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THE RAW SUPERVISORS
Rough Politics at the
City Hall by the
GOOD OFFICERS DEPOSED.
Their Places Filled by Men
Who Are Incompetent
THE MAYOR'S VETO DEFEATED.
The San Joaquin Road Petitions for
Right of Way Into the
The ax of the solid eight of the Board of
Supervisors was swung yesterday, and
eeven official heads fell in the basket. The
movement was switt and effective, and the
meeting of the municipal fathers adjourned
amidst confusion. There was a good deal
of excitement, some serious accusations of
the corrupt use of power thrown out and
an exchange of caustic insinuations be
tween the rival factions after the members
had vacated the chamber.
The question of removals came up on a
motion of Supervisor King, seconded by
Supervisor Wagner, and provided for the
dismissal, after May 1, of certain muni
cipal employes and the appointment of
It was known that a nefarious combina
tion had been made and that some re
movals were in contemplation, but it was
scarcely believed that the hardy politicians
of the solid eight would go to the extent of
displacing first-class officials for the pur
pose of giving positions to men who were
"incompetent, or worse.
The first change provided for in the reso
lution was that John B. Enos, the capable
rand vigilant Prosecuting Attorney of Po
lice Court No. 1 should be deposed, and
that (/hades A. Forbes should be ap-
Lpointed his successor. Mr. Enoa was at
■one time Labor Commissioner, and
made co excellent a reputation that
all who have held office since
that time have been compared to him,
ithose interested wishing that his equal
might again appear in that office. In
every public trust held by Mr. Kuos he
iias discharged his duties faithfully, yet in
defiance of the civil service spirit of the
age, and the ethics of decent politics. Mr.
Enos was turned down to make way for a
favorite of the solid eight.
E. H. Wakeman. who has served the
city and county well as prosecuting attor
ney in Police Court 3, had to give way to
one Edmund P. Moean, who boards at
Supervisor King's hotel.
No cause for complaint was found
against J. H. Roberts, prosecuting attor
ney of Police Court 4, yet without a pre
text or cause Mr. Roberts was dismissed.
William H. Madden was appointed to the
These were the three most important
changes made ay the solid eight in their
blind effort to bring disgrace upon the
public service of the city. Other changes
■were made as follows: M. H. Dugan, head
janitor new City Hall, successor George L.
Murdoch; A. J. Sadler, janitor Auditor's
and Treasurer's offices, successor Joseph
Fitzpatrick: J. A. Sullivan, night watch
man new City Hall, successor Herman
Kihn ; J. M. Dolan, driver police patrol
wagon, snecessor P. Stevens.
"I should like to know the reason for
these removals," said Supervisor Hobbs,
pale with indignation, "as no charge for
Incompetenoy or otherwise has been
brought against tnese employes. As chair
man of the Building Committee I think I
should be consulted as to the removal of
my clerk. It is evidently a combination
of the three Democrats with five Republi
cans against a helpless minority."
"1 call the gentleman's attention to
the fact,"' said Supervisor Dimond, "that
I am a Democrat and propose to vote
against the resolution."
■'The gentleman from the First," cried
Hobbs, siiaking his finger at King, "is a
Democrat, though he was elected on the
The solid eight evidently did not intend
to treat their colleagues in a decent or
proper manner, and so rushed their scheme
to a conclusion.
The cry of "question" was raised by
Wagner, with others in the chorus, and
the vote was taken with the following re
Ayes — King, Benjamin, Hirsch, Hughes,
Dunker, Hi rgenstem, Wr.pner.
Noes— Dimond, Taylor, Spreckels, Hobbs.
Supervisor Scully excused himself from
voting, though he has always stood with
the solid eight.
As the roll was being called and as the
personnel of the detestable "solid eight"
was disclosed, some one started a ripple of
derisive handclapping, and it spread
throughout the meeting chamber, the peo
ple in the lobby scoffing audibly at such
action by such pothouse politicians and
The San Francisco and San Joaquin Val
ley Railway Company, by Claus Spreckels,
president, and Alexander Mackie, t-ecre
tary, sent the following communication
asking for a right of way through the city
as outlined :
Beginning on the northeast side of Fourth
Btreet, opposite the junction of Fourth and Illi
nois, thence across Fourth, along Illinois to
the eouthwesi side of First avenue south, for
merly known as Honduras Street, P street
south, formerly known as St. John, from the
southwest si'ie of First avenue to the north
line of Twelfth avenue south; thence in a gen
eral southerly direction across Twelfth avenue
south, Thirteenth avenue south, Parn.is-us
avenue, Latonia street and Thornton avenue to
Railroad avenue opposite the center line of
Twenty-first avenue south; thence along Rail
road avenue to the north line of Twenty-sixth
avenue south; thence in a general southerly
direction under Thirty-sixth avenue south,
Thirty-seventh avenue south. Thirty-eighth
avenue south, Thirty-ninth avenue south, .1
street to the east line of J street; thence along
Evatt street to the county line, with the rights
to lay, keep and maintain a single or double
tracks of standard width thereon, and to ope
rate thereon a railroad propelled by steam,
electricity or other motive power for the trans
portation of freight and passengers for the
term of fifty years from date.
