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THE NEW YORK HERALD.
WHOLE NO. 7244. SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 29, 1856. PRICE TWO CENTS.
ARRIVAL OF THE ILLINOIS.
WO WEEKS LATER FROM CALIFORNIA.
The Execution of Casey and Cora, the
SUICIDE OF YANKEE SULLIVAN.
His Confession?Inquest on the Body
Opinions of the Press.
ARREST or MOBS PXBSOJTSf
Meeting on the Plaza in Opposition
to the Vigilance Committee.
PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR.
$2,270,868 in Treasure.
News from New Granada, Sandwirh Islands
and the South Pacific.
MARRIAGES, BIRTHS AND DEATHS.
4c., 4c., 4c.
The United States mail steamship Illinois, C. S. Bojgs,
U. S. N., commander, left Aspinwull at 8:40 on the even
ing of the 19th, and nrrived nt Kingston, J?., at 9:20 A.M.
on the 22d; left Kingston at 4:30 P. M. sumo day, and
arrived at quarantine at 4:16 o'clock on tho morning of
SUe brings the California mails or the 5th inst.,
$2,270,868 in treasure on freight, and 924 passengers.
Tha Golden Age left San Francisco, Juno 5, at 2 o'clock
P. M., with 932 passengers anil $2,657,418 on freight,
($397,235 of which was for Euglund and $10,833 for Pa
nama), and arrived at Panama at 10 o'clock P. M. on tho
Pied, June 27, at 9 o'clock A. M., A. Whittemore, aged
twenty-two years, of Georgia, of blllious rcmittant fever.
The Golden Age. off Fort Point, received on board Chos.
P. Duane, Wm, Mulligan and Woolly Kearney, all of whom
had been ordered to leave tho Stato by tho Vigilance Com
mittee. On the 12th Inst., at 8 A. M., was boarded by a
- boat from the steamer Uncle Sam, bound up. Same day,
at 8 o'clock 1*. M., arrived at Acapulco, received the usual
supplies and sailed at 1:30 A. M. 13th inst. On tho 15th
instant, at 4 P. M., Mr. M. Fulton, chief engineer, was in
stantly killed by being struck upon the head by tho crank,
while passing between it and the frame of the engine.
The following is th?.
LI8T OF THHASURE PER ILLINOIS.
4 Drexcl ft Co $560,000 Amer. Kxeh.Buuk $15,000
Wells, Fargo & Co 380,950 J. B. Weir 14 042
Metropolitan B'k. 160,000 Meade & Adams.. 13,500
?Jrder 141,222 Schollo A Bros... 13,000
Wm. Iloge A Co.. 126.000 Wm. Heller A Co. 12 000
C. Morgan A Co.. 100 000 W.Appleton A Co. 12,000
Duncan. Sherman Wellington A Ab
A Co 80,015 bott 11,000
How land & As piu- James l-odge .... 10,000
wall 72,370 K. A. Storn A Co. 9,000
James Patrick 71,000 HamburgerABro. 8,160
Hank of America. 65,000 John DurandACo. 7,000
Ulmer A Fcigen- Baker A Morrill.. 7,000
baum 60,100 Shane A McKeaue 4,600
E. Kelly A Co.... 6o,oOO A. K. A C. K.Tiltou 4,000
Wm. T. Colenian Myer Isivy A Co.. 3,000
A Co 36,500 Henry ytrybing.. 2,021
J.Strauss,Bro.&Co 26,017 Thomas Fitch.... 2,000
T. Wattson A Sons 25,000 Mechanics' Bank 1,700
Newhouse, Sputz Morgan. Hutha
ICo 26,000 way ?Co 1,000
> HVouHoffuiauACo 24,100 from ascin wall.
W. Seligman A Co. 20,000 Rollin.Tliorne&Co 13,500
Carey A Co 20,000 Podro Brin 4,000
Freeman A Co... 18,000 WilliamsAPotter. 2,350
AaronJacobs A Co 16,000 W. H. Murphy... 600
?I. H. Wines A C'o 15.163 F. Spies 480
J. C. Horan A Co, 16,10? A. B. A D. Sands. 388
?tS. W. Schcnkberg 15,000 Wells, Fargo A Co. 300
Shippers. Consignees. Amount.
B. Itavlsou N. M. Kothschild A Son.. $240,000
-Able Guy F. A. Sellier 49,000
"V. Marzion A Co V. Marzion A Co 28,000
FToche. BaycrqueACo.L. Opperman k 19,000
Daniel Gibb A'Co City of Glasgow Bank.... 16,635
hazard Frcree Inzard Freres 11,669
U. M. Nfhuabc A Co..H. M. Schuabo A Co 10,733
Ml Bertliean A Co F. Huth A Co 6,930
Verdier A Knnnller.. .Verdicr A Kamdler 6,471
Duprey, Foulks A Co..E. I.loyd A Co 6,303
.A. T. Botteron A. T. Botleron 3,000
A. E. Sabatae A Co...,B. Sabatao A Co (1,500
Total English shipment $397,234
?Sundry skippers Order $10,832
New York treasure $2,249,350
English do 397 234
Panama do 10,832
Total shipment $2,657,418
We are Indebted to all the Pacillc express agents for
tliea of California papers.
Nummary of the Fortnights News.
[From the San Francisco Bulletin, Juno 5.]
At no time since tho acquisition of California have such
a number of wonderful events occurred, or so much in
Censely excited public fueling known, as during the period
embraced in the past fortnight. The ten days proceding
vhe suiling of the last steamer gave those startling occur
rences origin, but thoir after dcvelopetheut has excited
an intensity not yet at Its ultimate. All matters through
out the State have been regarded as comparatively unim
' jortaut in view of the one absorbing fact, that by authori
ty of the people a great revolution lias begun, attended by
jots that assure us ot tho accomplishment ot reforms
which none can say we have not needed.
On tho day following the departure of tho last stcamor,
May 22, the funeral of Mr. King took place at the Unitarian
ohurcli, amidst tho most profound sorrow, participated in
by a dense multitude of citizens, snd thousands from Sa
;ramcntoand other cities of tho interior. While tho solemn
obsequies were being performed, a different and more
dreadful scene was enacted at tho rooms of tho Vigilauce
committee. Tho opportunity had been chosen to oxo.
outo the murderers, Casey and Cora, nnd this proceed
ing was completed before the crowd had time to assem
die in its vastness around the building, from the windows
.r which bung the dead offenders. Tho conduct or the
? Jommlttee in thus carrying out this retributive nee of.
sity, and in all else they havo since dono, was marked
oy the greatest decorum and serious determination.
Previous to the fatal moment of the execution the pris
oners were ofTered an opportunity to speak to the people
n the street, when Casey addressed them for ten
.uinntcs. wildly affirming his innocence of murder. Cora
made no effort to sneak, but stood unmoved while Casey
was speaking. Tho execution took placo at twenty
minutes before one o'clock, and at flflccD minutes past
?two the bodies were taken down and placed in tho hands
ir the Coroner. All this whilo a strong guard, armed with
iiu?ket?, revolvers and sabres, was stationed on every
street leading to tho committee rooms, anil the outside
spectators preserved Hie utmost order.
Tbc funeral of Mr. King was tho most imposing cere
mony (hat every transpired in tho State. Every associa
i ion and profession w.ia roprcscnted, and every honest
grade of society joined in tho procession. At tho conclu
sion of the leading movements of the day, tho committee
Uncharged their cunnon into tho bay, and stored away
manv of their small arms and accoutrements still kccp
ng, however, a strong guard at and near their rooms
The crowd dispersed to too various localitios o.Toring fa
jilitlee for small groups to talk over tho probable course
jf the committee in future.
