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GOSSIP FROM GOTHAM
Cornelius Bliss Hints at a
New Organization of
STAND AGAINST BOSSES.
Miss Beatrice Harraden Engaged
in Writing a New
NEW STATUE OF GEN. GRANT.
There Is Now Considerable Activity
in the Theatrical World of the
NEW YORK, N. Y/., Nov. 30.— The talk
of an attempt to create a new Republican
organization outside the present Repub
lican County Committee, which was hinted
at in a mysterious way a few weeks ago.
was revived again yesterday by Cornelius
Bliss in a remarkable interview, in which
he intimates that he and his friends may
bolt the Republican party itself and talks
of a situation that might be a repetition of
the Folger campaign and the subsequent
result of a Democratic President.
Bliss says: "I have not fully considered
the advisability of forming a new county
organization. All tilings considered, it
would be better to fight within party lines
if possible. But if the bosses continue to
trample on the rights of the people they
must take the consequences.
"Everything looks promising and bright
in the coming campaign, and it would
seem that whoever the Republicans
nominated would be elected. But the
politicians, the machine politicians, rarely
learn anything from history. I would like
to call your attention to the election of 1882
in this State, when a popular Republican
was overwhelmed by a comparatively uii
l;nown man, Grover Cleveland, who was
elected by a majority of 06,000. Cleve
land's campaign was unprecedented, and
he immediately began a National career
unexampled in history. The same causes
might show a similar result in the next
"This total disorganization might be
prevented by Lauterbach declining the
presidency of the County Committee and
agreeing to the election of such a man as
Joseph H. Choate, Chauncey M. Deuew,
Elihu Root or Horace Porter."
Miss Beatrice Harraden, the authoress
of "Shiris That Pass in the Night," is again
a visitor to this country, having arrived
here yesterday from England on the steam
"I am writing a new book," she said to
a reporter. "The scene is laid in England.
I have not decided on the title yet. In a
few days I shall start for California to visit
friends. 1 am not going to become an
American citizen, but I like America and
Americans. I have many dear friends
It is very probable that the football
teams of Yale and Pennsylvania will meet
on the gridiron next year. "While the ar
rangements have not yet been completed,
it is understood that a consultation has
been heid by the authorized representa
tives of the two colleges, at which the most
pleasant and amicable relations were es
tablished and a plan mapped out which
will bring the two teams together without
the formality of apologies or concessions
by either side.
This will be good news for the football
enthusiasts of the country, for this season
as well as last closed with the champion
ship in doubt. The question of supremacy
between the two teams can never be set
tled until they meet and battle it out in
manly and sportsmanlike fashion.
Another meeting between representa
tives of the two colleges will be held soon,
when this matter of so much moment to
the football world will probably be defi
A new statue of General Grant is to be
erected in the square fronting the Union
League club in Brooklyn, and is to be un
veiled on the next anniversary of his
birth, April 27, 1896. Its pedestal, which
is of massive granite without ornament, is
now being placed, and will be sixteen feet
in height, the statue, which wilt be of
heroic size, reaching almost the same alti
tude. The work is now being cast at the
Mossman Bronze Works in Chicopee,
Mass., the artist being William Ordway
Messrs. Abbey and Grau last evening in
troduced another of the new members of
their company, when Signor Cremonini
made his bow before the New York public
as Fernando in "La Favorita" at the Met
ropolitan Opera-house. The occasion also
served to bring Mme. Mantelli forward in a
role in which she is locally unfamiliar, that
of Leonora, while M. Planzon was the Bald
assare of the evening and Siguor Ancona
the Alfonso. There was thus an element
of novelty generally in the production and
this served to draw a large audience to
hear a work wbie.h long became an operatic
Signor Cremonini made a decided hit.
His voice is of sympathetic quality and
fairly abundant power, though its lack
of resonance on the higher notes of the
upper register prevents him from pro
ducing marked effect in broadly dra
matic concerted music such as the finale
of the last act of "La I'avorita," which
aici not want for dramatic fervor in the
acting, but through deficiency of vocal
strength lackea something of the passion
and vigor that was needed to make it
thoroughly effective. The green scene in
the third fell a little short of what it
should have been for the same reason.
That he is a tenor of good quality, with
the exception noted, is undoubted, and he
will prove a powerful addition to the
already strong company of vocalists now
at the Metropolitan.
Mme. Mantelli's Leonora was not a dis
appointment io her many admirers. She
sang always with intelligence and nice
effect, the "0 mio Fernando" particularly
serving in the andante aud allegro to en
able her to broadly contrast her varied
If. Planzon was an impressive Baldassare,
but Signer Ancona was hardly equal to the
demands made upon him by the role of
the King. Mile. Bauermeister was an ex
cellent Inez. The work of the chorus was
capital and that of the orchestra satis
Manager Arcnson of the Bijou Theater
returned from Europe yesterday with a
brand-new theatrical scheme. He pro
poses to erect a live-story building 200 feet
square, in which races— horseraces, foot
races, bicycle races and every other kind
of races— will be held on a mile track ar- j
ranged spirally and running from the top
to the bottom of the structure.
"This is an idea of my own," said Aron
son last night, "and Architect Kimball
has already prepared the plans under :ay
direction. I have several sites in view in
the neighborhood of Fifty-ninth street, and
as soon as a location is selected I shall be
able to raise $300,000 among capitalists
here and in London to put the scheme in
THE BAGGAGEMAN^ EXPLAINS.
lie Declares That No Trunks Are
Smashed on the Railroad.
