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CONSPIRACY ALLEGED AMONG SUPERVISORS
The Solid Eight to Be
Brought to Bar on
That Charge. -
SUIT FOR IMPEACHMENT.
Complainant Will Have Plenty
of Support From Strong
ERRORS US THE DOCUMENT.
Defendants Will Doubtless 3e Aided
by the Law Department of the
Here is the law under which suit was
brought on Friday to peach the majority
of the Board- of Supervisors. It has been
printed more than once in The Call, but
it does no harm to be perfectly familiar
rrith. this law. Tt means, if it means any
thing, that franchises shall be disposed of
by open public auction, with no strings at
tached to it in any way, and that the City
treasury shall have the benefit of this com
petition and that the man who bids high
est shall have the franchise:
An Act providing for the sale of rail
road and other franchises in municipali
ties and relative to granting franchises.
Approved March 33, 1893.
The people of the State of California,
represented in Senate and Assembly, do
enact as follows :
Section 1. K vary franchise or privilege
to erect or lay telegraph or telephone
wires, to construct or operate railroads
along or upon any public street or high
way, or to ea:ercisa any other privilege
whatever hereafter proposed to be
granted by the Board of Supervisors,
Common Council or other governing or
legislative body of any county, city and
county, city, town or district within this
State, shall be granted upon the condi
tions in this act provided, 'and not other
wise. The fact that an application for
such franchise or privilege has been made
to such Hoard of Supervisors, Common
Council or other governing or legisla
tive body, together -with a statement
that it is proposed to grant the same,
must first be advertised iv one or more
daily newspapers of the county, city
»nd county, city, town or district
herein the sail franchise or privilege
is to be exercised. Such advertisement
unit continue every day for at least ten
days, and must commence at least thirty
days before any further action of the
Board of Supervisors, Common Couucil
or other governing or legislative* body.
The advertisement must state the char
acter of the' franchise, or privilege, pro
posed to be granted, the term of its con
tinuance,'and, if a street railroad, the
route to be traversed, and the day on which
tenders will be received for the same. On
the day so stated the board, or other
governing' or legislative body herein
mentioned, must meet in open session
and read the tender*. The franchise, or
privilege, must then be awarded to the
highest bidder ; provided, however, that
nothing in this section shall affect a
special privilege granted for a shorter
term than two years.'
Sec. it. Any member of any Board of
Supervisors, Common Council or other
governing or legislative body of any
county, city and county, city, town, or
district of this State, who, by his Tote,
violates, or attempts, to violate, the pro
visions of this act, or any of them, shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor and of mal
feasance in office and be deprived of his
of ice by the decree of a court of compe
tent jurisdiction, after trial and convic
Bee. 3. This act shall take effect Im
Here are the clauses .in the advertised
resolution as passed by the board, which,
it is charged, are designed to evade the
Resolution No. 12G10 (Third Series)—
Whereas, Application has been made to
this Board by the Market-street Kail way
Company to construct, lay down, main
tain and operate for the unexpired terms
of the respective franchises' heretofore
granted for its line of street railroad on
Mission street, Mission-street road and
telegraph or. new county road, as exten
mions of and adjuncts to and in connection
with said line of railroad, a single or
double-track street railroad, etc.
This.resolution means, if it means any
thing, that no one shall bid for the fran
chise but the Market-street Railway Com
pany, as it makes the franchise of no value
to any but that company.'
It was prepared by the attorneys of the
Market-street Railway Company, and they
are men carefully selected for their intelli
gence and are paid high salaries for being
This advertisement is now running in
the 'official" paper. " The resolution was
passed at the meeting of the board on July
8. ;At that meeting Supervisor Taylor of
fered a substitute, which stated that the
San Francisco and San Mateo Railway
Company had also applied for this fran
chise or a part of it, and provided, in con
formity to the law governing the case, that
the franchise should be offered without re
strictions and awarded "to the highest
This intent of ; the substitute . was care
fully explained by Mr. Taylor. It was re
jected by the votes of the Solid Eight. ,
Then Supervisor Taylor moved to split
up the omnibus franchise to give others a
chance at one of the three routes, but that
was voted down by the Eight.
Then Mr. Taylor moved to raise the
minimum bid from $500 to $5000, but it '
was voted down, as were subsequent
moves to fix it at $4000 and $2000.
