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Flags of All Nations Float
Over Buildings and
SMALL BUT BUSY TOWN.
Without Railroads or Land
Boomers Its Thrift Is
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAPITAL.
Splendid Openings for Enterprising
Men and Good Homes for In
PORT TOWNSEND, Waph., May 10.—
Up on Puget Sound, in the State of Wash
ington, is located what is probably the
most cosmopolitan town of its size in the
world. Its population is- less than 5000,
and yet any day upon its streets you may
pass the subjects of a score of nations, wit
ness the banners of twice five countries
floating from the housetops, or in passing
doff your hat as many times as there are
signs in the zodiac if you are inclined to
be reverential to regimentals. But high
above all other ensigns and high over the
town, from the top of a bluff and from the
top of a high stone tower on the top of ihat,
waves the stars and stripes. From that
high command the flag of all flags floats to
the breeze unceasingly.
Bound for Puget Sound your vessel en-
PORT TOWNSEXD HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING.
ters from the Pacific the Straits of Juan de
After a run of nearly ninety miles on
a straight course southeast Port Wilson
light is reached. Here your ocean
tossed vessel turns her prow sou' -sou' west
and you behold the broad and beautiful
waters of an ever peaceful harbor stretch
before you. From this closer view you are
now able to discern that beneath the high
flag and beneath tbe tall stone tower that
supports it there rests on the brow of the
bluff a magnificent stone pile, hewn, archi
tectural and ornate. This building is tbe
main United States Custom-house for the
entire Page^t Sound customs district, and
the town at whose front door you have
dropped your anchor, with fourteen fath
oms of chain, in a peerless harbor is cos
mopolitan Port Townsend.
You have no more than let go your an
chor than two little launches, each flying
the American flag, come pushing off shore
to you. If you don't happen to be enter
taining smallpox, yellow fever or cholera
aboard tbe uniformed quarantine officer of
the first launch will smilingly give you a
clean bill of health. This, you will find
later, is as valuable to you as a certificate
of character, for having once been permit
ted to enter the town you will be greeted
on every hand by a cordial, hospitable
people, ready with the broadest cosmo
politanism to welcome you to the feasts,
favors and festivities of their young, grow
But the occupant of the second launch,
that a moment before pushed off to you, is
uniformed also. He is tbe Custom-house
officer. But now the shades of night have
begun to fall. The hour is inconvenient,
your vessel's papers are somewhat mixed,
and you require a little extra attention
and patience. The pleasant demeanor of
tbe uniformed officer before you is already
a guarantee of that. With this assurance
made doubly sure by the polite attentions
that follow, you are soon ready to add
your testimony to the world-wide reputa
tion for politeness and accommodation
which the Port Townsend Custom-house
office enjoys among shipping men.
But the black mantle of night that has
now settled down upon you, enveloping
your ship and shutting off the sight of all
else save tbe sea of glittering lights of the
city, breaks into a furious storm. Just
outside Point Wilson, in the straits, the
demons of sea and air contend in wild
You rise in the night and give the com
mand to look to your vessel's moorings.
But the answer comes back that your
anchor is held as in a vise, and your ship
stands as riveted and immovable as the
huge stone custom-bouse on the bluff.
Any skipper on Puget Sound will tell you
MAP SHOWING PORT TOWNSEND AND OTHER PUGET SOUND CITIES.
what by this time you have learned for
j yourself, that no matter what wind may
blow Port Townsend Bay is a sure haven—
the peerless harbor of the Pacific Coast,
well meriting the high rating given it in
United States official charts and in the
marine charts of the world.
But if last night when the storm was
raging you felt the comforting sense of
security in this sure haven what must be
your emotions this morning when coming
up on deck to stretch your limbs? A scene
of matchless beauty and loveliness greets
you under the clear sky of a peaceful,
Never in orange blossoms and bridal
gown bedecked was lovely bride more
lovely than the vision that now spreads
round you on every hand. Much-traveled
Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher, on a recent
visit to Port Townsend, pronounced with
out qualification this scene to be the rarest
for beauty in all the wide and beautiful
world upon which her eyes had ever rested.
.Standing upon the iieck of your vessel
on this beautiful morning, whence, waked
b}' the sound of Aurora's advancing cha
riot wheels, the ear first leads the eye,
there, in the first blush from benind the
lifting curtain of night, bursts upon your
startled vision a wide unfolding horizon,
broken, jagged, lacerated by the sharp,
penetrating peaks of the Cascade Kange of
mountains, mantled in everlasting snows
and now backed by a burning sea of fire
Bending the eye northward along the
line of this mountain range the vision is
suddenly transfixed and the imagination
led captive by the grand spectacle of
Mount Baker, towering and mighty, sub
lime and poetical in all else save name.
