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FOUR SUPERVISORS UNDER ANOTHER CLOUD
Charged by Southside Resi- 1
dents With Accepting
GRAND JURY INVOKED.
Alleged Measures to Prevent the
Extension of the Pound
DUNKER'S PORCINE PRESENT.
Intimation That Nothing Was Too
Small in the Game of Grab
Another charge of "boodle" is to be
placed at the doors of four of the most
illustrious members of the "Solid Eight."
It comes from that part of San Fran
cisco just beyond Bernal Heights and
is coupled with an accusation that the
municipal officers in question acted so as
to retard the advancement of the neigh
borhood and even jeopardize the safety of
The nature of the accusations can be
gathered from the following letter, which
has been prepared for the Grand Jury and
will probably be in the hands of that body
by this afternoon:
* San Fbajtcisco, Dec. 8, 1895.
To the Honorable the Grand Jury of the City
and County of San Francixco— Gentlemen: I
wish to call your attention to a matter which
I am satisfied will, upon investigation, prove
to be an example of municipal corruption.
The officials concerned are Supervisors Benja
min, King, Dunker and Morgenstern.
A short history of the matter will assist in
getting at the facts.
Some time ago an inmate of the Lick Ola
Ladies' Home was attacked by a steer running
loose on the streets in that part of £an
Francisco just beyond Bernal Heights. She
died of the injuries". Children going and com
ing from school were often attacked and their
young minds shocked by the cattle roaming at
large in the same part of the City. So a re
quest was made of the Supervisors in Novem
ber, 1894, that they should extend the pound
The old board refused. The matter came be
fore the Health and Police Committee of the
Board of Supervisors, consisting of Benjamin
(chairman), King, Dunker, Morgenstern and
Dimond, in February, 1895. They, with the
exception of Mr. King, agreed that the exten
sion was really needed and promised that the
ordinance should be passed. But a deiav en-
Bued, during which the milkmen collected
money from brewers, butchers, cattle and hog
dealers, grocers and others, and as a result the
ordinance was not passed.
Since that time these milkmen have talked
and revealed the fact that money was paid to
some members of that committee to effect a
change of their minds on the desirability of
the ordinance. It may be remarked here that
Supervisor Dimond voted for i: to the end.
A. M. Sollinger was told by Mr. Theis of
Bowers & Theis, milkmen, that money had
been paid the Supervisorial committee.
\. Mrs. Bowers, who has a milk ranch near
Silver avenue, told Frofessor John Pfenninger,
the florist, that Kohn, ihe cattle-dealer at Mis
sion and Thirty-first streets, had contributed
$1000 to beat the petition and would pay more..
Nager oi Nager Brothers, milkmen, advised
those trying to get the extension of the limits
that their work was useless, as the milkmen
had raised too much money to be beaten.
Mr. Ofeman, a groceryman at Tenth and
Howard streets, admitted to Professor Pfen
ninger the contributing of money to the milk
James Rasmussen can tell of the amount of
money raised by the milkmen at a secret meet
ing held the night after the petition came be
fore the Supervisors.
Martin Johnson of the People's dairy was
concerned in collecting the money used in in
fluencing the Supervisors.
One of those who were assessed was Mr.
Gradwohl, a stock-dealer on the San Bruno
road, within the pound limits, who has ad
mitted to Professor Pfinninger the payment of
A milkman named Barridori told a reputable
man, who told Professor Pfenninger, that a
bargain had been made with the four Super
visors, who were paid $1800.
The above and other matters can be elicited
by subpenaing those above mentioned. Re
spectfully yours, Heney Tessmer.
The above complaint to the Grand Jury
has been long in contemplation. For
months the neighbors have talked angrily
of the way their rights were overridden.
The burden of their conversation has been
"boodle" and the Supervisors. Gradually
they have learned more of how they had
been beaten, and with the knowledge came
indignation, which has finally found its
Mr. Tessmer, by whom the letter was
prepared, is a man of family who has
etriven for what he considers to be his
rights as a citizen and property-holder.
He told the story of his wrongs yesterday.