"How do so many trunks cret broken?"
repeated the baggageman, and his face
took on an anxious and weak look. "V.'cli,
that's a question which has puzzled me for
a good many years, and I'd give a good
deal for a satisfactory answer."
"The baggage-smasher doesn't have any
thing to do with it, of course?" was sar
"Not a thing, sir. That's where the pub
lic does him a rank injustice. In the old
days they have smashed up a trunk occa
sionally, but in these modern times trunks
are handled like glassware. I've been on
road for seven years, and during that
time I have not even ripped the handle off
"But trunks come off your car all
"Yes, sometimes; and I've had people
complain of me and try to get me dis
"They were laboring under a misappre
hension, however. In seven cases out of
ten the trunk is damaged before it leaves
home. People never send a trunk to the
show until the last minute."
"Is the motion of the train hard on
"Very hard, sir. It jars the nail.? and
screws and the first thing you know
the sides of a trunk all fall In, and I am
blamed for it.
"We have to stand trunks on end, you
know, to economize space. "While in that
position they are still more susceptible to
"It doesn't hurt a trunk to drop it from
the car door to the platform, does it?"
"Not the slightest. On the contrary, if
it is an old trunk the shock will tighten it
up as good as new. On my run I save the
pubiic at least $3000 a year for repairs to
"You have seen two men seize a trunk
and fling it on top of the pile on a truck.
At such times you think you hear the
sound of breaking glass, but "you are mis
taken. It is the loose lock of the trunk
settling into place and saves the owner at
least 50 cents in cash. You have seen a
trunk fall from the top of a load on a
transfer truck, haven't you?"
"Yes, I have."
"The noise made was like bursting open
a door, and you probably feit like giving
somebody a piece of your mind. The in
jury was purely imaginary. The fail sim
ply boltea the casters on and strengthened
"I am sorry the public labors under the
hallucination it does, as it puts a batrarage
nian in a bad light. I suppose you some
times stand around to see your trunk put
on the car?"
"Yes, I often do."
"And when you see it rolled over and
over, and ended with a bang, and spun
half way down the car, you feel a cold
"Well, chill no more. Such handling is
really a benefit to the trunk and should be
an extra charge. Dear me, but I wish the
public was more appreciative."
"How would you go to work to damage
"I do not know. I have laid awake
nights and speculated, and planned and
worried, but nave never solved the ques
"There is no way I could do it. In case
of a wreck a trunk might get damaged,
but while under my care it is as safe as-its
owner in the parlor car. For years and
years I bare handled at least 500 trunks
per week, and in no case have I been to
blame for any damage. I wish the public
understood this, as it would make my life
more cheerful. It is useless to hope-,
though. The baggageman is a slandered
railroad man, and so he must remain
while people travel with trunks."
And he caught the handle of an old
trunk, gave it a wrench which broke both
hinges and split the cover, and sighed
drearily as he turned to his work checking
off.—Philadelphia Evening Item.
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They Were Kasy Game.
"I was out hunting quail in a big vine
yard near Santa Rosa a few days ago," re
marked Superior Judge Dougherty of So
noma County, "and I got the finest bap of
birds I ever shot in my life. When I first
went into the vineyard I thought I was
shooting at tame quail, for they wouldn't
fly till 1 came near stepping on them, and
then they would wobble off through the
air in the most erratic way. They would
only fly a short distance" till they would
drop into a grapevine as if their wings had
"My dog kept bringing me live quail
which I thought I had wounded, but
finally, when I had three dozen birds and
had fired only about a dozen shots, I
knew there was something wrong some
"Finally I came upon a quail lying on
its back and kicking its feet in the air in
the most peculiar way. I picked it up and
found it uninjured, to far as I could see.
Then I set it on its legs and it went stag
gering and floundering over the clod 3 a
few feet till it fell on its back again and
lay kicking helplessly.
"For the first time it occurred to me
that the quail were drunk. They had
been feeding on the frost-bitten "grapes
that had fermented on the vines, and
were enjoying the wildest kind of a jag.
Some could not move, while the soberest
couldn't fly fast enough to get out of the
way of a clod." — San Francisco Post.
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The Largest Tortoise.
There is reported from the Isles Egmont,
in the Indian Ocean, not far from the Isle
Maurice, the capture of an enormous male
I land tortoise, the largest thus far known.
I These islands lie in about latitude 60 deg.
40 mm. east south and longitude 69 deg.
4 mm. east. They are without fresh water,
though one of them has a salt lake of con
siderable area. They have not been known
hitherto as the resort of land tortoises,
though the neighboring islands have them
in abundance. This tortoise and his mate
have been seen on the island recently at
various times. Here are his chief dimen
Height when wall; in? J..-. 543.5*2
Vertical circumference 1*26.00
Horizontal circumference 157.60
Length of baclc 65.8S
.Length of breast plate 39.37
Depth of concavity of breastplate 4.00
Length of tail 1-1.97
Length of hind foot 123.02
Circumference of hind foot 19.
l>en.-th of forefoot 24.40
Circumference of head near the eyes 16.53
Length of neck 19 97
Weight, 5 29 pounds.
A curious fleshy excrescence on each side
of the shell is conjectured to be designed
as a protection to the latter when the
creature is in certain positions. It is not
Known in other land as tortoises, though it
may be a peculiarity of aged males. This
tortoise i 3 126 pounds heavier than the one
now living at Port Louis, Isle Maurice, re
cently known as the largest captured
living. — Cosmos. •
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How He Knew It.
"Ah," said Mr. Ayteful, as he sat smok
j ing his after-dinner citrar, "there is nothing
in all of life's blessings comparable to a
good wife. I know this to be true."
