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VOLUME LXXVIII.-NO. 18.
PACIFIC COAST NEWS
Escape of a Prisoner
From the Sacra
ST. HELENA WINE SALE.
Homing Pigeons to Be Used
as Mail-Carriers to
FRESNO'S RAISIN COMBINE.
Hotel Men to Meet at Santa Bar
bara—A Fatal Accident at
SACRAMENTO, Cal.. June 17.— When
the jailer began to lock the prisoners in
their cells in the County Jail this evening,
he noticed that one was missing. An im
mediate search was begun, resulting in the
discovery that John Anderson, a one year
man, had cut a hole through the brick wall
of the washroom and decamped.
Ander>on ifl a Swede who was arrested
by the citizens committee in a tramp
camp on t lie levee during the excitement
which followed the Weber murder. He
was sent up on two charges, getting six
months on each. One was for having
burglars' tools in his possession, the other
vagrancy. The escaped prisoner is be
lieved to be a dangerous man and Sheriff
Frank Johnson has offered a reward for
In order to have escaped as he did, the
prisoner must have worked with remark
able rapidity, as the washroom is in a uart
of the jail tnat is constantly frequented by
prisoners and employes.
SCHEME OF A TACOMA MAN
Homing Pigeon* to Serve as Mail Car-
riers to and from Alaska.
PORT TOWNSEN'D, Wash., June 17.—
The long-agitated question as to how to
secure direct and speedy communication
with Alaskan ports appears to be about to
reach a solution through one of the simplest
methods imaginable, and one which, in all
previous discussions, has been entirely
In the past five years Alaska and her re
markable products in precious metals and
valuable pelts have become of the greatest
importance to the commercial world, and
almost without cessation engineers and
air-castle builders have been wrestling
with the proposition of securing some
communication with the great Northwest
Trrritorf that would place the balance of
the United States closer to her than the
two-steamer & month service by which
means tidings from there are now received.
It has fallen to the lot of a Tacoma man
to suggest a scheme, which, from present
indications, will fulfill the requirements.
This plan is simply to utilize carrier
doves, and already experiments are being
made in that direction. Over a month ago
the first pigeons were brought half way to
this city from Tacoma on the international
eteamer City of Kingston, and upon liber
ation flew directly back to their cote in
Tacoma. The route for the pigeons is
Wing gradually extended, and at an early
date a consignment will be sent to Juneau
from this port on one of the regular
creamers, to be liberated on arrival there.
If the birds arrive home in safety, then a
company, with sufficient capital, will at
at once be formed to establish cotes in Ta
coma, Port Townsend and Juneau and
Bitka. By means of these gentle birds it
is hoped that the long and tedious delays
of mercantile and official business with the
big Territory will be avoided.
The grave necessity for some such ar
rangement was shown in the recent seizure
of the schooner Shelby in Bering Sea by an
American revenue cutter. Had the car
rier-pigeon system been in vogue at that
time, the authorities at Sitka could have
at once been apprised of the partial refusal
of Great Britain to re-enter the compact of
last yeur, and what might have involved
the two nations in a diplomatic contro
versy would have been avoided.
ST. HELENA WINE SALE.
Three Hundred and Sirty-Three Thou
sand tiallntiM IHxjtvß'-ii Of.
ST. HELENA, Cal., June 17.— Three
hundred and sixty-three thousand gallons
of wine, belonging to Bowdell & Son, were
cold here to-day at Sheriff's sale to satisfy
a judgment of C. Carpy on a foreclosure
chattel mortgage, amounting, witn costs,
The first lot, 44,000 gallons of claret, was
bought by G. Migtiavacca of Napa at 11?£
cents. A. Lachman of San Francisco
bought 195,000 gallons at a little under 12
cents. F. Chevalier bought 18,000 gallons
in barrels at 12 cents, exclusive of local
dealers. The total sale of 363.600 gallons
was for (41,234, »n average of 11.34 cents
a gallon. This is considered a good
price at a forced sale. The wine was
sold at the cellar for cash, to be taken
away at the buyers' expense. Bowdell <fc
fcon'have still about 100,000 gallons.
FRESNO`S RAISIN COMBINE.
Hearty Support Promised the Project by
the Chamber of Commerce.
