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UNITED IN DEATH. A. H. Breckenfeld Blows Out His Brains BY HIS DEAD WIFE'S SIDE Half an Hour After He Had Closed Her Eyes. AN EPISTLE TO THE CORONER. A Love That Was Stronger Than Life— He Was an Expert Wit ness in the Martin Case. Side by side, in a stately mansion on Washington street, lie the dead bodies of a man and woman, who by their lives j proved that tbe age of chivalry and ; romance has not wholly passed away j from earth. She was one who found the i happiness of her existence focussed in her home life. A host of friends gave her their affection and esteem, and her bus band idolized her. He was Known in tbe A. H. BRECKENFELD. commercial world as an accountant of rare ability, and held for fifteen years a* 1 , high position in one of the oldest banking institutions in the city. Yet among those who enjoyed his friendship he was chiefly j known as one to whom bis household was ! the most sacred place on earth. The dead man and woman are Mr. and Mre. A. H. Breckenfeld of 3421 Washing ton street. Mrs. Breckenfeld died at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, after suffer ing many months with a cancer. Half an hour later her husband lay down on the bed by her side and blew out his brains. They will be buried in one grave to-day. The suicide was not the act of a man crazed by the first excess of grief. It was contemplated before his wife died and executed after he had set his house in order. He had an rffice or study in tbe house in which he kept books and papers and instruments for microscopical re search. The books were carefully ar ranged and the documents tied into bun dles when he knew that his wife's case had passed beyond the surgeon's skill. The cancerous growth was removed some time ago by Mrs. Dr. Lane of 705 Sutler street and the patient rallied and was ap parently on the road to health when it reappeared. Her decline was rapid and yesterday tbe end came. % The bereaved husband went to his room a few moments after life had left tbe body, and in a firm band wrote a letter to the Coroner. When he descended to tbe room in which the body lay be found there the physician who had attended Mr*. Breckenfeld and a nurse. He asked them to withdraw for a few moments, saying that be wanted to be alnne with bis wife. He was apparently calm and tbey with drew to an adjoining room, leaving him with his dead. A few moments passed and the silence that reigned in the bouse of Borrow was broken by the report of a pistol. The doctor and the nurse were startled by the sound, and knowing instinctively what it portended hastened into the apartment where they bad left Breckenfeld. The nurse haa a bed in the room at the side of the couch on which Mrs. Breckenfeld had suffered and died. Od that bed the accountant lay with bis arms extended. A revolver was clutched in his right hand, and blood was pouring from a wound in his head. The bullet had passed through the brain and crushed the skull. He died instantly. Tidings of tbe tragedy were quickly sent to tbe near relatives and friends of dead couple, a message was sent to tbe Coroner's office. Deputy Jones went to the. house and decided that it was not necessary to remove the body. He sum moned a jury of residents in tbe neighbor hood, ana after they had viewed tbe re mains permission was given to prepare it for burial. The letter written to the Coroner in the firm, bold band of the accountant read : San Fba><_isco, Aug. 25, 1894. To the Coroner of the City and County of San Francisco— DearSib: Id order to avoid tlie possibility oi a wrong being done any one throußt) misapprehension I desire hereby to stale tbat my death has been caused by my own band. I wish to be with my dear wife. Yours truly, A. H. Bkeckenfeld. Mr. Breckenfeld was born in Germany about forty-nve years ago. His father came to California early in the sixties and settled near San Jose. A lew years later be obtained employment as janitor of the public schools in this town and gave his boy the best education the (place afforded. When young Breckenfeld graduated he was at once taken into a San Jose bank, for he had already established a good repu tation as au accountant He married in Saa Jobb and came to this city with his family fifteen yesrs ago. be was em ployed here as chief bookkeeoer of the London, Paris aud American Bank and held the position until his death. Mrs. Breckenfeld was a sister of Austin Thompson, a once well - known civil engineer and surveyor frequently em ployed by tbe Probate Court to divide large estates. She was a very attractive girl and early in life married William