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MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 10, 1849 The BoiiiKlai)- hHwrru tin- I . It nml Mexico. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 10, 1849. The Boundary between the U. S. and Mexico. We learn that the labors of the boundary commissioners appointed severally by the U. States and Mexican governments, have nearly terminated for the season. From the peculiar situation of affairs in California and the imperfect manner in which the commission was provided, the progress of the work has necessarily been slow. Little more has been done than to establish the point of debarkation on the Pacific coast, twelve miles or more south of San Diego, by meteorological observations, and the other usual methods of ascertaining the latitude and longitude. Maj. Emory established his camp at Point Loma in the latter part of July, and has remained there with his assistants ever since. The Mexican commissioner, Gen. Conde and suite, have also remained there until quite recently, when he repaired, with a portion of his escort, to the Gila River. The utmost good feeling has prevailed between the heads of the diffe...
ii.... i [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
Hotels. But a very few months ago San Francisco was a city of tent, and although the "tented field" has unquestionable allurements to the soldier, "seeking the bubble reputation, even in the cannon's mouth," it is not exactly the thing when deprived of the all-important incitement of "wars wild, deadly blast." Then it was a matter of extreme difficulty for a stranger to find a resting place under a roof, and one was amply satisfied with being "as thick as three in a bed," and the "soft side of a plank" was really quite a luxury at any price. Many, very many were content to relapse into the arms of Morpheus to the leeward of a pile of boxes and barrels enveloped in their blankets The personal comfort of this style of lodging, albeit, it did come as cheap as dirt, was not at all counterbalanced by the romance of the proceedure, and many a poor fellow is now reposing beneath that sod on which whilom he found a temporary couch. But now the scene has changed — the clouds which o'ercast t...
Major «'. IH. Ilitllr. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
Major C. M. Haile. By the late arrival from the United States we notice the demise of Major C. M. Haile, late of the 14th infantry. The writer of this enjoyed a personal acquaintance with him of several years standing, and know him for an amiable, kindhearted, talented gentleman, and a brave and gallant soldier. Mr. H. graduated at the Military Academy at Went Point with high honors; but resigned the sword for the pen, and became the editor and proprietor of the Planter's Gazette in Louisiana, where he married. More recently he connected himself with the New Orleans Picayune, as one of its war correspondents, and accompanied General Taylor's column for many months. At the battle of Monterey he behaved so gallantly as volunteer aid du camp to General Worth as to draw from that officer a special letter of thanks. Upon the creation of the "Ten regiments" he received a commission from Mr. Polk as captain in the 14th infantry high upon the list, and distinguished himself in several guerr...
s« hi .. lj Honorable. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
Scarcely Honorable. We have observed by papers received per last steamer mail, that some of the California correspondents of the New York city, Boston, and Philadelphia press, as well as that of other cities and towns, the names of which we might mention, have, on several occasions, drawn very copiously upon the Alta California for valuable statistical information, golden intelligence and important reports, procured by us at some labor and cost, without affixing thereto, in a single instance, the proper credit. This seems to us a very uncourteous, if not a very unfair procedure, and our object in calling attention to it at this time is none other than to prevent, if possible, repeated offences of the kind, that it may not become necessary for us to deal individually with those committing this flagrant breach of newspaper etiquette. We have at all times during our editorial career extended to correspondents of the eastern press, sojourners here, the unrestricted use of our resources ...
Admirable NiLgK'ullun. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
Admirable Suggestion. In this age Philanthropy is one of the most prominent of all the virtues, and many projects are engendered by it tending to the amelioration of the condition of men — women and children always included. The state of the streets has been a fruitful topic of conversation for some time past, a topic as "rich as mud." Many fearful, yawning gulfs of mud and water have appeared, worse than the "slough of despond," and lucky is the unfortunate biped or quadruped who has chanced to stumble into their turbid midsts if he has got out safe and sound. One of the on dits is that several persons have mysteriously disappeared in the darkness of night and it is conjectured that they have gone into some of those games of "pool." In view of these melancholy surmises, and the condition of affairs, it is suggested that a Humane Society be formed on the same plan as those in operation in England in the wintor season near ponds and streams. We think the idea a capital one. Depots of...
