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Holt, superintendent of circulation of the Los Angeles Daily Herald, being first duly sworn, deposes and says: That for the five months from February 1, 1897, tc June 80, 1897 (Inclusive), the total circu lation of the aald Dally Herald was 1,290,635 copies, being an average daily circulation •f 8604. That the week-day circulation during tht above time was 1,071,567, being a daily aver age of 8306 copies That the Sunday circulation during the above time was 219,059, being an average fd each Sunday of 10;431. L. M. HOLT, Superintendent of Circulation. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 19th day of July, 1597. FRANK J. COOPER. Notary Public in and for the County of Los Angeles. State of California. THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER lU, 1807. GOLD AND FAMINE The arrival at San Francisco yester dsy of the steamer Excelsior with $1, --000,000 in gold forms an agreeable varia tion fiom the diminishing stories that have accompanied the other recent ar rivals of steamers from that section of th* country. It is said that of the sixty- Ihree passengers on board the Excelsior all but two brought money. This does not signify, by any means, that all the others got rich, and It may be well to sccept with a reservation the statement regarding the amount of the treasure cargo. In another and an equally Important respect, the Excelsior's passengers agreed with those who have come down on previous boats, and that is regard ing the danger that starvation and other cruel hardships will be experienced by those who remain in Dawson City through the winter. They say there are already seven thousand people at that place, with more coming in every day, and that provisions are already running short. To add to the difficulties of the situation, the prospects of getting further supplies into the city before apring are very remote. At this distance the people can only shudder at the prospect and hope for the best. If there is anything that the government can do in the way of pro viding against possible contingencies, steps should be takenat once. WEED THEM OUT A careful reading of the account in yesterday's Herald of the meeting of the board of police commissioners will con vince the most indifferent that e'terna! Vigilan.ce, the strict enforcement of the ordinances and conservative policy gen erally are essential in dealing with the laloon question in this city. Tuesday night a protest was filed by •lght property owners who discovered that an application had been filed for a license for a saloon to be located within a block and a half of a public school building and in the same block in which the Newsboys' home Is situated. It is not likely that this application will be granted. The attention, of the commissioners was called to a saloon on South Spring that had been formerly conducted in a disreputable manner. There wer; several small rooms in, the rear that had been used ar, wine rooms. These were afterward, taken out. but it seems that they have recently been restored. Th* matter came up through a petition for a transfer of license, and was postponed for a week, after which the board made an examination of the premises. The board would be justified in refus ■ Ing a license to any saloon that main tains wine rooms. These places are used for the most evil purposes and have beer the cause of the downfall of an appalling number of young men and girls. They sue the resort of the lowest classes. It is only necessary Jto recall the evidence In tha case of the "Four Hundred" saloon, the license of which was recently revoked by tbe board, ln order to understand how vile some of these places are. The decently conducted saloons, that comply with the laws and do not pander to the worst elements, have nothing to fear from a conservative policy on the part of the police board. Their proprie tors should rejoice, and doubtless manj of them do rejoice, in the efforts that are made to eliminate the most disre putable features from the saloon busi ness. The police board will find the press and the public behind it in its endeavors ,to attain this praiseworthy end. THE OHIO CAMPAIGN Upon the surface there is not the ap pearance of the greatest activity in the Ohio contest, but that tremendous ef forts have been put forth secretly may be presumed from the known energy and industry of Hanna. The surface work will be done later and after the proper foundation has been laid for it. Hanna is inordinately ambitious and defeat would put an end to his political career, not only as a senatorial aspirant but would impair his power as chairman of the national committee of his party. There has been irrefragible evidence that he is able to command money without limit, and also that patronage, state and national, is at his disposal. The president has taken pains to dis play his favoritism at all times, and es pecially during his recent trip to Ohio. The issue ot the campaign is not elec tion of the state ticket, but of a legisla ture that will make Hanna senator, and everything that is