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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16, 1898
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CULTIVATING CRIME FOR PROFIT.
WHEN a few months ago there was an ap
palling murder committed in New York the
Journal of that city offered a reward for the
assassin's detection. The guilty were caught, yet,
strangely enough, the police take credit for this, and
a little investigation shows that they had presumed
to manifest an interest in the case, notwithstanding
yellow journalism had claimed it for its own. All
the police did was to follow clews, gather evidence,
arrest the criminals and assist in their prosecution.
Yellow journalism did the rest, this consisting in
howling a pean of praise to itself and offering a re
ward. There was no need of the offer; of course
the praise may be regarded as inevitable.
Now there has been another murder of a pecu
liarly shocking type, and the sheet has followed the
vicious precedent set by itself. The principle is
wrong, the act useless save for advertising purposes,
and the effect is certain to be harmful. If there are
to be extra rewards offered regularly for the detec
tion of crime, if reporters are to do detective work,
the salaries paid to the police might as well be saved.
Instead of trying to earn their lawful and adequate
salaries officers will learn to wait until the editor
has decided how much he can afford to pay.
The standing reward for the detection of a gory
criminal will produce the crime, and somebody will
be brought forward as the culprit. There are men
in every large city who would commit murder for a
small part of a thousand dollars and without hesi
tancy place fhe guilt upon an innocent person. It
is men of this class whom yellow journalism, with
its heralded rewards, is now trying to win from the
ranks of the unemployed. To do this, to undermine
the usefulness of regular peace officers, and to get
some cheap advertising are the objects sought, the
first two being merely incidental.
THE DOLLAR LIMIT.
THE Board of Freeholders, in the charter which
they propose to submit shortly, have adopted a
limit on municipal taxation in the following
form: "But such levy, exclusive of the State tax and
the tax to pa}' the interest and maintain the sinking
funds of the bonded indebtedness of the city and
county, shall not exceed the rate of $1 for each $100
valuation on the property assessed."
This clause is modeled after the taxation limits
adopted by the municipal conventions of fifteen or
eighteen years ago. Experience proved at that time
that the proposed limit was a limit at only one end.
The maximum rate is $1 on the hundred, but nothing
1$ said about the assessment roll. A rate of $1 on a '
$300,000,000 roll will, as may readily be seen, yield a ;
smaller sum in taxes than the same rate on a $400,- '
000,000 roll. All the tax eaters need do in order to
control this limit is to increase or decrease the as
sessment roll. The master of the limit will, there
fore, be the Assessor.
A genuine effort was made by the local politicians
in the early 'Bo's to ascertain the merits of the dollar
limit on taxation. Both parties adopted a pledge
embodying the limit now proposed by the Freehold
ers. The Republicans carried the city in 1879 and
again in 1881. Their Supervisors violated the pledge
in the first instance and kept it in the second, causing
in the latter year a deficit which stopped work on the
highways and sewers and extinguished the street
lights for several months. It was found in 1883 that
unless the assessment roll was made a subject of
pledge the cost of government could not be perma
It was then that the practice of pledging Supervis
ors to levy a tax of $1 on an assessment roll of a
specified amount was invented. This solved the
problem completely and government would long ago
have been cheapened in San Francisco had boards
of Supervisors ever devoloped a disposition to com
ply with the spirit of their pledges. Their practice,
however, has been not to endeavor in good faith to
conduct the city on the amount allowed by the muni
cipal conventions, but to discredit taxation limits and
political pledges by loading the payrolls of the city
down with useless tax eaters and creating deficits
In this way they have hoped finally to force the tax
payers to abandon all idea of curtailing expenses.
If the Freeholders are going to adopt a limit on
taxation, therefore, it will be well for them to devote
some study to the history of the subject. The limit
they propose cannot be expected to enforce econ
omy. All the tax eaters need do in order to produce
the money necessary to give us extravagant govern
ment will be to swell the assessment roll. Perhaps no
limit which can be formed will exactly meet the re
quirements of the situation. But would it not be a
good idea to arbitrarily fix the maximum yearly ex
penses of the government and require the unanimous
concurrence of Mayor and Supervisors to set it
aside? This might give the taxpayers a chance to
control the tax eaters.
THE SA^ FRANCISCO CALL, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1898\
CELEBRATE OUR SEMI-CENTENNIAL.
