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WHITE OPIUM "JOINTS" OF SAN FRANCISCO.
Haunts of the "Hop
Heads" Outside of
MANY DENS ARE OPEN.
"Dope Fiends" Rendezvous
From the North Beach to
IN DEFIANCE OF THE LAWS.
A Further Lifting: of the Veil From
the Most Dangerous Resorts
In the. City.
THE POLICE OFFICIALS SURPRISED.
"THE CALL'S" EXPOSE NOT
Some of the police officials rubbed their
eyes when they read The Call yesterday.
They hoped it was only some evil night
mare—that opium expose— that long list of
resorts for white "dope fiends" in China
town. But the hope was vain. And at
last some of these police officials gained a
knowledge that may be useful to them in
future efforts — when they come to realize
that the laws against the opium traffic
should be enforced.
Not every man in the police department
gained a new knowledge from reading the
expose in The Call, though it is evident
from what Chief Crowley said in his inter
view in Thk Call Saturday morning, that
he was in' ignorance of the startling and
shameful facts laid bare to the public in
these columns yesterday — and again to
But the ignorance of the chief may be
pardonable. He cannot know what is not
reported to him, for he is too busy a man
to make personal investigations. The igno
rance of his subalterns, however, is not so
pardonable, though it is better than crimi
The policemen who regularly patrol the
beats wheron these opium dens are
located may fairly be supposed to possess
even a greater knowledge of the opium
evil in San Francisco than their chief
gained yesterday by reading The Call.
Thes<e are merely comments in passing.
The time has not yet arrived for conclusions
to be drawn, for even the bare glimpse of
the vilest and most pernicious evil with
which the slums of a metropolis were ever
afflicted, that The Call means to show the
public, has not yet been given.
It has been shown how, when and where
white men and women and youths smoke
opium in Chinatown. But that is not all.
The vice has spread beyond the limits of
Chinatown. The City is infested with the
haunts and dens of opium-smokers.
A list of twenty places where the
"fiends"' rendezous to practice the vice has
been compiled after only a few days' in- i
vestigation. Without doubt there are a
hundred or more of these dens scattered
throughout tr 1 " City.
Most of them are lodging-houses. In
some of the lodging-houses there are lay
outs in every room, and nightly hundreds
of the "hop heads" congregate in these
rooms to satisfy their morbid craving for
the debasing drug, while many novices
young men and girls from respectable
homes— find their way to the dens to take
their first steps that lead surely to the
gutter or the madhouse.
This state of things is unlawful. More, j '
it is known to the policemen who regularly
patrol these beats. What is worse still
policemen have been seen to enter these j
resorts and consort with the inmates.
Next to a leper there is nothing so de
graded in the human family as the "hop ]
head." Chief Crowley has said he believes j
there are by no means a thousand of them I ]
THE BEAR ENTBANCE TO OPIUM DEMS IN LOVELEY'3 COTTAGE
ON PINE STEEET.
[From a sketch made by a "Call" artist]
in the City. There are more than 3000 of
them in San Francisco.
"But little 'dope' is sold or smoked here
now," said the Chief in his interview.
"We have kept the evil within bounds.
There are no dens, properly so-called, in
this City now."
Let us see.
A LIST OF SOME OF THE MORE NO
TORIOUS DENS TNFESTED
The following list embraces some of the
more notorious and most easily located re
Highest of all in Leavening Power..— Latest U. S. Gov't Senort
ABSOLUTELY PU B E
' sorts for opium-smokers In this. City out
side of the Chinese quarters. In rare in
stances there are oniy one or two rooms in
the houses mentioned where "layouts" are
kept for the "fiends," but in most cases the
premises are infested with the "fiends,"
and there are " layouts " for smokers in
nearly every room in the house.
As a rule, these places are lodging
houses—all of them of a very low order in
the moral scale, but some of them quite
high-priced and infested by the " dude
fiends " — that specimen of human kind
which lives well and works not, but takes
j the earnings from their wives or mis
tresses that frequent the dark streets. The
list is as follows:
130 FOURTH STREET, room 16 on the
second floor, and room 27 on the third
110 FOURTH STREET, a back double
room on the second floor, rented by two
"liends." who have several "layouts."