Then Taylor moved to fix a time limit so
that the favored company might be re
quired to build the road on Bunnyside
avenue as well as on Ocean House road in
180 days. It was voted down by the eight
votes. He moved that the limit be fixed
at one year and then two years, explain
iug that the people stood in need of street
railway facilities and that the San Mateo
road stood ready to furnish them, but every
motion looking in the most remote degree
toward a fulfillment of the law or of justice
to the people was voted down, always by
these eight votes.
So that there is no possible question that
these men intended to do what they did—
force out competitors and defeat the law.
Now a snit has been liled against these
men, charging them for this with misde
meanor and malfeasance in office. The
papers will be served upon them to
The complainant is an attorney, K. M.
Smith. Mr. Smith is a man of middle age
and is said to have had considerable expe
rience, although he does not seem to be
very widely known. He was a candidate
on the Populist ticket in the last cam
paign for Justice of the Peace.
The complaint, as filed, shows signs of
evident haste in its preparations and some
carelessness. These cause it to say several
things that, as a complaint intended to
stick, it does not intend to say. For in
That by reason ot the conditions and restric
tions mentioned in the said advertised order,
and submitted by said Market-street Railway
Company by its draft submitted Dy said com
pany with "its application to said Supervisors
for their approval, one of the conditions being
"to maintain and operate for the expired terms
of the respective franchises heretofore granted
for its line of street railrc&d on Mission street."
The lauguage should be, "Maintain and
operate for the unexpired terms," etc.
Again it says:
That the San Francisco and San Mateo Rail
way Company ar.d all persons, companies and
other corporations are, by reason of said re
strictions and conditions and other matters
contained in said printed submission to public
competition for the said street railway fran
chise, prevented from bidding for the same in
that they must run their cars as adjunct to and
in connection with the said line of the Market
street Railway Company, and instead oi en
couraging competition, on the contrary every
thing that cau be devised or conceived to make
the ssid franchise acceptable to any but the
Mcrket-street Railway Company has been in
serted in the said proposed grant.
This is saying exactly the opposite thing
to what is evidently intended to be said.
It should read thus: "Everything that
can be devised or conceived to make the
said franchise unacceptable to any but the
Market-street Railway Company has been
Now, Mr. Smith will have opposed to
him in the legal battle he has precipitated
the entire law department of the Southern
Pacific Railway Company, together with
the far-reaching influence of that great
corporation. If he means to win he will
have to bring into play his best resources,
will have to be vigilant and be certain to
both mean what he says and say what he
He will not be left to make this fight
alone, however. What he has done is to
simply bring about the issue. He has
done what was in tht minds of very many
people to do, and his doing it is the result
of an impulse of the public in the face of
outrages and trust betrayals that have
been laid bare to them when they had a
right to expect integrity and honor.
The bringing of such * suit has been un
der discussion for two weeks by citizens
and asociations of citizens, the question
being only one of method and time. That
it would be brought immediately upon
that question being settled was long ago
determined. Mr. Smith settled it to his
own satisfaction and brought the suit.
He will now be invited to accept the as
sistance of strong men, and the question of
whether a majority of the Board of Super
visors can openly defy the law and yet es
cape its penalties will be put to the test
The Civic Federation Will Proceed
Aeralnst the Solid Eight on
The Civic Federation will, at its meeting
on Friday next, pay special attention to
the alleged crookedness in the Board of
Supervisors, and will probably determine
upon bringing action for conspiracy.
The leading spiaits of the federation
have been actively engaged in studying the
ground for the past two weeks and reports
will be made by them.
An attorney who has been consulted
will explain this proceeding as follows:
"The proper method of reaching a re
calcitrant public official in the absence of
action by the Grand Jury is by accusation
agreeable to the provisions of section 772
oi the Penal Code.
"Under the procedure it is only neces
sary to prove one single act or omission
constituting either nonfeasance, misfeas
ance or malfeasance in office. Indeed, mala
fides is not an essential element in the
establishment of the corpus delicti.
"Tbe proceeding rests upon the absolute
right of the people not only to honesty
and faithful performance by officials of the
duties of office, but efficient and intelligent
performance of duty.
"The public has just as much to fear
from the stupid and the negligent as from
the knave or the thief, and the object of
this summary proceeding is to afford
prompt relief in every case when the
wheels of the government become clogged,
and from what cause it matters not.
