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Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton Daily Independent
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Description: September 21-26, 1868

Date: September 1868

Newspaper published in: Stockton, San Joaquin Co.

>>MONDAY, 21 SEPT 1868<<

MARRIED -- at Farmington, Sept. 16th, by J.A. CAMPBELL, J.P.; E.O. LONG to Hattie CLEVELAND, all of San Joaquin county.

DEATH -- in Stockton, on Sunday, Sept. 20th, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of L. BARADA, aged 3 months, 3 days. [Funeral will take place from the Lafayette Hotel today at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends of the family are invited to attend.]

MAN DROWNED -- Coroner's Inquest -- On the arrival of the steamer 'Julia' at her wharf yesterday morning, one of the crew discovered a man floating in the water close to the steamer. The Coroner was immediately informed of the discovery, and that officer took charge of the body, summoned a jury and held an inquest. The following are the names of the gentlemen sworn as jurors:
John ECK
The following is the testimony:

JACOB TOORS, sworn -- I am a deck hand on the steamer 'Julia;' about half-past 7 o'clock this (Sunday) morning, Sept. 20th, I, with the rest of the deck hands, was on the upper deck of the steamer taking the flag-staff down; I was looking over the stern of the steamer and saw the body, now before the jury, in the water; I then went to a scow, and, with another man named TONEY, went where the body was and lifted it out of the water into the scow; we then paddled the scow to the wharf at the foot of Commerce street; I then went and informed the Coroner; deceased had a can in his hand at the time we saw him in the water; I do not know who he is nor anything about him; I did not see any marks of violence on the body.

JAMES FEELEY, sworn -- I know the deceased by sight; last night, about 1 o'clock, he was in the Globe saloon; he took a drink and went outside while I closed the doors; we then walked together as far as the corner of El Dorado street and parted; I went up El Dorado street and left deceased standing on the corner of Levee street; I do not know his name, nor occupation.

JOHN GINN, sworn -- I have known the deceased some time; he went by the name of Dennis; he was an Irishman, aged bout 50 years; he has been choring on the levee as long as I have known him.

The jury rendered the following verdict; "We, the jury, find that the deceased was named Dennis, aged about 50 years, an Irishman by birth, and that he came to his death by accidental drowning in Stockton slough, at the foot of Commerce street, between the hours of 1 and 7 o'clock on the morning of Sept. 20, 1868."

We have since been informed that deceased was a member of the Fenian Brotherhood and that his name was Dennis O'HARA.

SOUTH DISTRICT SCHOOL -- The Trustees of the South District school have employed Mrs. S.A. LAWRENCE as teacher, in place of Miss Mary R. BUGBEE, who resigned for the purpose of accepting a position as teacher in one of the public schools of the city. In regard to their children, the people of the South District wisely adhere to the proverb that "what put into their heads cannot be taken out of their pockets," and have therefore concluded to provide the means of keeping the school constantly in session during the Winter months. It is certainly very much to the advantage of the educational interests of the District, that the people have placed the direct management of school matters in good hands.

-Herman MEYER, a native of Hanover, was made a citizen of the United States on testimony of Charles WITTKOPF and Charles GRUPE
-John HELD, a native of Prussia, on testimony of John SCHRECK and Charles WITTKOPF

CRAB-BED -- Shell POMEROY, of the steamer 'Julia,' presented us yesterday with a magnificent crab, nearly as large as an elephant, for which we return him many thanks.

RETURNED -- W.H. TARBOX, an old resident of this city, arrived home yesterday morning from a visit of several months duration among his friends and relatives in the Eastern States.

SUICIDE -- 'Alta,' 17th instant -- George EPINGHAUSER, a young German, who had been left in charge of KOSTER's grocery store, on the corner of Howard and Third streets, was missed from his lodgings yesterday morning, and on search being made a stream of blood leading through beneath the building and under the sidewalk in front was found. Following up this clue, the parties in search discovered the unfortunate man lying in the sand under the sidewalk, weltering in his blood and in a dying condition. He had cut his throat in a frightful manner with a knife, and the wound, almost necessarily fatal from the first, had been so long open that there was no chance for his recovery. He was removed to his room, where he soon expired. He was unmarried and had not been long in the country. He had been drinking to excess for some time and it is supposed he committed the fatal act when under the effects of an attack of delirium tremens.

