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iriiisiiai, 'I turn 1, 1889.
Things the Liar Ignores.
There are two circumstances that
make it obligatory upon a journal pub
lished in Los Angeles to say a great deal
about this section. The first is that
this is, so to speak, a missionary field.
For ten years to come, this country and
BOCUUII Win OC lUI|UHCU HMCUM
ing immigrants who, for health and busi
ness considerations, desire to know some
thing about us. It is a gracious and no
ble function of any newspaper to contrib
ute to the development of the region in
which it is published. That is not only a
legitimate but a dignified feature of the
Los Angeles journalism of to-day. There
is time enough for us all to develop the
dilettante and more attractive, because
easier, features of the daily newspaper
years from now. Seven or eight years
hence Los Angeles county will have half
a million inhabitants, and the leading
journals will then rightfully devote their
editorial columns to politics, philosophi
cal disquisitions, criticism and a hun
dred and one of the lines in which full
and well-informed minds delight to em
ploy themselves.
Another reason why, just now, Los An
geles journals ought to have much to say
about this county is because we are being
treated to tbe most elaborate and inter
ested system of misrepresentation—a
misrepresentation which in many cases
a mounts to downright, intentional and
malignant lying—to which any region
has ever been subjected on the Amer
ican continent. Between fools and knaves,
an amonnt of vicious falsification has
reached the columns of newspapers
whose publishers ought to know better
that outrages truth, and makes one con
versant with the facts marvel that Anan
ias and Sapphira are supposed to be dead.
However, it may be with their bodies,
their spirit still lives, and in a greatly in
vigorated condition.
It is said to be impossible to disprove
a negative, and we shall therefore not
attempt such a barren effort. But the
Hkrald, which is no offspring of a boom,
which has survived the most marked
depressions known in the history of
Los Angeles, and conductors
are intimately acquainted with the past
and present of this section, will oppose to
this senseless rash and rash of deprecia
tion these facts:
The effects of a foolish speculation in
"paper" towns, largely engineered by
Eastern real estate speculators, have al
most entirely disappeared. The past
year has beeu pat in in liquidating spec
ulative transactions, and they are now
nearly all cleaned up.
For a time the reaction following upon
ridiculously expanded valuations in
country properties, bought for mere spec
ulation, affected unfavorably the rating
of good properties, whose real value was
never exaggerated. This class of real
«state has recovered measurably from
this unwarranted depression. We will
add what is a fact, that at no time in the
so-called "collapse" or "busted" boom,
call it by what name you will, was the
value of eligibly located business property
in the city of Los Angeles affected to the
extent of one dollar. On the contrary,
much of this class of real estate cannot
now be purchased at an advance of
twenty-five per cent, on what it might
have been obtained for one year ago.
As an instance in point, Mr. D. Freeman
purchased last March the lot on the
northeast corner of Spring and Sixth
streets for $45,000. He has since refused
$(jO,OOO for it. We could multiply ex
amples of this kind.
Am to country property values, for
awhile they were disastrously affected by
the reaction which set in in the spring of
last year. By a natural law of specula
tion, the pendulum swung as far back
wards as it had gone forward. People
are now beginning to see that they al
lowed themselves to be stampeded like a
foolish herd of cattle. As a result, any
country property is now a bargain; and
a man can go out blindfolded and buy
anywhere and double his money in the
next year.
There' is a limited amount of foothill
property in Los Angeles and San Ber
nardino counties which went to very
high figures during the "boom." This
region has the most perfect climate
on the footstool. Three weeks after his
arrival on this magic ground, which
grows the finest oranges and other fruits
hi the world, a man who has bronchitis,
asthma and catarrh, finds that these ail
ments simply disappear, and even con
sumption, if taken in time, is certainly
cured. If he exercises the least care, in
an incredibly brief space, he quits hawk
ing and coughing and straining his
tig*nee, and, within a fortnight, he sleeps
like a child. This is the report Senator
THE LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD: THURSDAY MORNING. MARCH 7. 1889.
