Events of 1865
Jan. 2. New Year falling on Sunday, to-day was generally observed with the festivities usual on the occasion. The colored population celebrated the anniversary of the issue of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
Jan. 3. A discharged soldier named Michael Callaghan, fell oberboard from the steamer Senator, at Broadway Wharf, and was drowned. . . .Joseph Mayer, an old and esteemed merchant of California Street, died suddenly of an attack of asthma.
Jan. 5. A fire occurred in the brick building of James Kelly, 38 California Street. Although promptly extinguished, the damage from fire and water was considerable. . . .The Sacramento arrived with a large number of passengers, among whom was Capt. C. H. Baldwin, U. S. Navy.
Jan. 7. The gold and silver coined at the San Francisco Mint during the year 1864 is reported to be $16,323,186.
Jan. 8. Leon Prudon, ex-Foreman of Lafayette Hook and Ladder Company, and a resident of San Francisco since 1850 died.
Jan. 9. The following officers were chosen for the ensuing year at an election by the Stock Exchange Board: J. B. Cavallier, President; John Perry, Jr., Vice President; Henry Schmeidell, Treasurer; Franklin Lawton, Secretary.
Jan. 10. The America sailed for San Juan del Sur with a large number of passengers.
Jan. 11. The rooms of the California Art Union, No. 312 Montgomery Street, were opened with an elegant collation.
Jan. 12. The trial of Moses Frank for forging an indorsement upon a bill of exchange, drawn by Baum, the Superintendent of the Utah Mining Company, commenced before a jury in the County Court.
Jan. 13. The Sacramento left for Panama with $1,069,465.06 in treasure. . . .Barney Olwell, deliberately shot and killed James Irwin. The excuse given was, that the deceased owed his murderer forty-two dollars, which he had the means to pay at the time.
Jan. 14. The Oregon arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $200,000. . . .Steam was for the first time applied to the monitor Comanche, the machinery and turret working admirably.
Jan. 18. The remains of Bernard Hogan, Foreman of the Broderick Engine Co. No. 1., were followed to Calvary Cemetery by the members of the Fire Department and numerous citizens, including several carriages filled with the leading Chinese merchants of San Francisco. . . .First Officer Boyd, of the American ship Sir John Franklin, arrived from Pigeon Point, between thirty and forty miles south of the Heads, bringing the news that the vessel had gone ashore at that point, during the fog of the night of the seventeenth. Thirteen of those aboard perished, and the vessel and cargo were a total loss.
Jan. 21. The John L. Stephens arrived from Mexican ports with $103,307 in specie, and 1,945 bags of ore. . . .The monitor Comanche, with a number of army and navy officers and invited guests on board, made a successful trial trip to Mare Island.
Jan. 22. The Pacific arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $198,000.
Jan. 23. The Golden City left for Panama with $957,287.58 in treasure.
Jan. 26. A fire occurred about 11 o'clock, P.M., in a frame building occupied by a number of Chinese families, on Sacramento Street above Kearny. The building was consumed, but the damage was slight. A Chinaman named Tong Yung was suffocated by the smoke.
Jan. 30. The body of James Cunningham, a Norwegian sailor, who had been missing for a month past, was found floating in the Bay.
Jan. 31. M. Schmidt, a native of Germany, aged about thirty years, recently returned from Mexico, in a fit of temporary insanity, shot and dangerously wounded Francis D. Lonneux, in the bar-room of the William Tell House, after which he committed suicide by shooting and stabbing himself. The parties were entire strangers to each other.
February 1. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean made their last appearance at the Opera House.
Feb. 2. Frederick Woodworth, an old and highly respected citizen, and the son of Samuel Woodworth, the author of the "Old Oaken Bucket," died to-day.
Feb. 3. The Golden Age left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,222,311.85.
Feb. 4. The Second and Seventh Regiments of California Volunteers were reviewed by General McDowell, at the Presidio. . . .A young German, name unknown, was drowned off the rocks, near the Cliff House. . . .Lonneux, the man shot by Schmidt, at the the William Tell House, Bush Street, died of his wounds.
Feb. 5. The Constitution arrived with a large number of passengers. Preparations had been made to give Gen. Dan. E. Sickles a grand reception, but to the great chagrin of the crowd, he was not on board. . . .A fire occurred, near 12, P.M., in the brick building, 821 Kearny Street, the woodwork and contents of which were entirely destroyed.