, For several jlnys tho committee devoted their time to
mdoavoring to effect tho arrest of Edward McGowan a
jotorious accomplice of Casey, and who, along with him
had been indicted for the murder of Mr. King. Their
efforts to bring him to justice?tho scaffold?have not
been successful, and it is probable that ho led tho coun
ry ti|K>n witnessing tho fato of his confederate. Tho
fiends of Casey took his body, laid it in "state," ami fol
lowed it, to the number of lour or flvo hundred, to tho
.grave. He had no relatives here, but leaves an aged
.mother, who resides in New York. Cora's body was
Oven to Belle Cora, who was married to him just before
bis execution, and on whose nceonnt ho killed General
Richardsou. Fho displayed the greatest devotion to him,
md attended him with ninny signs ol mourning to the ce
I Of Naturday, May 31, Nicholas Graham was hung by
| the regular authorities at tho jail, for tho murder of Jo
I seph Brooks in January last. He was tried uud sentcnc
I >?' te l>e hung on the 2d of May, but obtained a reprieve
'40 jf lie 31st.
^ 'ho committee quietly proccoded In Its work of inquiry
i|'to the conduct of certain leading characters who have
had much to do with tho management of elections. After
1 m0.*0' quiet investigation, It wan dotermlned that tho
* uj known Yankee Sullivan and Charles P. Duane, Billy
Mulligan, Wwley Kearney, Italia Gallagher, Wm. Carr,
John Cooney and Edward Bulger, should be taken to the
rooms or tbo committee.
Tlielr arrest wss effected without disturbance, though
In the case of Duane and Mulligan a disposition only was
shown by outside parties to interfere to procure their re
lease. During all this while reports were circulated that
Gov. Johnson was about to call Into requisition whatever
means he might discover to suppress the revolutionary
organization, but bo has taken no such step. When these
rumors were prevalent, unbounded oxcitcracnt prevailed,
and word came from Sacramento and other places that
thousands woro ready to come to tbo assistance of the
Committee and their friends.
Early on Friday morning, June 1, the city was stirred
into a wordy uproar by the anouueemeut that Yan
kee Sullivan had committed suicide the night before
in his cell, at the rooms or the committee. This was true.
He had severed the brachial artery of the left arm with a
knife which was taken to his cell with his food. His
body was carried away by the Coroner, an inquest held,
and he wits buried without any display. The arrest of
Sullivan caused some wonderlul developcmouts concern
ing the ingenious system ol ballot-box stuffing, which has
for a long time enabled tho rogues of this city to elect
whoever they pleased to offices of public trust. Between
6 anil 0 o'clock, the deceased called the guard into his coll
and said that he had experienced a horrible dream, In
which lie thought ho had been tried and coudomnud to
On Monday, the 2d Inst., the opponent" or the Vigilance
Committee endeavored to hold a 41 great ma3S meeting to
denounce mob violence and sustain law and order." But
the affair v. a - a boisterous failure.
llie health of the city is good, and business only mode
The total coinage at the Branch Mint for the month of
Ma\ was $4,261,168.
The weather lins been pleasant, though in various places
unusually heavy rains have fallen, accompanied, in some
instance", by "wind, thunder anil lightning. Accounts
from the mining regions are highly favorable, anil while
n fi w rich discoveries are made, tho old claims are being
vigorously worked and are paying well for the labor ex
pended on them. Business in the larger towns has not
boon very brisk, but merchants and mechanics anticipate
a speedy change for the better. The villages of the inte
rior exhibit considerable activity and many improve
ments are going forward. The crops are neither remark
abl> good nor jioor, yet in some localities they are repre
sented as very promising.
We incline to the opinion that, when the season is a lit
tle further advanced, we shall he able to report the
coming harvest as one of the abundant ones. The po
lice records ot inland communities reveal an evident
decrease of criminal offences. But few cases of a
gross nature have occurred, and tho list of casualties is
also brief. On the 18th May D. Harris was killed in
Trinity county while Thomas Baker und Joseph Voshay
were engaged in a dispute and scuffle. On the 23d
tho seamen ou board the ship Osborne Howes, lying
in San Francisco harbor, ana hound for Calluo, ro
fused to do duty, and were placed in irons, ana tho
ship proceeded on lier voyage. Mr. McGrew was re
cently killed at Dutch Flat by the falling of a boulder
ou his head. He leaves a wife and fivo children in
Jefferson county, Ohio. The body of Thomas Manchester
was picked up in the bay, and he was identified as a na
tive of Holmes county, Ohio. Two brothers, named Ber
ry, were injured, one of them lataliy, on tne 20th May,
by the caving in of a bank at Columbia, Nevada couuty,
where they were at work. On the 27th of June, Samuel
Garrett, who killed Amiel Brlcknell, and Wm. Stewart
Kelly, one of the slippery for murders, will be hung at
Sacramento. Mr. James Ryder was killed on the 23d ult.,
at South Yuba Ditch while blasting rock. Wm. Weeks
and Win. Sbelton engaged in a light at l'etaluma lately,
and Weeks received u wound thought to be fatal.
The Indian war in Tulare is about terminated.
A.J. Blake was shot dead at Tuttlotowu by Jack Tomp
son, who escaped.
A man named A. Williams has been arrested at Sacra
mento, against whom charges of grand larceny will ba
brought, extending through the past two years.
On the 20th May last a boating wharf ut Salt l'olnt Quar
ries was capsized in a gale, and John Cunningham, lata of
Boston, was drowned.
The dead body of a man named Terry Couray was found
on the steps of the Jewish Synagogue, in San Francisco.
None knew the cause of his death.
Keefo, the murderer of Hayes, at Grass Valley, in March
last, escaped from the Nevada jail May 30. A reward of
$200 is offered for his capture.
All the influential presses in this State have endorsed
the action of the Vigilance Committee, and tho intelligent
country people arc announcing their approval by holding
meetings and adopting sensible and dignified resolves.
Tho miners, too, are favoring the new movement, and
everywhere the cry is heard, "Let us rid the Slate of of
ficial corruption and purify the citioe uud enforce good
THE FATE OF THE HURDERERS.
The Execution of James P. Casey and Charles
[From the San Francisco Bulletin, May 23.]
At about half-past one o'cclock yesterday, James P.
Casey and Charles Cora were hung by the Vigilanco Com
mittee, on Sacramento street, near Davis, at the head
quarters of the Executive Committee.
The prisoners, it is understood, had been fairly and im
partially tried before the Committee, anil had hpeu found
guilty. Numerous witnossos were examined, lihd it is
represented that the testimony was conclusive as to their
guilt. Casey was informed on Wednesday that sentence
of death had" been passed upon hrnp He recolved the an
nouncement with but little emotion, as ho doubtless ex
pected it. On Wednesday ovening and night the Rt. Rev.
Bishop Alemany visited him, at the request of the Vigi
lance Committee, and had a long conversation with him.
Fathers Maraschi and Acolti were with him, and remained
to the last hour. The Bishop, before leaving, heard the
last confessions of the doomed, and administered to them
the last rites of the Catholic church.
MARRIAGE OF CORA.
An hour or two previous to the execution, "Belle Cora,"
whose real name is said to ho Arabella Bryan, was ad
mitted and married to Cora. The ceremony was perform
ed by the Rev. Further Maraschi. The unfortuuato woman
remained with her husband until bis last moment.
At n quarter past 1 ?'clock tho two condemned men
were placed upon platforms erected in front of two of tho
windows of the Executive Committee rooms, In the second
story of the building. Corn was calm and collected as he
stopped on tho platform, nnd sulfcred tho noose to bo
placed around his neck without a murmur. Casey was
not so self possessed ; ho desired a brief interview with
the priest, which wus granted him. He then stepped
out on tho platform and addressed those boforo him as
Gcutlomcn?1 stand before you as a man about to ap
pear in the presence of God, and I declare before him
that 1 am no murderer. I have an aged mother, who I
wish not to hear that 1 am guilty of murder. 1 am not.
