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Daily Bee, Sacramento

Monday Evening, February 13, 1860 

RECOVERING - The Shasta Courier says that the numerous friends of Hon. R.T. SPRAGUE will be pleased to learn that he is now in a condition that justifies his physicians in the hope of a speedy recovery. 

Those who voted against BAKER and will promise to stand by the Charleston nominee will be permitted to vote at the Democratic primary election in Shasta county.   

The Supervisors of Shasta county have fixed the rates of taxation for 1860, at $2 upon each $100 of value. 

SALT LAKE NEWS - The Salt Lake mail arrived at Genoa Saturday night, with dates from Great Salt Lake to February 1st.

A dispatch to the Union says:

John KAY was elected as Territorial Marshal, and S.M. BLAIR, Attorney General; Jesse M. SOUTH, Attorney for the First Judicial District, and W.H. BRONFIELD, for the Second Judicial District; J.S. CHILDS, Probate Judge of Carson county, and W.C. CAMPBELL, Notary Public.

On the 19th ult, a bloody tragedy took place at Salt Lake at the house of a butcher, in which Bill HICKMAN was confined from the effects of wounds received in a street affray on Christmas. An assault was made upon him by Joe RHODES, an army follower. In the scuffle RHODES was stabbed eight times near the heart, and died immediately. Another man was shot in the road by ROCKWELL, whom he had stopped and threatened.

One John KING was buried under a snow slide in Centerville Canon.

Three shocks of an earthquake were felt in Fillmore county; also in Toole county. The vibration in Fillmore county was from south-east to north west. 

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Daily Bee, Sacramento

Monday Evening January 14, 1861 





W.B. May, San Francisco

Mrs. J. Thatcher, San Francisco

V.E. Howard, San Francisco

J.C. Stebbins, San Francisco

J. Clough, San Francisco

Ed. F. Hall, Jr., San Francisco

J.R. Travers, San Francisco

W. Walden, Stanislaus

Wm. S. Brown, Auburn

A. Taliaferro, San Rapheal

W.H. Harnden, S.N. Co

Mrs. Casey, Marysville

Wm. C. Wallace, Napa

L.D. Latimer, Santa Rosa

J.B. Wallard, Virginia City

B.F. Leet, Lincoln

G.T. Snowden, Sacramento

J. Van Parks & wf, Oroville

D.C. Norcross, San Jose

W.H. Saawteller, San Jose

W.H. Barron, Ione City



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The Sacramento Daily Union

Friday, January 1, 1864

Page 3


The following is a list of pardons, reprieves and restorations granted by Governor Stanford during the year 1863:

January 6th - C.W. SMITH, convicted of murder in the first degree in El Dorado county, under sentence of death, execution to take place January 9th, was reprieved till the 23d day of January 1863.

January 10th - James H. JOHNSON, convicted of manslaughter in the county of San Bernardino in June, 1861, and sentenced to three years in the  State Prison. Pardoned on account of his previous good character, his good behavior during imprisonment, and the belief that his life was really in danger when he struck the fatal blow.

January 10th - Isaac ADAMS, convicted of grand larceny at Sacramento in October 1855. Pardoned believing his long imprisonment, over seven years, more than sufficient for the crime, the amount of stolen property amounting to $150.

January 14th - A.G. DUNN, convicted of murder in the second degree in Tuolumne county in March, 1859. From his previous irreproachable character was discharged from custody.

February 26th - Simon LOPEZ, convicted of the crime of assault to murder at Sacramento in January, 1861, and having served the full term in his sentence, two years imprisonment, was restored to the rights and privileges of citizenship.

March 17th - John WALSH, convicted of manslaughter at Sacramento in June, 1861, and sentenced to undergo three years imprisonment. Discharged from further custody, there being doubts of his guilt.

March 21st - Manuel GOKIN, convicted of the crime of assault with a deadly weapon at San Francisco in March, 1862, and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, having served his full term, was, on petition of respectable citizens of San Francisco, restored to citizenship.  March 25th - James McLANE, convicted of grand larceny at Sacramento, August, 1855, and sentenced to ten years imprisonment, having served eight years in an exemplary manner, was discharged from custody on express condition that he left the State before the 15th of April, 1863.  April 6th - Antonio RODRIGUES, convicted of grand larceny at Los Angeles, February, 1862, and sentenced to ten years imprisonment, was, on the petition of the County Judge, District Attorney and several of the jury who tried him, who had doubts of his guilt, discharged from custody.  April 21st - John WHITTAGE, convicted of the crime of assault to murder at Nevada, November, 1861, and sentenced to three years imprisonment, on the petition of the Judge and several of the jury who tried the case, was discharged from custody.

May 20th - Jacob GREER, convicted of murder in the first degree in Butte county, March 1863, and sentenced to be hung May 22, 1863, got a respite of seven days.

May 26th - George KIBLING, convicted of grand larceny in Yuba county, May, 1861, and sentenced to two years imprisonment, having served his full term and on account of his youth, was restored to the rights of citizenship.  May 27th - Jacob GREER, who was under sentence of death and the execution to take place on May 29th, had his sentence commuted to imprisonment during his natural life.

