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The Herald
By *he Heiulo Publishing Company.
President ami <'•■ neral Manager.
High Street. Telephone 15(1.
John T.Gafkey Managing Editor.
' BUSINESS OFFICE: Bradbury Building, 222
TVest,Thlrd Street. Telephone 247.
Doitii.AS White Business Manager.
nONDAV, riARCH 4. '»05-
- c 1 ■ —■
When the wire breaks, the news fails.
Anna. Gould will become a Countess
today, ... ■-■>
ft; isn't every Count that can capture a
Gould. . oi>
And the Colonel came also, but didn't
get in. ,i9|
These ate golden moments with mem
bers of Legislative bodies.
The ounning of the Chinese is no match
for the foresight of tlie Japanese.
The Citrus Fair is a revelation to the
. Eastern'tevJrists within our gates.
Cuba is still trying to resuscitate that
revolution -that died in its infancy.
There is lots of time to think about
what the Bast Congress should do.
By the way, what has become of the Sun
Joaquin Vdliey Railroad Company?
The only creditable thine- the last Con
■ srress did NBJSS to lay out that Reilly bill
Some modern fire apparatus would not
be amiss hi!the Canadian town of Toronto.
I'ut your shoulaers to the wheel, gentle
men, and help turn the wheels for the new
railway., bilk.
oH ffttfe Blell Horrors of the Sassoun bob up
r»eiteiy.*Hice more under the pen of a
!o Members of Congress are trying to tell
■•■ the people what has been done. The pub
lic ie still waiting.
How grateful the whole Coast would
have been had Congress only passed that
big Isthmus canal biii.
The Chinese funeral yesterday was a
howling success. And the barbarians were
not all Chinese, either.
" ->an has profited wonderfully from its
•iation with the Xew World. Observe
c nirse in the war with China.
• 2 race horse Directly has been going
ist that record often enough to do
thing Is it an advertising fake?
s to be hoped that the state Legis
; will do something besides making
sti.ons. This is the last week, ger
nk of it, you people who are basking
• California's sunny skies! Snow
ing in Nebraska and the mecury is
ig/. to -zero.
• With the death of Fred Davis, the
Palace- Hotel detective, another chapter
in the unwritten history of California's
greatest scandal is closed.
Sunday in the Senate of the United
States wonld necessarily be an off day,
but then the statesmen in the closing
hours of Congress get a chance to talk.
t France: will stand aghast when the full
'' amount of Miss Gould's "dot" is known
It will be kind of hard on the Count,
though, to rind that every cent is in the
young lady's name.
Early Saturday night burglars entered a
Spring street store and carried a wagon
load of merchandise out of the front tloor.
In the presence of such crimes as this the
inefficient police department claims that
the town is free from criminals.
It may be that the mental condition of
James G. Fair was not up to legal re
quirement when he drew that famous will,
but his choice of an object for flirtation
while a resident of Los Angeles proves
him to have been a person of discernment
and good taste at that time, to say the
least. ' : -.
San Diego's exhibit at the Citrus Fair
is not only a credit to the section that
produced it but to Southern California
as well. The variety displayed is especially
noticeable and the quality of the product
is ample evidence that Sau Diego county
can more than hold her own against the
most favored sections of Southern Cali
The Mathews county railroad bill has
been reported from the Corporation Com
mittee and is on file for a lirst reading.
The brief of Frank G. Finlayson of this
city, discussing the constitutionality of
the bill has beeu printed and distributed
to the members. This opinion is conclu
sive and will undoubtedly be so received
by those who are to pass on the validity
of the bill.
