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1 FRrDAY .MAY 17, 1898
Well done, Healdsburg.
The last festival i 3 the best.
As time flies everything goes.
The police are looking blue over their
Silver speaks out warmly, but gold is do
ing the clam act.
The blush of the May Queen is lovelier
than a royal flush.
In the game of iife when progress leads
you must follow suit.
The interior press is vigorously ringing
the death knell of inactivity.
Even Ysaye's fiddling failed to open the
Bohemian Club owl's other eye.
There is more pleasure than labor in
working for a living in California.
Never was silence so golden as that of a
politician on the money question.
Public sentiment is one of the best things
which the Half-million "Tslub is weaving in
The Valley road will be an artery
through which the richest blood of the
State will flow.
Never before were the interior papers of
California so eager to round up Silurians
and build up industry.
First in Nicaracua and then in Bering
Sea, the British seem determined to make
us draw our snickcrsee.
N'apa Valley is going to have its compet
ing railway in the shape of an electric road
between Napa and Calistoga.
The housewife who fails to preserve ber
ries and fruit when they are cheap will be
lacking in the sweet by and by.
The war in Cuba will never be over until
Spain quits setting a match to the native
train of powder on the island.
Now that the matter of National Guard
officers is settled, the organization is wear
ing a Ditnond in its shirt front.
The revival in business is simply the re
sult of the revival in public confidence
caused by Republican victories.
The greatest novelty of the year is the
prolonged delay in sending; out. the usual
report of the destruction of the Delaware
From the way the Democrats are taking
to the woods it appears they intend to have
nothing to do with the conventions of. pol
itics in 1896.
Eastern wheelmen complain that tramps,
farmers' docs and rattlesnakes are adding
too much of thrilling variety to outing
tours this year.
Mr. "Spud" Murphy, the Valleja arson
ist, has been trying to hang himself, but
his prison-mates, preferring his company
to his ghost, gave the alarm.
These are cool and delicious days on the
coast, but in the interior, where heat is
needed to ripen the fruit, the sun is pour
ing its wealth all over the land.
It is as much the duty of California
manufacturers to turn out the best prod
ucts known to the world as it is of Cali
fornians to buy home-made products.
A student of affairs in Chicago asserts
that as soon as the lake fishing becomes
good in the spring strikes increase in the
city and the labor element gets disorgan
The next time Cleveland desires to fire
off an open letter he will confer a benefit if
he addresses it to Adlai Stevenson and lets
the public know what has become of the
Mr. Corbett's contemptuous remarks
about a swell London sporting club ex
hibit the natural superiority which genius
feels over an aristocracy based on the acci
dent of birth.
The 6treet-lighting companies propose to
show the City, through the courts, that
they can throw some light on the assumed
municipal authority to make them turn on
So long as people will buy where they
can get most for their money, the neces
sity for furnishing them with home-made
articles which will meet that requirement
will never relax.
It will be amusing to observe whether
the threat that Cleveland will be a candi
date for a third term will serve its inten
tion of stamping out a free-silver tendency
in the Democratic party.
If the Massachusetts speculators who
were swindled by a salted gold mine in
California had put their money in Cali
fornia orchards they might have been
picking the gold from the trees.
The financial editor of the New York
World estimates that within a tew months
less than one hundred of the leading secur
ities dealt in on Wall street bnve advanced
sufficiently to show an aggregate profit of
In order to get twelve men to serve on
the jury iv the McLaughlin trial in New
York it was necessary to summons over
1600 talesmen, and as a consequence there
is now a big demand for a change in the
system of selecting juries.
The National Sculpture Society, New
York, has offered a first prize of $300 and a
second prize of $200 for the best designs for
an artistic silver dollar, and it would be in
accordance with the fitness of things if a
Californian won the big money.
If it be true that the China-japan affair
has finally been settled without embroiling
Europe in a war, and that Russia will not
exercise a protectorate over Korea, the
next question is, In what direction will
Japan now seek meat for its sharpened
TEADE AND THE TAEIPF.
The Examiner of yesterday, following the
policy of the tariff tinkers in claiming that
the revival of trade and industry is due to
the Wilson bill, says among other things
of the same import: "It has been conclu
sively proved that wages do not depend
upon duties, and although many formerly
dutiable products have been put tipon the
free list, not a single American industry
has been destroyed. The predicted rlood
of cheap foreign goods has not com«— on
the contrary, our difficulty has been the
same from which we suffered in 1357;
namely, that an increase in imports has
not been sufficient to give the Government
as much revenue as it needs."
If these things have been conclusively
proven, the Examiner can achieve the
greatest scoop on record by publishing the
proof. No evidence that even tends to
such conclusions has yet been made pub
lic. Certainly no American industry has
been literally destroyed, but many of them
have been crippled, and not a few have
been rendered too unprofitable to be car
ried on. It is true we are not deriving
revenues sufficient to meet the expenses of
the Government, but this is not because
no foreign goods are coming into the
market, but because they either pay no
duties at all, or such low duties that the
revenues derived from them are inadequate
to the needs of the treasury.
A short time ago the Home Market Club
Bulletin sent out inquiries to the textile
manufacturers of the country concerning
the conditions of that industry, and
answers received from nearly 500 of them
show they are now running only 95 per
cent of the machinery, employing 94 per
cent of the help, and paying 94 per cent of
the wages of April, 1893. In other words
their trade is actually less than it was two
years ago, when by the ordinary growth
of population, commerce and wealth it
should naturally be considerably greater.
