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MAGUIRE IS GOING FOR DAGGETT AGAIN.
He Will Start a New and
Red-Hot Fight at
NEW CHARGES READ.
Will Demand of Cleveland That
Daggett Be Investi
THE LOCAL FIGHT COMES IN.
Maguire Said to Be So Determined
That He Has Threatened the
When Congressman Maguire gets to
Washington three or four days from now
about the first thing he will do will be to
make it red hot for John M. Daggett, the
local reformer and Superintendent of the
Beside the Maguire-Daggett war that is
about to rage in Washington and San
Francisco, the gingery tussel of a few
weeks ago, after Maguire stopped off in
Washington a day or two and filed seme
charges against Daggett, will appear a
mere preliminary skirmish.
Maguire is aggressive, bold and deeply
determined in the matter of demanding an
official investigation cf Daggett's conduct,
and he is prepared to file stronger charges
when he gets to Washington and back
them up with new and more evidence and
Somethine will pop when Congressman
Maguire reaches Washington. It is said
that be is so determined about the matter
that he has threatened to break with the
administration if his charges are ignored
in' Daggett's favor.
This news will be a surprise to all but a
few friends of Judge Maguire, for the
matter has seemed to have dropped into
"innocuous desuetude" within the past
two or three weeks. That, however, was
only a seeming. It was about the middle
of September when Maguire ran over to
Washington for a day or two from Dela
ware, where he was making single-tax
speeches, and, dropping in on Secretary
Carlisle, told him about his servant, John
M. Daegett, gave him a lot of newspaper
clippings, and left on file something or
otner in tne nature of a written complaint
which, perhaps, was not much more than
a memorandum of things, showing that a
special treasury agent ought to be
sent to San Francisco to investigate the
administration of the Mint.
The gist of Maguire's charges was that
Daggett had neglected the duties of his
office by being away about two-thirds of
the time since his appointment; that he
got up a stock mining company to develop
a certain "Rosalie" mine of very uncerr
tain value and "'invited" Mint employes
to subscribe to the stock, and that he had
been guilty of political conduct grossly
unbecoming- a Government official in his
handling of the patronage of the Mint.
Among the specifications of the last
charge was the way he treated three Sta^e
Senators, Bigpy, Fay and Gesford, who
dared to refuse him their complimentary
Democratic votes for United States Sena
tor, which vote was valuable to Daggett,
if large, as establishing his popularity and
standing in the party in California, espe
cially in administration minds. Poor
Senator Biggy, who gave his vote to Ma
guire, lost the Mint laundry work right
away, and pretty soon his brother lost his
place in the Mint. Daggett fired Fay's
brother and then Gesford's sister, all of
which was not a real nice way to use
Government patronage power.
Maguire wanted to see President Cleve
land, who has heard so much from various
Californians about that great and good
statesman and Democrat and that un
worthy political trickster, John Daggett of
California, since he appointed him two
years ago at the instance of Senator Stan
ford. But Cleveland was watching corks
at Buzzards Bay, and the John M. Dag
gett matter didn't make him shudder
again at the thought of a third term.
The Congressman came home three or
four weeks ago, and several of his inti
mate friends say that he did not expect
that anything would be definitely deter
mined about the matter until he returned
to Washington for the session of Congress.
While he was here he said nothing, but
quietly made himself acquainted still bec
ter with the political ins and out of the
Mint and with Mr. Daggett's doings gen
The last news about the matter was given
in a brief telegraphic report from Wash
ington dated last Saturday, which con
veyed the information, given by a promi
nent official of the Treasury Department,
that Secretary Carlisle had decided to take
no action unless more serious charges were
presented. "Unless it is proven to the
satisfaction of Secretary Carlisle," said the
prominent official, "that Superintendent
Dapgett has been guilty of conduct un
becoming a Government official he will
order no investigation. Nothing but formal
charges in a case of this kind will be con
sidered. I believe, however, that the Dag
gett matter is practically settled as far as
Mr. Daggett ia concerned."