There she stands, as much in the heavens
as upon earth, snow-clad from summit to
base; fitting monument of the loveliness,
purity and power of woman; a bride in
flowing veil and white garments trailing
far upon the ground, and through an aisle
of lilies marching to the grand harmonies
of nature up to the hymeneal altar:
womanhood coming in her power and
bearing in her hand a scepter plucked
from nature's trophies of homage at her
Bear a lily in thy hand.
Gates of brass canuot withstand
One touch of that magic wand.
But now turn 3-our eyes from this pic
ture to the west, and lo ! in what varied
form beholden is beauty unto nature,
within human ken from this lovely har
bor, this choice 6pot of earth. Great
mountains, huge, massive, mighty, roll
ud before you. high and higher still, like
huge battlements of God's eternal hosts.
The advancing sun has now touched them
with the painter's brush and laid in colors
divine a scene of matchless beauty—mar
velous, speaking, sublime. Velvet fir-clad
in eternal green are her foothills and her
slopes, playful in blending shades and
shadows, broken by bold crags and dark
ravines, and now rising, running, climb
ing, lifting up into the heavens, and there
disputing possession with the clouds,
breaking and rolling off into a sea of toss
ing, tumbling, turbulent tops, hoary with
the snows of many winters. Such is the
Olympic range of mountains, Port Town
send's special pride, which, seen from this
beautiful harbor, appear to be so near that
you fancy you might go ashore and run
over to her foothills and back for a break
But not yet is the cyclorama completed.
PORT TOWNSEND U. S. CUSTOM-HOUSE AND POSTOFFICE.
For now turn to the south, and there
looking through a cleft in the high banks
at the extreme head of the bay you will
behold, as inj. frame, the picture of fam
ous Mount Ranier, a hundred miles away,
and yet plainly visible, as from its base on
the earth it rises to the magnificent alti
tude of 14,444 feet, a great pillar of the
blue dome, upholding the beavens.
But now what of the little city nestling
on the north bank of the bay in the
midst of this grand amphitheater, and in
which every window at every rhumb of
the compass frames a picture?
We had said that the cosmopolitanism
of Port Townsena waE striking, and indeed
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, MAY 11, 1896.
PORT TOWNSEND COUNTY COURTUOUSE.
it is, for unimportant as is its population,
yet are there few cities, if any, on the Pa
citic Coast so world-wide known and so
important in position. It is the natural
geographical center for the Pacific lines of
commerce from China, Japan, Alaska,
California, Hawaii, Australia. Bering Sea,
British Columbia, the Georgian Straits,
the Columbia River and Puget Sound.
Being the first and last American port of
call for all this vast area of marine traffic,
it is unquestionably the greatest news
center of tne Pacific Coast, without dis
tinction of population.
Here resides the consuls of foreign na
tions. England, Chile, Norway, Sweden,
Hawaii. Japan— all are represented.
The British Vice-Consul's residence at
Port Townsend is a unique brick and stone
structure, resembling the London Tower
in miniature. Here reside fifty of Uncle
Sam's customs officials, including the Col
lector of the Puget Sound district, Port
Townsend being the main port of entry
for the entire district — Seattle, Tacoma
and all other shipping points being sub
ordinate to this. Here the main United
States Marine Hospital, with the head
quarters for the district, with its full corps
of surgeons and officers, is located. An
elegant new hospital building has just
been completed by the Government and
beautiful grounds laid out. Here is estab
lished the headquarters of the Govern
ment quarantine service for Pueet Sound,
with the main offices and residences of
the surgeons in charge.
In Port Townsend are the head offices of
the Puget Sound Board of Health. The
main United States bonded warehouse is
located here. The United States revenue
cutters, with their retinue of steam
launches comprising the Puget Sound
service, nave their headquarters and main
oflices at Port Townsend, and all of the
officers and their families reside here.
The United States Hydrographic Office
lor Puget Sound is located at Port Town
send. The Puget Sound Tugboat Associa
tion, comprising all the great sawmills of
Puget Sound, have their head offices at
Port Townsend, and this is tlie home port
of all the tugs of these waters and the resi
dence of officers, crews and tneir families.
