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YESTERDAY AT THE SCHOOLS Christmas Exercises Celebrated in All of the Depart ments EXCELLENT ENTERTAINMENT Flag-Raising and Operetta at the Highschoo! Ann Street SchoM Festivities-All of the Kin dergartners Given a Treat—Will Have a Week's Vacation Yesterday was the beginning of tho holi day season for the children of the public schools, and it was celebrated with due re joicing in all the public schools of the city. Great preparations had been made during the week to arrange a program and deco rate the rooms in nn appropriate manner with the handiwork of the pupils. Most of the work was remarkably good. In nearly nil of the rooms of the different buildings the blackboards were covered with draw ings of Santa t'laus and other characters •nd scenes suggestive of Christmas tide. One or two pictures taken from tho early life of "Christ were especially worthy of mention. Not a room of the thirty-seven schools of the city but what was artistic ally arranged for Ihe reception of visitors. Evergreens and flowers lent their aid in beautifying the class rooms, where thous ands of bright faces were collected for the last time, preparatory to taking their week's vacation. They all seemed ready to break out with their holiday merriment before their guests had gone or tho teach er's bell had sounded their dismissal. Exercises of some kind were held in every department. Songs and recitations made up the general order of the grammar grades, while the liitle ones of the kinder garten were given a tree with all its at tending accessories of juvenile bliss, in the form of candy and popcorn and a present for each of tho happy youngsters. Several •if the teachers helped their pupils iv the preparation of presents for their parents, who in many instances were present to re ceive them. While the kindergarten pro gram was given the other grades were dis missed, so that they might attend. No pretense of study was made during the afternoon, and at the conclusion of the fun pupils and teachers wished each other a merry Christmas and joyfully parted company. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. At 1 oclock the pupils of the high school assembled around the historical old flag pole in front of the building to witness ihe raising of a new American flag. Ihe emblem of liberty was carried out of the school by twelve young ladies and turned over to those who were to raise the flag. "Old Glory - ' slowly and majestically ascended, while the rose leaves which had been carefully placed between its folds, fell out in showers to the ground, as it reached the top of the mast and was greeted with a "tiger" that would have done credit to an army. The usual salve and oath of alliegauce was then taken by the scholars. This celebration was followed by some very appropriate remarks by City Superin'endont of Schools Foshay. He touched briefly and in a patriotic way upon those principles which are so dear to the heart of every American, Hia remarks were followed by a talk by President Hale of the board of education. Next came a meeting of the Star and Crescent society. The feature of the program was a comic operetta in one ict. entitled Pen •lope, or the Milkmaid's Bride. The dramatis persona) was as follows: Mr. chalks, the milkman Kverly Pnvis pitcher, a policeman ...Walter U*a Nure Tosser, a grenad el clause Hale Mrs. Croaker, Hie misses MissFem West Penelope, the kitchen maid Miss Mao Livingston Many of the pieces and choruses are of classical origin and were exceedingly well rendered. As actors Messrs. lie Nure and Hale made ideal gua-dians of the peace. Mr. Davis as Cballes. acted the part of a poor, but honest milkman in a skillful way. Miss West, in taking the part of the Misses, made one feel that he was in the presence of a tyrranical housewife, and Miss Living ston as the kitchen maid, played her part to perfection The accompaniments on the piano were well rendered by Miss Clara Smith. The piece was staged and managed by Fowler Shankland, vice president of the society. The operetta was an entire success and a credit to the school. ASM-STREET SCHOOL. In nearly all the rooms of the A nn street school careful programs had been arranged by the teachers. The entertain ment of the upper grades consisted chiefly of readings and music. The low er grades furnished dialogues, concert recitations, and those attractive I hristmaa songs w Inch only the little ones can sing. Perhaps the most striking feature of the day's celebration, was the entertainment given by the kindergarten department. The room was a mass of holly and palms and gay pictures. On the platform stood a huge Christmas tree, literally covered with bright ornaments, all made by the hands of the pupils belonging to the class. The preliminary