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WEDXESDAY JUNE 19, 1895
CITY NEWS IN BRIEF.
The Naval Reserve lelt the ; Olympia last
The Pioneer Yacht Club will hold its annual
meeting on Saturday night in Eintracht Hall.
Joseph Jlacdonouch,' the millionaire, died
yesterday afternoon in this City of Brieht's dis
There a chance that the entire plant of the
Ostrander gun factory will be brought to this
Captain Morse of Morse's Patrol says that his
watchmen are responsible to a sergeant and a
The roadbed of the Sutro Cliff House railway
is all Jaid and the site for the power-house is
Cabin Passenger Gushing tells, a graphic
<£"' of. the wreck of the steamer Colima at the
The Sutter-street Railway Company will ap
peal from the decision;dee!arlng the Hush-street
tt S! 1 Cr °wiey does not agree with Dr. Albert
timer that the entire system of special police
men is Ineffective.
A ship supposed to be the missine Norwegian
Ship Fjeld has been reported as having been
Seen by the Karlscourt.
There is a case of extreme destitution at 520
Broadway, where Marie Ernondas. a 12-year
oM child, is dying in want.
The .1. C. Price Lyceum, an organization of
co!o-e<i j.eople, gave a very successful social
evening In the ZTou Church last night.
r'.cs S. Graham, the artist, has been miss-
Ing for three weeks. A. luge Brown has writ
ten to ascertain whether he is in New Year.
The Unexcelled Fireworks Company secured
the contract for fireworks from the executive
Committee for the ltourtli of July celebration.
A brilliant parade of United States troops
took place at the I'residio yesterday in honor
of tj'-neral Solu'tield, commauder of" the army.
The trustees of the Mechanics' Institute held
au interesting meeting last night to make fur
ther arrangements for holding the fair in Au
The new police station which will be built on
the site of the old City Hall is to contain a
' equipped gymnasium and a large drill
An attachment was levied by the Sheriff yes
on \\ - g Lee's cigar factory at 31i2
Washington street, at the instance of L.
Rev. Horatio Stebbins has written an open
letter to Regent slack arguing in favor of the
justice of students at the university paying a
The California division of the Commercial
travelers' Association of America, with! head
quarters at St. Louis, will drop out of the or
The writ of habeas corpus issued by the Su
preme Court to Oro Winthrop was under argu
ment yesterday morning. It was submitted
Thomas H. Williams Jr., tbe racine man, has
returned from the East. He declares that the
next lew weeks will see a big influx of horse
men to the coast.
General Appraiser Shurtleff yesterday began
an investigation of the question raised by im
porters v* to whether sago and tapioca are
dutiable as starches.
John Harrington committed a burglary la^t
Life'iu in the of Nicholas Svilovich. 812
Sixth street, but was chased and cuptured by
bvilovich and badly beaten.
Thomas A. Ley, who a year ago eloped from
Woodland with the wite of C. A. Bayiiigton,
yeMerday took out a license to marry Miss Jen
nie Davis of 1130 Market street.
Attorney-General Fitzgerald advised Assessor
yesterday that the City and County of
San Francisco is entitled to tiper cent oi'the
Ctate taxes for collecting the same.
It is proposed by the Police Commissioners
to have the City build five new police stations
on its own property and abandon the ones
now rented from private individuals.
Mrs. Kate Murphy, charged with disturbing
the peace, pleaded her own cause in Judge
Campbell's court yesterday and afforded con
i/Jerable amusement to the spectators.
/The question as to whether the ferry founda
tion should be paid for out of the harbor im
provement fund or the #600.000 raised by the
bale of bonds will be decided in a few days.
Chief Justice Beatty of the Supreme Court
has filed an answer to implied charges against
the integrity of the tribunal over which he
presides, made by the last Grand Jury in its re
The Doric will be put into service in place of
the Oceanic between this port and the Orient.
She will be remodeled and fitted with engines
CHpabie of developing enormous power and
Henry Wenrle, 13 years of age, had his face
and eyea badly burned yesterday by foolishly
applying a lighted match to a can of powder
in a v«cant lot at McAllister and Buchanan
The Supervisors yesterday gave a hearing to
all the inventors of life-saving fenders for
Btreetcnrs. There were a dozen of them with
models. The matter was taken under con
The directors of the Manufacturers' and Pro
ducers' Association met last night and elected
Julian Sontitag vice-president of the organiza
tion. Several important matters were also
Coroner Hawkins received a letter from some
unknown person yesterday, in which the writer
announced that he intended to commit suicide
because injured by the People's Home Savings
An clarni from box 294 at ft :1O o'clock yester
day morning was for a lire in the two-story
frame building 832 Clay street, owni-d by J. B.
Stoupand occ;it>iud by Chinese. The lose is
estimated at fISO.
