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VOLUME LXXVII.-NO. 108.
THE PACIFIC SLOPE. Rain Baffles the Hunters of the Angels Stage- Robber. OBLITERATED TRACKS. Messenger Hendricks Confi dent That He Wounded the Lone Road Agent. NO TRACES OF BLOOD FOUND. Stockton Officers Unable to Ob tain the Slightest Clew to the Masked Bandit. STOCKTON, Cat.., March 27. -Officers who have been making an effort to capture the robber who attempted to hold up the ttii^e from Valley Springs to Angels, five miles from the latter place, at 7:30 last night, have so far been unsuccessful, as the tracks of the robber have' been obliterated by last night's heavy Tain. • Messenjrer Hendiicks who fired the charge from Kith barrels of his shotgun at the robber, pays he saw the man rise from behind a brush fence and heard him call out ••Halt," but the two passengers and the driver did not see the man or hear his voice. Persons who went to the scene of the shooting to-day did not find anything to show that anybody had been hurt. The messenger is positive that the robber had a gun, and that his face was covered with a mask made of sacking. He had on a black shirt, but as the night was dark a further description of the ro&ber cannot be given. , XEW T ALLEY ROAD ROVTES. Engineer Story Tisits Stockton to See Thai Section, o /' Country. STOCKTON, Cai.., March 27. — W. B. Btory Jr., the engimer-iu-chief of the new valley railroad, arrived here to-night to look over this section in order to make a report to the directors to-morrow evening. Mr. Story came alone, and did not desire any publicity in regard to his movements. He had no opinions to give in regard to routes, as a matter of course, but showed in his talk that he has a thorough knowl edge of all the surveys that have been made in this section and down the valley for railroad purposes. Ate Toadstools for Mushrooms. STOCKTON, Cal., March 27.— A family namecL Maroon, living near Comanche, and resisting of Mr. and Mrs. Muroon and their •TMjVnd child, ate toadstools which were nustarv?ft for mushrooms last Sunday. They became very sick soon after having eaten the poisonous fungi, and Sunday night the child died from the effects of the poisoning. Last Monday Mr. Maroon died and he was buried yesterday at Clem ents. Mrs. Maroon is very sick and is ex pected to die to-day or to-morrow. The Rainfall. STOCKTON, Cal., March 27.— The rain fall here up to this evening is about .39 of an inch, making .87 of an inch for the month. The rain has been general in this section and .has done much good. SANTA ROSA CHURCH FEUD. A Presbyterian Preacher Re signs in Order to Re store Peace. The En-ding of a Strife Between Factions of the Con gregation. SANTA ROSA. Cat,., March 27. —The church feud in the Presbyterian church, the largest and most wealthy denomina tion in Santa Rosa, reached a climax "Wednesday night, when an important meeting was hpld at the Presbyterian church to take further actionjin regard to the pastoral relations of the Rev. John Reid Jr. As a result the minister resigned. At a previous meeting, held on Friday evening last, there was considerably dis cussion over the matter and a resolution was made and carried by a majority of ten votes that Rev. Mr. Reid be installed as pas tor. Two years ago he had been regularly called, but had never been installed, owing to circumstances with which he personally had nothing to do. In the meantime some opposition to- him sprung up, and matters reached a crisis last week when the motion to install him was made. The opposition party, led by several influ ential members of the church, were not satisfied with* the vote and at the meeting to-night intended to calL for a reconsidera tion and recast of the vote. They were forestalled, however, by the action of Pas tor Reid in resigning, or more properly speaking in returning the call given him by the church two years ago. His friends were unanimous in urging him to fight to the last ditch, but he decided not to involve the members further in a church war that would only bring trouble to the church. He expressed himself as willing to sacrifice himself and not insist upon his rights rather than proceed further in the contro versy. The opposition party were either un willing or could not formulate charges against their pastor. The dislike began with a few members opposed to him from the start, and they have succeeded in im buing others with the same ideas until the opposition is quite formidable. Had Rev. Mr. Keid remained the opposition intended to withdraw their support. As it is his friends will, in all probability, leave the Presbyterian church and affiliate hereafter with other churches here. Rev. Mr. Reid will cease his relations with the church on June 90. ■-+. IX SAXTJI CRUZ JAIL. A Passer of Worthless Cheeks Comet to Grief. SANTA CRUZ, Cal., March 27.