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JUDGE HUSE.
DRAMATIC in many of its details
and full of rniman interest is the
story of Judge Charles E. Huse,
for whose release from the in
sane asylum at Highlands the
most strenuous efforts lave recently been
made. His case has already attracted the
attention of press and public, and if the
contentions of the Judge's friends may ba
relied upon (and the circumstances seem
to indicate that their c'aims are not alto
gether without foundation in fact), then it
is in all probability true that a sane man,
whose mind is still brilliant, even after
long years of association with the de
mented, is being restrained of his liberty.
Asa brief introduction to the particulars
which follow let it be said that Judge
Charles E. Huse, at one time one of the
prominent attorneys of Southern Califor
nia, was in 1880 committed from Santa
Barbara County to the Napa Insane
Asylum. Ten years later he was dis
charged, but immediately sent back to ]
Napa from San Francisco, and in 1894 sent
to the branch asylum at Highlands, in
San Bernardino County.
The friends of Huse maintain that ene
mies conspired to send the attorney to the
asylum and to keep inni confined as a j
means to the success of a plot to obtain i
■possession of a large estate, consisting of
5000 acres of land to which Judge Huse
held some title.
Whether Judge Huse be sane or not, or
whether or not his long confinement
among people of shattered minds has«at
length caused his own intellect to totter
on its throne, may not be said from direct
knowledge; but there is something which [
can De said, with reference to this remark- j
able case, that lends to a portion of the i
story a life coloring that smacks of the ■
olden, golden days, and that equals in its
eiow and glory some of the best chapters
of romance. There is something in the
story that strikes one as deeply as the
Pythian legend. There are heroes in this |
land to-day as picturesque, as noble- i
minded, as self-sacrificing as the best of ;
those whose types adorn the most touch
ing earlier tales of Bret Harte.
Gallardo — lawyer, miner, true-blue friend
of Judge Huse— is a character for a
splendid Western sketch. Xhe indomitable
spirit of '49 is in him, and he exemplifies
an everlasting friendship when he practi
cally declares to his revered old tutor: •
"Enemies may rob you ; but you will never |
rant while there ie treasure in Gallardo's j
mines." He does not merely say it — he
deeds half his wealth to the man in the j
asylum, and then proceeds to battle like a .
Trojan for his friend's release. The pic- '
ture of Gallardo riding down from the
Nevada hills to make a tight in the courts
for Judge Huse— and for no object other
than that of pure friendship— is one that
must excite admiration in every honest
breast.
But the story is best told in these two
chapters — one describing the coming of
"the friend in need"— the other, the sad
spectacle of a man vainly struggling for
what he deems his God-given right; fight
ing, too, against great odds from behind
the bars which have so long imprisoned
him.
"THE FRIKND IX NKKD."
Gallardo Rides From Nevada to Do
Battle for Judge Huse.
SANTA ANA, Cal.. May B.— Few men i
in the ordinary walks of life have excited
more genuine interest amon? those with
whom they have come in contact than
F. V. Gallardo, the shrewd and picturesque
Nevada miner, who rode astride his trusty
steed all the way from Hawthorne, in the
sagebrush State, to Southern California
and inaugurated proceedings to liberate
his old friend, Charles E. Huse, from the
P. F. Gallardo as He Appeared on the Streets of San Bernardino. He Had Come
All the Way From Nevada to Aid in Rescuing His Old Instructor From Con
finement in the Asylum,
[Sketched by a "Call artist."]
Highlands Insane Asylum, in San Ber
nardino Cour.ty. After an exciting con
test in Judge Otis' court in that county
Mr. Huse has been remanded to the insti
tution in which, it was set forth, he had I
been unlawfully confined. But Gallardo,
with the energy and determination which
ar<> bo characteristic of him, has given
notice of an appeal, and evidently intends
to carry the case to the end of the means
provided by law.
