[John L. Stephens, Dep. Panama, April 17, 1856 Arr. San Francisco, May 1, 1856, 2. PM Capt. Robert H. Pearson, Esq.]
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Allen, A.T. Allen, J. Allen, L.J. Allen, Mr. Arthur, Wm. N. Bailey, Mrs. E. Baker, Mrs. J.C. Ball [or Bull], D.M. Barkhouser, H.C. Barnard, B. Barrow, Mrs. A..M. and daughter Bartof, Mrs. A. and child Bigger, Master Billings, J.H. Bl[ai]sdel, Mrs. S. Bogre, Madame Booker, Mrs. S. Boyd, L.A. Boyd, M.D. Bradley, C. E. Brown, Mrs. R. and two children Brown, S.J. Buckingham, S. Buel, Mrs. G.A. and two children Bull [see Ball] Burgess, H.S. Burr, J.J. Cameron, Jas. Cameron, Mrs E. and three children Carey, Mrs. M. Carter, Chas. E. Carter, Jno C. Cealbert, Miss C. Chamberland, Mrs. Clark, Miss J.S. Clark, Miss S.F. Clark, Mrs. and child Cohen, B. Coleman, Chas. Conlon, Mrs. E. and child C[r]ask, Dr. [ Craven, J.H. Creigh, Judge Crown, Capt. Cuban[t]s, G. and lady Daggett, Mrs. M.A. and son Damp[?]tre, Mrs. and child Danforth, E. Daniels, Mrs. M. De Krafft, Lt J.C., U.S.N Depue, N. Dinklefield, L. Doble, A. and lady Dockstatler, Mrs. M.A. Doggett, J.W. Doggett, W.C. and lady Donaldson, D. Dorr, R.S. D[zi]ck], Mr. Earle, Mrs. D.N. Ellard, Miss Ernst, Mrs E. and child Evans, Mrs. D.M. Fay, Miss C. Fay, Mrs. S. Fernandez, M. Fields, Jno. Flagg, Jas. and Lady Gardner, Capt. H.D. Garther, J.W., lady and child Gates, Chas A. Geo. Kuitt Gilmore, J. and lady Gordon, G., lady and child Gray, Miss E. and friend Gray, Dr.T.V. Gray, Rev. W.M. Greathouse, R. Green, B., lady and seven children Greenbow, Mrs., child and svt Gross, C. Gross, G. Guthrie, Mr., lady and two children Haehl, J. and lady Hall [or Hull], B.F. Hall, E. Hamer, Mrs. G.W. Hammond, W. and lady Hardy, C.H. Harrigan, J. Harvey, Wm. Hastings, Mrs. and child Haulstedt, Mr. Haven, W. Haxturn, Lt. M.J., U.S.N. Hazard, G.A. Heiser, Mr. Hendree, J.W. Hilton, Mrs. S. and infant Hircher, Mr. Howe, G.E., lady and child Hoyt, J.D., Lady and sister Hoyt, Miss H. Hudson, C. Hull [see Hall] Huestis, D. Humphreys, J.P. Hunter, Miss Hustin, J.W. Hustin, M.A. Hutton, Mrs. Hyers, Mrs. H. and infant Hyers, W. Jacoby Jenkins, Mrs. and daughter Jerome, Isaac Johnson, Mrs. E.J. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. and four children Jones, Mrs. E. and child King, Mrs. Knox, J.F. Ladd, W.H. Lamb, C. Lambert, Mrs. Thos. W. and child Laraway, W. S. Lee Lee, J.P. Lee, Mr., lady and child Lester, Mr. and lady Levy, B. Lowrey, G.W. and lady Marsh, W.J. Martin, [?].M. Mc Creary, Miss McCrea, Lt. E.P., U.S.N McCreary, A.F. and two brothers McCreary, B McCreary, B.F. McGiden, Miss S. McKennen, H. McLeod, Mrs. and child Meper, Miss L. Milbouron, Madame Milliken, D.B. Mitchell, H.K. Mitchell, Mrs. R. Moore, J. Moore, S.W. and five children Morris, Wm. Morrison, J. Morrison, J., wife and child, Moses. B. F. Murphy, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. and two children Newell, M. Orr, Mrs. E. Padelford, Mrs. Parkell, H.H., lady and servant Parker, Jos. Patterson, W.L. Pe[ll]e, C. Pepper, G. Pepper, W.H. Philips, A.H. Philips, Miss C.J. Phillips, T. Pierce, Capt. W. Pierce, J.W. Porter, Mrs. Price, J. Price, Mrs. Proctor, Mr. Purdy, J.B. Ra[g]an, J.T. Reading, Maj. P. B., lady and svt Rias, Mrs. and infant Rogers, Mrs. P.E.T., infant and servant Rosenthal, J. Russell, L.W. Russell, Mrs. Sabatie, Mrs. Schmidt, M. Scruggs, J. Seely, D.W. and lady Shaffer, J. Shields, Geo Shook, H. Slo[s]sen, E. Small, Mrs. Smith, J.T. Smith, Miss C. Smith, Mrs. and four children Smith, R. and lady Stackpole, C.H. Stackpole, Mr. Stanley, Miss Storm, S.V. Street, J.L. Tarise, Madame Tew, H.W. Thompson, Miss Thompson, Mr. Thompson, Mr. and lady True, J. Tyree, A.J. Van Dyke, J., lady and child Van Vleer, Mr and lady Vance, Miss H. Vreeland, J. and son Walker, J. lady and four children Wallace, B. Waters, Capt. W.C. Waters, H.N. Wells, [Mrs.] R. W[?]cagar], J. Wilbur, G.B. Wilder, N.C. Wilderspear, [?].W. Wilkins, W.G. and lady Williams, E.E. Willis, E.P. Willis, R.P. Wilson, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. and three children Winchester, Mrs. F. Woosley, Miss Wright, J.A. Wright, G. Wright, G.B. and lady Wright, J.N. and lady, Yoemans, A.B. Zottman, H. --and 782 passengers in steerage.Top of page
