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HOME AGAIN Tyler Longstreet, the Wan derer, Returns HIS TEN YEARS OF TRAVEL HATE GIVEN A PERSPECTIVE OF THE TWO AMERICAS Experiences of the Duello in Mexico. Rotten Governments Below Pan ama—How They Love Us Tyler Longstreet has come back. ♦There may be some latter-day Ange lenos who do not know Longstreet, but to all the old-timers his name will recall many hot times and "nuits blanches" in the days of old—not so very old either, tor he is still a young buck, and the olden times In Los Angeles are not more than fifteen years past. Those were the limes when the city was in all respects a foreign place, non-American in every fletail of life. It was a mixture of Mexi can and European life—indolent, happy, Joyous, no hustling for business, no sub dividing of suburban tracts. There was more monte played than poker, and cock fights were preferred to horse races; the tinkle of the guitar was as pronounced in its way then as the gongs of the trolley cars are now. It was a town of black coffee, cigarettes, love waking, some hard drinking, occasional brawling, and sometimes a sudden trip to Tla Juana, with a case of pistols or o pair of rapiers carefully wrapped' up. It was in the days before Downey Har vey became bald; when Walter Moore wae twenty inches less measurement •bout the waist than he is now; when Johnny Gaffey was even more of a Charles O'MaJley and Rory O'More com bined than he is now; when "Tip" How ard wais doing the best he oould with .1 big faro bank running wide open back <of the famous Fashion saloon; when Johnny Tate was a notable in the sport ing world; when Poker Davis was still a tenderfoot; when Dol's restaurant was the most famous in the state out side of San Francisco; -when Deßarth ghorb and General Banning and Don Benito Wilson were lords in the land; wheh—but what's the use. You remem ber if you were here, and if you were rot you can never be made to under stand the savor of life in those times. There was not much money, it is true, but a gay heart does not bother about bank accounts. But Longstreet is back, and to look at him you would imagine he had just been down to the Santa Rosa ranch for a rodeo, or had been learning a new bill of fare from the regent of San Juan during a few days' absence from Spring street. "Where have I been?" he said to a Herald man yesterday. "It would take less time if I told you the places I have not been. South America, all around end through and across. I T p the Amazon, ■where a white man is as rare as an Eskimo is here. I have lived in all of those countries and been of the people, and have had enough and have come home. Lovely here, is it not? "Yes, I was in Mexico for a year or so. Gay place. Mexico. You have to have your nerve with you, as well as a Joyous* heart, for if you do anything a fellow does not like down there you have a little appointment made for you at the field back of the casUe of Cha pultepec, and you see the sun flee there, but are liable to take the lost view of that orb then, unless you know how tp handle a sword or can snuff a candle or a life equally well with a pistol ball. "To illustrate; One evening I went to a dinner given to the ohtiplaln of the British ambassador, and towards morn ing things began to get quite lively. There were two or three Los Angeles men there, and all of a sudden one of them got into a controversy with one of ithe Mexicans and a challenge was passed. Then another who was trying to pacify things got tangled up, and he was challenged, and with great presence of mind selected Col. Omaroo as his sec ond. The colonel wae the most cele brated duelist in the country, and it meant business when he, took charge Of an affair. Then the chaplain, who was a hot-headed Irishman, swing every one getting into a shindy, thought he would have to hold up the honor of old Ireland, so he .lumped at the first man he could see, which happened to be the Austrian niinister, and he clutched him] by the beard and pulled It nearly out. I What became of the other affairs I do not remember, but the American who had Col, Omaeio for hie second was waited on by his opponent th* next morning, why wanted to arrange the matter without a meeting. My friend saw that his man was weakening, and he knew thnt if he made h!fc reputation then as a fire-eater he would probably be exempt from further difficulties of the kind, so he haughtily told the man that he could not talk about it, but re ferred him to the colonel. The latter eald that tli-re was but ono way to avoid a. duel, and that was for the iman to apologize, which he at once offered to do. Col. Oma.no, seeing the chance for a pretty scrimmage fading away, held that as his man had been publicly affronted the apology must be as public, and this was agreed to. Then Omano Insisted that a ; there were Amer icans, Frenchmen. Germans and a Rus elan