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CHRISTMAS DAY SPORTS Fleet=Footed Hounds Pur= sue the Festive Jack FOOTBALL AT FIESTA PARK PAS ADEN ANS HAVE A WALK OVER WITH HIGH SCHOOL Games on Other Gridirons—Baseball at the Park Today—San Bernar dino Defeats Los Angeles Bunny had a bad time of it at the greyhound coursing races at Agricul tural park yesterday. Cut of the 2S un fortunate JackrabbltS that wore pursued by 56 swift and slim hounds, only two managed to reach burrows, to bo snapped up later on by a few freeboot ing greyhounds which had escaped the leash, when they presumed to come out of- their holes for a nibble at the stubby, dry grass of the infield. A finer day could not have been picked out for the matches. In the forenoon the attendance was slim, but in the after noon the crowd grew gradually very large, in consequence of which the long faces of the pool-sellers grew pleasantly round as the day grew older and their piles increased. An incipient row was stopped before it degenerated into a scrap by the advent of a genial man, who offered to referee the matter, and whose Solomon-like judgment was accepted by the disput ants. As Old Boy. a fawn hound, entered by A. C. Hadley, which had just won the match with Grey Duke, was being led to the kennels by hie master, a big Irish man claimed ownership of it. The other would not concede this, and the two grabbed each other, without, however, coming to blows. It was then that the arbitrator made bis appearance. After having patiently listened to both ver sions, he managed to elicit from Hadley that he had picked up Old Boy. or what ever his name was previously, over a month ago, the hound being evidently lost, and had'trained him to such good purpose that he had won th" fifth match. It was then that the solon of the cours ing track delivered himself of this wise decision, that pleased all concerned. He proposed that Old Boy should go back to his first master after the end of the piatches today, but that Hadley should hold on to the hound until then, and should be entitleel to any prize that the animal might win. A number of the matches were short, the hares running badly, as if they had never before seen a greyhound and did not know the danger, but several other races were all that could lie desired, the runs being all around the' course, with the jacks dodging and doubling in excel lent style. The first match, between Fleetfoot and Nemo 11. was a very excit ing event and proved a tie. That between Antelope and Lady Lillian was one of the longest on the card, while Lemo caught his rabbit only after a very sharp run, in which Mac was beaten. At the conclusion of the regular pro gram a successful balloon ascension and ! parachute descent were made, which, while excellent and cleverly done, hard ly lasted over a minute. The aeronaut, perched upon a trapeze, upon which he performed, ascended several hundred feet, and alighted not fifty yards from where he had gone up, while the balloon collapsed In the center of the Incourse. Following were the match, b, winners and scores: Poker Davis, li: Sandow, 1; Fleet, 6: Pudge B„ 3: bye, Klondike, Ti Lady Grace r in plai f Here We Are) 4; bye, Charlie.."; Dan Richie (In plai f Hetty Green). 0: Old Boy, 4: Grey Duke 2; Wanda, 9; John L,6; Juanlta, 14; Red, 6; tie, Fleetfoot. 14; Nemo. 14: Becond match, Nemo 11, 9; Fleetfoot, 2; Dan Ruiz, 11; Unknown, 5; Sailor Girl, 9; Skyball, 3; tie, Galtee More, 6; Gipsy, 6; second match, Gipsy, 7; Galtee M •■ 2; Trip, 17; Slide Trombone, 0; Lady Lillian, 26: Antelope, 7; Rag Baby, -; Dan Richie, 4; bye, Here We Are (in place of Ponto). S; 'Frisco, :i; Whiti Chief, U; Geronlmo,:'.: bye. Punch, ■<: Red (in place of Nellie Bly), 5; Wild Irish Boy, 8; Kid McCoy. 0; Linnie Lightning, 11; Prince. 7; La Tosca, 18; Mac, 7: Tril by, 5; George Lavigne, 0: Fritz. 11; Look out, 4: bye, Lemo. 17; Mac lin place ol Searchlight), 8: Juliet, 9; Flying Jib. 2; Romeo, 4; True Blue, 0; Dandy, 5: Fun ny C, 1: bye. Mermaid tin place.,; Jai k l, S; The Times. :: : Joe, X; Prince (Red), ... After the regular coursing races there were several matches. The first one was a puppy match between Oscar, 9, Mermaid, 4. John L. beat Bounce, 10 t<. 4, and Juliet was victor over Bounce 10 to 0. The ties and the final will be run to day at the park, the winner of the first and second matches coursing together, the winner of the third with the fourth! and so on, until all fourteen have raced. Then these winners will again be matched until the final result. FOOTBALL AT FIESTA PARK The Pasadena Team Has n Walkover With a Picked Eleven The Pasadena high school football team had a walk-over when it met a picked eleven from this city on the grid- Iron at Fiesta park yesterday after- Boon, At the close of tin- same the scoi c stood: Pasadena 32 nnd Los Angeles 0. The picked eleven did pitiably j • playing throughout the game and never succeeded at any time in getting the pigskin within a proximity to their op ponents' goal line sufficient to cause even tho faintest flutter of excitement. It hud been arranged that the Pasa dena team should play the second high school team, but for some reason the arrangement fell through, and it was necessary to form the team out of iti ■ material to tie picked up at short not!" ■. Consequently the team work was about as poor as it could posslblj be, The work of the Pasadena team, while far from excellent, was better than that of the picked eleven. Bettls did good work