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LATEST OAKLAND NEWS
Defaulter Lambert Will Be
Released on Bonds This
HE MAY PLEAD INSANITY.
The Elks Will Erect a Monument to
Their Dead— A New News
Walter Lambert, the defaulting Police
Court clerk, was turned over by Chief of
Police Schaffer to Sheriff White yesterday
morning. From the time he was taken to
the County Jail until the jail closed for
the night he was visited by an almost con
tinuous stream of people, who came to
offer consolation or assistance. . '.y.g-
Early in the day he said he would
defend himself before the court, but later
he changed his mind and sent for Attorney
Fitzgerald, whom he employed to look
after his case. Lambert's bonds were fixed
at $3000 by Judge Greene at the time the in
dictment "was brought in, and early yester
day his friends were on- looking for some
one to qualify in the amoOnt named.
Only one had to be found, as his mother
was ready at once to go on his bond. An
other surety was found in John Breen, a
cigar-dealer at 960 Washington street, but
owing to the lateness of the hour when the
latter consented to go on the bond, it
qould not be made out last night, and
Lambert will not be set at liberty until
Lambert still sticks to his story that he
cannot account for the shortage which
was found after bis flight, and says that
as soon as he can get at the books he will
he able to clear up the mystery and show
that he did not embezzle any of the city's
Drs. Crowley and Blood were called to
attend Lambert yesterday, and from their
remarks those who were present inferred
that his defense may be insanity, as was
intimated in yesterday's Call. They
found him to be almost a physical wreck,
suffering from heart troubles and other
diseases. Dr. Crowley expressed an opin
ion that his mind was affected.
Lambert's bondsmen, who will be com
pelled to make good his shortage of $1624
unless the amount is found by his friends,
called on him and held a long consultation,
the nature of which they refused to make
The Diamond. Found.
The Grand Jury is inquiring into a case
which created a sensation in Oakland
about a year ago.
Mrs. "Harry Hinckley of Fruitvale, a
sister-in-law "of Mrs. Florence Blythe-
Hinckley, the successful claimant to the
Blythe estate, -was driving about Oakland
when she missed her purse, containing
some valuable diamond jewelry. Recently
she learned that the purse and jewels were
in the possession of W. C. Mason of Mason
& White, the Broadway candy-dealers, and
that he had had them for six months past.
She refused to take them from Mason
when the latter stipulated that he should
not be prosecuted for withholding them
before returning the gems to their owner.
The Grand jury was informed of the
matter, and Mason was called upon to tell
why he had not turned them, over to their
rightful owner when they were advertised.
He . dmitted having the diamonds, but
said that they had been handed to him by
a boy in his employ, who had found them
on the street, and that he had kept th-nn
on the advice of an attorney. He refused
to give any further information on the
subject on "the ground that his present
attorney had instructed him to keep silent.
"Will Erect a Monument.
Oakland's branch of the Order of Elks
began the erection of a magnificent monu
ment at Mountain View Cemetery yester
day. A great piece of onyx, which was on
exhibition at the Midwinter Fair, was do
nated to the order as a pedestal for the
monument and a life-sized bronze elk will
be cast to surmount it. The monument
will stand in the center of the Elks' plat in
the burying ground. When the statue is
ready for dedication an Elks' reunion and
celebration will be held, at which trf€ six
California lodges and the Grand Lodge of
the United States will participate.
' Outdoor Grounds.
The Oakland Turn Verein has secured
grounds . for . field athletics, and in a few
days the erection of the most approved
apparatus and best accommodation pos
sible will be commenced.
The grounds are in the block bounded by
Madison, Oak, Second and Third streets,
and are particularly fitted for such a pur
pose. A bicycle track and cinder path
will be among the features, and classes of
girls, boys and men will be taught regu
larly during several days of each week.
. Convicted at Last.
Shoo Yuen, a Chinese lottery - dealer,
whose long legal battle with the local
authorities has cost the city much money,
came to grief in the Police Court yesterday,
when his seventh trial resulted in a convic
tion. Yuen was arrested by Officer Wil
liam McCloud, who is a prominent candi
date for Chief of Police, about a year ago,
and though the evidence against him was
strong he managed to secure a disagree
ment of the jury in six trials. He will be
A New Newspaper. |
Councilman J. M. Basset, will soon
launch a new daily newspaper which will
be Populistic in politics and will support
the present administration in its efforts
toward municipal, reform. It is said that
members of the '■ Merchants' Exchange
will assist in the enterprise.
