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Lookout for Even-Handed Justice. iNo amount ol special pleading on tne part of the Republicans about the abstract justice of the Reed ruling will blind the people of the country to the fact that it was sprung upon Congress at this particular juueture for the specific purpose of seating seventeen Republican contestants for seats in the House. For over a century it had been the rule to treat, in the count for a quorum, the members who refused to vote as not present. They were not present in the parliamentary sense. Whether such a rule ought to be changed so as to make the fact of corporeal presence count as a parliamentary presence for the purpose of a quorum, is not so much the question as is the object of springing it upon the country at thir particular time. We have no doubt if tbe question of changing the parliamen tary practice in this re pect had been brought properly and deliberately before Congress for discussion in a calm and deliberate way, there are many Demo crats who would have favored the change. But to have it suddenly thrust upon the House for an ulterior par'y purpose, and arbitrarily shoved down the throats of those who protested, by a Speaker who assumed the autocratic power of doing so, is revolting to every sense of right and justice of men who are not carried away by blind partiescsbip, The House has been crgan : zed for two months, and durirjg that whole time the Committee on Rules, controlled by the Republican majority, have designedly held back their report of a set of rules to govern tbe session. Amongst the very first steps taken by every parliamentary body is to adopt the rules that Bhall gov ern its proceedings. This has been done heretofore in the House early at the beginning of every session. Why has it not been done at this Eestion ? The an swer is obvious. There wsb aconepiaey amoDgst the Republican leaders to pre cipitate the Keed ruling upon the House nnder such construction as that individ ual might please to put upon general parliamentary laws. If it be asked what was the cbject of such revolutionary proceeding, the answer is not far to seek. There were seventeen Democrats in the House whose Beats were contested by seventeen Re publicans. The House was so evenly divided between the two parties, that it waa necessary to strengthen tho small and precarious majority the Republicans had by these seventeen seats. This would give them a majority of twenty-nine, and with that majority they would be strong enough to carry out all the party measures which would meet with the strenuous opposition of the Democrats. The probabilities are that nine-tenths of the contestants have the flimsiest kind of cases; but the majority report of the Committee on Contested Elections would naturally favor the Republicans, and, as was the case on Monday when Smith was seated, the Republican contestants would be enabled to slip in uuder the cloud raiaed by thia cuttle-fish ruling of the Speaker. There is no chance to in quire into the merits of a case when the temper cf the House is excited by the plain expoaition of a conspiracy to crush out all precedents that would protect the rights of the minority. The people will not be slow to see through the high-handed policy of the Republicans, and they will resent it next year, when the Democrats will again be returned to power in the House. Then "the ingredients of the poisoned chalice" the Republicans have prepared may "be commended to their own lips." Demolishing the City Charter. ±ue oupreme uourc nag interpreted away another provision of our city char ter in deciding that Police Justices can not be elected under it. Thus, little by little, the instrument is wiped out, until it is now difficult to say what portion of it will stand the test of scrutiny of the Supreme Court. As we understand the reasoning of the present decision, the Police Justices would have been legally in off cc if the city charter had passed the Legislature by bill instead of only having been adopted by resolution. The Constitution requires that the Legislature shall establish all in ferior courts that may be required in any incorporated city or town, or city and county, and it is held that the creation of these offices through the mere adop tion cf the charter by a resolution of the Legislature is not such a creation of the courts as is contemplated by the organic law. In other words they are not created and established by an act of the Legis lature. As these objections would have been avoided if the Legislature had adopted the charter by bill instead of resolution, the question arises, why was not tbe charter adopted by bill? It could bave been as readily passed in one shape as the other. In this connection we are imprested with the idea that the came reasoning which has led the Supreme Court to declare the office of Police Justice illegally established would THE LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD; WEDNESDAY MORNING, fEBRDAkI 5, tbgO have warranted that tribunal in deciding, when the question