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Mrs. Olga Deuss, the Unfortunate Woman Who Asphyxiated Her Baby Children and Herself, and
T H. O. Deuss, the Distracted and Half-Crazed Husband Who Mourns Their Loss.
[Sketched by a "Call" artist.]
Wandering about the City, begging his
watchful friends to leave him alone but a
few moments, H. 0. Deuss is yearning for
merciful death that might bring him ob
livion. His sorrow is so overwhelming
and has crowded in upon him so suddenly
that in his distracted condition he sees no
way out of it but suicide, since his piteous
appeals to God to call for him are un
heeded.
All the dear ones he cherished and
loved his honest and true wife who had
been his comfort for eleven years, his
three little babes, whose bright and pretty
faces gave sunlight to his home, and whose
chatter as they climbed over him in tbe
evening when he returned from his tedi
ous labor, and their merry laughter at
early morn before he again went forth to
battle with the world made him forget all
his cares— all were taken away from him
in one fell swoop.
It is hardly to be wondered at that the
unfortunate husband and father weeps,
sobs and at times utters groans terminat
ing in a painful hysterical laugh.
He regards the friends who have has
tened to his side to give him consolation
which is out tame in such a heartbreaking
case as merciless because they will not
permit him to do away with himself and
join the darlings who have left him here
alone in his misery.
This tragedy of the little home at 809 }£ !
Guerrero street, where H. O. Deuss sud
denly and so unexpectedly came across
the dead bodies of hi? entire family at 3:15
o'clock yesterday morning, is probably
the saddest that has e\er befallen an indi
vidual in this City. At least, the hard
ened employes of the public Morgue do
not remember a case so touching. Deputy
Smith, who for the past twenty years has
gathered in the dead when official investi
gation has been necessary, does not recol
lect '&: case that approaches it, and the
tender care he has taken in laying out the
mother with her little babies on either
tide — four resting on three contiguous
slabs covered by "one wide, immaculate
sheet— attests to the feelings which caused
the old veteran to shed a tear.
Smith was not alone among strangers
to weep yesterday while viewing these
dead. Women, neighbors of the Deuss
family, . crowded to. the Morgue. Men —
big, strongmen, callous to the shocks and
hardships of the world, who have not
known for decades what it is to have a
moist eye — cried with the weaker sex, and
bad to turn away.
The details of the tragedy, owing to the
crazed condition ; of the husband and
father, who alone is in possession of the
facts connected with the immediate find
ing of the bodies, can be but surmised.
He left his prattling young ones after
the evening meal Monday about 7:30
o'clock.
The babies had had a glorious day of it
with their toys and little girl neighbors,
with whom they had loruped from early
morning. That bed time was drawing hear
was evinced by their drooping eyelids,
and their fond mother's lullaby needed
but to be short before. the three darlings
would be in the restful land of nod. .
Mrs. Olga Deuss saw her husband to the
door. She, too, was tired, and with her
parting kiss asked him to .return early.
There was nothing in her demeanor to in
dicate the awful deed she afterward com
mitted. True, she had been ailing for a
week past, but die was apparently mend
ing and was looking forward to Thursday,
when she expected to give a children's
party in honor of her elder daughter
Gretchen's eighth birthday. .'.
At what time she locked the doors of
the house, tucked her little ones in their
cots, turned Jon all the gas jets in the
house and lay down to die no one can ever
know. She left a couple of messages writ
ten in German and scribbled off in a rather
disconnected manner. But these give no
details to enlighten one on the case.
One slip of paper has an incompleted
sentence which reads:
You are going —
What else the woman intended to write
cannot be surmised, unless she was about
to address her husband, who had told her
he was going to the monthly meeting of
the Mission Turn Verein, and then de
sisted. ;
Then came another note, saying:
.-.,= . . •* ***
As I have loved you in life, I shall be with
you in death all the time. ■'.'..