Don Cameron gave to the Philadelphia 1
and Washington papers about the Sierra 1
Madre Villa region, and he knew what t
he was talking about, for he rehabilitated <
his constitution here, after having failed 1
to do it in Europe. Now we don't wish 1
to shock anybody, but wo are obliged to i
say that tbe limited amount of 1
these lauds—villa sites and diatinct- i
ively "fancy" property—will, within the i
next two years, sell for twice as much as
they sold for a year ago.
Although we have had what is called a '
"collapse" and a "busted" boom, there '
has not been a single failure of note dur- '
iug the past year. During that period '
we have built more handsome blocks, J
and built fifty per cent, more rough and ;
smooth, than the great and self-compla
cent city of San Francisco. During that '
year of "busted" boom the City and
County of Los Angeles has put more
money into buildings—aye, mind this,
ye lying vipers—than Washington Ter
ritory, the State of Oregon, and all of
California outside of San Francieco, put '
together.
It is quite possible that during the '
boom we had too many cigar-sellers,
with a capital of $50 or there- '
abouts, and too many Eastern
real estate speculators, the real '
O'Uinators of the "paper" towns, with
their 25x100 feet lots, twenty miles from
nowhere. Well, they are a good rid- '
dance. They are up in Tacouia, Seattle,
Portland, and that extensive region of
bleak and inhospitable country which is
devoted just now in making so many de
voted Angelenos of the future. Next
winter they will come trooping down
here in multitudes, and they will find a
people engaged in setting out orange
and other orchards, fig trees and vine
yards, under the most genial sun on
earth, and under tho most poetical con
ditions accorded to man, as an incident
of obtaining a livelihood.
The New Mining Excitement.
The Herald's accounts published yes
terday about the new placer discoveries
, in created a fever of cx
i citemeot here, and several parties were
i organized to try their luck in the new
i gold fields. Information from the mines
l of a reliable character is very meagre,
■ and there is nothing known now to a
i certainty to justify people in making
f sacrifices to reach them. Terhaps the
; fact that many have gone and none re
r turned gives rise to the idea that the
■ mines are so good that those who have
• reached them have found too profit-
I ablo a thing to leave. The fever
■ has evidently reached San Francisco,
for it is announced that a special steamer
■ has been put on for Ensenada. In San
r Diego nothing else than the new diggings
; is talked about. An officer of the Santa
■ Fe system informed us yesterday that the
i employee of the company in San Diego
s are wild, and he fears there will be a gen
l eral desertion of the road. In the ab
i eence of more and better information
■ than we now have, the part of wisdom is
, not to be in too great a hurry to rush to
i the new Eldorado. We doubt that the
i extent of rich placer territory is as great
■ as the sanguine ones assume, and a
- serious disadvantage is in the fact that it
- is located on foreign soil.
Even if there be extent and merit in
the new find, it will pay to wait until we
know more about it, and if the diggings
do not extend beyond tbe gulch heard
from, they will be taken up by those
who are already there. Nothing is
known as yet about them to justify a
precipitate rush, and it is well to remem
ber that, as a rule, it is not those who
first reach new gold fields who make the
greatest profits out of them.
California has been subjected to peri
odical excitements of this character from
the very beginning. When miners were
doing well on the bars and in the gulches
of our own State in 1849-50 they were
carried away by will-'o-the-wisp stories
about better diggings farther away. We
remember several instances that turned
out disastrously. Parties who were
doing well on Calaveras river heard that
gold could be just shoveled up on Kings
river, four hundred miles away. They
rushed there to find they had been de
ceived. All old Californians will recall
tbe great wild-goose chase hundreds of
people made in search of Gold Lake
under the leadership of a man who
turned out to be crazy. Then came in
succession the Trinidad Bay excitement,
the Gold Bluff excitement, the rush for
Frazer river, the Reese river craze,
the White Pine fiasco, and hundreds
of others all over the coast. Not
one adventurer in ten thousand ever re
turned from these expeditions better off
than when he started. The rule has
been failure, discouragement, ruin.
Wrecks of fortunes and be pcs lie stranded
all over California, Nevada, Oregon and
British Columbia. Out of the hundred
thousand adventurers who went to White
Pine, and the millions of good money
sunk there and in getting there, not a
single hope was fulfilled nor a single suc
cess left to represent the enormous
waste. Lives and fortunes alone paid
the penalty of rashness and credulity.