Feb. 6. The first pile of the new bridge to connect the Potrero with the city, was driven to-day. . . .A fire occurred a little past 1, A.M., in a one-story building, on Third, near Stevenson Street, which was, with its contents, entirely destroyed. . . .Caroline Lewis, a mulatto woman, who had laid down and gone to sleep, was suffocated by the smoke of the curtains set on fire by the candle.
Feb. 8. Robert Murray, a native of Massachussetts, aged forty-four years, was fond dead in his bed.
Feb. 10. Walter S. Denio, Melter and Refiner of the U. S. Mint, aged thirty-six, died of congestion of the lungs, and operations at the Mint are necessarily suspended until advices are received from Washington.
Feb. 13. The Constitution and Moses Taylor left with a large number of passengers, the former taking $1,325,452.90 in treasure.
Feb. 16. Alexander Barnes, an old citizen of California, and one of the original proprietors of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, died of gradual decline.
Feb. 18. The news of the death of Richard M. Jessup, former President of the California Steam Navigation Company, at Panama on the 3d instant, was received to-day.
Feb. 19. Captain Paul and the officers of the ship Great Republic, recently arrived from Boston, were arrested and held to bail for alleged brutal and cruel treatment of the seamen of the vessel. . . .Michael O'Brian, who came to California in 1849, and a well known pioneer butcher of San Francisco, and one of the most warm-hearted and charitable men, died at his residence.
Feb. 21. An old U. S. soldier, named John Jackson, a member of Company B., U. S. Artillery, was drowned between the city and Angel Island.
Feb. 22. The Sacramento left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,615,156.62. . . .A severe norther in the morning did considerable damage to the shipping in the bay.
Feb. 23. The Oregon arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $445,820. . . .John Herron, a pioneer citizen and for many years the bookkeeper of the Alta California newspaper, died at his residence in the evening.
Feb. 24. The jury in the case of J. Downes Wilson vs. The San Francisco Bulletin, for alleged slander growing out of remarks in relation to the sale of the Santiago Mine, returned a verdict for the plaintiff of $7,500.
Feb. 26. A fire broke out about 6, P.M., in the old Chinese Hospital Building, on the corner of Jessie and Ecker streets, destroying the entire establishment.
Feb. 27. The John L. Stephens arrived from the Mexican coast with treasure amounting to $75,581, and a quantity of valuable silver ore.
March 1. March "came in like a lion," bringing snow, hail, and rain within the first twelve hours.
March 2. The Pacific arrived from the Northern Coast with $87,820 in treasure. . . .The cars of the Alameda-Railroad made their first through-trip to San Leandro.
March 3. The St. Louis left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,904,694.75.
March 4. The fall of Savannah, Charleston and Wilmington, and the second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln were celebrated by military parades and salutes during the day and an illumination and a torch-light procession in the evening. . . .Willard Buzzell, Jack Lott, and William Devers, engaged in whaling at Half Moon Bay, were drowned by the swamping of their boat. The first named was proprietor of the Purissima House, and came to California in 1838.
March 7. The U. S. gunboat Shubrick departed for Sitka, Russian America, with the parties engaged to build the Collins' Russian Overland Telegraph.
March 9. The Golden Age arrived with a large number of passengers, among them Commodore McDougal of the Navy, who is to take command of the Comanche.
March 10. The following rates of fare on the outgoing steamers are lower than have been charged for years. P. M. S. Co. $150, $115, $70, $10; Opposition, $110, $65, $35.
March 12. A fire broke out about 5, A.M., in the grocery of Wm. Wessling on Shipley Street. The building and contents destroyed amounted to $3,000.
March 13. The Golden City and the America left with an unusually large number of passengers, owing to the low rates of fare. The former carried treasure amounting to $1,148,789.78.
March 15. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $69,200. . . .A man named Hill was found buried in the sand at the corner of Scott and Hayes streets, and upon investigation Thomas Byrnes, a butcher, was arrested for his murder.
March 17. The anniversary of the patron saint of Ireland was celebrated by the Irish population of San Francisco with religious, civic, and military exercises.
March 18. The U. S. troops at the Presidio, numbering over three thousand, were reviewed by Gen. McDowell, accompanied by other army and navy officers. . . .The Pacific arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $59,000.
March 21. The ship Derby arrived from Hongkong with two hundred coolies, sixteen of whom were sick with the small pox, and were taken to the pest-house on the Potrero.
March 24. Dr. Oscar L. Cook, Surgeon of the U. S. Army, who came out on the ship Great Republic, fell into the bay from the Alameda Railroad Wharf and was drowned.