It was during Mr. Gallardo's visit to
Santa Ana in quest of Dr. G. W. Hollister,
an old friend both of himself and Judge
Huso, for the purpose of securing him
as a witness in the action, through which
it was hoped to restore the freedom from
the asylum of a sane man placed and re
tained* there through conspiracy, that
some of our people became acquainted
with the curious character, whose life has
been peculiarly balked with reverses and
whose natural keenness and wide cultiva
tion of mind are at once made apparent in
conversation.
The personal appearance of Gallardo is |
one of the most deceiving features of the
man. Attired in a time-worn sombrero,
through the brim of which a pencil is
stuck for safe-Keeping, with fringed and
threadbare coat and vest, blue overalls,
heavy shoes, dark tlainel shirt and a mass
of bandana handkerchief around bis
tiroat, his aspect inspires the conclusion
that the visitor is a rheep-herder or per
haps a wandering old man without even
as good a job. A bushy white beard
covers his face, which is clearly of Spanish
lineage and the entire hirsute condition
evinces dim acquaintance with the barber.
As soon as conversation is opened, how
ever, one is not left in doubt as to the
ability and attainments of this uncouth
lawyer, who refrains from the common
equipments and practices of civilization
either from choice or necessity. Polished
let'ul phrases How from him in a manner
that is truly surprising; perfect command
of the English language is always appa
rent, and the extraordinary precision with
which he settles on dates of events in
years far back is one pf the most wonder
ful exhibitions of the mental training he
has undergone.
Years ago, in 1855. Mr. Gallardo com
menced the study of law under Judge
Huse at Santa Barbara. He was the:i a
young man of 21. Four years later he wa*
admitted to the bar of the Superior Court
of that county, and subsequently gained
admission to all the higher tribunals of
the land. He at once assumed consider
able prominence in his profession, his
aggressiveness, however, making many
enemies. In the older reports of the Su
preme Court there are numerous records
of his cases, in many of which his bristling
shafts of attack are directed at Judges and
other officers of authority.
In ISB3, after a career at law filled with
conditions, successes, reverses, wealth and
almost poverty, this strange man betook
himself to Nevada and began the always
fascinating senrch for precious ore. Three
years later his old friend and tutor, Judge
Huse, was committed to the Napu asylum
and there kept until about two years ago,
when he was transferred to the new insti
tution at Highlands. At Napa Gallardo
once secured his release, but he was soon re
turned there. It is alleged that Mr. Huse's
original incarceration at Napa, and his
subsequent confinement after being re
leased, were made without the examina
tion required by law; that his absence
from Santa Barbara County, in which he
owned some twenty-two leagues of land,
was thus enforced to permit of the undis
turbed working of a conspiracy to gain pos
session of his property, which plan was
successfully carried out. These are the
allegations made oy Mr. Gallardo, who as
serts emphatically that Judge Huse is not
now, nor was at the time of his original
commitment, in the least insane. Dr.
Holiister, after ten minutes' conversation
with him, also pronounced him of sound
minti.
Whether Mr. Gallardo's assertions are
true or imagined, Judge Huse is to-day
an impoverished man, nothing of the
princely domain once in his name remain
ing except part of a lot in Santa Barbara.
Hia faithful friend and pupil, however, has
never forgotten him, and half of the many
mining claims in his possession are deeded
to Mr. Huse.
The long delay in commencing proceed
THE SAN FRANCISCO CA.LL, SUNDAY, MAY 10, 189 G.
ings to liberate his friend was caused by
ill health and consequent adverse financial
circumstances. Three times has Mr. Gal
lardo been stricken with paralysis during
Judge Huse's confinement, each attack
disabling him for many months. The last
of these strokes, as usual, was wry severe,
and it was less than a year ago that he re
covered from the effects of it. At last,
blessed with reasonably good health, he
mounted his bay horse, which transports
him in all his travels, and, seated on a
sack of straw, S9t out for the scene of his
friend's incarceration. The trip, as a
matter of course, was an arduous one for a
man over three-score years, but the in
domitable attributes of his character served
to bear him through without apparent
distress, or even fatigue.