[V»r »!..< Alt* California 1 Meeting of theCliln^M* IlrMrimtaof Sun FranrUco. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
[For the Alta California.] Meeting of the Chinese Residents of San Francisco. A public meeting of the Chinese residents of this town was held on the evening of Monday, Nov. 19, at the Canton Restaurant, in Jackson street, on which occasion some three hundred representatives of the Celestial Empire were present. The object of the meeting will be gathered from the preamble and resolutions below, and we have only to say, that we fully concur with their views and feelings, and warmly approve of the course they have adopted and the choice they have made of counselor and adviser. The following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted : Whereas, it becomes necessary for us, strangers as we are, in a strange land, unacquainted with the language and customs of this, our adopted country, to have some recognized counselor and adviser, to whom we may all appeal, with confidence, for wholesome instruction and advice, in the event of any unforseen difficulties arising, wherein we should ...
I For the Alta California.] [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
[For the Alta California.] Sacramento City, Nov. 3, 1849. Sir :-- About the middle of September I had occasion to visit the Gold Mines on the South fork of the American River. While at Coloma, (or Sutter's Mill) I discovered on some remarkable hills near the river about three miles in the direction of Weaver's Creek, with frequent and nearly vertical escarpments, a green stone, consisting of an argillaceous carbonate of lime, alternating with strata of an iron-brown lime stone, and which had the appearance of being worked into picturesque forms by wind and rain. About two miles from this, toward the west of Weaver's Creek I passed a hill where I saw a remarkable strata of a conglomerate formation ; fragments of which were scattered over the surface. Among the river hills at Coloma I found strata of fosiliferous rock having a oolitic structure, which, in connection with the neighboring strata induces me to believe that here on the west side of the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains, I...
[ Frum the PolyneMian of Nov. 3] [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
[From the Polynesian of Nov. 3.] Japan. — We conclude in to-day's issue the interesting article from the Chinese Repository on the above subject. In perusing it, it is impossible that one's sympathies should not he excited for the poor fellows who endured so much at the hands of the Japanese. And another impression most decidedly made by the article is, that the time has fully come for the United States to interfere for the protection of her citizens who may be thrown upon those shores in the prosecution of the lawful business of their calling. While a nation has a right, doubtless, to manage its internal affairs as it pleases, it is no less true that humanity has a claim upon all, for acts of kindness towards the unfortunate ; and the conduct of the Japanese towards those who were in their power, calls loudly upon the governments which owe them protection, to step in, at once, and insist upon a less barbarous treatment towards their citizens and subjects, who may, by shipwreck, or ...
MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 10, 1849 [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
MONDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 10, 1849. In an editorial capacity we have the pleasure to present, with this number, the name of J. E. DURIVAGE, Esq., to ths patrons of the Alta California. The connection which for many years has existed between this gentleman and that popular journal, the New Orleans Picayune, will, it is our belief, render this announcement highly acceptable to our readers.
TO THE PUBLIC [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
TO THE PUBLIC. It is nearly one year slnce the subscribers ventured upon the publication of the Weekly AIta California in this city. They have endeavored to make that sheet answer the demands of the community which has supported it, yet owing to unavoidable causes and deficiency of material, they have succeeded but in part. The rapid increase of the town and country in population, business and wealth, induced us, at the end of the first six months, to enlarge our weekly sheet to nearly twice its former dimensions; and so steady has been the increase of our patronage since that time, notwithstanding the growth and success of another creditable paper, that we now feel warranted in commencing the issue of a tri-weekly. We believe that the interests of this city and the common country have demanded this long since, but a lack of paper and other printing material has rendered it impossible for us to to comply with that want until the present moment. The Tri-Weekly Alta California will be...
