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VOL. XXVI. THE COAST. Meeting of the State Viti eHltural Board. SOME RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED. Rewards Offered for the Dynamite Fiends—The Wreck of a Schooner. [Special to the Herald by the Associated j"r«s«| San Francisco, January 15.—A spe cial meeting of the State Viticultural Commissioners was held at their rooms to-day. A communication was read from the President of the National Agricultural and Dairymans' Associa tion, addressed to Mr. Wetmore as one of the committee appointed by that body for the Pacific coast. Thia com munication notified the Board of State Viticultural Commiaaioners of a national convention to be held in New York about February Bth or 9th, to be fol lowed by a banquet to representative Agriculturists, Congressmen, Senators, Governora and other leading men. This communication further invitea participa tion and rrquests that the commission select proper California wines for use on this occasion. Another letter, referring to the American exhibition at London was read, urging an exhibit of Cali fornia wines and the early appoint ment of a proper representative. He fur ther indicated valuable means of intro ducing California wines abroad and a willingness to reader whatever assistance that lay within his pTwer. The writer is Mr. H. E. Hamilton Womersley, of tbe firm of J. & J. Coleman, of Loudon, which employs over 6000 hainU in the manufacture of mustard, starch, paper, flour, etc., the largest firm of its kind in the world. Senator Rose, of the Los Augeles dis trict, who is now chairnvin of the Viti cultural Committee in the Sente, ad dressed a letter to the secretary request ing him to express 1 1 tile commissi- n his hope that the resignation of Mr. Wetmore will not bo accepted and that he may bo induced to t rain his position. Mr. Harasz hy read the communica tion containing the rciguation of Mr. Wetmore, aa chief executive otfisar. Mr. Shorb earnestly urged Mr. Wet more to withdraw it. Other members of the commission expressed similar sentiments. Finally a motion by Mr. Krug that action on this rosiguation be deferred for four weeks was carried unanimously. Mr. Shorb cffWed the follo.ving rcßo lution which was unanimously udopted: Resolved, That on behalf of the vine growers of this Statu the thanks of this commission are tendered to all Senators and Repreaentatives of California in Congreas for their united efforts to secure favorable legislation on viticul tural matters. Alao to Hou- J. P. Jones and his colleagues on tbe Senate Finance Committee for their able assistauce. Also to Hon. Wharton J. Green, of North Carolina, for hia special efforts to protect pure wines against adultera tions. liesolred: Further, that the Secretary of thia commission bu instructed to com municate with Mr. Green with respect to his bill taxing spurious wives, aud to inform him that its provisions were now being examined carefully, and that some modifications might be suggested by this commission, which it ia believed will further improve and strengthen the measure, both before the people and Congress, and prove satisfactory to hon est producers throughout the United States. The commission then took an adjournment until Monday next. THK .MlltlUlltllUS. Howards Offered for Their Cap* ture and Conviction. San Francisco, January 15. —A special meeting of the Board of Super visors took place this moruing for the purpose of considering tljt, carmen's strike, and to devise means of preaerving tne peace of the city. The following resolution waa adopted unanimously: Whereas, The recent outrages com mitted in thia'city and county iv the use of explosives are wholly unjustifiable, and stamp the perpetrators as vicious and criminal characters, devoid of all human feeling, and whoae punishment should be swift, sore and effective; and, Whereaa, The lives aud safety of our citizens bave been and will be imperiled if the reckless and cowardly acts com mitted in thia city Vrc permitted to oc cur. Now, therefore. Resolved, That His Honer, the May or, be, and he is hereby empowered to offer a reward in the sum of $500 for the arrest and conviction of any person who engages in the manufacture, or who car ries, conveys, uses or discharges any ex plosive to endanger the lives or property of our citizens, and alao for the arreat and conviction of any person who has engaged in, inatigated, encouraged, par ticipated iv or committed any such act. The striking carmen, at a meeting held last night, adopted a resolution offering .SIOO reward for information that will lead to tbe apprehension and conviction of tbe perpetrators of the outrages. A SCHOONER ASHORE. The Crew Said to Have Reached Land lv Safety. San Francisco, January 15.