Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on September 10, 1904 · Page 11
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · Page 11

Oakland, California
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Saturday, September 10, 1904
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f " VOL. lxii OAKIAND. CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY EVENING,; SEPTEMEJER 10, 1904 2 O Pages NO. 18 law Pases 11-20 IT C421 UNION SAVINGS BANK MOVES INTO . PALATIAL NEW HOME. ITS UNION SAVINGS BANK BUILDING, CORNER THIRTEENTH AND BROADWAY. It is Now Housed Edifice in Oakland-Vaults and Su in the Tallest and Host Stately -Splendid Banking Room and perb Interior Decorations. Today the . Union Ravings Banlc moved Into Its new building on the northeast corner of Broadway and Thirteenth streets, acknowledged by all who have seen it to be one of the finest,. structures of its class in the United States. In beauty of design, harmony of detail and completeness of finish, coupled with artistic interior decoration, it has no superior among buildings of its type anyvhere. It is the first tall, completely fire proof steel and stone building of the modern type ever erected In Oakland, and it stands today a striking monument to the enterprise of Its projector, William G. Henshaw, president . of the Unidn Savings Bank, and the skui and artistic talent of the architect. Walter J. Matthews, of Oakland. Mr. Matthews not only drew the plansand supervised the construction of the "building, but he planned the bank vaults, the steel work of the frame and the decorative designs f or ; the ' Inter lor. The steel ramevork was cast at the Judson Iron Works, In this -lity, from original patterns. The building was designed by an Oaklan architect and built by Oakland mechanics. The stone -me from a Colusa quarry. So when one view this splendid structure pristine nearly half a million dollars, he cannot fail to be Impressed with the kfaCt that it - is typically Callfornian and equally typical of California en terprise and genius. ... A MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE. ' The new building, of . the- Union Savings Bank Is In the classic style, 60x100 In size, and eleven stories In height. dividend - into offices. In the ten upper storle's; thoroughly fireproof through out," , with the very latest, method of fireproof ing;., with a service of two fast runninsr electric, elevators, with all the latest improvements The style of ar chitecture is classic The exterior of the building is executed in Colusa sandstone, with copper cornice. TJiere are $ne hundred and forty-six rooms, finished ' throughout In . red curly fcircn. i The halls have marble floors throughout the building and wainscoting. The total height of the building is 147 feet 8 Inches. LATEST FIKEPROOF DEVICES. In making the building thoroughly fireproof, the lessons of the Baltimore fire were carefully studied and every contingency provided . for. It is as complete in every respect as if it stood in New York,' and is worthy to stand in any company. It Is steam heated throughout. It also has a system of compressed air. for the use oT.physlci-ans.' and for cleaning purposes. It has an alternating current of -electricity in every room for lighting and power purposes; also a direct current for power purposes. All wires are laid. In separate conduits for 5 the different systems. Every room has fuel gas for heating purpose.". The two high speed electrical elevators are of the latest model and the most expensive make. They are reached by arched entrances from Broadway and Thirteenth street, the corridors being wainscoted with white varlgated marble, surmounted by mahogany panels. AH the rooms In the upper stories are lighted and ventilated by windows openlr . on the out-side. ... ' . v ,- The upper parts of the interior? are not yet finished, but the bank quarters which oqcupythe entire ground floor, with the exception of the space taken by corridors . and elevators, . is completed save the celling dec oration. The i Union Savings Bank now has a housing that will challenge comparison with that of any bank In California. And It , is not amiss to remark that Its banking rooms are only a proper t setting for a financial Institution that has taken a high place, In this State, and Is. in a highly prosperous condition- , Its, resources exceed $5,000,000, and Its business Is expanding rapidly and healthfully. .Under the managements of W1I-ttam . G. .. Henshaw ;'lts deposits ' have enormously Increased and the scale of its operations ' enlarged ' In proportion. Mr. Henshaw is now In TTurope, but marble the affairs of the bank are being skill fully and carefully managed by vice-president Charles T. Rodolph, who is in entire sympathy with Mr. Henahaw's methods and aims. THE BANK'S NEW HOME. Entering the