Wrapped in a long, dirty cloth Gallardo
carries' a roll of manuscript, the writing
upon which is executed in an exceedingly
small hand. "When at leisure he adds
thoughtfully to its contents with pen and
ink. It may be his diary, it may be his
history, it may contain information of rich
mines", or it may be a carefully prepared
statement of the case of Judge "H use. At
any rate it is his secret as far as his ac
quaintances in Santa Ana are concerned.
While here Mr. Gallardo dropped some
information which has a more local inter
est than the now celebrated asylum case.
He claims to hold a deed to the original
half interest of Maria Yorbade Burrnell,
daughter of Theodocia Yorba, in the
Rancbo Santiago de Santa Ana, which
covers a large portion of Orange County.
This deed he claims to have acquired in
1567, and asserts that he has never waived
any of his vested rights therein. The title
to the ranch was not confirmed by the Su
preme Court until 1884. Prior to that time
a suit in partition of the estate was
brought before Judge Morrison at Los
Angeles, but Gallardo refused to be a
party to it, claiming that the Judge had
no authority to pass upon matters re luting
to establishing titles to the land while the
Supreme Court had not yet rendered its
decision. Mr. Gallardo says he has no
fears of the statute of limitation, which
would have rendered his title void long
a o, but expresses his determination to
bring suit in the United State- Circuit
Court at Carson, Nev., to obtain possession
Scene in the Courtroom— Attorney Gallardo Examining Joseph A. Johnson— Judge Huse Is Seated at
the Left of His Friend Gallardo.
[Sketched by a "Call" artiiL]
of the land, embracing some 5000 acres, to
which lie lays claim under his deed.
Whether this man is successful either in
liberating his old friend or acquiring pos
session of a tract of valuable land long
since divided up into prosperous farming
regions he at least has entertained those
with whom he i as come in contact in
Southern California and earned the dis
unction of being the strangest character
who has held their attention for many
years. Few who have met him will ever
forget his quaint, unkempt appearance, his
earnest and magnetic eloquence as he dis
courses upon the subjects which now seem
to be his sole ambitions, or his intelligent
old countenance as it lights up with the
fires of hope and determination, and un
less he succeeds in opening the title to the
large ranch, to a portion of which he lays
his antiquated claim, the acquaintances he
has formed in Orange County will have no
cause to recall hiw presence with any buta
feeling of pleasure and interest.
Linn L. Shaw.
THE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERTY.
Correspondence That Throws New Light
on the Remarkable Huge Case.
During the latter part of March, on learn
ing through the newspapers that Judge
Huse had taken legal steps in the Superior
Court of San Bernardino to secure his re
lease from the asylum, and having had no
communication with him for nine years
and desiring to make a simple test of his
present condition, I sent him in care of the
Medical Director of the Southern Cali
fornia Asylum a copy of The Call con
taining one of my "letters from the peo
ple," and also a copy of an lowa news
paper which had published one of my Call
letters, and in response I received from
Dr. Campbell a brief letter, in which he
says under March 30: "The papers sent by
you to Judge Huse will be given him. He
is in the same condition as when received
from Napa. The Judge is still quite enter
taining and bright in many ways, but is
thoroughly insane." On the 9ih of April
I received the following letter addressed to
me from the asylum at San Bernardino:
Dear Sir: I inclose a letter from Judge Huse
to you. In mv letter of March 30 to you I
stafed that Gallardo would probably swear out
another writ to obtain the release of Judge
Huse. This he has done. The Oftse was on
trial for three days, CJallardo and the Judge
amusing [eonsumiSftf] a f;ood deal of the
time. It has been postponed until the 14th
inst. Gallardo stated that he can get testi
mony from San Francisco to show that Judge
Huse was illegally committed and was not
insane, and I think Gallardo named you
as one upon whom he could depend for
such testimony. It is a very unfortunate
Btateof affairs that the Judae has not some
near relatives at hand who could assume con
trol of this case and by some means prevent
ddllardo from continuing his efforts to obtain
the Judge's release. I should bo more than
pleased to discharge or parole him in the care
of his relatives, provided they would assume
the burden. It has placed us in an unenviable
light temporarily, but could not be avoided,
as it would have been criminal on my part to
have discharged the man or paroled him into
the hands of a stranger whom I do not believe
to be qualified to look after him or to have any
legal right to assume the responsibility.