present, the apology must be made In all of these languages, one after the other, to which, finally, the fellow agreed. V6o the company winch hud been pres ent was assembled and the poor fellow stood up and read off, on., after another, his amendes, but when he came to the Russian one he made such a botch of ft that the subject of the czar, for whose benefit it was given, wanted to tight him himself for insulting bis language. "Agramonte was down there while I was there, and lie, you know, was a great fighter. He used to be in San Pi ego about ten years ago and is well known here. He had so many affairs that ended disastrously for his oppo nents, that one day, when he was pre sented to Diaz, that ruler said to him: 'Gen. Agramonte, I am delighted to meet youj for I believe J am indebted to you fur producing a strong dislike of thn* reprehensible habit of duelling.' Mr. Longstreet, however, did not lead this life of the last century alto gether. He was after business nnd he got it, traveling all over the twoAnie: leas for it. He has not a very high Idea of the republics down there. 'The fact of the matter Is," he said, " that none of those people are lit to govern themselves, except the Mexi cans, who have a great and beneficent man at their head in Gen. Diaz. They were all of them better off under Span ish rule than they have ever been since. It is tire came with Cuba. When I was in New York I was asked to subscribe to a fund for the sufferers In that isl and, and I did give a little to it, adding in writing that it was for the Spanish sufferers in Cuba. The Central and South Americans have no idea of gov ernment. I assisted in one of the elec tions in Caracas, and the ballot box we had charge of was literally carried about on a bayonet. At each polling place there is always a tile of soldiers who see that the citizens vote the right way, and governing is simply a grab by the gov ernors for what the governed have. "But in Mexico all is different. There life and property are as safe as in this country; in fact, in some instances per haps safer. The government is 'strong' but it is just, and all rights are jealously respected. I consider Mexico the com ing country for development and oppor tunities. It presents exhaustless fields for safe investment and has boundless affairs for the active and well-poised man of business. "I cannot understand why so much sympathy is felt and patience used to wards many of the South American gov ernments by our nation. Americans are disliked In almost all of them and in most instances hated. This Is so -with the Cubans themselves. They have no use for us except to try to get our aid. In Mexico this feeling does not exist, it is true, but In the smaller and more southern countries an American Is at a great disadvantage. The sympathy and commerce of all of those peoples Is given to the Europeans." Mr. Longstreet has returned to make his home here. "Yes, the old town has changed greatly," he said, "but it has the same glorious sunshine, the same lovely scenes and many of the same no ble fellows I used to know. I have wan dered all I care to." Mr. Longstreet is now a man of busi ness strictly. He has opened an office here and has the brightest prospects before him. He has been welcomed by the many who knew him and who re spect him, and he will find no difficulty in taking his proper place both in social and business circles. H_e has developed In the same way that the city has and certainly deserves the success that should be his. EPWORTH ASSEMBLY Opened With a Concert Last Night. Today's Program The first annual Epworth assembly and School of Methods opened last evening in Simpson tabernacle with a sacred con cert. Handsome flags, ropes of smllax. festoons of yellow bunting and potted palms brightened the interior of the edi fice, which was crowded, upstairs and down. W. 11. Fisher presided. On the platform with him were Rev. J. N. Beard and Pro fessors E. O. Excell and Charles H. Gabri el. After an organ solo, with which the program opened, the march from "Le Prophete," delightfully played by Frank H. Colby, Rev. Mr. Beard offered a prayer und the whole audience sang a hymn. The rest of tlie program was made up of a contralto solo by Miss Beresford Joy. who was in fine voice and sang Blumen thal's "Sunshine and River," and for a well merited encore, she sang by request "He Shall Feed His Flock," from Handel's "Messiah." Miss Maude Willis recited a selection from "Paradise and the Peri." [ Professors Excell and Gabriel sang two duets, and each sang a solo; the Delano Banjo and Mandolin club contributed two numbers, apd the University of Southern California Glee club scored a distinct hit by 1 heir clever singing of the selection for Which they were down and a double en core. Each of tho participants was cordially received, and every number was applaud ed Hhtil an encore was accorded. Mrs. W. J. Cook and Will Ellis gave efficient as sistance as accompanists. This morning the regular sessions com mence with a song service, conducted by Prof. Excell. The program for today and evening follows: (jS. ni—School of the English Bible, Prof. Thftmns NicholsOn. 