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CHARLES M. SHORTRIDGE,
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The Eastern office Of the SAN FRANCISCO
CALL (Daily and Weekly), Pacific; States Adver
tising Bureau, Rhlnelander building, Hose and
Duane street*, New York. .
WEDNESDAY* MARCH 13, 1895
No more monopoly.
Invest in the San Joaquin road.
Competition will be the death of silurian
A new railroad is worth a dozen mud
Display California goods and let the peo
ple see them.
Never count a millionaire's children
until his will is hatched.
The millionaire who lacks public spirit
always has public contempt.
We must have the San Joaquin road and
the road must have' water-front terminus.
We thought we had the cap on the legis
lative climax, but we must bow to Indiana.
Every county in the State is in line and
all of them wish to be on the competing
The war among the insurance companies
may not set the City on lire but it is getting
Parisian fashions will no longer have the
same worth, but they won't come any
Give the mud flats to the competing road
and in a short time they will cease to be
We must make a lively movement in City
improvement, to meet the coming century
in good style.
Cleveland appears to be trying to find
forgetfulness by neither saying anything
nor sawing wood.
Now that San Francisco is to be per
mitted to do her own investigating, she
must get in and do it.
Perhaps it might improve the Silurians
a little, to give each of them an individual
as well as general kick.
Subscribing to the competing road is an
investment and not a donation; there is no
giveaway in it anywhere.
When the work of the Half-million Club
is accomplished for the City there will be
millions iv it for the State.
Legislators who attempt to shut off the
competing road, are simply renewing the
old circus of the donkey and the locomo
The Merchants' Association has done
well in sweeping the streets, but it will do
better when it sweeps the cobbles out of
If- the Indiana Legislature hadn't ad
journed when it did, the Governor would
have been justified in having it arrested
Every merchant should display his Cali
fornia goods in the front windows of bis
shop so as to let people know he is in favor
of home industry.
Don't forget that the earnings of the San
Joaquin road will be kept at home to help
home industries and not sent abroad to pay
As the San Jose Mercury advises every
body to quit "rushing the growler," it owes
it to mankind to devise a better means of
getting the growler to his bier.
In celebrating their accession to citizen
ship by getting drunk, the Umatilla In
dians have proven themselves too much
like some other citizens to be good citizens.
When Russell Sage sent Anna Gould a
Bible for a wedding present he should have
written in it: "Silver and gold have lin
plenty, but what I need most I give unto
San Francisco assists Los Angeles in
working up the great flower festival and
Los Angeles will assist Han Francisco in
getting the next Republican National Con
He only is a good citizen who with a wise
regard for his private interests employs his
energy and his capital in such a way as to
assist in the advancement of his city and
the welfare of his fellow-citizens.
The manufacturers of all parts of the
State are showing a warm interest in the
coming convention and eyery day fur
nishes new reasons for believing that the
assembly will have not only important dis
cussions but important results.
The charge of impurity in the water sup
ply of the City should be most carefully in
quired into. Bad whisky, bad morals and
bad politics affect only a few people, but im
pure water is liable to carry disease, plague
and pestilence into every home.
The property-owner who does not see the
advantage to himself that will result from
an investment in the San Joaquin road,
must have made his money by bull luck or
snake trickery, for he hasn't enough busi
ness sense to know a good thing when it is
introduced to him.
The Los Angeles Express is in error in ac
cusing the Call of inconsistency because
"in one column it berates lotteries and in
another it boasts of the number of mar
riage licenses." Marriage may be regarded
as a lottery in Los Angeles, but in this sec
tion of the State it is an infant industry.
We are pleased to learn from the Mar
tinez Gazette that &n Eastern manufacturer,
whose attention was drawn to the advan
tages of the place by a recent article in the
Call, has written to get advice in regard
to the location there of a planing-mill and
sash and door factory. This is the kind of
gift that the Call likes to make California
towns. It beats the fake trade.
The Argonaut's highly complimentary
statement of the Call's innovation in giving
due prominence to Pacigc Coast news and
refraining from making it secondary to for
eign scandals and accidents that do not con
cern us, is the expression of an intelligent
editor who, as a representative of the
higher intelligence of the community, has
6aid in the clearest manner what every
other intelligent citizen would say if he
published a high-class weekly paper.
DISPLAY HOME GOODS.
In the task of making a California mar
ket for California products, the producer
van do much by advertising his goods, the
consumer can do much by _iving prefer
ence to home articles over those of foreign
make, but the merchant can do most of
all. He is the link in the chain that con
t nects the producer with the consumer, and
without his cordial help and co-operation
neither the productive energy of the one
nor the willingness to purchase on the part
of the other, can be of any avail.
