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■■■••'r"T"\HE people living on the avenue
->. ;- : ' I- In the vicinity don't like it. Hos
:.'■ •' I p.itals for human patients are not
■:-.;.X. Vcinsidered to be desirable ad
': ;; . - : •■'"• jvm-cts to- a neighborhood, and a
: :^.hosp;itca'for dogs and cats is. in theestl
:^»at4oii.of adjacent residents and prop-
even worse. Of the four dog
• ;hbspj't.ais now supported. by the tender
•'•■• heart e<i : citizens of San Francisco not
; ofte : is i situated where the neighbors
: • - think that it ought to be. but the own
•■■• : : era :of.. valuable exhibition and sporting
• : dogs "mil- -suffering household pets, are
■ :only too glad to find, them wherever
>• they may be located, and the gentlemen
.r In charge of the various institutions for
■'■■ th!e care of sick or injured animals of
.the smaller kind have one and all a
•;;.• look- of • cheerful prosperity which it is
:■'.- good to see. A
•'.••• happened to be my ill fortune the
; other day to be one of the witnesses of
4 • a painful accident, the only remedy for
: which in former days would have been
•: -a- policeman's bullet. A handsome fox
terrier, the property of Mr. Morgan
■*. ißtetn-of the Baldwin, was unfortunate
-■• enough to get under the wheels of a
:■•: passing buggy, with the result that the
: -wheWs passed on and left the poor
, : creature writhing in the street with
both. his Torelegs broken.
.-. ■' :;The dog is valuable in. himself and is
.'"..■ jrn'qre ■valuable in that he is a family
./: pet,.. therefore instead' of being simply
l"i .'"put out of his misery" he was careful-
y ly bundled up and taken post haste to
i^tire^ nearest hosDital for his kind. Josh
JDayds : kind-heartedly constituted him
• ; - ! self-- ambulance driver for the occasion
■.••a-h^l: I, .followed along to see how such
:• - ; . : •6'a-.» i r'Renc-y cases are treated.
V. . ■tViiitdoc had grit. With both of his
;< - ■•'•frpjJKljaws dangling helplessly and his
:.-. jß?«ff bloodshot with the torturing pain,
:■ ■' yiii.c Ji- -made him snap ineffectually at
'; ::evor.y oiie else who came near him. he
• ■sUl'mHited to the doctor's necessary ex
.■'•' aiivin:itf.o;i without even a whimper. He
■-.'s^iitied in some way to understand at
; .oooe.ihat the quiet-voiced young man,
:,- w.\t^ 'the sure, firm, skillful touch, was
•iUrj'ing to help him, and gave up to
■•Vhfrn 1 Completely. ,
... :V: V leva's tempted to put my fingers in
'•• : Tny- \eitrs and look the other way when
: - : : -.it'.hame to the agonizing operation of
■;;•' '■■EWt'ing the bones; but there was really
" '^o' occasion for such a manifestation of
.1 nervousness, for, save for an involun
•'. -.tar^-. shiver which ran over the brave
•■ '• little- body and a faint groaning growl,
'. "% "<li6"patlent made no outward sign of
/"••.auTfeiipg.. Then came the bandaging of
? i'. the' : lnjured limbs with splints and cloth
: ' ; '. : ahd- plaster of Paris, and through all
; - : :'.*]hii's : he dog sat back and watched the
BUILDING FREIGHTERS IN SIX WEEKS TO HANDLE THE ALASKAN GOLD RUSH
. '.■..'...: BEFQRE THE KEEL WAS LAID.
■•■•'■■••7t : STEAMSHIP, finished com
"' . iV . plete, from keel to smokestack,
, • '.'. /A• in six weeks.
=':.- "[/T^\. Surely, that Is crowding
: •.' "T:- .;• things a little, but the Alaska
', .'boom has made such work nee
... essar>\ That Is the reason it is being
! .C' .done, these days.
• : '.■.■■. .2s ever: in the history of shipbuilding
•';. in' California has there been such ac
.• tlyjt'y In the business. Every ship yard
' • about the bay is working overtime, and
„•• in -some .instances day and night, so
: i '.great is tl.. .demand for vessels to send
••' -.to. the- Arctic. Of course there is a great
/id-eai of repairing and overhauling be
••-'ing-: done,, but new vessels are being
' . completed every few days. Over at the
. V- Q&kland ship yard one day last week
.' •"there". five new ships on the ways
' -at the. same time. It is safe to say that
•! ..this, has never happened before in this
• • part 'of: th© .- world.
