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SCHEEL'S LITTLE SCHEME
The Conductor's Latest Plan
for Paying Off a Portion
of His Debts.
THE UNION IS INDIGNANT.
Musicians Must Give Four Dollars'
Rebate Weekly on Fair
Earnings.
Herr Fritz Scheel is a good deal like that
irresponsible gentleman immortalized by
Dickens, Harold Skimpole. Like the in
consequent Harold. Scheel is a child, a
prattline infant, when it cwmes to a
matter of business. It seems that
he gets into debt without knowing
how. No one even expects him to re
tain the figures of how much he owes in
his head, and upon some one else's
6houlders invariably falls the burden of
extricating the poor innocent from the
Ecrapes into which his childish simplicity
is continually leading him.
Scheel has played this ingenue role with
astonishing success ever since he came to
San Francisco. Old and seasoned musi
cians, who flatter themselves that they
know a trick or two, have been so touched
by his artlcssness that they have never
expected him to act as anything but an
end-of-the-centurv Harold Skimpole, bat
since his rupture with tne union, little by
little ami inch by inch a light has beguu
to dawn upon the musicians. They
have begun to recall the fact that in all
the tight rixes into which Scheel's apparent
lack of business ability has brought him
he, personally, has never come out the
loser. Lastly, the way in which it is pro
posed to raise the money to repay L. N.
Ritzau has raised the indignation of local
orchestra players to boiling point. Just at
present nothing is talked of in the union
but Scheel, and the expressions applied to
him are the reverse of complimentary.
It will be remembered that when Scheel
was mspended from the union for non
payment of hi? New York musicians L. N.
Kitzau paid half the eleven hundred dol
lars due, and Scheel got six of his friends
to indorse notes for the rest. It is stated
on good authority that he has already
signed away the $900 that will be paid him
for his rive weeks' conducting at the
Mechanics' Fair, for which he has now
secured the contract. That money will
cover the notes. But how to pay Ritzau?
That was the rub. and it is the manner
selected that has turned a good many of
Scheel's best friends against him.
About a week ago a meeting of thirty
two musicians, most of whom had played
with^ Scheel in former orchestras, con
vened at the Mirabeau Hotel, where the
conductor resides. Scheel was not equal
to entering into the throes of business that
day so he turned his visitors over to
his agent Al Marks and Ritzau. At that
meeting the proposition was discussed
which has created so much dissatisfaction
in the union.
It was nothing less tnan that each man
should give back $4 of his weekly pay re
ceived for playing at the Mechanics' Fair,
to pay offrycheel's debt to Kitzau. For in
stance, a man was nominally to be paid
$25 a week for his services, but in reality
would receive only $21, the $4 for Ritzau
being paid back into the Scheel treasury.
One of Scheels best soloists, a German
named Tersch, was the only man who
hotly combated this proposition at the
meeting in the Mirabeau fiotel. "Let
Scheel give two concerts in September or
October," he said. "If he does this I am
willing to play for nothing and attend ti ye
or six rehearsals, but a man's salary is his
own. and I will not play for less than my
price."
It was Tvhen the men had had time tc
think the suggestion over that their indig-
Herr Fritz Scheel.
nation began to rise at the idea of being
shorn of a portion of their honest earnings,
and since then Ritzau has had considerable
difficulty in tilling up the ranks of the
band, as some of the best soloists have
flatly refused ,to play.
"I was not going to join the band under
Fuch conditions," said one of the soloists,
0. Lenhart, yesterday. "I earn my money,
and I intend to receive it or have nothing
to do with the outrit. Ostensibly Scheel
knows nothing about the $4 rebate. Ititzau
tixes it all ; in fact, the band is not Scheel's
any longer— it's Ritzau's Regiment, and
they do not care what kind of musicians
they get. Any player is good enough, pro
viding he wiU'consent to pay back $4 every
week."
"I have played in most of the bands at
the Mechanics' Fair, but I never heard of
anything like this before,'" said C. Scliup
pert. ''If a man gets $25 be has a right to
every nickel, and it is not the right thing
to make him give back a portion of his
honest earnings to pay a conductors
debt."
"Tne union is on the watch," said E.