"As to what will constitute a misde
meanor in office is a question as broad as
the variety of circumstances and facts
themselves. But any act amounting to
either a nonfeasance, misfeasance or mal
feasance is clearly within the rule.
"The combination known as the 'Solid
Eight' among the City Supervisors is
clearly a case of malfeasance.
"For a given set of men in a legislative
body, and particularly wiien they consti
tute an absolute majority, to band together
for corrupt or unlawful purposes is clearly
a case of malfeasance of the most danger
ous kind. Whether the object be trading
votes or trading in patronage it is equally
"The right of the public to have their
legislative officers exercise their individual
discretion and intelligent judgment with
independence and without personal or
partisan interest is undoubted and un
"There is no form of misdemeanor in
office more mischievous or more calculated
to destroy the integrity of the govern
ment than the common practices of legis
lative officials to trade and barter their
"The proof of the existence of a combi
nation among the Supervisors, even though
it bt not corrupt in the ordinary sense (for
in truth the word 'corrupt' covers all
these cases), having for its object the
attainment of tne personal ends of the
individual members through mutual offi
cial action, without regard to the merits of
the particular case, clearly establishes a
misdemeanor in office, sufficient to justify
"But you may say, How can it be proved ?
It is true that it is most unlikely that wit
nesses can be produced who were present
when the conspiracy was formed. But
does murder go unpunished because the
murderer has been able to commit his
crime in the absence of human spectators?
No, indeed. The rules of circumstantial
evidence apply ; the long series of acts
speak louder than words.
"The eight votes that have been solidly
cast without reason and without debate to
put Supervisors' sons in office, to reward
political associates and friends, to dismiss
the competent without cause and without
a hearing, to grant unlawful privileges and
franchises, to make extortionate contracts
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JULY 21, 1895.
at the public expense, and a hundred
other things, prove, as our learned Federal
Judges have held in recent conspiracy
cases, a concert of action and the commis
sion of overt acts leading to an inevitable
conclusion — establishing by an indisput
able chain of facts and circumstances an
hypothesis at once conclusive and unas
An action brought on this basis will give
the prosecution the right to go into the
acts of the accused from the time they be
gan to exercise the functions of their office
and to examine all records pertaining
thereto. And the people back of thia
movement are confident that they will be
able to unearth many a crooked act even
within the short reign of the Solid Eight.
Speaking of the matter yesterday one of
the most influential members of the Civic
Federation, and one who has taken a most
active part in the subject, said :
"There is little doubt now that we shall
be able to secure the conviction of at least
one of the men who have betrayed the peo
ple, and when he has been behind the bars,
wearing the convict's stripes fora few
months, he will be in a frame of mind that
will dispose him, for the sake of ameliorat
ing his own condition, not only to make a
confession that will expose his confeder
ates, but to give a history of the corrup
tion that has been enacted »s ta disclose
the Judas hand that proffered the lucre
which bought the betrayal of the people's
"It is the bribe-payers we are bent on
reaching. To convict one of their tools
now and again would not accomplish the
purification of municipal government that
is our object. We must reach the heart of
corruption, and this we are determined to
do before we get through."
George T. Gaden, who is prominently
identified with the Civic Federation, was
vice-president of the Constitution Club of
New York City, which instituted the in
vestigation in the celebrated Broadway
railway franchise bribery case. In that
caje it will be remembered that several
Aldermen were sent to Sinsc Sing prison,
three fled to Canada, and Jake Sharp, who
paid the bribes and secured the franchise,
died in the Ludlow-atreet Jail while serv
ing his sentence.
Referring to tho local situation, Mr.
"When the investigation was Btarted in
New York there was much less evidence in
the hands of the prosecution than is now
possessed by the Civic Federation against
the Solid Eight. Once the investigation is
undertaken formally and officially by the
federation, I am confident that it will
gather evidence rapidly, and plenty of it,
from sources that are now not even taken
into consideration. But they must not lag
ncr falter. Once the matter is taken up it
slould be followed energetically and per
sistently until the corrupt officials are
checkmated and punished."
NO LONGER AN AMATEUR
Pretty Margaret Daly Has
Joined Palmer's New
San Francisco Talent 19 In Great
Demand Throughout the
Miss Margaret Daly has forsaken the
ranks of amateurs and to-morrow night in
New York buds forth as a full-fledged pro
fessional actress. Her debut is a particu
larly auspicious one, as she has secured an
eru-ajjemeut of forty-two weeks with A. SI.