was before them, that the charter could only be passed by bill through the Legislature. One fails to see the reason for declaring a charter a valid instrument as a whole, whilst its pro visions fall piece-meal before the adverse judgments of the Supreme Court as rapidly as they are put to the test. As the Supreme Court has already held that where general laws come in conflict with the provisions of the charter, the latter are superseded, it will only requiro a fow more ad verso decisions cf the court of last resort, and the enactment of a ftjw mote general laws covering the articles in the charter, to wipe that instrument out of existence entirely. A very radical amend ment to the Constitution on the subject of city charters will have to be adopted before any plan of local government we may adott will be of any use to us. A Scnceamblan in tbe Sewer Fence. Last evening's Express announces that the City Council will again consider the sewer bond question this morning. It was intended —so said a recent resolution of the Council —to give the voters of thia city an opportunity to discriminate at the next election, and to vote for or against, as their judgment should dic tate, any one or more of the three sys tems for which bonds are proposed to be issued, to-wit: 1, the internal sewer system in the city limits; 2, the outfall sewer from the city to the ocean at Ballona; 8, the storm sewers in the city limits. The three preliminary ordinances —apparently designed for that purpose— are published in the official newspaper. From an examination of these it appears that, whilst the proposition to vote for or against bonds for tbe storm sewer sys tem id fairly presented, so that voters may propeily vote for or against such bonds without reference to the other sys tems in question, the same is net clearly so in regard to the voting of bond? for the internal sewer system without appa rently indorsing the Ballona outfall sewer, to which the vcter may well be opposed. Thus we Fee by inspection of tho ordi nance in reference to tho internal sewer system of tho city that the intercepting sewers are all located specially and al most exclusively with reference to said Ballona outfall sewer. It is also well known to all who are acquainted with the geography ai d topography of the city and its surroundings that if the B.illona out fail be rejected—as it probably will be— that most of the expensive intercepting s-ewera as defined in the ordinance referred to will be in the wrong place for the disposal of the city's sewage in other directions. Now we are informed by eminent legal counsel of this city that there is not and never waa any ne'ice a sity for specifically and immovably fixing by the ordinance in question, or by tho one to follow it, the exact location of the intercepting sewers required for receiving the sewage from the different collecting sewers cf the intercal city system. It would be sufficient to Fay, for instance, that the location Bhould be as laid down in the printed ordinance, or in such other course or direction as may be ret/uired for proper connection with such 01 'fall system as the proper authorities. svppurted by the proper approval of the citizens, may detetmine on. If this qualification were expressed in the ordinance proposing the question to the people as to favorirg the internal city sewer pystem in question, the votu would probably be generally, if not over whelmingly, in favor cf issuing the bonds for the construction of this system ; and, without rea&onablo doubt, the laborers of the city would at once have abundance of work to occupy them for quite a time, and money enough would be distributed in the community to make times com paraiively lively and prosperous. If, on tho other hand, the Coun cil intentionally and openly pur sues the course of promising to give the people a free choice to vote for or against any one of the three systems above referred to, and then breaks that promise by so wording their ordinances as to virtually deny that privilege of dis crimination or selection, what conclusion can the people drtw but that such de vious course by tho Council proves them unworthy of confidence? What course can tbe people then take but to show by their vote a want of confidence in such a Council ? We sincerely hope that when the mat ter comes np this morniDg the Council will take such action in the premises as will obviate the inconsistencies and dif ficulties above referred to, and really give the voters of the city a fair chance to vote intelligently and consistently for or against any one or more of the sys tems for which bonds are to be ocked. The resolution offered by School Di rector Whaling in the Board of Education Monday night, requiring the Secretary of the Board in his monthly reports to item ize the expenditures, giving the amounts paid out and the names of the persons to whom the payments are made, was cer tainly a timely and appropriate resolu tion. The public are entitled to this information, and unless it appears in tLe monthly reports the public will not