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VOLUME LXXVII.-NO. 86.
THE PACIFIC SLOPE Los Angeles Women Are Accused of Being Firebugs. THE PROOF IS STRONG. Mercenary Motives Alleged to Have Prompted Them in Their Act. INCENDIARISM AT SALINAS. Systematic Attempts to Burn the Town Believed to Be the . Work of One Person. LosT Axgei.es, March s.— Two women were brought in from Pico Heights this morning and arraigned before Justice Young on a charge of arson. For several years past mysterious fires have broken out in the Pico Heights dis trict, which is a suburb of this city. A little over a year ago ex-County Recorder John Francis was arrested on a like charge, but he-was able to prove at the trial that he was not the incendiary who was operating in the neighborhood. Now Mrs. Amelia Piatt and Mrs. Knox, her sister, are in custody under a charge sworn to by Minnie Dunham. The houses of both the defendants were burned down not long since, and Minnie Dunham accuses the women of destroying their own property for the purpose of get ting the insurance money. Mrs. Knox's children went away some time ago, saying they were guided by spirits, and they feared that some one would set fire to the buildings. it is said that just before the fires oc curred a dray came to the women's houses and hauled the furniture away. The offi cers believe that they have a good case against the defendants. IXCEXItIARISM AT SALIX'AS. Systematic Attempts of a Firebug to De stroy the Toxm. Salinas, Cal., March s.— Salinas has, no doubt, suffered more loss by incendiarism in the last year than any other town of the game size in California. Of the twenty or . so fires in the last year every one has been set in the same manner, and all between the hours of 8:30 and 9 o'clock in the even ing, indicating it was the work of the one incendiary. Last ev ning the record was broken, for no sooner was the first fire, that in a barn containing tons of hay, under control, when a <-••; on.i hay-barn, half a block away from the one burning, was fired. Both barns were located in a district where there are many dwelling-houses, and some of them ignited, but the flames were promptly extinguished. The loss was almost entirely confined to the two large hay-barns. But for the prompt work of the fire department a serious conflagration would have ensued. The total loss will amount to about $4000. ALASKA IiOUXDARX DISPUTE. Seattle's Chamber of Commerce Taking a Stand Against England's Claims. Seattle, Wash., March s.— The Chamber of Commerce has appointed a committee to investigate the question of the boundary between Alaska and British Columbia, and to arouse public opinion to the importance of -maintaining American rights in this matter. The question is to he considered by an international commission this year, and as ii preliminary step surveys have been made by parties from both countries, but the British show much more thoroughness and activity in this matter than the Ameri cans, and in order to secure possession of the Yukon mines, are now preparing to build' a road over the Taku Pass to the head waters of the Yukon. "*- The principal controversy hinges on the interpretation of the treaty locating the boundary ten marine leagues from the shore. England contends that this line should not follow the inlets, America that it should. If England's contention pre vails, Juneau and the best harbors will be in her territory. Hence the agitation here, where the largest business with Alaska is done and where the Alaska steamers start. All chambers of commerce on the coast will be asked to co-operate. A SAX JOSE CHURCH SUIT EXDS, German Lutheran Congregation to Have a Deed for Its Property. San Jose, March 5.— stipulation was filed yesterday dismissing the 'suit of the German Lutheran Evangelical Immanuel Church of this city against Au gust Buehren. :•.'_?_s uuehren owns the church edifice and the property on which it stands. He purchased it with the understanding that the congre gation would pay him certain specified in stallments, and on the payment of the last of these he was to execute a deed to them for the property. Before the last payment was due the congregation became dissatisfied with Pastor Braunwarth, who is Buehren's father-in-law, and ejected him. They then tendered Buehren tho balance due him, but he refused to accept it. A suit was commenced to force him to accept the balance due and execute a deed according to the agreement. Buehren now agrees to make the deed as sued for, and hence the action is dismissed. COXSTITUTIOXAL COX VEXTIOX. Utah's Delegates Xotr in. Session in. Salt Lake. Salt Lake, Utah, March s.