and was almost always sure of a gain when he had the ball. He made several pretty runs around the ends for long distance gains. Senter made some pretty'plays and run the opponents' ends successfully. Conger and Turner also played good football. Van Norman, Spence and McAllister were the picked team's best players. Christie was responsible for heavy losses to his team on account of his penchant for fumbling the ball. A fair-sized crowd assembled at the park to witness the game, but soon dwindled out very perceptibly. From the first the game was so one-sided that it was utterly devoid of interest. An at tempt will be made to arrange another game between the Pasadena team and the high school's eleven. The line-up was as follows: Pasadena. Picked Team. Ballard Left end CanficM Glade Left tackle Galpln Hewitt Left guard Baskervilie Burtt Center.. .Van Norma?) Mann Bight guard Rees McCoy Bight tackle Wynn Randall Bight end Spence Conger Quarterback Newhart Bettis Left half Hogan Turner Bight half McAllister Senter Full back Christie The Spalding's nt Azusa The Spaldings yesterday defeated the Azusa baseball team on the latter's grounds, in an exciting and well-played game. Superior stick work by the Spald ings won them the game. The score: Spaldings 02023000 2-0 Azusa 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 o—3 Batteries—Scott and Strangman; Pres ton, Pierce and DeVotn. San Bernardino-Los Angeles At San Bernardino the high school eleven defeated the Los Angeles high school at footfall by a score of 6 to 0, This gives San Bernardino the cham pionship of high school teams in the southern part of the state. The Los Angeles team was weakened by having only about half its regular members on the field, the rest remaining In the city to play the Pasadena eleven. WILL PLAY BALL Los Angeles and Santa Ana on the Diamond Notwithstanding the wavering de cisions of the local baseball teams as to their Christmas day matches, it is stated authoritatively that the game between the Los Angeles and Santa Ana teams will come off today at 2 oclock on Fiesta park grounds, weather, circumstances and changeable opinions permitting. The game is expected to be good, both teams being strong and well matched. For the home team the line-up will prob ably be Harvey, pitcher: Mangerina, catcher; with Decker. Earle and Stein felt at first, second and third bases; E. -Moore, shortstop: J. Moore, Hopkins and Treat left, center and right field, respectively. As will be seen, the com bination is strong, and Santa Ana must nlnv h.ir,l t<» unh.tiil her remitntion. DRANK HIMSELF TO DEATH An Old Soldier Dies From Chronic : Alcoholism Deputy County Coroner Summerfield j held an Inquest yesterday morning on ( the body of Charles E. Perkins, an old soldier found dead at Santa Monica early yesterday morning. The deceased, who was a man probably ">S years of age. was found lying on the street in the uni form of the Soldiers' home In what was at first thought to be a drunken stupor, but on examination he was found to be dead. He had been drinking heavily for some time, and the death was undoubtedly what the verdict states: "Death from chronic alcoholism." ( m < A Request Granted Somerville Journal: "Only give my client time," pleaded the lawyer, and 1 am sure he will reform." And the Judge gave him seven years. His Favorite Brand Indianapolis Journal: Dismal Daw son— Which kind of whisky do you like the best? Everett Wrest—The large kind. NOTES OF THE DAY White rose leaves instead of rice are the latest wedding fashion. At that stage of the proceedings where rice is usually brought forward, baskets of white- rose leaves are passed round, each guest appropriating a handful. The ap pearance of the bridal pair is the signal for the rose leaves to be sent Hying. nnd with picturesque and appropriate I effect. For the first time in five or six years the membership of the house is r>mi plete, and when Serjeant-at-Arms lius ! sell draws his requisition for money it ' includes pay at the rate of $5000 a year for every congressional district in the country. It rarely happens that the membership of the house is not broken somewhere by death it resignation. A young man and his betrothed were killed by lightning in Arkansas. They were overtaken by a storm on Ulaek Point mountain and were found dead in 1 each other's arms. They were buried on the mountain side in the same grave on what was to have been their wedding day. J. M. McCauley, a merchant of Linn county, Kansas, eloped to Kansas City with a fascinating young widow after i deeding his store to his son and the rest of his property to bis wife. McCauley ! returned in about a week, but was chased out of the store by his son with a gun. Seam is used to sterilize clothing in a new device, which has a chamber for i the material to be treat-d, with steam inlet pipes and a removable cover, the , goods being afterward dried by turn- I Ing the steam Into the double compart | ment surrounding the sterilising Cham- I ber. At Balina, Kas.. recently a traveling medicine show advertised to Kive one night's proceeds to the churches, This tailed out a cord from all the pastors of the place in Which they indignantly de nounced the enterprise and declared that not a cent would be accepted. Pumpkins are preserved for making |>ies by a newly patented process, which consists of cooking or steaming th«-pi and mixing them with starch and re luctng to powder, which quickly dis solves Into a Jelly when mixed with milk and is then ready for use. Giant's tombstone at Riverside, X. V.. is being supplied with gas heater.