Other California Counties
WRIGHT FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER ON SECOND TRIAL
OROVILLE (Butte Co.), November 24 - Much to the surprise of the local public and others who have followed the proceedings in the second trial of H. Wright, charged with FARLEY’s murder at Yankee Hill, the jury this morning brought in a verdict of manslaughter, after being out forty hours. They recommended the prisoner to the mercy of the Court. It is understood that on the first ballot the jury stood seven for guilty and five for acquittal.
The first case was appealed to the Supreme Court, and that body remanded it for a new trial, striking out some of the evidence. This is what created the impression that Wright would not be found guilty a second time. His attorney stated to-day that he would not say what action he would take in the interest of his client until the Court has passed sentence on the prisoner.
DECLARE THAT FRANK J. HELLEN IS A BANKRUPT
SAN FRANCISCO, November 24 - The Adams-Booth Company of Sacramento, the Nathan-Dohrmann Company of San Francisco and the Langley & Michaels Company of San Francisco yesterday petitioned the United States District Court to declare F.J. HELLEN of Tuscan Springs , Tehama County, a bankrupt. The petitioners allege that Hellen is unable to pay his just debts and that he committed an act of bankruptcy in giving E.B. WALLBRIDGE, one of his creditors, permission to sell him out as forced sale.
LINEMAN HARDING KILLED BY FAST FREIGHT TRAIN
The unfortunate man had just repaired some disordered wires and started east when a fast freight rounded a curve. Before he could get out of the way he was struck and ground to pieces. He leaves a wife residing here.
HAPPENINGS AROUND THE BAY
Railroad at Navy Yard - Notice of the formal approval of the Bureau at Washington of the recommendation made by the Ordnance Department of the Mare Island Navy Yard some time ago in regard to the construction of a railroad at the (illegible) to be operated by means of condensed air have been received and bids for the construction of the railroad will soon be advertised.
Fell on a Fence - Falling thirty feet from a window he
was cleaning, in
Killed by Electricity - Thomas SUMMERVILLE, a laborer aged 60 years, was electrocuted at one of the car houses of Union Railway Company in San Francisco, to-day. He was moving a lattice pole when he came in contact with an electric light wire. His death was almost instantaneous.
Three Horses Fell - Racing at
Killed by Thugs - Lars ULLIN, mate of the schooner
Empire, was taken to the
Must Stand Trial - WYMAN and REBSTOCK, the two members of the ballot-box stuffing gang in San Francisco, have exhausted all technical delays and will now have to stand trial on the merits of the case. Wyman has been brought to the point where his plea is entered, and Rebstock will plead next Saturday.
Hanged Himself - For nine days Mrs. Agnes PFEFFER, a bride of seven months, had been seeking for her husband, and yesterday she found him swinging from a limb of a big gum tree on the edge of Sutro forest, San Francisco. Pfeffer was about 45 years of age, and had lived with his wife and several daughters by a former marriage. His suicide was undoubtedly due to temporary insanity.
Miss Dolbeer’s Sanity - The affairs of society, dinners, luncheons, teas, automobile parties and golf were discussed all day yesterday in Judge COFFEY’s Court, the matter in hand being the Dolbeer will contest, and the evidence being given by a number of friends of the late heiress, Miss Bertha Dolbeer, who detailed the character of their intimacy with her. The testimony in each instance went to prove that there was not taint of insanity affecting Miss Dolbeer, and no traces evident of the attacks of depression and melancholy which Hiram JOHNSON endeavored to establish as a fact. The strongest witnesses of the day were Miss Mary JOLLIFFE, one of Miss Dolbeer’s closest friends, and Miss Grace SPRECKELS, another intimate friend.
Rapidly Fatal - Only twenty minutes before his death
from appendicitis in
Bonnheim Scholarships - The first step in the second annual Bonnheim prize contest in ethics at the University of California was closed yesterday when the Committee in charge of judging the dissertations submitted by the competing under-graduates, announced the names of the five winners as follows: William A. ANDREWS, Edward BLACKMAN, Farnham P. GRIFFITHS, William J. MUSGROVE and Herbert A. STOUT. Each of these winners, by the terms of the contest, receive a premium of $10 and is entitled to take part in the discussion on December 30 for the prize of $200. The subject for the Bonnheim contest for 1904 is “The Ethics of the Open Shop.”
Must Disgorge - According to a decision of the Supreme
Court, former Mayor R.W. SNOW must return $1865.22 to the
Additional Shooting - While duck hunting yesterday at
San Lorenzo, William C. RUSSELL, a prominent young mining engineer of Oakland,
was accidentally shot in the face by William POOLE.
TWO Men Robbed - Footpads were at work in the vicinity
of Sixth and Stevenson Streets,
Shrimp Men Fight - The Union Shrimp Company and its rival, the San Mateo Shrimp Company, fought a pitched battle on the deep waters between Point San Pedro and Point Richmond at an early hour yesterday morning. The battle was a real one in which repeating rifles played an important part and it was only the inky blackness of the night and the poor marksmanship of the Union Shrimp Company’s Chinese patrolmen that kept the encounter from culminating in a tragedy.
Wants a Share of Money - W.C. EVANTS has begun suit at Oakland against his wife, Mrs. Mary M. Evants, to recover a share of more than $4000, which, he alleges, she has been secreting for more than fifteen years and which he has only recently discovered. The money is alleged to be the accumulated profits from the Arcata House, destroyed by fire nearly two years ago.
School Vacations - The
Geodetic Aid Wanted - The
Fatally Beaten - L.M. ULIN, first mate of the schooner Ensign, was so badly beaten by a thug on Tuesday night that he expired from his injuries in less than twenty-four hours afterward. All the robber netted for his work was $11. Detectives last night arrested Robert MEEKS on suspicion of being the man who assaulted Ulin.
At Outs With Harriman - It is reported in San Francisco that I.W. HELLMAN and H.E. HUNTINGTON have disagreed over the policy of the Pacific Electric Railway and the Inter-urban Railway Companies of Los Angeles, in which they are jointly interested with E.H. HARRIMAN and that as a result Banker Hellman has joined with Harriman in placing Huntington in the minority in the control of those companies.
