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Sacramento Union

Wednesday, March 24, 1911



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada C .), May 23 - There will be a feature in this year’s Fourth of July parade that will be rather unusual. The country girls, including the Rough and Ready and the country as far down as Spenceville, are planning to have a squad of riders in a costume that will be particularly appropriate to the occasion. Miss Martina MORRISON, who is one of the best riders in the county, will have charge of this feature for the ladies, and there will be an equal or larger number of men, also from the country. Mrs. George BENNETTS of Rough and Ready, is also an excellent horsewoman. The Misses FREEMAN, Miss Elsie KNEEBONE and Miss Mamie MORRISON are also interested and there will be several others.



COLFAX (Placer Co.), May 23 - The work of laying out the Colfax railroad yard is going ahead rapidly. Work trains have been busy the past week placing material, ties, rails, ballast, etc. These trains were in charge of Conductors WELLS and LINDSAY. The steel gang under John KNOX arrived a few days ago from Ferney Nev., and it has considerable work to do. Colfax will be one of the important railroad towns of this county when the Colfax cutoff is completed and arrangements made for putting on the helper engines here.



ROSEVILLE (Placer Co.), May 23 - With only one dissenting vote the Roseville chamber of commerce last night adopted a resolution to the Southern Pacific officials requesting them to refrain from inclosing what is called the “wye” with their regulation fence, on the ground that it would not only be unsightly but a positive detriment to the property owners.

  A communication was received from O.H. MILLER, secretary of Sacramento Valley Development association, stating that the Sacramento Monthly, a new boost edition, would make its initial appearance about June 15, and asking how many copies the chamber could use. The secretary was instructed to inform him that the chamber could use 200 copies, and extended a vote of thanks for his offer.

  The finance committee of the street fair and carnival asked to be informed what action, if any, the chamber intended regarding the coming event. It transpired that the director-general of the carnival was away on a vacation and that enthusiasm had somewhat subsided owing to the absence of the head of the movement. It was decided to appoint C.A. McRAE, J.H. STINEMAN and W.H. MARSH a committee to confer with the Woman’s Improvement club, and that the two bodies take over the celebration and see that it is carried to a successful conclusion.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), May 23 - Two more important water filings have been made in the county during the last week, and doubtless from the locations they are for the renewals of claims.

  G.K. KING filed for record a claim to 12,000 inches of water in Mill creek at a point about fifteen miles from the river, the purpose being for electrical power and the water taken by a ditch. A.D. CUTLER filed a claim to 5000 inches in the Sacramento river at a point designated as Hoodlurn Chute, and Jackstaff Bend which is about four miles below Red Bluff. Here the water is to be pumped from the river, to be distributed for irrigation and domestic purposes.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), May 23 - Arrangements for the reception to the pioneers who arrived in California prior to 1861 have been completed and the work has been outlined. This is a different reception to that planned by the Grass Valley Natives.

  The joint committee of Laurel parlor No. 6, N.D.G.W., and Hydraulic parlor No. 56, N.S.G.W., last night arranged for the reception, which will be held at Odd Fellows’ Hall Wednesday afternoon, June 7.

  The souvenirs have been ordered and will be distributed to the pioneers at the reception. It is expected that there will be fully 200 pioneers present.


            SCALDED BY STEAM

SPARKS (Nev.), May 23 - Serious injuries were suffered by George LEACH, employed in the Southern Pacific boiler shop and he is now in the emergency hospital under the care of the railroad physician, Dr. SAMUELS.

  Leach was repairing the floor in an engine and the nipple blew out of the steam pipe which he was using. The hose attached to the steam pipe twisted and the steam struck Leach in the face. His left eye is bloodshot from the effect of the steam and the left side of his face and neck severely burned.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), May 23 - The conditions at the Gold Canon mine are highly satisfactory, according to O.D. WOODMAN, superintendent, who has been in town for a day or two, and he states that now that good weather is assured the force will be increased.

 A movement of significance in connection with the Old Canon is the arrangement for the pumping out of the shaft. The Gold Canon is the deepest developed vein in the district, the lowest tunnel being on a level with the river and the shaft being 160 feet below the floor of the tunnel. The pumps have been repaired and the work of unwatering the shaft will probably start this week. When the shaft has been unwatered a drift will be started and at a given point an upraise commenced for the purpose of intersecting the chute of ore in the upper levels.


            STRIKE IS MADE

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), May 23 - George HEGARTY, superintendent of the Irelan mine left this morning for the property. He came down yesterday afternoon after making a flying trip to the mine in response to the telephone message he received last Saturday evening saying that a rich chute of ore had been encountered. Hegarty, after his arrival last night, displayed some samples of ore that were literally filled with gold. They also carried heavy quantities of arsenical sulphides.

  Hegarty will push the work at the Irelan now that he has intersected the rich chute of ore he has been working to achieve for the last eighteen months. The strike is one of the most important made in the district in a long time and it adds greatly to the prestige of Alleghany as a gold producer.



VIRGINIA CITY (Nev.), May 23 - William MacDONALD has been appointed by the board of county commissioners of Storey county to fill the vacancy in the office of justice of peace of Virginia City township caused by the death of Louis LOHENSTEIN a few days ago. The new justice is a pioneer of the Comstock and has devoted a great portion of his time to the study of law. He received the unanimous support of the board of commissioners. Applications for the office were also made by a large number of other Virginia City people.

Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com



Sacramento Union

Sunday, May 28, 1911



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), May 27, Charles WOODS was examined in the superior court by Doctors OWEN and WEST and committed to the state hospital at Napa.



MACDOEL (Siskiyou Co.), May 27 - Hugo LEISTER has been arrested and taken to Dorris on a charge of cattle stealing brought by J. HAYWORTH of Sam’s Neck. Hayworth charges that he caught Leister after he had just butchered one of his cattle. He had blood on his hands, according to Hayworth.



CHICO (Butte Co.), May 27 - The following officers of the Skull and Owl society of the high school have been elected: Percy BARTLETT, president; Fred FRANKLIN, vice-president; Cletus GRAVES, secretary and treasurer; Joseph MURPHY, historian; Leandro LEWIS, property manager; Harry HARTWELL, conductor; Edwin NEUBARTH, sentinel; Garland WRIGHT, toastmaster.



Management of South Eureka Pleased at Progress Made in Amador Property

SUTTER CREEK (Amador Co.), May 27 - The South Eureka Mine near Sutter Creek is more than fulfilling the hopes of its management. There are now more than 225 men employed in the mine, work being prosecuted on nine different levels, three good ore bodies having been tapped by cross-cuts on each level and the ore opened up on a large scale. Twenty-eight hundred feet is the present depth of the shaft.

  The management estimated that the recent work has put in sight about a millions tons of ore, on which the average working cost of $2.63 per ton leaves a handsome profit.

   The mine is equipped with a steel gallows frame 78 feet high, an electrically driven hoist, an immense electric pump which handles the water from both the Central Eureka and South Eureka mines; an 80-stamp mill operated by electric power, with a crushing capacity of about 12,000 tons per month; an electric mine signal system, thirteen giant fire plugs, an up-to-date saw mill and first-class buildings for all branches of the work.

  By means of a filtering system, good clear water is furnished the men the year round, and another valuable addition to the plant is the well-equipped hospital under the care of Dr. J.H. McLAUGHLIN. W.H. SCHMAL is the superintendent of this property, and H. MALLOCH of San Francisco is the general manager.



WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), May 27 - The Glenn county high school will close its term next Thursday after a very satisfactory year. This evening the seniors gave a play in the opera house entitled, “The Strenuous Life,” with the following cast of characters:

 Tom Harringon, football captain, Wilfrid H. GEIS; Reginald Black, his chum, Fred E. DANNER; Byron Harrington, Tom’s father, Claude MONLUX; James Roberts, a freshman, Lester KILLEBREW; William Evert James, a new professor from Stanford, Glenn WEST; Dan Davenant, a miner from Angel’s Camp, Professor N.S. YODER; Professor Magee, director of the “Gym,” Chalmer WEST; Nugata, Japanese servant, Albert CAMPBELL; Dawley, a collector, Gordon LAMBERT; university cadets, George CAMPBELL, Carlisle CHANEY and Alvin JENKS; Mrs. Wiggington Wiggins, the landlady, Eula KLEIN; Marian Davenant, Dan’s daughter, Letha NEEDHAM; Ruth Thornton, Mrs. Wiggins’ niece, Hazel SHEPPACH; Dulcie Harrington, Tom’s sister, Mabel FEENEY; Widow Maguire, proprietor of a tobacco stand, Meta TWEED.

  Tomorrow evening the baccalaureate sermon will be delivered at the Baptist church by the Rev. Z.T. NEEDHAM. Next Thursday, June 1, the class exercises and awarding of diplomas will take place.



WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), May 27 - Glenn Rose council, Foresters of America, has been instituted here. There are seventy-four members and twenty-four applications. Grand Sub-Chief Ranger James G. QUINN of Oakland, with the assistance of drill teams from Woodland and Red Bluff, instituted the court. The officers elected and inducted into office are as follows:

 Junior past chief ranger, L.E. BARK; chief ranger, Robert PENNING; sub-chief ranger, Ralph FEIZE; treasurer, Edward REYNOLDS; financial secretary, L.R. FULTON; recording secretary, John CAVIER; senior woodward, H.D. LAFORS; junior woodward, Charles E. STRAWN; senior beadle, S. LIVINGSTON; junior beadle, H.H. ROBINGS; lecturer, E.G. WEED; trustees, Charles FALDING, Harry DILLMAN, H.C. SMITH; physician and surgeon, Dr. C.W. LUND; druggist, J.H. MITCHELL; captain of drill team, E.G. WEED.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), May 27 - Horatius Alexander, better known to Nevada City residents as Rashe PRESTON, died yesterday afternoon at the county hospital at 3:15 o’clock, after having been at that institution only two days. He was a native of Nevada City, and was 49 years old. To mourn his death he leaves two sisters and one brother, John Preston Alexander, the latter being a resident of Nevada City.



WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), May 27 - Hector SUTHERLAND, one of the earliest settlers of this county, passed away this morning. Several days ago he was stricken with paralysis and has been gradually sinking. He was a native of Nova Scotia, 74 years of age. He is survived by a son and daughter. The funeral will take place tomorrow.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), May 27 - There was “something doing” last evening when Deputy Sheriff LUDWIG and Probation Officer POOLE, bicyclists and men of large girth, collided on their steel mounts after dark. Ludwig was coming down the courthouse hill on Yuba street, and Poole going up, both on their way home. Neither saw the other until after the impact, when both landed in the road much the worse for dust and a few bruises. Each thought that “some kid” had upset their dignified passage until there was recognition in the darkness and feelings of chagrin became uppermost.

  It is said that City Marshal SENG, who is also large of girth, rushed up to arrest the two, but desisted upon recognition of the offenders. They were given a severe criticism for speeding after dark, without their lights,, and on a steep grade.




REDDING (Shasta CO.), May 27 - Dr. A.W. WATENPAUGH, a physician of Weaverville, Trinity county, died last evening in this city from typhoid fever, at the St. Caroline hospital, to which he was taken two weeks ago, being brought down from Weaverville when his illness reached a crisis. A relapse at that time from previous sickness ended fatally.

  The deceased leaves a widow, Willie Jeanette Watenpaugh, who is now in this city. The funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon by the Odd Fellows in their hall, and the body then shipped to San Francisco for cremation. Dr. Watenpaugh was a member of seven lodges.



JACKSON (Amador Co.), May 27 - Word has been received from Judge WOOD that he will return to Jackson tomorrow evening from Los Angeles, where he has been for a couple of months, holding a special session of the superior court. Owing to the rush of court business in that county he will probably look upon his return home as something of a rest.


            TEACHERS’ PICNIC

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), May 27 - The teachers of the Nevada City schools left this morning at 9 o’clock on the Narrow-gauge motor car for Chicago park for a day’s outing. Luncheons were taken by the teachers and tables were spread in the woods beneath the old oak trees.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), May 27 - The contract for the building of the school house in the recently organized East Auburn school district in this city has been awarded to Henry NEEDHAM of this city for $3100. The work on building will be commenced next Monday.


Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com




Sacramento Union

June 28, 1911


Woman Accused of Hanging Daughter by Coroner’s Jury


Parent Says Suicide; In Oroville Jail Awaiting Trial on Charge


13-Year-Old of Gridley Refused to Milk Cows With a Fatal Result

GRIDLEY (Butte Co.), June 27 - According to the verdict of the coroner’s jury, Helen RUMBELL, 13 years of age, after a day of whipping and abuse, was murdered by the step-mother, Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL. The woman and her brother, Arthur LEWIS, are now in the county jail at Oroville. The step-mother is charged with the murder and her brother with being an accessory.

  Although the alleged crime was committed last night, sometime between the hours of 5 and 8:30 o’clock, and Dr. TURNER was summoned by Mrs. Rumbell, the officers were not notified until this morning. Dr. Turner says he tried to get Coroner WALLACE last night but was unsuccessful.

  The coroner’s jury brought in a verdict of death by strangulation, caused by being tied to a rafter in the garret by her step-mother, Mrs. Emma L. Rumbell, and charged Arthur Lewis with being an accessory.

  Coroner Wallace and Constable Charles MILLER went to the Rumbell home about noon today and after viewing the remains of the little girl and the premises, telephoned to District Attorney JONES and Sheriff WEBBER, who came to the inquest from Oroville in an automobile.


  Dr. Turner was summoned after 9 o’clock last night by Mrs. Rumbell. He looked at the body and said the girl was dead and advised Mrs. Rumbell to summon the coroner. She did not notify the officers until this morning. The woman spent the night in the house with the body of her step-daughter, whom the coroner’s jury charges her with murdering.

  The story told by Mrs. Rumbell is that she tied the girl in the garret for punishment about 5 o’clock last evening. On going to the garett about 8:30, or three hours and a half after, she found the girl dead. She went to the barn and told her brother, Arthur Lewis, asking him to call a doctor. He called Dr. Turner.

  From the evidence given at the inquest, it was learned that Arthur Lewis, the brother of the accused woman, saw the girl hanging in the garret and did not attempt to cut her down.

  The body of the girl was black and blue from whippings she had received. Her neck was broken by the fall. The rope was tied under her shoulders and around her neck.

  There was considerable excitement in this city and vicinity this afternoon when the facts of the death of the child became known.

  The Rumbells live on Colony 1, about four miles from this city. W.W. RUMBELL, the father of Helen HUMBULL, died some time ago.



Oroville (Butte Co.), June 27 - Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL, who was brought from Gridley to the county jail this afternoon on the charge of murdering her step-daughter, Helen Rumbell, when interviewed, said: “I told the girl to milk three cows last evening and she only milked two. I gave her a whipping, and then, for further punishment, tied her in the garret. I put the rope under her arms and around her neck, and tied her to a rafter. When I went to the garret later in the evening I found the girl was dead.

  “The girl was large for her age. She was larger than I am.”

  Mrs. Rumbell’s theory is that the girl committed suicide.




WINTERS (Yolo Co.), June 27 - Dr. McCURDY, employed as a physician for the Southern Pacific and Pacific Mail steamers, is a doctor, but he can’t prove it to the satisfaction of Justice WOMACK, so he has been sent to Woodland to serve twelve days for writing a prescription for whisky. The law requires every physician to have a registered certificate, but Dr. McCurdy could not produce his, having lost it.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), June 27 - After a long illness, Mrs. Jane Rogers, for forty-three years a resident of this city, died yesterday at the age of 80 years 5 months and 28 days.

  Mrs. Rogers was a native of England and came with her husband from that country to Nevada county over forty years ago. They engaged in the grocery business, and after the death of her husband several years ago she conducted the business until her advanced years compelled her to retire from a prosperous store.

  She is survived by one son, former Superintendent of Schools W.J. ROGERS, and three daughters, Mrs. Richard VINCENT, Mrs. W.T. CRASE and Miss Sarah ROGERS.



Grass Valley Youngsters Will Appear in Feature Event of Home-Coming


Lad Will Lead Playmates Seated on Horse; Rides Like a Veteran

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), June 27 - The youngsters who are to appear in the Juvenile parade tomorrow afternoon were gathered in the Auditorium this morning for instructions. There was an array of boys and girls and they were taken in charge by the women who are taking the lead in this affair.

  Six-year-old Herbert BARKER is to be the grand marshal of the parade. He sits on a horse like a veteran and will make an able official. The other tots who are to ride in floats and represent different characters are Margery MORGAN, aged 6, as Goddess of Liberty; Dahl WHEELER will be in a fireman’s float; Genevieve WALTE, 6 years old, will be in the Native Daughters’ float; Fred FRANK Jr. will be the Native Sons’ representative; Genevieve MITCHELL will preside over the rose float and will be drawn by sixteen girls; Neva ARGALL will be in the lily float and the baby float will be occupied by Bernice ARGALL; Winifred TYRELL will be Betsy Ross and Frances BREDIMUS will occupy a fireman’s float. There will be many others.

  The big open dance on the afternoon and evening of the Fourth of July will be under the auspices of the Fourth of July committee. The lease which Green’s band had upon the platform on Main street has expired and the band did not care to renew it.

  Chairman Ed. F. TAYLOR of the finance committee reports that $1500 has been collected or in process of collection and that more is promised. All of this has been appropriated and much more could be used if it were available.

  It has been decided that there shall be a number of juvenile floats in the big parade on the Fourth of July, and this feature will be quite an attraction, as there will be hundreds of people arrive after the juvenile parade of tomorrow is over. Many of those placing floats in the juvenile parade are willing to appear again in the parade on the Fourth.

  The Priscilla club has arranged a float for the juvenile parade tomorrow and the members are keeping its identity a secret. The arrangements were made at a meeting held last Saturday at the home of Mrs. Florence FULLER.

  Although there is no money in the fund for that purpose, the parade committee of the Fourth of July Celebration is making strenuous efforts to secure the Boy Scouts of Colfax in the parade on the Fourth of July, and if there is not sufficient funds in the treasury after the celebration is over to reimburse the committee, they will see that the bills are paid from the subscription list they are now raising for that purpose.

  Although the Knights of Sherwood Forest have decided among themselves not to take part in the parade this year, the parade committee has talked with many of the members, and they are willing to consider it again.



KENNETT (Shasta Co.), June 27 - Following are the results of recent elections held by various lodges in Kennett:

 Odd Fellows - Kennett lodge No. 293 - Past noble grand, J.D. BUCKMAN; noble grand, S.P. ENDICOTT; vice-grand, J.W. HODGE; trustees, F.A. FINKLER. Installation, July 6.

  Rebekahs - Kennett lodge No. 312 - Past noble grand, Mrs. J.K. BAIRD; noble grand, Mrs Katherine BOLES; vice-grand, Miss Rosina HARPER; trustee, Mrs. W.P. WILBURN; Trustees Sam Harper and J.W. HODGE being hold-overs, as well as the various other office holders. Installation, July 3.

  Red Men - Winton tribe No. 192; Sachem, J.E. McGINNESS; senior sagamore, T.W. HITCHCOCK; junior sagamore, R.D. LEONARD; prophet, G.L. ROSS; chief of records and collector of wampum, A.L. COOK; keeper of wampum, P.A. BEEBE. Installation, July 5.

  Pocahontas - Euwana council No. 97 - Pocahontas, Mrs. Cora TREWARTHA; Wanonah, Mrs. LEONARD; Powhatan, P.A. BEEBE; prophetess, Miss Lizzie HAWKINS; keeper of records, Mrs. E.R. DILDINE; keeper of wampum, Mrs. P.A. BEEBE. Installation, July 7.

  Woodcraft - Ramona circle, No. 669: Past guardian, Mrs. Hattie HOFFMASTER; guardian neighbor, Mrs. Alicia BROWNLEE; advisor, Mrs. Caroline THOMPSON; magician, Mrs. EDDY; musician, Mrs. Georgianna BRUMBLAY; attendant, Mrs. Anna WHEELER; captain of guard, Mrs. Mary LE CLAIR; outer sentinel, Mrs. G.A. GRANGER; inner sentinel, Mrs. C.E. McCUTCHEON; manager, Mrs. Anna SNOW.

  Foresters - Court Couvous, No. 9159 - Past chief ranger, G. COGA; chief ranger, G. MURER; sub-chief ranger, J. FRANCHETTI; financial secretary, E. BENGHI; treasurer, A. CARATTINI; senior woodward, G. BARATO; junior woodward, G. FORNI; senior beadle, F. MONTES; junior beadle, A. CASSANEGO; trustees, Ed GUASTALLI, A. PIVA, S. RUSCONI. Installation, July 3.



CARSON CITY (Nev.), June 27 - Acting on the instructions of Federal Judge E.S. FARRINGTON the jury which heard the evidence in the case of Thomas L. COOK, charged with using the mails to defraud, returned a verdict of not guilty. Judge Farrington told the jury that in his opinion the government had failed to make out a case against Cook, who was accused of attempting to secure money from business men of Tonopah by means of counterfeit Tonopah Belmont pay checks.

  Joe SAVOY, who was arrested a few days after Cook was taken in custody on the same charge, will probably be discharged without a trial, as the line of evidence is the same in his case as it was in the case against Cook.

Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com

Sacramento Union

Thursday, June 29, 1911




Dead Girl Defied Him and in Desperation Told Him to Leave Her Alone


Say Some Strong Arm Must Have Pushed Child From Box to Be Strangled

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), June 28 - The farther the officials delve into the facts surrounding the death of little Helen RUMBALL at Gridley yesterday, the more they become convinced of the heartlessness displayed by her step-mother, Mrs. Emma L. Rumball and her uncle, Archie Lewis, who are now in the county jail here charged with her murder.

  Today a gag was found covered with blood lying close to the spot in the attic where the girl slowly waited her doom. Then Lewis told of taunting the girl as she stood bound hand and foot beneath the rafter. He told how she defied him to the last and in desperation requested him to leave the place and let her alone.

  District Attorney JONES and Sheriff WEBBER spent the entire day at the Rumball home four miles from Gridley. Measurements were taken of the attic and of the various rooms in the house and also photographs. Every neighbor was closely questioned, particularly those who were summoned soon after the body was cut down. Some of these are expected to give some testimony of an incriminating nature against the two prisoners, as several were present when they told the story following the dragging out of the body of the girl.


 The district attorney and sheriff are convinced, as well as several physicians, that the neck of the girl could not have ben broken by her own efforts or when she fell in a faint.  After hearing the story of how the girl was taunted by Lewis they have become more convinced that someone jerked the rope upward suddenly, either to silence her or to choke her.

  Physicians who examined the body of the child aver that the neck could have been broken only in that manner, and that it would have taken a strong arm to have jerked with sufficient force. From this suspicion points to Lewis, who admits having taunted the child.

  While the officers are searching for evidence to complete their chain necessary for the establishment of the crime of murder, the two prisoners are taking life easy in the jail. The woman especially shows no concern as to her future. Attorney J.R. KING consulted with her this morning and following his talk gave out a statement.


 “I do not intend to make any extra-ordinary effort to have my clients released at the preliminary, for I know that is almost impossible. I will endeavor to get bail for them, and I am convinced when the case comes to a jury both will go free,” he declared.

  “Mrs. Rumball, I have known for many years. I closed her husband’s estate for her and know her to be a fine woman. She declares that she had no intention of killing the girl. Monday morning she told her to milk three cows and she milked but two. She was given a whipping for this. Then in the afternoon Mrs. Rumball told her to change her dress and she refused to do so. She then spanked her again. Both state that they then threw some water upon her more as a joke than anything else as the water at this time of the year is not cold.

  “How the girl ever strangled, Mrs. Rumball does not know, she positively declares, and Lewis backs up that she tied the rope only about her hands and shoulders. She must have endeavored to get free and got her head under the rope. Then her feet slipped from under her and before she could regain her balance choked to death. I have given instructions for no one to see her and no pictures will be taken of her.”


Women See Great Success Efforts in Beautiful Parade of Children


Six-Year-Old Marshal Proudly Leads Unique Floats of His Demure Charges

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), June 28 - The opening parade of the home-coming celebration was a sight that was worth going miles to see. Never before in the history of the northern part of California has the scene been duplicated. The children were dressed to represent important mythical and historical figures that live now only in history.

  The women who planned and worked and sewed and arranged the details had no place in the parade, but all realized the worry and hours of work they had spent upon it. It will go down into history as the great event of the home-coming.

  Herbert BARKER was grand marshal. His six years weighed lightly upon his shoulders, but his responsibilities were heavy and he guided the floats and boys and girls who followed with unerring precision.

  The Goddess of Liberty, Miss Marjorie MORGAN, was as beautiful as any queen who ever sat on a throne and just as regal. The little girls who were proud to draw her through the streets were just as pleased as was the Goddess.

  There was a long line of floats, all beautiful and all different, and in each was some little flower of a girl. All were drawn by children older than the tots who rode. Little Neva ARGALL represented the float of lilies. The daisy and forget-me- not float was presided over by Bernice ARGALL and Alice MOOSER, the colors being white and blue. In the Elks’ float were Alma and Betty WILLIAMS. The Indian float was presided over by little Alice TERNELL. The float of the Moose lodge contained Bennie SCHWARTZ and Alice THOMAS. In the firemen’s float all in red, rode Miss Frances BREDIMUS. In the Native Daughters’ float was Miss Genevieve WAIT. Gloria CROSS was the charming little representative of the Eagles and Genevieve MITCHELL was the occupant of the pretty float of pink roses and green ferns.  “Rebekah at the Well” was portrayed by Elizabeth MILLER, her costume conforming to the float and idea. Patsy FRANK was a typical Native Son and did the honors for that fraternity. Representing the birth of the American flag Winifred TYRRELL was dressed as Betsy Ross, her costume following the pictures of that historical personage. In the pink and white float Miss Geneviene TEDDY rode, while little Miss TIERNEY was a typical Martha Washington.

  Children with doll buggies, boys going through evolutions and various features made up the rest of the excellent parade. Several of the features will be reproduced in the big parade on the Fourth of July.

  The parade formed at the laundry on Bennett street and moved up Main street. The advertising had drawn hundreds of people out and the streets were lined. Up Main to Mill street the youngsters drew their precious charges and then went gaily along Mill street to Neal; thence to Church and to Main once more down Main street to Mill and to the Auditorium, where those children who wanted to hear the entertainment of the Chautauqua association were given the opportunity. Each float called for a different compliment.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), June 28 - Never before in the history of the county has this city presented such a gay, attractive and beautiful appearance. The scheme of decoration has been so tastefully carried out that everywhere one looks it is pleasing to the eye. The crowning glory of the decorative scheme is a large canopy of electric lights of different colors which covers the junction of Mill and Main streets. When these are lighted at night the effect is wonderful and it may be seen for a long distance. The huge welcome signs at the three entrances to the city are also very effective.

  The business men, in addition to the work done by the decorating committee, have festooned the tri-colored crepe paper under the roofs of the awnings and this helps wonderfully. Taking it all together $10 has been spent in decorating this year where one has been spent before.



Ten-Year-Old Playmate Witnesses Death, But Fearing Punishment, Fails to Tell

COLUSA, (Colusa Co.), June 28 - Trembling with the fear that he might be held responsible, David SMITH, 10 years of age, told Marshal SCOGGINS this morning of the drowning in the Sacramento river yesterday afternoon of Raymond JONES, 10 years of age, with whom he had been playing on a barge opposite fifth street.

  Raymond Jones, who is a son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Jones, failed to return home last night and a search was instituted without result. His playmate was found this morning, and after contradicting himself many times, told that he had seen his playmate fall from the barge and disappear in the river. The river has been dragged all day in an effort to recover the body, without result.



Documents Are Filed and Krafts Count Gold Coins After Many Delays.

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), June 28 - It was nearly 6 o’clock this evening when the deeds putting Mrs. L.M. CONE in possession of the large Cone ranch were filed for record. Today was the last day for the settlement, according to the compromise made during the action in court last February. At one time today it was reported that the large number of $20 gold coins were ready for shipment back to San Francisco. The delays and the technical legal questions that came up made the past three days trying ones for all concerned.

  The meeting of the directors of the Cone Ranch company lasted several hours. The cash payment of the indebtedness to the Kraft company was counted by George and Herbert KRAFT.

  The documents filed for record were a release of the chattel mortgage held by the Kraft company, deed to the Cone Ranch from the Herbert Kraft company to Mrs. L.M. Cone, a chattel mortgage for $460,000 from Mrs. L.L. Cone to H.O. BEATTY and a trust deed to the ranch for the same amount to John G. HOOPER and Allen G. WRIGHT.

  T.H. RAMSEY, who has been the manager of the ranch for several years, will be retained on account of his familiarity with the affairs of the property.

  It is understood in this city that a syndicate of San Francisco capitalists was formed to make a loan to Mrs. Cone. The men who came with the money to this city returned to San Francisco tonight.



CHICO (Butte Co.), June 28 - The gravity car used by the Stirling City bank robbers in making their getaway last week was found today in Butte creek, forty feet below the railroad bridge, by Constable C.A. McELDOWNEY. From the fact that the car was found there it is evident that the men rode the car down the grade over the Butte County railroad, threw the car into the creek from the bridge and then walked to Chico, a distance of three miles.

  The reason that the car had not been found before was that the top had been broken off. The wheels and other iron parts naturally sunk to the bottom of the creek, and it was only after the most careful search that they were found. Officers have been searching for the missing car ever since the robbery.


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Deeds Which May Have Been Cause of Dodge’s Death Admitted In Trial

WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), June 28 - At the end of nearly two days’ argument by the attorneys for the prosecution and the defense in the trial of Judge CAREY for the killing of Charles DODGE, as to the admission of deeds to the Hood property in favor of Mrs. CAREY, and the power of attorney given to Carey, Judge HAWKINS ruled this afternoon to admit the documentary evidence. It is proposed to prove by evidence of which the documents are a part, that Dodge had made investigations about the transfer of the property and that Carey, fearing the result of these investigations, killed him.

  In their arguments, both Attorneys BAILEY and HUSTON for the prosecution declared that Carey had planned the killing to prevent the use of the information, that Dodge had gained , in a civil action.

  Attorney John T. CAREY closed the argument. He claimed the only difference between the stories related by him and Attorney Huston was that Carey did not get the will and note on the first trip to Dixon, but made a second trip on the demand of Hood.

  At one time there were heated passages between Attorneys Carey and Huston. Huston offered to allow the defense to put District Attorney Bailey in the witness chair, if the confidential relations of attorney and client were removed. At one time Bailey was Carey’s attorney.

  After the jurors had again taken their chairs, H.L. Huston, the attorney and brother of A.C. Huston, who is assisting the district attorney in the case, was called as a witness. He had engaged Dodge by phone to made in......


over the phone and he consented. Dodge made oral reports to him of the progress of his investigations. The last time the witness saw Dodge was at dinner at the Julian hotel in Woodland, and he then instructed Dodge to interview HILLMAN, MOUNT, ANDERSON, WILLS or anyone that might know anything about the deeds.

  In reply to a question the witness said that Dodge was in his employ until he was killed. The defense objected to this answer. The witness said he never seen Mrs. HALL, by whom he was retained.

  J.B. ANDERSON of Davis was the next witness. He identified his signature on the deed which had been made in the office of Notary Public HILLMAN in Davis. The signature of W.J. STONE was on the deed at the time. There was no acknowledgment and the notary did not administer an oath. The witness refused at first to be a witness to the deed as he was “tired of being a good fellow.” He consented when Carey told him that Stone would be a witness. Carey made no effort at concealment and carried the deed openly in his hand. Nothing was said that might lead the witness to think anything might be wrong. Hood was not present and was in the Hunt hotel.

  W.J. Stone identified his signature on the deed. Hood was not present when the witness signed. Carey and Hillman were the only persons present. Like Anderson, the witness did not suppose there was anything wrong and that Carey made no effort to conceal anything. After the killing of Dodge the witness said he related the circumstances of the signing of the will to A.C. Huston. Dodge had never talked to him about the matter. Stone will be recalled by the defense.

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Sacramento Union

Saturday, July 1, 1911



Woman Accused of Murdering Her Stepdaughter Arraigned and Hearing Set


Only Nervousness Yet Displayed Said to Have been During “Sweating.”

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), June 30 - Mrs. Emma L. RUMBALL and Archie LEWIS got their first taste of court routine this morning when they were brought before Justice J.V. PARKS in the sheriff’s office and arraigned on the charge of murdering little Helen Rumball, the woman’s stepdaughter. The woman was first to face the court, and her counsel, Attorney J.R. KING, answered all questions for her. She did not speak a word while in the room. Lewis followed, a similar proceeding being gone through.

  After the complaints were read the district attorney and King held a brief consultation and it was decided that Mrs. Rumbell will be given her preliminary examination at 10 o’clock Monday morning, July 10. Lewis will face the court the afternoon of the same day, proceedings beginning at 2 o’clock.

  Neither showed the slightest interest in the proceedings. The woman walking to her seat with a firm step and sitting carelessly in the chair while the complaint was read. Lewis sneered slightly as the complaint was being read, evidently having not fully imbibed the seriousness of his alleged crime.

  Last night the two were submitted to a sweating, which is said to have brought out some incriminating evidence against the woman. It is claimed that Lewis told of facts which will help to show that Mrs. Rumbell was directly responsible for the death of little Helen.

