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VOLUME LXXVII.— NO. 111.
THE PACIFIC SLOPE
San Diego Collectors of
Taxes Disappear in
TEARS OF FOUL PLAY.
Belief That the Men Were Mur
dered by Robbers Who
RETURN OF THEIR HORSES.
The Animals Were Without Trap
pings and Showed Signs of
RSAN DIEGO, Cal., March 30.— Deputy
County Assessor L. N. Bailey of Julian
and J. B. Brackett of this city are missing
on the desert, and it is feared that they
have been murdered. If murder has been
done it must have been peculiarly cold
blooded, as the slayers must have followed
their victims from Yuma and camped on
their trail till the opportunity came, leav
ing the bodies of their victims on the desert
and turning their horses loose to create
the impression that the men were lost.
Both men have families in this city.
The two men went out to collect taxes
on personal property and polltax at the
mining camps of Gold Rock, Largo, Mu
chacho and Picaeho. as well as other points
on the desert. They left Julian, which is
a short journey from the western edge of
the desert, on March 5. Nothing was
heard of them until they arrived at Picaeho,
on the Colorado River, above Yuma, where
Bailey wrote to County Assessor Burt.
This was on the 16th. On the 20th Bailey
again wrote to Assessor Burt, this time
from Yuma, remitting $400 which he had
collected. He asked for certain instruc
tions, which were wired him.
Bailey and Brackett were to leave on the
day after receiving a telegram, which was
the 22d. Nothing has been heard of them
?ince, though plenty of time has elapsed
for them to cross the desert. On Tuesday
night, the 26th, their horses arrived at San
Felipe, east of Julian. The animals
showed every sign of hard running, and
were apparently suffering from thirst.
They had no harness upon them. They
were seen on the San Felipe grant for two
or three days, and then made their way to
Charles Bailey, a brother ©f the missing
Deputr Assessor, accompanied by Fred
Paine, an old desert trailer, immediately
left Julian to search for the two men.
They w^re of the opinion that foul plaj
had btHgu committed, as Bailey was well
acquainted with the sandy plain, and
would no* have let the horses escape. The
fact that not even a halter was on the ani
mals looked as if they had been deliber
ately turned loose.
So far as known Bailey would have had
considerable money on his person collected
in the mining camps. His brother fears
that Mexicans or Indians, or even white
men had followed the two men and mur
1 hough no trail existed Charles Bailey
and Paine struck out for Yuma on the
course they thought most likely to find
the missing men. They were well armed.
It was suggested that perhaps the two
men had themselves fled, sending their
horses home to make it appear they had
become lost. But this is hardly likely, as
both men have property, while the sum
they had collected was not sufficient to
tempt them to such a move.
Brackett is part owner of Santa Yzabel
ranch and Bailey some time ago sold the
Wynola ranch at Julian. From the re
remarkably fast time made by the horses,
crossing the desert in four days, a distance
of about 160 miles, it is believed they got
away scon after leaving Yuma, and that if
murder was committed it was in the east
ern end of the county. Information re
garding the case was furnished by Asses
sor Burt to the District Attorney's office
to-day, and District Attorney Sweet tele
graphed to the authorities at Yuma to
make a search.
ALASKA MINERS STARVING.
Run Short of Supplies Owing to
the Action of a Steamer
A Messenger Arrives at Port
TOWNSEND TO SECURE FOOD
FOR THE MEN.
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., March 30.—
T. J. Healy, son of Captain Healy of the
Alaska Commercial Company's steamer
P. B. Weare, was a passenger to-day on
the Al-Ki from Alaska. Healy made the
trip from Fort Cudihee overland to Juneau,
a distance of 7f>o miles, for the purpose of
fitting out a vessel with supplies to be
taken at once to the upper regions of the
Yukon country, where there is, at present,
prospects of a famine among the miners
who spent the winter there and who. at
the time Healy left, were out of coffee and
bacon, while the other food supplies were
at the Jowest ebb.
The depleted state of the larder is due to
the desertion of the captain of the steamer
Arctic, who left that vessel at Fort Yukon
■when she was bound to Forty-mile Creek
with grub and implements for the treasure
seekers. H euly will outfit a vessel at
Seattle and return at once to the relief of
those, who perhaps by this time are suffer
ing for the necessaries of life.
