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JULES VERNE, THE FAMOUS ROMANCER OF FRANCE, NOW IN HIS
SEVENTY-THIRD YEAR, WHO IS REPORTED TO HAVE BECOME
TOTALLY BLIND AT HIS HOME IN AMIENS.
MONDAY OCTOBER 28, 1901
littttt AH Commutations to W. 8. LEASE, Vtntgtr.
MANAGER'S OFFICES. ...... .Telephone Frew 204
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Telephone Press SOX.
EDITOBIAI< ROOMS 217 to 221 Stcremoa St.
Telephone Preaa 202.
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' ' subscriptions.
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stall subscribers In ordering chase* ot address shoalA b*
s*rtiealar to air* both NEW AND OLD ADDRESS In orfer
\u25a0e tBsor* a. prompt and correct compliance with their request.
OAKLAKD OFFICE 1118 Broadway
C GEORGE ICROG7TESS.
Xauger Foreign Adre rtising, Karjnette Building, Chicago.
' '\u25a0 : tUoaK Distance Telephone "Central 2819.") !
KEW TORK CORRESPONDENT:
C. C CABLTO.f Herald Square
MEW TOP.K REPRESE5TAT1 ViSi
STEPHEN B. SMITH........ 30 Tribune Bnlldlnftr
CHICAGO NEWS STANDS:
Ebarman Koose: P. O. News Co.; Great Northern Hotel:
\u25a0Present Hoose: Auditorium HcteL , \u25a0 ' Y.
NEW TORK NEWS STANDS:
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel; A. Brentano* SI Union Square;
Murray Hill Hotel.
WASHIVGTOX (D. C.) OFFICE}. . . .1406 G St.. 5. W.
MORTON' E. CRANE, Correspondent.
BRAICCH OFFICES — E27 Montromery. corner of Clay, open
onttl i:*8 o'clock. SOO Hayes, open until *:S0 o'clock.- 633
McAllister, open until 1:30 o'clock. fl5 Lorkln, open until
»:» o'clock. 18<1 Mission, open until 10 o'clock. 2261 Market,
cornar Sixteenth, open until 9 o'clock. 1098 Valencia, open
ttnttl • o'clock. 1M Eleventh, open until 1 o'clock. HW.
corner Twenty-second and Kentucky, open until 9 o'clock.
Z200 Flllmore, open until 8 p. m.
AMUSEMENTS. , ~~
Grand Opera-house — "My lYi^nd From India."
.Alcazar—' 'Tennessee's 'Pardner."
Columbia— "The Henrietta." '
Orpheum — Vaudeville.
California— "Sporting Ufe."
Tlvoli — Paul Steindortt Testimonial.
Central— "The Great Northwest."
Chutes, Zoo and Theater— Vaudeville every afternoon and
Fischer" s — Vaudeville.
Sutro Baths — Open nights.
SUMMER RATES at i Hotel '\u25a0\u25a0: del Coronado.
Coronado Beach,, CaU. effective after April 15;
$60 for round j trip, I Including 15 ' days at hotel.
