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UNITED IN DEATH.
A. H. Breckenfeld Blows
Out His Brains
BY HIS DEAD WIFE'S SIDE
Half an Hour After He Had
Closed Her Eyes.
AN EPISTLE TO THE CORONER.
A Love That Was Stronger Than
Life— He Was an Expert Wit
ness in the Martin Case.
Side by side, in a stately mansion on
Washington street, lie the dead bodies of
a man and woman, who by their lives j
proved that tbe age of chivalry and ;
romance has not wholly passed away j
from earth. She was one who found the i
happiness of her existence focussed in her
home life. A host of friends gave her
their affection and esteem, and her bus
band idolized her. He was Known in tbe
A. H. BRECKENFELD.
commercial world as an accountant of
rare ability, and held for fifteen years a* 1 ,
high position in one of the oldest banking
institutions in the city. Yet among those
who enjoyed his friendship he was chiefly j
known as one to whom bis household was !
the most sacred place on earth.
The dead man and woman are Mr. and
Mre. A. H. Breckenfeld of 3421 Washing
ton street. Mrs. Breckenfeld died at 1:30
o'clock yesterday afternoon, after suffer
ing many months with a cancer. Half an
hour later her husband lay down on the
bed by her side and blew out his brains.
They will be buried in one grave to-day.
The suicide was not the act of a man
crazed by the first excess of grief. It was
contemplated before his wife died and
executed after he had set his house in
order. He had an rffice or study in tbe
house in which he kept books and papers
and instruments for microscopical re
search. The books were carefully ar
ranged and the documents tied into bun
dles when he knew that his wife's case
had passed beyond the surgeon's skill.
The cancerous growth was removed some
time ago by Mrs. Dr. Lane of 705 Sutler
street and the patient rallied and was ap
parently on the road to health when it
reappeared. Her decline was rapid and
yesterday tbe end came. %
The bereaved husband went to his room
a few moments after life had left tbe
body, and in a firm band wrote a letter to
the Coroner. When he descended to tbe
room in which the body lay be found there
the physician who had attended Mr*.
Breckenfeld and a nurse. He asked them
to withdraw for a few moments, saying
that be wanted to be alnne with bis wife.
He was apparently calm and tbey with
drew to an adjoining room, leaving him
with his dead.
A few moments passed and the silence
that reigned in the bouse of Borrow was
broken by the report of a pistol. The
doctor and the nurse were startled by the
sound, and knowing instinctively what it
portended hastened into the apartment
where they bad left Breckenfeld. The
nurse haa a bed in the room at the side of
the couch on which Mrs. Breckenfeld had
suffered and died.
Od that bed the accountant lay with bis
arms extended. A revolver was clutched
in his right hand, and blood was pouring
from a wound in his head. The bullet
had passed through the brain and crushed
the skull. He died instantly.
Tidings of tbe tragedy were quickly
sent to tbe near relatives and friends of
dead couple, a message was sent to tbe
Coroner's office. Deputy Jones went to
the. house and decided that it was not
necessary to remove the body. He sum
moned a jury of residents in tbe neighbor
hood, ana after they had viewed tbe re
mains permission was given to prepare it
The letter written to the Coroner in the
firm, bold band of the accountant read :
San Fba><_isco, Aug. 25, 1894.
To the Coroner of the City and County of
San Francisco— DearSib: Id order to avoid
tlie possibility oi a wrong being done any one
throußt) misapprehension I desire hereby to
stale tbat my death has been caused by my
own band. I wish to be with my dear wife.
Yours truly, A. H. Bkeckenfeld.
Mr. Breckenfeld was born in Germany
about forty-nve years ago. His father
came to California early in the sixties and
settled near San Jose. A lew years later
be obtained employment as janitor of the
public schools in this town and gave his
boy the best education the (place afforded.
When young Breckenfeld graduated he
was at once taken into a San Jose bank,
for he had already established a good repu
tation as au accountant He married in
Saa Jobb and came to this city with his
family fifteen yesrs ago. be was em
ployed here as chief bookkeeoer of the
London, Paris aud American Bank and
held the position until his death.