Schmidt, the secretary. "The first case
that comes within our jurisdiction will be
investigated, if possible. The minimum
rate for which a man is allowed to play is
$2f> a week. We have heard of $25 being
offered, with $4 rebate, and such a case
comes within our jurisdiction. There is no
doubt about its having been offered, but
we shall have to prove that the rebate has
actually been paid; then the union can
take proceedings. Men who get more than
$2") a week can do what they please with
their surplus salary, we have no control
over that, but no man may give any rebate
that causes him to play for less than $25."
In the meantime Scheel is pursuing iiis
usual occupation with calm and happy in
difference to the throes of discord into
which the means taken to pay off his debts
threaten to plunge the Musicians' Union,
for there are still some men so devoted to
the ex- Vienna Prater conductor that they
will agree to pay the rebate.
HE COULD NOT DETECT. '
David Samson Was an Extraordinary
Deputy Inspector.
David Samson, a traveler for a local
business house, suddenly became imbued
with the idea that he would make a good
Custom-house detective. Collector Wise
laughed at his fairy stories about smug
fried silks and contraband satins. He was
finally appointed a special inspector with
out pay, but from that day until last Tues
day he was never heard from. On the lat
ter occasion he resigned his position and
returned his badge, sayintr he had been un
ab4« to discover anything.
Said United States District Attorney
Foote yesterday: "Samson importuned
both the Collector and myself for an ap
pointment as special inspector, and it was
bestowed upon him. He failed to discover
anything, and has now resigned. That is
positively all there was to the matter. No
tetters to the department were written,
and no other action was taken."
THE BBOTHEBS WILLIAMS.
Reunited After Iforty-Three Years in
Answer to Prayer.
The Rev. Mr. Williams, rtformed drunk
ard and gambler and now an evangelist,
has found his long lost brother after a lapse
of forty-three years.
Mr. "Williams is an enthusiastic worker
in the vineyard of the Lord, and he attrib
utes his success in finding his brother to
prayer. At his mother's death, so the
evangelist recounts, he promised her he
would endeavor to keep the family to
gether. He was successful in carrying out
this promise with all the brothers'and sis
ters except John, who came to this coast in
1852. The latter wrote three letters to his
sister Kate in "Wisconsin, but for some
reason she failed to answer them, and
nothing more was heard from the absent
brother until the report reached the East
that he had been drowned.
The evangelist did not believe his
brother was dead and kept up the search.
In answer to his prayers, as he explains it,
he found him in therevived mining town
of La Porte, Plunias County. The lost one
has been in that portion of the State for
thirty years ana is very well off. He owns
the Highland Mary mine and was the for
mer proprietor of the Happy Hollow mine.
Mrs. John "Williams is the daughter of Mr.
SURVEYOR'S PLAN FOR THE PROPOSED MUSIC CONCOURSE.
O'Grady of this City and the niece of
James "O'Grady. the prominent criminal
lawyer of New York City. The reunion of
the brothers was joyful" and yet pathetic.
The mention of the dead mother and the
old family Bible over which the brother's
promise "was made brought tears to the
wealthy miner's eyes.
PEIXOTTO TALKS SALON
The Clever Young Artist Says
Julien Is Not AU-Pow
erful.
Calls It Absurd to Say the Pictures
Do Not Stand on Their
Merits.
There was a good deal of discussion yes
terday in local art circles over Miss Rowena
Watson's severe strictures of the Paris
Salon published in Wednesday's Call.
If the tiaJon were really such an effete
institution, and were open to all comers
possessed of a little influence with the
Julien clique, where was the glory of all
the local artists who had exhibited there,
and whose friends had been not unduly
lifted up in consequence?
Ernest Peixotto, who has just returned
from Paris, glanced over Miss Watson's
statements yesterday and then gave vent
to an expression of supreme surprise.
"Is it really so bad as that?" was asked.
"Oh, it's ridiculous," he replied. "Julien
has an influence certainly. Not so mucn
to-day as before the split, for that was
chiefly caused by the fact that he did ex
ercise an influence at the old salon, but
Delecluse has just as much influence at
the new salon to-day as Julien used to
have at the old one. But allowing that
Julien has some influence in the old salon
— less than he used to haye — every reasqn
abie person must understand that no body
of twenty men are going to accept any
thing iust to please one man.
"Influence only has a very short range
after all. If a picture that especially inter
ested Julien was on the fence, neither
strikingly good nor strikingly bad, Julien
might be able to secure its being accepted
if he worked for it, but if the picture was
baa all the influence in the world would
not get it hung. How could the salon ex
ist ifthey did that sort of thing? and what
ever may be said it's 'the* exhibition of the
world still.