CALIFORNIA was admitted into the Union
September 9, 1850. In 1000 she will celebrate
the fiftieth anniversary of her statehood. How
shall it be done?
To appreciate the achievements of that half century
1 one must reflect upon the conditions under which it
began. For a hundred years there had been here and
there on this soil a dreamy civilization. It had slept
and enjoyed its reveries in unknown contact with the
wonderful natural resources, now partly known and
partly developed. From clustering around the early
missions it had secured here and there a foothold in
our grassy valleys, where the lords of the great
grants lived as the Highland chiefs lived, in the
midst of their clans. Flocks and herds roamed at will
in the valleys, cropping their forage, sharing it with
the deer, elk and antelope, and sharing with them also
the risks from mountain lions and their predatory
partners. Beyond the ecclesiastical authority, seated
in the missions, there was no conspicuous attempt to
found institutions, and, in justice to those pioneers
of civilization, it must be admitted that their simple
lives gave but small occasion for the exercise of
governmental authority. California was but little
known to the outside world. Guarded by its moun
tain wall on the east and by the wide stretching
deserts of water on the west, its topography, physical
geography, its seasons and its soil and sky were the
subject of interesting speculation, as the vast reaches
of Africa are now, but there was less actual knowl
edge about them than the world of to-day has of the
Dark Continent. Fremont came as an explorer, and
though this generation cannot realize it, his own time
recognized in him all that civilization sees now in
Livingstone, Speke and Stanley. The simple story of
his trials, his passing of parched deserts and scaling
of lofty mountains; his nights in the somber forest on
guard against wild beasts and wilder men; his descent
upon the plains, all the marvels which he first
brought to the world's attention, appealed to the im-
agination and inspired romance. It was the first
achievement to excite the fancy and rouse the
spirit of adventure in the New World since the expe
ditions of Pizarro and Cortez. Followed closely by
the discovery of gold, the world's imagination, fired
by the adventures of the Pathfinder, was inflamed by
the vision of wealth. The pastoral civilization of the
country was swept from the valleys by the besom of
a crusade before which crumbled all that had been.
When the admission of California was put among
the compromises of 1850 in Mr. Clay's omnibus bill
this State was introduced upon the theater of national
politics. Though it was yielding gold, the knowledge
of its more permanent resources was so meager that
many things in the debates on Clay's measure seem
remarkable now. Webster's speech will always stand
as a monument to his genius. The ultra Southern
sentiment resisted the admission of California as a
free State because it would destroy the sectional bal
ance. Free and slave States had entered the Union
in pairs; Vermont and Kentucky in 1791-92; Tennes
see and Ohio 1796-1802; Louisiana and Indiana
1812-16; Mississippi and Illinois 1817-18; Alabama
and Maine 1819-20; then came the break in this or
der and the first compromise. Missouri and
Arkansas came in 1820-36, and the Mis
souri compromise line of 36 minutes 30
seconds was drawn, south of which all should be
slave and north all should be free. Between 1820 and
1546 four slave States came in and only one free. In
the next two years came two free States, and then
California knocked with the line of 36 minutes 30 sec
onds dividing her into two nearly equal parts. Begin
ning at about Cypress Point, on Monterey Bay, that
line crossed the San Joaquin Valley between Fresno
and Visalia, crossed Monnt Whitney and cut off the
northernmost sands of Death Valley. If those who
stood by the compromise of 1820 had prevailed, slav
ery and freedom would have met at that line.
The situation was portentous, and the solution
came in the speech of Webster. Turning to the Sen
ators of the slave States he told them they would
lose nothing. Slavery was an incident of physical
conditions. It had receded from New England and
the Middle States because in their climate it was un
profitable, and, like every system of labor, the essence
of its being was in its profit. Then, turning to Cali
fornia, he said it was, in its physical geography and
its topography, Asiatic. It differed in these respects
from the rest of the continent. Its products would
be found peculiar to itself, different from those of the
rest of our domain. Chattel slavery had never flour
ished in Asia for physical reasons, and, as Congress
could not repeal nor compromise a natural law, slav
ery, if founded in this Asiatic atmosphere, would per
ish and fade away.