We all remember how, two or three
years ago, the report reached Guaymas
and Arizona that rich and extensive dig
gings had been discovered in the moun
tains oh the Sea of Cortez side of Lower
California; and how hundreds of people
started for them, endured untold suffer
ings from fatigue and hunger and thirst,
and finally returned in a wretched con
dition to report that the mines were a
myth. Let us hope that the experience
of those who are now rushing to the same
country will not be a repetition of the hard
experience of those who vainly chased
fortune there two years ago. But this has
so often been the fate and outcome of
new mining fields that we have learned
to become very conservative in our views
about them.
A notbj from M. L. Wicks, Esq.,
printed elsewhere, informs us that Cien.
Vandever has introduced a bill in the
House of Representatives making Los
Angeles a Port of Delivery, with bonded
warehouses, and that Senator Jones and
other influential public men favor it. As
the Fiftieth Congress died on the 4th of
March, and as all bills originating in the
House and not enacted into law die with
that body, the measure will have to start
de novo in the Fifty-first Congress. We
heartily hope it will be taken up iv that
body and pressed vigorously. It will
not then have the support of Mr. Wood
burne, of Nevada, ono of the gentlemen
mentioned by Mr. Wicks, as that gentle
man was not re-elected to Congress.
Tin: Hon. William Windom's appoint
ment as Secretary of the Treasury shows
the overshadowing influence of Mr.
Blame with President Harrison. The
ex-Miunesotan was lugged into Gar
field's Cabinet by the Plumed Knight.
The pleasing fiction that Windom is a
Western man will scarcely do to tell to
others than marines. The same papers
which credit him to Minnesota state that
for two years past he has been a resi
dent of New York, figuring as lawyer
and business man. lie was, at least un
til recently, largely interested in the
affairs of the Delaware and Lackawanna
Railway Company ; and, just before his
appointment to President Harrison's
Cabinet, he resigned the Presidency of a
corporation whose headquarters are in
Wall street. Ho had desk room with
the Cysicle Railway Company, and is
said to have been connected with .the
celebrated Topolobampo scheme which
ended so disastrously in Sonora some
years ago. If Mr. Windom shall prove
to have Western ideas en silver and
other leading financial topics we shall
rejoice, but we confess we doubt.
THE NEW MINES.
I The Salt Diego Paper* Hooui the
New Digging!.
[From the Evening Sun.]
In San Diego tne streets are alive with
people busy as bees in their preparation
to go to the new gold fields. Almost
every other man met on the streets wears
a sombrero hat and high-topped boots.
It is estimated that at least 200 peopio
left here to-day for the promised land.
Mr. G. W. Hansen writes from the
Santa Clara mines: "Our party of four
reached here shortly after noon on Sun
day, When we left San Diego we had
hopes cf striking something that would
repay us for our trouble, but our success
promises to be great. This is only Sun
i day night at at 7 o'clock and three of us
have been to work for three hours, and I
, have now in a gold pan before me about
$30 of the precious metal. Owing to the
' big influx of strangers here provisions are
' high. Why don't some of the San Diego
1 merchants' charter a boat and bring
• down a supply. It will pay them. The
, excitement hero is running high, and
there is good reason for it. There i"
gold here and in good quantities. I
would advise everyone coming here to
■ bring a good outfit, as everything in the
• shape of tools is selling at a premium,
i Eut there is gold here, and that smooths
all other inconveniences. Those who
are doubting the permanency of this
field there is no need for their fear, as it
is a good and payable ono. You will
hear trom me again soon, whou I will
give you some valuable news."
Tho California National Bank paid a
Mexican $80 for four and a half ounces
gold dust, which he took out at Santa
Clara in about four hours. It is as tine
gold as ever passed through their hands.
They are selling Mexican money at 76
cents, and have an unprecedented de
mand to meet. Mexican coin costs from
73 to 75 cents in San Francisco, and ship
ping adds 2} 2 cents more, so that if the
supply gives out the new lot would bring
78}.. to 7!» cents.
