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VOLUME LXXVII.-NO. 104.
THE PACIFIC COAST
The Tugr Velos Dashes
on a Reef and Sinks
FIVE OF THE CREW LOST.
Two of the Men Try to Swim
Ashore, but Are Battered
on the Rocks.
NARROW ESCAPE OF LABORERS.
The Prevalence of a Fierce Gale
Rendered the Vessel Un
VICTORIA, B. C, March 23.— tug
. Velos, bound for the stone quarries at Nel
son and Hadington islands, was driven
ashore on Trial Island during a gale last
night, and is a total wreck. Five men were ■
drowned. Their names were:
Frederick Adams, a well-known con
tractor who is building the Capitol here,
aged 55 and married.
Arthur Bowers, chief engineer, aged 30;
. Robert Smith, cook, aged 50; single.
Frank DoxOAJr, deckhand, aged 20;
William Law, fireman, aged 30; mar
The first four were drowned and the last
named died from exposure in the rigging.
Captain Anderson swam to a reef at mid
night and was rescued this morning. The
Velos was towing a barge on which were
twenty-five laborers, but the barge was for
tnnately driven ashore on a sandy beach.
The men on the barge tried to launch it.
but it was smashed. They could hear calls
for help for hours.
The Velos was unmanageable or she
would not have gone ashore. She had
passed Trial Island, and in the southeast
gale her heavy tow becoming unmanage
able Captain "Anderson decided to put back
to Victoria. Shortly after he came about
the rudder chains parted and the boat could
not be handled She drove ahead a mile
before the gale to the reef where she
First Mate Andrew Christiansen and
Captain Anderson are the only ones of the
crew who escaped. The former managed
to iump aboard the barge when the latter
ran against the tug. Bowers and Smith
attempted to swim ashore, but were dashed
to death on the rocks. No one saw Adams
and Duncan drown, but it is believed they
were washed from the decks.
»-:«**»•. »r^k occurred -within- *«. 'stone's' •
throw of Oak Bay, a suburb of Victoria, '
but it was noon before it was known here
that the wreck had occurred, when the
twenty-seven survivors on the barge ; were
rescued. The tug was valued at 10,000
and was insured. j
SAN DIEGO NEWSPAPER WAR
Two Factions Struggle for the
Possession of an
Coup of the McCarthys, Who
Hold the Plant by Show
SAN DIEGO. March 23.— D. O. and J. H.
McCarthy to-day resumed possession of
the Vidette office on account of non-per
formance of the terms of the lease, going
in early in the morning when only the
pressman was about and no violence
necessary to effect their purpose.
The paper had been in financial straits.
and recently Herr Wagner, the lessee, went
to San Francisco, leaving the men in the
office to run things. Republican nominees
fcr city oiiices, headed by Judge W. A.
Sloane. candidate for Mayor, had offered
to bai-k the paper, but no money was forth
After iosing possession the Sloane ele
ment besieged the doors, but was stood off
With drawn revolvers. During the melee
two men got in the back way and suc
ceeded in breaking the cogwheels in the
press and otherwise injuring the
machinery, desisting when compelled with
revolvers at their heads. Eight arrests
were made and a riot narrowly averted.
The McCarthys are now in full control.
SANTA BARBARA`S FESTIVAL.
Beautiful Weather Contributes to Aid the
Plan* for the Fete.
SANTA BARBARA, March 23.-Fre
qnent showers and the renewal of warm,
Bummery weather are all contributing to
aid the plans for the forthcoming flower
festival and to make it the most brilliant
ever seen on this coast.
No one who has not visited Santa Bar
ban, this year can imagine the vast pro
fusion of flowers that are making ready
for the festival. While private gardens
and all cultivated spots are luxuriant with
bloom, the hills round about town are
literally garlanded with mountain lilac,
wild roses, blossoming clematis and other
beautiful shrubs and ferns in great variety,
while the delicate lilac of the Brodi.-a, or
wild onion, which lends itself so readily to
decorative purposes, the painter's brush,
the wild buttercup, the poppy and other
brilliant flowers carpet the lower slopes
and the meadow lands.
It Uas been justly remarked that if
Santa Barbara had not a single cultivated
garden on which to draw she could this
year make a brilliant spectacle of her street
pageant by relying wholly upon her wild
A Kodi Farmer Mrrts finnl.o Men.
STOCKTON, March 23.— Two bunko
men last week played an old game on a
Lodi farmer and cheated him out of $1500.
