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I have always had an Immense r<
for the v.. rter. He is the
person who discourses technically ah^ut
things nautJ al. He knows the difference
.. and a barkentlm
tween a ship ai ' " :■■
alludes to ' Boats without
femlnli - he calls everybody
he nn
A very little of this 1 knew before I
accompanied the great man one day last
■week upon his beat. Bui my admiration
for the lore of the water front reporter
grew steadily all the way from the Mail
doi k up to Melggs wharf, and back
again; so that 1 shall have to revise my
original opinion of him. How in the
namo of all that's salty he manages to
pick up the information on all the mul
titudinous marine matters that make up
his department is one of tho mysteries.
Ho knows tho captain on this boat bound
Looking From the Upper Deck of the
?r Far Into the Hold Be'ow.
for Honolulu; the mi I t E

m of. r on
•t just arri Is his
r to 1
onl old
has r<M a -
• • • * »
Al 1 ■
r • •
> •-• hose
and the ro
ff lands is that fas
•••. I'd m.ikr- the 0'
i water front r porter. I mipht
hip of the
I man en my b!6ck, or for the honor
I that mipht be mino in boy
t >>on = t of intimacy with the
■ ■ dally exer< s the hoi
• • \";ne house. I'.nt all the
h energies
to the water front re
■. For llm I'd fag. For him I'd
heart I'd
that sine* i - which I
r<! anticipate his every wish.
ful if he noticed me as I should I>e
to disappear did his briny lord
ropil lous.
For the water front reporter holds the
key to living- stories, tales whose charm
Is greater than the Arabian Nights and
Robinson Crusoe put together. True, in
the course of the years of experience that
make him the glorious being he Is, the
vrater front has lost Its poetry to him.
But, If you're a boy. you've stores of
romance safely concealed in the depths of
a nature that pretends to gruff, prosaic
disillusion. Let but the genius of the
boy give the opportunity; boyhood will
do the rest.
• « » • •
Tf you're bo unfortunate as rr.» to be a
hoy. • 'rmit will not have quite
rm. It will lack t! ■•
ponal possibility b, for inst
might give it v. •
cent fickleness to in;
moment a Scandinav
and the n^xt a Scotch capl hat; In
an hour ctianging i ; and dea
wlth all the speed and facility
. 'v-flream.
But it is not only to youth that the
I of the bay are so attra< ■■
rationality under the sun. every type, of
: n nature, all the evldenc I
] i.s a cosmopolitan city, i.
. along the mil. -U. against
which the i -hips lie. close, load-
Ing and unloading.
••• • •
On board the Beljnc the Chinese Bailors
anda are scrubbing industrl
-■■ ■ .
vr<- for Australia. Rather superior look
. these, in their dark
Fhirts and trousers. We wal
them loading I I the reft
■ !gs and lambs and sides of '■< efi
with the giblet appurtenances, enough to
an army. Here's a Chinese boy,
who works steadily handing one butch
ered innocent after the other to his com
:. In the refrigi rator beyond. He
wears a peculiar woolen cap, turned up
helmetwise on the Bide, and his tntelli
■ watches < very move of
the men working with him, while he
up a steady clang of Chinese ex
hortation that orally testifies to the
business going on aboard.
Far back— l believe the water front re
rs call It "aft"— a group of about
twenty Chinese are huddled. They have
come over on the Beigic and have b. en
detained because of Uncle Sam's insistent
fussiness about certificates. If their cases
ere not decided by Saturday they will be
transferred to some other vessel.
"And who pays for their board in the
meantime," I asked the inspector, who
v.iis surrounded by a chattering crowd of
"The Chinese themselves," he an
sw'-red. "More than that, they put up a
horid to pay their passage back should
they be refused admittance to this glo
rious land of ours."
Think of what it m«>ans to a Chinese
laborer to earn enough money to pay
his passage both ways from China here
and back; of what the contingent fund
must be to pay his expenses should he be
detained. Think of the voyage in the
Btern of the Belgic, where these men are
permitted to make a Chinatown for
themselves in one great room, where
they nlttiß hammocks and cook and eat.
And think, too, that all thin on the
chance only of their gaining admission
Tin.' world's not so old after all when
the name i.f America stlH holds such
promise an to Induce men to sacrlfl
much, often merely to meet disappoint
The prettiest sight on board the Belgic
is Leo Toy Wan. You should see her as
she leans fr<>;:i the upper berth In a
stateroom, which she shares with two
other Chinese girls, one of whom, in a
green blouse and durk blue, wide trousers.