  During the cross-questioning Mrs. Rumbell showed the first signs of nervousness displayed by her since the arrest. It is said that after the ordeal she was more carried than led to her room in the upper floor of the county jail. The authorities are making every endeavor to keep the facts from the public, evidently believing that if any more be made known of the shocking cruelty practiced on the dead girl that it would stir the public wrath to too great a pitch.

  The preliminary is not expected to be over interesting, for from what could be gathered today the attorneys for the pair will not allow them to take the stand until the final trial. This they believe will enable them to keep the true line of their defense quiet until the last minute.

  Quite a little excitement was occasioned yesterday during the funeral of the girl when Mrs. TYLER, sister of the prisoners made an endeavor to have the services take place in the undertaking parlors and not in the church. It is said Mrs. Tyler feared the crowd would display too much feeling and harm members of her family or herself. District Attorney JONES, however, issued instructions for the body to be given a proper burial and the services were held in the church.

  District Attorney Jones spent today in Gridley looking up the circumstances surrounding the death of W.W. RUMBELL, the accused woman’s husband. He is endeavoring to discover if the man was put out of the way so as to secure his property. If such proves the case he would have a good foundation for the murder of the girl. Several witnesses were examined and a court reporter took down the notes which will go into the secret archives with the rest of the matter to be used at the trial.

  The scantling from which the girl hung was also torn down and brought into town to be produced at the trial. Garments of the girls were also brought here.



ETNA (Siskiyou Co.), June 30 - Residents of Etna who are stockholders in the Cub Bear mine in the Sawyer’s Bar district have been rewarded for the money they have spent by striking a rich vein of gold. J.W. TETHROW, the well known mining expert, says the surface ore is richer than that taken from the Highland mine.

  The company working the Cub Bear is known as the Siskiyou Syndicate company, whose principal officers are business men of this city and has prospected the Cub Bear for over a year.

  The following are the officers of the company: Irving J. LUCE, A.B.B.D., president and financial manager; J.W. Tethrow, vice-president; L.H. CROY, secretary; A.H. BAR, treasurer.



ELY (Nev.), June 30 - Miss Kate GRAHAM of this city has been chosen as Goddess of Liberty for Ely’s Fourth of July celebration. She beat her nearest opponent by nearly 12,000 votes.

  Miss Graham is a very handsome young lady, and a graduate of the state university of the class of 1910. Her father is one of the pioneers of White Pine county, and is a prominent merchant.



PRINCETON (Colusa Co.), June 30 - The saloon of George HEMSTREET was entered by burglars about midnight last night, who got away without being heard, taking three watches, three knifes, several bottles of mineral water, and liquor.


Giant Dredger Is Launched For Natomas Consolidated

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), June 30 - The largest dredger ever built in this section was floated today at 1 o'clock, the water running in the pond from yesterday at noon. The big shovel is located two miles south of Thermalito and is owned by the Natomas Consolidated company. There are 675,000 feet of lumber in the big dredge which is being built by the Yuba Construction company.

  It is 135 feet long, 50 feet wide and 13 ½ feet deep and will be ready to start dredging the 500 acres of the company not later than the middle of August. The giant spud upon which the dredger will revolve is now on its way form Thermalito. It was stuck today about a mile south of Thermalito in the sand, the twenty horses used by the ALLREAD brothers in moving the giant piece of steel being unable to budge it. A derrick will be used to lift it off the wagon. This spud is 70 feet long and 60 inches by 38 inches.

  The dredger will begin by digging thirty-five feet, but will go fifteen feet deeper soon after starting operations. The buckets carry thirteen and one-half cubic feet of earth and are the largest in the state. The only difference between this dredger and the one built at Hammonton is that the latter digs to a greater depth. It is the same size as the famous Natomas No. 8 at Folsom. The total weight is 70,000 pounds.

  The officers and directors of the Natomas company are E.J. DeSABLE Jr., president; W.P. HAMMON, Louis SLOSS ad Frank W. GRIFFIN, vice-presidents; A.E. BOYNTON, secretary; Newton CLEVELAND, general manager and J.D. GRANT, E.R. LILLENTHAL, Albert HANFORD, Curtis H. LINDLEY, Albert REITLINGER, Sir Charles ROSE and Lord RIBBLESDALE. J.J. HAMLYN is the local representative of the company.


Half Dozen Divorce Decrees Are Granted at Oroville

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), June 30 - Six final decrees of divorce were issued in the past twenty-four hours.

  Manuel Borba AZEVEDO was given the final papers from Margaret AZEVEDO on the ground of improper conduct and also the custody of the six-year-old child, Charley Barbara. The evidence at the hearing held last night showed that Mrs. Azevedo had left the ranch in Gridley suddenly with one of the farm hands, going to the United States hotel in Marysville and staying for a few days, then proceeding to Oakland. From there she sent word that Azevedo could have the boy if he wanted him, and the father went and got the lad. Then the woman and her affinity went to Massachusetts. A demurrer to the issuing of the final decree was read in court from the woman, who claimed it was Azevedo’s treatment of her which led to her departure. The court paid no heed to it and allowed the decree.

  The other decrees issued were as follows:

 Laura E. BOLENBAUGH from Miles D. BOLENBAUGH, on ground of cruelty. They were granted the first decree on June 24, 1910.

  Vina ROSE from Lewis E. ROSE, on ground of desertion. First decree was granted on June 20, 1910. Custody of Lucile and Thaddeus Rose given to the plaintiff.

  Jane E. HARDING from Alfred O. HARDING; charge desertion. First decree granted on May 2, 1910.

  Lucy Grace NICHOLS from Kelsey GRANT, charge desertion. First decree granted on April 16, 1910.

  Florence Edna KENNEDY from Walter Thomas KENNEDY, charge desertion. First decree June 26, 1910.



Friends of Lumberman Assert He Did Lot of Explaining to Grand Jury

REDDING (Shasta Co.), June 30 - J.E. TERRY, who appeared before the grand jury Wednesday to explain certain matters relative to his $205,000 debt to the defunct Bank of Shasta county, did not appear before the jury yesterday. He went to Bella Vista yesterday afternoon in an apparently cheerful mood.

  Intimate friends say they believe Terry told the grand jury his reasons for withdrawing his compromise offer of $100,000. They say that at the time of the bank disaster the $100,000 he then had on deposit in San Francisco was money he had previously borrowed from friends to meet the catastrophe. When it was published that an indictment might follow whether a payment was or was not made he withdrew this offer in order to protect those from whom he had borrowed the sum. His friends say that he then thought it would not be possible for him to earn such an amount in the event of an indictment, and realizing this, they claim he withdrew his offer merely to protect those from whom it is alleged he borrowed.

  It is also said that when the $180,000 worth of lumber was disposed of that $35,000 of that amount was spent immediately to remove a trust deed of that amount which is said to have hung over his mills at that time.  The balance, these intimate friends claim, was used in paying the running expenses of the mills, and since nothing was left nothing could be paid to the bank to apply on the $205,000 account.

  It is also rumored that Terry pleaded a hard luck story with the jurymen. He has been the victim of several fires and several floods, and these have added greatly to his financial ruin.

  It is still impossible to determine how long the grand jury will be in session. An increase in the jurymen’s wages was made yesterday from $2 to $3 per day.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), June 30 - Henry MENDLE was sent to the Napa state hospital today after an examination into his mental condition had been made by Doctors GATES and READAN. The man’s mind has become unbalanced owing to the hypnotic spells to which he has frequently been subjected by various persons in Stirling City, and he always thinks he is under the spell, complying with any command given to him by any one. He also imagines that he is being pursued by the police and that objects are following him when he goes through the forest near his home.




Sacramento Union

Sunday, July 9, 1911



Mrs. Rumball and Lewis Show Nervousness as Time for Hearing Approaches


Fear Inquisitiveness of Public and Ask for Examination in Seclusion

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), July 8 - Interest in the preliminary examinations of Mrs. Emma L. RUMBALL and Arthur LEWIS, charged with the murder of little Helen Rumbell, is becoming universal, as time for the hearing Monday approaches. It was originally planned to hold the hearing in Justice J.V. PARKS’ court, but at a late hour it was decided to change to the superior court room.

  Twenty witnesses have been subpenaed by the district attorney, each to tell some little phase concerning the case which is expected to result in the holding of the pair to answer to the superior court. Mrs. Rumball will be given the first preliminary and Lewis will come in court at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon.

  Both Mrs. Lewis and Rumball and Lewis are beginning to show signs of nervousness, now that they will have to appear in public. Both have denied themselves to all callers, and have remained in the seclusion of their cells. The fact that they will be the center of attraction for hundreds of persons seems to affect them, and they asked if they could not have their hearing in the sheriff’s office, but this was refused them.

  As the time draws near for the hearing the discussion of the case is also becoming warm. An impression seems to be gaining that Lewis really choked the girl and broke her neck. It is alleged that he declared it was an easy matter to break any one’s neck, and he said he had tried it on a squirrel once and found it easy.





Sacramento Union

July 13, 1911



G.A.R. Veteran of Marysville Found Half Submerged in Yuba River

MARYSVILLE (Yolo Co.), July 12 - Going go the river to get some water and never returning, James LEONARD, past 70 years of age, was drowned in the Yuba river yesterday afternoon. The manner of his death is not known.

  His body was found lying half submerged near the river bank about 300 feet below the D street bridge, by companions. He had gone to the river to get water for a “mulligan” which he, Harry ZEAZIE and another man were preparing a few feet from the place he drowned. After he left, his companions became impatient by his tardy return and upon looking for him found his lifeless body.

  LEANARD was a swamper in the St. Nicholas saloon where he has been employed for about five years. He is a Grand Army veteran, but beyond that fact, nothing is known of his past or his family. The body was taken from the river by Deputy Coroner HOCKING.



DUNSMUIR (Siskiyou Co.), July 12 - A report to the effect that the city attorney of Dunsmuir, Joseph A. SANFORD, had disappeared, has been disproved. Sanford made a business trip to Marysville and had no intention of leaving Dunsmuir.



CHICO (Butte Co.), July 12 - Ridgley Tilden of Chico, formerly a Sacramento valley newspaper man, died yesterday afternoon in a San Francisco sanitarium at the age of 60 years. He will be brought here for burial. While in Chico Tilden lived with his sister, Mrs. M.M. FAULKNER.



WHEATLAND (Yuba C.), July 12 - The news that Thomas FERGUSON and Miss Lillie JASPER were married in San Francisco this morning will come as a surprise to their many friends in Wheatland and vicinity. After the honeymoon they will reside in this city.



CHICO (Butte Co.), July 12 - Orloff MILLER is wanted by the police for an alleged assault on the person of Beulah C. PARKER, a girl 14 years of age. He was seen in this city last night, but all efforts to locate him since the warrant was issued have been fruitless.

  Miller is well known in Chico as a chauffeur. Some years ago he started on the road with a vaudeville show which was stranded at Biggs.

  The girl made a compete confession implicating several men and boys whose names are withheld by the police. It is thought that several arrests will follow.


            BUY BIG YUBA TRACT

WHEATLAND (Yuba Co.), July 12 - The GAYLORD ranches, the ZERMAN farm and the O. KELLY ranch comprising 1700 acres have been sold to a colony of Swiss dairymen. Fancy prices were paid for the land as it is all rich bottom land. It is announced that the new owners will engage in the dairy industry on a large scale and build a co-operative creamery.

  The sale was made through outside men, whose names have not been made public, and it is said that a San Francisco bank is backing the enterprise. The land is situated south of the Bear river, above the Southern Pacific track.



Kennedy Says He Can Free Both Man and Mrs. Rumball at Trial Before Jury


Men and Women Come for Miles, Bringing Luncheon, to Hear Sensational Case

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), July 12 - Nervously weeping, Arthur Lewis this morning heard Justice J.V. Parks in a much firmer voice than he used when he pronounced judgement on Mrs. Rumball, declare that the evidence warranted the holding of him upon the charge of murdering little Helen Rumball.

  “I have considered this case carefully since yesterday” stated the court “and I am convinced that there is sufficient evidence to warrant the holding of the defendant.”

  Attorney Kennedy expressed no surprise but when he observed the tears coming to the eyes of Lewis leaned over and spoke a few assuring words. Kennedy declared that the was positive he could clear the two at the final hearing.

  “There is no evidence at all to hold them,” stated Kennedy, “and I cannot see for the life of my why they were not both allowed to go at the first hearing.”

  The trials of the two will not be held until the fall. Judge GRAY will not be back until the latter part of August and is preparing to arraign the two in September. Both sides are preparing for the legal battle and District Attorney JONES declares that he will have stronger evidence than that given at the preliminary. One of his witnesses he states was too ill to testify at the trial.

  There have been many interesting hearings held in Butte county but the two just ended surpassed

them all. The interest shown by the women was truly astonishing. There were some spectators from points ten and twenty miles distant and these carried their lunches and ate beneath the trees during the noon recess. It reminded all of a picnic party or some performance of unusual merit more than the hearing of a case as cruel and full of sensation as any ever heard here.

  This morning at 8 o’clock the women commenced to arrive and were packing the court room when Lewis came in. Even after the session was over they hung about the place discussing the case in crowds of twos and threes.



Sacramento Union

Thursday July 13, 1911



RENO (Nevada), July 12 - Walter MORAN, who was arrested a few days ago at the insistence of the housekeeper of the Hotel Golden, who found him endeavoring to enter rooms in the hotel and who was later told to leave town, is again in trouble.

   After his trial and discharge in the police court he determined to celebrate the event and gave a wine supper to a number of friends. When he settled for the dinner he tendered a check for $75, signed by William BIDDLEMAN, a local restaurant man. The check is believed to be a forgery and Moran is being held pending an investigation.



ORLAND (Glenn Co.), July 12 - C.D. JUDD, a local drayman will haul 500 yards of gravel for the East Park dam, being awarded the contract yesterday at $1.65 per yard. The work must be finished within forty-five days, which will allow of no delay. There are two more gravel hauling contracts to be bid upon, one for 500 years and one for 600 yards. The bids will be opened July 17 and 24.



GRIDLEY (Butte Co.), July 12 - Coroner WALLACE last night held an inquest on the unidentified body of a man that was found in the Feather river about half a mile above the Gridley bridge. The verdict of the jury was death by accidental drowning.

  The body was that of a man about 45 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 145 pounds, with reddish-brown mustache and slightly bald. On the margin of a pocket dictionary found on the body were written several names. Those legible were William FLORENTINA, Roca KNIGHT, Paris TOLLE, Knight LONDON and Pepiot. There were no marks of violence on the body and in the pockets about $4 in silver was found.

  The man’s camp was found on the bank of the river a short distance above the spot where the body was found. He had been seen by several. It is supposed that he fell into the water.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 12 - Oustomah Lodge No. 16, I.O.O.F., last night installed its officers for the ensuing tem, Al SEAMAN acting as district deputy grand master. The following officers were installed: John W. O’NEILL, Jr., past grand; Charles A. GRAHAM, noble grand; H.D. SHEARER, warden; A. SEAMAN, conductor; S.CLUTTER, chaplain; A.R. LORD, R.S.N.G.; J.W. DRAKE, L.S.N.G., C.S. ARBOGNST, R.S.V.G; R.N. HECKER, L.S.V.G.; W.P. JONES, L.S.S.; Mark ROBERTS, inside guardian; J.F. HOOK, outside guardian.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), July 12 - In his report to the board of supervisors Commissioner George A. LAMIMAN notes that there are 15,000 sweet potato plants growing in Happy valley. Apples and plums shipped from Happy valley bring good prices in Portland and other northern markets. The olive orchard in the same section, which is the largest in the northern part of California and has been neglected for some years, has now been put in fine condition and some of the varieties are fairly well loaded with fruit.



RENO (Nev.), July 12 - Positive identification of A.S. SAMPSON as the man wanted in Monmouth, Illinois, for bank robbery was made yesterday by S.C. CASE of Abington, Illinois, a place about 18 miles from Monmouth. Case stated after seeing Sampson, alias SPENCER, that the latter had been at his office shortly after the robbery in company with CARROL, who has confessed to the crime, and shipped some grips. These grips were later used in the trial of the two men who escaped from jail.

  Sampson was before Judge MORAN yesterday on application for a writ of habeas corpus. Owing to the absence of the district attorney and his assistant the case was continued. The father and mother of the accused man are still in Reno endeavoring to secure his release.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), July 12 - Probably dead four days before found, the body of John S. DALEY, a miner, was discovered in his cabin on the western outskirts of Redding this morning. Daley was a veteran of the Civil War, and a pioneer miner of Shasta county. At the time of his death he was 77 years of age. He was a resident of Clear Creek for twenty years until he removed to Redding a year ago and lived upon his pension. Physicians declare death resulted from natural causes.



WASHINGTON (Nevada Co.), July 12 - The following officers of Samaritan lodge No. 126, I.O.O.F., have been installed.

Noble grand, S.S. ROLARI; vice-grand, Charles WORTHLEY; warden, Mr. McCULLA; conductor, M.VAN BERG; chaplain, Mr. TABER; inside guardian, Mr. MAZZOLINI; R.S.N.G., O. HELGESCH; L.S.N.G., F. WILLIAMSON; R.S.V.G., P. WULFF.



KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), July 12 - Permission has been granted by the city council for the erection of the Blackburn Sanitarium, the new hospital to be erected in Hot Springs addition. Construction work will soon be commenced by Arthur ARLETA who will do the brick work.

  This hospital is to be constructed of brick and when completed will have cost $16,000. Dr. H.P. HAMILTON of this city will be house surgeon and it will be used by the local physicians.





Sacramento Union

Monday, July 17, 1911


            Saves Life by Lancing Roof of Mouth, Drinking Blood

TONOPAH (Nevada), July 16 - By lancing the roof of his mouth with a penknife a man whose name has not yet been determined saved his own life while stranded on the desert in Death Valley. The man was found demented and wandering aimlessly by Dr. BULETTE and Ed. DAVIS of Rhyolite when they were bringing Ned KIRCHEN, an injured miner, to Tonopah.

  The man presented a sorry sight as his face and chest were covered with blood and he was unable ro speak. In his hand was a small penknife. An examination of the man’s mouth by the physician showed that it had been lanced several times. The physician says this no doubt saved the man from death from thirst, the blood moistening the throat and palate.



Waylays Grass Valley Restaurant Worker in Cellar - Uses Gas Pipe

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), July 16 - Lying in wait for his enemy in the darkness of the cellar of a Greek restaurant, where they were both employed, Gus NEKOS attacked Theodore MORCCE and beat him on the head with a gas pipe, leaving him for dead and making his escape from town. The assailant was later captured about a half mile from town, waiting for a traction car to carry him away. Morcce is in a serious though not dangerous condition.

  This attack follows a fight the two Greeks had this morning in the restaurant, in which they both wielded knives. When Morece quit work this evening he went to the cellar, where his assailant was lying in wait.



Cycle of Accidents Arouses the Superstition of Nevada County Teamsters

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 16 - There’s a hoodoo on the McKillican grade and every driver in the mountains is wondering whose turn is next. Ever since James CAREY had two accidents in one day the teamsters have been very careful. They are a superstitious lot and believe that accidents run in cycles just as fires and other misfortunes do. The old superstition has been borne out this week and the fourth ended with the killing of one mule out of seven and the narrow escape from death of the driver, Mike McCARTHY.

  McCarthy started for the mines with seven pack mules. He tied them in a string because they stay together that way. Going up the grade one of the mules got too near the edge of the road and went over the canyon. One by one the weight of the others pulled all seven mules down and McCarthy, who was riding one, went over with them. Fortunately the saddle girth broke and McCarthy did not go as far down the canyon as the mules did. He struck in some brush near the top. One mule was killed and while the other six were bruised and scratched they were not badly injured.



TRUCKEE (Nevada Co.), July 16 - Leaving several unpaid bills, Ben SWAGO, a local restaurant keeper, has disappeared from Truckee, being missing since Monday. He is now being searched for by the police.



Tragedy Ends Camp Stew of the Defiance Hose Company of Grass Valley


Bodies of Miners Are Found When Pool Above Squirrel Dam is Drained

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), July 16 - Probably seized by cramps while swimming when overheated, Thomas DALEY and Charles JONES, well known miners of this district, were drowned this afternoon in Squirrel creek, ending the camp stew of the Defiance Hose company with tragedy.

  They had attended the camp stew of the Defiance Hose company of which they were members, the festivities taking place at the dam of the creek near town. It is thought the men went in swimming while overheated. It was some time before they were missed. The pool above the dam was then drained and their bodies found.

  Daley was the only support of his widowed mother, Mrs. Patrick DALEY. He was about 40 years of age, while Jones was about 45.


  Jones was a cousin of J.M. CREMIN, of the secretary of state’s office. Mr. Cremin left last night for Grass Valley.



RENO (Nev.), July 16 - In custody of Sheriff FITZPATRICK of Monmouth, Ill., and the latter’s deputy, A.J. BLAISDELL, Carl CARROLL, the Monmouth, Ill., bank robber is now speeding Eastward to stand trial for bank robbery.

  Carroll was arrested in this city some time ago by Chief of Police HILLHOUSE. He later made a confession and announced his willingness to return and stand trial.




Sacramento Union

Friday, July 21, 1911



  Ptomaine poisoning, thought to be the result of eating deviled ham, suddenly attacked Mrs. N.I. THROCKMORTEN of Oak Park, while she was attending a private picnic at McKinley Park yesterday afternoon. She was taken into the pavilion at the park and was cared for by miss Neva C. ANDERSON, playground supervisor of the park, and through the efforts of Miss Anderson, who is experienced as a nurse, was relieved of her pain to a great extent and was taken to her home in Oak Park. Last night she was reported to be resting easily and her condition was improved.



  R. McKENZIE, an aged man who has been working in Yolo county for a number of years, died in a lodging-house in Broderick Wednesday, three days after he had been dismissed form a hospital. McKenzie is said to have died from tuberculosis. A deputy from the coroner’s office in Woodland took charge of the case and will further investigate the death today.




Text-Book Committee Must Fill Sackett’s Place

 The state text-book committee will hold a meeting in San Francisco today with Governor JOHNSON and it is expected that one of the things the committee will do will be to name a secretary to succeed George L. SACKETT, who recently resigned. Sackett left Sacramento yesterday afternoon and took most of his baggage with him, planning to go on to Oakland when the meeting is concluded. Sackett resigned to accept a position as supervising principal in the Oakland schools.

  In addition to selecting a secretary it is likely that the committee will take action upon a number of text-book changes that have been contemplated. Governor Johnson is expected also to make some interesting statements on the text-book situation in the state.



  Nick GAVION has been arrested in Oak Park on a warrant sworn to by Mrs. Alta NANCE charging Gavion with throwing his arms around her and kissing her against her will. Gavion was brought before Township Justice McEWEN of Oak Park, and was released on bail. Mrs. Nance claims that Gavion approached her about nine o’clock on Wednesday night and asked her to kiss him and when she refused he threw his arms around her and kissed her. The case will be heard before Justice McEwen today.



  SMITH, TEVIS and HANFORD, incorporated, a firm organized to carry on a stock and bond business, has also filed articles of incorporation with the secretary of the state. This company is incorporated for $1,000,000 and $5000 is actually subscribed. The incorporators are A.H. JARMAN of San Jose, Luther ELKINS , Oliver B. WYMAN, Nat SCINHILEWITZ and H. MONTGOMERY, all of San Francisco.



 The Portuguese Republican club met last night, and —fed it’s new officers. W.L. ROSE, candidate for trustee in the third ward, addressed the club as did also J.B. MARTIN. Refreshments were served to those in attendance. The officers are: President, Antone NUNES; vice-president, D.A. NUNES; secretary, J.R. BETTINCOURT; treasurer, A.L. deROZA.






Sacramento Union

Tuesday, July 25, 1911


   RENO (Nev.), July 24 - Considerable mystery attaches to the manner in which John CREEDON, who was found unconscious and bleeding from many cuts and bruises this morning, was hurt. Creedon was taken to the city hall and treated at the emergency hospital, but is unable to tell how he came in his present condition. It is believed that he was set upon and beaten by drunken Indians. When found, Creedon, who is a laborer, well know here, was lying in the rear of Carter’s saloon.



   JACKSON (Amador Co.), July 24 - The following officers of the local I.O.O.F. and Rebekah lodges have been installed:

 Jackson lodge, No. 36 - George HOMBRIE, N.G.; John MOYLE, V.G.; H.A. CLARK, secretary; W.M. PENRY, treasurer; W.C. SMITH, warden; Chris MEISS, conductor; James HARRIS, R.S.N.G.; H.E. STEWART, L.S.N.G.; Robert JEFFRIES, R.S.V.G.; A.L. STEWART, L.S.V.G.; S. ZARKOVICH, I.G.; Henry WELL, O.G.; Chris Lepava, R.S.S.; Nick MILLOVICH, L.S.S.

  Rebekah lodge No. 50 - Leulla MOUNTER, N.G.; Bertha MOUNTER, V.G.; Annie ANGOVE, recording secretary; Kate LANGHORST, treasurer; Mary TREGLOAN, warden; Emma WILLIAMS, conductor; Luna CLARK, R.S.N.G.; Annie L. CLARK, L.S.N.G.; Frances JEFFREYS, R.S.V.G.; Martha MOYLE, L.S.V.G.; George HAMBRIE, I.G.; S. COPORCICH, O.G.



RENO - (Nev.), July 24 - Walter RICHARDSON, who was arrested in this city several days ago on complaint of his partner, who alleged that he sold a number of mules to a Reno man when the mules were common property, and then kept the money, was released on a writ of habeas corpus today.

  His attorneys stated that he had not been given the opportunity of having a preliminary examination. The district attorney stated that he had no objection to the writ being granted.

  As soon as Richardson was released he was arrested on a charge of obtaining money by false pretenses. His preliminary examination was started this afternoon in the justice court.



COLFAX (Placer Co.), July 24 - Colfax lodge No. 132, I.O.O.F., has installed the following officers for the current term:

 N.G., H.C. NOLTE; V.G., C.S. MILLIS; R.S., G.B. McCULLOUGH; F.S., Benjamin HARRIS; treasurer, H. SPUHLER; R.S.N.G., W.A. EWERS; R.S.V.G., W. HANSON; warden, E.A. WATTS; conductor, A.L. WISKER; I.G., W.B. FOWLER.



RENO (Nev.), July 24 - The coroner’s jury last evening brought in a verdict of accidental death in the case of Joe CARAMELLA. The deceased was an Italian employed on the SCHAEFFER ranch between this city and Sparks. He was dragged to death by the runaway team.    



QUINCY (Plumas Co.), July 24 - E.E. WHEELER, one of the largest owners of timber in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties is dead at his home in Portville, New York.

  He owned the Lumpkin timber properties, now embracing something like 50,000 acres, also about 6000 acres at Poweltown. He likewise owned a large acreage in the strawberry valley, covering almost 25,000 acres of timber land, and also controlled about 20,000 acres near Greenville, in Plumas county, with many other interests on the coast.


            TOO MUCH SODA; DEAD

AUBURN (Placer Co.), July 24 - Physicians declare gastric fever caused by drinking too much soda water, brought on the death of Jacob DOLLMAN, a railroad construction laborer, whose body was found in the rear of the Jack SMITH saloon this morning. He was 45 years of age.


W.R. Cutler, Whose Hand Was Burned by Electricity, Receives $7500

RENO (Nev.), July 24 - There is a new precedent established in this state in the matter of remunerating employes for damages sustained that were the result of carelessness on the part of the employers.

  W.R. CUTLER yesterday received a check for $7500, with interest for nearly a year, for damages sustained to his hand while employed by the Silver Peak Mining company.

  He was engaged repairing an Iron roof when he was almost electrocuted. A wire carrying nearly 20,000 volts of electricity had been grounded on the roof, and Cutler received the entire charge, burning several fingers off one hand, incapacitating him from work.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 24 - General Manager A.D. FOOTE of this city has taken a working bond on the Rainbow mine at Alleghany from L.P. WOODBURY, who has the mine, under bond from H.H. NOBLE, the owner. There are a number of men at work on the property, and it is the intention to develop the mine and determine absolutely if it is worth what the owners asks for it. Several years ago the Rainbow produced some of the richest ore in the Alleghany district and created quite a sensation when the specimens were shown. Since then they have run into a barren country that has produced but little, although the ledge has never been lost sight of and there are indications that pay ore may be reached at any time.


            ASK $30,000 DAMAGES

SUTTER CREEK (Amador Co.), July 24 - Suit has been commenced in the superior court of this county by Laura A. SUMMERS, widow of the late A.B. Summers, and Carrie ROBINSON, Alfred, Frank, William and Alvinza Summers, children of the deceased, who met his death in the Mountain Boy mine in El Dorado county while employed as surveyor at that property on July 24, 1910. The complaint alleges that the accident was caused by defective hoisting machinery, and plaintiffs ask $30,000 damages. District Attorney W.G. SNYDER is attorney for the plaintiff.




Sacramento Union

Thursday, July 27, 1911



KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), July 26 - A few days ago a bottle of whisky getting in the possession of one of the prisoners in the county jail by some unknown means, caused a disturbance that might have ended seriously for some of the inmates of the bastile had not help been summoned from the outside, and the hilarious one confined in “the tank” till sobriety returned to him.

  During the warm days prisoners have been allowed to lounge in the courthouse yard, and on one of these occasions Tom MURPHY, who is being held for stabbing Tom CANNOLEY with a pocket knife, secured the flask of barleycorn. He kept his find secret to himself till about 9 o’clock in the evening, and then it declared itself, as the Hibernian quickly became noisy and bellicose, and started to clean out the entire bunch of prisoners.

  As Murphy is a man of massive build, one who follows the blacksmith trade, it did not take the prisoners long to conclude that “Murphy on a bender” was a good man to avoid. In less than a minute all were perched on window sills or on top of cells, yelling lustily for assistance. Patrolman WALKER appeared on the scene, and Murphy was “tanked” till his rising martial spirit had cooled.



KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), July 26 - After advertising for bids on three different occasions, and rejecting two sets of bids submitted, the city council has at last awarded the contract for the construction of the third unit of the sewer system. The contract has been awarded to Thomas H. SIMPSON and E.E. PHIPPS, contractors from Ashland. These were the only two who bid on this work, as the Chico construction company and Frank ROBERTS, who bid on the two former occasions, withdrew from the field.

  By the terms of their bid, the contractors agree to build the sewer unit complete, furnishing the pipe, for $12,067.05. In the first bids submitted, Frank Roberts’ bid for the sewer complete was $13,235. He made a bid of $10,900 for the work alone.

  The bonds of the contractors have been placed at $10,000. They will commence work as soon as possible, in order to complete the system by the coming of the bad weather season.


            MAY BUY BIG TIMBER

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), July 26 - That the orders received by J.G. CAVANAUGH and A.F. MORSE, who have been cruising the timber on the holdings of the El Dorado Lumber company to continue the work is an indication of the purchase of the land by the DANCHER Lumber company of Tacoma, is believed in this city.

  The El Dorado Lumber company was an auxiliary company of the defunct Safe Deposit and Trust company of San Francisco. Since the failure of the bank the mills of the company have been idle. The Dancher Lumber company of Tacoma took an option on the property on the El Dorado Lumber company, which expires July 28.



RENO (Nev.), July 26 - On motion of Sam PLATT, United States district attorney, the case against T. TOMMAMICHAEL, who recently gave an Indian a glass of beer believing him to be a Mexican, will not be prosecuted. After a thorough investigation of the affair, the federal officer satisfied himself that Tommamichael gave the Indian the liquor while laboring a misapprehension.

  The warrant against Tommamichael will not be dismissed, but will be allowed to stand for the present as a warning to him to be more careful in the future.


            RETURNS AFTER 42 YEARS

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 26 - After an absence of forty-two years, A.J. DOWNER came back to this city Sunday, accompanied by J.F. HERKEBRATH of San Bernardino. They left today for Scott Flat, where they will look over the country where Downer mined nearly half a century ago. Downer is now a farmer in San Barnardino, but he has always hankered to get back to his early day experience and look over the ground. He enjoyed meeting many old friends whom he knew forty-two years ago.



Patrick Casey Denied Motion for New Trial - Asks That Aug. 16 Be Date of Death

GOLDFIELD (Nev.), July 16 - August 16, the anniversary of the date on which he killed Mrs. HESLIP in this city, Patrick CASEY will pay the penalty for his act on the gallows at the state prison at Carson City. Judge SOMERS has for the second time sentenced the murderer to hang, following the receipt of the remittitur from the supreme court denying the motion for a new trial.

  When he learned that the date of his execution was to be set a second time Casey requested that August 16 be named.

  Casey’s attorney has stated that he will apply for a rehearing on the motion for a new trial.




RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), July 28 - W.C. FIDDLER has sold his grain commission warehouse to C.T. BURGESS of Redding. Fiddler will move to San Diego about the middle of August.



ELKO (Nev.), July 26 - Because the town of Deeth does not possess a jail, the jail having been burned a short time ago, a Greek section man by the name of ERILARUPY was chained to a telephone pole by Officer WINES and made to stand all day in the broiling hot sun. He was nearly dead when released and brought to the Elko jail.

  It appears that the Greek was accused of attempting to enter the home of Frank McDERMITT. He was frightened away and later arrested. Yesterday the man appeared before the justice of the peace here and was fined $10, which he paid and then left.



Directors and Officers Elected To Build at Once - Machinery Ordered.