The farmer is said to have drawn the
money from the Lodi Bank to play with
the gentlemen wlio wanted to buy his
ranch, but on discovering his loss he suc
ceeded in suppressing the matter.
Hit desire to prevent a disclosure of his
greenness is said to have led him to make
no complaint u> the officers, and his name
is not known to them. The bunko men
The San Francisco Call.
started from this city and returned here
with the team they hired. One of the
horses of the livery team died the next
day from the effects of the hard drive, the
FIRE IN SAN RAFAEL JAIL
Ttco Drunken Brother* Start the J lames,
and Searly Perish.
SAN RAFAEL, March 23.— Frank and
Valentine Valencia, two brothers, were ar
rested here this afternoon by Constable
Hughes and locked up for drunkenness.
This evening about 8 o'clock, as Jailer
O'Brien was making his usual rounds, he
discovered flames in that part of the jail
used by the town. He at once gave an
alarm, and when help arrived the two
prisoners were rescued with great diffi
culty. They were almost suffocated by the
After the fire was extinguished it was
found they had set lire to all the blankets
in the room. The jail is :i brick structure,
and this accounts for the lire not being
San Rafael Runairay Accident.
SAN RAFAEL, March 23. — Martin
Petersen, manager of the Marin Soda
Company of this place, was badly injured
by a runaway here to-day. Mr. Petersen
was driving down Fourth street in a deliv
ery wagon, when he was struck by a run
away horse attached to a light buggy with
such force as to throw him to the ground.
He struck upon his back, sustaining a
severe scalp wound and internal injuries,
which may prove fatal.
SAN BERNARDINO`S TROUBLE
A Clerical Error Suspends
Proceedings in Crimimal
The Supreme Court Will Have
to Decide the Questions
SAN BERNARDINO; March 23. — The
question of the legality of the late Grand
Jury is attracting considerable attention,
for, should its acts be declared void, sev
eral important criminals now serving terms
in San Quentin would have to be brought
back and proceedings had over again, at a
great cost to the county.
It has already had the effect of suspend
ing the trials of Mrs. Barnes and Juan
Ferra, charged with poisoning and murder
respectively, besides staying proceedings
in several other criminal cases until the
Supreme Court can render a decision
finally settling the points involved.
It seems that sixteen grand jurors were
impaneled in proper form, at which stage
| of the proceedings the venire was ex
| batisted, when the court made an order for
additional talesmen from the body of the
county. The clerk copied the order into
the court minutes and added the words,
"And not from bystanders."
When the clerk made out the summons
for the Sheriff he committed tbafSortfear
error of commanding the Sheriff to call
"trial jurors" instead of grand jurors.
These errors were committed under County
Clerk Hamilton's administration, and the
question has been raised of the liability of
| his bonds to the county for needless ex-
I pense caused thereby.
SACRAMENTO CHINESE ROW.
I An Insult to a Mongolian Dame Nearly
Precipitates a Riot.
SACRAMENTO, March 23.— The Chinese
trouble, which has been brewing for the
past week, came near culminating in a free
row this evening, and it required the
utmost efforts of the Sacramento police,
backed by the personal authority and
presence of Chief Drew himself, to avert
The trouble originated over an insult
offered by a member of the Fong Duck
Tong to the wife of a Chinese merchant
connected with the See Gup Company.
This occurred last Monday night. The
matter was reported to the Chinese Con
sul-General in San Francisco, who per
sonally requested Chief Drew to avert all
trouble until he could send a representa
tive to settle the difficulty. That indi
vidual arrived to-day, had a meeting with
the representatives of both factions, and
supposedly settled the entire affray.
This representative was himself a mem
ber of the Bee Gup Company and to cele
brate the amicable settlement purchased
firecrackers for his company. The shoot
ing aroused the ire of the Fong Duck Tong,
which immediately declared war.
The small force of police found them
selves unable to quell the riot. Chief
Drew was sent for and notified the
representative of the Chinese Consul and
Six Companies that he must settle this
trouble at all cost and leave town by the
first train. He immediately bought a
quantity of firecrackers for the opposition
company, held another talk and peace was
The Grand Jury Takes a Rest.
SACRAMENTO, March 23.— The Grand
Jury has adjourned until a week from next
Suicide at Riverside.
RIVERSIDE, March 23.-The dead body
of r rancis Petchners, a pioneer of the city,
was found in an outhouse near his resi
dence. Petchners disappeared Monday
morning last. He had locked himself in
the outhouse, and the evidence at the
Coroner's inquest showed that he commit
ted suicide. A partly filled strychnine
"bottle told the story of how death was
brought about. He was the owner of large
property interests here, but was badly in
volved in debt. Brooding over financial
matters is believed 'to be the cause of the
A Pioneer's Heath at Newcastle.
