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No papers ■will be sent to subscribers by msil unle s the esme have been paid for in advance. This rule is Inflexible. Ayers 4 Lynch. JOB PRINTING DEPARTMENT— Owing to our greatly increased facilities we are prepared to execute all kinds of job work in a superior manner. Specisl attention will bo given to commercial aDd legal printing, and all orders will be promptly filled at mode: ate rates. 112 HON DAY, JAWBAttY T, ISB9. Eastern people who are hastening now to Puget Sound and Eastern Oregon with the cold weather and slush of those sec tions will not stay. They will flit back with their extremities frost-bitten, and their souls disgusted. They will be ours, and securely ours in the sweet bye and hye. ________ Tna early spring days, now close at hand, will see dust flying here on an other transcontinental railroad. The aame period so near the door will see the walls of a big beet sugar factory going up in some of the towns adjoining Los An geles. Now, let us set men to work on the big hotel, and begin the construction of a boulevard to the sea. Men and brethren, the boom is not dead. It is merely taking a short nap and will be wide-eyed and awake in a few months. Typical semi-tropic days indeed are these. The mercury is ranging at 45 to £0 degrees as the minimum in the early morning hours, and at 65 to 70 degrees as the maximum at high noon. Think of it! Such weather in January is found at no other point on tbe Northern hemi sphere. The total daily range is less than 20 degrees, and the temperature from day to day does not vary 5 degrees. The skies are bright aud cloudless and the air is as soft as in May at the East. Here is the magnet which draws all hearts to the sunlit semi-tropics. Yes, and it will draw them all for twenty years to come. The variation in the rainfall in Cali fornia is very marked in localities not far removed. The precipitation in San Francisco for the current season to date is 11 96 inches ; to the same date last season it was 7.75 inches. In Oakland, ten miles distant across the bay, the figures for 1888 to date are 5.78 against 5.28 a year ago. One could not look for more than 100 per cent, increase in San Francisco over Oakland, so near by Bat what is stranger is that while the rainfall in San Francisco is much greater this season than it was at even date last year, in Oakland the re verse is the case, the precipitation this year being nearly three inches lesß than last. Yet, still to show the utter un certainty of the pluvial visitations it is remarkable that the last day of the last storm gave San Francisco a fall of .77 of an inch while Oakland registered .92 of an inch. One may take all parts of the State and he will find comparisons foot in just this way. One of the main reasons existing at present for tbe slower movement in real estate as compared with the past, is the high rate of interest prevailing for money. Many people have their last dollar invested in real property, and a great many of these owe more or leas on their purchases. The demand for money is very active, and lenders exact a cor respondingly high rate of interest. It is common to pay twelve to fifteen per cent, for money just now. Those who have money think it better to loan on these terms than to buy property, even although they came here for the purpose of investing in real property hereabouts. They* reason that every dollar they can lend is worth, after pay ing taxes, a dollar and ten or twelve cents a year from this time, and that then they will be able to buy property as cheap as they can now. That is all well enough until one reaches the last part of the proposition. In a year from now your dollar and ten cents will not buy as much property by twenty • five per cent. as your dollar will to day. There is a continual flow of new money into this section. Many people will buy anyway. Besides there is a great deal of foreign capital being drawn here to loan on property. Outside institutions last year put $2,000, --000 of their funds into this city on bond and mortgage. There is more,much more, coming here. Little by little the pres sure will pass away. Those who owe money will sell off a small slice of their realty and pay up. Capital will compete with capital, and rates will drop to eight or nine per cent, gross. Then these people who prefer to lend money rather than buy property will change their views. There will be ten buyers to the one there is now. Holders will be out of trouble and will not be so willing to make concessions as they are now. Prices will rise, and tbe wiseacres who are going to play so fiDe a game will in the language of the poet, "get left." As a matter of fact, now is the time to bay. Many holders are a trifle over loaded, and therefore willing to let go on easy terms. The buyer has all the ad vantage now; in a few months the boot will be on the other leg. THE LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD: MONDAY MOKJNIING. JANUARY 7, 1889. A Brilliant Fnlure far La* Angeles. The Hebald has many times set np the claim that Los Angeles county is capable of maintaining a population of a million on the intrinsic merits of her re sources and the productiveness of her soils. The claim will appear a very in flated estimate to those who do not know the data on which it is based. The State of Massachusetts has nearly twice the gross area of Los Angeles county; but the old Bay State has only a trifle over ten million acres of arable area. We have quite that mach in this county. Massa chusetts has a population of over a mil lion and three-quarters. She haß the fifth largest city in the Union within her berders. Connecticut has about the same area as the county of Los Angeles. There is not so much of the territory of the Nutmeg State cap able of cultivation as there is of the terri tory of this county. The population of Connecticut is three-quarters of a million, and there are cities of 50,000 to 75,000 in that Btate. New Jersey has about the same amount of cultivable soil as Los Angeles County, and she has a popula tion largely in excess of a million. She has several large cities. A similar com parison might be instituted between this county and many other areas, with the same favorable results for Los Angeles. The doubting Thomas has two objections on his tongue's end. He first alleges that it is manufactures which bring about such fine results in the east. What of it ? We shall have our own lines of manufactures devel oped here in due time. Then depend on our own enterprise. Besides, we have attractions Massachusetts and Connecti cut have not. An acre of our land is as prolific as ten there. And our climate will draw hither thousands of people who have become rich elsewhere. There is besides our mineral resources, our petroleum wells and asphaltnm deposits. Last of all, Los Angeles must grow to be a great city for the reason that she has no competitor nearer than San Francisco 500 miles away. She is at one end of the shortest route across the continent and will have a great com merce in the future. The second objec tion raised by the doubter is that the States taken for comparison have been in course of development for three hundred years. What of that? A year now is as much as the first century after the arrival of the Mayflawer counted for. And a year now is more than twenty after the Revolutionary War. Things move in this age of steam and steal. Boston has in creased more than 100,000 in the past eight years. Baltimore has done the same. Los Angeles nearly doubled in two years. * There are half a million foreign immigrants a year pressing in here. They crowd that many people westward out of the old States. Here is the strongest magnet in the land to draw people, and when they get here they become anchored. Sugar Factories Coming. When Mr. Spreckels passed through this city a week ago the Herald pub lished what he had to say about tho beet root sugar industry in this State, and called upon the Chamber of Commerce to take the matter up in earnest. The Herald has been steady in the mainten ance of the proposition that this section is the most promising in the world for the cultivation of the sugar beet. The Herald is right in this matter, and if our people have any enterprise in them, we shall at once see this industry fully developed in Los Angeles county. Yesterday Mr. Spreckels again stopped in this city on his way back to San Fran cisco. The Chamber of Commerce wait ed upon him and what took place may be found in the columns of this paper to-day. The prospects opened up for our farmers in this connection are certainly of the most roseate hue. A synopsis is here presented. At Watsonville, Mr. Spreckels says, the beets are yielding from 14 to 24 per cent, of sugar. It does not depend alto gether on the soil. Much is due to the care bestowed on the crop by the farmer. One man who keeps his fields free of weeds has received at the rate of $225 per acre for his crop. The lowest grade that pays to handle is 14 per cent, of sugar. For such beets $4 per ton is paid, and fifty cents per ton is added for each additional per cent, of sugar. The beets yielding 24 per cent, are worth $9 per ton. The average at Watsonville has been over $7 per ton. It costs as much to handle a ton of low grade beets as it does for one of the high est grade. The wages roll at Watsonville comes to $70,000 per month, and, there fore, saving in labor in proportion to net results in sugar is a thing to consider. To stimulate farmers to strive for the best results Mr. Sjjreckels pays a pre mium of $1,000 to the farmer whose beets from $100 acres yield the moßt sugar. For the best ten acres he pays a bonus of $250. To secure a refinery here depends on our farmers. Mr. Spreckels will at once send his chemist to Los Angeles. He will. go over tbe county and indicate what soils are best suited to the growth of the sugar beet. If in any