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BEGGARS MUST KEEP OFF THE STREETS.
Mayor Sutro Says They
Should Be Taken Care
Of at Once,
they are violators of law, but
the Police Have Grown
Tired.
THE ALMSHOUSE IS CROWDED.
The Law Demands Licenses, but
Licenses Have Not Been
Secured.
THE LAW IS STRONG AND CLEAR.
Mayor Sutro and Chief Crow/ey Know That It Is Their Duty to
Suppress Mendicancy.
Section 29 of the general orders of the Board of Supervisors, entitled "To prohibit
street-begging and to restrain certain persons from- appearing in streets and public
places, reads'' as follows :
y» person shall, either directly or indirectly, whether by look, word, sign or deed
practice begging or mendicancy in or on any of the streets, highways or thoroughfares
Of the city and county of San J-'rancisco, «<>»• in any public place.
On the conviction of any person for practicing mendicancy or begging, if it shall
appear that such person is without means of support and infirm and physically una
ble to earn a support and livelihood, or is, for any cause, a proper person to be tnai7i
tained at the Almxhotisr, such person may be committed to the Almshouse,
Any person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way deformed, so as to
be an unsightly or disgusting object, or an improper person to be allowed in or on the
Streets, highways, thoroughfares or public places in this city and county, shall not
therein or thereon erpose himself or herself to public rietr.
On the conviction of any person for a violation of any of the provisions of the next
preceding clause of thin section, if it shall seem proper and just, the fine and impris
onment prorided for may be otn itted and such person sent to tlte I hn sliou.tr.
It is hereby made the duty of the police officers to arrest any person who shall vio
late any of the provisions of this section.
Pity for the unfortunate beggars of the
streets is well enough in its way, but it
ought to Take a practical turn to the ad
vantage of the unfortunates and for the re
lief of those who have to daily traverse our
thoroughfares. There is in the city a feel
ing that the beggars ougiit to be kept in
the asylums and other retreats furnished
by the taxpayers and the charitably dis
posed people of the, community. Mayor
Sutro is strong in this opinion.
The regular beggars have settled abiding
places and it was possible to secure their
pictures for publication. There is a
migratory horde of beggars, however, that
swarms about the busy part of the city
after sundown that can be caught only on
the fly by reporters or sketch artists.
The most persisting and menacing men
dicant which the police tolerate and the citi
zens try to shun is the common "striker" —
Annie Barry.
I Si-etched by a "Call" artist]
the fellow who pushes his noxious I
presence literally into the face of the '
passer, and inflicts a woeful plaint redo
lent with the odors of stale beSr, upon^he
reluctant citizen, who is all the time strug
gang to escape.
This beggar has no mechanical methods,
no auxiliaries such as a bunch of cheap
pencils, or hand-organ, or a "blind" label
He never was blown up in the mines, run
over by railroad cars, nor became the
father of nine children, all depending upon
him for support. He is only, nineteen
times out of twenty, a vacant-lot loafer a
corner-groggerv bummer a county-farm
juuwi. S Z^SET£SES2
hand, a stowaway from some coasting yes
eel, or a deserter from the Goverment
service, and even in the twentieth time
there exists much doubt as to his worth as
an object of street charity.
A great city is a magnet and draws all
manner of men unto it. The industrious
come, gain employment, or go. The idle
and vicious ones stay, and among the care
less well-to-do metropolitans practice their
gag? HSS
fellows who dart across the pavement and
hover over their victim with their "Mister,
will you kindly give me a little assistance?"
petition, run together in twos or fours or
in larger squads. They live downtown in
the cheap restaurants and lodging-houses
and the fair income from their calling per
mits them to enjoy the best to be had in
the low-grade saloon. They make a life
business of beggary and work industriously
atthat vocation. When the professional
"striker starts in to "work" a street he
moves with a determination to "let no
man, guilty or innocent, escape."