It is in so far as Mr. Maguire is con
cerned that the matter is not practically
settled. Maguire now has formal charges,
new evidence and plenty of anti-Daggett
backers of political power, and he will see
about the matter in red-hot style. It is
quietly understood among his intimate
friends here that it will be mainly Presi
dent Cleveland whose official attention he
will direct to Mr. Dajrpett of the San Fran
cisco Mint, but he will also have plenty of
strong talk for Secretary Carlisle. One
item to be considered in connection with
Maguire's influence in the fight is the fact
that he occupies a position of strong
influence with the administration. He
is not only the only Democratic
Congressman elected at the last gen
eral election from thirteen Western States,
but he was nearly, if not absolutely, the
Highest of all in Leavening Power. — Latest U. S. Gov't Report
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i only Democratic Congressman returned
by an increased majority. Besides his po
litical influence his vote will be needed for
attempted administration financial legisla
tion, and when he goes so far, fortified by
his home popularity, as to threaten io
turn his back on the Cleveland administra
tion if Dagsett is upheld in his asserted
course of political piracy, party debauch
ery and official misdeeds, it is predicted
that Maguire will at least be able to com
mand a respectful and tolerably patient
Not the least among the counts in Ma
guire's indictment will be the charge that
Daegett has, for his selfish personal ends,
and in an effort to control the State delega
tion to the National Convention, worked
discord in the party to the peril of the Na
tional interests of the party, thrust him
self into the local primary politics of a big
city to which he was a stranger, and
forced therein the people he controlled
through his Government patronage.
These past three or four weeks that
have elapsed with much political gayety
have been jeweled with opportunities for a
politician in Mr. Maguire's position to find
out things about a politician in Mr. Dag
gett's position. The local fight between
Buckley and some independent elements
of the party, including Maguire, and the
combination starred principally by Kainey,
Daggett and McNab, was not on when Ma
guice visited Washington last time. This
fight has given the Coneressman a whole
new caisson of ammunition and a whole
new regiment to help work his battery.
It is very likely that Cleveland and
Carlisle haven't heard much about Chair
man Watkins' election in the local general
committee three or four weeks ago or
about the way things went a week ago
Saturday night, when Gavin McNab had
the gas turned off. in the hope that Rainey
and Daggett could get safely away with
the organization by the back door.
Now in this local fight John M. Daggett
has singularly distinguished himself as a
politician and done a numbw of things of
which Maguire has heard. He will tell
the folks in Washington about it all.
Those older matters, like taking the wash
ing away from Senator Biggy, will take a
bacK place for the things freshly dug from
the rich local political mess of the present.
Maguire will try to make a showing to the
effect that Daggett has been guilty of
offensive and indecent partisanship in the
way he has marshaled the people under
him to do his political work with Sam
Rainey, regardless of their individual in
What specific things Maguire will draw
from the recent local right for presentation
at Washington are not given out, but it 13
declared by his friends that there is plenty |
to exhibit to Daggett's discredit. It is a ;
matter of common knowledge among inter- |
ested local politicians that when the two j
factions were getting ready for that battle
in which A. A. Watkins defeated James H.
O'Brien by a vote of 184 to 154 Daggett
summoned man after man from their em- j
ployments in the Mint to his private ollice j
and gave them peremptory orders what to j
do. Daggett had shrewdly placed his local i
patronage where he could best use it for |
himself, and he was able to exert a strong
influence in the general committee of 450. !
In this committee were quite a number of
members who have places in the Mint. ,
Some of them, of course, have been from •
the start eagerly enough on the Daggett- |
Rainey side of the fight, but some have not
boon. Not a man, however, aared to do
anything but vote for Watkins that night, j
Among the general committeemen in i
the Mint are John Collins, George Ryan,
C. S. Arms, J. P. Fenton, Charles Mc-
Courtney and Fred Murphy. These men
belong to various districts. Then there
are other Mint employes who had relatives
in the regular general committee. Nathan
Seelig is one, and he has two brothers in
the Twenty-ninth and Thirty-seventh dis- j
tricts respectively, whose votes are thus
controlled by Daggett. W. H. McGeeney
of the Forty-first has a sister in the Mint,
Con Sullivan has a father there, and so on.
Other Mint employes could control friends.
Senator Mitchell of the Thirty-third is in
the Mint and is credited with controlling
three or four votes in that district and
others could be used as political influences :
in various ways. A number of Mint em- j
ployes not in the general committee are j
members of the Junta's new one, and rela- ,
tives of others are in the new committee,
as for instance, the father and brother of
State Senator Mitchell.
