OCR Interpretation


The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, October 11, 1896, Image 19

Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1896-10-11/ed-1/seq-19/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for 19

Gossip About
' Californians
In New York
NEW ITORK, N. V., Oct. 6.— A ruddy
faced Californian told me the other morn
ing that politics seemed like a tonic to the
majority of men, while to him the very
thought of politics was enervating in the
extreme. "To tell you the truth," he
heartily explained, "I ran away from the
coast just to escape politics. I shall return
just in time to vote, and, by the way— this
is strictly entre noua — for the first time
in eighteen years I will not vote the Dem
ocratic ticket." I'll not give his name,
that, at least, shall remain "entre nous."
Captain Thomas Mem has returned
from the shores of Africa. He has been
wonderfully successful since he left Cali
fornia, having cleared, it is said, over
$1,000,000 in African mines. His head
quarters were at Johannesburg, and as
superintendent of mines he has been a
very bußy man during his absence from
California. Before returning to California
Captain Mem, his wife and family will
visit relatives in St. Lawrence County,
N. Y.
Charles Dexter said a very pertinent
thing the other day, just before leaving.
A number of friends were bidding him
good-by when he remarked in a far-away
voice: "Weil, I've decided that the West
is God's land, and California is as near
heaven as I ever want to be," Mr. Dexter
seemed to be so impressed with his own
r sentiments that his Gotham friends are
actually planning an extended pilgrimage
to heaven — California.
Kari Howard has recovered sufficiently
from his illness to be up and about. His
mother, Mrs. Charles Webb Howard, ac
companied him and his brother, Shafter
Howard, to Boston.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carrigan and H.
P. Scott are registered at the Holland
House. Mrs. H. E. Huntington and Miss
Clura Huntington are also stopping at the
Holland House.
O. M. Brennan, proprietor of the Pleas
anton, returned to town on Thursday. He
has been visiting, his sisters, who live in
New Haven, Conn. Mr. Brennan has
made several important purchases for the
Pleasanton during his stay here.
It seems but last week that Billy Emer
son and Charlie Reed were the "jolly end
men" at the little Standard Theater on
Bush street. How we used to laugh at
their funny stories and wonder how dear
oid, deep-voiced Friilman could sit as
"middle-man" and never crack a
smile.
Our jaw-hinges have grown rusty for
sooth, and we do not laugh as readily as
we used to. Simplicity of taste is lost in
the wild extravagance of spectacular I
plays, aerial ballets and vaudeville per- i
formances. Poor Charlie Reed closed his
jolly eyes with a sigh when death took
him several years ago. To-day Billy Em
erson, not quite as good-looking as be
used to be, is "doing a turn" at the big
vaudeville houses. The other evening at
Proctor's there were a number of San
Franciscans scattered through the house,
and, to make it seem more homelike, a
party of well-known Californians occupied
a box near tbe stage and laughed at and
applauded Billy Emerson just for "Auld
Lang Syne." They were "Billy" Miner,
Frank Corcoran, "Harry" Pearson, Ted
Tichnor aud "Lou" Hanchett.
k J. Spitz, merchant, is at the Marlbor-
Tough.
A. F. Reed has decided not to take his
usual European trip this fall, but devote
the time before election to visiting friends
and relatives in the East and taking a
long-deserved rest. He will be in San
Francisco the first part of December.
Mrs. S. E. Pape and Mrs. Cyrus Walker
Lured by a Mirage
While Thirsting on
the Desert Sands
John Wickerßham of Los Anjreles, who
for some months past has been riding an
Indian pony in the Northwest, partly for
his health and partly while prospecting
for gold, has returned here on his way
home. He says there is a stretch of desert !
lying between the Columbia River and
what is known as Coulee City, in the
Moses Coulee of the Big Bend country in
Washington, that enormously surpasses
in dreariness anything that he has ever
before seen. Mr. Wickersham carried
pick and pan with him on this trip; he
was also provided with a roll of blankets
and a lariat for roping bis pony. His
p.- visions consisted chiefly of a piece of
bacon, some prepared coffee, some flour,
. sugar and salt. The culinary outfit was
jk as light as it was possible to make it. In
way, with only a single 45-caliber
pistol to defend him, he moved about,
camping each night wherever he might be.