June 24th - Milton ENYART, convicted of grand larceny at Santa Cruz, August, 1862, and sentenced to two years imprisonment, on account of his youth and inexperience, was discharged from custody.  July 18th - James HANNAM, convicted of manslaughter in El Dorado county, September, 1860, and sentenced to four years imprisonment, for his good conduct and his extreme suffering (being ill with consumption), was discharged from custody.

August 4th - John QUINN, convicted of perjury, in San Joaquin county, May, 1861, and sentenced to two years imprisonment, having served his full term, at the request of the County Judge of San Joaquin, Mayor of Stockton and other respectable citizens, was restored to citizenship.  August 21 - Francisco ALVISO, convicted of grand larceny, in Santa Clara county, August, 1855, and sentenced to five years imprisonment, which term he served in a becoming manner, was restored to citizenship.  August 14th - James B. BOGGS, convicted of manslaughter, in Sonoma county, February, 1862, and sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment, was discharged and restored to citizenship.

August 31st - Victor BONLEY, convicted of highway robbery, in Yuba county, May, 1859, and sentenced to ten years imprisonment, on petition of Associate Justices and District Attorney who conducted the prosecution, and the good conduct since incarceration, was discharged from custody.  November 26th - A.C. SCOTT, convicted of murder in the second degree, in Santa Cruz county, August, 1861, and sentenced to twenty years imprisonment, on petition of county officers and eleven of the jury who tried the case, was discharged from custody.

November 26th - Francis TUGLER, convicted of manslaughter, in San Joaquin county, December, 1861, and sentenced to imprisonment for two years, his wife having died meantime, leaving his children in a dependant condition, for his previous good character and good behavior since confinement, was discharged.

November 26th - William KEEFE, convicted of grand larceny, San Francisco, August, 1858, sentenced to eight years imprisonment, on representation of Judge BLAKE and the District Attorney of San Francisco, received Executive clemency and was discharged from custody.

November 26th - Philip B. ROBINSON, convicted of murder in the second degree, San Francisco, February, 1860, and sentenced to imprisonment during the term of his natural life, owing to many mitigating circumstances connected with the crime for which he was imprisoned, was discharged from custody.

November 26th - Altas FREDMYER, convicted of the crime of assault to commit rape, in Plumas county, May, 1862, and sentenced to six years imprisonment, circumstances have since occurred to leave a strong doubt on the minds of the Judge, District Attorney and several prominent citizens as to the justice of his sentence, and in consideration of his previous good moral character, was discharged from custody.

November 26th - Thomas REAGAN, convicted of manslaughter, in Sierra county, May, 1861, and sentenced to five years imprisonment, was discharged from custody in answer to an extended petition signed by citizens of various towns in Sierra county.

November 26th - John CONNOR, convicted of grand larceny, San Francisco, August, 1859, and sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment, it being shown he was merely used as a tool and received none of the proceeds of the robbery, was discharged from custody.

November 26th - Chuck LEONG, convicted of assault to commit murder in El Dorado county, March, 1862, and sentenced to five years imprisonment, was discharged on petition of many citizens, and representation of the Judge and District Attorney that they had grave doubts as to whether he was rightfully convicted.

November 26th - John FURGUSON, convicted of rape in Calaveras county, August, 1862, sentenced to four years imprisonment - it being shown satisfactorily to his Excellency that he was suffering for a crime he never committed, was pardoned and discharged from custody.  November 26th - Henry GILLESPIE, convicted of receiving stolen goods in San Francisco, May, 1861, and sentenced to two years imprisonment, having served his full term, was restored to citizenship.

December 2d - John McQUADE, convicted of grand larceny in Tuolumne county, May, 1860, sentenced to five years, owing to his extreme youth, the length of his sentence (he having served three and a half years) being disproportionate with the crime he committed, was pardoned and discharged from custody.

December 9th - Patrick MURRAY, convicted of attempt to kidnap in San Francisco, December 1862, and sentenced to three years imprisonment, on representation of ten of the jury who tried the cause and a petition largely signed by respectable citizens, was pardoned.

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Sacramento Daily Union

Monday, September 26, 1864


Is That It? - A Copperhead correspondent of Beriah’s Press, writing from Aurora lately concerning a meeting of rebel sympathizers there, refers to one of the speakers - W. VAN VOORHIES, well known in the State as a follower of the Duke of Lime Point - and says he was introduced to the assembly as the next Governor of Nevada. We trust the Union men of that Territory are prepared to give this old played-out politician in California a warm reception whenever he puts himself up as a candidate for the suffrages of the people.

Another Murder By Indians - John HESSIG, a young man about eighteen years of age, was killed on Tuesday, September 13th, by Indians, on the Hay Fork of Trinity River. He was first shot with a gun and then his body horribly mutilated by the savages. The deceased was the son of Mrs. FRANCIS, of Shasta, (formerly Widow HESSIG), and was a young man much esteemed by all who knew him, says the Courier.

