• News from 1888

    Wagner dies of his wounds
    The angry excitement over the shooting of E. W. Wagner at Monterey by Charles Hawes of Pacific Grove on the 9th of July grows every hour.  Sheriff Horton of Salinas came over to Monterey and concluded it to be wise and prudent to remove Hawes to the County Jail.  This he did, last Saturday, assisted by Deputy Sheriff Walter who quietly took the prisoner out by a back street where the two men boarded a carriage and drove away, one of these men in irons.
    Wagner, whose life was despaired of from the moment his wounds were first examined, sank rapidly, and he breathed his last on Sunday evening.  His wife and two children had hurried from their home to be by Wagner’s side as soon as they heard of the shooting.  The incident grew from a simple quarrel, a disagreement that might have been settled other that by force of arms.
    Our sympathies go out most fervently to Wagner’s bereaved widow and orphans.  And in the aftermath of his tragedy, where the innocent must always suffer anguish, there is another one for whose wounded spirit and crushed heart the balm of condolence will be extended.  It is the wife of Charles Hawes, the shootist.  His wife is so young, a mere girl, so delicate and refined.  It seems hard to understand how her young life can be linked to this terrible tragedy, and to the verdict which a jury is likely to render against her husband.  It is a heavy cross for one so gentle to bear.  Will the Grove, where she is known and highly regarded, become a fountain of sympathy for her that can never run dry.
    Constable Walter of Monterey has presented a warrant from Judge Westfall ordering the prisoner to the first hearing of the case.
    The prisoner is to be housed in Salinas.  Officials fear that if the man is brought back to Pacific Grove, angry citizens will surely lynch him.  The sum of $255.25 has been collected for presentation to the family of the slain man.

    How Arroyo Grande views Pacific Grove
    Pacific Grove is a pretty, but odd place.  The Methodistical rules are stringent, and new comers are kicking up fusses over them.  Business places are not allowed in residence blocks.  Boarding and lodging houses are not businesses, but the butcher and baker are.  One can roller skate in Pacific Grove, but no one may dance.  One can play croquet, but not billiards.  A quiet, private nip is frequently taken, but public drinking is not allowed.  Pacific Grove, in the view of Arroyo Grande, is a very good place to be away from, and that is an opinion with which the Arroyo Grande Herald agrees.

    Talk the matter up
    Now that summer is upon us, with its long evenings, something should be done to provide entertainment for our people-young and old.  A literary society or lyceum has been suggested.  The Pacific Grove Review endorses both ideas.  These are good suggestions.  By next week, we hope to announce a meeting to consider this matter further.

    Water connections prove growth
    The following figures furnished by the collector of water rates for the Pacific Improvement Company show the relative growth of Pacific Grove for the past three years.  During 1886, 87 water services were connected.  During 1887, that number rose to 132.  And in 188, there are 355 services.  These figures indicate that as a place of winter residence, the Pacific Grove is increasing more rapidly than its buildings.

    Around the marketplace…

    –  Teeth can be extracted quickly and without pain by Dr. J. V. Horner.

    –  Delicious pies with extra mince are on the shelf at the El Carmelo Bakery.

    –  The Pacific Grove Circulating Library will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 until 4.

    –  Fresh candy and fine cigars can be purchased from the Avenue Store, opposite the Post Office.

    –  The most popular boot and shoe dealer for those in Pacific Grove and Monterey is G. Bertolds, footwear.

    –  Harter’s iron tonic is the fastest way to good health and abundant energy.

    –  We will deliver a complete chamber set anywhere in Pacific Grove for $20.  A. Lewis & Co.

    –  The Carmelo Bakery is offering 13 ten-cent loaves of milk bread for $1.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 18, 2009

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, Features, High Hats and Parasols


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