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TAR AND FEATHERS.
How Bentley Was Called
Out of His House
And Made to Suffer Gross
He Tells his Tale of Woe on the
Taken Out Into the Brush, Intimidated
With Revolvers, and Covered With
Feathers, Like a Bird.
Nearly half the town of Azusa was in
and around the township justices' court
yesterday morning, to hear the examin
ation of the six youthful defendants,
who are charged with having tarred and
feathered Editor Bentley, of the Azusa
News. Many new witnesses for both
aides were marshalled in and sworn.
One old Quaker would nat swear. He
affirmed, but the affirmation of Justice
Savage which he was required to repeat
did not suit him, for he added with evi
dent gusto: "Under the pain and penal
ties of perjury. - ' The witnesses were
then put under the rule and excluded
from the court room until needed.
The theory of the defense, as briefly
outlined by the attorney for the defen
dants, is that the matter of the school
scandal and Professor Frazier, had noth
ing whatever to do with the indignities
offered Bentley,but that the outrage was
the outcome of the irrigation and water
district troubles at Azusa, and that con
sequently the accused, who were not
interested in these matters, had nothing
whatever to do with the night attack
upon the editor. The testimony of Mr.
Bentley is directly to the contrary. It
is a plain and unvarnished tale.
George Bentley being placed upon the
stand said: "I have lived in Azusa over
two years and am the editor of the
Azusa News. I am acquainted with
Eclces, Cummins and Moxley, but I do
not know the other three defendants,
Amon, Hamlin and Potter. They all
live at Covina. On the evening of the
Bth of August I was at my home with
my wife, at the corner of Fourth street.
At 9 :.'»0 some party came to the sidewalk
and called out 'Ho! Mr. Bentley! Come
out, I want to see you!' I put on my
shoes. I was in my shirt sleeves, with
the sleeves rolled up. Thinking it was
a friend, I went out. A man stood near
a gap in the hedge. It is about 30 feet
from the house. The man placed a re
volver to my head and said: 'Your hands
up or your life !' I was solidly grasped
and shoved through the opening
in the hedge, where live more menjwere
hidden. A gloved hand was placed over
my mouth, giving me no chance to call
out. I was marched down a little ways
when all six exhibited revolvers and
continually threatened my life if I
dared to speak. They rustled me down
country. Opposite Mr. Jennera' house
between the Holiness church and Mr.
HubeT's, they took me into the brush.
When they stopped they formed a circle
around me and the captain of the band
ordered me on my knees. As I did not
immediately comply they pushed me
roughly down. The captain said: 'We
are the Azusa vigilance committee.
You have been publishing articles re
flecting on the character of I'rof. Frazier,
our teacher, Mr. Clapp and the girls of
Center school house.' I was then
asked by the captain if I wrote the
articles in question. I replied no. With
the revolvers pointed at my head I was
made to repeat the following oath : "I
swear that I will never again publish
articles or accusations against I'rof.
Frazier or the young ladies of the
Center school.' They then in
quired who was the author
of the articles, aud upon my refusal to
answer made me say at the point of
their pistols that it was Miss Griffin.
Two of the band were then ordered to
remove my shirt, and with my undershirt
they tied my hands behind my back,
giving me severe pain. They yanked
me on my feet and spread their stuff all
over me—it was tar. They covered
me with it from the waist up. They
poured it on my head and it ran into
my eyes. Their next proceeding was
to cover me with feathers. My over
shirt was next pulled over my face-:
One of the six young men became
tickled at the sight and chuckled—'He
is a pretty bird, ain't he?' This was
Moxley. The captain replied hotly—
'Shut up your mouth, damn you, or I'll
shoot you!' I was then marched to a
little outhouse of the Holiness church
where I was locked up. The men held
council. One of them was left in charge
of me with orders to shoot me down if I
moved. Four of the others left and the
captain then opened the door, saying—
'I am sorry it happened, but we had to
do it.' I recognized the voice
as that of Arthur Eccles. He said,
''You will have to remain here five
minutes; then you can go.' After a
while I looked through a knot hole, but
saw no one. I could hear them riding
down Azusa avenue. I now left the
place and went directly to Mr. Huber's,
who untied my hands. He looked at
the time; it was 10:10 p. m. From
Huber's we went to Well's, where they
set some water to boil and cleaned me
off with coal oil. The operation lasted
till 11 o'clock. When J reached home,
I took another wash and finished my
mail. There was no moon that night,
but the stars were out. All of the six
men wore cloth masks which went
down as low as their mouth. I recog
nized the features of Eccles and Cum
mins, Eccles was the captain and
spokesman. l'art of the time he
talked plain English and part of the time
he used an Irish dialect. The others
did not speak out loud, but whispered.