— G. F. Gerrad was arrested here last night for at tempted fraud. Gerrad came here three weeks ago and The San Francisco Call. represented that he was about to establish an ire plant. He gave a check for fl'2 on the First National Bank of Ban Francisco for two weeks' board. The check was not honored, as he had no funds in the bank. Then he said he had about ftSOO in a bank at Eureka, but when requested to give a check on that bank he refused. He was then arrested. He says his real name is G. T. Morgan. All he had with him was 45 cents in cash and a satchel. ASTORIA FEARS FOR THE CUPICA. I'reraUing Opinion That the Tin-Laden Bark Has Foundered. ASTORIA, Or., March 27.— At last a feeling of apprehension is beginning to come over men in shipping circles at this port regarding the British bark Cupica, now 189 days out from Liverpool with a cargo of tin for Astoria. A representative of Balfour, Guthrie & Co., who was in Astoria to-day from Port land, stated that his lirni had given up the Cupica as lost. She is a hard vessel to handle in rough weather and with a cargo aboard which is all dead weight and no spring, like grain, would have made the chances for her safety against her. Cannerymen here have ceased to hope for her arrival and have made preparations to use American tinplate for the salmon run. The Railroad to lie Ituiit. ASTORIA. Ob., March 27.— J. C. Staton of Detroit arrived this morning and imme diately made arrangements to commence work on the Astoria-^ oble railroad Satur day morning. Work will begin at Tongue Point on the eastern limits of the city and continue east. A corps of engineers will start over the line to-morrow morning. A SONOMA LAND CASE ENDS. Settlers on the Pena Grant Gain a Victory in the Courts. Clouds Removed From Titles and Administrator Fitch Ousted. HEALDSBURG, Cal., March 27.— There is general rejoicing among the settlers of the Tzabaco Rancho over the decisive vic tory won by Mrs. Wisecarver, one of their number, against William Fitch, as ad ministrator of the estate of Antonio Pena, deceased, which results in the quieting of title and the revocation of Fitch's letters of administration. The Tzabaco Rancho is a body of land comprising over 1,000,000 acres, and em bracing the central portion of the famous Dry Creek Valley and the Geyserville dis trict. It was an old Mexican grant, for merly owned by Pena, and is now occupied by 251 prosperous families. Two years and a half ago William Fitch, as administrator of the Pena estate, brought suit to recover an undivided one h'fth interest in the property. A mass meeting of those interested was called, and the settlers decided to act on the defensiye. Several of the most able lawyers of Sonoma County were employed by the landholders. So the case rested until last January. At that time Mrs. Wisecarver desired to sell part of her property, and as a cloud rested on the title this could not be done. Through her attorney, J. W. Oates, she instituted suit against Fitch to forever quiet title, and a decision wa9 rendered yesterday quieting and perfecting the title, and an order was also made revoking Fitcn's letters of administration. This is a great victory for the settlers, for the Wisecarver suit was a test case. TH ERX SEALERS JiROHXED. The Fleet From British Columbia and Washington Meet Hough Weather. VICTORIA, B. C, March 27.— Mail ad vices from sealers in Japanese waters are to the effect that they had terrible weather in crossing the Paciiic. On January 18, while the schooner Casco was off San Francisco, the first mate, Arthur Pennell, an Englishman, aged 50 years, was swept overboard and drowned. On Februar3 T 24, while in Asiatic waters. Charles Parker, a young American sea man on the Ocean Belle, fell from aloft and was drowned. Besides the above, the Diana, Marvin, Agnes McDonald, Geneva, Viva, Vera and Sadetta of Seattle have arrived. Nearly all are damaged in some way. SHARPERS AT WOODLAND. An Italian Grocer Foils Two Bunko Men of the Same Nationality. The Old Tin-Box Game Did Not at All Tempt a Shrewd Merchant. WOODLAND, Cal.. March 27. — Two Italian sharpers have found their match in A. Pinto, a groceryman of the same nationality, who owns a store in this city. A few days ago a young Italian called on Pinto and said that he had heard that the groceryman wanted to sell out. Pinto said that he would sell if he could get the price he wanted and sell a piece of property near town. The stranger went away and re turned later with a man whom he pre sented as his uncle. The trio drove out to the property, and, after a great deal of haggling, agreed on $7.