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Litest from the States ! [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 28 April 1849
Latest from the States! The Gold discoveries — intense excitement. By the ocean steamer Oregon which arrived at San Francisco on the 1st inst., we have later news from the United States and Europe. The Oregon is the second of the line of steam ships intended to ply regularly between the Isthmus and this coast, and her dates are to February 6th. She brings two hundred and fifty passengers, and reports an increasing crowd at Panama, awaiting conveyance to this country, to which thousands are flocking from every state in the Union, and from every port on the South American coast. Indeed, language would fail to convey to the minds of our readers an accurate idea of the astonishing excitement created by the gold discoveries in this country, and in the attempt to transmit to paper, we find the pen inadequate to the task. The newspapers are burdened with wonderful stories of the wide spreading enthusiasm, and not only has it ravaged the Union from North to South, but even Europe — old war ...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 28 April 1849
Salutatory. — We are at length enabled to usher into the presence of our worthy friend the public, the first number of our little journal, and announce the event, as is customary, with salutatory flourish. Premising, nevertheless, that a week of exercise in ihe various departments of our profession, and of endurance of the numberless perplexities attendant upon putting to press No. 1 of the Times has left us but slightly in the vein for a courteous presentation of our paper to its Patrons. This, the first newspaper ever published in the valley of the Sacramento, will be issued regularly each week — will be found to contain the news current, both foreign and domestic, and faithfully report the intelligence, latest and reliable, from different parts of the great Placer. Having espoused the interests of the mining community, it will be ever found ready to cherish and defend them. It will be devoted to the welfare of the people of California, and advocate with fervor every measure calcu...
Ibe I'lcerr. [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 28 April 1849
The Placer. Our intelligence from the various parts of the Placer is of a meagre and unsatisfactory nature. That very little washing for gold is at present carried on we are tolerably safe in asserting, and that the general suspension of labor in owing to high water we are also correct in stating. The streams throughout the Placer are exceedingly swollen, and, from every quarter are received complaints of a continual rise of water. The various deposits are flooded, and the several ''diggins" more or less inundated. Above high water mark the miners find it of little avail to search for gold on the borders of the rivers, and their search is confined to the bars not yet overflowed, or extended throughout the country affording dry diggings. Where the work is continued on the streams, the daily average is about ten dollars each man, and this is procured with machines, "panning" being almost entirely done away with for the present. Crowds of strangers are beginning to flock into the mines...
Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 28 April 1849
200 DOLLARS REWARD Stolen, on Monday night last, from before the office of the undersigned, in Sutter's Fort, two saddle horses, the one a sorrel and the other a light yellow color; both bearing the well known iron of the subscriber. The above reward will be paid, upon application, to any person who will give such information as will lead to their recovery, and the apprehension of the thief or thieves. J. A. SUTTER. Sacramento City, Apr. 20, 1849 ltf A NEW FERRY ON THE AMERICAN. We would notify the public that we have established a Ferry at Mormon Island. ltf S. BRANNAN &amp; co.
Page 3 Advertisements Column 2 [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 28 April 1849
PUBLIC AUCTrON. Will be sold at Public Auction on the 15th day of May next, if not previously disposed of, the three story frame house, near the store of S. Brannan &amp; co., Sutter's Fort, formerly the property of J. A. Sutter Sr., and known as the flouering or grist mill. This sale is to cancel a claim held by the subscriber against one M. D. Winship, and will commence at 2'o clock. P. M. Also, will be sold at the same time and place a quantity of lumber, consisting of plank, squared timber, &amp;c. &amp;c. J. S. FOWLER, Sacramento City, Apr. 27, 1849 ltf NOTICE. The Mormon Island Mining Association, having at great cost and labor, dug a canal and nearly finished two dams, with a view to change the present bed or current of the American Fork, of the Sacramento river, near or at "Mormon Island." and being at present unable to go on with said work, by reason of the late freshets, have adjourned further prosecution of the same until the first of June, or unti...
Tke California Ktoidrmtmj in Eur.mt.— [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 28 April 1849
The California Excitement in Europe.— The excitement about California, and the desire to rush to that place, according to the last accounts, are exhibiting the same symptoms all over Europe which we have been experiencing in this country for some months past. Indeed, if we judge from what we see, hear, and read, the desire to reach California will rise higher in proportion to the distance, in England than in this country. In regard to Europe, the mania exhibited itself first in England, of course; but in France and on the Continent it was, at the last accounts, beginning to bite very strong. Now, in the general depression of trade caused by the political disturbances in Europe, there is every probability that the expeditions from that country to California will surpass in number and magnitude those from the United States. We should not be at all surprised to hear of thousands and thousands of people from England and other parts of Europe, crowding around Cape Horn, or passing across...