get it. At this time, when every nerve should be strained to keep down the municipal expendituies, it is the duty of the Board of Education to take the peo ple into its coLfidence so that they can see if there are not outlays that can be dispensed with or materially cut down. For the Board to arbitrarily ignore a resolution of this important character is to raise the presumption that the members of that body aio not desirous to submit the expenditures of the Department to the rigid scrutiny of the public. This may tint ba the fact, but it is nevertheless true that there is a wide spread idea abroad that the School Department is being run upon a much more lavish scale than proper economical management would warrant. The people want to get at the facts, and the way to get them to the people is for the reports that reach the public to be clear, comprehensive and explicit. HEARTS BOWED DOWN. The Grief-Stricken Cabinet Members. SECRETARY TRACY'S SORROW He Views the Remains of His Wife. Messages of Condolence—Mrs. Coppinger's Funeral. I Associated Press Dispatches to The Herald. Washington, February 4 —Secretary Tracy continues to improve nicely. Many prominent people called during tbe morning and were informed that the Secretary is getting along well. His son Frank B. Tracy arrived this morning on a special train. He is the first member of his family the Secretary has seen since the awful calamity of yesterday. His presence was an unmistakable source of joy and hope to* the bereaved parent. The President seat over early in the morning to inquiry after the Secretary, and Private Secretary Halford called iv person about 10 o'clock to consult with regard to Mr. Tracy's removal to the White House. RECUPERATING WONDERFULLY. Secretary Tracy displayed wonderful recuperative piwers this morning. At 11 o'clock he surprised his physicians by getting out of bed and dressing himself. He showed such strength that ho was allowed to descend to the library and re main thero a portion cf the day. During the morning he was visited by the Presi dent and Secretary Noble. Id the after noon he was removed to the White- House. The physicians pronounce him out of danger. IN THE I'RE-ENCE OF HIS DEAD. Shortly after his arrival at the White House he requested to be taken into the east room and shown the caskets con taining the remains of his wife and daughter. They were covered with beautiful flowers. Standing at the hand between them both was a large palm tree, arranged so that tho leaves drooped gracefully over tho dead. Tne Secretary was very much affocled by the sight, and sobbed as though his heart would break. The ca9ket containing Mrs. Tracy's body was opened, aud he was allowed to look upon her face for the last timo. Tho other body was in no condition for in spection, and the casket was not openet at all. It was a terrible ordeal for the grief-stricken man, bat he bore up re markably well, thouch there was no con cealing the keenness and depth of his gridf. QUEEN VICTORIA'S CONDOLENCE. This evening the Secretary received a cablegram through Sir Julian Pauncs fote, stating: "The Qneen deeply de plores the calamity to Mr. Tracy's fam ily, and inquires after him and'the sur vivors." The Secretary replied aa follows: •'Secretary Tracy bags the British Min istry to convey "to Her Majesty his sin cere thanks for her gracious message of sympathy, and in reply to her kind in quiry, to say that his surviving daughter and grandchild are out of danger." Mrs. Wilmerding and daughter are re covering. The physicians attending Mrs. and Miss Wilmerding said .this morning that they passed a quiet and fair night and are better today. Mrs. Wilmerding suffered a groat deal from bruiaes, and at times this morning was hysterical. The doctors succeeded in quieting her nervea, and she fell into a quiet slumber. Miss Wilmerding is de cidedly better. Funeral services will be held oter tbe remains of Mrs. Tracy and Miss Tracy in the eaat room of the White House to morrow morning. Mas. coi'pinqer's funeral. Tho remains of Mrs. Alice Coppinger, eldeßt daughter of Secretary Blame, were today laid to reft in Oak Hill cemetery beside those of her brother, Walker Blame. A brief service was held at 10 o'clock at the residence of her father. The body was then taken to St. Matthew's Catholic church, where the solemn rites for the dead were per formed. Key. Father Thomas Sher man, son of General Sherman, celebrated the requiem mass. Cardinal Gibbons read the burial service and blessed the body. The church was crowded. In addition to the members of the bereaved family, the President and Vice-President and their wives, members of the Cabi net and their wives, members of the In ternational American Congress, diplo matic corps and other distinguished per sons were present. At tbe conclusion of the ceremony of blessing the body, the Caidinal announced that agreeable to the expressed wishes of the family of the de censed no remarks would be made. The pall-bearera then again took up their burden, and, followed by the stricken and weeping family, passed from the church. THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT'S SYMPATHY. Baron Fava, Italian Minister, toDight received a message from Signor Crispi, Premier of Italy, directing him to tender the condolence of tho Italian Govern ment to both Secretaries Tracy and Blame. HEADS OFF AND ON. Another of Corporal Tanner's Pen. kloii Deputies D< capitated. Washington, February 4.