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The Evening Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

Thursday, July 19, 1906

Page 6


Health Is Bad, And He Hopes Expected Death Sentence Will Be Commuted To Imprisonment AUBURN (Placer Co.), July 19 - The closing chapter of the WEBER murder case promises to lack no interesting developments. The prisoner’s employment of new legal talent has caused widespread comment. His eagerness for a commutation of the expected death sentence is not in accord with the statement first credited to him, that he had given up the fight. WEBER believes that he will live but a short time. He is discouraged over his physical condition, which is growing worse, and while he says he has no fear of the death penalty, his desire now is to die naturally instead of by official hands. This may explain his attitude.

The action of former Under Sheriff William I. MAY in resigning his office and entering the prisoner’s employ as a champion and defender has caused a flurry in legal circles, particularly as MAY was a tireless worker in securing the evidence to convict WEBER. Sheriff KEENA is greatly displeased over the affair, though he does not make much open criticism.  WEBER has now had in his employ six attorneys. The prisoner’s fancy for his legal counsel doesn’t last long. The lawyers who have done the most work in WEBER’s behalf are the ones for whom he has the least regard. Grove L.  JOHNSON was chief counsel at the trial, and framed the best defense that could have been made for him, under the circumstances. JOHNSON’s fee for all preparation and the burden of the trial itself was $2500, while the fee of his special counsel, former Under Sheriff MAY, is $3000 to appear before the Governor and plead for the reduction of the death sentence. WEBER’s action in supplanting JOHNSON in the case is said to be simply to stop the veteran attorney’s effort in his behalf before the Supreme Court, which he considers useless. WEBER’s only hope now is for clemency at the hands of Governor PARDEE.

A spirited argument took place yesterday morning in Court when Attorney SLADE presented his motion and affidavits for the removal of Grove L.  JOHNSON and the substitution of himself as attorney of record.  Ben P. TABOR, who has been one of the WEBER attorneys, suggested that the Court delay action in sanctioning the change. TABOR in his remarks referred to SLADE as having “intruded” himself into the case. This brought quick response from SLADE, who referred to his opponent as having already “intruded” himself into the case.

The Court then took a hand and ordered the attorney’s reference to each other stricken from the record.

John KUHLMAN dead

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), July 19 - For thirty-four years a resident of French Corral, and for nearly that period in business there, John KUHLMAN passed away yesterday. He was a native of Prussia, aged 80 years. At the age of 26 he came to the United States, locating in New York. When the gold fever broke out he made his way to California, mining for a time. He engaged in the hotel business in Marysville for years, and in 1872 went to French Corral, following the same business. Up to a short time ago he still conducted the French Corral Hotel. He leaves a son and two daughters.

Jealous Man With Pistol Arrested

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), July 19 - Deputy Constable HOULIHAN yesterday afternoon arrested J.T. RUSSELL, formerly a restaurant keeper here, on a charge of disturbing the peace, it being alleged that RUSSELL attempted, or at least threatened, to kill his wife.

RUSSELL, it seems, made a trip up town and secured a revolver. A boarder at the house named SIMMONS, fearing trouble, swore out a warrant for his arrest. When the officer arrived he found the woman hysterical, and shortly afterward she fainted away.

Jealousy is said to be the explanation of the affair.  When RUSSELL sold out his business here some months ago, he moved up to Quincy, Plumas County, his wife remaining here at her home, in the Veatch Tract, where she kept boarders. It is alleged that RUSSELL became jealous of the boarders, this jealousy leading to his actions of yesterday.

Attacked Boss Who Stopped Ice Supply

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), July 19 - Three Greeks who work at Western Pacific Camp No. 10 were before Judge WARD yesterday on a charge of disturbing the peace, and were released on the payment of a $10 fine each.  The contractor for whom they work had been furnishing the men with ice water. A party appeared in the camp and the men allege he induced the contractor to quit furnishing ice. This so enraged them that they set upon him and beat and choked him severely. His cries attracted help and he was rescued, after which he swore to the warrant for their arrest.

Submitted by Betty Loose



The Evening Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

Friday, July 20, 1906


Page 6


Strange Feature In Killing of Carlos Coats, Whose Life Might Have Been Saved Had Ashland Helped YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), July 20 - County Coroner O’CONNELL empaneled a jury to inquire into the death of Carlos COATS, who was struck by a train near Cole on Saturday, as told in The Bee. After viewing the remains the jurors were excused, pending the arrival of witnesses from Ashland, Ore. The railroad crews testified in effect that shortly before reaching Cole, COATS was observed walking along the side of the track. The usual signal on approaching a station was given, which was not heeded by him. Then the danger signal was sounded, and airbrakes applied.

COATS was seen to turn his head, take a look at the approaching train and then step directly in front of it. The cow-catcher struck him and hurled him to the right of the track.

The train came to a standstill and the crews of both engines hastened to his assistance and carried him to Cole’s house near by. The train then proceeded toward Ashland.

Subsequently instructions were received from the chief train dispatcher at Dunsmuir to have COATS removed to Ashland for medical attention, which was carried out by the first train going north, four hours later. Upon the arrival of the train at Ashland a physician of a sanitarium was at the depot. While the injured man was being removed from the caboose to the waiting room the physician asked if he had money, and on being informed in the negative, then asked as to where the accident occurred. On being told, he exclaimed:

“Then let him be taken back to California. That is the way with them down there, dumping their sick and injured on us in Oregon.” The men in charge of COATS, finding it impossible to get him into the hospital, telephoned to the Mayor of Ashland, explaining matters, but he refused to lend any aid.

The conductor of a passenger train, some ten hours later, was instructed to carry COATS to Yreka. The doctors at the County Hospital immediately took charge of him and trepanned his skull, which gave temporary relief. The patient lingered on for about nineteen hours, when death relieved his suffering.

The physician performing the autopsy testified as to the nature of the wound, and vouched the opinion that had proper aid been given at an earlier period, COATS’ life might have been saved.

The jury, after deliberating, rendered a verdict in effect that the death was due to accident, and held the railroad company blameless. The funeral services of the deceased were held Wednesday morning, the remains being interred in the local cemetery.


Series of Accidents Underground Mangle Men in Terrible Fashion

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), July 20 - Yesterday was a day of accidents in the mines in this county, three men being dangerously injured, two probably fatally. At 11:20 last night Fred ROWE was borne into town on a stretcher, carried by friends who brought him from the Ironclad Mine, five miles west of here. He was unable to stand the trip by conveyance, hence the stretcher.  About twenty-five men drove to the mine early in the evening and walked back, carrying him by relays.

ROWE, foreman of the Ironclad, was at work during the day oiling the pumps at the 200 level. A plank on which he stood turned beneath his feet, sending him headlong down the shaft, which is perpendicular. In his flight he turned a complete somersault and landed among some timbers, striking his back with terrific force against a pump. He was still conscious and clung to it for dear life, for a few feet below him lay 100 feet of water extending to the bottom of the shaft. ROWE, though terribly hurt, managed to crawl up to the bucket and tumble in. He rang to be hoisted and was soon on top, where he was assisted to his cabin near by. Dr. CHAPPELL found him suffering from a partially dislocated backbone, between the shoulder blades, three ribs broken and torn loose, legs lacerated and bruised, while the internal injuries could not be determined. The attending physician states that the case is desperate. Paralysis is feared. ROWE is one of the best known and popular miners in the district. He has a wife and a family of young children.

The second accident occurred at the Empire Mine, near town, shortly after 3 o’clock, when a mass of rock and earth fell out of the 2300 level, without warning, almost burying William DODGE beneath it. The accident was witnessed by fellow employes, who hastened to his rescue, and after frantic toil dug him out. He was hoisted to the top, where Dr. JONES, who had been summoned, attended him. DODGE sustained a badly fractured thigh, besides being injured internally. Unless unforeseen complication set in he has a chance for recovery.

William MULLEN, the third victim, plunged down a sixty-foot winze at the Murchie Mine, above Nevada City, sustaining a broken back near the hips. He had been employed at the mine but a few months, having come from Alaska.  MULLEN is a timberman, and it was while at work between the 700 and 800 levels that he slipped and fell. He now occupies a private ward in the County Hospital, his body encased in a plaster of paris coast. Whether he will recover is a question.

Proved His Words by Going Insane

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), July 20 - E.D. THOMAS, a young man, some time ago applied to the Chico authorities and asked to be examined for insanity. He said he felt he was growing worse and would soon lose all responsibility.  His request was complied with and he was brought over to the County Infirmary. Yesterday he became violently insane and it became necessary to lock him in a padded cell and place a keeper to watch him. His mania is of a religious character. Thomas stated to the Chico officers that his father became insane and he feared the same fate. As Judge GRAY is absent on his vacation it will be necessary to secure a Judge from another county in order to commit the unfortunate young man to an asylum.

