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VOLUME LXXVII.-NO. 87.
PACIFIC COAST NEWS
How a Notorious Smug
gler at Tacoma Kept
Out of Prison.
NEGLECT OR KNAVERY.
He Fails to Appear in Court
After a Jury Had Found
Him Guilty.
THE JUDGES SUMMARY ACTION.
Refuses to Receive the Verdict, Dis
charges the Jury and Orders
the Culprit's Arrest.
Tacoma, "Wash.. March G.— By over-sleep
ing this morning "Jack" Forbes, whom
the customs officers regard as a notorious
smuggli r, saved himself an immediate
term of imprisonment, and after two trials
gets his case postponed until next June.
Ii was one of the most tacky things that
ever happened to a prisoner. The Govern
ment had made a strong case, and the cus
toms officers were actually betting on con
viction. The jury, after being out twenty
four hours without sleep, brought in a ver
dict of "Guilty." Yet Forbes is at liberty
on bonds.
Be is charged with smuggling in 140
pounds of opium, worth $2000, which cus
inspectors seized in February. 1894,
at a lodging-house. A feature of the trial
•was the sensation created by his former
landlady, who swore that Forbes told her
of having the opium, and that the morning
after the seizure he told her about it and
saiil he had lost thereby a lot of money.
This evidence clinched the Government's
case.
Forbes' release came about this way.
Just before noon to-day the jury tiled into
the courtroom with its verdict. The court
asked if Forbes was present and found he
■was not. This created surprise.
A few minutes after 12 o'clock Judge
Hanford issued a bench warrant for Forbes'
arrest and ordered it served. At 12:10 he
instructed the clerk to call the bondsmen
and notify them to get the body of defend
ant in court within ten minutes, stating
that otherwise he would discharge the jury
without receiving its verdict. The names
of the bond-men, who are Miles Gibbons
and L. D. Hill, were called, but they were
not presept.
Le Roy Palmer, attorney for Forbes,
offered to guarantee that the prisoner
would be on hand at 1 o'clock and asked an
h,.ur'i adjournment. .Every one in the
courtroom listened with breathlessa atten
tion, realizing that for the defendant at
east the moment was a critical one.
The court did not see tit to extend the
time, and ten minutes later he ordered the
default of defendant and his sureties en
tered and judgment entered against them
for $2000, the amount of the bail. The jury
was then discharged. By this time it was
learned that the defendant had overslept
himself, having remained in court until
11 :2" the night before waiting for the jury
to come in. Half an hour later Forbes
r rested on a bench warrant and taken
to the Marshal's office. His case was con-
tinued to the June term of court and bonds
fixed again, which he secured this evening.
To-morrow their approval will be asked.
The jury looked crestfallen when they
learned that their verdict had come to
naught. Sixty ballots were taken before
that conclusion was reached. On the first
ballot the jury stood seven for conviction
and five for acquittal. At midnight Tues
day night the jury stood 9 to 3 in favor of
conviction. This was the second trial of
the case. The first trial was had on Febru
ary 14. when the jury disagreed.
The practical effect of the discharge of
the jury was to give Forbes another chance
to maintain his liberty, and what is con
sidered strange is that this results from his
own negligence. He will have to pay the
costs of the last trial.
Attorney Palmer to-night filed a motion
to set the judgment against Forbes and the
bondsmen aside, the motion being accom
panied by the affidavits of himself and the
bondsmen that the default resulted from
Forbes oversleeping and not from wanton
negligence. Forbes is good-looking, with
features which bespeak grim determina
tion. He is said to be known up and down
the coast among smugglers.
It is rumored to-night that Forbes' ab
sence at the critical moment was the result
of a trick, and that the plan was laid this
morning after the defendant's friends had
learned what the jury's verdict would be.
He issaicfto have wealthy backers who will
be willing to save his liberty by paying the
$2000 bonds if his attorneys cannot succeed
in getting the court to set the judgment
aside. Men about town are inclined to be
lieve this story.
PUGET SOUND SHAKER INDIANS
A Revival Meeting of Thrrr Hundred Red
Mi n nit an Inland.
Tacoma, Wash., March 6.— A meeting of
the Shaker Indians on Squazin Island has
ended. Three hundred Indians from vari
ous parts of Western Washington attended
the gathering.
The session lasted four days. John Slo
kum is the chief prophet of the new faith.
He claims to have died and visited heaven
nd has been sent back to warn good
Indians of their impending fate. A ghost
dance concluded the festivities.
Slokum is working the Indians into a
great frenzy of religious excitement.
An Insane Spokane Itancher.
