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TALL BUILDINGS AND EARTHQUAKES.
rOR many years the people of San Francisco
were doubtful whether it would ever be safe to
erect in this city tall buildings of brick or stone.
It was only by slow degrees that enterprising build
ers overcame the fear and ventured upon the con
struction of such edifices of more than two stories.
With the advent of the American style of construc
tion, however, which consists in making the entire
framework of the building of steel or iron, well
braced and bound, and using the walls of masonry
simply as a covering, a new courage was born in the
city, and since that time there have been erected here
some of the tallest edifices of their kind in the world.
Most well informed people had confidence in the
strength of the new buildings to withstand any shock
likely to come against them, but there were still some
skeptics, and more or less interest has always been
felt to know just exactly what would happen when
a severe shock put the high structures to the test.
That test has now been given. The experiment
has been tried. The shock of Wednesday night was
one of the severest ever felt in San Francisco. It
reminded old settlers of the great shocks of the past
which are memorable in our history and which led to
those exaggerated reports that caused California to
be reputed in the East as a land subject to disastrous
earthquakes of frequent recurrence. The tall build
ings stood the test without suffering any damage
whatever. Not the slightest injury befell any of them,
no danger involved any of their tenants.
As a matter of fact the new style of architecture is
about the safest that could possibly be adopted to re
sist the shocks of earthquake. A one-story adobe
house would go to ruins before one of the sky
scrapers whose framework is composed of steel de
signed by skillful men to stand every sort of strain,
whether lateral or perpendicular, that can be brought
against it. Even a shock severe enough to shake
down the walls that inclose such a structure would
leave its framework intact, and people within it, how
ever badly frightened, would remain uninjured.
After this experience there will be no longer any
skepticism of the safety of tall buildings. It has been
years since we had a shock equal to that of Wednes
day night, and it will probably be many years before
we have another. Even if such shocks came every
year they would do no harm to modern structures.
The steel sky scraper is proof against any danger of
that kind, and hereafter there will be hardly a doubt
of it in the minds of even the most timid on the sub
THE NAVAL APPROPRIATION BILL.
1—; OR1 — ;OR one reason or another the House of Repre
sentatives has been unexpectedly slow in pass
ing the naval appropriation bill. The debate on
it, which has been prolonged by frequent interrup
tions for the purpose of discussing the crisis with
Spain, has not up to this time disclosed any valid
cause for delay at all, and yet it is by no means cer
tain when it will be adopted and sent to the Senate.
The delay is the more surprising because when the
bill was reported from the committee it was received
with marked favor not only in Washington, but
throughout the country. It is the most liberal naval
appropriation measure on record in the United States
in time of peace, and is therefore in harmony with
popular sentiment and in accord with the needs of
the emergency. Had it been a parsimonious measure
of so-called economy it would probably have been
permitted to pass at once, and it seems therefore that
the very feature which renders it acceptable to the
public is the cause why it has been objected to.
It will be remembered that the bill as reported
carries with it appropriations for the construction of
five new drydoeks, to be located at Portsmouth, Bos
ton, League Island (near Philadelphia), Algiers (near
New Orleans) and Mare Island (near this city).
This clause has been the subject of considerable con
troversy, particularly that portion of it authorizing
the construction of the dock at Algiers, but from the
latest reports it is not likely that any portion of it
will be stricken out. As a matter of fact the number
of new docks provided for is none too great for the
needs of a nation with such an extensive seacoast as
ours, and if any alteration is to be made in the bill
as reported the number should be increased instead
The total expenditure provided for by the bill is
about $36,000,000. It authorizes, in addition to the
new drydocks referred to, the construction of sixteen
new vessels, including three battle-ships, makes large
allowances for increasing the heavy ordnance of the
navy, extending the facilities of the more important
navy yards of the country, and for augmenting the
naval force by 1750 enlisted men and 250 apprentices.