"I have seen and heard a great deal
about dreary stretches of country," said
Mr. Wickersham yesterday. "I have been
on the plains of Colorado and Arizona, and
on the Mojave and Colorado deserts in
California; I have also been in the dry
regions about the Humboldt Sink in
Nevada. Tney are fearful in their desola
tion. However, 1 passed over a region in
the Big Bend country that is, if possible,
more frightful than any of these. I came
near famishing there for want of water,
my pony was completely fagged out, and it
was only with the greatest exertion that I
managed finally to get through to Coulee
City. This dreary stretch of desert extends
for a distance of. for y miles along Foster
Creek, from the mouth of the creek to a
point nearly on the high tableland on the
south. It must have been merely in de
rision that the broken gulch was called a >
creel:, for during no year from the time of
which the memory of man runs was there
ever any water in its bed, except at the
lower portion during freshets. Into this
ghastly region, not knowing that there
was really no water there, I went on my
exploring trip. Foster Creek winds by
some chalk-white cl.ffs for several miles
south of the Columbia, and finally, when
the trail made by the Indians leaves this
goree, you traverse an almost level stretcn
of sandy desert. On either side are great
bAre places, as white as the chalky cliffs.
H>ese mark places that are poisoned by
alkali, so that, even if there was water
nothing could grow there.
"In traversing all this long distance I
saw no livin? thing except a few horned
toads and some enrious brown birds that
had no tails. What the birds lived on I
cannot tell. Aside from these there was
of San Francisco are at a Fifth-avenue
hotel.
Mrs. Amy Strong of San Diego is in the
city.
Mrs. Ira Pierce and her daughter ar
rived last Wednesday.
Dr. George N. Robinson of Los Angeles
reached the city on Friday evening. His
health is very poor, and he hopes to bene
fit it by his journey East.
William L. Whitwell is at the Waldorf.
Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Sharon and Miss
Sharon arrived from the West Friday, and
are stopping at the Park-avenue Hotel.
This hostelry was originally built by that
wonderful old millionaire, A. T. Stewart,
for the purpose of providing a home for
professional and working women. The
scheme was a magnificent one, and should
have succeeded. Discord among the
"powers that were" caused the project to
fall through, and tbe immense structure
was shortly afterward converted into a
first-class hotel.
Mrs. George W. Baldwin paid a flying
visit to her father, "Lucky" Baldwin, this
week.
On her way home she will join her hus
band in Cincinnati. Together they will
visit a week or two with relatives in
Ohio, and then proceed westward.
"Lucky" Baldwin has done very little
with his stable this season. He has every
confidence in the "string, 11 however, and
expects big innings later on.
W. S. Hobart will ship his Del Monte
stable in a few days, when it will be en
tered for the winter races in California.
Ferrier has made a remarkable record
I during the Sheepshead Bay meeting. He
has won a good share of money, and nis j
behavior has been enough to make his
owner, Mr. Hobart, and his trainer, Mr.
Hunn, very proud of him.
There are a lot of great men's sons in
New York just now. There's Blaine'sand
Grant's, Garfield's and Harrison's, Sher
man's and Ingersoil's, and yet the world
never hears of them as having done any
thing great enough to be recorded. Wny
is it? May be they are too young to have
derided what will make them great
quickest and with the least trouble. They
all have time to be heard from, for none
of them is over 42.
Frank Brown, who divides his time be
tween Idaho, Utah and California, has
been in New York for several weeks. He
has succeeded in placing his Idaho
properties at a handsome profit.
Every baldheaded man who has a back
yard to sit in or a fire-escape to stand on
is congratulating himself these days be
cause some wise noddle has discovered
that a fine new crop of hirsute decoration
will sprout and grow on a bald pate if the
pate is exposed a given time each day to
the warm rays of the sun. It will not be
very long ere there will be as many bald
headed sun- worshipers as there are bars
footed grass- waikers. Already a number
of the faddists are combining the two
"new wrinkles" and walk over the dewy
sun-kissed grass with bare feet and un
covered heads.