Robbed After Dose of Knockout Drops

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), July 20 - When the train pulled into the depot last evening one of the passengers, a laborer, was in such a heavy stupor that he was reported dead. The case had the appearance of robbery by knockout drops.  A physician was summoned and the man removed to the city jail. There he rallied sufficiently to tell the officers his name was O’BRIEN, but before any further information could be obtained he went off into the stupor again.  The physician gave it as his opinion that knockout drops had been administered to the man, and the appearance of robbery is given to the affair by the fact that absolutely nothing of any value was found upon the man.

Found Dying After All Night Absence

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), July 20 - Coroner KELLY was summoned to Stanfield Hill yesterday to take charge of the remains of Horace WYMAN and hold an inquest. It appears that WYMAN, who was 65 years of age, went to the corral Wednesday evening to do some milking, and was found Thursday morning in a dying condition. The relatives say that they missed the old man when he did not return and made an unsuccessful search for him during the night. He lived only a short time after he was found. Deceased was for a long time employed in the L.T. CRANE lumber mills. His wife, ten sons and a daughter survive him. The burial will be at Bangor.

Former Marysville Man Soon to Wed

MILLVILLE (Shasta Co.), July 20 - The engagement of Philip CUMISKEY, editor of the Tidings, and Miss Undine ATKINS, of Clover Creek, is announced in this week’s Tidings, which of course speaks with authority. Miss ATKINS is the accomplished daughter of Mrs. Oliver FENLAND, of Clover Creek. Mr.  CUMISKEY came here January 1, 1905, from Marysville, his native city, and has since had charge of the editorial and mechanical department of the Tidings for the proprietor, Mrs. Harriot CRISS. He has made the paper prosper and has won the esteem and confidence of the community as well as the hand of one of Shasta County’s fairest daughters. The wedding will take place early in October.


Submitted by Betty Loose



The Saturday Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

July 21, 1906

Page 6


Wife-Murderer William J. TREBLICOX Taken To Nevada City To Hear Date Set For His Hanging.

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 21 - Awaiting the coming of Monday, when he will again hear the sentence of death by hanging imposed upon him, William J. TREBLICOX occupies the same steel cell in the County Jail which held him before he was removed to San Quentin last year. He arrived last evening in charge of Sheriff WALKER and City Marshal DEEBLE, of Grass Valley. They left the prison at 6 o’clock yesterday morning and made the trip without incident. TREBLICOX spoke but little on the way, but occasionally referred to his case. He is naturally not taking a cheerful view of affairs, as he has apparently given up all hope. Next Monday morning Superior Judge NILON will repeat the sentence and the condemned man will go back to San Quentin.  TREBLICOX murdered his wife in cold blood in Grass Valley a year ago last March, shooting her down at the rear of their home as she started to run.  She fell dead in her tracks, the bullet penetrating the brain from behind.  At the same time he wounded her cousin, Charles ALLEN, in the thigh, and fired two more shots at him as he fled. TREBLICOX then calmly walked downtown and gave himself up to the Marshal, the revolver in his hand. He had been separated from his wife for some time, she having refused to live with him again until he quit drinking, and promised to treat her better. He purchased the revolver on the fatal morning and walked out to the house, at the end of East Main Street, where the shooting occurred.

Injured Miners Are Doing Well

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), July 21 - The three miners who were so dangerously injured on Thursday in different mines, as related in The Bee last night, are still alive and all may pull through, though they are all in a dangerous condition.

William MULLEN, who broke his back in a fall at the Murchie, is resting comfortably in the County Hospital, and the attending physician believes he will recover.

Fred ROWE, one of the Grass Valley men hurt, is doing very well, but his left leg is paralyzed and a fever has set in. It is general paralysis that the physicians fear most in his case.

William DOLDGA is in a bad way, owing to the internal injuries. His fractured thigh has been set, but owing to other complications his physician will venture no opinion as to the outcome of the case.


Defendant In Condemnation Suit Becomes Riled Up During Proceedings And Discharges Attorney AUBURN (Placer Co.), July 21 -The case of the Midland Railway Company against A. THOMMEN was enlivened yesterday by the angry defendant, who discharged his attorney in open Court, and left the Courtroom declaring he would have nothing further to do with the case. Judge PREWETT, however, directed the case to proceed, even with the absence of the defendant, who avowed he would not pay any more witness fees.

The case was concluded and the jury brought in a verdict appraising the land to be used by the railroad at $500. THOMMEN, whose extraordinary action in attempting to dismiss his attorney and abandon the case, was offered $750 by the Company before the trial commenced, and $1200 at a previous time.  THOMMEN is very bitter in his position toward the railroad, and may give the Company more trouble.

Chief Engineer Charles A. TROW, during his testimony yesterday stated that the road between here and Marysville, and the Grass Valley branch, would cost about $2,000,000, covering a distance of seventy miles.  The case of Mrs. Bell G. STEPHENS is set for next Monday. This case has always been one which it has been supposed that the company and the defendant would compromise as neither side is anxious for litigation if it can be avoided. Negotiations have been pending between the parties for the past few days and there is yet a chance that it may be dropped from the Court calendar.

Henry MALLOCH, in charge of the company’s right of way; Wallace DINSMORE, counselor for the Midland, and Charles A. TROW, Chief Engineer, have been here looking after the interests of the condemnation suits. Attorney J.D.  MEREDITH is the active conductor of the company’s case.

Miner Robbed of Money and Watch

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), July 21 - Frank FISHER, a recent arrival from Nevada City, where he worked in the mines, went to sleep on the levee at the foot of C Street last night with about $40 in coin and a gold watch in his pockets. When he awoke this morning all that was left was the holes in his pockets where the thief cut in. He has asked the police to locate the watch, which he treasures highly.

A man named Joseph CASTIO, who gives his home as Sacramento, was arrested this morning and charged with the crime. He had the watch in his possession when taken into custody.

Octogenarian Dead

COTTONWOOD (Shasta Co.), July 21 - William JOHNSON, aged 82, living north of Cottonwood on a little farm that has been his home for many years, died on his porch Thursday evening, after eating a hearty meal. Apoplexy was the cause of death. The funeral was held last evening.

Pioneer Dead

WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), July 21 - Leonard KELLER, a pioneer resident of Yolo County, died in this city last night. Death was due to an attack of pneumonia. The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Catholic Church.


Jumps From Buggy To Save Her Life While Horse Is Running Away Down Steep Mountain Road YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), July 21 - Misses Nellie and Lottie CALKENS, daughters of an old and respected family of this community, met with a very serious accident last evening, shortly after dinner, while driving on the outskirts of the city. They met an approaching band of cattle. The horse being high-strung, suddenly wheeled, throwing Miss Nellie, who held the reins, out of the buggy. The wheels of the vehicle passed over her body. She retained hold of the lines and was dragged some distance.

Miss Lotta, still seated in the buggy, called to her sister to drop the lines. This was done, and the frightened animal ran down a steep incline on the road. Miss Lotta, seeing the horse headed toward a large pile of boulder, jumped from the rig and fell heavily to the ground.  W.M. LEWIS, who was driving in the vicinity at the time of the accident, hastened to the relief of the young women, taking them in his own buggy.  They were brought to the residence of Mrs. Evan DUDLEY, their sister.  Medical aid was immediately summoned, and upon examination it was found that Miss Lotta had received a compound fracture of the left ankle, and several serious bruises. Miss Nellie received very serious bruises on the face, arm and side, but fortunately no bones were broken.


Siskiyou County Farmer Has Narrow Escape From Death Because Of Bite Of Poisonous Reptile YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), July 21 - Manual SEIMAS, of Greenhorn Creek, where he follows ranching and placer mining, very nearly lost his life by being bitten by a nine-button rattlesnake.

While following his vocation he had occasion to remove a broken empty box, when suddenly, and without warning, the fangs of the reptile were fastened to the forefinger of his left hand.

The snake, releasing his hold, beat a hasty retreat, with SEIMAS, box in hand, in hot pursuit. He overtook the rattler, and the latter showed fight.  After a fierce battle, SEIMAS killed the reptile.

Realizing his danger, the injured man hastened to his home to apply such remedies as he had at hand.

In the meantime a conveyance was procured and the injured man brought to town for medical aid. On arriving here heroic efforts were made by his physician to save his arm, and the last reports are that the patient’s condition is favorable for recovery.