Every California merchant should put
California articles to the front. The prod
ucts of our soil and of our factories should
be displayed conspicuously in the windows
of shops dealing in such goods, so that every
passer along the street might see the large
variety of articles grown or manufactured
here and be convinced of the wisdom of
purchasing the home goods rather than
those of foreign make. It would add,
moreover, to the attractiveness and the
value of the display if the prices were ,
marked and the fact made evident that
to patronize home industries is a matter of
j household economy as well as of patriotic
Dealers in California dried fruits have
especially good reasons for making a dis
play of this kind. Few forms of window
decoration can be more attractive to
casual passers or more enticing to shop
pers than a well-arranged exhibit of choice
fruit. Such exhibits brighten up any store
front. Evidences of their value in this
way can be seen in many places about the
City. An instance, conspicuously notice
able because of the environment, is that of
the grocery of C. H. Montgomery on the
corner of Third and Minna streets, which,
by its rich array of luscious fruit marked
at low prices, goes far to redeem the un
sightliness of the ill -paved, ill -tended
street and the ramshackle buildings
around it. The effect produced there shows
what could be done everywhere, and with
even greater success amid better and more
It is, of course, to be understood that the
burden of making attractive displays of
California goods should not be thrown
wholly on the merchant. The manufac
turer and the fruit-packer should put them
up in a manner as artistic as can be made
compatible with economy. The esthetic
faculty of the American people has been
developed very rapidly in recent years, and
we are no longer indifferent to the accom
plishments of art and the pleasures of a
cultivated taste. The American of to-day
buys a great many things simply because
, they look nice. This taste must be ap
pealed to and satisfied. The manufacturer,
the fruit-packer and the merchant should
co-operate in the task and give to our
home-made goods a display as attractive
as any that come from France itself.
A NEIGHBOR'S EIGHTS.
The ancient maxim of the law, "So use
your own as not to injure that of another,"
is one of the foundations upon which the
conduct of the Call is laid. it stated this
proposition plainly enough in its issue of
March 4, in reference to the rehabilitation
of hydraulic mining in California ; and yet
our able contemporary, the Yuba City In
dependent, with a vehemence that better
discloses its zeal than its judgment, finds
that article a sufficient reason for a violent
assault upon the Call. One of the greatest
misfortunes that California has ever suf
fered is the bitter partisanship that has
grown out of the conflict between the
farmers and the miners.
The damage done to lands and water
ways through the absence of means
for impounding debris has been serious
enough ; hut greater still was the harm
to the State at large from ■ stopping
the annual output of $10,000,000 which
the hydraulic mines yielded, and greatest
of all has been the bitter feeling which has
grown out of it all, and which, manifested
principally by the valley farmers, has
made the resumption of hydraulic mining,
under proper restrictions, so difficult.
"When the Call declared that "1 per cent
of the profits that would result to Cali
fornia and the United States from the re
vival of hydraulic mining would defray all
the cost of caring for the rivers and val
leys," the Independent denounced this as
showing a reckless disregard of facts, and
added: "It would take the entire output
of all the hydraulic mines on the water
shed of the Feather and Sacramento years
to restore those rivers to their primitive
condition." Whether or not this may be
true, it happens to be foreign to the issue ;
but it has an important value as tending
to show a bitter partisanship against any
proposition which looks to there-establish
ment of mining.
The Call, on the contrary, is in no
sense a partisan in this matter. It
stands on the simple proposition that
if hydraulic mining can be resumed by
the adoption of impounding facilities
which will prevent further injury to lands
and waterways, it is the duty of the coun
try and of all its good citizens to forward
the enterprise; that such facilities have
been devised, and require only the assist
ance of the Government to put them into
operation. Thus the old legal maxim is
followed by the Call, and those friends of
the farmers who are also unhappily the
enemies of hydraulic mining, might profit
by the example.
PAYING THE STEEETS.
The announcement in the Call yester
day that the Merchants' Association in
tended entering upon a series of experi
ments in street-paving, was doubtless read
by every progressive citizen with a feeling
of satisfaction alloyed only by the regret
that such experiments should he necessary.
Long before this, San Francisco should
have found the right solution of the prob
lem of street-paving, and by this time
should have carried it into extensive ap
Regrets over past neglect, however, are
out of place now. The one duty before us
is to take advantage of the present and
make the future better. It is a matter of
congratulation that this particular work
has been undertaken by a body of men so
competent to perform it. The" Merchants'
Association has shown its ability to grap
ple with street problems and find a practi
cal solution for them. Within the area of
its operation, it has revolutionized the
street-sweeping of the City and has pro
duced as good results as are possible on
the present pavements. With these ac
complishments to prove the energy and
public spirit of the Association, we can with
reason indulge the belief that it will be
equally successful with the new enterprise,
and having swept the old pavements clean,
it will next succeed in sweeping them off
altogether to make way for better.
It will not be necessary to make any
blind experiments in the work proposed.
Street paving has long been one of the
most extensively studied of municipal
problems, and its solution is now pretty
well understood. Experiments made in
cities in various parts of the world have
demonstrated by the test of actual wear and
tear what paving is best fitted for the
heavy traffic of city streets, as well as the
most economical with respect : both to first
cost and the expenditure for maintenance.
Without attempting to prejudge the tests
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 1895.
to be made by" the Association, we believe
it will be found here as elsewhere, that no
system of paving meets all the require
ments of traffic and economy so completely
as an asphalt pavement laid with due care
upon a substantial concrete foundation.
If this should prove to be the case, the City
is to be congratulated, for within a com
paratively few miles of it there are abund
ant quantities of all the materials needed
for the foundation and for the asphalt cov
ering. It will be a comparatively easy task
and cheap process therefore to improve
the streets by this system if should prove
as advantageous here as it has shown itself
to be in other cities on the Pacific Coast
While it is a matter of gratification to
live in a community where there are mer
chants of sufficient public spirit and gen
erosity to undertake a work of this kind
at their own cost, there is necessarily a
feeling of shame that it should be imposed
upon individuals to do a work that the
City should do. Have we not a represen
tative government? Are not the people
taxed to pay for street improvements?
