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San Francisco Is Rebuilding tctik Splendid J'igor. ■ the scarcity of labor San Francisco the work of reconstruction with rgs than ever, according to a circular c nt oat by the Santa IV Railroad. In the old •rv of the city several big office \ t l>een repaired to such an extent lower floors have been filled with : re the masons, plastexcm and have completed their work in the • sl lies. All around thasi steel structures survived thi- lire temporary wooden an Im i'i^ built rapidly and in pr«-at num- Tbua is also considerable activity in Basin, where many large w:>.rt-houses are tmefeed. The street railroads are • ur.nin?:. and except on the steep hill •:Ky car has taken the place of the mowing cable. Several theatres have ; • :• J. but most of these are vaudeville ■ hotels have resumed busiiu •.«.=, the list the St. Francis Annex, a one story. Use frame structure erected in Onion Tiy opposite the empty hulk of the Ptaands; the Jefferson, Dorchester, Ifa :iai. Savoy, Baltimore, Bristol and These hotels are all newly furnish' J, : tons* and baths with accommoda ;.. thousand personf Tlie rates range v -~ : ft a day on th< American plan. - .-. rate a day on the European plan Work is being pushed on the St. Francis, the Fainnount and the Palace hotels. It is expected dhat the first two will be opened by January 1. A temporary two story "palace" of wood, with grill ar.d caf£-, will oj-en this fall. In Fillmore and Van Ness streets private houses arc b-Mng turned into shops. Big shack departrac nt stores have also been put up. •'There is plenty of work to be done in San Francisco," says the Santa. Fe circular, "but a deplorable scarcity of laborers. It is neither food nor money that the Western metropolis reeds most at the present time, but more work men." Able bodied men who can help in the re construction of the city are at a premium. Wages in some trades are nearly double what can be obtained in the East. The following schedule prevails, based on an eight-hour day: Bricklayers. $7; cement workers, $5; hod car riers, $4; plasterers. $7. : stone cutters. $4 75; carj^nters. 54 to $7; carpenters' helpers, $2 50; norseshoers, $4; blacksmiths, $4; blacksmiths' helpers. 12 56: cabinet makers, $3 50; millmen, $3 50; lathers, $6, shinglers. 14: painters. $4; painters' helpers, $2. fresco painters, $5; sign writer?. J4: paper hangers, $4; plumbers. $6; plumbers' helpers, 1250; machinists, $3 75: tin ners, $4: sheet metal workers. $4; boiler makers. $3 50; £tationary engineers, $4; tile setters, $4; glaziers, $4 ; teamsters, $2 75 ; unskilled laborers, $2 to $2 50. TO STUDY SNAKES. Boris and Girls to Learn Hozc to Tell a Good from a Bad One. ■ s-hri'.-k the women visitors to the de [ the economic zoologist at Harris "Wnat aiis me?" proan some of the ra V. r snakes are visible every"* here. rtacSslß glsam in corners of the room. iook much alive at a casual glance Boor in heaps, snakes are coiled In - altitudes on the desks and the air is r. reptilian •-•dors. The motive of it all Proft ssor Surface, the economic zoologist, bsa ' 1 that it is time the veil should be OS - the life of the creeping things of the ~- ' j - :.rylvania and the boys and girls of brj made acquainted with the conditions . I the snakes live and move and have Invitations have been sent out broadcast to send In makes alive or dead, and so enthusias tically have the fanners and country people re sponded that several hundred snakes are now in the- possession of the zoologist's corps of as sistants, a.nd when the work at present in prog ress is completed a vast amount of knowledge all] have been accumulated to be handed on to the boys and girls who attend the public schools. The education of the children will be ad van % - means of lectures, photographs and exhibits Tt- pared by the department at Harrisburg. The corps of assistants to Professor Surface are at present engaged in dissecting the snakes, with a view of ascertaining their selection of food; in witching those kept alive, in order to get ac curate data regarding the amount of food re quired to keep the snakes alive; In making sec tional sketches of the snakes for the walls of classrooms, and classifying the hundreds of snakes sent in from all parts of the state. At one table a young man who wears rubber gloves la busy al] day cutting open snakes and placing the contents of the stomach in preserva- Uvcs far future investigation. In another corner English, French Etchings *■" OF I«TH CKNTCRY. ■■IIIIHUIH. niOTOS AXD CAKBOXS OF UK EcitorEAN <iaijj:kies. 2 West 28th St. GEORGE BUSSE XEW-YOKK DAILY TPJP,rXE, SUNDAY, OCTOBEE 7. 