portion of the county tbe farmers will plant 5,000 acres of beets there will be a factory of sufficient capac ity to handle a much larger amount erected. The seed will be furnished by tbe syndicate at San Francisco. No beets will be bought but such as are grown from these seeds. Now let the farmers go to work and secure the estab lishment of a factory. Whatever section of the county comes to time first will get the factory. There will others folio w, but the one which gets the first will secure the first advantage. As a matter of fact Los Angeles county ought to have half a dozen factories. There should be one at Santa Ana, ono at Ana heim, one at Compton, one at The Palms, and one in the San Fernando Valley. Burbank would ba an excel lent place for one. These would extract the crude syrup from the beets, and there would be a central refinery in Los Angeles to work this into sugar. The great point about this section is that two crops of beets a year may be grown on moist or irrigated land. One crop may be planted in March after the spring weeds have come up and been plowed under. This will be ready lot the crushers in July. A second crop will be matured about December. This is a great opportunity. Let us let no grass grow under our feet, but get to work at once, and let us see one fac tory at leaßt in course of construction by the first of next May. It can be done if we try. We gather from Los Angeles papers that the people have lately been very busily engaged in paying their taxes, a task which they find extremely interest ing. Owing to the vicious system which has hitherto prevailed there, says the Hkrald, both city and county taxes fall due at the same time, the consequence beiDg the locking up ot a million and a half in money and a financial pressure which many taxpayers find decidedly op pressive. It is suggested, as a remedy for this unpleasant state of affairs, that the Legislature make taxes payable quar terly. Of course, by such a system, the money taken from circulation would soon find its way back and the inconvenience scarcely be felt. —fSjnoma Democrat. The Los Ana Augeles Hbbald issued a twenty-page New Year's edition, which is a great credit to that town aud in keeping with the enterprise and push of the publishers.—[Azusa News. Tho Los Aneeles Hkrai.ii issued a splendid New Year's edition of twenty pages, giving a large amount of valuable statistics and local and State information. A good dumber to go East. —[Sierra Madre Vista. EXPORTS AND IMPORTS. Tabulated Statement ot Freights Handled Here. Richard Grey, General Freight Agent of the Southern Pacific, gives the follow ing figures of the exports from Anaheim for the year 1888: Form de. Hratrj 134,800 Flour 20 000 Livestock 120,000 Forest Product! 201.000 Aspltaltum. 775,530 Beans 20,000 Brandy 274 130 Brick 273,580 (ireen Fruit 1,569,070 Hay 80,000 Hides 25.370 Honey 33,300 Miscellaneous 2,523,370 Nuts 145,150 Oil 40 150 Potatoes 23,200 Raisins 71,750 Wine 2,584,040 Wool 503,500 Total 3,000,920 Imports during the year, 15,431,580 pounds. Santa Ana exported 13,799,500 pounds, and imported 50,940,570. Orange exported 3,000,920 pounds, and imported 5,561,430. Some of the shipments from Santa Ana and Orange compared with Anaheim will be interesting. During the year we shipped, in round numbers, 134,000 pounds of grain, Santa Ana 6: ,000 pounds, and Orange 45,000 pounds. We shipped 775,000 pounds of asphal tum and 20.000. pounds of beanß, Santa Ana and Orange none. Our wool ship ments aggregate 503,000 pounds, Santa Ana's 468,000 pounds, and Orange's the same amount. Our wool shipments thus exceeded those of Santa Ana by some 35.000 pounds. We shipped 2.584,000 pounds of wine, while Santa Ana exported 1,420,000 pounds and Orange none. In shipments of green and dried fruit, raisins, nursery stock and miscellaneous freight Santa Ana excels. Sinta Ana's imports are about three times as large as ours, and ours are nearly three times those of Orange. The following is a statement of the business transacted at the California Central depot here during the past four months. The depot was opened for busi ness on September Ist last: Freight forwarded. No. pounds 1,028,700 Freight received, No. pounds 1,840,520 Comprising the following carloads: FORWARDED CARLOADS, Hsy 10 Wine 0 Live stock 11 Miscellaneous 19 Total 49 RECEIVED Lumber 17 Coal 18 Flour 3 Lime 3 Grapes 10 Live stock 4 Miscellaneous 12 Total 67 Besides this list there is of through freight passing this depot daily, twenty carloads of lumber, thirty carloads of coal, ten carloads of building stone and other miscellaneous freight.