looked down abnd saw deceased l;ying on hjis back at the foor of the sgtairs.The Clerk followed down immediately after him, and came up stairs agin; I then went with a policeman to the Clerk's office, and reckognized the Clerk as the one who pushed deceased down stairs, and the policeman arrested himl; deceased appeared to be intoxicated; the Clerk appeared to be much excited wghen he took hold of deceased; I did not see or hear any thing that I thought could justify the Clerk in throwing himn down stairs.

   E. D. Knight, sworn - I rfeside in San Francisco; came up as a passenger on gthe New World last night; I recognize the body before gthe jury as that of a man I saw in tfhe ladies' saloon soon after leavinbg San Francisco; he appeared very much intoxicated; I saw him frequently afterwards; about an houer before arrivinbg at Benicia, I saw him on the forward deck; he was then almost helplessly d runk; when I first saw him there was a lady with him,  said tfol be his wife; after leaving Bemnicia I was on the boiler deck; saw Mr. Watson and Mt. Miller collecting tickets; Mr. Watson was acting in the capacity olf Clesrk; I saw some persons c ollected at the head of the stairs, and looked down and saw deceased lying on hjios bnack; I thjougbht he was dcead.

   Dr. H. Bates, sworn - I rfeside in Sacramento; was oln the steamer New Worfld last night on her uopward trip.; recognize the body before the jury as that of a man I saw on the steamer as a passenger frfom San Francisco; I notrficed him before the biat left San Francisco; jhe was intoxiocated; I again saw him after the boat left San Francisco; he and his wife came down below to get off; they went up the forward gangwsay, and as I went up I  met them coming down; he was so much intoxicated that he could scarcely walk; I did not see him again a,live; at about seven o'clock I was called to see deceased; he was then dead; he was lying on tfhe lower dec k forward; I excamined him and found he was dead;  did n ot make a close examination, b ut thjougbht his neck was bropken  or in jured, whjich I believbed to be the cause of death.

   Philip Henrich, sworn - Just arrived from Germany; was on the sgteamer New World as a padssangber on her trip last night; recogn ize the body as that of a a man I zsaw on the steamer; he was coming up stairs; a youing man who was sitting there preventedf hiom from coming up, an d asked for a ticket, and pushed him back; he fell partly down stairs, and came up againb, and he again pushed him - a opush and a kick - and he fell dopwn to the foot of the dgtaits upon his head; he caught hold of dec eased, and turned hikm aroundf, and pushed him down  face foremost, and at the same time mkicked him; I saw deceased lying below, butr did not go down to him.

---  A. Barbier, swoern - Resides in San Francisco; was on the New World on her upweard trip last nigvht; was opposite the stairway, and deceased was comong up stairs; he had got to the top, when the Clerk asked him for his ticket; deceased said, "I have no tic ket;" The Clwerk was impatient, and to clear the way pusbhed him down the stairs, and he fell about hald way down, and came up again.  The Clerk then oushed him with his foot, and he fell down stairs and fell uopon his head, his legs tresting on the styairs; I remarked, "The man is killed;" I recogn ize this body as the same; there was some blood camew from his head at the time; the man who pushed him down stairs was acting as Clerk.

   Charles Berlin, sworn - Resides in San Franc isco; recohgnize the body as that of a mman I saw on tfhe steamer New World last night; he was dead when I saw him; knows nothning of his own knowledge relative to the matter.

   Capt. Samuel Seymour, sworn - Captain of the steamer New World; recogn izes bidy as that of a man who came as passengher last night from San Franc isc o; soon after leaving San Francisco I went into the ladies' cabin  and found deceased; he was v edry muich intoxicated, and I had him  put out of the cabin; I did not see him again un til just after leaving Benic ia; I then noticed that he was so drunk that I was fearful he might fall overvioard; I called the mate and tolf him to put him in to the cabin in a birfth, and renarked to the wife if deceasedx that she had better go tio the ladies' cabin and wait till he got sober; I did n ot see him again alive; I called Dr. Bagtes, who p;ron ounc ed him  dcead.  I have always looked upon John D. Watson as a very quiet ands peac eable m,an, and a good Clerkk; he is Clerk of the New World; it is usual when passangers do not show tickets to put them below; the Clesrk;s place is in his office until he goes to collect the tickedts.

   Dr. J. M. Hatch, Jr., sworn - I am a physician; was called on to-day by the Coroner and made a post mortem examination of the body before the jury; I found a fracture of trhe neck, implicating the last tweo cervical vertebrae, and also an extensive injury about the atlas; those injuries were sufficient to produce almost instant death.

   Benj. Ely, swoen - Am porter on the steamere New World; recognize the body as that of a man I asaw on the steamer last night on our upward trip from San Francisco; before we got to Benicia I n oticed deceased; he was very drunk; after we passed Benicia, I went, in company with the Clerk - John D. Watson - to collect the tic kets; I went to deceased to wait for the Clerk to get his ticket; he was then on the upper deck, leaning against a trunk; I did not speak to him; the Clesrk said to him, "Give me yopur tic ket, sir;" he asked him three times for his tiocket; I did not understand the reply of deceased; the Cklewrk told him to go down stairs and he would get his tic ket when he got through collecting the others; he did not start to go down, and the Clerk caught hold of his arm to have him go down; after he let go of him, the man fdell down stairs; I suppose he lost his balance and fell; I saw that the man had fakllen dowmn stairfs, and we went on collecting the ticvkets; the Clerk did not use sufficient violen ce to throw the man down sgtairs; the man was so beastly drunk he could not walk staright.

   Edward Kelly, sworn - Waiter on the New World; recognize biody as that of a man I saw on the New World, as a passanger, last night; after we left Benicia, I was put in the stairway, and told to let none pass un til the tickets were collected; the Ourser and Clerk went up staitrs to collect the tickets; deceased came up the sgtairs; he was very drubnk; I told him he could not come ujpl; he asked why? I told him they were collecting tiockets, and that I hjad orders to let no one pass; he r eplied he did not care a d-n, for he was a cabin passanger, and had his wigfe in the saloon; he stepped on the satairs; he was stum,bling, and forc ed ahainst me to get up; I tried to get him to go below; he saisd he would niot, until he would talk to the Clerk; in about two minutes, the Clerk came along and asked him for his ticket two or three times; he saids he had n o gticket; the Clerk s aid, "well, you step down stairfs, and I will see that your tyicket will be all right; he made some  reply; I did not understand what he said, he was drunk, and prfessing again st gthe Clerk; the Clerk took hold of him by the coat, and pulled him around to fiorce him top go down stairs; the deceased gave a step backward, and fell down stairsa back foremost; the Clerk went down to him to gtake hjim up.; he told the watchman to faise him up, an d he went on  to collect the gtickedts.  The Clerk's name is Watson.  He did not ujse any violence.

   Edwin James, swoen - I am a messnger for Wells, fargo & C; soon after leavibng Benicia, last night, I saw deceased on the New World; he was so dryunk I thought he would fall overbioard; went towards him to take hold of him, and turned and left the side of the vessel, and remarked that he would fall overbiard if some one did not take charge of him.  In about twen ty minutes aftwrward some one  said to me that he had fallen down the passage way, and I soon afterwards went forward and saw them examining him.

   Manuel Peter, sworn - Deck hand on the New World; on the last trip I saw deceased on the steamer; he was very drfubk, and the mate told me to oput him in a bunk; I did so and in about ten minutes I saws him dead.

   Robert Morrison, sworn - Mate of the New Worldl recognize body as that of a passangher I saw on the boat last night; after we had passed benicia he was out on the forward deck with his wife; he was tumbling around on deck and Capt. Seymour told me to gtake hikm and put him to bed; I sent one of the men who put him in a berth in the foreward cabin; did n ot see him again alive.

   Artjur Cornwall, sworn - Freight Clerk on the New World; was in the office after we left San Francisco lasst night; deceased came in and asked the price of tickets to Benicia; the Clerk told him $6 for himself and wife; deceased said he only had $5, and the Clerk gave him two tickets for $5, and told him that he was drunk and he did not wish him tio go intro the saloon to annoy the passangers; he said if he would give him the gtickeys he would behave himself, and he gave him the tickets; I did not see him again alive.

   Mary Gardner, sworn - I reside at Benicia; recognize the body as that of my husband, Patrick Gardner; he and myself came as passangers on the New World last evening; we took passage for Benicia; I did not know that we had arrived at Benicia until they were taking in the plank; I saw m y hysband at that time, and some one took him away, to put him in a safe place; some gentlem en told me to go into the saloon, which I did; I did n ot see my husband again alive; he was aged about 46 or 47 years; was from Ireland, recently from Philadelphia.

   The testimomny was here cloaewd, and the jury, after an absence of about ten minutes, rfeturned a verdict that death resulted "from injuries received by a fall down the sgtairs on board of the steamer N ew World; and that the fall was caused by a olush or shove, by John D. Watson, Clewrk of said steamer.  The jurors were - J. C. Meader, H. D. Burton, Hen ry Cunningham, T. F. Tindall, W. Palmer, amnd Wm. Hodges.

TUOLUMNE COUMNTY CIORRESPONDENCE.

The Homiicide at Shaw's Flat -0 Another version of the affair - The Sluice-box RFobber Shot - Full Particulars, &c.

SHAW'S FLAT, TUOLUMNE CO., Aug 23d, 1857.

EDITORS UNION:- The adage of one story being good until anotrher is told, has been amply illustrated in the case of Thomas Meadows, who was shot near this plac e the night before last.  Your rfeaders have been treated to a view of the golden side of the shield, and it is necessary to reverse it, to enable them to see the silver one.

   The first version of the affair was the ex parte one given by Meadiws and his ftriends; this one, the facts developed at gthe inquest and prelin iary exanination befire Justice Drake of this place.

   Thomas W. Nettles, a sober, industrious man, and a partner in the claim robbed, went into Sionora early on Saturday morning, summoned the Coroner to hold an inquest upon the body, announ cing himsewlf as the person who shot Meadows, and surrebdered himself to the proper authorities.

   The Coroner's inquest resulted in a verdict that deceased came to his death in consequence of gun shot wounds inflicted by a gun in the hands of Thomas W. Nettles.

   Justice Drake then held a preliminary examination at Shaw's Flat, in the afternoon of the samwe day.  The prosecuting attorney moved a continuance of the case until Saturday, September 5th, which was granted.  Nettlesm in the meantime, being discharged from custody on his own recognizanc e, that notoriously fickle individual, public opinion, veering to the rioght-about, and symnpathisinf as strongly with Nettles as it had previously with Meadows.

   Meadiows was burfied yesterday afternoon at Aperingfield, in a very quiet and somewhat hurfried manner.

   On Friday, August 7th, Meadiws came to the plasce where the men were at ework on this flume, and inquired how it was paying.  They answered favorably.  That night the sluices were robbed.  Again, on Friday, the 21st, he made the samwe inquiry, and rfeceiv ed the same answerf.  To acciount for the attempted robbery on Frfiday evenings, it is only nec esaery to state that fact, that the flume iks wasj=hed out and cleaned up every othetr Saturday, and contains the rfesulgts of the whjole two weeks' labor.

   Suspicion being arfousewd, the ownerfs determined to watch their sluices, and appoin ted one of their number to perform that duty.  On  the night in  question the task fell to the lot of Nettles, and he discharghed it but too faithfully.  His version of the affair is fully borne out b y striong circumstan ial eviden ce.  The man was n ot shot at the rfegular crossing, bujt ab out fifty feet above it.  Nettkles first saw him hidden under a narrow biard, gthrown across the flune, while going his rounds, and not discoverfing thje object p,lainlty, stepped bacxk in a stooping posture, to examine it more partic ularly.  He saw him  ovew down the flumnew very rapidly, crouchinbg as he ran , and fired on the instan t.  Hearing his groans and fearin g the prfesen ce opf colnfederagtes, he ran for assistanc xe, and rfeturn ed to the spot with three of his ftrfiends.  They could see nothning of the party shot, and supposed he had been  removed by his compan ions in guilt,.  Negttles, b y advice of his ftriends, w aited un til morfning b edfore examin ing any fuerther, olr declarfing himself the party who discharged the gujn .

   On examining the place at daylight, it was discovered that Meadows was shiot in the flume, and not at the crossing, or on gthe trail; that he had stagghered aboiut thirty feet down the flume, and then crawled up the bank to the spot where he was foundf.  A broom and broiling -pan, belonging to the com pany, were found at the flumne, which had been swept down a distance of 25 or 30 feet, to the place where Meadiows was first seen  by Nettles.  Mewdows when found was basrefooted, his trowsers rolled ujp to the knees, and his shoes were  not even wet!  These circ=umstances, coupled with the fact of his known rf eputation as a drjinking, gamblinf idler, fixes the attempted robbery upon Meadows beyon d a doub t, and justfied Nettles in shooting him when c augbht in the very act.  The flume is spattered with bloof from the spot where he was shot to the plac e where he crawleds up the bank; his struggles at that plac e are plainly to be seen, and are verified by the sdame san guinarhy witness.

   A ring, owned by Meadiows, was found in the flume, after the first robberyt, two weeks agho, and his statement of the mannmer in whuich it passed from his possession was not as clear as it might have been, if foumndxed on fact.

   All things c onsidered, this communbity has arrived the con clusion that one of the gang has met his just deserts, and out prayer is that the rest may soon follow in his fiooitsgteps.  Chloroform was used in robbing the dwelling houses on this flat, and the first inquiry of Meadiws was "Doctor, have you any chlorooform? I w ant to get easy!" "The eay of the transgressor is hard" indeed.  QUARTOZE.

MURDER AND ROBBERY IN BUTTE COUNTY. P- The following shocking proceedings are published in the North Californian of Sunday, July 23d:

   "One of the most brutal and fiendish murdfers we were ever ca;;ed upon to record, was perpetrated yesterday morning, near Carpenter's ranch, about a mile from the business portion of our city.  Tweo Vhinamen iving in that vicinity went to their garden about faylight to gather vegetables for market, but finding there three Americans eating a watermelon, and fearing violence, they were ab out to turn back, when one of the intfruderfs offered pay for the melon, and as one of the Chinamen, named Ah Young, reac hed out his hand in the act of taking the proferred money, the treacherous white man shiot him with a revolver, gthe ball entering just below one eye and passing out at the top of the head, and producing almiost insdtant death.

   Noty the slightest provocation weas offered b y the Chinamen, and the savage who committed the murder could have been actuated by none but the ,opst wanton  and brutal impuilse.  The other Chinaman  fled, shouring murder as he wentr, while the three white men hastily made therire escape, and have thus far eluded pursuit.  Corolner Harlow held an inquest on the remains of the deceased, an d a verdict was rendered on accorfdan ce with ther foregoing facts.

   The Chinamen bel;omnged to a company of five who were engaged in the cultivation of a garden plat, all of them well known for their industriopus habits and peaveable deportment.  If captured the murdered can be convicted only upon circumstantial evidence, as the testimony of a Chinaman is ewxckluded from outr courts b y a law which in such cases as this seems peculaiarly severe and un just.  [Two other cases, robbery, probably associated.]

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 27 August 1857

BY MAGNETIC TELEPGRAPH.

Destrucxtrive Fire at Co,umbia.

...

Mr. Blackman, an old resident of Coluimbia, furbnished ys witrh the following, whixch mnay be relied upion  as correct:

   At 6 o'clock, P.M., yesterday, the alarm of fire was given and in three hours the town was laid ion ashes, a few only of the buildinbgfs on the outskirts of the town escaped the devastating element.  A large number olfd fore-proof buildings, with vakluable contents, are a mass of smoulderfing  ruin s.  The large busibess of H. N. Browbn, on Main street, was blown top atoms by the explosion of some kegs of powder.  At the time of the exploasion, there was quite a numb er of persons in the building, and five are kn own to have been instantly killed, and a number dangerousl;y wounded.  The killed are H. N. Brown. W. M. Toomy, RFudolph, a cledrk of Brfown & Co./, J. M. B. Crooks, gas man, of San Francisco, and a miner named Drescoll.

...

The dead bodies are now in the Phoenix Hook and Ladder Company's building, awaiting the Coroner's inquesty. ...

ANOTHER POSTPONEMENT. - Owing to the contrinued absence of testimony in the case of the unknown man found drowned in the bay on Saturday last, Judge Hanraham has again been compelled to postpone holding an inquest on the body until this morning. [See 24 August.]

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 27 August 1857

A FATAL ACCIDENT IN CALIFORNIA. - Not a California paper, printed where it may be, from Yreka to San Diego, can be opened without presenting to the eye of the reader the caption, "Fatal Accident." Within the space of from four to six lines, are generally condensed the life and death of a human being.  He was digging in a tunnel or a gulch, the land caved in upon him and buried him alive; came to California in 1850, from some town in Wetsren New York, where he leaves a widow and family; was a sober intustrious man, much esteemed by those who knew him."

   This is the whole hostory, and by changing thje names and dates, will answer for most opf the announcements.  So different from this is the following account of a fatl accident which occurred on trinity River, that we arfe induced to give it, with all its minutia, in full.  It is communicated to the Trinity Journal, by a cxorrespondent from Sawyer's Bar, August 16th, 1857. After introducing the account, the cotrrespondent proceeds:

   I was informed this morning b y a neighboring miner that a fatal acciden t had happened yesterday evening, about four miles lower down the river, on the trail near the steep precipitous cliff, about half a mile this side of "Fon Juan's" Flat, and I im mediately proceeded thither.  On arrivi9ng there the neioghboring miners were employed in digging a grave beneath the wide spreading boughs of a green, shady oak, and a few paces further on, in the cool shafde of some liofty pines, reposed, in a crude coffin, covered with a ckleean , white domestic shroud, the inanimate tenants for whose reception the narrow bed was being prepared.  I liftyed the trustic veil, and, Oh God! what an awful specy=tacle prfesented itself to view., and to the contemplative ocularf and mental past, prfesent, and future.

   The face of the deceased was sadlt disfigured; the skull apparently fractured about the eye-brfows; the lowerf jaw and chin gashed and crushed; the neck broken and discolored, and blood oozing out through both ears.  Evidently deceased had been precipitatedx from a high c,liff, and had fallen on some lpointed rocks upon his face and head, for these were the only parts of the body which seemed injured or discolored - alas, they were sufficient to cause immediate death.

   The deceased evidently had been a sailor, for on gthe right arm there is "The Star Spangled Banner," and the letters T.T., and on the left arm the rfepresen tation  of a woman, with the letters R. A. underneath.  On going into "Don Juan's" store, a considerable nyumber of the neighboring minerfs were assembled, discxussing as to the propriety olf holding a Coroner's inquest, but it was urged that there was no Coroner within a day's jiourney, nor a Justice of the Pedace nearer than North Fork, some 25 miles distant, and the decomposition of trhe corpse would not admit of delay, partucularly in this hot weather. Under these circumstances it was deemed expedient to hold a miner's inquest, and accordin gly it was rfesolved, un animously, that P. Hennessy do act as Coroner pro tem., and a jury of nione coto\zens was selected, who appoimnted Jno. Watson as their foreman.

   Thos. Salmon, Wm. McGeary, Frank Guter (partners of the dec eased,) Don Juan and James McGregor gave their testimony, of which the following is a summary:

   The jury proceeded to view the body, which was idebtified to be that of Thomas Thomson, who, in company with his opartners and other m iners, had returned from a theatrical performance given at Burnt ranch, on Tuesday night last; that on their return up they had called and drank at the trading posts on the way; that they arrived at Don Juan's store about 4 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, where they stayed two or three hours, an d drunbk three or foujr bottles of wine; that deceased and one or more of the party  were advised by some of their ftriends to stay with them that night, as they "were rather tight to get home safe, and the trail was very dangerous, particularly along the bluff;": that T. Salmon wisely adopted the advice, but that the deceased unwisely declined, sayu=ing "he was able to walk steadily enough to the camp;" that about half an hour before sundown Wm. McGreaey, Frank Guyerm (both of  whom were quite siber,) and Thos. Thomson  left Don Juan's, and after passing the steep bluff, about half a mile or less from the old Dpaniard's, McGeary being three or four paces in advanc e, abnd Guyer about the same distance in the rear of Thomson; that at descent ikn the trail about 70 or 80 yardfs from the bluff, the deceased, Thomson, strumbled, staggered or fell off the trail, and rolled head downwards along the smooth steep clay declivity; that his companions cried out to him to lay ho,ld oln solmedthjing and sdave him,seldf, but alas, there was neither tree, root, nor shrub to hold on to, and that from the moment he fell off the trail and slid or rolled downewards, he was beyond their treach or power to hewlp or to save him; that after rolling about one huindred feet down the bank he was hurkled off a precipitous cliff one huindred feet b elow, on some projectuing rocks, ansd thence intio the river beneath; that immediate search was made then and thnat night for the body, buyt in vain, and that it was dioscovered at about seven o'clock next morning lhying in three or four feet iof water in the river, dead.

   It was then taken from the water and carried on a rude bier to Fon Juan's, about half a mile distant; that deceased was supposed to be a native of Perth, Scotland, which place he left in hia infancy, and went with his father and relations to Canada East, where his father is now, or has been recently rfesiding; that he was about tweny-eight hyears of age, sandy complexion, about five feetr eleven inches in hught, one hundred and seventy-five to one hunrfdred and eighty pounds weight, could speak French fluently, had been a sailor; came to Ca,lifornia in 1853, and has been min ing on the Trinity river sin ce 1854.

