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Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton Daily Independent
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Description: May 25-30, 1868

Date: May 1868

Newspaper published in: Stockton, San Joaquin Co.

>>MONDAY, 25 MAY 1868<<

BIRTH in this city, May 24th, to the wife of Peter LESHER, of a son.

BIRTH at Hornitos, May 7th, to the wife of Gil. NEGUS, of a son.

MARRIED at Coulterville, May 2d, Andrew GOSS to Miss Elizabeth GOODWIN.

DEATH at Reynold's Ferry, Stanislaus river, May 19th, Mrs. Margaret HENDERSON, aged 45 years, a native of Aberdeen, Scotland.

DEATH near Mariposa, May 18th, Sumona AUNGO, wife of Jose COLE, aged 20 years, 7 months, a native of Mexico.

DEATH in Monterey, May 21st, Rasey BIVEN, editor of 'Monterey Democrat,' born in Albany, New York, Oct. 17, 1826, aged 41 years, 7 months, 4 days.

DEATH of RASEY BIVEN Rasey BIVEN, formerly a citizen of Stockton, and brother of the editor of the 'Herald,' died on the 20th of May at Monterey, where he was engaged in publishing a newspaper. Mr. BIVEN was one of the earliest settlers of the State, and has been connected for many years with the public press. His acquaintance was extensive throughout California and his manners and courteous bearing rendered a general favorite wherever known. His disease was dropsy and his death was quite unexpected, although he had been ailing for some time.

THE TRIAL of A.M. SWANEY The Jury Unable to Agree The trial of A.M. SWANEY, which has occupied the time of the District Court for the past 16 days, was concluded on Saturday evening, the jury retiring at 9 o'clock p.m. Failing to agree on a verdict up to 2 1/2 yesterday, they were discharged by Judge Cavis. The trial has been a most important and interesting one, in fact one of the most interesting that has taken place in the Courts of California. The case was ably managed by W.L. DUDLEY, S.A. BOOKER, Judge JONES and J.H. BUDD for the defense, and by Judge BURCKHALTER, D.W. PERLEY and E.S. PILLSBURY for the prosecution. It has occupied at least 8 hours a day each day of the sitting of the Court. The trial was phongraphically reported for the 'Independent' by L.W. ELLIOTT, a professional lawyer and a member of the bar of this city.

FATAL ACCIDENT A correspondent, writing from Telegraph City, under date of the 23d instant, says: "An accident occurred at the Quail Hill Mine, 1 mile and a half from this point [Telegraph City], yesterday at half-past 10 o'clock a.m., by which 1 man was killed and several others slightly injured. The deceased man's name was Henry WILSON, who was a good citizen. He leaves a wife and 6 children in destitute circumstances to mourn his loss. The accident was caused by the caving in of the top of the drift where WILSON was at work. The Superintendent of the mine, O.G. LEACH, applied all possible help to getting him out, but it was nearly 4 o'clock p.m. before the body was extricated. The accident was unavoidable and no one is to blame."

PERSONAL A letter dated the 14th instant, received at this office, from Rev. John A. ANDERSON, at this office, from Rev. John A. ANDERSON, for several years Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in this city, states that he is about to remove to Junction City, where he proposes to build another church. He is in good health and spirits, and contemplates visiting California as soon as the railroad is completed.

>>TUESDAY, 26 MAY 1868<<

MARRIED at San Andreas, May 20th, Council GOODEL to Miss Catharine C. McNEEVE, both of Murphys.

MARRIED at Columbia, May 18th, by Rev. Father LARKIN; Manus KELLY to Miss Jane McCAULEY.

MARRIED at Columbia, May 10th, Elijah B. WHITSELL to Abagail B. COFREN.

DEATH in Jamestown, May 17th, Louis PRIAND, a native of France, aged 50 years.

DEATH at Mosquito Gulch, May 21st, Johanna Wilhelmina, wife of G.E. ALBERS, aged 46 years, 5 months, 5 days.

PERSONAL S.T. NYE, an old resident of Stockton and at present U.S. Land Register, arrived at home on Sunday morning from a visit to his old home in the Eastern States. He is delighted to be again in California, having seen enough of the Eastern States, with their cold Winter weather, interspersed as it is with snow, hail and chilling rain storms. He was warmly greeted by a large circle of friends.

DISTRICT COURT Ernestine FREBY vs. Claude FREBYdivorce decreed.

