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JOY AT SACRAMENTO.
Success of the Plan to
Bring Power From
WORKED LIKE A CHARM.
AU-Night Watchers Rewarded
for Their Patient
BREAKING OF A QUADRANT.
It Prevents the Starting of the
Vast Machinery In the
SACRAMENTO, Cal., July 12.-There
were watchers in Sacramento last night,
patient watchers, who, without murmur,
waited until the wee sma' hours of the
morning in hopes that the great wheels in
the electric power-house at Sixth and H
streets would have the power applied to
them and give even one revolution. Those
wheels meant so much to that waiting
croup of men, composed as it was of all
grades, from the Jiumble laborer to the
To the laborer and artisan it meant lu
crative employment; to the merchant in
creased patronage; to the capitalist return
for the immense capital invested in a work
whose beginning dated back nearly ten
years. To him it meant the realization of
the object, to the perfection of which he
had bent every faculty at his command,
enlisted the best talent available and de
voted an immense amount of valuable
time; to residents it meant a city of the
future, a manufacturing city that wouid
spread and increase in all directions, in
troducing new industries and a correspond
ing increase in the valuation of property.
There were other watchers in the city.
Out on the green, near Slitter's Fort, was
bivouacked a detail from the artillery com
pany awaiting the Bignal to herald to the
sleeping city the glad news that meant so
much to all, with the cannon roar. And
in the carhouse near by watched a body of
men whose daily salary depends upon that
power and who were more than anxious to
send their cars speeding over the various
Within the power-house the scene was
picturesque and well worthy the brush of
an artist, partially illuminated by huge
locomotive headlights that cast broad
Btreams of light across the lloor, only serv
ing to make the gloomy corners more
obscure. The huge machinery loomed up
in ungainly forms like some misshapen
slumbering giant, only waiting a call to
activity. .Scattered in all directions about
the immense structure, in almost every
conceivable position, were dozing bodies
of men, waiting for the first ring of the
telephone bell that would indicate that
operations at the further end of the line,
twenty-two miles distant, were complete,
and that the moment had arrived when
the slumbering giant would arouse and
bend his strength to move the wheels of
manufacture. There was one watcher in
that building who displayed as much in
terest iv the proceedings as any one pres
Over a week ago one of the employes
sustained serious injuries by the slipping
of one of the massive pieces of shafting.
Unable to move himself, ne demanded
that he be conveyed from his home to
6eethe initial movement of the wheels;
despite all persuasions he persisted in his
demand, and at last his request was ac
ceded to. A reclining chair was procured,
and the sufferer, carefully covered to pro
tect him from the night air which blew
chill from the waters of the neighboring
Blough, was carried bodily by strong arms
to the interior of the power-house.
As the hours dragged on more and more
of the watchers, overcome by weariness,
dropped into slumber, and from distant
corners came those nasal sounds that in
dicate so truly that the cares of life are
At last the welcome sound of the tele
phone bell ranjr out, and in an instant all
was excitement and bustle. Sleeping men
sprang into activity, lanterns were lighted
like magic and a cluster of men pushed
and crowded to gain a foothold near the
telephone-box. As Engineer Leghthipe
answered the ring and uttered "Hello,"
everything became silent.
"Hello, Jewert. Are you all ready?"
'Yes, with the exception that we can
only admit three-fourths of the volume to
"Well, that's sufficient. Let her go —
■lowly at first, and don't exceed 200 revo
"All right," was the response, and
twenty-two miles away the water-gate was
opened, the huge dynamo began turning,
and the fluid which means so much to
Sacramento was turned on to the copper
pathway leading to the waiting men.
Early in the afternoon six incandescent
lights had been arranged on a board and
connected with the distributing wires to
indicate the first arrival of the power be
fore its voltage became sufficiently strong
to move the lever of the indicator. Before
this board was gathered a group of men,
while anotner group surrounded the volt
age indicator on the distributing switch
But before the first faint glimmer of
light arrived to herald the approach of
the mighty agent there was a demand of
"Way there!" and, borne by six strong
men, the reclining chacr of the invalid was
carried through the gToup of expectant
spectators and deposited before the row of
The next moment a glimmer of light
tinged the fiber in the glass globe, and the
cry rang out, "Here she is." Gradually it
grew brighter and brighter. One of the
fibers in the adjoining globes began gleam
ing, until at last, as the entire number ac-
quired brilliancy and lighted the interior
of the immense unfinished structure,
throwing into relief the numerous pulleys,
belts and machinery of the plant, the long
tension of waiting and suspense was
The success of the enterprise assured
and the result which was awaited with ex
pectancy in all portions of the civilized
world was proven to be success. Long
distance transmission of electric power
was no longer a theory ; it was a reality.