— The com mittee on credentials appointed by the constitutional convention yesterday made a report to the convention this morning declaring that affidavits had been filed with them tending to show that the five delegates from the Third Salt Lake Dis trict who had not received certificates had been elgcted. The report was submitted without recommendation. . • •" '• A.K.Horn moved to refer the report back to the committee with instructions to ascertain the qualifications of the mem bers-elect. This motion brought on a lengthy debate, as Apostle John Henry Smith, who was still out of the convention, is a strong favorite of the Republican ma jority for president of the convention, and The San Francisco Call. an effort is being made to keep the ques tion back until the permanent organiza tion is made. The motion was carried — to 37. . . Shortly after the Credentials Committee reported to the convention that they had examined the evidence in the Third Pre cinct cases and that they following-named delegates were entitled to seats: George W. Emery, W. B. Preston, John Henry Smith, A. Kimball and A. H. Raleigh, three of whom are Democrats and two Re publicans. The report was adopted and the additional members were sworn in. Adjournment was then taken to 10:30 to morrow. The Republican members held a caucus this afternoon and agreed upon the follow ing permanent officers of the convention : President, John Henry Smith of Salt Lake County ; secretary, R. C. Christiansen of Toole County; sergeant-at-arms, R. C. Lawson of San Pete County. WILL TORTURE a TRAITOR. Oklahoma Indians Violently I'roiast Against Paying Taxes. zf- Wichita, Kans., March 5. — special to the Eagle from Perkins. 0. T., says: The lowa Indians in this country are in a state of great excitement and are talking of taking summary and violent means to do away with one of their number, John Amble, who lives five miles southeast of this place. The authorities recently decided to tax the property of all the Indians, who at once prepared to resist and an agreement was made among the members of the tribe not to allow any valuations to be made. Last Saturday John Amble broke this agreement and the Indians, it is reported, are going to deal with him as a traitor after the Indian fashion — torture. Head Chief Big Head and Second Head Chief Tohee have appealed to the United States attorney at Guthrie for his advice, and it is said he advised the Indians to get out injunctions against being taxed. LOS AX ELKS RATE WAR EXIJS. The Santa Ec Will Restore Its Schedule to the Old Basis. Los Angeles, March s.— The rate war in augurated by the Santa Fe Company has come to a sudden close. The announce ment was made to-day that on the 14th inst. the reduction of $2 50 made a few days ago on second-class fare to the East would again be added to the rate, restoring matters to the old basis. Officials of the Santa Fe Company state that they have received assurances that the rates will be maintained by other roads, and with that understanding they go back to the former schedule. ; * LOS AXGELES' CIRCUIT -JUDGE. Erskine M. Ross Receives Ills Commis sion and Assumes His Office. Los Angeles, March s.— Judge Erskine M. Ross received his commission as United States Circuit Judge of the Ninth Circuit from Washington this morning. Upon the receipt of his commission the Judge went before Commissioner Van Dyke and took the oath of office. A short while after ward he entered the courtroom and Crier Domingues called for order. Several mo tions and ex parte matters were attended to and then an adjournment was taken. ! SEATTLE ELEVATOR MISHAP. A Passenger Tries to Jump From the Cage and Is Killed. His Dead Body Plunges Down the Shaft Through Four Stories. '■*; Seattle, Wash., March s.