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VOLUME LXXXIII.— NO. 50.
A WrecK on tf)e Central
Pacific Near Cape
West Bour)d Passenger Drawn by
Two Engines Jun)ps the Trac^,
KJHiog a oaoa 0 Engineer and
J THE DEAD,
* Engineer D. Z. Haekett.
Fireman Edward Lightner.
<$> J. J. Burke, express messen- ♦
* ger, badly shaken.
* C. F. Brown, fireman, sus
tained several contusions.
A. H. Stevens, mail clerk, <g>
<*> back Injured.
<8> Ivan H. Walker, passenger, <*■
* wound on head.
* Woman injured internally.
C. C. Brown, engineer, serious
wound on head. &
SACRAMENTO, Jan. 18.— At 5 o'clock
this afternoon the forward engine of
the westbound overland train, due in
this city at 5:40 p. m., Jumped the
track one mile east of Colfax, and,
leaving the roadbed, turned down over
a low embankment. The second engine
followed its leader off the track, but
luckily turned over and remained on
the roadbed Instead of plumping upon
the engine down the embankment, or
thp fatality list might have been longer.
The acclileut occurred lust below one
of the most dangerous places on this
or any other railroad. At Cape Horn
the angle Is about 45 degrees, and there
is no obstruction between it and the
abyss thousands of feet below.
Engineer C. C. Brown and Fireman
Edward Lightner were on the forward
engine, and, as the great machine
lurched and went over, both men went
down with it. Engineer Brown es
caped with a few superficial bruises,
and an hour later was walking around,
but Lightner was somewhere under
neath his engine and presumably dead,
as up to a late hour to-night he had not
Engineer D. Z. Hackett and Fireman
C; F. Brown, both of this city, were on
the second engine, and the accident, oc
curring as it did without warning,
pave neither of them a chance to jump.
Engineer Hackett was badly scalded
about the head and face, besides being
Injured internally, and at 7 o'clock two
hours after he went over with his en
gine, he breathed his last. C. F. Brown,
Hackett's fireman, sustained several
contusions about the body, but was not
The mail car, the baggage and ex
press car, the day coach and the smok
ing car also loft the rails, but did not
leave the roadbed, and beyond a gen
eral shaking up none of the passengers
Mail Clerk Stevens was flung against
the end of his car with extreme violence
and his back is injured, though how
severely could not be ascf-rtained. Ex
press Messenger Burke wap also shaken
up, but received no contusions, and at
latest accounts was 6aid to be all
D. Z. Hackett, well known all over
the Coast a<3 "Don" Hackett, had been
PASSENGER TRAIN ROUNDING CAPE HORN.
The San Francisco Call
in the employ of the Southern Pacific
Company for many years and was con
sidered one of the most careful and re
liable men on the road. His run was
from Sacramento to Reno, his home
station being rhis city. He had two
daughters lfc'ing in San Francisco and
had other relatives in other cities in
the State. He was 75 years of age.
Edward Lightner was 23 years of age
and a nephew q£ Passenger Engineer
Bonus Lightner. His home station was
Rocklin, Engineer Brown's engine mak
ing th*» run between Rocklin and
Wadsworth. Lightner was well known
in this city and had a host of friends
here, to whom the news of his death
will be a severe blow. His home was at
Two tourist, two sleeping and a din
ing-room car remained on the rails,
and, beyond a shock and jar, all but
two of the passengers knew nothing at
the moment of the accident of the
tragedy at the front of the train. In
the baggage car on a cot was an inva
lid lady passenger, who, besides the se
vere shock she received, is believed to
have been injured internally.
The track from Long Ravine Bridge
to the town of Colfax is on an upgrade,
and the train was consequently not de
scending, but ascending, when the en
gine Jeft the track.
Physicians from Colfax were soon at
the scene of the wreck, and everything
possible was done to relieve the suffer
ings of the injured. A special train
from this city, having on board Divi
sion Superintendent J. B. Wright. As
sistant Superintendent T. R. Jones,
Resident Engineer Robinson and Dr.
i Huntington, chief surgeon of the Rail
i road Hospital in this city, and his as
sistant, Dr. Nourse, was immediately
started for the scene of the accident,
■ and the wrecking train, with a full
complement of men, was also hurried
forward, and the work of clearing the
track pusheu as rapidly as possible.
