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WINTHROPPED BY
A BLACKMAILER
Charles Montgomery, Phil
anthropist, Placed in
Wooden Stocks.
Inveigled Into a Lonely House.
Threatened With a Liv
ing Death.
BIG RANSOM AFTER RELEASE.
Strange Story Told After a Year by
a California Prison Commis
sioner.
Charles Montgomery, the well-known
philanthropist and boniface, has made
public a strange story, in which he de
clares that some fifteen months ago he
was blackmailed in the approved Win
throp style. Ho says that he was enticed
into a lonely house, locked in stocks,
tnreatened with a loaded pistol and being
burned alive, and, under duress, took an
oath of secrecy, was relieved and subse
quently paid something less than $10,000
for immunity.
The following is Mr. Montgomery's
story :
The story 1 tell you was known only to my
self and four other persons. I gave these
friends my promise not to divulge the secret.
I have myseil never repeated It, but by *oroe
unknown means the details of the affair
leaked out. About fifteen months ago a
strange man came to my office in the hotel
and informed me that he was about to invest
iv some property on a small street south of
Market street. He claimed to be a man unused
to transacting business, and he explained that
he had heard that I usually interested myself
in people whom I believed needed moral or
financial assistance.
1 had not much time to spare, but I set aside
my business and accompanied him to a small
cottage in the locality mentioned. On arriv
ing at the house I was somewhat surprised to
find that no sign "to let" or "'for sale" was on
the dwelling, and, furthermore, thejstranger
produced a latchkey with which he opened the
front door, which move was in itself somewhat
suspicious, but 1 am not a very suspicious per
son; I sei aside my hesitation and stepped
within the premises.
I found myself in a plain, unfurnished vesti
bule or hallway. Doors opened from it into
unfurnished compartments. I looked about
me, turned from my guide to investigate, and
on facing him again 1 was horrified to see that
he had drawn a murderous-looking revolver,
which he aimed at my head.
"Come with me," commanded the man. I
followed him into a back room and then saw
at a glance that I was in a chamber of horrors.
There, in one corner, stood the stocks, a table
of common pine boards in front of them, a
chair to the rear. A pile of old paper and
rags filled another corner.
"Take your seat in that chair," commanded
my tormentor. I thought of resistance, but
on second consideration I determined to face
the ordeal. I gave myself into the care of the
Almighty. Death had no terror tor me, but
the thought of my family and of the great
grief they would suffer caused me to make up
my mind not to tempt the man to do murder.
1 took my seat in the chair. The rude
stocks at my feet were lifted into place by the
maii. He commanded me to place my ankles
in the notches, and when I complied he closed
the upper section of the apparatus down, but
it did not close tightly. Placing his foot on
the thing he gave it a push down, and it
closed with a click, as if it worked with an
automatic spring. The pressure on ray ankles
was very painful, and alter my release my an
kles were core for a week.
Drawing the table closer to me the desperate
fellow produced several blank checks and pen
and ink and told me that he wanted me to
sign a cneck for $10,000, which he would cash
before he released me. 1 explained to him
that 1 had only a few hundred dollars in the
bank, and that owing to the new rules adopted
by the banking-houses no overdrafts would be
allowed. "You cannot get any mouey on the
paper," I declared.
The fellow seemed desperate. He asked me
if 1 noticed tnat lie had made all preparations
to take my life and afterward destroy my body
by placing it upon the pile of debris, saturat
ing it with oil and setting it on fire, as he had
thoroughly soaked the room with kerosene
and it would burn up completely before the
department would arrive.
1 insisted tnat the banks would not honor
the overdraft and that 1 could not raise any
money.
Then he told me that he was going to
shoot me, placed the revolver near my fore
head and teemed about to carry out his awiul
threat.
At this moment I muttered a prayer. My
whole soul was put into my appeal to the Su
preme Being, and as if paralyzed, that man's
arm dropped to his side and he exclaimed, "1
cannot kill you."
Tne fellow talked to me again, and I suc
ceeded in convincing him thai even if I signed
tne check he would oniy have to return again
to the house to tell me that he could not gee
the money. What followed this 1 am not at
liberty to tell, butaiter taking a binding oath
not to divulge the location of the house, the
description of my assailant nor the circum
stances of my confinement, the man released
me and I returned to the Brooklyn Hotel.
