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SUNDAY OCTOBER 27, 1595
THO CALL SPEAKS FOR ALL.
Town taik is strictly conventional.
We go for tho convention now and it will
come to us later on.
Inspector Dockery's milkshake is getting
to be a regular treat.
The chrysanthemum show was alto
gether the proper thing.
This is the time for the big West to show
the East what a pall she has.
We offer a transcontinental trip as a plum
cake and the East may take it.
A Presidential Convention would fit in
well with the fiestas next summer.
This may not be our lucky year, but
whatever we have worked for we have
There are very few men who can wear a
chrysanthemum without being overly con
scious of it.
X Once more the eilurian has a chance to
declare that a subscription on the dead
level is a bluff.
Senator Sherman says his book is not
going to bo what the advance reports have
cracked it up to be.
If B tariff which is neither a revenue pro
ducer nor a protection to industry is not
an issue, what is it?
Little by little the discussion of the short
campaign proposition is growing to be a
long campaign itself.
There is only one municipal issue In
New York City, but it takes live parties
and eleven factions to fight it out.
It is natural that Senator Hill should
lecture on "old landmarks," as nothing
since the tidal wave is interesting to him.
The Boston llrrald asserts that "Cleve
land is every inch a sailor," and the
country will admit that he is pretty well
As Maine is bragging over the posses
sion of strawberries in October, it is evi
dent our influence is beginning to be felt
in the far Ea?t.
Atlanta ii content that another's lips
should praise her. out she insists on keep
ing \ip an incessant explanation of how it
ehould ba done.
If the contest for the Republican National
Convention does nothing else, it will give
us some good exercise in the fine art of
Making the Marlborough and Vanderbilt
marriage ceremony a "white wedding," is
one way of toning down the loudness of
the old man's checks.
The rapidity with which we are raising
money to obtain the Republican National
Convention will be regarded by our rivals
as decidedly unconventional.
"Why should there be any more talk
about overproduction or underconsump
tion, when the Boston papers announce
that the price of cod liver oil is going up?
At this juncture it is permissible for us
to remind Boston again that we expect her
to stand by her argument that the best
summer resort city is the best convention
The last session of the Massachusetts
Legislature appropriated $40,000 for road
improvements, and now both parties in the
present campaign are promising the peo
ple to continue the good work.
New York newspapers of all parties are
bo vociferous in asserting "the city is In
deadly peril" that to the obserrant out-
Eider it seems as if the big town had got
politics into its vermiform appendix.
The burden of Spanish taxation upon
Cuba has long been heavy, but if Spain
conquers the island this time and imposes
the cost upon the Cubans, it will be less
like a tax than a general confiscation.
The slow degrees by which civilization
progresses is made evident by the fact that
it is only at this late day arrangements
have been made to supply Bellevue
Hospital in New York City with baths.
It is said that one reason why the Euro
pean powers hesitate to deal roughly with
the Oriental question is because they know
that while the Turkish Government is
weak, the Turks themselves are fighters
and ars perfectly willing to begin.
St. Louis after working for three years
on a new city hall and expending $2,000,
--000, has just discovered that the structure
is unsafe because the iron columns used in
it are full of blow holes, and as a result she
is as badly broken up as if she had a city
election on hand.
The general annual report of, the army
just issued by the British War Otiice shows
on the first day of this year there were
present for duty in the "Imperial Regular
Forces" 222,151 men. Of these 107,810
were at home, 5066 in Egypt, 31,783 in the
Colonies and 77,492 in India.
The recent celebration of the fiftieth an
niversary of the incorporation of Mil
waukee led to the republication of a news
paper publUhed in that city in 1845, and
therein was found the statement, "Chi
cago girls believe two feet make a yard,"
thus proving that our ancestors were as
witty as ourselves, and that when a truth
haa once been published by the American
press it becomes immortal.
THE EEAL CONSIDEBATIOJTS.
It seems unfortunate that any question
of tne convenience of delegates and can
didates should have been raised in the
discussiop.3 over the proper place for hold
ing the next Republican National Conven
tion. It is a pleasant theory that great
political parties have charged their con
sciences with the heaviest responsibilities
affecting the welfare of the country, and
that their leading representatives have
accepted this responsibility in ita highest
and purest form. These representatives
are the delegates who nominate candi
dates for National otfices and the candi
dates themselves, and they are the con
trolling forces whose conduct is set in mo
tion by the National committees. Until
the convention is assembled the National
committees bear all the responsibility.