IT»e Southern Pacific engineers are finishing
a iciio steel bridge across the Santa Maria River
at Gaadalape, Santa Barbara County, this
week, and when it i* finished track laying will
begin on tho south side.
The Fire Committee of the Board of Super
visors yesterday awarded contracts for the
supplies for the coming year. The Bowers
Rubber Company, a local concern, secured the
contract for the cotton hose.
The Southwestern freight war has been
stopped and rates were restored yesterday.
This incident has little local bearing further
than to show that the high railroad officials
have the power to preserve ail compacts. -
Vice-Presldent Stubbs and General Traffic
Manager Smurr of the Southern Pacific Com
pany will go to Portland, Or., to-day to make
an examination of the road and business mat
ters connected with it in the Northwest.
The Mcßirney widows are again fighting.
Mrs. Mary A. Mcßirney. the real widow, is
suing Mrs. Eudoxia Mcßirney for an account
ing of her actions while administratrix of Mc-
Birney's estate and before Mrs. Mary A. proved
The Third Infantry Resiment, N. G. C, is
actively preoaring for its annual inspection and
muster, which will take place to-morrow even
ing. The new drum and fife corps will then
appear for the first time, the old bugle corps
having been disbanded to allow of such a new
Henry Wittingham, saloon-keeper, Third and
Howard streets, was yesterday held to answer
before the Superior Court by Judsre Joachimsen
in .>:>OO bonds on the charge of assault with a
deadly weapon npon Nicholas Schwartz ou the
night of June 8.
l)r William Gavigan, who was instrumental
in the passage of the law providing for a suita
ble hospital for the treatment of inebriates,
cave the institution presented to the City on
Monday will in no way interfere with the one
contemplated by the law.
The criminal libel suit of Editor Amalgia
against Editor Crespi was called in Judge
Campbell's court yesterday and continued nil
to-morrow, the attorney for Amalgia warning
the other side that if further libels are pub
lished it might lead to murder.
Stockholders of the Oregon Improvement
Company are not all united. Some are anxious
for development, and they are considering the
advisability of extending the Pacific Coast
Kailwav in' San Luis Obispo County into the
fertile foothills of Santa Barbara.
The Federal Grand Jury yesterday returned
indictments against Charles Favor, S. S. Simon
for impersonating United States officers, V*. J.
Bcanlan for feuding improper letters through
the mail, and Barney Maguire for being impli
cated in the "green-goods" swindle.
Marcus Kosenthal, the well-known attorney
of this City, who was charged with wrongful
conduct a-s one of the executors of the estate
of cunrles Austin of Sonoma County, and
whnse removal was asked by Mrs. Austin, in an
interview yesterday denied all the charges
Kiriaiira. The petition of Mrs. Austin lor his
removal has also been denied by Judge Dough
erty of the Sonoma Superior Court.
\ telegram received by Colonel M. H. Hecht
from the eminent Hebrew divine of Philadel
phia Rev. Dr. Joseph Krauskopf, tells of an
error in the calculation of the dates filled by
his representative and the impossibility- of hi 6
bein" able to lecture to-morrow night. Dr.
Krauskoiif will reach here on Friday and the
firct lecture will be delivered at the Temple
tm*uu-Jil ou Saturday night snstead.
SIGHTED THE LOST FIELD
The Earlscourt Saw a Disman
tled Hulk, Supposed to
Be That Ship.
A VISIT TO THE CRUISER.
General Schofield and Party on the
Bay— The Work on the Union
A dispatch was received at the Mer
chants' Exchange yesterday, stating that
the British ship Earlscourt had arrived at
Queenstown from San Francisco. She re
ported having passed in latitude o degrees
south and longitude 113 degrees west the
hull of a iron ship, painted black with
white ports. The vessel had evidently
been on fire.
No date of the sighting was given, but it
is thought here that it must have occurred
some time in March. The Earlscourt
could not make out the name of the dis
mantled hulk, but the general impression
in insurance circles is that it was the
Norwegian ship Fjeld.
The latter is out from Grimsby 230 days,
bound for San Diego, and she has not been
heard of since the day she sailed. Some
months ago the German bark Triton ar
rived at Honolulu and reported having
GENERAL. SCHOIIELD BOUND FOR THE CRUISER OLYMPIA.
[Sketched for the "Call" by Coulter.]
passed a burning four-masted ship. From
the description of the latter it was con
cluded that she was the overdue Field,
and reinsurance on the vessel jumped up
to 90 guineas per cent. The Norwegian
was loaded with coal, which was liable to
take fire at any moment.
It was thought by some that the
Earlscoitrt's hulk was the British ship
Falls o' Dee, now out from Newcastle-on-
Tvne 195 days with coal for San Francisco.
She is long: overdue and has not been
spoken since December 26. There seems
to be but little doubt, however, that the
Fjeid was The burning hulk. Nothing has
been heard of her crew.