ADOLPH WEBER SHOWS NO SIGN OF GIVING WAY UNDER STRAIN
Believed He Will Fight to a Finish in Higher Courts - Such Defense Will Exclude Insanity Pleas - District Attorney Wants No Assistance - Bank Raises Reward For Robber
AUBURN (Placer Co.), November 24, 1904 - The curtain on the first act of the Weber tragedy was rung down yesterday afternoon, when Judge Smith, as told in The Bee’s last edition yesterday, read his verdict in the preliminary examination and recited that he believed that Adolph Julius Weber was the slayer of his mother, Mary Weber, and that he be held by the Sheriff of Placer County and appear before the Superior Court and answer to the charge.
There was but a small group of spectators in Court, when the prisoner followed by Under Sheriff May entered the Court-room. Weber walked to the center of the railed enclosure and remained standing until his attorneys were ready to take their places at the table and then sat down between them. His hair was in an unkempt condition. Te (sic) had probably just arisen from his cot before coming to the Court-room, as he has not been feeling well for the past day or two.
The Court inquired if the counsel on both sides were ready, and District Attorney Robinson nodded an affirmative. Defendant’s counsel, Mr. Tabor, said he would be perfectly willing that the Court should take more time to look over the transcript of testimony if it so desired, as Judge Smith had said at the close of Tuesday’s session that he would like to have until Friday to render his verdict.
The Court replied to Mr. Tabor that he was ready to decide the matter, and then read the verdict.
Watched the Judge
During its reading the prisoner looked steadily at Judge Smith, and a momentary change of color was the only outward sign of the crushing effect the decision must have had on him.
Twice during the day Judge Smith received word that the prisoner wished to see him, but as a conference between the magistrate and the accused would have been very much out of order, the Judge paid no heed to the request. It was rumored that Weber desired to swear to a complaint against some one, but who could not be learned.
After the verdict, Weber and his attorneys sat in the Court-room conversing together, but whether it was to bring a complaint and implicate some one else in the crime, or merely arranging the details of the coming trial could not be found out. Spectators waited about the corridors to catch a glimpse of young Weber on his return to the jail.
There has not been the slightest doubt in the minds of the people that Weber would be held to appear in the Superior Court. The defendant, however, has had some hope that the insufficiency of direct evidence might cause him to be released.
Attorneys for Trial
Considerable speculation is just now being indulged in as to who will constitute the prosecution and defense when the case comes to trial. It has been said that young Weber will have legal reinforcements when he comes before the Superior Court, though nothing positive has come from the defense as to who it will be.
It has also been currently talked that assistance should be employed in the prosecution of Weber and it is said that relatives of the deceased Webers are desirous that the best efforts should be made on the part of the prosecution. District Attorney Robinson, however, objects to having any attorney brought into the case without his sanction. He has declared that he would not ask the Board of Supervisors to make any provision for extra counsel in the case and that if he requested extra counsel it would be from some friend whom he would ask to go into the case as a personal favor.
The case will not come to trial before the first of the year, and possibly as late as February or March. The probability is that it will take two weeks to try the case, and the great legal battle is looked forward to with interest.
Weber Given Violets
The first floral tribute to be presented to Weber was given to him by a young woman from Colfax, who was a spectator at the examination. He was presented with a bunch of violets wrapped together with a lock of the young woman’s hair. Weber adorned the lapel of his coat with the flowers. He expressed himself as pleased with the flowers but said he set no value on the lock of hair with which they were tied.
Weber looks tired and exhausted after the long inquiry through which he has passed. It lasted night and day for a part of the time.
There are two
lines of defense which will have to be followed. The defendant will have to
establish an alibi, or put in the insanity plea if it should be definitely
established that he murdered his family. But as he denies emphatically any
knowledge of the crime, that his first intimation that anything was wrong at
his home was when he heard the fire alarm as he stood on
Insanity in Family
While there is not at this time the least probability that insanity will form any part of his plea, those who are familiar with the affairs of the Webers say that insanity has existed in the family. Two brothers of Julius Weber are said to have been mentally afflicted. The story has also been current that Adolph fell from a horse a few years ago and received injuries about the head.
The search of the Weber premises was continued to-day, and will be kept up for several days in quest of the coin taken from the Placer County Bank. It has always been supposed that this money was hid on a hill farther north near where the bank robber was found to have disappeared, but there seems to be a new theory that it was afterward moved, and as young Weber is under suspicion the Weber land and premises will be thoroughly turned over.
Bank Raises Award
In conversation with Vice-President D.W. LUBECK, of the Placer County Bank, that gentleman discussed the probability of the accused youth being the man who leaped through the bank wicket and held Assistant Cashier Edgar McFAYDEN at bay while he took the coin from the bank trays.
“I cannot conceive,” said Mr. Lubeck, “how the report gained circulation that the bank had been repaid for this theft. It would be rather a serious matter for us and I am sorry that the story was given even momentary consideration.”
The bank robbery has ceased to be much discussed in connection with young Weber’s troubles. To-day Vice-President Lubeck raised the reward offered from $500 to $1000.
The following statement has been issued by the prisoner as follows:
“A most atrocious crime has been committed in our midst. As the accused I respectfully request that you suspend your judgement as to the author until I have had a chance to offer my defense and speak for myself.
“Public opinion has been unfairly turned against me.
To my friends, I assure you of my innocence.
“To those who have prematurely judged against me, I point out that appearances are ofttimes deceptive.
“Trusting your judgement will do me no injustice, I am sincerely yours,
continued their search for the man or men who purchased and used the pistols
employed in the bank robbery and the wholesale murder of the Weber family.
Sheriff Keena and Detective Reimer are now in San Francisco, but word from
there this morning is to the affect that nothing of value has been discovered.
It has been definitely established that Weber did not have his picture taken
under an assumed name, as charged by the
Local officers are now looking for a coat Weber is said to have worn on the night of the tragedy and which is thought to be bloodstained.
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HAS COIN HIDDEN BY PLACER BANK ROBBER BEEN FOUND?
Rumor Says It Has and That the Finder Kept It - Weber’s Attorneys Want Cash Bail and Change of Venue
For days men have been hunting for the treasure, but no sign of is has come to light. The searching party has been delving in every ravine, crevice and corner that might offer opportunity to cache the stolen gold, but up to now not the slightest sign of it has been found.