A remunerative time for labor is about 6
o'clock in the evening when people are
going home and are either in too great a
hurry to stop, and parley or in too good a
humor to refuse the dime or nickel asked
for. A golden opportunity for the enter
prising bummer is presented when he sees
. S ,| r n escorLg a «,:««, the
Sidewalk. ,
Not long ago a healthy specimen of this
class entered the rooms of a physician near
the old City Hall and pleaded for a dime
as he said he was starving. He knew that
his plea if at all successful would bring
his plea if at all successful would bring
him money, hence the starvation
clause. He could not be shut off
or silenced, and got a dime to get
the food. He was watched, and seen to
meet a chum at the nearest corner, to
whom he lied when asked to divide. The
other fellow disbelieved him, and they
quarreled until a policeman moved them
on. The chum then tried his hand and
got a nickel. When he met his partner he
lied in turn, and insisted that his attempt
had been fruitless. They soon met two
more street-strikers, and in the conference
all entered a general denial of having
picked up anything, proving that among
this fraternity there is not even that honor
that is supposed to exist among thieves.
An old soldier used to work the liberal
and patriotic with the apparently frank
excuse that he was on the verge of jimjams
and wanted a drink to drive away the
threatening phantoms.
An ex-railroad man used to "work" the
streets with a nickeLjn his hand. He had
been discharged unjustly from his engine,
he said, after an accident at Port Costa,
nd he lived in Oakland. Five cents more
would pay his fare home; would the gen
tleman, etc. He was always half-drunk,
nd was two years getting to Oakland.
Out on Valencia street one day lately an
alleged hungry man was given a meal and
50 cents by a good but unpractical woman,
nd told to saw some wood. He saw the
wood and immediately climbed over the
back fence and cleared out. Meeting an
other man on the sidewalk he told him
where a real, good, all-day wood-sawing
job was to be had. The new man, who was
a worthy work-hunting fellow, hurriedly
made application for that woodpile. He
was met at the backdoor by the woman's
angry husband, who thought it was the
same old beat after more food, and kicked
him from the yard. The second man spent
a vagrancy term in the County Jail as a re
ward for his industrial intentions.
At the ferry landing a well-dressed man
ailing himself McCullough earns a liveli
hood with a Southern Pacific baggage
heck, numbered 2076. He tells a pathetic
tale of his trunk being held somewhere and
shows the brass check in corroboration.
Among the gullible people of this city he
succeeds with his simple scheme in picking
up a great many dimes.
"Any bloke ken get alone in dis town,"
lid a professional striker in a moment of
confidence and of beer to a Call reporter.
"All he has to do is jest pick his mug and
hang to him. Day'll fling you a nick jest to
shake you. Any fairy story will go. San
Francisco is de best town to work west of
the Missouri lliver. Git in and sing yer
song an' de box receipts is all right. " Say,
pardner, take a steam with me? work was
good ter-day; struck de Stockton boat
gang and de route panned out four nicks,
a bit and two quarts. My pal will be in
soon an' we'll pool our issues fer a night
on 'de Coast, 1 ♦' °
Mayor Sutro is decidedly of the opinion
that the maimed, the halt and blind men
dicants who haunt the streets of San Fran
cisco and make people wretched with their
apparent misery should be removed from
the public thoroughfares and placed in in
stitutions where they will obtain food,
clothing and proper care.
"They are a nuisance and a constant vio
lation of the law," said Mr. Sutro yester
day. "I say, by all fair means they should
be suppressed. These cripples and blind
beggars are unfortunates to be sure, but
that is no reason why other peoplepar
ticularly those of a sensitive nature
should be made wretched by these sights
at all the principal street corners. If lhis
city is a civilized community provision
should be made for these unfortunates so
that they can be taken out of sight and
cared for. At the present time 1 don't see
I what can be done with them. The Alms
' house is full » an( besides most of these
? treet beggars do n °t want to go there.
