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From: Dee Sardoc <>
Subject: Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA -- 1-5 Nov 1859
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 09:56:14 -0800

Stockton Daily Argus
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
1-5 Nov 1859

>>Tuesday, 1 Nov 1859<<

MARRIED -- Oct. 30th, at the Magnolia Hotel, by Rev. John B. HILL; Mr.
Daniel S. AUSTIN, Jr., to Miss Mary E. DOWNING, all of San Joaquin county.

MARRIED -- Oct. 30th, at the Magnolia Hotel, by Rev. John B. HILL; Mr.
Joseph MARVIN to Miss Emeline GARWOOD, all of San Joaquin county.

TO THE PATRONS of the ARGUS -- With this No., my duties as publisher and
Editor of the 'Argus' cease.

In leaving the columns of the paper through which I have so long held daily
communication with its patrons, there naturally arises a feeling akin to
the cloud of sorrow that surrounds one about to leave those who are
cemented to him by long and uninterrupted friendship. But the cloud is
quickly dispelled with the writer, as he knows that the 'Argus' is placed
in good and worthy hands -- under charge of one who is determined to enter
no port except that of Popular Sovereignty.

Mr. T.C. OSBORN, an old Stocktonian, one of the earliest settlers of this
city, and well experienced in newspaperdom, now takes control of these
columns. We doubt not that those who have heretofore extended to this
office their patronage will continue it to him.

My motive for retiring from publishing and editing a daily paper is simply
that it interferes with my business as proprietor of the 'Weekly Stockton
Democrat,' which requires that attention that will no longer admit my
taking charge of the 'Daily Argus,' without a neglect of the interests of
either the daily or weekly paper.

In leaving the 'Argus,' the writer does not, however, feel the full force
of the word farewell, that he may say to its readers, as he still remains
connected with so many in the county who are subscribers to the 'Weekly
Democrat,' as well as with those in this city who advertise through its

The writer cannot but express his gratitude to the citizens of Stockton for
the liberal patronage they have heretofore bestowed upon him, and would
respectfully solicit its continuance to the 'Argus' under the control of
its new Editor.

>>Wednesday, 2 Nov 1859<<

POLICE COURT -- William WOODS and John WEBER were called to answer
yesterday, in Judge BROWN's court, to the charge of degrading that dignity
which should have elevated them above the brute creation, by becoming
beastly intoxicated and occupying the public highway as a place of lodging.
Both acknowledged the charge and were fined $10 each, which amount they
paid and were discharged from custody.

>>Thursday, 3 Nov 1859<<

MARRIED -- at the Weber House, in this city, Nov. 2d, by Rev. C. KING; Mr.
R.P. ALCORN to Mrs. Catherine KEO, all of this county.

DIED -- in this city, Nov. 1st, 1859, Elizabeth, daughter of Louis A.
MERSFELDER, aged 9 years, 11 months. [Friends and acquaintances are invited
to attend the Funeral this morning at 10 o'clock, at the residence of the
parents, on Channel street.]

CALIFORNIA STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY -- Departure from Broadway Wharf --
Arrangements for 1859 --
-Steamer Eclipse; Captain E.C.M. CHADWICK
-Steamer Antelope; Captain E.A. POOLE
-Steamer Cornelia; Captain E. CONKLIN
-Steamer Helen Hensley; Captain E.Z. CLARK
-Steamer J. Bragdon; Captain D.B. MOSEBY

One of the above Steamers will leave San Francisco every day (Sundays
excepted), at 4 o'clock p.m. for Sacramento and [rest cut off]

BAD BEGINNING -- John NEWBURY arrived in this city on Monday, an emigrant
from the land of prophets and polygamy, and on Tuesday "fell in with a
friend" by whom he was led into the indiscretion of a too frequent
indulgence in whiskey, and became intoxicated and disorderly. He was
yesterday arraigned at the bar of Judge BROWN's court to answer to the
charge of "drunk and disorderly." He acknowledged he had made a "bad
beginning," and promised that would the court exercise its clemency he
would not again be found in like condition. In consideration of the fact of
its being his first appearance, and the apparent sincerity of his promise,
the Court granted him a discharge.