—Hirarr Smith, Jr., the First Deputy Coram is. sioner of Pensions, was tcdav informed by Secretary Noble that his resignation had been accepted, to take effect March sth. Smith ia one of pension office offi cials re-rated during Commissioner Tan ner's incumbency, and received $0 000 arrears. CONFIRMATIONS. The Senate this afcernoon confirmed the nominations of William H. Taft of Ohio, to be Solicitor-General, and Au gustus Heard, of Massachusetts, consul general fo Corea. The following appointments were slao confirmed: Ellsworth Dagget, Surveyor-General of Utah. ° Price R. Mann, Register of the Land Office at Buffalo, Wyoming. a United States District Attorney Frani lin B. May, District of Oregon. Consuls—Eugene 0. Fechet, of Mich lgan, at Piedraa Negras. Collector of Customs—John R, Borrv San Diego, California. ' y ' Postmasters, California—B. H j- n don, Los Gatos; W. A. Elgin «t Helena. ' ' • COLORED nJBN'S CONVENTION. Tlie iaom ;liik< i< h Delegate I i,, ~ , Vice-President. d Washington, February 4.—Tbe Col ored Men's Convention began sessions here today. Colonel Perry Carson called the convention to order, and said amor.i? other things, the suppression of 'the ne gro vote in the Sou;h had become a' prime object to those who were lately in rebellion, and they had succeeded in their nefarious work co well as to give tbe Democratic party thirty-seven more electoral vo y es than it was entitled to. E. P. McCall wan el«cted temporary pres ident, and Tealvin Cease, of. the Wash ington Bee, temporary secretary. Re o irder Townsend, of the General Land Office, delivered tbe address of welcome, in the course of which he attacked Sen ators Morgan and B:itler for their course in seeking the deportation of the negroes from the country, and predicted a brighter future for tho colored race. The convention waa in session until early this morning, end after a siring pcene, elected Bishop A. W. Wagman permanent president. His chief eom petHor wan ex-Senator P. P. Pinchbeck. When the convention met this morn ing the vote on permanent chairman was challenged, and after some wrang ling, ex-Senator Pinchbeck was declared to he chairman. Commit.'ees were ap pointed, and that ou permanent organ ization soon made a report recommend ing Rev. J. C. Price, of North Carolina, as president; Thomas Pearson, Los An ireles, vice-president, ai:d R. A. Dawson, New Jersey, secretary. The report waa adopted. Rev. A. J. Chambles, of North Caro lina, at the night session read a paper. He thought the negroes had the solution of the negro problem in their own hands. He believed the whites should have political mastery until the negroes had served their apprenticeship, so to speak, and became sufficiently advanced to take a prominent part in affaire. It IM.OT-KlrX t'UKUERYi Ooveratr Campbell couiinncn His Testimony. Washington, February 4. —Governor Campbell was before the special House committee on the ballot box forgery again tciay. Tn the course of his testimony be said Editor Halstead had been forced to admit that he did not intend to age the paper until just before the election. This explained why he did not consult with Senator Sherman and others. Then, too, he hoped it would be too late for any proof beyond his (Campbell's) denial to be produced, and thus defeat his election. If he believed that the paper was geuuine, •aid the witness, he would have pub lished it at oneo, and ended the cam paign: Witness to!d how Woo i called on nim tbo day after his (Wood's) arrest, talked ramblingly and referred to a biw steel bill witness had gotten through Congress with a six million dollar appro priation in it. Witness had believed the man crazy and asked him what he meant. Wood insisted that witness owned a gun patent, and then witnes.' recalcitrated that ho once did own pari of a small gun patent, which he had for' gotten all about. The chief of engineer* Bad pronounced the gun worthless foi fortifications, and that had settled thai matter. After a long, desultory exami nation about fhe> ballot box matter the hearing was adjourned until tomorrow. MRS. HABDING'H OORiPfjAINT. Why v hc tVanti :i Divorce from Her Millionaire Hutbana. Chicago, February 4.—A bill foi separata maintenance filed by Adelaide M. Harding, tho wife of George F. Haiding, the millionaire lawyer, relates a remarkable domestic hia tory. Mra. Harding saya she wat married to the defendant in 1855 at Peoria. She and her husband came tc Chicago to live in 1802 and have resided here since. Until October, 1888, Mrs Harding aays, she and her husband lived happily together. Then came a change in his conduct and he began a course of systematic cruelty. Her husband, it is alleged, deprived her of credit at the stores and proposed to allow her only fifty dollars a month. Among otheT things he deprived her of the use of car riages except at certain times; discharged the servant? from their home on Indiana avenue, and ban made a sys tematic effort to turn her children against her. The complainant says her husband is worth from two to three million dol lars, and has a net income of from .