The winter on the Yukon has been com
paratively mild, the lowest temperature
being G8 deg. below zero, according to
Healy. This intense cold was exceeded at
Forty-mile Creek, where, during the entire
third week in December, the mercury
reached a point 72 deg. below zero.
AN llf MAX liVXS. A.MUCK.
Shoot* the First Mate of a Steamer and
Then Himself. '■■ ; r- .
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., March 30.—
The steamer Al-Ki brings news of a shoot
ing affray at Killisnoo, in Alaska, the first
The Morning Call.
mate of the steamer Francis Cutting hav
ing a narrow escape from instant death at
the bands of an insane Indian armed with
a revolver. The mate was standing in a
cannery watching the men at work, when
one of the Indians jumped to his feet with
a yell and dashed at the mate, shooting
him twice, once in the breast and once in
the face. Before the bystanders could dis
arm the Indian he fired a shot into his own
brain, which did not kill him, but will re
sult fatally. The mate is reported to be
improving and is sure to recover.
THE ANGELS STAG E-ROBBER
Messenger JJettfirirhs Did Xot Shoot a
Shadow as Alleged. .
STOCKTON, Cat.., March 30.— William
Ilendrick*, Welb-Fargo's messenger on
the stage road between San Andreas and
Angels, must have shot at a highwayman
when he blazed away at a iigure in the
brush near the road a few nights ago.
Some of the people in the hills who did
not find a dead man lying behind the
brush fence there doubted the story, or at
least thought that the plucky messenger
had made a mistake in the dark, but he is
corroborated by a traveler who passed over
the road a few minutes ahead of the stage.
Thi.« man, a resident of Tuolumne
County, drove along that road in a buggy
half an hour ahead of the stage, and at
the plane where Hendricks tired he saw a
man arise from behind the brush fence,
and after a survey of the traveler's rig he
disappeared. The fellow was waiting for
the stage to come along, it is thought, and
rose on hearing the buggy to find that he
had made a mistake.
The description of thi3 man tallies with
that given by the messenger. Men who
have talked with the messenger and the
driver are positive that Hendricks saw a
man rise in the dark who was there for no
good, and if he did not stop the stage it
was owing to the quickness of the guard.
THE LOS ANGELES TONGS
Highbinders Creating Much
Trouble in the South
Efforts to Block Prosecutions
and Signs of an Impend
LOS ANGELES, Cat,., March 30.—China
town is stirred up to a high pitch of excite
ment to-night, and the police will not be
surprised if the opposing tongs engage in
an open street fight should the opportunity
Wong Che, who has been leader of the
Wong society for many years in this city,
is in jail awaiting trial on a charge of mur
der. Although the leader is safely con
fined in prison the Wongs are not idle,
and under direction of Sam On Eye of San
Francisco and another highbinder from
Fresno, they are making matters warm for
the friends of the man who was murdered.
Cases against fifteen dissolute Chinese
women, who are under the protection of
the tongs, were to have come up for trial
in the Police Court this morning. When
the hour arrived a continuance was asked
for on the ground of absence of material
witnesses. The Deputy District Attorney
stated to the cuurt that he understood that
there was a conspiracy on the part of the
Wong tong to get the witnesses out of the
way; that one of the most material wit
nesses had been shipped away to Fresno
upon a fictitious charge of murder, and
another had been arrested and taken to
San Bernardino on a warrant sworn to at
the latter place by Wong men charging
him with arson.
In view of this serious aspect of the case
the court granted the continuance asked
for. From all that can be learned the
men arrested were in Los Angeles at the
time the crimes at Fresno and San Bernar
dino were committed, and there seems to
be not the slightest doubt but that the
Wong men here deliberately swore to a
falsehood in order to get the witnesses out
of the county and beyond the reach of
The policemen all pronounce the charges
trumped up, and several officers will go up
to Fresno to testify in defense of the men
taken there. It is probable that Wong
Che will not now be admitted to bail.
FAeetrie-Car Held Vp.
LOS ANGELES, Cat,., March SO.— Two
masked men held up. a Maple avenue
electric-car just before midnight at the end
of the line. The passengers had all got
off and thf conductor was turning the trol
ley when a man with a black cloth over
his face approached with a revolver and
ordered him to throw up his hands.
At the same time the other robber held
up the motorman and brought him round
where the conductor was. The latter was
relieved of about $10 in fares and $5 of his
own. The motorman had no money, but
had a pistol in his pocket, which he had no
chance to use.