NEWCASTLE, March 23.-John Wood
ward Sr., one of Placer County's oldest
settlers, died early this morning. He came
to California in the early fifties, settling
in this county and working at mining.
He planted the first orange orchard in this
vicinity, which proved to the people that
oranges could be grown in Northern Cali
fornia. He was born in England June
Seattle's Man Hunt Is Ended.
SEATTLE. Wash., Marsh 23. -The man
hunt is drawing to a close and with the
capture of It. H. Ford, alias Manning,
every one of the notorious mem!>ers of the
gang that walked out of the county juil
lum Sunday night save the bunko man.
Frank J. Hart, has 'been captured. Ford
was captured in this city this afternoon by
Chief of Police Rogers and Detective Cuui-
SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 24, 1895.
THE PACIFIC COAST.
a Murder Trial at
INDIAN ANTONIO'S STORY
Relates the Confession of Mateo
Pa, Who Said He Killed
VENGEANCE LED TO THE DEED.
The Murderer Had Been Refused
Money, and Then Plotted and
Executed the Crime.
I LOS ANGELES, March 23.— 1f any doubt
exists in the minds of jurors sitting in the
United States District Court that Mateo Pa
on ; the night of September 20 of last year
brutally murdered Mrs. Mary J. Platt, the
former teacher of the Pichango reservation,
it ! can only be a mere shadow of distrust.
Sensational testimony was produced to
day in the case, which not only clears the
mystery surrounding the' crime, but also
tightens the hold of the law on the surly
Indian captain, who is now on trial for his
Mateo Pa, Antonio Ashman and another
Indian had been arrested on the charge of
having , committed the crime, but on Fri
day United States District Attorney
Dennis dismissed the cases against the
latter two. This proceeding was looked
upon as significant, and the events of to
day proved it to be of particular value to
Antonio Ashman went on the witness
stand this morning and related the con
fession of a foul murder made to him by
"The day before the fire," he said, "Mrs,
Platt had a talk with Pa about going to
Perris. Pa wanted money for railroad
fare and Mrs. Platt had none to give him.
"They had a quarrel and that night the
fire occurred. Mateo Pa told me that he
had done the work, and threatened to kill
me if I betrayed him. I was very much
afraid, and did not tell anybody about it
at that time." \r£&£
Pablo Corales was another important
witness. He testified that he had over
heard > Mateo Pa say to Ashman, "I did
the work, but don't say anything about it
or I will kill you."
At the close of the case for the Govern
ment the defendant's attorney made a
motion ■; to | discharge the ..prisoner on; the
ground that the court had no jurl^'Uctloi.-.
The motki'i was bu^eu swi uvnnieal
points of law, and the court promptly de
nied it. .Several other witnesses were then
introduced for the defense, and • the case
was continued until Monday. ~- ' .* t'.
The murder of Mrs. Platt was most re
volting. The teacher was an old lady, and
had spent many ; years of her life among
the . semi-civilized . tribes of Indians. She
lived in a little cottage of her own on Pi
chaneo reservation, near the town of Tem
•One day several of the tribe came to her
and made some' unreasonable request,
which was denied. Mrs. . Platt reasoned
with the Indians, but they went away in a
dissatisfied mood. At the old lady's cot
tage Hattie Lewis, the 10-year-old niece of
deceased, was staying.
The little girl went to bed as usual on the
night following the visit of the Indians,
leaving her aunt in. the front room read
ing. After a time she was awakened by
the smell of smoke and rushed out of the
bedroom. She" looked everywhere for her
aunt and failing to lind her ran out into
the yard. . ■ ■
As she passed through the kitchen she
saw a large pile of fagots in the center of
the floor, but did not stop to examine the
place. The house was then enveloped in
flames. Mrs. Platt . was never again seen
alive. A search was made through 5 the
debris after the fire, and in the place where
Hattie had seen the fagots piled on the
floor 'were found pieces of charred and
broken bones, which were 'undoubtedly
those v of the reservation teacher. The
skull looked as though it had been crushed
with some hard instrument and the find
ing of rough; rock near by showed con
clusively that a fiendish murder had first
been committed and that the body had
then been consigned to the flames.
ROUNDING UP CRIMINALS.