The Bank of Commerce is also out of
Mexican money, and have telegraphed
for more. They have been offered gold
dust from Santa Clara that was worth
from $17.50 to $18 an ounce. In a few
days they will be prepared to handle all
that offers.
Tho Americans who go below the line
are all fitted up in the panoply of war
but their precautions will avail them not
when they reach the camp. According
to the laws of tho Mexican Government
every miner who appears at the Santa
Clara district, is searched and his fire
arms removed. They are kept in the pos
session of the government until the
miner leaves the camp when they are re
turned. This precaution is taken in
order to prevent shooting affairs at the
mines.
Nine of the eleven men who have con
stituted the dining-room force of the
Florence hotel left for the mines to day,
and there was only two left to serve the
tables. Kvery business is feeling the
effect of the hegira to the Peninsula in a
scarcity of help. Four men left the West
Coast Lumber Company this morning
and started couth, and three went the
other day.
A gang of the Union's printers gave up
their cases and stepped into line with the
gold hunters.
General Agent Cartwright, of the Santa
Fe, said they had not lost any of their
men, but in any event they had a large
force to draw from.
[From the San Diego Union. |
Tia Juana, March s.—As the public
generally are interested in any news from
the gold min9S, I will say that all reports
tbat have reached this place are of the
most tlattf-ring*natore. The most encour
aging feature is that nobody comes back
unless compelled to do so for supplies,
and then they do not lose an hour's time
in getting back to the mines. But I
would strongly advise all persons going
down to take plenty of provisions and
everything necessary for comfort during
their stay, for there is sure to be much
suffering there, as many persons, in their
great haste to reach the mineß and to
avoid delay at the custom house, are
going in very poorly equipped, and when
they reach the mines they will be per
fectly helpless. There are now here
about sixty teams awaiting bonds, etc.,
and about twenty-five outfits passed
through to-day. There are all kinds of
outfits — buggies, wagonß, buckboards,
burros packed and men on foot with their
blankets. All seem to be cheerful and
sanguine. There is no longer any doubt
that there is gold at the end of the jour
ney.
Ensenada, March s—But one man,
Manuel Flores, a Mexican, came in from
the mines to-day. He simply confirms
what has already been said, that the
placers are not only the richest ever seen
in Southern or Lower California, but that
the quartz leads are equally rich. Many
of the latter are being discovered, the
older and more experienced miners pav
ing attention to them principally.
Persons on the diggings are still mak
ing from $10 to $200 a day in panning,
and the little camp of a few days ago has
swelled to a city of 1,000 people, and
tbey are still coming, every trail leading
into the region being covered with pack
trains.
No one leaves the diggings save to ar
range business matters or to bring in
supplies or blankets,lumber, implements
or other camp necessities, all of which
are scarce in the camp and very high
priced. H.
Tho f ; )iio;i says editorially: The news
from the Lower California gold fields
continues in the same hopeful strain.
The crowd is rushing in and no one
comes out, save on urgent business.
Those who do come out simply confirm
the reports of fabulously rich pincers and
quartz leads, transact their business and
rush back. There is every reason to be
lieve that the reports sent out have not i
overetated the richness of these fields,
but rather that the half has not been
told.
The exodus of miners yesterday was
much larger than on previous days, and
considerable larger than meat people be
lieve. A conservative estimate of tho
number who left the city yesterday
would be placed at over 000. Fifth street 1
was well lined with teams, most of them
prepared for the mines. People were .
hurrying about looking up supplies aud
bidding good-bye to their friends. 1
Tom Filch ia gointr. too. He already I
has ten men in the field. I
THOIHLE AHEAD FOR THE MINEItS. ,
City ok Mexico, March s.—The Inter- ,
national Company of Mexico is negotiat- ,
ing f?r the control of the raining districts
of Lower California. They offer £500,- •
000 for a concession which will enable t
them to close tne Santa Clara region to j
American miners. Judge Sepulveda, •
who is in this city, declares that i nch a .
concession would be unconstitutional.
The Government officials decline to talk.
| From the San Dlegau. I
Mr. Van Camp says: "I was or.o of i
the first to get there, and went all
through the mine. I don't think I ever
saw anything richer. With tho future
these mines have before them, they are
beiond doubt the richest ever discovered
on tho Pacific coast."