In view of these considerations it is
amazing to hear that the objections to San
Francis^) as the place for the meeting
of the Republican National Convention
completely ignore the possible National
benefits which might result from the se
lection and have reference solely to the
personal and private convenience of cer
tain party leaders. If there is in the great
Republican party a single leader who gives
preference to his personal concerns over
those which affect the party and the Na
tion he is sadly out of place and is lower
ing tho dignity of the party, and should
make room for a man blessed with a
higher sense of patriotism.
We are told that the distance from the
Eastern States to San Francisco is too
great; that too much time will be required
to make the trip; that the cost to the in
dividual delegates will be too heavy; that
candidates will be put to inconvenience,
and that similar trivial and selfish consid-
erations are permitted to outweigh the
grander concerns of the Nation. It is
probable that there are delegates who are
not financially able to bear the expense,
but if so they should step out of the way.
It is conceivable that many are unwilling
to sacrifice time and money in the interest
of a great cause, but if so the Republican
party and the country have no use for
their services. Leading men in any party
should be ashamed to urge such objections
as these. As for the plaint of certain
newspapers that they might be put to a
trifling inconvenience on the score of tele
graphic reports, no patriotic leader can
afford for a moment to heed them. It is
the duty of every true Republican to Jaugh
all these mean and trifling objections to
That great results involving the welfare
of the Nation might easily flow from hold
ing the convention in San Francisco is a
proposition that is manifestly true and
that needs no argument to support it.
The irrigation of the splendid areas of the
West, the interests of mining, the serious
matter ol the Government's relation to the
aided overland railroad lines, and a dozen
other matters equa!l5 r important could be
studied, and understood. The bearing of
the development of the resources of the
West on the welfare of the American
people is so grave a mattsr that the politi
cal party which heedlessly ignores it and
is moved instead by selfish motives of the
most trivial kind is taking serious chances
with its reputation for comprehensive
THE HIDDEN HAND.
Joseph Nimmo Jr. has dragged forth his
famous report of ISSO adverse to the Nica
ragua canal, revamped it and submitted it
to the Nicaragua Canal Board. Curiously
enough it has been printed and distributed
throughout the country. Were it not for
undoubted internal evidence that this mis-
sionary work is being done and was in
spired Tn the first place by certain trans
continental railroad interests, the identity
of the printers and distributors of this
precious document would likely remain
forever a mystery, as the name of the pub
lisher is modestly omitted. In these con
jectures we are assisted by a memory of
Mr. Nimmo's fulsome praise of the rail
road service to the country when the Reilly
funding bill was under discussion.
The author has indicated the inspiration
of his pen in this sneer: "* * * the
promoters of a wild and impracticable in
teroceanic canal scheme, who are unable
to go into the money markets of the world
and raise a dollar in aid of their project."
In reporting the railroad tonnage of the
United States he omits, among other trans
continental roads, the Central Pacihc, the
Sunset Route of the Southern Pacific, and
every one of the great railroads centering
at the Columbia River and Puget Sound,
evidently with the intention of making
the amount of freight hauled out of the
West appear as small as possible. He at
tempts to show that even the Panama Rail
road route will in time be abandoned in
favor of the transcontinental roads, and he
extends warm thanks to the late A. N.
Towne, general manager of the Southern
Pacific Company, "for highly appreciated
courtesies shown him in the preparation
of his document."
There are many other indications of this
character, ana they place this special plea
in behalf of the railroads outside the field
of serious discussion. Still, a short review
of his most important arguments might
have a slight interest.
He estimates that the tonnage likely to
pass through the canal would not exceed
1,025,000 tons, and ridicules De Lesseps'
estimate of 6,000,000 tons. Placing then
the cost of the canal at $252,000,000, he puts
tho annual interest charge at $10,080,000,
which would require a charge of $10 a ton
through the canal in addition to that re
quired for current expenses, which would
be $1 50, whereas the average charge on
the Panama Railway is $4 3G a ton, and
through the Suez canal $1 82 a ton.
In support of his assumption that 1,000,-
OOC tons annually will be the traflic of the
Nicaragua canal, he declares that sailing
vessels can round the Horn in shorter
time and at far less cost than would be
necessary should they pass through the
canal; that steamships plying between the
Orient and Europe will always, as hereto
fore, take the Suez canal; that no silks
and teas from the Orient are brought to
the Pacific Coast of the United States for
transcontinental rail forwarding; that the
development of railway systems in the
countries south of the United States tends,
as in the United States, to the depletion of
west-coast traffic by water and tho rail
hauling of products to Eastern ports; that
the receipts of the Panama Railway have
steadily fallen along with its rates, and
that instead of transisthmian lines having
the effect of regulating transcontinental
rail charges, the opposite has been tho
fact; that there has been "a wonderful
growth of transcontinental railroad traf
fic," and that '-wonderful reduction has
been made in freight charges on all the
transcontinental lines"; that transconti
nental railroads, instead of affecting gen
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1895.
