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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. 177. AMUSEMENTS . |©s Angeles Trheater i^^ w^g^. Tro " MATINEE TODATtli:lop,m.-Lut Performance TONIOHT Season's Greatest Success . . . mrft jfcomG In His Beautiful Comedy p. -jf Direction of Drama O/IOrO JlcrQS Henry C. Miner Beale mw on sale. Ptlees ,»e. f.Oe 75c 11.00. » M ' clenhnna Man 70. |©s Angeles Theater g.c.^^^! numm - TWO NIGHTS ONLY—Tuesday and Wednesday-MABCH *9 and 30 \merica's Greatest #yD ' > - <*~/A QO" Indoor Show UC/CO S 60—PEOPLE ON THE STAGE—OO •oaltlvely the Most Expenslvo Organization ol its Kind in America . . . . Seats now on sale. Popular prices—die, 50, 75c. tl 00 Tel. Main .0 j*. lx>s Angeles' Society Vaudeville Theater. AC\%s\aVlaV aa a a. - — — Original Novelty Musioel ArtlaH, Whitney Bros. fiXTSjI ••Pre.to," the Dancing Wonder. The Orlg- tv \ »rVV\a WWW- , nal comedian Pianist, Will H. Fox, in his Vll>mr«y\vl novel tuntlcal oddity. "I'addywhisky." Smart and -w -»-«-w »J|Y|(,|«, America's Most Talented Colored Come Off . f— , dians. Mandnla, the Marvelous Globe Equlllb //fatinco Ooaay rlat. The Sensatlun of £urope and America. tny Seat 25c tbfl American lllograph—the most perfect of )hfldren , , 10c all prejociosrone machines—A new series of lallery lOc views—The Brooklyn Navy Yard, showing the !)»■• t.esbip Maine. Drawee. Geo. W. Day. Una l'antze . •rices Never Changing—Evening, reserved seats, 25c and 50c; gallery, 10c. Regular mats. We. . e-day, Saturday and Sunday Telephone Main 1417. Burbank Theater JOHN c - FISHKR ' Manager Jtttspicious Reopening, ftfonday, Tffarch 28- ■ UAe 3selasco~'Uhali Stock Company In Belasco Si Fyles' Drama of Indian Warfare I - - SXeft Behind tyo furn Vereln Hall Seventeenth Anniversary ~ ~ Srand Charity Siall ~ ~ OF THE OEKMAN LADIES' BENEVOLENT SOCIETY gjjjgand Lady li.so • Tuesday €veniny, fyareh 29, /898 Parli Lsseefn^Managcr. . . Jiarcs and Jfcounds . . Coursing Sunday, March 27th, commencing at 10:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the ay, rain or shine; 32-dog stake, Sioo purse. Admission, 25 cents; Ladies free, including ;raml stand. Music by Seventh Regiment Band. Take Main-Street cars. California Limited f c— f\ I ts iA ' Via Oanta Stroute \ Best \ \ .eaves Los Angeles 8:00 a.m. Tuesday and Friday § %)on't \ .eaves Pasadena 8:25 a.m. Tuesday and Friday § $ Arrive Kansas City 6:10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday J 9//iss ft \ Arrive St. Louis 7:00 a.m. Friday and Monday I | krrive Chicago 9:43 a.m. Friday and Monday %„,„„„,„„„„„„„„„,$ This great train, with Its famous dining-car service, is run lor passengers with first-class Ickets only, but no charge beyond the regular ticket and sleoplng-car rate ls made. Dining ars serve breakfast leaving Los Angelos. Vestlbuled and electric lighted, Al! the luxuries oi noderu travel. Jfite~Shaped Urack.., DONE IN A DAY ON THE TUESDAY AND SATURDAY SPECIALS n addition to the regular train service the Santa fe runs on every Tuesday and Saturday a peclal express train, taking In Kcdlands, Riverside and the beauties of Santa Ana Canyon, .eaves Los Angeles at Va. m; leaves Pasadena at 11:25 a. m. Returning arrives at Los Angeles at • :2& p. ni.. Pasadena) :6u p. m„ giving two hours stop at both Redlands and Riverside 7-, />. .. r* ON THIS TRAIN AFFORDS PLEASANT One Uoservatton Liar opportunity for seeing the sight? fSan and Coronado 53each Tib. MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOT IN THE WORLD >«ro dally trains, carrying parlor cars, make the run in about four hours from Los Angeles, nd on Tuesday and Saturday nights tbe Coronado Special will run. Tlie ride is delightful, arrying you for seventy miles along the Pacific Ocean beach. Santa Fe Route Office, 200 Spring St., corner Second Ostrich Farm OKANU AY * Grand Avenue Cars to Gates—sminute* ftom City Hall and Principal Hotels Ostrich Blumes, Coiiarettes, Boas, Ostrich Gyys — Open ait 7)ay *** Piumod Siants CHILDREN ACCOMPANIED BY PARENTS FREE. 10,000 Challenge the Original Ostrich Farm. Every Lady Gets an Ostrich Feather Free. Ostrich Farm .. South Pasadena .. tkW. THE LARGEST OSTRICH FARM IN AMERICA " —7?early /OO Sipantic Birds of Jftt jfyes >ne brood of BABY OSTRICHES just hatched. Seven acres oi nio<t beautiful shady grounds mmensu stock ot boas, capes and tips, appropriate Ca ifornia sou vent-. Pasadena Electric and 'ermlnal Railway Car* stop at the gate every 15 minutes; fare. lUe. belling Out— Japan ese and Chinese Soods AT I.CsS THAN COST. To give up store for repairs. Best assortment In the city. Winy JViny Wo Co., 238 J. Spriny Street •nL. HaKmAatt 4 '-' rt MAPLE avk a home like pace tor small families, single ■ lIC imrintlSß Indies or gentlemen. Rooms single or en suite by the day, week ■c • or month LOCAL POLICE COURTS IRE HELD TO BE LEGAL BY THE SUPREME COURT lacramento Does Not Fare So Well. All Police Court Offenders Will Be Turned Loose SAN FRANCISCO. March 25.