[Penryn, Ca. 1889]. Broadside, 9 x 6.75 inches. Trimmed unevenly, corners clipped, lightly tanned. Contemporary pencil notation at bottom of sheet. About very good. Item #1461
Broadside advertising a reward for the arrest of Henry Kaiser for the abduction of Miss Amy Douglas, taken from the little town of Penryn in Placer County on Sunday, June 2, 1889. Kaiser is described as "aged 47 years, height about 5 ft. 10 1-2 inches, brown hair, blue eyes, brown (light) moustache, cut square, slightly stooped shouldered, plays violin, carried with him a violin and black satchel." Miss Douglas is described, as well: "aged 14 years, about 5 ft. 1 1-2 or 2 in. high, large blue eyes, light hair, wears it in a braid and cut short in front and banged, very awkward, cannot read or write." The reward is offered by a J.H. Frost, and a pencil note seems to indicate that he was a real estate and insurance agent.
A newspaper article from the San Francisco Chronicle of June 24, 1889, relates that the two eloped. Kaiser was a divorcé and the son of a well-known winemaker in the area. The two were located in Portland, Oregon, having unsuccessfully tried to gain a marriage license due to Amy's young age. Another article indicates that Amy fled cruelty at home, her father having consented to her marrying Kaiser when she turned sixteen. In any case, Kaiser was discharged from criminal prosecution, having been found to have acted honorable with regards to the girl. An interesting story, and the broadside is unrecorded.