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VOLUME LXXVII.-NO. 109.
THE PACIFIC COAST.
An Engine Crashes Into
a Caboose Near
SEVERAL PERSONS HURT.
A Leading Wholesale Butcher
Caught in the Wreckage
THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.
A Brakeman Unable to Signal Be
cause the Wind Put Out the
Light In His Lantern.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 28.— The
caboose of a cattle-train on the Atlantic
and Pacific was run into by an engine near
Barstow last night, badly demolishing it
and severely shaking up the occupants.
Julius Houser, one of the leading whole
sale butchers of this city, was caught
between the wreckage and badly squeezed.
He was brought to Los Angeles on a pas
senger train this afternoon. Though
seriously injured tie will recover. Others
in the wreck were only slightly injured.
The accident was caused by a brakeman's
lantern being put out by the storm, when
sent back to signal an approaching engine.
Before he could relight it and give the
signal the engine crashed into the rear of
the cattle train standing on the track.
Traffic was not delayed by the wreck.
SUICIDE AT LOS AXGKLBB.
Despondency Causes a Young German to
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 28.—Her
man Panhausen, a German, aged 25 years,
committed suicide this morning by shoot
ing himself through the heart.
Panhausen lived near the suburban
settlement of Hollywood. He arose at 5
o'clock this morning, took his rifle and
went to a canyon near by. When he
failed to return neighbors made a search
and found his body lying face downward
in the woods. His rifle, which appeared
to have been recently fired, was near at
hand. Despondency had caused him to
commit suicide. •
Some time ago Panhausen wrote to rela
tives in Germany for money with which to
purchase some property. Yesterday he
received two letters from home, which
evidently contained disappointing news,
for Panhausen was morose and melancholy
after returning from the postoffice. The
Coroner held an inquest this afternoon
and tiie-f brought in a verdict of suicide.
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• : flß««ult of a Libel Suit.
LOS AITGELES, Cal., March 28.— The
second libel suit brought by Blanton Dun
can against city newspapers ended > this
afternoon by a verdict being returned for
defendant. The case, which has just
reached a conclusion was ogainst the
Times company. Last week . the suit
against the Evening Express Company
came to a similar close, plaintiff recovering
nothing. Both actions were, for damages
for the publication of alleged malicious
and defamatory matter. The verdict in
the case was brought in under instructions
of the court to find for plaintiff.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 28.— The
heavy rain which began yesterday still
continues. The rainfall for the storm is
2.39 inches,- and for the season 15.38
Inches. Farmers are jubilant, however,
ana say that crops will be heavy even
though no more rain is had this season.
..'. • Bituminous Coal Discovery.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 27.— C. W.
Maxon of this city has received samples of
bituminous coal reported to have been
found within a fewmiles of San Bernardino.
The vein from which the samples were
taken is said to promise good returns.
THE NEWS OF SAN JOSE.
Efforts to Form a School Dis
trict From Parts of
An Incorrigible and Brazen Girl
Sent to Whittier Re
SAN JOSE, Cal., March 28.— A petition
has been filed in the County Clerk's office
asking that a new school district be formed.
The facts pre»ented in the petition are
somewhat unusual, as the proposed new
> district is to be composed of small sections
of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo
counties. Where these counties corner
>• there are several families who are remote
from schoolhouses. There were not enough
in either county to form a school district,
so they joined forces and will unite in a
school if allowed to do so. If this district
la formed there will be five pupils in Santa
Clara County, seven in Santa Cruz and five
in San Mateo. The expenses will be borne
in equitable proportions by each county,
t-imilar petitions have been filed in Santa
Cruz and San Mateo counties.
HELD FOR HORSE-STEALING.
Result of the Preliminary Examination
of Frank McCune.
BAM JOSE, Cal., March 28.— A night
session of Justice Dwyer's court was held,
the preliminary trial of Frank McCune for
;;<;ilii)<r a horse being the matter under
( <>ii side-ration.
McKune hired a horse and cart from
M. D. French, a liveryman of this city,
about a month ago, saying he wanted it
fjr three or four days. He and a compan
ion named John Milton drove the rig to
Madera, where they put it in C. Curtin's
livery-stable. McKune made an attempt
to obtain money on the horse, and failing
in this he left it in the stable and returned
to this city. He claims that the cart broke
down and he had not money enough to
get it fixed.