General Schofield and party visited the
Olympia yesterday afternoon and a large
crowd assembled at the Clay-street steps to
see the cruiser's big launch depart. Ac
companying the general were Scho
lield, Miss Kilburn, Lieutenant-Colonel
Sanger, Lieutenant-Colonel Schofield,
Lieutenant Schoheld, W. R. Schofield,
General Forsyth, Colonel Graham and
several other omcers and ladies and gentle
The customary salute of fifteen guns
were fired as the swift launch approached
the cruiser's side, and the guests were met
on deck by Captain Reed. A very pleasant
hour was spent on board, after which the
party returned to the steps, escorted by
Captain Reed. Carriages were in waiting
at the wharf, from where the distinguished
visitors were driven to the Palace Hotel.
The Naval Reserve severed their con
nection with the big cruiser last evening,
their seven days of "encampment" being
up. They went on board last Wednesday
night and ever since some of them, in
cluding the officers, have remained on the
Olympia. While there is no doubt that
the week's training has done the amateur
men-of-warsmen a great deal of good, there
is considerable dissatisfaction in the ranks.
Only twenty-four hours' notice was given
the "boys to report on the Olympia and
many of them could not get ready in that
time. Lieutenant Commander Stahle,
while regretting the unavoidable shortness
of the notice, is very well satisfied with the
improvement noted in the Reserve.
The Pioneer Yacht Club will hold its
annual meeting Saturday night at Ein
tracht Hall, 539 California street, to elect
officers and arrange a programme for the
>> ow that the ferry foundation has been
pronounced strong enough to bear any
weight to which it may be subjected, the
question is beinp asked "When is the work
on the superstructure to be commenced?"
After the experts on the foundation were
appointed. Commissioner Coinon discov
ered that Architect A. Page Brown was
not properly attending to the duties of his
position. The question arose as to whether
the foundation should be paid for out of
the harbor improvement fund or the
$600,000 raised on the sale of bonds. Both
these matters have been submitted to At
torney Ford of the board and Attorney-
General Fitzgerald, and a decision is ex
pected in a few days. When all is smooth
sailing again bids on the superstructure
must be advertised for thirty days, and it
will be a month easily after that before the
work can be commenced.
STATE BOARD OF TRADE.
Owing to the Increase of Counties Their
Rooms Are Getting
The State Board of Trade rooms are get
ting considerably crowded. When they
moved into their present quarters nearly a
year ago the only criticism offered by some
of the directors was that the room was too
large. Under the new management a
great many new counties have been brought
in, and now the only complaint ia that the
room is too small.
Their exhibit is one of the best exposi
tions of California's resources ever put up
in the same space in this State, and, grand
and attractive as it is, it is being added to
all the time.
This week two excellent new stands have
been put in place, designed for the ex
hibits from Sonoma and Contra Costa
counties. Another stand is in course of
construction, intended for Monterey
It is thought by the management that
Lake, Yuba, Siskiyou and San Luis
Obispo will soon put tnemselves in affilia
tion with the board and make exhibits of
their products in the board's rooms.
It will be a big undertaking to move, and
yet if the board's exhibit continues to
grow and improve in the next year as it
has in the last, they will be compelled to
seek more spacious quarters.
This institution is now in first-rate con
dition and is doing a great deal of work in
the way of encouraging immigration to
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, WEDNESDAY, 'JUNE 19, 1895.
California and assisting the people who
come here in their search for desirable
As a sample of one of the many letters
received yesterday, H. M. Weissert writes
from Baltimore, lid., as follows: "By
sending any circulars, pamphlets, etc., in
relation to the resources, advantages and
prospects of California and the desirability
of a location on California lands where
people with modest means and plenty of
energy can secure homes, to the under
signed, you will very greatly oblige."
This character of communication is
promptly answered, and literature is sent
to them at once covering information em
bodied in their inquiry.
FEDERAL GRAND JURY.
Four Indictments Were Returned iv the
District Court by That Body
The United States Grand Jury was in
session yesterday afternoon and shortly
before 4 o'clock returned four indictments
in the United States District Court. Two
were against Charles Favor and 8. S.
Simon, the so-called "cowboy detective."
They were charged with impersonating
revenue officers in Chinatown and obtain
ing money from Mongolian merchants as
representatives of the Federal law.
The indictments are the outcome of the
troubles which the two got into several
weeks ago and which resulted in their ar
rest. At that time they entered a Chinese
store on Jackson street" above Dupont, and
after a pretended search for contraband
goods made away with $18, so the Chinese
proprietor said, which was in the till. An
other store on Dupont street, near Wash
ington, was also attended to in the same
way. There is a criminal complaint pend
ing against them for these misdeeds, and a
Federal one also for impersonating United
States officials. Other evidence of their
actions has also been discovered, and after
investigation the jury decided to indict
W. J. Scanlan was indicted upon evi
dence presented by the postoffice authori
ties of sending improper matter through
the United States mails. The other in
dicted party was Barney Maguire, who is
charged with being implicated in the
"green goods" swindle which was exposed
several weeks ae;o. In the case of Simon
and Favor bonds were fixed at $500 each.
ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
The Two Bids for Fireworks
Examined in Executive
The Unexcelled Fireworks Com
pany to Furnish the Pyro
The executive committee for the Fourth
of July celebration met in semi-executive
session yesterday afternoon to consider
bids for fireworks. Two firms, the Cali
fornia Fireworks Company and the Un
excelled Fireworks Company, had been
asked to submit programmes of pyrotech
nic displays, which they would furnish for
the stated sum of $2000, this to include the
expense of firing them. As it had not been
decided whether the display would be
given upon the water or upon land two
programmes were received from each
The executive committee first decided
that the fireworks should be discharged, if
possible, from barges on the bay, and ap
pointed Messrs. Hammond, Reichart and
Galloway to investigate the feasibility of
the scheme, to confer with the Harbor
Commissioners and to report on the best
location for the barges.
This point being decided two pro
grammes only were considered, though all
were read. The vote on the bids was by
secret ballot, and in order that handwrit
ing might not reveal the identity of the
voters the secretary supplied each mem
ber with two ballots.
Ten ballots were cast and the vote stood
six to four in favor of the Unexcelled com
pany. A motion was then carried that the
contract be awarded to that company if
any fireworks were to be provided at all.
The proviso was inserted the same as it
has been in all plans approved by the ex
ecutive committee to permit a modifica
tion of the contract in case the funds
raised should not be sufficient for carrying
out aU the plans approved.
The plans so fur adopted provide for the
expenditure of between $10,000 and $15,000.
The indications are that the funds will not
quite amount to those figures and some
modifications may be necessary. The
finance committee will meet to-morrow
evening and report what collections have
The report of the printing committee
was adopted and the contract for the pro
grammes definitely let to Caspar & Co.,
who pay $50 for the privilege of printing
The executive committee will meet at 3
o'clock Friday afternoon to take final
action concerning the fireworks contract.
The City Supply for Two Tears Will be
Made in ; This City.
The Board of Supervisors have indorsed
a California industry by awarding to the
Bowers Rubber Co. a contract for ■ furnish
ing cotton fire hose for the use of the Fire
Department for the next two years. This
is the first time that San , Francisco work
men I have had a chance .to furnish this
important article. i,;,
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WINTHROP`S HABEAS CORPUS.
Arguments on the Writ Made Before
the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court sat in bank yester
day morning to listen to arguments for
and against the granting of a writ of
habeas corpus in the case of O. W. Win
throp, charged with the murder of Jennie
Ma thews. Most of the morning was
taken up with the arguments, and then
the case was submitted for decision. The
main point of Winthrop's claim ia that
there is not sufficient evidence to hold
There is an article on the market seldom
equaled and never excelled— Jesse Moore Whis
ky. Moore, Hum & Co. guarantee its puriiy. •
GRAND JURORS CENSURED
Chief Justice W.H. Beatty Takes
Exception to Their Re
HIS ANSWER DULY FILED.
Implied Charges Branded as Scan
dalous and Mali
The Supreme Court has not taken kindly
to the criticism, direct and indirect, which
the report of the last Grand Jury passes
upon it, and the investigation of the court
has finally taken tangible shape in a reply
by Chief Justice Beatty to that portion of
the report referring to the high tribunal.
It will in accordance with his request be
filed and spread upon the minutes of Judge
He board's sourt. The document in full is
Hon. J. C. B. Hebbard, Judge of the Superior
Court of tlio City and County of San Francisco—
Sir: There have recently been published in
several daily papers of San Francisco portions
of a report said to have been filed in your de
partment of the Superior Court by the late
Grand Jury in which the Supreme Court of the
.State is charged, not openly and directly, but
by implication, with gross Corruption.
As the Grand Jury is an official body, com
posed of men of presumed character and
probity, acting under the sanction of a solemn
oath and with power to examine witnesses as
■well as to obtain under other means authentic
evidence of the matters which they choose to
investigate, and as their report will remain a
permanent record in the archives of this
County, I deem it not improper to notice some
of their extraordinary misstaternents concern
ing the court of which 1 am a member.
The portion of the report to which I refer is
"Another branch of the election frauds in
which this body took considerable interest
were the cases of hotel stuffing, in which Stein
berger, a deputy registrar, took a prominent
part. He wag indicted with his accomplice,
Cohen, and their cases were assigned to Judge
Wallace's department. There, political pull or
outside influence did not seem to work; the in
dictments were held to be good and the per
sons charged were found guilty. Several at
tempts were made to obtain a confession from
Steinberger, and two or three times, through
the efforts of his friends, he was on the point
of telling how and at whose instigation the
frauds were perpetrated. But at the last mo
ment, on a promise or relief to come from the
Supreme Court, and that he might be admitted
to bail and the cases would be allowed to drag
until they had been forgotten, he refused to
make a confession.
