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VOLUME LXXVII.-NO. 93.
THE PACIFIC COAST. Santa Cruz Grand Jury's Report on the Water Bond Case. 3 CITY COUNCIL'S ERROR. Severe Censure of the Legal Adviser Who Misled the Officials. THE DISHONEST PURCHASERS. A Review of the Case Which Has Involved the SeasldeCCity in so Much Trouble. Santa Cruz, March 12.— The Grand Jury presented a report this afternoon mostly devoted to an investigation of the city bond transactions. The failure of Coffin & Stanton, who took the bonds, to comply with the law is pointed out. Then it goes on to say: That a grave error was com mitted by the City Council in turning over the bonds to Walter Stanton without following strictly the provisions of the law seems incontestible, but that such an error was intentional or that any member of the Council was guilty of criminal intent or willful wrongdoing the Grand Jury does not believe. The Council was unfortun ately misled as to the law in the matter, and that fact alone caused them to take the mistaken course which was so unfor tunate in its consequences. The Grand Jury censures the legal adviser of the Council. With regard to Coffin & Stanton the Grand Jury has no doubt of their dis honesty, but it does not find that any of them has been guilty of a crime within the strict meaning of the law. Throughout the whole transaction the firm has sur rounded itself with technical safe guards so as to enable them to escape punishment. (X The bond matter has been a subject of discussion here for months. When the city had issued bonds for construction of water works no purchaser could be found in this State. Then Coffin & Stanton, a _New York firm, became the purchasers. Aside from money paid for the works $30,000 had been expended for water rights and reservoir site. Last year a proposition to refund the city's indebtedness was made by "Walter Stanton, a member of the firm which purchased the original bonds. The refunding proposition was carried, as the rate of interest was lowered and time of payment extended twenty years. Notice of half -/.'bonds was adveitised, but Coffin & Stanton were the only bidders, taking the entire issue, $360,000. ' Stanton carried away the bonds without having advanced any cash for them. In October Coffin & Stanton went into insol vency. Then an investigation was com menced and it was found that they had hypothecated the refunding bonds in vari ous Eastern banks. The main trouble is that the city has out two sets of bonds, each drawing interest. Until the matter is settled the City Treas urer will not pay interest on either set. As the city has been clearly deceived as to re funding bonds, their payment will be fought. A taxpayers' association is already organized to resist payment. Coffin & Stanton's affairs are in the hands of a re ceiver, whose last report shows that their liabilities were over $3,000,000, and all that came into his hands was about $15,000. There are enough legal points to insure a victory for the city as to the refunding of the bonds if the case ever comes to trial. It is expected that a case will soon be brought into court. SOTO'S TRIAL FOR MURDER. Completion of the Impaneling of a Jury in the Case. Santa Cruz, March 12.— The impaneling of a jury was completed this afternoon to try Abram Soto, an 18-year-old boy, charged with the murder of Juan Gonsago, near Watsonville, recently. \ The District Attorney made the opening statement, saying that the parties were re turning from the house of one Castro, where they had been drinking, and while on the road home became engaged in a quarrel, when Soto deliberately killed Gonsago. The defense set up the plea of self-defense and will endeavor to prove that Gonsago attacked Soto, who was forced to defend himself with a knife. They intend to show that deceased was of a quarrelsome dispo sition. Want Illegal Contracts Set Aside. Santa Cruz, March 12.— At a meeting of the City Council last evening resolutions from the Taxpayers' Association were read requesting the Mayor and Council to institute without delay proper legal pro ceedings in behalf of the city to have all contracts, resolutions, deeds, mortgage or trust deeds, bonds, refunding bonds and mortgage bonds as may have been im properly or illegally made, executed or Issued vacated, canceled and set aside. The matter was referred to the City At torney. - Delegates to Manufacturers' Convention. Santa Cruz, March 12.