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VOL. XXVI. THE COAST. Identity of the Murdered Woman. DYNAMITE IN SAN FRANCISCO. Wreck of the Harvey Mills—Two Seafaring Men Accused of Murder. ' Special to ths Herald bu the Associated Preu] Livermore, January 6.—Katie Han dorf, the woman murdered at Colton on Tuesday night, was married to William Springer at the South Park Hotel, San Francisco, in the latter part of De cember. Springer formerly kept a sa loon at Lodi, but sold out a short time ago and is said to own a saloon on Market street, San Franoisco, which he left in charge of a barkeeper. He and his wife left here last Saturday for San Francisco, intending to take a bridal tour to Southern California. The de ceased had been living here for some time and was a nieoe of Max Ramke, one ot onr largeat landowners. She is re ported to have several hundred dollars deposited in some San Franoisco savings bank. She also held a note against Springer for $200. Her folks opposed the marriage, but no cause can be as signed for the murder. DYNAMITE. An Attempt to Destroy a Cable Road. San Francisco, January 6.—At a late hour last night the residents in the vi vinity of Ninth and Harrison streets were startled by a terriflo explosion. Most of them had retired, and, being awakened from their sleep, ran out into the street in their night clothing. The first impression created was that an earthquake had shaken down a building. Investigation, however, disclosed that a dynamite cartridge had been placed in the cable road on the Larkin street branch of the Sutter street railroad and exploded. The basalt rocks ou either side of the slot were found to be lowered and the machinery badly shattered. The pulleys upon which the cable runs were also broken aud the foundation o. the tunnel was cracked. Window panes iv the vicinity were rattled violently at the time of the explosion, and in many cases ■battered. In a saloon two blocks away a lighted lamp was thrown to the floor and nearly caused a conflagration. The iron plates ef the manholes of the track were found 200 feet away, to which dis tance they had been hurled. A lady living in the neighborhood laid that a few minutes before the ex plosion she saw two men go to the trap. One of them lifted the trap while the other took a package from his pocket, applied a match to it and lowered it into the cable tunnel. Tbe men then went away. An explosion followed, and the witness saw the cables aud the machin ery of tbe track flying in all directions. Many of the awakened women and children were so afflicted with fright that they went to the house of friends to spend the night, fearful that if they re mained in their own homes another ex plosion might occur and shatter them. Chief of Police Crowley, who was seen this morning, stated that detectives had been sent out to work up the case but had not as yet obtained any clue to the perpetrators. The chief has placed a i>tail of a dozen polioe in the vicinity of the scene of the explosion. "The roads muet be protected," be said, "aud I'll give them all the men I can spare." No further trouble occurred to-day, and the roads are all running as usual. THE HARVEY 111.IS. Three of the Crew at San Pe dro. San Francisco, January 6.—A dis patch was received in this city to-day from San Pedro announcing the arrival there of three of the crew of the Amer ican ship Harvey Mills, whioh has long been overdue at this port from Seattle. From them it is learned that the vessel left Seattle under Capt Crawford with a cargo of coal for San Francisco Decem ber 12th. Two days later a gale waa enoountered sixty miles southwest of Cape Flattery, in which the vessel foun dered. The only survivors known are the first mate, Cushman, Alexander Vol jens and Jacob Brown, seamen. It is not stated how mauy were on board at the time o: the disaster. The survivors were picked up in an open boat by tbe bark Majestic, bound for San Diego,and landed at San Pedro, near Los Angeles. The Harvey Mills was of about 2000 tons burden, owned jointly by Capt. Crawford, Capt. Wamen Mills and a number of Eastern people. She was valued at $64,000, on which there was email insuranoe. The cargo, valued at $12,000, was consigned to J. F. Chap man & Co., thia city, and was fully in sured. The entire crew and officers, it is learned, consisted of twenty-four men. The Captain and three men attempted to leave the ship in a boat whioh, how ever, capsized as soon as it left the ■hip's tide, and it Is believed all were drowned. Four others took to a raft but have not since been heard of. Mate Cushman and three of the crew also left the ship on a raft, but before they were picked up one of them went crazy and jumped overboard. The remaining twelve stack to the ship, nnd as the survivorß saw her go down, all on board must have perished. Tho rescued men left to day for this oity. Earthquakes Predicted. San Francisco, January 6. — The Lighthouse Inspector has just received the particulars of a peculiar phenome non which was noticed last Sunday by Joseph Hodgson, keeper of the light house at Point Arenas, five miles south of Pigeon Poiut, between this city and Sonta Cruz. On the afternoon of that day, from 1 o'clock to sundown, a succession of currents of hot air passed over the lighthouse at intervals of ten or fifteen minutes. Hodgson, who is a theorist oa the earthquake question, be lieves that these atmoipherio manifesta tions are the forerunners of earthquakes. The Riddle Will Case. San Lois Obispo, January 6.