"Singular to relate, about two weeks ago
certificates of probable cause were granted
both men by the Supreme Court, and applica
tion for bail was made to Judge Wallace. A
representative of the District Attorney's office
appeared willing to allow Cohen, the accom
plice of Steiuberger, to be admitted to bail in
the sura of $10,000, and the application was
taken under consideration by Judge Wallace.
The matter was brought to the attention of the
Grand Jury, and this body requested Mr.
Barnes to resist the application to admit bail.
"The knowledge of Steinberger as to what
the Supreme Court's action would be might be
only a coincidence, cut it is one which appears
to be rather singular. It is a fact which has
come to the notice of this jury, that a prisoner
who had been convicted of a crime in 1888
was released on a writ of probable cause issued
by the Supreme Court, and he is still under
bonds. His case hus neither been dismissed
nor retried. With this case in mind it can be
readily understood how the cases of steinber
ger and Cohen, once they were admitted to
bail, might be allowed to run on for years."
Apparently the authors of this report were
not quite bold enough to make the open and
direct charge that the members of the Supreme
Court, for the purpose of shielding from ex
posure the instigators of the frauds~alleged to
have been commitjed at the late election,
caused an assurance to be conveyed to a con
victed criminal that if he would refrain from
making a confession they would use their offi
cial authority to screen him from punishment;
but such is the charge which they have not
scrupled to intimate.
It is, of course, impossible for any one to
know what evidence has been submitted in
the secret sessions of a Grand Jury, but I
venture to affirm, my confident belief that no
witness ever testified to any fact which would
lend the slightest support to the charge thus
made, end I have this belief not only upon the
ground that the charge, being absolutely false,
could only have found support in perjured tes
timony, but also and chiefly upon the ground
that the only fact alleged in the report by way
of corroboration of the charge referred to is di
rectly corroborative by the public and authen
tic records upon which it professes to be based.
It is said that Steinberger — meaning Stern
berg—though he was two or three times on the
point of teiling how and at whose instigation
the frauds were perpetrated, "at the last mo
me n i on a promise of relief to come from the
Supreme Court, and that he would be admitted
to bail and the cases allowed to drag on until
they had been forgotten, refused to make the
"Singular to relate," the report continues,
"about two weeks ago certificates of probable
cause were granted to both men— meaning
Stern berg and his alleged accomplice Cohen —
by the Supreme Court, aud application for bail
was made to Judge Wallace, etc.
Further down it is added: "The knowledge
of Sternberger as to what the Supreme Court's
action would be, might be only a coincidence,
but it is one which appears to be rather sin
It would not be at all a remarkable or singu
lar circumstance if it were true that certificates
of probable cause had issued from this court
in both cases. The right to such a certificate
in a proper case is secured to the defendant in
a criminal action by the same statute which
regulates his right of appeal, and it is granted,
as a matter of course, whenever the record of
a case shows any assignment of error which to
the mind of the Justice acting on the petition
is apparently frivolous and devoid of merit,
the only effect of the allowance ot the certifi
cate being to keep the defendant in the County
Jail pending the decision of his appeal; or, in
other words, to prevent him from going to the
State prison until it is finally determined that
he has been lawfully convicted. It does not
admit him to bail or discharge him from cus
tody, and if the sentence is affirmed merely
prolongs his imprisonment and increases his
But it happens that in the case of Sternberg,
not only has no certificate of probable cause
been issued by the Supreme Court, but no ap
plication tor such certificate has been made to
the court or to any member of it, and this for
the very reason that when the application was
made in the first instance to Judge Wallace of
the Superior Court, before whom Sternberg was
tried, he at once granted the application him
In the case of Cohen, the alleged accomplice,
an application for a certificate of probable
cause was tnade to Justice Garroutte of the
Supreme Court, but it could not be decided by
reason of the fact that no bill of exceptions
had been settled by the Superior Judge, and
the only order made was for a temporary stay
of proceedings, according to the settled prac
tice of the court, to give time for the produc
tion of the record.
This temporary stay has been extended by
two subsequent orders, made by the same Jus
tice, upon a showing that the settlement of the
bill of exceptions was still pending and that
the delay was not caused by the petitioner.
There the matter rests lor the present, awaiting
the action of the Superior Court.
It thus appears that the singular and re
markable circumstances paraded and insisted
upon by the Grand Jury as proof of its scanda
lous charge against the members of the Su
preme Court has no existence in fact. It
further appears that the order which, if made
by a member of the Supreme Court, would, in
the minds of the grand jurors, have furnished
conclusive proof of a corrupt interference with
the course of justice, was in fact made, and
doubtless properly made, by the Superior
Judge in whose court, according to the elegant
language of the report, "political pull and out
side influence do not seem to work."
