Newspaper Page Text
t)AILY WKRALIV —rUBfctSHBD— SEVEN DAYB A VBWK. jmra D. LTHCH. jA«Bt 4. AYBRB. AYERB & LYNCH, - PUBLISHERS. CITY ci tICIAI, PAPER. ?Knte.-ed at fee psstofHoe at ilos Angeles as second-class matter, i BBTJVKEED BY CARRIERS At SOc. per Week, or SOc. per month. TBBKS BT MAIL. INCLODISB rOSTA«S: Daily. Fbbalr, one year f'22 Daily Hebald, six months *■*•* Daily Bkrald, three months £•>*« Wbebj.y Hkbald, one year »-w Wih'.t Herald, six »..uo Wbwly Hkbald, throe months oo tuwir rated Herald, per copy to IjTcal CoBBEsroNDENCE from sfljaoent towns Specially solicited. Ebhittamces shos.ld be mad-esy droit, chock, BSBtofflceorderor postal note. The lattet should X sent tor all sums less than $S. Ornca of Ptjbucation, lt»-6 West Second street, between Spring and Fort, Los Angeles. Notice to matt Hiroscrtoers. The papers of all delinquent mail subscribers to the Los Angeles Daily Hbbald will be promptly discontinued hereafter. No papers will be sent to subscribers by mail unle-s the same have been paid for lv advance. This rule Is inflexible. Atbba A Lynch. JOB PRLVCTNG DEPARTMENT— Owing to our great'y increased fs:ilities we are prepared to execute til kinds of Job work In a superior susnner. Special attention will be given to eommercisl and legal printing, and all orders will be promptly filled at moderate rates. SATURDAY, SASCH S, 1889. Thk train-robbers have worked their way into San Luis f'lbispo county and will probably elude their pursuers, al though there are over one hundred men trying to run them down. The only man on their trail who has the staying quali ties to bring them to bay is believed to be ex-Sheriff Cunningham, who made so fine a record in the Yasquez hunt. He is trailing the robbers with a po3se of de termined men, and will bring them fo grief if anybody can. JevwiN Miller is not only eccentric in ordinary matters, but is entitled to the praise of beinic bo in matters that touch the better side of human nature. Nobody wants a pest-house in his neigh borhood, and everybody fights one away when it has long been established in a loeaKfry within miles of their residence. Not so the Poet of the Sierras. He has just donated five acres of land to the city of Oakland for pest-house uses. This is not only a humane but a brave act, and is worthy of commemoration in Oak land's records of the bright deeds of her best citizens. It is now admitted that the police of Oakland can shoot down a man who runs away from them, without incurring any serious penalty. It is only necessary that the man killed may be known as a worth less fellow and without friends. This was the case with Schreiber, and although several <ulicemen fired at him as he was running away, and the man was found dead from a gunshot wound, yet the ver dict of the jury, that he came to his death from a'bullet fired by some one unknown, seems all-sufficient to excul pate tbe man-killers. Life is cheap in the California Athens. The people of Oakland have our sin oerest sympathies. Tbe supply of water for that city has run very low, and is dis gusting in quality. As it comes from the faucets the smell it exhales is almost unbearable. Such water cannot be but injurious to the health of the people who are compelled to use it. And bad as the water is, the supply will only last a few months, unless a copious rainfall should come to increase it. At a meeting of the W. C. T. TJ., a few days since, a lady visitor said it would be useless to ask people to refrain from drinking beer as long as the water was so impure. Even bad beer was better than bad water, and until the latter was purified the work of the W. C. T. U. would be over-handi capped. It is understood that Blue Canon water is brought to Oakland on tank cars and retailed at six cents a gal lon. This fact is calculated to seriously interfere with the Oakland Tribune'i pet boom. Oijb most active politicians have fin ally concluded that no Californian's name will be found on the list when Mr. Harrison has finally made up his Cab inet slate. The immediate presence of the hungry patriots east of the Rockies ia too great to leave even a Cabinet crumb for the Pacific Coast. Indeed, it is doubtful that the President-elect would give California a place amongst his im mediate councillors, even if he could. Mr. Estee's claims for such a position were certainly strong on all legitimate grounds. He presided over the conven tion that nominated Harrison; he car ried to him the official notification of the honor conferred by the convention, and was the most conspicuous figure in the Republican ranks for several stirring weeks. Yet all this goes for nothing when it comes to select Cabinet Minis ters. The Pacific Coast becomes a very small toad in the puddle