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Dunne streets, Xew York.
SATURDAY APRIL 13, 18?5
He who defends Silurians opposes pros
. Whatever is done promptly is nearly
always done well.
The Silurian has an organ, but he makes
a monkey grind it. : .:_ ;
Keep your Lenten vow to-day and to
morrow you may splurge.
There is no danger now of China Basin
being dropped and broken.
Every cobblestone taken out of the way
of progress counts a* a benefit.
The incoming of the silver sea means a
tide of prosperity for every:
A subscription to the competing road is
a good Easter offering for the State.
Make your income tax returns under pro
test and get ready to fight the iniquity.
• Judging from the way Secretary Morton
talks, he must have a cuckoo nest in his
Put yourself on record as a supporter of
the people's road -by pledging your busi
ness to it.
The surest way to revive trade is to open I
up the avenues of employment for the
The Presidio sets a worthy example to
the City in the splendid roads with which
it is provided.
You can get into the swim at present
without the danger of sinking, for the
waters are buoyant.
It is a waste of energy and time to growl
about tyranny when the way is open to
Remember to get the Scxday Call, if
you wish to enjoy a part of the leisure of
to-morrow in good reading.
The people are rapidly learning to mas
ter the monetary problems of the day in
"Coin's Financial School.":- '
Sending California flowers to Chicago
was a failure this time, but it is bound to
be a good business before long.
As long as California hesitated to fight
the monopoly she lost, but now that »he
has begun the contest she is gaining every
In promoting prosperity the cheering,
hopeful words of a penniless man axe more
valuable than the hoarded wealth of a
■ When Sari Francisco has her great festi
val on the Ist and 2d of May the whole
City will be lighted up with the fire of
The people's road is receiving enough
rights of way in the San Joaquin to make
a gridiron of the valley and broil the
monopoly on it.
The announcement tha: transcontinental
freights eastward are to be run ■_■.<! heavily
on May 1 comes as a providential aid to
the people's road.
. "Sensational" newspapers, which make
the most of disgusting criminal news,
show a criminal disregard for the force of
suggestion on youthful minds.
The only thing the Silurian will have the
•energy to do during the revival is. to raise
the price of real estate and try to keep in
vestors out ol the community.
The shrewd rogue who sees a way to es
tablish a credit by employing the income
tax law to that end will not be slow to
avail himself of the opportunity.
"An esteemed "contemporary," "a' local
morning journal" and. the like are the
amusing but thoroughly effectual forms
employed by unmanliness in journalism to
proclaim its presence.
While applauding the movement for
good roads in the country, San Francisco
is content to shake her own bones to
t pieces on unspeakable pavements made of
- So long as there are men in the East who
talk of nominating Cleveland for a third
term on a gold standard platform, it is
useless to expect the" National fool-killer
to find time to come "West.
The hardest task before the people of
California is that which confronts the men
of the fiesta cities in selecting a queen
beauty from a galaxy of beauties. Solving
the financial problem is nothing to it.
No department of the State government
has more important work "before it than
the Bureau of Highways, and while it will
have a hard road to travel for a time, the
people will gladly help to make it easier.
It is a significant fact that the demand
for better roads and the consequent crea
tion of a Bureau of Highways came from
the interior, whose residents have an in
viting field for. missionary work in San
Even the ladies of Stockton are working
bravely to secure subscriptions for the Val
ley road, and if those of Modesto and
Merced do not quickly follow this example
we are mistaken in our estimate of their
In order that all candidates for the Re
publican nomination for the Presidency in
1896 should have a fair and equal showing,
the convention should be held in San
Francisco, where there are no local prefer
ences for any particular candidate.
The Swiss-Italian Company,- maker of
famous California wines, has shown, by
its generous present of ten cases of wine
for the San Francisco festival, a pride in
California and an interest in her prosperity
that are as inspiring and wholesome as
the excellent products of its wineries.
If the mere happening of a thing, no
matter bow disgusting or demoralizing, .is
a sufficient reason for the publication of its
revolting details, we are offered a standard
of journalism which eliminates a news
paper's power for good and exalts :, its
power for harm. That is not the Call's
estimate of its responsibility nor the rule
by which* it measures its force. •
WHEff COURAGE IS NEEDED.
It is reported from Merced the people
there are anxious to serve the Valley road,
but that fear of the Southern Pacific is
restraining some of them. This is most
extraordinary and seemingly incredible
news. It is as difficult to believe that the
people are so timid as that the Southern
Pacific is so unwise.
