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VOLUME LXXVII.-NO. 137.
PACIFIC COAST NEWS
Chico Trustees Having
Trouble About Fire
WANT IT KEPT AT HOME.
They Threaten to Fine the
Chief if He Allows It to *
Go Out of Town.
THREE CHILDREN DROWNED.
They Had Tried to Cross Butte
Creek With a Buggy While
Going to School. I
CHICO, Cm.. April 25.— Ever since the
' refusal of the City Trustees to allow the
lire department to play upon the fire at
the Bid we!! mansion, situated outside of
the city limits last Saturday, there has
been a general howl going up from the
firemen, who claim it was a disgrace to the
city, but now the Trustees have announced
.' their intention of passing an ordinance re
quiring the Chief Engineer to give a bond
of $3000, prohibiting the apparatus from
' going outside city limits, and imposing a
fine on the Chief of from $100 to $500 for
violation of the ordinance. This is con
sidered too much, and many firemen have
announced their intention of resigning if
the ordinance is passed. It is also believed
by some it will lead to the disbandment of
the entire department, which is considered
the best volunteer in the State.
A fireman who will be elected Chief next
v'inpnth announced to-day that he would
. give no bonds, and would resign first. The
.f • :.s in general are in sympathy with
- the firemen and think the matter of going
'outside with the apparatus should be left
; to the discretion of the Chief. It is as
: :.EUming a serious aspect, and a disband
'-.'ment of the department would immedi
ately affect the insurance rates in the city,
•.which are at present comparatively low.
: SOXOMA'S FRUIT CROP.
■■.Wi' J: Hotchkiss Says the Outlook Is Good
'.. ■_'_ for Growers.
■if sHEALDSBURG, Cai... April 25.— W. J.
j.Hotchkiss, a fruit-grower and one of the
".largest fruit-handlers in the county, says
■ that the statements relative to a light fruit
'..crop in Sonoma County the coming season
.:: ..'lt is too early," said he, "to state posi
i -lively what the crop will be, but I have
Carefully observed the indications and
from what I have noticed I am convinced
.that at "the present time prospects' 1 for a
: heavy fruit crop are excellent.
"I have visited nearly every section of
Sonoma County since my return from the
• East and find considerable of last season's
'dried fruit on hand. Nearly all the
canned goods have been shipped from this
Mr. Hotchkiss has lately returned from
an extended Eastern trip and says that
while considerable dried fruit is held in
the Eastern markets and will be carried
. over the coming season no canned goods
to speak of remain unsold.
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FOISOXED XEAR ALESSAXDRO.
Suspicious Death of a Woman Being In
vestigated by the Coroner.
RIVFRSIDE, Cal., April Word was
received in this city Wednesday last that
• Mrs. Sophia Vantlander had committed
suicide at her home near Allesandro. The
Coroner held and inquest to-day and the
' evidence adduced showed that death was
caused by poison. The verdict of the jury
was that the poison was administered by
some person unknown, which indicates
that it may be a case of murder instead of
The woman was alone, with the excep
tion of two small children, when she was
: taken sick and died soon after the arrival
of the nearest neighbor. Her husband has
been absent from home more than a week.
The case is a mysterious one and the
authorities will further investigate the
WAZKED OFF THE TRAIX.
1 _t Somnambulist Receives a Broken Arm
SACRAMENTO, Cal., April 25.— an
early hour this morning J. Haynes, en
route to Portland, Or., walked off the rear
end of one of the sleeping-cars, while in a
somnambulistic state and broke his left
arm. The accident occurred three miles
north of the town of Tehama, and the
man states that even the jar of the fall and
the severe pain of the broken member
failed to arouse him, as when he recovered
his senses he found himself in night attire
walking along the track, and the last j
thing he could recall to memory was the
fact that he had disrobed and retired to
rest in the sleeping-car.
Mr. Haynes was brought to Sacramento
and conveyed to the County Hospital
where his injuries received attention.
DROWXED XEAR CHICO.
Three School Children Perish While
Fording a Swollen Stream.
CHICO, Cal., April 25.— Three children
of d. W. Warfield, two girls and one boy,
residing four miles east of Chico, were
drowned in Butte Creek this morning.
The children have been attending school in
Chico, and when crossing the stream,
which is considerably swollen by melting
snow, the buggy overturned and the occu
pants were drowned. The horse returned
home with the buggy. This was the first
intimation of the accident. Searching par
ties are out, but up to a late hour this
afternoon no trace of the bodies had been
found. The children were aged 16, 12 and 9.
f BAKERSFIEZ D SWA MP AXGEZS. \
The Men Released by Habeas Corpus and
Then Rearrested and Bailed.
