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THE OLD FOSTER RANCH.
A Poor Enallsli Sailor necomea the J.ord of a Hundred Thousand Acre lu California. When traveling from I.os AngHes lo Ssn DlcD some days sgo, says 11 Turson Irtter to J'u Airis loi Warhl, I w from tlie car window th residence LullrilnKS of the famous Foiter rincli, which lira at the mouth of the ranroa down which the Psnta Ke railroad passrs In order to resch the srscosst. Pan Ulcgo la fifty mile down the coast. The Foster ranch la tvDlcal of the old style, lta appearance at once carriei me back to the dara of the Spanish and Mexican recline. It embraces 100,000 seres up and down the can you, through which flows a pretty little stream Into the I'aelllc ocean. The ranch lands beeln high up amid rocky defllea and precipitous ledges, while the lower border skirts along the broad, level beach, on which falls forever the moan of the Incoming and the outgoing tldca. At lta lower end the valley is probablr five miles wllde, but It rapidly contracts In the direction of the mountains, and at the veuerable old ranch-house Is not more than three hundred yards wide. The The clear stream that trickles down over a white sandy bed could anywhere be cleared by the single leap of a 10-year-old hoy; but In southern California, where water is so scarce, the control of such an Insignificant riv ulet is a great fortune. There It a fringe of creen crass and shrubbery along either bank, and It is uHn the appurently spurse growth that the cattle and horses live during the dry season. A Kentucky blue -grass farmer would look with contempt on such llmlttd supply for such herds of cunsuincrs but one must tram that the stock ranges of California and the Puclflc slope generally are of a different character altogether from those of Kentucky or any of the states east of tlie Mississippi. Fllds or green grass, such as there are In Kentucky, Ohio and New York, are unknown In California during tlie dry season. From the ranch building down to the end of Ihe ranch, where the road turnes down the coaat, the trulu passed successive herds of long-horned, plcturesnue cattle feeding on the short, stumpv irruss. and ragged bushes. It was such a scene as one might have beheld there three ccnturys ago. The Spuuisb enme to Pan Diego as early as 151:3, but It was not till 1TG9 that they effected a permanent settle. ment and established tho first of the Catholic missions. The Spanish aud Mexicans held uninterrupted swuy over all California till the opening of the Mexican war, and there was a period of their control when tho country was a verltuble Arcadia for cattle-growers. It was back In the golden period that this Foster ranch was founded, the original owner being a Spaniard, of course, and having the land (tlvcu him for some spcclnl service to the church or state. Nearly all the rich grazing and agricultural districts of California were granted away to Individuals during the Span. ish and Mexican control, and these Immense ranches were established all over the state. Many of these princely possessions have a dis tinct place In California history, nut only be cause of their vast extent and tho great herds' ot cattle that grew on tlicui with little more care or restraint than the grass thev trampled - under tin.li ruci, but because of tlie heroic and intrepid character ofteu belonging . to their owners. Tho land In tbeso t inches Is now so valuable it Is being divided and subdl vided In') small tracts and sold for small farms and fruit orchards. The Foster ranch' la one of tho old reuline that has not yet been desecrated by the hand of tlie hind speculator, but exists In all lta original semi-barbaric grannucr. 1 did not sea it without saddened reflections. There Is something toiK'hiuglv pathetic In tlie decay of Spanish civilization on the I'aclllc coast One foi ls it when looking at the ruins of the old mission churches ot Nan daurlcl. fan JuHn Csplstrano, San Kucuavueutra and many others uloug the I'acltic coast between San Diego and San Francisco. The Spanish pioneers who originally came Into California were as brave and generous a class of people as ever dared to undertake the settlement and cultivation of a new country. They were also of a kindly nature and generous aud hospita ble as the very air of heaven and unsuspect ing of treachery and deceit. Their natures were simple and honest. They treated the ludluns with such kluuniss that nearly all the tribes cams Into churches suit learned to lol low the peaceful avocutlons of civilized life. The old Spanish ranch Ufa of California was as romantic aud fascinating as the old planta tion life of the south. Neither was destined to continue In tho fsee of an irresistible growth of Anpln Hnxon Ideas and business projects, and the remnants of each Willi all their Interesting memories will soou be enlhe lv swept away. The train pascd within hailing distance of the Foster house. It is a long, wide one-story structure of whitewashed adobe walls. The expansive roof comes down to within a few feet of the ground on either side, and a deep portico extends all along the south front There Is an absence of all architectural dis play, but the building la Imposing and Im pressing In Its