—Tbe re port was reoeived in this city late to night that the schooner Parallet, one hundred and forty-two tons burden, owned by S. B. Peterson of this city, which left here January 13th, for As toria, is ashore on the south end of Point Lobes, inaide tho Seal Rocks, She is broadside toward the beach, and a moderate surf is running. Her bot tom appears to have been pierced by the rock on which she is now lying. She will probably be a total loss. When fouud she waa deserted. It ia be lieved that tbe crew took a boat and reached the shore in safety, bnt up to midnight nothing had been heard of them. It is the opinion that tho vessel, owing to strong winds, was compelled to put back, and tbat us the entered tbe (trait the wind died away and a strong ebb tide carried ber on shore. Itianot known bow many were in the crew, nor with what the vessel waa loaded. The Stock market. San Francisco, January 15.—Beet A Belcher, 910.12}; Chollar, $10; Crocker, $1; Con. Virginia, $21.75; Peer, 55c; Peerless, 70c; Ophir, $11.62}; Hale * Norcross, $8 12}; Potosi, $3.12}; Sierra Nevada, $6.75; Utah, $6.25; Yellow Jacket, $7; Union Con., $5.12}. WEATHER PROBABILITIES. Fuaniahed by tbe Southern Pacific Railroad Company, for the benefit of commerce: Snn Francisco, January 15.—Weath er ruporls for twenty-four hours ending 8 I. M-, on the 14th inst., is aa follows: Barometer lowest in Waahington Terri tory and highest near San Francisco. Southerly winds prevailed iv district north of San Frunc'sco, and .variable winds south of that point. Rains hav ing fallen in Oregon and Washington Territory and in the northern portion of California. The amounts ore aa fol lows: Olympia, .75, Walla Walla .19, Astoria .19, Portland .88, Hoaebuig .13, Eureka .25, and Red Bluff .12. The temperature has fallen slightly in Ore gon and Waahington Territory, and haa remained nearly stationary in Califor nia. Indications for twenty four'bonrs, commencing at 4 A. M. January 15tb, for California : Occasional light show ers in northern portiou and fair weather in southern portion; variable winds, generally southerly, in northern portion and nearly .stationary temperature. For Oregon and Washington Territory, hght rains, southwesterly winds, nearly stationary temperature along the coast; alightly cooler in the interior. The Arizona Legislature. Pkkscott, A. T., January 15.—The Democrats in joint council last night re solved to employ no clerks other than those authorized by Congress, viz: Two for each Houae, nor to incur any legia legialative expense exoeedlng the appro priation of the government tor that pur pose. The Council bill repealing tbe anti- Mormon test oath law of last session passed the Houße to-day by a vote of 23 to 1. Worres, Republican, from Pima, voting in the negative. The Governor has approved Council bills two and three repealing the anti- Mormon law and creating a commission to codify the laws. The President and Speaker were instructed to telegraph Congress for authority to employ addi tional clerks. Water from the Mtioa Instead of the mouiitnlns. Chici), January 15.—Au exciting elec tion was held here to-day to create an indebtedness of oue hundred thousand dollars to bring water from the moun tains for town purposes. The vote was close, only six majority for water, aud aa it requires a two-thirds vote the ques tion is lost. It bus been cloudy here for several days and thii forenoon a heavy shower of rain fell lasting about a half hour. It is vow clear aud cold with tho wind in the north. The Kuln. San Francisco, January 15.—A light rain fell here this morning, amounting to five huudredtha of an inch. The weather ia still cloudy, but the wind is from the north. Livkkmokk, January 15 —The wel come rain is falling. Prospects are fa vorable for it to outinue. BapDIKO, January 15.—A heavy fall of rain occurred hereat 5 A, tf. At uoun it was clear aud cold with a strong uorth wind. A Kan franclaco Fire. San Francisco, January 15.—Shortly before 2 o'clock this afternoon a fire broke out in McKay's moulding shop, oh Fifth sireet, near the corner of Bry ant. Iv a few minutes the place was in flames. The fire spread to adjoining buildings, a furniture factory on one side and a machine shop, planing mill aud another furniture factory on the other. The fire is under control. Esti mated loss $20,000; small iusurauue. The A. & P. Cutting 1 . Sa.v Francisco, Jauuary 15.—1t is stated that the Atlantic and Pacific rail road has i laced a full line of their tickets in the hands of a man known by them to he a "scalper." Agents look upon this action as the certain beginning of a war of rates which, from the way they talk, will be more hotly waged than that of last spring. An Incendiary f ire. San Francisco, January 15.—O'Neill & Co.'s Golden Gate Flint Glass Works, at West Berkeley, were totally destroyed by fire yesterday. Loss, $20,000; small insurance. The fire is believed to be incendiary, as on the night previous the watchman had discovered and ex tin tinguished a lite iv the rear of tbe build ing. A (jiovcnior'N Denial. San Francisco, January 15.—A dis patch has been received in this city from Governor Torres, Governor of the Mexi can State of Sonora, denying the report that he is or haa been tcDiictod with smallpox. He also denies that the dis ease is epidemic in Sonora, Want Titles. San Francisco, January 15.