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But There's Meat Enough
at Dawson City
FOUR STUDY PROSPECTORS
MAKE A TRIP DOWN WITHOUT
They Came Afoot All the Way and
Packed Their Provisions
, on Their Backs
Associated Press Special Wire
TACOMA, Wash., Dec. 23.—Among the
passengers from Dawson who came
down on the City of Seattle tonight are
Col. Lampherc and M. P. Gregory of
Chicago, D. P. Qulnlan of Seattle, D. P.
Gardener of Oconomowoc, Wis., and T.
B. Denny of Rleslyn, Wash. Qulnland,
Gardener and Denny came out from
Dawson, having left that place Nov. 4.
They walked all the way and carried
their food on their backs and on sleds.
They occupied a little more than forty
days on the trip. Mr. Gardener says
nobody is going to starve In Dawson this
Winter. There will be a shortage of some
supplies, such as flour and coffee, but
there is a great abundance of meat and
plenty of other food to last everybody
in camp all winter. Mr. Gardener and
his companions made the trip out with
out any trouble, although they struck
some weather that sent the mercury 65
degrees below zero. This was on the ex
posed mountain tops and did not last
long or cause them any inconvenience.
These men say there will be no great dif
ficulty in getting Into Dawson all winter
if the roads and the weather do not get
worse than now. They report the coun
try as being rich with gold and say new
and valuable discoveries are being made
every few days. No gold was brought
out by any of the men who came down
on the City of Seattle.
Col. Lamphcre and Mr. Gilbert bought
two mines within fifty miles of Juneau
which will be worked by a company with
a capital of $1.000,000. These gentlemen
say work is being rushed on the Dyea
aerial railway and also on the Skaguay
trail and that both will be in shape for
the miners to pass over in the early
SEATTLE, Wash., Dec. 23.—Three
miners from Dawson City arrived here
on the City of Seattle. They were D. P.
Quinlan of this city, J. N. Jenny of Ros
lyn, Wash.. and.W. S. Gardner of Wis
consin. They left Dawson Nov. 1. Bert
Swenberg of San Francisco, who left
Dawson with them, stopped at Skaguay.
The party left Dawson two days before
the Kastner party, which arrived hero
last Friday, and consequently brought
no late news. They confirm previous
reports ot-a scarcity of provisions, but
say there will be no actual starvation.
The going of a large number of men to
Fort Yukon has greatly relieved the sit
The Seattle brought news of the death
Of Samuel Wickoff uf, Tacoma, Dec. 11.
at Skaguay of congestion of the brain.
The application of Bernard J. Moore
for a patent for ICO acres of land com
prising a part of the town site of Skag
uay has been rejected by Register Dud
ley of Sitka.
VICTORIA, B. C, Dec. 23.—A. P. Quln
lan, who arrived here this afternoon on
the steamer City of Seattle brings late
pews from Dawson. He says there Is
enough food in Dawson to last the 6000
men now there all winter, those wifTJout
food, 2000 In number, having gone to Fort
Yukon. Two hundred will come out over
Major Walsh, who is now encamped
at Big Salmon, will .endeavor to break
a trail through to Dawson but he does
not expect to reach there till February
1. He says he will allow miners to make
claims in blocks of ten, retaining the
adjoining ten for the government. All
the claims on Quartz creek are now
staked and it will probably be as rich as
El Dorado and Bonanza creeks.
ORDERED TO MOVE
CHEYENNE, Dec. 23. — Orders were
received here at 7 o'clock last evening
by the Quartermaster of the Eighth
United States Infantry to have the army
pack train of the Department of the
Platte, stationed here, leave for Alaska
at the earliest possible moment. The
pack train is In charge of Chief Packer
Tom Mooney. He will have the entire
outfit, consisting of ten expert packers
and eighty trained and drilled pack
mules, on the cars today, ready to start.
The destination of the pack train is
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 23.—The
chamber of commerce today sent the
following dispatch to Secretary of War
Alger: "Assurances have been given to
the military authorities in Washington
that San Franclscoco can furnish sup
plies for the Klondike relief expedition
promptly and cheaply. The newspapers
indicate that supplies are to be obtained
elsewhere. Can It be so arranged that
our coast merchants will have an op
portunity of bidding for these goods?"