AT LOGGERHEADS.
That Is What the Caucus Developed
East night.
The new members of tho Council, all
Republic ins, with Mayor-elect Hazard,
met in the office of tha last nomed
gentleman last night. The coufab began
at 7 :30 o'clock, and remained in Eession
until 10:30. The result of three long
hours of labor was the election of Cap
tain Frankenfield to be President of the
Council.
The matter of Chief of Police came up,
and the names of a host of aspirants for
Police Commissioners were discussed.
Hon. J. G. Estudillo, Charles Prager,
Captain George C. Knox, ex-Mayor
Workman, Dr. Sinsabaugh, Major Fur
rey, R. J. Northam and others passed in
review, but no action was taken. J. F.
Burns, who was supposed to have the
inside track for Chief of Police, has
struck a snag. He is a clever worker
and has a host of friends, but the oppo
sition developed will be hard to over
come. The one weak point on tho side
of the opposition is that it has no equally
good name to propose. It is fighting for
a negation.
L. N. Breed, Hervey Lindley and
Eugene Germain are also on the list.
Not Dead Uut Only Sleeping-.
Editors Herald —General Vandever
introduced a bill to make Los Angeles a
port of delivery with bonded warehouses.
All the Congressmen from California, as
well as our two Senators, promised iv
letters to give their party co operation in
this aud any other measure lor the ben
efit of Southern California in which their
assistance was desired by General Van
dever. Senator John P. Jones, cf Ne
vada, promised his assistance when the
bill reached the Senate, and in the mean
time, he requested Hon. William Wood
burn, a Congressman from Nevada, to
assist the passage of the measure through
the House. The matter ban by no means
been pigeon-holed. Yours truly,
M. D. Wicks,
Chairman Executive Committee Cham
ber of Commerce.
Los Angeles, March 3, 1889.
The Church Pair.
Th.se who had charge of tho Uni
tarian Church Fair at Armory Hall did
well to prolong it for another night, for
there was as big an attendance as on the
preceding night, and the financial results
were equally nattering. More "Pick
wick" was given, and tne additional at
traction of a grand character march was
a happy idea, for its execution met
deservedly, with a very flattering recep
tion. The "The Raven," with
musical accompaniament, by Professor
Eastman, made the hit of the evening,
that gentleman being at his best, and re
citing the well known lines in most ex
cellent style. The fair has been undoubt
edly a success from first to last, and well
filled coffers are doubtleps the result of
the enterprise which conceived it.
Close To A Suicide.
There is a flying rumor so close that
the wings touch the body in flapping
that a prominent young man of Los
Angeles, withal of renown in musical
circles, had attempted suicide. A lovely
woman had interrupted the even flow of
his bile and he tried hard to die. He pulled
hard at a revolver five times and only
five snaps was the result. Discouraged
: and, naturally, he wended his way to a
drug store and purchasing a bowl of laud
anum, drank it. Wandering, he fell by
the wayside nnd was found. A stomach
pump relieved him of both of the nar
cotic and his bile, and he lives. His
first words when consciousness returned
were: "For God's sake don't tell what
a fool I have been.
Wheelmen In I,lm .
The Los Angeles Wheelaaen held their
semi-annual election of officers last even
ing. The election resulted as follows:
J. W. A. Opp, president; A. E. Little,
vice-president,; J. Phil Percival, secre
tary and treasurer; M. A. Baker, cap
tain ;D. L. Burke, first lieutenant; W.
E. Gordon, second lieutenant; John
Tufts, bugler; executive committee, J.
W. A. Opp, J. Phil Percival, M. A.
Baker, W. S. Wing, A. B, Little and
John Tufts.
A. M. Crothers resigned his member
ship.
Chief Consul Mohrig presented a club
picture of the "Bay City Wheelmen,"
and was tendered a vote of thanks by
the club.
A Dispatch from Sacramento.
The following dispatch was received
yesterday afternoon at the Board of
Trade rooms here:
Sacramento, March 8, 1889.