BAKERSFIELD, Cal., April 25.-The
swamp angels arrested for assault to com
mit murder came Dp for hearing in the
Superior Court to-day on a writ of habeas
„™ ™ (> S I_t.1 _ t.? ,rOU, - of excessive bail
s2o,ooo. The District Attorney moved to
■J"? the cases, which was done. Later
all five were rearrested on a warrant sworn
each" * " ° oUrt and bail fixed at * 1000
T. A. Means and Alonzo Tyler, two
The San Francisco Call.
stanch sympathizers with the swamp-land
ers, are the sureties. Late to-night Judge
Fox issued a warrant for William Winter
halter, the man reported to have been
nearly killed by the swamp angels. He is
charged with assault, with intent to com
mit murder, on the person of one of the
swamp-landers. This is said to have oc
curred during the fight in which Winter
halter was hurt. Dr. Ferguson, who has
been attending Winterhalter, reports h\m
resting easily and with a fair chance for
speedy recovery. There is no doubt ru
mors of his injuries were greatly exagger
/> VEL AT 1' AI. E.
J. J). Hughes and His Son-in-Law Ex
change Shots on the Street.
PALOUSE, Wash., April There was
a duel on the street here to-day between
J. D. Hughes and his son-in-law. Raymond
IViffer. Hughes was sitting in a
chair on the sidewalk reading a paper
when Peiffer came up and kicked him, at
the same time thrusting a revolver in his
face. Hughes struck down the gun just as
the hammer fell, the bullet passing through
his neck. He jumped to his feet, tried to
seize the revolver, but Peiffer backed away
and fired another shot, the bullet entering
Hughes' side and passing out under his
shoulder-blade. Hughes then ran out in
the street and fired one shot which struck a
box in front of Peiffer. Neither of the
men will die. Peiffer is out on bail.
Hughes is in charge of a constable and
confined to his bed.
ACQUITTED AT WE A VER TIT. LE.
Convict Williams Refuses to Testify
Against His Companion in Crime.
WEAVERVILLE, Cat... April 25.-Chas.
Williams, the self-confessed murderer and
chief witness for the prosecution in the
case of Moses Williams, charged as being
an Accessory in the murder of John Hart,
near Hayfork, last fall, refused to testify
or even be sworn as a witness. He was
put on the stand three times, but remained
as dumb as an oyster. He is serving a life
term at Folsom, having previously con
fessed to the murder of John Hart and im
plicating Moses Williams as the instigator
, of the plot.
The prosecution, with the. evidence of
Charles Williams, had a clear case against
the defendant. On motion of the defend
ant's counsel the Judge instructed the jury
to render a verdict of acquittal, which
riGEOXS FROM FORTZAXD.
liretherton Says the Races mil Be Made
According to Rules.
PORTLAND, Or., April 25.— W. W.
Bretherton, a well-known pigeon-fancier
of this city, referring to the proposed race
of homing pigeons from Portland to San
Francisco, said :
I wish to state that this is a genuine
race, entered into under the rules and
regulations of the Pacific Coast Federa
tion. As for the statements as to records
made in training, I doubt if Mr. Koegnic
really put it just that way. However, as
I shall act as liberator and release the
pigeons at Portland for the race, I can
guarantee that the birds will be credited
only with what they actually do, and be
fore the race the distance will be definitely
settled by authority that will be beyond
FORT HRAGG'S SUBSIDY.
The People Raise the Xecessary Amount
for the Proposed Railroad.
FORT BRAGG, <".,.. April 25.— The
last of a series of mass-meetings was held
here last night for the purpose of raising
the necessary subsidy to secure the pro
posed construction of the Overland Pacific
Railroad to the Mount Vernon coal banks,
situated on Eel River, 6*3 miles distant. It
was a complete success in every way. The
entire amount asked for was subscribed.
There are many thousands of acres of
splendid redwoods contiguous to this pro
posed line of road. A large area of farm
ing and grazing lands will also be opened
up which may be said to embrace almost
the entire northern half of Mendocino
An Appeal at Santa Barbara.
SANTA BARBARA, Cat.., April 25.— An
appeal has been taken to the Superior
Court in the case of the People vs. August
Tischbeins, convicted before Justice Crane
of disturbance of the peace, and sentenced
to ninety days' confinement in the County
Jail. Tischbeins is the old man who, by
making a violent and forcible entrance of
old man Tennant'? house, frightened the
latter to death, and he was held on this
light charge instead of manslaughter be
cause the prosecution considered it im
possible to decide whether Tennant's death
was caused ■ by Tischbeins' forcible en
trance or after the arrest by the Con
Riverside's Orange Shipments.
