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Two Men Hold Up the
Eastbound Overland
Near Stockton.
Compelled the Train Hands
to Open the Express-
After a Fusillade of Bullets the
Bandits Made Their Escape on
the Locomotive.
Stockton, March B.— The train known as
the European mail which comes through
this city as Special 3. was held up near
Castle Switch, about four miles from this
city, at 10:20 o'clock to-night. The rob
of whom there were three, got noth
The first news of the hold-up was brought
:kton by F. L. Sedgeley, a brakeman
on the train. He came on the Oregon Ex
press, which passed through Stockton
shortly after the European mail and
barked into Stockton from the scene of the
robbery. Sedgeley said :
'•It was 10:20 o'clock and in the neighbor
hood of Castle Switch that the train came
to a stor>. I was in one of the rear cars
and thinking it was a hold-up got off im
mediately. When I reached the
ground I heard several shots ahead
and instantly started hack to flag
the Oregon express, which I knew would
becoming alone soon. I met the express
a short distance from the city limits and
came back aboard it. I don't know
whether the robbers got any money or not.
The exj'rc>> was held until a posse of
oificers could be found. Sheriff Cunning
ham was in Sacramento, and Deputy Rob
inson assumed charge. He was accom
panied by Police Officers Carroll and Born
ham and Deputy Sheriff Black.
The train pulled out a short time after
midnight with the oflicers, who intended
to get off in the neighborhood of the rob
bery and scour the country for the robbers.
Word had already been received by the
telegraph operator that the robbers after
making their attempt had detatched the
engine and started toward Lodi on it, and
had abandoned it before reaching that
Full particulars of the robbery were re
ceived from Lodi by telephone after the
express train had left here. The engine of
the European mail roHod into Lodi at 11:05
o'clock, going very slowly, with no one
aboard and registering but forty pounds of
George Andrews, the engineer of a freight
train that was lying there waiting for the
overland to pass, got aboard and stopped
her. A stick of dynamite wbs found on
the seat in the cab and it was apparent
that there had been a hold-up.
Lodi officers took the engine of the
freight train and went after the train that
belonged to the unmanned engine. They
got back to Lodi with the train at 12:15,
and it proceeded north with its own en
The story of the hold-up, as told by En
gineer Ingles of the mail train, is as
'A short distance south of Castle Switch
myself and Fireman House were startled
by a man who crawled over the tender
and, pointing a pistol at our heads, ordered
us to stop the train. He was marked. I
Stopped the engine, and the follow then
ordered us to get off, which we did.
"Two other masked men were standing
on the ground waiting to receive us. They
ordered us to walk back to the express
car, which we did, After we had reached
the express-car the men told me to instruct
the messenger to open theidoor, as they
had dynamite and would blow up the car
if the door wa« not opt
"I told the messenger this, and he
opened the door and then shut it again,
after which he fired two shots at the rob
bers. A passenger stuck his head out of
one of the windows and one of the robbers
tired a shot at him.
"The men threatened again to blow the
car to pieces with dynamite if it was not
opened, and the express messenger then
complied with their demands. The men
got inside, taking us with them, and ran
sacked the car.
'All the money was in the big safe and
they did not try to open it. They got
nothing whatever.
• After satisfying themselves that there
was nothing of value outside of the safe
and that had been securely locked,
they jumped out of the car and went
ahead to the engine again, taking us with
"Reaching the engine, the men un
ccwpled it from the train, and liring some
phovs in the direction of the passenger
cars, to scare their occupants, I suppose,
pulled the throttle and started toward
"A brakeman was sent back to Stockton
by the conductor to Hag the Oregon
express, which was soon to come along,
and we waited until the engine came from
A tramp, who was stealing a ride on the
blind baggage, is the only person who can
giro a description other than general
of any of the robbers. He stated at
Lodi that when the train stopped he saw
one of the robbers without his mask on.
The fellow spoke to the tramp and told
him that if he opened hie head he would
lose it.
Tin- tramp wisely kept still, but he noted
that the robber who had issued the warn
ing, was about 5 feet 10 inches in height
and that lie wore a black coat, woolen
shirt and blue necktie.