Nearly all of the money required for these works and
extensions will of course be expended in the United
States, and when it is remembered with what prompt
ness the House passed the bill appropriating $50,000,
000 for national defense when it was known that most
of it would be used in purchasing ships and war
equipments from foreign countries, it is a little sur
prising that so much time should be required to pro
vide iar naval extension at home.
THE EARTHQUAKE fJND THE
IT is impossible to understand why there should
have been such gross misrepresentation as to the
earthquake which did San Francisco the honor of
calling Wednesday night. Just what was hoped to
be accomplished by the statements that great harm
had been done when in fact the harm was trivial, its
infliction unattended by danger, is beyond the ken
of any mind save, perhaps, that guiding the destinies
of a journal which keeps upon its staff the entire per
sonnel of the Vatican, the crowned heads of Europe
and a few eminent back numbers like Bismarck and
It is true that the shock of Wednesday was the
most severe since 1868, when three or four people
who rushed into the open were killed by debris
hurled from the flimsy buildings marking that period.
It is also true that Wednesday's experience, while start
ling, was nothing more. Not a structure was injured,
unless it happened to be so defective from age that a
summer breeze would have been fatal to it. Yet an
effort was made to create the impression that the city
had undergone contact with a great catastrophe.
How foolish this was is apparent here. In the East
the fool statements may be accepted and the result
be injurious. It will tend to scare people away.
The East has its blizzards, which yearly claim
many victims. It has its heated term, during which
people and dumb animals drop writhing and dying in
the streets. It has its scores stricken every season by
lightning. In the Middle West the dread cyclone
yearly reaps its harvest of death. Villages and towns
are laid waste and farm improvements vanish before
the sweeping cloud like a dream. Portions of the
South have an almost annual calamity due to floods.
Yet because in California there is an occasional
temblor, which ordinarily is wholly innocuous, an
effort is made to create the idea that this is a place
of chronic disaster. If such effort came from the out
side it might be ascribed to ignorance. As it comes
from within, we look in vain for the motive.
California is peculiarly blessed. It has no cyclones.
It does not know the touch of sunstroke. Its winters
are kindly, bringing neither blizzard nor deadening
cold. It has no thunderstorms, with their accom
paniment of lightning. In fact, it is marked by an
entire absence of the natural phenomena which in
every other region add to nature the element of ter
ror. Its earthquakes are not frequent, and only a
comparatively violent one is considered worthy of
more than passing mention. And a violent one, such
as that of Wednesday night, can be classed as nothing
more than an interesting experience, doing less
damage than the sudden April hower which may
perchance flood a cellar or wash away the promising
crop of early peas.
REPORTS OF CROP CONDITIONS.
WITHOUT continuing the controversy with the
San Jose Mercury as to whether the recent
publication in The Call of an Associated Press
dispatch to the effect that a severe frost following a
recent rain in Santa Clara County had caused an al
most total loss of the fruit crop in the valley was
or was nor a slander upon the county, it may be
rioted that hardly any department of news gathering
is more important to the general public and more
perplexing to newspapers than that dealing with the
The condition of crops varies with the weather and
other climatic phenomena from month to month,
and even from week to week. So extensive are these
changes of condition and so uncertain is the per
manency of any of them that the most experienced
farmers, orchardings and vine-growers are often at a
loss to judge accurately of the real situation of even
the products of their own lands. A crop that looks
flourishing to-day may be blighted before the har
vest, and another which to-day seems weak and un
profitable may by some fortunate combination of
earth and sky be brought to a bountiful fruition.
Insufficient as are the reports, the importance of
the information is so great that it is imperative to
make every possible effort to obtain it. It is better
to publish an estimate of crop conditions this week
and correct :t next week than not to publish it at all.
The agricultural output of any season in this country
represents many millions of dollars and involves the
welfare of millions of people. Under our commen-ial
system it is necessary for the producer of any kind
of product to know something of the condition of that
particular crop throughout the country in order that
he may form an intelligent estimate of what his crop
is to be worth in the market.
