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PACIFIC COAST NEWS.
Important Gathering of
Valuable Property Consumed by
Fire at Hanford—Doings in
I Asociatcd Press Dispatches to the HiraLd. I
San Francisco, March (i.—The
Grape-Growers' and Wine-Makers'
Association met here to-day. Louis
D. Comb, of San Jose, presided. A
set of articles for incorporation of the
Wine Exchange was reported by the
committee in charge of the movement.
THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS
This afternoon resulted as follows:
Presidents, H. W. Mclntyre, of Vina,
Cal.; Vice-President, W. McPherson
F. T. Eisen, Jno. T. Doyle, E.
AY. Maslin and J. De Barth Short;
Treasurer,'H. 11. Kohler; Secretary,
E. H. Rixford; Directors, A. G.
Chance, H. W. Crabb, T. J. Rose, M.
M. Estee and J. B. J. Portal.
RESOLUTIONS ON TAXATION.
After the annual election of officers
a resolution submitted by H. W.
Crabb, Chairman of the Committee
on the Internal Revenue Tax, was
taken up. The first clause to the
effect that the special internal revenue
tax system should be abolished, was
adopted. Over the second clause, de
manding that the internal revenue
tax on fruit spirits should bo reduced
to not exceed fifty cents per gallon,
there was much debate, several speak
ers holding that the internal revenue
tax on spirits should be abolished
altogether. Finally the following
resolution was substituted for the
Original one: "Tbat, in order to equal
ize the cost of the production, the
tax on fruit spirits should be forly
cents less a gallon thau on other
spiri s, and that at the present rate of
taxation the tax un fruit spirits should
be reduced to fifty cents."
Tlie remaining clauses of the reso
lution were carried as submitted and
the following addilional ones added :
Resolved: l'hat the privilege of
bonding be extended to all producers
of fruit brandies.
Resolved: Ihat an additional duty
of 20 cents per gallon should be placed
on all imported wines containing
more than 15 per cent, of alcohol.
Resolved: That the duty on foreign
fruit juices should be at least 50 cents
per gallon and when containing more
than 15 per cent, of alcohol should
pay an additional tax of $2. on each
gallon of alcohol in excess contained
Resolved: That the bonding period
should be extended from three to five
Resolved: That the law should be
so amended that fruit brandy in bond
may be transferred into smaller pack
ages to suit the requirements of the
Resolved: That fruit brandy may be
bottled and cased in bond and may
be exported in bottles and cases free
of internal revenue duty or its with
drawal on payment of tax.
Resolved: That the law should be
ho amended that fruit spirits may be
free of tax in fortifying sweet wines,
and that all brandy should be marked
by gauges of the year in which it is
distilled. We recommend that Con
gress pass a law protecting the purity
of wine and forbidding the manufac
ture and sale of spurious wines.
Resolved: Tbat the duty on im
ported raisins should not be less than
two cents per pound.
Resolved: That Congress be respect
fully requested to pass a law authoriz
ing the President to appoint a Com
missioner-General to represent the
United States in the proposed exhibi
tion to be held in Paris.
THE WINE EXCHANGE
H. W. Crabb was empowered
to appoint a committee from through
out tlie different wine-producing
counties to solicit subscriptions to
ward the proposed exchange and to
call a meeting and otherwise carry on
all business tending towards the es
tablishment of the exchange.
The matter of sending a delegate to
represent the United States at the
Madrid conference, was taken up and
it was resolved to submit the name of
Fred. Hohndorff to the authorities in
Washington, and to ask the Inter
national Commissioners to devise
means to provide for his expenses.
A uDsiiucrivn inn:.
Considerable Damage Done to
Property at Hanford.
Hanford, March 6, —About 8
o'clock last evening, Frank Pryor dis
covered that the tear of his store was
on fire. The fire was under such
headway that he was able to save but
few goods, and in a few minutes
three buildings in the range were ad
burning. The losses of the losers are as
follows: Frank Pryor, stock, .$2,800,
insured for $2,235; H. A. Burke,
frime building, $800, insured for $500;
Mrs. M. Corey, frame building, $1,200,
insured for $800; J. C. Davis, saloon,
stock and furniture, $700, insurance,
$500; G. Degiorgi, suloon, stock,
$400, insured for $300; Boyce Bros.,
general merchandise stock, $4,000, in
sured for $3,500; J. P. Boyce, frame
building and store fixtures, $1,200,
insured for $800. Everything being
damp from recent rains and the peo
ple working with a will and having a
good supply of water, the fire was
confined to the three buildings. It is
supposed that the fire caught from an
Superintendent Oaddls Due
San Francisco, March (i. —A. A.
Gaddis, General Superintendent of
the Atlantic and Pacific, arrived in
this city this morning in his special
car. To-day, he while here, con
tracted for a number of Chinese to
work on the Mojave Desert in making
the proposed improvements. Mr.