The Bering Sea fleet of United States
war vessels rendezvous in Port Townsend
Bay twice every year, this city being the
official headquarters. The comings and
goings of officers and soldiers from Fort
Townsend, close to the city, lend further
color to the street and to society. Flag?
of all nations fly from mastheads in the
bay and officers and crews of the merchant
marine of all tongaes and climes mix and
mingle in the daily joatlings of the street.
Such are the elements that go to make
up the social and commercial fabric of the
little city at the entrance to Puget Sound
and mark it among all the cities of the
world distinguished for its cosmopolitan
But the delightful location, beautiful
scenery, handsome public buildings shown
in accompanying cuts and high tone of
the cosmopolitan society that reigns here
are not the only features that distinguish
A great commercial future lies before it.
The centering here of so many ships and
Consuls and important institutions are but
the marks of that hope. Port Townsend
is the natural center and distributing
point for this whole northern country and
( Puget Sound district. Perhaps most Cali-
I fornians do not know tnat every pound of
! freight tnat goes by steamer from Califor
nia to Alaska is first landed on the docks
at Port Townsend and reshipped from
here. This city is the center of the Alaska
business, and every steamer for that coun
try starts from Port Townsend.
The shipping interests of Port Townsend
are enormous. Over 75 per cent of the
vessels clearing from Puget Sound clear
from Port Townsend. The crews are
shipped from this city. The only United
States Hydrographic Office north of San
Francisco is located here. All San Fran
cisco steamers touch here, and nearly every
steamer plying between local points on
Puget Sound makes this city a regular
port of call. The headquarters and home
port of every tug on Pujjet Sound are at
All steamship lines running to points
on the straits and those running to British
Columbia ports and to the islands call at
Port Townsend, and many of them make
tin* city their home port. The water
front at Port Townsend is daily a busy
scene and would do credit to many a
larger city. This city is the headquarters
of a large sealing and tisliing fleet, which
is constantly growing and bids fair to de
velop into an enormous inJu.-try.
More American vessels enter and clear
at Port Townsend than at any other port
in the United states, not excepting New
York, Boston, Philadelphia or San Fran
cisco. The writer recently made a similar
statement to the above in an interview in
the Boston Daily Traveler, and was imme
diately "called down" by a chorus of
voices from the solona of the Hub. His
only answer in next day's paper was to
refer them to the records in the archives
of the "Only Boston Public Library" and
to publish extracts therefrom, which more
than confirmed the original statements.
If any one has doubts let him look it up
Port Townsend is unique in still an
other particular. It is probably the only
town in the Northwest that ever attained
I an equal population and commercial im
portance without tde aid of a railroad or
land-booming company. Port Towusend
sprang into being of necessity, has grown
by the gravitation of business to this cen
ter by the natural laws of commerce, and
flourishes to-day because there is a com
mercial demand for a city at the entrance
to Puget Sound.
While Port Townsend has grown in spite
of a railroad, yet the lack of a railroad
has been a great drawback to its progress.
When the Union Pacific Railroad and the
Oregon Improvement companies failed
and work was stopped on their extension
to Port Townsend— which city was de
signed for their Puget Sound teVrainus— it
was a heavy blow to the young city. The
rival cities of Seattle and Tacoma, having
railroads at their command, have taken
advantage of the long delay and forged
But while the population of Port Town
send is to-day considerably behind these
two cities up the Sound, there are long
headed, shrewd business men, who, having
made a close study of the situation from
the broad standpoint of great natural laws
of commerce, believe that the history of
Sacramento and San Francisco will repeat
itself here on the Sound, and that the day
is not far distant when Port Townsend
will forge ahead to her rightful position as
the chief city of this* great northern coun
try. This list includes many of the most
proniinet railroad men, United States
Senators and financiers ot the FJast and
California, who have shown their faith by
investing in Port Townsend real estate at
the present low prices, with a view to great
One advantage which Port Townsend
lias over the up-Sound cities is the fact
that every vessel finding her cargo here
saves from $200 to $500 for towage, besides
three days of time and journey.
Port Townsend has stood the panic well.
It is In good condition to-day, with money
easier, and business proportionately better
than any other town on the Sound. There
are three solid banks here, and a good in
dustrial payroll independent of shipping.
The immense wire-nail works are running
at their full capacity night and day. The
engineering works, besides building two
Government launches, have all they can
do in marine work. The keg factory is
running double shift, with more orders
than they can fill. The boiler works are
running at full capacity. The Starrett
Sawmili, the Eisenbries Crockery Factory,
the bottling works, sardine cannery, sa&h
and door factory, and many other indus
trial institutions are all operating with
The lish industry is growing rapidly and
has the promise of a great future. Port
Townsend is the headquarters for the cod
and halibut catches and other fish products
of the northern waters. The spring and fall
runs of salmon here are tremendous.