—Since the recent throwing open to settlement of the lauds of the forfeited Atlantic and Pacific railroad grani', the business of tbe United States Laud Ollice, in this oity, has been largely increased by the rush of people anxious to secure titles. The Blddlc Will Cuae. San Luis Omspo, January 15.—The Superior Court convened at 1 o'clock this afternoon, and the judge proceeded to give hia charge to the jury iv the Kiddle will case, concluding at 4 o'clock. The jury immediately retired and ia still deliberating. Haln at .Merced. Merckd, January 15.—Rain fell light ly here this afternoon, commencing about 4 o'clock, and continuing about two hours. It ia now clear with a stiff breeze from the northwest. Rain at lone. lone, January 15.—1t commenced raining here this morning to the great satisfaction of everybody, as it ia much needed. There is a good prospect for a continuance. Rain at Auburn. Auiiurn, Cal., January 15.—A light rain fell this afternoon, to-night it is clear. So far this aeaaou there baa been very little frost. Tomato vines are ia blossom. Six Years for Ten Cents. San Francisco, January 15.—This afternoon Thomas Watson, convicted of having stolen a ten cent purse from a lndy, was sentenced to six years in San Quentin. SUNDAY MOBNING. JANUAIIY 10. 1887 TWELVE PAGES. EASTERN. The Southern Coast Cities Want Protection. A BOLD TRAIN ROBBERY. Congressman Norwood Explains How he Got on the Railroad Company's Pay-Koll. [Sprclal to the Herald bvthe Associated Pret*\ Pk.nsacola, Flu., January lo.—The executive committee of the Coast De fense Association of tbe Coast Citiea of the South have issued the following cir cular: "We, the undersigned citizens of tho Soath and Gulf aea board, regard with alarm the unprotected condition of our cities, which, in their present de fenseless state, render them and our homes liable to destruction or the exac tion of tribute, equally as ruinous, in the event of war. This feeling of alarm ia intenaitied by the humiliating fact that a single gunboat of any third rate power may take possession of and de atroy any one of our sea-port cities, while we are unable to defend or offer successful reaistance. While the nation haa experienced a long bleaaing of peace we canno: always expect thia boon, and it is imperative tbat our ports be placed in a state of defense, which would alone have a tendency to avert war. Wa therefore recommend that a convention be held at Defuniak Springs, Florida, a central and con venient poiut, to convene on February Bth, 1887, to counsel aa to the beat method of securing protection for our coaal, based upon modern requirements. We recommend tbat hia Excellency, President Cleveland, Hon. Secretaries of War and Navy, both the committees of Congress on Military and N tv.l Aft'aiie, General Gilmore and Captain Green, United Statea army, General Newton, Hon. S. S. Cox, of New York, and oth ers, be invited to attend. Also the Gov ernors of North Carolirto, South Caro lina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Missis sippi, Louisiana, and Texas with four delegates at large, and one from each Cougresaional Diatriet, appointed by the Governora of the above States, and dele gatus from tiio cities of tho coast States. We would gladly invite all coast States, but in a couutry of such vast distances each tion should move iv convention or otherwise." The circular ia signed by promineut citizens of ull southern coast cities. Amoig the names are Governor Drew, Jacksonville, and Messrs Adger of CbarleatoD, Fairbanks of Ferdiuando, Dunn of Brunswick, Dimeukes of St. Augustine, Bethel of Key West, Oi man of Appalachicola, Mcllvane of Cedar Keya, Chiploy of Pensacola, Cunning ham of Mobile and Richardson of New Orleans. BOLD Tit AIM HOICIItIRV. (Jure Rifled of Anne and Ammu nition. PiTTSBUitt!, January 15.—Five masked robbers boarded a Pun Handle freight train near Sheridan Station, just at the outskirts of this city, last night, and were detected iv the act of throwing valuable freight from the train, Iv a desperate fight which ensued fireman Curley was ahot through the right thigh and a brakeman was knocked senaelesa, tbe robbers escaping. The latter had act three brakes to make the train move alowly, aud thia fact led to their detec tion. lt is thought that the robbers secreted themselves in Ihe car before the traiu left this city and as soou as they were beyond the oity limita forced open the doors. They then broke open the car doors and threw out a number of guns and a quantity of ammunition. It is thought the men got away with some of the arms Several theories bave been advanced as to why the cars were se lected that were loaded with arms. It is thought by some persons tbat the gang may have been anarchiais and that they were trying to secure rifles and ammunition for future use. They evidently seemed to have known before hand what tho contents of the cars were. COMiHEKSIONAL. HOUSE. Washington, January 15.