eral commercial conditions, are strictly
subservient to them. There are many
other statements of like character. Those
which are not manifestly 'untrue are
It is unfortunate for his general argu
ment that he made this slip: "As the
American railroad system was extended
and developed an irresistible demand arose
for the establishment of direct shipments
over connecting lines on a single bill of
lading from the point of shipment to the
point of delivery." This happens to be
just what the Nicaragua canal would
afford; its absence, added to the necessity
for rehandJing, renders transhipment over
the Panama Railway so troublesome and
expensive. Hence the Nicaragua canal
would offer a great advantage now enjoyed
solely by the railroads, and for that rea
son alone would be a powerful competitor.
A sneer at what the author terms '.'the
so-called Monroe doctrine" betrays the
animus of his work. He deliberately
obscures both the military and political
aspects of the case.
it is n&t worth while to give the docu
ment further notice. It is clearly a special
plea for the railroads. It ignores the pos
sibilities of development and readjustment
which the presence of the canal would
create, and that is the greatest of all con
siderations involved in the proposition,
unless the matter of the better security of
our country be deemed a greater.
CLIMATE AND HEALTH.
The Popular Science Monthly has printed
an able lecture delivered before the New
York Academy of Medicine. by Dr. Charles
Fayette Taylor on "Climate and Health."
It calls the attention of the medical fra
ternity not only to the benefits which may
be secured from a study of climate in re
lation to health, but also to the prevalent
neglect with which physicians treat this
The paper stJHs with the broad proposi
tion that a change from one climate to a
different one involves certain functional
modilications which we term acclimatiza
tion, and that us there is in this process an
expenditure of vital forces it becomes nec
essary to ascertain whether this may likely
prove beneficial or injurious. Thii3, it be
ing admitted that in a particular case a
change of climate is desirable, it becomes
the highest duty of the physician to ascer
tain what climate is required and exactly
where it may be found.
Of course, as the lecturer points out, the
mere change from one set of meteorologi
cal conditions to another set having ex
actly the qualities sought is not the only
change experienced. In addition to it we
have a change of scene, di^t, occupation,
pleasures and local sanitary conditions,
and they ail deserve attention.
He devotes considerable space to the re
markable conditions prevalent in Califor
nia, wnere, according to Dr. Remondino,
there are seven distinct kinds of climate,
all different from one another and from
any climate to be found in the East
ern States; and yet it is common for doc
tors in the East to advise simply that thtir
patients go to California for the ben«fit of
the climate. "Without some specific in
formation," says the lecturer, "such a
patient is likely to drop into a place better
calculated to shorten than tn prolong his
days. To be sure, all the climates of Cali
fornia are characterized by a drynesa ex
ceeding what is known in the East, and
this fact gives come relative advantages.
But unquestionably the air may be too dry
in certain localities for certain cases."
Attention is then called to the worthless
ness of mean temperature reports and of
thermometrical readings in tjeneral. The
thermometer, indeed, is one of the least val
uable indications of climate. ''In the in
terior valleys of California," explains the
lecturer, "I have seen the thermometer in
dicate 100 to 110 degrees F. for days and
weeks together and no one complained of
the heat as excessive, while all labor of
man and beast went on as usual and pros
trations are unknown. In New York,
when summer heat approaches 90 degrees
we expect many prostrations and some
deaths." The question of breezes and hu
midity explains the difference.
He then mentions a striking peculiarity
of California. "The Sacramento Valley,"
he says, "is very hot in the summer, but it
is also dry, so that friends of mine would
kill a beef and elevate the carcass by means
of rope and pulley to the top of a tall pole,
let it down from time to time to cut from
it, and it would keep perfectly sweet until
it was all eaten up." This is because of
the great dryness of the air. "There is no
doubt," he explains, "that considerable
moisture in the air favors the growth of
minute organisms and decomposition of
matter takes place rapidly under the in
fluence of heat and moisture."
The conclusion of the lecturer's investi
gations is that the main desideratum in
seeking a change of climate is to secure
comfort, and he adds a climate which,
apart from the elements contributing to
give greater efficiency to the simple matter
of change, is found to be best for an in
valid is best for a person in sound health.
P. A. Buell of Stockton is at the Grand.
George Capelle of Xew York is at the Palace.