He did not take the stand in his own be
half or place any witnesses on the stand
•xneot to prove that he had made no at
The San Francisco Call.
tempt to evade the officers or to conceal
the fact that the rig was in Madera. He
was held to answer in $1000 bonds.
8 EXT TO A REFORM SCHOOL.
A Brazen and Incorrigible Girl in Judge
Reynolds' Court. » : "~,'
SAN JOSE, Cal., March 28.— Eliza
beth Bobbins is a pretty 16-year-old
daughter of Mrs. Hester Robbins. Hila is
a pretty brunette and looks older than she ;
is. She is wayward and incorrigible, and
for these reasons she was before Judge
Reynolds this morning on complaint of her
mother, who desired her committed to
Whittier. Hila's mother and father sep
arated some years ago, and it has been
almost impossible for the mother to keep
her daughter under restraint. Hila's de
praved character was shown by the sharp
and flippant answers she gave when being
questioned by the Judge,. The Judge com
mitted her to the Whittier Reform School
for three years. The girl heard the order
with brazen effrontery and leered at the
Judge in derision as she left the court.
To Be Charged H'ith Manslaughter.
SAN JOSE, Cal., March 28.— The charge
of murder against Charlie llaggerdon, who
is accused of throwing the stone which re
sulted in the runaway Sunday and caused
the death of Lee Sung, will be dismissed
to-morrow and one of manslaughter sub
stituted. The complaint was drawn up by
the District Attorney for manslaughter
and given to Lee Sing, v relative of the
dead man, to take to the Justice and swear
to. Before it reached the J ustice the com
plaint was altered by some one so as to
Arrest of a Drunken Vagrant.
SAN JOSE, Cal., March 28.— William
Carney, a young rough who hails from
San Francisco, was brought to the County
Jail this afternoon to serve a sentence of
forty days on commitment from Justice
Henington of Santa Clara. Carney was
with a band of tramps, and when they
readied Santa Clara they all became
drunk. After raising a row the rest of
them fled and left Carney, who fell into
the hands of the officers.
A May Rose I'ulr.
SAN JOSE, Cal., March 28.— The Santa
Clara County Floral Society will hold a
rose fair from the Ist to the 4th of May.
The society extends an invitation to all
lovers of flowers to make exhibits of speci
men flowers. Mrs. R. R. Dunlop, 153
George street, San Jose, has charge of the
allotment of space in the pavilion.
Killed in the Arctic.
SAN JOSE, Cal., March 28.— Word has
just been received here of the death of
Thomas Baker, a resident of Lawrence
station, in the Arctic Ocean. Baker
shipped as seaman on a sailing vessel last
fall, and while at work in the rigging, at a
height of seventy-five feet, slipped and fell,
breaking his neck.
Rainfall in San -Jose.
SAN JOSE, Cal., March 28.— The rain
fall for twenty-four hours ending at 12 m.
to-day was .74 of an inch, making a total
for the season of 20.0S inches. The toial
for the season to the same date last year
was 10.3G inches.
JACKSON MINE CASE EPS.
English Claimants Obtain Pos
session OF THE AMADOR
The Result of a Long Strug
gle in the State
JACKSON, Cal., March 28.— The Eng
lish claimants of the Amador Gold Mine
to-day secured possession of the property
which has been in litigation so long, and
operations will probably be again resumed
in the mine which has been closed since
the American and English claimants went
to law to settle the qustion of ownership.
The case in the courts was recorded as
The Amador Gold Mine (limited) vs. The
Amador Gold Mine, and was the outgrowth
of the mining operations of a Pennsylva
nia company which parted with some of
its interests to an English concern. The
English and American ends of the com
pany tried to conduct the business of min
ing together for some time, but made a
failure of it, with the result that in 1889
the property, which is within a mile of
Jackson, was closed down and has been in
litigation ever since, the American inter
ests being known as the Amador Gold
Mine (a corporation), and the English in
terests the Amador Gold Mine (limited).
In 1892 the property was sold to satisfy
liens and judgments and was bought in by
the American claimants. The following
year and within the statutory time the
English claimants, through Vincent Neale,
attorney, and James E. Dye, financial
agent, redeemed the property, but were
kept out of possession by an armed guard,
and they appealed to the Superior Court
of this county, asking heavy damages.
