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TUESDAY APRIL 26, 1898
JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Proprietor.
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Columbia— "The Nancy Hanks "
Aicaiar— Gay Parisians '
Morosco's— "The Wlcklow Po9tman."
I lvoll— "Sinba'd the Sailor."
Sherman, Clay HaU— Pa3oma Schramm, to-nl^ht.
The Chutes— Zoo. Vaudeville, aud "African 1.1011 Hunt"
Olympla— Corner Mason and Eddy 6treets, Specialties.
Sutro Baths— Swimming-.
El Campo— Music, dancing boatin?, fishlnp. every Sunday,
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By N. E. Clark— This day, April 26, Turkish Rug-s, at 106
Grant avenue at 'I o'clock.
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Market stro«'i. at 12 o'clock.
PROMPT WAR BULLETINS.
THE plague of fake extras which for some days
ha- tormented San Francisco will soon be over.
That scheme of working the unwary for nickels
and increasing a show of circulation cann* t be oper
ated successfully in the face of the enterprise of The
Call in issuing bulletins of the events of the war as
rapidly as. the dispatches are received and posting
them at The Call office, at all the agencies of The
Call throughout the city and at other notable points
where the people are accustomed to assemble.
This bulletin service is far superior to anything the
fakers can accomplish by their extras. The dispatches
follow one another as fast as events of note occur.
Printed on a special press set aside for that purpose
by The Call and carried by messenger boys on
bicycles to the places where they are to be posted and
there displayed for all to read, they constitute a con
tinuous record of the war. By this service the people
are informed at once of every new phase of the situa
tion. They are saved from the petty deception.; of the
fake extras, which have been so common for some
time past and which before the appearance of thi*
service threatened to continue as long as the war
Moreover, <uir bulletin service is not only prompt
but accurate. (.The Call, in alliance with the New
\ ork Herald, long ago made preparations for report
ing the war in case it broke out. A host of corre
spondents located at points scattered all over the
West Indies are at work gathering news. Additional
correspondents are with the army and the navy.
Every detail of the situation is covered. The Call
therefore does not have to publish fakes and rumors
for the sake of making a show of war news. It gets
the news itself and gets it promptly.
This accurate and comprehensive news service it
now nukes free to all San Francisco and to a hun
dred other points in California, Nevada and Arizona.
The issuing oj extras is an out of date scheme. It is
behind the times. It has been left to the fakers.
Legitimate journalism in the progress of enterprise
has gone forward and bulletins the news at once for
all to read free of charge.
Announcement is made that the vacations of many
New Yorkers have been upset by the war. This is
truly to be regretted, and adds much to the horrors
of the situation. However, the New Yorkers are in
a measure to blame. In the rush of events the coun
try overlooked the prospective vacations until too
late. Had attention been called to it in time the
United States could have sent an apology to Spain
tmd not spoiled the fun. But there is nothing to hin
der the Xevv Yorker from having an outing yet.
Many as good a man will shoulder a rifle and exploit
Cuba. If the New Yorker happens to be of th. other
Bex a little Red Cross work might cause her to forget
how cruelly fate has flouted her.
One of the news-gathering fleet of the Call-Herald
is the ocean-going steamer Tyr, flying the Danish
flag. Under these colors she will be free from moles
tation by any of the ships engaged in fighting either
for this country or for Spain. This is an advantage
of which Call readers will have the benefit. Intima
tions are already strong that the flock of boats which
put out from American ports after the squadrons of
Sampson and Schley will be chased away. From such
treatment as this the Tyr will be exempt.
Without desiring to hurt the feelings of the Euro
pean editors it may be remarked that the "tone" they
may assume is not regarded here as a matter of im
portance. They may shriek or growl, but the little
fight now on concerns mostly people who do not
send abroad for their advice. Why, there is more
advice right at home than can be utilized.
Statements concerning the movements of the Span
ish fleet from Cape Verde Islands may be boiled
down to two unassailable propositions. Any geo
graphy will show that there are such islands, and
some place or other there is a fleet. To be more
specific than this is to court the possibility of error.
Let there be a hope that Captain Sigsbee will de
cline to fight the Spaniard who has challenged him.