While our own manufactories are thus
depressed below the conditions prevailing
two years ago, there is a sound of rejoic
ing in England. At the recent annual
meeting of the ChanAers of Commerce of
the United Kingdom, Sir Albert Toilet,
president, is quoted as saying in his open
ing address on the business situation :
"American tariff reform so far stimu
lated our export of cotton goods as to have
doubled their value in February as against
January, to have increased the quantity
from eleven to eighteen million yards dur
ing 1895, as against the corresponding
period of 1894, and to have made this year's
shipments exceed those of two years ago
in both quantity and value. Similarly
theTe have been larger linen shipments to
the States for both the last month and the
two months of the present year, while in
woolens the advance in values has been
three times and in worsteds four times
more than in 1894, and in quantity quite
400 per cent. So, too,. the same beneficial
influence has made itself felt in great in
creases during both the month and year,
and in both quantity and values of our
consignments to America of cutlery, rails
and iron and steel goods generally, and
more especially of tin plates, and also in
earthenware and china, and, to the extent
of 600 per cent in shipments of raw wool."
The contrast between the statements of
our textile manufacturers and those of the
British Chambers of Comrnerceis striking,
but there is no proof in it of any benefit of
the Wilson tariff to us. Industry is un
doubtedly reviving, but it is reviving in
the face of obstacles as a result of Ameri
can energy and determination. Not by
any process of specious pleading or artifice
of argument can the American people be
deluded into the belief that the present
tariff is adequate either for protection or
revenue, and the free-traders might as
well abandon the attempt.
Whether or not Fredericks, fhe mur
derer, is feigning insanity in order to
escape an unpleasant acquaintance with
the hangman's noose is not so important
as other -considerations which his conduct
suggests.' . : - ;.. •
One is that criminals of inferior intelli
gence almost invariably commit the fatal
error in feigning insanity, of resorting to
acute mania. They do this partly because
acute mania is generally the only farm of
insanity with which they are acquainted.,
and partly because it is striking in its
manifestations. They are ignorant of
the fact not only that it is the rhost
difficult, exhausting and dangerous form
of insanity to assume, but. that- it is also
the form of the "insanity dodge" most
easily detected. • . ..'■'.'
Certain very prominent pathological
conditions accompany violent mania; but
are obscure and difficult to discover in
passive insanity and what is commonly
called monomania. The raving lunatic
most likely shows unmistakable aberra
tions of the pupils, a heavy coating of
the tongue, a derangement of the digestive
organs, irregularity and inadequacy of
sleep, uncertain heaj-t action, greater or'
less insensibility to pain and peculiar odor
of the person. Expert alienists are.
familiar with these symptoms and know
their meaning. The difficulties of feigning
violent mania ara increased by the neces
sity for an exceedingly active alertness, for
an expenditure of physical force which
must be followed by abundant food and
sleep and by inviting restraining means
which hamper comfort.
The educated criminal pursues a differ
ent course. He feigns the mildest possible
form of insanity — preferably a simpering,
foolish manner of speech, or the training
of his conduct in some special direction to
indicate monomania of a kind .which
would explain . his crime, or a dense
stolidity which excludes notice of any
passing circumstance. This last is- a
difficult task, bnt not so trying as violent
mania. A striking instance of it in this
State was that of Cimerilla, a San Jose
murderer of many years ago. lie was a
dense, heavy, stupid man, but he simu
lated this form of insanity with so perfect
cleverness that the doctors disagreed, and
the jury gave him the benefit of the doubt
and instead of banging him sentenced him
to prison for life.
Meanwhile every possible trick had been
resorted to by the Sheriff to entrap him.
He was taken out and turned loose to
see if he would attempt to escape, but he
was shrewd enough to guess that a dozen
men were concealed and ready to seize
him. He was thrown face downward in a
pool of water, and would have permitted
himself to drown if he had not been
dragged out in time to save his life. As
soon as the jury announced its verdict,
which made it impossible for him to be
tried again, he cast aside his disguise and
expressed joyful gratification over its
Our present system of determining the
sanity of a criminal is conspicuously
wrong. Both the prosecution and the
defense invariably produce physicians,
often of high reputation, who give
directly opposing testimony. It would
seem that a commission appointed by the
court and kept free from the influence of
either side would be the more sensible
idea. Under the present method the
medical profession, by its very disagree
ment over one of the most serious of
human ailments, suffers a lowering of its
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1895.
dignity and is made to appear incom
petent. It is difficult to understand why
the insanity of a criminal should be tried
by a method so entirely different from
that of an ordinary lunatic when the
question to be decided in either case is
exactly the same. It would seem that
physicians, for their own protection,
should insist that our present vogue be
THE SALT LAKE CONrEEENCE.
The conference of free-silver advocates
at Salt Lake was not large enough to be
called a representative body, but it never
theless fairly represented the sentiments
and desires of the Great West. Governor
Ttickards of Montana on delivering the
opening address declared it to be the ob
ject of the conference to place in the hands
of every roter "the arguments in favor of
free silver fashioned into language that
the wayfaring man can understand and
apply." There is certainly much need of
this work, for, as the orator said, the gold
standard men are actively circulating ar
guments on their side of the question, and
"all that literature can do, all that oratory
can accomplish, all that gold can achieve,
will be done to strangle the growing senti
ment ."or silver."
It appears evident that the battle of the
standards.will be practically fought out be
fore the political campaign of 1896 begins. It
is to be a warfare of pamphlets and news
papers rather than stump oratory, and the
people are to have ample time and oppor
tunity to hear and to study both sides be
fore the political conventions meet. This
will undoubtedly tend to reduce the ques
tion to a clearly defined issue for submis
sion to the popular vote, and will enable
the people to act decisively upon it at the
next Presidential election.
It is too early yet to foresee what will be
the shape in which the Lsue wiJI be actu
ally submitted by the contending parties.