when the loaves are to be divided among the great fishes of the Republican party. What has General Vandever done with the bill so urgently recommended by our Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade, some time ago, to make Los Angeles a port of entry for the delivery of foreign goods when brought here upon cars? That measure is of the first im portance to our city, yet we fear that our representative in the House has let it fall into a dangerously comatose sleep. The great house of Wm. Taylor & Co., of New York, would establish * branch establishment here if that measure should become a law. As it is, they would have to ship foreign goods through to San Francisco and have them returned here after passing the Custom House, before they could place them on the market. The cost of freight um".er the present exigencies would be $25 per ton, against $18.75 if we had here a port of entry and received onr goods direct. It would seem that facts like these ought to go for something to stimulate the rep resentative of this district in securing the passage of a measure of so much advan tage to his immediate constituents. THE LOS AfIGELES DAILY HERALD: SATURDAY MOMIING. MARCH 2, 1889. The Growth of Cities. Historically, Lea Angeles is a past centenarian; bat measured by Iter growth as a city of commerce and srod ern improvement she can hardly bs said to have readied her decennial year. During this last period her progress has been marvelous, not even the groat city of the north having surpassed hor in the first decade of her existence, tt is the rule that cities grow abnormally for a aeries ol years, and then, from some local or extraneous cause, a period of de pression comes in to check the forward movement. The growth of San Francis co from the time of the gold discovery, in 184«, till 18.58, was wonderful. In the latter year came the first Great check and sot-back. The rush for the Fra/.er river was so great that property values were almost annihilated. Lots in what is now the business heart of the city went begging for purchasers at a few hundred i dollars each. One thousand dollars would buy a lifty-varo lot at that time within a block of the Baldwin Hotel. This depression lasted for several years, and the basis of some of the large for tunes in that city were laid during that period. San Francisco did not really get well on the up-grade again until about 1803, when the wonderful out put of the Comstock mines brought to tbe Bay a great stream of wealth. The city then took its second start, and grew apace until 186SH', when the completion of the overland railroad had the un looked-for result of paralyzing business, and it was not until several years of hard experience had elapsed that the mer chants of San Francisco adjusted them selves to the new competition that had come in upon them, and began to again build up the commerce and expand the growth of their city. In the meantime, the Bonanza mines poured their prodi gious wealth into the coffers of San Francisco, and an era of architectural development took place that surpassed i all that had gone before. We have thus i hastily sketched the experience of San Francisco in her growth. But it is to be remarked that, with each recovery from a period of depression, the values of real ■ estate steadily advanced, and never receded. We take it tbat this is the law of de velopment of all cities that can justify their existence by the merit of their loca tion aud the productive value of their tributary territory. The experience of Los Angeles, on a small scale, was sim ilar to that of San Francisco, prior to 1880. The boom of 1875 was checked by the bank collapse of the succeeding year and the hegira to Arizona; yet tbe realty values of 1875 receded but slightly after the financial crisis; and when tne march forward of 1880-2 began to make itself sensibly felt, then prices shot up ward, and kept ascending until less than a year ago, when they seemed to have reached their top notch for the present, until another upward movement begins, when they will go away ahead of what we now deem reasonable values. In our summary of San Francisco's growth it will be seen that she was fa vored twice by adventitious circum stances. A remote Territory came in ac cidentally and unexpectedly to suddenly swell her wealth and give an extraordi nary impetus to her prosperity. She would have steadily grown without this fortuitous help, for her situation was such as to mark her out for a great com mercial city; but her growth would have been slow and gradual. In some respects Los Angeles possesses advantages of situation superior to those of Saa Fraooiseo. She has a back country of limitless possibilities of pro duction, and includes in