Passengers For The East - The following named passengers left for the East in the Golden City, September 23d:

Samuel DAVIS, wife and seven children, Mrs. BELLOWS and daughter, Mrs. W.  POMSETT and infant, Rt. Rev. Bishop W.I. KIP and wife, Mrs. S.P. GRAHAM and three children, J.D. CLAYES, Miss Jane BLAIN, J.F.R. WITT, C.T.H. PALMER, Rev. Dr. BELLOWS, J.V.B. PERRY, Alexander HENRY, Dr. N. OPOSATE, Miss A.  FIELD, Dr. J.N. ANGLER and wife, W.H. HOWARD, M.P. STICKNEY, George E. PHELAN, T.J.A. CHAMBERS, J.O. GOMET and sister, A.F. CHAMBERLAIN, wife and three children, H.H. FREEMAN, H.G.O. CHASE, N. MENTEL, Mrs. E.F. KNIGHT and child, W.A.J. SPARKS and wife, James BAXTER, Simon COHEN, wife and two children, H.L. LUNHAM, Rev. C.S. MILLS, Mrs. W.P. DENKLE, three children and servant; Mrs. J.A.W.  LUNDHOY and child, Mrs. E. McKEE, W. Melville SMITH, E.H. WASHBURN, Dr. C.F. WINSLOW, Mrs. T.M. BOWMAN, L.U. SNIPPEE, A.R. RAYNOR, Miss MAY, Miss A. DAVIS, Henry THYARKES, J.J. MAY, Dr. John WILSON, F.M. REINHART, Wm. DAVIS, J.McMINN, John MASON, Chris ANDRES, J. EDDY and wife, Mrs. E.A. FOSKET, two children and servant, L. MAY, Mrs. Jane D. CLAYS, H.H. LEVY, Miss Lucy A. STONE, Isaac ATERATE, J.D. VERINER, Dr. J.R. BOYCE, wife and two children.

Cutting Affray - A man named PEACOCK, who lives on the squatter disputed territory near Healdsburg, and whose crop of hay was recently burned by the squatters, was assaulted a few days ago, by the PROUSE Brothers, with a cleaver, receiving some ugly cuts on his head, arm and back. The wounded man was brought to Healdsburg, and his wounds dressed.

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Sacramento Daily Union

Thursday, December 29, 1864


Negroes Coming Up - Referring to the change of sentiment which the draft produces, the St. Joseph (Mo.) Herald of December 2d says:

Within the last four days we have seen men who three years ago would not have looked at a negro but with a scowl take the same colored individuals by the hand, and with a broad smile on their countenances wish them all manner of good luck, being sure, however, to end with the inquiry whether he did not want to go as a substitute. These same men, many of them, were those who bitterly opposed the idea of arming the negroes; but as soon as it was settled that somebody must fight - white or black - the rebel causes were willing to pay the darkies for doing their share of it.

San Francisco - A dispatch to the Bee yesterday has the following:

D.S. WAMBOLD, balladist, was dangerously wounded last evening by being thrown from a buggy on Montgomery street.

Joseph PINKNEY was arrested last night for grand larceny.

Body Recovered - The body of one BONGEY, the stage passenger who was drowned at Rocky Point (Oregon), December 4th, has been recovered. When found, he was lying on his face in the field, about two hundred yards from where the accident occurred. He was not bruised, and apparently met his death by drowning alone. He had $940 in gold on his person. He was formerly a resident of Sacramento, and was on his way to visit a brother who is in Boise.

Homicide In Stockton - On the morning of December 27th, in Stockton, a Mexican named Miguel MIDELAS was shot through the head and instantly killed at the National Saloon. The deceased and others had been gambling all night, and about five o’clock A.M. a dispute arose between the Mexican and one Squire HART, with the above result.

Serious Accident - While on his way from Weaverville to Douglas City, Corporal KIENSAUL, of Company C, Mountaineers, had his right leg broken below the knee-joint, by a kick from a mule which he was driving. The disabled man was brought to the Trinity County Hospital, where the broken limb was set.

Siskiyou - The Yreka Journal says the cold weather has frozen up all mining operations, and business is much better for ice than gold. When the thaw does come, however, mining will be livelier than it has been for a number of years.

Scotland - A fearful storm raged in Scotland lately. An immense amount of damage was done. In some places there were floods, which carried off great quantities of property; in others there was a serious loss of life.

Stockton Daily Record - This is the title of a paper which has come to hand and published by Edwin O. JUDD and George E. ROLLAND. It will be independent, but will sail under the Union flag, and do what it can to have our banner wave in triumph over foreign and domestic foes. It adds:

We shall give the Administration a cordial support in all its constitutional efforts to secure the permanent Union, peace and prosperity of every State under the Constitution. We shall stand by the Administration, while it re-establishes a republican form of government upon the soil of Mexico, and sends Maximilian, the tool of Napoleon, back to his master. We shall never cease to urge the Administration to compel John BULL to pay every dollar of damage which the ships fitted out in his ports have done to our commerce. We shall be in favor of treating Louis NAPOLEON as he deserves; and as for the various questions that may arise, we shall discuss them freely and fearlessly, as far as our ability goes, and shall be for the affirmative or negative, as we believe they will or not be for the benefit of our whole country.

