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VOLUME LXXVII.— NO. 110.
STOCKTON IS CHOSEN. Starting Point of the San Joaquin Valley Road. DECISION OF DIRECTORS. The Dirt Will Fly Within Sixty Days and Work Will Be Pushed. GRANTING OF ' CONCESSIONS. The City and People Will Give Valu able Franchises, Rights-of-Way and Terminal Lands. STOCKTON, Cal.. March 29.— The San Joaquin Valley Railroad will start from Btockton. That was practically agreed upon to night. Within sixty days, work on the road to Bakorsfield will be begun and pushed rapidily forward to completion. Every thing asked by the directors of the San Joaquiu Valley Railroad was granted at a meeting of the leading citizens of Stockton to-ninght. This does not mean that a road may not be build from San Francisco O. M. WEBER, SON OP THE FOUNDER OF STOCKTON. [Drawn from a photograph.] down the peninsula through Santa Clara Valley, across the range and on to Fresno. That may be done, too. But work on the competing road will begin at Stockton and the first shovelful of earth for the new line will be dug from the soil of San Joaquin County. There was a conference between the members of the Stockton Commercial As sociation and the directors of the San Joaquin Valley road to-night in the rooms of the Yosemite Club. Then the confer ring bodies retired to hold separate execu tive sessions. Prior to this, President P. A. Buell of the Stockton Commercial As sociation had submitted the following proposition : To the President and Board of Directors of the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valky Railroad Company, San Francisco, Cal.— Gentlemen: Confirming my verbal report on a plan for your entrance to the city of Stockton and your terminal facilities therein, I have laid out the route on a map which I now present to you. I have given the subject a great deal of thought and believe it to be the best plan for your terminals for reasons which I will give you. By examining the map you will see that I have shown the location of the principal pub lic buildings and hotels, all of the manufactur ing industries, grain warehouses and lumber yards, tMe steamer landings, also the streetcar iines and all of the tracks, depot sites and ter minals of the Southern Pacific Company. With the above information before you I think you can readily see the advantages of the plan which I suggest, viz. : an entrance from the cut on Taylor street, which gives you a MORMON CHANNEL AND THE CALIFORNIA PAPER COMPANY'S MILLS AT STOCKTON. [From a photograph taken expressly for the "Call. I '] straight line through the city, and an exit from the same in a direct line to San Francisco without a drawbridge. PaBBE.n-geb Depot— For Tour local passenger depot I nave selected block 21, S. M. C, only tseven blocks from the courthouse and business center, and one block from the electric-car line. The electric company will extend their tracks to the depot and give you direct connection with all parts of the city. This site is also reached by three of the principal streets of the city, is on the city side of your railroad and opposite a public square. Freight Depot— For your local freight depot, I recommend blocks 19 and 21, S. M. C. These have all the advantages shown for passenger depot, being even nearer the main shipping and offer good facilities for switches and sid ings, which can all be reached from the city Bide without crossing your main lines. For grain, flour and lumber shipments I have The San Francisco Call. mapped out the direction of every flourmill, \ grain warehouse and lumber yard in the city, and also with the pottery and harvester works. Those on Mormon Channel you reach off Taylor street, and by crossing Mormon Channel, at the head of navigation, you reach the warehouses and lumber-yard on the north bank of that I channel. For the main business on Stockton Channel you continue on Taylor street to Tule street, the north on Tule street, across Mormon Channel by a drawbridge to Weber avenue. From this point you make direct connections with the flourmills and warehouses over the iron tracks. Steamer Connections— As you will want to make steamer connections with San Francisco, at leaxt for the present, this can be easily and cheaply done through some of the -warehouses already located on Stockton Channel. Or suit able ground can be had just below the Farm ers' Union warehouse, and also on Mormon Channel, just off Tule street, where a most ex cellent location can be had. Pabuengbx Steamer Connections.— To make the most direct passenger connection I recom mend the extension of the Weber-avenue line as far ea tas El Dorado street. You can then bring your passengers directly to the two lines of passenger steamers already established, or to your own steamers if you wish to put on a line. Ido not think you will find this neces sary, as the lines already established have am ple facilities, and I am sure you can make sat isfactory terms with them for the handling of both freight and passengers, giving you direct connection with Sim Francisco from the time you Jay your first rail. Shops, Yards, Etc.