Spokane, Wash., March 6. — James Mc-
Mahon, a bachelor rancher living five miles
from this city, has fled into an adjacent
forest wildly insane. For a week neigh
bors have been trying to entice him from
bis cabin, but on the approach of friends
he shrieks and runs away. A posse of
deputies will go out to-morrow and try to
capture him.
Idnho Senatorinl Dendloch.
Bom, Idaho, March 6.— ln tli2 Sena
torial vote to-day one of Sweet's men left
him and voted for Shoup, the result being:
Shoup 21, Sweet 18, Crook 14. There is
much talk of a dark horse, but no .one
has any definite idea who may be brought
out. The effort of the Sweet men ap
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parently is to defeat Shoup at any cost.
There are only two more days of balloting,
and if the Sw ?et men and Populists con
tinue to vote together on adjournment
there can be only two ballots and perhaps
no election.
MAJOR WHAM'S SANITY
TJie Paymaster's Mind May lie found
Weak to Save Him from Disgrace.
Portlanp, Or., March 6. — It is reported
from Vancouver Barracks that a medical
board is now investigating the mental con
dition of Major J. \\\ Wham, paymaster,
U. S. A., who was court-martialed last Oc
tober for conduct unbecoming an officer in
refusing to pay his just debts.
The findings of the court have never
been made public, but it i^ said the verdict
was adverse to Major Wham. It is be
lieved that influence has been brought to
bear to secure the appointment of a board
to inquire into his mental condition in
order that he may be retired if it is found
that his mental faculties have been im
paired.
Tacoma Officials Cited for Contempt.
Tacoma, "Wash., March 6.— The Mayor,
Board of Public Works and City Attorney
were to-day cited by Judge Parker to ap
pear in court Saturday morning and show
cause why they should not be held for
contempt of court for not shutting off the
city's water supply from Glover Creek as
directed by the injunction issued on
Monday.
Corona's Mishap at Santa Monica.
Santa Monica, Cal., March 6. — The
steamer Corona bumped into the wharf
here early this morning while effecting a
landing. Her protruding anchor caught
the piling and tore the guard railing from
the deck. The steamer rebounded and
raked along the pier 600 feet before being
stopped, carrying away the cornice from
the wharf building. She was not badly in
jured and proceeded to San Diego.
LOS ANGELES BOYS POISONED
One Child Dies of Eating Cakes
and Another Becomes
Seriously 111.
The Pastry Was Given to the
Little Ones by a Kind
Old Woman.
Los Angeles, March 6.— John Strange
and Edward Henderson, two young boys
living with their parents in East Los An
geles, ate poisoned cakes while playing
this afternoon, and now the former lies on
a slab at the Morgue while Strange is in a
dangerous condition.
The two boys went with little Stella
Strange to the. house of an old lady named
Mrs. O'Hareto spend the afternoon. Stella
Strange went into the house of Mrs. O'Hare
to get a knife for the boys to cut some
grass with. Mrs. O'Hare gave her a knife
and also a package of cakes. Stella gave
the cakes to the boys, who both ate some
of them. In a few|moments two youngsters
were taken sick. The Strange boy died be
fore an emetic could be administered, but
the other lad vomited freely as soon as he
was taken with cramps, and this saved his
life.
The father of the dead boy was much
wrought r.p over the matter and at once
made application to the District Attorney
for complainst against Mrs. O'Hare. The
old lady has lived on the East Side for some
time and bears a fairly pood reputation.
When interviewed by the Call correspon
dent to-night as to how she came into pos
session of the poisoned pastry she said :
"About a week ago I went out on the
front porch and found a small package on
the steps. As I unwrapped the paper cov
ering I saw that the contents were cakes
such as we call 'lady fingers.' Supposing
that some one had left them for me I took
the package into the house, and when
Stella came to-day gave them to her to eat.
I had no idea that they contained poison."
Mrs. O'Hare owns considerable property
and has several dacghters. One of these, it
is alleged, has led a wayward life and fre
quently made threats, or rather expressed
a desire that the old woman would die and
leave her some money. This daughter is
said to reside in San Francisco. Mrs.
O'Hare lives alone in her little house and
was on most friendly terms with children.
It is not believed that she gave poisoned
cakes to them with any knowledge that
they contained any deadly substance.
Closing Exercises at the Citrus fair.
I.".- Angeles, March 6. — On Friday the
members of the Fruit Exchange will meet
at Hazard's Pavilion, where the citrus fair
is being held. Delegates from all local ex
changes throughout Southern California
will be present, as well as representatives
from the Merchants' Association and Board
of Trade of this city. Addresses will be
delivered by President W. 0. Patterson of
the Chamber of Commerce, Max Mcyberg
and Mr. Naftzger, president of the Ex
change.
The judges at the citrus fair were hard
at work to-day, and a number of awards
have been announced. The fair will close
on Saturday evening.