"This year there were 1850 pictures ex
hibited. You could imagine that four or
five hundred might be accepted through
the influence of professors who were es
pecially interested in certain pupils, but
the rest must have come in fairly, and to
condemn the salon wholesale, oh! it's
absurd."
When asked whether the lady students
stood on the same footing as the men in
respect to influence Mr. Peixotto said that
speaking frankly they did not. "The
professors do not take the young ladies
nearly so seriously as they take the men.
They imagine they are studying princi
pally for amusement, and encourage them
indulgently. On this account, perhaps,
they are more lenient in judging their
Sictures, but I know there is very little in
uence extended to a man."
In conclusion Mr. Peixotto drew atten
tion to the fact in all exhibitions, even
mechanical and industrious ones, there is
generally a certain amount of what is vul
garly Known as "pull," but the exhibi
tions need not be condemned wholesale on
that account. "It's hard for a man to look
at anything without prejudice, but that is
no reason for condemning the salon whole
sale."
A special interest attaches to Ernest I
Peixotto's statements with regard to the
time-honored French exhibition, owing to
the fact that he has won higher honors
there this year than have ever been ac
corded to a Californian. His friends de
clare that absolutely no influence was used
in his behalf.
Carston Gerdes' Kstate.
The Carsten Gerdes will was filed for probate
yesterday bequeathing an estate of $14,239 90
to the widow and four children. The family
resides at 12233 Mission street.
Ten Thousand Miles or Thirty,
It matters not which, may subject you to seasick
ness on the "briny deep." Whether you are a
yachtsman, an ocean traveler, out for a day or two's
fishing on the salt water, or even an inland tourist
in feeble health, you ourlU to be provided with
Hostetter's Stomach Bitters, a valuable remedy
for nausea, colic, biliousness, acidity of the stom
ach, malaria, rheumatism, nervousness and sick
headache. Lay is an adequate supply.
THIS fcJAJN Jb\ltA:N CISCO CA.LL., THURSDAY, J ILLY 1», 18i*5.
PARK MUSIC CONCOURSE
Two Plans Are Being Perfected
for the Grand
Project.
DETAILS OF ONE OF THEM.
Will Provide for the Comfort and
Convenience of All Park
Visitors.
No time has been lost by the Park Com
missioners in putting into execution their
idea of converting the grand court of the
recent Midwinter Fair into a music
concourse. Orders were given to the park
architect to draft a design for the con
course and also for the bandstand, on
suggestions made by Joseph D. Redding,
and orders were also given Superintendent
McLaren of Golden Gate Park to have the
park surveyor draw a plan for the con
course.
The latter is already sufficiently ad
vanced to give a comprehensive idea of
what the latest and greatest improvement
to the public's great pleasure ground is to
be.
Where the grand court now is the ground
is to be excavated to a depth of sixteen feet
below the level of the surrounding terri
tory, and in this huge hollow, measuring
about 500 feet in length and about 175 feet
in width, will be arranged tiers of seats ex
tending completely around the amphithe
ater, and in the center it is contemplated
to place the handsome bandstand, which
is to be large enough to accommodate a
band of 100 pieces.
Encircling the outer margin of the
amphitheater will be an embankment
eight feet wide, with a rise of four feet.
There will be laid out a walk forty feet
wide, for the exclusive use of pedestrians.
Bounding this will be another embank
ment eight feet wide and rising four feet.
Contiguous to this will be a double bicycle
traok fifteen feet wide, separated by an
embankment five feet wide with a slight
slope. This will extend around tnree sides
of the amphitheater, ending in loops so as
make an endless track, with separate exit
and entrance at the loop nearer the mu
seum.
Outride of this will be the double grand
carriage drive, parallel to the bicycle
track and also extending around three
sides of the amphitheater. This will be
fort}' feet wide, the separating embank
ment being eight feet wide and rising four
feet. Entrance to the drive will be made
from either the midvlle or main drive of
the park.
The rule will be for all vehicles to go in
one direction on either of the drives, thus
preventing all danger from collisions and
greatly lessening that from runaways.
The same rule will apply to the bicycle
track.
These independent provisions will pre
vent any clashing between pedestrians,
cyclists and those in vehicles as to their
respective rights, and will leave all to en
joy the music in their own particular
fashion without interfering with any one
else.