— At the junction of Tay lor ami Tule streets and adjoining the same, is a most excellent location for yards, shops, roundhouses, etc., as you would be within a few blocks of your depot and water connections and right on your through line. Ample room can also be had at this point. With the land that will be donated you ran pet from fifty to seventy acres at a nominal cost, considering the advantage of location. By the dredging out of the drainage canal on the western line of this property you can, at a very small cost, make a navigable waterway seventy feet wide along the entire length of this property, makine: direct connection with the Mormon Channel below the drawbridge, affording direct steamer and barge connections with your yards, and affording unequaled facilities for the receiving and handling of your ties, rails, lumber and coal. All of these points are fully shown on the map. The mate rial dredged from the canal can be used to raise the grade of your property. I have esti mates on the dredging, which I will furnish if desired. Route from Stockton Into the San Joa qtoj Valley— As your trains leave the city running out Taylor street you reach the coun try through the least settled portion of the city, and by diverging to the south you can head direct for Burneyville, crossing on the Stanislaus River, a point unequaled for the purpose, reached in an air line from Stockton over a perfectly level coun try and passing through the richest part of the valley, and a section that will now be probably settled up, for in addition to your competing road this section is now being irri gated by the water from the Stanislaus and San Joaquin Company, which will have com pleted by July a system that will irrigate 250, --000 acres of the richest land under the sun. This section will furnish you a vast amount of traffic. ROLTE FEOM STOCKTON TO SAN FRANCISCO— Your trains coming in from the south pass through Taylor street to the Moss tract levee, then turn south on the levee until you cross the French Camp Slough. From near this point you can reach the San Joaquin River in a straight line and cross the same on to Roberts Island at Reynolds' ranch. Then use the cross levee between the upper and middle divisions of RoDerts Island to Morriseys. Cross Middle River at this point on piling— no drawbridge being required. Fol i low along the river and ridge to the head of I the Grant-line canal levee. From here you have a fine grade of eight and a half miles in an air line to Old River. Cross at this point and with a quarter of m^le of trestle you reach the high ground near Byron. I hope you will give this plan your careful I consideration as I know it will stand the most i searching investigations and will bear out all of the claims which I have made for it. I will ! take great pleasure in showing you over the ground and proving the statements made in this report. Very truly yours, P. A. Bukll. Stockton, Cal., March 29, 1895. Then a joint meeting following the sepa rate meetings was held, at which the direc tors submitted their proposition. This asks for the granting to. the new company of these concessions: A right of way beginning at the easterly line SAX fFBANCISCO, SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 30, ] 1895. - •• ■ * ol Taylftr, streW and running Its entire length. The-.f6uK blocks, Nbs.' 19, 21, 22 and 23. which kkje*ck>se to Mpmon Channel, are asked for, thafij(Lf* road may* have room for passenger and freight -depots. - The right (rh-wwf^over Scotts avenue, from San Joaquin to Beaver streets, across the head of Mormon Channel. A right of way for a spur for two blocka along Commerce street. The right of way over blocks 14 and 29 for entrance to Tule street. A right of way of Tule street, from South street to Weber avenue. Right of way on Weber avenue, from El Dorado street to Mormon Channel. A right of way over the Weber Tract from Tule street to Weber avenue, turning west, and across block G from Tule street to Weber ave nue, turning east. A tract of land lying between Tule street and the Moss Tract levee, containing about twenty five acres, this tract to be used for yards, shops, etc. # The rights of way from the easterly limit of the city where Taylor street crosses the line to the Stanislaus River, dividing San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Subscriptions to the capital stock of $150,000, which was subsequently reduced to $100,000, Claus Spreckels in open meeting declaring that that amount would be sufficient. This proposition of the directors varied but in a few particulars from that made by Mr. Buell. When the directors pre sented it to the merchants assembled it was carried through with a hurrah, and so Stockton became the initial point for the new road. William Inglis made the motion for the association to accept the terms of the valley road directors, which was adopted without a dissenting voice. It was perhaps because he realized that the terms would be accepted that Director Thomas Magee, when in the dome of the courthouse this afternoon, asked to have the directions of Modesto and Oakdale, the thriving towns of the San Joaquin plains, pointed out. When the association had voted to grant the requests of the directorate, and after the cheering for the San Joaquin road and for Stockton had subsided, the speech making began. Claus Spreckels in a short but neatly turned speech, which was frequently bro ken by interruptions of applause, declared that he knew nothing yet as to what would be done in other places and with other lines, but that the San Joaquin road would begin to build from Stockton. He had pre viously declared that $100,000 would be all the directors would ask Stockton to sub scribe. The question as to whether Stockton would ultimately be on the main line to San Francisco was not considered. Stock ton gets a trunk line through the San Joaquin Valley and that is all the