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OF THE REGENTS
Time Limit of Sutro's
Deed of Land Has
First Fiscal Year's Allowance
of $125,000 Must Also
BOARD SURPRISED IN SESSION.
A Committee Appointed to Unravel
Complications and Reopen
The repents of the State University
rubbed their eyes yesterday and drowsily
awoke to a knowledge of the fact that one
half of tho sum of |250,000 allowed for
building the Affiliated Colleges most lapse
to the State treasury, because building
operations cannot be commenced during
the present n?cal yeur.
There remains under the allowance for
the nsca! year beginning July 1, liMJ, the
remaining half ($125^000). and so the work
will go on if nothing forbids and the Leg
islature be requested to inappropriate the
When the regents thought themselves
clear of the woods in this direction and
were consoiins ihemselves with assur
ances of tbe Governor that the good Legis
lature which shaEl convene next winter
•would do the right thing it was inciden
tally discovered that the gift of land which
Mayor Sutro made to the college had also
•peed or would lapse r.ext Tuesday, be
cause a condition of the deed requiring
work of construction fo begin within six
months had not been fulfilled.
This lapse was discovered by Governor
Budd, who was colling up data and
records to ascertain what Sr.tro had really
agreed to do in the matter ol building a
great public library on land adjoining the
Affiliated Colleges, General Houghton,
Judge Wallace, J. \Ve«t Martin and Attor
ney Mhoon were explaining that Mr. Sutro
hr.il approved the contract concerning the
library, bnt had not signed it. While a
discussion was pending to have the law
committee see the Mayor and get his sig
nature before the plans, specifications and
builder's schedule were sent to Sacramento
for approval. Governor Budd, who had
been examining some papers, exclaimed:
"Gentlemen, your deed of land from
Sutro for the colleges has lapsed. The six
month-' time for beginning work has ex
A tire of questions ensued.
"When »aa the deed made? 1 '
"What i;- the date of «cknowledg
'What are the conditions about begin
ning work within six months?"
So much animation was manifested that
some of the resents arose to their feet to
make inquiry, and the body of learned
men. hitherto slower in movement than
the great glacier of Alaska, was in per
Secretary Borne looked the gift deed in
the face and replied that the date of the
instrument was October S, 1895, and the
date of acceptance by the board Novem
ber 12, 1896. The date of acknowledg
ment was not entered.
Tbe laymen on t he board looked at Judge
Wallace and Judge Wallace looked at the
The Governor, who had been reiterating
the assertion that he would not as Gov
ernor, acting with ihe Treasurer and Sec
retary of State, approve the plans while
Sutro's name was unsigned to the library
proposition, evidently perceived that
the Mayor, tinder the sudden turn of
affairs, held the position of advantage,
leaving the regents landless.
Something had to be done, so it was
resolved to direct the law committee and
attorney Mhoon to see Mayor Sutro at
once. The law committee was re-enforced
by the addition to it of Judge Slack and
J. B. Reinstein.
Judge Wallace announced that the com
mittee would meet at the Mayor's office at
1 o'clock to-day. Presumably the whole
ground will he retraced at to-day's meet
ing. The Mayor may make a new gift or
exi°nd the time on the old deed. He may
increase the acreage of the library land
from six to thirtaen acres, as he has been
talking about some enlargement of the
library donation. On the other hand he
may decide t<> wait.
Architect Krafts attended the meeting
yesterday and his estimates of the aegre- !
gate cost of constructing the college build
ings was presented by J. West Martin.
The estimates, including commissions, ad
vertising and sundries, amounted t05252,
--980, but the amount for the construction
proper is $237.5-*t.
Regents Martin. Phelps, Houghton and
Halhdie were convinced that the bids
would come under the sum.
The Governor directed that the estimates
should be reduced before they were sent
to Sacramento for approval, He could not
approve for a larger amount than $250,000
—the sum named in the law.
A long discussion ensued to discover
some way to make the allowance of $li r > 000
for the iirst fiscal year available. Supreme
Court decisions were cited, precedents
mentioned, and the advice of Attorney
Mhoon was frequently solicited.