Clearing Up the Crooks.
LOS ANGELES, Cat-., March 30.— The
police net in this city is beginning to drag
heavily. The police have already loc.ked
up nearly a dozen crooks, attracted by the
coming Fiesta, and to-day they captured
Henry Parker and James Collins, three
card monte and lock-came men. Parker
is an Easterner and Collins a coast man.
The detectives have been apprised that
others are on the way.
Acquitted of Murder.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 30.— A ver
dict of acquittal was returned under in
structions by the jury to-day in the
Superior Court in the case against William
Settles, accused of having murdered John
Hawkins, a baker of Wilmington.
Plutnbert' Strike In Off.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 30.— The
threatened strike of plumbers of this city
has been declared off, owing to the fact
that the employers decided not to make
the cut of $1 per day, to take place to
Preparing for La Fiesta.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 30.— The
work of constructing 5000 seats at Central
Park for use during La Fiesta was begun
to-day, and other preliminary arrange
ments are well under way.
I>r. J**ery>a I>eath at Trharhapi.
TEHACHAPI. Cal., March 30.-The in
quest on the body of Dr. M. Peery, found
dead at his mines five miles out "of town
yesterday, revealed that he died from an
overdose of chlorol hydrate, self-adminis
tered for the purpose of alleviating pain,
and the Coroner's jury returned a verdict
in accordance with the facts. The Masons
will take charge of his remains.
SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 31, 1895 — TWENTY-FOUR PAGES.
HOLD-UP AT REEDS
Two Masked Robbers
Try to Loot the Ore
A BATTLE ON THE TRAIN.
Sheriff Bogard of Tehama
Shoots One Bandit and Is
Killed in Return.
FLIGHT OF THE MURDERER.
Rides to Sacramento on a Bicycle
and May Be Caught by the
MARYSVILLE, Cal., March 30.— One of
the boldest robberies ever committed in
this State, and which was attended by
tragic results, was the holding up of the
northbound Oregon express-train No. 15 a
hundred yards below Reed's Crossing, a
station seven miles south of this city, at
7:45 o'clock this morning. In the fight
that was opened by James J. Bogard, the
brave Sheriff of Tehama County, one of
the robbers and the officer were killed, and
Fireman Nethercott was wounded. The
robbers, of whom apparently there were
three, did not succeed in getting any
money from the express-car, and though
they looted many of the effects of the pas
sengers, they left their booty behind them.
The Oregon express left Sacramento for
the north on time last night, but when a
few miles outside of Sacramento was de
layed by a hot box and lost an hour. This
time was not made up in the run to
Wheatland. The train pulled out from
Wheatland soon after 1 o'clock, and was
nearing Reed's station when a masked
man, wearing slip-overalls swung down
from a boxcar into the tender of the loco
motive, and, jumping into the cab, covered
the engineer and the fireman with a re
volver and commanded them to stop the
train at the next station. When within a
short distance of the station the engineer
was told to put on the airbrakes and did so.
When the train came to a standstill the
robber ordered the engineer and fireman
to jump from the cab. As they did so a
small man, also wearing a mask and with
a revolver in his hand, suddenly appeared
beside them. They thought he must have
been secreted beside the road, though he
may have been on the boxcar with the tall
man. The trainmen were then ordered to
march toward the express-car and tell the
messenger to open the door. They did so
and the messenger, without much hesita
tion, complied with the order.
One of the robbers remained on guard
outside and the other entered the car. But
their search was fruitless. There were no
valuables or money outside of the
safe, and the big steel strongbox was a
through safe, with a combination lock,
which the messenger could not open.
Ordering the messenger from the car. the
robbers marched the three men toward the
passenger coaches. Arriving there, one of
the bandits produced the leg of a pair of
overalls and, tying a knot in one end im
provised a sack. Handing this to the fire
man, they told him to enter the smoking
car, cautioning the other men not to move.
With drawn revolvers they marched be
hind the fireman and commanded every
passenger to put his valuables and money
in the sack.
By this time the colored porter in the
tourist sleeper, just beyond the day coach,
became aware that a robbery was in prog
ress, and knowing that Sheriff Bogard was
in a berth, called him. The brave officer
was in his shoe? and trousers in a minute,
and, armed with a heavy revolver, started
for the day coach.