— F. A. Hihn, A. D. Pcna and I. L. Thurber have been selected as delegates by the Taxpayers' Association to the Manufacturers' Associa tion convention, which is to meet in San Francisco. Petitions to Save Azoff's Life. Santa Cruz, March 12.— Petitions to the Governor for a commutation of the sen tence of Anthony Azoff, the murderer of Detective Len Harris, under sentence of death, are being circulated throughout the county. Populists Want an Organ. Santa Cruz, March 12.— The Populists have decided to incorporate with a capital stock of $10,000 for the purpose of continu ing their organ,- the New Charter. SAM A AX A SEySATIOS. Frrnk lAttlefield Tried to Kill a Family at Anaheim. Santa Ana, Cal., March 12.— Quite a sen sation was caused yesterday afternoon at Anaheim by Frank Littlefield coming in and surrendering to the authorities. ~On investigation it was learned that he The San Francisco Call. had tried to exterminate a whole family by shooting at his brother Sheldon, then at his brother's wife and then at the wife mother, Mrs. Adams, but fortunately his aim was poor and he missed them. .' ; ; The reason of the shooting is said to be that Frank considered his brother Sheldon had disgraced the family by marrying Miss Adams and to get out of the difficulty he proposed to kill his brother and his wife and then shoot the mother-in-law on gen eral principles. ...v ERx.iiiiiiy ojo aer CA UGJIT A. Young Man's Criminal Career Cheeked at Its Jtpyinnintj. San Bernardino, March 12.— A career of forgery was cut short here to-day by the arrest of "W. W. Sarber, a young man barely of age. Yesterday he forged the name of A. N. Younglove, a prominent citizen of Riverside, to a check for $3 on the First National Bank of Riverside. He had made the acquaintance of prominent railroad people here, and with the indorse ment of one of them got a check cashed by a bank here. He then forged a check for $75 on a San Bernardino bank and presented it to-day to the First National Bank of Riverside. It happened at the same moment that the first forged check came back to River side through the mails, and the cashier noticing the similarity of the chirography detained Sarber and sent for an officer. Sarber broke down and made a full con fession. He claims that this is his first offense. FIESTA DE LOS ANGELES. Indications That the Carnival Will Be a Successful Event. Salt Lake Will Send a Handsome Float for the Big Parade. Los Angeles, March 12. Popular sub scriptions to the Fiesta fund have reached a total of $12,287 50. The information re ceived from San Francisso that the mer chants there are making ready to send down floats for the carnival was gratifying to the committees, and following this in formation comes news that Salt Lake City also desires to be represented in the pa geant. The citizens of the latter city have written for instructions as to the manner of securing a place, and they promise to send at least one float. Chinese merchants, who furnished such a splendid display last year, notified the committees to-day that they had collected money to pay the expenses of their parade and that they could be expected to make a good showing in the procession. A Crusade Against Vice. Los Angeles, March 12. — Police Commission is considering the inaugura tion of a crusade against dives and disrep utable houses. At a meeting to-day the proposition *vas broached to have the oc cupants removed from Alameda street to I quarters in a less prominent part of the city and to allow them licenses, the Com missioners being inclined to believe that if this is done these slaves will be under bet ter police control. No decided action was taken. The Mystery of a T,eg. Los Angeles, March 12.— Mrs. Etta Hoff man has not yet been found and the police are at a loss to offer a tangible solution to the mystery of the finding of a woman's leg in a pile of debris on Broadway. It was said that the limb came from the person of Miss McCrady of Pasadena, who under went a surgical operation some time ago, but to-day it was learned that Miss Mc- Crady's leg was amputated in Lincoln, Nebr. Accused of Murder. Los Angeles, March 12. — The exam ination of Mrs. Elizabeth O'Hara on a charge of murder was commenced this morning in the Township Court. She is accused of having given poisoned cakes to Eddie Strange and Johnnie Henderson, the boy last named having died after eat ing one of the cookies. Dedication of the Odd Felloxes' Building. Los Angeles, March 12. — Dedicatory ser vices at the new Odd Fellows' building were held this afternoon. Grand Master J. H. Simpson of San Francisco was master of ceremonies, assisted by N. E. Stephens, grand master of New Mexico. The build ing cost $46._00. Woman's Press Association Meeting. Los Angeles, March 12.