About two months later I paid the money. I
can say that the amonut paid wa9 not $10,000,
but I cannot say just how much it was.
Mr. Montgomery is a California Prison
Commissioner, and has labored much
among the convicts. He has always taught
the veracity of an oath. His character is
irreproachable, and his story is generally
believed. The only facts that are deemed
strange are bia non-resistance and his
failure to inform the police. These points
are somewhat accounted for by his belief
tn the necessity of keeping his oath under
duress. The location of the mysterious
house of detention remains undivulged,
but Mr. Montgomery says it was on a
small street south of Market and bounded
by Brannan, Second and Sixth streets.
CaDtain Lees said last night that the
story of the kidnaping was a surprise to
him and he wondered why Mr. Mont
gomery never told him anything about it,
if only in contidence.
"If "Mr. Montgomery," said the Cap
tain, "says the story is true, then I be
lieve it, as I would stake my existence on
anything he said. It might puzzle some
people to think that be would give up
the money instead of informing tbe police,
but, knowing him as I do. if he made an
oath as stated nothing in the world would
make him break it.
"I remember now that I observed Mr.
Montgomery at the Winthrop trial. He
did not bit among the audience, but sat
behind my chair, which was close to the
jury-box. It was the best position one
could take for getting a good look at the
prisoner. I suppose he was studying
Winthrop to see if he could identify him
as the man who kidnaped him.
"If it all happened in July, 1895, Win
throp cou.'d not have done it. Mrs. Mat
thews died on May 19 that year, and Win*,
throp was arrested for her murder on
May" 23. He was in close confinement
rntil the verdict of a jury set him free
on August 23. Howard Smith, his sup
posed confederate in that murder, com
mitted suicide on June 3.
"I am at a ioss to conceive who the per
petrator of the outrage could have been.
The matter has not been officially re
ported to me nor do I suppose It will be."
BENEVOLENT GERMANS.
They Have Arranged for Two Grand
Popular Concerts.
The German Benevolent Society (German
Hospital) and the German Ladies' Benevolent
Society have arranged for two grand popular
k promenade garden concerts to be held at Me
chanics' Pavilion, under the direction of
Guatav Hinrichs, on Saturday, October 17. and
Sunday, October 18, commencing at 8 p. m.
The festival will not bear the character of a
fair, but will be arranged as an unpretentious,
enjoyable reunion of all German-American
associations and of all the friends of the said
6ocietiei with a view of fostering and encour
airing their laudable efforts under the banner
of benevolence ana humanity.
The net receipts of the two concerts will re
vert to the two societies. The annual charity
ball of the German Ladies' isociuty, for which
tickets were generally offered at $3, will not
take place this year; the ladles count, how
ever, upon the success of these entertainments
to meet the numerous demands upon charity.
Tho following committees have the enter
taiument in charge :
Finance committee— C. Goecker, Fr. C. Siebe,
Hugo Waldeck. A. H. R. Schmidt, R. Herold
Jr., Mrs. William Hildebrandt, Mrs. Sophxs
Goottig.
Committee of refreshments— C. E. Hansen,
Louis Zeißs, William Lutz, Carl Hess, Richard
Finking, Ed A. Keil, A. Plagemanu, Anton
Michalitschke, Robert Wienecke, Captain
Siebe, Mrs. M. Esberg. Mrs. Anna Stadtmuller,
Mrs. Isaac Hecht, Mr?. I. C. Muessdorffer, Mrs.
1. Popert, Mrs. A. Michalitscke, Mrs. Charle-
Bundschu, Mrs. William Westhofi, Mrs. Otto
Mueser.
Press committee— E. C. Priber, C. Goecker,
William Herrmann, Mrs. Dr. C. Regensburger,
Max Bergheim, Mrs. i. Popert.
Music committee— Mr>. Dr. C. Regensburger,
Mrs. B. Broemmel, Mr-. C. Chlig.
Reception committee — William HerrmanD,
Reuben H. Lloyd, Walter H. Cramer, Dr. Leo
pold Neumann, C. A. Kinkelin, Leon Sloss, H.