p^m^o? iL^ * their
' 'Now, as to the Almshouse," the Mayor
continued, "that needs a thorough over
hauling. There are many persons in it
wll ° ou £ nt to De out, and there are many
outwlio ought to be in. If those who have
WO uld be room for the blind, crippled and
deformed creatures who are now on the
streets. The city ought to make provision
for all disabled and incurable persons who
aye I } o means of support. There should
ibe a home for indigent consumptives. It
! ST Sethis SSiffILSBE
who is slowly dying of the disease. She
begged me to have her daughter sent to
** ie City and County Hospital; I tried to
do as "quested, but the hospital authori-
Hf s % ould , not T receiv £ h "-.,/ 0 *! tried
6^ 1 *
"As regards the street beggars and blind
sr teet musicians, I shall call the attention
I of tlie Chief of Police to the matter, and
t, re( uest him to have the law enforced.
! SESSS^
j lislied yesterday, there is another order on
I licenses which applies directly to the blind
■ and otner mendicant street musicians who
! XL,"!, 0 ' musical instruments on
wßS^ffi^JJgggS^
visors' orders of 1889. It provides that
every blind or otherwise disabled person
j who desires to play any musical lnstru
i m ? f n P on the street shall first procure a per
£& th™ nermi-ffiif^T * hall *£* ?, pre "
rndyay^iirn^SLc^thr^mont^
iin advance, whereupon a license shall be
j issued. Violation of this order constitutes
j a misdeamor, punishable by fine or im
j P" sonmen t> ,°. r ♦ th
on^S^b^Je^ qUeSti ° ned
"None of these persons mentioned in the
! Call have licenses and therefore they are
J constantly violating the law and are liable
Ito arrest. They should be suppressed, of
: c ? urse . but h .°w to o ii* *! the vexing ( l ues "
: liS'i.a^a^iSv^Se'.'^.'f,^
j have all police officers. Several ' arrests
j have been made in the past, and where a
! complaint for non-payment of license was
i submitted to a Judge of the Police Court,
I KSpeopTe^re invariabl - v .followed.
know how people are pretty cunnimr Thov
kno w how to enlist sympathy and Rene?
ally demand a jury trial. Well, that set
THE SAX FRAXCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1895.
ties it. Juries will not convict any of
them. But notwithstanding these facts,
efforts should be made to enforce the law
and clear the streets of these eyesores.
"It is my opinion," added Mr. Lees,
"that the best way to gain the desired re
sult would be to arrest all of these beggars
under the vagrancy law and apply the
penalty in as humane a manner as possible.
I think the Superintendent of Streets has
authority to remove these people, if he felt
so disposed. I know cases where ladies
have been frightened by being suddenly
confronted by badly deformed street beg
gars, and the results have been serious
and most deplorable."
District Attorney Barnes is of the opinion
that the deformed and crippled street beg
gars in this city constitute a public
Mrs. Jane Shay.
[Sketched by a "C-ill" artist.]
I nuisance that ought to be speedily abated.
I He said:
"I do not believe that so many of these
street beggars would be tolerated in any
other city in the United States. San Fran
cisco is certainly very lenient with them,
and in many instances it is misplaced
kindness. Some of these mendicants, I
understand, are quite well-to-do financially
and are in a position to retire rrom busi
ness. They should be made to retire.
Officially, I have nothing to do with them.
The whole matter rests with the Mayor,
the Board of Suyervisors, the police courts
and the License Collector. The orders of
the Supervisors are explicit on the subject,
and if they were enforced by the'police and
the police courts the nuisance would soon
be abated. All police officers and the
License Collector and his deputies have
authority to make arrests, and they ought
to do it."
The police assert that they have in times
past tried to remove the disabled mendi
cants from the streets, but their efforts
have not brought satisfactory results. On
the contrary the officers have invariably
received the wqrst of it from Police Judges
and Police Court juries. Sergeant Witt
man, when asked why the Supervisors' or
ders were not enforced and the beggars
arrested, said:
"The principal reason is that the officers
have always got the worst of it. Arrests
have been made from time to time, but
conviction could not be secured. Owners
of property, in front of which these men
dicants plied their vocation, came into the
police courts and begged that the defend
ants be let go and left undisturbed. Other
persons, who thought they were doing
deeds of charity, also came* by scores and
Con McGregor.