necessary will be traded off to accomplish this one ob ject. The Republican stale convention in dorsed Hanna, or practically nominated him for senator and closeci the door to any other candidacy. John R. McLean of the Cincinnati En quirer Is known to be a candidate on the Democratic side, but his party has not taken action that precludes support of any other man. The Republicans of the state are called upon to elect a man whose po litical methods are more corrupting than any which have beer, employed ln America, and to set the seal of approval upon a bossism that dictates to con gress, to the president, to a great po litical party and to the country. How far Republicans of Ohio are bound to the Juggernaut of the party machine will be made known at the election. Hanna is not a statesman, nor does he possess large information on any great subject. He has energy and wealth, andi has learned how to manage politics with dexterity. Ohio has had many great senators and some rather small ones, but so far as natural endowment and attainment are concerned, Hanna is the least of all. His ability is that of a mere political manipulator, a quality with which statesmanship is not apt to be associated. SWEPT CLEAN The Merchants and Manufacturers' association at lis meeting last Monday night took up in earnest the question of street cleaning. The association is strongly in favor of the "man-to-a block" system, which has already beer: outlined in these columns. The opinion was unanimous that something must b; done, owing to the failure of the present system,or to the neglect of the officials to properly carry out that system, and the block plan seems to be the most feasiblo and efficient of any that has been sug gested. The business men of the city are justi fiably Indignant over the present condi tion of the streets, and as heavy tax payers they have the right to demand either a radical change or an improve ment. The Merchants and Manufactur ers' association did not take up the mat ter for the purpose of merely protesting against the existing abuses. They will discuss it again next Monday right, when further light will have been ob tained and a movement will be inaugu rated that will undoubtedly produce gratifying results. Whatever the cause may be, the pres ent condition of the business streets is a disgrace to the city. About $20,000 a year is expended for street cleaning, but we do not by any means get the worth of the money in clean streets. While the business men of Spring street and other leading thoroughfares would perhaps be willing to contribute to a fund for street cleaning purposes, as Secretary Zeehandelaar suggests, that burden, ought rot to be imposed upon them unless it can. be shown that the annual appropriation for that purpose ihonestly and efficiently expended, is inadequate to produce the desired re sults. Our business men should not be mulcted because of dishonesty or inefficiency at the city hali. "THE RIGHT OF CONTRACT" It was only two months ago that Hen-j ry Clews of the Weekly Circular Letter came ttralnfully to the defense of Wall street and now we have F. B. Thurber, a New York groceryman, trying to help out the trusts with an article ir. the current North American Review en titled "The Right of Contract." Mr. Thurber does, nothing by halves; he at once proceed?, to place the trusts under the protecting aegis of the Constitution, Fortunate'}- one Thurber does not make a Oonstiltulo;.. Mr. Thurber asserts, to begin with, that legislation against trust* is an il legal "restraint of trade," and he cites the Constitution of the United States as follows': Article 1, section 10, sa>ys: "No state .shall past? any law impairing the obligation of contracts." Then he cites the railroad anti-pooling law, Sherman anti-trust law and the decision of the supreme court in the Transmif souri Freight association case as illus tration of the "impairment of contract" in violation of the Constitution. It is very remarkable that Mr. Thur ber should have discovered that the Constitution was being violated, before LOS ANGELES HERALD: THURSDAY MORNING, SHFIKMBKR 16, 1897 the supreme court and the congress of the United States had even dreamed that such a terrible thing was being done, and the worst of It Is that these two co-ordinate departments of our government were partlceps criminls, so to speak. But Is a contract legal and therefore to be held inviolate by legislative bodies and by the courts merely because it Is a contract? Suppose that two men en ter into a contract to burglarize a cer tain house or to hold up a certain man and rob him? Should the police let them go because they have made a con tract to perpetrate a wrong? The courts have held) time and again that a trust is an unlawful contract. This paper has recently cited the deci sion of the Michigan supreme court in the Diamond Match case, a'decision that shows clearly the wrong and unlawful net's of a trust combination. A trus<t robs the man who seeks to enter into competition by taking from him the power to do business, or It prevents him from doing business except