QUINCY (Plumas Co.), July 26 - Deciding to build their creamery plant immediately, ordering machinery, electing directors who afterward named officers, the stockholders of the Quincy Creamery company held their first regular meeting after receiving articles of incorporation from the secretary of state’s office.

  The stockholders organized by adopting constitution and by-laws and electing the following directors: M. McINTOSH, W.J. FORD, R.L. ERWIN, A.H. THAYER and F.G. GASNER. The directors organized by electing W.J. FORD, president ; M. McINTOSH, secretary, and F.G. GASNER, treasurer.

  A lot has been purchased of Jacob STEPHAN directly south of the Quincy Western depot building and facing on Leonard avenue. It runs 75 feet west and about 80 feet on Leonard avenue northerly from the existing line fence south of the depot. The company has arranged with the Quincy Western to lay a small car track from the creamery building to the railroad track, which will permit the delivery of cream and the shipment of butter with the least expense possible.

  The building will be started as soon as the plans and material can be gotten together. The foundation and floor will be of concrete and cement and it is probable that the walls will be of concrete to a height of three feet. These details, however, have not been definitely settled upon.

  The necessary machinery has been ordered. It includes an up-to-date ripener, churn, starter, can, testing apparatus, moisture tester and a disc continuous ice cream freezer, etc. The capacity of the freezer is seventy gallons per hour.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), July 26 - Yesterday a complete change occurred in the condition of aged Samuel AVERY, the fireman who was injured on the Fourth of July when knocked from the wagon of Eagle Hose company by the electric car just as the parade was forming on East Main street. Last night it was feared that he could not live until this morning, and his condition today was not improved. Blood seems to be entering the brain and is causing a form of paralysis that it is believed will end the life of the unfortunate man. Dr. JONES stated this morning that there was not much chance for his recovery.

  Avery seemed to recover from the effects of the accident, although at the time it did not appear that he had a chance. It was believed that all danger was passed until the alarming symptoms set in yesterday. The old man was thrown heavily to the street from the seat of a the wagon on the Fourth and had several ribs broken and his head was badly injured.



WINNEMUCCA (Nev.), July 26 - Believing him to be a burglar, the bartender at King’s saloon at Gerlach shot George TAYLOR in the stomach and Taylor is not expected to live.

  Taylor was seen prowling about the rear of the saloon earlier in the evening and this aroused the suspicions of the bartender. The bartender told him to leave and Taylor did not obey. The bartender then drew his pistol and states that he intended firing in the air to frighten Taylor. When the bartender drew the gun, Taylor stepped back and stooping over, received the bullet in the stomach.

 Taylor was bitten severely by a bull dog at Gerlach several weeks ago and since that time was been working in saloons as a porter.



WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), July 26 - The Native Daughters installed officers last night and it was made the occasion of a visit from the district deputy, Mrs. Ella INGRAM of Napa. Those installed were Mrs. W.E. OSBORN, president; Mrs. R.W. WOODS, first vice-president; Mrs. ODLUM, second vice-president, Mrs. Tracey BOERSTLER, third vice-president; Miss Hazel STEPHENS, treasurer; Miss Ora WINDSOR, recording secretary; Miss Annie OGDEN, financial secretary; Mrs. J. KINCADE, L.G.; Miss Amy COTTRELL, O.G.; Mrs GREENWOOD, Mrs. MURPHY and Mrs. Carrie SIMPSON, trustees.






Sacramento Union

Monday September 4, 1911



Brother Dynamites River in Effort to Locate Body of Scott Beaser


One Theory Is That Missing Student Was Temporarily Demented

NELSON POINT (Plumas Co.), Sept. 3 - Dr. BEESER of Fresno, who is investigating the mysterious disappearance of his brother, Scott, who has been missing since August 8, has exhausted all possible sources except one for the discovery of his brother and recovery of his body. That one is the “shooting” of the river with powder in order to raise the body, if it be anchored in some of the deep pools of the Middle Feather.

  He, with an assistant, is now engaged in exploding charges of dynamite at likely places from Minerva Bar downward. It was in the same canyon that ROGERS, the civil engineer for the Western Pacific railroad lost his life while running a surveying line down the river some years ago. It is thought that Beaser in attempting to ford the stream slipped into a deep hole under an overhanging rock. Others are inclined to the belief that the missing man had wandered away while under a mental aberration. He was well educated and was utilizing his moments in study when not mining.                                             

  Coupled with the fact that he was working in the hot sun and lived the lonely life of a hermit, a foundation is found for the theory that he was seized with an uncontrollable wanderlust and hiked out. All shafts and tunnels and all abandoned cabins for miles around have ben thoroughly searched, and not a single trace found.



GOLDFIELD (Nev.), Sept 3 - Jack KENNEDY, former barkeeper in a resort of the tenderloin district of Goldfield, has been arrested on a charge of selling liquor to a minor. With him has been arrested “Cap” BELMONT, who is alleged to have acted as his agent in the transaction. Kennedy has been released on bail of $3400, but Belmont is still in jail.


            Nevada Co. Mining Revival Means Double Freighting

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Sept 3 - The revival of the mining industry in the upper part of this county and in the Sierra county has almost doubled the among of freighting from this city, and the depot is a busy scene every day, as the big teams line up to take their loads for the mountains. Iron pipe, lumber and cement form a large part of the freight, which indicates that buildings and foundations for machinery are being built, and all of which spells prosperity for the small towns in the hills.

  Mike WYLIE, one of the veteran teamsters, has taken five loads of machinery from this city to Alleghany, and says he has contracts to haul several more loads of machinery. He says the mining outlook in Alleghany was never better, and now that some rich men have taken hold of the prospect of that district it will mean the development of many properties that have been lying idle for want of capital to develop them.



James Thompson, Who Disappeared, Thought to Have Left Country

KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Sept 3 - James THOMPSON’s fate does not excite the local interest that it did ten days ago when he disappeared after coming here from Merrill with Liveryman MERRILL of that place. His brother, Edgar Thompson, came here from Grant’s Pass and reported that he had an engagement to meet the Merrill man, asserting that the brother had a ranch to sell near Merrill and that a Seattle man had come with him with a view to purchasing it.

  James Thompson had collected $50 or $60 at Merrill, it is claimed, from people who owed him when he came to Klamath Falls. The missing man had only lived at Merrill a few months, was single, about 50 years of age, and is an easy going sort of man. He gambled and drank some. He is now believed to have gone away of his own accord.



Body of Austrian Found by Foreman in Workings of Mizpah Mine

TONOPAH (Nev.), Presumably smothered to death by foul air, the body of Gabriel KOVACEVICH, an Austrian, was found on an intermediate level between the 300 and 400-foot stations of the Mizpah mine. The body was found by Foreman THOMPSON, who happened to be making an inspection of that portion of the mine. This is the first fatality to be reported in the Tonopah district since the Belmont disaster, over six months ago.

  Kovacevich went to work with the regular day shift at 7 o’clock and took his station as a mucker on the level on which his body was found.

  Kovacevich was about 28 years of age and unmarried. He had been in the employ of the company for about three years.




Sacramento Union

Tuesday September 5, 1911


            Yolo Pioneer To Be Laid To Rest

Augustus Appleby, Well Known In State, Will Be Buried at Esparto

ESPARTO (Yolo Co.), Sept 4 - The funeral of Augustus APPLEBY, post-master, merchant farmer, and former deputy sheriff of Yolo county, will take place tomorrow afternoon from the family residence. Interment will be in the Capay cemetery.

  Augustus Appleby died last Saturday at the age of 79 years 8 months and 23 days. He was a native of New Jersey, and came to California about fifty years ago and settled in the Capay valley. While he was deputy sheriff under Sheriff F.M. RAHM, he, the sheriff and Under Sheriff George Rahm were arrested for the murder of John MALTBY, also connected with the sheriff’s office. A trial followed, in which the accused men were completely vindicated, and received a demonstration from the residents of Yolo county on their release. It was the most remarkable demonstration in the history of Woodland, and never will be forgotten by those who witnessed it. Appleby’s name was never brought into the trial. The prosecution attempted to implicate Sheriff Rahm.

  He leaves a wife, two sons, Will Appleby, who is connected with the United States navy, and Vernon Appleby of Washington, and two daughters, Mrs. A.F. BINDE of Esparto and Mrs. A.H. HOLMES of Madison.



LOVELOCK (Nev.), Sept 4 - An appeal has been taken in the case of J.C. BRECKENRIDGE, who was found guilty last week of conducting the Big Meadows hotel in a disorderly manner.

  Breckenridge, following his conviction, was sentenced to pay a fine of $200 and serve thirty days in the county jail at Winnemucca. The offense was alleged to have been committed on April 10, and the warrant of arrest was served on June 1. The trial occupied two days.



RENO (Nev.), Sept 4 - Lieutenant J.E. JOHNSON of the Reno police department, has caused the arrest of John GANETTI, charged with selling whisky to Indians, on a charge of offering a bribe. Johnson claims that Ganetti offered him $3.25 for his release when the warrant charging selling whisky to Indians was served.

  Prior to offering the bribe the prisoner admitted to Johnson that he had provided squaws with liquor.



Moorhouse, Accused of Burglary of Store at Chico, Is In Jail.

CHICO (Butte Co.), Sept 4 - Because when he left Chico two weeks ago, Ben MOORHOUSE left behind at his camp a pair of old shoes, he has been arrested on a charge of robbery. The shoes exactly fit into the tracks of the thief who three weeks ago Sunday entered the grocery store of William TODD, west of Chico’s city limits, and took $30 for the till, during the absence of the proprietor.

  After Moorhouse left the city it was learned that he had been seen going toward the store on the morning in question. Search of the camp he had occupied was made. Constable CRUM found the old shoes and fitted them into the tracks left in a damp spot in a field of alfalfa. They fitted nicely. Moorhouse, all unsuspecting, returned to Chico and was arrested. At the time of the robbery the thief was tracked a considerable distance before the trail was lost.



SUTTER CREEK (Amador Co.), Sept 4 - The Woman’s Improvement club of Sutter Creek gave a grand ball in Levaggi’s hall last Saturday night, which was largely attended. The music for the occasion was furnished by the Jensen Orchestra and the funds derived from the supper and dance increase the high school fund materially.



FORT BIDWELL (Modoc Co.), Sept 4 - With the motto, “Boost Modoc County,” a booster’s club with a charter membership of fifty has been organized here. It is the intention of the new club to advocate the organization of other like bodies in other section of the county, and to conduct an advertising campaign of this county and its resources and possibilities.



Well-Known resident of Capay Lives to Three-Score and Ten Mark

CAPAY (Yolo Co.), Sept 4 - Hiram Seneca EDDY died last night at the residence of his son, Lyman Eddy, in Capay at the age of 71 years 5 months and 5 days. The funeral will take place Wednesday forenoon at 10 o’clock from the residence of Frank Eddy in Woodland and the interment will be in the Woodland cemetery.

  Hiram Eddy was born in New York and was a resident of Yolo county for thirty-six years. He first settled in Woodland and about twenty-five years ago removed to Capay. He is survived by three sons, Frank J. of Woodland, Bert of Petz, Colorado and Lyman Eddy of Capay and one daughter, Mrs. T.L. DRYDEN of Galt, Canada.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Sept 4 - Mayor J. Stitt WILSON, the Socialist executive of Berkeley, was the principal speaker at the picnic given by the labor unions of the county today, and he had a big audience this morning at Glenbrook Park. He is an eloquent speaker and his address contained some thoughtful and pertinent suggestions.



Passengers on Electric Road Form Bucket Brigade to Save Residence

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Sept 4 - The residence of T.C. THOMAS on the Nevada road narrowly escaped destruction by fire on Sunday, and had it not been for the assistance rendered by the passengers from a passing electric car it is likely that the dwelling would have been consumed. Mr. Thomas rode down from the power house on the car on its trip to this city, and was reading in the front part of the house when he was informed of the fire. He and the other members of the family did their best to suppress the flames, and were hard at work when the car appeared on the return trip. On the car were Emil OTT, T.W. GOLDING and Al ABRAHAM, and they lent their assistance. They formed a bucket brigade and within a short time had the flames under control. The rear part of the house was badly burned. The fire is believed to have been caused by fire dropping form a stove in which there had been a fire earlier in the morning. There was no insurance on the burned property.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Sept 4 - An old mountaineer with a mean sense of humor told two Oakland men who were spending a few weeks at Lake Spalding that rattlesnakes were on the protected list and that ten was the limit for any person or party of persons to kill in any one summer. A week later they encountered a nest of rattlesnakes and after they had dispatched ten of the serpents they left the rest unharmed. When they returned to camp they told Charles GLISE and Carol TOWLE what they had done and explained why they had not killed them all. The boys laughed at their ignorance and then went out and killed the rest of the snakes. During the time that Messrs. Glise and Towle and the Oakland men were at the lake they know of sixty-one rattlers that had been killed.



Lake County Officials Raid Saloon Selling Liquor Illegally

LAKEVIEW (Ore.), Sept 4 - Word reached here that whisky was being sold in Paisley without license. Sheriff SNIDER and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney VENATOR immediately left Lakeview for that place with a view to break up the “boot legging.” They found that the unlawful dispensation of malt, vinous and spiritous liquors was being carried on by D. BIGGERSTAFF. The raid on the house netted the officers 790 bottles of beer and about 70 gallons of whisky, besides wine and gin in large quantities. The place is said to have been one of the best stocked “blind pigs” that has been unearthed in a long time. The liquor was confiscated. Venator intimates that other places are suspected and that more gutters may be made to run with contraband goods later. Justice F.L. YOUNG heard the preliminary case of Biggerstaff and held him in $500 bond for the October term of the grand jury.





Sacramento Union

Friday September 8, 1911



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Sept 7 - After deliberating for half an hour today a jury found John THOMAS guilty of entering the room of Joe CLARK in the Helm house, in Chico, two months ago, and stealing from the clothing of Clark a gold watch. Judge GRAY stated that the man would come up for sentence next Monday morning at 10 o’clock.

  The impaneling of the jury commenced at 10 o’clock this morning and was concluded about 1 o’clock this afternoon. The testimony of two witnesses was to the effect that Thomas and Charles WALTON, the latter in jail awaiting trial, came to Chico and got a room at the Helm house. They were found in a saloon near the Southern Pacific depot at 1 o’clock the next morning by an officer who had been apprized of the theft of Clark’s watch earlier in the day.


            Fined for Beating Man Who Attempted to Ruin His Sister

CHICO (Butte Co.), Sept 7 - Assault in a public place, to protect one’s sister for the snares of an alleged white slaver, is not justifiable in the mind of Police Judge Richard WHITE, who to-day fined Frank MELLO $25 because the latter gave Harry LYONS a fistic beating after the man, according to the generally accredited story, tried to induce Frank’s sister, seventeen years old, to desert her people and go with him, presumably to make money for him in a Sacramento dance hall, where he is said to have placed another Chico girl.

  The fight occurred on Main street, starting across from city hall. On Tuesday afternoon Mello met Lyons there and sailed in to give hum a drubbing. Lyons ran to the police stations for protection but was overtaken at the very door of the station and severely cuffed. The judge today said he believed Mello’s story, but did not think it justified an assault.


            Amateur Aeronaut Invents Device for Starting Plane

CHICO (Butte Co.), Sept 7 - Thadeus KERNS, the 17-year-old youth who is now making almost daily flights in his home-made aeroplane, has devised a series of ropes and pulleys which he operates from the driver’s seat in starting upon a flight. The youth works without the help of assistants, so has no one to hold the aeroplane until he is ready to start. By the aid of his invention he dispenses with all other help, and has no difficulty in making a start.

  The evolution of young Kerns into an aviator has been gradual and has been fraught with many trying experiences and failures. On two occasions when he felt sure he was going to win public recognition he was doomed to disappointment - once at San Francisco and late, on July 4th, at the local race track. Now, however, he has arrived, and while not billing himself a fancy aviator, he is quite capable of getting off the ground in his machine and staying there.



Demented Inmate of Tehama Hospital Makes Two Efforts to End Life

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Sept 7 - Oscar GOTCHER, who was taken to the county hospital here on the verge of delirium tremens, made his escape from that institution and returned to town. After calling at two houses and frightening women, he was taken in by the police and locked up in the city jail.

  Here he attempted suicide by butting his brains out against the hard wall of his cell. Before he could inflict any serious damage on himself, however, the officer detected him in his efforts to end his life and turned him over to the county officials.

  Gotcher was then taken to the county jail where he attempted to hang himself, but was prevented. The man has almost entirely lost his reason and it is feared that he is permanently insane.



WINTERS (Yolo Co.), Sept 7 - The trustees of the Winters grammar school district has appointed Stewart O. SAMUELS of Red Bluff principal of the Winters school to succeed Edgar F. HUNTER, who resigned the position a few days ago.

  Samuels is a graduate of the Chico state normal school and comes to Winters well recommended. Hunter resigned on account of personal business interests that demanded his attention.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Sept 7 - The death of John BURKETT, who was 75 years old, and who for 40 years had been a resident of Chico, occurred last night at Napa, where the man was taken after a general mental breakdown. Burkett was for 19 years a member of the local police department, but had not acted as officer for the past 17 years. He is survived by a widow, three sisters and five brothers, who reside in the East. The man was born in Ohio. The body will be brought to Chico for burial.





Sacramento Union

Tuesday September 12, 1911



Former Oroville Woman, Who Speaks Wyami Tongue, Called to Berkeley


She Is Sole Master of Now Extinct Language of Once Strong Tribe

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Sept 11 - At the request of Professor WATERMAN, Mrs. Anna MORRISON REED, who has written many entertaining poems, and who was formerly of this city, has decided to leave her home at Petaluma and go to the bay, where she can study the queer Indian captured here recently. Mrs. Reed is the only living white person, so far as known, who can speak the Wyami tongue.

  The Wyami tribe inhabited the Deer Creek section, and Professor Waterman believes that Mrs. Reed can talk to the man. She paid a visit to him and the two talked so fluently that the professor decided she would be a far better tutor than Sam BATWEE, or Indian Sam, of Redding.

  The above facts were learned in a letter written by Mrs. Reed to friends here. She states there is no doubt but that the man is a member of the Wyami tribe and the sole survivor.  She stated she learned to speak the language from a Wyami boy adopted by her father, who was a well-known pioneer of this county. She declared she will talk with the man and put into book form his story, which , she says, will reveal many of the tales of massacre and thefts known to all of the old settler only in part.

  An interesting fact secured from the man is that he has been in the neighborhood of Oroville for the past ten years. He declares he secured his food from the slaughter house.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Sept 11 - John LIGGETT, who is being held on a charge of a felonious assault upon a child alleged to have been committed a few weeks ago, was arraigned before Superior Judge E.P. McDANIEL this morning. Liggett requested the court to appoint counsel to represent him and Attorney  W.H. CARLIN was named. Liggett will enter his plea on Wednesday.

  William HENDERSON was arraigned this morning also on a charge of grand larceny and bound over until Wednesday, when he will enter his plea. Attorney JOHNSON was appointed by the court to represent Henderson.



Mrs. Rumball and Arthur Lewis Arraigned on Charge of Murdering Child

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Sept 11 - Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL and Arthur LEWIS entered a plea of not guilty this morning to the charge of murdering little Helen Rumbell at Gridley. The trial of Lewis will begin on November 13, while that of Mrs. Rumball was set for the 28th of the same month. Mrs. Rumbell appeared to be extremely nervous, as the courtroom was well filled.

  She made her plea in a faint voice, immediately resuming her seat and hiding her face in her hands. Lewis showed his usual care-free manner and answered in a clear bold voice. Previous to the plea being entered, Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY made a motion for a dismissal of the action on the grounds that the complaint was not drawn up according to law. This was denied and then he read a demurrer to the complaint, declaring there were not facts sufficient to warrant a cause of action.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Sept 11 - Thomas MAHONEY, a pioneer resident of Yuba county died yesterday at the residence of Mrs. William NORTON in Linda township at the age of 85 years. He was a trusted employe of the Marysville Woolen mills for many years. He was a native of Ireland.

  Mahoney is survived by his stepchildren, W.L. NORTON of Linda township and J.J. Norton of Marigold, Mrs. Mary A. JORGENSON of Vallejo and Mrs. Kate SORENSON of San Francisco.

  It was learned today that George JORGENSON, husband of Mrs. Mary Jorgenson, one of the stepdaughters of Thomas Mahoney, died in Vallejo today.



Native Sons’ Head Pays Visit to Members of Grass Valley Parlor

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Sept. 11 - Grand president H.C. Lichtenberger of the Native Sons of California was the honored guest of the members of Quartz parlor of that fraternity this evening. The distinguished official arrived on the afternoon train and was met at the station by a delegation of several of the prominent members of the parlor. After the business meeting there was a banquet and the grand president made an address. Several toasts were responded to. George A. STEWART, the president of the parlor, was a toastmaster.

  “The Pioneers” was the subject of the address by William TEMBY; Fred MILLER spoke upon “The Flag;” W.J. MORRIS was complimentary to the “Native Daughters,” and J.C. TYRRELL responded to the sentiment of “Quartz Parlor.” At the conclusion of Mr. Tyrrell’s remarks he presented the visiting officer with a very handsome quartz scarf pin, the ore having been secured form one of the mines of this district. Tomorrow evening Mr. Lichtenberger will be the guest of Hydraulic parlor of Nevada City.



W.C. Austin Says Miners Are Scarce in Mines of Tuolumne County

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Sept. 11 - W.C. AUSTIN, one of the best known mining men in the northern part of the state, is here on a visit to his family and is showing some very fine specimens that were taken from a mine in Soulsbyville, Tuolumne county, in which he is the principal owner. Some time ago he took a bond on the Wheat Ruff mine and the ore seems to be peppered with gold and caries minerals of a high grade.

  Mr. Austin is enthusiastic over the mining outlook in Tuolumne county. He says there are several large mines with handsome products. The companies operating them employ a large number of men. He further says that it is difficult to get miners to work there, the companies having scouts out all the time looking for good men. The demand for labor is invariably greater than the supply.



Purse Picked, Reno Divorcon Finds Herself Penniless in Restaurant.

RENO (Nevada), Sept 11 - An early morning shopping tour taken Saturday by Mrs. D.M. HUDSON, formerly of New York, but in Reno gaining a resplence at present, cost that handsome young woman $75. The money was in bills of various denominations, and they mysteriously disappeared from her purse.

  The lady had completed her shopping and had gone to a restaurant to dine. When she went to pay for her meal she found herself penniless. She has no idea how or where the money was taken from her purse.



TUDOR (Sutter Co.), Sept 11 - Benjamin Franklin ROSE, a well-known resident of this county, died at his home about a mile west of here Sunday. He was in his 50th year at the time of death, and was a native of California, having spent most of his time in Sutter county.       

  Surviving him are his wife and two daughters, besides an aged mother, Mrs. E.J. HOBBS, and three sisters, Mrs. H.J. CARPENTER of Arizona, Miss Mollie HOBBS of Tudor, and Mrs. Walter BAILEY, also of Sutter county. The funeral will be held from the late residence in Sutter county Tuesday morning at 9:30. Interment will be made in the Sutter City cemetery at 1:30 in the afternoon.



Ely Saloonkeepers Alleged to Be Violating State Anti-Gambling Law.

ELY (Nev.), Sept 11 - Gambling alleged to be prevalent in certain saloons and clubhouses in Ely, has again created considerable agitation and has resulted in the district attorney and sheriff issuing a second ultimatum to proprietors of saloons and club houses.

  For some time it has been well known that poker, slough and other card games were being played for money in nearly all of the saloons of the place. No money was seen at the tables, chips being used in the place of coin. No very strenuous objections were registered against these games, but a few days ago two percentage games were opened in Ely, a roulette wheel and a faro bank. This aroused a spirit of business rivalry and jealousy among the gambling element, particularly among those who did not care to take such chances on violating the state law. Complaint was made to the district attorney and sheriff and those officials have issued an open statement to the gambling element that no games of any kind will hereafter be tolerated. The “quiet” games will be raided and those operating and playing at them will be arrested on just the same basis as will parties operating and playing at percentage games.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), Sept 11 - Coroner BISBEE has pronounced the case of the death of Valentine KELLER, who was found dead in bed at a mining cabin near Clipper Gay Sunday, as heart failure brought on by alcoholism.





Sacramento Union

Sunday November 12, 1911



Two of Venire of Sixty Summoned in Murder Case Will Not Be in Court


Prosecution Will Contend That Neck of Helen Rumbell Was Broken by Blow

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Nov. 11 - With one venireman in the Stockton insane asylum, and one mining in Canada, the trial jury will be lacking by two when it is called before Judge GRAY Monday in the trial of Arthur LEWIS for the murder of little Helen RUMBALL at Gridley.

  The venireman who is now an inmate of the insane asylum is J.W. SEIBOLD of Stirling City, while George W. RILEY, of Enterprise is the juror in Alberta, Canada, who will probably not know that he was called for the trial until after the fate of Lewis is known.

  Only one day intervenes before the trial, which will probably be the greatest criminal case in the history of the county since that of Dr. J. Ellis RODLEY of Chico. District Attorney George F. JONES and Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY, who will defend Lewis, both believe that the first venire of sixty will be exhausted before the jury box is filled. The attorneys believe that the actual taking of testimony will not start until a week from Monday.

  The Rodley trial took a month, and it is expected that the Lewis trial will take as long if not longer. There are many witnesses to be examined, and all are expected to be called time and time again.

  Public opinion has been formed all over the county, and it will be difficult to secure a jury. The defense will exert every energy to clear Lewis as his acquittal would probably mean the end of the prosecution of both himself and his sister, Mrs. Emma L. Rumball, who is held with him for murder.

  The strong point of the prosecution will be that the neck of little Helen Rumball was broken by a severe blow. They will endeavor to prove that Lewis struck the blow, although the district attorney will not admit that it was not within the power of Mrs. Rumball to have dealt the blow.



CHICO (Butte CO.), Nov. 11 - The Elks of Chico have chartered a special train over the Northern Electric railroad to attend the minstrel show of the Marysville Elks, to be given in the Marysville theater.

  The special is to leave Chico at 6:30, and will return immediately after the performance and a reception planned by the Hub City “Bills” to the visiting members of the lodge.

  Refreshments are to be served on the train en route, and the committee in charge has arranged other features to keep the time occupied on the way. The Diamond Hotel trio and the Hydrophobia quartet, the latter composed of Bob WARD, C. RAY, Paul BLASINGAME and Billie WELCH, will entertain the passengers. Among those arranging the trip are Jack ADLER, John WOOD, Fritz ANDERSON and Charles McLENNAN.



Most Successful Season in the History of Hamilton City Plant Near End            

HAMILTON CITY (Glenn Co.), Nov. 11 - The sugar factory will make the last run on bee-s tomorrow, and will shut down Monday evening, after refining the sugar from the previous day’s run. The output this season has been quite satisfactory to the officials. It is estimated at more than 15,000,000 pounds. With the increased acreage in sugar beets that will be planted next season, the great factory will pass the 20,000,000 mark. This quantity will mean at least a thirty days longer run for the factory.



ELY (Nev.), Nov. 11 - Fred MEGILTON and W.B. BAUER have been bound over to await the action of the grand jury on a charge of grand larceny, the alleged offense consisting of the theft of a steer from the Swallow brothers at Flowing Wells a short time ago.



S.P. Official Says He Acted in Self-Defense When He Put Brakeman Off Train

WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Nov. 11 - Nearly two months ago Division Superintendent H.W. SHERIDAN of the Southern Pacific railway was charged with battery in the court of Justice STRONG, on the complaint of F.W. BROWN, whom Sheridan says he put off a train because the brakeman declared that he acted in self-defense, as Brown was the aggressor. The case has not been heard yet.

  The complaint was issued September 18, and on the day following Attorney A.C. HUSTON appeared in behalf of Sheridan and waived personal service, agreeing to plead September 22, when a plea of not guilty was entered. The trial was fixed for October 6.

  Justice of the Peace STRONG says the case has been continued twice at the request of District Attorney BAILEY, who states that he does not know when the case will be tried. He has been so busy with other cases, he says, that he has not had the time to give this one any attention.




Sacramento Union

Thursday, November 16, 1911



Ex-District Attorney Says Former Lodi Editor Had Been “Finniky” for Years


Remote Possibility That Case May Be Placed in Hands of Jury This Week

STOCKTON, Nov. 15 - Efforts to prove Editor S.B. AXTELL, who is on trial for the murder of Charles SOLLARS, insane, took up the greater part of the afternoon session today, among the witnesses who testified as to his peculiarities of late being two of his attorneys. Ex-District Attorney George G. McNOBLE testified that he had been intimately acquainted with the accused for twelve years and that the past few months had wrought a great change in him, though for years he has been what the attorney called “finniky.” AXTELL was described as being nervous fidgety, appeared in a stupor, cold, non-active and as a person chilled, was often blanched and frequently absentminded and oblivious to his surroundings.

  Mrs. Axtell, wife of the accused, testified to conversations she had with her husband relative to Sollars and his alleged gossiping, in all of which she said Axtell displayed great annoyance and greatly distressed her by reason of the mental condition he manifested whenever they talked about the stories being circulated.

  The defense is nearly through putting in its evidence, and there is a remote possibility that the case may go to the jury this week. The prosecution still has its rebuttal evidence to introduce.

  Most of the session this morning was taken up with efforts on the part of the defense to connect Sollars with the publication of newspaper accounts of the automobile accident suffered by Misses JOHNSON and McKINLEY while they were using Axtell’s machine. Both the women testified that Sollars happened along shortly after the accident. They both expressed the hope that it would not get into the papers.



Judge Declares Confidence in Sheriff’s Ability to Get Jurymen

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Nov. 15 - Today Arthur Lewis nervously paces back and forth in his cell, showing the first signs of the effect of the trial for murder which he is undergoing. The strain of the past two days seems to have undermined his usual peace of mind and left him deeply worried and impatient to have the issue settled.           

  From the officers it is learned that the fact that he might hang for the murder of little Helen Rumbell has just dawned upon him. He spent a sleepless might and today the sunken appearance of his eyes shows that he has begun to wane.

  Judge GRAY declared today that there was little chance of either Arthur Lewis of Mrs. Emma Rumbell, his sister, who is charged jointly with him, being tried in some other county. “I am confident that a jury can be secured in Butte county and that there are hundreds of men perfectly eligible to serve.” he said.

  The defense has used three of the twenty peremptory challenges allowed it, while the district attorney has used but two of the ten which the law allots him. As soon as these are exhausted, it is expected Judge Gray will take a hand in the case and the proceedings take on a sudden activity.


            Witnesses Say Mitchell Shot Rhyne While Drunk

YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), Nov. 15 - Mrs. Rhyne, widow of Harry RHYNE, for whose alleged murder Elmer MITCHELL is now in the third day of his trial, was the chief witness for the state to-day.

  She testified that her husband always went in his shirt sleeves during the summer months. She heard the shots fired that killed her husband in McCLOUD last August and ran in the direction of the shooting. She passed Elmer Mitchell coming form the scene and asked him who was shot and he answered that it was Harry. On cross examination by Mr. TAYLOR she denied that Rhyne had been drinking on that day. She never told anyone that Harry said that he was going to THOMILSON’s to make Elmer Mitchell take back what he said or he would do him in.

  The testimony of Dr. LEGGE at the former trial was read. Ray Thomlison and his wife gave testimony about Rhyne coming to their house and calling Mitchell out. They did not hear what was said between the two. They saw Mitchell pull his gun and shoot Rhyne.

  Rhyne, BENNETT and Jack McCANDLISS went to Thomlison’s because they thought Mitchell would cause trouble as he had made threats. Rhyne called him out and told him he used vulgar language before his wife. He then turned to leave when Mitchell shot, two bullets taking effect.

  Ray Thomlison, at whose house the shooting occurred, testified as to the facts at the time of the fatal shots. He said Mitchell was intoxicated and appeared to be angry. Jack McCandliss also testified as to these facts and said Rhyne was sober and Mitchell was intoxicated. He stated that he went to Thomlison’s with Rhyne and Bennett, but did not have any idea why he was going.

  The cross examination was severe, and the witness was confronted with contrary statements he had made before. He then admitted that he knew what they were hunting Mitchell for. The prosecution on redirect examination attempted to go into former statements made by the witness, but the court concluded the evidence. The prosecution stated to the court that unless such evidence be permitted he might as well dismiss the case. Mrs. Thomlison was on the stand at adjournment this afternoon.


Ten-Year-Old Lad Kills Lynx With One Well-Directed Shot

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Nov 15 - Armed with only an old fashioned gun leaded with No. 7 bird shot, and so young that he seemed hardly able to shoot a gun, Frank HAMILTON, aged 10 years, was undaunted when he was faced by a snarling, snapping bob lynx, ready to spring, which he had come across near his home at Coal canyon yesterday. He fired one charge of the small bird shot into the wildcat, killing it instantly. The animal measured 2 feet 7 1/4 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail.



Police Seek “Professor” Who Is Accused of Wrecking Oroville Homes

OROVILLE (Butt Co.), Nov 15 - Two homes have been disrupted and four warrants have been issued as the result of a two weeks’ visit to this city of “Professor” A.J. WEST of Portland, Oregon. The police are seeking West and Fred DREW, a waiter, who left here with him.

  Mrs. John VANE, mother of an infant, deserted her husband and child to accompany West while Hazel BERNE, who lives at Whitewash Trees, near here, left to accompany Drew. As the girl is 16 years of age, Mrs. Berne threatened to swear out a warrant for Drew’s arrest if the police do not locate her before tomorrow.

