Fire Cabin To Burn Up Notes

Home of Miner Destroyed to Do Away With Evidence of Indebtedness.

Redding, June 3.—David Kemble’s cabin was burned at Shasta this morning, just eleven hours after its owner’s funeral. Kemble was a wealthy miner, aged 85, who lived alone in his cabin, which was locked up tight when his body was removed for burial. All his valuables and papers, including notes and his will, were left in their places. That the fire was of incendiary origin no one questions, and it is believed that the purpose was to destroy evidence of indebtedness.

The old gentleman was very careful in keeping an account of all transactions, and the heirs would have had no troubled in learning the details had not the cabin been burned opportunely. Among other things destroyed were Kemble’s diaries, which were kept carefully from the year 1852 when he first came to Shasta county.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, June 4, 1907.

Recovery Of Stolen Jewelry.

Port Jervis, Jan. 19—Employes [sic] of the city ash wagon yesterday found several children’s rings and other articles of jewelry which were recently stolen from the store of Emmet Van Sickle, 62 Pike street. The rings were found at the rear of Pike street, near the Erie railroad property.

Source: Middletown Times-Press, January 19, 1918.

Find Stole Car Near Otisville

Port Jervis, Nov. 3—Letter carrier Frank L. Bock, of 85 Hudson street, was attending the meeting of the Port Jervis Automobile Club, in Hotel Mitchell, when his Ford car was stolen. After an all-night search the car was found at Pierson’s crossing on the Erie near Otisville, where it had been abandoned on account of the supply of gasoline having been exhausted.

The parties had stopped at a farmhouse at Cuddebackville in an endeavor to purchase some gasoline, but did not succeed. They asked the way to Newark, N.J., and that was the last seen of them.

Source: Middletown Times-Press, November 3, 1916.

The Charges Are Serious

Serious Trouble May Await Mary Rorick.

Humane Officer Fowley is Looking Into the Case Before Beginning Court Proceedings

Humane Officer Fowley is investigating charges that have been made against Mrs. Mary Rorick, wife of a barber on Fifth street, near Oak. Before marriage Mrs. Rorick was Miss Mary Hamilton and she lived in the old cooper shop at Second and Vermont. She was 14 years old when her father died a year ago, and because of alleged intimacy with a young man named Hedges she was the cause of the arrest of the latter and he lay in jail for some time. The charges against the woman is that she is engaged in attempting to debauch young school girls. One the latter told her story to Assistant State’s Attorney Ingraham, yesterday, and there are others whom Humane Officer Fowley is looking up to see if this first girl’s story is susceptible of corroboration. If it is Mrs. Rorick is to be arrested and dealt with according to law. If the story the one little girl told in the state’s attorney be true, the offender ought to taught a lesson in decency and morality that she would not forget the rest of her life.

Source: Quincy Daily Herald, November 4, 1903.

Farmer Arrested

Millville (Shasta Co.), November 25.—Ezra Thomas, who owns no fewer than eleven Shasta County ranches, was arrested Saturday on complaint of Sterling A. Wise for malicious mischief, the allegation being that Thomas killed one of Wise’s hogs.  Thomas was taken to Redding and had no trouble in giving $250 bail guaranteeing his appearance before Judge Dunham on December 2nd for trial. It is supposed that Thomas shot the Wise hog, if the allegation be true, because the hog was troublesome to him.

About the only cases ever coming up in the Millville Court in troubles over marauding hogs.

Source: Sacramento Bee, November 25, 1907. 

Dog Poisoner at Redding.

REDDING, Aug. 3.—The two trained hunting dogs of Adolph Dobrowsky, the jeweler, were poisoned yesterday by some person unknown. Dudley Saeltzer of the McCormick lost a valuable mastiff at the same time in the same manner. Dobrowsky in particular is strongly aroused over the work of the dog poisoner, as his dogs had been his faithful companions upon many a hunting trip. An attempt was made two weeks ago to poison the mastiff belonging to the Gronwoldt brothers of the Golden Eagle hotel.

Source: Sacramento Union, August 4, 1907.

Six Boys In Court

Charged With Creating a Disturbance at Sunnyside.

Six boys were before Acting Judge McDevitt yesterday, charged with creating a disturbance at Sunnyside, on the complaint of Lillian and Sadie Brunner. Five of the boys said that one of their number, a boy named Jerome Bonaparte Walling, 10 years old, living on Hood street, had behaved improperly toward the complainants. The case will be heard in the Municipal Court Monday.

Source: Portland Oregonian, August 24, 1901.

Highway Robbery.

James Mullaney, known to our readers as the confidential man of C. Jacobs & Co., Boise City merchants, returned to that place a few days ago from a business trip to Montana, by stage. He relates that his only fellow passenger was one Polak, of Illinois, who was on his way back there with $850 in coin. On the stage were the express boxes from Virginia City—one a way and the other a through box—the first with about $1800 in it, the latter with over $10,000. When a hundred miles beyond Port Neuf Cañon, three masked highwaymen stopped the stage, ordered the driver to throw out the express box, and the passengers to alight—at the same time covering them with their Henry rifles. The driver threw out the way box; Polak surrendered his total sum in coin; but Mullaney, who had $300 in greenbacks in his pocket, protested his innocence of anything valuable so stoutly, and offered himself for search with so earnest an air, that the robbers believed him, and let him slide unsearched. After getting this booty they ordered the driver to go on. By his cleverness the Express box with $10,000 was saved. At the next station alarm was given, and six mounted men, well armed, started after the robbers. Mullaney thinks they are the same who robbed Raney and Welch last fall, and killed the latter after having robbed him.

Source: Idaho Semi-Weekly World, June 3, 1868.

Our “Celebrated Case.”

The case of Hattie Wray vs. Albert P. Rorick, for alleged criminal assault, was tried before ‘Squire Kurtz last week. The evidence being deemed not sufficient to hold the prisoner, the Justice discharged him. It is said that Rorick has dug a hole in the ground near his shack, and, such is his fear of the “gentle” sex, that he crawls into it whenever he sees a woman in the distance. It is now in order to arrest Rorick for having owned the horse which Johnson gobbed.

Source: Emmons County Record, October 15, 1884.

Untitled (John R. Sutton)

John R. Sutton of this city was made the victim of either a malicious attempt at assault and battery or a daring highway robbery at a late hour Sunday night. Sutton was walking on Oakland avenue near the P.O.&N. depot when he was set upon by an unknown person and rendered unconscious by a severe blow on the head. The blow was inflicted by a heavy stick of wood. Sutton did not have any money on his person at the time of the fracas.

Source: Oxford Leader, August 23, 1901.