The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on March 29, 1895 · 9
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 9

San Francisco, California
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Friday, March 29, 1895
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TIIE EXAJtTNTn?, SAN FRANCISCO: FRIDAY 3IORNING, 3,IABCII 29, 1895. 9 TIE PEOPLE LISTENING Preparing to Entertain the Guests of the State and Show Them the Country. San Francisco Is Asked to Contribute Five Thousand Dollars Towards the Expenses. INTERIOR CITIES IN THE MOVEMENT. New Tone and Feeling ' Manifest Among the People The Day of . the Old Spirit of Obstruction Is Dead. To do San Francisco's part in the ooming State excursion at least $5,000 will be required. That is the sum which the Finance Committee of the Halt-Million Clnb has decided will be needed to extend In a creditable way the hospitality of the city to the vltitora who are expeoted In large nnmbers. A meeting of the Executive Committee fearing In charge the arrangements for the excursion was held yesterday afternoon, W. M. Bunker presided, and the members present were H. P. Sonntag, L. C. McAfee, A, E. Castlo, W. M. Bunker and D. M. Carman. R. S. Moore appeared as representative of the Manufacturers' Association. His name was added to the Central . Committee on Excursion. Communication! were received from secretaries of the Chambers of Commerce of San Jose, Stockton and other interior towns acknowledging the receipt of Invitation. , , 15,000 MUST BE KiUSED. H. P. Sonntag reported that the Finance Committee had a meeting on Wednesday and they ' had agreed that the sum of 15,000 would be needed for the expenses of the excursion. Mr. Sonata? said : "Wo propose to entertain our guests properly, and we do sot bolieva that the idea of this body can be carried out for less than that sum. I don't think the people of San Franclsoo want to Invite people here without doing the thing in good shape." WHAT THE I have been asked to express a few ulation of San Francisco to 500,000 by 1900. I have been given to understand that the peopla whom it la the wish to bring bare are to be desirable people. Tbey are to be industrious, honest, and in same sense capitalists, being persons of sufficient moans to make tbem measurably Independent. It is not supposed that all of the people ably most of them will be. Snch people Ml.lion Club. Clubs with increased populations in prising little city of Fresno has lately organized u One Hundred Thousand Club. All San Francisco has reached a condition where she should put forth more enterprise. The city, located as it is on the greatest bay on the western part of the continent, and in the richest State of the United States, ooouples a position unexcelled by any other In the world. Vast tracts of rich but uncultivated landa, mines of gold, silver and other metals, and forests of as fine timber aa la grown, lie on one aide of her. On the other est. I might also speak of the thousands of of location and neighborly feeling should come Practically, there is no limit to our . . believer in the Half-Million Club. We have ment " '" The only thing we want to do Is to go In this city. More than this, California throughout will be more densely populated, and aet the world to wonder. . I am in favor of Issuing bonds for the Improvement of streets and public squares. The city has neglected this too long, and has, in instances, lost hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of property through the neglect of her oftloiala. Property-owners y have been forced to form inprovement olubs, and in many lnstancea have pushed matters to auoh an extent that they supervise BVOryiUing tuttv luo nam pivjvvwu. ''r The Supreme Court has just decided a "in the heart of the residence portion of the city. I refer to Lafayette Square. It la pressing forward these cases that is profitable to San Francisco and satisfactory to the taxpayers. I believe In home industries, borne manufactories and borne incomes. It is a crying shame that the immense fortunes gathered in California are, to a great extent, now In the bands of non-residents, who spend their Incomes East and abroad, with little The lime has passed when our citizens capitalists should now join together to devslop away front California on account of the apathy diaplayed by the people of our State, against our own good and welfare. We know push and energy built up Chicago, Denver that we can look forward to an era of prosperity never before equaled In our balf-oentury's experience. We should all pull together, with the feeling that where every one is interested nothing can fail. Our trade used to control the Northwest ns far as Montana and South into Texas and Arizona. It has been wrested from us by new roads and competition. We must reclaim I, and we can do it if we railroads will bolp our facilities for handling Mr. Sonntag offered a resolution requesting the Finance Committee to raise $5,000 to be expended by the Geueral Committee. "San Francisco," said Mr. Bunker, "is starting out to show the people of the State and the E ist what we are preparod to do. We know that the aims of the olub have found great favor. The people say we have started in a propor way, and they propose to back us.. We want to live up to our own programme, but we are not now prepared to go into details of the expenses. The Finance Committee has no la teres t other than that of the people. BARD TO RAISE MONET. "Some may aay that $5,000 ia more than we require, but if the thing baa the importance that is seems