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The Herald The Herald Publishing Company WILLIAM A. SPALDING, President and General Manager. 138 SOUTH BROADWAY Editorial department, Telephone IM. Business office. Telephone 247. RATES OF SUBSCRIPTION Dally, by carrier, per month $ 76 Dally, by mail, one year 9 00 Dally, by mail, six months 4 60 Dally, by mall, three months 2 26 Sunday Herald, by mall, ono year 2 00 Weekly Herald, by mall, one year 1 00 POSTAGE RATES ON THE HERALD 48 pases 4 cents 32 pages 2 cents 16 pages 3 cents 2S pages 2 cents 24 pages 2 cents 16 pages 2 cents 12 pages I cent EASTERN AGENTS FOR THE HERALD A. Frank Richardson, Tribune building, Kew York; Chamber of Commerce build ing, Chicago. TEN DOLLARS REWARD Tho above reward will be paid for the arrest and conviction of any person oaugbt stealing the Herald after delivery to a patron. MONDAY, FERRCART 14, IS»S. PLATFORM The Herald believes that the city of Lou Angeles should own and control a complete system of waterworks. The Herald believes that the city should acquire euch a eyitem at the •arllest date poselble and on the most advantageous term* possible, consistent with oontrant obligations and fair deal- In*. The Herald bellevee that the con tract with the Los Angeles City Water company should he enforced to the let tor, and that, at the conclnelon of the pending lease, the plant should be taken over ln accordance with the provisions tO l that contract. MR. TOWNE'S SPEECH Copies of last Sunday's Herald, containing a full stenographic report of Hon. Chas. A. Towne's great speech at Hazard's pavilion, can be had at the office of The Herald. Friends of the cause should send them where they will do the most good. Wrapped, ready for mailing, 5 cents per copy. HOME TO ROOST How doth distance lend enchantment to the view! A few months ago a grave scandal occurred In the Los Angeles board of education. Certain of its mem bers were charged with blackmail and extortion. One of the accused members confessed his guilt, the other did not. The San Francisco Call, 500 miles away, for some occult reason, cham pioned the cause of the member who did not confess, and charged the newspapers of this city with persecuting him. In conducting its compaign it descended to malicious misrepresentation and low ecullduggery under the plea of "giving the other side a hearing." Just now the boot is on the other foot. Ban Francisco has a board cf education scandal of the same nature as that in Los Angeles. How suddenly virtuous Is the Call become! Listen to its wail: What is the country coming to when men seek office for the purpose of so liciting bribes? And this question gives place to another: Is it not about time, now that It is reasonably certain that we are being ruled by thieves, for the people to cast about for an anchorage? Surely things cannot go on this way very long. The Call is late In making its discov ery. The people can have no faith in its assertions; they cannot hold it above suspicion after the shameful course it has pursued in seeking to defeat the ends of good government in Los An geles. Suppose that a supervisor or a school director in San Francisco who is charged with blackmail and extortion should tell the Call that he "could not obtain a fair hearing," what then? Would its virtue withstand the pressure ? The people are obliged to judge the sit uation in San Francisco by the record in Los Angeles, so far as board of educa tion scandals and the Call are concerned. THE LOCAL SCREW AT FAULT You must add J45.000.000 per annum to the circulating nieJium to keep pace with the natural (jrowth of the United States, shouted Bryan in 1896. And you can only accomplish this result by free coinage of silver, yelled Bryan in 1595. ln ISOT the money of the country was increxscd (96,011,882, $7ti,025.4!» of which was gold coin, receivable at its face value the world over. Will Mr. Bryan or The Los Angeles Herald explain which particular srrov, was loose in Mr. Bryan's wheels.—Exchange. The statement of Mr. Bryan that $45,000,000 must be added to the circu lating medium annually, to keep pace with the natural growth of population ln the United States and maintain the per capita ot available money in the hands of the people, Is based upon a mathematical calculation. Mr. Carlisle, in his last annual report as secre tary of the treasury, conceded the neces sity, as well as the correctness of the estimate. Mr. Bryan believes It better and safer to maintain the per capita circulation by the coinage of gold and silver, of which we produce scarcely more than Is sufficient for ihe purpose, than by the issue of more "promises to pay" money, upon whatever scheme or basis of redemption. The decreasing sil ver product, if all were converted into dollars, would not he suffi cient for the purpose. Mr. Bry