He crossed the platform between the
sleeper and day coach, and, as he entered
the latter at the south door, the robbers
came in at the other door. The Sheriff
stepped to one side, aimed and fired. His
bullet struck the man nearest him, but a
second failed to reach its target. One of
the robbers must have seen Bogard enter,
and on doing so jumped down, and. run
ning along the side of the car, entered and
shot him in the back. This is evident, for
the bullet struck the Sheriff in the main
right artery in the back, just below the
As the robber fell he exclaimed, "I am
The other asked, "Are you killed, Bill?"
and thereupon jumped from the car. tell
ing the now thoroughly frightened train
men not to attempt to follow. By this
time the passengers were all aroused and
a general fusillade followed, the wounded
robber joinittg in it, and the little robber
escaped amid a shower of bullets. In the
melee Fireman Nethercott was hit twice
by tiying bullets.
Conductor Shortridge secured a man to
help Engineer Bowser, and after about half
an hour's delay they came on to this city,
arriving at about 2:30.
Dr. Powell was called at once and treated
Fireman Nethercott. Coroner Bevan was
notified of the presence of the two bodies
at about 3 o'clock, but it was nearer 5 when
the news was taken to Sheriff Inlow and
Marshal Maben, both of whom left at once
for the scene of the robbery. At 7 o'clock
this morning a special arrived from Sacra
mento with several detectives aboard.
The dead robber was identified by
Charles Becker, night clerk at the United
States Hotel, as S. McGuire. The robber
is six feet in height, weighs about 200
pounds and was attired in a full and com
plete bicycle suit, over which he had a pair
of slip-overalls, and in which there were
two improvised pockets, made of toweling,
to hold pistols, two of which were found
Becker stated that two strangers arrived
at the United States Hotel soon after the
departure of the Oregon express Monday
morning. They both had bicycles and
stated that they had arrived on the train.
The tall man, who wore a bicycle suit, and
who slept at the Golden Eagle Hotel on
Wednesday and Thursday nights, had
registered under the name of "S. McGuire,
Daley, a clerk at the Golden Eagle Hotel,
said that the tall man had stopped at the
hotel before, and from his accent con
cluded that he was an Irishman. He was
positive that he had no companion with
him at time. When McGuire arrived
at the hotel about 10 o'clock "Wednesday
morning he stated that he had come from
Jack Barry's ranch in Linda Township.
He looked tired and worn out and his
clothes and bicycle were covered with mud,
as it was raining. He may have intended
to do the job that night and have been dis
appointed. The small man who slept at
the United States Hotel did not wear a bi
cycle suit and was about 5 feet 7 inches in
height and had a small sandy mustache.
Officer Meek, who was at the depot on
the arrival of the train, was handed the re
volvers. Sheriff Bogard's revolver had two
empty cartridges ; one was unexploded and
one was dented. The robber had two
Colt revolvers, out of one of which three
shots had been fired.
The engineer also handed the sack con
taining the stolen property to Officer Meek,
who transferred it to the Coroner.
The railroad people have been expecting
a hold-up on the division, and for a lonp;
time until night before last had guards on,
who came up as far as this city. This
morning they did not come and the rob
This man now known as McGuire
passed himself off as a bicycle agent, and
was at the racetrack one day last week. At
that time, according to Gus Bilhartz, he
made an examination of the several
switches in the vicinity of Sieber's winery.
During the day it was positively ascer
tained that the smaller of the robbers is
the brother of S. McGuire. That there was
a third robber is quite certain from the
movements of the men. The third man
had passed himself off as G. Williams,
which he very likely assumed. He had
been around town for some time and met
the McGuire brothers under cover of
The doctors' autopsy shows that Bogard
could not have bepn hit save from the rear
and it can safely be assumed that he did
not turn his back to admit of being made a
THE FIREMAN'S STORY.
Forced to Help Loot the Passen
gers and Then Shot.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., March 30.-Fire
man Nethercott, who was shot by the
train-robbers, resides at 523 N street, in
this city. He was brought from Marys
ville on the southbound Oregon express
and taken to the railroad hospital. Dr.
T. W. Huntington, superintendent of the
hospital, does not think that the injured
man's wounds will prove serious, One of
the bullets, which was fired by the robber
who was killed, entered Nethercott's left
shoulder, crossed over and probably lies
in the muscles of the rh/ht shoulder.