It is also to be observed that these facts, ex
actly as I have stated them, are clearly estab
lished by the public records of this court, and
of the County of San Francisco, which were not
only open aud aecesible to members of the
Grand Jury, but were, and are, the sole and ex
clusively competent evidence of the matters in
question. That they should have ignored thi6
potent and clear proof of the facts, in order to
publish the reckless, if not malicious inisstate
ments contained in their report, is a coinci
dence which I think would be characterized as
As to the statement that a peison convicted
in 1888 was released on a writ of probable
cause issued by the Supreme Court, and is still
under bonds, etc., which seems to have been
thrown in as a makeweight, l can only say that
1 have no knowledge of any such case, but as
suming the statement of the Grand Jury to be
correct, as far as it goes, it simply amounts to
one ot those half truths which are equally de
ceptive with downright misstatenients.
It seems to have been designed to produce
the impression that the Supreme Court had
continued, and was responsible for the delay,
and could and would cause a similar delay in
the oa<«> of Sternberg.
But v it is true that a certificate of probable
cause was issued in 1888, it must also be true
that the appeal was decided years ago, and if
the defendant is still at large, it follows that
the judgment must have been reversed and
the cause remanded for a new trial; and if it
has not been brought to trial in the Superior
Court tha fault, if fault there be, lies at the
door of the District Attorney of the county
where the cause is pending— a fact which it
would seem a Grand Jury oueht to know.
In conclusion I wish only to add that if this
court shall ever become as reckless of the right
of litigants as the authors of this report have
shown Themselves to be in their eager desire
to smirch the reputation of the Judges, it will
no longer be necessary for a Grand Jury to
pervert or suppress facts in order to lay a
foundation for their censure.
1 ask that tnis communication be placed on
file along with the report to which it refers.
Yours respectfully, W. H. Beatty,
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
San Francisco, June 18, 1395.
A FAREWELL LETTER
Coroner Hawkins Receives One from a
Person Contemplating Suicide.
It Muy Be a Hoax.
Coroner Hawkins was in receipt of a
letter yesterday from some one who
claimed to be a victim of the failure of the
People's Home Savings Bank, and in which
the writer (the name of whom was can
celed) announced the contemplation of
suicide. The letter read as follows:
When tnis communication finally reaches
you I'll have found a watery grave in the
vicinity of the ditt' House. It is the deliberate
act of an unfortunate young man, driven to
self-destruction by desi eration brought about
by the loss of my hard-earned money in the
People's Pavings Bank, which represented the
savings of five years' steady work in Mon
tana, failure to obtain employment, inability
to respond and render mv dear mother finan
cial assistance in her infirmity, and lastly by
My dear mother, let me pause and cry. Your
letter of the 7th inst. came to hand yesterday,
EX-COMMODORE JOSEPH MACDONOUQH.
[From a photograph.]
but I have not the courage to reply without
inclosing the necessary remittance, as you
have requested and evidently needed. I have
been idle for several months and penniless,
and have walked the streets of this city— 32oo
miles from the imprinted scenes of my child
hood — the last three nights hungry and chilly,
and not knowing where I could rest my poor
aching head. As to when and how I made my
premature exit from this world you will prob
ably never know. My poor mother, may your
prayers pacify and smooth the last moments of
my existence on earth. R
The Coroner is undecided whether to
regard the communication as an earnest
one or as a ghastly jest perpetrated by a
IN DIREST DESTITUTION
A Dying Child in Need of the
Barest Necessities of
Affliction and Want In a Broadway
Tenement— Medical Attend
Maria Ernondas is a little Mexican who
is slowly dying of tuberculosis in a crowded
tenement at 530 Broadway.
Childish suffering is the greatest of the
attendant ills of poverty, and the sight of
the wan face and shrunken form of this
12-year-old haunts the memory of every
one who has seen it. For a year the little
invalid has not been able to leave her bed,
and during that time she had but two calls
from a physician, the last rive months ago.
The so-called head, and a wretched
crowning piece it was, of the family of
which little Maria is the chief sufferer, put
the finishing touches on a career of indo
lence and drunkenness by desertion a few
weeks ago. "He go on steamer, he not
come back," said an officious neighbor.
The mother is In delicate health and un
able to go out to work. There are four
children, the youngest a 16-months-old
A room Bxl2, with one small window,
serves as a home for these five human be
ings. A cot, a gaudy tattered lounge,
some shelves containing the few dishes
and scant food ; a chair, a tub and a box,
in which a worn-out grate is a poor pre
tense for a stove, constitute the furniture,
which, meager as it is, crowds the little
A half loaf of stale bread and two eggs
stood between the family and starvation,
the mother told a visitor, and a glance at
the shelves confirmed her story. The cen
tral figure in this picture of suffering is
the dying girl. She may linger for weeks.