The officers are sure it was hidden in this vicinity, and, in fact, the general impression ever since the robbery has been that the robber was still in this city and had hidden his swag close by. For weeks after the robbery people who lived on the hill where it was supposed the gold was hidden watched closely, hoping to detect the robber visiting the hiding place of the money. If, however, he did this, it was unobserved, and the whereabouts of the coin is still a mystery.
But the many events which have transpired since then, and the thorough search that has been made, has given rise to a new suspicion - that the robber had been robbed! That some one has accidentally stumbled on to the treasure, and decided to keep it rather than turn it over for a $500 reward, which is but a fraction of the amount the bank was robbed of, is suspected.
Everything was quiet about the Court House yesterday and this morning, there being no spectators or curiosity seekers. Yesterday was the first day of rest the officers and Court officials have had since the case begun, and most of them made the most of it. It has been a long wearying strain on them. Everybody is relieved that the preliminary work of unraveling the tragedy is over.
Sheriff Keena and Under Sheriff May have never relinquished their energies in the case since its commencement and have been highly praised by those with whom they have had to deal for the courteous treatment they have accorded to everybody, the newspaper fraternity in particular. While Sheriff Keena has been constantly searching for new clews and evidence, his subordinate, Mr. May, has assisted the District Attorney in the examination of witnesses, he himself being one of the principal witnesses to the conflagration, having carried the body of little Earl Weber in his arms from the building. The little fellow died before the arrival of the physicians, while in May’s charge.
intimate friends are indulging in considerable levity with the Judge over the
compensation he receives as the presiding magistrate at the examination. Under
Confinement is beginning to tell on the prisoner. He has been a dyspeptic for years and deprivation of exercise and sunlight aggravates his condition. There are many who now think he will break down. It is rumored that he has made a partial confession, but little credence is placed in it. The statement that he has admitted being in the Weber home much later than he has heretofore claimed is not confirmed. If the officers have gained any new evidence of importance they have kept the news to themselves.
Will Ask Bail
Defendant’s attorneys will petition Judge PREWETT to admit their client to bail, this request having been denied by Justice Smith. It is not thought that this will avail much, as in cases where murder is charged, where the Court has consented to bail, it has been almost prohibitive in amount. In the present instance it is merely a speculative question whether the Court will grant the motion or not.
While it is true that this community is strong in its sentiment against young Weber, there are those who believe him innocent. Most of Weber’s former school mates are inclined this way, though they have not expressed themselves very strongly on the subject, as the circumstances surrounding the crime are such that at this time the case is not in a condition for argument.
Speculation on the reported change of venue which the defendant’s attorneys are said to be planning to ask for is quite general this morning, but those familiar with legal lore do not place much confidence in it being secured. They claim there is no material cause for this, and that venue is seldom changed in murder cases unless a violent demonstration or other undue evidence of prejudice has been made by the people, which is not the case in the Weber trial. Considering the enormity of the crime with which the defendant is charged, there has been but little open bitterness expressed, and the people are willing to abide by the result of the trial.
PULLED THE GUN BY ITS MUZZLE
A Gridley Boy Accidentally Killed While Out Hunting with a Companion
BIGGS (Butte Co.), November 25 - Another victim to the habit of pulling a gun forward one muzzle first was sacrificed in this place yesterday.
Willie, the 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James BAYNON, whose home is on the outskirts of the city, went hunting in company with a small son of a neighboring family. The boys had occasion to climb a fence, and the Baynon boy who was carrying the gun pushed it through the fence butt first.
He climbed over the fence and was pulling the gun toward him by the muzzle when the hammer caught the fence and the gun was discharged. The charge of shot entered the boy’s left side just below the heart and he was killed almost instantly.
He was taken to his parents’ home and medical aid was summoned, but to no purpose.
DREW GUN TOWARD HIM AND NOW MINUS ARM
RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), November 25 - Alva KAMPT had a portion of his right arm blown off this morning, and while it is thought he will survive the wound and the shock, he is, nevertheless, in a very serious condition.
The accident occurred at a point about four miles west of Red Bluff. Kampt was on horseback at the time. He rode up to a wagon and reached in to draw out a gun. The muzzle was toward him and in some way the weapon was discharged with the result noted.
HAD ROBBERS PLANNED TO STOP AND LOOT TRAIN NEAR KESWICK?
Strange Story Told by Man Who Flagged the Express - Placed Under Arrest While Officers Investigate.
REDDING (Shasta Co.), November 25 - Did four men plan
to hold up the south-bound
But the officers do not put entire credence in the story he tells, and that is why he is in jail.
The train was
No. 15, due to arrive here at It was
He told a very strange story. While walking
along the track near the
The shots and the remark convinced him, the stranger continued, that the men intended to rob the south-bound train, and for that reason the had hurried to flag it. He insisted that he was telling a straight story, and that attention should be paid to it. As a mater of precaution the trainmen concluded to investigate. The engine was uncoupled and run down to the point where the stranger said the men had fired upon him.
Here were found four sticks of dynamite with caps on, but no trace could be discovered of the four men. A careful search was made of the surrounding ground, but there was nothing learned that would throw any light on the mystery. The engine was run back to the train, which then came on to this place.
The local officers were told of the affair and after consultation it was decided to take the stranger into custody. The theory was advanced that he himself had placed the dynamite on the track with the purpose in view of warning the trainmen and thus reap a little cheap notoriety, and, perhaps, be paid a reward by the Southern Pacific for his gallant conduct.
The prisoner gives the name of D.V. BARTH. He is about 32 years of age and is of good appearance. He talks intelligently and sticks to his strange story. The officers are much puzzled and are devoting themselves to solving the mystery.
ROBBED OF SMALL SUM BY TWO STRANGE MEN
RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), November 25 - Frank ERWIN, a clerk in a local store, was held up and robbed last night by two men. He was in the neighborhood of the depot at the time. The thieves took two pocketbooks from him. One contained $1 05 and the other nothing. The robbers took the money and threw the pocketbooks away. The money belonged to Edwin’s mother, so he is out not even one cent as a result of the hold-up. The officers have been notified and are at work on the case.
SAWMILL COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT A RAILROAD
REDDING (Shasta Co.), November 25 -
But now a real railroad is to built in fact. It won’t be a long one., but it will be a railroad. It will be less than two miles long and will be built from the sawmill of the Big Bend and Redding Lumber Company, situated on the Sacramento River east of town, to a point on the Southern Pacific Railroad below Redding.