—The su •remo court rendered an important de- Ision this afternoon touching the validity f the police courts of Sacramento and .os Angeles. Two cases reached the supreme court n habeas corpus in which the valdlty of the courts was atacked. The one from Los Angeles was entitled ■'ex-parte George Mitchell," and in this case the court held that the court was a legal tribunal. The writ of habeas corpus was dismissed and the prisoner remanded. In ex-parte Sparks, the Sacramento case, the court decided that th police court of Sacramento had no legal existence, never having been properly created. This decision will affect every case which has ever come before the Sacramento court. As it was never legally constituted. It had no authority to try. convict or hear preliminary examinations, and ail persons convicted of felony charges in which pre liminary examinations were held in the police court of Sacramento will be»"te leased, as no legal preliminary examina tion, as required by law, was ever held: SPRING RAINS May Save Wheat—Fruit Is Already Destroyed WATSONVILLE, Cal., March 25-The heavy rain which fell today will enable many to plant beets who had considered the undertaking hopeless in view of the drouth. Martinez—The apricot crop has been practically destroyed throughout this county by the frosts of the past few days. The owner of a 73-acre orchard today of fered to sell his entire crop for $10. The outlook for grain is also gloomy. The farm ' ers have about given up hope. Nothing but a heavy rain can suffice to save the wheat. St. Helena—The frosts of the last few mornings have been severe and considera ble damage has been done to early vegeta bles and fruits. The thermometer has reg istered 20 degrees for several days before sunrise. Vlsalia—Late sown grain will be saved by the rain which fell today and which will probably continue all night. Carson, Nev.—General snowstorms pre vail throughout the western portion of the state. It is hoped they will continue suf ficiently long to stock the mountains well with snow and avert the drouth next sum mer which has seemed inevitable for tha past month. There have been few snow storms during the winter, the farmers in valleys, and especially in Mason valley, one of the most Important agricultural regions of the state, have hesitated about seeding the ground for next season. Fresno—About 26-100ths of an inch of rain has fallen here this evening and the indi cations are good for more. There Is stll! a large acreage of wheat in this county that will make a good yield with abundant spring showers. Stockton—An unexpected but welcome rain commenced falling gently this morn ing and kept It up all day. Here the fall was slightly more than a quarter of an inch. It was lighter to.the southwest and west and heavier to the east, north and southeast, the fall In the foothills being particularly good. The rain has ceased fall ing this evening and' It has turned off cold. Warmth Is needed for the grain almost as much as moisture. • Most of the fruit Is be yond help. San Jose.—The bud and blossom carni | val announced to come oft here tomorrow has been declared nfr on account of the rainy weather. , THE HERALD FOUR DAWSONITES TELL OF NUGGETS WEIGHING ABOUT A TON CLAIM-HOLDERS LYING IN ORDER TO DODGE PAYMENT OF ROYALTY GOODWIN OF LOS ANGELES One of the Men Who Brings Out a Fortune—Fabulous Estimates of the Output Special to The Herald VICTORIA, It. C, March 25.—The steam er Pakshan arrived this afternoon direct from Skaguay with the following four pas sengers from Dawson, whos* stories are glowing beyond description C. A. GOODWIN, Los Angeles. J. F. DENHAM, Sacramento. B. LONG, Tacoma. D. LABADLE, L-eadville, Colo. These four gentlemen went to Dawson City last summer and each took up claims and did well. They I'eft Dawson on Febru ary 15th, and at that time the place was quiet atvlt orderly, everybody at work and absolutely no scarcity of provisions, al though none were for sale. They met "Soapy" Smith of Skaguay en the trail. He has left for Dawson, Lasalle, one of the party who came out, tells a story, which is confirmed by others, that on January 10:h, Alex McDonald of Denver found a nugget worth $0000 on No. 0, El Dorado creek. They aiso claim tha: claim-owners are not telling how much they are taking out, as they wish to avoid paying royalty. No mall has reached Dawson since Sep tember, but McKay, the letter carrier of the Yukon, arrived from the coast in De cember and had all his letters-confiscated by the mountedi police, who distributed them, as Inspector Constantlne considered It unju«t to charge $5 a letter. Henderson creek, Dominion creek. Sixty Mile, Rosebud, American, Juneau