Why would it not be better for all con
cerned to bond the City for $5,000,000 and
enter actively and extensively upon the
important work which the Merchants' As
sociation has with so much civic patriot
ism undertaken to do tentatively at the
expense of its liberal and progressive mem
A GOOD" INVESTMENT.
The one substantial and permanent ele
ment in the conduct of legitimate business
enterprises is the hope of a profit on the
investment. That is the test of the true
business man. Contrariwise, a capitalist
who is too timid to invest in an enterprise
which offers every reasonable assurance of
a profit is not a genuine business man. It
is the employment of capital in developing
resources that makes a community pros
perous, and he who withholds his money
from such employment fails in one of the
salient qualifications of a useful citizen.
All this is evident without taking into ac
count such a humane consideration as the
employment of the poor or the effect that
such employment has on the character
and enforcement of penal laws. He is the
best citizen who. with a wise regard for
his private interests, understands his enor
mous power for good or evil in the employ
ment of his own capital.
Those eminent capitalists who refuse to
invest in the shares of the San Joaquin
Valley Railroad through fear that they
will not receive a profit may take what
consolation they can from these considera
tions. It would require hardihood and in
genuity of an uncommon order to assert
and attempt to prove that a generous
profit would not accrue from the invest
ment. The matter should be regarded
solely as an investment with a reasonable
prospect of a fair return and in no sense as
a donation. The promoters of the enter
prise being shrewd, able and successful
business men have put their millions into
it because it is so evident to them that it
will yield a handsome profit. It is easy to
assume that, having shown themselves in
this aspect to be good and useful citizens,
they will be glad to see the community at
large enjoy a prosperity which their enter
prise has made possible; but however ad
mirable they may appear from this point
of view, there are many who need look no
further than personal benefits. Those who
are inaccessible to the promptings of pride
and ,shame have nevertheless abundant
room in their pockets.
A very important matter that has re
ceived no attention is the fact that as this is
to be strictly a home affair, there will be no
drain upon the resources of the State in
the form of interest paid to foreign holders
ofthe securities. This country annually
sends to Europe about $100,000,000 in in
terest and dividends on railroad securities
alone. The expenditure of energy and the
consumption of resources required to meet
this drain are enormous, reaching vastly
further than the face of the outgo. The
benefits which would accrue from the
keeping of this money at home, where it
might be reinvested in further enterprises
which would furnish employment and
produce prosperity, would be beyond com
It is a knowledge of these vital matters
that has prompted the promoters of the
Pan Joaquin Valley Railroad to use all
diligence in disposing of the shares to
the capitalists of California. Not alone by
direct means will the shareholders receive
a benefit, but they will enjoy the additional
advantage which will come indirectly from
the increased prosperity of the State.
This is an advantage which local share
holders in railroad properties that have
borrowed largely abroad cannot hope to
enjoy. It is instructive to observe how much
greater confidence generally foreign capi
talists have in American enterprises than
Americans themselves are apt to show;
and most conspicuous among such Ameri
cans are those in California, and particu
larly in San Francisco, who prefer to count
their small gains on -'gilt-edged loans" and
who are content to be merely usurers and
A Connecticut State Senator is trying to
procure the passage of a bill making it
unlawful to publish the portrait of an in
dividual without his consent, or, if dead,
the consent of his representatives; and it
is scarcely necessary to say that every ab
sconding criminal in the country would
like to have a chance to get in and lobby
It is not California only that has resumed
the work of railroad building, for a Georgia
company has placed a big order for rails
with a Pennsylvania rolling-mill and we
are going to have a rival to see who will
get there first. ' ; :
California fruit, neatly packed and of
fered at low prices, should be put conspic
uously to the front in every grocery in the
San Francisco has been a metropolis for
some time, but she has only just begun to
act like one.
SUPPOSED TO BE HUMOROUS.
Briggs— l was reading a paper in the elevated
this morning and the man next to me was wild
Briggs— turned it over before he got through.
—New York Herald.
"There's some satisfaction in being a kodak
fiend," mused the amateur photographer, as he
sent a bundle ol pictures to a friend. "At least
a man can express his own views."—
After ail marriage can't be called a failure
when you consider how many possible elocu
tionists it has kept off the amateur stage.—
Mrs. Suburb— l don't see what's the matter
with our hens. They don't lay at all.
Farmer Meadow— don't feed 'em right,
mum. Just you give 'em about $2 worth of
corn every week and they'll lay you $1 worth
of eggs every seven days.— New York Weekly.
Teacher— Yes, children, the hairs of our heads
are all numbered.
Smart boy (pulling out a hair and presenting
Well, what is the number of this hair.
Teacher— Number one, Johnny, and (pulling
out several more) these are numbers two, three,
four, five and six. Anything else you want to
know?"— Player aud Sportsman.
AROUND THE CORRIDORS.
Frank L. Pommer of the G. IT. Mumm wine
firm left for New York last night, after a fort
night's sojourn in this State. While here he
inspected some of the vineyards of California
and found that good progress is being made by
the growers of native
wines. "California has
not been using as much
champagne for the past
1 v.-ing a.s much
gne for the past
think the business is
picking up somewhat,"
said Mr. Pommer at the
Palace Hotel yesterday
afternoon. Several gen
tlemen who were present
ventured various sugges
tions in regard to the de
creased consumption of
champagne on this coast.