"There are about thirty milkmen and a
dozen hog-raisers in the neighborhood,"
he said. "Some of these men bave only a
35-vara or 50-vara lot, just enough to build
a milking shed on. Then they call their
place a milk ranch.
"The way they manage to have a dairy
is that they turn their cows out to graze
on the public streets. The hog men let
their animals run loose, too. As a result
great precautions must be taken if a house
holder wants to raise a garden of any sort.
And often precautions are useless, as the
wandering animals break down all bar
"But this is not all. The lives of our
women and children are in danger. An
old lady at the Lick Home was knocked
down by a steer and fatally injured. A
young heifer attacked my wife, bruising
her so severely that she was unable to
leave the house for some time. A cousin
of mine came over to visit us from Ala
meda. His children were chased around
the house by a bull and narrowly escaped in
jury. Pupils of the public schools are daily
imperiled, while their eyes often witness
outrageous things which should never oc
cur before children, and especially not be
fore little girls.
"The neighbors knew they were asking
for nothing but what they were entitled to
when they asked protection for their per
sons and property from marauding cows.
But they were not surprised when the old
Board of Supervisors utterly ignored their
petition. They took new hope when the
new aboard came in and in February of
this year they handed in a petition asking
that the pound limits be extended so as to
include the Old Ladies' Home and the res
idence district between Bernal Heights and
the Five-mile House.
"We took it before the Health and Police
Committee and a majority of the members
were at once with us. But Mr. King said
no from the very first. You Bee, his son
in-law, Mr. Roberts, is one of the milk
men and supplies miltf to the City and
"We were much pleased at our reception.
Mr. Benjamin, the chairman of the com
mittee, declared tbat we had been imposed
upon and promised that he would clear
the streets for us in a short time. Still
Mr. King held out and at last he got Mr.
Benjamin to delay action. This gave the
Highest of all in Leavening Power. — Latest U. S. Gov't Report
milkmen a chance to get money together.
"They held a meeting and raised some
money. They went about openly getting
contributions. They levied on every one
"The brewers sold them several thou
sand dollars worth of slops each month.
This gave them tliat support. They en
listed the wholesale butchers to whom
they sold their cows, and the stock dealers
from whom they bought them. Certain
grocers and saloon-keepers largely patron
ized by the milkmen were also made to I
subscribe. The dairy-owners themselves
were particularly generous.
"And now what do you think they did
witn that money?
"To be sure they had an attorney, but
his lee could not have been great. What
was left over was for some purpose. What
that was can be judged from their talk.
"One of the Na^er brothers told me, |
'There's no use of your fighting. We've '
got the money and you can't get anything.
You might as well join with us.' Other
men heard the same thing.
"Albert C. Heyer. who is a clerk in his
father's grocery-store at 500 Third street,
was told by Mr. Dunker that he, Mr.
Dunker, had received a 90-pound pig be
cause of the way he had voted on the
pound-limit petition. Think of it— a pig.
It looks as if nothing were too small for
these Supervisors to overlook. Doesn't
Mr. Tessmer had many stories of the re
marks let drop by the milkmen as to how
they had secured their victory. These, he
thinks, will enable the Grand jury to adopt
a line of questioning that will get at the
"We think there has been bribery. If
there has the guilty parties ought to be
punished. But it* is not revenue we're
looking for so much as the overthrowing
of the unjust oppression from which we
"We have a delightfully situated neigh
borhood, but it don't grow, because people I
who come out are frightened at the liberty '
with which the cattle go everywhere. And ,
you can't blame them for going away dis- j
gusted wheii you know that you will be
laughed at and told that ezemse is good
for the health if you complain to the ;
owner of an animal's having chased you a :
block or so."
