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VOLUME LXXTII.-NO. 138.
ALONG THE COAST
An Attempt to Lynch
Two Murderers at
SPIRITED FROM PRISON.
When the Mob Enters the
It Finds the Cell
ACaUITTAL OF EDITH ELDER'
The Stockton Woman Found Not
Guilty of Murder— Arrival of an
, WEAVERVILLE, Cal., April 26.—
attempt Was made at 12 o'clock last night
•to •■ lynch Charles Williams and Moses
' Williams. : The former is serving a life
'... .term." in Folsom and. was brought back to
... testify in the Hart murder case. The latter
.'.: was yesterday acquitted of the murder of
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;•' ". '•• Charles Williams confessed to the crime
and implicated Moses Williams in the
murder at his preliminary examination,
and pleaded guilty at his trial before the
Superior Court. When put on the witness
stand to testify against Moses Williams he
refused to say a word about the case,
and instructions were given the jury to
ecquit the defendant, Moses Williams,
The. people became incensed, and a mob
was. organized. Two ropes were taken
from a neighboring butcher-shop and the
mob went to the jail, but when they en
tered and made their way to the cell
where the Williamses were confined they
found them gone. After a vain search the
• Night Watchman Field had received an
inkling of the proposed lynching, and told
Sheriff Bergin, and the two officers quietly
stole to the jail, unlocked tne cells and
took the two men out. Young Williams
was lifted over the fence and taken up the
creek hack of town, where for several
hours he was guarded by the Sheriff and
the watchman. Moses Williams, who in
fear had preferred to stay in the jail, was
told to get out and hide himself. He did
so, and passed, out through the mob, not
Both men are badly frightened. The
mob was a. determined one, and but for the
inkling given the Sheriff there would have
been two unsightly objects hanging in front
of the Courthouse this morning,
The crime for which Moses Williams has
just 'been acquitted was a fiendish one.
Last -S'Orefnber John Hart, an old man, j
was enticed from his home near Hay Fork ;
by a young man named Charles Williams,
18 years of age, under the pretense of help
ing Williams carry in a deer he said he had
killed. While on an old trail in a secluded
spot Williams shot Hart in the back with a
rifle and left him for dead. Hart regained
consciousness, and, with great difficulty,
crawled back to his home, where he in-
formed the household of the circumstances
of the shooting. Hart lived only a few
hours and young Williams was promptly
- During his imprisonment Williams was
greatly troubled and spoke of seeing the
ghost of ol _ John Hart, which he said was
with him always. The officers finally pre
vailed upon him to make a confession, and
he told the story of the killing in a cold
blooded and braggadocio manner. He
implicated Moses Williams, who is no rela
tion of the young man, as being the insti
gator of the plot. Moses Williams is about
70 years of age, and young Williams said
that the elder Williams had entered into
an agreement with him to kill Hart, he
to receive some hogs, a young colt
and $100 for doing it. It was also
stipulated that a young woman with
whom Hart was living was also to be killed.
After shooting Hart young Williams re
turned to Hart's house for the purpose of
killing the girl, but, as he said afterward,
she looked so innocent that his heart failed
him and he dropped his rifle.
Charles Williams pleaded guilty, ' and
only his youth saved him from the death
penalty. He was sentenced to life im-
prisonment at Folsom. The elder Wil-
liams was arrested at his home and
charged with being an accomplice in the
murder of Hart. The two old men were
neighbors and there had been ill feeling
between them over the right to a mining
claim, which was the cause of the murder.
SAFE IS FORT AT SEATTLE.
Arrival of a Schooner Which Had Been
.:.*.-'•, :'■'.'. Given Up as Lost.
. SEATTLE, Wash., April 26.— The little
fishing schooner Francina, which was given
up as lost, arrived in port to-day, and Cap
tain Olsen, her master, tells a remarkable
story of hardships and perils through
which he and his crew of three men safely
The vessel, which is but fifteen tons
"burthen, left Astoria on March 25, and a
few days after, when off the mouth of the
Colombia, was struck by a gale of great
■violence, and had hard work to keep
' afloat. When it moderated the captain,
'.■who was without charts or other appli
ances for navigating, did not know where
he was. For eighteen days he was lost and
..virtually allowed the vessel to drift. The
.provisions ran low.