Pacific Coast S. S. Co.;" 4 New Montgomery st
BLACK HAWK-G. G. P., Seabright,
Cal. Macculimiskecacas, commonly called'
"Black Hawk." a chief of the Sac or
Sauk, nation of North American Indians
was born on Rock River In 1767. He was*
a Pottawatomie by birth, but was
brought up by the Sacs. When the Sacs
were driven from lower Lake Huron by
the. Iroauois they went to the region of
Green Bay, where- they were joined by
the Foxes, and afterward the two tribes
inhabited both sides of the Mississippi
River from Wisconsin to Missouri His
tory does not tell that Black Hawk ever
was in Florida. At one time when, his
tribe -was in great distress Black Hawk
went to St. Louis, Mo., for assistance
The Black Hawk war occurred in 1831
By a. treaty with chiefs of the Sacs "and
Koxes at Prairie du Chien July 15 lgao
their land east of the Mississippi wa ,'
ceded to the whites. Black Hawk refused
to consent and in 1831 made an attack on
some Illinois villages and the following
year massacred whites. He was defeated
at Wisconsin River July 31, 1832, and again
(August 2 at Bad Ax, River, when he was
cr.ptured | and the war ended. > He was
confined at Jefferson Barracks. Mo an*
in April, 1833. he was, with other chief a
taken to Washington, Fortress Monroo
Baltimore via Norfolk, . Gosport and
Portsmouth. Philadelphia. New Tork Ai
bany.Buffalo. Detroit, Chicago and Fort
Armstrong, on the upper Mississippi
where he was restored to freedom after
having promised never to raise his hand
against the whites. He was taken on the
tour described to give him *an Idea of the
importance of the country. / He died Octo
ber. 3, 1838," on the Des Koines River.
BIG GUNS— G. V. T.. Oakland, Cal. ,It
is claimed that a thlrteen-inch gun on
board of a war vessel could be loaded and
fired twice a minute, but such would not
be the case in an engagement.^ While
rapidity is . desired, accuracy must be
taken Into consideration. Shots from a
thlrteen-lnch gun are not fired off as art
firecrackers, just to make a noise. It Is
the aim of the officers in charge to make
each shot tell. During the battle off San
tiago, the vessels "of the United States
navy fired one round from eight-inch gun
once in four minutes.
TWO RUNS-F. S. S., City. In cribbage
it matters not in what order cards are
played in order to count a run, so long
as trie cards can be counted in consecu
tive order, without an intervening card
appearing. If the play was 6—3—7—4—3
that makes a run of five because the
cards can be counted 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. If the
next play was. a duce then there would
be a run of 6. If however a oard that
would not make a sequence, as for in
stance there had been played a trey or a
ten after the seven, there would not have
been a run.
An Ilford_ correspondent has just had a
card left upon him, and has sent it to us.
It is an ordinary visiting card, hearing, on
the front, . "The Lord Jesus Christ." In
the left hand 1 corner,' usually devoted, to
the address;' is "$In Heaven, 4 you Inter
ceding." On the is printed the
name of John Kensit. We think it bet
ter to add no comment.* To take It seri
ously'.would be flattery, of v the' name.on
the back, and ! the obvious jest : ; would
add a further; insult to the name on the
front.— London Dally Chronicle. \u25a0 : :
• "I wrote to him -the other day that I
thought it. woyld be kinder for me not to
remit the check he asked for. j Now he
writes: .'Dear. Father: I shall never for
get your unremitting kindness.' "—Phila
delphia Pressi • ; '
"What's the matter?" asked Mrs. Rox.
"Huh!" exclaimed Mr. Rox, after read-
Ing his morning mall. "Our boy's college
education j is making him too blamed
smart." . . . • : • ,
On a sweltering Sabbath -in a little
church in the backwoods the perspiring
minister, instead of preaching a long ser?
mon, called the^ attention of the congre
gation to the figures on the' thermometer.
"Just study ' those ! figures," he said. "It
ain't half as hot here as you'll find it
hereafter If you don't mend your ways."—
"I'm afraid I can't interest my 5-year
old Elsie in fairy tales any longer." • «
" "And why not?"
. "I was telling her about the \u25a0; 'Forty
Thieves,' and when I got to the forty oil
jars with a thief In each jar, what do you
suppose she said?"
"I give it up." j V • \
"She. said, 'Wouldn't that jar you.'"—
Plain 1 Dealer. . " v"
Citizen— I want a perfectly noiseless
Dealer— You are a very considerate per
son.- - r '£' . .'„\u25a0
Citizen— Yes, I have to, be.' If I can't
get up early and cut grass without the
neighbors hearing me I'll have to lend
that lawn mower seven times before I set
to use it again myself.— Record-Herald.