her soil-re sources a character of products far more valuable than those of tho north. And in mineral resources, Los Angeles is admirably situated to become the com mercial focus of a wider extent of territory, rich in ores, than San Francieco could boast in her developing days. From Pioche to Calico, and from San Gabriel canon to the uttermost limits of Arizona, we are in position to make the mineral wealth of that imperial region tributary to the future growth and prosperity ol our city. Los Angeles is now in a better position as to wealth, population and future growth than San Francisco was in 1803; and another decade will see our city, if not side by side wi'.h San Francisco, at least a good second to her in all that goes to make a city great and prosperous. Our people will then look back to the property values of the pres ent time somewhat as the people of San Francisco look back to their property values in 1863. The advance will cer tainly be steady and sure; and if some of our tributaries should, happily, meet with an access of Comstock luck, as is very possible, we shall witness a march forward such as will fill with regret all wbo have failed to take proper advantage of their present golden opportunity. It seems that Pullman has actually got control of all the excursion and tour ist cars of the city, and all outside ex cursion agents are effectually excluded from business. An airont who wishes now to send out an excursion party will find himself'confronted with this kind of a difficulty: If he buy through tickets for his customers they will only ba able to enter a sleeping car by paying four dollars each for second-class accommo dations. If the agent pay the four dol lars out of his own pocket so as to keep up his business, then he will find him self estopped from buying through tickets because he is thereby cutting rates. The excursion men can see no way out of the dilemma, and the Pullmans, therefore, remain masters of the excursion field. The independent excursion agents were doing a good work for Southern California. Take the Phillips agency, for instance. That concern was worked altogether in the interest of this section and was the means of bringing a great many Eastern people here. It adver tised our section in a very effective and especial manner, and spent a great deal of its profits in doing so. Now it is shut out of business. The Pullmans, having control of all cars, will not care where the tourists or excursionists go to, being a jßured of their profits at all points, and it will be their and the companies' inter ests to carry them as far as possible. Perhaps the independent excursion agents can find a way out of their present, dilemma, and we hope they may, for it is certainly to tbe advantage of this section that the active and friendly agents who have done so much to direct travel to Loa Ant.eleß should be enabled to continue in business. Theßl will be a great miscarriage of justice if the London Times is permitted to condone its atrocious course towards Parnell by a mere formal and meagre apology in its columns. Whilst we do not believe that the managers of that paper knew that the letters sold to it by Piggott were forgeries, yet by creating a market for just such documents by its outgivings, it invited and instigated their manufac ture. Piggott and Le Caron knew ex actly what kind of literature and testi mony the Timet would pay roundly for, and they furnished it. We hold that the "Thunderer" is even more gouty than the wretches it suborned. To gain a po litical point it was was willing to crush character and ruin a great cause. It has signally failed, and its poisoned chalice has been commended to its own lips. There will be no even-handed justice in this affair till the Times is made to suffer severely for its shameful course. VALUES OF CITY PROPERTY TWO DECADES AGO. What Rlocks Were Sold For In the Past—The Temple and Downey Rlocks—The Courthouse Hlork. SoinethlnK About Old Property- Holders—Notes ol Cttr Urowth. While Los Angeles is much older than such cities as Leadville and Denver, her gro.vth of late years has been much mere rapid than that of either. Twenty odd years ago this, city was scarcely more than an adobe town. Nine years ago the census of 1880 gave- us a population of 11,300 souls, against, probably, 85,000 now. A short retrospect will therefore not be without interest both to new and old residents. The old Bpanish portion of tbe town extended from First street towards the north and east, embracing, amongst the rest, Chinatown, Sonora, Aliso street, and the whole district towards the river. The new or American portion of Los Angeles was laid off by Gen. Ord, then an officer of minor rank, who afterwards at tained a