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citizens of San Francisco, asking for the pardon of said Fairbanks; and, whereas, it appears
that the said Fairbanks is in bad health, and has a family in reduced circumstances entirely
dependent upon him for support; and, whereas, John L. Boone, special counsel for the prose-
cuting witness, has signed said petition. August 11, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


John J. Wheeler . _.


Modoc


Assault, deadly
weapon


August, 1883...








Two years.









Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held May 17,
1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said Wheeler, on the grounds of previous good
conduct and industrious habits; and, whereas, the committing Judge, the prosecuting witness,
and the District Attorney, have petitioned the pardon of said Wheeler, and the relatives of said
Wheeler are able and anxious to provide for him. August 11, 1884.



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Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


George Harris


San Francisco..


Grand larceny


June, 1882









Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held January
3, 1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said Harris ; and, whereas, the committing
Judge, Thomas J. Bowers, the Prosecuting Attorney, L. E. Pratt, and the present District Attor-
ney, J. D. Sullivan, urgentlj' recommend the pardon, because of the youth of said Harris, and
the fact that he was led into committing the crime by an older and hardened character. August,
1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Bris Biruey


Merced Bure-larv. first de-


November, 1881.








gree


Five years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held May 20,
1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said Birney; and, whereas, the committing Judge,
the Hon. C. H. Marks, Merced, urgently recommends and requests the pardon, being fully con-
vinced by facts coming to his knowledge since the trial, that the said Birney is innocent of the
crime for which he was convicted. August 18, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County. Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


James Varrett


San Francisco. .1 Burglary, second
degree


May, 1883 - _


Five years.









Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held August
14, 1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said Varrett, on the grounds that when he
committed the crime he was a stranger to our laws ; and, whereas, the Boys' and Girls' Aid
Society, of San Francisco, has guaranteed to take care of and provide for the said Varrett, and
at an early date to send him to his home in England ; and, whereas, these presents shall be
null and void should said society fail for any reason to comply with the promise given. August
19, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Samuel Solomon


San Francisco..


Burglary


April, 1883











Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held August
14, 1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said Solomon, on the grounds that the real
cause of crime appears to be parental neglect, and that a longer term of incarceration would
only tend to demoralize a character naturally good; and, whereas, Mr. E. T. Dooley, Superin-
tendent of the Boys' and Girls' Aid Society, has guaranteed said Solomon a home and suitable
employment; and, whereas, in the event of non-performance of said promise, these presents
shall be null and void. August 19, 1884.



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Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime. Sentenced.


Term.


John McCabe _. San Francisco.- Petit larceny, sec-
ond offense


August, 1882.—


Three years.



Dkcisiox. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held July 17,
1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said McCabe, on the ground that the prompt
and successful interference of said prisoner to save the life of a prison official when murder-
ously assaulted b}' another convict, justly entitles said McCabe to this reward for his brave
conduct; and, whereas, the recognition of this service will have a most beneficial effect upon
the prisoners and upon the future government of the prison. August 21, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County. Crime.

1


Sentenced.


Term.


Low Sooey_


San Francisco.- Burglary, second


Anprnst. 1884






Five vears.







Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held August
14, 1884, unanimously recommended the immediate pardon of said Low Sooey, on the ground
that he is afflicted with leprosy, and that there are no facilities for keeping him separate from
the healthy convicts, and the interests of the prison demand his speedy release; and, whereas.
Col. F. A. Bee, Chinese Consul, guarantees to send him to China; and, whereas, should the said
Low Sooey fail to leave the State forthwith, and never return, these presents are null and void.
September 22, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime. Sentenced.


Term.




San Francisco __


Robbery j March, 1883


Seven years.









Decision. — Whereas, the Judge who sentenced, the District Attornej' who prosecuted, and
the jury who found the verdict against said Garcia, together with many prominent citizens of
San Joaquin County, and San Francisco, have petitioned his pardon ; and, whereas, the Board
of State Prison Directors unanimously recommended the pardon of said Garcia, on the grounds
of his youth : there being also grave doubt as to his guilt. September 10, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.



County.



Crime.



Sentenced.



Theodore Grider j Sonoma



Grand larceny j OctoTjer, 1883- — ! Two years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held July 17,
1884, unanimously recommended the said Grider for pardon after a full investigation of the
circumstances connected with the commission of the crime. September 11, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Wm. Y.Kimball....


Los Angeles


Manslaughter


November, 1883.1 Four years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held June 14,
1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said Kimball, for the following reasons : First —
The evidence shows that Kimball acted in self-defense. Second — The Superior Judge who sen-
tenced, the District Attorney who prosecuted, and nine of the jury who found the verdict
against said Kimball, have petitioned his pardon. Third — Four other men who were tried by
the same jury at the same time on the evidence were acquitted. September 15, 1884.