Lewis of San Jose. The union resulted in the birth of two children, who now re side in this city. It was an unhappy mar riage that coded in the divorce court soon after the birth of the younger child. She married Breckenfeld about twenty-one years ago and was several years his senior. Her first husband lives in Southern Cali fornia. Mr. Breckenfeld was president of the local Microscopical Society for several years, and was a most expert manipulator of the instrument by which the heart secrets of nature are revealed to the sci entist. He was acquainted with and gave expert testimony during the trial of the famous case in Judge Coffer's court one week ag>. He had his microscope with hi oi and intently studied the exhibits produced by ihe contending lawyers. The "Dear Belle" letter of February 24 he un hesitatingly pronounced a forgery. He was one of tbe most inflexible witnesses on the stand, and baffled all the arts of tbe cross-examiner to shake his testimony. FELL FROM THE SLIDE. Probable Fatal Accident to Mrs. Alice B. McCarthy. Mrs. Alice B. McCarthy, 4b Decatur street, met with what probably prove a fatal accident about 11 o'clock last night She wus taking a ride on the toboggan slide, corner of Market and Lark in streets, along with some friends, and when near- ing tbe homestretch she rose fromi her seat. To the horror of her friends she fell over the side to tbe ground Deneatb, a distance of about twenty feet. The patrol wagon was summoned and accompanied by a bic crowd the* injured woman was taken to the Receiving Hos pital. She was not unconscious and kepi ' calling loudly for "Susie," 6ne of the ; young eirls who was with her. Dr. Deane made a careful examination of her and found that three of her ribs were fractured, her right lung ruptured and she was also suffering from concus sion of the brain. The probability is that she will not recover. Xo line who saw the accident attributed any blame to the owners of the slide. There is an iron rail guardinc the side of tbe tobaggan, and any one keeping his or her seat cannot possibly fall out. Nor could tney do so even though they fainted, as it was suggested Mr<. McCarthy might have done. What made her stand up is only known to herself. She is a young woman about 22 years of age. and was re cently divorced from her husband. IN FLORA'S HOME. Sunny Alameda's Gardens Formally Admired. A Unique Basket Picnic Carried Out by the California State Floral Society. The outdoor meeting of the California State Floral Society, which was held in Alameda for the first time yesterday, was universally voted to be the pleasantest picnic that the organization has yet en joyed. When ft was decided to hold the meeting in Alameda, a committee consisting of Mrs. Stanley Stephenson, Mrs. Swett and i Mrs. McCartney was appointed and given I permission to make any arrangements that seemed desirable, and most of the party, when tuey arrived at Park-street station, had Dot any idea what was to b« the order of the day's proceedings. About City members and their friends assembled, and under the guidance of the committee were soon comfortably acconi- | modated in a procession of buggies and omnibuses. Then commenced what for flororuaniacs was a source of unmitigated delight. The party was driven from gar den to garden. .some belonging to members and others to residents of Alameda, who bad thrown their grounds open for the ocssion to the society. Naturally, at every place, the floricultur ists found something beautiful to admire. Mrs. Baboock, Mrs. Beel and Mrs. Sfephen •on's gardens having been admired. the party visited Joseph A. Leonard's, and I afterward went into raptures over the wealth of orchid* owned by John C. Sieg fried. Judge Waymire's shrubberies were seen with interest, and then the procession of carriages drove through Mrs. A. A. Cohen's place and on to Charles Ahl born's. Although the heat was intense, the members would have scorned to miss a i single garden by remaining in the vehicles at any of the stopping stages. Young and old descended at each place and viewed all there was io be seen, and that was gener ally a good deal. By 2:30 o'clock Mrs. McCartney's bnme on Bay Farm Island wan reached. Here it was found that, contrary to tho rules of the organization, an ample kmch had been irovided. "\V«6 not this a basket picnic?" asked the vis itors, trying to look hurt and indignant. Bui coffee and cooling drinks will go a long war, particularly on a day like yes terday, toward soothing the feelings of members who see the rules of their organi zation outraeed. and it. was not lnng biv fore Mrs. McCartney's hospitality was