Another bullrt struck him in the right
thigh, above the middle point, on the
outer surface, passed through the leg and
entered the left thigh at a corresponding
point. It emerged on the outer side of the
left thigh. Dr. Huntington says the bullet
was, apparently, of 38 caliber.
Although his wounds are painful,
Nethercott bears up cheerfully and gave
an account of the hold-up. He says:
'I was engaged at tiring when [ hap
pened to look up, and saw a masked man
holding a revolver to my head and at the
. same time m iking a motio \ to i-a^p me kpej>
quiet. He held me that way until the
steam began to run low, and this attracted
the attention of the engineer, who turned
around to see why I was not working.
Then the engineer found himself, also,
looking into the revolver.
"The robber made us stop the train and
go to Ihe baggage-car with him. As we ap
proached the other robber fired a shot at
us and the bullet went through the crown
of my cap. He was compelled to stop
shooting by a command from the robber
who was with me.
"We did not get anything out of the
express-car. This made the fellows so hot
that they said they would take the whole
train, and they went right at it. I was
forced to hold the bag, and we made a
splendid haul. It seemed that we had
about $1000 in gold, silver and greenbacks
and fifteen or twenty fine gold watches.
After the robber had been shot by Sheriff
Bogard he began blazing away at me, and
his bullets winged me twice before he died."
THE CONDUCTOR'S ACCOUNT.
Graphic Description of the
Holding Up of the Train.
SACRAMENTO, Cat,., March 30.— The
train held up by the robbers was in charge
of Conductor James E. Shortridge of this
city. His account of the affair is as fol
The train had gone about three miles be
yond Wheatland, when the robbers held
up the train. After v the train had been
brought to a halt they ordered the engi
neer and fireman out of the cab and
marched them to the door of the express
car. Here Engineer Boweher, in obedience
to the peremptory command of the robbers,
rapped at the door of the car and asked
the messenger to open it. . .
| As soon as the door opened the messen
ger was covered with the pistols of the
robbers and was ordered to get out. When
he had obeyed the , order one of the rob
bers entered the car, and, after remaining
only a short time, came out again. It is
believed that he could . not find any valu
able packages loose, and that, not having
any dynamite cartridges with them, no
attempt was made to open the safe.
The next movement of the robbers was
to take the engineer, the fireman and the
express messenger into the. coach back of
the smoker. They gave the fireman a bag
made of a pair of overalls sewed up at the
small end, and as they entered the door of
the coach they sternly commanded the
passengers to throw up their hands and to
| deposit in the sack held by the fireman
whatever valuables they happened to have
about them. : ■ ;'■■.-:.:'.'■
: The passengers readily complied with the
order, but one of them, a man named
Sampson from Redding, made a show of
refusing to give up his money, : but his
rebellious spirit was tamed by one of the
robbers beating him on the head with a
large revolver, cutting a gash in Sampson's
scalp about \ four inches long. jg Sampson;*
with his head and face ■ and coat covered
with blood which flowed profusely from
the wound in \ his scalp, without further
remonstrance : threw ' his money into the
sack held by the fireman. * V i
: After having gone through the " coach
without molestation or resistance of : any
kind, the robbers and their prisoners went
into the smoking-car. The same order was
given here, and • the passengers threw; up
their hands. % Some of the passengers held
their lighted cigars between their fingers,
and some were ,so > much ; astonished that
they ' held their cigars between their teeth.
„ While the - robbers were ; finishing ? their.
* : ' Continued on Second Page,
SUICIDE AT TACOMA
Abe Gross, a Prominent
NO CAUSE FOR THE DEED.
Retires in the Best of Spirits
and Is Found Dead in the
WELL KNOWN IN SAN FRANCISCO
His Relatives Think He Was Mur
dered, but Indications Point to
TACOMA, Wash., March 30.— Abe Gross,
one of the best-known merchants in the
Northwest, was found dead in his room on
the top floor of the big Gross block, this
morning at 9 o'clock, with a bullet-hole
through his head, and a 38-caliber revolver
between his legs. The pillows on which
his head rested and the lower part of his
face were covered with blood.
Mr. Gross had been in the habit of ar
riving at his store before 8 o'clock, and as
he did not appear at that hour the clerk
went to call him. Receiving no answer
the clerk returned to his office. An hour
later another call was made for Abe, and
his brother Morris became alarmed, and,
accompanied by Bookkeeper Edgar E.