My early education taught me to re]>ay an injury, and I
have done nothing more. Although the Alia California,
Chronicle and the Olobe, and other papers in this oily,
have seen proper to connect my name with murder and
assassination, I um no murdorcr. Let no newspaper in
its weekly and monthly editions daro publish mo to the
world as one. 1 .ot it not get to the ears of my mother that I
am. Oh, God! 1 appeal for mercy for my past sins, which
are many; oh, Lord Jesus, unto thee 1 resign my spirit.
Oh mother, mother mother!
Tho noose was then adjusted round Casey's neck, and
his eye* bandaged. Ilo was just stepping on tho trap,
when his limbs giving way, two men extended their arms
and supported him to tho fatal spot.
Both Cora and t'oscy being now on tho platforms, the
signal was given,"the cord was out,and they were launched
Into eternity, at the same instant. The Tall was about flvo
feet, and the presumption Is that Cora's neck was broken
by the fall, as he made no show of struggle. A fow con
vulsive throes of the body of (>sey was observed, then a
slight raising of the feet, and all was over.
Tlie bodies were suspended about an hour, during which
time the thousands of spectators stood uncovered, amid
profund silence. The bodies were then taken down and
delivered over to Coroner Kent.
It was soon understood that the Coroner would hold an
inquest at noon to-day on the bodies of Casey nnd Cora.
During tlio morning his oflioo was besoiged by those anxi
ous to sec the remains of the dead, and among them wo
were sorry to see many young women. At the hour of
our going to press the examination of witnesses was go
ing on beforo tho Grand Jury.
[Front the Bulletin, May 24.]
The Coroner summoned a jury of seven gontlcmen yes
terday at 12 o'clock M., to investigate the cause of the
death of James P. Casey and Charles Cora, whoso bodies
wero found by the Coroner on the day .previous at tho old
Appraiser's store, on Sacramento street, occupied as the
rendezvous of nn organization styling itself a Vigilanco
Committee. Tho names of the jurors aro as follows:?
Redick McKee, Lieut. Edward Bcalc, A. Story, John Os
good, H. A. Cobb, C. A. Lowe, E. K. Burnell.
The tlr;t witness called was Dr. Dupuytryn, one of the
French company on guard at the time of tho execution.
The witness testitlcd that ho was called from tho street
ml? the committee rooms to witness the execution, lie
saw tho prisoners brought forth from their cells In com
pany with their spiritual advisers. Witness did not know
the parties who adjusted tho ropes around the necks of
the prisoners. Alter the bodies had been taken down he
made an examination and fourfd that life was oxtinct. He
supposed that ho was culled in professionally. Tlio rest
of tho testimony of the witness developed nothing furtbor
In relation to the haDging than was witnessed by specta
tors in the street, and described in the Ilerald of yester
Mr. McKee, foreman of tho jury, thought that tho above
testimony was quite suillcient for tho purpose* of investi
gation. He said it was well known that Casey nnd Cora
were hung by the Vigilance Committee, and ho questioned
tho expediency of going into furtbor testimony.
Mr. T. L. Eroiley sworn?Witness testitlcd that be
was preecnt in the rooms of the Vigilance Committee at
tho time of tho execution; Casey requested witness to
tuko charge of his money, aud deliver it to his friends;
witness declined answering further questions.
Mr. McKee hero renewed his objections to proceeding
further with tho inquest, and suggested that a witness
was not under an obligation to criminate himself.
Mr. Cobb coincided with the opinion of Mr. McKeo, and
thought it wss useless to prolong tho investigation.
Dr. R. E. Colo testified to having made un external
examination of the bodies; ho thought that death was
caused by strangulation in both instances; tho cause ol
death in such a case could only bo determined after a
jKist mortem examination; if the neck is broken by tho
fall, death Is instantaneous.
Notwithstanding that the Jury wcro quite willing to
close the Investigation, the Coroner insisted upon calling
Mr. Goo. H. Hossepross sworn
Question by tho Coroner?Do you know of an organisa
tion In this city styled the " Vigilanco Committee."
A. I kuQw tuat eueb ?m orgaoiMiioa 9*14(4 la Uua ?ity.
Q. D* you know wbo adjusted the ropes around the
necks of Casey and Cora?
A. I do not.
Q. Did you assist in adjusting the ropes?
A. I did not.
Q. Would yon decline answering .any further question?
regard iug the parties who adjusted the ropes ?
A. I would.
Captain Doano and Captain Gorham Wire called as wit
nesses, but declined answering any question whatsoever.
After a lengthy consultation the jury came to a deter
mination to lind that the deceased. James P. Casey and
Charles Cora, came to their deaths by Imaging, which
hanging was committed by a body of men styling them
selves a Vigilance Committee.
TOT FUNERAL OF JAKB8 P. CABBY.
The Herald of the 20th May, says :?Yesterday was the
Closing scene in the bloody drama which lias been enact
ed in our midst during the past woclc. The toot of the
mortal remains or all the most prominent actors hasrobeon
returned to Uieir mother earth?" dust to dust, ashes to
uslies and it la to he hoped that " after life's ntful fever
tliey slsep Swell." The funeral or James P. Casey will
long be remembered in this community. It was not so
effective as a demonstration of sympathy for any particu
lar virtues of the departed, as a quiet but firm illsutratioo
of opposition to tho ligb handed proceedings which even
tuated in kis hanging. The feeling displayed yesterday
was not of a noisy or emhusintic character?it was sub
dued, silent and respectful?it was a smothered demon
stration. It resembled tho stillness which pervades tho
atmosphere previous to the lightning boshes of the thunder
The funeral was to have taken place yesterday at I
o'clock, hut was postponed until S. By this time, Pacific
street, in the vicinity of CrcRcent Knglne House, was
densely packed witli human beings. There could not
have becti in the immediate vicinity and in the adjoining
streets less than 6,000 |>eople; some attracted as active
participators, others as silent sympathisers, and many no
doubt by natural curiosity. The funeral cortege moved
at $2)^ o'clock. The route was down Kearney street to
Sacramento; down Sacrament? to Montgomery; through
Montgomery to First; down First to Mission; up Mission to
Third; along Third to Folsom, and out Folsom to the Mis
sion Dolores. The procession was preceded by a hearse
drawn by two white horses, with five pall bearers on
each tide. Next came a huck, containing the only re
lative of the deceased in this country, a married lady,
accompanied by her friends; then followed Crescent
Engine Company, No. 10, of which the deceased
was a member and formerly foreman. They turned
out in full numbers, under tho command of their
foreman, Mr. James Herbert. Next in the order
of procession were the friends of Casey, who marched
on loot, two and sometimes three abreast. They turned
out to the uumbor of about 000, and marched all tho way
to tho Mission on foot. This was no hollow display of
sympathy. Then came the carriages to tho number of
eighty-three, containing for the most part ladles and their
families. The rear of tlio procession was brought up by
u cavalcade of horsemen to the number of seventy-seven.
The funeral cortege moved slowly and quietly to the Mis
sion churchyard, where tho last rites of tho Catholic
church were administered by the Rev. Father Carroll.
A large basketful of natural flowers were strewn over
tho grave, the coffin lowered, tho earth shovelled in, and
die spirit of James P. Casey is now in the presence of his
Maker, and his body lies beneath the groen sod in tho
old Mission churcUfard.
We understand a suitable monument will bo erected by
the friends of the departed," with the inscription?
" James P. Casey, murdered by the Vigilance Commit
tee, May 22. 1866," with a list of the Executive Commit
FUNERAL OP CORA.
The body of Charles Cera was interred on tiie 24th of
May. It was placed in a handsome collln, and deposited
in u liearso drawn by four black horses. A train of seven
carriages, containing tho widow and personal friends of
the deceased, followed, and the funeral cortege proceeded
to tho church at the Mission, where the customary rites
of the Catholic church were performed. The collln was
then taken out and deposited iu its final resting place, in
the Mission church yard adjoining the church. The cur
tain lias dropped upon tho eventful life of Charles Cora.
