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VOLUME LXXVII.-NO. 104.
THE PACIFIC COAST The Tugr Velos Dashes on a Reef and Sinks Near Victoria. FIVE OF THE CREW LOST. Two of the Men Try to Swim Ashore, but Are Battered on the Rocks. NARROW ESCAPE OF LABORERS. The Prevalence of a Fierce Gale Rendered the Vessel Un manageable. VICTORIA, B. C, March 23.— tug . Velos, bound for the stone quarries at Nel son and Hadington islands, was driven ashore on Trial Island during a gale last night, and is a total wreck. Five men were ■ drowned. Their names were: Frederick Adams, a well-known con tractor who is building the Capitol here, aged 55 and married. Arthur Bowers, chief engineer, aged 30; single. . Robert Smith, cook, aged 50; single. Frank DoxOAJr, deckhand, aged 20; ■ingle. William Law, fireman, aged 30; mar ried. The first four were drowned and the last named died from exposure in the rigging. Captain Anderson swam to a reef at mid night and was rescued this morning. The Velos was towing a barge on which were twenty-five laborers, but the barge was for tnnately driven ashore on a sandy beach. The men on the barge tried to launch it. but it was smashed. They could hear calls for help for hours. The Velos was unmanageable or she would not have gone ashore. She had passed Trial Island, and in the southeast gale her heavy tow becoming unmanage able Captain "Anderson decided to put back to Victoria. Shortly after he came about the rudder chains parted and the boat could not be handled She drove ahead a mile before the gale to the reef where she truck. First Mate Andrew Christiansen and Captain Anderson are the only ones of the crew who escaped. The former managed to iump aboard the barge when the latter ran against the tug. Bowers and Smith attempted to swim ashore, but were dashed to death on the rocks. No one saw Adams and Duncan drown, but it is believed they were washed from the decks. »-:«**»•. »r^k occurred -within- *«. 'stone's' • throw of Oak Bay, a suburb of Victoria, ' but it was noon before it was known here that the wreck had occurred, when the twenty-seven survivors on the barge ; were rescued. The tug was valued at 10,000 and was insured. j SAN DIEGO NEWSPAPER WAR Two Factions Struggle for the Possession of an Office. Coup of the McCarthys, Who Hold the Plant by Show of Force. SAN DIEGO. March 23.— D. O. and J. H. McCarthy to-day resumed possession of the Vidette office on account of non-per formance of the terms of the lease, going in early in the morning when only the pressman was about and no violence necessary to effect their purpose. The paper had been in financial straits. and recently Herr Wagner, the lessee, went to San Francisco, leaving the men in the office to run things. Republican nominees fcr city oiiices, headed by Judge W. A. Sloane. candidate for Mayor, had offered to bai-k the paper, but no money was forth coming. After iosing possession the Sloane ele ment besieged the doors, but was stood off With drawn revolvers. During the melee two men got in the back way and suc ceeded in breaking the cogwheels in the press and otherwise injuring the machinery, desisting when compelled with revolvers at their heads. Eight arrests were made and a riot narrowly averted. The McCarthys are now in full control. SANTA BARBARA`S FESTIVAL. Beautiful Weather Contributes to Aid the Plan* for the Fete. SANTA BARBARA, March 23.-Fre qnent showers and the renewal of warm, Bummery weather are all contributing to aid the plans for the forthcoming flower festival and to make it the most brilliant ever seen on this coast. No one who has not visited Santa Bar ban, this year can imagine the vast pro fusion of flowers that are making ready for the festival. While private gardens and all cultivated spots are luxuriant with bloom, the hills round about town are literally garlanded with mountain lilac, wild roses, blossoming clematis and other beautiful shrubs and ferns in great variety, while the delicate lilac of the Brodi.-a, or wild onion, which lends itself so readily to decorative purposes, the painter's brush, the wild buttercup, the poppy and other brilliant flowers carpet the lower slopes and the meadow lands. It Uas been justly remarked that if Santa Barbara had not a single cultivated garden on which to draw she could this year make a brilliant spectacle of her street pageant by relying wholly upon her wild flowers. A Kodi Farmer Mrrts finnl.o Men. STOCKTON, March 23.— Two bunko men last week played an old game on a Lodi farmer and cheated him out of $1500. The farmer is said to have drawn the money from the Lodi Bank to play with the gentlemen wlio wanted to buy his ranch, but on discovering his loss he suc ceeded in suppressing the matter. Hit desire to prevent a disclosure of his greenness is said to have led him to make no complaint u> the officers, and his name is not known to them. The bunko men The San Francisco Call. started from this city and returned here with the team they hired. One of the horses of the livery team died the next day from the effects of the hard drive, the owner says. FIRE IN SAN RAFAEL JAIL Ttco Drunken Brother* Start the J lames, and Searly Perish. SAN RAFAEL, March 23.