On the same slip of paper was written:
All the things in the trunk and the beds are
to be sent to George; they belong to him.
- These messages were found by the depu
ties from the Coroner's office when they
arrived at the house at 5 o'clock in the
morning. They had been completely over
looked by Deuss in the agonizing moments
that followed his frightful discovery.
At the close of the Mission Turn Verein
meeting, about midnight, Deuss sat around
the saloon in the building chatting with
some of his fellow-members and drinking
beer.
:".: At 2:30 o'clock in the morning the party
broke up, and Deuss, accompanied by An
ton Messersmith, who is a neighbor of his,
slowly walked toward their homes. , They
' conversed, and frequently stopped on their
journey to ''enter in debate. They spent
fifteen minutes in this way right in front
eof Deusa' house, where his entire family
„was being slowly asphyxiated or else was
already dead.
With a light heart and the proverbial
excuse on bis lips for being so 'late, Deuss
ran up tbe 'front steps of bis home ana
with his latch key opened the door.
The gas jet in the hallway at the head of ;
j the flight of stairs leading to his flat was
| not lighted, and there was a strong odor
i of gas. His first thought was that a gust
! of wind had blown out the light, and he
hastened to turn the cock. It was securely
| closed, however, and Deuss felt for the
' first time that something was amiss. The j
1 stifling odor became stronger as he entered
j the front room of the dwelling, and he ,
i rushed to the door of the apartments '
where his wife and babies usually slept.
It was closed and locked.
"Olga! Olga 1" he cried, thumping the >
! door. "Olga! What's the matter, can't ;
you answer?"
No answer came from the dead on the
other tide of the door; only the noise of
the death-dealing fluid escaping as with |
a serpent's hiss from four gas jets turned i
on at full force could be heard.
Frenzied by the uncertainty of the situa
tion, and made doubly powerful by the
possibility of his loved ones being in !
danger of their lives within a few feet of !
where he stood, Deuss braced himself for '
a plunge, and launched his entire weight |
against the door.
It broke in. and though stifled by the I
volume of gas which burst out against !
him as if fighting for its victims, he dcs- I
i perately lunged through the broken panel j
I of the door, and at a bound reached the
bed where lay his wife and their youngest
boy.
"My God, Olga!" he fairly shrieked,
shaking her, "wake up! wake up!"
The unfortunate woman was already too
far gone to recover, although she was not
yet quite dead. Deuss then hurled him
self against the large, and only window
leading from the room in the rear of the
flat. With one vigorous kick he smashed
i the casing and a blast of welcome fresh air
i poured in. In another moment the fren
\ zied father ran and opened the windows in
i the front of the house, and returning to
j the bedroom he began lifting his dear ones
'. from their conches and carrying them to
i where the fresh air could reach them.
It did not take long for him to do this,
| but the seconds seemed hours to him.
! While engaged in. his task he Kept up. a
! continual cry for help, which did not come.
! His cries, however, were heard, but at that
j unwonted hour they were unheeded.
Deuss pulled the pillows off the beds,
I and after placing them under the heads of
: his babies and wife he staggered back
down the stairs and out into the street,
\ running toward the house of his friend,
i Anton Messersmith, and yelling like a
! demented man all the way.
-
Messersmith returned with Deuss, and
with Officer Murphy, on the Guerrero
street beat, they entered tbe house. It
was evident then" that there was not a
spark of life left in the four bo|fces, but
Drs. Moody and Mulligan, living in th
immediate neighborhood, were summoned.
At their suggestion the officials at the
Morgue were notified.'^^^^^^^jjJßJßß
As soon as the anxious father, bendins
over the physicians during their examina
tion, learned that there was no more hope,
he fell back half-fainting into the arras of
his friend, Messersmith. Then/rallying,
he was on his knees, crawling from one to
the other of his four beloved darlings,
kissing and begging them to come back.
"Olga! Gretchen! Fredda! Carl! My
darlings. .Don't leave papa! don't leave
papa! Come back; oh, come back!" he
begged, while the tears streamed down
his cheeks.