The Silver Statue in' Oakland.
The Montana silver statue of Adaßehan,
from the World-, Fair in Chicago, will be
on exhibition at the Lace House, Twelfth
and Washington streets, Oakland, from
Monday, April 15, to April 27.
Going to Lo. Angeles.
Chief Lawton of the Fire Department
leaves to-day for Los Angeles, where he
will attend "the annual session of the fire
chiefs of the coast from loth to 20th April.
Strenuous efforts are being made by the
students of botany at the university to re
tain, for part of the year, the services of
Professor E. L. Greene, who intends leav
ing for the East this summer to take
charge of the botanical department of the
A petition has been prepared by them
and sent to President Kellogg.
A portion of the petition reads thus:
We appreciate the fact that Professor Greene
is one oi the oldest of the botanists in the
United States and that he Is recognized as the
leading systcraatlst among them, ami that he
la looked upon as an authority by botanists of
countries other than our own. And especially
we feel that no one else has a knowledge of our
Western flora in any way approaching his, and
that no one is so well qualified to acquaint us
with it as he.
What will be the outcome of the petition
will not be known until the next meeting
of the board of regents, as they have al
ready passed on his' resignation.
Wedding Bells. .
The wedding of Rev. Hugh Dobbins,
poster of the Presbyterian Church in Vir
ginia City, Nev., and Miss Roberta T.
Lloyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. M.
Lloyd of Berkeley, took place in the First
Presbyterian Church on Thursday even
ing. A large party of friends gathered at
the church to witness the ceremony, and
after the wedding repaired to the home of
the bride, where a bountiful supper had
been provided. _
, The attendance at the ceremony was the
largest that has been present at any wed
ding in Berkeley for many months past.
The bride and groom left on the late
train last night for their future home in
Professor Frank Soule, head of the civil
engineering department at the university,
will deliver a lecture on modern engineer
ing at the Mechanics'* Library, San Fran
cisco, this evening.
Professor and Mrs. W. B. Rising gave a
very pleasant reception last evening at
their home to a large number of students
A committee of arrangements for the
commencement ball has been appointed,
consisting of Luther H. Green, George W.
Gibbs, Louis Honig, Miss Nellie Mott and
Miss Mary Olney. . .A.' v -'
Magee and Gage, the winners of- the
U. C. -Stanford tennis tournament last
Saturday will not play in the next contest,
to take place the last of this month, on ac
count of Gage having sprained his ankle.
A new brass band has been organized in
Berkeley by the members of Peralta Camp,
Woodmen of the World.
Work has been commenced on Harrison
avenue preparatory to laying down the
tracks of the California Railway extension
from Fruitvale to Alameda. Several hun
dred rails have been placed • along the
banks of the canal. It will be standard
gauge, and it is the intention of the rail
road company to use it at first as a steam
road. The rails, however, have all been
drilled for the reception of connecting
wires, and with a small amount of work
the line can be changed into an electric
road. About 500 feet of the double track
was laid yesterday and the work will be
completed in about three weeks.
The building of this branch line is the
outgrowth of the proposed transcontinen
tal road, which it is said the Santa Fe had
under consideration. The Board of Super
visors granted to Herman Krusi three
years ago a franchise to construct and
operate a steam railroad along Harrison
avenue. The San Francisco Bridge Com
pany never completed the construction of
the railway for which the franchise called,
and about a year ago the Grand Jury took
steps toward a revocation of the franchise.
The new branch will in various ways
benefit the city. The district tanned "is
very productive and fertile and will make
freightage to this city easily accessible.
Made a Good Haul.
The office of the Street Superintendent
was burglarized on March 29 and the sum
of $370 taken from a drawer. The door
was secured by a Yale lock and the thief
gained entrance by means of a duplicate
key. The burglary has been kept very
quiet in the hope that the burglars might
be caught. Another reason was the natu
ral disinclination on the part of the Super
intendent and his clerk, Miss Morse, to let
the public know of the ioss, which they
feared might suggest carelessness. The
money was stolen while Miss Morse was at
lunch, and she promptly raised the sum
and paid it into the treasury, so that no
loss results except to herself. She first
reported the loss to the Superintendent,
who called the police into action, but no
success has yet resulted from their efforts
to apprehend the thief. Nothing but
money was taken, and no trace was left
upon "which to fasten a clew.
