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The Evening Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

Tuesday, November 28, 1905

Page 12



VALLEJO (Solano Co.), November 28 - The four City Trustees who voted against calling an election here to issue bonds for the establishment of a municipal lighting plant are getting, they claim, a lot of undeserved blame for their action. The four Trustees are in favor of municipal ownership, it is said, but are not in favor of issuing bonds at the present time, as they wish the water works of the city to be enlarged first and given larger storage capacity. They say that if bonds are issued now it should be for this purpose.

  It will take about $100,000 to put the water works into such shape that Vallejo will not be short of water in case of a very dry season. At the present writing there is about thirty days’ supply left in the reservoir, and if heavy rains do not come there is fear of a water famine. Stoppage of work on the Navy Yard would also confront the authorities.

  The necessity, with a growing population, and also every likelihood of much more water being required for the Navy Yard the coming year, causes the Trustees and a great number of citizens to think that the water question at the present time is more vital than the lighting issue.

  K.  CASPER, of the Vallejo Electric Light Company, still holds a franchise good for three years, and if a city plant was not built there would be two concerns supplying light.

  Part of the 525 people who signed the petition to the Trustees for a municipal lighting plant, now view the matter in a different light, and at least two hundred of them, it is said, would not support the bonds for an electric light plant if bonds were issued at this time.


            WEDS SON’S EX-WIFE

REDDING (Shasta Co.), November 28 - While in Oakland recently H.N. McCHESNEY, of this place, was married to the divorced wife of his son. Her first marriage was not a happy one. While she lived with her former husband her father-in-law became attached to her. Tiring of living alone he finally induced her, after a divorce had been secured, to wed him.



SAN FRANCISCO, November 28 - Fearing that the wrath of the “god of water” would be visited on them, the Chinese of Shanghai and its vicinity have, it is said, given up the boycotting of American goods.

  This change of sentiment was caused by the destruction by water of a large quantity of goods which were stored in the basements of the business houses of the Chinese port. They had been placed there by the Chinese merchants when the boycott was first instituted. This occurred during the inundation of that portion of the Chinese Coast during a typhoon and tidal wave of a month ago.

 The news of the lifting of the boycott and the unusual means which brought it about came here on the steamer Doric yesterday. Among the passengers was C. EDE, who has been in business in China for twenty-two years. He stated that the Americans had battled hard against the boycott, but it was due entirely to the superstitions that the anti-American scheme has been eliminated.



Coyotes Kill and Partly Eat Child

AUSTIN (Nev.), November 28 - While camping on the desert between this place and Los Angeles a few days ago, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis LA FRANK was killed and partly eaten by a number of coyotes. The animals were frightened away from the place before they could entirely devour the child, but not before they had killed it and eaten a portion of its body.

  About three weeks ago, La Frank and his wife and infant daughter pitched their camp on the desert, where La Frank had discovered a mining claim. One day Mrs. La Frank left her child in the tent and went to the mine to see her husband. On her return she saw a number of coyotes run from the tent. She rushed in and was horrified to see the partly devoured remains of her child lying on the floor. The child was buried in the desert, where it met its death.


Jumbo Mine Suit

CARSON (Nev.), November 28 - Ex-Governor BUDD of California is here in connection with the great Jumbo Mine suit. He is accompanied by his niece, Miss DUMORITY. He and his niece made the trip over the Sierras from California in an automobile and are reported to have made a record breaking trip.


Fought With Teeth

GOLDFIELD (Nev.), November 28 - J.L. KUSS and James B. GEDDES, two miners, became engaged in a fight in a dance hall here Saturday night and during the battle chewed each other’s faces until one was minus a lower lip and the other a piece of his cheek. Both men were arrested and released on $500 bail.


Instantly Killed

CARSON (Nev.), November 28 - Henry AIKEN, a teamster, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon. He was run over by three heavily loaded wagons, and his life was crushed out. Nearly every bone in the upper portion of his body was broken.


Lost Their Way During a Storm

RENO (Nev.), November 28 - J.H. FOGERTY, Edward McBRIDE and Harry TRUESDALE, three young men employed in the Southern Pacific construction office in this city, became lost in a blizzard north of Reno yesterday and were nearly frozen to death. During a lull in the storm, however, they managed ro find the road and arrived here late in the afternoon. They had driven to Chilcoot, near Beckwith Pass, to note the work being done by the Western Pacific there. After driving a few miles on the way home, it began to storm and in a few minutes a blizzard was raging. They were unable to see the road and gave the horses their heads. The animals wandered, and when the storm ceased the young men were lost in the hills. It took them nearly all afternoon to find the road.