Man From Los Angeles County Either Fell Or Was Thrown Off A Moving Train And Was Killed MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), July 21 - Word was sent here from Live Oak last evening that the body of a man supposed to be Alex HUSSEY, of the Los Angeles section, was lying alongside the railroad track and that there was a question as to whether the Coroner of Sutter or Butte County should take charge of the remains.

Coin in the sum of $2.85, poll tax receipt No. 31,962 issued in Los Angeles County and bearing the name given, and other trinkets were found on the body. He also had a contractor’s contract issued by the E.B. & A.L.  STONE Company, including transportation to Weed, and a railroad ticket issued July 16th at a station north of Sisson.

The body was taken to Oroville, it having been decided that he died on Butte County territory.

It is said that the unfortunate man was beating his way on a train and either fell off or was thrown off the cars while the train was in motion.

To Establish an Automobile Road

McCLOUD (Siskiyou Co.), July 21 - The McCloud Country Club, the McCloud River Lumber Company and Mrs. Phebe HEARST have combined to build an automobile road from Warmcastle to Castle Crag, below Dunsmuir, and all the men that can be procured are working on the highway. When the road is completed, pleasure parties from below can reach McCloud by way of Castle Crag four hours earlier than they can now by the roundabout railroad detour by way of Upton, and besides have an automobile ride through some of the most picturesque scenery in the State.

The building of this automobile road is the foundation for the erroneous report that the McCloud River Railroad company was building a railroad from McCloud to Dunsmuir.

Dredger Employe’s Arm Is Crushed

YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), July 21 - William AVERY, who has for some time past been employed by the Yreka Gold Dredger Company located near Hawkinsville, in this county, was seriously injured while at work on the dredger early yesterday morning. He was engaged in making repairs to the cable working the digger and in replacing the cable on the drum his clothing became entangled and drew his arm into the machinery, fracturing the bone between the wrist and elbow. He was immediately taken to his residence in this city, where Dr.  I.L. WARD rendered medical assistance.

Painters Fall But Are Not Injured

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), July 21 - A staging upon which two painters were at work on the Rideout, Smith & Company’s bank, broke yesterday and precipitated both men to the cement sidewalk below, a distance of twenty-five feet. One of them struck squarely upon his head. Strange to say, neither man was injured, with the exception of a few abrasions of the skin.  Pedestrian were liberally sprinkled with paint. After resting a few moments both men went back to work as if nothing had happened.

Watch Thief Gets 7-Year Sentence

DUNSMUIR (Siskiyou Co.), July 21 - Silas GOULD will spend several years in San Quentin for stealing ten gold watches in Dunsmuir three months ago. He was sentenced yesterday afternoon in the Superior Court at Yreka, after Judge BEARD had denied a motion for a new trial. GOULD really stole six watches, committing that number of burglaries in as many different homes in one night. He demanded a separate trial on each burglary and was convicted in two trials. The remaining four cases were dismissed. GOULD will be taken to San Quentin to-night.


The Saturday Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

July 21, 1906

page 7


Convicted Man’s Attorneys Prepare To Petition Governor Pardee To Reduce His Sentence AUBURN (Placer Co.), July 21 - Considerable curiosity is being expressed as to what showing Adolph WEBER’s attorneys will make before Governor PARDEE in pleading for a commutation of the death sentence. The attorneys are quite confident that the Governor will reduce the sentence to life imprisonment, but no hint is given as to what the nature of this showing will be. It has been stated that the WEBER attorneys have several affidavits in their possession, which are to be presented in behalf of their client. These, it is understood, will refute evidence given at the trial.  The particular testimony to be attacked, so it is believed, is the finding of the pistol in the WEBER barn, and the facts surrounding it. This was the most damaging of all the facts brought out against WEBER, and the complete chain of evidence showing where he purchased the weapon in San Francisco, and the comparison of bullets taken from the dead bodies, were the most convincing features of the prosecution. It is now being surmised that the affidavits to be presented to PARDEE are in refutation of this evidence.  Another, and the last resort which which (sic) will be pressed upon the Chief Executive, is that Adolph WEBER is insane. There are many believers in this theory, and the prisoner, while he protests against it, is thought to be secretly relying on his mentality being questioned in order to escape the rope.

The question of authority of guardian and business agent between John ADAMS and F.S. STEVENS is still unsettled, as the former refuses to recede from his position and has notified the bank to pay no more funds out of WEBER’s account.

A sensation was created yesterday afternoon when it became known that Fred

RECHENMACHER, who owns a brewery adjoining the WEBER homestead, and who made

a search of the WEBER barn before the discovery of the pistol there by Clarence GEAR, had made an affidavit that the pistol was not there at the time he inspected the premises. It is also stated that Thomas CHAVES and Joseph ARMES, two young men employed by RECHENMACHER, and who were with him when he went through the barn, have made similar affidavits, and these are said to be now in the hands of Attorney Wm. I. MAY.  RECHEMNACHER made a search of the barn in quest of the Placer County Bank’s money, stolen by WEBER, which RECHENMACHER thought might be hidden beneath the barn floor. At the trial he testified that he had not thought of finding a pistol, and did not inspect the sills under the building to find any weapons. His search was along the ground to find evidences of buried treasure. He admitted to having been within a few inches of the spot where the pistol was found, but did not see it. The affidavit he is said to have made and which will be presented to Governor PARDEE, states positively that the pistol was not there.

It is reported this morning that RECHENMACHER now desires to withdraw his affidavit.

The remitittur in the case, affirming the death sentence, is expected to arrive here to-night.

WEBER’s attorney, it is said, is also circulating a petition among the jurymen, asking that the sentence be commuted.

Pronounced Sane

YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), July 21 - Dr. PEERY, of Yuba City, and Drs. POWELL and STRATTON, of Marysville at the request of A.H. HEWITT, made an examination yesterday afternoon of Walter Silvers, the man who confessed to setting fire to the ARMSBY Cannery and the Moncur Hotel, and pronounced him sane.

SILVERS will be tried on the charge of arson.

He seems to be of perfectly sound mind until he starts to drinking, when he becomes possessed of a mania to fire buildings.


Licenses To Wed Issued And Decrees Of Separation Granted In Superior California Counties REDDING (Shasta Co.), July 21 - Marriage licenses were issued during the week to the following couples: Robert K. LANE, age 26, and Emma CARTER, aged 26, both of Castella; Frank R. CHAPMAN, aged 32, of Fall River Mills, and Pearl J. FARMER, age 17, of Glenburn.

Laura J. VAN CLEVE has begun an action for divorce from Joseph A. VAN CLEVE. The couple lived recently in Lewiston, Trinity County.  D.R. BIGGER has sued for a divorce from Edith M. BIGGER.


YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), July 21 - The following marriage license was issued this week to Clarence HILLHOUSE, age 24, of Oakland, and Harriet Angeline O’NEILL, age 26, of Yreka.


YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), July 21 - Wm. Clayton HUMPHREY, age 21, and Miss Loraine CARPENTER, age 17, both of Tudor, were married in Sacramento Thursday, July 19th. The bride is the daughter of Robert A. CARPENTER and wife, and the groom the son of Mrs. Eleanor HUMPHREY. The young couple will make their future home at Tudor.


NAPA (Napa Co.), July 21 - For the second time in about three years John J.  MILLER has become tired of the married state, and through his attorney has commenced divorce proceedings in the Superior Court. MILLER is a farmer of the Carneros district, and was married to his second wife about three months ago. The decree is asked for on the grounds of cruelty.

Western Nevada State News

Tells of Experience While Lost on Desert

SPARKS (Nev.), July 21 - A.T. COVELY, a railroad man in the employ of the Southern Pacific, has returned to Sparks after recovering from a terrible experience in Southern Nevada, where he became lost on the desert. With two others COVELY went prospecting out of Mina, and the entire party became lost. Finally, they ran out of water, and for two days tried to make their way to a watering place. After wandering about for three days they got back to Mina again. The two companions of COVELY were seasoned miners, and still retained enough strength to walk, but the latter had collapsed, and was unconscious for several days. His tongue and tonsils are still swollen from the terrible thirst from which he suffered.

Given Twenty Years

RENO (Nev.), July 21 - John EDWARDS, found guilty several days ago of holding up the Oberon gambling house, was given a twenty-year prison sentence in the District Court yesterday. In passing sentence, Judge CURLER told EDWARDS that he was a degenerate and past all hope of reform.