to assume now we ought to do things in a liberal spirit." V'L. C. McAfee asked for particulars of proposed expenses. "It is not that any one wants to object," he said, " but let us be prepared 13 meet any objections. Let us know just what we are to have and to pay for. You say $5,000 is not a big sum, but the Merchants' Association found it very hard to raise $30,000 to sweep the atreeta, and here now wo propose to raise $5,000 for one excursion. "I have had some experience in raising money for such purposes and I know it Is hard to get." Frank Dalton Wa want to do something that will be creditable to San Francisco. The oity has always been noted for it hospitality. What would $500 dot Why when the Grand Army came here the city subscribed $10,000 or more and it waa all well spent. I don't think there will be any trouble to get $5,000. tt will be aa easy to get that sura as $500. The Triennial Conclave Committee raised $58,000, besides the money that the local commander? spent" mcst snow a eooD irokt. Albert E. Castle It takes money te entertain. We want to ahow the southern people that we are friendly te them, and that this is one State and not two States. Mr. Sonntag aaid the money was San Franolsoo's contribution to the expenses of the excursion to entertain the people in this eity. Stockton. San Jose, Santa Rosa, Fresno and other interior cities would take care of the visitors in their several towaa. D. M. Carman said the people ef Santa Rosa spent $5,000 on an entertainment which they gave their visitors last year. I FOR THE TREAO OF I. W. Hell man Jr. aaid that part of the money would be expended in maintaining headquarters In Los Angeles during the fiesta t let people know what San Franclsoo was preparing to do. . riXIXCB COMMUTE! INCREASED. Mr. Sonntag moved that the membership of the Finanoe Committee be increased to at least twenty-five, and that the present members be empowered to add to their number the names of persons representing the various lines of business and manufactures. Mr. Hellman As I understand It, the additional members of the committee are to canvass the several Interests they represent and report to the Exeeutire Finanoe Committee as already existing. With that understanding the motion was adopted. The Committee oa Publication reported suggestions for a handsome itinerary which would make a souvenir that people would be glad to keep. The matter was referred to the Finance Committee. D. M. Carman, for the Committee on Transportation, said they were not yet ready to report the itinerary in detail. So many other towns were asking to be put on the route that It was Impossible to say just exactly what route would finally be adopted. HCSTLI50 VBE8XO TO 1H1 FOB!. Alexander Goldstein of Fresno was asked to say what the peopla of his towa were doing in relation to the exourslou. He aaid the matter was In charge, of Mr. Briggs of the, Fresno Chamber ef Com merce. He added that he hoped the arrangements would give Fresno at least three hours ef the time of the visitors. They would be nicely taken care of. . Mr. Carman aaid the Itenerary as at present arrangsd gives Fresno six hours, but that is subject to change. Mr. Carman went on to aay that the idea of the committee was to avoid aa much as possible the speeobmakiag and banqueting feature and to give the visitors aa much aa possible a chance to see the country. SHOULD WORK HAKD IX HAKD. ft. S. Moore of the Manufacturers' Association said: "I am glad to see you all so enthusiastio in this work. As a matter of faot I believe that your body ahould be subsidiary to ours, for if yon brlag people HALF-MILLION CLUB MAY DO FOR SAN FRANCISCO. .. 1 ; ': V BY HENRY J. CROCKER. ideas in regard to the Half-Million Club, who are expeoted to coma here from other cannot fail to be of great advantage to us, view have been organized at Chicago, New lies the Orient, with a mighty trade, as yet miles of ooast line, of the States and Territories oontigious to us, whose trade by right in immensely increased volume to us. greatness, if we but consider our opportunities, and not upon them. Therefore, lama been too alow in the past... We should now ' '" to work. Let us pull all together, and In , case In favor of the municipality that olears thought of apending a few thousand dollars and press shall unite against varloua enterprises that start here. Eastern and local our many resources, aa yet almost unknown. Many Eastern capitalists hare turned aad other Western cities. Wa know there work together. The Nicaragua Canal will the interior crops. here without first stimulating the Indus-trios, you are bringing them hern under false pretenses. Our assooiatloa will go hand in hand with yours, but ia fact you are more dependent oa us than we are oa you." , The committee will meet again next Tuesday afternoon at 8:30 o'clock. MEN IN THE RANKS. The New San Francisco Which Has Taken Life and Movement and Set Aside Selfishness. "It has been an era characterized by selfishaess hitherto in San Fraaolsco," said Edward Bosqui yesterday. "Men were valued solely for the money tbey possessed, and it did not seem to matter very much bow they got it. I think I see a change. Men of enterprise are encouraged wheu they come forward, and the rich men are taking hold to kelp others than them salvea and to help the whole State. I think this new movement which the press and the Examiner especially baa done ao much to promote is going to bring about a very different atate of things la California. It will create confidence, and will help those who work with their