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v>AlhV HERALD. —PUBLISHED— BKVKN DAY B A WEEK. JOSEPH D. LYNCH. JAMBS J. AYBBB. AVERS & LYNCH, - PUBLISHERS. Entered at the postofflce at Lot Angeles as second-class matter. I DELIVERED BY CARRIERS At tOc. per Week, or SOc. per month. TEEMS BY MAIL, INCLUDING POSTAGE j Daily Hbbald, one year $8.00 Daily Herald, six months 4.25 Daily Hbbald, three mouths S.3S Weekly Hebald, one year 3.00 W kbklv Herald, tlx months 1.00 Weekly Herald, three months 60 Illustrated Hebald, per copy 15 The "Bally Herald" May he found is San Francisco at the Talaee hotel newß-stand: in Chicago at the Postoffice news-stand, 103 East Adams Btreet; in Denver at Smith A Sens' newt-stand, Fifteenth and Lawrence streets. Office of PabUcatlon. 123-125 West Second street los Angeles. Telephone No. 156 THI KWDAY. J tJil IKY 16, 1890. Profits of the Seal Fisheries. There seems to be a concensus of opinion to the effect that the United States Government has been greatly over-reached by the Alaska Commercial Company in their twenty years' lease of the seal islands off the Alaskan Coast. As that lease is about to expire, capital ists both at San Francisco and at the East are forming strong syndicates to pnt in bids for tbe next lease, but there are indications that Congress will take some action by which an entirely new plan of carrying on the seal fisheries will ba adopted. Senator Plumb has introduced a bill to repeal so much of the act of July 1870, as authorizes the leasing of rights to engaga in taking fur seals from the islands of St, Paul and St. George. The bill provides that all authority heretofore conferred upon the Secretary of the Treasury to lease the rights to the seal fisheries to any company be repealed and the lease exist ing between the Alaska Commercial Company and the Government be termi nated. The bill also requires the Secre tary to promulgate regulations prohibit ing the taking and killing of seals or other fur-bearing animals by any but natives, and prescribing tbe number to be taken each year. The bill proposes to continue all other restrictions now in force, but provides that all skins taken hereafter shall be transported an nually to San Francisco, to be sold there in open market to the highest bidder. All the money derived from these sales is to be paid into the Treasury and set apart for the education of the natives of Alaska. Bunnell has also introduced a similar bill in the House. We are inclined to believe that this is a scheme to be commended. Senator Plumb says that the Alaska Company agreed to pay $65,000 per annum as a royalty rental lor their privilege during the entire ex istence of the contract, and in addition to pay into the Treasury $2.62J£ per skin for all the skins taken, and 55 cents a gallon for all the oil extracted from the seals. The Treasury Department re mitted all bat $25,000 of tbe first year's rental, and has never enforced that part of the contract requiring 55 cents per gallon for the oil extracted. The num ber of seals caught each year has been up to the limit, 100,000; and as each seal gives an average of two gallons of oil, the Government is out $2,200,000 during the twenty years the company has held the lease. There is strong suggestive neas here of Dapartmental boodle, and good grounds for a thorough investiga tion. If, as Senator Plumb estimates, the company have made between one and two million dollars of profit each year from their contract, the fact that there are several strong syndicates getting ready to compete for this valuable lease is not to b9 wondered at. It would, how ever, ba much better for the Government to adopt some plan that would enable it to devote the profits of thia valuable in dustry to the educational and civilizing benefit of the natives than to let them be gobbled up by a private corporation. Without the slightest previous inti mation that Walker Blame, son of Jame3 G. Blame, and Solicitor and Examiner of Claims for the Departments of State and Justice, was ill, we received last night a dispatch announcing his death. This young man seemed to have been an ex ception to the rule that great men father very inconsequential children, for he has filled places of public trust, in which in dustry and ability were indispensable, with pronounced success. It requires very exceptional legal accomplishments to satisfactorily carry out the duties of the office he held at his death, and he has been greatly commended for the way in which he performed them. Very recently Olive Logan, the well-known writer, spoke of Walker Blame as standing in the foremost rank of contemporaneous Government officials. She says: "As Solicitor and Examiner of Claims for the State Department and Depart ment of Justice his duties must b < onerous in the extreme and he performs them admirably." Mr. Blame- is a great intellectual juggler and plays with fac.s as a thiui blerigger does with the peas under his thimbles. In his article on the tariff, published in the North American Re view, he instances the industry of ship building