But if the captain get near enough the fellow to ad
minister a kick and neglect the opportunity he must
expect the high regard in which he is now held to be
Although there has now been a formal declaration
of war keen observers had already noted a lack of
vigor about the entente cordiale between the United
States and Spain.
If Mr. McKinley wants any more volunteers all
he has to do is to ask for them.
Congressman Maguire has said little lately, but
even at this he has said too much.
WOR AND COMMERCE.
BY royal decree the Spanish Government has
given notice to the world that during the
course of the war with the United States Spain
will observe the declarations of the treaty of Paris
that neutral flags cover an enemy's merchandise ex
cept contraband of war. and that neutral merchandise,
except contraband of war, is not seizable under an
enemy's flag; that the Spanish Government will as
sert and exercise the right of search of vessels on the
high seas to determine whether they carry contraband
goods, and finally that Spain, while maintaining the
right to issue letters of marque to privateers, will
for the present at any rate confine herself to organiz
ing out of her mercantile marine a force of auxiliary
cruisers to co-operate with the navy in carrying on
The course taken by the United States will not be
essentially different from that promulgated by Spain.
The announcement made some time ago that the
United States would not issue letters of marque was
effectually refuted in the Senate last week by the
statement of Senator Davis, chairman of the Foreign
Relations Committee, that he had heard of no such
declaration on the part of the administration. As a
matter of fact the question is one which Congress
must decide upon, for the authority to grant letters
of marque lies with that body and not with the Presi
In addition to the nncertain attitude of both com
batants toward the problem of privateering there is
a further confusion for commercial interests in the
fact that differences of international law exist as to
what will constitute contraband of war. Each Gov
ernment will determine for itself what articles it shall
treat as contraband. Goods that an American ship
might pass over may be made subject to seizure by
Spain, and on the other hand our ships may con
demn articles the Spanish would pass.
All of these things will complicate the risks of com
merce while war lasts, and if it be prolonged to an
extent that embitters both parties, it may lead to ex
treme acts of search and capture on the seas that will
be regarded by neutral nations as violations of their
rights. In this there lies a danger that some other
nation may be drawn into the conflict, just as Great
Britain was very nearly drawn into our Civil War by
the capture of Slidell and Mason.
Fortunately the probability of such an outcome is
slight. The great nations of Europe have too many
antagonisms among themselves to enter lightly upon
a war with the United States. Moreover, the war may
be short. Commercialism is a very powerful factor
in the world, and, while it was not able to prevent
the outbreak of hostilities, it may prove sufficiently
potent to force the Spanish Government alter a short
conflict to retire the Spanish flag from this hemis
phere and put an end to a struggle that wastes her
treasures and brings her nearer and nearer to inevit
able bankruptcy and the ruin of her creditors.
THE question whether the proposed charter or
any portion of it is unconstitutional will prob
ably not greatly interest the general reader.
But it may. nevertheless, answer a useful purpose to
call the attention of the lawyers who lately served
the people as Freeholders to a few "points" in that
connection. The time for defending the charter is
rapidly approaching. The burden of this defense is
upon the lawyers who framed it. If they cannot
demonstrate that the instrument will stand the test
of the Supreme Court they ought not to ask people
to vote for it.
Among the constitutional amendments of 1896
there was one which changed section 6 of article 11
by providing that "all charters framed or adopted by
authority of this constitution, except in municipal
affairs, shall be subject to and controlled by general
laws." The question is. what are general laws and
what are municipal affairs. In the case of Morton
vs. Broderick, Auditor, decided in October last, the
Supreme Court held that the statute of 1897 requiring
the Mayor's signature to a tax levy is unconstitu
tional because it interfered with a "municipal affair."
This was equivalent to deciding that passing a tax
levy in a city is peculiarly a municipal function. This
is as far as the court has gone in defining the words
The charter sets up a new method for levying and
collecting taxes in which it authorizes the Board of
Supervisors to impose penalties for delinquency. It
furthermore revives the personal property collection
system abolished four years ago, and repeals the
provisions of the Political Code on that subject. Is
this constitutional? Can the charter provide its own
system of levying and collecting taxes in defiance of
the State law? In other words, are the revenue laws
of the State such general laws as are not covered by
the amendment of 1896 concerning municipal affairs?