It is certain, however, the great fight will
be in the Republican Convention. No
other party has any prospect of electing
the next President, and the extremists of
both sides will make every effort to con
trol the one party having assurance of vic
tory. Fortunately, there is not the slight
est prospect that the convention will be
controlled by the extremists on either
side. The Republican leaders are not
theorists, and therefore are not extremists.
That they will devise a safe and states
manlike method of returning to bimetal
lism can hardly be doubted, for they have
dealt with equally complex problems be
fore, and have never failed to solve them
in a way compatible with the prosperity
of the Nation arid the interests of all
classes of the people.
To the next Republican convention,
therefore, all conservative men must look
for the actual settlement of the issue, but
in the meantime such conferences as that
held at Salt Lake are beneficial. They give
the people a chance to hear both eides and
to learn what after all will be the vest for
the country to do. It is a long time be
fore the next .Presidential election, but
none too long for the work of educating
the people as to the true solution of a
problem so complex and so important as
A WISE APPOINTMENT.
Governor Budd's reappointment of Gen
eral W. H. Dimond as major-generai of
the National Guard is one of the wisest
acts of the Governor's administration.
The bill passed by the last Legislature
providing for a radical reorganization of
the Guard, including a reduction of the
number of general officers and companies,
calls for the exercise of superior judgment
and tact; and though hampered as he has
been in the past by the defective plan of
organization and the resulting weak spots
in the efficiency of the Guard, General Di
mond's ability in infusing a soldierly spirit
among the men has been conspicuously
exhibited. Combined with a genial and
magnetic nature he has a clearness of judg
ment, strength of character and power of
enforcing discipline that render him in
valuable for so important a position, and
besides these qualifications he is an able
business man. an orator, and a gentleman of
finished address. It would be difficult to
find so many valuable qualities possessed
by one man, and the National Guard is to
be congratulated on having him at its
head next to the Governor. ■'■.''.
E. E. and E. M, Bush of Hanford are at the
Major A. R. Denike of San Jose is at the. Cali^
fornia. " '..-•'.
Major C. B. Sears of the army Is a guest at the
Palace. .'-:''*. ■-•
. D. Rinaldo, a prominent San Jose merchant,
is in this city. .
R. Rowlands, a mining man of Placerville, is
at the. Grand.
J. Vinegar, a lumber merchant from Crescent
City, is at the Russ.
F. R-. Bill, a- mining man from Deer Lodge,
Mont., is at the Russ.
Frank H. Buck; a large, fruit-grower of Vaca
ville, is at the Palace.
W. H. Cleary, a mining man of Sheep Ranch,
is registered at the Lick.
S. X. Androus of Los Angeles registered yes
terday at the Occidental.
Ex-Mayor Bam N. Ruckef of San .Jose regis
tered at the Palace yesterday.
Robert Leo and son, newspaper men from
Woodland, are registered at the' Russ'.
J. M. Bufflngton, a mining man of Nevada
City, registered at the Lick yesterday.
S. W. Bright, a mining man from Jackson,
Amador County, ie a guest at the Russ.
L. A. and T. H. Cram came down from Vista
del Mar yesterday and are stopping at the
Nate R. Salsbury of Chicago, a big Bhipper ot
California fruits, registered at the Palace yes
A. K. Robinson and son, business men from
Auburn, arrived in this city yesterday and are
at the Russ.
J. D. and W. G. Matthews, fruit-growers of
Newcastle, and Mrs. W. G. Matthews arrived at
the Grand yesterday.
R. H. Beamer of WHodland, member of the
State Board of Equalization, came to town yes
terday and registered at the Lick.
Robert Graham, the San Francisco agent for
Armour's fruit-shipping business, came down
yesterday and is stopping at the Palace.
George Ohleyer, one of the most prominent
citizens of Sutter County and well known in
Democratic State politics, is at the California.
J. B. Crowley, United States Treasury Agent,
is at the Occidental, on his way to the Seal
Islands, in Bering Sea, to watch for the Gov
ernment the killing of seals.
Miss Beatrice Harraden, the yonng English
authoress who wrote "Ships That Pass in the
Night," has come up from Southern California,
where she has been living for over a year, and
registered yesterday at the Occidental. Her
work iB a wholesome protest against the tribe
of queer and sensuous writers that has been
holding the boards lately. It is light, but she
has a graceful touch and writes with a fasci
nating charm of style.
Examinations of students desirous of enter
ing the freshman class at Harvard are to be
held at the rooms of the Mechanics' Institute
library by Harold Wheeler, A.8., on Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 25, 27,
28 and 29. Those taking advanced algebra,
analytical geometry, advanced physics, chem
istry and intending to enter the veterinary col
lege will begin their examinations Tuesday.
All others will begin on Thursday. Applicants
will have to send their names to the secretary
of Harvard College so as to reach him by
AROUND THE CORRIDORS.
Frank Baggs, a carpenter and builder of San
Jose, came to the City yesterday and registered
at the Russ House. Frank's reputation as a
humorist is established in the Garden City, and
it is seldom that his friends engage in serious
conversation with him because of his pro
clivity of twisting sober thoughts awry. Sev
eral acquaintances, with whom he was discuss
ing various matters at the hotel last night,
found this out. They had been talking about
extraordinary grounds for lawsuits, when
Frank drawled out:
"That reminds me of a case that came up in
the Justice's Court down our way last year. It
happened this way: There are two neighbors
out on the Alum Rock road named Drummond
and Hitchcock, whose places adjoin. Drum
mond, who is a Missourian, owned a big white
mule which he prized dearly because of its
working powers. The animal, however, had
two failings. One was an abnormal disposition
to wander from his owner's premises and take
in the neighborhood, and the other was an
unconquerable appetite for corn, vegetables,
squashes, or, in fact, any kind of produce that
"It was useless to erect fences to keep the
mule in or the mule out His heels broke
everything that barred his way and his teeth
could meet through the stoutest rope. Once
his owner anchored him with a fairly stout
wire roDe, but he broke it in the night. It is
yet firmly believed that the mule cultivated a
ragged edge on^one of his hard hoofs and filed
the rope through. The mule had been shot,
prodded with pitchforks and chased for miles
up the hills, but he came back with the same
naughty twinkle in his eye and his appetite
more insatiable than ever.