Gaddis left this evening for Los An
geles. He will make a tour of in
pection of the Santa Fe lines in
Regarding the reported trouble with
the brakemen on the A. & P., Mr.
Gladdis said that there was no strike.
The brakemen of tbe mountain divi
sion had complained of not receiving
as much compensation as those on
other portions of the road and they
asked that the wages apportioned
should be equalized, which had been
It waa learned to-day that T. R.
Wilbur, of the San Francisco & San
Joaquin Valley road, supposed to be
in the eastern states, is ia London.
Railroad men here assign two rea
sons for his presence in the European
metropolis. One of these is that he
he has gone to contract for the pur
chase of a large quantity of steel rails
for use on tbe new line which he and
his associates are building to afford
the A. T. & 8. F. connection with Sau
A new train will soon be run on the
Southern Pacific through the San
Joaquin valley from Sumner to this
city, arriving here daily at 5 :46 p. m
The order of the Southern Pacific
Company requiring prepayment of
charges on goods shipped to Texas
points has been rescinded.
Announcement of the Schedule
San Francisco, March 6. — The
California Ha c .eball League has at
last approved of the schedule for next
season. The league will comprise
four clubs, two in this city, one in
Oakland and the other at Stockton.
This season each club plays the same
number, sixty-eight, championship
games, and in order that these may
be played,' the contests will occur on
all holidays. The season will open in
this city on March 25th, between the
Haverlys and Pioneers and the Green
hood and Morans and Stocktons start
the season at Stockton. The same
teams close the season in both ci'ies.
M'CARTHY IN DEMAND.
Manager Robinson, of the Green
hood and Morans is makingstronuoi l
efforts to secuie the release of Mc-
Carthy, the pitcher of the Kansas
City team, who made such a good
showing with the" Los Angeles Club
last winter. He has made several
offers for McCarthy's release and
wired the Kansas City people an offer
to-day, which he thinks will be ac
prizes for players.
New York, March o.—The Ameri
can Baseball Association has resolved
to give the club winning the champion
ship a purse of $1,000 in addition to
a pennant, and to each player of the
club a handsome badge. 'J he club
holdinc second place will get $750,
and the third place $500. These
awards add interest to the contests of
the coming season.
Cnplcasunt Experiences of Two
San Francisco, March 6. —Fred
Grannamaun and Peter Nelson, two
sailors who arrived in this city this
evening, give an account of a narrow
escape from drowning they experi
enced at Fish Rock, Mendocino
county, last Sunday. The two men
got in a small boat to loosen the linos
of a tug, so that she could put
to sea as it was very dangerous lying
at Fish Rook daring the storm. The
waves almost filled the boat with
water, but tho men succeeded in bail
ing it out with their hats. After bat
tling with the waves for five hours
they drifted asho c near Point Arena,
whore the light-house keeper gave
tliein shelter. The crew of the Reli
ance had given them up as lost.
Congress to be Memorialized for
the Necessary Station.
San Francisco, March (i.—The
establishment of a quarantine station
upon the Pacific Coast has become
more than ever a question of impor
tance. A bill has been introduced in
the United States Senate by
Senator Stanford, providing for a
quarantine station. It is not yet
law, but efforts will be made to secure
its early passage. At a meeting of the
recently appointed committee, to
night, it was decided to address a
memorial to Congress urging that it
may become a law. A committee,
consisting of Mayor Pond, Dr. Rosen
stein and Collector Hagar, were ap
pointed to draw up a memorial.
A DYNAMITE IMS is I Die.
Two Men Badly Injured at Spo
Spokane Falls, March 6. —This
evening as Joe E. Davenport and
Peter Paulson were drying some
giant powder for blasting, it was dis
charged. The tin can in which it was
drying, was blown to fragments, an t
found a lodgment in the head and left
side of Davenport, almost piercing his
heart. It is feared that he will not
recover. Paulson was b'idly hurt, but
not fatally. The building where the
explosion occurred was blown to at
oms. A great deal of powder was
stored near by, which, by a miracle,
was uot exploded.
Cold Weather on Mt. Hamilton
San Francisco, March O.—H. E.
Matthews, Secretary of the Lick
Trust, has returned from Ml. Hamil
ton, where he has been engaged in
making photographic views of the
great tube and its surroundings. He
states that the people at the mountain
were snowed in from Friday last until
the following Monday. At no por
tion of the summit was the snow less
than two feet in depth during that
I out Play Suspected.
Sacramento, March 6. —A man
named Damon was removed from an
alley where he was found, lying to the
police station where he died shortly
after. He was known to have had
considerable money, but only a few
dollars were found on him, and it is
believed that he died from the effects
of a drug administered to him. A. M.
Straus and Katie Cooper have been
arrested on suspicion.
A Test Case Decided.