%0 as the price. They had a tin box with them that they said contained $3000, which they wanted Pinto to keep until they could return with the balance. Pinto wanted to deposit the box in the bank, but the strangers pro tested that they did not believe in banks. When they drove to town Pinto wanted the box opened, and when Mrs. Pinto also insisted that its contents be disclosed, the sharpers withdrew and have not since been seen. It is supposed that they wanted to accuse Pinto of stealing the $3000 when they returned and opened the box, which would probably have been bare ot coin. ... .^.v-jji Due to "Foul Flay.'L WASHINGTON, D. C, March 27.-The Coroner of the District of Columbia held an inquest to-day over George D. Bahen the Georgetown University football player' who died from injuries received from play ing football. The jury's verdict was that Bahen came to his death by foul play for which he was unable to fix the responsibility. The tes timony was that the play was most brutal. SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 28, 1895. TRUE SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE'S ROAD THROUGH THE VALLEYS, The Broad Plains of the San Joaquin and the Fertile Santa Clara Orchards Ought to Immediately Respond in a Substantial Manner. The San Joaquin Valley Railroad is to be a people 's railroad. It is, therefore, proper that the people of the San Joaquin Valley and Santa Clara Valley should express their intentions in regard to the manner in which they will support it after it is completed. The peo ple living in the San Joaquin Valley, who feel that a change of con ditions is necessary, who feel that a competing road would benefit them, ought to make definite expression as to what support they will afford to the enterprise which is calculated to bring them relief. Looking in this direction, the "Call 11 has prepared and will distribute among the residents of the San Joaquin Valley and the Santa Clara Valley blank pledges, which, when properly made out and signed, signify that the signers will for five years give to the new road all the support and encouragement within their power. These pledges will be simply worded, and will contain only a stip ulation that the persons signing them will patronize the new road where the rates are as low as, or lower than, those of the old established company. In order to secure necessary and valuable statistical information, there will be blank spaces, in which each person signing this contract will be requested to specify the num ber of tons shipped annually by him and the average general cost of such shipments. The "Call 11 intends to establish a roll of honor, in which the names of those who sign such agreement will be published from time to time. It may happen that some dealers are in positions where publication of their intentions in this regard might bring them trouble. It may be that they fear retaliatory action from some quarter. In that event, upon request, the names would not be published, but would be held sacredly private, the information be ing furnished only to the responsible managers of the San Fran cisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company. After the road shall be completed and no further occasion exists for keeping the names from the public, if so desired the "Call 11 would print a second roll of honor, according to all who have pledged their sup port the credit that is due to them. While it may seem strange that such a precaution should be nec essary in California, the existence of such a necessity is the strongest argument that can be used for the building of a new road and for every true citizen to toward its support. MURDER AT SELMA. A Husband Shoots the Traducer of His Wife. SEQUEL TO A SCANDAL. Publication of a Posthumous Apology an Hour After the Shooting. RETRACTION OF THE SLANDER. A Church Congregation Had Previ ously Exonerated the Woman of All Blame. SELMA, Cau, March 27.— T. B. Balthrop was shot and instantly killed in Kil bourne's drugstore at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon by G. F. Jordan. The shooting was the result of a scandal which has been under investigation by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church this week, to which Mrs. Jordan and Balthrop were parties. Balthrop was the author of the charge that reflected on Mrs. Joraan. The church court exonerated Mrs. Jordan. Jordan and his wife are living apart, and Mrs. Jordan's application for divorce is now on lile in the Superior Court. She had been running a restaurant here in partnership with Balthrop, but as a result of the scandal the partnership was dis solved and the restaurant was closed this morning. This afternoon Edward Powell, the cook, went to the country and told Jordan to come to town to defend his wife. Jordan armed himself and drove in furiously from his ranch south of town. Balthrop