. ' Finally the Alcedo was sighted and came
to the relief of the distressed mariners.
The- Alcedo furnished a chart, gave what
-provisions could be spared, gave the cap
tain his bearings, and so the Francina
LEAGUERS AT LOS GATOS.
Annual Session of Epworth Societies of
San Francisco District.
..SAX JOSE, Tat... April 23.— The fifth an
nual session of the Epworth League of the
San Francisco district opened in Los Gatos
yesterday, President W. S. Hovard presid
ing. Over 200 delegates are in attendance.
At noon a banquet was tendered the dele
gates by the ladies of the M. E. church.
The afternoon session was opened with de
votional services by W.D.Hammond of
San Francisco. Rev. H. F. Brig*, deliv
ered an address of welcome, which was re
sponded to on behalf of the delegates by
Bey. Dr. ('amine of San Jose.
* ; The evening cession opened with a street
The San Francisco Call.
meeting, after which services were con
ducted in the church. Rev. W. S. Bovard
presiding. The session was given up to
devotional exercises, in which John Coyle,
D.D., and Rev. W. W. Case of San Fran-
Cisco took prominent parts.
The session to-day opened with a sun
rise prayer-meeting, led by Rev. F. R. Ba
ker of San Francisco. A general discus
sion was had under the head of "Mercy
and Help." YV. W. Hammon of San Fran
cisco read a paper on "The Spirit Depart
ment" and CW. Coyle delivered an ad
dress on "Our Literature."
At the afternoon session Miss Lottie
Manser of San Jose read a paper on "The
Social Department." Dr. Beard of the
University of the Pacific delivered an ad
dress on "How Can the League Help the
University?" ,' ; . ! i?2
This evening the convention adjourned.
RAJS THROUGHOUT THE STATE*
A Jiotvnpour Thai Will Greatly Jienefit
UKIAH, Cal., April 26.— Rain began
falling here at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
Up to 6 p. m. .27 of an inch had fallen.
The rain came just at the right time and
will be of great benefit to growing crops.
Fruit, hay and grain look well and the
crop of cereals is above the average.
HOLLISTER, Cal., April 2G.-It com
menced raining at 5 o'clock this afternoon
and the prospects are good for an all-night
downpour. The rain came just in time, as
crops in some parts of the county were
commencing to suffer. Now the crop pros
pects are excellent.
NAPA, Cal., April 26.— A much-needed
rain fell here, this afternoon, beginning at
3 o'clock and continuing until 5. It is still
threatening and more rain will probably
fall. General farm crops will be much
SUED HI A ERESSO WOMAS.
An Action Brought to Recover Money Due
on an Insurance I'olicy.
FRESNO, Cal., April 26.— action to
recover $5000 has been begun by Mrs.
Frank P. Wickersham against the Equit
able Assurance Company of New York.
Mrs. Wickersham was formerly the wife
of Ezekiel Hall, once Sheriff of Fresno
County. About a year ago she discovered
that her first husband, who died six years
ago, had taken out an insurance policy a
few months before his death, and had paid
up the first dues. The policy, Mrs. Wick
ersham alleges, was kept by the local agent
of the insurance company, and for five
years she was ignorant of its existence. By
some chance she learned that her first hus
band, who had not told her that he had
insured his life, had taken out the policy,
and now she has brought suit to collect it.
ZOST SEAR POLLASKT.
A Millionaire Rancher's Thrilling Ex-
perienee in the Eoothills,
FRESNO, Cal., April 26.— W. If. Bielen
berg, the Pollasky millionaire, whose disap
pearance created such a furor, has turned
up alive, though unwell. Last night he
arrived at his ranch near Pollasky, in an
exhausted condition, having been wander
ing among the foothills since Wednesday.
