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WKBREsIIAI, ffIAHCH 13, 1880.
That is a most exquisite conceit of the
Tribune*, that its contemporaries are
envious of its enterprise. If it were
pat that they are often astounded at its
asininity it would hit the proposition
exactly between wind and water.
Ot it esteemed contemporary, the
Tribune, m receiving many congratula
tions on its enterprise in getting out a
guide book to the Santa Clara mines. It
is written in a captivating and loblolly
•tyle, one of the chapters being headed,
"It reads like a romance." That is it,
exactly. It reads tbat way, and is that
The nomination of John F. Swift as
minister to Japan must be taken by this
State as an in lieu of giving California
representation in the Cabinet. Mr.
Swift, it goes without saying, will accept
the mission, and will perform the very
mild duties of the position satisfactorily.
The Japs are not exacting, and it re
quires no great amount of diplomacy to
keep the Mikado and his subjects on
good terms with a government which
they have all along shown great partiality
The creator of mining booms and wars
with Germany had a lot of twaddle in its
issue of yesterday about jealousy of
other cities in Southern California. The
Hkcai.t> has done a good office to San
Diego and to the public generally in
checking the senseless rush to the Lower
California humbug. The presence of
multitudes of angry and desperate men,
who ought to have been pursuing their
ordinary avocations, does no good to
any body or any place.
Tne twaddle about valuable quartz
lodes in Lower California is the device
adopted to meet the storm of indignation
which will be poured out by the hum
bugged thousands who have been de
laded into that territory by lying tales of
illimitable quantities of placer gold. No
region on the American continent has
been oftener or more thoroughly pros
pected than these same Santa Clara
mountains. The whole thing is a "fake"
of the most gigantic proportions.
Ar. 'kku game was finished the other
day in Los Angeles that was worthy of
the beet days of Count Bodieco and Ben.
Wood. Thousands were blown in with a
recklessness that showed the players
were blooded to a degree worthy of the
flash times of the war, when John Mor
rissey was known to drop as high as $100,
--000 in a single night in a game in which
Wood held the winning cards. As the
play was strictly private, the minions of
the law probably did not see their way to
The election at Oakland Monday may
be set down as an offset to the late
municipal election here. In both cities
the voters were called upon to select
officers to put in operation new charters.
The Republicans were successful here
by a round majority; in Oakland the
Democrats were elected by a round ma
jority also. Here there was dissatisfac
tion with the personnel of the Demo
cratic ticket; there the Republican ticket
was very distasteful to a large section of
the people. After all, it will not do to
depend more on party strength in mu
nicipal elections than upon nominations
that are unobjectionable.
Staunch devotion to a hopeless cause
under difficulties is calculated to excite
the ad miration of well-balanced people.
One only loses interest in Don Quixote
•de la Mancha when he surrenders his
vagaries and returns to his senses. From
all indications our interest in the able
and indomitable Frank M. Pixley will
never know di minution from such a
cause. His hebdomadal, the Argonaut,
ia •till as full of venomous denunciation
of the Pope's Irish as in its green and
salad days. There is something
very monotonous in the way
professional pedestrians tramp round
and round a weary circle. This
ia as nothing, however, compared
to the interminable circle which Pixley
has traversed for now these many years.
His ability in coming out at the same
hole he went in at is as great as ever.
His methods of leading up to his favorite
topic are as cunning and far-fetched as
those by which one is beguiled into
reading an advertisement of 8:. Jacob's
oil. After an abstention of two years we
started into reading Pixley's editorials of
fast week and before we knew where we
were we were cheek by jowl with the
same old Pope's Irish. All roads were
wosrt to lead to Rome, and all Pixley ian J
editorials have tbe one invariable
THE LOS ANGELES DAILY HERAU); WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 13. 1889.
A Hint to Bismarck.