— Frank and Valentine Valencia, two brothers, were ar rested here this afternoon by Constable Hughes and locked up for drunkenness. This evening about 8 o'clock, as Jailer O'Brien was making his usual rounds, he discovered flames in that part of the jail used by the town. He at once gave an alarm, and when help arrived the two prisoners were rescued with great diffi culty. They were almost suffocated by the smoke. After the fire was extinguished it was found they had set lire to all the blankets in the room. The jail is :i brick structure, and this accounts for the lire not being discovered sooner. San Rafael Runairay Accident. SAN RAFAEL, March 23. — Martin Petersen, manager of the Marin Soda Company of this place, was badly injured by a runaway here to-day. Mr. Petersen was driving down Fourth street in a deliv ery wagon, when he was struck by a run away horse attached to a light buggy with such force as to throw him to the ground. He struck upon his back, sustaining a severe scalp wound and internal injuries, which may prove fatal. SAN BERNARDINO`S TROUBLE A Clerical Error Suspends Proceedings in Crimimal Cases. The Supreme Court Will Have to Decide the Questions at Issue. SAN BERNARDINO; March 23. — The question of the legality of the late Grand Jury is attracting considerable attention, for, should its acts be declared void, sev eral important criminals now serving terms in San Quentin would have to be brought back and proceedings had over again, at a great cost to the county. It has already had the effect of suspend ing the trials of Mrs. Barnes and Juan Ferra, charged with poisoning and murder respectively, besides staying proceedings in several other criminal cases until the Supreme Court can render a decision finally settling the points involved. It seems that sixteen grand jurors were impaneled in proper form, at which stage | of the proceedings the venire was ex | batisted, when the court made an order for additional talesmen from the body of the county. The clerk copied the order into the court minutes and added the words, "And not from bystanders." When the clerk made out the summons for the Sheriff he committed tbafSortfear error of commanding the Sheriff to call "trial jurors" instead of grand jurors. These errors were committed under County Clerk Hamilton's administration, and the question has been raised of the liability of | his bonds to the county for needless ex- I pense caused thereby. SACRAMENTO CHINESE ROW. I An Insult to a Mongolian Dame Nearly Precipitates a Riot. SACRAMENTO, March 23.— The Chinese trouble, which has been brewing for the past week, came near culminating in a free row this evening, and it required the utmost efforts of the Sacramento police, backed by the personal authority and presence of Chief Drew himself, to avert bloodshed. The trouble originated over an insult offered by a member of the Fong Duck Tong to the wife of a Chinese merchant connected with the See Gup Company. This occurred last Monday night. The matter was reported to the Chinese Con sul-General in San Francisco, who per sonally requested Chief Drew to avert all trouble until he could send a representa tive to settle the difficulty. That indi vidual arrived to-day, had a meeting with the representatives of both factions, and supposedly settled the entire affray. This representative was himself a mem ber of the Bee Gup Company and to cele brate the amicable settlement purchased firecrackers for his company. The shoot ing aroused the ire of the Fong Duck Tong, which immediately declared war. The small force of police found them selves unable to quell the riot. Chief Drew was sent for and notified the representative of the Chinese Consul and Six Companies that he must settle this trouble at all cost and leave town by the first train. He immediately bought a quantity of firecrackers for the opposition company, held another talk and peace was restored. The Grand Jury Takes a Rest. SACRAMENTO, March 23.— The Grand Jury has adjourned until a week from next Monday. Suicide at Riverside. RIVERSIDE, March 23.-The dead body of r rancis Petchners, a pioneer of the city, was found in an outhouse near his resi dence. Petchners disappeared Monday morning last. He had locked himself in the outhouse, and the evidence at the Coroner's inquest showed that he commit ted suicide. A partly filled strychnine "bottle told the story of how death was brought about. He was the owner of large property interests here, but was badly in volved in debt. Brooding over financial matters is believed 'to be the cause of the rash act. A Pioneer's Heath at Newcastle. NEWCASTLE, March 23.