done ample justice to. Before 4 o'clock every one was en route again with unabatei energy. Mrs. Swett's. was the next place visited, and there again the rules of the society were set at naught by tne production of icecream and cake. Before the party drove on a number of speeches were made. The president, E. J. Wicksoa, remarked that the outdoor meet ings of the society bad shown a sort of. THE MORNING CALL, SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 1894. progressive improvement, and that the one to A lamed a had reached a sort of cul minating point. A vote of thanks was then passed to the committee and the Ala nieda residents who had helped them. G. H. Platr, one of the founder* of the society, made an appropriate speech, and Mrs. Colby, the representative of an East ern paper, said some nice things about California. Several members of tbe local Alarneda press also made speeches. Several more places were visited nn the way borne, including a place at Fruitvale. where the members were allowed tn pick roses to their hearts' content. On all hands gratitude was expressed to the committee, which had insisted mi bearing the expense. Much valuable assistance was also rendered by Mrs. Babcock. HER FOOT SLIPPED. Accident to Mile. fcmerie at the People's Palace. The patrons of the People's Palace were treated last night to an exciting event that was not on the programme. Silverne aud Emerie, the Australian niarveis, give a performance on the swing ing bars which are suspended from the ceiling about the center of the theater. Tbe lower rings are about 12 feet from a table which stands on the ilnor beneath them. Mile. Emerie was in the midst of her Derformance when she met with an acci dent. She had her left font in one of the rings and was bending back with her head hanging down trying to put her right foot into the other ring so that she could let go h*r hold of the rope and hang by tbe feet. While doing this her left foot slipped out of the ring and she fell, striking aeainst the table beneath. There was a yell of dismay from the audience, while several of the ushers rushed forward and carried her behind the scenes. A physician was hastily summoned, who expressed an opinion that she was only suffering from the shock and would be aole to appear again to night, bhe had struck on the side of her head, the blow stunning her for a few moments. Manager Clifton sent her tinmo in a back and allayed the excitement of the audience by explaining that she was only stunned by the fall. HIS LIFE ENDED. Death of the Broker, Henry Schmiedell. One of the Founders of the San Francisco Stock Exchange and a Pioneer. Henry Scbmiedell, one of San Fran cisco's well-known citizens, died at the Hotel Rafael, San Rafael, yeslerday morn ing at 5:30 o'clock. Although Mr. Schmiedell's health has been failing during the past two years he nas been able to attend to business until list Thursday, when he was stricken with apoplexy, which caused his death. On Wednesday he came over lo San Francisco from San Rafael, and after meeting a number of his old business as- sociate^about the city he returned on the same day to San Rafael, where his family was stopping lor a few<lays. Mr. i-cnmiedell resided on the corner of Post and Leavenworth at reets. lie leaves a widow, a soo, Edward G. Schmledell, and a daughter, Mrs. George T. Howard. ileury Scbmiedell was born in the city of Luneburg, ilauover, German)', 74 years Henry Schmiedell. ago. lie received a college education in lm native land, graduating at 15 from his alma mater. Before leaving his mother country he thoroughly equipped himself to enter business, having been a salesman in seme of the largest houses in Lunebure. When scarcely 21 he left home to make his fortune in America. lie went to Lima by the way of Valparaiso, and there he con nected himself with a commission and im porting house. Tlie year 1849 found him with many other pioneers iv Sau Francisco. The young man soon found employment with Goddefroy, Sillem & Co. Ue remained with this firm until 1854 when he visited Europe. Upon bis reiuin home lie assisted in the inauguration oi tbe San Francisco Stock and Exchange Board and was its first treasurer. He helu the office for raaoy years. Later he went into partnership- with J. M. Shotwell, tbe firm being Schuiiedell & Shotwell, commis sion stockbrokers. The house did business only one year, when it dissolved. Then Mr. Schmiedeil went into, the stockbroeerage business alone, but later was joined by Ell Hoch stadter and Leonard Jacoby. The cousol idation of the brains and wealth of these men created one of the heaviest houses on 