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Mines and Mining
The Vtica Mining Company, Angels,
Caiaveras County, is about adding two
new ovens to the present chlorination
works, which will then have a capacity for
handling twenty-tight tons of sulphurets
The mining property o! the Caiaveras
Consolidated Gold Minioc Company, lim
ited, in Caiaveras County, has been pur
chased by E. K. Stevcnot and other San
Francisco men. The English company
spent aboni $300,000 on this -round, but
quit work about a year ago. It now comes
back into the hands of Californians.
George \V. McNear has started men at i
work running a tunnel on the Iron Rock
Mine at Carson Hiii, Calaveraa County,
and has recently commenced work on a
dam on the Stanislaus River, a few miles
below Robinson's Ferry, so as to generate
electric power to be transmitted to the
mine, a distance of about five miles. Mr.
McNear is working the mine under a bond.
W. II- Martin, of Rawhide mine fame,
is running a crosscut tunnel on the South
Carolina mine to tap the ledge. He has
sixteen men at work under the direction
of Del Ray, who was foreman for two years
at the Rawhide. This property, whicn is
at Carson Hill, Cahiveras County, is being
■worked by Mr. Martin under bond.
T. T. Lane, superintendent of the Utira,
Mr. femith, who ha- charge of the rhlorin
ation works at tho same mine, and Mr.
Morgan are opening up The Plymouth
Rock mine near Milton, Calaveras County.
The Ledge is a very large one, and the !
prospects are said to be very good for a
A very rich chute of ore has been struck
in Taylor or Idiewiid mine in El Dorado
County. This i.s the largest and most
productive mine in the county.
The M srced Mining Company, which
boucht the Seth Cook properties at Coul
terville. Mariposa County, nas given orders ;
to the Union Iron "Works of this City fora
E. W. Chapman, one of the owners in
the Idiewiid mine, has purchased the
Zantgraft mine at Rattlesnake Bar, in Bl |
] lorado < !ounty, and has sunk the shaft to
v. depth of 220 feet. He is now erecting a
20-starnp mill on the property.
J. B. White, the well-known mill-builder,
is erecting a 20-stamp mill at the App
mine, Tuolumne County, belonging to \
Ballard, Martin & Nevills of the Rawhide, i
Mr. White is also building the Merced
Company's 40-stamp mill in Mariposa
County, ami the 30-stamp mill of the)
Zantgraft mine, in El Dorado County.
Charles James, under-cround foreman of j
the TTncle Bam mine, in Shasta County,
left this week for Johannesburg, South
Africa, where he will join his father and
brother, who went from here some months
\V. C. Ridston and R. R. Grayson (son
of S. W. Grayson), who formed a mining
partnership some time ago, have reopened
the old Stanislaus location belonging to
the Melones Mining Company on Carson
Kill, Calaveras County. They have five
men at work extending the tunnel. This
Qrm has also put five men at work on a
gravel property on the Ralston Divide,
eight miles south of Michigan Bluff, in
Placer County. A bedrock tunnel is being
run to strike the channel. This latter
work is being done for the Ralston Divide
<iold Mining Company, limited, a new
French corporation, which has the prop
erty under bond.
l)r. A. Scheidel, author of the bulletin
on the cyanide process issued a short time
since by the State Mining Bureau, has
returned to this City from a trip of several
months in Europe. He leaves in a few
days for New Zealand and will from there
go to Coolgardie, in Australia, to examine
certain gold mines for an English com
Ihe attempts at a cyanide monopoly in
South Africa are to be headed off bythe
Transvaal Government, which recognizes
that such a tiring would be a detriment to
its growing gold-mining industry.
New York as well as Chicago is begin
ning to take an interest in shares of stock
of gold-mining companies, and the Ex
change proposes to establish a place where
specimens, reports, etc.. may be exhibited
by those companies which wish to enlist
Kcw York capital.
There is talk of a direct line of railroad
from Colorado Springs to the Cripple Creek
mines, a distance of twenty-eight miles.
Six miles of this will have to be a "cog"
The London Mining Journal predicts
that as soon as the "deep levels" of the
Witwaterantnd, South Africa, begin to pro
duce gold the output of tbese fields will
rise from the present £9,000,000 per annum
to at least £20,000,000.
In South Australia the cyanide process
is giving excellent returns from ores which
have hithorto been unprofitable. In New
Zealand experiments with dry crushing
and dried cyaniding have answered so
satisfactorily that foreign capital is being
at least attracted into the gold-mining
The rule of "big mountains for big
mine.-' is particularly applicable to mines
of gold and silver, so the main mountain
range of any .section is the place to work.