The sight of this terrible sorrow was too
much for the physicians and Messersmith,
who were unable to withhold their feel
Gretchen Deuss. Aged 8 Years ; Carl Deuss, Aged 2 Years and 6 Months, and
Frida Deuss, Aged 5 Years and 6 Months, Asphyxiated by Their Mother.
[Sketched by a "Call" staff artist, from a photograph taken by flashlight December 24
under their, last Christmas tree.]
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 1896.
! ings, and they wept too with the bereaved
Messersmith managed to tear the un
happy man from the corpses into another
room, where ho cast himself face down
; ward on the bed so recently . occupied by
' his wife and youngest child and sobbed as
I though his heart were breaking.
Deputies Hallet and McGinnis, from the
Coroner's office, arrived shortly afterward
in their matter-of-fact way with the grew-,
some wagon to convey the dead. They
carried the receiving-boxes up the stairs
to the rooms where lay the corpses. They
had not expected such a sad scene, and as
they glanced on the three little babies in
their snow-white gowns clustered about
their mother, and saw the heartbroken
father standing by, calling on the Almighty
to also take him, those two deputies
thought of their own wives and children
and wept as they performed theii sad
duties. . :
As the bodies were about to be removed
Deputy Hallett called the attention of
Officer Murphy to the actions of Deuss.
He was carrying on like an insane man,
his bloodshot eyes were popping out of
their sockets, and he seemed on the verge
of doing something to harm himself.
He suddenly' darted for .the bureau,
■where he fumbled in trying to open the
top drawer. This gave the policeman time
to reach him as he opened it and attempt
ed to take a razor from its sheath.
"I don't want to live! I can't stand
this any longer!" Deuss cried. V.-..'
The keen blade was carefully put away,
and Deuss, looking around, picked up one
of his own business cards, giving his occu
pation as a watchmaker and jeweler at 126
Kearny street, in the Thurlow block. ..'_; On
the back of it he wrote : '.'■'. 1
George F. Ki/eger,
199 S. Clart street,
Chicago.
Turning to Deputy Coroner Hallett, he
said:
"If anything happens to me let this man
know, and he will know what to do."
Another friend of Deuss, hearing of the
1 tragedy, called at the house.
"Well, Frick," the unfortunate man
said, "see what has befallen me. What
; an unhappy man I am. My poor wife and
babies, all gone."
Deuss began to act stranger than ever
I after that. Taking a gold watch from his
pocket he handed it to the nearest person
!to him. .- -■ - I
"Take this," he said, "it belongs to
i Shirfield." ■ , ; .: .
Then, reaching into his pocket again he
| pulled out $12 In one hand and handed it
to Deputy Hallett, saying:
"That belongs to Oiga."
In another hand he held a little bundle
i of coin, about $1 80, wrapped up in a piece
of paper. .'-_.",**
"This," he said, "belongs to — — ." He
did not finish the sentence, but went off
i at a rambling and unintelligible wordy
j ait - / \• ■ /•
The address of George : H. Kueger,\Chi-
I cago, is that of Mrs. Olga Deuss' brother,
| to whom she left her belongings in the last
note she wrote on earth. -^
Deuss insisted upon accompanying his
wife and babies to the Morgue, where he
viewed their bodies^ on the slabs. He
acted in a comparatively rational manner
while weeping and kissing his dead.
Shortly after noontime he was induced
by his friend Frick to leave the place, an d
both went out to arrange for the funeral.
Late in the afternoon an attempt was
made to have Deuss lie down and get some
rest in the Valencia-street Hotel. His
friend remained by him until shortly after
TRIPLE MURDER
AND SUICIDE
The Dreadful Tragedy in a
Guerrero -Street
Home.
INSANE WOMAN'S DEED.
Mrs. Olga Deuss Asphyxiates
Herself and Her Three
Babies.