A Desperado Shot - The Nevada Transcript of December 27th gives the following particulars in regard to the killing of a desperado, who affected to be exceedingly chivalrous:

We learn from H. PLACE that a shooting affair took place at Washington, on Saturday, between Joseph COIN and Henry BURNS, resulting in the death of the latter. BURNS was a Chiv., noted for reckless disregard of human life, having killed one or more persons in affrays, and was the terror of the community. About twelve o’clock, Saturday, he picked up a fuss with COIN - who is a peaceable miner - in a saloon, and threatened him, when COIN procured a pistol. BURNS met COIN again in the street and commenced an attack upon him, when COIN fired twice, mortally wounding BURNS, who died at three o’clock on Monday morning. COIN was examined before Justice ROOT and discharged, his act being clearly in self-defense.

Horse Stolen - Judge C. HARISON, of Napa, had a fine horse stolen from his stables lately.

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Sacramento Daily Union

Thursday, August 30, 1866

Page 2

THE PETALUMA DISASTER - I.G. WISKERSHAM, of Petaluma, who was passenger on

the train at the time of the explosion, gives some further particulars in regard to it:

There was a freight car in front of the engine, and immediately in the rear of the latter a platform car, then the baggage car, and behind this the passenger cars. The platforms at the depot extended alongside the train. The side of the baggage car nearest the platform was blown off, and all standing on that side of it were killed or grievously injured.

To the list of wounded must be added the names of John BRIER; John BARNES, clergyman; and ____ FLYNN, a laborer on the road.  Daniel BARTON, reported in our telegram as wounded, is a laborer, and George MILLER, a colored barber.

Captain WARNER, of the steamer Petaluma, immediately after the accident, decided to come down on his boat to the city, but remained behind, affording every attention in his power to the unfortunate victims of this calamity.  YEOMANS’ injuries are terribly severe, but he will probably recover. He is a pioneer resident of this State, and known as an attache of many steamers, in early days, on the Sacramento river.

CHILD BITTEN BY A VICIOUS DOG - On Monday, August 27th, a savage dog belonging to John MORRISH, severely bit a child of Michael CARVIS, at Gold Flat, Nevada county. The child was knocked down and severely bitten on the leg and face. It was with difficulty that the child was rescued.

LIME - Lime rock, apparently inexhaustible, has been discovered on the Hot Spring Ranch, Alpine county. The rock is at the springs, and is almost pure lime, requiring but slight burning. As this ranch is only about three miles from Markleeville, Silver Mountain and Carson and Hope Valleys can be supplied at reasonable rates.

COMMISSIONER TO THE PARIS EXHIBITION - W.M. RYERS, M.D., has been appointed a Commissioner to represent the San Joaquin Valley District Agricultural Society at the World’s Fair, to be held in Paris in the year 1867.

AMERICAN MEDICAL BIOGRAPHY - The following notice, taken from one of our Eastern exchanges, will doubtless prove of interest to those who have deceased medical friends in California. The request to publish the same is extended to other public journals:

Dr. J.M. TONER, of Washington (D.C.), is engaged in compiling and writing a biographical dictionary of all deceased American physicians of whom he can collect data on a sufficiently accurate character to enable him to give a brief sketch of their lives and labors. Physicians and others who have deceased relatives of friends who studied and practiced medicine in any part of the United States, and will take the pains to furnish the doctor with definite facts, comprising the full name of the individual, with his birthplace, date of birth, and death, his preliminary education, medical studies, place of graduation, location, success in any particular branch of practice, and whether filling any and what public stations during life, and if an author, the exact title of his publications, and where and by whom published, will, besides conferring a favor on Dr. TONER, serve the cause of medical literature of a very attractive and useful kind. It is expected the collection will reach about ten thousand names.

AMPUTATION - About one o’clock yesterday, says the Stockton Independent of August 29th, METZGAR, who recently got badly wounded by the bursting of the burr in Humphrey’s barley mill, had his leg amputated above the knee.  Mortification commenced on Monday, about midnight, and therefore the amputation of the limb was the only means of saving the unfortunate man’s life. In a short time, and with but little loss of blood, the surgeons successfully accomplished the work. The life of the patient, however, is still in great danger. The operation was performed at the County Hospital.

FIRE IN MARYSVILLE - A fire broke out on the night of August 28th at Marysville, destroying a two-story wooden building, occupied at an early day by Dr. WATTS as a drug store, and owned by E. KATZENSTEIN, and also a small wooden building occupied by a Mexican woman.

SUMMIT CITY (Nev.), ITEMS - A correspondent of the Carson Appeal, under date of August 24th, writes as follows:

This afternoon, about three o’clock, an accident occurred on SMITH & PERKINS’ new building, which PIXLEY & GRANT, of Carson, were superintending.  They were erecting the rafters and roof, when the whole thing (forty-one rafters) gave way, with eight men on them at the time. All came down with a crash. PURDY had his right leg broken and shoulder dislocated, and was otherwise hurt so that it is thought he will not recover. Another workman was very badly hurt, but no bones broken. GRANT was banged and bruised up considerably, although no bones were broken.