—Attor ney-General J. L. Crittenden concluded his opening address in the Kiddie will case late this afternoon and tho oourt adjourned for tho day. HORRIBLE It' TRUE. Two Men Accmed of Camlni a Fireman'" Death. San Francisco, January 6.—Harry! Fletcher, tint assistant engineer of the steamship Alameda, and Jumes Smith, a water-tender on the same vessel, wero arrested to-day on a charge of causing the death of a tlreman named James Sehroeder. The warrant was sworn out by Charles Jammer and F. J. Sullivan, two seameo. The sailors in their state ments allege that on the last voyage of the Alameda to Australia the vessel baa uot been out two dayis before the officers in tha engineer's department began to abuso the men. Ou tbe 28th of Ooto ber, the fifth day out, Sehroeder oame out of the lire-room and complained of feeling faint. He was ordered back to work uy one of the officers with the foulest language. He obeyed, but when near the smokestack dropped to the floor. Fletcher saw him and ordered two men, one of whom wus Smith, to bold him close to the furnace doors. They were thrown open and he was kept near the tire for several minutes. His head fell back and he never uttered auother sound. His body was buried at sea. Fletcher and Smith take their ar rest coolly, asserting that there is net the slightest foundation for tbe tale of the men. Both of the accused men have given bonds of $1000 for their appear ance before the United States Commis sioner next Saturday. A HARDSHIP. Cattlemen Ordered to Leave an Indian Reservation. Prescott, Ariz., January 6.—At the request of Commissioner Atkins, a pre emptory order has been issued from the War Department to General Mason, Commander at Fort Whipple Barracks, to warn all cattlemen and miners from the Wallapai reservation, in Mohave connty, and to use the military to en force order. The northern portion of the reservatiou. which is entirely worth less for any other purpose, ha 9 been oc cupied by some fifteen or twenty oattle men for the past twelve or fifteen years, many years before it was set aside by President Arthur for the uses ot these Indians, and the cattlomen employ the Indians as herders, who are enabled thus to earn a living. Investigation, it ia claimed, would prove that the pres ence of the cattlemen upon the reserva tion, besides adding to the tax roll of Mohave county, is of advantage to the ludiuns themselves. The town of Peach Springs is on the reservation. If this order is enforced it will destroy the mining and stock industry of a large section without benefitting the Indians. SANTA ANA. Description of the Late Porn o leu I Fair. Santa Ana, Cal., January o.—The Los Angeles County Pomological Society held its meeting at Spurgeon's Hall this afternoon and evening. A grand display of the products of the county were placed on exhibitiou. Beautiful, large oranges, sixteen inches in circumference, this year's growth; tempting lemons of equal size, figs, yams, raisins and date trees of a fine variety. English walnuts five inches in diameter, squishes and pumpkins weighing 160 pounds, beets 4 feet in circumference by 2J feet long and a large selection of different kinds of trees and vines, only to be bad in a semi-tropical climate. Tne next annual meeting will be held at Pomona. Five large size brick buildings are now being constructed. Heal estate transfers aro carried on ou an extensive scale and Santa Ana has never seen so many im provements or strangers on tbe streets. The Pool's Demand. San Francisco, January 6.—lt ia stated that the Exeoutive Committee of the Trunk Line pool has adopted a reso lution, demanding twenty-eight per cent, of the net through freight rates from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic seaboard, with the proviso that the re sult shall yield not less than twenty-five cents per hundred pounds from Chioogo to New York. They had been receiv ingtwenty-two per cent., which they claim did not pay the expenses of the haul, owing to the rate war whioh has existed between the transcontinental roads. A (Jood measure. San Francisco, January 6. —The Ex aminer's Washington speoial says: At a meeting of protection Democrats at Congressman Raupall's house to-night, a measure for tax reduction was agreed upon as follows: The repeal of the to bacco tax, twenty-eight millions; repeal of the tax on spirits distilled from fruits, one million; free aloohol for use iv arts, estimated at twelve millions; repeal of all licenses, seven hundred thousand; free list five millions. In all about forty seven millious of dollars. Arizona News. Phoenix, A. T., January 6.