$75,000 to $100,000 per year. She asks the court to compel him to give her a 6uitabie allowance and the custody of her younger children, the older ones to be allowed to decide fjr themselves with which parent they will live. IjEeiStiATIVJS au: i iilocus. The West Virginia Contest faded. Fleming- Elected Governor. Charleston, W. Va., February 4.— The committee appointed to investigate the charge of bribery by D. M. Harra reported today, stating that while there were grounds for believing the charges true, no evidence was offered to impli cate Fleming or Goff. A vote was then taken on tha resolution to declare Goff entitled to the seat of Governor. This was defeated by a vote of 40 to 43. Fleming was then declared elected Gov ernor by a vote of 44 to 40. Carr, the Union-Labor Senator, voted with the Democrats. THE IOWA DEADLOCK WEAKENING. Dcs Moines, lowa, February 4. —At tbe opeuing of the House this morning Holbrook (Dem.) presented a proposi tion asking the Republicans to formulate an alternative proposition, and the oppo sition would biud themselves to accept oue or the other conditions of it. After four fruitless ballots for Speaker, the houses adjourned. There is some pros pect that an agreement may be reached soon. Ha>tlen Diplomats Recalled. New York, February 4.—Charles A. Preston, secretary of the Haytien lega tion, and S. Dealanes, consul at this port, have resigned; their resignations were asked for, and they have returned to Port-au-Prince. They sailed on the 15:h of last month, and for some reason the entire affair has been kept very quiet. Jinainez Hanstedt ha 3 been apoo nred in place of Deslanea. Minis'er Prenton is still in Washington, but it is rumr red he will be removed in la few days. Ex-Secretary Preston's brother Stephen has alao 6ailed for Hoyti, and it is pyid will participate in a new business venture at Port-au-Prince. Hanks 2< binning Bunnell. New York, February 4.—The Sixth National Bank resumed business this morning under the direction of President Lei and and the new board oi directors. A few small accounts were drawn out, but the large body of depositors seemed to be perfectly confident, and by noon business was going on as if nothing had happened. This afternoon the Equitable Bank threw open its doors for business. It is stated the Lenox Hill Bank will open for business Thursday. Ueorgre Speaks at Salt Francisco. San Francisco, February 4 —Henry Gaorge addressed a large audience at Metropolitan hall this evening, explain ing his theories as to the taxation of land values and making argument in favor of free trade. BENCH AND BAR. The Judicial Banquet at New Yoik. WIND VP OF THE CRNTENNIAL. A Brilliant Gathering of Beautiful Women and Brainy Toasts and Responses, Associated Press Dispatches to tho HMt&SB.I Nuw York, February 4.—The dinner in celebration of tho Supre.ae Court Cen tennial wan held tonight at Lenox lycentu. The banquet hall was a mass oi flowers and vines, and presented a boautiful picture. A dozen large tables were arranged in various positions about the hall, and each was beautifully dec orated. Covers were laid for 820 guests, and nearly every seat was occupied. The platform table was set for twenty-six persons. It was presided over by Presi dent Carter, of the entertainment com mittee, and among his guests wore Chief Justice Fuller, ex-President Cleveland, Matthew Hale, of Albany, President of the New York Slute Bar Association; Justice.! Miller, Bradley, H*rlaa, Field, Blatchford, Gray, Lamar and Brewer; Chauncey M. Depew, Rev. Won. C. Huntington, President Coudert, of the bar of the City of New York; Senator Kvarts, Chief Justice Faxon, of Pennsyl vania; Mayor Grant, and President Low, of Columbia College. The menu was an elaborate one. Be fore it was concluded the ladies began to take their places in tho boxes, and shortly after 10 o'clock the chairman rapped for order. In the box third from the right of the stage was Mrs. Cleve land, accompanied by a party of ladies anil gentlemen. A toast to tho President of th* United States was drunk afier Mr. Carter made a brief address. The next toast was the "Supreme Court," and it was replied to by Associate Justice Harlan, of the Su preme Court. He began by a re ference to the co ordinate responsibility of lawyers and judges, citing that as are the lawyers of a given period so are tho courts before which they appear. It the decisions of the Supreme bench had been commended in any instance it must be added that their preparation was preceded and aided by the arguments of the artists of the bar, of which may be said what Mr. Justice Butler observed of certain judg ments of Lord Mansfield, that they