Mayor O’Connor of Reno Dies Suddenly

RENO (Nev.), November 28 - Mayor Dan O’CONNOR, of this city, died at 7 o’clock last evening after an illness of three days. He fell victim to pneumonia a few days ago and the best physicians in the city were called to care for him, but despite their care he grew gradually worse and at last death claimed him.

  Mayor O’Connor was one of Nevada’s oldest residents and one of the most respected citizens of Reno. He settled here when this city was a village and assisted materially in its growth. He was for years engaged in ranching and owned some of the best ranges in Washoe County. He was a man of wealth. As far as known he had no relatives.

  Mayor O’Connor was elected at the last city election by a large majority, and made one of the best Mayors Reno ever had.


Submitted by Betty Loose


The Evening Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

Wednesday, November 29, 1905

Page 10



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 29 - It is given out here this morning that the E.R. & A.L. Stone Company, Western Pacific contractors, have sub-let a portion of their work, that between here and Honcut, to Charles Wesley REED, a former San Francisco Supervisor. The Superintendent and Timekeeper arrived here last night.

  It is said Reed wishes to begin work on the COOMBS ranch, but a right-of-way over that property has not yet been secured, and so operations will likely be started on the YORE place. The soil on the GREELY ranch is so hard that no work will be done there at present.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 29 - When the divorce case entitled Maria J. SMITH vs. Henry G. SMITH came up for hearing in the Superior Court yesterday it transpired that the time laid down in the law to prove desertion by a party to a marriage contract had not elapsed. That was one of the grounds mentioned in the complaint, and as for the other - failure to provide - the defendant averred that if his wife would remove her objection to living in the mountains, where his employment forced him to reside, there would be no grounds for that accusation, either. It was brought out that one of the main causes leading to the divorce action was the fact that Smith became greatly vexed because his daughter took a husband when only seventeen years of age. The latter’s name is Mrs. H. FREHR now. A motion by plaintiff’s attorney that the case be dismissed finally prevailed.



STANFORD UNIVERSITY, November 29 - Ben S. ALLEN, a senior in the Department of Law, registering from Woodland, was yesterday unanimously nominated editor-in-chief of the Daily Palo Alto for the next semester at a special meeting of the Associated Students of the Stanford University. The honored student has obtained the position at the head of the staff of the University paper by conscientious work. The editor of the journal is the most important personage in student affairs.

  Throughout his college career, Allen has always been in the limelight. He is included in the membership of nearly all the student body societies and is a member of the Sigma Sigma Honor Law Fraternity, English Club, Press Club, on the Executive Committee of the Associated Students and President of the Tennis Club. In his junior year he was a member of the 1906 “quad” Board and Director of the Encina Club. Besides taking active part in university journalistic circles, he is the correspondent of one of the three San Francisco morning papers.

  Allen will take the place of L.R. WEINMANN, a fellow classmate, whose term of office expires at the end of the present semester. The position of managing editor, held by Allen, will fall to J.F. CASSELL ‘07. The latter’s place will be filled by one of his four associates - Miss M.H. PEDLAR ‘06, H.P. BITTNER ‘07, G.O. SPURRIER ‘07 and Harold FITCH ‘07.


            MET SUDDEN DEATH

REDDING (Shasta Co.), November 29 - Richard HEAD, better known as “Dicky Eddy,” a miner who had lived in Shasta County for years, fell last night from a chair in the rear of JAEGEL’s saloon and died before help could be rendered. He was suffering from pneumonia. The County Hospital wagon had been summoned, but before it reached the sufferer he was dead. Head was a native of Cornwall, aged 50 years. He had spent most of the last five years in De La Mar, Redding and Kennett.


            HAVE MONEY LEFT

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), November 29 - At last night’s meeting of the General Committee which arranged and carried out Grass Valley day, during the State Miners’ Association meeting in this county, wound up its affairs by paying off every debt and finding itself a few dollars in the good. This was most pleasing to the members, all of whom worked hard ro make the event the great success which it proved to be. The surplus will be donated to charity.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), November 29 - The County Jail holds a prisoner who would startle some of the cinder-path cracks if he could only be started running when seized with a fit. His name is Aubury BUHLMAN. He was brought here yesterday form Truckee by Deputy Constable GOERSCHINE, and will be examined as to his sanity. BUHLMAN, while under temporary arrest at Truckee, broke away and ran seven miles in twenty-five minutes, falling exhausted. He was then suffering from temporary insanity. Buhlman arrived in Truckee a few days ago. Nobody knows anything about him, but from his actions he is undoubtedly of unsound mind.



SAN FRANCISCO, November 29 - Adolph WEBER who was convicted of killing his father in Auburn and is now in prison, pending an appeal from the death sentence, is to have the property left by his father, Julius WEBER, distributed to him.

