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Founded Oct. 2, 1873. Thirty-second Year.
Chamber of Commerce Building.
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Southern California visitor* to San Kranolneo will find Th» Her
ald on rat* dally at th* naw* stand* In th* ■ Palacn and St.
Vranel* hotnln. an<l for *ala at Coop«r A Co., R4« Market) at
*»•»• Co., 8. P. Ferry, and on th* itrcat* by Wheatlcjr.
Happy New Year to all The Herald's readers.
v To its multitude of readers The Herald tenders the
compliments of ■ the New Year, with the hope that all
may enjoy health, happiness and prosperity henceforth.
The fact that tho Standard Oil company Is using a
steamship to tow the , great oil laden barge around
Cape Horn proves that the company has no great politi
cal pull that is available. .
. It is fortunate for Tom Lawson, the frenzied finan
cier, that he is not a womn and that he does not live
In New Jersey. It Is announced that tho old "ducking
•tool" law of that state never has been repealed.
It is said In extenuation of alleged mismanagement
at the Whtttier reform school that "there is no' evidence
of Intentional, wrongdoing." That is equivalent to an ad
mission of wrongdoing, , nevertheless, and such an in
stitution should be above suspicion.
-••■•■■ v • ■ .
• The year closes with most gratifying reports from the
eastern orange market. Prices for prine California
fruit ruled high all of last week and the demand wa3
active. All the indications are favorable for marketing
In the early weeks of the new year. „
Both the president and Secretary Morton favor tho
Introduction at the naval academy of the wonderful
Japanese wrestling science called jlu jitsu. Is it pos
sible that this strange science is adaptable to politics
and that the Republicans used it in the late election?
.While the president's mind is engaged in "thinking
up" a new set of ambassadors : why can't he look in
California's- direction? There's a large bunch of Re
publican patriots in' this state who would be willing to
go anywhere at any salary— and some of them could
be spared. . • ' .
It looks as if another break in the quotations of steel
trust stock might •be expected soon. The managers
again are offering stock to employes on the installment
plan. Their offering in 1903 was at $85 a shave and the
figure now ■is $55. t As a permanent investment the
proffer may seem alluring.
A member of the interstate commerce commission
Bays that "if the commission were worth buying the
railroads would try to buy It." He does not express an
opinion about the chance 3of success in an attempt
to purchase the commission, but he shows 'pretty clearly
that it is not worth buying.
, The strike of employes at tho Fall River cotton mills
has continued since last July. They have just decided
by vote not to resume work on the terms offered by the
companies. Probably woman suffrage was not recog
nized in the vote and the wife at the washtub had no
chance to record her judgment. :
In come : respects Chicago measures seem to differ
from those in vogue elsewhere. There is the case, for
Instance, of the actress who failed in her part because
a "nip" of whisky had been given her medicinally.
Now the question is whether a Chicago nip is what else
where is called a "schooner."
A truly picturesque feature of the Pasadena Tourna
ment of Roses will be the appearance of a company of
Chinese soldiers, the first ever seen in 'America. In the
gorgeous military trappings it will not be easy to dis
tinguish either the "John" who drives the laundry out
fit or the other "John" who purveys the vegetables.
Rarely in California has the Winchester rifle been
more serviceable and rarely has a small quantity of
lead done better duty than in the work of the Folsom
prison guards in stopping the emeute. Not an lota ot
sympathy is expressed for those murderous convicts.
tThey got Just what they deserved and .;*got It straight."
The Washington grand Jury, following a suggestive
allusion in President Roosevelt's annual message, inakoa
a general recommendation in favor of establishing' the
whipping post in that city for. the punishment of wife
beaters and petty larceny offenders. So far as wife
beaters aro concerned the idea Is growing in favor
throughout the country. , .
j Rainstorms and destructive sales are reported on the
upper coast and heavy precipitation of both rain and
snow In Northern California. Floods in the rivers of
the northern and middle portions of tho state are threat
ened. Throughout the southland the earth has been
soaked copiously, gladdening the hearts of grain farmers,
horticulturists and the people generally.
All Is not lost for the good name of Colorado. The
supreme court of the state has taken t her Bhameful elec
tion fraud wrangle in hand with the evident determina
tion to i>rolio it to tho bottom. Now let the great mass
of iiio people, the decent element of the' Centennial
state, support the court in its aim at equal and exact
Justice. There still is hope for Colorado.