Port Townsend is backed by a splendid
fruit, dairying and farm country. The
islands, Puget Sound's garden spot, are all
tributary to this city.
The timber resources tributary to Port
Townsend are almost fabulous. Jef
ferson County alone, of which Port Towns
end is the county seat, has, according to
the last official report of the Secretary of
State, over 31,000,000,000 feet of standing
timber. It is estimated that over 100,000,
-000,000 feet of timber lire tributary to this
Here is a list of some new industries
which Port Townsend wants and which
offer fine business openings for men of en
terprise and capital and for the establish
ment of which the enterprising citizens of
Port Townsend are ready to offer strong
A good hotel man will h'nd here one of
the best openings in the country. A
moderate sized, well-conducted hotel would
receive a large patronage and strong in
ducements would be ottered.
A salmon cannery. We have enormous
runs of spring and fall salmon, also
crabs, shrimps, lobsters, clams, herring,
A sardine cannery. Large schools of the
genuine Mediterranean anchovy in all the
A fruit and vegetable cannery, to utilize
the enormous quantities of fruit and
vegetables which now go to waste.
A starch factory to make starch from
potatoes and supply the growing China
and Japan trade.
A drydock. Port Townsend being the
first and last American port of call for all
vessels, a drydock would have all the
business it could do.
A box factory to supply the fruit and
fish trade of Alaska, Fraser River, etc., as
well as California.
Shingle-mills, to utilize the immense
quantities of cedar close to the city.
A tub and pail factory, to utilize the
alder, cedar and other woods adapted for
that purpose. „,
Iron furnaces and rolling-mills, to uti
lize the enormous quantities of bog-iron,
red hematite and other iron ores in the
Capital, to start up the large sawmills
and take advantage of the present strong
demand and rise in price of lumber.
Creameries. Several good creameries
could find excellent locations here.
Capital, to develop tne Nanaimo coal
measures, which experts say extend on
this side over a vast area and crop in many
places close to Port Townsend.
A tinware factory, to imoort tin from
the Orient and manufacture a general line
of tkiware and cans for the trade.
Woolen mills, to utilize the wool grown
in this vicinity and the island country.
Wholesale mercantile houses, to go into
the general business of the Alaska, island,
Hawaiian, China and Japan trade, etc.
A terra-cotta works, to utilize the fine
clays in this vicinity.
Glass works, to utilize the silicious sands
adapted for ;he manufacture of glass.
Apiaries. It has been demonstrated that
bees can be cultivated very profitably in
Settlers to take up the splendid farm
and timber lands which may still be had
from the Government.
Men of enterprise and industry. Such
will find here splendid openings for large
and small capital in many industries
besides the more conspicuous ones
Visitors to Puget Sound are cordially
invited to visit Port Townsend, where a
hearty reception will be extended them.
Present Port Townsend Board of Trade.
MADERA COUNTY CHASE
Outlaws Laverone and Roberts
Seen in the Quartz Moun
A G.'rl Braves One of the Fugitives,
Who Was Attempting to
Steal a Horse.
MADERA, Cal., May 10.— The chase
•fter Laverone and Roberts, the highway
men who escaped from the Madera jail, is
by no means abandoned. The officers and
citizens who are in pursuit are determined
that no efforts shall be spared to recapture
the daring robbers; on the other hand,
those who know the men predict that the
escapes will not be retaken without a fight.
It is believed that the fugitives are in the
vicinity of Quartz Mountain. Yesterday
the officers had deployed their men in a
cordon, surrounding the region where the
two were supposed to oe in biding, but it
seeme the escaped robbers were too vigi
lant to be penned in and starved into a
Deputy Sheriff Jones of Fresno, who is
in charge of the bloodhounds, returned
about noon to-day with the dogs, as it was
believed that they had rendered all the
service which would be necessary from
them. He had scarcely reached town,
however, before a messenger arrived with
a summons for him to return at once.
Tnat the men have been seen several
times is believed by the officers. Two days
ago Lily Larsen, a twelve-year-old girl, re
ported having seen a man answering the
description of Roberts. He was in her
father s pasture, trying to catch a horse,
and the little maiden, not aware that she
was probably biaving a desperado warned
him away. He immediately left and she
afterward heard him talking to some one
in the brush.
P. L. Grace, one of the posse, left the
camp this morning to return to Madera.