   The fiollowing verdict was rendfered by the Jury:

   "We find the deceased, Thomas thomson, came to his death by falling from a precipice on Wednesday evening, August 5th, about sunset, and that he was at trhe time of the acciden t under the influence ofg liquor; that he was accompanued at the time by his partners, Wm. McGeary and Frank Guyerm both od qhom were quite sober, but utterly powerless to render him any assistance after he fell from the trail and ytumbkled down the precipice into the river, sone hun bdreds of fewet underneath, and that the dec eased was found at about seven o'c,lock this mortning, August 6th, in the Trinity riv er, a few feet under water; that the skull was fractured, the lower jaw crfushed and broken, and the neck fractured, prioving manifestly the cauise of death to be from rolling off a high preciopice an d fallin g on his head and face on the sharp rocks below.

Signed.  JOHN WATSON, Foreman." [Funeral and epitaph.]  AN OLD MINER.

MURDER AND ROBBERY AT NEVADA. - The Nevada Democrat, yesterday, Aug. 26th, says:

   On Friday afternoon, a man named Gilbergt, who lived at Jefferson Canon, near Washington, was found murdered in his cabin.  His head and neck had been literally cut to poieces with an ex - there being no less than n ikne mortal gashes - and his head was nearly severed frolm his body.  Suspicion rests upon some Indians who had been stopping some time in the neighbourhood, and who left the evening of the murder and came to Nevada.  Indian treaxcks were seen about the house, and a powder horm and two shot pouches were taken from the ccabin.  Gilbert was in Washington on Frfiday morning, where he got intoxicated, and was take  hiome drunk, and left by his frtiends lying on the flolor.  The night previous to the murder, the house of mr. Jones, which is near Gilbert';s cabin, was robbed a lot of women and childrebn's clothiong, a black frock coat, and an accordeon.  In dian tracks were also found about Jones' house.

 

SACRAM,ENTO DAILY UNION, 28 August 1857

CITY INTELLIGENCE.

THE HOMICIDE ON THE NEW WORLD. - The c ase of John D. Watson, accused of the hiomicide of Patrick Gardner, a passanger on that steamer from San Francu=isco on Monday night last, was ecxamined before the Recorder yesterday.  J. H. Stewart (prosecutring arrorney in the Reciorder's Court) appeared for the prosecution, and J. W. Winan s (colunsel of the Steam Navigation Companhy) for the defence. ...

J. Fanver; Dr. Hatch; Philip Heinrich; B. E. Ely; Mary Gardner; Caspt. Samuel Seymour; Peter Peterson.

R. D. Cary and eighteen others of our citizerns were examined, and testified to the uniform courtsey and mildness of character evinced by the defe4ndant. ...

The argument being concluded, the Court remarked that it was of opinion that the offense was a homicide, (public offense,) committed b y the defendant.  It did not tbhink that the defendant had any right even to place a party in a position where a fa,ll would be likely to produce death.  The defendant had a right to ejecgt a operson from that portion of the boat if he was not entitled to be there, but the ejectmentr should have neen done in a proper manner.  It was, thereupon, ordered that the defendant be held to bail in the sum of $5,000 to answer b efore the Courty of Sessions, and that Messrs. Turner, Heinrich, Kelly and Ely be recogn ized in the sum of $500 each, to appear as witnesses beforethe Granbd Jury.  The defendant, Watson, immediately gave the required bond, with Alfred Reddinbgtoin and Seth R. Kn eeland as shuretires, whereupon the defendant was releaserd frolm cistody.  The question b is, where is the witnesss Barbiere?

 

DAIKLY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 August 1857

ANOTHER CASE OF INFANTICIDE. - At an early hour yesterday morning, Dr. J. M. Sharkey notiofied Coroner Kent that he had been called to visit a female child on Baldwin Court, near Folsom street, between First and Main streets, near Rincon Point; that the child weas dead, but from susopicious circumstances connected with its death, he did not feel authoized to givbe a certificatre of death, but thought ptroper to lay the case before the Corfoner.  Mr. Kent, accompanied by his deputy, Mr. Waldron, and Dr. Sharket, went to the house of the parents, Patrick and Elizabeth Fitzgerald, and found the body of the child lying in the front toom, up sgtairs.

   The father was in the street, afraid to go into his own house, his wife having whipped him several times within the last few days, and threatened tol whip him againb, if herf dared to approach her.  The mother was in a state of intoxication, ands very ill temprede.  She persisted against any interference on the part ofd the Coroner or the doctor.

   The Corfoner took charge of the body, and hekld a post morftem examin ation upon it.  The stomacxh was gtaken  to Dr. Lansweert, chemist, and parftially analyzed.  Traces of poison have been found, clearlty proving that the child came to its death by poison.  Coron er Ken t then ikn formed Officefrs Baker and Ellis, and, in company with them, they started to the neighborhood ikn search of further inform ation.  They ascertained from respectable persons in the neighborhood that both Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald are quarrelsomne and disagreeable persons.  They say that she has been driven out of doorfs, and made to sleep; in the sand with the infantt in her arms.  A few days ago she took the child, and left her husband, and went to stop with a friend on the corfn er of ontgomery and Sutter streets.  On Wednesday night, the father went an d took the child hiome.  She returned onm the following evening.  The child has been the subject of contention between the parents ever since its birth.  The father den ies the paternity of it.

   At the instance of the Coroner,. both oparents were arrested and locked in the sgtation house, on suspicion of the murder.  The wolman  resisted the officers and foughgt like a tigbfress; she had to be carried out b y main forc e.  Neither of the prfisoners knew what the charge was against them, yet they each denied that they had done the deed, but charged each other with it.  From their manner and words, there is little doubt of their guilt.  The wife says that the child has been sick of dysentery for several days, and that its death was caused  thereby.  She says that when her husband heard of its death, he drew a pistol upon her and threatened to shoot her.

   The child's name is Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald, aged one year, seven months and twenty-three days.  The parents came to this city from Boston .  An in quest will be held upon the body this evening.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 August 1857

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

Coroner Kent yesterday buried the body of the drowned man, picked up in the bay, last Ftiday, agt the coroner of jackson and East streets.  The corpse was not identified.  The face was very much disfigured by the fish eating off a portion of it.  No inquest was held.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 September 1857

CITY ITEMS.

CORONER'S INQUEST IN THE INFANTICIDE CASE. - Coroner Kent held an inquest last evening, at half past 7 o'clock, in the Police Court room, upon the body of Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald, an infant child one year and eight months of age, supposed to have been poisonedby its parents.  The following juriors were called and sworn: Alex. Manor, J. G. Doan, Joseph Waters, G. T. Moody, Thos. McKibben, G. T. Rigny, James Mackin, James Davis, J. D. Byrnes.

   Dr. L. Lanzweert, who made the chemical analysis of the stomach, made the following report, which was read to the jury:

   On Friday, the 28th inst., Dr. Jamnes M. Sharkey called and deposited with me a white porceklain pot congtaining sa human stomach, said to be that of M. E. Fitzgerald, directing an analysis of the same by authority of J. Horace Kent.  I received on the same evening, through officer Ellis and Deputy Coroner Waldron, one tin covered can containing aboput a pint of greasy liquid (soup); a tea-pot containing reside of tea-leaves; a tin water boiler full of water; two prescription vials, one marked A, conyaining about one ounce mixture, labelled No. 1899l rthe secind vial, B, contained about one drachm of oily substance.  I examined, in presence of Dr. B ertody, the stomach and found the following appearabces prfesent: the external surface appeared like that of a healthy organ; the internal surface presnted in some portisons patches of a deep red color, in others an injexdted, inflamed state of the capillaries; the epithilial membrane was easily detached; the liquid contents of that organ consisting of a viscous sanguinolent liquir, reddich color, iodorous, an d of an acid rfeaction; some greasy matter of a whitish ciolor together with some small white points were oibserved. The internal sy=urfac e of the stomach was spread entirely out and a more careful examination was now made by the naked eye; some whitish hard sybstances were discovered, the size of a small opin's head, they were oput into a test tube, a gentle heat applied, and immediately a whitish sublimation took place, without decompisition, and condensed in the cool part of the test tube in the form of minute shining crystals which, examined under Dr. Bertody;'s microscope, definated the characteristc octahedral  form of arsenious acid.

   Satisf=ied of the presence of arsenic in that organ, a portion of the liquid contents was now poured into Marah's apparatus; this liquid as soon as it came in contact with the evolving pure hydrogen gas, the peculiarf garlic odor was preceptible; its burning color of livid blue flame depressing the flame on the inner surface of a porcelain capsule black lustrous spots of metallic arsenic were iobtained.  Some of those spots were dissolved in con centrated notric acid, evaporated to dryness upon a san d bath; adding distrilled water and afterwards notrate of silver with a little diluted ammonia, when a brick red precipitate of areseniate of silver was obgtained. Another incrustated spoit was dissolv ed by a solution of chloride of lime.  To corroborate Marsh's test, another experiment was now made; a new portion of the stomach's contents was mixedx with a large excess of a concentrated colutiion of potassium an d boiled with fragments of pure granulated zinx; arseni-uretted hydrogen was evolved and recognized b y assuming a purpleish black color on some spotted filter paper with a solution of nitrate of silv er.

   In connection with the above a series of experimen ts were now institurfed oin solme tea filtered frolm the leaves.  This liquid was subjected to one form of an alysios which failed to detecty any material poisonous in its nature; the leaves were also gtreated by a different process of the first with the same rfesult.

   The water from the boliler submitted to chemical re-agents, failed to detect an y ab norm al substances poisonous in their nature.  The investigation of the soup did rfesult in the same negative result ikn the same begative point as to the con ten ts of poisonous matter.

   The prescription  vial A, labelled No. 1899, contained the rest of the prfesc ription on me, being a chalk mixture, prescrib ed by Dr. J. M. Sharkley, executed and deliverfed by m\yself to the father.  No foreign substance was duiscovered in it.  The contents of prfesciption vial B was nothing else than some olive oil.

   In conclusion with thre above facts, the result of the death of trhe said M. E. Fitzgerald has been from the administration of arsenic, the quantioty discovered in the stomach and contents being more than necessary to pri=odyuce death.

   Corfoner Kent then read to the jury the following certificate from Dr. James M. Sharkey:

SAN FRANCISCO, August 29th, 1857.

The undersigned was called upon on Thursday morning, 27th inst., to visit a child named M. E. Fitzgerald, whose parents reside in Baldwin Court, between First and Fremont streets, near Folsom.  On learning from the father, Patrick Fitzgerald, its disease, I ordered him to bring ov er some te,porary rfelief, and oprescribed the compound chjalk mixture; called at his house about 11 o'clock, and found the child in the arms of a woman.  On examin ation , I found the pulse quick ansd considerable protration, from the effects of vimitinh,  The father asked my opinion; I intimagted that its recovery was possible.  He appeatred very dioubtfyul.  The next morning, about 7 o'clock, he called at my office with a cerrtificate of death filled, and intimated that his child died ast 2 o'clock that morning.

   I omitted mentioning that, while at the house, O orescribed Hyd. Cum. Creta; the prescription is n ow on file.

   On Friday, 28th instant, at the solicitation of mr. Kent, Coroner, I made an autopsy of the body of M. E. Fitzgerald; found no marks of violence on her person.  On looking at her stomach, I detected immediately evidence of violent acute inflammation, with two or three corroded patches softening and going through the mucus coat.  The atomach with contents, I handed over to Dr. Lansweert, by the direction of the Coroner.

   Officer Baker, being swoern,m testified that on Friday evening, he accompanied the Coroner and officer Ellis to the house occupied by the Fitzgeralds, in baldwin Court.; they found a dead child in a coffin upon the table; the mother, Mrs. Fitzgerald, was vcrying bitterly' she said she would rewmain there a corpse before she would leave, but finally consemnted to come; when we first went into the room, she said, "I had nothjing to do with it; he (her husband)  did it."  Coroner kent  said, "You havwe been charged with nothing;": she said, "I am not guilty;" such expressions were frequently made by her, intimating that it was her husband who did it; I have had conversatioons with the father since his arrest; he saisd, "If anything is wrong, she (his wife) is the person who did it;" they have not conversed together sonce their arrest; I do not think they know for what they are arrested.

   Officer Ellis, being sworn, corroborated the testimony of officer Baker.  Mrs. Fitzgerald, on her way up to the station house,  said that "it was her husband's fault; if it had not been for him the child would be alive, and that she was willing to die if she could only spend one more night with the child;" she seemed distracxted, and had a perfect horror of her husband; would not speak to him; she had been drinking.

   Ann Donovan, sworn - I reside on jessie sgtreet; I know the deceased; her name iks Maery Elizabeth Fitzgerald; I stood sponsor for the child; have known the parents nearly two years; on Thursdaty, mr. Fitzgerald called and tolds me the child was ill, ansd wished me to come and see it; I found the child alone in a bed, up stairs; the house was locked; the child was very sick' I w ashed it; he said Dr. Sharkewy would come soon ; the Doctor soon vame; the father asked if the child would recioverf; the Doctor saikd it might; he gave it some medicvines and went away; fitzgerald said it was no uzse for the Doctor to come, foer the child would n ot live; he said it was dying from  neglect and bad treatment of the ,otherf; he said, when he brought the child home  from Bowlin's the nighr beforfe, it fell on the floor and commen ced purging; when I washed the shild its fin gers were closed; Fitzgerald seemed excited, an d came up to me and asked if I could open them,and if it had any spasms; I told him no; I went to Mrs. Bowlin's and told Mrs. Fitzgerald that her husband wished her to come home and nurse the baby; she saids she would go if any one would go with her - she was afraid of her husband; tfhe next miorn ing, abiout 3 o'clock, Fitzgerald came to my house and saisd the baby was dead; I went down to his house; his wife was trhere; he said he would get a carriage and borrow his employer's horfse, and bury the child that day - that he did not want to triouble his frtiends; she said the child should not be buried un til Saturday; she also said, "Now, you will have no trouble with it;" she said she had been to the Corfoner, and he said he would send a coffin ansd hearfse at his expense, an d he need n ot worry him self ab out it; she tolds her husband that there would be blood spilled ov er that child's death; I have n orf seen her since.

   Margaret Brown, being swoern, testified that she knew Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald; had ioften seen Mrs. F. sleeping out in the sand, in the open air, with her child when she was dxrunk; she wpould not go in to the house at her husband's request.

   Mr. Parrott, being swoern, \trestified that he had seen Fitzgerald strike his wife; he bears a bad character; they have had frequent quarrels; she smashed the windiows.

   Jennette Patten, being sworn, testified that she had known the Fitzgeralds for five months; never sae them together for three days without fighting; in June last, she staid out of doors three nights uin succession; her husband forced her out, and when she went to the door to go in, he would sgttrike or kick her.

   Martin Bowlin, sworn - I live on corner of Montgomery and Sutter streets; deceased had been there with her mother, stopping there; on Wednesday afternoon, while the mother was out, the father came and took the child away to see a doctor; he was not very sober; they quarrelled so much about the child, that I told him I would not keep it any more; the mother did not stop at my house all the time; she boarded on Dupont street; she used to come and see the child occasionally.

   After the examination of mr. Bowlin, Coroner Kent informed the Jury that there was other important testimony which would be presented on Wednesday night.  The Jury then adjourned to meet on Wednesday evening at 7 ½ o'clock.

IDENTIFIED. P- The man whom we mentioned yesterday as having been found by officer Riley at an earty hour on Sunday morning upon the sidewalk, near the corner of Pacific and jones streets, in a state of insensibility from the loss of blood from wounds inflicted upon his head, has been  identified as Joseph H. Lewis, who resides near the Valley House, at the Presidio.  He is still at the Hospital, in a critical condition, his skull being fractured, and his head bruised and cut in several places.  He can give no satisfactory account of how he recieved the wounds.

THE INFANTICIDE CASE. - The case of infanticide charged against Patrick and Elizabeth Fitzgerald, was called up yesterday before Judge Coon, and, on motion of Col. Tingley, counsel for defence, the examination was continued.


 DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 4 Septrember 1857

CITY ITEMS.

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF PATRICK ROCK. - Coroner Kent held an inquest, yesterday, on the body of Patrick Rock, who was found, on Wednesday morning, dead in his bed, in a house on Louisa street, near Harrison.  The Jury returned a verdict that "deceased came to his death from the effects of a wound in  his left arm, severring the large artery - the wound being made by himself, for the purpose of taking his own life."  Deceased was a native of Scotland, aged 45 years.

INFANTICIDE CASE - VERDICT OF CORONER'S JURY. - The Coroner's jury in the case of infanticide, reported some days ago, met again last evening, in the Police Court Room.  No additional testimony was laid before the jury.  They returned the following verdict:

   "We, the jurors, duly empanelled to inquire into the cause of the death of M. E. Fitzgerald, afemall infant, who was found dead at the residence of its parengts, on Baldwin Court, on the morning of the 19th of August, after hearing the testimony of Dr. Lanzweetrt, chemist, and Dr. Sharkey, accompanied by that of other witnesses, do find that the deceased was named Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a native of San Francisco, aged about 20 months; and that she came tol her death from the effects of poison (arsenic), administered by some person or persons to this jury unknown."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 4 September 1857

Information was given last evening to Coroner Kent that a man mnamed Patrick Rock, formerly in the employ of Mr. P. Hunt, had been found dead in his bed, in a house on Louisa street, near Folsom.  The Coroner hastened to the spot, and found the deceased lying bon jis bed, with his left arm nearly severed beloow the elbow, and a razor, covered with blood, on a chair beside the bed.  Deceased leaves a wigfe and one child.  His wife left him some ten days ago, on account of intemperance and abuse.  Coroner Kwnt will hold an inquest this afternoon.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 7 Seotember 1857

LETTER FROM SAN FRANCISCO.

The jury in the case of Thomas Garabaldi, charged with the murder of Richard Smith, in front of a dance house, on Pacific street, about six weeks since, after an absence of four hours,m rendered a verdict last evening, in the Fourth District Coi=urt, of muredr in the second degree.  The prisoner's counsel moved for an arfrest of jusgment and a mnew gtrial.  Under the Act of 1855, the penalty for murder in the second degree is not less than ten years' imprisonment in the State Prison, which may, in the discretiobn of the Court, be extended for the period of the natural life of the orisoner.

   The coroner's jury, last evening, in the inquest held upon the body of Capt. James McElrath, who was found yesterday morning in a dying condirion on Greenwich Dock, (to which I alluded yesterday) rendered a verdict if :death from pulmonary apoplecxy."  A post mortem examination previous to the inquest showed the lungs of the deceased to have been very much diseased.  Capt. McElrath was a native of Scotland, and aged thirty-eight years.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 9 September 1857

SUDDEB DEATH. - We have received information that John gaffney, a grocer of this city,  doing businebss on 4th street, between L and M streets, and a member of the Knickerbiocker Engine Company No. 5, died of hemorrhage of the lumngs, at Healdsburg, Nendocina town ship, Sonoma counmty, on Sunday last, the 6th instant.  Having been afflicted with the disease for several months, he started a week ago Saturday with several friends on a tour, with the hope of restoring his health.

   Being attacked afresh while crossing Russian river near Healdburg, he leaped from the waghon into the stream, expectorating gblood freely, and again sprang, falling prostrate, on a sandy knoll close at hand.  Wuthin five minutres thereafter, and befiore medical assistance could be procured, he died.

   Hen ry M. Willson, Justive of the Peace of the above township, being called, held an inquest on the body.  The Jury consisted of V. C. Hooper, J. G. McManus, Johnston Ireland, B. F. Babb, H. W. Dickerson, Jas. L. Buchanan, Conelius Bice, Felix Mulgure and H. L. Page, returned a verdict thst death was caused by "bleeing of the lungs ofr stomach."  Deceased was a single man, aged about twenty-eight years, and born in Hoosie, Renssalaer coun ty, New York.  The remains were interred at Healdsburg.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 September 1857

DROWNED. - Yesterday afternoon, about four o'clock, a little boy seven years old, the son of Moses and Mary Marsh, who rfeside on Steuart street, between Market and Mission, acciodentally fell off the dock into the bay and was dtowned.  He had been playing with a little girtl named Anne Myers, who, when she saw him fall into the water, sc reamed and gave the alarm to her father, who made every effort to save the lad, but in vain.  The body was recovered about an hour afterwards, by Augustus Clarke.  Information was given to Coroner Kent, and an in quest will be held to-day.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 September 1857

SUICIDE BY DROWNING. - The Marysville Inquirer stated that the dead body of Louis Hakens was foun d in Feather river on Thursday, Seot. 10th, and a Corfoner's jury having held an inquesy, redturned a verdict of suicide by drowning while klaboring under men tal aberration.  Louis was a German, and was well known to the whole community as a peaceable, honorable and  amiable man.  He formerlty kept the Empire Saloon, on 2d street.  He was a Mason, and also a memberf of Engine Co. No. 2.  The Yub a Engine house and City Hall bells were tolled upon the news of his death being held.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 Septemb er 1857

ANBOTHER CASE OF HOMICIDE. - The Napa Recorder of Sept. 12th,  furnishes the following:

   "A correspiondent writes us from Sonoma, that on Thursday morning, Mr. Christian Bruner, an old rfesident of the place, on returning to his house found a younbg man, his wife's nephew, whom he had frequentlky oredered away from his premises, in his house.  Bruner ordered him to leave, which the nephew refuased to do, saying he had as good a right to stop there as he (Bruner) had.  Words preovokeds the nephew to assault, or rather atte,pt to strike the old man, when the only witness, Mr. Peterson, heard the report of a pistol, and the youing man fell.  The light weas then acciden tallty extinguihsed, and when assistance was procured, Mr. Bruner had left, and the yoiung man was found dying on the stairs.  Btuner went to his shop in town, and sunsequenrtly           quietly surren dered himself to the officers of the law.  A coroiner's inquest found a verdict in accordan ce with the above."