This gives a partial insight into the local
power the Boss from Siskiyou has acquired
througb the tactical force of Government
patronage — a power which, when combined
with Sam Rainey's, amounted to over 100
votes in the general committee at the time
of Watkins' election, and which was strong
enough to enable Daggett and Rainey to
control the appointment of the Junta's
new general committee and dictate its
policy. This partnership power is yet a
practically controlling one in the anti-
Buckley organization. It has been the
way Daggett and Rainey were "hogging"
the power that has caused various warm
and dangerous quarrels in the Junta.
It is Daggett's way of using this patron
age, proven in the recent disgraceful row,
that Maguire will make the most of. He
will also maintain his stand that the Dag
gett-Rainey organization is a revolution
ary one, with a record of low political
trickery and with no title to the party.
He will show the attempted wreck of the
regular organization at the risk of party
defeat, and argue that Daggett has been
ready to sacrifice party interests to his per
sonal ends. All around he has plenty of
new material to add to his original
charges, which, it is hinted, be is prepared
to strengthen with new evidence.
And then this Democratic row has come
just in time to stir a lot of Daggett's old
enemies and a lot of new ones into activity
p.gainst him. The whole Buckley faction
is naturally just now eager to jump onto
John M. Daggett, and strong Democratic
forces are getting ready to back Maguire.
In the present situation an army is ready
to. carry ammunition, and Maguire will
likely have plenty of supplies and re
So a jolly new tight is on, and the ques
tion is, Will there be a special Treasury
agent out here pretty soon to investigate
the Superintendent of the Mint?
Charlen Is Released.
Frank Charles, who was arrested pending an
Investigation into the sudden death of Katie
THE SAN FRANCISCO CAM,, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1895.
Dekardie, who lived with him at 11 Polk lane,
on November 21, was released by order of
Chief Crowley Wednesday. As soon as Detec
tives Egan and Silvey; who were working on
the case, learned of the result of the autopsy
Wednesday they stopped turther inquiry.
STABBED IN THE; SIDE.
Thomas Burns, a Peddler, Attacked by
Thomas Burns, a peddler living at 448
Eighth street, was walking along Clemen
tina street last night, and when near Fifth
street three men sprang upon him out of a
They tried to throw him down but he
managed to throw them off. Tney rushed
at him and one of them stabbed him in
the left side with a pocket^cnife. Burns'
cries for help alarmed the three footpads
and they disappeared.
Burns was taken to the Receiving Hospi
tal and the wound in his side was attended
to by Dr. Thompson. Although deep it is
not considered dangerous. The police will
endeavor to find the three men.
MR. ASHWORTH'S BOOKS
The Examination of Them to Be
Undertaken by the Grand
Prospects of .the Methods of the Street
Deputies Being Brought to
The books of Mr. Ashworth, Superin
tendent of Streets, are to be examined by
the Grand Jury. This body is not satisfied
with the outcome of Mr. Ashworth's trial
in Judge Murphy's court, and intends
now to go to the very bottom of the
It is satisfied from the evidence of Mr.
Ashworth himself that the street work has
not been done as it should, and instead of
being discouraged by the stand taken *by
Judge Murphy, that Mr. Ashworth could
not be held criminally responsible for the
acts of his deputies, *it sees in that very
ruling itself a reason for further investiga
tion. If there lias been crookedness and
corruption the books of the Street Super
intendent — Mr. Ashworth's accounts with
the City — ought to show it, the Grand
That this shall be the very first step is
the present intention of the Grand Jury,
and unless there are good reasons to the
contrary, a demand is to be made for Mr.
Ashworth's books to-day. It is believed
that figures may be made to prove more
than can be brought out in a criminal
trial or two, from cautious witnesses, and
the Grand Jury has the privilege of mak
ing a report to the public when it has com
pleted its investigations.
The idea of a thorough experting of Mr.
Ashworth's records has been prompted in
a measure by 30ine communications which
have recently come to hand, charging the
Street Department with a too liberal use of
money in the cases of certain favored per
sons. The Grand Jury is anxious to find
out what particular connection Martin
Keating (Mr. Ashworth's brothtr-in-law),
Fred Raabe and James W. Crowe have
with the expenditure of the people's
Messrs. Keating, Raabe and Crowe may
now expect to put in an appearance be
fore the Grand Jury at any time. There are
two saloons in this City which, it is said,
are thriving because of the patronape of
Street Department employes. One of these
places is reported to be at 16.51 Mission
street, and it is generally understood that !
it is owned by Deputy Superintendent !
