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SMITH IS FOUND NOT GUILTY.
The Jury Returns a Verdict in the Murder Case. One of tun Most Sensational Suits Concluded. A Graphic Description of the Murder Uu tha High Seas an Sold by tha Only Witness. Samuel C. Smith, who was charged wi'b and who admitted the murder of the lad George Neale, was found not guilty by tbe jury in tbe United States circuit court at 10:80 o'clock last night. Smith waß charged with killing tbe boy on tbe high bbab last December. The case was one of the most import ant in tbe annals of criminal history in Southern California. It haa occupied the Inst three days, and the entire pro ceedings were watched with unusual in terest. The murder waß moat horrible. Smith, when about to be lynched, con ,'/fesaed to having killed young Neale. The plea of the defense waa temporary insanity, and it was not wholly without foundation, as the evidence will show. THK CASK RESUMED. The caße for tbe government wae con ducted by W. ,T. liunsaker, esq., the able countel of the Southern California Railway company, be having been spec ially appointed by tbe attorney general of the United States, George J. Denie, United Statea district attorney, having previous to his appointment been con sulted by Smith on the subject of his deienee, which disqualified hitn from representing tbe government in the prosocution. The case for the govern ment could not bave beeu placed in abler bands. J. Marion Brooks, eeq., represented the defendant. The first part of tbe case for the gov ernment consisted in the introduction of tho confcasiouß of Smith which were in bis own band writing, signed by bim and witnessed by tbe sheriff and his deputies. These confessions are the* -more interesting aa tbey were written in tbe momentary expectation of lynch ing. THK TESTIMONY. J. W. Brenning, chief of police of San D.egn, testified to arresting Smith the night after tbe murder on tbe arrival of the I .'in in the port of San Diego ; tbat he asked Smith the question "Where is (ieorge Neale?" When, after some hes itation, Smith replied be did not know i.i d then said, "Who told you about il?" ihe chief also testified that in answer tv quehtione be asked Smith, in tbo jail at Lis Angeles, ut tbe time of the grand jury investigation. Smith stated that be fore he could get at George to attack him, he hnd to draw down a curtain in fiont of George's bunk ; and wnicb hid hint from view, that be drew it half way down tbe bunk ; that at tbat time George's face was towards him, but that the topol bis bead w as also towards bim, as bis chin was inclined to bis cheat; tbat be trien struck George two blows on tbo top of the head with a hatchet; that each of the blows was sufficient to cause death; tbat he did not know whether George wna asleep or awake at tbe time, but that be made no outcry or struggle in tbe cabin ; tbat be tben dragged bim from the cabin on to the deck, and that George tben resisted being thrown overboard, and tbat George made some struggle in the water; that be did not Bboot him in the water, aud that he estimated that from the time be was thrown over into the water until be sank about one minute elapsed. Capt. William Silberry testified to the geographical position of the place, pointed out to him by '.v'iliie Silberry, as the location where George wae thrown overboard. District Attorney M. E. Ward, for merly United Statea commissioner at San Diego, testified ton confession made by Smith when brought before him, in substance aa stated by Chief Brenning, and also stated that the defendant had the apparent manner ot a sane man. S. W. Kroff, one of the sheriff's depu tias (Jvroff being the jailer at the time Smith was in the county jail) and A. K. Cravath. then sheriff, weie the wit nesses to the full voluntary written con fession written and signed by Smith, and so testified, and also testified tbat in their opinion tbe defendant was cane. STORY OF THK MURDER. Christopher William Silbery's state ment excited the strongest sensation of the trial. It was substantially as fol lows: I was engaged by Sam Smith a day or two before we eailed to go with him in his schooner Lou to White Rock for guano. I did not know tbat George Neale was going till two or three hours before we sailed. We Bailed from San Diego on November Id, 1892; tbe schooner left- her anchorage about 3 o'clock in tbe afternoon. There were only three of us aboard, Sam Smith, George Neale and myeelf. I never knew George before this time. We got out of tbe harbor readily, as the tide was run ning out, but got into a calm on tbe out side. Smith ateered us out and George and I attended the .sails. We got abreast of the Coronado islands about 12 o'clock that night and I think we were opposite Eneenada