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Friday MARCH 24, 1899
-. JOHN D. SFRECKELS, Proprietor
Address All Communications to W. S. LEAKE, Manager.
PUBLICATION OFFICE Market and Third Sts.. S. F.
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WASHINGTON (D. C.) OFFICE Wellington Hotel
C. C. CARLTON, Correspondent.
CHICAGO OFFICE Marquctte Building
C. GEORGE KROGNESS, Advertising Representative.
BRANCH OFFICES— S27 Montgomery street, corner Clay,
open until 9:30 o'clock 337 rjaye» street, open until
9:30 o'clock- 621 McAllister street, open until 9:50
o'clock 615 Lar^ln street, open until 9:30 o'clock
-ISAI Mission street, open until 10 o'clock- £29! Market
itrcst. corner Sixteenth, open until 9 o'clock- 2313
Mission street,* open until 9 o'clock- 106 Eleventh
street, open until 9 o'clock- 1505 Polk street, open
until 930 o'clock- NW. corner Twenty-second an«
Kentucky streets, open until 9 o'clock.
Columbia— "Rob Roy."
Grand Opera. House "Cannel
Tivoli— "The Mikado."
Alcazar — "Nerves."
Orrheum — Vaudeville.
Alhambra— "La Belle Marie."
Chutes. Zoo and Free Vaudeville every afternoon
Olympla— Corner Mason and E'.lis streets, Specialties.
Central Park— The Steeplechase.
By 6. H. Umbsen & Co.— Monday. March 27, at 12 o'clock
n.. at 14 Montgomery street, Real Estate.
• ' By Ea?ton, Eldrldge & Co.— Tuesday, March, 2S, at 12 m.,
it 6SS Market street. Real Estate.
QUESTION OF APPOINTING SENATORS.
P T**HE report from Washington that Governor
i Pennsylvania has decided to appoint
* Senator Quay to succeed himself in default of
:: by the I re of that State may, we
be acce] the iridescent dream of an
. lent rather than the settled de
: a rational man. However, there is
t Governor Stone issuing a com-
Quay, nor is there anything to prevent the
Delaware. Utah and California exer
: ge with reference to the va
•,it the prospect of the Senate
reversing the precedent it set in the Oregon and
ting the appointees is too remote to
.red. The principle involved is one which
■ ever, in our ; . be relinquished by that
I -■ tes statute the Legislature is
i and after the first Tuesday after organiza
• noon every day during its session for
a Senator. When it deliberately adjourns without
held that the legislative will has
The people, through their represen
'. they do not want a Senator.
The Legislature is the authority appointed by the
Fed*.- choose Senators, and to as
ter the people have refused to elect, the
: nor — who is authorized to appoint only in
acancies by death or resignation — may
:i.->urp their functions and name his personal choice
■ • law entirely. The Senate decided
Fter a thorough debate and a full con
the statute. Senator Quay, with all his
:nce — even were he to bring to his aid the par
lisanj sides of the chamber — would not in
;ur opinion be able to reverse this rule.
times reverse themselves and legisla
te 1 rvative as the Federal Senate often
inion, but this usually happens in cases
where doubt has existed or new facts have appeared
:o change the status of the question. Here the reason
:f the r:-.le is apparent, and nothing ought to change
to upset a principle founded upon the
plain reading of the constitution and the strongest
grounds of public policy.
RUSHING WORK ON THE GAP.
/■"•OLLIS P. HUNTINGTON has kept his recent
I promise to begin work on the gap in the Coast
road and to push it vigorously forward. It is
ted that large forces of men are now at work
line between Soiedad and Santa Mar
garita stra g out. curves and laying new rails,
the contractors are hurrying
.it to grade the roadbed and construct
From tl as to be the intention of
:lie Southern Pacific Company not only ro close the
: fifty-five miles between Surf and Elwood. but
■ iul and improve the whole line from San
south. This work is probably necessary in
new of t! crease of traffic certain to be car
ried on over the hne when it has been made a thor-
It seems from this that the Southern Pacific man
igers have at last awakened to a sense of the situa
:iu:i. The whistle of the locomotives on the Valley
Road carrying competition down the whole length
j\ the San Joaquin has awakened the old monopoly
- 'umbers and turned the attention of Mr.