March 26. A personal collision took place between Gen. Placedo Vega of Mexico, agent of the Juarez Government, and Señor Francisco Ramirez, editor of the El Nueva Mundo, growing out of Mexican affairs.
March 28. Owen Mullin, a private in Company A., Second Regiment of Infantry, C. V., in a fit of intoxication shot and killed his sister in law, Mrs. Jonathan Mullin, at her residence.
March 29. The Oregon arrived from the North with $171,708 in treasure.
April 1. The Brother Jonathan arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $46,000.
April 3. The reception of the news of the surrender of Richmond was hailed with enthusiasm and celebrated in a spirited manner. . . .The Golden Age left for Panama with a large number of passengers and treasure amounting to $654,858.95.
April 6. The John L. Stephens arrived from Mexican ports with $93,440 in specie. . . .A fire occurred at 1, A.M., in the stables of W. H. Richards, west of Kearny between California and Pine streets; damage trifling.
April 8. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $109,900.
April 9. Twenty vessels from English, French, South American, British American, Asiatic, Polynesian, and North Atlantic ports came into the harbor to-day.
April 11. General Mason and staff left for Arizona on the steamer Senator.
April 13. The Sacramento and the Moses Taylor sailed with over 1,800 passengers, the former carrying treasure amounting to $1,103,786.68. . . .The Fire Alarm Telegraph was fully tested and found to work satisfactorily.
April 15. The news of the assassination of President Lincoln clothed the entire city in sadness and gloom. But a short time elapsed before every house was draped with the symbols of mourning. In the afternoon an organized mob proceeded to destroy the type and material of the Democratic Press, Franco Americaine, News Letter, Occidental, and Monitor. After the destruction of the property, military guards were stationed in each of these offices. The utmost excitement prevailed, and but for timely military intereference still greater destruction of property might have followed.
April 16. The Pacific arrived from the North, with treasure amounting to $91,000. . . .Impressive services were held in all the churches upon the death of President Lincoln, and a large meeting of citizens was held in Platt's Hall, in the afternoon, at which extensive arrangements were made for celebrating the funeral obsequies in a style worthy the occasion. . . .Capt. E. C. M. Chadwick, of the California Steam Navigation Co.'s Steamer Chrysopolis, died suddenly at 6 o'clock, P.M. . . .A fire occurred about 9, A.M. in the tannery of William Cole, on Brannan Street, destroying a considerable amount of property.
April 17. A fire occurred about half-past one, A.M., on the south-west corner of Mission and Main streets, destroying four buildings, three of which belonged to Michael Reese.
April 19. The funeral obsequies of President Lincoln, in a point of extent and grandeur, surpassed anything ever before seen on the Pacific coast, the procession being some miles in length. The civic and military turn out was immense. An oration, accompanied with appropriate ceremonies, was delivered at the Pavilion. . . .James Lyons, formerly a special policeman, in a fit of intoxication, shot and wounded his wife, and supposing he had killed her, shot humself through the lungs.
April 22. The Golden City sailed for Panama, with treasure amounting to $886,378.84.
April 26. Two shocks of an earthquake occurred near 4 o'clock, P.M.
April 29. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $113,000.
April 30. Michael Prendergast, a cartman, was instantly killed by the caving in of a high bank on Broadway.
May 1. An order was issued from the head-quarters of the Military Department of the Pacific to the occupants of Custom House Block, to vacate the premises by the 9th inst.
May 2. A boy named Charles Crane, aged eight years, was drowned in the bay by the upsetting of a boat. . . .Capt. Paul convicted of cruelty to the crew of the Great Republic, was pardoned by the President.
May 3. The Constitution left for Panama with treasure amounting to $854,786.21.
May 5. The Mexican residents of San Francisco celebrated the anniversary of the victory of Gen. Zaragossa over the French at Pueblo.
May 8. A fire broke out about half-past three, P.M., in the cooper shop of Joseph Palecki, on Washington near Davis, destroying the entire property and several adjoining buildings. While the fire was progressing, another broke out on the east side of Dupont Street, opposite the Globe Hotel, which destroyed several frame buildings of little value. . . .The Oregon arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $67,960.
May 10. The U. S. war steamer Lancaster, Acting Rear Admiral Pearson, Commander, arrived from Panama, and was saluted by the guns at Alcatraz.
May 11. The Del Norte arrived from the North with $3,000 in treasure.