"Finally, Drummond consented to build a
barn in which to keep the mule conn nod
during his off hours. The mule was allowed,
however, to put his head out of- a square win
dow and survey the surrounding crops.
"Neighbor Hitchcock had about seven acres
of popcorn in the field adjoining Drummond's
and what the mule had left of it after several
foraging trips was ripe and ready to pick. It
happened, however, that before this was done
his haystack in an adjoining field caught fire
one night and burned furiously. It
created a fearful heat and the result
upon the corn was disastrous. Every
kernel of corn in that field popped, and then
was one vast vista of white corn. The mule
looking out of his window was also affected by
the fire, even though it was quite a distance
off, and in the morning Drummond found the
animal stiff and stark in death. Then he sued
Hitchcock for causing the death of his mule."
"Why," said one of the listeners, "I don't see
where he had any grounds for suit there."
"You don't, eh?" aaid Bajgs, with one of
those San Jose grins of his. "Why, it is simple
enough. That mule had once been frostbitten
up north, and when he saw that field of white
popcorn he forgot about the. fire and felt a
reminiscent shiver come over him. It deep
ened to .a shudder, and, under the impression
that snow was about him, be laid down and
froze to death. So Drummond sued Hitchcock
for freezing bis mule."
The listeners felt chilly jw Frank drifted off.
A- M. Drew of Fresno, the newly elected
grand warden of the I. O. O. F., was speaking
yesterday of a new and important en
terprise started in his city. "A cor
poration has been organized with the
backing of Chicago capital," he said,
"for the purpose of utilizing the water power of
the San. Joaquin. River in operating an electric
power plant. We will at the start bring in
nearly a 1000 horsepower. It will be used in
operating streetcar lines, mills and other
factories. Everything is getting to be un
usually lively in our town. There is more
bnilding being done than there has been for
several years and the large crops we are
assured of cereals and fruit make the business
outlook very promising. Of course, much of
the healthy state of affairs in a financial way
is due to the starting of the San Francisco and
£«:. Joaquin Valley Railroad."
SPIRIT OF THE PRESS.
The people of the Middle States live in fear
of their lives, either from freezing, burning up
or being killed by cyclones. There is but one
sensible thing for them to do, and that is to
come to California— Northern California —
where all is peace, prosperity, flowers and sun
shine, with no thought of cyclones or frost.
Here in Northern California the bees are hum
ming and the birds are singing, editors get
rich and everybody is happy.— Petaluma
Hanford wants the Valley road and she has
the. power to secure it by united action. Let
every man buckle on his armor, determined to
do or die, and Victory is certain. The man
who says the thing can't be done must be rele
gated to the back room and kept out of sight.
The battle is now half won, and everybody
must get in for the last pull. — Hanford Demo
There is a vast difference in the man who Is
anxious to do everything' legitimate to up
build the- community in which he lives and the
professional boomer.' It is a grievous mistake
to- contound one with the other.— Woodland
Democrat. . . . • ■ •
Wouldn't it be better to spend the cash re
quired to buildstorm caves in lowa and Kansas
in paying the fare of the people of those States
to. the State' where such things as cyclones and
blizzards never come?— Riverside Press.
Government troops have been sent to the
Yosemite Valley to keep the sheepmen and the
cattlemen out. It would be better to drive out
the human hogs that prey upon the visitors
who go there.— Santa Rosa Republican.
No one has yet called Cleveland's Nicaraguan
episode a Trilby sensation. Yet it was a very
bare feat.— Redlands Facts.
PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT.
The death is announced of U. S. Croggan.
who drove President Lincoln's carriage from
Willdrd's to the Capitol on the day of his fi/st
inauguration. The colored copulation of the
South is believed to include several survivors
of President Washington's corps of coachmen.
Rev. Cyrus Hamlin, D.D., who. was for thirty
five years a resident of Turkey, in discussing
the Armenian massacres, asserts 'that to the
Kurds was attributable all the trouble. They
sacked two villages before their leaders were
bagged by the regular troops.
Miss Addams of the Hull House College sel
tlement in Chicago bid last year for the re
moval of garbage. She did not get the con
tract, but she has just been appointed an
official inspector of garbage.
A fortune in Brooklyn awaits Sam Johnson,
who 1s declared to be a professional tramp, and
he is being looked for in Atlantic City. Quite
a wealthy man for his walk in life.
Loring F. Tyler of Boston left $150,000, eight
wills and two contestants for each will. The
Probate Court has decided that his last will
shallhave its way.
Mrs. James A. Garfield, widow of the Presi
dent, will spend the summer at her niece's
residence, Caldwell.N. J.. the town of President
The organist in King's Chapel, Boston, the
other day started in to practice the scales
when an eel In the water power stopped the
SUPPOSED TO BE HUMOROUS.
A west-side hack-ariver ate a piece of wed
ding cake last evening and promptly fell in a
fit. Some one might have told him that wed
ding cake should be slept upon, not eaten.—
Don't go into ecstacies, my son, over a young
woman who "has a secret charm about her."
She won't keep it any more than any other
secret.— Boston Transcript.
Mr. McSwat (getting ready for church
lia, what's the matter with this necktie of
mine. I can't find any way to fasten the
blamed thing on.
Mrs. McSwat— Oh I oh! oh! Put that down,
Billiger! That's my new hat!— Chicago Tribune.