Bielenberg had lost his way while walk
ing from town to the ranch, and for two
days had eaten nothing and slept on the
bare ground. Searching parties have been
scouring the country and had come to the
conclusion that he had met with foul play.
It was considered probable that the million
aire, who carried a large sum of money,
had fallen into the hands of Cliff Ryan,
the notorious outlaw, who is terrorizing
settlers along the San Joaquin. Friends
are rejoicing over his safe return.
ACQUITTED AT STOCKTOS.
Verdict of the Jury in the Edith Elder
STOCKTON, Cal., April 26.— Edith
Elder, the young woman who shot Frank
Quinn last November, was to-day acquitted
of the charge of murder. The jury had
been out only five minutes when it reached
The defense was that the defendant was
temporarily insane when she fired the
fatal shot. The deceased, she testified,
had wrecked her life under the promise of
marriage, and when he refused to keep his
promise she became suddenly insane and
shot him. After killing him she turned
the weapon u*>on herself, inflicting an ugly
wound in her chest.
LOS ASGELES TRAGEDY.
Charles Stanley Attempts to Shoot His
Wife and Then Kills Himself.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 26.-Charles
Stanley, a cook in the Geneva Restaurant,
attempted to murder his wife this morning
and then committed suicide. Tne couple
had been married two months. The wife,
who was a Miss Bessie Bradley, the daugh
ter of well-to-do people of Fresno, refused
to live with him because he could not sup
port her properly and has been leading a
rather rapid life for the last few weeks.
This morning Stanley found her in com
pany with another young woman at the
Albemarle House and shot her and then
himself. Mrs. Stanley was not badly in
B AS JOSE CRUSADE.
Organization of a Society for the Sup
pression ofthe Saloon.
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 26.—Representa
tives of religious, temperance and benevo
lent societies met to-night at Y. M. C. A.
Hall and effected the preliminary organi
zation of a society for the suppression of
the saloon. A permanent organization
will be effected Tuesday evening. A com
mittee on constitution was appointed. It
consists of T. C. McChesney, H. Melville
Tenney and C. M. Avers.
Applies for Letters of Administration.
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 26.— Public Ad
ministrator Secord has applied for letters
of administration in the estate of John
Glassford Perry. In the petition it is set
forth that Perry is dead, but that the date
and place of death is unicnown. The
estate consists of a legacy from the estate
of Mary Saph, who died in this county in
1890, and consists of cash amounting to
$2224. The only known heir of Perry is
his sister, Claire If. Perry, who resides at
Papakon, Hilo, Hawaiian Islands. '
Goes to the Reform School.
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 26.— Guy, Silcox,
a 17-year-old boy, whose home is at Los
Gatos, was to-day committed to the Whit
tier Reform School by Judge Reynolds.
Of late the boy has become unmanageable,
and about a month ago his father had a
charge of burglary placed against him, so
that he might be sent to Whittier.
Committed to Agnews.
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 25. — Patrick
O'Rourke, a baker employed at Santa
Clara College, was examined on a charge '
of insanity before Judge Reynolds to-day j
and wm committed to Agacws. .- J
SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 27, 1895.
FETED AT OROVILLE.
Visiting Odd Fellows
Engage in a Monster
NEW HOME DEDICATED.
Imposing Services Conducted
by the Grand Officers
REVELRY IN OTHER CITIES.
Members of the Order Throughout
the State Observe the Seventy-
OROVILLE, Cal., April 26.— Early yes
terday afternoon visiting Odd Fellows and
their friends commenced arriving from all
parts of Butte. Sierra and Plumas coun
ties in conveyances of every description to
attend the anniversary celebration to-day.
By 6 o'clock every available room was
taken, and cots were placed in hallways
THE ODD FELLOWS' HOME.
and wherever it was possible to secure
room. - '
A large delegation, including the grand
officers, arrived from San Francisco " and
vicinity at midnight. Although tired from
their journey,- they were aroused at an
early hour this morning by several bands
of music and the officers of the day, who
were anxious to see their wants supplied.