Fiuntington from railroads in South Africa to those
By the connection of the Valley Road with the
: Fc system the competition established in the
s.an Joaquin has been extended across the continent,
ft is clearly high time for the Southern Pacific to do
something in California besides politics. Hence the
•udden determination of the company to fulfill the
promise made ■ to the men who gave rights
31 way for the closing of the gap.
It is shown by these results that the promoters ot
:he Valley Road were not only enterprising them
selves, but were the cause of enterprise in others.
They not only broke the monopoly of the Southern
Pacific, but they broke its stagnation. They induced
activity in other departments of the company than
c of law and politics, and Mr. Huntington has
seemingly given orders for his men to "get a move
in" all along the line.
If a man is not to be responsible when he directs
li? hor?e over a pedestrian he has no right to drive.
Mrcet cars co almost every place, and anyhow tha«
talking is Rood, and if idiots quit driving there will
3e an end to useless tragedy.
The peace officer who killed a boy at Colma has
yccA held for murder. He is lucky not to have been
xeld by means of a rope.
ThjE SIGNATURE LAW.
THE bill passed by the late Legislature requiring
the signature oi the writer to a specified class of
news, local or editorial matter, printed and pub
lished in a newspaper has become a law in due form,
; and will take effect at the expiration of thirty days
! from the 2ist inst.
This law provides that: "Every article, statement or
editorial contained in any newspaper or other printed
publication printed or published in this State, which
by writing or printing tends to blacken the memory
of one who is dead, or to impeach the honesty, in
tegrity, virtue or reputation, or publish the natural or
aileged defects of one who is alive, and thereby ex
pose him or her to public hatred, contempt or ridi
cule, must be supplemented by the true name of the
writer of such article, statement or editorial, signed
or printed at the end thereof." The penalty clause
provides that for failure to so print the signature of
the writer $iooo shall be forfeited by the owner, pub
lisher or proprietor, in a civil action by and in the
name of any person who may bring action therefor,
one-half to go to the State and the other half to the
plaintiff in such action.
The passage of such a law has been from time to
time agitated in this State for twenty-five years. It
presents a very interesting question, and it is well that
the Legislature has opened the way for its decision by
The expansive nature of the law is very striking.
Its shelter is thrown over the memory of the dead of
i every age and country. Under it action would lie
; against a newspaper for saying, unsignatured. anything
j against the character of Nero, Caligula, Suwarrow,
; Alva, Benedict Arnold. Hyder All, Wirtz of j
I Andersonville prison, Wilkes Booth, Guiteau, Jesse I
! James, Sontag or Durrant. It also protects the liv- i
ing, from Chris Evans to Mrs. Botkin, to say nothing
of a different class of living people whose offenses
cannot be mentioned nor described without impeach
ment of their character.
To illustrate its effects: The Call of yesterday con
! tsined eighteen articles, of usual and ordinary news-
I paper matter, which fall under the provisions of the
law. Not one of them was libelous, nor malicious in
I intent. To comply with the law will make a news- !
paper page look like a hotel register or a subscription
list to a charity ball.
Various arguments have been made for such a law.
i Among these are that it constructs an individual
reputation for men employed to write on newspapers;
that it will build up a school of writers, like a special
1 school in art; that it will elevate the character of the
' press, and that it will protect personal privacy from
: intrusion and publicity.
It will do none of these things. To compel a writer
■ to sign his name only to matter blackening the mem
ory of the dead or impeaching the living, within the
comprehensive meaning of this law, is not to enhance
his reputation or give value to his individuality.
; Surely it is a far-fetched argument that a writer who
i does not sign his article laudatory of the dead and
i living is elevated in his profession by this law. In his
daily work every newspaper man. who holds the mir
ror of this busy, blundering, hurrying world up to
! nature, has occasion to use the memory of the dead
!as a good example, or bad, to the living. He rebukes
vice and holds the vicious up to hatred, contempt
and ridicule, as they deserve, and he seeks out the
| good among men, for the newspaper must truthfully
reflect it all.
