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An Eastern Firm Buys
Sweet Wines at Los
Idaho Union Men Drive a
\: Miner From rfis Work
■ ;. Near Wallace.
A Santa Fe Overland Train Strikes
■": an Obstruction on the Track
and Is Derailed.
'.■) LOS ANGELES, Cat.. April 6.— Several
-.'-.days ago the Sonoma Wine and Brandy
• /Company of Brooklyn, N. V., bought up
: V the bulk of all the sweet wines in Southern
California, and to-day the last of the
... 200,000-gallon purchase was shipped East.
••'The price paid was 20 cents a gallon.
.Y 'The sale of this lot has produced an
.'. excellent impression on the sweet-wine
.:' makers of thij section, they being con
' vinced that it is but the beginning of future
; : -large- orders and a steady trade in sweet
V' wines between the East and southern Cali
', . ■ fornia.
To Establish a Xeirspaper.
-. -LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 6.— A new
morning paper is going to be established
.' . in this city. Articles of incorporation
were drawn up to-day by the well-known
• attorney J. Marion Brooks. The incorpor
ators are Joseph D. Lynch, formerly editor
" and proprietor of the Herald, and a num
c ber of newspaper men from Cincinnati,
Pittsburg and Washington„D. C.
The capital stock is placed at $100,000.
. The name of the new paper has not yet
been selected, but it will be Independent
Democratic in politics. The articles of in
' corporation will be filed with the County
Clerk next Wednesday morning.
A. Carpenter's Bad Fall.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 6,— J. B.
Copelin, a carpenter working on the block
" , in course of erection at the corner of Third
. .street and Broadway, fell from the third
.'.: story and was wedged between joists of the
-. • floor below. He will probably die.
Active Operations by the Promoters of
■:■'■'" the »tc Road.
[':■'; : LODI, Cal., April 6.— The possibility of
in electric road for both passenger and
. freight purposes, to run between Lodi and
the' steamboat landing In the city of Stock
- ton, twelve miles away, is rapidly becom
ing a probability. J. N. Hartzell of Stock
ton, and H. C. Bunn, a Chicago capitalist,
• «re the prime movers in the project.
. Active steps toward securing rights of
way and a franchise are being taken under
the name of "Stockton and Lodi Terminal
Railroad Company." The right of way to
the water front from the town limits of
kton has been secured.
The people of Lodi and vicinity are all
eager for competition in the transportation
line, and many heavy shippers are ready
to pledge all their freight to the new road.
James A. Loattit is attorney for the com
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...JSijc Masked Ken Intimidate a JVo«
\"•■".'."*• • Union Sliner in the Oetn Mine.
•WALLACE, Idaho, April 6.— J. J. Mills,
;= a. miner employed in the Gem mine on
'"■ "Canyon Creek, was driven from his work
: ' last night by six masked men armed with
" .revolvers. They took him down the
canyon about half a mile below Gem,
where they left him, after telling him
• never to return.
•■•• Mills has a family and has lived in Wal
• lace eight years. No cause is assigned for
the* treatment except that he is not a union
man. The men who drove Mills away are
, sppposed to belong to the band that mur-
; = dered John Kneebone at the Gem mine
-last July. The Sheriff was promptly noti
fied; but no arrests .have been made, as
identification is difficult.
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Capture of the Last of the Highbinders
Jl~ho Looted a Dutch Flat Store.
AUBURN, Cal., April 6.— The sixth and
last of the Chinese highbinders who robbed
the store of a Chinese merchant at Dutch
Flat was caught this afternoon at the
American River bridge. Sheriff Conroy
had traced him there and deputized Signal
Service Agent Charles Crane. The latter
soon came across the Chinaman and ar
rested him. About $150 was found on the
i .. It is evident that the highbinders divided
. the plunder, which is in keeping with the
disposition of the Chinese not to trust one
Untnors Ttiat Arrests Are to He Made by
(Inrrrnment Officers.
CARSON, New, April 6.— The investiga
tion in the matter of the looting of bullion
from the mint in this city is still in prog
ress and matters are reaching a crisis. In
dications are that the total value of the
missing bullion may exceed the sum first
stated, which was $65,000. It is rumored
here that arrests may be made by Govern
ment officers next week.