magnltudo and the severeity of its outlines. Under lis broad roof there Is room enough for a feudal retinue. The builder bad an adequate conception of tho Illness of things, and his castle was in accord with bis hundred thousand acres. I could envy tho original owner of this house and domain as be stood on his portico and looked away over his piiMPSslons to the Illimitable ocean and count ed his cattle by the ten thousand. Au ample stable stands near by that could give shelter to a hundred bones at once, aud many a traveler from the south to the north has found welcome there In davs gone by, when railroads were unknown and when not evcu stane coaebca bad been introduced. Every traveler then was a horseman, and to ride from Sun DieirotoSan (iabriel to Monterey was bur a holiday pastime. What festive scenes have been enacted about this old mansion! Tbe venerable trrea that surround it aud that throw It out lo such liold relief against the sides of the barren hills beyond seem to carry yet something of tho music of tlie guitar that many a time floated away through their branches, and it requires but little effort of the Imagination to bring back the click of the castanets and the slcht of gay dancers under the moonlight Tbe Foster ranch Las a saddened and even tragic history peculiarly Its own. It takes Its name, as might be surmised from a compara tively recent ownership. While California was yet a part of Mexico an Knulisb sailor named Foster escaped from his ship at San Diego and went forth to seek bis fortune. San Diego was then but a small village made up of Mexican and Spanish people, whole lives were too slow and uneventful to suit the ad venturous Foster, so he started to go through tbe Interior to San Francisco. Tbe beautiful ranch that now bears his name was directly on bia way and he slopped thereover nfrht, as nta tbe custom of travelers from San Dieara Foster was a One ruddy, broad shouldered vouug man, poes-ed of tact and good ad dress and ready to adapt himself to whatever clrcumstauce were of most Immediate advan tage, lie made excuses to remain more than j one night. Tbe proprietor was an old Spaa lard who bad a pretty young daughter, aad to tills daughter Foster Immediately made his addresses, lie was successful, and was soon established as son-in-law and manager of the ranch. Tbe old Spaniard finally died, and Foster became the practical owner of the es tate, and was known everywhere as Don Juan Foster, the Don Jusn being applied, not only because of the Spanish connection be bad made, but because of tbe somewhat precipitate and unusual way In which he had made It. One son was tbe fruit of the union betweeu him and his Spanish bride, and by and by tbe son grew up to be a young man. The elder Foster died, leaving tbia son sole heir to the hundred-thousand acre ranch. He then be came one of tlie richest young men In Cali fornia and the world seemed to be very fair before blm. The mixture in him of English ami Spanish blood bad resulted In a stalwart frame with the activity and strength of a lion, and bis face was Just swarthy enough, and his bair and eyes lust black enough to make Mm a horseman of Ideal appearance. Why should not such a young man with such possessions be sought after by the most lovely senoritss In sll tbe land I He wis an admitted guest everywhere anions' tbe Snanlsh aristocracy of California, and it was not long til it' was ru mored be wss to marry a rich and beautiful Spanish girl of I.os Angeles. Time went on, aud one day the town of Los Angeles wss startled from centre to circumference by the retiort that youug Foster bad been shot and killed by tbe young lady to wbom he was said to be betrothed. It was true. He bad prom ised to marry her, and under this promise bad ruined her. aud when be had refused to make good bis pledges theoutrsged girl bad drawn a pistol from her bosom and sent a bullet through bis brain. Her sister stood bye and ssw the deed done. There was a great public trial wblcb resulted lu acquittal. A child was born to tbe unhappy girl, she wss disgraced and ostracised forever, and from that day to this has led a life of shame. The Foster ranch became tho object ot a complicated series of lawsuits, andI;believeit finally passed Into the bands ol James C. Flood, of San Francisco. Its history Is much like that of many of tlto famous old Spanish ranches of California, to wblcb a peculiar fatality seems to bsve at tached Itself as well as to the entire Spanish people, by whom they were founded and bv whom tbe Drat rude but romatlc elements of civilization were established on the Pacific coast. Tho Gold Bar Dodjre. For nearly six months, says The Ma York Commercial Advertiier, the four copper bars washed with bronze, which Capt. Benjamin Hlchardson, the wealthy and eccentric Harlem real estate owner, brought triumphantly to the United Stutcs assay oftlce under tbe Impres sion that they were gold and worth about 110,. 