Keating; the other is at the northwest j
corner of Ninth and r'olsorn streets, and j
of that James W. Crowe is the proprietor. ;
Incidentally the Grand Jury will ex- ;
aruine into the records of some of the
ivors who served on the Ashworth panel.
Several of the grand jurors were present j
at the impaneling of that jury, and one of j
them said at the time "This is dreadful," !
because the names of a few of the Ash- j
worth jurors had not appeared on the poll- I
lists or the taxlists of the City. The j
deputy sheriffs who secured tnat jury
have already been before the Grand Jury
and examined, and they will be duly re
ferred to in the final report.
The private contract work is also to be
taken up and well sifted. Expert George
W. Elder of the Street Committee says the
system of private contracts in vogue is
barefaced robbery. Here are his words:
Property-owners are robbed right and left to I
the extent of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 every
year by this system of private contracts. Yet
■what cau we" do other that to adopt a new
charter and have all street work attended to
by a board of public works? The court has
held that private contracts do not come within
the province of the Superintendent of Streets;
in fact, in the face of Judge Murphy's ruling
it is difficult under the circumstances to see in
what particular respect Mr. Ashworth is re
sponsible to the City.
According to my understanding of Judge
Murphy's position. Mr. Ashworth is not respon
sible for the acts of his depnties and his depu
ties are responsible only to Mr. Ashworth.
Where does the City come In? As for the pri
vate contracts, nobody in particular seems to j
be responsible for them, and the City has no I
authority over them.
The | robbery of the property-owners Is i
mainly due to irresponsible contractors and I
unscrupulous solicitors. These contractors
[ will take any kind of a job and do it as cheaply
| as possible. All they seem to care for is to get
i money out of the people for as little return as
they can make a showing with, or to borrow
money on their contracts and then do up the
men who have made the loan to them.
The solicitors try all kinds of schemes on the
property-owners. A favorite plan with them
in to get a man and induce him to subscribe by
allowing him a big reduction on the exorbitant
rate they are to charge. He goes into ihe thing
thinking he is getting a bargain, and suppos
ing that his neighbors who will have to pay
the high rate will thus be made to pay ior his
benefit. With his name at the head of the list
the next man is worked in much the same
manner, and so on; but after a while the offer
of a reduction Is dropped, unless it may be
necessary to continue those tactics to secure
the adequate number of subscribers. The re- I
maining one-third are in this way compelled ]
to pay a disproportionate rate, and with the I
result" that the job when completed is miser- I
Anotner favorite trick of the solicitors is for
two of them to work a block together, but pre
tend to be woiking for rival concerns and un- |
derbidding each other. Of course, -when they
succeed in making the property-owners believe
they are getting a bargain, the victims bite at
the bait and oecome easy prey.
We do our best to Keep the people from be
ing imposed upon, and whenever a plfcce of
bad work done under private contract comes
up for acceptance it is promptly condemned.
It is outrageous I I have a big lot of samples
of work that is actually fraudulent. Bitumen
hardly an inch thicK— think of it! No wonder
the paving is full of holes in a little while.
Mr. Elder said $ 100.000 worth of work
done by Mr. Ashworth has been con
demned this year, and that he had called
Mr. Hobbs' attention to a great many in
stances of reckless waste of public money.
"If there is any one thing that should be
run on business principles," said Mr. Elder
in conclusion, "it is the Street Depart
DINNERS FOR THE POOR.
Christian Young Women Bring
Happiness to Many
The Ladies of the Young Women's
Christian Association, 1221 O'Farrell street,
through the kindness of numerous friends,
made happy over 100 poor families on
To each family was given a turkey or
chicken, ham, beef, flour, tea, coffee, sugar,
crackers, fruit, canned fruits, vegetables,
mince pies, etc.
These dinners were carried to those who
had been visited and reported as specially
worthy. The ladies who took an active
interest in the work were: Mrs. L. C.
Redington, Mrs. William O. Gould, Mrs.
J. Soruance, Mrs. W. Eason, Mrs. A. R.
Baldwin, Mrs. W. Gunn, Mrs. H. J. Saaler,
Mrs. G. W. Prescott, Mrs. J. L. M artel,
Miss M. Farquharson.
Lawyers use Blackstone "Bank Stock" pads.
Strengthens eyes. Myseli-Rollins Co., 22 Clay.*
OTTO ZIEGLER RETURNS.
California's Champion Bicyclist
Back From His East
RECORD-BREAKING HIS FORTE.