'change, and during the Crown Point and Belcher and also the bonanza excite ment the profits of the bouse dally were equivalent to a small fortune. In 1878 Mr. Schmiedell again returned to Germany, dosing out hit business prior to his departure. lie spent some time at his birthplace visiting old acquaintances. Mnce nis return to San Francisco he has retired from all active work and eugaged himself in investing his money In real estate and other sound collaterals. His Investments were very heavy and his estate is a very large one. The deceased was a man possessing tender sensibilities and a high standard of honor. He was widely known in the business world ana had a well-established reputation. Mr. Schmiedell was the last of the charter members of the San Francisco Stock and Exchange Board, which he worked hard to organize. In his memory the board adjourned at 11 a. m. yesterday, and will not be in session on the day of the funeral, which will be held in tbis city to-morrow. The remains were brought from ban Rafael yesterday. A Ship Carpenter's Fall. George Linus, a ship carpenter, living in Berkeley, bad an unfortunate fall yester day. He was wording on a vessel at Fourth and Channel streets, and while placing a plank in position ft sprang back, striking him on ti.e breast. The blow knocked him off the staging on which he was standing, and iv his fall bis bead struck ugaiDst projecting limbers. He was taken to the Receiving Hospital, where it was found that his skull was fractured. He may recover. Tart lw«ntj-iii of •' Picturesque California" will be randy fur distribu tion to "Cull " subscribers to-morrow. It is a, most ioterastlne number, and can be obtained for 10 cents and one coupon. SNUG QUARTERS. Ezeta and Party Enjoy Themselves. PRISONERS ONLY IN NAME. The General Is Sanguine of His Release. WILL NOT DISCUSS POLITICS. He Is Grateful for His Treatment Since His Arrest— Executions in Salvador. The gray dawn get around as usual yes terday morning and peered inquisitively into tbe spare room in the Appraisers' building next to Marslial Baldwin's office to see if General Ezeta, ex-Vice-President of the Salvadoran repuD.ic. aud nis trusty followers, including tbe valorous Busia meiite, were still camped there, It was a disappointment for the gray dawn. O:iiy the empty boxes and the regular paraphernalia of tbe room were in EZETA RECEIVING SOME OF HIS FRIENDS IN THE CALIFORNIA HOTEL. sight. There were no swarthy men lying on the floor and no Deputy Marshals standing around on cunrd. "I do believe they're sone," muttered the gray dawn in tones indicative of keen disappointment. "Oh, net next to yourself," snarled the window-pane, which lias a standing erudge against the gray dawn because the latter will insist on coming around and exposing the stains which am allowed to gather on its surface day after day. "You're always getting left." went on ! the window-pane in the same lone ; "you j come around at the tail end of darkness, I wliph there is nothing to be seen, and chase yourself away before the son comes up, when you might see something. Don't you know that the Ezeta party left here yes'erJay and are now comfortably housed j at the California Hotel?" Z "You don't say," was the sneering response of the gray dawn, and then it hastened away and began to peep into the rooms of the California that faced on Bush street. Finally the exiled general and his party were located in the front rooms on the sixth floor of the hotel. "Ah," said the gray dawn, "this looks more like the quarters of a distinguished general and ex-executive." It went into ecstacies over the pretty carpet, the oak paneling, the artistic pictures and furni ture, and gave a hurried glance at the dark visage of the general that was quite con spicuous amid the white folds of toe pillow. "This is a contrast, indeed," said the dawn as it lingered around, and saw the sleepiug forms of the ether members of the party. Just then, though, it heard one of the two Deputies Marshals, who are on guard in the corriJor, say to the other that Marshal Baldwin was coming. The announcement was sufficient. Without waiting to gee what the Marshal wonld say about the intrusion toe gray dawn moved on, and soon a stray sunbeam crept through the window aud began to illuminate things. Altogether it was a quiet day for the general. He and bis party were pretty well tired out, and when the gray dawn was around none of them were aware of it. They were rou3ed shortly after 10 o'clock and breakfast was ordered. The Now York attorneys, Messrs. Rubens and Do Quesada, who occupy rooms not far re moved from those which are under