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Witnesses Give Testi
mony in Rebuttal at
Though for the Prosecution,
Each Helps the Case of
Evidence That the School Director
Prevented Several Schemes of
Special PlFpatch to The Call.
LOS XNGELES, Jan. 14.— School Di
rector Webb's prosecutors had their in
ning tojrnight before the Board of Ed
ucation. They introduced testimony
which they claimed was in rebuttal,
though no one, but perhaps themselves,
: Bee when utted any tes
timony of the defense. W. A. Cheney,
the leadine: counsel for the prosecu
tion, on behalf of the League for Bet
ter City Government, had promised
thing very Interesting, but so far
as implicating the accused in anything
blameworthy the rebuttal was a fizzle;
in fact it was a veritable boomerang
the prosecution, for every witness
nony only to the good char
fairness and integrity of Walter
Whon the proceedings opened Secre
sald he had tried to sub-
J. F. Adams, but the latter had
left town and would not return for ten
days. It was finally agreed that the
'. should pay for a transcript of
Adams' testimony given In the Su
perior Court during the trial of Webb,
and that this be put In us part of the
cape for the defense.
Ex-Chairman Mathid and Directors
Conrey and Bartlett were put on by
the defense, and testified to their hav
ing been warned against Adams by
various persons, and that Webb had
expressed himself as being suspicious
of Adams' honesty, and had gone so
far in one instance as to suggest to
p r Mathis, who was then chairman of
the board, to put two strong members
the committees to which he ap
• ! Adams. Conrey, who was
chairman of the teachers' committee, of
which Webb was a member, stated that
Webb had a" him very
kindly and that he had not been dom
: % Wi bb. so far as he kn-w.
He added that there had never been
•ii the members of
the teachers' committee, and that he
and Webb were always on friendly
terms. Their only difference of opin
ion was over th- cases of Miss Mac
Owen and Miss Harden, two of the
who were dropped from the
Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Ennis was the first witness put on
He t^tified that he had marked Miss
Mac Owen on one occasion "fair," and
on another "poor to fair." In giving
her marking to the teachers' commit
he thought he had rated her as
'fair." Th- marking **po«r to fair"
:nate of the young
1 idy's ability. This marking he had
given her about three weeks before the
f Miss Owen was one of five or six
teachers, similarly rat^d. who had
been dropped. Her case was not ex
■nal. He further testified that a
number of her friends had called on
ne t" have him use his in
fluence to have hrr reinstated. Among
w^re Mr. Garland, W. Childs and
T. E. Gibbon. Some of them called
mnre than once.
Then came one of the witnesses who
was evidently expected to develop
Fomethins- int>-rrsting. Mr. Gauchnaur
Is a solicitor for the firm of Fuller
Company, dealers in oils. He testi
fied that he knew Adams. Axt»ll and
Webb Hi? testimony in its most Im
portant part? was as follows:
- m^ months ago Mr. Edwards, an
other eoliciti r for Fuller & Co.. came
to me and said Mr. Adams said there
would have to be something in it for
him or we would lope the trade of th<*
prhoo] department. I wr-nt to Mr.
Adams. T .\ h" told me h<~- had authority
to speak for th<> purchasing committee
and h<" j said then 1 would have to be
'hinpr in it for him. I said there
be nothing in it except 2 per cent
discount, owing to the low prices. He
■ Mr. Axtell. I w<=-nt
"r. Axtell and h--> said to do noth
ing until I saw Mr. Webb. I reported
the result of my interview with Axtell
to Edwards, and asked him to P<-e
Webb. Adams never came to see why
he pot no rake-off."
Under the cross-examination of E. A.
Meserve, attorney for the defense,
Gauchnaur testified further as fol
"Edwards went to "Webb, and "Webb
Raid he wanted nothing but good
prices, and that he was not in that
Idnd of business."
Edwards was called by the prosecu
tion, and he proved one of the best
witnesses for the defense that has ta-
Mn the stand during this investiga
v d. ■■ He testified that he was ap
proached by Adams one day on Main
street about oil for the Board of Edu
cation. ■ .