>>TUESDAY, 22 SEPT 1868<<

CORONER'S INQUEST -- On Wednesday night last an altercation occurred at the corner of Commerce and Washington streets between 2 colored men named William TALLY and George R. ELDER, in which the latter was stabbed a little below the shoulder blade on the left side. Friends separated the belligerents, and ELDER was taken to his home and proper medical assistance called. Chief Myers being informed of the fracas was about to arrest TALLY, when the wounded man protested, saying that he would not prosecute the case and wished to have it hushed up, as he thought the wound slight and that he would soon recover. But the wound was more serious than he believed, and yesterday morning about 6 o'clock he died from its effects. As soon as TALLY learned the fatal result of the affair, he gave himself up to the officer and is now in jail. Coroner Bond being notified of the death, had a post mortem examination of the body by Dr. HUDSON and summoned a jury to hold an inquest on the same. The following named gentlemen were empanneled as the jury:
The following is the testimony elicited on the examination:

DR. HUDSON, sworn: I was called upon to attend the deceased on Wednesday night last; there were several cuts on the head, face, shoulders, etc.; the cut that caused his death was on the left side; I made a post mortem of the deceased this day at the request of the Coroner and found as follows: On opening the chest the left side was full and distended with bloody scrum and offensive gas; the whole thoracic walls were lined with a thick layer of purple red lymph, deposited from inflammation; the left lung was collapsed and covered with the same deposit, and was attached to the posterior part of the chest; there was an incised wound in the left side, between the 8th & 9th ribs, of nearly an inch in length, which extended inwards and downwards, passing from the thoracic to the abdominal cavity, and terminating in the upper part of the spleen; this caused a good deal of bleeding within the chest and abdomen; the right lung was healthy; also, the heart and abdominal viscera. A small portion of 1 intestine was congested and inflamed. It is my opinion that the immediate cause of death was pleuretic inflammation and the consequent effusion, all of which was the result of a penetrating wound with a knife or some other instrument.

JACK HUGHES, sworn: I knew the deceased; his name was George ELDER; he was about 22 or 23 years old; has been about Stockton for over a year; was a laboring man; last Wednesday night, about 10 o'clock, I was with deceased on the Levee; we went into Mitchell's and got something to eat, and then went up to the corner of Washington and Commerce streets; while we were standing there, William TALLY came along, spoke to me and kept on down town; he had gone 10 or 12 steps when George ELDER (the deceased) called him a s-n of a b---h; TALLY then turned and started for the deceased; I told TALLY not to mind him as he had been drinking; he then started away again, when deceased repeated the language used before; TALLY then broke for him; some of the same language passed between them, when TALLY clinched the deceased and commenced striking him with his fist; TALLY had no club then; ELDER had a club; did not see ELDER strike TALLY with a club; was about 8 feet from them when they clinched; I ran up and parted them, taking TALLY away; we went down to the Levee; when passing Choate's drug store, I saw a pocket knife in TALLY's hand; it was all bloody and his hand was bloody also; I said, "TALLY, did you cut George?" and he said, "Yes, I cut him G-d d--n him; he threatened my life." I then left him and went back to see what had become of George; did not know that TALLY had used a knife until I saw it in front of the drug store; George ELDER died this (Monday) morning about 6 o'clock; at the time I went back I found George lying on a bed in Mr. CARSON's house, bleeding; the doctor was there; there was a good deal of blood on the sidewalk where the affray took place.

ELMORE ARTHUR, sworn: I knew the deceased; I know TALLY; on Wednesday night last, near 12 o'clock, I was in a house on the corner of Washington and Commerce streets; I heard a voice which I took to be TALLY's say "You s-n of a b---h;" and then heard stamping on the sidewalk; went out and saw HUGHES holding TALLY; told HUGHES to let go of him; I had seen ELDER about 20 minutes before with a club in his hand; HUGHES let go of TALLY, who then wanted me to hold his coat, and said to ELDER, "Do you say that you can whip me?" ELDER answered, "I am cut in the heart," as he leaned against the fence; I then went into the house; there was a private party at my sister's house that night, next door to the corner; I helped take the deceased around the corner to CARSON's house; he was bleeding pretty freely; Thursday afternoon TALLY and I went to the camp ground to cook; TALLY was not drunk; do not know whether ELDER was drunk or not. [Exhibits a club ELDER had.]

WARREN FERGUSON, sworn: I know the deceased; his name was George R. ELDER; last Wednesday night I was in Mrs. CAMPBELL's house, on Commerce street, about 50 yards from the corner of Washington; about 12 o'clock I heard a noise on the sidewalk at the corner; went to see what was the matter; saw TALLY and ELDER standing 10 or 12 feet apart; I asked ELDER if he was cut; he said yes, and asked me to take him around to my sister's (Mrs. BURT) house, where he boarded, and wash him; I took him there and stripped his shirt off and washed him; he was bleeding from several wounds; I then put his shirt on and took him around to his room at Mrs. CARSON's, and with the assistance of others placed him on the bed; he then asked me to go for a doctor; he did not say who cut him.

