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TOWN OF BENICIA. A Busy Manufacturing Place on Carquinez Straits. ITS VARIOUS INDUSTRIES Three of the Largest Tanneries on the Pacific Slope in Operation. FARMERS' IMPLEMENTS WORKS. A Thrifty and Industrious Commun ity of 3500 People Which Is Prospering. Benicia, March 10.— San Francisco has an interesting, prosperous neighbor in Benicia. This town of 3500 inhabitants, on the Straits of Carquini z, thirty miles away, lias been an incorporated town since the golden days of 1850. Benicia, like the capital of the nation -Washington can be . led the "city of magnificient dis EENICIA'S HISTORIC BUILDING, THIS PIP.ST CAPITOL OF CALI FORNIA. [From a photograph taken expressly for the "Call."] tanc* - for it has within its corporate lim its, seemingly, half the rolling bills and dales of Solano County. In 1853 the Fourth Constitutional State Assembly met in Benicia. In 1854 the first fiuiluing built expressly for a Capitol was used by the Fiftn State Assembly. This quaint old building, which General J. FV Houghton tilt, -till remains standing in the heart of Benieia and is useful for city offices. The Call's correspondent asked an old resident of Benicia why Sacramento won the prize from them. "They came down from that region with Must' enough to buy it, and Bcnicla's hopes floated away in the boats that carried the adjourned Assemblymen up the river to Sacramento,"' was the terse reply. "Dust" is synonomous with "boodle." So the sons are no worse than the fathers. The first Protestant college in th« State was founded at Beni< ia. The building still remains. Many cultured women ail over the United States remember wit gratitude Miss Atkinson, the gifted teacher, who came to Benicia in 1854, and with twelve girls started the school which became the nucleus of tlic Mills Seminary, she having retired in favor of the Mills in 1800. Miss Atkinson became the wife of Judge John Lynch, and spent many happy useful years in the town of her adoption. When she was laid away in the little cemetery on the hill, a monument was ! erected to her memory by former pupils and friends. Judge Lynch, who is the father of J. C Lynch, speaker of the present Assembly, is •-till in the active practice of bis profession, and is one of the most interesting and highly respected me j to be met with in Benicia to-day. "One of the best Government reserva tions in the United States is here. On this I mile square owned by Uncle Sam there is a barracks and the only arsenal on the ] Pacific Coast. It is the intention of the United States Government to locate a gun plant on this coast. The Benicia reserva tion has been reported on favorably by th committee sent out by the Secretary of War for the purpose of selecting the best site. Benicia is anxiously waiting for Congress to make an appropriation for this gun-plant, which will bring hundreds of skilled laborers to the town and put thousands of dollars in circulation each month. Indirectly the entire State would receive an impetus and reap a harvest if this Government works should be con structed at Benicia. Why not make a united effort for a gun-plant on the pro tected land-locked arsenal grounds at Be nicia? Benicia is a manufacturing town. Th Baker & Hamilton Agricultural Works, the largest in the State, are located here. They manufacture all kinds of farming j implements, also spring wagons, carts and buggies. When running full force they employ from niuty-five to 100 men, but with freight rates against them and th general financial depression everywhere, Hamilton & Baker consider themselves fortunate to be working sixty-five me One does not fully realize what harm rail road monopoly does, not only to Califor nia, but many other States, until we know of manufacturers such as Baker fc Hamilton, bringing coke and pigiron from England by way of Cape Horn, because they cannot buy in the East, pay freight rates and compete with Eastern manufacturers. Everywhere the people are saying •'Speed the day when the San Joaquin Valley road is completed to Bakersfield." The distance between Bakersfield and Mo jave, the terminus of the . Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, all think will then ; be a matter of little moment and Cali fornia will have a competing road to the East. On March 1 T. B. Montgomery, who has been for quite a long period manager of the Benicia Agricultural Works, retired from the firm for the purpose of engaging in a manufacturing enterprise. William A. Cowley .of San Francisco succeeds Mr. Montgomery in the management for Baker & Hamilton. Three large tanneries * make of Benicia the leading leather-manufacturing town not only in the State but the entire Pacific slope. The Benicia Pioneer Tannery, owned by McKay & Chisholm, employ seventy men at their extensive works, where they get out 2000 sides of leather per week. The extent of the work may be better understood when one item only is considered— that of the oak bark, which is to make the "tea" for tanning. Twelve cords a day is consumed at the Pioneer Tannery alone. This bark comes prin cipally from .Mendocino County and costs from $10 to $20 a ton. This firm sends leather as far East as Chicago. it is be coming generally known everywhere that the water and bark of, California produces a better quality of leather, hence the de mand on California, and Benicia in par ticular, for leather. The Sumner Tanning Company's plant has not quite the capacity of the Pioneer, but turns out equally fine work. Charles Stewart, vice-president of the company, takes a cheerful view of matters. He says business is much better than a year ago. This is partially due to an extra de- I mand for saddle and harness leather, be ! cause of the war in the Orient. Kullman, Salte & Co. also have a large .tanning plant, with a capacity for 2000 sides. The Carquinez Packing Company puts up large quantities of fruit and fish. The Benicia Packing Company makes a specialty of salmon. There are also many smaller but thriving industries, such as the Benicia Pottery Company, Pacific Cement Works and other enterprises, drawn here on account of the splendid shipping facilities. Any ship that can enter the Golden Gate can come to Benicia under sail. One noticeable and pleasant fact is that there are no idle men in Benicia; so every thing seems cheery. The working people ail live in detached cottages, with pretty, little dooryards in front, and for these attractive little places the rent ranges from $8 to $12. One striking thing I noticed, and that is that every workingman has a daily paper put down at his door. The business houses seem to be in a good condition. One of the most artistic places imaginable is the jewelry and 'art novelty' store of F. J. Stumm. Mr. Stumm, who was engaged in the same line of business in Paris and London, came to California for his health and continued in the same artistic line, partly for personal gratifica tion, but his taste and judgment were soon sough! and to-day he has orders from all parts of the State. ' Benicia is extremely healthy, so said one of their young doctors with a .slight sus picion of a sigh. The drainage is perfect, '!;• ground high and rolling. The water supply is bountiful and pure. The pres sure on the mains is wonderfully high, 85 pounds, an advantage in case of fire. Benicia's fire department is far above the average. The engines and all appli- Prominent People of Benicia. [Drawn by a " Call " artist from photographs.] I ances are the very best and most modern. George Hastings, whose father, D. M. Hastings, brought out the first engine to Benicia in the early fifties, is active in the department to-day. For the Benicia public schools I have not words with which to express the praise which should in justice be given. The school trustees have allowed the most per fect equipment in nil modern supplies. The teachers arc alive to everything that is new and for the best, so it is hard to specify any one thing in particular. Miss Emma M. Garretson, principal of the township as well as teacher in ■ the High School, is the dominating force to which the perfection of the work is due. The vice-principal, Miss Anna Durner, is a most energetic, popular lady. The primary department is es pecially well conducted, the lady in charge having had the same school for twenty years. In India, it is said, the native barber will shave you while you sleep, so light is his touch. .--•.'-.;. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, MARCH 11, 1895. BURNING OF BANDITS. Two Horsethieves in In dian Territory Suffer Terrible Death. FIRING OF THEIR CABIN. A Posse Runs Them to Cover and a Fierce Fight Wages for Several Hours. THE OUTLAWS REFUSE TO YIELD Then the Match Is Applied to Their Retreat and They Perish In Agony. / . Little Rock, Ark., March 10.