FRESNO, Cal., June 17— The promoters
of the raisin combine being formed to sell
this year's crop had a meeting this even
in? and submitted an outline of the plan
of the combine to the executive committee
of the Chamber of Commerce. It is pro
posed that the growers of each community
form an association and pack their own
crop. A central committee, in which each
district wiJl have a representative, will
have full control of the marketing of the
crop. The plan is intended to do away
with the commission men.
It was heartily indorsed by the execu
tive committee of the Chamber of Com
merce, which promised its support.
GUEST OF SANTA BARBARA
Bold Men of Southern California Wilt
Convene To- If ay.
SANTA BARBARA, Cal., June 17.—
The Association of Hotel Men of Southern
California' convenes here to-morrow. A
number of members arrived this evening
In anticipation of the event, and are scat
tered among tbe hotels* The association.
The San Francisco Call.
will remain in session two days discussing
matters of interest to the members, which
are calculated to benefit the Southern Cali
fornia hotel trade at large.
Citizens are making plans for the enter
tainment of the iruests. They will be first
received by the Board of Trade, a dance
will afterward be given in their honor, and
all manner of pleasant drives and outings
are planned. It is expected a majority of
the members will stay the remainder of
the week enjoying Santa Barbara's oppor
tunities for recreation and sport.
ACCIDENT AT RAYMOND
A. Jtrakeman struck by a Water-Stand
Pipe and fatally Injured.
PASADENA, Cal., June 17— A brake
man named Hay slip, running on the
Santa Fe seaside special, met with a
probably fatal accident at the Raymond
Station a mile below this city to-day. In
passing the water-stand pipe at the station
he put his head out so far from the car
that he was struck by the pipe and
knocked senseless. He was taken to the
Los Angeles City Hospital and given sur
gical treatment, but has not yet recovered
consciousness. The accident was due to
his own carlessness.
SANTA CRUZ AFFRAY
William Hen* cm Meets Death at the, Bands
of Three Spaniards.
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., June 17.— William !
Benson, a native of England, aged 25 '
years, died in this city this afternoon from '
injuries received in an attack by Spaniards, i
The story, as told by his brother John, is i
that on Sunday morning, between 1 and 2 |
o'clock, the brothers and a friend, John j
Storey, all of whom are Englishmen, and
teamsters by occupation, residing at Love !
Creek, near Ben Lomond, were on their
way from town to their lodgings on Market \
street. They were talking in a joking
manner, and when near Wenck's corner
on Water street met three men, who are
supposed by him . to be Spaniards, as they
were talking in that language.
One of the Spaniards asked William Ben
son "Whom are you talking to?" With
out awaiting a reply they attacked him.
Benson was heard to say, "Don't kicfc
me." Those were his last words. He was
picked up unconscious, and remained in
that state until he died.
John Benson says they had been drink
ing, but knew what was going on. There
is no clew to the identity of the Spaniards.
WORK AT MAKE ISLAND
The Force, at the Xary-Yard to Be In-
created in July.
VALLEJO. Cal., June 17.— The force on
Mare Island keeps steadily increasing, and
when July arrives it is predicted that over
1000 men will find steady employment.
Mechanics desirous of moving their fami
lies to this city are unable to rind accom
modations now, but the building of modern
cottages is going on extensively.
Work on the boilers for the new tug i 9
progressing splendidly in the steam en
gineering department, under the super
vision of Foreman Campbell. The en
larging of the entrance to the stone dock
next month, when the money becomes
available, will tend largely to increase the
number of workmen on the roll.
The Olympia is expected at the yard on
Wednesday. The extent of the work yet
to be done on the cruiser is not definitely
Fea at of Cor put Christi at Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Cal., June 17.—
The feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated
yesterday at the old Mission with its an
cient ceremonies and solemnities. A pro
cession consisting of priests and brothers
of the Franciscan order made the rounds of
the old graveyard, bearing the blessed sacra
ment accompanied by burning incenae,
and preceded by little girls costumed in
white and scattering flowers. The music
rendered at the church was of a high order,
and the interior was tastefully decorated
for the occasion with foliage and floweis.
Drowned at Copperopolia.