EXECUTION of a MURDERER -- Danford BALCH, who was convicted of the murder
of his son-in-law, Mortimer STUMP, at Portland, Oregon, was executed at
that place on the 17th ult. The 'Oregonian' referring to the circumstance,

But few of the citizens of Portland attended the execution. The people were
generally from the interior, among whom, we are credibly informed, was the
whole STUMP family, accompanied by the daughter of BALCH, widow of the
murdered man, Mortimer STUMP. The idea of a daughter, by her own volition,
attending the execution of a father upon a gallows, is a disgrace to the
intelligence of the age, and to every principle of filial affection
manifested or exhibited by every species of the brute creation, in the sea
or upon the earth. This fact is of a character that we cannot pass
unnoticed, and must meet with the surprise, reprobation and detestation of
the whole community.

BALCH made a written declaration, on the eve of his execution, in which he
confessed his crime. On signing it, he added that for several years past he
had been indulging somewhat freely in the use of intoxicating drinks, and
that on the day STUMP was killed he had taken 2 drinks.

>>Friday, 4 Nov 1859<<

STABBING -- An Italian by name of MARESCHI was stabbed on Wednesday
evening, opposite the entrance to the theatre on El Dorado street, by a
paisano known by the name of Antonio. The parties had witnessed the
performance at the Opera, and on coming from the theatre entered into a
dispute which resulted in the stabbing. Antonio made his escape and was
pursued by the officers until he reached the tules, where he secreted
himself so closely that all attempts to find his hiding place were futile.
MARESCHI was stabbed in the back, but the wound was not deep enough to
prove very serious. Antonio was in the employ of Mr. BEISO, on Market
street, and had resided in this city but a few months.

ASSAULTING an OFFICER -- An Irishman by name of James FOX was arrested on
Centre street, opposite Blum & Henry's saloon, at about 3 o'clock yesterday
morning, by Marshal TERRELL. It appears that FOX was engaged in a
difficulty at the time of his arrest, and while being conducted to jail, he
suddenly struck the Marshal a violent blow in the face, and at the same
time grasping him by the throat and throwing him upon the ground. TERRELL
made an effort to defend himself with his club, but finding himself
overpowered, drew his knife and stabbed FOX in the back, causing a
dangerous, if not fatal, wound. FOX was taken to the officer of Messrs.
SHURTLEFF & LANGDON, where his wound was dressed, after which he was
removed to the County Hospital.

DROWNED -- Ezekiel TUOMBLY was drowned in Fraser river, Sept. 28th, by the
upsetting of his canoe. The deceased was a native of Lowell, Mass., but
latterly a resident of California.

>>Saturday, 5 Nov 1859<<

MARRIED -- on Thursday evening, Nov. 3, at the residence of the bride's
father, by Rev. W.C. CURRY; Mr. J.A. WERMUTH to Miss Elizabeth MOON, both
of this county.

SPANISH and FRENCH -- Gentlemen desirous of perfecting themselves in these
Languages, will please call upon the undersigned at the 'Argus' office, any
day between 2 and 4 p.m.

Brown's Mills, Contra Costa county, originally from Harrison county, Mo.,
was detected yesterday morning in the act of taking a newspaper from the
door of H. LEIGINGER's boot and shoe store on Main street. He found himself
shortly thereafter arrested and taken before Judge BROWN to answer. HALL
stated that he was ignorant of the "ways of the town," and that the act was
not committed with any criminal intention, for he could neither read nor
write, but was impelled to the deed by a desire to obtain the news of the
day through the aid of the more extensive education possessed by his
partner. In consideration of his apparent honesty of purpose, and the fact
that the defendant was a stranger in the city, without means or friends, he
was allowed to depart, with the gratuitous advice from the Court, that in
future he take a more legitimate means in his search for information, viz:
to become a patron and not a "borrower" of newspapers.

CONDITION of the WOUNDED -- James FOX, who was stabbed on Thursday morning
by officer TERRELL, while making an attack upon the latter, lies in a very
critical condition under the care of Dr. BATEMAN, of the County Hospital. A
slight re-action took place yesterday, which cannot, in this instance, be
considered altogether as a favorable symptom. We learn that the chances are
greatly against his recovery.

Transcribed by Dee Sardoch
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