Dr. H. D. Percival Suddenly Disappears
Much to the Grief of a Large Number of Creditors.
Correspondence of the Express.
Monrovia, Oct. 20. - Has anyone seen anything of Dr. H. D. Percival? A short time ago he retired from the firm of Adams & Percival, at the former's wish, because Percival had collected money to the amount of $500, and had neglected to give credit for the same on the books of the firm. Dr. Adams will not be the loser for the reason that there is enough on the books yet uncollected to save him from loss. But other citizens have not fared so well. He owes about $500 to different persons here - some of it to merchants, but mostly borrowed. The morning before he left - the 8th instant - he drove to a near-by canyon and borrowed $6 from an Italian gardener. Mr. Lancaster is out $125, money loaned. His worst escapade was with a man named Hodge, an employe on the Baldwin ranch. Hod had a $500 time check, but could not get it cashed immediately. Percival told Hodge that he could get it cashed for him, and the unsuspecting fellow let Percival have it. Investigation shows that Mr. Unruh gave Percival $260 in three checks, but of this some Hodge only received $36. Percival agreed to pay Hodge the balance on the 8th, but he has not been seen since. Hodge swore out a warrant for his arrest. Percival is, or was, a member of the Democratic County Central Committee from this place, and was a delegate to the State Convention and an ardent supporter of Colonel Messmore. He left his wife without a cent of money, and she very much worried over his disappearance. He has turned her husband's horses and buggies over to the creditors.