Quite an excitement prevails here in regard to the discovery of a rich quartz lode about eighteen miles from here, near Eureka, by C.A. BRAGG, Dr.  SANDERSON and W.A. HAWTHORNE, all from Carson City. They have just returned from a prospecting trip and brought in some ore from their newly-discovered claims, which is very rich, and they have a ledge five feet wide, all of the same kind of ore.

ROW AT ALTA - The Nevada Transcript of August 29th has the following:

A man named Jim SAXTON went into the town of Alta on Monday last and cleaned the town. SAXTON got into a fight, when an officer attempted to arrest him, but got roughly handled. Outsiders came to the assistance of the officer, when a general fight ensued. SAXTON was unarmed and several shots were fired at him. He is a powerful man and knocked his opponents right and left. At one time they had him nearly handcuffed, but he got away and took to the woods. Here his friends supplied him with two revolvers, and he defied the officers to come and take him.

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The Daily Union

Saturday, September 1, 1866

A SOLDIER IN DIFFICULTY - The Bulletin of August 30th gives the following in regard to a case in San Francisco, referred to a few days since in our telegraphic dispatches:

Carl SHEBER was arraigned to plead to an indictment for burglary in the County Court to-day. He states that he was a soldier in the army throughout the rebellion, and came to this country about a year ago, since which time he has been in Oregon. On returning to this city in a destitute condition, he sought a place to sleep in a lumber yard and was arrested by a police officer and charged with burglary. He appears to be a simple-minded, ignorant man, and offered to plead guilty to the charge of burglary, as he said he could not deny but that he entered the lumber yard, evidently not understanding the serious effect which his plea would have. Judge COWLES refused to accept his plea under the circumstances and appointed an attorney to investigate the case.

LAGER BEER SALOONS IN MARYSVILLE - The Appeal of August 31st says:

Owen GAFFNEY was found guilty of violating the city ordinance for the conduct of what is vulgarly called “jerker saloons,” and sentenced to the County Jail for sixty days. It is quite probable that the defendant will be brought before Judge BELCHER or GOODWIN on a writ of habeas corpus. If discharged, the new ordinance fails; if remanded to prison, the contest which has been raging the past three or four months between the authorities and the lager beer saloon-keepers will be settled.

PAINFUL SURGICAL OPERATION - The Petaluma Journal of August 30th says:

The surgical operation performed upon Charles YEOMANS, one of the wounded by the recent explosion, was one of the most difficult and painful character, and was of over an hour’s duration. The greater portion of the upper jaw bone had to be entirely removed. YEOMANS was perfectly conscious during the entire operation, and his suffering must have been almost beyond human endurance. At the present writing YEOMANS is in a critical condition, but may survive his injuries.

INDICTMENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO - The Grand Jury of San Francisco presented the

following indictments August 29th:

Frank WILDE, burglary - two charges; Daniel TAYLOR, grand larceny; Ah POW,

grand larceny; Carl SHEBER, burglary; Margaret DENNY, attempt to commit

murder; Joseph MACK and Charles TORTEL, robbery; North WELLINGTON and

William MAGUIN, assault with a deadly weapon.

CHARGE DISMISSED - The San Francisco Grand Jury have dismissed the complaints against Ellen BRENNAN, charged with robbing a Grass Valley miner named GREEN, of $1,580 in greenbacks, and George RODEHOUSE, charged with grand larceny.

SUICIDE IN NEVADA - The Virginia Enterprise of August 30th says:

From E.W. COLDREN of Stillwater Station, Overland road, we received a letter yesterday informing us of the suicide of A. HENRY, at that place on the 22d of August. It seems that HENRY came to the station on the 14th inst., from Virginia, for the purpose of working at cooking there. Soon after his arrival he complained of being sick, and commenced taking medicine. At noon on the 22d he went out, saying he would “go and take a sleep.” In the evening, he not having returned, search was made for him but without success. Two or three days afterwards his body was found in Stillwater slough, within a hundred yards of the hotel. He had tied his legs together with his handkerchief so that he could not swim, and it was evidently a clear case of premeditated and deliberate suicide. No cause is assigned for his commission of this rash ace. HENRY was born in England, was dark complexioned, and about thirty-five years of age.

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Daily Bee, Sacramento

Tuesday Evening September 11, 1866 

THE FIRST PIECE OF SILK - Yesterday’s Bulletin says NEUMANN & MYERS have produced at their silk manufactory in San Francisco a specimen of black silk reps, or dress silk, thirty-six inches wide; a very heavy and well wrought fabric, which they intend to exhibit at the State Fair in this city. They have not yet received all their machinery, and have only got enough up to make these samples. They are not yet in trim to receive visitors. But as soon as they get in working order they will notify the public, and will then be glad to show visitors every attention. 

GOOD DIVER - Sidney E. MORSE, of New York, has just patented a curious philosophical instrument which is called a bathometer. You throw it overboard, with its appendages, in the ocean, where water is miles deep. It goes down like a shot, and as soon as it touches the bottom it turns and comes back to the surface. You pick it up and the true depth of the water where it struck the bottom is seen on the scale of the bathometer, just as you see the degrees of heat on the scale of a thermometer. 