KING HOUSE, Fourth and Howard
streets. Notorious for years.
PETIT HOUSE, Fourth street, near
THIRD AND HOWARD STREETS,
northwest corner, lodging-house over drug
store. Notorious resort.
STANDARD HOUSE, 1120 Market street.
AN INTERIOR OF ONE OF THE RCOMo OF THE BALTIMORE HOUSE.
[From a sketch made by a "Call" artist.]
A well-known resort for "fiends." White
girls seen there frequently.
109 DUPONT STREET, second floor.
309 DUPONT STREET. A notorious
" joint." Frequented bv "dude fiends."
311 DUPONT STREET.
419 DiJPONT STREET, basement in
502 BUSH STREET, Baltimore House,
a "layout" in nearly every room; notori
ous, men and women.
514 BT T SH STREET, two rooms.
517 BUSH STREET, one room at pres
ent. A notorious "joint."
514 PINE STREET, rooms 20, 24 and 18.
Over the Mission Chapel,
633 CALIFORNIA STREET. One of
the worst "joints" in the City. Easy of
access to strangers. Has been running for
711 CALIFORNIA STREET, frequented
mostly by women "fiends."
KEATING'S SALOON, Berry and Du
pont streets, "layout" patronized mostly
by Keating and his partner, Elliott, but
not closed to their friends or patrons.
LOVELY'S COTTAGE, in rear of 607
Pine street with entrance on Dupont street.
Owned and renied by Noble Lovely. An
old-time rendezvous for the "fiends."
711 STOCKTON STREET, a notorious
"joint" for the "gang."
i:?00 STOCKTON STREET, second floor,
over the Bay State Market. This is fre
quented by white girls and their male
partners. A notorious place.
1314 STOCKTON STREET, two rooms.
LOUISIANA HOUSE, 317 Montgomery
avenue, second floor. White girls here,
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 1895.
j and recently some children rescued from
the house by the S. P CO.
There are many other resorts of a sim-
I ilar kind on Pacific street and on Steven
! son, Jessie and Howard streets. These lat
ter can be easily located. Besides these
| there are very many others, some of them
, very difficult of access.
INTERIOR VIEW OF SOME OF THE
An interior view of a room devoted to
opium-smoking in the tenderloin district
!is most uninviting as a rule. It lacks even
the picturesqueness of the unclean Chinese
"joint." In the old days, before the Leg
islature and the Supervisors passed strin
gent iaws forbidding the maintenance of
those dens, some of them were handsomely
and even luxuriantly appointed. Now
they are usually bare rooms, with only the
scant allowance of cheap furniture usually
found in the lower order of lodging-houses.
On the third floor of the Baltimore
House, at 502 Bush street, a room was
found quite typical of most of the others in
that neighborhood. It was a single room,
with an iron-framed bedstead, a washstand
and a wardrobe. On the bed lay the
smoker, a man not more than 35 years of
"I'll be through in a few moments," he
saia, when the person entered. "Then you
can have the pipe. Why don't some of
you go to Mike's room? He nas two lay
ire was in his shirt-sleeves, and his shoes
were at the foot of the bed. There was
| very little ventilation in the room, and
! the atmosphere was stifling for a novice.
"This is my third dose to-day," said the
man on the bed. "I'm a moderate smoker,
but I'll take enough this time to get the
"He smokes seventy-five pills a day,"
said the young man, through whose influ
ences we had gained access to the room.
"He has the worst kind of a 'habit.' "
At 633 California street four women were
found smoking in one room. Two of them
were stretched out on the bed puffing at
the long bamboo pipes and filling the room
with a hazy, sickening atmosphere. An
other girl was on the floor, her head rest
ine on an old valise laid sideways. The
fourth inmate, mucti older and more hag
gard and glassy-eyed than the others, was
not smoking, but acting as an attendant
for the others.
Evidently she was the owner of the "lay
outs." An effort was made to get her
name and find out something about her.
Everybody in the house disclaimed all
knowledge of her, however, and only a po
liceman's star could have made the in
"There's no room for you'se gents to
smoke here," she said, as we pushed open
the door and pressed into the room.
"I only wanted to see Lizzie a minute,"
said the "fiend" who acted as guide.