Mr. Pommer strikes Nobody was willing to
an attitude. admit " that hard times
have had anything to do with checking the
flow of the sparkling beverage. There was a
generally prevalent opinion among the home
people that loyalty to home production has
been a factor in the changed condition of
flairs touching choice potables, and the visitor
good naturedly allowed this plea. Among the
party of friends who gathered to bid Mr. Pom
mer good-by on the eve of his departure were
W. A. Carnes and Samuel G. Whitney.
E. C. Pitts, a well-to-do merchant of Butler,
S. C, who has been enjoying California climate
for several weeks past," was speaking of the
material development, noticeable in the South,
to several gentlemen in the Palace last even
ing, and among other things mentioned the
growth of the tobacco industry in his State.
"It was formerly the case," said he, "that on
the plantations little patches of tobacco were
cultivated by the slaves, from which was raised
only sufficient to supply the wants of them
selves and their masters. Not a leaf was grown
for the trade until a few years ago, but within
the past ten years tobacco-growing has become
one of the important and profitable industries
of the State, and the annual crop runs up to
millions of pounds. Some of the growers
get a yield of as much as 1400 pounds to the
acre, and this pays well when sold for 12 to 13
cents a pound. South Carolina has become a
competitor with its sister States in the tobacco
trade, and its influence will soon be felt in the
Mr. Coplice, an old-time resident of Mon
tana, is in the city for the first time and after
looking over a good portion of this State de
clares that California is about as near Paradise,
in point of known attractions, as any section
of country he ever visited or expects to. Mr.
Coplice is a merchant, but in the year* agone
he has not been of that class who simply dole
out sugar and salt at so much a pound where
values are fixed and stable, but he has sought
out localities where the demand for his wares
permitted him to make his own prices, and
where his customers gladly paid them. In
early days, when Alder Gulch was a young
mining camp, he went there and opened out a
stock of merchandise. Those were the days
when a pair of boots were worth a small fort
une and the cost of a bushel of potatoes would,
nowadays, board a man for a week. Mr. Cop
lice prospered and is now able to view the
J. P. Meehan, superintendent of the Pullman
Car Company for this coast, was discussing the
luxuries demanded in modern travel and the
outlay of capital required to meet the same in
the Palace yesterday. "It costs about $15,000
nowadays to build the most approved pattern
of dining-car," said he, "and the kitchen uten
sils, table furniture, silverware and linen ave
rage about $3000 a car. Each car must have a
steward, who gets about $100 a month, and a
head cook who values himself at $75 a month.
There must also be one or two assistant cooks
and three or four waiters. Three hundred dol
lars a month is the very smallest outlay of
wages, while the cost of raw material, break
age of dishes and board of employes is about
$3000 a month additional. An average of five
days' run costs nearly $600 for food and ser
vice, bo that it is easy to figure out how many
customers would be required each day to alone
meet the running expenses."
Thomas Cook, who runs a large ranch in the
southern portion of the rtt_te, and who has
given the cultivation of the strawberry much
attention of late years, was at the Russ yester
day. He says that the growers in the vicinity
of Covina, Glendora and other towns in tho
neighborhood are making all the necessary
arrangements for the formation of a strawberry
exchange on the same plan as that adopted by
the orange growers. "We believe that the best
results can be secured by handling our own
crops," said he, "and this can only be ac
complished by organization."
A. M. Justice of San Bernardino, who was at
the Lick yesterday, says that a recently
reported big strike of rich gold ore in
the Rose mine in his locality is panning out
better than some first reports indicated. The
strike was made at the 425-foot level, and
there is now developed seven feet of solid ore
which assays all the way from $30 to $500 a
J. Naglee Burke is at the Palace.
R. A. Long, an attorney at Willows, Is at the
Dr. N. J. Backwood, IT. S. N., is a guest at the
Ex-Judge R. Saffold of Napa was at the Lick
Ex-Senator S. S. Berry of Lindsay is a guest
at the Lick.
E. J. Cahill, a civil engineer of San Martin, Is
at the Lick.
R. I. Bentley, an attorney of Sacramento, is
at the Lick.
General A. P. Chipman of Red Bluff is a guest
at the Palace. r : . "
George T. Dunlop, a vineyardist of Gilroy, is
at the California.
John Daley, a merchant of Healdsburg, is a
guest at the Russ.
Kick Frayer, a mining man of Sierra City, is
registered at the Ross,
W. W. Alexander, a mining man of Portland,
is a guest at the Grand.
H. J. Maxwell, a Woodland banker, was at
the California last night.
S. G. Little, president of the Bank of Dixon, is
a guest at the Russ House.
George E. Faw, a grain man of Gonzales, is
registered at the Occidental.' "; : \' ;
J. Alexander Yoell, a prominent citizen of
San Jose, is at the Occidental.
- James A. Hardin, a banker of Santa Rosa,
is registered at the California.
Stillson Hutchins, the Washington (D. C.)
newspaper man, is at the Palace.
George A. Smith, a large fruit-grower of
Cortland, was at the Grand last night. -
H. Tietig, a tobacco manufacturer of Cincin
nati, Ohio, is registered at the Grand.