[Sketched by a "Call" artist.]
interceded. Result— dismissal of the cases.
The newspapers used to jump on us, too,
and give us Hail Columbia for arresting
'poor, crippled beggars.' Of course this
made the officers tired and wearied them
of all desire to make further arrests, and
thereby get more abuse.
"Suppose, for instance," continued the
sergeant, "that an officer goes and arrests
Henry J. Powell, the paralytic who does
business by begging on kearny street.
There would be no conviction, because a
score of people would come into court and
intercede for him. They would raise the
liveliest kind of a row, and Powell would
be discharged by the court or a jury and
sent begging again. Some time ago, when
Judge Itix was in office, I arrested a beg
ging organ-grinder at the corner of Sutter
and Kearny streets. He was arraigned in
Judge Kix's court, and was very promptly
discharged. The man then turned to the
Judge and said:
11 'I'm afraid, your Honor, that it will do
me no good to be set at liberty, because if I
go back to my corner the policeman will
arrest me again.'
" 'If he does I will attend to his case,'
said Judge Rix, and that settled it. I ar
rested no more beggais for some time after
that."
Sergeant Healy said he knew of no rea
son why the disabled beggars are not ar
rested, as required by law, other than that
it was a matter of mercy on the part of
the members of the Police'DSpartment.
Police Captain Douglass would like to
see the streets cleared of beggars of all
kinds, colors and conditions, but he does
not know just how it is to be done. When
interviewed on the subject yesterday he
said :
"It would be a pood thing and a pleasant
thing for San Francisco to have no more
crippled and deformed mendicants on the
streets— or beggars of any kind, for that
matter — but it is no easy" matter to carry
the purpose into effect. The police watch
these people and the beggars watch the
police. Arrests are frequently made and
the cripples are sent to the Almshouse.
But that does no good, because they walk
out and away whenever they get ready.
Many more arrests could 6e made, of
course, but these poor unfortunates enlist
the sympathy of the officers and the
people in front oflwhose places of business
they have located. This has the effect of
making the officers and the police courts
unduly lenient, and the result is that the
Supervisors' orders are to a great extent
ignored. Crippled beggars come here from
all parts of tne world and make a good in
come by exhibiting their misfortunes to
the generous populace."
The sentiment generally expressed by
prominent business men, heavy taxpayers
and other citizens yesterday was to the
effect that the beggars ought to be taken
off the streets, and" that those who are un
able to care for themselves by means of
legitimate employment should be placed
m some eleemosynary institution and
there _ be cared for. The Almshouse was
invariably suggested by those who were
spoken to on the subject; but, as stated by
the Mayor, that institution is full to over
crowding and room can be made there only
by turning out those who on investigation
may be found to be improper inmates.
The House of Correction was frequently
suggested as a place where some of the
most undeserving might be put and kept
at regular intervals, a measure which
would probably induce some of those who
have begged and hoarded until they have
become small capitalists to leave this city
and return to their former homes far away.
It is a fact that San Francisco has long
been looked upon as a Mecca by profes
sional beggars all the world over — a place
which, ©wing to the generosity of its people
and leniency of its peace o'fticers, would
well repay the pilgrim for his pilgrimage.
Now that so many of them are here the
question is, What shall be done with them ?
SThe King's Daughters' Home for Incur
les, at 217 Francisco street, might furnish
accommodations for the blind, the maimed
and the halt mendicants in this city pro
vided the authorities would pay a nominal
sum for their maintenance. The institu
tion is designed as a home for those suffer
ing from incurable diseases other than
contagious. It is open to all religious
denominations. When individuals are
able to pay a charge of from $10 to $14 a
month is made. In cases of absolute des
titution it is free, but applications for
admission must be acted upon and decided
by the board of directors. The income of
the home is derived from patients' board,
annual members, who pay $5 a year, life
members, who pay $100 on* admission, and
donations and subscriptions. There are
about sixty rooms in the house, but all are
not furnished.