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Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.




Fresno


Manslaughter


August, 1884.


Six years.









Decision. — Whereas, it appears from the certificate of Thos. B. Eagle, Esq., Resident Physician
at San Quentin Prison, that the said Stevens is suffering from consumption of an advanced stage,
which certificate is dated June 12, 1884; and, whereas, the same facts appear from letters from
Hon. John Boggs, Prison Director, and Rev. Wra. H. Hill, Chaplain of said prison, now on file
in this office ; and, whereas, the Board of Prison Directors, on the fourteenth of June, 1884, unani-
mously recommended his pardon, conditioned that his friends take care of and provide for him
while he lives. September 25, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


William Schneider...


San Joaquin


Murder, first de-
gree -


November, 1881-


Life.









Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held July 17,
1884, recommended that said Schneider be granted an immediate pardon, on the ground of
excessive sentence, as shown by the statement of the presiding Judge, the District Attorney,
and the Assistant District Attorney, and the further grounds of failing health ; and, whereas, the
said Schneider is to leave the State forthwith never to return, and his failure to do so, or his
return after leaving, will render these presents null and void. September 27, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime. Sentenced.


Term.


Wong Ah Chee


San Francisco -


Murder, first de-
gree


July, 1880


Life.











Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held August
14, 1884, unanimously recommended that the said Wong Ah Chee be pardoned, on the ground
that he was clearly guiltless of the crime for which he was sentenced, the murder having been
committed by another Chinaman. September 29, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


George Riley


Alameda


Burglary, second
degree


September, 1883.


Two and one

third years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held Septem-
ber 24, 1884, unanimously recommended that the said Riley be pardoned, on the ground that
the crime for which said Riley was sentenced was committed from youthful impulse, he being
but sixteen years of age, and that there is every prospect of his substantial reform. September
3jO, 1884.



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Name of Prisoner.


Couiitj'.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


L. W. Oliphant _


Alameda


Burglary, second
degree


September, 1883.


Two and one

third years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held Septem-
ber 24, 1884, unanimously recommended that the said Oliphant be pardoned, on the ground
that the crime for which he was sentenced was committed on youthful impulse, and that there
is every prospect of his substantial reform. September 30, 1884.




Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held Septem-
ber 24, 1884, unanimously recommended the said Day for pardon, on the ground that, taking
into consideration the facts of his offense and trial, he had already been sufficiently punished
for the offense committed, and the further fact that his mind was clearl_v giving way under the
pressure of imprisonment which should justly have been lightened hitherto. October 4, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.



County.



Edward Moan



January, 1884.. One year.



Decision". — Whereas, the Grand Jury who investigated the charge of manslaughter against the
said :Moan,and ignored the same, urgently request the pardon of said Moan; the trial jury who
convicted Moan, and the Prosecuting Attorney, join in the petition ; and, whereas, the post-mor-
tem examination of the body of the deceased proved the strong probability that death was
caused by disease, thereby establishing grave doubts as to the guilt of said Moan. October 8,
1884.



Name of Prisoner.



Countv.



Sentenced.



Isaac P. Newton Sacramento Grand larceny December, If



, Eight years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held August 20,
1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said Newton, on the ground of his age, he being
eighty-one years old, and his rapidly failing health; and, whereas, the complainant and the
Prosecuting Attorney have petitioned his pardon, believing that justice has been fully satisfied
by the imprisonment already undergone ; and, whereas, should the said Isaac P. Newton fail to
leave the State forthwith, never to return thereto, these presents shall be null and void. Octo-
ber 9, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


Count}-.


Crime. 1 Sentenced.


Term.


Richard Belcher


Sacramento


Murder


October, 1877 Life.











Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held May 20,
1884, unanimously recommended the said Belcher for pardon, on the ground that an investiga-
tion revealed that Belcher had been subject to great provocation from a quarrelsome man, and
the entire community in which the crime committed took place aver that Belcher has bequ
sufficiently punished, and ask his pardon. October 21, 1884.



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Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Thos. A. Turner


Plumas


Assault with dead-
ly weapon


November, 1883.


Two years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held October
15, 1884, recommended the said Turner for immediate pardon, on the grounds of previous unim-
peachable character, lack of criminal intent, and the petition of a large number of reputable
and prominent citizens acquainted with all the circumstances of the case. October 21, 188-1.



Name of Prisoner.


Count}'.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Ygnacio Acuna


Los Angeles


Incest


September, 1882.


Four years.







Decision. — Whereas, he has served the major portion of his term, and the circumstances of
the case, as known to the Governor, make it apparent that he has been suflSciently punished.
October 25, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.



County.



Sentenced.



Thomas Palmer San Francisco Robbery.



