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Some of the Romantic Features
of the Case.
An Aii7.onian Well Known Here and
His Peculiar Career.
Hl* Incarceration nt Napa aa i Lunatic.
Tho AII.-K.-d Widow* Story—The
Supposed Daughter an Indian
Girl Found at Mesa City.
Tha contest for the estate of the late
John D. Walker, which began in Los
Angeles, is now before the supreme
court of Arizona, the case having been
transferred from this city to Pinal
county. This case has developed facts
in a remarkably romantic life stranger
than the wildest imagination could
About one ye.ir ago, says tbe New
York Recorder, John D. Walker died in
the asylum for the insane at Napa, leav
ing $80,000 cash in a Loa Angeles bank,
besides considerable other property in
this city, and large mining interests in
Pinal county, Ariz., including the Vekal,
a famous silver producer. At the time
of hia death Walker was auppoaed to be
without direct iaaue, but there were
four heiis, or claimants —two brothers,
William Walker of Loa Angeles and
Lucien Walk«r of Tucson, a sißter and
Eleanor I). Walker, a wife whom he is
supposed to have married under pecu
liar circumstances, at Tucson just before
his death.
Application was made by one A. J.
Doran to tho probate court of Piual
county upon tbe part of the sister and
Lucien Walker, and simultaneously an
other application was made by William
Walker of Los Angeles. Both applica
tions were vigorously protested by
Eleanor Walker, tbe alleged widow.
The probate court passed an order re
fusing to recognize her aa the widow,
and an appeal was taken to the district
Tho testimony of the plaintiff was to
the effect that she had ail her life lived
in Adams county, 111., and had known
Walker since she could remember. She
and the deceased had been in love since
she was oor 7 years old, and when she
was 14 Walker made a formal declara
tion of his love and gave her a ring
which he said had formerly belonged to
a dead brother. This ring she still
wore. In turn, she gave him a ring,
and the betrothal, which destiny de
creed should exist for a generation be
fore fulfillment, was made. She now
thought Bhe loved him, though she had
not seen him for 80 years.
A few months after these lovers' vows
were made, Walker went away across
the plains to California. The girl in Illi
nois received letters from her lover for a
period of 30 years, though at times 12
mouths elapsed between epistles. The
last letter was written October 15, 1800,
and in it Walker recalled their early
love. He made mention of the action of
his brothers, who had secured a guar
dian fur him on the grounds that he was
insane, but hoped soon to again control
hiß property. He urged her to come to
him at onee —he had plenty left to make
them both happy. There was no one
else to whom he could leave it, as the
action of his brothers had precluded the
possibility of !hb making a will in their
The betrothed ot 30 odd years came
on and met her aflianced at Tucson. Im
mediately a contest began for Walker's
person, and the race exteuded from Los
Angeles, Cal., to Las Ve-iaa, N. M. Sev
eral times he was taken by officers, but
be always managed toescape, and joined
his sweetheart. At length, at midnight,
April 18, 181)1, while his brothers and
guardians were chasing through the
streets of Tucson in a cab in search of
the pair, a quiet wedding ceremony was
performed in a rear room of the Star
office, and tho pledges of a quarter of a
century were fulfilled.
Within a few hours of the marriage
Walker was torn from his wife, nnd
under the adjudication of the California
courts declared insane, placed in the
Napa asylum, where he died three
months later iv the arms of bis wife.
The other claimants to the estate un
dertook to invalidate the marriage by
showing that Walker was insane at the
time he contracted it. A number of
witnesses were introduced. These pur
ported to cover the time sinco Walker
left his eastern home, in 1801, till tho
day of his death. Upon his arrival in
Arizona, early in the 00s, he abandoned
civilized life and took up his residence
with the Pima Indians. He was the
first white man to settle among them,
and being a person of education and
above the ordinary ability, exerted a
marked influence upon the They,,
regarded him as one possessed oraluioßt
supernatural powers.
Walker had lived among the Pimas
but a short time when he « - as elected
chief with all the pomp and ceremony
that attend Buch a ceremony among a
barbarous people. Iv that capacity he
led them in Beveral bloody anil success
ful forays against the Yumas, Marico
pas and the bloodthirsty Apacheß. He
also formulated their language into > v
alphabet. He reopened their canals
and sought to arouse them to industry.
In return for his services Walker was
given the Vekal (grandmother) mine by
the Indians. This is a rich silver prop
erty and now forms a considerable) factor
in the dispute at law. During Walker's
life the Vekal was worked only after the
primitive Indian methods.