  West came here with a string of recommendations from several alleged prominent men of Oregon. He started an academy in the Atkins theater selling tickets for a series of lessons for $1. He is said to have secured over fifty members, who paid in advance.

  Three of his victims, F.W. KASON, H. WRIGHT and Brooks THATCHER, charge West with obtaining money under false pretenses, and William NEWTON charges him with the embezlement of a revolver.

  While here West led a gay life, giving the impression he had unlimited means and it is now the opinion of the police that he was a “white slaver” sent here to start just such an academy in order to get acquainted with young girls and lure them from their homes.

  He readily made friends and induced several young women and men to secure members for him. He soon found all of his time occupied. Mrs. VANE was one of his pupils. She became, it is said, so infatuated with the man that she openly stated she was going to leave. Friends tried to persuade her to stay by her home and finally she said she would do so if she could get a position.

  One was found for her in a local dry goods store. She never showed up for work, but, instead, went to Chico. It is said that the police have found the two girls in Chico, but are not detaining them as they believe West and his companion will join them and then all four will be brought back.





Sacramento Union

Tuesday, November 21, 1911



Defense Scores Over Prosecution in Point in Lewis Murder Trial


Summoning of More Talesmen In Case Must Be Done by Special Elisor

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Nov 20 - After a heated exchange of words Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY, representing Arthur LEWIS, charged with the murder of little Helen Rumbell, scored over District Attorney JONES today and had the entire venire of 100 jurymen discharged on account of bias.

  Kennedy stated as soon as the names had been placed in the jury box that he did not believe that the sheriff, J.B. WEBBER, was eligible to summon jurymen. “I believe he is biased against my client,” he declared., “and I ask that every juryman summoned here be discharged and declared not qualified to act.”


 Sheriff Webber was called to the stand and admitted that he had an opinion as to the guilt of the defendant, but stated emphatically that he had not spoken to a single man regarding the case, but had simply told them to appear in court. Then Judge Gray denied the request of Kennedy and the box was filled. J.W. WOODY and P.J. MURPHY are the only two so far accepted, so ten names were drawn.

  Those chosen were Walter L. CLARK, O.J. MARTIN, Levi GRAHAM, Marcus BLAIR, William EDGE, Andrew LITTLE, W.W. WOODRUFF, William BUFF and W.C. HERRICK. Almost immediately Clark and Martin admitted that they had formed an opinion as to the guilt of Lewis and were discharged. Graham made a similar admission, but when he stated that he felt he could give the defendant a fair trial Judge Gray refused to allow the challenge of Kennedy.

  The questioning was being continued when District Attorney Jones jumped to his feet and asked that Attorney Kennedy be instructed to stop asking the jurymen the question, “Are you acquainted with Major JONES?” The major is the father of the district attorney, and Jones declared he was in no way connected with the case or with his office. Kennedy started to explain that the law offices were known as those of Jones & Jones, but the court interrupted with the order for him to proceed.


 Then followed the noon adjournment. During it the district attorney and Judge Gray held a consultation. When court convened this afternoon the district attorney requested that he be allowed to withdraw his objection to Kennedy’s motion that the entire venire be disqualified. The court granted the request and then an order was made discharging all the men.

  This bars Sheriff WEBBER from further acting in the case, and a summons was issued for Coroner John WALLACE. He lives in Chico and was unable to get here this afternoon, but will be in court tomorrow. As he acted at the coroner’s inquest, it is presumed he also will be disqualified and a special elisor will be named by the court to secure jurymen.       

  It was stated by the county clerk this afternoon that the traveling expenses and fees for the special venire cost the county over $500. That the jurymen summoned were anxious to serve was shown by the fact that only 20 out of 100 had any excuse to offer.



MARYSVLLE (Yuba Co.), Nov 20 - Mrs. Isa HICKS, daughter of Postmaster O.L. MEEKS, was married in Sacramento today to Charles JONES of Yuba City. Both the contracting parties are well known here and in Yuba City, being popular in the social world. Their marriage will not doubt be a great surprise to their many friends. They will spend a short honeymoon at the bay, after which they will return to Marysville to reside.



Prosecution Calls Doctor in Case of Lodi Man Accused of Murder

STOCKTON, Nov. 20 - In the Axtell Murder trial, wherein S.B. Axtell, formerly Lodi newspaper editor, is being tried for killing Charles Sollars, the leading feature of this afternoon was the propounding by the prosecution of a hypothetical question, covering twelve typewritten pages and touching every phase of the testimony, to Dr. A.W. HOISHOLT of the state hospital. The prosecution expects to prove by the physician that the defendant was perfectly sane when he shot Sollars.

  Seven other witnesses were examined in rebuttal by the district attorney. County health officers FRIEDBERGER, testified that he examined Axtel at the jail and found him rational He said he has known Axtell for eleven years.

  Dr. J.E. NELSON of Lodi proved a strong witness for the prosecution. He testified that he carefully examined the defendant prior to the tragedy and found him in good health.

  A mild sensation was created in the densely packed courtroom when later Dr. HOLSHOLT, in response to the hypothetical question, replied:

 “I think he was sane at the time the act was committed.”

  The reply, though expected, was one of the hardest blows the defense has received during the trial. The witness was rigidly cross-examined.



Plans for New Organization Made by Graduates at Big Meeting

AUBURN (Placer Co.), Nov. 20 - Auburn is now busily engaged in preparing plans for the organization of a university club. There are about thirty-five or forty graduates in this county and all are working earnestly in this interest. At a special meeting Miss Ada L. JOHNSON, an instructor in the high school, was elected temporary chairman and Ralph BERRY temporary secretary. A committee, consisting of Attorney Eaglan TUTTLE, Mrs. GIBBS and Orrin LOWELL, was appointed for the purpose of drafting a constitution.

  Following is a list of the university graduates in Auburn.

  Ralph BERRY, Ernest BOURNE, John F. ENGLE, Joseph E. FRANCIS, Alfred T .HOWE, Edward W. LOCKER, Orrin J. LOWELL, James D. MEREDITH, Fred. P. TUTTLE, Raglan TUTTLE, Reuben V. VAUGHN, Carlos WILLIAMS, Leonard M. LAYTON, Jack BARNICOTT, M.de L. BARRETT, Martin M. SCHUABEL, Mesdames HUDSON, BARNICOTT, Sarah PULLEN EKBERG, Grace WILLIAMS WARD, Mary L. GIBBS, Beatrice H. MOORE, Hazel SKINNER, Misses Vesta CONDON, Martha S. BEASER, Ada JOHNSON, Elise H. MARTENS, Catherine B. HOWELL, Flora B. WEPFER, Leila HIBBARD.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Nov. 20 - Coroner WALLACE is using every effort to determine who pulled the lid off the wash boiler in which the little 16-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve BURKE was drowned in this city last Saturday. Mrs. Burke declared at the inquest that she put the lid on the boiler, fearing something might happen, and Vera, her young sister, said that she pounded the cover of the receptacle down when she went out to play with the children. Mother, aunt and officials say that there is something unusual about the tragic death of the baby. The absorbing question is: How did the lid get off the boiler? The baby was too young and weak to even reach the handle of the lid and there was apparently no other person in the house. The matter is under investigation by the parents.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Nov. 20 - Frank E. HORTON filed articles of incorporation today of the Sierra Electric Power company. The company owns water claims above Manton and on Mill creek, which will be used to generate electric power.

  Three million dollars in the capitalization of the new corporation which, according to the articles filed, has a life of fifty years. The following directors are named: Charles GROSS, J.E. HOWES, E.A. HERRMAN, H.L. BREED and M.S. HAMILTON.


Chico Lad to Become Professional Aviator

Kearns to Try for License at Los Angeles

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Nov 20 - Fred WISEMAN, the Santa Rosa aviator, and his manager, Jack McFADEN, a salesman for A. MEISTER & Sons of Sacramento, visited Marysville yesterday for the purpose of witnessing the flight of Thad KEARNS, the Chico aviator, and will spend the next few days here making preparations to use Knight’s park for experimenting with an aeroplane that is under course of construction at the Meister shops in Sacramento.

  Wiseman stated last night that he thinks that he has solved the problem of crossing the Sierra Nevada mountain in a flight from Sacramento to Reno and has figured out the plan of an aeroplane that will enable him to cross without any trouble. It is the intention of Wiseman to use some of the Wright ideas combined with a few of the Curtiss inventions in the construction of his machine. The machine when completed will be much larger than the machine used by Fowler or the one Mars will use when he attempts to cross the mountains, and will be especially built to brave the strong air currents that are common in the high altitudes.

  Wiseman has had much experience with flying machines, being one of the first men to make a successful flight in California, which he did at Santa Rosa. He made several successful flights in Washington last year and has won much praise, both here and in Washington.

  For the past few months he has been experimenting quietly with kites on the summit of the Sierra Nevada mountains and says that he has made a very thorough study of the currents there. He thinks from his observations that a flight across the mountains at this time of the year would be out of the question, and that the best time to cross the high altitudes will be in the spring of the year after the winter storms are over.

  It is the intention of Wiseman and McFadden to build the machine in Sacramento, where they will have the facilities for the work, and then bring it to Marysville and make the trial flights here. Both men were very much impressed with the surroundings at Knight’s park, and say that it is the best place in the valley to make the flights, as there are not hills close by and the ground is level and smooth enough to make starting easy.

  McFadden stated that he thought they would be ready to make a trial flight about December 15 and is of the opinion that Wiseman will be able to give an exhibition flight during the time of the proposed “home coming” week, which will be held here during December, when the electric arches will be completed.

  Thaddeus Kearns, who made a successful flight in his home made bi-plane Sunday afternoon, has left Marysville. He will go to Los Angeles and will give exhibition flights in several California cities during the winter. He is trying to prove himself eligible to the professional ranks and secure a pilot’s license.



Teamster Killed in Peculiar Accident at Fallon

FALLON (Nev.), Nov. 20 - Bob SMITH, a teamster for the Comstock company of this place, met death in a terrible accident Saturday evening. Smith fell from the top of a load of lumber and crushed his skull by striking his head on a rock. The body was found by H.W. MAREAN and Frank GIBBS.

 Shortly before the accident H.J. KINKEAD, manager for the company, passed Smith in his automobile and noticed that the teamster was intoxicated. After Smith fell from the wagon the team ran about half a mile and was stopped by James RITCHHEART.

  But little is known of Smith. He came here eighteen months ago. He stated to acquaintances that his parents and brother reside in Michigan.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Nov. 20 - The police are scouring the city for Ben DOBBINS of Tehama county, who this afternoon assaulted with a pound rock Ed. PICKETT in a saloon in this city. The men engaged in a saloon brawl shortly after the noon hour, and Pickett, the stronger of the two, would have made quick work of his assailant had the rock not bounced on his head, flooring him and necessitating medical aid. A third man attempted to help the fallen Pickett, and although he did much to help his friend, he himself was quite badly scarred in the scuffle. The trouble was the outcome of a few hot words.


            BRUTE BEATS WIFE

CHICO (Butte Co.), Nov. 20 - H.L. WINTERSTINE has hired an attorney to defend him when he is tried in a few days upon a charge of beating his wife, the mother of a 6-months-old babe and two other children. The frail mother was before the justice of the peace this morning and exhibited a discolored eye, and declared that her back was quite lame. She is certain that her husband kicked her after he had knocked her down with a blow in the eye.

  Mrs Winterstine gave out the story that she was sure her husband wanted her to leave him, and that he conceived the idea of beating her so that she would take the initiative and no odium would attach itself to him. He was arrested and released on bail.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), Nov. 20 - Benjamin GRAHAM, a capitalist of Chicago, who has large interests in timber and land on the Pacific coast, including British Columbia and Mexico, has just purchased a tract of land near Auburn, aggregating 5000 a acres. The transfer was made through G.A. GREENE and Ivan H. PARKER, who represented the owners of the land.




Sacramento Union

Monday, November 27, 1911



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Nov. 26 - News received here tonight is to the effect that a posse of forty men from McCloud, Siskiyou county, with a constable at their head, has started on its was south to join in the search for “Indian Mike,” wanted for the murder of Deputy Constable William BLAKE. Coroner LARKIN also left here this morning for the scene of the hunt.

  Sheriff James MONTGOMERY and Deputy Sheriff Charles GEORGE, who left here at noon Saturday, are making an effort to reach the scene of the hunt, if possible, before any of the other posses can capture the Indians. The Sheriff intends to, if possible, prevent violence to the two Indians.



Jury Awards Father $10,000 Verdict Against Railway for Negligence

RENO (Nev.), Nov. 26 - Joseph BURRUS has been awarded damages against the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway company in the sum of $10,000. The jury in the case deliberated but twenty minutes late Saturday night and brought in a verdict for half the sum asked for by Burrus.

  Burrus sued the railroad for damages because of an alleged delay when he chartered a special train to take his son, who had become frozen in the mountains, to a Reno hospital. It was alleged by Burrus that the train crew did not exercise due diligence in making the trip, but stopped at various stations, and took on other passengers, and that it caused the death of his son.



OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Nov. 26 - P.J. DONAHUE, sentenced to life in San Quentin for holding up and robbing C.R. KELLOGG, a traveling salesman, a week ago Saturday night, was taken to the penitentiary yesterday by Sheriff WEBBER. Soon after he had left the county jail one of the prisoners summoned Deputy Sheriff WHITE and stated Donahue had told him where the watch and knife belonging to Kellogg had been concealed.

  “I threw them in a small tank in the rear of a Chinese restaurant,” stated Donahue to the other prisoner and described the place he had visited. Officer E.B. RUGH went to the place this morning and recovered both articles. All the jewelry taken from Donahue was thus recovered and $60 of the $80 stolen from him was also returned.



COLUSA (Colusa Co.), Nov. 26 - T.F. LYNCH, a prominent attorney of Pocahontas, __, has arrived here for the purpose of learning something about his brother John, who died in the hospital on November 16, and was buried in the Colusa cemetery on November 18. He had not seen his brother in 25 years.



Held by Sheriff of Tehama at Red Bluff - They Assert Their Innocence.

RED BLUFF (Tehama CO.), Nov. 26 - Upon telegraphic advice from the police department at Stockton, Sheriff BOYD has arrested Fred B. CITHOLD and Israel BILLAGMIER and will hold them until returned to Stockton. The two are wanted on a felony charge, which they allege was the outgrowth of a Hallowe’en prank. They have, it is asserted, been in hiding for several days in Red Bluff, and had so cleverly concealed their whereabouts that it was with considerable difficulty that they were found by the local officers.



RENO (Nevada), Nov. 26 - After having been in the county jail at Auburn where he was placed pending the determination of his application made before Judge PREWETTT of the latter place for release from the custody of Sheriff McDONALD of Ohio Frank SHAFFER is again Reno.

  Shaffer was arrested here for child abandonment, the charge being made in Coshocton county, Ohio. He was carried over the state line in an automobile and he and the Ohio Sheriff took the train at Truckee. At Auburn a court order stopped them and Judge Prewitt released Shaffer at the same time scoring Sheriff McDonald and Chief of Police HILLHOUSE for the method in which they had taken Shaffer out of Nevada.




Sacramento Union

Sunday, December 3, 1911



Defendant in Butte Murder Trial Loses Air of Indifference and Shows Interest.

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 2 - Judging from the last week, the Arthur Lewis jury will be ready to hear testimony before another week is past. Each day adds another man to the box, and today G.A. THORP, an engineer for the Diamond Match Company of Chico, waded through the cordon of questions to the acceptance stage.

  It was perhaps his blunt, logical answers which made him the seventh juror, for he showed by his manner and talk that it was of little importance to him whether he was accepted or not. He showed further that he was a man who weighed deeply everything he read, but that he could forget newspaper stories when the matter of a man’s life lay in the balance.

  Judge Gray and all the attorneys showed much satisfaction which he was finally accepted. The name of W.M. KEEFER was drawn, it being the last of the special venire of twenty-five remaining in the box. Keefer will therefore have until Monday at 10:30 o’clock, before which he will be given the questions which the defense and prosecution will ask.

  Lewis does not seem to be the indifferent, nonchalant young man who first appeared before the bar. He seems interested in everything going on about him and evidently is anxious to have the tiresome monotony broken by some one talking to him. The officers stand close by, but never engage in conversation with him, and with the exception of one day he has heard nothing but “good morning” from his counsel.

  He nervously picks at the table in front of him while the jurors are being examined. His jail pallor has become more pronounced , and whenever the climax of the proceedings are reached he quickly arises and goes back to his cell.

  There will be no effort made by photographers to get either the picture of Lewis or Mrs. Rumbell. The latter has asked, as a special request, that none of the newspaper men be allowed in her vicinity. The sheriff states no cameras will be allowed at any time in the courtroom, and he will not let anyone take a picture of her. Lewis has made a similar request.                    



CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 2 - A number of Chico business men who have been summoned as talesmen in the murder trial of Arthur Lewis are loud in their criticism of the methods employed in selecting the jury. It is claimed that the county is being put to unusual expense for the reason that the officers summoning the many special venires are forcing men, whether they have opinions or not, to attend the sessions of the court in Oroville.

  Today a Chico real estate man flatly refused to attend court, declaring that he had a fixed opinion, and that he did not want to be a party to extracting more money out of the taxpayers.

  Three hundred veniremen have been summoned already, and some $2000 expenses incurred in the trial, it is said. At this rate, fair estimates make the total cost of the trial in the neighborhood of $20,000.





Sacramento Union

Tuesday, December 5, 1911



Pioneer Restaurant Keeper Passes Away Before Doctor Can Administer Aid

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 4 - Antone TAM, aged 70, a pioneer restaurant keeper of this county, died suddenly this morning from a cerebral hemorrhage. His wife was aroused at an early hour this morning by unusual noises and when she reached her husband’s room found that he was in an unconscious condition. He died before Dr. MULLER, who was called immediately, arrived.

  Tam came here forty-two years ago from Grass Valley, where he was in the hotel and mining business. He was born in Italy and came to California when 18 years of age. He was 70 years of age. He was a member of Nevada lodge, F. & A.M., Nevada chapter, R.A.M. and Nevada commandery, Knight’s Templar. He was also a member of the Red Men.



Couple Arrested at Reno on Complaint of San Jose Officials to Be Returned

RENO (Nevada), Dec. 4 - Deputy Sheriff BAKER of San Jose, California, arrived here yesterday to take back Gumizond BUCHINISNI, Italian, and Mary GIAMPOLI, arrested here a week ago after they are alleged to have eloped from San Jose. A criminal assault charge will be placed against Buchinisni as, it is alleged, he enticed the girl away from home and that they have lived together although not married. It is asserted that the girl left her home at San Jose at night, and that her father and brothers, with whom she lived were ignorant of her departure at the time.




Sacramento Union

Wednesday, December 6,1911



A.J. Walsh Accepted in Lewis Case After Special Venire Is Almost Exhausted.

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 5 - Eight men sat in the jury box ready to try the case of Arthur Lewis for the murder of little Helen Rumbell when court adjourned this morning at 11 o’clock. A.J. WALSH of this city was the man who held along the proceedings, as he was chosen when it looked as if the entire venire would go without one seat being filled.

  Walsh reads the newspapers but appeared to be a man of broad ideas, who believed in giving his fellowmen a square deal. When the court announced the challenges were with the people there were two others in their chairs, B. WILL of this city and F. GERHOLD of Pentx. The people were satisfied to allow them to remain, but Attorney Kennedy, for Lewis, used his tenth and eleventh peremptory challenge in getting rid of them.

  That he hated to do it was shown by the lengthy argument he made to the court. “I want to know if the district attorney has the right to challenge a man after he has once stated he was content,” declared Kennedy. “I believe under the law he has not and I would like to have the court look into the matter. By him passing the jurors to me it requires that I use my challenges which gives the state an undue advantage.”

  The court stated that in the future it would be necessary for the district attorney to show some good, substantive reason for desiring to excuse a juror after he had once passed them.

  The jurors accepted to date are G.W. JONES, W.S. COOLEY, J.K. WOODY, P.J. MURPHY, A.E. RICHARDSON, G.A. THORP, A.J. BLACKBURN and A.J. WALSH.



Infirmity and Domestic Troubles Cause Father of Four to Commit Suicide.

NELSON (Butte Co.), Dec. 5 - John SUHR, 65 years of aged and infirm, placed a shotgun between his paralyzed limbs at his home three miles southwest of this place at 10 o’clock this morning and pulling a string attached to the trigger, instantly killed himself. Infirmity and some domestic troubles caused him to commit suicide.

  The deceased was a native of Germany, but has resided at various places in this county for many years. A year ago he moved to what is known as the Jerome SMITH ranch and resided there up to the time of this tragic death. Besides a widow, he leaves four children. Coroner Wallace held an inquest this afternoon fixing the cause of death as suicide.



One Arrest Follows Quarrel Over a Woman

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), Dec. 5 - A disturbance was started Monday night in the apartment for women in the rear of DUFFY’s saloon, when two men from Stockton entered into a fistic encounter. Constable FLOYD was soon on the scene, separated the men and took one, named HARRISON, to the city jail.

  The crowd was made up of Jim CARROLL, a Stockton saloon man, four women and three other men. The party motored out early in the evening to have a quiet meal and enjoy themselves. All went merry and the drinks had been served a number of times, when two of the men entered into a quarrel over one of the women. After Harrison’s arrest all of the party, including the women, proceeded to the city jail in an endeavor to get their comrade out. Floyd was tempted to arrest Carroll when the saloonkeeper interfered with him at the time of arresting Harrison. Carroll had become somewhat abusive, and it was up to him to apologize to the officer before the latter would consent to allow the man inside the jail to go free. This was finally done, much to the delight of the women.

  When Harrison walked out of the jail he looked a sorry plight, for the beating he had received made him anything but a pleasing sight to look upon.

  The visitors motored back to Stockton.



DAVIS (Yolo Co.),  - Dec. 5 - Another change in real estate has taken place here, and the new owner is a student at the university farm. The place sold is the house and corner just diagonally across from the public school, and was purchased about a year ago by Hugh ASBILL for $1,500. He has now sold for $2,000 to Mt. O. DITTO.


Sacramento Union

Wednesday, December 6, 1911



CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 5 - Mrs. Fred ARNOLD residing on South Salem street, near Glenn, in this city, suffered a stroke of paralysis in her left arm today as the result of an electric shock received yesterday evening while assisting her husband in locating a leak in the water pipes which led into the bathroom in their home. It is apparent that the electric wires were attached to the water pipes in order to ground them, completing the circuit. When Mrs. Arnold came in contact with the wire she was hurled to the ground and rendered unconscious.

  Her husband declares that she did not touch the pipes, but was standing near the bathtub with an electric light in her hand. Pools of water, he says, were about her on the floor and when she reached down to mop them up with a towel she received the shock that rendered her unconscious. He declares that it was with difficulty that he extracted the electric light bulb from her hand.

  Dr. Nellie ALLEN is attending the sufferer and believes that she will fully recover from the severe effects of the shock.



Obstruction Has Been Removed From Ankeny Canal at Klamath Falls.

KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Dec. 4 - Considerable significance is attached by some people to the taking out of the dam of the Ankeny canal, which obstruction had been placed there by the orders of the mayor and the city council health committee after an endeavor had been made to intimidate Uncle Sam and make him put it in on the service of a nuisance notice. While Mayor Fred T. SANDERSON denies all knowledge of the removal of the earth, it is understood that an auto with city officials was on the scene of the incident shortly before the work of removal began.

  The fact that the city had to pay a damage bill to W.W. MANTEN for the partial demolition of his barn by the late Police Chief Edward TOWNSEND, on orders form the Mayor and health department is generally believed to have a bearing in causing the obstruction to be removed.

  The suits intended to be brought by the government, for which purpose O.P. MORTON of Portland, reclamation service attorney, was here recently, it is claimed, will be pushed just the same. The assertion is made that the taking out of the dam will not affect the city’s liability, although those who do not like the prospect of government litigation believe it “may soften the blow.”



The Bondees Will Continue Operations and Make Many Improvements

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 5 - Albert WAKEHAM and son, Charles FISHER, J. GRUBBS and E. BUSHNELL have taken a lease on the Old Glory mine at Morriz Ravine. The bondees will continue to work the mine and will make numerous improvements.

  George PHILLIPS, one of the principal owners of the mine, who has been directing operations during the past year, is now in Oroville. He refused to state on what terms the lease was given or what price was paid for it. He will spend the winter at the bay.



YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), Dec. 5 - Guy McMurty, a local civil engineer, has been awarded a contract for the construction of three miles of the road-bed of the Vallejo & Northern railway, building from Sacramento to Woodland. McMurty’s contract lies just outside of the Sacramento on the Yolo side of the Sacramento river, where a high grade is to be built.



Health Board Hears Complaints Against Gymnasium Equipment

 Complaints having reached the board of health from parents of high school pupils who object to having the figures of their children exposed to the public gaze in scanty clothing and also to having them exposed to the cold winter air on the campos of the high school and to the sanitary conditions of the showers in the building, the matter was taken up at a meeting of the health board last night.

  Dr. J.W. JAMES reported that he had visited the high school and that sanitary conditions in the shower rooms were not all they should be. In the case of the girls, especially, he recommended that the shower rooms be heated. The board acted according to his recommendation and the board of education will be notified of the recommendation.

  The matter of the exposure of the figures of the children to public gaze not coming within the jurisdiction of the body, was not taken up. From time to time complaints, often from residents of the vicinity of the school, have been made that boys especially were allowed to play and exercise on the campus in too scanty attire, namely, a sleeveless, neckless shirt and extremely short track garments.

 The very important question of the sewage disposal in the annexed district occupied most of the time of the board. It was reported that the double-deck cesspool was found to be inefficient. Mr. CLARK and Mrs. COOKE, residents of East Sacramento.....

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Topples Over Dead While Sitting on a Box in His Back Yard.

WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), Dec. 5 - Heart failure caused the sudden death of W.W. GARETT, aged 66, of Yolo, an old resident of this county, in the yard of his home late yesterday afternoon. The aged man had been doing chores about the house during the early afternoon, and had not complained of being sick. Later, however, he said that he felt tired and sat down on a box. His wife suggested that he go into the house, but he demurred.

  Deputy Coroner LITTLE was notified and empaneled a jury which found that the man had died of natural causes. The jury was composed of the following: D.J. BARNER, William ADAMS. F.W. FRANKE, Fred. GOETTE, H.B. GELHAUS and C.O. BARNER.



 The flying carpet of the Arabian Nights stories and other bewitched conveyances of fairy stories have nothing on a certain four-wheeled truck owned by the MILLER-ENWRIGHT company. If you doubt that this particular truck is bewitched, get aboard it and go to sleep - whisk you are in the police station. If you do not care to try the experiment ask Sergeant BUTLER and Patrolmen HALLANAN and BALTZ, who will relate the following story:

 Shortly after dark last night there was a lull in business at the police station. Suddenly there was a heavy thud on the door of the station and it flew open. In rolled a small four-wheeled truck on which lay the form of James OSBORNE, sleeping peacefully. The truck continued on its way until it struck the stairs leading up to the court-room when it came to a sudden stop, throwing OSBORNE off onto the floor.

  “Wot the ----- where am I,” exclaimed Osborne.

  “City jail at your service,” explained Sergeant Butler.

  Osborne reeled and almost fell and a few seconds later he was inside a cell, booked as “drunk.” When the excitement was over the officers looked at each other questioningly: Where had Osborne come from? How did he get there in the truck. They had but a short time to wait for an explanation, for an employee of the Miller-Enwright company, Front, I and J street, walked in looking for a lost truck.

  In an intoxicated condition, Osborne had boarded the truck and gone to sleep.

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Sacramento Union

Thursday December 14, 1911


            “I Am Persecuted,” Says Dr. E.L. Meyers of Chico.

CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 13 - “I am being persecuted,” said Dr. E.L .MEYERS to a Union correspondent this morning in connection with the charges being made against him by Dr. N.T. ENLOE of this city with a view of ousting Dr. Meyers from membership in the Butte County Medical Society. “It is not my disposition to want to quarrel,” he continued. “Should I desire to do so I could tell lots of things of an incriminating nature regarding other local doctors.”

  Following are the specific charges made by Dr. Enloe and filed with the medical society and the answer there-to by Dr. Meyers:

 “To the Secretary of Butte County Medical Society:

 “I hereby wish to bring charges against Dr. E.L. Meyers, a member of Butte County Medical Society, to wit: That he has wilfully encouraged a mal-practice suit against me.”

                        “N.T. Enloe”

 “To the Secretary of Butte County Medical Society:

 “I hereby wish to enter a denial to the charges brought by one Dr. N.T. Enloe, and wish to bring counter-charges , to wit: That Dr. N.T, Enloe conducted himself in an unprofessional manner and circulated tales to the effect that I loaned one J.T. BEENE $50 to assist him in bringing suit, which is absolutely false. I also ask that the above society request Dr. N.T. Enloe to enter a charge which is more specific. I also request a trial and a reasonable time to procure facts after specific charges are filed. I request the society to dismiss said charge or charges, as they are not specific.


                        “Dr. Meyers”


            Boggs Assault Case Is On Trial at Red Bluff

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Dec. 12 - Many witnesses have been examined in the trial of J. Harrison BOGGS, charged with felonious assault on the person of Willa BUTLER, a negress, 16 years of age, and a variety of stories with many contradictions have been told.

  A jury composed of the following men was obtained about the middle of yesterday afternoon:


  The courtroom was cleared when the taking of testimony was begun. Willa R. Butler, the prosecuting witness, was called and told a straight-forward story, stating that BOGGS came to the Butler home for a rake and assaulted the witness in the absence of her mother. After cross-examination the girl did not prove a strong witness for the prosecution.

  Boggs testified in his own behalf denying the accusations of Willa Butler. His testimony was supported by that of his wife, who testified that her husband was away from home only a few minutes and could not have gone to the Butler hose in that time.

  The attorneys expect that the case will be finished tomorrow.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), Dec. 13 - Coroner BISBEE held two inquests this week over the bodies of two men who met violent deaths. The verdict rendered in the case of F. BANICK, an employe of the Errickson & Peterson, was that he met his death by being crushed by a large rock, which he was assisting to unload from a car on a fill in Baltimore Ravine, the car being upset and the deceased and several other workmen thrown to the bottom of the dump. In the other case the coroner’s jury fond the dead man came to his death by accidental drowning, he having fallen into the South Yuba ditch at a point near Penryn, and striking his head on the bottom there-of was unable to extricate himself before he drowned. His name was P. CALLEN and he had been employed on the railroad construction work in the vicinity.



YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), Dec. 13 - The case of J.W. BROWNING against the Tule and the Farmer’s Gun clubs, which was commenced in the superior court yesterday, was completed today and judgement rendered in favor of the plaintiff, and the Tule club was ordered to pay Browning $275.50 and the Farmer’s club to pay him $165.



PLACERVILLE (El Dorado C0.), Dec. 13 - Installation of new officers of Fallen Leaf chapter No. 90, was held at Masonic temple Monday evening. Past Matron S.D. WEATHERWAX acted as installing officer, and Past Grand Treasurer Mrs. George W. MCCOY as grand marshal. The following officers were installed:

 Mrs. Mary HAND, W.M;. Shelley O. INCH, W.P.; Mrs. Maud M. CARR, A.M.; Mrs. Sarah SIMON, treasurer; Mrs. Elvina J. LA RUE, conductress; Mrs. Anna L. FOX, associate conductress; Mrs. Sarah D. WEATHERWAX, chaplain; Mrs. Elizabeth MARTIN, marshal; Miss Alma F. KOLETZKE, organist; Miss Agnes A. ALDERSON, Adah; Mrs. Marion B. SIMON, Ruth; Miss Dell PATTERSON, Esther; Mrs. Annie W. SHERRER, Martha; Miss Edna PATTERSON, Electa; Mrs. Mary L. YEAGER, warder; Mrs. Louise E. JOHNSTON, sentinel.

  After the installation retiring Matron Mrs. E. MARTIN was presented with a handsome past matron’s jewel by J.S. LA RUE, with a few very pleasant remarks, responded to by Sister Martin.



Taking of Testimony in Celebrated Murder Case Will Start Tomorrow Morning

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 13 - Locked up in the jury room, for no one knows how long, is the jury which is to try Arthur LEWIS for the murder of little Helen RUMBELL. The jury completed this afternoon by the acceptance of both sides of J.N. ANDERSON, a farmer of Honcut, will remain behind lock and key every minute that it is not in the court hearing the evidence.

 Twenty men were examined today, nineteen of these being excused for absolute bias, just two getting as far as the peremptory challenge stage. The court adjourned until 10:30 o’clock to-morrow morning, when it is believed that Miss Harriet PLANTZ, the first person to reach the Rumbell house after the alleged murder, will take the stand.

  It is a jury of farmers principally. Nine men of twelve make their living by tilling the soil. Ten have passed the 40-year mark, four are grandfathers. The state is well satisfied with the lot and Attorney Guy R. Kennedy expressed himself as willing to abide by their decision as he believes that they will weigh the testimony as well as any twelve men who could be secured.

  Just as the jury was about to retire, led by Special Elisor MEEK, J.K. WOODY, a lumberman, the first accepted, arose and asked the privilege of going to his home in the Oro Vista tract where he will sign up some deeds and talk over a sale of lumber lands with his wife.