DISPOSITION OF CASEY'S PROPERTY.
TO TIIK PUBLIC.
An erroneous impression with regard to the amount of
property owned by the late James P. Casey having gained
public credence in the city, I deem it due to myself, as
tho executor of Mr. Casey, to set the public right on this
subject, by the following statement of the property turn
ed over to me in ray capacity of executor by said James
P. Casey, the truth of which will bo cortifiod to by tho
following persons, present at the time, and who ex
amined all the papers prior to their being turn
ed over to my custody, to wit: Richard M. Jcssup
and Aaron M. Hums. Mr. Casoy left the sum of twenty
oue dollars and seventy-five cents In cash; also, an order
on a pawnbroker on Commercial street for one thousand
dollars worth of Jewelry, of various kinds; also, a fifty
vara lot, situated on Folsom stroct, near Howard, valued
at $1,000, and conveyed to his mother four mouths ago;
also, type, desk and fixtures, for tho publication of the
Sunday Times newspaper?the whole valued at $1,200,
und appropriated, by his request, towards liquidating tho
indebtedness of the paper to tho persons engaged in
printing and editing the samo; also, six tots of land,
situated in tho city of Newark, New Jersey, the whole
valued at $600, and conveyed to his mother, Margaret
Casey, two years since; also, one frame house and lot
of land, situated on Commercial street, below Front street,
mortgaged for $2,200, und probably worth $2,500, said
mortgage being nearly or quite due.
The above is the entire amount of property, of all kinds
or description whatsoever, owned or claimed by the late
James P. Casey, except a pawn ticket for a double cased
hunting watch, and neither scrip, bonds, notes or stock
being claimed by him. to the best of my knowledge and
belief, at the tiino of his decease.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 24th of May,
A. D. 1850. WM. L. HIGG1N8, Notary Public.
We certify to the above. R. M. JESSUP,
A. M. BURNS.
DEATH OF YANKEE 8IJLLIYAN*
Suicide of Francis Murray, alias Yankee Sul
[From tlie San Francisco Bulletin. May 31.]
This morning tho notorious Yankee Sullivan committed
suicide, by cutting into liis left arm and bleeding to death.
Ilie public are well aware that Sullivan has been in the
hands of tho Vigilance Committee during the last few day9.
Ho had confessed to them his evil deeds, and mado import
ant revelations as to the ballotbox stulllng, in which so many
high and low scoundrels ol this city navo oeen engaged
for years past. Until it was decided what course should
be taken with Sullivan ho was kept in close confinement.
He was, however, allowed every indulgence in the supply
of food and other necessary relrbshments that tlio Com
mittee could give. His nervous system appears to have
been greatly ufl'eetcd and broken down by the tragic
events of the last few weeks. He witnessed the execu
tion of Qujey and C'ora,.and since then has showed much
anxiety and apprehension on his own account. Ilo ap
peared to have lost his appetite, and usually ato very
This morning, about Bix o'clock, Sullivan called tho
guard, and asked a drink of water. He told the latter
tbat he had just bad a most horrid dream. Ho dreamed
that bo had been condemned to die?ho saw tho guards
approach?they seized him and pinioned his arms?
they led him to tho fatal window?tho rope was placed
round his neck?he stepped on the platform, ho saw
tho deriding crowd, his sins crowded upon him?the
platform fell, he struggled?ami awoke in tho most
nrlghtful state of mind. The guard reasoned with him,
and tried to cheer him. Ho said that tho Committco
did not mean to hang him, but only to send him out of
tho country. Sullivan, however, was too much fright
ened to accept, at first, tho friendly consolation.
He received too drink of water he had asked for, and
utter a timo appeared to bo more cheerful. Tho guard
then left him. About two hours later, when Sullivan's
breakfast was being curried into his room, the prisoner
was found 011 his bed dead. He was dressed in his pan
taloons and shirt, and lay extended on his bnck. Ho had
cut his left arm at the elbow joint, on the inside, to the
bone. The main artory was completely severed, and he
must have died in a few minutes afterwards. He inflict
ed the wound with the knife which he used to cut his
Hie body was cold nt this lime, so that it is probable
Sullivan committed tho rash Hot immediately after the
guard had lelt him, at six o'clock. Remorse and terror,
produced by his dream, had no doubt prompted the
suicide. Two msfccal gentlemen wore immediately
called in, who declared that Sullivan had beea dead for
some time, and that he could have suffered no patn. He
had fallen, as it were, into a faint, and in that condition
expired. The countenance of tho deceased showed bo
marks of pein.
Sullivan has mndo important disclosures, to the Com
mittee, tho result of which will bo known beforo long.
Ho confessed that ho had boon convicted in Englaud
for stealing, and bad been sentenced to transportation
to New South IT ales for fourteen years. When there
his bail conduct was such that ho had been placed by
the government under a regimen of the severest kinu,
different Irom those other convicts who underwent the
ordinary jH'iiol sentence. He escaped, however, flrom
New South Wales. It was one of his greatest fears
that ho should he sent back there "gain. He bad
solemnly promised tho Committee In fight no mor
nrizo battles, to drink and fpiarrel no more, an I
find vowed that henceforth ho would live an honest
and peaccft 1 Hfc. Ho was desirous to be sent out of the
country, and promised that, if ho were sent to tho Atlantic
States, lie would avoid tho large towns, and keep himself
retired from tho public gazo. A guilty conscience would
not allow him to w ait the course of events?in a sudden
fit of remorse and horror he ended his vile career.
It was gcnorally understood outside of the committeo
rooms that Sullivan would soon have been liberated, or
sent out of the country. It seems also to have been un
derstood by some persons that he personally was under
I he impression he might meet with some other fate, as
Charles P. Puauo was heard to remark this morning that
Snlllvan had said tbat, sooner than be branded and sent
from the country, ho would kill himself. Sullivan was
not tiic real name of the deceased.
[From the San Francisco Bulletin, June 2.]
INQUEST ON THN* BODY.
A coroner's Inqueht was held yesterday morning on tho
body of Francis Murray, alias James Sullivan, nlias
Yankee Sullivan. Kmlly Mary Sullivan, tho widow of tho
deceased, and various other pernons were examined as
witnesses. The evidence siiowod that Sullivan was
haunted uy an intense and uncontrollable fear or being
liani, d by the Vigilance Committoe. No doubt this
fear unhinged Sullivan's mind, and led to his commit
ting suicide. Drs. A. T. Bowie and A. F. Sawyer mado
a jxisl mortem examination of the body. They found
that with the exception of tho wound on the tnsido of
the elbow, there were no further traces or violence
upon the body. The viscera of the chest, abdomen and
bead ptwuuM a healthy natural appcarauco, ox
Mpl thai they wera drained of blood. The wound on the
arm, the aargeoos named s^y, was nninlHtakeably made
during Ike, and probably with a dull cutting instrument.
The brachial artery having been severed, the hemorrhage
from it niiart necessarily hare proved fatal within a very
short space of tlae. The jury returned the following
M'e, the nadertigned jurors convened at the office of
Coroner Kent, to inquire into the causes of the death of
a man named Francis Murray, alias James 9ulltvan,
who was found dead in a room in the building* known as
the Vigilance Committee Rooms, on Sacramedto street, 1
on the 81st ult., to find that he came to his death frona
the effects of ? round with a knife, inflicted by himself
upon the left asm, which severed the brachial artery.
Tie Jury, acconpaniud by the Coroner, visited1 the
rooms of the (bmmlttee, and upon an examination^ of
tbo apartment ately occupied by the deceased, found
everything to correspond with tlie evidence given bef>ro
them. We also find that he Is a native of Ireland, aged
87 years, and Idtvea a wife and one child in this city.