A FATHER'S AWFUL DISCOVERY
He Reaches Home From . His Lodge to
Find All His Dear Ones
Asleep in Death.
5 o'clock in the afternoon, when a report
was received at the Morgue and police
headquarters that he-was missing.- At the
Morgue the inquiry came as to whether
Deuss' body had been brought in, showing
quite evidently that his friends believe; he
is but waiting an opportunity to kill him
self. :■.•->--•''.-•.■'.' '-■
Mrs. Olga Deuss, the poor, woman who,
in a moment of insanity, has wrecked the
life of her husband, taken her own life and
the lives of their, children, was 40 years
of age. The little girl, Gretchen, would
have been 8 years old to-morrow. Fredda,
the second girl, was only 5 years and 6
months old, and tiny little Carl was but
six months past two summers. . -
JEALOUSY THE CAUSE.
Friends of Deuss Declared That the
Wife Was Unjustly Suspicious
of Her Husband.: ---.'-. - - -
Statements made by the friends of Deus3
show that Mrs. Deuss was jealous of her
husband. She believed that he, within a ;
few weeks, had been paying marked at
tention to a young woman, but friends
assert that there was not the slightest
foundation for the suspicion. . This idea,
which for several weeks : haunted the
woman who sought relief in death and
took her children with her to the great be
yond, unsettled her mind and it is prob
able that when her brain was turned by the
most uncontrollable of passions she de
cided upon carrying into effect her fatal
project.
Henry F. Fricke, a grocer at Guerrero
and Nineteenth streets, who was with
Deuss for several hours yesterday morn
ing, said:
- "You can understand what the poor
man's feelings were when he. made the
horrible discovery. It was enough to
drive a man to the verge of desperation,
and it is no wonder that he wanted to put
an end to his life. This afternoon he had
calmed down somewhat, arid in my com
pany we went to the Morgue ; and then
made arrangements for the disposition of
the unfortunate woman and the children,
after which he went to the Valencia-street
Hotel, and .when I left him at 5 o'clock he
was in a better mood than he was during
the forenoon. Vie*
"The woman had no cause for the com
mission of the dreadful crime/ She was
insanely jealous, and all without cause.
His friends can show where he was every
evening when away from home. . . There
was not the slightest cause for Mrs. Deuss
to be jealous •of him. He was a devoted
husband, and loved his wife and children
as fondly as any man could. As to finan
cial trouble, there was nothing in that. It
was only yesterday that he told me . that
he had put an advertisement.in The Call,
that it had brought him three customers,
and that he felt pleased with the begin
ning of the week. ,
"Mrs. Deuss used to attend all the meet
ings of the Mission Turn Vereiri, of which
Deuss is the vice-president, and when he
was there she had every onportunity to
watch his actions. At the last meeting
she was there, and I noticed that there
was something in her demeanor that sat
isfied me that there was something wrong
with her mind." •
William Gerken, proprietor of the Va
lencia-street Hotel, said: "I have known
Mr. Deuss for several years and know that
he was passionately fond of his wife and
children and had rio thoughts for any other
.woman or women. : Why, when he went
home from his business his children would
tumble over one another in their endeavor
to be taken up by him. There never was
any trouble in the family, as there was
not any cause for it. This forenoon he was
in a terrible state of mind, and he would
no doubt have done. himself harm had. he
not been watched l by his ] friends. This
evening -he was very much calmer and
spent most . all the ; time weeping and
moaning. At about 6 o'clock he went out
with friends. .: ;. '•-.-"" '::'■•
"Why did Mrs. Deuss commit the terri
ble crime? It was simply jealousy, and
she was unjustly jealous. ; Nothing but
jealousy drove her to it.".
One of Deuss' most -intimate friends is
Emil Leiss, speaker of the Independent
German Congregation and editor-in-chief
of the San Francisco Tageblatt. He was
in the company of his friend for several
hours yesterday afternoon.