Has Traveled Twenty Thousand Miles
and Won Many Valuable
Otto Ziegler Jr., the younsr California
bicycle racer, returned from the East late
last night, accompanied by his trainer,
Frank Foster of the Olympic Club.
Ziegler left here last April to race on the
national circuit. His team mates were C.
R. Coulter and C. C. Harbottle, the team
being managed by Trainer Tellam. From
the start he was successful and won more
than his share of the prizes. One day,
however, in a hot finish between himself,
Monte Scott, Bald, Gardiner and other
cracks, Scott swerved and fell, carrying
down Gardiner with him, and Ziegler
went over both. He arose from the mix
up to find his left wrist broken, and it was
six weeks before he was able to ride again.
For the past two months Ziegier has :
been at Louisville trying for records and ]
racing in competition. His greatest feat
was the winning of the one-mile paced
race on November 12, in the phenomenal
time of 1:53 2-5, which now stands as the
world's competition record. He also holds
the two-mile record of 3:51, the one-mile
paced, standing start, at 1:50, and several
short distance records. At Louisville on
a one-third mile cement track he rode a
mile paced, with a flying start, in 1:42 4-5,
which is two-fifths of a second slower than j
Arthur Gardiner's world's record.
Ziegier said last night : "I am very glad
to get back to California and home once
more, although I have had a most enjoy
abble and successtui trip, barring my acci
dent. I have been away seven months
now and have traveled over 20,000 miies in
the United. States, Canada and Mexico. In
prizes I have won over $2000, principally
in unset diamonds.
'•The race meeting at Louisville, where I
made that mile competition record, was a
blue-ribbon affair, the proceeds being do
nated to the Associated Charities. The
racing men entered as heartily into it as if
the prizes were diamonds. The grand
stands were packed with people.
"These charity meets are all the go in
the East, and one ought to be promoted
here. I would gladly ride for the glory of
it, and so I am sure would the otner cir
cuit-chasers now on the coast. It was so
cold that I had to wear two pair of tights,
two sweaters, a coat, gloves, cap and ear
muffs. At the same time the men were
riding here in racing suits with bare legs.
They are now, in fact, I believe.
"We had a great time getting out here.
Our train was rifteen hours late, caused by
a wreck to the first section at Shoemaker,
New Mexico. Luckily I was in the sec
ond section and suffered nothing more
than the delay."
Upon their arrival last night Zieeler and
Foster went directly to the Olympic Club,
where they were heartily welcomed by the
Ziegier was told to go upstairs to the
reading-room, where he might find some
one he knew. He went, and ran into the
arms of his father, who had come up from
their home in San Jose to meet him. His
mother, he was told, was at a downtown
hotel, so the young champion was soon off
to see her, for he thinks a great deal of his
parents, and they are justly proud of iheir
Dressed in the height of fashion, with
his handsome, smiling countenance, Zieg
ier Jr. looks more like the son of some
banker than a bicycle racer, though ail the
circuit riders are a stylish, well dressed set
of young men.
t "It did me good to meet the California
boys, Charley Wells, Harry and Bob Ter
rill of the Bay City Wheelmen, back
East," he said. "I was homesick then,
but it cheered me up a good deal, and I
think I rode faster after Wells and Bob
Terrill came on the circuit with me."
As to his present movements Ziegier
stated that he would go to San Jose this
morning with liis parents. The Road
Club there, whose colors he has worn in
all his races in the East, will tender him a
big reception upon his arrival. He will
return to this City either to-morrow or
Monday as the guest of the Olympic Club
Wheelmen, who will give an immense
theater party in his honor. After about a
week's rest he expects to resume training
again at San Jose and will ride for records.
He will also compete at any race meets
held hereabouts during this winter and
the early spring. Ziegier expects to re
ceive a five-seated pacing machine from
the East, which he will use in his record,
travels. It will be manned by a auintet of
crack Eastern pacers.
As to any of the other Eastern riders
coming to California to spend the winter
Ziegier was uncertain. Cabanne and Titus
had intended to, but having been sus
pended from the track for life with Charley
Murphy, they haye 1 given it up. Arthur
Gardiner, Decardy and some of the others
have gone out of training for the winter.
W. W. Hamilton of Denver, holder of the
world's mile unpaced record of 2:00 1-5, is
expected to arrive next Sunday, and C. R.
Coulter, Ziegler's team mate, is now on
the way. Coulter is a consistent performer
and one of the best men on the path.
