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LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD.
VOL. XXVI. THE COAST. Fatal Railroad Accident at The Needles. DAGGER AND STRYCHNINE. The Railroad Nearly Completed to i-tiiita Barbara Excursions. Associated Press DispMc l to the HnaALD* Nhdues, Cal., February 27. —The east-bound passenger train, due here at 9:40 I". St., Saturday, ran into a burned bridge about four miles west t f this place The engine,baggage,mail and express and one Pullman car caught (ire and were t italy consumed. E. L. Gilbert, broke man, two Indians and one tramp were burned to death. The engineer, E. J. Hndgdon, is not expected to live, and E. L. Pepipin, the mail agent, aud J. K. Dickinson, tho porter, are seriously hurt. Three male passengers received a num ber of bruis.ee. Very little express bag gage or mail w*U3 saved. A Coroner 1 ! ju:y returned a verdict exonerating tho Atlantic aud Pacific Company of all blame for the accident causing the death of three persons. Hi HJIIllt AND ■HIOIDH. A married 'in 11 Stabs His Para, mnur lo Death. Sachamknto, February 27. —Last evening Louis Verhargao. stabbed Lilly Forrest, with whom he had heen living, and she died this evening. Verhargan made his escape but the officers followed in quick pursuit.. They found his body among tho rushes close to the bank of the American river. The niau had com mitted suicido by taking a dose of strychnine. He has a wile and family in San Joso whom he deserted to live with the Forrest woman. The itailroart Approaching- Niintii Uarbura. Santa BabBABA, Cal., February 27. — Graders are working within eighteen miles of this ciiy on the approaching rail road from NeWhall. Several shocks fr. m their liynamite explosions were lelt throughout this city yesterday evcuing. fin a uonsErniiiVEs. The People of that County t.rouin*; Indlipuant. Benson, A. T., February 27. —Horse thieves are again on the rampage. This time they operate principally in Pima county. N. W. Co»kling, 01" Hcrelord, had two valuable horses stolen a lew days ago. Ilm right before last the Rev. Uriah Gregory had three Hue horses taken from his much by thieves. The people aro growing iuctignuut at these frequent tin Its. Tbe Smallpox at Topolnbanipo. Han Francisco 1 ), February 27—Una tav Taber, tbe local agent of tbe To polobampo Colony,waa seen tbia evening in regard to tbe report that smallpux was ragii g in the colony nt the prssenl time. Ho stated lhat his latest advices showed that only live deaths had oc curred from the elisenss iv tho colony during the past three roonl hg, three of the victims being children, aud two adults. Two Excursions Coming. i Benson, A. T., February 27.—A party of Eiltem excursionists, via New Orleans, reached here this morning. Another party nrriveil this afternoon from St. Louis. They were ttaveling in Pullman sleepers, and appeared to be people; ef refinement and wealth who are destined to California. A Bad Flucc for storms Galveston, February 27 —A Texas special to the News, from Indianoia, Texas, rays: The Southern Pacific Company ia about lo remove its track from Indianoia to Port Davace, a small village- ten miles abovo on Matagouda Bay. This means the total abandon* nient of Indianoia, on account of the disastrous storms which have swept over the town during the past twelve years During that perioel four hundred per sons were drowned, and enormous dam age haa been done to property. •Urcelj's Confirmation Certain. San Francisco, February 27 —A y pccial to the Examiner from Washing ton, says: Senator Cockrell, of the Mili tary Commission, to which was referred Captain Greely's nomination as Chief Signal Offloar of the army, says the committee will report the nomination favorably to morrow, and that there is no doubt that tho Senate will speedily confitm him. A ni i v i t in;. From tlie Italian Earthquake to Victoria's llrawlnf.Uooni. New York, February 27.— G. W. Smalley's cable special to the Tribune from London cays: "Harrowing ac counts of tbe scenes on the Kiviern fill the Knglieh papers, relieved by un occa sional evidence of courage and good sense, and amid the general panic the Americans seemed to have kept their heads when most of the foreigners lost theirs. I have seen several American telegrams from Cannes, Monte Carlo nnd other point- asking why expected gnosis did not come, and answering questions of friends by saying that there is no reason for leaving the Riviera. The American Minister and Mrs. Phelps left London this morning for Monte Carlo, where they will remain for some time as the guests ol J. 8, Morgan. This is the lira', time Phelps It is been absent from Eng land since his appointment as Minis,er and ho now goca chiefly on account of tbo health of Mrs. Phelps, whom the doctors have ord-red abroad, tbiuking her unbroken experience of tho English climate injurious, as well it may be. Morgan telegraphed to them to come reeirdlcsanf the earthquake, saying that MTntc Carlo was all right an i the rail way trnvrl uninterrupted. Englishmen have been hoard lo express eurprisu that tho American Minister should Bet out iv search of eartLquakes Henry White, First Secretary of ihe lcgaliou, aots as charge d'aTaires during the Minister's absence, to wliiob his experience aud abilities thoroughly qualify