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Reddy Must Go to Court to
Gain Control of the
LINES OF RESISTANCE.
Law Contemplates That There
Shall Be Just Cause for
H. E. HIGHTON'S CONTENTION.
Acting Mayor C. L. Taylor Holds Gov
ernor Budd Responsible for Debas
ing Politics in the Board.
The aid of the courts will be invoked to
prevent the displacement of Superin
tendent Weaver of the Almshouse. Henry
£. Highton has been engaged as counsel to
present the case to the judicial tribunal
and demand that civil service and local
sovereignty shall receive some considera
tion in the management of public institu
tions in San Francisco.
Mr. Highton was seen yesterday by a re
porter of The Call and asked what form
the court proceedings would assume. He
said that he had not yet given to the sub
ject the attention it would require. It was
very clear to hie mind, however, that Mr.
Weaver could not be lawfully removed
without "just cause." The court might
consider whether just cause could be es
tablished without investigation. In the
proceedings for the removal of Mr.
W eaver there was no investigation of the
facts to determine whether just cause ex
isted for the removal of the superintend
ent. Mr. Weaver had not been allowed
the opportunity to disprove the charges
brought against him. There was no trial
in which he was represented by counsel,
although he demanded investigation.
Again the law requires the vote of four
members to remove, and, while it may be
admitted that Dr. Williamson voted to re
move, it is not admitted that he acknowl
edged the existence on just cause in so
Mr. Highton has not yet decided
whether Mr. Weaver should snrrender the
office which fie now holds and direct the
proceedings toward the ousting of Reddy,
or to refuse to surrender the position, and
thus force upon the Board of Health the
task of ejecting Mr. Weaver. The latter
course will most likely be adopted. Mr.
Higbton understands that members of the
Civic Federation and other leading citi
zens regard it as essential to the public
welfare that good management of munici
pal institutions should not be sacrificed in
order to carry ont the system of rewarding
the partisan victor with the spoils of
The argument is advanced that the
Almshouse is purely a local institution,
and should be managed and governed ex
clusively by the people who pay the taxes
for the maintenance of the place. The
Board of Health is composed of resident
physicians, but the members are not
elected by the voters of San Francisco,
and neither are they appointed by an
elective local board. They derive their
right to hold office from the Governor of
It is argued further that some excuse
might have been given for divesting the
local government of the right to manage
the Almshouse when the State was con
tributing money for the support of the
aged and indigent who had found a home
at the Almshouse. The Legislature of
1895, however, repealed the law extending
State aid to the aged ana indigent, and
every county in California is now com
pelled to support its poor without help
from the State.
In some of the interior counties money
is raised to transport paupers to San Fran
cisco, and thus our local taxpayers are ob
liged not only to support our own poor,
but to care for the helpless and indigent
of other localities. It is now proposed as
an additional burden to make the San
Francisco Almshouse support political
pensioners for whom the Governor can
find no place in State institutions.
One of the hottest contests ever waged
in San Francisco was directed by politi
cians against J. M. Keating., whose man
agement of the Almshouse reflected the
highest credit on the City and on himself.
In that contest, which took place nearly
twenty years ago, public sentiment was so
aroused against the wrong which the pcli
tioans were attempting to perpetrate that
the ringleaders of the movement to dis
place Keating could not face the storm of
A well-known citizen in recalling the
fight to oust Mr. Keating said yesterday:
"This is local history repeating itself.
Here is Mr. Weaver's place, and the poli
ticians want it. He has proved beyond
doubt that he is a capable and honest su
perintendent. The Grand Jury made a
special and thorough examination of the
institution and reported the facts to the
Board of Health. No definite charges are
made against Mr. Weaver. It is said in a
general way that harmony cannot exist if
be is maintained in place. It is high time
now that the people should take the man
agement of the institution out of the
bands of the Board of Health, and not
My baby broke out with a rash. He woaM
•oratch and scream. It would take two to bold
him, and one to put medicine on him. We had
to hold him sometimes an hour before we could
gel him quieted down. All said that they never
■aw such n face or body on any baby aa on him.