1 hope San Francisco papers will give the
outcome as much notice as they have the pro
ceedings up to date. Yours truly,
M B. Campbell. Medical Director.
It will be noted that the foregoing letter
is dated April 7, while the following letter
from Judge Huse, inclosed with Dr.
Campbell's letter, is dated April 1, show
ing that it was detained a week at the
asylum; and the reader will also bear in
mind tbat this letter from Judge Huse is
in response to the newspaper articles to
which my name was signed, which were
sent to him to see if lie would be able to
identify me and would write to me, and
also to see if he was familiar with the pres
ent state of National affairs and had any
interest in the political situation. Judge
of my astonishment and delight when 1
read in his well-known hand what here
follows, the manner of abbreviating my
middle name being exactly the same as
he had always adopted, the punctuation,
capitals, etc." being given as written:
San Bebnakdino, Cal., April 1, 1896.
Joseph A. Johnson, San FranctMO, Cal.— My
Estebmxd FBIKKO: Day before yesterday (Mon
dny last j.ast) I received two newspapers from
you, one oi which, the lowa (some one
took this newspaper from me, and I do not
recollect its heading), contained au article on
Trusts, corporations, combines, <fee., in which
you conclusively demonstrated that the I'ro
ancei has received, in diminished ratio, less
and less during the past ten reals; and the
Capitalist, during the same time, more and
more, thus absorbing, like a huge sponge, the
greater part oi the proceedsol the producer's
labor; tukiug as the data for your calculation
:lie ligures published in the United States
Census returns.
No man can successfully assail the conclu
sions resulting from your prMmses. The
whole article is logically sound and unanswer
able. It ought to be copied i:no other news
papers all over the country, that the masses of
the people may be enlightened and made to
sec and understand the true relations between
Labor and Capital, and become enabled to
adopt such legislative measures as to bridle
the greed of Avarice and Usury, Trusts, Corpo
rations, Combines and other unscrupulous
unions of wealth to the impoverishment of the
Producer, the Wage-earner, the Warp and Woof
of the Social Fabric. Otherwise, d!<>o.l may Bow
in torrents in this boasted land of Liberty. I
thank you for sending me the newspaper'con
taining your article.
And now I want to tell you how it occurred
that I was forcibly seized and taken from your
dwelling-house and carried back to Napa, I
was at your hou«e just one month, from th'j
24th day of March till the 'J4th of April, 1887.
Yon left San Francisco for a lew days, &c.
[Judge Huse.iutu gives in full the details,
with dates, names of officers, etc., which need
not be given here, particularly ius In my letier
to Dr. Campbell, which appears below, all
necessary reference is made. At the close
the JudC'e says:] "Make a copy of this let
ter and send this letter back with your honest
opiniou annexed to It, stating whether you
think an Insane man bag written it, or whether
it is in my usual style. Invoking for you the
choicest b!t_ OUT Heavenly Kh t her, 1
am, as ever, your old friend, UHAS. K. HUBS.
Having my own misgivings as to the
animus of the asylum authorities, as indi
cated in the dispatches published in the
newspapers and apparently confirmed by
the long delay of a week in sending off
Judge Hose's letter to n\e, I wrote a little
guarded note to him, as follows:
San I ham iso>. A. i « r i l 10, 18f>6.
Iff Dear fifcae; Only God knows how glad
and' grateful 1 am to hear from you once more
in your oiil lueiil mill customary style of ex.
pressing yourself. I have considered well all
you nave written and will do all you request.
I tn.ve just written a long letter to Dr. If. ]}.