Eugene llermaiii, Eeq., I'renident Jtoard of Trade
of Los Angelei, Cal.:
Dear Sir—With reference to the Dsmron Re
form School bill, will ssy that the same has
jnst passed the Assembly and come to the Sen
ate, I have had it placed upon second-reading
file and will make a big fight to get it through
You know the Insane Asylum bill for Southern
California has become a law. Y'onrs truly,
Stephen M. White.
Prospering In Good Work.
The mass meeting of the Social I'urity
League last night was a grand success.
Mrs. Telford led in the devotional exer
cises, and the addresses of Mrs. Ridges
and Miss Dunn were attentively received, i
Many new members were added to the i
League and are pledged to tbe further- i
ance of the work. ,
TAKING OFFICE.
The New Secretaries Step '
Into Their Places,
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AND BEGIN OFFICIAL DUTIES. I
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Most Interest Manifested in Blame's f
Installation Instead of '
Bayard. <
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\ >.!• latel Press Dispatches tv the Herald.l
Washington, March ti.—One by one
the members of the Cabinet, after re
ceiving their commissions, repaired to
their respective departments duly qoalt- (
fled, relieved their predecessors in oflice, ,
and subsequently received their chief i
subordinates. At 2 o'clock thiß afternoon I
Blame came to the Department of State. I
A curious crowd filled the hallway before '
the door of the Secretary's room. Secre
tary Bayard cordially received Blame.
They exchanged courtesies while wait
ing for the arrival of Justice Miller.
Half an hour later he came. Blame re
peated the oath of cflico in the presence
of Secretary Bayard, Walker Blame and
Sherman.
Washington, March o.—Proctor ar
rived at the War Department about 1
o'clock. Ex-Secretary Eudicott and all
tho chiefs of bureaus were in waiting in
the Secretary's oflice. General Sherman
also called on the retiring Secretary dur
ing the morning, and remained during
the ceremonies incident to the change in
the administration. After Proctor had
been duly installed, he received all the
officers and employees of the depart
ment. General Scofield and nil the prin
cipal officers of the department were
separately introduced by ex Secretary
Endicott.
HARRISON HARASSED.
Wearied With the Monotony of
Bowing and Shaking Hands.
Washington, March 6. — President
Harrison resumed the fatiguing duty
of Bhaking hands with tho public this
morning. Among the callers were the
Justices of the Supreme Court in a body,
and a large number of Indiana people,
who expressed their felicitations and
goad wishes through Representative
Browne. Harrison briefly and suitably
expressed his gratification.
At 11 :30 tha public reception was sus
pended and an earnest private confer
ence was held with Secretary Noble, of
the Interior Department, after which an
audience was given to a number of Con
gressmen. Secretaries Windom, Proc
tor aud Rusk also called. Each had a
chat w.th tho President.
The afternoon reception of the public
lasted two hours. Among tho callers
were a delegation from Alabama, con
testant Smalls, ol South Carolina, with
a number of colored friends, the Gover
nor of lowa and staff, Colonel Fred
Grant and ladies, and the Cyclone
Flambeau Club, cf Atchison, Kas. At
3 o'clock the doors were closed nnd the
President entered his carriage to seek a
much-needed rest in a drive around town.
THE DEPARTING tmOIUI
'flier Courteously Kcuiain to Ini
tiate Their Successors.
i Washington, March 0. —The newly
qualified cabinet officers had little oppor
i tunity to attend to official business this
afternoon, as they were engaged in re
ceiving a continuous line of callers. As
sistant Secretaries Thomson and May
nard had a special interview with Secre
tary Windom this afternoon and placed
their resignations at his disposal. They
informed him of their willingness to aa
■ sist him in the performance of his
1 official duties until he completes the or
r gauization of the department in accord
, ance with his own wishes, and thus far
they would continue at their desks until
their successors were electod. Windom
replied that he appreciated their kind
, ness and would not act upon their reeig
t nations until he had conferred with the
. President on the subject.
{ Solicitor-General Jenks hai tendered
, his resignation to the President, to take
effect at his convenience. Attorney
] General Miller to-day requested Jenks to
. remain for a few days until he becomes
. a little more familiar with the business
. of the department, and he consented to
[ do so.