bank from Broadway, one is c: -.fronted with a picture for the eye of an artist." The blending hues of "metal, mar'.le, polished woodwork and plaster, softened by the flood of light that ' pours through the plate glass windows, give the eye a sense of luxurious content. ' Everything Is rich', quiet, elegant and restful not a Jarring note or a color discordance appears anywhere. The first that appears Is a bronze vestibule with circular - canopy, heavy bronze doors, and all of. that construction being filled in with plate-glass, so that one has an unobstructed view of the banking room. One's first Impressfbn is of the perfect harmony that exists throughout the entire room; not only In harmony of design arid style, but harmony of . color nothing ostentatious, but all of that character that gives an air of elegance, and one feels that nothing ought to be added of taken away. Here one finds every convenience for the transaction of buajness telephones, call bells between the employes and the officers, and electrical appliances of all kinds and description for the protection of the bank. A BEAUTIFUL BANKING ROOM. . The banking room is in size 37x70 feet. It has the most modern system of artificial ventilation and heating, using large fans run by electric motors, and every precaution has been taken to Introduce only fresh and pure air into the banking room. - It Is finished with se many and dif ferent materials that one scarcely knows which . to describe first. The floor of the banking room, outside of the main counters! Is an Italian mosaic floor in beautiful patterns. The walls of the banking room from floor to the height of the window sills are finished with a red scagllola. in imitation of Arabian marble. Thence to the cornice of the room the walls are finished with Honduras mahogany In the solid, which extends around the entire room. The ceiling of the room is executed in ornamental plaster work, with heavy modllllons and paneled ceilings in late Italian' Renaissance. The bank counters, as well as all the fixtures In the room desks, t'?.r-are finished in marbles and mahogany. .' ' . ; The bronze work and grilles dividing the banking room Into its several departments constitute one of the principal features in tht bank, having very heavy pilasters with arabesque' and bas-relief carvings, ionic capitals, and, instead of using grilles or bent pieces of Iron in the gates and the screens at the top of. the grille, cast bronze carving has been used which has required a r great amount of . chasing. Taking the screen as a whole, it is the most unique piece of bronze .work on the coast, and shows n.ore than any other piece of work the capabilities of California ; workmen, havltvg all been executed in the State. ; ' .THE VAULTS . AND SAFES.. . The several departments of the bank on the Inside of the counter are separated by bronze partitions, filled In with plate glass, which gives an unobstructed view . of the. whole banking room. The safes in the rear of the banking room are each .eight feet by eleven feet In the clear inside: the walls of which are two Inches thick, made from chrome steel in leaf form, put together with blind screws, making it impossible to penetrate th.e walls by any known method that a burglar can use. The vestibule of the safe has two doors. the inner door and the outer door, both of which are marvels of construction, having all the latest improvements as protection against both fire and burglaries. The outside door is rfome sev en Inches thick; has time locks two in number, . three chronometers for control of lime lock, and also two exterior combinations, and,, with a combination lock on the interior doors, would 're quire four persons to enter the safe, unless someone knew all of the com binationa of the different locks; making it four times the strength & protection which the bank thought was necessary to protect their depositors. ' . SOME EXQUI8ITE WORKMANSHIP. The door.8 of .the two safes, with their accompanying vestibules, weigh fifteen tons apiece, - hich makes thirty tons In the entrance doors of the two safes. The outside doors with their enormous weights move with the touch of a finger. The exterior of the safe Is fireproofed with hollow brick walls, and then finished with scagllola marble in imitation of black Belgian marble, .which, with the contrast of the doors and their! color, makes a beautiful effect, and 'the designer has combined, his colors in such a way that great strength and Bolidit'y is given to the safe vaults.' One of the special features of the banking room is the plate glass screen between the banking room and the entrance corridor from Broadway to the elevators at the rear of the building, which gl . es a perfect view of the bank-ing room to each individual as he passes to the elevator, to go to the offices in the several