One more step was taken within the doors
of the electric world whose threshold even
the Wizard Edison, that master of the
magic fluid, admits has been but barely
For nearly two hours the current was al
lowed to gather strength, while various
switches and inductors were tested, and
then, just as the hand of the enpineer was
lifted to the switch that would open the
circuit to the huge motor that turns the
long line of shafting and start the dyna
mos into action, the sharp ring of the tele
phone bell sounded and word came that
the quadrant of the governor on the tur
bine wheel had broken at Folsom and the
plant would have to snut down, as it was
feared that the wheel would gather speed
and escape control.
This quadrant is a small iron casting,
very brittle, and, as Engineer Leghtbipe
declares, should have been formed of cast
steel. The governor, of which it forms a
part, acts similarly to the governor of a
steam engine, controlling the amount of
water supply adjmitted to the turbines
ami regulating the speed.
In' a few minutes the brilliant incon
descents died out, the groups of men dis
persed and the happy invalid was conveyed
to his home.
The wheels had not moved, but the
power had arrived, and even the skeptics
retired to rest, fully assured of the reality.
The account published in this morning's
Call of the benefit to be derived by this
city and State by the successful results of
last night's trial at Folsom was read with
intense interest by all, and has not oniy
been productive of high hopes, but has
been instrumental in informing hundreds
of the workings of this gieat plant.
Shortly after the arrival of the train
from San Francisco conveying the morn
ing papers to this place, the agent of The
CALLconveyed several hundred copies of the
paper to the power-house and distributed
them to the workmen, and in a minute work
entirely ceased, foreman and laborer alike
eagerly read and favorably commented
upon the enterprise displayed by The Call
in giving such a comprehensive account of
the greatest of all enterprises for the long
distance transmission of electric power.
Another quadrant has been made and it
is expected that the plant will be started
before daylight to-morrow morning.
A Sacramento Disappearance,
SACRAMENTO, Cal., July 12.— H. B.
Humphreys, a mail-carrier in this city,
has been missing since Wednesday even
ing. He has been in the employ of the
Postoffice Department ten or twelve years.
His description is as follows* Height about
5 feet 8 inches, weight 145 pounds, dark
hair, dark complexion. Ho wore a dark
suit of clothes, a derby hat and laced
shoes. He is well known in this city, and
:io cause is assigned for his disappearance.
tTill Have a Chamber of Commerce.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., July 12.— A large
and enthusiastic meeting of representative
business men was held here to-night for
the purpose of considering the formation
of a chamber of commerce. It was pre
sided over by the Mayor, and it was de
cided to organize the chamber. A com
mittee of fifteen was appointed to formu
late a plan, prepare by-laws and nominate
officers for the organization, and report as
soon as possible.
Coluxa'x Suit Against Glenn County.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., July 12.— The
case of Colusa Count}- against Glenn
County for the recovery of $1(322 72, al
leged to have been apportioned to Glenn
County by the State Board of Equalization
as half of the assessment of the" Northern
Railroad Company, was argued and sub
mitted before Superior Judge Hinkson here
to-day. Plaintiff and defendant were al
lowed* thirty days' time in which to file the
Ad Heirs for Valuable Property.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., JuJy 12.—Delin
quent city property has been sold here to
the amount of $f!00 only. The city bought
in Front-street piece for $130, belonging to
the heirs of J. W. Winan's estate, who are
unknown. If not redeemed in three years
it will be sold at auction.
BETTER STOCKTON WATER
It Will Shortly Be Supplied by
the Blue Lakes Com
Electric Motor Power Also to Be
Derived From the Proposed
STOCKTON, Cal., July 12.— The Stock
ton Water Company has been absorbed by
the Blue Lakes Company, which was or
ganized several years' ago in San Francisco
and Oakland. The owners of the stock of
the Stockton company have accepted stock
in the Blue Lakes Company in payment,
or at any rate in part payment, for their
interests, and President McMurtry of the
Stockton corporation becomes president of
the Blue Lakes concern.
The Blue Lakes are situated in the Sierra
Nevada range, northeasterly from this city,
and the water is clear, pure and ice cold,
and it is proposed to pipe it to Stockton
and utilize it here for domestic and power
The object of absorbing the Stockton
company was to obtain its distributing
system, through which the clear water of
the mountain lakes will be piped to con
sumers. The water will be brought here
through a steel pipe, sufficiently strong at
its lower end to resist jrreat pressure, as
the water will have a head of 900 fe«t. A
portion of this power will be used in gen
erating electricity for general use.
The scheme contemplates the furnishing
of electricity in any amount desired -for
purposes of illumination or manufacturing.
As the waterpipes now laid here are not
strong enough to resist a head of 900 feet
the pressure will be lessened in admitting
water to the distributing system from the
main conduit, but will still be great enough,
it is said, to permit of the use of tire hy
drants without an engine. The pipes will
sland a pressure sufficient to throw a
stream much higher taan any tire-engine
here can throw one.