Page 4 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 28 April 1849
Business Cards. S. BRANNAN &amp; Co. Wholesale &amp; Retail, Forwarding, Storage &amp; Commission Merchants. Corner of Front and J sts., and at Sutters Fort. Sacramento City. Apr. 20th-tf HENSLEY READING, &amp; CO. Wholesale &amp; Retail Dealers, Sacramento City 1-tf PRIEST, LEE &amp; CO. Wholesale &amp; Retail Dealers in dry goods, groceries, liquors, and provisions, on the corner of Second and J streets, Sacramento City. 1-tf MURRAY &amp; LAPPEUS. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALERS, Sacramento City WHOLESALE &amp; RETAIL GROCERY, BOWLING ALLEY, &amp;C. By 1-tf P SLATER. DR CARPENTER. Sacramento City. GOLD &amp; SILVER COIN Constantly on hand and exchanged for good clean Gold Dust at $15 per oz. Apply to M. T. McCLELLEN. At the Sutter House Apr 18 tf WANTED. 10 Men to chop wood, at Sacramento CityS. BRANNAN, &amp; co. Apr 20 tf All persons indebted to the firm of S. Brannan &amp; Co., ...
MASS MEETING AND ELECTION [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 5 May 1849
MASS MEETING AND ELECTION Pursuant to public notice, a Mass Meeting of the residents of Sacramento city and district, as far as the latter could be represented, was held at the Embarcadero, on Monday, the 30th of April, 1849. On motion of Mr. Brannan, ! Henry A. Schoolcraft, Esq., was elected President of the meeting. P. Slater Vice- President, James King and E. J. Brooks appointed Secretaries. By request, Mr. Brannan explained the object of the meeting, after which, on motion, it was Resolved, that we do now proceed to the election of eleven Legislators, with full power to enact laws for the government of this city and district. By request, the chair appointed Messrs Bates, McLellan, Stewart, Von Pfister and Gillespie to act as judges of the election. On motion, the Chair was requested to appoint five persons as a committee to nominate suitable candidates for the Legislature, and in accordance therewith, Messrs Brannan, Kemble, McCarver, King and Snyder were appointed. After retiri...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 5 May 1849
Indian outrages—seven white men murdered — The past month has witnessed scenes of outrage and violence in the mines, and events have occurred to disturb the tranquillity hitherto pervading the mining community —creating a sensation never before experienced since the discovery of the gold. The particulars of these outrages committed by the Indians were communicated to us shortly after occurring and subsequently confirmed. The first the massacre of five young men on the Middle Fork took place on or about the 13th inst. A party of eight had encamped on this stream three miles below a worked deposite known as the Spanish Bar. Three of the number started out prospecting one day, purposing to be absent five days, but on their return they found their camp abandoned and picked up an Indian arrow near by. This alarmed them and led to an examination of the place, and stains of blood were found, together with a number of Indian arrows, and a purse of gold, recognized as the property of one of ...
Untitled [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 5 May 1849
We forbear commenting upon the numerous crimes committed, and offences reported within the past month, because for eleven months past society has been held together without other law than has suggested itself in cases of emergency, when, moved by an innate sense of justice, common usage has been applied, and thus difficulty between man and man adjusted. But bitterly do we contemplate the scene now presented. These moral and suasive influences are known no longer, or, if they exist, are but feeble barriers against crime and violence. The preservation of law and order cannot rest with these, and we must have the usual means of enforcing measures necessary for the public quiet and welfare, or witness a state of society at the thought of which humanity shudders. This protection can be afforded us, and should be extended at once, and, as American citizens, we have the right to appeal to it, for, never since the discovery of gold, have we required the presence of military power, as now. '...