an wants all of the silver and all of the gold, save only what Is essential for use in the arts, converted Into a full debt-paying money, and If this should result In an Increase of the per capita circulation, it is difficult to see who would suffer thereby. The great est philosophers and sages of all times have maintained that the countries pro ducing the largest quantities of the precious metals are ever the strongest, most enlightened and prosperous. The money of all kinds in circulation on the Ist of last January did not show an increase of $96 , 041,882, as stated by our esteemed contemporary, but did show an increase of $70,800,000. as com pared with the same period of the pre vious year. And how was this Increase made up? Nearly two-thirds of it came from the addition of silver to the coin age, the issue of silver certificates against silver coin in the treasury, the coinage of the seigniorage and sub sidiary silver. To be exact: Increase in silver dollars, $2,900,000; subsidiary sil ver, $3,600,000; silver certificates, $20,000, --000: treasury notes of IS9O, $19,200,000. Money in the treasury fluctuates wide ly, and whereas, the per capita cir culation upon the Ist of January last showed a decided increase over the per capita circulation one year previous, in less than a month it was decreased ft cents a head by reason of the fluctua tions noted. Our esteemed contemporary will scarcely contend that the country is suffering from the increase in per capita circulation, or that '-. would be hazard ous to still further increase it to the French limit. ALREADY FIGHTING IT The campaign against the primary election law has already begun, before the opportunity is afforded of putting it into practice. It Is a little significant, too, that the oppesltion to the law is be ing manifested by those who are hand in glove with the Push and Pull element of the several political parties. Thomas V. Cator, for instance, a self assumed leader of the Populist party in San Francisco, who trained with the Rainey crowd ln the recent freeholders' election, is engaged in litigation before the supreme court, in an effort to have the law declared unconstitutional. Now comes the San Francisco Post, which espoused the cause of the Solid Six in the Los Angeles board of educa tion scandal, and says: If we are to judge by experience. It Is safe to say that nobody except the political classes will participate at the primaries established by the law. The selection of delegates, therefore, will be left entirely to the political bosses, and inasmuch as the law provides that no candidate can go upon the official ballot with a party designation unless he has been nominated by a convention created according to law, the power to control party labels and party nomina tions is thus confided entirely to the political bosses. The new primary law, moreover, Is contradictory and confus ing. No one but a traditional Philadel phia lawyer will ever be able to tell exactly what it means. But if it Is ca pable of practical operation, it can. In our judgment, have but one result, and that is the almost complete destruction of the Independent system of voting set up by the Australian ballot. As the law has never been tried, no body can be cocksure as to its effect. The fact that it is so vigorously con demned by the Post, tends to throw sus picion upon the character of the oppo sition, and to convey the impression that the corruptionists and the bosses in pol itics are afraid of it. It will be recalled that The Herald recently called atten tion to the experience of Colorado a few years ago. There a law was passed to insure clean, honestly conducted pri maries; it worked so well that the Push and the Pull secured its repeal at th-? very next legislative session. The new law may be a failure; but let us not condemn it until it shall have been proved to be so. SHOULD BE MODIFIED A congressional measure that is at tracting considerable attention just now, especially in view ot Germany's retaliatory course, is a bill introduced by Representative Barlow, ordered printed and sent to the committee on agriculture. The bill provides rules and regulations governing the importation of nursery I stock, and regulations for the inspection j of nursery stock grown within the United States which becomes subject to interstate commerce or transportation. It requires that all plants, trees, shrubs, j vines, grafts, cuttings and buds offered I for entry at any port in the United States shall be accompanied by a cer tificate of inspection by officials of the government from which the exporta tion was made, which certificate shall be made in a manner and form pre scribed by the secretary of agriculture. All nursery stock imported in accord ance with such regulations to be free from ail inspection, quarantine