It is noted by the Xew York World that
the sale reported from California of an
annual crop of 5,000,030 gallons of native
vintage for the next three years places the
wine-making industry of the state on a
solid business basis and also places an
• obstacle in the path of prohibition. There
■is practically ho limit to the wine-pro
ducing capacity of California, and there
is certain to lie a great consumption in
this country and a great export trade for
a pure wine that can profitably be pro
duced at a cost of 12 cents a gallon. When
our wine product becomes as valuable as
our silver product, it is only reasonable to
expect, that, it will insist on legislative
it is ci timed that Count Tolstoi is the
anili'ir of the recent protest made against
Un: declaration of Czar Nicholas that he
will maintain autocracy as understood and
lunintuiued by his lather. If this is true
it is a significant circumstance. Count
Tolstoi is . the acknowledged leader of a
great iluss in his native country—a class
:;s nearly influential as may be supposed
to exist under such a government—the
gruu lanficil proprietors. This class, once
united against the absolutism proclaimed
by t lie Czar, would be strong enough to
Grin.; about changes. Count Tolstoi's
declaration is the lirst proclamation of tbe
open struggle for a constitutional Govern
ment. It is an abandonment Ol the dyna
miii! policy, which can never succeed,
aad notice oi a light ill the open ground.
Count Tolstoi is considered an extremist,
a Socialist and the like, but his views
should not seem unreasonable to an
American. He asks only for a degree oi
popular government which would seem
quite ilimited in this country; the plainest
and simplest measure of civil and relig
ious liberty. Between the two. Czar
Nicholas for autocracy and Count Tdlstoi
for liberty, the latter has the stronger po
sition the world over, and may have in
Russia. The situation is interesting.
In view of the interest taken in the
question of refunding a portion of the
city's bonded debt, The Herald today, in
another column, gives a detailed state
ment of the amount of city bonds out
standing March Is . It will be observed
that the total debt of the city as repre
sented by the bonds (it has no other debts),
is $1,259,900. All the bonds issued prior to
July i, 1880, bear interest at the rate of 7
per cent. There are outstanding of this
class $1.51,000. The issues oi '86, '87 and
'88 were 6 per cents, of which $245,000 are
outstanding. All subsequent issues pay 5
per cent interest. It is the 6's and 7's
that the Council proposed to refund at a
lower rate of interest, and the rate agreed
upon is 4 1-2 per cent. It will be noticed
that this will effect quite a neat saving to
the city. Of the 5 per cents, $58,000 of
the issue of May 1, 1891, could be in
cluded in the refunding proposition, thus
effecting a further saving of $290 per
year, or $4610 in tlie sixteen years they
have to run, but tlie Council, for some
reason not altogether plain, did not think
it worth while to save this small sum.
There is nr. question that the refunding
proposition will carry when put to a yote,
as the taxpayers will be only too glad to
reduce their burden. If the $58,000 5 per
cents were included in the proposition
they would vote for it all the more cheer
fully, but the omissson will not prevent
them from taking advantage of the oppor
tunity to decrease the rate of interest on
the 6's and 7's to 4 1-2 per cent.
The question of greatest interest in
volved in the entire transaction is the
establishment of a new rating of the city's
credit. The older the municipality, and
the larger its assessed value in proportion
to its indebtedness, generally, the better
its credit. For this reason Eastern cities
usually pay a lower rate of interest than
Western municipalities. The various cities
have their ra.ings on the books of the bond
buyers, and it is gratifying to note that
Los Angeles from being a 7 per cent city
in 1881, became a 5 per cent city in '92—
making no allowance for premiums paid
for bonds issued in those years.
It is now proposed to reduce the rating
to at least 4 1-2 per cent, and the question
is, Could it not be made still lower—as low,
even, as 4? If this could be done, the
credit of the city of Los Angeles would be
almost as good as that of the United
States Government, the last bond issue of
which, making allowance for the premium,
was sold on the basis of about 3 5-8.
At least one firm of local bond brokers
offered to pledge itself to refund the city
bonds at 4 per cent, but because a commis
sion of $10,000 was asked for doing so, the
Council rejected the proposition. One of
the reasons assigned for the rejection, was
that the public would blame the Council
for sharing the commission, and thus the
cry of boodle would go up. The gentle
men of the Council are very sensitive,
That the bonds can be refunded at
4 1-2 per cent, there is no doubt. It is
generally admitted, too, that they will
command a premium at that rate, but
that the premium will be large enough.to
reduce the interest to a 4 per cent basis
is hardly probable. It might come very
near that, if the bond buyers did not enter
into a combine, as they usually do, and
as they will in all probability do in this
With so much capital lying idle in the
banks, aud with an assessed value of over
$47,000,000 and only $1,259,900 debt, there
should be no trouble in placing Los An
geles city 4 per cent bonds at par. It is
to be iioped that the 4 1-2 per cents will
be sold at a premium that will practically
make tbcra equivalent to 4's.