was on the sidewalk near Kilbourne's drugstore when Jordan drove up and, jumping out, accosted him. Th« men quarreled and Balthrop struck at Jordan, who had a 44 --caliber revolver in his band. Balthrop then stepped back into the drugstore, when Jordan fired, and Balthrop went down with a bullet in his heart. As he staggered he drew his revolver, but it fell from his hand uncocked. Jordan was placed under arrest and sent to Fresno to jail. T. B. Balthrop is a brother of J. W. Bal throp, of the firm of Balthrop <fc Estes, gro cers. The dead man had to-day written the following statement for publication, which appeared in the evening paper an hour after the murder. I wish to acknowledge to the public that cer tain statements alleged to have been made by me derogatory to the character of Mrs. Josie Jordan, and which have been generally circulated to the injury of both Mrs. Jordan and myself, were and are unqualifiedly false. Such statements, If made at all by me, were so made about fourteen months ago, and I de clined to make any denial of such statements to the church committee last Monday because I entertained the mistaken idea that the best way to hush the matter up was to refuse to make any statement. I had, however, previously denied that ther was any truth in the statements reported to have been made by me. I regret that I have been instrumental in causing any snch scandal and am willing to consent to any equitable and fair arrangement which will satisfy Mrs. Jor dan. I do not wish to be understood as questioning the veracity of the persons who reported that I made to them such statements concerning Mrs. Jordan, but I do say that I have no recollection of hiving made such statements, and that if I made such statements I was at the time under the influence of liquor and did not know what I was saying, and further that such statements if made by me were and are uutrue. T. B. Balthrop. Jordan said that he had been informed of the scandal, and that when he asked Balthrop about it the latter refused to answer but struck at .him, and attempted to draw his revolver. Jordan says he got his pistol out first and shut Balthrop. Balthrop was a single man and came of a good family. Jordan has two small chil dren and is also well connected. NEWS OF LOS ANGELES. Indications Point to a Strike of Plumbers Against Lower Pay. The Masters Insist That a Cut in Wages Is Neces sary. LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 27.— Trouble is looked for soon between master plumbers and journeymen in this city owing to a proposed reduction in wages paid the latter. The journeymen have been notified that after April 1 but $3 a day will be paid for work instead of $4, as heretofore. In consequence it is expected that a strike will occur unless a compro mise rate is reached, as the men are not satisfied with the new schedule. Master plumbers say that their patrons are objecting to exorbitant charges, and that they are therefore compelled to make the cut. Southern Teachers' Convention. LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 27.-The Southern California Teachers' Association met in annual session here this evening. They will meet each day during the re mainder of the week. Professors T. J. Bailey, C. B. Bradley, W. B. Flagg, W. C. Jones, Frederick Slute and Irvine String ham of the State University are here to attend the meeting. Electricity for Motive Power. LOS ANGELES, Cal., March 27.— The Electric Railway Company under its new management is making arrangements to put all cable «nd horse lines under electric power in connection with the system. The company now controls twenty-five miles of road operated by cable and norses, in addition to the electric roads. Accused of Robbery. LOB ANGELES, Cal., March 27.— Thomas B. Wallace, a well-known employe of the Southern Pacific Railroad, was ar rested this morning, charged with having robbed J. D. Gillelen of $350 in a saloon while the latter was drunk. A Napa Knife Wielder's Arrest. NAPA, Cal., March 27.— John Vaughn, who recently made an attack on Henri Kock with a butcher-knife, inflicting two superficial wounds, has been held for trial in $500 bonds. MYSTERY OF NEWARK. No Clew to the Person Who Shot Wo Song to Death. IT IS A STRANGE CASE. The Chinaman's Body Found on the Threshold of His Lonely Cabin. A BULLET HAD PERFORATED HIM Theories That a Stray Ball From a Hunter's Rifle or a Chinese Enemy Killed Him. IRVINGTON. Cal., March 27.