The proposed charter also provides a system of
granting street railway franchises which is in conflict
with the statute of 1897 on the s^me subject. The
question here again recurs, is the act of selling fran
chises a "municipal affair" upon which the city may
legislate for itself? If not, the provisions of sections
6 and 7 of chapter 2, article 2, are unconstitutional.
Section 8 of The same chapter and article limits
the time within which actions for damages may be
brought against the city to six months. Section 340
of the Code of Civil Procedure fixes the time for
commencing actions for damages caused by mob or
riot at one year. Here is another conflict. Are gene
ral statutes of limitation "municipal affairs" within
the meaning of the constitutional amendment?
There are other portions of the charter which con
flict with the general laws, but thor.e illustrations are
sufficient to make our point clear. What are we asked
to do in this matter? If the charter is unconstitutional
it certainly should not be adopted. It will cost thou
sands of dollars to litigate its provisions, and the
people are not anxious at the present time to in
crease their court expenses. We should like to read
an argument on the constitutional question from a
lawyer of repute, preferably an ex-Freeholder. If
the charter is adopted and merely results in giving us
a crop of lawsuits a number of legal reputations will
be shattered. It is quite evident that the points we
have made have not been considered.
The Santa Clara groom who resented the
friendly shower of rice by drawing a pistol and
threatening to shoot must have a sweet and sunny
disposition. lie is to be congratulated that some
well-wisher did not hurl an old shoe, in which case
nothing less than a Gatling gun could have made
The troops of the First were only wrecked twice on
the way south; yet the journey is a long one, and by
the exercise of its usual care the Southern Pacific
might easily have sent them into the ditch at least
Naturally Blanco is excited at this time, but he has
evidently heightened his emotion by taking some
thing which went to his head.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 1898.
I"^HE Continental nations are showing much feel
ing against the United States. Whether this will
rise to the height of a Spanish alliance remains
to be seen. The war in which we have engaged is
denounced in every Continental capital, and its cause,
which is novel, is declared to be insufficient.
A procession of empires has passed across the
stage of history, and the science of government and
the rights and powers of man in and through govern
ment have undergone a slow evolution. That process
has been accelerated since this republic appeared.
When Tom Paine expanded the rights of a colonial
people by first of all men uttering the declaration,
"These colonies are, and of right ought to be, free
and independent states," the novelty appalled even
his own countrymen, who had addressed themselves
to pleading at the foot of the throne for a redress
When Ben Franklin declared in the French court
that the purpose of the revolution was the founding
of a government based on the will of the majority
his French friends flinched and some jeered at him.
In badinage they would daily ask, "M. Franklin,
votre revolution comment va til?" and he would an
swer "Ca ira." One day at court he engaged in an
argument to prove that a majority government was
right. The courtiers proposed to submit the question
to a count, and those in favor of such government
were to stand and be counted on one side of the
room; those opposed upon the other. Franklin
stood and was counted alone. When the demonstra
tion over his defeat closed the philosopher said, "Not
so fast, my friends. You contend that the minority is
right. lam the minority, and by your own argument
I am proved right."
Many similar incidents illustrated the apparent
hopelessness of our novel position, but in our per
sistence it won, and this republic issued from the
Our second war with Great Britain was to vindi
cate the right of asylum and deny to a foreign power
the right of search* and seizure on the high seas under
pretense of the right to impress its subjects wherever
found. While the treaty of Ghent, which ended that
struggle, did not especially include this point, its vic
tory as a fact has never been denied.
We next met all Europe in diplomatic hostility in
denial of the monarchial doctrine, "Once a subject
always a subject," and stood for the right of man to
expatriate himself, forfeit and forswear his allegiance
and transfer it according to the dictates of his own
welfare. Nation after nation capitulated to this
novelty, and that right of man has not been denied
nor contested since .we took Martin Koszta from
Austria in the harbor of Smyrna. This republic was
a novelty in its beginning, and its growing strength
and influence in the world have been jused, not to
increase the rights of government over the rights of
man, but to expand the rights of man in government.
At no point in the line of precedents \ye have es
tablished has there been willing assent to our position
by the other nations of the earth. Yet we have won
and established them all, either in the face of hostile
armies or against hostile diplomacy.
Now we are embarked suddenly, unexpectedly, but
unitedly in another novel enterprise, which, like all
that preceded it, is in vindication of the rights of man.