hands as muoh as the wealthy, STRIKE OFF THB SHACKLES. "There haa been a aort of dry rot of selfishness in San Francisco and California, aad it seemed as if nobody wanted to take bold. There were quarrels and jealousies without resson. What was every-body'a business was nobody's business, and if by ohanee any one wanted to aet things going there were others always ready to pull bias down." " We want to get the ahaekles off," aaid C C TerriU ot the Builders' fcxonaug. We must have changed conditions before we can do anything, we aon'i want a boom, for that would help only the real estate agents and th basks. We want a better railroad system aad a better money system, under wbloh rates of interest will not be so high. "Again, we want a better system ef tax ation. Look at the way personal property is taxed now. They collect the tax upon about 10 per cent of the whole, and that 10 per eint has to pay the burden of the other 90 per eat I an net radleal be- MILLIONS YET TO COME. liever in the plan of putting ail taxation on real estate, but I favor an approach to it." HOT A SKCTIOXAL MOVEMENT. .' " Wa want the people to understand," said H. P. Sonntag, "that wa do not regard San Francisco as the whole of California. It Is a case for united effort for the whole State, and California la ao strong and ao rich In resources that it only requires unanimity of purpose to effsot all we desire. . "We do not mean to import people nor even to offer premiums for all the babies that may be born, but we are prepared to encourage everything in the way of legitimate enterprise. We want to encourage manufactures and everything else that will make the field prosperous. Population will follow aa a matter of course when a prosperous and progressive country offers the natural inducement to Immigration. TBI METROPOLIS TO HELP THB ST ATI. "There will be nothing sectional about our endeavors. San Francisco is preparing to help the whole State so far aa in it lies, and if it is a boulevard or a railroad or a race track In faot any legitimate enterprise that asks for recognition we are here to help them." " ' Mr. Sonntag spoke In the highest terms of the plan to make a boulevard lined with trees all the way to ban Jose from San Franclsoo, with a perfect driveway for the amusement and delight of visitors and people who like to sit behind a flue team. Albert E. Castle said that as soon as the club-roll had been signed by 100 members or thereabouts, they would be called together to elect aa exeoutive committee. The algned membership already nearly reaobes that figure, and before the end of the week they would be ready to organize. : "We have nothing Ceflnlta now on hand," aaid Mr. Castle, " but this plan for the excursion to start from Los Angeles after the Fiesta. THB WORK IH PROSPECT. "Our organization now Is of the most temporary sort, but as soon as a rtgular exeoutive committee has-been chosen we shall have a number of projects to submit and take hold of. We will antagonize no interest, but will work for the whole good of the whole State." No canvassing has yet been done to increase the membership of the club. The which has been organized to increase the pop Statea will be thus independent, but prob and therefore I am in favor of the Half- York and other Eastern oities. The enter these movements are in the right direction, almost entirely undeveloped in our Inter run, and run all together for our advance . 1900 we will easily see a half million people we will have auoh a busy mart here as will the city title to at leaat one block of land la the Interest of our fair State. ' is a general awakening of Callfornlans, ao help our grain and wine shipments and more roll has been open for signatures only two days and the aocessions have come purely unsolicited. The roll contains about seventy names, and it is expected that there will be at least 1,000 members within a week after the oanvassera get Into the field. The excursion project Is growing on the handa of the committee. The people of Redding want to be put on the route now and will do their share of the entertainment of the visitors. Mark L. MoDonald writes from Santa Rosa to aay that the roason for his absence from the general meeting was that be ia suffering from the grippe, and adds that the people of Santa Rosa "await the further aotlon of your olub before we can determine fully just what part we will take looking to co-operation with your noble efforts." THB FIRST LADT MEMBER. The first lady to join the Half-Million Club waa Mrs. Mary Lynde Craig, who is Dean ot one ot the Portia Law Clubs aad the wife of Editor Solpro Craig of Red- lands. Mrs. Craig la herself a writer of ability and foremost in progressive movements of the day. Communications have been received from H. H. Kohler, Eugene Deuprey, Kolla V. Watt, William Brodarick and J. C Hoag cordially indorsing the movement. A RAPIDLY INCREASr.NO ROLL. The following have algned the roll of membership: W. H. Davis, Mills Building; A. E. Castle, 200 Davis street; L. C, MoAfee, 108 Montgomery street; W. M. Bunker, 820 Sansome atreet; H. P. Sonntag, 218 Montgomery atreet; H. E. Highton, Mills Building; Stewart, 514 Battery atreet; F. Macpheraon, 819 Pine street; Joseph Schearer, 412 Liberty atreet; Theodore Reiohert, Milla Building; Hugh Craig, 812 California atreet; D. M. Carman, Santa Rosa; Charles A. Auiu, rUiiii Building; J. H. Bartlett, 8502 Sixteenth street; Henry Horstmaa, 2233 Howard atreet; Thomas Denlean, 132 Market street; Davis Brothers, 718 Market atreet; E. C Wea'.herly, 009 Sicramento atreet; Walter M. Castle, 200 Davis street; S. N. Bettman, 1335 Post atreet; F. W. Van Sicklia, 14 Market street; Joseph Kirk, 2412 Pine street; James P. Booth, 2S8 Montgomery atreet; R. E. Whitefield, 1403 Golden Gate aveaue; R. P. Doolan, Appraiser's office; .A. Fuse-aot, City of Paris; Peter Dean, S20 Sansome street; L. H. Bonestoll. 