COPPEROPOLIS, Cal., June 17. — A
young man named Gifford, of Fruitvale,
Alameda County, while working on the
Stanislaus River was drowned to-day. He
and two others were in a boat. It upset,
and the three men landed safely on a rock.
Gifford undertook to reach the shore by
swimming and the current carried him
down stream. His body has not been re
Redwood Odd fellows' »t» Hall.
REDWOOD CITY. Cal., June 17.— The
Odd Fellows' new building, just com
pleted by Bay View Lodge at a cost of $10,- j
000. was dedicated here this evening with I
appropriate ceremonies. Past Grind I
Master Charles K. Fox delivered the ad
dress. Good orchestral music was pro- '
vuled, and a banquet was one feature of
Santa Monica's Greeting.
RANTA MONICA, Cal., June 17.— The
ladies of this city held a meeting to-day, at
which steps were taken to properly enter
tain Mrs. Susan B. Anthony and Rev,
Anna Shaw at Hotel Arcadia on Saturday,
June 22, when the high priestess arid
prophet of woman reform will be accorded
a rousing reception.
An Alleged Viaalim. Thief Released.
VISALIA, Cal., June 17.— John Krasky,
one of a large number arrested in January
for hoe .stealing and -acquitted v on one
charge, was finally discharged -; to-day on
motion of the District Attorney.
SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 18, 1895.
LOS ANGELES FEST
The City of the Angels
Ready to Receive
SPORTS ON THE FIELD.
Hundreds of Brawny Teutons
Will Contest for the
SINGING MATCHES A FEATURE.
A Varied Programme Arranged for
the Occasion by the Local
LOS ANGELES, Cal., June 17.— The
City of the Angela is about to don again
her festive garb and welcome within her
precincts strangers from all parts of Cali
fornia and contiguous States. Not satisfied
with having given a fiesta, the phenomenal
success of which placed this city at the
head of festival-givers, she has prepared
for the descendants of the ancient Teutons
one of the most elaborate Kreisturnfests
ever given on the coast.
For months past the officers and mem-
PBOMINENT MEMBERS OF THE L.OS ANGELES TUEN VEREIN OEBMA.NIA. :
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I bers of the local Turn Verein Germania
have been working like beavers; literature
has been scattered broadcast, secretaries
have been turning out letters, invitations
and correspondence by the ream; carpen
i ters have been busy erecting the trappings
necessary for the carrying out of the
! athletic exercises; decorators have been
knitting their brows and searching their
brains for new ideas, and the sum total of
: their efforts will be without question one
[ of the most successful affairs of its kind
■ ever held.
The members of the Turn Verein Ger
mania of Los Angeles are certainly entitled
I to a great deal of credit, not only from
i their kindred organizations but also from
| the city of Los Angeles, for the elaborate
| manner in which they have prepared and
the amount of work they have expended
upon the coming Kreisturnfest. Notwith
! standing the fact that the occasion will
draw thousands of people to this city, that
it is secondary in importance onl}- to La
Fiesta, and that it will be one of the largest
and best advertisements Los Angeles has
| ever received, the organization has not
' asked for public donations and has borne
: entirely the enormous expense attendant
| upon the preparation of an enterprise of
No organization here is more thoroughly
i identified with the growth of the city than
the Turn Verein Germania, no class of
people have labored more industriously
: for its welfare, no better citizens could be
found in any community than the members
of this society. It has kept pace with the
■ marvelous growth that has made Los
I Angeles famous, and on its rolls are the
| names of some of the old pioneers and men
| whose names will be"forever cherished by
I the generations who will read of the mak
! ing of the early history of California.
When Imds Angeles was nothing more
than a village, in 1859, the first attempt
was made to form a German society, but it
was not until 1871 that the present verein
came into existence, it being formed by the
consolidation of two German societies
which at that time were struggling indi
vidually to maintain an existence. The
first was the Teutonia, whose main object
was the cultivation of Binglng. Harmo
nious as toe object may have been, discord
arose within the society and a rival organ
ization called the Eintracht was formed by
seceding members. In 1869 the Teutonia,
owing to accessions to us membership
caused by many new arrivals in the Ger
man colony, was merged into the Los An
geles Turn Verein. and the objects of the
new society were somewhat enlarged by
including physical training.