Campbell and assured him that your letter to
me "clearly demonstrates that there are few
so-called sune men who are his (your) equals
Insanity and clear intelligence," and I have
, >i|>i enled to him to let you go free on paroie
under the cam of faithful ('iullardo, and I am
sure he will not refuse to do so. Hut you have
waited so long that you can be patient a little
longer. If possible 1 would come to you ou the
next train. Excuse this little letter when mv
heart demands twenty pages in which to speak
to you. As ever yours,
J. A. Johnson.
Here follows the letter to Dr. Campbell,
under date of April 10:
My Dear Sir: I am indebted to yon for two
courteous letters, giving me some details in
regard to the cage of Judge Charles E. Huse.
In reply, 1 desire to impress you with my pro
found regard for him and my most earnest
desire to serve him in the most devoted and
unqualified manner possible, for 1 was more
intimately associated v ith him in Sonta Bar
bara from 18H9 to 1870 than I have been
before or since with any other man; and
during all that long period a day seldom
passed, unless one or the other happened to
be absent from the place, that we did not meet
and in the most confidential and informal
manner discuss al' matters of interest to
either of us, from the affairs of the Nation to
our own private and domestic concerns; for I
think men rarely meet who find themselves
more congenial to each other, with more
tastes, ambitious, hopes and aspirations in
common than we always had, there being no
clash that I can now recall in our views it
sense of duly, except once in a minor political
matter of a local and transient character.
In all those years, Dr. Campbell, I found
Judge Huse the most gentle, patient, generous.
modest, faithful, unselfish, public-spirited,
self-reliant, stable-minded and studious man I
have ever known. He seemed deficient in only
one quality which appears to be requisite iii
our uay to ii complete, rounded and siici essful
man, namely, a lack of self-assertion and
aggressiveness. His love of peace ami dread of
strife would have made him a moral coward
but for an almost abnormal conscience, which
never permitted him to falter for a moment in
the discharge of any duty, however irksome or
distasteful it might prove to be.
His sense of honor, li is unyielding integrity,
his alert conscience and his chivalrous love of
fair play made it impossible for him to shirk
responsibility, resort to diplomacy or yield to
the sugg"stions of policy, and with the aver
age man of mixed motives and pliant con-
SOlence he never got on well, was usually mis
understood and misinterpreted, and hence he
never became popular with politicians and
schemers. While a deeply spiritual and devout
man. his broad and generous nature made him
one of the most toierant of men toward all
faiths and aspirations which tend to make for
righteousness and a pure life. Altruism in
spired and molded his character.
Bucb a man, thus imperfectly characterized,
was Charles K. Huge as I knew him, loved him
and honored him all those years from 1 Sii! » to
1876. On leaving Santa Barbara in 187(3, it
was understood and ngreed between us that
the separation should not be for long. He was
to close up his affairs there, and we were to
settle in Oakland. But as his Dtopefiy was in
real estate and bs dull times reduced price*
and made sales difficult, he held on, and in
the meantime he met with some reverses and 1
Judge Charles £. Huse as He Appeared When He Was First Committed to the
• Asylum Nearly Sixteen Years Ago.
[From a photograph.]
encountered perplexing difficulties which
thwarted his purposes, and after a time I
learned to my utter consternation that he was
in the Napa Asylum for the Insane.
As he states in his letter which you have in
closed to me. after a detention of three months
he was discharged from the asylum and came
at once to my home here in San Francisco. We
wire both i n" need of money and he was greatly
exercised because he could not at once raise a
considerable sum on a portion of his propeity.
In all other respects he was cheerful and ra
tional as ever, with only an occasional and
momentary but utterly harmless hallucina
tion to indicate any inck of mental equilibrium
whatever; and these infrequent manifesta
tions never occurred except when some vexa
tious subject was under consideration. I am
unable to say just how he was sent back to the
asylum, as I waa away from home. On my re
turn I was told that he became violent, a po
liceman in called and he was taken away.