RIVERSIDE, CAT., April 25.— The ship
ment of oranges to date from this city
amounts to 1175 cars, which is still some
what short of half the crop. The daily
shipments now average twenty-four cars,
when they should number ten carloads
more at least. The exchange is in receipt
of a fair supply of orders, but the branch
associations are indifferent to filling the
orders at present prices, j The supply of the
navel variety is growing short. Orders for
the seedlings are increasing with the pros
pect for ample demand within a short time.
Suicide in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., April 25.-Mrs.
Thomas R. Barrett committed suicide this
afternoon by hanging herself with a clothes
line from the rafters in the cellar of her
residence, situated at 3005 J street, in this
city. She is supposed to have been insane.
The body was discovered by her husband,
who is a boiler.maker by occupation and is
employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad
Fined at Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., April 25.-County
Game Warden Helms on Wednesday ar
rested Manuel Fells, a fisherman, for hav
ing a sturgeon in bis possession during the
close season. Fells pleaded ignorance of
the law, but he was fined $50 by Judge
Henry, which he paid.
Sentenced at Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 25.-Charles
Hoyt, the young man who forged a check
for $500 on the Ontario Bank by signing
the name of the manager of the Westmin
ster Hotel of this city, to-day pleaded
guilty and was given one year. Hoyt is
from one of the best-known wealthy fami
lies of Maryland. _
The Stockton Murder Trial.
STOCKTON, Cal., April 25.— Edith
Elder case will not go to the jury until to
morrow. Arguments were -made to-day
and the court's instructions will be deliv
ered in the morning. A verdict of acquit
tal is looked for on the first ballot. . • '• . '
SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 26, 1895.
Charges of Insanity
NO EXAMINATION MADE.
The Nobleman Becomes In
dignant and Tries to As
sault an Editor.
THROWN OUT BY THE STAFF.
He Surrenders to a Justice and
Pays the Fine With Cost
BAKERSFIELD, Cal., April 25.— Lord
Sholto Douglas' case came up this morn
ing at 10 o'clock in the Superior Court on
the charge of insanity. Few people knew
the examination was to be held so early,
hence not many were present. Attorneys
and reporters made up the greater portion.
Only five Englishmen were in the room,
and one of these was Burmester, the com
plaining witness. While the crowd was
waiting in the courtroom, one end of
which has been torn away and boarded up
with rough lumber, the sounds of the
builders' hammers came in at the open
window and through the gaping cracks
between the boards.
The work of building the courthouse
annex and repairing the old structure to
conform with the new design leaves the
building in an almost dismantled condi
tion. So many workmen are employed
that the din of the hammers was deafen
When court convened the noisier work
was stopped. Lord Douglas was brought
into court by Deputy Sheriff D. M. Pyle.
His "Lordship" wore a light gray suit,
with trousers turned up, toothpick shoes
and a wide white hat with a haramered
leather band. These, together with his
negligee shirt, made up a typical English
costume as worn by the numerous British
ers in the colony here. He took his seat
still wearing his wide hat, which he did
not remove at all while in court. He sat
with his elbow on the arm of his chair and
gently stroked his soft cheek, which is in
nocent of down. Once in a while he would
pinch his face, this being his only evidence
Soon after Douglass was brought into
court quite an array of important prisoners
came in. One of these is known as the
"German. Count," his true name being
Fhr. yon Gnnippenberg;' who is held to
answer the charge of resisting an officer.
He claims to be a blue-blooded German.
Next him sat J. EL Woodruff, who shot at
Officer Benson in Kern City some time
ago. Joe Giovonni, the Italian painter
who killed Albert Tribolet on account of
Lily John, a pretty French girl, was the
third member of the young Lord's fellow
prisoners. They, with several important
witnesses, sat together on a bench. The
young Lord sat alone at the attorneys'
desk, in company with Drs. Ferguson and
Cook, the physicians called as an examin
Promptly at 10 o'clock Judge Conklin
stepped upon the platform and took his
seat. All was expectation. No sooner had
he reached the great leather armchair than
he said, "There being no complaint
against this party, he will be discharged,"
and the famous insanity case was ended.
No other word was spoKen, and those
present opened their mouths in wonder
while his Lordship meekly left the room to
breathe the air of freedom. The wheels of
justice began to grind out other grist as
the sound of the nobleman's footsteps died
away on the stairs.