Just before relinquishing tho office bo has held six
years, . four . of them continuously. Mayor Bnyder has
given T an interesting retrospective glance at Los An
geles,, as reported in yesterday's Herald. Never since
th© city began its metropolitan prehensions has it shown
such appreciation of its executive head us was shown
to Mayor Snyder. Five times he has been presented by
his party, < and Independent admirers for the mayoral
houor. He failed In the election for the second term
by a very narrow margin, but twice subsequently he won
by large majorities. He now retires from the office
with; the respect and confidence of all citizens and
with the consciousness that he served the city faithfully
and well.
PART 111.
What has th« new year In' store? Fortunately It Is not
within th* ken of mankind to peer Into -the future. Sor
row, sickness, troubles of many kinds and pethaps
death He In tho pathway that we all start upon at tho
begtnnlng of 1905. There Is happiness ahead for some
and misery for others. Prosperity will smile here and
adversity will frown there. The no-called lucky And un
lucky onos will crowd through the busy world another
twelvemonth much like the characters in Vanity Fair.
But 190S will be largely what each Individual makes
It so far as the person Is concerned. Fortune is less
Imperious than most of Its votaries Imagine. It is
amenable to Influence and is swayed one way or the
other by the manner and character of the person with
whom it has to deal. For Instance, It looks approvingly
on the man or the woman whose actions deserve ap
proval, but It turns aside from the one who Is not de
serving. ■- •, >-v
Prosperity during the year upon which we now enter
Is the aspiration of all people Prosperous conditions
bring tho means wherewith the average person expects
to obtain the good things of this world. But prosperity
depends in very large measure on the industry, frugality
and good sense of the individual. Without earnest en
deavor it would be folly to expect It. As they say In the
east, "Lighting may strike in midwinter, but It's not
apt to."
Prosperity cannot be caught by sitting on a pier
and dreamily fishing for it The man who pretends to
be looking for work while at the same time praying he
will not find It is doomed to poverty. And not only
prosperity ' but health, freedom from trouble ' and all
else than make life worth living are dependent largely
on the fndlvldual.,
So far as "the people of Los Angeles are concerned
and those of Southern California generally the outlook
never was brighter at the beginning of a year than it is
today. Individually and collectively we enjoy a greater
measure of prosperity and all else that goes to \ make
Ilj enjoyable than the people of any other American
community. To the future, in the vista of 1905, we look
with confidence for the most prosperous year In the
history of the southland and especially of its metropolis.
And looking ahead at this bright prospect The Her
ald expresses the ardent hope that all its readers, and
all other people as well, may enjoy a prosperous and
happy year.
In a Connecticut newspaper we find certain first im
pressions of Los Angeles described by a tourist from
that state who is domiciled here for the winter. Los
Angeles people are exceptionally broad-minded and they
always welcome fair and honest criticism of their city,
whether it is favorable or adverse. , They, believe in the
truth of the saying that "My best friend is he who tells
me of- my faults."
The Connecticut visitor says, for instance, that
"owing to the lack of rain, which comes mostly in one
month, there is more dust under foot, in the air, tyi the
houses and on your clothes than an average easterner
sees in his lifetime." Skipping the stranger's notion
that the rain here "cornea mostly in one month," it
must be admitted that he has good ground, literally,
for his grievance about the dust. His picture Is very
much overdrawn, but it is a fact noted by all visitors
that Los Angeles is unusually dusty as compared with
eastern cities.
"Such clear days you never saw," continues the
Connecticut man'; "warm at noon to be sure, but at
night double blankets and then one shivers. ... We
have an orange and a lemon tree in fruit and a rose bush
in full bloom In our yard, and calla Hlie3 and geraniums,
and we have picked and eaten dates from a tree in the
back yard."
Without following the stranger's impressions further,
which aro general^ favorable, Los Angeles must plead
guilty to the dust Indictment and to admit that it is
quite inexcusable. . There is no reason why this city
should be exceptionally . dusty. If the oil surfacing of
streets suited to the system were in general use and
the other thoroughfares were properly sprinkled Los
Angeles should bo and would be one of the cleanest
cities in the world. That is coming, however, and the
Connecticut man will note a marked improvement if he
sojourns here at ttiis time next year.