The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer John L. Stephens, Capt. Pearson, arrived about two o'clock P.M. yesterday,--fourteen days from Panama, bringing us dates from New York to April 5th--sixteen days later; and advices from Europe to March 19th--eleven days later than previous advices. We are indebted to the Purser for the following memoranda and passenger list:
The Pacific mail steamship John L. Stephens, Robert H. Pearson, Esq., commanding, left San Francisco March 20th, with passengers, mails and treasure. Arrived at Acapulco at 11 A.M. on the 29th, and sailed for Panama at 2 P.M., where we arrived at 10 1/2 P.M. Passengers, mails and treasure all crossed the Isthmus and left Aspinwall on the 5th. The steamer America, Captain Wm. Hudson, arrived at Panama [Aspinwall] on the 5th from New York.
The Nicaragua Transit Company's steamer Cortes arrived on the evening of the 6th, having in two the clipper ship Daylight, which she brought from San Juan del Sud. Her passengers and treasure were to leave in the next mail steamers for New York and New Orleans. The Isthmus continues healthy and the railroad the entire distance is in most excellent order.
The steamship Illinois, from New York, April 5th, arrived at Aspinwall on the 15th at 8 A.M. Her passengers and mails were immediately forwarded to Panama where they arrived early in the afternoon of the same day. Every preparation had been made by the Company's agent to embark them on board the steamer [Stephens] without delay, but owing to the extreme low tide, a short detention was unavoidable, during which a quarrel arose between some steerage passengers and the natives, which very shortly became a serious riot, the natives killing and robbing the passengers. As near as can be ascertained, between forty and fifty passengers are missing, fifteen of whom are known to be killed, several others were badly wounded, and others stayed behind to take care of their friends. Fifteen wounded passengers came on board, all of whom are doing well. The steamer's way-bill and other papers were destroyed during the melee, which renders it impossible to give the names of those missing. The steamer was detained on account of that riot twenty-four hours. At the time of our leaving Panama everything was quiet,__the government forces being employed in guarding city.
Left Panama on the 12th, at 5 P.M., with 1138 passengers and 350 bags of U.S. mails. On the 20th encountered sever gale from the north, which lasted sixteen hours. Arrived at Acapulco on the 23d, at 10:30 P.M. and left at 3:30 A.M. on the 24th. Since leaving Cape St. Lucas, experienced a succession of head winds. Arrived off the Heads at 1:30 P.M. this day. During the voyage there has been very little sickness on board and no deaths.
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EDITOR OF THE HERALD:--At 5 o'clock, P.M. April 15, a disturbance took place near the Railroad Depot Panama, between a steerage passenger and a native about ten cents. Weapons were drawn, parties took sides and it ended in a general attack by the Natives on the neighboring American Hotels and on the Depot, with machettes, clubs, stones, and fire-arms. The military were called out to quell the riot and commenced firing by volleys on the crowd of passengers in the Depot for nearly two hours. The soldiers and mob then rushed into and attacked the unresisting and wounded, plundered the dead and the living and the baggage: broke open the Railroad Company's safes.
The riot lasted till about midnight. So far as known 25 Americans are killed and 27 wounded, of whom 15 are on the J.L. Stephens, getting better. Some $20,000 worth of baggage money and valuables were plundered. The Cortes passengers (from San Juan, on the 20th of March) are at Panama. Some of them were killed or wounded. All was quiet when the J.L. Stephens left at 3 P.M. on the day following the massacre.
Your ob't serv't, Geo. Gordon