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 September 1857

SONOMA COUNTY COTRRESPONDENCE.

CORONER'S IN QUESTS - HOMICIDE - ETC., ETC.

SANTA ROSA, Sepr. 12

Some two or three days ago, a dead body was found on a horse trail leading from Sjhaw's store to the Geysers.  An inquest was holden on the body.  As near as I coukd asc ertain, his name was irvin, and, when found, a gun wasa lying by his side, which weapon had been the instrument b y which he had met his death

   A man by the name of brun er, a resident of Sonoma, shot his own nephew dead two days ago.  He was examined b efore a Justicve, and sent to the county jail to await his trial.

   Coroner Williams, returned to-day, about four o'clock, from an inquest held this morning over a body found dead some seven miles from here in the moungtains.  The body appeared to have been dragged some distance.  The jury returned a verdfict that he had come to his death by the violent act of some unknown person or persons.  Near the corpse was found a memorandum book, with the name of F. Bishoff on it.  The man is supposed to have been a stock buyer.  Certain valuable papers in his possession are n ow in the hands of the Coroner.

... P.S. - Sun day, 4 1-2 P.M. - I just find in the express office a letter, and $500 in gold coin, addtressed to E. Bishoff, of santa Rosa, the ame man who was found murdered.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 16 September 1857

MYSTERIOUS POISONIONG AFFAIR AT OROVILLE. - The Butte Record, of Monday, Sept. 14th, gives the following account of a myeterious death at that place:

   A considerable excitement was caused yesterday by the news of the sudden death, on Saturday night, of a German nasmed Henry Keyser, who, together with his wifve, has recently been keeping a drinking house called the Diana, on Mon tgomery street, opposite garriott's saw mill.  The sudden manner of keyser's death led to the suspicion if poisoniong, and a post mortem examination which was held upon the body yesterday, by Drs. Owen and Vrooman, together with other circxumstances, twend to confirm the susopicion.   It seems that Keyser and his wife have frequently quarrelled, and that difficulties have often occurreds between him and the bar-keeper employedd in the house, by the name of Henry Ward.  The cionduct of these parties created suspicion of their being implicated in the matter, and they were yesterday arrested and lodged in jail.

   We have conversed with Drs. Owens and Vrooman upon the subject, and they express the beloef that deceased came to his death from strychnine, the stomach, lungs and brainb indicating the actioon of that powerful poison.  In order to secvure the presence of sev erfal imoportant witnesswes, and with a view to gibve the physicians an opportunity to make a more thorough investigation  of the body, trhe CXoroner's in quest, whixch was commen ced yesterday afternoon, sas postponed until to-morrow.  The evidence, so far as we have heard, is of a circumstan tyial nature, the purport iof which we forbear publishing at this time, as the grand jury is in session, and will undoub tedly make an examin ation  iof then matter, and should have an opporunity of doing so without being influenced by such evidenc e as has been elicited before an otgher tribunal.

   Keyser and his wife have been in  oroville several months, and recently kept a saloon in the basement of a building adjoining our office.  Ward has been acting as their bar-keeper, and judging from appearances has been on terms of very close intimacy with Mrs. K.  We learn from a gentrleman who had known Keyser for sev eral years, that he was b y trade a cabinet maker, and in the year 1850 went to pan ama, where he remained until '53, when he came to California.  Since being here, he and his wife have been engaged in keeping hoyuses of a disreputable character, and have gradually gone far down in the scale of degradation.  Whether Keyser was murdererd by his wife and Ward, or committed suicide, his death is traceable to a course of suin an d moral prostitution.  WSe shall en deavor to pub,lish the evidence in this case at a proper rime.

DROWNED. - A man named Alvah H. Goodin, was accidentally drowned from the small boat of the sloop North Star, Caot. Green, on her upward trp, about seven miles be,low the city, at one o'clock on Monday evening.  J. B. Green, who was in the boat with deceased at the time, states that he was en gaged in pumping out the boat, when the boom unexpectedly swung round and kncoked him overboard.  The vessel was tacxked immediately, and an attem[pt made to save him, but withour success.  Deceased was about 35 years of age, a carpenter by trade - supposed to have been formerly from Ohio, but has lived in the northern portion  of the State, (at Red Bluff, Shasta, etc/.) for the last four or five years, and has been emoployed by Capt. Green, on his sloopp and ran ch.  He was about 5 feet 8 or nine incjes in hight, of light com plexion, with light whiskers, curly hair, w eighhed about one hundred and sixty pouinds, and was dressed in a dark frock coat and light summer pants. Friends of the dec eased may learn further partucilafrs b y communicating with Capt. Gree, at this cioty, who desires to asc ertain the address of the ftiends of deceased in the Atlantic States.

   A man named David Mayor, a rfesident on Putah creek, was drowned on Monday evening, at the ferry landing in Washington.  He was about forty-two years of age, and has a brother living in Marysville.  An inquest was held on the body b y the Coroner of Yolo, and a verdict returned of accisden tal drowning.

 

SACRAMEDNTO DAILY UNION, 18 September 1857

CITY INTELLIGENCE.

MURDER. - Capt. O'Brien, of opurt p;olice, received ion Wednesday evening a letter from Dr. J. S. Williams, Cironer from Sonoma coumnty, dated santa Rosa, Sept. 12th, communicating the facgt that the body of a murdered man had been found about five miles from that place on the road leading to Sonoma, and trhat the same was supposed to be that of F. Bischoff, a resisdent of this city.  Upon examin ation agt the inqujesgt, the name of J. . Neville was folund upon the papers, and it being subseqweujntly asc rtained that the deceased was a cattle dealer, it was supposed that he had considerable m oney on his person, and that he had also been robbed.  The mutrder, it was sgtated, had been committed on the 4th or 5th ultimo, although the writer soub tless means instant. It being understood that the deceased has a wife residing in this city, it was requested that an effort be made to ascertain her whjereaboits, and to communicate any facts that might lead to the detection of the murderer.

   Inquiry was accordingly made, and the widow of deceased found.  It was asc ertained from her that the deceased went vbeklow some two or three weeks since, taking with him some $1,5090 in money and a fuerther amount in paper.  His wife had been w aitinbg news from him for about ten days, b ut received no wolrd until the tidin gs of the murder were communicated to her.  She went to benicia yesterday afternoon, in company with offiucer Merker, with the view of proceeding to Santa Rosa.  Deceased was a German, and leaves no children.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 19 September 1857

THE SANTA ROSA HOMICIDE. - We are informed by Mr. Ellis, who has just come down from Santa Rosa, that, at the Coroner's Inquest,  holden over the body of F. Bishioff, Mr. Hall, of Sac ramento, testified that he had furnished deceased with $500 in gold, at Napa, to attend the cattle sale to be held at Santa Rosa.  He left there in company with two men, one of whom was a German, and the other an Am erican.  He was not heard of afterwards, until his body was found, as heretoforfe narrated.

HANGING OF INDIANS. - The Petaluma Journal is informed that on the 8th inst. the citizens of Fort Ross hanged three Indians, on charges of murder, robbery, etc.  An unsuccessful effort was made, by officer In graham, to rescue tghem from the populace, in order that they might bne gtaken to Santa RFosa for gtrial.

 

SACRAMEMTO DAILY UNION, 23 September 1857

CITY INTELLIGENCE.

FOUND D ROWNED - CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Bell was notified hyesterday morning, by a specail messenger from Scott's ranch, about eighteen miles below this city, on the Sacramento river, that the body of an unknown man had been found drowned at that point.  He immediately repaitred thither to holfd an in quest and jinvestigate the circumstances connected therewith.

   A number of papers were found on the body, one a due bill on A. M. Goodin , given by Andrus Lovell & Co. for $101 22, dated Mosquito Creek, Butte county; also a bill of sale of the "Lasson House," at Whisky Diggings, from A. M. Goodin and I. Tubbuck to H. A. Tryer and Isaac Moore, dated October 28, 1853.  There was also found on the body a letter dated Mount Eaton, Wayne county, April 7th, 1857, signed by Thomas and Urianna Millard, respecting "brother and friend" and "loving sister."

   Deceased was about thirty-five years of age, and dressed in datrk woolen pants, bue overalls, blue check shirt, black frock coat, and shoes and socks - hair and  whiskers sandy.  As may readily be perceived from the documentary evidence produced on the inquest, the deceased was undoubtedly Alvah M. Goodin, a carpenter, who was drowned from the sloop North Star, Capt,. Green,on her upward trip, on the evening of the 14th inst.  The jury returned a verfdict of accidental drowning.  As the body was much decompiosed, it was interred ikn the vicinity immedaite,y after the inquest.

SENTENCE OF A MURDERER. - On Monday, Sept. 21st, John Galvin, convicted in the District Court of Yuba county, of the murder of Jacob Bilby, was sentenced by Judge Barbour.  The following is the sentence of the Court: ...

FURTHER PARTICULARS OF THE LATE STOCKTON DUEL. - The Union Democrat, Sonora, published from a private letter written from Stockton, the following particulars of the causes which led to the desperate and fatal duel between Col. Casey and mr. Blair:

   Casey had made some remarks about a young lady whom Blair was paying attentions to.  Blair called upon Casey at his ranch, and asked him to retract.  Casey refused. Blair then verbally challenged him.  Casey refused on the ground that there was no need of a difficulty, as they had been bosom friends up to that moment. 

   On the 11th Septembet Blair went to Stockton and told some of Casey's friends that he had spat in Casey's face.  Casey went there on the next day, and pronoun ced Baloir's words false.  Meeting Blair aty the Weber House, Casey denounced him as a liat and slapped his face several times.  Blair immediately challeneged him, and the challen ge was accepted.  They fought on the rface course, yesterday morning, September 15th, with six shooters, at ten paces - to fire at the word and continue firing until one or the other fell.  Blair's  first shot took effect upon Casey in the fleshy part of the hiop.  Casey's first shot missed.  The s econd shot hung fire - when both c eased.  Fruiends then endeavored to reconcile matters, but to no purpose, as Blair still insisted that he had spat in Casey's face, and Casey said he had not.

   Fofteen min utes had elapsed, during which time Casey had bled very much - but both were ready to fight.  Theu took their pistols and fired six shots e ach - three of which took effect upon Casey - Blair being untouched.  It is said to have been one of the coolest and truest fights that ever took place.  Though Casey had four balls upon him, he walked thirty or forty yards before he showed symptoms of weakness.  Blair immediaately repaired to his ranch on the San Joaquin.  Casey has sin ce died.

 CHILD DROWNED. - On Friday, Sept. 18th, the lottle daughter of Mr. Farrell fell into a well at Matrysville, and was drowned.

 

DACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 24 September 1857

DROWNED IN A SHAFT. - On Monday, Sept. 14th, an inquest was held at Goodyeatr's Bar, Sierra county, on the body of a man named John Bateman, a nagtive of Scotland, aged 42 years, who was founf driowned in a shaft at Riocky Canon, into which he had fallen the night previous, while in a state of inmtoxication.

ANOTHER RESPITE OF MARCH. - Yesterday, Sept. 23d, Jeptha R. March, under conviction and sentence for murder, in Shasta coun ty, was again respited by the Governor, until the 29th of January, 1858.

   The dead body of an unknown man was found, on Mionday last, floating in the water near the Peralta wharf, Alameda.  Mt. T. J. Nevins, Jusruice iof the Peace, hekld an inquest.  The remains were evidently those of a sea-faring man, judging from the clothing p-0 striped shirt, dark wioolen overshirt, dark pan ts, and woprsted mixed stockings,.  Around his neck was a pendanrt, a crucifix and medal.  The remains had been in the water a month or more.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILKY UNION, 26 September 1857

TRAGEDY IN TEHAMA COUNTY. - The Red Bluff Beacon, of Wednesday, Sept. 23d, gives the following account of a murder in that county.  On Sunday, Sept. 20th, two Mexicans were arrested by trhe Sheriff on suspicion of having committed the murder. They were strangers there, and the follwing are the circumstances which led to the arfrest:

   Some two weeks ago, they made their appearance on the other side of the river, and went into an emptyt cabin, on Dye's Ranch, near by a countryman of their's,\, who was own er of a flock of sheep, fowls and other property.  It seems that, upon their arrival in the neighborhood, the old rfesident recogn ized, in one of them, an escaped convict from the State Prison, an d went to the other ands a sked him if he knew whose company he was in, and advised him to abandon  his companion, or he would find himseklf in  a sc rap;e before he knew it.  This advice was n ot such as he desired, and seemed to excited his anger\; he told his adviser that he thought his comrade as honest as himself, and that he did not thabnk him for his advicve, at the same time making some thrfeatrs, causing fears in the m n d of the ranch-man, which he subsequjently communicated to some of his neighbors,.  Soon after this, on a certain n ight, the man was missing, and has never een seen since.

   It is as certained that on the morning following his disappearabnce, these same rwo men brought to toewn and sold some chickens that are known to have belonged to the missing man.  The Sheroiff, in company with some of the neighbors, went out in search of the body, on Monday, and succeeded in finding it hid in the bank of the Anrfelope, near gthe cabin he had forfm erly occupied.  A Coroner's inquest was held in the afternoon , and a verfdict rendered to ther effect that he came to his death by violence, on the part of some person or person s to the Jury unknown.

   Other circumstances connected with the affair go far gtowasrds fasten ing the guily on the prisoners now in  the custody of the Sheriff; one is, that the saddle of the deceased had gone away oln his mukle, in the direction of Red Bluffs, and since then, the mule alluded to has been found in another dikrectionb, where it has been killed and thrown into a secluded [place in Salt Creek, with the view, nio dioub t, of making it appear that the deceased had taken his mule and gone awsay.  From prfesent indications, the prfospects seem to be fair folr their pulling hemp.

DEAD. - James A. Hyde, who met with some injuries from the exp;losion of a blast, at Nevada, two weeks previously, died from the effects of his wounds on Tuesday, Sept. 22d/.  He was tewenty-four tyears of aged, and formerly from Washington , Guernsey county, Ohio.

DEAD BODY. - The body of an unknown man, far advanced in decomposition, was found on Saturday, Sept. 19th, above Robinson's Bridge, on the South Yuba, in Nevada county.  The body was quite naked.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 Seoptember 1857

HORRIBLE MURDER - ARREST OF THE MURDERER. - Another horrible murder has been added to the list if crimnes whixh have darkened the history of our city dyuring the past year.  Last evening, aboutr a quarter past seven o'clock, az youn g man named Michael Corbett, was stabbed in the neck and killed by a man named Richard, alias Valentine Ritchie, in the rear of a saloon No. 201 Pacific street, a few doors below Bartlett Alley.  The cirxcumstances of the case as we are informed, are substabntially as follows:

   About eighteen months ago, Valentine Ritchie, Amelia Ritchie, his wife, Mic hael Corbett, and a girl who assumned the name of Virginia Corbett, but who is not marfried to Michael, camer to this country from New York, where it is ruimored that Ritchie had been charged with mutrder, and was un der bond in the sum of $10,000, which he forfeited and e scaped.  It is also rumored that Corbett asnd Ritchie's wife were impliocated in the deed.  When they arrived in this country, Michael, who is a blaclsmith by trade, worked for a short rime steadily at his vocvation, but soon became dissipated, kleft off work, and ,lived off the wages of \sin, earned by Virginia, with whom he ,lived as man and wife.  He had frequrntly quarrelled with her, and been afrested and fined in the Polikce Court.  AZbolut five weeks ago they parted, and she removed from Pike sgtreet to the house at No. 201 Pacific street; one part of the house was occupied as a barb er shop, by a Fren chman named Selsar, in whose emply Ritchie has been, ass a batrber; Virginia occupied a room in the rfear of the shop; Ammelia Ritychie kept a bar  in a portion  of the front building, and occupied as a bed room a small room in the rfear, adjoining Virginia's room; in this yard, in the rfear of the house, was an open shed, againbst which an old door was leaning, about three feet from the door of Ritchie's bed room.

   M\Michael, since his separation from Virginia, has entertained an gry feelin gs towards her, and towards the RFitchie\'s, who protfec ted hner.  Yesterday, he went out buggy riding with a man named Jiones; he became excited from the effects of liquor, and ab out six o'clock, went to Ritchie's house, entered the yard, pased through the bed-room, sitting-room ands bar, into the street; he then wealked into the barber shop, and c ommen ced quarrelling with Ritchie; c alled him a damned Dutch son of a b---h, and other abujsive names.  The proprietor of the shop ordered him to desist, and Ritchie  drew a razor upon him. 

   Mike then left the sop; about an hour afterwards, as Ritchuje and his wife were eating supper in a small \room between the bed room an d bar-room, Virginiam who stood in the bed-room door opening in to the yard, called out to Amerlia that there was somebody con cealed behind the door which sgtood against the shed; Amelia says she was afraid to go to see who was there, dfor fear they inten ded to throw something into her face to in jure her; she asked her husband to go; he arose, took the lamp on one hand, and a large c arving knife, with a blade ten inches long, in the other, and passed thjrough the bed-room door into the yard, avbout three feet from the door behind which Corbnett was con cealed; Ritchike drfew the door aside; Corftb ett stepped out, an d RFitcxhie asked him what he wanted? At the same instant stabb\ing him n ear the left collar bopne, the knifew passing downqwatrds and oujtwards nearly ikts whole len gth, severfing the carotid artery and entering the cavity of trhe chest between the first and second ribs.

   The wounded man pressed hjis hands upon his brfeast, from whenc e gthe blood was p;ouring in a sgtream, walked throuigh the yard, passed out the gate into Bartlett ASlley, to Pacific sgtreet, and entered a larfge beer cellare about four doofrs from the corfner of the alley, kept b y a German nawmedd William Schbrfig.  Corbett stood witgh his b ,loody hands upon the c ounter, and supoporting him se,lf said, O am stabbed, gfo dfor a Doctor."  As he spoke he fell,an d was caught by a man named Thornton, who was in the salolon at the time.  Corb ett died in seven m in ujtes after he entered trhe saloon, and \before a Doctor arrived.

   Officer Short arrested Ritchie, and conveyed him to the station house.  On gthe way down, the prison er confessed tfhe deed.  Officer salisbury took charge of the premises an d also of the body of deceased un til jit was delivered up; to Coronerf Ken t, an d removed to his office, where it was visited by severfal hubndreds of persons during the evening.  Coirbett was formerly a m ember of Pacvific Enbginbe Compan y No. 8, b y whionmm, we understand, his rem ains will be interred.  Coron er Kent will hold an inquest upon the body this eveningm, at 7 o'clock, at the Recotrder's Court Rioiom,

INFANTICIDE - A MOTHER ARFRESTED FOR KILLING HER INFANT CHILD. - As idf the chapter of horrible crimes was not yet filkled b y the murder of Corb ett, last evening, we have to now record anotgherf and, if possible, mofre dreadful deed - the murder of a child by its morger.

   Last evenikng, about 8 o'clock, Chief Curtis and Coroner Kesnt received inform ation that a chils was lying dfead in a house on MKearny street near Jackson, under circum stances wgich led to the b elief that it had come to its death by violence.  Officer Baker was pkla ed in cbharge of the house until the arrival of the Coroner, who was engaged at the time in investikgating the murder of Corn ett.  The body was then rfemoved to his office.   It seems that the child, which is aboyut tewbn days o,ld, is illegitiimate.  The father ,lives in Marysville.  The motrher's name iks Amelia Spailman, a German; she is a married woman.  Her husband is at present living in Oregon, burt had formerlty rfesided in  Marfysville.

   The body of the child bears marks of violence ab outf the head and neck, fin ger prints absd scars are plainly visible upon it.  The woman has the appearanbce of being crazy, and her neighborfs are un der the belief of her insanity.  She denies all knowledge of the affair, and  says the child died naturally. The Chief took charge of the woman and an elder daughjter, tfhe childs of trhe father who is in Oregon, and plac ed themn akll in con fionementr.

AUTOPSY. - Drs. Rowell, Cooper and Toomy made an autopsy hyesterday, at 9 o'clock, A.M., of the body of Timothy K. Tripp, who died on Sagturday evening, from tfhe effectsd of injuries recejiv ed from a fall while en gaged working upon the Government Works at Alcatraz Island. It was ascertained upon the autopsy that tfhere was a gen eral congestion of tfhe whole spin al co,lumn.  The forth and fifth cerv ocal verftebrae were fractured, ljiterally crushed b y the effects of the dfall, an d the spional nerve was laid bare to the distance of nedarlt two incxhes.  It is almost a mirac le, under trfhe circumstances, tnhat he should have liv ed so ,long as he did after receivinbg the iknjuries.