One can't blame men nowadays for be
coming alarmed at their baldheaded
futures. The majority of men have very
thin locks, even if they have not arrived
at the perfectly bald stage. There seems
to be considerable philosophy and good
reason in the open-air sun bath. What's
the need of hats, anyhow?
Thick felt hats and deadly dyed beavers
are undoubtedly very destructive to the
hair follicles and sabaceous glands. At
least, there will be no harm done in try
ing thu "bareheaded sun shower."
Trella Foltz Tolaxd.
no bird, no animal, nothing in the air or
on the earth ; the sun beat down fright
fully with a baleful glare; it was so hot
that presently I was so overcome i could
scarcely sit on my horse. Riding over
j this desert one becomes desperate; what
| he has been becomes a memory, and over
come by the thirst and heat you feel as if
yon had been projected into a new and
strange world. In trying to reach the
hamlet of Coulee City, which is on a
branch railroad from Spokane, I took the
wrong trail at a point on the desert, and
for a time I was lost.
"It was while I was lost on this desert
that I saw a beautiful lake before me. It
could not have been more than a mile
away and came suddenly into view. I
wondered that I had not seen it before.
As I rode toward it I saw that some wil
lows were growing on the opposite side of
it. and to my right was some waving
green grass. At the same time a refresh
ing breeze swept over my face. I thought
I would soon have plenty of water and 1
pushed forward as fast as I could to
ward it.
"Strange to say, my pony showed no
energy, and I was surprised at this, for you
know that a horse half famished as mine
was can scent water even if is ten miles
away, and as this was in full sight I could
not make out what the trouble was. I
urged the pony forward and must have
ridden a mile in this way, and still the
lake drew no nearer. I had thought that
in the distance I saw wifd fowl on the
lake, and my perplexity increased; sudden
ly it dawned on me that this was no lake,
but that it was a mirage, which in truth
it was. Then I made all possible haste to
retrace my steps, but the pony was nearly
fagged out.
"By dint of great exertion I managed to
get him back over the plains, and at last,
after two days of struggling. I reached a
little house about five miles from Coulee
City, where a lonely rancher had inclosed
a little piece of ground and dug a well.
There I got water, was enabled to re
cuperate, and at length pushed on to the
railroad. Talk about frightful stretches
of country, that is the most grewsome and
weirdly fearful of any that I ever saw. I
want no more experience like the one I
have just had. Even gold would not
tempt me to go again into a country like
that"
Against the Charter.
The anti-charter meeting at Metropolitan
Hall on Monday evening, October 12, will be
the opening of a vigorous campaign against
that document. James H. Barry of the Star
will express the sentiments ot me American
Women's Liberal Leagne, J. M. Reynolds of the
Municipal Reform League and W. Macnrt.hu r
of the Labor Council. Hon. J. Leggett will pre
side. The pu bile are invited.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11* 1896.
NEW TO-DAT DRY GOODS.
LADIES' MERINO UNDERWEAR ; •....';■ .. •■ • ~~- • -■■■.■ - •■ ■ ■■,'■ ... ; . : . . LADIES' AND CHILDREN'S
department. :Our great October Sale is proving a never-ending source of wonderment hosiery.
3 cases ladies' 5 natural gray and delight to the thousands who daily attend it— wonderment at the RIDIC- At 25 cents.
ULOUSLY LOW FIGURES PREVAILING as the result of the PRODIGIOUS 1W iSSSk SS?^^n^oS?iSS
extra good value for $1, on special sale I . " , . . - . * ' ' " ; spliced heels, double > toes, Hermsdorf
at 75c each; { —: = , DISCOUNTS at which our magnificent New Fall Stock was bought, and delight $&: worth 40c « on •****»* at *• a
2 cases ladies' scarlet lamb's- j with the opportunity afforded them to make their Autumn purchases from . At 331^ cents.