In the days of its early enthusiasm the
Southern Pacific did seek to make and un
make towns. It left Visalia off its main
line and created Tulare, but Visalia was
not suppressed, and the company's, failure
of its purpose was acknowledged not long
ago when it removed its shops from Tu
lare. It determined to make Merced the
great city of the San Joaquin Valley south
of Btock ton, and erected there a splendid
hotel; but the hotel proved an elephant
and Fresno took the lead. Even in San
Francisco it thought to move the business
part of the City by establishing its head
quarters and freight sheds on Townsend
street, but the business part of the City
stayed and grew where it was born, in
spite of the great inconvenience which it
was made to suffer by the remoteness of
the railroad terminus, and recently the
company confessed its failure abandon
ing the great brick house and moving its
headquarters into town. It sought to
make a city of Sumner at the" expense '..of
Bakersfield, but Bakersfield 1 grew .strong
and voracious and swallowed Sumner. - . j
There are great forces which the .people
as a mass direct in spite of opposing inter
ests and efforts. The residents of Merced
have no cause to fear, for if they are united
and fearless no danger can assail them. . It
is hardly possible to believe that they are
timid now, for timidity would be their
ruin and courage their salvation. . If they
keep out the people's road they will be no
better off than at present, and if they se
cure it their prosperity is assured.
It is conceivably (though only barely so)
that overzealous friends or agents of the
Southern Pacific are anxious only that the
people of Merced shall not give substantial
aid to the people's road, for clearly all the
aid so given will place the Southern Pacific
at a disadvantage on the score of competi
tion. At the same time it will enable the
people's road to haul the products of Mer
ced cheaply, and thus' enable its producers
to make a reasonable profit. Still some of
the Southern Pacific's" magnates have large
landed and irrigation interests in the vicin
ity of Merced City, and this and other rea
sons should put every one in a frame of
mind to believe that the Southern Pacific
would not object to the increase of busi
ness settlement and land values that would
follow the people's road into Merced.
If there are any waverers in Merced (and
we shall not believe it except on the most
convincing evidence) they are "lacking in
the spirit which makes ' success in this
world possible. Such a lack would be so
contrary to the prevalent manliness ' and
independence of Californians that it can
not be accepted without stronger proof
than we have at present. We prefer to re
gard all the residents of Merced County as
having -the enterprise, independence and
clear business sense of Messrs. J. Steven
son, William N. Gray, George S. Bloss,
Henry F. Greer and James S. Peck, who,
as private land owners or their representa
tives, have offered a clear right of way for
thirty-five miles through the richest sec
tions of the county. The people of Merced
City in their collective capacity have from
these gentlemen an example which should
THE SUNDAY "CALL."
The great mass of newspaper readers de
mand of the Sunday ' paper something
more then a record of the news of the day.
They desire, in addition to the informa
tion of current events, a variety of in
structive or entertaining reading, ex
pressed with an excellence of literary ;
finish that is in itself a charm to every ;
intelligent and cultured mind. _>' i
These are the features that conspicu- •
ously mark the Sunday Call, which
render it attractive to the people and wel
come to their homes. In the issue of to
morrow, for example, will be found not
only all the news of the day, but many
articles of more than transient interest
and value. <;■
The most striking of these is a compre
hensive account by Flora Haines Loug
head of the recent startling upheaval of
the island of San Miguel. Several accounts
of this extraordinary event have been given
from time to time in telegrams, but no
complete and accurate description, by a
correspondent who actually visited the
island and gathered a full report of the
course and the effects of the upheaval, has
yet been published; the article in the Call
to-morrow, therefore, will have the value
of news as .well as that of scientific in
Another notable article will be an ac
count by the Hon. Joseph Medill of his
first interview with Lincoln. This is a
graphic sketch of an incident in the life of
the most attractive figure in American his
tory and will be sure to interest everybody.
Captain Charles King's story of "Fort
Frayne" is continued and grows in dra
matic force with each succeeding chapter.
It may interest our readers to know that
Captain King has been recently appointed
adjutant-general of Minnesota, and con-,
tinues to concern himself with the military
life he describes so well in his novels.
: There remains a host of other excellent
articles too numerous -to -mention, bnt
which the reader must not overlook. , One
of these, indeed, "Idyls of the Fields," is a
delightful sketch by a naturalist, which
will open new avenues of pleasure to those
who are able to get out in the fields in
these days and study the varied life which
goes on there: a life, some of whose most
curious phases are .depicted in the sketch.
A full day's good reading, in fact, will be
found in the Call to-morrow and no one
should miss it.
A DEMAND TOE PRUNES.
i "We had occasion a few days ago to call
attention to a citizen of Brooklyn who has
declared an intention to sue the proprietors
of a hotel in that city for not giving him
stewed prunes at his meals. We know not
what relief the law of New York affords for
a wrong of this kind, but as there 'should
certainly be some remedy for the sufferer
and some punishment for the ' wrongdoer
we commend the action of the hero, who
proposes to make the contest, put" the law
to the test and determine whether an
American citizen can be arbitrarily de
prived of the luscious prune at the whim
of a landlord.
We presume the plaintiff in the case will
base his claim for damages and redress
upon the unassailable ground that the
service of prunes is a prime duty of all
American hotels and boarding-houses. A
private family in the indulgence of whim,
folly or ignorance may exclude the prune,
but no one who keeps a public table of
any kind should be permitted to do so.
Tbe unfortunate . American who is com
pelled to board.if he sees upon the table
no prunes, hardly knows "if he is ; in his
native land. In a certain sense he is ex
patriated; by being robbed of the most
familiar table mark of his country.