Lays Helpless on Desert For 6 Hours

HAWTHORNE (Nev.), July 21 - For six hours Tom SMIRL, a prospector, lay in the desert five miles from here with a broken arm and leg and a long cut in his scalp, the injuries having been received during a runaway accident.  He believes that he was unconscious for an hour after the mishap and when he recovered his senses he was suffering so frightfully from the injuries and from the sun, which was beating down upon him, that he lapsed into unconsciousness again and was almost dead when found by his partner, William RYAN, who had just arrived from Los Angeles and who SMIRL was to meet at this station. SMIRL was taken to Reno, where he will be placed in a hospital. He is 50 years old, and it well known in the southern country.

Submitted by Betty Loose



The Evening Bee Sacramento, Cal.

Monday, July 23, 1906

page 6

Denounce Man Who Made Fraud Charge

LODI (San Joaquin Co.), July 23 - A controversy, wherein J. Nelson WATT, of

San Jose, made an effort, it is charged, to injure the Horne Cold Distillery Company by making certain charges against it, was probably ended by a public meeting of the Horne interests here Saturday night. Mrs. WHITFIELD, the local promoter of the concern, was the principal speaker, and she called WATT anything but a gentleman; coward, sneak and liar being some of the principal words used.

The trouble started last Monday. The Horne Distillery Company is trying to interest local capital in an effort to have a distillery built here. WATT heard of this move and came to Lodi “to keep the people from being buncoed,” so he said.  He charged that the company was “no good,” had no assets, was deeply in debt, and had never paid a dividend. He also claimed the concern’s patents, as its secret processes had long ago expired.  The meeting was called Saturday night by Horne interests in an effort to disprove these statements. W.L. HORNE, his son, Will HORNE, and the bookkeeper of the company, told of the condition of the concern. They stated that WATT had at one time been a promoter of the company and charged that while acting in such a capacity he had attempted to embezzle part of the funds of the company. He had collected a little over $1000, they said, and failed to turn in $525. The company, to secure this sum, had Mr. LEVINSKY, of Stockton, collect it. Hard feelings already existed between Horne and Watt over other transactions, and this served to widen the breach between them. Since then Watt has done all he could against the company, so it was charged.

The trouble culminated when WATT stated in one of the local papers that he had shares which he had taken over from one of his friends who had been induced by him to buy them for 50 cents, and which he now offered for 7 cents. The Horne company says that as far as it knows, WATT has no shares and never had any.

Mr. WATT does not like certain statements circulated by Mrs. WHITFIELD concerning him and he says he will commence proceedings against the company for libel should she say any more.

Two Young Women Seek Same Office

LOYALTON (Sierra Co.), July 23 - The political pot in Sierra County has at

last begun to boil. The Democratic primaries have been called for July 28th and the County Convention is called to meet at Downieville on August 11th.  The Crawford plan will not be used, it is presumed, by either party. The Republicans have not issued any call yet, but it is expected they will in the near future.

So far as is now known, there is the promise of but one fight for nomination among the Democrats. There are two candidates for Superintendent of Schools, namely, Miss Bella ALEXANDER, the incumbent, and Miss Clara N.  DEVINS, now on her way to Europe as a guest of The Bee. The rest of the state seems pretty well made up.


Little Boy Falls Into River, And Unable To Cry Out, Would Have Drowned Had

Brave Lad Not Seen Him.

YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), July 23 - While out Saturday swimming in Shasta River, a party of boys from this town, ranging from 7 to 15 years of age, had an experience long to be remembered. One of their number, G.A. POOL, aged about 7 years, accidentally slid into the river from a smooth rock some distance from where the rest were bathing. The lad, being both deaf and dumb, was unable to notify his playmates. One of the number, however, had witnessed the accident and yelled lustily for help.

Another of the crowd of boys, Frank JONES, a youth 14 years of age, had strayed down stream some distance. Hearing the cries, he discovered POOL in the swift-moving stream, sinking. Jumping into the river, he swam towards where the drowning boy would pass. He saw him rise to the surface and sink for the second time, and redoubled his efforts to reach him, which he did as the POOL boy was sinking the third time.

JONES, catching hold of him as best he could, struck out with his left arm for the opposite shore, and nearly exhausted, both reached land.  In the meantime the other boys, wild with excitement, were running along the bank and shouting all kinds of friendly advice to their drowning playmate - who could not hear.

After relieving POOL of the water he had swallowed and himself getting his second wind, JONES pluckily waded into the stream, and placing POOL on his back returned to his companions, who, after a hearty cheer for the lifesaver, scampered for their homes.

Is Exonerated by Dismissal of Case

WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), July 23 - The case against Clyde BENNINGTON,

charged with resisting an officer, has been dismissed in the Superior Court, on motion of District Attorney GIVEN.

BENNINGTON was arrested over three months ago on the charge of violating the game laws. He was fined $50 and spent a day or two in jail before he could raise the money. He was no sooner released than he was arrested for resisting an officer. He was held to answer to the Superior Court under $2000 bonds. He could not give this surety and so he was remanded to jail again.

The Bee has told how he got married while in jail, or rather while he was released for fifteen minutes under bonds furnished for that length of time.  He spent a month in jail after his wedding. Then his bail was reduced to $500 and this sum he could raise, or rather his wife got it for him and he was released. And now, after all this the case against him has been dismissed, the prosecution virtually admitting a conviction could not be secured.

BENNINGTON and his friends insist that he has been persecuted and the outcome of the case bears out their contention.

Meat Inspectors Were Not Named

MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), July 23 - Some forty or fifty butchers, representing

different sections of the State, came to Marysville Saturday expecting to be made full-fledged meat inspectors for the Government under a new law passed by Congress. They were here to undergo examination, but went home a disappointed lot.

Owing to the fact that the list of questions prepared at Washington did not arrive, there was no examination and Clerk ZUMWALT, who was to preside over the class of applicants, had a busy time of it making explanations. The matter will have to be readvertised, when a new date is set for the examination.


The Evening Bee Sacramento, Cal.

July 23, 1906

Page 7


Wife Slayer to Be Executed at San Quentin on August 9th.

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 23 - Just before he was sentenced in the Superior Court here this morning to be hung at San Quentin Prison on August 9th for the murder of his wife, William J. TREBLICOX, after his attorney had told the Court the prisoner wished to make a statement, arose and calmly and in a clear voice said:

“No one is more sorry for the act (the murder of Mrs. TREBLICOX) than I am.  I did not know what I was doing. If I committed the act, I know nothing about it. I only ask that my stay on earth be made as short as possible and that the date of my execution be set for August 10th. While my wife lived, life was worth living; now that she is dead, there is nothing to live for.” TREBLICOX concluded by asking that he be allowed to remain in the County Jail as long as possible, in order that he might be near his relatives.  The Court took no open notice of this request. He asked the prisoner if August 9th would not answer as the date for execution as well as August 10th, and on receiving an affirmative reply from TREBLICOX’s attorney set that date, with an order that the prisoner be taken to San Quentin at least ten days before the time fixed for the hanging.

As sentence, the second passed upon him for his crime, was pronounced TREBLICOX gazed steadily at the Judge. During all the proceedings in Court he was cool, apparently the most collected man there. He was accompanied by his father, brother and attorney.

As fully told in The Bee at the time and since republished in detail, TRELIBCOX killed his wife in March, 1905, in cold blood, and also attempted to shoot her cousin Charles ALLEN.

One thing TREBLICOX wants the public to know before he dies is that his wife was as good, true and pure a woman as ever lived. This he declared on his way here from San Quentin, when he discussed the case with the officers in charge. At the trial the defense attempted to besmirch the character of the dead woman, making nasty allegations and insinuating before the jury in an endeavor to convince that body that she had been untrue in her marriage vows, having thus goaded the husband to the terrible deed. This, TREBLICOX now declares, was false and unjust.

It was his insane anger, induced by heavy drinking, he said, which prompted him to commit the deed. He has promised to write out all the facts in the case and give them to the world that there may be no wrong impressions after he is gone.


Sheriff To Rush Him In Buggy Across Country To Folsom Prison As Soon As

Sentence Is Pronounced

AUBURN (Placer Co.), July 23 - Little new developed in the WEBER case yesterday. The convicting jury is still being importuned to sign a petition to Governor PARDEE for a reduction of the death sentence to life imprisonment. The jurymen are scattered in many directions and the WEBER attorneys will have to cover a large territory to reach all of them with the petition. It is predicted here now that at least five of the jurymen will sign the petition, but this is a mere guess, and no well defined reasons are given for making it.