or re strictions in interstate commerce. The secretary of agriculture is empowered to establish quarantine against any sus pected nursery stock sent from abroad. All nursery stock grown in the United States subject to interstate commerce must be inspected by a qualified ento mologist under the direction of the sec retary of agriculture, the inspection to be made prior to September 1 of each year, the certificate of inspection to re lease such stock from further quaran tine or restriction. The bill is undoubtedly intended to be in the interests of the fruit growers of this country, but the manner in which the desired end is sought to be achieved is open to criticism. Inspection by the officials of a foreign country that is na turally interested In securing as large exports as possible would be more in the nature of a farce than anything else, and would not secure the protection de sired. After the stock had once passed LOS ANGELES HERALD: MONDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 14,1898 foreign Inspection the people of tfiis country would be powerless, no matte; how badly Infected it might be. The proposed plan of inspection for American nursery stock is fully as ob jectionable. All the states are not equally Interested In the same kinds of stock. Each naturally desires the sole authority to say what shall or shall not be admitted. One state may be con cerned about a species of infection re garding which another cares nothing. The several states have their own quar antine regulations in other matters, like cattle or swine disease, and are equally competent to act in the matter of nurs ery stock infection. In brief, the inspection of foreign nursery stock should be made in this country by American inspectors; and the several states should control, each for itself, the inspection of American nursery - stock sent from one common wealth to another by interstate com merce. M'KINLEY AND GREENBACKS that the whole power of the McKinley administration is to be enlisted in the warfare upon greenbacks. The order has gone forth from the money centers, and the president dare not disobey. It was distinctively the money power that elected McKinley, and he is now no more than its bond slave. Lombard street demands and Wall street re-echoes the demand that the paper money issued on the credit of the United States must be destroyed if there is strength enough in the successful party to accomplish it. This is, by all odds, the most important question now before the American peo ple. The Cuban and Hawaiian ques tions are but trifling in comparison. The amount of greenbacks outstand ing, including all that have been lost and destroyed, and all that are on deposit in the treasury and elsewhere, is a trifle be low $347,000,000. These constitute a portion of the national debt, since they were issued by the government, as so much money in its ordinary business transactions. But while evidences of indebtedness, the greenbacks bear no in terest. They are, therefore, no burden to the public, but, on the contrary, a great public convenience, inasmuch as they serve the very necessary purpose of a like quantity of money. They are even better than an equivalent amount of gold or silver coin, since they are more easily handled, and are not subject to loss by abrasion. To dispense with so large a portion of the circulating medium of the country without substituting other money for it would, of course, produce great strin gency in the money market, and create a panic. But it Is not proposed to substitute other money for the green backs, but to merely confer upon the national banks the privilege to issue bank paper when they may see fit to do so, and not otherwise. But the banks, as is well known, always haul in their money in times of stringency or panic, and let it out only with a liberality when the demand for it is slack. The shallow pretext for this movement of the money power against green backs is that the government, in pro viding and issuing this kind of money, is engaging in the banking business; and this, they say, the government ought not to engage in, but should leave to the national banks the issuance of all paper money. The advocates of this theory hold that the government, in the matter of providing money for the peo ple, should restrict itself to the opera tions of the mints; but they fail to show wherein the providing of paper money is any more of a banking business than the providing of gold, or silver, or nickel, or copper coins, of which the government holds a complete monopoly. It is argued by them that, because the constitution declares that: "No state shall make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts," therefore the United States can make money only out of gold and silver —a most lame and impotent conclusion. As well