"I tnM him," continued the witness, !
"that I was not selling that kind of ]
F<~>r,rsc, and I ma^p an appointment for \
him with Mr. Gauchnaur. Adams
wanted about 10 p p r rent, from what
Mr. Gauchnaur told me. After Gaur-h- ,
naur. reported to me what Adams
wanted T concluded we had hetter see
Mr. Webb. In the spring I had be^n !
Informed that Webb was not Inclined
to give up an fqual show with others.
He Bald he waa favorably impressed
v.ith Fuller & Co. I went to Mr. Webb
after T hud Introduced Adams to Mr.
Gauchnaur and after he had asked for
"Webb =aid he did not want anything
of that kind done. llf add <\ that If
anythins: further of That kind oc
curred he would brine it to the notice
of the Board of Education, and he ask
ed me to let him know. I said some
time afterward that I did not believe
the charges made against him, as his
transactions with me were always
George M. Trowbridge testified to
having had nothing to dr. with the
■writing of the anonymous note sent to
\Vebb. reading as follows:
; "Yon need th" Times. ..Trowbridge
needs- money. See Trowbridge. BOO."
What this was in rebuttal of was not
made plain, though one of the attor
neys for the prosecution stated that he
wished to disprove a certain part of
Webb's signed statement published In
The Call. It was that part in which
Webb charged the Times with having
been unjust to him.
In the course of his testimony this i
f'tness said that Webb had never ac- I
ised him of having written the note.
IT.' said further that Wfhb said to him
that he expected to prove his lnjio- ;
cence, and he hoped the Times would |
prive the same prominence to the proofs 1
of his Innocence that It had driven to
th« statements of his guilt. The wit- I
THE CALL'S STAND FOR DECENT JOURNALISM
COURAGE AND RIGHT PRINCIPLE.
SONOMA, Jan. 8, 1898.
To the Editor of The Call: Please ac
cept my sincerest thanks and congratu
lations for the courage and high princi
ple manifested in editing to-day's Call
without th^se most horrible and de
praving illustrations of the execution
which s^med to be a prominent fea
ture of the other dailies. I rejoice to
see a daily of such a kind as yours.
Most truJy, O. E. HOTLE,
Pastor M. E. Church.
ONE IDECENT MORNING PAPER.
To the Editor of The Call— Dear Sir:
I want to express my good feeling to
ward you for the way in which you
have handled the account of Durrant's
execution in this morning's issue. It
is a new departure for a morning paper
to publish euch sensational matter in
such a business-like shape, with noth
ing repulsive to the general reader —
mo unnecessary cuts and detail. I
! thank you for showing us that we have
i a morning paper which can be decent,
and hope you will continue in this di
' rectlon. Very truly yours,
San Francisco, January 8, IS9S.
NOT MINISTERING TO MORBIDITY-
To the Editor of The Call— Dear Sir:
I wish to thank The Call most sincere
ly for the wis» nn<l patriotic manner in
which it subordinated its business in
terests to the higher interests of the
community in presenting the facts of
the Durrant execution without accom
panying illustrations, which, at best,
would have buf ministered to depraved
and morbid cravings. Yours truly,
WK. H. O'BRYAN.
Altruria, Sonoma County, Jan. 8, IS9B.
MERITS PUBLIC APPROVAL.
In its report of the Durrant execution The Call inaugurated a new
departure is as sensible as it is refreshing. It gave a plain,
straightforward account of the gruesome affair, but did not have a sin
gle illustration. The other papers, the afternoon ones in particular, vied
with each other in Beeing how horrible and beastly they could be in
the pictorial line, and it was refreshing to turn to The Call and find a
page unmarred with hatchet-made cuts, but typographically as neat as
good taste could make it. This new move on the part of The Call is
an evidence that the picture craze for daily papers has about reached
its height. We shall be greatly mistaken if the public does not bestow
warm approval upon this new and needed departure.
ness took occasion to remark that he
thought it was a cowardly thin£ for
Webb to have insinuated in his sicned
statement that witness was concerned
in the writing of the anonymous letter.