Monterey, March ti.—The test case
of the City of Monterey against C. K.
Tuttle, a resident of Pacific Grove,
who refused to pay the city tax, claim
ing that the Grove was out of the jur
isdiction of Monterey, was tried to-day
before the Justice of the Peace. The
jury decided that Monterey had the
power to collect in the Grove, and
defendant was fined $25.
Irrigation in Colusa County.
Maxwell, Cal., March 6.—The di
rectors of the Central Irrigation Dis
trict met to-day in regular session.
An estimate for the cost of canal con
struction was received from Chief
Engineer C. E. Grunsky, being $6ti,
--895. The Board increased the amount
to $75,000 and ordered an election for
bonds to be held on the first Monday
fA Memorial for Stephens.
Sacramento, March 6. —There is a
movement on foot among the thous
ands of employes of the railroad shops
in this city to erect a monument to
the memory of the late A. J. Steph
en?, master mechanic of tbe S juthern
LOS ANGELES HERALD: WEDNESDAY MORNING. MARCH 7, 1888.
Prince Fritz's Condition
ASSURING MEDICAL OPINION.
Ferdinand Anxious to be Pro
claimed Kins:.—Conditions of
the Lottery Loa i.
(Associated thePress'Dispatches toHKBAi.r. j
Berlin, March ti. —Tho Reich Ar. m
teiger publishes an official bulletin,
signed by all the physicians in attend
ance on the Crown Prince. They
deny having reported differences cf
opinion, and do not maintain that an
immediate turn iB imminent. The
patient appears to be progressing
favorably at present, and the respons
ibility for his treatment is directly in
Dr. Mackenzie's hands.
SAN REMO DISPATCHES.
London, March ti.—A San Remo
dispatch from a trustworthy source
pays: Professor Waldmeyer has
found no proof of cancer in the matter
coughed up by the Crown Prince.
San Remo, March 0. —The Crown
Prince passed an excellent night.
There was a decided reduction in the
throat discharge. He feels refreshed
The Crown Prince walked in the
Rome, March o.—The Chamber of
Deputies to-day unanimously adopted
a resolution expressing sympathy
with the Uerman Crown Prince and a
hope for his recovery.
interesting Items Gathered at
the World's metropolis.
London, March 6. —Gilhooly, Mem
ber of Parliament, was to-day convict
ed at Schall, county Cork, for offenses
under the Crimes act, and sentenced
to two months' imprisonment without
Snelling, an English Home Rule
delegate, has been arrested at Limer
ick for offenses under the Crimes act.
Wilfred Blunt was released from
tho Tullainore jail to-day.
It has been decided to give .loseph
Chamberlain a public reception at
Birmingham, on his return from
The winner of the coursing contest
for the Waterloo cup was Burnaby,
not Dingwell, as stated in last night's
Tho Prince Anton Radziv. ill and
his son will represent Emperor Wil
liam at the Prince of Wales' silver
The Prince of Wales has arrived in
London from the continent.
The Crown Prince of Austria, who
will arrive here on March 17, will bo
the guest of the Queen.
Mrs. Proctor, widow of Barry Corn
wall, is dead.
Advices received here state that an
emeute has occurred in Eastern Rou
melia and that forty officers have been
arrested on charges of high treason.
Counts Karl and Emanuel Bubna,
of Brunn, Austria, are bankrupt.
Their liabilities amount to 000,000
florins, half of which is due to usurers.
The Duke of Leinster has been ap
pointed Irish Jury Councilor.
THE LOTTERY LOAN.
Conditions Laid Down by the
Panama Canal Hill.
Paris, March (>#—The Panama
Canal Loan Bill proposes that the
bonds shall bear not less than 3 per
cent, interest; that the prize moneys
shall not exceed one per cent, of the
capital borrowed; that the nom
inal value of the bonds shall
not be under 300 francs and
that the redemption of the loan
and money shall be guaranteed
by investments in state securities.
Other articles authorize the Canai
Company to convert into similar
bonds those already issued and bind
the company to deal only with French
firms for all implements, supplies,
etc., necessary to complete the canal.
THE LAND OF THE AZTECS,
Bragg; to Negotiate a New Com
City op Mexico, via Galveston,
March 0. — Reports are in cir
culation that it is not unlikely
that Minister Braggwill take
up the general subject of
commercial relations between Mexico
and the United States with a view to
negotiating a treaty of friendship,
c >mmerce and reciprocity, the old
treaty having lapsed. There is a
great desire here on the part of rail
way managers and Americans engag
ed in mining and commercial busi
ness to have their inteiesta protected
by a good treaty such as French and
Germans residing here enjoy.
He Intends to Call on Bulgaria
To Proclaim II lm King.
