Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on April 8, 1905 · Page 15
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · Page 15

Oakland, California
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WWWWWWWWWVVWWWWw COMPLETE' Associated Press Second Section Telegraphic Reports OAKlJAND, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY EVENING APRIL 8, 1905 VOL. LXjn NO. 39 What the Smart Set Had to Say Contest for Patronage Between St. Francis, Palace and Tait's About Parsifal. S0 Iff:' his as- l :: SAX FRANCISCO, April 8. Tne opera season sepia V ts&d to be a financial success. In this respect Herr Conricd I r4nhAhlr will wish that he had brought his singers to ban .b ran rt of his own .venture. It seems that Conried has no i financial interest in the present performances: He sold rz tlrts to Strine of the Tivoli, Will Greenebaum and their bociates, !and it is i hoped that' these adventurous gentlemen Will innkoa fine not of money out ot their energy. I It must be saiJ that the opening performance was a good flip matter of Caruso. Everv- l)0dy is of one mind that he is the greatest tenor everhear in kIh Vranoisco. and even the rpeople rwho pin their musical faith -', to JJicKose, tiie cpntra-ienor, auiun iuau cuuw Fo . i wonderfully. But.beyond Caruso there was little to charm md ore. bit of disenchantment. . Sembrich, the great and glori-ous -s,ivv nTinnt siTic as she did when she was here befbre. Some of her notes are-iiqiiid and golden, but she has lost that t peculiar charm that won-her Our Javor over Eames and Cilvc f V,,1 oil fhp rpst.. ' . 5 : :T San Francisco has had' a good deal of worship for SeOtti, the! light baritone, who is such a thorough artist m everyimng he does that he has a, following of people who would rather near him than any other singer in the world. But Scotti showed; up with a dreadful cold, which tool all the liquid melody out of his vJice andioreed him to stop singing Bigoletto right in the njiid-dl'e of the opera, and to substitute an awkward understudy, who the role. So there was a ten- ililU. 1101.1- uv . iiiuivv fcv delncv on the. first night to do a great deal of criticising, k.nd there was laoi-any ' great amount of shouting enthusiasm. I.- . -i ii "... r it- Ia spa nnrl hpdr This Ana men came jr aisii.cn. vuiiv " p . great Wagnerian spectacle filled, the house to uncomfortable overflowing. . San Francisco heard Burgstaller, the great Wag- nerian-enor, wno maue &uuu a j- cxx I -i- J i TT1 p'ria'camo a Vinf nf t.riA FflStem metropolis, that the German tenor is certainly great in a trying . Ji t Vow Vrr1r liad Tpmma as Kimdrv, ana tne oesi tpey could give us was our dear old friend Nordica, who has done per 4 tin in 'concerts and really isn't anywhere near as freshvoiced as she'msed to be. Still the Wagner faddists haduite their fill of Parsifal. They approached it in woi-ship and veneration, and they left it with the upturned eyes of esctasy. AVith these" people, who tWoucrhlv enioved the performance were a far greater number wlw were Considerably bored by it, and who attended simply as a pOSe. Thev could not understand the tremendous passages :' and they did "not enjoy sitting in silence and darkness for hours I aid hours and hours. - Many! of them were frank enough to say Snmp. others held out for their. pose and insisted j;nat mej ,uld understand and enjoy Parsifal as much as they cquld liigoletto. ' - j J ' Xqw York puzzled itself as to how itj was to dress for Ifar-San'Trancisco has wrinkled its brows over the sme pfoblem. You .see evening dress looks altogether out of p at 5 o'clock in the afternon, and that is the time at which , perf oiinance of Parsifal ; begins. Then afternoon dress looks oifrrnKni- mi rlnpn 5i st crVif o Vlopk in the eveninsr. and that -M tlie time at which the second act of Parsifal is put on. There .is hardlv time between half-past fsix and' eight o'clock, the trm 0-: the intermission, to both eat dinner and; change dress, dinner bi?ing quite as sacred toi most people as is .Parsifal. So San Francisco" did about as iSTew York did.,, Some people went in evening dress in the afternoon and stuck to that, and some peo- k .. n 1 T i l i. 11 J 11. l 11 y o tvATit in nttPT-nnnn nrpss ana snioic t.o T.nai, larouirn. tut; eeu- V iitt wliilp- a fpw milned doW. a hurried dinner and made a t) ' " - o x r - , ' i . F 1 1 J 1 . 11 iwiATWVIlPfnATI uange oi urcss uuiixig uic liiLd-uxioaxun. . V1 J sd ace the Last week I spoke of the great struggle between the Pa .ace .Hotel, the St. Francis and Tait's to secure the patronage of the fashionable throng for after-the-opera suppers. These sup- ) Iers have become as much an event of the opera season as the i opera itself. In the struggle the honors are with the St. Francis. The influence of the Crocker heirs was brought to bear and the Burlingame set went to the hotel owned by those heirs. Mrs. Walter Martin, Mrs. Henry T. Scott and other interested people led the fight for the St. Francis and they carried away the palm of victory .v There was no lack of numbers at the Palace. The monied class was there in atl the glory of its raiment and In all the gorgeousness of its diamonds. But the caste of Yere de Yere was at the St. Francis, and the new hotel will now pose as , the particular resort of fashion. As for. Tait's, three