May 12. Gen. McDowell and Staff left for San Pedro on the U. S. Steamer Saginaw, on a tour of inspection to the military posts in the southern portion of the State.
May 14. Up to 3 o'clock, P.M., the thermometer ranged from 75 to 80 degrees in the shade.
May 15. A fire at nine o'clock this evening, in a warehouse on Commerce Street, occupied by Bloomingdale & Co. Loss about $50,000.
May 16. The municipal election passed off quietly. The entire People's ticket, headed by H. P. Coon, for Mayor, was elected, with the exception of Superintendent of Schools, Harbor Master and Harbor Commissioner, to which offices Messrs. Pelton, Harloe, and Laidley, of the Union Ticket, were chosen. The total vote polled was 14,196.
May 18. The Sacramento left for Panama, with treasure amounting to $1,277,447.61. . . .The Orizaba arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $144,100.
May 20. A fire broke out in a frame building on Broadway, between Davis and Front, which was extinguished without material damage.
May 23. The long talked of race between Norfolk and Lodi took place at the Ocean House Course, the former winning with ease. Time, 3 : 43 1/8; 3 : 42; 3 : 5; 3 : 51; 4 : 5.
May 24. A severe shock of an earthquake, which was also felt some distance down the coast, occurred about 3 o'clock, A.M.
May 25. Mr. Thomas H. Jones, Superintendent of Grant's Stone Quarry, on Angel Island, was instantly killed by a piece of rock thrown out by a blast.
May 27. The Del Norte arrived from the North with $11,200 treasure.
May 31. A. A. C. Williams, Daniel E. Hungerford, W. W. Bruce, Louis de la Nord, Wm. Beirns, Wm. B. Clarke, John Thomas, and Titus Reynolds, were arraigned in the Police Court for an alleged attempt to carry away the Peruvian Dispatch Steamer Colon, and the bail in each case was fixed at $2,500.
June 1. A fire broke out at 1, P.M., on the corner of Jackson and Drumm streets, destroying about thirty frame tenements before the flames were arrested. The entire loss is estimated at not less than $50,000.
June 3. The corner stone of the new Synagogue of the Congregation Ohabai Shalome, on Mason Street, was laid with the usual ceremonials of the Jewish Church. . . .Antonie Mach stabbed and killed Edward Walter at his grocery, 523 Pacific Street, and in the affray wounded the brother in law of Walter, named J. Spitz, so severely that his life is despaired of.
June 6. The examination of the parties implicated in the Brontes Colon piracy case concluded before Judge Shepheard to-day. The Court held the parties to bail in the original amount of $2,500 each.
June 7. The Brother Jonathan arrived from the north with treasure amounting to $347,400.
June 8. The Constitution arrived from Panama with a large number of passengers, among whom were ex-Governor Wm. Bigler of Pennsylvania, and Sir James Douglas, ex-Governor of British Columbia. . . .A. C. Campbell, a pioneer lawyer of San Francisco, died of apoplexy, aged forty years.
June 12. The first number of a daily paper, entitled the Examiner, was issued from the office of the Democratic Press.
June 14. There was a slight shock of an earthquake at 12 o'clock, M. [sic]
June 16. A German professor of languages, named John Jonkheim, committed suicide.
June 17. The Constitution left for Panama, with treasure amounting to $1,528,836.03.
June 18. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the north with $228,150 in treasure.
June 19. A man named Peter McDougall, who came down from Victoria on the Sierra Nevada, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a shoe-knife.
June 20. A fire occurred about 5, P.M., in the new building on Pine Street, owned by H. B. Platt. Loss about five hundred dollars.
June 24. The John L. Stephens arrived from Mexican ports with $148,946 specie.
June 26. The Sacramento arrived from Panama with a large number of passengers. She brought the news of the wreck of the steamer Golden Rule, on Roncador Island, May 30.
June 28. A final decree was entered in the office of the Clerk of the U. S. Circuit Court in favor of the claim of the City of San Francisco to 17,775 acres of pueblo lands, and an order passed for the survey of the same.
June 30. The Brother Jonathan arrived from the north with treasure amounting to $91,685.
July 1. Hon. Schuyler Colfax, ex-Speaker U. S. House of Representatives, and party arrived on the Sacramento boat, and were received at the Wharf by the Mayor and a committee of the Board of Supervisors appointed for that purpose. . . .The Pacific Mail Steamship Colorado arrived from New York.
July 3. The Sacramento left for Panama, with a treasure amounting to $957,571.03.