1906. DISSECTING REPTILES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ECONOMIC ZOOLOGIST AT HARRISBURG, PENN. of the room a photographer makes negatives of the snakes, first placing them in characteris tic attitudes beneath the ler.s. Still another of this busy corps is dissecting turtles and other crawlers with a view to investisatiag their A THOUSAND GAMBLING MACHINES OF MANY DIFFERENT KINDS BURNING IN ONE PILE. The work of D. Clarence Gibboney in one of his past crusades against crime. Mr. Gibboney is now running for the District Attornayship in Philadelphia. habits, while a fourth is bottling the snakes and putting them aside for their turn at the dissect ing table. When the work is completed the school chil dren will be tauglit to know the difference be tween a snake that is a friend of the farmers and one that should be beaten to death whenever encountered. Many snakes feed on the pests that destroy the fanner's happiness, and these shruld Dot be kilted ruthlessly, as they have been, but, on the contrary, encouraged to make the farm their home and multiply as fast as possible. Home Rnakes are death to toads, and toads are an ally of the farmer. The toad eating snake should be dealt with severely, while the friendly snake which eats pests should have the freedom of the (arm. But how to tell the difference between the friendly snake and the obnoxious one i.s the puzzle that Professor Surface intends to provide it solution for. School children will be taught to know a good snake from a bad one, and in the process will be found less reason for bruis ing with the heel of humanity a much maligned reptile. THOMAS DOWNING AND HIS PRECIOUS WATCH. It was presented by Queen Victoria to Downing* grandfather in return for a gift oi one keg of American pickled oysters. QUEERS GIFT TO OYSTER DEALER. Thomas Downing, for thirty-nine years clerk in the foreign department of the Boston Post office and one of the Hub's best known Negro LUtizeas, has a precious royal relic in his pos session. A little over fifty years ago Mr. Down ing's grandfather kept an oyster establishment near the Astor House, in New York. At this time the fashion o* pickling oysters had just begun, and this new method of preserving was looked ii with high favor by epicures. In Xi srlind the new American art <>f ptckttng proved a gea uir.e culinary surprise. Ths elder Downing pickled :i small keg of his choieesi oysters and I Queen Vi< t, rto. This gin from the N< k rork oyster dealer greatly pleased and de lighted the palate of her majesty. In return the sent him a fine gold watch. Inscribed with her initials and accompanied with the < ments of her majesty. On the back is engraved the royal crown of England and on the Inside of the case "V. il. tt 17." The oyster dealefs for a inn? time caterer in the Capitol ai Washington, and was acquainted with the leading politicians of that lin-.e. He amassed a considerable sum. which was invested in X .. ■ .: ,;: i_) lai da which at that time were of little varae and covered with timber. Later 1. . i,,, w t h.- prin cipal thoroughfare, was laid oal on the ground, and the Downing Blocs at present is r.ne of the most valuable ir. Newport. Th ■■ real estate and watch were inherited by the oysi r dealer's grandson, who is shown In t. 1 inying Ulustration holding the highly prized souvenir from Queen Victoria. GIBBOXEV AS CANDIDATE. Head of I^arc and Order Society Running for District Attorney. Try to imagine the condition of affairs if T>r. Parkhurst were nominated for Maror ■■■: New York, or Anthony Oomstock named for V.< post Of I'olict; Commissioner. a:iu one ha? an Idea of the great change that has come over the spirit of the dream of Philadelphia^ since D. ence Gibboney, of the Law arid Order S was nominated for the District Attorneys] the Quaker City. Some years ago. when a Phil* adelphia newspaper prepared a civic ticket in a spirit of satire, Gibbonry was naturally named. for District Attorney, this being, in the editor"! judgment, the extreme, limit of imaginative ira* probability. Now the extraordinarily improba ble has become a reality, and no one seeing to Bee in it anything very remarkable. In fact, so admirably has the Law and Order Society man conducted himself in the row over his nomina tion, in promptly refusing the nomination at tha first suggestion of bribery and compelling an in vestigation that has shown bis perfect right to • run on an absolutely dean basis, that men are looking into the future and discussing Gibboney as a candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia when. Mr. Weaver steps out of office. Gibboney has had more to do with the vol canic upheaval in Philadelphia than any ono man in that town. His fight for decency datc3 back to his arrival in the Quaker City as a young student of pharmacy, coining from 'ha West. His friends say that his first view of fast life in a great city so sickened his soul that ho at once resolved to fight the dragon of vice to the last ditch. He sought no one's help, but be gan to war in his own way and with an enthu siasm that speedily attracted to his side all the ! clergymen and members of the Law and Order Society who had been lighting in the same line. From all sides Gibboney was assailed with such epithets as "sneak." "spy" and "hypocrite" by saloonkeepers and owners of i. •■■; houses who were brought to book by the fearless young Law and Order man. Gibboney didn't care. He could not be tripped Continued on rightti pac**- THE HELBU3N BINDERY, 106-108 SIXTH AYE.. XII TOBK. Fine Library Blndlne Special attention given to Art. Architectural. Medical and Law Books and Periodicals Special Flexible Binding for Music. Makers or all klLda of Portfolios and Scrap-Hooks. Correspondence so licited. Telephone *Si: t-Jram^rcy. RARE EDiTiON Prof. John James Andnbon's Quadrupeds of North Anwrfca. Portfolio. 14*j plates; elephant edition; published in criers m 1b44. l'erfcct couditiun. Interested purchasers address T. W. 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