— The Southern California Woman's Press Association began a three days' session here to-day. Mrs. E. S. Marshal of San Francisco pre sides. SHARPERS OF SAN DIEGO. Real-Estate Dealers in Trou ble for Various Shady Transactions. One Arrest on a Charge of Em- bezzlement and More to Follow. San Diego, March 12.— McCormack, a real-estate dealer of this city, was arrested and held in $500 bonds for embezzlement. McCormack has been before the court at least four times in the past three months charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, but as the. amounts obtained in each case were small he was allowed to pay up and keep the matter quiet. To-day's examination, however, was more serious. Thomas E. Ashton of Holton.Kans., sent $220 to McCormack last June to pay off a mortgage held by Henry Pahlow. and Mc- Cormack, so far as can be discovered, de voted the money to his own use. Ashton found that McCormack had gone off on a spree with his money, and he had to pay the amount over again. Six or seven weeks ago McCormack re ceived $460 in commissions to divide with a partner, but he again went away and his partner got nothing. Then McCormack began to pass checks that turned out to be bogus, and he narrowly escaped punish ment several times. It is understood that two other real es tate dealers will be arrested to-morrow on a criminal charge. The AValracr case stirred up things and a general inves tigation reveals various cloudy transac tions on the part of certain real estate men. The funeral of J. Walmer. the real estate dealer, who committed suicide last week after his arrest for forging a deed in an en deavor to swindle a land-buyer, took place to-day. ..-• SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 13, 1895. THE TERMINAL BILL. Favorable Action on the Proposition of the Valley Road. PASSES THE ASSEMBLY. Persistent Attempts to Block the Measure in Various Ways Fail. THE LEGISLATORS WHO OPPOSE. Indications That the Senate Will Not Hesitate in Passing- the Bill When It Comes Up. Sacramento, March 12.— The bill to per mit the San Joaquin Valley road to lease terminal facilities in San Francisco from the State Board of Harbor Commissioners came to the Senate this afternoon and was made a special order for to-morrow. The Southern Pacific, through its lobby ists, has been doing everything in its power to defeat the bill with amendments or to delay its passage. The Southern Pacific lobby has been per sistent and pestiferous in its efforts, but there is every prospect that the Senate will vote as the House votes and pass the bill. A last attempt was made to delay the bill in the Assembly. Reid of Trinity and Brusie of Sacramento were the leading ob jectors. Reid talked till the House made him stop. His arguments were based upon the hypothesis that the State was asked to give the mud flats to the San Joaquin Val ley road outright. He also began a per sonal attack upon the promoters of the road, which was promptly ruled out of order. It is said that Reid had this morning spent a half hour in consultation with Judge C. W. Cross, the attorney for the Southern Pacific Company, who is now doing the work formerly performed by the late W. W. Stow, but Reid denies having had a conference with Mr. Cross. It was not till 11 o'clock that Powers of San Francisco was able to call up the motion to reconsider the bill. Brusie of Sacramento objected. "Wait till the special file is completed," he said. "It will only take a short time, and there is no use neglecting necessary business." Then Reid arose and began a harangue intended apparently to insult those urging the passage of the bill and take up time. He began to ramble into a thesis on the formation of sugar refineries in Philadel phia until Powers interrupted with: "Mr. Speaker; a point of order. j The gentleman is not speaking j to the question." The Speaker cautioned' Reid. "I wanted to show," Reid began again, "that corporations are sometimes formed and then absorbed by other corporations. I wanted to explain that while this new railroad company is professedly for the people it is not altogether for the people, because men don't put $500,000 and $250,000 into affairs for the good of the people altogether." Dyer of San Francisco asked Mr. Reid, "I