S^^^si^! 11 I^^ the MATCHLESS COLLECTION OF RARE AND EXCLUSIVE STYLES AND 1M B d LTc\ C cTs L HMEl E s w wooL2 ooL R HolE D
, • " ■■■ " •:• ■ . : .•.-=•-;. . .;.,-.,. ••■-,-, ;-_„_; ■. ' :> --:■■. _ . double heels, soles and toes, full tin-
Atsl NOVELTIES displayed at such GREAT REDUCTIONS FROM PREVAILING ; i^, wonh «>o, on »pedai «ie at -
-4 cases LADIES' JERSEY RIBBED LL : .IjJ '■'■ ' : : ' '■:'. "-'•'■■•!; . . ,;...' . • . /a P ir< _
• cashmere wool: plaited PRICES as are outlined in the following samples of . At 25 Cents
VESTS,; high. neck, long ; sleeves; * -.-,*> --.-■■ . r . & , * . • . : .At 2o Cents.
drawers to match; warranted non- ' . . . . -MM3S& , 200 dozen LADIES' FINE BLACK MACO
shrinkable, white and natural, worth FlT** • -^ 7 -^ f--. C^ I^_ - - - - .-._ C* • •~ -• _— . I COTTON HOSE, high-spliced heels,
$125, on special sale at $1 each. f. Hi t C V\/ £*£* UT C ST fl^O Y% €1P t^C^f^ If\l £1 I double toes, Hermsdorf dye, plain and
-— 1 1110 YT Wvi\ 4^tl>yilX 4JUVVICIIS • Richelieu ribbed, worth 40c, on special:
At 75 Cents. ■ v *-* *• sale at 25c a pair. ■■>-.
75 dozen LADIES' ECRU EGYPTIAN „ • .' . :,.:.■■ - -. ■■• /. ■.- ' -' ■' .-•■■:■■■••■.•■■•....•. , '. „ - ...... J —
COTTON UNION SUITS, high neck, , , | „ „== At 25 Cents
in n fp B ee?J e ilsa a t T W ° rth H ' LADIES' KID GLOVES. NEW DRESS TRIMMINGS, Etc RIBBONS! RIBBONS 100 dozen LADIES' NATURAL GRAY
W-_^ :— — ". ? , T „ ' 'ZT~ :: '-'-t, '•'-"■■„ _, v __^_ • SANITARY WOOL HOSE, seamless.
*«■ 41 nn •. At 75 Cents. Our New Stock of Colored Bead and Em- .At Cents 1 ' light and dark ■ colors, worth 35c, on
50 dozen LAD^sf^SEY. RIBBED « fg-« J&^SvE^".^^^ ' " " ' : P^ooth^^rS^^e? qSE «NOH ALL-SILK TAFFETA DRES- special sale at *>* a pair. _
WOOL MIXED UNION SUITS, hi{:h g£ .& a nd"black regular "prTce ties and prices, from 10c to* 50 yard. DEN RIBBONS, m assorted colors, ___
■■■■; neck. lon* sleeves, ankle length, white » ° k - ™ B ? ecial sale al 75c a * air - P We will offer an aliment of Colored : TalIW 25c, will be offersd at 15C a yard. ;..... At 33Ks Cents I
and natural worth $150 on scecial $1 A on spcc.ai sale at ioc a pair. c Wl n o ff er an as3O rtment of Colored *
wleatsleach ; aV ,77 f Bead Trimmines special at 10c a yard.' „ • -:\ 175 dozen LADIES' 4-THREAD BLACK
. »aie at *i eacn. At 75 Cents. • Tt , m t^ ■■:_ t> vjnrono -m v ," ; At 25 Cents. v ' , MACO COTTON HOSE extr&high-
At «200 ■■■■'■' 200 dozen 4- button UNDRESSED KID JET BEAD TRIMMINGS— We have in 4-INCH ALL-SILK TAFFETA RIB- spliced* heels,' double soles and toes,
»/; rtn , on t »niif« tkwv Am qwtw GLOVES,.; large buttons, colors; and every conceivable design and in widths BON S, assorted colors, /will be offered • Hermsdorf dye, worth 50c, on special :
RTRRwn ?lvom £kv!?k ivsr% h]** ' black/ regular price $125, on special „ from 1-16 inch to 4 inches, prices from at &° a rd - • :! ;,. , - . sale at 33^c a pair. / .