on tbe morning of the 12th day of November. We lay to there some time on account of calms. From the time we left San Diego it took ub about four days to get 25 miles below ' White Rock. White Rock is 240 or 250 miles below San Diego. We went below White Rock in order to get some tim bers from the mainland to make a floor to put the guano on. We were near the mainland where we got the timber about two days, and then we went to Geronimo island, where we lay two and one-balf days, because Smith said the tides were not running right to allow of our getting the guano at White Rock. Then we ran over to White Rock, which was about 15 or 20 miles away. The three of us went alongside the rock to see wbat we ebould want in the way of a ladder to get on to it, and then we came back to the boat and made a lad der the proper height. In tbe after noon of that day, which was poesibly the 19th of November, we all three went back to the rock and tilled 20 sacks with guano. Then, aa tbe tide wae rising, we had to quit work. The next day Smith landed George and me on the rock and be went back to the schooner to make a platform tv put the guaco on. We went to work and iilleu some more sacks with guano, and worked a few hours. In the afternoon we put 30 sacks in the boat and George and Sam took them to tbe schooner and left me on tbe rock, coming for me afterwards. Tbe day George and I filled aome mote Backs until about 4, o'clock iv tbe after noon, wbea it became rough and .Sam could not take us off, aud we had to jump from one rock to another until we got into a little inlet where Sam brought his boat and then pulled ue aboard. We did tbe same thing the next day. Tbe next day after tbat it was too rough and we did not go tbe rock at all. Then Sam pulled hie boat up and did a little corking on tbe bot tom, and in the afternoon George naked him to let us have the boat to go and got some mussels, (ieorge and I went and got some mussels and we came back to the schooner. That night the skiff got floose; early in the morning Sam woke me up and asked me what time I let the boat go. 1 did not know what he was talking about at the time; I asked bim what waß the matter and he repeated the tame thing again ; then I came up on deck aud asked him wbat he waa talking about and kicking up such a fuse about? lie ÜBed some strong language at the time; be told me that the boat was Bet adrift, and wanted to know who did it. I told him I did not know anything about it; he never said anything to (ieorge, but after that he said, "one of you two mnßt have done it." We spent a day looking for the boat; we had slipped our cable and we came back the next morning and picked up tbe anchor and tben started home. At thia time the only one Smith seemed to have a grudge against wax me, and all Die way up X only spoke to him when he spoke to me; from the time we left San Diego to tbe time 1 saw George for the last time I never heard a crocs word between Smith and George; tbeir relations were pleasant all the time; Smith frequently talked with aud con sulted George about the business of the trip and about tbe sailing of the vessel; George had worked very hard on the rock and seemed very anxiouß that Smith should have a successful trip; it never occurred to mo that there was likely to he any trouble, and I did net notice that there was any difference in Smith's actions coming back than in his actions going down. It took us nine days from the time we picked up the anchor to get back; the three of us stood watch, three hours on and three hours off; at 12 o'clock at night of Thursday December Ist George's last watch ended; at tbis time we were abreaat of Coronado islands, and be tween the islands and tha mainland. It wae my tnrn to take my watch, aa George's watch t.iat nigtit was from 9 to 12; at 12 o'clock he called me, and as soon as I came up I said "can yon see the light house?" and he said "yes," nnd we both got a glimpse of tbe light; it was moonlight at the time. I took the tiller and George went below into tbe cahin; he asked me if 1 did not want some crackers and cheese; I said I did not; he took some crackers and jam aud then turned in ; he drew bis curtain in front of his bunk and never spoke to me again. I stayed on my watch until 3 o'clock and then called Sam Smith, and I turned in. My bunk was forward, Sam'B end George's bunks were aft in the cabin; as soon as I turned in I fell asleep; tbe next thing I knew something woke me np and I jumped up and put my head up through the hole in the deck and I heard (ieorge say: "For God's sake, Sam, don'taboot me." I saw Sam with the gun in bis hands. I was sure from the directien of George's voice that he was in tbe water, aud supposed Sam had a rope around him or something. Then George