-. It Is said, because heat is needed for the I.roper preservation of the marble of which it Is built, and partly for the com fort of the guards and caretakers who are on duty In the tomb. McDonald county, .Missouri, farmer:-; have issued a general Invitation to hunt ers to come and kill quail, the birds hav ing become so numerous as to be a pest. A sane man sent to a Xew York asy lum through the testimony nf two al leged corrupt doctors lias brought suit ! against them for $10,000 each. LOS ANGELES HERALD: SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 2c\ 1897 CITRUS FRUIT Still Figuring on the Frost Damage COMBINED ACTION DESIRED PREVENTING ANY SHIPMENT OF FROZEN FRUIT Amount of Damage Done Still Un known—Few Reports Received From Orchardists Loral fruit shippers Friday said that reports from the orange-producing districts were few in number and gener ally to the effect that the amount of damage done by the late frost appeared to be less than was at first supposed. At the ofllce of the horticultural commis- sion, however, it was said that it was use less for those interested to attempt to cover up the great extent of damage done. Such a cold spell as that Just passed through, freezing water pipes at Long Bench. Los Alamitos, Los Angeles and elsewhere, never occurred without serious damage, and a few more days of warm weather would doubtless so mark the citrus product as to plainly demon strate the meager damage estimates of many growers and shippers to be far below fact, and the estimate published in The Herald well warranted. It 1? claimed by shippers and railroads that absolutely no frozen fruit is going forward, "nothing hut clean-ups. and little of them." and reports of picking and shipping and preparations for mov ing freshly picked fruit are very contra dictory. It is known, however, that or anges are being picked in districts where the fruit Is more or less frost-bitten, and that the best experts cannot separate the frosted from the unfrosted fruit at this time. A number of the more promi nent shipping firms were asked If the would join in a general agreement among growers anil shippers to prevent the shipment of frozen oranges and to ship none of any kind for a sufficient time to detect the full extent of damage done. Eagerness for such a combination was universal, but doubt of the feasibil ity of its practical accomplishment was freely uttered and carefully canvassed. The main stumbling block in the way seemed to be a plentiful presence of "human nature" in both grower and shipper which discouraged them from losing money by being good and inno cent while their neighbors across the way should wax fat and prosper by shlp piug frozen oranges. The argument was made that buyers in the east were well educated in their business, and oranges were bought nowadays on their merits and not on their label at the eastern markets, r.ood oranges would bring good prices, frost or no frost, with good labels or no labels at all. and frozen or anges would be readily detected. The general sentiment, however, was that the absolute prevention of shipments of frozen oranges would undoubtedly be of very great and permanent benefit to the entire industry here. "We can inaugurate such a measure now. with the present big crop.' said one in favor of it. "better, easier and cheaper than at any other time In the history of California orange culture, and it is well worth working for. It will prolong the day when tho California grower re ceives $2 net per box while the Florida growers are holding prayer meetings to thank Ood for $1 a box. and Italy Is sell ing the pickings of whole orchards for two bits a crate. It might even bring about a time when mention of California oranges would occur in the United States agricultural department reports as well as in Dun's weekly trade review." The plan sugin sted was that the asso ciation and exchange should agree among themselves and with each other to ship no fruit at all until such time as the effects of the late cold spell should be apparent, and no frosted oranges at all. A. 11. Naftzger, president of the Southern California fruit exchange, said that the members of his association had an agreement among themselves not to ship frozen oranges, and that they would gladly co-operate in hearty sympathy with any one and every one engaged in such a movement. Secretary Hartranft of the Fruit Growers and Shippers' association of Southern California promised that at a meeting of their executive committee the matter would be fully considered next Wednesday. This association Is composed of forty fruit packers, com bined only for the purpose of regulating sizes and terms of sale of citrus fruits and vegetables, for settling disputes be tween shipper and consignee and "such other matters as may be decided upon by a full vote of the association at a regularly called meeting." .Such n meeting could be called within forty eight hours, according to Secretary Ha rtranftft The executive committee who will chs- CUSS the matter next Wednesday arc Edwin T. Karl. E. M. Lyon, C. E. Maud. L. G. Haight, F. B. Devine, F. P. Fay, A. J. Heeluman, Fred A. Salisbury, E. S. Moulton, Nathan W. Blanchard and Major B. F. C. Klokke. These men are all prominent in the business, and the belief is generally expressed that if the fruit shippers are sincere in their ex pressed eagerness for frozen fruit re form these men tan find a way to ar range it so that no frozen oranges will be shipped from Southern California henceforth. Their action next Wednes day will settle the question, now debat ed, us to whether they want frozen fruit shipments stopped or not. Secretary Hartranft said: "You can say the association would undoubtedly be in favor of any practical measure tending to prevent the shipment of frozen fruit. It would be a great, good thing for this section of the country." Pi rter Bros, reported that they had received no new news of importance yes tei lay, and '.'