This communication was referred to the
Committee on Streets.
The reasons of the Mayor for vetoing
the Church-street franchise were given in
the following communication:
Gentlemen— On February 14, 1895, the Mar
ket-street Railway Company filed its applica
tion for a street-railway franchise along Church
street, commencing at Sixteenth street, at its
intersection with Church street, thence run
ning along Church street to Ridley street, and
along Ridley street to Fillmore street.
The petition was accompanied by a draft of
the proposed franchise.
On March 23, 1895, your honorable board
considered such petition, and, in accordance
with the Legislative act of March 23, 1893, re
eolved to offer the privilege sought for therein
for sale at public auction.
Thereupon a notice was published in the San
Francisco Daily Report, setting Monday, 3:30
T. M., April 15, 1895, for the reception of bids
in open session of your honorable board.
At the date and place last named the petition
was finally considered by the board, and order
2858 was passed, therein accepting the bid of
the applicant and granting the franchise to it
This last order (2858) is now before me for
dy approval'as Mayor, according to the con
Id ibis respect section 68 of tnat act, being
our fundamental law, declares in substance as
follows: Every ordinance or resolution of the
Hoard ot Supervisors providing for "the grant
ing of any privilege" shall, after Its introduc
tion be published for five (5) days and
after its passage "shall, before it takes
effect, be presented to the president
of the board for his approval. If
he approves, lie shall sign it; if not, he shall,
within ten (10) days, return it to the board
with his objections in writing."
On April 17th lnst. a request was made by
me to Hon. John A. Russell. clerk of this board,
for a copy of said order 2858.
Thereafter complying with my request he
has forwarded me a copy of the same.
This order thus sent me on its face purports
to grant a privilege over certain public streets
in this city to a corporation.
It therefore becomes a subject for the cog
nizance of the Mayor and his approval is essen
tial to its validity.
The Legislative act of March 23, 1893, is
merely a mandate of the law commanding that
franchises shall be sold instead of being sub
ject to the mere caprice of the granting au
There is nothing in its language or in its
spirit to take away from the Mayor his power
or responsibility over the disposition of munic
Hence, as all these proceedings have occurred
while I presided pver the board and are within
my knowledge, and as the law imposes on me
the duty of action in relation to this order, the
same has been duly considered and my assent
thereto is withheld.
The municipality on October 3, 1893, passed
order 9340. deflating the conditions "on
which railroad franchises may be granted in
These conditions are set out in ten sections,
which are supposed to contain all things neces
sary to be observed and complied with on the
one hand by the grantors oi the franchise, and
on the other by the parties in whose favor the
grant is made.
Section 1 of order »240 specifies the fran
chise to exist for a definite number of years,
l>ut the franchise under consideration states
that the term shall run coequal with the terms
of some franchise owned by the Market-street
Section 2 provides that the road may be
operated by various means, but that, prior to
electricity being used, the consent of the Board
of Supervisors shall first be obtained. Order
2858 (the present franchise) quotes sections of
the general law about constructing and repair
ing tracks, and which are more clearly set
forth in sections 3 and 6, but leaves out as of
no importance the portion of section 2 above
Section 3 of order 9240 defines the methods
of operating roads according to various means
of propulsion; it specifies that for cable roads
the width of the slot shall be three-fourths of
an inch, and refers again to that portion of
section 2 giving the Board of Supervisors au
thority, after the granting of the franchise, to
erect poles along the route.
This part is ignored and omitted in section 3
of this franchise and the width of the slot is in
creased to seven-eighths of an inch.
Section 8 of order 9240 specifies that the
rights conveyed are (first) subjecA to the gen
eral laws now in force, or such other laws and
regulations as may hereafter be made; (sec
ond) that yearly statements shall be made and
2 per cent'of the gross receipts shall be paid to
the credit of the Street Department fund;
(third) that $40,000 must be expended within
one year on construction, etc., after the pas
sage'of the order; (fourth) and the construc
tion of the road ne completed within three
years from and after the passage of the order,
the cars to be run at specified intervals, also
specifying the liability of the company for sub
sequent street improvements. This "franchise
or order 2858 ignores items 1, 2, 3 and 4, a:id
quotes a portion of the general laws regarding
paving, etc., between the tracks, unless other
wise ordered by the Board of Supervisors.