Two of the men who took the principal
part in the outrage, were nearly six feet
tall, and stoutly built. One of these
was the captain, aud the other one was
the one with the glove."
Mr, Bentley's shirt and undershirt,
richly bedaubed with tar, were here
introduced in court as exhibits, and
immediately the whole courtroom began
to smell like a Philadelphia shipyard.
The witness then described the appear
ance of the other four men engaged in
the outrage, who were all much smaller
than Eccles, aud appeared between
eighteen and twenty years old. The fol
lowing morning Mr. Wells found a pair
of gloves in the brush near the scene of
the tarring and feathering. One of them
was plentifully besmeared with tar and
was recognized as the one wnich had
been held over the witness' mouth.
The witness stated that immediately
after his brutal treatment his body
appeared to be on fire, and that for four
days after he suffered with severe head
In the afternoon the people introduced
THE LOS ANGELES HERALD: TUESDAY MO-RNING, AUGUST 26, 1890.
a letter addressed from Covina through
the mail to George Bentley on the 12th.
The writing is evidently disguised. It
reads as follows : .
Acknowledge the tar or we will.
per order of Captain
of Auza vigilantes.
H. H. Huber testified that Bentley
reached hia house at 10 p. m. the Bth
instant. He had a white shirt over his
head with the front towards his back,
his hands were tied behind him and his
body was covered with tar and feathers ;
most of it was on hia back, and there
were six feathers on the top of hia head.
It took about fifteen minutes to scrub
the stuff off.
Ernest Wells had heard several people
paas by on horseback on the night of
the outrage. They were going south.
One of them was on a whitish horse.
Bentley called later. He was covered
with tar and feathers and it took an
hour to clean him. The next morning
the witness went over tiie ground where
ha found the gloves exhibited
in court. It was discovered
that they belonged to Harvey Amon.
On the following Monday Amon confess
ed to witness that they were his proper
ty. On the same evening Anion and hia
father came to witness' house. The old
man was very angry. He wanted to
know if witness was trying to connect
his son with the tar anil feather episode.
It was dark, but not so that a person
standing three feet away could not be
Deputy Sheriff John Malone testified
to receiving the gloves from Messrs.
Bentley and Wells and turning them
over to Constable Cement.
Ernest Bradley, a little boy of Glen
dora, was out camping with Will Ham
lin in the San Gabriel canon, about two
weeks ago. Will said: "Well, we work
ed the trick." In answer to a
question by the prosecution the
boy claimed that lie did
not remember having said in camp that
Will Hamlin had told him that they had
tarred and feathered Mr. Bentley. He
had said nothing—the others said it.
He just listened. He asked his papa
what he should say, aud he told him to
say all he had heard.
A couple more witnesses were next
heard, but their testimony was of a very
unimportant character. The examina
tion will be resumed this morning.
IS THE LUTE RIFTED?
Rumors of 111 Feeling Between Prom
inent Markham Men.
There appears to be a rift in the Mark
ham lute. The absence of Judge Fitz
gerald, Judge Carpenter and Henry
Gage, from the reception to the Republi
can gubernatorial nominee given on
Saturday evening, was widely com
mented on yesterday. One Republican
said to a Herald man, "It's a
shame the way that Fitzgerald was
snubbed on the Markham reception bus
iness. He was never put on the com
mittee of reception, and was apparently
purposely slighted. Where was Gage"?
Where was Carpenter? Not at the
pavilion. Why, Fitzgerald nomi
nated Markham and made him
a state reputation in a great
speech." Much talk to the same
effect was heard from friends of the
gentleman named. Colonel H. G. Otis,
editor of the Times, said) to the reporter
who was investigating the matter, that
there was nothing in the story; that
Judge Carpenter was away on business
on Saturday night, that Judge Fitz
gerald was sick in bed, and that Mr.
