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Stands for the Interests of
Southern California.
VOL. XXXV.—NO. 41.
His Identity Now Positively
Los Angeles People Who Know
Him Well.
Johnson Sides, a Civilized I'iute, is
the Alleged Messiah.
His Christian Teachings Perverted by
Savage Fanatics—The Situation
in Dakota.
Associated Press Dispatches.
, Chicago, Nov. 24.—General Miles has
received a letter from an officer at Los
Angeles, which throws further light on
the Messiah mystery. He tells ot an
Indian from Nevada, answering the de
scription given by Porcupine, who
talked last spring with the officer. He
said his name was Johnson Sidesf and
was known by the Indians and whites
where he lived, as "tlie peacemaker."
He showed a medal which had been
given him by some Christian society ior
efforts in doing good. He talked about
the Bible and said lie was desirous of
making peace with every one. He told
of Indians coming from far off to see
him, and showed a pipe recognized as
from the Dakota tribes. All this coin
cides with Porcupine's story.
The officer writes he firmly believes
this good-natured Indian is tlie one who
caused all the trouble. He taught the
Indians the story of Christ and the time
when he would once more visit the
earth as taught him by the Christian
people. He no doubt told the story in
its true understanding, and the Indians
retelling it, warped it according to their
likes and understanding.
The Story Corroborated.
The facts mentioned in the foregoing
dispatch are fully corroborated by a re
liable informant of the Herald, in this
city. Tlie gentleman in question was
an old-time resident of Nevada, aud in
conversation with a member of the Her
ald staff, several days ago, he incident
ally mentioned that he thought he knew
the alleged Indian Messiah, and that his
name was Johnson Hides. This gentle
man was seen again last night. "From
1871 to 1881," said he, "1 was in the em
ploy of the Gold Hill News. It was dur
ing that time that I formed the acqaint
arice of Sides. He was a frequent visitor
to the News office, in fact, was a regular
reporter for the Gold Hill and
Virginia City papers. He is a full
blooded Piute Indian, but was
reared by General Johnson Sides, a
wealthy rancher of the Walker's Lake
region, to whom he is indebted for his
name, and perhaps his religious convic
tions. He was an intelligent Indian,
and ol a pious turn of mind. He used
to come down regularly every few
montlis with the news, or make a spe
cial trip if there was any unusual com
motion among the Indians at Walker's
Lake. Ido not doubt the sincerity of
his Christianity and his peaceful inten
tions. He had great influence among
his tribe, and was always instructing
them in religion. 1 have no doubt the
present Messiah craze originated
from a perversion of his teach
ings. There is considerable visiting
between tiie various tribes, and the say
ings of a man of Side's intelligence
would naturally be carried to the dis
tant tribes, and be warped and distorted
to suit their own fancies. If Sides has
learned of the fanaticism that his teach
ings have given rise to, I am sure lie re
grets it. Knowing the man's character
so well, I do not believe he would pur
posely deceive the Indians or glorify
himself into a Christ, or even an in
spired apostle. Sides is about 45 years
of age. Any newspaper man in West
ern Nevada will substantiate what 1
have told you of him."
Bustling at Army Headquarters.
CHICAGO, Nov. 24. —Everybody about
army headquarters is busy. A larger
force than has been mustered in that
vicinity since tlie memorable campaign
of 1876, will be in the region about Pine
Ridge by Wednesday. Not only infantry
and cavalry have been moved up, but
also field artillery and large quantities of
ammunition and supplies. General
Schofield having instructed General
Miles to investigate the charge that the
present dissatisfaction among the In
dians is due more to a lack of rations
than to the religious craze, the latter
sent Inspector-General Heyel this after
noon to the west. He will visit all the
army posts, and most of the agency sta
Ration Day Passes Off Quietly.
A dispatch from Valentine, Neb., to
the Associated Press says : Ration day
passed off quietly at Rosebud. Not
more than twenty of Short Bull's follow
ers came in, owing probably to the fact
that they helped themselves to govern
ment beef. There is no likelihood of
trouble, unless the troops attempt to ar
rest the fanatics responsible" for the
theft. Several more companies of in
fantry are due tonight or tomorrow, but
even if they arrive the force will be too
small to make an aggressive movement.