The Police Are Thinning Out the Hanks of
LOS ANGELES, March Charles
Hen nessy was this afternoon arrested in
a poolroom on a charge of burglary. He is
a telegraph ; operator , lately arrived [ from
San Francisco. ;, v yv;aV'
He is accused of entering the room of J.
W. Woodward in a First-street lodging
house and stealing an overcoat, guitar and
revolver. The guitar was found in a pawn
shop by detectives. The description of the
man who pawned.it fitted Hennessy and
he was arrested.
He admits that he pawned the eruitarbut
says he did not steal it. The overcoat and
revolver were, not recovered, but Hen
nessy is believed to be guilty. •
A Deputy United States Marshal to-day
arrested a colored man j named Ewing,
wanted at Fresno for embezzlement.
Ewing was found at a colored club having
a good time with friends. He formerly
lived here. The officer started north with
his prisoner to-night.
The police are rounding up suspicious
characters who are ; flocking to the city to
rob and steal during La Fiesta. j The de
tectives to-nip;ht arrested five youths from
13 to 16 years old, who they say are young
pickpockets just arrived from San Fran
cisco and Oakland. They will' be .kept
locked up till after La Fiesta.
STREETCAR LINES TRANSFER.
San Francisco Capitalists Assume Charge
' of the Consolidated Roads. "'■
LOS ANGELES, March 23.— Los
Angeles Consolidated , Railway Company
went out of existence to-night at midnight,
giving place to the Los Angeles Railway
Company, of which Morris Trumbull ; has
been appointed acting general manager. .
'/Well known business men of San
Francisco are at the head : of the new com
pany. They are: Thomas Brown, Lovell
White, - George ; Stone, ,' A. H. Paysou and
Antoine^Borel, bondholders of > the old cor
poration^ Los Angeles is represented by
M. H. Sherman, who /was general manager
of, the old company, and J. D. Bicknell.
By the terms of an agreement of trans
fer recently entered into ; - Mr. - Sherman
| bound himself to secure the immediate
execution of a lease by the Los Angeles
Consolidated Railway Company lof j its
franchise and property and the utter sur
render of the same to the new corporation.
The bondholders of the new corporation
represent 51 per cent of the capital stock,
while 49 per cent is owned by Mr. Sherman
and those whom he represents. For three
years from March 16, 1895, the bondholders
will save Sherman r harmless from any as
sessments levied upon his stock and from all
assessments made to pay present floating
indebtedness and receiver's certificates, they
to be paid by the new corporation. "■
There will be a new issue of bonds to the
amount of $3,000,000, bearing 5 per cent
interest. It is also provided that at any
time prior to March 5..1898, the new com
pany may borrow to the extent of $500,000,
with which to pay the present floating in
debtedness or to make improvements.
The cable lines are to be turned into
electric lines at once, new cars will be built
and the service will be improved in many
ways. _. '
Eastern Operators Z,ease Oil lands,
LOS ANGELES. March.23.— The Picker
ing Land and Water , Company has leased
2500 acres of land to Eastern oil operators
from New York and Pennsylvania. The
capitalists believe that the ground will
yield good returns in oil, and they propose
to begin operations as soon as possible. :•
If the venture proves successful an ex
tensive plant with the latest style of ma
chinery will be erected.
Xievtenant-Oorfrnor Xlllard's ! Health.
LOS ANGELES, March 23.— Attorney
E. E. Galbreth received a 'letter from
Lientenant-Governor Millard this morning
in which Mr. Millard states that he is im
proving daily in strength and spirits and
that he expects to return to his home in
this city shortly. Other reports concern
ing the Lieutenant-Governor's health, ob
tained from different sources, are to the
same effect. ' . '
The Whittier Prayer Cure Case.
LOS ANGELES, March 23.— The District !
Attorney is seriously considering - the
matter of issuing a complaint in the case
of Mrs. Alice Samis of Whittier, who died :
of blood poisoning owing to the lack of
proper care, due. to the belief of her hus
band ana family in Christian Science or
Conviction of a Highbinder*
LOS ANGELES. Cal., March 23.— Louie
Foo, one of the Chinese highbinders ac
cused of having assaulted • Horn , Sock, a
member of the opposing faction, was found
| guilty to-day in the Superior Court of as-
I sault with a deadly weapon.
Sentence of a Slanderer.
LOS ANGELES,. March 23.— Herman
Harris", a young man who wrote defama
tory matter on postal cards to Miss Wanda
Wilson of Chicago, was- sentenced: to-day -1
to serve nine mouths in ' jf 'he Fresno County
Itch* to Ma I:.' an Address.