The embankments will he laid out as
pwards, with flowers and shrubbery here
and there, and thus be made to give pro
tection to the pleasure-seekers and add
beauty to the scene.
This is of course merely a preliminary
outline of the scheme, and will in all likeli
hood undergo considerable modification
before actual work on the ground will be
commenced.
In fact,|the design that will be submitted
by the architect will be much more elab
orate in structural and architectural detail
than the one described, and may possibly
be the one to be used as the actual basis
for the work. Both designs, however, are
merely tentative, and will be considered
fully before the next meeting of the Park
Commissioners.
It is impossible at this stage to give even
an approximate estimate of the cost of the
proposed improvement, but it is expected
to have it completed by November.
The great electric tower that now occu
pies the center of the grand court has been
sold to parties in Oakland, and its removal
will be made shortly.
LICENSE ON OYCLERIES.
A Reduction Asked l>y a Number of
Proprietors.
Renting bicycles as a business is not a
very profitable undertaking if credit is to
be given to the statements of gentlemen
who were before the License Committee of
the Board of Supervisors yesterday after
noon.
Six weeks ago an ordinance was passed
by the Board of Supervisors to license the
cycling establishments in the City. The
latter were classified according to the busi
ness done, after the manner in which
livery stable are licensed. An establish
ment the gross receipts of which were $2000
a month and under, was taxed $15 a quar
ter; between $2000 and $4000 v month, $25
a quarter, and over $4000 a month, $50 a
quarter. Since the license was established
cycleries have sprung up all over the City
ifke mushrooms and the small fry pro
tested .against what they deemed an ex
orbitant tax.
Ex-Postmaster Backus addressed the
Finance Committee on behalf of the cy
cleries. He said he thought the minimum
license was much too large and that it
would have the effect of driving the small
proprietors of cycleries out of business.
The livery stables, he said, were complain
ing that the wheels were injuring their
business, but this was not a fact. The
electric-cars were the vehicles which were
preventing the hiring of rigs.
Chairman Wagner asked Mr. Backus
whether he thought $3 a quarter would be
too much to tax the small proprietors.
Mr. Backus thought that the poor men
ought to be Jet down as easily as possible.
After the cyclerymen left License Col
lector Lees said that to meet the require
ments asked for a fourth section would
have to be added to the ordinance taxing
establishments whose gross receipts were
less than $1000 five dollars a quarter. The
committee decided that nothing could be
done this quarter, as a reduction would
throw the License Office into great confu
sion; so the matter was laid over until
September 18.
The resolution to license chimney-sweep*
ing was placed on file.
THE NEW ELECTION BOAED.
Hinton Slated for Secretary and Jacob
Steppacher for Assistant.
The newly appointed Election Commis
sioners will hold a conference to-day or to
morrow and discuss some points con
nected with the organization of the board.
The meeting would have taken place yes
terday, but the wedding of Mr. Foster's
son caused it to be deferred.
From what can be gleaned in general
conversation with the Commissioners
and their party friends one is led to the
conclusion that Registrar Hinton.a Demo
crat, will be chosen secretary of the board.
Should that office be conceded to the
Democrats the Republicans will insist on
running the assistant secretary and clerk.
If a Republican :s elected Chairman A. E.
Castle will be chosen. Should the chair
manship go to the Democrats Mr. Denman
will preside. The position of chairman
does not carry with it any party advan
tage. The Commissioners simply elect one
of the four to occupy the chair and con
duct the business of the session.
For the position of assistant secretary
Jacob Steppacher has the support of W
\Y. Montague, H. L. Dodge, Leon Den
nery, James McNab and others. Mr. Fos
ter "was waited upon by a committee who
urged Steppacher's claims, but the Com
missioner did not promise the support
they desired.
The argument is made in Steppacher's
behalf that he worked for two months at
Sacramento to get the bill creating the
commission passed by the Legislature.
Since it seems settled that Mr. Foster
will hold the office of Commissioner if the
act stands the test in court, Republicans
who are best acquainted with him do not
express any doubt as to his party fidelity.
THE PRODUCE EXCHANGE
Officers Who Were Elected
on Tuesday Last In
stalled.
Financial Condition of the Institu
tion—Amount of Business
Transacted.
The San Francisco Produce Exchange
held its annual meeting yesterday and in
stalled the officers elected the previous
day. The financial report shows that the
receipts of the Produce Exchange for the
twelve months ending June 30, 1895, were
$48,053 41, leaving a balance with the treas
urer on June 29, 1895, of $1223 54, of which
$877 86 was credited to the general fund
and $345 69 to the reserve fund.