Burmester had refused to swear to the
second complaint necessary for a hearing
on insanity, so there was no foundation
for the action and the young prisoner's
dismissal followed as a matter of course.
He hurried to his hotel, then to the bank,
where he drew some money, and began a
series of hurried visits to different stores.
Be stopped Constable Seroy and asked:
"How much would it cost me to assault a
man?" Seroy answered: "Now, look
here, young man. you behave yourself like
a gentleman. If you have a case against
any one begin suit, but do no fighting."
The Lord hurried on, his thin light
trousers flapping from the force of his
energetic movements. Common mortals
stood on the corner watching and wonder
ing if he was preparing for the aforesaid
assault, for a hurried departure to other
parts or for the marriage so ruthlessly de
layed, according to the vow he made to his
About 4 o'clock this afternoon the mys
tery was solved. His Lordship was on his
muscle. He entered the Democrat office
and asked for the Chronicle reporter.
Later he went to the Californian office and
asked George P. Weeks, the editor, if the
Chronicle correspondent was employed
there. The reply was that was a profes
sional secret. He left, but soon returned.
He was seen to enter the office, and in a
remarkably brief space of time lie emerged
like a shot. After him came Mr. Weeks
and the office force, apparently bent on the
destruction of the young Lord. ; , .
A few minutes later his Lordship, some
what ruffled in appearance, entered the
office of J-ustice Fox and informed his
Honor that he had assaulted the Chronicle
correspondent— that big man with whis
kers. "I hit him three times in the face,
when four or five set on me from behind
and put me out. I desire to plead guilty."
| Constable Seroy swore to the complaint
and Douglas was fined $5 30, the exact
costs.: The Justice then read the law,
which says he could fine him for battery
any sum not exceeding $1000. or imprison
ment not exceeding six months, or both.
Douglas said: "Ah. is that. so? And I
thought $5 was the limit. I was informed
that that was the case." The joke of the
matter is that it was a Californian reporter
who told him the fine would be $5.
Mr. Weeks was seen in his office and
asked to give his version of the matter. He
said: "After his first visit, Douglas re
turned in a few. minutes, deliberately walk
ing behind the railing, came up to me, and
said, 'Are you Mr. Weeks?' 1 answered,
'I am.' 'Are you also the Chronicle re
porter?' I said -Yes.' -You have beenpui*
lishing lies about me, lies.' And then he
struck at me. We threw him over the
table and hustled him out of the house.
He did not hit me at all."
"A man standing outside, said five or six
men ran out after him."
•■Yes; that's right. The whole office
turned out to see the fun. As he left, he
turned round and said: 'Never mind, I'll
be down with my crowd in a little while
and square things.' I told him we would
fire upon the first one of his crowd that
enters the house. This is America, and we
know our rights. So we are waiting
patiently for the crowd."
Correspondents of other papers are at
present lighting shy of the English nobility.
HIS FAT HEX'S VIEW.
-Vo Objection to the Son Getting Married
, ! *. ■'.>;.. if He Desires.
NEW YORK, N. V., April 26. -A special
cable to the World from London says the
World correspondent saw the Marquis ol
Queensberry to-day with reference to the
arrest of his son in California.
The Marquis has been greatly depressed
by the reports of the other affair printed
in London, but seemed overwrought in
consequence of this latest shock. He said :
"I knew nothing of this affair until I
heard of it yesterday from America. It
came with a painful shock to me."
"Did you know," the World correspond
ent asked, "that your son, Lord Sholto,
"No, certainly not," Lord Queensberry
answered. "I knew nothing of the affair.
The cablegram was absolute news to me."
"Then you had nothing to do with hav
ing him arrested under the insanity plea?"
"Nothing whatever," the Marquis re
plied. "I never heard any one suggest
that he is insane. Apparently, the people
who got him arrested don't believe it."
"May I ask," the World correspondent
ventured," whether you disapprove of the
marriage your son seems to intend to con
"I do not disapprove of it on principle,"
Lord Queensberry said, "if that is what
you mean. lam ignorant of the circum
stances of the case, but I may tell you I
believe in permitting a man to marry the
woman of his choice regardless of any other
consideration. I think it a point upon
which perfect freedom should exist. There
are many views on the general question.
As to the particular circumstances of the
present case, I know nothing."
The correspondent . hears from other
sources that Lord Douglas, like his two
brothers, Lord Douglas of Helwick and
Viscount Drumlanrig, has been under the
control of his mother, who provided him
with money to buy the fruit ranch in Cali
SHOT DOWN NEAR DELMAR
A Tramp Assaults a Woman
and Is Killed While Re
sisting an Officer.