S. Sweed of Petaiuma is registered at the
S. Blight of Grass Valley, a mining man, is in
G. M. Francis of Napa is registered at the
A. J. Pillsbury, a Tulare attorney is staying
at the Grand.
Thomas Maitland is registered at the Palace
Scipio Craig and wifo of the Redlands Citro
graph are in the City.
Dr. H. W. Wood of the United States navy Is
a puest at the California.
John Thomaii, a St. Helena wineman, is
among yesterday's arrivals.
Walter Camp, the football coach of the Stan
ford eleven, registered at the Palace last night.
Professor David Starr Jordan, president of
Stanford University, is a guest at tho Occi
William T. Jeter, prospective Lieutenant-
Governor. is a guest at the California. He
leave? to-day for Willows.
Dr. Emily Mcß. Yeargain of San Jose is in the
City. Dr. Yeargain is a Bister of United States
Senator George W, Mcßride of Oregon.
Colonel H. C. Woodrow, a prominent mining
man from Salt Lake City, who has had an ex
tensive experience in the mining districts of
Utah, Colorado and Oiegon, is at the Occi
CALIFORNIA:*:* IN "WASHINGTON.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Oct. 2tf.— Among re
cent arrivals are: B. K. Banning, Oakland,
Hotel Norinandie; Mrs. George S. Lucas, San
Francisco, Hotel Raleigh.
OUT OF SIGHT ADVERTISING.
Los Angeles Times.
The following comparative statement, show-
Ins the quantities of advertising matter printed
in three San Francisco daily papers and one
Los Angeles paper last Sunday, October 20,
tells a signiiicant story:
. Totnl >To
_ of Cola.
Los Angeles Times...... ...; .-.•. iii
fcjan Francisco Cali;. .. ■ 65
San Francisco Kxamiuor ., 69
San I'rancluco Chroriicl*. ...... .....' 45
iV;' "LINEBB"— PAGES.
lios Angeles Times 1388
San raneisco Kxammer. 1072
San Francisco Cai-i- ..; " 891
San Francisco Chronicle... .."....'.'. . 780
■ The above ara the only papers in the State
which Are in the competition.- j
By John Me Naught.
Of the twenty-five votes needed in the
Republican National Committee to bring
the next convention of the party to this
City it is said we have already seventeen.
If the opposition to us were united there
would be but little promise in this show
ing. Fortunately for us the opposition is
not united. The reports state that but
two cities, Chicago and Fittsburjj, are in
the field against us,' but in that respect the
reports are not wholly accurate. The local
papers of Boston and Buffalo are urging
the claims of their respective cities, and
we may be sure they are not making their
efforts without aid. " Four at least of the
Eastern cities may be put down as com
petitors in the contest. We have, there
fore, only eight men to gain from an op
position divided into four factions. To
move that many ought not to be difficult,
even if they formed a solid eight as
heavy as our own. It could be proven to
them, indeed, that they would add to
their wehrht and lose all their heaviness
if they would consolidate with the other
The idea of holding a National Conven
tion in San Francisco appeals to one of
the grandest sentiments of our patriotism.
We have no nobler source of National
prid« than that which lies in the wide area
of territory ove* which our people have
spread without losing the power of acting
together in harmonious law. To name on
the shore of the Pacific a chief magistrate
who is to reside on the shore of the At
lantic would strikingly manifest the mag
nitude of our ocean-girt Republic. We
are fond of spreading the eagle. This
would spread it to the limit.
One of the incidental advantages likely
to result from the assembling of a National
Convention in San Francisco would be the
education of the East in the geography of
the United States. The people beyond the
Rockies are living in the ignorance of be
lieving that this City i-» on the western
limit of our country. In such a belief
there is no knowledge of Alaska. San
Francisco is really the central city of the
Republic, and when our National eagle
perches here he must extend his wings
West as well as East to reach the boun
daries of our possessions. It is possible to
teach this truth even to the Eastern mind,
for a man is not necessarily beyond the
reach of education because he is beyond
the Rockies; and to perform the task is a
patriotic duty which our knowledge owes
to their ignorance. Let us invite them
therefore to hold the National Convention
in the central city of the Union, and when
they arrive show them that for the first
time in their lives they ara truly in the
midst of things.
We know that autumn has come because
the chrysanthemums are here, and we
know the chrysanthemums are hero be
cause some of us have been to the Palace
to see the show, aud some have stood on
the streets to see the procession go by.
This liower is not very beneficent to
woman, but manifold and marvelous are
its blessings to man. He that has a
chrysanthemum needs no new coat. With
one of these in his buttonhole the man in
the shabbiest of left-over garments passes
muster as a dandy. Nor does he need an
overcoat even when the wind blows, the
fogs come in and the nights grow chilly.