His marital partner came and stood be
hind his chair and laid both hands softly
on his shoulders.
"Yes, I know it to be true," continued
Mr. Ayteful, "for Simmonson told me so
and I never knew him to tell a lie in his
It was only one hand this time that the
sharer of his joys and sorrows laid on his
ear, and not so soflly at that.—lndianapo
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Stietton House estate, Warwickshire,
which was purchased twenty years ago for
£12,000, has just been sold for £5009.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1895.
MINING AT PLACERVILLE
Various Notes of Bonding and
Working Good Claims in
LODE AND PLACES PROPERTIES.
Rich Quartz Requiring the Application
of Electrical and Other Ma
PLACERVILLE, Cal.. Nov. 30.— Both
the purchase and bonding of mining prop
erties in various portions of the county is
progressing to an encouraging degree.
The Pine Hill Gold and Silver Mining
Company of South San Francisco has
sunk a shaft 1.30 feet on its property and is
preparing to erect a ten-stamp mill with a
view to adding sixty stamps in the spring.
D. H. Jackson of Oakland has bonded
two claims on the Larkin ranch, four miles
from Placerville, and is sinking shafts.
At tifty feet the rock is showing free gold
in fair quantity and very rich sulphurets.
The indications are that this will make a
good mine. It is squarely on the mother
The Gicnac gravel claim started last
week with a live-stamp mill, two miles from
Placerville. This is the property of Mrs.
Spreckels & Mulky are hydraulicking
near Fair Play, and their first clean-up was
The Gray mine, thirteen miles west of
here, was "bonded by W. 0. llodgkin and
J. Graham of Chicago. This is an old
pioperty being reopened. From 1860 to
1572 it was worked to a depth of 150 feet,
and produced $110,000.
Pasco it K warts opened a hydraulic
plant one and v half mileu from town,
under permit of the United States Debris
Fraser and Yarozza have begun work on
a claim two miles from town and are open
ing on a good-sized ledge of quartz that
shows some free pold and rich sulphurets.
Mr. Morey, the Placerville mining ma
chinist, expects to operate soon on the
Blue Bird and Rip Van Winkle, situated
twenty miles nonh of here. Facilities for
electrical appliances are excellent and he
will introduce a power plant. There is a
ten-stamp mill on the Blue Bird.
Lyons, Gifford and Tong have started a
two-stamp mill near Clarksville and are
developing four claims.
Sam Lane is operating a five-stamp mill
in the old Stillwagon mine in Brownsville
district and takink out rock producing $SQ
John Melton is running a 1400-foot tun
nel to cut Poverty Point hill. The tunnel
had been run 6.">0 feet and was abandoned
for lack of funds. Mr. Melton purchased
the property and gathered fourteen mines
into one group. There are live ledges al
ready cut and six more to open. A ten
stamp mill for prospecting purposes was
started up by Mr. Melton, and the results
were so satisfactory that he will complete
the bit: tunnel. This property is two miles
a smaet~calif6enia girl.
Runs Her Father's Ranch and Does Lots
of Thing! That Mon Do.
In these days, when there is so much talk
about the privileges of women as regards
filling the places which have been hereto
fore the prerogatives of men, when intel
lectual women of all classes are looking
everywhere for new fields in which to dis
play their hidden talents and expanding
energies, the success of a California girl,
who lias accomplished much in managing
a ranch and made a fortune in cattle and
horses, may be especially interesting, and
serve as a suggestion to some restless
woman who believes she lacks room for her
growing abilities to do a man's work. The
young woman's name is Margaret Rogers,
she is 23 years old, and lives itiO miles
south of San Francisco.
Her father is an Englishman, who went
to California in 1870 for his health, and us
he disliked horseback riding, and it was
such a necessary part of life in that out-of
the-way place, his little daughter soon be
came an expert horsewoman, and for thir
teen years herded ali the cattle.
She has always insisted on using a man's
saddle, however, riding astride, and has
designed a dress which looks like a sKirt
about walking length, made scant in front,
but with many full straight breadths in
the back, which drape themselves over
the figure in a very .successful manner.
She rides on a heavy "vaquero's" saddle,
and forty miles is a very usual distance
for her to accomplish in one day.
Despite the fact that she has traveled
abuut that country for thirteen years in
that costume, t-he is still an object of
much comment. Miss Rogers can run a
plow or a harvesting machine, sow the
grain, mark tiie calves and sheep, break
the colts, play the piano and paint pictures
with equal facility. She is a charming
hostess, has a fine library, and can do
fancy work like any other woman, and be
sides her many other accomplishments she
has won a medal in Oakland for her pro
liciencv in Latin and English literature.
The rise and fall of the market prices
are simple Jittle sums in arithmetic to h«r
clear mind, and she makesall the contracts
for the sales of grain, beef and pork for her
father's as well as her own ranches. With
her sister's help she marks all the lambs
and calves by cutting two little bits out of
their ears,which easily identilies them, and
when the cattle break through the fence at
nurht she thinks nothing of riding with
the men for miles to find the break and
hunt up the stray ones. She has been
caught in a stampede, when she narrowly
escaped with her life.
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Human Sacrifice in Ru*Hia.
From the Kansas City Times.
"The sacrifice of human lives under cer
tain conditions is still a custom in certain
parts of Russia," said Professor James F.