"This is indeed sad,", said Mr. Liess last
night, "and nothing .but; unfounded
jealousy caused ; Mrs. Deuss to do what
she did. I have known the . family for a
long time. I know .that Deuss was ex
tremely fond of his wife and children, and
he was passionately fond of the poor little
boy. The loss ; of ; those 'he loved, and in
such a manner, was 'enough to I drive him
crazy and make him wish to go to those
he loved so well. • :.-,f- v■; <1
"Several weeks ago Mrs. Deuss became
possessed of ' the idea - that her husband
was ; making ; love to a young woman, but
there was absolutely no cause for such an
idea.- Still it preyed upon her mind to
such an extent that it affected it, and last
Thursday when* ' I ; delivered . a lecture at
Turn :; Halle, in' the' Mission, • Mrs. Deuss
was ■ there, and I noticed that there was
something unusual the matter with her,
for she did not appear as usual. ' Despite
this , feeling which possessed her there was
} nothing •. that occurred in the family circle
to disturb its tranquillity.
■c "There is '„■ no reason to believe; that
money matters had anything ■to do with
the act, for j Mr. Deuss; provided well for
; his f family and ; never ; troubled •; bis wife
{ with his business affairs.
The Bodies of Mrs. Olga .Dsuss and Her Little Ones as They Appeared on the Slabs at the Morgue.
[Sketched by a "Call" artist.]
"This morning Deuss made all prepara
tions to end his life. He went to his place
of business, took a number of watches that
had been left with him and returned them
to: their respective owners. - - His friends
prevented c him from carrying out his pur
pose, and after I had talked to him for
some time, he promised me upon his word
of honor that he will not end his life. He
declared that he had nothing to live for,
yet I believe he will keep his promise.
"During the ' afternoon he expressed a
desire that the bodies of his dead family
should be cremated, and in accordance
with his wish the bodies will be cremated
at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon at the
Odd Fellows' Cemetery."
At 9 o'clock last night Deuss returned to
the Valencia-street Hotel, and broken
hearted and tired out, he was taken to a
room and induced to retire. Before doing
so he frequently expressed the hope that
death would come to him, as there was no
further life or happiness for him in this
world. At last nature asserted herself and
he fell into, a slumber, and at midnight
was still sleeping. Two friends remained
in the room to watch him to see that he
did himself no harm should he awaken
again and be taken with the notion that
he ought to end his days.
MAY BE CONDEMNED.
-The Board of Health Will Take Ac-
tion on the Hog Hunches
To-Day.
At a special meeting of the Board of
Health to be held to-day the most impor
tant question to '. be discussed will be the
hog ranches which have caused so much
complaint among the residents of. the Bay.
View, Excelsior and Spring Valley home
steads. It is not improbable that some of
the most .odorous.and filthy of them will
be condemned as public nuisances and or
dered closed or removed. '- -.
'-.' The board partially decided to take this
action some time ago, but concluded to ask
the Supervisors to extend the hog limits
so as to include the tracts mentioned and
thus settle the matter.'flßßgWß*i*M
The Supervisors when the subject came
up for action failed to agree on a time
when .a regulation that was drawn up
should go into effect and the matter was
dropped, when a tie vote, at last Monday's
meeting, lost the friends of the protesting
property-owners the opportunity of mov
ing the ranches.
The members of the Board of Health
are unanimous in the belief that the
ranches are a nuisance and unless those
who conduct them can show some very
valid reason why action should be deferred
the law that gives the board the power to
condemn obnoxious habitations or •nui
sances will be called into play. v :
COAST DIVISION EXTENSION.
The Road to Be Operated Seven Miles
'■■■■■■■ South of Souieo.
Commencing on Monday next, April 6,
the operation of the Southern Pacific
coast division will be extended to a new
Station 72 miles south of Someo, which
will be known as Viaduct, At this point
The Room and the Building in "Which the Dreadful Triple Murder and Suicide
Occurred Yesterday Morning.