— Mystery surrounds the killing of Wo Song, a China man, who was found dead in the doorway of his cabin with a bullet wound in his body, on Sunday afternoon. Whether Wo Song was murdered by a countryman of his or whether a stray bullet from a marks man's rifle inflicted the death wound may never be known. The little shanty in which Wo Song lived was beside the narrow - gauge railway tracks between Newark and Alviso. There is a drawbridge near the place. It was Farmer Bosqui who happened along that way on Sunday, and observing the re cumbent form went to see what ailed the Chinaman. The farmer found that the cooly was dead. The authorities were notified and the Coroner summoned a jury. They heard the meager evidence in the case and then rendered a verdict that Wo Song came to his death from the effects of a gunshot wound at the hands of unknown parties. Several theories have been advanced to account for the manner in which the Chi naman received his death wound. One is that some hunters from San Francisco were shooting at a target and that one of the bullets went wild of its mark and struck Song as he was standing In his cabin door. This is not a very plausible story and more are inclined to think that an enemy of the Chinaman called him to the door of his shanty and then shot him. THE CARS ON MIJfT STEAL. Bogus Bullion Alleged to Have Been Sub stituted for Gold. CARSON, Nkv., March 27.— Another sensational development in the Carson mint loot case, involving the theft of $65,000 of gold bullion, came to light this evening, and if the story be substantiated, it would point to a conspiracy on the part of mint officials or employes to rob the Government. The Tribune this evening makes the statement, claiming that it comes from an authoritative source, that bogus bar bul lion, composed of some valueless com position, was discovered to have been sub stituted for the bar gold bullion to cover up the mint shortage. This is one of the bars, it is alleged, received by the present melter and refiner, Harris, from tne pre vious administration, at stamped value. Rumors are current that arrests will shortly be made, but nothing definite can be learned. Grief of Orphans at Carson. CARSON, New, March 27.— Every in mate of the State Orphans' Home in this city shed tears this evening when Superin tendent Grimmon announced to the chil dren that they would no longer be under his care. The scene was so affecting that Mr. Grimmon was unable to witness it, and left the children crying as though their hearts would break. Mr. Beebe of Reno was appointed to succeed Superintendent Grimmon to-day by the Board of Capitol Commissioners. THE I' Sir ATE CLAIMS BILZ. It May Be Signed, but There Is lioubl as to Its Effect. SACRAMENTO, Cal., March 17.— That Governor Budd will affix his signature to Assembly bill 1026, "An act to provide for the payment of all private claims al lowed by the Legislature of the thirty-first session out of the revenues of the forty seventh fiscal year," is acknowledged by all who are supposed to be cognizant of the different claims affected by the measure. Speculation is rife as to the effect the sign ing of the bill will have upon the numer ous claims involved. First there is a flaw and a serious one in the title. The first section of the bill pro vides for the payment of all private claims allowed at the thirty-lirst session of the Legislature out of the receipts of the forty seventh fiscal year. This section is mentioned in the title of the bill and must perforce become a law, providing the Governor signs the bill. The framer of the measure has neglected to in sert in the title any allusion to the second section of the bill, which provides that the State Board of Examiners shall be author ized to inquire into all claims passed by the Legislature and cut down any one of them which they deem exorbitant. According to section 24 of article IV of the constitution any subject embraced in an act must be expressed in its title to be valid, still the act itself shall not become void, only so much thereof as shall not be expressed in its title. The application of this section to the second clause of Assembly bill 1026 has aroused grave doubts in the gubernatorial mind as to the advisability of signing many personal claim bills, among which may be numbered the Jordan claim. Gov ernor Budd fully acknowledges that a cer tain portion of this claim is just and should be liquidated, but says that there are too many accessories to the bill, and the amount involved is altogether 100 serious to trust to the provisos expressed in the second clause of Assembly bill 1026, when there is no surety but said clause may be declared null and void. The matter has been submitted to the Attorney-General, who will probably ren der his decision to-morrow, and upon that decision hangs the fate of numerous claim bills. Many of them are to a certain ex tent just and valid, but too many other claims have been added. Nor will the At torney-General's decision, should it be against clause 2 of bill 1026, affect the claim bills alone. There are other im portant bills possessing defective titles that will be affected and lost. SACRAMENTO PERJURY CASE Accusation of False Swearing Against a Well-known Contractor. Passing Away of One of the Pio neers and a Merchant of '49. SACRAMENTO, Cal., March 27.