Daseking, G. C. Landis, Arnold Htahl, Max J.
Brandenstein, F. Ruether, F. Hohwiesner, F. G.
Voss, L. Simon, Dr. J.Morse,' Dr. H. Kreutzmann,
Emil Rohte, James Herrmann, August H. Mui
ler. Colonel M. H. Hecht, John F. Siebe, Otto
Mueser, George F. Volkmann, George Tourny,
D. Neustadter, Cesar Bertheau, Dr. Gustav
Dressel, Dr. Rudolph Baum, Dr. Max Saloman,
Dr. Conrad Weil, Dr. M. RegensDurger, Dr. L.
Newmark, Dr. P. de Vecchi, Dr. D. W. Mont
gomery, Dr. William A. Martin, Dr. B. Mac-
Mon&gle.
Decoration committee— E. Kollofrath, Ernst
A. Otto, Dr. W. A. Bryant, Mrs. Dr. H. Kreutz
mann, Mrs. S. Bowman.
CLOSE OF THE MISSION.
Redemptorlsts Will Jrinish Their Labors
To-Bay in St. Joseph* Church.
Father Scanlan, pastor of St. Joseph's
Church, on Tenth street, will issue the
following announcement to his parishion
ers to-day :
The members of the League of the Cross,
and those who wish to become members, will
assemble in St. Joseph's Hall this afternoon at
2:30 o'clock, to listen to an address on tem
perance from Father Mullane, at 3 o'clock, and
to renew their pledges. Those who wish to
join the league can do sobyhandinir in their
names, ages and addresses to the secretaries
immediately after the lecture. All the par
ishioners, and especially the parents, are
hereby invited to attend this rally, and as we
wish "to accommodate tbe grown people, who
can profit by the lecture, children will not be
admitted, nor mothers with babies in their
arms. I am anxious to have all the boys of
the parish who have made their first com
munion become members ot this lengue, and
request the parents to co-operate witn me in
this work.
The mission for single men will close to
night, and as we will be able to accommodate
them all in the body of the church, their
parents and friends who wish to attend the
closing exercises, which will commence at
7:30,' wi1l be accommodated in the galleries.
The devotions will consist of the recitation of
the rosary, Litany of the Blessed Virgin, a
sermon, the papal blessing and solemn bene
diction. ___^__________
DOUBLE WEDDING CHIMES
Celebration ot the Wedding of
Mary Pollock and William
Donald
And the Golden Wedding of Mr. an 4
Mrr. John Donald of Paisley,
Scotland,
A banquet celebrating the wedding of
Miss Mary Pollock to William Donald and
the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John
Donald, parents of the groom, was cele
brated last night at NativeJSons' Hall, on»
Seventeenth street, near Valencia.
Two long banquet-tables stretched the
full length of the hall, and it was a bril
liant and handsomely dressed company
that occupied the seats. The menu was
very fine. The festivities concluded with
music and dancing, which did not cease
till the stars paled in tbe eastern sky.
The presents for the bride and groom,
Mr. and Mrs. William Donald, comprised
numerous beautiful and useful testi
monials, including complete bedroom and
kitchen suites, many silver table dishes
and fine parlor and stand lamps.
Among the golden-wedding presents
for the parents, who have been married
fifty years, was a good-sized nugget of
gold from John Smith of Idaho. A
singular feature was that all the principals
of the wedding celebration were oricinally
from Paisley, Scotland. The invited guests
were:
Miss Mary Pollock. William Donald, Mr. and
Mrs. John Donald, Mrs. Robert Pollock. Mrs.
John Donald, Mr. and Mrs. D. Donald, Miss
Kiite Donald, Miss Jessie Johnstone, Mr. and
Mrs. D. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. A. Rankin, Mr.
and Mrs. J. Hood, Mr. and Mrs. R. Hood, Mr.
and Mrs. R. Young, Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Frear,
Mr. and Mrs. P. A. F. Keith, Mr. and Mrs.