The City Council hus as yet failed to
appropriate a sum to the Fiesta fund. It
is understood that tbe delay is due to cer
tain protests by individuals and by an
organization whose action is attributed to
the fact that no special provision had
been made for the display of the national
Hag during Fiesta week.
The Advisory Board of La Fiesta, by a
unanimous vote, decided some days ago j
that the Stars and Stripes would form I
part of the street decorations, and thereby I
removed all objections urged by the sign
ers of the protests.
La Fiesta is not a private undertaking,
suggested an I conducted for the purpose
of money-making. It has become a
patriotic affair, having passed its experi
mental stage, until it is now a part of the
history of Los Angeles.
Last year it was in its infancy, but it
has gained the strength of maturity by
force of public opinion and in the realiza
tion that it is fostered for the welfare of
the entire city. The benefits derived from
the carnival are shared by all alike, and
the expenditure of public money is there
fore as much a necessity as the payment
of public funds for the improvement and
maintenance of the public parks.
There should be no longer any ob
stacles to the prompt payment of a part
of the fund for La Fiesta.
Tbe Sacramento Record-Union while
commending the adoption of a wide-tire
ordinance by Riverside county to prevent
the destruction of new roads, fears that it
will be ineffective until there is a general
law on the subject. Placer county, the
Record-Union says, has a wide-lire ordi
nance also but it is sleeping because wag
ons of narrow tires belonging in adjacent
counties roll into Placer and cut up the
roads the wide tires make, hence the
Placerites do not feel it to be just to en
force a law upon their own which-the
stranger may violate with impunity. So
it will be iv Riverside, the Sacramento pa
per thinks. There is a wide-tire bill be
fore the Legislature and it uas a favorable
committee report. But the bill simply
gives the Supervisors power to pass ordi
nances on the subject. The bill may as
well pass as un educational measure; were
it obligatory, however, there would be
great virtue in it. It is possible that un
der it some counties may be encouraged
to adopt the ordinance towards which the
bill looks; but a general law to take effect
two years hence is what the late Road
Convention advised, and it knew what is
needei in this matter.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy gives the
best satisfaction of any cough medicine I
handle, and as a seller leads all other pre
parations in this market. 1 recommend
it because it is the best medicine Ij ever
handled for coughs, colds and croup. A.
W. Baldridge, Millersville, 111. For sale
by Off A- Vaughn, Fourth and Spring sts,,
and C. F. Hcinzeinan, 222 X. Main St.,
Wallpaper hung, 10c roll, 328 ii. Spring.
I am the Goat;
The Coat of Mother Otis. > ,s\&
I climb the pinnacles
Ami the steeps.
Art rugge 1 derltvltles
Of her ra-ssive mentality.
Hear me whlnney;
See me shake my tufted tail.
I am the Inspiration,
The odlc exhalation,
The power be Mud the Times.
I am the Spirit of the limes.
I advise and counsel
The great and only Otis-
Boanerges of the press:
I am philosopher and friend
To one who thinks she owns Los Angeles
And the earth
And the tn 'ness thereof.
I am the vjoati
The Goat nt Mother Otis.
I subordinate
The oQice Cat;
I am the Colonel
Of tbe Menagerie.
I am the editor of the Times,
I write those foolish things
Old Otis calls editorial;
Oh Mamma!
We called ou our Master
We were discovered.
We were scorned by the Octopus.
Me the Goat:
Her the Old Woman;
Ye Gods I
And devils all I
Hear us bleat.
We are mad-
Roaring, hopping, ridiculously mad;
Scooped on ourowj preserves;
Scooped by The Herald;
Scooped by our hated rival;
Scooped In great shape.
Crushed 1
Humiliated I
Published to the world
As a Jest, a Joke, a Josh;
A pair of 'em;
Me and Mamma -
Mamma Otis.
Nobody takes us seriously—
Nobody but L'l Two—
6tls and Me;
Mother Utis and her Goat.