were of such transcendant power that those who heard them were lost in admiration at the Strength and stretch of the human understanding. Hon. William M. Kvarts next spoke. Evarts was of the opinion that the pres ent celebration was the most significant held since that of the Declaration oi In dependence. It was indeed the cele bration of the first opening in the world of a court of the people. No higher con ception cf government, he said, had been reached, or ever can be reached, than that reason shall not only be a per suasive influence iv huuaau affairs, but paramount in authority. Sonator Evarte was followed by Hon. Edward M. Paxon, of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, who spoke on "The Judiciary of the States." Hon. Walter B Hill, of Georgia, re sponded to ' The Common Law." Wayne McVeagh was booked to re spond to the toast "The Bar," but absent, end Joseph H. Choate responded instead extemporaneously, and his re marks were received with great ap plause. Beth Low next spoke, and was fol lowed by Chauncey M. Depew, who closed the talk by ids response to the toast "Our Clients." Ho made one of hia star speecheß, and his wit and logic fairly convulsed the vast assemblage. A Jury Briber Skips. Chicago, February 4.—John Graham, | indicted with others for attempted jury nribing in the Cronin case, has left town. His trial ia set for Monday. An acqnaintaince saya he has gone to Mexico. His wife says he has gone to Mount Clementß across the river in Canada. His bondsmen profeßß to have no knowledge of his whereabouts. Law yer Trnde, Graham's former em ployer, and now his attorney, says he don't believe Graham has skipped, but if he has, it is be cause he doubted the possibility of getting a fair jury on account of the adverse criticisms in the Cronin case.; Trude insists that Graham is innocent, but that he has an exaggerated dread of being tried by a jury under the preeent circumstances. State's Attorney Longenecker did not seem to fear tonight that Graham would not be on hand. Trainmen's i'ruel Fate Pkoria, bl., February 4.— The bodies of the three trainmen killed In a wreck here last night, have not yet been re covered, and probably will not ba gotten out until tomorrow. Engineer Neville, after suffering untold agony, and In fpito of every effort to release him, died at a late hour last night. He was pinned fast under his engine in water up "to his neck. Eastern Kclises. At Norristown, Pa., stove works burned, entailing a loss of $100,000. At Philadelphia a boiler in the Edison Electric Light building, on Sansom street, exploded. Five men were badly scalded. The Prohibition Slate Conference of Missouri is in session at Sedalia. Tbe attendance is small. J. C. Hughes was cho3en chairman. At St. Cloud, Minn, a handcar with laborers was run down by a Northern Pacific train. Three laborers are re parted killed. Mis. Harriett Beecher Stowe is much improved in health and strength. She is neither insane nor imbecile, as has been stated, but has reached the stage of second childhood. It is reported that a Philadelphia and New York syndicate, backed by two great European banks, have secured control of tbe Philadelphia anel Reading railroad, and tliat suits will be begun with the view of ousting Austin Corbin, it present president. At Pittsburg an explosion occuired at the Duquesne steal works, caused by natural gas Frank Bolton, night super intendent, and a laborer, name unknown, were fatally injured; several others were badly burned. At Altoona, Pa., Miles Adelsberger, while filling a gasoline tank, was over come by heat. Frajk Gillon went to his assistance, carrying a lighted lamp. An explosion followed, badly burning Joseph Rougle, owner of the tank, and seriously burning Adelsberger, Gillon and two other men. FLOOD CONDITIONS. A Unii(eron< Mum of Aifnlrw at l'icka-1 be Town Tun atoned. Vreka, Cal., February 4 —The hiiow fall for the season ia about four feet on the level. Heavy rains set in January 30th, continuing incaH.santly since. The creeks in the vicinity are al! runnii g high, Yreka creek b"-ing higher thaa ever before known, and still rising. Chinatown ie Under water and several buildings have been swept away. The railroad track was washed out in inauy places. The Shasta and Klamath rivers are beyond their banks, doing thousands of dollars'worth of damage to ranches and mittes. OoOside.rp.ble anxiety is felt regarding the new reservoir three miles above town. Should it hreak, great lons, to property and perhaps of life, would follow. All the bridges lead ing out of this place ate gone aud no mail has been received for over three w«jeks. Scott valley is almost under water. THE RIVER AT RED BLUFF. Red Beuff, February 4 —Within the last tweuty-four hours the temperature lias grown considerably warmer, and to day tho thermometer rose to GO. A warm rain is'failing, but is not sufficient to raise the streama. The Sacramento river reached 25}£ feet today, which is aa high as it has been at any time this winter. DAMAGE AT REDDING. Redding, Cal.. February 4 —liain has ceased for the present, but the heavens are threatening, it is claimed that the river has hardly reached the high-water mark of IS feet. The free bridge is damaged more than at first thought. Two hundred feet of trestle have been washed away. A slide and washout have destroyed half a mile of track near Copley. Tlie S. P.'