— A special from Enterprise, I. T., says that a posse in pursuit oi two men who had stolen thirty horses in the Choctaw Nation followed the thieves for three days, finally sur rounding them ten miles east of that place. The thieves refused to surrender and kept up a constant fire, having dis mounted from their horses and taken to the woods. The posse pressed them closely and the fight was kept up for two or three hours. One of the pursuers received a bullet in his arm, shattering it and causing him to fall from his horse. Finally the entire party massed and charged the two crimi nals, forcing them to take refuge in a cabin. Here the thieves barricaded them selves and defiantly proclaimed that they would not be taken alive. After repeated efforts to induce them to give up the house was set afire. Although the roof was a mass of flames the thieves still refused to come out and threat ened death to any of the posse who ven tured near. At last the frame of the build ing fell in, burying the desperadoes in the ruins and they were roasted to death. A NEW SPORTING LEAGUE. Call for a Convention to Form an American Association. To Promote All Legitimate Sports and Secure Their Honest Conduct. Baltimore, March 10. Sidney W. Giles, secretary of the Cleveland (Ohio) Driving Park Company, has sent out a call for a convention on Monday, April 9, in Cleve land, to. organize the American Sporting League, similar to that which exists in England. The call says each sporting club is to send one or more agents, and con tinues: "The object of the league will be to pro \ mote racing and all legitimate sports hon estly conducted; prevent legislation hos tile to its interests, and .prevent the so called winter tracks and other evils." St. Louis Races End. St. Louis, March 10.— The announcement made by the Madison Park Association that the meeting ended with the last race yesterday created considerable surprise J among local turfites. The association in | tends to make the track a mile in circum ference. When this is accomplished they l will apply for membership in the Turf [ Congress and give a legitimate meeting. INDIANA LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS Sixty Bills Are in the Governor's Hands for Signature. Indianapolis, March 10.— Indiana Legislature will adjourn to-morrow night. There are now in the Governor's hands about sixty bills, among them being the temperance bill. The Moore temperance bill, a drastic measure, has already been signed. Among the more important bills that have become laws are the Roby bill to pre vent winter racing, the constitutionality of whick is questioned; the Congressional and legislative apportionment bills. A bill was also passed giving councils the power to gerrymander cities, which is distinctly a partisan measure. BOULTER FOUND GUILTY. A. Cattleman WJio Killed Three People at Last Convicted. Cheyenne, Wyo., March 10.— The jury in the case of Charles Boulter, charged with murder, this evening brought in a verdict of manslaughter. Boulter is a re tired cattleman, who, during the past ten years, has killed three men, heretofore es caping punishment. Prominent People Dead. Columbia City, Ind., March 10.— L. McLallin, aged 29 years, head of the bank ing firm of McLallin & Co., dropped dead this evening. He was a thirty-third degree Mason. Elk Point, S. D., March Henry D. Doane, one of the early pioneers of South Dakota, was buried here to-day. In his youth he was a stage driver, and during the war he served in the First Minnesota Infantry. Columbus, 0., March 10.— Rev. David Harries, one of the oldest and best known Welsh ministers of the country, died here today. He was born at Caermanthan, South Wales, in 1524. He had charge of the Welsh Presbyterian Church in Chicago for nineteen years. * v-v London, March 10.— Admiral Sir George Gifford, retired, is dead. He was born in No New Police Commission.' Albany, N.Y., March 10.— Speaker Ham ilton Fish to-day affirmed very positively the Associated Press report that there will be no police reorganization commission for the city of New York. He said : "The reorganization of the department will be done by the Police Commission it self and not by special reorganization. Heavy Snow in Nebraska. Omaha, Nebr., March 10.— Snow com menced falling at an early hour this morn ing all over Nebraska, and continued throughout the greater part of the day. It was very heavy and damp, and in addi tion to what now remains on the ground much of it melted: It will be especially beneficial to the winter wheat. There has been no damage to stock, as the tempera ture was high. ' ■■ Xew York Policemen Indicted. . New York, March 10.