We are serious.
And to think of it!
We are a Jibe, a Jeer;
The laugh of the Town.
Listen to our groan I
Our lamentation.
We were once the Bosses
Of all we surveyed.
The people foil down
And worshipped
In fear
And trembling.
Now they deride us—
Otis aud her Goat;
And vice versa.
Blasphemy 1
Sacrilege I
If Jay Gould were alive he would pro
nounce the marriage of his daughter
Anna to a French Count a hazardous in
vestment.—Arizona Gazette.
Miss Anna JGould might have gotten a
much better American husband for less
than the $2,000,000 she has promised the
French Count whom she is shortly to
marry.—Modesto Banner.
Anna Gould, who is about to marry the
French Count Castellane, will have" her
trosseau made in Xew York. She would
probably do better to take a home-made
husband and a French trosseau. —River-
side Enterprise.
What Miss Gould is going to wear is
now engaging the attention of a large
section of the public. Her wedding
trousseau is expecte 1 to be something fit
tingly gorgeous. Mrs. Grundy will be
satisfied with nothing less.—Pasadena
The French Count recently purchased
by the American heiress, Miss Anna
Gould, is in Xew York, and will deliver
himself to her as soon as she plunks up
that $2,000,000. The transfer and signing
of the papers is set for March 4th.—Xapa
Count de Castellane objects to the public
ity he is getting through marrying Miss
Could. Well, Count, publicity is the only
toasting-iron on which we can get such
fellows as you, and if you were a good
American and it was another fellow you
would understand the reason.—Woodland
The marriage of American heiresses to
impecunious foreigners with titles nas its
compensation. The hoarded millions
which the American father has gathered
will soon be scattered among the people
where it will do more good than in the
vaults of the Goulds or \ anderbilts.—Ari
zona Republican.
And now it is said that Miss Gould will
have only a shadowy title by marrying
Count de Castellane. His name is not
found in tlie French Almanack de Cotha,
nor is the title familiar to the remnant of
the old hereditary house of French peers.
However, with Miss Gould's present of
two millions a title may be secured even
in France.—Hanford Democrat.
It is pleasant to know that Miss Anna
Gould is to have a coronet. The exigen
cies of the times are such that some
voting housewives enter upon domestic
life handicapped by the absence o f this ar
ticle. A coronet well cared for will last
quite a while. The fact that George Gould
is having it built shows he is a prac
tical man. Unless it bj copper-toed shoes
for juvenile wear, there is nothing quite
so useful about a bouse as a coronet.—
San Francisco Examiner.
Mrs. Langtry paid $30,000 for the Eng
lish stallion Friar Tuck, and now comes
tbe announcement that Miss Anna Gould
will pay $2 000,000 for Count Castellane.
That there is a great difference in the
prices paid does not detract in the least
irom the fact that the service is the same,
and we are inclined to hold to the opin
ion that the Jersey Lily made the nest
bargain inasmuch as Friar Tuck can show
a purer strain of blood In his long line of
ancestors. —Williams Farmer.
Miss Anna Gould will marry a genuine
Count. It is said to be a case of pure
love. Rumor does not say whether it is
Anna or iier $$ that the Count has fallen
in love with. 'Miss Consuelo Vanderbilt
will wed an English nobleman. We don't
kick so much about losing these two pretty
and doubtless silly girls, but its a case of
shameful ingratitude for them to take
their millions and go off with these for
tune-hunters from abroad when our
country is so awfully hard up. Pity
Uncle Sam isn't a little younger and his
trousers a little longer, so he might pro
pose to some of them. —Pcrris Xew Era.
If Anna Gould, with all the money she
h::s at command, can purchase her wed
ding gown and its accessories in the
United States, there is no reason why
other American women should not do
the same. If itcomes toa question of,good
taste in dress, it is universally admitted
that American women have no super
iors in the world ; if it be merely a matter
of vogue or fashion, presumably the man
costumers of Paris and London will con
tinue to maintain their advantage. It is
a foregone conclusion that a gown or cos
tume designed in London or Paris has no
more intrinsic grace or beauty than one
made here; but it has the cachet of a cele
brated name, and that seems to be enough.