The receipts of the Call Board Associa
tion for the twelve months ending June
30. 1895, were $18,022 70, leaving a balance
with the treasurer on June 29, 1895, of
$3525 12, of whicli $82.» 02 was credited to
the general fund and $2700 10 to tue general
grain inspection fund.
President Holcorab read his annual re
port, from which it appeared that the ex
chance has paid on account of indebted
ness $14,000, leaving a balance due of $34,
--000; that it purchased eleven shares of the
Merchants' Exchange stock at the par
value of $100 per share, increasing the
number of shares to 1937 out of a total
issue of 2431.
It also showed that during the session of
the last Legislature the president was ap
proached and asked how much he would
give to prevent legislation inimical to the
exchange, and he replied, "Not a dime,"
and no inimical legislation was had. The
report then says:
A few months ago the Produce Exchange,
by their directors, asked lor more suitable
accommodations for the exchange, and their
request was referred to the building committee
of the Merchants' Exchange. After due delib
eration and investigation, the committee re
ported to the board of directors that theydid
not deem it advisable to make any alterations
in the building at present. Their report was
adopted by the board and answer made to the
Produce Exchange.
In conclusion, I wish to express my thanks
to my fellow-members of the board of directors
for their 1 kindness, courtesy and able assist
ance, and cannot too warmly thank all of the
officers and employes for their kindness and
for the efficient and faithful manner in which
they have performed their duties. And to you,
fellow-members of the exchange, I most hearti
ly and sincerely thank you for your kindness,
encouragement and forbearance.
The San Francisco Produce Exchange will
continue to grow in usefulness and power, and
not only maintain the high standard it now
enjoys but will increase in power and useful
ness, not only in this City but throughout the
country aud throughout the commercial
world.
MAY DECIDE TO MOVE.
The Supreme Court Still Considering
the Proposition of Going to
Market Street.
The Snpreme Court will probably decide
to move from the building at the corner of
harkin and McAllister streets to the new
Parrott building on Market street, as sev
eral of the Justices have spoken in favor of
the removal. The project has been under
consideration for two months or more,
and the plans of the proposed quarters
were submitted to the Justices several
weeks ago.
One of the main objections to the old
quarters has been in the unsatisfactory
running of the elevator. Chief Justice
Beatty and Justice Garoutte have been held
in the cage between the landings to await
the return of the hydraulic power, and a
recent walk of the four flights of stairs
was a factor in causing Justice McFarland
to favor removal.
THE CITY HULL'S SHAME.
A Horde of Rascals Who
Haunt Its Corridors for
Victims.
UNMOLESTED BUNKO-STEERERS.
More Than a Hundred "Macers"
and " Grafters 'i Dally Ply
Their Calling.
The new City Hall is the only place in
the City where the bunko-steerer flourishes
unmolested by the police. There are over
a hundred of them there and they are
known as "macers," "steerers," "grafters"
or "capper?." Their victims are numerous
enough, for a large proportion are un
sophisticated people in trouble for the first
time and glad to grasp at any offer of ad
vice or help.
The "macers" number from fifteen to
twenty and are the small fry of the bunko
steerers of the hall. They gather early in
the morning in the lower corridors to wait
for victims. Any one coming into the hall
seeming in doubt, a stranger, and un
sophisticated enough to be overcome by
their guile, is approached and asked what
he is looking for. If it is a coupJe wishing
to get married they are taken to a Justice
and after the knot is tied the groom is
petitioned for rnonev or "maced," in the
language of the hail. Later the beggar
goes to the Justice and asks for a trifle out
of whatever fee he may have received.
A poor peddler looking for a free license
is told that it will take one who knows the
ropes to procure it, and before he leaves
the hall is induced to give up something.
No amount is too small for these gentry.
If it is one with a petty case in a Justices'
court, he is taken to a shyster who divides
the fee with the "macer."
One looking for a warrant of arrest is
told that it will cost $2 50 or $5, and
through a confederate of the better class of
steerers, who may be allowed to approach
the prosecuting attorney, it is procured.
So much for the "ruacer.' 1 He plays a
small game.
The "steerer" and "grafter" generally
work together. Their victims are nearly
always those who are having their first ex
periences with police courts.