It would be a pleasant task for newspapers to pub
lish nothing but optimistic reports — to announce
from week to week that all crops are flourishing and
that even r county is prosperous. Such reports, how
ever, would have the effect of convincing many peo
ple that there was to be an overproduction. This
would result in what is known as "bearing the mar
ket," and would do in the long run more damage
It is fair to assume that the unfavorable conditions
of the winter, the drought and the frosts have had a
depressing effect on the farmers of the State, and per
haps their reports at present are somewhat affected
by their fears, and the crops may turn out much
better than has been expected from their reports.
Nevertheless, it will not be wise for any producer to
discount such estimates too much. It is no slander
upon any county in California to remind the fruit
growers that this is going to be a good year, to
go slow about selling fruit to speculators at lov prices
on the idea that there is going to be a big crop, as
the bear organs assert, under the pretense of booming
Joseph Moffett of Oakland says that "life is a
gloomy place" for him. It is unnecessary to call his
attention to the fact that life is a condition, rather
than a place, but so far as Moffett is concerned it
ought to be gloomy anyhow. He will be casually
remembered as one of the pessimistic gentlemen of
this community who has lately murdered a wife and
tried to kill himself. At least the community can
afford to incite the morose person to the joy born
of a realization that it is perfei . / willing to finish the
job he bungled.
Policeman Marlowe ought to be grateful for the
latest charges brought against him. If he can be
tried on them and dismissed from the force it would
save him the experience of detailing how it feels to
run away from a man who has killed your superior
officer and needs killing himself.
It is strange that some people should try to poke
fun at Colorado for its expressions of patriotism on
the ground that it is not where it could be reached
by Spanish shells. When Spanish shells begin to
fly there will be some Coloradans not far from where
The telephone girls did not say to the earthquake,
"Line is busy; call again."
THE SAX FRANCISCO CALL, FRIDAY, APETL 1, 18S8.
THE pressure for removal of the Texas fever
quarantine and for raising the grazing embargo
from the mountain reservations in this State in
dicates that irrigation has narrowed the interests which
may suffer from drought. While the wheat and bar
ley crop may be shortened by a dry year, it cannot be
destroyed, and the State will have a persistent out
put. But the sheep and cattle interests, which depend
upon dry grazing until the rains bring fresh forage,
remain to be injured. The gaunt herds and bleating
flocks are a sorrow to their owners, no matter how
wide the range to which they have title. The dry
forage, which in California is of great variety and
excellence, if not cropped to exhaustion between the
last rains of one season and the first of the next, is
injured by the latter, and if they come only in quantity
to destroy and not to renew the green feed serious
loss, affecting the beef, wool and dairy interests, is
sure to follow. In this sore experience is a lesson
leading to profit, if well understood. Hardly a range
lacks soil and facilities for the artificial production of
hay. The nature of our climate permits the indefinite
carrying over, in the stack, of an unused hay crop.
In a State where stock-raising is yet and is to be al
ways a very important industry, more attention should
be given to forage crops. Even in a usually moist
season, with a normal rainfall, there is profit in feed
ing hay to cattle and sheep. They are brought through
in better condition, reproduce to a larger percentage,
make more meat and fleece, and pay a profit on the
extra cost of making hay.
A further use for the land is also indicated, and a
use profitable to the State, because it carries with it
a use for more labor.
There are rumors of herds and flocks that have al
ready lost 8o per cent in number, after costly efforts
to rescue them from famine and the buzzards. Such
a loss would cover the production of hay for many
seasons to avert it.
There is, too, a certain inhumanity in permitting
the pangs of starvation to dumb brutes when a little
foresight and a little expenditure would prevent them.
For years to come there is to be no downward
movement in the price of cattle, ani it carries the
price of sheep up with it. The exhaustion of the
great bunch grass ranges by overstocking throws the
industry back upon methods that involve the artificial
production of forage. The herdsman and the flock
master of the future must seek his profit in the preser
vation of his animals by providing fodder besides the
spontaneous growth of the ranges.