and Good Enough are all panning out well and that $50.MM).000 will be washed up by June Iwt is the claim of these Klondikers. J. A. Denham made affidavit about the $9000 nugget. Others were found on Hunk er creek that go over $400 each. These nug gets came from what are known as the Berry claims and were called wildcat last season; but a half million could not buy a quarter Interest now. - Tlie stories the boys tell night after night In Dawson are like dTeams of fabulous wealth In fairyland Wages are still $15 a day, but there Is so much smoke on the creeks where they are thawing out ground that many are afflicted with sore eyes. Dawson ls applying for incorporation and the city and papers will be sent to Ottawa, as the town has come to stay. Dogs are still worth $300 in Dawson. Whisky has risen in price to $20 per bottle, as the supply Is running short. Antoine, the multi-millionaire dago, bought all the champagne there was> for his girl at $10 per quart. They are coming out in the spring and will bring out over a million dollars In dust alone. Antoine is the richest man In Dawson. "Swlftwater" Bill Bates or Dadue are not in it with him. C. A. Goodwin, the Los Angeles wallpa perer, who is now Independently rich for life, and who Is the only one of the party who tells of what he brought out, shows a draft for $18,000, but says many will be disappointed, as he saw many stampedes while In Dawson, but that the man with money had the advantage. Lasalle reports the death at Skaguay or the commander of the United States troops stationed there, but he forgot the officer's name. Death waa due to meningitis. His body ls being brought down on the next steamer. Skaguay ls still an unruly town, even since "Soapy" Smith and his gang got the order to move; also bitter reports are in circulation as to the treatment of United States citizens by customs inspectors at Skaguay, and the matter has been reported to Washington by wire tondght, calling for their removal and an investigation. Tho death rate ls now two a day there, but no epidemic exists. Both passes are in good condition and likely to remain so for some time; as the weather is still cold. B. Long, the Tacoma man. says-glowing reports have reached Dawson, from Circle City and that many creeks lying wholly in American territory are turning out rich and that those who are there claim they have as good, if not better, claims and properties than at Klondike. BETTER THAN KLONDIKE VANCOUVER, B. C, March 26.-(By As sociated Press.) The steamer Pakshan, which arrived from Skaguay, Alaska, to day, had among her passengers four men dilrect from Dawson, City. They were Messrs. Denham of San Francisco, Long of Tacoma, Lasalle of Leadville and Gor don of Los Angeles. They report a stampede for the American side below American creek. This section, they claim, wil beat Klondike. Pay dirt Is more easily divided and shallower. A $9000 nugget has been found on EI Dorado creek, they say. It is estimated' by them that $40,000,000 in. gold will be brought out this season. DAW FOR ALASKA WASHINGTON, March 25.—An agree ment has bee'ti reached l by the conferees or, the Alaska land bill to insert a provision allowing Canadian miners the same rights in Alaska as are given by the Canadian government to the American miners. Ca nadians wil not have to be naturalized to take up mines ln Alaska. In speaking of the finding of the $9000 nugget, Mr. Goodwin said: "That sounds like a tall story, I know, but it is a fact. The nugget has considerable quartz mixed with it, and ls as big as a pall." The owner's name, Mr. Goodwin said, la being kept dark, as he hopes to get it out intact, without paying royalty. LOS ANGELES, SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 26, 189 8 OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT MADE THAT THE MAINE WAS DESTROYED BY EXTERNAL EXPLOSION War Preparation Is Being Hurried to Completion and the Country Is Today Practically on a War Footing—Spain Declines to Turn Back Her Fleet of Torpedo Boats Rich strikes have also been kept secret for a similar reason. The party left Daw son February 15tb. Mr. Goodwin stated that for the first 600 miles the cold was intense and traveling extremely difficult. Mr.Goodwln states that at a conservative estimate at leist twenty tons of gold wHI be brought out In June, when navigation opens. The country around Dawson was black with smoke, from fires burning to thaw the ground. Quite recently the Healy company had paid "Nigger Jim" $225,000. TJNCLE SAM: "No use talking—there'll never be peace in tills neighborhood so long as that Spaniard is here." —Boston Globe. WASHINGTON, March 25.