Section 5 of order 9240 authorizes the au
thorities to pave or sewer, but so as not to ob
struct the free passage of the cars. Omitted In
Section 6" of order 9240 says it shall not be
lawful to run cars at more than eight miles per
hour. Section 6of this franchise says nothing
about rate of speed, but requires the" company
to file a promise to permit mail-carriers to ride
Section 7 specifies the rate of tax per car.
Not mentioned in this franchise.
Section 8 says work to be commenced within
one year from passage of order, and tr> be com
pleted within eighteen months thereafter.
This franchise is silent on this point.
Section 9 requires that bonds be filed to
guarantee the carrying out of the terms of the
franchise. This franchise exacts no bonds.
Section 10 requires materials neeensry in
the construction of the road to be of California
manufacture, but this franchise is silent on
It is shown above, this franchise, as granted,
does either not embrace the conditions re
quired by law, or does contain them in an
Before the passage of this franchise the
agents of the Market-street company had forci
bly seized the blocks embraced within the
grant and, through its agents, in the midnight
hour, tore up the pavement and commenced
laying its track until stopped by the author
The burglar who enters your house at night
and abstracts your property cannot escape
punishment by"cominp into court and offering
to pay for the stolen property, nor should a cor
poration which has committed grand Larceny
be permitted to come before the Board of Bu
pervison and offer to pay for a privilege which
it had unlawfully appropriated beforehand.
The street should first have been restored to
its original condition, and then, if a fran
chise was asked, it should, under these circum
stances, have been refused, or if granted at all
should have contained all the legal restrictions
set forth in order 9240; but under no circum
stances should a franchise have passed ver
batim as submitted by J. L. Willcutt, secretary
of the Market-street" Railway Company, and
enclosed in his letter to the board dated Febru
ary 14, 1895, and drawn up by the shrewd law
yers of the law department of the Southern Pa
cific of Kentucky, leaving out nearly all the re
strictions imposed by law and by the regula
tions of your Honorable board.
For the above reasons, I, as president of this
board, object to order 2858 and hereby veto
Adolph Sutro, Mayor.
Taylor moved that the veto take the
regular course, and Wagner moved an
amendment to have it placed on file.
Taylor explained that it was unusual to
place vetoes on file. Wagner insisted on
his amendment, which was carried by a
vote of eight to four.
Relative to the action of the last Legisla
ture in repealing the revenue law of 1873-74
providing for the collection of taxes for
city and county purposes between the sec
ond Monday of July and the first Monday
of August, extending the time of collect
ing taxes to the first Monday in October,
thus precluding the possibility of pay
ing municipal Indebtedness for the
first four * months of the fiscal
year, as heretofore, City and County
Attorney Creswell wrote to the effect
that the new act, dated March 28,
1595, unmistakably repealed the old one,
and the law must be enforced and obeyed.
He held that if any derangement of the
municipal finances should result from this
action of the Legislature the responsibility
must rest with the lawmakers. The As
sessor had commenced making assess
ments of personal property under the act
of 1873-74 prior to its repeal. According to
the old law the expenses of the government
of the city for the first few months of the
fiscal year were paid as they accrued from
the taxes collected from July to August.
The communication was referred to the
City and County Attorney Creswell gave
an elaborate opinion on the much-dis
cussed water question in answer to ques
tions propounded by the Water Committee.
After the reading of the opinion, which is
appended in condensed form, it was re
ferred to the committee now struggling
with the water rate :
Question— Has the Boord of Supervisors the
power to provide lor and create a water fund
for the sole and only purpose of paying de
mands for water supplied tor municipal pnr
Answer— The power to gather revenues and
divide them into separate funds was granted
by the consolidation act and acts amendatory
thereof and supplemental thereto. These nets
name the funds that shall be created and how
the money in etfch shall be used. A water
fund or a hydrant fund is not one of the funds
created by these act*. The Board of Supervis
ors can only do what these acts give it the
right to do. The right to create such a fund
not having been given no power exists for the
creation ol such a fund.
Question— What is the effect of section 6 of
the act of March 7, 1881, wherein it provides
for the establishment of equal and uniform
water rates, and in that connection whether or
not the provision of section 10 of Resolution
No. 10,049 (third series Municipal Reports
1893-94, appendix, page 111) wherein a sliding
scale of water rates is fixed, based on the
amount of water used, is equal and uniform,
also whether under section 1, article XIV, of
the constitution of this State the iboard has
the power to fix water rates without regard to
the provisions of section (5 of said act as afore
Answer— The effect of section 6 of the act ot
March 7, 1881, is to prevent consumers of
water being charged different rates. Section
10 of Resolution Ko. 10,049 provides an equal
and uniform water rate. Rates are equal and
uniform when every one using the samo quan
tity of water under like conditions is charged
the game. The constitutions of most of the
States require that taxation shall be equal and
uniform. It has always been held that this
provision "does not inhibit the Legislature
from, nor deprive it of, dividing the objects of.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1895.
taxation into classes, but only commands it to
impose the same burden upon all in the same
class. (Case of City and County of Sacramento
vs. Charles Crocker, 16 Cal., 123.)