Looking backward through the events and across
the development of two score years and eight, one
stands as enchanted in the presence of Webster,
struck with the universality of his knowledge and the
prophecy that was fh his analysis. The source of his
information has been a mystery to students. But it is
known that he gained it from a man who was by na
ture an empire builder and the keenest observer of
nature and her resources this coast and country have
known. Dr. Gwin was one of our first Senators. He
was in Washington from his election in 1849 to the
admission of the State in 1850. Born a slaveholder, a
participant in the exciting history of Jackson's ad
ministrations, he pioneered here and put his hand to
the foundations of California. From him Webster
had the accurate description of the physical condi
tions of California from which his genius developed
that generalization which has been proved in every
So, impinged upon history, this land emerged from
its past into statehood. Every step of the way is
written in romance and every advance is bowered in
beauty and spread with abundance.
When this became the first Pacific State it stood
alone. lowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas were the
frontier. We were the isolated star on the flag. Now
out of the vast region held by wild tribes, fortified by
mountain and desert, which lay in solendid solitude
between us and our sisters of the Union, and north
to the confines, ten States have been erected. We
are alone no more. The subject expands a 9 we con
template it. How shall all of its suggestions find em
phasis in the golden wedding anniversary of our
State? Let California invite her ten juniors here to
an exposition of her developments. We have had a
midwinter fair. Let us celebrate in 1900 with a mid
summer exposition our semi-centennial as a State of
this Union. Let us rebuild in Golden Gate Park the
first mission consecrated on this soil and in architec
ture, productions and institutional progress illustrate
each step we have taken in fifty years. The world's
eye is turned again to the Pacific Coast and the
world's hand reaches across all latitude and longitude
to grasp the newly found treasures of our north. In
such a semi-centennial exposition all lands will find'
interest. The clemency of our summer climate, our
cooling trade winds, our capacious cornucopia, filled
with our rare products, and our lintels bright with
blooming garlands will invite the world to enter a
fairy land and rest with us in the midst of beauties
and blandishments that the vale of Cashmere cannot
Known as New Albion, in the far past mapped as
the islands of California, fate has changed our flags
and sovereignty and led on to a destiny up to the full
measure of our natural endowment. Let us exploit
it all and justify our pride in our inheritance.
A FEARFUL DISASTER.
r\ FEARFUL story of disaster at sea, resulting,
/\ it is believed, in the loss of many lives, has
* * come down from Juneau — a terrible offset to
the former tales brought from that region of golden
fortunes found by lucky adventurers on the Klon
Few details have been received, and the full extent
and nature of the disaster are not accurately known.
Some residents of Seward City saw on the evening
of February 5 a small steamer trying to make her
way against a storm wind that was blowing head on
against her, far out in the channel. While they
watched the vessel broke out into flames. Human aid
was impossible. In the gale and the rough sea the ill
fated ship went down, and as far as is known none of
her crew or passengers survived.
The wrecked steamer is believed to have been the
Clara Nevada, which left Skaguay for Juneau and
Seattle on February 5 and has not since been heard
from. Fragments of wreck which strew the beach
along the coast where the disaster occurred are said
to be freshly painted, as the woodwork of the Clara
Nevada was known to be. From these facts the con
clusion is drawn that the wrecked ship was no other
than that steamer, and there seems to be little or no
hope that any person on board has lived to tell the
story of the disaster or explain how it occurred.
Danger always encompasses those who go down to
the sea in ships, but human skill and care have long
since reduced these to a minimum in all well con
ducted lines of ocean navigation. The dangers still
exist, however, in cases where the ships are ill
equipped, ill manned or ill fitted for stormy
voyages, and there is a fearful probability
that many vessels hastily prepared to reap
for their owners the profits of the rush to Alaska may
be of the unworthy class. The story of the wreck off
Seward comes as a warning to those who are about
to undertake that voyage, and will impress upon all
the importance of exercising great care in the selec
tion of a vessel on which they are to embark in their
search for fortune.
While no information is forthcoming on which to
base any charge of carelessness on the part of the
owners or the officers of the ill-fated ship whose
wreck was so sudden and so complete, there was
clearly something wrong somewhere. In the face of
the disaster and in the absence of definite information
concerning the cause of it, no one will venture to
impute blame to any particular person. The only
moral that can be drawn from the tragedy is the gen
eral one of warning to all who are going north to be
ware of ships hastily fitted out.