—The Common Council has been petitioned for a franchise to construct a system of street car lines throughout the city. The material and mechanics to con struct a bridge over the Gila river for the Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad have arrived at Maricopa and the work will be now pushed rapidly to comple tion. A Delayed Train. San Francisco, January 6. — The Southern overland train was four hours late in arriving here to-day owing to the piston rod of the engine breaking when the train was a short distance south of Madera. A new engine was dispatched to tbe soene and the train arrived safely at Oakland at 3 o'clock. The Rain. San Francisco, January 6.—The Sig nal Service report says that rain has falleu in light showers over Oregon and Washiugton Territory, and at Eureka. The following are the amounts reported: Olympia .02, Astoria .37, Portland .13, Roseburg .03, Eureka .01. A New Feeder for the 8. P. San Francisco, January 6.—lt is re ported tbat tbe Southern Pacific com pany's surveyors are locating a route for a feeder from Tulare to Huron, a dis tance of about 160 miles. Death of a Pioneer printer. Sam Francisco, January 6.—Wm. N. Burkhead, a pioneer printer, one of the hast known members of his craft en tbe , Pacific coast, died last night after a lin gering illness. FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 7. 1887. SACRAMENTO. Proceedings of the State Legislature. A HITCH IN THE COUNT. A Long: List, of Appointments Sent iv by Governor Stone man. I Special lo the Herald by Ihe Associated Press. the senate. Sacramknto, January 6.—Both houses of the Legislature met at 11 o'clock to. day. Governor Stoneman'a message was received in each house, and portions of it referred to the proper committees. In the Senate, on motion of Mr. White, the hour of noon was fixed for canvass ing the vote for Governor and Lieuten" ant-Governor in joint assembly. A message was received from tbe Gov ernor transmitting the following list of appoiuiments made since the last ses sion, and asking for their confirmation: Charles H. Randall, Director Stockton Insane Asylum, vice Dorsey, deceased; Peter Belober, H. Kingston and Wm, Carson, Pilot Commissioners for Hum- boldt harbor; Theo. A. Lord, Trustee of Deaf.Dumb and Blind Asylum, vioe Har rington, resigned; D. M. Delmas, Re gent of the University, vioe liojecraua, resigned; Wm. H. Thornley, Commis sioner of Immigration, vice Forrester, deceased; Thomas J. Sherwood, Fish Commissioner, vice Redding, resigned; Robert T. Devlin, Prison Director, vice himself, term expired; I. W. Hellman, R»gent of tbe University, vico himself; Frank McCoppin, Harbor Commission er, vice Wm. Irvin, deceased; W. F. lienning, J. C. Martin and George M. Cornwall, Directors of the Napa Insane Asylum; David W. Weldt, Pilot ot Wil mington Harbor, vice Thos. Bowers, re moved; Eugene Lehc, Brig.-Gen. Third Brigade, vice Jas. A. Shepard, resigned. On motion of Boggs the appointments were made the special order for January 13th, at 2 o'clock. An attempt was made to reconsider the vote by whioh the Senate yesterday appointed six pngis and three porters, and after a few momenta of parliamen tary sparring a vote wos reached on the resolution, aud Vrooman again gave no tice to reconsider, and the matter went over until to-morrow. Tho Senate theu proceeded to the Assembly to canvass tbe returns for Governor. The Senate reconvened at 3 o"clock. Senators J ones Yell and Wilson have taken charge of the matter of obtaining returns from San Benito and San Mateo counties as soon aa possible. Senators Gesford, Caminetti and Wilson were elected a Committee on Mileage and Contingent Expenses. Adjourned until to-morrow. THE ASSEMBLY. The Assembly Committee on Rules made a report which was adopted and ordered printed. The Governor's biennial message was received and the reading of it made the special order for to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock. Messrs. Variel, Heath and Wright were appointed a committee to confer with the Senate to ascertain what time would be convenient for canvassing the vote for Governor and Lieutenant-Gov ernor. W. A. Brown moved that when the Assembly adjourned it be to 2 o'clock next Monday. The motion was lost by a viva voce vote. JOINT session. At 12 o'clock both houses met in the Assembly chamber. Atter roll call Sen ators Boggs and Wilson and Assembly men Leblano and Lewis were appointed tellers, and tbe canvass of tbe votes be gan. There were no original returns from San Mateo and San Benito, and those in the office of the Secretary of State were obtained by a committee, of wbioh Sen ator White was chairman. After five minutes' recess Senator White moved that the abstracts of the official count gotten from that official bo aocepted in lieu of the other returns. Senator Vrooman raised the point of order that this oould not be done under the law. A protracted debate followed. Speaker Jordan ruled that Vrooman's point of order was well taken and that he could not consider the returns offered by Mr. White, of Lei Angeles, from the Secretary of State's office. He also held that he could not declare tbe result on the returns before him and suggested that a recess be taken until the ieturns of Son Mateo and San Benito can be re ceived. After some debate a recess was taken until 10 o'clock Saturday. Iv the meantime the returns from the two miss ing counties will be obtained. Iv Favor of the Inter-State Com merce Hill. New York, January 6.