The tramp was made to walk to the ex
ar with the engineer and iireman.
He heard one of the robbers say that they
had a buggy in which they could ride off
after leaving the engine.
Bow the Three Tiobhera Held Up Hint
and. Hi* Fireman.
Sacramento, March 9. — According to the
Itory told by Engineer Ingle of the train,
The San Francisco Call.
when he reached Sacramento at 1:45 this
morning, there were three robbers.
One of them climbed over the tender.
The first he knew of his presence was when
his fireman tapped him on the arm and
"Look over there, will you?"
He looked, and a moment later had a
gun at his head.
"The man had some dark knitted sub
stance over his head for a mask," said Mr.
Ingle, <l with holes cut in it for his eyes. A
second man climbed over the tender a
moment later. They told me to stop
the train, and then they made the fireman
and myself get out and" uncouple the ex
press car. After that they walked up to
the engine and one of the robbers said,
'Now you go ahead, we've got a gang up
here and we want you to go up to them.' "
"When we had gone some distance with
the express-car he made me stop. The
train was about a quarter of a mile back
and the robbers seemed to fear no danger
from that quarter.
"They made me and the fireman get out
and walk to the express car. Then they
ordered Messenger ] louse to open the car.
This he did, taking a shot at the
robbers and then retreating to the back of
the car. They tried to get the express
messenger to come out. He refused and
threatened to shoot them if they came to
the door.
"After parleying for several minutes they
gave me a dynamite stick and told me to
light it and throw it into the car. I got
out some matches and tried to light the
fuse, but every time the wind blew my
matches out.
"While I was trying to get the fuse lit I
was talking to the messenger trying to get
him to come out and telling him he was a
fool to run the risk of getting blown to
pieces and having the rest of us blown up
too. He said there was no use of their
coming in as there was nothing in the car.
The rest of the story has' already been
told. ■
Pursuing Officers Will Take .Vo i Chances
With the Robbers.
Sacramexto, March B.— Eastbound pas
senger train No. 3 was held up by train
robbers at 11:20 o'clock this evening a few
miles west of Stockton, between that city
and the town of Lodi.
The first intelligence received of the
hold-up was forwarded over the wires by
Conductor Wyllie of the Oregon Express,
which was following close after No, 3, and
was flagged by a brakeman. who told him
that No. 3 was robbed. The man could
furnish no particulars other than consider
able shooting had taken place, but whether
any one was injured or whether the rob
bers succeeded in obtaining any booty he
i was unable to state. • V; .', '
Conductor Wyllie immediately backed
his train into Stockton and informed the
authorities, who started a posse in pursuit
of the robbers. As soon as the news was
received at Sacramento Sheriffs Cunning
ham and Johnson, with a possee of officers
armed with double-barrel shotguns, ob
tained a light engine and started imme
diately for the scene of the robbery.
The two men who committed "the deed,
are supposed to be the same parties /who
attempted to rob the same train near Sac
ramento last Saturday night, and upon
the failure of that attemat they procured a
horse and cart, robbed Schell's brewery
the following evening and fled by way of
the upper Stockton road.
The pursuing officers fully realize that
they have desperate men to deal with, and
express an intention to take no chances
should they be fortunate enough to over
take the desperadoes.
A Runaway Horse Dashes Into
a Crowd of Orphan
Three Little Girls Receive In
juries That May Prove
Los Angelep, March B.— Three of the 400
little orphan girls who attended the citrus
fair this afternoon upon the invitation of
the managers are lying in the hospital
bruised and injured, the victims of a run
away accident.
The Catholic Sisters had conducted safely
their lons line of small charges to the pa
vilion, and had started on the return trip.
An electric car was waiting on Broadway
for a load of passengers, and the girls were
just beginning to find seats aboard when a
runaway horse came te*ing down the
street. The animal was goin? at a terrific
rate of speed and dragged behind him a
two-wheeled cart. Tne crowd of children
filled the street completely, and before the
pedestrians on the sidewalk could give
warning the horse and cart were through
the line of girls.