him. Amer ican ladies will ba presented at the Queen's drawing-room uext week by Mm, White. INDEBTEDNESS OF CITIES. mr. White's Hill Authorizing Cities to Co on Credit. State Senator White has introduced the following bill iutu tho Senate, which is of importance to Los Angelea. Tiio Assembly has already passed n similar bitli An act authorizing the incurring of indebtedness by cities IB corpora tad under the laws of this Stale. Heetiou 1. Any city incorporuttdunder the laws of this State way, as herein after provided, incur indebti due s to pay the cost of any permanent municipal improvement requiring on expenditure greater than the amount allowed for such improvements by the ordinary annual lax h-vy. Seo. 2. Whenever the legislative or governing branch of any ciiy govern ment shall, by a vote of three-fourths of all its members and approval by the Rxeontivs of said city, detenu no i hut the public interest or necessity de mands the acquisition, construction or completion of any permanent municipal building work, setvurs, property, water rights, or improvement, the cost of which ia too great to bo paid for out of the ordinary annual income and revenue of tue municipality, they may by ordi nance call a special election and submit to the qu lilied voters of said city tbe proposition of incurring a debt for the purpose set forth in the notice of elec tion, and no question other than the mi i Hiring of indebtedness sliull be sub- Bitten, The ordinance of the city Hailing such special election shall recite tho objects aud purposes for which the indebtedness is proposed to be incurred, that the plans and specifica tions of tho improvemeut proposed is riled iv (he offloa of City Engineer (or other oflice of the city), tho estimated oout of such improvemeut, the necessity for such improvement, nnd that bonds of the city for municipal im provement shall issue for tho payment of the cost as in said ordinance sot forth, if the proposition bo accptcd by the qnalltied you rs of the city as here inufier provided, and shall lix the day ou which ■neb special election shall be held, the manner of holding i nch elec tion, ami of voting for or against incur ring the Indebtedness] provided, such elec ion ih dl bi held as provided by law for holding euch ciiy elections. Sec. li. Said ordinance shall be pub lished once each day for ten days, before tho publication of the notice of the Bpecial election, in some newspaper pub lished iv such city. On the expirution of said teu days, the Executive shall cause to be published, not less than eight days, in one of the daily newspapers of such city representing each political party, if such political party be repre sented by a newspaper so pub lished, a notice of such special elaolion, the purposes for which the in debtedness i.s to be iucurred, the amount of indebtedness to be incurred, tho character of the bonds to bo issued, the rate of interest to be paid, and the amount of tax levy to be made for tbe p»yment thereof It sha'l require a vote of three fourths of all Voters, voting a: such special election to autborlzs the issuance of ihe bonds herein provided. Sec. 4 All bonds of a municipality for permanent improvements issued under the provision! cf this act, shall be of the character of bonds known ns serials, and shall be Dayuble iv the man tier following: One-twentieth part of the whole amount of indebtedness shall bo I ayable each end every year on a day to be lixed by the governing branch oi tbe city, together with the annual interest ou all sums unpaid at such date, and tbe bonds shall bo issued in such denominations as the government of such c ty may determine, but not less than $100, or more thrn $1000, payable ou the day fixed in said bond, with interest not to excecel the -urn of four and a hilf per cent per annum. Such bonds may be Bold by tbe said city aa they may determine, at not lea? tiiiui tin ir face Value in gold com of Ibe United States, aud the proceeds cf ■oich sale shall be placed In the City Treasury to the credit of the "Mnniolpal Inv rovemtnt Fu d," "No. —," or oilier designation, and shall be applied exclus ively to Ihe purposf-a and objects men ■ioned in the ordnance providing for the issuance of such bond, until said ob j cts are accomplished, and tbe residue, if any, shall b» transferred to the General Fund of said city. S'c. 5. The legislative branch of sit eh city shall at the time of tixing the gen eral tax levy of said ci'y, and in the manner for such tax levy provided, levy and collect annually each year for the term of twenty years a tax sullicient <o pay the annual interest on said bonds and oue twentieth part of tbe aggregate amount of such indebted ness so incurred. The taxes herein re quired to be levied and collected stall be, in addition to all other taxes levied, for city purposes, and shall be collected at the same time and in like manner as other city taxes are collected. Sec. 0. Within thirly diys after the sale of such bonds the Executive of said city shall appoint three Commission ers of such improvement, who shall be confirmed by n voto of not less than three-fourths of the members of the leg islative branch of said city government, which Commisuouer shall have charge of the said improvement and the disbursement of tho said funds for such purposes subject