Newspaper Page Text
VOLUME LXXXII.-INO. 15,
Tragic Death of the King
of the Kaffir Dia
JUMPED FROM AN OCEAN
Was Returning to His Home
in England After a Visit
to South Africa.
MASKABLE CAREER OF THE
From Humble Origin Barney Isaacs :
Became One of the Richest
Men In the World.
LONDON, E.no., Jane 14.— A dispatch
to the Central News from Funchal, the
capital of Madeira, says that Barney Bar- |
nato, the well-known South African multi- j
millionaire, while returning to England ]
from South Africa, committed suicide by '
jumping overboard from the steamer on
which be was traveling:. His bcdy was
Later reports state that the vessel npon
which Barnato was traveling was the
British steamship Scot, from Capetown,
June 2, for Southampton.
NEW YORK, N. V., June 14.— The news
of Barnato's suicide was received by cable
to-day by Miss Alice Holbrook, who is
living at the Hotel Vendome in this city. j
She is a sister-in-law of Barnato and the
news was cabled by her sister, Mrs. Bar- j
nato, who is in London.
CAREER OF BARNATO,
From a Very Humble Start He
Became a King in Diamond
There are many conflicting versions of
the early life of Barney Barnato, the mod
ern Monte Cristo, whose great wealth i
caused tilth m """be "" sty .til the "Kaffir :
King" upon his return to London about
rive years ago. Hi 3 name at once became
known in all the money markets of the
world, and many fantastic stories were
circulated concerning him. Some de
scribid him as an illiterate and unscrupu
lous adventurer, and others us an agree
abie, gentlemanly person, wuo-p enor
mous wealth was exceeded by his good
qualities. On one thing only al' persons
agreed : Barney Bnrnato had an i xtraordi
i.ary capacity for making money.
No two accounts of Barnato's origin
agreed. In London it is commonly be
lieved that he was the son of a poor He
brew schoolmaster in the East End; thai
his real name was Isaacs ; that he was once
a cab-driver and after a peddler of second
hand clothing; that he was subsequently
a billiard-marker, and that two years after
the discovery of diamonds in South Africa
he emigrated to the Transvaal with his
brother, who had been a jug ler in cheap
circuses. T: is was in 1872, if Whitechapel
cnronoloiry does not err. The two young
Isaacs had exhausted their capital in pas
sage money, but they made $100 on the
trip to Africa by entertaining their ship
mates and passing around the hat. Ar
rived in the new country Barney and his
brother struck out for the diamond fields,
where they be y an anew life and took a
new name — Barnato.
Very different, however, is the story
that appea'ed some two years ago in a
London financial journal. It was inti
mated that Barney had pa d handsomely
for the "write-up." Here is the story:
Barney I. Barnato whs born In London on
July 5. 1852. He is the third son of Isaac
Isaacs Bern ato of Devonshire terrace, Hyde
Park, and on his mother's side is connected
with the late fcir George Jesscl, who was well
known as a lawyer, a Jnage and Master of
Rolls. Mr. Ba:nn o pelted his boyhood in
London and whs educated it private scholastic
establishments by private '.utois. At an early
age he entered the commercial world, but he
threw off the harness of humdrum du
ties to "search fresh tif!ds and pas
tures new" in South Africa. In 1873,
on his twenty-first birthday, he sailed
from London on the ship Anglian. His flr.*t
Afr. can ventures wire successful; at the end
BARNEY BARNATO, the Diamond King of South Africa, Who
Is Reported to Have Committed Sujcde.