The Christian Union Mission, 107 Mis
sion street, is prepared to furnish food and
shelter to a number of indigents. Its ob
ject is to provide shelter and food for the
destitute and to reclaim the fallen; also to
provide employment to the people who are
in need of work. The mission has a large
Robert N. Morris.
{Sketched by a "Call" artist.]
dormitory, with about 150 spring cots, and
a well-appointed kitchen and laundry.
Perhaps the most available means for the
disposition cf the helpless and destitute
street beggars would lie the Salvation
Army, with its "Lifeboat"' and other auxil
iaries for the care of the needy, poor and
disabled. The army uts on more than one
occasion proved itself capable of doing a
great deal of material good with very little
money. It has been suggested that ar
rangements be made by which the Salva
tion Army management in this city would
take in and care for all such indigents and
criuples as cannot iind room in the Alms
house until such time as that institution
shall be enlarged or weeded out of the in
mates which wen- referred to by the Mayor
as not properly in that institution.
There are a number of charitable organ
izations in prospective, among them being
a non-sectarian home for destitute men
and women, to be managed by the Daugh
ters of the Good Shepherd. There are sev
eral endowments by bequests awaiting this
institution, and when it shall be estab
lished and put in operation it will doubt
less afford relief to many aged mendicants
who now haunt the street corners and im
portune the passer-by for stray coins.
Con McGregor, whose record as a beggar
was published yesterday, became angry
when he read all about himself. He now
has the pleasure of seeing his likeness in
print. The other pictures presented here
with are the likenesses of Annie Barry, the
aged Irish woman ; Mrs. Jane Shay, who
is 80 years old and sells matches and begs
in front of the Academy of Sciences;
Johanna de Spiegeleere, the withered old
Belgian woman, whose post of duty is in
front of the Postal Telegraph Company's
ofhee on Market street; and Kobert M.
Morris, the legless pencil-vender, whose
place of business is on the sidewalk in
front of the store of O'Connor, Moffatt it
Co., and sometimes for a change of luck
in front of tin; establishment of D. Sam
uels on Post street.
Con McGregor, the "blind man of the
ferry, ' learned yesterday, despite his
blindness, that his "profession" was
Johanna de Spieg-eleere.
[Sketched by a "Call" artist.]
threatened, and wished to have his side
represented.
Mr. McGregor insists that all these
rumors as to his dissolute life are merely
the manufactures of one "one-legged
\\ elsh," who resides, he says, on "Sum
mers street, between Howard arid Folsom."
No such street, it may be stated, is given
in the city directory.
McGregor says that this villain, "one
legged Welsh," has "put up a job" on him,
and has done so in the desire to secure his
stand. He says that after he (McGresror)
"goes off" Welsh "comes on," and that it
is in the endeavor to oust him altogether
from a choice location that the story of his
worthlessness has been promulgated.
McGregor, who appears to be sightless as
far as one eye is concerned, was too much
aggrieved at what he condemned as "one
legged Welsh's scheme" to frequent his
"stand" yesterday. But he does not pro
pose to let the nefarious Welsh get away
with his regular "customers."
One of the most interesting features
of the story of the street beggars told in
yesterday's issue of the Call was the bis-
Tory of Henry J. Powell, better known as
the "paralyzed old xylophone-player,"
whose stand for years has been on the cor
ner of Sutter and Kearny streets. In the
description of this cripple it was shown
conclusively that Powell had got together
some money and was in every way a fit
subject to be an inmate of a home or a
charitable asylum.
Several details of his painful career have,
however, not been published. These are
details which cast a pleasant light upon
the benevolence of certain citizens, while
showing how lucrative the business of
begging has proved in the past at choice
"stands."
Perhaps the one man who knows more
about Powell than any other is Charles A.