10 a. m.—School of Methods "Junior de partment"—"The Church and the Child," Miss Alice A. Brown. Symposium; sub ject, "Childhood Conversion and Church Membership.'' by our pastors. 31 a- m —School of Methods. "Spiritual Dr. R. S. Cantine. f:t£ f. m.—Seine Service, Prof. E. O. Ex cell. t p. m.—School of Sociology, "The World and the fclnqdom." I_>>'. J. N. Beard. 3 p. m.—School of Methods, "Social de partment.'' Rev. E. J. Harper, 3:10 p. m.—School of Methods, "Music of the Leagae." Prof. 33. O. Excell. 3 p. m.—Jnior League Department Con ference, Miss Alice A. Brown (Lecture halU. 4 p. m.—Missionary and Pentecostal ser vice. Bishop McCabe. 7:?,ff il. in.—Song service. Professors E. O. Excell and Charles H. Gabriel. 8 p. m.—Lecture. "The Drama of Job," Rev. Thomas Nicholson, A. M., S. T. B. PRODUCE EXCHANGE NEEDED A Committee Appointed Yesterday to Work Up the Project The first steps toward the organiza tion of a produce exchange were taken yesterday at a meeting of the joint com mittees of the Farmers' clubs and the Merchants and Manufacturers' associa tion. The matter of organizing an exchange was thoroughly discussed and all agreed as to the necessity of such a movement, not only In the interest of producers, but also in that of merchants and con sumers. ]i was stated that at the present time at least 100 carloads of potatoes are bought every month in San Francisco and shipped to this city, and that the public as well as the producers would be greatly benefited by a market price based on the supply and demand. The only obstacle that seemed liable to be encountered was the inability to bring producers and merchants togeth er and educate the former to abandon personal solicitation among the mer chants and offer their produce for sale at the exchange. On motion of Prof. Sprague, a commit tee consisting of Messrs. Meyberg, Simp son and Anderson was appointed to se cure the indorsement of the movement on the part of the merchant buyers on ; the one sidu snd of the commission mor- I chants and Shippers on the other; and When a sufficient indorsement has been obtained to secure the success of the i undertaking, the secretary will be In structed to fix a day at which the prod luce exchange shall commence opera tions. The committee will at once start the work and will visit the principal mer chants. Another meeting of the com mittee will be held to hear the report next Monday morning at 10 oclock. LOS ANGELES HERALDi WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY % im BOARD OF TRADE MET YESTERDAY AND ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS Protesting Against Civil Service Mod ification and the Loud Bills. Delegate to Food Congress The board of trade directors met yes terday afternoon at 3:30 oclock, with the full board present and President P. M. Daniel presiding. Communications have been received by the board from the National Civil Service Reform league, New York city, asking for Its co-operation in preventing the passage of H. R. bill 5854, introduced by Mr. Evans of Tennessee on behalf of the opponents of the civil service sys tem. This bill, so It is stated, is to "modify" the act of January 16,1883, now in operation. This so-called modification would re move from the operation of the civil ser vice law about 40,000 positions. One pro vision of the bill provides for a five-year term and would restore the worst of the evils connected with the old plan of ro tation in the minor and non-political offices. The following resolutions were unanimously adopted: "Resolved, that we most earnestly pro test against the passage of H. R. bill 5554, Introduced at the second session of the Flfty-llfth congress ns 'A bill to modify an act entitled an act to regulate and improve the civil service of the I'nited States,' ap proved January 16, ISS3, and for other pur poses,' believing that tbe enactment of such a measure would undo, to a large ex tent, the good already accomplished in the matter of the conduct ot tho civil service of the United States, tend to injure and cripple the' usefulness of the employes of various depaslments ot the government and work a hardship upon many thousands of competent persons now In the govern ment employ. "Resolved, that we further protest against any modification of the rules pro vided for in the net approved January 16. ISSS, except by the action of the president of the United States, whose power to make necessary amendments is plain and sufficient, and will be exercised, we are certain, whenever, in his judgment, occa sion arises. "Resolved, that a copy of these resolu tions be sent to the president of the