000 each, and have been lying on top of tbe big safe In the receiving room. They were of no account as bullion and were obstacles In the office, and now they are gone. Yesterday the eccentric captain, who ever since bas been ashamed to acknowledge bow be was swin dled, visited the oftlce and took them away. Tbe story, which was published exclusively in this newspaper, created considerable interest at tbe time. Capt Hlchardson received a call In tbe early evening from two men, one of whom was an Indian, tbe other a pretended western miner. They brought with them tbe worthless bars which tbey said were rough gold obtained by them from a mysterious western mine. Tbe rogues estimated the vslua of the metal to be worth about $40,000, but as they were Ignorant of tbe ways ot the city they bad brought them, they said, to the captain, to wbom tbey bad been directed by an old 'friend of bis. In bones that, ho would buy tbe bars Or at least make a substantial advance until the bars could be melted and valued at tbe asssy office. The captain In younger days bad been a minor in California aud tbe western territories, and believed himself something of a judge of the precious metals. He took a good look it tbe fraduleiit bars, pronounced them genuine, and advsnccd $1,000 to tbe two swindlers. On the following morning be carried them to the as say office, deposited them in the usual way, and took his departure. Tbe slightest test made by the assa.yers st once developed tbe fact that tbe barB did not contain a cent's worth of gold, snd that tbe yellow covering wss simply a bronze wash. Captain Hlchard son only knew of tbe swindle that had been perpetrated on blm as be read tbe story that evening. He called at the asssy office on the succedlng morning, verified tbe fact that he had beeu duped, and hurried oft to And the miner and the Indian. But up to tbe present moment they have escsped blm and the ven geance that uwalted tbem. From that day the bars have been waiting for the owner to claim them, but the captain's dread of ridicule has been so great tbst he would not approach the office where bis worth less treasures were stored and pointed out to the visitor as one of tbe currlosltles of the plsce. But yesterday tbe white-haired old owner, after casting a furtive glance about the place, lowered bis bead and walked Into the front entrance. He made known the fact that he had come for his copper bars, but wanted to know It there was uul euwe way be could get them out so tbe reporters would not see blm. He was told that ho could drive around to the alley In the rear and receive his freight there. Gladly availing himself of tbe chance, bis wonderful old one horse shay wss driven to tbe resr entrance of tbe office and tbe four bars were loaded In. Remains of a Volcano. A Mlddletown, Conn., letter says: Tbe re cent discovery ot tbe remains of a Volcano near Mount Lamentation, the highest peak In the chain ot Merlden hills, bas excited tbe keenest Interest In scientific circles. It bas furnished a new key to the geological history of the Connecticut valley. Tbe discovery was made by Prof. W. N. Davis, of Harvard uni versity. He bas been engaged in making an exhaustive study ot the trap-rock of this state, and he made his happy discovery of volcanic ruins while searching for an entirely different class of geological phenomena. Mount Lamentation bas been visited by large numbers of people during tbe past weeks. The various scientific associations of the state, and several geologists of national repute, have carefully examined tbe Interest ing: curiosity. No volcanic cone or crater Is still visible, but tbe phenomena of tbe plsce clearly Indicate that In tbe trlaaalc age violent explosive eruptions of a regular volcanic type were frequent Geologists have long known tbat the trap-rock of tbe Connecticut valley came up In a molten condition and afterward solidified. This liquid mass sometimes solidi fied In fjistiics In tbe earth and sometimes overflowed tbe surface like lava streams, and was subsequently covered up by strata ot sand stone. Prof. Davis has discovered. what Is techni cally known as an ash-bed. It Is a deposit formed when molten lava Is thrown high Into the sir by violent explosions and comes down In a confused mass, coarse and fine. In tbe trlassie period when these eruptions occurred there must have been regular cones and craters of tbe usual type, bat these have all been rf ffed. It is very probable that other ash-beds may exist In tbe ran ire of Merlden bills. Tbe geological blstorv of ibis region has slwsys af forded a rich Held for srtentlQcrresrsrcb, and tbe recent volcanic discovery bas given greater scientific boom to it , A MARVELOUS MADSTONE. Vow Possessed by a Venerable Citizen of Mississippi. The rnadstone bas boon talked and written about for eonoratlons. It hai been pooh poohod by scientists and dis credited by ail tlio balance ol tbe world who are prone lo deny to popular superstition tbe slight est foundation in reason. Yet the fuel romains that such stonos exist In locali ties of tho south, says Tlie Memphis Av alanche, and are devoutly trustod as c panacea for tho bite of rabid animals by people who havo scon them appliod. If scoing justify bolioviug, the ruralists who pin thoir faith to limdstones aro entitled to something bo t tor than ridi cule Of course It is wrong for them to care moro for curing tho pationt than for scientific results, but the porson most interested will doubtless excuse tnem, If the doctors do not During tho war when