Under the peculiar wording and restric
tions of the law the attorney couM not see
how the money could be drawn from the
treasury except on Controller's warrants
In payment for work actually dore.
All the regents were assured that the
bids would be very low if contractors
could be assured of getting their money i
In summing up the situation Attorney
Mlwon *aid the State orlicers taking
cognizance of the situation might take !
some plans unknown to him to make the
lirst year's allowance of $125.000 available
The discussion disclosed the fact that ;
tic attorney prior to last December had j
written to Governor Budd asking for the i
withdrawal of the money from the State !
treasury, ami before Christmas the Gover- '
nor retried that it could not be done.
It was resolved alter long discussion to
approve the plans on estimates reduced to
$:-'. r >o,ooo and forward them to Sacramento
for the approval of the Governor. Secretary
As v linal effort to get this fiscal year's
allowance of $12. r >.ooo the members of the
Law Committee, re-enforced by Slack and
Reinstein and led by Judge Wallace and
Attorney Mhoon, are to see Attorney
The Governor said if the Attorney-
General would consent to have the money
drawn from the treasury on a guarantee
of the regents that it should be used to
pay for work contracted for he would not
opi>ose the withdrawal.
About this time in the proceedings the
lapse of the Sutro deed was discovered,
and so the whole matter of conferring
with the Attorney-General is to be de
ferred until the Sutro negotiations are
again reopened and finally closed.
The regents attending the session
yesterday were: Governor Budd. Hal
lidie. Martin, Houghton, Wallace, Way
mire, Kellogg, Marye, Crocker, Phelps,
Chase, Black, Foote, Slack, Reinstein and
DEED STILL GOOD.
Mayor Sutro Will Give the Resents
All the Time They
Mayor Sutro was interviewed last even
iug on the subject of his deed of lund for
the Affiliated Colleges. He said: "I will
give the Regents all the time they want to
erect the buildings. It makes no differ
ence about the failure to begin work
within six months. Tlie land given to the
University for this purpose is the finest
snot on the peninsula of San Francisco. I
understand now that the appropriation of
$125,000 for the first year is lost by the de
lay. I do not believe that the college
buildings will be erected."
"What will prevent their erection?" in
quired the reporter.
"Why, the octopus," replied Mayor
! The Chinese Inspector Fares Badly
With the Federal Grand Jury.
Out on Bonds.
As was expected, the United States
Grand Jury yesterday indicted Richard
Williams, the Custom-house inspector, on
four different counts. He at once furnished
bonds for $2000, and was released. His
bondsmen were George W. Duffield, Joseph
j Goetz and O. S. Peck.
Williams is charged with receiving $100
1 from Tons Chee on November 13, 1895, for
the landing of a Chinese woman named
Ah Moy ; $85 from Chan Ting for the land
ing of Chin See Hung on November 6,
1*95; $100 from Wong Sara for lauding
Wong Sing Choy on September 1,1875;
$!K) from Young Jim for landing Wing
Quock Floo on September 19, 1895.
Wiliiams declares that he will be able to
clear himself before a jury, ana says he is
I anxious lor a speedy trial."
NEW PRISON DIRECTOR.
James H. Wilkens Will Succeed
Robert T. Devlin on the
The News Is Not Received With
Unalloyed Delight by All Parties
Governor Budd has given the Board of
State Prison Directors a little surprise by
appointing James H. Wilkens a director
I in place of Robert T. Devlin, whose term
i expired last January. The appointment
was announced yesterday, and the news of
it was not received with unalloyed delight.
Mr. Devlin had been making quite a
sturdy light to keep his place, and was for
a time believed to be certain of reappoint
Warden Hale, also, is said to regard the
appointment with little favor.
lint the Governor had control, and was
evidently determined that he should show
his power. It is understood that he is far
from satisfied with the present administra
| tion at San Quentin, and that his appoint
ees are pledged to do their best to bring
about the Democratic idea of prison man
As now constituted the Board of Prison
Directors consists of Mr. Wilkens and
Robert Fitzgerald, Democrats, and E. J.