. The legislature will convene next Monday, notwith
standing the New Year's holiday. Tho law requires
that the session shall begin the first Monday of Jan
uary, and the calendar date varies, as in the ca3e of
election tlay. Two years ago the first" Monday of the
month fell on the sth. It Is expected that the session
will be only formally inaugurated on Monday and that
an adjournment will then be taken for two or three
The only outgiving of probable results thus far ro
lates to the movement heretofore noted in The Herald
aiming to stop the shameful "grafting" abuse that dis
graced the legislature of 1903. The magnitude of tho
abuse in respect to so-called clerkships distributed by
legislators is seen in the fact that it cost the taxpayers
of California $158,155 for clerkships in the brief period ot
the last session. In the division of this particular "pie"
each senator got an allowance of $20 a day and each
assemblyman $12. Certain clerks are ..necessary/: of
course, but investigation has led Governor Pardee to
the conclusion that one-fourth or one-third of the sum
lavished in the last session on retainers of members can
be saved in the coming session.
It is encouraging to ( learn that good . progress has
been made in the direction of stopping the clerkship
graft. A considerable number of members of both
houses are understood as being committed to cloee re
trenchment in all such expenditures.' The proportion of
entirely now members will- be large, however, and the
temptation to grasp all the "pie" on the counter is
likely to be strong, as it was two years ago. Those of
the members who are earnest In the effort to keep the
eklrts of the new legislature fairly clean , believe that
the wide publicity given by the press to' the last session's
scandal will act as a deterrent upon the legislature. tif
1905. / ■ I-;';; ';"\' : ;.. ,". '.' ..
Along with the official report that a large part of
the medicines sold In Chicago are impure comes the
statistical announcement that Chicago is the healthiest
city in >the world. Now look out for medical novelties
labeled "Made in ' Chicago— warranted impure,"
The Modern Language Association of America is
working out a phonetic alphabet which It seems "will
necessitate a number of additions to the English alpha
bet." The phonetic idea is commendable, but the Jap
anese language proves that the best way to attain it is
by eliminating the alphabet entirely. The Japanese
use a syllabary Instead of an alphabet, with about fifty
primary: and as; many more secondary sounds. ■■• It is
not only phonetic but simple and seemlurlr Uuuoeaxestt
Approach '*• •' nnrfect luueuaua Hvatem.
Col Joseph D. Lynch Vividly Describes the Beginnings of This City
The fact that In a few days work
will begin on the dismantling ot the
Downey block to make wty for the new
million dollar postofflce hna revived
much Interest in that building, Its as
sociations nmi ltd own»r«, which h*«
been exploited to Rome extent In : the
daily press and to which I venture to
add A chapter.
When that building war put' up,
About thlrty-iflve years ngo, Los An«
gel** was experiencing the first gentle
spiriting* of Its flr«t boom, About the
same time fa pretentious | front was"
given Ito 'the ' Temple block, row the
property of Hnrrls Newmark, and
which, no rumor nays, that fcentleman
Is shortly to tear' down and replace
with a ten-story building. ' These two
edifices in those days were looked upon
a* the two handgomeot structures In
Southern' California devoted to busi
ness purposes. Outshone nn they have
been by the enterprise of If. W. ltell
man, Uraly, Lankershlin and others;
they were quite Imposing In their time
and were Indeed the Bhow spots of the
John G. Do /nay
/There was a time In the history of
Southern' California when John O. Dow
ney,wai the most Important personage
In this section.' After coming to Amer
ica ' from the "ould Dart," he settled
for a time in Baltimore, finally pulling
up in the .Angelic city. He was a
handsome, energetic little Celt, with a
genius for usury Hint Shylock could not
have improved upon. He was a drug
gist by calling and practiced his craft
for some years, gradually drifting into
the business of lending money and af
terward Into banking. He was an ac
tive Democratic politician and was
nominated on the ticket for lieutenant
governor when Milton S. Latham head
ed it for governor. As Latham was
shortly elected United States senator,
the alert Angeleno filled out that gen
tleman's term as governor. He was
generally known by a sobriquet given
him by the Silver Tongued Ton^ Fitch
as his "little ex-accldency."
