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May 7, 1853
SS California
R. L. Whiting, Commander
16 days from Panama


Arrival of the California with the Mails.

The P. M. S. steamer California, Capt. Whiting, arrived yesterday at 8 o'clock. A. M., from Panama, which place she left on the 19th, bringing news to that date.

The Purser of the California has our thanks for his attention. The following is her memoranda:

The P. M. steamer California, Capt Whiting, 16 days from Panama, left that port on the 19th of April at 3 P. M, with mails for way ports and 333 passengers. (Editor's Note: Another source cites 341 passengers.) Arrived at Acapulco at 2-1/2 A.M. of the 26th; found steamer Northerner, in port, bound down; all well on board. Left Acapulco at 4 P.M. same day, and arrived at San Diego May 4th, 9 A. M , and left at 5 P.M., landed and exchanged mails at Monterey, and left at 9-1/2 A. M. Steamer Ohio had sailed the evening previous. On the evening of the 3d passed a steamer bound down (Isthmus) and on the afternoon of the 5th saw a steamer supposed to be the Sierra Nevada, steering same course as ourselves. The California has experienced a succession of head winds and heavy seas since passing Cape St. Lucas, with much foggy weather. The health on the Isthmus continues good, and the roads in good order. The dates from the U. S. are no later than those brought by the Panama, which sailed 24 hours previous.

From the Panama Herald of the 19th we extract whatever appears interesting.

THE LATE ROBBERY ON THE ISTHMUS. The Panameno, of Sunday, contains an advertisement of part of the property stolen at Gorgona in the late robbery. We perceive by it, that Sr. Paz Soldan was not the only sufferer, and that a Sr. Manuel Ros is the person who has lost most, we understand however that the Peruvian Minister lost his Credentials to the government at Bogota, and that he will therefore be obliged to await the arrival of others from Lima. How far this report may be true we cannot state, as news from Aspinwall is nearly as scarce as money in Panama, and that is saying a great deal.

Yesterday afternoon quite an excitement was created in town by a negro woman from New Orleans, who, having imbibed something stronger than water, performed sundry antics in the street, to the great amusement of a crowd of natives.


Consignees: Wells, Fargo & Co. 56 pkgs; Berford & Co. 26 do; Adams & Co. 114 do; H. Peck & Co 1 do; Davidson & May 5 do; Bourdin Treves 12 do; Ruth Pierson & Co 3 do; Dupuy, Foulkes & Co. 5 dp; Geo Aikin 8 do; Kaudler Bros 3 do.

Daily Alta California, May 8, 1853

Arrival by the Sierra Nevada May 8 1853 Daily Alta California.


Daily Alta California, May 8, 1853, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Arrival of the SS California May 8 1853 Daily Alta California.

Daily Alta California, May 8, 1853

Died on board steamship California, on her passage from Panama to this port. Lt. Andrews, W. Galup, E. Gallup, E. Eldredge and A. Ryder.

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