—San Francisco Chronicle.
A telegram signed by Cleveland, Chica
go and Detroit men representing $25,000,
--000 worth of vessel property bas been sent
to President Cleveland, requesting him to
sign the bill which embodies the sailing
rules for the Great Lakes.
V 1 "V"
The Los Angeles Herald has got its San
Pedro petition before Congress, and it
will probably reatlH In a big appropriation
for improvements in San Pedro harbor.
Too Herald, is doing herculean service for
Southern California, and with the pres
tige it has gained since its change of man
agement, barely three months, it is be
coming to Southern California what the
Examiner is to San Francisco and the
northern part oi the state. —Perris Valley
*r * +
Much interest is centered at present in
the Los Angeles Herald recently purchased
by Mr. John Bradbury. It has undergone
a most striking improvement already. A
complete outfit of new type has been pur
chased, its size has been reduced to six
columns wide, and the efficiency of the
editorial department and news-gathering
force wonderfully improved. It is Mr.
Brudburv's ambition to make it a second
New York Herald, and, if ambition, en
ergy and wealth count for anything, we
may expect to see ft push far ahead of its
competitors before many moons have
passed.—The Traveler.
* -tr *
When a person constantly boasts the
possession of certain qualities, the world
at large, which is in any case prone to be
somewhat critical, is inclined to entertain
some doubt on the question, or at least to
examine more carefully into the founda
tion for such assertions. I
If a woman should go around telling
every one she met that she was virtuous
it would not be unreasonable that some
doubt on the question should spring up in
the minds of those who would other
wise never have entertained any suspicion
to the contrary,
The Los Angeles Herald is in the habit
of informing its readers at least once every
day that it is "a newspaper."—Los An
geles Times.
* * *
So far as we are aware that fact had
never been called into question, although
it is true that most people consider it a
very poor apology for a newspaper. Since,
however, it has got into tiie habit of re
peatedly asserting a fact which the aver
age journal tabes for grunted, a good
many people have begun to question
whether The Herald is really a newspaper
or not, and some of them are rapidly ar
riving at the conclusion that it is not.—
Los Angeles Times.
<r it it
Of course it all depends upon the man
ner in which the word newspaper ia con
strued. If a daily publication, which
works up a wild fa"ke in the shape of a
petition, loses its petition in its own cel
lar and then gets up another one; which
for a week or ten days develops symptoms
of spasmodic insanity on the subject of a
projected railroad to "the Sun Joaquin Val
ley, and then within a couple of weeks
devotes several pages to showing that the
citizens of Los Angeles are almost unani
mous against the project; which trots out
the old, worn-out, silly fake of getting its
readers to vote for ihe "most popular
lady;" which reprints with childish glee
everything that is said about it in the pa
pers, whether it is favorable or not;
which has no settled policy whatever on
public questions, but keeps up a vigorous
Oeuting of drums to call attention to its
presence in the community—a charact r
istic which is shared by the orangoutang
and chimpanzee of the Central African
forests—it such a publication is a newspa
per, then the Los Angeles Herald is cer
tainly- one.—Los Angeles Times.
it it it
There are, however, a good many be
nighted people in these parts who think
that such a sheet bears as little resem
blance to a newspaper as a perambulating
band-wagon, advertising a sheriff's clos
ing-out s.de at a fourth-rate hand-me-down
Clothing store does to a big mercantile es
tablishment which employs hundreds of
assistants and seeks publicity through the
advertising columns of the press.—Los
Angeles Times.
it if it
The Herald may be a newspaper, but on
second thought it is doubtless well that it
should continue to inform its readers of
the fact, as there are so many people in
Southern Cflßfornia who do not know a
newspaper—at least such a newspaper—
when they see it. It is on the same prin
ciple us this that oid-tinie artists were in
the habit of writing. "This is a horse,"
or "This is a house" under their works of
art, in order that the public might not ba
misled by taking their drawings for a
whaugdJodie, a .windmill or something
else than what they were intended to rep
resent.—Los Angeles Times.