SAN FRANCISCO. Dec. 23. — Travel
from Australasia to the Klondike will
be very heavy next year, and the
Oceanic Steamship Company is prepar
ing for It. All the available space of
the Mariposa, due here In February, and
the Moana, due here in March, has been
engaged. In the case of the Moana, the
most of the passengers will come from
New Zealand, and a permit Is to be ob
tained from the government to erect
berths In some of the space reserved for
freight. No passengers from Honolulu
Will be carried on the steamer, and tour
ists will have to depend on the regular
FOR THE ALASKAN TRADE
NEW TORK, Dec. 23. — The Red D
steamship Curacoa has been sold by Its
owners, Messrs. Boulton, Bliss & Dal
lette, to go Into the Alaskan trade. The
purchasers are said to be Pacific Coast
residents, and the price paid $180,000. The
Curacoa was built specially to trade be
tween this port and Curacoa and Mara
calbo by tbe Cramps of Philadelphia.
Curacoa ie a- handsome vessel .of
tbe American type. Her cabins and
staterooms are beautifully finished, and
tn fact she was an Ideal ship for the
tropical trade. Boulton, Bliss & Dal
lette recently sold the Valencia, also for
service ln Alaskan waters. The Cura
coa, on account of her light draft and
large cargo capacity, is a valuable addi
tion to the fleet of vessels now plying
between San Francisco, Seattle, St. Mi
chael and other points along the coast
PRISONERS FROM ALASKA
SAN FRANCISCO. Dec. 23.—United
States Marshal James W. Shoup of
Sitka, Alaska, was a passenger on the
steamship City of Pueblo today. Mar
shal Shoup had with him seven prison
ers—two Indians and five whites
charged with various crimes, from mur
der to larceny, who were sentenced to
terms in San Quentin. The Marshal left
on an army boat for the State prison with
his chain gang.
The Welburn Cases
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 23.—The
United States grand Jury today sought
information In open court regarding
further procedure against ex' Collector
Welburn. Judge DeHnven, when asked
for instructions, Informed the jury that
certain parts of sections 1044 and 1045 of
the revised statutes were applicable to
a prosecution by the government of a
collector of Internal revenue for viola
tions of sections 5038 and 5083, or either.
Replying to further queries Judge De-
Haven said that a federal grand jury
had no power to subpoena a witness to
appear before them to give testimony
detrimental to himself. Upon the re
quest of the witness, however, he might
be allowed to explain ln his own behalf.
The Fallmer Murder
OAKLAND, Dec. 23.—There was a sen
sational scene this afternoon during the
progress of the trial of Clara Fallmer,
accused of the murder of her lover.
Judge Ogden ordered Frank Thompson
into custody for admitting that he had
sustained improper relations with the
defendant. He was not held, as Dis
trict Attorney Snook refused to pro
ceed against him. Other witnesses tes
tified against the character of the pris
oner, and several physicians swore that
she was Insane. The case was continued
until next Tuesday.
The Scott Estate
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 23.— E. M.
Scott, surviving husband of the late Mrs.
Angelina Scott, has filed notice that he
contests the probate of his wife's will.
He alleges that the defendant was un
duy influenced by Louisa Garcia, wife
of Frank Garcia, sr., a sister of the
testatrix, and by Helen Gerrish, a
daughter of Mrs. Garcia and wife of C.
M. Gerrish, who is mentioned as one of
the executors of the will. The estate is
valued at $500,000.
Two Serious Accidents
SAN FRANCISCO. Dec. 23.—Two serious
accidents occurred today, the victim ln
each ease being employed on the new hall
of Justice. One man, John Woodhead, a
stationary engineer, who lives at 19 Geor
gia street, was injured while at his work.
He stepped off a platform and fell to the
ground, titty feet below, breaking several
bones. The other.Tatrlck Walsh, a stone
cutter, living at 361 Minna street, was
knocked down by a Mission street car
while going to his labor. Both men are
probably fatally Injured.