The cause of the accident is not
known, though it is thought by some
that the rails may have spread. Th>>
railroad officials expect to hay» thp
track cleared early to-morrow fore
SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1898.
A Plot to Overthrow
Blanco Nipped in
Scheme to Drive the Gov
The Plan Included the Capture
of the Regular Troops at
LEADERS ARE ARRAIGNED.
All the Colonels of Volunteers Sum
moned to the Palace and. Forced,
to Swear Allegiance.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
NEW YORK. Jan. l<v— A special ca
ble to the Sun from Havana says: Just
as this dispatch is sent by special cou
rier to Key West Havana is Jn a tre
mendous excitement caused by the
news of a formidable conspiracy among
the volunteers to overthrow General
Blanco. The conspiracy was discovered
yesterday morning by the Chief of Po
lice. Colonel Paglieri.
The plotters intended to start an
armed revolt by the 20.000 volunteers
now in Havana and to compel General
Blanco to leave the island, as they did
Captain-General Domingo Dulce in 1869.
A simultaneous assault was to he made
on the forts surrounding Havana, es
pecially on La Cabana, and the troops
now stationed at strategical points of
the city were to be overpowered and
compelled to surrender. The success
of the conspiracy was nearly assured
by the complicity of many officers of
the army, the sympathy of the Span
ish regular infantry and of the military
police with th'> volunteers and rioters of
the past week.
As soon as th<* news reached the pal
ace General Flan- o summoned a coun
cil of his staff officers to advise with
Thr-m Generals A rotas, Solanr, Gon
zales Parrado, Marsto and Colonel Pag
lieri advised the Governor-General to
assume an energetic attitude and pun
ish severely the colonels of lwttallons
of volunteers if they were found to be
guilty. The news spread rapidly in
town that Senor Calderon. lieutenant
colonel of the Fifth Battalion of Vol
unteers, was at the head of the mili
General Blanco summoned to his pal
ace last night all the colonels of the
volunteers in Havana. Not a single
one failed to be present. A Stormy
scene ensued, which is now the talk of
Havana. Blanco upbraided them se
verely, saying it was hard to believe
"patriotic Spaniards wearing the hon-
Continued on Second Tape.
IN FAVOR OF
Having a Great Lik
ing for Chinese
Said to Back Mr. Dole's
Scheme Because of a
Hawaiian Registry for Vessels
in Return for the Railway
THE CHINA GOT A FLAG.
And the President of the Island Re
public Received Considerable
Aid and Comfort
Special Dispatch to The Call.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 18.— The
Washington Post thinks that
a vote on th*» Hawaiian treaty
will not be reached in the Sen
ate for three ir four weeks yet.
Senator Carter, the chairman
of the Census Committee, gave
notice to the Senate on Monday
that he intended to insist upon
the disposition of the bill pro
viding for the appointment of a
director and thirty-one other
employes of the twelfth census.
In response to an inquiry from
Mr. White of California, Mr.
Carter said he had no desire to
displace the Hawaiian treaty,
but thought the census measure
could be passed promptly.
Senator Davis was quoted yes
terday as saying he did not be
lieve the vote on the treaty
would be tak^n for a month.
NEW YORK, Jan. IS.— There is no
surprise here over the fact that C. P.
Huntington is ii- fxror of annexation.
His attitude In the matter is usually
attributed to his well known love for
Chinese labor. The gentleman was
seen at 10 o'clock to-night and asked
concerning his views on Hawaii. He
was not inclined to talk at length, but
in what he said he was entirely frank.
"While annexation might affect cer
tain local Interests," he responded to
a direct question, "still as an American
citizen I believe we should control the
islands." The cat has escaped the bag.