Fechheimer, who keeps a store on Kearny
street. It was intimated by some of
Powell's acquaintances that Powell had an
interest in this store, but further investiga
tion shows that the suggestion was un
founded. The rumor grew out of the chari
table interest of Mr. Fechheimer, the pro
prietor, in the welfare of the old man.
It seems that Mr. Fechheimer, when he
took possession of the store on Kearny
street, found that Powell had for a long
time been in the habit of going to the
store and paying in all the money lie made
by his begging. Mr. Fechheimer, while
recognizing the obligation of custom, was
anxious that Powell should receive the full
fruit of his collection. He suggested that
Powell should obtain interest on his de
posits, and to that end secured for him a
deposit book with the Savings Union Bank,
close at hand.
Thereafter Mr. Feehheimer received vari
ous sums from Powell. He would bring
in i(!50 or $00, sometimes as much as $100, ai
intervals of a month or two. Mr. Fech
heimer would take the money in its condi
tion — in dimes and nickels — assume the
trouble of counting it and then change the
tsmount into gold from his own safe.
"No matter what the discount might be
for gold," said Mr. Fechheimer yesterday,
"I would invariably change the small
amounts for gold and place it in the bank
to Powell's account. He has not paid in
anything recently, but the amount he has
on hand in the bank at present is $590 or
$600. George Loomis had the store be
fore me.
"The old man ought to be in a home,"
continued Mr. Fechheimer. "He has no
right to be on the streets, and I have tried
for a long time to obtain his admission to
the German Altenheim at Fruitvale and
may yet succeed.
"His only object, so far as I am able
to ascertain it, is to secure admission to
some such charitable institution, and had
not times been hard of late he might have
been able to realize his object. At any rate
he ought not to be on the streets. Though
a lit object of chanty, he is certainly an
eyesore on the public thoroughfares.""
Mr. Fechheimer yesterday said: "I not
only changed Powell's money, but if he
required any goods I offered to furnish the
same free of charge. This the old man
was unwilling to accept, so that I had to be
content with selling him articles at a
nominal price. Thus, if Powell wanted a
pair of shoes, and would refuse to accept
them as a present, I wouJd sell them to
him at $1 a pair, though the legitimate
price might be $3."
In the same way Mr. Fechheimer and his
family have taken great interest in the
Altenheim and other charitable enter
prises. Mr. Fechheimer's brother-in-law,
S. W. Levy, is well known in good work of
this character.
AFTER ELEVEN MONTHS.
How the Family of Samuel
Buckley, Machinist, Heard
of His Fate.
He Disappeared From This City
and Wandered to
England.
A letter received from Philadelphia yes
terday plunged a whole family into pro
found grief. It told of the death of a loved
husband and father, -while bringing no
Samuel Buckley.
[From a photograph.]
personal message or suggesting cause for
his self-destruction.
Samuel Buckley, a Grand Army man 56
years old, a skilled machinist working at
the Fulton Iron Works, disappeared from
this city nine months ago. He lived with
his wife and six children at 1919 Green
wich street, and apart from being subject
to occasional jealous moods was an affec
tionate husband and father. At the time
mentioned he left home in his working
clothes, leaving half a month's pay un
drawn and many valuable tools at the Ful
ton Iron Work's. The belief of his wife
was that he had gone to seek other work,
and therefore she endeavored to be re
signed and wait for news.
It was only yesterday, however, that she
received word from George Stewart, gen
eral agent of the White Star line, with an
office at Philadelphia, stating that a man
named Samuel Buckley, with papers iden
tifying him as her husband, had committed
suicide at Cheswick, near London, Eng
land. Mr. Stewart stated that Buckley
had sailed from America to England on
January 23 on the Britannic, and at Liver
pool had been arrested for insanity, but
had been subsequently discharged. It was
intimated that the accusation of insanity
bad preyed upon his mind, impelling him
to self-destruction.