The remainder of the starred child life
might be rendered far less wretched by
some "crumbs from the tables of the rich.
There is no room for the stray bit of hu
manity in any of the hospitals. What a
revelation clean beds, pure air and sunlit
wards would be to her! There was all of
the pathetic patience of the poor in the
child's smile as she tried to say yesterday
that she was a "Hl' better." It iB possible
that with proper care and treatment she
might recover, but it is certain that fresh
air, cleanliness, nourishing food and medi
cal treatment would prolong and brighten
Ho Will Try to Prove That Dr. Plouf
Struck Him First.
The defense in the case of J. D. L. Mc-
Gaughey was commenced before Judge
Belcher yesterday, the prosecution hav
ing finished before 11 o'clock. Reel B.
Terry, chief counsel for the defense, out
lined his case and stated he would prove
that Dr. Plouf struck the prisoner in the
face with a cane before McGaughey drew
his pistol and fired. The first witness, W.
M. English, testified to that effect. He
claims to have been an eye-witness of the
whole struggle, but as lie did not wish to
"get mixed up in the case" he had not
been heard of before.
The defense will take at least two days,
it has been announced.
Special Baggage Notice.
Round-trip transfer tickets on sale at re
duced rates at our office oxly. One trunk,
round trip, 50 cents; single trip, 35 cents.
Morton Special Delivery. 31 Geary street,
408 Taylor street and Oakland ferry depot.*
DEATH OF MACDONOUGH
The Weil-Known Capitalist's
Eventful Life Comes to
BRIGHT'S DISEASE THE CAUSE.
He Came to the West In the Gold
Days and Acquired Fame
Joseph Macdonough, the well-known
capitalist, died at 4 o'clock yesterday
afternoon at the hospital of Dr. Julius
Rosenstirn, at the corner of Sutter and
Hyde streets. His son, J. 08. Macdon
ough, was at the bedside when Mr. Mac
donough passed away.
For several days the millionaire's death
had been regarded as close at hand, and
telegrams were sent to his family inform
ing them of the hopelessness of his con
Mr. Macdonough suffered for a number
of years from chronic infiammalion of the
kidneys, but it was only within the last
few days that the disease developed into
the most serious phase of that malady.
Until that sudden change for the worse
! came, Dr. Rosenstirn was hopeful that Mr.
Macdonough's life might be prolonged for
an indefinite period, but Mr. Macdonough
sank rapidly until his death yesterday.
Mr. Macdonough, the millionaire's son,
was constantly in attendance at the bed
side of his father for a number of weeks.
It was ne who advised that the capitalist
be removed to the hospital near Dr. Rosen
stirn's residence in order that the patient
might be constantly under his physician's
care. One of the sons of the deceased is
now in Japan, and a cablegram was sent
him on Friday with the information of the
hopeless condition of his father. Mr. Mac
donough's daughter, Mrs. Agar, who lives
in New York, was also telegraphed, and
she left that city Monday, hoping to see
her father alive.
The bod/ of the dead millionaire is still
at the hospital and will remain there until
to-day, when the arrangements for the
funeral will have been completed.
The life of Mr. Macdonough was an
eventful one, and into his allotted span of
63 years he crowded many exciting ven
tures—reverses and victories of fortune.
It was a life that had few prosaic days and
none not full of that nervous activity which
was characteristic of the man.
He was of sturdy Irish stock and a native
of Galway. His parents possessed consid
erable property and enjoyed good social
standing. When Macdonough was 10
years of age they decided to emigrate to
America and in due time reached New
York (Jity.wbere the boy was put to school.
There he remained until 1849, when he de
cided to try his fortune in California.
The discovery of gold had set the world
to talking, and the wonderful stories of the
new El Dorado appealed to the adventur
ous spirit of the young man, who at this
time was not quite 17 years of age. Disre
garding the advice of friends and relatives,
who, on account of his youth and inexpe
rience, feared the perils incident to an
overland journey, he set out alone, and
about six months later arrived in Califor
nia. In a few years he had succeeded in
getting together about $20,000, and with
this capital he sought investment in Mex
ico and later in Central America.
Not finding anything to his liking he
drifted back to New York and engaged in
There he met his first financial reverses,
and in a short time had lost all of the
money acquired in the West. But he was
not of the mold to be discouraged by re
verses of any kind, and with a stout heart
he commenced to build anew upon the
wreck of his former fortune.
When the war broke out he was one of
the first to answer the country's call for
volunteers, joining the famous Irish regi
ment — the %hting Sixty-third — whose
record is well known. It went to the front
1000 strong and returned with less than 250
Several years after the war he married
Miss O'Brien, sister of W. S. O'Brien of
the celebrated Bonanza firm, and the death
of the latter added $500,000 to his wealth.