The San Francisco Call.
of three years he owned diamond nines in the
neighborhood of Kimberly, and in 1881 he
sold ihese mines to a company for $575
--000. • • •
Soon tfter Barnato's return to London
it did not take long to discover that in
South Airica he had been a power. He
was the shrewdest of speculators in that
dutani region. When diamond-mining
wai being overdone, when mines were
multiplying and competition was bring
ing prices down with a run. timid men
iost heart and abandoned or cheaply sold
iheir claims. Barney Baraato had the
foresight to acquire what the weak ones
were glad to be rid of, and when Cecil
[ Rhodes appeared with his Napoleonic pian
; for amalgamating all the aiamond-rnin
i ing interests of South Africa in order to
i control the output and the price, it was
! discovered that the industrious Barney
owned a large tract of "claims" in the
best part of Kimberley.
Barnato reached England on the crest
!of the South African tilal wave. He was
| the hrst millionaire from that distant
' realm. He owned some thirty mines —
j some 2500 "claims." The properties in
j which he was interest d produced a rcve-
I nue of 125,000.000 a fear. Tney wero nay
: ing 24 per cent interest on their capital.
They prombed io pay something like 40
j per cent in the near future. London
i passed from excitement into a fever of
greed. There was a great rush to gambit)
in the shares of the Barnato companies.
Then came the inevitable reaction. In
' place of the praises there were curses for
; barnato and all his trioe of South Af
It does not follow that because Barnato
I dined at the Mansion House, and because
; he sat ouposite the Prime Minister at a
'. certain Guildhall banquet oh Lord Mayor's
! day, that he became a personage of dis
i tinction in soci ty. But he determined to
' establish h.mseli in tne West End and to
construct a mansion in Park Lane. In
i London Barnato seemed to enjoy life and
: >pent money lavishly, and he liked to
| spend it in a way that gave pleasure to his
I family and friends.
Twice Barnato represented R. imberley
| in the Ca[e Legislature, bat he had little
'<■ tune to devote to politics. His mining in
terests were (onstantly i-icreasit.g and
boon necessitated the establishment of a
; Lontion brand). Thi-t took the form of
the liarnato Bank, with a capital of
I £2.500.000. The shares at once com
i mandei twice their par value, and Its
I dividends, like those paid by his mining
j corporations, Dave been of almost incred
i ible size. Barnato married while in Africa
! and had three children, two sons and a
No close estimate wa« ever made of Bar
| natos for.une. Some months ago he was
| affl.cted with fever, and it is barely po
j sibie that he committed suicide while bis
mind was temporarily deranged.
CROWD tO WITH V.SITORS.
London Streets Are A/ready Assuming
a He/ day A p^e'. Being Thronged
Hit:. Sghi* its.
LONDON, E.xg., June 14.— The influx of
■;!• loar.cudibe jubileo «••«»
able for the rir-t time to-day. The streets,
especially tnose through which the royal
processinii will pass, were thronged all day
and until late at nignt with crowds o:
sightseers. The supply o! omnibuses and
cabs was inadequate to the demand.
Offic al preparations are stiil incom
plete. It is growing apparent that the
I great feature of the ce.ebrations will bo
, the public and t fficial honors to colonial
j visitors. The welcome extended them in
ail quarter- is enthusiastic. The pre^
and Government are giving every encoui
' agement to matte the jub lee a great
i .lemonstration of the inaugural of a new
! imperial policy of the closer union of the
colonies and tne mother country.
SMUKEI* A CIGARETTE.
Mrs. Chant Tri'd an Experiment That
Wn* Y*ry .'ucr>i fit.
LONDON. Eko., June 14 —Mrs. Ormis
ton Chant, the well-known social reformer,
has smoked a cigarette. This momentous
fact is chronicled prominently by the
Bti:i3u press. The British public is
gravely discussing the matter for the
reason that Mrs. Chant has been the in
carnate ideal of British virtue since her
crusade against the London music hails.
She has explained that she smoked the
cigarette when detained in the Turkish
lines, whither she went for the Re.l Cross
Society, in order to see if it would allay
the pangs of hunger. The experiment
as a complete success. There were cer
tain unphasant sensations not unusual in
such cases, but now she sympathizes with
those who have a fondness for tobacco.