Downey knew to perfection a business
which was far more profitable than
politics. He waa an adept at lending
money, at 12% per cent a month and up
ward. The building of the Dewney
block was a sequel to one of his noted
usurious transactions.
In those days there ' was a man
named Carpenter who owned the Santa
Gertrudes ranch", a magnificent property
on a portion of which Downey City now
'stands. . It was a princely estate and in
the hands of a man who knew how to
take care of it was potential of millions.
Carpenter was not of this breed. He
was fond of playing monte, and when
his money ran out he was In the habit
of borrowing carelessly and blowing
It until he got too drunk to stay any
longer at the game. One day he came
into Los Angeles,' lost his ready money
and wound up the day- by borrowing
$500 from Downey and sending that
good money after the bad. He secured
Downey by giving him a note at 12'/^
per cent a month, compounding
monthly. ,"
As the story went, Carpenter was oc
casionally in funds and would suggest
that he had better pay something on
the note, or hinted something about
paying it entire, but Downey would put
him off, saying "there was no hurry,"
"there was plenty of time" and so on. A
note at that rate of .interest Is not long
In mounting up. When It had grown
to $5000 Downey took a mortgage on the
Santa Gertrudes ranch, Btlll at the rate
Great Temperance Reformer Writes a Greeting" to The Herald Readers
Written for The Herald.
The dear old year has taken Its de
parture. It has been a great year for
thin country. of ours.. We have had
great prosperity. Beyond our expec
tations, work hus been plentiful and
good wages for It. Capital. and labor
have had a very prosperous und happy
time— all things considered. The great
combinations of. wealth, organizing in
dustrial interests that have startled
the civilized world, have not been un
derstood very well. Thank God the In
terests of labor and capital are being
better understood. \ They have reasoned
together. The difficulties that provoked
conflict have been redressed . by, reason,
common sense, justice and fair play.
This., la , good reason for thankfulness
to this whole country. Because we are
a working people this nation believes In
work — heroic, manly work. This Is not
a pauper nation. This is a nation in
which labor wears the badge of honor.
It Is harmoniously united for the devel
opment of the splendid resources of thin
great land of ours. We are at peace
with all the world.. This nation Is con
secrated to peace.
Our beloved president Is a heroic,
peaceful man, one of the greatest presi
dents we ever had. He has given us
such a ftplendid administration that If
the last election is a fair test all of the
people are of one accord regarding
him-rthat he Is a brave, true-hearted,
wise amVpatrlotlc American statesman.
He is the first president who ever de
clared af t«r his • triumphant , election
that h« would not be a candidate again
for the presidency. Something or the
grandeur and the superb courage of this
young man la to be seen In the I fact
that he refused to make this statement
previous to his ' election,' but waited
for the verdict of his countrymen when
It was worth making. It meant some
thing at that time and carried convic
tion and spiked the gun of every man
who was envious of his unparalleled
success. Again I say Uod bless our bo
loved president and abide with him In
the administration of Justice and right
eousness to all the people who love him
to well.
We must not forget our experiences In
this old year that is about to pass away.
We "must remember the blessings which
Ood has given • us.; We must (count
them was by une. , TUey ' bay« 1 beep
of 12,4 per cent a month Interest, and
when the debt had passed the $100,000
mnrk, which It <llci in a little leRS than
five years, thfi mortgage was foreclosed
and the Santa O«rtrude« ranch became
the property of John (1. Downry; To
give dun eelnt to the 'transaction, poor
Carpenter blew his brains out on the
d«y .of sale.
With his customary enterprise Dow
ney Isld out a townslte In this finest
portion of the Los Nletos valley and
the town of Downey City sprang up
and prospered. It wan In the heat and
glow of this superb financial coup that
the Downey block was conceived an<l
The Hon. Tom Kltch, nciine years after
Its erection, had n sensational contro
versy with Downey. That gentleman
wan abusing the silver-tongued orator
In h paper which he controlled, and
Fitch, having no paper wJth which to
wage a wer of epithets, had a platform
erectPd In front of the Temple block
and invited the citizens of Los Angeles
to hear an exposition of the merits of
their townsman. They came In large
numbers and they enjoyed a feast of
invective which was piping hot and
which no man In America or elsewhere
could do up in bettor stylo. The ex
governor wns guilty of the great mis
take of posting himself at a window In
the Temple block and of interrupting
Fitch, which was quite In that gentlfi
man's hands. Among other things he
Introduced the Carpenter episode, and
*ald that when he (Fitch) directed his
eyes toward the handsome . Downey
block he thought he could ccc the bricks
dripping blood beneath the stucco.