—[Anaheim Gazette. Rivera Flourishing- — A Uuildlng Boom—Orange Crop Sold. We had the pleasure of meeting on Thursday, Mr. J. S. Isbell, one of the substantial citizens of our thriving neigh bor town Rivera, and a member of the real estate firm of Isbell & Bone. The following items are the result of a hur ried interview: Tbe neat and cozy hotel is nearing completion. The workmen were finish ing the roof on Thursday. S. M. Burke has a tasty cottage nearly ready for occupancy. H. L. Montgomery will commence on Monday the erection of a commodious and handsome store-building on Main street opposite the new hotel. It will be occupied by Albert Montgomery and S. M. Smith as a general merchandise store and postoffice. H. D. Talbot will soon commence building a handsome residence to be oc cupied by himself and family. J. H. Burke has a neat and cozy cot tage nearly finished. It will be occu pied by Henry Burke and family. Mr. Silas Root has recently purchased the improved half of Mr. Wood's twenty acre tract near town, for which he paid $500 per acre. He will reside on the property. Mr. Wood has moved into> his hand some residence, lately finished, on the ten-acre tract reserved from the Bale made to Mr. Root. George D. Bunch, of Los Angeles, is building a comfortable and stylish cottage on the twelve-acre tract recently pur chased of J. W. Bowler. The property is being improved as a residence for the father of Mr. Bunch. The Christmas dance was a complete success. Seventy couples were present and the evening was one of unalloyed enjoyment. Mr. Howell, a prominent capitalist of Hunt county, Tex., soent several days looking at the desirable bargains offered by Rivera dealers in real estate. Strong & Co., fruit dealers of Sacra mento, have purchased the bulk of the orange crop in and around Rivera. They pay the growers one dollar per box on the tree. The buyers commenced packing the fruit crop at the new packing room at the Rivera depot on Wednesday. Mr. Isbell estimates tbe crop of tbe neighbor hood at 100 carloads or 30,000 boxes.— [Downey Champion. EASTERN TOPICS. Engage Your Rooms for the Inauguration Now. THE WORK BEFORE CONGRESS. Another Split in the Knights of Labor—Mrs. Parsons Speaks Again. I Associated Press Dispatches to the Herald. I Washington, January ti. —The Inaug ral Committee informs all persons wish ing to visit the Capital during the inaug ural ceremonies, that they can secure good rooms and board at private houses throughout the city at prices ranging from $-> to H per day by communicating with Colonel I. P. Wright, chairman of the Public Comfort Committee. The Senate will spend the week in further consideration of the Tariff bill. Probably no other measure of import ance, which demands uny serious con sideration, will be taken up except the fcdmuuds' Monroe doctrine joint resol ution. The proposition to amend the rules so as to prevent filibustering on the first and third Mondays of. each month, against motions to pass measures under suspension of the rules, has thrown the House into a deadlock which only the rule requiring adjournment each day at 5 o'clock, prevents from becoming as memorable as that which last session was precipitated by the Direct Tax bill. Heed, of Maine, who has charge of the resolution to change the rules, has an nounced his intention to keep the matter before the House until a final decision upon it is reached. Chairman Crisp, of the Committee on Elections, has signified his intention of calling up, on Tuesday, the South Carp lina contested election case of Smalis against Elliott. He expects opposition to the report of the Committee in favor of the sitting member, and its consider ation will probably consume two days. This case disposed of, the Sullivan-Fel ton "California election case will be called up. Every opportunity to continue the consideration of the River and Harbor bill will be received by Blanch ard, and the Committee on Foreign Affairs is awaiting the chance to call up the Diplomatic Appropriation bill. The Sundry Civil Appropriation bill will be reported during the week, but the course of all the business in the House hangs on the disposition of the pending proposition to change the rules. DOWN WITH THE At TO! KA(». Another Rebellion Against Chief Powdcrly. Philadelphia, January ti —A circular addressed to the Knights of Labor throughout the country and signed by James L. Wright, R. L. Keen, R. C. McCauley and Joseph K. Kennedy is be ing issued. The signers style themselves "The surviving members of the Secret Order of Knights of Labor," and state that after due deliberation they have come to the conclusion that under the present autocratic form of government the Order has departed from its original designs, to the destruction of the princi ples of self-government lying at the base of American institutions. Being determined to return to the original text of the principles, the signers extend the hand of fraternity to all who believe in the principles formerly promulgated, viz.: secrecy, obedience, mutual assist ance and the placing of industry on a scientific basis. The signers have deter mined to eliminate all opposition detri mental to the principles and progress of the Knights of Labor, as the founders intended. The circular, it is sated, is issued the press to notify those at a dis