on such terms as it may dictate. Mr. Thurber next twangs an oft twanged string of the monopoly harp. He cites the cases of the Standard Oil company and the American Sugar Re fining company to show that the price of oil and sugar have steadily declined, and therefore that the oil trust andi sugar trust are to be regarded as l great public benefactors. What tommy rot! To tell the people that the price of oil has decreased 20 cents a gallon wholesale during the past 25 years and then attribute the credit for the decrease to the beneficent offices of the Standard Oil company is like the Republicans claiming the "credit" for the recent rise in the price of wheat. Cheap oil (and oil is not as cheap as it would be under free competition) Is not sufficient to compensate for the menace that the Standard Oil company has be come to the country from the enormous power it has acquired through itsprofits in the oil business. That power has been injuriously used. Nor would it impair the assertion that trusts are a menace, if it had not been injuriously used. The courts have held that it Is dangerous for any man or corporation to be possessed of sotch power, whether that power be used or not, and It was not intended that a monopoly should have that power. Mr. Thurber might declaim from now until doomsday to the effect that trusts area benefit to the country and people would not believe him unless they lacked sense or were tarred in some way with the monopoly stick. The "right of contract" is all right, Mr. Thurber, provided you make the right kind of contracts. POLICE IMPROVEMENTS The city council yesterday rejected the proposition of M. P. Thye to es tablish a police signal box system for the city, but that does not signify that the Idea of providing such an Improve ment has been abandoned. On the con trary It Is expected that arrangements will be made that will cal! for bids for providing a signal box system and it is likely that within a few months the project will be well under way. While the details have not been fully arranged, it is known that they con template, in addition to the signal box system, the establishment of branch po lice stations Ira three of the four new fire stations that are to be built in va rious parts of the city. Los Angeles ex tends over a great deal of territory, and the branch stations will undoubtedly be a great convenience. As for the sig nal boxes, every large city in the coun try has them, and they have come to be a necessity to a well regulated police department. It does seem, however, that the best thing to do to improve the efficiency of the local police department, after pro viding the signal system, Is to increase the force to a basis demanded by the size of the city. The signal system will help to a considerable degree to make up for the smallness of the force, but it cannot take the place of men altogether. For another thing, a police ambulance is needed more than branch police sta tions. THANKSGIVING DAY ORANGES The new orange crop is making fine progress toward maturity. Like that of last year, it will be very early. There will be no difficulty in getting plenty of highly colored oranges for the holiday trade. At Porterville, in Tulare county, a Mr. Frost is preparing to send east a few cars bearing the legend ' Thanks giving Oranges." Last year we got out a good many early in December, and we shall prob ably do so this year. There are many advantages In an early season. There Is always a good demand for the fruit at holiday time for trimming Christmas trees and dinner tables. The picking of part of the crop from a tree at an early date allows the others to grow to a larger size. By be ginning early the marketing of the crop is extended over a longer time and there is less risk of glutting the markets. The. danger from frost is most fre quently about February, and if the crop has been moving pretty freely for ten weeks or more before such a catastrophe it is pleasant to know that half the crop perhaps has been disposed of and that where the cold was damaging there was less fruit to injure This last contingency, however, is sc rare that it scarcely enters seriously into our calculations. The one serious objection to early ship ment is that the juices do not fully ma ture until February and March and the fruit does not do Itself Justice with the consumer before that time. The crop this year will be the largest yet harvested here, and we hope the growers will meet with no disappoint ment of their hopes. The amount involved for the fruit, for labor and for boxes may reach $4,000, --000. PRESIDENT ANDREWS REMAINS President Andrews of Brown univer sity has reconsidered his resignation and will remain with the Institution. This news was hardly expected in view of the latest previous developments, but it is safe to say that Mr. Andrews re mains upon a basis entirely creditable to himself and which will in no wise in terfere with the stand he has taken up to this time upon the Issues of the day. It Is indicative of the individual feel ing among the students that they held a meeting of rejoicing immediately