I'nited States and to our senators and representa tives in congress and that the latter be most earnestly requested to use every ef fort in their power to prevent the taklngof any backward steps In this reform." A communication was received from the Manufacturers' association of HrooK ly. N. V., asking that the board take ac tion favoring the passage of H. It. bill 5359, introduced by Mr. Loud. This bill proposes to regulate the class of matter that shall be admitted to the second class rate at 1 cent per pound. The pos tal deficit last year was $12,000,000. The postmaster general estimates that It cost $29,000,000 for the transportation of second-class matter, while the de partment received only $3,000,000 for its transmission. Estimating the cost of handling this matter at $20,000,000, which would be a fair estimate, the total loss on second-class matter was $10,000,000. Deducting the deficit from the total loss on second-olass matter, it appears that the profit in carrying the other classes amounts to $34,000,000. No attempt is now being made for a cheaper rate of letter postage. This is simply a step in the right direction for postal reform. The following resolutions were adopted: "Resolved, that we are in favor of the passage by congress of H. R. bill 0339, be lieving the reform tn postal rates therein outlined to be a step in the right direction. "Resolved, that a copy of these resolu tions be sent to our representatives in con gress and that he be urged to support the measure; and, also, that a copy be sent to the postmaster general of the United States." A communication has been received from the committee having charge of the National Pure Food and Drug congress to lie held at Washington, D. C, com mencing March 2d next, inviting the board of trade to send a delegate to the congress. The congress will be made up of dele gates from the various commercial, offi cial, scientific, medical and trade organ izations throughout the country and from the agricultural, war, navy and internal revenue departments. The governors of states and territories are also expected to appoint each ten delegates to be taken from agricultur ists, merchants, manufacturers, etc. The matter was referred to President Daniel, with power to appoint a delegate to represent the board. The following resolutions were adopted as a mark of respec t to the memory of the late T. D. Stimson: "Resolved, that we. tbe directors! of the Los Angeles board of trade, desire to bear record lo the loss that t,he city of I.os An geles and the people of tills community have sustained by the death of Thomas D. Stimson. He bad unbounded confidence In the future of this city, and his means and great business sagacity were alike used for Its upbuilding. He has left last ing memorials to bear witness to his energy and public spirit, and his memory will be cherished In the hearts of many to whom he was ' a friend In need.' "Resolved, that these resolutions be spread in full upon the minutes of the board and given to the press for publica tion, and that a copy of the same be sent to the family of the deceased." FUNG SAM Arrested by Officer Baker and Charged With Forgery Offlccr Baker yesterday gathered in a Celestial who is booked as Fung Sam. and tbe Charge against him is forgery. Thereby bangs a tale that Is yet to be verified. It sems that a dealer In clothes her was lured into parting with a suit of the same for a money order for $16, which was duly signed and apparently rendered negotia ble. When the money order was presented at the postofflce, however, it transpired that there Were instructions there that it should not lie cashed, as a duplicate had been issued, rendering the original null and void. The dealer in clothes thereupon began to bewail and ( all himself uncompli mentary names for having trusted'a hea then Chinee, when suddenly, by special and extreme good luck, the Celestial and a police officer transpired about tbe same time, and now t brouglt the courts will come un explanation to the puzzle, the key to the situation. SIGNAL CORPS RECEPTION Armory Opening Ceremonies Will Close With a Smoker Company A held lis regular practice drill last evening in the drill room at the new armory on Spring street. The impres sion having gone abroad that it was to lie an exhibition drill, there were a number of spectators present to see the young boys in blue. Captain Wankowski put the com pany through the most difficult and com plicated military evolutions for the benefit of the visitors and the boys did themselves and their oommander proud. The regular practloe drill of Company C will be held this evening and on Thursday from 2to 5 and from 7to 10 oclock the sig nal corps will give a reception. In the af ternoon there will be an illustration of the carrier pigeon service, hellographing and other details of the work of the corps. On Friday evening a grand ball