Susie Brnssuille, aged seven years, was
thrown high in the air, and landed on the
hard pavement, a heap of bruised flesh
and broken bones. Leonita Teaver aged
eight years, and Virginia Morillo, aged
ten, were knocked down and trampled
underneath the hoofs of the frightened
horse, which continued its mad course down
the street until it collided with the tele
phone post and was secured.
All of the injured children are still alive,
but grave fears are entertained for the re
covery of any of them. The sad accident
spoiled the holiday for the orphans, and
the little ones talk in mournful whispers
at the asylum to-night.
The Mystery of the T.tg.
Los Angeles, March B.— Nothing new
has developed to-day in the matter of
the mysterious disappearance of Mrs. Etta
Hoffman. Many people are inclined to
have faith in the theory that the woman's
leg found in Broadway yard belonged to
Mrs. Hoffman's body. Detectives, how
ever, now claim that the theory of murder
is not at all reliable, and that it is probable
that the limb found was one that had been
amputated by surgeons.
Attempt at Suicide in Sacramento.
Sacramento, March B.— Patrick Kennedy
attempted suicide to-day by slashing both
wrists with a razor, but the instrument
being dull he failed to accomplish his pur
pose and will probably recover. He tolls a
sensational story of his alleged ill-treat
ment at the County Hospital, and claims
that after boing excluded from that insti
tution he was refused a penult to re-enter
by two of the County Supervisory. He
was found this afternoon in a dense
growth of willows on the border of the
overflow at the foot of Twelfth street and
was removed to the Receiving Hospital,
where his wounds were dressed.
A Colusa Man Elopes
With the Wife of
His Brother.
After Driving to Sycamore the
Recreant Pair Vanish and
Leave No Clew.
The Mother of the Youngr Man Tells
How All the Trouble Came
Colfsa, March B.— George Wooda, who
resides in the suburbs of this city, eloped
with the wife of his brother Thomas on
Wednesday. They were last seen at Syca
more, eight miles from this town, in the
evening, where all trace of them was lost.
There walked into the Farmer Hotel,
located in Good's Extension, a suburb of
Colusa, early on Wednesday afternoon, a
young man, who rented a room for himself
and wife. In a short time he returned, ac
companied by a young woman whom he
escorted to the room and immediately left
the hotel, returning with a carriage and
driver. This peculiar action aroused the
curiosity of the landlord, and in reply to
his question as to why the young woman
had not waited in the parlor the young
man informed him that his wife did not
want to sit in so public a place. He paid
his bill, the couple entered the hack and
rode away. The man was George Woods
and the woman was Thomas Woods' wife.
When the carriage had reached Powells
Corner, at the town limits, where several
roads diverge, Woods told the driver to
halt. He then alighted and informed the
driver to await his return, leaving the
woman in the carriage. Woods walkedgto
the home of his mother and changed his
clothing. Then he informed her that he
was going to attend a dance at Maxwell, a
neighboring village, ana that a party of
friends were awaiting him. He bade his
mother good-by and left.
Returning to the carriage, he ordered
the driver to take them to Sycamore,
eight miles distant, and there the couple
alighted and disappeared.
It was not long after George had left that
Thomas Woods came riding hurriedl3 r into
town from the Berkey ranch where he is
employed and rushed excitedly to his
mother's house. He asked for his wife.
His mother, astonished at the question
answered that she had not been there that
day. Then he asked for his brother George,
and was informed that he had been there
but a short time before. Thomas had
learned that his wife and his brother had
been seen walking into Colusa from the
Berkey ranch but a few hours before, and
as his mother related the circumstances of
George's visit, the truth suddenly flashed
into his mind. His wife had eloped with
his brother. He became frantic with grief
and rage, anathematized the recreant pair,
and swore a mighty oath that henceforth
and forever he would never again look
upon his wife. He implored his mother
to disown the son who had brought dis
grace to them. But he made no attempt
to follow the runaways, and returned to
his desolate home to grieve over his mis
fortunes and the perlidy of his wife and
Mrs. Jane Woods, the mother of Thomas
and George, was interviewed at her home
in regard to the elopement and the events
leading up to it. Mrs. Woods' story is
substantially as follows: ,
"One day last fall there came to my
house a lass named Kate Tomes. Kate's
home was in Williams, where she had been
living with her mother and stepfather.