grea' reputation in the Union army. This section was laid out in blockß GOO feet by 330 feet. The lots were 120 feet front by 105 deep. The old, or Spanish, portion was laid out by the Mexican authorities long prior to the American occupation. In those days, twenty to twenty-five yearß ago. the largest property-owner in the city was John Temple. Tho next largest was Don Abel Steams. B. D. Wilson was aiso a considerable holder of real estate, as was also William Wolfs kill. All these gentlemen are since dead. To give some idea of the prices that prevailed ior city property in those days we shall refer to some sales of the Temple estate, which took place iv 1800 or '07. John Temple was a most enter prising citizen, who, at the time of his death, had had large transactions in Mexico and with the Mexican Govern ment. When he died he left an im mense estate, in Los Angele3 and else where in California. Mr. A. F. Hinch man was appointed executor and the widow went to reside in Paris, where she still lives, we believe. The settlement of her extensive business affairs was left in the hands of Hinchman, who was her brother-in-law as well as the executor, having married her sister about the time Morton had started a big boom in San Diego, and Mr. Hinchman thought it would be an excellent idea to sell out the Los Angeles property and in vest it in lands located in our Southern neighbor. He accordingly advertised extensive blocks for sale, which included the present Newmark, then known as tbe Temple Block, the Downey Block and the Courthouse. At the time of the sale, the older portion of the Temple Block, facing on Court street, was then stand ing, and was comparatively new, that portion which fronts on Main and Spring streets having been built five or six years later. The different eras of the buildings are well marked in the variant styles of architecture. The block was knocked down for $10,000. The probability is that it could not now be purchased for $500,000, and it undoubtedly yields a handsome income on those figures. The Downey Block was sold at the same time for $15,003 or $10,000—one or the other figure. At that time a single story building stood on it, which was after wards increased to two stories. The Courthouse, which was then a market house, was sold to Dr. Griffin for $15,000 or $10,000. Governor Downey would probably refuse less than $500,000 for his block, and capitalized at those figures it would be a remunerative in vestment. Tne Courthouse block would probably bring $150,000. Dr. Griffin af terward sold it to the county of Los An geles for $25,000, and there was a great outcry raised about the transaction at the time, the Board of Supervisors being accused of favoritism. Of course this was absurd, and merely excites a smile now. At this same sale the block between Second and Third streets, fronting 003 feet on Spring and Fort streets, and ;>.!O feet on Second and Third streets, was sold for less thah $L>,ooo, or about $100 a lot. Tbe next block on Spring and Fort streets brought even less. These were not cash sales. On the leading parcels $5,000 was paid down, the rest accruing in annual installments of $100 each. Mr. Hinchman sold out this valuable property in Los Angeles when values were at the bed-rock, and invested the money in San Diego real estate when the first little Horton boom let made its appearance. The transfer was a disastrous one, and the amount of money lost by the change it would be hard to compute. Old Don Benito Wilson owned the block where the Farmers & Merchants' Bank now stands, the Ducommun Block and much other property. For years he kept a store on the present site of the bank. An interesting circumstance is that the Vice-President of the Farmers' & Merchants' bank, Mr. L. C. Goodwin, was doing business away back in 185.5 on the same spot where he now meets the patrons of that institution. Thirty-six years is a long time in this country of rapid changes. He afterwards associ ated himself with Mr. Polaski, and the firm was one of the best known in the Southern country. About the time of the Hinchman sale of the John Temple estate, the city sold a number of sixty acre blocks at auction in portions of the town that were scarcely settled at all. Ex-Mayor Prudent Beau dry bought one of these blocks —that on which the State Normal School now stands, for *I£9. He laid it out in what is now known as the Bellevue Terrace tract. Up till 1872 he had sold off of his purchase $137,000 worth of city lots, and had some of the lota left, 'lhis would give a fair rate of interest from the or thodox date ol the creation of tho world down to the present time. If wo had the space we could-give many other instances almost equally astonishing. This enor