There was not a protest against this
terrible arraignment — nay It was huge
ly enjoyed— for the simple reason that
In all the metes and bounds of Los
Angeles this supremely selfish man—
with all his money— had not a single
friend, not so much as one soul in the
whole wide bailiwick to do him honor.
Shrewd Way of Collecting a Debt
The ex-governor's rapacity was by no
means confined to lending money at
12% per cent a month. He was a mas
ter hand at any game of converting
tuum Into meum. A native California
woman in a moment of ill-omen got
Into his debt for a small sum. This
lady, whom we shall call Donna Eula
lia, owned a very fine pig, which was
the pride of her heart. No porcine pet
was more carefully fed and attended
than . he. Donna Eulalia ' had built
many hopes on him and watched his
expanding avoirdupois with . delight.
One day, whiles he was feeding this
grand pig in a corner of the yard Dow
ney came along and took In- piggy's
dimensions. Leaning over the fence,' he
called out:
"Good morning, Donna Eulalia."
"Good morning, governor," was th*
"That's a mighty fine pig you have
there,' 1 remarked the astute Downey.
"Ain't he a beauty," Bald the grati
fied owner. .. ■
"That he surely Is, Donna • Eulalia.
And by the way, it is n shame that a
good woman like you should be having
but one pig. I'll give you another and
then it will be two you will be having."
"Oh, governor, you are too good to a
poor woman like me."
"Not at all, Donna Eulalia. I'll send
the pig down today."
And the ex-governor was as good as
his word. The addition to the poor
woman's porcine treasure arrived , be
fore the 'going down of the sun. ' It is
true that it was a poor, raaor-backed
great and numerous. We should treas
ure them. A.bove everything else we
should treasure the kindliness . from
neighbor to neighbor, the blessings of
the fireside, of the home and the kind
ness of wife, her' patience and. love.
Oh, how many brave, hoble wives have
suffered great wrong, wrongs- that we
cannot, mention because it -would] al
most break our hearts and] cause a
blush of shame to mantle our cheeks;
but this blessed' wife and mother has
endured all. We must not forget that
great big men roam around, spending
their time and money in "riotous liv
ing, and if .they would only give one
serious, heartfelt thought to their fool
ishness I think, with God's help, they
would-be led to repentance.
The new year Is coming. It is to be
the greatest year in the history ,of
this land— the most prosperous, mor
ally, spiritually and financially, and
the greatest oportunltles 'are waiting
for young men of talent and genius,
who are noble, true-hearted and capa
ble. This .new year will be what. we
make it. We cannot make It a good,
prosperous year unless we are good
men and women— truthful, honest and
Just the Same
'■ Bartender— Do you want' another
«ii ink? mi piiiiiliMiiWMfwtfllwi?;
; Kbenexer— Yes, I guess soother old
woman can't smell teciUiy jyaia < than
sbA.cau saiell one.;
little shunt und that it needed much
care and food to bring It within a
speaking acquaintance with the beauty
of her own Rty<», but the donee was full
of hope and gratitude.
Now It must be borne In mind that
by the law of California a single pis
could not be levied upon, but where
there were two one of them could be
attached. Bright and early the next
d«y the constable came along and gath
ered In the fat porker and Bold It to
pay Downey's debt to the terror of the
poor woman.
It was nuch touching little Incidents
an we have narrated which left a man
who had been jtovernor of California,
notwithstanding hlfl Immense wealth,
In perhaps the most melancholy and un
friended Isolation of any man who had
ever lived In Los Angelea; a man who
might have died with honors and troopH
of friends but for his Innate sordldness
nnd lack of heart. '.
Santa Monica y Ban Vicente Rancho
The dally papers Just now are full
of the details of the purchase by an
enterprising Los Angeles syndicate of
the Santa Monica and San Vicente
ranchos, on which It Is proposed to erect
,a model seaside village. The tract sold
embraces about thirty thousand acres.