Paris, Match 6.—A telegram from
St. Petersburg says that Prince Fordin
and, of Bulgaria, is preparing a mani
festo in reply to the expected ulti
matum of the powers regarding the
Bulgarian question, in which he will
proclaim Bulgaria a kingdom, and
call upon the people to crown him
A MESSAGE FROM TURKEY.
London, March tj.—Constantinople
dispatches say: "In accordance with
the demands of Russia, the Porte has
notified Prince Ferdinand that his po
sition in Bulgaria is illegal."
Prince William's Counselors.
Berlin, March 6. —The National Ga
zette says that General Willich will be
re appointed as Military Adviser, Pro
fessor Greist as one of the Civil Coun
selors and Herr yon Brandenstein as
Second Counselor to Prince William.
Accident to Col. Stevenson.
San Francisco, March 6. —Col. J.
D. Stevenson, the old commander of
the famous "California Hundred,"
white crossing tho street to-day to
the Palace Hotel, was struck down
and run over by a horse and buggy
driven by two ladies. As the Colonel
is 87 years' old and feeble in health,
the shock has prostrated him. He
seemed to be severely affected.
San Qneutiii for Life.
Auburn, Cal., March 6.—To-day
Judge Meyers sontenced John San
some, the Michigan Bluffs stage r3b
ber, to San Quentin for life.
Quarreled About Tbcir Flocks.
Holbrook, A. T., March 6.—Last
Sunday near St, Johns, Alex Rudd shot
instantly killing a sheep herder named
M. C. Caw. The difficulty was over
some sheep. Immediately after the.
killing Rudd mounted a horse and
fled to the mountaine. A posse is in
Steam and Sail.
San Francisco, March o.—The Cal
ifornia and Mexican Steamship Com
pany will replace the Newbern on the
line between this city and Guaymas,
Mexico. The new boat will start on
her first trip on the Kith inst.
To lie Docked for Hi pairs.
San Francisco, March 6.—The
steamer George W. Elder is to be lain
off for repairs. Sho will go north in
about six weeks, and on and after
April 23d will run between Portland
and Alaskan ports.
Sailed for Japan.
Vancouver, B. C, March 8. —The
steamship Abysinia sailed to-day for
Yokohama with forty live passengers.
«• My Gcraldine" and "A Night
in Venice" Holding the Boards.
My Geraldine is scarcely meeting
with the succets it deserves at the
Grand Opera House. The bouse last
night was not much of an improve
ment on that of the opening on Mon
day, ami the building looks very de
serted when one remembers the vast
congregations there during the pro
ceeding week. The members of the
company play well together, and the
light singing introduced is very ac
ceptable, the rendition of "Norah" by
Mrs. Harry Bloodgood being deserv
edly encored. The play, as its name
implies, is written on Irish lines, and
abounds with the wit suggested by tbe
subject. It will remain on the bills
during the rest of the week.
The Pike Opera Company.
A Night in Venice drew as large an
audience to the Pavilion last night
as that which greeted it on the open
ing night. The local allusions made
by tbo Venetian Senators, though
rather mal d propos to the scene, are
very happily received, and the trio
occasion hearty laughter by their
many amusing antics on the stage.
Mr. DeLange deserves great credit for
tho manner in which he sustains his
part, as it is evident to the audience
that he is laboring under the disad
vantage of a very severe cold. The
waltz song which is introduced in the
second act is a very pretty refrain
and quite on a par with Strauss' other
No change will be made in the pro
gramme to-night, and to-morrow will
be produced Bucalossi's famous oper
etta, Les Manleaux Noirs.
REV. DR. LEVY'S LECTURE.
The Aim and Tendency of Mod
A large and cultured audience -as
sembled last evening in Masonic Hall
on South Spring strpet, to listen to a
lecture on "The Aim and Tendency
of Modern Thought," by Rev. Dr. M.
S. Levy, of Oakland. The exercis.s
were opened by Mr. L. Stern, the
President of the association, introduc
ing Rev. Dr. Sohrieber, of this city,
who delivered a brief, but eloquent
address upon the aim and object of
the Young Men's Hebrew Association
of this city, and congratulated the so
ciety upon its establishment on a
broad, charitable aud liberal found
ation. Ho closed by introducing Dr.
Levy, who delivered one of the finest
lectures ever heard in this city. The
lecturer took the ground that the aim
and tendency of modern thought
was a constant seeking after a higher
knowledge to wrest aside and pierce
the thick veil of materialism that ob
scures the bright world beyond. He
drew many touching and beautiful
illustrations from allegory, from
science and from history, to demon
strate his ideas and had his audi
ence spell-bound by his eloquence.
Tho lecture was thoroughly enjoyed
by the large audience, whose only re
gret seemed to be that it was but too
short. The exercises closed with a
short address of thauks by President
Stern. The Young Men's Hebrew
Association is of recent origin in this
city, and has been established for
social improvement, mental inter
course and for charitable purposes
and purest basis without regard to
creed, sex or religion. The society
numbers some sixty-five members,
and is growing rapidly.
