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Harbor Commissioners
Call the Architect
to Account.
Specifications Which Were
Paid for Were Drawn by
Engineer Holmes.
The Designer of the Ferry Depot
Did Not Fill His Contract With
the State.
While the experts are at work on the
ferry foundation and the character of C. J.
Btirwell, the' detective, is being overhauled
by the contractors, and Engineer Holmes
is building up a defense of his work on the
water front, the Harbor Commissioners,
in the person of President E. L. Colnon,
are seeking for light on an important sub
ject. The onus of the so-called investiga
tion up to date has boon unloaded on
Howard C. Holmes, engineer of the board.
Mr. Holmes has defended the work done
on the depot foundation as if he were en
tirely responsible for it all. but when nailed
down to an explanation of the drawings he
has admitted that A. Page Brown was the
father of the design. Every contractor
■who figured on the foundation and the
superstructure knew this, as did every
body who is familiar with the workings of
the water front ; but in the light of the in
vestigation which has been going on, the
fact, if not lost sight of entirely, was dimly
The Harbor Commissioners have been
quietly working in the matter for the past
few days, and they have realized that A.
Page Brown, architect, has drawn nearly
$20,000, and the board wants to know for
what. In an attempt to enlighten the
board Mr. Colnon addressed the following
letter to the Commissioners' attorney on
San Francisco, April 20, 18<>5.
H'-in. T. L. Ford, attonr -ari of State
Harbor Commissioners— Dzam Sot: You will
please examine the inclosed contract between
the Board of State Hn-I. >r t'unimissioners and
A. Page Brown, architect for the designing and
construction of the Union Depot and Ferry
house at the foot of Market street, and report '
to this board in writing on the foil
Whether a fair construction of the language
of the contract, such as would be put U]
by a court of justice, makes it the duty of the i
Sf> id architect to superintend the construction j
of the foundations for said Union Depot and
Ferry-house, and to report to this board the |
manner in which the work is being done.
Second, If such be the plain duty of the ;
architect under the contract, and this board !
can show that he never performed the same, \
what legal steps are necessary to be taken to j
protect the interests of the State against bit
further negligence, or to recover damages for !
that which has already occured.
Your earliest attention is solicited to this
matter, as it is of much importance. Very
truly yours. E. L. COLHOH,
President of Board of State Harbor Commis
In the contract of Brown with the Board \
of Harbor Commissioners it is set forth ;
that Brown was to examine and supervise
the work upon said depot at all times dur
ing its progress. It is n<>w claimed that
Mr. Brown has never done this. Accord
ing to the terms of the contract he was to
report to the board as to the condition and
progress of the work, but, so far as the
records of the board show, he has never
made a single statement. He was also to
draft the specifications for the work on the :
foundation and for the superstructure, but I
the specifications are the work of Howard
Holmes. Mr. Brown was to pay for any
engineering work which it would be neces
sary to have done in connection with the
contract. All the engineering work was
done by Mr. Holmes, but there is no item
of this "class of labor in any of Mr. Brown's
estimates of the value of his own work.
All the bills of Architect Brown for work
done on the ferry foundation have been
passed upon by the State Board of Ex
aminers. One item was $12,500 for work
done on the superstructure, and another
was for $6663 11 for work done on the ferry
foundation. A strange thing in connec
tion with both of these items is that the
work on the foundation is not yet finished,
and work on the depot itself "has not yet
been commenced. These allowances to
Brown were made by the old Board of Ex
aminers, and the architect has now claims
aggregating nearly $3000 before the board
composed of Governor Budd, Attorney-
General Fitzgerald and Secretary of State
Brown. It is stated on good authority
that the claims of Mr. Brown will not be
allowed by the board on the ground that
he has violated his contract.
Much has been said about that contract,
but the contract itself, for some reason, has
never been made public. It was made
when Alexander, Bassett and Brown were
the Harbor Commissioners, and was con
tinued until the present board came into
power. The contract reads as follows:
This agreement made and entered into at the
city and county of San Francisco, State of Cali
fornia, this sixth day of October, 1892, between
Charles F. Bassett, Charles O. Alexander and
William H. Brown, in their official capacity as
members of and constituting the Board of
Harbor Commissioners, the first parties, and
A. Page Brown, the second party, all of the
said city, county and State.