* » *
If young Mr. Bradbury's imported
yotmg men earsonly succeed in making
the public believe that The Herald is a
newspaper tbey will doubtless be as well
satisfied as if they actually made it a
newspaper. It is to be feared, , however,
that one of these tasks will be as difficult
for them to accomplish as the otber. As
we have previously stated, the journalistic
ideal of Southern CalifOrnians is not a
weak imitation of tlie San Francisco Ex
aminer, with all its faults exaggerated
and its few good qualities omitted.—Los
Angeles Times. . .
ft ft ft
If Mr. Bradbury's imported young men
would display a little more of the modesty
that should attach to youth and inexperi
ence, the Times would* not concern itself
whether tbey chose to turn out a paper
for reading, or for any other purpose, use
ful or ornamental, noble or ignoble; but
when they show an inclination to become
too bumptious it is necessary to tell them
a few truths once in a while.
"Let not him who putteth on the
sword boast like him who taketh it off."
Selahl— Los Angeles Times.
The actual manufacture of liquid chlo
rine is being carried on by a firm of alkali
makers in Salinders. Until now the only
form in which this valuable bleaching
agent has been put upon the market has
been chloride of lime or chloride of soda,
and either of these forms cannot contain
more than 38 per cent of available chlo
Mr. Gladstone, who is wintering in
Southern France, is in splendid health,
but visitors, wbo come in great numbers,
are not allowed to sec him.
Mrs. Lennox: Grace Arbuthnot lives over there; you remember her,
don't you? • _ , . ~ , „ , .
Aunt Sally Waybaek: Whut, little Grace in that big house? My, what a
lot oi windows she has to cLan!
The Populist sheriff of Alameda county
is in Sacramento lobbying against a re
duction of his salary. Before he was
elected he thought the salary of the office
too much by twenty-five per cent but now
that he is in he has developed all the
traits of a "plutocrat" and wants every
thing in sight.—Visalia Times.
''And there's a whole lot more of city offi
cials who were elected on "reform" and
"reduced salary" platforms who are belly
aching just as hard as Alameda's sheriff
over the prospect of being obliged to work
for salaries about twice as large as would
be paid in any business house for the
same kind of services.—Bakersficld Cali
! PNow that Ex-Queen Lil will receive her
eentence in the form of a floater, we
would suggest that she come over to Amer
ica and put a dramatic troupe on the
road. Backed up by such dramatic stars
as Peter Jackson, Millie-Christine and
Eva Evans, she could win fame and money
in this land of barnstormers.—Bakerstield
While San Diego is vainly trying to
agree upon some system of water supply,
it is noticeable that Los Angeles is going
right ahead, increasing in population,
wealth and volume of business, notwith
standing the incomparable harbor and cli
mate of this city. Prosperity visits those
who have tbe good sense to reach out
after it,—San Diego Union.
Tho Citrus Fair which has Just opened
at Los Angeles could not have been es
tablished at a better time than this. The
southern city is swarming with tourists,
many of whom have been driven out of
frozen Floiida. The sight of pyramids of
oranges, lemons and other tropical fruits
cannot fail to make a vivid impression on
them. It will lorm the best, advertise
ment that the southern citrus belt has
ever had.—San Francisco Chronicle.
The Modesto Herald says an irreverent
Woodland man is willing to wager that
the women would not exercise the
right of suffrage in California if granted
the privilege. His conclusions arc based
on that section of the election law which
provides that in the booth the legs of the
voter must be exposed to the knees. If the
gentleman is right the bicycle girl who
wears knickerbockers will wield the balance
of power among the feminine voters.—
Stockton Mail.
The Princess Colonna is an example of
the fate many American girls meet in
marrying into the nobility. It is a very
good rule that the man who marries for
money and cannot support a wife and is
willing to allow her to support him, is
either a rascal or is deficient in brains,
yet our American girls are picked up
every month iv the year by men of title
who could not earn $5000 or a fifth of it to
save their lives. The very fact that a man
is willing to accept his support from a
woman would ordinarily arouse suspicion,
and certainly is humiliating to the true
man, yet these titled roues are so hard
ened that they take it as a matter of
course.—Pasadena News.