Federal supervision, were participants in the breakfast table festivities. Marshal Baldwin was on the scene early and inquired of tbe prisoners how they had been treated during the nieht and as to their welfare in general. General Ezeta as? tired him that their treatment had been of the best, and that Deputy Maloney and his companion were of the right sort and had not intruded their official presence upon the festivities of tbe night before in the rooms of Messrs. Rubens and De Que sada. The comfortable quarters the Gen eral was especially pleased with, and the others expressed themselves in the same terms. Tbe example which the general had set in providing himself with a new suit of clothes and other sartorial adornments proved contagious, and General Ba lanos and the invincible Etistaroente Dined to see themselves in fashionable-at tiie. Through an inadvertence the re doubtable Uustaraente was referred to yesterday as a genera). He was only a captain in the Salvadoran army, but as such his record was none the less honora ble and sanguinary from a soldier's point of view. On many a hard-foucht battle fiald the aeed follower of Ezeta's shat tered fortu les proved his valor and hero ism. Oa Friday he had been so occupied wiih thoughts about the bleak future prospects for a career of blood and glory that he had no time to devote to thinking of clothes or the like. Bui when he saw his chief arrayed in neat fitting broad cloth the pride of Bustamente was aroused and he sought a clothing-honse himself yesterday and arrayed himself bec/imiriEly. General Ezeta yesterday was in tbe tame mood concerning his case that be has been tver since his arrest. He is not inclined to look upon the proceedings for bis ex tradition in a very serious way. Both he and his attorneys are confident that the technicality which bas beeja raised that the party was brought here against their will by the i'-enniugton will prevail in the court proceedings. It is only uron the merits of his case and ordinary everyday topics that the general will speak. When asked yesterday regarding his views upon the proposi tion of a Central American union, he de clined to exoress himself. In a journal which he at one lime edited in Nicaragua he advocated the idea, and for doing so bis journal was suppressed and he was expelled from the country. Whether his views in this rpspect have undergone any change or not is not known. "The general will not discuss Central American politics with any one," said At torney ±Cubens, "and he also declines to express any opinion as to the actions of his brother Carlos. He is very grateful for the manner in which he has been treated since his arrest, but naturally he has some strong views regarding the man ner in which he was treated officially by the Government." The depositions iv the cases against the prisoners were placed in the hands of a competent interpreter yesterday by Thomas Jewetf, the clerk of the District Attorney's office, who is sworn to see that proper and correct copies are made. Miould Ezeta be remanded to San Salva dor and arrive there safely his execution is certain to follow. It will be carried out in accordance with the custom of tbe country, which is somewhat peculiar. There are no public executions, but of fenders are led out at daybreak and soon after their dead bodies are discovered In some out-of-the-way corner or road. No one knows who has Killed the dead ones, and an official notice is issued that so-and so was found dead in such-and-such a place. In this way there Is no responsi bility attachable to any one, and offenders meet their just— or unjust, as the case may be— doom. Who has committed the shoot ing in behalf of the Government is always a mystery. However, Ezeta dnes not seem to fear that he will be shuffled off the earth in this summary and mysterious manner. Lieutenant Coffin of the Bennington, who is a stanch friend of Ezeta and who has been with him since be landed, re joined his vessel at Mare Island yesterday. He will probably return next Tuesday to the city. He is one of the officers on the warship who will testify in E/.eta's favor that be came on board the vessel as a guest to await the coming of the San Bias and that he was brought here against his will. The prisoners, who are comined to their rooms at all limes lind considerable amusement in playing cards and toasting each other frequently in wine. Ezeta, though, spends his time either in silent meditation or in conversation with his at torneys, who are constant attendants. He frequently has moody snell* and will hold communication with no one. These spells, though, are brief and