Judge John F. Davis, then on the Superior
bench, awarded them damages in a de
cision in their favor.
The American claimants, by consent of
the opposing attorney, made a motion for
a new trial, which was heard last week by
Judge Daingerfield of Ran Francisco, who
denied the motion and sustained the rul
ings and decision of Judge Davis. To-day
Mr. Dye, with the aid of Sheriff Gregory
and a writ of possession, was given charge
of the property, and James H. Tibbitts,
who represented the American claimants,
was dispossessed. The successor in in
terest to the Amador Gold Mine (limited) is
the Jackson Gold Fields of London.
OUTWITTING TACOMA BANKS
Lawyers for Seattle Creditors
Check a Bit of sharp
Futile Efforts to Block the
..Collection of a Judg
TACOMA, Wash., March 28.— The Seat
tle National Bank had a lively tussle to-day
with the Tacoma National and the Trad
ers' National banks of Tacoma to enforce
the collection of a judgment for $14,073 88
against the Crescent Creamery Company.
The execution was issued three months
ago in favor of the Seattle National Bank,
and the time for the sale of the company's
big cold-storage and office building at the
wharf expired at 8 o'clock to-day. The at-
SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 29, 1895.
INDORSEMENT OF "THE CALL'S" SUGGESTION,
Isaac Upham, One of the Directors of the Proposed People's
Competing Road, Believes That Pledges of Support
Ought to Be Made at Once.
Isaac Upham, one of the members of the Board of Directors of
the valley road, gave it as his opinion yesterday that the idea of
the ''Call'" in endeavoring to obtain an expression from shippers as
to their intention regarding the disposition of their business is a
good one . He said: Any
work up public senti
pie an indication of
low the construction of
a move in the right di
ter of education, and
pie may understand the
the plan of keeping the
view will have the ef
body up and bringing
camp. It is becoming
that this is the peo
they are to own and
more people interested
will make the organi
not be run in the interest of individuals, but will serve the re
quirements of the city and the country through which it will pass.
That is an original idea of obtaining promises of traffic from
people in the city and interior. While such promises would have no
legal strength, yet the moral obligation would be strong and, I be
lieve, lasting. We should be able to obtain assurances from large
corporations and companies in this .way. The editor of the ''Call, 11
in his speech before the board the other day, said he could secure
promises of this nature from many of the large shippers in Santa
Clara County, and it will be only the fear of possible serious con
sequences from the antagonism of the Southern Pacific which will be
likely to handicap such a move, as shippers will, in many instances,
feel that they might jeopardize their business interests by making
public promises of this character.
If 1000 shippers could be secured in the valley who would pledge
their support to the road that would in itself be a great accom
plishment. The interest in the road is not dying out, for from
every quarter of the State we are daily receiving assurances of
support and good will from the peoplef We have succeeded in placing
the road on a substantial basis, and it is now in a position likely
to attract the attention of those who have capital to invest.
torney of one of the local banks secured a
restraining order from Judge Parker post
poning the sale for two days, which wonld
have rendered the Seattle bank's claim in
The other side heard of this, and, rush
ing to Judge Parker's court, explained the
situation to him just in time to secure an
order allowing the Sheriff to sell the build
ing before 3 o'clock. The Seattle bank bid
in the property for the amount of its claim.
The claims of the local banks aggregate
several thousand dollars.
CRA RGES AGA IX S T COU XCIh M EX.
Ttie City's Finance Committee Demands
a Grand Jury Investigation,
TACOMA, Wash., March 28.— Ever since
the Sunday when the first charges were
made the contest between the Ledger and
the Finance Committee of the Council has
been growing hotter.
To-day the Council held an adjourned
meeting to listen to charges which some
thought would be preferred by the propri
etor and the manager of the Ledger, who
had been summoned to be present. They
did not attend, the Ledger having an
nounced that an investigation of the
charges that members of the Finance Com
mittee have been receiving loans and gifts
of money from banks containing city de
posits should be made by a Grand Jury and
not by the men against whom the charges
After waiting an hour the Council passed
resolutions denouncing the Ledger's
charges as untrue and maliciously made
for political purposes. The last resolution,
however, joins in a request that a Grand
Jury be called to investigate city officials.