July 4. Rt. Rev. Alonzo Potter, Episcopal Bishop of Pennsylvania, died on board the Pacific Mail Steamship Colorado, of Panama fever, aged sixty-five years. . . .The anniversary of the nation's independence was celebrated in a style unsurpassed on any previous occassion—with salutes, a procession in which all the civic and military bodies were largely represented, an oration at the Metropolitan Theater, by John W. Dwinelle, Esq., and an illumination of fireworks in the evening.
July 7. Billy Mulligan, while laboring under the effects of delerium tremeus, shot Jack McNabb and John Hart, foremen of Eureka Hose Company, at the St. Francis Hotel. After several attempts to capture him alive, he was shot by one of the policemen and instantly killed.
July 9. The funerals of Mulligan's victims, Hart and McNabb, were largely attended.
July 10. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the north, with treasure amounting to $274,000.
July 12. Salutes were fired from all the U. S. Military and Naval posts in and around San Francisco, in honor of the late Admiral Dupont.
July 15. A fire occurred at 12 o'clock, P.M., in a large frame building on Davis Street, occupied as a junk store. Loss about $5,000. . . .The jury in the Brontes Celon piracy case brought in a verdict of acquittal.
July 16. A fire occurred at 12 o'clock, P.M., in the Pacific Warehouse, on the corner of Broadway and Battery streets. The building, with the greater portion of its contents, were entirely destroyed. Estimated loss about $100,000.
July 18. The Golden City left for Panama, with treasure amounting to $1,474,077.58.
July 20. Great excitement was created by the arrival of the whaleship Milo, having on board the crews of the whaleships captured by the pirate Shenandoah in the North Pacific, near two hundred in number. . . .A fire occurred in a furniture establishment, 49 Third Street. Considerable damage was done by fire and water.
July 24. A fire broke out about 3 o'clock, A.M., in the Winchester House, 409 Pacific Street. Damage about $5,000, and severely burning a number of the inmates.
July 26. The John L. Stephens arrived from the Mexican ports with $99,821.13 in specie.
July 27. The Del Norte arrived from the north with treasure amounting to $12,540.
July 28. A frame building, corner of Fell and Webster streets, was fired by an incendiary about 9 o'clock, P.M., and burned to the ground.
July 29. A grand reception was given to Geo. Rosecrans by the citizens. A procession formed in the evening, marched to the Occidental Hotel where an address of welcome was delivered, and responded to by the distinguished chief.
July 31. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the north with a number of passengers, among whom were Hon. Schulyer Colfax and party, considerable freight, and treasure amounting to $282,774.
August 1. The melancholy news was received by telegraph from Jacksonville, Oregon, that the steamship Brother Jonathan struck on a rock about twenty-five miles north of Crescent City, about 1 o'clock, P.M., July 30, and went down immediately, carrying with her all on board, except fourteen men and one woman. She had on board between two and three hundred passengers, among whom were Brig. Gen. Wright and family, several Army officers, James Nisbet, Editor of the Bulletin, and a number of other well-known citizens. . . .The barque Gen. Pike arrived in port, having on board the crew of seven more of the whalers captured by the Shenandoah—two hundred and fifty-two in number.
Aug. 4. An immense meeting of citizens opposed to the repeal of the Specific Contract Law, was held at Platt's Hall.
Aug. 6. A fire broke out about 9 o'clock, P.M., in a frame house on Stockton Street, between Union and Filbert. Damages slight.
Aug. 8. The returns of the Census Marshals made to the Board of Education, shows the number of school children of the various districts, to be in the aggregate, 33,354, an increase of 2,475 over the returns of the last year.
Aug. 9. The Del Norte arrived from the north with treasure amounting to $5,400.
Aug. 10. The Annual Fair of the Merchants' Institute opened at the pavilion with an address by the Hon. E. D. Sawyer.
Aug. 17. A grand complimentary dinner to Speaker Colfax and party, was given by the Chinese merchants of San Francisco at the Hang Hung Restaurant, 808 Clay Street. . . .The United States war steamer Suwanee, ten guns, arrived from Philadelphia, Pa.
Aug. 21. A fire broke out between 4 and 5 o'clock in the old Niantic Hotel, corner of Clay and Sansom, doing considerable damage to that and adjoining buildings. While running to the fire, James H. Washington and Walter J. Bohen, members of the Monumental engine company, were run over by Steam Fire Engine Number 6, and fatally injured.
Aug. 22. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the north with treasure amounting to $779,723.