.ere emphatically In favor of s general agreement to prevent ail shipments of frozen oranges. Allen Bros. <*.■ <"0., fruit shippers, re ported Highlands but slightly damaged, ar.d Covins, Irwlndale, Qlendorg and Azusa injured by a well defined streak of frost, but received no reports yes terday of other injury. Their estimates of damage generally is that It is much less than at first anticipated, perhaps ten per cent. Mr. Allen shows some remark ably fine samples of lemons from an orchard where the thermometer fell to 19 degrees, from which he argues that low temperature Is not always fatal. From the difficulty, however, In separ ating the Injured fruit from that unin jured he Judged that injury to ten per cent or even five per cent of the crop caused a general loss in much larger proportion. He said: "We are certainly In favor of any practical measures for guarding against the shipment of frozen fruit and will i Join in any such of a practical nature which may be Instituted. We would suggest that as the greatest damage has j been done In Riverside, if the shippers j there will come under agreement to stop> shipping for the present nnd to ship no frozen fruit you can readily get all the rest of the shippers In Southern Califor nia into the agreement. We think that all shipments should be stopped for two weeks to determine definitely the amount and whereabouts of frozen and frosted fruit." The Producers' Fruit company: "We are strongly in favor of stopping all shipments long enough to accurately guage the full extent of frpst damage, and will gladly co-operate In any prac tical measures towards preventing tho shipment of frozen fruit." Major George Easton of Easton, Eld rldge & Co. said: "I don't know any thing about the damage done In River side. Redlands and thereabouts, but In ! Chlno. Pomona, Sunny Slope and the San Gabriel valley a third of the crop is too high an estimate of the damaged portion. We cannot tell yet, of course, ] but my Impression is that in these sec- ! 1 Hons 10 per cent is about the proportion j damaged." The Bradley Fertilizer company, which 1 Is building a factory here and Is much In ! lerested In orange culture sent W. K. j Lancaster around the kite-shape track for full reports of damage done during the late cold spell. He reported yester day that on higher lands he found no damage; on the lowlands the young growth showed damage, but neither fruit j nor trees were injured. Damage at On tario was 2 per cent or less. No damage was noted between Sunny Slope and Baldwin's ranch. W. J. Pollard, manager of the same concern, said that in the San Gabriel valley the damage done Is much less than was at first supposed 1 and will hardly amount to 10 per cent of ; the crop. Mr. Scott Chapman, another resident of the San Gabriel valley, coin cides in this estimate. A report received from Santa Ana yesterday says thor ough Inspection reveals little damage done there. Horticultural Commissioner E. Rust telephoned from South Pasadena last night that, in spite of ice an inch thick at Devil's Gate, thorough Inspection could detect little damage to oranges yet except to the new growth, in and around Pasadena and Aihambra. Some other plants and nursery stock, however, suf fered severely. Secretary Curtis, of the San Bernar dino horticultural commission, was in the city yesterday. He said that he had Just returned from a trip through and around Riverside. Redlands. Highlands and adjacent vicinities. He reports that the orange and lemon crop throughout all that section, wherever he went, was very badly damaged. RATTLESNAKE FEAST The Verdict Says the Meat Was as Good- as Any Wild Game Harry Davis, the snake charmer, gave a novel banquet last night to celebrate his 29th birthday. The menu was as fol lows: Rattlesnake on Toast. 1 Celery. Potatoes. Coffee. Liquors. Cigars. Rattlesnake, served on toast, roasted and appetizing,was the principal course. Five friends of Mr. Davis snt down with him, among them Peter Gruber of Roch ester, N. V., who has a national reputa tion as a snake man. A fat snake about four feet long ami as thick as a man's wrist was decapitated for the feast. The head rolled around in convulsions, still retaining life. Mr. Gruber took the headless body, which was still writhing violently, and ceimmeneed the operation of removing the hide by cutting a silt along the belly three Inches long and pulling off the skin. The head remained alive half an hour after it had been sev ered from the body, and would occasion ally strike at an imaginary object in front. Once it struck the knife blade and left several bright yellow drops of poison. The convluslons of the heart continued for ninety-five minutes. At first it was (tabby and the convulsions were fast and strong, but as time went on they be came more slow and labored. From beating at first about seventy to the minute, the palpitations gradually de creased until they were seven seconds apart. The heart grew still by parts. While cooking the snake the greatest difficulty was experienced in keeping the body in the pan, and it was necessary to place a glass dish over it in order to keep it down. When the body struck tho glass it would fly off the pan. It was finally necessary to cut the body up into pieces about two Inches long. Even then the pieces continued to move. For fif teen minutes they would not remain still; then heat conquered and the snake was cooked. The meat was of an appetizing flavor and resembled venison. The verdict was that rattlesnake Is a good dish and as palatable as any wild game.