[From a sketch made by a "Call' 1 artist.] . J
close connection will be made with a first
class stage service for Lompoc and Santa
Barbara.
Passengers will leave San Francisco at
the usual hour, 8:15 A. m., will be due to
arrive at the new terminal station at 7:10
p. m., and at Lompoc at 8:45 p. m. Supner
will be taken at the Hotel Romona, San
Luis Obispo.
Northbound passengers will leave Lom
poc at 6 a. m., and arrive at Viaduct at 7:30
a.m. Here close connection will be made
with the coast division train for San Fran
cisco., where the passengers will arrive at
7:05 p. m.
Under the new arrangement passengers
will reach Lompoc three-duarters of an
hour earlier than under the present
schedule, and a corresponding saving in
time is made on the northward trip.
THEY WANT TO MEET.
Invitation From the Merchants' Associa
tion to the Mayor and Others of
Minneapolis.
The following communication has been
addressed by the Merchants' Association
to the Mayor and other city officials of
Minneapolis now in town:
: But Feancisco, March 30, 1896. :
Him. Robert Pratt. Mayor, and Other Officials
of Minneapolis, Minn., visiting. San Francisco--
Gentlemen: On behalf of the Merchants' A
ssociation of San Francisco the board of
directors extends you a most cordial invitation
to visit the offices of this association, in the
Mills building, and become acquainted with its
work and purposes.
Under another cover we send you copies of
the latest publication of this association, con
taining its history, programme for progress,
constitution and membership. One of the
leading principles of this association, as stated
in its constitution, is "co-operation with city
officials in enforcing the laws and ordinances
to advance and protect the health and comfort
of our inhabitants, and to take an active
interest in the care of our public institutions."
Our efforts in thus co-operating with the
various departments .of the municipal govern
ment have been supported and encouraged by
our, City officials generally, and many practical
measures of public benefit M liave---l4«**J*f
resulted. ; ■ ■:■" '-. -„■;.- ■•■-- ■ ■ ■<:
During your visit to this City it would afford
the board of directors of the Merchants' As
sociation great pleasure to have an informa
meeting with you at the offices of the associal
tion, when municipal subjects might be con- ;
sidered of ' interest and importance to both
Minneapolis and San Francisco. If agreeable
kindly advise us of the time and date most
suitable to your convenience, excepting Thurs
day, April 2, when special meetings of the asso
ciation and directors will be held in the after
noon and evening.
Awaiting your pleasure, we remain, with best
wishes, sincerely yours,
Merchants' Association.
F. W. Dohrmann, President.
J. Richaed Freud, Secretary.
LOST HIS DIPLOMA.
Dr. W. F. Parke on Trial for Prac-
ticins .Without a Certificate.
-.' Dr. W. F. Parke of Oak and Franklin
streets appeared before Judge Joachim
sen yesterday to answer to the charge of
practicing medicine without a doctor's
certificate. v
The complaining witness, Mrs. Mary
Harkness of 120 Oak street, testified that
she consulted Dr. Parke as to her condi
tion and he treated her for cancer of the
stomach. The result was. that she gave
premature birth to a child and her health
had been greatly injured by Dr. Parke's
mistaken diagnosis of her case. Another
physician was called in. Dr. Wadsworth
of the State Board of Medical Examiners, _
and he found that Dr. Parke's name was
not on the list of registered practitioners.
In his own behalf Dr. Parke testified
that he was a graduate of the Philadelphia
Medical College, but unfortunately lost
his diploma in Denver some years ago.
He denied the allegations ; made by Mrs.
Harkness.
The Judge said he would take the case
under advisement. ,:
"CYCLE BOARD OF TRADE"
Special Meeting for Its Organization
Called by Local Dealers in
-s_-.~; -';-' "Wheels.
The following call for a meeting has been
issued by the leading bicye'e dealers of
the City: •■:'.'
San Francisco, Cal., March. 23,' 1896.