—Norwood, of Georgia, rose to a question of privil ege in regard to the publication iv to day's New York World, in which the name of T. M. Norwood appeared in connection with the accounts of the Central Pacific Railroad. Last night he had been waited upon by a representa tive of that paper who asked whether he had ever represented a claim against the Central Pacific or tha Union Pacific. He had forgotten which, he had replied, and hia statement had been published. Nothing had been aaid in regard to the Southern Pacific. He presumed he was the Norwood mentioned in the account. In 1885, a year after hia senatorial term had expired, he had been engaged by the Southern Pacific aa counsel in n con test between tbat company and the Tex as & Pacific, which ended two years sub sequently. His aervices had been ren dered publicly, and what waa mentioned in the World he preaumed to be fees paid from time to time upon hia regular salary. Thia waa his connection with the case. How these items ap peared in the account of the Central Pacific Company with the United States he did not know. He never, in any shape had any connection with the Cen tral Pacific or Union Pacific Company. Judgment Withheld. Indianapolis. January 15.—1 a the circuit court tbis morning argument was continued in the injunction proceedings of Senator Smith against Lieutenant- Governor Robinson. Judge Turpie'a argument occupied nearly two and a half hours. At the conclnsion Judge Ayers said he would withhold bis decision uu til Monday morning. le It Possible? Washington, January 15.—1t is stated that tbe seat of any Senator of the United States elected by the Legis lature of California that excludes from its organization the "hold over" State Senators will be contested, A New Postoffice. Washington, January 15.—A new Eostoffiee has been oreated at Anon, San >iego oonnty, snd Myra Kittleson has been appointed postmistress. THE NEW YORK PRESS. Opinion* of Papers on Inter- Slate Commerce. Nkw York, January 15,—The Times in an edit .rial on the passage t f the In ter-State Commerce bill says: Tho effect of this net, if enforced according to its intent aud spirit by a competent com mission, will put an entl to the discrimi nations aud arbitrary power of great corporation* to control the development and course of trnffic with reference aole ly to what tbe manager! conceive to be their corporate intereate.. It will estab lish a clear distinction between through traffic and local traffic, based upon the difference iv circumstances and condi tions under which tiiey are carried ou without injuriously distijirbiug the rela tions between the two. It will have the effect of compelling the establishment of uniform and stable rate* by competing line* without tho necessity of pooling their freights or agreeing to a division of tbeir earnings according to certain ratios. If it is accepted by railway companies iv good faith and an effort is made to ad just bnsine s to its requirements it will be found that the-e results can be attained without difficulty, without dis aster to the railroads and without in jury to the business interests cf the country. The Tribune says: Th*debate on the Inter-state Commerce bill ended late last night in the passage of tbe measure by a vote of 43 to 15. Tbe size of tha ma jority will surprise moat people. From tho Tribune's point of view the success of thia bill is to be regretted. In our judgment it is not a wise measure, and we believe it wil 1 disappoint the people who supported it. It will probably cause leas harm than its enemies expected, and it will certainly do less to carry out the wishes of its projectora than they autio pated. Application Denied. Wmshiwjton, January 15.—Upm the petition of citizens of Tuiuro and Fresno counties in California, to the depart ment of justice, asking that suits be in stituted by the Government to test the title of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company to certain landß in those coun ties, on the ground that tho r ad waa not built on the lino designed by the State charter to said company, and that the lands were settled upou prior to the issue cf patents to the railroad com pany. Land Commissioner Sparks has regarded that tho grant hy Congress was not for a charter line under the California act, but for a line to be diaig. uated as provided by act of Congress, making, the grant aud that the ngnt of settlera ia determined by the date when the railroad graut took effect upou the lands, and not the dates when the pat ents wera issued to the company. He -ays that no cause exists f-r the suits asked, and recommends that the appli cations be denied. An linage Secured, Washington, January, 15.—The Sec retary of the Navy received a telegram to-day from Command F. Day, an nouncing the arrival of the Mohican at I Valparaiso and sating that he waa suc cessful in securing a pre-bistoric atone image from Easter Island, for the .Smith soman Institute. A German vessel secured one of these Images a couple of years ago. The Smithsonian authorities were desirous of obtaining one and re quested the Stcrtttary of the Navy to direct a naval vessel to make the effort iv their behalf when convenient. The Commaudur of tho Mohican was ordered a year ago to stop at Easter Island and to secure one if j osaible. A Denver Fire. Denver, Col., January 15.