- a long pipe.
But Lee Toy Wan, with her soft, pale
face, her tiny brown hands, a purple silk
handkerchief knotted about her throat,
long, blue, enameled earrings depending
from her pretty ears. Is unlike these
others. She is very young, this Chinese
girl. There Is a babyish gracfousness in
her expression as she leans forward to
answer the inspector's questions. Her
voice is gentle and soft, and lacks that
strident ring that "Whan Choy Fa's Can
ton accents have.
Whan Choy Fa is a shrewish little
maiden; pretty too, but not with the in
nocent grace of Lee Toy Wan. \
Pa and r Chinese n!rl sat
tailor-wise in a lower berth of another
stateroom. In front, on the floor,
their embroidered shoes, one pair ot
which wa- upon a heel In tl •
middle of the sole, so that l&adean
Choy should be high and dry above the
■ cks or muddy streets— should she
be so fortunato as to be permitted to
In olden days, before American expe
rience matched Oriental shrewdn-ss.
same guileless-iocking heels were
packed with opium, and every Celestial
belle walked down the gangplank with a
tiny dowry beneath her small, whlte
stoctdnged I
Whan Choy Fa was suspicious. In an
swer to the inspector's query she would
only repeat, in a nasal sing-song, with
much movement of jaws:
"Whan Choy Fa! Whan Choy Fa!"
Of that mucb , but this
n girl was not going to risk any
thing by further speech. AH her cau
tion was : • rter's note
book. She had been well drilled and she
' ' H In her ■ T.ik^
r little Celestial tiger cat she snatched
back, from the inspector's hand, the
piece of white lir.en she was embr
ing for a sock— part of ln-r trou
perhaps, for the first of her mv.' :
Just now all Whan Choy Fa's desires,
all her hopes, {ill her wishes, tend .
direction— toward San Francisco's China
town. And ju. • ; Ity of
the thing— all l^->? Toy Wan craves is to
go back.
"Not land! Xot land!" she repeated
.'• childish voice in answer to the
tor's Question. "Go home. Go
bac k!"
♦ was the burden of her little Chl-
And could you have seen tho
pretty little thing, with her ingratiating,
child- her readiness to ts
. • ::dly, to wavegJier delicate little
k f:i <\m;a!>W? bridging of th..*
lingual distance that separated us, j
have longed for the p ■■-.-. i ! this
little girl luck to the Interior vt
China whence Bhe came.
• » » • •
Across on t 1 : ie of the dock
ley is laying in a cargo
of wine for the East. Barrels and barrels
ilting here to be put on
board, while on the other aide sniks upon
tral Americas coffee lie

r the calls of the men, the stamp
the hideous rattling
'.hug-chug of the donkey engine, the
m of the steam. You can put your
of the country's arteries
here p.nd fee! the strong, healthful, busy
beat of the commercial pulse.
%Ye walk along the front past the
schooner Bella of Florence. The air is
Groups of Laborers Smoked Contentedly Beneath Unobtrusive Signs.
sweet with the smell of the fresh lum
ber which la being taken from the flat
bottomed boat, All around the place is
strewn with the yellow planks. Th<
unloading for hours, and yet
sharp, short picks which
lift out one layer of planks only to lay
bare another covering. Bella of Florence
has been up north. Her nam*- signifies
nothing of her home or destination.
Here's the Crompton, a great square
rigged English ship. She has. brought
coke up from th? colonies. And opposite
lies the Progreso, a steam collier. Both
of them are unloading, and the place is
black with lumps of shining coal and
burned out porous coke and sifted black
dust for the blacksmith's forge.
Such a dirty Progressori One would al
most believe that the boat knew that
this is almost its last opportunity for be
ing good and dirty. The Prdgressor, like
other adventurers, has caught the Klon
dike fever. She intends to put off this
grimy black coat of hers, don respectable
garments, have her deck built up like the
Excelsior's, and, then ho, for the gold
fields! , Instead of coal, the Progressor
will carry fortune-hunters and gold. O,
the scorn this new passenger ship will
feel for its old companions in the colliery
One gets- a wonderful picture by. looking
down from the upper deck far Into the
hold below. Down, down at the bottom
of this wooden shaft three men are work
ing shoveling the coal into the great Iron
baskets which swoop down empty from
the tall Iron cranes and go groaningly full
aloft, to be turned upside down and pent
flying: down again Into the bowels of the
Look at these three. They wear high
boots, trousers and brown flannel smocks,
with gre.at arm-holes and deep-cut necks.