want to know if you were not in consul tation with the lawyer of the Southern Pa cific Company and if you did not get your points from him?" "I deny it, sir," shouted Reid, "and I would like to ask if there are not members here who have property near these mud flats that they would like to sell? No member on this floor has a right to say that I am in league with the Southern Pacific Company. My record will show that I have fought against it from the begin ning." Brusie of Sacramento then made a pecu liar plea for delay. It was that the minor ity had not yet been able to bring any new arguments to bear and the majority by which the bill had passed was so enormous there was no reason yet to expect that the motion to reconsider would carry. Then the roll was called. The motion to reconsider was lost by a vote of 9 to 58. This was not remarkable in itself, but the vote was. Bulla, Cutter, Hatfield, Wade and Weyse, who voted against the bill, changed over. Even Brusie, who fought on the floor for delay and reconsideration, voted against reconsideration at last. Coghlin (D.) of San Francisco, Devine (D.)of San Francisco, Glass (R.) of San Luis Obispo. Osborn (R.) of Santa Cruz and Sanford (D.) of Mendocino voted against the bill this morning and for reconsidera tion. Bennett of Ventura also voted for reconsideration, but protested that it was a mistake. Barker of Santa Barbara, Collins of Ala meda and Reid of Trinity were the only members voting against the bill yesterday who did so to-day. Speaker Lynch voted for the first time to-day. He voted in favor of the San Joaquin Valley road. Among the absentees one voted for the bill yesterday and two voted against it. The vote in full was as follows: Barker, Bennett, Coghlin, Collins, Devine, Glass, Osborn, Reid, Sanford— 9. Noes— Ash, Baehman, Bassford, Belshaw, Berry, Bettman, Bledsoe, Boothby, Brusie, Bulla, Butler, Carglll, Cutter, Dale, Davis, Devitt, Dinkelspiel, Dixon, Dodge, Dunbar, Dwyer, Ewlng, Fas-sett, Freeman, Gay, Guy, Hall, ° Hatfield, Holland, Hudson, Johnson, Keen, Kelsey, Kenyon, Laugenour, Meads, Mc- Carthy, Merrill, Nelson, North, O'Day, Phelps, Powers. Price, Richards, Rowell, Spencer, Staley, Swisler, Thomas, Tibbitts, Twinrg, Wade, Waymire, Weyse, Wilkinson, Zocchi, Mr. Speaker— sß. Absent— Coleman, Healey,. Huber, Jones, Laird, Lewis, Llewellyn, McKelvey, Pendleton, Robinson, Stansell, Tomblin, Wilkins— l3. THE ASSEMBLY. Passage of the Bill to Close Barber-Shops on Sunday. Sacramento, March 12.— Dwyer of San Francisco in the Assembly to-day got through two bills of special interest to the contractors of his city. One authorizes the Supervisors to complete municipal buildings. The other allows them to change the plans during the course of the work. The bill to close barber-shops on Sunday will now go . to the Governor. Bledsoe tried to kill it by an amendment, which was spiritedly opposed by Dinkelspiel, and the original bill passed. Thomas of Nevada obtained the passage of two bills appropriating $1800 for the salary of the Debris Commissioner and bis secretary. Spencer introduced a scheme to purify primary elections. He told the House it had been drawn up after careful study and consultation with over a hundred politi cians and others. "Who are some of these politicians?" asked Reid of Trinity. "Mr. Gator, Mr. Popper, Mr. Kelly—" "Which Mr. Kelly?" "Martin Kelly." At once Bledsoe of Humboldt was shout ing: "Mr. Speaker, in that case I move that we strike out the enacting clause." The motion passed. Later it was voted down and the proposed amendments put before the House. Then Dixon introduced a set of amendments as a substitute. His scheme is similar to that now in vogue. The proposed amendments went over till to-morrow afternoon. i Among the appropriation bills passed were : $55,000 for new buildings at the Preston School. $400 to George H. Tay for heating apparatus at the San Jose Normal School. $4278 for transporting insane persons. $2000 for legal services of James A. Johnson in harbor-front cases. $300 reward for the capture of W. B. Coup. $42,655 35 to pay the militia for services last July. The proposed constitutional amendment exempting from taxation personal prop erty to tbe value of $500 was passed. It was thought the county division bill was dead. To-night it was discovered to be on the special urgency file. This caused a row. It came out that the bill had been withdrawn from the file. Ordinarily this would have been overlooked. Mr. Davis