mous enhancement took place in five years. At that time Mr. Beaudry ex hibited remarkable energy in improving the city, grading streets through the hillp, laying water mains and building reser voirs, which latter he supplied with water from Bprings located on his property near the junction of Upper Main and Alamoda streets, forcing the water up to the reser voirs by powerful pumps. He was much assisted in bringing the hills into vogue as a place of residence by Mr. J. W. Potts. Between them they created .Tem ple street, cutting down hills and doing an amount of grading which would have done honor to a municipality of consid erable wealth and population. HAST LOS ANOBLKH. East Los Angeles is distinctively the creation of Br. Griffin, aided afterwards by Mr. Hancock M. Johnston, his nephew, who, afterthings got well under way, took entire charge of the work. There is a very amusing slory of the way tbe Doctor acquired possession of East Los Angeles and the adjoining hills, which he told to tbe writer many years ago. He was at that time Couuty Physi cian. Money was quite scarce, and the Board of Supervisors, (thecounty owning the land across the river), who were in debt to him in a considerable amount, hit upon the happy expedient of paying off the obligation'in land. The Hoctor assented to the proposition, and the County Surveyor was put to work to segregate from the public domain enough real estate to satisfy the claim. He kept extending the territory at such an alarm ing rate that the Doctor, who thought there ought to be moderation in every thing, was obliged to take a shot-gun to make him stop. If our esteemed fellow citizen could have looked ahead a few years, there would have been no shot gun episode. In 1873 tbe only residence on the East Los Angeles side of the river was the residence of Dr. Griffin, afterwards occu pied by Hancock M. Johnston and his family. Later it was bought by Ed. Schieffelin, the discoverer of tbe Tomb stone mine, for a home for his father. . East Los Angeles grew apace, and it is now one of the most beautiful, healthful and attractive quarters of the city. WEST I.OS ANOEI.ES — BOY LI HEIGHTS — ' IIKOOKLYN HEIGHTS. 1 West Los Angeles, located near the Agricultural Park, was laid out ou a tract of land owned by the Messrs. I. W. Hellman, O. W. Childs and John G. Downey. It was some time in asserting itßelf, but it was in enterprising hands. 1 Street car facilities, and a liberal policy ' towards educational and church institu tions, soon brought it forward, and it is now a flourishing suburb. Boyle Heights 1 of late years has made wonderful pro ' gross, largely owing to the push and en . ergy of ex-Mayor W. H. Workman. It is developing at a rushing rate, and has been extended amaz ingly during the past two or three years, owing to the fine street car facilities which were provided. Six or seven years ago Mr. Wm. H. Perry, 1 the lumber man, built himself an elegant residence on Brooklyn Heights and gave that section a great impetus. We shall from time to time supplement 1 this sketch by others, giving note 3of the progress of the city. AMUSEMENTS. The liraud. i Perhaps the largest and most distin guished audience of the season greeted Madame Modjeska last night as "lino gene" in Cymbeline. We will content i ourselves in this ißsue by simply Baying that it was a mo3t artistic impersona tion, reserving detailed criticism of the piece for our general review of the Mod jeska season, which appears in Sunday's Herald As You Like It will be given at the mutinee this afternoon and Ma.i i/ Stuart is underlined for the farewell perform ance to-night. Another large and fash ionable house will undoubtedly close a season which has thus far been success fill from all standpoints, and which has filled the Grand's exchequer to over flowing. The Catholic Fair. Father Harnett had a smile on his face last night as he walked around the booth at the fair he had gotten up in Ar mory Hall, for the benefit of his new Church of the Sacred Heart in East Los Angeles, and its presence was easily ex plained by a glance around, for there was a bigger attendance on hand than there had been on any evening since the affair opened. An excellent stage enter tainment had been provided to pass away the time although the visitor could not weary of looking at gay booths and their pretty tenants yet a little divertisement made the pro ceedings even more pleasant. The ladies worked hard to fill the coffers they were canvassing for, and those present must have been charitably inclined, for the cash accounts were said to be very flit tering when the evening closed in. To night tbe fair will wind up in a blaze of elory, and there will undoubtedly be a big attendance, for there