BY MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH.

Murder in Marysville.

Mareysville, Sept. 27TH - 3:20, p.m.

Last night, a mexican, who kept a pawn broker's shop in this place, was horriblty murdered in his iown houswe, by anither mexican, whjo had gone there to pledge some articles olf jrwelry, and while the first was making out the receipt, trhe latter struck him from behjind with a hatchet, killing him.  He was found in his house, this morning, after trfhe goul dxeed was committed.  The premises were robbed of all moveable articles.  A Mexican was arresdted this m orning, on suspicion, and is now being examin ed b eforfe the Coroner's Jury.  

 

DAILY ALTA CAKLIFORNIA, 29 September 1857

CITY ITEMS.

THEW HOMNICIDE CASE - CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner Kwent held an inqwuest, last evening, at half-past seven o'c,lock, in the Policfe Court room, upon the biody of Michael Corfbett, who was stabbed and killed by Richard alias Valenmtine Ritchie, on Sunday evebing, on Pacific street, near Bartlett Alley.  The following jurirs were swoen: H. S. Whetstone, Captain Edward Ginn, R. Buck, Wm. Hendrickson, Edward Morgan, Cory Williston, G. H. Seymour, William Wood, Wm. H. H. Tucker, Lorenzo J. Herrick, Tobert A. Parker, and William H. Rolf.

   Before proceeding to the examination, Cioromner Kwent introduced to the Jury, Dr. McNulty, Coroner lect, who was present by Mr. Kent's invitration.  Messrs. Tingley and Platt appeared ion behalf of the accused, who was not present.

   Coroner Kent stated to the counsel that the Jury, after being sworn, had made an examination of the body of deceaased.  The clothes which deceased had on at the time of his death were then exhibited to the Jury, who examined them carefullky - they were clotted witgh bklood. The knifwe with which the deed was  done was also exanibned b y the Jury - it was an ordinary carving knife, balance handle, and about eight uinches long and an inch wide in the blade.  The Coroner then read to the Jury the following report of the result of the post mortem examination made by Dr. Rowell:

SAN FRWANCISCO, Sept. 28, 1857.

I this day made an autopsy of the body of M. Cornett; found a knife wound on the left side of the neck, above the collar bone.  It passed downwards and to the right.  The common carotid artery and the juguklar vein were wounded.  The aorta was penetrated at the acrh, about three inches from the heart.  I also found another slight wound, about half an inch from the one that proved fatal, which was arrested by hitting the collar bon e.  M. Corbett died of hemorrhage, of loss of blood.  I. ROWELL, M.D.

   Virginia Corbett, sworn - My right name is Virginia Cummins; I have been livi9ng at No. 201 Pacific street, in the house of Amerlia Ritchie; a public house; liquor was sold there; I have ,lived there two weeks; the only man who belonged there and lived there was Dick Ritchie; he was Amerlia's husband, and was a barb er; no one lived there but us three; I knew dec eased; his name was Michael Corbett; he was born in New York city; I have lived with him five years; we have klived together until about two months ago; I was at No. 2o01 Pacu=ific street between 5 and 7 o'clock on Sun day evening; I was in my bedroom; it was between 5 and 6 o'clock when I first saw Mike Corbett; he cxame in to the back yard from Bartlett Alley, and went into the back part of Ritcxhie's house, and passed through into the bar-room, and out into the street; he then webnt into the b arber shop, next door, where Ritchie workeds; I folloowed him out; he  did not appear to be intoxicatedx; he did not speak to me; I folloowed him to the door of the barber shop; the first thing he did was to call Richie a son of a b---h; Ritchie was engaged in shaving a man; deceased struck at Ritchie, but did not hit him; another barber who was there, I don't know his name, then snatched a razor, and Mike ran out into the street; I saw the razor, but  didn't see it open; there was a crowd around the door; Mike Corbett kept  talking about fighting for some 15 minyutes; talked about fighting Ritchie; Mikle then walked up the street with another gentleman, whom I do not know; he was in his shirt sleevews; I then went into Mrs. Ritchie's and into my own be4droom; I went to dress myself for the evening; after dressing myself I came out; there is a room in the rear of my bedroom (as sort of shed), which is used for a kitchen; I took the light and looked in there, and saw a man in there; I ran into Mrs. Ritchie's bedroom an d hollerede for her, and told her there was somevbiody out in the rioom; Dick Ritcxhjie then ran out with a lamp in his left hand and a knife in his right hand; he pushed back the door where the man was, and Mile Corbett came out; Ritchjie asked him what he wanted; Mikle to,ld him it was none of his b usiness; then Mike turn ed his back to go out the enttran ce tol Bartlett Alley, andf Dick Ritchie jum,ped at him with the knife, and the lightr blew olut; thern Mike Cornbett ran ouit to the alley, and did n ot say anything; Dick Ritchie came in with the knife in his hand; vhe showed me the knife; there was a great deal of blood on it; says I, "You did not stab him with that knife?" he said, "Yes, the son of a b---h;" he then rubbed the kniofe off on his pants; the bosom of his shirt had blood on it; about one minute afterwards officer Short came in the front door and nabbed him, and took the knife out of his hand, and took him away; that is all I know about the circumstance.  On being questioned further by one of the jurors, the witness stated thsat when Riychie jumped at Mike with the knife, she saw Ritchie strike at him with it.

   I came to this country a year ago last monthj; Mike Corbett came six months before I did; Mike came out to this country with the Ritchjies; I knew the Ritchies slightly in New York; they kapt a dance ghouse in Canal street; Mikew always quarrelled with the Ritchies when he got tight; Mike was a larger man than Ritchie.

   Q by Juror 0- Did Ritchie threatene to stab Corbett that night?

   A. About a week ago, Ritchie said he had something agaibst Corbett, and he would like to take it out of him.

   Q. Did you know it was Mike when you first saw a man behind the door?

   A.  When he came out after Ritchie opushed the door, I knew it was Mike.

   Q. Did you ever heard Corbett threaten Ritchie?

   A. I have heard Corbett say that he would break up the house, and the first time he caught vRitchie on the street, he would whip him.

   Q. Would you recognizse the knife?

   A. Yes, sir (Knofe shown witness.)  That is the same knife that Ritchie had; it was kept in a table drawer with the other knives, and was not on the table that evening; they did not use it; their meals were brought from a restaurant.

   When I called Mrs. Ritchie, and told her some one was in the yard, Mr. Ritchie was sitting at the suopper table; he got up and came into the b4ed-room; the kniofe wasa not on the supper table, but in the bed-room in a table drawer; Mrs. Ritchie was in the bar-toom; she did not come out to the back door where the affair happened; she did not see it; no one but Ritchie and myself saw it.

   Amelia Ritchie, sworn -0 I am a native of Germany; I reside at No. 201 Oactific street; I am married; my husband's name is Valentine Ritchie; he is a native of Switzerland; I became acquainted with him in New York; he is a barber; we keep a bar-room at No. 201 Pacific street; I know Michael Corbett; he is dead; I last saw him alive on Sunday night; about six o'clock he was coming through my house; he came from the back door, and passed rioght through, and went into the barber shop; I do not know what happened there of my own knowledge; about ten minutes after that, Virginia was in her room; my husband and myself were at the table eating supper; I called to Virginia to come to supper; she came out and called me, and said, "Amerlia somebody is behind the door;" then I went to the door, but  did not see any one, and I came back and went intio the vbar-room, and my husband took the lamp oin his right hand and went into the back yard; I did not see what happened; (knife shown witness) I recoognize that knife; ir belongs to Mr. Cohen; my husband and Mr. Cohen went out buggy riding about two weeks ago; the knife was in the bottom of the buggy; when they got some, Mr. Cohen told me to take the knife and keep it for him; we never used the knife; it was kept in my bed-room on the bureau; I did not see my husband take the knife as he went through the bed-room; I knew Corbett in New York; Mr. Cohen has been living with Virginia for several weeks; I do not know that Cohen ever offered to pay Corbett's passage home to New York.

(A number of questions were asked the witness by the Jurors, but thgere was nothing in her answers of any omportance to or bearing upon the case.)

  John Short, sworn - I am a police officer; I knew the deceased; on Sunday evening, about 7 o'clock, I was standing on the corner of Pacific and Dupont; a man came running up and told me there was a man stabbed in the lager bier cellar; I ran half way down the steps of the cellar, and saw the wounded man; I then tracked the blood from the entrabce of the cellar around into Batlett alley, and intio the entrance of the yard; the placed ewas closed, and I could not get in; a colored woman, Mrs. Stiles, told me where the man lived who cut him; I ran around to the bar-room of Ritchie's house, and went in; he was in his shirt sleeves in the middle room, with the knife in his hand; I did not see any blood on the knife; I asked him if he cut the man (I did not know then who the murdered man was); he said, "Yes, I cut him; I had to dio it in self-defence; the man ran at me, and had been following me around making threats;" I then arrested him, and proceeded to the station house; on the way down he said that he thought it was "only a slight wound in the face."

   At the comnclusion of Officer Short's testimony, Coroner Kent notified the remaininbg witneswses to be present at the same place this eveniong, at 7 o'clock, until which time the case was continued.  The jury then proceeded, in company wioth Coroner Kent and Dr. McNulty, (Coroner elect,) to view the premises, No, 201 OPacific street, where the murder was committed.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 29 September 1857

   The Alta is informed by a letter from San Mateop county, that on Saturday evening, an Irishman, named Dick Lawless, was found in the Redwoods, in that county, mortally wounded, having been shot in the breast with a rifle ball.  When questioned as to who shot him, he refused to give any satisfactory answer: and when told that the wound was certainly mortal, and that death must soon ensue, he replied that he knew his own business.  A man named Madison James had been arrested on suspicion iof having committed the homicide.

   Timothy K. Tripp, who accidentally fell from a scaffold at the Government works, on Alcatraz Island, about two weekls since, injuring himself sev erely, died on Saturday last.  His spine was badly hurt.  Drs. Rowell, Cooper and Toomy made an autopsy yesterday.  It was found that the fiurth and fifth vertebrae were fractured, literally crushed by the effects of the fall, and the spinal nerve was laid bare to the distance of nearly two inches.  Deceased was a native of Boston.

THE MARYSVILLE MUTRDER. - The fuberal of J. J. H. Grammont, who was murdered at Marysville on Satuirday night, Sept. 26th, took place on Sunday afternoon. ... The Express, of Sept. 27th, contains the following particularfs of the murder:

   Yesterday miorning, at about nine o'clock, that quarter of the city which is located at and arounf the corner of B and First streets, was thrown into a state of most horrible consternation by the discovery of an awful murder whjich had been committed some time in the night opreceding.  A Frenchman named J. J. H. Grammont, who had been for a few months engaged in the business of a pawn-broiker, and was about firty-five years of age, was fpound murdered in his place of business, which is in a corner of the brick building belinging to an Italian named Giovanni Francesca, who ownes the "Universal Restaurant," in the front part of the building, and from whom Grammont rented the part set aside for his officve.  A mulatto boy in the neighborhood first discovered the murder.  He went, at about nine o'clock in the morning, to inquire of Grammont the time of day, or soemthing of the sort -0 found the back door shut, but not bolted, and to his horror saw Grammont sitting in his chaur stiff and cold - two gashes in his head, his hand rfesting on a table, and his body sunk back in his chair, and leaning in a sitting pisture against the wall.  He immediately ran for a p;oliceman, who entered with one or two other persons, keot any one else from going in, and sent for the Coroner, without disturbing the position of things in the room. One look at the horrid spectacle gauerreotyoped itself with fearfukl accuracy uopon our memory, and we shall probably remember it foreever.

   The murdered man -0 who had evidently been of a strong and hearty constitution, his hair thin and slightly sprinkled with gray, a well shaped head, an intellectual expression of countenance, the features not at all distorted, his beard long and rough, his clothing well worn, and his feet placed loosely in the foot partys of a pair of old boots cut into something like slippers - was sitting leaning back in his chair, which was againbst the plastered wall, against which, also, his head was resting, one leg stretched out at length, andf the other half bent, as is usual with a man who sits; a ghastly gash just on the edge of the forehead, and another behinbd the ear - a pool of blood under his chair an d on the seat, his head and body being, as a matter of course, also bloody - his left hand lying in his lap, his right resting on a coarse pine table, at which he had evidently been engaged in writing, and his pockets gturned inside out.

   A closer examination showed a puiece of paper, of the character of a blank receipt for a deposot of articles pawn ed, with a steel pen driven through at a certain letter which was just being written in the blank, evidencing compleyely that he was struvk while in the act of writing, and the pen thus driven by the shock of the blow into the table.  A c andle, about one quarter burned down, but then extinguihsed, was standing on the table near him, and various little articles lying gthereon, such as a pocket knife, a bowie knife with thtr handle off, which had obviously been used by the old man for cutting tobacco, a sort of book of accounts, scraps of paper scribbled over, &c., &c.  In one little back room of the office was a promiscuous lot of Mexican saddles, blankets, boots and clothjiong of all kinds - and in the orher was a cot with a very dirty bed tick and bed clothes, in which the old man was accustomed to sleep.  His account book showed that he had a partner with him in the business, and that they had made in the course of three months, ending the 25th of August, exactly $1,465 68.

   A post mortem examination by Dr. Teed, showed that the wounds were influicted by a father dull hatchet, or some ibnstrumnent of that character.  The deed was doubtless done b y the man for whom he was writing the receipt.  But litlle clue is had towards finding out the murderer, and that it is not prudent for us now to publish.  A Jamaican, who was standing in the crowd at the door, during the summoning of the inquest, apparebntly as a mere curious spectator, was arrested b y the police, and a bloody han dkerchief found upon his person - also, a loadfed pistol.  The house of the woman with whom he stays was searchjed, but nothing found out of the usual way.  A person in the neighborhood says Grammonty must have had about him $1,500 in money, for, during a temporary absence a shiort time before, he had left it with him for safe keeping, and he had just a few days before the myurder, delivered it back into his *Grammont's) poissession.  A cook in the Universal Restaurant, between the sleeping apartment of which and Grammont's office there is a [plastered partition, says he heard two blows struck in  Grammont's room at about twelve o'clock, very distinctly, but rhough nothing of it.

P.S. - Since writing the above, two other persons (Mexicans) have been arfrested on suspicion of being concerned in the perpetration of this most foul and cowardly murder.

   The Coroner's jury contin ued the examination of witnesses on Monday.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 30 September 1857

CITY ITEMS.

THE HOMOCIDE CASE - CORONER'S INQUEST CONTINUED. - The Coroner's inquest upon the body of Michael Corbett, who was killed on Sunday nigfht last, by Valentine Ritchie, was resumed last nighjt at 7 o'clock, in the Piolice Court room - jurors all present.

   Michael Cohen, sworn - I am an auction and commission merchant, ast Nos. 77 and 79 Long Wharf; I knew the deceased Michael Corbett; have known him aboiut three months; made his acquaintance in San Francisco; he came into the store to buy some goods; that was the first time I ever sawe him; the next time I saw him was on Pike street, where his woman kept a house; his woman's name was Jenny Corbett; this was a few days after I first saw him; I have never been well acquainted with him; I know Jenny Cornbett; have kn own her about three months; made her acquaintance after I saw Corbett in my store; the second time I saw Mike Corbnett I was at Jenny's house, on Pike street, one Sunday, at 3 o'clock, P.M.; Mike was sitting on the sofa when I came into the house; two days b efore that she had told me that no one was living with her; Mike sat on the sofa about fifteen minutes, and then went out without saying anything; I did not know \at that time who he was.; some one said, "There goes Corbett;" \I asked what Corbett; Jenny said, "Mike Corbett - he used to be my man, butr he aint now;" I have been living with Jenny ever sibncxe, as her ftriend; I took better care of her than Mike did; on that same Sun day evening, Jen ny went to a ball, and I went afterwards; Corb ett was there; he came to mwe and askeds what I was doing in the house that afterniin; I told him I went there to see the lady, or words to that effect; he saids no more; I turned away and went to a table, and had some champagne with Jenny Corb ett and another girl; Mikew prfesently came up, and began to talk aboutr fightigng, and saisd he could lick any man in the room; I supposed he meant me, becvause I was there with his woman; the womsn then went to dancing; after that I got a carriahe and went home with Jenny to her house; Mike came in about half an hour after; I was on the sifa with Jenny; I told her that she had done wrong in telling me that she had no person living with her; we then herard a rap on the door; she said, "That's Corbett;" she did not open the door; Mike then broke it in, and broke the sash of the window; he came in; Jenny jum,ped up; Mike talked about fighting, and caklled me a son of a b---h; I said he was another; he made a pass at me, and I warded it off; he then went out into the street, and jewnny threw some flower vases at him; the next day he was arrested, and I bailed him out; Jenny told me not to; about nine days ago we had a difficulty in Pacific street, at Mrs. RFitcjie's house; I had been living with Jenny at the Mannsion House, on Dupont street; she and I had a difficulty, and I left her there; I saw Nikle afterwards in ths treet, and took a drink and supper with him, and told him that, as he had lived so long with the woman, he must like her better than I did, and had better go and live with her again; a few days after that she moved to Pacific street, opposite to the Ritchie's house, and came down in a carriage for me; she then moved over to live with the Ritchie's, and I livced with her again; one day I was going up Pacific street she caklled me; I went into the house; she wanted to get her jewelry out of pawn; we were talking about it when Mike came in; he appeared to be in a passion, and saids I was deceiving the ghirl, and if I went there again he would be even with me; [Knife shown witneswss] I know that knifwe; itr beliongs to the Lake House; I took it from the table myself; about a week ago,  Ritchie and I went out oin horseback; Mrs. Ritchie and Jenny Corbett came out in a bhuggy; we were having a dinner in a porivate room; we heard singing and a noise in another room; there was 20 or 30 mwen there, and as I had often got into difficulty and got the worst of it, O determined, if I got into a difficulty again, to be prepared for it, as I had a woman with me, so I took the knife, without being observed, and slipped it into the breast of my coat; after a while, we rode in by the Seal House, and I took the knife outr of my bosom and threw it under the seat of the buggy; I never saw the knife afterwards, until I saw it in the Court room, last night; on two occasions I have klet Corbett have money; once I loaned him $22 50, when he wanted to go uop country; and another time, when I was tight, I gave him three or four dollars; about two weeks ago I told Jenny Corbett that if Mike wanted to go homr, very likely I would pay his passage; but I made no promises; on one occasion I gave Jenny some jewelry; Mile lived with her after that; I bhave frequently given Jenny clothing and whatever she asked for; about a week ago I got mad and destroyed some of her dresses; I slept at Ritchie's house, on Pacific street, on Saturday night; I left the house about 11 I'clock on Sunday morning, and came back again in the afternoon, and staid till half-past five or six o'clock; I then left and wenrt to my store and dressed myself to go to the Jewish Synagogue; near the corner of Pacific and Stiockton streets, I saw a crowd, and was told that Mike Corbett was killed; when I was going to Ritchie's, in the evening, I saw Mike walking down the allet, in the direction of the house; he walked slowly, and appeared to be tight; O passed him, and came to the house and told Mrs. Ritchie that Mike was coming; I went into the bar-room and took some brancy and staid a little while; I did not see Mike come in, but one of the women went and shut the back door; I know nothing about his being kilkled; I gave Jenny Corbett a new bonnet yesterday.

   Edward Jones, sworn - I knew deceased; we were out riding together on Sunday last; in the afternoon, at 20 minutes past five we came back, and drove down to the steamer at St. Anne's Valleyt, where I was at work taking the engines out; we then drove down top Jim Mullowney's and drank several times, and then went back to the steamer, and I remained there; I know Mike Cohen; we were out riding about two weeks ago; we were talking about Corbett and Jenny; Cohen said he loved Jenny, and intended to marry bher; he said he intended vto get money to send Mile Corbett homke, for he would have no show to marry bher while Mike Corbett was in the country; Cohen ofrfered to give Mike Cornett and me $200 if we would leave the ciuntry; and he said if we wanted any more mioney, to write to him, and he would give it to us.

   James Thornton, sworen - About ten min ytes after seven o'clock, on Sunday evening, I was passing out of Bartlett Alley into Pacific street; as I turned to go up the street, a man ran against me; I looked around to see who it was, and saw that there was glood on the man's shirt, on the left breast; I followed him, and thought some thjing was the matter, and he ran into a saloonj; he put his left hand on the bar and said "I am stabbed, send for a doctor;" he was falling; a sailor man caught him, and I rran for a doctor, but could not  find one, and came back, and was told that the man who stabbed him was arrested; I have seen the de4cdeased since in the engione house, I know him to be4 Michael Corbett; I have been living in Yuba county; came to this city on Friday klast.

   The Coroner then informed the Jury that he had no further testiomony to lay before them.  He also stated that in regard to the testimony of Amelia Ritchie, when he called her to testify, he was under the impression that she was not married to Ritchie; he had sinc e ascertained that she was his lawful wife, and her testimony was therefore not admissivble, and they must exclude it in considering their verdict. Aftyer deliberating for a few min utes, the Jury returned the following

VERDICT.