"Coot night, Mrs. Prown. I haf to sank you
for de most bleasantebeninglhaf effer sentient
in my life!"
"Oh, don't say that, Herr Schmidt!"
"Ach I bot Ido say datl I always say flat I"—
"Tfee coming man," said Mm. Lease, "will be
hairless." The man who is already here is
somewhat short on hair and would most likely
be shorter if his wife stayed at home more.—
There is many an amiable young gentleman
who natters himself that he is a devil of a fel
low simply because he goes about with a cloven
breath.— Boston Transcript.
A finished gentleman is one some coquetU
has done up.— Dallas News.
i BY EUGKN YSAYE.
This is the famous history of the "Elegie
d'Ernst," and I can assure you that it is au
thentic, for it was given me by Wieniawaki
himself— all except the end, and Rubinstein
told me that.
When Wieniawski was in Paris— twenty years
ago or more— the people there were wildly en
thusiastic over him, and as well as crowding
his concerts they continually begged him to
play at soirees. One Baroness in particular,
belonging to the highest aristocracy of the
Faubourg St. Germain, would take no refusal.
Wieniawski did not care much about the visit,
but he yielded at last, and went with his
accompanist. The Baroness, who was Teceiv
ing her visitors at the head of the grand stair
case, •welcomed him with effusion, enchanted,
delighted to receive 60 distinguished a guest,
and she begged him to be seated in the salon
till the other visitors had arrived.
After ten minutes, when a few people were
present, the Baroness, snatching a few mo
ments from her duties of receiving, asked
Wieniawski to favor them by playing some
thing. He glanced" around, the Baroness had
gone back to the head of the Btaircase, and
there were present a few shriveled-up old gen
tlemen and three. or four young girls— very
thin and uninteresting girls. "Bah!" he
said to his accompanist, shrugging his shoul
ders. "Let us play Ernst's 'Eiegie.' " Now,
you know that Ernst's "Elegie" is of all com
positions the most dull and uninteresting. It
is tedious enough to drive a hearer to commit
They played Ernst's "Elegie," and the Baron
ess, who had been out of hearing during the
performance, came beaming into the room
soon after. "Ah: monsieur., how beautiful; I
cannot thank you enough, but might I dare to
ask you to play once again? Yes?" and she
hastened away to welcome more guests. "What
shall we play?" asked the accompanist.
Wieniawski looked around. The company was
becoming more numerous, but no more inter
esting than at the beginning. "Let us play
Ernst's 'Elegie' again," he said.
Absolutely no one listened, but a little later
in the evening the Barones* entered the room,
more ecstatic in her admiration than ever.
"Bravo! M. Wieniawski; better and better!"
she said. "You surpassed even yourself in that
piece. But would you— dare I ask you to be
complaisant enough to play once again?" and
she flitted away.
"If these people don't understand Ernst's
'Elegie' they must hear it till they do," Wieni
awski said to ffffe accompanist, when she had
gone.so he played tne"Elegie" for the third time
and the Baroness, who came back just as the
last few bars were being sounded, went into ex
travagances. "Monsieur, the powers of the
French language fail to express the beauty of
that last work. Each of your selections is more
exquisite than the one that preceded it. What!
Going bo soon? My secretary will call at your
house to-morrow. Adieu, monsieur, and a
thousand thanks for the delicious treat that
you have given us."
That was the story as Wieniawski gave it me,
and I was telling it one day in Paris when Ru
binstein, who was present, said: "Ah! but
you have omitted the last part," and this is
how he ended it: "As Wieniawski was leav
ing the Baroness' house one of the guests, a
little, shriveled old gentleman, who had been
present from the beginning of the soiree, came
up to the violinist:' "Monsieur Wieniawski, ''■
he piped, "I have felt the most profound ad
miration for your playing to-night. Indeed, I
have never missed a concert that you have
given in Paris." Wieniawski bowed, and the
old gentleman continued :
"There is a piece In your repertoire that once
made the most profound impression on me,
and I desire ardently to hear it again. Come,
with your violin, to mv house to-morrow or
the day after, and name your own terms, for
before I die 3 must hear you play Ernst's
Rubinstein told me that Wieniawski did not
stop to make the appointment; he rushed out
of the house too much overcome to say whether
he would gratify the old gentleman's last wish,
and that is one of the most enthusiastic mu
sical histories that was ever penned, for Rubin
stein and Wieniawski both vouched for it.
ON PEESONAL PKOPERTY.
The Work of Collecting Taxes Still Being
Briskly Pushed to Com
Twenty extra men were out collecting
personal property taxes yesterday. On
Wednesday about fifty men were em
ployed making a house-to-house canvass.
The returns they made showed that the
force was not large enough. If it is found
that the work cannot be completed before
July 1, as required by law, with the sev
enty men now at work, more will be em
ployed from time to time.
"Those collecting the taxes are all expe
rienced clerks," said Assessor Sie be. "They
were sent to the districts they assessed as
nearly as possible. In this way trouble
has been lessened, as the citizens remem
ber the clerks and are not afraid to pay
them the money.
"The collections yesterday amounted to
$6577. Of this sum over $200 was paid by
people who came to the office in order to
avoid any chance of fraud or mistake. I
think and hope that the amount, paid in at
the office will grow larger each day as peo
ple learn that the tax is being collected.
"I don't think this is a good way to col
lect taxes. The work of getting in the
money should be done by the Tax Col
lector, anyhow. My men should get the
statements. Then the people should be
expected to bring their taxes to the City
THE LABOB EXOHAITGE.