Rellrf of «lv Puor. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
Relief of the Poor. It may perhaps excite some little surprise that in this prosperous country, where the chinking of gold is a sound heard at every instant, and where the eye encounters heaps of the glittering mineral upon every side, that there should be any poor, but such is the case. True there are perhaps fewer who feel ths biting, bitter sting of poverty than in almost any other place of the same population in the world, but yet there are a few. In this country, where no man, whatever his profession, pursuit or trade, can go amiss for employment; where talent of all descriptions meets with a generous support, it is some untoward event only which can impoverish any one. But there are events and circumstances beyond human control. The strong man is frequently struck down in his might in an instant and prevented from pursuing his wonted avocation ; and where living is expensive, medical attendance high, and the means of providing for the accommodation of the sick scanty, he is fr...
mortality Among Actor*. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
Mortality Among Actors. In looking over the newspapers from the States for the last few months, we could not help being struck with the great mortality which has occurred in the theatrical profession. It is rarely the case among any particular class that such a proportion of deaths occur in so short a space of time. Most of those whose demise we have noticed have been comedians of long standing in the profession and acquired some celebrity both at home and abroad. We have seen all of them in different parts of the United States, frequently delighting audiences and administering to the pleasure of persons of all tastes. Many of our readers have experienced pleasure in witnessing their personations. Who has not laughed at the clever yankee personations of Dan. Marble, as celebrated for his witty stories off the stage as on, and Yankee Hill, too; both have strutted their brief hour and are now gone to be seen no more. We can now recollect the names of a number of others. Rose Telbin, a...
II ml Kun . [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
Hard Fare. The unfortunate Irish since the untoward and calamitous blight which fell upon their principal article of food, the potatoe, have suffered severely. How severely the thousands and tens of thousands of graves over which the grass has yet scarce grown will bear silent and painful evidence. They have been compelled to resort to all expedients to sustain life, and consume everything in the shape of food capable of keeping alive the vital spark. By a paragraph in a late paper we notice that upwards of one hundred and twenty-five asses hides have been delivered in Dublin from one portion of the county Mayo for exportation to Liverpool. The carcasses, owing to the scarcity of provisions, had been devoured for food. Some of our California emigrants on the plains have not unfrequently been compelled to resort to the same species of food, and a mule steak has many a time been devoured with as good a zest as at other times has a turkey at Christmas.
THE FIRST LEGISLATURE OF CALIFORNIA [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
THE FIRST LEGISLATURE OF CALIFORNIA. The Senate. SACRAMENTO. John Bidwell, E. O. Crosby, T. J. Green, H. E. Robinson. SAN JOAQUIN. D. F. Douglass, B. S. Lippincott, T. R. Vermenle, Nelson Taylor. SONOMA. M. G. Vallejo, probable. SAN FRANCISCO. G. B. Post, Nathaniel Bennett. SAN JOSE. W. R. Bassham. MONTEREY. S. E. Woodworth. SAN LUIS &amp; SANTA BARBARA. Pablo de la Guerra. LOS ANGELOS AND SAN DIEGO. E. K. Chamberlain, Alex. W. Hope. The Assembly. SACRAMENTO. P. B. Cornwall, E. M. McKinstry, M. Walthall, T. J. White, G. B. Tingley, H. C. Cardwell, J. T. Hughes, J. F. Williams, W. B. Dickinson. SAN JOAQUIN. J. W. Van Bensehoten, B. F. Moore, R. W. Heath, M. M. Stewart, J. C. Morehead, J. P. Baldwin, C. M. Creaner, J. F. Stephens, J S. K. Ogier. SONOMA. ----- ----- ----- ----- SAN FRANCISCO. Wm. V. Voorhies, Edmund Randolph, L. Stowell, J. H. Watson, J. A. Patterson. SAN JOSE. Joseph Aram, Elam Brown, Benj. Cory. MONTEREY. T. R. Per Lee, ----- Gray. SAN LUIS OBISPO. Henry A. T...