Its performances in Mother Webeck's
Garden at that time were quite the leading
features in the somewhat limited pro
gramme of the amusements of this city.
Its successes resulted in the forming of an
other similar organization under the name
of (Joncordia, the founders of which were
Henry Koch, Theodore Frohlinger, Jacob
Kuhrls, Simon Stoll, John Webber, Nicho
laus Mueller and others.
These two societies, finding it to their
mutual interests to combine, consolidated
under the name of Turn Verein Germania.
It was not long before they were comfort
ably housed in the wooden building on
South Spring street, between Second and
Third, which, while at that time consid
ered an out-of-the-way place, improved so
rapidly in value that it was, at a later date,
sold for the sum of $100,000, and the money
used in erecting tne magnificent quarters
now occupied by the society.
The building, with its imposing brown
stone front, is one of the most solidly
built edifices in Los Angeles. It contains
an exhibition, liu.il 85x100 feet in dimension,
and is fitted up with stage and scenery
suitable for all entertainments of the so
ciety. The gymnasium, 85x90 feet in di
mension, is very complete, and was fitted
up at a cost of over $8000. No more pleas
ant clubrooms, more elegant theater, elab
orate assembly-room, comfortable banquet
hall nor well-equipped billiard-room can
be found on the Pacific Coast than those
embraced in the Los Angeles home of the
Under the efficient leadership of Pro
fessor Zahn, director of athletics; Profes
sor A. J. Stamm, director of music, and
Otto Gerdts, instructor of dramatic art, the
different departments have been thor
oughly organized and are making marked
progress. One of the most prominent of
these departments is the "Schuetzen sec
tion" (rifle section), which was organized
shortly after the erection of the first wood
en hall, and which since its first match
with the Los Angeles Guards in 1873, de
feated the latter organization and main
tained its supremacy at all other subse
quent prize shooting matches between
The membership at present is nearly 400
and the. oilicers are as follows: President,
AdolphFrese; vice-president, Louis Her
zog; recording secretary, J. C. Rhodes;
corresponding secretary, Fred W. Det
mers; financial secretary, George Schra
der; treasurer, Carl Entenmann ; trustees,
Charles Gollmer, Joseph Maier and Ad
i Sehroeder; first turn wart, Fred Steinike:
i second turnwart, John Hartnack; zeng
. wart, Eugene Nollac; stage manager, Otto
! Gerdts; singwart, Paul Rudolph; captain
of shooting section, Chris Krempel; chair
man of sick benefit section, J. Johannsen ;
chairman of refreshment committee,
Without question the organization in
Los Angeles is the most successful and
; prosperous of the societies forming the
North American Turner Bund of the Pacific
Circle and which embraces a total mem
bership of something over 3000, with turn
vereins at Sacramento, Oakland, Stockton,
Xapa, Santa Cruz. .San Jose, St. Helena,
San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Spokane,
Tacoma, Los Angeles, San Diego and Ana
One of the generous features of the
coming turnfest is the general invitation
extended to all athletes, whether Turners
or not, to participate in the prand field ex
ercises to be held at Agricultural Park on
Tuesday, June 26, the prizes for which
occasion alone will aggregate over $1000.
According to the official programme, the
FAKMERB FIGHTING FIBE IN GRAIN-FIELDS NEAR VACAVILLB.
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visiting turners will arrive on June 22.
They will be greeted by the local orders,
and at 7 o'clock in the evening all will
unite in a torchlight procession, to be fol
lowed by a reception in Turner Hall.
On Sunday, the 23d, the Turners will
parade to Agricultural Park in the morn
ing, where the mass wand exercises will be
rehearsed. At 10 o'clock the competitive
society drills will commence, and the after
Continued on Second I\igc
VACA VALLEY ABLAZE.
Grain Fields Swept by
a Ragingr Torrent
DESTRUCTION OF CROPS.
Charred Stubble All That Re
mains of the Season's
A LARGE AREA BURNED OVER.
Desperate Battle of the Farmers to
Save Their Homes From the
VACAVILLE, Cal., June 17.— A disas
trous fire broke put In the grain fields two
miles northeast of this place at 9:30
o'clock this morning. "Within an hour all
that remained of 2000 acres of standing
and cut grain was smoking stubble.