Engineers are now at work on the plans
mid the scheme will be carried out as soon
as possible. One of the main stockholders
in the Blue LaKes Company is expected to
arrive here next week.
tOFFJER TO SAXTA BARBARA.
Capitalists Desirous of Erecting an JEx-
tensive Jiathhouse There.
SANTA BARBARA, Cal., July 12.— M.
B. McDuffie, president of the Board of
Trade, is in receipt of a proposition from
outside capitalists offering to erect a hand
some and extensive modern bathhouse,
with all improved" facilities, opposite the
end of the boulevard, on the site occupied by
the present establishment, providing the
city will give them an advantageous lease
and make certain other concessions.
Prompt action will probably be taken.
Snnia liarbara Assessment.
SANTA BARBARA, Cal., July 12.— The
County Assessor to-day filed his report,
showing arise in valuation throughout the
cotfhty of over half a million dollars. The
total valuation of all property is $13,939,685.
Suit to Foreclose.
SANTA BARBARA, Cal., July 12.—Jer
emiah Mahoney to-day brought a fore
closure suit against Thomas W. Moore et
al., the amount involved being $25,000, se
cured by lands lying near Santa Barbara.
A Traver Woman's Fatal Fall.
TRAVER, Cal., July 12.— Mrs. Oswald
Krenz, living near Traver, is dying from
injuries received in a fall from a load of
hay. She had been assisting her husband
in the loading, and they were returning to
the barn. She was standing near the edge
of the load and lost her equilibrium, strik
ing the ground on her back with great
force, hurting her spine. She received in
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, JULY 13, 1895.
ALBERT CARR IN JAIL
The Son of the Well-
Known Owner of
SWINDLES HIS FRIENDS.
Drew Worthless Checks and
Cashed Them In Several
WENT ON A PROLONGED SPREE.
He Admits His Guilt and Attributes
His Downfall to the Use of
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Jnly 12.— Albert
Carr, better known as "Al" Carr, was ar
rested at a well-known roadhouse to-night
located between here and Santa Barbara
and lodged in the County Jail charged
with obtaining money under false pre
tenses. The complaint was sworn out by
John T. Henry of Santa Monica.
Carr has been on a prolonged spree for
the last month, and traveled in short
jaunts as far north as San Francisco and
as far south as San Diego, enjoying his
own peculiar pleasures to their utmost.
At such points as he found himself out
of funds he would draw checks for different
amounts on the local banks.
It was an easy matter for him to find
banks and individuals to cash them, on
account of the prominence of his family
and their well-known financial standing.
Mrs. Jennie C. Carr, his mother, is well
known all over the coast as a brilliant
writer on horticultural subjects, and is one
of the very wealthy residents of Pasadena.
She was the owner of tbe famous house
and grounds in Pasadena called "Car
melita," where Helen Hunt Jackson
conceived and accomplished most of her
work on the now famous novel "Ramona."
Modjeska and other famous people were
entertained in the beautiful home of the
Carrs, and the sympathy of the com
munity goes out to Mrs. Carr in her afflic
The son, who now occupies a cell in the
County Jail, owes his downfall entirely to
drink and loose companions.
Every effort has been made for his re
formation by his family and friends, but
to-night's episode proves them to have
been of no avail.
The young man, who is now about 35
years of age, is also wanted at San Diego,
Redondo and other points, and is known
to have victimized prominent merchants
in this city.
He freely admits his guilt, and attrib
utes his downfall to drink, and states the
amount of money he secured by his crooked
methods to be somewhere between $600
and $1000. He will be sent to Santa
Monica for trial to-morrow.
PEACE AT LOS ANGELES.
A long- Standing Contest Settled by the
Jiftiijnatinn of Superintendent Search. .
LOS ANGELES, Cal., July 12.— The long
struggle between the Board of Education
and P. W. Search, Superintendent of Pub
lic Schools, was ended to-day by the fol
lowing resignation, which was accepted :
Los Angeles, July 12.
Gentlemen: I hereby resign my position as
Superintendent of Schools of the city of Lob
Angeles, said resignation to take effect on the
date of acceptance. Respectfully,
P. \V. Search.
Mr. Search will draw $183 salary and re
tire, and the long-standing difficulty will
be settled. Professor Foshay, Assistant
Superintendent will, in all probability, take
his place. .
A BIG CONTRACT.
It Will Provide for the Paving of a Los
LOS ANGELES. Cal., July 12.— of
the largest contracts ever Jet at one time on
the Pacific Coast was recommended by the
Board of Public Works to-day for the pav
ing of Main street from Ninth to Thirty
seventh. The lowest bid was that of the
Union Pavine Company, $11. 80 per lineal
foot, and it was awarded to that company.