Gage was called away into the country
on important business. Colonel Otis
was sure there was no foundation for
any stories of ill feeling on account of
slights, for there were none .
Still the story seemed to be believed
by many. The reporter tried to find one
of the gentlemen mentioned, but was
That the Military Headquarters May
The young ladies of the city, as well
as the public generally, will be glad to
learn that the military headquarters of
the department of Arizona will possibly
remain in this city. The order was re
ceived here last week from AVashington,
directing that all business of the depart
ment be closed by August 31st, and pre
parations made for the removal to Santa
F6. On Saturday morning, however,
a telegraphic order was received, stating
that by direction of the president noth
ing further need be done in the .matter,
until further orders. This is taken to
mean that the president is investigating
the protests made by people of this city
against the removal. If any additional
pressure can be brought to bear, it
should now be applied. There was a
wide spread feeling among those .who
discussed the matter yesterday, that
General Grierson ought to be asked to
lend his aid towards keeping the head
quarters here. It is believed that if he
were asked, he would take an active
interest in the question.
THE OWNER OF THE EAR
Was Not Mentioned in the Complaint
Against Cheese brough.
The complaint against Myron Cheese
brough, who on the 16th of this month
developed cannibalistic tendencies and
chewed up the right ear of W. H. Land
ing, was demurred to yesterday by his
attorney because it did not state whose
ear had been subjected to that treat
ment. The demurrer was sustained and
the complaint dismissed. The district
attorney drew up a new complaint and
Cheesebrough was re-arrested. The
trouble between the two men grew out
of a contract made between them
respecting the farming of a piece of land.
Landing claims that Cheesebrough
chased him on Lorene street with an
open knife, and that the trouble occurred
when they clinched. On the new com
plaint the defendant is held for battery.
He pleaded not guilty, and pending trial
on Saturday at 2 p. m., he was ordered
to give bond in the sum of $100.
A BRUTAL HIGHWAYMAN.
A Chinese Vegetable Peddler Terri
Ah Way, a Chinese vegetable peddler
who has his garden beyond the race
track, was returning on Saturday even
ing from town, when he was set upon
by a man whose name he does not
know. The individual who is known to
the Chinaman, cut him across the neck
with a whip, making a long welt across
the throat, and then with the butt end
nearly mashed in the right side of his
face. Robbery was the brute's motive,
for after having nearly knocked his
victim senseless, Le took away all of Ah
Way's money, amounting to $4. The
Chinaman kuows the whereabouts of
his assailant, and thinks he can be
found. He swore out a complaint
against the robber yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. E. C. Freeman, has removed her "Homo
Bakery," from 430 S. Spring St., to 551 S.
Broadway, between sth and 6th streets.
A Few More Men Who Would Not
Answer Questions Fined.
Judge Cheney yesterday overruled the
demurrer against the information charg
ing J. F. Bedwell with obtaining prop
erty by falae pretenses. Bedwell pleaded
not guilty and his case was placed on
the trial calendar.
F. Worthington was on trial yeaterday
afternoon in department one on the
charge of having assaulted W. W. Mc-
Art with a knife, the blade of which
was three and one-half inches long, in
this city on June 23d. His case will be
The suit of J. S. Keeling vs. the Madre
Land and Water company was yesterday
tranaferred from the superior" court of
this co U nty to the United States circuit
court, as it involves a federal question.
The suit was brought for the condemna
tion of some land to build an irrigating
canal near the Rio del Llano.
M. L, Graff was yesterday, on motion
of Geo. J. Denis, Esq., and presentation
of his license from the supreme court,
admitted to practice in the federal
George R. Hinde, Walter L. Thales
and Wm. Weiderhold, three of the mem
bers of the vegetarian colony at Fuller
ton, who had refused to answer the
questions of the census enumerator,
pleaded guilty yesterday in the U. S.
district court. Judge Ross fined each
one $50. The fines were paid.
Charles Jones of San, Diego who is par
tially deaf, and had come from the moun
tains, did not know the difference be
tween a census enumerator and a poll
tax collector. He pleaded guilty before
Judge Ross of having refused to tell all
he knew about himself to the enumera
tor, and the court taking into considera
tion his deafness and his ignorance fined
him only one dollar.