The immen«e range of the Sierra runs from
one end of California to the other, and in
it, f.om one end to the other, gold mines
have been found.
Cripple Creek, Colo., is not a new camp
by any means, though it is only- of late
it has come into great notoriety. Two
previous periods of mining excitement and
exploration have occurred, one in 1874 and
the other in 1885; but no paying mines
were discovered at those periods.
The gold mines on the North Fork and
the silver and lead mines on the South
Fork, in the Ccbut d'Alenes, Idaho, are
now actively at work.
Chicago does not like to see London
making so much money out of speculation
In mining shares without taking a hand
itself, M) there is a project on foot to revive
the defunct Chicago Mining Stock Ex
All patented mining claims in Utah
under the new State constitution will be
assessed at the rate of ?5 per acre. This is
not as Colorado did when she be
came a State, for they exempted all mines
from taxation for ten years.
The timber for the Copper Queen mine
in Arizona is brought from Oregon, Wash*
ington or British Columbia in sailing ves
sels down the coast and up the Gulf of
California to Guaymas and thence up by
rail to Ariionaand freighted to the mines.
It is pretty exuensive timber when it gets
to the mines.
German and French capitalists are be
ginuinjc to pay a very active interest in tlie
mines of West Australia.
At the Monte Christo properties (Wash
ington) the concentrator is turning out
12"<| tons a week.
The Pnget Sound Reduction Company is
smelting 100 tons of ore per day and" re
ceiving 225 tons, and another stack will be
added tins winter. Concentrates come
from Alaska, British Columbia and Mexico,
as well as from Washington.
- Several new discoveries are reported
**uni the big bend of the Columbia llivcr,
and work on the old placers as far north as
Gold Stream, seventy-five miles from
Revelstoke, has been carried on during the
A company is contructing a 7000-foot
ditch and flume fo bring water on placer
ground near Salmon River, Idaho, near
the mouth of John Day Creek. This re
gion was mined with crude appliances as
far back as LB6O, but there are now 100 men
in the district and more work being done
than ever before.
There is talk of capitalists making very
thorough examinations with a diamond
drill of the Mercur district country, Utah.
The Last Chance mine in Gold Lake
district, !->ierra County, is turning out
some very nice specimens of coarse gold.
The Hampton-Lewis ditch on Grace
Creek, Oregon, has been finished and op
erations will commence as soon as the
A six-foot vein of bituminous coal has
been discovered on the Illinois River, Curry
11. G. Widman and Chris McCoy have
found a four-foot ledge of pold-bearinc ore
in the coast range in San Luis Obispo
County, between l'aso Roblesand Cambria
Colonel A. G. Myers has found some
very fine white granite on Marble Moun
tain, Bcott Valley, Siskiyou County, which
is said to be well adapted for building pur
The miners on theKlaraath River, Siski
you County, are crowding work and get
ting out gravel as fast as possible before
tiit- winter storms raise the river and drive
A man in Yreka, Siskiyou County, in
sinking a well, came across pay gravel
which yields $2 50 per day to the man, and
may improve on reaching bedrock.
It is expected that two more well-known
mines in Nevada City district will be sold
this month, and the deals will involve the
construction of new machinery and the
employment of more men.
The Zirn-Bchttltz mine, in Pine Nut dis
trict, Nevada, with its extensions, will
probably be sold shortly to Eastern men
who have recently examined it.
Canadian mica, having driven most
other micas out of the market, is now hav
ing a hard struggle to keep the East Indian
product from taking its place. The latter
is perfectly free from iron and excellent for
use in electrical appliances.
The Biewett mines, Peshaston district,
Wash., are doing well and keeping the 20
--stamp mill busy. \
Men with rockers are making $2 50 per
day on the placers of Snake River, Idaho,
but it is now getting too cold for this kind
of work this season.
In the Wood River country, Idaho, a
great deal of development work is going
on and the mines are looking well.
An important lind of free milling gold
ore is announced in Newton District,
Beaver County, Utah.
Some very heavy capitalists of Montana
are investing in the copr>er-gold properties
of Boundary Creek District, on the borders
of Washington and British Columbia. A
large number of claims have been sold,
but the transportation question is the
most serious obstacle to the miners.
The Canadians do not seem to he invest
ing in Trail Creek mines, B. C, to so large
an extent as Americans are doing.
The quartz ledges recently found in the
northern part of Spokane County, Wash.,
do not come up to expectations.