April, 1883 Ten years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held October
21, 1884, unanimously recommended the said Palmer for pardon, on the grounds that the peace
officers of San Francisco believe him to be innocent of the crime of robbery, and that facts have
come to light since his trial which make it very doubtful if any robbery was committed at all ;
further, the uniform good conduct of the prisoner. October 30, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Daniel Gannon..


San Joaquin _._


Robbery


October, 1881...


Seven years.







Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held July 24,
1884, recommended that a pardon be granted to said Gannon, on the ground that he had never
committed any crime prior to that for which he was sentenced; that there is reasonable doubt
as to his guilt, and that the sentence, even if he be guilty, was too severe, he having beeo suflS-
ciently punished. October 30, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.



William Riley , San Francisco.- Robbery May, 1883 Five years.



Decision. — Whereas, the Board of State Prison Directors, at a regular meeting held Novem-
ber 13, 1884, unanimously recommended the pardon of said Riley, on the ground that the com-
mitting Judge, Hon. D. J. Toohy, affirmed that Riley was guiltless of any participation in the
robbery, save as a spectator, too intoxicated to know what was being done; and stated further
that two preceding juries had failed to agree on a verdict. November 22, 1884.

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Name of Prisoner.



County.



Crime.



Sentenced.



William Fleming Solano i Assault to murder.' October, 1881 I Seven years.

! j ! I

Decision. — "Whereas, at a regular meeting, held September 24, 1884, the Board of State Prison
Directors unanimously recommended the pardon of said Fleming, on the grounds that he is
incurably ill with hemorrhage of the lungs; and, whereas, his parents are able and anxious to
provide for him for the remainder of his life. November 29, 1884.



LIST OF PARDONS FROM COUNTY JAILS.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.




El Dorado


Assault


September, 1882. Two hnndretl






.


and fifty days.



Decision. — "Whereas, seventy-five residents of said county petition for a pardon, on the
grounds of extreme youth, adequate punishment, and probable fatal injury from further con-
finement. January 29, 1883.



Name of Prisoner.



County.



Joseph Pirard ; San Diego



Assault with dead- |

ly weapon | July, 1882 ! One year.



Decision. — "Whereas, the said Pirard during his imprisonment has conducted himself in a
meritorious manner; and, whereas, it appears, considering the plea of guilty made by the said
Pirard, together with all the circumstances of the case, that he has been sufficiently punished ;
and, whereas, the Board of Supervisors, the county officers, and many worthy and reputable
citizens of San Diego County petition for his pardon. March 2, 1883.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Senteoced.


Term.


James Holland


Mono


Selling liquor to
Indians


December, 1882-1. _
1








Six months.



Decision. — Whereas, the Justice who committed him, his fellow Justice of the Peace, the
prosecuting attorney for the people, the Sheriff, and the District Attorney of said county, certify
that the punishment of said Holland was made excessive as a warning, and that he has been
sufficiently punished, and that it is their desire that he be pardoned; and, whereas, a number
of worthy and reputable citizens of Bodie Township join in said petition. March 10, 1883.



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Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime. Sentenced. Term.


Stanislaus Gamboa


Stanislaus


Assault December, 1882.


- Three hundred
days:



Decision. — Whereas, it appears from the certificate of Dr. S. M. McLean, County Physician,
and of Dr. C. W. Evans, that the said Gamboa is suifering from a tumor in the neck which will
certainly cause his death if it be not given surgical treatment ; whereas, successful surgical treat-
ment cannot be administered at all there according to the evidence presented, and if adminis-
tered will greatly endanger his life; and, whereas, he has already served two hundred days of
his term, and been in jail altogether over ten months. June 13, 1883.



Name of Prisoner. County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Frederick Smith


Sonoma


Assault with deadly
weapon


January, 1883


One year.













Decision. — Whereas, it appears from a petition signed by the District Attorney, Supervisors,
and county officers of said county, and a large number of representative and worthy citizens
thereof, that the offense committed by the said Smith was attended by many mitigating circum-
stances; whereas, the prosecuting witness, Henry Metz, indorses that statement and joins in
the opinion that he has already suffered a sufficient punishment and petitions his release. July
11,1883.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


!

j Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Nelsie Brown


San Francisco -


Misdemeanor



July, 1883


Thirty days.



Decision. — Whereas, this is the first time that the said Nelsie Brown has been arrested;
whereas, she has reputable friends who desire to take and reclaim her; and, whereas, the com-
mitting Judge, James Lawler, urges her release after an investigation of the case, on the grounds
that her youth and her friends make it probable that she will become "an upright and worthy
woman." August 1, 1883.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


George Cook Nevada


Obtaining money,
false pretenses -


August, 1882 - .


.-One year and
$200 fine.