The expense will be something over
MARE ISLAND'S JfORCX.
It Has Been Increased Till Over a Thou
sand Men Are at Work.
VALLEJO, Cal., July 12.— Owing to in
creased activity in the yard, brought about
by the taking upof the Adams repairs, the
force of the yard has been raised till now
nearly 1050 men are working, not counting
men, officers or clerks of departments.
Last Wednesday was payday, when there
was distributed $35,000 for the previous
two weeks. During the past year over
$1,000,000 has been expended at Mare Isl
and for labor alone.
The coppering of the Hartford is being
rushed, and she will be able to come out of
the basin in about a week. , The Philadel
phia will then dock for cleaning and paint
Large numbers of men are being exam
ined daily at the receiving ship Indepen
dence, the immediate design being to work
in conjunction whh Captain Reed at San
Francisco in securing the complement for
Gunner Tresselt has been detached from
the Philadelphia and left Wednesday for
New York on a month's leave.
Lieutenant George M. Stoney, long time
aid to Commandant Howison, has been
transferred "to the Philadelphia. He is a
very popular and skillful officer.
Carpenter George H. . Warford has been
detached from duty at Mare Island and
ordered temporarily to the Olympia until
that vessel reaches Asiatic waters, when
he will join the Charleston.
The* Voting to Decide Who She It to He
to Close To-Xiffht.
EUREKA, Cal., July 12.— T0-morrow
at 8:30 o'clock r. m. the contest for Queen
of the carnival will terminate. Friends of
each aspirant seem equally saneuine of
victory, and it is believed 40,000 votes will
be cast to-morrow alone.
To-night the vote stands as follows:
Miss Mathews, 14,470; MissHaight, 11,355;
Miss Evans, 9200.
The choice of Prime Minister to Queen
Sequoia has fallen upon Lawrence F.
Puter, whose* sagacious counsel will be re
lied upon to guide beauty's Queen through
her brief but happy reign.
One of the Buildings of the California
Powder Works Destroyed.
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., July 12.— There
was An explosion this morning at 9:40
o'clock at one of the mills at the California
Powder Works, situated about two miles
and a half from this city, in the San Lo
renzo Canyon. The explosion occurred in
the shotgun smokeless powder buildine,
which is one of the smaller mills across
the river from the main building. There
was not a great amount of powder in the
building, and the noise from the explosion
was not very great, but in the vicinity of
the powder works the ground was heavily
shaken as by an earthquake. The building
was burned and the loss is about $2000.
The mill will be immediately rebuilt.
George Sweihart, who worked in the mill,
was considerably burned about the face and
one of his arms, but will be able to be at
work in a few days.
SANTA CJtUZ EXDEATORERS.
Large Attendance at the Opening of the
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., July 12.— The
county Christian Endeavor convention is
being held in the Soquel Congregational
church, and there is a large attendance,
delegations being present from the society
throughout the county. The sessions
opened at half-past 1 this afternoon with a
song and praise service. The address of
welcome was given by the pastor of the
church, Rev. A. B. Snyder, and the re
sponse was given by Rev. T. M. Boyd of
Watson vi lie.
Papers were read on "How to Conduct a
Social," by Mrs. Laura Miller of Sky land,
and on "The Importance of the Lookout
Committee,' 1 by Howard S. Holway of this
The pastors present made remarks on
"Helpful Thoughts on Endeavor Work,"
and junior exercises were conducted by
the Sonuei juniors. A supper was served
by the "Soquel young people to the visiting
A street meeting preceded the evening
service in the church, led by Alexander
Beck, the county president. The church
was crowded in the evening, many dele
gates arriving from Santa Cruz and Wat
sonville by team. The service was opened
with a praise service led by Lucy Avery of
Santa Cruz. Next on the programme were
Chinese exercises by delegates from the
Chinese Congregational societies of Santa
Cruz and Watsonville. Mrs. Belle Lindsay
gave a report on junior and committee
work, gleaned from the Sacramento con
vention. A talk on "Good Citizenship of
Endeavorers" was given by E. H. Board
man. The address of the evening was by
Rev. J. G. Taylor of Santa Cruz. The ser
vices were interspersed with music.
PORTLAND RAILROAD CASE
Conclusion of the Hearing In
the Oregon Short Line
It Is Believed That a Foreclosure
of the Mortgage Will Be
PORTLAND, Oe., July 12.— The final
hearing of the Oregon Short Line foreclos
ure case — on the failure to pay the interest
on the consolidated mortgage— before
Judge Bellinger concluded this afternoon,
and was taken under advisement till Mon
The arguments of the attorneys were
confined mainly to the jurisdiction of the
court over the case.