We take our stand upon the declaration that while
we put in practice the theory that our Government
derives its just powers from the consent of the gov
erned, even a monarchy lias a right to govern only
while it governs well, and aligns its policy with the
happiness of its people. We do not sny thaft all peo
ple are qualified for self-government, but we declare
that all people arc entitled to good government. We
do not deny that a monarchy may be conformable to
the genius of some nations, but we appeal to the con
science of mankind upon the thesis that every Gov
ernment must hold its title and muniments in the
contentment of its people.
THE WASTE OF THE SCHOOL FUND.
DISCLOSURES made by Th- Call on Saturday
of the result of the investigation by the Grand
Jury into the manner and extent to which the
school funds have been wasted are followed this
morning by further disclosures brought to light by
the examination of yesterday. In the repair work of
every school building thus far inspected there have
been found evidences of the grossest frauds, and
hardly any doubt cm be felt that as the inspection
proceeds similar results will be obtained.
The investigation has covered only the six months
constituting the first half of the present fiscal year;
that is, from June 30 to December 31, 1897. Within
that comparatively short time and by an inspection
which is as yet far from complete, there have been
discovered practices by which the city has been rob
bed of many thousands of dollars. The frauds are
of so gross a nature it is hardly credible that the
members of the Buildings Committee and Finance
Committee of the School Board could have been
ignorant of them. In fact, it appears the practice of
this kind of boodling must have been carried on with
impunity for a considerable period, since the oper
ators would hardly have ventured upon such open
frauds unless long success had emboldened them to
throw aside discretion altogether.
The whole story must be read in our local columns
to obtain a full comprehension of the extent of the
frauds, but an understanding of their nature and the
audacity of the operators can be inferred from a
single illustration. The 'disclosures made in connec
tion with the work done on Spring Valley Grammar
School will serve as an example. For that building
there was charged against the city 51,220 feet of two
inch planking at $7 74 per thousand, while theamount
delivered was about 20.000 feet; 19,500 feet of 4x4
redwood was charged, and but 6100 feet delivered;
14,000 shingles were charged and but 8000 delivered.
The frauds, moreover, were not confined to the
practice of making charges for amounts of material
in excess of what was delivered. They were com
mitted in respect to quality as well as quantity.
Specifications calling for No. i lumber were filled
with lumber of lower grades. Where fancy shingles
were called for common shingles were delivered. In
this way a double rake-off was accomplished. The
city not only paid for more than it received, but it
paid for a higher quality of material than was given.
• The scandal brought to light by this investigation
is one of the gravest in our annals. Official corruption
is at its worst when it invades the School Board and
wastes the funds which the people have voted to de
fray the cost of public education. With men who prac
tice corruption at the expense of the schools there
can be but one course to pursue. The Grand Jury
has started right. Now let it keep to the motto of
Grant, "Let no guilty man escape."
Spanish craft will keep a sharp lookout for the
yachts of American millionaires, but it may be sup
posed the millionaires will do the same thing. The
yachts are not equipped for a fight, but in the matter
of running away they have the proper lines.
NOVELTIES IN POLICY.
THE capture of Spanish vessels by
■United States cruisers will no doubt
give an impetus to navy enlistments.
The prospect of prize money is alike
enticing to officers and men, and many
of the former, or their families, have
small fortunes in prize money made dur
ing the war of 1861-65.
The prize law of the United States is
very simple in its application. In the
case where a ship-of-war captures another
of superior or equal force the entire net
proceeds is decreed to the captor; when
the capture is of inferior force one-half
of the proceeds goes to the United States,
where it is covered into the naval pen
sion fund, and the other half goes to the
captors, and is distributed as follows: To
the commander of the fleet, one-twentieth
part; to the fleet captain, one-hundredth
part; to the commander of the vessel
making the capture, one-tentn part; the
remainder is divided among all others do
ing duty on board the captor in propor
tion to their respective rates of pay. All
prizes are adjudicated by a prize court,
which orders the sale of the vessel and
its cargo by public auction, and the pro
ceeds, less the court expenses, are dis
posed of as above stated.
The captures made by our navy during
the war of 1861-65, of Confederate war
ships, merchant vessels and blockade
runners numbered 1149 of all descriptions,
valued at $24,500,000, besides 355 destroyed.