An Additional Substitute.
Postmaster Stoddard has received a com
mission from the department at Washing
ton allowing an additional substitute
letter-carrier. Heretofore the Alameda
office had but one substitute and. seven
carriers. Mr. Stoddard yesterday ap
pointed John H. Floyd to the place.
The citizens' committee appointed to ar
range Lincoln memorial services for to
morrow have been unable to procure
speakers for that occasion owing to prior
engagements. There will be no services.
California peaches and nectarines sold
for high prices recently at Covent Garden,
London. Now our English cousins realize
what delicious short cake is, supplied as
they are with Price's Baking Powder and
ambrosial fruit from the land of the set
HE SWINDLES CHINESE
Securing Advertisements for
a Fictitious Direc
How a Shrewd Oaklander Unlaw
fully Increases His
Alexander P. Dunbar, "hailing from
Edinburgh town," has for some time
been securing names in Oakland
for a Chinese directory, which is sup
posed to. contain the address of every
heathen in the United States, Honolulu,
Kamchatka, Mars and a few of the out
lying planets. He carries with him as a
bait for the unwary a volume of porten
tous dimensions that contains Chinese
names and addresses. Ten years ago a di
rectory of the San Francisco Chinese was
printed. It was about the size of an
ordinary hymnbook, and as it did not pay
no second edition was issued. Mr. Dun
bar's book is simply three or four copies of
that old work bound together.
For each name which the Scotchman se
cures for his directory he assesses its pos
sessor $2, and as the volume is never
printed the amounts collected are all profit.
Lately, however, he has become dissatis
fied with this tariff for revenue only, and
to increase his income has devised the
scheme of obtaining advertisements for his
fictitious publication. Up to date be has
secured a score or more of contracts. Most
of the victims are Chinese, but included in
the list are one or two reputable American
firms, and at least one prominent banking
Having secured the contracts Dunbar
has the advertisements set up in an Oakland
job printing office and perhaps a dozen
copies struck off. They were printed four
to the page ostensibly as they are to ap-
Ecar in the directory, and armed with these
c makes his collections.
Among the firms which have suffered at
Dunbar's hands are the Lun Ti Company,
Wing Fat & Co.. the Km Lung Company,
Quong Fat & Co., Fung Hai & Co., Hop
Lee & Co., and numerous others, all of San
Francisco. A half page advertisement for
Welch & Co., importers and commission
merchants of San Francisco, has been put
in type and a half dozen copies of an ad
vertisement of the same size for the Bank
of California have been printed. It is not
known, however, whether Dunbar suc
ceeded in victimizing the bank or whether
he had the "ad" printed • just to help him
defraud others. ;:'v
Mr. Dunbar represents himself vari
ously as the agent of the ' Pacific Directory
Company," the "Western States Directory
Company," the "Chinese Directory Com
pany," and several others. He has no
office and no one seems to know where he
resides. He possesses a general letter of
introduction to Chinese merchants which
purports to bear the signature of the Chi
nese Consul-General. Those who know
him say that he tried his directory game
in New York City, but it was frustrated by
the Chinese Consul there. That diplomat
pronounced the : letter of introduction a
forgery and swore to a warrant for Dun
bar's arrest on a felony charge.
An Enormous ■ Saving
Is made by the young man who buys his
fine dress suits of Roos Bros., who are
agents for Brokaw Bros, and Rogers, Peet
<_. Co. of New York. . \ ■ - ;
A Forger Sentenced.
W. L. Eppinger, convicted of passing a forged
check on the Bank of British Columbia, was
yesterday sentenced to fourteen years' impris
onment in the penitentiary by Judge Wallace.
THE SAN CISCO CALL, SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1895.
MODEL SIGNAL SYSTEMS.
Development of Oakland's
Fire Alarm and Police
:'■-, -.;Y Patrol.
ELECTRIC STREET-LIGHT COST.