THE FOLLOWING is the verdict returned by the jury: "We, the undersigned jurors empanneled in the city of Stockton to inquire into the cause of the death of George R. ELDER, do find from the evidence in the case that said George R. ELDER came to his death from wounds produced by a knife or some other sharp instrument, supposed to have been in the hands of one William TALLY, and that said wounds were inflicted on Wednesday night, Sept. 16, 1868, and that said ELDER died about 6 o'clock a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, 1868."

NATURALIZED -- In the County Court yesterday, John LOUNDS, a native of England, was admitted to citizenship on testimony of Charles WITTKOPF and a certificate of discharge from the army of the United States.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, Sept. 21 -- Geo. W. BENNETT committed suicide by cutting his throat this morning at the Commercial Lodging House. It is supposed he was driven to it by poverty.

>>WEDNESDAY, 23 SEPT 1868<<

BIRTH -- in this city, Sept. 20th, to the wife of J. COHEN, of a son.

MARRIED -- in San Francisco, on Monday, Sept. 21st, at the residence of M.H. LICHENSTEIN, by Rev. Dr. H.A. HENRY; John S. KIERSKY, of this city, to Miss Charlotte COHEN, of San Francisco. No cards. [Accompanying the above notice was a liberal supply of sparkling champagne, which was quaffed by the 'Independent' folks generally, with many well wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the newly wedded.]

MARRIED -- in this city, Sept. 21st, by A.G. BROWN, Justice of the Peace; Henry EILERT to Mrs. M.J. COULTER.

MARRIED -- at Lockeford, Sept. 20th, by Rev. J.J. POWELL; D.W. BROWN to Miss Amanda VAUGHN, both of Stockton.

DEATH -- in this city, Sept. 21st, Nellie Josephine, only child of Wm. B. and Nellie C. TOLL. [Funeral will take place from the residence of the child's parents, corner of Weber avenue and Stanislaus streets, today at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.] [see next issue]

DEATH -- in this city, Sept. 22d, Charles Walter, son of Joseph and Alice ADAMS, aged 3 years, 8 months. ["Little Charlie" was a very beautiful, precocious child, gaining the love of stranger and friend. Parents' hearts yearn for him whose innocent prattle so recently filled their homes with joy, but they have the assurance that "it is well" with him.]

DEATH -- at Hunter's Ranch, Burwood, Stanislaus county, Sept. 20th, Fred. OOLER a native of Liverpool, England, aged 20 years.

PAINFUL ACCIDENT -- Yesterday morning H. CALKINS, an employe of Mr. LEACH, of this county, had his right arm crushed and broken very severely. He was standing in front of a blacksmith shop on San Joaquin street, opposite the Grammar school, near a horse hitched to a post. At recess, when the school children came pouring out, the horse became frightened and CALKINS attempted to hold him, but by some means his arm became entangled in the rope, and coming in contact with the post, was broken. Drs. HUDSON and STOCKTON were called upon and set the broken limb, and at last accounts he was getting along finely.

NATURALIZED -- In the County Court yesterday, Thomas O'NEIL, a native of Ireland, was made a citizen of the United States on testimony of Thomas ECKSTROM and Michael MARKS.

-A.M. WARNER, father-in-law of Joseph GOSSNER, of Hornitos, committed suicide on Friday last, by placing a double-barreled shotgun to his head and blowing the top of his head entirely off. We have heard no cause assigned for the rash act. Deceased was about 60 years of age.
-A little son of John STAHL, of this place [Mariposa], about 5 years of age, on Tuesday last, while riding a horse along the street, tumbled off and broke his left arm near the wrist.

>>THURSDAY, 24 SEPT 1868<<

MARRIED -- at the Six-Mile House, Mariposa road, Sept. 23d, by Rev. J. Henry GILES, of this city; Mr. Jefferson CLARK to Miss Emma HANCHETT, all of San Joaquin county.

DEATH -- in this city, Sept. 21st, Nellie Josephine, only child of Wm. B. and Nellie C. TOLL, aged 7 months, 21 days.

PROBATE COURT -- Estate of T.C. ADAMS -- order granted for sale of personal property.