-John Wood ward Sr., one of Placer County's oldest settlers, died early this morning. He came to California in the early fifties, settling in this county and working at mining. He planted the first orange orchard in this vicinity, which proved to the people that oranges could be grown in Northern Cali fornia. He was born in England June 8, 18120. Seattle's Man Hunt Is Ended. SEATTLE. Wash., Marsh 23. -The man hunt is drawing to a close and with the capture of It. H. Ford, alias Manning, every one of the notorious mem!>ers of the gang that walked out of the county juil lum Sunday night save the bunko man. Frank J. Hart, has 'been captured. Ford was captured in this city this afternoon by Chief of Police Rogers and Detective Cuui- SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 24, 1895. THE PACIFIC COAST. Sensational Evidence a Murder Trial at Los Angeles. INDIAN ANTONIO'S STORY Relates the Confession of Mateo Pa, Who Said He Killed Mrs. Platt. VENGEANCE LED TO THE DEED. The Murderer Had Been Refused Money, and Then Plotted and Executed the Crime. I LOS ANGELES, March 23.— 1f any doubt exists in the minds of jurors sitting in the United States District Court that Mateo Pa on ; the night of September 20 of last year brutally murdered Mrs. Mary J. Platt, the former teacher of the Pichango reservation, it ! can only be a mere shadow of distrust. Sensational testimony was produced to day in the case, which not only clears the mystery surrounding the' crime, but also tightens the hold of the law on the surly Indian captain, who is now on trial for his life. Mateo Pa, Antonio Ashman and another Indian had been arrested on the charge of having , committed the crime, but on Fri day United States District Attorney Dennis dismissed the cases against the latter two. This proceeding was looked upon as significant, and the events of to day proved it to be of particular value to the prosecution. Antonio Ashman went on the witness stand this morning and related the con fession of a foul murder made to him by Mateo Pa. "The day before the fire," he said, "Mrs, Platt had a talk with Pa about going to Perris. Pa wanted money for railroad fare and Mrs. Platt had none to give him. "They had a quarrel and that night the fire occurred. Mateo Pa told me that he had done the work, and threatened to kill me if I betrayed him. I was very much afraid, and did not tell anybody about it at that time." \r£&£ Pablo Corales was another important witness. He testified that he had over heard > Mateo Pa say to Ashman, "I did the work, but don't say anything about it or I will kill you." At the close of the case for the Govern ment the defendant's attorney made a motion ■; to | discharge the ..prisoner on; the ground that the court had no jurl^'Uctloi.-. The motki'i was bu^eu swi uvnnieal points of law, and the court promptly de nied it. .Several other witnesses were then introduced for the defense, and • the case was continued until Monday. ~- ' .* t'. The murder of Mrs. Platt was most re volting. The teacher was an old lady, and had spent many ; years of her life among the . semi-civilized . tribes of Indians. She lived in a little cottage of her own on Pi chaneo reservation, near the town of Tem escal. ' •One day several of the tribe came to her and made some' unreasonable request, which was denied. Mrs. . Platt reasoned with the Indians, but they went away in a dissatisfied mood. At the old lady's cot tage Hattie Lewis, the 10-year-old niece of deceased, was staying. The little girl went to bed as usual on the night following the visit of the Indians, leaving her aunt in. the front room read ing. After a time she was awakened by the smell of smoke and rushed out of the bedroom. She" looked everywhere for her aunt and failing to lind her ran out into the yard. . ■ ■ As she passed through the kitchen she saw a large pile of fagots in the center of the floor, but did not stop to examine the place. The house was then enveloped in flames. Mrs. Platt . was never again seen alive. A search was made through 5 the debris after the fire, and in the place where Hattie had seen the fagots piled on the floor 'were found pieces of charred and broken bones, which were 'undoubtedly those v of the reservation teacher. The skull looked as though it had been crushed with some hard instrument and the find ing of rough; rock near by showed con clusively that a fiendish murder had first been committed and that the body had then been consigned to the flames. ROUNDING UP CRIMINALS. The Police Are Thinning Out the Hanks of the Thieves. LOS ANGELES, March Charles Hen nessy was this afternoon arrested in a poolroom on a charge of burglary. He is a telegraph ; operator , lately arrived [ from San Francisco. ;, v yv;aV' He is accused of entering the room of J. W. Woodward in a First-street lodging house and stealing an overcoat, guitar and revolver. The guitar was found in a pawn shop by detectives. The description of the man who pawned.it fitted Hennessy and he was arrested. He admits that he pawned the eruitarbut says he did not steal it. The overcoat and revolver were, not recovered, but Hen nessy is believed to be guilty. • A Deputy United States Marshal to-day arrested a colored man j named Ewing, wanted at Fresno for embezzlement. Ewing was found at a colored club having a good time with friends. He formerly lived here. The officer started north with his prisoner to-night. The police are rounding up suspicious characters who are ; flocking to the city to rob and steal during La Fiesta. j The de tectives to-nip;ht arrested five youths from 13 to 16 years old, who they say are young pickpockets just arrived from San Fran cisco and Oakland. They will' be .kept locked up till after La Fiesta. STREETCAR LINES TRANSFER. San Francisco Capitalists Assume Charge ' of the Consolidated Roads. "'■ LOS ANGELES, March 23.