Palmer to play leading parts in one of his
Miss Daly is a San Francisco gfrl, and
was one of the most popular amattur
actresses in the City. She went to New
York some weeks ago.
San Francisco talent is much fn demand
in the East, however, it being said that
Miss Marg-aret Daly.
fully 90 per cent of the actors and actresses
who go to New York, Chicago or other
Eaßtern cities have little difficulty in se
curing profitable and important engage
ments. David Belapco, well known to the
theatrical world of the Pacific Coast, but
who is now a resident of New York, in a
recent letter has this to say of Miss Daly
and San Franciscans in general:
I rehearsed Miss Daly prlvatelv before she
went with Palmer and she is simply great. She
is considered here a remarkably clever actress.
Before 1 knew of her coming I had filled my
company for next seai-on, and I was reluc
tantly forced to give her up to Palmer.
San Francisco people never have much
trouble to secure engagements. They are
nearly always in demand, which I think is
complimentary to the intelligence of the whole
OONWAY'S NEW HOUSE.
A Comfortable Place Where Hours Will
Pass Swiftly and Joyously.
It was twenty-five years ago when Ber
nard Conway began to show the b«st peo
ple «f this City what perfection is in the
management of the saloon business. Years
came and went and his popularity grew.
His last and perhaps best known place of
business was Our House, at 993 Market
street, which he advantageously sold a few
months ago. On next Saturday he will
open a new and comfortable saloon in the
new building at 1023 Market street, be
tween Bixth and Seventh, which is des
tined *o increase his popularity. It is
being fitted up at a large expense, and will
appeal to men of critical taste. A roomy
vestibule, studded with electric li/hts,
forms a fitting entrance. The entire finish
in oak gives the saloon an attractive ap
pearance. The chandeliers and other ac
cessories are of the latest pattern, and
every convenience is provided for the ac
commodation of patrons that money can
buy. This place, appropriately named
Conway's New House, is destined to im
Arrest of a P.unko-Steerer.
A young man employed as a barber and
giving the name of Clinton Clam was arrested
last night on the corner of Third and Folsom
streets on the charge of obtaining money un
der false pretenses. His scheme was to give
bogus recommendations for various positions
that he claimed to control, charging from $3
to $5 for his influence. He is supposed to be
the man who«a the police have been looking
for and who has worked this scheme on several
servaut-giris and other persons lately.
A LADIES' GAMBLING DEN
"No Betting Done or Perm itted"
at the Crescendo Club
WOMEN WHO PLAY THE RACES.
How Females In Gaudy Silks and
Flashy Gems Spend Their
•'The ladies don't lose nothin'. They're
scared of betting more than a few bits of
their pocket money."
The proprietor of the Crescendo Club
rooms on Ellis street threw one knee over
the other and smiled derisively at the tim
orousness of womankind. He had ushered
the reporter into one of the close, stuffy
little rooms, whoa* chief article of furni
ture was a green-covered table. He sat
upon the table ana twirled a showy watch
chain as he initiated his visitor into the
mysteries of betting; on horseraces.
The rooms are above a small tailor shop
and the basement beneath is occupied by
THE WOMAN'S GAMBLING CLUB AT 11 ELLIS STBEET.
[Sketched by a " Call" artist.]
a saloon. A glimpse could be caught of
men studying th« green cards on which
were printed the day'i programme at the
races— the glimpse being ©btained through
the half-open door that opened upon a
"Come in here," said the swarthy man,
who proved to be the proprietor, and he
showed the reporter a room where two
women in gaudy silks and with a dazzling
array of jewelry and a man about town
were sitting at one of the green tables. In
response to a plea of ignoranc* of the first
principles of betting the visitor was
ushered into another apartment, where
novices might not be subjected to the gibes
of the accomplished.
"Now, there's the programme of to-day's
races," said the instructor. "You decide
which horse you want to bet on. You iust
guess on it. If I told you one and you lost
you might try to come back on us. See?"
The reporter saw and told him she would
stake her chances on Auteuil. "How
much?" he queried. "The l#ast you can
bet," said the tyro, and nanded him a cov
eted ''two bits." He made out a card call
ine for No. 108, and told his visitor to
call at 7 o'clock, after the winnings were
counted, to receive a share, if any.