said: "You know I have been a good boy on this trip; save me for God's sake." The tone of George's voice waa very agonized. Then there was silence for awhile. After that George said: "For God's Bake, Sam, throw mo an oar overboard." Sam never answered a word as far as 1 could hear. Then George's last words were, "Oh, Sam, I an, dying ahorribledeatb." I imagined I saw George in tbe water, but could not swear to-it. U was. pretty nearly daylight by this time, tt was some time after 1 heard George say "Ob, Sam, I am dying a horrible death" tbat Sam fired off his gun, but up to this I had never said anything. After the shot Smith saw me,audi aekid him what he was snooting at. He said "Only a/bird." I eaid: "Did you hit him?" He said "No." He was sitting tben over the gangway with his feet dangling down into the cabin; tben he bent down bis bead towards tbe cabin aa if he waa speaking with or having a conversation with George, and he said "Wbat?" just as if George had asked him the same question I did. Then be •aid "what" again, and tben be said "only a bird." Then he Baid "No," as if in a conversation with George. I stood looking to see if I could see George's body floating around any where, but I conld not. Tben he asked me what I waß looking at. I said "Nothing." Tben I said, "Do you think we will get in today, Sam ?" He eaid "Yes, I guess so," or something like that, and he pointed over to Point Louia. There was a fog hanging over it, and he eaid "There ie Point Loma over there." I eaid "Yes, I see it." Then soon after that he said, "Do you know anything about sending that boat I said "No; how many more times do yon want me to tell, yon? I have told you half a dozen times." Then he told me there was a box of pilot crackers forward where I slept, and to get them and take them into tbe cabin. I did so. I saw tben as I went into the cabin tbat the curtains of George's bunk were thrown back and tbat there wae blood all over tbe cabin. I went down backward* and made Sam believe tbat I did not notice anything strange down there. I took the whole thing in at a glance. I bad seen blood on Sam's shirt and across bis pants. Then I went and eat opposite to bim for awhile at the gangway with my feet dangling over the cabin, too, and made out as if I did not know anything about it. Then he told me tbat be thought it waa a plot between us. He said be thought George sent tbe. boat adrift, bat he said be thought I knew all about it. I told bim I did not know whether George sent the boat adrift or not. I said "I don't know a thing about it." Tben I asked him if he wanted some breakfast. He eaid "Yes," and I cooked bim up a piece of ham and boiled him some coffee. I could not eat any breakfast, but he eat Borne. Tben ha said: "Oan you look me straight in the eye and swear you did not bave anything to do with that boat?" I said: "Certainly; I can look you in tbe eye or anybody else and say I did not." Tben he said: "I thank God I never harmed you." Then be eaid be trembled to think how near be came to kill me. I asked bim if be wanted the floor washed up, and be said "Yes." Tben be Pointed down to the cabin and said: "Wipe those ringer marks off the bunks there and take the blood marks off." He was referring to tbe blood marks all round, and I did so. I took a little of it off. Later in the day he took off with a dry rag the blood which was bespattered on the ceiling at tup of the bunk over George's bead. There was some blood on George's bed clothes. The weather wae very calm and we made very little headway. He washed the cockpit himself; there was blood on that and there was a couple of LOS ANGELES HERALD: THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 14. 1893. finger marks on tbe main sheet block and he washed that off. After getting his breakfast he was smoking nearly all the while, and made tbe tiller fast. He was mostly Bitting down in tbe cockpit looking over tbe wide Into the water. He waa sighing moat of the time, ffe looked at me kind of helpless and aaid : "How had we better fix thia?" One re mark lie made was tbat tbat boy eat aa much aa three ordinary men, and he eaid : "There was one thing puzzled me about George, you eaid ycu were willing to forfeit your wages, but (ieorge would not answer me." When he Baid how bad we better fix thie, I said: "We bad better report bim lost in tbe 3 o'clock watch." That seemed to please him, and he said: "All right." Then, come j time in the afternoon, ho washed him- I self all over and changed bis clothes, and put his bloody shirt at the forward end of bis bunk. When he got through dressing be said : "I feel a little better on the outside if I don't on the in." He aaked tne sometime in the forenoon of tbat day whether I wanted to shoot bim. I eaid: "1 don't want to shoot you; talk like tbat gives me the chills." 