Los Angejos Counts' has a gold mine
called the Big Horn, on Big Horn creek,
above Almondale, upon which the Lan
caster Gazette announces a 100-stamp mill
will be built in the spring. In some places
the ledge is said to be fifty feet across.
Dr. C. C. O'Donnoli of this City, who has
run for Mayor a few times, owns a ranch
on Sonoma Creek, near Glen Ellen, Sonoma
County, on which there is a deposit of coal.
This he is now about to open and work,
and will purchase the necessary machin
ery and commence mining.
It is stated that La Fortuna mine, near
Yuma, bonded for £150,000 to C. D. Lane of
Angels Camp, i« showing a large body of
$60 rock in the 130-foot shaft.
The Helen Mining Company, Mogollon,
N. Mex., is now employing 100 men on ito
mine and mill.
John H. Talbot of Denver lias succeeded
Hugh H. Price as general manager of the
Helen Mining Company at Graham, N.
TheDalton mine, T'tab. upon which a
great deal of money has been spent, and
only a few pockets found, has at last struck
the true vein, which is four and a half feet
thick and quite rich.
Miners who have not yet attended to
their annual assessment work only have
about six weeks left in which to do the
work or spend the hundred dollar?.
Judge W. \V. Wallace of Sevier County,
Utah, has taken a bond and lease on the
Butler-Beck mine and mill in the Gold
mountain district, Utah, at a fixed price
Some thirty-seven claims, in different
parts of Camp Floyd district, Utah, are to
be prospected by diamond and churn drills.
A Chicago company will do the work.
The Chicago Pumice Company, which
owns the claims at Black Rock, Utah, has
completed arrangements for regular ship
ments of pumice.
Lee, a Chinese storekeeper, is the prin
cipal owner of the Benz Bar claim at
Khimath River, Siskiyou County, and
keeps fourty-four men at work, divided
into five-hour shifts, day and night.
Most of the river miners on the Klamath
in Siskiyou County have pulled out for
the season to save their wheels and ap
paratus before there is danger of a freshet
in the river.
Marcus Daly, the Montana "Copper
King," has purchased two large mines on
the boundary section, B. C, for $75,000
and has put a gang of men at work. The
Boundary Creek people are delighted with
the transaction, as they think it makes a
new era for their district.
Some good discoveries have been made
in the mining country east of PaJouse, in
Whitman County, AV'ash. Several rich
strikes are reported, and good wages have
been made on ]>lacer ground.
Some Utah men have been making a
pood tiling at the Sweetwater mines in
Wyoming by working over tailings by the
The dry concentrators at Gold Basin,
Ariz., have proven a complete failure, and a
cyanide plant will now be put "in, but
water has first to be sunk for.
A new five-stamp mill is being added to
the Heck's quartz mill at Ashland, Or.
The difliculties about the Desert Queen,
or McHaney, mine have been finally
settled and the mine has again been put in
If work is renewed on a claim after it
has been open to relocation, but before
such relocation, the rights of the original
owners stand as though there had been no
Work has been commenced againjon Dr.
Boyson's Pioneer mine, in Amador
By hard work almost single-handed and
alone, P. A. Trask has in two years opened
up a 400-foot tunnel on the Enoch mine in
Pine Grove district, Amndor County.
Home rock of his was crushed the other
day which went over $30 per ton.
It is rumored that the McQuig mine,
San Andreas, Calaveras County, has been
sold for a good price.
In Christian Gulch, Bear Mountain,
three miles east of Copperopolis, Calaveras
County, there is much activity in the
placer mines. Several properties are being
The Alexander placer mine, on the
Klamath River, Hum bold t County, has
been Fold by William Lord and A. Brigard
to New York capitalists, H. P. Dimond
of this City acting as agent.
A Merced mining company at Coulter
vine, Mariposa County, paid out nearly
$25,000 last month for wages in that town.
Mr. Matbyas, tue coal expert of the State
Mining Bureau, finds the coal in the
northern end of Mendocino County to be
exceptionally good. The coal Jand in
Round Valley is very valuaole.
Charles O. Yale.
A Water System for Placer Mining and
a New Typo of Dam.
By Robert Brewster Stanton, M. Am. Soc. C. E.
In the spring of 1893 the author began
the construction of a pipe line and reser
voirs for the development of a placer mine,
comprising fourteen claims on the summit
of the Coast Range in Southern California.