—(8y Associated Press.) The court of inquiry appointed to investi gate the cause of the Maine disaster has reported that the loss of the battleship was due to an outside explosion. The state department, by direction of the president, has cabled to Minister Woodford at Madrid to notify the Spanish government of this conclusion. The president and his cabinet advisers held two extended sessions today, one at 10:30 a. m. and another at 5:30 p. m., at which the report was considered in detail. Members of the cabinet stated after the meeting that the discussion was of a grave character, and that never since the wrecking of the Maine has the situation seemed so critical. The Spanish government has cabled officially to Washington that the Spanish naval commis sion holds the disaster to the Maine to be of internal origin. The government of Spain, it can be stated positively, is not disposed to turn back the torpedo fleet now proceeding from the Canaries, and would be disinclined to consider a suggestion from this government tending to interfere with the disposition by Spain of her own naval forces. War preparations on an unprecedented scale are being hurried to completion by the war and navy departments, and the country is practically on a war footing. The foregoing gives the record of one of the most. eventful days the national capital has seen since the close of the civil war. It was a day of profoundly important action and of the deep est anxiety, coupled with naval and military activity, one step following another in rapid succes sion. Representative men of the administration, public men in all branches of official and congression al life, no less than the public in general, shared in the tension to which the situation £as been brought. There was no effort among the highest officials, nor, indeed, was it possible, from what was clearly apparent in the developments of the day, to minimize the situation. Viewed in detail, the finding of the court of inquiry was the most vital feature. Commander Marix, judge-advocate of the court of inquiry, delivered the report to Secretary Long early this morning, and shortly afterward it was carried to the White House and placed in the hands of the president. At 10:30 the cabinet assembled, half an hour earlier than usual, and began con sideration of the momentous document. Even the rigid rules of secrecy which prevail at cabinet meetings were made doubly strict in this case, and no intimation of the results reached by the court was known until 2 oclock, when an Associated Press bulletin gave the information to the' country, as well as to the eagerly "waiting officials throughout Washington. These results, briefly stated, are that the loss of the Maine was due to an explosion from the outside, the court being unable to fix the responsibility for the explosion . The court does not express an opinion as to the character of the explosive, but the testimony goes to show that it was a powerful submarine mine, the exact character of which is not determined by the testimony, though the belief was ex pressed that it was a floating submarine mine. There were two explosions, the court finds; the first was from the outside, and that set off one of the smaller magazines. It was this result, expressed in detail and with the precision of a court deeply cognizant of its responsibility, together with the evidence upon which it was based, that occupied the attention of the cabinet throughout its ex tended sessions of the morning and afternoon. All other subjects gave way to this foremost ques tion. There was no change in the plan of making the report public and transmitting it to congress early next week, accompanied by a brief message from the president. AN UNDESIRABLE NEIGHBOR for throe claims on Bonanza creek. Claims on Bear and Domnlion creeks, on Indian and Klondike rivers, had sold as high as 20,000. In Dawson, $'» per cord was the price paid for wood. Before the party left many reports were coming in of the richness o£ Clarence Berry's claim, on the hillside of El Dorado. Reports were also being received every day of rich finds on American creek, on the American side. Rosebud creek is also drawing much attention. None of the party brough out much actual dust as drafts could be obtained at Dawson for gold at $15.30 per ounce, and very few would pack dust under these circum stances. The house committee on revision of the laws today agreed on and favorably re ported to the house the complete codifica tion of the criminal law and procedure in criminal cases in Alaska. The bill com prises the result of the work of the gov ernment committee appointed to codify the laws of the United States. Tee Pages PRICE FIVE CENTS FIRST GUN OF WAR WILL BE FIRED AT A SPANISH TORPEDO BOAT ALL NAVAL AUTHORITY SAYS THAT THE FLEET MUST BE INTERCEPTED THE DISPOSITION OF SPAIN i ' ' Indicated by Hurried Work on Forti fications at Porto Bico, Her Prob able Base of Supplies Associated Press Special Wire WASHINGTON, March 23.