MUJiliEllbJt i.lii.t'.H OX XJtIAL.
II r lit Cool, and flni.ii* 'I hat ( ay.lain
Hltrr iuiwnitttd Auirirfr.
SYDNEY, N\ S. W., June 14.— Frank
Butler, arrested on the Swanhilda Febru
ary J upon arrival at San Francisco and
charged with murdering several men in
Australia, was placed on trial to-day to
answer for the killing of Captain Weller.
The prisoner was cool and unconcerned.
The defense is that Weller committed sui
SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 15, 1897.
" THESE ARE THE COLORS OF LIBERTY."
Hon. Horace Davis Presents a Silken Flag to the Pupils of the Ladies' Protection and
Relief ' Society.
Flames Sweep Over Ellis
Island Doing Great
EMIGRANTS RESCUED BY
Thrilling Experience of Many
Persons Just Landed in
SMALLPOX PATIENTS TAKEN
FRCM THE HOSPITAL.
Exciting: Scenes During: the De
struction of Government Prop
erty Valued at Nearly a Million.
NEW YORK, N. V., June 15.— A fire
started in tue biggest of the Government
buildings at Ellis Island at 12:30 o'clock
this (Tuesday) morning, and, spreading
with frigbtinl rapidity, was at 1 o'clock
sweeping over the whole island, and it
seemed almost certain that every building
would be destroyed.
Telegraphic and telephonic communica
tion was cut off, but the tire had lit the
whole bay and every tug with fire ap
paratus on board started for the island.
By the time the police had started a great
crowd had gathered at Battery Park. The
flames were then shooting a Hundred tret
in the air, and by their light hundreds of
people could bo seen on the island rush
ing hither and thither.
There are usually more than 1000 per
sons, most of them emierants, who sleep
on the island. The customs officials
thought the number there when the
tire broke out less than 1000, most of
whom arr ved on three ships yesterday.
The officials thought tbe boats and men
Bent to the island were enough to handle
the immigrants who escaped from the
burning buildings, no matter how scared
they might be.
At 1:15 o'clock a great crash was beard,
and a moment later there was another
tremendous shower of sparks flying into
the air. When it had cleared a little it
was seen that two walls of the main
building had fallen in.
For two minutes after this crash the
crowds that had been seen on the island
rushing around were lost sight of, but
when the smoke cleared away it could be
teen that a hundred or more tugs had
reached the island and wore taking the
people aboard. At this time every build
ing and every shed seemed to be burning,
and there was absolutely no shelter for
the people anywhere. The beat was in
tense. The whole island is|ooly six acres
in area. The unfortunates were forced to |
crouch, fur on the cater edge until the ;
ho: f'iv J.
At 1:30 o'clock thf ferry-boat John G.
Carlisle arrive 1 from the island with 200
emigrants and all the sick patients from
the hospital there. As the boat got to the
pier a crowd made a rush for her. The
i police charged on the great crowd and
' fought their way to the boat, the officer*
ot the boat standing on tiie upper deck
! screaming. "We've got sraa'lpux patients
, aboard ! Go back ! go bick ! '
The crowd retreated pre.u>ita:ely. The
Carlis<e'4 patient? were accomi uned by
ail the nurses employed on the i>lund and
by Mrs. Wtiite, wife of the resident phy
sician. She said thnt when she boarded
the boat she had not heart of any one
being injured, and thought all the emi
grants got out of the buildings safely.
One of the oilu-ers of the boat said the
fire originated in one of the lowers of the
main building. At the time it started all
the emigrants were asleep. The watch
men sounded the alarms before they did
unytuing towaid tiehting t: c fire, and in
that way it >:ot such a great headway that j
by the time they could turn their atten- j
tion to it it was sweeping through the ram
shackle buildings utterly beyond con'.rol.
Tfie tire was first -een In the northwest
corner of the building, which is the de
tention building, by Captain W. J. Burke,
who is in charge of the night watch.