Aug. 24. The completion of the Alameda Railroad to Hayward's was celebrated in fine style.
Aug. 25. The Golden Age arrived from Panama with a large number of passengers, among whom was Maj. Gen. H. W. Halleck, Commander in Chief of the United States forces of the Division of the Pacific.
Aug. 27. The remains of the late James Nisbet, one of the victims of the wreck of the Brother Jonathan, were followed to their last resting place at Lone Mountain, by a large number of citizens.
Aug. 28. A one-story house on the corner of Townsend and Second streets, took fire about 11, P.M., and burned down. Damage about five hundred dollars. . . .Mr. Edward Daniels, Impost Clerk in the Custom House, was thrown from a buggy and instantly killed, as he was returning with a friend, from the Ocean House.
Aug. 29. The Orizaba arrived from the north with treasure amounting to $200,555.
Aug. 31. A farewell banquet was given to Hon. Schuyler Colfax at the Occidental Hotel.
September 1. The funeral of Walter J. Bohen and James H. Washington, who died of injuries received while running to the fire at the Niantic Hotel, was largely attended.
Sept. 2. The Golden City left for Panama with a large number of passengers, among them, the Colfax party and treasure amounting to $1,759,683.91.
Sept. 5. Hugh Henderson committed suicide at North Beach.
Sept. 6. The election for members of the Legislature passed off quietly, a smaller vote than usual being polled.
Sept. 7. Capt. John Frank Quinley, late of the Fifth Infantry C. V., died suddenly of abcess of the brain.
Sept. 9. The Pioneer Association celebrated the anniversary of the admission of California into the Union with an oration, poem, and collation.
Sept. 12. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the north with a number of passengers, among whom was Hon. J. M. Ashley, Member of Congress, a large quantity of Oregon produce, and treasure amounting to $480,759.
Sept. 13. The Del Norte arrived from the north with $8,000 in treasure.
Sept. 15. The Mexican residents of San Francisco celebrated the fifty-sixth anniversary of Mexican Independence, in spirited style.
Sept. 19. The Sonora arrived from Panama with six hundred and twenty-six troops belonging to the Second Artillery, U. S. Army.
Sept. 21. A fire broke out about one o'clock, A.M., in a saloon on Montgomery Street between Clay and Merchant. Damage slight.
Sept. 22. A fire broke out about seven o'clock, P.M., on the corner of Mason and Chestnut streets, North Beach, occupied as a whiskey distillery and petroleum refinery, which was destroyed together with a dwelling house in the rear. Loss $12,000.
Sept. 23. The body of a sailor named William Green was found floating in the bay, under one of the city wharfs.
Sept. 23. A fire broke out about seven o'clock, P.M., in a frame building on Washington Alley, destroying property amounting to about $250.
Sept. 25. Ground was broken on Sutter Street below Montgomery, for the track of the Front Street, Mission, and Ocean Railroad.
Sept. 26. The body of a dead soldier named Sullivan was found laying on the road between the city and the Presidio. . . .The first regular rain of the season fell to-day.
Sept. 27. Cooke performed the promised feat of walking the rope at the Cliff House.
Sept. 28. The remains of Samuel Woodworth, author of "The Old Oaken Bucket," arrived on the ship Orpheus, for interment with the family dead. . . .The Sierra Nevada arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $498,772.
Sept. 29. A fire about 1 o'clock, P.M., at the corner of Howard and Third streets; damage slight.
October 1. An affray took place at the Willows, in which Frank Riley, the proprietor of the saloon, was severely wounded by a pistol shot. . . .Cooke performed his rope-walking feat for the second time, before a large crowd, at the Cliff House.
Oct. 2. The Del Norte arrived with numerous passengers, and the remains of Mrs. Gen. Wright and other victims of the Brother Jonathan disaster.
Oct. 3. The Constitution left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,141,822.
Oct. 5. The military funeral of Lieut. E. D. Waite, aide-de-camp to Gen. Wright, who perished with the wreck of the Brother Jonathan, took place to-day. . . .A meeting of the Fenians, numbering over five thousand, took place at Union Hall in the evening.
Oct. 6. The Orizaba arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $277,565. . . .The new screw steamer California arrived from New York, through the Straits of Megellan.
Oct. 8. Two severe earthquake shocks occurred at fifteen minutes to 1 o'clock, P.M., throwing down and badly shattering walls of buildings, breaking windows and fragile wares, and doing a large amount of damage. As a large proportion of the people were in attendance at church, no personal injury resulted from this disaster, which extended to a considerable distance in the interior, serious damaged having been done to brick buildings in Santa Cruz, San José, and other towns.
