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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company be repealed and the lease exist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
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
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 Be-Uradlng- of Temple Street
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Gathering of Afro-American
Clans at Chicago.
Embezzler Fortner on Kig w a y
Back to Kansas—Fatal Boiler
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The California Fruit Union's
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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