as showing the evilß of not be ing protected. His argument is, shipbuilding is not protected in Amer ica, shipbuilding languishes in America, therefore a protective tariff is a fine thing for a country. Now it is not a fact that shipbuilding is left unprotected by oar laws. There is not a tariff laid on ships, to be sure; for the reason that our people are forbidden to buy foreign-built ships at all. By the laws of the United States no ships can do coasting trade in thia conntry excepting those of American build; nor can any Tassel fly the American nag (hat waa not built in this THE LOS AJSOfiLES DAILY HBRALJD; THURSDAY MORyi NG JANUARY 16 1890, country, or at least that has not been re paired to a great extent in thia country after being wrecked. Again, all the ma terials that go into a ship are taxed; the wood, the iron, the copper bottom and the anchor are all heavily taxed. There is protection with a vengeance for yon. The reason why Americans do not build ships is because it does not pay to own them. There is no demand for the property among our capitalists. There is no law prohibiting an American qwniog an English ship, provided he sails her nnder the "English flag. He does not care to own it at all because the property does not pay three per cent, per annum on the cost price of ships, taking tbe expense of them from the English shipyards. New York Still Holds the Balance. The New York Sun has been doing some guessing as to the results of the census to be taken this year. The total population is set down at 61,701,500. The 500 at the tail is amusing as show ing that the guesser has some hopes of coming that near the result. This allows for an increase of about 10,000,000, or 1,000,000 a year during the past dec ade. Taking with this population the admission of the new States, the Sun goes on to show that New York will Btill swing the balance of power in national elections. The assump tion is that Congress will change the basis of representation in the Lower House from 152,000, the present figure, to 1T5.000. This will give 450 Presidential electors instead of 401. It is estimated that the gains in the sev eral States will be like this: ''Ala bama 2, Arkansas 2, California 1, Colo rado 1, Georgia 2, Indiana 1, lowa 1, Kansas 2, Kentucky 1, Louisiana 1, Maryland 1, Minnesota 3, Mississippi 1. Missouri 4, Nebraska 3, New Jersey 1, New York 1, North Carolina 2, Ohio 2, Pennsylvania 1, Texas 2, and Wisconsin 1. The four new States will probably have 14 electoral votes, distributed as follows: South Dakota 4, Washington 4, Montana 3, and North Dakota 3. As to sectional division, the South will gain 17 electors, the West 25, the Middle States 3, and the Pacific Sra'.es 4. New England will lose 1 in Maine." By this apportionment the sure Demo cratic votes in the electoral colleges would be increased from 16S to 189, and the Republican votes of 1883, 219 to 246. The two Dakotas and Washington are conceded to the Republicans and Mon tana is claimed for the Democrats. This leaves New York still the pivotal State, with Indiana in the Republican column. With the vote of New York secured the Democratic party can just scratch through, but without the Empire State their cause is hopeless. Without the New York vote the Republicans would find themselves short by sixteen votes, which Dorsey, Wanamaker & Co. would be forced to go into open market to buy where they were cheapest. As to California, at least, the Sun is wrong. It concedes this State a population of i,IHA,000, »ntl oa luureaao of one representative in Congress. The Sixth District will have to be cut in two, and the whole of the State outside of that will get at least one more. Califor nia may get three new Congressmen. It would Beein from the action, or rather indifference, displayed by the Citrus Fair Committee that they are decidedly opposed to holding the exhibi tion they were selected to get up. In deed the majority of them have declared that it is inexpedient to hold a Citrus Fair this year, and they have adopted a policy which will effectually defeat the object of their appointment unless some thing positive ia done at once to super cede these unwilling and impractical Directors. We would suggest that the Chamber of Commerce aud the Board of Trade conjointly act in the premiaea, and force these gentlemen to reaign, so that a committee can be appointed that is willing to make the necessary arrange ments for the holding of a Citrus Fair at as early a data as po33ible. There is no sense in letting it lapse. It will be of great benefit to our city and section. The State has made an appropriation which will go far toward meeting the ex penses that may be incurred. If, in the face of a very successful Citrus Fair just held in the Northern part of the State, we back down here, the effect will be damaging to our section. Our Northern friends will not be slow to use our failure against us, and to make capital with intending Eastern settlers out of it. There is no force in the argument advanced by some of the committee against holding the fair thia