on the whole he Is very cheerful. UNDER THE WHEELS. A Child Crushed and Killed by an Unknown Truckman. Philip Garnet, the four-year-old son of a poverty-stricken couple, who live at 268 Jessie street, was run over by a truck while he was playing in front of the house Friday afternoon and sustained injuries that resulted in his death yesteiiiay. The driver passed on unconcernedly after pass ing over the child and no one knows who he is or by whom employed. The hoy's body was crushed anu he suffered in tensely until relieved by death. The par ents are too poor to bury the body and it will be interred at tbe expense of the city. A Somnambulist's Fall. J. M. Owen, a young man. while asleep walked out of an open window on the second story of 434 Jessie street yesterday morning. He alighted on bis feet, fractur ing tbe bones in both and injuring his back. He was taken to the Receiving Hospital. He and bis mother came from Sacramento, anri were staying over nighr, intending to continue their journey north in the morning. His Toes Amputated. Lewis Webster, a boy 16 years of age, who lives at 333 Chesley street, was trying to steal a ride on a train near Baden yes day morning, when be missed his bold and fell. The wheels of tbe rear car passed over his f«et. He was taken to tbe City and County Hospital, where all the toes of one foot and one toe of tbe other foot were amputated. I** I L f|) j^ jm~ fg 1 1 Ja i S3 I CWtS^N S*w h*B«^ is 400 CUT PLUG, Best Smoke of All. ARRIVAL If FILL GOODS IN ALL DEPARTMENTS! We take pleasure in informing our customers of the arrival of 300 cases New Fall Goods which we have opened and placed on sale. The col- lection is the largest and most com- plete ever shown in this city and includes the productions of the best European and American manufac- turers. We direct special attention to our magnificent stock of LADIES' CLOTHS and BLACK and COLORED DRESS GOODS, which in point of variety and elegance of styles is un- surpassed in America. A visit of inspection solicited. Country orders receive prompt attention. Goods delivered free in San Rafael. Sausalito, Blithedal- Mill Valley. Oakland. Alameda and Berkeley. 111, 113, 115, 117, (19, 121 POST STREET. *»28 SuAlo \Ts tr A REMEDY NEEDED The Wheels of Justice Blocked. Neglect of Duty of Prose.cuting At torney O'Keefe and His Assistant. When Police Court 2 opened for busi ness yesterday morning at 10 o'clock there was a calendar containing about sixty cases to be disposed of. Judge Conlan took his seat on the bench punctually on time, but neither Prosecuting Attorney Stephen I. O'Keefe nor his assistant, J. Tooin, was present, which was by no means unusual as far as the prosecuting attorney at least is concerned. The Judge after waiting for a few min utes pave vent to nU indignation. *T re gret," said the Judge, "tuat neither the prosecutiug attorney nor his assistant is present. 1 cannot be expected to act af Judge, prosecuting attorney and assistant prosecuting attorney of this court, and measures must be taken to compel these two officials to do their duty. Their neglect is the means of blocking the business of the court and causing unnecessary delay iv the disposition of cases. They knew there was a heavy calendar to-day and there is no excuse for their absence." Attorney Kelly offered to officiate in the absence of the Prosecuting Aitorney, and with bis assistance a few of the* cases were disposed of, the balance being con tinued. Besides the inconveniences in court caused by the absence of the two officials, 'people who called at the Prosecutlug At torney's office for warrants were oi course unable to obtain them. Tney crossed over to Police Court 3, and all morning War rant Clerk McKee's office was crowded. Judge Joacbimsen and his warrant clerk very properly raised a kick against the rush of business through the dereliction of duty of the officials of the other court and there was a hot time generally. This is not by any means the fir3t time that similar complaints have been made against Prosecuting Attorney O'Keefe. During his absences his assistant has to conduct the prosecutions in court, and as the laiter cannot be in two places at one I time people who call for warrants have to wait for hours or go away without them. Others go to No. 3 court, which piles un necessary work upon the shoulders of Us obliging warrant clerk and gives the Judge more than his share of cases to ad judicate upon. Other Prosecuting Attorneys are gen erally to be found at their posts an hour before the courts are opened for business to make themselves acquainted with the facts of the cases Jo be heard. They