Gleeaer, Clark ; 4 ; and Wa'rfleld Explain
.-.'■''/; ;.■:■;'-"•. •. .;' Its Advantages, ■' \. :
; The ; advantages of the : labor exchange
system were enthusiastically set forth last
night at ;: Golden •; Rule C Hall ; on ; Mission
street by Carl Gleeser, the originator of i it,
and Henry Warfield and v ? J. 8. Clark, who
conduct the store of the exchange on Val
encia street. /••::%='. t* '''':•.■ " : '.''\ ' '■■ " : '■'
; Gleeser argued that his system of ex
changing products of ♦ ; labor by means of
certificates of j, deposit t on /; a l co-operative
basis and in a practical business manner
was the only solution to the problem of
hard \ times. Warfield s said % that * thirteen
exchanges were already organized* in the
State. ■^•>' ; --V ■■>■;:■ r ;.-.;: .• ; :^ ;;..;;-' t ■.;,;
" ; Arthur W. Dowe, the Shaker missionary,
acted as chairman and G. W. 'VQilderman,-'
originator of '* the "Christian ;l Co-operative
\ Society of the World," already /described
in the Call, was among the audience. '
• — ♦ ♦
I Furious Driving.
Henry Steffin, who liv^s on the Ocean House
road, was knocked down by a delivery wagon
on Eleventh and Mission streets yesterday
afternoon and sustained two badly lacerated
wounds on the scalp, which were dressed at
the Receiving Hospital. Steffin was unable to
say to whom the delivery wagon belonged. It
was driven at a furious speed and came upon
him before he could jump out of the way.
The police are searching for the driver.
The ordinary Chinese meal consists of
eight dishes — two vegetables, eggs, a fish,
some shellfish, a bird and two dishes of
meat, pork and goat in the south and mut
ton and beef in the north. Besides this a
large tureen of soup is served with rice,
which at Chinese tables, takes the place of
LIGHTMAKERS AT WAR.
The Secret of Recent Reduc
tions In Electricity and
A NEW KIVAL IN THE FIELD.
The Mutual Electric Company Will
Soon Be Ready to Enter
Within a few months there will be a
lively rate war among the gas and electric
light and power companies and prices will
go down to figures never before known in
this City. The first.movement in this di
rection was the reduction of the price of
gas and electric lights by the San Fran
cisco Gas Company, the Pacific Gas Im
provement Company and the Edison Light
and Power Company. The cause of this
was the organization of the Mutual Elec
tric Light Company, of which P. B. Corn
wall is the president. This company has
its office and power station at 617 Howard
street, opposite New Montgomery. It be
came known a few months ago that it
would enter the field and compete for the
patronage ot those who use electricity and
gas for illuminating and power purposes.
The Edison people were the first to recog
nize the rival and since the first of the
year they have made two cuts in their
Their example was quickly followed by
the San Francisco Gaslight Company and
later by the Pacific Gas Improvement
Company. Neither of these corporations
will admit that they are making the first
movement in a cut-rate war upon the new
company, but the officers of the latter say
that the recent reductions were simply the
throwing of the gauntlet at them and they
vjill soon be able to take it up and do
President J. B. Crockett of the San Fran
cisco Gas Company, in explaining the rea
sens for the reduction, said that the tariff
on coal had been reduced from 75 cents a
ton to 40 cents, and as this promised to be
permanent his people decided to give the
public the benefit. The company had long
contemplated a reduction, he said, as soon
as it was possible to make it, and the new
rate would go into effect on the Ist of July.
The new rate will be 12}^ per cent less than
the present, or a saving of 25 cents on 1000
feet of gas to the consumer. For fuel and
manufacturing purposes the reduction for
1000 feet will be 35 cents.
Mr. Miller of the Pacific Gas Improve
ment Company gives similar reasons for
the , reductions his company will make.
"We have reasons to believe that our busi
ness will be more encouraging. We have
made favorable contracts for our supplies,
such as coal and oil, and we are glad to be
able to share our prosperity with the pub
lic. We wanted to make a reduction some
time ago, but the San Francisco Gas Com
pany was not in favor, and we did not
wish to begin a rate war. As to electricity
being better for all purposes, why, that is a
mistake. Gas is the cheapest and best
light that has been found so far." Mr.
Nfiller denied that there had been any
compact with any other company toward
making a war on any persons or corpora
J. E. Green, secretary and manager of
the Edison Light and Power Company, de
clared that no movement was being
made toward giving the rival a warm
reception. He said that in five years there
fciad Deen six cuts in the price of electricity,
rwo of which were since January. The first
this year was 10 per cent on incandescent
igbtmg, and 20 per cent on electricity for
rower. The last cut was on May 1, a re
luction of 25 per cent on current for arc
.ights on the underground system. "If the
lew company put their prices down we
ivill try and meet them, 1 ' said Mr. Green.
•Mr. Cornwall or the new company seems
:o think there is a field for another electric
concern, although so far we have with our
ixtensive plant and improvements, etc.,
jeen able to meet all demands for both
power and light."
P. B. Cornwall, Dresident of the Mutual
Electric Company, is of the oDinion that
;here will be a rate war started as soon as
lis plant is in working order. "While we
ire not an opposition company we are a
:ompeting company, and we are going in
or all the business we can secure. We
lave already contracts for furnishing
jlectricity for illuminating and power pur
joses. Many of our stockholders are power
md light consumers. These will, of course,
cave the other companies.
"In a recent interview published in the
3all J. B. Stetson's remarks were con
strued by me as threats to drive us out of
:he field. Well, we are ready to meet him
3n his own ground. We will be equipped
so as to be able to sell electricity cheaper
than any other company. I don't say
;his in a boasting way, but as a fact. The
Edison Electric Company is more heavily
handicapped than we are. It has out
standing $600,000 bonds of its own and
5200,000 of the old California Electric
Light Company, all of which draw in
terest. Besides, the stockholders expect
:o receive dividends on their $3,000,000
stock. The company has made costly ex-
Deriments, and even now has on hand
stock that is not the latest improved.