"Do you think it half as cowardly,"
demanded Mr. Meserve, "as the attacks
on Mr. Webb? I ask you as a man:
Was it half as cowardly as the attacks
of the Times on Mr. Webb, when Mr.
Webb had no newspaper at the back of
This question was repeated twice, but
the silence of the witness was the only
Xo other witnesses of importance
were examined, and it was decided to
have the further hearinp of rebuttal
testimony and the beginning of argu
ments go over until the evening of Jan
Continued from First Page.
bor, the post and telegraphic address will
be Key West. The foregoing dat»-s for
sailing and rendezvous are subject to
change, due to the completion of repairs
to vessels at New York or to heavy
weather. Should the Brooklyn, Maine or
other vessels participate In th>» drills on
the Florida drill grounds detailed orders
will be given. It is not Intended that any
of the battle-ships or armored cruisers
(except the Maine) shall enter the harbor
of Key West except by special ord>-r of
the commander-in-chief or in case of
Rear-Admiral Commanding I'nlted States
Naval Force on the North Atlantic Sta
CONTINUE TO RAID AND
Ranks of the Rebels Being Swelled, While
General Gomez Declares That Blanco
Can Never Pacify Cuba.
Copyright, 1898. by James Gordon Bennett.
HAVANA, Jan. 14.— Insurgents de
stroyed 1,000,000 tobacco plants growing
under the protection of the forts at
Camajuanl, Santa Clara province, on
the night of January 5. They also de
stroyed 25,000 plants within sight of
the forts of Sitlo Grande.
The Herald correspondent has made
a Journey from Havana to Sagua la
Grande. He reports that not one fiupar
mill is grinding. The estate Isabel
near Media Luna, coast of Santiago de
Cuba, which Is strongly fortified, was
attacked by rebels under General Sal
vador Rios. The rebels had field
pieces and were doing great damage
to the buildings and forts when a
Spanish column from Manzanillo ap
peared. After a brief fight the rebels
retreated, but were not pursued.
Reports from Santiago de Tuba
province state that many persons are
leaving town to join th*» rebels. Two
filibustering expeditions have re
cently landed, one near Mayar Abjo
and the other near Sancto Spirltus.
Both were met by rebels and escorted
The commander In chief of the rebel
army has ordered the following per
sons, whenever caught, to be court
martialed for murder: Benlto Carre
ras, Alejandro Oloarrieta, Eugenio
Layo, Pedro Mora Ledon, Gabriel la
Torre, Francisco Garcia, Manuel Can
ada, Pedro Robau, Felix Cuevillas, Hi
lario Alvarez, Ramon Menendez and
Domingo Roldan. The last named is
a naturalized citizen of the United
In a letter to a friend in Havana
General Maximo Gomez says: "Let !
Blanco come to this district and he !
will have plenty to do. It seems to me
that the task of pacifying Cuba with
so many combatants to subdue is Im
possible of realization. Two hundn-d
thousand men under the general who ,
did not spare even animals have been j
unable to accomplish it; much less .
THE SAN FBAXCISCO CALI,, SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 1898.
APPROVED BY PRESS AND PEOPLE.
THE manner in which The Call reported the execution of Durrant has found prompt approval from the
intelligence of the people and the press. This is made evident by the host of letters which have come
to us, and from the commendation given by many of the leading papers of the State. Some of these we
publiph this morning in order to make known the extent to which popular sentiment revolts against the
morbid sensationalism so often shown in cases of this kind, and the degree of satisfaction with which
it notes in The Call the proper treatment of such subjects.
The Call told the story of the execution of Durrant as a matter of news, without straining to make the
horror more horrible still by ghastly pictures of the gallows and of other incidents or accessories of the ex
ecution. It recognized that in this case from the first day of the arrest of Durrant degenerate journalism
had overdone itself in Its vicious, foul and demoralizing efforts to make this crime a source of profit to itself
by pandering to all perverted tastes and the morbid craving for sensationalism among the lowest classes of
To mark out a clear and unmistakable distinction between legitimate Journalism and that of the un
speakable yellow. The Call published no picture of the execution. It set before the public a contrast with sen
sationalism and left it to the people to Judge for themselves which is best.