'We sell tickets oh commission here.
There's no bookmaking. That's against
the law, you know," he said oracularly.
"People can come here and bet on the
races any time after noon, and by 8 o'clock
they can get their winnings without ever
going near the racetrack. If they win
they pay us 10 cents on the ticket, no mat
ter how much or how little that may be.
If they lose we don't get anything. That's
easy enough, ain't it?
He was asked whether he had many lady
patrons. "Yes, a good many, take it
month in and month out; but the room I
i LEVY & CD'S
II ELLIS STREET.
i *0 BETTING DONE OK PenjJITiXO MEM
RECEIf-ED . ..dollars, to I* sent «d Commiwios
to Race Track at AY DISTRICT and ttvreplaftd or
«'. trick quoutiom, if Mrtfc ran ihtit be (tbuined.
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have reserved for them only holds four.
So they come and make their b»ts, and
then go shopping.
"Do respectable women come here?" he
was asked with hesitation, in view of the
visions in the next room.
"Oh, yes. I don't want no other kind,"
he answered loftily.
He said that his female patrons are
usually winners. "They watch a horse's
record, and when there is a good chance,
with long odds, they bet, and of course they
win. ' This with the derisive smile again.
;' When a woman bets $20 or upward she
is a 'plunger' and eoes to the races.
"This is the only place in town where
women can bet on the races, unless they
go to the track," said the proprietor
proudly. "They used to go to Corbett's,
but that's above a saloon and, of course,
they'd rather come to a respectable place."
The business card which was obtained
announced that at the commission office
of Levy & Co., 11 Ellis street, "no betting
is done or permitted."
The narrow hall was filled with men and
boys anxiously awaiting the announce
ment of the winnings, when the reporter
arrived with her ticket at 7 o'clock.
"Go to the last box," said a factotum,
addressing the artist and the reporter.
The "last box" was locked, and with a
knowing wink the factotum, who is a boy
of about sixteen, led the way to the ladies'
room. "Is it full?" he asked, and a woman
dashed out of the room in frantic haste,
and the three remaining women looked
after her inquiringly, roused from the
drowsiness that had followed the potations
to which four empty bottles bore witness.
The old woman returned in a few min
utes, panting and breathless. ''What's
the matter?" inquired the other women.
"My God! I thought it was pulled," she
said. The women laughed, but looked a
little suspicious and apprehensive.
Soon the proprietor put his head inside
the door. "Didn't win," he said. "Your
horse came in second," to the reporter.
Every one was a loser and every one left
As The Call representative was cross
ing Ellis street she saw a dozen or more of
the anxious waiters leave the "respectable
place" in a great hurry, and a man who
was standing on the corner said: '"They
must a' seen a cop. Taat place ought to
THE HALF-MILLION CLUB.
A Fall Statement of Its Work Will Soon
The Half-million Club will soon publish
an interesting report of all the work it has
done as a club and by its committees since
its organization. In the report will appear
a statement of the club's finances. There
will also be an account of all the exercises
that the club has participated in.
The publication of this report, copies of
which will be sent to the 200 members,
will be paid for by private subscriptions
and not out of the club's funds. The offi
cers of the organization wish to have it
stated that the money expended for
excursions over the State to fiestas, carni
vals, etc., was not taken from the club's
funds, but that each excursionist paid hia
own expenses. This statement was made
to correct an impression that a few of the
directors went off on junketing trips at the
expense of the other members.
DIGGING UP THEIR DEAD
Chinese Shipping the Bones
of Their Relatives to the
The City and Superintendent or the
Cemetery Profit Largely by the
The annual season for the shipping of
the bodiet of Chinese who die in this
country to the. Flowery Kingdom has
come around, and the removals from the
City Cemetery, where the Mongolians are
buried, number dozens daily.
According to the custom of the Chinese
it is incumbent on the friends or relatives
of the dead to send their bones to their
far-away homes, else when their time
comes to rise they may be separated from
Among the Chinese are many who make
a living by preparing the bodies for ship
ment, receiving so much for each one, and
placing them in such shape that they can
make the long ocean voyage safely. Some
who have been long buried need little or
no preparation, while the skeletons of
others miißt be scraped and cleaned, be
cause the process of disintegration has not
proceeded far enough.
