The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on April 17, 1892 · 10
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 10

San Francisco, California
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Sunday, April 17, 1892
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10 TJIE EXAMINER, SAX FRANCISCO: SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 17, 189 if VASQUEZ ROOSTED II TREES The Nest of the Bandit Found Thre Miles From Santa Crui MYSTERY OF HIS DISAPPEARANCES EX ' PLAINED AFTER MANY YEAR A Hot Perched Anion Sapling Into Which the Robber Climbed After Hit Marderou Raid Into the Town The Search of Santa Cms Feople for Treasure Hidden In the (around. ' Vasquez ii the devil himself, else how doe he get her and where does he go?" said the simple Mexicans who lived twenty live years ago on the borders of Santa Cruz, and they crossed themselves when they beard the name of the bandit, and right earnestly they prayed that they and their wives might not be in range when asquei was finding amusement in shooting up and down the streets of Santa Cruz. Many times the desperado rode into the seaside town and he was seen as he ap proached the outskirts, and just as many times he turned unmolested from the settlement, riding leisurely along the old San Jose road to a trail, or else up Blackburn gulch. Either way he reached Isabel Grove and then followed Branciforto creek. Then pff, Vasquez was gone. People watched him thus far, but none ould trace him further. He seemed to disappear among the trees as though diss! pated into air and into air did the ignorant and superstitious country folk say that Vasquez translated himself at will. Toe credulous were appalled and even the strong-minded American settlers acknowledged that there was " some mystery up Blackburn gulch." Vasquez continued his eomings and his goings with the customary mystery, and violence was often an incident of his visit to the town with the sacred name. Yet no one stopped him. Men feared him and women either feared him or shielded him, for the bandit had wiles that win women and a name for bravery that to swart daughter of the sunset land meant heroism. TUB FIGHT AT THB BARS. Unmolested by the officers of the law or by the peaceful people from whom he stole, the bandit showed more and more bravado and increased his band by admitting several desperadoes from the South. One night Vasquez, astride the white Jiorte that was bis customary saddle beast, accompanied by two or three of his followers, rode toward the town, and as they approached the bridcre over the San Lorenzo river the leader saw a light In a cottage. The twinkle offended him, so drawing bis pistol he fired through the window. The bullet struck a woman, but as she was encased in the armor of civilization, the bullet glanced from ber corset steel. The first shot produced an inflammation of shooting among the bandits, and through the streets they rode firing bullets t every window through which shone a light. The lights were few, because people who live in the city by the surf are not dis posed to burn lamp late nights. Two good town people, however, received bullet wounds before the pistol party rode away into the darkness of the wooded canyons. This prank produced such fierce excitement in Santa Cruz that the residents determined to hunt the lair of the bandit and eapture or kill him, in either case to rid the State of its most unlawful resident, and also to earn a reward which had long been Standing for Vasquez, dead or alive. Charlie Lincoln was Sheriff in those days, and he collected a small force of men, ready to do and die, but preferring to do, and rode through the redwoods along Blackburn gulch. Some of the outlaws were surprised tn a barn, which was surrounded by the Sheriff's force. Poncho Vasquez was killed and another of the bandit crew, sore wounded, was left on the ground, supposed to be dead. THE CAPTURE Or THE BAlfDIT. : Of the Sheriff's force Bob Major was ; wounded. Only last winter Major died, TBI ROBBER'S BOOST tS THE TREKS. From a sketch modi for the "Examiner." after ufferintr nearlv nine months from bullet wounds'inflicted by Lem Harris, who attacKea mm ana was killed bv Maior in his own defense. That, however, is not a pun 01 uns piain taie. But during the fight at the barn where was Tiburcio Vasquez? The superstitious again said: "He is the devil. He disappears whenever he rubs his hands." , Years afterward the people learned that oe was lying niaaen m the brush near the Darn, and wnen morning came he. with th wounded man the attacking officers thought ueau, uissppeureu as tnougn the earth had