Feasted the Children.
A large number of little folks stuffed them
selves with turkey, cranberry sauce and mince
pie at the Convent of the Holy Family, 860
Hayes street, yesterday afternoon. A delicious
spread of the dainties that children like was
laid before the little ones, who had the happiest
TIMOTHY CONWAY DEOWNED.
He Falls Into the Bay While Returning
From a Sloop to the Wharf.
Timothy Conway, a inachinehand em
ployed with Hobbs, Wall & Co. and living
at 324 Austin avenue, was drowned yester
day evening. Some of his friends bad re
turned from a duck-shooting expedition,
and he went to see them at their sloop,
which was moored at the Mission-street
While returning to the wharf Conway
fell into the water. One of his hosts. Leon
Frank, dove into the bay fully clothed
after him. The rescuer could not reach
Conway till he had sunk several times.
When the two. men were finally hauled out
Conway was unconscious.
A futile attempt was made to resuscitate
him at the wharf. Then the patrol-wagon
was sent for and Conway was taken to the
Receiving Hospital, where the doctors pro
nounced him dead. ,
Conway was 31 years of age and married.
A JUDGMENT REVERSED.
The Attorneys for Sadie M. Nichols
Score a Point.
Judge Seawell of the Superior Court on
Wednesday reversed the order made by
Justice Groezinger about a month ago in
the case of Elizabeth S. Blake against
Sadie M. Nichols.
The suit is in reference to a chattel mort-
OTTO ZIEGIiEB JB.
gage of some furniture held by the plaintiff \
which the defendant claims to have paid'
Justice Groezinger decided in favor of
plaintiff and appointed Solomon Berliner
as receiver. From this judgment the de
fendant appealed to Juage Seawell, who
ordered the receiver to forthwith surren
der the furniture to the defendant pend
ing a final disposition of the case. The
final hearing will take place before Judge
Seawell on December 13. R. Porter Ashe
and A. S. Newburgh represented the de
AT AMERICAN SHRINES
Historic Scenes of the Revolution
Described by Dr.
Plymouth Rock, Concord, Lexington
and Bunker Hill Shown by
Rev. E. R. Dille lectured last evening at
Simpson Memorial Church, his subject be
ing "American Shrines." The address
was illustrated with some excellent stere
opticon views, but owing to the inclement
weather the audience was comparatively
The true shrines of America, in the
speaker's estimation, were the historic
spots where occurred the most stirring
events in the great struggle for National
independence, and accordingly Mr. Dille
led his audience from Plymouth Rock and
the times of the Pilgrim fathers to Con
cord, Lexington and Bunker Hill, and even
beyond. He said:
"Of all places which gather around them
the sacred memories of our fathers' deeds
none are more replete with interest, more
truly the Mecca of America than Boston,
the veritable guardian ot shrines. Long
before one reaches that city there
looms into view the gold-bronze
dome of the State House — the
dome which is to every true Bostonian
what the golden milestone in the forum
was to the Romans — the center of the uni
verse, the point irom which all distances
were measured. Within its walls are rel
ics of Bunker Hiil and the battle-flags
which Charles Sumner proposed to return
to the Southern regiments, and for which
action he was censured by the Massachu
"Here we find the Old State House, the
birthplace of American liberty. Before
its venerable walls took place the Boston
massacre, in which was shed the first
blood of the Revolution — and that the
blood of a negro. Christian Adams. Here
was the demand made jsn Governor Hig
ginson for the withdrawal of the British
troops from the city, and from its balcony,
for the last time on New England soli,
Washington reviewed his troops.
"Fanueil Hall, the 'cradle of liberty,'
even as the Statehouse was its birth
place, stands hard by. Here were held
the celebrated Boston 'town meetings,'
which William Pitt declared accomplished
more than all the diplomacy of England,
and here were first proclaimed the prin
ciple sof self-government which have made
our country what it is.
"The old South Church! What memo
ries hover around it. yhis was indeed the
'sanctuary of liberty.' Our fathers did not
believe that God had nothing to do with
the state. They believed that their duty
to their country was one with their duty
to their Creator. They instituted a great
nation, but it cannot endure if we separate
religion and politics and give God no place
in the councils of the people."