The State is a prodigal producer of natural forage,
but cultivation is limiting the ranges and must follow
the reduction in their area by substituting the forage
that is produced by cultivation.
The loss of one season's crop of cereals by drought
is reparable by the next year's normal rainfall. Only
a few months pass before ample moisture brings a
hopeful seedtime. But two seasons or three are
necessary to perfect the growth of beef cattle or bring
sheep up to their highest production of fleece and
mutton. Therefore the real loss to be felt by pro
ducer and consumer is the destruction of our meat
and wool producing animals.
AN esteemed contemporary remarks that if
Supervisor Dodge is correct in his conclusion
that Market street should not be reconstructed
until a modern sewer has been provided for it a great
deal of time is certain to elapse ere the thoroughfare
can be paved at all. Although this statement is made
for the purpose, as subsequently appears, of introduc
ing some weak arguments in refutation, the cyclonic
fact that Dr. Dodge is right sweeps everything be
fore it with the energy of a Nevada zephyr. How can
any rational man contend that an expensive pavement
should be laid on Market street before provision is
made for sewers, water and gas pipes and telephone
The fact that the Board of Supervisors is going
ahead to pavethe street with bitumen regardless of Dr.
Dodge's opinion proves nothing more than that it is
about to repeat an error committed a thousand times
in San Francisco — an error, indeed, which has cost
the taxpayers millions of dollars. It will avail our
contemporary nothing to argue that years would be
consumed in adopting plans for an intercepting sewer
in Market street, and that in the meantime generations
of horses and pedestrians may be dispatched by the
basalt blocks. At the end of all it can say the con
spicuous fact would still remain that a policy of pav
ing streets before the sewer builders and burrowing
corporations get through with them is perfectly
asinine. A business man found managing his affairs
in such a way would be instantly arrested and brought
before the Commissioners of Insanity.
But it is always eminently proper for the munici
pality to waste its money. It is considered really en
terprising for the Supervisors to order accepted
streets repaved with bitumen without reference to
either sewers, pipes or wires. This was done on
Stockton street, between O'Farrell and Market, last
year. The contractors laid an excellent pavement,
but they had scarcely moved their steam dissolver
away ere the Spring Valley Water Works marched
into the street and ripped it open from end to end.
The scar inflicted by this corporation can never be
eradicated. Probably other scars will be forthcoming
before long. Emissaries of the gas and telephone
companies are constantly casting covetous eyes upon
the block in question, and it is not unlikely that it
soon will be necessary to again lance it.
Notwithstanding the general public desire for the
repaying of Market street, therefore, we do not hesi
tate to affirm that the work should be preceded by
the construction of an intercepting sewer. Indeed it
is almost criminal for the Supervisors to expend the
public money in rebuilding the thoroughfare until
such a sewer has been provided for. It is long odds
that the new pavement would not be down a month
ere all the burrowing corporations, as well as the
property-owners, will be seized with an uncontrol
lable desire to repair their pipes, wires and other con
nections. The result cannot fail to be the infliction
of irreparable waste and damage.
Supervisor Dodge may be a doctor among states
men and a statesman among doctors, but that he
possesses an eminently level head on the subject of
street paving can never be disestablished.
Havana papers say the United States would back
down were Spain to refuse to consider the proposals
of this Government. It is plain at the Havana pa
pers need more than a mere censor. They need sense.
The rabid fire speakers of Congress seem still to
forget the circumstance that an American ship was
blown up in Havana harbor. But really, for a day or
two, it was a circumstance worth mentioning.
From what we know of the feeling in Texas, the
Spanish desperadoes who contemplate invasion of
that State would be wise to hunt for another spot
through which to break in.
THE DRY SEASON.
MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The San Francisco Oratorio Society Is
making efforts to bring Mary Louise
Clary to this city to sing the solo role
la Salnt-Saens' "Samson et Delilah."