The professional newspaper men, from reporters to
1 editorial writers, produce something to sell, and it is
bought by the owner of the newspaper. It then
: ct-ases to be their property, and is his property. As
well might the Legislature demand that a farmer shall !
i put his name on every potato and cabbage-head he
sends to market to protect his individuality.
The profession of journalism will be injured by this
law. A professional writer enters the service of a
newspaper to find a sale for his command of lan
guage. his genius in composition, his knowledge of
literature, politics, art, science, history and human
! character. This knowledge he sells. The newspaper
owner buys it and arranges the use of it, just as a
| client buys the legal knowledge of a lawyer. A Demo
cratic paper buys the product of a journalist who is a ;
! Republican, and dictates that product in the form of
\ articles upholding Democratic principles and attack
■ ing Republican principles and candidates. Under this
; law every criticism of a candidate must be signed, and,
when signed, a Republican writer's work on a Demo
i ciatic paper loses all value to the paper, for it is not
i taken then as the opinion of the paper, but as the mere
j personal opinion of the writer. As there is no Demo
! cratic paper in San Francisco this law would make im
i possible the employment of any Democratic political j
, journalist here. There would be no market for his
Similar laws have failed to elevate the character of
the press wherever tried. Indeed, that character is
1 merely a reflex of the character of the community in
which the paper gathers its material for news and cdi
; torial treatment.
Censorship of the press has never elevated its char
•■ acter. Granting that the control of publicity by a
newspaper is a power of great weight, it is also a
power useful to the owner only while used under ex
actly the same restraints that are upon the control of
publicity which arises in free speech. An individual
who abuses the right of free speech habitually loses
. his influence and suffers in his material welfare.
Another feature of this law which is peculiar and
peculiarly obnoxious is that any one may bring suit i
'■ and recover under it. An unsigned reference to !
i Judas or Ananias is. ipso facto, a cause of action, and j
only the lack of signature need be proved to compel j
I a judgment and put $500 in the pocket of the plaintiff,
'a ho takes on the character of an informer. Since the
: days of Titus Oates and Jeffreys no such opening has j
been offered to human cupidity and malice.
Finally, it is not a law to punish offenses committed.
! It is a civil and not a criminal statute. Its penalty is j
i civil and not criminal, but it is collateral to the statute ',
of criminal libel. By signing his article the writer in- j
I curs no legal liability, but it is an admission by the
owner of the newspaper that he has published a
criminal libel, and so violates the legal principle that !
a man cannot be compelled to furnish testimony ;
1 against himself. So. too. it is statutory censorship of j
. the press. While Durrant was on trial a dramatized j
version of the incidents of his crime was prepared for
the stage by Mr. Daly. On application an injunction •
was issued against him by the Superior Court to re- j
1 strain the production of the play. In the proceeding i
to vacate the injunction the Supreme Court of the I
! State was reached, and there it was held that the Su- i
• perior Court had exceeded its jurisdiction. The court '
i said (see Daly vs. Superior Court, 112 Cal. 96) : j
"A court, even of equity jurisdiction, has no jurisdic- I
! tion to enjoin the production on a theatrical stage of j
' a play which represents scenes or facts connected with ;
,a homicide, even while the person accused of the
i homicide is on trial for murder. The right to write,
apeak or publish cannot be abused until it is exer- ,
j cised: before it is exercised there can be no respon-
I sibility. The purpose of this provision of the con
j stitution was the abolishment of censorship, and for
THE SAN FEAXCISCO CALL, FRIDAY. 3IABCH 24, 1899.
the courts to act as censors is directly violative of that
That language stamps the law under discussion as
an attempt at statutory censorship. It requires some
thing prior to the exercise of the right to publish,
which right cannot be abused until it is exercised.
The constitution gives no shelter to automatic,
statutory censorship, which it denies to executive or
judicial censorship, and therefore this law is void.