Another man who is in deadly earnest
in this matter is John Pfenninger, a liorist, |
living at Somerset and Wayland streets, j
He owns a block of land on which he has i
resided for many years. It is all under
cultivation, and he* has suffered so Ire- ;
quentiy from the depredations of maraud
ing cows, whose owners only laughed at;
his demands tor reparation, that he at last
decided to take the case before the Super
visors anu beg them to extend the pound |
He was not alone. Ex-Supervisor Good
win loaned his influence. G. W. Haight,
the attorney for the Lick Old Ladies'
Home, and Henry A. Crane, one of the di
rectors, appealed to the Supervisors. New- ■
hall Brothers, Walter Crane, C. B. Hoi
brook, P. J. Kennedy and others urged |
the granting of the petition. The story of I
the failure of their arguments has already
been related. j
But Pfenninger has not despaired. He
has been threatened with bodily injury,
and has been reviled, but he has kept on j
the even tenor of his ways. And every ,
time he got a chance he would begin to
pomp the dairymen, and frequently :
elicited damaging testimony which he
carefully jotted down, usually in his diary.
The result is that he would be a particu
larly interesting witness for the Grand
One of the most important bits of infor
mation is under the date of May 18, only
a short time after the Supervisors denied j
his petition. Then a neighbor told hiru i
that $1800 had been paid to the Super
visors by the milkmen. The neighbor had
received this information, he said, from a ;
milkman named Borridori, who said that ';
a bargain bad been made with the com- i
mittee for tbat sum. Mr. Pfenninger re
fused to give the name of his informant,
saying that he had been pledged to secrecy
before the man would tell anything.
"I have received other information simi- ,
iar in import that I have every reason to
believe is* true," he said. "One day 1 rode
on the cars with Mrs. Bowers, who owns a
milk ranch near here. She told me my life
was not safe, hs I was living alone. She
said that the miltmen had raised much
money and there was no chance of win
ning against that, and urged me to cease
my exertions, which would only cause me
"A stock-dealer named Gradwohl told
me he had contributed $20 to the milk
men's funds. He is in the pound limit.
"Mr. Ofeman, a groceryman at Tenth
and Howard streets, has admitted that be
gave money to help the cause of the dairy
Mr. Pfenninger had a note made after a
second conversation with the Mrs. Bowers
mentioned above. In this he has recorded
that she told him a cattle-dealer named
Kohn, living at Mission and Thirty-first
streets, had contributed $1000, and was
willing to give more if necessary.
The dairy of Bowers and Theis adjoins
Mr. Pfenninger's property. A man named
Sollinger, working for Mr. Pfenninger, told
him one day that Theis had said the Su
pervisors had been "fixed" by the milk
men, who had raised a large sum of
"Who is Sollinger?" was asked.
"He is a laborer. He is honest and
would not swear to a lie, I know," de
An interesting conversation, of which
Mr. Pfenninger has a note, is one with one
of the Nager Brothers. Mr. Nager then
said that it was useless for Mr. Pfenninger
to continue his struggle, adding that
'right" didn't count, and money was the
•'I have made a careful computation of
the properties held by the milkmen," said
Mr. Pfenninger. "They control only
about 10 per cent of the land of the dis
trict. Most of them are renters. Their
'milk ranches,' without the public streets,
usually consist of small lots, the possession
of which they have made the excuse for
running their stock upon their neighbors'
property free of rent. This means many
thousands of dollars for the milkmen, but
is a great injustice to the holders of the
other 90 per cent of the property."
A ROW AT A PARTY.
Four Young Men Cut With a Penknife
on OTarrell Street.
The Imperial Social Club gave a dance
yesterday afternoon in a hall on O'Farrell
street. There was no end of good things,
such as sausages and steam beer, and by
5 o'clock in the evening mirth and revelry
was in full swing. About that time there
was a little variation to the programme
and the pleasure-seekers and musicians
repaired to the entrance to watch the sport.
Several of the livelier element had become
mixed up in a manner interesting alike to
themselves and to the spectators.
Chairs were upset and several were re
duced to kindling wood upon the heads
and shoulders of the revelers. Occasionally
a bottle would be heaved into the human
mixture, to be kicked out a minute or two
later in the shape of ground glass.
The amusement became more interest
ing when it was discovered that several of
those most interested had had their cuticle
punctured with a knife. About that time
TILE SAJN JbKAJNUISCO CALL, MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1895.
the police decided to look in upon the
scene of merry-making, and a number of
the young men, disliking the idea of being
seen in the company of San Francisco
policemen, tock their hats and departed.