A very interesting glance at the con
dition the United States is in to meet a
war with Germany comes from Admiral
Porter. The stout old Admiral takes a
far more optimistic view of oar situation
than any we have yet seen (rom compe
tent sources. He says that, whilst we are
weak at present on the ocean, we ceuld
carry on a desultory war that would
greatly cripple Germany. While we
were getting a navy ready, we could shut
our ports against German commerce and
manufactures; and we could speedily im
provise a fleet of privateers that would
soon sweep from the ocean the
merchant marine of that nation. In
the meantime, he cays, we could
buy all the rifled guns we would require
to stand off German Krupps in vessels
off our coasts. The sturdy old sailor,
however, strikes the key note to the logic
of such a war when he says that if once
begun the people of this country would
follow it up tc the bitter «nd. We are in
position to stand the i! rain of a long war
fur better than Germany is. In six
months after the opening of hostilities
we would have a fleet of ircnclads on the
ocean that would hofid their own with
the German navy. It is not to be
presumed that we would be without
friends in such a Btroggle, and
perhaps allies. At all events, there are
good vessels, with -sffective armaments,
that could be bought, and we have the
money to buy them. It is not to be sup-,
posed that the inventive genius of this
country -would not be equal to tbe produc
tion in a short rime of vessels armed
with offensive projectiles that would hold
the Geiman fleet in check until we could
send frcm our dockyards a navy that
would meet it on equal terms. As the
Admiral rays, a pin is worth fighting for
if it involves a principle; and if the ■con
test is about Samoa, we will never cease
hostilities till we have not only wrested
it from German control, but placed it
irrevocably under our own flag.
If Bismarck thinks he tan bu!!y the
American people as he has bullied
European peoples, he reckons without his
host. We are slow to anger; but when
once justly aroused, we will not be found
wanting in the courage, energy, re
sources and steadfastness of purpose that
always have made, and always will make,
us triumph over our enemies. Perhapß
the "Iron Chancellor" would just
now till up his time profitably byreading
a little history. If he will go back to the
beginning of this century he will find
that the iirst naval nation of tbe world
asserted the right of search against us,
and we went to war with her on that
question. He will also find that we did
not come out of that war second best, al
though we then had only just achieved
our independence and were in the first
stage of our infancy as a nation. If not
blinded by pride and egotism, he
will draw a wholesome lesson
from that episode, and conclude that the
people who could achieve such a
triumph when they numbered only
seven millions and had an exchequer
tbat was bankrupt, are not going to de
teriorate in achievement when they
are full grown and number sixty tnillions,
with a treasury overflowing with money
and with a country of bonndless re
This thing is certain: The United
States is not anxious for a fight with
anyoody. But the United States, if
fight it mast, is determined to come
out of it victorious at any cost.
A'Teky important innovation in full
dress for ladies has just taken place in
England. Her most gracious majesty,
the yueen, in her old age, has relented
in that rigid requirement which com
pelled the fair dames, presented at her
drawing-room, to go there in very ntrolltte
attire. What has impelled her majesty
to this momentous revolution in court
usages, which must be acceptable to so
many delicate ladies who have hitherto
shivered and laid the seeds of consump
tion at these ceremonies, has not yet
been made public. All such ordinances,
however, when they emanate from roy
alty, have their origin in some personal
infirmity or condition of the sovereign.
Thus the high Elizabethan ruff was de
vised to conceal the scorbutic ravages on
the neck of good Queen Bess. Patches
had their origin not in any desire to
heighten by contrast the brilliancy
of a fair complexion, but to keep
some court lady in countenance who hap
pened to have an offensive blemish of
the skin, for which cuticura remedies are
now offered in the public press. The
gray wigs so fashionable amongst those
actors who personate tbe gallants of the
old comedies, were originally donned to
make an aging monarch appear to be as
young as bis courtiers, and very pretty
they look over a blooming and youthful
face. Of recent years the donning of
crinoline was a marked evidence of the
absolutism of court etiquette. When the
Empress Eugenic found herßelf in the
condition ladies wish to be who love their
lords, the device of hoops, in which she
was followed by the whole feminine
world, left mankind none the wiser. It
is just possible that a too liberal regimen
—including brown stout and other crea
ture comforts—has made the Empress-
Queen willing to vail her own charms;
and, presto! thepulchritudinousmaiden
hood and matronhood of England must
needs follow suit.