Ingenious Method Employed of
Keeping a Check on a Street-
Besides clinging to the time-worn dis
tinction of being the Athens of the Pacific,
Oakland sets up a claim to superiority over
all other citie&in California in the matter
of the application of electricity to munici
pal uses. As to the former, other cities are
running Oakland so close a race that the
assumed distinction may now be classed as
doubtful ; but the latter may, perhaps, be
With two minor exceptions, electricity
has been applied as the motive power to all
of its street railroads. Of these two excep
tions, one is operated exclusively by cable,
the other by cable or electricity, optionally.
Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and Sacra
mento adapted electricity to street rail
roading at an earlier date than Oakland,
bul none of them have since made such ex
traordinary developments in this direction
as that city. The first electric railroad
constructed in Oakland was finished less
than five years ago. Now it is literally grid
ironed with electric street railroads, which
reach out into the suburbs in all directions.
There are a. least fifty miles of well
equipped electric railroads running in and
out of Oakland at the present time, fur
nishing rapid means of transit to and from
the thriving towns and villages clustering
around it. But these electric street rail
roads have been developed by private en
terprise and are merely subject to munici
pal police jurisdiction by virtue of the
franchises which the municipality granted
Few cities in the country are better
equipped than Oakland now is in the mat
ter of" electric street-lighting or which pos
sesses a more perfect fire alarm and police
patrol telegraph system. These are adapta
tions of electricity to public uses which
have been developed solely through the
patronage or the direct enterprise of the
municipality itself. >-
Street-lighting and the policing of the
city for the protection of its inhabitants
and their property against the depreda
tions of thieves and the ravages of fire are
so intimately associated in Oakland that
the supervision of both has been entrusted
to the same officer— to George Carleton,
city electrician. The lighting of the public
streets is done under contract by the Oak
land Gas, Light and Heat Company, but
the city electrician is responsible for the
systematic location of the lights, and he is
also required to see that the contract is
The are at present 482,000 candle-power
(nominal) electric arc lights burning every
night in Oakland, illuminating the greater
portion of the twelve square miles of terri
tory embraced within its boundaries. The
gas* lamp has almost become "a light of
other days." It sheds its feeble rays only
in the outlying districts to which the elec
tric-light circuits have not yet been ex
tended, but every year witnesses a mate
rial diminution in its numbers, and in the
course of another year or two the gas lamp
will be a thing of the past in Oakland.
Of course such a system of street light
ing costs money. It cost the city formerly
for street lighting with gas less than $30,
--000 a year. During the fiscal year 1889-90
it cost $33,237 29 for a combination of gas
and electric lighting. The expense of
street lighting during the calendar year of
1894 was $64,893 31 for electric arc lights
and $5818 74 for gas lamps. Miscellaneous
expenses brought the same total of the
cost of street lighting last year to $70,
--882 25, or over double what the service cost
four years before. But it should not be
overlooked that the city gets in return a
hundred-fold more light for its money than
it did formerly. /
The system of the electrical department
of Oakland is worth describing in some
detail, because it is generally recognized
throughout the country as a model worthy
of imitation by other municipalities, all of
which is evidenced by the volume of in
quiring corresponaence concerning it re
ceived from abroad. The mechanical
arrangement of it is presented in minia
ture in the office of the City Electrician in
the form of two maps of the city hanging
on opposite walls of the room. One of
them illustrates the Fire and Police Patrol
telegraph systems, which are in a measure
combined, and the other shows the elec
tric light lines in detail. The former are
owned in the major part by the munici
pality; the latter are the property of the
Oakland Gas, Light and Heat Company,
which corporation has the contract for
Both systems have, however, been de
veloped by the city electrician. The two
maps constitute a complete record of the
work. "They also constitute," explained
Electrician Carleton. "parts of my system
of bookkeeping." Each map shows every
wire, pole, box (fire alarm or police patrol
signal or telephone), and electric light as
actually stretched and located in each sys
tem and every pole is marked and num
bered so that its ownership and relation
to either system can be at once identified.
Fire alarm circuits are shown by red strings,
blue strings indicate the police patrol tele
graph wires. Every pole in these systems
and every light in the electric light circuit
is represented by a brass rail, the head of
which is colored to indicate its ownership.
Yellow tops belong to the Electric Light
Company, white tops to the telephone
company, black tops to the Postal Tele
graph Company, and red tops to the city.
The location of the various call boxes arid
telephone stations in the systems are in
dicated by differently colored tags and red
pyramids mark the location of the several
engine-houses. The city's lots are num
bered and indexed accordingly on the map.