exercises were some what in the order of the daily program; •nd it was not until 10:30 that tbe most Interesting numbers w ere rendered. Peo ple had arrived, however, at 0, and they remained until the noon hour. First came the games, some of which were: "Let your feet tramp, tramp," "quiet games," "little mice," "pigeon house," "guessing games." These were followed by the duet, You Can't Come and Play in My Yard, sung in a most taking w ay. After three dances by LiUie Belcher, each child was presented with a kinder garten Christinas gift, and the two pres ente by his own hands for both parents. With their arms full of these dainty gilts, they filed out of the building, their laces fairly beaming with delight. Miss Voso, teacher of the second grade, ©onducted some very interesting exercises. The song and dialogue of Nursery Rhymes wab one of the most pleasing and original numbers on her program. Tlie live little girls dresßtd as dolls and illustrating their recitation by abrupt movements like those of toy babies, created much amusement. Best of all was the Christmas gift of the children to the school. They presented their building with a beautiful Hag. 1). T. Healey, steward of Pabst hotel, Milwaukee, writes: "1 regard Dr, Price s Baking Powder far superior to any." Messiah Concert Tbe king ut' all oratorios, "Handel's Messiah," wan gi\eu last evening at the teimpsou tabernacle by the Treble Clef olub, assisted by the Oratorio society of Pasadena and the Woman's orchestra of this city. Owing to the drenching rain all the afternoon and the fore partof the even ing, the audience was very small, anil it also diminished the numbers of the chorus about sixty. The Messiah is a work that is only attempted in a place (or at least ought to be) where a well organized chorus of voices numbering into the hundreds have given it due rehearsing. It is a work that rcquiri a a mighty chorus for the back-ground, a line orchestra, and the best ot soloists, Tbe performance last night is open to criticism in many ways. The chorus work throughout tbe entire work was,as a w hole, very fair, ami some things really quite artistic. The opening ( horns was taken up with much spirit and precision, which showed careful work on the part of the conductor. The second otic, He Shall I'urify, was oue of the bust attempts made, by the chorus, which was finely rendered, every word being distinct, and articulation good, this being a characteristic of the en tire work. The poorest rendition of the w hole oratorio was that of the Hallelujah chorus, where the singers were about one beat away from the conductor all the time, and even the parts were not together. The orchestra deserves credit for at tempting such a work as this, and under the circumstances did fairly good work. Of the soloists there really was but one deserving of special mention, Madame Martinez, though Mrs. Llewellyn did very good work in "He Was Despised." Madame Martinez showed herself a thorough artist, although her voice shows wear and at times a little harsh; neverthe less she shows study and intelligence, which made it plain that she was truly an artist. Her best work was done in Come Unto Me. Mrs. Llewellyn has a fair voice. Wt'n some cul ivation. but not enough finish. She sang He Was Despised very effect ively and with much feeling. Mr. Werner took the tenor part and Mr. Huebner the bass. May we sustain a choral society in Los Angeles that will bring out such works as this every year, and thereby help to edu cate the tastes of our musically inclined city. This same work will be given at Pasa dena the 27th, with the same chorus and orchestra, but different soloists, under the direction of J. Stuart Taylor. YEN DIG DEPOSITS FORFEIT For the Maher=Fitzsimmons Match at El Paso McAleer of Los Ange'es Is Transferred to the Professional Class of Pushers of Bicycle Pedals San Francisco, Dec. 20.—The track at Ingleside was in frightful condition today, the very heavy storm of last night having converted it into n bed of mud, knee deep. Not a single favorite was able to cross the wire first. Tenacity, at 50 to 1, furnished the biggest upset of the day. Ed Corrigan's colt, lxowalsky, easity defeated MacDon ough's crack lilly Imp. Miss Drummel, in the 2-year-old race. Summaries: Six furlongs—Bueno won, W. H. Munson second, Zoolein third; time, 1:20. One miki and a quarter —Julia O. won, Cadmus second, Tnx third; time. 2:16. One mile—Tenacity won. Highland sec ond, Kamairo third; time. I:4OJ*. Six furlongs—liow-al ky won. Miss Brummel second, William Pinkerton, third; time, 1 :lt*'-j. Seven furlongs—Jack Richelieu won. Fred Gardner second, Foremost third; time, 1:33. A jury in the police court returned a ver dict of guilty today against (feorge Givens, one of die men arrested a few days ago for conducting a down-towii pool room in vio lation of the law. Ingleside Races The following is the list of entries and weights of the races to be run at Ingleside today, which are posted at the l.os Angeles Turf club, 212 South Spring street. Comm issions received on these races and full description of each event: First race, three-fourths of a mile, selling— .lake Johnson ,01, Magpie 00, Outrightoß, The King .07, Little Mid 105, lioadrunner .uT, Centurion 101. I'odiga 101. St. Wngali 96. Marling 101, Ida .