—The Clifford block, a three story building owned by W. li. Daniels, was complete ly destroyed by fire this afternoon. The ground floor was occupied by Knight & Atmore, clothiers. The entire stock was destroyed. Loss, $34,000; insured for $26,500, and H. Douglass, china and iineensvvare stock; total ln<s valued at $35,000 to $40,000; insured for $34,000. The contents of the upper floors, occu pied as offices and lodgings, were entire ly destroyed. Tho loss is from $15,000 to $20,000; partially iusiired. The loss to block the is estimated at $40,000,lul)y covered by insurance. William*' Itraisu for Opposing ■ nter-State Commerce. Washington, January 15.—Senator Stanford gave his reasons for voting against the luter-State Commerce bill in his recent speech to the Senate. Sena tor Williams summed up his objections to the bill as follows: "It destroys the nat ural advantages of San Francisco as a competing point. I believe the effect of tbe bill will be to put up rates on through freight, and thus take just so much money out of tho pookets of California shippers than they now pay. lam con vinced that this bill will be a positive injury to our people, therefore I am against it." A Distillery Burned. Tkrre Haute, Ind., January 15.— The Terre Haute distillery waa burned here this morning. The fire entirely destroyed the building and contents, including 10,000 bushels of corn, 65,000 gallons of high wines aud 20,000 gallons of low wines. The loss is $100,000, in sured at $70,000. James Nuttent, the watchman, is supposed to have been burned to death iv the ruins. Inter-State Commerce Bill. Washington, January 10.—In the House to-day Crisp, of Georgia, pre sented the conference report on the Inter State Commerce bill, stating that he did not do so for the purpose of ask ing for action upon it at this time, but in order tbat it might be printed in the record and iv bill form. This was or dered, and Crisp gave notice that he would call up the report Wednesday. A Natural Son. New Yokk, January 15—A Paris special declares that a natural child of the late Prince Imperial is about to he produced in Franco. The mother is a school mistress in Austria. The story is giveu to much credit that Empress Eupenie has written the Due D'Mouchy, making strict inquiries. The boy is said to be a perfect image of hia reputed sito. A Know Slide. Ouray, Col., January 15.—A snow slide at Marshall's Baain yesterday killed two men named Gnnn and Dono van and seriously injured another. The slide swept away all of the buildings of tbe Union mine and injured one of the men. It carried away a man working on the Sheridan and one from tbe Men dots mine, bruising them considerably. FRENCH'S STORY. What C. P. Huntington Says of It. THE MISCELLANEOUS ACCOUNT. Iluntinsrton Says French Wanted to Sell Information Which Had No Value. \ Special to the Herald by the Associated Press. New York, Jauuary 15.—The Daily News this afternoon published the fol lowing as the substance of an inter view with C. 9, Huutington, President of the Central Pacific Railroad, on state ment! published iv the World. He aaid that the California papers had pub liahed .similar articles before, and oue of them said: "We had atolen $150,000, --000, and now it had been reduced to $2,000,000. The booka of the company bad been and were open for inapeclion, and the matter had probably been looked iuto twenty times." "You can't," he aaid, "Run a large corporation like thia without having a large miscellaneous expense account. You have to protoct your property. The matter is very old. Thia has beeu before the publio iv one form or another for many yeara. French has been bere to see me several times about buying bis information. He told me that he was going to sell it, and if I did not buy it, some other party would. I told him I knew all about the matter, and if he had any thing to sell he bad better show rati something i did not know any thing about, as I would not buy what 1 knew all about. We loan, d Mr. French v oney to go into business, and he atiU owea Ha that. Some correspond,nee pnssed between ua about the aale of his information." Here Mr. Huntington bud his letter book brought to him ucd he read a letter of his to French dated January (iih, which ended the negotiations, Ia that letter Mr, Huntington says iv effeot that aa Mr. trench had obtained hia information while in tho employ of the government it was a matter between French and the government and not with Mr. Hunting ton. The latter had not heard since from Mr. French. "The young man he aaid," alluding to Mr. French, "was impecunious and evidently wanted to make a litile money. Reception to Davltt. Philadelphia, January 15. — The friends of Irish liberty filled the Acade my of Music to-night at a reception giveu Michael Davitt, under the auapicea of the municipal council of the Irish National League. The "Father of the Laud League" waa eacorted from the Continental Hotel, where he ia stopping with his bride, to the Academy by the First Kegiineut of Hibernian rifles. Mr. Havitt's appearauce ou the stage was the signal for a roar of applause and his remarks were interrupted by frequent outbursts of enthusiasm. Cholera in South America. Philadelphia, Jauuary 15. —A. E. Durkee, a ship owner of this city,- has just received a letter from Monlevideo, South America, stating that cholera pre vaila to an alarming extent on the upper branch of the La Plata river, in cluding all towna above Montevideo, both in Uraguay and the Argentine Re public. Hundred* of persona are dying daily. Lamar and Bride. Washington, January 15.