— M. N.Nelson, postmaster at Peabold, Kitsap County, was killed to-night by an accident in an eleva tor in the Pioneer building in this city. Shortly after 6 o'clock to-night Nelson was seated in the elevator talking to Lewis Thompson, the elevator man, at the door of the fourth floor. Thompson stepped out to light the gas in the hall. The elevator started to drop, and Nelson seized the lever and attempted to stop it. The elevator sho^ upward, and Nelson, becoming' excited, tried to jump out. He was caught between the floor of the elevator and the top of the door and his neck was broken. A young girl, a friend of Nelson, who was in the elevator at the time, was told by the elevator man to grasp the lever and slowly lower the elevator. She, too, lost her head and let the elevator drop with great rapidity. Nelson's body, which was hanging half out of the elevator, dropped outside, and the door on the fourth floor being open, it pitched headlong down the shaft. The body was badly mangled. Nelson was a widower. ■ VALLEJO MAS OX lit IV G. Treasurer Rertoscky of Xaval Lodge Mysteriously Disappears. - Vallejo, March 5.— A. B. Bertoscky, one of the oldest residents and treasurer of Naval Lodge, F. and A. M., has been miss ing since Thursday. No trace of him can be found. He left home hurriedly and without reason. As far as known, his financial accounts are correct, although an effort is being made to keep the real facts quiet. A visit to his home throws no light on his mysterious'disappearance. It is supposed that heavy financial calls made on him met him unprepared, and that worrimcnt over the same caused dis traction of mind. Bertoscky is regarded in this community as an upright and honest man, and while the belief does not exist that there is a shortage in his accounts, his disappearance is not explained. It is known that he had considerable real estate in San Diego, and not being able to realize on the same, he evi dently became disheartened. His friends say he will turn up all right. His books in the lodge are being experted. ■ > RED BLUE I MURDER CASE. Manuel Raposa Held for Trial, for the v Alleged Killing of P. O. Rice. Red Bluff, March s.— Manuel Raposa, a young Portuguese, was to-day held by Jus tice of the Peace Gill to answer to the charge of murder before the Superior Court, without bonds. Raposa had been arrested on the charge of killing P. 0. Rice, who was found dead in the yard back of his residence on the. night of February 23. The case has been shrouded in much mystery, but the evi dence given at the' preliminary examina tion, while all circumstantial, was con sidered by the 7 committing magistrate strong enough in some points to warrant him in holding Raposa for trial. . \. -■';* ;_i_«__fc«_rt*sa»iap*rt-*i_w^ ._^^ * SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 6, 1895. GOAT ISLAND CESSION. Senators Have a Tilt Over the Memorial to Congress. A REVISED RESOLUTION. r . • ■* ' 4 ' It Asks for the Property for Terminal Purposes for All Railroads. '■;■} ' ■■ : ;-.V'.7.r •*' '. " THE EAST STREET BRIDGE. ■ t . . . ■ I All Four of the Bills Relating- to the Improvement Pass ln the Senate. Sacramento, March '5. — There was a spirited debate this afternoon over Senator Langford 's resolution memorializing Con gress to cede Goat Island to the State of California. The first paragraph of the resolution following the preamble origi nally read as follows: Resolved. By the Senate, the Assembly con curring, that our Senators in Congress be in structed and our Representatives requested to PROPOSED PASSENGER BRIDGE ACROSS EAST STREET TO THE NEW PERRY DEPOT. urge the Congress of the United States to cede to the State of California the said island of Yerba Buena, commonly known Goat Island, situate in the buy of *J*an Francisco, .lobe used by said State and ! its' grantees jor assignees for- j ever, solely for general railroad terminal pur poses. Senator Earl drafted this anew, and Senator Langford introduced the revised text as a substitute. It reads as follows: Resolved, By the Senate, the Assembly con curring, that our Senators in Congress be in structed and our Representatives requested to urge the Congress of the United States to cede to the State of California, subject to all military and naval purposes of the United States, the said island of Yerba Buena, in the bay of San Francisco, commonly known as Goat Island, -to be held by said State as an irrevocable trust, and without power of sale or transfer, and to be used by said State solely and only for ter minal purposes for all railroads on equal terms. Burke opposed the substitute resolution, attacking it bitterly as a Southern Pacific scheme. "There is to be a competing rail road," said Langford. "The people have put their hands in their pockets to free themselves from Southern Pacific domina tion. The Southern Pacific has bought up all the Oakland water front. If Congress cedes Goat Island to the State a competing railroad can secure a good terminal. Two ;- '_ : ■■.