might it be maintained that the federal govern- ment can make no treaty nor levy a tax on imports, because the several states are forbidden to do these things. A much more consistent interpretation would be that the general government, having assumed the exclusive preroga tive of manufacturing the circulating medium, has prohibited the states from doing that thing. This view is well sustained by the further constitutional provision that: "Congress shall have power to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and cur rent coin of the United States." Here Is a clear recognition of the authority of the general government to create these greenback securities. If their is suance were unauthorized, it would hardly be proper to punish their coun terfeiting. Their issuance, therefore, by the federal government is strictly constitutional. Rank bimetalllsts, popularly known as "silver cranks," have been given the postoffices ln the two leading cities of Colorado, Denver and Pueblo, by Presi dent .McKinley. This Is not because he loves silver men more or hates Demo crats less, but because of the al most complete failure of the crop of ad ministration Republicans ;;ince the re turn of the Wolcott commission. "Bryan, No One But Bryan," is the stereotyped heading now used by the New York journal for its department of political correspondence. The acclaim Is so unanimous as to render the com munications monotonous. Arthur Mc- Ewen should be given another assign ment. Ex-Senator Dubois has already begun the work of organizing the silver forces for effective work in the next campaign, operating in conjunction with other champions of the cause from the Wash ington standpoint. He, of course, places the highest importance upon a close fusion in the general congressional cam palgn of next fall, and specifically In the elections for United States senators la the states of California, Utah and Ne braska. Fortunately for the cause he advocates, since It serves to facilitate his plans, It Is desirable to secure the re turn from those commonwealths of a Democrat, a Silver Republican and a Populist, in the persons of Senators White, Cannon and Allen. The re-elec tion of these three senators, so essential to the silver cause, would of course be endangered ln the event of a division in their states. No less imperative Is It that blmetalllsts should stand together and subordinate all other questions to the main Issue in the congressional elec tions of this fall, and to the organization of them into one compact body of voters Mr. Dubois proposes to direct his best energies. As foreshadowed by this journal the other day, the reorganization committee of the Kansas Pacific road will bid It In at the forthcoming sale at the upset price fixed by the government. This will be disappointing only to those who hoped the United States would come into forced possession of the road and have an opportunity of putting to test the ability of the government to Suc cessfully operate it. But the people gen erally, wholly independent of this con sideration will be disposed to felicitate the country upon being at last rid of a gigantic problem that for twenty-five years has vexed the souls of statesmen. The striking Colorado coal miners have been vindicated by the state board of arbitration, to which they agreed to submit their grievances. Every demand of the men was justified. They could hardly have expected to secure so much by a prolongation of the strike. It In deed threatened to cost them the whole thing. The outcome is another splen did victory for the principle of peaceful arbitration. The Consummate Idiot, who, upon the slightest pretext raises an alarm of fire in theaters, attended the Orpheum yes terday afternoon. Two boys got to scuffling In the upper part of the house, and of course the Idiot began to yell "Fire! Fire!" at the top of his voice. A panic was averted, but that was not the fault of the Idiot. There ought to be a way to prosecute and punish such cat tle. It is now announced that unless Spain sends over a bundle of regrets that De Lome accidentally crowded so much truth into a single letter the president Will not be satisfied. The country will much deplore a break in the heretofore chummy relations existing between Madrid and Washington. If Luetgert is kept in prison until his wife puts in an appearance Justice will doubtless be measurably satisfied. LA TABLE D'HOTE Of all that gastronomic art has done. Both recent and remote, No greater plague it sent to man Than that called table d'hote. Its courses long and mixtures vile. Too numerous to note. Have indigestion brought to me— This horrid table d'hote. I've traveled far o'er land and sea, By rail, by stage and boat. And still I find where'er I roam, That same old table d'hote. In northern lands or sunny