Tub appointment of John F. Swift aa
Minister to Japan seems something like
a drop for that gentleman. He was
strongly talked of as Secretary of the In
terior; and it is like that step which
separates the sublime from the ridicu
lous to shunt him off on the court of the
Mikado. However, he can console him
self with the reflection that he has done
better than Estee. We always felt it in
our bones that the Chairman of the Re
publican National Convention had put
his foot in it when, in announcing to
Harrison his nomination, he said to
him: "There were many able and re
spectable candidates before the Conven
tion, and jet, sir, you were nominated."
Men do not often forgive a speech like
that. The President, doubtless, has a
man's ordinary share of egotism, and,
in his moments of introversion
he can discern evidences of both
ability and respectability in himself, and
to be caved down the bank ia his own
house in that cavalier style must have
been far from agreeable. It is quite pos
sible that the farmer from Napa really
meant no slur, but he should have re
called Mrs. Malaprop's sagacious remark
that "comparisons are odorous." Courtly
speeches are clearly not Mr. Estee's
specialty, although ho could deliver a
lecture on the vine pest in a very felici
tous manner. He seems to be the Moses
of the Republican party of California,
and cannot get beyond the Mt. Pisgah
from which he can clearly discern the
fair and far prospects of office from
which he is forever shut out.
Tiik suit of Chapman versu3 the Bank
of California involves the value of 48,000
acres of land in the choicest part of
Fresno county. Chapman was one of the
most successful and extensive land-grab
bers in the State. By "ways that were
dark and tricks that were vain," he
maintained inside relations with the
United States Surveyor-General's office
in this State through all the early adminis
trations. By this means he knew in ad
vance what public lands were to be
listed for sale. These he would cover
at once with Chippewa and other scrip
he had bought for a song. There
was a league between Chapman and
Friedlander, the great wheat operator,by
which the latter advanced money to plow
and Eeed the lands, and thus tbe latter
could control so large a share of the
"State's crop of wheat as to enable him to
influence the market to suit his interests.
When Friedlander got in a corner in
1875, he borrowed large sums from the
Bank of California. Chapman endorsed
Friedlander's paper and put up land as
security. The bank foreclosed upon
these lands a number of years ago, and
sold oil" extensive tracts at figures so
profitable tbat the bank not only recov
ered altogether from its difficuities of
1870, but its stock advanced to figures
that have made all who held
large blocks of it immensely rich.
Chapman has been in court before with
the bank to induce tbe courts to declare
the Fresno lands trust property placed in
its hands for the purpose of liquidating
the erraorsed paper of Friedlander; but
the courts were disposed to look upon
the transaction as in the shape of a
mortgage that had lapsed by default
of payment. The present suit will
definitely dispose of the contest. If
it should go against the bank, that cor
poration will have an enormous account
ing to make to Chapman; but this is
hardly likely. Chapman is now, we
understa nd, very poor, and living in
straitened circumstances in Kern county,
and is in no condition to cope with the
great moneyed corporation in a litigation
that may be protracted for years.
The fact that the electric plant for the
cruiser Charleston passed through here
Monday night on a special train making
passenger time, shows that the Depart
ment of the Navy is waking up. We
may now look for the armament of the
same vessel coming out with equal
dispatch. We may not have actual
warlike use for this ironclad at
once; but there is nothing like being
ready for an emergency. The people of
this country would feel far easier than
they do now, if tbey had half a dozen
ironclads, armed with long range heavy
calibre guns, cruising in these waters at
the present time. It is not a nice feel
ing for a nation, any more than
it is for an individual, to feel itself placed
at a disadvantage under circumstances
that may at any moment end in a col
lision. The sooner tho Charleston and
the Monodnock are placed in fighting
trim the better will our position be both
in Samoa and on this coast too.
East Los Angeles, March 12, "89.