A.n Ex-I'olicenian's Trial.
Los Angeles. March 6.— Ex-Policeman
Sam Dugan appeared in court again to
day, and his trial on a change of assault
with intent to commit murder was re
sumed. Dugan became enraged at R. E.
Lee, a brother officer, several months ago,
and drawing his revolver fired five shots at
Lee on the corner of a crowded street.
The trouble arose over a discussion of the
A. P. A.
Reducing the, J'rice of Seedlings.
Los Angeles, March «.— A slight reduc
tion in price of seedling oranges has been
decided upon by the Fruit Exchange in
consequence of stiff competition in Eastern
markets of Sicily seedlings. The reduction
agreed upon is 10 cents per box, making
the new schedule of prices $1 50 per box
for the best grade, ?1 25 for medium and
$1 10 for ordinary.
An Influx of Thieves.
Los Angeles, March 6.— This city is in
fested with a larger number of crooks than
ever before. Scarcely a night goes by
without a burglary being reported, and
sneak thieves are numerous. The Police
Department has all that it can attend to,
and criminal court calenders are crowded
with cases set for examination and trial.
A Soquel Ruy X irked by a Horse.
Santa Cruz, March »j. — Dan Soto, a
•Soquel boy, caught hold of a horse's tail
this afternoon, and was kicked in the fore
head. His skull is fractured, and serious
results will probably follow.
SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 7, 1895.
O'DAY IN THE CHAIR
Tumultuous Scenes at a
Night Session of the
Assembly.
HORSEPLAY OF MEMBERS.
The Speaker in Easy Repose
With His Feet Upon
the Desk.
LAWMAKERS AT A PRIZEFIGHT.
The Sergeant-at-Arms Sent Out to
Bring in the Derelict
Assemblymen.
Sacramento, March 6.— After the other
business had been finished in the Assembly
to-night Cutter of Yuba asked leave to
introduce a bill out of order. As this is
the fifty -ninth day of the session such a
request is extraordinary. He explained
that his bill was to allow all bills to be con
sidered engrossed wh^n no amendments
had been made at the second reading.
At present all bills, whether there have
been changes or not, go to the printer, are
reprinted and sent back. This occasions
great expense and a delay of several days
for each bill, and the members of the House
were all anxious for its passage. To in
troduce the bill a two-thirds vote was
necessary.
Only forty-eight members answered to
their names. The absentees were called,
this made fifty voting. To save a day a
call of the House was ordered, although
there were live members in the House who
did not vote. Immediately the doors were
closed and tht sargeant-at-arms was
ordered to arrest the absentees whom were
said to be in attendance at a prizefight,
being held at the corner of Fifth and I
streets.
O'Day of San Francisco was called to the
chair and a reign of disorder began.
The Speaker pro tern, cocked his feet on
the desk, put his cigar in his mouth and
ruled every member who tried to address
him out of order. '
Many attempts were made to phase the
new chairman, who, though he might
have been better versed in parliamentary
usage, yet was able to give a witty answer
to each of the members who tried to chaff
him.
The House acted like a school without a
master for nearly two hours. A number
of attempts were made to dispense with
the call of the House. Nearly two bills
are still on the office reading file though
and the members want to save the time
that must now ensue between the second
and third readings. To accomplish this a
day earlier they were willing to stay until
11:30 in the Assembly,
By that time Assemblymen Boothby and
Zocchi were brought in from the prize
fight. Assemblyman Lewis was the next
to be rounded up. The call of the House
was then dispensed with and the roll
called. This time the five who had re
fused t.o vote before cast their votes in the
affirmative, fearing another call of the
House, and the bill was allowed to be in
duced by 58 ayes to 2 noes.
POLICE COMMISSION BILL
Efforts to Defeat the Measure
in the Assembly.
Sacramento, March 6.— A strenuous fight
is being made in the Assembly against the
bill to put Alvord and Tobin out of the Po
lice Commission and reduce the term of
office from life to four years. This is
Assembly bill 6.53, which Cutter had
made the special order for this afternoon.
Realizing the paramount importance of the
general appropriation bill, Mr. Cutter con
sented to give it precedence over his meas
ure. When he tried to have it made the
special order for them to-morrow he met
strong opposition.
Bettman-of San Francisco and Pendleton
of Los Angeles were the most prominent of
the objectors.
A two-thirds vote of the House placed
the bill as the special order for 3:30 o'clock
to-morrow afternoon. Many voted to make
the bill a special order "who will vote
against it. In spite of its being fathered
by a Republican and being the bill of .the
judiciary committee of a Republican
house, an attempt is being made to brand
it as a Democratic measure and thus de
feat it.