A Chilean Cabinet
VALPARAISO, Chile, Dec. 23.—Senor
Cuevas has succeeded In forming a coali
tion ministry, with the following distri
bution of portfolios: Premier and minister
of the interior, Senor Antonio Caides Cue
vas; minister of foreign affairs, Senor SHva
Cruz: minister of Justice, Senor J. Domingo
Rivera; minister of finance, Senor Gon
zales Errozurlz; minister of war and ma
rine, Senor Davllla Larrain; minister of
Industry and public works, Senor Hoboso.
Altgeld Comes West
SACRAMENTO. Dec. 23.—Ex-Gov
ernor John P. Altgeld of Illinois arrived
in this city tonight, accompanied by his
wife and two or three friends. The party
retired early, and Mr. Altgeld refused
to be Interview, leaving word at the
hotel office not to allow any newspaper
men to call on him.
A Masonic Funeral
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 23.—The funeral
services over the remains of James Ogles
by, for many years grand tyler of the Cali
fornia grand lodge of Masons, were held
today, under the auspices of that body at
the Masonic temple. They were conducted
by Grand Master Thomas Flint, jr. The
remains were Interred In the Masonic cem
Opium From China
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 23.—The steam
ship China today brought the first con
signment ot opium that has come Into this
port since last June. The Importation con
sisted of 515 boxes, each containing 42
pounds, upon which the duty, at $6 a
pound, amounts to $129,7X0. The opium
Is worth about as much more.
It Killed Him
MANCHESTER. N. H.. Dec. 23.—Stephen
Zonl, 3 Oyears old, an Italian, committed
sutclde ln the Lehigh Valley yards here
today by deliberately laying his neck over
a rait and allowing a freight train to cut
his head off. It ts thought he was insane,
but It Is also said that an unfortunate love
affair was tbe cause.
The Judge Had Doubts
VICTORIA, B. C, Dec. 23.—The charge
against Hock Taw of forging letters used
at the custom house Inquiry at Seattle was
dismissed this afternoon by Justice Drake,
who said he had a doubt as to whether the
prisoner forged the letters, and he gave
him the benefit of the doubt.
The Marriage Question
LIMA, Peru, Dee. 23.—Today President
Plerola promulgated the new law as to
non-Catholic marriages and Senor Ale
jandro Lopez de Romana. premier and
minister of the Interior, tendered his resig
nation as a protest.
A Prison Suicide
PHILADELPHIA. Dec. 23.—John J.
Burns, who was yesterday sent to Moya
menslng prison In default of $3000 ball for
trial on a charge of perjury, committed
suicide In his cell by hanging some time
during last night.
Mrs. Booth's Condition
NEW YORK, Dec. 23.—At the Presbyte
rian hospital late tonight a bulletin on
Mrs. Booth's condition showed that there
had been no improvement whatever.
The Germania Floated
LONDON, Dec. 23.—The British steamer
Germanla. from Galveston for Hamburg,
before reported aground In the River Elbe,
has been floated.
There are undelivered telegrams at the
Western Union telegraph office for Col.
W. J. Rouse, F. Ellis, H. O. Neff and H.
The panacea for business depression
urged by the pie hunters is the prompt
repeal of tbe civil service law.
LOS ANGELES HERALDt FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 24, 1897
THE PUBLIC PULSE
(The Herald under this heading prlnn
suinmunlcailons, but does not assume tt
ipenilblllly for the sentiments expressed
Correspondents are requested to cultivate
brevity as tar as Is consistent with tho
proper expression of their views.)
A Bit of Silver History
To the Editor of the Los Angeles Her
ald: In your editorial of last Saturday
in commenting on Secretary Gage's ex
planation of his currency reform, you
speak of the national banking interest
securing control of the currency, and
further debasing silver as a debt-paying
metal; and from this I am led to ask a
few questions for information:
First—When was silver a debt-paying
Second—ls it not a fact that from 1850
to December, 1861, no one paid his debts
in silver, but paid them in gold?
Third—ls it not a fact that the amount
of pure silver in silver dollars, 371V4
grains, was worth in gold from $1,018 ln
1850 to $1,052 in 1859 and $1,039 in 1861?