--. ■ ,'z - . ; - -.-: Map Showing: the Property to Be Con demned. [Sketched from the engineer's drawings.] years ago we voted $(500,000 to build a union depot for the Southern Pacific company. Now, if we can secure Goat Island, a com peting road can use the island for a termi nal and use the depot, which will become a union one in fact as well as in name." : Senator McAllister said a splendid ef fort was being made for a competing road, but it was not certain that the San Fran cisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroad de sired Goat Island for a terminal. It might make Stockton its terminal, and there was an excellent little town in Contra Costa County called Antioch. which would make a good terminus. When the San Joaquin Valley Railroad wanted to use Goat Island for ter minal : purposes it would ask Congress for it, and it would then be time for the Legis lature to pass such a resolution. "The : octopus, so called, , can have no superior advantages under the resolution," declared Senator Earl, "It i 3 a standing invitation to all roads to come in. I was told a . little more than two years ago by the manager of the Santa Fe that that road would : have built to San Francisco Bay. if it could have secured a proper ter minal." -z ■':.'--*■ A, ' ■ '■: ' '.'■ .-'.:-. '-,: *-.. .-. Senator Earl added that the -passage of the resolution would be an incentive for the Great Northern, the Missouri Pacific and the Union Pacific to build to San ; Francisco Bay. This proposition , was a different one from the old Goat Island ces sion plan, the object of which was to enable the Southern Pacific to obtain Goat Island. This resolution gave all roads equal ter minal facilities. S 7 Senator Mathews favored the resolution, as did Senator Sea well. It was adopted by the following vote: Ayes— Aram, Androus, Beard. Bert, Dunn, Earl, Franck, Cleaves, Hart, Henderson, Hoyt, Holloway, Langford, binder, Martin, Mathews, Pedlar, Seawell, Seymour, Shine, Smith, Voor heis—, A.', j*,'. . ; -.:- s \ 77 •'.■/,. "-'. j Noes ßurke, Fay, Gesford, Mahoney, Mc- Allister, "iVhitehurst, Withington— Absent or refrained from voting— Bigpy , Denison, Flint, Ford, McGowan, Mitchell, Orr, Shippee, Simpson, Toner— • Senators Ford and Withington had a tilt over the Harbor Commission bills relative to the proposed East-street bridge and a proposition to exchange properties with the Franck estate for a bridge terminus at the junction of Market, Sacramento and East streets. Senator Ford accused Senator "Withing j ton, who opposed the bills, of "talking through his hat,' and that his "headgear needed a new crown." - "That may be true, but I do not need a new head to put in my hat," was the sar ■ castic rejoinder. The four Harbor Commission bills were j passed. All were introduced by Senator leaves, and bill 60 empowers the Board of Harbor Commissioners to lay out and improve certain property on the westerly i side of East street, between Clay and Mar ket streets, in the city and county of San Francisco, extending their jurisdiction 1 over the same, and rectifying and estab fishing a line of streets, therein. This is the property which ;it is proposed to ex change f^^^rj^|p^J*_aS<^^kteJ^^ • ; Bill 1 til supplements V No. 60, author iz ■■' ing and empowering the Board of State Harbor Commissioners to grant, exchange or transfer certain property ,east of the westerly line of East street, as delineated and located upon the ground, between Clay and Market streets, in the city and county of San Francisco, to ,or with the owner or owners of certain property on the triangular corner, common to Market, Sacramento and East streets. . *v 7-7; Bill 62 provides for the contingency aris ing from a failure to swap lots and is en titled "An act to authorize and empower the Board of State Harbor Commissioners to institute condemnation proceedings against certain property on the corner of Market, Sacramento and East streets in the city and county of San Francisco/and extending their jurisdiction over the same." Bill 709 gives certain powers to the Board of Harbor Commissioners by amending the act finally approved with amendments March 19, 1889. It provides that the Com missioners May lease such portion or portions