—The regular meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was held to-day. Cornelius N. Bliss, on behalf of the special committee ap pointed to examine into the Inter-State Commerce Bill, now pending before Con gress, made his report. It reviewed the provisions of the bill, and said the committee objected to the prohibition of pooling. On the recommendation of the report, resolutions were adopted ap proving Senate Bill No. 1032, exoept the section which prohibits greater charges for a shorter than for a longer haul; al so section live which contains an abso lute provision against pooling. Resolu tions were adapted favoring the imme diate passage of the Cox bill, for an ap propriation of $30,000,000 for coast de fenses, Edmunds' Opinion of Hold-overe. Sacramento, January 6.—A dispatch to the Record-Union from ex-Speaker \V. H. Parks states that he has re ceived a telegram from Washington say ing that Senator Edmunds had exam ined the constitution of California, and decides that there oan be no question but that there are hold-over State Sen ators, aa claimed by Mr. Parks in his letters upon the subject heretofore pub lished in the Record-Union. California Dried Fruits. San Francisco, January 6.—The Call's Chicago special says: California varieties of dried fruits are attracting a fair degree of attention, owing to do mestic fruit being scarce. Rerry Withdrawn. Sacramknto, January 6. — John Boggs states thst C. P. Berry has with drawn from the United States Senatorial contest. PATTI WILL SING. Report of Her Not Osmlnf Posi. lively Denied. San Francisco, January 6—A dis patch from New York was published in this city this morning, in which it was stated that, owing to Patti's success in Mexico nnd the extension of her season there, it had made it necessary to cancel her proposed visit to LO3 Augeles, aud she would go from Mexico direct to San Francisco. Tho dispatch further stated that Henry Abbey and Patti had been negotiating for come time for a tour in South America, and that a contract for that purpo.io would probibly be ar ranged beforo Madame Putli again ap pears iv New York. It was expected that the tour would be made duriug the coming summer. This afternoon Marcus R. Mayer, act ing manager for Henry Abbey, was shown the above inentioued dispatch by an Associated Press representative. Mr. Mayer read the dispatch with evident interest, end wheu he finished said: "There is no truth iv either of these statements." "Madame Patti," he con tinued, "ia certainly haviug great suc cess iv Mexico, and her time has been somewhat extend, d, but that isn't going to prevent her filling all her American engagements." "Will tbo diva appear at Los Ange lesr "Most assuredly. Those people were generous enough to guarantee $5000 for her, and on the 18th of thia month she will appear before them at Armory Hall. From there she will come to this city and open on the 21st. She will give four performances. After that she will proceed across the continent, appearing at different points, arriving in New York about April Ist. Then she will sing in Europe, making her farewell tour. If she goes to South America it will be in 1888 or 1889, probably in the summer of the former year. Tne Diva Comes. To make assurance doubly sure, Mr. Marcus Mayer telegraphs specially to the Hekald as follaws: San Francisco, January 6, 1887. Editor Herald, Los Angeles: Mad. ame Patti will positively appear in Los Angeles on January 18th. Marcus R. Mater. COUNTY POMOLOGICAL SOCIETY A Great meeting- ut Santa Ann. The seventh quarterly meeting of the Los Augeles Poinological and Horticul tural Sooiety was held yesterday at Santa Ana. The attendance was very large and the display of frails of all kiuds was choice and superb. The hall was tastefully dceorated by the beautiful ladies of Santa Ana, and the Santa Ana band furnished most excel lent music. Hon. H. Hamilton, president of the society, called the meeting to order and delivered tlie opening address in a most earnest and felicitous manner. After music the minutes of the last quarterly meeting were read by the sec retary, F. L. Alles, end approved. A very important essay was then read by W. C. Cook on alfalfa. The essay was a very Valuable paper and elicited warm commendation aud an interesting exchange of ideas. The result from the essay and the discussion that followed will be of great value. Prof. E. W. Coquillet, the U. S. En tomologist, read aa exceedingly interest ing essay on the red scale and gave an exhibition of his method of destroying the scale bug by fumigation. The exhi bition attracted absorbing interest. The report of the Examining Commit tee waa then made, recommending Po mona as tbe place for the next meeting of the society. At the eveniug session the attendance was very large and the proceedings were very interesting. A paper was read by J. F. C. Smith on raisin grapes that elicit >d considera ble discussion. An article on apricots was read by J. D. Parker. Both papers were very meritorious and were received with great favor. Want of space pre vents further mention