• : At the big foundries where iron
•ships are built work is pushed as fast
as possible, but Iron -hips do not get
together, as -rapidly as wooden ones, so
I .;th?it'ltls tedious work watching their
grawtni ; "Wooden vessels come into ex
' >s.tan.ce" almost as If by magic and are
*' nearly ready for sea as soon as they
. a-re/lauilched. It Is to this class that
": the, greater number of Klondike vessels
, - '.ljelbhg. ..
• : ';..;.Qne'; steamer, the Virago, that sailed
•for .Alaska a few days ago. was not in
" : ..£*fstence at all on the first of last Feb
■.'."; r\ia-ry: - Tn fact, her keel was not laid
: *.T}d;.it is barely possible the plans for
/•••hen; we're not drawn. But things went
•"■.:ai.o.ne:- smoothly from the start. "When
•■; phV; got' into the water she didn't leak
...a drop, nor vibrate with the motions of
;.' • ;t[he: engine. ' .......
.'" vvdefp.re this vessel had her trial trip
..•:•"' BAft'was: booking passengers and load
":":-i'n£S;.frel^rht. Scores of men were at
• ;-"'on" ; her rushing things along.
.; steamer had her tri-J trip < i Mon
. .^ay., ;the 14th inst.. and two days later
.-! sb? ..saiifd- for the north loaded -down
•' / .freight and gold seekers. But she
;:«ct:e(l like. charmed being and sailed
•;.;tbro:ugh;the Qolden Gate as digninedly
. 'as. '&:. liian-of-war that had been five
..■.•-jears'-Jn course of construction, instead
•'•■• -of.' ilye. weeks. . Old salts said she : was
.'tip :spo;.d:.-a: spo;.d:. -a vessel of ; her class as was
■.•ever; • built.' notwithstanding the short
/time spent, in : putting" her together.
• •;.',. To- -?.ee : . .one of these . Alaska .vessels
.''.•cortye : i.nt6 beln^ is. like watching the
..•worVdt .a nia'glcian.
A BAD CASE OF HEADACHE
performance quite •with the air of a
rather bored spectator. And then it
was all over and he was borne back
horne — since dogs petted as he is suffer
from "heimweh" to such an extent as
to Beriously affect their health — to be
nursed back to strength and activity
"Properly looked after," said the
surgeon, "he will be as good as new in
three weeks," and then, washing his
hands of the matter literally as well as
figuratively, he took me for a tour of
inspection around his domain.
It is surprising to the previously un
informed mind to find how many Ills
dog-flesh is heir to. Besides distemper,
worms, fits and mange, which we have
come to consider regular dog diseases,
they are afflicted with many of the
physical troubles of human beings.
Pneumonia, gastritis, enteritis, con
sumption, ague, la grippe. Bright"? dis
ease, mumps, epilepsy, paralysis, acute
mania, diphtheria, rheumatism and
even elephantiasis, are ajl met with In
the practice of a dog doctor, and as he
must diagnose troubles entirely from
visible manifestations, with no help
whatever from the sufferer, it is neces
sary to exercise great care in every
case that is put in his charge.
When animals worth thousands of
dollars are put into one's hands for
treatment it doesn't do to make even
END OF THE SECOND WEEK.
The person who orders the vessel or
what her name is to be is a matter of
no importance to the shipbuilder. He
simply gets word to build a vessel ac
cording to certain drawings and speci
. fications and puts it down on his book
'■■ as a certain number. If the vessel is
ordered to be pushed through in
I a hurry he starts work immediately,
( and within a few luurs men are build
; ing the ways on which the vessel is to be
j constructed. Insideof twenty-four hours
; the keel will be laid and the sternpost
i ready to be placed in position. At this
| time there is not much to be seen only
j three lines of timber lying on the
ground. But this is the start.
A week lateV this same spot will have
a good part of a ship on it. Scores of
j men will be at work and the sound of
saw and hammer can be heard for a
mile. Nearly all the ribs of the vessel
will be in position and she will be ready
for the planking.
A week later a goodly portion of this
will be done. The entire lower -->rtion
will be covered and only the tips of the
ribs will show over the side of the
At this time the machinery is being
put in and more and more men are
finding work on her every day.
At the end of the third week the hull
is practically finished and in another
week the deck will be on and she will
be ready for launching. Now men
fairly swarm over her.
At the end of the fifth week masts
are in. rigging set and sails bent, and
the greater portion of her painted. It
only remains to put on the finishing
touches In the cabins, see that the en
gines are all O. K. and have a trial
THE SAN FRAXCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 1898.