—Denver Post. Honest and Bogus Pensioners In the process of purging the pension rolls which has become so imperative there would be nothing to be feared by those who rightly belong on the lists. The enormous amount which is now ex pended in pensions would lie cheerfully paid by the people, without one word of complaint, if it were In discharge of an honest and patriotic obligation. No re trenchment is asked which interferes with the relief of any veteran who was disabled in the service and who needs the assistant* of the government. All that is demanded is the abandonment of a policy which encourages a spirit of mendicancy and a disposition to work the government.—Kansas City Star. Speaker Reed Able to Dictate The silence of Speaker Reed on all the material points of President McKinley's message is pregnant. Mr. Reed's mas tery of the house promises to be as com plete through the regular session as It was over the session called by the pres ident before the most valuable part of the patronage had been dispensed, This being the ease, he will be In a position to dictate terms to the administration on nearly every proposition affecting do mestic as well as foreign affairs. —St. Louis Republic. . THE All CLOTH OF VALENCIA (Written for The Herald.) The traveler visiting our city today finds but few relics left to remind him of that romantic past which makes the history of California so replete with in terest to the imaginative mind. Some j admirers of the facile pen of Bret Harte expect even now to meet the characters and live among the scenes of that writ er's thrilling stories, and are surprised if not a little disappointed to find that Los Angeles ranks among the first of the modern cities of the age, and that 'the ever progressive nnd restless spirit lot the native-born American pervades the whole West. Yet, although an en croaching civilization has cut the once Ivast ranches into building lots, and for the most part replaced tho picturesque | adobe with lofty edifices of brick and | stone, there yet remains enough of the Old Cludad de Los Angeles to attruct I the tourist and give n tolerably good Idea of what has vanished. I In the first faint hours of morning, | when the clanging bells of the street [cars are still, and the light of the wan ; Ing moon touches the gray adobe dwell ings that stretch In silent, mysterious ' rows to the river bed, n peculiar thrill, al- Itnost mesmeric, comes to the lonely pe -1 destrlan on the streets of the Latin quarter. The scent of flowers in the Plaza park rises on the night air. nnd the ! old palms rustle in the faint breeze, i Every closed door seems to hide a story lof austere religion, daring heroism, or ! fateful intrigue. One would not be sur prised to see one of the barred windows | opened softly, and n dark-eyed senorita 1 beckon with her white hand. But with 1 the coming of day these illusions vanish. The adobes remain, but the first rays |of the sun throw into evidence the squalor of their surroundings. The sen -1 oritas are there, it is true, but one enjoys most of them better In the imagination ■ than the flesh. Aside from Sonoratown there is little : left to remind one of the Spanish occupa i lion. A few of the old homes are stand ! ing-, but these are banished to a sad ob scurity. Their crumbling wall's could, ,if they might speak, tell many a tale of gallantry and revelry, the more force i fill because of their truth. Most of these j stories have been forgotten in the rush ;and hurry of today, but there are some which have left nn Indelible mark, and ! although covered with the dust of years, i can even now quicken the pulses by the ! glimpses of passion which they reveal. Down near the river-bed, somewhat apart from Sonoratown. Is an old adobe, which is blackened by the storms and baked by the suns of over fifty years. ; Its occupants are an old man and wo j man, who live very simply and huve 'every appearance of poverty. There is 1 nothing about either of them to suggest I a romance. The woman's face Is wrink- I led until It resembles parchment; her form is shapeless, and the shawl which ' always covers her gray hair is old and j faded. Yet fifty years ago she was a ' beauty, and her husband a gallant cnb allero. who owned acres of land, which have gradually slipped away from him, lneving only the little plot upon which his house now stands. There are few in the settlement as old as they, and their eyes have seen many changes. They seldom speak of the past, and it was only by chance that an impecunious reporter in search of something new to offer to the public taste ran across the couple and made the discovery that the old woman had In her possession some old and very valuable pieces of lace and drawn work. The owner of these relics shook her head as she displayed them. "Yes. they are very nice," she said