noticed it, though. He had the bill placed on the second-reading file. Last night Pendleton had the bill placed on the special urgency file stating that Llew ellyn, who is sick in San Francisco, had authorized him to do so. He only named the number of the bill, and no one knew it was the measure about which so many un savory stories hang, till to-night. Then it was thought that some hocus pocus had been employed and an explanation was demanded. The teachers' pension bill was killed by a vote of 32 to 31. The Assembly bill authorizing the appointment of a State veterinary and of county veterinaries was passed through the exertions of Bettman by a vote of 44 to 25. It will be remem bered that a Senate bill exactly similar to this was defeated a short time ago, and was denounced as iniquitous. The proposition to give San Diego $25,000 to found a high school was passed. In order to get the appropriation the southern town is to give the State sixteen acres of land with two large schoolhouses. No soldier companies other than the national and State troops can parade with guns if the bill passed in the Assembly to night becomes a law. The measure. will allow the Odd Fellowi^anil-Eirailar order to carry swords, but no • firearms are to be used. *).<";- Only eight votes were registered against the bill providing that all supplies for State institutions should, when it is pos sible, be of California manufacture. Under any circumstances the goods must be American, and nothing is to be of penal or Chinese labor manufacture. The Assembly refused to concur in the Senate's resolution to adjourn Thursday night. Instead they adopted an amend ment fixing the time at Saturday night. This will be accepted to-morrow by the Senate, as that body will have much to do by Thursday night. THE SENATE. Veto of the Pure Milk Bill Sustained. Sacramento, March 12.— Senator "With ington sought to have the Senate this morning pass his pure milk bill over the Governor's veto, but failed. There was a little oratory let loose to wander about the Senate chamber this morning over the proposition to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed to give the State Board of Examiners juris diction over the various State charitabe and penal institutions. Senator Hart declared that the bill would place the State Printing Office and its employes under the Board of Ex aminers. The motion to reconsider was adopted by the following vote: Ayes— Arms, Androus, Bert, Denison, Earl, Flint, Ford, Franck, Hart, Henderson, Hollo way, Hoyt, Linder, Mahoney, Martin, Mathews. McGowan, Shine, Shippee, Simpson, Smith— 2l. . , Noes— Beard, Biggy, Burke, Dunn, Fay, Ges ford, Gleaves, Langford, McAllister, Mitchell, Orr, Pedlar, Seawell, Seymour, Toner, White hurst, Withington— l7. The bill was made a special order for to morrow. THE INSURANCE BILL. Defeat of a Senate Amendment to the Assembly Measure. .. Sacramento, March 12.— The attempt to impose an unjust insurance bill on the State was beaten in the Assembly this morning. Dinkelspiel introduced and ob tained the passage of a bill in the Assembly that caused great consternation in the in surance combine. It provided that all for eign insurance companies should deposit $200,000 in bonds with the Treasurer of the State. The Senate inserted the word "fire," which would exclude all marine in surance companies from the provisions of the bill. N The House refused to concur in the amendment by an overwhelming vote. The bill will undoubtedly pass in its original form. v2:nV- VETO OF MIXERS' BILL. Governor Budd's Action Sustained in the Assembly. Sacramento, March 12. — Governor Budd to-day vetoed the bill for which the hydraulic miners fought so hard in both houses. The bill was intended to make it more difficult than at present for the farm ers to enjoin the hydraulickers from mining. In his message concerning the bill, the Governor says: The law proposed by Assembly bill 55 Is so uncertain ns to its operation and effect as to constitute, in my opinion, unwise and injudi cious legislation. Its adoption would, in many instances, deprive courts. of their well-estab lished powers absolutely necessary for the ef fective administration of the laws. . Cutter of Yuba, in the Assembly, move that the veto be considered at once, and it was sustained by a vote of 30 to 45. BRIBERY. Accusation of Cor ruption in the Senate. BIGGY'S BOMBSHELL A Sensational Charge That Involves the Southern Pacific. ALLEGED GO-BETWEEN. Dunn Said to Have Formed