The trirl was in rags, she was untidy and
in a forlorn condition. With tears in her
eyes she told me a pitiful story of cruel
treatment that she had been subjected to
in her home, and begged so piteously to be
given shelter and a borne that my heart
went out to her and I took her in.
'That was the beginning of all the
trouble that has come upon my family
since and sorely I regret now that I was
ever tempted to give shelter to that
woman, who has so illy repaid my kind
"Kate was a pleasant girl ts look upon.
She was comely, and in my home under
the kind care given her, she soon grew to
be a handsome, happy and light-hearted
girl. My sons were kind to her and paid
her much attention. Thomas and George
were especially attentive to her. Soon I
came to see that both of my boys were des
perately in love with the lass. I felt that
the outcome of this would be trouble, and
so I set about trying to mend matters.
First, I talked to her of her duty to her
parents and advised her to return to her
home, but she pleaded that I should not
send her away.
"Then I asked her whom of my two
boys, George and Thomas, she loved best.
'I love George— l love him very much,'
said she. 'But as for marrying him, I will
not. He is shiftless. So I shall marry
Tom. for he will take good care of me.'
'•This manner of talk made me angry,
and then and there I upbraided her. And
in a short time I told her that she could
stay no longer, and so sent her into Colusa
on her way home, for I would have no
more of her.
"It was on the last night of the year 1894
that she left. Thomas followed her, and
with some young friends they went to
Judge J. B. Moore and asked to be mar
ried by contract. Now, Judge Moore is
not a believer in this form of marriage and
strongly expressed himself on the matter,
ending by refusing to comply with their
wishes. •
"Thomas was not to be discouraged, how
ever. In a short time the party returned
and Thomas produced a marriage license.
Then Judge Moore made them man and
"All my efforts had proved futile, and
so when Tom came home with his bride 1
received them as cordially as I could in my
wounded pride. Here they lived until /our
weeks since. During this time many
things came under my notice and seeing
the drift of things I told Tom one day that
it were best for him to make his home else
where with his wife, for I desired that she
be removed from George as far as possible.
Tom and his wife went to the Berkey
ranch. I had no suspicion of anything
being wrong until Tom came searching for
his wife. The trouble I had feared had
come all too soon."
Mrs. Woods and her family, which con
sists of two daughters and two sons besides
Tom and George, keenly feel the disgrace
brought upon them by the latter.
A Rancher Shoots Himself While Clean
ing a Hi fie.
Redding, March B.— Mrs. Spiegel, who
lives with her husband on the road be
tween here and Bella Vista, about nine
miles from Redding, yesterday went to call
on her brother, Henry Hoppinger, who
lived by himself in a cabin about a mile
from their home. On entering the cabin
she saw him lying on the floor with a rifle
across his breast. On closer examination
she found he was dead, with a bullet-hole
through his head. Coroner Earnest was
notified, and with Dr. F. P. Mitcell went
to the scene of the tragedy, where a jury
was summoned and a post-mortem exam
ination and an inquest was held. From
the appearance of the room and the situa
tion of the body, it appeared that Ho-p
--pinger had been standing; at a workbench
engaged in cleaning a rifle. He had evi
dently been holding the gun with the bar
rel pointing upward, and trying to look
through the barrel, when the weapon was
discharged, killing him instantly.
The Coroner's jury came to the conclu
sion that Hoppinger came to his death on
or about the Gth day of March, 1895, from
a gunshot wound inflicted, accidentally, by
his own hand.
Hoppinger was in good spirits when last
seen. He was aged 29 years.
a los angeles young woman
Asks $50,000 for Breach
of Promise.
It Is Not the Money, but the
Fickle Man That She
San Jose, March B.— Marie Wilson, a
young lady who resides with her mother
in Lofc Angeles, has commenced an action
in this city against P. T. Burroughs, a
traveling man, to recover $50,000 damages
for breach of promise.
The story of her alleged wrongs, as re
lated by the young lady, is that Bur
roughs, who is rather a ring-looking man,
with an air of prosperity and gentility,
visited the southern city and made her ac
quaintance and a mutual attachment
sprang up. In April of last year he sued
for and received her promise of marriage.