Editors Hekalo—At the National
Guard meeting in San Francisco some
time ago, the Hon. M. M. Estee made
the following statement: "Thearmvof
the United States is composed of 24,000
men, 23,000 of whom are officers, and
1,000 men." To settle a dispute would
you please in an early edition state if
those figures are correct, and oblige
J. R. Wilson.
The number of enlisted men in the
United States army on the Ist of Decem
ber, 1885, was 25,500; officers, 2,182. There
has been but little, if any, increase since
that time. It is probable that Mr. Estee
was made the victim of a typographical
error, and actually said that the army
was composed of 24,000 men, 2,300 of
whom were officers.
The •> llnle In tbe t. round" at live
Opera Bonn .
To-morrow evening the Hoyt &
Thomas Opera Company will commence
a three-days' engagement at the Grand
Opera House. The company will pre
sent a Hole in the Ground, a comedy
satire which was a great success here
last season and which has just been
drawing full houses at San Francisco.
The sale of seats for the season is already
». ti l; or OK t M.l>.
Prices Brought by Our Oolden Fruit
Chicago, March 12.—Montgomery,
Ward oi Company to-day sold the follow
ing consignment of oranges by order of
the Earl Fruit Company. Fancy River
side seedlings, $2.-54; Fancy Mountain
seedlings, $2.<>Oo< 2.30; Tustin Mountain
seedlings, [email protected]; Los Angeles seed
lings, 152.45(» 2.35; Duarte seedlings,
$2.45(0 2.50; Fancy Riverside Washing
ton navels, $4.45; Fancy Riverside
navels, $5.95; Santa Ana Washington
navels $2 So (if 2.85, Santa Ana Australian
"hen and Satiifactory.
Pim.AjJKi.i'HiA, March 12.—The annual
meeting of the stockholders of the Penn
sylvania Railroad Company was held to
day. In exactly seven minutes from the
opening of business, the chairman an
nounced that the meeting had adjourned.
The customary resolutions were offered
and everything was found satisfactory.
A committee of stockholders will nomi
nate the Board of Directors.
Admiral i»u>l« Dead.
| Washington, March 12.—Admiral John
Lee Davie, U. 8. N., (retired), died in
this city this morning.
The Senate Committees
SOME NOMINATION'S CONFIRMED.
Tho President anil the Governor
shiu of Arizona—Sketches of
Some of the Elect.
I Associated Press Dispatches to the Hebald.!
Washington, March 12, —This has
been a busy day lor the President.
Among the delegations received was one
from Arisona, with Thomas A. Wilson as
spokesman, who talked about the Gov
ernorship of tlfat Territory.
Senator Stanford, accompanied by Rep
resentatives Felton, Morrow and Vande
ver, also called and urged the President
to appoint, as Public Printer, H. 'A. Os
borne, of tho Los Angeles, Cal., E.rprtst,
Osborne's application is endorsed not
only by the above named, but by Sena
tors Jones and Stewart, of Nevada, Mit
chell and Dolph, of Oregon.
The Arraßgemcut of the Variolic
WASHINGTON, March 12—In the con
tinued absence of the Vice-President,
iDgalls acted as presiding officer of the
At 12:15 Piatt obtained unanimous
consent to have suspended so much of
the rules as require that Standing Com
mittees be elected by ballot, and as re
quire the election of the Committee on
Kxpendituros of Public Moneys; that
the Committee be represented by one
for Organization, Conduct and Expendi
tures of the Executive Departments.
Piatt then offered a resolution (agreed
to) for election of standing committees.
The leading committees follow:
Agriculture and Forestry—Paddock,
Blair, Plumb, Higgins, McMillan,
George, Gibson, Jones of Arkansas, and
Hale, Farwell, Beck, Cockrell, Call and
Civil Service and Retrenchment—
Chace, Dawes, Manderson, Stanford,
Washburn,Walthall,Wilson of Maryland,
Berry and Brown.
Coast Defenses —Dolph, Cameron,
Hawley, Iliscock, McPherson, Hampton
Finance—Morrill, Sherman, Jones of
Nevada, Allison, Aldnch, Hiscock.Voor
hees, Beck, McPherson, Harris, Vance.
Fisheries —Stockbridge, Dawes, Stan
ford, Hampton and Blodgett.