Decision. — Whereas, the said Cook has served all but fifteen days of the term of imprison-
ment for which he was sentenced, and, in the opinion of the Superior Judge, the Sherift', and
leading citizens of the county, as expressed by petition, has been sufficiently punished for his
offense, and will be materially benefited in the future by his release at this time; and, whereas,
this pardon shall not take effect until the fine of $200 imposed shall have been paid into the
County Treasury of Nevada County. August 4, 1883.



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Name of Prisone'-.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Joseph Downey


Napa


Battery


March, 1883


Six months and








$500 fine.



Decision. — Whereas, two hundred and seven reputable citizens of Napa County have expressed
by petition their belief that the said Downey has already suiSciently suffered punishment for
his offense; whereas, they certify that his conduct has been exemplary, and that, if released,
he will become a hard working and worthy member of society. August 19, 1883.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


John Cunningham...


San Francisco -


Assault


August, 1883_-.


.Three months in
House Correct'n.



Decision. — Whereas, letters and request from Hon. H. Watson Webb, the Judge of Police
Court No. 1, before whom said Cunningham was tried and convicted; and also from Walker C.
Graves, the Prosecuting Attorney for said Court ; and also a petition numerously signed by the
fellow workmen of said Cunningham, have been presented to me, requesting the pardon of said
Cunningham. October 8, 1883.



Name of Prisoner. County. Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Elizabeth Antone


Sacramento


Being a common
drunkard


October, 1883...


.. Three months.



Decision. — Whereas, the District Attorney of said county, and the Sheriff", and the City Attor-
ney, the Chief of Police, and the Captain of Police of said city, do urge the pardon of said Eliza-
beth Antone; and, whereas, Hon. W. A. Henry, Police Judge of said city, by whom the said
Elizabeth Antone was sentenced, has no objection to a pardon being granted ; and, whereas,
her husband, who is amply able to provide and care for said Elizabeth Antone, agrees to remove
her from said city and county upon her release. October 30, 1883.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Mary Day


San Francisco _.


Vagrancy


November, 1883.


Sixty days.





Decision. — Whereas, it appears that it was only through the negligence of said Mary Day in
not presenting her defense that she was convicted ; and that she now is suffering from a tumor;
and, whereas, the Hon. W. H. Webb, Judge of Police Judge's Court Number One, who sen-
tenced said Mary Day, petitions her pardon, saying, " If the facts which have since been dis-
closed had been presented at the trial I should have acquitted her;" Walter C.Graves, Prosecu-
ting Attorney, also asking her release. November 10, 1883.



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Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Jacob Shire


Sonoma


Assault with dead-
ly weapon


May, 1883






One year






and $500 fine.



Dkcision. — Whereas, a petition signed by about three hundred and fifty citizens of the
northern portion of Sonoma, as well as by every officer of said county, stating that there were
many mitigating circumstances in said case, as has been filed in this office; and, whereas, said
Shire has now served more than half the term for which he was sentenced ; and, whereas, the
District Attorney of said Sonoma County has been duly served with a notice of the intention of
said Shire to apply for a pardon and makes no opposition to the granting of said pardon ; and,
whereas, it seems that the ends of justice will be subserved by the pardon of said Shire.
December 6, 1883.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Clime.


Sentenced.


Term.


James Smith


San Francisco -


Petit larceny, sec-
ond offense


April, 1883


Two years in the
House Correct'n



Decision. — Whereas, the said Smith does not belong to the criminal class, and committed the
said crim^ while under the influence of liquor, and in the company of a criminal (one Daly,
now in the penitentiary), whose character was unknown to said Smith, and who planned and
instigated said crime: and, whereas, Robert Ferral, and J. F. Sullivan, Superior Judges; J. D.
Sullivan, District Attorney; H. Watson Webb, and J. D. Lawler, Judges of the Police Courts;
Joseph T. Coffey, and W. C. Graves, Prosecuting Attorneys ; and many other citizens of San Fran-
cisco, who are familiar with the circumstances of the case, have petitioned his pardon, on the
grounds of previous good conduct, entire reformation since imprisonment, and that a longer
incarceration would not more fully subserve the ends of justice. April 3, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


John Robinson


Mendocino


Petit larceny


October, 1883...


Six months.






and $500 fine.



Decision. — Whereas, the sentence imposed upon said Robinson appears to be excessive, in that
his off'ense consisted only of the theft of two chickens; whereas, he has conducted himself dur-
ing the specified term of imprisonment, now nearly expired, in an exemplary manner; and,
whereas, a large number of representative citizens and public officials in the community where
the said Robinson resided, have requested by petition that he be pardoned, he having no money
wherewith to pay his fine. April 29, 1884.



Name of Prisoner.


County.


Crime.


Sentenced.


Term.


Dean Melville


Alameda


Misdemeanor


February, 1884.


One hundred and
fifty davs, or
$150 fine.



Decision. — Whereas, a petition has been presented by the Police Judge of said city, and the



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