LOS ANGELES, March 23.— Eugene V.
Debs is to speak at the Hazard Pavilion on
the evening of March 28. ;;-
SELMA'S IMAGE FACTORY.
The Remains of Petrified Pre
historic Women Made
Sold in Job Lots at Market
Rates— An Expose in a
SELMA, Cal., March 23.— H. K. Lem
mon and George H. Woods were held to
answer in the Superior Court by Justice
of the Peace Tucker this morning on a
charge of alleged fraud in connection
with the sale of a bogus petrifaction. Bail
was fixed at $1000 each. The preliminary
examination has lasted three days in the
Justice's Court here with closed doors.
The evidence has given an expose of the
petrified human body industry, which has
given this section some notoriety in the
In the summer of 1892 Leramon and
Woods sold to R. V. Doggett of Kingston,
Fresno County, a half-interest in what
purported to be a stone woman, an al
leged genuine petrifaction said to have
been discovered in Cantua Canyon. Dog
gett mortgaged his ranch and raised $2250,
which he paid to Woods, Lemmon retain
ing a half-interest in the petrifaction, one
of a job lot of five produced at the Press
Bozeman factory near Selma, as Bozeman
himself testified to during the preliminary
examination, all of which have been dis
posed of at market rates.
The material used was cement ana sand.
The petrified woman bought by Doggett
was in court and was a shapely- image.
The abdomen had been pierced by a pre
historic arrow, the head of which pro
truded from the side. After buying the
image Doggett, accompanied by Lemmon,
went to Utah to exhibit it, Lemmon to
share in the profits. The show was a fail
ure and an exposure of the fraud followed.
NAPA STABBING AFFRAY
A Drunkard Attacks a Neighbor With a
Butcher-Knife, i V , v i. ,;
NAPA, March 23.— John Vaughn, while
drunk, entered the home of Henri Koch
while the latter was at supper last night,
and for some imaginary grievance at
tacked Koch with a large butcher-knife
which lay handy. He struck Koch once
over the ear, cutting a severe gash in the
latter'f head, but Koch then overpowered
him and took the knife away. Vaughn
was arrested and taken to jail.
Some three or four years ago a man
named Scott shot Vaughn in a saloon row
and it was thought the latter would die,
but he finally recovered, and it now looks
as though he would have to go to >San
Quentin to keep company with his former
XAPA, March 23.— A small dwelling
located on Stewart street, owned by Ed
Ryan, was burned early this morning.
The building and its contents were both
insured. The tenant occupying the house
had been away several clays, and it is
thought the fire was incendiary.
Picano Murder Case.
OROVILLE, March 23. — Charles Mc-
Laughlin was tried here this week for the
killing of Frank Picano nearChico on Jan
uary 26. The jury was out fifty-four hours,
but it disagreed and was discharged to-day
at 1 o'clock. The second trial has been set
for Monday next.
THE PACIFIC COAST
Discussing 1 the Lease of
Water Front to the
• Valley Road. :
TEXT OF THE DOCUMENT.
The * Harbor Commissioners
Satisfied With the Terms
of the Contract.
GOV. BUDD'S , AMENDMENTS.
The New Railroad Company's Rep
resentatives Meet the State
Officials at Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, March 23.— An impor
tant conference was held in the Governor's
office this afternon, resulting in a favora
ble decision as to the lease of the proposed
depot site for the Ran Joaquin Valley Rail
road. The lease will be granted. Harbor
Commissioners Cole, Chadbourne and Bas
sett stated that they had not the slightest
objection to offer to the signing of the doc
nient, and President Colnon, although he
has not as yet qualified, says he believes
the lease to be perfectly fair and just.
Governor Budd said he would consider the
document, as he desires to thoroughly ex
amine all the provisions and convince him
self that it is fair in all its clauses to all the
Shortly after 12 o'clock to-day John D.
Spreckels, Mayor Sutro of San ' Francisco,-
Harbor Commissioners. Cole, Bassett and
Chad bourne, Attorney Preston, Engineer
Holmes of the State Harbor Commission
and others entered the Governor's office
and were cordially received by the execu
tive. The map of the proposed depot site,
as portrayed in this morning's Call, was
•produced and spread upon the table and a
general discussion of its merits was entered
upon. After reading the description of the
boundary lines of the desired tract Gov
ernor Budd inquired if it would not be
necessary within the next fifty years, owing
to the growth of the city's commerce, to
widen Channel at the intersection of
Kentucky. Engineer Holmes replied that
snch would probably be the case. - ;
The Governor., replied: "Then: I would
suggest taking fifty.feetfcff the east end of
the proposed reservation in China Basin,
for we must look to the future. \ I want to
arrange this so as to make it possible to
widen Channel . street, making it at least
200 feet ? from J , the east to the west line of
: that through fa re." V ■ "•. W '..•■'..■ v .