Fourth—Why was it the secretary of
the treasury in 1861 (see page 62 et al.)
was called to make the following state
ment ln relation to the silver dollar, the
only silver legal tender at that time
extant: The reasons which seem to
have influenced congress in retaining the
silver dollar at its present anomalous
term is that It preserves to us the old
dollar known from the beginning of our
currency, and often stipulated for in
deeds of rent charge, mortgages and
other money securities. This may be
successfully replied to, that such pay
ments are now always made in gold be
cause it is the legal and usual tender for
all sums exceeding five dollars and be
cause sliver dollars are no longer to be
had or are very scarce. The silver dollar
us it now is has three values:
First—lt is by law a dollar, simply of
100 units or cents.
Second—By the mint price of sliver it
Is $1.0398, which is the commercial
value compared with gold.
Third—lt has an intrinsic or mint
value which is determined by its rela
tion to the silver contained in the half
dollar, which makes it $1.07 27-64, for
which reason single pieces are paid out
at the mint at the even price of $1.08.
Two half dollars contained 345.6 grains
One silver dollar contained 371.25 grains
pure silver—sl.o7 27-64.
I have confined my questions to the
time when specie payments were made
all over the land because from Decem
ber, 1861, to 1878, outside of California,
no one thought of paying his debts in
either gold or sliver. INQUIRER.
Los Angeles, Dec. 21.
(1. When was silver a debt-paying metal?
From the enactment of the law of
1792 up to the enactment of the law of
1873, section 9 of the first-named law
provided for the minting of gold, silver
and copper coins; it stipulated the eagle,
half eagle, quarter eagle, the "dollar or
unit," and the subsidiary coins. The
act of 1873 provided:
That the gold coins of the United States
shall be a one dollar piece, which, at the
standard weight of 25.8 grains, shall be the
unit of value.
Silver dollars were therefore a legal
tender for all debts, public and private,
for eighty-one years.
2. 13 it not a fact that from ISSO to 1861
no one paid his debts in silver, but paid
them in gold?
It is probably true, as stated, that be
tween the periods named thfe silver dol
lar, being undervalued in the coinage,
was not in general circulation. The
coinage value was approximately 16 of
silver to 1 of gold, whereas the commer
cial ratio of silver to gold was as here
stated: 1850, 15.70; 1860, 15.29; 1861, 15.50.
The statistics covering a period of 500
years show that gold fluctuated in value
more frequently and widely than silver,
and twice at least since the adoption of
the act of 1792 It became necessary to
correct the weight of the coined money,
the change ln both Instances being made
in the gold dollar.
The above as well answers the fourth
interrogatory of our correspondent.
The reasons which animated Secretary
Gage ln making the statement credited
to him by our correspondent would
seem to be abundantly answered in the
text of his remarks. If we mistake not,
the question of changing our coinage
laws was then under consideration. Sil
ver, ln its-relation to gold, had appreci
ated to about $1.03. For the whole pe
riod stated, if not for a longer time,
the silver dollar, sole unit of value, dis
appeared from circulation, for the rea
son stated. Has our correspondent re
cently seen any considerable numbers oV
the gold dollars, the present unit of
value, ln circulation?— Ed.)
To the Editor of the Los Angeles
Herald: The friends of currency re
form will regret that no plan has yet
been devised upon which the moderate
element from all sides of the financial
question will be able to unite.
The Eource of this regret lies in the
fact that the hope must be abandoned of
a speedier relief from the acknowledged
defects in our monetary system, than
is possible if the question runs on until
settled uncompromisingly In favor of the
gold or bimetallic standard. While this
condition of the controversy is the cause
of regret, there can be little disappoint
ment in the nfatter, for with all the dis
cussion upon the subject in the past
thirty years, no such a happy solution of
the problem has been offered.
The principles that are submitted to
the consideration of the people are prac
tically the same as they were vigorously
discussing twenty years ago, for the in
genuity of man has never been able to
bring forward an enduring substitute.
The discussions in congress on finance
have been singularly marked by ob
stinate antagonism, and physical endur
ance has been a leading factor in the
debates upon those measures that are
now a part of our financial system.
Perhaps in no other economic question
has progress been so often blocked and
many times all efforts finally abandoned
ttn-ough sheer exhaustion of the partic
ipants. Congress has, throughout these
years refused repeatedly to sanction
any plan Involving the retirement of
the greenback, n6 matter under what
guise or under what circumstances It
In this action congress only reflects
the affection with which the people re
gard this form of money, and whether
this sentiment is founded on good busi
ness principles, it is a power, neverthe
less, that the logic of the hard-money
people has not been able to overcome.