Chung Lem, a Chinaman without a
queue, was examined by Judge Shaw
for lunacy yesterday. He was picked
up on Alameda street last week by of
ficer Hawley, while acting in an erratic
manner. 'The medical examiners did
not consider him insane and the court
ordered him discharged.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.
The County Clerk Appointed Several
The request of the chamber of com
merce asking the board to appoint two
delegates to the world's fair convention
to be held at San Francisco, September
11th, was granted yesterday. C. M.
Heintz and G. H. Bonebrake received
the appointment. The county clerk re
ported the appointment of C. A. Hamil
ton and T. W. Tyler as additional regis
tration clerks in the office at $100 per
month. For work on the great register
at a monthly salary of $75 per month he
had also appointed L. L. Dennick, J. U.
Mason, J. C. Barren, C. H. Clark, Frank
Stedman, .las. A. Thomas, J. T. Best,
and Al. Cobler. The appointments were
In answer to the communication of
the city clerk of Pasadena, asking for
the division of that city into six voting
precincts, the clerk was ordered to in
form him that the request came too
late, as the copy for boundaries is al
ready in the hands of the printer.
It was ordered that if a deed for the
new Cahuenga Paßa and the Santa
Monica road be not forthcoming to
morrow, the old road is to be reopened.
There were ssued yesterday by the
county clerk the following licenses:
Michael Harrigan, ;>O, Ireland, and Ella
Madden, 25, Ireland, both of this city,
H. E. Dascomb, 27, Ohio, of this city
and Amelia Rohman, 20, Texas, of North
Niels Peter Dybbal Lansing. 25, and
Petrea Kristine Kofoed, 21, both natives
of Denmark and residents of this city.
William Clending, 31, and Emma Sum
mers, 20 both natives of Ca/iada and
residents of this city.
Uvaldo Manriquez, 21, California, and
Romanita Aguilar, 17, Arizona, both
residents of this city.
The Los Angeles Savings bank sues
I. W. Ingraham and F. J. Carpenter for
$1,017.45 on a foreclosure of mortgage.
G. Le Mesnager and John Roberts,
executors of the will of M. Lewia de
ceased, sue Adelaida E. Hamilton and
SamjHamilton for $7,000, with interest at
15 per cent per annum, on foreclosure of
David A. Saum sues Louis Roeder for
$123.25 on a mechanics' lien.
Benjamin E. Toler et al sue Nora
McCartney, executrix of Wm. McCart
ney, to have a mortgage on certain
property he declared a cloud and re
moved by the court.
MR. EDWARD MITCHELL'S BIG
He Cot His 5.i0.000 and Sailed Across
For a man who can talk so eloquently when
he chooses, Mr. Edward Mitchell, whose office
is at 14 Main street east; is a reticent man. He
did mention to a few 'intimate friends tliat he
was going away for a trip to Europe for his
health, but he had nothing at all to say about
having held one-twentieth of ticket N0.69,843,
which drew the first capital prize of $t;n'),ono in
tbe drawing of the Louisiana State Lottery Co.
on June 17th, and there were very few who
knew that he had got the money. "He never
told his luck, but let concealment like a
worm," etc , etc., etc. Not until Mr. Mitchell
rad got as far as New York was the fact of the
big prize of 130.000 coming to Hamilton noised
abroad. Buttruth, like murder, will out, and
when Ned comes marching home again he will
have to do the honors. Mr. Mitchell is a great
favorite in Hamilton, particularly in business
circles and among his Masonic brethren where
his oratorical achievements have made him fa
mous. No one will begrudge him his good for
tune, nor insist that he shall "endow a college
or a cat" with the proceeds. If he had "given
the snap away" before he left town, he might
have Rot the offer of a private secretary to ac
company him to Europe to help blow iv the
$30,000. Why he neglected a chance like that
will remain a mystery until his return home.—
Hamilton tOnt.) Timei, July sth. d-w-lt
FAMOUS COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT
To-day, August 26th, 10 a. m.
By Beeson & Reed, the entire contents,
comprisimg one 12-foot range, 1
broiler, all cooking utensils, copper ket
tles, boilers, tables, Vienna chairs, cas
tors, silverware, all the dishes and giass
ware, counter, 2 sideboards, carpets,
lace curtains, window shades, etc. Sale
positive and without reserye.