PASSAGE OF BILLS.
A Day's Work of the Lower
House of the Legislature.
Sacramento, March 6.— The bills on the
special file passed in the Assembly this
morning were:
Appropriating $25,000 for the Southern Cal
ifornia Home of the Inebriates.
Appropriating $300 for the elevator attend
ant.
Appropriating $1545 to pay the deficiency in
last year's appropriation for the Forestry sta
tions.
Appropriating $15,000 for the Forestry sta
tions at Chico and Santa Monica and establish
ing a third at Bft. Hamilton.
Appropriating $51)6 85 to pay for the funeral
and casket of the late Secretary of State, E. G
Waite.
Appropriating $1200 to pay the rent of the
office of the Labor Statistics Bureau.
Appropriating $0000 for Williuin G. Hall.
Appropriating $900 for electric lights for the
San Jose Normal School.
Appropriating $4500 to purchase 240 acres
of land adjoining the Folsom State prison.
Appropriati!)-*Gr>(M) to pay for a system of
heating and ventilating the Los Angeles Nor
mal School.
Appropriating $400 for postage and contin
gent expenses cf the Attorney-General.
Appropriating $48,012 to pay the papers of
the State for advertising the proposed constitu
tional amendments last year.
Appropriating $1553 52 to pay the deficiency
in the appropriation for ballot paper.
Appropriating $1500 to pay T. Carl Spelling
for -.york done for the State Bureau of Labor
Statistics.
Appropriating $6500 for the erection of ad
ditional buildings for the Southern California
Home for Inebriates.
Appropriating $1480 64 for a refrigerator
at the same institution.
Eight Senate bills were passed this after
noon. The*y were :
Preventing evil-disposed person* from enter
ing the grounds at the Whitier or Preston Re
form schools.
Establishing Police courts in Eureka, Hum
bold t County.
Providing for the issuance and redemption of
bonds for street work.
Giving the right of eminent domain over
sites for dams for irrigation purposes and roads
to mines.
Appropriating $12,150 for R. J. Broughton.
Taking off one of Fresno's Superior Judges.
Appropriating $50,000 to build a road from
the town of Mariposa to the Yosemite Valley.
Giving an additional clerk to the State Treas
urer at $133 33 a month for six months.
Enlarging the powers of the Commissioners
of the Building and Loan Associations.
Authorizing the removal of a cemetery at
Auburn.
Creating the oflice of County Fish and Game
Warden, with salary ranging from $25 to $100
a month.
Allowing cities to protect themselves from
floods.
Directing the use of devices for protecting
miners.
Simplifying the transfer of real estate.
Giving the appointment of the Board of
Health of San Francisco to the Supervisors.
Enlarging the provisions of the purity of
elections law.
Reducing the Judges of Tulare County from
two to one.
Dixon of San Francisco objected so
strenuously to Brusie's bill providing for
an extra electrician and fireman that the
author withdrew it.
Spencer's bill making an appropriation
to re-cover the records of the Supreme
Court was refused passage.
SAN JOSE CITY CONVENTION
Republicans and Democrats Choose Their
Respective Candidates.
San Jose, March 6. — The Republicans to
night nominated the following candidates
for city offices :
Clerk— J. W. Cook.
Couneilmen— First Ward, A. S. York; Second
Ward, A. 8. Mangrum; Third Ward, E. P. Main;
Fourth Ward, J. P. .larmnn.
School Trustees— First Ward, William Moir;
Second Ward, I). V. Mahoney; Third Ward, W.
C. F. Hamilton; Fourth Ward, Jacob Kcenig.
At the Democratic convention no nomi
nation was made for City Clerk and the
filling of the vacancy was left to the city
central committee. The ticket named was :
For Councilman— T. C. Hogan, First Ward;
W. B. McCarley, Second Ward; Charles Doer,
Third Ward; E. Juth, Fourth Ward.
For School Trustees— T.C. O'NeiL First Ward;
F. W. Moore, Second Ward; .1. W. Walthall.
Third Ward; Frank. Lauderdule, Fourth Ward.
SAN JOSE WILL CONTEST.
The Arguments End With a
Strong Plea for the
Contestant.
Instructions Will Be Given to
the Jury by the Judge
This Morning.
San Jose, March 6.— "With an eloquent
peroration and a strong plea for justice,
Attorney Delmes to-day closed tbx>. argu
ment for tho cc t( sf;i"- in ttm long trial
of the Barren •will ca^e. It is live weeks
ago since the lawyer made his opening
statement in the case, and not a day has
passed, when court was in session, that
the large hall was not thronged by inter
ested spectators, public interest in the trial
being at strong tension.