The policy of the officers is to act in the
most conservative manner.
Vigilance Still Observed.
Pine Ridge, Nov. 24. —The day passed
quietly here. All day long Indians
came in for rations. No attempt was
* made to withhold supplies from such
dancers as came in. No Water, Big
Road and other leaders of the dancers
have sent word that they will stop.
Little Wound is the only chief who re
fuses to answer. Special Agent Cooper
is inclined to be suspicious of the asser
tions of obedience by the others, aud
there will be no relaxation of vigilance.
General Brooke reports everything quiet
tonight, but the settlers along the reser
vation line are still stampeding and ap
pealing for aid. If things remain quiet
tor a few days the officers think the
whole trouble will subside.
Deserters from Sitting Bull's Camp.
Bismakck, N. D., Nov. 24.—Most of the
Indians at Standing Rock are falling
away from Sitting Bull, because of the
failure of the Messiah to appear. All is
quiet, alohough a small faction keep up
the dance. No further demonstrations
have been made against the settlers be
tween the agency and Mandan, and they'
are returning home. A stampede of 500
families to Eureka and other towns from
the east side of the river was caused by a
woman who saw Indians on the other
side dancing and yelling, and gave an
alarm, fearing they were coming over to
massacre them. The people are now
A Suspicions Circumstance.
I'iekbe, S. D., Nov. 24. —Parties re
turning from the Cheyenne agency re
port very few Indians there today, al
though it was ration day. This a suspi
cious circumstance, A trader, who has
a store near Rosebud, reports that the
Indians pillaged it last Sunday.
An Outbreak in Wisconsin.
Shawnee, Wis., Nov. 24. —There was
a serious outbreak, Saturday afternoon,
on the Menominee reservation. One
hundred and fifty armed Indians sur
rounded the logging camp of Henry
Sherry. The horses and oxen were
killed and the camp outfit was de
unarmed. The Indians claim that the
white men were trespassing.
An Incident ot a Stampode.
Blunt, S. D., Nov. 24.—1n the panic
Saturday night, caused by tho reported
approach of a band of Indians, great
crowds of people massed in a hotel here,
awaiting the fight which did not come
off. Two children seriously ill with
scarlet fever were brought in, and all the
people exposed to the disease.
It is reported tonight that a half-breed
was killed at Fort Bennett for not par
ticipating in the ghost dance.
General Brooke Feels Secure.
Washington, Nov. 24.—Several dis
patches from General Miles were re
ceived at the war department this morn
ing. The substance of them was mainly
confirmatory of the news already re
ceived from the west. General Brooke,
in command there, reports that he is
secure in his position, and that friendly
Indians are coming to the agency in in
creased numbers,
The village of Akron, Erie county, N.
V., has been visited by a conflagration.
At Glade Run, Butler county, Fa..
Barney Brell fatally shot his wife and
At White River Junction, Vt.. Mrs.
Miriam Marston, a widow, aged 70, was
murdered while alone in her house.
Frank Stubenranch, cashier of the
Rock Island road, at Peoria, Ills., has
been arrested for a shortage of $18,000.
Tlie Brooklyn police census returns
show a population of 854,945. The fed
eral census made it 808,900.
The negro riot in Sumter county, South
Carolina, has subsided; twelve of the
ringleaders were arrested and are now
on trial.
The First M. E. church of Lynn, Mass.,
known as "the mother of New England
Methodism," has voted in favorof ad
mitting women into tiie general confer
The war department has transferred
to the secretary of the interior, for dis
position under the homestead law, the
military reservation at Fort Bidwell,
Modoc county, California.
Col. John R. Baker, a well-known
stock operator in Philadelphia, has been
missing since Wednesday. His paper
to tne extent of nearly $1,000,000 is said
to he held by various institutions, but
his assets may cover this amount.
At Falkville, Ala,, Dr. A. M. Turner
killed his wife and little daughter. He
had been twice in an insane asylum, and
was but recently released. He was in a
wild frenzy when neighbors found him,
and claimed he hadactedin self-defense.