From all accounts the fire was started
by cinders from the Clear Lake and Vaca
Valley Railroad engine on the down trip
from Runisey. The strongest north wind of
the season has been blowing? down the Sac
ramento Valley since daylight.
The fire started on the estate of the late
Henry Peters, across the hills from Vaca
ville, on the west side of the Sacramento
Valley. On this property about 600 acres
of wheat had been headed and stacked.
Through this stubble the flames raced
faster than a horse could run, sending
clouds of dense smoke and cinders high
into the air. Stack after stack of headed
grain was burned like tinder.
The fire spread to the south and east
with alarming rapidity. On the hills east
of Vacaville a good view was obtained and
dozens of the townspeople repaired to the
elevations to watch the fire's progress.
After running for three-quarters of a mile
south it was checked in that direction by a
half dozen fruit orchards, where the
ground was plowed, but the east and west
fences for over a mile were destroyed.
The course of the wind shifted for a few
minutes and blowing from the west drove
the flames into the standing wheat on the
McClay tract. This grain was to have
been harvested this week and vises as dry
as straw. When the fire reached the
standing grain the sight was grand and
awful. The high wind that seemed to suck
down to the ground and the tall dry grain
made a moving wall of fire twenty feet
high, which extended north and south for
Edward J. Wilson, who rents 600 acres
of the McClay tract, lost every speur ot his
wheat crop in less than five minutes, so
rapidiy did the wall of fire cross the large
The flames did not stop in their south
east course until they reached the Sacra
mento road. Several hundred acres in the
Harbison and Page tracts, north of the
McClay tract, were also swept by the fire,
which ran against the wind almost as
rapidly as with it.
From all accounts no houses or barns
were destroyed, although several dwellings
narrowly escaped destruction.
The residence and outbuildings on John
Kennedy's ranch, one and a half miles
east of Vacaville, had a close call. The
ranch is on the Sacramento road and
directly in the course of the fire. The
buildings are surrounded on the north and
east by the McClay tract, and the grain
was planted close to the fence, which is
not over twenty feet from the house and
barns. The fences were burned to the
ground and cinders covered the premises
for several minutes, but the fire failed to
cross a narrow strip of plowed ground on
the inside of the fence.
At present the loss cannot be estimated,
but it will be very heavy, for the crop of
wheat was unusually good. The burnt
strip is about three and a half miles long
and two and a half miles wide. No less
than twenty-five miles of fencing was to
tally destroyed. For a time it was feared
that the lire would spread to the river on
the east and across the immense grain
fields to the north. Had it passed the
orchards and summer fallowed groundsill
those directions an area no less than
twenty miles square would have gone up
in smoke; nothing could have saved it*
This is the worst fire in this section of
the country for many years. The first sign
of white smoKe that arose at the west end
of the broad, level Sacramento Valley had
the same effect upon the farmers that a
general alarm of fire has in the large cities.
They knew what it meant and were quick
to act. Within five minutes all of the
public and private roads leading to the
scene of .the fire were filled with farm
wagons, roadcarts and buckboards.
Every vehicle carried weather-beaten
farmers and ti»eir help, all armed with big
buckets and wet grain bags to fight the
common foe. The men spread themselves
out at the points where they thought the
progress of the flames could be checked.
Rusty plows were hastily called into ser
vice, and the horses were put to a smart
trot to turn furrows in the neighborhood
of houses, barns and hay stacks.
The majority of tlie men, however,
plunged into the charred and smokine
held? and be^an to beat down tne flames
with their wet grain sacks, which were
frequently moistened in the buckets car
ried by boys and women. It was hot work
and many a man's face and hands were
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
LUCKY STOCKTON MEN
Will Share the Hidden
Gold Found on
TREASURE OF PIRATES.
Reported Success of the Ex
pedition to the Costa
ONE MILLION IN DOUBLOONS.