medicines wero not to bo had, tnr southern whites wero compellod to bear witness to the efllcdcy of more than one simple remouv used by the slaves. A day or two aero Mr. H. L. Milam, an old and respocted citizon of Waterford, Miss., exhibited a madstone that has a history. It was brought to Alabama from China In 1810 by Dr. William Barker, who used it with success for several yours. At his doath it was sent to Jarvis Milam. Milam moved to Mis sissippl in 183j, and took the stone with him. Ho died in 1849 aud loft tho stone to his son. Tlie presont proprietor has used it in 1,280 cases, for bites of rabid dogs, cows and horses, besides spider and snake bites, and he asserts that It did not fail to oflect a euro in a single Instanco, when applied before parox isms had set in. The stone is porous, of a light cream eolor. one and ono-nttartor inches in uia motor, and weighs one ounce. It has been broken in five places and is mondod with Bilver bauds. When person is bitten the wound is carefully washed wiln warm water, a mop do ing tisod to guard against danger to the operator from infected blood or pus. The stone is then bound tightly npon tho afleoted part, and loft there from two to fifteen hours, acoording to tho freshness or tho bito tuo older It is tbe lonrrer the time nocessary. When removed it is found to have absorbed a quantity of blood or pus from tho wound. It is then washed clean Id warm water and dried before a fire or stove. Mr. Milam has been offered $3, 000 for his treasure but refuses to sell. He cots a good revenue from it, charging those pationts who aro able to pay, but its virtues are more ire quontly called into play to savo the unfortunates who havo nothing to give in return. It is to Mr. Milam's credit that these are never refused, and that he vauin (he stone most for the good it does to suffering humanity. He is greatly troubled, least at his doath his children should divide it tip and thin destroy its virtue. Toddy From a Plant Rain interfered with tbe exhibition of plants yesterday In the Diddle street rink. Tho display is very flue. Among tho striking things that moot the visitor's eye near the entrance is the "toddy" plant, an eastern produc tion about eight feet high, from the conservatory of Mr. T. Harrison Gar rett It has grown too large for Mr. Garrott's houso, and ho has presented It to the national botanic garden at Washington. A peculiarity of the plant Is that during tho sap season, about two mouths in tho year, a quart of exocllont toddy, with all tho dull ions intoxicating effects of the Ameri can mixod drink, can be drawn oil twice a day and enjoyed. When this was known many inquirios wero made as to whether tho plant would grow in this latitude with ordinary caro. An expert said it required a warm climate, about tho temperature of India, fur the tree to thrive Several gentlemen wero suro money could be saved by growing the plant at home. It is be lieved it will be attempted by several who looked at tho plant Ballimort American. The Lawyer's Responsibility. "Ilavo you got any familyP" asked Mao Anderson, a Saw Antonio lawyer, of a colored man whom he was appoint ed by the court to defend, the latter be ing charged with having stolen a horse. '-I'se got no fam ly yit I looks to fou for dat" "Look to me to supply you with a family P" exclaimed the astonished ad vocate. "I looks to you an' do jury, boss, I loos for a fac," "What kind of stuff Is that you are Iking?1' "H ts lust what I says. Miss Matilda nowbiillsays ef I only gets one yeah a de penopotenliary slioll wait fur me, but ef I gets moan, don she is ruine tor ' marry do very first niggah what comes along. So yer sees, boss, rvbnt a 'sponsibility dar am restln' on for." Tcxat Sifting t. How He Caught It Charlie Knickerbocker What's the natter Gus? Yon thcjne all bwoke up. Gus Snobberly Teth, Chollic.-I'm a jwofect wreck. Cawt cold lasth night "Gweat heaventh! have yon been ex thing yorself?" "I went to the opera, Chollie, and he scoundrelly usher gave me a pwog. vam that had just been pwinted, and it rath tho dera moist and damp that I rot chdled thu and thu." Ttxou Brings I0LAND & CO., theme HARDWARE, WMtm) Carpenters fpfs. Nails Tools 3 Grates, MANTLES. Mm ELM St DALLAS, TEX. '.iy A full and complete line ol Cooking and Heating Stoves. Texas Storage Company, Trusting you may favor our city with a visit during tho Fair, wc take tliis method of extending to you a most cordliil Invitation to cull onus. Our town olllco Is ut 820 Main Rirnot, our wnrehouHo on Ihe Texas & Pucillc switch, nt the junction of the Texas Trunk ltiillwuy, in Kust Dallas, and will have nn exhiliit at tho i'ulr Ground where we will show you a lew suui'iles of the goods we huudle In this Slate, among which we will mention : THE AULTMAN & TAYLOR SEPARATOR, THE AULTMAN & TAYLOR HORSE POWER. THE AULTMAN "& TAYLOR STANDARD ENGINE. THE AULTMAN & TAYLOR TRACTION ENGINE. THE EMPIRE MOWER. THE EMPIRE STEEL FRAME HARVESTER AND BINDER. THE JOHN D0DDS HORSE HAY RAKE. HAND PUMTS, STEAM PUMPS, WIND MILLS. THE HYDRAULIC JETTING, ARTESIAN WELL MACHINERY. II you should not visit Pnllns, wo will lake pleasure In correKpoiidlng with ymi about any ol theso goocN. 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