The following passengers left yester
day on the 1 p. m. train:
Mrs. H. A. Wilcox, C. F. Chaffe,
Mrs. Emma Johnson, W. C. Taylor,
A. W. Jackson, J. 1). Thomas, P. R.
Johnson, J Bowles, Mrs. Dubro, G.
E. Ronin, Mr. Burke, A. C. Shorthill,
Frank W. Dyer, George M. Morse, J.
E. Ttylor and wife. Hattie M Morse,
D. T. Richards, J. W. Campbell, B.
L. Millard, Mrs. White, H. H. Hick
ney, E. T. Mills, O. Cushing, E. P'
Gleason, H. T. Blair, Mr. Loughlrv,
W. Oliver, W. A. Avery, M. H. New
mark, L Howe, J. S. Stevens, F. R.
Judd, W. Oliver, J. R. Stolls, George
The following left on the 10:30
train: A. E Cady. M. H. Maltbie,
VV. Roby, Mr. Howe, L. E. Motte, A.
Meusnke, Mr. Haneisein, J. B. Roby,
Mr. Lenon, M. C. Barnes, E. Burnett.
A. M. Lawrence's Death.
Word was received at a late hour
last night that A. M. Lawrence, tlie
Secretary of the Board of Trade, had
died. Deceased has been sick for
some time, and was reported to have
the measles and a heavy cold,
but it was not known that the
disease had taken a turn for the worse.
He had been Secretary of the Board
of Trade and of the Produce Exchange
for some years, and his death will be
regretted by many. He was 34 years
of age and leaves a wife and daughter
to mourn his loss.
This morning at 10 o'clock, the ex
cursion to Whittier will start from
the Commercial Street Depot. About
a thousand invitations have been is
sued by the Board of Trade and many
of tbe most prominent citizens of Los
Angeles will go to see, for the first
time the enterprising town but four
teen miles away. The opening of
the railroad is quite an event for both
Los Angeles and Whittier and it is
expected that a number of eloquent
speeches will be heard. The train
will return at 4 p. if.
Undelivered telegrams at the West
ern Union Telegraph Office, 17 North
Main strest, 10 p. m., March 6th, 1888:
James Dean, John H, Calvin, C.C-
Pierce, Will H. Cox, George B. Ha
woith, Winfried Raeker, J. A. Shea,
Mrs. E. B. Black, Leon Clapmah,
L. K. Dapman, Daniel Sheen, Mrs,
R. P. Russell, Jr., Melville Cannon,
A MARCH DAY.
How Spent in Semi-Tropic
THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY.
The Excursion to the Big Pacoima
Retaining Dam on
Promptly at 9 a. m. yesterday, ac
cording to previous announcement, a
special train of sx cars pulled out
from the Southern Pacilic depot in
this city which contained nearly 200
people bound for the San Fernando
valley, for Pacoima and Judge Wid
ney's big retaining dam, which is to
furnish water to irrigate 2,000 acres
of land and for two towns.
Getting across the river a little bit,
the grade of the Glendale Railroad
was seen paralleling the Southern
Pacific Line past the Three-mile house
and th n heading across the San Ra
fael ranch toward the mouth of the
Verduga canon. Glendale appears in
the distance, a very promising town
of a good deal of present develop
The next town is Tropica, which is
situated immediately on the Southern
Pacific line, and already has a very
good start in its growth towards
being a city. Then comes Burbank,
a few miles further ou. This place
has a handsome hotel, a fine brick
block, a great many handsome
houses, a population fast approximat
ing 500, and all the signs of promise
for a great future. Across the river
is the Los Feliz homestead, with the
Ostrich farm near by, to
which the Dummy road is
now operated. Just at the river
crossing, below the Los Feliz farm
house there is a bridge being built
on which this road will cross. The
roadbed is nearly all graded as
straight as a bea flies, to Burbank. A
large gang of graders is busy finish
ing the roadbed.
Further up is Pacoima, a spick and
spun new town, with fountains of
water running to waste in all the
streets. A fine hotel is nearly complete,
and there are half a dozen new houses,
really fine residences, all complete
and occupied, indicate that a town is
sure to grow up at this point.
Then comes San Fernando, where
ihe train stopped and all ailighted.
Judge Widney and Mr. R. P.
Waite accompanied the people
to this city, and at San
Fernando, Senator Maclay met
•be train with fully a hundred teams.
Getting seats as they might, the ex
cursion then started in a long proces
sion to reach the mouth of the canon
by a big detour which led over a
greater portion of the Maclay ranch
lying between the railroad and the
mountains. San Fernando is growing
at a great pace. New buildings stand
on the mesa in all direction".