I had to tie his bands tight tn a cloth, night and
day, for five months. My sister bnd up ed C'OTI-
CUKA, and I began to use it. Afttr only one
application, he lay down and tlrpi as be bad not
for a month, poor little fellow. He has sot a tear
on him now, and is as fair and his flesh is as soft
as any baby While he had this disease I bad to
cut the ilm-vee out of his clothes, and pnt gauze
underwear on him to keep him coo!. I had to
keep piece* of soft cloth around his neck, tt was
ao wet with moisture from the sores, and I had to
change the cloths sometimes ten or twelve times
a day. Mrs. A. HAYNEB, Lisbon, N. D.
"rsEDT Cm« Tkkatmsnt fob Babt Bnion.-
Warra btthi with Citicbra Soap, tnd gentle tppllet-
tiom of Cdticuba (ointment), the ptil tkla cur*.
Sold throughout the world. Potth Dauo ABB
Cam. Coir., Bois Props, Btfton, V. S. A.
The Vulcan Iron Works as They Appeared After the Destructive Hre. To the
Right a Heap of Crumbling Bricks and Sections of Bulging Walls Are All
That Remain of the Mining-Machine Department. The Reliance Iron Works'
Front Was Damaged but Slightly.
[Sketched by a "Call" artist.]
allow a dollar of public money to be ex
pended for the Almshouse until the right
of the City to govern the institution is
recognized. Yes, it is right to appeal to
the courts. Judicial notice may be taken
of the repeal of the law giving State aid to
the aged and inaigent.
The court may follow the line of recent
decisions tending to the recognition of
civil service principles. The right of local
government, which the constitution recog
nizes so distinctly, may in this case re
ceive from the courts the interpretation
which the framers of the constitution in
tended that it should have. When it is
plain to the people that a scheme has been
concocted to violate the spirit of the law
by tricks and cunning devices the courts
should be appealed to for the protection of
taxpayers. If the law be interpreted to
mean that the Board of Health appointed
by the Governor can remove from office
without cause a capable superintendent,
who derives compensation from the
City for superintending an institution
wholly sustained by the taxpayers of the
City, then the first act of the incoming
Legislature should be the repeal of the law.
Supervisor C. L. Taylor, Acting Mayor,
was seen at his residence last evening. • He
is very earnest in his views that Governor
Budd ts directly responsible for the de
plorable controversy concerning the man
agement of the Almshouse.
Mr. Taylor said : "The law places the
management of the hospital and Aims
house in the Board of Health, but requires
the Board of Supervisory to pay the bills.
The City bears the whole burden of sup
porting the institutions. Formerly State
aid to the extent of $40,000 was received,
but the Legislature at its last session re
pealed the law under which the Stale
granted such support.
"No, I cannot see that the Board of Su
pervisors could refuse to audit the bills,
even if the Board of Health should con
tinue to put in places persons notoriously
unlit and wholly incompetent for service.
Should there be a contention in the courts
as to whether Weaver or Reddy was su
perintendent the Finance Committee would
not allow the salary of either while the
litigation was pending.
"It may be necessary to repeal the law
conferring upon the Board of Health the
right to appoint the superintendents and
subordinates of the hospital and Aims
house. The Governor would probably
veto any law which would deprive his
creatures of places, but I trust the Repub
licans will have a majority in the Legisla
ture sufficient to pass such a measure over
the veto of the executive.
"Governor Budd ie responsible for this
debasement of the public service," con
tinued Mr. Taylor. "He has told the
members of the Board of Health that they
must appoint this man and tbnt man. I
am informed by a man who knows all
about Reddy, that he (Reddy) lacks the
experience and executive ability necessary
to govern the Almshouse. The man that
the Governor had appointed head cook at
the Almshouse was dismissed from the
police force for cause. Afterward he kept
a saloon on Valencia street that could not
"I read the testimony in the case against
Weaver and it is not of a character to jus
tify one in voting for his removal. Besides,
the superintendent had no opportunity to
submit testimony in his own. behalf.