; de Pue. J. 11. Neff and D. E. Hayes. Re
! publicans. The prevailing idea is that if
i Warden Hale loses one ot the three Re
i publican voles his removal will be assured,
! in which event K. P. Hammond is named
|as his probable successor. Rumor says
that Messrs. ue Pue and Hayes have beea
, given to understand that their resigna
tions would be accepted with thanks, but
! the resignations are not forthcoming. On
1 the contrary both directors cling to their
; posts with a tenacity apparently born of
In case one of them goes, the Governor
Is said to have announced his intention to
appoint Charles .^onntag on trie board.
So mucti mystery surrounds the entire
! matter that little "of a deh'nite character
can be affirmatively stated. All parties
concerned are very reticent, but something
is evidently brewing.
Meanwhile the board is to be congratu
lated upon the accession of Mr. Wilkens.
He is a Baltimorean, perhaps 38 year 3of
age, and bas resided at San Rafael for a
number of years. Upon his graduation
from the State University he adopted civil
, engineering as a profession, though he
I has also been editor and proprietor of the
San Rafael Tocsin. Last year he was
i elected Assemblyman from his district,
'■ while he bas already had some experience
as a State Prison Director, having been on
the board during the incumbency of Gov
WOMEN FRANCHISE DAY
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Institutes a New liay of . Observance
Which Is Strictly Californian.
The State Executive Board of the
| Woman's Christian ' Temperance Union
held its twenty-fourth quarterly meeting
Much of the time was expended undoing
the work of the last meeting, during
I which were made extensive preparations
j for the National convention, which at
i that time it was believed would be held in
The contingent of this coast regrets ex
ceedingly that a change of plan has been
! made in the matter of a convention city.
j The members feel _J without the impetus
j which they expected the convention would
j give the movement on this coast— that the
work for the , eleventh amendment . cam
paign will be far more arduous.
Preparations were made for the proper
observance of a day to occur henceforth,
on April 27, and to be known tut "Fran-
I chise Day." Public meetings will be. held
I all over the State. The programmes are
i to consist of suitable exercises, speeches
| and debates on the subject of woman's
The idea originated with Miss Sarah M.
: Severance and is purely Californian. April
i 27 was chosen to honor the State Presi
! dent, Airs. Peat, who was born on that
Arrangements also were made for the
annual school of methods, to be held at
Pacific Grove next June.
It was stated during the meeting that
an ensign tea and scissors party would be
i given by the Westminster Church Union
j at 398 Oak street on Friday, April 10.
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DIED FROM HER BURNS.
Emma Mayer, the Victim of an Un
fortunate Accident, Succumbs to
Emma Mayer died yesterday morning
from the effects of burns.
She was lighting a fire at her home, 708
I Lombard street, Friday last, when her
apron caught the flames, which soon en
veloped her clothing. She rushed into
her mother's bedroom in a blaze of fire.
; Her mother was in bed at the time, but
, with another daughter went to the girl's
j rescue. Before they succeeded In extin
! guishing the flames the victim of the acci
| dent was badly burned.
Even-effort was made to save her life
by Dr. Halle, but she passed away yester
; day Her limbs and arms and bodY were
I badly burned. The Coroner look charge
of the body and an inquest will be Held.
The manufacture of razors by machinery
has become an important industry in Ger
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 1896.
Nineteenth Session of the
Grand Lodge of Cali
ROLL OF MEMBERSHIP.
Grand Master Toohy's Report
Replete With Interesting
AGE LIMIT HAT BE RAISED.
Over One Hundred Delegates Receive
the Grand Lodge Degree in the
The Grand Lodge of the Ancient Order
of United Workmen of California held iis
nineteenth annual session in B'nai B'rith
William Vinter, Grand Foreman A. O. I . W , Who Will Be the Next Grand
[Reproduced from a photograph.]
Hall yesterday morning, afternoon and
The session was called for 10 a. m., but
long before this time delegates came pour-
Ing in as fast as Mecca pilgrims, and soon
the matn floor of the large building was
crowded to its fullest capacity.
After attending to routine business.
Grand Master Workman D. J. Toohy
presented his annual report, in which the
members of the Grand Lodge were con
gratulated on the flourishing state of the
organization. The report also dwelt at
length on the immense good that had
been accomplished in aiding the widows
and children of deceased members.