climes. Round Capri's Isle I float. And still it comes—that phantom fiend— The ghostly table d'hote. I walked on board the Paris' deck, "I've 'scaped him now." I tho't: The captain smiled and said to me: "Come, let's have table d'hote." In dreams I scaled the walls of heaven, But scarce had crossed the moat; St. Peter said: "You're just ln time, We're taking table d'hote." I fled through space, a fiend pursued And grasped me by the throat; "And who are you?" I gasped In fear; He screamed: "I'm table d'hote." And now. dear captain, list' to me, A moment's time devote; I'm fond of you and all your crew. But damn your table d'hote! —Charles Gilbert Davis In Chicago Times- Herald. •Written on board the steamship City of Paris while returning from a trip to Eu rope He Has Fasted For Twenty Years There Is a Jew, a native of Lltsk, Russia, living in the East end of London, who has tasted for twenty years, his sole daily diet during that time consisting of six pints of milk, three pints of beer and a half pound of Demerara sugar. His name Is Morris Fox. He Is an excellent Talmudlcal scholar, and, In spite of his frugal meals, he is the most healthy, Intelligent and wide-awake person ln his quarter. He Is now over 40. At the age of 17, it appears, he caught some lingering fever, which shattered his constitution and entirely de- stroyed his digestive organs. He took many kinds of treatment from many phy sicians, until his stomach became Inured to all medicine. At the Kieff hospital they vainly tried to cure him by sponging and electrolysis; at Vienna his physicians In cluded the well-known Drs. Albert and Northnagel. His treatment at Carlsbad was a failure; then he traveled to Kodlgs- berg, when the physicians decided that he must live on sugar, milk and beer. He adopted their prescription, and soon re gained normal health. For twenty years no solid food has passed his mouth.-rNew York Times. The Silk Hat Epoch Mrs. Greathead—"l want a silk hat for my husband and one for my son." Hatter—"l didn't know they wore them." Mrs. Greathead—"They haven't hereto fore, but now my son is growing his first mustache and my husband Is taking an Interest in polities."—Philadelphia Record. Too Spry "Jinks Is the meanest man on earth." "Why?" "I told him a good story on the way out to a dinner, and when we got there he worked it off before I had a chance."— Chicago Record. Cologne Used in Viands It is no secret that the French culinary expert employs eau de cologne to produce with other essences that subtle, mysterious but delicious flavor so often tasted in fruit salads and other cookery confections. In the genuine cologne there Is a compressed extract of rosemary and lemon thyme. Detective —A combination of shadow and substance—Chicago News. • EPIGRAMS BY CHARLES A. TOWNE ♦ — i t ~. ♦ 4 The campaign of 1900 began the day 4 ♦ after Bryan's nomination ln 1896. and 4 4 It will go on until the day of his elec- 4 4 tlon ln 1900. + 4O O > 4 The single gold standard Is the 4 ♦ greatest trust and monopoly In all 4 4- this world, and comprises all others. 4 TO O 4 4- The Republican party said In 1892 4 ♦ that nine-tenths of the American peo- 4 4 pie were blmetalllsts. They told the 4 4 truth. It was true in 1892; it was true ♦ 4 ln 1896; it Is true today, and It will be 4 4 true ln 1900. + 4o o + 4 There is absolutely no excuse for 4 4 any man who declares under any clr- 4 4 cumstances for the free coinage of 4 4 silver to put up with the maintenance 4 4 of the gold standard. 4 4O o 4 4 The gold standard has been Indicted 4 4 ever since It was mistakenly en- 4 4 throned ln the world for high crimes 4 4 and misdemeanors, and has pleaded 4 4 gallty at the bar of public Justice for 4 4 four and twenty years. 4 ♦o o 4 4 An appeal to the mercy, to the gen- 4 4 tility of the robber, is always In vain. 4 4 You must assert your own rights, or 4 4 you will not have any. 4 4 The senate of the United States is 4 4 today the bulwark of the safety of 4 4 these United States. The house Is no 4 4longer a representative body. 4 ♦O O 4 4 The people of the country have 4 4 learned that psychological prosperity 4 4 Is a myth and an Impossibility. 4 ♦o o 4 4 In the United States today there are 4 4 until this great question is settled, 4 4 only two political parties, those who 4 4 are for the gold standard, the trusts 4 4 and the monopolies, and those who 4 4 are against them. 4 TO O 4 4 It is the boast of our opponents that 4 4 they are united. It is their hope of 4 4 success that they may divide us, in 4 4 order that they may conquer. Let us 4 4 take wisdom from our enemies. 