a Combine to Guard the Road's Interests. STATEMENT OF THE ACCUSER. The Exposure Comes In the Attempt •to Pass the Bill to Kill the One-Fare Act. Sacramento, March 12. Senator Biggy accuses Senator Dunn of twice seeking to induce him to enter a legislative combine for revenue. Both Senators represent San Francisco districts. This is Senator Biggy's statement: "Two years ago when I first came to Sac ramento I was inexperienced in legislative affairs and devoted my attention to my duties. I left the Senate one Wednesday Senator "W. J. Dunn. [From a photograph.] afternoon on my way to luncheon. I was approached by Senator Dunn, who, of course, broke the matter gently to me, say ing that there would be an opportunity to make money up here and no one would be a particle wiser, and it was customary in Legislatures to form such combinations. "I asked Senator Dunn what he meant, letting him know at the same time that he knew my standing in San Francisco. In asmuch as my friends feared at the time of my election that scandalous reports which frequently grow out of legislative sessions might wrongly be circulated about myself I determined to make no mistakes and do nothing which would be considered in any way dishonorable. I was born in San Francisco, have lived in the district which I represent thirty years, had a wife and children and could not afford, even had I so wished, to do anything which would bring disgrace upon me. "Senator Dunn mentioned the railroad among other things from which a legisla tive revenue could be derived. He said that $7000 could be made by each man in the combine. I explained my position and refused to discuss the proposition fur ther. "At the opening of this session I was approached in my seat in the Senate by this same Senator Dunn, who, in a confi dential way, put to me the words that he hoped I would not be the 'same d-^— fool that I was two years ago.' I told him that I did not know that I had acted in that capacity. He declared that between $7000 and $8000 could be made for each Senator who entered into a combine to be composed of twenty-three Senators. He told me that if I knew the names of the Senators in this combine I would 'fall, down.' I told him that the matter did not concern me and that I proposed to have nothing to do with such a combine. Senator Dunn mentioned the railroad, gas, the water, the telephone and the telegraph companies as among those from which a revenue could be derived. I did not discuss the subject further with him, because I did not wish to have anything to do with it. "This is not the only peculiar phase of legislation that has happened this session. Chris Buckley sent for a certain Senator, so I am told, and that Senator is Senator Henderson, stating that there was a possi bility for him to make considerable money in Sacramento. Senator Henderson told me this himself. He did not state the amount, but he said that Chris Buckley told him that the money could be made legitimately and that he could make a rec ord for himself. Buckley mentioned the fact to Henderson that James Flynn had done nothing more than he (Buckley) was asking him (Henderson) to do. He said Flynn made his record, came down to San Francisco and was elected County Clerk. The conversation concluded by Buckley requesting Henderson to vote for John Daggett for United States Senator. . "On Sunday afternoon before leaving San Francisco to come to Sacramento, prior to the opening of the session of the Legislature, a friend of mine called at my house and said I had better not oppose Sam Rainey as he had powerful influence,' and that as I had a brother in the Mint it might cause my brother to lose his posi tion if I antagonized Rainey. My actions in the Senate speak for themselves." . This statement made to the ] press sup plements what Senator Biggy said in the open Senate to-day. The Southern Pacific political lobby had all but secured the passage of a bill to de feat the McCoppin one-fare act when Sena tor Bicrgy broke the spinal column of the Huntington lobby by his declaration. It was Senator Seymour who brought up assembly bill 702 for consideration in the Senate this afternoon. Senator Biggy ob jected to its consideration at that time. He thought the San Francisco delegation should consider the bill at length. Senator Aims made quite an extended speech in opposition to Senator Biggy, demanding that the bill should be considered then and there. The Speaker pro tern. ruled that as the bill was on the