Verdict Against the Western Union.
CARSON, New, April 6.— The jury in
the case of Louis Engler vs. the Western
I'nion, for injuries received by running
into a fallen wire, rendered a verdict of
$15,000 for plaintiff. The case will be ap
The Oath Administered in Accordance
With the Heathen. Habit.
FRESNO, Cal., April 6.— ln the prelim
inary examination of Ah Souie on the
charge of murder to-day the strange form
of oath used in China was administered to
the witnesses for the prosecution. It was
done at the request of the defendant, who
feared that his accusers would not con
sider themselves bound by the usual oath
and would testify falsely against him.
When the oath was to 0e administered
the Judge, lawyers, interpreter and de
defendant went into a yard back of the
The San Francisco Call.
courtroom. Here two chickens were killed
and tapers were burned to give .solemnity
to the occasion. It is the only time the
strange rite has been performed in this
county and it excited great interest among
a crowd of spectators.
One of the Victims of a Shooting Affray
Passes Away. •
COLUSA, Caj... April 6. — Lemuel
Vaughan, who was shot in a fight by J.
Beavers last Saturday,, died of his wound
this morning. Seavers, who was shot by
Vaughan after the latter had been
wounded with his own pistol which
V&aghan took from him, is slowly re
covering, though he is still in danger. t
The shooting was the result of slander,
Seavers told Vaughan that his wife had
been out riding with Vernon Watt. "Watt
heard of this, and promptly administered
a beating to Seavers. Then Vaughan took
Seavers to his house to make him retract
the slander. The men quarreled, and the
shooting followed.
Preliminary Examination in the Matter
of William Iteynom's Killing.
MARTINEZ, Cal., April 6.— The pre
liminary examination of R. F. Simpson.
who shot and killed William Beynom at
the Red House on March 25, began here to
day before Justice J. B. Smith.
The prisoner was represented by H. C.
Chapman of Oakland, and District At
torney Brown appeared for the people.
[Drau-n from photographs.]
Mrs. Beynom, John Bchuld, William Ras
mussen, John Patruel, Walter Mills, Frank
Gaskell and Dr. C. E.-Camp were examined
for the prosecution, and Samuel H. Lin
grade, Mr. McAvoy and WiUiam Davis for
the defense. The examination was con
tinued to Monday morning at 10 o'clock,
when the prosecution will present more
The courtroom was crowded with specta
tors, many being from San Pablo and the
vicin ity of the locality where the shooting
took place.
TRAiy nr.RAii.En at fasadeka.
A Spike on the Hails Came Xear Caus-
ing a Disaster.
PASADENA, Cal., April 6.— Overland
train 1 on the Santa Fe road jumped the
track to-night while approaching the sta
tion about 6:30 p. m., and the engine
bumped along on the ties for a distance of
about 100 feet, shaking up the passengers
in a lively manner.
The cause of the derailment was a spike
which had evidently been placed upon one
of the rails. The passengers will have to
stay here till morning while the wrecking
crew is putting the engine back on the
The British Man-of- War Pheasant to
I'atrol Bering Sea.
VICTORIA, B. C. April 6.-H. M. S.
Pheasant has received telegraphic orders
from Admiral Stepbenson on the flagship
Royal Arthur to proceed uonh on April 'M
and to patrol Bering Sea and the fishing
grounds durine the close season, which
begins May 1 and extends three months,
during which time, under the Paris award,
all pelagic fishing on this coast is stopped.
The orders also direct Captain Garforth to
carry out any new regulations that may be
agreed upon Between the two countries.
Two Death* at Vetaluma.
PETALUMA, Cax., April 6.— Adam L.
Rankin died this morning after a long ill
ness. Rankin was a chaplain in the One
Hundred and Thirteenth Illinois regiment
during the war, was a member of George
H. Thomas Post, G. A. R., of San Fran
cisco, and was well known throughout
California for his work as a home mission
ary of the Congregational church. He was
a native of Tennessee and aged 78 years.
Mrs. M. Donaldson died here last even
ing aged 88 years. She was one of the
oldest residents of the township.
Tide-Land Suit at Seattle.