White, went upstairs and opened the door.
Stretched out on the bed was the corpse,
arrayed in nightclothes.
Abe Gross left no letters to explain the
deed if he did commit suicide. Friends
think his death an accident. He was 27
years of age and single.
Though depression had lessened their
business, Gross Bros, have had no finan
cial trouble and the attorneys say not a
single bill has been pressing them. The
generally accepted theory of the suicide is,
however, that Abe became despondent be
cause business did not pick up and was
partially out of his head when he shot
He was without doubt the most popular
man in Tacoma. He was a member of the
Chamber of Commerce, president of the
Hebrew Benevolent Society, a thirty
second degree Mason, Mystic Shriner and
was one of the trustees of the recent inter
state fair. In everything that would bene
fit Tacoma he took a most active interest.
He was well Known in San Francisco. In
1882 and 1883 he took a course there in a
business college and subsequently went in
business, afterward becoming a member of
After the shooting this morning the Lon
don and Han Francisco Company filed two
mortgages. One, given in 1893, is for $40,
--000, and covers property owned by David
and Morris Gross in the business district.
The other, for $1000, was given by Abe in
1892 on property owned by him. Both
claims are overdue, but will not be pressed,
the bank simply desiring to put its claim
on record. So far as known these are the
chief outstanding claims.
Last night Abe went out to a dinner
party, returning to his room at 1 a. m. with
a friend, who saw him last alive. He was
then in good spirits. The three brothers
and their families are griei-ptricken. The}'
still insist that Abe must have been mur
The Coroner's jury rendered a verdict
that death resulted from a pistol wound
inflicted in some manner unknown. An
autopsy made by Dr. Everett revealed that
the revolver was placed between the teeth.
The ball glanced upward, lodging at the
base of the brain. The inquest developed
that the shooting occurred about 7 o'clock,
just after the porter had stepped in and
taken his shoes to the floor below to black
them. The funeral will take place Mon
day or Tuesday.
VINE'S TRIP TO GUAYMAS.
Details Concerning the Seizure
of the San Francisco
A Passenger Tells a Story of
111 Treatment on the
LOS ANGELES, Cat-., March 30.— E. M.
Piercy, the man who brought the news
yesterday of the seizure of the schooner
Vine of San Francisco, and alleged bad
treatment on the vessel, gave the following
He says the Vine had not proceeded far
to sea from San Francisco when he dis
covered that he had been deceived. He
thought he was starting on a pleasure and
trading cruise to the South Sea Islands,
but instead the first stop was at San Bias,
Mexico. Here the crew deserted, but were
returned aboard by the Mexican authori
ties. He would have deserted the vessel
too, but found that he would have to travel
many miles by stage to reach the railroad.
After staying eight days at San Bias the
schooner proceeded to Guaymas. The trip
should have been made fa eight days, but
it took twenty-four. The captain and
crew, Piercy says, were incompetent. They
encountered a severe storm lasting four
days. The crew often rebelled and at
Guaymas again deserted.
Captain Burns, the owner of the
schooner, was at Guaymas when the vessel
arrived there. Piercy demanded an ex
planation for the deception practiced upon
him. Burns tried to get the authorities to
compel him to remain on board, but they
refused. Finally, Piercy took the train
for home. Just before he left the schooner
was seized. What the outcome would be
he did not know, but intimated that he
knows a great deal more about her voyage
than he is willing to tell at present. He
said that instead of being a passenger he
had to work like a galley slave, as the crew
was incompetent to navigate the vessel.
Steamer IHcgo Said to Be at ilmtynias.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 30.— E. M.
Piercy, who brought the news of the seiz
ure of the schooner. Vine at Guaymas, says
that just before he left there he was aboard
the steamer Dieso, formerly the Manuel
Dublan, which was reported lost in a storm
March 24. He said she lost her propeller
but made port under sail.
NEVADA`S DEFAULTING CLERK.
James X. Morgan Asks That the Case
Against Him lie Dismissed.
1 NEVADA CITY, Cal., March 30.— A pe
tition was presented in the Superior Court
Wednesday .by District Attorney Itiley,
asking that the case against James L.