  Judge W.W. MORROW yesterday denied the application for a perpetual injunction made by Christoph E.P. RIESENWEBER, a brother of the homicide’s father, to restrain John ADAMS, the administrator of the estate, from giving the property to Adolph Weber.

  Riesenweber says that his name is the proper family name, and based his petition for an injunction on the grounds that Adolph could not succeed to the estate because he is supposed to have committed the act which made himself sole heir, namely the murder of all the other heirs.

  So until Adolph Weber pays for his alleged crime on the gallows, he will have the estate of his father, and as he will make a strong legal fight to escape the death penalty, Riesenweber, the next heir, will find no doubt that the amount of the property has been considerably diminished by lawyers’ fees if his nephew is executed.


            MAY NOT SURVIVE

BENICIA (Solano Co.), November 29 - Miss Elsie SLEEPER, daughter of Mrs. H. SLEEPER of Benicia, lies in a San Francisco hospital in a critical condition from the effects of an operation recently performed for appendicitis. Miss Sleeper is one of the most prominent girls of this city.


            JOS. PARMETER DEAD

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), November 29 - Joseph E. PARMETER, a well-known pioneer of this county, died yesterday after a brief illness, appendicitis probably causing death. The funeral will take place to-morrow. He was a cousin of County Treasurer BROWN of this county and of Oscar BROWN, of Mono, where other relatives reside.



RENO (Nev.), November 29 - S.H. COOKE was arrested by Constable WILSON last night on the complaint of the proprietor of the Golden Eagle Hotel of this city, who charged him with obtaining money under false pretenses. Cooke is the son of Dr. Stephen E. COOKE, a police surgeon of New York City. Cooke was arrested at the Grand Theater. He offered to plead guilty while on the way to the jail. It is alleged that he secured board, lodging and funds at the hotel by misrepresentation. He came to this city well recommended and has held a good position since he has been here. His father has been communicated with.



  Thomas DOUGLAS and Clarence WERTZ, butchers by occupation; Edward LEWIS, a plasterer, and William COTTER, formerly a driver of a delivery wagon, were placed under arrest late yesterday afternoon by Officers RYAN and MALEY, upon suspicion of being implicated in the shooting affray last Sunday night, when Michael EHRET, an employe of the railroad shops, was stuck by a charge of birdshot fired recklessly from one of three passing vehicles. No charge has yet been placed against the men, but assault to commit murder has been placed against their names on the state at the Police Station. They have been released upon bonds in the sum of $2000 each, furnished by relatives and friends. The arresting officers are confident that they have the right men. Ehret is still suffering form the charge of shot he received in his neck.



 Edward BURLINGTON, known to the police as “Kid” Burlington, charged with robbery, was permitted to plead guilty to a charge of grand larceny in Superior Judge HART’s Court to-day, and will be sentenced Saturday.

  Burlington, with Thomas RILEY, who was convicted of robbery last night by a jury, robbed a man named Giovani MARTINELLI last July.

  The case against Burlington was not as strong as that against Riley and he was permitted to plead to the lesser crime, the maximum penalty for which is ten years in State Prison.

  Burlington was twice tried on charges of robbery, but escaped with convictions on simple assault.


Submitted by Betty Loose


The Evening Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

Thursday, November 30, 1905

Page 10



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), November 30 - Saved from death in the snow, on the point of starving and forced to cook a wood rat to satisfy their gnawing hunger, was the thrilling experience which befell San CAJAPEA and Peter FERRARI near the Grey Eagle Mine last Tuesday. They arrived here yesterday and look back on the trip with a feeling of horror.

  The men were employed at the Grey Eagle, and in the morning started with eight others to walk to the Junction on the Washington road. Near Omega they encountered two feet of snow. Finally the pair wearied and dropped behind their more hardy companions. When five miles from the Junction, Cajapea began to go to pieces. He removed his coat and cast it aside. Soon after off came his heavy rubber boots, and for two miles he plodded along in his stocking feet, finally falling exhausted. Ferrari came along shortly afterward, having sat down to rest. Both were unable to proceed by themselves and felt that they must perish.

  A man whose name they did not learn passed soon afterward and proved to be a Good Samaritan. He assisted them to an unoccupied cabin, where he built a fire and made them as comfortable as possible. Both were famishing and after thawing out managed to kill a big wood rat which ran across the floor. They cleaned it and threw it into a pot along with rice which they found in a bag, and made up a stew. It was not very palatable, but it saved their lives. The third man went on and gave the alarm at Washington, whence a vehicle was sent out for the luckless miners, who were taken to that place.



NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), November 30 - Is Fred ZEITLER, the missing miner operator, alive and well, conducting a cigar store in St. Louis, Mo.? A declaration to that effect was made last night by a woman who is here with a show company. She claims to give answers to all kinds of puzzling questions, and sticks to it that they are correct. Deputy Sheriff WATERS Last night asked her where Zeitler was, and she quickly stated that he was conducting a cigar store at 620 Olive Street, St. Louis. Whether Zeitler is there or not will soon be known, as inquiry will be sent at once.

  Zeitler was one of the best-known mining-men in the northern part of the State. He mysteriously disappeared several months ago from the Zeibright Mine, of which he was Superintendent. Nothing has ever been seen or heard from him since. Many believe that he ended his life, but fully as many hold to the theory that he simply became discouraged over his immediate prospects and left to seek fortune anew in some city where he was not known.



GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), November 30 - A pretty wedding was solemnized this morning at 7 o’clock when Miss Hazel Rowena CHAMPION became the bride of Charles V. TURNER. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C.E. FARRAR, of the Episcopal Church, at the home of the bride’s uncle, J.M. THOMAS. Only near relatives were present. After a wedding breakfast Mr. and Mrs. TURNER left in their honeymoon to coast points. They will make their home at Tonopah, where Mr. Turner will manage some large mining properties. The bride is one of the most popular members of the younger society set. Mr. Turner came here from Baltimore several years ago and has been engaged in mining ever since. He is a brother of O.A. TURNER, who cleaned up a large fortune in the first rush to Tonopah, and who still holds big interests there.



TRUCKEE (Nevada Co.), November 30 - Last week a collection was taken up here for the purpose of defraying the traveling expenses of Mrs. Sadie BRADY from this place to her mother’s home in Oakland. For the past month she has been gradually losing her mind. Last Friday her condition grew much worse and it required the strength of both officers here to escort her to the City Jail for safety. After the collections were made, Dave DAVIS was hired to escort her to Oakland.

  Yesterday word was received there from Davis that they got off the train in Stockton. He took her to a hotel at that place and left her in a room. He stepped out for a few minutes and when he returned she was gone. A diligent search was made, but no clue to her whereabouts has yet been found. She left the hotel hatless. She did not even take a wrap. She has resided in this place since 1887. Davis went on to Oakland and delivered her effects to her mother.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.). November 30 - There was a very interesting meeting of the City Board of Education last evening in the office of the School Superintendent SCOTT, the subject under consideration being the nastily-worded note mentioned in The Bee last week as having been found in one of the class-rooms of the B Street grammar school. It is understood that the Board has decided to suspend, or has suspended, a boy aged about 13, and may find it necessary to mete out similar punishment to others. At last night’s session this lad with his father and his attorney were permitted to be present, and, it is said, a number of the parents who want to see the blame rightly placed were also in attendance with their charges.

  Thus far it has been a difficult matter to get the pupils to tell the teachers all they know of the exchanges of notes which have been going on at the school, but it is thought the Board of Education will gain the intelligence desired, and that the custom will be broken up by the developments which will come. One or two of the teachers are all but on the sick list over the turn affairs have taken.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 30 - The death is announced from Kirksville, Sutter County, of Captain J.W. BEACH, who for a long time was in command on the river trading steamer Neponset No. 2. Bright’s disease and dropsy caused his demise after a lingering illness.

  Captain Beach was a pioneer of this State, a native of Missouri and 60 years of age. He enjoyed a wide circle of acquaintances in Superior California, particularly in Yolo, Sutter, Sacramento and Yuba Counties.

  A wife, two daughters and two sons survive him. The latter are Bev BEACH, who resides in Sacramento, and Ben BEACH, who succeeded his father as Captain on the river steamer.


            MARRIED AT NOON

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 30 - At noon to-day the residence of Mrs. W.C. SWAIN, on D Street, in this city, was the scene of a pretty wedding, the principals being Charles McCONAGHY, of Oroville, a civil engineer in the employ of W.P. HAMMON, and Miss Annie SWAIN, a talented young woman of this place. Rev. W.H. STOY was the officiating clergyman. The young couple will make Oroville their home on returning from the honeymoon trip.

  The bride is well known in Chico, where she was for several terms a member of the faculty of the State Normal School. The groom was reared in this city, his father being a newspaperman, who held the city editor’s desk on the Appeal a number of years.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), November 30 - The news of the marriage of Miss Daisy M. HEYL, daughter of ex-Councilman Joseph HEYL, of this place, to Everett E. McDONALD, a former resident of Marysville, reached here from Riverside yesterday. The ceremony took place at Riverside, where the groom is employed in a hardware house. The young bride kept her intention secret from her friends here. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald have chosen Mexico for their honeymoon trip.