Assembly spe cial urgency file, it must be considered at the time. It is a very innocent looking measure. It is entitled: An act to amend sections '499 and 501 of the Civil Code of the State of California, relating to street railroads and to repeal an act, entitled "An act to limit and fix the rates of fares on street railroads in cities and towns of more than 100,000 inhabitants," approved January 1, 1878. It is in reality one of the most insidious attempts at legislation ever made by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. Its virtual purpose is to repeal the McCoppin act and to enable the Market-street rail way combine to increase its charge for street fares in San Francisco. This is the text of the bill: Section 1. Section 499 of the Civil Code of the State of California is hereby amended so as to read as follows : Sec. 499. Two lines of street railway, operated under different managements, may be permitted to use the same street, each paying an equal por tion for the construction and maintenance of the tracks and the appurtenances used by said railroad jointly; but in no case must two lines of street rail way, operated under different managements oc cupy and use the same street, or streets, for more than five blocks. Sec. 2. Section No. 501 of the Civil Code of the State of California is hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 501. The rates of fares on the cars must not exceed 5 cents for one fare for any distance under three miles. In cities towns of more than 100, --000 inhabitants the rate of fare* shall not exceed 5 cents for one fare for any distance In one general direction along the whole length of road or its con nections operated by any one person or corpora tion. The cars must be of most improved con struction for the comfort and convenience of pas sengers, and provided with brakes to stop the same when required. The rate of speed shall not be greater than twelve miles per hour. Any owner or owners of any street railroad violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished by a fine of $100 for each offense.' _ :-".%_-. Sec. 3. An act entitled "An act to limit and fix the rates and fares on street railroads in cities and towns of more than 100,000 inhabi tants" approved January 1, 1878, is hereby repealed. Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage. Biggy claimed the floor at once and moved to strike out the words "operated under different managements" from the first section of the bill and to insert the word "consecutive" between the words "five" and "blocks" in the last line of the section. Biggy declared that he was sus picious of the manner in which the bill had been introduced into the Assembly. He wanted some man to get up and explain the bill and tell why the McCoppin act of 1878 should be repealed. He would ask the gentleman who was seeking to further the bill in the Senate to explain it. Seymour said never a word. McAllister opposed the bill. He told of the issue of $17,500,000 in bonds for the maintenance of a monopoly. This mon opoly now sought to do away with trans fers. The Southern- Pacific Company wanted to kill the single fare of 5 cents in San Francisco. Senator Biggy declared that the bill r-v.--- v: •/ y i emanated from ther_ -oad combine of San Francisco. Then there was a case of unblushing record. The Biggy amendment was put to a vote and this is the way that the Senators voted: ;^ Ayes— Beard, Bert, Biggy, Burke, Fay, Gesford, Holloway, Langford, Mathews, McAllister, Sea well, Smith, Voorheis, Withington— l4. Noes— Aram, Arms, Androus, Denison, Dunn, Flint. Hart, Henderson, Hoyt, Linder, Maho ney, McGowan, Mitchell, Orr, Seymour, Shine, Simpson, Toner— Declined to vote or absent— Earl, Ford, Franck, Gleaves, Martin, Pedlar, Shippee, Whitehurst— Senator Biggy made another attempt to amend section 2, the purpose of which, was to prevent railroads from charging more than five cents for street fares. The amendment was voted down 21 to 11. Then he sought to strike out the word "ireneral" in the second section, but this was voted down 20 to 11. Senator McAllister introduced an amend ment striking out all that portion of the section referring to San Francisco, so that the McCoppin act would still stand. The amendment was lost. Then Senator Biggy made one last effort to save the city of San Francisco from the street railway com bine assault. He asked that section 3, the section which repeals the McCoppin act, be stricken out. "That keeps