It seems apparent also that any plan
to extend the privileges of the national
banks as banks of issue will meet with
an equally determined hostility in con
gress and among the people.
It is extremely probable that these and
kindred measures will be relegated to the
.background and tbe greatest of our po
lltlcal contests be fought in 1900 uncom
promisingly for gold or bimetallism.
Patton, Dec. 22, 1897. B.
Blacksmith Lee Wants to Know
To the Editor of the Los Angeles Her
ald: A few weeks ago the late hitching
ordinance made me think I would better
move from my present location. Having
a lot of my own on Los Angeles street,
I concluded to build a shop there. As
you said, I got the signatures from all
the property owners excepting a certain
doctor. I appeared before the fire com
missioners three weeks ago, and they
referred the matter to the chief, and he
gave me permission to go ahead. For
a few days the doctor was very busy
circulating a remonstrance against my
building said shop. I had moved my
house and fixed the sewer, which cost
me over 1100, that I did not have to bor
row. Now, what I want to know Is this:
Who will pay me back the money that
I have expended in this matter, and who
will believe business men who blow hot
today and cold tomorrow?.
NORMAL FACULTY MEETING
Professor Dozier Talks on Religious
Development in Children
The normal Bchool faculty, at their
weekly meeting, listened to a profound
and comprehensive dissertation on "Re
ligious Development in Children," pre
pared and given by Professor Melville
Dozier. After briefly stating the condi
tions of an ideal government, the
speaker gave the method most certain
of approximating that state as being
the "nurture of the highest phase of hu
man character, the spiritual," by the
home and church.
To be really effective and lasting,
moral and religious training must begin
in the cradle. All the religion of which
the child is capable during the earlier
stages of its development consists of
such sentiments as gratitude, trust, de
pendence, love —first felt for the mother,
and which at a later period are di
rected toward God.
Religion is the most generic kind ot
culture, because it is the chief among
human interests, and because it gives a
unity to the mind, the heart and the will.
Postal and Pensions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21.—Geo. Bevan
was today commissioned postmaster at
California patents have been issued as
Henry Brockmann of Santa Rosa,
spraying attachment for brooms; John
T. Davis of San Francisco, vehicle wheel;
Samuel M. Edwards of Los Angeles, en
velope; Juan W. Ernest of Los Angeles,
tent or booth; Ernst A. Knoop of Monte
rey, sprinkler; Ernest A. Langford of
Washington, fuse-cutting tool; Henry
J. Small and H. Stillman of Sacramento,
apparatus for manufacturing benzine;
Howard Stillman of Sacramento, ap
paratus for purifying water; Casper
Zimmerman of Santa Rosa, insect ex
California pensions have been granted
Supplemental—Joseph W. Taylor of
Los Angeles. Widow—Sarah Jane Pat
terson of Westminster.
The postmaster at Los Angeles has
been authorized to employ three tem
porary clerks from December 21st to
30th, at $500 per annum each.
Frank Ryan has been recommended
by Congressman Loud for postmaster at
Gilroy, Santa Clara county.
A Lynching Denied
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 23.—An Ex
aminer special from Spokane says:
Several persons who have come here
from Colfax declare that notwithstand
ing all denials a lynching occurred there
Sunday night or Monday morning. It is
asserted that Chadwick Marshall and
John McDonald, the alleged murderers
of Orville Raydon, a prominent citizen of
Farmington, were taken from the county
Jail by a mob and hanged to trees near
the town. According to this story a
press censorship prevails and conse
quently the facts have not been permit
ted to make their way to general notice.
A Steamer Ashore
LONDON, Dec. 23.—The British
steamer Croma, from New York for
Lelth, remains fast ashore on Inch
keith Island, ln the Firth of Forth.
About 500 tons of her cargo have been
READY FOR CHRISTMAS
Shl GKES SAnTa HE 30N-
WOT A UNIVERSAL FAVORITE
Christmas Jollification of the Normal
Yesterday morning the normal train
ing class and the young pupils of that
school gathered in the assembly room
and enjoyed a most delightful session of
song and story. The little ones appre
ciated the dignity of contributing to the
same program with the "grown-ups,"
and rendered their parts in the choruses
with spirit and precision under the direc
tion of Mrs. Rice.