-Church— Did you ever ride in one of
those electric cabs?
Gotham— Once. X. ;
"How'd you like it?" \u25a0 \ ,
"Got a terrible shock when I got out."
I "Heavily charged, was it?"
"Yes: I was."— Yonkers Statesman.
• \u25a0 _ \u25a0
Major Crust— So you refuse "me, Miss
Fondant? Miss F.— I am very sorry, Ma
jor Crust, but your son just proposed to
me, and I accepted him. Major C— Good
gracious! Tou don't mean to say the boy
has been such a fool !— Tit-Bits.
"Thank you," replied the corset stiffly.
"I have a pressing engagement at home."
"I suppose, there's no use o£ asking you
to go with u's," said the shirt waist to the
corset. "We'll all be in. negligee, of
A CHANCE TO SMILE.
APPORTIONMENT— F. R. C, Clover
dale, Cal. By the provisions of the Bur
leigh bill the apportionment of Represent
atives according to the census of 1900 is
increased from 357 to 3S6. By this Califor
nia will have an additional Representative
in Congress. By the new apportionment
Illinois. Texas and New York have made
a gain of three each, Pennsylvania and
New Jersey two each and Arkansas, Cal
ifornia, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida.
Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi.
Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Washington, West Virginia and Wiscon
sin one each.
LIEN LOAN— M. W., City. This de
partment is informed that a lien loan on
a life insurance policy is one which gives
the party who loaned money on the policy
first call on the money to be paid.
FIRE ENGINES- J. W.,H., Los Ange
les, Cal. This department has not been
able to find any figures that give the ag
gregate of steam fire engines in the Unit
ed States and Canada.
son therefore had the stage to himself, as it. were,
and his somersault was the spectacular feature of the
The reason assigned by Mr. Edson for the flop
was not less farcical than the flop itself. The petition,
or demand, for a rehearing came from the railroad]
but Mr. Edson said # ht : granted the rehearing for the
sake of giving the oil men a chance to introduce more
evidence. Did ever a clown utter a greater absurdity?
The. public would like to have a heart to heart talk
with Edson, one of the kind of talks that Herrin has
with him— a sort of searching talk that .reaches him
in the right place. It would like to learn from him
whether he really believes he is deceiving the public
by his pretense that he has granted a rehearing to the
railroad solely for the purpose of doing more sub
stantial justice to the oil men. It would like to know
just why Mr. Edson voted to vacate the. act reducing
rates before the new hearing is had. If, upon the
evidence submitted to him at the first hearing of the
case, Mr. Edson deemed.it right to reduce rates, why
does he now set the reduction aside without further
evidence. If the railroad have made. a sufficient
showing for a rehearing why does not Mr. Edson
grant the rehearing on that showing instead of grant
ing it,: as he says, for the sake of giving the oil men
a hearing? If the railroad have not made a sufficient
showing for a rehearing why does: Mr. Edson grant
it at all? Why does he drag the oil men in when
they did '.not wish; to come in? . Is it that -he in
tends to force a benefit on them? '
Whether the commission costs the Southern Pacific
Company more money, than it costs the State of
California we know, not," but of one thing We are
certain— the work done by the commission is worth a
great deal more to the 1 road than to the State; so
that if the cost to the road is five times that im
posed on the people the road is still getting the bet
ter of the bargain. The public has long noted that
every, time a Commissioner flops he flops "agin the
The project for draining the Zuyder Zee of which
so rrtuch was heard a short time ago has been dropped
by the Dutch Government, the Ministry .having
reached the conclusion that the ruling. price for arable
lands is now so low that very little would be gained
by the creation of new agricultural, holdings.
It is reported from London that a difficulty is
found in getting young, men 'to enlist Jn 'the army
for foreign service just;now because of the eagerness
of the people over the coming coronation. Every
body wishes to be in town to see the show and join
in the whoop-up.