Mrs. Breckenfeld was a sister of Austin
Thompson, a once well - known civil
engineer and surveyor frequently em
ployed by tbe Probate Court to divide
large estates. She was a very attractive
girl and early in life married William
Lewis of San Jose. The union resulted
in the birth of two children, who now re
side in this city. It was an unhappy mar
riage that coded in the divorce court soon
after the birth of the younger child. She
married Breckenfeld about twenty-one
years ago and was several years his senior.
Her first husband lives in Southern Cali
Mr. Breckenfeld was president of the
local Microscopical Society for several
years, and was a most expert manipulator
of the instrument by which the heart
secrets of nature are revealed to the sci
entist. He was acquainted with and
gave expert testimony during the trial of
the famous case in Judge Coffer's court
one week ag>. He had his microscope
with hi oi and intently studied the exhibits
produced by ihe contending lawyers. The
"Dear Belle" letter of February 24 he un
hesitatingly pronounced a forgery. He
was one of tbe most inflexible witnesses
on the stand, and baffled all the arts of
tbe cross-examiner to shake his testimony.
FELL FROM THE SLIDE.
Probable Fatal Accident to Mrs. Alice
Mrs. Alice B. McCarthy, 4b Decatur
street, met with what probably prove a
fatal accident about 11 o'clock last night
She wus taking a ride on the toboggan
slide, corner of Market and Lark in streets,
along with some friends, and when near-
ing tbe homestretch she rose fromi her
seat. To the horror of her friends she
fell over the side to tbe ground Deneatb, a
distance of about twenty feet.
The patrol wagon was summoned and
accompanied by a bic crowd the* injured
woman was taken to the Receiving Hos
pital. She was not unconscious and kepi
' calling loudly for "Susie," 6ne of the
; young eirls who was with her.
Dr. Deane made a careful examination
of her and found that three of her ribs
were fractured, her right lung ruptured
and she was also suffering from concus
sion of the brain. The probability is that
she will not recover.
Xo line who saw the accident attributed
any blame to the owners of the slide.
There is an iron rail guardinc the side of
tbe tobaggan, and any one keeping his or
her seat cannot possibly fall out. Nor
could tney do so even though they fainted,
as it was suggested Mr<. McCarthy might
have done. What made her stand up is
only known to herself. She is a young
woman about 22 years of age. and was re
cently divorced from her husband.
IN FLORA'S HOME.
Sunny Alameda's Gardens
A Unique Basket Picnic Carried Out
by the California State
The outdoor meeting of the California
State Floral Society, which was held in
Alameda for the first time yesterday, was
universally voted to be the pleasantest
picnic that the organization has yet en
When ft was decided to hold the meeting
in Alameda, a committee consisting of
Mrs. Stanley Stephenson, Mrs. Swett and i
Mrs. McCartney was appointed and given I
permission to make any arrangements
that seemed desirable, and most of the
party, when tuey arrived at Park-street
station, had Dot any idea what was to b«
the order of the day's proceedings.
About City members and their friends
assembled, and under the guidance of the
committee were soon comfortably acconi- |
modated in a procession of buggies and
omnibuses. Then commenced what for
flororuaniacs was a source of unmitigated
delight. The party was driven from gar
den to garden. .some belonging to members
and others to residents of Alameda, who
bad thrown their grounds open for the
ocssion to the society.
Naturally, at every place, the floricultur
ists found something beautiful to admire.
Mrs. Baboock, Mrs. Beel and Mrs. Sfephen
•on's gardens having been admired. the
party visited Joseph A. Leonard's, and I
afterward went into raptures over the
wealth of orchid* owned by John C. Sieg
fried. Judge Waymire's shrubberies were
seen with interest, and then the procession
of carriages drove through Mrs. A. A.
Cohen's place and on to Charles Ahl
Although the heat was intense, the
members would have scorned to miss a i
single garden by remaining in the vehicles
at any of the stopping stages. Young and
old descended at each place and viewed all
there was io be seen, and that was gener
ally a good deal. By 2:30 o'clock Mrs.