Prof. Hieronymus told the story of
Santa Claus from the origin of the char
acter to the present representations of
it. The children listened eagerly to the
vivid portrayal of the first Jolly old
child lover who went from home to home
sending his Christmas tokens at the
windows, to the account of how the
practice spread until there was never a
town that was unvisited Christmas by
the generous saint.
Santa Claus had so much on his hands
that people wondered at his getting
through with his visiting list, and they
concluded that he must live at some cen
tral point, and settled on the north pole
as being his home. There he could have
the stars on which to hang his numerous
Mr. Hieronymus read a letter petition
ing the removal of Santa Claus' home to
the summit of Old Baldy. (Hearty ap
"I have a letter from Santa Claus. It's
very short," concluded he, and with that
unrolled a strip of paper of contradic
tory dimensions, almost as long as him
self. The epistle read:
W. M. LEE.
NORTH POLE, Nearly Christmas.
My reindeer wait in their Icy stall
And listen and long for their master's call.
They know tho way over ice and snow,
And merrily, cheerily, swiftly go
To the children great and the children
With a doll or a hook or a toy for all.
When the night's fax spent and the mid
Los Angeles children who listen may hear
The sound of hells up the mountain steep
As my flying reindeer run and leap.
I'll leave my sleigh on Old Baldy's top:
But my restless reindeer will never stop
Till, laden with gifts In a dozen packs,
Stoutly strapped to their willing bocks,
They stand and stamp in tbe city street,
And whinny and neigh and wait to greet
The good St. Nick on his brand-new
Following close on his steed of steel.
Los Angeles children who watch may see
My faithful reindeer and may see me:
But to every home where a child Is found
I'm going to stop and look around,
And every stocking that hangs in sight
I'll stuff and stuff till It's filled up tight
With just what the children like the best-
Nuts and candy, and all the rest.
And then, with the last faint stars that
Will wearily climb Old Baldy's steep;
But I'll laAigh and sing all the livelong day,
And my jolly reindeer will whinny and
As we think of the joy of the Christmas
Of happy children in every land,
THE RUSSIAN SEER
Goes to Jail for Winning the Affections
Frank Newnham, who runs a novelty
works at 641 North Main street, and a
Russian named V. F. Zoraster were ar
rested on South Los Angeles street at
noon yesterday by Policeman Johnson,
who had the men charged with disturb
ing the peace. Zoraster calls himself the
Russian seer, dresses in an outlandish
costume and affects ridiculous manner
isms. He signs his name V. F. Zoraster,
M. D. F. S. D.
Newnham states that the Russian
came to his home some time ago in an
impecunions condition and that he gave
him a place to live out of pity. Almost
as soon as the seer came under his roof,
he says that he began to exert a strange
control over his wife, which he believes
was due to his power as a hypnotist. He
felt the affections of his better half, with
whom he had lived in happiness and
harmony for the past seventeen years,
gradually weaned away from him. While
under this strange control his wife made
frequent appointments for private meet
ings with the seer.
Things reached such a state that
Newnham finally employed a private
detective to watch the couple. Through
this source he learned that they had
planned to elope together yesterday.
Accordingly when he met Zoraster on
the street he couldn't resist the tempta
tion to punch his face. From appear
ances It looked as if the punching had
of Another Man's Wife
not all been one-sided and honors so
far as bruises are concerned being about
Both men will appear before Justice
Owens today for trial. Newnham put
up cash bail to secure his appearance
in court. The seer was not so fortunate
and in default of money or bondsmen
went to Jail.
Wirsching's Watchfulness Prevents
Unloading of Henning's Book
The hearing of the matter of vacating
certain streets in the Lankershim Land
and Water company's subdivision in the
San Fernando road district, a relic of
the boom, was yesterday set for January
l»th at 2:31) by the board of supervisors.