digested mem. The search for the bandit klnc eont.i mi Ad for day, but without any success, and the aearcners returned to their homes. Then Vasquez reappeared, stole a few horses and again was lost. Soon after he rnda hnMi more than once, into Santa Cruz, took a drink or two. fired a shot or two at sime one on the street the cut of whose hair was not to his liking, and then jogged back to the adjacent forests, where the track of his nore udaeniy topped and the trail could dot oc iouna again. Year passed. Vasquez was final'v tured in Lo Angeles county in 1874 and Was banged at San Jose. Isabel Grove, near Santa Cruz, was tni regarded with awe by people who expected w bob iuh wraua 01 me aesperauo snooting from behind a tree. But in the prove a picturesque and romantic spot, were held tne Daroecue, the picnics and even the camp-meetings 01 tne people ol Santa Cruz. THE JtEST I!t THE REDWOODS. One day not long ago in these after years, when the name of Vasquez has lost its terror and bas become of use merely to excite vne attention 01 winter tourists, a wood chopper rested for a moment on his ax in the Isabel Grove, not so far from the camp-meeting grounds that the upper notes of 'Coronation" were lost before the tones reached him, and chanced to look upward among a group of young trees that had grown up around a stump of one of the old aroo uat Baa grown iturdUy through cen OAKLAND AND SUBURBAN EDITION. turies of the flight of time that robs eWcity of the dross of years. There, perched between the stripling red woods, was a nut, supported on earn corner by a tree. Ten feet or mora above the Ground was the floor of the hut, to reach which was a rough ladder, rotting away as it rested against the cabin. The hut was roofless, but stronglv braced. The walls were made of seasoned boards. On one side was a rough plank door, on the other a smaller door not more than three leet nign, with a protecting sheif on the outer side. On each side were holes a foot square, through which any one in the hut might watch the approaches, and if necessary protrude a rifle barrel. This hut explained the mystery of the disappearances ol asquez. The hut is near a creek, through which the bandits rode that their horses might leave no foot prints. The horses hidden among the brush, the robbers sought their rest in the trees, drew up their ladder and as the branches then erew their hiding-place was almost entirely concealed. If it had been discov ered it was a fortress possible to besiege, but not easy to storm, for behind the pistol sitrht in the hut were keen eyes accus tomed to look across sights. THE SEARCH FOR TREASURE. On the ground near bv were found some stones, showing where fires had boon made, and an old path to the creek was discern ible. Other traces of habitation were found, and the evidence that this hut was the hiding-place of the bandit is deemed indisputable. Some rusty can were found among the wild flowers and ferns that make a romantic carpet about the picturesque place the robber cad selected lor nis retreat. In the days when he and his white horse spread terror by their mere appearance the woodchoppers had not far invaded the woods, and the nest was in a very se cluded spot, though only three mile from Santa Cruz and within hiring distance from the place where the people of Santa Cruz gathered for their merry-makings in the open.' and also for their devotions dur ing seasons of spiritual refreshing in pa vilions in toe lorest. Albert Bartlett, who has lived for years in the grove, remember that when he was small bov Mexican men and women rre- quently passed among the trees, always carrying baskets. The people ol banta uruz, not satisfied with their income from San Francisco people during the summer and from the Native Sons of the Golden West during celebrations of Admission Day, flocked to Isabel Grove as soon as they learned that the rob bers' nest bad been found and impatiently spaded up the ferns and tne wild flowers looking for treasure the bandits might have buried. AO treasure nave tney lound, un less they went to the camp meeting ground C. H. KING'S BALLROOM. THE DUELLING and found that treasure that is not laid up on earth, where moss and rust corrupt and where bandits break through and steal. A DESERTED WIFE. The Sad Basalt of the Desertloa of a Hnsio Teacher. In a little Grove-street cottage In Oakland lives a deserted wife, who is hardly able to support faerselt and ber little boy. T&ere was la all of the papers last Ootober so account of the desertion of Mrs. A. Schlueter by her busbsnd. Mr. Schlueter was a prominent San Francisco music teacher. He had many pupils and