year because a Sacramento man has been appointed by the Board of Stste Agricul ture to supervise it. Mr. Hancock's term as a member of the State Board will expire at the end of this month, and if we bring our influence to bear upon the Governor, he will give us two or three members on the Board, one of whom will undoubt edly be appointed to take Mr. Hancock's place as supervisor of the proposed fair. Let us by all means insist on holding thia Citrus Fair. We can make it a succeaa, if we will only throw a little energy into the business and insist upon holding'it. It is to be hoped that the Chamber of Commerce will be able to carry out its olan to lease ample central headquarters where, in addition to a convenient meet ing hall, they will have a fine room eas ily accessible to the public, where a per manent exhibition of our principal products can be conspicuously displayed. President Jones assures us that the Board of Directors have under consideration a location that will meet their views ex actly. It only requires that our people should give the Chamber the necessary financial backing, by becom ing members, to justify its Directors in taking this important step. We learn that the membership is increasing very satisfactorily. It now numbers 210, but it ought to have at least five hundred. With that number the Chamber would have an income which conld be uued to great advantage to onr city and aection. The Third Auditor of the Treasury has recommended that nearly a mMoa dollare of California Indian and war claims be paid over to tbe State. This amount will probably be somewhat reduced by counter claims the General Government has against the State. But, any wav, we shall have quite a cash boom in our Treasury when the money reaches Sacra mento. There are commissions and per centages to come out of it, but there will be quite a nico stake left. The State is indebted to the clear busi ness methods of Captain John Italian for securing her claims against the Gen eral Government. Up to the time they were placed in his hands aothing was done. But as soon as he was authorized to collect them, he placed them ia such a clear and business-like shape before the Departments that their recognition and payment became inevitable. In a residence of twenty years in Los Angeles, we do not remaaabar to ever have experienced so cold a snap as we are now passing through. We may have had it as cold for a short period, when the snow has lain thick in the mountains and the wind was coming from their direction; but we are very sure that such hyperborean weather baa never before lasted straight along for over two weeks, as it has in the present instance. We are so used to mild weather here that we are doubtless more sensitive to an unusual cold snap than we would otherwise in. We confess to a weakness for a genial atmosphere. We are not inured to the Western blizzard or to a thermometer that reads below zero. Those who are may not find our present cold snap un comfortable. But for our part we prefer the normal weather of our locality, and the sooner it returns to us the better it will suit us. It is stated that Blame received from the North American Review $1,200 for his article on Protection in reply to that of Mr. Gladstone on Free Trade. The price is not exorbitant, if we take into consideration the standing of Mr. Blaiue, and tbe extensive sale the article, iv connection with Mr. Gladstone's, must inevitably have secured to the magazine. THE WEST-ENDERS. The Be-Uradlng- of Temple Street ;Olscussed. The West End Board of Trade mot at the usual hour last night, and was called to order by President Register. The hall was crowded, many being compelled to stand. The reports of the different committees were hurried through with in order that the most of the evening might be devoted to the consideration of streets, especially the matter of the re grading of Temple street, as the Mayor had requested all parties interested to be present that he might see ex actly how they stood in regard to the matter. The following resolution was unani mously adop'ed: I JJ..olv.d, That tno WntUWol 1 I Trade most heartily approves of the efforts of the Police Commissioners and j of tbe Chief of Police ia suppressing the wasteful and demoralizing traffic in lot - | tory tickets, and to the end tbat the hundreds of thousands of dollars annu ally squandered by deluded citizens of California may no longer be directed into a non-productive and illegal channel, it is urged that the city authorities ex haust every lawful means to btop said traffic, and to punish all persons found guilty of violating the laws respecting lotteries. The Mayor then addressed the meet ing. He said he stood between proposed improvements and the taxpayers; that he thought the cost of the proposed improvements would be much greater than had been estimated, namely $33, --000, and asked the meeting if the cost exceeded twice that sum (which he after wards raised to $75,000), if they would ask the Council to discontinua proceed ings. Deputy City Engineer Lownes was called