Morgan, who was Clerk of Nevada County
six years . ago, and fled after embezzling
several hundred dollars, be dismissed. The
petition was signed by seventeen members
of the jury which found the indictment,
and also by the Supervisors. The petition
was opposed by P. P. Simonds, one of
Morgan's bondsmen, on the ground that
the defaulting clerk had not yet made
good the deficiency. He asked that a war
rant for his arrest be issued, but learning
that a warrant has already been placed in
the hands of the officers, no further action
was taken in the matter. '
Morgan is now located at Sutter Creek,
FOUND ON SANTA MONICA BEACH.
An Alleged Message h'rotn a ShipterccUed
Crew on San Clemente Island.
SANTA MONICA, March 30.— A. Minne
apolis boy named Sariborn picked up a
sealed bottle on the beach to-day contain
ing the following note :
We Think Island of San Clemente,)
March 1, 1895. ]
Our three-mast schooner Howitzer, from
Guaymas to San Francisco, in ballast, was
wrecked on the rocks day before yesterday and
tbe crew are now waiting to be rescued. Please
send us immediate assistance, as our pro
visions are very low.
J. E. ton* Bi.tch, Captain.
Henry Awer, First Mate.
The officials at Port Los Angeles are in
clined to the belief that it is a hoax, but
the bottle bears evidence of having been in
the water several days.
NAPA FAVORS EXCURSION.
Its Citizens Organize to Aid
the Half- Million Club
The Sonoma County People
Also Take Steps to
NAPA, March 30. — An enthusiastic meet
ing of business men was held in the Court
house last evening, and the Napa Im
provement Club, which has done good
work in former years, but which has been
dormant for five years past, was reorgan
ized with a membership of over fifty.
Henry Brown, cashier of the Bank of
Napa, was chosen president; H. M. Bar
stow, a leading attorney, secretary; L. J.
Norton, of the Sawyer Tanning Company,
treasurer; .1. W. Grigsby, capitalist, and R.
Raymond, glove manufacturer, vice-presi
dents. The executive committee chosen
consists of the officers and E. D. Beard, a
prominent merchant, J. H. Boke, a well
known real estate agent, William Fisher,
orchardist, and one of the proprietors of
the Napa Fruit Cannery, and G. M.
Frances, editor and real estate dealer.
W. M. Bunker and D. M. Carmany, of
the San Francisco Half-million Club, were
present and addressed the meeting, ex
plaining the work of their club and the
plan of the club which is to bring the ex
cursionists from the Southern California
fiestas and flower fetes to this part of the
State and enable them to obtain a knowl
edge of our resources.
Their remarks were received with great
enthusiasm, and a meeting of the execu
tive committee was called for to-night to
outline a plan for the entertainment of the
The Improvement Club has fixed the
first Monday in each month for meetings,
and a vigorous campaign of progress will
be inaugurated at the meeting next Mon
Sonoma Join* in the Scheme.
SANTA ROSA, Cab., March 30.— At a
big meeting of the Sonoma County Horti
cultural Society held here to-day it was
decided to take steps toward having the
excursion planned by the Half-million
Club of San Francisco visit Santa Rosa.
The society agreed to guarantee the cost
which will be attached to the Santa Rosa
part of the enterprise.
Mayor Woodward ha 3 called a meeting
of the citizens to be held at the City Hall
next Monday evening to consider what ar
rangemens are necessary .to properly en
tertain the excursionists who will be
swinging around the fiesta circle on the
itinerary scheduled by the Half-million
COLUSA FIGHTERS MAY DIE.
Doctors JSndeavor to Save the IJrrt of
Tiro Farmers Who Shot Each Other.
COLUSA, Cai,., March 30.— Lemuel
Vaughn and John Senvers, the two farmers
who shot each other in a row last night,
brought on by the latter slandering the
former's wife, are still alive, though there
is little hope foi either of the men.
An operation was performed on Vaughn
to-day, the doctors sewing up six holes in
his intestines which had been made by the
passage of the bullet. Drs. Belton, Cason,
Gray and Pirkey performed the operation,
but it is doubtful even if that will save him.
SANTA CRUZ IN THE PROCESSION
Citizens Ready to Ttonate Lands to a
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., March 30.— The
Taxpayers' Association has agreed to give
land for depot purposes and to obtain a
right-of-way from San Mateo County to
this city for railroad purposes.
Chinese lottery Dealers Arrested.
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., March 30.—Con
stables to-day arrested seven Chinese lot
tery dealers who had been selling tickets
Suicide JSear Petalutna.