of this important meeting. RESCUED. Tlie surviving; sailors of the .Tin., jestic Brought Into Port. Three men were brought into San Pedro yesterday morning by Alex. Acklehardt, a pilot, who took them from the bark Majestic, bound for Sau Diego, from them was learned a tale of horrible suffering and shipwreck at sea, which occurred ou Thursday December 10th, in which the ship Har vey Mills foundered in a heavy gale about 65 miles off Cape Flattery. Of the entire crow, consisting of 24 souls, only three, the first mate and tbe two sailors referred to, were saved. The vessel waa loaded with coal from Seattle for San Francisco and struck a terrific gale ou Thursday morning, and on scud ding away before the wind shipped sea after sea until she became water-logged and unmanageable. Iv cutting away the main mast it broke off and tore a large hole iv the deck, which soon tilled her. The crew endeavored to save themselves by tearing off the roof of tho cabin and constructing two rafts, and obandoned tbe vessel on her beam cuds late in the afternoon of Thursday. These rafts were made fast and held together through tho night, but in the morning as a heavy sea was rolling they let go and drifted apart. The men hot c were picked up on the Sunday following by the bark Majestic and taken aboard and brought to this post. They were forwarded to San Francisco by the customs authorities by the steamers Eureka and Orizaba, the mate going on the latter. The Humane Society. After a good deal of effort the Los Angeles Humane Society has secured an offloe in the new Millar block, ou Fort street, iv the office of H. N. Rust. It will be open in a few days for busi ness. Marriage Licenses. •Tbe following marriage licenses were issued yesterday: William Shadley to M. A. Nestor, F. Goodhue to E. E. Muller, R. B. McCanish to A. Given, John Richarson to Jennie Peppers. Aimee. The sale of seats for the Aimee Come dy Company next week is very large. This peerless queen of comedy will ap pear next Monday in her matchless char- j aetata at the Grand Opera House. 1 STONEMAN. He Delivers His Last Mes sage. THS TEXT OF THE DOCUMENT. The Irrigation, Viticultnral, liaii road Tax and Other Questions Considered. Sgee-lal rotor Hertddbulhe AttnciatrA Preu Sacramento, January 6.—Governor Stoneman in his message to the Legis lature transmitted to-day, makes a num ber of recommendations. Tho documeut is quite lengthy and considers all ques tions of interest to the State. Among the more important are the following: RAILROAD TAXES. The Controller's report gives a full, clear and cogent statement of the faots upon the much agitated question of rail road taxes, with details concerning tbe course uud consequences of the me sures taken to enforce their payment. It con tains also exhaustive tables of the amounts assessed, received and delin quent duting the past six years. It has been tbe earnest endeavor of the ad ministrat on to brißg this matter so long ut issue between the state and certain railroad corporations to a final decision as soon as possible before the Supreme Court of the Uuited States. With that object in view I addressed a letter to that court, dated November 23th, 1885, requesting that tbe cases pendiug be tween these two litigants should be ad vanced upon tbe calendar. Au early hearing followed; a decision was ren dered against tbe State, but not upou tbe living, vital question of the validity or constitutionality of our revenue sys tem us applied to the taxation of railroad property, but upon a side or techuscal point raisedjby the defendants, the rail road corporations. As 1 have had no information upon the point from the legal department of the government, I can give you n» information as to the probable tin c when these cases are likely to be decided ou their main issues by the S lprenie Court of the United Stiteß. The amount of taxes due by the Central ami Southern Pacific Rail roads and branches for the years 1880, ISBI aud 1882 was $1,020,675.57. Of this amount there was paia to Attorney- Genaral Marshall, and by him paid to the State and various county treasurers (in the way of partial payment) the sum of $470,47 6 08, besides other settlements which added to this, leaves unpaid for these years tbe sum of $416,252.28, as shown by reports on rile in the Con troller's office. The total amount thus paid in by the Attorney.General under some arrangement or compromise with tbe railroad corporations, amounts to $768,657.61, from which, deducting ex press charges, the net amount paid into the treasury was $768,273 23. As far as the powers of the Legislature can reme dy this condition of things, my recommendation has been reiterated in previous messages that tbe most ■tringest and effective laws should be enacted for tbis assessment and collec tion of taxes from all taxpayers, wheth er individual or corporation. The con troller reports that for 1883, the amount delinquent upon tho above system of roads was $555,623.46, of which there has been paid $333,377.13, leaving yet unpaid $222,251 33. For 1884, the amount was $653,373.12, of which $329,520.63 has been paid, leaving yet due $323,852.49. For 1385, upon tho