—While inter est was centered at the White House to day, the navy and war departments were hurrying forward their work of prepara tion. The advance of the Spanish torpedo flotilla continued to receive the closest at tention of naval officials and while, so far as could be ascertained, no delinite line of action was determined upon, the need of intercepting this fleet was urged by tha highest naval authorities. From the standpoint of the Spanish gov ernment this movement was not a menaoe, having been decided upon many weeks ago. On the contrary, the Spanish government holds that the extensive armament of the Dry Tortugas Is a more direct hostile act against Spain than any movement of the flotilla. Instead cf stopping the flotilla the present attitude of Spain tends towards re inforcing it with other Spanish war ves sels, not as a menace, but from what the Spanish government feels Is a requirement called for by the existing condition of af fairs. SPAIN'S DISPOSITION Hardly less suggestive than the approach of the torpedo flotilla was the Information received yesterday by the highest military authorities that the Spanish government had hurried to completion extensive forti fications on the island of Porto Rico, lying Just off Cuba, and the only Spanish pos session in this hemisphere other than Cuba. The exact character of these new .defenses has been made known here and they are being given weight with the mili tary authorities as showing the disposition of Spain. NAY AD PREPARATIONS The instructions issued by the navy de partment during the day covered! every branch of naval armament. The "B fly ing squadron" was definitely established, with Commodore Schley In command. He will hoist his commodore's flag on the flagship Brooklyn next Monday. The squadron is' to consist of exactly five ships, despite conjectures as to possible ships that might begjdded. Those of the squad ron will be the crack armored* cruiser Brooklyn, the battleships Massachusetts and Texas and the cruisers Columbia and Minneapolis. Other ships which are now or hereafter at Hampton Roads will not be of the flying squadron, but will belong to the North Atlantic station under Capt. Sampson. The flying squadron is to be a INDEX TO TELEGRAPHIC NEWS Gladstone's 111 health reported to be due to cancer, which will necessa rily prove fatal. Reed's rulings in the house lead to a storm of protests, and progress with the naval bill ls very seriously de- layed. Statesmen of Spain express the be lief that the United States cannot re fuse to consent to arbitration of the Maine affair. A crooked cashier wrecks the Peo ple's bank of Philadelphia; the cash ier is dead by suicide, and the batfk officials promise to pay depostiors. Aged people called as witnesses in the Kasson case show wonderfully retentive memories for petty details, but no two agree on facts of impor tance. The insurgent leader Gomez docs not hope for the early independence of Cuba and fears that a Spanish-Amer ican war would only add to Cuban suf fering. Populists, Democrats and Free Sil ver Republicans of Oregon agree on a fusion platform and eighteen middle of-the-road Populists walk out of the convention. The Maine report has been handed to President McKinley and will be sent to congress on Monday; no authorized information is given out as to the con tents of the document. C. A. Goodwin of Dos Angeles one of four Dawsonites returning with fortunes in their grips, and bringing tales of fabulous richness of Klondike mines and still better strikes ln Alas kan territory. If the Spanish flotilla Is allowed to reach Porto Rico, it will not be per mitted to proceed further westward: Congress is wrathful over Hanna's at tempts at delay, and will insist on immediate action. The supremo court holds the Los Angeles police court to be a valid court: Sacramento fares much worse as the police court is held to have no valid existence; all offenders now in custody will be released. Commodore W. S. Schley will com mand the flying squadron now gatli ering at Hampton Roads; being an officer of discretion, he declines to dis cuss plan or probabilities of intercept ing the Spanish torpedo flotilla. Serious apprehension is aroused by the approach of the Spanish flotilla there is not a torpedo destroyer in the American fleet, and the big warships at Key West will be practically at the mercy of the small but swift torpedo boats now on the way. + Official announcement is made that •fr the court of inquiry finds the Maine to + have been destroyed by external ex •fr plosion: greater excitement prevails 4> ln official circles than since the war, -J. and the country Is now practically on + a war footing: the Spanish govern 4. ment declines to turn back the fleet of 4> torpedo boats now on the way from + the Canaries, and preparations are bo il- ing made to prepare for their coming.