With the heart of him warmed by a senao
of such a gorgeous possession how can the
back of him be cold? Truly this is a beati
fic blossom. It flatters pride, consoles
poverty, adorns what is brilliant, hides
what is shabby, warms the blood, satisfies
the mind, erects the head, enlivens the
step, attracts attention and fulfills almost
every social need of man except the ad
miration of women, and it even conduces
The dispute over the succession to the
ofiice of poet laureate in England is
hardly less interesting to us ths.a to the
English themselves, for poetry belongs to
a language and not to a nation. The vol
umes of Tennyson in every American
library show now far he was ours, and the
bust of Longfellow in Westminster Abbey
attests the claim of the English, on him.
This being true of all poetry is most par
ticularly so of that kind of verse poet
laureates have to write. It is their duty
to furnish poems for great occasions of
state, grand ceremonies and national
celebrations. What they write under such
circumstances becomes a part of the news
of the day. Enterprising journals hare to
print it and intelligent readers hare to
read it. It is a matter of importance to us.
therefore, that the poet laureate Bhould
be capable of writing verse fit to mingle
with the news of the day, and not appear
flat and stale by conttast with the rest of
the paper. Having thus both a poetic
and news interest in the succession to the
office we cannot avoid a feeling of irrita
tion at the way the British are stupidly
squabbling over it, and would like to see a
committee of investigation appointed to
find out why there has been so much
There are people in England who advise
the abandon ment of tbe laurtateship alto
gether, and there are others who recom
mend such mediocre poets for the place
that one is half persuaded to agree with
the first set. There are strong reasons,
however, for preserving the office. It is of
no little advantage to a nation to have
some one who can fitly siug a great occa
sion in verse that will inspire for the mo
ment, even if it does not endure for ages.
We in America know very well what hap
pens when a committee on programme ia
turned loose to select a poet of the day.
We have some recollection* still of what
was perpetrated at the World's Columbian
Exposition, and we do not wish England to
send us anything like it as a part of tbe
day's news on some great occasion over
there. Wo don't wish it at telegraphic
rates, anyhow. Therefore, it is desirable
for our own sakes that the, British should
stick to the poet-laureate system. It may
have defects and doubtless has many of
them, but it can never produce so many
kinds and qualities of abominable results
as a committee on programme.
If there is to be a successor to Tennyson
there is only one man in England who can
fill the place without making both himself
and the office ridiculous. That man is
Swinburne. It is hard to believe that
any considerable number of Englishmen
of literary tastes would be willing~to acc«pt
any other as a national poet. Inde«d, th«
selection of any other would be simply the
appointment of a court poet. It seems,
however, the office is sufficiently lucrative
to entice every rhyme-writer into a scram
ble for it, for while the salary is not much,
the publishers pay handsomely for the ad
vantage of the title, and the magazines
actually bid against one another for the
privilege of advertising among their con
tributors the poet lauraate. As a conse
quence of this condition of affairs the post
is no longer what the world calls "an
empty honor," that is an honor purely. It
has now become an office with money in
it, and as a result there is very likely a job
in it. This throws some light on the long
squabble over the succession. Swinburne,
it seems, is not altogether equal to the job.
In our little contest with New York ou
the subject of culture, we have been
cheered by the arrival of an unexpected
but potent ally. Modjeska declares she
will never again attempt Shakespearean
roles in that city, as the people have no
appreciation of the classic drama, and
she recalls that Booth, after making a for
tune by presenting Shakespeare in other
parts of the country, failed to draw pay
ing audiences in New York, and that in
trying to maintain a theater there he be
came bankrupt. It will be remembered
that when Mr. Greer Harrison made his
criticism on the big city, certain smooth
talking but rudely illogical gentlemen
amone us suggested that perhaps Mr.
Harrison could not write a play. I now
indulge enough of an idle curiosity to
wonder what these same people will say of
Modjeska'a criticism. Will they tell us
that Booth couldn't act, or will they assert
that Shakespeare couldn't write?
The California Guild of Letters has done
something more than increase its own
prestige in the community by the publica
tion of the poems of Ina D. Coolbrith. It
has added to the prestiee of California in
the domain of pure literature. It is an ex
cellent thins to have such a poet among us
and it is excellent also to have men and
women who know the value of that poet's
work, and knowing it are willing to assist
in making it out to others. No slight ser
vice has been rendered to the State by the
publication of a volume of such fine work
as this. Wherever the grace of poesy has
a votary this book will hnd a welcome;
nor will there ever fail to be words of
praise for the Guild which by publishing
the book has put the poesy in the reach of
all and added another to those volumes by
which the genius of California is made
known to the world and her glory in
creased wherever beauty is loved and art
LETTERS FROM THE PEOPLE.