At 9 o'clock Lodge No. 59 of Oroville, ac
companied by all the different lodges of
this vicinity and several hundred citizens,
headed by a band, repaired to the depot
to escort the 1500 Odd Fellows and citizens
who arrived on special trains from Sacra
mento and Redding to town and assign the
Odd Fellows to the different headquarters,
which had previously been arranged for
them. '.'■ *:J ■-"/-'
The business places and residences were
handsomely decorated with bunting and
flowers, and hundreds of cedar trees were
brought over thirty miles to assist in put
ting the city in gala attire.
At 11:30 a. m. different lodges and civic
organizations began preparations for the
line of march, and by noon the procession
started down Montgomery street to Third
avenue, thence to Bird street, counter
marching on Montgomery street in front
of the United States Hotel, thence back to.
Courthouse square, where a stand had
been erected for literary . exercises, and
where the seating capacity provided was not
enough for more than ont-quarter of the
people present. In the procession there
were over 700 Odd Fellows. The floral
float was a mass of flowers, and the fair
goddess, • Miss Mamie McGee, was sur
rounded by twelve charming little girls,
who strewed flowers under the wheels.
"Pomona," represented by Miss Caddie
Bachelder, was seated in a chair ot oranges
and surrounded by children bedecked with
flowers and fruits. ' All looked charming.
The Forty-nine float, made under the di
rection of Colonel Frank McLaughlin,
representing mining in the early days and
at the present time, was well gotten up,
and Colonel McLaughlin received many
The exercises at the square were com
menced with an opening ode. Major A.
F. Jones delivered an address of welcome,
speaking briefly as follows.
"No words from a citizen of this town
can express the sense of appreciation and
gratitude that we feel toward the Odd
Fellows of California. It is seldom that a
town like Oroville, sidetracked among the
foothills of the Sierras, has a blessing such
as you have bestowed upon us, and we
trust that our future acts will show our
appreciation of the/gift. We certainly will
do our utmost to guard, -cherish and pro
tect this home that has been given into
our keeping. y .1' «<-;.:
"I did not think Oroville would ever see
such a day. Nothing like this has ever
happened before, and I doubt if we will
ever again see such an assemblage of dis
tinguished citizens of California. We can
only promise to do our utmost to cherish
this choice gift and thank the men who
have for years labored to establish this
crowning feature of Odd Fellowship." /..
Hon. C. N. Fox delivered an eloquent
speech, which was heartily cheered. An
original poem by George 11. Stout was well
delivered and received considerable praise.
Music and singing concluded the exercises.
After dinner all the conveyances possi
ble were put to use in conveying the people
to the Odd Fellows' Home at Thermalito,
where the dedicatory ceremonies were to
occur under ' the supervision of • Grand
Master J. H. Simpson, assisted by the
oflicers of the Grand Lodge, I. O. 0. F., of
California. The grand marshals and her
alds appeared before the assembly and the
grand marshal said: V' -*X ."v -/
"Grand master, is it your will and pleas
ure that the ceremony of dedicating this
home to, the purposes of Odd Fellowship
do now proceed?" . . . ;.
The grand master replied "Such is my
will and pleasure." ' ■'■;"',
After a few remarks on the appropriate
ness of the occasion and the sacredness of
the order they proceeded with the cere
monies of the order.
The day was cloudy, hut rain did not fall
until late in the afternoon after the greater
portion of the programme had been ren
dered. Several games of amusement were
introduced during the latter part of the
afternoon. The two fire companies had a
hose race, distance 100 yards, unreeling 100
feet of hose and making connection in 47
seconds, Company 1 . winning. Every
thing passed off without a break and the
whole concluded with a grand ball.
Fully 4000 visitors attended this celebra
tion, which will go down in history as the
grandest event that has ever occurred in
AT BAJSTA ASA.
Odd Fellows of Southern California
Observe the Anniversary.