A high tribute was paid to the Degree of
Honor, or ladies' branch of tbe order.
Said the speaker:
"It is unnecessary to commend your
favorable attention to this important
factor of our order. It is worthy of all the
assistance in your power to give and every
effort, official or non-official, that will be
potent in promoting its interests ana en
larging its scope for good.
"The Degree ot Honor operates under its
own grand jurisdictional government, but
this offers no excuse for members of this
order to be slow In extending the helping
hand to our noble, self-sacrificing sisters in
their attempt to make their organization
familiar to every hearthstone in this great
country. You let a Degree of Honor lodee
gain a footing in any community, and it
won't be long before a Workman lodge
ca?ts its banner to the breeze in that same
community. Hence, we cater not only to
our chivalric sentiments but our material
interests as well when we add a timber to
the foundation of our co-ordinate branch
of tbe A. O. U. W. every opportunity that
The report then dwelt on the condition
of the order, it seems that there is a
slight decrease this year in membership,
but the speaker predicted that the gain ot
next year will strike the note of the "for
ward march," and in the triumphant in
crease in numbers and prosperity make all
foreet that the past ever contained any
"The great political parties have their
off years," added the speaker. "Why
shouldn't benevolent organizations?"
Judge Toohy, in his peroration, warmly
thanked the officers of the Grand Lodge
and the district deputies for the good and
timely aid given him during his term of
The next report filed was that of Grand
Recorder D. S. Hirshberg. It showed that
during 1895 $550,000 had been paid in
death claims, which numbered 268. The
total expenditure for the year was $590,242,
or an average of over $49,000 per month.
For the year there were 470 initiations.
276 transfers and admissions by card and
23 reinstatements to the order. The losses
by death were 263. There were 785 suspen
sions, 277 transfers and withdrawals and 3
expulsions. The total membership De
cember 31 was 16.050 ; the membership at
the beginning of the year was 16,614; a
loss of 564.
The grand medical examiner recom
mended that the age of limit be raised to
fifty years, and said that he thought this a
better class of risks than many young men.
He also advised that some grand officer be
empowered to inquire into the intemper
ance of members, and that those who vio
late the rule of temperance should be re
The committee on financel reported un
favorably against moving from the Flood
building on the score of economy.
All the reports of the various officers
and committees having been filed, the de
gree of Past Master wasj conferred on the
150 entitled to it.
At 2 p. m. the Grand Lodge held its aft-
| ernoon session. Over one hundred dele
i gates from all parts of the State received
: tbe Grand Lodge degree.
Many new amendments had been
I drafted, and at this session were given
| into the bands of the proper committee.
! It is not expected .hat they will be ready
to report before to-morrow.
At the evening session the two degiees
of the order were conferred by what is
called the Oakland drill team" upon six
candidates. At the close a series of fancy
! evolutions were given by the team, elicit
: ing great applause. The attendance was
; larger than either of the two preceding
I sessions, rilling the hall and the galleries
To-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock sharp
the election of Grand I,odge officers for
the ensuing year will begin, and what is
called the conclave of mogullians will con
j fer that knightly degree upon a large num-
J ber of candidates, so Mr. Barnes says, in
i the evening in the hall of Valley Lodge,
j at 32 O'Farrell street.
. The Grand Lodge of the Degree of
! ".onor, or ladies' annex of the main lodge,
will be>;in its annual session in the Masonic
department of B'nai B'rith Hall to-mor
-1 row morning.
The Kind of Governess Wanted.
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ment: "Young lady required as governess
for one little girl, aged 10. As she has un
happily lost a leg it is considered possible
that more sympathy will be shown by a
lady in a similar position; preference,
therefore, given to such."
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RELIGIOUS THOUGHT AND PROGRESS
An Epitome of Sermons of the Week
Throughout the Land.
Following is a summary of the principal
sermons recently delivered in the United
States and Canada by the leading clergy
men, priest*, prelates, religious teachers
and professors of the Christian faith. Id
every instance the full text has been care
fully read and abbreviated.