  Kennedy stated he had no objection to the request and JONES nodded his assent, but suggested the entire jury be taken along as it would give them a little recreation.





Sacramento Union

Saturday, December 16, 1911



Splendid Demonstration of the Value of the Bertillon System is Witnessed


Grass Valley Miner Confesses When Confronted With Evidence of His Crime

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 15 - One of the best demonstrations of the value of the Bertillon system of measurements in the detection of crime was made here today when J.E. GARDNER, a miner, was arrested and charged with stealing $188.75 from the pockets of his fellow employes in the dry room of the Central Shaft mine.

  The crime was committed Monday night when the miners were on shift, Gardner making entrance to the room by means of a convenient window. When making his ingress and egress he left finger marks on the sill which contained a heavy layer of dust. He did not suspect at the time that this slight oversight might be the means of landing him behind prison bars. The general manager of the North Star Mines company, owner of the Central Shaft, was convinced that the robber made entrance through the window and at the suggestion of ex-Prison Director C.E. CHURCH, he sent to San Francisco for the Bertillon expert, Frank DE PUE, for many years in the employ of the state at San Quentin. De Pue arrived here yesterday and by noon today he had established the guilt of Gardner.

  When confronted with the evidence that showed him to be the guilty man Gardner broke down and confessed. He told the officers that he stole the money to provide medicine for his sick wife and child; that he had become desperate through adverse circumstances. Most of the money he stole Gardner had left when arrested, and this he turned over to the officers.

  After the confession, there was a consultation between the officers and the officials of the North Star Mines company.  The later took into consideration that the story of Gardner might be true as he told it. Gardner was given the alternative of going to prison or leaving the town. He accepted the latter and left on the first train for the south.

  Several men were suspected of the crime after it was discovered when the miners came off shift Monday night, but no one having been seen entering the dry room, it was hard to place the crime.

  Gardner took $185 of the amount he stole form the clothes of Ed GILL, shift boss at the mine. Gill had been saving this money for some time and Monday afternoon brought it to town to deposit it in one of the local banks. He arrived after banking hours and took it to the mine with him, leaving it in his clothes at the dry room. When he came off shift he found the money missing and reported the matter to the manager and the peace officers.

  It was Detective De Pue who suggested that the golden rule promulgated by Lincoln STEFFENS in the McNAMARA case might be used to good advantage for Gardner’s benefit. The suggestion prompted a confession which resulted in the man being given the privilege of leaving the town.

  For some time after arriving here Gardner lived at the home of John SMITHAM. The latter stated today that during Gardner’s residence there he missed money and other things. He always suspected Gardner of being guilty, but could never establish the man’s guilt.



Man Who Helped to Make History in California Succumbs to a Brief Illness.

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 15 - Martin Luther MARSH, one of Nevada City’s most prominent men and a pioneer resident, died this morning at 1:20 o’clock at his home on Boulder street. He was conscious up to within fifteen minutes of his death, and when the end came his family and relatives were at his bedside There was much genuine regret expressed today when it became known that he had passed away, as he was respected and esteemed by all.

  Mr. Marsh was president of the M.L. and D. Marsh company, one of the oldest concerns of its kind in California. He was a native of Ohio, 80 years of age. He came to California in 1851 and settled in Sacramento. He was there during the flood of 1852, and suffered with hundreds of other pioneers. At one time he was a partner in business of the late William B. CARR, one of the best known men of the state in his day. He built the famous old Pacific hotel, at the corner of Fifth and K streets, Sacramento.

  The deceased had been a resident of many mining towns in Northern California before making his permanent home in Nevada City in 1858. He was prominent in fraternal orders, and at the time of his death was the oldest living member of Nevada lodge, F. and A.M., having joined in 1857. Two sons, Sherman W. Marsh and John M. Marsh, and one daughter, Mrs. B.H. PRESTON, survive him. One brother, Daniel Marsh of Nevada City, and a sister, Mrs. George ANDERSON of Newton, Ia, also survive him.


Sacramento Union

Saturday, December 16, 1911



Splendid Demonstration of the Value of the Bertillon System is Witnessed


Grass Valley Miner Confesses When Confronted With Evidence of His Crime

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 15 - One of the best demonstrations of the value of the Bertillon system of measurements in the detection of crime was made here today when J.E. GARDNER, a miner, was arrested and charged with stealing $188.75 from the pockets of his fellow employes in the dry room of the Central Shaft mine.

  The crime was committed Monday night when the miners were on shift, Gardner making entrance to the room by means of a convenient window. When making his ingress and egress he left finger marks on the sill which contained a heavy layer of dust. He did not suspect at the time that this slight oversight might be the means of landing him behind prison bars. The general manager of the North Star Mines company, owner of the Central Shaft, was convinced that the robber made entrance through the window and at the suggestion of ex-Prison Director C.E. CHURCH, he sent to San Francisco for the Bertillon expert, Frank DE PUE, for many years in the employ of the state at San Quentin. De Pue arrived here yesterday and by noon today he had established the guilt of Gardner.

  When confronted with the evidence that showed him to be the guilty man Gardner broke down and confessed. He told the officers that he stole the money to provide medicine for his sick wife and child; that he had become desperate through adverse circumstances. Most of the money he stole Gardner had left when arrested, and this he turned over to the officers.

  After the confession, there was a consultation between the officers and the officials of the North Star Mines company.  The later took into consideration that the story of Gardner might be true as he told it. Gardner was given the alternative of going to prison or leaving the town. He accepted the latter and left on the first train for the south.

  Several men were suspected of the crime after it was discovered when the miners came off shift Monday night, but no one having been seen entering the dry room, it was hard to place the crime.

  Gardner took $185 of the amount he stole form the clothes of Ed GILL, shift boss at the mine. Gill had been saving this money for some time and Monday afternoon brought it to town to deposit it in one of the local banks. He arrived after banking hours and took it to the mine with him, leaving it in his clothes at the dry room. When he came off shift he found the money missing and reported the matter to the manager and the peace officers.

  It was Detective De Pue who suggested that the golden rule promulgated by Lincoln STEFFENS in the McNAMARA case might be used to good advantage for Gardner’s benefit. The suggestion prompted a confession which resulted in the man being given the privilege of leaving the town.

  For some time after arriving here Gardner lived at the home of John SMITHAM. The latter stated today that during Gardner’s residence there he missed money and other things. He always suspected Gardner of being guilty, but could never establish the man’s guilt.



Man Who Helped to Make History in California Succumbs to a Brief Illness.

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 15 - Martin Luther MARSH, one of Nevada City’s most prominent men and a pioneer resident, died this morning at 1:20 o’clock at his home on Boulder street. He was conscious up to within fifteen minutes of his death, and when the end came his family and relatives were at his bedside There was much genuine regret expressed today when it became known that he had passed away, as he was respected and esteemed by all.

  Mr. Marsh was president of the M.L. and D. Marsh company, one of the oldest concerns of its kind in California. He was a native of Ohio, 80 years of age. He came to California in 1851 and settled in Sacramento. He was there during the flood of 1852, and suffered with hundreds of other pioneers. At one time he was a partner in business of the late William B. CARR, one of the best known men of the state in his day. He built the famous old Pacific hotel, at the corner of Fifth and K streets, Sacramento.

  The deceased had been a resident of many mining towns in Northern California before making his permanent home in Nevada City in 1858. He was prominent in fraternal orders, and at the time of his death was the oldest living member of Nevada lodge, F. and A.M., having joined in 1857. Two sons, Sherman W. Marsh and John M. Marsh, and one daughter, Mrs. B.H. PRESTON, survive him. One brother, Daniel Marsh of Nevada City, and a sister, Mrs. George ANDERSON of Newton, Ia, also survive him.





Sacramento Union

Sunday, December 17, 1911



Alden Anderson’s Splendid Work at the Shasta County Bank Is Again Shown

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec.  16 - Through the work of Alden ANDERSON, the indebtedness of the Delta Consolidated Gold Mines company to the defunct bank of Shasta county has been liquidated dollar for dollar. This asset was purchased by Anderson, and at the time of the closing of the bank was marked “worthless.” The amount owed to the bank was in excess of $10,000. This sum, with all other debts of the mining company has been paid.

  The Delta mine is on Dog creek in this county and has recently shipped ore to the Mammoth smelter at Kennett which proves the value of the property. A new board of directors, principally Eastern men, recently took charge of the property and will proceed to open it up. The ore will be shipped over the narrow gauge railroad to the Southern Pacific, and on that road to Kennett. Francis CARR, the attorney of this city, conducted negotiations for the company with Anderson.



Miss Leona BROWN entertained a few friends Wednesday afternoon with bridge whist. At the conclusion of the game delicious refreshments were served.



  Mrs. B.O. COBB entertained the Monday Afternoon club at her home this afternoon.

  Mrs. Elizabeth SNOWDEN entertained a number of her friends at bridge whist at her home Wednesday. The rooms were artistically decorated in mistletoe. After a delightful evening spent in playing cards a dainty lunch was served. Those present were: Mrs. C.L. DONOHOE and Mrs. A. LOHSE, Dr. Charles LUND, Dr. Etta LUND, Dr. and Mrs. F.M. LAWSON; the Misses Effie KNOCK and Lucille RANDOLPH; N. ROSSI, F.E. DAHLIN, W.D. ALEXANDER and Ed. BARRELL.

  Miss Gertrude Bell was the hostess of an informal party Tuesday evening. A very pleasant evening was spent by the guests who were: The Misses Lulu JACOBY, Lucile RANDOLPH, June REICHARD and Eva GREEN; Clifford BARTLETT, Ed BARRELL and H.C. BELL.

  The kitchen shower given by the Young People’s society of the Presbyterian church to Mr. and Mrs. W.P. WESTFALL Thursday evening proved a copious one and was participated in not alone by the young people but also by the older friends of the newlyweds. All unsuspicious that anything beyond the ordinary was in the air, when Rev. F.R. FARRAND began a speech about matrimony and the need of a shower to promote successful ranching and a bevy of girls rushed up to the young couple, emptying a large sheet filled with packages, their surprise was complete. The presents were varied and ample for all culinary uses.

  The Girls’ Bridge club entertained some of their men friends at the home of Miss Donna SILVEY last night. Present were the Misses Silvey, Lucile RANDOLPH, Ina COOK, Edna DANNER, Gladys PARKS and H.R. SCARRITT, E.M. GARRISON, D.P. GOODWIN, Duard GELS, Ed. BARRELL, C.M. SAUL and L. BENOIT.


            YUBA CITY

 The pretty home of Mrs. R.S. SKINNER, north of Yuba City, was the scene of a merry gathering this afternoon, when the Wednesday club was pleasantly entertained by Mrs. Skinner. Social converse, discussing the topic of the day, was the principal feature of the afternoon, which concluded with the serving of dainty refreshments.




Sacramento Union

Wednesday, December 20, 1911



Dr. J.W. Stone Testifies Helen Rumbell Could Not Have Hanged Self


Asserts Lewis Confessed Having Burned Bloody Rag After Child’s Death

OROVILLE (Butte So.), Dec. 19 - Hangings at San Quentin, cases of suicide by strangulation and asphyxiation, a statement by the sheriff that Arthur LEWIS had confessed to him the he burned the bloody rag found by Mrs. Harriet PLANTZ, and a bitter fight on the part of Attorney KENNEDY to keep certain evidence out and a similar battle on the part of Chief Deputy Attorney-General BENJAMIN to get it entered, marked today’s proceedings in the famous murder trial now going on here.

  Dr. W.J. STONE, for five years a physician at San Quentin and for a year and a half a physician at the emergency hospital in San Francisco, was the one who told of suicides and judicial executions by hanging. He says that the blow struck Helen Rumbell was a great one, and came from behind, and that it was absolutely impossible for her to have hung herself.

  His statement in substance was as follows: “During my time at San Quentin I helped to execute and pronounced death on twelve persons judicially hanged, and pronounced death and examined the bodies of two men who had committed suicide by hanging themselves. During my emergency service I had from five to ten cases of suicidal hanging a month.


 “I have seen double dislocations of the neck, but never one similar to the one described on Helen Rumbell. In cases where strangulation or hangings has occurred the vertebrae of the spinal column breaks at points farther down the back.”

  Picking up the rope found in the attic, where Helen Rumbell was confined, he examined it carefully. He was then asked this question by the district attorney: “Given a case of a young girl, 13 years of age, in good health, height about 5 feet 1 of 2 inches, weight about 100 or 110 pounds, hands bound loosely or tightly together in front of her, ropes about the ankles, ropes about the right shoulder and under the left arm, attached to a 2 by 4 scantling, either loosely or tightly, is there any way in which a person as I have described could suicide by hanging so as to cause the two dislocations I have described, with the ligaments and muscles on the left side of the neck torn and clotted with blood, but those on the right intact?”

  “I should say no,” replied the doctor. “If a person were bound hand and foot to a scantling with this piece of rope about them they could not jump. But if they could have tied this rope about the neck and jumped from the top of the scantling the rope would have broken and their efforts would have been fruitless.”

  “It necessitates a rope seven-eighths an inch thick, hung in a garret for several years, 19 feet long when put there, and to the end of which a weight of 600 or 700 pounds is attached to hang a person judicially. This is done to take all of the give out of the rope and it generally is as hard as steel and five feet longer when taken out. Then it requires a drop of about 6 feet 2 or 3 inches for them to break their neck and die. It takes ten or twelve minutes for the heart to cease pulsating.


 In describing the condition of a person’s face and body after death the doctor said: “The face is black, the eyes protruded and red, the tongue a tar black and a large black mark shows up above and below the rope. There is also saliva at the corners of the mouth, the liver and lungs are black and there is a large black mark over the heart.

  “In cases of self-suspension or suicide by hanging the mark of the rope generally runs obliquely to the top of the head. This is caused by the rope being tied loosely and slipping.

  “In my opinion, to accomplish the dislocation of the atlas and axis and the second and third vertebrae a great force would have to be used from behind to drive the head forward and at the same time make the head move in a rotary manner. I have seen many double dislocations but none like these.

  “The force necessary to send the atlas and axis apart must be great enough to offset the ligaments which help to keep the head in place and which run to the head the same as the spinal column. I can’t see possible how they could kill themselves and accomplish these fractures.

  “If this girl killed herself by asphyxiation all the symptoms I have mentioned would have to result. I have never known a case of self-suspension of suicide by hanging where the atlas and axis were separated.”


 Benjamin explained to the court that it was the idea of the prosecution to remove all doubt as to manner in which Helen Rumbell met her death.” We intend to eliminate all possibilities that she could have hanged or strangled herself and leave the one point right before he jury that she was killed by some one.”

  Miss Katherine HALL, stenographer, read her notes taken at the coroner’s inquest. The statement of Lewis was the only one read and it showed that he made practically the same statement as Mrs. Harriet PLATZ recited yesterday. The only exception was that Lewis had declared he saw Helen tied to a bed post on one other occasion. Lewis said “I went up to the attic and talked to Helen. She was mad! I went up to her and spoke to her and she told me to go away and mind my own business.”

J. RICHARDS, of Gridley, testified that on June 26th, of this year the temperature in Gridley was 97 degrees at the maximum and 60 degrees at the minimum. He stated he had been taking temperatures for forty years.

  Doctor L.L. THOMPSON was recalled by the prosecution to again describe what the autopsy showed.


  Sheriff J.B. WEBER gave strong testimony against Lewis. He declared that after Lewis had been arrested District Attorney JONES and himself talked with him. “Tell us how this happened?” the sheriff said he asked him. “I went up there and talked to her and afterwards my sister told me she was dead. I went up there and there was where I made my mistake” he told the sheriff. “Then I asked him about the bloody rag. He said I burned it up. I forgot to mention it at the inquest.”

  Albert MORELAND, a 16 year old boy, who on May 20th of this year had a conversation with Lewis on his father’s ranch and a Mr. LUCAS who was with Moreland at the time are yet to testify and it is then believed that the state will close its case. This was what Benjamin declared.

  Moreland is to tell how Lewis stated he know how to break a calve’s neck and taking hold of a steer’s head gave an example of how it was done.

  Kennedy strongly objected to the introduction of this testimony claiming it was to prejudice the jury against his client. Benjamin made a lengthy argument to the court arguing that it has been held by the supreme court that testimony showing that a defendant possessed a skill of great strength and was able to commit a crime of a peculiar nature that the testimony was admissible.

  He wanted to show that Lewis had twisted this steer’s head showing he knew just how to do it and that Helen Rumbell’s neck was twisted in a similar manner. Kennedy asked until to-morrow to cite authorities on the matter and was given until 9:30 tomorrow morning. While this argument was going on the jury was excluded form the room.

  Deputy Attorney General J. Charles JONES arrived here last night and is taking a hand in the case.



Physician Called to Rebut Testimony of Dr. B.F. Saylor.

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 19 - Dr. E. BOLLING, who was brought from Albuquerque a second time to testify in the trial of Daniel FLEMING for the murder of George VALLIER, was the principal witness today.

  He was called to rebut the testimony of Dr B.F. SAYLOR, who last week had contradicted the testimony of the witness on material points. Bolling disagreed with the record of his testimony, alleged to have been given at the coroner’s inquest.   

  Bolling, when asked by Attorney HALL of counsel for the defense if he had testified as given in the record that GOBLE had no wounds and that his only injuries were a bruise on this forehead and a swelling on the back of his neck, replied: “I did not, the record is wrong. I did not give those answers as they are given there. According to them I contradict myself.”

  The record of his testimony was read. Bolling stated that while he did not use the exact words given the substance was true.

  Special Prosecutor BRAYNARD was called as a witness to corroborate the testimony of Frank FREITAS and Thomas PEMBERTON as to the feats of HOPPER in jumping trains. He was facetiously quizzed by Attorney HALL, saying: “Lawyers are proverbially bad witnesses I asked you on question and you answered another.”

  Dr. Bolling testified to the changes in the mental condition of Goble after a month’s rest and treatment after the occurrence which cost the life of Vallier. On that night Goble was nervous and flighty and a month later he was mentally improved.



Two Marysville Young Women Robbed at Point of Gun Shortly After Dark.

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Dec. 19 - Miss Jeannette HOSKING and Miss Grace MORRISSEY, two well known young women of this city, were victims of a hold-up shortly before 8 o’clock tonight. Miss Hosking lost about $13 and Miss Morrissey $10. They were able to give a good description of the robber, and the entire police force is watching every avenue of escape.

  The young women were walking near the corner of Ninth and F streets, near the residence of Judge MORRISSEY, father of one of them, when they were suddenly confronted by a man who stopped them on the sidewalk and snatched both their purses. He then turned and ran rapidly down an alley.

  This is the first time in the history of Marysville that women have been held up and the police are determined to run down the robber. The early hour of the robbery shows that the thief was desperate.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Dec. 19 - Louis ARNOLDY, a well known young man who formerly resided here, but for the past year has been residing in Oroville, died at his home there yes-today. (Sic) Mr. Arnoldy for a long time was employed as bookkeeper at the Marysville Woolen Mills until the woolen mill was closed. He was at the time of his death employed in the Oroville bank. He was a member of he Brotherhood and the C. of F.




Sacramento Union

December 21, 1911



Case of Officer Rolfe, Accused of Cruelty, Throws Community Into Factions

DORRIS (Siskiyou Co.), Dec. 20 - Charles ROLFE, town marshal of Dorrris, has received a communication from Frank W. HOOPER, district attorney of Siskiyou county, that he (Rolfe) had been indicted by the grand jury, charged with cruel and inhuman treatment of a prisoner in his custody, and to appear at Yreka January 15 for trial.

  His bail, originally placed    at $200, has been increased to $500, the town board of trustees going on his bond.

  This case was first tried here before Justice of the Peace B.M. RICHARDSON, the case being prosecuted by the district attorney, at which trial Rolfe was bound over to appear before the superior court. The case has excited much ill-feeling here, a certain clique being desirous of ousting Rolfe from his office, and another clique wanting to retain him.



Fleming Trial at Redding Slowly Nearing the End - Defendant Still Hopeful

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 20 - District Attorney CHENOWITH announced this afternoon that the prosecution had closed its case in the trial of Daniel FLEMING for the murder of George VALLIER. The defense will call J.J. CARROLL of San Jose in sur-rebuttal. The testimony of Carroll has been contradicted by three witnesses.

  This forenoon, Union S. PETTY of Dunsmuir, a carpenter, employed on bridges and tunnels by the Southern Pacific railway, testified that two days after the death of Vallier he was ordered to make an examination of the tunnels above Kennett and found the timbers in good condition and found no signs of soot on them having been rubed (sic) off although it might have been replaced by soot from other locomotives passing through it.

  Charles T. DOZIER, an engineer employed by District Attorney Chenowith to make measurements of the tunnel above Kennett and of the Pullman car Edinburg, was called. Similar measurements were made by an engineer for the defense.

  The attorneys for the defendant claim to have strong evidence to prove that Witness J.J. CARROLL was in Montague at the time he stated in his evidence. He claimed to have been in that city about August 25, but the proprietor of the hotel testified that he was not in his house on that date, and a farmer from Montague section gave testimony that Carroll was not at his ranch until September.

  District Attorney Chenowith will make the opening argument followed by Attorneys BUSH and HALL for the defendant. It is reported that Attorneys BRAYNARD and HALL will make the longest arguments ever given in the judicial history of Shasta county.



Witnesses Introduced to Prejudice the Jury, the Contention of Kennedy

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 20 - Attorneys declare that today’s arguments in the Arthur LEWIS murder trial were the best ever heard in the superior court of this county, and that the point over which the two sides took issue was probably as strange as any ever argued before a court.

  All of this morning Attorney Guy H. KENNEDY argued and offed (sic) cases innumerable to offset the efforts of the prosecution to allow Albert Moreland, 16 years of age, of Gridley, and also C.H. LUCAS, a butcher of the town, to testify as to how on May 20 of this year the defendant twisted the neck of a steer.

  All of this afternoon Chief Deputy Attorney General Raymond BENJAMIN picked to pieces Kennedy’s argument, and when court adjourned about 2:50 o’clock it was to allow Kennedy to get more cases to cite so as to finally wind up the matter one way or the other. Kennedy will start his final argument at 9:30 o’clock tomorrow morning.

  Kennedy contended that it was simply and solely to prejudice the jury that the two witnesses had been summoned. He cited many cases in which courts had refused to admit evidence showing the defendant had any particular skill, in a certain line and was more adept at one particular thing than any other man.

  He declared that the physicians had not testified that Helen RUMBALL met her death in an out of the ordinary manner. They had said a straight pull right downward with a slight twist to the right could have accomplished a fracture of this kind. He dwelt at length on a poison case where it was shown the woman had been drinking supposedly bromo seltzer, but in reality a mixture of seltzer and a deadly poison.

  He said efforts were made to introduce testimony showing the defendant knew how to mix this poison better than any one was not permitted in the case.

  Benjamin held that this case was entirely different. That here it was shown that Helen Rumball met her death in a peculiar manner, by a twist different from any ever performed on an individual. That it was necessary to prove that Lewis had knowledge of this twist because he had practiced it on animals frequently and had given an exhibition of his skill to both Lucas and Moreland. That when his anger was aroused Lewis wanted to kill and slay and that he had attacked the steer when some farm hands jeered at him. That he had power to kill the steer if Mr. Lucas had not prevented him.


            GETS FOOD. AND SKIPS

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Dec. 20 - T.S. PEDERSON, who lives on a farm some distance from here, was in town today and asked the officers to apprehend a man who had come to his place and whom he had fitted out to chop wood. The fellow got provisions and also a sawing outfit. He was given a cabin to live in but he never made use of it, for when Pederson went to see how the man was getting along he discovered he had skipped out with the outfit with which he was furnised. (Sic)




Sacramento Union

Friday, December 22, 1911



Decision of Judge Gray Proves Decided Victory for the Prosecution


Prisoner Said to Have Shown Butcher How to Twist the Neck of a Steer

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 21  - Eight days after the beginning of the taking of the testimony in the Arthur Lewis case the state has rested content to put their case in the hands of the jury. By consent of counsel and in compliance with an agreement made at the beginning of the trial Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY will have until to-morrow morning at 10 o’clock to get his witnesses in shape. He will have between 10 and 15 persons to take the stand, principally Mrs. Emma L. RUMBALL, Arthur LEWIS, W.G. TYLER and wife, Mrs. MICHAELS and possibly Mrs. McCHESNEY.

  From this it is certain that the case will be in the hands of the jury before the end of next week. In the meantime the jury will be given more liberty. It will be allowed to attend theaters and to ride about the county.

  This morning’s proceedings were begun by Attorney Kennedy arguing against the admissibility of the testimony of Albert MORELAND and C.H. LUCAS. He took three-quarters of an hour to conclude and then the court ordered the jury brought into the room, promptly decided against Kennedy, overruling his objection and told the prosecution to proceed.

  Young Moreland then told in a manner unimpeachable by Kennedy how Lewis, on the 20th of May, had showed up on the Moreland ranch. How C.H. Lucas, a butcher, was endeavoring to rope a 2-year-old steer so as to load it in a wagon and how Lewis after several attempts at lassooing it finally became enraged at the taunts of Lucas, A. COLE and himself and seizing the animal by the nose and one horn twisted its neck downward and at the same time in a rotary manner until Lucas stopped him for fear he would kill it.

  When Lucas interfered the animal’s nose pointed skyward instead of to the earth. He said that Lewis then made the remark “I could kill this steer by twisting it’s neck. I have killed squirrels and rabbits that way and I could kill any thing in that manner.” Kennedy cross-examined the boy, and have him give an illustration of how Lewis twisted the animal’s neck.

  This Moreland did. Lucas was next called and substantiated the store of Moreland in every detail. Kennedy also excused him without much cross-examination.

  During the examination of Moreland Kennedy for the first time since the opening of the trial asked Lewis a question concerning the testimony. He turned to him and questioned him closely, and then swung in his chair and asked Moreland the color of the calf. “Spotted,” was the answer, and there the questioning ceased. “The state rests,” stated Benjamin, and then the court ordered adjournment.


Sur-Rebuttal Evidence Is Strong for Daniel Fleming

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 21 - With the testimony of J.J. CARROLL, a real estate dealer of San Jose in sur-rebuttal, all the testimony in the trial of Daniel FLEMING, for the murder of George VALLIER, was in at 2 o’clock this afternoon, and court adjourned until Wednesday, December 28. By agreement the arguments will be completed Saturday, December 30, and the case will go to the jury on that day. Fleming will know his fate two weeks sooner than expected.

  J.J. Carroll was the most important new witness introduced by the defense as he testified that he saw Fleming at Keswick and that the defendant stepped off the west side of the train in Redding, contradicting Frank HOOPER, principal witness for the prosecution.

  Carroll made a good witness in sur-rebuttal as he proved by postal cards sent to members of his family and by a railroad ticket that he was in Montague August 23, 1910, the night of the death of Vallier. In reply to the testimony of a hotelkeeper at Montague and a farmer near that city that he was not he declared that he visited the ROWE ranch three times in August, September and November.

  He testified that he registered in Montague under the name of “F.J. SMITH” for the purpose of deceiving other real estate dealers. Attorney BRAYNARD asked him why he did not state that when he was testifying before and the witness asked, “Why didn’t you ask me?”

  Attorney Braynard made a strenuous objection to the admission of the postal cards and railroad ticket but was overruled. The lawyer suggested that the dates on the postal cards show signs of tampering and asked that the first portion of the railroad ticket be introduced but Attorney BUSH proved that the other part of the ticket would not have the signature of the witness.



Respect He Held for His Mother Saves Ross Adams From a Long Prison Term

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 21 - Ross ADAMS, a sheep herder, forged a check in order that he could send some Christmas presents to his mother and two sisters in Kentucky. While they are enjoying their Christmas he will be behind bars at San Quentin for doing the act which made them happy.

  Adams came to town last Saturday with a check for $20 given him by his employer, J.S. CRANE of Biggs. He cashed it and spent the money for liquor. Finally when his money was gone he obtained a blank check and signing it J.C. Crane cashed it, securing another $20.

  He was arrested, held to answer yesterday and today faced Judge GRAY as he wanted to plead guilty. He told his story to the court and after an investigation it was found to be true.

  “I would give you a long term in prison for I understand you are out on probation from Tehama county. Any man who respects his mother and sisters like you do still has some good in him, however, and I am going to give you two years so you can show that my judgement of you was right and so you can become a man fit to be called brother by your relatives,” stated Judge Gray. “I will sentence you to two years in San Quentin.”



After Telling Section Crew to Get Out of the Way Matt Trask Shoots A. Kellaris

KENNETT (Shasta Co.), Dec. 21 - Matt R. TRASK, a ranch and mine owner who lives a mile north of here, shot and killed A. KELLARIS, a Greek section hand, this afternoon. Trask was in the company of his father-in-law, J. ANDERSON, and had been visiting with friends in the saloons.

  Trask and his father-in-law started for home in the afternoon. When passing the railroad tracks they encountered a section crew. Trask said, particularly addressing his remarks to Kellaris, “Get out of our way, you dagoes.”

  Kellaris shoved Trask across the track and being angered the latter drew a revolver form his pocket and fired five shots all taking effect in the Greek’s body.

  Another Greek, Joseph SIEROS, attacked Trask with a pick handle, cutting him about the head.

  Kellaris died before he reached the Mamoth hospital, where he was taken for treatment.

  Trask was arrested shortly after the crime was committed and after the wounds were dressed he was placed in jail. It is expected a charge of murder will be made in the morning. Trask has a wife and five children. He is well and favorably known in the community. Kellaris was single and *0 years of age.

(Transcriber’s note -age could be 30, 50 or 80)




PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), Dec. 21 - Fire, caused by a spark from a chimney, broke out this noon on the roof of the home of John C. YAGER, over Jewell’s shop, causing a loss of about $1000, which includes damage to the building and to new furniture just purchased by Yager. Thirty minutes after the alarm was sounded the blaze was extinguished. The active service of the volunteer fire department saved the livery barn of MARKS and WOODWARD, but a few feet from the blaze, which would have burned like tinder if caught, and which housed hundreds of dollars worth of hay and about 50 head of valuable horses.



Divorcon at Reno Told She Must Observe Her Contracts

RENO (Nev.), Dec. 21 - Judgment in favor of G. BREELAND for $115, costs of suit and attorneys fees, was rendered in the justice court yesterday by Judge Lee DAVIS against Irene E. SYKES.

  Mrs. Sykes is a divorce seeker. Breeland alleged that she came to his office several months ago and negotiated with him to handle her case. He agreed to take the case for $150 and made preparations to file the suit. Before her six months had expired Mrs. Sykes engaged the services of another attorney. Breeland then sued, claiming that Mrs. Sikes had broken her contract with him without consent.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 21 - The local officers are searching for a burglar who is minus a Stetson hat and whose clothing is smeared with preserved blackberries. Early last night E.B. BROWN residing at Fourteenth and South Chestnut streets in this city returned home and entered the rear gate to his home. He encountered a man who was running from the house. Brown and the stranger leaped a fence simultaneously and a battle royal ensued in which the stolen quart jar of blackberries was broken and the chunky burglar proved to be the best of the two men and escaped with only his hat missing.


            LOST IN THE SNOW

RENO (Nev.), Dec. 21 - Somewhere in the snow-covered summit of Table Mountain Jimmy KAIN, a prominent miner of this state, is either lying dead or wandering about, unable to get his bearings in the storm. Kain strayed from the trail leading to Mina from his mine, and his tracks were traced to the top of Table mountain, where they were obliterated by the snow. It is feared he has perished.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec 21 - Probably a pretty little romance will yet develop in the abandonment of Percy WELCH, a local horsetrader, by his wife of 13 years a few days ago. Shortly after being deserted by his wife Welch made disposition of Anna and Georgie MEYERS, aged 11 and 16 years, respectively. He stated to the officers that he only adopted the children and couldn’t keep them, now that his wife had deserted him. He wants to spend his time and money searching for the woman.

  Today Probation Officer GLENN received word from Oroville that L.W. MEYERS, a business man of that city, wanted to adopt Anna Meyers, not for any other reason than that he could care for a good little girl.

  An officer immediately left for Oroville to take up the matter of adoption with Meyers.



KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Dec. 21 - To stimulate the interest in poultry raising in this district the enthusiastic breeders of the neighborhood have formed an organization and propose to hold a poultry show the first week in January, beginning on the 3d instant, to last four days. Officers of the organization, which will be called the Klamath County Poultry association, were chosen as follows: President, A.C. WRENN, owner of the Pioneer Press; secretary and treasurer, Caleb T. OLIVER, secretary of the chamber of commerce; directors, B.G. TERRY, Mrs. W.C. RANSOME, Mrs. R.C. HOSKINSON, Messrs WRENN and OLIVER are the members of the board, ex-officio. A committee on by-laws was chosen and soon expects the new organization to be well launched.




Sacramento Union

Saturday December 23, 1911



Declines to Explain His Opposition to Detention Home on Site Selected

  Harry M. FIELDS, a carpenter, of 3028 Orange avenue, Oak Park, whose name appears as the complainant in the suit filed Thursday to restrain County Auditor L.P. WILLIAMS from paying any claims against the county for work on the new detention home at the county hospital grounds, would not admit last night that Judge HUGHES of the juvenile court is responsible for the suit and that he is being used to hide the persons really interested. The suit is generally considered to be meant as a test case to try out the validity of the juvenile court law passed at the regular session of the legislature through the efforts of Judge Hughes for the purpose of enabling the latter to settle the location of the detention home and force the supervisors to choose a site he favors.