IMPORTANT a.AND DECISION .
Several Millions of Acres Thrown
t Open to Sestlemet.
; Washington, March 6.—Commissioner
s Stockslager, of the General Land Oflice,
I has rendered an importaut decision in
the Sumacacori and Calabasas private
land claim in Arizona. He holds that
' there is no authority for the reservation
1 of the 52,000 acres of land included with
r in the "preliminary survey" of said
1 claim, for two reatons :
i First—That tho land being within the
■ "Gadsden purchase" of 1853, is not
' operated upon by the act of July 22,
i 1854, and of the treaty of Guadaloupe
■ Hidalgo of 1848.
' Second—that;the "preliminary survey"
I of a private claim does not of itself op
t crate as a withdrawal of the surveyed
lands from settlement and entry, even in
cases covered by said act of 1854, the
legal withdrawal being only of lands
actually claimed, or which shall be le
■ gaily claimed.
Under this holding, nearly 3,000,000
acres cf land in New Mexico and Arizona
. are in a state of unlawful reservation
. from settlement by reason of excessive
surveys made for the benefit of grant
claimants, irrespective of the question as
to the validity or invalidity of the claims
themselves. Nearly all private claims
in Arizona are within the Gadsden pur
chase.
RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS.
Excellent Suggestion Mude As To
The Heating of Cars.
Washington, March li.—The first sub
ject discussed at to-day's session of the
State Railroad Commissioners' confer
ence was that of uniform classification.
At the conclusion ot the debate a resolu
tion was adopted declaring that a still
further advance toward a uniform classi
fication of freight would promote the
welfare and convenience of shippers and
of railroad companies, and commending .
a conservative, but persistent, effort to»
that end. Tbe whole subject of uni-.
fomity in railway legislation was referred |,
to a committee with instructions to re--,
port at a later session. On motion off
Crocker, a resolution was adopted urging 1
the Interstate Commerce Commission <
earnestly to consider' what can be done I
to prevent the present great loss of life I'
and limb in coupling and uncoupling i
freight cars, and further, in what way i
the growth of the system of heating pas- i
senger cars from the locomotive or other i
similar source can be promoted, to the t
end that the Commission may make 1
recommendations in the premises to the <
various railroads within its jurisdiction,
and make such suggestions as to legisla
tion on these subjects as may seem to it
necessary and expedient.
The Orcenbackers.
Washington, March (>.—Representa
tives froii eighteen States attended the
National Greenback Conference called to
meet in this city to-day. Colonel J. H.
Ruter, of Florida, was elected Chairman,
and the Committee on Resolutions was
appointetl as follows: Messrs. George
N. Jones, New York; Lee Crandall,
Washington; J. M. Troth, Virginia;
Charles Roberto, California; Benjamin
Colvin, Michigan, and R. W. Ruler,
Florida.
THE UNION PACIFIC.
Proposition ' to Consolidate Its
Branch Elite* In Utah.
New York, March ti — A Boston special
says the following was given out at tbe
office of the Union Pacific Railroad Com
pany in that city to-day: "For Borne
time past the question of the consolida
tion of the branch lines of the Union Pa
cific system centering at Ogden, has been
under consideration. The necessary
papers have now been drawn up, and
tha directors have the immediate con
solidation of the Oregon Short Line end
the Utah and Northern Railroad Com
pany before thorn. The first, step
in bringing this about was taken at
a meeting of the Oregon Short Line
trustees held on Monday of this week,
and the succeeding step will be taken as
rapidly as the forme of law will permit.
The question of incorporating with this
company tbe other Utah lines of the
Union Pacific system, is also under con
sideration. The proposed consolidation,
if carried through in all its parts, will
undoubtedly exereiee a decided influence
not only upon the affairs of the Union
Pacific, but upon the futnro development
of the whole territory tributary to Salt
Lake City and Ogden.
RABIES EPIDEMIC.
A county In W«tt Vlrglnm Over
run by Mad Dogs.
Nbw Martinsville, W. Va., March
6. —Notwithstanding that two to three
hundred doge, suspected of being mad,
or infected to some degree with rabies,
have been killed in this (Wetzel) county
during the past thirty days, tho interior
of the county still seems to be overrun
with canines in a dangerous condition,
and the alarm of the people is general.