— Los Angeles Consolidated , Railway Company went out of existence to-night at midnight, giving place to the Los Angeles Railway Company, of which Morris Trumbull ; has been appointed acting general manager. . '/Well known business men of San Francisco are at the head : of the new com pany. They are: Thomas Brown, Lovell White, - George ; Stone, ,' A. H. Paysou and Antoine^Borel, bondholders of > the old cor poration^ Los Angeles is represented by M. H. Sherman, who /was general manager of, the old company, and J. D. Bicknell. By the terms of an agreement of trans fer recently entered into ; - Mr. - Sherman | bound himself to secure the immediate execution of a lease by the Los Angeles Consolidated Railway Company lof j its franchise and property and the utter sur render of the same to the new corporation. The bondholders of the new corporation represent 51 per cent of the capital stock, while 49 per cent is owned by Mr. Sherman and those whom he represents. For three years from March 16, 1895, the bondholders will save Sherman r harmless from any as sessments levied upon his stock and from all assessments made to pay present floating indebtedness and receiver's certificates, they to be paid by the new corporation. "■ There will be a new issue of bonds to the amount of $3,000,000, bearing 5 per cent interest. It is also provided that at any time prior to March 5..1898, the new com pany may borrow to the extent of $500,000, with which to pay the present floating in debtedness or to make improvements. The cable lines are to be turned into electric lines at once, new cars will be built and the service will be improved in many ways. _. ' Eastern Operators Z,ease Oil lands, LOS ANGELES. March.23.— The Picker ing Land and Water , Company has leased 2500 acres of land to Eastern oil operators from New York and Pennsylvania. The capitalists believe that the ground will yield good returns in oil, and they propose to begin operations as soon as possible. :• If the venture proves successful an ex tensive plant with the latest style of ma chinery will be erected. Xievtenant-Oorfrnor Xlllard's ! Health. LOS ANGELES, March 23.— Attorney E. E. Galbreth received a 'letter from Lientenant-Governor Millard this morning in which Mr. Millard states that he is im proving daily in strength and spirits and that he expects to return to his home in this city shortly. Other reports concern ing the Lieutenant-Governor's health, ob tained from different sources, are to the same effect. ' . ' The Whittier Prayer Cure Case. LOS ANGELES, March 23.— The District ! Attorney is seriously considering - the matter of issuing a complaint in the case of Mrs. Alice Samis of Whittier, who died : of blood poisoning owing to the lack of proper care, due. to the belief of her hus band ana family in Christian Science or prayer cure. Conviction of a Highbinder* LOS ANGELES. Cal., March 23.— Louie Foo, one of the Chinese highbinders ac cused of having assaulted • Horn , Sock, a member of the opposing faction, was found | guilty to-day in the Superior Court of as- I sault with a deadly weapon. Sentence of a Slanderer. LOS ANGELES,. March 23.— Herman Harris", a young man who wrote defama tory matter on postal cards to Miss Wanda Wilson of Chicago, was- sentenced: to-day -1 to serve nine mouths in ' jf 'he Fresno County Tail. Itch* to Ma I:.' an Address. LOS ANGELES, March 23.— Eugene V. Debs is to speak at the Hazard Pavilion on the evening of March 28. ;;- SELMA'S IMAGE FACTORY. The Remains of Petrified Pre historic Women Made to Order. Sold in Job Lots at Market Rates— An Expose in a Justice's Court. SELMA, Cal., March 23.