In some cases the steerer will work
alone. He starts out by saying that he
knows the Judge or Prosecuting Attorney,
and can fix the case. While talking, when
he sees some well-dressed man passing
through the corridors, he will say: "There
he goes now. Wait and I will see him."
He goes up and speaks to the well-dressed
man on some pretext, and on returning to
his victim tells him that he has fixed the
case; that there need be no further fear.
He gets from his victim as much as he
can, and as a matter of precaution stays
away from the hall for a few days. These
cases generally pay well, but often turn out
different from what has been promised.
The "grafters" are largely men who have
in the past been employed in some of the
courts or departments as deputies. They
obtain for victims brought to them by the
"steerers" free licenses, warrants of arrest,
special privileges from the Board of Super
visors, for granting which there are no
charges made by the City.
The applicants are always persuaded
that a "pull" or a little money is neces-
sarv.
For their cases in the police courts the
"grafters" have many methods of pro
cedure. The commonest is to tell the de
fendant that his fine will be much greater
than the law allows, and when the smaller
fine is imposed claim that tliat was due to
influence with the Judge.
The "steerer" is always on the lookout
for a defendant who has put up cash bail.
When he finds him he will magnify the
case and tell him that he nas seen the ar
resting officer who will testify strongly.
"When his victim is badly enough scared he
will tell him that he can get him off for the
bail put up, which, of course, he knows is
much more than the fine can be.
He then introduces him to the "grafter."
The "grafter" in some cases will go to the
Judge and Jsay that he comes from some
well-known man who is related to the
prisoner. He may even go so far as to
bring a card with the name of some influ
ential man. In the case of battery when
the cash bail is $40, the fine imposed will
often be only $5. The balance the "grafter"
will get on the pretense that some of it has
to be paid the officer to testify leniently or
even to pay the Judge.
THE KLAMATH STAGE-EOBBEKS.
Postofflce Inspector Thrall Thinks They
Will Surely Be Convicted.
Postoffice Inspector H. P. Thrall re
turned from his Oregon tour of inspection
yesterday. While away he investigated
the holding-up of the train which left San
Francisco June 30, and for which robbery
John Case and Jim Poole are now in jail.
WE SAVE YOU MONEY
SCHOOL BOOKS
New and Old
Bought and Sold.
OLE BOOKS TAKEN I EICHAIGE
Boys' and Girls' High,
Polytechnic High,
Grammar, large stock of
Primary, school supplies.
VAN NESS BAZAAR,
PERNAU BROS. & PITTS CO. ■
WWro BIG STORES, '
617 BUSH STREET, i 1808 MARKET STREET,
Bet. Stockton and Powell. | Near Van Ness Avenue. \
FACTORY AT 543 CLAY STREET.
"The prisoners have been identified by six
different people," said Inspector Thrall
yesterday, "and I am almost certain a con
viction will follow.
"Cow Creek canyon, where the train was
held up, is a favorite camping ground of
every bandit in the Northwest. Sheriff
Fitch is a nonentity and his deputies fol
low suit. The stage between Ager, in Cali
fornia, and Klamath Falls, Oregon, has
been held up rive times since April 18, and
yet Sheriff Fitch has made no move. The
favorite stopping place was the Topsy
grade, just over the line in Klamath
County, but no attempt was ever made to
catch the train-robbers.
"As a result of all these hold-uns. Wells.
Fargo & Co. have withdrawn their stage
line and it will not be resumed. When the
robbers held up train 15 Sheriff Fitch was
on board and was the first to offer up his
gun. The train conductor locked himself
in the toilet-room and did not come out
until all the trouble was over. Luckily
the prisoner that Fitch had in custody was
handcuffed, so he did not escape. I think
we have a sure case against both Poole and
Case."
A BOY CRUELLY TREATED.
Witnesses Give Their Testi
mony in Court Against Mrs.
Susan Coon.
They Saw the Lad While Naked
Tied to a Chair and Beaten With
a Rawhide.
The case of cruelty to a minor child pre
ferred by the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children against Mrs. Susan
Coon, 927 Howard street, was partly heard
by Judge Campbell yesterday.
The child in question is James Elmer
Johnston, now nine years of age, who was
left in Mrs. Coon's care when an infant by
his reputed father, a seafaring man.
The first witness was B. Wehle, 438 Te
hama street, who swore that on July 4 he
saw Mrs. Coon holding the boy by the
hair of the head and belaboring him with
a piece of wood.