William Bateman, Mr. aud Mrs. R. Herring,
Mr. and Mrs. James Dickip, Mr. and Mrs. J. Mc-
George, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. bonstone, Mr. and
Mrs. O. G. Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Stanley,
Mr. and Mrs. D. G. C. McKay, Mr. and Mrs.
William Pollock, Mr. and Mrs. William Kil
patrick, Mr. and Mrs. D. Paul, Mr. and Mrs. J.
Duncanson. Mr. and Mrs A. Donaldson. Mr.
and Mrs. William Young, Miss Annie Rankln,
Miss Ella Bateinan, Miss Jessie Bateman, Miss
Barbara McLean, Miss Horn McLean. Miss Mc-
Kay, Miss Agnes Porter, Miss Kate Gemmell,
Miss Christina Gemmeii, Miss Jessie Gillies,
Miss Clinton, Miss Lucy Hendry, Mr. and Mrs.
J. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. W. Chalmers, Mr.
and Mrs. G. Gilmour, Mr. and Mrs. T. Strand.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dalzell, Mr. and Mrs.
Alec Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. A. Campbell, Mr.
and Mrs. G. Miller. Mr. and Mrs. A. Rhodes,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baxter, Mr. and Mrs. W.
McGregor, Mr. and Mrs. A. Young, Mr. and
Mrs. Henderson. Mr. and Mrs. Keil. Mis. Segar,
Mr. and Mrs. T. Smith, J. Donald Jr., S. Knoph,
Mrs. Knoph, D. McEwen, D. Young, G. Lawson,
G. Kavanagh, M. McLean, A. Lehrke, William
Lehrke, T. \\ illiams, J. Smith, H. Walker, J.
Xiven. J. Moore, R. Pollock, D. Pollock, H.
Bruce, William Munn, William Clinton, W.
Dawson. E. T. Morris, J. Slater, J. T. Scott, J.
Craig, H. Steel, J. Gillies, J. McAllister, Dr.
Dicfcson, William Forrest. G. Carnegie. G. Keil,
D. Honeyman, J. Noonnn.
FERRIES THAT COMPETED.
One With an Original Fran chine Secures
a Supreme Court Decision.
Tbe Board of Supervisors of Del Norte
County in July, 1891, granted to Charles
Fortain and William T. Bailey a franchise
to establish and maintain a public toll
ferry on Klamatb River, which was estab
lished in 1891. Fortain was the sole owner
ol the ferry until January 1, 1895, having
purchased Bailey's interest. In August,
1895, Julius Smith etal. established a rival
ferry for the carriage of freight and pas
sengers within one mile of Fortain-'s ferry."
Fortain asked for and secured a temporary
in junction, which was afterward dissolved.
Then the case was appealed to the Su
preme Court. Yesterday the Supreme
Court reversed the order dissolving tbe
injunction. Fortain is sustained and hi*
rivals must desist. The court found that
"tne ownership of the franchise is the ulti
mate fact. In our opinion the plaintiff
can maintain the action without showing
sole ownership of tne franchise in him
self."
Lund Withdraws Hi* Suit.
Tbe case of E. T. J. Lund against John
Simpson, the Swedish Consul, to recover the
sum of $360 was dismissed in the United
States District Court yesterday. It appears
that Lund had a bill for the amount named
above against his sister* estate in Sweden,
which bill he placed in the hand* of Simpson
for collection. The Consul wrote to the proper
authorities in Sweden and was informed that
Lund's sister died thirty-tnree years ago, and,
consequently the claim had long since been
outlawed. Lund thereupon brought suit
against tbe Consul, alleging that if certain
Eapers had been filed in t me he, Lund, would
aye experienced no difficulty in collecting
the claim. The claimant's bill was for board
and lodging furnished his sister during her
early life. Judge Morrow ordered the case
stricken from the docket, the costs to be
equally divided.
Charter Publications Free to All.
Any person calling or writing to the Charter
Association, Mills building, will receive all
charter publications free. •
THE SAN FKANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1596.
GLOOMY OUTLOOK
FOR MR, ALFORD
Another Distressing Day of
Inactivity in Demo
cratic Ranks.
No Money to Carry On the Cam
paign for Bryan and
Free Silver.
A PARTY WITHOUT VITALITY
Brains and Financial Ability Driven
Ont— The "Examiner" Asks
for Funds.