At Louisville, Ky., the warehouse of
the Pleasure Ridge Park Distillery com
pany collapsed under the weight of 12,
--530 barrels of whisky. Lowan Meyer
waa fatally crushed. The warehouse
was valued at $8000; the whisky, $300,
--000. The loss has not yet been dbter
The annual report of Colonel Ilebbs,
commanding tiie marine corps, suggests
an appropriation for 200 or 300 more pri
vates, as the vessels now being built
require more marines. Eight second
lieutenants should be added. The bar
racks at Mare island, Cal., need repair
ing badly.
At Philadelphia William Pennington
and Richard Oorsey, both colored, quar
reled over a money matter, and came to
blows. The lamp was overturned and
extinguished, and the men fought a hor
rible duel in the darkness. When the
police came, both were found fatally cut
With razors.
The American Baseball association
has elected Allan W. Thurman, son of
Judge Thurman, president. It is un
derstood Toledo, Syracuse and Roches
ter will be dropped the coming season,
and the association is likely to include
Louisville, Columbus, St. Louis, Balti
more, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia
and Washington or Cincinnati. The
frozen out clubs are likely to make a
Rain has made the people happy at
Mountain fires are doing much dam
age near Elverans.
Santa Cruz's new system of water
works has been turned over to the city.
It is reported that a receiver is to be
appointed for the Oregon Improvement
Mrs. Alsof, wife of J. E. Alsof, a well
known Tacoma real estate dealer, was
thrown from a buggy and almost in
stantly killed.
There are not cars enough to move the
wheat crop of eastern Washington, in
consequence of which the farmers are
suffering great loss.
Campbell, R, contests the seat of
Eakle, D, in the assembly from Colusa
county. Eakle's majority was 28, and
Campbell charges fraud.
At Seattle, John Connelly and John
Allen, conlined in the county jail on the
charge of larceny, escaped by sawing off
bars to their cells.
f» Orlppe on Deck.
Pesth, Nov. 24.—An epidemic of in
fluenza prevails in Fuenfkirchen, Hun
gary. A thousand persons are sick. A
conference of doctors has been called.
Parneirs Retirement Billed
for Today.
Queen Victoria's Speech From
the Throne.
The Conservatives Decide to Ad,jouri|
Wilhelmina Proclaimed Queen of Holland.
Destructive Floods in the
Old World.
Associated Press Dispatches.
- j
London, Nov. 24.—1t is stated on ex
cellent authority that Darnell will an
nounce to a meeting of Nationalist
members, tomorrow, his retirement
i the leadership.
The Queen's speech, which will bej
read in parliament tomorrow, alludejj
to the negotiations with Portu/
gal and with Italy, concern
ing East Africa, not yet brought
to a successful conclusion. The hope ie
expressed that the negotiations now?
progressing with France will soon lead
to a satisfactory settlement of the New-!
foundland fishery matter. Alluding to
the threatened potato famine in west
Ireland, the queen expresses regret, and
trusts measures, will be taken to miti
gate the people's distress.
Bills will be introduced relative to
laud purchase in Ireland; tithes; as
sisted education, and reform of legisla
tion for Scotland, and the extension of
local government in England. If the
work of the session permits, a bill rela
tive to local government for Ireland will
also be introduced.
It was learned tonight that after the
O'Shea case, the Conservatives at a pri
vate conference, unanimously decided
that parliament should be immediately
The King Is Dead, Long Live the
The Hague, Nov. 24.—The remains of
King William, attired in a military uni
form, will lie in state in the chamber iv
which he died till removal to the vault.
The queen regent has issued a procla
mation declaring the Princess Wilhel
mina queen of the Netherlands, and ac
cepting the regency during her minority.
European Floods.
Caklbbad, Nov. 24. —Tlie river is
flooded, and great damage is being done.
At Tochanch a mine is flooded, and
twenty miners have perished. Kor the
last three days a hurricane is reported
throughout Austria, with avalanches
and floods in the mountain regions.
London, Nov. 24. —The recent heavy
rains and overflow of rivers flooded long
stretches of the Manchester ship canal,
doing great damage. Forty-five hundred
navvies are idle in consequence.
A Financial Revolution In China.