The Confederate States cruisers captured
or destroyed 259 vessels, of which the
Alabama took 69, the Florida 37, Shenan
doah 36, Tallahassee 29, Sumter 18, Tac- ]
ony 15, and thirteen other cruisers took j
fifty-five vessels. The damage which
these nineteen armed vessels inflicted
was nearly as great as that of our cruis
ers in their capture and confiscation of
1504 vessels, valued at $31,500,000, over one
third of which was British property.
The first capture of the Civil War was j
the schooner Cambria; laden with coal,!
by the United States frigate Cumberland,
on April 23, IS6I, eleven days after Fort
Sumter had been fired upon, The vessel
was released after taking out her 118 tons
of coal. After the Southern ports had
been declared closed blockade running
became quite profitable, when succecc
ful. but many of the 267 steamers cap
tured proved rich prizes to United States
v.-ss.'ls. The most notable and exceeding
$200,000 in value were as follows:
UNION PRIZES DURING 1861.
Prize. Amount, J Prize. Amount.
Memphis $.",]■. M4 Vi-tory (2
L;'.ily Sterling... 494.591H Cronstarlt 294, 2*>
Greyhound 484,9(2] Emma Henry.. 288,896
Trlstam Shandy. 412.073 PA. D. Vance 283.i*!'t
Young Republic. 411,520 Hope 2G3.2..7
Wando 4W.487J Hiawatha 239,704
Kate ivale 355,7:18 s Uxlona 2*1,706
Atlanta 35>1. 04') ii James Rattle... 22:!. 244
Mimic 344.873 ii Alice Vivian.... 217,081
Princess Royal.. 342.0 M Elsie 21M71
Annie .... r 329.312-1 Stettin 202.471
Circassian 315.371 ; Swan !
The values indicated are the amounts
for distribution aft«-r costs and expenses
had been paid for the adjudication of the
The largest sum paid to any one for a
single capture was to Acting Volunteer
Lieutenant Commander William Budd as
his Bhare in the taking of the steamer
Memphis, for which he pocketed ?
The capture and destruction of the Albe
marle by Lieutenant dishing and his
crew of volunteers netted $16,100 to Cush
ing and $19415 to each of the crew.
Ip to IS7G only about $3,500,000 In prize
money had been paid out by the Fourth
Auditor, and nearly $5,000,000 still re
mained unadjudicated. Of the amount
paid, (1,412,613 had been distributed among
officers, of which the following had re
ceived sums exceeding $20,000:
OFFICERS' PRIZE MONEY.
tear Admiral 8. P. Lee
tear Admiral )I->- I>. Porter
tear Admiral S. F. Dupont
'Ice Admiral D. G. Farragut
;ommantliT John J. Almy
,leut, -Commander.. R. H. Lamson
tear Admiral [Theodnru;* Bailey. |
Vet. V"l. Lt. -Com. ..William KuiW
'ajitaln Wni." M Walker..
:<>mman<ler |O. S. Glisson j
'ommander ;Geo. M. liansom..|
'aptaln !B. F. Sands
:<>mmaiuipr James E. Jottett..
'ommander P. G. Wntmough..
'.immander R. H. Wyman
'ommander Pierce Crosby
U-ting Master W. O. Lundt
The foreign commerce of Spain is in
considerable, yet it may offer induce
ments to seafaring men of all nationali
ties to ship under the American flag to
fignt for prize money and incidentally
for glory. _______^__
EAGLES FLYING HOME TO ROOST.
In the last month nearly $10,000,000 in
gold have been shipped from Europe and
Australia to the I'nited States, and the
movement still continues. Jt is a case of
the eagles Hying home to roost, and the
flock lr> a big one. Mr. Ingalls made the
foolish statement in the Senate on a cer
tain occasion that gold was a craven;
that it at once hid away on the approach
0/ war. But the present war scare has
certainly had quite the contrary effect on
gold. Instead of running away to hide
until the war is over, it is coming back
home to take an important part in the
proceedings. The steadily increasing gold
reserve in the United States treasury,
which now exceeds $173,000,000, and the
rapidly accumulating stock of gold in the
banks constitute the strongest kind of a
backing for the United States for the suc
cessful prosecution of a war.— Kansas
LAST DAYS OF GLADSTONE.