BREAKING A TELEPHONE MONOPOLY.
WHILE telephone companies have been grasp
ing, greedy and aggressive in ' this country,
their practices have been mild in comparison
to the extortion which the National Telephone Com
pany has put upon the people of Great Britain. Lon
don in particular seems to have been looked upon by
the managers as a city given over to their looting, and
within its confined they have fixed so high the prices
for telephone service that none but Princes, mil
lionaires and Americans can afford to use it.
The result of the extortion has been a revolt on the
part of the British public. Acting in response to a
demand of the people for relief the Ministry has taken
up the subject, and a few days ago Parliament voted
the sum of 2,000,000 pounds sterling to equip the
Postoffice Department with a telephone system for
London, and at the same time authorized cities of
5C,000 inhabitants and upward throughout the king
dom to establish municipal telephones.
From a report of the debate on the bill given in a
recent issue of the London Chronicle we learn that the
defenders of the monopoly were unable to make an
effective reply to vhe charges brought against it, and
their only plea was that it would be unfair for the
Government to enter into competition with an enter
prise in which individuals have embarked so much of
In moving the bill Mr. Hanbury said the National
Company had bought out all other telephone compa
nies and established a monopoly. It claimed a right
to go where it pleased or to refuse to go. It gave
service or refused service at will. It fixed prices to
suit itself, giving some customers low rates and prac
ticing extortion upon others. In short, it assumed all
sorts of privileges and repudiated all duty.
By reason of the possession of a monopoly the
company has fixed the standard price of telephone
service in London at £20 a year, while in the cities
of Continental Europe the price does not exceed
£10. and in Norway the price is less than £3. As a
consequence of the excessive charges Great Britain
is far behind other countries in the use of telephones.
In Norway and Sweden there is one telephone line
for every 145 inhabitants, in Germany one to every
140, in Switzerland one to every 170, while in Great
Britain there is but one to every 636 inhabitants.
In explaining the intentions of the Postoffice
Department with respect to the telephone service it
would put into operation Mr. H-anbury said: "We
do not propose to work on the system of subscription
only. We mean to popularize the system and throw
it open to every person, rich and poor alike." He
added that a yearly subscription in London would
probably not exceed £3.
Thus it will be seen that by trying to impose upon
London too far the British telephone monopoly has
led to its own overthrow. Just why the postoftice
should confine its operations to the metropolis and
leave other cities to establish municipal telephones is
not clear. The bill, however, seems to be generally
approved, and the Chronicle is sanguine that the
operation of the measure will soon be widened so as
to permit cities under 50,000 inhabitants to enjoy its
THE EMBALMED ARMY BOARD.
THE Army Board of Inquiry into the matter of
roast beef, rotten beef and embalmed beef has
not succeeded in inspiring public confidence.
In fact, the body seems to be officially approaching
the conditions which militated against the popularity
of the meat. The members have not been treated with
chemicals, but their activity shows symptoms of
having been embalmed. It is true, however, that the
investigation has thus far led to an entertaining jun
ket, somewhat expensive, too, as will be found later.
It must appear to the unbiased observer that Gen
eral Miles has made out his case fully. He never
charged that all the beef was bad, and refutable wit
nesses have confirmed again and again the charges
he did prefer. They have sworn that beef was chemi
cally treated, but that even this had not arrested the
process of decay. They have sworn that tons of it
had to be buried, as, far from being fit to eat. the very
stench of it was sickening. Army men have testified
that there were maggots in some of the canned meat,
and that such of it as was free from this unpleasant
extra was stringy, disgusting to the eye, unpalatable
and innutritious. The men who tried to eat it were
sure to be attacked by illness, generally serious and
What more does the board want to find? What
jimpose can there be in further junketing? A great
and unforgivable crime has been committed. The
scoundrels have been exposed. The verdict should
contain the names of all the poison peddlers, and no
influence of wealth or station should permit any to es
cape a place on a lasting roll of dishonor. Poisoning
i? the most revolting method of murder, and employed
for the lust of gain it assumes its most hideous type.