Foreign Relations — Sherman, Ed
munds, Frye, Evarts, Dolph, Morgan,
Brown, Payne and Eustis.
State Commerce—Cullom, Piatt, Blair,
Wilson of lowa, Hiscock, Harris, (ioruian,
Keagan and Barbour.
Military Affairs —Hawley, Cameron,
Manderson. Slewart, Davis, Cockrell,
Hampton, Walthall and Bate.
Mines and Mining—Stewart, Jones of
Nevada, Mitchell, Teller, Bate, Faulkner
Naval Affairs —Cameron, Hale, Stan
ford, Stockbridge, Maraton, McPherson,
Butler. Blackburn and Gray.
Privileges and Elections—Hoar, Frye,
Teller, Evarts, Spooner, Vance, Pugh,
Quay and Turpie.
Public Lands —Plumb, Blair, Dolph,
Teller, Paddock, Morgan, Walthall,
Berry and Pascoe.
Railroads —Mitchell, Sawyer, Hawley,
Stockbridge, Wolcott, Morston, Brown,
Kenna, Blackburn aud Berry.
Territories—Piatt, Cullom, Manderson,
Stewart, Davis, Butler, Payne, Jones, of
Arkansas, and Blackburn.
The following are the Western mem
bers of the committees named: Claims—
Mitchell, Wolcott; Contingent Expenses
—Jones: Commerce—Jones and Dolph;
Education and Labor — Stanford and
Stewart; Indian Affairs—Wolcott and
Hearst; Private Land Claims—Stewart
and Wolcott; Public Buildings and
Grounds —Stanford; Revision of Laws —
Stanford. The report was adapted.
THE SPECIAL COMMITTEES.
Washington, March 12. —In the Sen
ate the following special committees
To Inquire into the Claims of Citizens
of the United States against Nicaragua
—Morgan, Wilson of Missouri, Hearst,
Hoar and Cameron.
On the President's Message Transmit
ting the Report of the Pacific Railway
Commission—Frye, Dawes, Hiscock.
Davis, Morgan, Butler and Hears;.
On Relations with Canada—Hoar,
Allison, Hale, Dolph, Pugh, Butler and
On Irrigation and Reclamation of
Arid Lands—Stewart, Alliaon, Plumb,
Hiscock, Gorman, Reagan and Jones of
On Centennial of Constitution and
Discovery of America—Hiscock, Sher
man, Hoar, Hawley, Voorhees, Eustis
On the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians
—Butler, Morgan, Dawes, Cameron and
Claims—Spooner, Hoard, Mitchell,
Higgins, Wolcott, Jones of Arkansas,
Wilson of Maryland, Pasco and Faulkner.
Contingent Expenses—Jones of Nev
ada, Paddock, Vance.
Census—Hale, Morrill, Wilson of
lowa, Stockbridge, Davis, Berry, Black
barn, Blotlgett, Turpie.
Commerce—Frye, Jones of Nevada,
Dolph, Cameron, Sawyer, Cullom, Wash
burn, Ransom, Coke, Vest, Gorman,
Kenn and Gibson. I
District of Columbia—lngalls, Spooner,
Farwell, McMillan, Higgins, Harris,
Vance. Daniel and Faulkner.
Education and Labor—Blair, Wilson
of lowa, Stanford, Stewart, Washburn,
George, Pugh, Payne and Barbour.
Engrossed BiHb—Farwell, Quay and
Epidemic Diseases—Harris, Bampton,
Eustis, Berry, Hale, Stockbridge and
To examine the several branches of
the civil service—Higgins, Aldrich, Alli
son, Hampton and Quay.
Organization, conduct and expendi
tures of tho Executive departments-
Sherman, Frye, Spooner, Cockrell,
Kenna, Gibson and Barbour.
Improvement of the Mississippi river—
Washburn, Farwell, Hawley, Marston,
Eustis, Waltham and Bate.
Indian affairs—Dawes, Piatt, Stock
bridge, Manderson, Wolcott, Morgan,
Jones of Arkansas, Hearst and Daniel.