One of tbe points brought out in the
court was that, long before and after
Walker had been adjudged ins Hie, he
frequently talked to his friends of "his
Indian maiden," who, he said, was in
the possession of the Mormons. He de
clared that he intended to educate and
make a lady of Juana. When in the
custody of his guardians in Los Angeles
he boasted that, noiwithetanding his
exile from Arizona, he was constantly in
communication with the territories
through his Indian maiden, who kept
him posted as to what Lis brothers were
doing with his mining property.
This evidence was offered for the pur
pose of proving hallucination, and that
the deceased had been affected with
paresis, and for the purpose of overcom
ing tbe presumption from the testimony
of the plaintiff that she and Walker had
Waste and Want.
A waste of flesh and a want of digestion.
These go to together. People who cannot as
similate the food they swallow must of
necessity lose bodily substance. To remedy
this, render digestion easy and thorough
with Uostetter's Stomach Bitters, a tonic
famed the world over for its strength tna
flesh yielding qualities. Appetite snd sleep
are b:>th impaired by indigestion, which begets
nervous symptoms, hesrtbarn, flatulence, ir
regularity ot the bowels and palpitation of the
heart -the Utter often being erroneously attrib
uted to disease of that organ. All these mani
festations disappear when the Bitters is re
sorted to. Malaria, rheumatism, liver and kid
ney trouble are effectually counteracted by this
snperb corrective, which;is sot only effectual,
but permanent.
been betrothed since 1860. Much other
evidence was offered concerning Walk
er's connection with the Pimas, that his
insanity might be established.
The difficulty under which the plain
tiff seemed to labor was a want of in
formation concerning Walker'B life
among the Indians. It was true that
much that he had said appeared to be
the vagaries of an insane man. If what
be told was true there would necessarily
be nothing to establish his insanity.
But the plaintiff was not aware that his
utterances were true. It was only
known that he had lived among the
Pimaß, and had been considered a sort
of superhuman being. The mysterious
Indian maiden had not been heard of
except through Walker, and what he
said was not explicit. Under these
conditions the jury found iValker insane
and declared tbe marriage in Tucson in
valid. From this an appeal was taken
to the supreme court.
While tb is case was progressing there
were attorneys in the case who believed
that it was highly improbable that
Walker had led the life of a celibate
during bis residence among the Indians,
and that perhaps the Indian maiden
really existed. A search was begun and
continued over several months. The
girl, Juana Walker, daughter oi John D.
Walker, and an Indian mother, was
found at Mesa City, a Mormon colony,
where Bhe lived under the protection of
a Miss Rosette Pomeroy, a maiden lady.
The girl is now 21 years old and the im
age of her father. .She was placed under
Miss Pomeroy's charge several years ago,
and that lady has a quantity of letters
from Walker acknowledging Juana as
his child.
These letters are tender missives,such
as a father would inscribe to a child.
Besides this evidence there have come
forward witnesses, both among . ; the
white and Indian residents of Pinal
county, who claim to be witnesses to
the tribal ceremonies which united
John I). Walker and Juana's mother.
The latter was always looked upon as
the wife of their chief by the Pimas. It
was further learned that while Walker
was in custody in Los Angeles Juana
did correspond with him and furnish
him information regarding the condi
tion of his mines and other property in
Walker, upon the occasion of his first
seizure, was spirited away in the night.
His departure was as mysterious to the
average Indian mind aa was his advent
30 years before. For some time the
Indians waited for his return, and then
a priest brought tbe intelligence that
he was dead. They yet believe that be
will return.
What the Record of Arrest* Indicate.
Evil-Doers Divided luto Clauses.
The Value of Photographs
to Detectives.
Police statistics show that there is a
regularity in crime and a method iv
criminals. The record of arrests indi
cate that there is a general average of
crime and criminals each year, based
on the increase of population. It shows
that a certain per cent of what is called
society goes astray into the crooked
path and preys upon those who follow
the narrow path. Reasoning from the
records of the past, experienced detec
tives predict that a certain number of
crimes will be committed within a lim
ited time, and each species of crime by
a certain class or "specialists."
Criminals have their "special lines,"
ao well as other people. Expert safe
"crackers" like "old man Jimmy Hope"
would not condescend to commit an
ordinary burglary and take a few hun
dred dollars from a till. Such men as
he are at the top of their profession and
undertake only difficult and scientific
jobs, where there is a great amount of
money, and, of course, a greater danger.
The sleek and affable forger, as the
Brothertons, whopoan among the swells
and dudes, scorns the bank burglar
mainly because he haa not the physical
bravery to attempt such a daring deed.
