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The San Francisco Daily Morning Call, September 8, 1864


THE LADIES' FAIR. - The great Fair of the ladies of the Christian Commission will close this evening, and the labors of the energetic spirits who conceived and carried it out will come to an end. They have done their work perseveringly and well, and with astonishing unanimity and freedom from dissension, considering that the conservative male element was recklessly debarred from their counsels. In our private capacity we had a hankering to suggest things occasionally, but we did not consider it safe to do so, being so much in the minority. We beg to remind the public that this is their last chance to secure a souvenir of the great Fair, and it would be well to go this evening and purchase one.

[transcribed from microfilm, p. 1]


MARK MAYER AHEAD ON THE HOME STRETCH. - Mark Mayer, the hotel thief and burglar, whose professional exploits nearly monopolized the considerations of the last Grand Jury, is now running the gauntlet of his indictments. On Tuesday, four were disposed of, charging him with various burglaries. In every case, thus far, he has escaped, mostly through the insufficiency of the indictments. The salient point in all of our criminal prosecutions is the indictment. If a single case progresses farther than this, it is either because the defence invites investigation and waives informality, or else that opposing counsel don't know the difference between a good and bad indictment. The chances are that Mark Mayer will show a clean pair of heels to "The People of the State of California," though as to his guilt there can be no question.

Since writing the above, Mayer has been convicted in two cases, one of petty larceny and the other of grand larceny. These convictions occurred yesterday, and he will be sentenced on Saturday. The other two pin hook indictments, Nos. 5 and 7, are continued over until next term.

[transcribed from microfilm, p. 3]

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