the fare at 5 cents," said he. "If you want to raise it to 10 cents vote for it." Senator McAllister declared that section 3 was not in the original bill. It was the committee substitute. "Where did this amendment come from?" he asked. "I am surprised at the Senator asking so foolish a question," said Senator Biggy. "It came from the Southern Pacific Com pany." Senator McAllister said he was satisfied that such was the case,, but he did not want to accuse any one rashly. "This is the worst of the bad legislation," said he. "Do you want to cinch San Francisco? How can you defend your votes on this bill? How could you make this substitute a case of urgency? Ido not represent San Fran- Continued on Second Page, PRICE FIVE CENTS. A WARM DISPUTE. — . — — _ _. The Southern Pacific's Covert Attack on the Valley Road. SCORING OF A LOBBYIST. The Attorney for the San Joa quin Line Takes Up the Cudgels and Wins. SCENE IN A CAPITAL HOTEL. The Action of the Monopoly In Chok ing- New Enterprises Set Forth in Argument. Sacramento, March 12.— A most dra matic encounter .took place to-night in the lobby of the Golden Eagle Hotel between Colonel Preston, the attorney for the San Joaquin Valley railroad, and C. W. Cross, the attorney for the Southern Pacific Com pany. The trouble occurred through Preston's overhearing Cross say that the request of the new road for terminal facilities was one of the biggest steals on record. Mr. Preston at once took tip the cudgels for the company he represents, and for a time it seemed as if the two learned but excitable gentlemen would come to blows. Mr. Cross was at first on the offensive. His guards were beaten down by the argu ments of his opponent, however, and eventually he became quite conciliatory. The debate, which lasted over an hour and a half, filled the lobby of the hotel with curious men and boys. Legislators, hackmen, lawyers, drummers and bell boys all elbowed each other to get near the disputants. For a time it was impossible to enter the hotel and the great crowd grew as much excited as did the two lawyers. Cross admitted that the Southern Pacific had a strong lobby working to defeat the passage of the bill of the valley road. He admitted what the Assemblyman de nied on the floor of the House this morn ing, that he had talked with Reid of Trinity in the library about the bill. He was also forced to admit that the argu ments prepared so carefully by the rail road lobby and rehearsed in the Assemblfy were not well founded. Mr. Cross had been talking with a party of friends, and at last the subject of the valley road came up. "That whole Mission Bay proposition is one of the biggest steals on record," an nounced Mr. Cross. "What's that?" demanded Mr. Preston, who was sitting near. Cross repeated his statement, when Pres ton hotly replied : "If it is so it is being fought by a band of the biggest thieves the sun ever shone on. You say it is a steal, sir, but nobody else seems to think so be sides the Southern Pacific and the large lobby that's here who are paid to do so." The two men glared at each other angrily and a word would have caused a blow. Each had started from his seat and their neighbors gathered about them, wait ing eagerly for developments. Then Pres ton exclaimed : "What is your name?" "My name is Cross. What is yours?" "My name is Preston." The whole state of affairs then exhibited itself to the two gentlemen. Neither was willing to recede from his position, and a battle royal ensued. "I repeat my assertion, then." said Mr. Preston. "The only men declaring this proposition to be a steal are the Southern Pacific lobby of which you, sir, are the head. "We have all seen Byron Waters, Gillis, Martin and others drumming the argu ments of their employers into the ears of the members of both houses, and we have all heard of your activity." Cross did not deny that the railroad lobby was working against the valley road, although Preston openly charged them with trying to defeat the bill by delays. He protested : "But there can be no doubt that the bill is unconstitutional." "It was left for the Southern Pacific to The Only Preventive of Pimples Blackheads Mothy Oily Skin is CUTICURA SOAP It Strikes At the Cause viz. The Clogged Irritated Inflamed or Sluggish 1 PORE \ For pimples, blackheads, red and oily skin, red, rough hands with shapeless nails, falling hair, and baby blemishes it is wonderful. Bold throughout the world. Potteb Drtua fc Out*. Coar._ Solo Pru_>*., _>o»wu, ___*.___