The defendant’s attorneys, as already told in The Bee, are claiming now that the pistol found in the barn was “planted,” and the RECHENMACHER affidavit is the foundation for this showing. But RECHENMACHER’s misunderstanding of his affidavit may weaken this. He wants to make a new affidavit or withdraw it entirely. Nothing has yet been intimated that the testimony of Henry CARR, the San Francisco pawnbroker, who sold WEBER the pistol, will be changed or impeached, but the defendant’s attorneys do so, since the pistol plays an important part in the case.  The remitittur did not arrive until yesterday. The prisoner will be brought into Court to-morrow morning. Immediately after sentence is passed upon him, Sheriff KEENA will take his prisoner across the country in a conveyance to the Folsom Prison which is less than twenty miles from here and there he will be placed in a condemned cell to await his execution or the Governor’s reprieve.

It is now anything to save the prisoner from the gallows, and WEBER’s thousands will be spent lavishly in the next few weeks. The handsome legal fees which he has already handed out, are said to be but the beginning and sensational developments are looked for in the next few days. Should Governor PARDEE see fit to commute the death sentence, it is very possible that the prosecution of the other murder charges against WEBER may follow.  Three more charges of murder still stand against him, and in the event that such a thing should happen, the prisoner would be tried for the killing of his sister, Bertha, who was sitting at the piano when she was shot. In view of a possible commutation, District Attorney ROBINSON was asked if he would proceed with the other prosecutions.

“That I am unable to say,” replied Mr. ROBINSON, “as I should have to first consult with the Attorney-General and be guided somewhat by his advice and wishes. It would be manifestly unfair for me to make any statements of future intentions at this time, and I have nothing to say now.” All preparations for WEBER’s final farewell to the Auburn jail have been finished, and it will be but a few minutes after Judge PREWETT pronounces the fatal sentence before the prisoner will be on his way to Folsom. WEBER will be closely guarded as he leaves his cell for the Court-room. He will be handcuffed, and after he is placed in the buggy for his trip to Folsom leg irons will be securely fastened upon him, and in company of Sheriff KEENA and two deputies, WEBER will go to the final scene of his life.

Western Nevada State News


Deliberately Walks Into The Truckee at Reno And Is Swept By Swift Current To Certain Death RENO (Nev.), July 23 - D.A. McINTOSH, a mining man representing Eastern and California capitalists, with headquarters in Oakland, Cal., drowned himself yesterday in the Truckee River near the eastern edge of the city.  He had been stopping at the Overland Hotel in this city, and had intended to leave yesterday morning for the northern part of the State, but missed his train. About an hour afterward, he walked into the Truckee River, and was carried off his feet by the swift waters. He made no attempt to save himself, and drowned before he had floated 300 yards. Several people saw him walk into the water, but were unable to rescue him. His body was recovered about an hour after the suicide. It had lodged in some willows on an island in the center of the stream.

McINTOSH was an elderly man, and has relatives in Oakland. He seemed to be an expert mining man, and had several acquaintances in this city. He had been drinking heavily of late, however, and it is thought that he was temporarily insane when he took his life.

Coroner John REID will hold an inquest over the remains to-day, and word has already been sent to Oakland to his relatives and friends.

Kick May Kill

WINNEMUCCA (Nev.), July 23 - Milton VARGES, an eight-year-old boy of this place was kicked in the face by a horse yesterday and may not recover from the injury. Even if he does recover, he will be terribly disfigured, as his forehead is open, his nose broken and his mouth fearfully cut and bruised.


Steamship Purchased - The Pacific Mail Company has purchased from the White-Star line of Liverpool, England, the steamers Coptic and Doric.

Western Pacific Tunnel - Rapid progress is being made in the construction of the Niles tunnel on the line of the Western Pacific Railroad, and the contractors are confident that the portion of the work to be finished by the end of the year will be completed on time.

Found Daughter Dead - Mrs. Mary BARRY, of Oakland, turned to arouse her daughter, Miss Nellie BARRY, who lay, as she thought, sleeping by her side, Saturday morning. The mother was horrified to find her dead. Miss BARRY had been stricken with heart disease.

Graft Charges Denied - President W.C. MURDOCK, of the Western National Bank and Attorney A. RUET have denied all charges of graft in connection with the Hilbert Mercantile Company, which recently failed, and in relation to certain whisky transactions which have recently been the subject of scandalous charges. Murdock says the bank’s only connection with the Hilbert company was in the regular way of business, and that the loans on bills of lading were repaid. Former owners of tenderloin saloons declare Grand Juror Myrtile CERF used RUEF’s name to sell them whisky, and guaranteed them police protection. They also say they were told to patronize the Western National Bank.

Great Store of Honey - An immense store of honey has been discovered between the beams and joists of the residence of Mrs. J.U. NAZRY, in San Francisco.  It was evidently the accumulation of years, for the honey formed a solid mass six inches thick, two feet wide and fourteen feet high, completely filling a section of the wall.

Fight Over Crap Game - In a fight near the Greenwich Street entrance to the Presidio yesterday afternoon over a crap game, Private Joseph ROSS, of the Coast Artillery, had his skull fractured and another soldier was badly beaten. Seven civilians and five soldiers were arrested.

Lumber Freights Refused - The Southern Pacific Company has instructed its agents in Portland, Ore., to refuse all lumber freights for San Francisco.  There are about 5000 cars of lumber at the bay awaiting unloading, and owing to this congestion no more will be received.

Leaves All to Wife - General R.H. WARFIELD leaves an estate valued at $50,000, mostly in the form of securities. His will devises the entire property to his wife. There is no specific provision for either of his two sons. The testator merely recommends that his wife make suitable provision for them. At various times General WARFIELD had made deeds of property to his wife, disposing the bulk of his estate.

Wants Many More Men - The Western Pacific officials, together with the contractors building the new Gould line, are endeavoring to secure 7000 more laborers in addition to a force of 10,000 men now at work in Utah, Nevada and this State.

Co-Boarding Objectionable - The faculty of the University of California does not favor boarding-houses that permit male and female students under the same roof. A letter of protest has been issued, signed by President Benjamin Ide WHEELER, Professor Geo. C. EDWARDS and Lucy SPRAGUE.

Submitted by Betty Loose



The Evening Bee

Sacramento, cal.

Thursday, July 26, 1906

Page 7


Prisoner’s Health Is Such He May Not Live Until September 12th FOLSOM (Sacramento Co.), July 26 - Adolph WEBER may not live until September 12, the date of his execution. It is well understood by the people of Folsom that his condition is most precarious. Those who saw the murderer on the day of this arrival from Auburn declare that when the irons were taken from him he was limp and helpless, and tottered rather than walked. That this condition was not due to his having been kept in irons on the journey over the county roads is proved by the fact that since lodged in the prison his condition has grown worse instead of better. He is a confirmed dyspeptic, and his system will take nothing in the way of nourishment but milk. Even this simple food now seems to have gone back on him, and it is plainly evident that his system refuses to assimilate it.

His condition now is so grave that the opinion is freely expressed that he will not live until September 12th, the date set for the hanging. WEBER keeps protesting his innocence, but makes no statements differing from those he gave out at Auburn prior to the sentence. The great fact which seems to confront the prison officials is that they are dealing with a dying man.  Unless a change for the better takes place in his physical condition, and that very soon, it is freely predicted by those who should know that WEBER will not live to ascend the scaffold in September.


Prompt Settlement by Insurance Companies Encourages Losers SUISUN (Solano Co.), July 26 - The more learned as to the origin of the fire of Tuesday afternoon and evening, the stronger is the impression that it was the work of an incendiary. The report that it started from a gasoline engine is incorrect. The two engines in the packing shed were operated with natural gas and were not in use on the day of the fire. The flames when discovered were confined under the building and there were no marks of fire anywhere upon the outside. The first idea that the fire started from a railroad engine seems without foundation. There had been no engine along there for some time and it seems impossible for the fire to have started where it did from a locomotive. The incendiary theory seems to be the most tenable one.  A great injustice seems to have been done the “defunct” Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Its successor, the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Corporation, had an adjuster on the ground Tuesday evening before the fire was entirely under control, and although the policies had not been transferred to the new concern, all the losses, aggregating only about $10,000, adjusted and settled before any other insurance company had an adjuster in the town. That seems to be pretty good work for a “defunct” concern.  The Royal adjuster is here to-day settling with police holders. The belief is general that all of the so-called “six-bit” companies will pay their Suisun losses in full, as there is no grounds for a refusal except absolute inability to pay.