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Sacramento Daily Bee

Thursday Evening October 3, 1867


  CAUGHT AND TAKEN BACK  - Yesterday afternoon a telegram from Chief of Police CROWLEY of San Francisco directed the arrest of Charles J. McFADDEN, H. HARRISON and Amos WILLIAMS, three boys who had left their homes without the consent of their parents or guardians. The boys were found and taken in charge by policeman CHAMBERLIN. It was their intention to take passage on the Central Pacific Railroad for the mountains, but as the Chrysopolis was late in getting here the train had left before the boat arrived. The steamer started on her return trip at five o’clock last evening, and on her went policeman HARVEY and the three boys.


  FROM NEVADA - Officer DAVENPORT, of Nevada county, arrived here yesterday afternoon with two persons - a crazy Chinaman destined for Stockton, there to remain till he recover his senses, and another Chinaman convicted of murder in the second degree, and sentenced to twenty-five years’ confinement in the State Prison. Mr. Davenport left this morning for Stockton, leaving one Chinaman there, and proceeding with the other to the classic regions of Marin county.


  RABEL’S TANNERY - At two o’clock to-morrow afternoon, on the premises, J. DAVIS will sell by auction the property known as Rabel’s tannery, comprising the block bounded by A.B., Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth streets, also the large two-story frame house, together with all the barns and outbuildings.


  MAYHEM - In the Police Court, yesterday afternoon, M. McINERNY was examined on the charge of mayhem in having bitten off a portion of one of John WATTS’ little fingers. Judge FOOTE took the matter under advisement till to-morrow morning.


TERRIBLE ACCIDENT - On Monday last at the Chollar Mine, Virginia City, Patrick TRACY was caught and drawn into a small space under or at the winze, where his flesh was literally ground off from his body. Not only was the flesh torn in strips from his hinder parts, but particles of his spine in the lumbar region were torn away and scattered about the spot. Below the spine two or three pounds of flesh appear to have been ground up. He was pressed against and fastened by a bolt that his body could not be drawn entirely through the opening, with the winze making some thirty revolutions in all. Dr. HILLER was called to see the unfortunate man, and did what he could for him under the circumstances. At eleven o’clock this morning we went to the Hospital to see Mr. Tracy, and found him quite comfortable. He did not seem to be suffering a great deal from his pains, and talked with us quite rationally concerning the accident. Dr. Hiller accompanied us, and took the trouble to show us the wounds. None of the limbs are broken, but there is quite a deep and long gash cut on the right arm near the wrist; but this is not a serious wound. The great danger is in the wound in the right hip and the spine. It is, indeed, a terrible wound - extending, as it does, from the top of the hip, near the spine, and literally tearing open all the flesh clear to the pelvic bone. It is a dreadful wound to heal up. [Gold Hill News.

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Sacramento Daily Bee

Friday Evening, April 3, 1868



 At about half past 12 o’clock, yesterday, a terrible tragedy took place in the Police Court. The case of William H. ABELL, who was arrested at Hayes’ Valley, a few days since, for an alleged outrage on the person of a little girl, who had been taken by him from the Industrial School - as mentioned in the Alta - had been called, and the girl, a pretty child of 11 years of age, was on the stand testifying to the facts. The girl related enough to show that he had been guilty of gross indecency, but her testimony was of such a character as to make it quite doubtful whether he could be convicted of a more serious crime; and at the suggestion of the Court Mr. LOUDERBACK had the charge changed to “indecent assault.” The warrant charging him with that offense was filled out and handed to Captain McELROY to be served, and he had just read it to the prisoner, and turned round to hand it to Mr. Louderback, when a cry of horror rose from all parts of the room.

  Abell, who had been sitting quietly in the dock listening to the testimony against him was seen to be fumbling at this neck, and those who were looking at him at first supposed that he was arranging his long whiskers, but in a moment more it was seen that he had a razor in his hand. Before those nearest to him could recover from their shock sufficiently for them to cry out, the unfortunate wretch staggered to his feet, with the blood spirting in torrents from four horrible gashes in his throat, his eyes upturned and rolling, and a gurgling noise issuing from his throat.

  Judge PROVINES instantly cried out “Seize him; hold him!” and adjourning Court, came down from the Bench. Captains HANNA and McELROY, and officers McCORMICK and SPROUL and a citizen, Col. R.J. BETJE, seized Abell immediately, and in spite of the weakness which must follow such wounds, it took their united strength to throw him down upon the bench and wrench the razor from his grasp. They hurried him below, where he broke from them and another struggle took place before he could be thrown on his back on a mattress.

  A dozen persons started in as many directions for surgeons, and Drs. HARRIS, MURPHY and HENRY responded immediately to the summons, but on their arrival found that the miserable man had accomplished his intention fully. The razor had severed the carotid artery, jugular vein and windpipes, and he was already beyond human assistance. He breathed about three-quarters of an hour, and expired without a struggle, at last.