— H. K. Lem mon and George H. Woods were held to answer in the Superior Court by Justice of the Peace Tucker this morning on a charge of alleged fraud in connection with the sale of a bogus petrifaction. Bail was fixed at $1000 each. The preliminary examination has lasted three days in the Justice's Court here with closed doors. The evidence has given an expose of the petrified human body industry, which has given this section some notoriety in the past. In the summer of 1892 Leramon and Woods sold to R. V. Doggett of Kingston, Fresno County, a half-interest in what purported to be a stone woman, an al leged genuine petrifaction said to have been discovered in Cantua Canyon. Dog gett mortgaged his ranch and raised $2250, which he paid to Woods, Lemmon retain ing a half-interest in the petrifaction, one of a job lot of five produced at the Press Bozeman factory near Selma, as Bozeman himself testified to during the preliminary examination, all of which have been dis posed of at market rates. The material used was cement ana sand. The petrified woman bought by Doggett was in court and was a shapely- image. The abdomen had been pierced by a pre historic arrow, the head of which pro truded from the side. After buying the image Doggett, accompanied by Lemmon, went to Utah to exhibit it, Lemmon to share in the profits. The show was a fail ure and an exposure of the fraud followed. NAPA STABBING AFFRAY A Drunkard Attacks a Neighbor With a Butcher-Knife, i V , v i. ,; NAPA, March 23.— John Vaughn, while drunk, entered the home of Henri Koch while the latter was at supper last night, and for some imaginary grievance at tacked Koch with a large butcher-knife which lay handy. He struck Koch once over the ear, cutting a severe gash in the latter'f head, but Koch then overpowered him and took the knife away. Vaughn was arrested and taken to jail. Some three or four years ago a man named Scott shot Vaughn in a saloon row and it was thought the latter would die, but he finally recovered, and it now looks as though he would have to go to >San Quentin to keep company with his former assailant. XAPA, March 23.— A small dwelling located on Stewart street, owned by Ed Ryan, was burned early this morning. The building and its contents were both insured. The tenant occupying the house had been away several clays, and it is thought the fire was incendiary. Picano Murder Case. OROVILLE, March 23. — Charles Mc- Laughlin was tried here this week for the killing of Frank Picano nearChico on Jan uary 26. The jury was out fifty-four hours, but it disagreed and was discharged to-day at 1 o'clock. The second trial has been set for Monday next. THE PACIFIC COAST Discussing 1 the Lease of Water Front to the • Valley Road. : TEXT OF THE DOCUMENT. $- The * Harbor Commissioners Satisfied With the Terms of the Contract. GOV. BUDD'S , AMENDMENTS. The New Railroad Company's Rep resentatives Meet the State Officials at Sacramento. SACRAMENTO, March 23.— An impor tant conference was held in the Governor's office this afternon, resulting in a favora ble decision as to the lease of the proposed depot site for the Ran Joaquin Valley Rail road. The lease will be granted. Harbor Commissioners Cole, Chadbourne and Bas sett stated that they had not the slightest objection to offer to the signing of the doc nient, and President Colnon, although he has not as yet qualified, says he believes the lease to be perfectly fair and just. Governor Budd said he would consider the document, as he desires to thoroughly ex amine all the provisions and convince him self that it is fair in all its clauses to all the parties interested. Shortly after 12 o'clock to-day John D. Spreckels, Mayor Sutro of San ' Francisco,- Harbor Commissioners. Cole, Bassett and Chad bourne, Attorney Preston, Engineer Holmes of the State Harbor Commission and others entered the Governor's office and were cordially received by the execu tive. The map of the proposed depot site, as portrayed in this morning's Call, was •produced and spread upon the table and a general discussion of its merits was entered upon. After reading the description of the boundary lines of the desired tract Gov ernor Budd inquired if it would not be necessary within the next fifty years, owing to the growth of the city's commerce, to widen Channel at the intersection of Kentucky. Engineer Holmes replied that snch would probably be the case. - ; The Governor., replied: "Then: I would suggest taking fifty.feetfcff the east end of the proposed reservation in China Basin, for we must look to the future. \ I want to arrange this so as to make it possible to widen Channel . street, making it at least 200 feet ? from J , the east to the west line of : that through fa re." V ■ "•. W '..•■'..■ v . Engineer i Ho] ra«s? I stated lii at , it corJd be accomplished by cutting off a small corner, and Attorney Preston suggested that nothing^e taken off, but that a pro viso: be inserted in the document that, whenever^ it 'should be considered advis able to wfden Channel street, the railroad company should vacate whatever space become necessary to accomplish that ob ject. Governor Budd said he believed that would be satisfactory and Attorney Pres ton was requested to read the draft of the proposed lease. Before doing so the gen tleman explained that the document had been drawn in a hurried manner and was the original draft and that it was more than probable that several alterations would become necessary. He offered this explanation in advance to forestall any erroneous idea that might be formed, that the company he