It Is Almost Certain That Gelsler,
the Stockton Explorer, Was
STOCKTON, Cat,., June 17.— A number
of Stocktonians are on the gui vive over
the reported rind of over $1,000,000 of treas
ure on the island of Cocos, near Veraguas,
in the department of Panama, but it is not
yet known by whom the discovery of the
treasure was made and there are some
thirty citizens think they have an
interest in the millions of Spanish doub
loons supposed to have been hidden on the
About three years ago Captain Geisler
poured out a tale of future wealth to Jacob
Simon of this city and some of Simon's
friends. He explained how he came into
possession of the secret of the location of
treasure buried on Cocos Island and was
earnest in his desire to go in quest of the
As soon as the local men became satisfied
that they could depend upon Geisler and
that lub story had some foundation in
fact they proceeded to band themselves to
gether to form an expedition for the pur
pose of searching for the wealth which
Spanish pirates were known to hsve sunk
in the famous treasure island in order to
escape detection. They elected Jacob
Simon president of the company, of which
there were some thirty members, and pro
ceeded to raise a iund with which to equip
an expedition. They got together $4000
for this purpose ai*d secured a schooner
which they dubbed the Hayseed.
The expedition failed, but Geisler was
not daunted and still kept up negotiations
with the Costa Rican Government, to
which the island belonged, and also kept
up his correspondence with Simon and his
coterie of treasure-seekers. Last January
he wrote from New York to Mr. Simon,
inclosing a copy of an agreement with the
Government of Costa Rica, by which Geis
ler was to colonize the island of Cocoa
within one year with fifty families of
What the local people would like to
know is whether the find of over a million
dollars was made by Geisler, for if such ia
the case they are entitled to a division of
GRADIXO FOR THE A'EW ROAD.
TracMaying on the Stoetcton-Lodi Line tm
Commence on July 4.
STOCKTON, Cal., June 17.— The work
of grading for the electric road between
here and Lodi is progressing rapidly, and
in a short time additional parties will be
put to work. The first camp is located in
the northwestern part of this city.
It is the desire of the projectors of the
road to benefit the farmers along the line
of the road by employing their teams in
grading. Just now they are busy on their
farms, and all their horses are at work,
but as soon as the rush is over several new
camps will be started, and in this way the
road will be completed within the next
J. A. Louttit, who is interested in the
road, will leave for San Francisco to-mor
row, to see if the first consignment of rails
cannot be shipped in time to have the
tracklaying commence on the Fourth of
Choosing a Queen.
STOCKTON, Cal., June 17.— The voting
for the Queen of the carnival, who is to
preside over the Venetian festival on the
night of the Fourth of July, has begun in
earnest. Already there are fourteen con
testants, among whom are some of the
most beautiful girls in California. Stock
ton is famous tor its beautiful women, and
this contest is bringing them prominently
to the fore. Miss Minnie Rabolt leads in
the voting, with Miss Gertrude Elliott and
Miss Blanche Strotber in second place, and
Miss Gertrude Kieiski third.
Great preparations are being made for
Cutting Insurance Kates.
STOCKTON. Cal., June 17.— Insurance
solicitors are taking grain risks at any rate
agreed upon with farmers. One risk writ
ten on Saturday was for $10,000 and the
premium was $75, one-half the regular
rate. Agents say that the catting is con
fined to the one agency engaged in tak
ing business to break the local association,
but the fact is that anxious solicitors are
taking anything they can get on grain
insurance. Local agents are extending
their policies with the provisions that they
cannot be canceled. This is being done to
hold out business from the cutting com
Drowned in Mormon Channel.
STOCKTON, Cal., June 17.— James Ber
nard was found drowned in Mormon Chan
nel late yesterday afternoon. He had been
employed as a cook for a harvesting crew.
It is not known whether his deatfc was due
to an accident or suicide. The deceased
was a university graduate, but never mad*
use of his education.
Reception to a Colima Surriror.
STOCKTON, Cal., June IT.— T. J. Oriel,
the young man who escaped from the Co
lima disaster, will be given a reception
Wednesday evening by his fellow-members
of the Stockton Baptist Church. He has
promised to again relate his experiences
on that occasion.
A Hunter Missing.
STOCKTON, Cal., June 17.— Thomas
Macon, a well-known hunter and trapper,
living on Union Island, is missing from
his ark, which is moored in Old River.
He has been missed for three weeks, and
left his ark open. He has a sister living
in Oakland, but, it is said, she has not
heard from him.
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