Fuller information which will be received later on
may show clearly where the blame of the disaster
rests, but in the meantime Government officials
should exercise the greatest care and scrutiny in
testing every vital portion of a ship destined for the
Alaskan trade. It is pretty well known that many
unseaworthy vessels of all classes have been hur
riedly fitted out at Seattle and other northern ports
for the rush to the gold fields, and parties taking pas
sage in ships from those places must exercise extra
care and caution.
REFORM IN SAN 4OSE.
THE battle for good government in San Jose
is being fought with a vigor of action and «
strategic skill that augur well for success at
the polls. The promoters of the movement and the
leaders in the contest are not relying for victory
solely upon popular enthusiasm or public sentiment.
They have organized their forces and made ready
the means for enthusiasm and sentiment to translate
themselves into action during the campaign and on
It is only by such means that any lasting success
can be accomplished for good government either in
that or any other city. Sporadic outbursts for re
form never have permanent effects, and not infre
quently do more harm than good. Old John Adams
was right. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Men who are not willing to pay that price and keep
a ceaseless watch upon government will become vic
tims of some kind of tyranny sooner or later and
find themselves ruled by some ignoble little Caesar
in the form of a "municipal boss."
When the good citizens of New York had obtained
their new charter they indulged the fond belief
that all would be well thereafter whether they con
tinued to act together or not. The consequence of
trusting to this delusive phantom of hope, instead of
organizing for an unceasing campaign for good gov
ernment, was a victory for Tammany last fall which
has placed the boss in control of the city, with ifc>
extension, its new charter and everything else.
The San Joseans have been wise enough to profit
by the warning of the big metropolis. Having
adopted a new charter they have determined to have
it administered by its friends, and not by its foes.
The New Charter Club did not adjourn on the day
after the charter was adopted. On the contrary, it
perfected its organization, augmented its member
ship, maintained its resolution to provide good gov
ernment by the election of good men to office, and
now faces the spring election with a well-assured
confidence of victory.
As a rule The Call doe 9 not favor non-partisan
movements. They are generally ineffective, and not
infrequently are organized mainly by soreheads, who
have been disappointed in what they expected of
their parties. In this instance, however, there seems
no other way for the people of San Jose to achieve
the overthrow of the bosses. It has been long since
there was any genuine party politics in Santa Clara
County. The bosses and the push and pull of both
machines have stood together for the spoils, and the
people, so long as they remained divided, have been
powerless. Under such circumstances non-partisan
ship is a necessity. It is the only way to victory,
and fortunately it promises to be a sure way.
A TREASONABLE JOKE.
IN a speech to a body of recruits who
took the oath of allegiance last autumn
the German Emperor said that "only
good Christians could be good sol
diers." This remarkable statement was
much canvassed and criticized in Ger
many *.nd elsewhere, and the Kladdera
dafsch, the German Punch, published a
"PROM THE CAMP OF THE HEAVENLY HOST."
The Cartoon for the Publication of Which the Editor of the Kl&dderadatsch Has Been Sent
to Prison for Two Months by Kaiser William.
cartoon in which Satan was depicted aa
fetching from heaven Leonidas, Alexan
der, Napoleon and Frederick the Great,
and reminding them that they had >no
place there. This joke brought a prose
cution for lese-majeste down upon the
head of the unfortunate editor of the
Kladderadatsch, and on Tuesday last he
was duly convicted and sentenced to two
months' imprisonment in a fortress. The
prosecution laboriously pointed out that
his Majesty was speaking to the adher
ents of the Evangelical church in his dual
NEWS OF FOREIGN NAVIES.
The trials of cruiser Diadem of 11,000
tons are being watched with great inter
eat by navy people. She is one of a class
of seven vessels building for the British
navy and the interest centers in the out
come of the trials of the improved Belle
ville boilers with which she is fitted and
which differ somewhat in the number and
size of tubes from those of the Powerful
and Terrible. The ship underwent her
thirty hours' coal consumption trial un
der one-fifth power on January 21 and 22,
dining which she averaged 3315 horse
power, 12.74 knots and consumed 2.18
pounds of coal. The boilers, thirty in
number, have 40.550 square feet of heating
surface and 1460 square feet of grate, and
the steam carried was 2(55 pounds, against
175 pounds as the maximum carried in cy
lindrical boilers. The other vessels of the
same class and type are fitted with Scotch
boilers. The full power and natural
draught trials of the Diadem were to be
proceeded with at once.