Jenkins, M.D., of Middletown, N. V., at
the Savoy. "Attempts by the Govern
ment to put a stop to the practice have
thus far been in vain. It prevails among
a sect Known as the 'Tshuksheni,' not far
Old people who have lived beyond the
Biblical allotment and sick ones tired of
life offer themselves for sacrifice. When
one of these characters decides to 'offer
himself up' he sends word to all his
relatives, friends, and neighbors, who
then visit him and try to persuade him
to change his intentions, but all to no
purpose. He chooses the manner in
which he shall die, and he is killed with
great ceremony. The body is then taken
to a crematory near by, where it is re
duced to ashes, which are carefully pre
ser.-ed in an urn of silver by the rela
tives. During the cremation the rela
tives pray to the spirits, begging them to
sruard the lives of those mortals still left
on earth. This custom has been followed
by the sect for centuries."
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Violet and Orange Klossom Drinks.
The latest acquisition to the long row
of long-necked looking bottles at the foun
tain is marked "orange flower syrup."
This is pure extract of orange blossoms,
and is about the most ethereally delicious
beverage when taken with three inches of
cream and well charged. They call it
"Hymen's wassail," the girls do s when
the clerk of the fountain serves it w : .th
plenty of soda and ice shaved and piled up
light as snow. He recommends it as a
good thing for nerves. One of the nicest
and latest of hia combinations, and de
servetily popular, too, is ordinary chocolate
soda, dashed with one teaspoonful of
Everybody knows what that is, a cor
dial colored and flavored as if with
violets, and another apothecary is earning
a good name among the women by serving
them, since the cold weather began, with
minute cups of clear, hot. sugarless coffee,
flavored with a drop or two of violet cream.
He is the same man who is making him
self famous by tutti-frutti icecream soda.
This is a glass of simple vanilla or choco
late cream with a handful of small, spicy,
crystalized fruits thrown in before the
soda is turned on— cherries, currants,
shredded ginger and the like. It costs
only 5 cents more than the ordinary
soda, and is a favorite after-the-theater
treat with the young man of modest
means and simple tastes.
To the women who crowd around this
particular fountain every drinkable is
known by the same special title, and only
the uninitiated now take their soda plain.
All the sirups and flavors are mixed, as
many as two, three and four in one glass,
while she of the very blase palate asks
for green swizzle. Its very name is tempt
ing, yet sounds a trifle wicked: but those
who shop and call, and get about to all
their clubs and athletics successfully say
that it is really nature's sweet restorer in
hours of weariness. In reality it is as
mild a tipple as ever tempted weak human
nature.— New York Sun.
KILLING A BIED.
How the Act Affected a Boy With a
A 10-year-old boy of Newtonville was
given a toy gun by his father, who laugh
ingly promised him $1 for every crow he
Highly elatea with his gun and sanguine
of earning a small fortune by shooting
crows the young sportsman spent the
greater part of ten days in a field watch
ing for the birds. Not a crow came near
him, greatly to his disappointment, and
he reported his ill-success to his father,
W}!;o said, to comfort him:
"Well, never mind the crows. I'll give
you 50 cents for any kind of a bird you can
Early the next morning the boy, gun in
hand, took up his position in the bake
yard to watch for sparrows, A half dozen
or more unwary birds soon appeared to
pick up the crumbs that he had thrown
out to Jure them within reach of a shot.
At a movement on his part the sparrows
rose and the boy fired.
One of the birds was hit and fell to the
ground, where it lay for a minute, flutter
ing its wings, and then became niotionlesa-
The boy went forward, picked it up nnd
iooked at it. The poor little head hung
limp— the shot had broken the sparrow's
neck. For a moment the boy stood con
templating the dead creature in his hand,
then he turned and fled to the house.
"Oh, I've killed it! I've killed it.
mamma!" he cried in a shocked tone.
"It can't fly any more!" and all that day
his lament was, "Oh, I wish I hadn't
His father, who had not supposed the
boy in any danger of hitting a bird, tried
to solace him with the half-dollar and sug
gestions of what might be bought with it.
"No, papa," was his sorrowful answer,
"I don't want it. I wish it could make the
sparrow alive again. I never thought it
would be like that to kill a bird !"
"And," said his father, in concluding the
story, "I was more pleased at the tender
feeling my boy displayed than I should
have been had he become the best shot in
the country."— Youth's Companion.
EEAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS.
Nathaniel T. Conlson to Alexander Warner, lot
on X line of Lombard street, 46:« i/ 3 X of Octavlu,
205, X 137:6, W 851:6%, 37:6, 46:61/2. »
Mary K. Fillmore (executrix of the estate of W.
H. Fillmoro) to Uiip'ih B. Kellogg, lot on SK cor
ner of Vnllejo and Webster streets, S 26:6 by E
Mary Small to Caroline Day, lot on X line of
Clay street, 196 W of Devieadero, W 55:6 by X
Judith Boas to Clarence F. Montell, lot on M line
of Ix>tt street, 60 X of Waller, N 30. E 63, SE to
point 50 X of Waller street. \V 70; *10.
Louis and Lucy K. Hammersmith to Security
Loan Association, lot on W line of Tremont avenue,
100 S of Waller street, 8 25 by W 80; $10.
Emily Kmmous to Henry and Sarah L. Merri
field, lot on W line of Dolores street, 76:6 Xof
Twenty-first. X 25 by W 105: $10.
John and Annie 8. Fowler to Emily McNab, re
record of 1588 d 263, on W line of Dore street,
76:6 X of Twenty-first, X 25 by W 10:6: $2150.