How many lives of Gladstone are there
In typo, awaiting the death of Gladstone?
— Boston Globe.
The world may well pause In Its warlike
quarrels and gaze regretfully at the bed
side of the expiring Gladstone. — Philadel
phia North American.
England lost no Interest or influence un
der Mr. Gladstone's guidance and gained
vast territories. Alrf Gladstone was
boundless in his sympathy, and the
world's sympathy will go to him In his
last days.— Baltimore American.
Mr. Gladstone is now 88 years old. Tho
news of his approaching demise will sad
den many hearts in England, in America
ftnd in Ireland, for which he made the
most remarkable parliamentary struggle
of his life.— Buffalo Commercial.
The domestic life of this rare public
j man has been a model for people in every
walk of life, and the helpmeet of his
struggling 'and triumphant years is tot
tering beside him toward the grave.
When he does finally pass into the great
beyond liberty will have lost a bold
champion and the world a great and
noble man.— Peoria Journal.
Now that "the grand old man" lies on
the bed of death, the world is not asking
about his official success, but Is paying
the tribute of admiration and sympathy
to cne whose life covered almost the span
of a century, but was never touched by
the stain of personal dishonor. Pathos
surrounds the dying hours of Gladstone
and the civilized world Is a mourner at
his bedside.— Detroit Tribune.
■ ■» « —
Newcomer— Oh, I don't know. If I get
hold of a file I'll probably try a few bars.
v—u — Judga.
SPIRIT OF '98
REMEMBER THE MAINE.
When the vengeance wakes, when the battle
And the ships sweep out to sea;
When the foe is neared; when the decks are
And the colors floating free;
When the squadrons meet, when it's fleet to
And front to front with Spain;
From ship to ship, from lip to lip
Pass on the quick refrain,
"Remember, remember the Maine!"
When the flag- shall sign, "Advance in line.
Train ships on an even keel".
When the guns shall flash and the shot shall
And bound on the ringing steel;
When the rattling blasts from the armored
And hurling their deadliest rain.
Let their voices loud, through the blinding
Cry, ever, the fierce refrain,
"Kemember, remember the Maine!"
God's sky and sea in that storm shall be
Fate's chaos of smoke and flame.
But across that hell every shot shall tell.
Not a gun can miss its aim;
Not a blow shall fall on the crumbling l-rall,
And the waves that engulf the slain
Shall sweep the decks of the blackened
With the thundering, dread refrain,
"Remember remember the Maine!"
—Robert Burns Wilson in N. 1. <Torld.
THE WARSHIP DIXIE.
They've named a cruiser "Dixie" — that's what
the papers pay —
An' I hear they're groin' to man her wlch the
boys In gray;
Good news! It sorter thrills me an 1 makes
me want ter be
Whar the ban" is playin" "Dixie," an" the
"Dixie" put ter sea!
They've named a cruiser "Dixie." An", fellers,
I'll be boun'
You're £roin' to see some flghtin' when the
Dixie swings eroun' !
Ef any o1o 1 them Spanish ships shall strike her,
East or West,
Just let the ban' play "Dixie," an' the boys !1
do the rest:
I want ter see that Dixie — I want tor take
On the deck of her. an* holler: "Three cheers
fer Dixie lan! "
She means we're all united tha war hurts
healed away, ■
An' "Way Down South In Dixie" is national
I bet you she's a good 'un! I'll stake my last
Thar ain't no better timber in the whole blame
An' all their phiny battle-ships beside that
ship are tame,
Fer, when it comes to Dixie, thar's some
thing In a name 1 .
Herd's three cheers and a tiger— as hearty as
An' lt-t the ban' play "Dixie" when the Dixie
puts ter sea!
She'll make her way an' win the day from
shlntn" East ter West-
Just let the ban' play '■Dixie" an' the boys'll
dv the rest!
OVER MORRO CASTLE.
There's a fins? afloat to-day.
Over Morro Castle,
That hasn't long; to stay
Over Morro Castle,
Keep a lookout for the flash
There is going to be a smash,
Something hot's about to crash
Into Morro Castle.
There are remnants of the Maine
Down near Morro Castle;
We will pick a bone with Spain
Down with Morro Castle!