will be given in the armory and the ceremonies of the opentng week will close with a smoker. Humane Society Meeting The Humane society held its regular monthly meeting yesterday afternoon at 315 West Sixth street, with Asa A. Clark In the chair. There were present Mmes. John D. Hooker, Thomas Goss and J. B. Millard; Dr. Lindley nnd J. S. Vosburg. Mr. Gilbert S. Wright was elected to All a vacancy in the board of directors, and Messrs. William Hedges and E. Oilman became members of the society. In the report for January, which was read and filed, it was shown that relief had been extended in the various that would do the most good to deserieti women and children, to sickness and pov erty, nnd several cases of four-legged need had also received timely attention. Begging Doesn't Pay Begging on the streets may be profitable when it is properly done, but being caught at it cannot be considered at all so. For the past two weeks there has been hardly a day In the police court but what one or more alleged unffrtunates have been pre sented, and a Jail sentence is invariably imposed. There were iwo such cases yes terday. Frank Baker was caught on Main street, where he was soliciting alms from every person he met H* was given a sen tence of fifty daye in Jail. George Deltz was more fortunate. He had not been doing business on bo large a scale and thirty days was mentioned as the length of his term of imprisonment. A Pot and Kettle Case Elizabeth Alexander, who spoke with such a pronounced brogue that it was dif ficult to understand her, was a defendant in Justice Morrison's court in a case of disturbing the peace. She and one oi her neighbors bad taken up a quarrel which their children had started and had been addressing each other in no uncertain and very emphatic terms. Deputy District At torney Chambers thought it was "a case of six of one and half a dozen of the ofher" and moved to dismiss the case, which was done. May Never Be Tried Jacob Hommel was to have been tried in the police court yesterday on a charge of battery, but the hearing was indefinitely postponed. There is no disposition on the part of the district attorney's department to push this case, as there is some doubt as to the mental responsibility of the ac cused. The case has been called and passed a number of times in the hope that he would improve in health, but be will proba bly have to be placed under special treat ment. Another Whittier Escape A telephone message from Whittier to the police station yesterday morning an nounced that another incorrigible bad wearied of the restraint there and had left the place without consulting the of ficers of tbe school. They are so anxious to get him back that tbe usual reward of $10 has been offered for his recapture. Boss Shayne, alias Mcßride, is the name of the fugitive. A description of him was furnished the officers. Surrendered by His Surety Ah Sang, who was arrested several days ago on a charge of selling lottery tickets, and who was released on bail, was brought to the police station yesterday by his bondsmen and surrendered to the officers. It had become rumored that the Celestial was about to leave for another state. The prisoner will endeavor to secure his re lease by means of a writ of habeas cor pus. The Grip and the Clerks County Clerk T. E. Kewlln, who has been ! confined to his residence for two weeks by a very severe attack ot grip, was at his office yesterday for a short time. Deputy Clerk Charles G. Keyes, who has been laid up also with a similar ailment, has re sumed his duties at the courthouse. Will Get Sober Billy Phelan, who has been In the police court more times than he can reaiemher, was again before Justice Morrison yester day. The man's condition Is extremely pitiable, as he is on the verge of an attack of delirium tremens. He was sentenced to jail for fifty days. Scorchers Fined Justice Morrison Imposed a fine of $3 each yesterday upon Vivian Barr and K. Strode, who were convicted of "scorching" Mon day. The whalemen admitted that they bad been riding too fast, but claimed that they were In a hurry to reach home. Lightly Fined Joe Porter was fined tii yesterday for dis turbing the peace. Because another young man had made some remark about his bat Joe used his fists on him. He did little damage with them. TELEGRAPH OFFICE BURNED ♦ Shortly before 8 oclock last night a coal oil Rochester heating stove ♦ •♦■ at the District Messenger and branch of the Western Union Telegraph ♦ ♦ office, situated at 238 South Spring street, exploded and the place took ♦ ♦ fire. It seems that the coal oil by some means began to seethe In the but- + ♦ teries and ran over to the ground in a burning condition. Night- ♦ ♦ watchman Jack W. Murphy, Detective J. F-. Payne and the night op- ♦ ♦ erator, Charles Chambers, who were present, succeeded in saving the + ♦ valuables that were in the office at considerable