The incomparable cheek of those South
ern Californians is really getting worse
and worse. There isn't a good thing on
the tace of this earth to which they do not
lay claim. Now the Los Angeles Herald,
having worked itself up into a frenzy of
joy because a carload of olives has been
shipped East from that section i f the
country, is hollering: "Our olives, too,
are the best in the world." Come off your
perch. Olives! We've got olives up here
that lay wav over those little bitter berries
of yours. Just paste this in your hat.
There's at least one other place in the
world besides Southern California, that is
Yolo—and speaking of them both at once
say Yolo*first and Southern California
after.—Woodland Reporter.
Confucius, it is said, was passionately
fond of watermelon seeds.
More's "I'topia" was written as an
amusement and to divert his friends.
Dr. Johnson drank immoderate quanti
ties of tea, and kept a pet cat, Hodge.
Aristotle found amusement in walking
on the seashore and collecting specimens.
Henry IV of France had the "cat ague, "
or trembled whenever a cat was in sight.
Mrs. Radcliff ate raw pork before go
ing to work on a particularly thrilling
William the Conquerer was immoderate
ly devoted to dog righting and bear
Cardinal Richelieu hated children and
loved cats; when he died his favaritc
Angora pet refused to eat and soon per
Tbe brave Marshal d'Abbret could not
endure tlie sight of a pig, and was sub
ject to a fainting fit if he looked steadily
at one.
Whenever Whittler bad an inspiration
he would go to a corner of his room and
kneel down while he reduced his thoughts
to words.
George Eliot wrote for eight years with
the same pen, and when she lost it she
bewailed her misfortune as almost too hard
to bear.
Louis Napoleon was fond of mimic war
fare, and would often have forts con
structed in his garden to illustrate some
tactical point.
Spinozn's favorite amusement was to
set spiders to fighting, and he would
laugh immoderately at beholding their
ferocious struggles.
Henry 111. of France was so fond of
spaniels that he went about with a litter
of puppies in a basket suspended from his
A recent account of the Chinese Em
peror describes him as small and delicate,
with a ISir skin, beautiful eyes and a
good foreneac*. He looks like a lad of 16
or 17 and speaks like a youth of that age.
When William H. Hall died recently in
Washington county, Pennsylvania, he was
100 years of age, and it was his boast tbat
he had chewed tobacco for eighty-five
years, and always voted tho Democratic
To tbe Editor of tlie Herald:—ThU
seems a fitting season to make a few obW
servations concerning the work of onr ser
vants who are supposed to handle our
For nine years I have received a letter
from my home in Ohio every week, y
have lived in several sections of thi
country, and I find that it takes just twp
days longer for a letter to come frore?
Ohio to I.os Angeles than to University
or to Bantu Monica, or to any other so
called suburb of the holy city.
1 And thnt a letter going from Los An*
geles to the East will generally make thai
trip as quickly as those starting from
more favored points like University, Th»
.Palms, Burbauk, or Monrovia, though,,
the average eastern speed seems to be'
slightly in favor of the letters starting!
from the said suburban towns. I remark:
also that although my name and address?
have been in the city directory for nine
years, and I have gone to the office every
few months to remind somebody of thafcj
fact, I have lost many letters by not ota
serving them in the advertised list until
too late to secure them.
The last case against the office is as fol
lows : On January 17th a letter was maiteA
in this city addressed to
Edward Hutchison,
Principal Seventh-Street School, ; %
Los Angeles, Cal.
On February 18th I noticed my name in
the advertised list, went to the office*
gave my street number for the thirtieth
or fortieth time, and got my letter.
Of course the genius who handles the
mail for the territory adjacent to the Sev£'
enth street school thought that the school
would be open on Sunday and legal holif'
days only, and that it would not be
proper for him to mangle the Sabbath by
an attempt to deliver my letter on that
I send and receive about four hundred
fiieccs of mail matter per month, and {
■aye observed that the average time from
here to Chicago is five days, from here
to any postoffice within Los Angeles
county two or three days.
I took occasion to inquire into the mat*
ter somewhat, and came to the conclusion
that the majority of the clerks and letter
carriers were both honest and competent;
but that a few incompetents should be
dropped and that the office in general
needed much more supervision. Allow
me to remark, in- conclusion, that the
young man who carries letters down Macy
street is one of tbe most careful in the ser
vice, and as' obliging as a hotel man.