— The . World to morrow will say : District Attorney Fel lows is authority for the statement that the Oyer and Terminer Grand Jury will report to Justice Ingraham this morning and file fifty or sixty indictments, which, it is understood, will deal with the Police Department only and turn on the Lexow Committee's recent investigations. A Trust Company Appeals. Dubuque, lowa, March 10.— The Union Loan and Trust Company has appealed from the decision of Judge Shiras award ing to J. K. Tod $3,400,000 worth of Sioux City and Northern and Sioux City and O'Neil Western securities deposited with Tod & Co. as security for a loan of $1,500, --000, but previously pledged to the Union Company to secure $3,000,000 of indorse ments. Pending Hie appeal an effort to reorganize the properties will be made by the Credit Commutation Company, which has acquired the assets of the Union Com pany. Two Murderers Conricted. Murfreesboro, 111., March 10. — The famous murder case being tried in Jackson County ended to-day in the conviction of Frank Jeffrey and Douglas Henderson for killing James Towle last December. The case was given to the jury at 5 o'clock yes terday evening and at noon to-day the verdict was rendered, fixing the death penalty. The court will pass sentence to morrow. An Allegheny Man Roasted. Pittsburg, March 10.— John Sweeney of Allegheny was literally roasted alive at his home early this morning and his wife so badly burned in her efforts to rescue him that she may aie. An exploded lamp caused the fire. ASSEMBLYMEN IN A CAUCUS. Held -a Secret Meeting Yester day and Discussed Their Programme. They Will Vote in Favor of a General County Di vision Bill. About a score of members of the Assem bly, including most of the leading spirits of that branch of the Legislature, came over from Sacramento yesterday and held a quiet little meeting to lay out a pro gramme for the last week of the thirty-first session. The meeting was held in the back room of a well-known place of entertain ment and in its nature closely approached a party caucus, all persons who are not members of the Legislature having been rigorously excluded from the deliberations. # The programme, as laid out, includes the passage of a general law regulating county division. The bill containing such a statute has been taken from the file, but according to the programme it will be re placed and hurried to its final passage. The measure which grants to Boards of Supervisors authority to regulate the charges of electric light companies was an other which received favorable considera tion. By its provisions the Supervisors will meet annually to fix the rates for elec tric lights in much the same fashion as they now regulate city water rates. The Powers bill, enlarging the powers of the Grand Jury so that that body may hold open sessions and take evidence and conduct their investigations in public, was also discussed. This measure was finally passed on Friday .night by a large majority vote, but notice of reconsidera tion has been given and the matter will probably come up in Sacramento this morn ing. Among the programmers there was a division of opinion upon the merits of the hill, but they decided finally to vote for a reconsideration in ' order to* allow further argument in the matter. It is not likely, however, that there will be a slip in this part of the programme. Several other measures were talked over, but in regard to them the Assemblymen present at the meeting maintain the ut most reserve. In fact, many of them when closely questioned return* to the cross examiner an official "I do not know of the meeting." Among the Assemblymen who were in town yesterday were Speaker Lynch, Pen dleton of Los Angeles, Bettman of San Francisco, Lewis of San Francisco, Way mire of Alameda and Boothby of San Francisco. The railroad lobby" was also down in force, among its members being Lou Martin, Jack Masscy, Aaron Smith and Major Gillis. It is a significant fact that though several of the Assemblymen occupied rooms at down-town hotels in no case do their names appear on the hotel registers, AN ARIZONA MAN'S SUICIDE Alphonse Lazar Shoots Him ; self in His Room at a Hospital. The Dead Man Was Once a Frontier Scout— He Leaves a Fortune of $80,000. Alphonse Lazar, an Arizona Indian trader, ex-scout, 64 years of age, shot him self through the 'forehead at the French Hospital yesterday afternoon, and died a few