He Was Armed With a Knife and a
Shotgun and Tried to Use
SAN DIEGO. Cal., April 25.-At I o'clock
this afternoon Mrs. Hugh A. Fraser, an
elderly woman, who lives with her hus
band on the Loop ranch, one mile this side
of Delmar, went to that town in a state of
excitement and told a story of" a terrible
struggle for life with a man named James
Smith, a tramp, who a month ago was
given work by Mr. Fraser.
Smith made an assault on her and she
fought desperately in her efforts to repulse
him. By strategy she escaped and
hastened with all possible speed toward
Her story had scarcely been told before
Constable John Bludworth and Louis
Lamar were on their way to the ranch for
the purpose of taking Smith into custody.
Upon arriving at the place they found that
Smith had apparently left, taking a shot
gun with him. After a search of the house
Constable Bludworth went to the barn and
looked through it. He came upon Smith
sitting on a box in a stall, a big dirk in his
hand and the shotgun and a lot of loaded
shells beside him.
"When I saw Smith in the stall," said
Bludworth, "I called him by name and
said I had a warrant for him. His reply
was an oath. As he jumped toward me I
struck him with my six-shooter. He kept
coming toward me with the knife raised,
and I fired, though it did not appear to hit
him. He still seemed determined to at
tack me, when I fired again, and he fell
dead. He had not fired at .me, but evi
dently meant to cut me on the neck, strik
ing at me twice. Had I not fired the last
shot when I did he would have cut me
Smith greatly resembled Durrant, the
alleged murderer of the two young women
in San Francisco, to whom, it is asserted, he
is slightly related. During the past few days
he read everything he could lay his hands
on concerning his relative in San Fran
cisco, and seemed greatly wrought up over
the tragedy. Constable Bludworth has
not been arrested, but will come down from
Delmar voluntarily and place himself in
the custody of the Sheriff.
FUXERAZ AT SAXTA CRUZ.
The Grand Army rays Its Last Tribute
to J. J. Robb.y
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., April 25.— The
funeral of the late Thomas P. Robb oc
curred this morning under the auspices of
the Pioneers and the Grand Army. Ser
vices were held at the Episcopal church.
F. A. Hihn, for the Pioneers, delivered a
short address. The remains were taken
to the undertaking parlors, where the
Grand Army service was performed.'
The Supervisors adjourned in respect to
the memory of the deceased, and the flag
in the plaza was at half mast. The body
will be shipped to Chicago, the former
home of the deceased, for interment. The
casket was draped with the American flag
and covered with flowers. .
The pall-bearers were R. C. Kirby, H.
F. Parsons, Senator Burke, J. F. Cunning
ham, H. D. C. Barnhart and G. H. Mead.
Petaluma Wants the Encampment.
PETALUMA, Cal., April 25.— Colonel D.
B. Fairbanks of this city has called a meet
ing of the staff, field and iine officers of the
Fifth Infantry to convene in San Francisco,
Saturday evening of "this, week, to decide
when the regimental- encampment of one
week, beginning Juno 15,' shall be held."
'■'. The colonel favors Petaluma on account
of the excellent range, the advantage of
transportation and other facilities. Citi
zens of Petaluma -will -offer a cash bonus
for the encampment,
THEY SAW STOCKTON.
Many Ladies Turn Out
to Welcome Southern
DRIVEN ABOUT THE CITY,
Mayor McCall Bids the Excur
sionists Enjoy Their Hospi
BANaUET IN THE PAVILION.
All Unite In the Expression of De
sire for a Solid and Progres
STOCKTON, Cal., April 25.— A1l morn
ing the ladies of Stockton have been busy
covering every available spot in the big
Agricultural Pavilion with flowers in prep
aration for the coming of the visitors who
were expected from the south with the
Half-million Club excursion. Arrange
ments were made to meet the visitors at
the train, and about twenty surreys and
wagonettes were at the station on the ar
rival of the visitors at 2 o'clock and a dele
gation of fully fifty of the leading men and
women of the city.
The excursionists were driven to the
rooms of the Stockton Commercial Asso
ciation, where they met another delega
tion who were waiting to take them about
the city. After a brief address of welcome
by Mayor McCall the visitors were again
taken to the vehicles provided by the com
mittee and driven to points of interest
The pottery works were visited, and the
members of the excursion party expressed
much astonishment at the variety of wares
turned out by the Stockton manufactory.