We, the undersigned Jurors, convened at the Police Court room, on the 28th dayu of September, A.D. 1857, to inquire into the cause of the death of a man found dead in a saloon on Pacific street, near Dupont, on the 27th inst, after hearing the medical testimomny of Dr. Rowell, accompanued by that of otjer witnesses, do find his nname to be Micghael Corbett, aged about 25 years, and a native of Ireland, or New York, and that he came to his death from the effects of a knife wound, said knife being then in the hands of one Valentine, alias Dick Ritchie, the same being un justifiable.

DEATH BY POISON - HORRIBLE ATTEMPT TO BRIBE CORONER KENT WITH $20 - "DOG CHEAP" - DRUGGIST ARRESTED. - Yesterday morning, about half-past nine o'clock, Coroner Kent received infromation that a man named Henry Jansen, a native of the city of Emden, Hanover, had suddenly dropped dead, at his residence, a restaurant, called the Contra Costa House, on East street, opposite the old Oakland Ferry landing.  The Coroner, who happebned to be in the immediate vicin ity, proceeded to the house, and asc ertained that the deceased had resided in tyhis cvity for seven years, and had never complained of any illness except rheumatism, for whio9ch, of late, he had been treated; he had attended to his busi9iness, as usual, in the kitchen  of his reastaurant, up to the time when he fell dead.  A few moments before he died, he asked the cook to go to his rioom and get him a bottle of medicine, for he wanted to see what the directions qwere for taking it. 

   Upon examin ing the premises, Coroner Kwent found a two ounce vial containing a liquid which he supoposed, upon examination, to be tincture of aconite; labelled "G. Leipnitz, Apiothecary, Chemist and Drugguist - 10 drops three time s a day - 82 Kearby street, between Pine and Biush, San Francisco.":

   The body was removed to the Coroner's office, wghere drs. Toomy and Sharkey made a post mortem examin ation, and asc ertained that there was acute inflammation of the stomach, with chromic diseaese of the liver, spleen and kidneys.  The stomach and contents were then  placed in the hands of Dr4. Lanzsweert, for chemical analysis.

    Before making trhe post mortemn, Coroner Kent disguised himself, and went with the vial to Leiopnitz's drug store, and representated that he had come to get the vial filled with the same mixture which it had contained at first.  Leipnitz said he could not fill it; he said it came from his store, and he had filled it several times, but he kept no entries of prescriptions, and when asked for the prescription, he said it was lost, and he dod not know whjat the contents of the bottle had been, although a portion of the liquid was stioll in it.

   The Coroner then went to the rfesidence of the deceased and ascergtained that Dr. Hoepke had been his phyaician; he thwen wenr to Dr. Hoepke, and learbed that about six weeks agho, he had prescribed tincture of acionite for rheumatism, to be taken three trimes a day, in doses of not more than ten drops.  The Doctor and Coroner then proceeded to leipnitz's drug store, and again demanded the ptescription; he appeared confused, made another search, and saisd he could not find it.  After conversing some time, her requested the Doctor to step out of the room, and a sked Coroner Kent to walk into his pribvate room; he then wenrt to the money drawer, took outr some money, came back and put a twenty dollar piece into the Coroner's hand.  Mr. Kent asked what it was for?  He replied, "About two years agi, I had a difficuklty of this same kind." 

   Kent said do you refer to the oxalic acuide case? (:eipnitz is the dfruggist who sold a woman oxalic acid insteade iof Epsom salts, and killed her.)  He replied, "Yes, it imjured my business, and I don't like these newspapers; you oput this affair on the Dictor m,ore, and not so much on me; you understand what I mean, the presciption." Kent told him he didn't fo that kind of business, and handed his money back again.  Leiopnitz urged him to take ity, and finding Kent resolute in refusing, he saiod: "Never mind; you take this as a prfesent."

   Mr. Kent informed Dr. Hoepke of what had transpired, and then came to Justice Collins' court, and took out a warrant for the arrest of Leipnitz, on a charge of attempting to bribe an officer while in the discharge of his official duty.  Officer Robinson arrested Leipnitz, who gave bail in the sim of $2,000, with Fredeick Tittel and John Pforr as sureties,  At the time of filing bhis bind, he informed Mr. Bowman, an attache of the Bulletin office, that "the reason he offered the bribe to the Coroner, was that he wanted to shield Dr. Hoepke from  censure, knowing that Hoepke's reputation stood bad in the cimmunbity."

BY LAST NIGHT'S BOAT.

Louis Flores, convicted of mansalughter, in Yuba county, and sentenced to two years imprisonment in the Penitentiary, has been pardoned by the Governor.

   The Coroner's jury in the case of J. J. Graumont, murdered at Marysville on Saturday night, find that deceased came to his dewath from wounds received at the hands of Jose Maria Galinda and Enveregalda Sovio.

 

SACRAMEMNTO DAILY UNION, 30 September 1857

FURTHER PARTICULARS OF THE MARYSVILLE MURDER. - The Coroner's Jury cliosed their inquest in the case of mr. Grammont, who was murdered at Marfysville, on the night of Sept. 26th, by returning a verdict that the deceased died of wounds received at the hands of Jose Maria Galinda and Ermeregalda Sorio. ...

   Amelia Speilman, arrested yesterday on suspicion of having caused the death of her infant child, has been discharged, it having been asc ertained that the mother had no agency in the death of the child.  The spots found upon the body were the marks of sores peculiar to diseases common to children, and n ot marks of injuries outrwardlt applied.  The mother was much troubled on accounr of the circumstanbces of its birth, and acted wildly, which led to the supposition that she was insane.

DISTRESSING DEATH. - The Grass Valley Telegraph, of Sept. 26th, contains the following particulars of a sad occurrence at tghat place:

   About 11 o'clocvk on Wednesday evening last, a violent explosion iof gunpowder was heard by a man rfesiding on the flat about a mkile south of town, and near to "Mary's Ravine."  On looking in the direction of the explosion, he noticed a fire just breaking out about two hundred yards distanct, but not supposing it had any thing to do with the explosion, or was doing any damage, he again retired to his house.

   About six o'clock the next morn ing, two miners passing near the remains of the sdame fire, noticed that a cabin had been destroyed, and looking asround a little further, they discovered the body of Samuel McKitrick lying upon the ground, about thirty feet from the still smoking ruins of rthew cabin, and in the last agonies of death.  He was severely burned about the hands and face and other parts of hjis person.  He died about one hour after being found, without having been able to speak tio any one.

  E. W. Spofford, in his capacity of Justice of the Peace, immediately summoned a Coroner's jury, who held an inquest upon the body, by which the above facts were elicited; also the further fact that the dec eased was in the habit of keeping from ten to twelve pounds of powder under his bed.  How the fire and explosion originated is a mystery.  A verdficty was rendered in accordance with the above facts.  Mr. M. occupied the cabin alone.  It was impossible to asc ertyain whether he was thrown to the spot where he was fouind by the force of the explosiion, and there burned by the heat of the conflagration, or whether he was first burned and afterwards crawled to the spot to avoid the catastrophe.

   The ftriends of the deceased gave the body a respedctable burial at their own expemnse, and are now, with commendable liberality, endeavoring to make up a luittle purse to send to his family, who rfeside in Attica, Seneca county, Ohio.  The deceased was about fifty years of age.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 1 October 1857

CITY ITEMS.

THE BRIBERY CASE - EXAMINATION OF LEIPNITZ.

The case of Gustave Leipnitz, charged with attempting to bribe Coroner Kent with $20, was called up for examin ation in the Police Court yesterday. ... His Honor ... therefore held him to answer at the Court of Sessions in the sum of $1,000.

THE MURDER CASE - EXAMIN ATION OF RITCHIE. - The case of Dick alias Valentine Titchie, charged with the murder of Michael Corbett, was called up for examin ation yesterday, before Judge Coon, of the Police Court.  District Attorney Willis conductred the prosecurtion, and Messrs. James, Tingley, Platt and Scarborouigh apperatred for the defence.  The opsioner was brought into Court; he is a small man, about five gfeet five inches in height, slim built, with a smooth face, hair cut close to his head, and having a squint ior castr in his eyes, which givesd his countenan ce a forbidding and sinister expression.  He sat during the examination perfectly cool, and apparently unconcerned.   The first wiotnerss called was

   Virginia Cummins, (known as Virginia Corbett,) was 18 years of age; had known Mike Corbett, (the deceased,) and had lived with him since she was 13 years of age; had lived with him in this country, quarrelled and s eparated; she went to ,live with Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie, No. 201 Pacific street; on Sunday evening, Mike came there and passed through Ritchie's house into the b arber shop, newxt door, where Ritchie was; they had words together, and Mike wanted to fight him; Mike then went awaty; after about fifteen minutes, she came out of he r bed-room to go into Mr. Ritchie's hiouse; as she passed the shed in the yard, she saw a man there; she called Mrs. Ritchie, and told her some one was in the yard; the defdndant was then eating his supper in the middle room of his house; he took the lamp in his left hand and came oput; she saw a knife in his roght hand; defendfant pushed back the shed door; Mike came out; defendant said, "What do you want?" Corbett repliued, "It's none of your business," and then gturfned to go out of the alley, when defendant struck at him from behind, with the knife, and the light ew=wernt out at the same instant; Corbnett went out of the alley, and said nothing; the defendant came in  with the knife in his hand; he showed me the knife; there was a great deakl of blood on ot; says I, "You did n ot stab him with that knife?" he said, "Yes, the son iof a b---h;" he then rubbed the blood off on his pants; the bosom of his shirt had blood on it; about one minute afterwards, officer Short came in the front doore and nabbed himk, and took the knife out of his hand, and took him away.

   Amelia Ritchjie was then called upon the stand. - She swore that she was the lawful wife if the defendantr.  Her evuidence was ruled to be inadmissible.

[Evidence by John Short, Mike Cohen, as before.]

   At the conclusion iof CViohen's testimomny, the Court adjiurned, and the case was continued until 11 o'clock A.M. to-day.

KNOCKED OVERBOARD AND DROWNED. = Last evening, about 8 o'clock, a man named Thomas P. Lewis, first mate of the slipper ship Adelaide, Capt. Ned Wakeman, was arfrested on a charge of murder, in having struck a colored sailor named Thomas Turner, who fell overboard in consequence of the blow, and was d rowned.  The circumstances of the case, as we learn them from Mr. Lewis, are as follows:

   On the 24th of May last, the ship left New York, with a crew of 26 able-bodies seaman, all of whom were colored men.  They arrived here on Monday evening.  Last evebning, they were hauling in to the wharf, at the foor of Vallejo street.  The sailor, Thomnas Turner, had been drinking several timnes through the day, and was unwilling to do his duty, ior at least did it reluctantly.  The mate spoke to him several times, and receiv ed insolent repliiesd.  The shi[p had come close alongside the wharf b y this time, and the deceased was standing on the lower studding sail boom, which s wung under the fire chains.  The mate was standing on the top gallant forecastle, and  said to Turner, "I want you to come on bioard and stand by to heave at the capstan."  Turner replied, "I'll come when I get ready."  Lewis said, "You must come when I want you, and I want you now."  Turner gave him another insolent reply, when Lewis struck him with his fist in the face; Turner fell from the boom begtween the ship and the wharf, and struck against the string-piece of the wharf and he fell into the water.  The mate jumoped ashore to assist in saving him, but he never rose again./  The crew fololowed to assist the mate, but befiore they could do anything, the mate was arrested by a man named John McLaughlin, who sttood on the wharf, and witnessed the whole affair.  He was brought to the station housem and given in charge of officers Quackenbush and Nickerson, who locked him up.  The body of the colored man has not yet been fouind.

SAN VFRANCISCO, Sept. 30 - 3 ½ P.M.

Editors Union:

   I mentioned yesterday the dudden death of as man at the Contra Costa house, in East street, under susopiciiouois circumstances.  The name of the man was Henry Jansen, a native iof the city of Emden, Habover.  He had been a rfesident of this city for six or sev en years.  He was one of the propriertots of the house in which he died.  The man had never complained of any disease exceopt rheumatism.  H ewas engaged in the kitchen of the house, when he fewll upon the floor, and was opicked up dead by his partner, Obbe Yans. ...

   Last evening, in the Police Court room, Coroner Kent continued the inquest relative to the killing of Michael Corbett.  Michael Cohen went through a long ecxamionation, but the testimony failed to connect him with the myurder.  It showed that he had been living with Virginia Corbett for several weeks, had formed an attacxhment for her, had said something in regard to marrying her, and had offered to opay Michaerl Corbnett's passage East, if he would leave the State. ...

There were two other witnesses examined, but their testimony did not throw any lighht on the transaction. ...

   A Mad River digger was shot by diggers near Willow Creek, on the old Trinity trail, on the 20th.

FOUND DEAD. - A Mexican woman named Antonia, aged 30 years, was foun d dead in her bed, in a house No. 233 Pacific street, at one o'clock this afternoon.  Cause of death not known.  An inquest will be held on the body.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 2 October 1857

   Coroner Kent will hold an inquest this evening upon the body of Henry Jansen, who died very suddenly on Tuesday morning.  Dr. Lanszweert is making an alaysis of the stomach of the deceased.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKLIFORMNIA, 7 October 1857

CITY ITEMS.

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF HENRY JANSEN. - The new Coroner, Dr. J. M. McNulty, hewld an inqeiest last evening, at 7 p'clock, in the police Court-room, on the body of Henry Jansen, a native of Emden, in the Kingdom of Hanover, who died suddenly at the Contra Costa Saloon, on East street, a few days since.  Dr. Lanzweert had made a chemical analysis of the stomach and contents, for the purpose of ascertaining if there was any indication of poison. It will be remembered that a vial was found in the bedroom of deceased, labelled - "G. Leipnitz, druggist, 82 Kearny street," upon which was written the following directions: "Ten drops, three times a day," which viol was supposed to contain tincture of aconite, which possesses very subtle poisonous properties.  It is supposed that the deceased came to his death from an overdose of the medicine.

   Dr. McNulty stated that it was very difficult to detect the presence of aconite in the stomach, so little being required to cause death that it would escape searching chemical tests.  He also stated that there were three preparations of aconite in use, which differed in strength.  One was a preparation from the leaves, another from the root, which was much stronger than the leaves.  The German tinctures were much stronger than the United States standrad, while the English preparation, known as Fleming's tincture, was stronger than either the Unuted States standard or the German.

   In the examination, Dr. McNulty was assisted by ex-Coroner Kent, as the case had transpired  during his term of office.  Dr. McNulty read the report of the chemical analysis made by Dr. Lanzweert, as follows:

   "On the 29th of September, Coroner Kent called on me with a human stomach, (said to be that of Jansen,) a pint bottle containing the contents of said stomach, and two prescription vials; one, A, lablled :G. Lipnitz, apothecary, chemist and druggist - ten frops three times a day - Kearny street, San Francisco." This voil, A, contained about twenty drops of a brownishj fluid; vial B, sealed by the Coroner, vontained about an ounce of brownish liquid, being the liquid from viol 'A.' I examined the above stomach.

   The external surface presented no abnomral appearance; the inetrnal surface was of a deep red color throughout its whole extent, evincing the existence of violent acute inflammation upon its surface.  The epothereal membrane was easilt detected.  The contents of the stomach consisted of a viscous danhuinolent liquid containing some soplid food, of no particular odfor, and of a slight acid reaction.  A quantitative analysis of these contents was made for the purpose of detecting any poison that might exist, and for those of a mineral character first.  The re-agents failed to detect any substance of this class that was popisonopus in its nature.  A series of experiments were then instituted to discover the existnec of any organic poison, and the results failed to particularize with certainty any of this class.  Presuming that the poison administered had been absrobed by the stomach, experiments were made to demonstrate this point; the results of whi9ch were not datisfactory to chemical re-agents.  If orhanoleptic properties could be admitted, the bitter, burnbing, acrid taste, with the particular feeling of tingling on the point of the tongue, trhe obtained extractive residue wopuld procure the presence pf aconite, the quantity being too small to isolate a definitive pronciple.  An examination made of the contents of the prescription voals proved the tincture of aconite root.  This tincture, however, contained nearly double the amount of extractive oprinciple as that prescribed by the United States Pharmacopooeia."

   Dr. Lanzweert, sworn - Yestified that he had made an an alysis of tincture of aconite from ten other drug astores, one of whoch equalled in strength that which was contained in the vioal which I receivced from the Coroner,One ounce of tincture of aconite, U.S. Pharmacopoeia, gives 18 grains extract.  One ounce root of aconite gives about two drachms of extract.  One oumnce root of aconite contains about one grain of aconitine; thus 18 grains of extract of the tincture of aconite root is equivalent to about a tenth of a grainb of aconitine.  The does of aconitine is from one -twelfth to a sicteenth part of a grain.  Fleming's tincture of aconite root is considered the strongest in use.

   Dr. Toomyt, sworn - Testified that he made a post mortem examination of the body; found acute inflammation of the stomach, together with enlargement of the liver, spleen and kidneys, which seemed to be the seat of the disease; the whole internal viscera was disorganized; the heart was in a healthy condition; Dr. Sharkey assisted in the post mortem.

   Dr. Adelbert Hoepke sworn - I reside in San Francisco; I am a physician; have been practicing medicine since last March; am a regularf t=graduate of the German school; I knew Henry jansen; he is now dead; he was under my treatment from Apreil until his death; his last disease was chromic rheumatism; about four months ago I had relieved him from iy; about six weeks ago he complained agaion, and I gave him a prescription of tincture of aconite; I prescribed according to the U.S.  Pharmacopoeia - ten drops a day; I believe that his medicine was put up according to the U.S. standard,  I wrote for an ounce and a half, I think; I graduated at the University of Breslau; I have not my papers with me in this country; I am acquainted with the activr principles of a conite; one-soxteenth of a grain of a conite is sufficiednt to kill a dog; I should think one half a grain sufficient to kill a man; when I was informed that Jansen was very sick, I went there, but he was dead before I got there; I did not see the vial until I saw it in Coroner Kent's office; the handwriti8ng on the vial is that of Mr. Leipnotz; I went to Leipnitz's drug store about 12 o'clock, on the day Jansen died; we had some conversation about the matter; he told me that a person had been there with the bottle; O told him that perhaps the person had come in connection with this case; I went again to the drug store with Coroner Kent.

   Gustavus Leipnitz, sworn (through mr. Beckh, in terpreter,) - I am a druggist, and live at 82 Kearny street; have been a druggist 15 years in Leipsic and Paris, and five years in this country; I graduated in pharmacia at Leopsic, in \Germany; I purchase part of my medicines from H. Johnson & Co.' the simpler ones I make myself' I know how to make timture of aconite, but I generally buy it; there are two tinctures of aconite, according to the United States standard - one of the leaves and one of the root; I keep onl;y the Unitefd States standard; it is somewhat stronger than the German.  I always test my medicines when I purcxhase them;  I know Dr. Hoepke; OI put up many prescriptions for him; I always put them up in accordnace with the United States pharmacopoeia, as Dr. Hoepke pfescribes accotrding to that standard; Dr. Hoepke has several times prescribed tincture of aconite, and I put it up in small quantities; (vial shown defendant) that came from my \drug store, and was put up by me; I don't keep any copy of my prescriptions, but generally keep the prescriptions themselves; sometimes the doctors come and want them again; I used to numb er ,y bottles, but not lately; I stopped it because peop,le are generally in a great hurry when they come, and it saves time; I keep no books of ptrfescriptions; I could not find janesen's prescription; it came several weeks ago, and is lost; O keep no clerk, but do all my business myself from morning till night; I bought the aconite prescribed from Johnson; I tested it, and consudered it according to thje United States standard.

   Obbe Yans sworn - O knew deceased; he was a Hanoverian, fropm the city of Emden; I habe known him for two years; he was between twrtnty-two and twenty-three years of age; he was wating breakfast, and about half an hour afterwards he laid down; prfesrntly he golt up, and went through the kitchen, vomiting; he asked the vook for a bottle of medicione - (bottle showsn witness);that is the same bottle that thje cook gave him; I do not knoiw that the deceased took any of the medicine; he died about three-qyarters of an hour after eating breakfast.

   John Sneider sworen - I live in San Francisco; I was in the employ of deceased as cook; I sawe him die; he came into the kitchen and vomited; he then told me to go and get the bottle; I did so; he asked me what the directions were; I toldf him "ten drops three times a day;" I asked him of he wanted to take some; hew said, "No;" that was the last word he spoke; I do n ot know that he had been sicl nefore; the vial was standing in the bar.

   Dr. Leipnitz re-called - I purxchased the aconite from H. Johnson, on Washington street; I tested the aconite by tasting it; it had the label of the U.S. standard; if I had to test it min utely, I would use chemical process; the amount of aconitine in two oun ces of the tincture of a conite would be about  four grains.

   J. Horace Kent sworen - Testified to having received inform ation  of the death of the deceased; went to the house; found the bottle; thought it was laudan um; took it to Dr. Little; asc ertained that it was aconite; went with the bottle to the drug store to get it re-filled; the duggist said he could not fill it, he kept no books and had lost the presc ripotion; he tasted the contents an d said he diod not know what was in it; I then went to Dr. Hoepke, who told me that he had ptrescribed tincture of aconite; Drs. Toomy and Sharfkey made an autopsy of the body, and the stomach and con tents werfe given in charge of Dr. Lanzweert for chemical analhysis.

VERDICT.