of seawal lots 1,2, 3, 4,5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 as they may deem expedient for such purposes solely as will be most advan tageous to the commerce of the port; provided, that before the execution of any lease, notice of the letting or leasing of any of the lots herein mentioned, or parts thereof, shall be given by publication in three of the daily papers published in the city of San Francisco for at least ten days. Such notices shall state the lot or portion of lot to be leased and that bids will be received by the Commissioners at a place and time designated in such notice, and that said property shall be let to the highest and best bidder; provided, further, that all bids for lease of lots, or portions of lots, herein mentioned, shall set forth the pur poses for which said lots, or the portions thereof, shall be used, and that the statement of such bid shall be embodied in the lease given by the Board of Harbor Commissioners with the condition that the lot shall be used for such purposes only; provided, further, that said board shall have power to reject any and all bids; and provided, further, that in no event shall any such lease or leases be made for a term exceeding twenty-five years. , The feature of the morning session was Senator Martin's motion to take a recess until 2 o'clock out of respect to the late Bishop Manogue and to allow members of the Senate to attend the funeral services, and, in the speech with which he accom panied his motion, Senator Martin de clared that the action of the Senate would determine whether it was under A. P. A. domination. He paid a high tribute to the worth of the dead Bishop. The motion was opposed by Senator Earl. Senator Hart offered an amendment that when the Senate adjourn it do so out of respect to the memory of the late Bishop. Senator Martin accepted the amendment. Senator Seymour declared : "I am not a member of either the Catho lic church or the A. P. A. and I don't think any church affair should be introduced into legislative affairs." The motion was defeated. SAXTA CRUZ riOXEER DEAD. Joseph Roberts, Once the Idol of South Sea ' Cannibals, Passes Away. Santa Cruz, March Joseph Roberts, a pioneer, was found dead! in bed this morning. Heart failure was the cause. ;; Mr. Roberts in early life was wrecked in the South Sea islands and- landed on an island' inhabited by j cannibals, who im agined he was a deity. The King gave him regal honors,,. placing him at the right hand of his throne. 7 When he left for Cali fornia,' after residing' on the island for eight months; there was much lamentation among the natives.' '• -.''":■ "..-', Mr. Roberts was aged 68 years. v He was a native of Scotland. - -'*-, ' -^ .--'-— - SEYMOUR AS WARDEN The Senator May Suc ceed Hale at San Quentin. GOV. BUDD FAVORS HIM. State Prison Commissioners Not Likely to Oppose the Executive. ATTLL IS TO BE REAPPOINTED. The Folsom Prison Keeper Will Not Be Ousted From His Position. Sacramento, March 5. — According to the latest gossip among State officials, State Senator Seymour has been slated for the position of Warden at San Quentin, to take the place of Warden Hale, whose term of office will soon expire. General regret is expressed that Hale is threatened with being turned down, for it is acknowledged that he had made an excellent Warden. It is doubtful if a better man will be se cured, even if Senator Seymour proves to be the successful aspirant. It is well known that Warden Hale is the choice of a majority of the State Prison Commissioners, but the will of the Gov ernor has never yet been thwarted in the choice of Warden, and in this case the Governor is said to lean toward Seymour. In explanation of this inclination, it is said that the Governor has certain com binations that he desires to work, and that he can complete his organization with Sen ator Seymour more easily than with Mr. Hale. Warden Aull of the Folsom penitentiary is to be re-elected, and Joseph E. Baker, a newspaper writer well known in San Fran cisco and Oakland, will get the place as Deputy Warden at Folsom. Within three months there will be |400 prisoners removed from San Quentin to Folsom, the apparent intention being to minimize and finally to abandon the prison at San Quentin, concentrating the prison ers of the northern part of the State at Folsom. This will be urged for the reason that Folsom is better located for