True brotherhood is the cure for all evils,
both individual and national, social and po
litical.—Rev. K. C. Gift, Lutheran, Seranton, Pa.
The growing American vice is gambling. It
pervades all society. It is formed in child
hood — the boy playing marbles for keeps or
shooting craps. Nearly every tobacco, store
has some gambling device, which plainly is
prohibited by law.— Rev. C. B. Mitchell, Meth
odist, Kansas City, Mo.
R. W. EMERSON.
The first article of Emerson's religion was
the existence of mind in the universe, and his
second article was the fact of man's relation
ship to the original mind, from whom man
derives all heroisms, character, virtues, as
pirations. A more devout believer in God
never breathed. His God-consciousness was
the foundation of his faith and of his life.
—Rev. A. W. Martin, Independent, Tacoma,
CHRISTIANITY AND WEALTH.
The atheist of to-day is indebted to Christian j
ideas for the great comforts of his home and !
children. It has been said that the difference
in value between the real estate in the heart of
Africa and the heart of America in just Chris
tianity. Christianity is preservative of the
wealth of the world, in counteracting the
forces which destroy it.— Rev. J. A. Story, Meth
odist, Springfield. Ohio.
CARE OP THE SOUL.
In the midst of our business affairs we are apt
to forget the eternal interests of the soul. We
are justified in laboriug for the body to keep it
in proper health, and we do this to accomplish
a temporal end. Why not lay aside some of
our time in putting on garments for the soul,
which is eternal and lives forever?— Rev. M. H.
Dunn, Catholic, Wilkesbarre, Pa.
REFORMS OF SLOW GROWTH.
Growth is a slow thing. Trees look the same
from day to day, almost the same from year to
year. \ou measure your child's height to
day. It is the same to-morrow. There are
only a few inches differences in twelve months.
Causes and principles grow more slowly than
trees and children. Expansion is not an in
stantaneous process. Reforms are not yet run
by electricity.— Rev. W. H. Moore, Presbyter
ian, Doylesville, Pa.
I have no patience with the Christian igno
ramus. A man has no excuse for being ig
norant of the Bible. If he can read he can
know the Bible and not be humbugged by
every sort of silly doctrine that may be
preached. It is a shame that every doctrine
under the sun has its followers and all because
of the ignorance 01 its disciples.— Rev. Paul
Whitehead, Methodist, Richmond, Va.
Agnosticism is a Greek word, meaning not
knowing, ana strictly might be applied to a
state of mind relating to all manner of sub
jects of which we are ignorant; but is used
solely with reference to objects which we call
I spiritual— God, immortality and so on. There
is very little pure agnosticism in the world.
Many who call themselves agnostics are not
properly such.— Rev. W. R. Lord, Unitarian,
St. Paul, Minn.
Confession may be said to be the safety valve
of conscience. The priest in the confessional
can keep a secret. When any person has told
his sins to the priests those sins are as though
they had been buried iD the very depths of ihe
ocean. A priest will stand any torture before
he will reveal anything told him in the con
fessional. There is not a single authentic
instance in all the hundreds of years of the
history of the church of the violation of the
secrecy of the confessional.— Rev. Father
Power, Catholic, Montgomery, Ala. .
St. Patrick taught Christianity in the spirit
of love and the brotherhood of man. We
should think of him because he belongs not to
j a sect but to the people. He takes a place in
i the history of Luther and all great reformers,
' and a fitting monument to his memory is the
j thousands of Irish hearts that keep ever green
the remembrance ot his work for God and hu
manity.—Rev. Dr. Long, Congregationahst,
Every city wants good streets and good sew
erage and suitable school buildings and public
works ot various kinds. The affairs to be at
tended to in a city are not political, but finan
cial. \ A city is like a great business firm. Poli
tics ought not to have anything to do with
city elections. The very best men to manage
important public enterprises ought to be
chosen to office.— Rev. Cyrus Richardson, Con
gregationalist, Nashua, N. H.
CUBA LIBRE. .