Judiciary—Edmunds, Ingalls, Hoar,
Wilson of lowa, Evarts, Pugh, Coke,
Vest and George.
Library—Evarts, Hoar and Voorhees.
Manufactures—McMillan, Quay, Piatt,
Colquitt and Blodgett.
Patents—Teller, Chace, Piatt, Hiscock,
Gray, Kenna and Reagan.
Pensions—Davis, Blair, Sawyer, Pad
dock, Marston, Turpie, Blodgett, Faulk
ner and Harbour.
Postoffice and Postroads — Sawyer,
Chace, Mitchell, Quay, McMillan, Col
quitt, Wilson of Maryland, Reagan and
Printing—Manderson, Hawley and
Private Land Claims—Ransom. Col
quitt, Pasco, Edmunds, Stowart, Ingalls
Public Buildings and Grounds —Stan-
ford, Morrill, Spooner, Quay, Vest,
Daniel and Pasco.
Revision of LawH—Wilson of lowa,
Stanford, Teller, Wilson of Maryland,
Revolutionary Claims—Coke, Pugh,
Hearst, Cliace and Morrill.
Rules — Aldrich, Sherman, Ingc.lls,
Transportation Routes to Seaboard —
Quay, Mitchell, Cullom, Dawes, Ald
ncb, Gibson, Vest, George, Tar pie,
ANNEXATION OF CANAOA.
A long and interesting discussion took
place on a motion made by Payne to
strike from the list of select committees
that on Relations with Canada.
Hoar said it was useless to be blind to
the fact (and no discretion was required
as to il) that there was a large and grow
ing body of men in Canada that deßired
annexation to the United States, but
nobody proposed to accomplish it with
out the free and intelligent and instruct
ed will of the peoule of both countries.
Cullom did not think that there could
be too much investigation into the rela
tions existing (and to exist) between the
United States and Canada. He very
much desired that such investigation and
I repress should be made as would ulti
mate in tbe two countries becoming one.
Sherman favored tho Committee. He
did not beliove that, with a long-Btretch
ing border between the two countries
they could long continue in peace. There
would be a great nation springing up to
the north of the Uniled States, and that
fact would necessitate a standing army
on each side, which would endanger the
republican form of government. He
hoped some day for the union as a popu
lar movement with both peoples.
Edmunds said he would vote for a
standing committee, but with the reserve
that the vote would not commit him to
the idea of favoiing annexation or politi
cal union. That step once taken would
Morrill Baid he was quite willing to
have the committee appointed, as it af
forded an opportunity for steam to be
blown off ou the question. He regarded
the whole agitation on the subject as pre
posterous, as there never had been a time
when Canada was more loyal to Great
Britain than now.
Blair disclaimed the inferences to be
drawn from the remarks of the Vermont
Senator that New England was not in
favor of political union.
Frye spoke of the necessity of obtain
ing commercial and other statistics, but
declared that any movement on the part
of the United States, looking towards
annexation, would be a profound mis
take and would retard it. After further
debate, Payno withdrew his motion.
All the select committees were agreed
to and the Senate \.ent into an executive
session, and confirmed the nominations
of Messrs. Palmer, Swift, Washburn nd
Tichenor, and scon afler adjourned.
Washington, March 12. —The Senate
this afiernoon confirmed tbe following
nominations: Thomas W. Palmer,
Michigan, Minister to Spain ; John F.
Swift, California, Minister to Japan;
John F. Washburn, Massachusetts, Con
sul-General to Switzerland; George C.
Tichenor, Illinois, Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury. The nominations sent in
to-day were referred appropriate com
mittees and the Senate then adjourned.
Washington, March 11. —The follow
ing additional nominations were sent to
the Senate to-day : Geo. S. Batcheller, of
New York, Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury; Albert G. Porter, of Indiana,
Minister to Italy; John A. Enander, of
Illinois, Consul-General to Denmark;
Arthur C. Milette, Watertown, Dakota,
for Governor of Dakota; Luther B. Rich
ardson, Grand Forks, Dakota, Secretary
of Dakota; Cornelius H. Hanford,
Washington Territory, Chief Justice of
the Supreme Court of Washington Ter
ritory; Geo. W. Irvin, of Montana,
United States Marshal for Montana;
Shelley H. Chambers, of Indiana,
United States Attorney for Indiana.