AN AFFECTIONATE MOTHER AND HER SICK PUPPY.
small mistakes, and therefore to main-
tain a position at the head of a sue-
END OF THE THIRD WEEK.
last Job Is done the new ship steams
away for the Arctic, hardly six weeks
after the day her keel was laid.
YES, sir. I can tell you what luck
you will have by going to the
Klondike, Copper River, Dutch
Harbor or any other place after
The speaker was a Creole wom
i an of that well-known type found in
New Orleans, which rank high among
I the beauties of the South. Her olive
complexion and sharply chiseled fea
tures spoke of her French origin, and
her polite and graceful air was at once
j reassuring to her visitors, one of whom
; was a prospective Klondike adven
They were Invited into the neatly ar
ranged flat on Hayes street, where
they discovered that they had to wait
for their turn among the inquisitive
fortune hunters. These other fortune
cessful institution of this kind requires
close and constant studj\ as well as the
END OF THE FIFTH WEEK— GETTING IN THE ENGINES
hunters were a great study in them
selves. *Fhere were four men and three
women, all of whom were well dressed.
Two of the women were quite pretty
and one of them, a decided blonde,
soarkled with diamonds and a bejewel
ed chatelaine watch. She was talking
to the other of her husband, who it
was learned sailed on the steamer Aus
tralia recently for Alaska in quest of a
fortune. The third lady looked like the
typical old maid. She sat u^-'-ht and
prim, eying the remainder of the com
pany with curiosity mingled with a
ability to manage dumb creatures un
derstandingly and kindly.
dash of suspicion.
After a wait of half an hour the re
porter and his companion were invited
Into the sanctum, where the future is
supposed to be revealed.
Mr. Heeney wanted the very latest
Klondike information. He had come
all the way from New York and was
en route for the north, where he felt
assured that an untold number of yel
low nuggets were awaiting his com-.
Ing in the neighborhood of Dawson
"Well, gentlemen, what can I do for
LAME, BUT STILL VIGOROUS.
I rather dreaded going the rounds of
the wards, for suffering of any kind is
not pleasing to behold, but there *ere
no harrowing sights or sounds in store
for me. There were sick dogs, or
course, but they were all enduring
their troubles stoicaJly, lying on clean
straw in airy board pens, the tops or
which are covered with wire netting,
sitting about in wide stalls in the sun
shine or taking constitutionals in the
adjacent yard, and all who did not feel
too ill to exert themselves greeted their
medical attendant with friendly tail
There were three in the Inspecting
party, for "Nippy," the head nurse of
the establishment, left his bed in the
office and accompanied us. This pro
ceeding had its drawbacks, for Nippy,
who is half Japanese pug and half fox
terrier, is 9 years old, and now that he
Is corpulent, weighing nearly three
pounds, is extremely lazy. Yet, being
mindful of his duty he insisted upon
being lifted up to personally inspect
every patient, which delayed us some
what on our way.
One handsome fellow sat disconso
lately looking down at a front leg
weighted down with a plaster cast; an
other — a great mournful -eyed fox
hound, Howard Vernon's "Don" — is
Just recovering from an infliction of
you?" said the fortune-teller with an
Mr. Heeney, who had mined in Cali
fornia in years gone by, produced a rich
specimen of quartz which he had taken
from the John Hite mine of Mariposa
: County fifteen years ago, and said:
"I want to know if there is any stuff
like this in the Klondike country, and
what sort of a show I stand of get
ting any of it. But, I suppose." he con
tinued, "you want your pay first?
What's the damages?"
"My advertised rates are 50 cents for
gentlemen and 25 cents for ladies, but
for Klondike gentlemen — well, I leave
that to themselves," was the arch re
"That means $1, I suppose," and Mr.
Heeney tossed the coin upon the table.
The medium then drifted into a semi
trance, while she clutched the piece of
gold quartz in her hand. She then drew
a picture of awaiting wealth that com
pletely dumfounded her listeners.
She saw upon a sidehill at the foot
END OF THE SIXTH WEEIC-TAKING ON FREIGHT FOR ALASKA.
abscesses In his beautiful drooping
ears, and wears a "canker cap «|«gj
edly but not at all happily; and Sally
Brass," the same gentleman s iZ'^ff
old pointer, who Is known as the
mother of prize-winners." has recently
had a bad tumor removed and oeen
enabled to again take her rightrul p ace
In the aristocratic circles of canine iue.