When those astute railroad Democrats; Burke and
Herrin, undertook to make up a municipal ticket
they ought at least to have made it harmonious and
not given it a head that -denounces the tail nor a
tail that tries" to sting the head
Have you. made your contribution yet to the Mc-
Kinley memorial fund? If not,' this is a good -time
to do it.' , '. '' >."'' • ; '•''"\u25a0•'::\u25a0\u25a0 '\u25a0"\u25a0
The campaign was dull at the. start, but it is ! sharp
enough -now to cut ice with everybody ;
HUDSON'S SECOND THOUGHT.
OVER and over again The Call has had occa
sion to point out to the people facts tend-,
ing to the conclusion that the Railroad Com
mission obtains from the Southern Pacific Company's
law office the decision which the commission is called
upon to. make in any important case that comes be
fore it. Upon one occasion, indeed, the decision
seems to have been handed over to the commission
not from the iaw office direct, but from the dining
room of the residence of W. F. Herrin. It is now
necessary to once more direct attention. to new facts
tending to the same conclusion.
When a majority of the Commissioners decided the
oil rate case in such 0 way as to give a slight reduc
tion in rates on oil between Bakersfield and this city
there was a little flutter of surprise among the peo
ple. Something utterly unexpected had happened.
It seemed that the commission had for once found a
decision without consulting the railroad law office.
The, reduction made was very slight, but still it was
a reduction, and among the oil men there was a con
sciousness of victory. •
The oil men, however, were mistaken. Why the
commission reduced rates we* do not know, but it is
now evident that it acted unadvisedly, for the railroad
has petitioned or demanded a rehearing and the com
mission has promptly declared its former action in
valid and put the rates back where they were before.
There is to be a rehearing of the case and, perhaps, a
redining at Mr. Herrin's residence; and then there
will be another decision. It remains to be seen
whether after that decision the smile will be on- the
face of the oil men or on that of the railroad. ' .
The" old farce plays itself over and over, again. In
this particular instance it has presented a new stunt
that of Mr. Edson performing a flip-flop. That Com
missioner was one of the majority that reduced the
oil rate's. He is also one of the majority that invalid
ated the reduction. His colleague, Laumeister," who
voted with him for-the reduction, was not present
when the vote for invalidation was taken. Mr. Ed-
From;the attention which King Edward is giving
to the details of the coronation ceremonies it seems
that he has made up his mind that since he had to
wait for it so long he is going to have it now" just
exactly as he chooses.
It is now reported that Sir Thomas Lipton has
been rash enough to say he will never marry until
he has lifted the America's cup, so it would seem
that any girls who may have been setting theircaps
for him might just as well look in another .direction.
The municipal! contest has now shaped itself*- so
clearly that every one can. understand it. There is
a ticket to represent those who favor class politics,
another ticket pledged to corporations, anicT then
there, is the ticket that stands for the whole people
and the public good.
A New York physician who has just returned home
after a prolonged tour of observation around", the
world is quoted as saying that the most thorough
ly modern hospitals to be found anywhere are those
of Japan. Here is another proof that travelers see
strange things and possibly also^a proof that travelers
GENERAL trade was less active last week.
The bank clearings of the country were only
14.8 per cent larger than for the correspond
ing week in 1900, which is the smallest gain for some
time. But every city of size showed an increase,
though the gains in all were smaller than has been
the rule of late. The failures were 240, against 205
No particular line is responsible for this slight de
crease in the volume of business last week. It seemed
to be general rather than special, but it* was not-suf
ficiently pronounced to cause unfavorable comment.
In fact, the business of the country was so brisk that
there were not cars enough to handle the freight of
fered. This condition has prevailed for a year or
more and is hampering trade from Maine to Califor
nia. The railroads are ordering new cars fa^t
enough, but the iron and steel trade has been so
lushed for several years that the different works have
been unable to supply the demand. Nor is there any
immediate prospect of a slackening up in the iron
trade. The Pennsylvania Railroad last week placed
an order 'for 160,000 tons of steel rails, the largest
order of the year, 'and this! with other orders for rails,
has run the total amount booked for 1002 delivery up
to 1,500,000 tons. This does not indicate any lack of
actirity in the iron and steel business.