"We have no bonds and wili not issue any,
md it will be an easier task for us to pay
;he interest on 500,000 shares than for the
Edison folks to meet their obligations. I
*an construe the gas and electric compa
iies' recent reductions in but one way,"
md we will be prepared to accept the
challenge and sell as cheaply as any one.
Chey claim that they have the best con
iuit system, but we are sure that ours is
;he best patented so far. We have already
iled our bonds, with Alvinza Hayward
md A. W. Rose as sureties, for street work
covering four miles. These conduits will
ac on Market street, from Second to Ninth •
Fourth, from Market to Howard, and
Sixth, from Market to Howard. They
ivill be laid on both sides of the streets, and
nre will eventually cover all the business
parts of the town."
' Mr. Cornwall said that the laying of the
;onduits would be begun shortly. Within
i few days four of the finest boilers ever
auilt wih be in place in the new power
aouse. Ihe engines are now being nut
:ogether, and will be in working order verv
"What will be the rates you will charge
four customers for electricity ?" was asked
si the president of the new company
"I do not consider it wis« that I should
make that fact public. \\\ know exact I v
tfhat it will cost us to make electricity We
ilso know what wo can Ml] it tor nt n nrolit
in i the investment, and w« know thai the
)ther companies cannot ntWl to to down
;o these figures. If they try It tlioy will be
■unning at a loss." *
k QUESTION OF LAWYERS.
Election Coinmlt«lonfri (.> |><>oUt«< Whnt '
Steps to Take lit Tti«t r Sl ,| (
Against th« Atittlt...
A meeting of the Board of Klrciioti ivm
nissioners has been called by Mayor Nutro
or 11 o'clock this morning. \'Uv .juontiou
*> be discussed repards tho step* to bo
;aken by the Commissioners in the suit
igainst the City.
The Election Commissioners, it will be
remembered, were allowed $150,000 with
which to conduct the last election. They
spent nearly $190,000. Then objection was
made to paying the extra $40,000, and to
;est the matter certaincreditorsof the City
broupht suit against Auditor Broderick
md Treasurer Widber to restrain them
From paying any of these accounts.
The court decided for the defendant.
This was practically a declaration that the
Election Commissioners had the right to
incur the extra expense if they chose
ice Supervisors were unwilling to see it i
that way and appealed the case to the Su
The Board of Supervisors refused to
allow the Election Commissioners an at-^5
torney with which to conduct the appealed
case, and this is the cause of the meeting
to-day. The Commissioners will fix upori
some plan to secure legal talent for the
active prosecution of the case. The amount
of the election expenses is now about
$197,500, having grown since the institu
tion of the suit.
CAPSIZED IN THE BAY.
Two Men Saved From Drowning off ,•
"••'.. " Alcatraz by a Cool-headed . :.;'
.._.'•■ ;■* .'}:.'. • : -; Boatman. •'';.•.,'•'• .:.••;.• '■••'••"■
The clear head and cool courage 'of one
man in a bay accident yesterday morning 1 ;
saved one : if not : two companions from :.
drowning. •";' - •.;.■■-..: "'^■•'.'■j I 1 . -■■•'-:•- '■■'■■ . < : .-' /■':.'■
\ Thomas Iverson, the well-known boat- ■
man, Albert Credawell, a saloon-keeper on .:
East street,, near Fisherman's wharf, •'• and
Joseph Connelly, a lamplighter, manned a
sailboat for a day's fishing near Alca-traz .:
Island. :, : v ■;~K:.*:'y.C:.:;. •/:..,• : . ' • " :•■•. •'
.. While out on the : bay they came near
being run down by the ferry-steamer Sau- -•/
salito, and. on attempting to bring their :
boat around in the swell, with their main- \\
sheet made fast to a thwart, were capsized."
..Credawell; was thrown in the water
under the large sail and held in there for :
more tnan a mintie, but being a" good
swimmer, managed to scramble out from
beneath the wet cloth. ■:;,; : v •;■ .•. •-.-..
. He held to the mast, which !nv flat on
the surface, and seeing: Iverson stfuecline ■•■■
near him caught the drowning man by the -
collar and kept him from 'sinking ' • • • . ; ■
The rolling of the boat; Lying on her '
beam ends shook them, both clear of her
but I Credawell managed t<> get a "ood grip
on the keel and dragged his' helpless mate ■■■
across the bottom of ; the craft. ;/•..■: •; •:.....
■-;':' In ;■• the meantime : Connelly was lying
almost strangled in the sail, which spread
out on the water and kept him from going J
to the bottom.- . ; . : ';'^ v ;;0:V\-, -^/v- ■ '■'■'■ ':;..-:■
They y were finally seen and rescued by :
Charles Collins, the noted life-saver of the
water front, who steered his ; big fishing
smack skillfully alongside of the exhaust*
men and . pulled them one after another •
into the boat. : "-V - ; .;-' '': : -.:.;— !^':^ - ;' -r^ -:■■'"•■:'.■■ '■:'/.■
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Reception by Old Ladies.
;■•• A public reception will be held for the benefit
of the Protestant Episcopal Old Ladles' Home,
Golden' Gate avenue, near Lott street, on next
Saturday from 2 to 5 and from 9 to 11 p. m.
The young people may enjoy themselves with "■:■
music and . dancing. The lady managers shall
be glad to receive donations ior . the reception
of for ■-. the ...home* itself, and more;mpritiiy or '"■■■'
yearly subscriptions would be gladly received,
; .■•••■■■;':■':-;■:';• ; ":' • — • — • w ; ." . :;;•:>;■:■;.;:.;; ::■.