to tbe conditions of the ordinances of the said city providing for such improvement and such ordinance as may be passed relating thereto; but no Commissioner, when appointed shall be removed until the completion of the said improvement, unless by order of the Executive con curred in by a vote of three fourths of siid legislative branch for cause. Tbe Commissioners shall receive a per diem compensation. All contracts shall be let to the lowest bid 'er. The Tror.surer shall give additional bonds when necessary. Dumas' Ancestors. It is a curious fnct tbat Dumas, so far as I hove seen, snid little or nothing about his origin. His grandmother waa n negro slave, bis father a mulatto, and the only anecdote I ever heard conneoted with Dumns aud (be African blood in bis veins was one wliero it was represented that some imporlinent fellow asked bin if his father was a mulatto, and he replied "Yes." "And your father's mothei?" continued Master Imperti nence. "A full blooded nrgresn." was 'he reply. "And her ancestors?" fol lowed tbe persistent inquirer. ' A monkey," thumb red forth Dumas, "and I fur'hermore inform yon that my ancestrns began where your's ended!"— American Register. To Remain Undisturbed. London, February 27. —The Standard srys that it has been definitely decided tbat the remains of Liszt shall not ba re moved to Bayieuth. MONDAY MOIIXIXG. FEBBUA EASTERN. Mrs. Druse to be Hanged To-day. IMMENSE LAUD TRANSACTION. A Louisville Hurricane causes the Rapid Bating of the Riven. Associated Press Dispatches to the HBBAJUt. Hkukimku, X. V., February 27.—1u ev?ry pulpit hero to-day aIhUHM was made to the caio ci Mia. Druoc, who is to be hanged to-morrow aud the hopo is generally expressed that the proceeding would be everted, .Mrs. Druse ha* passed most ot the day iv tears. She contends that she is in reality innocent of tho murder of her husband. Telegrams have been sent from here by scores to day requesting ihe Governor tv commute her sentence. Mrs. Druse yesterday made her will, bequeathing her body to her clergyman, Bey. Mr. Powell, and her cabinet organ to her daughter Mary, who is in the Onaudago penitentiary serving out a UI" sentence for hot p;er tleipetlon in her father's murder, Her son George had a parting Interview with her yesterday and she was much af fected. To nighi service was held iv her cell by tue Key. Mr. Powell, who will conduct tin funeral services to morrow, lire. Druse has had a simpile blank dress mad! Icr tho occasion. Only a small number of persons "allowed by law will to witness, bar execution, whicn will take place at about 11 \. H. A KIU ». t'.kt «.1C t.vr. s:\t> ISillioEiM of .teres in Texas, Coioraiin and Krxirn. St. Lot'is, February "27.—Probably ths most extensive private, laurt purchase eve. made in this couutiy was consum mated in this city it short time ago, and Within a few Weeks ail necessary p.ipers will be prepared and the formal claim for possession entered. While Texas w-.is still a province of tne Mexican republic a certain LIT. Bealea, an eintgraut from England, man led a native of Mexico aud became a ettizeu. Wishing to foi.u a colony upon tho frontier he obtained from the Mexican g iv, inmeiit nn im mense grant of land, consisting of sixty millions of acres, known as tiie Arkan sas grant, bituated in what are now tht States of Texas, Colorado and the Territory of New Mexico, Just then tho war of Texas indeperulence broke out and Dr. Bgalea fouml it iniporsibld to establish bis colony. Tbo grant was renewed, however, ami tho treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo being so framed aa to protect those holding grants from the Mexican government. Dr. Uealea retained possession of his land. Before he was able to carry out his plan of forming a colony, he died aud the grant passeel to his minor chil dren. They did not, however, appre ciate tbo valaS of the laud, nnd no part ot it has ever been sol i. Now a com pany of American capitalists, Kufua Hatch being among tho number, have obtained a title to tho land from the heirs, und will take possession of it in a shore time. The grant cove rs a district iv North western Texas, Northwestern New .Mexico and Hontheasteru Colo rado. Those la terse ted in the purchase will not at present make known the ex act boundaries. A 1.01 1»4VU.1,i; HDRHICJafIB. t'curxarc Bntertntneel fora I.rent Deal <>f ■nfferlna;, Louisville, bVbruary 27. -Early Sat urday evening the wind commenced to blow here heavily, coming from the northwest. It continued to blow a per iod hurricane at intervals until ti o'clock this evening. Many ac cidou ts are re ported, particularly minor cues, though considerable dam age lias been done. The item-wheel steamer Reindeer, lying at the ci y wharf, was so roughly treated by the waves that she sprang a-leak and sank in four feet of water. After the Reindeer bud settled npon the bottom, the much larger boat, Hibcrnia, whlefa was towed to the wharf a few yarels above, was ssiaed by the whirlwind. Her three large cables were snapped asunder like so much twine, and she was cast against the sunken vessel. The latter was badly smashed up, aud tho Hibernia recovered her mooring with her side stove in. Tbe river is rising nt the rate of two inches an hour, anil if tiio Leavv rains of lust week continue mtuh longer much sutt'er iug will follow. The water has already reached many houses. Tho hurricane to-day also smashed in about 140 feet of tho wtstcrn wall of the Southern Expo sition buildings. A 'lie: Vlti.t T l'L£D. The Iron and sue! Workers of the Mill go Works Iteeumi-. PiTTsni Ri;, February 27.