The other staples 3re also sending in good reports.
Shoe shipments are largely in excess of a year ago,
and leather is from 5 to 10 per cent higher than in
September, while hides are strong and active all over
the country. Woolen mills are fully occupied and
are buying raw wools liberally at firm prices. The
cotton crop has begun to move more freely, which
has led to prompter Southern collections. The move
ment in coal is retarded by lack of cars. Provisions
are unsettled at Chicago and other Western centers,
and the general tendency in both hog's and cured
meats is downward, as the recent high prices checked
consumption. Wheat has taken an upward turn,
chiefly on account of serious damage to the Argen
tine crop by drought, and quotations have been
slowly advancing for some days. Flour has sympa
thized with wheat, and the output is heavy, the Min
neapolis mills breaking all records last week. The
general wholesale and jobbing trade of the country
is reported good, though hardly as lively as it has
been for some time. Sales of fancy goods for the
Christmas holidays are unusually early, indicating an
expected heavy business in this direction.
A good sign is the liberal ordering by railroads of
steel to replace wooden work. This shows that the
railroads are on a good basis and are now in a po
sition to build with a view. to solidity and permanence.
Coupled with the general shortage in cars just men
tioned, this looks as if the railroads were doing a
Conditions in the local market remain about as be
fore. All lines, except several farm products, such
as hops, dried fruits and the minor cereals, including
barley, are reported active, and generally at good
prices. The outward movement of -wheat has im
proved materially, owing largely to a ifcarked decline
in ocean freights and a simultaneous- improvement
in the price of wheat abroad. Merchants who handle
general merchandise report the demand steady and
large. Passengers on the ferry-boats see many more
vessels in the bay than in recent years, and they are all
moving about Collections in all lines are reported
good, and there are no failures large enough to at
tract attention. . The present year, taken all in all, is
one of the best that the farmers have had for some
time, and the city trade reflects this prosperity in a
brisk commerce, both local and foreign. We are do
ing about as well as we ever did, which is saying a
good deal, and there are no indications of any fall
ing off in business. V
Mr. Frank Garland, the gun inventor, who is said
to have obtained a divorce from his wife, the consent
of a new girl to become his wife, and a $500,000 order
from the Russian Government on the same day no
doubt will mark the date as the luckiest in his life,
but time may have another tale to telL .
YOUNGER BROTHERS— M., City. The
Younger brothers were released from
State prison on parole Muly 23, 1901, and
went into the business of selling grave
McKINLEY-X., Hollister, Cal. Pre
vious to his recent visit to California.
"William McKinley was in this State on
his wedding tour in 1871.
SIGNAL CORPS-D. S., Salt Lake City,
Utah. Up to the 21st of September, 1901,
Company F, United States Signal Corps,
was at Manila, P. I.
ANSWERS TO QERIES.
SLIGHT DECREASE IN GENERAL
S. D. Rosenbaum, a well-known mer
chant of Stockton, Is in the clty^m busi
ness, and has. made his headquarters at
the Palace. "~-
Garrett McEnerney, who left here the
early part of this month, is at present in
France. He spent two weeks touring
Ireland, and has written- friends in th's
city that he is having a most enjoyable
. Max Hirsch, treasurer of the Metropoli
tan Opera-house of New York and finan
cial agent of Maurice Grau. arrived from
New York yesterday and is staying at
the Palace. Mr. Hirsch made manv
friends here during the last season of
grand opera, and his return to San Fran
cisco is a, pleasant surprise to the pa
trons of grand opera.
R. H. Jackson of Reno, Nev., arrive!
at the Palace yesterday.