SCHOOL PETITION The petition of J.H. DODGE and others for the formation of a new school district from parts of Calaveras, Madison and Harmony Grove Districts, will be heard by the Board of Supervisors, at their special meeting on Thursday the 4th of June next, at 10 o'clock a.m.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, May 25
-Today the body of John McMANUS was found in the mud at the foot of Green street, near the wharf and bulkhead. He was last seen alive at 2 a.m. today and was then intoxicated. It is supposed that he wandered about, having lost his way, went on the wharf and fell into the Bay where he was drowned. The tide receding left his body exposed and held fast in the mud. Mr. McMANUS was proprietor of the Atlantic Hotel, on Pacific street, and leaves a wife and 4 children.
-William FALKNER, a native of Lynn, attempted to commit suicide at the What Cheer House by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. The wound did not prove immediately fatal, and he was taken to the Hospital.

-Willie, a little son of James McCREDY, of Mariposa, was severely injured by falling from a horse and the horse stepping on his chest, crushing it badly, and breaking 2 of his ribs.

>>WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY 1868<<

BOND of A.M. SWANEY In pursuance of an order of the District Court, made on the 25th instant, A.M. SWANEY filed his bail bond of $5000 in the office of the County Clerk yesterday, with the following sureties:
S.T. NYE, $500
S. FOREMAN, $500
Wm. H. LYONS, $500
W.L. DUDLEY, $500
Lewis B. WINKLER, $500
J.H. HAYES, $500
Joseph ADAMS, $500
Andrew EASTON, $500
Wm. M. HUGHES, $250
Jordan GILLHAM, $250
The bond was easily made up and contains the names of some of our most respectable and worthy citizens.

CONVICTED and SENTENCED The case of Emile GERARD, charged with writing a threatening letter to Louis de BLAINVILLE, was brought up before Judge Brush yesterday, and the prisoner acknowledged the act. Judgment thereupon was entered against him in the sum of $25, with imprisonment in the County Jail for 3 months. At the solicitation of the prosecution, on payment of the fine, the penalty of imprisonment was remitted on his promise to leave the country, which the prisoner agreed to do.

MAN DROWNED at YREKA May 26 Yesterday morning Mr. H.N. JONES, owner of Knath's ferry, and a cattle drover, were crossing the river on the ferry boat, with a drove of cattle, when the pulleys got out of order, causing the forward end of the boat to sink. The cattle rushed off, carrying the 2 men with them, when Mr. JONES was pressed underneath by the cattle and drowned. The other man succeeded in grasping a plank on which he floated down the river about 3 miles and gained the shore. Mr. JONES was a highly esteemed citizen and leaves a young wife.

SUICIDE at INSANE ASYLUM The Alameda 'Gazette,' of May 23d, says: A man named STEWART, a native of Missouri and an inmate of the Alameda Insane Asylum, committed suicide on Wednesday evening, 20th instant, by drowning in a barrel of water.

-The funeral of the late Senator James A McDOUGALL was largely attended at San Francisco on Sunday. The pall-bearers were Hons. Lorenzo SAWYER, O.C. [illeg ends in TT], S.H. DWINELLE, E.W. McKINLEY, Thompson CAMPBELL, Samuel PURDY, J.W. McCORKLE, Gregory YALE, John J. WILLIAMS, S.H. BRADY, John NUGENT and General William T. WALLACE. The funeral services were performed at Grace Church by Rev. James BUSH, Rector, assisted by Rev. Mr. EASTON. At the tomb the imposing ritual of the Masonic fraternity was pronounced.
-John M. McCREARY, a printer, and for a number of years a resident of San Francisco, died in that city on Sunday.
-James KIRKPATRICK was thrown from a buggy at Santa Cruz lately and had his arm broken and wrist dislocated.
-On Monday last Frederick QUERIN fell into a vat of boiling wash at a brewery in Vallejo, scalding him so badly that he died the next day.
-George NEWTON has been found guilty of murder in killing Charles WATSON, at Silver City, Nevada.
-Harry CROSBY, late editor of the Oakland 'News,' has had his leg amputated. It sustained a compound fracture near Sonora, Tuolumne county, last September.

>>THURSDAY, 28 MAY 1868<<

FINE WHEAT J.M. BARNER, a farmer who resides about 8 miles south of French Camp, brought to this office yesterday a bunch of wheat, the straws of which average 6 feet and an inch in length. The heads are large and the grain finely developed. A field of such grain must be more like a wheat forest than an ordinary crop. Mr. B. informs us that the late rains have materially benefitted the crops in that section of the county and we learn that the same is the case in other parts of the county. James TAYLOR yesterday brought some heads of wheat, taken from a field of 300 acres from his ranch on Bear creek, Merced county, that measured over 8 inches in length. The kernel is formed and the grain will be ready for the reaper in 10 days. Mr. TAYLOR is confident that the yield will average 80 bushels to the acre, which would make the crop on 300 acres amount to 24,000 bushels. We shall be glad to learn, after harvest, that the yield has come up to expectations.