his family consisted of a wife and two children. But trouble crept into the household, and one day Schlueter boarded the train for Chicago and he has never returned. Mrs. Schluter Is now in Oakland and In desti tute circumstances. She tried to do a little teaching for a while, but was not successful. Her husband left her no money and she has had a hard Urn to struggle along. Times are bard and the little lady oannot do much bard work. I have been trying to keep myself and my little boy," she said, " but it is very hard work. The worst of It all is that the stories In the papers have not been quite true. Tne Exam iner treated me more fairly than an; other. When my husband ran away it was said that be had bad trouble with me and that I had tried to break up his business and take hi scholars away. 1 oat is not so. ana I do not like to have that impression go abroad to my friends in the male. There was other trouble that was not my fault. There was too much attention paid to one or my husband's pupils, and when I remonstrated with him be ran away. He left me penniless, and yet he has a good position in the Chicago Conservatory or Music. 1 have written him to see if he would help me a little, but he baa never answered me." Mrs. Schlueter is a frail little woman Kh living In one little room at 962 Grove street and iR irymg to earn a livelihood by nursing. She r THE DINING-ROOM IN THE RESIDENCE OF EDWIN GOODALL is trying to obtain belp to get to Chicago, and see u she cannot set ber husband to support I ber. -uvuw" j FINE ROQMSjmB!G HOUSES, Drawing-Rooms, Halls and Libraries of the Mansions. ARTI3TIC MENT DECORATION AND EQUIP-OF OAKLAND HOMES. The Largest Ballroom In a Frlvate Residence Where Ei-Uovrrnor Ueorg C, Perkins Spend Hi Evening Imposing Fireplace That Are Really Vied Rare Woods la Beam and Panels. If chimney were taxed, as they were in England not so very long ago, Oakland A VIEW IX THE RESIDENCE OF J. C. KIMBLE. The ptwtotraph is taken from the front part arm a on or we stairway, m mown inrougn pixrlttr and the library. would pay more than her share of the State revenue, for the builders of the modern LARGEST ROOM IN OAKLAND. IN A PRIVATE dwelling-houses are inclined to express their fanoy or spend their money in fire- LIBRARY IN THE HOUSE places, which must have connection with the outside world by flues. The stvle of a house mav be Judged by it ; c , ,. . " , . prlnCipal fireplace (indeed, soma bouse seem built merely for frames to surround fireplaces), as the quality of the people who live in it and their capacity for enjoyment of a pretty home may be judged by their use of their places for fires. A big fireplace in which a fire is never lighted is the apoth eosis of the vulgar and the shoddy; so say the men who know how to build houses and the women who know how to live in them, Peeps inside the fine oaken doors, impos ing in brazen or iron garniture, that shut out the greater part of the world, show that the best houses of Oakland are made for use and are used, though there are dreary exceptions where rigidity of arrangement and preciseness of furniture and decoration indicate that true luxury belongs to the stable and discomfort begins where the car pets are laid. These exceptions are few. The reputation of Oakland as a city of homes does not depend upon the costly of the sitting-room. The hall, with the fireplace open aoors. s ne rooms to int rmm are tne houses, but the character on which that reputation is based is equally prominent in the mansion as in the cottage. Each is a home and used as a home. The largest room in any private house in Oakland is the great ballroom in the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. King, on Sixth avenue, East Oakland. Mr. King, who formerly was interested in the redwood forests of Humboldt county and extended his investments in many directions, bought the house in which Walter Turn-bull used to be a General, amended and improved it both inside and out, and added on one side the great ballroom. The woodwork in this room is ivory white, the mantels are white and gold aud in the furniture gold is the prominent color. Under the ballroom is an apartment of similar size, reached from it by a grand staircase. This lower room is usually preferred by the dancers. Much of the glass, porcelain and decorations in their house were brought by Mr. and Mrs. King from Europe. In his living-room in his comfortable home at the northwest corner of Fourteenth and Brush streets, C. B. Morgan has a mantel of redwood, with ingleside seats occupying nearly one entire end of the room. Unusual window recesses contribute to the artistic