There wai not under the law 'just cause'
for his removal and I hope the courts will
protect the taxpayers from debasing poli
tics, even if the Governor does give coun
tenance to such debasement. I speak with
a knowledge of facts, and had the Board
of Health asked me for the names of no
toriously unfit subordinates I could have
given names and the record."
FIRED AT THE STEWARD.
.A Row on Board the Ship Falls of Hal-
ladale Ends in uore!
A row on board the British ship Falls of
Haliadale between Fred Brooks, the third
mate, ana the the steward, Herman de
Leur, resulted in the mate firing two shots
at his antagonist, but, fortunately, none
of them took effect. De Leur, in his haste
to escape from pending danger, fell against
Home sharp instrument, which inflicted a
severe scalp wound on the back of his
bead, and possibly produced a fracture of
He was taken to the Receiving Hospital
by the police, where his injuries were at
tended to. He gave a disconnected ac
count of the trouble by saying that the
Yankee mate, who had shipped in this
port, bad been guying him for the last two
weeks, and when he went to his cabin to
ask him if he wanted his tea be fired two
shots out of a pistol at him, and in his
haste to escape he fell.
Here be declined to furnish any further
information for the "blawited' 1 news
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, MAY 11, 1896.
FALL IN FLAMES
Vulcan Iron Works a Mass
of Ashes and Black
COME BEFORE THE DAWN
Fierce Flames Engulf Three
Buildings and Leave Ruin
RELIANCE WOBXS ARE GUTTED.
Brick Fire Walls Prevent a Serious
Conflagration in the Foundry
The Vulcan Iron Works on Fremont
street, between Mission and Howard, were
destroyed by fire early yesterday morn
ing, and the Reliance Machine Works ad
joining was partially ruined by lire and
water. Brick walls on three sides of the
fire prevented a disastrous conflagration.
As it was damage to the extent of nearly
$200,000 was done.
The watchman in the Vulcan works dis
covered flames near the boilers about 3
o'clock in the morning. He sounded an
alarm from box 52, at Mission and Fre
mont Btreets. Engine 4 on Second street
was on the way at that time, its foreman
having seen the flames. Before water
could be got upon the building it was al
moit completely enveloped in dense smoke
and blazes. A second alarm was promptly
given, but hardly had the support arrived
before a third bell was sounded to call up
all the reserve strength Of the Fire De
partment. Casks of oil exploded and
added fresh fury to the flames and a boiler
burst with tarrific noise. The proximity
of the gas works made it dangerous for
the firemen, but they held their ground.
All efforts were bent upon confining the
hre witin the walls surrounding the Vul
can foundry. It happened, however, that
the brick wall dividing the Reliance works
Harrison D. Barrett, President of the National Spiritualist Association of America
[From a photograph.)
from the burning buildiug was not high
enough to afford complete protection, for
flames leaped through the roof and caught
the Reliance building. Presently the two
large works were blazine furiously.
The water tower was Introduced oppor
tunely with four streams combined and it
did good work until two more streams
were added. It seems the men handling
the tower were not aware of this and the
result was startling. The big tower re
coiled and fell backward against Garratt's
bra9s foundry, smashine its upper works so
that it was rendered unfit for further use.
Water was poured into the fire from doz
ens of engines so copiously that what had
threatened to be a conflagration was kept
in a .comparatively small area.
A Iwo-story brick building, which was
part of the Vulcan works, tottered in the
flames and fell with a prodigious crash.
The front wall fell outward and the roof
and second floor, the latter weighted with
ponderous mining machinery, went down
in a shower of sparks. This was about 4
o'clock, and half an hour later the flames
caught the Reliance works, while cor
nices and bits of wood were flying through
the air. The firemen attacked the flames
in this ground and succeeded in keeping
them back, but it was not till after 5
o'clock that the fire wa3 under control.
A mass of machinery and burned and
charred timbers, seen through the remains
of wooden walls, was all that remained
yesterday of the Vulcan works. These
works were originally the Savage foundry
and now belong to Messrs. Eyre and Gra
ham. The loss to the owners was esti
mated at about |60,000. The insurance
was $31,500. How much the ramshackle
old three-story frame building and the
two-story brick one adjoining were worth
was difficult to estimate, as they were vir
tually long past their day of usefulness.