« Annual Statement. San Francisco, February 4. —The an nual statement of the Southern Pacific Company for the year 188!) shows a small increase in the net earnings and an excers of the earnings over the oper ating expenses, but other causes, among which ia the construction of now lines, decrease the surplus to $1,544,295, against $2,585,804 for 1888 The gross earnings from railroad and steamship lines for the past year were $16,146,190; total expenditures, $14,801,894. Business throughout the northern pert of California, iv Ore gon, and on the Atlantic system of the Southern Pacific Company, shows an improvement fir the year. If, ia stated that of the $451,104 expended in better ments and additions, which includes new sta'ious, .*:i50,000 haa gone to Cen tral Pacific lines. Mate Ifuard of Triulc. Sax Fhancisco, February 4—At a meeting of the State Board of Trade to d,.y it waa agreed to arrange a memorial to Congress favoring the paesago ot Sen ator Stewart's bill to give a'l the Gov ernment arid lands to tne State i:i which they art? Bituated. It wa<s agreed fo allow ex-Socretar* Davies two weeks in which to pay $000 which he owes the board and which he has promised to pay In that time. A communication from General Man ager Gavcnne, of the exposition to be held in St. Louis in September and Octo ber next, inviting the traveling exhibi tion of California to participate in the exposition, was referred to a committee. Not Permuted to Land. San Fhancisco, February 4—A de cision in the habo.iß corpus c.;s,o of Gue Qaong Sua, who returned to this country alter eight years absence, and cUims the right to land on the ground that he was a merchant,but failed to produce tbe cei tificiite required by the Exclusion act, was rendered in the Circuit Court totiay adversely to tho d< f- ndant. The C ;urt held that Sue should have furnished the necessary certificate, but failed to fix the period, as it was expected to do, that a Chinaman can remain away before he forfeits his right to return. Tne Court holds that it is advisable that such casos bo tried ou their merits. Herr'M ratal Wounds. San Francisco, February 4.—The tui topay finished thia afternoon shows that b th wounds on tiie body of M. M. Herr, who was killed by J. F. Naughton last night, were caused by one bullet. From their position they must have been inflicted while Herr won crouching or kneeling on the floor. The ball passed through hia shoulder and then into his bjdy again, lodging in a blood-vessel back of tho heart. The cause oi his death was officially announced to be hemorrhage and a" shock caused by a gunshot wound. (Jen. miles Ordered to Waahingtnu. San Francisco, February 4 —Briga- dier General Nelson A. Miles, command ing the Division of the Pacific, has bsen ordered to Washington, D. C, to testify before the Sena'e commitieeon coa-st de fenses, on the subject of the selection of sites for fortifications on the Pacific Coast. The general will leave tomorrow, accompanied by Major John A. Rogers, inspector of artillery. To Open the Oreiou 'Division. Sacramento, February 4 —A. train of nineteen cars, loaded with men and food and shovels, lei: h<*re tonight for Dune muir to make an effort to onan the tracks of the Oregon division of the Southern •Pacific railroad. General Manager To>vne, of the Southern Pacific, has arrived at Nan Francisco from the East, via Loe An geles. Outgoing steamers from San Diego are taking large quantities of lemons and oranges to San Francisco and other points. The shipments will increase for a month to come. Several months ago, at San Francisco, K.ciiard H. McDonald. Jr., secured a divorce from his wife, Clara Belie. Mrs. McDonald's attorney moved for > new trial. Judge Hunt denied the motion At San Bernardino a bridge across City creek, on the E-street horse-csr line* collapsed. A car was precipitated to the bottom and Mrs. J. P. CJum, wife at the superintendent of the San B«rnardino Citrus Exhibit, now in New York was seriously injured. ' The State Agricultural Society has closed two more stakes for the ammo race meeting. These now make ten events. The remainderof the programme will be issued next mouth. The dates fpr the meeting have been set for Ann! 26*,h and 28ih, and May Ist and 3d At the monthly meeting of the'state Fiah Commissiorers it was reported that there are now 1,500,000 young salmon at the hatchery at Bissons, ready for distri bution throughout the State, but the weather has been such that transporta tion has been lm possible. Joseph Coyne, Chief of Police of San Diego, was arrested twice upon warrants sworn out by Frank Evinger, charging him with unlawful arrest and imprison ment of the complainant. Both Teases were continued, the Chief being released on his own recognizance.