In so doing they tore and soiled their Sun
day-go-to-meeting suits by climbing over
a back fence. * , „_
However. Officers W. W. Wilson and W.
F. Brophy apprehended three of those
who seemed "to be having the most fun.
They were Joseph Doyle, aged 21; George
A. Fletcher, 24. and Walter Guiin, 20.
These young men had been punctured in
many places about the bead, face and
body with a penknife.
They were sent to the Receiving Hos
pital, where their injuries were dressed,
and a little later they were locked up in
the City Prison with charges of disturbing
the peace opposite their names on the
While the officers were at the hospital
James P. Doyle, aged 24, walked in to get
court plaster put on a large assortment of
knife wounds he carried on his face and
arms. He, too, went with his friends to
the City Prison. The young men will not
state who cut them, but it is believed one of
the wounded prisoner* was the culprit.Flet
cher'shand is cut as though a penknife had
suddenly closed over his fingers. None of
the crowd are badly cut.
THE GUARD STARTLED.
Consternation Among the Citi
zen Soldiers Over the
Officers Speak About the Grave
Situation in State Mili
The National Guardsmen about town
yesterday looked as if something had hap
pened to them. All of the jauntiness
which is supposed to hedge a uniform
when there is a man in it had suddenly
and completely disappeared. They were
generally in a gloomy mood and the
moods ranged anywhere from mild dissat
isfaction to the ultimate depths of despai:.
At the armories yesterday and last night
there was only one theme for discussion,
and that was the reorganization, and the
way it all happened. Officers and men
gathered in the company quarters and had
a good long taik over a situation unparal
leled in the history of the service. Singu
larly enough the superior commanders
had kept the matter remarkably quiet, and
the guardsmen were entirely unprepared
for the astounding news. For some time
they bad difficulty in realizing that not a
gingle regiment exists in San Francisco.
But the Sacramento orders weie satisfac
tory evidence, and nothing was left but
material for speculation upon the sort of
things wnich are now liable to happen.
The San Francisco regiments, which
were formed ir.to battalions by the con
solidation of several companies, have lost
their old commanders and their regimental
designations. Colonel Bush, Colonel
O'Connor and Colonel Macdonald are bar
ren of their silver eagles, ami any number
of officers of the staff have lost Iheir glit
tering jobs. Lieutenant-coionels have sud
denly scaled the promotion ladders as far
as independent command is concerned,
and majors are very important entities in
the administration of National Guurd
affairs. These startling changes bave set
the entire institution rocking upon its
foundations, and it is very doubtful if any
sort ot order will be secured for a week or
Within a few days an order will be is
sued calling for the election of a colonel
and lieutenant-colonel of the new First
Regiment of Infantry. With the exception
of two vacancies in the line of the battalion
which used to be Colonel O'Connor's regi
ment the office. s are ready to gather and
select a new commander. The choice will
undoubtedly fall to one of the former regi
mental commanders, they naturally hav
ing trie lead of all other National Guard
ofiicers. The contest promises great
things, however. The colonelcy of the
only regiment in San Francisco is worth
trying for and no effort will be spared by
the friends of the several candidates to win
the prize. The battalions from the former
regiments are evenly divided as regards
officers and if these officers decide to vote
for their former chiefs a tie will surely re
suit. Some lively campaign will have to
be done to gather enough votes for a
General "Warfield was seen at the Cali
fornia Hotel last evening in reference to
the changes in his brigade. "The briga
dier-generals," he f-aid, "had nothing
whatever to do with the method of organ
ization. The Board of Location and Or
ganization had decided upon a plan of
action before we were consulted. Wh'.'ii
we were called to Sacramento on last Sat
urday it was to hear about the proposed
reorganization and submit a few minor
propositions concerning the formation of
our brigade. We had nothing to do.
When tne Governor proceeded to read the
order which was published yesterday I
was for a moment durafoundea.
"This battalion business startled me,
until I afterwurd learned that the batta
lions were to be formed into regiments.