stories of the building. - THE PRESIDENTS ROOM. You step from the banking room Into a waiting room and from thence to the President's room. This room is sixteen by sixteen feet in size; is. paneled on the walls, to a height of eleven feet with . figured mahogany. This panel work or wall lining is first composed of a flat base the height of the windows some four feet of a perfectly . smooth panel of ' beautiful, water-grained mahogany. Above this the wall surfaces are paneled with carved moldings and cornice, and the center panels . are filled- in 'with crotch veneers of mahogany, ad these veneers are all different, and nature seems to have outdone herself in the beautiful figures that one sees. ' One can almost imagine that he sees leo pard heads; and with a vivid imagination one can discern almost anything. Above the panel work, fine, cornice and modllllons, heavy carvings extend around the room, and above this comes the fiat wall - of the building, laid out for decorative purposes, : and above this a continuation of the magnificent ceiling of the banking room. This and the banking room ceiling will eventually be decorated with , metal effects, giving the effect of the old inlaid metal work seen on East Indian Inlaid work. Off the president's room Is a marble lavatory and cloak-closets. LUNCHEON ROOM FOR EMPLOYES And the employes of the bank have not been neglected. Around the side of the safe you go up a staircase and enter a beautiful mahogany room ail being mahogany except the ceiling, which will' be eventually decorated. This dining room is for lunches in the mid-day hour, for the clerks. Off this dining room is the kitchen, with all the conveniences of a Pullman buffet. On this floor, wnicn is called tne mezzanine floor, ' each, employ has his lock er, and in the basement are . situated all .the lavatories. With the touch of a button, the whole banking 'floor' can be flooded with electric light, -diffused through shaded globes set 4In, groups .of -three. In point, one is at a loss to find anything lacking in the way 'of ornament or convenience or- in artistic ensemble, That all this beautiful work was designed and executed by Oakland people, and paid for with Oakland money is something on which local pride may feed with mo Jest satisfaction. .The officers' of "the Unipn Savings Bank are: William G. Henshaw, president; Charles T. Rodolph," vice-president: A. Ev- H. Cramer, cashier. Board of Directors: ; William G. Henshaw. Thomas Prather, Charles T. Rodolph. C. E. Palmer, R. S. Farrelly, Thomas Crellin, H. W. Meek. Henry. A. Butters, C. H. King, George'E. Grant, Shelby F. Martin. : ' . r. , BANDITS Their Capture is Believed to Be Matter of Few Hours. .' MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ARE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. Bolt Enters Kitchen and Hits Daughter While She is Ironing and Then Fells Mother. - .. ' ' . - ; PORT JERVIS, N. Y., September io. During a severe electrical storm which has swept over this section, many houses and barns were struck by lightning. At Hart wood as woman and her daughter were probably fatally injured. A bolt entered the kitchen and struck a flat-iron with which the daughter was ironing. The current ran up her arm and felled the mother, who was standing near by. The roof rff the house was torn off. ! BULLET THROUGH HIS BRAIN DOES MAN GOOD. NEW YORK. September 10. Three of the six men bandits who held up the paymaster of the Orourke Engineering and Construction Company for $5,000 on August 24 on a lonely highway in New Jersey, are reported to have been traced to the Italian quarter of Pater son and their capture is believed to be only a lue8tlon,of hours. Two hundred men have searched constantly for the highwaymen, but although they got so close to the gang that -firearms and articles of clothing were found where they had been hastily discarded, they manager to reach town and a place of hiding. :' BClEriUS Surgeons Say That the Lead Passing Through flan's Nerve Center : Has Improved Himi Mentally. ... . -. NEW YORK, September io. Frederick Bock, who attempted to end his life by shooting at his home in Newark, N- last June, has recoveredfrom the effects of, a shot which the surgeons say passed through both sides of his brain. i' r When he was taken to the hospital the doctors declared there was no hope for his recovery. On the contrary, it has been found that the bullet did him good, and his mental, condition is now better than before. . : : Upon lea.ving the hospital Bock was turned over to the police and will be held .on a charge of attempting suicide. HI SHOT BECAUSE HE ASSAULTED HIS SUPERIOR WITH AIR COUPLING. 