SHOCKING ACT OF A MILPITAS CONSTABLE.
TOOK A SHOT AT A YOUNG TAXIDERMIST MISTAKEN FOR A THIEF
THE OFFICER HAD BEEN DRINKING HEAVILY AND KILLED THE LAD BECAUSE HE DID NOT STOP WHEN HAILED
The parents of the [18 year old] victim live on a bee ranch at Big Sur, about thirty miles from the railroad, in Monterey county. . . . Young Hopkins bore a splendid reputation as a hard working lad. He had for many years been engaged in trapping large birds, a pursuit that proved remunerative. His trip to San Jose was to exchange three large California condors with Taxidermist F. H. Holmes for a horse and saddle. The boy was very proud of the animal and on the afternoon before his violent death he had a photograph taken of himself with the horse.