BEN O. RHOADES, Auct.
And now on Exhibition. «
On WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 37, 1800,
at 2 o'clock p. m,
314 West First Street.
Will be sold without reserve, a large
of Local Scenery.
I au26-2t THOS. B. CLARK, Auot.
Rev. D. W. Hanjja, A. M. Brest.
Cor. Bth and Hope sts,
Fall term of sixth year commences
September 10, 1890.
Rev. I). W. Hanna President
Alice M. Broadweli Lady Principal
Christine Moodie, Ella E. Ives.
Margt. F. Hamilton, Blanche N. Epler,
Wm. Havemann, a. m. Rev. N. Saunders, A. M.
Linda A. Carvek Prin Preparatory Dept.
Jean Russell '. Prin. Primary "
Lucy S. Hanna Secretary
The conservatory of Music is under direction of
PROF. A. WILLHARTITZ.
The Art Department is under care of
MISS ELLA S. GOODWIN.
The Department of Elocution and Oratory is
under the care of MISS ELLA E. IVES
For catalogue <tc. apply to
au7-0w D. W. HANNA, President.
Devoted to Christianity and culture. Healthiul
retired and beautiful location. Preparatory,
collegiate and elective courses. Military and
calisthenic drills. Modern languagess, clocu*
tion and art, special. Best music courses. Bus
free for students to and from cable cars. Re
opens for both sexes, boarders and others, Sep
tember 2nd. Expenses moderate. For particu
lars address, C. ESTEKLY, President.
au22-lm , P.O. Box 2893.
LOSI OS ANGELES COLLEGE.
J CONSRVATOBY OF MUSIC.
Rev. D. W. Hanna, A. Willhartitz,
Tho following branches are taught in classes
and by private lessons:
Piano, Organ. Violin, Violoncello, Guitar, Man
dolin, 'Banjo, Flute, Voice Culture, Theory
of Music, Musical Pedagogy, Instru
mentation, Choral Singing, Music Reading.
A. Willhartitz — Piano, Organ, Harmony,
M. A. Brown—Voice Culture.
H. E. Hamilton—Violin.
C. S. DeLano—Guitar and Banjo.
W A I.TE R M CQDILLA N—Fl ute.
A M SUA Weiineß—Mandolin.
Lessons given before and after school hours.
For further particulars call at COLLEGE,
au7-7w . Cor. Bth and Hope Sts.
BT. HILDA'S HULL
Boarding and day school for girls, will re open
Faculty increased, terms reduced.
Thorough instruction in all departments, Pri
mary, Collegiate. Business, Especially strong
Musical faculty. Circulars at Booksellers and
at room 35. California Bank building.
Address, Rev. J. D. Easter, D. D.
aulO-lm Mason, P. O.
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
Of the University of Southern California will
open the fall term on the 17th of September.
Full Faculty for both College and Seminary.
Prof. F. A. Bacon will have charge of the
Department of Music, lie has secured the ser
vices of Miss Pearson, of Philadelphia, to teach
the instrumental music. Prof J. lvey will con
tinue to give instruction in Art.
Terms in all departments reasonable.
For information address
M. M. BOVARI),
President of the University,
Or W. S. MATTHEW, Registrar,
au 17-lm University P. 0., Los Angeles, Cal.
J. S. TURNER'S
Gents' Fine Shoes
Accurate Styles, Durability and
M. S. HEWES, Sole Agent,
LOS ANGELES, CAL.
J. C. CUNNINGHAM,
Manufacturer of and Dealer in
Trunks and Traveling Bap
132 S. MAIN ST., Opp. Mott Market.
Telephone No. 818.
Repairing promptly attended to. Old trunks
taken in exchange. Orders called for and
delivered to all parts of the city. au2o-3ni
Office of Board of Supervisors, i
of Los Angeles County, >
I.os Angeles, Cal., July 29, 1890. >
Notice is hereby given that a re-registration
of the voters of Los Angeles county, state of Cal
ifornia, in accordance with section 1,094, et
seq , Political Code, and the acts amendatory
thereto, has been ordeied by the board of super
visors under date of July 11th, 1890. Said re
rcgistraticn commenced July 2Sth and will
continue eighty-live days from that date. AU
voters must be "registered.