minutes later. Lazar had suffered for years from an in curable malady . He became an inmate of the hospital last October and engaged an outside nurse. Dr. George Chismore, who is not on the hospital staff, was his physi cian. While the nurse was absent from the room yesterday Lazar got his revolver, which he kept in the room, though cart ridges were denied him, and blew out his brains. How he obtained the single cart ridge that terminated his life is unknown. The body was removed to the Morgue. Lazar leaves a fortune of $80,000 behind him. He was not married. Henry Lazar, a clerk in Joy's drugstore, was his nephew and his nearest relative in this country. The deceased was an Alsatian by birth. He came to the United States thirty-five years ago and settled in Arizona at a time when that territory was entitled to its "wild and woolly" distinction. In the ex citing days when the Apaches roamed the country, carrying death and destruction before them, when settlers were cut down in cold blood, Lazar was in the service as a scout. He was a fluent linguist, speaking French, Spanish, German and all the In dian tongues and Mexican patois with ease. Thus he was enabled to trade with the natives, and soon he be came known throughout Arizona and adjoining Territories and down into Old Mexico. In this manner he built up quite a handsome fortune which will go to the Public Administrator until it is divided by the court among the lawful heirs. Lazar came here from Venandel, Arizona, last fall, hoping that he might be cured of his disease, out he fell into the hands of the quacks, and they fattened on his wealth while he suffered." He had said that he would end his life with his own hands, and patiently bided his time. It came yesterday when the nurse was out of the room',Tind when he came back Lazar was tossing on his bed in the last struggles of his life. He was once a rugged, active man, full of energy and determination, but illness had made inroads upon his con stitution, and he often told his friends that life to him was worse than death. Ledgers, journals, cash books, letter and bill heads, wrapping paper, twine, pens, ink, pencils, typewriter papers and ribbons, legal blanks, and all office supplies at the right prices. Sanborn. Vail & Co. 741 Market st. * LAKE MERCED MAY BE ABANDONED. Spring Valley Will Make It a Pleasure Resort if Its Water Is Impure. THE COMPANY'S NEW PROJECT Schussler Gives a Reason for the Mayor's Recent Outburst. Mayor Sutro will have something to say about the impure water in Lake Merced to the Board of Supervisors to-day. Sutro says he has more than enough proof to substantiate his charges, and Hermann Schussler, chief engineer of the Spring Valley Water Works, does not deny that the waters of the lake may be impure, though he says be is not aware of their present condition. Dr. Martin Regens burger of the Board of Health has no par ticularly favorable word for any of the waters in lakes near this city. He believes the water furnished to San Francisco is better than that furnished any city of its size, but he does not believe any large city is getting really pure water at the present day. Chief Engineer Schussler in his answer to Mayor Sutro's caustic denunciation of the water supply of the Spring Valley Company asserts that all the water sup plied to the city at the present time is ab solutely pure. He says that if the water of Laguna de la Merced is as bad as Sutro says it is, it will not be used. If the waters cannot be used to supply the city, the shores of the lake and the lake itself will be turned into a pleasure park with drives and cottages, and the lake will be used for boat racing, both sail ing and rowing. Mr. Schussler's remarks also disclosed a plan of the Spring Valley Water Works to put into operation a new system vastly superior to the present as regards the supply and force for fire purposes. Mr. Schussler kept his remarks as free as possible from personalities, but he could not refrain at times from making some statements which were rather severe on the Mayor. He intimated that Sutro's present stand against the water company was actu ated by a revengeful spirit. Mr. Schus sler said: "The Spring Valley Water Works is as much interested in giving good water as the citizens are in receiving it. Conse quently we are constantly on the lookout to prevent any contamination. When a year or more ago there were indications of a possible contamination of Lobos Creek, which empties