401 Sansome street; W. E. Allen, 630 Market street; Edward P. Swain, 327 Crooker Building; E. B. Cnuroh, 103d Valencia street; Captain J. Lafferty, U. S. A., 730 Grovo atreet; Isadora Jacobs, 2018 Webster atreet; Ma Popper, 207 Larkla street; R. C De Boom, 1609 Scott street; G. F. .Gray, 816 Montgomery atreet; George J. C. Marsily, 413 Kearny atreet; George C Perkins, 10 Market street; J. P. Currier, 6 Sutter street; B. F. Fehne-msna, 2201 Larkln street; R..W. Neal, 320 California atreet; Union Photo-En graving Company, 523 Market s treat; C. G. Kenyon, 901 Sutter street.; F. W. Dohrmann, 130 Sutler street; Mary L. Craig, 434 Bartlett street; S. H. Fried lander, Columbia Theatre; J. J. Gottlob, Columbia Theatre; Jacob Baoon, 518 Clay street; D. R. McNeill, Central Park; Hugh Hume, Evening Pout; J. M. Carroll, Evening Post; J. P. McCar thy, 646 Market atreet; J. W. McCarthy, San Rafael; T. J. Crowley, San Rafael; O. D. Baldwin, Amerioaa Bank and Trust Company; L. R. Ellert, California Title Insurance Company; Louis Lipmann, 112 Pine street; C. D. Salfleld, 426 Shrader atreet; M. J. Morton, 12 Montgomery street; H. A. Jones, 1218 Geary atreet; C. S. Capp, 415 Montgomery street; W. M. Fltzbugb, 2519 Broadway; Thomas V, O'Brien, 402 Montgomery street; Frank S. Johnson, 204 Front street; Theo. F. Payne, 80? Montgomery atreet; James Cross, Hobart building; E. J. MoCutohen, Milla building; H. J. Crooker, 215 Bush street. YARDE-BULLER'S DEBTS. She Is Dissatisfied With the Adjust ment of Her Accounts. The Power of Attorney to John Herd Re voked, but Not Before He Had Refused to Act for Her Further. The Honorable Mrs. Yarde-Buller has written from England asking that the following be published: To John ITtrd. 10 ilillt Buildina, Son Fra citco. Vol. Sin: I to-day revoke ths power of attorney whioa I left with vou. Yours truly, ljf.IL.AH tvIKKHAM X ARDH-OULLXik Churston Court. Devonahire, England, March 11, 1895. No explanation of the matter was offered in the accompanying note,and Mr. Herd was asked for one. When the notice was shows him, be said not a word, but turned to a file of his lettera. There, under the date of January 28th, was the copy ot a letter to Mrs. Yarde Buller, in whioh be oallad attention to the following: I positively decline to represent, or do any business for you from this date. Upon a properly authorized agent being sent from you to me to settle, I will go into your affairs with him. Asked as to the reason for the trouble, be said: " Really, the lady waa ao ecoentrlo that Idldnotoare any longer to do any business for her. She accused me, for one thing, of keeping $67, the amount of the exohange on something over $4,000 sent her. It costs to send inonoy by telegraph, and that la the explanation ot that, but aha could not, or would not, understand it. But there were many more things besides this. ,"For Instance, when Mrs. Yarde-Buller went away after the settlement' -of her difQoultiea with her sister and her mother, Mrs. Kirkham of Oakland, she left numerous bills with me for settlement Most ot these bills she had ' O K'd' before ahe went They amounted to $1,050 in all, and out of this amount I paid with such money as I had left about $350 worth. Notwithstanding she had 0 K'd' tbese bills abo kept writing me that I ought not to have paid them and insisted that more money be sent her. Sho could not understand anything and she wrote all kinda of the most eccentric stuff about the merest trifles. She would take up whole pagea In a single letter, and when ahe got tnrough it was the veriest nonsense you ever saw. I got awfully sick of it and concluded I wouldn't take her business for $500 a momh. " Besides the bills I paid there ia about $700 more, and the persons owed bave been besieging my office every day. Tbey are Jewelers, grocers, milkmen, milliners and so on. Mrs. Yarde-Buller, while here, rented a furnished bouse for a time, and many of the bill accumulated while ahe was there. When, if ever, these people will get their money I don't know. I have n't been paid a cent I have had all I want of attending to the lady's business, and, as you can see, tendered my emphatlo resignation to her and refused to go Into it further weeks ago." Several days seo Mr. Herd received a oablegram from Brlxam, England, the telegraph station nearest to Cburston Ferres, the estate of Mrs. Yarde-Buller, announcing her death. It was partially In cypher, was unsigned, aad when translated was as follows: Honorable Mrs. Yarde-Buller died very suddenly on March 15th. It has turned out alnce that this Mrs. Yarde-Buller was only a relative by marriage, and not Mrs. Yarde-Buller, the daughter of General Kirkham. Mr. Herd knows of no reason why ho should be apprised of the death of the person of that name, and be believes the lady he has been doing business tor sent It with the idea of convincing him and others that ahe was dead. It is, be claims, exactly in the line of her eocentrioitios. WANTS THE CHILD BACK. Mrs. Dunn Let Her Grandchild Enter an Orphan Asylum and Now Is Sorry. Little Maria Victoria Josephine Rsgnalto Martin is to be the subject of s tight for guard ianship. She Is aa orphan, two years old, who has hitherto been under the care of