There has been considerable loss of live
stock, cattle, swine and sheep, which died
from the effects of bites inflicted by tbe
infected doge, and in two instances, horses
have succumbed. Several people have
also been bitten, but in no instance, as
yet, has any serious result followed.
Farmers consider it dangerous to go
along the road unarmed, and dog-killing
squads are out daily. One man has
seven dogs all believed to be mad. They
have taken to the woods and aro
running wild with a dozen of other dogs
in a like condition. These dogs spread
the disease by biting other canines, live
stock, etc., and what will be the result is
hard to foretell. The disease first made
its appearance on Fishing Creek last
August and has been growing worse
steadily.
A Ballruad Revolution.
New York, March 6. —Tho annual
moetin;: of the Texas Pacific road was
held to-day. The most important result
of the meeting was tho election of repre
sentatives of the Missouri Pacific system
in the place of representatives of Phila
delphia interests, which since reorgani
zation had a full representation in tlie
hoard. Robert Fleming, the Scotch
capitalist, who was a prominent in oppo
sition to the regular reorganization, is
also dropped. The old directors who
failed of being re-elected are W. 1). Win
sor, George D. Roberts, John A. Wright
and John Markee, of Philadelphia ;
Robert Fleming, Dundee, Scotland; W.
C. Hall, of Louisville. The new mem
bers are John F. Terry, Henry G. Mar
quand and T. T. Eckert, representing
the Missouri Pacific; Samuel Thomas,
also President of the East Tennessee;
Milton H. Smith, Vice-President of the
Louisville and Nashville, and E. B.
Wheelock. The changes are regarded
as of great importance.
Stanley's Movements.
New York, March O.—A private letter
from Bongalo, on the Congo, says that
Henry M.. Stanley has started on his jour
ney to rejoin Emm Pasha. He has not
told his plans except that he will not re
turn by way of the Congo. On September
14th a Stanley courier.bound for Europe,
arrived at 1 alii with a letter addressed
to M. Brown. He was taken sick, so
that his intelligence wiil be delayed. It
seems Tippo Tib did not join Stanley aa
the latter requested in the already pub
lished letter written at Urenia, August
17, but sent his trusted Lieutenant,
Mohoed, to follow Stanley, spy out the
land and make raids for slaves in the
new country.
Trunk. Lines Committees.
New York, March 6. —A meeting of
the Joint Executive Committee of Trunk
lines is being held this afternoon to con
sider the alleged violation of the agree
ment against paying commissions on pas
senger business. Late this afternoon it
will probably consider tbe commissions
war on emigrant business to the Pacific
Coast. A resolution was finally adopted
that the payment of commissions on pas
senger business cease aftar to-morrow,
and an endeavor will be made to per"-
Buade all connecting lines to stop also.
Au lusane Murderess.
Waukesha, Wis., March o.—Mrs.
Ann Driscoll decapitated her sleeping
husband, Timothy, with an axo during
a temporary fit of insanity near Dela
field, this morning, and attempted to
murder her son aIEO. Her reason has
returned. She says she was impelled to
murder the entire family to avert im
agined calamity.
A Secretary Suicides.
Cleveland, 0., March 0. —Nathan A.
Wilson, Secretary of the Cleveland Stove
Company, suicided this morning. It is
said he was depressed mentally by too
close attention to business. The stove
company this afternoon made an assign
ment to prevent hasty action by the
creditors on account of tne suicide.
Weary of Their Oovcrnor.
Washington March 6.—A delegation
of residents of Arizona, are in the city
for the purpose of securing an early
change in the Governor of that Territory.
Natural Gas.
i Professor Ashburner has evidently
I reached Southern California at a pro
pitious time for his researches, for the
strike of natural gas on the mission
ckims, which was referred to last week
by the Herald, is proving very rich.
The exact location of the well is No
and it is situated about six miles from
Santa Paula, to which town arrange
ments are being made to pipe it. The
workmen are, however, hampered in
their labors by the strong rush of gas, it
being impossible so far to corral it suffi
ciently for proper handling.

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