Just before he started an Indian came in,
who reported a trail which indicated that
Laverone and Roberts had been above
Dapello's place, between O'Neal's and Fine
The trail was mpde by two men, one
making a large track and one a small one,
just as Laverone and Roberts make. Later
in the day an Indian woman reported to
Sheriff Westfall that she had seen two
men who answered to the description of
the robbers. These men, upon seeing the
woman, jumped into the bushes and dis
appeared. Their tracks were the same, a
bip one and a little one, at tne point where
tbe woman said they disappeared in the
brush. The chase has been taken up
again, and this is the cause of the hasty
summons for the return of the dogs.
Jailer Wells has recovered sufficiently
from the injuries received in the fight in
the jail to join in the pursuit, and a num
ber of citizens have gone to the scene of
It is believed that Roberts is an ex-con
vlct and that there is a reward of $1500
offered for him for a murder committed in
the southern part of the State.
NEWS OF MARE ISLAND
Three Hundred Additional Men
Soon to Be Employed on
VALLEJO, Cal., May 10.-— The water
front abreast of the navy-yard is well lined
with ships-of-war. Guns of all sizes are
bristling from ports and turrets. Two
gunboats— the Concord and Petrel— are
new in these waters. They will soon be
placed out of commission to permit of ex
tensive repairs. Their crews will either
be discharged or distributed to other
As soon as money becomes available 300
additional workmen will be employed at
the yard to work on the Baltimore,
Ranger, Mohican, Concord, Bennineton
and Petrel. This will make business
lively for months to come. Already the
merchants of Vailejo note better times
with the advent of the snips.
The flagship Philadelphia is in drydock
donning a fresh coating of paint on hull
and sides. The flagship, with the monitor
Monadnock, will leave for San Francisco
during the coming week.
Naval Constructor Baxter and Civil En
gineer Mason arrived last night from Port
Orchard. The men who went from here
to the northern dockyard to assist in dock
ing the Monterey returned this morning.
They are united in their expressions that
Mare Island is by far th' best adapted for
a naval station. It will be many years be
fore the Port Orchard station amounts to
a great deal as a repair-yard.
Tne Telegraph gives the name of Bear-
Admiral Kirkland as the next command
ant of the navy-yard and that the present
commandant, Captain Howison, will be
given command of the battle-ship Oregon.
While regrets are expressed at the depar
ture from the yard of Captain Howison,
congratulations are extended upon his
promotion to such a fine ship as the
BIG FRUIT CROP
Visalia Reports Predict a
AN INCREASED ACREAGE
Good Prices Will Prevail and
Fully Compensate for
ORCHABDISTS ABE CHEERFUL.
Citrus Fruit at the Exeter, Lindsey
and Lemon Cove Districts
VISALIA, Cal., May 10.— The fruit crop
of Tulare, speaking generally, has out
lived the frost scare. It is true that tbe
crop will be smaller than if there had been
no frost at all, but it is also true that, in
spite of the frost, the fruit crop of Tulare
County will be even larger than it was last
From this statement it would not be cor
rect to draw the inference that the frost
did little or no damage here. Tbe fact is
that the unusual and most unexpected
cold weather did considerable damage,
and yet when the entire output of the
county is considered, the loss is relatively
quite small. However, the larger fruit
crop in Tulare County this year is due not
so much to its freedom froni frost, but to
the very largely increased acreage that
will come into bearing this year.
A good deal of inquiry among the fruit
men of this county has elicited its corre
sponding quota of valuable information
concerning the crop this year and its dam
age or freedom from frost. The frost
seemed to strike in spots. Here and there
orchards have suffered greatly, even kill
ing the crop entirely. Right aside of
these places, however, are other orchards
of from 50 to 100 acres of prunes, peaches
and apricots that escaped untouched.
From all the information obtainable it
would appear that those orchards tnat had
just been irrigated, or were being irrigated
at the time, were the ones that escaped
with the least injury to the fruit.
Upon the whole the fruit men of Tulare
County are by no means disheartened.
On the contrary, seeing good prices ahead,
they are quite optimistic and to a man
cheerful. Had it not been for the frost it
is quite likely that fruit would have been
a drug on the market and much of it gone
a-begging or sold for prices entirely too
small to leave a reasonable profit to the
As it is, there is bound to be a good de
mand for deciduous fruit this year, for not
every locality has escaped so lightly as the
favored Tulare County district.
In the Encina orchard, of which Ben M.