Of course, it will be for the shipment of lumber exclusively. In order to acquire a right to condemn property for the right of way, a Company has been organized, a charter will be secured and a real railroad built.
The sawmill industry is a new one in Redding, the timber for the manufacture of lumber being floated down the Pit and Sacramento Rivers from the Beg Bend of the former, for a distance of sixty miles or more, as fully explained recently in The Bee.
PINIONED UNDER WAGON, DRIVER HAS CLOSE CALL
MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 25 - S.C. KYES, of this city, who drives a delivery wagon for a local furniture house, had a thrilling experience last evening as the result of a runaway.
On High Street his horse suddenly became frightened and, turning sharply about, capsized the wagon. Kyes, who was seated on the seat of the vehicle, was pinioned beneath the wagon, the edge of the seat resting on his throat and almost causing strangulation.
Luckily, two citizens chanced to pass and they released Kyes from his perilous position and held the horse by the head until things were righted.
centered in the game as it was one of the schedule of the
scored a touchdown in the first half and both failed in very difficult goal
kicks. In this inning
Both teams went into the second half determined to win and the contest was one of the most stubbornly fought ever witnessed in this city, especially the latter part of it. Favored by good luck and some exceedingly strenuous work the local gladiators managed to carry the ball across the gridiron for a touchdown, but failed to kick the goal.
Woodland was aided in making her second touchdown by a fluke play which netted her about 20 yards, and the clever work of End SCOFFIELD, who twice at critical times secured the ball on fumbles, in both instances to the material gain of his team.
GRAY, Woodland’s fullback, was put out of the game with a wrenched shoulder. LUDDEN, a tackle, suffered a badly sprained knee early in the game, but pluckily played it out. Several other men on both sides were temporarily out of commission and time was taken out frequently.
The boys here
are delighted with the conduct of the
INTERRUPTED FOOTBALL GAME AT
second half of the game a brother of George
WOMAN WILL NOT TALK OF THE MACY SHOOTING
will say nothing regarding the case and has given out no clue as to the cause
of the shooting. It is learned that she has stated she is married and that her
husband is connected in some way with the Grand Opera House in
MRS. McKILNEY’S MINE
AUBURN (Placer Co.), November 25 - An instrument filed in the Recorder’s office here yesterday for the Molly Stark Mining Company, discloses one of its shareholders to have been the late lamented President William McKINLEY. Mrs. McKinley is one of the present stockholders. The mine is situated at Bloomer, a couple of miles south of this city.
VALLEJO (Solano Co.), November 25 - Wedding bells rang
Charles GREEN, another popular young Vallejoite, led to the altar Miss Lulu AYLING, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ayling, the Rev. R.L. MACFARLANE performing the ceremony according to rites of the Episcopal Church.
Receptions were held at the residences of the parents of both young brides.
MAY GET LIGHT SENTENCE
OROVILLE (Butte Co.), November 25 - Judge Gray has fixed Tuesday as the time for passing sentence on WRIGHT, convicted of manslaughter for the killing of H.C. FARLEY. The jury signed a written request asking the Judge to be lenient and it is expected this will have the effect of getting Wright off with a comparatively light sentence. The verdict, though somewhat of a surprise, meets with general approval.
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BARTH STICKS TO HIS STRANGE STORY OF AN INTENDED HOLD-UP
REDDING (Shasta Co.), November 26 - Everybody here has settled down to the conviction that D.V. BARTH, of Chico, who at first got the credit of preventing the wrecking of the south-bound express by dynamite this side of Keswick shortly before midnight Thursday, is really the man who put the four sticks of dynamite on the rails. In other words, the whole affair was a pure fake on his part in order to get credit for a heroic rescue and probably a collection from the passengers and the gratitude of the railroad.
AHERN, of the Southern Pacific force, who arrived here last evening, is of the
opinion that Barth played the part of a mock hero and he says he is at a loss
to know what charge can be placed against the
Barth came to
Red Bluff Tuesday evening and to
He walked to
Keswick, five miles, in the afternoon, leaving his baggage behind him. He
reached Keswick at . He made
several inquiries immediately on his arrival as to when the passenger train
would arrive from the north. He was particular to know the exact time, and he
was at the depot, which is a mile from the business part of town, half an hour
before the train was due. Then he started out to
He has told
conflicting stories. His descriptions of the two bandits are confusing. He
can’t or doesn’t keep to his text. He said the paper he burned was a
Officers visited the scene yesterday by daylight. They could find no trace or track of bandits. Not the least sign of tracks could be found anywhere.
His story of his meeting the bandits doesn’t wash. When they saw him they said, “It’s all off with us now,” according to Barth, a very unlikely statement to wreck a whole train and rob it. It seems unreasonable that they would have let him off so easily when the stakes they were playing were so great.
to be an Odd Fellow. Perhaps he is, for he exhibited a receipt from
The prisoner was again interviewed this morning by Railroad Detective Ahern, but stuck to his story. He was told that two fishermen, honest men, lived in a cabin within 100 yards of where he said the bandits had hidden, but that they had not heard pistol or rifle firing. They were up and awake at the time and had heard the train whistle as it reached Keswick. It was so long coming that one of them suggested a possible hold-up. Barth’s reply was to intimate that the fishermen might know more than it would be wise for them to tell.
He had $10
when he reached
ATWELL IN TROUBLE
AUBURN (Placer Co.), November 26 - George F. ATWELL, whose skull was fractured by Herbert THOMAS at Colfax in a row over cards some time ago, and whose life was for a time despaired of, became embroiled in another difficulty a few days since, and during the row caught his foot on the foot-rail in front of the bar and sustained a compound fracture of the ankle.
Atwell has the reputation of being quarrelsome man, and his skull-crushing experience seems to have had no effect on his pugnacious tendencies.
ADOLPH WEBER MAY BE TRIED ON THE BANK ROBBERY FIRST
Officers Thought to Have Secured Strong Evidence Against Him - Speculation as to Attorneys - Prisoner Not Well
Preparations are under way for swearing to a complaint charging the bank robbery to Adolph Weber, and the arrest of the prisoner is looked for to-day. The bank officials are anxious to have the case brought to a climax. Vice-President Lubeck was in consultation with District Attorney Robinson yesterday afternoon, and it is thought that this conference is significant of the predicted arrest of young Weber on the bank robbery charge.