G. T. and Annie Knopf to Eugene K. (leiscl, XE
corner Twenty-first street and Bryant avenue, X
23 by 9 68; $10. • -
Joseph and Nora Jameson to Mary Collins, X
Twenty-fourth street, 230 W of Xoe, W 25 by X
Sarah, Mary K. and C. Frederick Kohl to Alvin
za Hay ward. lot on SE corner of Taylor and North
Point "street S 60: E 137:6. 8 77:6. X 137:6. s
137:6. E 137:6, X '275, W 412:6; also lot on X line
of Hay street. 165 W of Stockton, \V 55 by X
137:6, quitclaim deed: $5. ;
Eugene Paulina to Julia s'aulrna, lot on S line of
Minna street, 317:6 W of Seventh, 8 80 by W
32:6: also lot on nX corner Bernard and Leaven
worth, X 20 by X 68: gift.
Susan .T. Cunningham, William F. Lewis, J. B.
Waller, W. M. Cameron «nd L. Jacobi (by J. J.
Me Dude. sin-rifT) to Gottlieb. T. Knopf, lot on BE
corner of Hutto and YorK streets, E2B by 81:
F. W. and Emma A. Fuller to Henry S. Bridge,
lot on W line of Fourteenth avenue. i.50 X of C
street, S 25 by W 127:6: also lot on B line of
Fourteenth avenue, 200 S of C street, S 50, X
94:10. N 50:1, W 105:6; also lot on W line of
Twenty-sixth avenue, 375 X of California, street,
X 21:10, W 120:7%, 8 12:8%. E 120; also lot on
F. line of Twenty-third avenue, 200 Xof Clement
street, X 31:10, E 120:7%, 5,84:3, W 120; also
lot on XE corner of Clement street and Twenty
third avenue. E 32:6, X 100, E 87:6, X 25, W 120,
« 125: $10.
James Kolph Jr. to John Wyllie. lot on E line of
Twenty-third avenue, 150 S of I street, 8 25 by E
J. A. and Fannie K. McCarty to R. E. Krwin, lot
659, Gift Map 1. bargain and sale deed; $100.
John W. Eoyd to William McLaughlln, lots 604
and 606, Gift Map 3; pram.
Laura H. and Charles E. Blake Sr. to Denis
Kelly, lot or X line of Precita place, 100 B of
Folsom street. X 150 by X 125; $10.
Charles J.Plilsbury to Harrison A. Jones, lot
3, block 25, Xoe Garden Homestead Union; $10.
A LAMBDA COUNTY.
Samuel P. and Ellen Sinclair to William 11.
Kulxlit, administrator of the estate or Hannah A.
Bartlow, lot 25. block 48. Oakland: $20.
Kudolf Maullbaupt to Henry l'.uedy of Oakland,
lot on SW corner San Pablo avenue and Twenty
fourth or Milton street, \V 100 by >' 50, beng lot
14. Miller Tract, Oakland; $10.
Victor Svenson to John Svenson, lot on E line of
Adeline street, 100 of West Eighth. 5 28. 16 13-16.
E 127, N 28.10 13-10, W 127 to beginning, being
lot 17. block 537, subject to a mortgage to Oakland
Bunk of Savings, Oakland; $10.
S. H. and Bessie I* (lutiiery et al. to Richard
Weller of AlarneJa, lot on SW line of East Twen
ty-fourth street, 245 HE Of Thirteenth avenue, SE
35 by SW 121, East Oakland, $12; also lot on NW
Fourteenth -avenue. 69:16 SW East Twenty-fifth
street, NW 114:70. SW 34, 8K 104:2, NE 36:64,
to beginning, being portions of block* 141 and 151,
Clinton. East Oakland. $10.
Elizabeth B. Webster to A. Jennie Kicks, lot on
\V line of dinning street, 60 N of Hose, N 60 by W
100, being lot 10. block O, Roberts and Wolfskill
Tract, map 3. Oakland Township: «rant.
Mountain View Cemetery Association' to Eliza
beth Davis, the SE Va of lot 61 In plat 15. Moun
tain View Cemetery. Oakland Township: $36.
Marceltno and Mary C Burgas to Lyman M.
Kennedy, lot 2. block T. Knowles and Potter nub
division. Kennedy Tract. Brooklyn Township; $10.
H. C. Campbell and T. B. Kent (trustee* for M.
M. Whlteside.) to Felix Marcuse, lot on S line of
Eagle avenue, 58 W of Minturn street, W 60 by ss
100, being lots 9 and 10, block 51, lands adjacent
to Kncinal. Alameda; $1176.
Same to same, lot on 8 line of Eagle avenue, 108
Wof Minturn street. W. 75 by S 100, block 51,
same, Alameda; $2273.
W. I", and Sadie L Cresswellto Minnie R. Newell
(wife of E. c.), ■15 acres beginning at a : point
13.333 chains N from N line of county road sur
vey No. 1515, thence X 7.50 chains, S 20 chains,
W 7.00 chains to beginning, portion of plat J,
Itancho Las Posltas, subject to right of way, Wash
ington Township; $5.
Frank H. Lawton (owner) with Frank E. Arm
strong (contractor and architect), to erect a two
story frame building on S line of Chauninisc way,
45Wof Alhciton street, W 45 by S 120, block 1,
Ilyfr Tract. Berkeley. Payments: Inclosed $575,
brown mortar on $575, completed 1575, usual 35
days $575; total, $2300; bonds, ? 1000; H. L. Whit
ney and B. K. Underwood, sureties; no limit, no
forfeit; plans, «c, tiled.
Same with same, to erect a one-story and a half
building on s line of Channlnir way. 90 Wof
Atherton's, W 40 by S 120. block, Ryer Tract.
Berkeley. Payments": Inclosed $460, brown mor
tar on $150. completed $460. usual 35 days $450;
total $2300; bonds $600: W. Whitney and BE.