A local naval reserve Is being projected
at Hongkong. There will, however, be
some difficulty In securing fighting ma
terial, but it Is proposed to obtain Chi
nese as firemen, their wages ranging per
month fr«m $14 with food to $18 without
food. There are. about 1200 Chinese em
ployed by British shipping on the coast of
China, and they are credited with being
excellent in that line.
English service journals express sur
prise that the United States, should build
a 16-lnch gun weighing 126 tons, and point
to the fact that such monster pieces have
been discarded in Europe. The American
gun Is Intended for coast defense and is
being made, probably, more to show that
our gunmakers can produce heavier guns
than Europe. It will be forty-nine feet
long, and with a charge of 1000 pounds of
powder will fire a 2000-pound projectile,
and each round fired will cost about
$2000. The eight 16-inch guns in the British
navy, weighing 106 tons, are to be re
placed In the near future with 12-inch
guns, which weigh only forty-five tons
and cost only about $250 to fire. The 10
inch gun is, as a matter of fact, preferred
to any other, and in the German navy the
caliber is as low as 9.4 inches. In the
American navy the battle-ships now
building are intended to carry 13-lnch
guns, which will be the largest caliber
afloat of modern ordnance.
The engines of the Petropolawsk, Rus«
sian battle-chip, have been accepted, al
though they fell short 533 of the contract
horse-power of 10.C00. The full-power trial
was the severest yet exacted in any navy,
as it extended over twelve consecutive
hours and worked right through without
a hitch and gave a speed of nearly 18
knots. The Petropolawsk is of 10,960 tons,
with a 15.8-inoh armor belt, 3Vi-inch pro
tective dock and carries four 12-inch guns
in two 10-inch casemates and twelve 6
inch quick-firing guns, eight of which
are in small turrets and four on the main
deck in/ 3-inch casemates. The ship has
also six torpedo tubes.
Brazil has transferred its contracts in
England and France for two armored
vessels and three cruisers to a foreign
government, presumably Japan. The low
state of Brazilian finances is assigned as
a reason for abandoning for the present
the projected navy increase.
The Hal-chi, a cruiser of 4300 tons, built
for China, was launched from the yard of
the Armstrong Company, Elswick, Janu
ary 24. She is 396 feet !n length, 47 feet
beam and is guaranteed to make a speed
of 24 knots.
To the Editor of The Call: As all are
vitally interested in the crop prospects I
trust you -will give place to the follow
ing, deducted from Herschell's, which
several years' careful observation has
shown to be substantially correct, as ap
plied to this coast:
February 20, showers; February 28, cold
April 6, heavy showers; April 13, heavy
showers, with wind.
May 12, rain; May 20, rain.
June 4, showers.
Several "dates" already past were ex
actly fulfilled. W. B. MILLER.
San Jose, Cal., Feb. 14. 1898.
'capacity of summus episcopus and lord
if war, and that it would be a reductio
£«| absurdum of his words to apply them
ma general sense. It was pointed out on
tht defendant's side that reductio ad ab
sur*nm is the raison d'etre of a comic
pap«f and that the form taken on the
present occasion was not insulting to his
Majesty, but was within the limits of
legitimate ridicule. Gustav Freytag had
said tha» a monarch gained in popularity
when hu^or and wit occupied themselves
with his person. For the same reason
Prince Bismarck once regretted that court
jesters no -onger existed. Formerly the
Kladderadatjcn was a great favorite at
court. Frederick William TV was so fond
of it that for a long time he was thought
to be a contributor. There was too much
zeal in the matter of trials for lese
majeste. His Majesty liked to speak
direct to the people, so he must be pre
pared to hear an answer from the people.
Much worse than open language was
criticism in private, and it would not be
a good thing to restrict the jester's old
rights. This reasonable view, however,
found no favor with the court, and Herr
Trojan, the editor, was consequently
haled off to jail.
Judge George B. Graham of Fresno is a
guest at the Grand.
Baron de Barral, a wine man of France,
is registered at the Palace.
T. H. Benard, a wealthy lumberman of
Chico, is a guest at the Grand.
Virgil Conn, a capitalist of Oregon, is
one of yesterday's arrivals at the Palace.