SANTA ANA, Cal., April 26.— T0-day
Santa Ana has been in holiday attire,, the
occasion being the celebration of the
seventy -sixth anniversary of the order of
Odd Fellows by the lodges in Southern
California south of the Tehachapi. Special
trains over all the railroads this morn
ing brought in large numbers of members
of the order, those from Los Angeles,
Riverside and Orange being accompanied
At 1:30 p. m. a procession was formed,
and with the music of bands and the
sounding of trumpets the march was taken
up. Such a parade has never before been
witnessed in this city. The visitors with
their regalia were followed by a line of
carriages fully half a mile long, in which
were the enthusiastic Rebekahs, upon
whom the Odd Fellows depend so much in
a celebration like that of to-day.
In the opera-house, following the pro
cession, General W.S. Frost and Rev. Wil
liam. A. Knighton, both of. Los Angeles,
addressed the largest audience ever assem
bled in Santa Ana. \ Other appropriate
exercises were held, and in the evening a
grand masquerade ball was given in honor
of the visitors, thus closing one of the
most successful Odd Fellows' anniversary
celebrations in Southern California.
A Barbecue at Santa Cruz.
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., April 26.— The
Odd Fellows of this city, Watsonville and
Soquel celebrated the anniversary of the
introduction of Odd Fellowship in America
to-day by a grand picnic at Camp Capitola.
The attendance was large and appropriate
exercises were held in the morning. A
grand barbecue was given at noon. Danc
ing was the main feature of the day.
PICNICKED IN THE RAIN
Odd Fellows Celebrate Their
An Enjoyable Event Despite the
• Disagreeable Weather Which
Yesterday was Odd Fellows' day, and, in
spite of the threatening aspect of the
weather in the morning, a large crowd
turned out to attend the picnic given in
Shell Mound Park in honor of the event.
Odd Fellows' day is unlucky in the matter
of weather, however,- for it did yesterday
just as it did last year, and those who went
in bright uniforms and gay dresses in the
morning came home under borrowed um
brellas or manfully faced the storm with
out protection. Friends who had the fore
thought to bring umbrellas became very
popular as the afternoon passed and the
hour for home-going drew near, with no
signs of the storm abating.
The programme which had been arranged
for the day was fully carried out and the
games were nearly over when the rain
stopped them, but the dancing floor is well
roofed and the picnickers crowded upon
that and were happy.
At half-past twelve Grand Representa -
tive L. W. S. Downs, P. C. P., delivered an
oration upon the day being celebrated, and
the order to which the celebration did
honor. His address was followed by a
drill by Canton Oakland No. 2 and Canton
San Francisco No. 1, Patriarchs Militant.
The Oakland organization turned out
twenty -five men, under Samuel D. Rogers,
and San Francisco Canton, sixteen men,
under Colonel W. S. Potter. The drill was
short, but well executed and then every o ne
rushed to secure seats around the athletic
track. The games were in charge of Pro
fessor Al Lean of the Acme Club of Oak
land, and he rushed things to such good
purpose that there remained only a tug-of
war to be pulled before the rain stopped
everything. Every one, however, had a
good time, and no one was sorry he or she
went. The picnic was under the auspices
of the two cantons of Patriarchs Militant.
Death at Port Townsend.
PORT TOWNSEND, i Wash., April 26.—
Malcolm C. Marsilliot, first assistant en
gineer of the United States revenue cutter
Grant, died this morning after a brief' ill
ness from a complication of kidney
troubles. He was 62 years old, served in
the Mississippi squadron during the civil
war, and Centered the; revenue marine
service fifteen years ago.!. He leaves a wife
and five I grown children at Asolin, this
State. In a few weeks he would have been
Retired on half pay. ■•.:''■
VISIT THE CAPITOL
Half-Million Club Ex
cursionists Meet the
HIS SUPPORT PROMISED.
Work of the Organization
Heartily Indorsed by the
AT FOLSOM AND ORANGEVALE.
The Visitors Surprised at the Won
derful Resources of the Sac-
SACRAMENTO, Cal., April 26.— The
Half-million Club reached Sacramento at
1:40 o'clock this morning, and shortly
after 6 they were waited upon by a com
mittee, consisting of B. U. Steinman, J. M.