Lieutenant L. Bradman, of the "United
States Marine Corps, is a guest at the
Howard A. Dodge, an attorney of Los
Angeles, is among the arrivals ; at the
Grand. _ ,-- \u25a0. - '\u25a0'
» _ . . —
JULES VERNE, who is reported to have become totally blind at his home
in Amiens, has been a sufferer with deficient eyes for a long time. The
great romancer of science Is now in his seventy-thii'd year, but he has
never ceased his literary work, even after his sight began to fall. He
published a novel only three years ago, and, although this did not bear
the vigorous stamp of his early, work, if was by no. means weak. M. Verne re
cently distinguished himself by declining a seat in the French. Academy for the.
second time. He began his literary career as a dramatist and for thirteen
years labored successfully in that field as a writer of comedies. It was 'not un- •
til 1863 that he published the first of the stories upon which his fame was to rest.
This was "Five Weeks in a Balloon." j Itj immediate and rebounding success in
duced M. Verne to continue to exploit himself in this, direction and. the result
was .that widely read series of romances which have delighted the world, young
and old, for thirty years or more. M. Verne's chief amusement since his youth
has been yachting. " He owns a fine steam yacht and his happiest days have
been those spent on its decks.
Germany is to build two destroyers fitted
with Parsons steam turbines.
The Belleville boilers taken out of the
British cruiser Hermes after being in use
less than two years are being distributed
among those dockyards. They will be
mounted on hulks and serve In training
• • •
Four drydocks and two basins are in
course of construction at the Keyham
branch of the Devonport dockyard, Eng
land. The work Is nearly completed and
eleven drydocks will be available In this
The trials of the Babcock & Wilcox boil
er on board the* British torpedo gunboat
Sheldrake were stopped after six hours*
duration, it being alleged that the coal
consumption was largely in excess of the
calculated expenditure for fuel. I
The four torpedo boat destroyers built
at Elblng in 1893-99 for the Chinese navy
were appropriated during the late fight
at Taku— Great Britain, France, Russia
and Germany taking one each. - They are
the speediest and best all-around vessels
of their class yet built for any navy, and
will be of more use and better taken care
of by their new owners.
• • •
The King of Portugal has purchased a
small electric launch in England. It is
twenty-eight feet in length, she feet six
inches beam and draws two feet. Its mo
tive power is twenty-four large accumu
lators, which will run the boat 100 milea
at eight knots, or at a greater- speed for a
shorter distance. ,
• • •
Thirty-five French warships participated
in the recent review at Dunkirk, of which
six were battleships, two armored cruis
ers, three protected cruisers, four coast
defense ships and three torpedo boat de
\u25a0troyers. The remainder consisted of tor
pedo and submarine boats.
. - * * *
The naval appropriations of Japan for
the year ending April 1. 1902. foot up to
$20,691,600, of which $10,630,000 is for ordi
nary expenditures. $9,492,600 for extraordi
nary expenses and $568,400 toward an ar
mor plant. The total is $543,000 less than
last year. -*"
The floating dock at Dar-es-Salaam, In
German East Africa, was wrecked on Au
gust 12. During the testing of the dock
one of the pontoon pumps failed to act
and the dock sank. The loss, which is
total, amounts to $125,000, and falls on the
contractor, the Howaldt shicbulldiers at
Kiel, as the dock had not been accepted
by the ! colonial government.
A new torpedo boat destroyer, the Sy
ren, has had a twelve hours' coal con
sumption trial. Only two of the four boil
ers were used, developing 1224 horse
power, giving "a speed of eighteen, knots
and showing a coal consumption of 2.2
pounds per unit of horsepower an hour.
The Syren is one of a dozen boats built
at Jarrow for the British navy, all of
which have given good results.
• * *
The first of the five submarine boats
built for the British navy was launched
October 3 from Vlcker*a yard at Barrow.