1 eaid: "You ain't got no cauae to die, you ain't done nothing." He said: "You can go down there and get tbe gun and shoot me if you want to." One time he Bald, as if to himself: "To think I have lived (ii years, an honest, upright life, and it baß come to this." He said he had a sister to support, and I got talking to him about iiis early life. He eaid be bad bad some misfortunes and lobb of money, and be ran ou from one thing to another. We were pretty near in then and it was getting late. I cooked him three meals that day. When we got in I never said anything about it. I kept busy moving round tbe boat, bat there was one thing he said to me wbeu I was leaving. He said: "Be a good boy to your mother; you don't know wbat it ia to take the law in your own hands." lie said- "1 Bee it now. I must have been crazy when I done it." That wae juat as I was going into tbe boat I bad bailed to come ashore in. He looked scared most of the day, and got nervous and restless and groaned and sighed a good doal. When we were about letting go the anchor 1 said to bim : "If I meet anybody tonight I will say it ie all right, and you can explain matters in the morning." That seemed to satisfy bim. He said, too, "Youbave a noble mother," and be said, "tbe other boy bas a mother and father, too," and he eaid, "1 pity them." I said: "It is no use to get downhearted ; you might see George in ahead of us; if be should have come across a boat he might have got in first." He looked up and smiled and said: "1 hope he has." When be was washing himself be seemed afraid that I would get to hiß gun and Bboot bim. There was one thing I :.•!.• .t, that he said in the morning. After I had convinced him tbat I had had nothing to do with tbe boat getting I adrift, he said that be iiad intended to throw us both overbonrd and report ua lost. When I got ashore I went up town just as I was dressed when I left the scnooner, except that I changed my bat. I dodged around town till half past 9 that night, end then I went home and told my father and mother abont George's murder, and I and my father went down and reported tbe mi,tter to Chief ot Police Brenning. Then I aud my father and Chief of Police Brenning and George's brotiier and uncle and Police Officer Joe Cota all went down in a back, and Chief Brenning arrested Smith. He was arreßted about 1 o'clock in the morning of December 3d. The locality of the murder was, as near as I can tell, about two miles north from tbe Coronado islands and between there and Point Loma. After Smith bad washed himself and changed bis clothes he rinsed out the pants be wore at tho time of the mur der. While I was talking to bim during tbe morning, say for a space of two or three hours; Smith kept hold of the gun. Smith must bave reloaded tbe gun after we left Geronimo, hh George end I emptied it there. I never caw bim load the gun. Harvey McCarthy; reporter of the San Diego Vidette, testified to a confession also made to him by Smith when on tbe train between San Diego and Loa An geles, similar in terms to the other ccn leesione. OTHER EVIDENCE. The government introduced the rec ords of tbe custom house at San Diego, showing tbe nationality of the schooner Lou, of her owner, Captain Smith, and description of the vessel. Collector J. R. Berry being on tbe otand, The prosecution then rested and the defendant tben offered in evidence tbe depoeitions of three brothers and a eister of Smith. DEPOSITIONS PRESENTED. The deposition of Edwin Smith oi Grant's Pass, Ore., a brother of the de fendant, was to tRe effect tbat be, tbe defendant, had bad great domestic trouble, and for days at a time would not speak to anyone. He bad not seen bis brother since 1859, although hia sis ter had written that bis, the defen dant's, mind waß affected. Mrs. Elizabeth Nebhut of Union, Ga., a Pinter of the defendant, presented a deposition, the Bubetance ot which was to the effect tbat the defendant's mother was mentally deranged and died in that condition. Other depositions from relatives of- Smith were heard, all of wbich went to show that bis parents were more or less afliicted mentally when he was quite young. smith's insanity. Captains Hunt and Posey of San Diego were called to testify to the in sanity of Smith. Tbey seemed to be unusually friendly and Bolicitoua on bis behalf, but were lame in the facts on \ wbich they based their opinions of the man's insanity. Several witnesses in troduced by the defendant for the pur pose failed to show insanity ;in fact, tbey asserted tbeir belief in bie sanity. The defendant wae called and inter rogated as to his name, age and* birth place, and was tben asked if he was a drinking man, to wbich he replied tbat be was