Six requisitions from the county re
corder, clerk, assessor, sheriff, tax col
lector and treasurer for one copy each
of Henning's County Government, value
$3, were denied, on motion of Supervi
sor Wirsching. A requisition from the
county clerk for Henning's Insolvency
I Act, worth $4, met the same fate. The
enterprising book agent who considered
Henning's works as good selling mate
rial at the courthouse will now be cor
Viewers were appointed in the mat
ter of the widening of Vernon avenue.
Frultland road district.
The deed of L. 14. Smith for thirty
acres of land for the county farm was
Jose L. Ybarra's application for a sa
loon license at Los Virgenes was set
for hearing January 6th at 2 oclock.
Permission was granted the Loma
Vista Ranch company to excavate a
ditch on the west side of the Moneta
PARIS, Dec. 23.—The Gil Bias today
published a letter from Major Marchand,
the French officer, whose expedition
was recently erroneously reported, from
Brussels, to have been massacred. The
letter, which is dated Zalo, June 17th,
says the work accomplished is enor
mous. He adds that the French troops
strongly occupied Meshraerrek and that
by August 14th France would thus be
firmly established on the Nile, without
firing a shot. Commenting upon this
communication, the Gil Bias says the
rivals of France cannot longer prevent
her from being mistress of the Nile.
None of This Country's Business
A Conservative member of parliament,
discussing the attitude of England
toward the other powers of Europe, and
the possibility of hostilities, declares
it not possible to say on which side of
such an issue the United States would
stand. Probably on neither in such an
event. It is none of our business, and
the one thing this country has been
trying to teach the other countries all
our national lifetime is the importance
of each government minding its own
business. That's the whole Monroe doc
trine. —Louisville Times.
Having Fun With Himself
When the average men around this
neck of the woods feels like playing a
joke on himself he goes and flies a min
ing claim on the Pacific ocean in front
of Summerland. The beach has been lo
cated for oil so often by speculators
with a one dollar capital that, if all the
mining notices which have been posted
on the beach were stuck up in a row,
the surf would have a hard time in ef
fecting a landing.—Summerland Ad
JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 23.—Presi
dent Kruger, in the course of a speech
at Krugersdrop on Tuesday, expatiated
upon the danger of the so-called consti
tutional methods of Cecil Rhodes, and
upon the importance of keeping out of
Rhodes' clutches Delaoga Bay, which he
characterized as "The Transvaal's only
gateway to the sea."
CANDIA, Dec. 23.—Mussulmans yes
terday attacked a caravan near Armiro,
Crete, and killed twenty-three Chris
A London dispatch says that in view
of the disquieting news from Crete, two
French cruisers have been made ready to
sail for the island at a moment's notice.
An Irish Office
LONDON, Dec. 23.—Wm. Kenney, solic
itor general for Ireland and member of
parliament for the Stephens Green divis
ion of Dublin, has been appointed a Judge
on the Irish bench. He will be succeeded
as solicitor general for Ireland by Dun
bar Plunkett Barton, Q. U., a member
of parliament for Mid-Armagh.
Brussels has a very complete system
of time service, which the merchants use
generally, and one cannot go anywhere
without being faced by the exact time.
There are 451 electric clocks in service,
all governed by the master clock, which
in this case is the town clock. Each
minute all the hands of the clocks in the
circuit are advanced one minute by the
action of a current impulse sent out by
the master clock. The cost of the ser
vice is $25 for the initial installation, but
after that the yearly cost is only about
j The northern boundary of the Cripple
Creek Bold fields has been extended
three miles by the discovery on Copper
mountain of an immense blanket ledge
of ore, running from $10 to $1500 per ton
in gold. The ore lies near the surface
and Is mined with a plow and wheel
barrow. In the opinion of many mining
men, Copper mountain is one of the rich
est hills lh the camp.
The Grass Valley Herald says the St.
Gothard Mining company is negotiating
for the purchase of the Delhi. The Delhi
hafybeen a famous mine and made its
owners rich, and it is believed that there
is a large niffount of high-grade ore in
the mine, which has not been worked for
years, on account of the vast Inflow of
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Effect of the Frost.