The ordinary burglar who works with
"jimmy," drill and powder, considers
himself a degree higher than the less
skillful fellow who enters a house
through a window and steals the pocket
book of the sleeping occupant, and in
turn he looks with contempt upon the
pick-pocket, and this despicable thief
refuses to associate with the petty thief
who steals an overcoat or enterß a back
yard aud walks away with a section of
garden hose.
As a certain proportion of tbe popula
tion of a community must die within a
stated period, so it seems a certain num
ber of crimes must, or invariably are,
committed within that time also, and
each sepaiate crime iB committed in tbe
same way'and with unerring regularity.
After the criminal of this character is ar
rested he is photographed and his picture
is placed in what is known as the
"rogues' gallery," together with the
history of the criminal. Frequently
the detectives are supplied with extra
copies. Wherever these men go after leav
ing the prison they are at once known.
For instance, one of "Jimmy" Hope's
bank-robber assistants visited Lis An
geles a few months ago, no doubt with
the intention of "locating" a safe to
crack. Detective Benson carries, as
souvenirs, the photographs of that gang.
The ,'ellow saw that he was spotted and
cut short his visit to a day and a half.
Should a forgery for a largo amount of
money be committed, and either one of
the Brotherton gang of forgers be in the
city at the time, Detective Bosqui would
at once bring in that fellow; or should
a belated citizen be "held up" and re
lieved of bis watch, or some lady robbed
of her diamonds, Detective Auble would
look over his choice collection of crooks
who make a specialty of these two dis
tinct classes of crime, and if any of
them were in the city they would be
brought in, and in nine cases in ten he
would have his man. There is a science
in crime and a science in the detection
of criminals.
Implied Superiority,
Kettle —I have ou the average six call
ers every evening.
Millloent —Oh, can you count yours?
How nice that must be.—Chicago New*
Whittier, tho poet, it is reported, said
to the doctors in attendance a day or
two before his death, "You have dor."
the best possible, and 1 thank you; but
it is of no use—l am worn out,"
At the drag store, a valuable package,
worth its weight in gold. My hair has
stopped falling and all dandruff has dis
appeared ilneel found skookum root hair
grower. Aek your drnggiat about it.
Buggy robes, horse blankets at Foy'i old re
liable saddlery house, 816 N. Los Angeles st.
A llcview of His Sins of ymis
sion anil Commission.
The Condition of the, Cases of Which
Statements Which Indicate Either Neg
lect or Incompetency—Not the Of
ficial Success That Ia Needed.
Extracts from Kecord*.
The present city attorney, Mr, McFar
land, who is asking a third term, bases
his claim to a re-election principally
upon the fact that there are 18 cases
pending in the superior court and
eight in the supreme court in which
tbe city is interested. This implies that
he is the only attorney in Los Angeles
capable of conducting these cases to a
euccessful conclusion. But first, the
statement itself is deceiving, whether it
was intended to be so or not. This thing
is true, however, that eeven of the eight
caseß in the supreme court have been
argued and submitted and nothing re
mains to be done in reference to tbem
by the city attorney. They are ea fol
lows : Los Angeles Cemetery association
vb. the city, tbe city vs. Dellail, Farm
ers & Merchants bank vs. city, Los An
geles Savings bank vs. city, Main-street
bank vs. city, city vs. City bank, and
Los Angeles Savings bank vs.
city. That leaves only one case
in the supreme court as a
legacy for the new city attorney.
And to say that one caße is sufficient to
claim the retention of any incumbent in
office, would be to make the office a life
office and keep the city in mortal terror
of an accident to or the death of the in
It is true there are 18 cases in the su
perior court, not finally disposed of,
though two (Smith vs. Glass, No. 15,492
and Bhepherd vs. Donegan, No. 10,075)
are practically settled, but the condition
of most of the balance is such as to
cause the wonder if Mr. McFarland
didn't have this argument in view a
long time ago.
Among them are: No. 14,853, the
City ye. Southern California Railroad
company, for to Bnena Vista
street bridge. This was at issue. May 22,
1891, only five months after he was
elected the last time, aud nothing has
been done since—ovgr a year and a half.
No. 15,533, Detiroot vs. City, was tried,
tbe evidence closed September 27, 1592,
and has been continued for argument
live times and is still "pending."
No. 16,437, City vs. Crystal Springs
Water company, he says in an affidavit
he cannot try until experimental sur
veys have b?en made during a dry sea
son ; yet a dry season has come and
gone and still no survey and no trial has
been hud. Iv No. 14,108, the City vs.