city is asking, since there is water communication with San Francisco. The speeches continued until a late hour- P. A. Bnell spoke for the Commercial As- sociation and for Stockton. Other Stock tonians who spoke were John J. Corcoran. Mayor McCall, R. Keibenstein, president of the Council; H. C. Keyes, one of the Councilraen; William Injjlisand Orrin S. Henderson, a member of the Board of Su pervisors, who promised that the Super visors in behalf of the county would do all the law would permit them tado to aid the railroad. Governor Budd had been wired an invi tation by Mr. Buell to be present. He sent in reply the following message: Regret it is impossible to attend the recep tion to directors of the valley road. Must re main here to complete, the work delayed through time occupied in the consideration of bills during the last ten days. Speeches were made by all the directors, Robert Watt and Thomas Magee speaking at some length. The usual felicitations were exchanged. The Yosemite Theater was lighted up for the inspection of the visitors, and an adjournment followed. Stockton's contribution to the valley road is a big one. It is equivalent to $200,000 in cash, besides the most invalu MORMON CHANNEL, LOOKINQ SOUTH. [From a photograph taJcen expressly for the "Call."] able privileges and franchises which will go with it. The real estate alone at a small valuation is worth $100,000. The road has everything which could be asked for terminal facilities, for yards, depots and freight. It has access to every part of Stockton. It reaches the mills and the manufacturing establish ments. Its passenger depot will be but a few minutes' walk from the Courthouse and the center of the town. Car and ves sel come together at tidewater on both Mormon and Stockton channels. Stockton gives better facilities to the competing railroad than the Southern Pacific pos sesses. The cry to-night is "On to Bakersfield." The directors all express themselves as highly pleased with the way Stockton has responded. This is believed to be but the beginning of the aid which the progressive people of the San Joaquin Valley, from Stockton to Bakersiield, will extend. Work is certain to begun within sixty days and turned to the other end of the end of the projected «line. Then it may be that the directors of the new road will turn their attention to building across the isl ands and the tules to the Contra Cssta shore and thence on to a terminus at Oak land. The selection of Stockton as the point at which work is to be begun does not mean that San Jose shall be neglected. A line down the peninsula will probably follow shortly. The competing road aims to reach all the chief centers of the State. Meantime, with the first mile of the road built, the revenue will begin to come in to build more miles. The route out of Stockton will probably be nearly in a southern line until the Stanislaus River is reached. There are no engineering difficulties to overcome. The people's railway has a level, unbroken line before it, up the San Joaquin Valley. Thomas Magee declared to-night that the road would be operated in the interest of the people, and that any revenue in ex cess of 6 per cent would be immediately met by a reduction of expenses. To-morrow morning at 7:30 o'clock the directors will start on a steamer down the river. They may stop at Antioch and Martinez. This evidently means that a line through Alamcda and Contra Costa counties to this city is in contemplation. The directors of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad have seen Stockton and weighed the inducements which the city extends to a competing railroad. The question now seems to be: Shall Stockton be on the main line or on a branch road? This will depend very much upon Stock ton. The directors are pleased with the city, its business prospects and the re sources of its tributary territory. The Stockton Commercial Association, which is striving to bring : the competing road to this city, sum up the a'dvantaees of the county scat of San Joaquin County with 800,000 fertile acres/ ; It speaks with pride of "the gateway city to the San Joaquin Valley" with its 20,000 prosperous inhabitants; tells of its cheap water com munication to the bay, and advertises the city as the grain, flour, lumber, mill and manufacturing center of California. The association has prepared a tabular circular showing the receipts and shipments from and to the San Joaquin Valley. This state ment makes a good argument for Stock ton. It is as follows: We respectfully submit to yon for your con sideration the following statistics of freight shipments to and from Stockton to points on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley, between Stockton and Bakersfield, by rail in 1894: BECEIFTS IX STOCKTON. • . Pound 8. Grain ..........;. 314,465,875 i Mtllstuffs .'..'...........:.'.; Lumber 18,000 Produce 33,000 Miscellaneous ... . 9,400,393 ! T0ta1!..... .. 823,907,268 BHIPMEKTB FBOM STOCKTON. *; ■ '■'; '. ;; ■; _ " \ ' , . c --■- >-V* Pounds.'; Grain .":...". .V.."..y..^..*. ..**,**, 724,000 Millstuffs ....-...■.:..:::."..■::■...■;..... 144,744,960 Lumber 29,268,466 Produce .....•.:....... 3.162,606 Mi5ce11ane0u5...,.........:..... 