Captain A. W. Kellar of the bark Palmyra
registered at the Russ House yesterday.
- C. Darling, proprietor of the Darling mine
in El Dorado County, is at the California.
A. H. Barr, a merchant of Callahans, has just
returned from a trip East and is at the Grand.
L. A. Steiger, superintendent Normal School
at San Jose, registered at the Palace yesterday.
Hon. J. M. Walling, department commander
G. A. R., from Nevada City, Cal., is at the Russ
Sues His Prosecutor.
C. £. Mackcy, an insurance solicitor, has be
gun suit in the Justice Court against James
Taylor, alias J. R. Hardy, a tailor, for $299 and
costs. Taylor had Mackey arrested on January
10 last on a charge of obtaining money under
false pretenses, but the charge was dismissed
by Police Judge Conlan. Mackev was confined
in jail for several 'hours and considers that his
reputation and feelings were injured to the
Drowning of D. _\ Oswald.
The body of a man, supposed to be D. Ferdi
nand Oswald, a flower peddler, was picked up
in the bay off Lombard street Monday. The
body was very badly decomposed. In the
pockets of the clothing was found a peddling
license, which was made out in tho name of D.
V. Oswald, 60 Annie street.
A Stranger Falls in the Bay.
James Bailey, a visitor in the " city, while
walking around the city front sightseeing, fell
into the bay at the Oregon dock and narrowly
escaped drowning before being , rescued. . He
was taken to the Receiving Hospital and fin
ally brought to consciousness. ■•...•■., ■
PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT.
In height Bourke Cockran is 5 feet 10? _
inches; weight, 210 pounds; chest and shoul
ders very broad. Built like a Hercules. Head,
enormous, massive, leonine. Wears number 8
hat. Has to have headgear made to order.
Hands and feet large. Wears number 9 glovea
and number 10 shoes. Hair curly, dark brown.
Eyes deepset and large and dark brown.
Heavy eyelids, mustache and imperial short
and curly and dark brown. Great expanse of i
cheek. Always dressed in dark colors. Wears j
18-inch collar and little jewelry. Has no reg- I
ular hours for sleeping and eating. Capable of j
great physical effort. Drinks nothing stronger j
than vichy. Smokes gigantic black cigars.
Preparations are making to celebrate the
one hundred and seventh birthday of Mrs.
Hannah Chard of Vineland, N. J., the oldest
woman in that State, which occurs on April
20. Five generations are to be represented at
the celebration. Mrs. Chard, during seventy
seven years of married life, had twelve child
ren, but only three of them are now living, at
the ages of 85, 73 and 61 years, respectively.
She is still an active housekeeper and is an In
Frederick Douglass was a conspicuous illus
tration of what may be accomplished by deter
mination, industry and zeal.— Oyster Bay Pilot.
Douglass was a man of genius. All the indus
try and zeal in the world could not make such
a career as his without a potent original brain.
—New York Sun.
The man who is President when the son of
Colonel Fred Grant becomes of age sufficient
for admission to West Point will receive a let
ter from an ex-President, written long before
his death, asking that his grandson be ap
pointed a cadet in the institution.
. Tom Reed favors the removal of chairs from
the House of Representatives and the substitu
tion of benches such as are used in the British
Parliament. He thinks this would lessen the
noise and confusion and facilitate the trans
action of business.
BIDS WERE TOO LOW.
Confirming the Sales of -Irs. Kate John
son's Kealty— Residence and Other
Lots In Abeyance.
From a Probate Judge to an auctioneer,
and without loss of dignity, was about the
extent of the change which Judge Coffey
executed yesterday. He had the sale of
Mrs. Kate Johnson's property to confirm,
and was ready to accept any bids which
would overtop those 'offered at the public
sale on February 5 last. Spectators were
numerous, but bidders were scarce. In
only one case was a bid raised— that of the
property on the corner of Green and Bat
tery streets — and this was promptly ac
cepted. All the report of the sale submit
ted some days ago was confirmed with the
exception of the 50-vara lot on the corner
of Golden Gate avenue and Leavenworth
street and the residence property on the
corner of O'Farrell and Leavenworth
In these two cases the court decided to
delay action for a week on the ground that
the bids made at the sale were far below
what the property should realize. The
Golden Gate avenue property was ap
praised at $120,000. This was admitted by
one of the appraisers to be a little high,
but it was conceded on all sides that the
property is worth at least $100,000. The
amount bid was $74,000, Thomas J. Clunie
being the intending purchaser.
Several real estate experts were called to
tell what they thought of the property in
question, and all but Wendell Easton
were of the opinion that the lot was worth
much more than what had been offered.
None of them would guarantee a pur
chaser for 10 per cent more than the bid
offered, however, even if they were allowed
sixty days in which to try. Mr. Easton
was of the opinion that' the bid, while
perhaps not up to the actual value of the
property, was within a reasonable percent
age of it, and he thought the court would
be in serious error if the sale for $74,000
were not confirmed. The court finally
ended the matter for the time being by
announcing that the sale of that particular
lot would be laid over until next Tuesday.
If the bid be raised 10 per cent the new
offer will be accepted ; if on next Tuesday
it has not been raised, then the present
offer will be confirmed.