Soon his business called him East, and for
awhile he wrote very'Joving letters to his
promised bride. l'r\juniably, however,
some-other fai r/eharjSjr crossed -his path,
and his letters greW more frigid. At last
he requested to be released from his prom
ise of marriage. :
Marie did not want to sever the contract,
but agreed to meet him in San Francisco
to discuss matters. 'Here Burroughs se
cured a room and concealed witnesses
therein. lie then had a conference there
with the young lady, and tried to have her
make some proposition that would give
him grounds for charges of blackmail.
Miss Wilson says she did not take the bait
and the meeting was fruitless. Burroughs'
business called him about the State, never
stopping more than two or three days in
one town, but Marie kept to his trail.
About a week ago Burroughs came to this
city and commenced an engagement as
auctioneer in a leading jewelry store.
A few days later Marie and her mother
came to town, and yesterday, having de
spaired of the fickle lover repenting, the
suit was commenced. Miss Wilson says
she does not want the money, but she does
want Burroughs. Burroughs claims she
wants to blackmail him.
Opening'of the Line That Joins Xorthern
and Southern Srrlions.
Prescott, Ariz., Mafch B.— The formal
opening of the Santa Fe, Prescott* and
Phoenix Railroad next week will mark an
epoch in the history of Arizona.
While Salt Pciver Valley ifl one of the
most productive to be found anywhere,
that section has been unable to find a mar
ket for its products. Northern Arizona,
while only from 100 to 150 miles distant,
has been compelled to purchase supplies
from California and Kansas. The com
pletion of the road brings the two sections
within a few hours' communication, and
Northern Arizona will join with Phcenix
next week in a three days' celebration of
the opening of the road. Excursions are
also booked from Chicago, Denver and
other cities.
Washington Miners Carry an Itinerant
I'reachrr Out of Town.
Tacoma, Wash., March B.— A dispatch
from Index says: H. J. Jacobs, an itin
erant minister, arrived here last night and
announced that he was a "traveler from
hades," sent to purify the town. He took
charge of the Courthouse and began an ad
dress in a loud voice on immorality and
gambling. He declared that Christianity
was doing more harm than good. This was
disputed by the miners and the wayfarer
"from hades" left town on a rail.
Russian River Fishermen Cannot Use Nets
Santa llofa, March B.— There will be no
net fishing in the Russian River, even if
the fishermen who live at the mouth of the
river have succeeded in convincing many
residents of the northern part of the
county that ordinance No. 32, prohibiting
seining, basket, trap or set-net fishing,
should be repealed. The repeal of the
ordinance was asked for in a petition to
the Board of Supervisors this afternoon by
R. S. Logan and others from Healdsburg,
but the board by a unanimous vote refused
to repeal the ordinance on the ground that
the changes wanted by the fishermen
would be contrary to section 633 of the
Penal Code.
Expeditious Justice at Jackson.
Jack«ox, March 8. — J. H. Colburn, who
was convicted of robbery at Weiland and
sentenced to eight years in Folsom, and
who was granted a new trial by the Su
preme Court, was brought up lust night
for retrial. He was at once arraigned,
pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six
and a halt years in Folsom. He had been
in prison fifteen months. He was re
turned to the penitentiary to-day.
Terminal Grounds for
the Competing Val
ley Railroad.
The Assembly Considers a
Proposal for the Leasing of
Fifty Acres of Flats.
Excepting a Few of the Members,
the House Is Enthusiastic in
the Matter.
Sacramexto, March 8. — A new factor
was introduced into the politics of Califor
nia to-day. The San Joaquin Valley road
nas made its first request. Men from all
parts of the State greeted its representa
tives with delight. They recognized in
their presence the beginning of a new
epoch — an epoch of growth and prosperity.
All day it was known that some move was
to be made for the benefit of the new road.
Claus Spreckels and his son, John D., with
Colonel Preston, met their friends on the
floor of the House. There was a long con
sultation with the Attorney-General early
in the morning. Later it became known
that an amendment had been drafted to
Senate bill 709, which would give the Har
bor Commissioners power to lease fifty
acres of the mud flats in South San Fran
cisco to the new railroad for a term of fifty
years for depots, warehouses and other
terminal facilities.