The arrangement, as was explained last night, is to give the charge of bank robbery precedence over the charge of murder that now stands against the prisoner, and bring the robbery charge to trial first. The rumor of a few days ago to the effect that the bank had been settled with for the theft, has accelerated the action of the bank officials, who desire the charge to be confirmed or the defendant acquitted, and efforts will be made to get the District Attorney’s consent to have the latter case tried first.
This will bring another preliminary examination close at hand if the expected early arrest takes place. The only evidence now against Weber as being the bank robber is the strong similarity which his hand writing bears to that on the check presented to Assistant Cashier McFadyen, which was a demand for “all the money in the Placer County Bank.”
Points Against Weber
McFadyen’s strong conviction that Weber was the man; the fact that he noticed the unusually large features of the robber, which are a strong characteristic of the young man toward whom suspicion now points, and the fact that Weber was seen coming from the direction where the robber sought seclusion, are the three points which have built the belief that the bank robber is none other than the beardless youth who now lies in the County Jail charged with the assassination and cremation of his kinfolk.
If Druggist Fred STEVENS could have brought down the fleeing bank robber when he fired on him the day of the robbery, when the latter beat a hasty and successful retreat down Main Street, the bank would have been saved a loss of nearly $5000, and the Weber family might have been alive to-day. Such is the view of those who consider Adolph Weber guilty of both crimes.
As yet the accused youth has not discussed the bank robbery and but little reference has been made to it in his presence. The only allusion made to it during Weber’s preliminary examination was when Vice-President D.W. Lubeck was on the stand and being questioned about the rumored settlement of the elder Weber with the bank.
If the suspicion that has been against Weber as being the bank robber had not dawned upon him up to that moment, he did not show any signs of dismay or fear, but sat calmly listening to the attorneys who engaged in heated debate over admitting any of Mr. Lubeck’s testimony. If the prisoner is convicted of the robbery charge it will not be because he lacks the fortitude to face his accusers and calmly assert his innocence.
Withal Weber’s poor physical condition he will never lose his courage. He will never break down so long as there is the faintest chance for the acquittal.
Prisoner Not Well
The prisoner is suffering from his chronic ailment, dyspepsia, and even the plain foods he partakes of cause him distress. Yesterday morning he ate a light breakfast, and at took nothing at all, as he was feeling badly. He ate sparingly last evening. His color has grown steadily paler since his incarceration, and he has lost in weight. His eyes which are naturally deep set, have a more sunken appearance, though they have lost some of their keenness of expression. His voice has the same shrill, penetrating tone which echoes through the jail as he speaks through the bars of his cage to those in charge.
Last evening his guardian, John Adams, and one of his attorneys, Sam J. PULLEN, had quite a lengthy interview with the prisoner.
of counsel is still unsettled, Ben P. Tabor, one of the defendant’s present
attorneys, has been in
It has been the desire among the friends and relatives of the deceased Webers to have L.L. CHAMBERLAIN, a well-known local criminal lawyer, associated in the management of the prosecution, but this is not likely to be accomplished, as the District Attorney is exceedingly unfriendly toward Chamberlain, and will not consent to his being associated with him. Mr. Chamberlain, however, has given those who want him to assist in the prosecution until next Monday to arrange it.
It has been rumored, also, that Geo. W. HAMILTON is the choice of the District Attorney as an assistant and that Mr. Hamilton is the only attorney here whom the District Attorney will consent to be associated with.
The story in one of yesterday’s papers that Weber had made a partial confession is another “press dream” which found its foundation in a simple remark of the prisoner on the courses he took from his house the night of the murder. It was on this statement, however, that the general public decided he was not telling the truth of his movements previous to the fire.
The testimony of
Attorney Sam J. Pullen,, in conversation with a Bee correspondent this morning, spoke in a general way of his visit yesterday afternoon to the prisoner.
“Yesterday was the first time I realized what it means to a man to be in prison. Mr. Adams and I visited Adolph in his cell, and a more dreary, melancholy place it would be hard to imagine. Shut out from the sunshine of day, save a few straggling beams of light form the top of the heavily-barred windows, the place was almost dark at the time of our visit.”
“Does Adolph seem to be cheerful?”
“Yes,” replied Mr. Pullen, “he chatted pleasantly with us and did not seem to mind his surroundings.”
The attorney, however, did not hint at the nature of his visit, but talked more about his impressions from inside the bars, which were rather depressing.
YOUNG WEBER WORE NO COAT TO BECOME BLOODSTAINED
SAN FRANCISCO, November 26 - Sheriff Keena, of Placer County, was in this city yesterday afternoon, and, in the company with the Pinkerton detective who has been detailed on the case, investigated many clews discovered during the past three or four days. While neither the Sheriff nor Assistant Superintendent REIMER would consent to talk about the matter last night, it is known that their investigations here are being confined mainly to the murder case.
Considerable excitement was raised by the story published a day or two ago to the effect that the officials of Placer County were making diligent search for Adolph Weber’s waistcoat, which, it is stated, he wore on the night of the murders, and which was covered with bloodstains. It is probable that the officers would have hunted a long time for this piece of evidence, had it not been for the fact that their very first inquiries brought out the fact that the prisoner has not worn a waistcoat for many months past.
It is known that since the preliminary examination before Justice E. O. SMITH was brought to a close, on Tuesday last, more evidence has been brought to light that serves to connect the boy with the crime than was shown by the witnesses placed on the stand. The exact nature of this testimony the prosecution, naturally, will not disclose, but the Auburn officials and the others who have been brought into the case are absolutely confident that if the case was brought to trial to-morrow enough actual evidence could be procured to satisfy a jury beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Northern District Members of State Federation in Annual Session
WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), November 26 - The third annual Convention of the Women’s Club of the Northern District of he State Federation of Women’s Clubs was held in the parlors of the Hotel Julian, in this city, yesterday afternoon. It proved a very interesting and profitable session.
delegates present representing
Mrs. George LAWS, the State President, was present and her address was one of the features of the session.
arrived on the train and
were at once escorted to the Hotel Julian, where a sumptuous luncheon was
served in the assembly hall under the auspices of the
Mrs. LITTLE, of Corning, was elected Vice-President unanimously, vice Mrs. W.H. LAWSON, of Berkeley, term expired.