We, the jury, find the deceased camer to his death from cause or c auses unknowen to us, but that he had in hios possession a vial of tincture of aconite, of nearlty double the strength of the Un ited States standard, furnishged him b y G. Leipnitz, 82 Kearbny street; and we would sgtriongly reprobagte gthe conduct of the druggist in  selling medicine so widelty different from acknowledged standards.  We find the name of the deceased to be Henry jan sen, aged about 23, and a nagtive of Emden, Hanover.

BY LAST NIGHT'S BOAT.

Domingo QWuarrez, convicted of murder near Yuba City, is to be huing November 6th.

MURDER. - We learn from the Mountain Messenger that on Thursday night last, a bloody fight occurred at Rabbit creek, in which a Chileno nasmrd Dominique Brown, and a mexican by the name of Martinez, were the prinncipalds.  Some eight or tewn shots were fiored by the parties.  Martinez received a ball within half an inch of the heart, and Brown was shot dead.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 8 October 1857

CITY ITEMS.

A SERIOUS CHARGE. - Several weeks ago, a woman named Mary An n Johns, wass found muredered in her room, on Dupont street. ...[Property of deceased missing.]

CHILD DRFOWNED. - CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coromer McNulty held an inquest last evening, on the body of a little girtl 4 years of age, named Esther Ann Ev ans, who fell from Stewart street wharf yesterday, betqween 12 and 1 o'clock, into thje bay, and was d rown ed.  The following jurors were swoirn upon the occasion: John E. Seward, Samuel Anderson, Wm. Thomas, A. M. Simpson, E. Griffin, John Donnell, B. P. Spalding, G. Currier, J. S. Bachelder, F. Alaine.  The testomomny was as follows:

   J. A. Zallver sworn - I rfeside in San Francisco, corner of Stewart and Howard street; I know Francis Evans by sigfht; I knew his little daughter, the deceased; about five minutes before she fell overffboard I saw her sitting on a pile ofg boards, on Stewart street wharf; she had been carrying wood into hwer father's house; she stopped and gave my little boy a kiss, and went on; a man named Smith was sitting in my place; he called my attention to the father of the child; I looked, and saw him coming out of his house clasping jis hands together; I stepped out; Mr. Ev ans asked if I had seen his little ghiorl; I said I had seen her about five minutes before; just then a man came along and walked out on a platform, and saw her floating on the water; I saw them tyake her out of the water; she was dead.

   Charles Sheeld,  sworn - I live in San Mateo county; am engaged on the sloop "John," n ow lying at Mission street wharf; I was walking along Stewart street towards trhe Oregon House, between 12 and 1 o'clock; a man came out of a house and said, "Oh, my poor little child," and commenced ,looking for the child; prfesently he saids again, "Oh, my littl;e child is drowned;" I went around the house to look for the chjild, and saw the clothes and olne of ikts feet sticking up; I went down the boat slip and picked the child up; I could just feel a slight movememtn of the arms; when I took her out of the water, I gave her in charge of sev eral persons who were present. And they put her on a barrel and rolled her, and tried to bring her to; they then took her into the house, but she was dead; I do n ot know her n ame, nor whose child she was.

   William Riley, sworn - I reside on the corn er of Steuart and Melius streets; I live with Mr. Cun ningham, proprietor of the Oregon House; I knew the deceased; she is the daughter of Francis Ev ans; her father is a mechanic; about a  quarter past 12 o'clock, Francis Evans came in to the bar-room where I was, an d asked me if I had seen his child; I told hgim I had seen her a short time previously, carrying in some wood; he said, "I am afraid she has fallen overboard, for I cannot find her;"  I trhen helped him to look for her; a few minutes afterwards the child was picked up by Mr. DSheeld, and brought up to the father's door; I went for a doctor; trhe child was apparfen tly dead; I went to Dr. Morrison's office; b efore he came, Dr. Casrpenter came, and, upon examination, pronoun ced the child dead.

   Dr. McNulty, Coron er, stated that the parents had in formed him that the child's name was Esther Ann Ev ans, aged about four years and three months.

   The jury returned a verdict of accioden tal d rowning.

THE HOMICIDE CASE. - The case of Thomas P. Lewis, first officer of the clipper Adelaide, charged with homicide in striking a negro named Thomas Turner, causing him to fall overbiard and drfown, was called up in the Police Ciourt yesterday, for examination.  Judge Lake, who appeared for the defendant, stated that he was willing to waive the right to an examination before the police court, and have the case sent up to the court of Sessions.

   The facty of the allehged striking, the defence was willing to admit, but it could not b e contended with reason b y thwe prosecution that there was any imntent to gtake life.  The offence could not be greater than manslkaughter, and upon that charge the defence was willong yo have it sent to the Copurt above.  Judge Coon accordingly ordered the case dismissed from the docket, and the defendant5 held to answer in the sum of $6,000, on a cvharge of involuntary mansalughter.

A CARD IN REFERENCE TO THE KLATE CORFONER'S INQUEST.

Letter from H. Johnson & Co., re Leipnitz and the death of Henry Jansen.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORMIA, 9 Octo0ber 1857

Crime and Confession.

The San Joaquin Republican tells a satory of an affair as mysterious as singular.  On Saturday, September 5th, a man b y the name of Wentz, formerly a resident of Stiockton, and a resepectable man, arrived here from Mariposa county in the stage, a few minutes before the departure of the San Francisco packet.  On leaving the coach, he went directly to the store of a well known and highly respectable citizen, and, without any prelimninary remark, stated that he had, a few days before, murdetred hjis partn er, Mr. Webber, in Mariposa county, takemn his money, pistol, and other effects, and was making his way out of the country.  He gave a detailed and cirtcumstantial statement of the time, place and manner of the myurder, and exhinited the purse and piastol of his victim. 

   The gentleman to whom he made these reveltions, knowing Wentz as an honest and respectable man, suooposed the poor felloow to be demented, and put him off with the remark, that if he had committed such a crfime, he ought to get away from the officers of the law.  Wentz went immediately to the boat, and left for San Francisco.  The gentleman to whom he had confessed, thinking over the sgtrange conduct of Wen tz, told the circumstabnces to Marshall Vance.  Mr. Vance immediaterly tedlegtaphed to the San Francisco police to look out for the supposed crfim inal.  But he did not go to San Francisco, and of couyrfse the police did not arrest him.

   On Sunday, the next day, Mr. Vance wrote to the authorities of Mariposa, detailing all that Werntz had said, and requesting them to in ve4stigate the matter.  His supposition was, that if the crime had really been committed, it must have been in the neighborhood of Hornitos.  The officvers, therefore, went to work in thnat region to get a trail of the names of Webber and Wentz.  After a long and fruitless search, they were about giving it up with the idea that the con fession of Wentz was all a hoax, when the bodty of the mureded man was found near Mariposa city.  The Republican then copies from thr Mariposa paper an account of the discovery of the mutilkated remains of a murdered man near that place, which accout has heretoforfe appeared in this journal.  The Republican proceeds to say that the facts d evekloped on the inquest exactly correspond with the confession of Werntz, in Stockton.  Since his departure on the 5th, notjhing has been heard of Wentz.  There is no possibility of diubt that he killed Webber, as he stated, and as sub sequent developments prove.

   The questions are, was the murderer deranged at the time of committing the cfrime, or did he become derffanged sub ssequently, or was he deranged at all?  Disd he make con fession under the pressure of conscien ce, or did he do it through insan ity?  If he was derfanged, how has he managed to esc ape after b etraying himself?  If remofrse prompted him to confess his guilt, why diod he immediately rujn  away?  It is a curious case - one that will engage the attention  and sc rutiony of the philosopher an d the c auist.

FATAL RESULT. - John Frazer, who acciden tally shot himself on Mon day morning last, at half-past 3 o'clock, whikle in the act of undressing, to reture to bed, died at his residence on Beale street, near Folsom, at halof-asy nine o'clock last night, from the effects of the injury. The ball entered the left breast between ther fifth and sixth ribs, and passed entirely through the body.  Doctots Hastin gs and Nuttall were called in, and attended him up to the time of his decease.  He was conscious up to within a few hours of his death.  Deceased was a native of Scotlan d, aged about 28 years; he had rfresided in this city for several years, and was highly rfespected.  He left a wife, but no children .

DEAD BODY RECOVETRED. - The body of the colored sailor, Thomas Turn er, who was knoc ked overbioard and drwoned from the shop Adelaide. By Thos. P. Lewios, the first mate, wsas found at 3 o'clock hyesterday morn ing, near the landing odf the stairs at the cormnerf of Pac ific and Davis streets, by a boatman named Frank Murphy.  At eight o'clock inform ation was given to Coromer McNulthy, who had the bofy cvonveyefd to the new dead house, under Gray's coffin warehouse, Sacramento street.  An inquest will be held this evening at 7 ½ o'clock, at the City Hall.

SUICIDE IN JESSIE STREET. - About half-pasgt elebvv en o'clock last nighjt, a woman, named Ann Gimorfe, was found with her throat cut on the left side, severeing gthe carotid artery.  The wound was about three inches liong and very deep.  The Corioner jas gtaken possession of the body, and will invesgtigate the facts.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORMNIA, 10 October 1857

MORE ABOUT THE SUICIDE. - The suicide of Mrs. Ann Gilmore, of which a slight notice appeared in our columns of yesyterday, was a melancholy affair.  The circumstances, as we have them from Coroner McNulty and William Gilomorfe, the husband of the deceased, are as follows: The family, consisting of William Gilmorfe, Ann Gilmorfe and their daughter, about seven years of age, resided on Jessie street, between First and second.  The husband has, until lately, been employed in Donohue's folundry, and is said to be an honest, hard-working man.  Mrs. Gilmotre was about thirty-six years of age, and for some time past has been complaining of ill-health.  A few evenings agoi, her husband, after retiring to rest, noticed her carrying a razor from one room to another, without apparently having any obkect in doing so.  He scarcely noticedf the occuyrrence at the time, but it re-occurred to his memory after the sdad event of Thirsdday night.  He says that his child and hiomself had retired to bed about 8 o'clock on Thursday evening, leaving his wife in a front room  dsewing.  About 11 o'clock he woke; the light had gone out; hisx wife was not in bed; he spoke, but received no answer.  He waited for a shiort rime, thinking that she might have stepped outr for a momentl; still she came not.  Alarmed, he arose and groped his way in to the ftront room; his foot struck something upon the floor.  Feeling  down, huis hands were bathed in the blood of his wife, who lay cold and cdead at his feet.  He lighhted a candle and sujrveyed the appalling sight.  She was lying upon her face, her rioghht hand down b y her side, her lefgt hanfd extended beyond her head, and beside it lay an open rfazor dyed in blood.  She had cut her throast on the right side, se vering the c arotid artery and jugular vein, and partly sev ering the windpope, the wound being three inches in len gth.  The husband ri=ushed frenatically from the house and aroused the neighbors, and inform astion was sent to Coron er McNuklty, who has taken proper c are of the biody, and summoned the followingh opersons as jurirs: Robert Aldred, Samuel Sullivan, James O'Connor, Wm. McNulty, George Shield, Thomas kehoe, H. Casey, Thomas Pierce, John H. Sheehan and John Murphy.  The inqwuest will be held this evenin g at 7 ½ o'cloock.

BY MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH.

Suicide of a Murderer on the Eve of Execution.

N EV ADSA, Oct. 9th - 8 P.M.

Moore, who was to have been hung this afternoon, committed suicided by taking strychnine.  He died in fifteen minutes after swallowing the poison.

SUICIDE. - A corresp-iondednt of the Union, writing frfom Shasta, dsays gthat the body of Andrew Schuler, a b rewer in that place, who had been missing for some two weeks, was found in the Sacramewnto river, n ear the mouth of Middle Creek, on Friday, October 2d.  It is surmised that he committed suuicide while laboring un der partial insanity.  [Fun eral.]

 

DAIL;Y  AL;TA CALIFORNIA, 12 October 1857

On the 27th inst. an in quest was held over the body of Lafayette King, who was k,illed by Thomas King in a fvracs at the Mo ntgomery Saloon, in Los Angeles.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 12 October 1857

Corfoner McNulty held an inquest last evening, upon the body of Thomas Turner, a colored man, who lost his life about ten days since, being knocked overboard from the ship Adelaide, at Vallejo st. wharf, by Thomas P. Lewis, the first mate of the vessel.\  The most impirtant wsitrness was John McLaughlin, who witnessed the difficulty, and testified as follows:

   "I was standing on the wharf, forward of the foire chains of the ship; several of the crfew had been on gthe wharf hauling a hawser ashore; ptrresently I heard some talk between them and the officer on the forecastle; I thought he gave them some order, and they gave him a short answerf; heard the officer say, ":You have not left the ship yet - remember;" I heard one of the men who were clim,bing up the fiorechains  says, "You can't strike anybody here;" the three men got on the lower studding sail boom; L\ewis, the first officer, passed two of the men, and came to ther third man and struck him; as he struck him, the man fell off the boom and struck the wharf, and fell in to the water; as the man fell in to thje wagter, I rished toward the sgtring piece of the wharf; <r. Lewis jum,ped ashorfe; not knowing wjether he wanted to make his escape or not, and easnting to see what he had in his hand, I arrested him; hje had nothjing in his hand; do not know ehether he struc vk with his fiost or open hand; it  did niot seem tio be a hard blow; I didn't see how the man could have fallen from the position in which he stood, unless he was either styunned or let go of his  hold to sttrke back; the ship was about three feet from the whard, on the north side; Lewis said he wanted to save the man; I tolf him, there was enough others to save him; I held him for a little while, and then lert go pf him; he went to the string piece of the whard, and said, "My God! what have I done?' The crew came over from the opposite side of the wgharf, and said, "Yes, youi son of a b---h, what have you done?"

   Francis Murphy, the boatman who picked up the body in the bay, testified: When I fouind thje body, I made it fast to the wharf; when I turned the body over to make it fast, I saw a sheath-knife in his handf; the blade was down; his hand was grasped around the handle; there was a sgtring around his newck, which I think was fast to the knife; O passed my arm around him to make him fast, and in doing so, my hand came in con tact with the string, which drew the knife through his hand.

   The Coroner stated that he had made a post mortem examination  of the body in connection with Dr. Holmes, and had found no fracture of the skull.  The Coroner also stated that there was a knife suspended by a string arlound the neck of the dec eased; the knife might have been reyained in hjis grasp, as the han d would naturally close on it.

   From the circumstance of there being a kn ife  foun d grasped in the hand of deceased when found in the water, I infer that the jury thought that Turner let go of the rigging to take hold of the knofe for the purpose o\f using it ipon Lewis, and by that means list his hold and fell overboard.  And rfeason ing from thjis hypothesis, they rendered the following verdict: "The deceased, Thomass Turn er, came to his dfeath  by accidedntal drfowning, wbhile attempting to rfesist the first officer of the ship Adelaide; said Turfn er being intopxicated at the time."

   Turn er was about forty years of age.  He shipped in New York on board the Adelaide, whose ctrfew are mostly colored men.

   Arthur Graham, charged as an accessory in the murder of Taylor, at Clear Lake, has been discharged at Napa, the evidence not being sufficient to connect him with the deed.

FATAL MINING ACCIDSENT. - The Yreka Union, of October 8th, says:

   Yesterday morning about ten o'clock, while J. B. Waine and his son, a young man twenty-five years of age, were working under a bank of earth at "Loafer Hill," two miles from thjis city, it suddenly caved, burying the fomer.  The son immediately gave the alarm to the adjacent miners, who repaired to the spot and dug out the body, but life ewas extinct.  Justice G. W. Pierson held an inquest in the afternoon, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts. The deceased was from Illinois, where he leaves a family, and was about sixty years of age.

CRUSEHD BY A FLUME WHEEL. - The Placer Herald says:

At Horse Shoe Bar, one day last week, a man named Benjamin Bowman, while walking a log laid cross a river flume, and just in front of a large wheel, slipped off., and falling under the wheel was so badly crushed by the buckets that he died the same night.  Mr. Bowman was from the State of New York.

SHOCKING FATALITY. - The Placerville Press of October 10th, gibves the folloing particulars of a shocking death which tookm place at Auburn, on the previous Sunday evening:

   A Chinaman was riding into town  upon a somewhat vicious horse, and for security tied the lariat about his wrist, in order to more easily catch the horse if thrown from his saddle.  When opposite Dr. Crandall's residence, inj the suburbs of the town, the horse threw and dragged him to the Crescent City Hotel before he was stopped.  The unfortunate Celestial was stripped perfectly naked, his skull broken, the entire flesh being torn from his forehead and skull, and the bones fairly polished, presenting a most horrible sight.  He was of course dead, and was probably killed soon after his fall.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 13 October 1857

RESUME OF SAN FRANCISCO NEWS.

Yesterday morning, about six o'clock, a young masn, about twenty-five years of age, well dressed, jumped from the wharf at the foot of Stockton street, nto the bay.  Com. Martin immediately went to the rescue of the man with a boat, and, with the assistance of two Italian fishermen, took the body from the water in the course of eight minutes from the time the man made the fatal plunge.  Every effort was made to resuscitate it, but in vain, although the body was warm when first taken from the water.  The man was dressed in a broadcloth frock coat and pants, white shirt with purple figues on the bosom and cuffs, black  felt hat, and boods.  He has curly brown hair, straight, well made nose, pointed chin, and high forehead; he was below mediocrity in size.  The body has not been identified.

   The body of the above person has been recognized as that of Samuel B. Leaman, an actor of some promise.  He appeared at Maguire's Opera House some two weeks since.  Since then, he has been almost constantly under the influence of liquor.  Mr. Leaman was from Drayton, Ohio, and about 17 yeatrs of age.  I believe he has a brother living somewhere in the interior of this State.  An inquest will be held on the body this evening.

   An inquest was held by Coroner McNulty, on Saturday evening, upon the body of Mrs. Ann Gilmore, who committed suicide by cutting her throat, on Thursday night last, in a house on Jessie street, near Second.  The circumstances connected with the suicide, as elicited at the inquest, were similar to those I sent you on Ftriday night.  The jury rendered a verdict that "deceased camer to her death from a wound from a razor inflicted by her own hand, while laboring under great mental depression.

EXECUTION OF JOHNSON. - On Saturday, the 3d instant, James P. Johnson, convicted of the murder of Henry Wagner, suffered the extreme penalty of the law at Los Angeles. ...

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 14 October 1857

CITY ITEMS.

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF JOHN ALEXANDER FRAZER. - Coroner McNulty held an inquest, last evening, on the body of a man named John Alexander Frazer, who died on the evening of the 8th instant, from the effects of a pistol wound which he was said to have received accidentally while in the act of undressing on the morning of the 5th insnant.  The evidence, in brief, was as  follows:

   Matilda Frazer, wife of deceased, testified that deceased came home about half-past three o'clock in the morning, and knocked at the window of her bed-room' she opened the dfor; he came in; went to the bedside; asked her to kiss him; she refused; he then proceeded to undress; presently she heard the report of the pistol, and heard him fall; she got up; he asked her to go and ask one of the boarders in the house to go for a doctor; she woke up Mr. Weir, and Dr. Hastings was sent for; when she refused to kiss him he said he would never ask her again; he seemed perfectly rational; he said nothing after he was shot, except to ask for a doctor, and say "Oh, my poor mother;" afterwards he said he did not know that he was shot until he felt the pistol in his hand; he always said it was an accident; the pistol was a five-shooter; one barrel was found to be empty.

   Mr. Weir, who resides in the house, terstyified that he was called by Mrs. Frazer; came down stairs; found deceased lying on the floor; hew  said, "Oh, Bill, I am shot, hurry for a doctor;" he said it was an accidxent, but he did not know how it was done; Mr. Winnslow went for Doctor Hastin gs; dec eased frequerntly quarrelled with his wife when he was in toxicated, but he never iob jected to her  going to balls ands parties.

W. D. Barrin gton  testified that deceased had denied that he had done the deed in tentionally; his pistol was in gthe breast pocket of his coat,  cocked; he took it out with his left hand, and it wentr off; he  first thjought that he had been shot from the opposite side of the parlor, which is abreast of the bedroomm\, but was satisfied afterwasrds that he had done the deed himself; one of the barrels of his pistol was discharghed.

   Charles S. McDonald's testim ony corroborated that of the former witness.

   Drs. Nuttall ands Hastings were the examin ed, who testified to gthe nature of the wound, &c., as altready described.

   The following report of the autopsy made upon the body by Dr. F. A. Holman, was then  fread:

   Two inches below the left nipple, a small round wound was found, apparently made by a pistol basll, the track of whioch passed in to the chest, immediately brelow the heart - through the pleura and disphragm, peforating the stom ach - along the upper edge of the spleen - through the muscvles of the back, two in ches to the left of the righth dorsal verteb rae, where the ball was exftracted from, just beneath the skin.  The in ternal hemorrhage, with sev ere ikn flamma tion  of the lin ing membrane of the abdomen, and diksorganmisation  of thje spleen , rfesultring from this wouind, gave sufficient cause for death.

   Aftedr which the jury returned the following verdict: "We, the \jurirs, &c., do find that the name of deceased was John Alexander Frazer, a native of Inverness, Scogtland, aged 28 years, and that the said John Alexancder Frazer c ame to his death, on the evening afotresaid, by a pistol ball, discharged from a pistol held b y his own hand, on the morning aforfesaod; and we do furthermore  find that daid pistol wsas discharged accidentally."