Burke said all the rtoms in the building
are connected by an elecric alarm, and
that ;ii qu.ckly as possitle he rushed to
the main ollice and rang the alarm in all
This alarm, he said, summoned the
eleven men and two women under him.
There were at the time 110 in
the main building. Cv the time these
people got out the whole building, from
tower to tower and side to side, was a
n.as.3 of swirling flame?, whi< h shot hun
dreds of feet in the a;r. Within a tew
minutes after the fire started the miserable
i water supply on the island was almost
■ completely cv: off|v bthe bursting ol pipes
; which run along inside he main build
i ing, so that when the first detachment of
police arrived It was impossible to secure
a stream of water with enough force to
have any effeci.
Just directly north of the main build
ing stood the hospital in which were
lifty-seven patients. Ihe admirable dis
cipline of the nurses and medical staff
i shov.-ed itself and the fifty-seven patients
j were quickly wheeled or helped out of the
building. One woman who was nursing a
child suddenly lemembercd she had left
her baby behind. She beat the air with
her bauds and then tried to rush back
into the flames. She was held back by
tliree attendants. Presently the nurse
came around with the baby in her arms.
Every official a reporter saw on the
i island said positively that no lives had
i been lost. Ail the emigants were brought
to the barge office lor tne night. Com
missioner Seuner said he would person
ally furnish a place for all sick emigrants,
and the city hospitals would not be asked
to take ttiem.
Dr. Senner says the building* burned
cost the Government $780,000. He does
not know what accommodations can be
arranged for the receiving of emigrants
until they are rebuilt.
U hrrtmrti llratin in tint War.
ATLANTA, Ga., June 14. — Colonel
Cook's order barring ou; bicyclists from
Fort McPherson has been approved .by
the War Department, as has his defense
of the sentry who bayoneted young Hop
kins. Hopkins will swear out ■ warrant
lor the sentry's arrest, but Colonel Cook
says neither the State or municipal
authorities have any jurisdiction over the
inmates of the fort except in case of
murder, and that there is no way in which
the gentry can be prosecuted. ;
Georgetown Swept Out
of Existence by a
EXPLOSION ADDS TO THE
William D. Newell Loses His
Life and Others Are Fa
LITTLE RESCUED FROM THE
Homeless Families Spend the
Night In Tents and Impro
AUBURN, Cal., Juno 14.— Georgetown,
a mining town twenty-rive miles above
Auburn, and the second in importance in
El Dorado County, was totally destroyed
by tiro this morning. Of the prosperous
place scarcely a vestige remains. To
night tbe people are camping in tents and
hastily improvised places of shelter, many
having saved from the flames but little
more than the clothing on their backs.
During the piogress of the tire giant
powder exploded in Jacob Somberger's
store, causing a frigntful disaster. William
D. Newell was killed instantly, and Mrs.
Nancy McLain, aped 76 years, was fatally
injured. Clinton Huibert, the 18-year-old
son of Editor Hulburt of the Gazette, suf
fered fractures of a leg in four places, and
the limb was so badly lacerated that it
will have to be amputated. Several others
were quite seriously injured by flying
The explosion must have been terrific,
for all the windows in the residence por
tion of the town were broken, and those
portions of buildings which had not teen i
wholly destroyed by the flames were
razed by the explosion. The large iron
doors on the California Water Company's
building, 300 feet away, were torn from
their Hinges and twisted nearly double.
The tire broke out in B. F. Shepherd's
drugstore at about 9:35 o'clock. A high
wind was blowing and the flames spread
both ways, totally destroying buildings
with a frontage of 400 feet in a couple of
1 hours. The entire business portion of the
town was consumed, the line of fire ex
tending from the' American Hotel on one
side to the California Water and Alining
Company on the other.
The buildings burned include B. F.