The people have noted the contrast and have given Judgment. The Call has been commended by all
whose commendation is worth having. Public sentiment has repudiated decadent journalism. It has shown
that it does not share the morbid tastes of criminal perverts, nor approve of the shrieking panders of the
press who disgrace decency in order to profit by that taste.
The Call is gratified by the prompt approval which has come to it, not so much because of the praise
given to itself as because of the unmistakable proof it gives that the tone of our people is higher than de
graded journalism would have tfte world believe.
FOR PURER JOURNALISM.
COTTOXWOOD, Jan. 10.
To the Editor of the San Francisco
Call: I wish to express to you my per
sonal appreciation and thanks for the ab
sence of sensationalism in the report of
the hanging of W. H. T. Durrant. It
the hanging of W. H. T. Durrant. It is
certainly a step toward a purer Journal
S. R. WOOD. Evangelist.
can Blanco do it wh»n he has no larger
army or greater ability."
VAN GEISTE SAYS
THE INSURGENTS WILL
SOON WIN FREEDOM.
DeJa. r. 7V,.i Riots at Havana Would Lead
Up fr xhe Salvation of the
ONTARIO, Cal., Jan. 14.— Julius Van
Geiste. a recent arrival from Cuba and
an agent of the Cuban Government, ar
rived here to-night on his way to San
Francisco-, there to proceed, per orders
of the Cuban Junta, to his post of duty.
Three months ago he obtained a fur
lough from the Cuban army on account
of ill-health, and that furlough has ex
When shown the dispatches to-night
r warding the riots in Havana, Van
■■■ laughed, and with great glee
said: "It would be the salvation of the
Two yt-ars ago, December 15, 1595,
Van Geiste, at the head of 368 volun
teers, left St. Louis. They proceeded In
squads to New Orleans. From there
they shipped to Del Rio province and
Joined the insurgents. Arriving in Cu
ba. Van Geiste was engaged as a con
fidential agent of Antonio Maceo, th»
late Cuban general, with whom he had
been engaged in business in Honduras
for a number "f years. In this work
he was engaged until his- health be
came such that h<> was compelled to
come t" this country f>r medical :
ment, passing through Havana and
shipping at that point to Galveston.
While in Havana Van Geiste was ar
rested, and, as h-- Bays, he would have
been in jail since had he claimed Amer
ican citizenship, but in this case he
claimed French citizenship. As it was,
he was released and went to Arizona,
staying at Wllcox for four months.
Van Geiste is confident that the in
surgents will win out in the long run.
He declares that the fear of dynamite
in the hands of the insurgents causes
the Spanish s»oldi«rs to stay very close
to Havana. Further, he declares that
If the Cubans were to concentrate their
forces they could take Havana without
trouble any day, "but what would be
the good." says he. "The Spanish
would retire to their ships and shell the
town. We will not again be trapped.
The death of Maceo has taught us a
lesson. I was within three miles of his
headquarters when he was lured to his
death by Dr. Zertucha. and a more de
spised individual there is not to be
found on the island than he to-day.
"Maceo." continued Van Geiste. "was
a serious loss to the cause, but Gomez
Is as uncompromising as he was. and
Cuban independence is not far away."
THE TURKISH SULTAN.
Unless Objection to Prince George fs With
drawn the Czar Will Propose the An
nexation of Crete to Greece.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 14.— The Sul
tnr. pranter! nn uurllenr-e to-day to M.
Zir.ovieff, the Russian Kmbasnador. wHo,
it is asserted, made an important com
munication with reference to the candi
dature <if Prince George of Greece for
the Governorship of Crete.
If. ZinovielT declared that unless the
Sultan withdrew his objections to Prince
George. Russia would propose the annex
ation of Crete to Greece.
MRS. CREDE ACTED QUEERLY.