Washington, Nov. 24. —The United
States minister to China has informed
the department of state that the Canton
dollars and parts of dollars, made by the
order of the late viceroy, have been made
legal tender all over China. He saya
thia, unless tampered with, will un
doubtedly work a financial revolution
in China, and may possibly result in the
establishment of a national bank, and
become the basis of paper currency.
A Quarrol Over a Few Dollars Ends in
Terrible Tragedy.
Dayton, AVash., Nov. 24. —S. Marquis
and A. E. McCall became involved in a
quarrel about a few dollars today. Mar
quis drew his revolver and fired five shots,
two of them taking effect in McCall's
body. McCall walked into the house,
and, procuring a revolver, fired several
shots at Marquis without effect. McCall
then fell to the ground and died in a few
minutes. After the shooting Marquis
stabbed himself four times in the right
breast with a pocket knife, and is now
in a dangerous condition. McCall once
represented this county in the territorial
They Cause the Death of William H.
Coroner Weidon held an inquest yes
terday afternoon on the body of William
H. Westcoatt, a stenographer, who died
on the 23d instant, at his residence, 461
North Bonnie Brae street. He had
been sick for a considerable length of
time, subsequent to one of his de
bauches, which commenced at the con
clusion of Miss Lelia Latta's examin
ation for murder before Justice Savage,
in which he was employed as shorthand
Dr. L. Dearth, who had attended the
deceased until the beginning of this
month, testified that the cause of death
waa due to the excessive use of alcoholic
stimulants and hypodermic injections of
morphine, to which the deceased had
been a slave for more than three years.
Westcoatt used as much as from eight to
ten grains of the noxious drug daily.
Mrs. Kittie M. Westcoatt, the widow of
the dead man, said ho was 82 years of
age. He would get full and keep it up
for two weeks at a time, drinking as
many as three small bottles of whiskey
daily. For the last three months he
had hardly taken any nourishment, but
he stimulated himself with two or three
shots from the "hypo," at the rate of
four grains per injection each day. The
verdict of the jury was that the deceased,
who was a native of California, had
come to his death by the excessive use of
alcohol and morphine. Westcoatt will
be buried this morning at 10 o'clock, in
Evergreen cemetery, at .the expense of
his father, who is in Nevada.
Gen. Hastings, of Pennsylvania, who
Is spoken of for director general of the
World's fair, is said to be a noble speci
men of manhood—tall, broad shouldered
and deep chested. He first became
known in political life by his speech
nominating Sherman at the Chicago con
at Sausalito last summer, but who was
released in the justice's court on a
technicality, was indicted by the grand
jury here last Saturday, for assault to
murder. He was arrested in San Fran
cisco, brought here and released in $5000
bail. The day for his arraignment is set
for Monday next.
Miss Clara Morris at the Los
Miss Clara Morris made her appear
ance at the Los Angeles last night before
one of the finest audiences that has ever
filled that house. This was her second
appearance in this city. The play se
lected for tlie opening night was the
well-known dramatization of Alexander
Dumas's powerful story of La Domeaux
Caiuelias, or Camille. Few plots have
taken more hold on the mind.
It has been transferred from the
novel to the drama, and is used
also in the lovely opera La Traviata.
The drama is a familiar one, few act
resses of the emotional school being able
to resist the opportunity opened to their
art in its touching scenes. It need not
be said that Miss Morris is not as she
steps on the stage an ideal Camille. She
has no longer the charms of early youth
requisite to make the cast fit her. But
this ia a defect that only strikes the
mind for the moment. As soon as
the action of the play geta well
under way, this is forgotten in the con
sum rap.te art of the star. She portraits
all the deep emotions involved in that
pathetic story with the hand of an ar
tist who has sounded all the heights
and depths of the human heait in all
its darkest sorrows and brightest joys.
Her tenderness and love have all the
effective power of reality in them,as she
passes from one heart rending phase
to another of the story. Her paroxysms
of joy,feigned to hide the deep emotions
of her terrible griefs were marvelous
until they were surpassed by the appar
ently real feeling thrown into the un
speakable sorrows of her situation.
The minor parts were, on the whole,
well done by her skillful assistants, and
as a whole the play was deeply affecting
to the intelligent audience that filled the
Tonight the play will be lienee de
Grand Opera House.