—Secretary Lamar and bride arrived from the south thia morning at 8:30 and were at once driven to their residence, No. 1315 North street. The Secretary was driven to his i tli. c where ho remained an hour looking over his official mail aud theu called upon tbe President. Striker* paid off. Jersey City, N. J. January 15.—The Lorillard strikers were paid off at noon to-day. A large squad of police was at the factory to prevent trouble. The strikers express their determination to remain out uutil their demands are acceded to. Killed in a mine. Auburn, Jannary 15.—Henry Haw kens was caved on and killed in the .Morning Star mine near tho Ophir yea terday. He waa a native of Cornwall, Rugland. Post polled. San Francisco, January 15.— The races advertised to take place at the Bay District track to-day were post poned on account of rain. Accidently Killed. Stockton, January 15.—A boy named Marshall was shot aud killed here acci dently tbis morning hy a compauion, while duck hunting. Two Unfortunate Carpenters. George Dow, a little carpenter who, according to hia own admission, had drunk ns much of every kind of liquor yesterday as he could carry without burating, went into Felix' saloon oppos ite tbe Opera House at half-past eight. Here he met two strangers who induced him to take a walk with them. Tbey led little George up to the corner of Third and Hill streets, where tbey sud denly threw him down and whilst one sat ou the prostrate form of the carpen ter, tho other went through his clothes and relieved him of $18 in cash, after which both fled in a hurry. Peter Johnson, a Swedish carpenter, arrived from Pasadena yesterday and bunted bad company at once. He found what he wanted on Alameda atreet, be tween Aliao and Macy, in a house of tolerance, where he waa robbed of $42. Board of Education. At the meeting of the Board last uight the resignation of Miss Agnes McLean as a teacher was accepted and she was appointed a substitute teacher at $75 monthly. A communication from Fred 11. Clark, principal of tbe Hi?h School suggested that more teachers be ap pointed as his ataif is overworked. The following committees were appointed: Finance, Thurston and Earle. Supplies and Janitor, Graham and Thurston. Building and repairs, Karl and Graham. Teachers' Salaries and Library, Averill and Karlo Rules and regulations, Gra ham and Thurston. Tbe oommittee on rules and regulations were requested to report at the next meeting. SANTA CLAUS MACKAY. The < hrlatmaa i.iii He made to Commercial Cable Employe*. Joy and hihirity burst out all of asud j den yeaterday afternoon in the normally I stdate aud business like precincts of tbe | Commercial Cable Company's central j offices on the seventh floor of tbe build ing al 40 Wall street. Tbe genial face of Secretary George (i. Ward was seen wreathed in smiUs and his black eyta were beaming with pleasure. He had called together all the employes and a pile of crisp bank notes lay before him. "John W. Maekay," said he, "is in San Francisco, but his heart is with us herein New York." "It is big enough to reach the whole way," said h clerk. "Well," continued Mr. Ward, "he re membera us aud has telegraphed m« to present to each of you the amount of halt month's wages, ami with it lo wish you a merry Christmas." This was a long apeech for Mr. Ward, but it waa enough. It would have done any millionaire's heart good to have set n how much genuine joy and good feeling it wrought. The reflection of brighter Christinas tires shone in every eye, and the green tinted equivalent* of ao much California gold were aoun bulg ing every poeketbook about the place. But thi* had not by any mean* ex hausted Secretary Ward* pleasant in structions. The wires of the Commer cial Cable Company were soon tingling with laughing lightning bearing tbe Maekay message of Christmas good will and good money to every employe of the Commercial Cable Company in Eu rope and America, rolling the dimen sions of this Christmas gift away up into tbe thousanda. What v pleasant picture it would make as that message cair.e out of the instru ments: Tick! Tick! Flash! Flash! •'What's that? Come bere, boy 3." "Mr. Maekay orders au extra helf month pay to everybody. Merry Christ mas." "Wo t ike off our hats to you. ir, 1 ' was oue of the messages sent back to the millionaire, under 3,000 miles of sea and over three thousand miles rf laud. Not even the messetiger boys were for gotten. They all got something. Plain and gentle hearted John W. Maekay loves to do all things quietly aud in doing good ho loveato be quietest of all. Hia millions have not removed him v jot from kindly sympathy with his poorer fellow men, and to such a mil lionaire, engaged in such kindly work, many a man who never heard of John VV. Maekay or his millions before will be proud to say with the clerk: "We take off our hats to you."