  “So far as I am concerned,” said Fields to a reporter for the Union last night, “Judge Hughes has nothing to do with it. I don’t know Judge Hughes. I do not want to talk about this suit or my connection with it at all.”

  When asked what his reason was for bringing the suit at all, Fields said: “I am just as much interested and can feel just as much for the children who will have to go out there as any other citizen, can’t I?”

  Judge Hughes fought for over a year and a half to have the county supervisors select the O street site for the detention home, but the board would not consent and last summer selected a portion of the county hospital grounds as a location for the building, which already has been started.

  During the regular session of the legislature last winter Judge Hughes succeeded in having a bill passed which gives to the juvenile court the right to select sites for detention homes, but the supervisors had selected the county hospital grounds site before the bill became a law and now claim that it cannot retroactively affect their action.

  Fields is a carpenter, apparently of only ordinary means. He does not reside in the vicinity of the proposed detention home, and apparently has no direct interest in the matter.        



Death Summons Edmund G. Morton, Ex-Sacramentan

 Edmund G. MORTON, aged 88, one of Sacramento’s early pioneers who came to this city when it was but a little village, died on Thursday at Elk Creek, Colusa county, where he and his wife had lived with their son, James, for several years past.

   The decedent was born in Portsmouth, N.H., in 1824. In 1847 he went into business in Boston and in 1852 came to California. For the first few years in the West he lived in San Francisco and in Sacramento. After a short period of work in the mines, he settled on his farm at Mills Station, Sacramento county. He was the organizer and first president of the famous “Settlers association” of land-owners about what was then called Hangtown Crossing and now called Mills.

   He was greatly interested in educational activities and was responsible for the construction of the schoolhouse in the Kinney school district. Good roads work also interested him, and he promoted the construction of many of the roads in that portion of the county.

  Morton came of Revolutionary ancestry. On his father’s side was George MORTON, one of the earliest settlers in Massachusetts colony. His grandfather took part in the memorable Boston Tea Party.

  The decedent is survived by a widow, Adaline H. Morton, one son, James, of Elk Creek, Colusa county, and five daughters, Mrs. A.H. TUTTLE and Mrs. B.F. HOWARD of Sacramento, Mrs. A.H. TICKELL of Nevada City, Miss Mollie Morton, a local high school teacher, and Miss Etta Morton.

  The funeral will be held this afternoon from the residence of Mrs. B.F. Howard, 1217 Twenty-seventh street.



 The well-known Arctic explorer, Evelyn Briggs BALDWIN, who contemplates another Arctic trip in 1913 to last four years, is in Sacramento for a few days’ visit with Assistant Weather Forecaster ANDREE, who probably will accompany the intrepid explorer when he again braves the dangers of the northland.

  Baldwin has recently heard of the death of one of his former associates in the north, Ejnar MIKKLESEN-LOTH. The latter lost his life in his attempt to find traces of the lost ERICKSON-BOERLING party.

  An announcement of interest is made by Baldwin to the effect that Temple ABERNATHY, the seven-year-old Oklahoma boy who rode across the country on horseback, may accompany the expedition which starts in 1913. The objects of Baldwin’s proposed expedition are principally scientific. Examinations of weather conditions and causes will be made; submarine charts drawn, currents studied, etc.



 S.S. ERRINGTON was arraigned in the criminal department of the superior court yesterday on a charge of drawing a check on a bank in which he had no funds. He entered a plea of not guilty and his case was set for trial for January 16. The check in question was drawn on the National Bank of Winters and was for $26.



            M. RENON

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Sacramento Union

Saturday, December 23, 1911



Proceedings in Murder Trial Marked by Hard-Fought Legal Battle                    


Tells of His Investigations After Death of Helen Rumbell at Gridley

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 22 - With the defense endeavoring to prove that Helen Rumbell was capable of killing herself and in reality did so and with the state attempting to shatter every bit of testimony offered, today’s proceedings in the Arthur Lewis trial were the most interesting yet held. It was a battle between Attorneys Kennedy and Benjamin.

  Dr. P.L. HAMILTON of Chico was on the stand almost all of the day, the only other witnesses to be summoned being W.G. TYLER, brother-in-law of Lewis; Dr. W.G. BAUMISTER of Chico, Constable MILLER of Gridley and District Attorney George F. JONES.

 Proceedings started this morning with Kennedy making a motion to have the testimony of Albert MORELAND and C.H. LUCAS, regarding how Lewis twisted a steer stricken from the calendar. This was denied. Then he wanted the statement of Dr. TURNER that Lewis had said, “She was unruly. We could not control her. She has been punished before,” stricken out. This was also denied.


 Then Kennedy turned to the jury and outlined what the defense intends to prove. “We intend to prove on the 26th of June, Lewis was engaged in his customary work on the Rumball ranch. That he is a young man about 21 years of age and of good character. That on the day in question he performed his work as usual, returning home about 5:30 o’clock.

  That after eating his supper he went up to the attic to untie Helen, but that she told him to go away and leave her. That there was a double dislocation of the neck, a tearing of then muscles and vertebrae, that the spinal column was a compact mass and that the pressure which caused these injuries came from above or below the neck.

  “That Helen Rumbell was capable of inflicting the injuries upon herself. That she was in a great stage of ex-----tion and that her clothes were soaking with perspiration. That Mrs. Rumbell talked to her several times after Lewis saw her. That Lewis came home from work and ate his supper and then went up to the attic to untie the girl but was ordered by her to go away and leave her alone. That the marks on the body are entirely different from what the physicians have shown so far. Then we will show that Lewis was at work in the barn and Mrs. Rumbell came out and told him Helen was dead.”


 After resuming his seat he immediately called District Attorney JONES to the stand. Jones testified that he had visited the Rumbell home on the 27th of June before the coroner’s inquest was held. That he was present the following day at the autopsy. He stated he had not ordered any autopsy performed on the 27th, as he thought that was the duty of the coroner.

  On the 28th he went to Gridley with the sheriff and M.E. PHARES, a photographer. Pictures were taken of the Rumbell home and of the girl’s body. He had met Dr. L.L. THOMPSON on the street and requested him to go to C.H. BLOCK’s undertaking establishment and perform an autopsy.

  That subsequently Kennedy and Dr. Hamilton showed up and that with the two Doctors Thompson, Doctor TURNER and Kennedy and Hamilton an autopsy was performed. There was no examination of the brain, lungs or heart, but merely of the spinal column.

  Doctor L.P. HANILTON was then called by Kennedy. He testified that he had examined the entire surface of the girl’s body and that he found three abrasion’s on the right arm, two inches below the pit of the arm and one on the outer surface of the arm.


 “I found three abrasions on the right elbow,” he continued. “Two scratches on the right elbow. A small abrasion on the right thigh. Some marks about the ankles and on the outside of the wrists. There was a line around the neck.”

  “It was tipped up and ran on the right side to a point underneath the ear, and on the left side further around the neck. It was not parallel to the floor. Couldn’t trace it back of the right ear, but it went up behind the left ear. The marks on the right arm were about a half inch apart and could have been made by the hand of either a woman or a man.

  “These marks were made prior to or after the girl’s death,.I did not make any examination of the bruises. I found a double dislocation of the neck. I found a slight extravigization of blood on the left side of the neck about as large as a nickel. I found the spinal cord mutilated.

  “It was a pulpy mess. I simply opened the wound made by Doctor TURNER making the incision five or six inches in length. No fluid came out of it. I put my finger between the breaks in the neck. They were about a half inch apart. When I found these I pointed them out to the other physicians.

  “When we turned her over I am confident the spinal cord was not intact. In my opinion the injury to the neck was caused from pressure above or below the neck. It would be impossible to produce the symptoms found if a twisting motion had been used.

  Constable MILLER testified to finding twenty-seven scratches on the floor in the vicinity of the door. Benjamin showed that these might have been made by a stove adjoining the marks. W.G. TYLER, brother-in-law of Lewis, made a similar statement.

  Dr. W.G. BAUMISTER of Chico next made the identical answers to the questions of Kennedy as had Dr. Hamilton. After Benjamin had succeeded in showing that he had heard the answers of Dr. Hamilton and the he had framed his answers accordingly, he excused the witness.



Thieves Take Stamps and Registered Packages; No Arrests Yet Made

ACAMPO (San Joaquin Co.), Dec. 22 - The postoffice at this town was robbed Wednesday night and the thieves took about $40 in stamps , tore open registered packages and a number of Christmas bundles, taking several with them. Constable KESLING has been unable to find any of the stolen property nor find sufficient evidence on which to make an arrest. He is of the opinion that the robbery was the work of parties who knew that the office contained several registered packages.                                



CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 22 - Santa Claus was unusually good to 11-year-old Anna MYER this year, for aside from giving her the first hat she ever wore in her life he brought her a foster mother whom she could love and who really loved her, not because their names were just alike, but because there was an understanding in common between the two in this - the one wanted a child of agreeable taste to hers and the little girl wanted someone whom she could love and confide in, something she had never known.

  Not so very many days ago Percy WELCH, a horsetrader who was deserted by his wife, abandoned Anna, saying that he could not care for her and that she was only adopted by him without recourse of the courts.

  Probation Officer GLENN took up the case and found a home for the child with Mrs. C.W. MYER of Oroville, a respected and well-to-do resident of that city. The names of both foster mother and waif are the same, although it is said there is no relationship existing.

  Welch said that Anna had all the clothes she need and when today Mrs. Myer called for them it was found she had nothing to keep her particularly warm or neatly dressed. First of all the new mother of Anna purchased her a hat, and cries of appreciation and exclamations of joy attracted those who were interested in her and knew her history.

  This is the second little girl that has received a good home through the efforts of Mr. Glenn during the past few days.



 Affable Stranger Passes Bad Check for $110 and Then Disappears

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 22 - William SAMPSON was victimized to the extent of $110 last night by a smooth, affable stranger, who was masquerading under the name of C. CROSMAN. He pocketed the money he received in exchange for the check he presented and walked out. Where he went or where he is at present is something Sampson and the officers would like to know, and wires were kept hot this morning in an attempt to apprehend him at different points and in different directions.

  The man was dressed in a long overcoat and automobile cap of leather. He wore a light suit of clothes and tan shoes. Late in the afternoon, after the banks had closed, he commenced operations. The first store he visited was the Alpha Hardware company. He ordered a bill of goods and tendered the check in payment. They did not accept it and he went out, leaving the goods behind. He next visited the store of the GILL-MILLER company and after looking about picked out a handsome chair and tendered the check in payment therefor. He gave the Alpha Hardware company as a reference to Gill, but the latter said he did not have sufficient money and CROSSMAN said he would be back at 8 o’clock in the morning.

  In the meantime Gill conferred with the Alpha company and found that they knew nothing about the fellow. The check was drawn on the Nevada county bank and the signature was that of W.E. MOULTON of French Corral, who is in business there. Crosman did not intend to wait until morning and cast about for a likely victim. It is not known into how many places he went, but at the store of Will SAMPSON he was successful. He made a few purchases and then tendered his check as he had done elsewhere.



Many Speak Before Members of Solano County Town’s Chamber of Commerce

DIXON (Solano Co.), Dec. 22 - The banquet given by the Dixon chamber of commerce last night was largely attended and was pronounced by all to be the most enthusiastic meeting of the kind ever held in this city. Many guests were present from a distance, among them were Assemblyman J.R. CRONIN of Benicia, W.O. RUSSELL, supervisor of Yolo county; A.A. DENISON, secretary of the Oakland chamber of commerce; George H. PIERCE of Yolo county; The Rev. Francis HOPE of the California Development Board, San Francisco; Attorney Robert McMILLIAN of Vacaville, and W.W. FOSTER of Fairfield.

   William J. WEYAND, president of the Dixon chamber of commerce, acted as toastmaster. The meeting opened with a selection by the band, followed by an address by G.H. Pierce. He discussed the topic, “State Highway,” and recommended building a highway across the Yolo basin. Assemblyman CRONIN was next called upon and addressed the meeting on the “General Development of California.”

  The Rev. Francis HOPE took for a topic his recent travel through the Eastern states, being sent there by the California Development Board to deliver lectures on California. He spoke of the many thousands of Eastern People that were looking to California with hungry eyes and of several occasions when delivering a lecture such large crowds would turn out that it required the aid of the police to hold the people back in order to keep the house from overcrowding. His address was instructive and full of humor. He closed by stating that in all his travels throughout the Eastern states he saw no place that equaled California.

  DENNISON, RUSSELL, McMILLIAN, Fred BUTTON, Chas. KIRBY and G.E. FIELD gave some interesting talks on organized bodies and the great good derived by boosting.



WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), Dec. 22 - William BENNETT returned to the stope in which he was working in the Headlight mine near Carville, sooner than he should have done Wednesday and was struck by a large rock that caused his death. Bennett, with the miners in the stope, had set off a blast and then went back before the powder had gone off. He was dead before the holes exploded.  Coroner BLAIR went to Carville to hold an inquest. Bennett was an experienced miner who has worked in this section for a long time. Three brothers were killed in mines in this vicinity.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Dec. 22 - By special train 110 citizens went up Corning last night to attend revival services in that city, which are being conducted by the Rv. Mr. STOUT, the singing evangelist. The excursion was under the auspices of the Business Men’s Christian association of this city, which was organized last Sunday.



EUREKA (Humboldt Co.), Dec. 22 - Thomas C. SELLIER, who has a card showing that he was formerly connected with a business firm in Roseville, Cal., is in the city jail charged with an assault with a deadly weapon. He is alleged to have shot at Miss Edith WHEAT of Byerville Tuesday night.

  Sellier invited Miss WHEAT to go to the theater with him earlier in the evening and she refused. In a short time he went to her room and when she refused admittance broke the door. The young woman tried to escape by running past him. Sellier fired at her and the bullet went through her waist under her arm.

  The proprietor of the hotel, hearing the shot, went upstairs and saw Sellier in the hall with a smoking revolver in his hand.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 22 - Charles SHAW of Dunsmuir, who was beating his way to Kennett on train No. 16, the southbound Oregon passenger, fell from the train after it had passed through a tunnel. He lay on the ground unconscious until the engineer of train No. 13, which came along three hours later, saw Shaw and brought him to the city. Shaw’s face and scalp were badly cut.






Sacramento Union

Monday, December 25, 1911



Men Who Will Determine Fate of Arthur Lewis Assume More Cheerful Aspect

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 24 - Looking much fresher and in better spirits than they have been for some time, the Arthur Lewis jury walked about the streets to day in the custody of two elisors. The jurors were given the privilege of the baths at the Union hotel, and their wives brought them new clothing.

  As the time draws near when the case will be given the jury interest increases. There is much speculation as to the outcome and even wagers are being made as to what will be the verdict of the jury. They can find Lewis guilty of murder in the first or second degree or of manslaughter, or can acquit him.

  It seems to be the popular opinion that he will be found guilty of manslaughter. If so, he will most certainly get the limit of ten years. Attorney Kennedy had a long talk with both Lewis and Mrs. Rumball today. They will take the stand probably Wednesday.

  Mrs. Harriet Plantz, the nurse and star witness for the prosecution, will be on the stand next Tuesday morning. It is rumored that Attorney Kennedy will give her a severe grilling and make her tell how she took Lewis into the room where Helen Rumball lay and jerked the covering from the body, exposing it to the view of the defendant. They intend to do this, it is said, to show her character.

  On the stand she admitted she did this, and that Lewis said, “She was a swell girl.”

  Mrs. Emma L. Rumball is expected to be a strong witness for the defense. She will be the first person to throw light upon how Helen was tied and how she cut her down. Her attorneys declare they will have her make a clean breast of the whole affair. It they do so the public will get a good insight into the whole thing.



San Joaquin Gardner Attacked and Killed by Unknown Assailants


Hat Found on Scene May Lead to Capture of Perpetrator of Deed

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), Dec. 21 - With the head bettered almost to a pulp and several knife wounds about the neck and shoulders, the body of G. BIETRO, a truck gardner, residing near Lockford, was found in a pool of blood this morning on the Lodi-Rockford road where it has apparently lain for several hours. All evidence points to murder and it is evident that the motive was robbery.

  The first intimation that anything was wrong was had by Bietro’s family when the team attached to a wagon which he had been driving was found standing near his home, where it had apparently wandered during the night.

   Sheriff W.F. SIBLEY and Constable FLOYD of Lodi are working on the case in connection with a number of deputies and have hopes of landing the murderer or murderers. A soft black felt hat found near the scene of the crime may furnish a clue to the perpetrators of the deed.

  Bietro had driven to this city from his home with a load of garden truck, which he disposed of during the day. It is known that he had a large sum of money on his person when he started on the return trip. None was found on the body.

  Officials believe that Bietro was attacked unexpectedly from behind. It is possible that his assailant may have been riding in the wagon with him and knocked him senseless with a well directed blow with some blunt instrument, and then continued to batter the head after the victim was knocked to the ground. It is presumed that the knife wounds were inflicted after the assailant was unconscious, as doctors say that the blows on the dead caused the man’s death.


            CLOSE “BRIDGE OF SIGHS”?

Councilman of Klamath Falls Would Take Action

KLAMATH FALLS (Ore.), Dec. 24 - In a meeting of the council, Councilman Charles McGOWAN proposed that the “Bridge of Sighs,” which crosses the Oak avenue canal and gives convenient access to the section beyond Third street, be closed. After some discussion he moved that it be torn out, and, the motion apparently prevailed, Mayor Fred T. SANDERSON intervening with advice that the city attorney, Horace M. MANNING be first consulted as to the legality of destroying the property.

  Some of the property owners in the district may have acquired rights to the bridge, and since the verdict against the city for destroying the W.W. MASTEN barn and the threatened suit by the government over the closing of the Ankeny ditch by the city, the municipal paters have been a little diffident about taking such drastic action.




Sacramento Union

Tuesday December 26, 1911



Head Blown Off With Shotgun, but Lives for Several Hours in Agony.


Man Had Been Drinking on De Vries Place and Was in Helpless Condition

LODI (San Joaquin CO.), Dec. 25 - With part of his head blowed off by the discharge of a shotgun, an Italian wood chopper was found about 9 o’clock last night at the DeVRIES ranch in a dying condition. Medical aid was summoned but the man was beyond all earthly help and expired early this morning. It is believed that the man was the victim of an accidental discharge of the weapon, and that it occurred about three o’clock Sunday afternoon, as a shot was heard about that time by neighbors.

  The man was one of a band of wood cutters that had been working at the ranch for some time, and the entire party had been drinking and carousing all day Sunday, according to those living near the place.

  Coroner WALLACE will hold an inquest.



Motive for the Crime Was Not Robbery, as Money Was Found on Viscari

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), Dec. 25 - As suspected at first, the motive for the murder of Charles VISCARI, an Italian workman who was found stabbed to death early yesterday morning, was not robbery.

  The man had been in Lodi Saturday night and had received a large sum of money but most of it was found on the body when discovered. The man had been stabbed four times in the back, five times in the stomach and several times in other parts of his body, and the evidences are that he put on a strong battle for his life.

  The murderer, in his haste to make his escape from the scene of the murder left behind a hat that may be the means of identifying him. Two hats were found, one near the gate and another near the body. 

  An inquest will be held Wednesday.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Dec. 25  - Three legal actions have been commenced in the courts of San Francisco in which the people of Tehama county are interested. The first being the Tehama Irrigated Lands Company vs. William H. UNDERWOOD. The second action is the same company against J. L. SLATER, and the third is W.P. HAMMOND against the Irrigation company and others, including J.L. SLATER, William H. UNDERWOOD, C.A. WESTENBERG and Robert C. LEGH.

  All actions are connected with the promotion of the sale of a large tract of land for purposes of irrigation and sale in small tracts in this county, and Slater is the man who started the project. Complainants seek to recover moneys alleged to have been unlawfully retained by Slater, and the actions in which others are made defendants have a distinct bearing on the situation.


            NEW LAW FOR NEVADA

RENO (Nev.), Dec. 25 - The weights and measures act which was to have gone into effect last June will be enforced from the beginning of the New Year. There have been many delays in the enforcement of this act for some reason. The work will be carried out by Professor S.C. DINSMORE and Ellsworth BENNETT, who were named regents of the University of Nevada recently.

  The law is a copy of the New York law and a complete set of the weights and measures has been received from Washington, D.C., where they were standardized by the proper authorities. The examiners will visit every city and town in Nevada and examine the weights and measures used by every merchant and those not found not correct will be condemned.



Stricken by Apoplexy at Her Home Sunday Evening and Dies Christmas Day

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), Dec. 25 - Mrs. D. C. ALLISON, one of the early settlers in this section of California was stricken with apoplexy as she sat in her home one mile west of Lodi, and passed away early this morning.

  The deceased was a native of Avon, Conn., and was seventy years old. The funeral will be private, from the residence, at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. She leaves three sons - Ed, Arthur and Sydney ALLISON - and one daughter, Mrs. F.B. WHYERS.





Sacramento Union

Wednesday, December 27, 1911 


GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 26 - James PASCOE, a recent arrival, created considerable excitement in the vicinity of Chapel and Church streets, while intoxicated, on Christmas eve. He walked into the home of Jeff THOMASSON just after the family had retired, but before they were asleep. Thomasson had not locked the doors and was surprised upon getting out of bed to find a strange man groping about the hall. He saw the fellow was intoxicated and ordered him out of the house. The intruder crossed the street and entered the JENKINS house, where he disrobed and went to sleep in one of the beds while no one was at home. Marshal DAVIS took the fellow to jail after the neighborhood had been aroused, but as there was no disposition on the part of the house-owners to prosecute the fellow was released. He explains the situation by stating that he thought he was in his own room in Nevada City and that when he was ordered out of the first house he felt sure the next one was right. 


WINNEMUCCA (Nev.), Dec. 26 - District Attorney CALLAHAN states that the third trial of H.E. TICHENOR for obtaining money under false pretenses will be commenced after a new jury is obtained for new year. As there is another criminal case on the docket it will be impossible to complete the trial of Tichenor this year.

In both previous trials the jury disagreed. While there is another indictment against Tichenor, he will be tried on the same charge as on the two trials he has had. 


RENO (Nev.), Dec. 26 - The following officers of Kerak temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, have been elected for the ensuing year:

Potentate, H.E. REID; chief rabban, W.F. ROBINSON; associate rabban, Sanford C. DINSMORE; oriental guide Robert H. PARKER; treasurer, Milo C. McMILLAN; recorder, Frank KING; representatives to Imperial council in Los Angeles in May, Nobles A.W. HOLMES and W.F. ROBINSON. 


NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 26 - Carl LANE, a well-known business man of Nevada City is suffering from an attack of pneumonia. He was taken ill early Sunday morning and was removed to the sanitarium of Misses WATSON and PETERSON on Goyote street. His condition today is critical, but the young man is holding his own and hopes are held out for his recovery. The many friends of Mr. Lane will be sorry to hear of his illness and hope for his speed recovery. 


Father William B. O’Connor Passes Away After Illness of a Year

STOCKTON (San Joaquin Co.), Dec. 26 - After an illness of over a year, Father William B. O’CONNOR for about forty years, pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic church in this city died early this morning at St. Joseph’s Home. He was nearly seventy years of age and widely known as a priest among both Protestants and Catholics.

Father O’Connor was a native of Ireland and was ordained a priest in 1868 and assigned to the diocese of San Francisco. On his arrival he was appointed assistant to Father GREY of St. Patrick’s parish on Mission street near Third. He was sent to this city in March 1872.

He leaves as monuments to his energy, the St. Agnes Academy, a convent of the order of Sisters of St. Dominic, the St. Joseph’s school, both for girls, the Stockton Brother’s school and the St. Joseph’s Home for old men, a hospital in charge of the Dominican Sisters. He also built a fine brick parsonage. 


GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 26 - Two alarms of fire were turned in this morning, both occasioned by chimneys burning out. The first was from box 12 and was caused by an immense volume of smoke issuing from the top of the building occupied by H. EGGERT as a barber shop. A chemical extinguisher was used and there was little damage done.

Out on Race street, however, the situation was different. A chimney in the home of L.P. LARUE was burning and the firemen got busy at once. They attempted to turn a stream of water on the house, but it would not run as the water in the hydrant had frozen. 


CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 26 - Late this afternoon John CHRISTIANSON, an Englishman of social standing in his own country and carrying with him a diary itemizing a number of remittances from mother in London, was arrested by Officer E.E. MARTIN upon a charge of burglary. The stranger was caught by Frank MILLER, a grocer having a place of business at Third and Salem streets, stealing whisky.

Christianson it is said, gained admittance to the store basement while in a maudlin condition and began to lay in a supply of intoxicants that would serve him at least over the new year. He drank much, hid one bottle in one of his trouser legs and was making similar disposition of the other when encountered by Miller. 


DAVIS (Yolo Co.), Dec. 26 - While playing box-ball with some young companions this afternoon A.L. PLANT suffered a stroke of apoplexy. He was carried to his residence on a stretcher obtained from the Southern Pacific by order of Drs. BATES and SCHOFF, who were summoned immediately. The physicians rely upon a vigorous constitution to enable Plant to rally from the attack.

Plant is a prominent grain buyer and one of the most widely known men of the county. His daughter was married a few days ago and is on her honeymoon. She will probably be called home. 


Well Known Catholic Priest Improved - Will Ultimately Regain Health

CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 26 - Father GUALCO of the local Catholic parish is much improved today, and his ultimate recovery is now considered but a matter of time. His precarious condition of the past few days brought a sort of gloom over the Catholic congregations throughout the Sacramento Valley, where he has lived long and worked zealously for the interests of his people.

In all the churches of the valley prayers were offered for his recovery. Many of the Christmas festivities connected with the church were omitted our of respect to Father Gualco. 


RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Dec. 26 - George L. MEYER, a prominent resident of this city, died at his family residence last night at the age of 70 years. The cause of death was general debility. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.

He was born in Baden, Germany, and came to California in 1858. In 1880 he worked at his trade of carpenter. He was esteemed by all acquaintances. A wife, three daughters, Lena A. MEYER of this city, Annie and Elizabeth Meyer of Oakland survive him. 


William Parker Nears Finish of 2500-Mile Walk Along Pacific Coast.

CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 26 - William PARKER, on a 2500-mile walk through California, Washington and Oregon, started from Chico at 10:30 o’clock this morning on his last lap of his long “hike.” Parker says that he started from Lake Tahoe six months ago with three companions, but that before the party reached Tia Juana, in Mexico, they deserted him, and he has been lecturing, writing and taking interesting pictures alone ever since. He left here for Tehama, 27 miles distant. He says he will reach there tonight.

From that point he will go to Eugene, Oregon, where he will stop for a while to lecture before the Y.M.C.A. He has talked in Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton and also the important cities of the coast upon the revolutionary conditions in Mexico, where he took a umber of pictures for American publications.

Parker says that in reaching Chico he had traveled 2000 miles. 



Sacramento Union

Wednesday, December 27, 1911


            Arthur Lewis Testifies In His Own Behalf At Oroville


    Says First He Knew of Girl’s Death Was When Sister Informed Him

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 26 - Showing not the least bit of emotion and reciting the story of how much he knew of the facts surrounding the death of little Helen RUMBELL in a cold-blooded matter-of-fact way, Arthur LEWIS today, for the first time related his story. He was given a severe cross-examination, but his testimony was not shaken in any important particular by Chief Deputy Attorney-General BENJAMIN, who succeeded, however, in showing the defendant to be a cold-blooded person.

  If Lewis’ testimony is correct he burned the bloody rag found by Mrs. Harriet PLANTZ, the nurse, in the garret, at her own advice and in order to protect his sister, she promising not to disclose anything concerning the finding or the burning of it.

 “I was 22 years of age the second of last May,” Lewis stated. “I knew Helen Rumbell for about a year. I say her about 1 o’clock on June 26. She was playing with the other children in the yard about the house. It was haying time, and I was putting up my hay. I ate my lunch somewhere about the noon hour and then went to do my duties. It was about 1:20 o’clock and Helen had come in and was doing the dishes. About 4:30 o’clock I returned and putting my mower and team up I went into the house.,

 “Mrs. SMITHER and her two children, and I think the TUHEY girl were there. My sister and Mrs. SMITH had a discussion regarding the weight of the children, and when my sister asked me if I would weigh them I took them out to the barn. After weighing them I went back to the front porch. Mrs. Smith then left.


 “I asked my sister if she knew where Helen was. She said she had tied her upstairs. I ate my supper and afterwards went upstairs. I went within about four or five feet of Helen and asked her if she would say she was sorry so that I could have my sister let her go. She told me to go away and mind my own business. About that time my sister called me downstairs and told me she had punished Helen and it was none of my business what she was doing up there.

  “When I went upstairs Helen was standing with her hand tied, a rope over her right shoulder and under her left arm and her back against a scantling to which she was tied. I did not see any rope marks about her ankles or any rope.


  “After going downstairs I went out and did my chores. I had eight of fourteen cows to milk and to separate the cream. My sister helped my operate the separator. She left me about 7 o’clock and I think it was about an hour afterwards that she came back and told me ‘Arthur Helen is dead.’ I asked her where she was and she said upstairs.

 “I went up and at the top of the landing I found her. She was on her back. I felt of her heart and of her pulse and then lifted her body up and packed it downstairs. My sister had hold of her feet. We lay it on the bed. Her face was red, her mouth open and her eyes closed.

  “After laying her down I went across the street to the Harry TURNER house and told him to send for the doctor. He asked me who was sick and I said Helen. I then hitched up the buggy and started for Mr. and Mrs. TYLER.

  “I talked to some of the folks in the yard. The doctor came about 8:30 o’clock. As soon as he came my sister, myself, the doctor and Mr. Tyler went into the room where the body of Helen was. The doctor examined her and pronounced her dead. I made no statement at any time and no one asked me anything. I was in the room about twenty minutes. The doctor and my sister talked but none of their talk was addressed to me.

  “I went out after awhile and the doctor asked me for a board and I went up to the garret and got one and sawed it off and gave it to him. The nurse asked me for some shears and I got them for her. The doctor took my sister over to the Tyler home.


  “I guess that was about 10 o’clock and from that time until the next morning I was alone with the nurse. She asked me if I wanted to see the girl and if I would go in the room with her. I went. She asked me to fix the curtain. She said I want to show you the bruises on the neck, wrist and ankles. I saw them there. She said it was a crime, it was murder and that some one would have to suffer for it. She said my sister could be hung , she could be sentenced to state’s prison for life for tying the girl up. We went out and sat down and talked. She wanted a drink and I went to the well and got it for her. Later we went upstairs as she said she wanted to see where Helen was tied. I showed her. She picked up the ropes and she saw a rag and she picked it up also. She said “It is all blood.” She said that it was good evidence on my sister all right and then I said that I would burn it up if she would tell no one. I took the rag downstairs and burned it. Nothing more was said just then.


“Mrs. Plantz followed me downstairs. We talked about Helen. I don’t remember her saying: “Dead men tell no tales” we just talked about Helen. She said it was a serious thing all right. She said if we had called her instead of the doctor she could have called it heart failure and no one would have known the difference. We had coffee and cake about 12:30 o’clock and both of us ate. I never told the doctor that I have ever punished Helen nor never assisted in punishing her.”

  Benjamin then took the witness. He asked Lewis if he had heard her cry or scream or if he had heard any sounds whatever. Lewis stated he had not. He asked him if when he went to the attic and saw Helen there if he did not consider it right to relieve her. Lewis stated he knew his sister had charge of the girl and he did not want to interfere. He declared that Helen was bound tightly to the studding and that her hands were in front of her but that he did not know if her ankles were tied. He denied he had gone closer to her than four or five feet. He said he did not say any more to her than he had testified.

  Benjamin asked him why, when he went after the doctor he did not tell the Turners Helen was dead. Lewis answered he did not know. He had no reason for concealing the fact that she was dead.


 That KENNEDY intends to try and offset the evidence of the prosecution to the effect that Lewis should have aided the girl when he went upstairs and did not do so by showing that Mrs. RUMBELL was the guardian of the girl and that Lewis knew this and so did not want to interfere, was shown by him introducing the guardianship papers given to Mrs. Rumbell as evidence.

  Members of the Gridley lodge of Fraternal Brotherhood figured in the case today, being called as character witnesses. They were Donald KERNS, Bert PRATHER, a barber, and William MILLS, foreman of he cannery warehouse at Gridley. Dr. N.T. ENLOE of Chico was the last expert called for the defense and as soon as the character witnesses have finished Lewis and Mrs. Rumbell will be called.


 When court convened Doctor BAUMEISTER, who testified Friday, was recalled by Kennedy. On Friday he had testified that the neck of Helen Rumbell could have been dislocated in the manner in which it was by a twist. This, he denied this morning and was then excused.

  Doctor Enloe of Chico stated he had witnessed eight hangings and had helped perform the autopsies over the body. He did not know how much force would be necessary to accomplish such dislocations as were found in Helen Rumbell’s neck, but it would be a great force.

  It would take a greater force to accomplish these dislocations in one person than another. He stated he had had a great deal of experience in dealing with dislocations. He at one time was physician and surgeon for the Sierra Lumber company and at present was employed by the Diamond Match company in a like capacity.