It is now quite certain that a jury will be
The fight has brought out the allegation
that the Finance Committee made a secret
agreement with the bank containing the
largest amount of city money by which
the committee last September gave the
bank one year to pay. This bank also put
up collateral security to the amount of
$257,000, its city deposits amounting to
nearly $300,000. The committee an
nounced that the securities were "gilt
edged," but to-day it developed that they
consist of promissory notes and second
mortgages on real estate that were past
due. This bank is alleged to have given
special favon to councilmen.
The Chamber of Commerce is trying to
disentangle the city's financial affairs.
Jtcahipping the Mare Island Crane.
TACOMA, March 28.— The big traveling
crane, the parts of which fill ten cars, is
being shipped here for trans-shipment to
the Mare Island Navy-yard. The crane is
to be used in hoisting heavy ordnance.
Two carloads arrived to-day. The entire
shipment will go forward to San Francisco
early in April by steamer.
SAKERSFIELD BHOOTIXG AFFRAY
A Young Mexican In flirt a a Fatal Mound
on a Woman.
BAKERSFIELD, Cal., March 28.—
Carlos Estrudyo, a Mexican known as
Charley Jarmillo, shot and fatally wounded
a woman named Ambroscia Ygera this
afternoon. He was immediately arrested,
and said he was not sorry for the act.
Estrudyo saya he shot at Jennie Gravis,
a handsome young girl who arrived from
San Bernardino last night, who he claims
is his wife, but the girl denies his state
CLAIMS OF STOCKTON
They Will Be Set Forth
to the Valley Road
THE OFFICIALS ARRIVE.
San Joaquin's County Seat Ex
tends to Its Visitors Free
dom of the City.
AN INFORMAL RECEPTION.
Elaborate Arrangements to Enter
tain the Visitors and Show Off
the Slough City.
STOCKTON, Cal., March 28.— Stockton
extends the freedom of the city to the San
Joaquin Valley railroad and its promoters
to-night. Seven directors of the road, who
came up on the Overland train, are now
being entertained at an informal reception
eiven in their honor by the Stockton Com
"The queen city of the San Joaquin
wants the railroad, and it is going to have
it if anything in reason will bring it here,"
said P. A. Buell, one of the leading busi
ness men of this city and the president of
the Commercial Association, to-night en
route on the train, "and as the gentlemen
who represent the projected road are
reasonable men, I am confident they will
consider our offer a good one."
Claus Spreckels and J. B. Stetson ar
rived at the ferry depot at. an early hour
and went aboard the Oakland boat as soon
as the gates were open. They waited on
the rear end of the boat for the other five
directors of the San Francisco and San Joa
quin Valley road— Charles Holbrook, Cap
tain Payson, Robert Watt. W. F. Whittier
and Thomas Magee — who shortly joined
The little group of directors was the
source of much favorable comment as they
stood quietly engaged in conversation.
"That means business," said David
Bush to a friend as he walked by the di
rectors. "When such men as Clans
Spreckels engage in an enterprise it por
tends success. It will be the business sal
vation of California. The road is an abso
lute necessity, and I know it is going
through. The expenditure of $6,000,000 in
building the road is of itself a great thing;
it means employment for thousands of
workingmen and a great stimulus to
trade: it means an incentive to start up
other industries; it means that California
and San Francisco are going to boom — no,
that is not the word — it means that the
best State in the Union is going to take
the position to which it is entitled.
"When the first shovelful of earth is
turned for the new road the hum of indus
thing which tends to
ment and give the peo
benef it which will f ol
the road is certainly
rection. This is a mat
while many of the peo
importance of the road
subject constantly in
feet of waking every
all the laggards into
pie ' s road and that
control it, and the
in it the stronger it
zation. The road will
try will be heard. San Francisco is begin
ning to do now what she should have done
fifteen years ago. She has learned a lesson
from the example of Los Angeles. Already
business has greatly brightened. I feel it
in the real estate line. There is an increas
ing demand for property and the sales have
greatly increased in the last two months."
His was not a single verdict. The San
Joaquin road was the topic of discussion
in every part of the ferry-boat, and great
enthusiasm over the prospect of business
revival was manifested by tfie merchants
and mechanics who were on their way to
homes in Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland.