McCartney's bnme on Bay Farm Island
wan reached. Here it was found that,
contrary to tho rules of the organization,
an ample kmch had been irovided. "\V«6
not this a basket picnic?" asked the vis
itors, trying to look hurt and indignant.
Bui coffee and cooling drinks will go a
long war, particularly on a day like yes
terday, toward soothing the feelings of
members who see the rules of their organi
zation outraeed. and it. was not lnng biv
fore Mrs. McCartney's hospitality was
done ample justice to.
Before 4 o'clock every one was en route
again with unabatei energy. Mrs. Swett's.
was the next place visited, and there again
the rules of the society were set at naught
by tne production of icecream and cake.
Before the party drove on a number of
speeches were made. The president, E. J.
Wicksoa, remarked that the outdoor meet
ings of the society bad shown a sort of.
THE MORNING CALL, SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 1894.
progressive improvement, and that the
one to A lamed a had reached a sort of cul
minating point. A vote of thanks was
then passed to the committee and the Ala
nieda residents who had helped them.
G. H. Platr, one of the founder* of the
society, made an appropriate speech, and
Mrs. Colby, the representative of an East
ern paper, said some nice things about
California. Several members of tbe local
Alarneda press also made speeches.
Several more places were visited nn the
way borne, including a place at Fruitvale.
where the members were allowed tn pick
roses to their hearts' content. On all
hands gratitude was expressed to the
committee, which had insisted mi bearing
the expense. Much valuable assistance
was also rendered by Mrs. Babcock.
HER FOOT SLIPPED.
Accident to Mile. fcmerie at the
The patrons of the People's Palace were
treated last night to an exciting event
that was not on the programme.
Silverne aud Emerie, the Australian
niarveis, give a performance on the swing
ing bars which are suspended from the
ceiling about the center of the theater.
Tbe lower rings are about 12 feet from a
table which stands on the ilnor beneath
Mile. Emerie was in the midst of her
Derformance when she met with an acci
dent. She had her left font in one of the
rings and was bending back with her head
hanging down trying to put her right foot
into the other ring so that she could let go
h*r hold of the rope and hang by tbe feet.
While doing this her left foot slipped out
of the ring and she fell, striking aeainst
the table beneath.
There was a yell of dismay from the
audience, while several of the ushers
rushed forward and carried her behind
the scenes. A physician was hastily
summoned, who expressed an opinion that
she was only suffering from the shock
and would be aole to appear again to
night, bhe had struck on the side of her
head, the blow stunning her for a few
moments. Manager Clifton sent her tinmo
in a back and allayed the excitement of
the audience by explaining that she was
only stunned by the fall.
HIS LIFE ENDED.
Death of the Broker,
One of the Founders of the San
Francisco Stock Exchange
and a Pioneer.
Henry Scbmiedell, one of San Fran
cisco's well-known citizens, died at the
Hotel Rafael, San Rafael, yeslerday morn
ing at 5:30 o'clock.
Although Mr. Schmiedell's health has
been failing during the past two years he
nas been able to attend to business until
list Thursday, when he was stricken with
apoplexy, which caused his death.
On Wednesday he came over lo San
Francisco from San Rafael, and after
meeting a number of his old business as-
sociate^about the city he returned on the
same day to San Rafael, where his family
was stopping lor a few<lays.
Mr. i-cnmiedell resided on the corner of
Post and Leavenworth at reets. lie leaves
a widow, a soo, Edward G. Schmledell,
and a daughter, Mrs. George T. Howard.
ileury Scbmiedell was born in the city
of Luneburg, ilauover, German)', 74 years
ago. lie received a college education in
lm native land, graduating at 15 from his
alma mater. Before leaving his mother
country he thoroughly equipped himself
to enter business, having been a salesman
in seme of the largest houses in Lunebure.
When scarcely 21 he left home to make his
fortune in America. lie went to Lima by
the way of Valparaiso, and there he con
nected himself with a commission and im
Tlie year 1849 found him with many
other pioneers iv Sau Francisco. The
young man soon found employment with
Goddefroy, Sillem & Co.