The man who seeks to enforce . the . ser
vice of prunes in all hotels is, moreover, a
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1895.
sanitary benefactor of his countrymen.
No food is more healthful than th# prune.
It is soothing, strengthening, stimulating
and invigorating. It aids digestion, puri
fies the I blood, tones up the stomach,
solidifies the flesh, gives flexibility to the
muscles, improves the complexion and in
troduces something of the glow of Califor
nia into the system, i It is at once a luxury
and a necessity, a delicious food for the
poor and an exquisite ' medicine for the
rich, who need its healthful juice 3to aid
the assimilation of their highly spiced
viands. '--V'f': .':' "
In addition to the benefit to individuals,
the eating of prunes has a healthful effect
on the National life: . As the prune is grown
in California and is to be consumed in New
York, it passes through the arteries of
trade and puts into lively circulation the
money that is the life blood of business.
In this way it helps the Nation to digest
its affairs and brings all parts of the coun
try into a i vigorous co-operation. The
Brooklyn man, therefore, is a patriot as
well as a 'philanthropist and deserves the
protection of the laws of the country he ;
so faithfully serves. "
THE CLAIMS OF HUMBOLDT.
The people of Humboldt County are de
manding a railroad as a result of the Call's
suggestion that they ought- to have one.
•As the development of Humboldt's won
derful resources bears a vital relation to
the general problem of the development of
California, it is well that some of the
broader aspects of the case be considered
At the start there are clearly two things
that the people of Humboldt might profit
ably keep in mind. First, that they them
selves should at the outset do all in their
power to secure a railroad by uniting their
forces, so that either they themselves
might build a road to the bay of San Fran
cisco or raise an amount sufficient to in
duce outside aid for the enterprise ; second,
they might be wise to indulge at the be
ginning only those aspirations that pre
sent the most tangible hope of fulfillment.
That is say, while their own efforts, backed
by those of other Californians, might se
cure to them a railroad from Humboldt
Bay to San Francisco, the expenditure of
their energies on a gigantic scheme for a
transcontinental road might result in their
securing no road at all. That development
is the surest and most wholesome which
comes from the utilization of resources
available and under control.
Although the country is mountainous,
it is a fortunate circumstance that all the
streams run northerly at an acute angle to
the coast. After the middle of Mendocino
County is reached there are no transverse
I mountain ranges to cross, but generally
: easy canyons lying in the line oi traffic,
j The great barrier to the progress of the
j "Southern Pacific southwardly from Santa
j Margarita was the transverse mountain
ranges, which make railroad building ex
tremely expensive. This trouble does not
exist north of Fort Bragg, in Mendocino
Count)', and, besides, there is an unlim
ited supply of lumber for railroad pur
poses all along the route.
A few years ago the Southern Pacific
j Company was greatly exercised when the
j North Pacific Coast Railroad was pushed
' northward from Hopland to Ukiah. It
was the general impression then that the
line would be carried on to tap the splen
did redwood region lying to the north 1 : of
Ukiah, and hence the Southern Pacific
cast about for a route for its main line in
the Sacramento Valley to Humboldt Bay
via the Round Valley Indian Reservation
on Eel River in Northern Mendocino. The
concern of the Southern Pacific was aug
mented by rumors that the Great Northern
intended to run down through Southeastern
Oregon, cross the Sierra at Beckwith Pass,
and run diagonally across California to
Humboldt Bay, where there is an excellent
harbor. This scheme amounted to nothing,
the San Francisco and North Pacific road
fell into difficulties and stopped perma-
I nently at Ukiah, and the Southern Pacific
! found no further occasion either for alarm
or for a railroad into Humboldt County.
And yet such a railroad would be one of
j the most important things that could be
i done in developing the State. In all Cali
! fornia there is not just such another aggre
j gation of resources. The most important
j is the magnificent belt of redwood timber,
j which has become valuable by reason of
i its scarcity elsewhere; and a remarkable
thing about the redwood is that though it
j be cut down it will begin at once to repro
i duce itself by new shoots from the root.
j Next, there are the highly fertile valleys
scattered all through the county, covered
the year round with grass for dairy and
stock uses. Close at band are the gold
mines of the Trinity Range, which are
most inadequately worked, and which
may be regarded merely as indications
of great mineral wealth in the region.
There is every reason why Humboldt
should have a railroad, and her own pro
gressive people can easily secure one by
uniting and getting to work. '
_AIB FOE ALL.