LODI (San Joaquin Co.), November 30 - As Charles Augustus CROSE, the 8-year-old son of faith-cure parents, who died here a few days ago, as told in The Bee, was not given medical attention, the Coroner was compelled to summon a jury to act in the case. That body returned a verdict of “death from spasmodic croup - presumably,” and then expressed itself as follows:

 “We the undersigned jurors do hereby recommend that in the future all cases not medically treated be reported to the local Health Officer.

  “We believe this proper procedure in view of the fact that a question of doubt exists in our minds regarding the actual cause of death in this case.

  “Symptoms strongly pointing to a diptheretic condition being present prompts our recommendation as above in all future cases, since the protection of the majority is more essential than the indulgence of a few.”



Responsible for Lineman’s Death

GOLDFIELD (Nev.), November 30 - William P. MULCAHEY, a lineman working for the Nevada Electric Company in this city, was electrocuted in midair Sunday evening in plain view of a large crowd of people. His body was terribly burned. When the current was turned off, his body lay stretched across the wires that had caused his death.

  At the inquest over the remains the Coroner’s jury returned a verdict blaming the electric company for Mulcahey’s death through carelessness in having a telephone ground wire on its electric pole. It was claimed by witnesses that Mulcahey’s foot came in contact with that wire and caused the current to pass through the body.

  The remains of the young electrician have been shipped to San Rafael, Cal., for burial. The deceased had a mother and father residing in that city. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.


Sue Railroad For Damage in wreck

RENO (Nev.), November 30 - The first of the suits to grow out of the HARNEY wreck on the Oregon Short line, in which one man was killed and many wounded, has at last materialized. The suit will be brought in the United States Circuit Court at Carson City by Grace and Edward FARRAR, two passengers, who were injured in the wreck. They ask for $20,000 damages and $2000 each for expenses. The outcome of this case will be watched with interest, and several more suits may be filed against the railroad if the plaintiffs get a favorable decision.


Wife Asks Divorce

RENO (Nev.), November 30 - Mrs. May HAMLIN has filed a suit for a divorce from her husband, Dr. H.H. HAMLIN, of this city. She alleges in the complaint that he has treated her in a cruel manner and that he has on numerous occasions deserted her for other women. She says that on one occasion he became angry at her while he was washing and threw a basin of water in her face. She not only asks for a divorce, but wants part of his property and alimony to the amount of $100 per month.



For a Home

$150 Down

will put you in possession - on car line and in a growing neighborhood - balance easy payments. Would advise that you phone or call early, as this place will no doubt sell at once.

Hawk, Hawley & Carly Co

623 J Street

Submitted by Betty Loose



The Evening Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

Wednesday, December 6, 1905

Page 6



Numerous Realty Purchases There By Col. Forbes For Railroad Purposes Leads To Use of Name

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), December 6 - Once it was twenty miles from Marysville to Forbestown, but not it is no distance at all, for that is the new name for a goodly portion of the First Ward in this city since Colonel E.A. FORBES has gone into the business of buying up blocks and stray lots of land in that district on behalf of railroad promoters and for private speculation.

  Yesterday many of the Colonel’s options on the numerous lots he bonded in Ranges I, J and K were about to lapse, so he produced the coin and is now the owner of the several pieces. One of the parties to get the heaviest drag from the Colonel’s sack was John RUFF, the veteran express man, who sold nearly all his property south of Fifth Street. This particular property is for Henry BUTTERS’ Northern Electric Railway. Over these lots his tracks will swing from Fifth Street - the thoroughfare over which the road is to enter Marysville from Sutter County - to the passenger depot of the Western Pacific road down to the foot of E Street. After leaving the Ruff property the tracks of the electric road will make a gradual ascent of the levee and thereby reach the Western Pacific depot.

  It is rumored that the Butters people have purchased the property at E and First Streets, known as the BRUCE row, and also the old SLATTERY packing house and HARKEY stable adjoining on the north, for some purpose, but no confirmation of this report is at hand.

  It is now known for a certainty that it will be the Butters road which will cover the streets of Marysville with their electric system, and not John MARTIN’s Marysville-Grass Valley line. The latter could have had the business but he prefers the larger work of handling freight and passengers and dredger material between the foothills and the Sacramento River, en route to the seaboard.

  It is apparent to the observant that the incoming of the Butters electric line into this city over the Feather River is going to necessitate an improvement in the wagon bridge which spans that stream at Yuba City, it is admitted that the most sensible and economical method would be to do away with the back-number crossing now there and put in its stead an up-to-date bridge, an expense that no doubt the electric railway people would help Yuba and Sutter Counties defray.



MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), December 6 - The date of the marriage of Miss Ethel BAIRD of this city, to Dillard YOUNG, in charge of the Colgate power house, has been set for Tuesday, December 12th, and it is understood that Rector STOY, of the Episcopal Church here will perform the ceremony.