Mrs. Robert DEVLIN, of Sacramento, was chosen the District member of the Nominating Committee of the State Federation, and Mrs. WEINSTOCK, of Sacramento, was chosen to represent the District on the State Federation’s Credential Committee.
The following program was rendered: Invocation, Mrs. ATKINSON; greeting, Miss C.M. BLOWERS; vocal solo, Mrs. W.H. GRANT; reports of standing Committee; address, Mrs. Geo Law SMITH, State President C.F.W.C.; “Settlement Work,” Mrs. J.J. FITZGERALD; “Sacramento Civic Work,” Mrs. H.E. WRIGHT; “Work of the Woman’s Council,” Mrs. Robt. DEVLIN, Tuesday Club, Sacramento; vocal solo, Miss PRIOR; “Civic Work in Sacramento Valley,” Mrs. W.P. CRAIG, President Woodland Improvement Club; “Yolo County History,” Miss Kate SIMMONS; reports of Club Presidents.
WOMAN AT THE BOTTOM OF IT
Father of Injured Husband Slashed Across Face
Riley-Reynolds Elopement Bids Fair to Cause More Bloodshed at Cedarville
ALTURAS (Modoc Co.), November 26 - As an outcome of the elopement of Mrs. Roy REYNOLDS and James RILEY, at Cedarville, the story of which was fully told in The Bee last Wednesday, a serious cutting affray took place here in which the father of the wronged husband was slashed across the face by a man who resented his remarks about Riley and the disgraced woman.
It was stated in The Bee’s former report that old Mr. Reynolds took his son’s misfortune much to heart and that he had armed himself, vowing revenge. He has discussed the affair freely and has been very bitter in his remarks. His wound is quite severe, the knife having laid open his face from his nose to his ear. He was given prompt medical assistance and no doubt will recover, notwithstanding his age.
No arrest has so far been made and it is not thought one will be. Further trouble, however, is expected. While the elopement itself is condemned, both Riley and the woman have friends who resent the manner in which their conduct is denounced. Men have armed themselves and threats are freely made. Unless the partisans of both sides quiet down it is difficult to see how more bloodshed can be avoided.
The whereabouts of Riley and the woman is not known. They made good their escape notwithstanding the pursuit that was instituted as soon as the injured husband learned of the elopement. It is presumed the child is still with them. Riley had little money and it is certain he and his guilty companion must stop in their flight soon in order that he can obtain work to support Mrs. Reynolds. Whether they headed for the East after striking the railroad, or turned West has not been discovered.
The youth of the parties more immediately concerned is one of the most distressing features of the case in the opinion of many. Reynolds is 24, Riley a year younger, and the woman but 19. She had not been married very long and as far as the public knew was contented with her condition. Aside from the fact established by experience that elopements of this character rarely, if ever, turn out well, information obtainable is to the effect that Mrs. Reynolds made a might poor choice in the man she selected to run away with.
BONNER’S BANK TO SUSPEND WHILE ESTATE IS SETTLED
ALTURAS (Modoc Co.), November 26 - The bank of John H. BONNER at Cedarville will temporarily suspend business until the estate can be settled. The bank was operated as an individual concern by the late owner and will have to pass through the Probate Court.
It is expected that the bank will pass into the hands of other parties as soon as a transfer can be made, as the heirs do not care to continue the business if a sale can be effected. Two or three parties are now investigating the property and location expecting to place offers of purchase on same.
It was stated to-night that local parties have succeeded in securing promises of enough business men throughout the valley to take up all the stock that will be for sale in the new institution, if started.
ETNA PHYSICIAN WEDS AT HOME OF BROTHER
YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), November 26 - On Thanksgiving day, at the residence of George TEBBE, in this city, his brother, Frederick Henry Tebbe, of Etna, and Miss May LICHENS, of Oak Bar, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The wedding was a quiet affair, only a few intimate friends and relatives being present.
The groom is a promising young physician of Etna, and is well known throughout the county. The bride is a beautiful and talented young woman, and for some time has been one of the leading school teachers in the county.
The happy couple left on the afternoon train for the Southern part of the State on their honeymoon after which they will return to Etna and make their future home.
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HAPPENINGS AROUND THE BAY
A Would-Be Bigamist - While talking over the counter to the girl he had promised to wed, Laurence ALEXANDER, an employe of a Market Street store, was confronted Saturday evening by the woman with whom he had already gone through the marriage ceremony. As Alexander had sworn out a marriage license to enable him to marry the second time without going through the formality of divorce proceedings, his wife immediately had him arrested on a charge of perjury.
Water Board Elections - Every effort is being put forth by the Oakland City Council to comply with all the necessary preliminaries for calling a bond election at which the voters will be asked to express themselves with regard to purchasing a water plant, prior to the time when the present Council will turn over the affairs of the city to another administration.
Investigating Hazing - With the intention of punishing those responsible for his son’s injury, Albert de ROME, the father of Albert T. de ROME, who was hazed by some students of the Hopkins Art Institute, has begun an investigation of the hazing. He threatens prosecution, should his son’s injuries prove permanent.
Cab Struck By a Car - From under the wreckage of a demolished cab, with an injured horse kicking close to their heads, Mrs. M.A. BAIRD, a pretty widow, and her friend, Mrs. D.A. EASTIN, of Nevada, were rescued just after midnight Saturday after a collision with an electric car. They bear only slight injuries as a result of their experience.
Born On a Street Car - Tucked snugly away in a cot at
the Central Eergency (sic)Hospital in San Francisco and engaging the combined attention
of two nurses, the physician and a corpe of attendants, Baby JENNINGS last
night celebrated her advent into this world with more than usual ado. Two hours
before she had arrived on a
Gas Causes Her Death - Mrs. Mary GILLISPIE, who resided at Sunset, was found dead in her room Saturday night from accidental gas asphyxiation. The key of the gas fixture was very defective.
Clawed By a Lion - Captain Charles HENDRICKS, lion tamer at the Chutes, had a close call yesterday. Performing his special Sunday morning stunt, he entered the cage of Sutan, and a few minutes later accidentally slipped to the floor. The watchful brute sprang on the tamer’s prostrate body at once, clawing him severely on the leg, tearing the flesh open almost to the bone. Captain Hendricks would unquestionably have been much more seriously injured had he not instantaneously drawn his revolver and fired several blank cartridges in the face of the lion. During the animal’s momentary astonishment the lion tamer crawled to the door and escaped.