General Miles cannot be termed a popular man, but
by his uncloaking a wholesale iniquity he has cer
tainly gained respect and adherents. As to the ap
parent hostility of the War Department, we hope it
is based on other ground. It is inconceivable that the
department should wish to shield evil-doers so grossly
anc 1 wantonly criminal, and for it to attempt to do so
would injure the administration in the judgment of
the nation, and the nation in the judgment of the
The beef scandal has been the one blot on the
record of the war with Spain. The board can do much
to erase it. or it has power to render it indelible.
The first Kansas City woman who kissed Hobson
is not only a happy bride, but has made 416 other
spooney girls of that town to rejoice with hope and
purpose renewed. The men there had vowed never
to marry any girl who so far forgot herself as to
salute with her dewy lips the hero of the Merrimac.
Now the initial offender is on a wedding tour, the
spell is broken, the curse raised, and the promised
crop of old maids nipped in the bud.
Two mothers-in-law reclfritly united in an effort to
run the family affairs of a newly married couple, and
the speed -with which they ran them into the divorce
court argues much for the potency of the scheme.
Removal of the leper colony to Molokai would
probably be satisfactory to the patients. At least
Hawaii has always made a point of treating lepers to
the luxury of a roof under which to sleep.
While the police seem to have done well in nabbing
certain boy burglars, they have not nabbed the sec
ond-hand dealers who bought the booty and who
must have known it to have been stolen.
HOW MELBA SANG
She sans? as sing the birds at dawn-
When gilds the dewey hills.
When to the flushed and amorous morn
The skylark's song in rapture trills.
She sang as sing the birds at noon,
When shadows fill th* ambrosial
And gentle is the brooklet's croon.
O'er shinins strand where Dryads
She sang as sing the birds at eve.
When gold and purple cloudlets sail,
And softly now begins to grieve
The nectar-hearted nightingale.
She sang and listening angels heard.
Tears, tribute, from their eyes did
I_ n ever heard her sing a word.
I read about it in The Call.
HE'S ONLY A HAS BEEN NOW.
Six months ago Daniel M Bums was the n,ost powerful man polHlcany
speaking, to be found In California. More men who ne S c O re of men. His
positions to him than to any other one man or t appeared in every county
long arm reached out over the whole State and geared were worth hav
convention where there were places to be d ' st p l |"*!_tion from San Francisco
ing. He brought to the State C ™vontlnn a -del *^tlon wo the delegates
that did his bidding h " u « up a majority of the
from other sections enough of his followers to mane
whole convention. tirP less worker, who understood men and made
He was a shrewd, silent tireless worker who u nder about to happen
politics his business. His predictions as to what *»«' not to be won
seemed to be almost msplred-they were so. "^^J**^toe process. His
dered at. considering that he for the most part dictate awe>
immediate followers looked upto hirn^ with , a sort
much as the poor, ignorant Indian regarns ' ifl d the or _
His influence in the party was. on th «J^ le L,^ orc f ™ d "ldll, he led
C last fated hour came, and he fell Into the trap which has proved
honor th; State has to offer he took a large sized risk, for a failure, if it
When the vote opened and it was discovered that his whole strength was
onU' t^nty-threr wh eh was less than that of his rival Grant his fol
lowers conter ted themselves with looking wise and assuring everybody that
\VL 1Z; things were ready. "Dan would show his hand." The theory
S the ™ taked-ou?' vote was sprung to account for his pitiful showing and
U was ejected that at the proper time it would be called In. This piece
of guttering humbug deceived a great many people, particularly the news-
correspondents at Sacramento, who spread the story over the State.
P The ballots showed how much substance there was in that theory. A
couple of votes were lifted from the Grant camp and one from General
Barnes by which supreme effort Burns managed to come out at the end of
the fight on a level with Grant. The "staked-out" vote, of which we have
heard so much, petered out to three and they cut no figure In the result.