-nuer 06 s con J race, thr- e-inurt lis of a mile, selling— Hazard 10-, Waller J. lc S, Doubtful 10S, Tho rc-sia 105, I'ulloek 105. Third race, Haggln slake.*, three-fourths of a miic, '2-year-olds— Belle Boyd lil">, can t l ance 118, Tenacity '08, Ramsln IS, Wsb.pi kerton 109 Sir Play 105, bailie Clicquot luj, Grady los, Argentina 1 0, i aliente 118. Corrigan stable entry, couple, Cant Dar.co and - ens' lty. g. li. Morris 1 stable entry, couple, .sir Play and sslUe Cliqtiot. Fourth race, one mile—Whitastone 110 Mo. deiocio 08. MonitfJ • Gal aut 110, Santiago no, Ferrier us. Flashlight ms, Libertine 118, Dungarven HO,P tertheSeoond IOC Fifth race three .ourths of • mile, selling— S units 99, Abl P 101, Ch inner 101, Imp Ivy 101, Oonde 104, Service 104, Pat Murphy 98, Realization lot, Mamie Scott 90, Clacquer 1114, W. 1.. MimsoD 101 Sixth race, one mi'e and three-ixteenths, over hurdles—Bellrlnger 152, J. O, ('. 149, Ore gon Eclipse laß, Silverado 135, Rob Roy 182, Tom Clarke 128, Nellie G 138, Esperanea 28, Cicero 125. Alexis l-..">. White Cloud Ua, Un certainty 12"'. Forfeit Deposited New YoBK, Dec. 20.—Joe Vendig today deposited with Richard K. Fox a check for $1000, which he has received from Dan Stuart as a guarantee that Bob Fitzsim mons would meet Peter Maher at El Paso, Texas, February 14th. . John J. Quinn, manager for Maher, sends word that he will arrive in this city next Thursday morning with $1000 to post for Maher. Many bets are being made on the liiilit at tip-town hotels. Maher is a slight favorite. San Francisco, Dec. 20,—Tho racing board of the League V merican Wheelmen has transferred Thomas McAleer from l.os Angeles to the professional class and W. A. Taylor and Canby Hewitt from class A to class B. INDICTMENTS RETURNED The Bayncliniate Grand Jury Finds Four Indictments-.Holiday Adjournment "SAH DIEGO, Dec. 20.—The grand jury re turned four indictments today against Frank Wilson, the saloon keeper, who had the tight with revolvers with Officers Cota, Warner and Mclnnea last Monday night. A good part of the day was taken up by the grand jury in investigating the Wilson mutter. Considerable time, however, was devoted to Clifton E. Mayne, w ho was only allowed to return to his hotel, which he did on account of failing strength; This evening the jury appeared in de partment two. and Foreman W. E. Howard informed the court that the jury wished to adjourn until Monday. January li, and Judge l'uierbaiigh signified his approval. The jurors were then allowed to go. A member of the jury remarked last night that there waa a great deal of work to be dope yet and that final adjournment would not take place for about live weeks. Dr. Price's Baiting Powder's good work covers a period of over forty years. STATE PROPERTY The Vitlcultural Commission Busy Digging t'p Lost Articles San Francisco, Dec. U'O.—Secretary Winfleld Scott and his associates on the board of viticulture, in compliance with the demand made upon them by the state hoard of examiners for an accounting of state property in their possession, are very busy complying with the wishes of the examiners. Secretary Scott has catalogued almost tho entire library of 1000 volumes and thus far has only missed about ten vol umes of value, and he thinks that most of the missing books may yet be found. Much of the property in the labratory und experimental department, which was not accounted for In the first inventory, has been dug up and listed, and Secretary Scott says that tlte state hoard of exam iners will Und, when they peruse the new inventory, that everything of value has l 'een ettfsfactorily accounted lov Hruught Hack Home Oakland, Uec. 21. —Leila Bowen, tho 14-year-old school girl who left this city about two weeks ago in company with Waiter Emory, a young man about town, was brought home today from Sacramento by her father, where the young couple have been living ever since their disap pearance from tins city. Bargains—Bouks and Presents. Conn- to us for these. The Century En graving Co., 233 fc>. Spring street. LOS ANGELES HERALD: SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 21, 1895. AN AGED COUPLE KILLED By a Santa Fe Train Yesterday Morning MR. AND MRS. J. T. LINK They Were Whirled From the Track Into a Ditch No One Witnessed the Accident—The Rail road Company