into the Golden Gate near Bakers Beach, we had the water analyzed by Professor Hilgard of the State Univer sity. The result was that we abandoned it. "The water of Lake Merced has not been used since last summer, when it was in good condition. This is because we have enough water in our own San Mateo County reservoirs. If our analysis, which we will make this spring, should show any deterioration of quality in the water we will not use it. When we constructed the new pumping system at Lake Merced in 1891 care was taken to construct it so that in ease the lake as a water source should have to be abandoned we could pump water from a magnificent artesian water belt which we know exists, under the Rancho Laguna de la Merced. We can also pump the San Andreas water with J the same system into the upper level dis- I trict. The" San Andreas water is now at the 250-foot level, but we can raise it to the 400-foot level. "We have always tried to keep the waters of Lake Merced pure. If they become foul, as Mayor Sutro says, it is not our ! fault. There is a law which makes people '. liable for polluting water which is being used for domestic purposes. The dilficulty has heretofore been that water coming into ; Lake Merced from San Mateo County, by the farms mentioned, passes through the gravelly bed of the creek for two of three miles, and is thus filtered and purified. At the point where the water reaches the lake it would be difficult to prove contamination. If later in the year we should be desirous of pumping water from Lake Merced and our analysis would show a tendency to ward contamination, we would most cer tainly not pump the water, but would probably invoke the aid of the law against the persons polluting the water. This would be the period at which we would develop artesian water and make connec tion with the San Andreas supply. "About a year ago Sutro told the Board of Supervisors, when the matter of rates was before the Water Committee, that if the Spring Valley Water Works would abandon the project to build a reservoir on Clarendon Heights at the" 600-foot level and build one on the 700-foot level he would donate the land to the company. About five acres of land were surveyed and the company was prepared to build a res ervoir which would hold 4,000,000 or 5,000,000 gallons of water. "Sutro said that the plat selected was a very nice flat, and that he could not give it to us. We told him we would pay him a fair price for it. He demanded $10,000 or about $2000 an acre. After waiting in vain for him to modify his price to about one fourth of what he asked, or $500 an acre, we let the contract to the Union Iron Works to build a steel tank to contain 500,000 gallons. "Another thing which has not pleased Sutro was our purchase of some of bis land near the Industrial School. He happened to own the only nearly level tract of about forty or forty-five acres in the rear of the Industrial School at an elevation of 300 feet. I proposed to the directors of the Spring Valley Water Works about a year ago to erect a reservoir of 200,000,000 gallons on this tract. Fear ing that Sutro might not sell the land to the Spring Valley Water Works at as rea sonable a figure as to a stranger, the com pany employed a reliable outsider who succeeded in purchasing from Sutro the much-wanted forty-two acres of land for about $63,000. This is one of the best pur chases the company has made for some time, as for their purposes this tract is al most invaluable. hen Sutro learned that the land had been purchased for the Spring Valley Water Works he be came enraged as he realized that he could have compelled us to pay a great . deal more for the property. The company is negotiating for another large reservoir tract at a high level. The moment it is secured work on these two immense reservoirs will be commenced. They will form the basis for the remodeling of the entire high level service. "Sutro's charges that the waters of Lake Pilar and Laguna Honda are impure are false. We have an analysis made of the water supplied to our customers every little while. The water has been found to be absolutely pure. The reservoirs are perfectly clean. They do not get dirty. The fact that there are no zymotic or other dis eases traceable to impure water in the city at the present time shows that pure water is supplied. .If the Board of Supervisors, the Fire Commissioners and the Board of Fire Underwriters will assume the responsibility of a fire risk in