Their face* are bo black and grimy you'd
hardly take them for white men, and the
great muscles of their bare arms and
their powerful shoulders are becoming
coated more and more thickly with the
stifling black dust. They look like poor,
ineffectual pigmies laboring down there
to reduce that mighty black mountain of
"What are they paid?" I asked the gen
ius of the water I
"Twenty cents an hours," he replies.
Ugh! It makes one think of Daudet's
"Jack." And yet these men have air and
light— such as It Is.
The two words heard oftenest on the
water front the day T spent there were
Klondike and Alarm
Every boat th.it wasn't bound for the
Klondike must have been sorrowful and
envious, so completely was It out of the
swim. Hero's one ship after the other
fitted up for northern trade. And
the reason of these early large shipments
of coal and lumber is also told in the
word Klondike; for the dealers In the
north know that if they do not send down
their cargoes before the spring rush to
the great Alaskan prold mines begins,
there will be no ships at their disposal.
\s to the Alameda, everybody on the
water front was Inquiring about her. from
Marshal Baldwin, waiting on Meiprgs
wharf for the Australian criminal who
never came, to the crowd of relatives and
fri^rds strain!! yes and their
tempers, while they waited.
* • • • •
Further tip n round Telegraph Hill way
the North Bend Is being repaired. Her
captain thought ho didn't need any one
to bring him into port, and the North
Bend smashed upon Point Diablo, and
The crn^l rorks, they gored her sides.
Like the herns of an angry bull.
Look at the keel torn away, the grea*
timbered sides ground and splintered and
softened until the bruised patches on the
poor ship's hull look like pieces of rotten
rope. When you stand on the dry dock
and look op to this majestic vessel, you'll
realize the power of wind and waves and
sunken rocks. Fancy a great bulk like
this hurled against Diablo and ground
and ground upon the rocks! There's
romance in the sea, but there's danger
and death there, too.
Put the North Bend, cradled on the dry
dock, with the merry tap of the ham
mers sounding against her sides, with the
old calkljig pried out and I
filled anew with oakum, has already for
■ Point I'iablo. If the old ship
dreams, n? she lies there, it is of oih.-r
trips, to the north and Klondike, again.
• • • • •
- Henry P.. Hyde, the largest
American ship in the bay Just now. And
there's La Madeleine from Peru, the only
ntatlre in this marhv
-,vn below the pier's edge lies
the poor little Katie S., a drudge of boats,
humble. Insignificant toller she, laden
with iron. Phe looks humiliated and
abashed and ill-at-ease there among the
i_- w irld.
The ■'.. whose red-sweatered
mate- is overseeing the l< ndiri? of pr
- and sand to be used for mortar.
Is bound up the const. So is the SCOW
bus out there en the br.y, lying
stli! and motionless, waiting f
to turn, laden with bricks which make a
■ '-'lor against •he •
white water, the white cold skies and
the long. Film black lines of the masts.
Her crew la below eating lunch and the
only living thing above is a great, gen
ial Newfoundland dog, who waves bis
great tail In amiable salutation as we
go by on a little launch.
We pass a host of saucy little tugs, and
the great authority on this floating cos
mopolitan city explains to me the signifi
cance of red stacks and black stacks and
yellow stacks.
There's the Othmarschen from Hamburg
and further on the condemned Kuroka,
shamefacedly nosing- Into the shore, 7T.-r<«
come the English ships; or rather theyap-
poar to come. It Is we who go by on
tho launch. Fine ships, these English
ones, big and shapely and well-named.
There's the Marlborough Hill from Liver
pool and the Primrose Hill and the
Roderick Dhu, which possesses the most
picturesque figure-head In all the harbor.
We sail scornfully by the ferry slips.
What romance attaches to a trip across
the bay, or even to the river steamers
that go as far as Stockton? They're too
petty, too near. They lose woefully in
comparison with the associations that
crowd upon these, traveled, haughty dis
tant relatives of theirs. "
On either side of Melpps wharf hang
fishing lines, left to thems.lws to see
what they, unaided, can do in beguiling
the wily smelt. Here's where the boya
go crabbing, and their baskets are con
tinually being hauled up and let down
with a splash again.
over there to tho northeast He threo
pmall schooners. The one at the end is
the Central Pacific. Now, although the
name Is imposing, this poor, declasse boat
i by those who go down
to tl..- sea. in ships without a guffaw. It
I that the Central Pacific is
sessed by «n old preacher, who in turn is
possessed with the desire to save water
front souls — sadly in need of saving, no
doubt. All about the bay, the good old
fellow goes preaching to those who will
llpten. Ho get* up as far as Stockton.