Exonerated From All Blame-How It Occurred J. T. Link and wife, an aged couple, were killed by a Santa Fe train near Na deau Park yesterday morning about 8:15 oclock. They were going In a buggy across the railroad track and did not know of the presence of the engine until it struck them. Both were killed instantly. It was about S oclock when Mr. and Mrs. Link got into their buggy and bade farewell to their son-in-law. If. C. Heyer, and their daughter and started to drive to this city. Tho house is about sixty feet from the track, which is crossed by a pri vate road. Over this the old couple went and turned into a roa I parallel with the railroad, intending to go to Central Avenue station to cross to the road which loads to los Angeles. They had gone but a short distance before they turned and went back toward the first crossing. The train from Redondo Beach was coming at that moment, and just as the rig was on the track ran into it and whirled the occupants into a ditch on the south side, carrying the horse about ;>0l) feet further down the track. The train was stopped a 9 soon as possi ble and backed to the scene of the tragedy, where the train crew and passengers gaiti ered around tlie remains. The couple were lying close together and had been carried only ten feet from the crossing. Mr. Link's head was crushed on the back and his chest was stove in. The back of his wife's skull was also crushed, her left limb was nearly severed aud her arm was broken. Mr. Heyer and his wife were summoned and their grief was terrible. Tlie bodies were removed to Central avenue station, a short distance west, and Coroner Campbell notified. In company with Mr. Beamer and P. W.Ross of the railroad he got a special train and was hurried to where the bodies lay. Ihe re mains were taken to the undertaking par lors of Kregelo & Bresee after the coroner had seen thorn. An inquost was held during the after noon, when a verdict of accidental death was found, the company and trainmen be ing exonerated. Charles Pitman, the engineer, stated that for quite a distance is a level stretch of road, by the fatal crossing. He saw the couple drive across the track, the top of the buggy being up. They turned Into the wagonroad, parallel with the track, and drove but a few yards before the horse turned and started back. When within thirty feet of the crossing, to his horror, there dashed on the track the same, horse and buggy he had observed on die side of the road. He applied the air brakes, reversed the engine and blew the whistle and did all that was possible tn save the people trom their danger, but to no purpose, for the engine struck ihe horse and the seat of the buggy. Tne fire man saw nothing of the affair, except when the collision took place. There is some question as to why the old people turned back when they saw the train. It was at first thought probable that they had forgot some article at the house and were returning for it, but Mr. Heyer testitled that he had searched the house carefully and had discovered noth ing that had belonged to their relatives, so this could scarcely have been the reason for their return. The most probable theory is that advanced by the coroner. He said that the horse was very young, and, becoming scared at tlie approaching train, suddenly wheeled and darted away from the object of its fright and ran on the Hack, the engineer testifying that when he saw the horse it was running over the cros sing. Mr. Link was 76 years of ag"> and his wife 70. They have seven children and lived in hit ier where they had recently erected a fine home. THE MILITARY ELECTION Only Two Candidates to Be Voted on To. night The election of the colonel for the new regiment of the National Guard has called several officers of the military to Lis An geles. The new regiment has received no number as yet, but has bten formed from the old -eventh and Ninth regiments. The election takes place at the Armory tonight. The candidates for the position have all backed down but two, and they are Lieu tenant-Colonel John R. Berry of the late Seventh regiment, and Major M. T. t Iwens of the brigade staff. There is really more of barrelling and politics in these military ek-clfjas than in a Republican primary. Dr. Price's Baking Powder received high est award at the world's fair. (term nia LoJge O. ol W. A lodge of the Order of tho World was instituted last night with a membership of llfty members, principally of German nativity. Accordingly it was named the Gevmania lodge. Following aro the results of the election and installation: Past presi dent. E. Elaner; president, B. Magee; V. P., Henry Timm: secretary, Edward Stu eiz; treasurer, A. H. Brockamp; marshal, H. Ander: guard, Joseph A. Buehaer; chaplain, Theo. Friesse; sentinel, J. Timm: trustees, Emil Overweg, 11. Pflrmann