The B^rns game from the beginning has been one of brag, bluster and
bluff As political prophets he and his followers make about as sickly a
snowing as the people of this State have ever beheld in any quarter At
the end of a struggle lasting through two months and a half backed by
the Southern Pacific Company and the whole machinery of the State or
ganization, and with the oblique assistance of the State executive, all Burns
has accomplished is to break even with Grant, the latter being a newcomer
to the State a tyro in politics, unfavorably located geographically for suc
cess and with no patronage at his disposal. This paper has nothing to say
for Mr Grant who sought to secure the Senatorship by a most reprehen
sible* method— the less one thinks of him the more dismal becomes the
showing made by the great Dan Burns, who. when he had done all his best,
was yet not one vote above his chief opponent
In addition to his failure. Burns has made himself ridiculous.
His standing as a political boss is knocked from under him. Party lead
.. ". ho have heretofore preserved a neutral attitude toward him will be
rome his open and avowed enemies and his friends will be lukewarm. He
nn never again be in State politics the power that he has been hereto
fore A discredited prophet, a leader that falls down most conspicuously,
a Republican that helps to rob the party of a Senator, the people wU have
no more of him. Dan Burns has passed.-Los Angeles Express.
THE CALIFORNIA PRESS.
The new Railroad Commission is
'■■ made up of railroad men. They know
: which of their bread is buttered
with axle grease.-Petaluma Courier.
KIND WORDS FOR OLD SOL
It would be a glorious thing if old
Sol would cross the vernal equinox
every week during the coming month.—
THE MILLENNIUM SIGHTED.
When long delinquent subscribers be
srin to pay up and write nice letters to
fditorV iherVll be good limes sure
enough.— Hanford Journal.
THE SIGNBOARD MEN.
God made San Mateo County, but the
sign-board men are sure it wasn't
labeled properly, hence their desire to
remedy the matter-Coast Advocate.
CUPID IN VENTURA.
One wedding this week and three
more scheduled for April in local cir
cles Who says the God of Love has
been idle during the dry season just
past?— Ventura Signal.
A CALIFORNIA YEAR.
California will have her share this
year of the prosperity which has fa
vored the East since a year or more
ago This is going to be a California
year and Santa Clara County proposes
to head the procession.— San Jose Mer
NO HOLES IN WATER.
The members of the Legislature who
voted to cinch the country newspapers
will be surprised to learn that the pull
-1 ing of their finger out of a pail of water
', leaves no hole. They will also discover
' when it is too late that the editors of
the country newspapers have long
■ memories.— Woodland Democrat.
IS IT ENVY?
"A Tourist" writes the Star a hard
account of the morals of San Bernar
dino, which if published would make
a rush of the wickedly inclined to that
city equal to the hegira to Klondike.
The Star doubts the wisdom of adver
tising vice and leaves it out. — Pasadena
MEN. RAISINS AND GRAMMAR.
The Los Angeles Evening Express
heads a paragraph: "Fresno Raisin
Men." We are glad to hear it. That's
what we need more even than corn or
oats. However, there should be a "g"
to that verb, shouldn't there, dear con
temporary? Or has some one on your
staff contracted the present prevailing
epidemic of Anglomania? We like to
hear our representative newspapers of
the State use good grammar. — The
Signing the articles
Of all the stupid legislation that has
ever cursed the State of California the
Morehouse signature bill takes the cake
— in fact, it commits burglary on the
The law does not take effect for thirty
days, but as the signer desires to let
off some of the steam — not steam beer,
you typos! — of his indignation, this
statute from Agnews will be observed
for this occasion only.
In all the wild hurly-burly of a rich
and varied career 'from Oshkosh to
Shirt-Tail Canyon, the signer has never
met with a body of iaw-inakers so ut
terly unfitted for their work as the
crowd which evolved this misfit. Un
der it a man cannot say that a corn-fed
fairy in a vaudeville has more breadth
to her beam than brains in her smoke
stack, unless he signs his name to it.
And if some cross-eyed, antediluvian
coryphee cavorts across the stage like
a galloping cow in fly-time, the man
who calls attention to her cavorts must
sign his name. How would this do in
Mile. Rita d' Bonfantl. having been in
formed by some humorist that she can
dance, has been trying it on the dog in
the interior towns. She appeared at the
Clunie last night, stripped for the fray.