Lizzie proved to be the tall girl on the
floor. They exchanged a few whispered
words and then the visitors had to go out,
and the old woman bolted the door at once.
An effort was made to get into some of
the other rooms in the house. Walking
along the hallways one could smell the
fumes of the "dope" coming from almost
every door, but the "fiend" himself proved
unequal to tne task of gaining admittance.
Wpen he knocked on a door a drowsy
voice would call out:
"It's . I want to see you a moment."
Sometimes one of the inmates would
recognize the voice and the name, bur. ho
would open the door cautiously, and upon
seeing the strangers would grow suspicious.
Pon the south side of Pine street, just
above Dupont, ie a big lodging-house that
shelters perhaps a hundred or more of the
"fiends." Almost any one who knows of
the place and has a desire for the indul
gence can satisfy his craving or curiosity
The house is frequented by a set of
harpies that prey on unsophisticated men.
And the men are robbed while under the
influence of the drug. These cases are of
frequent occurrence, not only at this
house but several others in the neighbor
hood. Sometimes an arrest is made— more
oflen not— but those who have the proper
"pull" escape the toils of the police courts
On the southeast corner of Dupont and
Pine streets is a saloon, a known den for
"fiends." In a stuffy back room a dozen
or more "hop heads""can be found every
None of these pictures are overdrawn.
On the contrary, care has been taken to
state only the essential facts. Nor have
all the facts been given. They could not
be given in a newspaper.
These places are ail unlawful, as a fair
reading of the laws already quoted will
prove. These laws have been tested in the
Supreme Court and found valid. To a
most dangerous extent these laws are not
enforced in San Francisco.
Through a typographical error in The
Call yesterday morning, 1005 Stockton
street was given in the list of resorts in
Chinatown where white men and women
smoke opium. The number should have
been 1005J4. Mrs. Cum Yuk keeps the
former house, which is not known as an
opium den, but as a law-abiding place.
Evidently a Suicide.
Dr. F. X. Emerson held an autopsy yesterday
on the body of the unknown man who was
found dead on the beach near the Cliff House
Saturday. The autopsy showed the man was
drowned. The pockets and sleeves of the de
ceased were filled with sand, which he is sup
posed to have put there to hold him under the
A Small Fire.
The fire alaim from box 27 yesterday after
noon was for a small fire at 710 California
street, a lodging-house occupied by Mrs. P.
Lambert. The fire was caused by carelessness
with matches on the part of a lodger. The
damage was about $ 100.
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CHINESE UP IN ARMS.
gregrate in Mobs in
CARICATURE THE CONSUL
SeeYups Charge Li Wlnß Yu
With Having Received
FEELING RUNS VERY HIGH.
Police and Clubs Prevent Serious
Trouble — Another Outbreak
Confusion reigned in Chinatown yester
day. There were many scenes of wild
disorder, and at one time it was believed a
general riot was imminent. The fact that
this did not actually occur, and that there
was no killing done is due to the watch
fulness and determination of the police,
who dispersed the crowds and kept a close
eye on the most belligerent of the Chinese.
All the afternoon and evening crowds of
Chinese congregated at one point or
another, only to be pounced upon and
scattered by Sergeant Shea's squad, who
were not at all gentle in handling the
Mongolians if their attitude became
threatening. Through it all, at the time
the disturbance was the most turbulent,
Rev. Sue Too Namart. of the Presbyterian
Mission, stood on a box in the middle of
the street and preached to the neathen.
The chief cause of disorder was a cartoon
posted on a deadwall at the corner of
Clay street and Waverly place at about 1
o'clock in the afternoon. It was an excel
lently executed drawing in colors, depict
ing the Chinese Consul-General, Li Wing
Yu. receiving bribes from a party of Sam
Yups to use his influence in getting Mook
Tai, charged with the murder of Chong
Wai, hanged. It is this case, as is famil
iarly known now, that has caused all the
uneasiness in Chinatown since the murder
occurred July 13.
No sooner had the cartoon been posted
than Chinese began to congregate. In a
few minutes Waverly place was packed
from Washington to Clay street, and the
intersection of Clay street and Waverly
place was literally jammed. Within
thirty minutes of the time the See Yup
artist displayed his caricature to the
public fully 5000 Chinamen were fighting
to get near enough to see it. Either the
cartoon was universally pleasing to the
throng or else those who did not approve
of it were afraid to say so or make any
counter-demonstration, for nothing of the
sort was noticeable.