and H. Gerkens. A banquet was later served in Turner hall, the order in general, Mrs. Andrews, A. L. Apffel and K. Magee being toasted. Lady Scenic Representative Mrs. Emilia L. Phillips of tho passenger department of the Pacillc Coast Railway, has tukeu up her headquarters in Los Angeles. She has adopted the title of Cali fornia scenic representative and has the endorsement of the Santa Fe and the P.ay inond & Whitcomb Excursion company. She hopes to be able to take up a party on the coast line from Santa Barbara and promises them some of the rarest scenery in California. All the baking powders exhibited at the Chicago fair, except one, were found to contain alum or ammonia. Koyal Baking Powder is absolutely pure. Glory and the Church The Hag was raised for tho first time on the American Baptist church yesterday morning in order that a photograph might be taken in "full dress."' An entertain ment is being arranged for tbe .'ld of Janu ary, at which time a beautiful flag is to be presented for the permanent use of this building. Old Glory looked at its best on the top of the graceful tower. The binding, is rapidly nearing completion and is an ornament to lhat portion of the city. Private Detectives Fight Private Detectives Hank Coyne and P. E. lirentner got into a light in the Wilson block last evening over some furniture which Coyne said lirentner had attached and removed from his ollice while the former was absent in Mexico. Brentnor struck Coyne with an umbrella and the Other retaliated, so Brentner claims, by hitting him on the head with a revolver. Coyne was arrested by < Hth-cr Davis and charged with battery. He was released on depositing $20. Brentner applied at the receiving hospital for medical treatment. Her Clothes In a Blaze One of the women on Alameda street, and occupying crib No. 823K, received some slight burns last night about 10 oclock. She stood over a coal oil stove, and her dress caught fire. She ran scream ing into the street, and f Iflieer Henderson and an emp oye at one of the saloons, by name Gus, tore the blazing garments from the woman and saved her from serious if not fatal injury. Her left hand and the back of her neck were burned. HURT AT BARSTOW An Injured Man Brourht to the City Yesterday Joe Gooding, a trainman employed at I'arstow, was brought to the city yesterday afternoon on the overland train suffering from a bad flesh wound, received in Coup ling cars. He was taken to the Sisters' hospital. Krogolo A Breeso's handsome new ambu lance made its inaugural trip with Good ing as the passenger. The vehicle arrived Thursday ami was constructed in Cincin nati especially for the local house. It has a couch and a stretcher, providing accom modations for two injured persons. There are also seats for attendants. The run ning gear is very easy. DEMOCRATIC POSTMASTER General John R. Matthews Has Been Confirmed by the Senate He Will Enter on His Duties as Soon as His Bond Can Be Sent to Washington and Returned General John R. Matthews has been nominated by the president and confirmed by the senate as postmaster of Los An geles, and as soon as the necosssary bond can be prepared and forwarded to Wash ington for approval by the postofflce authorities the new officer will enter on the discharge of his duties, succeeding the re publican incumbent.Henry V. Van Dusen. Yesterday morning General Matthews re ceived a telegram from Senator Stephen M. White staling lhat his name had been sent to the senate, and iv the afternoon another dispatch from the senator saying that he had succeeded in securing his im mediate confirmation, without having the nomination referred in the regular routine to the committee on postoffiees and post masters, which would have caused con siderable delay. General John R. Matthews, the new post master, is one of the best known Demo crats in the State, having an extended acquaintance from San Diego to Siskiyou. He was born in St. Lonia, Mo., in IS4S, and educated at Washington university. Iv ISS'.i he removed to Lo S Angeles, where he entered into a partnership with his brother in tho commission business, and has since made this city his home. Gen eral Matthews has always taken an active part in the commercial affairs of Los An gslss, and was largely instrumental in or ganizing the board of trade and chamber of commerce, in military matters the general also took a deep intsrest and was tne lirat brigadier-general of the N". G. C. south of the Tehachapi, having been com missioned by Governor Stonemau. Owing to his great personal popularity he was nominated for the assembly In 1890, and carried his district, although there was a Republican majority of 1400 against him, by lOS-s votes. Two years later General Matthews was nominated* f r the senate, and was again victorious, d-'eating Wal