SEATTLE, Wash., April 6.— Frederick
Schlopp to-day commenced a friendly suit
in the Superior Court against the Land
Commissioner and the Seattle and Lake
Washington Waterway Company to en
join the carrying out of the contracts for
the filling in of the Seattle tide flats. The
purpose is to obtain a judicial decision in
terpreting the law under which the con
tract was let. The Superior Court ren
dered a decision favorable to the company
on all points raised and the case will be
heard m the Supreme Court next week.
The County to Choose
the Queen of the
Rivalry to Reign Amid the
Flowers of the Carnival
Is Growing.
They Each Have Many Friends and
Supporters in the Interesting
I SANTA ROSA, Cal., April 6.— The good
people of Santa Rosa are on the threshold
of expectancy— waiting for the sunny
May days when Flora, Queen of the flow
ers, will reign in their lovely city. One <s
before the Flower Queen awoke the slum
bering roses of Santa Rosa and received
courtly tribute. She came almost un
heralded, with an air of timidity and
doubting about her followers, who, while
they spread a carpet of roses over her path,
wondered if the populace would do her
most gracious majesty full honor. That
was but a year ago, and to-day memories
of the festivities attendant on Flora's re
ception are so entirely pleasant, active
preparations are in progress for the carni
val of roses to be held on May 8, 9 and 10.
A unanimity of sentiment prevails that
this event, which, as it recurs yearly, will
make Santa Rosa famous far and near,
shall be a success through and through.
Not a single dissenting voice can be heard,
for everybody here is enthusiastic over the
carnival. The people want it. They
know they have a city of roses with a cli
mate and a land which cannot be more
truthfully nor more impressively presented
to the world than by this very means.
And then they have learned to love the
abandon of a battle of roses, with glorious
blossoms filling the air and transforming
streets into wondrous mosaics of creams
and crimsons, and everywhere a fragrance
fit for the gods alone.
"But who is the fair sovereign to be?"
That is a question which now agitates
Santa Rosa, yes, even the towns of the val
ley stretching from the bay to Cloverdale,
for Petaluma, Healdsburg and possibly
other centers of population are taking a
deep interest in it.
A voting contest for the rose queen is in
progress here, and only by popular ballot
can this interesting question be decided.
The elective franchise, so to speak, has
been extended to all people who wish to
pay ten cents for the privilege of voting for
their choice, and with a broad spirit it has
been extended throughout Sonoma County,
thereby giving neighboring towns a chance
to compete.
It is not enough that Santa Rosa should
possess the fair queen. Her sister cities
may enter if they so desire, and eventually
one of them may have the honor of win
ning the prize. And so there is already a
very wholesome rivalry in the contest for
queen of the rose carnival. Last Tuesday
a ballot-box was placed in Wrisrht's sta
tionery store on the main street and orna
mental signs were hung up about the place
asking everybody to cast a vote.
As expected at the beginning, voting
has been rather slow so far, because people
do not know who the young ladies are for
wliom they should vote.
The committee having in charge the pub
lic ballot for Queen of the Rose Carnival
examined the box to-day and counted the
Miss Elaine Davis had the highest num
ber of votes. The otherß voted for are:
Miss Millie Matthews, Miss Belle Spotts
wood, Miss Kate Denman of Petaluma.
Mr?. Walter Byington, Miss Emma Shea,
Miss Maggie Honey, Miss Isabella Dono
van, Miss Addie Steits of Healdsburg,
Miss Bhelton of Stony Point, Miss Yost of
Miss Donovan is a very popular girl
among the Santa Rosans. She has made
her own way in life and into social popu
larity, and is now in charge of the Sunset
Telephone Office here. She is a vivacious
and entertaining young lady of the demi
blonde *ype, whose winsome personality
has secured her a host of friends who will
support her in the contest.
Miss Spottswood is the granddaughter of
Thomas Hopper, one of the wealthiest men
of the county, and moves in the "avenue
set" — the aristocratic society of McDonald
avenue. The beaus of Santa Rosa say she
is one of the local beauties and a really
interesting girl with numerous admirers,
who believe she stands a good chance of
Miss Elaine Davis is the young daughter
of J. B. Davis, the railroad man. It was
thought that she would be queen by selec
tion, but the committee failed to agree on
a choice. Being very pretty and engaging,
she could grace the coveted position and
do honor to it as well.