roads, comprising most of tbe above system, no part of which hai been paid, there is due $720,703.31. The whole of the tax for 1886 amounting to $664, --559.18 is now due. viticulture. Viticulture itas passed beyond its ex perimental stages in California, and is now entering upon an era of progress that is gratifying to the pride of those engaged in it, as well as hopeful for the prosperity of the State at large. Its highest possible achievements are not yet known to the general public, but are fully realized by those who have been carefully watching the results of the tentative efforts begun in an exper imental way, and intelligently directed and encouraged by the State, especially through the efficient methods devised by the State Viticultural Commission. The future prosperity of California depends largely upon viticulture as a means to utilize the vast areas of our agricultural resources. The work inaugurated by the State to advance the material prospects of those of our citizens now engaged in wine growing and its dependent industries is likewise intended in good faith to afford needed assistance to many inexperienced people, thereby contributing to the wel fare of all classes who are directly or iu direetly interested iv the success of those industries for which our State is Seculiarly adapted. AU honorable in uatries of the people are entitled to the careful consideration and solicitude of the State and National governments, and for this reason this industry is fur ther commended, uot only to the Legis lature of this State, but also through your action and that of tho officers ap pointed under your laws, to our National Congress in all matters that pertain to its further encouragement and protection against vicious and dishonorable manu facture and trade. BOARD OF EQUALIZATION. The State Board of Equalization in their report say that Assessors and Su pervisors should be made to understand that so far as taxation is affected they are the servants and agents of the State. There should be no trifling or juggling with the law to suit the views of every Assessor or Supervisor. Let the theory of the subjection of revenue officials be crystallized into a* distinct and positive provision of the codes. The board earnestly request tbe Legislature to pro vide gome means by which they can obtain such information as they desire in relation to the revenue service. They aro often iv ueed of infor mation which may or may not be given, ns the courtesy or public spirit of tbo officers may permit. For instance, when assessing the various railronds they desire to asoertain tho amount of the assessment of land, houses and per sonal property of tbe various railroad companies made by the Assessors or the miles of telegraph lines, but have no power to enforce their wishes. While it is true that there is a penalty in the na ture of a criminal action for neglect of a legal duty, yet there should be a more general statement of tbe duties of Audit ors and Assessors in relation to the board, and tbe performance of those obligations should be enforced by a penalty or the forfeiture of salary, as before indicated. IRRIGATION. Impressed by tho great necessity of appropriate legislation on the question of water and water rights, and more by a memorial addrea-ed to mo signed b an overwhelming majority of the men bers of tbe Legislature urging immed atu action, I issued a proclamation o July 16, 1886, calling the Legislature t< geih6r in extra session for the purpos of taking such action on irrigation s these legislators had themselves reoon mended in the memorial. Though tb session was barren of the results antic pated, because many of tbe gent'eme alluded to failed to fulfill their own writ ten pledges, still much good was don by tbe new light shed upou the subjec through the press and discussions in th Legislature and elsewhere. That th irrigation question is one of paramoun importance is evidenced from the fac that both the great politioal parties ii the last State conventions in their plat forms urged the necessity of appropriate legislation upou it. My views on irri gation were fully sot forth in the proc lamation and subsequent message at tbi time of calling the last extra session, ti which you are respectfully referred. Thi opinions I tben entertained still remaii unchmged, and I vow believe, aa then that this vast and all-important que* tion of water and water righti cannot be satisfactorily solved at a reg< ular session of the Legislature, limited as it ia by the constitution to sixty days, during which so many other matters de manding legislative action engross th< time and attention of the members. How you are to deal with this irrigation problem, upon which the parties tc which you are affiliated have demanded aotion, is one upon which I am not in' clined to make a recommendation, ex cept to suggest |that the Committee) on Irrigation, in both houses, in cast they fail to accomplish the desired re suits, should be authorized to continu< their labors after the termination of th< present session. FBODOCTrvK CALIFORNIA. It is with a feeling of satisfaction thai I refer to California's chief industry, at under this heading oan legitimate!