Delmas' argument occupied two days
and was a brilliant effort. He was given a
flattering ovation in the way of the
crowded attendance in the courtroom dur
ing the delivery of his plea. Such a crush
of spectators was never before known in
the history of the city. At the conclusion
of his effort hundreds of ladies and others
crowded around Mr. Delmas and congratu
lated him and H. V. Morehouse, his asso
ciate, and also expressed sympathy and in
terest in their client, George Barron, the
contestant.
In resuming his plea to the jury this
morning Mr. Delmas said in part:
"Edward Barron's mind was so per
verted with an unnatural aversion that he
almost prayed that his eldest son would
die, and we will show that he took every
means in his power to drive him to that
end. When he left St. Mary's Hospital
and found himself without friends or sym
pathizers the young man admits with sor
row that he unwisely, perhaps, but natu
rally, took to drink. Did his father at
tempt to encourage him with words of
cheer or hope and try to reason with
him?"
With an income of $84,000 a year no
other recourse suggested itself to the
father's mind than to turn his boy over
into the hands of a common policeman.
He was thrust into the Home for Inebri
ates, that living hell upon earth, which it
will be the crowning glory of the present
Legislature to blot out of existence. As
the culmination of all these cruel acts of
aversion the father finally planned upon
and sent George in a sailing vessel around
Cape Horn to some unknown country to
die.
"From this place of exile George Barron
sent many pleading, repentant letters to
his father, and these letters were intro
duced by counsel upon the other side, they
having been treasured up by Mrs. Barron
to be used against George, but we have
wrested them from her hand, and we will
use this sword as a weapon of justice with
which we will cleave our way through the
impediments that have been strewn upon
our path.
"At last the hard heart of the father was
made to soften to the extent of allowing his
son to leave New Yorlc for Dwight, 111., to
take the Keeley cure. George Barron says
he took this treatment not so much because
his condition required it, but because he
hoped by this heroic measure to remove
the unjust unnatural aversion of his
father."
Mr. Delmfls closed his effort this after
noon with an eloquent and impressive plea
for justice in behalf of his client. He pa
thetically portrayed the bowed figure of
the dead mother as she sent from the
spirit world her blessings upon her wronged
eldest son and her hopes that the verdict
would right the ereat injury that had been
done him.
The argument closed shortly after 4
o'clock, but Judge Lorigan did not charge
the jury and send them out to deliberate
upon a verdict. He said he preferred to
instruct them in the morning, so as to
avoid the possible necessity of keeping
them out over night.
The court then adjourned with the usual
admonitions to the jury. It is expected
that a verdict will be reached by noon to
morrow at least.
Anti-ItaUrond Bill Fails at Olytnpia.
Oiampia, Wash., March ti.— Helm's
House bill, reducing railroad freight rates
in the State of Washington, failed to pass
the Senate to-day by a vote of 14 to 20.
NO COUNTY DIVISIONS
Nullification of Wishes
of the Voters of
the State.
THE LAW DIES A-BORNIN'.
Stranglingof the Much-Mooted
Measure in the
Senate.
FOR TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT.
Passage of a Bill to Provide for Town
Meetings In Cali
fornia.
Sacramento, March 6.— County division
is killed. There will be no general law
passed by this Legislature which will pro
vide a method for the formation of • new
counties, unless the Assembly can drag up
a bill from the end of the file and urge it
forward to passage. There is scarcely any
likelihood of this, and so Bidwell, Buena
Vista, San Luis Rey, Putnam, Santa Ynez,
Sunol and other would-be counties must
wait.
The Senate to-day deliberately voted to
nullify the wishes of a 4 to 1 majority of
the voters of the State as expressed at the
last election, when an amendment to the
constitution was adopted, the object of
which was to take county division fights
out of the Legislature. The action of the
Senate was a notice that the combine was
supreme and that it intended to keep
those rights over new county propositions
in the Legislature.
The record of county division scandals
with all the reeking details of purchased
votes has not ended. The Senate has made
the decision, and so at the next session
there is every likelihood of a repetition of
the acts which disgraced the sessions of
1891 and 1893.
Senator Earl called up for reconsidera
tion to-day the action of the Senate by
which a general law applicable to county
divisions was defeated last night. The
Senate declined to ~econsider its action by
the following vote :
Ayes— Arms, Beard, Bert, Denison, Earl, Fay,
Ford. Gleaves, Hpyt, Linder, Mathews, McAllis
ter, McGowan", Pedlar, Simpson, Smith, With
ington — 17.
Noes— Androus, Dunn, Flint, Franck, Hart,
Henderson, Holloway, Langford, Mahoney,
Mitchell, Orr, Seawell, Seymour, Shine, Ship
pee, Toner, Voorheis, Whltehurst — 18.