The objection cannot now b« urged that
meter rates and house rates, when different,
are not fixed as the constitution requires is
because the Supreme Court in the case of the
Spring Valley Water Works vs. the City and
County of San Francisco, decided in 1890, held
that the rates might be different in such cases.
Section 6 of the act of 1881 is constitutional.
The Supreme Court decided that "water rates
must be fixed by the Board of Supervisors pur
suant to the premises of the act of 1881."
The Finance Committee presented an
elaborate report on the condition of the
finances of the city, and requesting the
City and County Attorney to petition the
Supreme Court for relief. * This action was
based on the declaration of the contractors
furnishing the city with supplies and ma
terial, to the effectthat they will cease fur
nishing the same after April 30 unless pro
vision is made for their payment. The
opinion of the City and County Attorney
relative to the decisions of the Supreme
Court, to the effect that all liabilities in
curred and required to support the govern
ment must be met by the revenue pro
vided for that year, and that all expendi
tures in excess thereof are illegal and can
not be paid out of the funds of any suc
ceeding year, was recited at great length.
Continuing, the report said:
There will be a deficiency of about $350,000,
of which $140,000 Is for "salaries carried for
ward from the preceding fiscal year, the sal
aries for June of that year being paid out of
the revenues for the year. The deficiency
proper for this year will aggregate in addition
about $210,000. This, with the deficiency of
$210,000 of former veers will make a grand to
tal of about $500,000, all of which, with the
exception of salaries of $140,000 noted, and
expense of the board of election commissioners
fur the last two preceding elections of $207,
--000, are for material and supplies required for
the conduct and maintenance of the public in
Our merchants, annoyed and subjected to
great loss and Inconvenience, have determined
that the municipality shall not be maintained
by their goods, wares' and merchandise unless
their demands for the same are recognized as
valid claims against the city and county and
are therefore compelled, as they are expected
to know the law and condition of the treasury,
to refuse to furnish any supplies after the 30th
day of this month.
The report concluded by urging the
necessity of immediate action, and a reso
lution was adopted to the effect that it is
the duty of the ooard to take all means in
its power to prevent such an unfortunate
condition, imperiling the maintenance of
our government; also that the City and
County Attorney be requested to take such
proceedings as may be required to bring
about a speedy decision as to whether de
mands for material can be allowed and
payment, provided for in the levy of the
succeeding year; also to represent to the
Supreme Court the necessity of obtaining a
decision in the matter on or before April
30, as after that date no supplies will be
The following petitions were referred to
the Committee on Streets:
Property-owners on Broderick street pro
tested against the grading of that thor
ouehfare, between Union and Filbert and
Filbert and Greenwich streets, and prop
erty-owners on View avenue, between
Twenty-first and Elizabeth streets, pro
tested against the remacadamizing of the
avenue. Property-owners on Cherry street,
between Washington and Jackson, peti
tioned for sewer connections, and L. Andre
called attention to the dangerous condi
tion of Stockton street, between Post and
Sutter. A petition from property-owners
on O'Farrell street, between Scott and
Devisadero, protested against the manner
in which the Market-street Railway Com
pany laid its rails on this street. Baldwin
& Hammond tendered a deed from the
Crocker Estate Company to the city and
county for certain property on Beulah
street, to be dedicated for the purposes of
public thoroughfares; other petitions re
ferred to the regrading of Leayenworth
street; release of contract for paving Brod
erick street, between Post and Gearv ; re
moval of a house that obstructs tvnch
street, between Leaven worth and Hyde.
A resolution wa6 adopted whereby the
Mayor as ex-officio president of the board
was relieved of the labor of certifying by
his signature as each bill passed by the
board the fact of the passage so that the
Auditor and Treasurer may be advised of
its passage be repealed.
Supervisoi Hirsch introduced a new ordi
nance to regulate the speed of streetcars
during certain hours on certain streets.
It provided that no street railroad
car shall be propelled on Califor
nia street between Kearny and Mar
ket ; Clay street, between East and
Kearnv; Howard street, between Seventh
and tfast; Jackson street, between East
and Montgomery; Kearny street, betwn-n
Market and North and East streets; Mis
sion street, between Seventh and East;
Montgomery avenue, between Union and
Montgomery streets; Polk street, between
Post and California; Post street, between
Dnpont and Market- Sacramento street,
between Kearny and Market; Sutter street,
between Dupont and Market; Third,
between Market and Folsom ; Washington
street, between Montgomery and East; at
a higher rate of speed than six miles an
hour, between 4 o'clock and 7 o'clock p. m. •
also that all franchises hereafter granted
must come under this law. The penalty for
violation of the order is a fine of not ex
ceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceed
ing three months.