If anything happens to any pole the city
electrician knows just where to dispatch
the repairer as soon as the number ib re
ported to him.
The police patrol telegraph System is
one of the most perfect in the country. It
has taken ten years to bring it up to its
present state of" perfection. Many of the
appliances attached to it are Electrician
Carleton's own inventions and are used ex
clusively in Oakland. Oakland, it may be
said, was the third city in the United States
to adopt the police patrol system. Chicago
was the first to adopt it; then came Phila
delphia; Oakland followed, and then Bos
ton, the Athens of . the East, fell in line.
Almost every city, in the country has it
now. San Francisco copied its police pa
trol system in a measure from Oakland.
The system is a wonderfully useful ad
junct to the police service. If it were
wiped out of existence the police force
would have to be doubled at once. Two
patrol wagons are attached to the service,
which perform the functions of hospital
ambulances as well as conveyances for the
transportation of prisoners arrested by the
patrolmen. The police . patrol telegraph
and its wagon relieve the patrolmen of the
necessity of leaving their beats at any
time while on duty. No matter where on
his beat a patrolman may be when he re
quires assistance, he is near to a police
signal or telephone box, and can promptly
send in an alarm or ;■ report verbally his
wants. * The city is thus always "under
"". The electric light map on the wall of the
city electrician's office also shows the posi
tion of every, electric light wire and pole
used in the service of lighting the city.
The poles are numbered and the color of
the tag accompanying each "one indicates
the year in which the pole was erected and
the light i established there. : It shows,
.therefore, the annual progression Jof ..the
system. The lights are laid out,, as near as
the topography of the ground and the lay
ing out of the streets will allow, on a regu
lar system of alternate blocks. In this way
every part of the city will in time receive
the same share of illumination at night
time. ;•• :
; The numbering of the electric lights also
answers another purpose. It gives the city
electrician an opportunity of keeping tab
on the electric light contractor. Some
times an electric light will get out of order,
and the neighborhood will remain in dark
| ness through a part or through all of the
Before Carleton invented. a check the
'street-lighting contractor got the benefit of
these light delinquencies, and the Council
had to stand the growling of complaining
citizens. That is all done away with now.
If any light goes out now before the moon
rises or the dawn breaks the street-light
contractors pay the penalty, a pro rata
being deducted from their monthly bill.
Tab is kept on the electric lights by the
police patrolman. Every patrolman on
the police force is served each month with
a small . memorandum book in which he
enters the # delinquencies ef the electric
lights on his beat during each night of the
month, in accordance with the printed in
structions contained therein. These in
structions are issued by the Chief of Police.
They direct the patrolman to familiarize
himself with the light schedule of the
month, which is also printed on another
page. This schedule shows the hour at
which the arc lights are to be tunned on
and the time set for their extinguishment.
The patrolman must record the time when
any light on his beat goes out when it
ought to be burning, and the length of the
schedule time during which it remains
extinguished. • VVuJ ~"'
These patrolmen's reports are all sent to
the city electrician at the end of the
month and he computes the number of
hours in the aggregate, and that is in due
season charged against the street-light
contractor and deducted from his bill. The
lights are reported by numbers and the
record on the city electrician's map shows
the location at a glance. There can be no
disputing such a tab, and the electric light
company accepts it without a challenge.
It is the means of saving many hundreds
of dollars annually to the city.
Everything about the various electrical
systems serving the municipality has been
arranged so methodically that the expense
of running the department of the city
electrician, which includes the care and
repair of the fire alarm and police patrol
systems as well as the supervision of the
street lighting, is very trifling. The total
annual cost for maintenance is under $6000.
The working force consists of only four
men the city electrician, one battery
man and two linemen. All of the ap
paratus in the central station of the fire
alarm system, as well as that of the police
patrol telegraph at the central police
station, is automatic and self-registering.
The apparatus needs no attention, there
fore, except to test from time to time for
the detection of faults and to avoid de
rangements. Most of the time of the work
ing force is employed in ordinary line
repairing and in the extension of the cir
cuits, which is coincident of course with
the growth of the city. The perfection and
efficiency of both the police patrol and tire
alarm systems are best illustrated, per
haps, by the infrequency amounting to
practically the total absence of false alarms.