About a twelve-company regiment ? Well,
in other States it has been a success, and I
think it should be here."
Colonel Bush, who commanded the First
Infantry before it was reduced to a batta
lion, happened into the California Hotel
last night to find out how the land lies on
the revised military chart. Tiie colonel
ws not bubbling over with information,
and principally for the reason that he had
none. "I am quite as much at sea as any
one could be,' 1 he said. "I have received
no orders, and, although I believe the pub
lication in The Call this morning is from
the adjutant-general's office, I shall bave
to await something more official. Really,
I know nothing and can say nothing about
the matter. 1 '
Colonel O'Connor of the old Third was
seen at his residence last night. He said :
"I am certainly sorry that the condition
of things should require such radical
changes, but I do not see how it could have
been otherwise. I am convinced tbat the
change has been in the interest of the
Bervice, and I am satisfied. The Legisla
ture appropriated money for a certain
number of companies, and when it was
found that the money wouldn't go round,
some of them had to go. The men of the
Third will be found ready to work for the
welfare of the new regiment in any circum
Colonel Macdonald, who commanded
the former Second Artillery, declined to
express himself upon the military situa
tion. "I have received no orders," he
said. "I was not consulted about any
changes, and I have nothing to say about
the matter. However, lam interested in
the well-being of the service, and am pre
pared to help it along."
NOT E. M. COMYNS.
Wrongfully Represented as Defendant
Instead of Defendant's Attorney.
Through an error yesterday's Call was
made to say that E. M. Comyns had ap
plied to Judge Troutt for a writ of ; habeas
corpus, in order to be released from jail.
As a matter of fact 'it was Otto Norman,
charged with burglary, who wanted to be
released from prison, and Mr. Coinyns, as
his attorney, applied for the writ. : In
making it appear that the attorney was the
one to be benefited by the writ, the article
did Mr. Comyns an injustice.
- — "'" »'"» •— : ' ' . '
The Fire Record.
The alarm from box 287 at 11:30 last night
was for a lire in a one-story frame building on
Sanchez street, between Twenty-ninth and
Thirtieth, owned by P. Kiernan aud unoccu
pled. Loss $10. Cause unknown.
Our engraved plates for visiting cards and
invitations are perfect. We use Crane's,
Hurd's, Whiting's and Marcus Ward's papers.
Nothing on earth better. Prices right on every
thing. Sanborn, Vail & Co., 741 Market Bt. •
ROSS NAMES HIM TO-DAY
Who Will Judge With Attorney
Foote, Father Yorke's
DR. CASE ON THE CONTROVERSY
Thousands Crowd Metropolitan Temple
to Listen to His Eloquent
The letters of Father P. C. Yorke, pub
lished yesterday in The Call, in which he
names Attorney W. W. Foote as the law
yer selected by him to be a judge of the
points of issue in the controversy between
himself and the Rev. Donald M. Ross will
be replied to by Mr. Ross in a letter to
The Call, which will appear to-morrow
morning. Mr. Ross said last evening:
"I would not write a reply on Sunday
for Monday's publication, but will have
one ready for Tuesday. I have not de
cided as yet what lawyer I shall choose,
but there are several whom I have in view.
You may rest assured that whoever that
lawyer is he will be a man who will stand
ATTORNEY W. W. FOOTE, WHO HAS BEEN SELECTED BY FATHER YORKE
TO ACT AS JUDGE IN TIIE CONTROVERSY WITH REV. DONALD M. ROSS.
[From a photograph.]
up for the pure and simple truth and who
is above corruption in the matter of fat
"It may be that the organization will j
send as far as New York for a lawyer, but i
I cannot say as to that. In my letter of
reply, however, to the Jotter last written
by Father Yorke, I will state whom I have
An immense number of people thronged
to the t-ood citizenship meeting at the
Metropolitan Temple yesterday afternoon
to listen to the address of Rev. Dr. W. W.
Case on "The Pope and Politics."
H. W. Quitzow opened the meeting with
the following words:
"The enemy we now under the search
light of the A. P. A. The light is turned
on the doctrines they have taught, and so
the light is turned in this controversy that
confront us between Rev. Donald M. Koss
ana Father P. C. Yorke."