Mrs. Buckley is of the opinion that her
husband was on the way to discover cer
tain property in England to which he was
entitled. Letters addressed to him regard
ing the "Gabriel Lupton estate" received
from England since his disappearance help
to bear out this theory.
At the same time Mrs. Buckley does not
know whether to believe herself a widow
or not, and will apply to the Grand Army
to assist her in investigating the surprising
news conveyed to her yesterday.
Sponge Fiber Gov. Blotting is best absorbent
known. Mysell & Rollins, 521 Clay, sole agents.*
Disfigured for Life.
David Llewellyn, a young man 21 years old,
assistant engineer at the Fulton Iron Works,
received painful injuries yesterday about the
face and hands by being scalded With steam.
Llewellyn was standing near a steampipe used
to convey steam from the boiler to the engine
when the pipe suddenly became disconnected,
allowing the hot steam to escape with great
force. .Before Llewellyn couid escape the
steam had scalded his face and hands until the
flesh peeled off. An ambulance was called and
he was conveyed to St. Mary's Hospital, where
Dr. Bailly relieved his sufferings. His injuries
were pronounced not fatal. His eyes had a
narrow escape.
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FIVE CENTS EACH FOR PURE WHITE
DINNER PLATES.
They won't last long at this price.
GREAT AMERICAN IMP. TEA CO.'S STORES
Other lines of Crockery equally as cheap.
THEY ARE PREPARING
THEIR GRIPSACKS.
Bright Knights of the Road
ready for the spring
Campaign.
MEN OF BRAINS AND PUSH.
A Committee Preparing for the
Midsummer Outing at
Santa Cruz.
The spring season of the drummer is
opening and the drummer is thinking of
invading the country. The bold "knights
of the grip" do not cease their labors in
winter, but spring means better roads for
driving, a change of fashions and a period
PRESIDENT BARRETT AND SECRETARY BOLDEMANR.
[Drawn by a "Call" artist from photographs.]
of general restocking throughout the in
terior. So the drummer is packing his grip
sack.
The commercial traveler is the up-to
date herald of business. Under his nobby
hat are brains and behind his big diamond
is plenty of nerve and push. He is an im
portant factor of the times and occupies a
solid place in the respect of the entire
community.
Several members of the Pacific Coast
Travelers' Association were seen about the
hotels yesterday, and in the intervals of
"rusning business" talked cheerfully of
their interesting profession.
A. C. Boldemann, secretary of the asso
ciation, had the following to say in regard
to the organization:
"At present our membership comprises
about 300 members, but if the present rate
of increase continues, of which there is
every probability, it will not be long before
our membership will double. Ten were
taken into the fold at the last meeting and
already as many more have signified their
intention of joining at the next meeting.
"The business of our organization, of
which William J. Barrett is president, is
transacted by a board of directors, which
meets once a month at the Grand Hotel.
At present our committees are very busy.
Our entertainment committee, which "is
engaged on the subject of our midsummer
outing at Santa Cruz, will meet next Tues
day evening at 8 o'clock at the Grand
Hotel to settle the details of that event.
They intend that the outing shall in every
May be worthy of the commercial travelers
of the coast. Our committee on headquar
ters are doing their utmost to forward fra
ternity and sociability among members
and are urging the necessity of having a
permanent place to entertain members not
residing in this city.
"We have a very substantial treasury,
and in every way we are on a rock-ribbed
basis. At present our treasury contains
about $8000. We aim to help "the needy
and care for the sick, and no case is ever
overlooked. We also give a sick benefit of
$500.
"The organization here comprises the
whole order. The Pacific Coa>t Commer
cial Travelers' Association has no branches,
but takes in members from allover the coast.
Our roll of members includes commercial
men from Los Angeles, Sacra niento.Portland
and a host of other places. Our organiza
tion brings the drummer from the metrop
olis, the drummer from the great North
west and the drummers from the citrus
belt in closer touch and unites them in
true fellowship, thereby better enaDling
them to maintain their rights and further
their interests. It is the best thing ever
gotten up for commercial travelers."