The PUcrr. [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 5 May 1849
The Placer. Under this head, we are sorry to say, the news are intolerably stupid. Since our last we have conversed with numerous fresh comers in from the mines, and obtained but as a solacing item that "plenty of gold remains" -- under, we presume, a greater plenitude of water. On Yuba river, they tell us, the search for gold is well nigh given over. About 100 of the miners remain encamped upon this stream, who generally prefer a suspension of labor to hard work and a yield of 10 dollars or an ounce per diem. But one man, we are told, remains upon Bear creek, who, assisted by several Indians, turns out about forty dollars per day. At the Dry Diggings, between Bear creek and the American, where, during this season, valuable discoveries have been made, a considerable number are employed, mostly last year miners ; the daily average we can safely set down at $28 each man. The Indians in this quarter are reported, quiet, and hopes are entertained that peace may be preserved. The North a...
Lfirislatnrc. [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 5 May 1849
Legislature. The Legislators elected at the mass meeting held in Sacramento city on Monday the 30th of April, met by appointment at Mr Slater's room, on Tuesday the 1st of May. Present, Messrs John McDougal, Peter Slater, Barton Lee, Henry Chever, Wm Pettet, W M Carpenter, Chas C Southward, M M McCarver, Jas King, Samuel Brannan, Absent, J S Fowler. mm r • I - t i The Legislature was organized by the election of M M McCarver for Speaker, and Jas King as Clerk pro tem. On motion, Jefferson's Manual was adopted for the government of the House. On motion, Messrs Brannan, Chever and McDougal were appointed a committee of three to procure a Statute Book. Mr Carpenter having stated that Mr Bates, first Alcalde, desired to communicate something of importance to the House, the Speaker by request appointed Mr Carpenter a committee of one to wait on the first Alcalde and request his attendance. On motion of Mr McDougal it was declared expedient to appoint the following standing committees : o...
Troops in Ca/i/ornii»—icAcre /• be stationed [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 5 May 1849
Troops in California—where to be stationed —By the Alta California we learn that the disposition to be made of the several companies is as follows : a dragoon company at Sonoma, two infantry companies at or near Benicia, a detachment of infantry and artillery at San Francisco, one company of infantry and one of artillery at head-quarters, Monterey, and two companies of infantry at San Diego. A new town has been laid out near the junction of the rivers Sacramento and San Joaquin, by Colonel Stevenson and others, which is to be styled New York of the Pacific. An accurate survey of the bay of Suisun has been completed by captain Hammond, one of the Board of U. S. commissioners for surveying the rivers and harbors of the coast.
Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 5 May 1849
DIED on Sunday the 29th ult., James Harden Jones, aged about 28 years, formerly from Kentucky, and for the past five years a resident of this Territory. On Tuesday, 2d inst, Isaac Evens, aged about 55 years, recently a citizen of Oregon Territory. AUCTION. The following goods will be sold at auction at the house of S. Brannan and Co., at the Embarcadero on Monday, the 7th inst., commencing at ten o'clock. 22 sacks dried cherries, 20 saddles, 40 doz. tin plates, 5 boxes ribbons, 200 pieces cotton handkerchiefs, 30 dozen looking glasses, assorted sizes, 10 dozen glazed hats, 100 military caps, 150 glazed cap covers, 154 white cotton jackets, 171 military jackets, 54 dozen knit suspenders, 250 pairs manilla shoes, 100 pairs manilla boots, 3 cases hats, alamode, 75 bamboo caps, 6 dozen sickles, 6 dozen shovels, 6 dozen crowbars, 100 hammocks, 55 dozen ladies hose, 80 gross gilt buttons, 30 gross pearl buttons, 30 gross hooks and eyes, 2 nests of tubs, 24 grey overcoats, 78 bales Berkele...
Page 3 Advertisements Column 2 [Newspaper Article] — Placer Times — 5 May 1849
HENSLEY, READING &amp; CO. Have removed their stock of goods from Sutters Fort to the Embarcadero, where, at their store house, and in connection with a large barque as a store ship, they will be prepared to serve the public with such goods as the market demands. 3t Sacramento city. May 2d, 1849. TO LET. A house on the American Fork, about two miles from Sutters Fort, pleasantly situated, and having four commodious rooms, will be leased for a term of six months. Further particulars made known upon application at this office. Sacramento city, April 25. 1tf SAGAT &amp; SOUTHARD Wholesale, Retail and Commission Merchants, Sutter's Fort, Sacramento city, keep constantly on hand a large assortment of goods suitable for the mines. L. T. SAGAT. CHAS. C. SOUTHARD. Two hundred town lots in Sacramento for sale by S. BRANNAN. April, 1849 tf Coin paid lor placer gold by S. BRANNAN &amp; CO. April, 1849 tf Business Cards. S. BRANNAN &amp; Co. Wholesale &am...