represented desired any thing that was not perfectly just and reasonable. If the document embodied any errors they were to be attributed to him personally and were purely uninten tional. He then read the draft of the lease, which is as follows: This indenture, made this day of . A. D. 1895, by and between Daniel T. Cole, F. S. Chadbourne and E. L. Colnon, constituting the Board of State Harbor Commissioners, together with James H. Budd, Governor of the State of California, and Adolph Sutro, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, ex officio members of said board and constituting a part of said board for the purposes of this lease, under and by virtue of the provisions of an act of the Legislature of the State of Cali fornia, hereinafter particularly mentioned, the party of the finst part, and the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company, a corporation duly organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Cali fornia, the party of the second part, witnesseth: That whereas by virtue of the provisions of an act of the Legislature of the State of Califor nia, entitled an act to amend an act entitled an ace to amend an act entitled an act to amend section 6 of an act entitled an act con cerning the water front of the city and county of San Francisco, approved March 15, 1878, and to confer further powers upon the Board of State Harbor Commissioners, approved March 17, 1890, approved March 19, 1889, conferring further powers upon the said board, approved March — , 1895, the State Board oi Harbor Commissioners, together with the Gov ernor of the State of California and the Mayor of the city and county of San Francisco, consti tuted members thereof for the purposes of said act and this lease, were empowered to lease for a period not exceeding Bfty years at a rental not exceeding $1000 per annum, to any rail road corporation incorporated in this State, and not having at the date of the passage of this act any terminal facilities in the city and county of Pan Francisco, any land belonging to the State, which is required for said pur poses, which lies adjacent or contiguous to any public street or streets designated upon the official map ot the city and county of San Francisco, and Wherkas, The party of the second part hereto Is a railroad corporation incorporated in this State and does not have now and did not have at the date of the passage of this act any terminal facilities from the city and county of San Francisco; and, Whereas, The tract of land hereinafter par ticularly described is the property of the State of California ami, in the judgment of said Board of State Harbor Commissioners, is a proper, fit and necessary location for the ter minal of said railroad corporation; and, Vi'hereab, At a meeting of said Board of State Harbor Commissioners, holden at the office of said hoard pursuant to notice, the said board, including the said Governor and the said Mayor, did, by a resolution regularly adopted, decide to lease to said the San Fran cisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Com pany, for the term of fifty years, at a rental of $1000 per annum, the whole ol the land here inafter described for the purposes aforesaid, and that a proper lease thereof be executed to said corporation; Now, therefore, this indenture witness-eth that the said party of the first part as the Board of State Harbor Commissioners does by these presents lease, devise and let unto the said party of the second part all that certain piece or parcel of land situated within the city and county of San Francisco, State of Califor nia, more particularly described as follows : Commencing at the intersection of the south line of Channel street with the east line of Kentucky street (Kentucky street being 80 feet in width); thence east at right angles with the said line of Kentucky street to the inner line of the seawall and thoroughfare estab lished by act of Legislature March 15, 1878; thence southerly along said inner line of the thoroughfare to the northerly line of Fourth street (Fourth street being eighty feet in width); thence northwesterly along said northerly line of Fourth street to the westerly line of Kentucky street; thence north along said line of Kentucky street to the point of beginning, containing twenty-four and one quarter (24^) acres of land, more or less.which said parcel lies adjacent to two or more public streets designated upon the official map of the city and county of Ban Francisco, for the term of fifty (50) years from the — day of March, 1895, until the — day of March, 1945, at the yearly rent or sum of $1000, payable in gold coin of the United States of America yearly in advance on the — day of March of each year during said term. It is further agreed that if any rent shall be due and unpaid, or if default shall be made in any of the covenants herein contained, it shall be lawful for said party of the first part to re enter said premises and remove all persons