the Western Addition for a day or two there will be no dilficulty in emptying Lake Honda in ascertaining that it is clean. There will be no risk of the walls falling in, as Sutro believes. There are no cracks in the walls of Lacuna Honda, by which the sewer of the Alms house passes. There are a few cracks in the easterly wall or the northeasterly wall, ' but the sewer passes by the southerly and westerly wall of the lake. "The water of Laguna Honda is only used, however, when there is a very heavy call upon the supply of 200,000 gallons an hour from Lake Pilarcitos. The main pipe from Lake Pilarcitos goes past Laguna Honda into town. It has a branch with a check valve connecting the main pipe with Laguna Honda reservoir. The water from Lake Pilarcitos goes directly into town, and the water in Laguna Honda only comes to its assistance if for a short period during the middle of the day or during a large fire there is a sudden drain in excess of the 200.000 gallons an hour supply com ing from Lake Pilarcitos. "The charge made by Sutro that winds blow dirt into Laguna Honda is not true. Laguna Honda is in a sheltered valley, with very little wind, and in the summer time the Almshouse people keep the road in very good condition. I do not think Sutro would say there was any heavy wind about Laguna Honda if there were a pos sible purchaser looking at his property which surrounds the laguna. Dr. Martin Regensburger of the Board of Health does not believe that pure water can be furnished this city from any point near at hand. He said : "It is only a ques tion of time when San Francisco will have to secure its water from Lake Tahoe or some place in the Sierra Nevada Mount tains. As far as Sutro's charges are con cerned I believe he has had trouble with the Spring Valley Water Works and de sires to get even.. 1 believe that examina tions of water furnished the city should be made, but they should be bacteriological as well as chemical. When Mayor Sutro desired to have the Board of Health see that an analysis of the water of Lake Merced be made I moved that examina tions be made of all the different kinds of water furnished and that the samples be taken from the faucets in different parts of the city. This motion was beaten by a tie vote, but Sutro afterward said he would give notice at a future meeting that all the waters be examined. This was exactly my motion. Sutro acted in the way he did so that it would appear he was doing all the work in the matter. It was a very peculiar action on his part. "We have authorized Dr. Spencer to ob tain samples of water from Lake Merced and to make a report to us. We expect the report to be ready in a few days and we will call a special meeting to hear it. If it shows that the water of Lake Merced is injurious we will condemn it. Still if after examinations of all the various waters furnished the city it is proved they are all bad, what are we going to do? We can't condemn them all and create a disastrous water famine. The trouble is that it is very difficult to furnish large cities with pure water. There is hardly any worse water in the world than the Croton which is supplied to the people of New York. Still, the people can get no better. "There is sure to be seepage into Lake Pilarcitos or Crystal Springs from the adjoining ranches or farms. Rivers which run through farms and empty into hikes are sure to have polluted water, and no amount of running over gravel beds will purify it. The lakes near by this city will become fouler as the time passes and the country tills up with settlers. Still I be lieve that San Francisco is getting better water than any city of its size. THEY CELEBRATED PURIM. A Time Honored Festival Ob- j served by the Temple Beth Israel. "Esther," a Scriptural Cantata, Presented to a Large Audience. Orthodox Judea in the city of San Fran cisco celebrated the feast of Purim yester terday. The observance of this time honored festival is limited in America only to those Hebrews who are conservative in regard to the traditions of the faith. Among these are numbered the members of the Temple Beth Israel, who assembled at Armory Hall last evening to witness the performance of a cantata and drama en titled "Esther." The various character parts were well sus tained by the following members of the Geary-street Sunday-school : Ahasuerus, King of Persia, Charles Van Vliet ; Haman, Vizier great, Leo Levy ; Mordecai, Sydney Herzog ; scribe, Eman uel Levin; herald, Herbert