—[N. Y. Journal. The Measurement of the Year. The length of the year is strictly 365 days five hours forty-eight minutes forty nine seconds and seven tenths of a sec ond—the time required for the revolu tion of the earth around the sun. About 45 B. C. Julius Catsar, by the help of Sosigiues, an Alexandrean philosopher, came to a tolerably clear understanding of the length of a year, and decreed that every fourth year should be held to con eist of 366 days for the purpose of absorbing the odd hours. By this rather olumsy arrangement the natural time fell behind the reckoning, as, in reality, a day every fourth year ia too much by eleven minutes ten seconds and three tenths of a second, so it inovitably fol lowed that the beginning of the year moved onward ahead of the point at which it was iv the days of Cattr, From the time of the Council of Nice, in 325 A. D., when the vernal equiuox fell correctly on the 21st of March, Pope Gregory found in 1582, A, D, that there had been an overreckouing to ihe extent pf ten daya, and that Hie vernal equinox fell on the llth of Miirch. To correct the past error he decreed that the sth of October of that year should be reckoned aa the 15tb, and, to keep the year right in future—the overplus being 18 hours 37 minutes and 10 seconds in acentury- he ordered that every centennial year that con Id not be divided by four 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200) should not be bissextile, as it otherwise would be; thus, in short, dropping the extra day three times every 400 years. While in Catholic countries the Gregorian stylo was readily adopted, it was not so in Protestant tuitions. Iv Britain it was not adopted until 1752, by which time tbe discrepancy between the Julian nnd Gregorian periods amounted to eleven days. An Act of Parliament was passed dictating that the 3d of September that year should be reckoned the 14, and three of every four centennial years should be leap years; 1800 not being a leap year, the new and old styles now differ twelve days, onr Ist of January being equivalent to the 13th old style. Iv Russia alone of Christian countties is the old style retained. The old style is still retained in the treasury accounts of Great Britain. In old times the year was bel l to begin on the 25th of March, aud thia uaage, or piece of antiquity, is also still observed in tbe computations of the Chancellor of the British Exchequer. So the tirst day of the financial year is the sth of April, being "Old Lady Day." — [Boston Journal of Education. One of Brigham Youngs' Daugh ters. *'Do you see that woman there griut'. ing the band organ?' said a citizen of Salt Lake who baa been viaiting Chicago for several months. "And do you ob serve the blind man who aita beaide hei? The woman ia a daughter of Brigham Young, and I have kuown her aince she was a child. She would know me if she should see me, acd I hope that she won't for she would feel annoyed. She mar ried a Gentile and shook Mormoudom. Old Brig disinherited her, and her hus band loat his sight after they had gone east to live. YouDg endeavored in every way possible to get her back to Utah and the faitb, and even to, tbis day she would acquire a large fortune if she would give up her husband and go back, or even if ahe would bring him into the Church, but she utterly refuses to do such a thing, and grinds that organ to support that poor old blind fellow whom she loves and who loves ber. This is no fairy tale. It's cold drawn, home made unfortunate fact." The Utah man gave a girl a So gold piece, asking her to put it in Ihe organ grinder's box, then he slid around the corner while the club man watched the effect. The woman seemed at first to pay no attention to the coin, thinking, perhaps, that it was a penny, and the girl ran away. But in a few seconds the woman stopped in the middle of the best tune that the organ was capable of, then picked np the coin, looked anxiously after the fleeing girl, and, wiping the tears from her eyes, whispered some thing to her blind mate, and tbe two went away, the man carrying the organ while she led him. NO. 91. GERMANY. The Effect of the Govern ment .Defeat. BISMARCK HOLDS THK KEi"» If the Reichstag Proven Unfair the Prussian Diet will be Appealed to. f Special to tlu Herald by the AuociatedPrtu\ Berlin, January 15.—The dissolution of the Reichstag has taken no party un awares. Preparations for a new elec tiou have beeu actively p.