James A. KEYS, of the Suisun Lumber Company, is rushing in a new stock of building material as fast as he can secure it and expects to have a new planing mill in operation in thirty days. He will get the machinery in Seattle. The J.K. Armsby Company has secured temporary offices in the Masonic building and will continue its Suisun business. It has announced to its patrons that it has ample facilities for handling this season’s crops.  The other losers from the fire say they have not had time to give much thought to the matter of rebuilding, but undoubtedly most of them will do so as soon as their insurance is adjusted and paid. Fortunately the business interests of the town did not suffer very seriously.

The following table of losses and insurance is about as accurate as can be complied: J.K. ARMSBY, loss, $25,000, insurance, $21,000; Suisun Creamery, loss, $7500, insurance, $3000; W. CHATFIELD, loss, $500, insurance, $250;

J.H. PRATHER, loss, $1750, no insurance; J.T. COOPER, loss, $1500, fully covered; L.H. PIMENTAL, loss $1500, insurance $1000; Dr. W.E. DOWNING, loss $5000, insurance $2000; George PAUL, loss $2500, insurance $750; Mrs. Anna CROCKER, loss $2500, insurance $400; Mrs. Maria DOBBINS, loss $6000, insurance $4000; Charles H. NEITZEL, loss $10,000, insurance $5300; George C. RICHARDS, loss $4000, insurance $2455; Mrs. Lena DINKELSPIEL, loss $4500, insurance $1500; Mrs. Lena DINKELSPIEL, loss $5000, insurance (Royal) $2650;

Mrs. EISNER, loss $1500, insurance $900; Miss Carrie DINKELSPIEL, loss $300, insurance $200; F.A. HOOPER, loss $1000, insurance $700; J.S. BROWN, loss $4500, insurance $2500; Geo C. GORDON, loss $2000, insurance $900; Mrs. L.S.  PEYTON, loss $2800, insurance $1400; Mrs. Eva M. TORP, loss $2500, insurance $1375; Mrs. Edna BARBOUR, loss $2500, insurance $1400; Mrs. O.R. COGHLAN, loss $4060, insurance $2500; H.D. McCREARY, loss $1800, insurance $1200;

George A. GILLESPIE, loss $500, insurance $250; Dr. W.E. DOWNING, loss $3500, insurance $2000; George KINLOCH, loss $1000, insurance $500; W.W.  REEVES, loss $2000, insurance $1250; Suisun Realty Co., loss $3000, insurance 1200; Cerkel’s Feed Mill, loss $5000, insurance $2500; Dr. W.G.  DOWNING (barn), loss $2000, insurance $1460; R.D. ROBBINS, loss $6000, insurance $2900; George A. LAMONT, loss $2500, insurance $1500; R.D.  ROBBINS, Jr., loss $3000, insurance $1000; J.A. KEYS, loss $15,000, insurance $8000; L.G. HARRIER, loss $150, covered; J.C. MURPHY, loss $21.50, covered; E.E. LONG, loss $2600, insurance $1500; Dr. F.E. WEBSTER, loss $1200, insurance $800; Vest estate, loss $4000, insurance $2200; Mrs. Lizzie MILLER, loss $700, fully covered; Mrs. Lorenda LOCKIE, loss $1500, insurance $800; HALLE estate, loss $4000, insurance $2500; Dr. D.N. MASON, loss $1000, no insurance; Southern Pacific Company, loss, $4000, unknown; Suisun Laundry, loss $3000, no insurance; A. C. TILLMAN, loss $200, fully covered;

Mrs. C. CONROY, loss $1700, insurance $1000; Frank and Eugene LOSH, loss $2000, insurance $1260; Mrs. M. LOSH, loss $1000, insurance $600; T.B.  McARTHUR, loss $400, no insurance.

The total loss foots up about $170,000, with insurance for practically half that amount.

Was Allen Insane at Time of the Attack?

NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 26 - The prosecution closed late yesterday afternoon in the ALLEN case, and the defense began. John P. ALLEN, of Grass Valley, is on trial for assault to murder. On April 8th he dangerously wounded his wife and her father, Alfred JENKIN, at their home in Grass Valley. The defense is making a strong fight to secure ALLEN’s acquittal on the grounds of temporary insanity due to either illness, drink or powder smoke.

To Spend Honeymoon in Yellowstone Park

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), July 26 - The wedding of J.C. O’DONNELL and Millie FILLIPINI took place at the Catholic Church yesterday. The church was very prettily decorated in green and white for the occasion. After the wedding ceremony was performed, a nuptial mass was given at the church.  The bride was attired in white crepe de chine over white taffeta, trimmed with real lace. She carried a boquet of pale pink orchids. Miss Josie PEDRINI was bridesmaid and wore white mill over white taffeta. Evangeline SIEFERT was ring-bearer, her dress being pink silk. George SIMPERS was best man.

From the church the wedding party went to the PEDRINI home, where a wedding breakfast was served. The tables and room were decorated in pink and white, a floral bell of ferns and pink roses being suspended over the table at which the bridal pair were seated. Mr. and Mrs. O’DONNELL left mid the usual shower of rice on the early morning train. They expect to be gone about a month, the most of the time being spent in Yellowstone Park.

Western Nevada State News


Stranger Found Dead Near Track Was William O’Donnell, and He Was Cruelly Beaten To Death CARLIN (Nev.), July 26 - The name of the dead man whose body was found near this place yesterday, as told in The Bee, is believed to have been William O’DONNELL. In the pockets of the stranger were found a copper cent piece and a postal registry receipt showing that on July 17th he had mailed a package to the Soldiers’ home at Washington, D.C. Justice RUTLEDGE held an inquest and his verdict was that the man had been killed by unknown parties.  Although the body was found but a few feet from the Southern Pacific tracks, all the evidence goes to show that a wicked fight had taken place.  The ground was torn up with deep footprints and the wounds on the head of the stranger indicated that he had been struck several times with a heavy weapon, probably a club. The skull was fractured at the back of the head, where there was a long cut. A similar wound was made on the face, the nose having been broken. There were no other wounds except three broken ribs.  The body was interred by order of the acting Coroner, but to-day it was disinterred by the District Attorney, who will conduct an additional investigation.

Shock May Kill

RENO (Nev.), July 26 - L.H. JEWETT, chief engineer at the plant of the Reno Brewery, is in a serious condition from an electrical shock received while at work. He lay for an hour in an unconscious condition before being found.  He may not recover.


State Superintendent Being Attacked By Republican Press Over Lay Management at Institution RENO (Nev.), July 26 - An attack is being made by the Republican press upon Superintendent GIBSON, of the Nevada State Insane Asylum, on account of the large number of inmates that are escaping from the institution.  Within the last few months there have been numerous cases of the kind.  Mrs. Annie WALSH, a Goldfield woman, having escaped twice; F. GINNIS, a highwayman, adjudged insane, twice, and other dangerous people getting away upon different occasions.

There has also been serious internal trouble in the Hospital between the employes and the Superintendent. Several have been discharged, Superintendent GIBSON claiming that they aided the inmates to escape in order to make him trouble.

Upon one occasion the State Board in charge of the institution caused an investigation to be made. Superintendent GIBSON says the attack is prompted by political prejudices.

Submitted by Betty Loose




The Evening Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

Friday, July 27, 1906

page 6


One Skeleton, With Crushed Skull, That of William Vienas; Other Probably That of Palmer Turner WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), July 27 - The body of William VIENAS, who has been missing from Hayfork since November 29th, has been found at last and another murder mystery remains to be solved. Coroner RYAN returned last evening from Hayfork, where he held an inquest, and from him the story is learned.

All last week a party of eight from Hayfork searched through the mountains westward twenty miles towards Hyampon to find, if possible, some trace of the missing man. The search was rewarded Saturday, when William FRIEND, one of the party, found a human skeleton a short distance from the trial and only a mile and a quarter from the cabin from which VIENAS set out last Thanksgiving Day to go afoot to Hayfork, twenty miles, leaving his mining partner, J.W. LATTIMER in charge. There was little or no flesh on the bones.  A few shreds of dried flesh were found in the shoes.  The skull has been crushed in by blows of a bludgeon. VIENAS had evidently been murdered, but by whom the Coroner’s inquest failed to reveal. Only suspicions were developed and no arrest has been made.  The skeleton was identified positively as that of William VIENAS by the shoes on the feet, the gold-filled teeth, the color of the hair and the fragments of clothing near by. The body had been in the water some time and had probably been washed down Indian Creek a short distance at high water.  Coroner RYAN brought the human bones to Weaverville, and the skeleton, the skull excepted, was buried in the village cemetery last evening. At the same time the headless skeleton of Palmer TURNER, also a murdered man, was buried in the same cemetery by the Coroner. The skull of VIENAS was retained above ground for evidence, possibly, at some future murder trial to show the manner of death.