The woolen-mills, the great flouring-mills
and other similar institutions were in
spected and then the natural gas wells were
visited. This evening the guests assembled
in the big pavilion where they were ban
queted by the ladies of the city. Many
prominent Stocktonians were present and
ten large tables were filled. Besides those
who sat at the banquet tables hundreds of
spectators lined the long galleries about
the hall to watch the proceedings and
listen to the speechmaking.
P.'A.Buell, president of the Stockton*
Commercial Association, acted as toast
master, and welcomed the visitors in a neat
address. He was followed by W. M.
Bunker of the Half-million Club, who
referred to Stockton as the Chicago of the
coast, and paid a glowing tribute to the
spirit of enterprise she has lately mani
fested. '*" " - ' '■'"'' '
W. C. Patterson, president of the Los An
geles Chamber of Commerce, was the next
speaker. He told of the methods adopted
by the people of Southern California to
build up that section. He, like all the
other speakers of the party, declared in
favor of a united California, and wanted no
Professor Keys of the Pasadena Board of
Trade, made an eloquent speech, in which
he declared that all sections should unite
in an unselfish endeavor to bring about the
peopling of the whole State with plenty of
M. J. Daniels, president of the Orange
growers' Bank of Riverside, declared that
nothing could be done in this regard with
out more railroads, and urged the people
of Stockton to stick to their work of aiding
the Valley road in carrying out its pro
The members of the party all declared
that the reception accorded them by the
people of Stockton was the most cordial
they had met with since leaving their
"Our idea," said one of the promoters of
the Half-million Club, "was not so much
to bring a number of people, but to bring
along the representative men of Southern
California who could tell the people of the
valley and of San Francisco how to build
up ther localities. We have secured repre
sentative men from ail the leading cities
and towns of the south and have them
The visitors left at midnight for Sacra
mento, v .-:-;' ; '■'■::
ZOS GATOS GETTIXG READY.
The Board of Trade Will Show the Vis
itors the Valley Orchards,
SAN JOSE, Cal.,- April 25.— The Los
Gatos Board of Trade has made extensive
preparations for the reception and enter
tainment of the Half-million Club excur
sion on the 20th inst.
After being shown around that city and
entertained with lunch the visitors will be
taken in carriages for a drive through the
orchards between that place and here,
when they will be turned over to the San
Jose Board of Trade.
LOS AXGELES COXTEST SUIT.
Facts Developed Show Frederick Kind
Had Two Wires.
LOS ANGELES, Gal., April 25.—
contest over the estate of Freaerick N.
Kind, who died some time ago in this city,
developed the fact to-day that he left two
widows— in this city and one in St.
Louis— neither of whom knew the other
existed. Both the widows, one son and
six lawyers are now after the estate.
Sedro ( Wash.) Fire.
TACOMA, WAsn., April 25.— Ledger
special from Sedro, Skagit County, Wash.,
says that the Sedro Hotel and Pioneer
block were burned to the ground to-day.
In these buildings were located Bingham
& Holbrook's Bank, A. E. Holland's drug
store; the Sedro Land Company's office,
the Skagit County Times and Town Coun
cil-room. Part of the hotel furniture and
baggage of the guests were saved. The loss
is about $18,000, partly covered by insur
ance. -_.w ;-.,-; . '' : J;;' r :
Sentenced in Portland.
PORTLAND, Oh., April 25.— Perry Gib
son, * formerly of Seattle, who pleaded
guilty to smuggling sixty-five 5-tael cans
of f opium, was sentenced by Judge Bell
ringer to-day to ninety days in the county
jail and to pay a fine of $500, '
Died Xear Wheatland.
WHEATLAND, Cal., April 25.— Amasa
W. Oakley, a' pioneer resident ol Yuba
County, aged 60 years, was found dead in
the public road leading to his residence
this morning.' While driving home he was
either thrown from his wagon or stricken
by apoplexy and fell to the road. De
ceased was a well-to-do and highly re
spected farmer, a member of the Knights
of Pythias, Masonic and other lodges.
JOHXS OX'S DEATH ; BLOW.
The Olympia's Recoil Machinery Said to
Have Caused It.
SAN DIEGO, Cal., April 25.— The death
of Coxswain John Johnson of the cruiser
Olympia on Wednesday morning was not
caused by the blowing out of the breech
plug of the 5-inch rifle, as at first reported,
but by the recoil of the rifle itself. The
accident was said by Johnson's comrades
to be wholly inexcusable and they laid the
fault on the ordnance inspector at Mare
Island, who was supposed to have gone
over the guns and attended to them.