The Mongols enjoyed themselves for
fully half an hour before Policemen
Samuels and Connelly, coming down their
beats, observed the mob. They made a
simultaneous rush at the crowd, using
their clubs vigorously. They were soon
joined by Sergeant Shea's squad, and the
Chinese were sent about their business.
Officer Samuels tore down the cartoon and
turned it over to Officer Hamy of the spe
The incident of the cartoon was the be
ginning of many scenes of disorder.
Other cartoons of an obscene nature were
posted by Chinese and immediately torn
down by the police. A poster asking all
Chinese to boycott the market at Jackson
street and Fish alley was posted against
the building. The owner sought the po
lice to have it taken down, saying he dare
not venture to do so himself.
In one instance a Chinese purchased a
coat at a boycotted house and started home
with it. He was not outside the door be
fore a mob of angry heathens forcibly took
the earment from him and would have
destroyed it but for the intervention of the
police, who arrived just in time to prevent
what might have resulted in a most seri
ous if not fatal row.
It was just at the clo3e of the demonstra
tion over the cartoon and while the latter
scene was being enacted that the Rev. Sue
Too Namart opened religious services. He
mounted a box in the middle of Waverly
place, where the crowd had so enjoyed it
self to the discomfiture of the Consul-
[The figure with uplifted hand, on the extreme right of the picture, is supposed to be Lay Wing, the Chinese Consul's adviser. The next
figure, -with plate in hand, represents the Consul-General himself in the act of taking contributions. The small box in the foreground repre
sents the safe in the consulate. The two kneeling figures nearest the Consul, gathering from the lettering, are " Lee Li Tong bribed the
Consul " and "Lo Bak Tong, president Sam Yup Company." The other figures are designated in the picture as " Chong Wah, $500," " See
Wah, $1000," " Chee Chong, $1000," the dollars being the amount of their alleged contributions. The translation of the inscription on the
bottom of the cartoon is, " Whosoever reads this must think carefully, and do not hide your conscience in judging this matter. Then you will
prosper." On the left side of the picture the inscription reads, " San Francisco, Cal. A new issue of ancient and modern peculiar scenes "
In the upper right hand corner is the name of the artist, " Lo Fow San, the Mountain of Art."]
General, and almost instantly order in that
locality was restored, although on all
sides could be heard the hootiner of the
See Yups at the boycotted Sam Yup insti
It seems that the true story of the differ
ences between the See Yup and Sam Yup
companies has never been told. It was
furnished The Call yesterday by a Chris
tian Chinese, whose name cannot be given
as it would ruin his business and. perhaps,
result in his being murdered. There is no
doubt, however, of the authenticity of his
statements, as steps to verify them were
According to this information, the
present trouble is the outgrowth of an
agreement entered into three vears ago be
tween the Sam Yup and See Yup compan
ies which partook of the nature of a union,
having for its purpose the prevention of
crime among the Chinese, and the convic
tion and punishment of wrongdoers. It
was the work of the better class of Chinese,
and many of the originators of it belonged
to both companies. The officers on both
sides signed an agreement that, when a
grave crime was committed, neither com
pany should take steps to bail the offender
out or to secure his acquittal, but tnat the
law should be allowed to take its course.
This agreement has been adhered to up
to the time of the recent murder. The
See Yups, of which Mook Tai is a promi
nent member, were the first to ask to
break the agreement. They asked per
mission to take steps to have Mook Tai re
leased on bail and that the Six Companies
bear equally the expense of conducting
his case. This request the Sam
Yups declined to grant, and Consul-
General Li W T ing Yu stood be-
hind the Sam Yups, urging that,
if Mook Tai was guilty he should l)e pun
ished, and if innocent, he would be so
proven. This seems to be the only part
the Consul-General has taken in the mat
ter further than the use of his influence to
preserve peace. There are many of the
See Yup people who believe Mook Tai
guilty, although they will not admit it,
but the majority of them believe, or affect
to believe, he is innocent and all are de
sirous of seeing him released.