not. To tbe astonishment of all in court the defendant was asked no further questions, and the counsel for the government declined to cross-exam ine him. Doctors Still, Wise and Bryant were called by defendant, and answered cer tain hypothetical questions on insanity. The defendant then rested. The government then called in rebut tal Capt. Wm. Silbery and Charles Elliott, both of whom had sailed with Smith, Capt, Wm. Keboe, fish inspector of San Diego, P. P. Martin, J. G. Mar tin, Charles Amen, Mr. Staynor, ac countant, Captain Simpson, agent Pacific Coast Steamship company, and Mr. Fedder, all of whom testified that they believed the defendant to be perfectly cane. George Neale, the father, and Herbert N. Neale, tbe brother, of the murdered boy, were on the stand, and the father testified to tbe devotion of bie murdered boy to himself, an attempt having bean made to show that George wished to leave home and lead a roaming life. THE CASK KL'IUMTTCD. On tbe government resting its caße, defendant's counsel announced his wil lingness to submit tbe case to the jury without argument, and counsel for the government agreed to do so on the in structions of tbe court alone. The case wae then given to tbe jury, at 5 p. m. Smith bas remained apparently un moved during these sensatioual proceed ings, except during tbe reading of bis confession, when ho had a fit of appar ently bitter weeping. THE murdkrkd boy. George Neale, jr., the murdered boy, waa the son of George Neaie who for many yeara was official reporter of the courts in San Bernardino, SanDieiroand Aiizona, and whose name has become known throughout tbe state, by reason of his being a party to the famous Sweetwater dam litigation. Tbe de ceased boy was the idol of his father anil mother, a thorough, manly boy. He was nn expert in swimming nnd sailing and passionately fond of the sea. He waa a twin boy and wits born in San Diego tbe 23d of August, 1870. Hia twin sister survives him, to whom be was de votedly attached. He was practically enticed from home to go on the voyage with Captain Smith, both by the offer of $25 which was the first money be bad ever engaged to work for and by the promise of adventure wbich the trip might afford. He was brave, generous aud industrious and great thinga were expected of him. The poor boy never received the $25. Hia father ia abso lutely certain tbat fie waa too conscien tious, as well as too much of a sailor to have turned the captain's skiff adrift, which has been suggested, but that it got adrift by accident having been tied careltssly. SAVED FROM LYNCHING. A peculiar feature of the affair oc curred when Smith came ashore with out the boy. The crowd bad gathered and were wild with desire for revenge. But all awaited the arrival of the boy's father, who tbey supposed would give the word to lynch tbe murderer. Mr. Neale was overcome by tbe loss of hia boy, but would not allow hia murderer to be lynched. He pacified tbe crowd and thereby saved Smith from tbe noose on that occasion. FOI'ND NOT GUILTY. The jury at 10:30 last night brought in a verdict of not guilty, and the de fendant was discharged. At the requeßt of J. Marion Brooks the defendant was taken by Deputy United Statea Marshal Goodrich back to the county jail to spend tbe night, and today will send tnrn to hiß relatives in tbe east, who will hereafter care for him. Mr. Brooks' manner of conducting tbe caae has been marked with ability and adds much to his success as an attorney. WENT UP IN SMOKE. The Deadly Kerosene Aealn Cause, a Serious Fire. At 6 o'clock last night the residence of J. I. Van Dam, at 184 Union avenue, was burned to the ground, nearly every thing in the house being consumed. Tbe fire was caused by a child knock ing over a kerosene lamp. The family had just been seated for dinner when tbe accident occurred. The department responded promptly but tbe distance from water was such that little good was done. The lose is $000; insurance $250. HE STOLE A PUG. John Becker Attempts to Get Away With a Hackinan's Dog. John Becker stole a pug last night from W. E. Christie, the back driver. Becker got on familiar terms with tbe pet und finally succeeded in getting it away irom its master. He was caught by a policeman on First street. Becker bad the dog under bis arm. He was locked up. New Suit. Filed. Preliminary papers in the following new suits were filed with tbe county clerk yesterday : Ferdinand Cordua vs. Mattie Evans et al.