THE WATER-FRONT CASES
J. M. Bassett Tells Why the
Railroad Wants Them
Would the Supreme Court Decide
- .•-.-.•. •.',■•■'.' - ■:.-■:■■■
In Favor of the Corpo
The railroad's latest move in the water
front matter excites much local interest,
and interested local persons are endeavor
ing to learn just what it means.
The water front cases, it will be remem
bered, were thrown out of the Supreme
Court because that body held that it had
no original jurisdiction in the matter. It
had, however, decided before the papers
were filed that it had such jurisdiction.
"The Supreme Court dodged the issue,"
said J. M. Bassett, sometimes known as
"Old Pard," yesterday. "The court
wanted to decide in favor of the railroad,
but it could not do so without overruling
all previous decisions in such cases.
Naturally it did not want to do this, and
therefore the point of 'no original jurisdic
tion' was brought up.
"It is thought by the lawyers, because of
that decision, that the Supreme Court
would decide in favor of the railroad if
the matter came before it in the usual
channel through the lower courts. This
attempt of the railroads to reopen the case
is simply another of its tricks. It is full
of tricks anyway and will bear watching.
"You notice that lately there has been a
great outcry raised against Justice Field.
That is raised by the" railroad because it
knows that he would not decide in its fa
vor in this matter. Field wrote the Chica
go water-front decision , and wduld, of
course, render a similar decision in this
All the world loves a lover. Every good
liver loves the woman who uses Dr. Price's
Cream Baking Powder.
IN THE COUETS.
New Suits and Proceedings' Before the
Frank A. Bogart, husband of the late
Nettie J. Bogart, has petitioned for letters
of administration over her estate, valued
at $2500. \\ .% ,, ' .".
Letters of administration over the estate
of John Jones were prayed for yesterday
by Joseph M. Jones, the estate being val
ued at $10,000. The next of kin are the
widow and son, the petitioner. 'V, ,v:
Richard Purcell has petitioned the Pro
bate Court for letters of administration
over the estate of Alice Morrisey, who died
November 15, 1804, leaving property valued
at $2000. The next of kin is said to be one
Patrick Connolly and petitioner appears as
Thomas Valentine has sued Theodosia
Farquharson and Charles D. Farquharson
for breach of contract in refusing to com
plete purchase of land in Sutter City for
$500, and plaintiff claims as assignee of one
Alpeis. the assignee of the vender of said
lands, that he has been damaged in the
sum of $333 34.
L. H. Boggs as assignee in the matter of
E. S. Fowler, an insolvent debtor, has sued
H. H. Mahan to recover goods or their
value, $3200, with $500 damages. The alle
gation is that Fowler being insolvent as
signed to Mahan the goods in question
with a view of defrauding his creditors." ..
Mary L. Crunnagle, a niece of the late
Annie Morris Colhs, has filed a contest of
the alleged will of her aunt. The property
consists of a house and lot in San Fran
cisco yielding $50 per month. The contest
will be made on the usual grounds of in
formality of execution, mental incompe
tence and the fraud of Mary Fennon, a
sister of deceased, and one of the benefici
aries under the will. Pending contest Ed
ward Fennon petitions to . be appointed
Another Torpedo BobJ.
Irving M. Scott said yesterday afternoon that
from information he had received he was con
fident that the Union Iron Works would build
one of the torpedo boats for which bids were
filed in February. This would give San Fran
cisco one battleship and two torpedo boats. <■
If you are troubled with malaria, constipation,
biliousness, kidney trouble or dyspepsia, of Hos
teller's Stomach Bitters, and It will be speellly
forthcoming.' Nervousness, loss of appetite and
sleep, and a loss of vigor, are also remedied by this
Restorative. Physicians of eminence Indorse ' it, a
valuable confirmation of the verdict of the people
and the press. Take it regularly.
OAKLAND AS A TERMINAL,
What the People Are Willing
to Do to Secure the : -
THE ROUTES MOST FAVORED.
Lavish Promises of Assistance and
Support From Property- -
All Oakland is enthusiastic over the
prospect of becoming the terminal of the
San Joaquin Valley road. In business
circles it is the prominent subject of dis
cussion. On the street corner it takes
first rank with the curbstone orator, and
even in the privacy of the pretty, pictur
esque Oakland homes the bead of the
family will lay down his paper to tell of
the progress of the work of the terminal
This terminal committee- is perhaps
more directly than any other body the
cause of all this agitation in the east
shore city. It is composed of some of the
most representative men in the town, and
each one is an energetic worker in the
cause of the new road.