Hardly a dissenting voice could be found
to the proposition when it came tip before
the House. The Southern Pacific has
many firm friends, but even they were not
prepared to fight from the start this prop
osition, which every man in the House
realized was looked upon throughout the
entire State as the only hope for the de
velopment of the industries of California.
There were a few evidences of unfriendli
The original bill authorizes the Harbor
Commissioners to lease for a term of
twenty-five years seawall lots 1 to 16 in
clusive. The amendment drawn up by
the Attorney-General increases their power
by allowing them to lease for fifty years
riot more than fifty acres of any State land
"lying adjacent or contiguous to any pub
lic streets" to a railroad corporation not
having terminal facilities in San Fran
cisco and desiring the same. The rental
is made merely nominal. The amendment
is as follows:
■Provided further, that the Commissioners,
except as hereinafter provided, shall have
power to lease for a period not exceeding fifty
years, at a rental not exceeding $1000 per an
num, to any corporation incorporated in this
State, and not having at the date of the pass
age of this act any terminal facilities in the
city and county of San Francisco any land
belonging to the State which is required for
said purposes, which lies adjacent or con
tiguous to any public street or streets desig
.nated upou the official map of the city and
county of San Francisco; provided that but
one parcel of land shall be leased to any one,
nor shall said parcel exceed in area fifty
acres, with access thereto and right of way
through one or more convenient street
or streets, forming, however, but one contin
uous right of way with double track; provided
that a condition shall be inserted in said lease
that said corporation or corporations shall
proceed within six months from the date of
said lease to improve said premises for said
purposes and proceed thereafter with reason
able diligence to construct such Improvements,
and in event of failure to improve the same or
some part thereof within the time specified
said lease shall be forfeited. Provided,
further, that none of said leases shall be
approved or executed unless by consent of
a majority of said Board of Harbor
Commissioners, and for said purposes last
named the Governor of the State and the
Mayor of the city and county of San Francisco,
ex-oftioio. Members of said board are hereby
constituted members thereof with like powers
and rights as other members of said board.
The amendment was introduced by Pow
ers of San Francisco when Senate bill 709
came up for its second reading this after
noon. Powers, in presenting the amend
ment, said that it might make it possible
for all roads to obtain terminal facilities in
the future. The only lands that would
come under the provisions of the amend
ment, he said, were the mud flats along
the southern portion of the city. To make
this property available at least three-quar
ters of a million dollars would have to be
spent in improvements that would increase
the value of the neighboring properties im
mensely. Not only that, but employment
would be given to many men in the State.
He continued:
"The rental of $1000 a year is only an ap
parent rental. At the end of fifty years the
improved property with its enormous in
crease in values will revert to the State.
W\\e property which to-day is valueless
will then be worth millions and the differ
ence in the two values will be the real
rental. But the subject of rents should be
the last to be considered. The question
involved is really the development of the
State. We are to face the query as to
whether we ore willing to encourage and
facilitate legitimate enterprises that will
bring to our State, wealth, population and
"It is impossible now for railroads to
receive municipal, county or State aid.
There are no more land grants to be hoped
for from the Federal Government. If the
State is to be relieved from its present state
of depression, it will only be by the money
of its own citizens. I think, then, that as
legislators we should lend our aid, now
that it lies in our power to render possi
ble and assist in the completion of a rail
road that means so much for California."
Cutter of Yuba thought the lease of the
land should be made to the highest bidder.
Dinkelspiel of San Francisco asked
which of the sixteen seawall lots it was
proposed to rent to the railroad. He was
not in favor of letting any private corpora
tion build warehouses on the lots north of
the State's warehouse.
Powers stated that no particular lots had
been chosen. The only land that would
satisfy the conditions of the amendment,
however, were not improved seawall lots,
but the mud flats of South San Francisco.
At this juncture Dixon, chairman of the
Committee on Commerce and Navigation,
asked that the amendment be referred to
his committee.
This started a debate that at times be
came acrimonious and even personal. It
developed the fact, however, that the new
corporation entered its political career
with a strong and enthusiastic following.
Powers objected to Dixon's proposition.