MURDERED MAN FOUND IN CONTRA COSTA. - The dead body of a man, since recognized as one Peter Nan, a German, was found yesterday, on the San Pablo road, near the Ocean View House, at Contra Costa, under the following circumstances:

   Mr. F. M. Fries, a German, residing near the Ocean View House, while passing along the San Pablo road, on Friday last, observed some blankets lying a short distance from the roadside, near a creek; he thought nothing of the fact at the time, but passed on.  Yesterday, however, he had occasion to travel over the same road, and seeing the blankets still there, he went and examined them, and found the body concealed underneath.

   The skull, near tfhe temple, was crushed in, and the upper jaw near the mouth, was broken.  A large wound was on the left thigh, and his throat was cut from ear to ear.  The body was lying on the slope of a little hill, with the head downwards; the pantaloons were stripped down to the knees, and the other garments packed up towards his head.  The blankets, boots and hat were on the body.  Two large bludgeons, covered with blood, were found near the body.  A pile of fire-wood, and also a bundle of papers were found near the body.  One of the papers was a discharge for Peter Nan, from the 12th Regiment of Infantry of the Bavarian Army, in which it is stated that he was born in the town of Flemingen, Bavaria, August 22d, 1831.  A certificate of membership of the German Benevolent Society was also found, acknowledging the receipt of dues from Peter Nan, up to March, 1858.

   An inquest was held on the body yesterday, but the jury have not yet returned their verdict.  The body was buried on the spot where it was found.  Mr. C. W. Cassidy and Mr. D. B. Mitchell, who served on the jury, gave information of the above facts to the Chief of Police.  It is stated that the deceased was a man of considerable  wealth, and a resident of Sacramento..

VERDICT OF THE CORONER'S JURY. - The examination was contiuned yesterday, before the Coroner's jury, in the case of S. B. Leaman, who committed suicide on Sunday morning last, by juimping into the bay from the foot of Stockton street.  The only witness examined was Norman W. Burnett, who testified that, at 6 o'clock on Syunday morning, he was on Bay street, near the foor of Stockton; about ten rods in advance of him he saw a man, whom he has since recognized as the deceased; the man jumped off the dock into the bay; he did it deliberately; witness informed Commodore Martin, who was near; immediate efforts were made to recover the body; witness remained half an hour, and was then called awsay to attend to his business.  The jury returned a verdict that "deceased came to his death  by drowning, on trhe day and date aforesaid, by voluntarily jumping into the waters of the bay from the foor of Stockton street wharf, while laboring undet the effects of mania a potu, caused by the excessive use of stimulating drinks, and we do futhermore find that deceased was a native of Dayton, Ohio, and between 26 and 27 years of age."

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 14 Ocrober 1857

Coroner McNulty held an inquest last evenuing, upon the body of Samuel B. Leaman, who committed suicide on Sunday morning last, by jumping into the bay at the foot of Stockton street.  Robert S. Martin testidfied as follows:  I saw a man, about six o'clock on Sunday morning last, rapidly passing my ofrfice on North Beach; I was w ashing at the time, and I tturned my face from him for half a moment, and when my face was turned, I heard some one ctrfy out, "A man overbo9ard - get a boat."  I jumped into a boat, poulled to where he was, and picked up his hat; it could not have been more thean three minutes before I arrived to where the man sunk.  A milkman who was near saw him make the jump; I picked arounf=d with an eight foor skull, on the bottom,m but did not get hold of him; a man in another boat hooked him up; there was scracely any tide at the time, and the water was not over seven feet deep.  He was warm wehen we got him out; we tried to ressuscitate him, but could not.   F. Martin testified that the man's eyes were m,oving when they took him from the water.  A. C. H. Keyt testified that he knew deceased; he was from Dayton, Ohio; he is about 26 or 27 years old; he has been intoxiovcated for the last two weeks; he told the witness theree weeks ago that he had lost his wife before coming to this country, and that he had never been happy since.  His parents reside now in Dayton, Ohio; he has a brother in Marysville.  Michael A. CCreely testified that leamn was a shopmate of his on board the frigate Independence in 1856, and deserted from her when she was here before; he saw him last on Saturday nighjt, and remaoined with him till 12 o'clock.  The witness said it was a constant theme with leaman that he intended to comit suicide; he was tired pf living. [A bottle was here shown, conatining laudanum:] The witbness recognized the bottle; he took it from Leaman on Saturday night; he told witness that he had "his friend."  When the laudanum was taken from him, he cried to get it back.  He  saids he had lost a numb er of engagements from d rinking, was un happy, and did not wish to live. 

   The man n ot being present who saw leaman jump from the wharf, the inquest was postpoined to this afternoon. Several gentylemen of the dframatic profession, including M<ressrs. Jas. Stark andf Thos. Maguire, have made arrangements to give deceased a decent funeral.  His brothger, living near Marysville, has been approsed of the death and will be here this evening.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 15 October 1857

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF EMMA CHAPPELLE. - Coroner McNulty held an inqiest in the Piolice Court-room, last evening, on the body of Emma Chappelle, eho was found dead in a room on Jackson street, nerar Battery, at half-past eleven o'clock on Saturday night last.

   The Corfoner stated to the Jury that one of the most im,portant witnesses, Margaret Keenan, (who was in the room when the dead body was found,) had been suddenly taken ill with conviulsions syrubng the afternoon, and removed to the Hospital, so that it was impossible for her to be present and testify.

   Coroner McNulty further stated that two other female witnesses, who occupied rooms adjoining that in whjich gthe deceased was found, were unable tol leave the apartments, and it would be necessary to adjourn and hold the inquest at thie house, which was accordin bgly done, and the following testimony gtaken:

   Joanna Bailey, sworn - The witness testified that she had been told the circumstances of Mrs. Chappelle's death; on Saturday afternoon, about three o'clock, she was sitting in her room; Mrs. Chappelle came and asked if Mrs. Keenan was in; witn ess replkied yes; deceased then sat down in a chair and commenced crying, and sais she was very sorry for Mrs. Keenan to carry on as she did, and that if she knew the man who came to see Mrs. Keen an, she would have him taken up, as she thought it was him who kept her druink; deceased then went and knocked at Mrs. Keenan's door; Mrfs. Keenan let her in; they talked very loudly; presently Mrs. Keenan came out and asked for two bowls of wagter for Mrs. Chappelle; witness then looked through a knot hole and saw Mrs. Keenan lying down by the side of a table, and Mrs. Chappelle sitting in a c\hair near gthe table; under the table, near Mrs. Keenan, was a bottle and glasl this was jujst about dark; after dark Mrs. Keenan came and went down stairs after a candlke; she then went into her room; just as witness was going to bed, Mrs. Keenan came to her room an d a sked for some matches, and saikd there was a lady dead in the room.

   Catharine Graham being swoern, testified that she had freqwuenbtly seen the deceased pass in and out of Mrs. Keen an's rooms; on Saturday afternoon, she saw deceased go down stairs, and rfeturn with a britannia-ware pitcher, and a small pacxkage rolled up in paper; Mrs. Keenan had been iontoxicated for several days; witness looked through the knot-hole into Mrs. Keenan's room, and saw the two women as deecribed by the former witness; she thiought Mrs. Keenan was dead, and wanted Mrs. Haley to accompany her into the room to as certain the fact; Mrs. Haley refused to go.; Mrs. Chappelle did not appear intoxiovcatyed on Saturday, when she was in Mrs. Keenan's room.

   Thomas Graham testified, that on Saturday evening, at half-pasgt seven o'clock, he saw Mrs. Keenan pass hurroiedly out of her room and shut thew door; a l;itytle after 11 o'clock, witness heard Patrick B roderick raise the alarm that a woman was dead in his mother's room.

   Officer Rileyt restified that about 11 o'clock on Saturday night, the boy Broderick gave inform ation at the Station House, that a woman was dead in a room on Jackson street; he immediately went to the place, and found the woman already dead and cold; Mrs. Keenan was sitting on the bedf at the time; the body was nit disturned until the Coroner c ame.

   Coroner McNulty stated that there was an important witness who had known deceased for three years.; he was unable to attend,and the in quest was adjourned until Frtiday evening next.

A MAN KILLED AT THER TWELVE MILE HOUSE. - Informationb was brought to the station house, about six o'clock last evening, that a man named Peter McKen na, a rfesident of this city, was killed at the Twelve Mile House yesterdfay afternoon, about two o'clock, by a man who rfesided at that plac e, but whose name the informant did not know.  His statement is, that McKenna attempted to pass through an enclosure or premises. The owner forbade him doing so.  McKenna insisted upon it.  Words passed, and the man drfew a p;istol and fired.  The ball entered his breast, n ear the region of thje heart, and killed him instantly.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 16 October 1857

THE M URDER AT THE TWELVE-MILE HOUSE. - We have learned the following particularfxs in relation to the murder of Peter McKenna, which took place, on EWednesday afternoon, at or near the Twelve-Mile House, in San Mateo county.  It appears that McKenna and a man named Brooks are partners in the own ership of a ranch, about two miles from the Twelve-Mile House, near the ocean.  Mr. and Mrs. McKenna, accompanied by a friend from this city, were out visiting the ranch; in the afternoon, when they were about returning to the city, McKenna staretd on foor in advance of his wife and friend, who were in a bugghy coming leisurely along - her intended to \walk omn until they overtyook him\m but, as he walked rather briskly, he was soon several hundred yards in advancve of his party, and rounding the bvrow of a hill, was lost to their sight; preserntyly they heard the rport of a pistol, and hurrying to the spot when ce the soumnd proceeded, they found McKenna sttreytched lifelss upon the ground.  Mrs. KcKenna excclaimed that her husband had fainted, but upon rfaising him from the gropuind, they discovered that he had been shot in the breast, and life was n early extinct. He made an attempt to speak to his wife, but was unable to artic ulate, and died shortly afgter.

   When  they foirst came up tol where the body was lying, they saw two men, one in a wagon and the other on horfse back, hurrying away fropm the spot.  MMr. Brooks recogn ized them as a father and son, named Crowley, who rfeside in gthe nrighborhood.  They were so anxious to escape that they left, near the spot, a yoke of oxen, which they had been driving.  Two workmen, en gaged digging potatoes in a portion  of the same enclosure, but hidden from view, heard voices, which they recogn ised as Mckenna's an d Crowley's, engaged in an angry dispute, apparenbtly in regard to the Ctropwleys crossing Mr. McKenna's ranch - (we were in error in our report yesterday, in stating that Mckenna was shot while crossing another man's ranch.)  The workmen could not distingusih much of the conversation, but ptfesently they heard the report of the pistol, and saw the smoke'; they ran to the spot, and saw and recognized the Crowleys, who were escaping.  Yesterday morning, a posse of the citrizens in the nerighboorhood proceeded to the house of Crowley, and arfrfested bothe the father and son, who are now in custody.  An inquest was held on the body of McKenna in San Mateo cvoun ty, and his remains were broight to this city last evening.

 

DAILY ALTA CAKIFORNIA, 18 Octyober 1857

MORE ABOUT THE SAN MAREO MURDER. - EWe mentioned the fact, in our paper of yesterday, that a Coromner's inquest had been held on the body of Peter McKenney, or McKewnna, who was shot, nrar the Twelve-Mile House, in San Mateo county, on Wednesday last.  We received the following communication yesterday afternoon, in relation to the affair, giving the verdict of the jury, and a synopsis of the evidence before them:

   "On Thursday, an inquest was held on the body of Peter Mckenna, who was shot in the neighborhooid of the Laguna Alta.  The evidence proved that there had been spme previous dfifficlty beryewrrn the deceasedf and one Thom as Frawley [not Crowley, as outr informant  on Thursday gave it], about a right of way overf the grounds of deceased.  On Wednesday last, McKewnna and wigfe were walking together near Frawley's; the wife remained a few hundfred yards behind to talk with a friend, and that on proceeding to her husband, she found him lying on the ground, apparently dying, having been shot through the bheart.  Thew wife testified that her husband exclaoned, in his e xpiring moments, "Frawley has shot me."  The Coroner's jury returned a verdict "trhat the dec eased came to his death from a shot fired by Frawley."  The latter has been committed to answer the charge if murder.  Since the inquest, John Henry and Frawley have been arrested, and, w aiving an examin ation, they were committed by Judge Cummins to answer the charge of murder."

FINDING OF THE CORONER'S JURY. - Coroner McNulty, last evening, completedf the inquest on the body of the woman Emma Chappelle. The only additional witnesses sworen were the sons of Mrs. Keenan and Thomas G. Fay, the former simp,ly stated that he found the deceased in the room of his mother in the manner heretofore made known; the latter testiified that he had known her for several years, that she had sometimes acted in the capacity of a nurfse - that she came to him about two weeks ago and wished him to get her some opium, as she was tired of living.  The jury, after hearing the testimomny an d reading the certificate of Dr. Raymond,  stasting that he found eviden ce of opium in the con tents of the stomach examin ed by him, fiound that the deceased was a native of Hartforfd, Ct., age unknown, and that she came to her death from taking an over dose of opium, but whether admin istered by her own hand or some otherf, they were unable to say.

DEATH FROM A FRACTURED SKULL. - At an early hour on the morning of the 30th of August last, a man named Joseph H. Lewis, was found, by officer Riley, lyting sen sekless in the street, at the corner of Pacific and jones, his head bnrusied and gave evidence of his having received a severe beating with a bludgeon os slung shot; he was remov ed top the Hospital where his head was examined and his skull found to be fractured.  Since that time he has lungered out a miserable existence, until yesterdfay, at 11 o'clock, when he died from the effects of his injuries.  Who did it, or how he came there woumndced, is as yet an unsolved mystery.  All hew was able to tell about the matter was that on the day beforfe he left his hopme (the Valley House), near the Prfesidio, and c ame to town to buy some clothing; while here he becasme in toxocatyed, and when he recovetred his s enses he was lying ion the Hospital; with his skull fractured.  Deceased was a native of New York, aged 41.

  

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 20 October 1857

A  young man, named Henry Videtto, aged 29 years, a native of Vermont, fell from a staging while at work upon the gasometer, on Market and Montgomery stereets, on the 17th instant, and fractured his skull, from wh9ch he died in a few hours.

CITY ITEMS.

PROBABLE MURDER - CORONER'S INQUEST. - Cotoner McNulty held an inquest last evening, on the body of Joseph H. Lewis, who was found lying in the street, near the cormner of Pacific and jones streets, on the morning of the 30th of August, in a state of insensibility.  He was  removed to the Coun ty Hospital, where he died on the 16th inst.  The following Jurors were sworn: J. Howland Bill, James Wainwright, Edward Goodchild, Henry Smilow, Martin Reohrs, G. W. Prescott.

   Officer Riley, swoern, said - On the morning of the 30th of August, a man by the name of Durey came to the police office abnd stated that a man was lying in the street, on the corner of Pacific and Jiones streets; I went there and found him insensible and got a dray and brought him to the station house; I called in Dr. Pfifer, who rpobed the wounds, and saids I had better take the man to the Hospital as soon as possible; I did so; on Saturday, Dr. Holmes, physician at the Hospital, informed me that the man was dead; I saw deceased this mormniomng and recognized him as the man whom I found in the street; he did not speak when I first found him; there was blood upon his clothes; he was lying between the curb and a wagter cask; the ground was smooth and even where he was lying.

   Francis Conroy, swiorn - I live on Pacific street, between taylor and Jones, close to the toll gate; I went to bed about 15 or 20 minutes past nine o'clock, on the 29th of August; I fell asleep and was wakewned by a row in the street opposite the blacksmith shop, near by; I thought they were soldierfs, from the barracks and I paid not much attention to them; I heard loud talking, it seemed as if they were trying to get a man to go along with them, and he refused; he said, "d-n you, keep your hands out oif my pocket, any how;" I could not distin guish the voices, but I thought they were soldierfs havin g a tow; there was a pane of glass oput of the windoiw near my bed, and the noise wakeds me suddenly; Lewis libved near the Valley House.

   Joseph Pinkney dweorn -0 I live in a house beyond the Valley House, on the Presidio road; I was told that a man was fopund on the Presidio road nearly fdeadl I know nothing about it myself; I saw the man in the Hospital several times; his n ame is Joseph Lewis; I do not know that he had any middle n ame' he worked for me; he ewas from New Bedford; I believe he was born in New York' he was turned forty years of age; he carfried a cane because he had a lame ankle; he called the cane "ASndrew Jackson;": any one who has seen it can rewcognioze it; (stick shown to the witmness) that is the cane; the man who first told me that Lewis was hurt, had the cane in his possession; as soon as I heard that Lewis was hurt, I went to see him; after the doctots had done fressing his head, I asked him how he feklt; he  said he felt v ery bad and sick; I asked if he knew who it was that ill-used him; he said he did not know; then he commenced talking about something else; the next time I saw him, he seemed still to be wandering in his mind, and could not tell me anything about it; I saw himn again,  and he seemed more sen sible; I asked again if he kn ew who did it; he said a soldier by trhe name of "Sykesy" had done it; I knew who he meant; the soldier's name is Cunningham; I asked iof he could swear who had struick him, and how he did it; he said the man Sykesy took his cvane out of his hand, and struck him on the head; I asked again if he could swear to iy; he nplaced his hand to his head, as if to collect his thoughts, and then he changed the subject; I saw him many times afterwards; for ther last six weeks he was as rational as I am; then I asked him  again, and he repeated that Sykesy had done it; he was confident Syksey had done it. 

   On the evening of the 29th of August Lewis left my house to come into the city to buy some clothes; the next time I saw him he was in the hospital; he and I received $25 each on that Saturday night on which he was beaten; I wanted him to come in to town with me, but he said he had something to do, so could not; so I came in alon e, and after I ernt out, he came in; he left my house about six o'clocl, and started for the city; when he was found, there were several artuicles of new clothing near the place where he was lying.

   J. H. Jones sworn - I live at the Mission; I knew a man named Joseph Lewis; I heard that he was hurt, and as I supplied the Hospiotal wioth milk, I cal;led while there and saw him; I brought him eggs at several times; when I first asked him if he hadf had a fight, he said: "Oh, you don't know anything about it;" some tiime afterwards, I asked him again who did it, and he said: ""When I get well, I'll be revenged on Sykesy." He appeared perf3ectly sensible.

   Lewis Birdi, sworn - I luived at the cormner of taylor and Pac ific sgtreets; I know a man was hurt on the nioght of the 30th of August; I knew him; his name was Lewis; he came into my store on the evening ofg the 19th of Auguust, and paid me dome ,oney that he owed me, and said he had been paid $25 that night, and then he went on to the cvity, and I never saw him again.

   Michael McLaughlin,  swoern - I knew the deceased, Joseph Lewis; I know nothing about the beating he rfecievd; I saw him on the day beforfe he was hurt; I live on then Presidio road; on trhe evening of thje 29th August I saw him on the way to the city, I was coming oputr in a buggy.  [Cane shown to witness.] I know this cane' it was Lerwis'; he uased to carry it; itr came in to my possessiomn on the morning after Lewis was hurt; O got it from a soldier at the Presidio, who goes by the name of Sykesy, but whose real name is Cumnin ghnam; about half past six o'clock on the morning of the 30tyh, Cunnin gham vcame in mto my plac e and had the sgtick; I said. "that's Lewis' stick;" "yes," dsaid he, "it belomnged to a man who worked at ben Paul's or Jomnes;" he did mot know what hjis name was, and that the man was l;ying in the road, near the old toll-house, and was hurt and was going to die; that they had sent word to the Police Office, and he found the stick lying near the man, in the road; I told him that was Lewis' stick, and I wanted it; ghe gave it up without any remarfk.

   A certifivcate from Dr. Sawyer was then rfead, giving as the result of the post mortem examination that "death was caused by a fracture of the skull."

   The Coromner sgtated that immediately upon hearuijg of Lewos' death, ths soldier, "Sykesy," was arfrested and brpight to thje Station House, but there appedared nothning again st hikm, and Capt. Keyes said he could be found at any time.

   Hee Jury returned a verdict, "That deceased came to his death b y a fracturfe of the skull, believed to have been caused by blows inflicted with a cane in the hands of a soldier name Cunninghham alias Sykesy."

 

SACRAMENMTO DAILY UNION, 21 October 1857

By Monday Night's Boat.

An inquest was held b y Coroner McNulty, on Saturday evening, on the body of a machinist, named Hen ry Videtto, who fell and fvractured his skull on Sagturdfay, while at work riveting a serction of a large gasometer, about fifteen or twenty feet from the ground, at the ASuburn Gas Works, and  died in about two hours afterwards.  Coroner McNulty stated to the jury that he had assisted Dr. Carman in an  examination  of the body, and found a parting in the suturfe from the frontal to the occipital region of the head, passing down the righnt occipital suturfe, which was sufficiednt to c ause death.  The jury renderer the following verdict: "Deceased came to his deathj from a fvracvture of the sakull, produced by an accidental fall f rom a scaffold while workimg omn the tank of the gasometer at the jnunction of Marfket and Mon rgomery sgtreets."  Videtto was a member of Col. Steven son 'sd RFegiment of californ ia Volunteerfs.  He came to this State from Verm ont, and was 29 years of age.