in her musical Spanish. "Hut you should have seen the altar cloth of Vnlencla. Ahl" For some time she would say no more, and it was only after a good deal of per suasion that she consented to tell the story of love and tragic death of which she was a witness. Fifty or more years ago the most beau tiful woman in all of new Spain was Esperanza de Vareln. sole child and daughter of the house of Yarela. one of the most aristocratic and powerful fam ilies of Mexico and Spain. The tew per sons now living, who saw her face, de clare that no woman has lived since her time who could rival her. It is hard to tell wherein lay her charm. There were many with eyes as large and dark as hers and a few with hair as fair—for her mother was from old Castile and had the golden tresses of the women of that province—and skin as white. In the miniature now in existence, th? crimson mouth has a cruel curve, which j repels rather than attracts, yet even about the lifeless picture there is a nameless fascination, which makes it easy to believe that those who saw her did not stop to analyze, but fell captive to her spell. It is said that she had but to look upon a man and he would die for her without even hearing her speak. Some thought her absolutely heartless, and said that she could look upon the keenest suffering with a smile. Others contradicted this and said that she was simply cold, because her love had never been awakened. But however conflict ing these reports may be, one thing re mains unquestioned, and that was her supremacy over all other women. It was in the early days of the Spanish occupation of California that General de Varela was seized with a spirit of venture, and leaving Mexico sought a home in the newer country. The alcade of Los Angeles was a relative, and, after traveling from one place to another, and being feted at all of them, It was ther? that the Don de Varela made his home. His daughter accompanied him, and her haughty beauty and indolent grace won her crowds of admirers. Caballeros came from all over the state to pay court to her, but She only laughed at one and all. There are some even now who remem ber the famous duel of Fernandez Kan Juan and Antonio Vlecaino, who fought to the death for a lock of her golden hair; and the famous ride of the Don del Valle, who came from San Diego in a day and a night, killing two horses under him, to dance with her at the Alcalde's ball, has become a part of unwritten his tory. About two years after General de Varela took up his residence in Los Angeles the Padre, Gustavo de Leon, ar rived from Spain, bringing as a present to the mission at San Gabriel a wonder ful altar cloth wrought by the nuns of Valencia. It was a marvelous piece of work. Made of the finest linen, more sheer than silk, the threads had been drawn, and a most intricate pattern worked by the skillful fingers of the holy women. The result was a filmy web, which, although several yards square, could be folded into a space of a few inches. The fame of this beautiful piece of work had preceded the padre from Mex ico, and during the few days of his stay In Los Angelse the whole of the popula tion flocked to see It where it was dis played, on the altar of the church of Our Lady of the Angels. Among the throng was, of course, the Dona Esperanza, looking like an angel In her black lace mantilla and gauzy white skirts. It was little wonder that when the padre saw her his mind wandered from the sermon, and the words fell from his Hps mechan ically, for he was barely thirty, and the blood ran warmly In his veins. As the languid gaze of the Dona Es peranza fell on the altar cloth, a desire to possess It filled her soul. The more she saw of It the more she coveted It, nnd even when the Padre took It with him to San Gabriel, and she saw It no more. It was constantly In her thoughts. She dreamed of it draped around her snowy shoulders, or over the golden masses of her hair, and finally she told the Don de Ramirez, who was a suitor for her hand, thnt she would wed none but the man who could give her for her wedding veil tho altar cloth of Valencia or Its duplicate. As this was Impossible, and she would not change her mind, the lovers of the Dona Esperanza began to despair. About this time there came to Los An geles a stranger, Richard Delay, an American. Like all who saw her, he fell under the charm of Esperanza, but, un like the others, he was undaunted by ob stacles. There were many who thought that she was not averse to the handsome American, although she still held to her original condition and Would in the end capitulate. They little knew the De Varela spirit. Maddened by her refusals and unused to being thwarted, Rlehard Delay finally determined that If there was but one thing which would win him a favorable answer he would do It. He was con vinced that Esperanza loved him, and saw in her holding out against him not a woman's vanity, but a pride akin to his own. Accordingly he went to the Padre Gustavo at San Gabriel and of fered to buy the altar cloth. At first the good padres were shocked and re fused, although the sum offered was such a fabulous one that It was a sore temptation, but when the American added that he would have it any way. If be had to burn the mission, they decided to think the mntter over. Finally the Padre Gustavo decided that It would be more practical to accept the stranger's effer, for they were sadly In need, and the mother church at home was a long way off. Tho money, after