Similar action was taken in J. J. O'Far
rell's bid on the residence property. That
lot was appraised at $65,000, which every
one considered a fair valuation. O'Far
rell bid $45,000 and his offer will be taken
if not raised within the week. All through
the bids on the property averaged over 90
per cent of the appraised value.
The appraisement of both the Johnson
residence property and the lot on Golden
Gate avenue was "made about a year ago,
and are regarded by experts as excessive.
At that time the late Senator Fair made a
bid on the fifty-vara lot on Golden Gate
avenue and Leavenworth street, when he
had a project to sell land at that place to
the Masonic society. This naturally affect
ed the price of land in the block then.
The appraisement of February 5 last was
$120,000 on the Golden Gate property and
$02,500 on the dwelling at O'Farrell and
Leavenworth streets. Both of these were
Real estate men concede. that the John
son auction was held a month too soon, be
cause many important matters have taken
place since then to create new confidence
in San Francisco real estate. The belief
now prevails that if the auction were held
yesterday, or any day within the past
week, much higher prices would have been
J. J. O'Farrell is the bidder on the John
son mansion, but it is understood that he
is acting as agent for Drs. Buckley and
Thorne and Very Rev. J. J. Prendergast,
trustees of the Mary Help Hospital,
founded and endowed by Mrs. Johnson,
and that the big dwelling at O'Farrell and
Leavenworth streets will be converted into
the hospital building.
A Female Bigamist.
Sarah A. Lynch appeared before Judge Camp
bell yesterday to answer to the charge of
bigamy preferred by her husband, Timothy
Lynch. Timothy testified that when he mar
ried her last January her previous husband.
Julius M. Sousa, a sailor, was alive. Mrs.
Lynch's attorney acknowledged both mar
riages, but said that Sousa had been one of the
crew of the coal steamer Montserrat, and had
been lost with her. The case was continued to
enable the defendant to obtain proof of Sousa's
Medicine Company Attached.
The Happy Medium Medicine Company,
manufacturer of veterinary specifics, has been
attached by Harding's Collection Agency on
an assigned claim for $17 80 for bottles "fur
nished. Phil Archibald and other well-known
horsemen are directors of the company.
Bacon Printing Company, 508 Clay street *
Strong hoarhound candy, lsc lb. Townsend's.*
• Important. — Genuine eyeglasses, 15c up, 81
_tb st.; Sunday, 73o Market (Kast's shoestore)*
J. F. Cutter's Old Bourbon— celebrated
whisky for sale by all first-class druggists and
grocers. Trademark— Star within a shield. *
Cir-it-up; heals wounds, burns and sores as
if by magic; one application cures poison oak;
it relieves pain and abates inflammation. *
Those who contemplate building can do so
advantageously to themselves by entrusting
their building improvements to Jas. E. Wolfe,
architect, Flood building. Specialties in flats.*
It is estimated that 200 tons of ostrich
feathers have been exported from Cape
Colony during the past thirty years, valued
People who are very nervous will not find a
permanent cure in opiates and sedative prepara
tions. Nervousness is caused by Impure blood.
Hood's Sarsaparilla cures nervousness by making
"Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup"
Has been used over fifty years by millions of moth
ers for their children while Te thins; with perfect
success. It soothes the child, softens the gums, al
lays Pain, cures Wind Colic, regulates the Bowels
and is the best remedy for jj Diarrhoeas, j whether
arising from teething or other causes. For sale by
Druggists in every part of the world. Be sure and
ask for Mrs. )\'li_uow'_ Soothing Syrup. 25c a
HE KNOWS THE
ROAD WILL PAY.
L. P. Drexler Discusses the San
I Francisco and San Joaquin
ENORMOUS PROFIT MADE.
The Southern Pacific Takes
$8,000,000 a Year Out of
"It is the best place in the country in
which to build a railroad,'' said L. P. Drex
ler of 400 California street yesterday in dis
cussing the district through which the San
Francisco and San Joaquin Railroad will
"From the figures of Mr. Leeds of the
Traffic Association it is very easy to judge
that the new road will pay from the start,
and those who are putting their money
into the proposition need have no fear
about receiving a dividend. It will be
forthcoming as soon as the road is in ope
"Mr. Leeds says that the Southern Pa
cific Company draws $8,000,000 annually
out .of the. San Joaquin Valley in traffic,
and that $6,000,000 of this is clear profit. If
these figures are true, and I have no reason
to question them, it is very evident that
another road dividing the traffic with the
Southern Pacific can live and prosper. If
the profit of the Southern Pacific is 75 per
cent of the entire traffic by cutting the
business in two the competing roads would
have a sufficient dividend to satify the
most selfish bondholder.
"The San Joaquin is a level country. I
have been over every foot of it and know it
! like a book. A locomotive can haul a train
of from thirty to forty loaded cars of twelve
tons each. The valley is perfectly level,
and the cost of running a train may be
safely estimated at $120 for coal and $23 for
train help. -: r .
"At present the freight rate on wheat is
$3 a ton, which should at that rate realize
to the railroad company at least 200 per
cent on the original cost "of transportation.
The cost of shipping wine is $75 a car. At
this rate a train oi thirty-five cars would
cost $2625. Deducting the cost of transpor
tation from this amount a profit of at least
12000 is left to the railroad company. It
costs $1350 to ship merchandise from San
j Francisco to Fresno, or $162 a car of twelve
tons capacity and $5630 for a train of thirty
i five cars. At such high rates the railroad
would derive a profit on the whole train of
at least $3000.