Dr. Case said, in part :
The first question this afternoon that occurs
to me is: "Where are we at— what a>-e we here
1 myself am not here to berate or traduce the
lar;?e class of citizens among the Roman
Catholic citizens, and who make up the laity
of that church.
I pity those thousands of people who are
now in superstition and paganism, because
they were trained in countries where there
were no schools.
I have no word of censure for the good
women working for the Catholic church. The
greater portion of them work, with a high and
noble purpose lor the suffering ones of hu
But if there are institutions where sin ex ists
under the guise of impiaculateness it is to be
hoped that God's sunlight will come and pour
into those places and into all the dark and
lonesome places on the face of the earth.
I learn, Mr. Chairman, that you have been
stirring up the clouds that obscure these dark
places, and I feel confident that before you
have done the light will shine and make all
I am not here to go into a theological dis
cussion of Catholicism, but I am strongly
averse to the confessional box as an institution
of this our country.
I am not hereto Influence anybody against
the Catholic people, but this does notactend
to any Roman Catholic manipulation of pol
The Catholics did fight in our past wars, as
has been said. They did do all they could to
ruin this country.
I like that kind of Irishmen who fight for the
stars and stripes.
Any system of religion or anything else may
be corrupted until the large mass of the neople
may be brought into degradation. The politi
cal manipulations of any church are deplora
Thank God for old gloryl Under the stars
and stripes of liberty in Protestant America
we are free men and women.
I am glad to see such an audience as this in
terested in not hurting anybody ; not burning
anybody at the stake, but interested only to
correct our erring brethren. We want those to
understand who would infringe on our rights
that we are here and we are not to be stepped on.
The meeting was closed by the remarks
of Rev. C. A. Uabing, who said:
We have witnessed some things in these past
days which we have wished for, and I believe
this is the sigh ot the spirit of the times. The
enemy has fouii'l out by this time that we have
come to stay. We stand not alone. We have
heard the echo of the npirit of approval from
multitudes with us that are afar off.
God created this life for a purpose. That Is
for each one of us to find life and worK it out
to the best end.
We need a good, earnest American education
for our boys and girls. Then they can combat
the evils that surround them.
W. W. FOOTE WILL ACT.
Suggests That Mr. Ross' Man Be
Neither a Member of the A.
P. A. Nor a Catholic.
OAKLAND, Cal., Dec. 8.— "I have de
cided to act on the committee of lawyers
who shall decide which is correct in their
statements— Father Yorke or Mr. Ross,"
'said W. W. Foote to-night. "At first I
refused to have anything to do with it, but
I have a good reason for changing my
"This is the history of my connection
with the priest, tUe parson and the point
at issue, borne time ago I met Father
Yorke at a reception given at a wedding.
He had married a young friend of mine,
and after the ceremony I met Father
Yorke and I thought he was a rather
"When this controversary arose I was
asked by my young married friend to act
in behalf of Father Yorke. I thought that
I was to listen to a long theological argu
ment in public and I declined to have any
thing to do with it.
"Some tim« later Father Yorke called
on me and showed me four propositions.
He .said we would not have to do anything
but to see if Mr. Ross' contention that
these four assertions were to be found in
Roman Catholic publications or not be
correct. On the showing made that I could
attend to the matter without any incon
venience I consented to be one of the
judges. I do not know the merits of the
case yet, but I understand the matter is to
be submitted to a committee of lawyers in
intelligent form and we are to be the
judges of the points at issue.
"1 am willing to do this and merely sug
gested that the man named by Mr. Ross
should not be a member of the A. P. A. nor
a Roman Catholic. Mr. Ross, I believe,
names his man and the two of us will
agree on a third,
"As to Rev. Ross, I have never seen him
and never heard of him in my life till I
have seen his name mentioned in the pa
"1 have not read the various articles that
have been published, and know nothing of
the merits of the case.