The Call's recent articles in regard to
the moribund condition of the Democratic
State campaign committee has had a good
effect on that organization, for yesterday
another clerk was hired, though as yet he
has nothing more to do than had his
hitherto lonely companion. The accession
of this scribe is evidently intended to be
merely an alleviation of the eohtude that
has for several weeks depressed all visitors
to the Democratic State headquarters in
the California Hotel.
Herbert Spencer, in a philosophic mood,
once remarked that zero multiplied by in
finity still gives nothing as the result, and
so two or even three Democratic clerks may
write as few letters as one previously did.
When there is nothing to do adding num
bers to the ranks of the unemployed can
not in any marked degree add life to the
situation. Such is the condition of affairs
at the Democratic State campaign head
quarters, and the Hon. W. H. Alford,
popularly known as '"the boy manager of
the boy orator's campaign," is still sitting
idly in the inner office, twiddling his
thumbs, wondering when a change is to
come and longing lor the close of tne tire
some campaign.
But a ray ot light has broken through
a rift in the clouds. The Examiner,
aroused from its lethargy by The Call's
impartial expose of the Democratic State
Committees impecunious condition, has
rushed to tne rescue with an offer to give
$2000 to assist Mr. Bryan's cause provided
other Democrats will eive a like amount.
Although this offer appears to have a
string on it, there is a prospect ot the Ex
aminer having to put up some money, be
cause some people will be willing to sub
scribe in older to stick the Examiner at
its own game.
Here is the opening paragraph of the
Examiner's manuesto:
: The, appeal of the Democratic State :
: Central Committee for funds where- :
: with to prosecute more vigorously :
: the campaign in California is nut :
: yielding returns with the needed rap- ;
: Idity, and the Examiner has there- :
: fore determined to lend its assistance :
: directly to the task in hand.
This statement exactly corroborates the
interesting articles published in The Call,
and if the Democratic campaign is to he
enlivened tbe thanks of Mr. Alford and
Mr. Bryan will oe due to The Call for
bringing about that result. Yet in this
matter, as a sturdy adherent of McKinley
and protection, The Call is glad to see
that Kind of work go on. This has been
trnly called a campaign of education, and
it must inevitably follow that the more
assiduously Bryanism is peddled out
among the people the fewer votes will be
cast for Bryan.
Ths Call has no objection to the effort
of tbe Examiner to swell tbe Democratic
committee's bank account, but when it
makes a statement like the following some
attention must be given to it. The Ex
aminer says:
While the condition of honorable poverty is
one of which the Democracy hag no reason to
be ashamed, the truths contained in the Chi
cago platform cannot be properly presented to
the country without the expenditure of more
or less mouey. Nothing is needed for corrup
tion, but something must be spent for educa
tion. Documents must be printed and dis
tributed, halls must be hired and postage mu-t
be paid. And as the capitalists will not settle
the bills the people must.
A great many genuine Democrats will
join in a protest against this view of the
situation. In campaigns of the past there
was never a scarcity of money in the
Democratic campaign fund. In fact it has
been tbe custom for the newspapers to go
to the Democratic State Committee for
large subsidies instead of having the news
papers raise money for the committee.
When Frank Gould was chairman of the
Democratic State Committee two years
atro he was a veritable bonanza for the
Democratic editors, and when a Demo
cratic newspaper owner left the Demo
cratic headquarters the gold in his pock
ets jingled till it could be beard for blocks
like the bell of a bicycle crossing the cob
bles of Market street.
That a change has come about is not the
fault of the leading Democrats of the
State. It is because the brains and finan
cial mainstays of the party have been
driven out of the party organization by
the Populistic, socialistic, anarchistic
platform on which Mr. Bryan hopes to
float into tbe White House.
Take such men as Samuel Q. Murphy of
the First National Bank, Bernard D.
Murpbv of San Jose, Charles Anderson of
Santa Barbara, L. B. Hakes and Cassius
Carter of San Diego, W. J. Hunsaker of Los
Angeles, ex-Mayor E. B. Pond, J. M. Mc-
Donald, Jeremiah Lynch, R. M. Tobin
and others cf like character, and imagine
an organization to which they owned alle
giance to be out of funds. The supposi
tion is ridiculous. They always kept tbe
till fall to repletion.