th 2 news became known, while the attitude of the faculty had already beer, made plain. As for the trustees, they will doubt less consider discretion the better part of running a university in the future. Judged by all the results. It is a good thing the Brown university incident oc curred. It should place educators De yond the lowering clutches of avarice and narrow prejudice. This incident has given President An drews a great deal of prominence before the country as a champion of the free silver cause, but r.o more than his moral courage, ripe scholarship ar.d Intellec tual ability should command. It has set The Herald to thinking that Bryan and Andrews would be a pretty good title for the ticket in 1900. An eastern editor was foolish enough to presume that a Princeton professor of archaeology must know more about western New Mexico than a California journalist, although the latter enjoys a national reputation as a specialist on Mexican Indians. Our distinguished fel low citizen, Charles F. Lummis. seems to have annihilated Professor William Lib bey in the first round of the "Mesa En can tad a" controversy. Professor F. W. Hodge, the ethnologist of the Smith sonian Institute, acted as referee and quit* emphatically gives Lummis the decision. In the encounter the Angeleno proved himself once more a pastmaster In the art of satire, a very rare art in these days of realism and "problems." The personal Inspection, of the boule vard in Elysian park by the park com missioners Tuesday was most timely. It will result ln precautions being taken that will avert the existing danger that the first heavy rains may wash away a considerable portion of the boulevard built last winter. An pipe will be placed at the point menaced to carry away the water, and a loss of thousands of dollars, the value of the work being considered, will be averted by the expenditure of not over $200. Thc j boulevard is to be one of the show places of the city, and it must be properly pro tected. One of the municipal platforms for the pending political campaign in. Boston demands license for gambling places and disorderly houses. It Is hardly nec essary to say that the platform belongs to John L. Sullivan. Furthermore, John says he will poll enough votes to beat Joslah Qulncy, who refused to shake hands with him. What a scandal to shock the classic shades of the Hub! Mr. Shaw, the Republican nominee for governor of lowa, says he has not yet made up his mib.d whether he will re move to Dcs Moines to live during his term. He Is of an economical disposi tion and hates to keep up two establish ments. Mr. Shaw might wait until after the election before publicly discussing this grave question. A West Virginia Judge has issued an injunction restraining preachers from holding divine services In the camps of the strikers. This is government by in junction gone mad. In Pennsylvania the priests have provided perhaps the chief Influence that prevents the Hun garian and Polish strikers from commit ting violence. It is taken for granted that the Ha waiian government has ratified the treaty annexing the Islands to the United States. But that does not an nex the islands. There are other things to be done before the undesired burden Is shifted to the shoulders of Uncle Sam. There must be either a radical change or a radical improvement in street cleaning methods. This city pays thou sands of dollars every year for the work and is er.tltled to efficient service. The air-gun fiends would better look out. The city attorney has prepared an ordinance calculated to abate the dan gerous nuisance, and there will be no de lay in its passage by the council. The actress, as a rule, should not fol low the example of the divine Sara and become addicted to the practice of fail ing off cliffs. There are too many cliffs and not enough life preservers. The Merchants and Manufacturers' association is in favor of trying the block street-cleaning system. Whyl should not the council at least test that plan? Two hundred pound druggists who assault 120 pound reporters do not al ways get the better of the encounter when, the costs are paid. The government and the insurgents In Uruguay have got tired of war and agreed upon terms of peace. Spain ought to send for the recipe. The tornado season is holding on pret ty late this year. It should try Its hand on Yellow Jack and let human beings alone. Woman's Portion "In marriage," said the old bachelor, as he mentally figured on the cost of a wedding present, "a woman gets every thing." "Tee," admitted the old maid, "she even gets the worst of it."