"The drummer deserves a erreat deal of
consideration from the newspapers," said
C. B. Ellis, a prominent member of the
Pacific Coast Commercial Travelers' Asso
ciation, when interviewed in regard to
that individual yesterday. "There are
several reasons why he is entitled to the
gratitude of the press. In the first place
he advertises all "reputable newspapers of
the section through which he is passing.
The commercial man always takes several
papers with him on board the train or
boat, as the case may be, and buys as many
more while on his journey. The other oc
cupants of the car, seeing the drummer
deeply engrossed in a paper, suddenly
come to the conclusion that they want a
paper too. As a result the newspapers
gam purchasers, readers and frequently
subscribers.
"Another reason is that there is not a
business man in the whole country who is
not reached by the commercial "traveler
and his samples, and he always has the
city papers, containing the latest news
among his effects. This in itself enhances
the advertising value of the metropolitan
paper, as it catches the merchant looking
for country trade.
"In regard to our organization on this
coast, there is not a better organization of
drummers than the Pacific Coast Commer
cial Travelers' Association in existence.
We have come tv stay and expect in time
to unite every Pacific Coast traveling man
in a common brotherhood."
What flavor rare can e'er compare with
that of food cooked with Dr. Price's Bakinc
Powder.
ASKED FOR A SETTLEMENT.
Mrs. Eleanor Weile Wants George H.
Maxwell to Account for Funds.
Mrs. Eleanor Weile, as executrix of the
estate of Mr. Phelan, of the old firm of
Mesick, Maxwell & Phelan, has brought
suit to compel Maxwell to give an account
of the firm's funds and the law-library in
terest left by deceased.
It is claimed that at the time of the
death of James P. Phelan the firm had
considerable business on hand, and that
money due the firm, to- which Phelan was
entitled to one-quarter, was collected but
never accounted for to the executrix of the
estate. In May, 1.803, Meaick died and
Maxwell has continued the business. It
is stated that the amount collected will
aggregate $20,000. The law library was
estimated at $15,000. Of all tliis Phelan
owned one-quarter. The complaint says
Maxwell has full possession of all this
property, hence a decree of the court is
asked to place his claim as one-quart er of
the whole."
George H. Maxwell in his answer
that shortly after the dissolution
firm of Mesick, Maxwell cfc I'helan. Byron
Waters became associated with the .:
ant, and R. S. Mesick, now deceases
partner, which partnership continued until
December 1, 1891. when the defendant with,
drew from the firm, and that from that
time until December 1, 1892, Mesick and
Waters continued as partners, when Wat
ers withdrew, leaving Mesick alone to con
duct the business until his death, M:.
1893.
It is averred that shortly after the death
of Mesick the defendant fnxnishfld the
plaintiff with a comnlete statement, so far
as lie was able, of all moneys received ami
disbursed by the firm, while lie was a
member thereof, and that the plaintiff was
allowed to take all books and* accounts of
the firm and have them examined by an
expert accountant. It is further averred
that an agreement was entered into by
plaintiff and defendant by which the
books of the firm were closed'
Regarding the charge of $1821 02 against
defendant, it is averred that this included
$500 which defendant had charged against
himself for litigation services in which he
was personally interested, and the sum of
$1000 loaned by the firm and nncollectable,
and the defendant only agreed that this
sum should ne included in the balance in
order that there might be a full adjust
ment of the firm's accounts.
The answer denies that at the death of
J. P. Phelan the firm owned any law
library whatsoever.
Caterpillarg by the Ton.
Thirty-six tons of caterpillars and a
large number of cocoons were destroyed
in the effort to drive the pest from the
young plantations of trees on Hong
kong Island. They appeared on the pine
trees with which the Government is trying
to reafforest the island, and lasted for two
months. Stations were established where
the caterpillars were received and paid for
by weight. This method seems to have
been successful. It is estimated that 35,
--000,000 insects were killed.— London Public
Opinion.
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