This evening Prof. Herrmann's cele
brated organization, the Trans-Atlan
tiqnos, commence their engagement at
the Grand opera house. It is hardly
necessary to make any comment on tho
event, as the Trans-Atlantiques created
such a furore all over the country last
season that everybody has either seen
or heard of them. Tbe company this
year is said to be even stronger than
before, which is the highest possible
praise that could be given it. Both
Europe and America have contributed
tbe leading artists in the specialty
world to complete its programme.
News Notes From the Crown of the
Company B drilled last, night.
The eastern mail was six hours late
Numbers of excursionists were on the
streets yesterday,
Messrs. Frost and Lynch, who have
been in Denver on business, returned
here Sunday.
It is now announced definitely that
the Carlton restaurant will close on
December 3d.
Elmer Southwick, who will work at
the Raymond during the winter, arrived
here yesterday.
There will be a concert at the Painter,
on Thanksgiving evening, by the Har
monia quartette and Miss L. Grace
The Raymond excursionists are mak
ing return to the railroad company of
their losses in the late accident for ad
The Gila monsters on exhibition in
one of the windows of the Natural His
tory store attracted many curious pass
ers-by yesterday.
J. D. Giddings, who has been seriously
ill for some time, suffered a stroke of
paralysis on Sunday, which affected the
entire body, rendering him helpless.
The funeral of Mrs. Locke, mother of
Seymour Locke, which took place this
morning, was largely attended. The
interment was made in Mountain View
The next valley hunt meet will be held
on Saturday, starting from Orange Grove
avenue and Columbia street. Lunches
will be served at Marengo ranch, below
the Raymond.
Miss Mamie Powers, daughter of Mrs.
Charles A. White, of thia city, and W.
Nimock, of Los Angeles, were married in
Denver on the 20th of this month. Mr.
and Mrs. Nimock will reside in Los An
The Lullaby concert, at the Univer
salist church, Friday night, will consist
of the cradle songs of different nations,
with tableaux illustrating them. Some
fine instrumental music will also be
Pasadena will be unusually gay on
Thanksgiving. A turkey shoot in the
morning, athletic sports in the after
noon and the ball at the East San Ga
briel at night, form a combination well
nigh calculated to upset the average
citizen who is not accustomed to enjoy
60 much excitement in one day.
The East San Gabriel hotel is begin
ning to fill up. Among recent arrivals
are H. J. Park, of Park & Tilford, New-
York ; Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Acker, New
Rochelle, N. V., who will remain all
winter; Dr. Todd and wife, Stockton;
Miss Annie M. Cary, Boston, and Mrs.
M. E. Conway, Philadelphia. Arend's
orchestra, of Los Angeles, will furnish
the music for the ball on Thanksgiving
A Running Battle.
Las Vegas, N. M., Nov. 24.—A courier
came in tonight from Anton, a small
Mexican settlement twenty-five miles
south, bringing news of a terrible run
ning fight between fifteen or twenty cow
boys and a large number of Mexicans.
Hundreds of shots were exchanged, and
several are dead and wounded on both
sides. The courier has no details, hav
ing left to summon the sheriff.
Young Sawyer Again In Jeopardy.
Ban Rafael, Nov. 24.—Colonel Pree
cott Sawyer, son of Judge L. Sawyer,
who stabbed Herman Franz, a boatman,
A Plan of Management at
Last Agreed Upon.
Tlie Bureau System of Govern
ment Adopted.
Fifteen Chiefs of Bureau to Assist
the Director-General.
Mr. Blain9's Attempt to Make Political
Capital Out of the Fair Promptly
Associated Press Dispatches.
Chicago, Nov. 24.—The conference
committee of the national commission
and local directory, after an all day's
session, adopted a report providing for
a bureau system. Fifteen chiefs of bu
reau and tiie diiecior-geneial will direct
the fair. Eight members of the com
mission and eight directors will consti
tute a committee to Bettle any differ
ences arising. The chiefs of bureau will
be appointed by the director-general'
subject to the approval of the commis
sion and directory. The directory pays |
the salaries and expenses of bu- |
reaus. The bureaus coincide with the j
departments of the classifisation system, !
to which are added the bureaus of forestry j
and forest products, publicity and pro
motion, and foreign affairs. The latter
bureau, however, will not interfere with
the committee on foreign affairs of the
The National Commission.