The latter is a heap of bricks and debris,
while the former could only present a
badly battered front yesterday with its in
terior gutted and tilled with a great mass
of wreckage. Luckily for the owners the
office was not badly damaged and the
books escaped injury. The insurance was
placed by Brown & Eyre in several com
panies on the plant.
In the Reliance works of Clot & Meese
at 121) and 131 Fremont street, the tire pa
trol saved the insurance companies a
handsome sum by covering the valuable
machinery on the floors with water-proof
sheets. This work was performed even
while the tire raged in the third story.
The patrolmen tied their covers like so
many haramocKs, from wall to wall, with
the result that all surplus water was di
verted into harmless channels. The build
ing was an old three-story frame struct
ure, and in all probability will have to be
replaced with a modern brick factory.
The top story was used as a pattern-shop
and a storehouse for wooden pulleys. All
this expensive etock, with the patterns
and pattern-making' machinery, was de
stroyed. In the next floor were numerous
iron pulleys and machines, but they es
caped almost wholly, having been covered
by rubber sheets.
The ground iloor escaped except in odd
places, where water rusted shaftings and a
few machines. These were given a liberal
coat of oil yesterday and saved thereby.
Mr. Meese stated that i c carried an in
surance of $25,000, in several companies,
and believed that that sum fully covered
his loss. He was pleased that his works
escaped so well. But for the brick parti
tion wall, he said, the whole place would
have been blotted out. It was the firm's
first fire and they were in business there
for thirteen years. There had been other
fires, however, in the place next door.
Seven Local Incorporated
Societies to Hold a
H. D. BARRETT IS COMING
President of the National Asso
ciation Will Act as
GREAT PROGRESS OF THE CULT.
As a Result of the Meeting in This
City There May Be a Spirit
The spiritualists of San Francisco will
hold a convention in this City on May 24,
25 and 26, on which occasion Harrison D .
Barrett of Washington, D. C, president of
the National Spiritualist Association of
America, will take a leading part. Ar
rangements for the convention were prac
tically completed yesterday morning,
when Mrs. J. J. Whitney, the local me
dium, received a telegram from Mr. Bar
rett, announcing his purpose of visiting
the Pacific Coast and participating in this
first general council of spiritualists here.
The convention promises to be the most
important event in the history of Pacific
Coast spiritualism. It will be the first to
be held in this part of America, and is in
tended as the beginning of a movement
uniting all scattered spiritualist societies
with the National organization.
A meeting was held Saturday night at
218 Stockton street, at which the president
of every spiritualistic society in San Fran-
Cisco was present. It was then that the
date was fixed and a programme outlined.
There are to be three sessions Sunday,
May 24, in Golden Gate Hall, and sessions
in Metropolitan Temple on the Monday
and Tuesday following. Monday evening
a grand phenomenal demonstration will
be held in the temple. Jones Slater of
Brooklyn and Mrs. Whitney of San Fran
cisco, test mediums, and Fred Evans and
Mrs. Francis of Ban Francisco, slate
writers, will appear among other mediums
and lights of their cult in the demonstra
tions. The Sunday's session will be con
fined to services, as business matters are to
be considered only at the week-day ses
It may be that as a result of this con
vention the spiritualists will build a church
or hall in San Francisco. The Progressive
Spiritualist Society of this City has prop
erty valued at |50,000, bequeathed by Mrs.
Eunice Sleeper for the object of establish
ing a meeting place and supporting the
society. This money, with|more to be col
lected, may be soon used in building a
Invitations have been issued to spirit
ualists in all parts of the State to be pres
ent and participate in the convention, and
it is believed by the local leaders that a
laree number of persons from the country
will attend. They will be entertained at
the demonstrations and will hear speeches
on the philosophy of spiritualism and
papers on that subject in all its phases.
There are seven incorporated spiritu
alist societies in San Francisco. The old
est of these is the Progressive Spiritualist
Society, which was established twelve
years ago. It has about seventy members.
Professor Clegg Wright, its present
speaker, has been with the society for five
months. It meets in Golden Gate Hall.