By order of the board of supervisors oi Los
Angeles county, Cal.
J. M. MEREDITH, Clerk.
jy3o-oOd By C. W. Blake, Deputy.
PIONEER TRUCK. CO.,
(Successors to McLain & Lehman,)
proprietors of the
Pioneer Truck & Transfer Co.
Piano and Safe Moving a Specialty.
Telephone 137. 3 Market St. Los Angeles, Cal.
622 W, 6th st. near Hope.
CXtNTRACTOR FOR GRANITE, ASPHALT
Bituminous Lime-Rock Paving.
Sidewalks, Driveways, Cellar Floors laid at Reasonable
Prices. Granite Curbing. Asphaltum Roofs made
and repaired. Granite for all kinds of
building purposes for sale. aua-im
I GANAHL LUMBER COMPANY"
Main Office and Yard, First and Alameda Sts.
Carry the most complete stock of seasoned REDWOOD, PINE, LATHS, SHINGLES,
etc,, etc. We have also opened our
With an assorted stock of seasoned
Oak, Ash, Cherry, Maple, Poplar, Elm, Walnut, Cabinet Woods,
# Mahogany, Spruce, Hickory, Etc., Etc. jel6-3m
MeDonald & Fisher
Fine Stock of BOOTS™ SHOES
Must be closed out at once. Commencing
AUGUST 16, 1890.
The finest Stock in the city. Bottom Prices.
GIBSON & TYLER, 142-144 N. Spring St.
AT THEIR VALUE.
HEADQUARTERS FOR CHOICE
Teas, Coffees, Table Delicacies
FANCY BRANDS OF BUTTER.
SEYMOUR I JOHNSON CO.
WHOLESALE AND EETAIL
Now at Nos. 216 and 218 South Spring St., near Second.
( ' OFFEE ' FRI DESERTS,
To one part of Milk" ad i four
For Sale by all Wholesale and Retail Grocers.
W. H. MAURICE,
No. 124 North Los Angeles Street, LOS ANGELES, CAL.,
Sole Agent for Southern California. jylo-eod-4m
JEWELRY ■ MM HOUSE
Will Remove to
129 N. SPRING ST.
NEXT DOOR TO PEOPLES' STORE.
UNITED STATES STABLE,
PETER CLOS, Proprietor.
Horses, Carriages and Saddle Dorses To Let.
All Kinds of Horses Bought and Sold.
Horses Boarded by the Day, Week or Month
No. 952 Flower street, Los Angeles, Cal .
ON TELEPHONE LINE.
Sealed bids will be received at the oflice of
the Bear Valley Land & Water Company, in
Redlands, for ttie building of a telephone line
from Redlands to the Hear Valley dam. Bids
to he opened at the office of the company on
Tuesday, September 10th, 1800, at 2 p m.
Specifications can be seen at the oflice of the
company. The company reserve the right to
reject any and all bids. JOHN g. north,
au 17-lmo General Manager
WINE MEN ATTENTION!
Cheap Cooperage For Sale.
Fermenting Tanks, Puncheons and Pipes
Appiy at 200 FranUlit; Street, Los Angulea.
10-ml M A. Powkll.
Change of Firm
Los Angeles, Cal., August Ist, 1890.
Dear Sir—We hereby give notice that we
have sold our interests in the "Globe Coffee and
Spice Mills" to Mil. H. Bartning, who will
continue the business at our present location.
We take this opportunity to express our grati
tude to the trade for the liberal favors and
patronage extended to us in the past, and
solicit a continuance of the same for the new
firm. Howry Bros, will collect all outstanding
bills and settle all liabilities of the old firm.
Referring to the above circular, I tate pleas
ure in announcing that I have this day taken
charge of the business heretofore conducted
under the firm name of Howry Brothers, and
respectfully solicit a continuance of your favors
which I hope to merit, by keeping my goods at
the same high grade standard, and by strict and
prompt attention to all business entrusted to
me. Respectfully, H. BARTNING
GEO. W. COOKE & CO.,
PAPER DEALERS AND BOOKBINDER^
ZOO North I.os Angeles Street,
LOS A NOBLES, CAL. aul3-t