Underwood sureties; limitations: forfeit none; no
plans, etc., hied.
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The Painter*' Ball.
The first ball given by the Progressive Broth
erhood of Painters and Decorators oi Califor
nia was held last evening in Turn Verein Hall
on Turk street. The attendance was large and
all hart an enjoyable time. The committee
managing the affair consisted of : J.W.Rose,
president: M. J. Hines, vice-president: E. A.
Israel, financial secretary; V. McAvoy, treas
urer; lred Busae, recording secretary; C E.
hasting, preceptor; C. W. Doyle, conductor; H.
Sullivan, warden; reception committee— C. L.
Ames, C. Merrill, G. Postler, E. H. Winsor, V.
McAvoy, I). Ranipe; box office, P. Lanniu;
floor manager, C. W. Doyle; assistant floor
managers—.). Gorf, C. Ltberge, I. H. Woods, M.
J. Hines, I. J. Burke.
Lithographers in Germany receive $. r > 60
a week; ia France, ?7 17; in England, s7 o7.
BUD WORK IS ALLEGED
Protest Against the Acceptance
. of a New Fire Engine-
THE COMMISSIONERS WARNED.
A Statement That the City's North
Beach Buildings Fall Far Below
Interested citizens have sent to the Fire
Commissioners a protest against the way
the work is beinpr performed on the new
firehouse at Stockton and Francisco
streets, and also protesting against the ac
ceptance of the houses by the City until all
the requirements of the plans and speci
fications are complied with. The matter
Engine-house and warehouse said to be faulty in construction.
will be taken up at the next meeting of
the Fire Commissioners.
From all accounts the trouble has been
caused by the contractor and his foreman
Gurloch, an ex-policeman of Los Angeles,
hiring incompetent workmen. Not long
after the work was begun the Carpenters'
Unions passed several general rules to gov
ern its members.
One was that the minimum wages should
be $3 a day and another that no union
man should work with a non-union man.
N< arly all of the contractors were satisfied
with this arrangement. Wickershau) was
not. As a result, all of the union men
were called off of the building. Garloch
at on^.e hired any one lie could set, so it is
said, and in the protest mentioned the
cause of the poor workmanship is said to be
due to the men who have been employed.
The protest handed to Chief Sullivan
deals first with the engine-house, and com
piains that the side next to Stockton street
is improperly constructed. The rustic bad
to be torn off because it was not put on
properly. That is, the level was not started
corractly. and the Bide bulged out. The
work of putting the rustic back is no im
provement over the first. The improper
construction of the putters made it neces
sary to remove a part of the roof.
It was reconstructed after the plastering
had been put in the inside. While the
roof was off the rain poured in on the
•'green" plaster, which was not iin Droved
by the bath. Another point marie was
that the rear wall of the engine-house was
one and a half inches out of plumb. When
this matter was cailed |to the foreman's at
tention by the authorities he tore off the
rustic and put the men to work with
hatchets to hack off an inch and a half of
studding, and then put tne rustic back
without dressing down the uneven sur
The contract calls for 2x6 studding, and
since the timbers have been hacked by
hatchets, as a substitute for straightening
the wall, rtie studding is only 2x4}£. As
every timber was given the same treat
ment, it is claimed that the entire wall is
weakened to a great extent.
Another objection is that the large
girder in the celiar that supports the en
gine floor upon which the engine will rest
has sunk or settled considerably and wiil
have to be "jacked up" and plates put un
der the ends. Still another point made is
that the butt-end joints and rustics are not
white leaded, as specifically required by the
Regarding the warehouse the protest
calls attention to the fact ti.at some bund
ling workman cut the ends of the cellar
beams in the main too short, which made
it necessary to put on a 2j^-inch "Dutch
man" or piece out the beams to that ex
tent. The next point made is that the
plans call for all "headers" to be doubled
around the piers on the first floor, which
has not been done. Again, the space for
the windows were left too high and the
heavy supporting timbers will have to be
cut down three incnes.
These are only a few of the flaws found
in the construction of the buildings,
which.it is claimed, will most materially
change the class, stubility and value of
the buildings, ana the communication re
cites that the City will be sadly jobbed if
it pays for or accepts either until all these
faults are remedied.
The buildings were contracted for for
$17,000 or $18,000. and people familiar with
this style of architecture claim that it will
cost every cent of this amount to make the
This will make the first work and the
materials almost a dead loss.
So impressed was Chief .Sullivan with
tne protest that he called the attention of
Architect Wilson to- the matter, and de
tailed District Engineers Shaughnessey
and Fernandez to make an investigation
for the Fire Department.
The bandsmen for Contractor Wlcker
sham are to be interviewed upon the sub
ject. When the matter comes up before
the Fire Commissioners a protest will be
entered against giving Wickershatn an ex
tension of time and against the acceptance
of the buildings.
Wben posies inside wedding rings were
first introduced does not seem to be
known. Time lias covered ihat, as he does
so many things, with the mosses of obliv
ion; but we know that from the sixteenth
century until the middle of the eighteenth
it was customary to have them engraved
on rings. These posies or mottoes are
seldom to be found with more than two
lines of verse, and often with only one, but
there are a few instances known where
three lines are used. Some of these posies
are very quaint ana curious, and a few
reach a high standard of poetic beauty.