  Miss Baird is one of the best known of the younger society women of this city. Since leaving the University at Berkeley she has had charge of a school near Wheatland. A substitute has been secured to finish out the present term for her, and the wedding for that reason will take place somewhat earlier than first planned.



Northern Electric Applies To Court For Right Of Way, But Only Few Defendants Block The Way

YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), December 6 - Attorney W.H. CARLIN, of Marysville, in behalf of the Northern Electric Railroad Company, filed condemnation suits in the Superior Court of this county yesterday afternoon against practically all the land-owners on the proposed line of that road between this city and the Butte County line and this city and Meridian. There are eighty-two defendants named, beside several John Doe defendants.

  The suits are brought merely to definitely establish the line between this city and the two points above named so that all those concerned may know just the location finally settled on. The suits do not mean that there are eighty-two non-consenting landowners. The fact is, most of the defendants named have granted rights of way either free or at the market value of the land the Company asks for.

  There are a few who have held out for fancy figures and one or two who have refused any terms for the right of way. The suits will compel these people to show their hands and if any of them fight they will be put to the expense of employing an attorney and paying Court costs.

  The defendants mentioned are William MOULD, J.W. McGREW, G.W. RAMSDELL, T.W. WILLIAMS, H.J. GODFREY, R.J. BARNES, J.C. PORTER, M.R. WALTON, Sophia BIHLMAN, H.A. WALTON, Ernest BRLICK, Charlotte WITT, V. WITT, John W. COLE, Catherine COLE, R.E. COLE, Henry BERG, Ada L. SULLENGER, Mat SULLENGER, William H. and Matilda SANDERS, Matilda A. SANDERS, administratrix of the estate of Wm. SANDERS, deceased, Henry HEIER, G.H. PEASE, Lloyd H. WILBUR, Farmers’ Cooperative Union, Elmira J., Edith M. and Lanie M. WILBUR, Elmira J. WILBUR, guardian of the person and estate of Glen WILBUR, minor, Elleta STOCKING, Ray STOCKING, C.B. and George HARTER, J.T. ONSTOTT, J.A. ONSTOTT, Hattie J. KEESEY, Joseph GOMEZ, Maria GOMEZ, Joseph M. WHYLER, Edward and Emma TULL, Dollie D. STAFFORD, James H. STAFFORD, Emily HEYL, Joseph P. HEYL, Thomas PIERANO, Amanda CASE, F.W. COOPER, Fred COOPER, C.H. PEASE, Laura BRYAN, Fred DAHLING, Levi FOSS, W.H. CARLIN, George W. MOORE, W.E. HUMPHREY, C.C. EPPERSON, S.A> SCHELLENGER, Mary J. CLEMENTS, Handy C. EPPERSON, Fannie M. PEASE, Wyman PEASE, Joseph GIRDNER, L.E. GIRDNER, M. Elizabeth EPPERSON, M. Elizabeth EPPERSON, administratix of the estate of Annie EPPERSON, deceased, Joseph O’CONNOR, Robert McMULLEN estate, John DOE, Richard ROE, Mary DOE, Jane DOE and Elizabeth COE.

  The route of the line as described starts at Chico and runs in a south-easterly direction to Durham, thence southeasterly to a point six miles north and three miles east of Biggs, then southerly through the Feather River orchards in Butte County to a point one and a half miles east of Gridley. A spur will be run into that city. From there the road will go due south, crossing the Southern Pacific tracks on the main street of Live Oak, thence due south one-eighth of a mile west of the Larkin Road to the northwest corner of the C.B. HARTER ranch, thence in a southwestern direction to the corner of Bridge and Plumas Streets, Yuba City, at which point it apparently connects with the Marysville and Yuba City line.



Notwithstanding Whitaker’s Threats to Make Way With Himself All Signs Indicate Base Crime

REDDING (Shasta Co.), December 6 - George WHITAKER, aged 55, proprietor of the Riverside roadhouse resort at the east end of the bridge across the Sacramento here, was murdered some time Monday night. That conclusion was not dreamed of until 6 o’clock Tuesday evening, however, when his body was recovered from the Sacramento a mile below the bridge. Searchers had been hunting for the man all day on the theory that he had killed himself, as he had threatened to do, following the example of his wife, who committed suicide last June by jumping from the Pit River bridge into the stream.

  Whitaker had been insane for several days. His mental condition was due to excessive drinking. He had a notion that innumerable enemies were pursuing him, bent upon taking his life. It was his son Fred who came to Redding yesterday morning before day and told Frank, his brother, that their father was missing, and he believed the old man had jumped into the river.