} come all of the productions of the land. The productive qualities of this great State are at this time commanding the attention of the world, not alone in the yieid of cereals, but in tho cultivation oi more varied products. The increased interest and successful results iv the vine und fruit growing districts have added greatly to the productive fame of California. A State that can show a production annually of from twenty to forty million bushels of wheat, fifteen to eighteen million gallons of wine, thous ands of tons of fruit, eight to ten mill ion pounds of wool and a half million boxeß of raisins, and whose citrus fruits are the admiration of all, must be pros perous. The demand for ber produc tions will increase in a manifold degree. The United StUes is a country of immense area, with a population of 60,000,000 of people and rapidly increasing. California is but a small portion of these United States, but is the one that can produce the greatest variety of the prime articles of necessity and luxury. Not only muat her hilly slopes und rich valleys furnish all the wive these people are to use but also the raisins, figs, olives, etc The unrelia bility of fruit raising in many of our States and the noticeable regularity with whioh this State brings forth her fruit (both deciduous and citrus) has demon strated that California is the foremost fruit producing State in the Union. To properly bring tbe attention of the con snmer to our productions, both agricul tural aud horticultural, we must foster such industries. The various public institutions for this purpose now aided by the State, I find to be man aged in a manner that not only reflects credit upon the boards of management, but upon the people of tho State. In administering to tbe wants of the people it has been my aim aud desire to make appointments from the class of citizens whose interests arc in common with the institutions tbey are selected to manage, thereby affecting a relative feeling that, in a majority of cases, bas given me assuaance that the method adopted was tlie correct one. Tbe most prominent institution among these referred to is the State Agricul tural Society, whioh has accomplished much toward increasing the resources of tbe State. The increased advantages now offered to exhibitors, the inauguration of a system of en couraging the varied productions of each county, the largely increased displays in the live stock department and the gen eral interest manifested iv tho annual exhibitions of this society are evidences that the management has been most com plete. The late citrus fair held in Sacramento was from every standpoint a great suc cess. It proved to all interested that the soil and climate of Middle and Northern California are well adapted to the cultivation of citrus fruits. The problem of how to get rid of fruit pests is attracting the attention it deserve: from the State Board of Horticulture. Iv this regard the inspectors of fruit pt sts say tbat it is of paramount im portance to the fruit growing interest that the work begun by the State should continue to be liberally supported. NIGARACtUA CANAL. Small Is be Under Control of tbe United States? Washinoton, January 6.—The bill reported by Senator Edmu.ds to-day to incorporate tbe Maritime Canal Com pany of Nicaragua, provides that the oompany's affairs shall be managed by eleven directors, citizens of the United States and Nicaragua and that the tolls shall not exceed $'2,50 per ton of freight. That the United States may exercise such control over vessels as ia not incon sistent with treaty obligations and that the power to alter, amond or repeal the aot shall be reserved to Cougress. Tbo te.iort accompanying the bill says that it is in the highest degree desirable that this transit should be under the in fluence, if it cannot be uuder the control of the United States. The committee recommends the passage of the bill in the hope that the resources and enter prise of private citizens of our country may be enabled to accomplish this great work, even if our government itself is not yet ready to undertake it. A Reported Railroad Accident. It was reported early this morning that tha train from Sau Diego due here yesterday evening, had been ditched bo tweent, that city and Colton, and re mained in the ditch four hours. It could ,not be ascertained if anybody had been hurt, or what damage had been done. No information could be ob ; tamed at the depot. A New Street Car Line. The Secretary of the City and Central Street Railways, Mr. Fred. Harknets, | is busy drafting a franchise for a new line of street cars on Washington street, from the corner of Figueroa to the Rose dale oemetery. NO. 83. WASHINGTON. i A Question for National Banks. ; INTERCESSION FOR CHINESE, ; A Pension Granted to Mrs. Log-an i — Manning: Made Mini sttr to^Mexico. Bpccial to the Herald by tke Aueciated Prim Washington, January 6.