Several artesian wells were passed,
and also a lot of big reservoirs. These
furnish an abundance of water to all
the ranches and houses on the plain.
The Maclay Theological College, a
large and substantial biick building,
towers up grandly in the center of all.
In due course of time, after be
ing carried for many miles over
the country, which is all a
foot deep in lush and sweet
grasses, in springing crops of
grain, and in bright wild flowers, the
mouth of the canon was reached.
Here all the party dispersed in small
companies to inspect the work. This
has all been described at length in the
Herald, but for the benefit of those
who may not have read that account,
it may be well to state that at
a point iv the canon where
tlie banks approach to within
GOO feet the dam is built. At
the shoulders of the hills bedrock
was laid bare. All tbe distance be
tween a trench ranging from forty
seven to fifty-three feet deep was dug,
and in this was laid a wall. The footing
of this is imbedded in the rock some
eight inches all along. It is built on
solid masonry, the best cement and
granite boulders, two feet three
inches wide, and so as to rise some
three or four feet above the sur
face of the ground. Above the
dam pipes are laid which
lead the water into two wells
each eight feet in diameter
These serve as reservoirs. Pipes dip
to a depth of twenty feet into these,
through which the water flows out
and onto the land below, reaching
Pacoima, some ten miles away. A
large stream of water flows at all
seasons below this bed of gravel. The
space above the dam is 1000
feet wide. Back to a distance
of nearly twice that amount iv feet,
and fifty feet deep, the interstices
between the the gravel will be filled
with water. This will filter through
the clean granite gravel, enter the
wells, pass through the pipes, and
thus be distributed to the plain below.
That the retaining dam is serving
the purpose for which it was intended
is proved by the fact that the gravel
below the dam is free of
water, while that above is like
a perfectly saturated sponge. The
stream below the gravel has been
cut off and forced to the surface,
where it must enter the pipes. The
cost of this great work has reached
Judge Widney explained all this to
the assembly. He said Los Angeles
streams run bottom up, that is,
below many feet of gravel, be
cause the soil had not been
washed into the sea. The detritus
from the mountains, tich in fertiliz
ing properties, is washed into the
cations and onto the plains. In the
East the soil has all been washed in
to the seas. The whole country there
is on bed-rock as well as the rivers.
Here the water flows below fifty or
one hundred or more feet of fine soil,
and can be forced to the surface
by such retaining dams as this,
or brought up by artesian
wells. This is a great advantage in
The Judge spoke glowingly of the
past progress of the county. He told
of a man to whom he attempted to
Bell the Laguna ranch for $3 an acre,
but it was thought too high a price.
Then he tried to sell it to the same
man for $30, but he was again afraid
to venture. It is now worth at least
$510 an acre. It comes right up to
Los Angeles city on the southeast.
Judge Widney called on Senator
Maclay and Mr. H. L. Macneil to lay
the cap stone of the dam. The
Senator first told how he had bought
this ranch in 1874, for $117,000, or
$2.17 per acre. All the people told
him it would be his ruin, that it was
a desert, that wheat would not grow
there. Last year tbe San Fernando
valley produced 400,000 sacks of
wheat, and a shipload of barley. The
mesa is now being covered with
orange orchards, peach, pear and
other fruit trees. The stone was laid,
and Doctor Bovard, President of the
University of Southern California,
followed in a brief address, closing
with an invitatbn to all to turn to
and partake of a sumptu.us lunch,
including a barbecued beef prepared
by the generous promoters of the ex
cursion, and served with a nameless
graco by the good ladies of San Fer
nando. The party did ample justice
to the feast.
THE SOURCE OF THE WATER.
The water is flowing at least 2,000
inches strong in the canon to-day.
The stream heads up in the moun
tains near the Soledad cafion, 30
miles from the dam. The water
shed embraces 300 square miles of
territory. At times there are 10,000
inches in the stream. All through
the spring and until June there runs
as much as there is to-day. It only
goes dry for a month or so at
the end of the season. Then the wa
ter is found running 2,000 inches
strong up in the mountains, but reach
ing the great gravel bed varying from
200 to 2,000 feet wide and 50 feet deep
it sinks to the bed-rock. The dam
will force this up again that it may be
taken in pipes to irrigate the land be
low. There will be one inch of water
to every 10 acres of land belonging to
After lunch the party were taken
in the vehicles by another route to
Pacoima townsite, where the train
was in waiting to return to the city.
The journey to the train was made
over miles of the same sort of coun
try traversed on the other side of the
wash on the way up. The soil is
very rich, of practically an unlimited
depth, and very easily worked.
There cannot be found anywhere soil
or climate better adapted to the most
select industries known to the hus
bandman. Trees of all sorts will
flourish here to a degree of excellence
that may challenge the world to vie
with them in their growth and pro
The pa'-ty reached home at 4
o'clock well pleased with a pleasant
trip over a magnificent piece of rap
idly developing country, to see a very
novel and very important enterprise,
and all on a day in March whose per
fection would rival the best any other
country could do iv June.