Witnesses Believe She Was Insane When She
Signed Away Her Rights.
LOS ANGELES. Jan. 14— the trial
of the Creede will case this morning. Mrs.
Creede's attorneys called Dr. H. G.
Brainard to testify regarding the effects
(if morphine on the system. Dr. Brain
ard did not regard Mrs. Creede as men
tally sound when she signed away her
interest in the big Creed* estate for $20.
000. Other witnesses were called to testify
to the peculiarity of Mrs. Creede's ac
tions at the time of the signing of the
JONES STILL AT LARGE.
Escaped Prisoner followed From Stockton
STOCKTON, Jan. 14.— Deputy Sheriff
QeOfg* Black, who went to Jamestown
to bring B. A. Jones back and found that
his expected prisoner had made himself
■caxec about the jail during the nlpht.
followed the escape to Sonora, where he
found that he had been during the day.
The follow had not been rearreeted lip
to S o'clock this evening.
DESERVES CREDIT FOR THE DEPARTURE
':"."• ■"'■"■ Oakland Enquirer.
"It Is by design, and after mature de
liberation, that The Call prints the sto
ry of the Dun-ant execution without
any illustrations, and with no attempt
at embellishment of the plain facts."
So says The Call of this morning, and
it deserves credit for its departure from
the usual custom. Whatever one's calm
judgment of the merit of capital pun
ishment may be, whenever he sees In a
newspaper a picture of a man on a
scaffold with a rope nround his neck,
he feels like saying with the poet—
"The nil- w« tree!
Breath of Christian charity.
Blow and sweep it from the earth!"
MANLY AND HUMANE REPORT.
Solano County Courier.
The Call is to be commended for its de
cent, manly and humane report of tho
execution of Durrant. Its columns were
not contaminated with disgraceful pic
tures which are calculated to make crime
famous and cause red-handed murderers
to pose as the heroes of the period. We
hope to see The Call continue to hold up
the banner of common decency.
YELLOW JOURNALISM REBUKED.
Pan Bernardino Free Press.
The San Francisco Call did not publish
a single illustration of the execution of
Durrant. This was a relief to its readers
and a strong rebuke to yellow journal
FOR THE KLONDIKE.
The Alice Blanchard, now in th- Columbia River trade, is to be put on thi r .ft.
between Port Los Angel-s and Copper River. Captain Warner of th*
steamer will not be sorry to hear this, as for two trips he is* been dodging
a warrant held by the Marshal at Astoria. Some stevedores with y.w'i'tie
had trouble have charged him with threats to kill.
Captain Warner of the
Charged With Threats to Kill
by Some of His Steve
dores in Astoria.
The Henroost on the Bark Kilmory
Bottfied by Telegraph Hill
Captain Warner of the steamer Alice
Blanchard will be glad to hear that his
vessel is not to remain very long on the
Portland route. The Marshal at As
toria wants to see him on urgent busi
ness, but Captain Warner refuses to be
seen. In fact, so anxious Is he to
avoid the Interview that he passed As
toria on his homeward voyage, al
though there was freight awaiting him
Two trips ago, when the vessel ar
rived at Astoria, Captain Warner en
gaged eight stevedores to discharge the
cargo. When it came to settling up
he paid off four of them at the usual
rate of 30 cents an hour and 40 cents
an hour for overtime. The other four
stevedores refused to accept their pay,
saying they were entitled to 40 cents
an hour and 50 cents for overtime. A
row followed and the stevedores threat
ened to thrash the captain of the
Blanchard. The latter went below and
getting his Winchester drove the men
ashore. He then sent one of the sail
ors ashore to cast off the steamer's
lines, but the stevedores assaulted him
and the sailor was glad to get back on
the steamer with his life. Captain
Warner then ordered First Mate Knea
ly ashore to throw off the lines and at
the same time covered the fighting
stevedores \vi£h his rille. The mate
cast the lines off and the vessel got to
When the Alice Blanchard got to As
toria the last time the constable was
waiting for Captain Warner with a
warrant for his arrest on a charge of
threats to kill. The steamer, however,
j got away before the warrant was
served, and on the way back from Port
land Captain Warner again avoided
the constable hy putting to sea without
calling at Astoria.