The resolution was referred to the Health
and Police Committee.
A resolution was introduced by Super
visor Dimond in regard to the order, which
requires all street railroad companies to
adopt and place a buffer or appliance to
dummies of street railroad cars to prevent
loss of life, as provided in order 2072 of the
board. Under this order it is provided that
no streetcars should be operated unless
each car with dummy attached be
provided with a suitable buffer to remove
obstacles from the track. The guards now
in use were approved by the Health and
Mr. Dimond's resolution called for a re
consideration of the order, as the buffers
so adopted have not been effective; also
that the attention of the railroad company
be called to the provision of the order, and
that they be required within thirty days to
file with the board a photograph or plan and
description of the buffer proposed to be
used, which will be required to push and
pull any person or obstruction on the track
on one side thereof, and on approval by
the board of the buffer to put the same
into use within sixty days.
A resolution was introduced by Super
visor Spreckels that Adolph Sutro be
granted permission to use wooden poles
and wires on California street from Central
avenue and Williamson street for the Sutro
electric railroad to the ocean beach. In
the original franchise it was stipulated
that iron poles should be used, but upon
purchasing the ones that had been erected
by the Market-street Railway Company
Mr. Sutro wanted permission to use them.
The resolution was adopted.
Bids were owned for the printing of the
delidquent tax lists. There were three
bidders— the Bulletin, Post and Report.
The bid of the Bulletin was 13 2-5 cents,
the Post 10 cents and the Report 13 cents.
The matter was referred to the Printing
When the bituminous-rock ordinance,
in which it was represented there was a
"job" in behalf of the Southern Pa
cific Company, and the passage of the
same over the Mayor's veto, came up, Su
pervisor Hobbs moved that it be passed.
Supervisor Hughes thought the order
was not properly drawn and he was of the
opinion that the Mayor had made some
sensible suggestions which would bear
There was a slight misunderstanding as
to Mr. Hobbs' motion at first, and an ex
planation had to be made as to how the
vote should be cast.
After matters had been explained a vote
was taken, with the result that the veto
was sustained. The "solid eight" recog
nized the fact that they lacked a vote, and
so fell in line gracefully.
The Market-street Railway Company in
vited the Board of Supervisors to examine
the new wire guard for street railroad cars
which would be on exhibition to-day.
Colonel G. H. Mendell presented a de
mand for the payment of his services as a
member of the board to devise and provide
a system of sewerage for the city.
There is no baking powder which pro
duces such sweet and tasteful food as the
Royal Baking Powder.
SHE IS NOT MRS. FORSYTH.
The Young Woman Found at
San Jose Was Mrs. M. H.
SHE IS NOW IN THIS CITY.
G. W. Forsyth Sticks to the Belief
That His Wife Was
Mrs. G. W. Forsyth, the young woman
who mysteriously disappeared recently,
has not been found either in San Jose or
Watsonville, as variously reported. She is
still missing, and her husband still sticks
to his belief that she is held down by rocks
or some other obstruction beneath the
The woman, who was taken for Mrs. For
syth in Watsonville and in the Garden
City proved to be quite a different person —
a Mrs. M. H. Moore, who lives at 118}^
Ellis street, in this city. Mrs. Moore went
down to Santa Cruz County on some pri
vate business and suddenly became the
victim of most extraordinary circum
stances. Telegrams flashed all around
her, all the country folk heard
of her —as Mrs. Forsyth, of course —
and everywhere she went she was
an object of curiosity. Sheriffs and
constables were at her heels with all kinds
of scrutinizing glances, and after such an
experience she was glad to be home again
"I was angry at first, but it made me
mad," said she, "the way I was annoyed.
When I went into one town and left my
horse at the barn the hotel proprietor
came to me with a serious face.
" 'They want you,' he said, shaking his
•'Then he told me that I was Mrs. For
syth and had run away from my husband.
I said my name was not Forsyth, but
Moore, and told him there must be a mis
take. But the whole town was out to see
me— men, women and children. There
was a telegram before me in Wat
sonville. It read, 'Arrest her re
gardless of expense.' I registered
my right name at the hotels, but the
sheriff, or constable, or whoever he was,
would insist that I was Mrs. Forsyth. The
story was started that I was looking for my
runaway husband and he asked me about
it. I told them my husband died in St.
Louis two years ago and I was a widow,
but he was not satisfied. One time I was
Mrs. Forsyth, running away from her
husband, and the next thing i was search
ing for my contract husband. I came back
to the city and the first thing I did was to
call on Mr. Forsyth.
"He told me he did not send the tele
fram to arrest me at Watsonville and
new nothing of what had taken place to
annoy me so much."
The missing woman is not 21 years of
age, while Mrs. Moore says she is 28.