General Geo. S. Batcholler, of New
York, has been selected as Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury, to succeed
Thompson, and his nomination will prob
ably be sent to the Senate this afternoon.
SKETCHES OF SOME NOMINEES.
Washington, March 12. —John A.
Enander, of Illinois, who was to-day
nominated to be Minister resident and
Consul-General at Copenhagen, Den
mark, is about CO years of age and was
t born in Sweden. He is tbe editor of a
1 Scandinavian paper, published in Chi
cago. He always has been a consistent
f Republican in politics, and has never
t held a public office.
[ Geo. W. Bachellar, appointed Assist
ant Secretary of the Treasury, is a grand-
I nephew of Roger Sherman. He gradu
. ated at Harvard in 1867, and was elected
5 to the New York Legislature the follow
ing year. He served during the war
, with distinction, and was from 1875 to
I 1880 Judge of the International Tribunal
at Cairo, Egypt. He will take the place
now occupied by Governor Thompson,
and will have the immediate supervision
of all appointments under the Treasury
. Department. His appointment was
urged by ex-Senators Miller and Piatt.
Cornelius H. Hanford, nominated
, Chief Justice of Washington Territory,
is a resident of Seattle, where he
practiced law for several years. He has
been closely identified with Territorial
enterprises, and is chairman of the Re
publican Central Committee.
George W. C. Irwin, nominated United
States Marshal of Montana, is an old
resident of Butte and is engaged in min
ing. He was at one time Sheriff of Deer
A FREE RAILROAD RIDE.
Washington, March 12.—At a meet
ing of the Senate Special Committee
on Pacific Railroads, to-day, it was de
cided to proceed at once after the ad
journment of the Senate to make an in- |
epection of the roads. The members ,
will meet in Chicago, April oth, and j
make a trip over the Union and Central ■
Pacific Road* their branches and leased
lines, occuping about six weeks' time. ]
The committee consists of Frye, Dawes, (
Hiscock, Davis, Morgan, Butler and ]
extension of time. j.
Washington, March 12 —The Presi
dent to-day signed an order extending '
the time from March 15 to May 1, 1880,
within which the Railway Mail Service '
shall be brought under the operation of 1
the Civil Service law and rules. The c
extension was made upon the repre- F
sentation of Civil Service Cominis- J.
sioner Lyman, that the organization of 1
the service could not be accomplished I
earlier than May 1.
Patent Uranted. t
Washington, March 12. —A patent* I
was granted to-day to Wm. R. Ray of b
lm Angeles, for a wall for a house. c
The Old Sailor Fears Not
HIS PLAN OF THE CAMPAIGN.
England and France Would be Com
pelled to Take a Hand—A
Fleet of Privateers.
iAssoclated Preen Dispatches to tho Herald.!
Washington, March 12. — Admiral
Porter, who has made a careful study of
the Samoan situation from a naval
standpoint, ever since the existing com
plications arose, is quoted by the Evening
Star as having said recently: "A pin is
worth fighting for, if a principle is in
volved. The first war with Great Brttain
was for a principle and it gave us our in
dependence nnd national existence. The
war of 1812 was for a principle and gave
us our maritime independence. The war
with Mexico was for a principle and gave
ub subjugated possessions on our whole
Pacific coast. The war for I'nion was
for a principle and resulted in the restora
tion cf the authority of tbe Constitution
and gave us a people, North and South,
animated by a military spirit which will
be equal to every possible requirement.
FEELERS SENT OUT liy BISMARCK.
I have carefully investigated the stories
about the Nipsic. It looks as if they
were put al the instigation of Bismarck
to test the sentiment of his own and our
people. He never has been a friend of
the United States. He will find out very
promptly the temper of the American
"Of course we are weak at present on
the ocean, but there is a plan which will
meet the emergency and will badly crip
ple Germany while we are getting ready.