beauty of this room. A house completely and handsomely furnished and decorated is the villa of M. W. Murry, situated in beautiful grounds on Jackson street. The house was built by James H. Latham,, and subsequently was owned by H. J. Glenn, and then by H. H. Seaton, by whom it was sold to the present owner. John J. Valentine, General Manager of Wells, Fargo & Co.'s express, has on Thirteenth avenue, East Oakland, a fine OF GEOROE C. PERKINS. home-place, the interior of which is beautifully embellished. The library of the owner is umportaut among the contents, for Mr. Valentine is a rare bibliophile and enriches the appearance of his valuable books by beautiful bindings. Any one acquainted with Mr. Valentine's tastes knows, however, that the books are not for show. At the northwest corner of Thirteenth and Jackson streets is the quaint and pretty dwelling of ,T. C. Kimble, fashioned by a former owner from one of the oldest houses on Jackson street. The rooms on the first floor so open, one into another, as to afford unusual opportunity for entertainment, and so also as to give a beautiful view of the artistic arrangement of the furniture and bric-a-brac from any one of the apartments. The spacious ball at the entrance contains a fine fireplace, and not the least of the adornment is tbe beautiful staircase. The decoration and furnishing are harmonious and complete. The imposing towered mansion of Isaao Requa on the most commanding eminence on the Piedmont hills contains much that is beautiful. Tbe art treasures are the characteristic of the home of II. D. Bacon, who gave the Bacon art gallery to tbe Stat University. From his long residence in Hawaii, W. H. Bailey, who recently built one of the fine modern dwellings on J ackson street, learned the beauties of tbe woods grown under tropical sun and caused them to bo osed in hi house. The woodwork of the main ball i the beautiful koa of the islands, richly polished. By the staircase are fine carvings of koa and the polished newel post is of the sacred coa, now almost extinct in the islands. The beam ceiling and the mantel are of koa, a wood of beautiful waves and color, yet very fine of grain. Tba woodwork in the reception-room on one side of the hall is bird's-ey maple. The living-room opposite the hall is finished in redwood, the door panels being of burl. In tbe library and the dining-room antique oak is tbe wood used. On the heights back of East Oakland F. M. Smith, the borax king, bas his bouse in grounds large enough for a country park. 1 tie interior Is embellished suitably for a suburban manor and the rooms are picturesque. The dwelling of Captain Ainsworth is also out of the bustle. The fine house is embowered in trees and surrounded by lawns and flower beds. The owner takes particular interest in floriculture and has the finest collection of orchids in tbe State. Tbe interior of the house is arranged with charming taste and on the walls are many pictures of merit. Among the Jackson street houses, one notable for the beauty of the interior is owned by Mrs. J. A. Folgor. When many changes and a considerable addition were made a few years ago, a beautiful biliard room was constructed, the wood work of the interior being selected curly redwood. An old English fireplace is among the artistio embellishments of this room, which is charmingly furnished. Edwin Goodall's Jackson-street mansion, imposing in its outside dress, is gorgeous in interior finish and decoration. The heavy front doors open into a baronial hall of antique oak, a grand fireplace and a broad stairway occupying one side. The reception room is decorated in ivory white. In the main living room, a magnificent apartment, in which a divan in a window recess is partially shut off from the remainder of the room by a perforated carved screen, tho prettiest pieces of curly redwood are used in the panels. The billiard room, next the living room, also has curly redwood decoration. In the spacions dining room the wood is tomano. Across the ceiling is a deep carved screen. The finishing is in keeping with the size and decoration of the mansion, the tones being subdued and the style massive. Facing the Golden Gate on Vernon Heights is the large mansion of ex-Governor George C. Perkins, plain on the outside but wonderfully rich on the inside. On a great hall of antique oak open drawing-rooms, the dining-rooms, the billiard-rooro, and the library. A turn in the hall leads to the oaken staircase to the second storv. At the landing of the stairway is a splendid stained- THE KOAWOOD HALL AND W. glass window, the central figure of which is a portrait of Longfellow. The