tance, and in answer to many letters received on the subject. Numbers for assemblies will be given from Philadel phia until a sufficient number has been formed to call a joint convention for the good of the order. Those desiring to be with the movement will address Box 834, Philadelphia. salvation from POt EH ri . Lucy Parsons IMnkes Another Speech In Chicago. Chicago, January ti. —Mrs. Parsons, the Anarchist, to-day made another vio lent speech, similar to the one which she delivered last Sunday, and this time as before she was unmolested by the police. Her audience met iv Waverly Hall near police headquarters, and was ostensibly a gathering of Socialists whose purpose was to discuss a paper on "Salvation from Poverty." Mrs. I'm sons said: "I am a revolutionist, and I believe all means are justifiable to get rid of the present industrial slavery. The capital ists, our masters, nullify the ballot; rev olution by force must come, and the sooner it comes the quicker your emanci pation will arrive. Behind the ballot must be a Winchester rifle." Conclud ing, the dark-skinned speaker vehe mently declared: "For one, lam going to follow the truth if it takes me behind the prison bars, and if I have to die for it." ' > THK BNBINBKsVJ CABELESSHEBI. Farmers Blows To Atoms By a Boiler Explosion. Pittsburg, January (i. —From New Hope, Mercer county, W. Va., the Post learnß of a frightful accident Saturday afternoon. A number of farmers had gathered at William Porter's grist mill, as is their custom on Saturdays, to get their supplies of flour. A number were talking in the boiler house, when the boiler exploded, completely wrecking the mill. Joseph E. French, Thomas Car ter, Levi Shields and John Wimmer were instantly killed, their bodies being blown into shreds. L. Shields died from hi 3 injuries to-day. Pieces of flesh have dropped from the arms of Wade Shuffle burger, exposing the bones, and his death will soon come. Jerome Carter and William Carter were also, seriously in jured. The explosion is 'said to have been due to the carelessness of the engi neer in allowing the water in the boiler to run low. ST It I, OK A SNAG. Steamboat sank In Louisiana—Sev eral Lives Lost. Bayou Sara, La., January 6.—The steamboat Paris C. Brown, from New Orleans for Cincinnati, struck a snag at Hermitage Landing, Point Coupee Par ish, at 9 o'clock last night, and sank to, tbe hurricane deck. Two firemen and' one passenger are missing. The Picayune's Baton Rouge special says: The officers of the Hanna Blanks, down this morning, report that the Paris C. Brown is a total wreck, only the pilot house and a small portion of the decks appearing above water. Hermitage is only twenty-five miles above this city, but owing to the want of communication with that point, nothing definite was learned to-day as to the loss of life and property. Two roust abouts who passed down on the Oliver Rierne, say six of the ctew and one pas senger were lost, but could give DO names. A large part of the cargo will be a total loss. The latest advices say eight lives were lost. The boat is a total loss and the cargo is floating away down the stream. The names of the lost are: William Mitchell, William Marshall, James Har rison, William Taylor, Abraham Mitchell and Samuel Gray, all of the steamer's crew, and a barber and a poiter, names unknown. All of the passengers were saved. IWortou lv the Quaker City. Phil a Delphi a , January 6.—Vice-Presi dent-elect Morton and wife arrived in the city last evening. They were driven to the residence of Rev. Dr. Francis L. Bobbins, whose wife is a niece of Mr. Morton. This evening Mr. and Mrs. Morton and Dr. Field attended the cere monies of the dedication of Disston Hall and Beacon Dispensaries, connected with the Beacon Presbyterian Church. At the conclusion of the exorcises, Mr. Morton attempted to hold a reception hut the crush was so great that after shaking hands with a few hundred people, he was compelled to forego his attempt to greet all those present, and, accompanied by Mrs. Morton, he left the place by the rear entrance. They pro ceeded at once to the Broad-street station where they took a late train for New York. More Race Troubles. New Orleans, January G.—A Vicks burg special says: A race trouble is again threatened at Areola, Miss., the place where a shert time ago a number of Negroes were arrested on the charge of burning Colonel Paxton'b residence and, as it was asserted, plotting to assassi nate the family. The Negroes succeeded in escaping, but it was thought somo of them afterwards were killed. It is said to-day Negroes in the vicinity assembled in numbers and threatened vengeance. Fifty Winchester rifles were sent to Ar eola from here to-day and the militia are being held in readiness to respond to a summons. Murder Added to Incest. New York, January o.