Oct. 9. Two distinct earthquake shocks were felt between 9 and 10 o'clock this morning, causing no damage, however.
Oct. 11. A fire occurred at Black Point, between 2 and 3 o'clock, P.M., destroying the stables of Alpheus Bull.
Oct. 12. The Del Norte arrived from the North with numerous passengers and treasure amounting to $9,000. The remains of Gen. Wright and other parties lost on the Brother Jonathan were brought down by the steamer.
Oct. 13. As the steamer Yosemite was leaving the wharf at Rio Vista, on the downward trip, her starboard boiler exploded, blowing off the entire forward portion of the boat, and killing and wounding a large number of passengers. The unfortunate affair cast a universal gloom over the city.
Oct. 15. The Sierra Nevada arrived from the North with treasure amounting to $331,000.
Oct. 16. Gen. Rosecrans returned from his tour among the mines of Nevada, on his way East.
Oct. 17. A difficulty occurred on Kearny Street, between A. G. Hargrove and Peter Campbell, in which the latter shot the former, killing him instantly.
Oct. 18. The Golden City left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,661,565.29. . . .The Judicial election passed off quietly.
Oct. 20. Mrs. Bridget Baldwin, a respetable widow lady, laboring under depression from unfortunate mining investments, committed suicide.
Oct. 21. The funeral of Gen. Wright and wife took place to-day at Calvary Church. The military escorted the remains to the steamer, by which they were conveyed to their last resting place at Sacramento.
Oct. 25. Robert H. Parker, one of the earliest pioneers of California, and well known from his connection with the Parker House in 1849, died at San Diego, on his way from Lower California.
Oct. 26. A fire broke out at 6 o'clock, P.M., on Kearny Street, near California; before the flames were arrested the interior was thoroughly burned out.
Oct. 27. The Orizaba and Del Norte arrived from the North, the former bringing treasure amounting to $232,330.
Oct. 29. The funerals of John S. Benton, one of the officers of the Brother Jonathan, and Charles H. Belden, clerk in the Paymaster's office, victims of the wreck of that steamer, took place to-day.
Oct. 30. The Colorado left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,141,822.84.
November 1. Amount collected in Police Court for month of October, $2,772.10. . . .The Sierra Nevada arrived from Portland with treasure amounting to $293,000. . . .The Internal Revenue receipts in this city for October were $704,000. . . .A Frenchman named DeKerguidn, committed suicide by taking laudanum, at the California Hotel.
Nov. 4. The California Steam Navigation Co.'s new steamer "Capital" was successfully launched at Hunter's Point. . . .Information received of removal of Collector James, and appointment of J. F. Miller his successor.
Nov. 5. Michael Hynes shot and instantly killed Thomas F. Hayes in Pollard Place. . . .A young man named Slocumb was thrown from a horse and instantly killed, corner Bush Street and Van Ness Avenue. . . .A fire, corner Washington and Davis streets, destroyed property to the value of $8,000.
Nov. 6. Collector Miller filed his official bonds, in the sum of $100,000. . . .The U. S. steamer Suwanee returned from an unsuccessful search after the pirate Shenandoah.
Nov. 8. One of the cars of the Omnibus Railroad was completely demolished at the corner of Montgomery and Bush streets, by a runaway team, injuring several passengers.
Nov. 9. An Italian fishing-boat was run down on the bay, by the Oakland boat, and a man named Tomlinson killed.
Nov. 10. Wm. D. Palmer, a truckman for the National Mills, on Market Street, a native of Massachussetts, aged about twenty-six years, committed suicide with a pistol, at his room, corner of Fremont and Folsom streets. . . .Steamer Sacramento sailed for Panama, with $1,367,917.48 in treasure.
Nov. 12. The body of a Frenchman, named E. Durand Lagrangere, aged about forty-six years, was found drowned in Mission Creek, opposite distillery.
Nov. 13. Michael Haynes, who shot and killed the young man Hayes in Pollard Place, on Sunday, Nov. 5., was held to bail for manslaughter in the sum of $2,500.
Nov. 14. One of the most daring robberies ever perpetrated in San Francisco, took place between 3 and 4 o'clock in the morning at the What Cheer House on Sacramento Street, below Montgomery. Seward W. Baker, night clerk of the establishment, was knocked senseless, and the safe robbed of money to a large amount.