Miss Clary is a contralto who first be
came famous as the Trilby larynx. When
Mr! Palmer was about to produce the
Dv Maurior-Paul Potter play he sought
far and wide for a woman with sufficient i
power of lung to be heard by the whole j
house when she sang "Ben Bolt" behind
the scenes. For several days contraltos
came in processions, only to sing and be
turned away with the remark that their
voices were too feeble for the part. At
last Miss Clary came, and the very v.-in
dows of the box office vibrated when she
lifted up her voice. Palmer engaged her
on the spot, and she has been famous
ever since, partly on account of the large
amount of advertising she received for
being heard, but not seen, in "Trilby."
Miss Clary has a reputation for beauty,
and her friends say that she sings by
nature and owes little or nothing to sing
ing teachers. If this is so her voice can
not be expected to last, but she has not
been singing long enough yet to have
worn it out.
Some music by Jan Blockx is to be
played at an approaching symphony con
cert, and as a number of musical people
have already asked, "Who is Jan
Blockx?" a few words about him may
be of interest. Last year the Netherland
ish Theater of Antwerp produced a lyric
drama in the Flemish tonsrue, entitled
"Harbergsprinees" (The Princess of the
Inn). The music was by Jan Blockx and
the libretto by Nestor Tierce, both men
MARY LOUISE CLARY, Who Mag Soon Be Heard Here.
being entirely unknown to fame. The
success of their opera was so instanta
neous and startling that great critics
journeyed from as far away as Paris to
see "The Princess of the Inn," although
it was In an uncouth tongue that they
did not understand. Last year the work
was produced at other Belgian theaters,
always with the same success; finally it
was translated into French, and was pro
duced at Ghent on the 10th inst. Its re
ception was even more rapturous than
when it was played in Flemish. Le Men
estrel says of it: "The first performance,
last Friday, was a series of acclama
tions for the work, and of ovations for
the composer, who himself directed the
orchestra, and I swear that this enthus
iasm was spontaneous, and was well
merited; for the rest you know how cold
and skeptical the Belgians are, especially
in Judging the work of a compatriot. The
admiration was unanimous! Ah! for how
many years has the opera been expected
which would fulfill all aspirations, which
would be at once scholarly and emotional.
I believe that at last we have found It.
The subject is simple and naif, but it Is
human without vulgarity, and above all
it is very musical. It represents the eter
nal struggle between good and evil, be
tween sensual and Ideal love. It is a little
the history of 'Carmen' transported to
other scenes, but with a higher aim, and
is more truly lyric."
Paris, which sent us Anna Held is
shocked to the very marrow at an oper
etta that has been quite popular in Amer
ica and England. The piece that has
made Paris blush, but which is packing
the Atheneo Comlque every night, is the
"Geisha." Tt has only just been adapted,
and the critics are about equally d+vided
between horror and admiration. The se
rious critic of Le Figaro speaks of "the
prodigous indecency" of the "Geisha."
but he condones it on account of the air
of unreality given by the. Japanese setting-
He further remarks: "It is fortunate that
this piece imported from prudish England
depicts Japanese manners, for if it passed
on the European continent even the crit
ics least enslaved by 'cant' would be puz
zled to designate the place of action, and
the heroine's occupation. Fortunately it
is the who send us the 'Geisha '
for if a French author had drawn such
pictures and had depicted English society
women in such a place as the teahouse of
the Thousand Delights, we should cer
tainly have heard a wail of anguish from
the other side of the channel, declaring
that we were audaciously attributing to
chaste Albion the vices of decadent Baby
lon." Altogether the critics are having a
joyous time getting back at "perfide Al
bion," which has so often accused French
works of a laxity in morals. Paris has
not for a long time held up its hands, and
so loudly cried "shocking!"
Lyric art has lost a friend in Alphonse
Bouvret, director of the Lyric Theater,
Paris, who shot himself ontheMoulineaux
railroad, by firing four times at his brain.
No one expected such an end fee a man
whose cheerful, smiling countenance was
one of the sights of Parisian promenades.