-Hugh McDONALD, a native of Canada; witnesses, J.B. OLDHAM and Geo. KLINGER
-Peter DORSEY, a native of Ireland; witnesses, John DORSEY and Michael DORSEY
-James BRADY, a native of Ireland; witnesses, A. McSHANE and G.T. MARTIN

-Henry LAMBETH, of Placerville, shot himself at Grizzly Flat, El Dorado county, on the 13th instant, and his recovery is doubtful. Having failed to shoot and kill Chris. BIRD, he turned his weapon on himself.
-John OLIVER, civil engineer, aged 28 years and a native of Canada, fell from a building in San Francisco on Wednesday last and died on Sunday of the injuries.
-John McGOVERN, 10 years old, while playing near the reservoir of the Spring Valley Water Company, San Francisco, fell in and was drowned.
-A dispatch from San Francisco, dated Sept. 21st says: It is ascertained that Mrs. DAVIS, aged 53, and Henry DUPRE, 22, who eloped from Paradise last week with $500 and all the clothing belonging to her husband, went north on the 'Del Norte' and dispatches have been sent to Portland and Victoria to head them off there.

DROWNED in the BAY -- The body of Manuel TERIVA, aged 30 years, a native of Portugal, says the San Francisco 'Times' of the 22d, was found in the Bay at the foot of Third street yesterday. Deceased has been missing since the 15th instant. The body was taken in charge by the Coroner.

>>FRIDAY, 25 SEPT 1868<<

MARRIED -- at San Mateo, Sept. 17th, by Rev. J.H. WARREN; F.P. HOLDEN to Mrs. A.C. EDGERTON, all of Stockton.

DEATH -- in this city, Sept. 24th, Ulysses S.G., son of Rudolph and Christianna GNEKOW, aged 2 years, 9 months, 24 days. [Funeral will take place from the residence of the parents on Main street this (Friday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.]

PORCUPINE SPIKES -- John GRATTAN yesterday handed us a number of porcupine spikes, extracted by him from the leg of a horse which had been pasturing in a field on the farm of Charles MOREY, on the Mokelumne Hill road. Some of the pines or quills are 2 inches in length. Nearly 100 of them were pulled out of the flesh of the horse leg. It is evident these rodent quadrupeds are in existence in the valley, although it is seldom, if ever, that one of them is seen.

EXAMINATION CONTINUED -- The examination of William TALLY, a colored man, on a charge of killing a colored man named ELDER, was commenced before Justice Brown yesterday and after the examination of several witnesses, the case was continued until today. Great interest is taken in the matter by the colored residents of the city. It is generally conceded that the person killed was a rough customer.

DEPLORABLE ACCIDENT -- Last evening a man named R.H. McGOWAN, employed by Mr. CULVER in hauling soil from the rear of the new Italian store, Centre street, to Mr. WELLER's lot, corner of Fremont and El Dorado streets, met with a deplorable accident. Some years ago he was afflicted with inflammation of the eyes, which destroyed the sight of one and partially damaged the vision of the other. While at work last evening, he hung his coat on the hames of the horse he was driving, and when he went for the garment, failed to find it. Thinking it had fallen to the ground, he bent down to search for it, and in stooping struck a small rod of iron sticking in the ground. The rod penetrated his oly eye, literally destroying the organ, thus rendering the world one of total darkness to him for the future. The physical pain caused by the injury, although very severe, appeared to be nothing at all in comparison to the mental anguish he suffered by the consciousness of having every object in nature shut out from his vision forever. As he thought of the future of his life being one unbroken night, he wept like a child. The accident was a deplorable one indeed. Mr. McGOWAN is unmarried and we are not aware that he has any relations in the city.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, Sept. 24 -- Andrew POFOFER, a native of Alaska, was admitted to citizenship yesterday. He is the 1st citizen admitted under the treaty ceding that territory to the United States.

>>SATURDAY, 26 SEPT 1868<<

MARRIED -- in San Francisco, Sept. 22d, by the Rev. A.L. STONE; Henry W. KLEIN, of San Francisco, to Kate CLEMENTS, of Stockton.

DEATH -- in this city, Sept. 25th, at the residence of James NEVILS, on Washington street, Mrs. Sarah R. DUDLEY, of Tuolumne City. [Funeral will take place this (Saturday) afternoon at 1, at St. Mary's (Catholic) Church. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.]

HELD to ANSWER -- The examination of William TALLY (colored) on a charge of killing George B. ELDER (colored) was completed before Justice Brown yesterday and resulted in the accused being held to answer before the next Grand Jury. He was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff and placed in jail.

ASSAULT and BATTERY -- George R. WELLS yesterday entered a complain before Justice Brush against George MOSURE, charging him with assault and battery on the person of complainant. A warrant for MOSURE's arrest was issued.

BY STATE TELEGRAPH, San Francisco, Sept. 25 -
-Marie GIRARDAIN, wife of a blacksmith, attempted to commit suicide by taking laudanum this morning. She was pumped out in time to save her life.
-It was reported this morning at the rooms of the Board of Education that Director RODGERS was ill of smallpox and was in a dying condition.

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