"As for myself, I am an Episcopalian,
if 1 am anything. I was brought up an
Episcopalian and was baptized or sprinkled
in that faith. All my children were re
ceived into that church, and old Father
Akerly baptized them all. I would never
have allowed my name to be mentioned
in connection with this matter if I had to
pass on theological subjects, but we have
merely to give a written opinion regarding
certain points tnat shall be submitted to
i us, and that, I think, I can do. I have not
yet given a thought as to who the third
man may be, and at present have not any
| body in view. Neither have I the remot
est "idea as to whom Mr. Ross will ap
METHOD OF JUDGING.
G. A. Hubbell Says the Patriot's $100
Is Contingent on the Produc
tion of Proof In a Hall.
The following letter has been received
from G. A. Hubbell of the American
Pzrtriot defining the terms of his offer of
' $100 in the controversy, as contingent on
: the production of proof in a public hall:
San Francisco, Dee. 8, 1895.
To the Editor of the Call— Sir: In the pohti
: cal controversy between Peter C. Yorke and
Donald M. Ross, Peter C. Yorke appears as the
challenger, Donald M. Ross ns the challenged.
I Donald M. Ross has the right to choose the
i time and place in which to produce the proofs
! for the four propositions, or the substance of
1 them, lie did so. He also chose six evenings,
! between the Ist and '28th of February, 1596,
' in which to produce the proofs. Mr. Ross in
■ his letter of November 30 said: "Let us choose
: three lawyers, as you suggest, and lay our case
i before them in open court/ "Don't shut out
j the public."
In consequence of this open court
i the Patriot agreed to put up $100
|as required in Mr. Yorke's challenge
November 27. Mr. Yorke in his letter
of December sth says "the proposition suits"
I him "admirably." Consequently the friends
of Mr. Ross procured the Mechanics' Pavilion
for six evening! between the 9th and 15th of
February, 189G, where the jury could sit and
hear the evidence in this case.
Now comes Mr. Yorke in his letter of Decein-
I ber 8 and says these lawyers, the jury, "can
I arrange their own time, place and method of
i passing upon the questions to be submitted
according to the terms of the agreement." As
I Mr. Yorke's last letter has raised some douDt
about his agreeing to Mr. Ross choosing his
own time and place, and as the Patriot's $100
in this case is. as the Daily Report puts it, con
tingent on the production of the proof in a
hall before the public, with three attorneys for
umpires, the Patriot will be pleased to hear
irom Mr. Yorke.
"Post Scriptum." — In regard to that spelling:
Mr. Ross trusted to a stenographer. I was not
the stenographer. I am not a stenographer nor
a typewriter: The copies were typewritten. I
had read the original and copy. At the re
quest and in the absence of Mr. Ross, I loaned
my name. G. A. Hubbell,
Manager P. P. Company.
The Question Comes Up on Argument
Before Judge Morrow.
The habeas corpus case of Gee Hop
proved a rather interestine one to Juage
! Morrow of the United States District Court
j Saturday, for the reason that the Chinese
claimed to be a naturalized one.
The petitioner said he was naturalized
hy the Court of Common Pleas at Cam
den, N. J., in 1880.
About a month ago he applied to the
court here for a landing. His attorney,
Lyinan Mowry, argued that he was just as
much entitled to a landing as a Chinese
born in this country. The Chinese has in
his possession a passport signed by James
Assistant United States District Attor
ney Schiessinger contended that the nat
uralization was void under the American
laws, and recalled a decision by Judge
Sawyer in support of his argument. Judge
Morrow took the matter under advisement.
Two People Missing:.
The police have been requested to assist in a
search for two missing people. One is John C.
Gilando of Concord, Contra Costa county, who
started for San Francisco three weeks ago, and
since which time his wife has not heard from
him. He Is 45 years of age, is 5 feet 6 inches
in height and weighs 225 pounds. He has
dark hair and a black mustache. The other is
Mrs. Hannah Seek of San Jose, whose husband
snys he fears her mind If unbalanced. She is
52 years of age. Mr. Seek thinks the woman
may have come to this city, as she formerly
kept a lodging house on Eddy street.
Mark Hopkins Institute of Art.