"There are other reasons why a new
railroad through the San Joaquin would
be a paying investment.
"Estimating the cost of building the
road at $6,000,000, and with the new com
petitor getting only half the traffic at a
' greatly reduced schedule, it appears to me
i that at least from 6 to 10 per cent dividend
i should be realized.
"In addition to this, when the line reaches
Bakersfield it is within an air line of fifty
miles to a connection with the Santa Fe.
This gap could be closed by building 100
miles of road, and thus we would have an
other transcontinental railroad giving us
the long sought-for competing line to the
"The San Francisco and San Joaquin
Railroad should certainly be built at once,
and as a business proposition it *s self
evident that there are no better invest
Mr. Drexler is one of the largest land
owners in the San Joaquin Valley and has
given the subject of transportation close
BEFORE THE LEGISLATURE.
Valley Road Officials Have
. Practically Suspended
Developments in Sacramento
Will Shape Future Action
So much depends upon the action of the
- Legislature regarding the bill now pending
J before it relative to the valley road that the
, officials of the line have practically stopped
all work, except that which is urgent, and
are awaiting final action at Sacramento.
The proposals for bids for rails were not
sent out yesterday, as was expected. At
the last moment it was learned that cer
tain important provisions had been omitted,
among them being a requirement that a
certified check should accompany each bid,
and it was found necessary to make these
corrections. The proposals will be sent out
Hollister, like many other towns in the
State, has decided to make a bid for the
new road, and at a meeting recently held
there adopted the following resolution :
Resolved. By the citizens of San Benito County,
in mass-meeting assembled, that we indorse
the enterprise displayed by the citizens of San
Francisco in organizing the San Francisco and
San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company, and
their effqrt to build a people's road, a«d we
pledge ourselves to earnestly support and assist
the committee appointed to solicit subscrip
tions, and to secure $50,000 and right of wav
for said road.
The proposed meeting of the promoters'
committee, which was to have been held
yesterday, has, like many other important
matters, been deferred indefinitely. When
the business in Sacramento has been
settled one way or the other the directors
will then be able to outline their future
work. • •_;
It is known, however, that the work of
soliciting subscriptions has progressed very
favorably and that the sum of $100,000,
which Mr. Whittier thought would be
forthcoming at the next meeting, will very
likely be exceeded. John D. Spreckels has
publicly stated that he has been authorized
to take $25,000 in stock as trustee for an
unknown person, and there are several
other sources from which large subscrip
tions will possibly be forthcoming before
the meeting is held.
The question has been asked how it
would be possible for manufacturers of
rails in the East to conform with the re
quirement of the proposals for bids which
specifies that such will only be received up
to the 20th of the present month. As to
day is the 13th it has been suggested that
the intervening week would not give the
requisite time for necessary correspond
ence. The explanation is that all the
large manufacturing concerns of the East
have agents in this city who are prepared
to bid for the rails just as though the mills
were located in this city.
CALLS IT A BAD JOB.
I. J. .-Truman Protests Against the Ac
ceptance of Guerrero Street by the
Though the Superintendent of Streets
and the Street Committee of the Board of
Supervisors have investigated the condi
tion of Guerrero street between Eighteenth
and Nineteenth, and presumably will report
at the next meeting as to the condition of
the thoroughfare, the property-owners on
the block have not lost interest in the
This was the block which Mayor Sutro
approved through failure to carefully read
the order passed by the Supervisors, after
promising property -owners that he would
Veto the measure. ■•' ■ _ >_i' ■*„•„_
I. J. Truman, president of the Columbian
Banking Company, sent the following
communication to the Board of Supervi
sors yesterday: /
I notice that Guerrero street, from Eighteenth
to Nineteenth, is up before your honorable
board for acceptance by the city. 1 know that
this work was not done according to the
specifications required for that kind of pave
ment, and if you accept the street for the city
you will be doing yourselves a great injustice,
besides saddling on the municipality a poor
job of work which will ultimately have to be
repaved at the city's expense.
If you take off the top bitumen you will find
what should be concrete soft. It can easily be
removed with a pick and shovel, while if it
was made of the . materials as called tor by the
specifications it would be hard as stone, ana
could only be removed with a hammer and
cold chisel. . _■ , __._
To-day they are removing the concrete put
down by the'railroad company with shovels.
Such work is a disgrace to the city and the offi
cers who are guilty of accepting it. I hope you
gentlemen will watch closely all such jobs.
Property-owners on a street, as they appear
on the Assessor's books, should be notified
when streets are to be accepted and the Street
Superintendent and the deputy who examined
the work should each be sworn that they know
the work is done according to the specifica
tions. Their bondsmen should be held ac
countable if it is not.
Superintendent of Streets Ashworth was
seen yesterday regarding the condition in
which he found the street when he investi
gated it with the Street Committee.
"I must admit," he said, "that the work
was not up to specifications. The concrete
was not what the contract called for.
though on the other hand it was as good
as that used on many other of our streets
previous to the time that I had contractors
give notice twenty-four hours before be
ginning work so that we could have in
spectors on hand to see that they do their
work up to specifications.
"The removal of the railroad tracks made
the streets slightly uneven, and I suppose
this will have to be fixed, but otherwise I
cannot see but that the work is just as good
as hundreds of other jobs that have been
accepted by the Supervisors."