  In 1896, he stated, he saw a partial dislocation caused by a man falling from a step of nine inches high onto the cement pavement. He believed that a fracture or dislocation of a child’s neck possible while it was at play. From a mere visual examination he believed it impossible to tell whether the black or blue marks on a body were caused before or after death. He would not attempt to answer a question relating to this as he had had no experience.

  Attorney Kennedy, using Attorney KING as a subject, then tied the latter to the scantling in the manner in which he alleges Helen Rumbell was tied. He then asked the witness if he believed a person tied in that fashion could have accomplished the double dislocations of the neck by jumping from a height of two feet.


 The physician stated he believed it possible. In reply to the question of whether or not it would be possible for a person to twist another’s neck and accomplish injuries such as Helen Rumbell suffered, the witness stated it would not be possible, in his opinion.

  The witness was then taken in hand by Benjamin, who immediately tied District Attorney JONES to the studding with the rope over the right shoulder and the left arm. He then asked the doctor if in his opinion and from the way the ropes were tied, if a person jumped from a height of two feet could her death result. The doctor answered affirmatively.

  “In which way would the force be applied?” queried Benjamin.

  “Force would be forward and backward,” stated the witness.

  The doctor declared that he explained the fact that the front part of the neck and the windpipe of the girl were not injured, by reason of the fact that these are soft and brittle and would give with the rope and fly back in place after the pressure was removed. He stated he did not believe it would take a great force to break a girl’s neck, but he could not state how much it would take and had no opinion. The doctor declared it would not surprise him to find the entire neck in place and still have the two dislocations. He declared, however, that a backward, forward or rotary motion could not have accomplished the dislocation, it must have been a downward and backward motion.

   Dr. Enloe was finally asked if he was not testifying just upon a theory he had formed in his mind as to how the girl’s neck had been broken, and he stated that it was a theory only with him.

  W.G. TYLER, brother-in-law of Lewis, was next called as a character witness. He states he had known Lewis for ten or twelve years, first meeting him in Minnesota, where they were neighbors. He had lived beside him for the last two years, and that he had always borne a good reputation. He admitted that he had never heard any one discuss it.

  Then Bert PRATHER, Donald KERNS and William MILLS were called as character witnesses. They stated all they knew was that the lodge had considered Lewis to have a good enough reputation to be admitted to membership.



Attorneys Complain That Business Is Hindered by Lewis Case

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 26 - Lawyers are complaining bitterly because of the fact that the Arthur Lewis trial has prevented them from having any cases tried in the superior court and consequently has caused their clients to complain and a stacking of business which they are beginning to feel.

  They assert that the business of the county has increased to such an extent in the past few years that it is absolutely necessary that another judge be secured to try the civil cases now on the calendar or that some action be taken to dispose of them. With the Rumbell trial scheduled to begin next month they see no opportunity to get civil cases tried before next summer and in the meantime the calendar is becoming congested. There are twenty-three civil cases waiting to be tried.



LINCOLN (Placer Co.), Dec. 26 - The home of Mrs. James MALONEY in the Central District near this city was destroyed by fire, this forenoon. The house with its contents is a total loss. The building was one of the landmarks of this section as it had been built many years.

  The fire was caused by a defective flue. At the time, Elmer MALONEY, youngest son of Mrs. Maloney was the only one in the house. Neighbors hurried to the scene but the fire was too far advanced to save the house or any of its contents. Mrs. Maloney has been spending the holidays with her daughter, Mrs. Philip MULLIGAN in Sacramento.

  From what can be learned Mrs. Maloney’s loss is quite heavy as there was only a small insurance on the house and contents.



Sheriff McAulay Makes Arrests in Connection With Mystery in Placer County

AUBURN (Placer Co.), Dec. 26 - Sheriff McAULAY of this county arrested Mrs. C.W. WARCHON and John RUTLEDGE, supposed to be a brother of the woman, in Oakland, this forenoon, for the alleged murder of an infant which was found on the railroad track near Clipper Gap yesterday afternoon. The two are held in detinue.

  A trackwalker found the body of a newborn male infant on the side of the track after Train No. 23 had passed Clipper Gap. The train passed Clipper Gap a few minutes before 2 o’clock in the afternoon.. Sheriff McAulay and Under-Sheriff GUM in response to a message went to Clipper Gap and brought the body to Auburn.

  The sheriff acted promptly and immediately wired to the officers in Oakland the facts of the case as they appeared to him. He learned that a young woman had been taken from Train 23 which reaches Oakland about 8 p.m. in a serious condition and rushed to a hospital.

  It was also learned that Conductor WENTWORTH who was in charge of the train had stated that a young man had approached him on the train and requested him to have a physician meet it at Auburn as his sister was very ill. The conductor informed him that this could not be done. Later William JONES, porter of the pullman, told him that the necessity for a doctor had passed.

  Sheriff McAulay will bring Rutledge to this city to be present at the inquest on the body of the infant which will be held tomorrow by Coroner BISBEE,


OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 26 - Instead of having her son-in-law arrested for failing to provide for his minor children, a boy and a girl, as the new law gives her power to do Mrs. Jennie MORTESEN has broken all court records by beginning suit against him for $960 the amount which she claims for the care of the little ones since 1903.

  The papers in the case were placed in file today by Attorney H.D. GREGORY, who Mrs. Mortesen consulted regarding the matter. Mrs. Mortesen alleges SEALEY is perfectly able to take care of his children but never does so. She declares that since the death of their mother she has had the entire care of them.




Sacramento Union

December 28, 1911



Stroke of Paralysis Is Fatal to Thomas Killebrew of Willows

WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), Dec. 27 - Thomas KILLEBREW, a pioneer highly respected citizen of Willows died this afternoon at his family residence on Butte street. He suffered a stroke of paralysis Christmas morning and gradually sank to his death. He was 78 years old and was born in Scott county, Illinois.

  He settled near Willows in 1877 and moved into the town in 1882. He had resided in the same home ever since.

  Killebrew was a veteran of the Civil War. He served as city trustee and was at one time one of the largest wheat farmers in the valley. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters, all of whom are married. The funeral will be held from his residence next Friday afternoon.



YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), Dec. 27 - Charles BONHART, aged 61, a pioneer of Yreka and owner of the France-American hotel, died here this morning of la grippe. He was worth nearly $100,000, which he had made in business here. He came here from Germany nearly thirty years ago, and went to work in the hotel of which he later became the owner. He leaves a wife and three daughters.



QUINCY (Plumas Co.), Dec. 37 - An excellent skating pond has been made by flooding seven acres of low land near here. The cold weather has formed a thick crust of ice over the surface of the water and many are enjoying the pleasure which it affords.



FAIRFIELD (Solano Co.), Dec. 27 - A petition to administer the estate of Nancy BLOOM, deceased, had been filed in the superior court here by Mrs. Bloom’s son, John R. Bloom. The estate consists of real and personal property valued at $34,000. The heirs are all children of the deceased, Harriet, Amelia, Mary and John R. Bloom.



RENO (Nev.), Dec. 27 - In the neighborhood of one hundred Indians arrived in Reno yesterday from Truckee and other points up the Truckee river. They have been engaged for several weeks past in harvesting the ice crop for the big ice companies operating along the river.

  The Indians have been in charge of Dick BENDER, an educated Piute. Bender stated that practically all the ice companies have completed the ice harvest. He states that the ice is of excellent quality this year, better than it has been in many years.



YERINGTON (Nev.), Dec. 27 - Suit has been filed in the district court here by Alfred Merritt SMITH of Reno and J. WELLS of Dayton against the Western Steel corporation et al of Seattle.

  The plaintiffs allege that there is a balance due them from the Seattle firm of $124,000 in the form of promissory notes, bonds and other payments. The sum is alleged to be due from the sale of a group of iron mines located near Dayton for the sum of $200,000.



Elaborate Event Planned by Redding Lodge for Third Week in January.

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 27 - Contrary to the usual custom of the local lodges of Masons, Reading lodge No. 254, F. and A.M., will hold a public installation of officers the third week in January, and the event is being looked forward to with a good deal of interest, especially of those who have not gained entrance to the order of the mystic tie.

  The officers elected for the ensuing year at the December meeting are: Rolph A. SAELTZER, worshipful master; James J. GLASZER, senior warden; B.F. SAYLOR, junior warden; Arthur M. DEAN, treasurer; Charles E. BROWN, secretary. Each election was unanimous, the position of treasurer has been filled by Brother Dean for several terms. The other officers were advanced for their good work in the past year. Worshipful master-elect has appointed the following to complete his official Masonic family: H.E. THOMPSON, senior deacon; W.D. EGILBERT, junior deacon; W.J. JEFFEREY, senior steward; H.E. BUSH, junior steward; W.O. BLODGETT, marshal; C.C. CORBIERE, chaplain; F.X. LA BONTE, tiler. The three principal officers were elected trustees, as is usual.

  Shasta county is strong in fraternal orders, and among the oldest lodges are the Western Star of Shasta; Northern Light, Millville and Clinton, Igo, all Masonic lodges. Western Star has the venerable number of “2" in the state of California, and but for the activity of San Francisco Masons back in 1850 would have retained the first serial number “1,” to which it is entitled by age. All the other branches of Masonry and the other great orders are well represented in Shasta county.



CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 27 - Major A.F. JONES of Oroville, counsel for the Diamond Match company, filed an application asking to lay a spur track from the Southern Pacific siding on First street south of Orange street to Fourth, where a retail store will soon be opened by the Diamond Match company at the meeting of the city trustees last night. No definite action was taken on the request, but the street committee of the trustees and officials of the match company will make a trip over the site of the proposed spur, which is to be about 1000 feet in length.

  Little other business was transacted at the trustees’ meeting last night. W.D. WILLIAMS was granted a permit to lay 48 feet of concrete walk along the east side of his lot at the corner of Ninth and Olive streets. The board authorized the settlement of a claim presented by the Yawman & Erbe company, furniture dealers, for $550 in payment of furniture and fixtures for the new municipal building.



            By Harry J. Brown

WASHINGTON (D.C.), Dec. 27 - Secretary of the Treasury McVEAGH has received an application from H.C. STOVALL, F.W. BEIM, J.A. STOVALL, G. POE and G.A. WARE of Williams, Colusa county, California, for a charter to organize the Central National Bank of Williams, with a capital of $25,000.



Antonio Pauletti Believed to Have Taken Own Life After Long Deliberation

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), Dec. 27 - A verdict of suicide by shooting was returned by the coroner’s jury empaneled to investigate the death of Antonio PAULETTI. The mother of the dead man, Marie Pauletti, has been notified of her son’s death, and the body will be held pending instructions from her.

  “I killed myself because I don’t want to live any longer,” were the words the despondent man had written. The message to the world was scrawled with a pencil in Italian in a notebook found in the dead man’s pocket.

  Before committing the act Sunday, the despondent man had killed his dog. Two empty shells were found near the remains and the dead animal was close by. Upon several pages of the notebook found in his pocket was the name, “Addie WEBSTER, Rio Vista.”

  Pualetti had called at a wood chopper’s camp on the DE VRIES ranch Sunday noon. The men were preparing dinner and invited him to share it with them. After eating a hearty meal he borrowed a shotgun from one of the men, saying he wanted to hunt rabbits.

  About an hour afterward the shots were heard, and when the hunter did not return the men became uneasy and with lanterns started a search in the directions from which the sounds had come. When Pauletti was found he was almost breathing his last. Dr. ARTHUR was summoned, but soon after the physician arrived the man passed away.



PARADISE (Butte Co.), Dec. 27 - The report of Secretary CHARLTON at the annual meeting of the Paradise Fruit Growers’ union, held at Hotel RALSTON showed that the finances of that organization are in a healthy condition. The balance on hand was larger than that of last year.

  The entire old board of directors was re-elected, as follows: C.M. BURKET, president; E.R. VAN NESS, vice president; R. CHARLTON, secretary; J.N. BILLE, treasurer; James PEARSON and W.A. CLARK.



YERINGTON (Nev.), Dec. 27 - The home of T.M. TENEYCK, a few miles south of this place was totally destroyed by fire Monday together with its contents.

  Teneyck was preparing to cook breakfast and was frying some meat. He happened to glance up and noticed that the entire ceiling of the building was in flames. The flames spread so rapidly that he had no time to save anything but the clothes he wore. Teneyck is quite deaf and failed to hear the flames above his head.




HERON - In Chico (Butte Co.), December 26, 1911, to the wife of P.L. HERON, a daughter.

SURBAUGH - In Folsom (Sacramento Co.), December 24, 1911, to the wife of Marshal Surbaugh, a son.

SALTERS - In Carmichael Colony, near Folsom (Sacramento Co.), December 24, 1911, to the wife of George Salters, a daughter.

KEEN - In Redding (Shasta Co.), December 25, 1911, to the wife of C.C. Keen, a daughter.

WALSH - In Oroville (Butte Co.), December 26, 1911, to the wife of A.J. WALSH, a daughter.


TWITCHELL-HOLLIS  - In Redding (Shasta Co.), December 26, 1911, by the Rev. E.H. McKAY, Eleazer Twitchell of Chico and Miss Ethel V. Hollis of Bella Vista, Shasta county.

JONES-WHITING - In Redding (Shasta Co.), December 24, 1911, by the Rev. D.T. McCLELLAND, Burr H. Jones and Miss Anita Whiting, both of Redding.

CARTMELL-DONNELLY - In Grass Valley (Nevada Co.), December 25, 1911, by the Rev. Father D’ARCY, C.L. Cartmell of Sacramento and Miss Georgia Donnelly of Grass Valley.

HILDRETH-PICKENS - In Redding (Shasta Co.), December 24, 1911, by the Rev. J.M. HEADY, Frederick C. Hildreth and Miss Mamie Ann Pickens, both of Redding.

HAZELTON-DAVIS - In Orland (Glenn Co.), December 25, 1911, Herbert H. Hazelton of San Jose and Miss Bertha Pearl Davis of Orland.

GREGG-McMILLAN - In Reno (Nev.), December 25, 1911, by Justice of the Peace Lee J. DAVIS, James R.W. Gregg and Mrs. Della McMillan, both of Reno.

GILLIAM-BLANTON - In Chico (Butte Co.), December 26, 1911, by the Rev. M. SLAUGHTER, John Gilliam of Tacoma, Washington , and Miss Hulda Blanton of Chico.

WALTERS-VASEY - In Woodland (Yolo Co.), December 26, 1911, by the Rev. Father WALLRATH, Dolorus B. Walters of Pope Valley, Napa county and Miss Mary Alysius Vasey of Winters, Yolo county.

ERNEST-OREM - In Klamath Falls (Oregon), December 25, 1911, by the Rev. George H. FEESE, Harry E. Ernest of Portland, Oregon and Miss Orva Orem of Klamath Falls.

HOHNOFF-LAUGHLIN - In Red Bluff (Tehama Co.), December 25, 1911, by the Rev. M.O. BRINK, August Frederick Hohnoff and Miss Belle Laughlin, both of Red Bluff.

GUTHRIE-STEPHAM - In Colusa (Colusa Co.), December 22, 1911, by the Rev. T.H. DOBBINS, Victor G. Guthrie and Miss Mae Stepham, both of Winters, Yolo county.

PEART-HARVEY - In Oroville (Butte Co.), December 26, 1911, Homer Peart and Miss Audrey C. Harvey, both of Chico.


HOWLETT - In Sutter City (Sutter Co.), December 24, 1911, James Howlett, a native of Virginia, aged 77 years.

FINAN - In Folsom (Sacramento Co.), December 23, 1911, Miss Mamie Finan, daughter of Mrs. P. Finan, sister of Dr. A.P. Finan, a native of California, aged 35 years.

ACKZIEN - In Chico (Butte Co.), December 26, 1911, Mrs. Mary Ackzien, mother of Mrs. Mary WEBBER, Mrs. George HUGHES, Louis W. and Harry F. Ackzien, all of Chico, a native of Germany, aged 63 years.

TANDY - In Woodland (Yolo CO.), December 24, 1911, Pearl Agnes Tandy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Tandy of Capay, Yolo county, aged 4 years, 7 months and 4 days.

HEISMAN - In Woodland (Yolo Co.), December 24, 1911, Claude Heisman, a native of Indiana, age 26 years.

HEVEL - Near Woodland (Yolo Co.), December 24, 1911, Mrs. Louisa Hevel, mother of J.W. and J.B. Hevel of Woodland, Mrs. R.L. MOTZ, Mrs. S.L. WILLIAMSON, and Mrs. J.C ROUCH of Sacramento and Mrs. J. BAGWELL of Woodland, a native of Tennessee, aged 81 years 11 months and 4 days.

BONHART - In Yreka (Siskiyou Co.), December 27, 1911, Charles BONHART, survived by a wife and three daughters, a native of Germany, aged 61 years.

ALLEN - In Nevada City (Nevada Co.), December 25 ,1911, Clarice Norine Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen, a native of California, aged 11 years.

HICKEN - In Roseville (Placer Co.), December 27, 1911, John F. Hicken, aged 52 years.




Sacramento Union

Thursday, December 28, 1911


            MOUNTAIN TOWNS IN STORM’S GRIP          

Heavy Snowfall Reported In All Parts of the Sierra Nevada Range


Water Situation at Mines in Vicinity of Grass Valley Complicated

            RAIN AT SAN JOSE

SAN JOSE, Dec. 27 - The weather moderated this morning, and this afternoon rain began to fall. It will be welcomed by the fruit growers.

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 27 - A severe snow storm, something the mine owners, water officials and miners have feared since the shortage of water was first noticed, commenced this morning about half past ten o’clock and continued almost uninterrupted during the day. In the mountains the snow fell heavily and the ditches will be filled if the storm continues. This will mean an early cessation of operations at the different mines using water and may result in all the mines of the county being closed. The only relief that appears to be probable is a warm rain that will melt the snows and send the water coursing down the ditches and into the huge storage dams in the mountains. The highest temperature reached during the forty-eight hours was forty-six and the lowest was twenty-six.


            SNOW AT RENO

RENO (Nev.), Dec. 27 - Reno is tonight in the grasp of the first big storm of winter and from present indication there will be quite a covering of snow on the ground tomorrow morning. Snow started falling heavily shortly after noon and kept it up all day and is still falling this evening. There is about two inches of snow here tonight, snow is reported to be falling as far west as Blue Canyon and at Summit it is said that one of the worst snow storms in recent years is waging.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 27 - Nevada City is in the grip of a genuine snowstorm, the first of the season. Throughout the day snow has fallen and several inches have accumulated on the ground and buildings. It is exceedingly light and with the wind blowing it has drifted to more than the ordinary depth in many places. All appearances point to a severe morning.



STOCKTON, Dec. 27 - Rain, which the farmers of this county have needed badly for more than a month, came this afternoon. It began falling at 1 o’clock and at 2:30 there was a steady downpour. Reports from different sections indicate that the showers are general throughout the county. There are prospects of a prolonged storm.


            AT COLFAX

COLFAX (Placer Co.), Dec. 27 - Snow covers the ground to a depth of several inches in this city today. Reports from higher in the mountains say a severe storm is raging and that the snow is piling up rapidly.


            AT AUBURN

AUBURN (Placer Co.), Dec. 27 - About six inches of snow fell in this city toady. The storm is general throughout the county. Snow fell as low as Newcastle.


                        AT CORNING

CORNING (Tehama Co.), Dec. 27 - Corning had a slight fall of snow this forenoon which, followed by a warm rain, was soon washed away.


            IN SHASTA

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 27 - Snow fell throughout Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity counties last night and today. This evening there were six inches of snow. The snowstorm was followed by sleet.

  On the Shasta divide between this county and Trinity more than a foot of snow fell today, and it is snowing heavily. If the fall of snow continues stages will have difficulty in making their trips.



Attorney for Defense Offers to Submit Case to Jury Without Debate

REDDING (Shasta CO.), Dec. 27 - At the opening of the twelfth week of the trial of Daniel FLEMING for the murder of George VALLIER today, Attorney D.J. HALL for the defense sprung a surprise by stating that he was willing to submit the case without argument. This move has been street rumor for several days.

 Despite the severe snow storm, the courtroom was crowded with spectators. The brother and sister of the defendant sat beside him. Mrs. Vallier, mother of George Vallier, and Mrs. BETTMAN, her sister, were present. Intense interest prevails and sentiment as to the verdict of the jury is divided.

  CHENOWITH took the entire day in making an able, strong argument.



George Allen Tells What He Knows of Disastrous Fire at Truckee

VACAVILLE (Solano Co.), Dec. 27 - George B. FINNEGAN, attorney, of Nevada City, and General McGLASHAN of Truckee were in this city today taking the depositions of George B. ALLEN, a fruit grower, in the case of Stewart McKAY vs. Margaret SCHAFFER for damages in the sum of $20,000 for the destruction of the old Whitney hotel in Truckee.

  McKAY claims that the hotel, which was his property, was destroyed by fire through the negligence of the water company. The pipe carrying the water from the main to the house had been decreased for a portion of the distance from two and one–half inches to three-quarters of an inch.

  FINNEGAN is attorney for the plaintiff and is associated with Alexander R. JONES of San Francisco. Mrs. SHAFFER, who was the owner of the water system, is represented by General McGLASHAN and Lloyd P. LARUE of Grass Valley.

  ALLEN was a guest in the hotel at the time of the fire and was one of the first to fight the flames.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Dec. 27 - Willie HOWARD, a boy about 17 years of age, was committed to the state reform schol (sic) at Ione this morning by Presiding Judge MAHON, In the juvenile court. Howard has a long record for dishonesty, and has been under the surveillance of the probation officers for the past two years. Several months ago he confessed to several thefts at the Elks’ clubrooms, but was put on probation, and up to the past few days seemed to be doing well. Since last Saturday he had been in much trouble, which ended today when he received the sentence to the state school. He will be taken to Ione tomorrow morning.


            SENT TO ASYLUM

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Dec. 27 - Daniel McBRIDE was today committed to the state hospital at Stockton, by Superior Judge MAHON, with the hope of curing him of the morphine habit. McBride appeared at the office of the sheriff yesterday and requested that something be done that he may break himself of the habit, and was turned over to the superior court this morning. After listening to McBride’s story Judge Mahon decided that the best thing to do was to send the man to Stockton. McBride is but 29 years of age, and comes from Reno.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Dec. 27 - A deed from the Pioneer Fruit company, transferring blocks of N and W in the Park Addition and lots 7 and 8 and ten feet of block 70, with the packing house and machinery, to H.P. STICE, the well-known fruit dealer, was filed for record today. The Sanitary Fruit company deeded the property to the Pioneer Fruit company, which in turn sold it to Stice.



Paled by Confinement in Jail, Woman Held on Charge of Murder Testifies on Stand in Trial of Her Brother Arthur Lewis, for Killing 13-Year-Old Girl.

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 27 - Pale, but somewhat stouter than she was when taken into custody last June, Mrs. Emma L. RUMBELL took the stand in behalf of her brother today and told her story of how she punished Helen, tied her up in the garret to the studding and then later went up and found her dead.

  Her voice was more like that of a frightened child than a woman of nature years and she went through her story so rapidly that at times the court reporter was compelled to aks her to wait a minute or repeat her words so that he could catch up. She was dressed in a natty princess gown of gray cloth, which made her look much longer than the widow weds she has heretofore worn in court.

  She had the prison pallor, and only at times did her cheeks become flushed although it was apparent that she was anious (sic) to get through and get off the stand.


  The crowded court room resembled a church when she was called to the stand. She was apparently awed by the stillness and gazed about her. She walked to her mother and kissed her and then kissed Mrs. TYLER, her sister, and then the defendant, Arthur LEWIS.

  She declared that she was 24 years of age and had lived in the Gridley Colony about two years. She had been married eight years and had two children, Frances aged 5 and Ambrose 2 years. She knew Helen RUMBELL, her step-daughter. The girl had come out from New York about a year ago.

  On the twenty-sixth of June she had eaten her dinner about noon. Mrs. McCHESNEY was the only woman there outside of her immediate family. Lewis left afterwards and went out to the field. Helen and I were doing the dinner dishes, she testified, “when I noticed a slight bunch in the front of her dress. I asked her what it was and she said she did not know.

  “I told her to come to me and I would investigate and I found that one of the steel ribs was missing. I asked her where it was and she said she did not know. I told her that she was lying, that she knew it was under the pillow of her bed where I had found it that morning when I made the bed. I took her by the right wrist and arm and took her to the door of the room where I shook her severely.


 “She sat down and I noticed her nose was bleeding. I left her and went to the kitchen, where I got a rag and dampened it and took it back and sponged off her nose. Then I told her I would make her quit that lying and that I intended to punish her and told her to go up to the attic.

  “She preceded me to the attic. When we got up there I told her to stand with her back to the scantling and she did so. I found a window cord, which had been left in the attic when the carpenters finished the house. This I put over her right shoulder and under her left arm.

  “I also took a piece of it and tied her hands and then her ankles. This was about 4:30 o’clock in the afternoon. She was standing upright with her back against the scantling. I again asked her if she was sorry for telling untruths and she did not answer.

  “I was preparing my supper when Mrs. SMITH came in. We talked about weighing the children and I suggested that all go out to the barn and weigh them. At this point my brother came in. I think it was about 5 o’clock. Mrs. Smith then left and we sat down to eat. Arthur asked me where Helen was and I told him she was upstairs. As soon as he finished he left and went up there while I started to arrange a bed on a lounge for the two Smith children, who were going to stay all night.


 “I heard my brother’s footsteps on the stairs and when I reached the landing, I heard him walk to where Helen was tied and heard him ask her if she was sorry for lying so he could have me turn her loose. Then I called to him that I was punishing the girl and to let her alone. He came downstairs and went out to the barn, I presume to do his work.

  “After I finished making the bed I went up and asked Helen if she would be good. She asked me to let her alone and scowled at me. I told her to tell me she was sorry and I would let her come down. I then went downstairs and stacked my dishes and afterwards went up and talked to her again and asked her to say she was sorry. She was still stubborn. I turned around and went downstairs and out to the barn to help Arthur milk. We had milked several cows when my daughter Frances was asked to go and get us some more buckets. She went to the back door, but could not open it and came back. She said Helen was crying and wanted to be let down that she had to go to the toilet. I did not leave then, but finished my milking and separating, and believe I fed some of the calves.


 “I then went into the house and cleaned my parlor and dining room. I guess it all took me about an hour. I then went upstairs to Helen. When I reached the top of the stairs I could not see her. I called to her and then saw her lying face downward on the floor. I rushed to her and called her name and than I believed she had swooned or fainted.

  “I tried to untie the ropes about her but was too nervous, so I turned and ran downstairs and into the kitchen and got a butcher knife and went back. I cut the ropes from her throat and wrists and ankles carefully and then tried to pack her to the landing.

  “My sides ached from the blow, and I laid her down at the landing and rushed to the back door and called Arthur. He did not answer, and then I rushed to the barn and said,’Arthur, Helen is dead!’. He ran back to the house with me. I remember I tried to lift the rope over her head, but her hands were over her head and it was impossible to do so. The rope was tangled with those on her hands some way.


 “Arthur took hold of her hand and then felt of her heart. He then picked her up under the arms and I took hold of her by the legs and we packed her downstairs and laid her on the bed.

  “When I found Helen she was lying with her feet under the door, which was on two saw horses about a foot behind the scantling to which she was tied. Her head was about four inches from the scantling. The rope was tight about her neck, but was lying loosely about the scantling and on the floor beside her.

  “After we had gotten her downstairs Arthur ran across for the doctor. He went to hitch his horse, and Mrs. Smith and Mrs. MICHARLS and Mrs. McCHESNEY came. I think I sais, ‘My God! I think Helen is dead!’”


 Mrs. Rumbell then told practically the same story as that told by Lewis yesterday regarding the doctor coming. She stated Lewis, W.C. TYLER, the doctor and she had stated she did not know how Helen had died. She had tied her up in the garret and found her dead.

  In reply to questions she stated Lewis had nothing to do with the tying of the girl or her injuries in any way. Chief Deputy Attorney-general BENJAMIN made short work of her. He asked her if she was certain that Lewis was in the barn when she went out to speak to him. She answered affirmatively. He then asked if the horses were in the corral near the house, and she said “No.”

  The proceedings began this morning with Arthur Lewis in the stand under-going a cross-examination at the hands of Mr. Benjamin. He was given a severe grilling, particularly about the rag. He admitted that he saw the rag when he went up to speak to Helen after his supper. It was lying under a board running from the chimney to the floor. This is not in accordance with the testimony of Mrs. Harriet PLANTZ, the nurse, who testified that she found the rag underneath the door on the saw horses. He testified he did not know whether she was perspiring or suffering, and that she appeared to be as well as ever when he saw her.


 When asked concerning any remarks made in his presence or by him, he declared that he could not remember any of these. Outside of admitting he saw the rag, he would not admit he saw anything else in the attic.

  He declared that he burned the rag simply and solely because he knew it was good evidence against his sister, and he wanted to destroy it. He endeavored to discredit the testimony of Mrs. Plantz in every particular. It was the consensus of opinion about the courtroom that he succeeded in convicting himself more than any other witness.

  Immediately after Mrs. Rumbell had left the stand the defense announced that it rested. Benjamin then called Samuel A SMITH of Gridley to the stand. He testified that on the 26th of June he saw Lewis in his corral near the Rumbell home at 7:30 o’clock when he turned his horses loose. That he saw him go from the corral to the house, and that in a few minutes he came across the road to the home of Harry TURNER. Smith was sitting on the porch at that home He declared positively that Mrs. Rumbell never went out and spoke to Lewis, which is in direct contrast to their testimony that, after finding Helen, she did go out there. It also shows that Lewis did not put his horses in the barn that night, as he says he did.

  Smith proved an ideal witness, and all the attacks of Kennedy could not shake him. Kennedy stated he would bring him to the stand tomorrow. That the testimony of Smith had great weight with the jury was shown by the manner the men leaned out of the cox to hear every word.

  Court closed with Judge GRAY taking under advisement the proposition of other physicians testifying as to whether or not Helen could have killed herself.



Sheriff McAulay Returns to Auburn Without Alleged Slayer of Infant

AUBURN (Placer Co.), Dec. 27 - Sheriff McAULAY returned from Oakland today without the man and woman charged with throwing a new born infant out of the window of a Pullman car Sunday afternoon near Clipper Gap.

  Mrs. WEISHORN, the woman, is too ill to come to Auburn, and Sheriff McAULAY satisfied himself that John RUTLEDGE, the man who was held in detinue, is innocent of any connection with the matter. The woman in her statement to the sheriff, declared Rutledge innocent.

  The inquest on the body of the child was postponed from today until tomorrow at 9 a.m.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Dec. 27 - Gottlieb SIEBER, for many years a resident of this city and prominently identified with different enterprises, died at the family home in Berkeley this morning at 2 o’clock at the age of 67 years 11 months and 17 days. Gottlieb Sieber was born in Germany and came to this city many years ago. The family removed to Berkeley a few years ago.

  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha SIEBER, two daughters, Mrs. Chris MAYER of Gridley and Miss Carrie Sieber of Berkeley, and a son, Henry Sieber.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 27 - The following postmasters for Shasta county have been recommended by Congressman John E. RAKER; E.A. ULBERG, Olinda; Mrs. O.E. MORRIS, Castie CRAIG; J.M. MALTBY, Copley, and H.F. WEBB, Millville.



RED BLUFF ( Tehama Co.), Dec 27, Hattoe E. HOLLIE has been appointed postmistress of Kirkwood and Mrs. Laura A. ELLIS of Paynes Creek. Both offices are Tehama county.



ELY (Nev.), Dec. 27 - Clad in a rabbitshin coat of the aborigine type and muttering to himself in an incoherent manner, Indian Jim, a recent arrival from White River, was taken in custody on the streets of Ely and is now awaiting an examination by the sanity commission of the county.

  Complaint of Indian Jim’s actions first came from the Indians at the camp near Ely. They reported that he was demented and was destroying all property that came in his path and threatening to do violence to all the Indians.




Sacramento Union

Friday, December 29, 1911



District Attorney Jones Is First to Make Statement to the Jury


Famous Murder Case to Reach End Before Close of Week, It Is Believed

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 28 - A sigh of relief went up today when both sides in the Lewis trial declared they had finished their testimony. Judge GRAY asked that the arguments immediately begin as he was anxious to get the case through and to the jury as soon as possible, but Attorney KENNEDY, for Lewis, asked for more time, as he stated he had worked night and day and did not have his instructions to the jury ready to hand to the court.

  Judge Gray then turned to the jury: “Gentlemen of the jury,” he said, “this has been a long, tiresome siege for all of us. It has been hard for you to remain away from your families and your business. It has been hard for us because it required night and day work to get the case to you.

  “I have tried to hasten matters along and the attorneys for both sides have done likewise.”


 It was announced that District Attorney George F. JONES would commence the argument first, Attorney J.R. KING and Attorney Guy R. KENNEDY would follow and that Chief Deputy Attorney-General Raymond BENJAMIN would conclude the argument for the people.

  This afternoon Jones began his statement to the jury.

  “This is the most important criminal case in the history of the county,” stated Jones. “The circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old girl in such a peculiar manner and the facts so far as we could gather them are before you. I intend to show you that this girl died from other causes than by mere punishment. You have heard of the temperature on June 26. It was 97 degrees in the shade. Picture an attic with no walls and with nothing but the roof shielding the sun from striking the inside. Then picture an incubator running day and night in order to hatch chickens. Then carry your mind to the girl being tied in the attic. Her feet, hands and body tied to the post.