—Suit to recover $1187.30, alleged borrowed money. New York Election Returns. Albany, N. V., Dec. 13. —Aa returned by tbe state board of canvassers, tbe senate stands: Republicans, 19; Dem ocrats, 13. Assembly: Republicans, 74; Democrats, 52. Republican majority on joint ballot, 28. The constitutional con vention will be com nosed of Republicans, 110; Democrats, 65. Bartlett's plurality over Maynard for the court of appeals is 101,004; other Republican candidates, 23,000 to 35,000. Winter Army Maneuvers. St. Petersburg, Dec. 13. —The com ing winter bas been selected for a series of extensive army maneuvers in the snow clad portions of Moscow. Tbe troops wiil bivonac under new Ghir ghese felt tents. Military evolutions in the snow will only be suspended when eight degrees below zero ia registered by the thermometers. Fatal Stabbing. San Francisco, Dec. 13.—Jack Welch, a sailor on the ship Two Brothers, was stabbed in the abdomen and almost in stantly killed this evening by Thomas D. Pajadueos, a Greek candy peddler. Welch waß drank and was one of a gang who attacked tbe Greek without provo cation. Tbe trouble occurred on Mission street, near First. 'Frl.eo $llm Started West. Chicago, Dec. 13.—Sheriff O. L. Hen derson of Rio Vista, Cal., left for home at 10:30 o'clock tonight with Wilky Wil son, alias 'Frisco Slim, who ia wanted in Rio Vista for the murder of Night watch man Howard. Only Manslaughter. San Francisco, Dec. 13.—The jury in the case of Martin O'Neil, charged with the murder of Mrs. Kate Griffes, brought in a verdict of manslaughter tbis afternoon. Awarded Highest Honors World's Fair. Sill The only Pure Cream of Tartar Powder.—No Ammonia; Mo Alutn. Used in Millions of Homes— 40 Years the Standards A SMOOTH PICKPOCKET'S WORK Mrs. ,1 amps Bree Robbed While Out Shoppiug. She Got Mixed Up in the Throng and Lost Her Money. Two Men .lorttleil Against Her, bat 9he Vauuot Identify the Thler, Who Made His Kacape. Mrs. James Bree of 14 Mesnager street, whose husband is lying at tbe point of death at tbe Soldiers' home, waa robbed of a purse containing $22 last Monday afternoon. The robbery waß the work of a etnooth pickpocket, who is unknown. The worst feature of the affair is tbat tiie poor woman was left penniless. Like most women of poor circum stances, Mrs. Bree took the last cent with tier when she went out shopping, not necessarily to spend but ac a guard against fire or thieving. Stie boarded a cable car at San Fer nando and Mesnager streets and alighted at tbe People's store on Spring street. She bad ber purse in an open side pocket. As ie usually tbe case on Mondays, the Btreet -vaj crowded and the throng in front of tbe brilliantly decorated windows waa great. Mrß. Bree, with that curioaity which belongs to women only, nudged her way into the crowd to view the gorgeous diaplay. Presently she was roughly shoved along by an elderly gentleman, as she auppoaed, by accident. It was only a few minutes until she was again jostled in the crowd by another man. Tbis put tbe lady to wondering, and she im mediately reached for her puree. Sue found that it had been Btoien. "I told a poli'/eman of tbe case as soon as it happened," eaid Mre. Bree to a friend yesterday, "aud he asked me if I bad any money to have the man arrested. I told him I had not another cent, I pointed out the man who, 1 am almost positive, took the puree from my pocket. The policeman said that he could not arrest the man unless I was euro he was the right one. The officer made no at tempt to see if the person 1 suspected had stolen my money. Ido not know the officer's name." Mrs. Bree waa almost heart-broken at her losb, bb it waß tbe last cent ahe bad. The condition of her husband, who ia dying with consumption, made the loaa doubly bard. The family is almost destitute. Mrs. Bree has lived in this city for the laßt 25 years. Tbe case is one which the charitable should look into at once. Later it waß learned that Officers Rico and Shannon and Detectives Bon son and Marsh were upon the scene coon after the robbery occurred, but the woman was so excited over her loss that she could give no definite informa tion as to who picked her pocket. The fellow escaped in the crowd. THE UNITY CLUB. Mr. W. r, Masters Lectures on the Postal Nervtce. Mr. W. U. Masters spoke before the Unity Club last evening on the People and the Post" to an attentive audience. Hie paper was an extensive treatise of the postal service, giving an interesting account of this service in many coun tries, embracing in his remarks much statistical informatio.n He gave an elaborate account of tbe won derful increase of the postal service showing by figures that in 18o'0 the business of this department in tbe United States was only in the hundred thousand dollars, while in 1803 tbe business amounted to over $80,000,000. The number of employees were num bered in 1830 by the hundreds while to day it consists of an army of 220,000. The amount of money paid tbe raiiroade the past few years reaches the enormous sum of $98,000,000. He gave an eccount of the organiza tion and