The Sound-money Democratic league
of California, which has headquarters in
the Mills building, ha* no difficulty in
commanding ail tbe funds required for an
active campaign. The reason for this is
that tliey represent the stalwart De
mocracy of California, who faced the ever
valiant Republican party in many a hard
fought battle. When such men as these
were driven from the Democratic party, it
was like drawing tbe intellect and vitality
from the human body. No wonder the
Examiner is moved to start a subscription
for the benefit of Mr. Bryan's Democratic
State campaign committee.
The catalogue of some of the veteran
Democrats throughout the State who have
deserted Mr. Bryan's banner as published
in yesterday's edition of The Call at
tracted much attention among Demo
cratic voters, and doubtless will yet others
to thinking with tbe result that the ranks
of McKinley's supporters will be largely
increased. When the rank and file see
that the men who have been recognized
as leaders are no longer with them they
will call a halt and in snch a case as this
reflection will produce a decision to sup
port a financial system that will preserve
the Nation's honor instead of following
the anarchistic vagaries of a man who is
intoxicated with the music of his own
voice.
The list of Democrats who have for
years been prominent in the councils of
their party, but who are now opposed to
Mr. Bryan could be extended at great
length, but the names already given will
serve to illustrate the point and open the
minds of the people to the true condition
of political affairs in California.
It cannot be too plainly stated that the
master minds of the old Democratic
party, the stamina of that organization,
have turned their bacss on Bryan and all
his works.
These men are now advocating the elec
tion of Palmer and Buckner or have
openly and boldly taken the more logical
position in favor of McKinley.
Now tor the lesson to be drawn from the
foregoing. It is brief and to the point.
It impresses itself with peculiar force on
the members of the Democratic party who
wish to preserve their party organization
as well as uphold the integrity of the Na
tion. These men who have left the organi
zation of which Mr. Alford is the figure
head see the danger ahead.
If Bryan should be elected his accession
would be hard times to the laboring peo
ple and disaster to capitalists and manu
facturers. Tnat is the national view of the
situation. Here in California Democrats
are disgusted to see the reins of power in
the hands of Populists, demagogues and
blatherskites. While they respect Mr.
Alford personally for his high character,
bis ability and all the qualities that go to
make a gentleman, they recognize that he
is impotent to make a move on the politi
cal chessboard without tbe assistance of
such men as Thomas V. Cator and others
of that ilk.
No wonder the veteran Democrats are
alert. If the enemies of sound money are
defeated next month the old guard will
be on deck, but if the Bryanistic fusion
should win and the arrangement should
be allowed to go ahead without a protest,
the Democratic organization would be
swallowed up by the Populistic boa con
strictor, leaving the real Democrats of the
State without a habitation or a name.
AMID PINK BLOSSOMS,
A Very Pretty Family Wedding
Celebrated at a Mission
Home.
Miss Annie Ethel G bson and James
A fred Gray the Contracting
Parties.
A very pretty "pink and white" wed
ding took place Thursday night at tbe
Mission in the presence of only the imme
diate relatives of the contracting parties.
The bride was Miss Annie Ethel Gibson, a
young lady well and favorably known in
tbe Mission. James Alfred Gray, tbe
groom, is a member of a local manufac
turing firm and is well Known in mercan
tile circles.
The ceremony was performed at the
residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Peter
Miller. The parlors wore tastefully deco
rated with pink blossoms and ferns. Rev.
M. D. Wilson of St. Peter's Episcopal
Church officiated, and the honors of
bridesmaid and best man were filled by
Miss Emily Gray and Owen L. Gibson, re
spectively.
Tbe bride, a handsome brunette, was
becomingly attired in a gown ot cream
taffeta and lace and carried a bunch of
white bride's roses. At the conclusion of
tbe marriage ceremony a bounteous repast
wasserved.
Mr. and Mrs. Gray left yesterday morn
ing for a fortnight's honeymoon in South
ern California, where they will visit Los
Angeles, San Diego and other points of
interest. Alter their return they will re.
side with the bride's parents at 1158 Guer.
rero street.