1 FORT "WORTH, Tex., September 10. Claud F. Beal a fireman on the Fort Worth and Rio Grande. wa3 shot and killed last night by Harry T. Ross, an engineer on the same road. T ; . , Beall assaulted . Rosa with an air coupling and followed him Into the master mechanic's office. SCHiMLLISSuE HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY. . ,NEW YORK. September 10. Announcement that Rear Admiral Schley will : shorUy publish ' his autobiography, entitled VForty-flve Tears Under the Flag,"; is made. About one-third of the book will be devoted to the Spanish war. concerning which the Admiral will say in his preface: '. . . ,ln the chapters which relate to the operations against . Cervera's fleet, the purpose, has been to record the events from the writer's own viewplont, to criticise in a spirit of fairness, but without malice, bearing in mind that wherever it has been necessary to refer to aprjarent inconsistencies in the statements of oth-' ers, the author has -endeavored always to avoid unnecessary personalities. "Through the . courtesy of ' Secretary Moody, recourse has beenhad to official papers, - which were - not available befora his accession to office. - . . The remainder of the large volume wili be given to . the narrative of Admiral Schley's service in many seas. ADVANCE RECORDED III' II. Y. STOCK MARKET. NEW YORK, September 10. During the week there nas been a further -advance in the stock market, despite heavy realizing and occasional reactions. Confidence in a revival of street trade as a consequence of the .week's - cut 'in prices played a prominent part in the .movement.- Advices as to : railroad . " traffic showed an expansion both in the grain movement and that of merchandise. - Th resumption of full working time in the Pennsylvania shops was accepted as evl m THE ASSAULT. CHE FOO, September io. Noon. Japanese who left Dalny; yesterday say that the grand assault upon Port Arthur, which it .Was rumored was planned by: the Japanese for to-day, has been postponed until Tuesday next, September 13, and that ";a still further postponement is possible, as the, Japanese intend to 'make every possible preparation b'efore again hurling themselves upon the worn-out garrison. A Chinaman who left Port Arthur on the. evening of September, 5 confirms the reports of heavy fighting from August 27 to August 31, when he and many others worked night and day burying the dead, which included Chinese, Russians aiid Japanese indiscriminately. He says that during this fight four forts in the vicinity of Rihlung-shan . were captured. The Russians signalled the garrisons of these forts to retire, whereupon, the Japanese occupied them, but were compelled to retire lajter under a heavy bombardment. Previous reports said that the Japanese had only entered one s fort during this attack. Since August 31 fighting has been comparatively unimportant. The Russians "have since remounted guns upon the four forts above ' mentioned. He also confirms the report of a three hours', attack upon Fort Itzhan on the morning of September 2. When he left the Russians were preparing vigorously to resist the next assault, for which their spies said the Japanese are making elaborate preparations. WIM EN AND CHILDREN ARE Flames Spread Throughout; a New-York Tenement House En- danger. ng Many Lives. . .NEW YORKf September 10. More than 'a score of women; and cluldren .were'rescued from a fire in a five-story tenement house atj 50c Tenth afenue early to-day. The blaze started under a stairway-on the .second floor and spread quickly, to the. roof. j : One woman was confined to her' bed by illness and the flames1 had reache4 her room when a fireman jstove. in the window and carried her down the fire-escape. Her husband and -children - who had -'re-s mained in the flat, were carried down extension ladders by the firemen. So quickly did the flames spread i through the tenement that .tho families living about the second floor had no time to gather clothing x velve families occupied the second and .third floors .and 'all had narrow -escapes, losing 'everything they possessed. , :' dence of improrlng railroad . condition?. Labor settlements helped sentiment and the slight hardening: of the money market owing to interior withdrawals from New York caused no apparent misgivings. , HEAVY SHIPMENT OFJREASURE. SEATTLE, September 10. One hundred and fifty passengers, including heavy operators from every prominen t mining and oil ilistrict throughout th Northland, and Klondike reasurer valued, at $500,000 came ot the steamers Dolphin and Cottage City, which arrived yesterday from Southeastern Alaska. The Cottage City brought a b'old shipment of $225,000 and the Dolphin brought $275,000. - . , . A physician says he.f!nds the following an excellent drink for his fever patients; Strain the Juice of a grated pineapple and one or two oranges. Pour over shavings of ice into .Jhich a small quantity of powdered sugar baa been sifted. . . ,

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