The complete July 4, 1863, issue of the Los Angeles Star is available from USC, which scanned a copy at the Huntington.
July 4, 1863: Los Angeles plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with a 34-gun salute and a fireworks display in the evening. A ball was planned at the Willow Grove House in the afternoon and another ball in town in the evening.
The Star, a staunch supporter of the Confederacy, said: “This Declaration is being now reenacted. The same soil which sent forth its heroes to do battle for these fundamental truths is again called upon to endure a baptism of blood in their vindication.”
The Star also reports on a measure in Sacramento “requiring foreigners to show their papers before voting.”
That young Henry Rasche, who ran a music store on Montgomery Street in San Francisco, seemed to be such a nice man. It turns out he is an accomplished burglar.
“A search of his business premises revealed the finding of 372 keys of all sizes, from the key to a dressing case to those that turn the bolts of huge doors; also a memorandum of the doors each would open,” the Star says.
Mrs. Irwin, who owns the adjoining millinery shop, says that much of the property in his possession was stolen from her store.