Morrison, chairman of the Board of Su
pervisors; City Trustee Devine, George B.
Katzenstein, T. A. W. Shock, M. J. Curtis,
M. J. Dillman, R. H. Hawley, Rev. A. C.
Herrick, Russ D. Stevens and the Misses
Steinman and Rosener.
This committee accompanied the seekers
after information to Folsom, and pointed
out the beauties of the Sacramento Valley
as the train sped rapidly through fertile
orchards, vineyards, hopfields and alfalfa
meadows, where sleek, thoroughbred cattle
browzed kneedeep in the waving grasses.
Upon the arrival of the party at the State
prison they inspected the -power-house,
dam and canal, afterward being ushered
through the interior of the prison proper
and having such notables as Sontag and
Evans pointed out.
Returning to Folsom the entire party
was conveyed to Orangevale, where an
hour was consumed in driving through
the extensive orange groves of that section.
This trip was a source of constant amaze
ment and surprise to all the visitors from
the southern portion of the State, who have
become so used to hearing the constant
praises of that section chanted upon all
occasions that they were almost convinced
that it was the only portion of the State
suited for residence and the growth and
perfection of citrus fruits.
The party returned to Sacramento and
were taken to Sutter's Fort and from there
to the State Capitol building, where they
were presented in person to , Governor
Budd in his reception-room. After receiv
ing a cordial handshake from his Excel
lency they were accorded a speech of wel
come, in which the Governor said: "For
some time there has been a strong feeling
between the northern and southern por
tions of this great State, a spirit of pointed
rivalry much to be deplored, and I cor
dially welcome you all and heartily
indorse the movement you have originated,
and I believe it will tend to cement the
north and south in one great fraternity
that will unite to forward the interests of
California as a State, not as a section.
"I welcome you, and am glad that you
have attempted to capture the Governor's
office— a task already attempted by many,
achieved by few."
William M. Bunker of San Francisco
was called upon to state the aim and pur
pose of the Half-million Club. He said it
had been organized for the purpose of in
creasing the population of the big City, but
it was found the interior must be depended
upon to furnish assistance and an era of
improvement must be instituted through
out the State to effect their object, conse
quently the first step to be taken was to
visit each section and ascertain their
resources and present them in a true light
to the rest of the world.
Such was their present object, he said,
and at every stop they were greeted with
a fresh surprise. But few residents of the
State possessed the slightest idea of its
great resources, and they were all "crim
inally negligent" in not being fully in
formed on the matter. In the southern
portion of the State there was a spirit of
progressiveness that had made California
famous, anu the same spirit should be fos
tered by the people of the northern por
Professor Keyes of Pasadena spoke of
the natural enthusiasm portrayed by resi
dents of that locality in their surround
ings, and claimed that the prevalent idea
was that orange trees, to be successfully
cultivated in the northern portions of the
State, had to be encased in blankets to
protect them from the winter's severe
climate. They had always supposed that
they possessed.a monopoly of the orange
growing industry of the State, but had
been disabused of that idea by their jaunt
through the broad grain fields, orchards,
vineyards and orange groves since crossing
the Tehachapi Mountains.
Captain Daniels of Riverside declared
that since he had resided amid the 12,000
acres of orange groves in Riverside he had
imbibed the idea that nowhere else in
California was there an orange tree save
those planted in tubs and conservatories
His drive through the 300 acres of groves
at Orangevale had disabused him of this
idea and he saw no reason why this should
not become the orange-producing region
of the world. The soil was here; the
climate and an abundance of water.
George B. Katzenstein in his speech com
pared the sections on either, side of the
Tehachapi Mountains to an occurrence of
the late war, when the hostile armies en
camped within hearing distance of each
other and the bands played the taunting
melodies of their respective sections. At
last, just before the evening taps, one band
started that grand old air, "Home, Sweet
Home," and it was immediately re-echoed
by the band of the enemy. Such, said the
speaker,* should be the course of the resi
dents of the entire State. They should
unite for "Home, Sweet Home." \~-'-^
Mayor Steinman spoke of the enterprise
of the residents of Pasadena and hoped it
would be taken as a model to be followed
by the residents of this section. His ex
perience had been, while 1 on a visit to the
former place,' to take a drive to an outlying
section to examine aland investment. The
gentl eman who drove him out had a "two
minute" horse and he arrived in a very
brief period; but a few days •afterward,
when he visited the same section behind a
livery team he failed to reach the place in
an hour. Enterprise, he declared, deserved
recognition and would bring success.