SONOMA DISTRICT – Fremont [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
SONOMA DISTRICT - Fremont. We have been furnished, through the politeness of a friend, with the following copy of the official canvass of the town of Fremont. For the Constitution, 105 | Against Constitution, 1 FOR GOVERNOR. Peter H. Burnett, 92 | J. A. Sutter, 3 W. M. Steurt, 6 | LIEUT. GOVERNOR. J. B. Frisbie, 104 | J. McDougal, 1 CONGRESS. Edward Gilbert, 103 | R. M. Price, 1 STATE SENATE. Jonas Spect, 105 | ASSEMBLY. J. E. Brackett, 100 | Sachel Woods, 51 G. W. Crane, 58 |
PtaTC ill* nt Snrrnmriito City. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
Flare up at Sacramento City. With some degree of anxiety we have awaited the arrival of our advices from Sacramento City, thinking to publish in our present number a complete and authentic report of the recent disturbances in that city. Passengers who have arrived here within a few days past from Sacramento City, inform us that an excitement, growing out of an attempt on the part of property-holders to eject squatters from their premises, had occurred, which, up to last accounts, had been but partially allayed. Several large and disorderly meetings were held, inflammatory speeches made, and threats of violence bandied about, but the two classes were at length pacified, although, it is said, the city authorities had called to their assistance the military. When we are conversant with the facts we shall lay them in detail before our readers.
111. Statement ot Mr. Gilbert. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
The Statement of Mr. Gilbert. The editor of the Placer Times publishes in that paper of the 1st instant the statement made by Mr. Gilbert a few weeks since in the columns of the Alta California, and appends the following remarks: We find the above vindication of his course made by Mr. Gilbert in the Alta California of the 22d ultimo, and take great pleasure in transferring it to the columns of this paper, that his friends in this district may see the true causes of his meagre vote throughout the State. His personal popularity alone saved him from defeat. So far as our knowledge extends in regard to the manoevering here and at San Francisco, we do not hesitate to say that Mr. G's explanation is strictly true in every particular. Nothing could have been farther from the truth than the charge that we refused to print tickets unless Mr. Gilbert's name was on them. All orders for ballots were filled in regular turn, whether they had Mr. G's name on them or not, although we were offered o...
Slnlr Mn*t*f-«. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
State Matters. There is a ray of hope that the country is safe, according to the journals of the United States, as there were not more than nineteen allusions to the abducted, persecuted and restored Rey in every day's issue. The agony into which the country was thrown by the affair appears to be nearly over, and the Cubanos have relapsed into their usual cigar-smoking bannana-eating state. There was some fear that "a beautiful Spanish lady," who wan abducted by some bold buccaneer of an American from the island would be able to create a little excitement, but the fact of her having left an "old fogey" of a husband, and being the mother of several children, somewhat destroyed the romance. Moreover, the husband did not seem to mind the loss of his wife much, and was not very anxious to institute any very searching inquiries with regard to her whereabouts. The principal topic of discussion appears to be now the difficulty between Mr. Clayton and the French Minister, M. Poussin. After ...
The li. S. Melts. [Newspaper Article] — Daily Alta California — 10 December 1849
The U. S. Mails. Without any intention of being captious or desire to unnecessarily find fault, we cannot but complain of the manner in which the mail service is conducted between this port and the U. States. We have really had most just cause of complaint for a very great length of time. Recently we have had no cause to find fault with the steamers on this coast; but the difficulty appears to be principally in the transmission of the mail across the Isthmus. From all we can learn the utmost carelessness exists, as well as extreme dilatoriness; frequently bags are left behind, which arrive too late for the steamer, and therefore a month behind their time. We perceive, by our exchanges that the same cause of complaint exists at the end of the route. The steamer for the States has, on one or two occasions, been detained for a day or two at Chagres in consequence of the non-arrival of the mails from Panama. Nor do the steamers plying from Chagres to New York fulfil their contracts—fail...