danger to themselves, + ♦ but the counter, desks, switchboard, and in fact, nearly everything in- + ♦ side was so badly damaged as to be valueless. California Messenger ♦ ♦ Pierce turned in an alarm into box 17 at the corner of Main and Third ♦ -f streets, which brought chemical engine No. 1 from Main street near + ■f the Plaza In a hurry, otherwise the damage might have been greater. ♦ ON THE CARPET POLICE COMMISSIONERS AFTER A CARELESS OFFICER Charges Against Hlriart Continued One Week for Hearing—Appor tionment of Funds-—Notes Patrolman L. N. Edwards was on the carpet before the board of police com missioners yesterday, charged with be ing in a saloon while on duty. He nar rowly missed being suspended for ten days for his fault, but eventually es caped with a reprimand. The hearing the charges against Offi cer Pascual Hlriart was not taken up, owing to the absence of Commissioner Gibbon. The hearing will, however, be finished at next week's session without fall. Shortly after the opening of the ses sion Chief Glass submitted a letter from ■ -- " ■ ' ~ Sergt. J. A. Smith, stating that on the morning of February Tth he had sus pended Patrolman L. N. Edwards, who had entered the saloon of Henry Koch at Main and Washington streets at 5:15 a. m. and remained there until 6 oclock, while supposed to be on duty. The chief said that he had sustained the action of the sergeant, and asked the pleasure of the commission In the matter. On mo tion of Commissioner Wyman, the chief's action was approved. Officer Edwards made a statement, saying that he went into the saloon be cause he had been taken ill. While in the place he became engaged In a conver sation about the Yukon gold fields, and had not noticed the flight of time. The sergeant came in and found him talk ing. Sergt. Smith gave his story, and Mr. Wyman moved that the officer be suspended for ten days. There was no second to this motion. Commissioner Preuss offered as a substitute that the chief be Instructed to severely repri mand Edwards, which motion prevailed, Commissioner Wyman voting no. • Applications of J. H. Paulln for trans fer of license at 304 South Spring street from D. A. Chick, and of J. A. Wakleck for transfer from 328 South Spring street to 131 South Broadway, were referred to the chief for investigation. The applications of Andrew E. Brown and Henry H. Harrison for appointment as regular officers were received and filed. That of William A. Moore for a special officer's star was referred to the chief. Funds Apportioned The city auditor was able to make an apportionment of $15,000 yesterday to the various funds of the city. This is the first large apportionment for several weeks, and was made possible by the collection of a large amount of taxes Monday. Want the Street Graded Several property owners on Sixth street, between Fremont and Bixel streets, have petitioned the council to grade and Improve Sixth street to con form to the recently established grade. The right leg is far more subject to ac cidents than the left. It has been found that the ratio is about thirteen serious accidents to the right leg to three to the left. X A GENUINE AND UNMISTAKABLE O A BARGAIN AT THE .... © X Forcing' Out Prices 2T? fo ' | || GRANtTriWAL |1 j I MARK-DOWN SALE || g ToWind-UpOur 2 v Los Angeles Business ♦ ♦ ♦ v X An Opportunity That Will Never Occur Again g X Those of our patrons having Book Accounts are A O urgently requested to call at once and settle their x X balances. j* «j» ** V X NO SAMPLES GIVEN AND NO X X 000DS EXCHANGED DURING THIS SALE X X Store To Let Fixtures For Sale X xf AfJm 201-207 North Spring St. g X if Near Temple / X ©CKXXXXXXXXX^^ FATHER MEYER DYING SUFFERING FROM PNEUMONIA AND HEART DISEASE President of St. Vincent's College and Pastor of St. Vincent's Church—At the Sisters' Hospital Father A. J. Meyer, D. D., president of St. Vincent's college and pastor; of St. Vincent's church, is lying at the point of death at the Sisters' hospital. So serious is his condition that four physicians have been in consultation about the case, and all agree that, while there is a chance for his recovery, he will probably never again be seen in his pulpit. Four days ago he was seized with pneumonia, and the same day an old affection of the heart, which had trou bled him before, recurred, and his con dition at once became most serious. The attack of pneumonia was in ag gravated form, the congestion extend ing almost throughout the chest. Tho cause of his illness was overwork. He had been Bpenddng from fourteen to seventeen hours per day at his labors, and a severe cold caused his rugged constitution to break down. He was conveyed to the hospital, where the best of medifcal attention was given him. The disease failed to relax, in spite of the skillful treatment, and last n.lght the reverend gentleman was so weak that his life was despaired of. The attending