One dog, a victim of the fenderless
car, has suffered the amputation or a
hind leg and is trying bravely to ac
custom himself to the new order or
things. Three other dogs, his com
panions in misfortune, are trotting
about the city on three legs, having
left the fourth one behind them in tnis
6ame hospital. „
"Dogs do very well on three legs,
said the doctor, philosophically "after
they get used to the novelty of it.^anci
there 'are many people who wouid take
care of pets if all four of the poor little
creatures' legs were cut off. they get
so attached to them. There is one
former patient of mine down on Mis
sion street who has lost a leg. She only
weighs as much as Nippy here by the
way, and she catches rats quicker ana
better than any whole dog that I
And then he showed me Vi, mn:e, a
beautiful Irish setter, who is con
valescing from a severe attack of pneu
monia, and told me that this disease is
a very common and fatal one among
"Exposure to cold and damp brings It
on," he said, "and house and toy dogs
are most subject to it, for they are
washed frequently and enough care is
not always exercised about drying
them. Taken in time it is curable, but
too often the first symptoms, going off
their feed, shivering spells followed by
fever and labored breathing, are over
looked or neglected. Winnie was for
tunate in being taken in hand early.
And Winnie waved her tail in grateful
acknowledgment of the fact.
A big white trolMog of subdued as
pect lay on his bed trembling and start
ing nervously, without apparent cause.
"He 1 fell off a twenty-foot high roof the
other day." said the doctor, "and It
shook him up considerably, but he'll
come around all right. ".and though I
do not admire bulldogs as a class I
found myself pitying the great sleek
creature and hoping that the medical
man's words would prove true.
In the maternity ward a black and
white beauty, with wavy hair and the
gentlest and most beseeching eyes that
1 ever saw, was cuddling five blind
little puppies, the images of. her beau
tiful self and their sire the well-known
Llewellyn setter. Rubber. She allowed
us to take one of her darlings from be
side her and admire it at close quarters,
but was far from happy while we were
doing so. And when the sprawling,
snuffling baby was restored to her she
forgot her manners and lay down be
tween her offspring and her visitors.
of a tree and not a great way from
•water a large bowlder which was the
beginning of a lode of miraculous rich
ness. Lower down and nearer the
water was fine gold and nuggets by the
bushel. ""Will no one find it before I
get there?" half gasped Mr. Heeney.
No; it would stay there until Mr.
Heeney picked it all up. Perhaps if he
never came it might be found by
another many years hence. He would
have considerable trouble and some
annoyance on the way. He should go
by the Chilcoot route, though he would
have a close call for his life in shoot
ing the White Horse Rapids, but after
that everything would be plain sail'nsr.
Certainly this was enough for Mr.
Heeney's dollar, and he started to get
up with great fortune in the grasp of
"That appears to be an unusual for
tune for the price, madam," suggested
the newspaper man.
"Yes, it is rather fine," she returned,
"but I've told the fortune of ten men
already to-day, and it is now only 2
o'clock in the afternoon, and only one
of them was a failure."
"All of them struck it rich, eh?"
"Yes, only some of them struck It
richer than others, of course, in the
fortunes I told them."
"Then you have already made $10
and your working time is only half up
for the day?"
"Oh, more than that. You see, I've
run the cards for six women already,
and four of them paid me 50 cents
each. You see, when I give good re
sults they are quite liberal."
"Is this an ordinary day's run of
"Yes; It has been that way since the
Alaskan fever started. I have aver
aged 520 a day for the past four
months. Before that I did not make
over $3 a day. This excitement is a
sort of Klondike right here for fortune
"Have any of your patrons struck
the fortunes you predicted for them?"
"Why. of course. There is Iky Hcrltz.
the letter-carrier: he made a hit. There
is Walter Waller, the snake charmer
and king of hobos, as he is called. I
told him last year there was plenty of
money for him in the Klondike. He
spent his last nickel for an outfit, and
now he has returned with JSOOO in cash
and has a claim which he refused $10.
000 for. He is stopping with Henry
Drewes, the grocer. He will be going
back in a week or so. Pat Fahey of
Angels Camp struck it rich and "has
two claims on my advice.
"I am acquainted with a very small
percentage of my patrons, you must
know. Therefore I cannot tell how
many I have benefited."
All of this served to strengthen Mr.
Heeney's faith in the fortune teller, and
; he thanked her profusely while being
shown to the door by the little girl of
But he was not altogether satisfied,
so he called upon six other professional
readers of the fuiure — four of whom
were women and two men. At each
place there was a visit from five to fif
teen minutes, showing that there was
a regular Klondike rush in the fortune
telling business .