The utter demoralization of the Demo
cratic party and the complete collapse of
Populism has rendered it as near certain
as anything in the future can be that the
Republican convention in 1886 will fix in
its platform the policy of the Government
for the succeeding four years and name
the President. .-
The greatness of the opportunity before
the Republican party charges it with a
serious responsibility and threatens it
with some dangers. The party has now
such a vast preponderance of voters and
such an overwhelming prestige in the
country that all the great conflicting in
terests in the Union will . seek to obtain its
support and win its favor. Moreover,
every great leader of the party will justly
be ambitious of the high honor of being
chosen as the head of the ticket in the
campaign and elected as the chief execu
tive of the Nation in carrjing out its great
policies. Evidences of possible conflicts
arising from these varied forces are already
at hand, and in the Eastern States from
the Missouri River to the Atlantic they are
already engaging the supporters of .Alli
son, McKinley, Reed and Clarkson in what
seems to be an active canvass for the nomi
nation. - ,
Under these circumstances, the party
managers. can hardly overlook the im
portance of holding the convention in a
city where there is no local preference for
any particular candidate, nor can they be
ignorant of the fact that the best city in
that respect is San Francisco. Hereon the
shores of the.Pacific all Republicans honor
the leaders of the party; with an equal loy
alty. To our people Ohio and Maine are
both Eastern States, and there are no local
preferences or prejudices to affect, the
choice of the favored son of either of them
as against the other. The Pacific Coast
has no candidate of her own and no de
cided . favorite among the Eastern candi
dates. Here, therefore, can be found the
fairest and most equal terms for all. Here
is ■ the one great city in the Union where
there will be no local feeling to affect the
course of ; the" great contest over the se
lection of the standard-bearer of the party.
It would be an act of absolute impartiality
between the rival candidates for the Na
tional Committee to call the convention to
San Francisco. There^could be no accusal
tion of favoring - one yat the expense of
others. All would be equally at home
here, and every thought of dissension or
animosity would be thrown away and be
lost in the infinite patriotism of the great
In sending out a special train for the
purpose _of securing subscriptions to the
shares of the San Francisco and San Joa
quin Valley Railroad, the Examiner has
displayed not only true journalistic enter
prise, but also an earnest audi intelligent
effort to assist in the great work of secur
ing a competing railroad. It : is highly
gratifying to' observe that the Examiner's
experiment is meeting with splendid
success. At Stockton the train was
given an ovation, and similar enthusiasm
will doubtless be exhibited all along the
line. But the welcome which it receives is
not wholly that which is expressed in
cheers; the people are coming forward and
subscribing freely to shares, and that is the
true test of a popular desire for the
people's road. p The Examiner is simplify
ing the work of the directors,' earning the
gratitude of the public and giving the
well-wishers of the new road an opportun
ity to show their mettle.
A curious feature of the regulations is
sued from Washington to govern collec
tions under the income tax law is that
prizes won in lotteries are taxable. It
would be just as well to tax the products
of burglaries and robberies, for lotteries, no
less than they, are outlawed, and hence
money secured through such prizes is an
unlawful acquisition. A law providing for
the confiscation of all prizes won in lot
teries would be more to the purpose.
The discovery of a practical unicycle has
, more than once been announced. Boulanger,
. formerly of Springfield but now of Boston, at
. tracted wide attention a few years ago with
his invention in this line, but that particular
| i unicycle has yet to prove practicable. Mr.
BoulanKer, however, is satisfied that he will
yet produce a wheel which will create a revolu
tion in the cycling world.
f While Boulanger has been working over his
I model, another man, Higley by name, has mr
r vented a unicycle that, in the opinion of ex
t pens, is destined to prove successful. This
• unicycle is of a far different breed from that
of Boulanger's, and has been ridden through
the streets of Boston. In comparison with the
safety of to-day, the unicycle seems large I and
unwieldy, but those who have ridden it claim
i that it is as easy of manipulation as any
» safety, says the Boston Herald of a week ago.
, An inspection shows an immense wheel of
■ aluminum, fitted with two-inch pneumatic
; tires. The spokes are of steel, but instead of
running to a small hub, they run to an inner
circumference forty-two inches in diameter.
In this inner circle is placed the seat, which
moves backward or forward, according to the
motion of the outer rim. The pedals are ar
ranged as on the Kangaroo bicycle of other
days, while the chains run around wheels at
tached to the inner circumference to the
sprocket wheel. The revolving of the two
wheels on the inner circumference creates the
friction by which the machine is propelled.
The inner circumference is perfectly smooth,
while the seat rests on ball bearings located la
the groove of the circumference.
Aluminum has been used in all parts of the
machine, but, it having cracked in the Inner
circumference through the friction, it has been
decided to try wood. There are ninety-six
j steel spokes and sixteen wooden spokes on this
machine and the number of the latter is to be
i increased in the nextunlcycles constructed.
The wheel Itself is 7 feet 3 inches In diameter,
weighs 54 pounds and can be geared as de
W. D. Wilmot, known everywhere as an ex
pert trick rider.was the first man to mount and
ride this innovation and he did it successfully
THE HIGHLEY TRICYCLE.
in the presence of a large number of spectators
in the Back Bay Fens last Thursday morning.
When turning he bent his body in theairection
he desired to go and the wheel turned as easily
as any of the low wheels.
The inventor, Mr. Higley, is a New Hamp
shire man, who has taken out some fifty pat
ents. Mr. Wilmot and his brother are having
two of the wheels built and a race between
them is among the probabilities of the near
Judge J. B. Campbell of Fresno Is In town.