4 TO O 4 4 Hon. Stephen M. White is one of the 4 4 acknowledged lenders of the United 4 4 States senate. He Is a man of very 4 4 great ability ns a lawyer, as a par- 4 4 liamentarian and ns a debater in the 4 4 councils of the senate; a man who 4 4 stands absolutely true, absolutely In- 4 4 corruptible, absolutely fearless ln this 4 4 great cause now waging before the 4 4 people of the country, and who en- 4 4 Joys the confidence of all the men fol- 4 4 lowing that common banner. . 4 4O O 4 4 When they say gold has intrinsic 4 4 value, we retort that intrinsic value 4 4ls intrinsic nonsense. We say that 4 4 value Is simply the ratio between the 4 4 demand for a thing and the supply 4 4 of it. 4 4o o 4 4 The demand for money is equlvn- 4 4 lent to the demand for all other 4 4 things. It Is the all-powerful finger 4 4 of the law which gives us the right to 4 4 use a metal as money. 4 4O O 4 4 What France was able to do from 4 4 1803 to 1873, the United States of 4 4 America can do from IS9B until the end 4 4 of the world. 4 T ♦ 4444444444444444444 "Consistency, Thou Art a Jewel" Editorial In San | Kditorinl ln San FranclscoCall. Feb- Francisco Call, Feb ruary 12, IS9S. j ruary 12, IS9B. We Incline to the | Throughout the opinion that Mr. | state the stirring of Towne will iind j the people on pollt more pleasure ln ] leal Issues is already ghls weatherless, | noted. Certain winterless land, and | groups of men are in contemplation of | considering the se the green things | lection of candidates growing, than he I for governor, others will In politics. He | are seeking repre wlll observe that : sentntives ln con our people do all j gress. and. generally things in season | speaking, all are glv- While the politi- j ing thought to the cians who are look- i choice of their par ing for office may j ties In making nom feel the quickening j Inations for local of of ambition in Feb- | flees, ruary. the people | The eager Interest are busy with the | felt by the people in pruning hook and | the coming cam plow. In fact, Mr. | paign so early In the Towne comes In the ; year Is a good sign, close season for pol-; It Is an evidence itles. and while his that the voters ln audlences will chill j tend to direct the and fever by turns i contest from start to as he "views with j finish, alarm" or "points | with pride," their | minds are on their | wheat fields and ral- | sin plantations and | orange groves. Millions For Charity The Rev. C. T. Ward of the Sheltering Arms has prepared comparative tables showing the amount of money left for charily or benevolent purposes by testators throughout the United States during the last three years. He Amis that these be quests for 1897 are $1,000,000 ln excess of those for 1596. In the bequests amount ed to $9,401,500. In 1896 to $13,112,300, and In 1897 to 514.374.500. Of the more than four teen millions bequeathed last year $6,204, --600 was designated for charitable purposes, $2.575.000 for missionary purposes, and $5,292,200 for educational purposes. The following table shows the amount to be devoted to church and missionary pur i according to religious dcnomlna , tion: 1895. 1896. 1897. ! Episcopal $795,000 $737,200 $1,026,600 ; Congregational ... 247.000 284.500 451.800 j Baptist 101.500 216,800 312.200 Presbyterian 83,700 1 83.400 265,100 Roman Catholic .. 56.000 200.000 214,300 Methodist 177,900 132,200 87.100 Reformed 30.000 67.500 77,000 Unitarian 59,800 63.500 17,200 Lutheran 13.700 17,200 73,500 New Jerusalem ... M,OOO 20.000 13,600 Christian 3,000 6,500 9,500 Univcrsalist 47.000 6.000 11,000 Friends 6.500 6.0C0 7,000 Hebrew „i 2,800 4.000 2,000 —New York Times. Russian Gold Product Russia holds the third place among gold •produclng countries. Gold Is only found ln large quantity ln the Ural mountains and East and West Siberia; the very lim ited output of washed gold in Finland Is not of any importance. It Is only natural that the Russian government should do all ln its power to advance the gold mining industry. Its plan is to train up a staff of mining engineers and to let these experts visit North America, South Africa and Australasia. It is also proposed to attempt a second extraction of gold from some of the vast quantities of residue, etc.. ln the various mining districts.—Philadelphia Record. Did What He Promised "How about that bill you promised to introduce?" inquired the constituent. "I kept my promise." replied the mem ber of congress. "I introduced It, but no body appeared to desire its further ac quaintance."—Washington Star. No Need "Do you know, I don't think much of Mawson ?" "You don't have to. You can size Maw son up in two seconds,"—Harlem Life. I .. MULLEN & BLUETT CLOTHING CO.. I .