Maddox is president, thers are at least
eighty acres of good peaches that escaped
untouched, and out of the entire 440 acres
in th« orchard there are many large spots
of other deciduous trees that also escaped
and will yield good return. When ques
tioned concerning tbe fruit outlook, Mr.
Maddoz expressed himself as entirely
pleased with it and said he expected an
unusually profitable year. On the Evans
dale orchard, which is owned by the same
company, in spite of the fact that ail the
young prunes are wiped out, there are
enough good peaches of a sufficient acreage
of five-year-old prune trees that withstood
the cold weather to make a fine crop, even
at much smaller prices than are reasonably
The Visalia Fruit and Land Company's
440-acre orchard, of whicn County Clerk
William H. Hammond is president, will
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also yield a good-paying crop, though the
frost was felt there to some extent.
Somewhat conflicting reports come from
the 1300 acres owned by the Fleming Or
chard and the Mineral King Fruit Com
pany, but a safe and conservative esti
mate of all the loss by frost still leaves a
good fair crop of choice delicious fruit for
the coming market.
There is a multitude 6*f smaller orchards
scattered all about Visalia and, indeed,
throughout the entire county, but none of
the reports so far received are at all dis
heartening. It may be that here and
there a small orchard has suffered a great
deal, but* so far as is known at present
there is no fruit-grower in the county Out
what will reap a fair profit for his season's
At Lindsey, Exeter and Lemon Cove
there are over 2000 acres of fine oranges
and Jemons which escaped the ravages of
the frost entirely. Not a single citrus tree
At Exeter, and in the region east of
Vißalia, the deciduous trees suffered very
little or not at all, much less at any rate
than in any other section. One reason,
given for this is that in most of these or
chards the trees are older and have
abundant foliage. The foliage kept the
fruit -warm and protected it splendidly
from the frost.
The large orchard of assorted trees
owned by H. Thomas is reported in very
fair condition, and Mr. Thomas says he
has no cause to complain or feel disheart
ened at the season's outlook.
The same state of affairs is true with re
gard to John Harter's prune orchard. It
is in excellent shape, all things considered,
and will yield a fair revenue in return for
tne labor and capital invested upon it.
George F. Beales, superintendent of the
Cain Fruit and Nursery Company, expects
to harvest a good crop of fruit on his
ranch this summer. He will have a big
crop of prunuß simoni and Clyman plums.
He has thinned the trees once, and will
nave to thin them again. The trees are
loaded. He will have a good crop of
Tragedy prunes also, notwithstanding the
recent frosts. Taking it all in ail, Mr.
Beales feels greatly encouraged.
George Perkins' prune orchard is in good
condition. There are evidences that a
frost was somewhere in the neighborhood,
but Mr. Perkins, together with most all
the other fruit men in this region, is
confident that the increased price of fruit
this year will at the very least repay them
for all losses hy the frost.
FRESNO COUNTY`S ARMENLAND
Large Sums Sent to the Sufferers of ThHr
FRESNO, Cal., May 10.— Rev. A. J.
Melchonian, M.D., of this city has re
turned from a lecturing tour of the State.
Dr. Melchonian is an Armenian, and he
has visited every town of importance in
the State, making appeals in behalf of
sufferers in his native land. He delivered
lectures on Armenia and took up collec
tions for the oppressed. He raised $900 on
Armenia never had a better friend than
the Fresno colony of people from that
country. They have raised considerable
sums of money which was sent to Armenia
and have lost no opportunity to make
appeals in the interests of their country.
In the Fourth of July parade last year
they nad a float with a young Armenian
lady representing the oppression of her
country. About 100 Armenians followed
FOR GREATER SELMA
Organization of an Auxiliary Hundred
SELMA, Cal,, May 10.— A mass-meeting
was held here last night to organize an
auxiliary Hundred Thousand Club, to act
in unison with the Fresno club. A large
delegation waa present from Fresno. The
speeches were cheered to the echo. A
pledge was prepared and the rolls opened
by the signatures of twenty-five leading
citizens and the appointment of the fol
lowing committee to take charge of the
rolls and secure not less than 100 charter
members: W. L. Chappell, G. W. Terriil
and V. S. Willis.
Santiago Canyon Accident.
SANTA ANA, Cal., May 10.— Harry
Rice of this city was accidentally shot to
day whilfl hunting birds in Santiago
Canyon for a sick neighbor woman. His
shotgun was accidentally discharged
while the young man was riding in a cart
the charge tearing an arm almost from
his body. The accident occurred near
Mme. Modjeska's mountain home.