Francis R. Appleton of New York Is at the
Palace. - ' '--
T. M. Lane, a mine-owner at Angels Camp, is
at the Grand.
Robert Effey, Mayor of Santa Cruz, is visit
ing in the city. vV^y-V:
■„- Lndwig Wolff of Chicago is at the Occidental
with his family.
J. F. Crank, a street railroad man of Los An
geles, is in town.
P. A. Buell came down yesterday from Stock
ton with his wife. ■ >
J. 3. Maude, a civil engineer at Riverside, is
staying at the Grand for a few days.
V Senator S. B. Elkins of West Virginia arrived
at the Palace yesterday from the East
Captain John J. Healy has arrived from
Alaska with his wife. They are guests at the
A. W. Simpson, the Stockton lumber mer
chant and capitalist, is here with his family on
a brief visit. ■■"".'"
Judge F. T. Baldwin came to the city from
Stockton yesterday with his wife and put up
at the Palace Hotel. \ "•/■
James M.Quilter, United States Marshal at
Seattle, Wash., is in the city. His deputy,
George W. Curtis, accompanies him. -'
Captain Charles A. Abbey, general inspector
of the life-saving stations, is here on a tour of
inspection. He and Captain W. C. Coulson
start out next Monday on a visit to the
life-saving stations oh the Pacific Coast.
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Bur Saturday. Closed Sundays. Townsend's.*
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Low prices for Easter eggs, Townsend's. *
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Bacon Printing Company, 503 Clay street •
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Solid Chocolate Cream Eggs, sc. Townsend's.*
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Plain mixed candies, 10c lb. Townsend's.*
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The prettiest Easter novelties ever made, at
Sanborn & Vail's, 741 Market street. : *
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There will be a : special display of Easter
bonnets and hats. Mrs. 1. E. Conner, 3tt Geary.*
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x Journals, ledgers, cash and all. other blank
books at bottom prices. ' Sanborn, Vail & Co. •
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Mixed and broken candy, 10c lb.; extra
strong hoarhound candy,lsc lb.; cream mixed
in Jap. baskets, 25c lb. ; . choicest cream : bon
bons, glace fruits and nuts, 50c lb. "Town
send's, 627, Palace Hotel building.
AROUND THE CORRIDORS.
"Here, come over, here," said John M. Dor
mer, ex-Secretary of State of Nevada, to a Call
reporter yesterday In the Lick House, "and I'll
give you a story." - . - . •
The scribe sat down with the Nevada man,
who used to be a journalist in Esmeralda
JOHN M. DORMER TALKS OF RODENTS.
[Sketched from lilt for the '.' Oall " by Nankivea.'i
County, and listened to the following pathetic
but realistic yarn:
"To begin with," said John M., "do you see
that little fellow standing over there by the
counter? Well, bis name. is Shaw, and nine
years ago he lived in Candelaria, Nev., where I
was running the True Fissure. However, to go
on, Shaw suddenly got in such a financial con
dition that it was necessary to make a clever j
turn or walk out of town. He wandered ;
around for several weeks thinking the plan j
over, and seemed to be waiting for something,
Suddenly he disappeared for a few day?, but re- !
turned looking a little bit happier. He walked
up the street and went into the grocery-stores,
feed and grain yards and all the supply-houses
on the thoroughfare, and told them that he
was sorry that it had become necessary to call
upon such gentlemen for assistance, but that
he had to have $10 a head from each store or
he would turn loose 1000 rats in the town— a
locality where rats and mice are unknown even
to this day. .--'--''- : --"«'*'• k j '\_
" 'Well,' said the merchants, 'why is it that
you want us to pay this money?'
" 'Yon see, said Shaw, 'I was down to Win
buska a few days ago and a cove what wanted
to make a haul offered to bet dat he had a tar
rier dog what could lick more rats dan any
Oder tarrier in Nevada. Of course I was onto
de game de minit I heard him speak and I sent
down to de Bay for a thousand wharf rats, big
as rabbits and wid longer tails. I gets around
dis mug and makes a bet wid *im. 1 bet'lm
dat I would get a mess of rats up in dese dig
gins dat would do a whole family of tarrier?.