Excused from voting— Aram, Biggy, Ges
ford—3.
Afcsertt-Bnrke— l.
Declined to vote— Martin — 1.
It developed that the clerk made a mis
take in the tally last night in the vote on
Senator Simpson's bill providing for the
organization of township governments,
and despite the objection of Senator Mc-
Gowan the error was rectified. At the
afternoon session Senator Ford sought to
withdraw his notice to reconsider. Twice
it was made with the understanding that
the bill had failed of passage. Senator Me-
Gowan objected. There was an hour's
debate. The Senator from Humboldt de
clared that it would enable townships to
nullify high license by passing low liquor
ordinances.
Senator Simpson declared that it gave
townships just the power in this respect
which municipalities had and that it
would enable the people to have local op
tion. As it was county Supervisors would
authorize the sale of liquors and small
communities had no redress.
Senator McGowan's substitute to re
consider the action by which the bill was
passed was lost by the following vote :
Ayes— Aram, Denison, Ford, Holloway, Hoyt,
Langford, Martin, McGowan, Orr, Voorheis
and Whitehurst— ll.
Noes— Arms, Androus, Beard, Bert, Dunn,
Earl, Fav.Franck, Gesford, Gleaves, Henderson,
Linder, Mathews, McAllister, Mitchell, Pedlar,
Seymour, Simpson, Smith, Toner and Withing
ton—2l.
Absent or declined to vote— Biggy, Burke,
Flint, Hart, Mahoney, Seawell. Shine and Ship
pee—B.
And so if the Assembly takes a like view
of it and the Governor approves, town
ship government and the New England
town-meeting will become features of Cali
fornia law.
Sergeant-at-Arms Blackburn purchased
a laurel gafel and decorated it with red,
white and blue ribbons. Senator Earl, in
a neat speech, presented the new gavel to
the president pro tern. of the Senate, who
made a fitting acknowledgment.
Governor Sheakley of Alaska was an
honored guest of the Senate for a short
time this afternoon and occupied a seat
beside the Speaker pro tern. The Gov
ernor of Alaska made a brief speech, con
trasting the present appearance of Sacra
mento with that of forty-one years ago,
when he was last here. He declared that
California was the most prosperous com
monwealth in America.
The Senate agreed to the report of tha
conferees on the general appropriation bill
except as to four items. These were the
items reducing the appropriations for the
Napa Insane Asylum from $400,000 to
$374,000, for the Mendocino Insane Asylum
from $180,675 to $130,225, for the San" Jose
Normal School from $7000 to $4500, and for
the National Guard from $225,000 to
$185,000.
Senators Gesford and Seawell led the
fight against the reductions for the insane
asylums in their counties. There was
quite a bitter dispute between Senators
Langford and Gesford.
Senators Beard, Ford and Whitehurst
were appointed a new conference commit
tee on the four items of the bill, where the
Senate had refused to concur in the report
of the first conference committee.
Senator Seawell's bill, appropriating
$14(3,780 for new buildings and improve
ments for the Mendocino Insane Asylum,
was finally passed.
A strong attack was led by Senators Orr,
Pedlar and Aram against the bill intro
duced by Senator Voorheis appropriating
$55,000 for additional buildings and im
provements for the Preston School of In
dustry. The bill was finally passed by a
vote of 22 to 16.
Senator Mahoney introduced a resolu
tion in the Senate to-day appropriating $45
to pay the claim of ex-Pugilist Joe Mc-
Auliffe for some work done as attache early
in the session. The resolution was re
ferred to the Committee on Attaches.
The special urgency file occupied a
greater portion of the time at the night
session.
TO HOLD DOWN LEGISLATURES
The Senate Evolves an Attaches
Bill for Future Sessions.
Sacramento, March 6.— The Call's ex
pose of the gross extravagance of the Legis
lature in the matter of attaches has forced
the Senate finally to attempt to redeem its
bad record in the past. A resolution was
introduced to-day providing that all un
necessary attaches should be dismissed
after March 8. Though the Senate will
make little if any reduction in the extrav
agance of this session, it proposes that
future Legislatures shall not be guilty of
such an offense.
Some days agg Withington introduced a
committee bill fixing the number of at
taches and their pay.
McAllister offered a substitute, and this
substitute passed its second reading to
night and will pass finally to-morrow
night, as it is on the special urgency file.
The patronage of the Senate is fixed at
sixty-six attaches with a per diem of
$23(i 50. The patronage of the Assembly
is fixed at seventy-eight with a per diem
of $330 50.
The Senate by its vote to-night showed
that this number of attaches was amply
sufficient.
When it is considered that the present
per diem for attaches in the Senate is
nearly $1000 and the number of attaches
164 the glaring extravagance of the Senate
and, in a slightly less degree, of the As
sembly is made apparent.