upon and produced the profile of Temple street and gave tho cuts and fills at the different points, and answered many questions proposed by property owners. The total cut he gave as 20,240 cubic yards. The only street not now graded that would be graded under the new ordi nance would be Pearl street South of Temple. Oae- gentleman from the West End made a plea in favor of many persons, as he claimed, who bad mortgages on their small properties, that they were thus tied up, unable to sell, and tbat this would be heaping a tax on them heavier than could bear. In answer to that it was claimed that the proposed improve m-jiit would be a relief to such parties rather than a burden, increasing the value of their property, and that the tax would be comparatively light. The question was thoroughly discussed by different persons, from different standpoints, both for and against. On motion of C. M. Wells "that we re quest the City Engineer to make an im mediate estimate, if possible, of the total cost that wiil be incurred under the or dinance for regrading Temple street, and report the same to the Mayor," was on motion laid on the table, and the follow ing motion introduced by Chas. Stilson was unanimously adopted, viz: "That it is the sense of the West End Board of Trade that the Mayor sign the ordinance now before him for the regrading of Tem ple street." Mr. Wells' motion was then taken up and unanimously carried. It was then suggested that a rising vote be taken to ascertain the number iv favor of the regrading if the cost amounted to $100,000. The vote showed that all the meeting (some 150) were in favor, except five After a vote of thanks to the Mayor and other city officials for their presence and interest manifested, the board ad journed. License Revoked. St. Louis, January 15 —The license of the Midland Accident Insurance Com pany, of Kansas Oity, of which ex-Gov ernor Crittenden is President, has been revoked by the Insurance Commissioner There are some very ugly reports about the condition of the company, and fraud was resorted to to secure license to do business in this State. Business Destroyed. Jackson, Miss., January 15 —The business portion of Flora, Miss., except one email store, was destroyed by fire last night. The town has 1.000 inhaM. tints. EASTERN EVENTS. Gathering of Afro-American Clans at Chicago. THE SOUTH EOT REPRESENTED. Embezzler Fortner on Kig w a y Back to Kansas—Fatal Boiler Explosion. Associated Press Dispatches to the Herald. Chicago, January 15.—The national convention of the Afro-American League was called to order this morning with delegates present from twenty-one States and the District of Columbia. Thomas T. Fortune, editor of The Age, New York, was chosen temporary Chairman. Tne remainder cf the session was given to the appointment of standing committees. In the afternoon Mr. Thomas T. Fortune addressed the meeting. He said, in part: "We are met here today to emphasize the 'act that our past con dition of dependence and helplessness upon the men who have used us for selfish and unholy purposes, who have murdered and robbed and outraged us, must be reversed. We have been re robbed of the honest wages of our toil; we have been robbed of tbe substance of our citizenship by murder and intimida tion. _ We have been outraged by our enemies and deserted by our friends. It is time to call a halt; it is time to begin to fight fi>o with fire. I speak as an Afro- American, first, last and all the time, ready to stab to death any political party which robs me of my confidence and vote, and straightway asks me what lam going to do about it." In conclusion, Fortune urged the con vention to leave each local league free to pursue such political courte in its imme diate community as the best interests of the race seem to dictate. Ia national affairs the league should not commit it self officially to any party. "We pro poss to accomplish our purpose by peace ful methods of agitation, through the ballot and the courts, but if others use weapons of violence to combat our peace ful arguments, it is not for ua to run away. What is worth having is worth fighting for." A committee on organization was ap pointed and an adjournment was taken until tomorrow. C. H. J. Taylor, ex-Minister to Liberia, who came to Chicago to report the convention for several southern papers, loft the city tonight. In an in terview he declared the proceedings were deprived of any practical force by the absence cf delegates from the South, where the colored people were most vitally interested in the race question. In addition, the leaders in whom the colored population had confidence, and n hose names are familiar to the public, were absent almost to a man. Taylor said he had written nothing about the convention; that the occasion did not demand it. TV lI.KDH til vim:. gorrow.nz Friends Hasten to His Deathbed—His Political (ia»«. Washington, January 15. —President and Mrs. Harrison called soon after Walker Blame's death, and Vice-Presi dent and Mrs. Morton came soon after ward. Justices Harlan and Gray, of the