THOSE DREADFUL DUMPS.
The Rev. W. S. Urmy Raises His Voice in
Protest and Petition.
Editor Call— Dear Sir: The residents of the
Potrero are a long-suffering, patient and law
abiding people, else long before this violent
means had been resorted to for the purpose of
relieving themselves from the terrible nuisance
right at their doors. Day after day and night
after night during the late warm spell, up from
the 'dumps" ou Mission Flat has arisen a
most offensive, nauseating and deleterious
effluvium, which pervades all the atmosphere
and renders necessary the closing of the doors
and windows of the houses, if one would be
free from the revolting; odor, though this pro
cedure is not always effective aud also subjects
our citizens to the uuhealthful rebreathiug of
the same air.
What a city frovernment is this which allows
one part of the municipality to dump its garb
age iwid offal right under the noses of another
part! What a blot on iho reputation of this
great metropolis that ft has no better means of
disposingof its debris! A wait through this
southern part of the City shows long lines of
garbage carts and wagons hastening along
•Seventh street to deposit their contents within
the City limits, under the express consent of
the Supervisors, and with the fearful probabil
ity of creating a devastating epidemic. Be
sides this, there are parts of these flats where
the garbujje is piled high above what will be
the line 01 the official grade. Again, when the
rains come, tho drain oJ much of this muck
will be into Mission Creek, a watercourse
which now emits "the rankest compound of
villainous smell that ever offended nostril,"
and rivals in corruption and ollunsiveness that
Stygian pool which courses through the great
city of Chicago.
(.ireat gratification exists among us here at
the action of the Board of Health, but the hope
is entertained that these men of intelligence
will not allow this matter to drop with a mere
assertion of what should be done, but will use
the utmost of their influence and authority to
obtain from the Board of Supervisors a grant of
money to build at once a crematory. Certain
land could be utonce obtained gratuitously on
whiob to build such an absolutely necessary
structure and a cauvauuof this part of the town
miirht secure a nucleu : for the amount necesary
to erect it. To hasten the matter would it not
be well lor the almost hopeless sufferers to rise
en masse, bind the Supervisors and stake them
out in the "flats'' for a night that they might,
by inhalation, become partakers of the hun
dred several stenches that frequently salute
the olfactories of Potrero taxpayer!?
One thousand people would probably become
residents of this part of the City within the
next six months could this and kindred nui
sances be suppressed, and the lots which the
land-owners and real estate agents are vainly
endeavoring to sell would go off like hot cakes,
even at the risk of having to pay tho new claim
ant a good bonus to settle title. W. S. Ukmy.
THE GUN NOT SPIKED.
To the Editor of the San Franctico Call— Sir:
The amusing account ia to-day's Call of the
"taking of the Oregon" reminds me ol the sur
prise occasioned a friend and myself one moon
light evening about two months ago. We had
walked from the Presidio to the fort, and I
jokingly suggested that we should inspect the
big gun ou the bluffs above the fort, feeliug
certain, however, of being challenged and
warned off. Much to our astonishment we
found no sentry on guard and walked up to
the gun, inspected it closely and went away,
wondering at what seemed to our untutored
civilian minds inexcusable negligence on the
part of fionie one high in authority. We didn't
eplks the gun, because we didn't want to.
Yours. E. E.
San Francisco, October 25, 1895.
MODERN MAID OF ATHENS.
Maid of Athens, ere we fly,
Thy pneumatic tire I'll try.
All is well! We mount— we start!
Gosh ! Thou hast ft dandy heart I
All my bruin is In a whirl,
Chasing thae, my bloomer girl!
Maid of Athens, not so fast 1
At this gait I cannot last.
What! *51ie spurted when I spokeT
Deemed «he Willies words a joke?
Speeds she while, bereft of joy,
fainting, halts her Willie Boy?
Staid of Athens, thou hast fled !
Willie wishes he were dead!
Thou hast reached a rival's side;
Gently, wheel by wheel, you glide!
Oli. it mokes poor Willie aiph.
Fickle maid, for ays good-by !
Maid of Athens, if your tire
Punctured gets, I'll ne'er iuqnire.
Yet, you've hit poor Willie hard;
All his wils am mrtly jarred !
Can I cease to love thee? Yea !