The water supply was obtained about 2.5
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1895.
miles from the mine, at a place where
there is a basin from 1200 to 1500 acres in
area, bounded on three sides by abrupt
mountain slopes. The snow drifts and
packs into this basin during the winter
and remains until late in July. Springs
issue at the lower edge of the basin at the
head of San Antonio Caeek and form the
source of tlie water supply for the mines.
The water from these springs drops into
the gulch at the head of this stream and
sinks into the debris that fills the gorge.
To catch, this water and turn it into the
head of the pipe line a small reservoir was
The debris was leveled off across the
gulch for a width of sixty feet, leaving a
bottom of finely broken granite rock, with
the rock walls of the hill on three sides. A
pine log dam six feet high was built across
the gulch, and linea with a double thick
ness of plank sunk jnto a trench in the
debris, Hie line rock fragments being rilled
back against the plank." Owing to the fact
that the gravel in the mine was of limited
extent, all the work done on this reservoir
and other parts of the water system was of
a temporary nature. There were live dif
ferent materials in this small basin to be
joined by a water-tight lining; shattered
slate to be joined to solid granite and to
the plank dam ; the broken stone bottom
to be joined to slate, granite and planking,
and the planking to be joined to the end
of the iron pipe line.
This was done by covering the whole
inner surface with two coats of hot asphalt
paste, which was not over half an inch
thick after the crevices were tilled. The
paste was macie of four parts of the best
refined California asphaltuni and one part
of crude petroleum without sand. These
were boiled together until, when abso
lutely cold, it was Brittle under the ham
mer, while elastic and pliable with tne
least warmth. This lining is in good con
dition after two summers and a severe win
ter, the only repairs made being the ap
plication of a few quarts ©f asphalt last
The pipe line is two miles long from the
collecting reservoir to the pressure reser
voir, and runs along a very steep, rough
and sinuous mountain side, where it
would be impracticable to maintain a ditch
or flume on account of the snow and rock
slides from the mountains. The pipe
was made of No. 16 sheet iron ; it was boiled
in asphalt and had driven joints. The
first 1800 feet is 12 inclies in diameter;
then comes 2000 feet of lo inches, and the
remainder is 8 inches. The lirst 500 feet is
on a grade of 40 feet per mile, and the re
mainder 16 feet per mile. Air valves are
located about 1200 feet apart along the
whole line, and cross and waste valves are
provided at the upper and lower ends and
at the head of the 8-inch section. It Avas
decided to be cheaper to lay the
pipe on these continuous grades than
to cross the gulches by descend
ing into them, and the pipe line could
be emptied of water in winter without the
use of so many expensive valves. The
size of the pipe line was not so large as
recommended by the author, but was de
termined upon to save the extra cost of
larger sections. At three places the line
is carried over gulches by wooden lattice
spans, the timber for which had to De car
ried up the mountain on men's backs, like
all the pipes, valve;-, asphaltum and other
materials. The laying of the pipe was
very difficult where an immense rockslide
had to be crossed. Here the loose top
material would move without jarring, and
only one 20-feet length of pine could be
laid at a time, as a longer trench could not
be kept open. It was dangerous work, for
in driving the joints the heavy blows of
the maul shook the whole side.
The pressure reservoir was built for two
purposes: First, as a penstock at the head
of the pressure pipe leading to the mines;
second, as a reservoir to hold water for
some hours during the latter part of the
season, when the BUpply is limited. It has
a capacity of 330,000 gallons, but as origin
ally designed it was to hold 3,000,000
gallons. The depth at the bottom portion
is 12.5 feet. It is located at the head of a
gulch on a thickly timbered part of a
rdge above the mines. A semi-circular
dam was built across the gulch of a single
thickness of Jar^e pine Jogs, with ends
sawed on radial lines and butted close
together, forming an arch with a
slight batter up stream. Each row of logs
is separated with, and bound, together by,
small logs laid at right angles to the dam
and extending up into the reservoir. As
these were put in place a bank was formed
on the upper side of the timber of earth
and broken rock weil tamped around the
logs. The slope on the upper side of this
tilling is iy 2 to 1.
There is no material in the neighborhood
that could be used in any way as a puddle
for a dam, and the bottom and sides of the
reservoir are of earth, rotten granite and
shattered slate. To make the basin water
tight, a lining was formed of asphalt con
crete. This is not what is known in the
street-paving business by that name, which
is composed of asphaltum and sand, for
clean, sharp sand would have cost $20 a ton
delivered on the mountain, but is a true
concrete of broken stone and asphaltum.
The stone was obtained from a porphyry
dike near by and was broken into pieces
two inches or less in size. All the fine
material was left and enough more added
to have the entire mass free from all but
the smallest voids.