Attorney Snow, for the first-mortgage
bondholders and the Union Pacific receiv
ers, endeavored to have this question alone
considered, but the court decreed that it
could be decided along with the question
of foreclosure. The court intimated what
his decision would be 0:1 the latter point
should he decide the Circuit Court has
"Corporations should pay their debts,"
said he. "The money lent on mortgages
was received and used by the Oregon Short
Line, and the debt is not disputed."
Should Judge Bellinger decree fore
closure the process will not be concluded
till Judge banbqrn, whose circuit covers
Wyoming, wherein there is a portion of
the line, and Judge Merritt of Utah have
concurred in the opinion. When this shall
have been done the road must be sold at
puolic auction to satisfy the $10,000, 000 con
solidated mortgage issued by the Oregon
Short Line and Utah Northern in 1889. and
held in trust by the American Loan and
Trust Company, on which interest has not
been paid. The sale will give the Union
Pacific, the American Loan and Trust
Company or any interested concern an op
portunity to purchase it.
Senator Dolph, counsel for the trust
company, in his argument, read a tele
gram from St. Paul, quoting a rather
startling statement of Senator John M.
Thurston, attorney on the other side, in
which he some weeks ago said inadver
tently in his argument before Judge San
bonj: "I know why the mortgage hasn't
been foreclosed already by the decree of
the Oregon court. Plaintiffs ate entitled to
a decree on a foreclosure bill."
This is a practical admission of the trust
company's contention, and will, perhaps,
influence Judge Bellinger to so hold.
JiO A Its OF SAX MATEO
Declared to He Some of the Beat in the
REDWOOD CITY, Cal., July 12.— The
State Bureau of Highways met the Board
of Supervisors and citizens this afternoon
at the Courthouse. The roads in the Third
district were reported by the Commission
ers to be among the best of any visited in
the State. The Commissioners secured
valuable data about road sprinkling, which
will be embodied in a report to the Legis
lature and explained to other counties.
A more perfect record of road bills was
urged. The authorities were advised to
get deeds and record the title to every piece
of road upon which county money was
spent. Concrete bridges were declared
cheaper than steel bridges, and wooden
bridges were said to be out of date. A steel
bridge, it was stated, will last forty years,
while concrete will last forever. I'he best
road-making material the Commissioners
had seen in the county was the cement
rock from Belmont. Road improvements,
they said, should be of a permanent char
acter, not temporary makeshifts. In re
gard to the boulevard. Commissioner Mara
den Mansen said San Francisco must be
looked to; that it was a necessity for San
Francisco, and that in that city enough
money was wasted annually on road con
struction to build many miles of boulevard.
John Hudson Dies at Yaltrjo.
VALLEJO, Cal., July 12.— Ex-Sergeant
John Hudson, U. S. M. C, died last night
at his residence in this city after a short
illness. The deceased was a native of
Canada, 48 years of age. The sergeant
served over twenty years in the navy and
was recognized as one of the finest drill
masters in the entire marine corps. For
years he was instructor of expert evolu
tions nt the Mare Island barracks, where
he enjoyed the high esteem of officers and
men. The funeral will probably be under
the auspices of the naval authorities.
Captain Maguire Seriously 111.
VALLEJO, Cal., July 12.— Captain John
Maguire of this city is lying at the point of
death and may pass away before morning.
Captain Maguire's residence in Vallejo has
extended over a period of nearly forty
years, and by keen business instincts he
has amassed a large fortune. He is iden
tified with many important interests, but
is best known as proprietor of the Vallejo
and Mare Island ferry line. The captain is
about 70 years of age and a native of Ire
Vallrjo'B Militia to Disband.
VALLEJO. Cal., July 12.— Efforts by the
citizens of this place to have a local mili
tary company retained have proved futile
and orders have been issued to the mem
bers of Company B, Second Infantry, to
turn in at once all State property. The
members of the company are somewhat
divided as to whether or not retention
would be advisable; but for the most part
the more experienced men feel tlia,t under
the circumstances it is just aa well to let
things go as they are.
SHERIFFS TO EXPLAIN.
Charges of Deputies Al
leged to Be Fraud
SPECIFIC CASES CITED.
The Accounts of San Fran
cisco and Alameda to Be
OTHER BILLS NOT PASSED.
Fish Commissioners to Appear
Before the State Board of
SACRAMENTO, Cal., July 12.— At the
meeting of the State Board of Examiners
this afternoon several weighty matters
were presented to their attention.
After they had signed sundry minor
bills, Civil Engineer Maude appeared be
fore that body and made a statement in
regard to exnenditures contracted by the
bureau before the commencement of the
forty-seventh fiscal year. Amonsr other
items appeared one in the sum of $175, con
tracted for a team of horses.
Attorney-General Fitzgerald inquired if,
considering the present value of horse
flesh, this was not an exorbitant price.