. RIBBhiD WOOL UMOJS bullb, nigh sale at 75c a pair. . ' 2ctossayard. : . ■ . *-. .<f 5 f . •; -.
neck, lon- sleeves, ankle length, white . saleat/ocap , a !il_ . , : - ■--.„ .^- •• ; »— r- -■ - _ -_, •■ •• ■ \ ■■ '''^ ■ gtm ■ _ ■-■■■. ~~
and natural, worth $2 50, on special At 75 Cents. W ' J will offer an assortment of Jet Bead At . 25 Cents. /I i.; At 35 Cents
• ale a ts2each.__r ; 200 dozen 5-HOOK KID GLOVES, black ; -Tnmmings Specie and 10c a yard. 4-INCH^LL-SILK^ MOIRE TAFFETA go dozen - LAD IMPORTED BLACK
At ** = 0 : . only, regular price $125, on special JET AND COLORED, BEAD REVERE gjf; BO Nb a ssort. cd colors, will be of- CASHMERE WOOL HOSE, double
9^^nTAmA'iwT^TiTßßTrnqTTTr sale at 75c a pair. . . ; - .. • GARNITU RES-An entire stock of fered at *> c a yard. r , ■ heels, soles y and toes, worth 50c, on
25 dozen LADIES' SWISS RIB BED SILK , — — , . - the latest and: only desirable styles, ... .— — .. . • - special sale at 35c a pair.
VESTS, low neck and sleeveless, lace- .At 75 Cents. 1 J./ V i embracing ■ all qualities • and prices, . At 35 Cents. - .
"wonh^Ton'sp^cfaT'sSt 150 dozen 4-BUTTON KID GLOVES, em- -' from 50c,t0 $15 each. 5-INCH ALL-SILK DRESDEN RIBBONS, . . „..•- c ~~. '
"^yco'o™. "ortu **, on special sale broidered backs and large Buttons.: in „. T ■ ... • •-_' ; -, ■— T - ■■■ -_• - a _ .in assorted colors value 60c, will be ''-■ - At 50 . Cents.
at * lsoettCtl ; -. dark medium and tan shades, also We will alme of Jet Bead Reveres SfeSfSSc I °yard. V * 125 dozen LADIES' IMPORTED CASH-
— : black, regular price $1 25, 011 special ;,. apecial at *1 a sot^ \ * "J_ - MERE WOOL HOSE, high-spliced
DRESS LININGS sale at 7&c a pair. : . BLACK SILK AND JET BEAD BO- '; " -7~~~- — ~ heels, double soles and toes, black and ♦
w -■"■■ . j,IZ~Z ' LERO DRESS GARNITURE, , in a nr»CCA mrdc ANn I imrdri lac light natural colors, worth 75c, on
Our stock of DresT^ininw comprises Af9o Cents. .. . very, choice selection of style, the co- GOSSAMERS AND UMBRELLAS special sale at 50c a pair
every want of the dressmaker. = °° mpnSes 150 dozen 4-BUTTON KID GLOVES, col- i . partners in newness 'with the Ravere .' ; ,". : ;
RUSTLE LlNlNGS— Special line of °rs and black, regular price ; $1 50, on . style. "\- ' : -At $2.00. . :
Moire Rustle Taffeta Lining, black, grays, special sale at 90c a pair. rWe will offer a line of Jet Boleros Special MISSES' CLOTH GOSSAMERS, in navy, ■ datheo rnnnc
tans, browns, etc., 25 incnes wide, on ' , . ; . at $2 and $2 50 each. ; black and assorted colors, will ;be LcAlncK UUUUS.
special sale at 5c a yard. At $1.00. : „. ■■ -';'■■•-"-- placed on special sale at $2 each. • '.',
150 dozen 4-BUTTON DERBY KID ncTDirH CPATHPD — T^^^^^^- a*. ok r~~4.