There is a slight resemblance in their
faces, though the full face of Mrs. Forsyth,
which did not happen to be photographed
for the country om'crrs, bears no resem
blance to that of Mrs. Moore.
G. W. Forsyth, the disconsolate hus
band, was only too glad last night to be
able to state that it was not his wife who
had been found in the country, for he still
places absolute faith in her loyalty to him,
and it was a great relief to know that she
had not run away.
"I am convinced that my wife ie
drowned, and is caught somewhere by the
rocks or spikes of some lumber in the wa
ter. I traveled all along the main shore
looking for her body, and searched the
Golden Gate and ocean beach. The light
house-keeper told me she could not wash
out to sea, and might be found on the
"She was not a member of Emmanuel
Church, and I don't think she was evei there.
She attended the First Baptist church on
Eddy street probably a dozen times, but
was not a member of the congregation.
My wife was a Methodist and used to go
to Mr. Filben's church on California street.
I don't expect to ever see her alive. I'm
sure she is dead."
A WORLD OF DECEPTION
Manufacturing Sham Reputa
tions for Skill in Flood
Dummy Trout, Deer and Panther
'for Men Who Draw the
In the rear of a blacksmith's shop on
Pacific street, above Dupont, a peculiar
business is carried on. The casual visitor
who penetrates this dingy retreat is con
fronted with a carpenter's bench, a turner's
lathe and a shelf stocked with paintpots.
The occupation of the tenant of this pe
culiar den seems a blending of studio and
curiosity-shop. But it is a business man
who runs it, and one who makes his living
by the weaknesses and vanities of hu-
He is a tall, venerable-looking person,
long haired, and wears a little woolen cap
perched on the top of his head. He is a
native of Birmingham, and served his time
as an apprentice to a bogus ancient armor
factory in that city of shams. There is a
humorous twinkle in his deeply set eyes,
and a cunning, mysterious smile visits the
thin lips, as if the man knew lots of stories
about other people which he could tell if
be chose and which would make them
"This is my busy time," said the an
cient. "The hshing* season keeps me hard
at work. You don't see any rods or creels
or implements of that nature about here,
of course not. Yet lam an angler of an
glers, and have made more reputations
than the sporting reporters who publish
with unhesitating faith anything the fish
erman tells him.
Now, the visitor, looking very naturally
incredulous at this statement, the ancient
pursued his discourse:
"You see every Saturday the pictures of
fishermen with monstrous fish hanging up
beside them, or clusters on the ground,
or hanging from their wagon, that is to
'make assurance doubly sure.' You see. I
am a reader of Shakespeare, and bring the
camera's evidence to those oral declara
tions about phenomenal catches, which the
public are loath to believe. Doubting
f homases will be confronted by these pic
tures, and the angler will say, 'Go to, go
to ; dost thou not see the sun itself corrobo
rates my anecdotes of success in brook and
lake?' and so this nefarious mendacity
prospers. Now take a peep at my stock in
This odd character then threw open a
closet, furnished with a most astonishing
collection. There were trout of all sizes
roughly hewn in wood, then covered with
paper, which was painted to imitate the
scales of the fish.
"Just pose here," continued this strange
being, "and. let me hang a couple of dozen
of these sham trout by your side. Now
imagine yourself in fishing costume, with
a rod in your hand, and then tell me if any
of your friends who beheld a photograph
made of you with those details, could deny
your right to the title of a fish killer who
might give St. Peter himself odds and beat
him out at the close of a day's angling.
"Do people really condescend to these
low ana base artifices to win fame as won
derful anglers? Do they, eh? Well, it is
a blessed thing they do, or else this old.
man would have a hard time of it getting
along in the world. It grows on 'em, too.
Fishermen who were content at first with
an ordinary string of trout, now want their
dummies as big as I can make 'em."
"Surely, you did not land that mon
ster!" says a friend who has seen the pic
ture. "Oh, slick jaw, what a fisherman
you must be!"
"What better proof do you want than
the picture?" says the other fellow, and
then when the famous angler appears 'on
'change' he is treated and cigared by
those who want to know what fly he used,
and all the thrilling history of this re
"As soon as the fishing season is on the
wane the deer season comes in. I have a
fine trade in this line, and keep in stock
everything from a spiked buck to a stag of
ten. Hunter leaning on the slaughtered
deer, hunter packing a slaughtered deer
to his house, hunter in the act of skinning
slaughtered deer— it is all the same to me :
I can pose 'em with a selection from what
I call my deer park, and I defy any one to
tell the deception. Pshaw, talk about the
newspaper men making reputations! I
have ouilt up more hunters and anglers
than any sporting reporter that ever lived.
I have got this basement full of deer, and
will have them all brushed up and painted
fresh by July 4.
"You observe this block of wood I am
working on now. That's not going to be
a deer. No, sirre; something greater and
grander than that. I will tell you a secret.