At the conclusion of the reception each
member of the party was presented by Sec
retary of State Brown with a souvenir in
the form of an impression of the great seal
of the State, and the party returned to
their train and was conveyed to Auburn to
visit the early fruit producing regions.
In an interview with Governor Budd, ac
corded members of the excursion party
after the reception, the executive said:
"Until the Half-million Club's spokes
men, and the gentlemen representing the
commercial and progressive spirit of
Southern California, had outlined the pur
poses of the excursion, I did not realize its
importance. I confess to surprise, and I
not only desire to express my admiration
of its mission, but I would be unfaithful to
my official position if I failed to heartily
and unequivocally indorse the good work.
"The work means valuable certainties.
It is not a case of probability, but carried
out with spirit and confidence, on the lines
suggested, I am sure the State will have
added to its population in a short time
large numbers of the most desirable class
of Eastern people. The work that is being
done under the auspices of the club can
not fail to materially benefit every section
ofthe State." " /
To Be Shown Over Sapa.
NAPA, Cal., April 26.-The Half-mil
lion Club excursion is expected here to
morrow morning, but as only four hours
are available for entertainment at this
point, the former plans for a banquet and
other attractions have been abandoned,
and the time will be devoted to showing
the party around in carriages, which will
be provided by the citizens.
SAN BERNARDINO SCHEME
Electricity Brought Into Use
to Irrigate Fruit
A New Venture Which It Is Thought
Will Result in a Great
SAN BERNARDINO, Cal., April 26.—
Contracts were signed to-day by a number
of farmers with a local electric light com
pany, by which the latter agrees to furnish
power for driving pumps to pump water
for irrigation purposes.
A rich fruit district north of the city,
bounded by Mount Vernon, Highland and
Waterman avenues, has an abundance of
water below the surface, but lacks water
for irrigation. Windmills have been tried,
but nature does not supply sufficient mo
tive power. The new power involves the
construction of eight miles of overhead
wires. The power is sold to orchardists in
groups. Where it is possible the wire
runs along the dividing line between the
orchards. A portable motor, placed on a
platform resting upon four wheels, is the
| only machinery necessary. This motor
will be moved from time to time to the
various pumps connected with the supply
wire and water pumped direct to the irri
The cost per acre is $1 15 per month.
Water rights are usually worth $150 an
acre. Assuming that the season for irri
gation would extend six months, which is
the maximum limit, and counting interest
at 7 per cent, there is an actual saving to
the orchardist by use of electric power.
The electric company's plant is idle from
midnight until 6 p. m., and during these
eighteen hours the power will go to the
The work of constructing the line will
begin at once, and if the plan proves suc
cessful, and of this there seems to be no
doubt, the scheme of irrigation by direct
pumping will probably extend all over this
end of the valley, where the supply of
water beneath the surface is more than
WHIRLED TO HIS DEATH.
A Shocking Accident Which Cost William
Hodson His Life.
SAX BERNARDINO, Cal., April 26.—
William Hodson, aged 17, met with a
shocking death to-night in the basement
of the San Bernardino Electric Light Com
pany's power-house. No one saw the ac
cident, but it appears that he took hold of
a loose belt which ran over the main shaft,
that his left arm became entangled in it
and that he was swung around until his
arm was torn completely off and his body
thrown on the floor. ■.. ■'.■""• ,- '"
The noise of his heels striking the ceil
ing of the basement called attention to the
accident. The young man breathed forty
minutes, but was unconscious all the time.
His father is an orchardist at Riverside.
An examination showed that the main
artery on the left side had been severed.