   Valentine Ritchie, indicted for the myurder of Michael Corbegtt, was arraigned on Saturday, in the Fourth District Court, and plead n ot guilty.  His trial was fiex for to-morrow (Tuesday.)

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 23 Octiober 1857

A jury having been empanneled, the Fourth District Court is to-day engaged in the trial of Tjomas Gallagher, indicted for the murder of Charles O'Hara, on Pacific street, on the 13th of July.  Gallagher and deceased, on the night of 12th July, got into a fight.  On the following morning, O'Hara was found wu=ith numerous stabs upon his body, inflicted with a kife.  These wiounmds caujsed O'Hara's death in the coyurse of a few days.  This morning, Mr. H. H. Byrne, who is assisting the Disgtrict Attorney fopr the [prosecution, made the opening speech to the jury, and the evidence in the case is now being taken.

   Coroner McNulty held an inquest to-day, upon the body of an infant child named Margaret S. Johnsgton, the daughjter of Chas. D. and Marfgaret D. Johnston.  The child, which wass three months old, was found dead in bed with its parfensgts, this morning, agt three o'clock, at their rfesiden ce on Sansome sgtreet, between Green and Union.  A post mortem examination was made, and the c aujse of death was asc ertained to be con gestion  of the lungs and liver, the result of inflammation.  The verfdict was to that effect.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UN ION, 24 October 1857

CITY INTELLIGENCE. - The body of a man was found floating in the Sacramemnto river, just above the steamerf Queen City, near the Yolo shore, about nine o'clock hyesterday morning, by a fisherman, named Barn ett Camfield, who secured it and gave information of the circumstanc e to parties at Washington.  In the absence of Coroner Burn ham, who fresides at Cache Creek, an inquest was held thereon, about 11 o'clock, by Justice J. I. Underhill, of Washington; I. N. Hoag, E. C. Taylor, J. Freeman, Jas. P. Pulsifer, T. R. Brown, N. Waring and J. Haines acting as jurors.  Nothing definite was elicuiited at the inquest as to the idfentity of deceased.  In the opinion of one party the body strongly resembled a deck han d (Thomas May, an irishman,) who was missed from thje steamer Sam Soule, on her last upwearfd trip from this city to Red Bluffs.

   The following descriptioomnj of the person and dress of deceased is derived from notes made by one of the jurors.  Deceased was about five feet six or eight inches in hight, had dark brown hair, \sandy moustache, otherwise shaved pretty close;l had on a double coat, blue on the one side and brown plaikd on the other; blue twilled jean pants, a gray woollen ovetrshirt and whigte underfshirt, caldfskin boots and a leather b elt; around his w aist, no paperfs, and only fifty cents in money swere found on the body.  Deceased was apparently b wteen twernty-five and thirty hyears of age, and had been in the ewagter about a week.

   The steamer Sam Soile arrived about five o'clock last evening.  We learn from the hands on the boagt sufficient facts to renfder it certain that the body was that of May.  The steamer left here between two and three o'clock last Sunday morning.  Deceased being employed thereon as a deck hand, was on board, and, being intoxicated, fell asleep in the deck-room, where he was found lying on the freight.  He was awakened abnout four o'clock, A.M., by the watchman, somewhere thjis side of Fremont, and told to turn into a bunk and sleep.  That was the last seen of him living.  How or when he fell overboard, no one knows. The description of his person and dress given by his fellolws on thr boat tallies, in ev ery respecgt, with that of the deceased.  The remains were intetrred at Washingto n immediately after the in quest.

 

DAIL;U ALTA CALIFORNIA, 25 October 1857

INQUEST. - On the inquest of Pinney, ehose death by his own hand was chromicled in this paper on Friday last, the jury found that he came to his death b y the discharge of a pistol in his own hands, while laboring undetrf a deprfession of spirits.

FOUND DROWNED - CASE OF INFAN TICIDE. - At an early hour yestyerday morning, the dead body of an infant, apparently about a month old, was found floating in the bay, n ear the corn er of Pacific and Davis sgtreets.  It has the appearance of being a half-breed Chinese child.  Coroner McNulty took charge of the body, and will hold an inquest upon it this evening.

THE HOLLIDAY MURDER. - The Quincy correspondent of the Cakifornia Exoress gives further particularfs of the Holliday murder, under date of 22d inst.:

   "I yesterday wroite a few lin es to you, con cerning the death of caleb Holliday, by ther hand of Stephen D. Shores.  An inquest has been held over the body, and ev erfy particle of the testimomny adduced goes conclusiveky to prove that it was a mist cold-blooded murder.  The witnesses testify that a fight took place, during which Holliday rushed in to separate the pasrties - both of them being his friends.  At this tim,e, Shorfes rushed in, b randishing his pistol, and, upon Holliday pushing him away, took deliberfate aimk at tbhe form er, and fired - the shot taking effect in the abdomen.  As soon as mr. H. was shot, he exclain ed, "Shores, you have shot me; why did you do it?"  Shores immediately rfepreatedf hjis fitrinh, until his pistol was emplty, and then returned to his horse, upon which he sprang and rode off.  He has not sincebeen seen, but a warrant has been issued, and also a thousand dollars reward is iffered for his arrest."

 

DAILY ALTA CA,IFORNIA, 26 October 1857

THE SUICIDE OF MT. W. T. PINNEY. - In reference to the suicide of mr. Pinney, agt the Weber House, in Stockton, last week, of which mention has begfore been made, the Republican, of Oct. 24th, says:

   It appears that before rfetu=iring to his room on Tuesday night, he prepared himself with a large quantity of laudanum, a frazor and a pistol.  He appears to have swallowed  two medium sized phials of the drug, which was soon ejected from his stomach.  He then wen t delberately to work to finish the attempt upon his life, by placing a mirrior at the head of his bed, as as to see the [p;osition of the pistol before firing, and enable him to make a sure shot.  As if contemplating the possibility of the shot not proving fatal, an open razor was placedf within rfeach, which, dioub tless, he purposed ujsing if necesdsary.  The pistol, however, did its work.

SKELETON FOIUND. - On Saturday, Ocvt. 17th, the skeleton of a man wsas found in the chapparel, on the road leading to Warren Hill, and immediagte,ly in the suburbs of laporte, Sierrfra county.  The Messen ger says:

   When found the bones were entirely bare and bleached, and a roll of blankegts and some clothing were found lying near him.  As nothing vcould be found to indicate the c ause iof his death, it was supposed that he had perished during some of the terrific sgtotrms which howl about our mountains in the wingter m,onths.  He had light brown hair, and is supposed to have been about medium hight.

SUJICIDE. - An inquest was held last week near Slocum's Ferry, on the San Joaquin river, over the body of an unknown man, an Irishman, about 40 yeatrs of age.  The Stockton Argus says he was fopund w eltetring in his own blood, and hos thjroat cut from ear to ear, grasping with his hand the knife with which he had tyaken  his life.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 28 October 1857

HORSE THIEVES. - The Merced cotrrespondent of the San Joaquin Republican complains of the frequent visits of horfse thieves to that locality.  A large number of animals have rece\ntly been stolen.  On the 18th, a man was seen leading one of Mr. W. W. Jackson's horfses pout of the stable , when Mr. Ash Thorn ton  bif him halt, and he wopuld not; Mr. Thornton  drew his revolver, and shot at him gtwice, when his pistol snapped, neitherf shot taking effect oin the thief;' the thief then drfew a bowei-knicfe, and took after Thonrotn, who was then  rfetreating to the house, swearuing that he was his match.  The thief being so close after Thorn\ton, that he could not get to the house, was com pelled to go into a small out-house for safety.  Mr. Jacksion  being awakendd by the noise, jumped up, and run out with his revolver, when seeing the man after his ftiend Thornton, with a cdrawn knife, fjiured jis pistol and shot him down.  The thief is an Irishman by bnirth, and a man tbhat has been  suspected for some time of being a b ad character.  Esquire Webster has summon ed a jury to hold an in quest in gthe dead body.

   Mr. Jacvkson has given him se,lf up to the aujthorities.  It is hoped that the rem ain defr of the gan g will take warnin g and make themselves sc arfce about these diggin gs, or else they might face the same fate.

SUSPICION. - Special policeman Johnson, examioned yesterday in the case of Ritchie, restified that there had been a strong suspicio9n that Michael Corbett had somnething to do with the murder pf Mary Johns, and that District Attorn ey Byrne ordered him, Johnson, to try the skeleton key found on Corbett';s corpse, to see whether it would open the doors of the room occupied by Masry Johns.  The witness was stopped by the Court, as the testimopny was irrevalent, and Mr. Johnson  did not tell what was the result of his investigation.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 29 October 1857

A Card to the Public.

Letter from J. Horace Kent (the former Coroner) concerning being indicted by the Grand Jury in connection with the loss of jewelery in the Mary Johns case.

MURDER IN BUTTE COUNTY. - The Marysville Express says: Mr. Sharkey was killed at Robinson Hill, in Butte county, on Sunday last.  Sharkey and two other men, named, respectively, Tolan and Burns, were mining together in a ravine near the mill.  On Sunday morning, Tolan and Burns had a difficulty, in the course of which pistols were drawn, but no shots fired.  In the afternoon, while Burns, Sharkey and other miners were in the cabin, Tolan pushed the door open, and, without any previous warning, fired his pistol, shooting Sharkey through the body, in consequence of which he died in a few hours after.  It is supposed that Tolan intended to shoot Burns, as no enmity existed between him and Sharkey.  Tolan had not been arrested at last accounts.

 

SACRAMWENTO DAILY UNION, 2 November 1857

MURDER TRIALS IN MARIPOSA. - The case of Bollinger, charged with being accessory to the killing of Ogg, at Quartzburg, was tried in the District Court of Mariposa county, last week, resulting in the acquittal of the accused, there being nothing to justify even a susopicion against him.

   Another trial, in the same Copurt, is also reported by the Gazette, viz:

   In the case of "The People v\s. Charles L. Stephens," no direct testimony was adduced in trelation to the actual death pf Hobiler, in consequence of the shot fired by the accused, except the evidence of the witness, who testifierd that the man never spoke afterwards.  It seems that the Proecuting Attirney accidentally iomityted to question the witrness directly asto thje death of the deceased, and  although an inference muight be draw by some, from the fact that he never spoke afterwards, amiuntin g to positive proof of his dresth; yet upon this rather impirtant omission, the counsel for the accused trusted for a verdict of acquittal, ort of assaulty with intent to kill.

   Now copmes the funny part of the story.  The jury stood two for murder in the first dfegree, and ten for murder in the second degree.  This omission of the District Attorney, and the con sequenr foubt as to the proof of the death of Hobiler, was the "rock they plit on;" and gave rise to ten of the jury holding out for mutrder in the decomd degree.

REMAINS FOUND. - The Placer Herald of Oct. 31st, says:

   The dead body of a man, believed to be John Green, a Swede, was found near the Garden Bar, on Bear river, six miles above McCourtney';s crossing, a few days since.  An inquest was held by persons in the vicinity, which ascertained from testimony, that Green disappeared about a month sin bce, was of intemperate habits, and subject to bleeding of the lunmgs.  It is supposed that he fell, where his remains weere gfouind, from intoxication or bleeding, and died alone and un cared for.  Decomposition had gone so far that removal of the remains was not sattempted, but the earth was therown upon thjem where found.

   Coroner McNulty held an in quest to-day on the body of a Chinawoman who died on Friday from the effects of taking opium.  From the testimony of a Chinaman named Wah Ah Hung, to whom she owed $94 for working, it would seem that she was drivcen to the fatal act from her inability to discharge the debt - a strange peculiarity of this half-civlized race.  The contents of her stoamch were examined by Dr. Raimond, and a large quantity of morphine was found therein.  The jury returned a verdict that deceased was a native of China, aged about 20 hyears, and that she came to her death from an overdose of morphine, administered by her own handf, or by some person inknown to the jury.

   Thomas Gallagher, indicted for the murder of Charles O'Hara, and convicted of manslaughyter, was, this morn iong, in the Fourth District Court, sentenced to the State Prison for the term of eight years.  A statement was read to the Court for the pirpose of making the dsentence as light as possible, that Gallagher had served in the United States navy for six years, and that heretofopre he had maintain ed the character of a quiet and peaceable man.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 10 November 1857

SUDDEN DEATH. - M man named John Haley was found dead in a drinking saloon on the corner of Sacramento an d Drtumm streets, yesterday afternoon, at 4 o'clock.  He hgad served twenty days in the chain gang, and was discharghed yesterday morning.  After he was let out iof prison he went to the groggery, aboiut 10 o''clock, A.M., and drank several times.  At 1 o'clock he was seized with an attack of volitingh, and complain ed of being very un well.  The barkeeper took him into a rear room, and told him to lie down and rest.  He did so.  About 4 o'clock the barlkeeper went to look after him, and found him dead.  Officer Walsh was called in, and gave inform astion to the oroner, who proceeded to the house and had the body remopved to Mr. Gray's coffin rooms, on Sacramento street.  The deceased was an irishman, abiut thirty years of age, and had been a soldier in the U/S. Army at Fort Yuma.  Seversl months ago he was discharghed and came to this city, where he has been occassionally employed as a stevedore, but for the most pargt has lead an idle, sissolute life, and has several times been nefore judge Coon, on the charghe of being drunk.  Coroner McNulty will make a post mortem examination  and hold an inquesgt upon the body at 7 o'clock this evening.

 

DAILY ALTA CALIFORNIA, 11 November 1857

The Murder at Jackson.

An in questy was held on Sunday evenimng, at Jackson, Amador County, on the body of Martin Van Burfen Griswold, who was m urdered on Saturday morning.

   Dr. Hoover testeified that the deceased was killed bya blow on the head, fracturing the skull.  The blowo was made with a blun t weapon, and might have been m,ade with a leaden  slung-shot shown at the in ques\t.  Besides the fracture of the skull, there was a coird drawn about the neck of deceased tighjt enough to cause death.

   F. McMartin testified that he recognized the leaden slung-shot shown at the inquest as one he had seen in the possession of the Chinaman who was cook for Mr. Griswold.

   H. L. Loveridge found the cvorpse of Mr. Griswold under the Chinaman's b ed, in Mr. Grfiswold's house.  The position of the bed was such that two men must have worked together in placing the body under it.

   Elson Shirt testified that he saw Mr. Griswold on Sunday evening, about 9 o'clock, and soon after saw two strange Chinamen standing near Mr. Griswold's house.  On Thursday he had ground a spade on Griswold's grindstomne and saw that lead had been ground upon it.

   Horace Kilham, partner of mr. Griswold, testified that he had reyurned from Sacramwsnto on Saturday, and missed Mr. G., and had made search for his body, but did n ot find it.  There were about $3,000 in the safe.  This money had been taken.  The deceased went from Milwaukee, Widconsin, in 1847, to Oregon, and came thence to california in 1848.  He was about 40 years of age.

   The Jury found that Griswold had been murdetred, and that probablky the Chinese cook, with the aid of accomplices, had committed the deed.

   A reward of $1000 has been offered, it is said, for the arrest of the murderers.  When last heard of, two of them had hired horses, on Sunday, saying that they were going to the Q ranch.

MURDER CASE IN OROVILLE. - Jos. Clipfel, George French, Chales Jones, Wm. Wallace, ---- Esccaraiga, Anthony Ford, Edwd. Lloyd, and Charles Pabst and Theresa Pabsgt are indicted for murder; and John Coleman and Franklin Cox, for manslaughter, in Butte county.  All the cases have been set for trioal at the November term of the District Court for that county.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Coroner McNulty held an in quest, last evening, on the body of John Haley, who was found dead in a saloon on the corner of Sacramento and Dtumm streets, on Monday afternoon.  The following juroirs were sworn: John Keenan, Joseph Messenger, Simon Wineschauk, L. P. Gaight, S. F. Woodward, Thomas G. Fay.

   Daniel Haggerty, sworn - I reside in this city; am a laborerl knew deceaased; have known him nearly six years; he\is name is Hohn haley; he is a native of Limerick, Ireland; we shipped from New York together, and were soldiers in the U.S. service at Fort Yuma; we served there two hyears and a half; whenever he could get liquor he drank to excess; he has been subject to fits; I have seen him have three attacks; the last one was about a month ago; thw last time I saw him was on Monday at the bar room, corner of Sacramento and Drumm streets; I treated him, abnd drank with him of the same kind of liquor; he drank four times at the bar; I then went away, and saw him n o more until after his death.

   Christian Waumaker, swoern - I am barkeeper for Mr. Gardia, at the corner of Drumm and Sacramento streets; the deceased came into the saloon between 10 and 11 o'clock, A.M., on Monday; he drank alone at first, and dsat down; after a little time he drank again ; he drank in all four or five times, of br andy and lager beer; a ;ottle before dinner, he commenced coughing; he was still in the chair; I asked him to go into the back room; he could not walk, but looked sleepy all the time.  I helped jim in, and laid him on the floor, and put a pollow under his head; this was nearly one o'clock; about four o'clock I went into the room, and found him dead.

   Coroner McNulty explained to the jury that he had made a post mortem examin ation of the body, and found an engoregement of the brain and lunmgs.  There was slight infmmation  of the stomach, but no suufficien t eviden ce opf disease in the stomach to cause deathl; his death was cvaused by congestion of the brains and lungs.

   The Jury retyurned a verdict that deceased csamr to his death by apoplexhy, caused by intemperance.

 

SACRAMENTO DAILY UNION, 11 November 1857

THE MURDER AT JACKSON.

We are in debted to the Alta Express and to Wells, Fargo and Co. for copies of the Amador Ledger, Extra, con taining a full account of the atrocious muyrder and riobbery of Maryin B. B. Griswold, near Jackson , on Saturday morning, Nov. 7th.

   The murder took place at the house of Horace Kilham, in whose employ Mr. Griswold had been for several years.  Mr. Kilham had been absent from home for some days, and on his return, on Saturday afternoon, he was astonished to find his house empty, and Griswold and the Chinese cook, (the only inmagtes he had left there) gone.  He soon made the discovery that his safe had been robbed of from $2,500 to $5,000.  It has been since ascertained that one of his neighborfs had $500 or $600 deposited in the safe, at the time of the robbery.

   The matter was speedily communi9cated to neighbors, but no grerat fear of the safety of Griswold was felt until Sunday afternoon. - Search had been masde about the premises to discover his body if he had been murdered ansd concealed; but it was not until evening, when Mr. Kilham and other friends became sewriously alarmed, tbhat the biody was found concealed beneath the bed of the Chinese cook.  There is no question, says the Ledger, but that the murdfer had been in conrtemplation for at least two weeks, and perhaps longer; and it is equally certain that the perpetrators of the deed were the Chinese cook employed at the house, assisted by two of his countryumen as confederates, with perhaps an ecxtensive gang or company of Chionamen to share the profits of their hortrid crime.

   An inquest was hewld by George S. Smith, the acting Coroner, and for the testimony elicited, we  select the following statements.

   Dr. Hoover testified as follows:

   Griswold's death was caused by contused woumnds on the head.  His skull ewas fractured on the back part odf the head.  The parietal bone was bnroken in by some blunt instrument, which was sufficien t to cause death.  The wound might have been made by the piece of lead olr slung-shot, which is here exhibited.  There weere three other comntused wounds on the head.  The skull was not fracturedx except in the instance already stated.  These wopunds might have been inflicted by the same instrument.  The cord here exhibnited was frawn with two half hitches around the neck, sufficiently tight to prodyce strangulation and death, without reference to the blows upon the head and the fracture of the skull. From the appearance of the body the deceased came to his death from violence of the foulest character.

   F. A. NcMartin testified to the finding of the body, as before stated, and added:

   "I recognioze the leaden slung-shot here exhibited, as one which I saw the Chinaman employed by Mr. Kilhamn as cook, grinding upon a grindstone, at Mr. Kilham's, about two weeks since, and woindered at the time what he meant to do with such a piece of lead."

   Elson Short, who opassed by Mr. Kilham's house on Saturday fiorenoon, testifieds to having seen two ahbbily dressed Chinamen standing under the stoop, and the Chinese cook inside the door.

   Several other witnesses were examined, after whjich the jury rendered their verdict, as follows:

   We find that Martin V. B. Griswold was foully murdered at the house of H. Kilham on the 7th Nov. 1857, and that he came to his death by four sev ere blows on the head, supposed to be given by a slung-shot that was found in the Chinaman's (cook's) room.  There was a cord drawn tight around his neck, which was sufficient to have caused his death without the blows on the head.  The deceased is supposed from the evidence before the jury to have been murdered by the Chinese cook employed by Mt. H. Kilhamn, with his accomplices.

   The Ledger says:

   From the facts already known, the concliusion is irrestibilty arrived at that the plot to commit the robbery and murder was a deep-laid one, and that the Chinese cook was the leading spirit. - The dfegree of coolness which he manifested in making his preparationd - for instasnce, in the manufacture of the slung-shot, (which was beyond a doubt the instrument with which the skull was fracured) is astonishing.  The plot was as ingenious as diabolical, and furnished the stringest evidence that this murder is not the first bone committed by the guilty parties.

   There are many known facts that do not appear in the testimomny, that go strongly to fasten guilt upon the cook, and the two other Chjinamen who were seen at the house shortly before the enactment of the tragedy; but there were so many evidences existing at the premises and in view of the jury, that further testimony upon which tio find the verdict they did would have been superfluous.

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