distinct crowds were fed there. First came a crowd from, the Forestry --show at the Mechanics' Pavilion. Then came another crowd from the theaters. And lastly the place was thronged with people from the opera people who are neither ricji nor fashionable-but who must eat before going to bed. . . It looks very much as if Caruso was going to make a great hit with the club men and men about: town as well as with the opera audiences. He is full of the joy of living. He likes a merry glass in a merry company He has as quick an eye for a pretty woman when in ms street clothes as he has wThen acting the roe of the Duke in Rigoletto. His ability as a caricaturist is beyonct all question. Some people have said that Italy has no cleverer artist with the sketch pencil. But caricaturist or no caricaturist, good fellow or bad fellow, he is the greatest tenor this end of the world has ever known. In hearing most tenors you have a feeling that they are not altogether at home in their musicj and that they are saving themselves for their one or two fop notes with which they hit the gallery. Sometimes they seem tel slur everything except those top notes. But Caruso , seems to toy with his role ; he revels in it. He sings the music as if it were the greatest fun in all the world to sing and keep on singing. So you feel entirely sure of him, just as he seems entirely sure of himself. He has the top note with the best o f them, but he has so much more that you never feel thtat he is subordinating everything else so he can spring that note upon you and set your nerves to tingling. . v& From Grand Opera to politics is a long step, but opera, politics and the murder mystery have been about the only things discussed this week. The political situations seems to get more '. mystifying as the days go on. The great question was, whether Mr. Herrin would continue to do politics with Ruef. And now Mr. Herrin isrgoing away, intending to be gone until after the August primaries. Simultaneously with the announcement of Mr. Herrin 's departure, comes the announcement that Internal Revenue Collector John C. Lynch has decided to have nothing niore to do with San Francisco politics. Mr. Lynch has been Mr. Herrin 's chief lieutenant. The wise men take these announcements to mean that Mr. Herrin has cut from under Ruef and will leave the attorney for Mayor Sehmitz to work out his own salvation. Ordinarily this would seem to clear the fieldjFor a battle between Sehmitz and Ruef on one sift and Fairfax Wheelan and the Dohrmann-SymmesLackman combination of reformers on the other. But now comes Postmaster Arthur Fisk and 'complicates everything by getting up an anti-Ruef movement all his own. ; Fisk has been talking with the different district - leaders who are hostile to Ruef and is arranging for a general meeting of these leaders. As Fisk always has been close up with Herrin and the "organization," the wise men have figured that Herrin and Lynch have left Fisk to conduct an anti-Ruef campaign for the control of the local Republican organization- But Fisk and the Wheelan reformers have as yet made no common cause. The Wheelan men seem to regard Fisk with a bit of suspicion. Apparently they fear a double cross. Perhaps they think that a government under the control of the district leaders will be no great improvement -on the government under .guef and Sehmitz. However, Fisk expects these reformers to get behind' him, and if they do not he probably will conclude to fight out the battle on his own lines. The reformers, having been first in the field, expect Fisk to enroll himself under their banner. If he does not do so they may conclude to fight out the battle on their own lines. Here, then, would be a split in the anti-Ruef forces, and even with those forces united there are spme cynics who believe that the attorney for the Mavor could win out in the majority of the assembly districts. So it is hard to tell on just what lines the: battle is to be fought. And the politicians are not wise enough to predict just what will come out of the very evident anti-Ruef feeling now prevailing in the community. j . j & .' There is a little row on just now over the appointment of the State mineralogist. Ed. H. Benjamin, president of, the State Miners' Association, is eager to take the scalp off the present head of the mining bureau, Charles E. Aubrey.. State Senator W. C. Ralston, who was one of Aubrey's supporters when the appointment was given to that gentleman, has joined Benjamin in the scalp-hunting expedition. Just what it is all about, I have not yet had time to ascertain. But the fight is making just a little flutter, as any active politician can tell. 5 8 Hour by hour this week the politicians have been expecting Covernor Pardee to announce the appointment of the Appellate Court judges. It was whispered on Wednesday that the announcements were to be made that afternoon. On Thursday the sphinx at Sacramento was to sneak. As I write now. on ' Friday evening, the appointments are still momentarily expected, and what I am writing may all be dead copy in another half hour. Pardee has kept his counsel well, and the best of the poli- ticians can but guess shrewdly at who his appointees are to be. ' It seems to be taken for granted, however, that two of the judges for the northern district who will