Ue remained with this firm until 1854
when he visited Europe. Upon bis reiuin
home lie assisted in the inauguration oi
tbe San Francisco Stock and Exchange
Board and was its first treasurer. He helu
the office for raaoy years. Later he went
into partnership- with J. M. Shotwell, tbe
firm being Schuiiedell & Shotwell, commis
The house did business only one year,
when it dissolved. Then Mr. Schmiedeil
went into, the stockbroeerage business
alone, but later was joined by Ell Hoch
stadter and Leonard Jacoby. The cousol
idation of the brains and wealth of these
men created one of the heaviest houses on
'change, and during the Crown Point and
Belcher and also the bonanza excite
ment the profits of the bouse dally were
equivalent to a small fortune.
In 1878 Mr. Schmiedell again returned
to Germany, dosing out hit business prior
to his departure. lie spent some time at
his birthplace visiting old acquaintances.
Mnce nis return to San Francisco he has
retired from all active work and eugaged
himself in investing his money In real
estate and other sound collaterals. His
Investments were very heavy and his
estate is a very large one.
The deceased was a man possessing
tender sensibilities and a high standard
of honor. He was widely known in the
business world ana had a well-established
Mr. Schmiedell was the last of the
charter members of the San Francisco
Stock and Exchange Board, which he
worked hard to organize. In his memory
the board adjourned at 11 a. m. yesterday,
and will not be in session on the day of
the funeral, which will be held in tbis city
to-morrow. The remains were brought
from ban Rafael yesterday.
A Ship Carpenter's Fall.
George Linus, a ship carpenter, living in
Berkeley, bad an unfortunate fall yester
day. He was wording on a vessel at
Fourth and Channel streets, and while
placing a plank in position ft sprang back,
striking him on ti.e breast. The blow
knocked him off the staging on which he
was standing, and iv his fall bis bead
struck ugaiDst projecting limbers. He
was taken to the Receiving Hospital,
where it was found that his skull was
fractured. He may recover.
Tart lw«ntj-iii of •' Picturesque
California" will be randy fur distribu
tion to "Cull " subscribers to-morrow.
It is a, most ioterastlne number, and can
be obtained for 10 cents and one coupon.
Ezeta and Party Enjoy
PRISONERS ONLY IN NAME.
The General Is Sanguine of His
WILL NOT DISCUSS POLITICS.
He Is Grateful for His Treatment
Since His Arrest— Executions
The gray dawn get around as usual yes
terday morning and peered inquisitively
into tbe spare room in the Appraisers'
building next to Marslial Baldwin's office
to see if General Ezeta, ex-Vice-President
of the Salvadoran repuD.ic. aud nis trusty
followers, including tbe valorous Busia
meiite, were still camped there,
It was a disappointment for the gray
dawn. O:iiy the empty boxes and the
regular paraphernalia of tbe room were in
EZETA RECEIVING SOME OF HIS FRIENDS IN THE CALIFORNIA
sight. There were no swarthy men lying
on the floor and no Deputy Marshals
standing around on cunrd.
"I do believe they're sone," muttered
the gray dawn in tones indicative of keen
"Oh, net next to yourself," snarled the
window-pane, which lias a standing
erudge against the gray dawn because the
latter will insist on coming around and
exposing the stains which am allowed to
gather on its surface day after day.
"You're always getting left." went on !
the window-pane in the same lone ; "you j
come around at the tail end of darkness, I
wliph there is nothing to be seen, and chase
yourself away before the son comes up,
when you might see something. Don't
you know that the Ezeta party left here
yes'erJay and are now comfortably housed j
at the California Hotel?"
Z "You don't say," was the sneering
response of the gray dawn, and then it
hastened away and began to peep into the
rooms of the California that faced on Bush
street. Finally the exiled general and his
party were located in the front rooms on
the sixth floor of the hotel.
"Ah," said the gray dawn, "this looks
more like the quarters of a distinguished
general and ex-executive." It went into
ecstacies over the pretty carpet, the oak
paneling, the artistic pictures and furni
ture, and gave a hurried glance at the dark
visage of the general that was quite con
spicuous amid the white folds of toe pillow.