Miss Steiis of Healdsburg has many ad
mirers here as well as up the valley, where
it is believed an active canvass will be made
in her behalf. If the citizens of Healds
burg had chosen a candidate for queen by
mutual consent they could hardly have
taken a more beautiful or more generally
liked girl than Miss Steits, about whose
prospects there is no end of speculation
just now.
Miss Shelton of Stony Point and Miss
Denman of Petaluma will have such gen
erous support that it is highly probable the
queen may come from the lower end of the
valley to preside over the carnival of roses.
Of course, many other ladies are favoritei,
though at the present time it is not possi
ble to say if they will be in the contest.
After the queen is elected she will select
her maids of honor from the towns of So
noma, all of whom will come with their
friends in throngs to add eclat to the fair
queen's carnival.
The committee on entertainment for the
rose carnival held a meeting last night and
discussed a programme for the second
Cassasa's band of San Francisco has ten
dered its services upon terms that are con
ceded to be quite liberal. It is believed
that this band will be secured to play at
the Atheneum on the occasion of the de
livery of the prizes. Governor Budd and
his staff will, in all probability, be present.
Mayor Sutro of San Francisco and the
leading officers of the National Guard are
also to be invited.
Another suggestion under consideration
by the committee is to have a local amateur
theatrical en tertainraentbyyoung ladies and
gentlemen lavishly decorated with flowers.
The features of the play are to be floral in
character, and it is to be written by a local
playwright. The performance is to be inter
spersed with songs of flowers by local
The country people are taking an active
interest in tho carnival and every indica
tion is that an immense throng of people
will be present.
The committee on programme and enteY
tainment is composed of Hon. J. T. Camp
bell, Mrs. Dr. Finley, Mrs. Mayor Wood
ward, Mrs. Judge Dougherty, Dr. Porter,
Mrs. P. P. Rue and Major L. W. Juilliard.
The Winners of the Various Events at
South, I'urh.
SANTA ROSA, Cal., April 6.— The pupils
of the Santa Rosa High School had a grand
field day at South Park, near this city, to
day. There were many entries in all
events, and there was lively rivalry in all
Cecil Riley acted as field captain. The
events and winners are as follows:
100-yard dash— Won by Ben Hall. Time, 11
Running broad jump— Won by E. Dv Bose.
Distance, 17 feet 3 inches.
Running high jump— Won by C. Wooley. Dis
tance, 4 feet 8 inches.
Tutting the shot— Won by C. Riley. Distance,
30 feet 4 Inches.
220-yard dash— Won by B. Hall. Time, 27J^
Standing nigh jump— Won by Hall. Distance,
3 feet 9 Inches.
440 yard dash— Won by Hall. Time, 55
Hammer throwing— Won by Coulter. Dis
tance, 77 feet 6 inches.
120-yard hurdle race— Won by Hall. Time,
20 seconds.
Standing broad jump— Won by Surryhne.
Distance, 9 feet.
Half mile bicycle race— Won by Frederick
Lemmon. Time, G6J2 seconds.
In competing in the standing broad jump
event Ted Crawford, son of Judge Craw
ford, broke bis right leg at the ankle.
Two Youthful Baptists
Guilty of Dancing at
a Cotillion.
Unless the Transgressors Ask
Forgiveness They Will Be
Explanation of the Reasons for Mak
ingr the Charges by the
SAN BERNARDINO, Cai,/, April 6.—
Two members of the Baptist Church of
this city have been called upon to explain
their conduct in having attended the most
brilliant party of the year.
Company E's cotilon party was indeed
one of the most enjoyable and exclusive
events ever given in this city, but the
rigidity of church discipline seems to have
been violated when members of the organ
ization lent their presence on that occa
R. G. King is a member of Company E,
and of course was present at the party
given in honor of the organization. He is
a member of the Baptist Church of this
city, as is also Miss Pearl Barnes, a social
favorite, who had accepted an invitation
and attended the cotillon.
At a business meeting of the members of
the church last Wednesday evening
charges were preferred by H. A. Reed
against Mr. King and Miss Barnes, for
conduct unbecoming Christians, and they
were cited to appear three weeks from that
date to show cause why they should not be
expelled from the church.