—Warm, an ar tist, shot and killed his niece, Carrie Jones, and committed suicide in an up town tenement to-day. She was a mar ried woman and had been living with Mann as his wife for several years. The woman's husband, whose name is Stephen Jones, is a carpenter living in Poughkeepsie, and has not lived with his wife for twelve years. A 14-year-old Bon of Jones and the woman who had deserted him, is thought to have been the cause of to-day's tragedy. He lived with his mother and Mann wished to get rid of him, and had frequent quarrels with the womau on the boy's account. Parncll Provided For. Philadelphia, January 6. —Mrs. Delia S. Parnell, in answer to a question as to what disposition she has made with the Ironsides homestead and adjoining prop erty at Bordentown, N. J., said it bad been deeded over to her son, Charles Stewart Parnell, of Ireland. She said : "1 have had this matter under consider ation for a long time and have at last conveyed the house and its furniture and other property over to my son who, I have no doubt, will in future be in need of all the money that I can manage to give him." A Fireman's Terrible mistake. Uniontown, Pa., January 6.—Last night John Clark, engineer of the West Leisenring mines, started down the shaft with two miners to examine the pumps. Tbe fireman was put in charge of the engine. When all was ready he started the cage but forgot to reverse the en gine. The cage went to the top of the tipple rapidly and there the rope broke, dropping the cage and the men to the bottom of the shaft, 500 feet, killing all three instantly. War on the Boodlcrs. Chicago, January 6 —The Timet to morrow will print a story of the at tempted bribery of one of its employees to steal certain documents supposed to reflect upon James R. Doolittle, attorney for one of the elevated roads seeking franchises from the City Council. The Times has been charging that boodle was being used iv behalf of the road in ques tion, and has been scoring Doolittle un sparingly. A Reduction of Salaries. St. Louis, January 6. —It is announced that a circular will be issued to-morrow from the headquarters of the Missouri Pacific Railway, that all the salaries of the employees on that system, whose pay is $100 per month and over, will be reduced 10 per cent. This applies to the heads of departments as well as others, but does not affect conductors, engineers or those connected with the mechanical department. Coal Found In Dakota. St. Paul, January 6.—A special dis patch giveß an account of the finding of another valuable coal deposit in Dakota, three miles north of Centreville. One vein eight feet thick was first bored into at a depth of 128 feet, and after going through sandstone and slate another vein was struck, in which the drill is now working. Nineteen Bounds. Toledo, Ohio, January 6.—A prize fight between Mike Coburn, of Manches ter, England, and Jim Kenard, a half breed Indian of St. Paul, Minnesota, took place this morning just across the Michi gan line. Both men are light weights. Nineteen rounds were fought, Queens berry rules. Tbe battle was a hard one, resulting in a victory for Coburn. Japanese Failure. New York, January 6. —The Nippon Mercantile Company, dealers in Japanese goods, has failed and the proprietor. Yukuso Niwa, of Tokio, Japan, has as signed. The concern formerly did a large business and had three large stores in this city. The liabilities are about $25,000, which it is supposed the stock will cover. The Week's Clearances. Boston, January 6< —A table compiled from dispatches to the Post from man agers of the leading clearing houses of the United States shows that the total gross exchanges for the week ending Saturday, January s,were $1,095,024,974, an increase of 24 per cent, as compared with the corresponding week last year. An Embrzzler Arrested. Denver, January 6.—Harry G. Stick ney, alias Harry Gardner, late cashier of the Chelesa Salt Works of Boston, was arrested here last night, charged with embezzling $5,000 from tbe company. He had $2,500 when arrested. It will be held here until the arrival of the officers from Boston. Arrived. New York, January 0. —La Norman die, from Havre. ABBOTT'S BEREAVEMENT The Prima Douna Becomes a Widow. HER HUSBAND DIES AT DENVER. He Was in Good Health When He Left Los Angeles Last Monday. Associated Press Dispatches to the Hbbau>.) Denver, Col., January 6. —Mr. Eugene Wetherill, the husband of Emma Abbott, the prima donna, died at the Windsor hotel in this city at 10 o'clock to-day of pneumonia, contracted while he was en route to Kansas City from the Pacific coast. He departed from iLos Angeles last Monday via the Southern route, and was in his usual good health. He had business in Denver in connection with the sale of some valuable real estate which he pur chased upon a speculation a few months ago, and arrived Thursday morning. Mr. Wetherill went to the Windsor hotel and at once recmested a physician, stating that he had contracted a very severe cold on the road. He went to bed and grad ually grew worse until this morning, when he appeared to be a little better. He sat up in