The scenes of the battle of Concord, Lex
ington and Bunder Hill, the homes of
Longfellow, Irving, Hawthorne and others
of like fame were Bhown, and celebrated
trees, houses, churches and monuments,
even to the village of Grand Pre, cele
brated by Longfellow in his poem "Evan
Recitations of "Paul Reveres Ride" and
'The Landing of the Pilgrims" and solos
by Mme. Alice Waltz were rendered at ap
propriate periods in the lecture.
HIGH-ROLLING DICE GAME OF PIRO PINTO
Two Players Staked $32,
--000 on a Single
WM, BOURN'S WINNING.
The Well-Known Capitalist Gets
$78,000 in One Night's
EVERY DOLLAR PROMPTLY PAID
The Loser Was a Central American
Planter Who Proved to Be a
Man of Courage.
The rich coffee planters and the princely
merchants that come annually from
South America to spend a few months in
San Francisco bring with them large
revenues. They spend money freely and
have the luxuries of life without regard to
cost. In games of chance high stokes rule,
and while they prefer to trust the throw
of the dice rather than the run of cards,
they win and lose with the equanimity
that marked the playing of the Southern
planters in the good old ante-bellum days,
when the brilliantly lighted cabin of a
Mississippi River steamer was the one
place on the globe to banish care and
tempt the smiles of fortune.
During the past two years Central and
South American planters have made a deal
of money, the result of good crops and
high prices. Some of the younger bloods
with inclination to roil high in their
revels manifest a fondness for the Spanish
game known as piro pinto and stake such
sums of money on a single throw that the
few spectators watch with absorbing in
A few nights ago two South Americans
and ttie well-known capitalist and club
man of San Francisco, William Bourn,
dined together at one of the small restau
rants on O'Farrell street. There were
others in the party, and several joined in
a little sport with the diceboz. Twenty
dollar cieces changed with such rapidity
that all the players, except the two from
the south country and the resident high
roller, drew out of the game. •
Pito pinto is played with two dice, each
player holding a box of his own. In
course of time the game between the three
players closed with the San Francisco man
a winner of $14,000. Then a new game
was opened between the winner and a
blooded South American.
The outcome of this game is the talk of
club coteries. The stakes were so high and
the payments of the loser so promptly
made that the old-timers, who saw fortunes
won and lost in 1849, are falling into a
reminiscent frame of mind.
This particular after-dinner session is
sure to be the talk of the town for months.
The amounts staked ranged along from
$600, $1000, then up to $5000 on a single
throw, finally reaching $16,000 a side. For
tune still smiled on Mr. Bourn of San
Francisco, and he stood a winner of $14,
--000 ana $32,000, or $46,000 in all.
At this stage of the game, when the
spectators expected to see the South Amer
ican play the role of a "quitter," the blood
of the sport from the southland was tested.
He proposed one final cast lor "double or
quits," $32,000 aside, $64,000 or nothing.
It is not every player whom fortune has
favored by a steady run of luck that will
consent to stake all of his winnings on one
hand, and, besides, it is an axiom of dice
throwers that the proposition to double at
each throw will break any bank in the
world if the player has the coin to double
his stakes as often as he loses.
This after-dinner seance was not in the
line of a regular banking game. The play
ers were gentlemen, and not gamblers by
profession, hence the winner consented to
give bis friendly antagonist a chance to
The bones were tossed for $64,000 0r noth
ing, and chance a^ain rendered a decree
against the South American. The San
Francisco capitalist won the stake, and on
the following day cashed the South Amer
ican's check for $32,000.
Well-known men who saw the game as
sert positively that the South American
did not plead intoxicatiorror mental in
firmity when the time for a settlement
came, but paid bis losses like a thorough
bred sport of the old school.
So in that famous game of piro pinto,
Mr. Bourn will be known as the winner of
$78,000 in one session.
FOR DISTRICT CLUBS.
The Civic Federation Maturing Plans
for a Big Political Organization
in This City.
The Civic Federation will begin next
week its active work of organization for
the next campaign. Subordinate federa
tions or political clubs are to be organized
in every district, and only a meeting of
the executive committee is being waited
for before beginning actual operations.
"There will be a meeting of the execu
tive committee of the federation early next
week and at that time it is expected that
the proper persons for ofg mizing the dis
trict clubs will be selected," said Rev. Dr.
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done, the actual work will be begun at
once, and having been begun will &c
pushed rapidly forward. We do not in
tend to let this matter drop, and in the
end you will find that this movement for
good government will win."