The Blanchard is to be withdrawn
from the Portland trade on the com pie
j tion of her next trip. She will then
! go to Los Angeles and will carry min
ers from that point to Copper River.
She will leave on the first voyage on
I February 10, and will be kept in the
I business during the summer. A great
i many of the miners who will go to tht
NO PICTURES OF THE HANGING.
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 1898.
To the Editor of The Call: Tester
day's number of your paper was a
model. It was not polluted by sensa
tional pictures of Durrant's hanging,
but it kept to the facts, and this is a
credit which should be recognized by
every moral newspaper reader of Cali
fornia. Yours truly,
AIMS TO GIVE THE NEWS, NOT FILTH.
THE PARSONAGE COTTONWOOD. Jan. I%^— Manager The Call:
Sir: I cannot refrain from writing a line to you fa. express my thanks
to you for the object lesson which you gave to the people of California
and through them to the world in your Saturday edition of The Call.
For some time I have noticed and favorably commented upon the ab
sence of all vulgar sensationalism in your paper, but I was particu
larly pleased on Saturday with the absence of illustrations of the Dur
I thank you for thus proving that San Francisco can and does pro
duce a clean, pure paper whose aim seems to be to give news and not
filth to its customers. Hoping that you will receive the support you
deserve, believe me yours faithfully, WILLIAM D. KIDD,
Pastor Congregational Church.
Klondike next spring: will go via Cop
per River, and the Blanchard will be
ready to carry all who want to go.
The Pacific Steam Whaling Compa
ny's Excelsior will get away for Dyea
and Skaguay en Monday next. More
freight is offering than the vessel can
carry, and the passenger accommoda
tion from San PrandSCO is almost fill
ed. The steamer has been built up in a
substantial manner, and will be one of
the most comfortable boats in the
The friends of Captain Seaman, the
popular master (if the Czarina, will be
glad to hear that he has so far recov
ered as to be able to resume command
of his vessel. He nearly died from ty
phoid fever at Coos Bay. and during his
illness Captain McGee ran the steamer.
Captain Seaman will take the Czarina
out en her next trip.
The captain and the crew of the Brit
ish ship Kilmory are contemplating a
raid on Telegraph Hill. Chicken thieves
from that neighborhood made a descent
en the ship and stole all the feathered
bipeds. The birds were great pets, and
would eat from the sailors" hands. Not
only were they pets; they were also
g<rod layers, and Captain Ferguson now
mourns the loss of a fresh egg for his
breakfast every morning.
The schooner Transit, barkentine W.
H. Diamond, bark Archer, brig W. G.
Irwin and bark Albert had a race
against time In Honolulu, in order to
beat the customs laws of the country
which went into effect on the Ist inst.
All five vessels got away on December
31, and thus escaped paying the sugar
taxes. When they won their race
against time the captains decided upon
another race, but this time it is a test
of the sailing qualities of the vesseis.
The schooner Transit is the favorite in
the betting at Honolulu, while out at
the sugar refinery at the Fotrero the
boyfl are backing the W. H. Diamond.
The first cargo of sugar to go over
land to New York from San Francisco
is now being loaded into the Iredale at
Honolulu. On the arrival of that vessel
here she will go to Oakland direct and
discharge her cargo into cars.
Bar Association Officers.
The Ear Association has elected the fol
lowing officers for the ensuing year:
President. W. TT. Fifleld; secretary, W. J.
Herrin; senior vice-president, A. C. Free
man; junior vice-president, A. Comte
Jr.; corresponding secretary, Frank Otis;
treasurer, John M. Burnett; trustees,
Robert Harrison, Joseph Hutchinson, C.
W. Towle. T. Z. niakeman. Alfred
Wheeler; committee on admissions. M. H.
Myrick. J. B. Mhoon. Vincent Xeale. X
H. Rlxford. W. A. Plunkett, C. P. Pom
eroy, S. G. Kellopg.