The following ? a portion of the testimony taken before
Jwomk Kick sworn,?I reside in this city and ain ?
broker; known thrdeeettsed, James Sullivan, by sight;
the hwt time I saw him alive woe on the night of the 30th
Instaat; he was then in a room in a building formerly oc
cupied as the (Tnlted States Appraiser1* store, on Sacra
mento street; this was about sevan o'clock when his sup
per was token into his room; he asked me to send him a
price!; I told htm 1 would see some persons connected
wilblhe building and seo if Ihey would allow him to have
one; I saw Mr. Dempster and told him; he replied that
Sullivan did not require one; I did not go back to tell
Sullivan whether he could have a priest or not, nor do I
know whether any one else did; did not sec him after that
until about nine o'clouk ou the following morning; went
into his room to take out the empty dishes, when 1 found
the deceased lying on his hack on the bed, with one log
hanging over the side of the bed, his shirt and bed
bloody; I came immediately ou. of the room and remark
ed to one of the guards outside that Sullivan had killed
himself; I never knew any (SIMO connected with the
Committee to use any language calculated to intimidate
him since his confinement; there was a lady visited the
rooms ou Thursday or Friday vrlio represented herself as
his wife: hod a child, which he said was his;he intimated
lo her that he was to be hung, and seemed frightened;
she tried to pacify him; I never saw her but once in the
building; I have seen her outside of the door of the build
ing once before since SullivaiFs confinement; I have told
Sullivan he need not nave Heart of being hung ron boing
asked whether the witness was on duty Ihul uignt In the
room into which the cell opened, witness declined answer
Kmii.y May Scluvax, sworn as a witness, says?I am
tbo widow of one Francis Murray, altar James Sullivan,
now deceased ; lrnvo been married to him for the last
fourteen months ? was married by a German clergyman
ii: this city ; we lutvo lived together in this city and in
the tsandwich Islands ; he was a native of Ireland, and
aged 37 years ; the lost time that I saw liim alive was
about 12* o'clock, M., on Friday last; he was then cou
Uucd in a cell in the Vigilance Committee building, on
Sracramento street; ho told mo then the Committee wore
going to hang him on the following day ; ho looked at
my wedding ring on my linger, and stated that It was
the ilrst present lie bad given me, and then took a dia
mond ring out of his pocket and handed me, saying that
it would he the last, as he was positive he would be hung
the next day, as he had heard the guard outside the coll
say so ; I told him not to be afraid ; that they wore not
going to hang liim ; he did not seem to be much de
pressed in spirits ; he appoared as usual tho last time I
saw him ; he always was afraid of committlug suicide ;
one day I was rending something in a newspaper about
some person having committed suicide, and he remarked
Unit he would never do so, as if he did he would not ob
tain the rites Of his church, hot being a Catholic ; Mr.
Sullivan intended to go away from tno country at the
lime he was arrested by the Vigilance Committoe ; the
day of his arrest he gave me directions to pack up all
his clothes, also my own. as he was going to leave tho
country for good ; I have one female child, aged about
Ave months, by Mr. Sullivan ; the body now shown me
Is that of my husband.
"Dr. Bkvkrly Coljc testified that he was awoke yester
day morning about nino o'clock by a man rushing into
his bedroom, who stated that he was wanted at the Vigi
lance Committee rooms immediately, as James Sullivan
had stabbed himself; went down to the building and into
his cell, and fouml hini with a large wound on his left
arm. having the appearance of being made with some
dull instrument; believe from tho appearance of the body
when I first saw it that ho inflicted the wound himself; I
also found a knife on his bed, which I recognise as the
one now shown.
Jams* F. Corns testified the last time he saw the de
ceased alive was about twelve or one o'clock on the night
Of tho 30tli, In a room known as the Vigilance Committee
room; asked him how ho felt: he told mo ho wanted to
see a minister, as he hud understood ho was going to be
hung: 1 told him to give himself no trouble about having
a clergyman, as ho hail nothing to fear, us he was not go
ing to bo hung; I assured liim of this fact of my own
knowledge; he seemed vory excited at Ilrst, hut alter my
talking to him for nbo it Alteon minutes, he got quiet and
seemed to he relieved; yesterday morning, about nine
o'clock, a gentle nan named Rice and myself entered
his room and found him Iviug dead on his bed, the
clothe s of his bed being saturated With Ilia blood; the
room of his confinement was about twelve feet by six.
and ventilated from the rooi; it is rather dark; never
knew him to be halidcuflixl during the time he was on
the premises; tho dour tohu room was not locked yes
H. A. Rrssw i testified that he saw the deceased about
seven o'clock ill his cell; he was lying on his bed; asked
him how he felt; be got up and sat on the foot of his bed;
bo said be had slept very badly; that he had drcunic 1 the
uight provious that he was hung and cut down; I quieted
him as much as I could; told him not to be troubled; re
magicd for about four minutes, and left; the building ho
was confined in was formerly occupied as tho Appraiser's
warehouse, but I decline to answer for what purpose It
is now used; I don't want to say anything to criminate
THE POST MORTEM EXAMINATION.
8an Francisco, May 31, 1856.
At a poet mortem examination bold at half-past 5 o'clock
this evening on the hotly of James Sullivan, there was
found to be a well marked muscular rigidity, the jaws
being lirmly locked, the lips and gums as well as the sur
face of the body presenting a pale and bloodless appear
ance. A little above the left elbow joint thero was a
large, ragged incised wound, extending transversely from
near the outer condyle of the humorffto tho Inner super
ficial through tho skin in its outer form, but seriously in
volving the deeper textures towards its inner termina
tion. On n further inspection or tho wound it was found
that the brachial artery, with its accompanying veins,
had been divided. The cut extremities were somewhat
retracted, and were not closed by a coagulum. The
artery was severed in its connection with the tendon of
the biceps muscle about an inch and a quarter from its
division into the radial and uimcr arteries.
The viscera of the chest, abdomen and head were care
fully examined, and, with tho exception of theso being
drained of blood, presented a perfect healthy and natural
spjiearance. No further traces of injury or violenco were
found on the body. The wound was unmistakably made
during life, and probably with a dull cutting instrument.
Tho brachial artery having boon^evorecl, the hemorrhage
from it must necessarily have proved fatal within a vory
short period of time. A. J. BOWIE, M. D.
A. F. SAWYER, M. D.
REMOVAL OF TUB BODY.
Information of the death was given to the Coroner, and
he removed the body and tho knife to his office, where it
was exposed to tho view of tho public. A lino was
formed, and passed in aiul out of tho room continually
from 12 o'clock until 5, when tho door was closed. It
was estimated that at least ten thousand persons went in
to see tho remains of this widely known individual.
INCIDENTS OF HIS LIFE.
James Sullivan is a native of England, and was early
in life transported to Sydney for theft. He arrived In
New York while quite young, and was at once recognized
as a distinguished English prize fighter. Upon his arrival
thero ho o|iened what was called tho "Sawdust House,"
and gave out that he was reposing upon his laurels, and
could not be successfully disturbed,
lie made his escape from Sydney on tho ship Citiznn,
C'npt. Lansing. to New Zealand. From thenoe ho went to
Fug Harbor, in tho ship Hamilton, ("apt. Hcnrn. This
whs in the year 1809. llo received the npi>ellation of
"Yankee" from wearing a handkerchief with the Ameri
can flag painted on it in one of his great prize lights in
Fngland, before he was transported to Sydnoy.
Ttie deceased leaves a wife and small child to mourn
his loss. He was married in tills city about fourteen
months since, nnd was living with her at tho time of his
arrest, on (irecnwich street. She visited tho coll on Fri
day. and he gave her his ring, and told her that ho ex
pected to ho hung on Saturday.