"This is a contrast, indeed," said the
dawn as it lingered around, and saw
the sleepiug forms of the ether members
of the party. Just then, though, it heard
one of the two Deputies Marshals, who
are on guard in the corriJor, say to the
other that Marshal Baldwin was coming.
The announcement was sufficient. Without
waiting to gee what the Marshal wonld say
about the intrusion toe gray dawn moved
on, and soon a stray sunbeam crept through
the window aud began to illuminate
Altogether it was a quiet day for the
general. He and bis party were pretty
well tired out, and when the gray dawn
was around none of them were aware of it.
They were rou3ed shortly after 10 o'clock
and breakfast was ordered. The Now
York attorneys, Messrs. Rubens and Do
Quesada, who occupy rooms not far re
moved from those which are under Federal
supervision, were participants in the
breakfast table festivities.
Marshal Baldwin was on the scene early
and inquired of tbe prisoners how they had
been treated during the nieht and as to
their welfare in general. General Ezeta
as? tired him that their treatment had been
of the best, and that Deputy Maloney and
his companion were of the right sort and
had not intruded their official presence
upon the festivities of tbe night before in
the rooms of Messrs. Rubens and De Que
sada. The comfortable quarters the Gen
eral was especially pleased with, and the
others expressed themselves in the same
Tbe example which the general had set
in providing himself with a new suit of
clothes and other sartorial adornments
proved contagious, and General Ba
lanos and the invincible Etistaroente
Dined to see themselves in fashionable-at
tiie. Through an inadvertence the re
doubtable Uustaraente was referred to
yesterday as a genera). He was only a
captain in the Salvadoran army, but as
such his record was none the less honora
ble and sanguinary from a soldier's point
of view. On many a hard-foucht battle
fiald the aeed follower of Ezeta's shat
tered fortu les proved his valor and hero
ism. Oa Friday he had been so occupied
wiih thoughts about the bleak future
prospects for a career of blood and glory
that he had no time to devote to thinking
of clothes or the like. Bui when he saw
his chief arrayed in neat fitting broad
cloth the pride of Bustamente was
aroused and he sought a clothing-honse
himself yesterday and arrayed himself
General Ezeta yesterday was in tbe tame
mood concerning his case that be has been
tver since his arrest. He is not inclined
to look upon the proceedings for bis ex
tradition in a very serious way. Both he
and his attorneys are confident that the
technicality which bas beeja raised that
the party was brought here against their
will by the i'-enniugton will prevail in the
It is only uron the merits of his case
and ordinary everyday topics that the
general will speak. When asked yesterday
regarding his views upon the proposi
tion of a Central American union, he de
clined to exoress himself. In a journal
which he at one lime edited in Nicaragua
he advocated the idea, and for doing so
bis journal was suppressed and he was
expelled from the country. Whether his
views in this rpspect have undergone any
change or not is not known.
"The general will not discuss Central
American politics with any one," said At
torney ±Cubens, "and he also declines to
express any opinion as to the actions of
his brother Carlos. He is very grateful
for the manner in which he has been
treated since his arrest, but naturally he
has some strong views regarding the man
ner in which he was treated officially by
The depositions iv the cases against the
prisoners were placed in the hands of a
competent interpreter yesterday by
Thomas Jewetf, the clerk of the District
Attorney's office, who is sworn to see that
proper and correct copies are made.
Miould Ezeta be remanded to San Salva
dor and arrive there safely his execution
is certain to follow. It will be carried out
in accordance with the custom of tbe
country, which is somewhat peculiar.
There are no public executions, but of
fenders are led out at daybreak and soon
after their dead bodies are discovered In
some out-of-the-way corner or road. No
one knows who has Killed the dead ones,
and an official notice is issued that so-and
so was found dead in such-and-such a
place. In this way there Is no responsi
bility attachable to any one, and offenders
meet their just— or unjust, as the case may
be— doom. Who has committed the shoot
ing in behalf of the Government is always
However, Ezeta dnes not seem to fear
that he will be shuffled off the earth in this
summary and mysterious manner.
Lieutenant Coffin of the Bennington,
who is a stanch friend of Ezeta and who
has been with him since be landed, re
joined his vessel at Mare Island yesterday.