Senator McAllister has been one of the
stanchest advocates of the retrenchment.
The Senate has come to his way of think
ing so far as future Legislatures are con
cerned.
MARSHFIELD'S OCEAN CRAFT
An Oregon Sailor to Traverse
Two Oceans in a Little
Dory.
A Very Venturesome Trip to
Europe Via San Fran
cisco.
Marshfield, Or., March 6.— Captain
Gustaf Broman of this place is preparing
for a journey to Europe in the smallest
craft with which a man has ever ventured
upon the high seas for a long journey.
Broman came here five months ago and
shortly afterward commenced the con
struction of the boat in which he intends
to sail for San Francisco, where he will
make some improvements in his craft and
they sail for Europe. He has been quiet
about his undertaking, and it was long
after he had started th« wont of construc
tion that it became known that he in
tended to make the perilous journey.
Captain Broman's boat, which was
launched ten days ago amid much enthu
siasm from the spectators, measures 10 feet
keel, 13^ feet over all, 2 feet depth of hold
and 3 feet beam. The stanch little vessel
was made of a cedar log, which was sawed
in two, then dug out and afterward put
together again with water-tight compart
ments. She is decked over and several
manhole plates in the deck are arranged
so that entrance can be had to the different
compartments to obtain stores and pro
visions. These holes are sufficiently large
to admit the lower extremities of the navi
gator, but the main part of his body will
be exposed to the weather.
The boat has been christened Gustaf
Adolph, in honor of the first King of Swe
den, and when she is rigged, with an iron
centerboard weighing 125 pounds and other
gear, her main deck will be just six inches
above the water.
Captain Broman is much pleased with
his boat, and he only smiles when he is
told that every one predicts his loss before
he is twenty-four hours at sea. He de
clines to state what originated his idea, but
he asserts positively that his undertaking
is not an advertising scheme or a reputa
tion-making affair.
He expects to sail from Coos Bay next
Sunday for San Francisco, where he will
put in three masts and give her the rig of
a full-rigged ship. He will only use one
spar on the trip to San Francisco. When
he arrives there he will try to obtain per
mission from the railroad authorities to
place his boat on wheels and sail across
the continent on the railroad tracks. But
if he cannot obtain this consent, he in
tends to sail around the Horn.
Captain Broman is a native of Russia
and is 29 years old. He appears to be a
level-headed, logical sort of a man, and
seems to have some means. He came to
Marshfield from South America, and was
formerly engaged in the diamond trade in
Central America. He has a look of deter
mination, and all who know him believe
that he will endeavor to put his plans in
execution, even at the cost of his life. He
has followed the sea and has knowledge of
navigation.
A PENDLETON INDIAN CASE.
Habeas Corpus Proceedings in Oregon to
Test the Citizenship Question.
Pendletox, Or., March 6. — A habeas cor
pus case was heard to-day relating to In
dian citizenship. Writs were served on
Old Wolf, who is jailer of the Court of In
dian Offenses, and returned in the State
Circuit Court.
Counsel for the Indian court accom
panied the writs with a statement that the
Indian Judges remanded Chiefs No Shirt
and Young Chief to the custody of Old
Wolf under a $100 tine or fifty days' im
prisonment for alleged conspiracy to defy
the Government of the United States and
for disobeying the Indian agent and in
stigating other Indians to disobedience.
The statement also claims the Indian court
has jurisdiction over the offense.
A general demurrer was filed by^ the
counsel for the chiefs, alleging insufficiency
of the return. Judge Fee took the case
under advisement and will render a de
cision Saturday.
The issue turns on the question as to the
citizenship of Indians on allotted lands,
and has no reference to the property rights
of Indians.
Santa Crux Sites for a Soldiers' Home
Santa Cruz, March 6.— Mrs. Hinkley of
San Francisoo and Mrs. Waggoner of
Sacramento arrived this evening to inspect
the sites offered for a Soldiers' Home to be
erected by the ladies of the G. A. It.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
MONEY FOR FAIRS.
Both State and District
Shows Given Liberal
Allowances.
THE RETRENCHERS FAIL.
Their Efforts to Check the
Appropriations Prove
Useless.
ASSEMBLY YIELDS TO SENATE.
The House Makes a Pretense of
Economy and Then Votes
the Money.
Sackamexto, March 6.— Two items recom
mended by the Senate, which raised the
general appropriation bill $234,000, were
accepted by the Assembly this afternoon.
They were the appropriations for the State
fair and the district fairs, which were voted
down when the bill was considered in the
Assembly. The vote to give the State fair
$40,000 stood 41 to 30. For the district fairs
there were 44 in the affirmative and only 26
in the negative.