Perhaps it is worth while to examine
the "local interests" in regard to which
Mr. Huntington feels concern. While
on his latest visit t<> San Francisco he
gave a dinner to certain of his subor
dinates there. On this occasion, which
was in May of last year, the principal
event was an address from Huntington
himself. This address was printed in
full in The Call, a copy of which is at
hand. After eulogizing his guests and
reciting the progress of the country
Huntington said: '"If you could have
had the cheap labor of Asia with which
to do a portion of the work, the ind-us
tries created would have given employ
ment to two Americans for every Mon
golian, but the Americans lost the
work for the lack of the industries
which would have sprung up in the
development of the raw material, if
NEWS OF THE DAY.
Weather forecast for San Fran
cisco: Light rain on Wednesday
morning, followed by fair; winds
Maximum temperature for the past
San Francisco B2 degrees
Portland 46 degrees
Los Angeles M degrees
San Diego €2 degrees
Overland Train In the Ditch.
Huntington Favors Annexation.
City Water Fight Almost Won.
Conspiracy to Overthrow Blanco.
Lob Angeles School Scandal.
Great Cotton Spinners" Strike.
May Give Santa Fe a Rival.
Rich Man's Double Life. ; ,
Fight for Gorman's Toga.
THIRD PAGE. . "
Nicolini Is Dead.
The Ohio Bribery Scandal.
Chamberlain Talks on Commerce.
China Buys Peace From Germany.
Jordan Denounces California Laws.
The Cuban Cause In Congress.
News of the Pugilists.
News Along the Water Front.
Must Pay Bonds In Gold.
The Real Annexation Leader.
A Real Little Devil.
New Departure In Licenses.
San Mat co Enterprise.
The New England Strike.
"The Conqueror of the Klondike."
Return of a Violinist.
Trouble Among the Teachers.
Merchants Oppose a New ■ Law.
Dole Goes Away To-day.
A Little Court Episode.
The Commercial World.
News. From Across the Bay.
Racing at Oakland. • .
Colonel Trumbo ' Maligned.
Wanted Her Son Arrested. "
Births. Marriages and Deaths.
• TWELFTH PAGE. •
Woman Robbed in Her Home.
Opposed to the Monkey Park. •
A Notable Wedding. . ,
LOS ANGELES TO
CONTROL HER OWN
PEOPLE INDORSE THE CALL'S POSITION.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18.— A meeting of the Republican City Central
Committee is to be called at an early day to indorse the position The
Call has taken in regard to the city water contest.
Chairman Telfair Creighton has already called a meeting of the Demo
cratic City Committee to consider a resolution of indorsement. The Silver
Republican Club and the Jeffersonian Society will take action on the
matter through its board of directors. This evening the Populist City
Central Committee met and by a unanimous vote adopted the follow
"We, the People's party City Central Committee, assembled in
session this 18th day of January, 1898, do declare that inasmuch as the
San Francisco Call has enthusiastically taken up the water supply
question in Los Angeles City and has taken the side of the people in
this momentous matter; therefore be it
"Resolved, That we, as representatives of a party that declared In its
platform of recent date for mountain or other pure water to be dis
tributed, controlled and owned by the people themselves, do hereby
tender our sincere thanks to The Call and assure its editor of our
hearty co-operation in his great fight for the people of this city."
The resolution was offered by Milton Carlson, an instructor in the
Los Angeles High School and the chairman of the committee. After
it was presented it was adopted amid great enthusiasm and a copy was
ordered engrossed and sent to John D. Spreckels as editor of the Call.
this could only be done by workmen
whose average price was not above the
rate paid by other manufacturing
countries of the world. • • • No in
telligent man questions the general ben
efit of labor-saving machines, which
have added so much to the prospects
and progress of our country, yet we
might as well rule them out as to turn
away the labor of the Chinese."
Such were the Huntingdon senti
ments in May of last year, and no
change of heart on his part has been
reported. No wonder he wants to take
in Hawaii with its thousands of his
rhown people. Now the Chinese are
obliged to sneak in, and the inconve
nience to which they are put must be
trying to their friend.