Forming the committee are W. R. Davis,
F. Delger, E. A. Heron, E. H. Pardee,.
W. V. Witcher, James Moffitt, Charles D.
; Pierce and W. J. Dingee.
The situation in Oakland is at present
one of uncertainty. There has been no
definite proposition submitted to the
people as yet, and so far the subscriptions
made have been based entirely upon mere
expectations and not upon any under
standing with the new road. In spite of
this uncertainty, however, the terminal
committee has already received signatures
which represent $216,000, and the members
of the committee are confident that as
soon as they can submit a definite proposi
tion to the citizens, there will be no
trouble in raising this to $350,000 or even
Secretary W. V. Witcher said :
There have been no particular efforts made
Ex-Mayor W. R. Davis.
by the committee in the last two or three
weeks, for we have no definite promise to make
to the citizens whom we call upon. The
people want more. information than we can
possibly give them. They ask where the road
Is going to run, when it will be completed and
what it will cost, and we are not In any posi
tion to answer them. We do not even know
how much the directors of the valley road
will want from this city, and of course
until we can give information on these points
we cannot hope to proceed very rapidly. We
already have subscribed nearly $220,000 and
every cent of it has been given freely and with
the best of good will. *_ou see here we have
tin; subscription list fixed handily and each
one of us has one. The pledge is here at the
top, and it is exactly the same as that signed
by people in places other than Oakland, with
this exception : this paragraph is inserted so as
to insure to the people of Oakland the actual
presence of the terminus of the new road.
The paragraph read as follows:
The subjoined subscriptions are made upon
the express condition that said railroad com
pany shall, before collecting upon this sub
scription list and within six months from the
date hereof, agree that within two years from
date hereof it will construct and operate and
thereafter maintain the western terminus of
the tracks of its main through line within the
W. V. Witcher, Secretary Oakland Ter
city of Oakland, above the line of ordinary
high tide, south of the original northern
charter line of said city and west of the old
embarcadero of San Antonio, and extending
thence to the navigable water— otherwise these
subscriptions to be null and void.
Mr. Witcher then continued:
By this clause the terminus of the road will
have to be located in the actual city of Oak
land—otherwise the subscriptions are not bind
ing. There was some opposition to this clause,
and some men refused to subscribe because of
its presence, but we took them lists upon which
this clause had been crossed out and they re
fused to sign them, so you can see just what
their complaint amounted to. > :. :~
The subscriptions so far have all been in
comparatively small amounts. We have one
for $15,000 and one for $10,000, but the rest
run much lower than this. If it were here as
it was in Stockton, where a definite proposition
was made to the people and they went to work
to carry it out, it would not take us long to
secure at least $50,000 more, and that, too,
without the least trouble. Numbers of our
subscribers have said that when the project is
In definite shape, they will, if the circum
stances call for it, double their subscription.
The people are all enthusiastic and they will
do anything in reason to secure the terminus
to this city.
W. E. Dargie, editor and proprietor of
the Oakland Tribune, corroborated in
every detail the words of Mr. Witcher.
He said: '.'■ ~y ' ; .~ : .'" .yyX
Oakland is alive to the importance of this
question and will do. all in its power to help
the enterprise along. | We can easily raise from
$50,000 to $100,000. more, for all "the people
are in favor of the new road. They . will give a
right of way through the streets, and will sub
scribe for stock and put up money to help the
road through the city. I think there is no
doubt but that Oakland will- be made the ter
minal point, but some of the large stockhold
ers have extensive tracts of land in the Santa
Clara Valley, and they may on that account
want the road to go through San Jose.
.But Oakland will not be ignored. I am sui J
of that. It is the natural terminus for lines com
ing from the East, and there are too many peo
ple here to put aside. Here is the best grade and
the most feasible route. In two . years we can
have two ferry lines, each doing as well as the
present one, and the natural increase of busi
ness will make them still more i valuable after
that. Let the valley road people make the peo
ple of this city a definite proposition and they
will meet it. ..... ■'",
Already into the race for golden signa
tures of public-minded people has crept* a
discussion as jto ; how the | road' can come
into the ; city, and ■by what ' route it : will I
reach tide-water.: Oakland *is '* peculiarly
situated. It is a fact not generally known,
but none the less true, that by far the
greater portion, of the space inclosed
within the city limits is under rater. The
western line of the city scuds along the
waters of the bay just outside of the old
coal-wharves, out beyond the broad-gauge
mole, and from there it continues to the
north and west until it meets the northern
boundary of the city, almost due north
and about two miles from Goat Island.