The boats are of the Holland type and
are Identical with those buildins In the
United States. They are 63 feet In length,
11 feet 9 Inches beam and will have a sur
face speed of eight knots and seven knots
when submerged. The boats will have a
crew of six. The other four boats also
building at Barrow will be launched thl3
*' J " • .\u25a0_ •
The British third-class cruiser Fearless,
of 150 tons, built fourteen years ago, haa
been repaired and refitted and made 15.4
knots on her commission trial. The vessel
made 16.7 knots when new and, having had
four commissions abroad, her recent per
formance Is considered quite satisfactory.
The first cost of the Fearless was $460,825
and her repairs up to two years ago
amounted to $188,045, showing an annual
average of 3 per cent of first cost expend
ed In repairs.
• • •
During a race between seven torpedo
boat destroyers off Margate, October 7, the
Angler and Salmon collided and a terrible
calamity was narrowly averted. The boats
were within thirty yards of each other
when rounding the lightship, the Angler
being inside the Salmon's course: both
boats were under forced draught, and it
appeared that the Angler was In danger
of ramming the Salmon. The latter real
ized her peril and starboarded her helm,
but the momentum of the Angler was too
great and the Salmon's stern caught the
other's starboard quarter, completely
sweeping the after deck. The Angler's
propellers were thrust through the Sal
mon's side, rending the thin plates like
cardboard. Only two men were Injured,
but the boats, brought in in a sinking con
dition into Sheerness, will require very ex
The floating dock built at Baltimore foe,
the naval station at Algiers, near New
Orleans, has been completed and has
started on its long voyage for Its destina
tion, which It may reach, barring acci
dents, in about twenty-five days. Another
floating dock, that at Havana, is slated
for a much longer voyage, but the time
for its departure for the Philippines ha3
not been fixed. This dock was built in
England for the Spanish Government at
a cost of $345,000 and towed to Havana in
1897 at a cost of $25,000. It was purchased
by the United States last July for J1S5.000,
with the Intention of locating the dock at
Subig Bay in the Philippines. The
structure is said to be in good condition
and only about 150,0000 will be required to
put it in perfect working order, but the
expense of towing the dock nearly 12,000
miles via the Suez canal will be very
heavy. The cost has been estimated as
low as $30,000, but as the canal dues will
not be less than $10,000 It is evident that
coal, vessels for towing and other neces
sary outlays will largely exceed this low
estimate. "The dock is capable of lifting
the largest battleship yet built in our
navy and will eventually pay for itself by
the saving effected in present heavy dock
ing charges paid in Hongkong.
, land in 1S63 at a cost of $460,000. She
is of the Camanche type. 1623 tons, and
\u25a0when new had a speed of nine knots. The
belt armor and turrets are of Iron only
four Inches in thickness, and the battery
consists of four 8-lnch Krupp guns, old
pattern. The vessel was struck off the
active list twenty years ago and is en
tirely unfit for venturing away from her
anchorage in the harbor of Kiel. The
price which President Zelaya of Nicara
gua is said to have paid for this old iron
is £550,000, for which sum our Navy De
partment would no doubt readily dispose
of the eight monitors laid up at League
Island, as they are of no fighting value
whatever and yet far superior to the Ar
uenlus in resistance to shot.
IT is reported that Nicaragua has pur
chased a monitor from Germany. The
only vessel of that type In the German
navy is the Armenius. built in Ens-
Last January at a banquet at the Palace Hotel Mr. Wells said: "The Supervisors 1
believe are the best board we ever had in this city. In the forty-eight years I have lived in
this city I have known of no such board as we now have."