Engineer Maude replied that the bureau
had since the purchase been offered $325
for their bargain, and that in the long run
it was far cheaper to support a good animal
than it was a scrub. The team was used
twenty-six days in every month on bureau
business, and good animals were requisite.
This explanation seemed satisfactory and
the bill was taken under consideration.
Fish Commissioner Morrison was called
before the board to explain an item for
expenses in the case of the people vs. Mc-
Farland, Deputy Fish Commissioner, which
in reality consisted of attorney fees paid in
defense of a suit for damages instituted by
two men who, after being arrested for
illegal fishing, were acquitted of the charge
by a jury.
Mr. Morrison stated that he was posi
tively unable to give any information on
the subject, as during his incumbency no
bill had been presented at any meeting of
the board during his presence and only
three meetings had been held. He had
received official notice of two of the meet
ings to decide on the distribution of fish
received. There had been no notice given,
as the matter demanded immediate atten
Attorney-General Fitzgerald, addressing
Morrison, said: "In other words the mem
bers of the board seem to ignore you in
matters pertaining to its interests. The
law is explicit and states that all bills
must be approved by the Board of Fish
Commissioners before appearing before
this body. This bill for legal services will
not be allowed nor any others approved at
present, and at the next meeting of the
board those gentlemen will be notified to
appear and explain matters."
At this decision a twinkle appeared in
the executive's eye, and the Governor
warmly shook hands with Commissioner
Morrison, and that gentleman took his de
Dr. Lane, secretary of the State Board of
Health, appeared and explained satisfac
torily various items connected with the
bills of that body, and they passed without
Secretary of State Brown introduced a
resolution providing nineteen telephones
for the various departments of the State
and State institutions, if satisfactory terms
can be procured from the telephone com
panies—three of the instruments to be for
the Capitol building, one for the Bank
Commissioners, one each for the Railroad
Commissioners and Clerk of the Supreme
Court, two for San Quentin, one each for
Folsom, the Attorney-General's office in
San Francisco and for every State institu
tion. The secretary of the board was in
structed to make inquiries as to terms, and
action was deferred on the matter until
some future meeting.
The secretary of the board read a state
ment to the effect that when he entered
upon the duties of the office he found a
mass of Sheriffs' claims that were not
acted upon because great differences were
discovered between the claims of the Sher
iffs of San Francisco and Alameda, as com
pared with the charges of the Sheriffs of
other counties making similar trips to the
same destination, and invariably the
charges of the former were larger. For
instance, the hotel bills of the San Fran
cisco and Alameda Cc-unty Sheriffs at
Tkiah for two men are $10, while the
Sheriffs of Marin and Sonoma counties
enter claims for two men at the same place
for but $4.
Sheriff Whelan of San Francisco, who
was present, said : "Having had no oppor
tunity for investigation, I have been
obliged to accept the statement of my
deputies. I believed these to be correct,
especially when I had as a criterion the
claims of previous Sheriffs during the past
years, which were allowed oy former
boards. My men state they cannot make
the trip in the time claimed they should.
I shall try it myself next Friday/
"In the meantime you have no other
excuse to otter then, Sheriff?" queried the
"None; save thnt all former Sheriffs
have done the same. My bills are no
larger than theirs, allowed by former
"Is it true that deputies charge more
that actual expenses and pocket the dif
ference?" asked Secretary of State Brown.
"As to that I cannot say ; but if they do
and I find it out there will be new material
in the Sheriff s office at San Francisco,"
replied the official from that place.
"The Sheriff should inquire into this,
and should also carefully procure the
services of reliable men," said the Attor
ney-General. "Now here is a statement
relating to a claim of Sheriff White, in
which it is stated that the deputies rode
on a freight train without paying fare and
charged for fare, and that they also charged
for hotel expenses at West's Hotel in Santa
Clara, when in reality they did not stop at
the place, and charged for a meal in a town
they never entered.
"Now, if this be true, I shall institute
criminal proceedings against these parties
as soon as an investigation can be made
and my deputies can prepare the necessary
papers. Sheriffs should get deputies who
do not commit such crimes, if they are
committed, for, if true, they are the worst
form of petty larceny, and I intend to sift
this matter to the bottom."
,'We know nothing about it," inter
rupted Mr. White Jr., who appeared for
his father. "We have to take the deputy's
won! for it. '
"We expected better things from a repre
sentative of the People's party," jocularly
remarked his Excellency, "especially after
all their campaign promises." This pro
duced a hearty laugh on all sides.