Citizens' Water company, an action to
forfeit the franchise of tlio Citizens'
Water company, the first complaint
was demurred to, the demurrer was con
fessed, mi amended complaint filed,
which was ako dernutred to and the de
murrer was sustained December 31,
1891, and uothing haß been done sinca.
No. 17,558, Vernon Irrigation company
vs. City, haa probably been concluded
so fur as the city is concarned, although
the case is technically pending. In No.
16,861, the City vs. Freeman, nothing
remains to be done except to argue a
trival motion to retax cos's.
No. 11,747, Mooney vs. the City,
to restrain from grading stree,,
was i«t issue March 7, IS9O,
two years and nine months ago, and has
been continued from time to time ever
since. No. 12,497,Chi1ds ye. the City, was
started, aud on March 24, 1890, two
years and nine months ago, a demurrer
was overruled and nothing done since.
Another of his standing arguments.
No. 13.390, City vs. Linde, the famous
Temple-street grading case that dragged
its weary length along so many months
in couit, aud put so many property
owners to expense in defending, is hung
up until the legislature can pass a retro
active law. No. 15,200, City vs. Tran
tum, is also bung up waiting retroactive
legislation. In the Third street ex-'
tension matter, ordinance No. 235, drawn
by the present city attorney, describes
the exterior boundary of land to be be
nefited, and to be assessed, as follows:
"All lots and parcels of land fronting
upon both sides of Third street from
east line of Main street to the east line
of Alameda street."
This when there was no Third street
there. Under this ordinance, as per re
port of commissioners, the city was to
an expense of $505, incurred before the
report, and accrued liabilities, estimated
at $133.59. Proceedings bad to be
abandoned owing to this erroneous de
The new franchise granted by the
council to the Los Angeles Terminal
Railway company did not limit the rate
of fares to be charged by the company
within the city, as did tho old fran
chise, and immediately upon its passage
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C. F .HEINZEMAN, 222 North Main st.
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He Has Had Charge.
the company raised tbe rates within the
city limits from 5 to 10 cents.
In case No. 10,075, Shepherd vs.
Donegan, in the superior court, which
was a suit for an injunction in the
matter of opening First 6treet, the in
junction was gran ted because the city at
torney did not first bring suit to ascer
tain the damages, as the law requires.
The mayor's message records, vol. 25,
page 552, shows that proceedings there
tofore taken in the matter of school
bonds were legally bad, and the mutter
had to be dono all over again.
Now, from all these records (aud
there is not a statement made above
that is not a matter of record), is it not
a natural conclusion that not only is
Mr. McFarland's argument a subterfuge
and a deception, but that Mr. McFar
land is not the unprecedented success
as city attorney that he would have the
voters believe?
Estimate* Place the Total at Six
Thousand Carload*.
Estimates of fruit dealers put the
orange ciop this season in Southern
California at about 0000 carloads. Mr.
Ilynes, the general freight agent of the
Santa Fe company here, stated to a
Hekald reporter yesterday that while
his estimates did not quite reach that
figure, it was very probable that the
total would not be much if any under
that amount.
Last season's crop waß only about
3500 cars, but fully 1500 carloads were
destroyed by the frost and high wind
which played havoc in the early part of
the season.
The quality of the fruit this year is
pronounced very high, and there is
every indication that the market will
be good aa regarda price and demand.
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Now on exhibition for the Holidays, a
large line of
Goods packed for the mails or shipped
East free of charge.
238 South Spring St.,
11-22 Between Second and Third. 40t
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241 South Spriugr Street.
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11-19 43t '
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We arc now better situated than ever to place
you on some fine patented or government lands
in several of the best valleys in Southern Cali
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ate looking for a home or a profitable invest
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and get full information. We speak German
and English. Call on or address
Antelope Valley Land and Water Co.
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\ Gives health und strength to
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Rairdressiog and Manicure Parlors,
107 North Spring street, room 23
Schumacher clock,
Shampooing done at residences if desired.
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Harness, Saddlery \ Turf Goods,
359 N. MAIN to 330 S. SPRING ST.,
About December ist. 11.99j>.i
Wholesale and Ketall Denier in
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tuin Ri '- 1 " diseases, ttye.'Kar, 'No6e,
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Office Hours, 12 to 4 p. m. Telephone 159.
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He carries the largest line in imported, Koy West and domestic cigarp, and an extra line
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CATERER, 2-41 S. Spring- St.
ANDIES, _ ~ - .
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I Telephone 303 •:- Telephone 303
Hancock Barring,
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