The national world's fair commission
this morning laid over for future consid
eration the report of the committee on
ceremonies, recommending a military j
A resolution was passed authorizing
action with a view of securing the
proper appointment of two commission
ers from Alaska.
There was much discussion over a
resolution providing for a separate ex
hibit for the Afro-American race, and it
was finally referred to the executive
The report of the committee on
awards, recommending bronze medals
and certificates instead of money
premiums, was adopted.
A Little Scheme of Blame's.
The foreign affairs committee's report
recommended the adoption of a scheme
to establish a South American bureau at
Commissioner Thacber, of New York,
A SOLEMN silence prevailed in the Court room as tin-
Jury took their places and the Judge instructed the
Clerk to ask the customary questions:
"Gentlemen," said the Clerk, "have you agreed upoi
your verdict?"
Foreman of the Jury—"We have."
The Clerk—"Do you find the defendant guilty or not
Foreman of the Jury—"We find the defendant guilty of
selling Clothing at Prices Lower Than Were Ever
Before Charged for articles of similar quality."
Clerk —"Are you all agreed upon that verdict?"
The Foreman—"We are."
The spectators were visibly affected as His Honor pro
ceeded to inflict the full penalty of the law.
"Prisoner," said the grave and dignified Judge, turning
to the accused (the proprietor of THE LONDON CLOTH
ING CO.), "you have heard tin verdict of the Jury. The
sentence of the Court is that you still continue to offer for
sale your Clothing, and the Court hopes it may be pardoned
for remarking that the public is indebted to you for the
opportunities you furnish to ti ose who are looking for
their moneys worth.
-*$8 A YEARS—
Buys the Dailt Hrrai.o and
f°2 the Wkkki.y Herald.
objected. ■ The gentleman who pro
posed the plan, he said, personally
represented Secretary of State
Blame. He (Thatcher) objected to hav
ing the official seal of the commission
put on a matter purely political, and
which he believed was designed to fur
ther the political plans of the distin
guished secretary.
Governor Waller of Connecticut said
there was no politics in the committee
report. If Blame got any benefit through
the action of the committee in arranging
a South American exhibit, he was
entitled to it. Pending discussion, the
commission adjourned.
The Lady Managers.
At tbe meeting of the lady managers
Mrs. Logan argued that the business be
hurried through. ''Every day we stay
here," said she, "costs the nation over
$1000. Let us do something and save
ourselves from ridicule."
The board then worked industriously
on the formulation of its ideas of what
it wanted to ask from the national com
mission. Among the matters proposed
by different members were: An admin
istrative building for the use of the
board, on the fair ground; no separate
buildings for tlie exhibition of women's
work ; tiie salary of the secretory tn hi»
$5000; that every exhibit be accom
panied with a statement, specifying
whether it is or is not produced in
whole or in part, by female labor.
The lady managers of the world's fair
elected Mrs. Trautman of New York first
vice-president. The other vice-presi
dents have not yet been selected.
A Distinguished Party to Inspect the
Soldiers' Home.
San Francisco, Nov. 24.—There ar
rived Sunday night over the Central
Pacific a party of officials to inspect the
National soldiers' home at Santa Mon
ica, and to arrange for additions thereto.
Tlie party is in charge of Colonel E. F.
Brown of Dayton, <>~ and consists, beside
himself, of Gen. W. B. Franklin and wife
of Hartford, General J. C. Black of Chi
cago, General M. T. Mahone of New
York, Major J. M. Birmingham of Hart
ford, S. R. Burns of Dayton, Mrs. Gen
eral Hyde, Miss Hyde and Miss Brace.
Today was spent in this city, and tbe
party will proceed direct to Santa Mon
ica tomorrow. After transacting such
business as calls them to that point,
they will return east over the Southern
Persecuted Hebrews.
Sr. Petersburg, Nov. 24.—The gov
ernment has forbidden the newspapers
to publish a petition drawn up by the
Jews, asking that they be placed on
civil equality with other classes in Rus
sia. Orders are given that no govern
j ment work shall be given the Jews, out
side of the territorial limits assigned to

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