They Stand By Hale - Because of the action of the University authorities in dismissing W.T. HALE, editor of the Daily Californian, from college for one year, friends of the young student editor have determined to give him a banquet in testimony of their admiration and esteem.
Debt Refunding - The refunding of the bonded debt on
the Southern Pacific Railroad Company amounting to nearly $70,000,000, is in a
fair way of accomplishment, and the new issue will be underwritten by Kuhn,
Loeb & Co., the
Fake Advertising - As a culmination to a series of
fake stories put in circulation for the purpose of obtaining newspaper
notoriety, an attempted suicide took place behind the scenes of “The Runaways”
Saturday night at
Killed By a Train - Mattie JACKSON was the name of the
young woman who was killed by the
Army Officer in Trouble - Captain Amos H. MARTIN, of
the Fourteenth Infantry, has been ordered home from the
Pioneer Dead - Theodore F. JEROME, a pioneer of
A Dangerous Practice - The
Accidentally Shot - In
Made Blind By a Wound - Pretty 17-year-old Octavia
McCARTHY, who was shot and wounded near to death by her insanely jealous
Miners’ Convention - There will be between 200 and 300 delegates at the annual Convention of the California Miners’ Association, to be held in San Francisco on December 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th.
In Jail With Husband - Rather that be parted from her husband, who occupies a tank in the San Francisco city prison, Mrs. Charles JACOBS Saturday night registered as a lodger at the jail and spent the night on the hard boards of a prison bunk.
Gun Exploded - While shooting at ducks from a blind in
the marsh near Pinole Saturday, Dr. J.W. KEY, of
In Hospital Thirty-three Years - Andres Henry VARRATH,
for thirty-three years an inmate of the
VALLEJO (Solano Co.), November 28 - Saturday evening
was a big and important one in the history of the Improved Order of Red Men in
TWO-YEAR-OLD CHILD SWALLOWS ARSENIC TABLET
WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), November 28 - The little 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred JOHNSON got hold of a box of arsenic tablets Saturday and swallowed all of them. Fortunately, the fact was discovered immediately and medical aid was quickly at hand. Proper remedies were given and the life of the little one was saved.
DEATH OF A PIONEER RESIDENT OF MARYSVILLE
MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 28 - Mrs. Hannah O. McLAUGHLIN, a pioneer resident of this city, died Saturday at the advanced age of 72. Despite her years she was a woman of striking physique and up to a few weeks ago, when she suffered a stroke of paralysis, she retained remarkably good health.
McLaughlin was a native of
CAUGHT WITH THE GOODS
MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 28 - Albert COOK, a stranger here, who was formerly employed at Sacramento, appropriated the valise of Frank McSHANE at one of the hotels Saturday night and was about to leave town on the Oregon Express when apprehended by Officers BECKER and SINGLE. He will answer a grand larceny charge.
BURGLARS HELD TO ANSWER
MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 28 - John ALLEN and William LEWIS, who burglarized a room in the Dawson House on the 19th inst, were held Saturday night by Judge RAISH to answer before the Superior Court. Bonds were fixed at $1000.
ELKS’ MEMORIAL SERVICES
MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 28 - Marysville Lodge of Elks will hold its annual memorial services privately this year and next Sunday evening has been announced as the time. Hon. Seth MILLINGTON, of Colusa, will deliver the eulogy and District Attorney BRITTAN of this city will be the orator.
MAY HAVE RATE WAR
DEATH OF PROMINENT FARMER
FIFTEEN YEARS FOR WAYSMAN
He was Found Guilty of Murder In Second Degree
After Sentence Had Been Pronounced He Remarked That He
Did Not Have a Fair Trial - Higher Value Placed on Human Life in
REDDING (Shasta Co.), November 28 - Thomas WAYSMAN will serve fifteen years in the State penitentiary for killing Patrick PHILBIN at Keswick on July 16th last. That was the sentence pronounced by Judge HEAD in the Superior Court Saturday evening at .
The jury had found Waysman guilty of murder in the second degree and recommended him to the mercy of the Court. In passing sentence Judge HEAD remarked that while the recommendation was not within the province of the jury, he would take it under consideration. He might have given the defendant a life sentence, but as Waysman is fifty years old, a fifteen-year term does not lack much of being good for life.
Waysman remarked, after his sentence had been pronounced, that he had not had a fair trial. He has this idea because two important witnesses on his behalf could not be found when the trial came off, but as they had testified fully at the preliminary examination and the transcript of that testimony was read at the trial, Waysman’s case did not suffer because of their absence.
The result of
this murder trial is a further notice that human life will be respected in
CHARGES MAY BE PLACED AGAINST BARTH
REDDING (Shasta Co.), November 28 - D.V. BARTH, of Chico, who is accused of putting dynamite upon the railroad track near Keswick, and claiming the credit of preventing a hold-up, has not yet been released from custody, as it has been reported, but at noon to-day was still in jail at Redding.
have as yet been put against Barth, and unless charges are preferred by
to-morrow, he will be released. At the present time, however, the District
BODY NOT IDENTIFIED
STOCKTON (San Joaquin Co.), November 28 - The body of
the man found drowned in the San Joaquin River near Fourteen-Mile
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HIDDEN TREASURE HAS BEEN FOUND ON WEBER PROPERTY
Money Stolen From Placer County Bank Dug Up in Calf Pasture - $5500 Recovered and $825 Still Missing - When Told of Discovery Young Weber’s Actions Indicated Guilt
Stuck Pick Into Treasure
John MOYNAHAN and Benjamin DEPENDENER were working with GEAR at the time of the discovery. The coin was buried in a lard can, and was about eighteen inches under the ground. Gear was digging with a pick, and stuck the point of his implement through the can. He knew at once by the ring of the gold that he had discovered the hidden treasure.