hold court at Sacramento will be General N. P. Chipman, now one of the Supreme Court Com- missioners, and Superior Judge Buckles of Solano, a great favorite with the G. A. R. veterans. No one knows who the Democrat on that division of the t?ourt is to be. The place was offered to Judge Peter J. Shiels of Sacramento, but he declined it. Supreme Court Commissioner Cooper, whose former, home was in TTkiah hut nrlmcia n-rociavif lmrvin i, C . i j-lv fivovui, uumc ia in iod.il X : 1 UilClSCU, aiSO QC-' clined a position that would force him to live in Sacramento. As. far as the -central district is concerned the San Francisco politicians have made up their minds that your Judge Hall has' defeated your Judge Melvin for the coveted honor. Just how they figure this out they are unable to tell. But is their guess. John Garber has declined a place on the bench, though at one time he contemplated accepting it. Commissioner Cooper or Ralph C. Harrison, another commissioner, may have one of the 4 places in the central district. - . It is said to be certain that Commissioner Gray of Tulare will have one of the places on the southern bench. He will have to move from his present home in Berkeley arid is already making his arrangements to do so. It is whispered that the Gover- nor has been much torn by his desire to name Judge Oster of San Bernardino or Judge Shaw of San Diego, and there is some ' notion that the Democrat on the bench may be Judge Trask Los Angeles. But most of this is the variest guess work, and if the appointments come out tomorrow morning I hope the editor will have sense enough to kill these concluding paragraphs. v THE KNAVE. )REAL ESTATE NEWS OF THE PAST WEEK flany Good Sales Made Renting is BriskNew Buildings Proposed. atic real estate market again assumed adtivity this past week, and the broker hate been kept busy... ,Maiiy good sale? haUie been made and the renting business coptinues brisk. The sale of the Klnsell property for $60,000 was one ot tfce large deals of the week. . " THE ADAMS ESTATE. trhe three heirs of the late Edson Adams have agreed to subdivide the estate left by their father; which consists of 160 acres located on Adams Point and adjoining Lcjke Merritt. JohnC. Adams receives the old Adams horn est etd and the thickly wooded portlots of the1 estate fronting upon Lake ierritt. The more hilly; portion of the land overlooking the lake goes to Mrs; Julla: Prather, while the remaining portion along the lake and immediately adjoining the electric railway goes to Edson Adams. , It is the intention of the heirs to improve this land and the boulevard along the lake and offer lots for sale as building sites. NEW BUILDINGS.' !- The Seattle Brewing and Malting Company will build a bottling' Works and stable this month. The plant is to be located on First street, between Alice and Jackson. ' " . MERRJTT HOSPITAL. Work on the Merritt liospltsj. which Is to be located on Blackstone. Heights, rjear. St. Mary's College, will be, commenced during the month. 0&4 building to eost r?5.000 will be erected at thl? time. When completed the hospital will consist, ot flye buildings. The other four buildings t be constructed will be erected from tiine to time as the Income of the estate will! allow. The funds for the whole sanitarium were left 'by the widow of Dr. Samuel .Merritt. A splendid evidence of the prosperity the city is in the sale of the weH-khown Kinsell homestead at Elmhurst, fronting on San Leandro road aad con-ssting of sixty acres. The property' was sftld by J. S. Meyers to the Federal Realty Company of San Francisco at $1,000 an are. The buyers will immediately lay oiit streets and subdivide the land into building lots, to be placed on the market for sale. That real estate is the .rue basis of investment . and the foundation 'for safe afid eure income Is becoming more. evident each year. Especially Is this so In QaSland and the surrounding suburbs. Whether it be . resident, business or suburban property makes no difference; Itj will always remain the leading product iht the capitalist or the home builder. In no way could this be better shown tian by the following facts gleaned from tie best authority on real estate matters ii. this city. Oakland; real estate will beyond a doubt prove a-good investment ahd in the; future yield a handsome profit. tio city In the country enjoys more prosperity, such unequaled climatic conditions ahd excellent transportation facilities. It ; is the terminus of two t great railroad lines and -bids lair to be the terminal Ppint of yet another. It is built up of pretty homes, surrounded by flowers, lawns and fruit trees. It Is an ideal city ahd the prettiest in the United States ftom any standpoint. jAll thistneans rapid advancement and ' growth, i and more money-seeking In vestors win come to Oakland because of its natural advantages for shipping by sea and rail. Modest- homes- for -the workmen .can easily be secured "and., the manufacturer I who is quick 'to see the advantages 'of Jail this will Invest ''his money, with the ; result of a great, populous city bustling j with industry and the increasing of real. estate values from one' end of the county j to the other. - GREAT INCREASE. In 1S62 the Rev. John H. Brewer bought the block bounded by Clay, Jefferson, Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets for $800, and two years later built the frame house which he made his ' home on the northeast corner of Thirteenth and Jefferson streets. In 1892 the gas company bought one-fourth of the block, 100 feet" on Clay street Ty 150 feet on Thirteenth, a portion of which it now occupies with its handsome building. The street 'frontage on that block is now worth, $450 a front foot. It would cost more to buy two front feet now than the entire block was bought for in 1862. . , 3 Fifty feet south of Nineteenth street on the east side of San Pablo avenue sold in 1902 for $110 per, front foot, i Last year this same place was oold and brought $250 per front foot, which .