—Trouble at Ihe Mingo Junction Iron and Steel Works has been settled by the company recogni/.iug the Amalgamated Associa tion ef Iron and Steel Workers. At tho conference last night between the otli cials of the Amalgamated Association and the members of the tirm it was agreed to enforce tho rules, and a con tract wa3 entered into by tbe company at the same time conceding the demands made by the Amalgamated Association for extra pay and for tha time lost by the breakage of the machinery. Tbe Qieu will resume operations iv all departments to morrow. I>Eltll.K ON THE EAKES. Four Men I'roascn to Deatli on tlie Ice. BrrPAi-o, N. Y„February 27 —Buffalo fishermen have had three close calls here this winter from perishing on the ice; twice through shoves or break-ups, and again yesterday afternoon through a blinding snow storm. Sixteen men have boeu missing all day. Twelve of them turned up this evening, having managed to reach laud. Four aro btill unaccounted for and are tuppceed to have been frozen to death on toe ice. The lleiuuna lei «>raiirre». Chicago, February 27.—The demand for orunges is getting better. There is an increased outside movement. The supply is fair but does not contain much tiuu fruit. Choice oraDges are rather | firm and the market generally is steady. California bright Riversides are quoted at 82 75(a;3.25; Navol oranges, according lo quality, $9 0000 00. Tue volume | of trade is reported as rather light. WASHINGTON. m Sj nopiii nl'ihr Work yet to be Attended lo by Ihe Semite. Washihutox, February, 27. —During the days aud nights cf the fraction of the week remaining to the present ses sion of Congress the Senate will give instant attention lo conference reports aud to the general appropriation bills whenever any of iLem shall make their appearance, and cv ry effort will be put forth to liuish the necessary legislation before next Friday 110011. Ike masnbirs 01 the Appropriation Commute-, iipnu whom tho bureltb. woik devolves, are divided m opinion respecting tiietr abil ity aud thai of the Senate to tredi nbti accomplish all that is ex posted, but llie majority hop.' thai, barring accidents and wiUMactaoi ob struction, it may still be lOQnd pQftStbls to avoid the necessity of the cj.il lor au extra session of Congress. To print and llior. uglily examine the Naval, Legislative, Deuciency and Petti* fieat loa Appropriation bills, in their scv eial ordinary stages, through the Senate up to the iinal point of action would require almost ts many weeks as there; remain to the present station. M's celtaiiia its subjects of legislation which will probaoly till up rparo moments arc put down in the- caucus programme as follows: Labor Arbitration bill, land grant forfeiture till: the bill relating to lottery advertisements passing through mails, bilis to quiet laud titles in Dcs Moines, and the land grant bill authorizing suits against tho United States, lulls tor ths adjudication of private laud in certain States aud Territories, Ihe bill for the monument to colored soldiers, Joseph Francis' resolu tion bill to reimburse Virginia and other States for then- expenses in tl. > war ot ISI2, nnd the International Copyiigut bill. Senator Uliter will call up probably on Monday or Tuesday tiie House Pituro Pasnmonla bill, the pending question being a motion to reconsider tue vote by waleh Edmunds' Mih-titute was adopted. Senator I..gulls will seek an opportunity to call up lor action the bill repealing limitations 10 arrears ol the pension act, and Seuator Van Wyck Mill ask the Senate to puss a bill relating to the disposal of abandoned military ■reservations under the homestead law. A conte-st is pending iv s.cr.-t session over the nomination of Public Printer Benedict, uud ths British extradition treaty remains anion-.*t tlnliuished mat lers 011 the executive calendar, but it is not likely 10 be farther pressed for action this session. THK KOfJsl 1" KOI I HAM.ME. The programme is to pass appropria tion bills to completion by giving them precedence over all other beaisisss, and little general legislation is expscted during the remaiuing days of the session Tue Legislative Appropriation bill will ugain occupy the attention o: the House on Monday, and will be followed by the Dtticiency bill, which is to be put through under suspension of lbs rates. During the four legislative days renam ing jt will lie in order to pa s Bay mens ore by two thirds vote uuder suspension of tho rules. Looking to the last chance, [ members who are charged w™th the nun ag moiit oi important mca=ure«, such as | the Pacilic railroad inquiry re solution, the i Department of Agriculture bill, Ihe I'leuro-Pueumoni a uill and theKluca tional bill will make every effort to secure a recognition by the Speaker in oreler lo get a vote on their bills. Some very few of those (Herts may succe-el, but in most cases all chance for legisla tion w ill be cut elf by the presentation and discussion of the conference reports mid other privileged matters. It It un derstood that no attempt will be made to pass the Fortification Appropriation bill for this year, which is now In coo lerenee, being Intended to cover the remainder of the current, together with the next liscal year. THIi CltUl> M .U.11.18V. It r port» from s«-veral Western Statcsahnut Of steal nn-.l torn. CHICAGO, February 27.