Supreme Court, most of the members of the Maine delegation, Representative Hitt and many others well known in official and social life, also called. No arrangements for tbo funeral will be made before tomorrow. Walker Blame graduated from Yale college in 1870, and studying law, re ceived his diploma from Columbia col lege, New York, in 1878. In 1881, while Garfield was on his deathbed, he sent for him and appointed him Third Assistant Secretary of State, say ing that he appreciated his abil ity and desired to Bhow it. After serving in this capacity very acceptably for nearly a year, he was appointed on the Alabama Claims Commission, where he served with great credit from 1882 to 1885. On the advent of the present ad ministration he was appointed Solioitor of the State Department, a position which he has also filled with great credit and ability. LEGISLATIVE HUSSIONS. a Special Convocation of the West Virginia Legislature. Charleston, W. Va., January 15.— The Legislature met here today in special session, for the determination of the con tested election case of A. B. Fleming against Nathan Hoff, and the considera tion of other business specified by the Governor. The Governor's message was presented and read, after which both Houses adjourned until tomorrow, when it is expected the contested election case will be taken up. The Governor's mes sage is long, and recommends consider able railroad legislation and the suppres sion of trusts. THE IOWA TIE-UP. Dcs Moines, January 15.—After filli bustering in the Houbo, the vote for Uni'ed States Senator took place again, resulting in a tie. The Senate held a brief session and adjourned till tomor row. After taking another vote in the House it waa apparent that nothing could be done. Adjourned until tomor row. brice'b election completed. Columbus, 0., January 15.—The House and Senate met in joint session and for mally declared (Jalvin S. Brice elected to the United States Senate. Brice made a brief speech of acknowledgment. I THE DEVOUT DAKOTANS, Pierce, 8. D., January 15.-The first bill passed by the Legislature of South Dakota reached the Governor this after noon. It was Senate bill No. 4, entitled "An act to provide for the refunding of the outstanding indebtedness of the State of Dakota." Both Houses adjourned for five minutes to celebrate the event. After loud cheering, prayer was called for, and the two Houses in joint assembly, bowed their heads while a fervent prayer was said by the Chaplain, asking that this first act of the new commonwealth be blessed 'by the Omnipotent and that all other acts may be worthy of the same FOR TWER'S FATE. He la in Custody but Where Is the Cash t Memphis, January 15.—Tho Sheriff of Riley county, Kansas, arrived in this city this morning to take charge of James Fortner, the absconding Treasurer of that county, who waa arrested here on board the Oity of Cairo. At present Fortner owns a valuable farm near Man hattan, Kansas, and has interests in two iron foundries, one at Manhattan, the other at D*" Moines, lowa. Th« esa n * amount of his shortage is 130,547. He waa elected Treasurer of Riley county a few yearß ago, qualifying under a bond of $125,000. A year ago a shortage in his accounts was suspected, and suit was brought to have his bonda in spected. He won the case and no further efforts were made at investigation until six months later, when a second suit was entered an,d re sulted in a mandamus to compel him to show his hooka. Hearing of the writ Fortner locked the vault in which the county funds were kept and avoided tbe Sheriff by going to Canada. He returned four months ago and it is claimed robbed tbe vault and again skipped out. He was followed to a questionable house in St. Louis where he met his inamorata. Aa Fortner had only $120 in his posses sion when arrested, and is supposed to have absconded with thousands. Sheriff McCord thinks the cyprian secured the lion's share of the money. I'iriii >»i k puus. Abettors of the Mullivam-Kllraln Fight In Jail. Albany, N. V., January 15. —Governor Hill has decided the Mississippi requisition cases.He revokes the warrant for Johnson, Harding and Wakely, but decides that Muldoon,Donovan,Murphy, Cleary and Butier must be taken to Mississippi in pursuance of Governor Lowry's requisition. Counsel for John son, Harding and Wakely filed affidavits showing that they in no manner aided or abetted the prize fight, but were simply witnesses thereof. Governor Hill forwarded their affidavits to Gov ernor Lowry, submitting the matter for the latter's consideration, whether in the light of these affidavits he desires to in sist upon the extradition of these parties. New York, January 15.