her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Dunn. Some months ago Dr. Leslie Sprague of the Seoond Unitarian Church found that the child waa not receiving proper care, and interested himself iu the ease until he procured her admittance into the Maria Kip Orphanage. For a while Mrs. Dunn seemed glad to be relieved of her cnirpr. but soon changed her mind and wanted it back. Then." says Secretary Mcuomo or tne Anti- Cruelty to Cnlldren Society, "Sister Anna of tne orpnanage investigated ana tounu tan Mrs. Dunn was unable to provide for even her self. She ba begged on tbe street and ia also intemperate." Sistor Anna thought It advisable to gala legal possesion ot tbe ehlld, and has opened legal prooaedtngs througn tbe Human Society. Mrs. uuno, in me mean lime, wont to ur. Snragae with a pitiful tale of having bean rohned of her ehlld and secured from aim a letter conferring on ber the rights ahlD. Armed with this papor Mrs. Liu no ap peared at the orpianage and demanded the return ot Maria Victor. a. Sister Anna con sulted with General MoComb over the telephone and found herself Justified tn refusing the request. Then Mrs. Dunn took ber paper and herself down to the office of tbe Humane Society and announced ber Intention of remaining there till the child was given ber. But she waited In vain, for General MoComb communicated with Dr. Sprague. stated the real facts of the ease to him and asked him to withdraw the letter, whioa he did. MoTBiaa, be sura aax as "Mr. Wlaslow'a Boothia Syrup" for roar children while toothing. rasas T user the skla. i. H. WUbar. Statements in Regard to the Southern Pacific Presidency by Thomas E. Stlliman. HE SAYS THERE IS NO PROGRAMME. Rates as Low as Can Bs Made Build the San Joaquin Line, He Says, and Get More People Room for More Railroads. ' T. E. Stillman; of the firm of Stlliman & Hubbard, New York, who represent the Hopkins-Searles Interests in the Southern Pacific and Central Paciflo roads, hss arrived here, and is at the Palace. He came In a special oar, and is accompanied by his family and several friends. Both Mr. Stillman and Mr. Hubbard are Direotors la the Southern Paciflo Company. Mr. Stillman has arrived here to attend the annual meeting ot the Directors, whioh will take place early In April. He waa Interviewed last night In regard to the future policy of the Southern Paciflo, and as to who might become President, succeeding C. P. Huntington. Mr. Stillman was very equivocal and not altogether m an amiable frame of mind. He asked many questions himself. He is a battle-scarred lawyer, and knowa as well aa anybody how to shirk an inquiry that be does not like to answer. "I don't know who will be the next President of the road," he said. " There Is no programme, I don't know whether it will be Mr. Huntington again or not. I have aeen it stated in one ot the papers that Mr. Hubbard mieht be or Mr. H. E. Huntington. I bad not heard of oither one in that connection before. I cannot say, either, whether the Hopkins-Searles in-teresta are favorable to C. P. Huntington, ' Whether the Southern Paolfio has been oppressive or not, I tell you this talk of oppression hurts. But, as a matter of faot, the road is not oppressive. It has paid out more money to the people of California than they have paid it in freights and fares. It employs an army of men and paya them liberally, end it baa benefited the people In a thousand wars. "As to the San Joaquin Valley road, let them go ahead and build it The moro roada the better. It will bring in more people, I auppoae, and more people are vhat are needed here. But it ahould be remembered that the Southern Paciflo takes the costly freight from the San Joaquin valley such as prunes, other fruits and wines and lands them In New York at a lower rate per mile than any road takes ptgiron, or Its products, from Pittsburgh to New York. And plgiron and the products of iron are the oheapesc freights there are. What eau the San Joaquin valley road take these first-named freights to New York for when it is built) That will be a good quostion to answer. "And then they talk of the Southern Paciflo appeasing the people. How is it to be donet There has never been a case of so-called oppression, so far as I know, where, if the complaining person oame to the Southern Pacific, the complaint was not righted or it was explained to him that there was no ground for complaint. "This road was built In an early time, through a new oountry, sparsely populated. It has had to haul its cars long distances, and naturally it could not move freight as cheaply as it could ia a thickly populated country. If there were towns every three miles, as there are along many roads In the East, its freights oould be made muoh lower. " Thev talk about anceaslncr tne people. If I were to get out here In California and raise my hands in the open air and aay, be appeased, ana now can i appease you! What kind of a reply would I get, Bad how could I really appease anybody! They would aay, lower your rates, but tne raios are already as low as they can be mads." In regard to the Central Paciflo ha said: " I would be In favor of funding the dobt and making the time 100 years or more. I think It would be better to do that than let the Government take It. The Government would have no use for it" Reverting to the Southern Paolfio he said: " I saw an artlole recently in one of the papers aaying: 'Who Will Wear Mr. Hunt- Ington'a Shoes' It staled that Mr. Hunt ington was in very bad health. This, by the way, is not true. He is in very good health." It is believed there may be a fight when