Shepherd's drugstore, D. Jarrett's general
merchandise store, Mrs. I. P. Jackson's
grocery, O. Orellis' undertaking parlors,'
the r OS t office and Well), Fargo & Co.'s
. - \ . -. — ; - ......
1 office; Somberg's ceneral Mrs.
! Prewett's bakery, Jf'runcis' saioon, the
Pioneer lodging-house, Joseph Sherrer's
sboestore, Blakeley's barber-shop, two
meatshops and three saloons. Nothing is
left of the entire business porcon of the
town. The losses ag.resate $125,000; in
sur nee of about a fourth.
The stricken town is still in a fearful
state of co. .fusion. Telegraph and tele
phone lines were burned out and all com
munication cut off from the outside world
until late this evening. Manager Tittle
of the Auburn telephone was early on the
scene and his wires will be working before
Hundreds of people from the surround
ing towns of Greenwood, Coioma, Taylor
mine, Pilot Hill, Garden Valley, Plaoer
ville and Auburn have (locked to the place
and are rendering all assistance pos
sible. It is indeed welcome, for a late
message states that there may be more
deaths before morning. The disaster re
sulting from the explosion is even more
terrible than that of the fi.-e.
The origin of the hre is still a mystery.
Georgetown is a place of about 800 people,
located in the E= Dorado foothills, and
only a few miles distant from the historic
town of Coioma and the famous spot
where James. Marshall wa«hed out the
first nugget of gold in 1843. Although
iruit growing and agriculture have taken
the lead for sometime pa*t the industry of
mining in that section has revived won
derully in the last year. The inhabi
tants are a happy and contented people,
moat of th«m still clinjrinj; to that old 49
custom of always leaving the latch-string
outsi ie the door. The many wtio have
enjoyed their hospitality cum doubly sym
pathize with them in their affliction.
Portion of the Business Center of the
V.llage Cleared by F/am:s of
■ As Buildings.
POMONA, Cal., June 14.— A good part
of the business center of the pretty little
village of Monrovia, in this locality, was
destroyed by fire at about 2 o'clock this
morning. A breeze was blowing from the
west, and. there being very poor means
for fighting the fire in Monrovia, it seemed
at one time that the whole of the business
district would be burned.
A 1 1:30 o'clock pedestrians of the street
found a fire burning in the rear of Dr.
William Stewart's store on Lemon ave
nue. It bad gained such headway that !
nothing could be done to check it when a '
crowd of excited citizens came running to
the scene. Then the fire spread to the
Postottice building, and before much of
the furnishings and mail matter could be
saved from it that also was in flames.
•By this time several hundred men had
arrived, and all worked like Trojans to
check the spreading flames hy tearing
down buildings in close proximity. Not
withstanding their efforts the fire spread
to Holland's merchandise store, to Charles
E. Bell's market, to B. F. Crew's drug
store and to L. G. Newlin's notion-store.
At last by a mange in the wind the
flames were whirled squarely against the
buildings owned by Dr. 11. E. Adams, D.
E. Ford and George Cook. An alley runs
there and the citizens had prepared to
cneck the conflagration at that point.
They were successful.
All of the buildings heretofore named
were completely destroyed, and but little
of the stocks of goods was saved from any
of them. Three families were asleep in
i the second story of these buildings while
j the fire was progressing. The escape of
i James Baines 1 family was sensational.
They fled from the burning structure with
out time to don their outer clothing.
The total loss is $17,000 and the insur
TRICE FIVE CBN'
Presentation of the Stars
and Stripes to Boys
TELLING TOKENS OF THE
Behind Them Was the Memory
of Heroes Who Gave Life
A GOOD OBJECT LESSON IN
Flag Day Appropriately Celebrated
by the Sons and Daughters
of the Revolution.