The Sam Yups stood firm at the begin
ning of the trouble, while the See Yups
I were just as firm. Thus the dissension
| grew as each meeting of the Six Compa
nies was held to discuss the matter, until
finally the eruption came which dissolved
the companies and was the means
of the boycott being instituted against
the Sam Yups. The latter own or control
all but perhaps a dozen of the stores and
meat markets of Chinatown, and as a re
sult of the boycott, which has been most
determined, See Yup stores that formerly
took in from $45 to ?50 a day now take in
from $400 to $500, while the exact reverse
of things obtains among Sam Yup institu
On Friday last the principals of the Sam
Yup Company, seeing the futility of at
tempting to do business under such cir
cumstances, sought a meeting with the
See Yups. The meeting was held, and the
Sam Yups made overtures of peace, but
the See lups, who had apparently con
sented to the meeting to get an "oppor
tunity to jeer the enemy, laughed at them,
and said: "You would not give in at first;
we are not ready to now."
Thus the meeting broke up and hos
tilities were renewed with redoubled vigor.
So persistent were the attacks on the Sam
Yup merchants that any man, woman or
child who went to one of their stores to
make a purchase was stopped and, in most
of cases, the goods were taken from
them and thrown away. Chickens, pork
and vegetables were stolen from the stalls
and the police had a busv time of it. Sev
eral arrests were made, but the prisoners
were bailed out as quickly as they were
booked at the California-street station.
Nearly all the pork butchers in China-"
town are members of the Sam Yup Com
pany. In consequence the See Yups trans
ferred their patronage to Sang Wo <fe Co.
on Dupont street, and that shop was over
run with customers all of Saturday and
yesterday. Over 100 hogs were cut up and
sold, and a special order had to be sent to
Butchertown for more. In consequence,
the Sam Yup butchers were nearly all idle
and the boycott was complete.
The police are keeping an extra watch
and tne posse has been augmented.
Should an outbreak occur the chances are
that quite a number of Mongolians will be
killed before it is quelled. The prelimi
nary trial of Mook Tai takes place to-day,
and if he is held to answer on a charge of
murder the trouble will doubtless begin.
After the cartoon incident one could ap
proach almost any Chinaman who could
speak English and ask the meaning of the
picture, and be told unhesitatingly that
the Sam Yups had paid the Consul-Gen
eral $2800 to use his influence to try and
hang; Mook Tai.
At the legation neither Consul-General
Li Wing Yu nor Consul Ching Ting Chip
could be seen, but Vice-Consul King con
sented to talk about the cartoon, its mean
ing and the effect it would have on the
Chinese. He ridiculed the idea that his
superior had accepted any bribe and said
the report was circulated by the See Yups
because the Consul-General had stood firm
For justice. He said the same charge had i
been made by the Sam Yups relative to
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money being offered by the See Yups, but
that the Consul-General had paid no at
tention to the reports.
There was no disguising the fact that the
attaches of the consulate were extremely
apprehensive of difficulty when the car
toon was 3hown them, but Vice-Consul
King expressed no fears, and the special
guard which was stationed at the legation
some days ago and then removed was not
replaced. The Vice-Consul says the Con
sul-General will take no steps whatever in
the prosecution or defense of Mook Tai, but
will simply see that he is given a fair trial.
A TRIBUTE OF ESTEEM.
Dr. J. "W. Keeney Presented With a
The employes of the Health Office who
had worked under Dr. J. W. Keeney as
Health Officer for the past two years have
presented him with a handsome set of
silver furnishings for his desk. In all
there are thirteen pieces, including a hand
some silver penholder and silver-mounted
The presentation was made last Satur
day. Accompanying it was an address
signed by all the donors, setting fortb the
good-will and esteem which had prompted
the gift and expressing best wishes for his
The Pacific baseball team of this city de
feated the C. A. Hall team from Oakland at the
Haight-street grounds by a score of 20 to 5
yesterday. The feature of the game was the
great hitting of the Pacifies.
The Clippers defeated the J. P. Dal ton Base
ball Club yesterday at the same grounds by a
score of Bto 7. The battery work of Kelly and
Gorman was the feature of the game.
Vast Store of Gold.
Impartial writers say that the gold con
tained in the medals, vessels, chains and
other objects preserved in the Vatican
would make more gold com than the
whole of the pres3nt European circulation.