—There it still on deposit iv ths Uu ited States treasury to score the circulation of na. tional banks the sum of 13,998,480 in called 3 per oent bonds which hare ma tured. In view of the Attorney Gen eral's opinion tbat non-interest bearing bonds cannot be used as a basis for na tional bank circulation, considerable in terest is felt as to the probable course of the Treasury department toward tho banks holding the bonds in question. Trenholra, Comptroller of the Currency, was this afternoon questioned as to what steps he proposed t > take in this matter and he said be would probably ask tbo Attorney-General for advice before tak ing any radical action. He was engaged, he said, in making lists of the banks ana the amount of matured bonds hold by each, and he wanted to consult with tbe law officers of the Government as to what it is his duty to do next un der the circumstances. He was disposed to be lenient with tbe banks but he felt that he could no longer delay enforcing strict compliance with the laws bearing on the subject of National Bank securi ties. He did not, however, apprehend any trouble with tbe banks, aa be thought they would do their duty in tha premises as soon as it was made char to them. From other sources it was learned that the banks will bo allowed a week or ten days more within which to replace the matured bonds, after which time all banks which defanlt iv this respect will be proceeded against, attention beiug paid tirst to those longest in defuult. CONUHKSSION AL,. SENATE. Washington, January 6.—The Sen ate took up a resolution offered yester pay by MoPherson, calling on the Sec retary of the Treasury for a statement of the indebtedness of the Pacific Rail way Company to the Government and as to the effect of tbe fund bill thereon. The resolution was agreed to. Manderson brought before the Senate the case of the claim against Mexico for the killing of Captain Emmet Cray. ford.in command of the United States troops in pursuit of Geronimo, by Mexican troops in January, 186s), stating that a stranger and more urgent bill for indemnity should be made for the relief of Captain Crawford's heirs. The bill was referred. Pill sVOH CIIINESE. Eastern ministers BeA-srtnsr for the nea then. Washington, January 6.—The Meth odist Episcopal conference of West Vir ginia, has sent a most piteous appeal to Congress, which was presented to tbe House to-day, praying that action be taken at once to protect the inoffensive Chinese in California, Oregon and Wash ington Territory, from the ungodly and barbaric treatment that they are there receiving. It recites outrages wbioh it claims are of almost daily occurrence against th 9 person and property of this meek and defenseless people. Printed circulars are boing sent to all associations of ministers in the East, asking them to raise their voices to Congress in a pro test against the treatment that the Chi nese are now suffering on the Pacific coast. Washington Notes. Washington, January 6.—The Honse Committee on Civil Service Reform to day instructed Chairman Cox to report favorably to the House the Senate bill to repeal the Tenure of Offloe Act. The bond of the Union Iron Works of San Francisco for the construction of the naval cruiser Charleston having been approved aud tieled, the contract was regulaily executed to-day. Judge D. K. Carter, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, to-day denied a rumor that ho had resigned from the bench, bnt said he proposed to do so unless hie health, which is bad at present, improved in the near future. It is said to be probable that Sewell will be made Caairinan of the Senate Committee ou Military Affairs made va cant by tho death of Logan, rind that Hawley, now Chairman of the Commit tee on Civil Service, will succeed Sewell as Chairman of the Library Committee, and that Stanford will become ilawley's successor as Chairman of the Committee on Civil Service. The President sent to the Senate to day the nomination of Tbos. C. Man ning of Louisiana, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico. The Senate passed to-day, without di vision, the bill to pension Mrs, Logan. The President sent to tbe Senate to»» day the nomination of Robt. E. Neul breth, of California, for vice-Consul to Apia. Urateful. Washington, January 6.—The Presi dent received a call to-day from a young' man whom he had recently pardoned from jail. When the President saw his card he recognized the name and direct ed that the visitor be shown in. Tho young man said he lived some distance from Washington but had come hero in order to personally thank the Presi dent for restoring him to liberty and to his family and also to assure him that in the future bis conduot would oouvince tbo President tbat his clemency had not betn misapplied. The President greeted his visitor very kindly and after irquir iog into his past life and future proav peots advised him to make himself a useful oitizen, adding, "that it is never too late to reform and tbat there ia plenty of room for him in the world," llolman a Candidate. Indianapolis, January 6.—Congress man W. S. Holman reached this oity to-night, and made a formal announce ment of his intention to enter Ihe Demo cratic Senatorial oonteat. It ia under stood that neither party will caucus far Senator until the Lieutenant Governor ship question is settled. Tho oaaeaa will probably not be hold before next Thursday tught.