—The follow ing arrested for particrpation in the Sul livan-Kilrain fight at Richburg, Miss., were brought before the District Attor ney today: William Harding, Jim Wakely, Wm. Muldoon, Mike Donovan and Mike Cleary. Inspector Byrnes 'had received the extradition papers from Albany this morning. The party were afterwards brought before Recorder Smythe to argue the question of admit ting them to bail. Pending an agree ment on the question, the men were taken back to police headquarters. Recorder Smylhe refused to admit the men to bail tbis afternoon, on tbe ex tradition papers, claiming there was no law empowering him to do so. Their counsel then took the case before Judge Dugree in the Superior Court, and he also refused to act on the question of bail. He set the hearing of arguments on habeas corpus, for Friday next. THE HUTU) WOULD. Sullivan Raises His Fig-urea to Meet Jackson. New York, January 15.—John L, Sullivan received a telegram from the California Athletic Club, offering him $15,000 to meet Jackson. Sullivan replied by wire, refusing to meet Jackson for the sum named. He said to a reporter that he would fight Jackson for $20,000, the winner to take all, or $25,000, the loser to take $5,000. a fight stopped, Chicago, January 15.—1t is announced that an eight-round glove contest between Billy Meyers and Harry Gil more, drew four thousand people to Battery D to night. During the ninth round, and when the fight was becoming very in teresting, the police interfered and stopped the entertainment. Meyers had the best of the fight up to that time. A fatal Explosion. New Brighton, Pa, January 15.—This afternoon the boiler of a eteam shovel used by the Pittsburg and Lake Erie railway in excavating at Fallston, Pa., exploded with such force that several pieces were blown across the river and driven into the ground a quarter of a mile away. Besides the regular fores em ployed, a number of Italians and train men were sitting in a car back cf the shovel. All were more or leas injured. Wesley Francis, of Pittsburg, a repairer of boilers and engines, who had just ar rived, was fatally hurt and died in a faw minutes. Thirteen others were more or leas seriously hurt, but none fatally. Skipped With tke Pay-Holt. Kansas City, January 15.— William Randall, proprietor of the Metropolitan hotel, the largest hostelry in Kansas City, was arrested today for embezzling $1,200. A year ago he was employed as foreman by a contractor at Seattle, Washington, and it is claimed skipped with the pay-roll. He went to Kansas City, Kansas, where he bought a con trolling interest in the hotel mentioned. He will be taken back to Seattle. Captalu aud crew Mate. Gloucester, Mass., January 15. —A telegram from Barrington, N. 8., reports the schooner Ben Hur, of this city, wrecked at Blanche Point, N. S. Nine of her crew are missing, including Cap tain Thornton. A later dispatch says the Captiin and crew of the wrecked schooner Ben Hur are safe. Legal Belligerents. Fresno, Cal., January 15.—During the trial of Percy Douglass for»shooting | Brakeman Anson this morning words passed between Assistant District Attor ney Welah and Pat Reddy, attorney for the defense. On the adjournment of court at noon the quarrel was renewed and Welsh and Reddy began sparring, when Douglass, who was in charge of the Sheriff, sprang forward and felled Welsh to the floor with a heavy filow of his fist on the nose. Damaging; Halm, Pittsburg, January 15.—The heavy rains of the past twenty-four hours have swollen the small streams in Western Pennsylvania, and dispatches tonight indicate considerable damage in Wash ington, Westmoreland and Alleghany counties, in Pennsylvania, and ia the vicinity of Wheeling, W. Va. Cheater Turner Pardoned. Dcs Moines, lowa, January 15.—Gov ernor Boies has pardoned Chester Turner, the young man out of whose imprison ment grew the great suit for libel against Governor Larrabee last February. Tur ner baa served five years on a seventeen and a half year sentence. Acquitted. Napa, Cal.. January 15. — John Seabbadina, who has been on trial in the Supreme Court two days on the charge of killing 0. Cannetti, at Bt. Helena, in October last, was acquitted by the jury tonight. Editor Danforth Dead. Boston, January 15.—Charles K. Dan forth, over twenty-five years editor of the Boston Herald, died of pneumonia thia morning, aged 47. A Slight Earthquake. Columbia, 8. 0., January 15.—A slight shock of earthquake was felt generally throughout the city tonight atl 6:40. Preble's Scant Assets. New Yobk, Jannary 15.—Preble, the ■•"<■» nuToiufio uibSw, CnSS ■p0G0,7i!5 ', assets, $98,489. PACIFIC COAST. The California Fruit Union's Cperations. THE PROFITS OF THE BUSINESS. Lower Transportation Rates De manded-State Capital Notes and Other Items. I Associated Press Dispatches to the Hebaid.l San Fkancisco, January 15.