Yours truly, Edward Hutchison, y
Ex-President Harrison explains to a
California reporter the prevalent trouble
as due to a lack of confidence." He
knows how that is himself, and learned
the lesson last election.—Arizona Gazette.
The bill to prohibit public officers from
getting drunk was defeated in the Council
without debate. The proposition to make
angels out of public officials was not con
sidered the business of an Arizona Legis
lature.—Tombstone Prospector.
" Poor old Orover.even his goldbug friends
in Congress have no words of cheer for him,
and the devil and the deep sea are not in
it to the scorching he is receiving from
the Southern and Western members. Cleve
land went one step too far when he made
his bond contract with the Rothschilds,'
with a view of forcing Congress to act on
his tinancial measure.—Mohave Miner.
The Democrat believes that woman
suffrage sbould and will eventually
triumph. But the time is not yet.
We are willing to leave some reforms
to be accomplished by posterity. At
present we say to our legislators: Pass
stringent laws for the purity of elections,
denying the franchise to the ignorant and
the vicious, and let ihe question of woman
suffrage rest.—Flagstaff Democrat.
Arizona's vast mineral wealth is at
tracting more and more attention from
tbe Eastern capitalist. Each year sees
hundreds of thousands of his money in
vested in the latest improved mining
macninery to be used in reducing the
great quantities of ore taken from our
hills. The output of the yellow metal
from the territory this year will, mining
men assert, fir exceed that of last year,
and will place Arizona near if not at the
head of the other territories and states of
the Union as a producer of gold.—Arizona
Stur, j|
La Trlcoteuse ■
The fourteenth of July had come, -A
And round the guillotine
The thieves and beggars, rank by rank, m
Moved the red Hags between. '
A crimson heart, upon a pole—
The long march had begun;
But still the little smiling child
Sat knitting In the sun. <
The red caps of those men of France -Jf
Shook like a poppy-field; ~ st
The women's h-ads, with gory hair, -
The standard-bearers wield. •
Cursing, wltb song and battle hymn, jjjj
Five butchers dragged a gun;
Yet still the little maid sat there, > <
A-knlttlng io the sun. ,
An axe was painted on the flags, M
A broken throne aad crown,
A ragged coat, upon a lance,
Hung In foul black shreds down. Jj
"More heads!" the seething rabble cry, "
And now the drums begun; I
But atill the little fair-haired child g.
Bat knittiug in ihe sun.
And every time a head rolled o&V P
They roll like winter seas.
And with a tossing up of caps, E
Shouts shook the Tulleries. ■'
"Whizz!" went tho heavy chopper dowajk
And then the drums begun;
But still the little smi ing child ■
Sat knitting lv the sun.
The Jacobins, ten thousand strong, «
And every mail a sword;
The red caps with the tricolors, . i
Led on tho noisy horde. ~
"The Sans-culottea today are strong," If
The gossips say and run;
But still the little maid sits there, W
A-knltting in the sun.
Then the slow death-cart moved along; ■
And. singing patriot songs,
A pale, doomed poet bowing comes,
And eh :ers the swaying throngs.
Oh. when the axe swept shining down, jfj
The mad drums all begun;
But, smiling still, the little child
Sat knittiug in the sun.
"Le marquis "—linen suowy white, k
The powder in his hair, I
Waving his scented handkerchief, D
Looks down with oarel as stare.
A whirr, a chop—another head-
Hurrah! the work's begun;
But atill tho Utile, child sat there, , ji
Aknilting in the sun.
I i»
A stir and through the parting crowd «
The people's friends are come;
Marat and Robespierre—"Vivat!
Roll thunder from the drum."
The one a wild beast's hungry eye,
Hair tangled—hark 1 a gun! -
The other kindly kissed the ohild
A-kuittlng in tho sun.
"And why not work all night?" the child I
Said to the knitters there.
Oh, how the furies shook their sides,
And tossed their grizzled hair!
Then clapped a bonnet-rouge on her, , t
And cried: '• 'Tis well begun I"
And laughed to see the little child 1
Knit, smiling in the auu.
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