When we've ended this affair,
When the smoke clears from the air
You may see Old Glory there,
Over Morro Castle!
Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Mearns of Arizona
are at the Lick.
W. E. Gurber, the Sacramento banker,
is at the Grand.
W. D. Duke, a mining man of Arizona
Is at the California.
Dr. G. C. Weiss of Fargo, N. D., is a
guest at the Palace.
F. W. Wilmans of the Star mine In So
nora is a guest at the Lick.
J. Martin Barney, a mining man of
Dutch Fiat, is at the Palace.
W. W. Middlecoff, an attorney of Stock
ton, is registered at the Grand.
R. S. Sanpe, a railroad man of Los An
geles, is staying at the Occidental.
J. G. Anderson, a wealthy merchant of
Salt Lake, is a guest at the Occidental.
T. D. Livingston and wife have come
up from San Jose and are at the Bald
B. S. Randolph has come over from An
gel Island and is staying at the Occi
A. B. Smith, a well known merchant of
Fresno, Is one of the late arrivals at the
Among yesterday's arrivals at the Pal
ace were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hill of
tery," called out
the clerk of the
Police Court yes
terday, and in an
swer to the name
a rather short
gentleman with an ingrowing face cov
ered with pockmarked parchment and
fringed by a rather moth-eaten beard
of the color of the leaves in autumn,
arose in the dock and stood facing the
Judge. At the same time a young attor
ney appeared and announced that he had
been retained to prosecute the defendant.
"McNamara," said the Judge, "you are
here charged with battery. Do you plead
guilty or not guilty?"
"If yer hanner will tell mo th* raison
Oi'm called a bathery Oi'll tell yer how it
happened an' ye can fix th' charrage ter
suit yerself," replied the prisoner.
"You are charged with battery because
you met a Greek fisherman on East street
yesterday and beat him so badly that he
Is now in the Receiving Hospital," replied
"Thot'a thrue enough." said the pris-
oner, "an* Oi'll tell ye all about It. 01
Win a-sittin' an th' md aye Washington,
sthreet wharf yisterday, whin alansr cum
a couple of Dagos. 'Gud marnin,' sez i ij.
'Gud marnin,' sez they. 'I hope yer v. • !.•
sez Oi. 'We are, 1 sez they. 'D'y.
thot fin??' sez Oi. ptntin' t th' sthara an'
sthripts a-floatin' over a ship an th'
'We do.' sez they. 'Are ye goin' t'foipht
fur It?' sez Oi. 'N'tcr hell wid- it
they. Well, yer hanner. Oi aint ai
an me feet as Oi wansl wuz, so wan ava
thim got away. Oi caught th' uther an'
whin th' cops pulled me aff aye him
they sine me ter soak an' him ter th'
"You seem to take a good deal of inter
est* in the flag." said the Judge, when
the prisoner had finished. "Are you a na
tive of this country?"
"No, yer hanner; Oi wuz horn in Kerry
an' rum over here in 'til. Oi wint South
at wanst an a little picnic wid a party
aye byes callin' thimselves th. 69th aye
Noo York an' Oi niver got back fur five
years. Thin Oi wint wid a gintleman bo
th' name aye Custer ter look at some In
juns, an' if Oi hadent a bin in th' has
plt'l wid a little throuble Oi got at th'
stone wall at Fredricksburg Oi wud ava
bin wid him yet. So, ye see. Judge. Oi
r.iver had toime ter get. me papers, but.
Oi vote jist th" same."
"Dismiss the charge," said the Judge.
"Prisoner, you may go."
L. L. Meyers of the North Bloomfield
mine is staying at the Grand, where he
arrived last night.
H. J. Small, superintendent of the
Southern Pacific shops at Sacramento, Is
a guest at the Grand.
James F. Farraher of Yreka 1b at the
Palace, where he arrived yesterday, ac
companied by his wife.
W. R. Dargie. proprietor of the Oak
land Tribune, has taken rooms at the
Grand for a short stay.
George N. Nagle and wife of Cheyenne.
Wyo.i are among those who registered
at the Palace yesterday.
George T. Coffey has come up to the
city from his home in San Juan and Is
registered at the Palace.
Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Wilson of Cincinnati
are staying at the Palace while in the
city on a visit of pleasure.
