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DEATH of CHARLES A. KIDDER -- The Vallejo ‘Independent’ contains the following concerning the late absconding clerk of Solano county: On last Wednesday a dispatch was received in this city, from Watsonville, announcing the fact that Chas. A. KIDDER was there and in a dying condition. Another telegram, received on Thursday, stated that he had died early that morning. Deceased was an old resident of this city [Vallejo], having lived here about 10 years, and was well known throughout Solano county. He at one time held a clerkship on the Navy Yard, and while occupying that position his actions were at times unaccountably strange. He would go and come from the yard for several weeks at a time without ever speaking to any one, unless in answer to a direct question. He was appointed afterwards City Clerk, and in that capacity often acted very strange. In 1871 he was elected County Clerk, which position he occupied but a few months when he suddenly disappeared, no one knew where. Some thought he had been foully dealt with, others that he had gone East, but the majority were nonplussed. Reports prevailed from time to time that he had been seen in San Francisco, yet these reports were very hard to believe, but eventually proved to be true. Finally, Mr. SNOW met him in the southern part of California, when KIDDER asserted that he would never return to Solano county. A week had scarcely elapsed before KIDDER made his appearance in Vallejo, as our readers are already aware. After remaining here one day only, he left for San Francisco, whence he proceeded to Watsonville, where he died on Thursday morning. It is reported that Mrs. KIDDER was with him in his last moments. The Masonic fraternity of which he was a member will [illeg]. In view of his former history, it seems quite probable that he was not in his right mind and that to this fact is to be attributed his sudden disappearance without cause and strange conduct before and after.