This concrete was prepared in two street
paving pans. The rock was heated and
well mixed in one pan and the mixture of
four parts of re lined California asphaltum
and one part, of crude petroleum was boiled
in the other. The boiling paste was poured
with ladles over the hot rock and the
whole mixed over the lire until every
particle of stone, sand and dust was thor
oughly covered with the paste. The con
crete was then taken in hot iron wheelbar
rows to the site of the work and put in
I place in the usual manner, being rammed,
j rolled and smoothed down with hot irons.
I It was put ou in a four-inch layer, in
> strips from four to six feet wide,
and where the strips were joined, the
old edge was well coated with hot paste.
After the lining was finished it was
painted with hot paste mixed in the same
proportions, but boiled a much longer
time, until, when entirely cold, it was
hard and brittle, breaking under the ham
mer like glass, yet tough, pliable and elas
tic when warm. This coat was applied
while the paste was very hot, and should
not bo over one-eighth of an inch thick,
although, through the fault of the con
tractor, it exceeded this amount at some
places in the reservoir mentioned. The
lining cost 15 cents per square foot.
In spite of the faulty manner in which
the material was laid in places by the con
tractor it has stood so well that the author
has advised its use on a rock-fill dam 120
feet high, to be built in Southern Califor
nia. After clearing the site of the dam to
bedrock and preparing proper toe catches
in the bottom of the canyon where the
structure is to be located a gravity dam ia
to be built of loose rock blasted from the
sides and dumped in place by cableways.
Care must be taken to have the larger
masses of stone surrounded with smaller
pieces, so as to reduce the amount
of settling and movement to a
minimum. The inner face of this
dam is to be laid up with great care. A
thickness of perhaps 10 to 15 feet at the
bottom, diminishing to from 2 to 5 feet at
the extreme top, should bo placed hy hnnd
in the form of a weld-laid dry wall". The
joints should be well filled witli small
stones and the surface left as even as can
be done without hammer dressing, though
not smooth. Stinting from the bottom
every 5 or G feet of this hand-placed sur
face should be stepped back about 3 inches,
leaving a series of these narrow hermes all
the way to the top. On the surface thus
prepared place a true asphalt concrete per
haps 1 foot thick. If this is properly pro
portioned, mixed and laid the 3-inch steps
will prevent creeping. — New York Engin
A Brief Will.
A will, which is refreshing in its brevity, has
just been filed in the Probate Court. It is as
This is my will. My entire property, without
any exception whatever, shall go to Miss Louise
Kcatli. ] - Jsa Octavla street. I appoint Theodore
Krwise a.t my executor without bonds. My body
shall bo cremated. W. Bartjis.
.Francisco, Cal., November 9, 1895.
The estate consists of a half interest in a
saloon. It is worth $500.
Some of the houses in Ottawa are heated
ASHWORTH`S TRIAL BEGINS
Seven Jurors Secured From a
Special Panel of Twenty
OUTLINES OF THE DEFENSE.
The Whole Blame Will Be Laid Upon
the Deputies in the Street
The trial of the indictment against
Thomas Ashworth. the Street Superinten
dent, for misconduct in office opened be
fore Judge Murphy in Department 3 of the
Superior Court yesterday morning. The
day's proceedings brough t seven jurors to
the box out of the twenty-eight talesmen
who were examined.
The case came up in pursuance of the
indictment which was iiled against Ash
worth by the Grand Jury about four weeks
ago. The indictment charges that he was
guilty of willful and corrupt miscon
duct in office, in that he accepted
THOMAS ASHWORTH AS HE APPEARED IN COURT.
street work which was in no way in ac
cordance with the specifications. The
case came before Judge Sanderson first,
and the plea of not guilty was entered dur
ing the latter days of October. Yesterday
the case opened for actual trial.
By the questions of the prosecution's at
torneys it would appear that the case wiil
have some savor ot politics. This Judge
Murphy says he will not allow. He was
an ardent Republican, he stated from the
bench yesterday, and he was not going to
allow a political case to be tried before
him. Nevertheless the question of poli
tics has entered even into the examination
lrom the questions of the defense it is
easy to gather that the defense will be the
division of responsibility. Mr. Ashworth
will maintain tiiat certain persons in his
employ were detailed to investigate the
manner in which the contracts were beiner
performed, and upon their report that
everything was all right he accepted the
work. In consequence, he is not to blame,
and as none of his employes, even those
who investigated street work, are under
indictment, or are likely to be under in
dictment, the case is apt to be, as one
juror expresstd it, fl a waste of money for
Maurice Woodhams and Mr. Barnes, the
District Attorney, appeared for the prose
cution, but Woodbams did the prosecut
ing. For the defense there were Horace
Platt and J. B. Gartland. Mr. Woodhams
made the opening statement, and then
twelve talesmen were called into the box.