Other bloomers bloom, I guess 1
FROM WESTERN SANCTUMS-
The Single Aim in Life.
Spokane (Wash.) Spokosman-JRevlew.
Having choien a profession, the young man
or young woman will do well to put aside am
bition in the popular acceptation of the word.
If they are mad« of the right material, enough
of it will creep into their lives without the
bidding. The single noble aim should be effi
ciency and excellence. The daily endeavor
should b« to do ont'i best ont of pure love for
excellence. Soon this will deepen into a fixed
habit, and whsn mis habit, is attained it will
be f«uud that success will follow with little ex
Things Are Not What They Seem.
The iconoclasts of late have been smashing
hißtoric legends. : Pecahontas was not a prin
ces* and did not save Smith. William Tell
was only a myth. Shakespeare did not write
the plays commonly attributed to him. These
were vritten by Lortt Bacon. Paul R«rere
never made any such ride as Longfellow re
late*. Barbara Friatchie was only a poetic
ideal, and so on to the end of the chapter.
>v hen the truth of history Is challenged it is
well that there ar« historians to meet the issue.
No Objection "When Benefits Are Ade-
Vallejo has a very high tax rate this year,
but not a murmur is heard from the taxpayers,
as they realize that their municipal govern
ment is well administered and they are receiv
ing the full worth of their money. "
Corbett Draws the Color T.ine.
A relationship between Corbett and Fitz
siminons Is suspected- The former says that
the latter is & yallow dog.
Busby Will Kick at One Only.
JLos Angeles Times.
Busby, the negro who, by means of a bottle
of poisoned wine, killed two men at the Dow
ney-avenue passenger station, is to be tried on
two charges ol murder. If be is found guilty
on both counts and given the full penalty in
each case, how can the two sentences v je car
ried out? The Governor may then intercede
and commute the sentence so that Busby shall
be hanged only one time instead of twice.
No Bonus for Oregon Products.
The Board of Supervisors of Del Norte County
for self-protection repealed the gopher bounty
ordinance. They discovered that large pack
ages of gopher scalps were being shipped from
Not When Properly Played.
San Jose Mercury.
Is thegreat National game really played out?
SHASTA TO THE FRONT.
Redding Free Press.
We have it on good authority that R. O. Hart
has refused the neat sum ot $800,000 for his
mine at Old Diggings, and that, furthermore,
on beinff pressed to name his figure, he declared
that the mine was not for sale at any price.
This shows two things; first, that there is an
abundance of capital at hand to purchase de
veloped mines, and second, that our county
bas made most rapid progress In mining dur
ing the last eight or ten year*. We well re
member when this mine was considered of no
value. About eight years ago, when S. P. Fill
man of this City owned the mine, we were told
in confidence, by a man who thought he knew
all about it, that the mine wa3 of no value.
What is now known as the Texas Consolidated
mine was discovered by a Methodist preacher
named G. W. Fleming. He finally disposed of
the same to Hart and Day. Upon the death of
Day; Mr. Fillman got control, and expended
$7000, after which Fleming and Uart again se
cured the property. We cannot state from
memory the various changes of ownership, but
know that Mr. Hart was a poor man when he
secured Individual control, and it was only by
hard work and good management that he suc
cedeed in keeping hfs head above the water.
Whether Mr. Hart is wise in refusing what
seems to be a very large sum of money for the
property remains to be seen. Time will tell.
Aubrey Plantagenet — Ah ! my dear Miss
Vere de Vere, I hear a rumor that you may lose
the good name you have hitherto so worthily
Miss Vere de Vere — Sir I how dare you? Leave
the house; there's the door! (Ami all he
meant was that he had heard she was going to
marry a man named Smith.)
POINTS FOR ADVERTISERS.
New York Printers' Ink.
The best advertisement is the one that sells
the largest number of goods to the largest
number of people.
A good ad first catches attention, then
awakens thought, and then half the battle is
People are unlike. One style, constantly per
sisted in, will attract tne attention of buc oue
portion of the people. A judicious variation
is necessary if all classes are to be influenced.
Originality should not be too great a consid
eration with ad writers. The ad that is not
original but cells goods is a better ad than one
that is intensely original and does not sell
Simply stating that your article is good, or
better, or best, without giving any facts to sub
stantiate your claims, ii not apt to convince
people. Such advertising id not suited to a
An advertisement is not solely a literary per
formance. It is not to be judged by literary
standard*. Its form and substance may be in
exact violation of literary rules, but it may be
an excellent advertisement witnai, because it
brings trade. That is the only test. The more
trade it brings the better advertisement it is,
however unliterary it may appear.