ACCIDENT An accident occurred at Webster Bros.' agricultural implement grounds on El Dorado and Market streets yesterday, which came near proving fatal to Cutler SALMON, who was examining a patent revolving hay fork. By some means a heavy upright arm standing in a perpendicular position, attached to the machine, commenced falling, and struck Mr. SALMON on the spinal column, bringing him to the ground. He discovered its descent in time to avoid a blow which might have resulted in death, but as it is he is severely injured. He was taken to his residence and Dr. SPOSATI called upon, who reported last evening that his condition was easy, and that he was in no danger. It is said mischievous boys are to blame for the accident, in having intentionally fixed the machine in this position to catch some unsuspecting victim.

COLORED SCHOOL We accompanied Major ORR, City Superintendent of Public Schools, Mr. RANDALL, Principal of the Grammar School, and Mr. NELSON, teacher of the Intermediate School on Fremont Square, on a short visit to the colored school on Elk Street, between Market and Washington streets. Many professional teachers might be benefitten by paying a short visit to the same place and noting the thoroughness of the instruction given to the colored pupils by Mr. SANDERSON, the colored teacher. We hazard nothing in saying that he is one of the best teachers in the county and it is only the prejudice which so extensively prevails against a sable skin that prevents him from occupying one of the highest positions as a teacher in one of the public schools. There are few men, if any, in the county who can excel him in reading, and fewer still equally gifted with the faculty of imparting knowledge to the young. We were greatly amused with the method he adopts in teaching spelling. He announces the word to be spelled, which is repeated by a pupil, then the next names the 1st letter, another the 2nd, and so on until a syllable is completed, when it is named, and on goes the spelling in the same form until the word is finished the entire class announcing the word. During the exercise the attention of every pupil is closely riveted upon the word to be spelled. The rapidity with which the words were spelled was truly astonishing, and it was also surprising that few mistakes were made. Every mistake was written down by the teacher against the pupil by whom it was made. In reading, the exercises were equally thorough. Punctuation, and rising and falling inflections, were observed with remarkable accuracy, and altogether the school is a credit to the teacher and all concerned. Let some of the white schools look to their laurels lest they be legitimately earned and justly claimed by colored pupils.

A NEW POSTOFFICE A new Postoffice is about to be established at Atlanta, 10 miles SE of French Camp, to be known as the Atlanta Postoffice. Wm. DEMPSEY shortly expects his commission from Washington as Postmaster.

PERSONAL Wm. COMPTON, for many years a resident of this city, yesterday took his departure for San Francisco, where he will in future reside. He leaves a large circle of friends who wish him success in his new field. Wm. AUSTIN and lady yesterday returned from the Eastern States, where they have been for a few months past on a visit to friends. Like all Californians they are glad to be again at home, where many friends were ready to greet them on their return.

>>FRIDAY, 29 MAY 1868<<

MARRIED in this city, May 28th, by the Rev. H. KROH; Frederick LAMBERT to Mrs. Lena EARDMANN, all of this city.

MARRIED at the Morgan House, Martinez, Contra Costa county, May 25th, by Rev. J.J. POWELL; Thomas M. JONES to Miss Ann JONES, both of Somersville.

TERRIBLE MUTILATION Every year we are called upon to chronicle more or less accidents from careless operating with reapers and threshing machines. Yesterday Dr. LANGDON was called upon to attend Mr. HEUSON, a farmer living 7 miles from Stockton, who had his left arm badly lacerated from getting it between the blades of a mowing machine, while in operation. Mr. HEUSON was in front of the machine sharpening it up, when the horses became restive, setting the blades in motion. Before he could extricate himself from this perilous position his arm was caught between the cutting surfaces and nearly severed. Dr. LANGDON, assisted by Dr. SPOSATI, amputated the arm below the elbow and the sufferer is reported as doing well.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, May 28
-Wm. E. FAULKNER, the young man who attempted suicide on Sunday, is still alive and the physicians entertain a slight hope that he may recover.
-Timothy LYNCH, who eloped several months ago with Mrs. CASEY's daughter and money, has been convicted of grand larceny.

>>SATURDAY, 30 MAY 1868<<

LAKEPORT, May 28th, via Healdsburg, May 29th Mr. CHAPMAN, of Chapman's Hotel, Lakeport, was shot in the abdomen yesterday by a Mr. HINKLEY and died today. The murderer is locked in jail.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, May 29
-Jerry SULLIVAN, the pioneer newsdealer of this city [San Francisco], died today.
-Major Pearson B. REDDING, of Shasta county, a well known and prominent man in the northern counties, died at Sacramento today. [transcriber note should read Pearson B. READING see 1 June issue]

DEATH of a NOTED PIONEER Red Bluff, May 29 Major P.B. REDDING of Shasta county, the well-known pioneer, the gentleman and generous friend of mankind, died this morning at 3 o'clock on his rancho "Buena Ventura," after an illness of about 6 weeks. The flags are at half-mast here in honor of the late Major. He will be buried on his ranch on Sunday next.

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