Sheriff Buckner of Kings County stated
in answer to a question by the Attorney-
General that he had refused to sign the
affidavit attached to the Sheriff's blank
relative to traveling on a pass, for the
reason that it was a repetition of the for
mer oath. "My bills under the former
system of blanks," he said, "were never
questioned, and it is humiliating to me,
having always been considered a man of
honor, to be obliged to sign an affidavit
that I do not travel on a pass, when such
an act would be a direct violation of the
law and subject me to the forfeiture of my
"Sheriff Buokner, I have long known
you as a man of strict integrity," said Sec
retary of State Brown, "and you were not
called before this board because of any
doubt as to your honesty, but for the pur
pose of ascertaining your reason for cross
ing out the clause. The latter was not in
serted for your benefit, nor for that of any
other person in particular. We believe
that there are Sheriffs who have ridden on
railroad passes, and if we ever catch one he
will be dealt with with due severity."
Attorney-General Fitzgerald added com
ments to the same effect, and an adjourn
ment was taken until Friday next.
FERTILE CUYAMA VALLEY.
The Succulent Grasses Being
Crowded Out by Worth
Crying Need for a Good Wagon
Road From This Locality to
SANTA BARBARA, Cal., July 12.— R.
J. Wood and William Owen have returned
from a trip to the Cuyama, the extensive
and fertile mountain valley lying in east
ern Santa Barbara County and running a
short distance over the Ventura line. The
gentlemen, who own a valuable alabaster
mine there, made the trip by wagon road,
via Santa Maria.
They report a singular lack of feed in the
fertile valleys of the upper county this
year, and attribute this scarcity to the
spread of the foxtail grass, worthless for
fodder, and which is crowding out the suc
culent native grasses.
Water is flowing in the Cuyama Creek,
a circumstance almost unknown at this
season, but water is very scarce on the
great ranges, and places where horses or
cattle can be watered are often fifteen
miles of rough travel apart.
These gentlemen report a considerable
population in the east end of the Cuyama,
who bitterly complain that they are cut
off from communication with market, ex
cept through rocky passes and over rough
roads to Santa Maria, Bakersfield and
Ventura, where they are forced to do their
trading. A county road was once sur
veyed from Santa Barbara to this locality,
by way of Romero Canyon and following
Mono Creek lor a distance of ten miles.
By this route .the distance would be from
forty to fifty miles, and the Cuyama people
are unanimous in urging its completion.
They promise, if the county will under
take its construction, to build to the sum
mit of the San Rafael range themselves,
and to bring all their custom, amounting
to not less than $10,000 annually, to Santa
Barbara in case this is done. These set
tlers represent only the nucleus of a large
population which would promptly gather
in this productive region if facilities of
travel thither were improved. There are
already considerable stretches of excellent
road along this proposed route, and for
many more miles it would only be neces
sary to define a wagon track through a
rolling country, confining the cost of road
building to a comparatively short portion
of the distance.
A "Sew Boundary Monument.
SAN DIEGO, Cal., July 12.— Contractor
Palmer at Tia Juana to-day, seventeen
miles below here, on the border, is setting
up a new gray -granite monument to mark
the Mexican boundary, in place of the one
sunk in the quicksand during the winter
floods in Tia Juana Valley.
F. B. Grant's Big Flag.
SAN DIEGO. Cal., July 12.— 1 T. S. Grant
has had a big flag made here of the best
American bunting for a pole on the tower
of his mansion on Prospect Hill, overlook
ing the city, and by his order a forty-fifth
star has been added, in anticipation of the
admission of Utah.
The Lurline at San Diego,
SAN DIEGO, Cal., July 12. —J. D.
Spreckels and party, on the yacht Lurline,
anchored in the bay off Coronado at 8
A. M., from Catalina.
MADURA'S DROWNED CHiyESE.
The Coroner's Investigation Shows That
Death Was Due to Accident.
MADER A, Cal., July 12.— Coroner Payne
and Assistant District Attorney Brown re
turned to-day from the north fork of the San
Joaquin, where they have been investigating
the cause of the death of the eight China
men, who were found dead some time ago
in the river. But one of the bodies was re
covered from the water, the river being so
swift and deep at that point that it was
impossible to proceed in the search with
any prospect of success.
From the evidence that could be gath
ered it was clear that the death of the
Chinamen was due to accjdent. The ferry,
a little distance above where the body was
found, is propelled across the stream by
means of two ropes. This was found in
the middle of the stream, hanging there by
one of the pulley-ropes and rising and
sinking in the water. The Chinamen were
undoubtedly Tgradually washed off the
ferry while attempting to cross.
The Chinese companies have a number
of Chinamen dragging the river for the
bodies, but so far they have not met with
ACCIDEST AT EUREKA.
Brakeman John floods Has Both Legs
Cut Off by an Engine.
EUREKA, Cal., July 12.— The north
ietty of the breakwater was the scene of a
sorrowful accident this morning. John
Woods, a popular young brakeman, in at
tempting to pick up a coupling-pin while
the train was in motion, lost his balance
and fell under the locomotive. Young
Woods' agility saved his body from the
wheels, but his legs were caught ana both
feet were cut off at the ankles. It is not
known whether or not his injuries will
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CLOSE OF THE SESSION.