L. D. McArdle, a prominent politician
of Portland, Or., is registered at the Oc
A. Holloway, a mining man of Deer
Lodgre, Mont., is at the Occidental with
W. 11. Barry, a wealthy Chicago mer
chant, is at the Occidental on a business
trip to the coast.
C. W. McArthur, one of Denver's big
bankers and leading business men, is a
g»est at the Palace.
W. M. "Welsh of the Stockton Flour
mills is in me city on a business trip and
can be found at the Lick.
The first of the. Raymond excursions
arrived yesterday from Philadelphia. The
travelers went to the Palace.
Charley X., the
salesman for a
down town liquor
house, rushed in
to the office of
his boon compan
ion, Harry Z., on
Saturday last in a state of great ex
citement and in rapid accents said to him:
"Say, old man, my firm has ordered me to
catch the 4 o'clock train for Sacramento,
and I want you to do something for me.
You know Monday Is St. Valentine's day,
and I would like to send a valentine to a
young lady whom I had the extreme
pleasure of meeting lately. She's a peach,
my boy, and when I was coming down the
street just now wondering what I would
send to this female divinity. I saw a val
entine In a show window that just fits
her case exactly; It is the most appropri
ate thing you ever saw in your life, so I
bought it. Say, you ought to see my
latest conquest. I took her to dinner last
evening and I must confess that she is a
most extraordinary eater, for my bill was
an even $12, but that doesn't count with
me, and she is a top-notcher just the
same. Isn't that a lovely valentine? Now,
as I have to get that train, I want you
to send !t to her for me. Her name is
Rose G., and her address 324 M. street.
Just look at the pretty verse Inscribed on
It," and voluble Charles read as follows;
A dainty, delicate creature ia Rose;
In her I've met my fate.
The hue of her bonny dimpled cheek
"Good-bye, old boy, see that she gets it,
will you?" and with that he disappeared
to catch his train.
Now Charley did not know that when
he mentioned the young lady's name he
had awakened an unpleasant recollection j
in Harry's heart, for Rose had cruelly
jilted the latter some six months previous j
and he still suffered from the effects of !
the operation. He determined to carry
out a little scheme of revenge and at the ,
same time play even with the fickle Rose,
and he did so, for when she received the
valentine early on Monday morning the
following lines had been added by the ■.
deft hand of the aforesaid Harry, and the ;
feelings of the young lady can be better ''
Imagined than described when she read i
in addition to the other verae:
I took her to a restaurant once,
Her appetite was great.
It took me twelve to settle for
What Rosie ate.
Charley will be looking for another girl,
for when he returns from his trip, It fs '
said, the frigid reception he will receive ]
from Rose would compare favorably with j
the extreme cold experienced in Klondike, j
Dr. James H. Low, a leading physician
of Knights Ferry, Is at the Grand on a
visit of a few days' duration to the city, j
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Press are two j
prominent society people of Chicago who
are at the Occidental on a tour of the
Baron I* yon Meyer of Dresden, togeth-
er with Madame S. Rltter, his sister, and
Y. B. Seattle of London, arrived in the
city last evening on the overland from
New York and went to the Palace.
H. C. Bell of Oroville, the newly ap
pointed Collector of Internal Revenue for
the Sacramento district, is in the city. He
is the guest of his old-time bosom friend,
Major Frank McLaughlin. With the lat
ter he is enjoying a good time before set
tling down to business.
Hugh Craig, president of the Chamber
of Commerce, left this city yesterday
afternoon on his way to London. It 13
Mr. Craig's intention to make short stops
at Chicago and New York both going anrl
returning to the city of smoke and fog.
He will be absent about two months.
Attorney-General W. F. Fitzgerald, who
has been confineu to his residence for the
past two weeks, suffering from a severe
cold contracted while in Washington, D.