  The body was discovered at 2:30 yesterday afternoon. It had caught on a fish hook dangling from a troll line stretched across the river a mile below the bridge. It was not at first recognized as being the body of Whitaker, and it was allowed to remain anchored where it was, pending the arrival of the Coroner. When that officer arrived the body was towed ashore. It was identified as that of Whitaker.

  But a more startling discovery was made, also. Deep gashes three or four inches long, probably made by an ax, were noticed on each side of the skull, near the temples. The base of the skull had been caved in by some blunt instrument. Whitaker’s death had not been that of a suicide. It was a case of murder.

  The autopsy made in the evening by Dr. BAUTER gave corroboration. The physician found no water in the lungs, and the blood in the vicinity of the heart was congealed - conclusive evidence, the physician said, that WHITAKER was dead when his body was thrown into the river.

  Who killed George Whitaker? That is a question that has not been answered. Theories are advanced, but until arrests are made they are as well untold.

  There was a stormy scene at the Riverside saloon Monday night, according to the story told by Gene ALLEN, the barkeeper, and Fred WHITAKER, son of George Whitaker. Frank, a second adult son, was on the premises early in the evening. Guy, a 12-year-old son, was asleep in a bed in the same room with his father.

 “Stop, papa! Stop, papa!” were the cries heard from the room about midnight by Fred Whitaker and Gene ALLEN, who were in the adjoining room. Allen says that Fred, thinking his father was beating the little brother, sought admittance. The door was locked. He broke it open. The father was swinging a bludgeon over his own head, beating off imaginary foes. In the other hand, he was holding the little boy in tight grip.

  Guy, the little son, escaped from the room and hid behind the house. The enraged and crazy father took after Fred. In trying to hit Fred he missed him, the blow falling upon Allen, who stood near. The blow was a good one, for Allen bled profusely from it and bears evidence of it yet.

  Allen and Fred Whitaker fled for safety to a wood camp not far away. The father returned to the roadhouse. Fred Whitaker says that the last he saw of his father the old man was walking from the saloon towards the river and in his stocking feet.

  This last statement is important. From the saloon to the river is a rough, rocky road of nearly a quarter of a mile in length. Socks would hardly wear through that journey without holes coming through. The body of Whitaker shows that he died in his stocking feet. But no holes were in the stockings.

  George Whitaker swore to a complaint several months ago charging his son Fred with threats to murder him. Fred, aged 19, was arrested at the time, but the accusation was passed by. The Court reprimanded Fred and let him go, the father acquiescing.

  Fred came to Redding at 2 o’clock Monday morning to tell his brother Frank, who had come to Redding only an hour or two before and gone to bed in the Temple Hotel, that he believed that their father had drowned himself in the river. Then it was that search was begun.

  The inquest set for this morning has been postponed until a late hour this afternoon by the Coroner, who will then make a searching investigation into the matter.

  District Attorney DOZIER, who spent some time at the scene last night, expresses the opinion this morning that Whitaker committed suicide, thus disagreeing with the autopsy physician. Dozier does not attach great importance to the murder theory now, and says the cuts and bruises on the body of the dead man could have been made by contact with the timbers and piers of the bridge, from which he thinks Whitaker jumped.

  Opinion is divided in the matter, and the results of the Coroner’s inquest is awaited with interest.



REDDING (Shasta Co.), December 6 - This morning at a point on the railroad about five miles below here the mangled body of R.J. GOODE, a painter of this city, was found, death evidently having been caused by some passing train.

  It is believed here that Goode took this method of committing suicide. He was aware, it is said, that the warrant had been sworn out for his arrest on the charge of having stolen five gallons of paint, and that the officers suspected him of other acts and it is believed he chose death rather than imprisonment.


            LOVING CUP

REDDING (Shasta Co.), December 6 - In commemoration of the defeat of the Chico High School girls last Thursday in a game of basketball played in Redding with the Shasta County High Schools, the students of the local High School have decided to present a loving cup to the victors. They won the first championship that ever came to the Shasta County High School, and the boys think they are entitled to a trophy, and it will be a good one, they say.



CHICO (Butte Co.), December 6 - The remains of Martin V. LOY, one of the pioneer citizens of Chico, who died last Sunday at Portland, were brought to this city to-day for interment.

  Mr. Loy was born in Preble County, Ohio, in 1840, and in 1861 came to California, locating at Long Bar, near Marysville. The first Summer he was employed in Colusa County, coming to Chico in 1863. In partnership with Henry HALLET, he started the furniture manufacturing firm of HALLETT & LOY. Later he engaged in the lumbering business in Superior California. That investment not proving a success he went with the early rush to Alaska where he did fairly well.