—Chicago Post. THE PUBLIC PULSE (The Herald under this heading prlnti communications, but does not assume rf (ponslbllity for the sentiments expressed. Correspondents are requested to cultivate brevity as far as Is consistent with the proper expression of their view*.) Roger Williams ln History To the Editor of The Los Angeles Herald: Will you permit me to make a kindly criticism of a historical aliuslon In an editorial of last Saturday's Issue. In reference to President Andrews of Brown university, you speak c„ Con gressman Joseph Walker of Massachu setts as "a representative of thai nai row proscriptive spirit which drove Roger Williams from Mtto.ai husetts bay to Rhode Island." The historical misrepresentation Is so universal that its repetition may well be pardoned, but the truth is that Roger Williams was not driven, from the Mas sachusetts Bay colony for his religious opinions at all. And If there was any persecution or narrowness It was on the part of Williams and not the governor and magistrates of the colony. It made very little difference to Gov. Winthrop and the magistrates what Mr. Williams' religious views and opin ions might be, but when he chose to at tack the civil authority of the govern ment and denounce the validity of the charter and teach resistance to the laws framed under it, then the magistrates kindly warned him that such utterances were rot safely to be tolerated, because there was at that very moment a strong party in England represented by Arch bishop Laud which was seeking the revocation of the "Bay charter" and taking away from the colonists the lands which they had planted and the homes which they had established ln so much of privation, hardship and sor row. The story is too long to tell In a newspaper article. How the good Gov. Winthrop kindly remonstrated with him, pressing a piece of gold into his hand at the sad parting, as Williams tolls it. How the church at Salem, of which he was the minister, also re monstrated against his attacks upon the civil authority. How he turned his back in anger upon the people of that church, even refusing to say grace at the family table because his wife would not leave the church. And how, after he had established his new colony on the shores of the Narragansett, he naively tells how he took pains to pre vent just such attacks upon the civil authority as he had made at Massa chusetts. All this Is too long to tell here, but If one cares to know the truth and do justice to the founders of the first American commonwealth he can find it In John G. Palfrey's History of New England and still more in detail In the Rev. John Dexter's monograph on Roger Williams. C. F HARRIS. Pasadena, Sept. 13. Good to See a Familiar Face "It is funny," says the girl whose sum mering has carried her to many different places this season, "but one has such an affection for any one who comes from home when one is away. It is not neces sary to go abroad to have that over joyed feeling at seeing a familiar face. I was walking down one of the princi pal streets of a large city, where I was obliged to wait several hours for a train the other day, when I came suddenly upon a young man whom I knew ever so slightly, and thought even more slight ly of, when at home. But he was away from home and. my heart gave a sudden jump and actually throbbed with de light, and my greeting would have been a warm one if I had not discovered at the second glance that the passing man was a stranger, bearing only a re semblance to theacquaintance I thought him."—New York Times, A Just Complaint The Cook—Arrah, mum! Oi wish ye'd kape out uv the kitchen entolrely! The Mistress (faintly)—l only wish to make a few biscuits for my husband's supper, Bridget—that's all. The Cook (bursting Into tears)—Oh! thot's all, is It? An' yishterday avenlng ye only wantid to "make a few biscuits for my hoosban's supper," an' Danny Brennan, the cop, got hold ay wan ay thim boi mishtake an' ate it; an' God only knows will he iver call here again ut all, ut all!— Puck. The Only Great Man "There is one thing I must object to about that lady," said a rather timid young man. "The one who Insists upon being a 'new woman?' " "Yes She is inconsistent. We were discussing the question of what consti tutes re - al greatness. She expressed the opinion that there never was but on» great man, and that was Joan of Arc."— Washington Star. A Popular Candidate First Patriot—Mr. Greathead wan is ter be 'lected senator. Second Patriot—What kind o' man is he? First Patriot—Us boys called on Mm last night fer ter talk things over and I've gotter spllttin' headache this mornln'. Second Patriot—l'm fer 'im.—New York Weekly. No Mistake About That Blinks—By the way, I must introduce you to my friend Winks. He's one of the best fellows ln the world, a noble fel low, glorious fellow. He's had a great many ups and downs, Winks has. Jinks —Judging from your enthusiasm, he Is now on one of the ups.—New York Weekly. Good-Natured Inference "It Is my opinion," remarked Stoker, "that a man gets Just about what he j deserves in this world." "Allow me to congratulate you, old .man," put In Broker. "What good luck have you had?"— Chicago Journal. Another Dingley Blessing L It will be remembered that while gold %as discovered ln Alaska before the passage of the Dlngley bill, not much vfes known about It until after that nnesage became a law. —Peoria Herald. Two Names; Same Thing TSVe call laziness 'spring fever' In the splng." 'fts, and In the fall we call It 'mala riaw "—Chicago Record The Really Musical Laugh AY '-- *•• brought forth by one of your own Jokes; a,, laughs are more or less grating.