It was when he became executor for the
Countess de Caen that Alphonse Bouvret,
in managing the estate, had charge of the
little theater in the Galerte Vivienne. At
first he played little vaudevilles there,
and then one fine day he thought he
would transform the theater into a small
opera-house, where he could revive the
cast-off works of the Opera Comique.
The success of his little house was re
markable, and the services he rendered to
French art were very real. In his hours
of ease Bouvret was a song writer and
poet, he also founded the Journal dcs Ar
At Christiana a young Swedish pupil of
Massenet, Gaston Borch. has offered the
public a little opera in one act entitled
"Silvio," which is a sequel to Maseagni's
"Cavalleria Rusticana." Silvio, who is
the son of Lola and Turriddu, falls in love
with Graziella, the daughter of Lola and
Alflo. The young man feels that he ought
to avenge the murder of his father, killed
as all opera-goers know, by Alflo, and
something enormously tragic naturally
results. Silvio kills Alflo, and Graziella,
learning their parentage, becomes mad.
This sanguinary tragedy was very well
received by the public, and Gaston Borch
was called four times before the curtain.
The Paris Grand Opera is talking of re
viving Gluck's "Armida" next season, and
musicians are delighted with the Idea,
though the management is still hesitating
on account of the vast cost and labor in
volved. "Armida" requires such compli
cated and delicate machinery that to
stage it according to modern ideas would
involve an outlay of at least $60,000, not
to speak of costumes and other accessor
ies. If the opera is produced, it is al
ready deckled that Emma Calve shall
play the title role. Gluek's "Armlda,"
which was first produced in 1777, was
founded on an eld lyric tragedy by Lulli,
which first saw the light in 168b. For the
modern generation of opera-goers It
would be an absolute novelty.
Aloys Werner, the tenor who sang here
recently in the "Elijan," is meeting In the
East wirti an appreciation which he
scarcely received here. In Washington,
D. C, he sang the other day with marked
success, and also in Philadelphia he sang
the "Prize Song' from the " Meister
singer" with the Maennerchor, a chorus
of 200 voices, that is well known in the
East. At this sar c concert he also sang
the "Love Song" from the "Walkyrie."
During Easter week he will sing the tenor
solo part in Rossini's "Stabat Mater" in
Boston, and on Easter Sunday he is spec
ially engaged as the tenor soloist at St.
Francis Xavier's Church. New York. The
Eastern critics have devoted considerable
space to praising his singing.
The Emperor of Austria is not going to
allow any of his military bands to pay
royalties to composers, and he has shown
his hand with great firmness in the mat
ter. The other day the Society of Authors
and Composers was startled by tha res
ignation of all the composers who had
any connection with military music. It
soon transpired, however, that they had
resigned In a body i>y order of the Minis
ter of War. As if to add insult to injury,
the unfortunate soldier-composers were
ordered to matte out five varied and com
plete programmes, containing only such
pieces as can be played without any pay
ment of royalties whatever. Needless to
say, the resigning composers obeyed.
Johann Strauss, the "Waltz King," has
just opened a competition for the
scenario of a ballet, the score of
which he proposes to write him
self. The ballet is destined for the Im
perial Opera of Vienna, whose director,
Herr Mahler, is one of the five judges
that are to decide the prize of $840. The
scenario 5 must be very detailed, and the
time of its performance must not last
longer than three-quarters of an hour.
Here is a chance for American writers.
It was the irony of fate that Anton
Seidl should have died Just as a perma
nent orchestra in New York had become
practically assured. Seidl had just % re
fused a profitable offer to go to Berlin,
and it looked as if this country would
benefit by his great talent as a conductor
for many a year to come.
The Emperor "William has authoi!zed
the Opera of Berlin to play a new opera
entitled "Ours Is the Victory," the music
of which is written by Paul Geisler. This
authorization was necessary because
King 1 Frederick 11, the friend of Voltaire,
plays a role in the new work.