There is a young clerk in an English in
surance office who writes home to his
friends in Kent about the wild beast that
are found in the suburbs of San Francisco.
That piece of wood, sir, is going to be a
panther, and that young gentleman, clad
in buckskins, is going to pose with that
panther, brought down by his trusty rifle,
lying at his feet. It will send a shudder
through that quiet English home; and
maw and paw and all Harry's sisters, and
cousins and aunts will write to him to be
careful of himself and keep far away from
the jungles of Bernal Heights. If his salary
is raised next May, which is doubtful, I
may have an order for a grizzly bear; but
panthers in efligy come expensive and I
am inclined to think he'll rest some time
on that. Come round and see me when
you want to get your picture in the paper
with anything dead beside you — from a
brook trout to a lion," and the old cynic
grinned satanically as he turned to add
more crimson to the gills of a colossal
COMEDIES IN GERMAN
Clever Presentation by Univer-
sity of California
Members of the German Literary
and Dramatic Club as Ama-
Union square hall was tastefully decor
ated last evening with the yellow and blue
of the University of California and over the
stage was strune in letters of gold the
words, "German Students." The occasion
for this was the fourth annual entertain
ment by the German Literary and Dra
matic Club of the University.
There were present to witness the per
formance the relatives and many friends
of the members of the club besides a large
number of classmates.
After the overture Professor Putzker,
who has charge of the German class at the
University, numbering over three hundred,
was presented to the audience and in a
happy speech said that studies occupy near
ly all the time of the students and that their
time is taken up with serious subjects, but
somehow the twenty-five mem bers of the
dramatic club found time to study a play
or two to present for the gratification of
their friends. This, he said, was a splen did
method for the students to familiarize
themselves with conversational German,
and the members of the club had, in
their rehearsals, acquitted themselves so
well that they deserved to have their names
printed in letters of gold on the pro
The members of the club are the Misses
Cook, KuhJs, Knerr, Kreuz, Kalman,
Mehhnan, Henriei Michaelitschke, Parker,
E. Sanderson, C. Sanderson, Wilson, Wil
liams and Mrs. Dr. Miner.
Messrs. A. H. Allen, Baun, J. S. Drew,
W. J. Drew, Girzikowsky, Hus, Larsen,
Perry, Keinhart, Kosenthal and Wharff.
The curtain rose for the presentation of a
German comedy entitled "A Criminal's
Accomplice," a lively comedy with bright,
spicy dialogue and rapid action. It is the
story of Froelich (A. H. Allen), a pen
sioned registrar, who, with Minna (Miss
Mehlman), his wife, occupied rooms in a
quiet neighborhood. Charlotte (Miss L.
Parker), the wife of a tailor, and as talka
tive as a fishwife, pays a visit to Minna,
and she no sooner leaves than Froelich en
ters and finds himself in trouble about his
pension. His wife leaves him to go to
market, and during her absence an un
known man ( J. S. Drew) rushes in and asks
for protection from the police. He is se
creted, and after a time allowed to make
his escape, but in bo doing drops a pocket
book, which Froelich picks up to prevent
Lorenz the tailor (Mr. Hus) from gaining
possession of it. Froelich believes that
lie by this act is the accomplice of a crimi
nal, and his life is a torment. Herman, a
magistrate (A. H. Allen), visits the house
to present Froelich a medal for having
(rescued a child, but the self-accused ac
complice escapes through a window. There
is, however, a happy termination. The Un
known turns out to be a lover who was
escaping from the wrath of an angry
father. Everything is explained and Froe
lich secures his medal.
Miss L. Parker, who is an American and
in the freshman class, had a most difficult
part on account of the rapidity with which
she was forced to deliver her lines, but
while her intonation is marked with a
American accent, she manifested a won
derful command of the foreign tongue.
Her acting, for an amateur, was remark
ably good. The other characters were
well sustained and the players showed that
they had devoted much attention to char
acter, lines and situations. Their effort to
please was loudly applauded.
This was followed by another comedy
entitled "The Announcement of the En
gagement of ," written by Ernst 'Wich
The following was the cast:
Frau yon (irumbach Miss A. Krpnz
Malulne, her daughter Miss K. Sauderson
Franz yon Orumbaeb, her nephew W. F* Larsen
Adelaide Hoppstengel, governess
M lss C. Sanderson
Andreas Langehaus.an inspector, l'".. E. Uirzlkowsky
Gretchen, servant Miss I* Reddington
This, as amusing as the first one, should
have been presented on a larger stage as
for want of room the participants were un
able to display their ability to act. Still,
as a whole, it was very creditably rendered
and there was in this also evidence of care
ful study. These participants were also
loudly applauded, and by none more so
than by Professor Putzker. who, after the
fall of the curtain, expressed himself as
very proud of the success scored by his
Calling a clerk a "dark" is ordinarily
reckoned an English affectation in this
country, but here is the new Standard dic
tionary giving no less than twenty-one em
inent American authorities "for pro
nouncing it that way, and among these
are the names of "Wendell Phillips and
George William Curtis, who were gener
ally regarded as having been masters of
correct English as it should be spoken by
Thb cook should examine carefully the
label of the baking powder and see that sho
is not imposed upon. If the grocer sends
anything but the Royal send it back, as
one cook did five times until she got the
Royal. The only safe way is for the cook
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the Royal is not only the finest but the
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OPEN FIGHT ALL AROUND
Ship-Owners Take an Active
Hand in the Sailors'
OPPOSITION TO THE UNION.