I believe, always preaching the word and
praying for the wicked ones. Be It under
stood that it Is not the piety of the
her which provokes laughter, but
hIR original methods of Bail construction.
At n r ;y into, he offends against a.l rules
Of cunvHfl-hoisting. and the hugest Joke
on the front Is to try to classify this
meek little Central Pacific, according to
the changes her erratic owner makes In
her appearance.
••• • •
W> walked down from Melggs wharf
along tho sea wall, through the grain
sheds. Th« Wp.Ha Walla had come down
the night before from the north and the
sheds wore piled with pale gray-brown
sacks of wheat, darker tan sacks of beans
and white sacks of the Oregon flour that
excels ours, so they say.
The Kilmory was filling her hold with
the Walla Walla's grain. The Kilmory
comes frae Glasgo 1 . She belongs to a
t'.rm that christens all Its ships Kil
something or other. The Kllbrannan is
the Kllmory's own sister.
"Where -re you going?" I asked the
Scotch mate.
He leaned over the side, a soft cap
pulled over his tawny brows, a short
In bis mouth.
"truth Africa," he said, with just the
agreeable shade of a burr.
"Al d then?"
"The colonies, perhaps. Or back here,
who know?? Anywhere but home."
\\c climbed up the Kilmory's brightly
painted side, and the Kllmory's home-
The 0!d Fisherman Sat Mending His
Tnple Net.
stok mate. Who has made no friends In
"Frisco" and doesn't like th» place, told
us (as w<> watched the grain being put in
the hoMY I ■ pack frozen m^at In
the Australian arid New Zealand ships.
"Ev'rry earreass of them tied In a cal
ico sheet and coverred with frrost. On'
it might be a hot day, on' on deck you'd
be sweltering, while down there"— he
pointed to the hold— "ye'd see the men
clapping their arms aboot, trrying to get
• • • •
On down toward town again, through
the grain sheds, untenantcd save for the
myriads of sparrows, ■ho keep up a
ceaseless twittering In the dark rafters;
a paean of praise, doubtless, to God for
a grr- harvest, r\r.d to man for gather-
Ing the wheat and providentially ripping
up a bap or two. Past groups of labor
ers now, contentedly smoking their aft
er-lunch clay pipes, beneath unobtrusive
prohibitive signs.
• • • • •
Ti-r-'s Flsherman'i wharf. You'd know
it before you saw it, for your senso of
would forewarn you. But it's
worth peeing— the most picturesque sight
I the hay.
All the Jaunty fishinc: pmaoks are lying
bobbing upon the wave* In the rectangu
lar apace Inclosed by the pier. Their
sails are 1 furled, hut tho diagonal lines of
tall, slanted masts show clear
against the sky. which is blue, now that
the sun is higher.
This red-shirted. blriok-mustached f>l
low baa a whole boatload of shad and
iirht up in the Sacramen
to. Be and tho sunburned boy who helps
him. load basket after basket full of the
fish, their pills red -with blood; and the
merchant in v' I above on the
wharf hauls up the catch. The other
are covered thicK with silver her
ring. There are flounders, too, and up
on the wharf great sacks full of
drowned and smothered mudhens.
Wntch young Italia. He's Interesting.
A baby about 4 years old, with a warm
tinted face and drirk eyes nnd clothes
his mother made, of course. What tailor
could turn out Irousei ■ such as these,
guaranteed to b<« of the snme width top
and bottom? The little fellow slings a
birds over his stout round nrm.
and marches off to do his share toward
supplying Sun Franrlpco's housewives
with r, wretched looking, un
tried birds.
Two others or his kind, a few years
older are rolling hoops in the market
where no one expose* his wares,
Incidentally. These two are smoking- ci
garettes. Thoy wear upon their heads
crocheted red caps like their fathers'.
One has rubber boots and the other
:1 '-"■ he < in bandy keep upon his
feet. Their clothes are beyond descrip
tion and yet with an absurd resemblance
to those the fishermen outside wear.
Up on the long aide of the rectangle the
red-brown nets lie drying in the Fun.