bed and read the newspapers and announced that he would depart to morrow morning for Kansas City, where the Abbott Opera Company begins an engagement to-morrow night. One hour later he was seized with a choking and expired immediately. [This is a piece of news that will be heard with regret by the many in Los Angeles who had the pleasure of form ing Mr. Wetherill's acquaintance during bis stay here last week with the Emma Abbott Company. He was a gentleman of high character and standing, and his genial disposition made him a favorite wherever he went, and a light in socie ty which even the brilliancy of his tal ented wife could not dim. Mr. Wether ill was in splendid health when he left this city last Monday, and bin death is therefore the more shocking. Doubt less the sudden change in climate from the mildness of a Lob Angeles winter to the rigor of the Rocky mountain atmos phere at this time of the year, is respon sible for his untimely demise. The en gagement of Mrs. Wetherill, nee Abott at Kansas City will necessarily be can celled on account of this unexpected ca lamity, and it may be Borne time before she will again take up the stage. The sympathy of admiring friends through out the world will be with the prima donna during her great bereavement. — Ed.]; CIVIL SERVICE REFORM Tin l Rules taovenilug tbe Railway Jtlail Service. Washington, January G.—The Civil Service Commission hai prepared and the r/reticient has approved a neries of rules which are to govern admissions to and changes in the railway mail service. It extends those rules to all persons, ex cept the General Superintendent and his assistant, and provides that clerk exami nations shall include not more than tbe following subjects: Orthography, read ing, addresses, copying, penmanship, arithmetic, letter writing and the geo graphy of the United States. Age limitations for examination are 18 and 33 years, except as to discharged soldiers and sailors. There shall be at least one examining board in each Territory and not less than two in eacb State, except Rhode Island and Delaware. Competitors must have ob tained a general average of not less than 70 on a basis of 100, though with soldiers and sailors 05 will be sufficient. It pro vides that vacancies shall be filled by promotion. All appointments shall be made for a probationary term of six months; at the end of that time the applicant may be absolutely appointed or discharged, according to his record. The rules authorize transfers from the classified railway mail service to any classified poßtstfice, and vice versa. An Open Switch. Brookuaven, Miss., January G.—A special says: The southbound passenger train on the Illinois Central was wrecked at Cedar Hill by an open switch this evening. Engineer Jarvis and a Negro fireman were badly bruised and one or two passengers slightly hurt. A Mild Winter. Watertown, N. V., January 5 —So warm and pleasant is the weather on the St. Lawrence river that the owners of steamers gave excursions from Kingston to Cape Vincent to-day. The weather is unprecedented for this time of the year. Value of Orange Lands Testimony still accumulates. Ad. Petsch, the owner o( a beautiful and valuable orchard at Hermosa, near Cucamonga, writes: If you will allow me to change your question to this effect, 'What is good land with a good water supply in a good locality worth ?" I will risk to say from $500 to $750 per acre. To an intelligent worker it will bring a net return of $50 to $150 per year, I believe. Wm. K. Tolles is too well known in Southern California to need any intro duction. He says: In reply to your note of inquiry as to the value of choice unimproved orange land with good water right and for im provement and permanent investment and not for speculation, that from observa tion and an experience of fifteen years in growing the orange, starting as I did by planting tbe seed, from the growth of which seedling trees I gathered fruit the eighth year, and from later experience in cultivating the budded fruit, I regard choice orange land with a good water right, worth as a permanent investment, $500 to $600 per acre. Extra choice orange land, where the re turns are two to three boxes of choice budded fruit the third year from plant ing (which exhibition can now be wit nessed in this valley), is a good invest ment at $1,000 per acre. The above val uation of land is based upon an invest ment of capital for a term of years with interest at 10 per cent, per annum.—[San Bernardino Times. He (trying to play a trump card)—"As I passed your house last evening I thought I heard an angel sing." She (stifly)—"l was at the theatre last even ing. Mrs. Mulhooly and her twins were at our house visiting the cook." —[New York Weekly. He Remembered It—At Home: Wife— "Well, good-by, aren't you going to kiss me before you go?" Husband—"Maria, how can you be so thoughtless? You know the doctor told me that I musn't touch my lips to anything between meals." —[Transcript.