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 - In Spite of These Plana the Officials of Both...
In Spite of These Plana the Officials of Both Companies Deny - Any Chance of Own - erhip While the officials of the Santa F have been diligently engaged rn denying the published story that the compiny has acquired the railroad Interests o the John Vance Mill and Lumber Com pany in Humboldt county the former company lias been making some heavy shipments of rails to Eureka for tho extension of the little railroad in Humboldt county and the fact is being gen - erally accepted as evidence that the rumored deal has some foundation Within the past few days 1000 tons of rails have been shipped tp Eureka consigned to the Vance company the e consignment having left on the steamer San Pedro last Saturday night The rails are allof fifty - pound steel and have been in use w somf of thi Santa Fe branch lines in Southern California They became too light for the growing trafflo In the southern end of the State and as occasion warranted were replaced with heavier steel All of the rails have been delivered by the Santa Fe at San Diego and Redondo and have been shipped north to Eureka by water The 1000 tons of rails will build about 11 1 - 3 miles of road and this Is practically the distance from Eureka to the nearest point on the Vance companys road It is announced that the rails will be used In the construction of this gap thus affording direct rail connection between the towns of Eureka and Areata Whether all this construction is to be done in the Interest of the Santa Fe or not is a question that is provoking rumors and denials The officials of the Santa Fe emphatically deny that the Santa Fe has acquired any Interests 1 Humbodit county or has any terious thought of doing so and the represent tatlves of the Vance road are equally positive that there has been no change of ownership In the railroad propertr In question It Is true that 1000 tons of rails hav been shipped to Eureka said John R Hanify the local agent of the John Vance Mill and Lumber Company yesterday and it is true that the rails were secured from the Santa Fe In Southern California for the use of the Vance road This is not necessarily an indication however that the Santa Fe has acquired any Interest In the Humboldt county road all rumors of which I am thoroughly satisfied are entirely without foundation The shipment of the rails is easily explained The Vance company Is about to construct eleven or twelve miles of road from Eureka to i point on the present road somewtiere in the neighborhood of the head of the bay The Vance companys line runs at present from Areata to Samoa and has no entrance into the town or Eureka connection being made with Eureka via the Eel River and Eureka road The new branch will run down from the head of the bay on the Eureka side of the bay The construction of the branch has been contemplated for some time and will now be hurried to completion It Is regarded as rather significant that since the story of th supposed deal between the Santa Fe and the Vance company was published rails for the extension of the road Into the metropolis of Humboldt county should be Shipped by the Santa Fe from Southern California In view of the persistent rumors that the Santa Fe has acquired or is negotiating for the control of the California Northwestern and that the proposed extension of the Northwestern from Uklah northward is a Santa Fa Eoheme the statement of the banta tre s Interest In the Vance companys railroad properties and projects in Hum boldt county does not appear to be be yond belief

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 11 Dec 1899, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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