are, therefore, ready when court opens to make motions for dismissals should the facts warrant it, and by this means much vaiu able time is saved. On the other hand, O'Keefe is rarely present until after the court opens. He knows nothing of the facts of the cases, and It is no unusual thing for several witnesses to be examined and then he discovers there is nothing in the cass and moves for a dismissal. People who arc growling about these things say that a man who draws $250 a month from the city trensury, which is the salary 6f a Prosecuting Attorney, should attend strictly to his business, which, as a rule, does not occupy more than two hours daily. Tb« assistant Prosecuting Attorney draws $125 a month, so between them the city pays 54500 a year for what? Suspected of Robbery. Harry Nealon, »lias Larry, and Frank Reynolds, alias Tug Wilson, were lodged in the tanks of the old City Prison by De tectives Eean and Silvoy yesterday. Rey nold* has served two terras in ban Quentin and Nealon ha« done time at tn* House of Correction. They are suspected of having robbed a sailor on the Barbary Coast yes terday morning* HIS FUNNY FADS. Erratic Mr. Smith of the Golden Fleece. The Skipper of the Unlucky Schooner Appears and Spins an Amus ing Yarn. The romantic narrative of the driftings and iate of the trading schooner Goideu Fleece, as published in Friday's Call, has not only refreshed the memories of many who became acquainted with Mr. Smith and the genial doctor, during their sojourn in this city several years ago, but na3 also resurrected Captain Robert Quin ton, the skipper of the ill-starred craft. He is at present residing in San Francisco, and recalls vividly the almost aimless wanderings of the Golden Fleece and tier two erratic supercargoes. After drawing the salary due him, and leaving the vessel at Hong-Kong, Captain Quinton returned at once to California on one of the regular steamers, and had almost forgotten the existence of the Fleece, till reminded of the same by the recital of events afore mentioned. The skipper states that William Ver milyea Smith was the full name of the erratic individual who accompanied him on that eventful voyaee, and his com panion was Dr. Richard F. Duncan of VVilliamstown, Mass. While on a visit to relatives in the East Captain Quinton first became acquainted witn the pair, and when he started westward they packed their baggage at a moment's notice and accompanied him. En route he learned in addition to what has already been stated that Smith had a wife in New York, a sec ond in New Jersey and still another in Spain, but notwithstanding these matri monial drawbacks tie considered himself eligible for a fourth. "In some respects he was the most peculiar man I ever met," said Captain Quinton, "and in my judgment tie was a born adventurer. Women, butter ana tobacco, de claimed, were the only objects of God's creation worthy <o b» cultivated by any gentleman, and he managed to live up strictly to his principles in this regard. He had four wives and was seeking an other, used butter on every article of food, inclnding fruir, and managed to consume tobacco fifteen hours out of every twenty four I remember that, upon reaching on« of the islands of the South Pacific, Smith possessed himself of a rare bird of some I sort, and proceeded to feed it upon nothing but butter. The bird grew thin, and when some one remonstrated with Smith for not feeding it upon fruit, the latter asserted that a butter diet would make a songbird out jf a turkey buzzard if only continued. His pet finally died, but Smith claimed it was caused by asthma or old age." "Speaking of his passion for tobacco," continued Captain Quinton, "he would after smoking from morning till night place a pitcher of water on a table near his bed, and after filling the room full of smoke retire to rest. The fumes oi the tobacco, he claimed, purified the water, which was only fit to drink when so puri fied. Before sitting in a barber* chair be invariably entered into negotiations with the barber, allowing him to smoke a huge pipe during the entire shaving process." The skipper states that "Dr." Duncan did not remain witu his comrade Smith on his island home, but returned to America, and has dropped completely from view. Smith in atl probability is still devoting bis undivided attention to women, buttar and tobacco on one of the Soutb Pacific islands. The Fire Record. Sparks from n chimney set fire to the roof of W. Irving's house, 734 Geary street, nt 8:12 o'clock last night. The roof was destroyed and the coutents of the bouse were damaged by water. Ttie loss is estimated at $500.