a penal institution, it allows more opportunities for employing the prisoners, and is harder to escape from than San Quentin. . Some suggestion has been made that the Republican majority of the Board of State Prison Commissioners will feel inclined to resist Governor Budd's suggestions, but it is admitted that he could make a great deal of 7 trouble for them by ordering their dis missal from the board if they should dis play a refractory spirit. There might be a legal defense made against such action by the Governor, but it would disturb the tenure of the Commissioners, and therefore it is deemed probable that they will yield obediently to the chief executive. COUNTY DIVISION BILL. The Senate Defeats the Meas ure by a Big Majority. Sacramento, March ; 5. At the morning session the Senate defeated Burkes amend ment to the bill to create new counties, which provided that the commissioners having charge of the organization might refuse to create a new county if such pro posed division would not benefit both the old and new counties. : Burke then had an amendment adopted, providing that no county may be divided which has an area less than 500 square miles, unless it has a city of 15,000 inhabi tants within its boundaries, r 7 7 j A few minor amendments were made and then the subject was dropped until the evening session, when the fight over the bill was inaugurated in earnest. "I am not in favor of county division. It entails 'an expense on the people. I represent a county where there is no dispo sition to divide. If a bill is passed of the character under discussion, within six months some county division project will be formulated," declared Senator Seawell. He said that there were but half a dozen counties in which at the present there were division projects. Senator Smith held an exactly opposite view. He had no fear of county division. If there were twice as many counties as there are now there would be better gov ernment. The people of the State of Cali fornia gave an emphatic voice to their opinion at the last election, when by a vote of more than four to one the citizens declared that they wanted a general law for the division .of counties and did not want the Legislature to retain the power to do this. The bill was defeated by the following vote: Ayes— Arms, Beard, Denlson, Earl, Fay, Ford, Gleaves, Hoyt, Linder, Mathews, McAllister, McGowan, Pedlar, Smith, Withington— ls. Noes— Androus, Burke, Dunn, Flint, Franck, Henderson, Holloway, Langford, Mahoney, Martin, Seawell, Seymour, Shine, Shippee, Toner, Whitehurst— l6. Absent or declined to vote— Aram,, Biggy, Bert, Hart, Mitchell, Orr, Voorheis— Excused from voting— Gesford, Simpson— Senators Earl and Beard changed their votes from "aye" to ''no," and Earl gave notice that he would move a reconsidera tion. The negative vote is a significant one. - 'JXf- c fJs Certain Senators, it |is said, were fright ened from voting for the bill because ,it was charged that' there was boodle back of it. Now it looks as if a job had been ar ranged by which the attempt will be made to force "the sack" to come to Sacramento. This action following the malodorous pro ceedings in the Assembly yesterday prom ises some startling disclosures with the end of the session. : ..; Senator Simpson's ■ bill authorizing the formation of township governments on the New England plan, with three trustees as the governing body, was defeated on final passage, • lacking but one vote" .of ■ success.- Senator Ford, who voted, against the bill, gave notice that he would 7 move a recon sideration. * , > ' "-'.•-, i .The bill fixing the hours of labor in log ging camps was slightly amended, and went on third reading file for to-morrow. ': Six new ' bills \ were ' introduced, all relat ing to divorces, appeals and complaints in l civil cases. • The county government bill was made a special order for Thursday next. An effort was made by Senator. Hoyt, who introduced the anti-scalpers' bill, to have the Senate concur in the Assembly amendments, but the matter was made a special order for Friday next at 2 p. M.7'*7V- The Assembly constitutional amend ment providing for an interchange be tween Superior Court Judges of various counties was defeated. •_,7 -._';:.; BETTMAN REPLIES TO DILLE. The Assemblyman Says the 'Clergyman Slandered Kirn. Sacramento, March s.