Nov. 18. The Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s steamship Constitution sailed for Panama with a large number of eastward bound passengers, and treasure amounting to $910,745.64.
Nov. 19. The U. S. war steamer Saranae arrived in port after a long and unsuccessful search after the pirate Shenandoah. . . .Horace Harley, a pawnbroker, doing business on Kearny Street, expired suddenly in his chair at the St. Francis Hotel, from effusion in the chest.
Nov. 20. Considerable damage has been done both on sea and land by the storm which has prevailed for the last week. A two-story frame house on Sutter Street, between Polk and Van Ness Avenue, was blown down about 9 o'clock this morning and completey demolished. A portion of the tin roofing of the U. S. Marine Hospital was also carried away by the wind. Large quantities of rain have fallen.
Nov. 21. The southwest gale still continues, with occasional showers. The fall of rain for the twenty-four hours past, was sixty-three one hundredths of an inch.
Nov. 23. Brevet Brigadier General Rene E. DeRussey, U. S. A., died at his residence at the age of seventy-four years, after a long illness. . . .A prize fight for $1,000 which took placed at Lakeville Landing, Sonoma County, between Chandler and Farley, was won by the former after nineteen rounds.
Nov. 24. Edward Dillon, an Englishman, aged about fifty years, was found dead in his room, No. 50 Sacramento Street. His death was attributed to epilepsy.
Nov. 25. The funeral of the late Gen. DeRussey, which took place from the Church of the Advent, on Howard Street, was one of the largest and most imposing that had been witnessed in San Francisco for years.
Nov. 26. The Odd Fellows' Cemetery, on the Point Lobos Road, was dedicated with the customary ceremonials of the Order.
Nov. 29. At a meeting of over fifty officers of California Volunteers, held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, an association was organized styled the "Association of California Volunteer Officers.". . . .The Pacific Mail Steamship Golden City left for Panama with a large list of passengers for the East, and treasure amounting to $1,226,880.57.
December 2. The annual Commencement exercises of the Toland Medical College, took place, the degree of M. D. being conferred on four graduates.
Dec. 4. The Pacific Mail Steamship Colorado arrived from Panama with a large number of passengers, among them Maj. Gen. W. S. Rosecrans. . . .Constant Hubert, a hairdresser, native of France, aged about fifty years, committed suicide by taking Prussic acid.
Dec. 5. Robert Howard committed suicide by taking arsenic. . . .The remains of a soldier named Louis Babin, a native of France, aged about thirty-five years, supposed to have been killed by an accidental discharge of his gun, were found in the bushes on the Point Lobos Road.
Dec. 7. The U. S. Mint, the courts, banks, and places of business generally, were closed to-day in honor of the National Thanksgiving.
Dec. 9. The Pacific Mail Steamship Colorado left for Panama with a large list of passengers, and treasure amounting to $1,010,473.06.
Dec. 10. A man named Davis G. Vinson, from Colorado, who had become infatuated with a saloon girl, named French Mary, upon who he lavished a large sum of money, after which he was discarded, shot the woman in the neck, inflicting a dangerous wound, after which he blew out his own brains.
Dec. 12. A fire about 12, P.M., at ?208 Stockton Street, destroying the premises.
Dec. 16. Philip W. Shepheard, Judge of the Police Court of San Francisco, and an early pioneer Californian, who has held numerous positions of trust—a man universally esteemed and respected—died after a lingering illness, at his residence at 5, P.M.
Dec. 17. About 4, P.M., an alarm of fire from the corner of Third and Howard streets. Soon after the arrival of the firemen at the fire, a serious riot occurred, in the course of which pistols were discharged and missles freely used, but not with any fatal effect.
Dec. 19. The Pacific Mail Steamship Sacramento left for Panama with a large number of passengers for the East, and a treasure amounting to $73?,727.55. . . .Matthew Hall McAllister, formelry Circuit Judge of the United States for this coast, died at his residence in this city, aged sixty-six years.
Dec. 20. At the meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Alfred Rix was elected Police Judge to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of P. W. Shepheard.
Dec. 26. Captain James Whitney, Jr., President of the California Steam Navigation Company, died of a congestive chill at his residence, between 11 and 12, P.M.
Dec. 27. A young man, Horace E. Wheaton, twenty-two years of age, was drowned in the bay, between Black Point and the Presidio, by the upsetting of a boat.
Dec. 30. The Pacific Mail Steamship Golden Age sailed for Panama with a full list of passengers, and treasure amounting to $1,014,?01.3?.