The big guns are so mounted that the re
coil is taken up by mechanism similar to a
cylinder and piston-rod, the material in
side the cylinder being glycerine, which,
as the gun recoils, is forced past the piston
into the other chamber of the cylinder,
thus taking up the force of the recoil by
After the accident on the Olympia the
gun was examined and was found instead
of several gallons of glycerine in the cy
linder, as there should have been, there
was hardly a drop and it was then seen
that the whole force of the big gun struck
the unfortunate coxswain in the face,
smashing it out of semblance of human
features and killing him instantly.
The gun recoiled clear back to the bulk
heads and tore up the deck considerably.
It is probable that the matter will be in
vestigated when the vessel returns north.
She sails to-morrow afternoon.
OCCURRENCES IN SUN JOSE
Alice Blair, the Woman Who
Was Murdered, Had Con
Application Has Been Made for the
Appointment of J. K. Secord
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 25.— Coroner
Secord discovered to-day that Alice Blair,
the woman who was murdered Monday
night by Alvird' Anderson, had $1500 on
deposit in the Bank of San Jose and $575
in the Union Savings Bank. The Coroner
had her trunks opened and about $400
worth of jewelry and several hundred dol
lars' worth of personal effects were dis
covered. The woman is known to have
purchased some valuable diamonds a week
or so ago, btit they have not been found.
This afternoon W. A. Bowden filed a
petition in the Superior Court asking that
J. K. Secord be appointed administrator of
the dead woman's estate. The only known
relatives of the deceased are James Hen
nessy, a brother, and Annie Lampron, a
sister, both of whom reside in Cambridge
port, Mass. Her remains will be shipped
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 25.— Articles of
incorporation have been filed by the San
Jose Vacuum Jar and Fruit Package Com
pany, with a capital stock of $300,000, of
which $94,125 has been paid in. The
stock is divided into 4000 shares of the par
value of $75. The purpose of the corpora
tion is to deal in domestic and foreign pa
tent and patent rights for packing fruits,
vegetables, meats, etc., and to manufacture
jars, cans, boxes, etc., for packing the
same, buying and selling: real estate and
everything necessary to conduct the busi
ness pertaining thereto.
The following directors are named : H.W.
Wright, K. H. Plate, Thomas Topp, W. 11.
Wright and Max Whittlesey, all of San
Articles were also filed in the clerk's
office to-day incorporating the City Store.
The capital stock is placed at $25,000,
divided into 1000 shares. R. G. Tognazzi,
Charles J. Kennedy and J. 11. Bradley of
San Jose, T. K. Black of Los Gatos and
G. C. Stiffler of Coyote are named as di
SUIT OX A XOTE.
Ralph Low Wants to Recover Money
Loaned Charles Sainsevain.
SAN JOSE, Cm.., April 25.— Suit lias been
commenced by Ralph Lowe against Charles
M. and Lydia Sainsevain et al. to recover
on a promissory note for $0000, with inter
est at 8} _ per cent per annum since March
25, 1893. It is alleged that no part of the
note or interest has been paid except $110
interest paid September 25, 1894. The note
is secured by a mortgage on 311 acres of
land in the Higuera Rancho and plaintiff
prays that the land be sold so that the note
and interest may be paid in full, together
with costs of suit and $350 counsel fees.
Injured Xear Redwood City.
REDWOOD CITY, Cal., April 25.—
afternoon Louis Lapreye of Woodside had
a leg broken and received severe internal
injuries. He had left his four-horse team
standing in the street in front of Ben Ran
kin's lumber-yard and was in the office
talking to Mr. Rankin when the horses be
came frightened and started to run away.
Lapreye ran out and caught hold of the
lines to stop them when the horses turned
toward him and knocked him down and
the wagon ran over him.
The man was brought into town and re
ceived prompt treatment, but his condi
tion is considered critical.
W. C. T. U. Anniversary.
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 25.— San
Jose Woman's Temperance Christian
Union yesterday celebrated the fifteenth
anniversary in- the parlors of the First
Presbyterian Church. The rooms were
beautifully decorated and an interesting
programme was rendered. The union was
organized _ April 23, 1880, with a member
ship of thirty-one. Papers were read by
each of the presidents of the union, and
reports .presented covering the work for
the last fifteen years.
They Pay the Insurance,
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 25.— The suit of
Lizzie N. May against the Connecticut
Mutual Life Insurance Company for $1000
due on a policy issued to her husband,
killed while employed as a motorman, was
dismissed to-day, the company agreeing to
pay the claim.