The graveyard presents a peculiar scene
while the bodies are being disinterred, for
the Chinese chatter and laugh and go
about their work very much as though it
was an everyaav matter. They look upon
the burial in the City Cemetery in the
light of a mere temporary arrangement
and only to be done because the law de
Some 1500 bodies have been removed
within the past few months, and half as
many more are still to be disinterred.
The annual removal is quite profitable to
the City, as the disinterment fund is en
riched to the extent of flO for each body
The superintendent of the cemetery also
reaps a harvest, as he receives $2 50 for
each Chinese who desires that his bones
should rest beside those of his forefathers.
It is said by some that the fact that the
new Board of Health is about to remove
the present superintendent is in a measure
responsible for the rapid movement of
bodies, and also that a desire on the part
of Chinese to remove their dead friends
while the incumbent is in office and the
rates remain fixed i 9 actuating many of
the relatives of the dead Celestials. How
ever the matter may stand, Mr. Eager
finds $3750 flowing into his coffers just as
he is about to go out of office, and some of
the sting of decapitation is removed.
A Noted Temperance- Worker.
Rev. Jonas Bushell, pastor of the First Con
gregational Church of Port Angeles, Wash., is
in California enjoying his summer's vacation
and visiting friends. '■■ He is a past grand chief
templar and a ' member of the ' International
Supreme Lodge of . the Independent ; Order of
Good Templars, a member of the Sons of -Tem
perance ■ and [a > brother of I John fiushell, the
grand worthy patriarch of the order in Wash
ington. : Mr. Bushell is i well % and favorably
known by a number of the temperance-workers
of this State, and has been requested to deliver
a series of addresses in- the various churches
and halls of this City and Oakland during the
two weeks commencing Monday evening, July
22, when he will speak <in \ the auditorium of
the Twelfth-street Christian* Church, Twelfth
street, near Howard, of this City. On Tuesday
evening/ the 23d inst., he will - speak at ; the
West-side Christian ; Church on Bush street.
near Devisadero,' and ■on i Thursday evening,
the 25th inst. , he can be heard at I the Bethany
Congregational Church, corner of Twenty -sixth
and JBaitlett streets. «-: •■•:.:'^;,-^j,::: •• .
THE SONS OF ST. GEORGE
Their Grand Lodge Will Con
vene In This City Next
PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY.
Numerous Banquets and a Grand
Ball In Honor of Visiting
The sixth convention of the Pacific Coast
jurisdiction of the Order ef the Sons of St.
George will meet in this City next Tues
day. Preparations are being made by the
lodges of San Francisco and Alameda
counties to extend to the numerous dele
gates a hearty welcome.
The work of this order has from its in
ception been filled with charity, good fel
lowship and progresi, and while counting
as eligible to membership only such per
sons as are of direct English parentage or
descent, it advocates strict allegiance to
such countries as its members have se
lected as their permanent homes, and dis
tinctly favors naturalization and the as
sumption of all the obligations as well as
The first lodge to be instituted on this
coast was the Burnaby, which was organ
ized eight years ago by Charles Williams
of Pennsylvania, and was followed some
months later by the Pickwick. Later on
the Albion of Oakland and the Derby of
Alameda came into existence, and soon
afterward numerous lodges sprang up all
over the West.
The representatives of the order in Cali
fornia number about 3000, while through
out the United States are to be found be
tween three and four hundred lodges and
nearly 50,000 members.
Politics and religion are not permitted
to cut any figure in the order, the objects
being solely social and beneficial, sick
benefits being paid and amounts set aside
for cases of death.
Upon Monday evening next Pickwick
Lodge No. 259, proposes to keep open
house at its ciuo building, Sl7 Mason
street, when the visiting delegates will be
invited to partake of their hospitality.
Burnaby Lodge, and Albion and Derby of
Oakland and Alameda will join in mak
ing the reception as pleasant and cordial
As the delegates will come from Mon
tana, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Nevada
and British Columbia, as well as from Cali
fornia, the programme as arranged prom
ises t© present many original and inter
esting features. A banquet, speeches and
a eeneral interchange of wit and good
stories promise to make the time pass into
the early hours.
Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock the seri
ous business of the convention will com
The Grand Lodge will meet in the hall
of the order, at 317 Mason street, the grand
officers being: Grand president, Rev. Jc~
siah Sims of Nevada City; grand vice
president, J. W. Carlen of Oakland: grand
treasurer, Charles W. Pope of San Fran
cisco; grand secretary, Edward Oliver of
San Francisco; grand messenger, J. V.
Spencer of San Jose.
Officers and delegates will be elected for
the ensuing term, and other schemes for
the general good will be gone over.
The method of electing grand officers is
somewhat peculiar to this association, it
being the custom to have it done entirely
by the past presidents of the different sub
ordinate lodges, Another, and the princi
pal banquet will take place on Tuesday
evening. Invitations have been extended
to numerous friend*, and a very complete
literary programme has been arranged, as
Address of welcome by the chairman, Grand
Treasurer Charles W. Pope. Toast, "The Presi
dent of the United States;" response, H. Tre
goning; music, "Star-spangled Banner." Toast,
"The Queen"; response, C.T.Johns; music,
"God Save the Qyueen." Song, J. Horton.
Toast, "The Supreme Lodge"; response, Su
preme President Ed wara Oliver. Sone, Thomas
Kowlan. Toast, "The Grand Lodge of the Pa
cific Coast"; response, Grand President Rev. J.
Sims. Duet, Messrs. Oakes and Trow. Presenta
tion of badges to Past Grand Presidents Hutton,
Pascoe, Brandon and Sims. Song, W. J. Oakes.
To&st, "Scotland forever"; response, Royal
Chief of Thistle Club J. R. Wateon. Toast
"Fraternal Societies"; response, Past Chief
Ranger of Foresters F. F. MsNulty. Song, J.
Horton. Toast, "The Land We Live In"; re
sponse. Chief of Caledonians D. R. McNeill.
Song, C. L. Trow. Toast. "The Press": re
sponse, C. M. Shortridge. Toast, "The Ladies."
Wednesday will still see the Grand
Lodge in ses3iou, after the conclusion of
which many trips to the ocean, Cliff and
points of interest are in contemplation
and social calls will receive attention.
Thursday will be taken uj» in pretty
much the same way, and the evening will
see the close of the meetings in the shape
of an entertainment and grand ball at the
large hall. The local British celony is
quite famous for the good quality of the
musical, literary and histrionic talent
possessed by its members, and the enter
tainment promises to possess many inter
esting and meritorious features.
Mr. Pop« is chairman ef the entertain
ment committee and is a very busy man
just at present. The Supreme Grand
Lodge of the order meets in New York
next October, to which the local lodges
will have a full representation.
NEVADA MINES IMFBOVING.
Two Big Gold Deals Are Coming to the
R. P. Keating is down from Virginia
City, and, being in touch with the mining
business of the whole State of Nevada,
eports that the Bilver Peak mines of
Esmeralda County, at present under the
management of Superintendent Hanchett,
are picking up at a lively rate. New ledges
have been struck and the assays are much
better than for some time.
Another valuable gold property, the
Silver Star district, will, in all probability,
be sold to Senator Wolcott of Colorado for
$600,000. Some weeks ago s delegation of
mining men from Nevada, who had bonded
the mines, went to Colorado for the purpose
of effecting this sale, but, as the Senator
desired to make further research in the
district, the deal was held off a little longer
It is said, however, that hij experts re
port very favorably on the property and
it will probably be disposed of at the
figure named within a few days.
The sale of these mines will put more
life into Esmeralda County than v has en
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joyed for some time, notwithstanding it is
about the best camp in Nevada to-day.
Colonel Sutherland of Candelaria is ar
ranging to work the tailings of the old
Nevada Queen mine by the cyanide process.
The deposit is said "to be very rich and
holds the accumulation of very rich waste
that escaped when the process of extract
ing the rich metals was not as complete as
at the present day.
With the renewal of operations at these
points the C. and C. Railroad will in all
probability carry many miners into the
BOBBEKY NEAK SAff JOSE.
James Devine, One of the Criminal*,
Arrested in This City.
James Devine, a well-known criminal,
was arrested on Friday by Detectives Bee
and Egan on Market street, and yesterday
morning was taken to San Jose by Deputy
On the night of May 15 Devine and a
companion walked into a saloon kept by
Charles Neierh, about six miles north of
San Jose. Devine called for drinks, and
when the saloon-keeper turned round to
eet the liquor, a cu3tomer, who was stand
ing at the bar, was confronted with a re
volver and ordered to throw up bis hands.