-shows that prices more than doubled in the two years. In 1897 the Blair; Park property was sold at $500 an acre. It is now selling at the rate of $7,000 per acre under the changed name of the Central Piedmont Tract. One hundred and fifty feet: on San Pablo avenue, between "Fourteenth and Sixteenth streets, andf running through to Telegraph avenue, hlcb sold in 1903 for $160,000, was reaoid in 1904 for $300,-000 and ia, today considered a safe and good mvestment at a 25 per cent advance over the latter selling price. Many more such Instances could be cited, thus showing that real estate in Oakland Is one - of the best and safest investments to be had, and that people who invest -In- local real estate need never be afraid of the ultimate outcome of the investment. . "ANSWERS QUERY.-. "Real Estate Editor TRIBtlNE Dear Sir: In answer to your query "how we bought our home," would say I bought mine by paying $50 cash and $16 a month. Three years ago I had just $50 with -which to buy a home. I visited all the real estate . brokers In Alameda county, and at last succeeded in finding one who took my money and gave me an old, but good house and a lot 40x135 for $2,000. The place had not been occupied for a long-time and all I could see was a ! fine crop of matured -weeds growing up as high as the fence. Clearing "these away, I found all kinds' of berries Logan, raspberries and blackberries in. great profusion. I may state here that I have "sold nearly one hundred dollars' worth of j these berries, enough to make the payments on my house for six' months. My garden supplies my wants in the vegetable line, and a dozen hens keep my family in fresh eggs. "We have lots of fresh air and sunshine and in a few mofe years I ehall own this place .clear. My family have grown strong and healthy from the pure air of the suburbs and city life and pay- lng rent have long ago lost their charms' for me. ! "I might state that although we are living in me suuurus, w i mill a imrcy- minute ride of Oakland, yet we have all the advantages of the city, such as water, J electric light, phone, gas, sewer, etc I certainly advise every on who can do so to become a land owner and his own landlord. Does it pay-to own your own home? Assuredly It does. The per centage cannot be figured in the home j owner's favor. It is too big. Tours truly, , A SUBURBANITE." . NEW APARTMENTS. The new apartment building on the corner of Nineteenth and Franklin, is now fully completed and ready for occupancy. It is the finest apartment building in the city, having every modern - convenience. Including janitor service. E. J. Stewart & Co. are the agents. GOOD DEMAND. J. Tyrrell reports a good demand for residence property for homes. Many inquiries are coming from Eastern people. This firm sold to C. L. Weltman a residence on Seventh avenue, btweeni Eleventh and Twelfth streets, for $4,6001 Also two lots on Linden, at ? the corner 1 of Thirty-second street, for $1,300. . 1 - JAPANESE LABORERS. "WASHINGTON, April 8: The former Panama ' Canal Commission previously to the me It resigned was about to sign a contract for 2.000 Japanese laborers .to work on the isthmian canal. The contract provided for a work day of ten hours, and a question arose as to whether the Government 1 could 'employ laborers for more than eight hours in any calendar day. The subject was referred to the Attorney-General for an ooinion. This opinion has not yet been rendered ; and the matter will again come up before j tne new commission. A question also baa been raised as to the right to Import contract laborers In the canal zone, but It is held that the canal zone is not like other territory of the United States and therefore is not subject to the contract labor law. TREBLE CLEF CLUB 10 I FIRST APPEARANCE OF RECENTLY ORGANIZED SOCIETY AT UNIVERSITY. BERKELEY. April 8. The recently organized University Treble Clef Society, composed of inirty young ladles, will make is first appearance on Tuesday evening, April 18, In a concert with th De Koven Club at Hearst Hall. The con. cert will be unusually interesting aside from its being the occasion of tha first' appearance of the Treble Clef. The new song which Madame Carusi has dedicated to the De Koven Club will be sung for$ the nrst time by Walter De Leon and the De Koven Club. The acocmpanlment will be played by Madame Carusi herself. f The numbers will be furnished by Clinton P. Morse, tenor; George Walker and Millon 8chwartz, humorists. The entire Treble Clef of Dp KoTen Clubs, making a chorus of sixty voices, will render Gounod's "Babylon's Wave." i.. f

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