The new tenor, Saleza, who has made such
a hit in Paris, is gc .ig to give a special
series of gala performances of "Carmen"
at the Opera Comique next month. Calve
will be the heroine. Saleza is coming to
America next winter in the Grau Com
Adelina Patti, who has been In seclu
sion at San Remo since her husband's
death, has now been advised by her
physicians to leave the sea air, as she ia
far from well. She has gone to Paris for
M. B. Curtis of Stockton Is at the Lick.
M. Fralisee of Martinez is staying at the
H. L. Partridge of San Jose is at the
George R. Finch of St. Paul is a guest
at the Palace.
Dr. Leon F. Henry and wife of Denver
are at the Occidental.
Lieutenant and Mrs. W. S. Blddle have
taken rooms at the Occidental.
J. W. Siblet, a large foundryman of
Ohio, is a guest at the California.
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Carrington and fam
ily are at the Palace from Michigan.
George F. Brown, general manager of
the Pullman Company, is at the Palace.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Severance and Miss
Fanning, of St. Paul, are at the Palace.
H. S. Hanson has come up from San ;
Mateo and is registered t-t the Occidental.
George G. Mullins. U. S. A., is regis
tered at the Occidental from Los Angeles.
Dr. N. Green of Watsonville is a guest
at the Grand, where he arrived last
B. B. Bromwell of Tacoma arrived in
the city yesterday and went to the Cali
> Dete el l v c Ed
1 Wren told the
i following story
l on a couple of his
other night to an
' appreciative au
> dience in the lob-
° DETECTIVE °
o TERRIBLE 0
o DREAM. o
by of the Bal iwin.
In the private office of Chief Lees out
at the City Hall is an electric button con
nected by a wire to a bell in the next
room, where the desks of his subordinates
are placei. The Chief has arranged a
series pt signals to notify his trusty ]
henchmen which particular one he de- !
sires to see and thus avoid the confusion
of having his office filled by the entire :
force, who. In times past, were wont to I
rush in in a bunch whenever they had the
slightest pretext for placing themselves In
the way to be noticed by the. man whose
favor often results in promotion.
The signals are arranged in numbers.
For instance, when Lees rings once De
tective Colby awakes from his nap and
I fall? over himself to get into the presence
1 that never slumbers, when the little bell is
hoard to jingle twice Tim Bainbridge cuts^^
short the story of how nenr h<=- came tn^B
; capturing a desperate criminal in the fall™
! of "60 and goes in to be detailed to find
a lost child, three bells make Dinan
heave a slph over thf possibility of work,
v.-hile four hells m^an that little Otto
i Heyneman must take his book and pen
! cil and stand ready to do as he is told.
The officials have become so accus
tomed to those signals that some of them,
upon bearing a car bell, have been known
j to leave a bar in such a hurry as to make
It necessary for the proprietor to put it
: on the slate.
Not long ago Bainbridge and Dinan
were detailed to go up the coast on a
case. They took one of the Pacific Coast
■ steamers, and after the vessel had put to
j sea and they ad succeeded in casting
about all of their bread upon the waters
i the two weary travelers retired to rest.
| The motion of the ship made slumber a
I matter of some difficulty, but at last.
i thanks to a little bottle carried by
i Bainbridge that did not contain coffee,
j they got to sleep and all was well.
Nearly two hours passed when Dinan,
springing out of his berth, began to dress
as if his life depended on the time con-
I sumed in getting nto his clothes. The
noise he made awoke his friend Tim.
who, leaning out of his bunk, asked what
j was the matter. '"Sure, th' ould mon is
rlngin' fur me an* here Ol am kapin' him
waltin'; an' me wid th' wolfe an" chllder
to look afther. Sorror th' day; Ol know
Oi'll loose me Job."