-.Tames Touhey, a well-known contractor, was ar rested this morning on complaint of Oscar E. Henley on a charge of perjury. Touhey furnished bonds in the sum of $1000. The complaint grows out of a civil action by O. E. Henley to recover $114 from Touhey. It is alleged that "while under oath Touhey swore that he did not tell Dick Corsaw that he (Touhey) would pay him (Corsaw) the amount of an order, about $32; that he, said Touhey, had no money at that time, but would pay him (Corsaw) in a short time, whereas in truth and in fact said Touhey did make such statements to Corsaw, which said statements, so made by Touhey while under oath in said action, were material and relevant matters in the case then on issue in said Justice's court." FIONEER FIGG DEAD. One of the '49 Merchants of Sacramento Passes A.way. SACRAMENTO, Cal., March 27.— E. P. Figs, a farmer and a pioneer, died in this city this morning. Mr. Figg was a native of Danville, Ky., aged 76 years. Before he had reached his majority Mr.' Eigg engaged in the fur busi ness at St. Louis, and in 1844 he removed to Lexington, Mo. In the spring of 1849 Mr. Figg left Lexington with a party in- an ox team for California, arriving in Sacramento in September of the same year, and put ting up under* some big trees where the Golden Eagle Hotel now stands. By hard work he acquired some capital and engaged successfully in the wholesale trade in miners' supplies and provisions. In the fire of 1852 he lost $61,000. At that time the firm was Billiard, Figg& Co. They, re built with a brick structure and continued, the business a year, when Mr. Figg bought out the interests of the others and contin ued 5 the business alone. Afterward Mr. Figg dealt extensively in flour, where the Pioneer Mills are now. Latterly Mr. Figg, while retired from active business life, has been engaged in the shipment of fruit grown on his own ranch down the river, and also in the wholesale trade in salt. Besides '-. his wife, Mr. Figg leaves a son, Edward F. Figg. Raid on Chinese Opium-Dealers. SACRAMENTO, Cal., March 27.—Rev enue inspectors from San Francisco raided Chinatown .in ; this city this evening and captured between 50 and 100 five-tael cans of unstamped opium and , a large quantity of ; opium c stamps which had been sweated from empty i cans. Two W Chinamen were placed under; arrest, and will be taken to San Francisco to-morrow. Condition of the Treasury- WASHINGTON, D. C, March 27.—To day's statement of the condition of the Treasury shows: Available cash balance, $186,039,925; gold reserve, $90,699,977. PRICE FIVE CENTS. GOV. BUDD'S ECONOMY, Trims the Appropria tions Made by the State Legislature. REASONS FOR VETOES. Some Items Are Illegal, Others Duplications and Several Unnecessary. NO AID FOR THE DISTRICT FAIRS. The Executive Adheres to His Policy as Outlined in His Inaugural Address. SACRAMENTO, Cal., March 27.— 1n his review of the general appropriation bill Governor Budd has issued the following digest: This bill, bein« Assembly bill .617, en titled "An act making 'appropriations for the support of the government of the State of Cali fornia for the forty-seventh and forty-eighth fiscal years," is approved, with the exceptions of the following items, to which I object: To the support of Whitiier State School, $245,000. This item is objected to and not approved for the reason that the support of said Whittier School for the forty-seventh and forty-eighth fiscal years is provided for in a separate and in dependent bill, which has been already ap proved. For the purchase of periodicals, scientific ap paratus and use of library museum and furni ture at the San Jose Normal School, $7000. These items are objected to and not approved for the reason that the sums are excessive and may be taken from the amount appropriated for the support of said institution by and with the consent of the Board of Examiners when the same is found to be necessary. For the care and improvement of grounds at the San Jose Normal School, $3000. This item is objected to and not allowed for the reason that a separate bill for the care and improvement of said grounds has already been passed by the Legislature and approved by me. For the purchase of scientific apparatus and periodicals and use of library and museum at the Los Angeles Normal School, $4500. These items are objected to and not approved for the reason that the same are excessive and may be taken from the amount appropriated for the support of said institution by and with the consent of the Board of