Turner’s skull is retained for identification. It was not positively determined that the skeleton discovered near Hayfork two weeks ago, where coyotes had dug it up from a grave only eleven inches deep, was that of Palmer TURNER. His skull is retained in the hope that some day someone who knew TURNER well may give it inspection and establish the identity beyond all question.

When this skeleton was found Sunday, July 8th, near Hayfork, it was assumed at once that it was that of William VIENAS. A bottle of medicine, being a prescription put up in Weaverville, October 6th, and found on the dead, established the fact reasonably sure that the skeleton was all that was left of Turner PALMER. The remains were surely not those of William VIENAS.

Then it was that the Hayfork friends of VIENAS decided to renew the search for his body. All last week a party of eight were hunting through the mountains, the body being found finally late Saturday afternoon.  William VIENAS left the copper mines near Hyampon, November 29th, to go to Hayfork, according to the story afterwards told by his mining partner, J.W.  LATTIMER. He carried a set of deer horns and across his back was slung a sack containing a puppy, the mother dog following. LATTIMER reached Hayfork a week later by another route, and was apparently surprised that VIENAS had not arrived. He told how the mother dog came back to the cabin three days after VIENAS’ departure. She was famished, acted strangely, lingered but a few minutes and then set out towards Hayfork. The dog arrived in Hayfork the same day and would not be comforted. At that time, early in December, as told before in The Bee, friends of VIENAS searched for him for days. The only trace they found was the deer horns, which were lying by the side of a log on the trail.

The deer horns were found two miles nearer Hayfork than the point where VIENAS’ body was found Saturday. There’s the mystery. Who carried the horns from VIENAS’ dead body to the log two miles further on the trail?  VIENAS was a man aged 28 years and a native of Minnesota. He and J.W.  LATTIMER were working partners all Summer, living together in a cabin miles away from any settlement.

The death of Palmer TURNER and the death of William VIENAS make two murder mysteries in Trinity County within a year.


At Least Mine Superintendent Says So, Despite Same Name and Suspicious Surroundings At Home NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), July 27 - George H. DUNLAP, Superintendent of the Isis Mine on the South Yuba, three miles above the town of Washington, makes vigorous denial that he is the George B. DUNLAP who deserted a wife and family in Parkersburg, Virginia, three years ago to run away with his stenographer, Miss OVERLY. Yesterday the report became circulated that the Washington man and the former Parkersburg railroad agent are the same. It is also said that two women reside in the same house with DUNLAP, one of whom he calls his wife, and the other his wife’s sister, Miss OVERLY.  Last night DUNLAP was interviewed by telephone. He denied that he ever was in Parkersburg or even knows the woman who has written such a pathetic letter, asking his whereabouts. He claims that the man wanted is his second cousin, whose name is identical with his. He said, during the interview, that he had once had trouble over this same matter in New York, being mistaken for the erring second cousin. He did not answer when asked if the woman who is claimed to be his wife’s sister is named OVERLY, but entered a general and vigorous denial of the whole story, saying he had come to San Francisco from New York, and then direct to Washington on the Yuba.  According to a letter received at Grass Valley, Mrs. George B. DUNLAP states that she and her husband had been married seventeen years, were very happy, owned a beautiful home in Parkersburg and he had paying business interests. Besides he was agent for the B. & O. railroad, a prominent citizen and a Knight Templar. He became infatuated, she alleged, with his stenographer, and ran away with her three years ago. The OVERLY woman is described as being dark, having dark eyes, over 30, and weighing about 150 pounds.

$15 Fine Imposed in Cutting Affray

KENNETT (Shasta Co.), July 27 - Roy PECK pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon before Justice of the Peace CONANT to simple assault, and was fined $15. The case is significant because of the precedent established.  About two weeks ago PECK got into an altercation “down the line” and stabbed a couple of men. The wounds were not serious, and the victims of PECK’s knife refused to prosecute. Under such circumstances in the past PECK would have gone free.

But the peace officers of KENNETT have decided that they themselves will swear to complaints against lawbreakers when the parties sinned against refuse to do so, because the offender has “squared” himself.  Hereafter lawbreakers must “square” themselves with the law as PECK has just found out at a cost of $15.

Street Work In the Heat Was Too Much

WILLOWS (Glenn Co.), July 27 - City Marshal KINKADE was prostrated by the head Wednesday night and is still a very sick man. He had spent the day in the sun working on a street grader, his duties as Street Superintendent making it incumbent upon him to see that the work was done right. Soon after he finished his duties that evening, he was taken sick and started home. He does not remember how he got home as his senses seemed to be entirely gone, and now although feeling better he is still very weak. This is the first prostration from heat recorded so far.


Driver Relieved of $1, Highwayman Overlooking Coin In Casket With Corpse, Or Else Losing Nerve STOCKTON (San Joaquin Co.), July 27 - The business of robbing people on the highways has certainly fallen into low repute when dead wagons are held up and the drivers relieved of their money. Even the worst of us is expected to show respect for the departed; a corpse is considered sacred, and a man in charge immune from molestation.

But an unknown knight of the road who held up Deputy Coroner Charles MURPHY Wednesday night on the highway between Bellota and this city is the exception to this rule. Money is money to him, dead bodies or no dead bodies. MURPHY was on his way to Stockton, driving a wagon which contained the corpse of Steven MOE, who was found dead in a field near Belotta, when the robbery took place. The masked man, however, bungled his job shamefully, securing only $1, which the driver had, and overlooking $59 in the casket with the dead man.

Under ordinary circumstances a highwayman would not be expected to search either a coffin or a corpse for money, but there is no excuse for this one.  When the clothing of MOE was searched $60 was found in his pockets and this coin was turned over to the Deputy Coroner in a saloon in the presence of several men, one of whom undoubtedly later transformed himself into a highwayman. He saw MURPHY start for this city and must have known that the money was either on his person or in the dead wagon.  The robbery was promptly reported, but so far the hold-up man has not been captured.

John Eddie, Well Known Miner, Dead

GRASS VALLEY, (Nevada Co.), July 27 - John EDDIE, Superintendent of the great Champion Mine, near Nevada City, passed away yesterday afternoon in the St. Thomas Sanitarium at San Francisco. His death was due to an abscess of the brain, from which he had suffered for the past four months. During the latter part of his illness he was totally blind. His brother, Hamilton EDDIE, left this morning for the Bay. The body will be brought here for burial beside that of his wife, who passed away some years ago. He leaves three brothers and two sons.

Decedent was a native of Scotland, aged 47 years. He had spent most of his life in mining. For a number of years he was Superintendent of the Pennsylvania Mine here, putting it on a dividend basis. Later he went to El Dorado County and finally came back to Nevada, being Superintendent of the gold Tunnel Delhi and Champion Mines, in succession. The Champion, under his direction, flourished and was paying well when the litigation with the House Mine began.

Submitted by Betty Loose


The Evening Bee

Sacramento, Cal.

Friday, August 3, 1906

Page 5


Falls From Wagon and Is Struck by Heavy Seat as She Lies on Ground CHICO (Butte Co.), August 3 - A frightful runaway accident occurred at Durham, several miles sought of Chico, yesterday afternoon about 2 o’clock, in which three persons were injured. Mrs. Lizzie PARK, of Vallejo, lies in an unconscious and critical condition in Chico as a result of the runaway and her little child and J.T. WILLIAMS, a relative, are suffering from minor bruises.

J.T. WILLIAMS and Mrs. PARK and two children had started to leave Durham for the former’s home on Clear Creek in a two-seated spring wagon, Mrs. PARK and one child being seated on the rear seat. The horses became frightened at a passing Northern Electric car and started on a wild run down the road, soon getting beyond all control. Mr. WILLIAMS, who was driving, realized that their lives were in imminent danger.

Mrs. PARK grabbed one of her children and dropped him in the road free of the wagon. In doing so she became overbalanced and fell from the carriage to the hard roadside, striking on her head and shoulders. At the same time the rear seat became dislodged and in falling struck the prostrate woman a terrible blow on the head.

The team continued to run and finally broke away from the wagon, but not before WILLIAMS had received several bad bruises.  A San Francisco physician, name unknown, witnessed the accident from the passing electric car and jumped, at the risk of his own life, and ran to the aid of the unfortunate woman. When picked up she was unconscious. She was hurried to the office of Dr. COOK, of Durham, where her wounds were dressed.  It was found that her head was badly cut and it is feared that a fracture of the skull resulted. She was later brought to Chico and up to a late hour last night had not regained consciousness. She now lies at the home of relatives in a very critical condition. She is a widow and about 32 years of age.