. . GLOVES, large buttons, colors red, tan OSTRICH FEATHER „,,,-,, -• v *- ™ . At 25 Cents.
HOUSEKEEPFRS AND BICY- and browns, regular price $1 50, on COLLARETTES. At $ a -00. We will offer a line of COIN PURSES, In \
nuuaCNCCKCW AfNLI Die! . , Bpe cialsaleat $lapalr. ; •, :• *■ > _ ...:.. :....■■■ -— .-.-?. :v, , ; . LADIES' WOOL > DOUBLE TEXTURE black : and t colored, -grain seal, fancy
CLE RIDERS, ■ - ; -.-. H: ■ - - We have received a full variety of quah- MACKINTOSHES, value $7 50, will be and alligator, at 25c each.
_______ -_.-__.-.__ Af <S1 9* ' ties in our Fine , Grade Black Ostrich placed on special sale at $5 each. . ' — -v .
H._E_l_-L .X> THIS. . At $1.2». _ Feather Collarettes,, 18 inches long, ■■ v , „..„„ .
• • 100 dozen 4-BUTTON GENUINE FRENCH ■■ and all at lowest prices. -; ' At 50 Cents.
THE WORLD'S WONDER— "FLASH- KID GLOVES, embroidered backs, Mn « - iDrnnimr r,^ A a At $1.50. LADIES' COMBINATION POCKET-
SKIN," a magic cloth polisner of , Silver- • dark, medium and : tan shades, .also Our OSTRICH FEATHER BOAS are in LADIES' SILK GLORIA UMBRELLAS, BOOKS, in black grain seal, alligator
ware -and all kinds of metals, and for 'black, regular price $1 75, on special 36, 45 and 54 . inch lengths, and at in horn and natural .handles, will be and colored seal, a special line at 50c
Bicycle Riders a necessity, price 25c a pair. - 1 sale at $1 25 a pair. I prices from $6 to $18 50 each. placed on special sale at $1 50 each. . each.
{/If Murphy Building, / &iJ Murphy Building, / (si/ Murphy Building, £ ml/ Murphy Building, 1/ mi/ Murphy Building, if
Market aid Jones Streets. - Mar_Bl aid Jones Streets. . Market aid Jones Streets. Met and -'Jones Streets. . : Market and Jones Streets.
A Remarkable Carving
From a Mammoth Tusk
There has recently been brought to the
attention of the French Academy a very
rare and valuable curio in the shape of an
ivory statue of Christ.
It was carved by the celebrated Fran
cois Girardon in the latter part of the
seventeenth century, and afterward be
longed to Marie Antoinette. At the time
of her execution (1793) an inventory was
taken of the royal possessions at Ver
sailles, but a member of the Bourbon
family had removed this treasure and
hidden it away, and for this reason no
mention of it appears in the list. Twelve
years ago it was sold to M. Durey, who
resides at 208 Avenue dv Maine, Paris.
An ordinary engraving can convey no
adequate idea of the exquisite workman
ship of this statue. The anatomy is per
fect and the portrayal ol suffering ad
mirably realistic.
The image measures from the crown to
the feet 1 meter 3 centimeters, or 3 feet 4>£
inches, the entire length being carved of
one piece. The arms and the knot in the
An Alameda Hay Field
Like an Egyptian Plain
To properly care for bay has always
been a hard problem for the rancher of
California. The danger of spontaneous
combustion being great made it unwise to
put it in a barn, as the event of fire only
made the loss that much greater. Cover
ing it with tarpaulins and leaving it in
the field has long been the accepted
method, although sure to cause some loss
on account of rain producing mold on
the top of the stack. But it was the best
known and the loss less than the loss of a
barn and possibly several head of stock.