ROUNDHOUSE AT FRESNO.
The Valley Road Hub Invited Bids for
the New Building.
The directors of the San Francisco and
San Joaquin Valley Railway yesterday
invited bids for the building of the round
house at Fresno.
Preparations for the building of the big
freight depot, contracts for which were let
a few days ago. are going rapidly forward.
The work of grading the yards is
almost completed, as is also tbe street
work along the route of the road through
the city.
Should Buy Home Product*.
Secretary Mead of the Manufacturers' and
Producers' Association has written to the
boards of trustees of the Agnews and Napa
asylums for the insane calling attention to the
fact that California produces as fine salt, olive
oil, green corn, starch, matches, cotton and
woolen goods, etc, as any country or State in
the world. This was because th* trustees of
the asylum* have advertised for bias for their
annual supplies and have specified foreign
and Eastern brands of the products men
tioned. In his letter Mr. Mead says: "In view
or the fact that large quantities of these
articles are produced in tnU State we would
like very much to know lrom you why it is
that you do not or cannot buy the home prod
ucts?"
A. M Speck & Co.,
The real estate firm ot 602 Market street, re
quire their employes to give real estate bonds
to insure correct and faithful performance of
duties. •
OLYMPIC SPORTS
THROUGH THE YEAR
Entertainments Will Be
Given Each Month Un
til December.
Boxing, Swimming, Handball and
Bowling to Be Features
of the Programme.
LADIES' NIGHT IN NOVfMBEK
Howard Taylor, the New Leader, Is
Untiring in His EfL-rts to Please
the Members.
The new leader ot the Olympic Club,
Howard Taylor, has mapped out a series
of events for the coming season which Is
an evidence that the club means to afford
its members an opportunity of enjoying
many pleasant evenings during the win
ter season. The programme is as follows:
October HP-Swimming tournament for
the championship of the club. During
the evening handicap races, tub races,
fencing, diving and many other interest
ing natatorial feats will be introduced.
The tournament will be under tbe super
vision of the assistant leader, Charles
King.
On the evening of November 8 a single
handicap handball tournament for the
championship of trie club will be held.
There will be three classes, and first and
second prizes will be given in each class
for competition. This tournament will
be under the supervision of A. C. Hamp
ton,
For ladies' night, November 11, a grand
athletic entertainment and minstrel per
formance will be given under the super
vision of J. E. Larue and Musician W.
Kennedy.
On the evening of November 25 a series
of boxing and wrestling bouts will be
given. There will be ten exhibition boxing
contests and four wrestling bouts for
members only. S. Carter and C. Kreling
will have charge of this entertainment.
On December 9 and 10 a bowling tourna
ment will take place. K. Boyed will act
as Mr. Taylor's assistant on the occasion.
On the evenine of December 23, which
will be known as "Combination Athletic
Night," boxing, wrestling, fencing and
gymnastic feats will be held, and the win*
ners will receive handsome prizes.
A valuable prize will be offered by the
club to any member who will score the
first 100 points in five-pin bowling from
now until the end of the year.
The directors of the club will do all in
their power, with the assistance of Leader
Taylor, the crack footbail player, to afford
the members of the duo many pleasant
evenings' entertainment from now until
the end of tba year. A pool tournament
will also be a feature, which game will in
terest the lovers of billiards. The genial
Dr. Burns will ha^ve charge of this depart
ment of sport.
The Pacific Coast Amateu% Athletic As
sociation met on Friday evening at the
Olympic Club, and a sanction was granted
to the Acme Club of Oakland to allow
Lawler and Kahn to box. Lawlor has
been accused of professionalism, and the
association appointed a committee to look
into his standing, and if it discovers, prior
to the contest, that Lawlor his trans
gressed the amateur rules the match will
be stopped.
The directors of the club have not as yet
appointed any person in the place of
Frank Vail, who resigned soon after elec
tion. Several improvements on the club
building are under contemplation.
Laura Blair's Property.
Application for letters of administration on
the estate of Laura M. Blair, proprietress of
the Mission Opera-House, were yesterday filed.
She left properly valued at about $16,000.
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