Let us sympathize with Cuba. Let us plead
for her rights and the liberties in the name of
religion of the brotherhood of man in the i
! name of the love note that speaks so clear and '
high amid the splendor of our nineteenth
century civilization. ; If this fails then let us
wrap around Cuba the Stars and Stripes— Old
Glory— and say to Spain and all the world
"Fire if you dare."— Rev. Francis Marston,
Presbyterian, Columbus, Ohio.
EDITORS AND PREACHERS.
The fact that journalists differ among them
selves and from the preachers on religion and
social questions should not surprise anybody i
who knows how much the preachers differ I
themselves -on- the same -questions. The I
preacners seem "to want the whole earth" of !
journalism a little too soon, while the editors i
whose outlook upon the world is wider, are
obliged to be economical with their preaching I
in order that their newspapers fulfill their
great distinctive , mission — publicity.— Rev.
John Grtmths, Presbyterian, Scranton,"Pa.
To send a sinner to endless hell is no more a
victory over sin than to corral the social evil
within certain plague spots is a victory over
that vice, or to banish all the Hawaiian lepers
to Molokai is a victory over leprosy. - The only
victory over sin, as over physical disease, is to
cure i .— not to shut it up in any kind of nether
world, there to propagate and fester and put
refy to the end of infinite: time.— Rev. C F
Henry, Universalist, Cleveland; Ohio. ...
Colonel In person is a glorious champion of
human liberty. There is no one on the plat
form who has done as much or is doinc so
much to free the individual from kingly or
priestly tyranny. He has genius, he has a great
heart, he loves humanity. No man of this gen
eration has such power to stage his thoughts.
His audience never wearies of his word-naint
ing or fails to respond in . joyous appreciation
Ten years ago, in a public address, I thanked
God for the French Revolution and Colonel
Ingersoll I believe they are both precursors
of a better -Rev. W. B. Craig, • Christian
Church, San Antonio, Tex. g> Clmsll(ui
THEN AND NOW.
- We have no right to conclude that the ante
diluvians were worse than mankind at other
epochs of the earth's history. We do not read
that they; were guilty ot idolatry, and they
were far from being so deep ; in * the slough iof
iniquity as the Sodomites and some of our
modern Babylonians. There cannot be much
doubt that the earth was as thickly populated
then as now. The sun pursues the same path
in the heavens, and the moon; presents > the
same phases, and the - nights distill the same
rains, and the seasons come ana go, and day
and night alternate, and the winds -blow and
the zephyrs sigh, and the flowers exude their
fragrance, ana : all things are as they ever
ware-Rev. R. Duffy. Episcopalian, Laramie
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Scarcity of Corks.
"It may seem a trivial thing to you *•
said a well-known druggist, "out one of
j our greatest annoyances is about corks.
j I nave been in the drug business for nearly
j fifteen years and I feel sure that my expe-
I rience is no different from that of every
| other druggist. The trouble I complain of
j is thatof almost ninety-nine out of every 100
! persons when presenting a bottle for medi
cine will invariably retain the cork until
you have filled the bottle, put a cork in
and tied it up, when they will say: 'I
have the cork.' This may seem a trifle to
j kick about, but corks cost money, and
! then there is trouble occasionally to find
I one to fit a bottle properly. The amount
of money we lay out annually for corks
might be cut down fully 50 per cent if our
customers would only think."—Philadel
A Faithful Dog Postman.
He is a faithful, cautious official, the
hero of the East Sullivan dog stoiy. Don,
the dog postman, has been taught to carry
the mail daily across the field to the home
of G. E. Simpson, a distance of about one
fourth of a mile, where he makes known
the arrival of the mail by barking at the
i door, and, although not a Government
! employe, exacts his pay in the form of
something to eat, and will bark until his
demand is granted. One day last week he
carried the mail as usual, but on arriving
at the house could not gain admittance, as
Mr. and Mrs. Simpson were away andj as
it was about noon, he was anxious to de
liver the bundle of papers to get his com
mission. As the only person about the
place was a young man hauling' wood (a
| stra .ger to the clog), he would not give up
: the mail, but with a crestfallen counten
: ance brought it back to his master. The
| Bar Harbor Record thinks there are
) emptier heads than L>ons. — Lewiston
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