are a host of new attractions and the prizes are also to be rallied off. St. David* lielcbrrttiou. St. David's Day was celebrated last evening by the Welsh population at I'nion League Hall. A large attendance was present, and the programme was greatly enjoyed. Those who took part were: L. J. Llewellyn, Mrs. A. C. Sum mers, B. A. Stephens, Miss S. A. Thomas, Miss A. Hughes, J. Evans. E. P. Toiup kins, O. H. Wescott, J. Mills Davies, T. Jones, Miss Belle Hill, Rev. D. Hughes, W. T. Push, Miss May Hughes, Miss Abrams, Miss Maggie Pugb and Mr. H. T. Rees. Sol Smith Ruisell. Although Sol Smith Russell has never appeared in Los Angeles since he became a famous comedian, there are not a dozen playgoers in the city who do not know all about his quaint individuality and his inimitable powers as a fun maker. His engagement, which begins at the Grand Opera House Thursday evening, and closes Saturday evening, will be tbe comedy event of the season. "A Nlfht Off." To-day is the last appearance of that really entertaining comedy, A Niyht Off, played this week, by a very clever com pany at the Los Angoles Theater. There will be a matinee performance at 2 o'clock, and tho closing one of the season i to-night. It is a play to be thoroughly i enjoyed as produced by this company. AT WASHINGTON A Shoal of Pension Bills Pass the Senate. THE BRAKES PUT ON WHEriLER. A Veto of President Cleveland's Sus tained by the House of Rep resentatives. Washington, March 1. —In the Sen ate, Sherman, from the Committee on Foreign Kelations, reported back the Senate bill for the protection of salmon fisheries in Alaska, with a recommenda tion that the House amfcJtduiaat, extend ing the provisions of the b'til to I jhring's Sea, be disagree.! to. Tho sndment was disagreed to and a conference asked. Jones, of Nevada, reportel hick the res olution, which was agreed to, authorizing the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds to continue the invesligition of the office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury. Stewart offered a resclu tion, which was agreed to, authorizing tho Committee on Mines and Mining to continue during the session the inquiry as to the cutting of timber on public lands for mining and domestic pur poses. All the pension bills on the calendar (fifty-two iv number), were passed. Among them was one giving a pension of $50 per month to the widow of the late General Hunt. Blair moved to take up the joint reso lution proposing the liquor prohibition amendment to the constitution. Pending action, Riddleberger moved to proceed with executive business. Motion agreed to. When the doors re-opened, the Senate took a recess until 8 r. m. In tbe evening session, the Deficiency bill was taken up. Among the items in serted were the following: $7"),000 for the salaries and expenses of agents and subordinate officers of internal revenue; $1,051,439 to pay for the findings of court of claims in the French Spoliation cases. THE HOUSE. Washington, March I.—ln the Home the resolution passed to promote com mercial union with Canada. It provides that whenever it shall be duly certified to the President that Canada has declared a desire to establish commercial union with the United States, having a uniform revenue system, like internal taxes and like import duties, with no duties upon trade between tbe United States and Canada, he shall appoint throe commis sioners to meet those designated to rep resent Canada to prepare a plan for a sirailation of import duties and internal revenue taxes of the two countries and an equitable division of receipts in the commercial union. The conference report on the bill for the relief of certain volunteers and regular soldiers of the ,*te war and the war with Mexico, as to the removal of charges of desertion, was agreed to in the House. Holmes, of lowa, called up the Dcs Moines River Land bill with the Presi dent's veto message thereon. Crisp, in the interest of the California contested election case, raised tho ques tion of consideration. The House determined, yeas 130, nays 114, to consider the vatoed bill, but its consideration was suspended to allow Holman, of Indiana, to present the con ference report on the bill for the disposal of certain public lands of the United States under provisions of the homestead law. A statement accompanying the re port explains that the bill will only pro vent further sales of any public lands of the United States adapted to agriculture, and provides thatthess shall be disposed of only under provisions of the home stead law. The bill further provides that pre-emp tion settlers whose claims have been heretofore initiated aud are still exist ing, may change their tilings andanentry of homesteadwill be considered