The first prize light in which ho was engaged In this
country wns with Vincent liamniond, on the 20th ot Sep
tember, 1841, near 1'hiladelpliiu, for $100 a sido, nnd
wbich bo won in ten minutes. Ho next fought Tom Hy? r
eight days afterwards, and wns beaten after a contest of
two hours and tiny-live minutes. His third light was
tvitli a man by the name of Feeor, on tho 22il January,
18-12, for $300 a side, and in which he was the victor after
sixty-seven rounds. The fourth was with Bell, on tho
29th August, 1842, in which Sullivan rume oil' first best
alter thirty five minutes. Ho afterwards, in 1847, fought
with an Englishman who came over to contend for the lau
rels which Stillivan lind achieved; but they still remained
upon the brow of Yankee, if we may be allowed such an
application of tho word. His next and sixth contest was
with Tom Hyer again, at Rock l'oiut, Md., on the eastern
shore of the Chesapeake Bay, for $10,000. In this battle
Sullivan was badly beaten in seventeen minutes. Ho sub
sequently fought John Morrissey at Boston Corners, Ma. s,,
nnd was declared the victor. Since then bo spont most of
bis time In California, where ho has been engaged in sorao
few skirmishes of little importance. His association*
lhrough life have been of the lowost kind, and his life
spent in the mnnncr above described. He was ono of those
loungers who never do a day's word, but always manage
to live well from the products of others. The last dollar
he was known to earn was to act as Inspector at the Pre
sidio election last fall, for which position he wa-i selected
on account of his physical ability to dofend a double-bot
tom box, or keep off honest citizens, while other thieves
changed all the votes, In accordance with tho bids which
candidates might make.
DI8POBITION OF THE BODY.
A post mortem examination was held at 5 o'clock last
cxenlng, and a Coronor's Inquest will be held this morn
ing, alter Which tho remains will he buried at the Mission
but ying grmuuL He is supposed to havo been about for
ty-bve ycafflof age, but hla complexion and oolor or the
hail would lead one to suppose him somewhat younger.
THE CHARGE OF MT7RDBR.
The rriends and associates of the deceased expressed a
bcUst that the Committw hud murdgrgd him, tutd bid
falsely charged him with suicide. Of course none but ?
knave would make such a statement, and none but a Tool
would believe it, and the report is hardly worth the space
wc have taken to allude to It.
VUHIBAL OF SULLIVAN.
The body of Sullivan was neatly laid out In a plain but
handsome coffin, and was placed in the possession' of his
widow. His funeral took place on the 2d inst., from her
residence on Greenwich street, at two o'clock.
[The written statement or "James Sullivan" Is lengthy
and minute, and only portions of It can be divulged at
present; and as several of the parties Implicated are not
yet arrested, it is thought best to leave names in blank.]
Last September I was living at the Presidio House, on
the road to the fort. The general election was held
there, and the bullet box for that election was kept at that
Myself and ? were elected tliat morning judges
eg the election. ?? was at the snmctlmo elected in
sjcctor. <)n the morning of the election day ?? ? rode
oirt to the Presidio House and called mo up stairs, aud
offered me four or Ave hundred dollars (I forget now
which; he did not have the money with him, but said lie
would give it to me after the ballots were counted) to
change the returns and throw out Mid , and
bring in a large majority for and - I asked
him where the money wu, und he said ho would get It
reuily when the jkiIIs were closed. was one of the
clerks of the election. He then went into the room
where the ballot box wni and wrote out a return; duct
ing ?? and L'y a large majority, nearly as
many as all the votes of the precinct. 1 ???, a
man called ??, and myself were in the room
while was writing this return. Neither mysolf
nor tlie others knew what was wrifng; but when
he had mode up some two hundred v?tes returned tor
? aid I saw the paper and hv what he had
written. I then took the paper away froraihim and tore
it up. I knew tluit, though ho promised* he wouldn't
pay. He made no resistance. This was in?the morning,
anil before the votes wave all polled or auy of thcin
About eleven o'clock A. M., and after went away
to the city. came aad culled mo out. of thu door
down by the fence, and sakl he would be ruined if
did not get elected. He ottered me three liuudrod dollars
?one hundred dollars each for and myself, if wo
would give a large majority. He bald it all In his
band in twenty dollar pieces. I refused. and
came out to us just then, am) he repeated his offer
to all of us. They wanted toAmj but I wouldu't let
thera. The reason why 1- wouldn't consent was, I didn't
want ? to beat; ho acted wrong to me in 1850.
When I was out doors in the evening, aftor 1 had finish
ed talking with , I saw somebody at about one
hundred or oue hundred' and titty yards up the road, aud
and I walked up to talm and found it was . Ho pro
mised I should have live hundred dollars to give ?
ail the votes I could. 1 told him I would take it. He then
left me aud went away. 1 saw him a Sew days after
wards, and asked him for the money, and ho said ?
had given the live hundred dollars to ? , and ho un
derstood that shared it equal with -
The tlrst money I received the day of the election
was from Mr. , about hull-past six oclock in tho
morning. He gave me ton dollars, and promised after
tho election was over to give me ninety dollars more, if I
would "see Mr. through." ??, tho candidate
for , catno oat in the course of tho morning, and
gavo me twenty dollars for gin money, 'to electioneer
for him. also gave me two hundred dollars to
work for . A man whose ntuuc I don't know at
all gave me thirty-five dollars to work fbr . Ho was
a line lookiug man : lie camo apparently from the city. In
the afternoon, a tall man, who was then a policeman,
came out and gave me a paper on which was written,
'? Mr. will give you two hundred and fifty dollars,
and don't let cheat him out of his votes."
Two days after the election, I got $150, but 1 don't now
remember whether from ?? In person or not. I
shared this with and equally. Some time
afterwards . and myself went to himself and
got the other hundred dollars from lnm. I gave ??
his share, but 1 would not give auy to because ho
cheated me and got the live hundred dollars paid,
and wouldn't share it. came to me several times
during the day, and was very urgent to elect ? and
i , and to neat ? and . All that camo to
me ? ?? , almost and every oue else wanted
to elect Most of them wanted that more than any.
thing olse. I think lils election must have cost him immense
sums. always went for the men that i>akl biggest
? * ? * I refused every time; the last time was out
on the (once, then when I said I wouldn't, ho got very
mad, and said 1 was a (?'?d d?d seunk. I went away u
little ways, when and came up and talked
with htm awhile. I heard say "Sullivan won't do
It," and then ? said, what tho h?11 is ho more than
any other man. He Is only one man here."* * ? * * *
The second duy after this election, and came
to me in the street, in front of Gallagher's drinking sa
loon, and said, let us put on the returns and
elect him instead of ??. I said, "I don't caro, anybody
but ; you make outthe returns and I'll sign them."
They went away; the next day, or two says, I won't be
sura which, I went out to the Presidio and signed the ro
tums. afterwards told mo his election cost htm live
hundred dollars. ?? and didn't tell me anything
about it; 1 BupjKise they thought I would want a share.
Hie next day, beiug* the second day after the election
was ovc r,. 1 went to saloon, and met and
there. I think now that 1 was mistaken in saying that it
was the second duy alter the election, it mu.-t have been
the third day; It was late, nearly or quite dark. They
to.k me Into ihc comer of the room; sat on the table
by tlie window, but couldn't hear what was going on be
tween us. and myself were not on very good terms
jut-1 then. They tneti told me that , and
had been round to all the polls and bad got 's raajo-'
jority reduced down so that about live hundred votes
would beat him and elect . They said that we three
(myself " and ) could make a thousand dollars, If
wc would give majority enough to elect him. Thoy
said ? and the others had reduced ?'s votes in tho
other wards; all they thought would be stood; but they
liopcd to get some more off in the Eighth, and wc could
make a thousand dollars, if ours would make.up enough to
beat him. I told tliom 1 had pledged myself to and
Ibat ?? should have tlie beuclit of every vote that
was polled for him; that 1 wouldn't hack out for a thou
sand dollars or any other sum, and that I couldn't, be
rime I had already carried a paper to on winch 1
bad put down in my own handwriting every vote that
1 think it must be a year or more ago that I was in
Sacramento. I saw ? in the Orleans Hotel; be asked
me to tike a drink ; alterwards went over to a gunsmith,
and ho took the caps off of ono of bis pistols and put fresh
ones on, and I usked him what it was for. Ilo tohl me he
was going to tike ? on tho wing?shoot him. He said
had abused him and and in a speech at a
meeting, and it hud fallen to his lot to kill him.