physicians stated, how ever, that there was a possibility of a favorable change today or tomorrow. Father Meyer is a native of Germany. He was educated for the ministry in Ireland and in New Orleans. Fourteen years ago he came to this city and took charge o£ St. Vincent parish. Nine years later he returned to St. Louis, where he remained about two years, teaching theology In the Catholic semin ary, according to the teachings of his order, the Lazarlst fathers. Returning to Los Angeles about three years Sgo, he again became pastor of St. Vincent, and also president of the Catholic col lege. In that position he has become one of the best-known educators of the state. His friends and admirers are not con fined to tho members of his own faith, for he is highly regarded outside of the church. A REFUNDING SCHEME To Take Up the National Debt of Mexico NEW YORK, Feb. B—James Seligman, senior member of the firm of J. & W. Seligman, which is said to be about to undertake the refunding of the Mexican national debt, declines to give any par ticulars as to the part his firm Is to take In the scheme. He said: "Nothing has as. yet been done that can be made pub lic. Neither will the matter be far enough advanced tomorrow nor In a week to Justify us saying anything about it." Senor Don Jose Ives Limnatour, the Mexican Secretary of Finances, through whose Influence the Seligmans secured the award from the government, It is said, is a member of the German bank ing house of Scherer & Co. In the City of Mexico, and at least one member of that firm is connected by marriage with the Sellgmans of this city. The foreign, banking house which is to co-operate with the Seligmans Is Baron Bleichroder & Co., the Berlin branch of the Roths childs banking house. The negotiates In this city are re garded as remarkable. Nearly all the bonds are held In England, CJer.m»ny and Holland, yet Mexico comes to the United States for relief from her Eu ropean friends. The Mexican debt Is $114,675,875 In gold, bearing 6 per cent interest, and $88,549,111 in silver, making a total of $203,225,006. Mexico's various loans are guaranteed by the revenues, such as postofflce receipts, internal reve nues, taxes and duties. A CATTLE CONCESSION A New York Syndicate Favored by Honduras NEW YORK, Feb. B.—The Herald says: One of the largest concessions ever obtained by an American from a foreign government has fallen Into the hands of a .syndicate of New York cap italists, who have completed the organ ization of a company to control the ex portation and importation of cattle and livestock of all descriptions from and to the* republic of Honduras. The conces sion is for twenty-five years. This con cession was granted August, 1895, by the government of Honduras to Mr. Otto Zurcher, a citizen of Switzerland. His labors resulted in the formation a few days ago of the Honduras-American Cattle, Agricultural and Colonisation Company. P. T. Barlow of New York is President of the company; Jose An tonio Lopez of Guatemala Is Vice-Presi dent; James Y. Alden of New York is Secretary and Treasurer, and Capt. J. P. Imboden of New York Is General Man ager. The company is to be capitalized at $5,000,000. The exclusive right to es-> tabllsh and operate slaughterhouses, re frigerators, canning factories, packing houses and other establishments of like nature is granted, as is exemption from all taxation on the company's property and products. About 300,000 acres of public land was granted to the company. The concessions, it is believed, will place the new company in a few years at the front, both here and in Europe. The price of beef on the hoof in Chicago is 4% cents per pound. To this must bo added the cost of railway transportation to the East and of shipping to Europe. The cost in Honduras is 2% cents a pound and only the cost of the shipment by water is to be added. The projectors of the company expect to capture the entire Cuban trade at once, after which they will try to gain the German trade and that of the United States. POLYGAMY DENOUNCED By a Prophet of the Mormon Church KEWANEE, 111., Feb. B.—Before the conference of Western Illinois Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith, the prophet of that church in America, and son of Joseph Smith, who helped to found Mor monism, gave a bitter denunciation of the practices of the church In Utah. Ac cording to his statement his father had nothing to do with the introduction of polygamy among that sect and the com mon belief that the Church of Latter Day Saints recognized that practice in a lesser degree he emphatically denied. Plural marriage was brought about by the Utah Mormons eight years after the death of bis father, he said, and there was no warrant in the Scriptures for it. As for the Church of the Latter Day Saints, it would adhere to the doctrine of monogamy and resent all charges of polygamous tendencies, - v '