But there is another "local matter"
well understood here whether the peo
ple of the coast appreciate it or not,
and this is the Huntington desire to
have certain ships of English manufac
ture given an American register. It
is stated here that Huntington is anx
ious to have the China, the Aztec and
Baracouda fly the American flag. They
are Rnglish bottoms and not entitled
to the privilege. It is openly said here
that Huntington has made a deal with
the annexatlonists whereby these ves
sels were to be given register. Then
there would be no way of preventing
them having American registry if fly
ing the flag of Hawaii at the time the
Islands were taken in. This is thought
here to be the milk in the cocoanut. It
is even stated that some of these ships
have already received the boon Hunt
ington has been seeking, and now fly
the Hawaiian flag. Among those who
know Huntington the opinion prevails
that this is in accordance with the spe
cific terms of a bargain. Huntington
had agreed, they think and say, that
in the event of receiving the registry
asked for, he would do all he could to
help annexation, and he is doing it.
Among the opponents of annexation
this fact is a source of delight. They
contend that nothing could injure the
Dole scheme quite so much as the sup
port of it by Huntington. That he
comes to it 3 support, they argue, is the
best showing possible that it Is per
nicious and directly against the com
THIS IS Wt-iAT ANNEXATION MEANS.
mon interests. Indeed, the fact that
Huntington is fighting them is one of
the strongest assurances that they are
in the right, and that they will
triumph. They feel that this fight is
not one to be won with Southern Pa
MAKES A TALK
Claims That the Nation Which Controls the
Hawaiian Islands Will Control the
Commerce of the Pacific.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18.— Senator
Morgan occupied the attention of the
Senate during the entire time of the
executive session to-day in the presen
tation of his views on the subject of
annexation of the Hawaiian Islands.
This was the second installment of the
Senator's speech, and when he conclud
ed, a few minutes after 5 o'clock, he
had not then reached the end. He
spoke for about three teours to-day, and
his speech was a general presentation
of the importance of the islands to the
T'nitfd States. He dwelt especially up
on the military importance of the is
lands, quoting General Schofield and
Captain Mahan at length in support of
his position that the islands were a
natural outpost for the United States
and necessary to the protection of our
western coast and of our general com
merce in case of war.
Mr. Morgan predicted that if the
United States did not take advantage
of the present opportunity to acquire
the islands there would be war between
this country and some other power
within ten years. It was not, he said,
within the bounds of possibility, in
view of the present European compe
tition for territory in Asia, that the
Hawaiian Islands should be allowed to
remain independent for any length of
time after the United States should an
nounce a determination not to make
them a part of American territory.
"Does the Senator from Alabama
mean to say," interrupted Senator Pet
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PRICE FIVE CEISTTS.
City Has the Right ta
Lease Held by the Mo
nopoly Will Expire
in That Month.
The Counsel's Contention Is.
Backed by an Array of Ju
PEOPLE WILL TRIUMPH.
Excellent Results of Th« Call's Cru
sade Against a Greedy and Shame
Special Dispatch to The Cat!.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18.— The second
result of the publication by The Call
of the people's side of the case in the
great battle that is on between the
city of Los Angeles and the Los An
geles City Water Company, in which
the magnificent sum of over a million
and a half of money of the taxpayers
is at stake, can be recorded. The sec
ond result is one that will be a sur
prise to the people of Los Angeles, and
which will be another boomerang to
the syndicated daily press, which in
this all-important contest has present
ed only such facts as the water com
pany desired the pubiic to have. City
Attorney William E. Dunn goes on
record as stating that the proposition
and contention of Mayor M. P. Snyder
that at the expiration of its lease from
the cJty the plant now in the posses
sion of the water company reverts to
the city and that the city can take pos
session of it on July 22 next is correct
and sound from a legal standpoint.
This Is the most Important state
ment that has ever come from City At
torney Dunn in regard to this matter
of municipal operation of a watei dis
tributing plant. Mr. Dunn goes fur
ther. He says that the counsel en
gaged and paid for by the city to con
fer with him in regard to all water
litigation — Messrs. Lee and Scott
agree with him that all the city has
to do is to take possession of the plant
of the water company on the expira
tion of Its lease. Then the company
will be forced to go into the courts to
have determined the valuation of the