drawing-rooms are finished in bright colors and the mantels are onyx, but the woodwork is rare San Domingo mahogany. The dining-room woodwork and furniture are or antique oak. The billiard-room has a wainscot of curly redwood. The great room in the house, however, is the library of the owner, all in rich tones. The wood is black walnut, the furniture leather-covered. Around the walls are bookcases and cabinets of ores and beautiful petrifactions, cases of stuffed birds, stands of pictures, and on the cases are bronze busts of American statesmen. A huge library table occupies the central place in the room. The arrangement of this room shows where Mr. Perkins spends his time when away from business. There are more hundreds of houses each with some characteristic beauty of design or decoration or equipment Among the smaller houses are many as artistically furnished as their larger neighbors. But the unusual number of the large dwellings excites to wonder that large society gatherings in Oakland homes are so rare and that the principal assemblies of tho occupants of these big houses during the past winter should have been at a publio hall on the evenings of the gayeties of the Cotillon Club. Oakland ladies who entertain their general circle of acquaintances might be named in a very brief paragraph, while columns might be devoted to homes of Oakland matrons well devised for the reception of a throng of guests. Perhaps the exclu-siveness of Oakland society is its charm. THE MINISTER'S COLD. Tho Biblical Institute of tho Clergyman Who Shocked Stockton Society. When the Rev. Mr. Bayli began to sing at one of the recent meetings at the " Biblical Institute" at Stockton his voice sounded very hoarse, and when the hymn was ended he made an explanation to the little oongregatlon of twenty before him. "I was disobedient last evening," be said. " After I bad delivered my address the spirit told me to put on my overcoat, but I did not heed the warning, so I am punished by a cold. But God has given me the victory and the cold is leaving me. I have taken no oough syrups, either," he added with a smile. " The enemy Is trying to debar u from singing," said the R v. D. L. Monroe, who was sitting by the side of Mr. Baylis, and then Mr. Monroe prayed that as Mr. Baylis bad confessed bis dlsobedienoe his cold might be cured. " Let us believe this cold bas gone," he conoluded. The Rev. D. L, Monroe Is the Presbyterian clergyman who excited great attention in Stockton last summer by announcing from hi pulpit that he bad evil thoughts concerning some ladie of hi oongregatlon, whom be distinctly named. He renounced his affiliation with the Presbytery in which the church was situated, and now conduct the Biblical Institute In the basement of the house in which be lives. Three teachers in tbe publio schools of Stockton were not reelected to their olasses by the Board of Education because they upheld Mr. Monroe's course and oon tinned to attend his meetings. These ladles. Mrs. Benedict, Miss Taber and Miss Morse, are now teaohers at the Biblical Institute." session of which are held daily In the rough unplastered cellar. Mr. Hayli, m Baptist minister, bas been lecturing at the "Institute" for some time, peakicg particularly upon divine healing, in which both he and Mr. Monroe believe with all the fervor of enthusiasts. In (peaking of the "Institute" to an Exam-INKB man, Mr. Monroe said that all who com. f oung or old, are langht. No roll of attendance s kept and do charge Is made, but a contribution box stands In the hall of the house, and into this any one may drop what be ares fit. " We do not believe in public contributions," (aid Mr. Monroe. " The matter of giving i between the giver and the Lord." Among people In Stockton the story has been aaid and repeated that Mr. Monroe bas atrange rereUtions" and recently informed a jouug 1 1 Bf lady, a member of a wealthy family, that a revolution to him was that she would purchase for the institute the reuted house in which the meetings are held and In which Mr. Monroe and his family live. The report was told to Mr. Monroe. "That is absolutely untrue," he said, strongly. "Nothing of the kind has ever occurred. My belief in revelation is not different from that beld by other clergymen. I believe that our proper course in life is revealed to us. I may say that I earnestly believe that this REDWOOD FIREPLACE IN property will be purchased for the Biblical Institute, but no suoh event as you mention has oocurrea." The Oakland School Bonds. The Oakland Board of Education held a spe cial meeting yesterday afternoon for the pur- MANTEL IN H. BAILEY. THE