EEAL ESTATE TEANS ACTIONS.
Luke A Geneva F. Robinson to William 11.
! Leahy, lot on N line, of Eddy street, 137:6 \V of
Franklin. W 54:4y 2 by N 120, subject to an agree
ment: $10. _
Jacob Werthelmer to Ray ertietmcr, lot on N
! line of Sacramento street, 156:3 X of Devisadero,
' X 50 by X*l27:BVi, also lot on NE line of Clay and
! Baker, E 56:3 by X 105, also lot on N line of Pa-
I cific avenue, 99:9 E of Webster street, E 40 by X
I 132:6: gift.
Matthew T. and Margaret McKenna to Jennie
Baker, lot on E line of Castro street, 100 S of
j Sixteenth street. S 30 by E 115; $10.
Ella Beeley to Richard Roche, lot on 8 line of
Twenty-fifth street, 101 E of Xoe, E 2V_ inches by
S 114;" $30.
Ada M. Glidden to Frederick B. Sadler, lot on X
line of Jersey street, 129:3 W of Castro, W 24:8 by
X 114; $10.
August C. Krueger to John J. Mitchkus. re
record of 1623 d 375, lot on W line of Alabama
street, 104 X of Twenty-first, X 26 by W 100; quit
| claim deed; $10. .
A. W. Peterson to Mary E. Foster, lot commenc
ing 285 feet from the'NE corner of California
street and Eighteenth -verve, X 25 by E 120; also
I lot on the E line of Eighteenth avenue, 310 X of
j California street, X 60 by E 120; also lot on E line
I of Twenty-third avenue, 150 X of California street,
j X 50 by E 120; $10.
George A. Bills to Harriet L. Bills, lot on X line
of Point Lobos avenue, 107:6 W of Tenth, W 25
I by X 100; gift.
S. E. Slade Lumber Company, Wood, Slade A
Thaver Lumber Company, S. E. Slade A Co., S.
| E. Slade, E. K. Wood A Co. and C. A. Thayer to E.
! K. Wood Lumber Company lot on SW corner of
Grafton street and Faxon avenue, _ 62:6 by W
125, block 21, Lakeview; $600.
George and Una Summer too Louis Kahn. lot on
I SW line of China avenue. 25 8E of London, SK 25
by SW 100, block 13, Excelsior Homestead; $10.
Emma Rogers to William J.Rogers Sr., lot on
' SE corner of Gutenberg and Brunswick streets, 8
165, E 164, N 185, W 79:11, West End Home
j stead; $10.
M. J. Flnnigan of Oakland to George F. Cavalll
of San Francisco, lot on 8 line of Nineteenth street,
I 75 feet E of Brush, E 50 by S 100, block 287, Oak-
I land; $2100.
Mary L. Maxwell of Haywards to Chris and
: Elizabeth Johnson, lot on W line of Adeline street,
j 70 feet XW of Fourteenth. X 35 by W 104:6. to
1 correct 535 d 145, quitclaim deed, Oakland: $10.
Chris and Elizabeth Johnson to Agnes G. Mann
i (wife of William ), same; $10. __«__«
i Arthur H. and Caroline H. Breed to Carl C. and
! Elizabeth B. Plehn, lot on W line of Warring street,
100 feet S of Bancroft way, S 100 by W 150, lots
I 32 and 33, Benton. property, Berkeley: $10. <_■-.;
Rachael Searles to Charles S. Flood, lots 75 and
76, Searles tract; $10. . J.
Charles S. Flood to J. F. and Mary Barrack..
same, Brooklyn Township: $350. '
W J Heney of San Francisco to Emtle Cncuel
of San Francisco, lot 34, Rose Tract, Brooklyn
Township; $5. ■-'_ .
J. H. and Annie C. Bruns of Alameda to Ernest
Pollerfen of Sun Francisco, lot on X line of Rail
road avenue, 350 E of Walnut street, E 100 by X
150, being lots 8 and 9, block 33, lands adjacent to
Encinal. Alameda; $10. _,_____, _.___"_,
Henry and Sarah Strobel and Charles Neudeck
of Haywards to Mary Neudeck (wife Of Charles)
of Havwards lot on X line of Main street, 200 NW
from its intersection with the N line of C, thence
NE 100. SF: 60, SW 100, NW 50 to beginning, Hay
wards, Eden Township; $10. ' .-• •*-£ i
Same to same, lot beginning at a stake on W 11 c
of Main street, 200 SE from the intersection Of S
lineof Calhoun or B street with W line of Main;
thence SE I 90, BW 183. NW 90. NE 183 to begin
ning to correct ISO d 202, Eden Township: $10.
Charles and Mary Neudeck and Henry Strobel of
Havwards to Sarah Strobel (wife of Henry), lot on
"•"F" corner of C and Main streets, NW 150 by NX
100. to correct 112 d 204, Haywards, Eden Town-
Sb George O'Bvrne of San Francisco to Emeline
-■"Byrne, same two pieces, Oakland Township; $10.
G Capurro with James McLean, to build on E
Hue' of Montgomery street, between Green and
% Samuel & Hammond with C. S. Emmons, to
build on E line of Shotwell street, 150 S of Twenty
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For Man, Boy or Child
At Wholesale Prices
121-123 SANSOME STREET,
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