THE THREE-CORNERED RACE.
Probabilities That it Will be a
In keeping with liis promise to the
public, the sporting contributor of tlie
Herald visited the race track yester
day in company with Messrs. T. J.
Phillips and Geo. H. Clarksou, the
turfmen, and inspected the horses to
be ridden by Messrs. Anderson, Pugh
and Clark in to-morrow's race. Taken
all around they are a fine lot of ani
mals, and it may safely be asserted
that they are the fastest string of
horses that will have ever competed
in a long distance race. Anderson
ha' six thoroughbreds to carry him
in Thursday's contest, Irish Pat, Cap
tain Jcnks and Narvo, bay horses;
Elector, a sorrel horse; Lily Duncan,
a brown mare, and Lady Ross, a bay
mare. Irish Pat and Captain- Jenks
are the pick of the basket, but the
other four are in the best of form, and
taken together they form a fine
string. Card Pugh has taken consid
erable trouble to obtain the best
mounts possible, and out of some ten
steeds has determi- ed to use four
of the horses ridden by his
opponent, Jackson, in their late con
test, including the famous little Buck
skin and a bay mare aud brown horse
from Mr. A. Foster's San Juan Capis
trano ranch. Pugh's horses have a
useful look about them, which, com
bined with his determined riding, will
make him a dangerous opponent of
the champion. Ben. Clark is as diffi
cult to solve as an intricate problem.
He will ride Billy Johnson and Mon
tana, the well-known blood horses,
and has four others at the track whose
pedigree could not be learned. They
are all thoroughbreds, however, and
if looks go for anything will play a
prominent part in the race. Whether
Clark, who is a novice at long distance
racing, will be able to beat old hands
at the game, cannot be said, but he
has a fine seat, sits his horse easy,
and unless much mistaken will be
very close to the leader at the finish,
if he does not absolutely wiu. There
are many opinions as to the result,
and the contributor has interviewed
nearly every sporting man in the
city, and they seem to be
evenly divided as to whom
they favor. Mr. Geo. H. Clarkson,
the Philadelphia turfman, believes
in old hands, at the same time pins
his faith to Anderson. Mr. H. T.
Rodman, the well-known bookmaker
agrees with him, whilst Mr. F Rod
man thinks that Card Pugh will out
ride the champion, and in this he is
backed up by Mr. F. S. > hillips, the
well-known Cincinnati sport. Mr. D.
Sheehan, the Los Angeles horseman,
has a fancy that Clark will prove a
dangerous customer, and with this
opinion many agree, among others the
sporting contributor. The track is in
very fair condition, and if the weather
will only continue fine, an enormoui
attendance will no doubt be preseut
to witness a great contest.
Pools on the result will be sold to
morrow evening at 7:80 by Messrs.
Schwartz & Co., at their pool-rooms,
corner of Requena street, and from
the rumors flying about, betting will
be fast and heavy, as there are many
sports anxious to back their opinions.
A few weeks ago an Englishman,
by name Henry Brewer, left his fam
ily at Riverside and came to this city
in search of work at his trade, brick
laying and plastering. The last heard
of him was that be was taken sick,
and since then nothing has been
heard of him. His wife and family
are in great anguish regarding him,
not knowing what his condition may
be, and they desire to ask the public
for any information or clues which
may lead to finding him. Any one
knowing anything about him . will
confer a great kindness upon the fam
ily by reporting to the i. M. 0. A.,
212 West Second street.
The following passengers left yester
day on the steamer City of Pueblo,
for San Diego: W. J. Long and wife,
E. F. Henderson, S. Hyman, J. J.
Collins, Rev. A. Olsen, W. H. Uishop,
F. Stephenson, P. H. O'Brien and
wife. Miss N. R. Brown, J. O. Hedges,
O. H. P. Rose, Miss F. Rose, Mrs. B.
F. Turner, Miss W. Turner, W. S.
Clark, F. W. Young, E, R. Mauzv,
Miss M. Johnson, E. Sill, F. W. Cfo
mey, Mrs. M. A. Hawes, C. Arbuth
not and wife, A. Arbuthnot, M. Kel
ler, J. H. Keller.
On the Body of Mr. Nathan
STORY OF THE ACCIDENT.