er S. Moore. At the Santa B ,rbara convention, when tho Ddinocrats r used to nominate a candidate for con g ssman, and after at Los Angeles, i ti ll used Cannon, Gen. Matthews took an aivepart. He declined to allow the use o his name as a candidate, although im portuned so to do, and was the consistent friend of Senator White throughout. In the senate, too. Gen. Matthews gave Sen ator White hia hearty support, and worked faithfully for his election. Gen. Matthews is a man of fine executive ability, and will doubtless administer the affairs of his offlof, in a manner creditable to himself as well the administration which appointed him. Henry V. Van Dusen. the retiring pos - master, is a Union veteran, who lost an arm at Games Hill, before Richmond, in I*o2. He was captured, and spent some time in Lihhy prison, suffering great hard snips. Mr. Van Dusen was appsintetl post master by President Harrison in 1801. He had served a terrain the city council from the first ward, hut at the time of his appointment was in the insurance business on the Last Side. He was a compromise candidate, but has made a faithful and efficient officer, and will leave the ofllce with the best wishes of citizens at large, irrespective of politics. Several weeks ai;o Captain Seamans re signed as assistant postmaster, and Mr. Van Dusen. In anticipation of the change, appointed Wm. F. Humphreys, a son of John F. Humphreys, and nephew of G-n. Matthews, to till the vacancy. Gen. Mat thews will therefore enter on his duties with an assistant thoroughly trained in the routine of tho office—an advantage which can be readily appreciated. Dr. Prices Baking Powder is moat eco nomical because it's best. THE MAYNE PARTY Sheriil Burr and His Prisoner Did Not Get in rrnm Sa n iliego Sheriff Burr and Deputy Martin Aguirre were expected to renin from San Diego last evening with Clifton E. Mayne, Mrs. Stiipton and Iter daughter Delia, but the party failed to put in an appearattee. At tl,e jail there were several theories as to why the program had not been carried out, (Inewas that perhaps the rain had been heavier south than here, and that Sheriff Burr was afraid to start with his prisoner on account of his health. Another was that they had started, when Mayne was taken sick on tho tram, and they had to get off at some point along the line that he might receive medical attention. Mill an other was that tho party had arrived and gone to a hotel in place of going to the jail. A telegram to Tin: Hkbald's San Diego correspondent brought he information that Mayne will be brought back to this city this morning. Science has demonstrated that Royal is not only the purest, but the strongest baking powder. Hence it makes more and better food. Sixteen members of tho chain gang struck yesterday morning by refusing to go out and work with the rest of the crew. They will be placed on a diet of bread and water until they come to the terms of the well-known but unpopular hotel in whicli they lodge. Special Sale tor This Day S. Conradl, jeweler, No. 113 S. Spring street, will dispose of solid gold and gold filled watches, silver and silver-plated goods, clocks and other heavy goods at a discount of °.U per cent, for cash, this day. Ha c to dispose of goods, as I have no room to display them. •= — Carpets and Draperies (ioo I lace curtains, Hue n pair. Fin lush point lace curtains, 13 50 a pair. Eso licni quality portieres, ?3 a pair, Smyrna rugi. 7 'tear«. Angora rugs, $- eaoa, Ing am carpet. 800 per sard. Tape try Brussels, 800 per yard. Mair carpet, 200 per vara. Mouuetlc carpet, -fl per yard. t.'. A. JULiP, ida South Broadway THE SUNSET CLUB MEETING Feast for the Intellect and the Grosser Man PLAYGROUND OF AMERICA Subject Considered by the Members Yesterday Evenlof Harry Ellington Brooks, James Slauson snd Louis Vetter the Leading Speakers—Out. line ol the Discussion Tho regular monthly meeting and dinr. er of the Sunset club was held at Jerry 11- Ik'h's cafe at t> oclock yesterday evening. After every one had paid his respects to the generous spread Harry Ellington Brook read the principal paper of the evening, on rue Playground of America; or How Americans Amuse Themselves. The gen tleman said in part: A Frenchman has said, with some truth: "The English take their pleasures sad y." That it was not always so, the ancient ap pellation. "Merrie England," proves. Cer tain it is, however, that the common |>eo ple of England no longer enjoy their vil lage sports on the green as they did in the days of "Bluff King Hal" and "liood Q teen Bess." "What has been said of tho English in litis respect has, until recently, been still more true of Americans. The founders of the nation were inclined to regard all forms of amusement as questionable, if not sin ful. Then, the intense struggles for exis tence