He and his
companions dug up the can, and found that it contained $5500 in gold coin. The
coin is somewhat discolored, as it was buried in a wet portion of the pasture,
and water has been running over it. The money is now in possession of Sheriff
Actions Equivalent to Confession
While he was in
his cell in the
D.W. LUBECK, the bank’s Vice-President, who offered the reward of $1000 for the return of the money, and $500 for information that would convict the robber, says he believes the money found was that stolen from the bank. He says the money stolen from the bank was mostly in $20 gold pieces, and that found by Gear is of twenties also. He says the exact amount of money stolen from the bank is $6365, and that $825 is still missing.
The Grand Jury meets to-morrow and the District Attorney will take the matter before it, and ask that young Weber be indicted on the robbery charge.
Bank Checks Also Found
to the discovery of the money, another piece of important evidence has been
discovered by some small boys. Near the
Contest Over Estate
The contest for the control of the administration of the estates of Julius WEBER and Mrs. Mary WEBER will begin in Judge PREWETT’s Court to-morrow morning. Public Administrator SHEPARD has filed papers of contest. The right of John ADAMS, the prisoner’s guardian, to act as administrator has been questioned. Shepard has also applied for letters of administration of the estates left by Bertha and little Earl.
The Weber estate is worth about $60,000. Young Weber is well supplied with money, and has $1900 in the bank, which he cannot draw until next October.
Snowden’s Hire Attorney
Attorney L.L. CHAMBERLAIN has been employed by the SNOWDENs to assist in the prosecution. Whether or not this will be agreeable to the District Attorney cannot be stated at this time.
ATTORNEYS THINK YOUNG WEBER WILL BREAK DOWN
AUBURN (Placer Co.), November 28 - By what route did Adolph WEBER reach COHN’s store on the night of November 10th when he purchased the pants to replace his old ones which he claimed he tore on a fire hydrant as he was passing along the first route he says he took while on a constitutional spin for exercise as had been his habit? This question becomes more enigmatical as the Weber investigation silently proceeds.
The situation has grown calmer and no excitement is displayed by the citizens in discussing the fratricide. It is now eighteen days since the occurrence of the horror that has startled the whole world by its fiendish atrociousness, and the many mysterious phases the case has presented since the investigation begun has kept it a constant problem which each citizen has bent his mental energy to solve.
While the actors in the Weber tragedy have temporarily left the stage the plot continues to thicken, and almost any development would not bring surprise.
His Story Doubted
From the moment Weber made this first statement and detailed the route he traveled from the Weber home to Cohn’s store, the public doubted his story. The people reasoned that it was not possible for a man (even in an excited and distracted state of mind, which the prisoner was not, if he had no knowledge of the crime) to be unable to state definitely which street he had taken to reach the store as Weber claimed in his first statement to be unable to do.
The route he
claims to have taken to reach High Street is one hundred yards from the point
where he was seen by May
No one seems to have seen the defendant before he reached Cohn’s store. Witnesses saw him afterward. He entered the north door of the store.
Shoes Said to Have Been Wet
During the examination it did not appear that there was anything unusual in the appearance of the defendants’ shoes or socks on the night of the fire.
Yesterday the officers were informed that Weber, on the night of the fire, was given a pair of socks in exchange for his own, which are said to have been wet.
information has given rise to a new theory as to how Weber reached Cohn’s store
on the fatal night. A tributary to
The New Theory
The new theory is that the accused, on coming out of Brewery lane, and in order to avoid meeting any one, entered the creek where it passed under the first buildings at the end of the lane, and made his way along the subterranean passage under the buildings along Main Street until he came to Cohn’s store. Here the building is so arranged that easy egress could be made on the street without being noticed. It is also suggested that it was while passing through this dark subway the defendant’s pants were torn, instead of on the fire hydrant, which he claims.
Boards Were Removed
The accused man could have made another exit from the creek at the rear of J.A. PREDOM’s printing office. There is a slight cave in the ravine bank next to Predom’s sidewalk on Washington Street, over which two boards had been laid to prevent any one passing along there from stepping into the hole caused by the cave. These boards were found to have been partially removed the day after the fire, though the fact was not then thought to be a significant one. If this latest theory is correct, Weber may have slipped out from the ravine by the last-mentioned way, or from underneath the rear of Cohn’s store.
May Clark’s testimony that Weber passed her house going toward town at 6:45 and Joseph GOLDBERG’s statement that he entered the Cohn store at 6:55 would have given him ten minutes to cover the distance by the ravine route, which is just about the time the underground course would have taken, and excluded any one meeting him on the street coming from the direction of his home, which was undoubtedly the intention.
Weber’s Actions at Snowden Home
Weber’s suspicious actions at the Snowden home when Under Sheriff MAY left the premises and went to the Weber property the day after the fire, are the late discussions. The officer suspicioned that Weber would be eager to watch his movements after he left. Weber’s movements were closely watched after May’s departure, and the accused man went in to an upstairs room, where he was discovered looking intently out of a window observing the officer’s movements.
Thinks Prisoner Will Break Down
Deputy District Attorney LOWELL is confident that the prisoner will break down before long.
“In my opinion,” he said, “sixty days’ imprisonment will make a mental and physical wreck of the defendant. It does not matter whether he be abnormal or not, he cannot stand the strain under which he is laboring very long. The actions of the prisoner now show that he is weakening.”
This opinion is shared by many who believe the prisoner’‘s adamantine character toward his accusers to be softening.
Warrant Formally Served
The warrant for Weber’s arrest as the robber of the Placer County Bank has been issued for several days, but was not served until yesterday afternoon. As stated in Saturday’s Bee, it was expected to serve it Saturday, but for some reason Sheriff KEENA withheld it until yesterday afternoon, when he entered the prisoner’s cell and read the complaint, which was sworn to by A.L. SMITH, the bank’s cashier. The formality of the arrest was done very quietly, and but a few were aware of it.
His Defiant Air
Weber received the news in the usual manner he has met all the accusations, and the arrest was uneventful. After the warrant had been read to the accused he turned away and walked to the other side of his cell, his head in the air and defiant.
Visitors and interviewers have been positively prohibited from seeing the prisoner, and only those who are in authority are permitted to converse with him. Weber knows nothing of press reports as the newspapers have been kept from him.
Robbery Charge Will Be Tried First
The arrest on the charge of robbery will for a time set aside the charge of murder, as it is said to be the intention of the District Attorney, as stated in Saturday’s Bee, to have the charge of robbery tried first. The bank officials are anxious to prosecute, and bring the matter to an end.
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