To the east the city limits extend back
about four miles, and it is quite possible
lor the road to come in from the east, cut
across the southeastern corner of the city
and come along the south shore of the es
tuary. • ' ]yV' r: ■ .
Without the restraining clause previ
ously mentioned this would bring the line
into Oakland far enough and long enough
to warrant the collection of the subscrip
tions, but Alameda would in that case se
cure the terminus, and - the • Oaklanders
would have their subscriptions to pay for
the shadow and not the substance of the
prosperity to be brought by the new road.
By the extra clause, however, such a
thing as merely passing through without
stopping will be impossible, the road will
have to come through the city proper, and
will have to meet tidewater on the city's
It is generally understood by the people
most interested in the project, that the
road will come to Martinez anyway. From
that city to Walnut Creek, a" little town
on a creek of the same name, and situ
ated a few miles to the north and east of
Oakland, there is a clear flat run, which
railroaders say will draw the line to the
little town on the stream ; it is from there,
consequently, that all routes into the city,
which are at present considered feasible,
Of these routes into the city there are
four. One of these comes from the north
by San Pablo Creek and along the general
line of the California and Nevada Railroad.
The others come from the east.
The line from the north is considered
the best, both as to grade and practicabil
ity. From the town of Walnut Creek it
would run over to the west to San Pablo
Creek, and then following the San Pablo
down Halleck street to A, down A to Wood
and along Wood parallel to the bay shore.
The residents in the northern portion of
the city, and in Temescal and Berkeley,
naturally favor this route above all others,
and they stand ready to bid high for it
when the time comes. The managers of the
new road, should it decide to acquire the
right of way over the California and Nevada
road, or to parallel it, will not be allowed
to build its pier diagonally east from where
the present railroad ends.
Two of the other routes come in from
the east, from Laundry Farm. Before
reaching the "farm," lying on this side of
the hills, they run down from Walnut
Creek to the line of the old Salt Lake road
survey. At Laundry Farm, however, one
route branches off toward the west and
north. It keeps to the foothills and crosses
Indian Gulch just above Trestle Glen, then
through the Sather property, crossing the
foothills of Piedmont and the lower part
of the Blair ranch, and then into the city
by way of Fortieth street.
This route is not looked on with much
favor, however, because of the many curves
necessary around the foothills. The other
branch from Laundry Farm is much more
feasible and is much more sought for by
the property-owners along its path. This
branch runs directly down from Laundry
Farm to the intersection of' Fruitvale
avenue and Fourteenth street, and from
there through Oakland by way of three or
A fourth route comes in by way of San
Leandro, reaching that point from Walnut
Creek by following the openings of the
stream down to the San Leandro country,
or down by wav of Corral Hollow, near
Livermore, and Crow Canyon, just this side
John A. Britton, Secretary of the Oak
land Gas, Light and Heat Company.
of Haywards. In the vicinity of the route
by these latter places there are extensive
coal mines, and for the sake of having the
road near to them the mine-owners are
willing to make almost any sacrifices.
They have made a promise already
to furnish the new road with coal
at a perpetual price of $2 a ton, which is
much less than . the price of the coal fur
nished to the Southern Pacific, and they
have also promised to make daily ship
ments of at least 2000 tons.
There is still another route, not much
talked of as yet, however, which would
lead the road from the Walnut Creek coun
try about due southwest, up Redwood
Canyon and then by tunnels into Jack
Hays Canyon, reaching Oakland by way
of Piedmont. Ex-Mayor W. R. Davis, who
has personally gone over all these routes,
believes this to be an excellent route in.
There are many more of the business
men who are enthusiastic on the valley
road, but all are now hanging back to see
what course the directors of the road will
take. Should they decide not to have the ter
minal on this side of the bay Oakland's sub
scriptions will never turn "to the chink of
coin, but if they decide to bring the road
to tidewater within the limits of the city
all Oakland will turn out, and what is
wanted her people will give. 'T.
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