therefrom, and the said party of the second part does hereby covenant, promise and agree to pay the said party of the first part the said rent in the manner hereinbefore specified, and that at the expiration of said term the said party of the second part will quit and surrender the said premises in as good state and condition as reasonable use and wear thereof will permit. All improvements and structures erected by said party upon said land herein demised shall revert to and become the property of the State of California upon the expiration or ter mination oi this lease. The lease shall not be assigned, and is made subject to and expressly upon the condition tha| said corporation, the party of the second part, shall proceed within six (6) months within the date hereof to improve said premises as and for the use for which this land is demised, to wit: For the terminal purposes of said railroad, and shall proceed thereafter with reasonable diligence to construct such improvements, and in the event of failure to improve the same or some part thereof within said .six (6) months this lease shall cease and determine and become absolutely null and void. Provided, further, that nothing herein con tained shall be construed to affect the rights of the people of the State of California oi the Board of State Harbor Commissioners from col lecting wharfage, dockage and tolls and in the general rates and charges established by said board at any seawall, pier, slip or wharf con structed in or about said demised premises by said Board of State Harbor Commissioners. Provided further, that the said demised premises shall be used solely for the purposes of said railroad, the San Francisco and San Jo&quin Valley Railway Company, and for no other purpose whatever. And provided further, that should Channel street be widened at any time and it become necessary that any portion of the demised premises described in Mie lease should be used therefor, such portion of said premises shall be hereinafter expressly excepted from the opera tions of this lease. At the conclusion of the reading of the document Governor Budd suggested that two immediate alterations be made. One was that the date of the period of the ex piration of the lease be changed from 2045 to 1945. Attorney Preston explained that it was a clerical i»rror. "I am well satisfied that such is the case," ! rejoined the Governor. "I did not suppose it was an attempt to get a lease for 150 years, although I am discovering 'bugs' in a great many bills at the present time." Mr. Spreckels explained that railroading was a new business to him, and he person ally desired to have nothing but what was open and above board and what would bear the light of investigation. "I understand that fully," replied Gov ernor Budd, "and do not wish to condemn the lease. I was joking." Then he added facetiously, "Did you'think I considered that you mipht be getting worse than the Central Pacific?" Mr. Spreckels smilingly rejoined that no one could tell what one would develop into after they had been mixed up in railroad business for a time. The other correction that the Governor considered necessary was the annulment of the word "appurtenances" in connection with that clause of the document referring to the decision of the Board of Harbor Commissioners to effect the lease of the land and appurtenances to the company. "The only visible appurtenances are the streets, and we don't want to give the ap plicant the control of the public thorough fares," said the Governor. After a rapid computation of distances Governor Budd stated that he found that the projected improvements instead of de tracting from the city's revenues would give an additional stretch of water front to the city and increase the amount yearly collected for wharfage, dockage, etc. "I have heard a great outcry of late that the granting of this terminal site meant a steal or grab of the city's waterfront," said Governor Budd. "Now, I don't see any thing in this document that indicates any desire on the part of this new company to compass any grab of the city's water front. On the contrary, they do not ask for such privileges. They increase materially, by their projected improvements, the present frontage. How much water front will San Francisco gain by the operation?" he con cluded, turning to Engineer Holmes. "Just about 300 feet," answered Holmes. President Colnon then requested to be informed as to the probable cost that would accrue to make the property avail able for shipping. "If you mean the cost of building a sea wall, fully $1,000,000," answered Engineer Holmes, "but the company would be obliged to erect a retaining wall so that the work of tilling in could be accom plished. This would cost $78,000. and it is probable that they could enter into a com bination with the State and built a seawall, and in this way lighten the expense to both parties." "That is a subject that must be left to the Harbor Commissioners,'' interposed