Verdict of Suicide.
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 25.— Coroner. Se
cord held an inquest on the remains of
John Ingusetto, who died yesterday from
the effect of a dose of morphine taken with
suicidal intent Tuesday night. A verdict
was so rendered.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Residents Are Getting
Ready for the May
FORMALLY OPENS MAY 16.
For Three Full Days the Floral
Queen Will Reign at
PRIZES FOR DECORATIONS.
Miss Annie Amesbury Leads the
Race for the Post of Honor
HEALDSBURG, Cal., April 25.—
meeting of the Healdsburg Floral Asso
ciation was held in the rooms of the Chris
tianjchurch this evening, and was largely
attended by representatives of the differ
ent churches of this city and the residents
comprising the Healdsburg Floral Associa
Everything pertaining to the coming
festival and flower show is progressing
finely. The fete will be formally opened
Thursday morning, May 16, . when the
queen of the carnival will be crowned, and
from then until Saturday night the chosen
one of Healdsburg's belles will reign su
preme over the festivities. Thursday night
a floral cantata will be rendered by local
talent under the management of Mrs.
Anita de Fitch Grant. Friday will be the
red letter day of the festival. In the morn
ing a procession will traverse the city, and
it is definitely known that all Northern
Sonoma will unite in making a very credit
The business streets are to be elaborately
decorated and prizes given for the most
artistically decorated business houses, floats
and displays. In the evening a baby show
will cause the judges much study, for it is
expected that 200 babies under two years
of age will be entered in competition for
handsome prizes offered. . .
The day's pleasures will conclude with a
concert in the evening in which the Mid
winter Fair Quintet of San Francisco,
the Sotoyome band and the best local talent
will participate. On Saturday the festival
will be brought to a close, but the pro
gramme for that day has not as yet been
Already a merry war is waging between
twelve of Russian River Valley's fair
daughters. To-night Miss Annie Ames
bury leads. The other contestants are the
Misses Zoe Bates, Ethel Amesbury, Mary
Livernash, Carrie Belle Moulton, Linnie
Denio, Emma Widlund, Lena Zane, May
Raymond, Veva Haigh, Maude Sarginsson
and Florence Denio. ,
Wanted in Placer County.
NAPA, Cal., April 25.— George W.
Fraser was arrested here a few days ago
because of suspicions actions. A descrip
tion was sent out to various points. Word
has now been received from Placer County
stating that the man is wanted there for
horse-steaiing. He brought with him a
bundle of bloody clothing, which he threw
away soon after his arrival here.
Fight at Poso.
BAKERSFIELD, Cal., April 25.— Two
section crews working on the Southern
Pacific had a pitched battle at Poso yester
day while unloading freight. The crews
consisted respectively of Japanese and
Chinese. It was a repetition of the late
war. The Chinese were routed, and two
shipped to the County Hospital for re
Killed Xear Carbonado, Wash.
TACOMA. Wash., April 25. — William
Morgan, a miner at the Carbonado mines,
was struck by a Northern Pacific logging
train and killed, between Carbonado and
Wilkeson, early last evening. The whistle
was blown, but Morgan paid no attention
to it. Before the train could stop he was
struck. He was a middle-aged single man.
Sold at Tacoma.
TACOMA, Wash., April 25.— The United
States Coast and Geodetic Survey steamer
Hassler was sold here to-day at auction.
She was bought by Captain John Irving of
the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company
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Scrofula in the Neck
Makes the lives of thousand miserable.
How successful is Hood's Sarsaparilla, the
j s4___WB&_____ great blood puri-
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l^;"i; 1 *__Dy- neck. The doctor's
l *■•*• , __y^ treatment did not
7&A "*"*" _^y^_i^s_ our druggist, Mr.
K\S^ _^^^ggwS Charles Hall, told
_^^^J____^[^^__C^^ us to give him
I^^^-^^/ '^^^ Hood's Sarsapa-
rilla. We did so and the first bottle helped
him. The bunch broke open and after dis-
charging it gradually com- __
menced to heal. The next MOOQ S
year it appeared again and _ ...
we gave him another bottle 031i53p3N113
of Hood's Sarsaparilla, and
that cured the trouble. He VJtSIiZSS
was then nearly two years
old. Now -he is eight years Tlja Rlflnr]
of age. We are never with- ' UB B,tfUU
Hood's Sarsaparilla in the house. We
think there is no medicine like it."
Mas. John Luiz, Graville, Illinois.
19 the Only
True Blood Purifier
Hence it gives perfect health, steady nerve.
and a good appetite.
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