Look at this old follow, who sits mending
his triple net. lie wears a great sealskin
cap like a Russian's kaftan, but with
an absurd filnglf. mangy fur tassel hang
ing down In front. li!s rubber boots
reach nearly to the thigh. What trousers
one may ?<>f> am of the latest rough ma
terial milady wi .us, green, tttfted. Where
outside of a dry-goods store did he get
" Ills shirt is of bluish green and
his cont Is dark blue. He has a mustache
enough for Tartarln and a smile as
gentle as a child's. He weaves his bone
Shuttle in and out, using the toe of his
great boot to hold the net taut.
Hero is a swarthy-farod artist pains
takingly painting a slender line of dark
blue, on Ills loved Savoia. There is a
Tarn o' Shantered Slavonian painting the
bottom of the Heformo the most shriek
ing of scarlets, while above there Is blue
and white. There Is the Garibaldi lying
keel up In the sin. Here are the Rosetta,
the Lucia and all the rest of the pretty
Itnlinn names.
This is really loungers' Wharf. It's a
place to lie and dream, and. if others in
sist upon working, why. to watch them
work. The men lie outstretched against
the sides of their boats, their pipes be
tween their teeth, their eyes narrowed
partly through sheer physical comfort,
partly by way of tribute to the glancing,
Ehining waters of the bay.
Look In this door and see what a beau
tiful effect the sun produces, shining In
black bars through the deep blue smoke.
You can barely see the faces of the men
beyond. They are tanning their nets
with oak bark, and the great caldror.s
beneath which the fires crackle are sim
mering and scenting the air.
••• • •
"The Alameda! The Alameda!"
A tug goes whUzlng by, men turn their
steps toward the dock, the loungers leave
the fishermen and the smotherers— they
can't be rnlled hunters -to haggle over
the fi»h and tho bird*.
But to the naked ere the Alamerta 1b
not yet visible.
Carts upon carts block the way. These
are unloading roal from the Vanoourer
and the Toscmittu The GHpsy has
hroueht down potatoes. On the Mauna
Ala the pumps ar<» at work, three men on
each siil«. thHr muscular, aotlvfl figures
bending now thin way. now that, while
th<* water pours out from the ship's p!<l<\
Here's the 8. K. Castle, h°r decks redo
lent with tobacco she Is taking down to
the Sandwich Islands. There are bales
of hay, too, and dissected earrings.
Down in her hold the grain bags go spin
ning. They are marked "ITana." And at
sight of that word the whole busy water
front vanishes and the eye of one's mind
sees that beautiful bay. the high moun
tain of the dead Hawaiian kings, the
great cane plantation, and the tall Dane,
the manager, whoso hospitality was truly
••• • •
The Alameda sailed In serene and
splendid. Her entrance -was like a stage
entrance that has been fittingly led up to.
For just nn hour In the history of Ban
Frnncisco's shipping she was to be lead- i
ing lady. On she came stars and stripes i
and pennant flying, gray-bearded cap- !
tain and pilot aloft, passengers on deck
and an Interested crowd on shore.
And just at the critical moment a
■tupld :'at-br>ttnmed scow swung
her broad n«se np.iinst the ocean steam
er's side, and the glory of that striking
entrance was forever marred. The Ala
meda had to stop and wait while the
fussy little tup. the Governor M.irkham,
blushing cardinal red with vexation,
and stage fright threw a mpe to the
scow and tugged and pulled and towed
her out of the way. Then the Alameda
really docked.
The saloon passengers are as unlnterest
nig as saloon passengers usually are.
Rut over on the steerage side were five
men bound for— Klondike, of course.
Come clear from Australia and New Zea
land to go to the new gold mines. One
of them, a Cornishman. with a short,
black-gray beard, a stout, sturdy fellow,
whose brown coat was too short in the
sleeves. Another, a Cockney, blonde,
facetious, with a pipe between his teeth
and a laughing word on his lips.
"What the deuce do they want? Do
you know?" drawled one.
"T f bow through y'r loggage, (Jon't you
know," replied his companion.
But Tnole Sam only wanted to asmm
himself that none of th^? p foreigners was
coming io America without the prescribed
|l ' Wneo the commissioner called out,
"American citizens first!" Jock turned
laughingly to his companion, and said:
"Try it. me boy; keep your tongue
closed. They'll think you a Yankee?"
}?ut the Ftoor.ipe waited patiently, sub
mitting, as is the w»nt of steerage, to
rules and regulations the saloon escapes.