There is no interdiction against dancing
in the church code, but each communicant
covenants to do nothing improper or un
becoming to Christians. Mr. Reed, who
brings the Charges, said to the Call's cor
respondent that dancing by one member of
a congregation brings the whole congrega
tion into disrepute.
It will be demanded of the offending lady
and gentleman that they publicly ac
knowledge their faults and ask the congre
gation's forgiveness.
Mr. King is not inclined to let the matter
go unnoticed, and says he will contest it
when it comes before the congregation.
He maintains that while the church may
not give its>approval to dancing, that
form of amusement is not specifically for
bidden, and that he has the right to elect
for himself whether he will indulge in the
However, the members of the church,
while regretting much that the difficulty
has become public, incline to the view that
there is no such latitude permitted by the
discipline of their organization, and some
of them expressed themselves that there
could be but one result unless the young
people admitted their fault and asked for
Big Shipments of Oranges.
SAN BERNARDINO, Cal., April 6.—
Fifty-three \ carloads .' of oranges were
shipped from here during the week ended
to-night, making a total of 914 carloads for
the season to date. Orders from Eastern
points are coming in fast, and are expected
to continue so for navels to the close of the
season. V __•
A Utah Capitalist's Proposal to
Form a Company to Build
the Road.
Citizens Are Enthusiastic Over the
Scheme and Are Taking Prelimi
nary Steps In the Matter.
SAN DIEGO, Cal., April 6.— An impor
tant meeting was held to-night to discuss
a new railroad proposition made by
Thomas Taylor of Utah, a capitalist and
prominent member of the Mormon church,
to interest the people here in building a
railroad from Salt Lake to the bay of San
Mr. Taylor explained briefly his project,
which was to turn his properties, con
sidered worth $5,000,000, into stock in a
company that would build a railroad to
this city, thus affording an outlet for the
coal and iron and a direct Eastern outlet
from San Diego via the Rio Grande West
ern. What he asked was only what San
Diego had always promised and offered to
a new railroad— terminal facilities and
sufficient real estate to make it an induce
ment to a company to seek this port.
It was declared the sense of the meeting
that if the proposition were found correct
and as represented, it was believed that
the cit) r could furnish depot grounds and
terminal facilities and real estate to the
value of $500,000.
To bring matters into a tangible shape a
committee of five leading citizens, consist
ing of A. E. Nutt, Heber Ingle, U. S. Grant
Jr., R. M. Powers and Watson Parrish,
were appointed to confer with Mr. Taylor
and report. The committee will meet
Monday morning. The citizens are en
thusiastic. Interviews with over 100 lead
ing men show a remarkable sentiment in
favor of pushing the project to completion.
Mr. Taylor recently had an interview
with Banker Peabody of New York, the
power behind the Rio Grande Western, in
which that gentleman said if the road
were constructed to Cedar City, Utah, the
Rio Grande would be extended to meet it,
covering a gap of some 120 miles. This
would afford an almost direct Eastern out
let from San Diego, tapping a rich country.
Mr. Taylor holds patents to immense
coal and iron fields and he figures that
coal can be laid down in San Diego at a
price to drive the Australian coal from San
Francisco, Honolulu and the southern
coast as far as Cnllao. It is believed that
Taylor represents the Mormon church in
the project.
As soon as the committee reports it is
expected a public meeting will be held and
a company formed.
Major Lev! Chase offers eighty acres of
land and other offers of land and cash
made. One man controlling a water-front
franchise says he will turn it in for stock in
the new road.
U. S. Grant Jr. said he had partially in
vestigated the project and would .be glad
to see the city of San Diego do all it could
to secure the railroad. He > is convinced
that the project is feasible and is ready to
put up his share of preliminary expenses.
A Los Angeles Man Accused of Stealing a
SAN DIEGO, Cal., April 6.— A Dep
uty Sheriff from Los Angeles County to
day; took Frank Tofte back there on a
bench warrant, lssued by Judge Clark of
the Superior Court. • .