It cornea to an eleotion, but Mr. Stillman would not commit himself. He would neither aay that the Hopkins-Searles interests wore favorable or unfavorable to him, and stood on the statement that he had not yet seen or talked to the others interested, and that there was no programme. C. P. Huntington is now on his way here. There will first be the annual meeting of the stockholders or the southern Pacific, and then of the Directors. After this in a few days will ooour the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Central Paciflo and then the meeting of the Directors. Mr. Stillman will attend all theae meetings. . FRACTURED HIS LEG. J. C. Lane of Oakland Thrown From a Mission-Street Car. J. C. Lane of Oakland was thrown from on of the eleotrlo ears of the MUsion-streot line last Monday and severely injured. Tbe accident occurred about 3 o'clock In tbe afternoon. Mr. Lane came over the bay to visit his brother. Dr. L. C. Lane, and boarded a Mission-street car at the ferry. The car had not gone far when It ran into an open switch. It was going at the rate of seven miles an hour when it struck tbe switch, and the eonoussion was so severe that Mr. Lane, who was sitting on the dummy, was thrown to the ground. He was unable to move, and bad to be assisted Into tbe ear by tbe motorinao and the con ductor. No other pas-enters were permitted on that ear, as it was dei-med best to in a lie a hurried run and get him to his brother's office, on Mission street, as quickly as possible. Tbe mutorman and conductor carried him from the car to the offloa. Upon examination It was found that both bones of bis left leg were fractured at the ankle, the foot was orushed and his body severely bruised. The bones were set, and, after resting several hours Mr. Lane was removod to his horn In East Oakland. TO TEST THE FEE BILL. Anotht r Attempt to Be Made to Get a Supreme Court Decision. Another attempt Is to be made to upset the Fes bill. George H. Perry, representing J. J. Rauer, yesterday went to a Deputy County Clerk and demanded that he ahould receive 3 50 as full payment for tiling a new suit. There was a oonsultatloa with County Clerk Curry and Chief Deputy Harry Piper, after which tbe deputy approaoned by Perry declined to take ib money and refused to accept the papers without th Treasurer's rscoipt. It Is understood tsst Perry will now mm-damus the County Cierk to compel him to ao-cept the papers. The matter will be taken to the Supreme Court on an agreed case if possible, tu object being to test the law. MILLSPAUGH'S SUCCESSOR. Opening of the Kentucky-Street Electric Road to Sixteenth Street. Byron Waters is expected to enter upon the discharge of his duties as claim adjuster ot tbe Southern Paolfio Company on Monday next. Tbe Kentucky-street eleotrio road will b open to trafflo to Sixteenth street to-morrow. At eraaent th lis is ta eosraUoa from Third and Townseud streets to Sonoma street. After to-morrow pansengers will bo able to travel front North Boach via Kearnv and Third streets, with transfer at Towasend, to Sixteenth street via Kentuoky street and Railroad avonue. It is probable that the Twanty-seoond and Twenty-fourth street eleetrlc-car Una will be in operation In about ten days. DEATH OF THOMAS GORDON. The Old Sierra County Miner Made a Fortune, but Died Poor. Thomas Gordon, a pioneer miner of Sierra county, died in this city lust Tuesday night at tbe age ot eighty-nine years. In 1851 Thomas Gordon, ex-Governor Johnson and John Traynor were tbe three best-known msn in Sierra county. Gordon and Traynor entered into a partnership and conducted a mining supply store as well as ditch diRffiuR. Tbey made considerable money, but Goudon n ver managed to save anything, being far too free-handed to accumulate wealth. For a long time be was associated with ex-Saeriff White of Sierra county and transacted much buslnexs In that and Plumas county. For some years Thomas Gordon has been In business with P. J. Wblte on Front street. He married a widow named Mrs. Dillon at Stook-ton about ten years ago, but haa no living heirs. The remalus will be buried to-day from B'nal B'rlth Hall with Maaonie honors. ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND. The Price Paid for a Fine Property Near Redwood City. Baldwin & Hammond closed yesterday the sale ot 650 acres of land within a half blook of Redwood City and dlreotly on tbe San Mateo county road. The prioe was $150 an acre, or nearly $100,000 In all C. A Hooper la the purchaser and Mrs. Caroline H. Robinson th seller. The property Is part of the Horace Hawea estate and adjoins the property of Moses Hopkins on tbe north and Mrs. Sohroeder on the south. All three of these properties were. under the will of Horace Haws, dedclated to what was to be known as the Eagle Hill Uni versity. The will was, however, broken by the heirs and the properly was subdivided among tnem. Sued the Siberia: Mrs. Isabella J. Martin yesterday b'gan autt against the Sheriff for $500 damages, $50 a day rent and the restitution ot property taken from her bouse on Van Ness avenue. She ues tn her own name and also in bebalt of Henry K. Hoffman, and complains that the property was taken away "maliciously and wltb Intent to oppress." It is related by Mrs. Martin mat sue demanded the restitution of the artloleson Maron -3J. but th Shorltfpatd no attention to ber demand. SUSPENDED THE RATES. Insurance Men Having a Free Fight in Alameda County. Paying a Bonus to Retain a Policy Ques tionable Practices of Companies Called Upon to Pay Return Premiums. Thore Is a free fight