Engineer i Ho] ra«s? I stated lii at , it corJd
be accomplished by cutting off a small
corner, and Attorney Preston suggested
that nothing^e taken off, but that a pro
viso: be inserted in the document that,
whenever^ it 'should be considered advis
able to wfden Channel street, the railroad
company should vacate whatever space
become necessary to accomplish that ob
Governor Budd said he believed that
would be satisfactory and Attorney Pres
ton was requested to read the draft of the
proposed lease. Before doing so the gen
tleman explained that the document had
been drawn in a hurried manner and was
the original draft and that it was more
than probable that several alterations
would become necessary. He offered this
explanation in advance to forestall any
erroneous idea that might be formed, that
the company he represented desired any
thing that was not perfectly just and
reasonable. If the document embodied
any errors they were to be attributed to
him personally and were purely uninten
tional. He then read the draft of the
lease, which is as follows:
This indenture, made this day of .
A. D. 1895, by and between Daniel T. Cole, F.
S. Chadbourne and E. L. Colnon, constituting
the Board of State Harbor Commissioners,
together with James H. Budd, Governor of the
State of California, and Adolph Sutro, Mayor of
the City and County of San Francisco, ex
officio members of said board and constituting
a part of said board for the purposes of this
lease, under and by virtue of the provisions of
an act of the Legislature of the State of Cali
fornia, hereinafter particularly mentioned, the
party of the finst part, and the San Francisco
and San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company, a
corporation duly organized and existing under
and by virtue of the laws of the State of Cali
fornia, the party of the second part, witnesseth:
That whereas by virtue of the provisions of
an act of the Legislature of the State of Califor
nia, entitled an act to amend an act entitled
an ace to amend an act entitled an act to
amend section 6 of an act entitled an act con
cerning the water front of the city and county
of San Francisco, approved March 15, 1878,
and to confer further powers upon the Board
of State Harbor Commissioners, approved
March 17, 1890, approved March 19, 1889,
conferring further powers upon the said board,
approved March — , 1895, the State Board oi
Harbor Commissioners, together with the Gov
ernor of the State of California and the Mayor
of the city and county of San Francisco, consti
tuted members thereof for the purposes of said
act and this lease, were empowered to lease for
a period not exceeding Bfty years at a rental
not exceeding $1000 per annum, to any rail
road corporation incorporated in this State,
and not having at the date of the passage of
this act any terminal facilities in the city and
county of Pan Francisco, any land belonging
to the State, which is required for said pur
poses, which lies adjacent or contiguous to any
public street or streets designated upon the
official map ot the city and county of San
Wherkas, The party of the second part
hereto Is a railroad corporation incorporated
in this State and does not have now and did
not have at the date of the passage of this act
any terminal facilities from the city and
county of San Francisco; and,
Whereas, The tract of land hereinafter par
ticularly described is the property of the State
of California ami, in the judgment of said
Board of State Harbor Commissioners, is a
proper, fit and necessary location for the ter
minal of said railroad corporation; and,
Vi'hereab, At a meeting of said Board of
State Harbor Commissioners, holden at the
office of said hoard pursuant to notice, the
said board, including the said Governor and
the said Mayor, did, by a resolution regularly
adopted, decide to lease to said the San Fran
cisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Com
pany, for the term of fifty years, at a rental of
$1000 per annum, the whole ol the land here
inafter described for the purposes aforesaid,
and that a proper lease thereof be executed
to said corporation;
Now, therefore, this indenture witness-eth
that the said party of the first part as the
Board of State Harbor Commissioners does by
these presents lease, devise and let unto the
said party of the second part all that certain
piece or parcel of land situated within the city
and county of San Francisco, State of Califor
nia, more particularly described as follows :
Commencing at the intersection of the south
line of Channel street with the east line of
Kentucky street (Kentucky street being 80
feet in width); thence east at right angles with
the said line of Kentucky street to the inner
line of the seawall and thoroughfare estab
lished by act of Legislature March 15, 1878;
thence southerly along said inner line of the
thoroughfare to the northerly line of Fourth
street (Fourth street being eighty feet in
width); thence northwesterly along said
northerly line of Fourth street to the westerly
line of Kentucky street; thence north along
said line of Kentucky street to the point of
beginning, containing twenty-four and one
quarter (24^) acres of land, more or less.which
said parcel lies adjacent to two or more public
streets designated upon the official map of the
city and county of Ban Francisco, for the term
of fifty (50) years from the — day of March,
1895, until the — day of March, 1945, at the
yearly rent or sum of $1000, payable in gold
coin of the United States of America yearly in
advance on the — day of March of each year
during said term.