The Fruitless Efforts of Those on
Shore to Save Him—The
Coroner Meredith held an inquest
yesterday, at Redondo Beach, on tho
body ot N. R. Vail, whose sad death
Btartled tho whole community. The
story of the accident was told by the
witnesses as follows:
W. M. Fowler testified: I reside in
San Franciscj and am a wharf and
bridge builder. I have known the
deceased about two weeks. I am
superintendent for the American
Bridge and Building Company, and
am superintending the building of a
wharf at Redondo Iseaeh. The de
ceased came here yesterday about 1
o'clock and asked me if I could let
him have some men to take him
aboard a ship that is lying off the
beach. I told him I thought it was
too rough, and asked him to come in
and have some dinner and we would
see after that. I spoke to some of
the men and they said it was too
rough to go, and I told him I would
not send them unless they wanted to
go of their own accord. The deceased
then said it was necessary that he
should go aboard of the ship, and if I
could not send him he would go and
get the fishermen and have them put
him on board of the ship. I then
offered to send him by team to the
fishermen, and also send a boat to
where the fishermen were, as it ia
supposed to be smoother where the
fishermen are. He tol 1 me it was not
necessary to send a boat, because if I
could not send him, lie would rely on
the fishermen to take him out, as he
did not think it was any trouble to
put him out at this place. He got
into his buggy and started to go to
the fishermen. In about one hour
he returned and said that the fisher
men were all out. He went down to
the beach, aud asked me if
I was or was not going to
send him out to the ship.
I told him I would not unless the men
were perfectly willing to go out with
him of their own accord. He then
asked me if it was a money considera
tion, aud I told him it was not. He
told me he wanted to go to the ship so
as to have the Captain bring the ship
down between the moorings and in a
different place from where it was. I
left him for a short time and he after
wards came to me and asked again to
be taken out the ship. I told him I
would ask the men and if any of them
would volunteer, well and good.
Three of the men agreed to go and we
took tho boat down to the beach and
made it ready. I saw my men strip
themselves, and I went "to the de
ceased and tried to have him not go
out until the morning and told the
men that if they did not consider it
safe to give up the attempt.
They launched the boat aud when
they got outside the third breaker
the boat filled. Two of the men
swam ashore and the other remained
on the bottom of the upturned boat
and tried to throw a ropo to the de
ceased, but did not succeed. The
men righted the beat and made
several attempts to get to him, and
others tried to swim to Mm from the
shore, but without success. I think
everything was done that was possib c
to save him. Most of the men are
accustomed to the sea and to surfing.
Every possible effort was made to
vive the deceased after he was
brought ashore. The deceased told
me he was an old sea captain, and
that he thought it was hard if I
would not accommodate him by send
ing him out to the ship.
J. C. Burr testified : I reside in San
Francisco and am a pile driver and
wharf builder. Yesterday afternoon
about 3 o'clock I came out of my tent
and went down to the beach. I saw
several men struggling in the water
and a boat capsized. I went to the
assistance of the deceased and got
chilled and was com polled to swim to
the boat. I could have saved the de
ceased if 1 had had a surf line. I
succeeded in bringing the deceased
ashore after I made the third attempt.
I think the deceased was dead when
I brought him ashore. When I was
on the top of the boat 1 heard him call
for help only once. We did every
thing we could to save the life of the
deceased. The surf was running very
heavy. While I was trying to save
the deceased the under current would
carry me away from him and
I would get fagged out,
so > that I was compelled
to go to the beach to rest. When I
first saw the deceased in the water he
was about four or five hundred feet
away from the beach.
W. C. Burnett testified: I reside
in San Francisco and am a wharf
builder. Yesterday afternoon about
two o'clock, I and the deceased and
two other men started to go to a ship
that lays off the beach. After we got
into the breakers, they were very
rough and filled the boat which sunk
and threw us all over-board. The
deceased jumped irom the boat at the
same time as the rest of us and
started toward the beach. The
breakers were running very heavy
and we had considerable difficulty
getting ashore owing to the strong
undertow. I and the other two suc
ceeded in getting to the shore, and
everything that we could do was done
to save the daceased. I did not see
the deceased when he was finally
brought ashore, as I was used up
pretty well and had to go to the tent.
The boat we tried to go to the ship in.
was a flat bottomed skiff.
The jury returned a verdict of death
from accidental drowning.
C. .Mason Kinne and his wife, Mrs.
Elizabeth D'Arcy Kinne, of San Fran
cisco, Past National President W. R.
C. Auxiliary to tlie Grand Army of
the Republic, are spending a few days
in this city. They visited Santa Mon
ica and the adjacent site for the Sol
diers' Home on Monday, and yeater
dav Pasadena and its vicinity. To
day, at 2 o'clock p. m., Mrs. Kinne is
to be tendered a reception at Masonic
Hall by the Relief Corps of this city,
which will enable hundreds of ladies
and gentlemen to grasp the hand of
one whose brilliant success at the
head of tbe greatest organized charity
in the world, won her at the National
Convention in St. Louis the name of
the "General Grant of the Woman's
The Condition* are all i'arorabla
For an immense sale of lets lv Studebaker
on Friday the nth. Tickets free. Oflice, 76>
North Spring street, room 5. Hervey Und
I ley. President; Geo. Mason, Secretary