  “Now, the defendant testified there was a round-topped trunk. Look at this picture and see it if was round topped. That settles that. You heard Dr. HAMILTON testify for the defense that the girl’s face was pale, mouth open and  tongue a little swollen. This does not show signs of strangulation, as every physician has testified. If the girl had strangled her eyes would have protruded and her lips and tongue would have been black.


 “We intend to show you that this man actually twisted the girl’s neck. That the girl was tied to the studding not only about the body, wrists and ankles, but also about the throat. Look at the marks on her dead body and see if I am not right. Then this brute - pointing to defendant - advanced to where she was standing and twisted her neck.”

  Jones called attention to the fact that the girl was tied on the north side of the post, while the door on the saw horses were on the south side. He asked the jury if it would be possible for this girl tied in the manner he described to get up on the door. Further, why there were no marks to show where she had stepped, and further, why had not the door tipped when she got upon it?

  He asked them to remember the position of the girl’s body as Mrs. Rumbell testified she found it. Lying on its face with the head four inches from the studding, the feet under the door and he rope lying upon the floor and loose about the body. He asked why had not the rope slipped if she had jumped from the door and allowed her to fall on her face. If it had caught on the studding he wanted to know why there were no marks to show it.


  He branded Lewis as a miserable man who in order to shield himself tried to brand a woman as blackmailer. He referred to Mrs. Harriet Plantz, the nurse. He stated he had never seen her until that evening, yet he branded her as telling him to burn the rag and “if she had been called before the doctor she would have fixed the matter by declaring the girl died of heart failure.”

  Referring to the instructions to be given by the court, Jones said that among them would be those regarding malice and premeditation. Malice, he stated, could be implied or very evident and premeditation did not mean that one must study the matter for a long time, but could act instantly.

  He declared that the evidence showed that she was a little helpless girl, “an ugly duckling in this family,” and they abused and maltreated her continually.


 Previous to the adjournment Dr. J.W. WILSON of this city had taken the stand and testified that he believed that the neck of Helen Rumbell could  have been broken in the manner found, without leaving any bruises on the face. He illustrated on Attorney Kennedy that by putting the hand on the back of the head and the other on the chin it would take but little strength to accomplish the dislocations of the neck.

  Mrs. Harriet Plantz, the nurse, followed him on the stand and positively asserted that she had not told Lewis to destroy the rag, as it would be incriminating evidence against his sister. Further she positively asserted that she did not tell him that if Mrs. Rumbell or himself had called her instead of the doctor that she could have pronounced Helen Rumball dead from heart failure, and that would have ended the matter. Mrs. Plantz showed that she was angry at the remarks of Lewis. Kennedy did not question her.

  Attorney J.R. KING was called by Benjamin to tell of the amount of property which Mrs. Rumbell and Lewis owned near Gridley. He was not allowed to testify.

  Benjamin offered in evidence and almanac showing that the sun did not set on June 26 until 7:25 p.m., and it was admitted.

  Samuel A. SMITH of Gridley who yesterday testified that he saw Lewis lead a horse into a corral or alfalfa patch near the house and turn it loose, was recalled by Kennedy. His statement was exactly the same as he made yesterday.


 Arthur Lewis and his brother-in-law, W.G. TYLER, were then put upon the stand to rebut Smith’s testimony. They declared that the corral or alfalfa patch adjoined the barn and it was customary to remove the harness from the horses and allow them to go out in the corral. They were not questioned by Benjamin. The case was then closed by both sides so far as taking testimony was concerned.

  After the argument of District Attorney Jones, Attorney J.R. King of Gridley opened for the defendant. King spoke of his long acquaintance with the family and reputation of the defendant in Gridley and vicinity for peace and quietness. The attorney attacked the testimony of Mrs. Plantz, the nurse, who was one of the principal witnesses for the defense.

  After Attorney King spoke, Guy R. Kennedy, the attorney who has taken the leading part in the defense, spoke and as the hour was late, asked an adjournment until morning.

  The case may go to the jury late this afternoon.



E.A. Johnson and W.M. Smith Honored


OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 28 - A large number of the members of the chambers of commere of this city attended the reorganization meeting tonight. The resignation of President MEYER, the other directors, and Secretary N.B. CRANE were accepted. Crane was not present at the meeting.

  The committee on reorganization made a partial report, naming E.A. JACKSON, president; Walter M. SMITH, first vice-president; W.P. HAMMON, second vice-president; A.H. DAVIS, third vice-president, and R.S. KITRICK, treasurer.

  The matter of the election of a secretary was postponed until all the members of the executive committee had been named. This committee will name the secretary. W.W. GINGLES, W.L. LEONARD and J.J. HAMLYN, the nominating committee, will select the balance of the executive committee.

  The meeting of the executive committee will take place between the 15th and 20th of each month, and seven members will constitute a quorum.

  E.A. JACKSON, the new president, is manager of the North California Mining company, which has extensive interests in Butte and Plumas counties. W.M. SMITH, the first vice-president, is a prominent merchant of this city, and has extensive interests in Biggs and vicinity.



Auto Compressed Air Concern, Recently Incorporated, Elects at Chico

CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 28 - This morning a board of directors was elected by the stockholders of the Auto Compressed Air company, recently capitalized for $500,000. The company is incorporated for the purpose of promoting and manufacturing a new wheel invented by Raymond GRUSS of this city. It will do away with engines in an auto if accepted generally. The new board of directors are: Arthur H. SMITH and W.B. DEAN of Chico, W.M. RAUK of San Francisco, Carl C. CRANE, general agent of the New York Central lines. W.H. SNEDIKER, general agent of the Illinois Central, stationed at Sacramento, and G.H. MASTICK of San Francisco. W.M. RANK, a capitalist of San Francisco, was elected president of the company.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), Dec. 28 - The jury in the case of WILCOX vs. KECK rendered a verdict this morning for the plaintiff, awarding him damages in the sum of $6000. The case attracted much attention during the three days it was being heard. The verdict was unanimous and was reached after a short deliberation.

  In October, 1910, Wilcox, the plaintiff  was shot through the jaws by KERK, who with the other men was shooting at a target in the county road near Colfax. It was shown by the testimony that Wilcox was seriously and permanently injured.



WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), Dec. 28 - Examinations for teachers’ certificates, which have been held by the Glenn county board of education during the past week have been finished. Certificates were granted to the following: Miss Laura M. SHELDON, Mrs. Cathryn ELLIOTT of Orland, Miss Eula F. KLINE of Willows, Miss Clara MILLSAPS of Millsaps and Miss Adeila VOLLMERS of Delta, Shasta county.


Sacramento Union

Friday, December 29, 1911


            PAYS $10 FOR BED

RENO (Nev.), Dec. 28 - It cost John McCLELLAND, the man who was arrested in the Methodist church Christmas eve, just $10 for his visit to the house of worship. McClelland was given a hearing in the police court yesterday, and at the end of the trial was assessed a ten spot, which he paid.

  “That was the first visit I had paid to a house of worship in ten years,” said McClelland, after paying his fine, “and I believe it was the most expensive of my career.”



COTTONWOOD (Shasta Co.), Dec. 28 - The telephone line to Gas Point, fifteen miles from here, has been completed, and farmers in the vicinity of that town can now talk to each other by wire or to Cottonwood. The line was built by the Gas Point Telephone company, composed of farmers in the vicinity of Gas Point. It is the intention of the company to connect with the line of the Pacific Telephone and telegraph company’s line at Cottonwood.



COLUSA (Colusa Co.), Dec. 28 - The following officers of Colusa parlor, No., 69, N.S.G.W., have been named:

   Past president, C.E. PROBST; president, Lloyd SCOGGINS; first vice-president, Herman OHRT; second vice-president, Lawrence HIGHSTREET; third vice-president, J.E. ST. LOUIS; marshal, Fred MUTTERSTACK; inside sentinel, D.O. CAHILL; outside sentinel, H.H. ROERDICK; trustee, W.J. KING.



Suffers Bad Injury When Dress Catches Fire

SUTTER CITY (Sutter Co.), Dec. 28 - Leila POTTLE, the 14-year-old daughter of J.T. POTTLE, who resides near this place, was badly burned about the face and body last night when her clothes caught fire as she was attempting to remove a kettle of water from a stove. Although her condition is serious, it is not regarded as dangerous by the physicians.



RENO (Nev.), Dec. 28 - C.M. REYNOLDS, who was arrested some time ago on complaint of J.B. DIXON and Joseph MARTIN on a charge of stealing concentrates valued at $200, was released in the justice court yesterday on motion of the complainants.

  It was shown that Reynolds had no idea of committing a theft at the time he took the concentrates, but was merely holding the ore as security for a debt which he claims Dixon and Joseph MARTIN owe him.



JACKSON (Amador Co.), Dec. 28 - The damage suits of Mrs. Sophia ILZERSODGE and Mirs Stella TUCKAVITCH against the South Eureka Mining company were settled yesterday by stipulation, the mining company agreeing to give the two women $1250 each for the death of the husbands, $233,38 attorney fees, and pay the court costs of the suit. The women sued for $26,000 each for the deaths of their husbands, who fell down the shaft at the mine last February. It was alleged in the complain that the company neglected to install safety devices, with which to handle the cages.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), Dec. 28 - There were two operations for mastoiditis at the Jones hospital during the past two days, and both were children from Nevada City. The first was Everett HAMPTON and the other was the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. CHARRONAT. Dr. SAWYER is the physician and performed both operations. He was assisted by Dr. Carl P. JONES. The children are both reported to be doing well, although the operations are of such a nature that it will take a few days to determine what the outcome will be.                   


            MRS. R. RICHARDS DIES

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), Dec. 28 - Mrs. Rosena RICHARDS of Portland, Ore., died at the Tremont hotel in this city today. She, accompanied by her daughter, came to Red Bluff to visit a son, Dr. KEYSER of this city, and a brother, Fred SCHARR, of Dibble Creek. She was 73 years of age. The remains will be taken to Portland for interment.



Wife of Tim Sullivan Seeks Separation in Reno, Is Rumor

RENO (Nev.), Dec. 28 - That Mrs. Tim SULLIVAN, wife of the boss of Tammany Hall, is in Reno, and will soon bring suit for divorce, is the announcement made in this city by a man who claims to be an intimate friend of Mrs. Sullivan.

  Mrs. Sullivan is said to be living under an assumed name. She is accompanied by her niece, a handsome young girl of about 18 years. It is said her suit will be filed about the middle of January.



WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), Dec. 28 - Miss Martha FRASER has been employed by the trustees of the Weaverville grammar school as a third teacher in that institution. She will take on her new duties when school reopens on January 8. The school has been crowded for several months, and the pupils enrolled numbering – more than is required, under the law, for two teachers.




Sacramento Union

Saturday December 30, 1911



Big Case in Butte Will Go Into Hands of Jury This Morning


“Not a Bit of Evidence to Show Lad Killed the Girl,” Declares Lawyer

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 29 - Hundreds of people standing in the corridors of the courthouse tonight watching a chance to gain admission, forced the sheriff to lock the doors of the packed courtroom, while Assistant Attorney-General Raymond BENJAMIN was delivering the closing argument in the trial of Arthur LEWIS, charged with the murder of Helen Rumbell.

  At 9:30 tonight Benjamin’s voice failed him and court adjourned until tomorrow forenoon. Benjamin will finish his argument and it is believed the case will be given to the jurors at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

  KENNEDY took the stand that Helen Rumball died by strangulation from her efforts to free herself. He called attention to the removal of marks on the body of Mrs. PLATZ  in using embalming fluid. Dr. TURNER came in for criticism from the lawyer for holding up his “fat pudgy hand” to impress the jury with his sincerity. Kennedy asked how the spinal cord could be in place when Dr. Turner and Mrs. Platz had stuck their fingers in the breaks. He declared there was not a bit of testimony to show that Lewis had laid his hands on the girl.

  Kennedy made a false move in trying to show by papers under the head of Helen Rumball in photographs that the body had been moved in the undertaking parlors. The jurors noticed that the papers were the same.

  The reliability of Dr. THOMPSON was attacked, Kennedy claiming that the physician had made conflicting statements.

  He pictured Lewis as an “innocent farmer boy” who was startled at the sight of the body. He asked if there could be anything more natural than that the girl would carry a rag up stairs with her when her nose was bleeding.

  Regarding the temperature of the room in which the girl was tied Kennedy showed a photograph which pictured an open window. At this point District Attorney JONES stated that he had opened the window when the photograph was taken.

  Kennedy claimed that poor people like the Rumballs could not give the girl good clothes and that she wore two pairs of hose to make their punishment easier in the case of a whipping. He referred to the testimony of LUCAS about the boast of Lewis that be could break the neck of a calf as bringing school boy pranks into the courtroom.

  The attorney stated that he places more reliance on the testimony of Dr. WILSON of Oroville that on that of any of the other physicians.

  The story told about the rag by Lewis declared the attorney, was a most feasible one. He asked the jurors if any of them would not destroy a damaging piece of evidence against a mother or sister or wife, and especially if murder was the charge against the relative.



AUBURN (Placer Co.), Dec. 29 - K. BROWN, arrested last week for forging the name of P. McGAHEY to a check for $19.90 and trying to pass it on a saloonkeeper, was bound over to appear before the superior court by Justice GWYNN today.

  Pete SMITH, who entered the residence of Sam DEPENDENER last Monday because he saw the latchstring hanging out and carried away a quantity of woman’s clothing, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary and was held to answer in the superior court.

  Robert YOUKOVITCH, an Austrian, charged with embezzling $200 form Charles GAUS, a saloonkeeper, and brought from San Francisco, was bound over to appear for trial in the superior court.



Immense Crowds Hear Close of Famous Murder Trial at Redding

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 30 - At 12:30 o’clock this morning, after calling for lunch, the Fleming jury was locked up in the courtroom for the night. Deputy Sheriffs W.W. MIDDLETON and Willard WELCH are in charge of the jury.

REDDING (Shasta Cal.), Dec. 29 - The jury took up consideration of the Fleming case at 10:40 p.m., after listening forty minutes to instructions read by Judge BARBER. The jury was instructed to particularly regard the question of motive circumstantial evidence, alibi and reasonable doubt and to disregard hearsay evidence, that of City Marshal SENG regarding the alleged attempted bribery of a witness being especially mentioned.

REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 29 - So great is the interest in the trial of Daniel FLEMING that many of the spectators brought their lunches to court so that they could hold their seats during the noon hour. In the corridors, as well as in the court room, there was not a place to stand. Those expecting a sensation were not disappointed, as Attorney C.H. BRAYNARD, in retaliation for the stream of invective showered on him by Attorney D.J. HALL for the defendant, hurled bitter epithets at the attorneys for the defense.

  The argument of Braynard was a climax to this case of sensations. The many startling features of the trial mark it as one of the most spectacular cases in the history of the Shasta courts. Certainly there has never been a trial in the county equal to this in bitter feeling between the attorneys. This bitterness in some cases found its way into other channels.

  Attorney HALL finished at noon one of the most brilliant and forcible arguments ever made for any defendant in Redding. He is a polished speaker and an able criminal lawyer, and had an attentive hearing from jurors and spectators.

  Special Prosecuting Attorney C.H. Braynard began his argument at the opening of the afternoon session and spoke until 9 o’clock tonight. Braynard has made a reputation as an attorney on the side of the defense in criminal cases. He is noted for making a decisive, clear-cut argument.

  Braynard bitterly arraigned the attorneys for the defense and the Southern Pacific Railroad company for the alleged employment of lawyers to defend FLEMING.  He was more severe on the railroad company than on his opponents in the trial. His address to the jury was a fiery one bristling with excoriation of the Southern Pacific and several of the witnesses for the defense.

  After Braynard concluded his argument, Judge Barber gave the jury his instructions, which were clear but numerous, involving many points of law brought out in the trial.



ROSEVILLE (Placer Co.), Dec. 29 - CLARK & STONE, liverymen of this place, have offered a reward of $25 for the arrest and conviction of a man who gave his name as C. WILLIAMS and hired a horse and buggy, saying he wished to drive to Antelope. When he failed to appear in due season they instituted search and were rewarded by finding their rig on the levee near Sacramento, but the harness was gone, the fellow evidently selling it.


            A.J. PLANT BURIED

DAVIS (Yolo Co.), Dec. 29 - The funeral of the late A.J. PLANT took place this afternoon from the family residence under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias. The services were conducted by the Rev. T.J. BARKLE. A large number of friends and acquaintances attended.

  The pallbearers were: Honorary - George W. PIERCE and J. WISE. Active - George SANDERS, John ROGERS, J.A. HARBY and Will WRIGHT for the Knights of Pythias and Otis WIBER and Fred SMITH representing the family.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), Dec. 29 - After over twenty years of service as janitor at the Yuba county courthouse, J.G. McCLELLAN today sent his resignation to the board of supervisors, to take effect January 1. McClellan is one of Yuba county’s pioneers, having come here in 1855, and has been a resident of Marysville since 1888.


            BUTTE MAN HURT

WYANDOTTE (Butte Co.), Dec. 29 - From a letter, received by relatives, it is learned that Albert DUNSTONE, a prominent orchardist and stockman of this vicinity, suffered a broken neck when thrown from his wagon in a runaway accident about a month ago. The dislocation is not regarded as serious.

  Dunstone was taken to a hospital in San Francisco about ten days ago for treatment.



WINNEMUCCA (Nev.), Dec. 29 - After deliberating but a few minutes the jury in the case of the state against J.H. COX charged with carrying a concealed weapon, returned a verdict of guilty. Judge DUCKER will pass sentence at a later date.

  This case was appealed from the justice court of Winnemucca. Cox was found guilty in the lower court and sentenced to pay a fine of $50 and to spend thirty days in the county jail. This was the minimum sentence under the law.

  The Cox case being the last on the calendar the jury has been discharged for the term.




Sacramento Union

Sunday, December 31, 1911



Men Trying Arthur Lewis on Charge of Murder Cannot Reach Agreement


Assistant Attorney-General Makes Great Speech to Jurors; Lewis Remains Cool

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 30 - At 9 o’clock tonight the jury in the trial of Arthur Lewis, charged with the murder of little Helen Rumbell, was locked up for the night, under orders from Judge GRAY, and the many spectators that had retained their seats in the courtroom, expecting a verdict tonight, slowly filed out. The jury retired at 11:14 o’clock this morning, and the action of the court tonight was taken only after it was seen that the jury would not be able to reach an agreement early in the night.


 True to his promise, Chief Deputy Attorney-General Raymond BENJAMIN did not make a long argument, but those who crowded the courtroom will ever remember the last words that he spoke. “Rest in peace, little Helen Rumbell, rest in peace.” It was like a last flowery tribute to the dead girl, and not according to the usual custom of asking for a verdict of guilty.  Through it all the jurors sat eagerly scanning his face.

  A tense silence prevailed in the courtroom. The attorney’s face was white and drawn, and he showed the effects of the long trial. His feelings as he went along got the best of him, and his voice was broken as he closed.

  “The defense alleges,” he began, “that the evidence showed that Lewis had never touched Helen Rumbell; that there was no motive for the crime, and that he had gone upstairs to where the girl was tied merely to express his sorrow for her condition and to free her.

  “Now, let us consider how much feeling these two persons had for this child. Lewis stated that after he had gone out to the barn to do his chores, following his visit to the garret, that his sister, Mrs. Rumbell, joined him within ten or fifteen minutes. Then take her statement to the end that she made a bed which took her two or three minutes; that she scraped and stacked the supper dishes, and then paid two visits to the attic, and talked to Helen both times, and the went out to help him milk.

  “Picture this woman doing all this in such a short space of time. You all know that she said she tied the girl up in the attic at 4:30 o’clock, and that it was 6:30, or two hours afterwards that Lewis, the next person to visit the girl, went upstairs to her.

  “Did that show she had much interest in the girl? Then you all remember how Mrs. Rumbell stated that while she was milking she sent her daughter, Francis, for some buckets, and the little girl came back and said, ‘Helen is crying and wants to be let down so she can go to the toilet.’ Now, gentlemen, after this statement had been made to her, this woman admits that she finished her milking, did her separating, washed her dishes and swept up the dining room and sitting room, which consumed an hour.

  “If she had had any feeling for that girl, wouldn’t she have gone to the attic immediately and talked with her, and not waited another hour to go up and find her dead? Why does she state that she made two trips to the garret in fifteen minutes? Merely to aid Lewis and show that she was the last person to see him alive.

  “Does it not look as if they had very little use for this girl? She was not of their flesh and blood. She had no protectors. Her father, mother, sisters and brothers were dead. She was alone in this world. Do you not think that when the opportunity presented itself they would want to get rid of this ugly duckling, the block in their path? I ask you gentlemen, in all fairness, does it not seem feasible. The defense asserts that this girl had two pairs of stockings on her legs so as to take precautions against whippings? We will say that this is so. Does it show that she had been in the habit of being whipped? Does it not show that she had been submitted to many whippings?

  “How that little girl must have suffered. What agony did she go through until the good Lord in His wisdom finished it all for her and took her to a place where she can get fair play. Gentlemen, that girl went through all of this torture for what? Merely because she had a corset stay our of place; because she had neglected, as children will do, to have her wearing apparel in proper shape. I ask you, gentlemen, in all fairness, if, as Mrs. Rumbell states, this was the cause of her being tied up and submitted to such cruel torture, did she deserve it?

  “I consider Arthur Lewis and Mrs. Rumbell the coldest and cold-blooded of persons. Look at their demeanor on the stand when they recited the incidents regarding the girl’s death. Was there a tear, was there a whimper, was there a nervous twitching of emotion? I say there was not. It takes persons with cold blood in their veins to accomplish such murders as this one. Does not every act of Lewis and Mrs. Rumbell show you they are possessed of such natures? Does not the defiant attitude of Lewis impress itself on your mind? I have never seen a witness with such a defiant look upon a stand before.

  “Does it sound reasonable that this man would not release her because he knew Mrs. Rumbell was her guardian? Would any man have hesitated in a case like this? No, they let her suffer and die so that God could take her back into the living arms of her father.

  “Don’t forget gentlemen that the law of the State of California offers protection to children. It looks to you and I and all of us to protect these little ones left alone with neither friends or relatives to die by slow degrees in an over-heated attic. Gentlemen, this is a sad task. It is one which no man relishes. It is the saddest of the sad. A waif, an ugly duckling, a poor tortured child has gone and I say, gentlemen, with all the sincerity I possess, rest in peace, little Helen Rumbell, rest in peace.”

  Benjamin, also in his argument, referred to the pictures of the dead girl and showed that the paper under her head was the same one. He declared that the angle of the camera was changed but that was all.


 As soon as Benjamin finished the court started reading the instructions to the jury. He instructed the jury to consider the fact that Helen Rumbell only owned one-ninth of the estate left by her father, that the story given by Mr. MORELAND and Mr. LUCAS, concerning the twisting of the head of a steer by Lewis, was not testimony, but merely presented to show the defendant was capable of producing the injuries to the girl.

  He asked the jury to be careful not to allow any prejudice or passion to enter into the case. He stated if they arrived at two conclusions, one in favor and one against the defendant, they must decide in favor of the man.

  He then defined what murder was. He declared that the jurors could find the defendant guilty of murder in the first or second degree or of manslaughter.

  If it found him guilty of first degree murder that it could fix his penalty at life in San Quentin, or death. Further, the court stated that every witness is presumed to tell the truth, but that it was up to the jurors to weigh the testimony, consider the demeanor of witnesses on the stand, and that the further fact that all of the testimony did not coincide with some of it.

  Any testimony of this character, the court asserted, could result in the jury entirely eliminating all the testimony of such witness from their deliberations. He stated that premeditation could mean that an action was done on the spur of the moment or was carefully planned.

  The jury was instructed that it could consider circumstantial evidence conclusive if it pointed absolutely to the defendant being an accessory to the crime, or committing it, although  the prosecution was unable to show any person who actually witnessed the delivering of the blow or the twisting of the neck of the victim.

  Elisor Bert MEEK was told to take complete charge of the jury, and was again sworn in .

  After the jury retired nothing was heard from it until 4 o’clock this afternoon, when a request was made for the bringing in of the exhibits, and this was done. The arguments of the jurors could be heard in the hallway outside of the jury room.

  Much speculation as to the result is going around, and it is believed that a verdict of manslaughter or a disagreement will be the result. Only one out of numerous of those questioned believed the defendant would be acquitted.



AUBURN, Dec. 30 - The annual ball of the Auburn firemen, held here last night, brought out a record-breaking crowd, and was the jolliest affair ever held in Auburn. Every member of the fire companies exerted himself to the utmost for the comfort and pleasure of the guests, and all who attended were loud in their praise of the manner in which the ball was conducted. The following were the committee who had the arrangements in charge: W.F. KINKLE, Joe BARDHARD, Tony NEVES, A.M. WILLIAMS, G. HARTMAN, L.F. KLUMPP and S.G. LUKENS.


            WILL PLANT TREES

CALNEVA (Lassen Co.), Dec. 30 - L.M. MATTHEWS, heading a company that recently purchased 2500 acres of land in this section, is planning to plant 115,000 apple trees on the land. The Newton Pippin and Spitzenberg varieties will be planted. A part of the tract extends into Washoe county, Nevada. Matthews purchased the land from Fred. W. LAKE.



Marshal Goe of Chico Favors Discrimination Against All Seers and Clairvoyants

CHICO (Butte Co.), Dec. 30 - The city authorities are discussing the advisability of imposing a special high license upon students of the occult, clairvoyants, seers into the future and reflectors into the past, in fact all of the arch-quacks who are familiar with the artifices, devices and designs usually employed to separate the susceptible and unwary from their coin.

  “I believe a heavy license should be imposed upon all of those palmists, spiritualists and readers,” said Marshal GOE today. “Chico is never without one,” he commented. Most of them leave well satisfied with their week or month’s business, and before the people forget what the last one did another one lands in town.

  Many believe that there is an association of clairvoyants and that if things are good in a town, a member is tipped to “come and take the easy money.” For the last several months readers of life, so-called, have occupied the same apartments, in the same building on the same streets. It now appears queer that every clairvoyant should land in the same place and the same quarters without some prior knowledge of price, location and past experiences.

  It had been suggested that the matter be discussed with the city trustees.


            INQUEST ON BABY

AUBURN (Place Co.), Dec. 30 - Coroner BISBEE and a jury held an inquest over the remains of the baby found on the Southern Pacific track near Clipper Gap on Christmas day, this morning, and after listening to the evidence of Drs. ROONEY and FAY, Sheriff MACAULAY and District Attorney TUTTLE returned the simple verdict of “Death from causes unknown to the jury.” During the inquest the doctors testified that the baby was alive when born, and the lungs had shown that air had been inhaled into them, but the doctors were unable to say whether the baby died because of violence of any sort or from neglect and exposure after birth. There were abrasions of the scalp on each side of the head and the baby’s right army (sic) was fractured above the elbow.


            PIONEER IS DEAD

WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), Dec. 30 - Another of the pioneer women of Glenn county has crossed the great divide and gone to final rest.

  Mrs. James SLOEY, as she was known to her many friends, and who lived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee JULIAN, seven miles north of Fruto, is dead. Mrs. Sloey was 85 years old, and has lived in this county since 1861. Her husband died eight years ago, and she has been living for a number of years with her granddaughter, Mrs. Julian. She died on Christmas day, and was buried at Newville last Wednesday. Mrs. Sloey was a dear old grandma, and has lived a useful life. Peace to her ashes.


Sacramento Union

Sunday, December 31, 1911



Southern Pacific Employe Convicted of Killing George Vallier

Verdict Said to Give General Satisfaction in Shasta County Town
















REDDING (Shasta Co.), Dec. 30 - After nearly sixteen months of struggling to vindicate her opinion that her son, George VALLIER, had been killed by human agency on the night of August 25, 1910, Mrs. Vallier of Tacoma received some satisfaction today in the verdict of the jury in finding Daniel FLEMING, a Southern Pacific railroad policeman, guilty of manslaughter.

  George Vallier and Harry GOBLE were taken from the top of the Pullman coach “Edinburg” on the night of August 25, 1910, in an unconscious condition and Vallier died while being hurried to the hospital. The body was sent to Tacoma for interment. The story of the death of Vallier had reached Tacoma and much interest was taken in the young man’s fate.

  Reporters visited the morgue where the body was being prepared for interment. One of them noticing the marks of bruises on the body called the mother’s attention to them and suggested that she have photographs taken and call for the opinions of physicians. She did so. She was convinced that her son met his death at the hands of some man and was not due to accident as was claimed at the time Vallier died.


 Death from concussion of the brain was the verdict of the coroner’s jury. Railroad men advanced the theory that Vallier had been injured by collision with the top of one of the many tunnels through which the train passed on which Vallier and his companion, Goble, were making their way without paying fares.

  After Fleming had been faced at a preliminary examination, the devoted mother commenced gathering evidence. She worked in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles. Bit by bit she collected the evidence that resulted in the indictment of Fleming by the grand jury of Shasta county. She had the body disinterred and finger marks were found on the throat. Harry GOBLE, who was with young Vallier on the night of the tragedy, recovered his memory after weeks of illness from the same cause that resulted in the death of Vallier. He remembered that he had seen a “big man” choking and beating his companion on the night they were on the train.


 Mrs. VALLIER and her sister came to Redding. She collected more evidence and the indictment by the grand jury followed. Fleming was arrested and released after a preliminary examination before the grand jury had made an investigation. The indictment was quashed but Fleming was arrested again and a second preliminary examination held when he was committed for trial in the superior court on a charge of murder.

  Mrs. VALLIER spent a fortune in her efforts to avenge the death of her son. When the trial began she had no money to employ a lawyer. She had as an opponent in her fight for Justice the great Southern Pacific company, which retained able attorneys and put skillful detectives on the case in an effort to clear its employe of the charge of murdering young Vallier. The company has stood loyally by Fleming and met every demand for money to be used in his defense. The case has cost Shasta county $40,000, and must have cost the railroad company a large amount of money.


 Mrs. Vallier urged that C.H. BRAYNARD, her attorney in the beginning of her fight for vengeance, be associated with the district attorney. Earlier in the case District Attorney CHENOWITH and BRAYNARD had a bitter controversy over the former’s conduct of the matter.

 This fact did not daunt the insistent mother, who then obtained the influence of prominent citizens of Redding to urge Chenowith to allow Braynard to act with him in the prosecution of Fleming. Her efforts were successful and Braynard, who is her attorney in a complaint for damages in the sum of $50,000 against the Southern Pacific, took an active part in the trial.

  The trial lasted twelve weeks and was the most sensational in the judicial history of Shasta county. Other cases will follow. Fleming filed a complaint against a Redding paper for damages for libel in the sum of $10,000. City Marshal SENG, under oath as a witness, testified to an alleged attempt of one of the attorneys for the defendant to bribe Frank HOOPER, one of the principal witnesses for the prosecution.

  This incident intensified the feeling which has grown among the residents of Shasta county as to the guilt or innocence of Fleming.

  Fleming, previous to his arrest, had always borne an excellent reputation . Prominent men of Oakland gave evidence to his good character.


 The verdict in the Fleming case is the topic of the streets and wherever there is a group of men. It is generally acknowledged that the verdict is the best that could have been found under the circumstances.

  At the time of passing sentence on Fleming next Wednesday the attorneys for the defendant will move for a new trial. Upon what grounds they do not care to say at present. If the motion for a new trial is denied an appeal will be taken.



Pioneer of Sacramento Valley Passes Away at Home Near College City

COLLEGE CITY (Colusa Co.), Dec. 30 - Another pioneer of this great Western country has passed to his last reward, the grim reaper having taken John Hamilton LAUGENOUR. He died at his home here today, 63 years old. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.

  He was a native of Salem, North Carolina and came to California with his parents in 1866. They settled in Woodland, where they remained for about two years. The family then removed to Colusa county where they resided until his death. Deceased was married to a daughter of Judge GROVER, and the widow and five children survive him. He is also survived by five sisters and one brother - Mrs. S.A. HUSTON of Woodland, Mrs. Ella McCOY of Redding, Miss Lillie who is teaching in Capay, Miss Bertha who is teaching in Woodland, Miss Nan who is employed in the county library and George Laugenour of Hunter, Washington.

  For many years deceased served the county as supervisor and as a contractor built many levees in the river district.



RENO (Nev.), Dec. 30 - The transcript on appeal in the case of the state against William DYE, convicted of arson at Elko several months ago has been completed. It is one of the largest transcripts ever prepared in the state, consisting of 3500 pages and making three large volumes.

  This trial occupied over two months and practically every available tax-payer in Elko county was examined before a jury was secured. It is probably the largest criminal case on record in the state.



Dredges Silent in Respect to Memory of Man Who Superintended Them

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), Dec. 30 - Out of respect to the memory of Karl KRUG, the manager of the dredging department of the Oro Water, Light and Power company, the fleet of six gold-ships which were under his management, the machine shops of the company, and the office of the water, light and power divisions closed down between the hours of 2 and 3 o’clock this afternoon. The funeral of the deceased mining engineer took place in San Francisco between those hours.

  The death of Krug in San Francisco Thursday was not a surprise to his friends as many knew he had fought for thirty months against a hopeless case of tumor in his breast. He never faltered in his hope for recovery until the last. Although only 37 years of age, he held a high place in the county as a mining engineer. He leaves a large estate to his wife and infant son.


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