Witne"sseth, That whereas the first parties
are about to commence the erection of a pas
eenper and ferry depot at the foot of Market
Btreet, in the said city and county, and to that
end are anxious to employ the second party as
architect for the purpose of preparing draw
ings, plans and specifications for said depot,
and supervising the work upon the same as it
progresses ; and whereas, the second party is
ready and willing to be so employed as archi
tect for said depot Ly the first parties upon the
terms and conditions herein appearing.
Now, therefore, it is agreed and understood
by and between the parties as follow. 1 - :
"The first parties agree to employ and do by
these present hereby employ the second party,
and the second party hereby accept such em
ployment, as the architect of the Board of State
Harbor Commissioners for the purpose of pre
paring plans, drawings and specifications of
E&id depot, submitting the same to said board
for its approval, and examining and supervis
ing the work upon said depot at all times dur
ing its progress.
The second party shall forthwith, or as soon
us requested by the first parties, proceed to pre
pare drawings, plans and specifications, and
within a reasonable time thereafter submit the
same to the first parties for their approval.
Baid drawings, plans and specifications shall
embody and cover the architectural and con
structional details in full for a depot for ferry,
freight and passenger service, as heretofore re
ferred to. The said depot building shall be de
signed generally after such suggestions as may
be made by the first parties, or as may meet
their approval, and all drawings shall be suf
ficiently complete in every respect to enable
contractors to bid for the same and construct
the building or any portion thereof pursuant
to the working plans as so prepared.
The second party agrees to prepare such
plans, designs, drawings and specifications
relating to said depot as maybe requested by
the said board, and to vary, modify or prepare
new plans as may for any cause be required of
him, said plans to include both the super
structure of said building and the piers, walls
and foundations for the same. Said building
is to be, if possible, designed so that in the
opinion of the second party the contract price
for constructing the same shall not in the
aggregate exceed the sum of $500,000 for »uch
parts of the wcrk as may be above the founda
tion or grade level.
When, however, advertisements are duly
published as required by law for the letting (if
contract for the whole or any part of Mid
depot, in the event that the aggregate contract
price exceeds for the whole work the sum of
$500,000, then upon request of said board, and
at their election, the second party shall forth
with prepare and submit new plans, drawings
and specifications, complete in all details,
which shall in their opinion so reduce the
cost of the work . that the same shall be
constructed by contract at a price nofto ex
ceed in the aerjregate the said sum of $500.0<M>.
The second party further hinds and obligates
himself to continue to change or modify the
original plans, or to substitute new ones, as
often as requested by said board, until the lat
ter are satisfied with the contract price, or
until the said price (for all work above the
foundation or grade level) shall in the aggre
gate fall within the said sum of $500,000.
When the said plans, drawings and specifica
tions,upon approval by the board, shalninally,
after advertisements duly published, be
adopted by them as a basis for the contract for
the erection of the said depot, then the second
party obligates himself to supervise the work as
It progresses at all times, and to report to the
board the manner in which the same is done.
In addition to this the second party shall ren
der nil such services as are generally required
on buildings, and the second party shall be in
all manner subject to the control of the chief
engineer of the board, acting under its direc
The secoikl party further agrees to draft and
submit to the board for its approval new or
modified plans upon the request of the board,
even if their plans have been finally adopted,
where, after the contract has been let or the
work partially completed, it shall be deemed
by the board proper or necessary to make ad
ditions to or changes in the original work.
All engineering work involved in the actual
building and construction of said proposed de
pot and its foundations shall be paid for by
said parties of the first part to or through such
contractors or engineers as they shall employ
at their own cost and expense; but said party
of the second part shall pay for at his own ex
pense any engineering work or services or any
engineer employed by him in the computa
tions and calculations involved i:i the prepara
tion by him of the said plans and drawings for
the said building.
As a compensation for his said services and
for such duties as the said party of the second
part may properly discharge as the architect
lor the drawing vi the plans and for the super
vision and construction of snid depot and its
foundation, he shall be entitled to charge and
shall receive from said board, for his services
in connection with the foundations of said
building, a sum equal to 2M per cent upon the
contract price of said foundation (or upon the
cost of said foundations, in case the same shall
be built otherwise than by contract), and for
his services in connection with the super
structure of said depot a sum equal to 5 per
cent upon the contract price of said super
structure (or upon the cost of said superstruc
ture in case the (tame is built otherwise than
by contract), which commissions and compen
sation shall be payable to said party of the ><v
ond part upon the following contingencies und
in the following times and manners, to wit:
1. If the plans prepared by said party of the
second part lor >aid work .-hall bo approved,
and the construction or work thereunder shall
be begun within twelve months from date
hereof then one-half part of said commissions
itowit: one and one-quarter percent of the
price or cost of said foundations and two and
one-half per cent of the price or cost ol the said
superstructure) shall be deemed due t>> said
party of the second part at the commencement
of said work, and shall oe paid by said panics
of the first part at the time of commencement
of said work, or prior thereto, at the option of
the said parties of the first part: and the bal
ance of said commissions, namely, the other
one-half thereof, shall thereafter and from
time to time be paid to said party of the second
par; hs the said work progresses, and in pro
portion as certificates are issued to the con
tractors or builders thereof for their payments
on account.