all. would do more good for the mission than a piece jof linen, however holy. So the altar cloth wns delivered to Delay upon the condition that he would take a solemn oath never to reveal Its identity or the manner In which he ob tained It. This Delay agreed to, and hastened to Esperanza to claim his re ward. I There was much gossip when It be came known that the Senorita Dona Es peranza de Varela was to wed the Amer ican, and many sly remarks were made as to the weakness of a woman's will, for none believed that her condition had been complied with. The wedding was to be a large one and was to be followed by a week of feasting. Guests came front all over the state, and the bride's uncle, an official of importance, was summoned from the City of Mexico. On the day of the wedding the church of Our Lady of the Angels was filled to overllowing, and rows of people stood In double lines outside. Never had so beautiful a bride crossed the threshold. The women noticed with envious eyes the heavy satin of her trailing gown, the priceless lace which covered her shoulders, and the Jewels on her neck; while the men noted the swaying grace of her matchless walk and her beautiful face. But a sudden thrill went through all alike as their eyes fell on the veil which covered her golden hair. Surely there could be but one like it —yet how could that be worn upon the head of a bride. The Senora Velazquez who stood near the aisle slyly lifted a corner of It as the bride passed her, and fell back into her seat pale and trembling, for she hnd seen In the corner the cross worked in hair, and her suspicions had been con firmed. The week of feasting which followed was never forgotten by those who at tended It. The bride appeared in a dif ferent gown every day, each more beaut iful than the last. But she always wore the same head dress and the rumors which liad at first been whispered grew into common talk. Finally the Don de Ramirez, who had been one of Esperan za's most [.persistent suitors, and was consumed with Jealousy, went to the bridegroom and asked him plainly where he obtained the veil which his wife wore. To this question the American replied that It was no one's affair but his own and would remain so. Ramirez made no answer, but that night he rode to Snn Gabriel and demanded that the altar cloth be shown him. Padre Gustavo was In San Diego and the frightened monks, not knowing what to do in his absence, returned an evasive answer, which apparently satisfied their unwel come visitor. It was the last night of the revels, when the Don de Ramirez, accompanied by three other caballeros of high stand ing, entered the ballroom of General de Varela's house. It was noticed that they did not Join the dancing, but kept to gether, speaking In whispers, while Ra mirez fastened his gloomy looks upon Esperanza, who was dancing in her own incomparable style. Finally, as If un able to restrain himself, he came for ward and by a gesture compelling si lence he addressed the company. "I am here," he said, "to demand reparation for an insult offered the holy Catholic church. The altar cloth of Valencia has disappeared from San Gabriel, and I have every reason to believe that it is at this moment in this room. Let the Don Ricardo de Delay speak and affirm or deny my words." The bridegroom's face was set with anger, as he stepped to the center of the room and faced his questioner. "I deny your right to interfere with me," he an swered, steadily, "and I refuse an ex planation." A murmur of disapproval went around the room, for they were all good Cath olics there. Ramirez sprang forward. "Blasphemer!" he ejaculated, hoarse with rage, and his knife gleamed in the air, but before It reached its destination Delay had drawn his revolver. The women shrieked and hid their faces. One gentleman sprang forward and seized the American's arm and the bullet missed Its mark. Another attempted the same thing with Ramirez, but was too late, and the knife sank to the hilt in Delay's breast. As Esperanza saw her husband fall she caught him in her arms, and, kneel ing on the floor, raised his head to her shoulder. She did not seem to heed the blood which trickled over her white arms as she leaned over the wounded man. "Kiss me," she whispered. "You will not mind the pain so much," an she held his head up and pressed her lips to his, already growing cold. As his head fell back the girl laid him gently on the floor and rose to her feet. For one moment she looked slowly around the room. Her scarlet gown made a vivid frame to her pallid face, white and rigid as marble. Her eyes burned like points of flame as she fas tened them upon Ramirez, who shrank back before her look of hatred. "Cow ard!" she said, in cold, scornful tones. "He was the only one of all of you who loved me." She tore the veil from her head and wrapped It around her shoul ders. "It Is the altar cloth. It was his wedding gift, and shall be my shroud." Beforo she could be stopped she stooped and drew the pistol from Delay's lifeless hand, and, placing it to her heart, pulled the trigger. Ramirez sprang to catch her as she fell, but with dying strength she pushed him from her. "A curse on you and all your line!" she whispered hoarsely, and fell across the body of her husband. The affair was hushed up, but the story of the sale of the altar cloth afterward leaked out through an indlsereet brother. As Padre Gustavo's services were of great value to the church, his share in it was overlooked, and In the grave of Es peranza and her husband vanished the famous altar cloth of Valencia, which those who saw it say was the most won derful piece of work ever seen on this continent. BEATRIX BELLIDO DE LUNA. The Fingers Cramped A strange story comes from Anaheim of A. M. Williams, who lost his hand by the accidental discharge of a gun recently. For several weeks following the accident Mr. Williams felt that the Angers of his hand that had been amputated and hurled were In a cramped position, causing him as much uneasiness as though the mem bers were not detached from his body. Tha feeling was so uncomfortable that the hand was exhumed, and found to be in the position described. The flngVrs were straightened, and now Mr. Williams is entirely relieved of tho Imaginary pain.