He said it meant delay, and delay at this
late day in the session was dangerous.
Spencer of Lassen grew eloquent in urg
ing the befriending of the new road. He
pictured its enormous value to this State
and to San Francisco.
Dixon protested that as no one seemed
to know on which side of Market street the
lots were the new company was to be
given, he thought it only right that the
amendment should be submitted to his
committee for consideration.
Dwyer of San Francisco was opposed to
any unnecessary delay. Bachman of
Fresno said his people in the raisin county
were looking anxiously for the relief that
the new road offered them. "This amend
ment is the breaking of a new day," he
said. "We are all waiting for its arrival,
for we know it brings prosperity with it."
Ewing, the Populist member, from San
Francisco, announced that he would be
willing to give the lots for nothing.
Powers once more took the floor and
said that Dixon wos rignt in the fact that
the bill did not state where the fifty acres
to be given were. "It only says fifty acres
of dry land in San Francisco belonging to
this State," he said. "Under the exi
gencies of the occasion, having in mind
the immense value the establishment of
these terminal facilities would be to San
Francisco, I would say: 'Give them the
lots anywhere. If no other satisfactory
lots can be found, give the City Hall lots
or any others.' ""
"Amen" came in loud tones from a
member on the other side of the room.
"Why are the Governor and Mayor made
an essential part of the commission?"
asked Hatfield of Sacramento.
"Because they are ex-ofh'cio members of
the commission, and it is safer to have a
larger body let such a contract as this,"
was the answer.
Dinkelspiel here announced that he was
not opposed to the valley road. He was
in favor even of leaving off the rental pro
viso of the amendment. He had feared
that the lots of the Harbor Commission
north of Market street were to be given.
Mcßelvcy of Orange asserted that he
thought it a bad precedent for the Legisla
ture to fix the maximum rental to be placed
on any of the State's property. He thought
the lots to be rented should be advertised
and let to the highest bidder. A storm of
protests arose.
Spencer said: "This would give us just
what the people don't want. It would en
able the Southern Pacific to overbid its
competitors, gobble everything in sight
and then freeze any competitor out from
terminal facilities oo the water front."
"Are you legislating in favor of the
State?" asked McKelvey.
"Would not my plan put more money in
the treasury?"
"Yes, nir, it would," paid the venerable
mountain jurist. "But i would not vote
to put a puny twenty-dollar piece
in the treasury, and starve all the
most valuable industries in the State."
"Don't you believe it is better to give a
poor man a chance to market his goods
profitably than to let one wealthy corpora
tion monopolize the whole water front of
San Francisco?" asked Bachrnan.
A shout of sympathetic laughter showed
that the Fresno Assemblyman had many
sympathetic listeners.
Thomas of Nevada urged that since the
gentleman had requested that the bill be
sent to his committee, the House should
be courteous enough to grant the request.
As Thomas took his seat Belshaw ex
ploded with :
"Yes. if you want to kill the bill send it
to the Committee on Commerce and Navi
gation. If you want it to pass — "
A clamor of those who wanted to curb
the passionate utterances of the speaker
arose. When order was restored Dixon,
flushed and angry, was on his feet. "I
protest," he said, "against being put in the
light of an obstructionist. The gentleman
is unjust in his implications, and in an
swer to his insinuations I ask to withdraw
my motion."
This simplified matters. The amend
ment was adopted with a hurrah, a few
minor amendments to the main bill were
adopted and the bill sent to the printer.
After recess the new amendment was the
talk of the House. With very few excep
tions the Assemblymen were in full
sympathy, insisting that the Governor and
Mayor should form a portion of the com
mission in making the lease, especially as
those two gentlemen, with Harbor Com
missioner Colnon, will not be likely to job
the new railroad company in the interests
of the Southern Pacific.
An Effort to Be Made to Pass
a Law Governing It.
Sacramento, March 8. — One more heroic
attempt will be made to pass a general
county division bill to supplement the con
stitutional amendment adopted at the last
election. Senator Linder's bill was amended
satisfactorily, it was claimed, to those who
desired to form new counties and to those
who were oppo.sed to their formation.