- Bacon Printing Company, 508 Clay street •:•:
.'. '• >- •J: ■: ~r^r — .' ..>. » » ' .' ::'"'■■ ';'.;■■•'■:.. '. : :'
: Vermont maple sugar, 15c Ib, Town^enis.* .
•; • ■■■ : '" '•'•'•■':•■",':''•. ■"-.:'.'» »';'»'" — i—**V- :.•■■.:.■■■■•■.•■.■■/:
i Geo. W. Monteith, law offices, Crocker Mdg.*
■ V :; --; : i» ■•-■■-' — «. — •— — , — -l.i ■:■/:■/■'•■ :' : l
Mark ; Hopkins Isstitutb of Art. ; Only
one more week,
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• Wine-drinking people are healthy. M. & k.
wines, 5c a glass. Mohns & Kaltenbacnv 29 Mkt*
• — ♦ — ♦ —
•'. Palace sea baths, 715 Filbert street, now : .
open for summer swimming: season. •.:/>.>;■•"
• -' ■' ■-.'. '■■■ ." : -.'——r — . * — — • " : '■■"';'• "■';■:'■': '•:. '-.>■;•. ••-•.*.■■
Husband's Calcined Magnesia.— Four first- ,"
premium medals awarded. '.-More agreeable to . ■;
the taste and smaller dose than other magnesia.
For sale only in bottles with registered trade- .
mark label. - '■ •.'■ ••• -■;■ '':.' :■.,'.-:.■■ ■'"■■■■ ':.;,V : ".-"'r-. ■'•• : '
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Gold in Madagascar.
Ailuviafand reef gold has been discov
ered in Madagascar at Antinahaka, north
of Antananarivo. A thousand ounces were
taken by native workers from a strip of
ground 20 feet by 3.— New York Sun.
• — • — • .
Your Wife and Self
Should attend : the outing given by the
Iroquois Club next Sunday in the Santa
Cruz Mountains. A family ; excursion.
Round-trip tickets $1. Boat leaves foot of
Market street at 8:45 a. m. sharp,
',-'-• :..:•■■•:';■■ - — - — . • — « — .
An ambulance cycle has been iip vented
by a Berlin doctor. It is a litter resting on
two wheels at one end, and attached to an
ordinary tricycle at the other, and worked
by two. men. It would be useful in small
towns where a horse ambulance is too ex
pensive, or in the country.
.'■,• — — ■
1 Before tbe warm weather of summer prostrates
you take Hood's Sarsaparilla, which gives strength
makes pure blood and promotes healthy digestion.
It is the only true blood purifier.
•■-. ■ ■■■':'■ ■': :-■''— — » ♦ — - ~\ I / »."
"Mrs. Wlnslow's Soothing Syrup"
Has been used over fifty years by millions of moth
ers for their children while Te thing with perfect
success. It soothes the child, softens the gums, al
lays Pain, cures Wind Colic, regulates the Bowels
and is the best remedy for Diarrhoeas, whether
arising from teething or other causes. For sale by
Druggists in every part of the world. Be sure and
aak for .Mrs. Wlnslow's Soothing Syrup. 25c a
• — * — •
The system of washing iinen with petro
leum, which is customary in parts of Rus
sia, has recently been introduced into
a German military hospital. Fifteen
grammes of petroleum are added to twenty
six pints of water containing soap and lye,
and the linen is boiled in the mixture.
-. " ■'.■ THOSE LOVELY ':.' : <^
Selling for a Mere Song.
;■?•; DINNER .sets COMPLETE.
Pure White Set c0mp1ete. .... ';. .'. '*;■;?. .... ,V; . t 'f4 00 ;
Rich Brown Decorated Set complete:"... >.i.;. 4 75 •
Dainty Harvest Decorated Set complete 6 75 S
Decorated Gold Knainel Set complete 7 00 -,
Gold > Illuminated Decorated • Set complete,
. ; exquisite ...'.■„■.;;...•..;.•.*.•;.;;...;;. 825
Decorated Toilet Set. ...■._". : ..;:.-...;.'.v:;..... c l 65 ■
Decorated Toilet Set, extra large 5Ue.:,^....... 2 65
:: Newest and , Richest .' Shapes, designs
and decorations. Don't fall to see them,
Gem« of beauty. 'Xi'W.;''-'/. ''":'■ ■" ~'A-
A Reielatlon in Prices— New Features. .• :
Great American, iMprtini Tea Co.'s '
52 Market Street ; V ; . V"; l^i'l .%'-•.'
140 Sixth Street •/:;•.• , -;- ■ /> '-
1419 Polk Street ; . . •
521 Montgomery Aye. ; • -..;, &L?m
2008 Fillmore Street ".^JbH
SOOU Sixteenth Street •:': % >'
617 Keaniv Street - *•'-. I D « n £"•.«,,«:««,»
MB Market Street -. ' OeM tTcinCISCO
3IKJ Hayes Street- .. ; • Vl ;' ;.;• • »
218 Third Street
104 Second Street V-. .« * * - '■■•"" •
146 Ninth Street. "_•;
2410 Mission Street -. .
3259 Mission Street J **%
917 Broadway ;^ )^, ' . ;
131 San Pablo Avenue ]■ (19.91111
816 K. Twelfth Street ; j"?M aiIU '
Park- Street and Ala- ) A\ AM ..J. '
meda Avenue ['ftlailieda V
' -V : - - ' —- -IN-— ■
The Pacific Gas Improvement Co. will Re-
(luce the Price or.Gas to Consumers,
BEGINNING WITH JULY
For illuminattntc purposes to. .»l 75 per il cv. ft.
tor heating, cooking and all
- manufacturing :. purposes, " *
where a separate meter is '
C V O. G. MILLER, Secretary protein.