He will probably return next Tuesday to
the city. He is one of the officers on the
warship who will testify in E/.eta's favor
that be came on board the vessel as a
guest to await the coming of the San
Bias and that he was brought here against
The prisoners, who are comined to their
rooms at all limes lind considerable
amusement in playing cards and toasting
each other frequently in wine. Ezeta,
though, spends his time either in silent
meditation or in conversation with his at
torneys, who are constant attendants. He
frequently has moody snell* and will hold
communication with no one. These
spells, though, are brief and on the whole
he Is very cheerful.
UNDER THE WHEELS.
A Child Crushed and Killed by an
Philip Garnet, the four-year-old son of a
poverty-stricken couple, who live at 268
Jessie street, was run over by a truck
while he was playing in front of the house
Friday afternoon and sustained injuries
that resulted in his death yesteiiiay. The
driver passed on unconcernedly after pass
ing over the child and no one knows who
he is or by whom employed. The hoy's
body was crushed anu he suffered in
tensely until relieved by death. The par
ents are too poor to bury the body and it
will be interred at tbe expense of the city.
A Somnambulist's Fall.
J. M. Owen, a young man. while asleep
walked out of an open window on the
second story of 434 Jessie street yesterday
morning. He alighted on bis feet, fractur
ing tbe bones in both and injuring his
back. He was taken to the Receiving
Hospital. He and bis mother came from
Sacramento, anri were staying over nighr,
intending to continue their journey north
in the morning.
His Toes Amputated.
Lewis Webster, a boy 16 years of age,
who lives at 333 Chesley street, was trying
to steal a ride on a train near Baden yes
day morning, when be missed his bold and
fell. The wheels of tbe rear car passed
over his f«et. He was taken to tbe City
and County Hospital, where all the toes of
one foot and one toe of tbe other foot were
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A REMEDY NEEDED
The Wheels of Justice
Neglect of Duty of Prose.cuting At
torney O'Keefe and His
When Police Court 2 opened for busi
ness yesterday morning at 10 o'clock there
was a calendar containing about sixty
cases to be disposed of. Judge Conlan
took his seat on the bench punctually on
time, but neither Prosecuting Attorney
Stephen I. O'Keefe nor his assistant, J.
Tooin, was present, which was by no
means unusual as far as the prosecuting
attorney at least is concerned.
The Judge after waiting for a few min
utes pave vent to nU indignation. *T re
gret," said the Judge, "tuat neither the
prosecutiug attorney nor his assistant is
present. 1 cannot be expected to act af
Judge, prosecuting attorney and assistant
prosecuting attorney of this court, and
measures must be taken to compel these
two officials to do their duty. Their neglect
is the means of blocking the business of
the court and causing unnecessary delay iv
the disposition of cases. They knew there
was a heavy calendar to-day and there is
no excuse for their absence."
Attorney Kelly offered to officiate in the
absence of the Prosecuting Aitorney, and
with bis assistance a few of the* cases
were disposed of, the balance being con
Besides the inconveniences in court
caused by the absence of the two officials,
'people who called at the Prosecutlug At
torney's office for warrants were oi course
unable to obtain them. Tney crossed over
to Police Court 3, and all morning War
rant Clerk McKee's office was crowded.
Judge Joacbimsen and his warrant clerk
very properly raised a kick against the
rush of business through the dereliction
of duty of the officials of the other court
and there was a hot time generally.
This is not by any means the fir3t time
that similar complaints have been made
against Prosecuting Attorney O'Keefe.
During his absences his assistant has to
conduct the prosecutions in court, and as
the laiter cannot be in two places at one I
time people who call for warrants have to
wait for hours or go away without them.
Others go to No. 3 court, which piles un
necessary work upon the shoulders of Us
obliging warrant clerk and gives the
Judge more than his share of cases to ad
Other Prosecuting Attorneys are gen
erally to be found at their posts an hour
before the courts are opened for business
to make themselves acquainted with the
facts of the cases Jo be heard. They are,
therefore, ready when court opens to make
motions for dismissals should the facts
warrant it, and by this means much vaiu
able time is saved. On the other hand,
O'Keefe is rarely present until after the
court opens. He knows nothing of the
facts of the cases, and It is no unusual
thing for several witnesses to be examined
and then he discovers there is nothing in
the cass and moves for a dismissal.