D the Alameda Is deserted. A news
paper correspondent who has been half
way around the -world and back again,
a Honolulu merchant and an adven
turous doctor of medicine, tall, lanky,
spectacled, wearing go!f stockinsrs and ab
surd low shoe?, knee trousers and canvas
coat. This man soueht the Adamless
Eden and, like other enthusiasts, !>
rontent with little— th" profit on a
rifle and a small copra plantation in
They all leave, and ,ne Alameda be
rnnu-s one of many— a has-been and a
to-be of ships, like all the other waiting
vessels. Before her passengers ar
leased from the customs officers, the bales
of wool are being wheeled out from her
hold. The English sovereigns are on their
way Dp tn the mint, where they will be
rnme. more than three-quarters of a mil
lion of American dollars. The ski:
- from Australia, the tin, the New
Zealand flax, and the copra from Apia,
arp all being hauled out from their hid
ing place, ami pQed on the dock.
And soon the show Is over. The ship
lies quietly bobbins: at the dock, as she
will lie ruminating and resting fur the
short interval that elapses between runa.
• • • • •
<"^r.e comes blinking back into the world
r.s though he had been away from Pan
Francisco the actual time it would take
to go about and see all these foreign
people and things; to have been In China
with Lee Toy Wan; In Glasgow with the
Kllmory's mate; in Hawaii with the
cook's boy on the S. N*. Castle; to have
been where those great shining lumps of
clean coal and shalo come from; to go
with this immense quantity of c
goods and condensed milk and bread
stuffs to the Orient.- where they are pre
paring for war— in short to have been
everywhere and to have tasted life in all
Its varied aspects.
The town looks commonplace. The peo
ple who sit opposite you In the street
cars are' ordinary, Insignificant. Down
along the water's edge another day of
romance is preparing. Here in the town,
thn monotonous, old round Is to be gone
over again. Down there men have char
acter and individuality. Here they are
patterned all on one model. On the
water's edge there 1? color and there are
picturesque differences. In town, man's
highest ambition, sartorlally, at least, is
to look as nnich like his neighbor as his
personal peculiarities and his tailor will
The Closing of the Cemetery
Brings About Its Dis
The Chinese Will Purchase a Tract
of Land In San Mateo County for
a Temporary Resting-Placo.
Notwithstanding the loner notice given
by the Supervisors that the City Cexne
would be closed for all interments
on and after the tirst of the present rear,
nothing has been dona by those societies
and the undertakers having the responsi
bility of providing a final resting place
for the indigent dead. The same condi
tion of affairs has existed with the Chi
nese. They, as well as the other?, per
mitted tiSM to slip by without making
any provisions for the future, until th<>y
found themselves in the rapacity of beg
gars, so to speak, asking f.>r an exten
sion of time, which the Supervisors gra
ciously granted them.
The time now being extended to the
first of April, steps will be taken by the
Chinese to procure a tract of fifteen acre*
in San Mateo County for a temporary
resting place for their dead.
Within a few days a meeting of the
six Chinese companies will be held and
a lawyer will be deputed to proceed to
San Mateo and make the necessary ar
rangements with the County Board of
Supervisors for the privilege of locating
a cemetery in that county. This step has
been decided on by the Chinese who are
fully cognizant of the popular prejudice
evinced against them as a race. Of this
prejudice they have had experience in the
]>;ist. as the superintendent of the City
Cemetery, while admitting all other
corpses to a grave in the city's burying
ground at $1. has charged the Chinese
?L> El, and the undertaker who has the
contract for the burying of the city's in
digent dead had a wholesale contract at
$3u a month, irrespective of the number
of interments. A similar figure has been
charged the Chinese for exhuming the
bodies of their dead. This the Mongolians
characterize as discrimination against
their race even unto death, and resur
rection. To avoid this it is proposed to
own a cemetery of theft" own where they '
■will not- be subject to this discrimination
ami extra charge. v:
The number of deaths and exhumations
average fifty every month of the Chinese,
which, to -the superlntendpnt, la quite an i
Item, together with his other perquisites,
all of which will be lost to the favored
politician who pot this job as a reward ;
for services rendered to the political boss.
The condition of the Western Addition
Undertakers who fipured ho low on the ■
contract as to bury all the indigent dead
at M each Is rot so favorablo from a
financial point of view, as no conditions
were made with the city about a place |
for the Interments: this was their lookout ]
when they made their bid. They pave a
bond of $COOO for the faithful performance
of their contract and they must live up '
to it. It is their duty to rind a place for :
the city's dead irrespective of price.
The other societies having the privilege
of the City Cemetery will be likewise
compelled to find interment ground on
and after the first of next April, as the !