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Berkeley Evening World.
The action of the San Francisco Call
In publishing no pictures illustrating its
account of the Durrant execution may
be the beginning of new methods in re
gard to such affairs. The paper may
prove to have been the pioneer in a very
Illustrations in a daily newspaper are
of value only in two cases: when they
present something in the nature of a map,
diagram or view aiding the description
of inanimate things. and when they show,
from photographs, the features of a char
acter in whom the public is Interested,
no matter why. All other pictures are
useless because they are as likely as not
to be entirely imaginary— many of them
are drawn before the event they repre
sent took place. As this is becoming
more and more generally known the pub
lic is less and less interested in such pic
LET THE GOOD BE PICTURED.
The Call did a very satisfactory tarn
in journalism when. In giving a full ac
count of the Durrant hanging, it re
frained from illustrating the scene with
those terrible pictures such as other San
Francisco papers printed. Now let The
Call keep on in the good work. Certain
pictures of certain events are all right,
but keep those of crime and meanness
out of sight. Picture the good.
ft PRAISEWORTHY EXCEPTION.
The Call was the only one of the San
Francisco papers which reported the ex
ecution of Durrant without the use of
pictures and large scare heads. It gave
a complete account of the execution with
out padding, and the absence of the pic
tures of the drop, etc.. was one of thf>
most commendable departures made by
the San Francisco press.
That Organization of the Scot
tish Rite Has Been Dis
In Place Thereof There Has Been
Organized San Francisco Con
sistory No. 1.
The Grand Consistory of Masters of the
Royal Secret No. 32 Degree of the An
cient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free
masonry in and for the State of Califor- I
nia has passed out of existence, and in \
its- place there has hoen established a j
particular consistory known as San Fran
cisco Consistory No. 1.
The old consistory was the governing
body of all the organizations that are
embraced within the Ancient and Accept
ed Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, includ
ing the particular consistory of I,os An
geles, the Knights Kadosh, the Knights
of Rose Croix and the Lodge of Per
fection, and it was the body between
these organizations and the Supreme
Council, but hereafter these bodies will
deal directly with the Supreme Council
The organization of the n.-w body was
effected on last Thursday night by the
selection of the following officers- C W.
Conlisk. commander: John Leslie Mu'nrne
Shetterley, first lieutenant commander-
Frank Koenig, second lieutenant com
mander; Charles Brnest Green, chancel
!"!•; Ernest K. Head, minister of state-
William Schuyler Moses. almoner- George
John Hobe. registrar: Samuel Wolf Levy
treasurer; Simon Baum. prelate; Fred
erick William Gustave Moebus. master of
ceremonies; Henry John Grauerholz
senior expert: James H. Goldman, iunior
expert; Peter Christian Miller, captain
Of the guard; and John dArcy. tiler.
The members of the consistory that
has heen dissolved and were residents of
the State outside of San Francisco have
taken demit cards. At the next meeting
of the new consistory there will be a
number of candidates presented who will
ask that the thirty-second degree be con
ferred upon them.
Full House All the Time.
The Michigan furniture sale is attract
ing all parts of city and country to the
big furniture house of Pattosien Co . cor
ner Sixteenth and Mission; 400 rolls of
carpet, 300 rolls of linoleum came to-day.
Linoleum will go at 45c yard, 4 yards
wide; Brussels carpet 50c. •
ROTTANZI PLEASED THEM.
Preclta Valley Irrjproveroent Club
.V\a«*e hjappy Over tJ)e Pro
The resolution offered by Supervisor Dr.
Rottanzl to build a new City and County
Hospital on the Almshouse Tract and
turn the present hospital site into a park
has so pleased the members of the Pre
cita Improvement Club that it passed a
resolution indorsing the movement, and
also condemnatory of the zoo bugaboo
which was attempted to be foisted on
the innocent taxpayers at the instigation
of a handful of real estate sharps.