-".for HATS 1 Whether it be for man or boy, the fact that it bears the M. & 8.. mark is a guarantee of value | The Glothing Corner first and spring ji Olenwood Ranges I > Made In all the desirable Styles and Sizes, to use either Wood, or < 1 \ Coal. Complete In every detail, havlnr. all trie Modem Improve \ I ments to be found on the hijbest-trade cooking apparatus are I .1 > sckitswleujed the best ever offered M the public, I 1 ] j W. C. FURREY CO., Sole Agents j j , I 187-161 Worth Spring- Stroet ft «W%%^!Hs>»jrellki^^ 6 a l r~< •. /-* Our itook ot medium »nd A % Akron Furniture Co,. \ X, ii i ii Mon riven to furnishing 5 \ homes where BXOKLLXNCE is desired at SHALL KXPKSSK. 6 X Telephone Mala IMS. AKRON FURNtTVRB CO., 44t S. <W«*J Consumption Cured DR. W. HARRISON BALLARD Booms 1 to 16 7.AHN BLOCK Send for CopyrliMed Entrance 410 l-» South Spring St. "TrestUo on ConinmpMtSe.' CALIFORNIA OPINION Greater Los Angeles The rivalry between Oakland and Los Angeles has been quite marked ln the past. For years the former city took rank ns second clt ln the state in point of popula tion, but with later years our southern me tropolis has outstripped her ln the race. Now Oakland will make a grand effort to regain the coveted place. A fine scheme has been concocted whereby the following will bo united in one city urid county: Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Emeryville, Piedmont, Claremont, Frultvale, Melrose, Fltchburg, Elmhurst and San Lenndro. This would give Oakland a greater popula tion than the city of Los Angeles and a much greater assessed valuation. Oakland would then.be the second city on the coast and the present system of double legisla tion would be unnecessary. Now, Los An geles, wake up! Give us La Fiesta again! Push the harbor work, increase your pop ulation, extend your city limits. We can beat them fellows up north on climate, fruit—almost anything—so don't let them get by this time. We've got the climate and the fruit, and just as soon as our two big sugar factories begin to operate we'll have a big population. So then, why not keep up our heads and show those fel lows up there a thing or two ?—Ventura Democrat. Anxiety Aroused A dispatch from Pomona to the Los An geles Herald by special leased wire says: "Twenty-two Indies arc organising an ex pedition to Dawson City." This is news. Indeed. Can it be that there Is being or ganized in Pomona a maiden ladles' expe dition to Klondike ln quest of husbands? Impossible! The unmarried Pomona ladles are too young and winsome to go on any such expedition.—Pomona Progress. Go Slow It isn't everybody who can aspire to be a Tod Sloan. Editors, lawyers, physicians, preachers and others who are not bow legged and who are working In humble ca pacities Bhould remember this and not make the mistake of endeavoring to reach out beyond their capabllities.-San Jose Mercury. An After Thought After having confessed the truth in refer ence to killing his brother and sister by poison, it occurs to Frank Belew that ho Is very, very insane.—Santa Rosa Press- Democrat. The Foolish Virgins The demand for garden seeds furnished the Callfornlan for distribution has Bet In with a grand swing. The seeds, however, are all gone.—Bakersfleld Callfornlan. An Unusual Case of Honesty In the mall received by A. S. Woolf yes terday was a letter from London. England. In the letter was a postal note for $2.60. And ln the $2.50 Is a story. It Is an unusually honest story, or rather a story of unusual honesty. Nine years ago a banker ln Denver bought a bill of furnishing goods from Woolf Bros. The bill amounted to $97, but the banker was cheerfully given credit Just because he was a banker. But in a few months the bank failed and all efforts to collect the bill were fruitless. The firm traced the banker to Japan. There It lost track of him. Five years passed and the bill was outlawed. The $97 was placed to the firm's loss. The letter which Mr. Woolf received from London yesterday came from the ex hanker. He said hard luck had followed him. Now he was getting on his feet once more, and he enclosed $2.50. which, though a small sum, would make the bill col lectible again. As soon as he was able he would send the rest of the money. He did not know Just when that would be. But he would send it.—Kansas City Star. Russia's Budget for This Tear Another important document of the sea son is M. Wltte's financial estimate for 1898. Briefly, the budget Is balanced with a total of 1.474,094,923 rubles, with a surplus of 14,000,000 rubles ordinary revenue, and a deficit of 106,000.000 rubles extraordinary income. The total extraordlnaryexpend, ture amounts to nearly 124^'°°? f r "^ s ' all of which, with the exception of 11.000 - 000 is for railway construction. A deficit ™; V e l«0».0» rubles 1. to be covered by "the available resources of the treas ury " which some critics interpret as In dicating a new loan. M. Wltte's explana tion as usual, Is too voluminous to deal with by telegram. He elucidates at length the transformation of the paper currency and sliver standard Into gold coinage, and touches upon the bad harvest last sum mer which is likely to reduce the Income of the peasant and land taxes by some 7 000 000 rubles. In the present report the economical well-being ot Russia Is not represented In tbe same favorable light as in the budgets of the last few years.