—The farmers' Review crop summary for this week is as follows: Winter wheat in the Heir's, except in Michigan and Wisaor.sin, has bern bare for two weeks ami subjected to variations of mild and cold weath»r. Except in Kansas Ihe outlook for tlie crop continues to be reported as prom ising. The bc=t reports come from Ohio, lueliana, Michigan, Wisconsin nnd Mis s un, while the outln: k iv Illinois is fair. There is very light corn move ment in Illinois ami in tiie States west aud southwest of Illinois. Fully on.--half of the counties of lowa are importing corn at from thirty-five to forty rents per bushel, and this is also irue of scattering counties in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Iv Decatur county. la.,f>oo cars of corn, aggregating 200,000 bushels, bave been imporled,»nd in Madison county, same State, hay has been advanced from $3 to stj and $S per ton. The movement of corn iv Ne braska is fair, but is deterred by its low price, many holding their corn for an advance. The average price of corn is from sixteen to twenty-five cents. Fill more county shipping price is seventeen cents. In Greeley eighteen to twenty cents, in Kearney sixteen, Platte eight een, in York eighteen, Washington t a enty-ono. A M. v; I<>iti ito Which Will Overcome Networks of Chain. Washington, February 27.—A work ing model of a torpedo bout of a uovel desiga was exhibited to a number of members of tbe House Naval Committee yesterday by the inventor, (leneral Ber dan. Tbo boat is intended lo do effect ire service in. cases where other forms of torpedos have failed: tbat is, where tbe raft attacked is protected by a network of chain suspended beyond the hull by spars. The model is that of a vessel 150 feet in length, 20 foot in breadth and Hi feet in depth. The vessel is intended to attain a speed of 24.6 knots per hour. Tbe features of this craft consist of a pair of brass tubes, arranged vertically on the sides and opening dnwnaard, which are capable of tiring torpedoes con taining two hundred pounds of dynamite or other high exploaives. The marfloMcr (.nine to Dnsr- Innd. Boston, February 27.—Ucner.il Pains, owner of tho Mayflower, lias placed her in the hands of Archibald Burgess, her designer, and it is the latter'a intention to tend her lo England to compete with tho Arrow for the ij ieen's cup. The yacht will probably s-il übout the Ist of Juno, Exchangee for the Week. Boston, February 27- —Managers of tbe leading clearing-houses of the United States report the total of the gross exchanges for the week ending I February 20th. 1887, t) be 1778,755,387, a decrease of 4.1 per cent. BY 28. 1887. FOREIGN. Arrest of two Nihilist Murderers. THE HORRORS OF THE QUAKE. England Proposes an International Conference on Sugar, and Ger many Accepts. Associated Press Dispatches to the il H iLn OpKS&A, February 2fi.—Two assassins went arrested here to day when about lo sail for TnrUey. The men were Nihi lists. They had murdered their em ployer, a rich landlord named Goro/.als, his wife, their eight children and several relatives, and then decamped with the spoils, amounting to SOO.OOO roubles. lil. TCllHl.it 11. further Details Atiout the Scenes in Italy. Koiik. February 27—Heart-rending details of the disaster caused by tbe earthquake continue to arrive. At Di.ua Maiiuo, to day, wbeu a child 12 years of age and her futher were taken from the debris the latter expired upon the spot. Tho survivors of Diana Marino my that tbo majority of the victims were killed by the second shock, the people having re-entered Iheir houses to procure clothing. The sum of 51,0,000 has been found in the ruins there. The bodies, wrapped in thiouda, lie in the midile of tbo streets. The panio was renewed at Genoa to-elay on false reports that Father Denza had pre dicted another shock. Both there atul at Savona the people refueo to return to their houses. They sleep in improvised places of shelter. Eight oscillations we re felt to-day at Alcerga and Porto Mau ri/.io. Belief committees are being or ganize! throughout tue country, but it is impossible to supply the numerous wants of the unfortunates. A bill wdl be introduced in Parliament asltiug tor ,1 credit of §1,000,000 for relief pur poses. Troops have been compelled to keep back at the point of the bayonet crowds of despairing men and women, who were impeding the work of excavation, in their efforts to Bad their missing relatives. Tbe bodies <>f the victims of tbe disaster are terribly disfigured. The sufferings of tbo sur vivors are great, tlie supply of provisions and drugs ami tbe ambulanoe apparatus b"ing painfully inadequate. The work of tho rescuers is attended with consider able danger. In some c ises they have been obliged to flee from the tottering walls, although they could hear the groans of tbe victims buried beneath tbe debris. All the members of the family of tho Mayor of Bajerdo were killed. Of another family, consisting of twenty-two persons, named Maestri, only a single member, half de