The next oldest is the Independent Bible
Spiritualist Society, which holds two ses
sions Sundays in Pythian Castle. It was
organized seven years ago and is now pre
sided over by Dr. C. Rinn-es.
The Progressive Mediums' Society was
incorporated five years ago. It meets
Thursday evenings at 110 Hayes street with
George I. Drew in the chair.
The First Spiritualist Church meets Sun
days at Sixth and Market streets. Mrs. H.
Fleming is its president.
Every Wednesday night the People's
Spiritual Society meets at Scottish Hall,
111 Larkin street, with Mrs. May Drynan
presiding. The Ladies' Aid Society, Mrs.
D. M. Peace president, has its headquarters
at 110 Hayes street, where it meets
Wednesday afternoons and does works of
charity. The Mediums' Protective Asso
ciation was organized within the past
year. Its president is W. T. Jones and its
meeting place 110 Hayes street, Sunday
Of these the People's Spiritual Society
is incorporated under the laws of Wash
ington, D. C, and affiliated with the Na
tional organization. The remaining six
are incorporated under the laws of Cali
fornia. President Barrett will endeavor
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to extend the National body in California
by inducing them to federate with it.
"That he will be entirely successful goes
without saying, since the local societies
are eager to affiliate with the National
body," a prominent Spiritualist remarked
yesterday. "Indeed, the presidents of our
societies conferred upon this subject and
agreed that an invitation be sent Sir. Bar
rett to come out here for this very pur
pose. Then we shall have a church and
spiritualism will boom."
The National Convention is held annu
ally in Washington, D. C. The first one
was held in Chicago during the Columbian
Exposition, about the time of the Parlia
ment of Religions. On September 27 the
first convention sat. Delegates from
almost every State in the Union were
present, and permanent organization was
effected next day. At the same time a
declaration of principles was adopted in
the form of a resolution to the effect that
"on the facts underlying the philosophy
of spiritualism we ask each society to con
struct a code of ethics commensurate with
its intellectual requirements, and adopt
such forms and ceremonies as the circum
stances and their needs require."
The contention by an almost unanimous
vote determined that spiritualism was to
spiritualists a religion. The national asso
ciation was established, and H. D. Barrett
of New York elected president. He was
re-elected in 1894 and again in 1895 at
The Banner of Light, an Eastern spirit
ualist paper, says of him: "The president,
H. D. Barrett, is a young man, but he has
been an earnest spiritualist for more than
fifteen years. He is a native of Maine and
a graduate of the Unitarian Theological
School of Meadville. Pa. Although edu
cated for the ministry he did not forget
spiritualism, and finding that he was not
able to reconcile it and the tenets of the
Unitarian church he resumed his profes
sion of teaching. President Barrett has a
world-wide reputation as the efficient
chairman of Cassadaga Camp, which posi
tion he has filled for the past seven years,
and it w*s due to this fact that he was
elected chairman of the Chicago conven
tion. As a writer he is well known, many
trenchant articles appearing from his pen
in the columns of the spiritualist papers. I
As a speaker he is eloquent and possessed
of wonderful power."
His visit here is hailed with delight by
local spiritualists, who are preparing to
gather round him in the movement for a
solid, united organization.
Professor Watson to Lecture.
Professor John Watson, LL.D., professor of
moral philosophy in the unlversilty of Queen's
College, Kingston, Ont., author of "Kant and
His English Critics" and more recently "Comte,
Mill and Spencer," which latter work is used
as a textbook in the University of California,
will address the Presbyterian Ministerial
Union this morning at 10:30 o'clock at the
Presbyterian Mission-House, 920 Sacramento
street. Professor Howison, professor of philos
ophy of the University of California, will also
address the union. Professor Watson is a mem
ber of the Presbyterian church, and is here
delivering the course of philosophical lectures
at the university. Rev. K. R. Farrand, chair
man of the executive committee of the Presby
terian Union, in behalf of the union extends" a
cordial invitation to the ministers of other de
nominations to meet Tith the union and listen
to the distinguished visitors. Laymen are also
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