development of the railway mail service, the oarrier system, as alao the various other departments. An interesting account of tbe mania for the collection of stamps was given, Mr. Masters telling of the enormous and valuable collections in tbe posses sion of many wealthy persons In this and other countries, as also the great suma paid for single stamps and collec tions. Mr. Masters is so well known as a lecturer in tbis vicinity that it is only necessary to state that hia paper was listened to with marked attention, while hia hearers were delighted with many bright and interesting anecdotes. Next Wednesday evening the Unity club will be addressed by Col. Geo. H. Smith on International Arbitration, and on tbe Government Irrigation of Arid Lands by Mr. J. H. Dockweiler, our city engineer. Brooks Was Cheered. There was a lively meeting of the Democratic city central committee last evening at the office of J. Marion Brooks, with J. Marion Brooks in tbe chair, and E. E. Shaffer secretary. There were some vacancies filled and more will be filled at tbe next meeting. J. Marion Brooks filed with tbe secretary the following receipt which speaks lor its self: Los Angeles, Nov. 2. Received of J. Marion Brooks the sum of $667.74 gold coin of tbe United States in completely merit of liability of said Brooks on the official bond cf Arthur I. Stewart as depnty in my office, the eaid Stewart being a defaulter in aaid office. Thia is intended aa a complete release of the aaid Brooks from all liability by reason of said bond to me. D. A. Watson, Street Superintendent. This being read by the secretary, three cheers was propoaed for Brooka, which were given with a will, and the committee adjourned till tbe next regular meeting. Horse blankets and lap rones, Foy's old re liable saddlery house, 31a N. Los Angeles. PERSONAL. Mark R. Plaisted, editor ol tV I • • aide Enterprise, wta in ti:t r.iii ;. -k-j --day. William Rr.mborper of Johrtaton, P arrived ou tie S;.i,?a V* ye»terd spend the winter with hi i sister, Di Annie K. Uatnmell ol Lo Angelee. Harry B. Uetieson, representing larfre wholesale o*ndy matiu'aci rv i t San Fraueisro, ieav«a lor the :: rtii to morrow, lie cays that bneine»a 1* ex. ceedioely good in his line all through the south. The Hon. .Teh' Chandler, now n lead ing lawyer of New York city, with h a j wife and daughter, nre here to i > lid the winter with his daughter, Shirley C. Ward of Tweuty-jeveutii street. Mr. Chandler hes many legal and personal friends iv Southern Cali fornia. Mr. A. H. f). Perkins, for years tie proprietor of the popular Bake Hreeze, published at Minnesota! famous summer resor', Ririved In the city Isrjt Stii;day ; With his wife, and contemplates mr.kin.-j BoaAngalai ins permanent residence. He is spoken of as one of the brisjlitest editore and best printers in the Gopher state and we have no hesitancy iv Siiyinq; - that should he engai.-e in his choceu pro fession here he would do we'll. There are undelivered teiejrami at the Western Union Telegraph ollice, December 13th, for James E. Barker, C. 1 S. ilennett, Walter S. Tucker, Jamef J. . Menglmr. ■ KNOWLEDGE Firings comfort and improvement and j tends to personal enjoyment when j rightly used. Tho many, who live bet- i ter than others and enjoy life more, with I I less expenditure, by more promptly ! ! adapting tlie world's best products to ■ j the needs of physical being, will attest the value to health of the pure liquid laxative principles embraced in the remedy. Syrup of Figs. Its excellence is due to ita presenting in tho form most acceptable and pleas ant to the taste, the refreshing and truly beneficial properties of a perfect lax ative; effectually cleansing tlie system dispelling colds, headaches and fevers and permanently curing constipation. ] ! It li.ib given satisfaction to millions and j met with the approval of the medical ; profession because it acts on the Kid ! neys. Liver and Bowels without weak ening them aud it is perfectly free from every objectionable substance. Syrup of Figs is for sale b; all drug gists iv 50c and if 1 bottles, but it is man ufactured by the California Fig Syrup Co.only, whose name is printed on every package, also the name. Syrup of Figs, and being well informed, you will not j accept any substitute if offered. VKW 1011 ANUCLKS llmiTKB, il (Under direction ol Ax. Hay wan. i ii. C. WYATT, Manure,-, . MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, DEC lßtli, lOth AND SOth. THE POPULAR YANKEE COMEDIAN CHAS. L. DAVIS With the Funniest of All Plays ALVIN JOSLIN A Tornado of Infectious Laughter. THE FUNNIEST OLD MAN ON EARTH Accompanied by A GREAT COMPANY GRAND SCENERY AND REALISTIC EFFECTS. A CARLOAD OF SPECIAL, SCENERY. REGULAR PRICES-Hil, 75c.. 50e and 25c. gjgf~ TUESDAY