The saloon-keeper wheeled round and was
also confronted with a revolver.
The robbers took $28 from the customer
and relieved Neigh of his gold watch and
chain and Masonic emblem. All trace of
the robbers was lost till a few days ago,
when it was learned that Devine was in
this City, and his arrest followed.
THE CASTIRON PLEDGES
Why the Christian Endeavor
Society Objects to Dea
Possibility of a Discussion at the>
The members of the Young People's
Society of Christian Endtavor of the First
Congregational Church are looking for
ward with unusual interest to the regular
weekly meeting which takes place thia
evening. Many of them believe that mat
ters out of the routine and fraught with
unusual interest to themeelveß will occur
The fact is there has been a little rift in
the lute lately which has marred the per
fect harmony of their relations with the
pastor, Rev. C. O. Brown. Some of the
young people are in favor of meekly bow
ing their heads at the meeting this even
ing and giving assent to all the wishes
of the pastor for the sake of peace, but
there are many others who will firmly re
fuse to yield where they believe a principle
to be at stake. It ia the uncertainty as to
which counsel will prevail that makes
every one anxious about the meeting to
All the trouble, so say the young people,
arose out of a castiron vow. It is part of
the constitution of Christian Endeavor
societies to pledge themselves to a castiron
vow, and the one taken by the young
people of the First Congregational Churcb
tive years ago was that they were to
attend every possible meeting of the so
ciety. Deacon I. H. Morse objected at the
time to the making of any such vow, as he
disapproved of pledges, but the society re
plied, ''Without a pledge we are only a
mock Christian Endeavor Society," so the
pledge became part of the constitution.
A few months ago there was an election
of officers, and Dr. C. O. Brown expressed
a desire that Deacon Morse should be put
on the executive committee.
The society objected, as it thought the
deacon miabt try to abolish its custiron
pledge, so the young people state that a
compromise was effected: T. Westgate, the
clerk of the church, and a great friend of
Dr. Brown, was elected president, on the
tacit understanding that Deacon Morse
should not be one of them.
Last Sunday, however, a somewhat ex
citing meeting was held, from which every
one was excluded but members. Dr. Brown
announced that Deacon Morse must be put
on the executive committee of the Youn»
People's Christian Endeavor. Beveral 01
the members objected that the time for
the election of omcers would not come for
some months, and that there was no appa
rent reason for arbitrarily adding another
to the executive committee. The pastor
insisted so strongly, however, that th«
deacon was elected in spite of protest.
Two of the most ardent church-workers,
James Mason and Miss Myrtle Simpson,
especially incurred the pastor's ire by their
lack of desire to see Deacon Morse invested
with office. "The pastor says now that
they must repent," said a member of the
church yesterday. "Now we only c6n?ider
that they were acting on principle, ana do
not propose to see them bully-ragged. It
is all very well to talk of meekness. Our
young people have kept their tempers ad
mirably, but insinuations have been made
against those two which neitner deserved.
"The meeting last Wednesday did not
heal matters at all, and the probability ia
that to-morrow night we will stand by
what we consider to be a principle. The
presence of Deacon Morse on our commit
tee is a threat to our castiron pledge, and
it is our duty to defend that."
INSPECTED THE SITE.
The Affiliated Colleges Committee Looks
at the BjQeld Tract With
The committee appointed by the Uni
versity of California to select a site for the
affiliated colleges building, for which the
Legislature recently appropriated $250,000,
met Mayor Sutro in his office yesterday
morning and accompanied him to inspect
a site which he had to offer.
The land comprises a tract of about eight
acres lying three blocks south of the park
and opposite the children's playground.
It is excellently situated for the purpose,
being convenient to the cars and in good
shape for building, very little grading be
ing necessary. It is known as the Byfield
Mayor Sutro owns a large amount of
property in that neighborhood, and offered
the land to the committee at a nominal
figure in order to induce it to build in that
Though not expressing any definite
opinion in the matter, the committee
seemed favorably impressed with the site,
looking about the neighborhood carefully
before returning to the City.
A meeting of the committee will be held
in a few days to consider Mayor Sutro's
offer, and its decision will be transmitted
to him some time next week.