Well we closes de bet and names Bishop Creek
as de place of meetin. I have got de | rats
down to de aepot now, but say. boss, what do
you tink I heard di& morning from Bishop
Creek. Well simply dis: De tarrier what was
to do de fig-Kin' took a couple of longbrefs
and kicked de can. De match is off and I have
got the rats on me hands. I am' dead strapped
and de railroad company refuses to pack de an
imals any farder. If you give me ten a piece I
goes out to-night and drowns de whole batch in
Walker Lake. Are you in on de play?' '
'Whatever may have been their intention
when Tommy began his request for the 10 a
head, every merchant in town werft down in
his pockets and handed over the desired
amount. Further than this they insisted that
Shaw get out of town with his pets at once and
not delay a moment, for. fear seme of them
would escape. After he got the money he went
down to the depot and paid the' expressage on
a box which he had ordered sent to his address
while he was out of town a few days. It con
tained nothing bnt a few old rags and a variety
of debris which Tommy had packed in to add
weight. He hired an express wagon and drove
! out of town with J his : load. The next day he
took the train for California and has never been
Judge Dennis Spencer came down from Napa
yesterday and spent the evening at the Lick
House. He declared that he has gone out of
politics and settled down to farming and prac
ticing law. "Only two days ago," said he, "I
followed the : plow on my place at Napa. I've
planted out some nice corn patches and have
the fruit trees doing quite well, and I do the
work myself. Some day, you know, I expect to
leave the plow and perform great • deeds in
shaping the nation's destiny." He said that all
Napa needs is a direct line of railroad from San
Francisco or rather Tiburon. "The Southern
Pacific .Company has ' been fighting every
movement to open -.a cans} to Napa
for; years, ' and with that opposition
Napa Is not the prosperous town it ought to be.
With a straight canal to the bay a boat could
go from here to Napa in two hours, and with a
direct line of railway branching off above San
Rafael from the Donahue road it would be only
a matter of an hour to get down from Napa.
Still, things are in pretty good shape up there
now. Within four weeks I made out deeds on
sales amounting to $50,000, all of which were
immediately around the town."
;- L. R. -Vance .of Vallejo told an interesting
story about his own life last night in the Grand
Hotel office. He said he was originally a ma
rine reporter on the Milwaukee Sentinel, then
a captain of a steamer on the lakes before the
war. enlisted in the navy, fought during
the war under Farragut and passed his ex
amination • for . promotion on; boara : the old
Hartford. ;" As ; a mark of appreciation he says
he was appointed commander of a gunboat at
Mobile. . But he still" looks ;at the Hartford's
hulk with strangely mingled feelings.
Mrs. Edwards, a very lady-like and rather
demure person, came here the other | day from
Boston. She is the sister of the late Dr. Plouff,
who was shot on Market .V street about two
weeks ago. v. 'Her visit was- intended origini
ally to be quite different from what it came to
be. Mrs. Edwards hoped to see her brother
alive and to nurse him, but now she has to
content herself with looking after his will and
his estate. She said yesterday that I she would
gladly spend all her brother's estate in prose
cuting the case against his murderer if she
thought he would be hanged. Plouf used to
be a familiar figure in the Palace Hotel office
and court, where he would appear in elegant
and costly clothes, with tremendous diamonds
in his shirt bosom and on his fingers, and in
variably with three English mastiffs, to which
he appeared to be more closely attached than
to anybody In San Francisco.
Assemblyman James H. Tibbitts, who repre
sented Amador County in the last Legislature,
is greatly pleased at the Governor signing his
bill authorizing the appointment of alternate
jurors. He explained last night how he came
to introduce the measure.
. "It all came about through the shooting of
Express Messenger Tovey by a highwayman,"
-"A man named Evans was arrested. The
jury was chosen and the trial began. First one
juror took sick and there was an adjournment.
Then another became ill and the case was
postponed further. At last, after going to an
expense of almost 52500 in cash, not counting
the time wasted, the jury was discharged, a
new jury impaneled and the trial begun over
"Under the new system, there will be two
extra jurors who will listen to the testimony.
Should one of the active jurors become in
capacitated for duty, his place will be filled
by one of the alternates, and the case be
brought to completion.
"•By the way,' added the Assemblyman,
meditatively, 'they sent that man Evans to
San Quentin for the shooting. I don't think
he's guilty, though.
"He confessed to the crime, but none of bis
statements could be verified^and he is known
to be mentally unsound. You need not be sur
prised if the real highwayman is arrested for
that murder some day.
I ."Detective Hume of Wells, Fargo & Co.
thinks as I do. He told me a short time ago
that he had received some information that
would, he thought, eventually result in putting
another man in the striped suit now worn by
Evans." " ' - -'■'■"■•
SPIRIT OF THE PRESS.
There is little doubt of an early revival of the
mining industry in California. Prospectors
will search the mountains of the State the
coming summer more systematically and more
thoroughly than has been done any previous
season. This must result in new and important
discoveries. Then, too, there are indications
of renewed activity in the working of the old
and well-known mines. Colorado pressed Cali
fornia closely last year in gold production, but
our State bids fair to make a great deal better
record this year.— Rosa Republican.
Talk up your town. Don't run it down. If
you do not like it leave it, but don't stay here
and abuse it. As long as you choose to reside
here you are a component part of the place,
and are very foolish to seek your own dispar
agement. Talk up your town, write and speak
in its praise, and show yourself worthy of your
home and your friends.— Free Press.