in progress in insurance circles in Alameda county. The Board of fire Underwriters suspended ratea there yesterday morning. This was predicted about ten daya ago and the fight baa become ao hot In Oakland that the board companies have oried for release from all obligations. The suspension of ratea moans that business will be written for anything or nothing, and aomebody is going to loss a good deal of money. Those who will benefit will ba the policy holders, provided they scan their policies carefully. The precaution Is - alwaya necessary, and particularly so when insurance is written at auoh very short rates. Companies are the more unwilling to overlook an advantage. however trivial, in case of fire, tbe greater the out In the premium baa been. Although "the preposition of paying a policy-holder a bonus for the privilege of writing his insurance has been suggested, in a jooular way only, as a possibility, such a thing actually occurred yestorday. A railroad striker who had his home insured in a big and well-known local com-pauy was offered a big cut in bis rate to cancel the policy and rewrite it in an outboard conoern. When he presented his policy for cancellation the company offered to write his policy for nothing and make him a present of (4 60. Needless to add, the offer was aooopted, and the man, who wbs out of work, never msde $4 50 easier and has the advantage ot a paid-up policy in a first-olass company to boot. The tight grip which certain companlea are plaoiug on their policies la leading to legal complications, and one attorney nas already three cases on bis bands for policy-holders. The law says that a policy-holder may cancel his policy at will, and must receive as return premium thereon not less tbaa "saort-rates" on tbe amount of the premium written on the face of tho polloy. In other words, the law considers only what the assured pays and intentionally declines to recognize the right of a company to deduot for rebates, commissions or other expenses incurred by theompany in aecuricg the business. The Prussian National was called upon to pay $20 in return premium onaoan-oellation. Instoad of doing so, the plaintiff in the case alleges that 15 per cent was deducted for rebate, 25 per cent for brokerage, and $3 40 for ofiloe charges. Tbe policy-holder waa tendered $9 10 instead of $20. In a similar way the German-American tendered a policy-holder bia return premium less 28 per cent. A general suspension of ratea may oo our at any hour. PERSONAL. Ex-Senator T. V. Eddy ot Everett, Wash., Is at tbe Baldwin. J. A. btrowbrldKO, owner of the Strowbrldge blook In Portland and of muoh other property there. Is in the oity. John Sparks, the cattle king of Nevada, whose berJs from Keuo over many counties. Is at the Palace. T. R. Gable, for years prominently connected with tbe Atchison Railroad at Santa Fe, N. M, arrived hero yesterday and is at the Palace. M. G. Harris of Crloble Creek. Colorado, ar rived hire yesterday from Junenu, Alaska. He says there U a big rush to the Yukon river mines. Tne competition in selling supplies to tbe minors has grown so close In Juneau that the flour necessary for every outflt is giteu away. Oramd Lecturer Bert's Tour. Having completed his duties at Sacramento, State Senator Eugene Bert Is now devoting his time to tbe affairs of bis offloe as Grand Lecturer of the Native Sons of the Golden West, and Is on a tour or tn parlors in tne southern part of the State. He was at Castro-ville Wednesday, at San Lucas Tuursday. and last nticht vliit-d Paso Kobles, where the parlors of Sso Miguel and Paso Robles held a joint sesiion. He will visit the parlors at Nipomo. Cambria and Loin poo before hla return to this city, which will not be before the end of next week. JilMloa Residents Trawble. Mission residents are complaining because the time schedule of th Mission-street line has been changed from three to Ove minutes between cars. Many of the conductors are exceedingly careless about stopping at the white-banded poles, and If spoken to ar disposed to ba unpleasantly impudent. Charles lr tuves 'live. Charles L. Fair has been given ten days in which to prepare a bill of exception to the order overruling ills objections to the Introduction of a certified copy of James G. Fair's will in Ilea of the original uocumenu The Barbers' Association and th Barbers' Protective Union will hold a meettne on Sunday at 3 o'clock at A. O. F. Hall, 102 O'Farrell street, lor the purpose or c:ving expression 10 th satisfaction they feel In the passage of tbe recent law which closes all shops on Suaday at 12 o'clock. An additional reason for holding lbs meeting is that a general public sentiment in favor ot signing the bill may be ore-ated. A programm has boon prepared, ISr eiualB sauais eaa short adarees FOB A NEIIi SCHOOL BU1LD1NEL Trustees of the Fruitvale District Award the Plans for Modern Structure. A SITE OVERLOOKING THE BAY. The School Census Hss Increased id) Rapidly That the Present Accommodations Are Inadsqust. Oaklixd Orrici or thb Exiihxbb, I 618 Broadway, V OaKxtxD, Mareh 28. The school chtldrea of Fruitvale are to be housed in a modern building.. Last night tne Trustees of tbe distrlot seleoted plans for a new strnotnre. Tbe present quarters, a rsmihaokle shanty, will be moved and the a w building will be erected la its place. The site is a prominent one, on the corner ot Boston avenue and School atreet, aad overlooks the city of Oakland and the Bay of San Francisco. Somewhat over a year ago, Fruitvale District voted school bonds to ths amonnt of $30,000 for the