No one supposes the American people
would give up the contest until Germany
had received a sound drubbing. We
have a surplus and revenue enough,
with taxes now at a minimum point, to
carry on a desultory war until we are in
"While we are getting ready we can
prohibit the entry of German manufac
tures into the United States. That is an
important item in the monetary activity
of Germany. We send many millions
there to pay for goods.
ENOLAND AND FRANCE INVOLVED,
'Tf, for the time being, Germany
should try to blockade our ports, in less
than sixty days we would find an English
fleet on our coasts involved in protecting
her own trade with the United States.
A hundred millions and more of British
goods which are finding a market in the
United States could not be cut off with
out ruining British industries. France
would also have an interest. Meanwhile
we could get along without their goods,
if necessary, so England and France
would be forced, as a measure of self
defense, to protect their vessels and their
trade with the United States.
IMPORTANCE OF A NAVY.
"Ah the country knows, I have been
urging, in letters and reports, the im
portance of building up a powerful navy.
We have wealth and resources to lead
tbe world in the matter of a navy. But,
taking matters as they are, the Govern
ment should go to England and France,
both countries being ahead of Germany
in modern naval vessels and guns, and
buy all the rifled guns we can find, and
bring them here. We will very soon
make a use for them. Here is a list of
the entire strength of the German navy.
It is more than we have, but we have
money and could easily spend $250,000,
--000 in ships and appliances of war.
AN IDEAL NAVY YARD.
"There is League Island at Philadelphia,.
the grandest place on the continent for a
great navy yard. If we can build one.we
can build fifty ships right there. It is in
accessible to foreign fleets. The channel
of the river could be lined with torpedoes
if necessary, or they might be operated
from the shore. Ships could be built
there with all the materials near at hand.
Of course this would take time.
THE TRIVATEER PLAN.
In the meantime we would be com
pelled to adopt other modes of offensive
war. With $50,000,000, in sixty days Icould
put an improvised fleet in motion which
would make short work of German com
merce. There are 000 German steamers
afloat. I know where they are. We have
a fleet of ships, I could pick them out
now, and we could buy more, aDd they
would answer for privateers. About the
time we would have this part of the
work disposed of, the German
industries, affected by the loss of
foreign trade, would be paralyzed,
while we would be at the
height of prosperity. We are always
prosperous in time of war. We would
then be getting ready to begin fighting.
It might be possible that Germany
would seize Samoa for the time being.
The European aspect of the question
would present another complication."
Itallroud Heporta and Elections^
[ St. Louis, March 12.—The annual
, meeting of the stockholders of the Mis-
I souri Pacific Railway convened this
morning. The annual report showed the
gross earnings to be $111 320,00; expenses,
$12,888,000; net income, $431,000. The
, surplus January 1, 1888, was $0,087,000;
December 31, 1888, it was $4,445,000.
The difference was consumed in better
ments, dividends, etc. The dividends
amounted to a million and a half, and
the betterments to nearly half a million.
The report shows that in the
construction of new lines $37,302,
--688 was expended, of which
$0,000,000 was advanced by the direc
tors. When the construction entered
upon was ready, the market for the rail
road securities of the Missouri Pacific
were selling above par. The decline ne
cessitated an advance by the directors,
which the stockholders can repay at
their leisure with interest not to exceed 0
per cent. The only change in the direc
tory is the selection of John P. Munn in
place of R. S. Hayes.
At the annual meeting of the stock
holders of the Wabash and Western, the
old board was re-elected, except tbat H.
K. McHaven succeeds R. A. Elmer and
Charles M. Hayes as General Manager is
Cone reaauiu i: Townnnend'e Funeral
Washington, March 13. The funeral
of the late Congressman Townshend, of
Illinois was held to-day at St. Matthew's
church. Upon the top and at the bides
of the casket were floral tributes, form
ing beautiful masses of fresh fragrant
flowers. A large piece was sent by the
Illinois friends of the deceased, and
another by Mrs. Senator Stanford.
Roses from the White House conserva
tory, were sent by the Presidentand Mrs.
Harrison. The interment was made
tempsrarily in ithe vault at Oak Hill
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