Examiners, when the same is found to be necessary, and further more the same are provided for by Senate bill 104, approved by message. For the purchase of scientific apparatus and periodicals and use of library and museum at Chico Normal School, $2500. These items are objected to for the same reasons as apply to the San Jose institution. For orphans and half-orphans, $650,000. This item is not approved for the reason that by and under article IV, section 29, of the constitution of the State of California this item cannot be included in a general appropriation bill. The sum of $322,500 for the aid of agricul tural districts 1 to 45. This item is objected to and not approved for the reason that the same is excessive and not necessary and is an uncalled-for tax upon the people of the Slate of California and also for the causes set forth In my Inaugural address, delivered upon January 11, 1895, which are as follows: The agricultural societies as now managed are of but little or no benefit to the people; there is but slight competition between classes or sections, and but small rivalry in anything except horseracing. Three annual fairs, one south of Tehaohapi, one between that point and Sacramento, and one north of Sacramento, would serve better to stimulate a wholesome spirit of emulation and rivalry than the present plan of a fair in nearly every county en couraged by State aid. The place of meeting shtfuld be changed yearly, and an annual appropriation of $5000 for each would be amply buflicient, in addi tion to the means provided by local directors. Three distinct societies and one State society would be far better than the existing system. . And, further, because of the figures given in such inaugural address, showing that while California was the twenty-second in popula tion, it was first in rank of expenditures for its agricultural fairs. Had the appropriations for the district agricultural fairs been reduced to reasonable figures, I would have willingly ap proved of aid to them until a proper system could have been inaugurated, but under the circumstances and in view of the hard times, it is impossible for me to approve of any appro priation for any fair except the State fair. The Governor to-day approved many bills. The Assembly bills approved are: A. B. 249— T0 provide for the incorporation and management of co-onerative associations. A. B. 332— T0 authorize the beard of trustees of the Southern California State Asylum for Insane and Inebriates to convey certain water rights. A. B. 479— Relative to registration of voteri. A. B. 004— To amend section 1 of an act to promote the purity of elections by regulating the conduct thereof, and to support the privi lege of free suffrage by prohibiting certain acts and privileges in relation thereto and pro viding for the punishment thereof. A. B. 701— R*>!aing to the powers and dutieg of the trustees of the Southern California In sane Asylum and Inebriates. A. B. 751— Providing for a general primary election in the State of Califor nia and to promote the purity thereof by regulating the conduct thereof, and to support the privilege of free suffrage thereof by pro hibiting certain acts and practices in relation thereto, and providing for the punishment thereof. A. B. 757— Relating to the redemption of property sold under execution. A. B. 756— Sullivan and Sullivan Brothers, for legal services, $8645. A. B. 413— Segregating of State contracts. A. B. 568— Fish and game law. A. B. 897— T0 provide for the levy and col lection of taxes by ami for the use of muni cipal corporations and cities incor porated under the laws of the State of California, except municipal corpora tions of the first class, and to provide for the consolidation and abolition of certain mu nicipal offices and to provide that their duties may be performed by certain officers of the county, and fixing the compensation to be al lowed for such officers for the services so ren dered to such municipal corporation*. A. B. 624— Support of Southern California In sane Asylum, $25,000. The following Senate bills were ap proved : S. B. 275— Relating to the purchase of toll roads by counties. S. B. 281— To add a new section to the Politi cal Code to be known and designated as "sec tion 3022^," relating to the erection, furnish ing, maintenance and government of hospitals and homes for inebriates in Counties, and cities and counties of this State, where land has heretofore been reserved and set apart for said purpose; to provide for the commit ment of dipsomaniacs and inebriates thereto, and also to repeal an act entitled "An act re lating to the Home of Inebriates at San Fran cisco and to prescribe the powers and duties of the board of managers and the office thereof." S. B. 349— T0 amend section lof an act to