  About a year ago he returned to Portland, Oregon, where, becoming mentally deranged, he was placed in a sanitarium about 2 months ago. He married Janet ARNOT, a daughter of the late Watson CHALMERS, who founded the Chico Enterprise. Wm. E. LOY, of Berkeley, was a brother.



YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), December 6 - Experts Con. O’DONNELL and L. FAUQUIER, appointed to examine the books of the various county officers, have made their final report. The examination covers a period of thirteen months, beginning October 1, 1904, and ending November 1, 1905. They found the accounts all correct with the exception of a discrepancy of $1.95 in the Recorder’s office and $1.68 in the Tax Collector’s office.

  The amount of cash on hand in the Treasurer’s office is $39,423.50. As the county debt is only about $3000, the finances are in a healthy condition. The Tax Collector collected for the thirteen months $185,814.93. The County Hospital cost the taxpayers $19,256.64 for the same period, and $45,254.01 was expended for roads and bridges. On the public schools of the county $65,766.98 was expended.


            BOWEN JURY

YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), December 6 - The preliminary steps in the trial of O.A. BOWEN for wife murder began Monday, as told in The Bee. A venue of ninety jurymen from all portions of the county are here, and the day was occupied by opposing counsel in trying to select twelve from that number. Out of forty men examined, but four were accepted - J. STROBECK, J.E. COOLEY, Harold J. LANGE and Andrew TERWILLIGER - when Court adjourned. The jury will probably be completed to-day. Several heated arguments were indulged in by the District Attorney and counsel for defense during the day.


            FROZEN TO DEATH

YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), December 6 - Coroner O’CONNELL received a telephone message Monday afternoon stating that the body of a man had been found near Cecilville frozen to death. He was unable to learn the man’s name, and on account of the hardships of a trip to that portion of the county at this time of the year, the Coroner deputized John S. HUGHES, of Sawyer’s Bar, to hold the inquest.



Parents of Girl Object to Young Man and Mother Strikes Him as Church Service Ends

TEHAMA (Tehama Co.), December 6 - Through the friendly relations existing between residents of this town and that of Red Bluff a story of much local interest has just come to light which involves the choir of the Baptist Church at the county seat and several well-known people of that city.

  Those principally concerned are Mr. and Mrs. Charles MILES, their daughter, Miss Mary MILES, and Manuel J. O’BALLA, all members of the choir of the Red Bluff Baptist Church. The Miles family is quite prominent in that section, its head being a prosperous farmer and President of the Board of High School Trustees. O’Balla is generally considered a fine young fellow and has many friends.

  Last Summer it seems O’Balla dropped into the habit of walking home from church with Miss Miles, and the practice was kept up until the two young people fell in love with each other. Then it was the girl’s parents awoke to the fact and entered most strenuous objections. The young man was warned to stay away from the Miles home, and a row took place there following this and also one at O’Balla’s. From that time on the situation became more strained.

  Two weeks ago Sunday last, just as church let out and the choir was leaving the building, Miles and O’Balla had an exciting altercation. Mrs. Miles, it is said, took part, and finally struck the young man in the face, either with the back of her hand or with her gloves. Following this, there was an exciting scene at the Miles’ residence in the afternoon, but the particulars are not well known.

  Pastor HARGREAVES was not at the church when the encounter took place, having exchanged pulpits that day, but the matter was promptly reported to him. The three members of the Miles family and O’Balla have been requested to resign from the choir, and as far as the Church is officially concerned it is done with the affair.

  But unofficially it is still very busy with it, the members talking of little else, it is reported here. Opinion seems to be divided, but much sympathy is expressed for the young couple, and it is rumored that they may conclude to end the agitation by eloping.

  The Miles do not regard O’Balla as the social equal of their daughter, it is understood, but it is not known that they offer other objections to him.



RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), December 6 - Edward HALLER, a brick mason from San Francisco, has the local record for a long-distance dive from a building and escaping with only slight injuries. He was busy yesterday afternoon laying bricks on a cornice of the new St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where the cornice projects over the wall on the northwest corner of the handsome building which is rapidly nearing completion. It was careful work and Haller was obliged to lean over the wall in order to see that his bricks were lining up properly.

  In doing so he lost his balance and fell a distance of thirty feet to the ground, his fall being broken by the fortunate interposition of a large tree, which the rector, Rev. Father Philip F. BRADY, determined a day or two ago to have chopped down but failed to order it done. The mason broke off a good-sized limb in his precipitate fall, and the branch, which saved his life, cut a deep gash in his left cheek so that a physician had to take about a dozen stitches in the wound. At last accounts Haller was doing well and seems to be none the worse for his headlong dive into space.

  The new church is now ready for the roof girders and will be roofed in before Christmas.


Submitted by Betty Loose



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