PETALUMA, Cal., March 30.— Elisia
Evans, a painter, committed suicide at 8 :30
o'clock last night, two and a half miles
north of town, in the attic of H. L. Nay's
residence, where he had been working, by
cutting his throat. Evans was a native of
New South Wales, aged 33 years. Exces
sive drinking led to the act.
Redwood City Parricide Held for Trial.
REDWOOD CITY, Cal., March 30.-The
preliminary examination of John J.
Clancy, charged with killing his father,
was held to-day before Judge Cunning
ham. He was held to answer for murder
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
SCHEMING IN KERN
Southern Pacific Move
in San Joaquin
TO BLOCK THE NEW ROAD.
Land-Grabbing and Coercion
of Farmers the Features
of the Plan.
DOUBLE JOKER IN A LEASE FORM
Ranchers Are Wary and Many Have
Refused to Comply With the
BAKERSFIELD, Cal., March 30.—
There were many rumors afloat here to
day to the effect that the Southern Pacific
is trying to make a land grab and at the
same time strike a blow at the valley
road. As near as can be asCertained the
following facts are the basis for the re
The Southern Pacific Company claim
they were originally granted 200 feet right
of waj- along their lines and base their
claims upon their original grants and on
the act of Congress of March 3, 1875, grant
ing to railroads "the right of way on pub
lic lands of the United States 100 leet on
each side of the central line of said roads."
However for years past the company has
been assessed for but 100 feet, 50 feet on
each side of the main line, with the excep
tion of reservations in towns. The Stat«
Board of Equalization for 1894 describes
the right of way in JKern County as fol
lows: "117.83 miles with right of way
through Delano, Bakersfield and Mojave
200 feet in width, at all other points 100
feet width.'' And for such was the assess
ment levied. To the . Delano irrigation
district the railroad company sent a state
ment of its line through the district in
which the right of way is described as
being 100 feet in width, and this statement
is signed by J. L. Willcutt as secretary. In
July last the company began setting back
fences near Delano, and did move quite a
number. The farmers resented the action,
and one, in energetic language, informed
the crew that the first man that started to
dig a posthole on his land would die. They
left the place and nothing more was done
at that time. Now the matter is up again
Mr. Garoutte has been here for three
weeks quietly working among the land
owners along the line inducing them to
lease from the company the fifty feet that
the company claims. This is accompanied
by a threat that the fences will be set back
and the land inclosed in the railroad' s
reservation. The consideration is $1 a year
and the promise from the farmer that he
will ship all b?s produce over the Southern
Pacific for five years.
Here is a double joker. The first is the
lease. The moment it is signed will be a
formal surrender of the farmer's adverse
possession of from five to fifteen years, will
give in turn adverse possession to the
company, and at the end of five years the
title will be acquired by prescription. The
second joker is believed to be a blow at the
new road, as the lease is said to be so
worded that it binds up all the land be
longing to the farmer Bigning it, and some
of the land-owners have very large tracts of
grain. All this must be shipped for five
years over the company's lines, thereby
shutting off competition. None of these
leases have been filed for record.
Two men residing in Bakersfield are
known to have signed it. Most every one
approached has declined to sign. Letters
from men all along the line are pouring in
for information in regard to the matter.
Many valuable improvements are in
cluded in the strip. Many miles of valua
able county roads are also affected. The
original act excluded county roads then in
existence, but these have been located and
established since the passage of the act.
Some are highways by common usage over
a period of years. Others were advertised
and declared public highways by the Board
of Supervisors. On Monday the board will
be called upon by Southern Pacific officials
to see what it will do about the matter.
As it is believed the roads are public prop
erty, a lively time is anticipated, and in
teresting developments are expected to
The entire road from Jewetta, six milea
north of Bakerstield, to Delano, a distance
of twenty-six miles, will be taken if the
company succeeds in its purpose, and the
county will be put to the expense of a new
highway. This is the best road in the
county. The road from Tehachapi to Mo
jave, for forty or fifty miles, parallels the
track and has on it many expensive cuts,
and passes through rough mountains.
Tnis will go to the company.
Moscow Hanker* Arrest.
MOSCOW, Idaho, March 30.— 1. C. Hat
tabaugh, the banker and ex-County Treas
urer, has been arrested at the instance of
the County Commissioners on the charge
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