Mrs. H. Swanson testified that she had
frequently seen the defendant beating the
child, and his cries were so piteous that
she could not bear it and was forced to
change her residence.
Mrs. J. Rapp, Natoma street, near Mary,
testified that she had seen Mrs. Coon tie
the child, while he was naked, in a chair
and beat him with a rawhide. She had
seen this on several occasions.
Mrs. Julia Capliss, 446 Tehama street,
gave similar testimony.
Officers Frank Holbrook and H. McMur
ray of the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children testified that they
went to Mrs. Coon's house on July 6. They
found an old woman there, apparently in
charge. They used every effort to see the
boy, but were told that he could not be
seen, as he was not dressed. Just then the
boy ran out of the house. They turned up
the sleeves of his coat and found his arms
covered with bruises.
The boy was in court, neatly dressed.
The Judge took him on his knee and asked
him several questions about Mrs. Coon's
treatment of him, but could not get an in
telligent answer. The boy seemed to be
an imbecile.
For the defense J. McGrath, a grocery
man, testified that he had never seen Mrs.
Coon beat the boy. His store was two or
three doors from Mrs. Coon's house. The
boy used to come to his store to purchase
bread.
Charles Foley, clerk to the Board of
Education, testified to the good character
of Mrs. Coon. He had lived in her house
for two years and had never seen her beat
the boy, who, in his opinion, was a bad
boy. The boy might, of course, have been
beaten when he was not in the house.
Mrs. Coon was put on the stand and de
nied ill treating the boy. He was a bad
boy and bad to be corrected like other boys.
The witnesses who had testified for the
prosecution had all grudges against her.and
one of them had taught him" the habit of
expectorating.
"I'Jl postpone the case," said the Judge,
"till July 2ti, but I can tell you, madam,
that unless you can bring forward better
evidence in your behalf I will send you to
jail."
» — «. — «
Silenced.
It was at the theater, and the young
man had seen the play before.
He let everybody for four seats around
know that, and he' kept yelling just what
was coming, and just how funny it would
be when it did come.
He had a pretty girl with him and he
was trying to amuse her.
At length he said:
"Did you ever try listening to a play
with your eyes shut? You've no idea how
queer it seems."
A middle-aged man with a red face just
in front.
He twisted himself about in his seat and
glared at the young man.
"Young man," said he, did you ever try
listening to a play with your mouth
shut?"
And the silence was almost painful. —
I Spare Moments. ,
NEW TO-DAY.
kellyTuebes 5
Cloak and Suit House,
X2O HZoai-ny , Street,
Another Biijraii WeeK
rpHIS WEEK \WE OFFER CAPES AND
i- dresses at . glsrantlu . reduction . sale prices ■ that
will beat anything ■ ever before attempted. Our
goods are new and nobby: no jobs: and this will bo
the grandest week of bargains for capes and dresses.
For $5, $0, $7.50.
VELVET CAPES, silk-lined, fancy neck trim- 1
mines of chiffon and ribbons and violets, mar-
nificent goods. Actually reduced from $15,
$18 and $20.
For $10, $~ITSO, $13.50.
VELVET CAPES, silk-lined and Jet or braid
trimmed, necks fancy trimmed with ribbon*,
elegant capes. Actually reduced from $22 60,
$26 and $27 60. ' .
For $8.50, $10, $15.50.
SILK CAPES, silk-lined and lace or let trimmed,
nobby and stylish. Actually reduced from $19,
$22 60 and $25. ', _____
F0r52.75, $3.75, $4.50.
ALL-WOOL CLOTH CAPES, fine gcods, full cir-
cle cut, fancy ribbon-trimmed necks, some em-
' broidered and braided, blacks and all colors.
. Actually reduced from $7 50, $10 and $12.
For $1.5075 l $2.50..
ALL-WOOL CLOTH CAPES, braid and ribbon
trimmed — STYLISH CAPES and a great
assortment of styles in this lot. Actually re-
duced from $5, $7 and $9.
Special attention given all country or-
ders. Always send money with order
Satisfaction guaranteed, "'-.•';*
afifiilEi YALE S
.HAIR TONIC
|i Stops hair falling in 24
/Zy^foj^Mtfaß hours. Restores Gray
'fp&ijffiiff? Hair to its natural color
w ' without dye. The best
Hair Tonic ever made. Used by Ladles and
Gentlemen everywhere. '
All druggists or by mall; Price, $1.00; also Tale's
Skin F00d, 1.50; Yale's Faco powder, 50c; Tale's
Beauty Soap, 25c. Guide to beauty mailed, free
IVLNIEX YALE,
. Health, and Complexion Specialist,
TEMPLE OF BEAUTY. 146 STATE ST.. CHICAGO.