waged by American pioneers, with a sterile soil, with savages and with a for eign ruler, have left their imprint on the national mind. "Again, until recently we have had no leisure class. Even today it is numerically insignificant. Paul Bourget says: "At what time of day do they die here? At what time do they love. At what time do they think. At what time, indeed, are they men, nothing but men," as old Faust said, "and not machines for work or loco motion. It is no wonder that paresis and other fashionable diseases multiply. " 'f late there has been a change. Ath letics are the rage, but with characteristic American earnestness these sports have been transformed into a matter of serious, hard work. With these conditions before us are we not justified in hoping that in this favored land of Southern California the American race may learn to unbend—to pause in the mad rush for wealth; to develop the best in their spiritual and physical faculties; to see with appreciative eyes the manifold beauties of nature, and to realize that there is something desirable in life beside the material. " Whai corner of earth is more inviting. The climate resembles that under which nourished the arts, the sciences, the cult ure, the Olympic games of Greece; a cli mate in which mere existence is a pleasure, md. moreover, a climate wdiich possesses the rare quality of being good all the year round. ' "We should commence work upon a system of hard, level, sprinkled highways, shaded by trees. Tne best of road mate rial exists here in abundance. " Ihe mountains should be made more accessible by good roads and trails by plain, comfortable inns and club houses, upen to the average citizen of moderate means. "At the seaside resorts we need more shady avenues, more promenades, free from dust and sand, electric lights on walks and wharves, with good music daily throughout the season. Yachting has been almost entirely neglected on an ocean that is so well adapted to this healthy sport. In a section SO inviting to outdoor activ ity, we might, perhaps, revive, with some modifications, the Olympic games of Greece. We should take advantage of the atten tion already direc ed to Southern Califor nia, among ■ wner, of thoroughbred horses, as a good loca i .n or wuner quarters. Little hss yet be- n done to develop and popularize the m.neral springs that abound between Santa Barbara and San Diego. In Los Angeles city we need that much-talked-of tourist hotel. Elysian park should be improved. A botanical garden should be located there, to secure which steps have already been taken, also a zoological collection, especially represen tative of animal life iv Southern Califor nia. We should have a large, well-con structed hall, with the necessary rooms and offices, for the use of conventions and other gatherings, for flower and fruit festi vals and similar entertainments combined with promenade concerts. Los Angeles is well provided with regu lar theatrical performances, but there is room for one or more well-conducted places where musical and other light enter tainments might be enjoyed al fresco, after the style of the Tivolis that are found everywhere on the continent of Europe. These are feeble suggestions of a few things that we might do to enhance the great natural attractions with which na ture has endowed this, our land of sun shine, for the double purpose of making our own lives more pleasant and of divert ing hither a larger portion of the tide of travel that now seeks recreation in foreign lands. Thousands of transient visitors may be induced to become permanent residents and to aid in developing the yet unfathomed possibilities of the most fav ored portion of God's footstool inhabited by a free, enlightened and progressive people. The next speaker was James Slauson, who gave an able talk upon the sume sub ject. In part he said: "In considering the question of 'The Playground of America,' lmw Americans amuse themselves, and comparing them with Europeans, we must consider that amusement is much a matter of sentiment, local custom, and environment. Foreign ers, aa a nil , are more given to spending leisure hours than are our countryman. We are, to a great extent, a dollars and cents people, and of necessity any young nation must bo. "In our land, the matter is different, and one chief factor of our present sin cc s as a nation, is the strong competition found in all grades of society. "In the old country, there is a large num ber of the leisure class, men who have not their positions to make nor their future to provide for. They are reared and edu cated, knowing these facts, take different views of life, and live in a way that can be but little imitated in this country. The Americans are a rapid nation, one to see quickly, to learn quickly, and have born in them