The latest method adopted by the ranch
ers of Alameda County is to construct a
sort of frameworK of scantlings ana cover
it with thin canvas. This method keeps
the canvas some distance from the hay
and at the same time sheds the water as
good as the roof of a barn. It also has the
advantage of being cheap.
The effect produced on the landscape by
this method, however, is most startling
and calculated to make a man rub his
eyes the -first time he sees a field covered
with the atranga looking white pyramids.
drapery are added, but are of the same
ivory. Its weight is 35 kilos, or 77 pounds.
The breast measures 49>£ centimeters, or
19)4 inches in circumference. These di
mensions prove that the ivory is of ante
diluvian origin, for no elephant tusk of
the present aze is of such size as to fur
nish these proportions in a single piece.
To understand this better we must con
sider the structure of a tusk. It is not, as
some suppose, bard, solid ivory from base
to tip, but is hollow for about half its
length. In life this cavity is filled with a
pulpy substance. Its diameter is not pro
portionate with the outside diameter of
the tusk, but decreases more rapidly, com
ing to a point about halfway from the
base of the tusk. From this point a dis
colored line extends through the solid por
tion of the tusk to its outer end, and about
this line center the delicate latitudinal
markings of the grain. It is thus easy to
distinguish from wnat part of the tusk
(diametrically considered) any article is
made. In the proximal portion of a large
Houses are scarce down that way, so that
there is nothing to jar on the impression.
For twenty miles along the bay shore
almost any part of it looks like the plain
of Egypt. Only the trees and the strange
looking haystacks, shaped exactly like the
great pyramids, are to be seen.
They are scattered all over the fields
and large enough to dwarf most of the
other objects in the landscape. Some of
these stacks are at least forty feet high
and few less than thirty. The small oaks
and young eucalyptus trees help out the
illusion.
In the early evening when there is just
light enough to make out the different
objects the effect shows to the best advan
tage. The cauvas ceases to be canvas and
becomes stone. The different pyramids
seem to rise to twice their real size.
Nothing is wanting to make the beholder
think he is in the land of the Nile, and if
he has ever been there he will instinctively
stOD and listen expecting to hear the cry
of the donkey boys urging their unwilling
beasts to action.
sized tusk there is a goodly amount of ,
ivory, for the walls of the cavity thicken
rapidly from the base upward, but for a
statue of the dimensions given above the
solid half of the tusk only could have been
used.
Although the tusks of the extinct mam
moth do not always taper so rapidly in
proportion to their length as do those of
the elephant yet the circumference of the
base of this one must have been at least
thirty incbes, and perhaps more. It is in
teresting to speculate upon how Monsieur
Girardon came into possession of the rare
geological relic from which he chiseled
this masterpiece of art. The fact that the
majority of mammoth tusks are much
curved, often forming almost complete
circles, and thus can be utilized only to a
limited extent by tbe sculptor, renders his
prize the more remarkable.
M. Durey has been offered $60,000 for
the statue, but considers it worth $100,000.
He has, however, expressed his willing
ness to submit it to connoisseurs and let
them determine a price. Tne party who
made the offer of $60,000 referred the mat
ter to the great painter, Meissonier, since
deceased, who stated that $60,000 was too
low a sum, since this statue is "unique in
the world, and its value inestimable, not
only as ivory but also as an 'objet dart. "
Various members of the academy have
been called upon to set a price, but their
reports have not yet been forwarded.
Another notable Ivory Btatue of Christ
exists in the old papal palace at Avignon,
but it is much smaller and is made in
sections.
It is a matter of conjecture what associ
ation or individual will secure the great
art treasure now awaiting a tender of ap
preciation long withheld. Possibly Ameri
can wealth and zeal may win the day and
effect its removal to this side of the Atlan
tic, where it will grace a classic museum
or inspire the hearts of worshipers in some
New World cathedral.
A NEW ENVELOPE.
You Pull the String and the Letter
Flies Open*
P. B. Gillette of Grass Velley has in-
vented several novel and useful kinds of
envelopes, all of which seem to be great
improvements over the ordinary letter
envelope now in use.