— The Call's ac count of the speech of the Rev. E. R. Dille, at the mass-meeting held in Odd Fellows-' hall last night, moved Bettman of San Francisco to a burst of eloquence to day. The preacher spoke of the young Assem blyman in most disparaging terms, stating that he was the proprietor of a corner grocery and saloon. He also declared that Bettman had worked against raising the age of consent from 19 to 18, and that it was not at all surprising for a man in his business. All these statements Bettman denounced as false in a very spirited speech. "There is an article in this morning's Call," he said, "that reflects not only on myself, but on the Committee on Public Morals. In it Rev. Mr. Dille is reported as making statements which are false in every particular. He said that I kept a corner grocery store and a saloon. It is untrue. Every business man in San Fran cisco knows my place of business is at 121 California street. The records will show that his statement that I worked against raising the age of consent is untrue. From the beginning I sought to forward it, as every man in this house knows." 7 ;'r: At the conclusion of his speech Bettman made a scathing arraignment of Mr. Dille's prepensity to mistake. He announced that he had no quarrel with ministers. He wanted them to attend to their own busi ness though, as he was willing to attend to his. Mark Devine of San Francisco also rose to a question of privilege. Rev. Mr. Dille, he said, had seen fit to abuse the San Fran cisco delegation in a way that he could not but resent. "I am no gambler," shouted Devine. **I do not believe in horseraces nor go to the races. I am a business man and am a representative of San Francisco, and want to object to any man presuming . upon his being a preacher to make false statements about myself and my colleagues." Devine concluded by announcing that, though he did not profess to possess any supernatural degree of virtue, yet he con sidered himself as good as any preacher fighting in the cause of the Lexow bill. BRANDING OF BOGUS BUTTER. Dairymen Urge y^je Governor to 7 " " ]■% ; Sign the Bill. : "7 '•■"■ -'■ ■ Sacramento, March s.— The dairymen and the manufacturers of artificial prod ucts, such as oleomargarine, butterine and filled cheese, had a day before the Gov ernor to-day. The dairymen were there to urge his signature to the bill which pro vides that bogus dairy products shall not be sold as the genuine article. J. H. Hegler represented the filled cheese industry, Attorney Liiienthal appeared for the oleomargarine contingent, and Sena tors McGowan and McAllister led the dairy forces in the verbal conflict. The debate was a spirited one. Senator McGowan, after Attorney Liiien thal had eulogized the merits of bogus but ter, asked: * "Do you use oleomargarine on your table home?" Attorney Liiienthal confessed that he did not. "Do you want to sell it to poor people as genuine butter?" asked the Humboldt Senator. "What objection do you have to the manufacture of oleomargarine? It is just as good as butter," said. Liiienthal. - "Because it is manufactured as a lie, be cause it purports to be butter and is not," was the answer. There was a little anger stirred up by this answer. Assemblyman , Johnson of Humboldt created some amusement by stating that the citizens of Humboldt hanged ex-Governor Markham in effigy when he vetoed the pure butter bill. Gov ernor Budd laughed at this sally, though he did not inquire if a similar fate awaited him should he pursue a similar course. Jesse D.* Carr championed the cause of the butter men. The Governor has taken the bill under advisement. ■'' ' APPROPRIATIONS REDUCED. Report of the Conference Com mittee in the Assembly. Sacramento, March s.— The report of the conference committee on the general ap propriation was made just before the after noon session of the Assembly was ended. The report was delayed because of an at tempt to reduce the amoun t to be allowed for district fairs. : '. « y ,^"V *| The Senate appropriated $194,000 for these fairs and $40,000 for the State Fair. Laugenour wanted the district fair appro priation cut down one-half. He was over ruled and the appropriations for the fairs were concurred in. . It is understood, however, that . the Governor will cut down the appropriation for the district fairs by at least $90,000. The Senate Committee agreed to reduc tions to their amendments amounting to $137,040. These reductions ' were as fol lows :.