Full reports of the effect of tho recent
cold frosts in Southern California will
be awaited with interest and no little
anxiety. The orange is a sensitive tree,
and the frosts this month have been un
usually severe all over the state, but as
the orange growers have been taking all
possible precautions and experimenting
in various ways with the object of rais
ing the temperature in their orchards
during the cold snaps, it is probable that
their losses have been but trifling.—San
"Our Steve" is already letting congress
know he's there. He has started after
Secretary Alger, and It now looks as
though the "fur may fly," if something is
not done by Alger to show why he is,
and has been, so derelict in duty. Sure
ly Mr. White is laboring earnestly for
Southern California, and we are proud
of him, regardless of politics and party
Following the Master
The spectacle of a Christmas minister
obeying the precepts and imitating the
example of his Muster Christ is consid
ered unusual enough to be the subject
of an Associated Press dispatch and the
topic of editorial comment In dozens of
journals. From which, as it strikes us,
a moral might be deduced without any
athletic exertion of the thinking powers.
The Only Instance
The body of a suicide in Salt Lake ha 3
been identified as that of a Californian
by the marks on his underclothes. This
appears to be the first instance on rec
ord in Which the peculiar hieroglyphics
of a Chinese laundryman have been suc
cessfully deciphered by an American.—
San Francisco Bulletin.
The Republican Heaven
The Los Angeles Herald (Dem.) is dis
posed to find fault because of the alleged
fact that the streets of the New Jerusa
lem are paved with gold. No Democrat
need borrow any trouble on that account,
as members of that party will not be
allowed to enter the locality in question.
1 —Santa Ana Blade.
Buy Him a Christmas Ranch
The Record In Los Angeles is the only
paper in that city which favors the
scheme to annex the Hawaiian islands.
The Record is still wild for "some new
territory." Why not compromise the
matter by buying the Record editor a
ten-acre chicken ranch?— Santa Ana
Hope ia Norwak
A movement is on foot in Los Angeles
now to prevent merchants from ob
structing the sidewalks with their wares
and merchandise. This is a good move.
We have some hope that Los Angeles
will be a fairly decent city after awhile.
Where Is Emeryville?
The publishers of the new city direc
tory state that their researches show
that Oakland, including Emeryville, has
a population of 100,000. Now watch Los
Angeles get up on her hind legs and say
it isn't so.—Oakland Tribune.
Last Sunday's Santa Rosa Press-
Democrat was entirely the work of wo
men in both editorial and business de
partments, and tho result was what Is
known in the professdon as "a good
paper." This terse description covers the
ground, and qualifying adjectives
would be worse than superfluous. The
proceeds will be devoted to charity, and,
judging from the generous advertising
patronage, there will be a considerable
sum to distribute. The regular force of
the Press-Democrat went fishing during
the day and treated the special staff
to a dinner in the evening. In short, it
was a glorious occasion all round.
The Lyceum, which is published under
the auspices of the Los Angeles High
School Debating society, has issued a
very creditable Christmas number, with
a table of contents ranging from Ha
waiian annexation and woman suffrage
to ghost stories and Christmas carols.
The Lyceum protests, by the way,
against injury to the public school sys
tem through corrupt boards of educa
tion, a stand for which the young
are to be heartily commended. The edi
tion is illustrated and handsomely print
ed on book paper.
IN THE PUBLIC EYE
Charles Plumb, brother of the late
Senator Plumb of Kansas, although 90
years old. walked sixteen miles recently
to visit a friend.
Tho University of Illinois has con
ferred the honorary degree of D.D. upon
Rev. Louis de Cornus, rector of St.
Paul's Episcopal church, Columbia, Pa.,
formerly of Great Neck, Long Island.
Since arriving at AVashington to at
tend the present session of congress Sen
ator Cookrell of Missouri has become
quite a pedestrian, walking nearly every
morning from his home to the capitol—
about three miles.
| On the anniversary of the death of
Marie Bashkirtcheff, which falls on the
last day of October, a memorial service
is always held at the Russian chapel,
her studio is decked with flowers, and
loving hands carry mementoes of their
affection to the little cemetery at Passy,
where she was laid at the close of her
short but brilliant career.
A prize of virtue has been conferred
by the French academy on Miss Bonne
fois who has devoted her life to the edu
cation of the children of the forains, the
nomad population of the booth and the
caravan. She goes the round of all the
great fairs and sets up her tent school
among the shows and circuses, doing an
immense amount of good, and she la
highly popular among her rough clients,
young and old.