In the articles relating to the purchase
the statement Is made that this mag
nificent property was bought some
thirty odd years ago by Senator John
P. Jones of Nevada and Col. R, S.
Baker of Los Angeles. Thla statement
embodies a material error of fact. In
1874, when the original purchase was
made, two-thirds of those ranchos, then
consisting j of thirty-five • thousand
acres, was sold by Col. Baker to Sena
tor Jones, and the subtraction of the
townslte of Santa Monica, the gift of
a site and farm t- the government for
a soldiers' home and ' miscellaneous
sales have reduced the tract to the
lesser figure named.
In 1874 Senator John ' E.. Jones had
made a princely fortune by the discov
ery of the Crown Point and Belcher
bonanza at Gold Hill, Nev. This gave
the brilliant Nevadan the greatest of
the many fortunes he had made. He
was shortly interested In the Panamint
mines in Inyo county. He was obliged
to ship his material and supplies via
AVllmington and Los Angeles. In look-
Ing at the situation In one of his visits
here he was very much struck by the
bay of Santa Monica. He was a man
of expansive plans and he at once con
ceived the idea of buying a controlling
Interest In the ranchos named, building
a substantial wharf and a railway,
which he called the Los Angeles & In
dependence, with the double view of
developing. his Panamint mines and ul
timately extending the road to a Juno»
tion with the Union Pacific at Salt
Lake, thus giving Los Angeles a new
transcontinental railway; a good deal
on the lines of the San Pedro', Los An
geles & Salt Lake foacl, which is just
about to be completed. s "
In those days with Senator Jones to
will was to do. Word came" down to
begin the work at once. John E. Jack
son,' a well-known engineer, was sent
up to the Cajon pass to build a tunnel
through the mountains there.
Col. Joseph U. . Crawford, who had
been one of Col. Tom Scott's engineers
when the Texas Pacific railway was in
contemplation, was entrusted with the
surveying ■ and bulldlns of the road
between Los Angeles | and Santa Mon
ica and to Fee to the erection of a
wharf. Crawford was a man of splen
did parts, a thorough engineer
well qualified to act our part well.
Honor and fame from no condition
rise. Act well youY part; there all
the honor lies. I do not care what
talents or genius or ability or com
manding capacity a young man may
possess, unless he Is sober, j pure
hearted and honest In the highest and
best sense, he 'will not succeed.
.There is a destructive power in this
land— the intoxicating cup. It is being
passed around in hospitality, in friend
ship and in good-fellowship amongst
the best and noblest people in our
land, und in all other lands. . Some
people can use it and not , abuse it.
It is not the. use but the 'abuse that
creates the sorrow. What a great mul
titude of people there are who cannot
use it without abusing, it; who know
this In their heart of hearts; who have
been deceived again and again; who
have lost wealth, position and money,
nnd everything worth living for has
been drowned in this cup. I beg of you
now, at the dawn of this new. year, to
come to yourself and decide this mat
ter. Lowell once said, "To every man
and nation comes the moment to de
cide." It Is not hard to abstain from
this seductive beverage if > a man is
fully persuaded of its evils to him,
his family and his business, and he
realizes the enormity of the cost to
himself personally, I know what this
means In my own life. I was carried
down this beautiful stream of pleasure;
and sociability with dear friends. Oh, J
such friends! How I have loved them! ;
They were brave, true-hearted and gen
erous. Oh, how many of them were,
lost— lost forever! I came so near be
ing one of them. Clod himself only
knows how near I was to destruction.
With h beautiful wife, six } lovely
children, . in the pride of my young
manhood, I hud been so fascinated by
Its so-called pleasures and the social ,
good-fellowship that surrounded It,'
thiil 1 believed that no danger could
come to me or. mine, but It did come.
Unspeakable grief came to me and to
the lover of my heart— my t beautiful
wife— and to my dear children., 80 sad
Is it and so sorrowful and painful that:
I cannot speak of it without crying like
a child. I thank God. that I wan mer
(lfiilly saved through kindness. Tho
greatest hope I have today. Is to warn
Uiu siiuljuiikt yuuAtf luuii, nnd 'woman,
And with a go-aheaditlveness al
together out of the ' common.