Ealon Printing Company, so3 Clay street.*
E. H. Black, painter, 120 Eddy street *
A nice present, California glace fruit, 50c
pound in Japanese baskets. Townsend's. •
Special infoimatiou daily to manufacturers,
busine»s houses and public men by the Press
Clipping Bureau (Allen'i), 510 Montgomery. •
California Wines in cages and barrels for
Christmas delivery free to any part of Germany
or Switzerland. A. Repsold & Co., 517 Cali
fornia it. Order early. •
Seven Pines' Campflre
Will be held in California Hall, 629 Bush
street, Tuesdsy evening, October 29. General
Barnes will giye the addro«, and there will be
dancing and a banquet. Admission, 25 cents.
The decrease of imported cotton into
India is now 34,000,000 yards.
A batti/e for blood is what Hood's Sarsaparllla
vigorously fights. It expels scrofula taint in the
blood and frees the vital fluid of the acid which
causes rheumatism. Take only Hood's.
Mothebs give Dr. sieg<?et'a Angostura Bitters
to their children to ttop colic and looseness of th«
If afflicted with sore eyes use Dr. Isaac Thomp
son's Eye Water, druggists sell it at 25 cents.
More people poison themselves by acci
dent than by suicidal intention.
The largest and best stock
we have ever shown.
HIGH GRADE GOODS.
748 and 750 Market St.
242 Montgomery St.
112 S. Spring §t., L. A.
FALL AND WINTER
Varying In prlce3 from
$10.00, $12.50, $13.50,
$15.00, $18.00, $20.00,
THE LATEST STYLES OF
English Kersey Glotb Jackets
AND BOUGLE EFFECTS.
ALSO HANDSOME LINE OF
Velours, ■llUlll dllll illl.ll Capes,
Trimmed with Jet, Feathers
and Angrora Fur.
WE HAVE A VERY FINE LINE OF
From IS to 3O Inches long and
full circular cut.
SE HABLA ESPANOIi.
G. VERDIER & CO.,
SE. Cor. Gearv and Grant Aye.
VILLE DE PARIS.
Parlor— Slilc Brocatelle, 5-plece suit, plash
Bedroom— 7-piece ELEGANT SlIT, bed, bu-
reau, woshstand. two chairs, rocker and table;
pillows, v.ovun-wlre and top mattress.
Dlnirs«-Room— 6-foot Extension Table, four
Solid Oak Clmirs.
Kitchen— No. 7 Range, Patent Kitcliea Tabis
&ud two chaira.
Honses furnished complete, city or country, any-
where on the coast. Open evenings.
M. FRIEDMAN & GO.,
224 to 230 and 306 Stockton
and 237 Post Street.
Free pscktnz and delivery across thsbay.
AN OLD LIGHT MADE USEFUL
§1 OIQIE DEVICE.
A B-Sun Lamp Chimney,
DAISY LMTERN !
Will Withstand a Hurricane.
Cannot "Blow It Out With
Hat or Fan.
For Sale I>y All Mer-
chant*, 25 cents.
Bamyle by mail.
KENNEDY'S A gency.Oakland,
Beware of Worthless
_________ > Imilat iona.
A LADIES' GRILL SOI
Has been established in t_e Palace Hotel
ON ACCOUNT OF EEPBATEB DEMANDS
made on the management. It tnk.'s t ne piaca
ot the city restaurant, with direct entrance from
Market at. Ladles shopplnc will find thlgamost
oenlrable place to lunch. Prompt service and m<Kl-
•mte ch_r_es, such as have piven the _entlemen'«
Grillroom &■ International reputation, will px«T_l
la this new departmenu
Wellington.. $]000 ....
Pouihlit-lrt ... .. 9 SO
Genuine Coos Hay... . 7 00— Half ton 350
Seattle.. H O-Kalf ton . 400
Bryant U 00— Half ton 400
KNICKERBOCKER COAL CO.,
522 Howard Street, Near First.
" RIGGS HOUSE,
V_/ _i__l_i_x_:tc>x_., _D. O.
The Hotel " I'ar lC_cellence"
Olthe Katio_al Capital. First class in all appola>
znents.' G. DeWITT. 'freas.
American plan, $3 per day and
NEW VVEBTERN HOTEL.
KEARNY AND WASHINGTON' STS.-KE.
modeied and renovated. X I O, WARD OQI
_urope_n plan. Koonia 50c to $1 50 per day -s-i
to*bperwee_,?BtoiP3o per month; tree baths-
hot and cold water every room : firo grates in _v__>
room; elevator ruaa aU nisut. ■»__■