Some time ago he erected the Macdonough
Theater in Oakland, for which he refused
$400,000. He owned considerable real es
tate o:i Mason, Taylor, Turk and Mission
Mr. Macdonough was devoted to yacht
ing and built both the Aggie and the Jes
sie, well known among California yacht
men. His fortune is estimated at about
NEW AMUSEMENTS. ;
And Venetian Water Carnival,
Corner Eddy an<! Mason streets.
VnF F Hm^ ILLIPB - " ' ' -: So 6
juii UOLnS Acting Manager
TO-NIGHT 1 -TO-NIGHT!
THE GREATEST SHOW IN TOWN !
NEW AND NOVEL FEATURES !
Last Nights of Last Nights *
i: ELAINE ELAINE V:
And the "Colima" Survivors.
Novelties in Preparation.
SCALE OP PRICES-Evening, 15c, 26c and 50c;
Saturday Matinee— Children 15c, Adults 25c.
FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE EM-
MANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH,
REV. J. GEORGE GIBSON,
THURSDAY EVENING, June 20, 1893.
Subject:- "The Crime of a Century."
NEW TO-DAY— AMUSEMENTS.
AL. HAYMAN «fc CO. (Incorporated), Proprietor!
GRAND REOPEW I'
MONDAY- -JUNE 24.
DENMAS THOMPSON'S PLAY,
Management of E. A. McFARL AND.
Wednesday and Saturday Matinees.
Company Larger and Better Than Ever.
SALE OF SEATS ;
Opens To - xuorrovc,
THURSDAY, JUNE 20. ' .
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rniCDLAnQLIUCTTLOD «£p-^Scj a.io ■• •
WHY ~~\~ TURN
NOT I AWAY
COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES
The Funniest and Best of All Comedies,
"NAasro-y «Sb OO."
THE FKAWLEY COMPANY.—
Night 15c, 25c, 50c and 75c
Saturday Matinee 15c, 25c and 50e
June 24-"YOUNG MKS. WIJTTHROP."
THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JUNE 27th
Of San Francisco,
ASSISTED BY THE PROFESSIONAL
TALENT FROM THE
and CIRCUS ROYAL.
RESERVED SEATS... 81.00
Now on sale at the Box-office of the Colombia
Theater, or at the Club Rooms, Thurlow Block.
Mes. Ebmkstinje Kkei.ino Proprietor A Manager ,
EVERY EVENING!— —
Offenbach's Celebrated Opera, in Four Acts,
NEW SCENERY! NEW COSTUMES!
'IN PREPARATION, r •
The Tuneful Opera,
Popular Prices— 2sc and sOc.
-6B 3VEXJJSIOIu3I3NTS !
GRAND BENEFIT CONCERT!
■■ ■- ■»
Tendered to GUSTAV ROWAN, Sur- >
V. .' •■ vivor of the Colima.
NEXT SATURDAY APTERSOOH, JUIE 22,
AT 2 O'CLOCK.
Admission 50c. Reserved Seats SI.
Beats now on sale at Sherman, Clay A Co.'s, cor.
Butter and Kearny sts.
The Handsomest Family Theater I n America.
W ALT J£K MOROCCO. . . .Sole Lessee and Managw
THIS EVENING AT R.
THIRD WEEK OF THE EMINENT
Author— Actor— Manager,
In His Greatest Melodrama,
"THE POWER_OF GOLD!"
EvKxisn Phjces— and 50a
Family Circle and Gallery, 10c
Matinees Saturday ana Monday.
O'Farrell Street, Between Stockton and PowelL
WEEK OF MONDAY, JUNE 17,
Surpassing List of Vaudeville Celebrities!—
■ UNPARALLELED SUCCESS OF THE
Europe's Greatest Acrobats.
Great and Continued Success of
GILBERT and GOLDIE,
O'DELL and PAGE,
I AMERICAN TWO MACS, Etc,
And Positively the LAST WEEK of
-A. 3Vt -a. 2W M"
In Facial Character Representations of Local and
Reserved seats, 25c; Balcony, 10c; Opera chain
and Box seats, 50c v ' -
Wallkn-bod Jb. A Rich Managers
DAIUSY'S STOCK COMPANY
In Angnstin Daly's Screaming Comedy, .
".A. IWICSKOCI 1 O&VJL" ''
One Long, Continuous Laugh.
Prices— lsc, gSo. 35c and sOc.
COMlNG— England's Greatest Romantic Actor.
ALFRED DAM PIER.
19* Sale opens Thursday at 10 a. m.
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Races Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
- Thursday, Friday and Saturday— Rain
Five or more races each day. Races start at 2 :30
p. if. sharp. I McAllister and Geary street cars pass
PICNICS AND EXCURSIONS.
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS !
Under the Supervision of MR.' WM. H. MENTON "
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SUNDAY, JUNE 23d.
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