NIGHT, DEC. 19th, BENE FIT COUNCIL OF LABOR. NEW LOS ANQELES THKATKK. Under direction of Al Ilayman. fl. C. WYATT, Manager. Two Nights and Matinee, THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, Dec. 14, 15 and 10, Grand spectacular and military enter tainment, COLU M BIA! For the benelit of FRANK 11 ART LETT MONUMENT FUND, Under the auspices of the Bartlett & Logan W. R. C. Entire entertainment under the direction of Prof. Hknby J. Kramer. Usual piices—sl, 75c, 50c, 25c, Children 5 to 12 years 60e and isc. for .datinee only. Box oflice open at 9 a.m, Wednesday, Decem ber IX 1--13 lit Git AND AKMY HALL, 012 South Spring Btreet. MUS CAL & LITERAUY ENTERTAINMENT. By First Spiritual Society of Los Angeles Wednesday Evening 1 , Dec. 13. PROGRAMME. Piano solo, Lucie Fancasie (LtVzt)—Carlyle Peterslles. Duet, "Siar of My Life"—Mrs. and MisnTodd. Song, with violin obllgato—Miss I). Todd. Trio, "Ye BUepherds Tell Me"—Mmon. etau bu.-y, Lunt and Mr. Hammond. Recitation (Shakspearean)—Dr. N. F. Rnvlln. Piano nolo, Rhapsodle No 2 (Lisnt)—CaiTy .c Petersllea. Spiritual Tests—By Dr. John M. temple. Dnet, "Dost Renieruber"—Mnips. i.unc and Stanbury. To conclude with full-form materializations on the platform by the celebrated maU'nuliz ing medium, Mrs. Elsie Reynolds. Doors open at 7:30. Admission 25 cents. 12-12 2t gIMPBON TAHKBNiI'LI, PR I DAY EVENING, DEC. 2_, THE LOS ANGELES ORATORIO SOCIETY H\\JJ H WILI. KINDER THE 1 < 1 I— \J \J 1 X IJL I 150 Voices. Orchestra 35 Pieces. Under the Oirectio.i of F. A. Bacon. ■ The following eminent soloi ts have been engaged! Soprano— Mils Grace Miltlmore. I Contralto Mist J anuateJ WUroz, ot BottOtl Tenor—W. B. Chamberlain, of Oberlin, O. 'Bi no ie! Ittbo, TICKJITS—SI, 75e. and 50c. Ou sale at tiro- I ore, ill N. Spring it. 1214 tit 14 17 10 20 ill 22 Food. •. I: n iinary 1 " *n . : h !! fit the*- i urgent IHffS. need i f cu/et-.t-' x -assistance must come quickly, from natural fik d source. jlsioii 13 a condensation of the life of all food: —it is cod-liver oi! reinforced, made easy of digestion, and almost as palatable as milk. Pr, ' ' m* Bowne. N*. Y. Alt dnipfcmW. AJII.'SKJIENIS. ; » 0 it A nii i tt M >iaK O Main si , In. Ulih nnd Sixth. I t D x. Cuo rr, Director. MONDAY EVK V I Nil, DEC. 11, Every Kynlng Putin}! i' a Week (except Soa dayjßndSaiu d.iy Matinee. MR. DARRELL VINTON la the Qie&t&it of nil Uomautic Drum »9, MONTECRISTO Supported by the entire Cooper c Company of Players. WonderfQl Bcouic, mechanical and clectrioal eaTeetn. Oread Matinee SitU'day at 2 p.m. Popo at prices—l6c, 20a aud 30c. Box teat" Ma ninl 75R 1 Mir-•>,.■_ 'i 7:15. Out tain risen at a o'clock, damageseaa b9ordered foiloiao. 'f ' H ' on arte at the box oflice one week iv advance. A/TDSIO HALL, Custer's Last Rally JOriN MULVANEY'o GRAND PAINTINO iof lhe massacro on the Little Big Born will be exhibited in l.oi Angelos, commencing WEDNESDAY, DECSMBER 0. I 1 ONT.Y OHAKCEI ONLY CHANCE! •i ihla celebrated picture, which has eras aiud ai insii'lon where, o- exhibited. M' SK II VI,I. dally from 2tolo p m. Admission 25c. 12-3 td ' ' h-,V VIENNA HIIKFET, i Al Court st., bet. M 11 n and Spring s_ I-'. K'KRKOW, Proprietor an 1 Mgr. Free Refined Entertainment Every Evening from 7:1)1) until 12, aud Saturday Matinee from 1 to 4 p.m. Flint appearance in l.os Angeles of Europe's greatest novelty, MIS'-* LEONORA. ! First appearance in his Angeles of the famous little MISS TRIXEOA. One moie week ot tfiu favorite of Los Angeles. MISS I<OrJA CLEMEMOB. The giaecful little beauty, MISS ANTONItC <3 REVE. Fin's Commercial lun'.'h dally. M*fl« a la, carte ai ail horns. 3 14 ly M~ USIC ft A Lb, ~~ Spring st.. bat Second and Third ata> I GRIND CONCERT AND BALL To be Given by th-> La Fraternlte Lodge No. 79, Knight" of Pythias, Saturday Evening, Deo. 23. TICKETS FOIfSAI* BY MEMBERS. Gentlemen Sots liaines Free. vc-tg 12- TIIOSiXLARK, —REAL ESTATE AND GENERAL— AUCTIONEER. DEALER IN NEW & SECOND-HAND S A F E S,i 232 W. FIRST ST. Auction Sale! Furnitare, Carpets, &c. We are Instructed by Mr. W. P. Scblosser to dispose of by auction, at our salesrooms, 413 South eprlng street, on TUESDAY, December 12th, at 10 a.m., 15 assorted Chamber Suits, Mattresses, Beddinit, Moves, ( hairs, Tables, 8 Folding Bed., Brussels, Moquette and Ingram Carpets, etc. STEVENS & BROWN AUCTIONEERS. X Midwinter Fair t I Suits~~ Overcoats I ♦To Per [ PCC Than Any X ♦ t.rder d Cent Other Tailor * Perfect Pit or No Sale. ♦ IJOEPOHEIM j ♦ ♦ THE TAILOR, ♦ ♦ 149 S. SPRING STREET. | ♦■» » ♦»❖♦♦♦♦♦ »♦♦♦♦♦»» »♦»♦ ♦♦♦ ~~ TAOOU HILF, "7>j /i"" - Manufacturer of ,> /y Mi-erschaam and Briar •~, ' / Pipe". Repairing of all i£"> v ' '. ' ) Kinds promptly ot v. . tended to. Terms rsn- sonable. Fl.-st ■ olata wort. 122 Sonth Main streak 12-7 lm s