Capital punishment for train robbery should
be incorporated into the laws of every State in
the Union. It is as much a crime as piracy
and on the same level as robbery by banditti,
and deserves the same prompt punishment as
is meted out to those who engage in either of
the last-named, nefarious callings.— Diego
Union.' - V.i\-.-. \;-.-- -
Marriage by contract is a thing of the past in
California, and hereafter the man and the
woman who would enter wedlock must marry
in the face of the world. Such a law ten years
ago would have done much to check the black
mail that has swept over the State like a tidal
wave.—Pasadena News. .:'?,.
From tbe way in which Spain treats Cuba
that island must be in doubt whether the
former is the mother country, the stepmother
country or the foster-mother country.— Salt
Ex-Secretary Whitney appears to be the only
prominent Democrat whose blood is the kind
that boils when the American flag is fired
Let other countries go to war and well-furn
ish the supplies for both rides. That is the
only use the United States has for war.—Han
ford Journal. ,-:>-.;>. v-
Already there has been more slaughtering in
the insurance war than in the Japanese and
Chinese affair.— Oakland Enquirer.
PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT.
One of the most interesting figures in the
stately procession in the Vatican during the
present celebration of the anniversary of the
the Pope's coronation was young Prince Co
lonna. He walked close by the Papal chair on
which the Pontiff was carried by his eight
sturdy bearers, and he wore the decoration
which the Pope had conferred on him the pre
vious day. Dressed in black, tall and hand
some and haughty, he was in effective con
trast to the pale Pope in white.
Mgr. Satolli has- been annoyed of late by re
ports from various parts of the country as to
an alleged monk who goes about representing
himself as' a close confidant of the delegate.
This has been sufficient to secure the impostor
extended hospitalities as the guest of prelates
throughout the country.
Henry Herrick, who was the eldest living
graduate of Yale, has just died at North Wood
stock, Conn. He was 92 years old, was gradu
ated in the class of 1822 and was a Congrega
tional minister. Despite his old age he retained
his faculties until a short time before his
Dr. Herman Grote, one of the greatest numis
matic authorities in the world, died the other
day in Hanover, aged 93. He was for many
years an active journalist, having been editor
of the Hanoverian Landleaves. He was the
founder. of the Historical Society of Lower
The important assertion is made in an Eng
lish newspaper that the Duke of Hamilton is
the finest judge of claret in the world. ,
SUPPOSED TO BE HUMOROUS.
When a man is In love he sometimes gets his
symptoms mixed up with that tired feeling.—
When the weather forecaster predicts a cold
wave that doesn't come it may be referred to as
a signal failure.— Philadelphia Record.
Pipkin— l want money, and I want it bad.
Potts— you'll have to . get it from a
i counterfeiter.— Smith, Gray <& Co.'s Monthly.
There is a growing belief that New York's
common-law marriages do not make adequate
provisions for the step-husband.— Chicago
: Dispatch. . • . '-- . ■,
Straggler— Your father, being a seaman,
could box the compass pretty well when away
from home? *
Boy— No better- he could box me when .he
was at home, I guess.— Boston Courier.
Mrs. Wiggles— did Mr. Waggles say
when he proposed to you?
Mrs. Waggles— Do you know, we both of us
tried to remember that the very next day, and
neither of us could.— Somerville Journal. '
Old Bach— you were going to get married
again what day of the month would yon select?
Ben E. Dick— The 30th of February.
Old Bach— But there isn't any 30th of Febru
Ben E. Dick— the reason Td select it—
Manager— are only a dozen people in
Modern prima donna— l'll go on and sing. It
isn't worth while to disappoint such a small
Now is the time to see that your blood is pure, In
order that you may avoid serious disease later on.
Make sure of health by taking Hood's Sarsaparilla,
the great blood purifier.
An. danger of dunking impure water is avoided
by adding 20 drops of Dr. Seigert's Angostura Bit
ters. '■ :' j :. r :-f*
•Baows'sßßONCHiA-.TBocHßS"are an effect
ual remedy for all Bronchial Affections.
"A vigorous growth and th» original color given
to the hair by Paskxb's Hair Balsam. r
Hixdercorj-s, the best cure for corns, 15 cent*.
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EFFECTS OF LOTTERIES.
The Pastor of the New Jerusa
lem Church Writes a Let
ter to the Point.
Misery That" the • Efforts to Get
Money by Chance Has
The following interesting letter from one
of the ministers of this city shows the in
terest that the Call's movement to sup
press lotteries and lottery advertisements
has awakened: and lottery advertisements
April 11, 1895.
To the Editor San Francisco CaII—DEXS. Sib:
Permit me to express to you ray thanks for the
n ?tL e s i and you have taken in the suppression
TL-us e^ etails of such corrupting news aa the
Ude-Queensberry scandal and also on the lot
I regard the lottery as one of the most de
_sSfi? l A t , utloD ' i in the country, for reasons
_Vl!£.i' ' m -P resentl y state. And I wish to
?*L ," th £ out »et that all raffles and other deal-
in chance which Private persons, and even
_££■• re rt _ at times for raising money
™™ ?£_?_! le , ss than in cipient lotteries, which
£™. the wa 7 _£ Peonage of the larger con
cerns. And . what that means I bale wit
«t«t_ Vt i F 2 r <?° ye *7 * waa a resident of the
State of Louisiana and saw the workings of the
then existent "Louisiana State Lottery'"at clo"d
. range. I will pass over its terribly corrupting
influeuce upon politics, municipal, State and
even nations , to speak only of its effects uiyon
some of its patrons. .
