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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.
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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. |
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~~ 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
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