The politicians are studying the local
situation carefully in an endeavor to as
certain just what bearing the federation a
movement is going to have on the result
of the next election. Already they say
there have been formed or are in the pro
cess of formation in every district at least
four political clubs, each representing a
different interest, and the addition of still
another organization renders still more
complicated the already doubtful situa
Battered an Officer.
Officer O'Connell has a forehead that pro
trudes like a black and blue ostrich egg. This
is not due to any marvelous cerebral develop
ment, but to a brick in the hands of James
Rowe, a young man living at 734. Folsom
street. Rowe got Into a fight with James Wil
son yesterday. Officer O'Connell ordered him
home and he defied the entire police force to
arrest him. The two clinched and in the end
Rowe had to be sent to the Receiving Hospital
to be sewed up. Two charges were placed
against him. He gave the name of William
SOCIALISM THE THEME
First Educational Meeting of the
Labor Bureau Associa
Spirited Addresses on Labor's Condi*
tion at Turk-Street Temple
A large number of people braved the
storm to attend the monthly meeting of
the Labor Bureau Association at the Turk
street Temple last evening. From the so
cialists' point of view they were well re
paid by hearing a number of Btirring
addresses on the subject of labor and so
The association has decided to abolish
the social features of their monthly gath
erings and devote the meetings to educa
tional pursuits in political economy.
Last night's was the inaugural meeting
on this line. The speakers took up the
vanons phases of the labor question and
endeavored to explain the causes of what
they termed the oppression of the laborer
under existing political systems, and also
strove to point out the only route, accord
ing to their ideas, by which the people
mignt emerge irom the conditions conse
auent upon the "capitalistic system." The
trend of the remarks of all the speakers
was toward socialism as the Mecca to
which the people must ultimately turn.
The meeting was presided over by C. F.
Shadt, who introduced P. Ross Martin,
editor of The Coming Age, as the
speaker of the evening. Mr. Martin argued
that the laborer was worthy of that which
he produced, and held that no toiler re
ceived the full benefit of his production or
anywhere near it; and he asserted that to
this fact was attributable the poverty of
"Trades unions," he said, "were good as
far as they went, but they would never
bring deliverance to the laborer. Neither
could the laborer look to the existing
political organizations for relief. They
could not give it to him if they would."
He spoke of the days when all articles of
utility were made by nand, and dhew com
parisons between those days anu later
times, when one man had been made to do
the work of many by the invention of ma
chinery. He contended that capital had
increased its profits many fold thereby and
asked if the laborer had "received a like in
crease of the benefits of his production.
He claimed not, but said that the one man
received practically the same pay for pro
ducing the great quantity that he did for
the smailec. amount that came from his
hands, while the men whom the machine
had supplanted were out of employment,
or had to crowd into other lines hot af
fected by machinery, only to reduce the
wage of himself and his associates, by fur
nishing an over-supply of labor.
"What would the laborer do?" he asked.
"The present system would not help him.
He must turn to socialism if he would pro
cure the product of his labor."
CRUELTY IN TENERIFFE.
Oxen Are Driven Full Speed Into m
A lady reader appeals to me to notice a
letter in the journal of the Humanitarian
League respecting the atrocious cruelty
which is practiced on animals in the island
of Teneriffe. The writer affirms that the
cruelty there surpasses anything he hai
ever seen in other Spanish colonies, and
he gives some sickening details of the
torturing of the dumb creatures in every
day work, and at bull-fights and other
spectacles. One entertainment peculiar
to the town of Laguna is thus described:
"A yoke of oxen are fastened to an empty
cart of the ordinary two-wheel kind used
here, and as many men as can get near the
poor animals keep alongside, running and
goading them to agony with a terrible
long steel spur in the end of a pole or
stick, the spectators keeping up in a mob
with the yells and shouts while one man
keeps in front of the poor oxen. The trick
of the affair is that this man shalJ thus
keep his position at the head of the ani
mals. A blind lane is chosen, stopped by
a wall or something at one end. Into this
the poor animals are driven at a furious
gallop, and encountering the wall fall into
a heap alone with the heavy cart. The
man is supposed to be agile enough to es
cane, and is looked upon as a hero, it is no
matter if the legs of the poor animals are
broken by the collisiou— that is only to be
expected, and they are slaughtered on the
spot for a further spectacle." It is shock
ing to read of such barbarous practices,
but it is of little use for an English paper
to condemn them.— London Truth.