-ooeeding over since the decisions of the military com mission showed that the defeat of tbe government was inevitable. Tbe ucm ber of seats likely to be severely con tested ia estimated at fifty. Of those tbirty-six are held by Progressists ana fourteen by tbe Center Parly. All other seats are considered to be firmly held. The fourteen seats of the Center party whioh are imperilled are situated in Southern Germany and were formerly held by National Liberals, The govern ment may win tbem bank under preaanre of patriotic excitement, which ia running high in the southern states, but the general opinion continues to be against the chances of the government's obtaining a majority. Whatever may he the result, the government will adhere to the original demand. If the coming Reichstag oonfirma the decision of the lust one, Prince Bismarck may ignore that body and apply to a separate legis lature to sanction an increase of the army. Tbis course is indicated in the passage of his speech, in which he re minded the Reichstag tbat tbe Emperor is always able, aa King of Prussia, to appeal with confidence to the Prussian Parliament for means for guarding tbe Fatherland, or ho may try for a pe riod to rule without a budget, trusting in the end to obtain a vote of indemnity. EXPLOHEB STANLEY. lie Will Soon start oa Another Exploration. Brussels,, January 15.—Mr. Henry M. Stanley arrived here to-day and bad a long and touching interview witb tb* King. The expedition for tbe relief of Emir Bey will start on tbe 22d inst. Mr. Stanley bad received 400 applica tions from persons wishing to serve oa hia personal stiff. There were originally five vacant ones, however, and these had already been fi led. Stanley, in an in terview, said: "It was not true tbe British government had subscribed largely to the costs of tbe expendition." Mr. Stanley returned to London this evening. He will bold a consultation with Mr. Junker at Catio. Oscar Watti, chief in tbe Austrian expedi tion, which has been exploring Africa, has arrived at Zsuzibar. He bas long been believed to be dead, having been for eighteen months in the interior. Hotel Accommodations. An impression has gone abroad that there is uo room in Los Angelea for the thousands of t.uriata that are coming to the City of Angela. Thia idea haa been circulated in Kansas City to induce overland passengers to go elsewhere, or parties looking for Western homes to settle in Kansas or Colorado. This idea should, be corrected at oppe, There is room for all to Come who ehoo.-e to do so. The people who arrive here scon distribute themselves throughout the country, where houses are ready to receive them. There are 20 hotels in tho city and they can generally accom modate all applicants. Then there ia the new beautiful Carleton Hotel at Pasadena, the new hotel at Lamanda Park, the delightful Orand View Hotel at Monrovia and the Monrovia Hotel and the Hotchkiss Ho tel among the new plaoes of rest and entertainment, while the spacious and beautiful Raymond, and the Orand Hotel at Pasadena will furnish room and a welcome for all. Hnndruds of rooma are being con stantly prepared far guests in this city aud rooma will be furnished for all vis itors aa fust aa they arrive. Let them come! Death of a Teacher. The teachers of Los Angeles have sustained a great loss iv the death of the most accomplished aud amiable Mary A. Holgkius, who was a teacher in the public schools of tbis city for nine years. Misa Hodgkins waa a moat lovable character, finely educated and ef a sweet aud cheerful disposition. She was a natural born teaclier and greatly beloved by her popili, who will sincerely weep over her new-made grave. Long-Distance Biding. A recent event nt interest Ims been v long-distance ride, which, by direc tion of the General, and with tha sanction of Lord Wolaeley, was under taken by Lieutenant Maryon Wilson of the Thirteenth Hussars. Lieutenant Maryon Wilaon, who bo longs to the well-known Easex family of that name, left Colchester on No vember 24th at midday, in charge of one non-commissioned officer and four troopers, and made tbe beat of his way lo Ipswich, where he passed the night, and next day pressed on to Norwich, halting at that city on Thursday night. On Friday the little force set out on tbe return journey, and arrived at theoavsl ry barracks, Colchester, before midday on Saturday, the 27th, having safely marched 150 miles without fatigue to men or horses, and without a single aore back. The long-distance ride, which is not unknown iv the Russian army, is • novelty in this country, and has never before been attempted in England. Horses snd men were carefully weighed, together with their accoutrements, which were precisely such as would be required in actual campaigning, both before setting oat snd on their return, with the result of proving that whereas tbe men gsiued weight to the extent of three or four p muds each, their horses loat on su average nearly ■ fourteen pounds eaoh horse. The success of tha experiment most be largely attributed to the skill of Lieutenant Maryon Wilson, who is dis tinguished ss a fine horseman and a bold j rider to hounda, thoroughly acquainted | with the capabilities of horses snd how to make the best of them.