It was flag day yesterday, and the event
was appropriately observed in the cere
mony of a presentation of a silken banner
to the Ladies' Protection and Relief Soci
ety by the California society of the Sons
of the American Kevo ution. The homo
of the children on Franklin street, be
tween Geary and Post, was decorated and
prepared for the occasion. Every pupii
wore a bouquet of sweet peas and had
Lood words to say lor tiie suggestions of
General J. C. Currier acted as master of
ceremonies, although the post of exercise
bp. onped to Hon. Horace Davis and Rev.
The silken 3ag was presented by Mr.
Davis af;er a formal opening of the exer
cises by the pupils of the institution sing
ing "Forward, Christian Soldiers." Gen
eral Currier then unfolued the beautiful
silken banner and presenting it to ttie
chief of the boys' brigade said:
This banner is given to your class and the
boys in general on behalf of a noble cause.
I give it to you to-day on behalf of the Society
of Sons of the American Revolution — iv be
naU of the greatest humanity ; he world has
ever seen. Around this flag has grown tragic
memories, and even something better than
that— love of country, t-ometimes in the busy
events that occupy the drama we call human
nature, an action or an effort on the part of a
single individual in his l«nd Is misconstrued.
After a time the world changes its judgment.
Where once was petty desire now reigns patii
Before you stands the emblem of bravery
and purity. This flag and this banner has
c banned a world thai once fed on traditions,
and the echoes of a king that fed on might
and what right he could get by fair means
or foul. The love of country is here organized.
The meaning of these exercises to-day is
that one great patriotic society comes to you
with its gray hair and asks you to take up the
cause it must leave cff. Tne old men leave off
the fight to the boys.
Rev. William Rader rose in response to
bless the flag and say a good word on be
half of the boya:
May this emblem and this banner, with
these children, be baptized into the great
laith that knows no power except peace, and
no humiliation exceot right.
The singing or "The Star Spangled Ban
ner" by the children followed. Hon.
Horace Davis then said, in unloosing the
To me this is the p'.easure of my life. Boys
of the Brigade, stand fast to the banner that Is
unwaved here. In intrusting to you this flag
1 intrust a great trust to you. We keep alivo
the memory ot men by this flag. We keep aliva
the memory of me men who died for a causa
j the greatest human emotion has ever recorded.
| Oue hundred and iwenty-fIVB years ago our
I country had to put up with a British umpire,
and you remember that the mother country
treated us as a child. Instead, we responded
The official ceremony of accepting the
flag was then performed. Short addresses
by Rev. William Racier and Almarin
Brook Paul followed.
"There must be one flag in this coun
try," said Mr. Rader, "and all aspirations
to dispute this right must be given Amer
ican treatment. This right to Americans
•'lt belongs to Americans as citizens of
this country. No alien speech shall de
fame us. No spirit of a usurped monarchy
and a usurped freedom shall come to us
and make us forget the good actions of
Mr. Paul, in closing the exercises, said:
It is my fortune to come from a country that
has founded a republic. In the r.amc of La
fayette I tend my compliments over this hand
of boys. There may be better boys than La
fayette before me.
The exercises were closed with a rendi
tion of "America" by everybody present.
NEW SUITS TO BE FILED.
Kentucky Officials in No Mood to Bo
Tnflid With by the Southern
FRANKFORT, Ky., June 14.—Attor
ney-General Taylor went before the State
Board of A^se«sment and Valuation to
day and asked that the board fix a tax on
the Southern Pacific Railroad for the
years 1893-97 inclusive, in order that he
might bring suit under the new revenue
law for the accrued taxes, which the road
has failed to pay. After a lengthy confer
ence Auditor Stone promised that he
would Lave the assessment forthcoming
in a very short time. General Taylor will
therefore bring suit for the amount. The
road has shown no disposition to conform
to the law, and the suit now pending for
$139,000 for penalties !or failure to report
will be supplemented by a suit of double
these figures against the big corporation.
It is said the State administration will
lead the fight for the repeal of the charter
of the road be.io.re the next Legislature.