R. N. Nason of 912 Twenty-second street
knew Mr. Ashworth. He had had business
dealings with him, and the opinion which
he had formed regarding him was very
unfavorable. He -was excused for actual
It. E. Wilson resided in San Rafael, and
not being a resident of this County he was
VV. Webster, a blacksmith, had no
acquaintance with Mr. Ashworth or eny
of his deputies. He was asked about, and
denied, any acquaintance with Chris
Buckley, and then Ackerman objected to
the question, as he believed it would
prejudice the minds of the jurors in
advance. The question was ruled out and
then Mr. "Webster was asked if he had any
bias against cases for tne removal of meh
from office. He said he had ; it would be
an unnecessary expense for no cause, he
said, and his feelings in the matter would
incline him to favor Mr. Ashworth.
A challenge for actual bias was entered
by the people, but Mr. Ackerman started
in to show that the challenge was not well
founded. He secured an admission from
the juror that he would carefully weigh
the evidence in the case, but the juror
added that he thought Mr. Ashworth
ought to be allowed to serve his term out
anyhow. Mr. Webster was allowed to re
tire, as not being in a proper frame of
mind for jury duty in the case.
W. T. Andrews was not acquainted with
the defendant, nor with any one of his
deputies, nor did he have "any political
affiliations which would prejudice him.
He supposed he could try the case if he
had to. but as he was not on the assess
ment roll he was excused.
A. Beck was excused for physical dis
R. C. Atkins knew Mr. Ashworth by
sight only, and he did not know any of his
employes. Ho had no prejudice against
actions of this kind, nor had he any
opinion in the case. He was passed, but
later was peremptorily challenged by the
C. Hess, an optician, appeared to be a
satisfactory juror, as he had no opinions of
any kind on the case, but he had no prop
erty, was not on the assessment roll, and
so was allowed to go.
M. Black was on the assessment roll for
personal property only, but that seemed
to satisfy counsel. He had no particular
prejudice against any one connected with
either side of the case, nor was he a mem
ber of the Civio Federation. He had read
the papers, but the papers did not in
fluence him. He would refrain from pass
ing an opinion on the case until finally
submitted to him; he would report at
once to the court if any one approached
him on the subject of the case in hand,
and altogether he seemed a model juror.
He was accepted.
Nathan had known Mr. Ashworth for a
great many years, but he had had no busi
ness dealings with him. He did not favor
actions of the kind then pending. He
thought it too late in the day to bring an
action of this kind, and, besides, he was
not on the assessment roll. Under this
last admission he was excused.
C. Dickey did not know Ashworth nor
Keating, Ash worth's deputy, nor any
other politician in the City. He knew
about the case through the newspapers
and considered the whole business a rotten
affair. He would weigh the evidence, he
said, but he would not give the defendant
the benefit of the presumption of inno
cence until he had heard the evidence. He
thought, too. that Ashworth looked hon
est, "but," he added, "there is no telling,
lie may be like the rest of them." He had
a pretty decided opinion of the guilt or in
nocence of the defeiMant, however, and so !
was excused for bias.
I. Lowenstein, a retired merchant,
knew no one connected with the case, and
had no prejudice or bias. He was a prop
erty-owner, and had not read much about
the case in the papers. Mr. Lowenstein
seemed to be generally satisfactory, and
he was taken as a juror.
H. Braunschweiger, a liquor-dealer, was
in a proper state of ignorance of the facts
of the case and the persons connected with
it. He had had dealings with Ashworth,
and had found him all right. Braun
schweiger was passed.
Nine more jurors were then called to
the box :i!i<l sworn. Hugh Curran, a hotel
keeper living on the corner of Broadway
and Montgomery street, was the first one
examined. He was a Supervisor at one
time, when Ashworth was Superintendent
of Streets dnriue a former term, but he
only met the defendant then in the course
of committee work. He was willing to
try the case fairly, and so was accepted.
M. Sheedy was auestioned closely as to
his opinion of the responsibility of Mr.
Ashworth as head of the street office and
in accepting contracts which were de
fective. Mr. Sheedy believed that when
the Superintendent of Streets accepted a
contract he was responsible, even tnough
one of his deputies had reported the work
all right. He would, however, want to
ha.ye guilty knowledge proved before he
would remove him from oflice. Mr.