This represents the general feeling with
which the report of the conference com
mittees was received. The members real
ized that they should make at least a pre
tense of economy. At the same time they
had to yield to the imperative demands of
the Senate if they hoped to to get any por
tion of the bill through.
The appropriations for the State fair
caused more than an ordinary amount of
objections. Dodge protested against the
acceptance of the recommendation. "The
House is already being condemned for ex
travagance," he said. "These appropria
tions are absolutely unnecessary. Let us
leave them off."
Belshaw of Contra Costa read the total
of the appropriations passed on favorably
by the "Ways and Means Committee. This
amounted to the enormous sum of $13,
--538,788, which is $489,018 48 more than the
50-cent levy would allow, "We can't af
ford these fairs," said he. "If we leave one
out we must omit all."
Brusie announced that the member from
Contra Costa had evidently decided that
all the bills he spoke of would be passed.
This, he shouted, was a "vile decision"
and not in accord with common-sense.
Laugenour told of properties worth
$200,000 in Los Angeles, the title to which
would lapse from the fair association there
if they did not get their appropriation.
Bulla of Los Angeles wanted to knovr
what property this was, but before he could
get an answer the question was called.
Then the friends of the district fairs began
to scramble. They were afraid the State
Fair men might go back on them after the
$40,000 for the State Fair had been granted.
They therefore wanted all their appropria
tions considered at once. Their motions
were declared out of order though. But
their fears were groundless.
While the State Fair appropriation re
ceived only 41 votes, there were 44 in favor
of allowing the district fairs $194,000. The
vote was as follows:
Ayes— Bassford, Bennett, Bettman, Bledsoe,
Boothby, Brusie, Butler, Cargill, Coleman,
Devine, Devitt, Dixon, Dunbar, Dwyer, Ewing,
Glass, Guy, Hall, Hatfield, Holland, Huber,
Johnson, Kelsey, Laird, Laugenour, Lewis,
Llewellyn, McCarthy, McKelvey, Nelson, O'Day,
Pendleton, Price, Reid, Richards, Sanford,
Spencer, Swisler, Tibbetts, Thomas, Tomblin,
Twigg, Zocchi. Mr. Speaker— 44.
Noes— Ash, Bachman, Barker, Belshaw, Bulla,
Collins, Cutter, Dale, Davis, Dodge, Fassett,
Hudson, Jones, Kenyon, Meads, Merrill, North,
Osborn, Phelps, Powers, Robinson, Rowell,
Staley, Stansell, Waymire, Weyse— 26.
Absent and not voting— Berry, Pinkelspiel,
Freeman, Gay, Healey, Keen, Wade, Wilkins.
Wilkinson— 9.
Fresno Officers' Salaries.
Sacramento, March 6.— An error crept
into the table prepared in the Assembly of
the salaries of officials of counties of the
ninth class, which means the County of
Fresno. The salaries for officials are as
follows:
County Clerk, $2500; Sheriff. $6000; Asses
sor, $3500; Tax Collector, .$2000; District
Attorney, $2500; School Superintendent,
$2000; Auditor, $2000; Treasurer, $2500.
These figures do not include amounts
allowed to deputies under the new county
government bill. In some instances there
are provisions for fees.
UTAH PREPARES FOR STATEHOOD.
Proceedings in the Constitutional Con
vention at Salt Lake.
Salt Lake, Utah, March 6.— The Consti
tutional Convention this morning elected
all the permanent officers, with John
Henry Smith at their head, as agreed upon
by the Republican caucus yesterday after
noon. The Democrats made no nomina
tions, and the election of officers was
mostly by acclamation.
The following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That we, the delegates of the Con
stitutional Convention, for and on behalf of
the people of the proposed State of Utah, do
hereby declare that we adopt the Constitution
of the United States.
A report was submitted and adopted
recommending twenty-six standing com
mittees.
The Legislative Apportionment Commit
tee will be the largest committee, having
one member from each of the twenty-six
counties.
The convention adjourned to 2 o'clock
to-morrow.
Santa Crut Grand Jury Session.
Santa Cruz, March 6.— Although the
Grand Jury has been in session over s
week only one indictment has been re
turned. Most of the session has been
devoted to investigating water bonds
matter. Many witnesses have been ex
amined. There is only one more witness to
examine and the jury will report Monday
afternoon.
The Big Railroad Suit at Portland.
Portland, Or., March 6.— Argument was
continued to-day in the suit of the Oregon
Railway and Navigation Company to
modify the order appointing Receiver
McNeill, so as to absolve him from paying
about $60C,000 expended on the O. R. & N.
lines oefore a separate receiver was ap
pointed.

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