*-.' National Guard $40,000, Napa Insane Asylum $26,000, Mendocino Insane Asylum $50,540, Agnews Insane Asylum $8000, Whittier Re form School $10,000, San Jose Normal School $2500. ** " r,r- -■..>•'--'?;■" " ■ ■ Under the bill as it now stands, the con tingent expenses of the Senate are placed at $35,000 and the ; Assembly $40,000. The textbook fund, is returned to its original $40,000. The \ appropriation for the Yo semite Valley was also put back by the Senate to the original -figure of $20,000. The ot her changes were the same as given this morning in the Call. A. Heaidsburg Man Arrested. I . Los Angeles, March Deputy Sheriff Martin Aguirre this afternoon arrested a man named '"■ Smith McDowell at the post office on a telegram from the authorities at Heaidsburg. * McDowell is , a well-dressed , man and is wanted on a charge of felony. PRICE FIVE CENTS. SAN JOSE WILL CASE Beginning of the End in the Barron Contest. THE CLOSING ARGUMENT Attorney Delmas' Eloquent Plea on Behalf of the Contestant. THE COURTROOM THRONGED. An Immense Audience Listens to the Brilliant Address of the Lawyer. San Jose, March s.— Attorney Delmas' well-known reputation for eloquence drew an audience to the Courthouse to-day such as has never been seen here before, and the throng that packed the courtroom and overflowed into the lobby lost never a word of the lawyer's brilliant plea. It was the beginning of the closing argument in the contest over the. estate of the late Million aire Barron, and it was for the contestant, George Barron, that the attorney spoke. Judge Garber finished the concluding argument in behalf of the proponents this morning. He urged that portions of the testimony of P. J. Sullivan proved that the claim that Edward Barron had no will of his own was false. Sullivan admitted that he was unable to secure from his alleged weak employer what he (Sullivan) believed were hi.**} rights. As for Mrs. Barron she had not invited the litigation, but was un willingly a party to it in order to defend the honor of her dead husband and her self. The concluding argument in the case and the closing plea in behalf of the contestant; George Barron, was opened at 10:40 o'clock by Mr. Delmas. He said that after the great storm of eloquence from three able attorneys upon the other side it became his duty to restore the landmarks and beacon lights that were to guide the jury in obtaining a verdict. The statement made by Attorney Bowden that the pro ponents had desired to throw the mantle of charity over the grave of the first Mrs. Barron was impressively referred to by the speaker. He spurned the aspersion upon the memory of the dead woman, and proved by the evidence that the contestants had endeavored to show what was the cause of the separation of Edward Barron from his first wife, but the other side by their objections had prevented this testi | mony., from- 'being secured. -Delmas de ! clared that the mother of George Barron did not need a mantle of charity over her grave as there was nothing that was sought to be covered up there. At the afternoon session of the court every available inch of sitting and stand ing room was occupied inside and outside the courtroom, and many were unable even . to get within the sound of Mr. Delmas' voice, Mr. Delmas pointed out at length the inconsistencies and injustice of the will of Edward Barron, and contended that it could not have emanated from a just and sound mind under the meaning of the law. He said that a' wrong had been done, not only to George but also to an innocent wife that he may ally himself with in the future and her innocent children. In case George Barron should die, according to the terms of the will his wife was to receive nothing in case she was childless, and in the event that she had children they were to receive only one-half of their father's property, the other half to go to Eva Rose Barron. ..:...-. In the case of the death of the son, "Wil liam, his children were to receive all. Why was this unjust discrimination made against the innocent prospective children of the contestant? he. asked. By the terms of the will Mrs. Barron would have absolute control over the property to the value of over $1,500,000, unanswerable to any court for her stewardship, and in case the will was not broken she would take this vast amount to Ireland, where she would spend the remainder of her days. 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