He has for yefcrs past held
and now holds a high, position In the
engineering department of the, Penn
nylvniiln. railroad. That was thirty
years ago and today there are a great
many Admirers of this hustling genius
around Lou Angeles and In Southern
California. He did hi* work no quickly
that within a year the Santa Monica
branch of the Los Angeles & Independ
ence railway was completed, the wharf
was built and doing business and the
beach At Santa Monica was one of the
liveliest places on the American con
tinent. The City by tho Hea had been
platted and advertised, and one bright
summer day Hon. Tom Fitch stepped
off the steamer on to the wharf and
played auctioneer at a Bale of lots
which beat All previous records in Cali
fornia. And Santa Monica began to
grow with the rapidity of a Jonah's
gourd. In those days In that magical
boom town you could scarcely look at.
a "man without being invited to partake
of a cold bird with its accompanying
email bottle. French Louis, the chef da
cuisine par excellence of Southern Cali
fornia, moved his pots and pans from
the Downey bloc* and set up a res
taurant in the City by the Sea. I
Then the Bank Failed
But anon a change came, over the
spirit of this ecstatic dream. The Bank
of California failed. Other banks fol
lowed suit. The drought and the small
pox Impended over Los Angeles. ; Soon
hereabouts a dollar began to look about
as big as a cartwheel.' Even tho royal
hearted Nevada senator began to; feel
the pinch of the hard times. The South
ern Pacific railway always had an ap
preciation of the Santa Monica branch
of the ' Los Angeles & Independence
railway. As the story goes, they; col
lected $225,000 of the notes of the miner
statesman, with the intimation j that |if ■
It were Inconvenient for him to pay.
"muy pronto" they would | accept \ his
railway. ' Jones very chivalrously told
the peopie of Los Angeles | that they
could have the road if they wanted it,
but if they did not want It "he;, had.
another purchaser who did. He did
this notwithstanding our people had ■
not treated him generously In the way
of patronizing his enterprise, j Follow
ing upon no action on the part of'
Angelenos, the road became the pres- ■
ent Santa Monica branch of the South-.
era Pacific railway. • i ,i.
Col. R. S. Baker, who was associated
with John P. Jones in the ownership
of. the two ranchos«.and ' in the lots
which comprised the City by the Sea,
did not embark In the railway or wharf
projects. " He was for years a distin
guished citizen of. Southern California.
He ."was for years a partner ;of Gen.
Edward F. Beale in sheep farming on
the Tejon rancho. He_ waa a gentleman
of many. • excellent . qualities, ' rich .arid
liberal. He was at all times the dis
penser of an elegant hospitality and "as
a nlmrod and devotee of Izaak Walton
he was known all over the state of Cali
fornia. In theveryheart'of the gloom
engendered by the drought of 1876-77 he
built the Baker block, even today one
of the most magnificent edifices In Los
Angeles, and when it was erected with
out a peer. He was actuated in ? its
erection at that inauspicious time large
ly by a desire to show his confidence in
the future of this city. His estimable
widow, a lady of many virtues, is still
living and Is one of the heaviest tax
payers of Southern California, .'.. 1
too, of the great danger there is ln~
the intoxicating cup. ; God grant that
this new year will bring happiness and
joy to the homes in this fair land,' and
joy and gladness to the hearts that are
sad and the homes that are lonesome,
because this Intoxicating cup has en- 1
tered into it. ; *•• : \•, /. •
I wish the readers of ' The Herald
a Happy New Year, and many of them.
God be with you,": ■■'
"I don't believe any whatever swai
lered Jonah," the shaggy nmlred boy.
persisted. ' "The teacher .at the " night
school says the whale lives on little
insects, and a man couldn't never, go
down his' throat." ,
"But,, my boy," said«- his Sunday
school teacher, kindly, '.'the translators
tell us It was not necessarily a whale.
The word could have been rendered
.'big fish' just as well. It' might havo
been a shark." . /' '
But the shaggy haired boy refused
to compromise.
. "if any shark . swallered Jonah," he
said, "he never got out of him alive."—
Exchange. .■
He Was Shy
.'■ Flrat Actor~What part did you tak«
in that play? • • »>» >
Second Actor— X didn't take any; tti*
sheriff tot it all.

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