Wearing a smile and a few corckscrew
ringlets she wafted down to the foot
lights like a masquerade of McKee Ran
kin and Bill Sykes. Built on the elliptical
plan, the audience wondered for a mo
ment whether she intended to do a con
tortion act. using her legs for a hoop. But
when she smiled and commenced to shake
her limbs all bets were declared off. The
impossible was about to happen. She was
going to dance. Angels and ministers of
grace defend us, hut what a dance! This
beef-ballasted fairy from Brobdingnag
pranced around the stage like John L
Sullivan with the cramps. She waltzed
like a hippopotamus and pirouetted like
an elephant. Surely never was such a
sight seen since Queen Liliuokalani led
the Honolulu hops.
GEORGE MOXTMOREXCY DE MONT-
And then De Montgomery would
sneak off to Bannon Slough for a day
and leave the porter to stand off the
I have been requested by the manage
ment of this paper— in fact, my job de
pends upon it— to express my opinion
of More-house and several other of those
legislative freaks. Well, I never did
go much on Morehouse. A man who
wants to shoot anybody doesn't need to
pass a series of resolutions on the «= U b
ject. If ever I follow in the footsteps
of any mug for the purpose of "slugging
! him I won't send a brass band ahead
of me to tell him I'm coming- I see
"Private Thinks" the other day said
that Morehouse would not shoot at a
country barn from behind an ambush
He might make a bluff at it. provided
he had given the owner a week's notice
that he was coming, so that the barn
might be removed, or Morehouse be
hypnotized away from his gun by a
I'm not much or. the write, but I
stand for what I say about Morehouse
and I sign myself.
Signature Editor of Sacramento Dai'y
and Weekly Bee.
— Sacramento Bee.
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ANSWER*. TO CORRESPONDENTS
OCTOBER H-J. 8., City. The 14th of
October. 1848, foil on a Saturday. and tho
same date in 1553 fell on a Friday.
BLOCK TIX-A. S.. City. At this time
none of the tin mines of the United States
are being worked, nor have they been
worked since IS9S.
PARTS OF SPEECH-A. and 8.. City
There are nine parts of speech in the En
glish language— noun, pronoun, article
verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, con
junction and interjection.
CHANGING FLAG— J. J. M.. Berkeley.
CaL If a ves.se! built in a foreipn country
is wrecked, damaged or rendered unser
viceable for the time being, and the own
-1 er should desire to make her g seaworthy
cKtToin^hfm WAhe American
NEW YORK TO MAXILA-T J. F-.
City The distance from W ' T J= VJ
ota' JlHanci te that route from
York to Manila 11.601 miles.
TELEPHONE MESSAGB-A. 8.. Beni
cia. Cal. There has been telephonic com-
New York. ______
COTTON MILL- A. X.. City There
never was a cotton mill In the vicinity of
Folsom and Sixteenth streets in _ ban
Francisco In 1871 there was an instltu-
n kno C wn as the "Cotton Batting
tory" on Brannan street, between inira
MONTE CRISTO-H. T. C, City. The
: "Count of Monte Cristo," by Alexander
Dumas, was written in 1544-45 Dumas
to" were not written byJJumas.
LANDS IX NICARAGUA-R. D., City.
at Managua, Nicaragua. E. ( i," on vi
San Francisco represents Honduras, Ni
caragua and Salvador.
A MINING CLAIM— S., Benton, Mono
County, Cal. If a locator should locate
and mark the side boundaries within
twenty-five feet of the center of the lode.
that would not invalidate the claim and
reopen the site to relocation. He must
keep within the limit fixed by general or
ANOTHER LICENSE REQUIRED— B.
G , City. If a couple were married by a
Justice of the Peace and subsequently the
wife should make up her mind that such
a marriage was not as binding as if per
formed by an ordained minister or priest
and should desire to be married by one
or the other, the parties would have to
take out a new license, obtaining the
same wherever the parties desired There
Is no law against a man marrying hla
own wife. ____
THE TIGER LILT— friends of
this department have furnished the In
formation that "The Tiger Lily" was
written by Julia Schayer and can be
found in Scribner's, November and De
cember 1880, and January, ISSI. Another
friend writes that "The Tiger Lily; or the
Woman "Who Came Between" is by Mrs.