He persuaded me to go over back with him to the Or
leans. and we sat on a sola there, and I talked with him a
long time. I told liim ho would surely be hung, and I
talked to him about his mother, and at last he began to
cry, and tho tears began to roil down bis cheeks; and
when I saw that, I got his pistol away from him, and I
look bim with me down to tho river bank and I tired the
pistol into the water. I lired it nil off, and I and ? then
went to the steamboat, and 1 brought bim with me down
to Fan Francisco.
I went back to Sacramento in tho next boat. I never
had any difficulty with or before this, nor after
wards until about five months, when I came down to San
Francisco. They nltackcd me with and and
?, and almost killed me. I know, at least I always
thought, they did it because ? told them 1 wouldn't lot
him kill .
The publication of the abovo portion of Yankee Sulli
van's confession or statement is authorized by tlie Execu
[Peal.] 30, Secretary.
Arrests Made by ttie Vigilance Committee.
BILLY CARR ARRESTED.
We learn from the Bulletin, of the 29th May, that on the
afternoon of the previous (lay a gentleman wont Into a
barroom on Pacine street, whero Mr. Carr was drinking,
touched him on tho shoulder, and politely requested to
Iihyc ft short walk with him. Rilly, not wishing to bo
disturbed in his potations, at tlrst hesitated, and was then
told that some gentlemen wished tho pleasure of his com
pany in Nacrumento street. Carr desired to argue tho
question, and desired to know on what business ho was
wanted. The reply was a simple request that he should
not be stubborn, as there were twenty men at the door
who w ould take him thero, if he would not go peaceably,
lie submitted with a bad grace, and was soon locked up
and provided with bed and board.
The character of tins man Uarr has boon notoriously
bad for a long timo back. The Chronicle says that his
principal occupation is " to keep a Whitehall boat, aud
tako persons to and from vessels lying out in the harbor,
but at election times he becomes a politician. He has al
ways been ft leading man among the rowdies and wharf
rot* on Pacific wharf. Ho has repeatedly been an officer
at election, and has attended many Democratic, Nominat
ing Conventions as a delegate. He was a member of the
Convention called in tho spring of 1863 to draft a now
charter for this city. He was notorious as n shoulder
striker three or lour years ago. That ho was frequently
arrested on charges of assault and battery, the books of
ilie police court will testify. He was also charged with
being engaged in frauds against the ballot box; and in
1864. particularly, a great excitement was caused by the
alleged stuffing of the ballot box of tho First Ward, while
he wot insjiector."
CHASE AFTF.E NED M'OOWAN.
The BvVetxn of the 29th May says:?Wo stated yester
day that Ned MoOJowan wns believed to have taken pas
rage in the schooner Francisco, and that tho steamer
Martin White, with a delegation from the Vigilance Com
mittee on board, had overhauled her. .titer reaching tho
schooner and finding Oipt. Copeland In command, the
Committee declined a search, knowing tliatCapt. C.Jwould
lie the last man to nid in the escape of Mctlowan. They
gave htm three cheers, and the Martin White put back
and lauded at Naucolito. Tho Commiltoo had been in
formed that early in the morning a sail boat, containing
four men, had been seen to go to Haucclito, and soon alter
return with one man less. The delegation thought it
their duty to search tho town nnd neighborhood, but
found no trace of Mctlowan. The steumor, about 6
o'clock, left Saneelito on her return. This was tho signal
for another excitement, ami hundreds assembled at once
at the landing and before tho doors of tho Committee's
headquarters. After tho steamer reached tho wharf, a
large box, containing twenty-five muskets, was
placed on a dray and driven rapidly to tko Commit
tee rooms, and a doren men carried it Immediately inside
of the building. And now tho report spread that McOow
an had been taken, and that he had made such resistance
that the Committee had been obliged lo iron him, and con
vey him to the rooms in the box. A largo concourso of
people soon gathered, but on being assured by members
of the Committee that McOowan was still at large, they
There are now many reports flying about as to the
whereabout* ec McGowan, but aeae el the rumen ire to
I>e relied on. It la generally believed that be is yet in Ik/
ci ty. If this be so, he can hardly escape the tnousaMhf
or vigilant eyes of the Committee.
JOHN COONEY AND BILL CUmnNOS.
Two more notorious scamps, John Cooney aud BiliOuns
mings, were arrested on the 1st inst.. by the VigilaOM
Committee. They are fit associates for Mulligan, <Mta
gher, Bu'ger, Carr and Duane.
It Is reported that this man, who had made himself an*
tsrious as a shoulder striker, was arrested by the VW
lanee Committee, on the 28th May, and is now held "ka
STABBING ANO PROMPT AKKBST.
A quarrel oocnrred on the '2A inst., at the oorw
Jackson aud Davis street*, between a man named
Crawley, a fireman on the Golden Gate, and m Chin
by the name or Ah-Cann. It appears Uiat AA Cana _
peaceably walking- with one-of lfis country men, when her
was accosted by Ciwwley in insulting terms, to-whichthw
Chinaman replied 1? no very vespoclf.il language; where*
upon Crawley struck him, t-od the Chinaman drew m
knife and gave him "mosevere outs in the arm, below tbs>
elbow. The Chinaman was taken into sustody aud
veyed to the rooms of the Vigilance Committee, f
which place he was liken to the sutiwn house and
fined. The wounds are not dangerous.
HISrOSITJON OP TB?PR?KMBR&
William Mulligan, Wooley Kearney, Mnrtm Gallagher,
Willian Carr, and a man named Bulger, it is stated were
in the sustody of the Vigilance Committee on Saturday
night. What disposition-has bem made of thein we are
unable to ascertain. The only vessel which sailed freak
this port.on-Sunday morning in rotation to which suspi
cions wore entertained, was the Stephen Baldwin, mif
Ilong Kong. It is thought that nose of the partios now t?
custody were on board. Tho Adelaide, for Callao, clear
ed on the 29th of May : she has not-yet sailed. We hare
no means of ascertaining whether auv of the parties hare
been placed on board of Ibis vessel "or not. The Carrier
Dove, for Melbourne, has not yet cleared. It was an
nounce t in the papers of Saturday that she would hart
out into the stream on that day.
AKKE9T ac CH AS. P. QKANK.
Tlie Executive Committee, says tl\u Bulletin of the M
inst., believing tliat they had good grounds for taking
into custody the person of Charley Duane, or, as he la
known in New York, "Dutch Charley," directed his ar
rest yesterday." He was found abcut 4 o'clock in tha
afternoon, ou tho sidewalk, in front of Fisk & Loring'a
saloon, on Clay street, and asked by one of the Committee
to take a drink. He refused, but took a segar. The
Committee* man then, asked him to take a.walk to Sacra
mento street, but be declined. He was then told that,
there was no use in resisting, that he must gp, and if he
would go peaceably, he would bo taken in a cab. Duene,
however, broke awuy, and passed through the house,
intending to go to the police office, whan he was stopped,
on Merchant strett by two men vrtto had been stationed
there. He made a severe strugglo to get away, and cell
ed for the police, two or three of whom made their ay
pcarance, but quickly disappeared when they saw tha
state of affairs. His captors, who had now increased la
throo, kept a firm bold on him, and, with but little force,
managed to get htm along. A number of the personal
friends of Duane were standing near, but made no attempt
to interfere with the arrest.