This is the last week in which to see Mu
rillo's masterpieces. Thursday's will be the last
concen, the exhibition closing Saturday even
ing, December 14. *
THE HOJMY TBADE!
The public is Invited to Inspect our magnificent
stock of NEW GOODS of every description and espe-
cially imported by us for the HOLIDAY TRADE. The
assortment is the largest and most complete ever shown
In this city.
LADIES' Kid Gloves, Silk Gloves, Lace Scarfs, Fine Um-
brellas, Lace Neckwear, Silk Skirts, Initialed Hand-
kerchiefs, Silk Waists, Feather Scarfs, Fancy Aprons,
Embroidered Flannel Skirts, Ribbons, Lawn Hand-
kerchiefs, Embroidered Handkerchiefs and Fancy
GENTS' Kid Gloves, Scarfs, Suspenders, Silk Umbrellas,
Merino Hose, Dress Shirts, Collars and Cuffs, Silk
Handkerchiefs, Silk Underwear, Silk Mufflers, Wool
Underwear, Silk Reefers and Plain and Initialed
We are also showing an elegant assortment of High
Novelty Black and Colored Dress Patterns, Novelty Silks^2
for Waists, Dress Trimmings, Fancy Ribbons, Lace Bed
Sets, and Silk, Satin and Sateen Down Comforters and
600 dozen LADIES' FRENCH KID GLOVES, embroid-
ered backs (all sizes), in all the new shades,
$1.00 a Pair,
ill. 113, 115, 117, 119. 121 POST STREET.
£0 cents a square for sixty-
That's the shortest way to
put it. We know all about
this butter— have sold it for
years. It is the best creamery
butter there is.
32* cents a dozen for eggs
— instead of 40 cents.
These two don't bring us
any money of course ; but
they give us the good will of
everybody who buys 'em-
advertising, we call it; only
you get money, not the
Monday, Tuesday and
Our Christmas pretties,
(Christmas - tree ornaments,
table favors, snapping bon-
bons, etc.) and everything else
are all here, and there '11 be
nothing more later. Big va-
riety — not so many of a kind
as there were last year — so
those who come first, etc., etc.
Tea — good present for an
old lady; and Ceylon (Bee
Brand ) is the best we know
of. London got hold of it
first — lucky London 1 But of
course it wasn't tea until an
Englishman said so but
Ceylon grows enough for both
San Francisco and London.
ONLY 50 CENTS
FOR A SQUARE OF THE
Finest Creamery Butter.
We said the Finest Creamery Bnttsr.
35 Gts per Dozen
FOR THE CHOICEST
IRVINE BROS.' STORES,
1302 POLK ST.. 1421 STOCKTON ST.
570-572 HOWARD. 308-310 FOURTH ST.
THE POT CALLED THE KETTLE BLACK
BECAUSE THE HOUSEWIFE
By the way, don't boil it,
don't let your water/ boil.
Bring the water to the boiling
point, take it off the stove,
put it in your tea, pour it off
in three minutes.}
That gives you the tea, not
50c, 60c, and 800.
Packages sealed to keep the air out
Other teas are better known
and better liked — good things
as well as good men often
wait a long while for apprecia-
tion ; and Ceylon is not the
only good tea either.
Other Teas 40c. to $3.80.
Cigars— a delicate part of a
If we talk ElReposo all the
time, you'll think we have
•5.50 to $14 a hundred, according to slxa.
We have n't every good
cigar there is, there are too
many. But there are, as you
know, several characteristic
kinds of cigars, and we have
one or more of each kind—
first-rate of course ; we have
nothing but first-rate— cigars
BOWEN & 436 Pin,
-fV JOE POHEIM's, the Tailor. For holiday trada
all the latest designs of Woolens now In.
Suits Made to Order from SIS. OO
Pants Made to Order from 84.00
Overcoat* Made to Order from. .830. 00
Full Dress Swallow-Tall im-
ported and Silk-Lined from 540.00
Perfect Fit Guaranteed or flo Sale.
JOE POHEIM, THE TAILOR.
■'<><. -'«» 5 Montgomery St.,
794 Market at. and 1110, 1113 Markets*.