Alex McVeigh Miller and is to be ob
tained from book dealers. Still an
other correspondent writes to Inform this
department that " 'The Tiger Lily' was
written by Sidney Lamir, a Southern
writer of distinction, and may be had
at any local bookstore."
F. M. Carnegie of Pittsburg Is at the
Sheriff T. M. Brown of Eureka is lo
cated at the Russ.
S. Blum, a merchant of Juneau. Alaska,
Is a guest at the California.
T. R. Hostetter, a prominent medicinal
; manufacturer of Pittsburg, is at the Pai
ace with his wife.
George F. Cummin, a flour dealer of Ta
coma, and H. Guernsey, a cattleman of
Golconda, >»cv., are at the Lick.
"vV H. Knox. a capitalist of Minnesota,
and' wife and P. H. Noonan. a Santa
Rosa merchant, are registered at the
Dwight L. Moody, the eminent revival
ist of Boston, Mas?., is at the Occidental
accompanied by his assistant, D. B.
T. L. Haynes. S. D. Porter and George
W. Tapley" accompanied by their wives,
have registered at the California from
Mme. B. Gadski, mother of the talented
prima donna, now performing with the
Ellis Opera Company, will leave for New
York on Sunday.
D. J. Zan, a merchant of Portland. Or.,
and W. H. Boot, superintendent of the
Pullman Palace Car Company in Oregon,
are registered at the Occidental with their
B. F. Shepherd Jr.. a Fresno druggist,
H. H. Blood, a Nevada City mining man,
C. M. Hartley, a Vacaville fruit grower,
and Dr. W. C Reid and wife are some of
the arrivals at the Grand.
M. Amanuchi, representative of the
largest paper mills in Japan, has returned
from a European and Eastern trip, where
he has been observing methods in the
paper mills in the principal cities, and will
return home on the steamer China. Tha
result of his inquiries will be put to prac
tical use by the paper concern with which
he is connected.
CaL glace fruit 50c per Ib at Townsend'3.*
Special information supplied daily t«
business houses and public men Ly tb«
Press Clipping Bureau (Allen's), 510 Mont
gomery street. Telephone Main 1042. •
He Just Couldn't.
Doctor (to Gilbert, aged 4i— Put your
tongue out. dear.
Little Gilbert protruded the top of his
Doctor— No. no; put it right out.
The little fellow shook his head weakly
and the tears gathered in his eyes. "I
can't, doctor: it's fastened on to me."
••Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup"
Has been use-1 for fifty years by millions cf
mothers for their children while Teething with
perfect success. It soothes the child, softens
the gums, allays Pain, cures Wind Colic, reg
ulates the Bowels and is the best remedy for
Diarrhoeas, whether arising from teething cr
ether causes. For sale by Druggists in every
part of the world. Be sure and ask for Mrs.
Wlnslow's Soothing Syrup. 25c a bottle.
HOTEL DEL CORONADO— advantage
of the round-trip tickets. Now only $60 by
steamship, including fifteen days' board at
hotel; longer stay. $3 per day. Apply at 4 New
Montgomery st.. San Francisco.
"You lost a good deal
your business by going I
•"Yes." answered the man who volun
teered; "but I doubt whether
more than some of the peopi<* "
go have lost arguing over It."—Washing
The foods we eat furnish
energy for the body just as
burning coal makes steam
for an engine.
The experiments of Prof.
Frankland, Ph. D., of Lon-
don, shows that cod-liver oil
yields two and one-half times
more energy than starches
Scott's Emulsion is pure
cod-liver oil combined with
hypophosphites of lime and
soda. It forms fat, gives
strength, enriches the blood,
invigorates the nerves, and
50c. and .00, all druggists.
SCOTT & BOWNE, ChemisTs, New York.