P. A. Buell of Stockton, president of the
Commercial Association and the senior
member of the lumber firm of Buell & Co.,
met the directors on the boat to escort
them to Stockton. He was joined by C. M.
Weber, a capitalist of this city, whose
father founded the town Joseph East
land, president of the company which
owns the gas works and the gas wells here,
and who is an earnest advocate in behalf
of Stockton's claim for the valley road,
was present in a dual capacity — a guest of
Stockton, a resident of San Francisco and
Stocktonian in his welcome to the direc
It was 5:30 o'clock when the boat left
San Francisco for the Oakland mole. At
8:55 p.m. the train was in Stockton. Din-
ner was served in the dining-car, and after
ward an adjournment was taken to the
smoking apartment of the Pullman, where
the directors proved good listeners to the
claims of the Stockton men. An electric
car was in waiting at the depot, and the
directors were taken to the Yosemite Ho
tel, where a warm greeting was given them
by the foremost citizens of Stockton. The
committee of reception was composed of
Frank E. Lane, grain merchant; D. S.
Rosenbaum, capitalist; Sidney Newell,
banker; C. M. Jackson, hardware mer
chant; H. J. Corcoran, manager of the
California Navigation and Improvement
Company, and William Inglis, banker
A number of the members of the recep
tion committee were at the depot and the
others waited the arrival of the directors at
the hotel, where greetings were exchanged
and a cordial welcome to Stockton ac
corded. Then the guests were taken to the
Yosemite Clnb, where an informal recep
tion was held, P. A. Buell, the president,
making the address of welcome.
To-night the metropolis of the San
Joaquin, the great manufacturing city of
the interior of the State, shows that she is
in earnest in her endeavor to secure the
competing road. The city, which the
Southern Pacific tried to crush and failed
to crush, is one of the most substantial in
the State, with line business blocks, good
streets, electric streetcar service and all
the evidences which characterize a modern
and progressive city. Her citizens realize
that the business and industries, the
wealth and the population of this city will
be greatly enhanced by a competing road
and thus propose to offer substantial in
ducements for its coming.
The programme mapped out by the re
ception committee is an extensive one.
Carriages will be in waiting at 9 o'clock to
morrow morning and the directors will be
driven to points of interest in and about
the city and will be shown the advantages
which Stockton has to offer for a compet
ing railroad. The various manufacturing
and commercial enterprises will be shown.
The water front and industrial section of
Stockton will prove an object lesson of it
self, and a drive into the rich surrounding
territory will give the visitors an idea of
Stockton's back country.
Stockton is the great flour city of the
coast. Its mills have a capacity of 6000
barrels a day. These are the mills of.
Sperry & Co., the Union mills and the
Crown mills. A visit to these forms a part
of to-morrow's itinerary. The Holt Man
ufacturing Company, with its agricultural
implements and harvesters; the Matteson-
Williamson Manufacturing Company, the
Stockton Car and Machine Works, with fa
cilities for turning out the cars for the San
Joaquin Valley road, will be inspected.
Houser& Haines' agricultural work?, where
combined harvesters are manufactured, are
on the list of Stockton's great industries to
be visited, as well as the Terra Cotta Com
pany's works, where the only tine glazed
ware on the coast is made. Nearly all of
these manufacturing establishments are
situated on the neck of land which lies be
tween Stockton Channel and Mormon
A drive into the country will follow the
inspection of the industries and the water
front of this city, and the different routes
by which a railway can enter the city will
The proposed line is by way of French
Camp route and Tule street, which reaches
the water front and the mills, with depot
facilities within eight blocks of the busi
ness center of the city.
Another entrance into the city which is
available and will be visited is by way of
Mariposa road and South street, with de
pot facilities on the electric-car line, and
thence to the water front on Tnle street.
Still another route is open from the east
by way of Weber avenue.
Stockton proposes to offer a depot and
terminal sites worth $50,000, and her citi
zens declare that they will back this up by
liberal subscriptions of stock.