Supervisors are determined to grant no
further extensions.
No Spare Birtbs or) steamers
Bound for the Yukon.
The move of Alaska prospectors to the
north has already set In. Not only do the
merchants of the city report that they
are feeling substantial benefits from the
purchase of outfits and supplies for the
Alaska trip, but the transportation corn
ponies are already forced to admit that
carrying capacity of freight and
passengers i- c being taxed to the utmost,
t the problem That confronts them
next summer becomes more and more
IS. The "Walla Walla will sail this
morning, with every berth taken, and
nearly all of her passengers are bound
for Dyea and Skaguay. At least one
half of this number have been frequent
visitors at the Alaska Trade Bureau and
have made a close study of the facts and
Object lessons which were presented to
them at the ferry building. It Is report
it the Pacific Coast Steamship
Company has enpntred a large part of its
accommrvd.itions fur some time ahead
and i« daily receiving requests by tele
graph to hold berths. The Pacific Steam
ng Company's vessel Excelsior will
sail on Monday for Dyea, Skaguay and
Orca, Tt Is reported that she had offers
for more freight and passengers than
her capacity allowed.
Inquiries by mall were more numerous
yesterday than on any other day. As
an indication of the amount of mail
which the Alaska Trade Committee Is
sending: out every day it is Interesting- to
note that its bill for postago stamps
alone averages Jfi a day. "Word was re
ceived from a man who has been travel
ing through Arizona for the last few
weeks who says that parties of miners
are being organized in nearly every camp
In the Territory, and for the most part
prospective Klondikers will leave early
for th« north, so as to take advantage of
the trail over the ice which has been
broken by the miners who are cominsr
out to the coast. Other requests by mail
ar.d personal applications for specit'.c in
formation and general literature is re
ceived dally from almost every Ptate In
the Union, and shows n steady increase
from week to week. The record of the
bureau shows that the inquiries from
outside the city are assuming a relative
ly greater Importance as contrasted with
the local demand.
Civil Service Examination.
On January 29 a civil service examina
tion for the position of stenographer In
the office of the Collector of Internal
Revenue will be held in the same office.
Applications must be on file before the
close of business on January 21.
Not a Patent Medicine, but a Safe Cure
for All Forms of Indigestion.
The results of. recent investigation
have established b«yond question the
great value cf the new preparation for
indigestion ami stomach troubles: it is
composed of the digestive acids, pepsin,
bismuth, Golden Seal and similar stom-
achics, prepared in th^ form of 20-gram
lozenges, pleasant to the taste, conven-
to carry when traveling, harmless
to the most delicate stomact) and prob-
ably th" safest, most effectual cur" yet
discovered for indigestion, sour stom-
ach, loss of appetite and flesh, nausea,
sk-k headaches, palpitation of the* heart
and the many symptoms arising from
imperfect digestion of food. They cure
because they cause the fond to be
promptly and thoroughly digested be-
fore it has time to sour, ferment antf
poison the blood and nervous system.
:• six thousand people in the State
of Michigan alone in 1894 were cured of
stomach troubles by Stuart's Dyspep-
sia Tablets.
Full sized packages may be found at
all druggists at 50c, or sent by mall on
r-veipt of price from Stuart Co., Mar-
Bhall, Mich. Send for free book on
stomach diseases.
$ We shall entirely clear out all §
j At These Extraordinary Prices. |
I Tapestry - - 38c per Yard \
| Moquette - ■ 53c per Yard I
$ Body Brnssels, 59c per Yard \
i Wilton Velvets, 60c per Yard j
I Axminster - 60c per Yard j
i Furniture, Carpets, Upholstery, !
l i 715 MARKET ST. \
up vi ■an mill m if" wmjii.i^ ■„, ,__■ n imi „*
Jot ol^toto®!^
El>Tr3 CREAM BAT.M is a positive euro.
Apply into the nostrils. It is quickly absorbed. 50
cents at Drn?e!*t» or by mail ; samples 10c by malL
ELY BKOT.'I 66 Wr.rrrn St., New York City.
fi.lSl.lMir ln * titml - v - f " lr »NVISIBLETL'UECu«Uiom
t " BJ * ■■ help when nil else Alls, as glasaen help eyes.
B<'ir-ailJti»tinar. No Pain. Whispers heard, -endtoCOCC
I. llitcvxtw.. 60S B'ihj, S.V., tor Book anil l"roo£s net
n °
(I) t^SSnS^r *^
Gives more heat for amount of oil con-
sumed than any other heater.