It is further agreed that if any rent shall be
due and unpaid, or if default shall be made in
any of the covenants herein contained, it shall
be lawful for said party of the first part to re
enter said premises and remove all persons
therefrom, and the said party of the second
part does hereby covenant, promise and agree
to pay the said party of the first part the said rent
in the manner hereinbefore specified, and that
at the expiration of said term the said party of
the second part will quit and surrender the
said premises in as good state and condition as
reasonable use and wear thereof will permit.
All improvements and structures erected by
said party upon said land herein demised
shall revert to and become the property of the
State of California upon the expiration or ter
mination oi this lease.
The lease shall not be assigned, and is made
subject to and expressly upon the condition
tha| said corporation, the party of the second
part, shall proceed within six (6) months
within the date hereof to improve said
premises as and for the use for which this land
is demised, to wit: For the terminal purposes
of said railroad, and shall proceed thereafter
with reasonable diligence to construct such
improvements, and in the event of failure to
improve the same or some part thereof within
said .six (6) months this lease shall cease and
determine and become absolutely null and
Provided, further, that nothing herein con
tained shall be construed to affect the rights of
the people of the State of California oi the
Board of State Harbor Commissioners from col
lecting wharfage, dockage and tolls and in the
general rates and charges established by said
board at any seawall, pier, slip or wharf con
structed in or about said demised premises by
said Board of State Harbor Commissioners.
Provided further, that the said demised
premises shall be used solely for the purposes
of said railroad, the San Francisco and San
Jo&quin Valley Railway Company, and for no
other purpose whatever.
And provided further, that should Channel
street be widened at any time and it become
necessary that any portion of the demised
premises described in Mie lease should be used
therefor, such portion of said premises shall be
hereinafter expressly excepted from the opera
tions of this lease.
At the conclusion of the reading of the
document Governor Budd suggested that
two immediate alterations be made. One
was that the date of the period of the ex
piration of the lease be changed from 2045
Attorney Preston explained that it was a
"I am well satisfied that such is the case,"
! rejoined the Governor. "I did not suppose
it was an attempt to get a lease for 150
years, although I am discovering 'bugs' in
a great many bills at the present time."
Mr. Spreckels explained that railroading
was a new business to him, and he person
ally desired to have nothing but what was
open and above board and what would
bear the light of investigation.
"I understand that fully," replied Gov
ernor Budd, "and do not wish to condemn
the lease. I was joking." Then he added
facetiously, "Did you'think I considered
that you mipht be getting worse than the
Mr. Spreckels smilingly rejoined that no
one could tell what one would develop into
after they had been mixed up in railroad
business for a time.
The other correction that the Governor
considered necessary was the annulment of
the word "appurtenances" in connection
with that clause of the document referring
to the decision of the Board of Harbor
Commissioners to effect the lease of the
land and appurtenances to the company.
"The only visible appurtenances are the
streets, and we don't want to give the ap
plicant the control of the public thorough
fares," said the Governor.
After a rapid computation of distances
Governor Budd stated that he found that
the projected improvements instead of de
tracting from the city's revenues would
give an additional stretch of water front
to the city and increase the amount yearly
collected for wharfage, dockage, etc.
"I have heard a great outcry of late that
the granting of this terminal site meant a
steal or grab of the city's waterfront," said
Governor Budd. "Now, I don't see any
thing in this document that indicates any
desire on the part of this new company to
compass any grab of the city's water front.
On the contrary, they do not ask for such
privileges. They increase materially, by
their projected improvements, the present
frontage. How much water front will San
Francisco gain by the operation?" he con
cluded, turning to Engineer Holmes.
"Just about 300 feet," answered Holmes.
President Colnon then requested to be
informed as to the probable cost that
would accrue to make the property avail
able for shipping.
"If you mean the cost of building a sea
wall, fully $1,000,000," answered Engineer
Holmes, "but the company would be
obliged to erect a retaining wall so that
the work of tilling in could be accom
plished. This would cost $78,000. and it is
probable that they could enter into a com
bination with the State and built a seawall,
and in this way lighten the expense to both
"That is a subject that must be left to
the Harbor Commissioners,'' interposed
Governor Budd. "What would be the cost
of erecting a wharf?"