I have little more to add. 1 kept up a cor
respondence wltfa Dt. Doxler Of Napa for sev
eral years ns to the situation of Judge Huse,
his reports bttnsj uniformly unfavorable, and
the last one assured me that there was no hope
of the Judge's recovery. I now own to you
with sorrow and mortilication that I did not
continue my inquiries. His only daughter
lives tn Boston. She is able to care for her
father and I oannoi doubt her willingness to
do so. Hut I will conclude by appealing to you
to let Judge Huse go -forth on parole, once
more to enjoy his liberty under the care of his
faithful friend Gallardo, who may not have
the means to provide for him, but who
has what used to be considered of more
worth than wealth, the rare quality of
fidelity to a iriend in dire misfortune. If you
are riiiht in feeling that you ought to retain
him, it will uot be long before you will have
ample proof t« justify you in recalling him to
the asylum. His letter to me clearly demon
strated that there are few so-called sane men
who are his equals in sanity and intelligence.
Put aside all technical questions as to how he
was committed or why, and forget for the time
that you are an honored officer of the State,
and consider rs a man how highly you prize
your own liberty. Yours, very truly,
JOSEI'H ASBVRY JOHNSON.
While I do not charge the asylum man
agement with intent to defeat Judge Huse
in his great eftort to secure the necessary
proofs to show that he had large posses
sions in land, both in Santa Barbara and
Ventura counties, to refute the chief claim
of the medical director, Dr. Campbell, that
Hu.-e was insane, because he had a fixed
delusion that he ha:l large landed prop
erties; yet the following letter from Huse.
written April 10, was not mailed from
the asylum, where it lay in the custody
of Dr. Campbell until the 18th, eight days,
while its contents will show that such de
lay worked a serious disadvantage to
Huse, who expected an immediate answer.
And I give the letter verbatim to show
exactly the style and manner of the man,
who now writes in reply to my brief letter
to him:
San Bernardino. Cal., April 10, 1896.
J. A. Johns<n—yAx Dear Oli> Friend and
Christian Brother: My matter of the "writ of
habeas corpus," tried for two days, has been
adjourned till the 14th of this month.
1 need you here. Let nothing hinder you
from coming. It is of the most vital impor
tance to roe.
Your expenses will be paid here, both for
coining ami returning to San Francisco.
Please bring with you "Mason's History of
Panta Barbara anil Veutura/' Also ft tile of the
Santa Barbara Press iv the year when the
tremble waa concerning the big rancho. if
you can find it bring also that purt of the
Times, Boust's paper, in which the squatter
articles were published, and to which you
fearlessly, manfully, nobly replied, while Mr.
Jietts was our minister. Your old and fast
friend, as heretofore, Charles E. Htse.
P s.— lf you cannot arrive here by the 14th.
be here as soon after that day as possible. I
must have your testimony. I cannot suuply it
by any other witness. C. E. Huse.
This letter was not mailed till the 18th,
as before stated, and on the 17th 1 was
served by the Sheriff of San Francisco
with a subpena to be in attendance on the
Superior Court in San Bernardino on the
23d. I left on the steamer Santa Rosa on
the 19th (Sunday) at 11 a. m., having no
knowledge of the existence of the letter,
which was delivered at my house on Mon
day, the 20th, and immediately remailed
to me at San Bernardino, where I received
it when it was impossible for me to supply
the proofs named in the letter. This let
ter was put in evidence by me as a wit
ness after I had shown it to Dr. Campbell
as a witness and asked him for an explana
tion, which was to the effect that lie was
away from the asylum for a day or two
and he was sorry that it had been delayed.
He made a similar explanation as to the
delay of six days in the mailing of the
first letter of April 1.
On the morning of the 23d, at 10 o'clock,
1 met Judge Huse at the Courthouse, and
he at once recognized me in a very hearty
manner. We were given an opportunity
to converse together on the steps of the
Courthouse for three-quarters of an hour,
and when called to the witness-stand, in
response to a question by the court, I testi
fied that had 1 closed my eves an«l made
allowance for the loss of Judge Huse's
teeth, which gave his words a muffled
sound, I could not have recognized any
difference in the Hus • of 1876 and 1896. so
far as the tenor and substance of his talk
were concerned ; that he had greatly
changed in appearance from an erect and
alert man to a bent old man, unkempt, ill
dressed, and his manner wholly changed
by the loss of his glasses, as he is ex
tremely near-sighted, not being able to
distinguish a friend's features two or three
yards away.