Deer Sir: The undersigned respectfully and
earnestly 'request your presence, or that I of
your authorized representative, at a meeting of
the bicycle dealers of San Francisco, to be. held
on Thursday evering, April 2, 7:30 o'clock
sharp, at the Rambler Blclcrama, Thomas H.
B. Varney, corner of Market and Tenth streets,
this City.
The object of this meeting , is to organize
what we may term "San Francisco Cycle Board
of Trade." the chief purpose of which is to se
cure good streets and in addition to adopt such
measures from time to time that will lessen
the liability of fraudulent or irresponsible
purchasers, lake advertising, schemers, etc.
•An association of the dealers, together with
the co-operation and indorsement of all wheel
men will, we believe, prove a powerful and in
fluential combination in agitating and de
manding, politically and otherwise, the paving
of our principal thoroughfares. Should these
results be accomplished they would" create an
impetus to the retail bicycle trade of incalcu
lable benefit to us as well.
: We sincerely trust you will realize the logic
of such procedure, and indorse the plan of or
ganization as outlined, by attending this meet
ing without fail.
/.Baker <fc Hamilton, Dunham, Carrigan.A
Hayden Company, Hawley Bros. Hardware
■ Company, .- Pope ■ Manufacturing '. Company,
; Deere- Implement Company,- E. C. Steams A
Co., Overman Wheel ♦Company, H. A. Lorier A
-£g-iJpdiana Ricvcle Company, Hooker & Co.,
Sterling Cycle works' Davis ~ Bros.!" Ueoree"
Webb Alexander, Thomas H. B. Varney.
■'■'■- "....'..'•".* *..'.. — '-
: j'.-^'.'Firo in the Mission.
An alarm was sounded through box 284 at
7:30 o'clock last evening for fire in a two
story frame dwelling-house at 206 California
avenue. The lower floor of the building was
occupied by R. Divot and the upper by George
Thomas. Before the flames could be extin
guished the building had been damaged to the
extent of about $1000. The adjoining build,
ing. which is occupied by Mrs. Bridgis, was
slightly scorched. A defective flue was the
cause of the fire. ...-'.
Some Good Fees.
Judge Slack made an order yesterday morning
allowing the following fees on account of the
Fair estate litigation: To each of the special
administrators, L. C. Bresse, T. G. Crothers, J.
8. Angus and W. S. Goodfellow, $5000; Pierson
& Mitchell, $5000; Garret McEnerney, $2500.
Pierson & Mitchell are attorneys for Angus,
Bresse and Crothers, and McEnerney is attor
ney for Goodfellow.
The Month's Death Record.
The Health Office report for the month end
ing yesterday shows that the number of deaths
was 528, against 609 for the corresponding
month of Inst year, while the number of births
recorded was 475 ; 255 being males and 220
females. The death record shows 318 males
and 210 females. The most fruitful , causes of
death were: Consumption 87, heart disease
62, cancer 30, pneumonia 50, apoplexy 28.
Cooks and Walters Organize.
The cooks and waiters met at 1159 Mission
street last night and organized a permanent
organization, with R. Stanley as president.
The new organization will be affiliated with
the Labor Council.
NEW TO-DAT.
Delft "Shaker" Chair
J* Todaye we have "Shaker*
chairs for ye consideration of ye
people. > \
<* Ye chairs are called " Shakers **
because of ye honestful means of
makeing and -ye goodness of ye
materyals used.
«* Ye style is tayken from ye
" Shaker ? chair of ye olden tyme.
,J* Ye place for sittynge down is of
' plaited ■ rush, and each seventh
- strande is ye colour of ye noonday
skye.
j* Bothe chairs and rockers come
\in ye Shaker ** variety.
j* Delft furniture is on displaye in
ye centre window. { :
B CALIFORNIA
FURNITURE COMPANY
(N. P. Cole ft Co.)
L 117-123 Geary Street.

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