M. W. Topper, a prominent and
wealthy business man of Pittsburg, is
registered at the Occidental.
W. C. Parker, one of the largest ranch
ers in the vicinity of Kenwood, arrived at
the Grand yesterday afternoon.
Fred Knox, the well-known and popular
Sacramento lumber merchant, is in the
city for a few days on a short business
Theron and Miss Butterworth are two
of the late arrivals at the California,
They are registered from Morristown,
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Lee, accompa
nied by their daughter, are among the.
guests who arrived at the Occidental oa
the overland last night.
CALIFORNIANS IN NEW YORK.
NEW YORK. April 25.— Henry Kuhn of
San Francisco is at the Hotel Imperial.
R. H. Sprague of San Francisco is J at the
ANSWERS "TO" CORRESPONDENTS.
GUNS ON MAN-OF-WAR-W. 1 - J. I'-.
Los Angeles. Cal. But few vessels of the
modern type have puns on the lower
decks but on those where there are such
the guns can be depressed or elevated,
the depression or elevation depending on
the height of the porthole and size of the
AX OILER— T. D. C Alameda, Cai. It
is not absolutely requisite that an indi
vidual who wants to go as an apprentice
oiler on a steamship should have had any
previous experience. An Individual
ing such a position should tile a letter of
application with the company he would
like to work for. If the applicant has
any recommendations to offer it would
be proper to file such with the applica
ABOLITIONIST-J. A. F., F.:-S<w«on.
Minn.. The answer that was published
in The Call to the effect that Abraham
Lincoln was an abolitionist was correrv,
for his public acts show that, particu
larly his vote, while in Congress, for the
abolition of slavery in the District of
Columbia. A man is an abolitionist who
favors the abolition of slavery by what
ever means the end can be best accom
plished, whether by radical measures, by
gradual emancipation or by payment of
sums of money to owners of slaves. Lin
coln believed that slavery was wrong,
wanted to see it abolished, and when he
had an opportunity. In Congress, he gave
expression to his desire by voting as he
did. and finally abolished slavery by hia
grand emancipation proclamation.
BLACK ANTS— A. O. S., San Leandro,
Cal. The following is said to be excellent
for destroying black ants. Boil four
ounces of quassia chips in one gallon of
water for ten minutes, and add four
ounces of soft soap. t'se this where the
ants congregate. A few leaves of green
wormwood scattered among the haunts of •
these troublesome pests, it is said, will
effectually dislodge them. Or else grease
a plate with fresh lard and set it where
the insects abound, i>lace a few sticks
from the place on which the plate rest 3
to the edge of the plate so tTit? Insects
can climb up to the plate, and they will
then start for the' lard, deserting sugar
for it. They get caught on the lard and.
cannot get away. After that they may
be easily destroyed. j^Pgj
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Cal. glace fruit 50c per It) at Townsend's.*
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Alaska cut rates. First steamer direct
to Dawson leaves May 3; few berths left.
Apply 46 Market street, San Francisco. •
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Special information supplied dally to
business houses and public men by tha
Press Clipping Bureau (Allen's), 510 Mont
gomery street. Telephone Main 1u42. *
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A Chinese traveler applying. for a pass
port must have his palm brushed over
with fine oil paint, and then press it on
thin damp paper, which retains an exact
impression of the lines of his hand. Trans
ference of the passport is then impossi
ble, for no two persons have the same
lines on their palms.
A Pi.igut Cold, a Nkclkctkd. oftW At-
TACKS THK LUNGS. -Bruu-n* BrwxcMal Troche,
give Immediate and effectual reiier.
Thk most efficacious stimulant to sharpen the
appetite isDn. Siegert's Ax gostuba Bitters.
Don't accept an Imitation.
One of the ballots for Themistocles has
Ins? been found by German excavators
in the Areopagus, going back to a date
in it than 470 B C. as that was the
C rl r e in wh"ch that celebrated worker of
the Athenian primaries was banished It
is an inscribed potsherd bearing his
name and. with proper .care, is good for
ShP?2SOO years. There are only three
such sou"venirs of the old Greek elections
in existence, and only this one bears the
name of Themistocles-
The Roya! is the highest grade baking powder
known. Actual tests show it goes one-
laird further than may other braad.
BOYAI. BAKINQ POWDER 00. , WtW YPMC