under that law. The right of locatiou of soldiers' certificates is left as under the existing law. The report was agreed to—yeas 243, nays 7. On motion of Stockdale, of Mississippi, and after a brief debate, the Senate bill was passed for the forfeiture of certain road grants in Oregon. The Dcs Moines River Lmd bill was then taken up for consideration. Holmes urged the passage of the bill, the President's veto to tha contrary, not withstanding. The bill sought only to allow settlers to go into court and in quire whether the Dcs Moines Naviga tion Company had complied with tbe terms of the grant. White, of New York, said the argument that the bill was in tended only to quiet titles was specious. The measure was a legislative decree de fying tbe decisions of the United States Supreme Court for the past twenty years. It would have been easier for Cleveland to have fallen in accord with the popular voice and signed the bill, but the man had shown he had a consmnce about this business. All honor to tbe man wbo dared to refuse to do a popular act be* cause he knew it was wrong. Wheeler, of Alabama, and Parker, of New York, also opposed the bill. Gear, of lowa, said that the settlers had gone on tbe lands in good faith. They had gone on in their young man hood, and to-day, in their old age, were liable to be evicted under a decision nf tho court gained, in his judgment, by a clear case of collusion. Payson, of Illi nois, sent to the Clerk's desk and had read a telegram which had been pub lished in the papers, stating that 70,0 evictions were threatened in three coun ties in lowa. He spoke he said, in be half of the men whose property was being taken from them by legislative robbery. Who spoke for the million aires, for the men holding the Navigation Company's title? The paid attorneys and lobbyists of the Navigation Company had been heard all around this hall ever since the pendency of this legislation. The gentleman from Alabama (Wheeler) had said that, so far as he knew, he had never seen a lobbyist against the bill. The gentleman knew, and he (Payson), knew that ex-members of Congress, with the money of the Navigation Company in their pockets, in violation of their privi leges as ex-members, came on the floor to stifle legislation, and had conferred with tbe gentleman at this session to his ( Payson's j knowledge. If the gentleman wanted him to name the men who had been violating the privileges it would af ford him pleasure to name them here and now. (Applause.) The very bill which the gentleman from Alabama says should have passed, was drafted by an ex-member of Congress and presented to him "as I know, and as he knows that I know." Wheeler—"You say an attorney gave me that bill?" Payson—"Egbert Viele wrote the bill and gave it to you. He told me and you fold me. Do you deny that yon know Viele? You have shown me telegram after telegiam which you received from Viele, formerly a member ol this House, and now attorney for the Navigation Company." Tho House refused to pass the bill over the President's veto; yeas 147, nays 103. It is not requisite to have a two thirds vote in the affirmative. Randall was immediately on bis feet with a mo tion to dispense with private business so as to pave the way pirtially for the con sideration of the Cowles bill, and Mills, in antagonism, called up as a question of privilege the l'resident's veto on a private bill. Roth these gentlemen were side trucked, however, hy Enloe, of Tennes see, with a conference report on the bill to punish dealers or pretended dealers in counterfeit money for using the United States mails. Pending a vote on the report, the House took recess. The House in evening session passed thirty-five private pension bills and adjourned. It Alt »t ISON'S 1 111 Mil. Aii oilier .tmcndeft <«nesH at It* Membership. Washington, March 1. —Palmer stock (or a Cabinet place advanced considera bly to-day. As the result of suggestions from report sent out to Michigan papers last night by their corresnon dents,the President-elect received a large number of telegrams to-day urging the appointment of Palmer. The report is current, to night, said to be based upon most excellent authority, that W. H. H. Miller has been definitely decided upon for Attorney-General, and that the formal tender and acceptances of the place have passed. It may be the knowledge of this that depresses the Pa cific Coast representatives, They are not now confident that their section of the country will receive recognition, but are hopeful. If their hope should be rea lized, the members of the California del egation are not willing to prophesy that the succeseful man will be Swift. They say they cannot be divided by the propo sition to urge any one man, but will unite in the support of any representative of tbe Pacific Coast. There is some talk of Clarkson, of lowa, founded npon Quay's alleged demand for his appointment to a Cabinet position, and the further alleged fact that the Senator has made it a personal matter, and will not take no for an answer. Upon tbe basis of the above, the Cabi net arrangement to-night is as follows: Secretary of State, James G. Blame, of Maine. Secretary of the Treasury, Win. Win i dorn, of Minnesota. [ Secretary of War, Redfield Proctor, of i Vermont. Secretary of the Navy, Benj. E. Tracy, of New York. Secretary of the Interior, John W. Noble, of Missouri. Attorney-General, W. 11. H. Miller, of Indiana. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas W. Palmer, of Michigan. Postmaster-General, John Wanamaker, of Pennsylvania. IPIMII \Cllr AS A FKAUD. Senator Uolpb makes Some Strang- Cliargct tsutuat a Corporation. Washington, March 1. —The report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Rela tions upon the bill to secure ■ re-trial of the claims by the Laabra Mining Com pany against the Mexican Government was made to the Senate to-day by Sena tor Dolph. The report says: "In the opinion of the committee the evidence is sufficient to show the whole claim of the company to be fraudulent, and the claimants' testimony before the mixed commission, so far as it tended to fix responsibility for the company's loss upon the Mexican Government, to have been rank perjury. The idea of making a claim against the Mexican Government appears to have been a gross fraud in its inception, and to have been based upon fraudulent allegations,supported by false swearing aud manufactured testimony, and it is impossible, in the face of the correspondence covering the period when the company was making prepara tions to work its mines in Mexico, and while they were being worked, to con ceive that the officers and agents of the company in New York were not active participants in the fraud. The commit tee are of the opinion that Congress has the power to do what is supposed to have been dove by the bill under considera tion, and recommends its passage with amendments. Senator Brown will prob ably make a minority report, as it is sup posed ho is opposed to the bill. SniNEI'ORD'a SHOT. He «>tves Some Suggestion* to the • missionary Manufactory. Washington, March I.—This after noon Secretary Yilas sent to the Senate a report from Governor Swineford, of Alaska, upon the reported outrages upon women in Alaska. His views upon the subject have been published. Concern ing the missionary work in Alaska the Governor says: "I can but express the earnest hope that either the Government or the Board of Home Missions may be able very soon to find a field far remote from Alaska in which tbe peculiar talents and altogether questionable methods of the Rev. Dr. Sheldon Jackson can be more profitably employed." Governor Swineford says two or three of the missionaries are responsible for the vile slanders upon the white people of Alaska, which have been sent broad cast through the country, and recom mends that the Presbyterian Board of Home Missions make a thorough investi gation of the management of its Alaska stations. Uncle Sam'a Debt. Washington, March L—Public debt statement: Interest-bearing debt: Prin cipal, $922,729,732; interest, $8,024,485; total, $931,354,217. Debt on which in terest ceased since maturity: Principal and interest, $2,205,007. Debt bearing no interest, $740,415,022. Total debt: Principal, $1,071,192,600; interest, $8, --782,307; total, $1,079,974,907. Total debt, less available cash items, $1,170, --385,470. Net cash in the Treasury, $48 090,158. Debt, less cash in Treasury March 1, 1889, $1,128,289,318. Debt, less cash in Treasury February 1, 1889, $1,121,845,973. Increase of debt during the month, $0,443,345. Decrease of debt since June 30, 1888, $37,295,338. Total cash in Treasury, as shown by Treasury general account, $607,387,563. A .Protest Aaralnat Protection. Washington, March 1. —Secretary Fairchild has sent a letter to Chairman Mills, in answer to a request for further information as to the general effect which the Senate substitute for the House tariff bill would have upon the customs revenue. After charging that, in spite of the declaration in favor of specific rates, the Senate bill has, in many instances, increased the high ad valorem rates, the Secretary says: "If, therefore, it Bhall be the policy of the government to con tinue and to aggravate, as is proposed, this merciless system of customs taxa tion, it would be better, I think, that the barbarism ba made complete by the adoption of specific rates, than that the present carnival of fraud and deceit shall" continue."