mented, is left. Half clothed people sre wandering on the seashore, expose! to (lie inclement weather. At Oiaua Ma rino a woman and her cbi d were taken out alive, after being entombed three days. Groans can still be heard in the ruin", especially in the Via Garibaldi. Tha lost oil was valued at r?ol)0,000. The loiscs ou other property lire heavy. Oaegiia is threatened with astornof rain or snow, which will Ofttese fearful distress, p.lthough clothing and supplies of nil kind aro beginniug to arrive in ample nuantfties from Genoa. Tents for refugees aro being erected aud vol unteers for starch are plentiful. The activity of Genoese doctors is beyond praise. A buy who was entombed throe days was rescued unhurt in bed. No body enters it, housa who is able to ob tain shelter elsewhere. Ouly new and well built houses are habitable. VIEMHA, February 27.— Fabb predicts that ihe earthquakes will continue and will be accompanied by territic storms. He mentions March 9th and -Jtih, April 7;h ai d Btb, and the middle of Septem ber and October as the dates n\ on which the woist shocks may be expected. .\n Inlcmatlonal Misar ton. [preucci London, February 27.—Germany has consented to enter aa International Con ference on the subject of sugar premi ums. Tbe proposal to hold suchacou fereccc was made by England. A chasm. Tbe Karlhquake Opens the t.roiimi Near Nice. Paris, February 27.—M. Lockroy, Minister ef Public Works, says that tbe sewers iv the shaken districts are so damaged that the soil will become iulil trated with sewago and bea source of contagion as soou as the hot weather comes, and the government will send engineers to do everything possible to avoffl such a disaster. It is stated that plenty of travelers continue to arrive at Calais en route to the south. M Flammarion haa written an article in which be says tbat tbe continuance of minor shocks is likely. A chasm has been opened iv the gronud near Nice trom which a stream of hot, muddy water bubbles np. Portions of the coitt have suuk snd other portions bave risen. The south wind is blowing at Mentone, making it daugerous to walk about, yet hundreds ot visitors from a distance lave arrived 'here, being impelled by curiosity. The build ing inspectors have condemned two thirds of picturesque old Mentone. A I'nlllkion. London, February 27,—Tbe British ship Loekslcy Hall, Captain Ualladay, from San Francisco, collided in tbe Mersey with the steamer Kegulus ami the ship Uremia nnd afterwards sank. Tho kegulus and Brenda weredamuged. Ilcarr Loss by Fire. London, February 27. —A dlrpatoh from Wellington, New Zealand, an nounces tbat a tire in the principal busi ness block of that town caused a dam age to the extent of 1" 150,000. KrroTcrln» Slonrlr. D.utMsTAD, Febiunry 27. — Frinoe Alexander, of Bittenberg, who was at ticked with varioloid several days ago.is recovering slowly. The Modified: ll' .I net. Faris, February 27.—The Senate has adopted the budget as modified by the Chamber of Doputies, and bas adjourned until March 7. On to San Francisco. I An important railway rumor comes j from San Luis Obispo. The rumor is i important to the wbel ■ coast generally, | ; but it is especially important to the Southern Pacific Company, for it au-1 nouuees In language not to be mistaken tlißt there will soou be competing com panies operating over their own tracks nil the way Urn Sau Disge to San Fran cisco. The important rumor will be found in a six lino item published elsewhere, stating that the Pacific Coast Railroad has been sold to the Atchison, Topeka * Santa Fe Company. Should this report prove (rue, tbo ol ject of the purchase will be very plain lose. The Pacific Coast Railroad k to be used as a link In the Santa Fe'o line, when con- I trusted thiough to San Fraii'isco. ' Although it has always basal the commonly nccepted Opinion I bat ths •'auta Fe Company Intended to ex'eud its system lo San Francisco, so far as we ure aware this is the first positive move In that direction since the Atlantic and I'acilic was completed to Mojave. No one. however, has supposed that the Santa Fe people wonld long allow their system to cud at Mojave. The only question has been as to when the line through would be construct*'!. The plan will now undoubtedly be to build the line from Los Angeles nortli to Santv Barbara, thence to Los Alamos nnd San Luis Obispo over tho Pacific Coast line now reported to have been purchased, and thence north along tbe coast and up the Santa Clara valley to Oakland and Sun Francisco. Tho Pacific Coast Railroad, be it understood, is from sixty to seventy miles long, and MM from Port Harford to Sau Luis Obispo anil thence to Los Alamos. With the Southern Pacific line extend ed south from Los Angeles and Santa Ana to San Diego, and tho Sanla Fe ex tended north to San Francisco, we shall then have competitive lices all the way from this city to San Francisco. The beneficial results ot such an arrangement will of course be very great. Iv fact, they will be little less than the results whicli accom panied tho construction of tbe tirst rail way line to this city, v little over a year ago. San Diego is even now undoubted ly getting good service from tbe Santa Fe linos, but the advantages of iucreased rail competition may be easily seeu, to say nothing of tiie u<-w country and the