construction of a school bouse. The bonds bare all been sold, and the money la in the County Treasurer's hands pending the final completion of the building. It was at first proposed to erect one large brick building, sufficient to aooom-modate both the grammar and primary department. That plan has been abandoned and two buildings will be built for the respective grades, Tbe grammar building is to be completed first. The style of the new building Is to be of the Italian Renaissance order. The architects are Cunningham Bros, of Oik-land. Tbe plans call for a $ 13,000 two-story building with concrete basement, having a frontage of 157 feet on Boston, avenue and 58 feet on School street. Oa each floor will be four large class rooms and lunch rooms for the teachers. The principal will have aa office on the first floor, and apace has also been reserved for a library. In the basement will bs separate playrooms for the boys and girls, janitor's rooms and the heating apparatus. The contract for the building will be let at once, it being the intention to have everything ready for occupancy by the commencement of the fall term. SUITS OF THE SOLDIERS. One Is of a Legal Kind, While the Other la Made of Cloth. Two warrants, alleging embezzlement, have been procured by G. Abraham, an angry tailor, who says he was a victim of the National Guardsmen and the railroad strike. Tbe defendants are Charles J. Dutreaux, member of Company C, Naval Battalion, aad T. J. Kelly, a private in Company H, Seeood ReplmonU The tailor siys that the warriors came to bis shop after tbe strike was ovr, audi that each had an order from tnoir respective captains. The orders atTlrmtt J that the aoidmr had done duty in the July atrike and taca hal a claim upon the State Treasurer. Kelly secured a $32 50 auit from Mr. Abraham and borrowed $10 with which to purchase a bat aad a pair of shoes. Dutreaux took: a$4sult. "I kept the orders," said Abraham, "and went to their armories a few nignts ago. whea I knew the money had eoms down from Sacramento. I was not allowed to go Inside ta door. My creditors got their oheoks and went out the aide enlranoa whtle I waited tor the coin that never cams. Tue soldiers bava the clotnes, I bave their orders and the money haa been spent." . Th war history will b told when th men are tried In their new suits. .... THE BONES DO NOT SET, Lester Kamp, a Cripple, Taken ta the Children's Hospital. His Father Arrested on Complaint of the Wife, Who Had Deserted Him for Neglecting the Child. Lester Kamp, ten yeara old, was taksa to the Children's Hospital yesterday afternoon. At the earn time the father ot the child, Fred Kamp, was arrested tor not taking proper care of his boy and for not furnishing him with proper medical ettead-anoe. Kamp lived with bis boy at 230 Lang- ton atreet. He is a laborer and earns $3 a day makine conorete atdewaiks. Hs haa been deserted by bis wife, who is at present a waitress in a dive, but It was she who brought ths oharge agalmst Kamp for neglecting tbe boy. ' Listu is a .helpless oripple. Hs has spinal trouble, but his greater dlstresa arises from the fact that the bones ot bis body bave never ossified, ao that be la powerless to . move or stand or walk, and cannot even move his band to bia head. The room that he haa been occupying ia cold, dark and damp. Never a ray of sunshine creeps into it, aad it is the picture of squalor. Ia this dea little Lester has been left alone day after day. Tbe mistress of the house, Mrs. Pierce, did what ahe could do for him, but as she has cares of her own. the child has been praotically left to bia own resouroea from 8 o'olook ia the morning till his father returned home. In hi solitude the child has amused himself cuttina figures and fanoy shapes out of paper until he has become quite aa adept. Tho last two weeks he has been taming a mouse by feeding it, until now tbe mouse and child are inseparable companions. Mr. Kamp was given notice and ample time in which to properly provide for tbe child, but as he failed to do ao he was arrested. The Cbiidrea'a Hospital will care for him until it is datarminsd whether or no he is an incurable, aad if he is hs will become an inmate of the new " Little Jim," ward. DEFENDING THE STRIKERS. Attorney Monteith Commences Argument in the United States Court Attorney Montieth yesterday began his argument in defense of the former employee of the Southern Paolfio sow oa trial la ths United States Distrlot Court. He will tints to-day. United States District Attorney Foot will oonclude Monday, and Judge Morrow will Instruct the jury Tuesday. Mr. Montieth denounced the soars of the prosecution as dominated by railroad Influence, a being narrow and bitter. He claimed that Mr. Knight and Marshal Bildwla were acting at all times wita the railroad eom-panT. Mr. Moaieiih also denounced Mr. Kntifhf course la Imputing Insanity to the defendants' attorney. - ajr,': oaiti iUioii!i. "-4 Sill I -.1-1 for lnnity at San Diego aad turaed loo aa a harmless lunatic" Mr. Knight spoke up and aaid a woald be able to prove the statement at 3 o'oloek. whereupon Monteith denouaeeJ tbe stetomees a false, and the parlies naa.iy agreed tha Monteith was not arrstel, but that or one once applied tor a warrant for hi arrest on the charge ef Insanity. Ir tou oN't take Langley'a Direotory yon don't got th name. Out Monday. Miss Kunlce Goooricb denies tbestateaeat that Bowman, lae young fallow wae tadsoed a FVtalume gri to leave ber home aad sown IhU (ttf. waa v a asa"" aet onai , X

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