Pope & Talbot and Mighell to Join
Issues With the Asso
The strike of the Sailors' Union is nearly
at an end, and if it is not concluded
Bhortly it will not be the fault of the ship
owners. A movement was begun yester
day by the shipowners, totally irrespective
of the association, which promises to bring
the conflict to a crisis. It may be, too,
that the movement bodes no good for the
Shipowners' Association as it is, and there
will probably be a change in that organi
zation within a very few days.
The American ship Sterling, bound for
Philadelphia, obtained a crew last Friday
and all arrangements were completed for
the sailing of the vessel yesterday. The
crew had signed regularly enough, but
when it came to going to sea the sailors
thought that they could escape the duties
of a voyage and still hold the advance of
$15 a man. The men, under the guid
ance of the counsels of the union,
claimed that the vessel was going
on a coasting voyage, inasmuch as
she was going to make a stop on the
Sound. They further held that as they
had been paid an advance of $15 each the
owners of the vessel had violated the ship
ping laws of Uncle Sam, and therefore they
were not only entitled to come ashore, but
were also entitled to damages from the
The Sterling's owners took the matter to
the United States District Attorney, who
telegraphed to Attorney-General Olney.
Yesterday afternoon a dispatch was re
ceived from Olney saying that the trip of
the Sterling was a continuous one, and
that the advance was perfectly legitimate.
But the crew had deserted and there was
no way of getting them back.
Two firms have held out from joining
the association. They are Pope & Talbot
and Mighell & Burdrow. They handle
more sailors than all the shipping firms
put together outside of Goodall, Perkins
& Co., and their action means much to the
Sailors' Union and to the Shipowners'
Association. It was rumored yesterday
that both had put all their ships into the
association. There was an "if, however,
in the contract, and that "if" was John
Cane, the shipping agent— the man who
shot the union sailor on Friday night.
Pope & Talbot have been among the
greatest friends the union has had~ but
the last act of Secretary Furuseth did not
suit the firm and from the inception of the
strike they have hired non-union men
through the agency of Cane.
Mighell has had Cane in his employ
since the strike of two years ago, and Cane
has always found men for his ships.
While Mr. Mighell is a director of the
Shipowners' Association, he has only one
ship in the organization, and he is the
managing owner of at least a dozen. If he
and Pope and Talbot go into the associa
tion, it will mean an addition of at least
$300 a month to the dues of the organiza
tion. They will only go in on the condi
tion of Cane supplying their vessels with
men, and this means a change in the per
sonnel of the office. The Shipowners' As
sociation, through its directors, has not
yet acceded to the demand, but it is said
that the two firms will come very near
carrying their point.
PEEEMPTOEY OEDEE ASKED.
Heirs of John T. Hope Want T. "W.
Moore to Make an Accounting.
Application was made yesterday to
Judge Coffey for a peremptory order com
manding Thomas W. Moore to appear in
court and render an accounting of moneys
collected by him belonging to the estate of
John T. Hope.
The case is peculiar in the fact that
Moore owns a five-sixth interest in a piece
of property at the southeast corner of
Gough and o' Parrel 1 streets, valued at
$40,000. It is a dwelling-house at present
occupied by Hans H. Kohler, and the
the statement is made to the court that
Moore has been collecting the rent from
the tenant and withholding the portion
due the Hope heirs. Moore nas stated he
had only rented his portion, five-sixths,
of the property, and that the balance was
Under the advice of the attorneys in the
case the Hope heirs sent two colored
janitors and an employe of a Chinese
laundry to the house with orders to make
that their place of abode. The three went
to the house, but Moore refused to allow
them to enter, and stated the entire
premises had been rented to Mr. Kohler.
In addition to that, Moore has stated
that the moneys collected from the
property have been paid out by him for
street work and repairs on the building.
Suits have been entered against the one
sixth interest of the Hope estate for street
work and painting of the building.
On these grounds they ask that Mr.
Moore be compelled to make an account
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be delinquent April 29, 1895, at 6 p. X., after which,
5 per cent will be added.
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Tuesday, April 28d, POSITIVELY last day for
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:'-f- : . " Tax Collector.
San Francisco, April 15, 1895.
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