The child dropped from the wagon by the mother was found to be severely, but not seriously, bruised. Mrs. PARKS’ other child had fortunately gotten out of the wagon, before the runaway occurred, to get her hat which had blown off, and was thus not injured.


Oldest Animal On The Coast Mourned by Lakeview. And Town People Pay Him Unusual Honor LAKEVIEW (Ore.), August 3 - “General”, the oldest horse in the West, if not in the world, died here Tuesday. Charles SNIDER brought him to Willow Creek, on the east side of Goose Lake, when a colt, from Douglas County, Oregon.  “General’s” age was 38 years and 4 months.

He was given a public burial in the Court House yard, where he had grazed upon the lawn during the past few years in the Summer time, seldom going out upon the streets unless he wanted salt or sugar.

At such times he would walk to the different stores, take his stand in front and whinny or neigh until the clerks would notice him and take out salt or sugar upon a piece of paper. They would lay it on the edge of the sidewalk, where old “General” could like it up and then go away contentedly.  He was of a sorrel color, with a tendency to a whitish tinge amongst the sorrel, denoting age, as gray hair with a human, was coming on.

“General” kept upon his feet until Monday night, when he lay down under the manger and could not get up. It was then decided to call a veterinarian, who chloroformed him. The entire town grieves.

Benjamin L. Masten Answers Last Call

RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), August 2 - Benjamin Locy MASTEN, an old and respected resident of Tehama County, died last evening at the home of his son, Thomas S. MASTEN, about sixteen miles west of this city, after a lingering illness. He was in his seventy-seventh year, having been born in Meigs County, Ohio, in 1830.

Coming to California with the Argonauts of 1849, Mr. MASTEN served the usual apprenticeship at the mines on the “Mother Lode,” but soon turned his attention to other profitable occupations such as farming and store-keeping.  He was married to Miss BLACK in Yolo County, and they moved to Sebastopol, Sonoma County, where they resided for some years.  Mrs. MASTEN died about thirty-four years ago, and a few years later he moved to this county, where his sons, M.O. MASTEN and T.B. MASTEN, are substantial citizens. One daughter, Mrs. J.J. LE FEVRE, of Redding, also survives, beside the two sons. Mr. MASTEN’s death came from old age.  The funeral was held this afternoon at the Christian Church, and Rev. H.V.

MOORE, pastor of the South Methodist Church, officiated.


Captured At Vina By Secret Service Officer Moffitt And Taken To County Jail To Await Marshal RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), August 3 - Secret Service Officer H.M MOFFITT, of San Francisco, made an important capture last night at Vina, and brought two prisoners to the County Jail on the charge of passing counterfeit money.  The two men had been trading quite industriously in the vineyard town, giving spurious dollars for various articles of merchandise and receiving change in good money. They gave their names as Otto PERCINIA and Harry BARNES, and had thirty-three of the “phony” coins between them. The dollars are said to be good imitations of the genuine, being made largely of silver and from a well-executed mold.

PERCINIA tells a remarkable story of having been held up and robbed somewhere east of Vina and infers that the highwaymen put the counterfeit money in his pockets.

Sheriff Jud W. BOYD was at the railroad station to assist in bringing the men to jail, where they will remain until a United States Marshal arrives from San Francisco, a warrant having been sworn out against them in the United States Circuit Court. The arrests may lead to the capture of a gang of counterfeiters.


Purchased Ticket In San Francisco For Seattle, But Beyond That Nothing Can Be Learned Of Dead Man MONTAGUE (Siskiyou Co.), August 3 - Coroner O’CONNELL returned to Yreka yesterday, taking with him the body of the man who committed suicide Wednesday afternoon on the north-bound express as it was nearing Coles. The man’s name was BARAHAZALO. It will be recalled that he fired two bullets into his body, dying soon afterward.

The name of the dead is learned from the railroad ticket found upon him.

The ticket was signed “Barahazalo,” which is supposed to be his last name.  F.P. MIX witnessed the signature in San Francisco, the ticket reading from San Francisco to Seattle, having been purchased Tuesday.  Nothing in the way of writing was found on the body. It is impossible to determine the man’s home address or his given name. He was aged about 45 years. Coroner O’CONNELL thinks he was probably an Italian, though he bases this conclusion on the name, rather than on the personal appearance. No money was found on the body. In the money purse was only a watch.  None of the passengers had any intimation that BARAHAZALO was contemplating suicide. He sat quietly in his seat. He was well dressed and apparently at his ease. He left his seat to go to the toilet, and had no more than closed the door behind him that the two shots were fired that caused his death a few minutes later. The body was buried at Yreka to-day.


CHICO (Butte Co.), August 3 - Late yesterday afternoon the body of an unidentified dead man was found on Big Chico Creek, in Bidwell Park, about one-half mile north of this city, by Deputy Constable BISHOP, patrolman on the Bidwell estate.

Coroner PETTIT was notified, and on repairing to the spot found the body lying on the ground at full length, with a pipe, knife, memorandum book, magazine and divers articles near by. A pile of leaves had been covered by a coat to serve as a pillow, thus suggesting that the deceased had prepared for passing the time in reading when death overtook him. No letters or marks were found by which the corpse could be identified.  An autopsy was performed last evening, and revealed the fact that death occurred from a rupture of the aorta. The decomposed condition of the body also showed that death must have occurred Wednesday, and it was found necessary to remove the body to the cemetery last evening, where it was left uninterred pending a further examination this morning towards establishing the identity of the deceased. Inquiries are being made by the Coroner.

Mrs. Teddy Was Not Responsible

GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), August 3 - The suicide of aged Mrs. Addie Louise TEDDY, an account of which has already appeared in The Bee, is a closed incident as far as the officials are concerned, through the verdict of the Coroner’s jury last night. It will still be talked about, however, for some time. The inquest was held at the TEDDY home, where William TEDDY’s mother hanged herself last Monday morning.

Nothing in any way startling developed, and only a few witnesses were examined. All testified to the kind of treatment accorded the aged woman by her daughter-in-law. Dr. JAMIESON, who attended her twice in July, testified that she was suffering from softening of the brain, was mentally incompetent, and that her condition was such that he would not pay any attention to her statements.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that Mrs. TEDDY came to her death from “strangulation by her own hands with suicidal intent, and we further pronounce the accusations against Mrs. William TEDDY without foundation.”

Second Charge Sends Man to Penitentiary

YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), August 3 - William BLUM, who was sent from Dunsmuir to serve thirty days in jail for petty larceny, has had another charge filed against him, to which he pleaded guilty.

Forgery was the second charge. It was proved that a lot of checks were on a desk in the office of the Weed Railroad Company when BLUM appeared on the scene, and that he reached through a grating and stole one, indorsing it with the name of the man to whom the check was made payable. He cashed the paper at a saloon on Butte Creek.

Judge BEARD sentenced him to three years in the Preston School. Under Sheriff POLLARD took the prisoner down yesterday.


Pursue Fellow Who Picked Up Purses, Overtake And Hold Him Until Help Arrives

To Drag Him To Court

RED BLUFF (Butte Co.), August 3 - Miss Eva DONAHUE and Miss Alice GUNSANIUS

were walking down B Street yesterday when the former dropped her purse containing $3.90. She did not discover her loss until she had gone about fifty yards.

Sitting on a watering trough near where the purse was dropped was Barney DONNELLY and two or three other men and boys. DONNELLY picked up the purse and ran through Grein’s stable.

When Miss DONAHUE missed her money, she and her companion returned and were told that it had been picked up. They gave chase after the finder and he was overtaken just as he was in the act of emptying the contents of the purse into his pocket, after having thrown the purse over a fence.  The girls accused him of having the purse, which he denied. They, however, held him until assistance arrived, and DONNELLY was taken into custody. He was searched, and in one pocket, in a pocketbook, was found $37 and in another pocket the exact amount which Miss DONAHUE’s purse contained. The purse was found where the young women say him throw it.  DONNELLY was found guilty of petty larceny and sent to the County Jail for ninety days. He says he will appeal the case.

Miss DONAHUE and Miss GUNSANIUS are being congratulated on their pluck.  The pursued DONNELLY without hesitation and held him prisoner until assistance arrived to take him into custody. The affair caused much talk here.

Chico Men Guilty

OROVILLE (Butte Co.), August 3 - Edward CURRIER and Fred HORGAN, who, while intoxicated, entered the home of A.A. ANDREWS in Chico and stole a pair of shoes, plead guilty yesterday to the charge of burglary, and Judge GRAY imposed a sentence of one year each in San Quentin.

Submitted by Betty Loose




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