Tofte was caught here while on the way
to Lower California with a six-year-old boy
he claimed as his son under circumstances
pointing Vto kidnaping. . The details of
the case could not be obtained from Los
Angeles ; but Tofte claimed it was a case
of domestic ■ infelicity, and, rather than
surrender the boy to his wife, determined
to flee. He said his wife was a , Catholic
and he was a Protestant, and the trouble
was caused by relatives.
Three months ago, he says, he found the
house robbed of everything and the boy
gone. His wife instituted divorce proceed
ings and applied for the guardianship of
the boy, but the Judge gave the boy to
him. Tofte took him into the country and
his wife applied for a writ of habeas corpus,
demanding that he bring the boy back and
also applying for guardianship. Tofte was
to appear with the boy yesterday, but de
cided to go across the line with him. It is
believed that the other side of the story is
materially different.
. Colonel Scott's Appointment.
SAN DIEGO, Cal., April 6.— Colonel
Chalmers Scott will leave _ here to-morrow
for South Dakota, in response to a telegram
from Dr. William A. Winder, allotting
agent for the Rosebud Sioux, appointing
Colonel Scott chief engineer. There are
some 3,500,000 acres in the Rosebud agency
to be allotted, and the work will consume
three or four years. Three surveying par
ties are now in the field.
Subterranean Upheavals at
the Island Wrecked the
Sloop Liberty.
Severe Shocks Dismantled the Ves
sel and a Maelstrom Whirled
It as a Top.
SANTA BARBARA, Cal., April s.— The
strange wrecking of the sloop Liberty in
Cuyler harbor on San Miguel Island on
the morning of March 30, which was briefly
mentioned in press dispatches, occurred
during a visit to the island of the Call's
correspondent. The wreck of the 6]oop
was due undoubtedly to seismic disturb
ances beneath the water.
The sloop had been lying for two days in
her customary anchorage in the southwest
curve of Cuyler harbor. On the morning
of March 30 the vessel lay a shattered hulk
along the shore. The bows of the sloop
were stove in and the mainmast was lying
amidships, pointing sternward and envel
oped in a tangle of rigging. The anchors,
two in number, had dragged, and their
thirty-fathom chains were wound around
and around the keel of the vessel.
Everything indicated that the sloop had
received a severe blow from beneath the
surface of the water and had then bean
caught in a maelstrom, which had rolled
her over and over.
This view is confirmed by the experience
of Captain Ellis' schooner, which anchored
in precisely the same spot on Wednesday,
April 3. At 12 o'clock, when the men
were all below, a sudden severe shock sent
the ship reeling and tossing, and brought
the crew on deck.
Immediately after the waters began to
boil in a way never before witnessed on
this coast by Oaptain Oleson, who is fa
miliar with the whirlpools and maelstroms
of Norway.
The schooner began to drag its anchor,
weighing 485 pounds, and attached to a
heavy forty -five-fathom chain.
Captain Oleson quickly slipped the an
chor, after fastening a buoy to it, and got
out of the harbor as quickly as he could set
sail, only narrowly escaping drifting upon
an ugly rock. Captain Oleson reports that
the soundings of the anchorage, which
were formerly four fathoms, are now seven
fathoms, which shows a sinkage of six feet
in solid rock at this point within a week.
It Was the Most Brutal Ever Committed
in the County.
KALAMA, Wash., April 6. — Further
particulars of the killing of Homer Strait
by Thomas Powell, his son-in-law, shows
tfte murder to have been the most brutal
one in the history of Cowlitz County.
The men had had a lawsuit over a piece
of land in which Strait won. Last Mon
day Strait and a neighbor, named Piper,
while near Strait's house, were met by
Powell and Strait's wife, who had been
living apart from him.
The woman accosted Strait with the re
mark that she had a crow to pick with
him. Powell then began cursing Strait,
and, drawing his pistol, fired a bullet,
which passed through Strait's body just
above his stomach.
Strait tried to knock the pistol out of
Powell's hand, but the latter succeeded in
firing four more shots, none of which took
All this time the woman was pounding
Strait over the head with an ox-goad, tear
ing his scalp at every stroke. Piper finally
separated the men and started home with
Strait. #
Powell then seized the ox goad and, run
ning up to Strait, beat him into insensi
bility. No arrests have yet been made.