Tue trial lasted three days, and I was
called to the stand as a witness each day,
my testimony mainly relating to Judge
Huse's leading characteristics as a lawyer
and as a man, and to his property inter
ests, including his contention with squat
ters and others who sought to dispossess
him of his property, more particularly of
the great rancho known as the "Los
Prietos y Nujalayeirua." In summing up
the ca«e and rendering a decision, which
occupied an hour. Judge Otis stated that
he hail never experienced more difficulty
in reaching a decision in any case, and in
remand'ng Judge Huse to the asylum it
was rather to secure for him the proper
care which he needed on account of cer
tain harmless hallucinations and personal
peculiarities and habits which might be
the result of his continuous confinement
for so many years and in constant associa
tion with inmates who are unquestionably
insane.
If it had been shown to the court during
the trial that any competent person stood
ready to care for the petitioner (Huse)
and render him such attention and ser
vice as it was certain, from the testimony
adduced and not contradicted, he at times
would be sure to need, there would be no
valid objection to granting his petition to
be released from further restraint. In
giving the substance in brief of the deci
sion the local daily newspaper, the Times-
Index, closes the report in these words:
"At the same time Judge Otis stated that
he had rarely seen, in court or elsewhere,
such a remarkable memory and evidences
of strong mentality, and that few attor
neys at the bar were able to conduct an
examination with more ability or to state
a legal proposition more clearly."
in consultation with Judire Otis in his
chambers, after ihe decision and the court
had adjourned, he urged upon me the pro
priety of taking steps at once to secure the
appointment of a suitable guardian for
Judge Huse and assured me that there
would then be no obstacle to prevent his
release from the asylum. In several con
versations which I had with Dr. Campbell,
in charge of the asylum, he gave me un
qualified assurance that he would have no
hesitation in releasing Judge Huse in the
care of a guardian who could and would
take proper care of him. It has been my
privilege for many years to have pleasant
relations with Judges of our State Su
preme Court, and I desire to say
here that I know of no one of them
in twenty years who was or is the supe
rior, in judicial temper, legal attainments,
mental balance, logical acumen, power
and clearness of statement of Judge Otis
of the Superior Court in San Bernardino,
or who is held in higher esteem by the
community in which he resides.
I will close by saying that in a private
interview with Judge Huse, with no one
in attendance, I became thoroughly satis
fied that he should not be discharged until
he has a proper guardian to care for him ;
but Ido think he should be released as
soon as possible in charge of such a guar
dian, and that it would be a crime to de
tain him when such guardian can be se
cured. Joseph Asbury Johnson.
MINNIE, A NEW JERSEY CAT.
Trouble Made by Her Prejudice Against
Singing and Loud Preaching,
When Minnie was born no one in the
household could see that she gave promise
of being unlike other cats. Her mother
was a tabby cat of graceful form and af
fectionate disposition, but not remarkable
in any other way. Minnie was a tabby,
too, and, like her mother, of small and
narrow build. She soon developed a
strong affection for the daughter of the
tamily, a girl of 12 years, named Lucy.
When Lucy was at home she and Minnie
were constant companions. Minnie usually
took regular open-air exercise, but she was
sure to be by Lucy's side when Lucy was
ready for school and to accompany her as
far as the garden gate.
Then she would leap to the top of one of
the gate posts and watch until her mis
tress got out of sight. vVhen Lucy came
home Minnie never failed to meet her at
the street corner and accompany her back
to the house, capering about her feet, or
sometimes springing up to her shoulders.
Lucy had to do a great amount of prac
ticing at the piano. Minnie would sit upon
a chair near by and blink with apparent
appreciation all through the preliminary
practice of scaies and finger exercises.
When these were over and the etudes were
begun she would arouse herself and climb
to Lucy's shoulder, where she would
remain, occasionally rubbing her cold
nose lovingly against Lucy's cheek. As
soon as the practicing of pieces began she
would spring over to the top of the piano
and seat herself. At times, when the
rnasic especially appealed to her, she
would glide down to the keyboard and
with one of her little forepaws strike two
or three notes in succession and look up
into Lucy's face as if she would say, "You
see, 1 can do it, too." Then she would
resume her place on the piano cover and
remain until the hours for practice were
over.