Sheedy was passed.
J. Klenck was accepted by both sides
after numerous questions as to his opin
ions of the responsibility of heads of
ollices, and so was J. B. Warren.
Thomas Rivers and H. Braunschweiger
were absent from the jury-box when court
convened at 2 o'clock, and attachments
were issued for them at once. Mr. Acker
man was also absent, hut he came in in
time to escape with a slight reprimand.
Soon after Mr. Braunschweiger came in
with an excuse, showing why he should
not serve on the jury, which he had
stayed over time to secure, but, as he was
already accepted and sworn, the court
would listen to no excuse from him, and
he reluctantly took his seat in the box.
Thomas Rivers sent word he was sick.
Then C. D. Broder was called, and he was
Mr. Black, who took Mr. Barnes' place
during the afternoon, was on his fee*, before
the examination had been long in progress,
objecting to Mr. Ackerman's question
which related to corruption on the part of
the defendant. He claimed it was only
necessary to prove willful misconduct, and
that therefore Mr. Ackerman's questions
were irrelevant. The question was allowed
however, and then Mr. Broder was passed!
Mr. Black will put in some authorities
on the point before the case is over.
Dunn was examined and accepted after
a rigid examination, and the remainder of
the panel was no pood from the stand
point of the different counsel. A special
venire was ordered, returnable this morn
The jurors so far are : F. M. Black 13<>4
Octavia; 1. Lowenstien, 1012 Jackson- H
Braunschweiger, 1000 McAllister; Hugh
£ IOT ? n 'M Broadway and Montgomery
street; Mbheedv, 515. Stevenson street •
F. J. klenk, 714 Fulton street; J. B. War
ren, 30 Elgin Fark; C. D. Broder, 13 Web
ster street, and H. Dunn, 161 Octavia
CHARLES ROOT'S WILL.
He reaves an Estate Worth 9100,000 to
The will of Charles D. Root was filed
yesterday afternoon. The testator wa3
the son of the old pioneer, D. Root. He
left an estate worth about $100,000.
He leaves the entire estate to his widow,
Ruby A. Root, with the exception of $25
a month, which he leaves to a child by his
former wife until the child is of a^e The
child is now about 14 years old.
The will was tiled together with a peti
tion from Mrs. Root, asking tor its probate
and the appointment of herself ascxeca
*"*•. At the same time Attorney Walter
H. Linfortti had Judge Coffey appoint her
special administratrix, until the general
letters shall have been issued to her when
the will has been admitted to probate
VISITS MADE BY NIGHT
j Members of the Board of Health
Inspect the Receiving
THEIR IDEAS ON THE MATTER.
A Tour of Investigation Through the
City and County Hospital
The Board of Health has come to the
conclusion that dress parade inspections
of the various institutions under its super
vision are not likely to show the true con
dition of affairs, and in future the superin
tendents of the municipal hospitals need
not be surprised if they receive calls from
committees of the board at unusual hours —
even at midnight.
That was the hour chosen for a call at
the Receiving Hospital a few nights ago,
and to say that the public servants in that
institution were surprised is putting it
Dr. Morrison, Health Officer Lovelace
and Secretary Uodchaux were about to re
turn to their respective homes at a late
hour when the former remarked:
"Let us make a call at the Receiving
Hospital before we go home. "We will not
be expected at this hour and we may see
some things that will be interesting."
The others agreed to the proposition,
and in a few moments they were in the
institution. As Dr. Morrison had thought
the visit, was a complete surprise, and the
health officials had an opportunity to see
ior themselves just the condition it was
in. No member of the party said very
much, but it was evident that they were
doing considerable thinking, and all
breathed sighs of relief when once more in
It was not so much the condition in
■which the hospital was kept that dis
gusted the officials as the general condi
tions under which t he institution was run.
All expressed the opinion that the keep
ing 01 the hospital in its present loca
tion was an outrage, and that it should be
remedied at the earliest possible moment.
"I hope I shall never bo hurt on the
streets and carried into that horrible
place," said Dr. Morrison.
The board, represented by Drs. Park
Morse and Morrison, Health Officer Love
lace and Secretary Godchaux, made an
other visit of inspection yesterday, this
time to the City and County Hospital.
Their visit was unannounced and the offi
cials of the institution were taken com
pletely by surprise.