"We want to know just what the direc
tors want," said Mr. Buell. "The people
of Stockton will give anything in reason,
and we have reasonable men to deal with
in the directors of the San Joaquin Valley
Stockton urges that the site of the city is
on a natural line to Bakersfield, and that
to reach San Francisco the road can make
a short cut to the west across the islands
and reach the mainland on the Contra
Costa side near Byron.
Perhaps as interesting as anything which
may be shown are the gas wells, which the
directors will be given ample opportunity
Following the showing of industrial
Stockton will come the great social event
of the directors in a reception to be given
to-morrow night by tne Commercial Asso
ciation. A steamboat excursion down the
river is planned for Saturday. The trip
may be continued to San Francisco, or the
directors may come back to Stockton and
return to the bay by rail, as they elect.
Chief Engineer Storey of the San Joaquin
road has spent the day examining the ap
proaches to the city, the water front and
the advantages for terminal facilities. He
states that he has not settled on any defi
nite route or entrance to the city. Stock
ton's topography makes it accessible
from all side?. "The getting out of the
city is the main point," said Mr. Storey.
"We might want to run the road on to the
west, and we would not wish to damage
valuable property in so doing. I have ex
amined the western side of the city and
the water front. We should require, I
should say, a tract of land for depot and
freight yards covering three or four blocks
in length. It would not need to be a block
Engineer Storey declared that he had not
made estimates of costs, because it is un
derstood that a terminal site will be offered
free, but the company had no intention of
asking for property that was high priced
or to arbitrarily demand rights of way
along the principal streets. The company
would be reasonable in its requests. "We
shall ask'" said he, "for a certain amount
of property in the western part of the city,
and shall expect the rights of way along
the streets on which the road must run to
reach this site, and we shall also ask a
right of way to the county line." Mr.
Storey declares that the only drawbacks
toward railway construction in the vicinity
of Stockton are the water ways, and that
they do not form an obstacle of great mag
When asked if Stockton would get a line,
Mr. Storey replied that he thought it
would, if not now in the future assuredly.
He added, "Perhaps it will get the main
line that is first constructed. I cannot say
exactly as to that, but the company will
have to build a line to this city. Stockton
is too important a town to be omitted. It
is one of the coming cities of the State."
Mr. Storey added that the State would
be gridironed with railroads.
Toward the close of the informal recep
tion to-night Claus Spreckels was asked if
there was any truth in the statement of
W. H. Mills that thcroad was not coming
to Stockton anyway.
' "None, whatever," replied Mr. Spreckels.
"As I do not know myself what route will
be selected I do not think Mr. Mills
knows," he laconically added.
J-Y COXFJERESCJE AT VICTORIA.
A Great northern Official Discusses Jtail-
road Matters With Merchants.
VICTORIA, B. C, March 28.— P. P.
Shelby, vice-president and general mana
ger of the coast lines of the Great North
ern, was in consultation with the Board of
Trade this afternoon in regard to the pro
posed connection of the Great Northern
with Victoria. What was done was not
made public. Few here believe that Vic
toria should give any subsidy to the line
or that the Great Northern officials will
consider the matter seriously.
A Sealing Schooner's Misfortune.
VICTORIA, B. C, March 28.— The seal
ing schooner Carlotta G. Cox of Victoria,
which arrived at Yokohama March 10, sixty
days from Victoria, sprung a leak after
leaving here, and it was necessary to keep
the men at the pumps nearly all the way.
The crew were worn out when they reached
Rainfall in Placer County.
AUBURN, Cal., March 28.— There was a
heavy rain here last night, amounting to
1.17 inches, making a total for the season
of 39.16 inches as against 29.82 inches last
year. The weather is cold but not severe
enough for damage and the rain will do
Railroad Work in Santa Maria Valley.
SANTA MARIA, Cal., March 28.— The
Southern Pacific is now slowly but steadily
building through the west end of the valley
south of Guadaloupe.
One inch of rain has fallen in this valley
during the present storm, benefiting crops.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
MARE ISLAND TRAGEDY
A Lovelorn Apothecary
Puts an End to His
SUICIDE IN A LAUNCH.
The Deed Committed In the
Presence of a Score of
SAD SEQUEL TO A ROMANCE.
The Mother of His Sweetheart Had
Forbidden His Marriage to
VALLEJO, Cat,., March 28.— A tragedy
closed a romantic episode in the life of
Thomas J. Flannigan, apothecary on the
receiving-ship Independence, at Mare Is
land, this evening when, despairing of at
taining the happiness which was to
brighten his future, he took his own life.