25,258,649 Total 203,158,601 BECAPITDLATION. • . Receipts— l6l,9s3 tons, or 13,496 cars of 24,000 pounds each. Shipments— lol,679 tons, or 8465 cars of 24,000 pounds each. • Attention is directed to the fact that this was a year of extreme drought in the San Joaquin Valley, and of extreme hardship upon 1 the peo ple located therein; and as a : consequence the movement of freight was far below what it would have been under more. favorable condi tions. . It is within bounds to estimate that under prosperous ; conditions with full crops, this freight movement "would bo increased at least 250 per cent. The volume of river traffic is heavy, and during the last year for which iigures are given the river transportation companies showed that they carried passengers to a number in excess of 100,000. The itinerary which the Call published was well carried out to-day. Carriages were at the Yosemite Hotel shortly before 9 o'clock, and the directors were first driven to the lumber-yards and planing mills of P. A. Buell & Co., on Center street. A half hour was spent here. Stockton Channel was then visited, and a good idea was gained of the water front. The vari ous mills and manufacturing establish ments were visited in order to show the volume of the industry here. A possible terminal site was inspected near the foot of Washington street, near the channel. If the rDad should enter the town by Edison street and pass eastward along the south side of Stockton Channel this site might become available. Another possible terminal site was viewed on Tay lor street, on the south side of Mormon Channel, extending for two blocks between Center and Hunter streets. This is in the southern portion of the town. The visitors also drove out South street, along which the Council has signified its willingness to grant a right of way. The Yosemite Club rooms were visited at noon, after which luncheon was served at the hotel. In the afternoon a journey wjs made over the twelve miles of track of the Stock ton Electric Railroad Company with G. E. Ladd, superintendent of the company, in attendance. The first trip was made north erly on El Dorado street. This is the finest residence street in the city and is paved for a good portion of its length with bituminous rock. Elms line the street and handsome and costly residences are on •RESIDENT SPRECKELS AND THE DIRECTORS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY RAILROAD IB STOCKTON TO INSPECT THE FACILITIES FOR THE PEOPLE'S LINE. [Sketched by a ''Call " artist.] either side. The road ends at the Sherry Homestead. The car then ran back to Main street and out to the Stockton Combined Harvester and Agricultural where, as P. A. Buell said to Ciaus Spreckels, "We can build your cars for the San Joaquin Valley road." This line of electric streetcar service crosses the Southern Pacific tracks at the new depot, a stone and brick structure, which comprises, as one of the committee P. A. BUELL, PRESIDENT OF THE STOCKTON COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATION. [Drawn from a photograph.] oh reception declared, the only thing creditable which the Southern Pacific Company had done for Stockton. It took just two and a half minutes to run from the courthouse to Taylor and San Joaquin streets, and as this was reached THE FLOUBMILLS AT STOCKTON. [From a photograph taken expressly for the "Call."] P. A. Buell shouted, "Three cheers for the San Joaqnin Valley Railroad," and they were given with a will. The gas wells and the natatorium in connection therewith were visited. They are located at the end of San Joaquin street. Here are several wells ranging from 1600 to 2600 feet in depth. The gas bubbles up through the water and is col lected in large iron receivers which cover the wells. C. M. Weber declares that the gas is almost pure hydrogen gas, and to illustrate its freedom from noxious prop erties said: "A man can sleep with the gas turned on in his room. It does not mean death to blow out the gas." "I suppose he would waken much re freshed and that the gas can be taken as a tonic," said an incredulous wag of the party. Mr. Weber did not claim that the gas possessed the properties of a tonic, but stated that not long ago in. this city a resi dent, through carelessness, allowed the gas to flow in his room all night. When he arose early in the morning he applied a match to the burner. The room had be come so filled with gas that its ignition caused an explosion which blew out the windows and the door, "and the man suf fered no inconvenience from having PRICE FIVE CENTS. breathed the gas all night," concluded Weber. "And no inconvenience from the result ing explosion?" queried a member of the party. "Of a slight financial nature only." The natatorium located at the wells is supplied with warm water which comes from one or more of them. The north side of the town was then in spected and a visit made to Goodwater Grove, \vhich lies at the end of the electric line, beyond the State Asylum for the In sane. This is a pretty little grove of oaks, with a restaurant and dancing pavilion, and is one of the attractive spots for an outing in Stockton. There is a bowling alley here and the directors played at ten pins. Claus SpreckeJs made a ten-strike and was duly complimented for his skill with the spheres. On the return trip a visit was paid to the Courthouse of San Joaquin County, which Torturing Disfiguring //Skin Diseases '(f?J-rfe&. Instantly / / Relieved UUTICDRA 'ii :^- jJtk • the. T' ; vv:;i^, Great;' Xr-f^/SKIN j^ CURE - CcncmtA, the great skin cure, instantly allayi the most intense itching:, burning, and inflam- mation, permits rest ana sleep, heals raw and Irritated surfaces, cleanses the scalp of crusts and scales, and restores the hair. 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