Cramer; jester, Joe Simmons; Charkas, George Franklin; Tarshish, Meres, Memuchan, Menu man (Persian statesmen), Harry Harris, Edgar Levy, Gustave Meyer, Leon Jacobs; butler, Albert Conn; high priest, Isaac Latz ; Charbona, Mona Abrahamson; Sotares, Irving Lewis; Avagso, Louis Jacobs; Esther, Queen of Persia, Hattie Lanzet; Zuleika, Theresa Michael: Zerish, Lillie Fulda; Mordecai's Sister, Lelia Cohn; Prophetess, Laura Nathan ; Zether, Tessie Harris; Ridbah, Rose Fulda; Dinahero, Rose Keilus; maids, guards, Persians. Medians. Act I opened showing the King's palace. The scriptural text was followed as well as the exigencies of the stage would permit. Yashti's dethronement was well pictured by the tiny actors, and the young gentle man who presented the character of the vacillating King of Persia created much amusement by his liberal interpretation of the part. Happy to Tell How Inflammatory Rheumatism Was Cured by Hood's. "I am more than happy to contribute my mite in praise of Hood's Sarsaparilla. I had inflammatory rheumatism in my hands and suffered untold misery for over one year, not being able to "dress myself the most of this time. I real about Hood's Sarsaparilla and con- cluded to give it a trial. I took eleven bottles andean say it has helped me so much that I am able to do any kind of ordinary work and have the full use of my hands. My wife has also taken Hood's Sarsa - X JL <*fc^fc/%^&, parilla Hood's Sarsapa- £ "▼ tj tj 1f»/DkCJ rilla for a weak- / *'** ***^ uess across her *%^ i^%t&^k& back and for kidney trouble. It also did her much good. We think 'highly of and gladly recommend Hood's "Sar- saparilla." R. B. 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It HfiJ^ot wasting ner- will give voa flggggfcjgj you« <: i * PasP - ltren f r" h . agEKS&tSI 3J *' li *A N hijdtas an^^aa st<>: " I: los,<,s cures lost man- jpi'tf^-'.K Instantly, hood, dizziness, £ | S§?***«fS!a M !' DV A N constipation, KSS23*ft*a frtves power to nervous debil- fflESaS* " vSa the body so that ity, nervous ffijSJ*. 7/Sa :il! the organs | prostration- i^K3f»**i3(^g of the body are falling sen? a, S§gtsrrfJr»4s»i| '" a healthy tions, nervous ?Sra a 'Sfe^a state. If you are twitching of rtSSIvSSaSS^ weak, debilita- the eyes and *Sta5raSShSSS ted, lack en- other P^ ll '-"^^^^^^^ ls7 ' verve force, vitality, use HI' AN. If yon would bo Happy, strong, vigorous and powerful use HUD- Th» new discovery was made hv the specialists of the old famous HUDSON MEDICAL IN- STITUTE. It is the strongest vitalizer made. It is very powerful but harmless. Sold for 91 a package, or six packages for 99 (plain sealed boxes). written guarantee given for a .ore. It in,: buy six Boxes and are not entirely cured six more will bo lent to you free of all charges. Send for circulars »nd testimonials. Address HUDSON MEDI- CAL INSTITUTK, San I-.: ncls o, C*l HUDSON MEDICAL, INSTITUTE Stockton, Market and Kllis Sts., S. F. The Original & Genuine (WORCE3TICRSHIRE) SAUCE Imparts the most delicious taste and zest to Hot A Cold Meats — - '^%^T' — GRAVIES, -^^^^ SALADS, 3 Yl^^ fjr soups, U pf Jl^^J^. BEWARE OF IMITATIONS. Take None but Lea & Perrins. Signature on every bottle of original & genuine. John Duncan's Sons, New York* PALACE HOTEL. 'PilK PALACE HOTEL OCCUPIES AN EX- -1 tire block In the center of San Francisco. It is the model hotel of the world. Fire and earthquake proof. Has nine elevators. Every room is large, light and airy. The ventilation is perfect. A bath and closet adjoin every room. All rooms are easy of access from broad, light corridors. The central court. Illuminated by electric light, Its Immense glass roof, broad balconies, carriage-way and trop- ical plants are features hitherto unknown In Amer- ican hotels. (quests entertained on either the American or European plan. The restaurant is the finest in the city. Secure rooms in advance by telegraphing. TUB PALACE HOTEL, Sun Francisco, Cut, /~~~\^ Dr. Gibbon's Dispensary, l|«*«sJ§Sl 623 KKAIIKY ST. Established a Dr. Gibbon's Dispensary, 62a KKAH.W ST. F^Ublished In 1854 for the treatment of Ii Ivate ti\pffii''i3«>*A Diseases, Lost Manhood. Debility or disease wearing on body and mind and t^J; ■ztfgffiSJ&A SicUi Disease*. The doctor caret when KSttSswi^Sl others tall. Try him. Charges low. ttSBaaSSGiSa «'ur?«cr<:ar^nte>ed. Call or writ*. Dr. J. F. GIBBON. Boa 1957, Ban Franclaoo. 11l it I I PAPER, IB £1 I i Wholesale and Retail. ■ I MiEx»&i J AB. DUFFY & CO., 811 Market St., S.F.