SONOMA LAND FRAUDS
Many Farmers Are Swindled
by a Gang of Clever
Mortgages on c Uncertain Interests
In Ranches Traded for Valua
SANTA ROSA, Cal., April 26.— From
a number of deeds and mortgages filed at
the Hall of Records this week it appears,
that the land swindlers who operated in
Sonoma County quite extensively a few
years ago have started in again. Their
plan is to dispose of an uncertain interest
in one of the old ranches and take a mort
gage on it for security of payment. The
mortgage is then recorded and the gang
proceeds to" trade the mortgage to inno
cent parties for their property.
A number of Sonoma County farmers
have been swindled out of their prop
erty, and one man from Oakland lost
his home and all his money. In nearly
every case the mortgages have been on an
uncertain interest in Rancho Roblar, and
papers filed here this week show that the
attempt is being made to work the same
old game again. ;;.■",. -
Killed at Seedles.
NEEDLES, CAL.,<April While cross
ing the Atlantic and Pacific tracks last
evening Pedro Coronado was struck and
horribly mangled by a switch engine and
died shortly afterward, while being cared
for by the surgeon at the hospital. He was
engaged in track work. ■ '
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Her Citizens Moving to
Secure the New Rail-
GREET THE DIRECTORS.
President Spreckels and Party
View the Proposed
STOCKTON'S FUND COMPLETE.
The Entire. Amount Pledged to the
Company Has Now Been
BAKERSFIELD, Cal., April 26.—Pres
ident Claus Spreckels and Directors A. H.
Payson and Robert Watt of the Valley
Railroad arrived this morning, accom
panied by Henry Miller. The distin
guished quartet, joined by S. W. Wible,
took a four-horse carriage, well supplied
with the best of refreshments, and drove
into the country, bound for the Miller &
Lux possessions southwest of town. They
expect to be gone till to-morrow noon.
The ostensible purpose of this trip is to
investigate these lands and find out their
adaptability for growing sugar beets, and
also to examine some of these products al
ready growing, and of course it is pre
sumed that Mr. Miller will incidentally
call their attention to the advantages he
would like to offer the Valley road to run
through that part of the county.
On the return of the party to-morrow the
people's executive committee will take
them in charge and show them.the coun
try west of town and the route by which
they would like to have the road enter
Bakersfield. The directors intimated that
they desired to be made acquainted with
the matter. The committee will lose no
opportunity to enlighten them on every
wish and proposition of the people of
STOCKTOS'S FUSD RAISED.
Citizens Have Subscribed the Entire
A mount I'ledged to the Sew Road.
STOCKTON, Cal., April 26.— 1t was re
ported to-night to the secretary of the Com
mercial Association that enough of" the
subscribers to stock in the San Francisco
and San Joaquin Valley Railroad had been
induced to change their subscriptions to
represent donations to the cash fund to
make up the full amount necessary to buy
the property wanted by the. railroad, the
total being $95,700. The work of collecting
the money will commence immediately,
and as soon as it is in hand the property will
be purchased and turned over the people's
corporation under the terms of the agree
ment that has been adopted. The deeds to
most of the property are already in escrow
and members of the Commercial Associa
tions have bonds on the rest.
WHITE AT LOS ASGELES.
He Denies 2 hat He Is a Candidate for
, the Presidency.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., April Hon.
Stephen M. White was to-day shown the
published dispatch in which it was stated
that he was head and shoulders over all
other Democratic Vice-Presidential possi
bilities. To an Associated. Press reporter
Mr. White said :
•'You can simply say that I am not and
will not be a candidate for the Vice-
Presidency. It is the practice to name
some one every now and then for this as
well as for other offices. Such passing
comments are entitled to little weight and
have no significance whatever."
Archbishop Riordan at Santa Rosa.
SANTA ROSA, Cal., April 26.—Con
firmation services will be held at the Cath
olic church" here next Sunday, to be con
ducted by Archbishop Riordan of San
Francisco. After the confirmation cere
monies the new chapel recently finished
for TJrsuline Academy will be dedicated
with appropriate exercises.
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