many cosmopolitan finalities, which adapt them rapidly to new phases and conditions. Our country is yet too new—there has had to be too much pioneering done—too few resting places in the struggle, for our people to take interest in more than the duty or demand of the pressing moment However, that time is passing: we are in the transition period, and much depends in the future training in right ways and channels of the leisure class wo tire now getting. Continuing, Mr. Slauson pointed out how, by gradual growth, the American people would come into a better way of living so as to get more out of life. Louis T. Votter followed with am ex cellent paper, adding many new thoughts to those already advanced. Following is an ou line of his remarks: "The early Americans were too much occupied in carving out a national destiny to devote much time to amusements. Yet this same crucial experience has produced a people who, today, in out-door sports re quiring physical endurance and mental capacity, stand second to none on the face of the globe. Americans are, by inherit ance, in earnest, and find reward for effort lin success. The leisure class thus far developed in America can, as a majority, be stamped as more insignificant personally than numer ically. This fault lies hi the fact that the usually sensible antl honorable men who amass the fortunes with which the past quarter of a century has made us familiar, do not themselves lay aside the cares of life for enjoyment, but at death leave chil dren reared in a false atmoaphore of moral worth to spend the accumulated wealth. Traveling for pleasure and sight-eeeing can scarcely be made popular iv America, for tlie reason that while there is ample di versity of scenery aud interesting geo graphical and national features, the dis tances and absence of convenience are too great. Herein lies the advantage of a sec tion of country like Southern California. It is probable that nil the good things suggested by Mr. Brook for making South ern California more attractive to visitors and residents alike may come to pass, and in that event it will bo indeed The Play ground of America. The subject was then thrown open to general discussion, which was carried on ut a lively rale until the lime for adjourn ment arrived. Those present were: Fred L. Alles, Norman Bridge, Harry Ellington Brook, Robert N. Bulla, P. W Burnett, W. H. (Hark. Charles Cassatt Davis, J. H. Davisson, T. A. Kisen.J.M. Klliott, John P. Francis, 1). Freeman, Frank A. Gibson, M. L. Graff, L. A. Groff, W. H. Holabird. Burt Kates Howard, Sum ner P. Hunt. Frank W. King, Abbot Kin ney, Enoch Knight, J. O. Koeptli, H. W. Latham, Chad s K. Liimmis, H. VV. O'Mol veny, Geo. W. Parsons, W. C. Patterson, R. W Poindexier, Lucien Shaw, James Slauson, J. 8, Slauson, Ben C. Truman, Jay 11. Utley, Louis F. Votter, K. H. Wade. H. H. Whitehead, Charles Dwight Willard and Win. Lemoyne Wills. THE CHARITY. BASE BALL OAME Is Postponed Till Later, on Account ol the Rain The great charity base ball game has been postponed on account of the rain. Another week has been given to the gilded athletes of the California club and the Ab botsford Inn to conipleto their training. Next Saturday will witness the awful struggle at Athletio park, the entire pro ceeds of the game going to charity. Joe Bumiller has got a ball with a rubber attachment, and practices seductive curves at all hours of the day and night, regard less of person or place. It is rumored that Willie Childs refuses to shave, so lhat he may present a ferocious front to the oppos ing pitcher. All the members of the two nines, as part of their preparatory training, went on Friday night to hear l)e Wolf Hopper recite "Casey at the bat," and gain a few points on the subjugation and subsequent slaughter of inconvenient umpires. Ihe full teams are not yet made up, but at present the members of the California club look superciliously upon denizens of the Abbotsford. while the latter beings have constantly concealed about their per sons a fine assortment of godlike sneers and Homeric frowns, with which they lib erally bespatter their hated opponents whenever they meet. The Whittier school football eleven will play the University of Sou hern California at the latter's grounds this afternoon. ■BsVkVHM Gives IBS Bt9 Prompt antl Permanent Re,,ef KEff-ffpTS Price 50 Cents £■■■■■■0 All Druggists LA ROE STOCK OP Holiday Goods' . . . AT . . . Low Prices HANDKERCHIEFS, MUFFLERS, NIGHT ROBES, DRESS SHIRTS, FANCY SHIRTS, SUSPENDERS, NECK DRESS, HOSIERY, UNDERWEAR, GLOVES, Etc. See Our Window Display 112 South Spring Street OPP. NADEAU HOTEL ALSO 748 and 750 Market street, S. F. 1038 Market St., San Francisco. Montgomery St., San Francisco. Shirt Factory-635 Market St., S. F. 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