Posted by SFgenealogy on Friday, September 18, 2009 at 19:33:42 :
A Boy Shot and Killed in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO, January 3d.
About a quarter to 8 o?clock this evening, a boy named Joseph DEMASS, living at No. 317 Jessie street, between Fourth and Fifth, was
shot and almost instantly killed by a German named Arnold SCHMITT, living on Jessie street, between Third and Fourth. SCHMITT, after the shooting, laid down his gun and went to Mission street. Officer CASEY met SCHMITT and asked him who did the shooting. He said, "I did," and surrendered himself and then went to the house and gave the officer the gun. He was taken to the city prison and a charge of murder entered against him. SCHMITT claims that he had no intention of shooting they boy, and that his gun went off accidentally. Some boys engaged in the affair say that DEMASS was not with them at the time they were annoying SCHMITT. The latter claimed that they attempted to
break down his door, but an examination showed no signs of violence. The boys say that they simply spoke to SCHMITT, telling him to come down, as CARROLL wanted to see him. Coroner SWAN came at once to O'BRIEN's house, where the body was lying, and impaneled a jury to sit on the case. The inquest was held at nine o'clock at the residence of Mrs. DEMASS, No. 317 Jesse street. Neighbors give young DEMASS the
character of an inoffensive boy of good habits.
Source: Sacramento Daily Union, 4 Jan 1875. Transcribed by Betty Loose.
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