The board deserved the commendation thus given by Mr. Wells: It has received
substantially the same commendation from the great mass of the intelligent people of the
city. Most of its members have been renominated. The Call supports them because they
deserve re-election. Their defeat would mean the betrayal of the city into the hands of
those men whom Mr. Wells has declared to be unfit and who are known. to be : pledged
to the worst elements in alliance with Herrin. The appeal therefore goes to the civic
patriotism of tlie citizens: Vote for the men who have been tried .and found true; and
down the tools of the corporations and. the advocates ,of. a wide, open tow'n£ ; _ *£
..-: \u25a0" -r r Finally it is just as well to remind Mr, Wells that he was nominated \ by the same
convention .that nominated the Supervisor ticket of which he is ashamed. >--\u25a0-'
The issue in the contest for Supervisors is that of saving San Francisco from be
ing looted. Mr. Wells spoke like a man of true civic patriotism when he said that if he
had known what kind of men were to be nominated on the Herrin ticket for Supervisors
he would no more have accepted the nomination than he would have given up his hope
of going to heaven. There is no possible defense for such a ticket, no sufficient palliation
of its offensiveness, no satisfactory apology for its nomination. It* is not a Republican
ticket. It is a Herrin and Burke ticket, a Goldberg and Gunst ticket; a ticket that means
loot. .- ,
Herrin has surrounded himself with the worst elements in Sari Francisco. He is
backed in this, fight not only by Jere Burke and Sam Rainey of the Democratic camp,
but by Mose Gunst and Max Goldberg. His success would mean the opening up of the
town to pretty nearly every form of vice and iniquity that has money in it. .The schemes
of the gas company and the water company and the Southern Pacific Company would
be jostled by* the jobs that Gunst and Goldberg delight in. Everything from the City
Treasury to the Police Department would be in the hands of the looters. The Supervis
ors would do what Herrin commanded, and Herrin would command whatever meant
money for the .vicious and debased gang that is supporting him in the fight.
The ticket of Supervisors which revolted Mr. Wells for a moment and The Call per
manently is pledged to a wide open town, to the schemes of the gas and the water com
pany and to whatever else Mr. Herrin may demand. That charge has been made over
and over in language even more specific than we now state it, and yet it has never been
denied by Mr. Wells, by Mr. Herrin, nor by the Herrin nominees for Supervisor. /
The issue raised by the nomination of such a set of Supervisor candidates under
such domination is one which no decent citizen of San Francisco can afford to overlook
or ignore. The election of that set of men would surrender San Francisco to the looting
of every kind of looters from corrupt corporations to tin horn gamblers and poolroom'
touts. '\u25a0-\u25a0'\u25a0.'. . \u25a0 -
MR. ASA R:; WELLS said in his speech on Saturday evening that he was nom
inated by the Republican party and that The Call; opposes him because the
proprietor of N The Call was not permitted toMominate the Republican conven
tion.' From that statement it is evident that either Mr. Wells has a very
short memory or else he is utterly reckless of what he says.
When soliciting the support of The Call, which was refused him, Mr. Wells stated
to the proprietor in the presence of Mr. Grove P. Ayers'that if he had seen the list of niert
who were to be nominated as Supervisors on his ticket he would not have accepted the
nomination for Mayor. In repeating that statement substantially to a representative of
The Call for publication, he said: "If I had seen the list of names I would no more- have
accepted the nomination for Mayor than give up my hope of going to heaven
. That is Mr. Wells' opinion of the men whose nomination for Supervisors was
dictated to the so-called Republican convention by the Democratic railroad bosses, W. F.
Heron and Jere Burke. If Mr. Wells would not have accepted the nomination on such
a ticket, had he known what it" was going to be, why should he expect The Call to sup
port the. ticket now that the character of its membership is known?'
The Burke and Herrin ticket of Supervisors is not only bad in its personnel, being
composed in the main of persons utterly unfit for the office, but it is rendered worse by the
pledges imposed upon it and by the character of the domination to which it is subject.
A NAVAL WAY
THE CHOICE OF. SUPERVISORS.
THE SAN FRANCISCO .CALL, kONDAY, OCTOBER !J8, 1901
AUTHOR JULES VERNE
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