Governor Budd. "What would be the cost of erecting a wharf?" "The amount of wharf needed is 2400 run ning feet, and will cost $48,000," answered Holmes. Mayor Sutro of_ San Francisco then ad dressed the Governor and requested the in sertion in the document of a proviso to the effect that the lease of terminal facili ties become null and vo"id if the road enter in coalition with any other road, and that if ever it became other than a competing road the lease be rescinded. "You don't mean any other road, Mayor?" suggested the Governor. "You mean any competing roads. In my opin ion it would be a good thing to connect with some road having an Eastern ter minus, and I predict that such a connec tion will be applied for by a tra nsconti nental line as soon as 200 feet of rails are laid." "I am heartily in favor of this enter Continued cm Second JPaae, PRICE FIVE CENTS. THE PACIFIC COAST A Madera Outlaw's Bold Run for Liberty at Reedley. ESCAPES HIS PURSUERS. Swims Kings River While the Bullets Patter About His Head. GAINS THE SHORE UNHURT. The Posse Hopes to Capture the Fugitive as He Is Traveling Barefooted. FRESNO, March 23.— James Lawson, the would-be wife-murderer and outlaw, was discovered near Reedley at 5:30 this after noon by Constable Street of that place and a posse of four men, who opened tire as he ran. Lawson reached Kings River.nlove into it and escaped by swimming across amid a shower of bullets. Lawson broke jail at Madera some weeks ago, and since then he has been in the mountains eluding the officers. About two weeks ago he went to a ranch on Kings River owned by a Swede by the name of Strelbw, for whom he worked. Strelow did not know that the man was the outlaw until he himself let the secret out. When the officers heard to-day that Lawson was on the river they went to Strelow's place and found the outlaw at the barn unload ing hay from a wagon. Constable Street was asking f Strelow where the outlaw could be found, when Lawson jumped down from the load on the opposite side from which the officer was standing with his revolver and started on a run through an orchard toward the river, which runs only a short distance from Strelow's barn. He had .gone about forty rods when his pursuer saw him. The officers followed, firing rapidly as they ran. Before reaching the river Lawson pulled off his shoes so that he could swim more quickly, and then plunged into the stream. Several times as he swam toward the opposite bank he turned and made fun of the officers, who were firing as rapidly as possible. As nearly as the officers could see their shots did not take effect. Lawson ran up the bank and followed the river for some distnce. Tne country is flat, but covered with trees, and the aesperado dodged from one shelter to another until the officers lost sight of him. The foothills come within four or five miles of the river at that place, and Lawson was evidently trying to get into some of his retreats there. The posse pressed after him, and were confident of overtaking him before he could leave the flat land. Lawson was at a great dis advantage, as he was in his stocking feet, and the surface of the ground is rocky. They thought it likely also that he would try to go to some house to get dry clothing, when they would have an opportunity of overtaking him. They are now m hot pursuit. ___^____^^_ Utah Constitutional Convention. SALT LAKE, Utah, March 23.— The con stitutional convention spent most of the afternoon in the discussion of sections 10, 11 and 12 of the report on the preamble and declaration of rights. Section 10, referring to juries, was amended, making the num ber of men seven on a Grand Jury, and that five of the seven could return an in dictment. To-day was the last day that propositions for insertion in the constitu tion can be received, and next week will probably show some positive results on the work in hand. San Jose Grangers Approve a Hill. SAN JOSE, March 23.— At the regular weekly meeting of the San Jose Grange to-day there was an extended aiscussion on the mutual insurance bill. There was a unanimous expression in favor of the measure, and the secretary was directed to send a dispatch to Governor Budd urging him to sign the bill. Quakers Are Coining. LOS ANGELES, March 23.— A large party of Quakers have arrived here from Indiana and more are soon to come from New England. Their presence is due to the fact that the annual Quaker meeting is to be held next week at \Vhittier, where the first Quaker church in the State has been organized. Another Davis Contest. BTTTTE, Mont., March 23.— 1n the Dis trict Court here to-day Harriet Sheffield and Henry A. Davis of New York tiled a contest of the alleged will of the late A. J Davis, millionaire banker, who died here a few years ago. The contestants are the children of Asa Davis, brother of the dead man. The case was set for June 11. unsmnss aeoi COPPER RIVETED OYIRALLS AND MM BOTTOM PANTS. EVERY PAIR GUARANTEEtt. fOR SALE EVERYWHERE*