People who arc growling about these
things say that a man who draws $250 a
month from the city trensury, which is the
salary 6f a Prosecuting Attorney, should
attend strictly to his business, which, as
a rule, does not occupy more than two
hours daily. Tb« assistant Prosecuting
Attorney draws $125 a month, so between
them the city pays 54500 a year for what?
Suspected of Robbery.
Harry Nealon, »lias Larry, and Frank
Reynolds, alias Tug Wilson, were lodged
in the tanks of the old City Prison by De
tectives Eean and Silvoy yesterday. Rey
nold* has served two terras in ban Quentin
and Nealon ha« done time at tn* House of
Correction. They are suspected of having
robbed a sailor on the Barbary Coast yes
HIS FUNNY FADS.
Erratic Mr. Smith of the
The Skipper of the Unlucky Schooner
Appears and Spins an Amus
The romantic narrative of the driftings
and iate of the trading schooner Goideu
Fleece, as published in Friday's Call,
has not only refreshed the memories of
many who became acquainted with Mr.
Smith and the genial doctor, during their
sojourn in this city several years ago, but
na3 also resurrected Captain Robert Quin
ton, the skipper of the ill-starred craft.
He is at present residing in San Francisco,
and recalls vividly the almost aimless
wanderings of the Golden Fleece and tier
two erratic supercargoes. After drawing
the salary due him, and leaving the vessel
at Hong-Kong, Captain Quinton returned
at once to California on one of the regular
steamers, and had almost forgotten the
existence of the Fleece, till reminded of
the same by the recital of events afore
The skipper states that William Ver
milyea Smith was the full name of the
erratic individual who accompanied him
on that eventful voyaee, and his com
panion was Dr. Richard F. Duncan of
VVilliamstown, Mass. While on a visit to
relatives in the East Captain Quinton first
became acquainted witn the pair, and
when he started westward they packed
their baggage at a moment's notice and
accompanied him. En route he learned in
addition to what has already been stated
that Smith had a wife in New York, a sec
ond in New Jersey and still another in
Spain, but notwithstanding these matri
monial drawbacks tie considered himself
eligible for a fourth.
"In some respects he was the most
peculiar man I ever met," said Captain
Quinton, "and in my judgment tie was a
born adventurer. Women, butter ana
tobacco, de claimed, were the only objects
of God's creation worthy <o b» cultivated
by any gentleman, and he managed to live
up strictly to his principles in this regard.
He had four wives and was seeking an
other, used butter on every article of food,
inclnding fruir, and managed to consume
tobacco fifteen hours out of every twenty
four I remember that, upon reaching on«
of the islands of the South Pacific, Smith
possessed himself of a rare bird of some
I sort, and proceeded to feed it upon nothing
but butter. The bird grew thin, and when
some one remonstrated with Smith for not
feeding it upon fruit, the latter asserted
that a butter diet would make a songbird
out jf a turkey buzzard if only continued.
His pet finally died, but Smith claimed it
was caused by asthma or old age."
"Speaking of his passion for tobacco,"
continued Captain Quinton, "he would
after smoking from morning till night
place a pitcher of water on a table near
his bed, and after filling the room full of
smoke retire to rest. The fumes oi the
tobacco, he claimed, purified the water,
which was only fit to drink when so puri
fied. Before sitting in a barber* chair be
invariably entered into negotiations with
the barber, allowing him to smoke a huge
pipe during the entire shaving process."
The skipper states that "Dr." Duncan
did not remain witu his comrade Smith on
his island home, but returned to America,
and has dropped completely from view.
Smith in atl probability is still devoting
bis undivided attention to women, buttar
and tobacco on one of the Soutb Pacific
The Fire Record.
Sparks from n chimney set fire to the
roof of W. Irving's house, 734 Geary
street, nt 8:12 o'clock last night. The roof
was destroyed and the coutents of the
bouse were damaged by water. Ttie loss
is estimated at $500.