In 1012 a small collection of rhymes was
published with the title of "Love's Gar
land; or, Posies for Rings, Handkerchiefs
and Gloves, and Such Pretty Tokens That
Lovers Send Their Loves." It contains
some posies that are not to be met with
elsewhere, and is a very interesting work,
though but few people seem to have heard
of it. The South Kensington Museum
has a good collection of posy rings, and
among them wo find the following:
"United hearts, death only parts"; "Let
us share in joy and care"; "Love and live
happily." There is a story to the effect
that Dr. John Thomas, who was Bishop of
Lincoln in 1753, caused to be inscribed in
side his fourth wife's wedding ring:
If I survive,
I'll make them five.
If this be true, and not the fable it ap
pears, we can only judge that the lady
who wore the ring meant to outlive her
spouse. How the 3tory arose is not known,
but most likely it is all imagination, for
we find the same thine said about Lady
t'athcartand her fourth husband in 1713.—
Single Drive-Wheel Engines.
The new type of engine on the Reading
Railroad, which wis built entirely for
speed and has only a single pair of driving
wheels, is exciting much interest among
railroad men and, if entirely successful, it
may lead to some important changes in
locomotive building. It has already
proved itself very fast. In a recent run
from Jersey City to Philadelphia No. 385
hauled eight heavy cars and, in spite of
losing fourteen minutes from unexpected
causes, made her schedule time. The only
places on this run where it was possible to
attain any considerable speed were be
tween Bound Brook and Trenton Junction
and Trenton Junction and Jenkintown.
Between these points the average speed
from start to stop were 54.2 and 52.8 miles
an hour, respectively. The maximum up
grade is 37 feet per mile. From Bound
Brook to Hopewell the distance is 18 miles
and is all uphill. On this grade the loco
motive increased tne speed of the train
from 57 seconds per mile to 51 seconds.
No sand was us°d except at starting from
station. The abundance of steam and the
large cylinders enabled the engine to pull
hard at high speed without exhausting the
boiler. The grate is so large that an in
ferior pea coal is used, which costs but 60
cents a tori.— Philadelphia Record.
ENTER NOT BOHEMIA.
It Is a Country of Which Girls Should
Not Become Citizens.
"The Girl "Who Is Employed" is affec
tionately addressed and wisely counseled
by Ruth Ashmore in tjje December Ladies'
Home Journal. The writer tells the giila
of their doty to their employers and them
selves, discusses matters of dress and warns
them against "the dangerous lana," which
she designates "Bohemia," "which seems
to you so attractive. In reality it is a
country of which you should not Become a
"No matter whether your friends call you
a prude or not, do not permit the social
side of your life to degenerate into a free
and easy condition where no respect is
shown to you as a woman. In Bohemia
there may be some lauehter, but be sure
there are many tears. In that land you
would probably spend all your wages in one
day of festivity, and be a beggar, or worse
still, a borrower for the rest of the week.
"In that land a woman buys one line
frock, too line for her position in life, and
during the working hours she looks un
tidy and always suggestive, by her shabby
finery, of a gay girl rather than a well
bred woman, which is what the busy girl
should aim to be. In Bohemia it is claimed
there is a jolly good-fellowship, and :10th
ing else, between men and women. You
don't want to be a jolly good fellow.
"You want to be a woman who is re
spected not only because of her sex, but
because of herself, and the free and easy
life in which a man offers a woman a cigar
ette, and she volunteers to get for him
something that he counts more cheerful
than a cup of tea, is one which my busy
girl does not want to live. If for no other
reason this would be one. In Bohemia
all women must be young and beau
tiful, and you are not going to be
that forever. So make lor yourself a social
world that will be enjoyable, that will be
pleasant, but where you will be liked wnen
youth and beauty have gone, because of
the good that is in you mentally and spir
LiGHansa Conductors on Ships.— The
story of how lightning conductors came
to be adopted in the British navy is inter
esting. In 18G6 C. Tomlinson, a Fellow of
the Royal Society, described in England
a method of receiving the discharge of a
Leyden jar on a plate of crown glass. He
showed on the glass tree-like figures, with
trunk, branches and spray, and argued
that this was only a miniature representa
tion of the lightning Hash, which was sim
ilarly bifurcated and trifurcated. At that
time lightning conductors were not in
favor, either on land or sea. Dr. Dyne, the
head master of the Highgate Public School,
who consulted Tomlinson as to the desira
bility of a lighning conductor for the new
school building, said he had never seen
a liiihning conductor, and had only a
vague idea of it; furthermore, although
he personally was open to conviction
as to its merits, his profession looked
upon the conductor as attracting
lightning to the place instead oi
repelling it. A similar opinion was held
at the Admiralty. Snow Harris, an en
gineer of repute, who had designed a form
of metallic cond uctor for ships, strenuously
recommended its adoption, and gave the
Government many proofs of the Important
losses which had occurred through its ab
sence. His scheme, which was apparently
ruined by a flash of lightning, was by the
same agency turned into a success. He
obtained permission to erect his con
ductors on ten ships destined for foreign
service. In one of these a flagstaff was
put above the conductor, and in the first
thunderstorm it was shattered by a light
ning-bolt, but no further damage waa
done. This trifling accident was regarded
with grave misgiving, and it was the in
tention of the Government to remove all
the conductors when the ships returned
home. Sir John Rennie was employed by
the Admiralty to erect two victualling
houses at Devonport. Each was fur
nished with a granite chimney rising
sixty feet over the roof. One of
these was supplied with a lightning con
ductor; but before the other was put up
Rennie called on Snow Hill and com
plained indignantly that the charge of
lightning conductors had been struck out
of the estimates. Harris said, "Well,
never mind; nature will avenpe us." The
prophecy was fulfilled in a most extraor
dinary way. A bifurcated stroke of light
ning fell on the two victualling-houses.