  Wm. H. Abell was a merchant from Portland, Oregon, aged 45 years, as American by birth, married, but had no children of his own. He came down here some months since to purchase goods for the store, and shipped them to Portland, intending to follow in a few days. Meantime, however, his partner - so he subsequently asserted - had contracted debts at Portland, for which their store was seized under attachment and the goods sent from here were sold with the rest.

  Abell, after purchasing the goods, took the little girl from the Industrial School, intending to start with her at once for Oregon, where he resided, and where his wife remained. The closing of the Columbia river by ice and the troubles about the attachments at Portland, however, delayed his departure, and he took the child to a private home in Hayes’ Valley, stating that she was his daughter, and that he had been boarding her in a family down town. The family with whom he was stopping supposed them to be father and daughter, and they were permitted to occupy the same sleeping apartment without objection being made. This action on his part led to his ruin and untimely death. A few days since he sent for his wife to come here and join him, having given up the idea of returning immediately to Portland, and she is now on the steamer Ajax, which, had it not broken down on the trip, would have landed her here on Wednesday night.

  Immediately on the horrible tragedy becoming known, an outcry was raised against the police for not having searched Abell on his arrest more thoroughly, the impression being, of course, that he had the razor on his person at that time. We are glad to say, however, that no blame in this matter attaches to the police. Some days since the deceased wrote a letter to Charles C. CARTER, announcing his determination to commit suicide, and the latter notified the police, so that they were on the watch; but it appears that Abell requested a young man from Hayes’ Valley, who came to see him, to bring a razor, saying that he wanted to shave himself, and the thoughtless friend did so on Wednesday evening, and handed it to him without informing the police of the fact. This thoughtless act, though done with the best possible intention, enabled him to commit the terrible deed, the particulars of which we have related. Coroner LETTERMAN took the body in charge, and will hold an inquest upon it. - [Alta

Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com


Sacramento Daily Union

Friday, February 12, 1869 

MATTERS IN SISKIYOU - The Yreka Journal has this local intelligence:

Scarlet fever still prevails at Fort Jones. Several new cases and three deaths within the past week. Every precaution is being taken to check the spread of this terrible disease. We would advise parents to keep their dear little ones at home - don’t let them visit the infected districts.

The late rains have given the miners some water, with a fair prospect of an abundant supply soon. Already we begin to observe the yellow effect of the recent rains.

The Rev. Mr. CUMMINGS (Baptist) is holding a protracted meeting at Oro Fino with great success, as many have joined the church. CUMMINGS is winning golden laurels in the valley; he is working a great reformation among the wayward.

We came near having a destructive fire at Fort Jones last week. The dwelling of A.B. CARLOCK, situated in the lower part of the town, caught fire from a defective flue. The Fort Jones fire department were out in full force, it being the first run since purchasing their fire apparatus. About fifty men were at the fire, but all had forgotten to bring buckets, hooks, ladders or anything else to aid in putting our the fire.

The Castro family, living at Canal Gulch, near Hawkinsville, in which a child died on the 25th ult., from small pox, are still afflicted, five children and the father of the children having the disease last Tuesday. The grandfather and grandmother, mother and one child are still clear of it. The disease is confined to the infected house, as a constant guard has been kept there for the past two weeks, ever since the first child was known to have it. The boy who escaped it had been vaccinated a few years ago, but we understand the other children have not been vaccinated. The utmost vigilance is maintained to keep it in the house infected, and a more vigilant blockade is kept up between this place and Hawkinsville toward stopping all communication. The county authorities have also taken action toward aiding Hawkinsville and Yreka in their sanitary regulations, and it is confidently expected that the disease will not be spread further than the infected house, which is off by itself out of town at least a quarter of a mile.

Scarlet fever seems to be still prevailing in Scott Valley to a great extent, a number of new cases having been reported during the past week, and three deaths between Friday and Sunday last. At last accounts, however, the children taken with it were all in a fair way of soon recovering.

A tunnel is now being run into the Accidental Claim, on Humbug, with a view of striking it low down, and should the prospect prove good, a wagon road will be built from the lead to the mill, so that the mill can be moved or the quartz hauled in wagons, instead of packing on mules as at present.

The late rains and the mild weather have enabled the farmers to prosecute plowing with great advantage, and they are all busy at it as present. 

A HARD CASE - The Grass Valley Union of February 10th has the following reference to the misfortunes of a man in Utah, who lately addressed a communication to this journal, describing an accident by which he received severe injuries:

William W. LEIGH, a former resident of Grass Valley, who was injured some time since at Echo City (Utah), by the explosion of a can of powder in a stove, before which he was sitting, writes to Howard and Hennenger, of the Union Restaurant, in this place, from Echo City, under date of January 26th, to the following effect:

“I received last night the $50, for which you have my thanks. Everything is dear here, and my nurse has not had a dollar for his trouble. During the past few days the process of bone-knitting [his leg was badly broken] has been going on, and everything is favorable at present, but it will be nearly two months before my leg will be strong enough to bear my body without crutches. But what am I to do when I am able to dress myself and sit up. I have no clothes to put on. The suit I bought, before leaving California, I had worn up to the time of the accident, and they were cut off from me as I lay, after the accident. I will be as economical as I can. Perhaps a few of my friends in Grass Valley would contribute something, if they knew my circumstances.”