Twenty -three votes in favor of the measure
as amended were secured, but at the last
moment they flopped and Linder's bill was
On the same evening that Senator Lin
der's bill was refused passage, Assembly
man Davis' measure, an identical instru
ment with the Senate bill originally intro
duced, was withdrawn from the special
urgency file, and it was given out that no
further attempt would be made to pass a
general law.
To-night this programme is all changed.
A strong effort will be made to-morrow to
have the division bill introduced by As
semblyman Davis restored to the urgency
file. If this is done amendments similar to
those engrafted on the Linder bill will be
be offered and a fight for the passage of
the bill made.
"We have definitely decided to make one
more effort to pass a general law in ac
cordance with the constitutional provision
for the division of counties," said Senator
Linder to-night. "I do not know whether
we shall succeed, but I have hope that we
may. The people of the State declared by
an emphatic majority that they desired U
take county division fights out of the Leg
i-lature. It remains to be seen whether
the legislators will respect the wishes vl
those who sent them here to make the
laws of the State."
A Joker in the County
Government Biil
Bobs Up.
The Measure Would Have Given
the County Assessors
Fat Pickings.
An Effort to Be Made in the Senate
to Kill the Objectionable
Sacramento, March B.— lt was pointed
out some days ago in the Call that the
dangerous stage of legislation had been
reached. Legislators have become wearied
and do not watch the lulls with the care
fulness which characterized the early days
of the session.
This is the reason that the big joker in
the county government bill was not dis
covered until to-night. This joker is in
the interest of the county assessors and
particularly the Assessor of San Francisco.
A provision is made that assessors .shall
retain for themselves 6 per cent of all the
personal property taxes. The aggregate
would be many thousands of dollars in San
The first half of section 215 of the county
government bill relates to the office of
Assessor and reads as follows :
The salaries and fees provided in this act
shall be in full compensation for all services
of every kind and description rendered by the
officers herein named, either as officers or ix
office officers, their deputies and assistants,
unless in this act otherwise provided, and all
deputies employed shall be paid bj theft prin
cipals out of the salaries hereinbefore provided,
provided, however, the Assessor shall be en
titled to receive and retain for his own use 6
per cent on personal property tax collected by
him, as authorized by section 3820 of the Poli
tical Code, ana 15 per cent of all amounts col
lected by him for poll taxes and road poll taxes,
and also $5 per 100 names of persons returned
by him as subject to military duty, as provided
in section 1901 of the Political Code, and the
License Collectorshall beentitled to secure and
retain for his own use 10 per cent on all license
collected by him, except where otherwise pro
vided in this act.
This provision seems very innocent when
taken alone, as safeguards for San Fran
cisco exist in the code. Section 3820 of the
code reads as follows :
The Assessor must collect the taxes Ml .ill
personal property when In his opinion said
taxes are not a lien upon real property, suffi
cient to secure the payment of the taxes, pro
vided that in the city and county of San Fran
cisco the Tax Collector shall collect such taxes
at any time after the assessment.
This would seem an ample protection,
but a bill was introduced by Senator Mc-
Gowan which reads as follows:
Section 1. An act entitled "An act in rela
tion to the assessment and collection of taxea
upon personal property in the city and county
of San Francisco," approved March 18, 1874,
is hereby repealed.
Sec. 2. All counties and cities and counties of
this State are hereby required to conform with
the provisions of the Political Code in relation
to the assessment, equalization, levy and col
lection of taxes on real and personal property
for revenue purposes, and all laws now In
force in relation to revenue are hereby made
applicable to all such counties and cities and
Sec. 3. All acts and parts of acts in conflict
with this act are hereby repealed.
Sec. 4. This act shall take effect immedi
But this is not all. Assembly bill 982
as amended in the Assembly March 1,
1895, for which bill a special Assembly
Committee on Revenue Laws stands spon
sor, makes some important changes. Sec
tion 3820 which stands as the safeguard of
San Francisco is amended to read as fol
The Assessor must collect the taxes on all
personal property when, in his opinion, said
taxes arc not a'lion upon real property suffi
cient to secure the payment of the taxes; the
xaxes on all assessments of, possession of, claim
to or right to the possession of land .shall be
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