After they had progressed down Merchant street to near
Montgomery street, Duaue ceased his struggling, took og
his neckcloth, and asked to boshet in tlie street. He de
manded why lie was arrested, to which ho received BO
reply. A number of the VigVlants now joined them, fol
lowed by a largo crowd, wbicn gathered rapidly from
every corner. They passed quietly through Montgomery
to Sacramento street, and down Sacramento te tho Com
mittee rooms. The members of the Committee were
mostly armed with pistols. On the arrival at the Armo
ry, tlie guards gave way, and Duane woe conveyed In
Ins room, on the second tloor ot the building. The trtaa
gle was then sounded three times; and a Urge number Of
the Committee were ou tho spot. The guards were dou
bled, the cannon got in readiness, and mounted me* oc
cupied positions ou each street looting to the roomn,
But there beiug no show of attack, the guards were soon
after reduced. Towards and during the night everything
was as quiet in the neighborhood as if nothing tad 00
There are many rumors about relating to tho Imme
diate cause of tho arrest of Duane, but we ceu loom
nothing reliable as to the actual cause. Duane is a ;>ower
ful man, and relied upon his ows strength and ussistaiwo
from friends to prevent his arrest. It is said that he tad
several hints to leave the city, hut instead of doing so re
marked that no twelve me.i could lake him alive, and
that he would bo the death ot half a dozen at least. Yes
terday, before his arrest, Duane was boosting that he tad
a dose of poison always secreted about bis person, which,
in tb< event of the committee arresting him. he said hi
would use and so dieat the fellows.
After bis arrest, tho brother of Duane and several Of
his friends endeavored to gain access to his room. Thag
were politely but firmly refused admission.
Execution by Law.
NICHOLAS GRAHAM HUNG FOR MURDER.
[From the San Francisco Bulletin, May 30.]
Nicholas Graham, the murderer of Joseph Brooks, on
hoard the steamer Columbia, on the 20th of January Last,
bus expiated his crime ujiou the sallows. He was con
victed in March in the Fourth District Court, and was
sentenced by Judge Hagar to bo hung upon Friday, the
2d inst. Governor Johnson, however, gave him a ro
prievo for four weeks, which expirod today. The re
cent events which have transpired in the c'ty made it
neces-ary for the Governor to inform the Sheriff that
there would ho no Dirther exercise of executive clemency,
and everything was accordingly prepared in duo Reason
I >r the execution. The scaffold was erected yesterday,
and the prisoner told that he should prepare "for death.
He had bren doing so ever since his sentence, and spent
the greater portion of his time in devotional exercises,
prayer and confession, lktng of the Catholic religion,
lie had frequently been visited by a priest and by depn*
tations tfom the"Sisters of Mercy and Charity.
The circumstances of the murder are perhaps not very
fresh iu the minds of our readers, though fully reported
by us at the time of tho trial, and we therefore repent
tliem very brietly. Graham and Brooks, who w ere Am
nion on hoard the steamer Columbia, had had a difficulty
on the 18th of January. The next night, Graham being am
shore, was beard to ask for Brooks, and to use threats
against him to the effect that be intended to use a knife
upon him. Brooks went to bed that night in the forecae
tle of the steamer, and about twelve o'clock was heard
to cry for assistance, and Graham was seen near bin
Perth, attacking him with a knife. Brooks, discna
himself from liis adversury, ran up ou deck, followW by
GrabHtn, striking as ho pursued, and was soon after wards
heard to cry "murder" and fall upon the deck. Graham
attempted to escape, but was arrested by some per
sons on shore who heard Brooks crv; and wham
Brooks was examined he was found to have eighteen
knife wounds on his porson, from the effects at
which he died. Graham, when sentence was passed
upon him, confessed the murder, aud acknowledged thai
be had made up his mind to kill Brooks. He said, how
ever, that ho was drunk, and dtd not know what he wad
doing, and seemed to be very much troubled, as he ex
pressed it; that he had not lived In the fear of God. He
said ho was sorry for hAving killed Brooks, but that M
could not be helped thon. and that he could not complain
if he bad to suffer punishment. He seemed all the timn
of his confinement to be resigned and penitent, and de
clared, over and over again, that he bore no man any ill
The scaffold was erected in the northwest corner off
the county jnil yard, and consisted of a platform raised
about ten feet, and reached by a pair of stairs. Two
scantlings were elevated about ten feet higher, which
supported a cross beam, with an iron hook, Immediately
below which, In the platfbrm. there was a trap, about
three feet square, kept In its place by a bolt.
By 11 o'clock there were about twenty-live of tho
National Guard, in uniform, placed in different position*
about and on the roof of the jail, and by 12, a number off
gentlemen of the bar and press, several physicians, tho
Gram! Jury, the corps of deputy sheriffs and a number off.
the police were present. At half past twelve the vicinity
of the scaffold was cleared, and spectators took their
positions in various places in the yard and on the jail
roof; and a number of neighboring roofs were crowded
by a disorderly set of men, who kept up a noise tho
whole time of the execution. A strong rope was placed
through tho ring in the cross beam apt ken of above, and
firmly fastened in it, its lower end forming a noose, nunc
about eleven feet from the ground.
The trapdoor was then placed in its position, the bolff
fastened, and tho rope attached to tho trap, having*
large weight on it to draw the trap back and out of the way,
was soaped. The rope attached to tho bolt had likewise
a largo weight on it, which was held up by a small naff
passing over pulleys, and immediately under a raiser, OA
the plntfbrm, iu such a position that by stepping on Iff
the weight would fall, the bolt would be withdrawn, tho
trap would fly open and bo drawn back by the loaded
rope on the other side.
Kverything being in readiness, at ten minutes before 1
o'clock Sheriff Bcannell, tho prisoner Graham, Father
Ingolsby and a policeman* came out of the small door of
the jail near the scaffold, and ascended the platform wills
their heads uncovered. Graham was dressed In black
pantaloons, and was In his shirt sleeves. He carried m
small crucifix, which he devoutly kissed. There waa no
faltering in ids stops. The Sheriff' then read the sentenoo
and order of execution, and then Gov. Johnson's reprieve.
As soon as he had finished, Father Ingol- by stepped Ibr
wnrd and said that, by the request of Mr. Graham, be
would state tlmt the prisoner had made a written confes
sion, whicli lto hAd placed in tho hands of the Sheriff, anA
that the morning papers would each bo furnished with o
copy of it. Graham then stepped forward and aaid
" You will all please pray for me. God bless you alt I
Pray for me all of you. I have no ill will to
wards anybody. 1 am dying a good Catholic." Ho
kissed the cro-s again and again, ana then stepped back,
and his arms were tied by passiag n cord several time*
around the elbows and body. He was then placed upon
the i rap door and his legs tied immediately above tho
BBclefl. The priest went though the words of a prayer,
which Graham ropeated alter him, and tho crucifix wao
placed again to hta litis, which he again fervently kissed.
The Dooee was then placed about his neck, and a whit*
cap drawn over his lioad, and tightened about his necfc^
by a string In the hem. As soon as this was done, whllo
the pricrt was still repeating a prayer, It being then ex
actly ono o'clock, tho sheriff placed his foot upon tho
raiser, the trap fell, and Graiiam was suspended. Unfor
tunately, however, the noose became somewhat displaced,
and the poor man hung struggling and heaving for none
minutes. His hard drawn breathing could be heard,
and tho muscles of the body contracted a number at
In a lew minutes several persons wont up and pulleffi
the noose tight about the neck, and shortly afterward*
the physycians took places near tho body aud kept their
lingers upon the pulse, aud then mounting on some tres
sels applied, their ears to the breast, feeling and 1
for the last flow of the blood.
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