The Superintendent of Streets was re
quested to place a sign board in Bernal
Park designating that place as a park,
with the hope that at some future time
not too far remote, the city will be gen
erous enough to till it in and sow a hand
ful of grass seed over Its surface.
The grading of Alabama and Folsom
streets to Cortland avenue and Ridley
street was reported as progressing. Not
so, however, with Precita avenue to
Twenty-sixth street, for Contractor Buck
man has. for some reason not made mani
fest to the members of the club, delayed
the work to an unreasonable length of
Is the Use of a Swab
Dr. Mahoney to Test the Con
stitutionality of the Ordi
H© Is Charged With Not Applying to
the Board of Health for
Dr Thomas L.. Mahoney Intends to
test the constitutionality of the recent
ordinance of the Board of Health mak
ing it compulsory in suspected cases of
diphtheria for the attending physician,
to procure from the health office a swab
to be placed in the patient's throat and
sent to the office for bacteriological ex
Dr. Mahoney attended a case of diph
theria and reported it to the health of
fice, but did not apply to the office for a
swab, as he considered it unnecessary.
He was arrested for violating the ordi
nance and the case was called in Judge
Conlan's court yesterday. He was de
fended by Colonel Smith, and Garret
McEnerney appeared for the prosecu
Handel H. Zobel, assistant secretary
of the Board of Health, was called and
testified that Dr. Mahoney had report
ed a case of diphtheria but did not ap
ply for a swab for bacteriological ex
Dr. Buckley was then called for the
defense and was asked, "How is diph
theria diagnosed?" This was promptly
objected to by McEnerney, and an ar
gument followed. Smith contending
that he was entitled to introduce evi
dence to show that the introduction of
a swab into the throat of a patient was
a detriment and caused the disease to
spread. The disease could be diagnosed
without a swab, which was simply done
by the Board of Health for scientific
On the other hand, McEnerney con
tended that the unreasonableness of
the ordinance could not be impeached
by evidence, but must be determined
upon the evidence itself. The judge
overruled the objection, and Dr. Buck
ley answered the question that the only
way to diagnose the disease was by the
eyesight. He would not use a swab un
der any circumstances, because it ag
gravates the disease and leads often to
the death of the patient.
Drs. Kuhlman, Perry and O'Connell
testified practically to the same effect.
Dr. Kuhlman said that in New York in
1894 out of 6511 cases of diphtheria
treated bacteriologically in only 50 per
cent was bacillus found.
The defendant testified that he had
long since abolished the swab and used
a spray Instead. The introduction of a
swab might jeopardize the life of a
child. For that reason he did not send
to the health office for a swab. It took
him about three minutes to diagnose
For the prosecution Dr. Spencer, bac
teriologist for the Board of Health, tes
tified that nearly all the advanced phy
sicians of the present day used the
swab for a diagnosis of the case. The
object was to primarily and fundamen
tally check the spread of the disease
He differed with the doctors for the de
fense as to the injurious effect of using
the swab. Dr. O'Brien, Health Officer.
Dr. J. M. Rosenau and Dr. Clarke cor
roborated Dr. Spencer.
It was decided to argue the case on
Tuesday and it was continued till then.
Will be Interested in the editorial in this
week's Town Talk upon Professor
Schenck's wonderful discovery. Tho
Saunterer tells some good stories, and tha
other departments are not a litite inter
esting. Town Talk's musical department
is conceded to be the best in th? city.
There is a storiette by "The Rounder**
that will set everybody a-guessing. •
The Milton Revival.
The revival meeting at Howard Pres
byterian Church, corner Oak and Baker
streets, conducted by Major George A.
Hilton, continues with increasing inter
est. Many have publicly expressed a de
sire to lead a Christian life. The evan
gelist is deeply in earnest and often
moves his audience to tears with his
tender appeals. Yet his addesses are
not stilted. Often he provokes a smile by
some apt characterization of hypocrisy
or amusing reference. His great power
lies In his peculiar ability to make plain
the great truths of the Bible. The meet
ing will continue every evening during
the coming week. At 3 o"clock Sunday
afternoon he will hold a mass-meeting
for men only at this church.
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