FURNITURE
:■ AT
AMI/iilMlLUiJjl LOW PRICES
EXPIRATION OF LEASE.
We must close out our entire stock within the
next sixty days.
25 TO 50 PER CEST REDUCTION
On all goods. Everything marked in plain figures.
This is a genuine reduction sale. Bargains for
everyone.
CALL AND BE CONVINCED.
S. KRAQEN & CO.'S,
857-859 Market Street,
" Opposite the Baldwin.
jST I -A.T333VrE!3Sr i 3?
......OF THE
CONDITION AND AFFAIRS
OF THE ,
SVEA FIRE AND LIFE
INSURANCE COMPANY
OF GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN, ON THE 31ST
\J day of December, A. D. 1894, and for the year
ending on that day, as made to the Insurance Com-
missioner of the State of California, pursuant 'to
the provisions of sections 610 and 611 of the Po-
litical Code, condensed as per blank furnished by
the Commissioner.
CAPITAL.
Amount of - Capital Stock, paid up in
Cash.. $533333
■ASSETS.
Real Estate owned by Company $752,133 3.1
Loans on Bond and Mortgage 1,895,228 47
Cash Market Value of all Stocks and -
Bonds owned by C0mpany.......... 1,497,047 15
Amount of Loans secured by pledge
of Bonds, Stocks and other market-
able securities as collateral 669.479 44,
Cash in Company's Office.. '2.253 29
Cash in Banks 112,00000
interest due r and accrued on all
stocks and Loans 61,07107
Premiums In due Course of C011ec-
ti0n................................... 34,545 92
Bills receivable, not matured, taken
for Fire and Marine Ri5k5.......... 16X.469 39
Rents due and accrned........... ..... 10,666 67
Due from other Companies for rein- ,;
Burance on losses already paid.. 300,936 92
Total Assets $5,493,88165
LIABILITIES.
Losses in process of Adjustment or In - : .-■■•■'
• 5u5pen5e............. ......' $106,666 69
Gross premiums on Fire Risks run-
- ning one year or less, reinsurance
■ v 50 per. cent, and Oross premiums
on Fire Risks running more than "•'
one year, reinsurance pro rata. 417,243 73
Liability under Life Department..... 3,594,410 97
Cash Dividends remaining unpaid... 13,160 54
AH other demands against, the Com- . "
pany.....:.............. .....;.. 188,898 43
Total Liabi1itie5'.. . ....... ... . ... . . . $4,320,380 33
INCOME.
Net Cash actually received for Fire
premiums...:.. ..•.:..-.;:....'......... 51,140,141 43
.Received for interest and dividends • . ,- • . ..
on Bonds, stocks, Loans, and from
all other sources..:..... '..'.....-• 388.134 64
Received from Life Department... ... 665.12878
Total 1nc0me.. ......... $2,093,402 83
EXPENDITURES.
Net amount paid for Fire Losses 575,950 73 '
Dividends to Stockholders/...:. ::..: 32,000 00
Paid or -allowed for Commission or ". - •' ■ •"« ■
8r0kerage............. 300,852 69
Paid : for Salaries, fees ' and other •■
charges for officers, clerks, etc...... 148,486 18
All other payments ' and expendi-
tures, including Life Department... 1,035,987 60
' Total Expenditures $2,093,277 20
.KIRK.
Losses incurred during the year $575,950 73
j j ~
Risks and Premiums. Fire Risks. j ' Premiums.
Net amount of Risks • ■
written during the •
year...;......;...::; ; $379,149,499 $1,609,873 33
Net amount of Risks ' • - •
expired during the! - J . , :
year...;........:.... | 216,390,454 722.89770
Net amount in force : ' ■->.-. •■ - -• ■■.•;)
December, 31,1894. 154,875,183 417,243 73
. T. ED LEVISSON, Vice-Presldent.
M. OLBERS, Secretary. .
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 6th day -
of April, 1885. :.'- , ;, • , ;
-.'■•' UUDM AK.ERMARK, Notary Public.
BROWN, CRAIG & CO..
407, 409 Montgomery St., S. F.
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