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Identity of the Murdered
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.
An Attempt to Destroy a Cable
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.
Three of the Crew at San Pe
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Proceedings of the State
A Long: List, of Appointments Sent
iv by Governor Stone
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
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
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
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
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
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
"Will tbo diva appear at Los Ange
"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.
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
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
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.
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
He Delivers His Last Mes
The Irrigation, Viticultnral, liaii
road Tax and Other Questions
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:
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
i A Question for National
; A Pension Granted to Mrs. Log-an
i — Manning: Made Mini sttr
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.
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.
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
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
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.

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