RESIDENCE OF pose of taking the first steps necessary for the Issuing of the school bonds that were voted two weeks ago. The board referred the whole matter to the Judiciary Committee to report a week from Monday night. The Sohool Directors then looked at a proposed site for a school on Peralta Heights. Extending a street-Car System. The Piedmont Cable Company of Oakland has plenty of work on Its hand. Construction of the cemetery cable road Is being pushed as Mitt till .1 NW?si m-" A CORNER OF THE BILLIARD-ROOM IN THB FOLGER RESIDENCE. Better Glance at It ! SPECIAL SALE OF Lace Curtains Lace Curtains Sills Curtains Silh Curtains Chenille Tort teres Chenille Tortiercs Madras Suisses and All Curtain Materials BT THE TAfiD. We are OVERSTOCKED in our CURTAIN DEPARTMENT and MUST UNLOAD. The consequence IS IMMENSE REDUCTIONS. We quote a few prices: Silk Striped Curtains, wide silk border fringed Silk Striped Curtains, new designs, figured Silk Curtains, almost all Silk, our own designs, at Renaissance lace Curtains tuortk tS, at.. Renaissance Lace Curtains, extra wide border, rick design worth S9, at.. Renaissance Lace Curtains, entirely new worth t7, at.. Renaissance Lace Curtains, all marked down, 18, (3.50, 1 7.60, (8.50, S9, $10, $12.60, upwards W ABOVE BOODS ARE ALL LHTIRELT HEW PATTERNS. All Chenille Portieres, fringe dado top and bottom, full length and width, at $4.95, regular price $0.60; at $8.76, regular price $9; at $7.60, regular price $10. Figured Madras, 20 different patterns, 60 inches wide, 33 cents, sold all ever at 63 cents, fifty-inch Figured and Dotted Suisses at 33 cents, sold all ever at 40 and 60 tents. UiCTTK l- GLANCB A.T IT 1 ABRAHAMSON BROS, 1121-1123 Broadway. Corner Tairteenth Street, Oakland, Cal rapidly as possible, and the road will be In operation in UO days, according to Seoretary Garthwaite. The eieotrio road to the Sixteenth-street Depot will be in operation in four months, and tbe line on Washington street to First street will be built as goon a the franchise is granted. IMPROVING THE PAVEMENTS A Uetter Kind of Roadway Wauted in Oakland. New plans and specifications for the construction of the pavements of the roadways of Oakland are preparing and will be submitted to the City Council on Monday night. These THE LIVING-ROOM HOUSE. OF C. B. MORGAN'S specification will make some material changes in the present manner of paving. The quality of rock is to be improved. Harder rock will have to be furnished by the macadimizing companies, and an effort will be made to compel the building of more permanent pavements. The City Council bas in. vested In a " Rattler." This machine is built of iron and is capable of holding 100 pounds of rock. This is dragged around, the roller making twenty-eight rotations a minute. If at the end of three hours the rock has not lost 15 per cent of its weight it Is doamed first-class rock. If it has lost between 15 and 25 per cent of its weight it Is designated second-olass rook, and if it has lost more than 25 per cent of Its weight it will be rojeoted altogether. In this way a better grade of macadam than at present used on some of the streets will be obtained. Easter Eggs and Novelties now ready at Lehnhardt's, 471 Fourteenth street. Name written on sugar eggs free of charge. THE ADVENTISTS. Preparation for tho Big Campmeoilnfj Next Month. The Seventh Day Adveatlsts of the Paolflo coast are making great preparations for their forthcoming campmceting which will be held at Bushrod pitrk on Shattuck avenue. Just north of Temcscal. Tho meetings will commenoe on May 12th and oontinue for two weeks. Unusual offers were made by San Jose, Healdsburg, Stockton and Fresno for the holding of the meetings, but Oakland's offer was the best aud therefore accepted by the managing board. The use of Bushrod park was given free of charge by the electrio railroad company, which will also light the grounds at no expense to the society. Campers from this State, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Oregon will be present and many noted speakers from the East will be in attendance during the services. Over seven hundred names have already been enrolled by Manager Jones, and two hundred tents have been spoken for. The main tabernacle tent will be one hun- dred and fifty fset long and sixty feet wide, and it Is now ready tor transportation to the ground, which will be opened on the first of May. Special Bargains in furniture and earpeta this week at II. Schellhaas', 403 Eleventh street. Oakland. top and bottom. at 4 OO OO T 50 4 OO 4.50 OO dado top, and 3 1-2 yards long.

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