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Tyler Longstreet, the Wan
derer, Returns
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
]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
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.
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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
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.
♦ 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. ♦
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
Shortly after the opening of the ses
sion Chief Glass submitted a letter from
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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
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
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
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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
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
To Take Up the National Debt of
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
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 New York Syndicate Favored by
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.
By a Prophet of the Mormon
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 '

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