— London Times. His Part Little Katie— Papa, what did you say to mamma when you made up your mind you wanted to marry her? Mr. Meeker (visibly reluctant)—l said .".yes," dear.—Chicago Tribune, NOTES OF THE DAY Tho graphophone Is being utilized by the bureau of ethnology to preserve a record of songs and languages that are likely to soon become extinct. Women In France hnve Just secured a slight addition to their legal rights. They may henceforth be valid witnesses to reg istrations of births, marriages and deaths, and to the signatures ln legal documents. During 1897 the sum total of losses paid in Kansas by all the life Insurance com panies doing business there was $413,900. Luring the same time $539,262 was paid by one fraternal society, the A. O. U. W. The Delaware and Hudson railroad hae adopted a competitive system ln dealing with employes, with the view of enhancing efficiency, eliminating favoritism and making merit the reason for promotion. Twenty-two business men who acted ac the coroner's Jury In the Investigation of the recent great tire In London and served for fourteen working days received 4 pence (2 cents) each as compensation. A shoe dealer ln New York says that on account of the newspaper ridicule women have almost entirely discontinued the practice of sending- slippers to their pas tors at Christmas. Five 1b the sacred number of the Chi nese, who have five planets, five cardinal points, five virtues, five tastes) live musical tones, five ranks of nobility and Aye colors. Two glasses of a temperance drink served to a London doctor by a teetotal family contained so much alcohol that the dootor was unable to walk straight across the room. He Is now lecturing against ginger ale and root beer as Intoxicants. A European has been sentenced at Bulu wayo to six years' Imprisonment with hard labor for defrauding the natives of their cattle. He pretended to be a government Inspector and seized the cattle for sup posed violations of law. A paper read before the British associa tion at Bath ln praise of corsets, declared that "reasonably tight" lacing Increased mental nnd physical activity by causing a more liberal supply of blood to the brain, muscles and nerves. In a report to the state department United States Consul Monohan, at Chem nitz, shows that workmen wounded by ac cident ln Germany have been paid ln the last eleven years over and above their wages nearly $120,000,000. Arrangements are being made ln England for cenelbntlng the bicentenary of tho So ciety for Promoting Christian Knowledge on Tuesday, March Bth, the anniversary of the day on which the society was founded ln 1693. The women of Seattle, Wash., have in stituted a Society of Klondike Widows. The lists are exclusive, being restricted to those whose claims to "Klondike widow hood" are indisputable. Only the wives and sweethearts of men off to the gold fields are eligible and no others need apply. Somewhat After Aesop A chrysanthemum and a cabbage met by chance at the door of a house where they had been left by a florist and a gro cer, respectively. "What part of the mansion are you about to visit?" asked the cabbage. "The parlor," replied the chrysanthe mum. "And you?" "Alas, fair cousin," rejoined the cab bage, "I fear I am on my way to the cel lar." "Call me not cousin, said the other ar rogantly. "We are not related at all. The cellar Is a good enough place for such as you." The humble cabbage said no more; but. a few days later, they met again, by aecl dent, for one brief moment. The cab bage reposed ln the center of a large plat ter. The chrysanthemum was In a coal bucket. "Whither are you going?" feebly asked the chrysanthemum. "To the dinner table," answered the cab bage. "And you?" "Alas." responded the other, "I am on my way to the garbage box." Concerning this Incident It may be re marked that pride still goeth before a fall, even as It did of old.—Youth's Com panion. Had His Troubles Seedy Individual—Can't you give a dime to a poor homeless wanderer? Well-dressed Individual—No home? Why, man, you're ln luck. I've got a bill in my pocket for $200 taxes on mine, six; months overdue, that I can't pay.—Somer* vllle, Mass., Journal. The Queen's English "Englishman—l say, ye knaw, what's the bookage to Boston? Railroad Ticket Clerk—The whatage? Englishman—The bookage, ye knaw-. the tariff. Whet's the tariff? Ticket Clerk—l haven't time to talk pot« ltlcs.—New York Weekly. To Be Put Out Trying to prevent smoking at the city, hall offices under penalty ot dismissal !■ an Illustration of the theory that wher«] there's smoke there's Hie—Philadelphia k Times.