The members of the board were agree
ably surprised regarding the condition of
cleanliness in fcbich the hospital was
found, but saw many things that con
vinced them that the City of San Francisco
needs a new hospital. The main cause for
complaint was that the buildings are out
of date and in poor condition for the pur
pose for which they are used.
In some places about the institution the
sanitary conditions were found to be bad
and in urgent need of repairs. It is ex
pected that at the regular meeting of the
board, which takes place on Wednesday
next, the members who have taken part In
the various tours of inspection will make
some strong recommendations regardinz
the hospitals, and that the board will
take immediate steps toward finding a
remedy for the present state of affairs.
Plumbing Inspector Sullivan is also ex
pected to be in attendance with a report of
the institutions he has visited since the
last was rendered.
Peculiar Business Practices Get a
Blacksmith Into Trouble.
Chief of Police Crowley and Labor Com
missioner Fitzgerald called "The Cali
fornia Industrial Exchange" to account
for practices not recognized generally as
being in keeping with good business
methods. This alleged co-operative ex
change has its headquarter at 8 Golden
Gate avenue, and its president, secretary,
treasurer and board of directors is repre
sented by William McCormick, a horse
shoer, on Mission street, near Second.
Deputy Labor Commissioner E. M.
Greene made an investigation of the ex
change and made a very unfavorable re-
Eort upon the institution, if such it could
c called. He found that McCormick had
been luring workmen into his shop, prom
ising to pay them half of what he earns.
He assured the men that he. had a busi
ness of eighty-five horses to shoe that
bc]ons;ea to merchants, grocers and com
mission men. After the men had been at
work for several days and demanded some
money for their labors, McCormick
handed them certificates of deposit in the
California Industrial Exchange.
The certificate credits the "depositor"
with the number of days he has worked
and the money value of the same in prop
erty, goods or services at their exchange
From what Mr. Greene could learn Mc-
Cormick had issued over forty of these
documents, and the complaint was made
that they were not worth the paper they
were written on, forMcCormick.so Greene
said, had taken care to send any goods,
etc., to his sister's place, and the "depos
itors'' were not able to realize anything
on their checks or certificates. One of the
workmen, P. W. French, complained to
the authorities 1 , and he made so much
trouble for McCormick that the latter re
deemed the paper. The police are waiting
for the proper steps to be taken to bring
McCormick to an account for his transac
A DANGEROUS YOUTH.
J. J. Coffey Arrested for Threatening to
Kill His Mother and Sister.
J. J. Coffey, 24 years of age, son of the
late Detective Dan Coffey, was arrested
yesterday by Policeman Heaphy and
booked at the Seventeenth-street Station
on the charge of threats against life and
His mother discovered him ill-treating
the four-year-old son of a neighbor in the
cellar of their house, corner of Shotwell
and Twenty-second streets. She upbraided
him for it, and he rushed upstairs, seized
a large carving-knife and chased her and
his sister out of the house, threatening to
Mrs. Coffey notified Policeman Heaphy,
and he went to the house with her. Cof
fey, with a hatchet in one hand and the
knife in the other, defied the officer and
warned him not to come near him on pain
of death. Heaphy closed with hire, and
after a brief struggle succeeded in disarm
ing him and locking him up in the police
AFTER THE FAIR.
Goethe-Schiller Fete Decorations Netted
The committee in charge of the late
Goethe-Schiller festival at the Pavilion
has not been able to present a complete
statement of the finances of the venture.
The committees and societies In charge of
the booths are still straightening up their
accounts. It is now believed that the
profits will be nearer $SOOO than $10,000, as
was at first expected.
The magnificent scenery and decora
tions in tbe Pavilion, which cost about
$3500, were auctioned off by W. T. Hes3
for a trifle, only $12. r > being realized. The
lumber was reserved, and will probably be
sold to the managers of the coming horse
show. Most of the paintings and canvas
were sold to Friedlander, Gottlob & Co. of
the Columbia Theater. The stage settings
went for $(> 50 to the manager of the Mis
sion Turn Yerein Hall.
Ruts in the Koadway.
E. Marvin, 1722 San Carlos avenue, is a team
ster for the Western Transfer and Storage Com
pany. He was driving alonj; Drumm meet
yesterday afternoon, and at the corner of Jack,
son street one of the wheels of his wngon went
into a rnt on The street and he was thrown to
the ground. When taken to the Receiving Hos
pital it was found that there were five wounds
in his scalp, a wound on his eyebrow and the
big toe of hi 3 left foot was fractured.
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About 1780 the turn-sDit dog was re
placed by the smoke-jack, driven by hot
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