£aatern Buyers Depleting the Herds on
the Itangp*.
RENO, Nev., April 6.— Not for ten years
has there been such a demand for beef cat
tle as prevails this spring, and as a result
the ranges are almost depleted. There is
hardly a beef steer in Nevada, Grant Coun
ty, Or., or that portion of California lying
east of the Sierras, while last year there
were fully 25,000\head seeking a market on
the west side of the mountains.
Eastern buyers have cleaned up all the
beef in this section, and stock cattle have
gone up about $2 per head. There is a
better feeling among the stockmen now
than for many years past.
Destruction of the Big
Pavilion at Santa
The People Will Build a Larger
Structure for the Flower
Loss of Five Thousand Gallons of
Win 9 Stored In the Cellar of
the Place.
SANTA BARBARA, Cal., April s.— The
big pavilion in which the great ilower dis
play for the Santa Barbara Festival and the
Dance of the Flowers was to be held is in
ruins, fire destroying it at noon to-day.
Before the ashes were cool arrangements
had been made to erect a new structure
double the capacity of the burned building,
which will be in readiness for the great
At five minutes past noon to-day an
alarm called out the Fire Department.
There was no need of designating the loca
tion of the blaze, for from the pavilion
arose a dense column of smoke and curling
tongues of flame. By the time the firemen
reached the spot the building was a roar
ing furnace, and the cupola was tottering
to its fall. So the tire-lighters' efforts were
successfully directed to saving adjacent
buildings and the racetrack stables.
Fears were entertained for the safety of
William Courtney, who was in the build
ing at the time of the fire with some ladies
and gentlemen, rehearsing a Greek play,
but he safely escaped, a? did also the work
men, who, however, lost their tools, and
one of the men was severely scorched on
the neck.
The fire was caused by a spark from a
young man's cigarette, which fell among
pampas plumes and other inflammable
decorations. The flumes spread so rapidly
that the persons in and about the building
became excited and forgot that a telephone
was near by. They ran some distance to
give an alarm, and so fully ten minutes
elapsed before the Fire Department was
notified, and the fire then was beyond
In two hoars from the time of the fire,
in fact before the flames were extinguished,
the directors of the Flower Festival had,
with commendable zeal and energy, called
a meeting of prominent citizens and im
mediately determined that they would con
struct another and larger building in a
more favorable location, with a seating
capacity that should be double that of the
one now in ruins, and to be ready in time
for the festival. They propose to decorate
it more profusely than before, as the rich
have doubled their subscriptions.
Santa Barbara will see to it that the peo
ple shall not be disappointed.
The cost of the burned building was
$16,000, and insurance $2000. The Flower
Festival Association was engaged in deco
rating the building for the coming festival,
and there is a loss of about $1500 worth of
decorations, labor and material.
firebugs at Soquel.
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., April 6.— Recently
Soquel has suffered from several fires, be
lieved to have been incendiary. Yester
day an apparatus consisting of a can and
candle and a bottle half filled with coal oil
was found in a building. The candle was
partly burned, showing that an attempt
had been made to fire the building. In
the ruins of the fire which destroyed two
buildings this week was found a can and
a broken bottle. No cause can be assigned
for the incendiary act, excepdfthat it is the
work of some one with a mania for run
ning to a fire.
A Blaze at Vine Bill.
SANTA CRUZ, Cat,., April G.-G. A.
Branis' residence at Vine Hill, in the cel
lar of which 5000 gallons of wine was stored,
was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon,
caused by a defective flue. The loss is
$4000, with small insurance.
Santa Clara. Residence Burned.
SAN JOSE, Cal., April 6.— The residence
of Mrs. E. Q. Bennett at Santa Clara was
destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. The
fire originated in an incubator. In fighting
the fire Mrs. Bennett was badly burned.
Governor JBudd Will Explain.
SACRAMENTO, Cax., April 6. —It
is stated that, on account of ad
verse newspaper criticism and stated dis
satisfaction by several parties concerned,
that Governor Budd is engaged in the
preparation of a document explanatory of
his reasons for pocketing a number of bills
which he failed to sign. The Governor
has been shut up in his office all the even
ing, and it has heen a matter of impossi
bility to obtain an interview with him on
the subject.
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