Leigh is a worthy man and in distress. We hope his friends will leave with Howard and Henninger whatever they wish to contribute to his relief. The firm mentioned will add $25 to whatever other funds may be raised.

Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com


Daily Union, Sacramento

Monday May 17, 1869 

 PACIFIC COAST PATENTS - Following is the official list of patents issued to invertors on the Pacific coast for the week ending May 4th, received by Dewey & Co., of the Mining and Scientific Press:


Stove Drum - F. STADTER, Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

Self-Discharging Blanket Ore Concentrator - John M. BRYAN, Lincoln, California.

Seed Sower - George H. CROCKER, Marysville, assignor to himself and David L. SMITH, San Francisco.

Divided Axle for Railway Cars - David BROWN HUNT, San Francisco.

Propeller - Alfred C. LOUD, San Francisco.

Gang Plow - Maurice MURPHY, Vacaville, California.

Side-hill Plow - Ives SCOVILLE and Hiram H. SCOVILLE, Oakland.

Process of Removing Soluble Matter from Artificial Stone - Edward T. STEEN and William B. MAY, San Francisco.

Means for Hanging Window-shades - John I. *AY, San Francisco.

Combination lock - Ephraim VORBE, San Francisco. 

ACCIDENT AT MAGUIRE’S OPERA HOUSE - During the performance at this theater in San Francisco, May 15th, Thomas GOSLING, the property-man, was burning “red fire,” and was so severely burnt that he had to be taken to his residence in a carriage. 

Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com



Sacramento Daily Union

Tuesday, November 16, 1869



  MERCED COUNTY - The following items are from the San Joaquin Valley Argus of November 13th:

 The Howard Brothers, of this place, have a splendid prospect for a crop the coming harvest on the Lake farm, situated on the old Dickerson ferry road, about twelve miles from Snelling. They have now about 400 acres of land sowed to wheat, and the young grain is up and growing finely. They have two gang-plow teams at work, and calculate upon getting the whole of their field of 720 acres sowed by the 15th of December.

  Mrs. ANDERSON, wife of the landlord of the Galt House, met with a severe and painful accident on Monday evening last, which happened as follows: In passing out the back door of the main building of the Galt House on to the ground floor of the new addition being constructed a piece of lumber fell from the roof endwise, striking on the instep of one of her feet, inflicting a most painful wound, though no bones were broken.


  TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES - There are messages at the Western Union Telegraph office for William COOPER, W.H. SEARS and M.A. COOK.


  SHASTA COUNTY - We find these local items in the Courier of November 13th:

 On Monday a Mexican herder named John MARTENAS visited the ranch of Charles T.W. HARTMAN, on Little Cow creek, where he was invited to take supper with Hartman and an old man called “Uncle Billy.” After the meal was over, the Mexican, who was partially intoxicated, made an unprovoked assault on Uncle Billy and beat and choked him until he was almost insensible. Hartman pulled the Mexican off the old man and told him to behave himself. The Mexican, with an open knife in his right hand, then advanced on Hartman and caught him by the cravat with his left hand. Believing his life in danger, Hartman caught up a hatchet and struck the Mexican over the head with it, killing him almost instantly. Hartman came into town and surrendered himself to the authorities. After an examination before Justice KNOX, he was discharged, it appearing that he had acted in self-defense.

   A dispute about some mining ground occurred at Whiskeytown on Thursday, between a man known as “Alabama” and R.M.D. WILLIAMSON. We are informed that “Alabama” finally struck Williamson a blow with his fist, whereupon a fight ensued, during which the former was stabbed several times with a knife held by the latter. The wounds inflicted are reported to be quite severe.

  While out hunting on the divide between town and Clear creek, on Thursday, William JACKSON shot a gray eagle which measured seven feet and four inches from tip to tip.

  The Clear Creek Ditch sold at Sheriff’s sale a few days ago for $3,000. The same property, in times past, figured on the assessment roll of the county at a valuation of $75,000.

  MARIPOSA COUNTY - We notice these local items in the Gazette of November 12th:

 The subsequent assessment roll of Mariposa county is now in the hands of the Tax Collector, and we are able to give the assessed value of the various species of property and the amount of taxes thereon for the year 1869; Value of real estate and possessory right, $194,830; improvements on real estate, $437,480; personal property, $525,563; total property, $1,157,973. Amount of State tax, $11, 231 65 61-100; amount of county tax, $23,505 63 39-100; total amount of State and county taxes, $34,737 39; dog tax, $271; total, $35,008 39.

  A Frenchman undertook to kill himself on Friday last at Indian gulch, in this county, by placing the muzzle of a loaded pistol in his mouth and discharging it. The ball passed through his head, but at last accounts he was still living, with a possibility of recovery.

  Page & Co.’s new quartz mill, at the Washington mine, in this county, has been in successful operation for the last three weeks, and is crushing rock at the rate of about twenty tons per day. It is one of the most substantial and best arranged mills in this section of country.

Submitted by Betty Loose betty@unisette.com




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