Thus the music lessons passed for many
days, but on one eventful day Lucy began
to sing. Minnie's hair rose on end. She
lashed her tail from side to side, and in
blind fury she chased round and round the
piano top until she seemed to spin. Lucy
stopped singing.
Minnie quieted down and jumped into
her lap for caresses and consolation.
Presently Lucy resumed the sineing. Then
Minnie gave voice to her feelings. She
howled and wailed until the whole family
— mother, auntie, grandmother and the
boys — came to see what was the matter.
Nobody ever tried to practice singing in
Minnie's presence again.
Minnie was as good about the house as
a watchdog, starting at a strange step or a
noise, and a ring at the door bell would
take her at once to the door, where she
would stand and growl and spit until she
was assured that all was right.
One Sunday evening Lucy and her
mother and aunt started for the Methodist
church at the far end of the big New Jer
sey city where they live. Alter going a
considerable distance they discovered that
Minnie also was a member of the party.
She often followed them about the streets
near home, but as she wrfs not wanted that
night, they took pains to see that she was
bent back. When she was out of sight
they went on. They reached the church
and took seats. The service besan.
Then, to the horror of the party, Minnie
slowly walked forth from their pew, passed
up the aisle and took a seat upon the altar
rail facing the congregation. She sat blink
ing at the people. The preacher arose and
announced his text. Pretty soon he grew
excited, shouted his words "ol warning and
pounded nis desk in old-time Methodist
style. Minnie, too, grew excited. She be
gan walKine back and forth along the altar
rail. As the preacher became more .and
more vigorous in his language and gesticu
lations her tail swelled and she lashed it
back and forth. Finally she burst forth
with howls and wails which drowned the
preacher's voice.
A deacon came to the rescue of the
preacher and tbe service. How he secured
Minnie and what he did with her Lucy
does not know, for she was too frightened
to look; but when she and her mother and
aunt reached home after the service Min
nie met them at the corner as if nothing
unusual had happened.— New York Sun.
BOTANICAL CURIOSITY,
It Is a Most Unusual Growth
of a Eucalyptus Tree.
About the most grotesque tree to be
found in California is one growing on a
ranch near Warm Springs. It is an or
dinary specimen of the eucalyptus variety
and was planted about ten years ago along
with a lot of others, it being the owner's
| intention to make them serve as a wind
break.
For some mysterious reason all died ex
cept one, and that has, as the farmers say,
"all gone to stalk." At first this tree
made a very slow growth, but did not at-
Strange Growth of a Eucalyptus Tree
Near Warm Springs.
[From a sketch.]
tract attention as anything unusual. It
showed no disposition to be anything but
a sapling. It gradually grew higher and
higher and never put out branches except
at the top.
The tree is now nearly ninety feet high
and all there is to it is a pole of a trunk
with a bunch of sickly looking leaves at
the tip end.
It is much higher than trees of this
species generally, and the straightness of
the trunk is also remarkable. The bark of
the tree is as it should be, and so is the
wood. The conditions of the locality
where the tree i 8 planted seemed particu
larly adapted to it, so no reason can be
given for its growing as it does.
This tree can be seen for miles around,
as it rears its bunch of leaves high above
the level country. It is of no earthly use
and certainly cannot be considered an or
nament, but the owner of the ranch lets it
grow as a curiosity, and says there is no
telling what it will eventually turn into.
Musical Item.
The minister. Parson Downyconch, was
at dinner with the Chaffie family. Johnnie
spoke up and said:
"Can a church whistle?"
"Why do you ask, Johnnie?" asked the
clergyman kindly.
"Because pa owes $12 back pew rent,
and he says he is going to let the church
whistle."
After the clergyman had taken his de
parture there was a vocal solo by Johnnie.
— Texas Siftings.
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