It took the united efforts of the mate
and two sailors to keep him in the room
long: enough to wake up sufficiently to
comprehend the fact that he was not In
the. office, but at sea, and that the bell ha
heard was the ship's bell striking tha
Captain J. E. Lombard has come down jQ
from Portland and is staying at the
Mrs. Henry D. Welsh, accompanied by
her two daughters, is at the Palace from
Mr. and Mrs. James Coleman of Peta
luma are two of yesterday's arrivals at
E. R. Bryson and wife of Corvallis. Or.,
are guests at the Occidental, where they
J. L. Madden and C. P. Vlclnlx are two
mining men of Sutter Creek who are reg
istered at the Grand.
F. N. Rust, an insurance man of Chi
cago, and J. H. Glad of Sacramento ara
two late arrivals at the Grand.
Charles E. Pugh, vice-president of the
Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Is reg-
I lstered at the Palace from Philadelphia,
W. B. Kinskern, general ticket agent of
the Chicago and Northwestern Railway,
Is registered at the Palace from Chicago.
O. L. Sweet of the Olympic Salt "Water
Company has resigned the superintend
ency of that concern and will again go to
Captain R. H. R. Loughborough, U. S.
A. Is at the Grand on his way from Mls
soiila. Mont., to Dry Tortugas, where he
has been ordered to report Immediately
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
DATS OF THE PAST— A Subscriber.
City. The 31st of December, 1828, fell on
Wednesday, the same date in 1829 on
Thursday and the same data in lisJU on
WORTH TEN CENTS— W. E. C Loa
> Angeles. A dime of 1594 is worth 10 cents, j
I unless It be one of that year coined at M
I the San Francisco Branch Mint. Such fA
i command a premium; M
POPULATION BY NATIONALITY— G.
I F., City. There are no figures that give
i the present population of San Francisco
Iby nationality. The latest figures of this
character are to be found in the census
BIRTHDAY GIFT— D. B. D., Crockett.
Cal. Not knowing the young man to
■ whom you would like to make a birthday
i gift nor his tastes or needs, it is impos
! sisible to suggest what would be a suit
i able birthday present.
MARRlAGES— Subscriber, City. Mar
riages in the State of California are re
; corded in the office of the Recorder of
1 the county in which they are solemnized.
! "A marriage at sea," which is not recog
j nlzed in law as a marriage, is not re
corded, for the reason that there is no
place where such acts can be recorded.
Finest eyeglasses, specs, 15c up, 33 4th. •
Choice present Eastern friends, Town
send's Cal. Glace Fruits 50c It) Jap bskts. #
Special information supplied dally to
business houses and public men by the
Press Clipping Bureau (Allen's), 510 Mont
gomery street. Telephone Main 1042. •
Paul's inks, non-spillable and non-evap
orating, small bottles, 10c; quarts, 60c.
Paul's mucilage, small bottles, 15c; large
bottles, 75c. Once used, Always used.
Sanborn, Vail & Co., sole agents for the
Pacific Coast. •
To Our Patrons.
We beg to notify our friends and cus
tomers that owing to the fire which hap
pened last night our office will be at our
sales depot, 228 Front street, until our
resumption of business at the factory,
corner Battery and Broadway. Americaa
Biscuit Company. •
Russian papers complain that the Siber
ian railway, instead of civilizing the re
gions through which it passes, is teach
ing the natives the art of robbing trains,
which is greatly in vogue.
"Mrs. Wlnslow's Soothing Syrup"
Has been used over fifty years by millions of
mothers for their children while Teething with
perfect success. It soothes the child, soften*
the rums, allays Pain, cures Wind Colic, reg
ulates the Bowels and is the best remedy for
Diarrhoeas, whether arising from teething or
other causes. For sale by Druggists 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 tha
mists common further north. Round trip tick
ets, by steamship, including- fifteen days' boar*
at the Hotel del Coronado, $65; longer stay,
$2 50 per day. Apply 4 New Montgomery st.,
S. F.. or A. W. Bailey, mgr. Hotel del Corona
do, late of Htl Colorado, Glenwood Spgs, Colo.
In 1816 the value of a bushel of wheat
i England was equal to that of a pound
f nails. To-day a bushel of wheat will
uy ten pounds of nails.
. that makes the