—The an nual meeting of the California Fruit Union was held today. President P. E. Tlatt, of Sacramento, presided. Secre tary H. E Fairbank submitted a long report of the Board of Directors, giving the history of the union's work during the year. The report states that 991 full carloads of fruit were sent to agents of the union in the East during the past season, a gain of 141 carloads over the shipments of the previous year. In addition to these, it is estimated that 600 cars were sent out by members of the union to points where there are no agencies. It is estimated that the whole number of carloads sent out by members of the union is about 1,600 out of a total of 2,432 carloads of fruit sent East bjr the State at large. The net sales of 951 of the 991 carloads sent to eastern agencies amounted to $338,230; gross sales, $960,726. • Ater deducting freight, cartage and commission, the net returns to the various shippers or owners is an average of cents per pound. A resolution was adopted reciting that for each $1 received by the grower, the railroad company received $1.17; that whereas the growers and shippers are also obliged to pay for all risks of loss and delay, be it resolved that the California Fruit Union for the ensuing year propose to the Southern Pacific company, that for the carrying of its products, the union offers to divide equally with the railroad the net receipts resulting from the sale of fruit; that if the railroad does not accept thia proposition, it be asked to reduce the freight from $2.50 to $2, from $4 to $3, from $5 to $4. THE LAW Of BAUIiAGE. Judge Brunsou's Answer to Dium mer Campbell's Charges. San Francisco, January 15 —Solicitor Brunaon. of the Southern Pacific, in the case of J. C. Campbell, a commercial traveler, who charges the company with discrimination iv the matter of bag gage allowance, has filed a response with the Railroad Commissioners, in which he says the railroad more than complies with the terms of the Code, as it carries 150 pounds free of charg« and further more the limitation in weight in the mat ter of baggage allowance is made as to each passenger, and not as to each ticket purchased. Brunson says the courts have expressly held that it is un lawful for one passenger to take another's baggage and check it on his own ticket. If Campbell's theories were law, the party holding a 1,000-mile ticket, and who wished to move from Los Angeles to Paoadena, a distance of ten miles, carry seven tone of personal baggage. Sacramento Notes. Sacbamknto, January 15.—0u the 29th instant Governor Waterman will be at Whittier, Los Angeles county, to attend to the ceremonies of laying the corner stone of the State Reforma'o.\|tt that place, There was a test case in the Police Court today to decide whether bootblack stands and eating stands may be main tained on the sidewalks. The jury dis agreed. Governor Waterman today appointed Alexander Badlam, Port Warden, vice Martin, deceased. A. Gerberding, the newly appointed Bank Commissioner, qualified and filed bond. The Governor has signed and sent to Washington between eight and nine hundred letters to members of both Houses of Congress and to prominent men at Washington, urging co-operation' in securing legislation for the improve ment of the Sacramento river and its levees. H. J. Palmer, formerly superintendent of Senator Fair's Yolo county ranch, was arrested here today by a Constable on the charge of embezzlement, alleged to have been committed while in the employ of Fair. He was taken before a Justice at Washington, and will be arraigned to morrow. This makes four times recently that Palmer has been arrested on similar charges. May city JBrlefv. ! San Francisco, January 15.—Sheriff Lauineister has been investigating how the cix prisoners escaped last Sunday morning from the County Jail. He finds that too many visitors have been ad mitted to the jail, and were not searched in accordance with his instructions. He finds that Chief Jailer Michael A. Smith has been guilty of negligence and has dismissed him, E. R. Patterson taking his place. Gus Hadler, one of the cap tains of the night watch, was suspended. Dennis J. Oliver and John Oliver, well known young men and nephews of the late D. J. Oliver, were arrested to day on the charge of grand larceny preferred by Mrs. Mary Russell, their landlady, who alleges that the brothers took $290 belonging to her. The young men dei y ail connection with the miss ing money. They each gave $2,000 cash bail. The United States Grand Jury this afternoon indicted Frank Williams, the man who robbed the mails on the Shasta and Marysville stage, and who is wanted for half a dozen similar offenses. The jury fixed his bail at $20,000, which he was unable to furnish. Snow una Hwln. Reno, Nev., January 15.—A wind and snow storm prevailed here and on the mountains yesterday and today. Large numbers of cattle are being dri fen into Reno to be fed. The passenger train from Virginia tonight was abandoned because of a storm in the Washoe valley. Gbasß Valley, Oal., January 15.—A train on the Narrow Gauge railroad ar rived this afternoon, coming from Col fax, seventeen miles, in sixty-eight hours. Tbe train will try to return to Colfax to morrow. The food supply ia getting short. Miners are laid off and idle for want of water for power. Red Bluff, Cai., January 15.—1t com menced raining last night and continued slowly all day. A severe wind storm set in today, blowing 48 miles an hour. No damage yet. Stockmen say there will be heavy losses to sheep and cattle. Held Without Ball. Liberty, Mo., Jannary 15.—James Sheetz, who killed John Luyton a week -~- had his nrsliminar" htuatßo *«•»..«• and waa held without bail.