Besides its great semi-annual and monthly
"drawings" advertised to the world, it held
smaller drawings, which, if I mistake not, were
daily and only locally patronized. And so
popular did these become that there wera
thousands of people whose sole ambition it
was to earn or heg the two bits necessary to
buy one of the tickets for those daily drawings.
Many a mother even, with children dependent
upon her, would procure a lottery-ticket with
the money that ought to have purchased food
for her little ones.
Thus, with the temptation constantly before
them, the growth of the habit of purchasing
lottery tickets was like the growth of the opium
or liquor habit, the greater the number of
tickets purchased the stronger became the im
pulse to buy more, for the victim felt a con
stantly increasing desire to get back what had
been lost. Each failure to win a prize only
made him flatter himself that he must cer
tainly win some time, and then the adroit pub
lication of the lucky ticket-holder's name made
him believe that his chance for the next prize
was just as good as any other person's. And
so, without stopping to reflect that to his one
chance of winning, there were twenty thou
sand or . more chances against winning, he
would purchase another ticket. The demoral
izing effect upon the community was some
thing terrible. In the constant hope of getting
something for nothing or a great deal for very
little, those patrons of the lottery lost all inter
est in their respective employments and trades.
They were continually . expecting to draw the
coveted prize, which would make them inde
pendent. Those able to buy the tickets for the
large monthly or semi-monthly drawings
would often incur large debts. One instance
of the many will suffice. A physician boueht
a lot of very fine furniture, stating that at a
certain time he was to receive a large sum of
money which would then be due him. The
only foundation on which he based his pledge
to pay was the lottery ticket he had in his
pocket, as was proven later.
The career of what may be termed the
lottery-ticket fiend who had become addicted
to the habit was demonstrated in Louisiana to
be marked by three steps or degrees. First
came the borrowing of money to buy tickets,
expecting of course to pay back out of the to
be-acquired fortune. Secondly, no longer able
to borrow, he begs for a nickel here and a dime
there with which to buy a ticket. And lastly,
when begging has ceased to yield the requisite
amount tor tickets and sustenance, he turns to
pilfering to get it. ...
One needed but to look into the wildly glar
ing eyes and haggard expectant faces of the
groups of men and women gathered around
the places of the daily drawings to be con
vinced of the soul-blighting effect of that fas
cinating evil. ££-."; \t-*:
From what has been said I believe it will ap
pear that the man or woman who purchases
lottery tickets is unwittingly being drawn into
a maelstrom whose tendency is toward the
prison or the gallows or a wretched life of -
shame. I say the tendency is thither, and
those who purchase lottery tickets who do not
reach those destinations will have parted with
something of their manhood and womanhood
in their dishonest ambition to get somethliig
ior nothing. - y *
y. And now, Mr. Editor, if it is not going beyond
bounds, let me add that having seen to vividly S
the blighting influence upon character of the
untrammeled lottery in Louisiana, I canno*
regard it in any other light than as an enemy,
albeit unconsciously, to society and an accom
plice in the outrage and crime committed by
lotteries against manhood and morals every
newspaper that publishes the advertisements
of lotteries or smuggles in among its news
columns reports of drawings and the winning
numbers and the names of successful ticket- •
holders. They are cunningly devised to cap
tivate those poor unfortunates (who are also
numerous) who believe that fortune has singled
them out for its favorites.
I rejoice that the law of the land prohibits
papers with such lottery advertisements from
being circulated by means of the mail or ex
press companies. But unforrunatelv we have
no law in our State which prevents their being
printed and circulated by the private carriers.
Would therefore that every moral citizen of
San Francisco might become a law unto him
self and refuse to take any paper— now that we
have one which does not do it— that brings in to
his home the gold-bought columns of allure
ments held out by lottery companies, the ten
dency of which is to undermine the integrity
and uprightness of his sons and daughter*.
Let me also add that the Call and its editor,
having taken the initiative in cleaner journal
ism, are deserving of the moral support and
patronage of every upright resident of the city
and State. Very truly yours.
Minister of the First New Jerusalem Church.
To believe a French writer, there are no
fewer than 4000 women caught every year
in stealing during shopping expeditions, a
habit euphoniously styled kleptomania
The number of titled ladies seized with
this strange malady while examining- the
fashions in Paris, he tells us, is almost in
Among the most recent culprits were a
Russian Princess, a French Countess, an
English Duchess and the daughter of a
reigning sovereign. As a rule, these more
distinguished offenders are let off on the
payment of a round sum for the relief of
the poor, and when the shoplifter is known
to be rich the sum exacted rises to as much
as 10,000 francs. The police authorities
consent to this sort of condonation.— New
York Commercial Advertiser. . '£ :'• v>
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