"The amount of wharf needed is 2400 run
ning feet, and will cost $48,000," answered
Mayor Sutro of_ San Francisco then ad
dressed the Governor and requested the in
sertion in the document of a proviso to
the effect that the lease of terminal facili
ties become null and vo"id if the road enter
in coalition with any other road, and that
if ever it became other than a competing
road the lease be rescinded.
"You don't mean any other road,
Mayor?" suggested the Governor. "You
mean any competing roads. In my opin
ion it would be a good thing to connect
with some road having an Eastern ter
minus, and I predict that such a connec
tion will be applied for by a tra nsconti
nental line as soon as 200 feet of rails are
"I am heartily in favor of this enter
Continued cm Second JPaae,
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THE PACIFIC COAST
A Madera Outlaw's Bold
Run for Liberty at
ESCAPES HIS PURSUERS.
Swims Kings River While the
Bullets Patter About
GAINS THE SHORE UNHURT.
The Posse Hopes to Capture the
Fugitive as He Is Traveling
FRESNO, March 23.— James Lawson, the
would-be wife-murderer and outlaw, was
discovered near Reedley at 5:30 this after
noon by Constable Street of that place and
a posse of four men, who opened tire as he
ran. Lawson reached Kings River.nlove
into it and escaped by swimming across
amid a shower of bullets.
Lawson broke jail at Madera some weeks
ago, and since then he has been in the
mountains eluding the officers. About two
weeks ago he went to a ranch on Kings
River owned by a Swede by the name of
Strelbw, for whom he worked. Strelow
did not know that the man was the outlaw
until he himself let the secret out. When
the officers heard to-day that Lawson was
on the river they went to Strelow's place
and found the outlaw at the barn unload
ing hay from a wagon.
Constable Street was asking f Strelow
where the outlaw could be found, when
Lawson jumped down from the load on
the opposite side from which the officer
was standing with his revolver and started
on a run through an orchard toward the
river, which runs only a short distance
from Strelow's barn. He had .gone about
forty rods when his pursuer saw him. The
officers followed, firing rapidly as they ran.
Before reaching the river Lawson pulled
off his shoes so that he could swim more
quickly, and then plunged into the stream.
Several times as he swam toward the
opposite bank he turned and made fun of
the officers, who were firing as rapidly as
possible. As nearly as the officers could
see their shots did not take effect. Lawson
ran up the bank and followed the river for
Tne country is flat, but covered with
trees, and the aesperado dodged from one
shelter to another until the officers lost
sight of him. The foothills come within
four or five miles of the river at that
place, and Lawson was evidently trying to
get into some of his retreats there. The
posse pressed after him, and were confident
of overtaking him before he could leave
the flat land. Lawson was at a great dis
advantage, as he was in his stocking feet,
and the surface of the ground is rocky.
They thought it likely also that he would
try to go to some house to get dry clothing,
when they would have an opportunity of
overtaking him. They are now m hot
Utah Constitutional Convention.
SALT LAKE, Utah, March 23.— The con
stitutional convention spent most of the
afternoon in the discussion of sections 10,
11 and 12 of the report on the preamble and
declaration of rights. Section 10, referring
to juries, was amended, making the num
ber of men seven on a Grand Jury, and
that five of the seven could return an in
dictment. To-day was the last day that
propositions for insertion in the constitu
tion can be received, and next week will
probably show some positive results on the
work in hand.
San Jose Grangers Approve a Hill.
SAN JOSE, March 23.— At the regular
weekly meeting of the San Jose Grange
to-day there was an extended aiscussion
on the mutual insurance bill. There was
a unanimous expression in favor of the
measure, and the secretary was directed to
send a dispatch to Governor Budd urging
him to sign the bill.
Quakers Are Coining.
LOS ANGELES, March 23.— A large
party of Quakers have arrived here from
Indiana and more are soon to come from
New England. Their presence is due to
the fact that the annual Quaker meeting
is to be held next week at \Vhittier, where
the first Quaker church in the State has
Another Davis Contest.
BTTTTE, Mont., March 23.— 1n the Dis
trict Court here to-day Harriet Sheffield
and Henry A. Davis of New York tiled a
contest of the alleged will of the late A. J
Davis, millionaire banker, who died here a
few years ago. The contestants are the
children of Asa Davis, brother of the dead
man. The case was set for June 11.
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