"MONEY BACK" IF a t tory. 1s *
Myers Heater -- $2.49.
Largest Variety Heaters In the City.
Catalogues Free.
: Salesroom— and 120 Montgomery street.
Mills Building.
Tuesday January 23, 1898,
At 12 O'clock, Noon.
By order of Public Administra-
tor A. C. FREESE, Esq.
W. L. Harper, Referee.
Nos. 21S to 220 Ritch street, wi>rt line, 200
I feet south of Bryant street; 10 flats; rents $33;
lot 60x73 feet. .
Broadway Corner.
P. E. corner Jones and Broadway; lot 41
feet, with two frame tenements; grand mas
view; flats on this property would pay well,
Mission and Thirtieth Sis., Extension
"West line Clinton avenue.' 300 feet south of
Berkshire street; lot 25x100; close to San Mateo
• electric line.
Precita Valley Lot.
South line Prospect place. 230:9 feet west of
i Columbia place; lot 30x150 feet to Mary street.
B. K. corner Clay anrl Leavenworth streets;
', lots 35:6x100 feet: No. 1"22 Leavenworth street. 1
NOB. 1329-1331 Clay street; covered with sub-
stantial t'.iree-story buildings, two stores and
five flats: solid foundation; excavated base-
ment; total rents, $!"• 50.
Ripley Place Dwelling.
North line Ripley place, 225 feet east of Fol-
«om street: lot 50x100 feet, with two-story
house of 4 rooms. n
People's Homestead.
Lot No. 9. block No. 11. Silver avenue, near
Railroad avenue: lot 25*75 feet.
Southside Lot.
East line Twenty-eighth avenue, 100 feet
south of "J" street; lot 150x120 feet: six lots
Outside Land Block No. 742; good chance for a
< speculation.
Sutter-St. Building Lot.
North line Sutter street. 137:6 feet W. of Scott
street: lot 30:6 2-3x164:1 feet; street work done
■ and accepted: Sutter street cars pass; grand lot
I for tUt) or residence.
Twenty-fourth Street Residence.
No. 2771 Twenty-fourth street, 3. line. 40 feet
east of York street: two-story bay-window
i house of 8 rooms and bath; street paved and
accepted; Howard street cars pass the door;
lot 40x100 feet.
Mission Cottages.
Nos. 66 and 68 Merrltt street, N. line. 38.37
feet E. of Rose street; lot 60.76x65.24 and 70
i feet- 2 cottages. 3 rooms each: rents 512; street
! macadam; close to Eighteenth street electric
Lot N. E. line Spear street. 188:4 feet N. W.
from Folsom street; 1 block from water front;
splendid lot to Improve; would pay good In-
:-£;-'. v ! Valencia-St. Investment.
Nos. E2l and 521*4 Valencia street, east line,
i 315 feet north of Seventeenth street: lot 82x70
j feet; store end two flats of 5 rooms each; rent*
, |50; street paved and accepted.
Polk-St. Income Property.
Nos. 21.92 1 .9- #> 19U-219 V£ - Polk street, west Un?. 41
I feet south of Fulton street: lot 24x52!4 feet:
i three flats of 6 rooms and bath each: rents ISO;
j this property has a great future: close to Mar-
I ket street and the New City Hall.
Elegant Residence Property.
' Northeast comer California and Webster
! streets: lot 40x132:6 feet, also lot adjoining,
! north line California street. 30x132:6 feet; street
: work all done and accepted by the city.
Perry St. Income Property. -„ . •
No. 218 Perry street, between Fourth, an.l
! Fifth streets, Harrison and Bryant; good two-
story house of V rooms; rents $15; lot 25x80
Richmond Lot.
Fast line Eighth avenue. 73 feet south of Cle<-
i ment street: lot 25x120 feet; street sewered and
! macadamized; on line Park branch Sutro elec-
tric road. - • . ■•.
City Land Association.
Lots 27. *£ 29 and 30 on Ford street, block
i No. 11; each lot 25x100 feet; close to Ingleslde
* City Land Association.
Lot 27. block No. 4, Montieello street; lot 25
* | xIQO feet; close to Ingleside track.
People's Homestead.
! Lots 14. 15. 16 and 34, block No. 9. on Sweeney
| . and Hale streets; each lot 25x75 feet.
1 People** Homestead. . ;
i i Lot 26, block No. 4, Gaven street, near Kins;
', 1 lot 25x7i feet.

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