C, attending to the California murderers'
cases. Is all right once more, and has re
turned to his accustomed desk in the
The other even
ing a fight was in
progress in front
of the Baldwin
Hotel, in which
one of the con
testants was get
ting much the
worst of it, but
being egged on by a "number of bystand
ers, was gamely staying and having the
face beaten off him. Suddenly a very
small but determined fellow put in an
appearance and announced that the fun
must stop right there. "What the devil
have you to do with it?" asked some one
in the crowd. "Never mind what I have
to do with it. You fellows don't know
■who I am, or you would skin out of here
mlg-hty quick. Now, the whole lot of you
get a move on and slide." The crowd
hesitated a moment, then began to move,
and having once started, fairly ran over
one another in their haste to —*, out of
the vicinity. After the last had disap
peared, a gentleman who had been taking
in the whole proceeding from one of the
windows of the hotel came outside and,
approaching the small man, asked him
who he was and what authority he pos
sessed that had the power to break up
so hard a crowd in so short a time. "I
am a commercial traveler," replied the
peacemaker, "and the power consisted
in a great big bluff, which I attempted
because I thought the scrap was too one
CALIFORNIANS IN WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15. - Senator
White left for Log Angeles this after
noon to remain three weeks. Colonel
George A. Knight is at Willard's Hotel.
Klijah Brown, tha cobbler, was enamored o«
And all his time was given up to stanzas and
He scorned to live a tuneless life, ingloriously
And nightly laid his last aside to labor at his
For he had registered an oath that lyrical re
Should trumpet to the universe the worthy
name of Brown.
And, though his own weak pinions failed to
reach the heights of song.
His genius hatched a brilliant scheme to help
his oath along;
And all his little youngsters, as they numer
He christened after poets m the pantheon ot
; That their poetic prestige might Impress them,
A noble emulation to adopt the warbling lyre.
; And Virgil Brown and Dante Brown and Tasso
And Milton Brown and Byron Brown and
Shakespeare Brown wore reared.
Longfellow Brown and Schiller Brown arrived
at man's estate,
And Wordsworth Brown and Goldsmith Brown
filled up the family slate.
And he bellved his gifted boys, predestined to
In time would roll the bowlder from the burled
name of Brown.
But still the epic is unsung, and still that
Is missing from the pedestals upon the hills
For Dante Brown's a peddler In the vegetable)
And Byron Erown is pitching for the Tuscarora
Longfellow Brown, the lightweight, la a pugl
list of note,
! And Goldsmith Brown's a deckhand on a Jer
In Wordsworth Brown Manhattan has an es
And Schiller Brown's an artist in a Brooklyn
A roving tar is Virgil Brown upon the bound
And Tasso Brown Is usually engaged In making
The oo.bbler's bench is Milton Brown's, and
there he pegs away,
And Shakespeare Brown makes cocktails in a
Cripple Creek cafe.— Syracuse Courier.
Cal. glace fruit 50c per lb at Townsend'B.*
Special Information supplied daily to
business houses and public men by tha
Press Clipping Bureau (Allen's), 610 Mont
gomery street. Telephone Main 1042. •
Shigetsuna Furuya, a young Japanese
newspaper man, who was a regular corre
spondent in Hawaii during the revolution t
is now studying law and politics in Michi
Time Reduced to Chicago.
Via Rio Grande Western, Denver and Rio
Grande and Burlington railways. Passengers
leaving San Francisco on 6 p. m. train rear^
Chicago 2:15 p. m. the fourth day, and New
York 6:30 p. m. following day. Through Pull
man Palace Double Drawing Room Steeping
Cars to Denver with Union Depot change at
9:30 a. m. to similar cars of the Burlington
Route for Chicago. Railroad and sleeping car
tickets sold through and full Information given
at 14 Montgomery st. W. H. Snedaker, -General
" Mrs. Wlnslow's Soothing Syrup"
Has been used over fifty years by millions of
mothers for their children while Teething with
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Diarrhoeas, whether arising from teething or
other causes. For sale by Drujrpists In every
part of the world. Be sure and ask for Mrs.
Winslow's Soothing Syrup. 25c a bottle.
CORONADO.— Atmosphere is perfectly dry,
soft and mild, being entirely free from the
mists common further north. Round trip
tickets, by steamship. Including fifteen days'
board at the Hotel del Coronado, $63; longer
stay, $2 50 per day. Apply 4 New Montgomery
Btreet, San Francisco, or A. W. Bailey, man
ager, Hotel del Coronado, late of Hotel Colo
rado, Glenwood Springs. Colorado.
Nkgi.kct your hair and you lose It. Pabexb'i
Hair Bamam renews the growth and color.
Hindkrcobks. tho best cur© for corns. 16 cts.
The Queen Regent of Holland has ex
pressed the desire that the coronation of
Quepn Wilhelmina may have strictly the
character of a national festivity, as a sol
emnity relating solely to the dynasty and
the Dutch nation.
of all the