One of the Most Successful
Meetings Ever Held by
PROFESSOR JORDAN'S ADDRESS.
It Arouses the Enthusiasm of His
Large Audience to a High
PACIFIC GROVE. Cal., July 12.-To
day was the last day for the Chautauquans
and it closed one of the most successful
conventions that the society has ever held.
There was not much actnai work accom
plished, except the winding up of some of
the classes, but the time was devoted to
the commencement exercises for the class
of '95, which graduated to-day. Some of
the classes are to be extended this year, as
the work could not be finished during the
convention. The classes have gro^s rap
idly of late years, and the courses are more
thorough, consequently more time has to
David Starr Jordan opened the day with
an address. The subject was "Altruism
and Altruria." In many instances Profes
sor Jordan aroused the enthusiasm of his
large audience to such a pitch that it gave
vent to its feelings with hearty applause.
The lecture was sprinkled here and there
with wit as well as wisdom, which was ex
pressed in that dry way with which the
speaker is so gifted.
The commencement exercises this after
noon were attended by hundreds, as this
was open day for Chautauqua.
At 2 p. m. large crowds assembled in
front of the Chautauquan headquarters to
take part in the grand procession. Rev.
Mr. Bevier headed the line with the em
blems of the assembly and the National
Btars and stripes. Second in line were
about fifty little tots, varying in age from
3 to 6, dressed in white costumes trimmed
with corn colored ribbons, the colors of the
C. L. S. C. Third in line and headed by
Dr. Hirst were the new officers. Fourth
were delegates from the various portions
of the State, numbering about 100. Fifth
and last was the graduating class of '95.
From headquarters the line marched up
Lighthouse avenue, the main thorough
fare of the city, to Assembly Hall, forming
a pretty sight, especially the youngsters
with their baskets of flowers.
The procession marched up the hall
steps and took scats on the rostrum. The
hall, which was decorated for the occasion,
was a pretty sight, yellow in profusion
everywhere. Wild California poppies
stood out conspicuously on the platform,
while banners and streamers of yellow
bunting were stretched about the walls
and ceiling. Just over the rostrum an im
mense floral piece, with the words "The
Pathfinder," was favorably commented
Dr. Hirst, president of the C. L. S. C. of
California, opened the exercises by a wel
coming address to the class, which was fol
lowed by a responsive reading by Dr. Bent
ley. Mr. Scudder of Oakland favored the
audience with a solo on the violin, which
was heartily encored.
Among the graduates who took part in
the exercises were Rev. Frederick H.
Maar of Niles, Edward and Mrs. E. H.
Clark of Niles, Selina Burston of San Jose,
Louise Culver of Petaluma, Mrs. Louise F.
Edson of Manzana, Rev. Philip* Graff of
Oakland, Mrs. I. Kirk of San Jose, Elnea
Y. Smead of Manzana, Marguerite B.
Loyd of Pacific Grove, Sara A. French of
Lodi, Mrs. Southworth of Santa Clara and
Mrs. Fifield of Gait.
There were forty-six graduates who re
ceived diplomas to-day. The day was
closed by a grand concert by the Califor
TIS ALIA. IX PR O TEMETB.
Quite a A'umber of -\*w Jtuildings in
Course of Erection.
VISALIA, Cal., July 12.— Visalia seems
to be enjoying its share of improvements,
even throngh the hot season, which is
usually a season of rest in building circles.
The new County Hospital is well under
way. It is being built of brick on the
hospital grounds, in the east part of the
cltv. A basement will be under the entire
building. The central portion of the struc
ture is to be two stories in height.
Downing & Whitley's new brick flouring
mill is steadily rising at the junction of
Main and East streets.
"Work has already begun on the new
plant for the water works at the eastern ex
tremity of Main street. A plant commen
surate with the present size and expected
growth of this city will be erected. This
will entail a cost of perhaps $15,000. F. J.
Cooper, late of Los Angeles, has the mat
ter in charire.
Mrs. Kate Nickerson will soon begin the
erection of two cottages in the southern
part of the town. They will have all the
\V. B. Wallace will soon have his fine
three-story brick residence under way on
There are also a number of plans for
other residences and business houses in
the formative state. All these improve
ments mean increased activity in other
lines of business, as well as pienty of work
for resident artisans.
At the next meeting of the Board of
Trade a proposition will be submitted for
discussion from a gentleman from a valley
town. He has offered to establish a plan
ine-mill and machine-shop here if he is
offered any encouragement.
Poisoned by Icecream.
PORTLAND, Or.. July 12.— At a juvenile
birthday party given at the home of A. L.
Johnson seven children and several adults
were poisoned by eating impure icecream.
The lives of two of the children were de
spaired of and all are very ill, but it it
probable that all will recover.