—Atch ison (Kan.) Globe. Masculine, Feminine or Neuter? C. D. Willard of Los Angeles was reg istered at the Transcontinental yester day. He was selling typewriters.—Colton Chronicle. MM&tS ••• 1 The... I 1 Clothing I No Exception I Tremendous rush all over the house. New goods com ing in and going out hourly. We sell more Hats than we ever did. That's a great article, thai $1.90 Hat - It's acquaintance among the people is increasing to friendship, and $1.90 takes the best value in town. 201-203-205-207-209 West First St. I Los Alamitos Sugar § I= ' f <@> Absolutely puie. Quality guaranteed. Will preserve & fruit equal to any refinery product <^ g Ask Your Grocer For It X dtef New ant/ Secondhand M Furniture, Carpets, flatting and Stoves Hr Bought, Sold and Exchanged Sfi 1 1. T. MARTIN. 33i_33_3, South Spring St. Consumption Cured... "Treatise on Consumption" mnt free to any addbe B b - DR. W. HARRISON BALLARD, 406 6TXMPBON BLOCK. Corner Bering jwd Taira-gtreete. toi An—lee. CALIFORNIA OPINION The Pity of It The sad news comes by telegraph that a number of miners were killed Friday evening ln a battle between the strikers and deputies. O, the pity of it! The miners ask for only 15 cents a ton ad vance for digging coal. The new tariff gives the mine owners 30 cents a ton over the protection under the Wilson bill. The demand Is reasonable, and men should not be killed for asking but a fraction of the bounty their own gov ernment gives the mine owners. Those who want bounties from the government by political Influence or chicanery, or both, should not deny the laborer the pittance asked out of the generous and unearned subsidy bestowed upon them by a trust-fostering congress,—Santa Hosa Democrat. Advice From Outside Los Angeles is undecided about giving a Fiesta next year. About $18,000 Is needed and only one-half this amount has been raised, and that with a good deal of difficulty. The business men do not appear to be enthusiastic over the proposition. If the Fiesta committee will allow a word of suggestion from a disinterested outsider, we should ven ture to say, give us a rest on Fiesta for a year anyway. Our impression is that the people of Southern California gen erally have gotten very tired of the affair.—Riverside Press. Not to Be Admired We can't say that we admire the make up lately Introduced by some of the metropolitan newspapers, with the pages cut up in all sorts of measuresand head lines accordingly. This style of typo graphy reminds one of a piece of crazy quilt patchwork and Is annoying and irritating to the eyes of the average reader. —Escondido Times. Only Themselves to Blame As the writer was raised In that sec tion and knows something of the char acter of the Hungarians, Poles, Dagos and other degraded foreign elements Closed August 31st That Schilling's Best tea missing-word contest closed August 31st. We shall announce the winners and the word at the first possible moment. A $2000.00 missing-word contest begins at once. Schilling's Best baking powder and tea ars\ . because theyiare money-back. What is the missing word ? Every ticket taken from Schilling's Best baking powder or tea for one guess at the missing word. Send your ticket with your guess and name and address to MONEY-BACK, SAN FRANCISCO. which infest those coal regions we can appreciate the provocation and fury with which the mob attacked the sher iff's forces. It is a very dangerous ele ment, worse than the Chinese, which lives in that section. But if they damage property of the rich mine owners they have only themselves to blame for bring ing them in here and crowding out Americans. —Pasadena News. Let 'Em Roll Along- L. M. Holt, the veteran newspaper man, who is now with the Los Angeles Herald, is somewhat given to statistical deductions, and predicts that the United States is to have about thirteen years of prosperous times. In his paper read before the editorial meeting at Alpine tavern, a few weeks since, he gave rea sons for believing that we are on ths incoming tide of prosperity. After half a dozen such years as have been last past, the people can stand a succession of twice that number laden with pros perity. Let 'em roll along.—Long Beach Breaker. The Deadly Air Gun A boy would be less apt to do damage with a double-barreled shotgun, loaded with buckshot, for he would consider that kindi of a weapon dangerous and would handle it accordingly; but turn him loose with an air gun, wblch Is harmless (?) and the rest of the com munity better keep In their houses. —Col- ton News. A General Nuisance The small boy and the air gun form a combination that is dangerous if not deadly. Several serious accidents have happened in Los Angeles recently. In two cases the unfortunates lost an eye. There are several such Implements of warfare In Oceanside. —Oceanslde Blade. *A Question of Punctuation " "Why do the editorial writers of the country press and those of more ambi tious and presumably more correct news papers persist in misusing the dash when the comma is the proper mark of punctuation? —Azusa Pomotroplc.