— Fullerton Tribune. IN THE PUBLIC EYE Rev. Dr. John Watson (lan Maclaren) has declined the call from a Presbyterian church In London and will remain In Liver pool. Senator Allison was requested to present a prominent though uncouth lowa editor to the president, but he said franklyi "I won't present you to anybody until you cut your hair." It is related that on a recent occasion Bismarck was tormented by toothache, and that on consulting a physician he was told that a man of his age ought to be delighted at still being subject to suoh an ailing. Count Dlmitrl Mitjutln, formerly war minister of Czar Alexander 11. and one of the chief promoters of the emperor's liberal reforms, has just celebrated tho sixtieth anniversary of his admission to the Rus sian general staff. Athleston Riley of London, who has long made, a study of child llfe\ says that the result of his investigations conclusively proves that every child Is a natural-born liar, and that the Instinct for robbery Is strong In the most of them. Now that a golf club Is to be organized at Buluwayo, Africa, the St. James Ga zette) predicts that "one of these days Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Krueger may be found playing a foursome game against Mr. Chamberlain anil Mr. Balfour in the Ma toppos, without a fear even of a Matabele lurking behind a bunker." President Eliot of Htirvard university, chairman of the committee appointed to bring about the establishment of a public park adjoining the homesteael of James Russell Lowell, In Cambridge, so as to in clude the homestead, and thus preserve a memorial to the poet, announces that the fund for the purpose has reached $19,000 —a little above half of the required amount. There recently arrived in Chrlstlanla a Gormen circus called Le Cirque de Nord, at which a clown Impersonated Dr. Ibsen In a very comic manner. The great pessi mist strongly obJected\ to this "violation of Individuality." and got more than one editor to protest in his name, but It was without avail, and crowds still visited the Cirque dv Nord to see the pseudo-Ibsen, whose appearance and antics were greeted With roars of laughter. During the year IS9S eight rear admirals of the navy and live brigadier generals of the army will be retired on ape. They are: Bear Admirals Lester A. Beardslee, Feb. 1: Thomas O. Self ridge. Feb. 6; William A. Rirkland, July 3: Charles S. Norton. Aug. 10; Montgomery Slcard. Sept. 30: Edmond O. Matthews, Oct. 24; Joseph N. Miller, Nov. 22. and Francis M Bunce, Dec. 25, and Brigadier Generals William H. Bell, commissary general of subsistence, on Jan. 2S; George M. Weeks, quartermaster general, Feb. 3: Sam Breck. odjutant gen eral. Feb. 25: William If. Graham. Sept. 28, and John J. Copplnger, Oct. 11. Effect of Misplaced Sympathy It Is reported that James v. sentry, tne murderer of Madge Yorke, consigned by mistaken clemency lo the eastern peniten tiary for life, has not only recovered a vigorous degree of health, but has become the center of admiring attentions at that Institution. His cell Is made a sort of Mecca by theatrical people visiting this city, and the memory of his atrocious crime Is already growing faint. Thus we mak» heroes of our villains.—Philadelphia Bulletin. THE GOOD LANDLORD I sing to you about a man whose memory long should last; His name was Iltram Morethangood, ha lived In Nottoofast; And tho' to save his native land he never drew a sword. He Wis what all his tenants called a mighty fine landlord. Wheno'er a tenant chanced to break a pane or two of glass, He never used to storm and rave or mur mur out "Alas!" But he would go and buy some more. In sunshine or In rain. Or If It was at zero, and have them set again. No matter If hi room or hall the paper should get torn. He would not, as some landlords do, com plain from night till morn; And If the paint got scarred and soiled, the first thing he would do Was send and have the painter come and paint the house anew. No matter if a faucet froze or If got clogged a drain, It made no difference to him; he never would complain. And If a tenant short of wood should burn the cellar stairs. He always thought It sweet delight t* make such small repairs. And If a tenant should neglect to close a swinging blind. And it rfhould be blown from its plaeo by the fierce winter wind. And tumbling to the walk below soma passer-by should kill. He would not say one unkind word, but go and pay the bill. And ere the morning light broke forth he from his bed would rise, Vnd not with thunder In his tone nor anger In his eyes. But with a rosy shade of Joy upon his manly face Would to the tenant go and give a full deed to the place. —Thomas F. Porter in the New York Bun.