new sources of supply and demand tbat will necessarily bo opened up to our l tie reliant*. It is undoubWy true that for years, if not forever, S tm Francisco will coo tiuue to be the Now i'ork of the I'aciric Coast. It has the prestige, and prestige these days is cousitierable. The Boston* and Philadelphia! nnd Baltimore* of the tbe l'acilio remain to be developed, but San Francisco is now and long will be the New York of this roast. It will be the great wholesale headquarters from which the smaller cities must draw the larger portion of tie.ir supplies. Thisfactcan not be disturbed by any maum r of rea soning. The importance then of being in the direct Una of rail communication w.th this wholesale headquarters is ap parent. Of course we now have a direct line of communication and a form of competition in our water way. This fact is not. to ba for gotten nor underestimated. But ihe water way must al a ays be n slow way compared with a direct lino of railway. The waterway will answer for a class of cooels, aud a very large class, too, but for another Urge class expedition '8 uec s sary. The distance from Sau Francisco to San DiegO by rail, when the new lines arc completed, will bo In the neighbor hood of live hundred miles; aud a train running at the average rate of thirty miles an hour, whicli is rather ordinary time ou eastern roads, and will s ion be common time ber., Wonld nuke tbo trip in a little over sixteen hours. Wo have a great di al to be developed in this coun try, but the development! are bsfag inaele übiut aafavt ns the people ate able to keep up wilb them.—[-sau flirgai. Fresh Fashion Notes. TRAINS. A slyle that seems to obtain favor tbia winter oonaittl i i having the train of a long dreaa to harmoui/.s with the dress, but of different material. For example, iv a dress of apricot corded ailk, brocaded with pink half open roses, the court train, which is arranged in two very dee:> box plaits, and widens aud spreads us it readies tbe low er edge, is made of tins fabric, theu the peticoat is made of satin, rapped uncut velvet or plain plu-h ot thu same shade as the tluwers iv tire brocade, then the corsage uud sleeves match the train, and tbe vest and other trimmings correspond with the material fonniug tbe petticoat. This combination is Usually repeated iv every color audiu must gowns of a drossy nature. IORKSS wniil.KXs. Among the new dress woolens to be used for visiting gowus during the win ter and for handsome promenade dresses in tlie spring, a.-o Bee soft ladies' •loth fabrics in no vdl pale hues uf heliotrope, chain is, pale copper, maple leaf, green, raspberry red, amaranth, rose color, aud etc un yellow and blue of the tints seen on bisijue and Royal Worcester wares. Fur uud feather batiila trim the suits of these materials worn at present. Further on, the Russian polonaise, jackets and loug overdresses made of tLe'in will be decorated with cloth arabesques in cut work, appliquci so rich aud heavy in ef fect us to closely resemble costly Siviss embroideries iv silk and arrasone. Vel vet of a deeper shade will also bo com bined with these materials in elegaut j i-airiugo and dinner gowns. These will appear directly after Faster week. lIIKECTOIHK COVINS. Fashionable young girls of slender build are wearing gowns this winter made in antique fashmii, with full gath ered short waisted bodices, short putted sleeves and wide belt, around which is snugly drawn an India silk rash, with longends which tie iv vide bona at the back. En m»U* are kill or eilk gloves which reach far above the elbow, Louis Quinzo shoes with high heels and full bows held by jeweled buckles on tbe in step, and velvet and laco handkerchief bags, held by silver cbaius or ribbons, ends fastened to left side ol the full gathered skirls of brocade, woven in tine shepherdess patterns, surah, veiling . or of tulle, arranged tk'.rt over skirt rr la ballot-girl. The o costumes are called (iirecteire gowns and they are worn at j evening pnrties as well as at fancy-dress eutertatumeuss aud 5 o'clock teas. r-IJJK ani> white. Pink ia a very favorite tint with young ladies this season, nnd a charming cos tume consists of a dress of pink and white etriped Siciliennc, with a bodice and drapery of pink silk tulle, with berlha uf lace around the half-open j bodice, or bretelles of velvet, wiin a garniture of velvet pinks set at one side. I A Turkish sask ot the tulle is wound twice around the hips, nnd fastens low on the left side with a large cluster of l pinks.—[N. Y. Post. NO. 121). A MINORITY REPORT. "Hoar's Bill" Considered I'll warranted AN It A SRHIUI S L.