One of his designs presents a self-sealing
envelope that cannot be opened without
detection. The outside flap is cut bias
and has a fastening on the reverse side
that is quite novel in its way.
Another design was the flap cut square,
but the method of fastening is secure and
quite original.
Perhaps the greatest and most useful
invention on both of these envelopes lies
in the silk thread " that hangs out at the
end and at the back of the envelopes.
Pull this thread and the envelope is
opened neatly and expeditiously. This
part of the invention is one that will com
mend itself to every business man.
Mr. Gillette has secured patents on his
inventions, and is now in San Francisco
preparing for the manufacture of his nov
elties in envelopes.
A Mill Valley Dog That
Pumps Water for Cattle
Dog-motors are plentiful enough in
Belgium and a few other parts of Europe,
but they must surely be conceded to be a
rarity in California. Many people who
have traveled all over the State say they
have never seen any. But there is one at
least, and that is not very far from San
Francisco. It is on the Swiss ranch on top
of the hill to the westward of Mill Valley.
It is in plain sight from the road and hun
dreds of people passing that way wonder
what it is. They may see it turning
around at a good speed, but few would
think that the motive power was gener
ated by a dog. This motor has been in use
for two years and a most cheap and ser
viceable machine it has proved to be. The
cost is trifling, not the twentieth part of
what a windmill would cost, and for the
purpose nothing could be better. One dog
can easily pump water for a herd of 200
cattle. And the best of it is some dogs
like the work.
Dog-motors are built on the same prin
ciple as the exercising runs that are often
attached to cages for. squirrels and other
small animals. They are really barrels
made so that the dog can get in and out at
a place near the bottom, and aa soon as be
starts to run on the inside the barrel
slides from under his feet. In this way it
rotates as fast as the dog runs.
The motive power of the machine is
communicated to the pump by means of a
crank that connects with a piston and
sucker of ordinary type. Revolving the
motor causes the piston to rise and fall
the same as if a man were working the
handle.
For over a year the dog- motor on the
bill back of Mill Valley has been operated
by a dog named Gyp, and she really likes
the work and knows more about pumping
water than half of the men in the State.
When Gyp was first put into the machine
she knew just what she had to do, and
started in at a great rate. She ran so fast
that she would have fallen from exhaus
tion had she not been lifted out. But as
she has" grown older at the business she
has learned better. Bat she likes the
work as much as when she started. When
Gyp first started in to pump water she did
not know when to stop. She pumped and
pumped until the tank ran over all the
time. In a few weeks though she was
taught that all she was expected to do was
to keep the tank full and now she doesn't
do any more.
When Gyp is taken to the motor in the
morning she first looks Into the trough to
see how much it lacks of being full. She
then works accordingly and when she
thinks she has done enough runs oat and
takes a look at it. If it is full she lies
down and rests and if there are still a
few inches remaining she starts in again
and does not stop until the troueh is run
ning over.
All the water that Gyp pumps i? for cattle
to drink. It flows directly from the well
into the drinking- trough, so that they can
get It without trouble. Gyp knows sn soon
as she sees a band of steers making for
the trough what they are after and she
starts in pumping, so as to keep them from
emptying it. Her idea seems to be to keep
the trough full. In tact, she is unable to
rest unless she knows it is in that condi
tion. Gyp has to work hard to do her
work. Each stroke of the pump brings
up about a quart of water and she has
to make about six jumps to do it; but
when she feels like working nothing stops
her and the pumps make at least ten
strokes a minn te or perhaps 500 gallons of
water in ten hours.
Gyp ia the only dog on the ranch that
has ever liked the work. Others have
been tried, but it is always necessary to
lock them in to keep them from jumping
the job. Even Gyp's brothers always had
business elsewhere whenever they thought
there was any pumping to do. There was
one, though, that was a good worker. He
used to get so mad at being put in the
motor that he seemed trying to wear it
out for spite. He used to run and run
until the axle fairly smoked, but as soon
as he saw that he couldn't do the machine
any harm he curled up in the bottom and
went to sleep.
19

xml | txt