On the launch that runs from Vallejo to
Mare Island there was among the passen
gers at 6 o'clock this evening Apothecary
Flannigan. As the launch neared the
shore of the navy-yard Flannigan went
forward and stood near the rail. Suddenly
he was seen to draw a razor from his
pocket, open the blade anddraw it across
his throat. His movements were so swift
that of the score of men who stood about
him none was able to stay his hand. The
cut was deep and it accomplished the pur
pose intended. The launch was put about
and Flannigan was taken to the Inde
pendence. An hour and a quarter after
ward, despite all the efforts of the sur
geons, he was dead.
Some time ago Flannigan, during one of
his visits to VallejOj became acquainted
with Miss Luella White and began paying
her attentions. They became friends, and
then lovers. Flannigan proposed marriage
and, according to the reports, was ac
cepted. When the mother of the girl heard
of this she objected strongly to the match.
A consultation with th-e mother resulted
in Flannigan receiving a decided answer
that his marriage to the young lady was
out of the question. He took to drink,
and three days after receiving the reply
to his request for the sanction of the girl's
mother to his marriage with her daughter
he retired to a room in the girl's house and
there attempted to end his life by cutting
his throat. That was four weeks ago. The
matter was hushed up at the time on ac
count of the young lady.
But continued sorrowing over the. trouble
that came to him brought on the despdnd
ent mood which ended in his rash act.
Flannigan's last remarks were: "Take
me back to my comrades."
Flannigan was industrious and consid
ered an apothecary of the first rank. He
had the respect of all with whom he came
in contact, and his friends were many,
who all regret his melancholy fate.
TROUBLE AT COLLINSVILLE
Six Fishermen Drive Off Com
With Guns. .
An Exciting- Encounter With
Violators of the
VALLEJO, Cal., March 28.— State Fish
Commissioner J. P. Babcock and a con
stable had an exciting experience on Sun
day last near Collinsville, where a colony
of fishermen have been regularly violating
the law which prohibits the catching of
salmon between the hours of 12 o'clock
Saturday night and sunrise Monday morn
ing, and that the two men were not filled
with shot from the guns in. the hands of
the excited fishermen is due to the officers'
It has been known for some t : ne that
fishermen at Collinsville' were violating
the law in regard to the catching of sal
mon, and many complaints have been
lodged with the Fish Commissioners.
Mr. Babcock determined to investigate
matters and on Sunday quietly left San
Francisco and visited the colony of fisher
men located near Collinsville. Being a
stranger not much notice was taken of him
and after sauntering about for a while he
discovered that the reports sent to the
Commissioners were true. Five Italians
and one American were Industri
ously engaged with boats and nits
catching salmon. Babcock shortly
after made known who he was, and, as the
Fish Commissioner of the State, with au
thority to act, seized the boats, nets and all
paraphernalia and placed them in the care
of the local constable. He also left instruc
tions to have the offenders arrested as soon
as they stepped out of their boats. The
constable carried out his instructions as far
as possible. He laid claim to the property,
and tied it up. The fishermen submitted,
but were highly indignant, and threatened
to throw the officer into the bay.
They bided their time, however, and
when the constable had occasion to go up
town they made off with their boats and
moored them to the ark in which they
lived. The constable secured a small boat,
and, visiting the ark, demanded the re
lease of the property. They promptly
covered him with shotguns and told him
to move on. As the odds were against him
the official was not long in respecting their
wisHes. A message to Babcock soon had
him on the scene. He visited the ark, and
the fishermen again, by sbow of arms, in
dicated their determination to retain their
property at all hazards. The fishermen,
after the departure of Commissioner Bab
cock and the constable, fled from the ark.
Commissioner Babcock was here to-day
consulting with the District Attorney, ana
the Italians will probably be arrested on a
more serious charge than for a violation of
the fish and game law.
Conviction of a Jtoaebury Wife-Slayer.
KOSEBURG, Ok., March 28.— The jury
in the Becknian murder case brought in
a verdict this morning of guilty of murder
in the second degree. Becknian was. tried
for the murder of hia wife. In defense ne
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