The protected building suffered no injury;
the unprotected chimney was torn open
and the building was seriously damaged.
This settled the matter. The lightning
conductor became popular and Harris'
arrangements for ships were adopted, to
the immense advantage of the navy. Har
ris was knighted, received a civil-list pen
sion of $1000 a year, and the House of Com
mons made him a special grant of $30,000
for his invention. Lord Pahnerston, who
moved the grant, said that he "never made
a similar motion with greater pleasure."
Vesselß which have been used for milk
should bo rinsed in cold water before being
washed in hot. Hot water immediately
sets the curd and drives the milk into tbe
HUNTERS VALLEY MINES
Prospectors at Work in Several
Places in the Hope of Hand
NOT HUNTING FOR POCKETS.
Kid-Gloved Bosses and Carpeted Engine-
Rooms Give Way to Practical
HUNTERS VaLLEY, Cal., Nov. 30.—
At what is known as the "old tollhouse"
on the Merced and Mariposa road, six
miles from Hornitos and four miles from
Bear Valley, Hunters Valley opens out
and stretches away down to the Merced
River, eight miles distant. The whole of
Hunters Valley is more or less auriferous,
and prospecting parties are at work in half
a dozen different places. These parties
are not looking for pockets. The attention
of prospectors hereabouts, is now mainly
directed to the discovery of large bodies of
quartz of pnjable quality. Mr. McKenzie
of Coultervilie has a party of men opening
up an old mine with fair prospects.
About four miles down the valley the
old Hunters Valley mills used to stand
twenty years ago. Not a vestiee of the
works now remain. There was a 28
--stamp mill in those days and a flourishing
little town around it. It wns a good little
mine, but could not stand carpets in the
engine-room and a kid-eioved superin
tendent, so it shut down. It has since
been relocated and is likely to be heard of
About a mile from the entrance to Hun
ters Valley is the Horseshoe mine. The
owners are Frank Thorne, superintendent,
John Marshall, 6. E. Nordgren, O. F,
Giffcn and A. G. Clough. The lest named
is Public Administrator and Coroner for
Merced County. The Horseshoe has been
working since last March. It was an old
mine, formerly known as the Eureka. It
had two shafts forty feet each. Thirty
live years ago it produced some very ricli
ore, but was abandoned when water svas
The present owners have a shaft down
105 feet, at an angle of 75 degrees, and
have driven north 100 feet and south about
40 feet. The vein varies from 2to 5 feet in
thickness, and has so far averaged a little
over $11 per ton. About 300 tons have been
crushed. There is a good hoisting plant,
two pumps and a five-stamp batter} 7 , but
there is no gold-saving appliances, and the
Horseshoe owners are a bit short on ma
chinery generally. This, however, is to be
remedied at once, and it is intended to
provide a new engine next month, in
crease the battery to ten stamps and add
the latest gold-saving machinery.
The Horseshoe is well situated for eco
nomical working. Mining timber is to be
had on the ground, there is sufficient wa
ter at all seasons, and lirewood is delivered
at $3 50 a cord. The owner*, however, look
for electric power before long from Merced
Falls, or elsewhere via the river.
The quartz is easy to mill, being of a
fine, "sutrary" nature. At the present
time at least '60 to 40 per cent of the gold is
bein<r lost in the tailings. But the output
is paying a small margin over the expenses
of the mine.
There is a comfortable boarding-house
at the mine and other buildings. Fourteen
men are employed, at average wages of $50
a month and board.
Frank Thorne, the superintendent, is a
native Mnriposan. His fatlrer kept the
hotel at Qnartzburg, two miLea from Hor
nitos, in early days. Quartzourg has now
disappeared and nothing marks the spot
where it stood but the ranch of Moss L.
Mr. Thome's mother is still living and
enjoying her old age at her ranch a few
Catching the Captain.
The captain of a certain large sailing
vessel is probably the most polite officer
in the whole mercantile service. He has,
however, a great idea of his importance
and loses no opportunity of impressing it
upon his crew. In particular he insists
upon being addressed as "Sir" by every
one on board. One day a new hand
joined the ship, and a short time after
leaving harbor, being a seasoned old salt,
he was entrusted with the wheel. The
captain came up and put the usual
"How's her head?"
"Nor'-by-east," answered tie old tar,
"My man," suavely a: iw^red the cap
tain, "on thi?. craft when ou; of the crew
speaks to me he gives rru' a litle of respect.
Don't you think you migiit do so, too?
Now, how's her head?"
"Nor'-by-east, I tell yer," shouted the
tar, displaying not a little irritation.
"I'm afraid you don't quite understand
me," responded the captain, good hu
moredly. "Let me relieve you at the
wheel, and then do you take my place and
ask me the question. I will then show
you how it should be answered." They
accordingly changed places.
v 'Ow's her 'cad?" roared the tar.
"Xor'-bv-easfc sir," replied the captain,
with emphasis on the "sir."
"Then keep her so, my man, whilst I
goes forrard and has a smoke," was the
startling rejoinder from the old reprobate,
who calmly commenced to suit the action
to the word.
For the first time on record the captain
lost hia temper.— Tit-Bits.
It takes twelve tea-plants to produce one
pound of tea.
The low rent makes most of the differ-
ence. Quick sales and small profits make
Which refers to our
CORK SOLE SHOES,
That the highest stores come very near
matching at ?5.
High-rent $4 Men's Fine Calf-dress
Shoe* are $2 50 here.
Go south (of Market street) 100 feet and
"put money in thy purse."
18, 20, 22 FOURTH ST.
Out-of-town shoe-wearers— Send for our