-LKPATIOI By Congress of the Powers Be served t«> tin' Slates of tiie Union. An Press Dli'iatche* tollie ifr.BAl.B. Washington, i-'ebruary 27- —Tho minority report prepired by Senate r George biiH iiigu el iy ell tbo litnii erotic member! of tho Senate Committee on Judiciary, upon tbo Hoar bill "to pro vi.;,' il.j : -.tt ami. r iia'mnil authority," declared it to ba tbe opinion ol the signers tbat the aaaaa .re w unwarranted by tbo c insula tloa, and tbat ita paav •age would be a grave and aerioui umirp a'i in by Congress of tbe power* reserved to State*. Tlie report di.cueeea at great lei-gb tbe relatione general tn s ate (lovernment and tbe rights reserved so each under tbe constitution. Congress, it declares, can pass no law npon sub jecls uf personal uonfiici* bitwee a pri vate individuals of different race*, and personal wror.g* perpetrated by oos or Othet) or betwueo l>ersuns ot c liferent polittenl partiet; or wrung* done by essa party-man ou another, becanst ef opinions which the injured i ..r y ni»y entertain or ni ty express. The author* of this bill, it says, have rant been backward in asserting power in Congress over snhjteta c >guate to teas* mentioned in this bill. ledeneasfanV) •* any support which they may I.are gives* to mauy acta oi Congress, which may have l«eeu decided to nave Ueu uncon stitutional by the Suprriue Court, they have introduce I bins c iiiiempo raneously with decision* i. civil rights cases whicli contained a»**.-r --lions of tho extremes', power over these tuljecta. "It is no defense 11 the constitutionality of this bill," mmm the minority," that it seen rasa no j in* lie dictioii, no power ovor persons to pun isli or restrsiu them, but simply direcla the c iurt to make au in.jui.itiou oon ceruiog critnrs commuted in h State, and wliosj trial and punishment are soltly in her juriad ctiou. The question for Ureisi in is, has Cougese the power to pats the bill! Ct-rtainly that power ii not among those lapisaely . ntrrml in the constitution. If il were claimed a« an incidental pov-e-r, then its advo cates mu-t point out tlie express power fur can y im' out which this bill was nee e-saiy. This could not be done, aud tbe bill, tbe leport says, i< not even entitled to the delei.se of being entirely im potent and harmless. Impotent it v lor ail purposes oi good and ordi-ily coivem mont. but it has ezlranrd nary wg r ior evil. It es'a'ili lies an iiuwarranled Federal espionage over matters con fided exclusively to tbe jarie diclion of Sates. It invite* an I en ouurag a irrespnuadile and . I iscou tented pers ins to subject the conduct of their neighbors to an investigation by a tribunal before which the •■eraitns thne slun.l. red have no opportunity i f ap pearing or inaunonlng wltsrsesea. It i« true the tribunal his no power to render judgments against their which will ef fect tbeir lives, their liberty or their property, bnt it has the peers* in an >x parte laaelaltarial way of giv- Ing an cili-ial form, body and substance to the accusations, and to destroy the character and black-n the names of cit'.z-rs who are not heard ill iheir own ilefeusr; to stamp as ean uiue and true slanders and libels; tn gitre currency to i.l i. k and per jury. It would d stiiiy lh» whole scheme of tbe constitution. Il wonld not enter the vestibule merely and de f one or destroy some slight ru.meut. bnt it would sap aud undermine the foundations of the te.nple itself." The I.urges! t-nnu lv the Wert*. Id the extreme southwest corner of Louisiana lies the largo t producing farm in tbe world. It runs 101 miles nortli and soulh and twenty five milea east and west, and is owned and i pc rat ed by a syndicate of Northern cai ital isfs. Their general niauager, J. B. U'atkius, gives an interesting ac count of this gigantic plun'ati n, which throws the groit Dalrymple farm of I) ikota into tho shale completely. He was cornereel by a reporter at Ihe St. James Hotel lust night and asked tn give the particular* of his gigantic en terprise. "The million and a half acres nf land in our tract," Mr. Watkins said, "was pur- based in 1883 from the State of Louisiana und fiom the United States government. At that time it was a vast glial eg land for the cattle of the few dealer* r.f tlie neighborhotd. When I took possession I found over 30,000 head uf half wild horses and cattle. My tirst work was to divide Ihe immense tract into convenient pastures, establishing stations te ranches every six miles. The fencing alone coat in the neighborhood of 830,000. The land I found to be best adapted to rice, sugar, corn anrl cotton. "All our cultiealing, ditching, etc., is done by steam power. We take a tract, say half a mile wide, for instance, and place an engine at each side. The<e en gines are portable aud operate a cable attached to four plows, and under this arrangement we are enabled to plow thirty acres a day with only the labor of three men. Oar harrow ing, planting and other cultivat ing is done in like manner. In fact there is not a draught horse on the entire place. We have, of course, horses for the herders of cattle, of which we now have 10,000 head. The South ern Pacific railroad runs for thirty-six miles through our farm. We have three steamboat* operating on ihe rivers of our own Slate, upon which there ere 300 miles of navigable waters. We hare an ice f ictorv, a bank, a shipyard and a rice mill."—[ albsouri Republican. Plucky Girls. Five young ladies in a New Jersey boarding-school hive inelignantly re fused to aim a pledge which would bind them to refrain from holding any communication with tbe young m-nof the town. As a eouse-quence they are being kept closb prisoners by tbo school* head master. All honor to these suf fering martyis. A girl who pledgee herself not to flirt swears avv v her birthright.—|rsan Francisco Examiner. Face Powder. Dou't u?c poisonous (ace powders. Free man's medicated invisible Is guaranteed absolutely harmless, preserves the complex lon removes hlemishes and retails (or two bits, try it.