2. In case the said parties of the first part
shall not commence the actual work of con
struction of said building and foundations,
pursuant to said plans to be prepared by said
party of the second part, within twelve months
from date thereof, then and at the expiration
of said twelve months there shall be paid to
said party of the second part, on account of the
commissions herein above provided for, a sum
equal to one and a quarter (I 1 *) per cent of the
estimated cost of the said foundations of said
building (as so drawn and planned by him),
and two ana a half per cent of the estimated
f the superstructure of said building;
but, if the estimated cost of such superstruc
ture shall exceed the sum of i*;Hh),OOO, the
amount to be paid to said party of the second
part at the end of said twelve months, on
account of his commission* upon the said su
perstructure, shall be limited to a sum equal
to '2 l 2 per cent on $500,000; and, in the case
provfded for in this paragraph, whenever said
parties ot the first part shall, after the expira
tion of .-aid t wcive mouths from date hereof,
commence the actual construction of the foun
dation or supers! r.ucture of Mid building, pur
suant to the plans prepared lor them by said
party of the second part, the balance of the
total fees and commissions hereinabove pro
vided for to be paid to said party of the Beeond
part, less the sum which shall theretofore have
been paid on account as aforesaid, at the ex
piration of said twelve months, shall be there
after paid to him from time to time in propor
tion as said work of construction progresaei
and as certificates are issued to the contractor
or builders thereof for their payment on ac
3. In the event that the said party of the
second part shall, from any other cause than
the abandonment by him ot said work without
good cause, cease to be the architect of the said
board for the completion of the work contem
plated, then he shall be entitled to charge and
shall receive from said board for his services
hereunder, over and above such sum as shall I
have theretofore become due and payable to
him under the foregoing provisions hereof, a
sum equal to per cent of the contract
price or estimated cost of said building and
foundations, or, in lieu thereof, and at the
election of the said parties of the first part,
Buch further sum as would then Ik- due and
payable to nim under and pursuant to the
schedule of charges adopted by the American
Institute of Architects, as set forth and defined
in the memorandum hereto annexed, marked
exhibit A, which is hereby referred to and
made a part hereof.
When estimates are made by the said party
of the second part they shall tirst be submitted
to the chief engineer of the said party of the
first part for his approval, and in the event of
a difference of opinion between the said a
party and said engineer the decision of the
said party of the first part upon the questions
involved in such difference shall be final and
It is understood that all the drawings, plans
and specifications shall be prepared by said
party of the second part at his own office and
at his sole expense for clerical work and draw
In witness whereof the eaid Commissioners
have hereunto set their hands and the official
seal of the board, attested by the signature of
their secretary; nnd the party of the second
part has set his hand the day and year first
above written. < . F. Ramxtt,
Charles O. Alexander,
W. H. Brown,
State Harbor Commissioners.
J. J. Keegan, Secretary.
A. Page Brown.
When there was any glory to be had out
of the ferry foundation, thVbridge and the
union depot A. Page Brown was very
largely in evidence. When there was any
doubt as to the stability of the foundation
or the quality of the concrete A. Page
Brown dropped out of sight and shoved
forward Engineer Holmes. Mr. Brown
was liberal with his name when the design
was to be published, as the publications
will show, but when the breath of scandnl
fanned the foundation he was again swal
lowed in a mist and Holmes had to bear
the brunt of the investigation. Now there
is an investigation in progress by Profess
ors Sonle and Marx, the recognized au
thorities of the State, and the president of
the Board of Harbor Commissioners pro
poses that the architect shall be heard from.
",Mr. Brown has clearly violated his con
tract," said President Colnon yesterday
afternoon. "The contract in the first place
was drawn clearly in his favor and had he
lived by his terms he would have been well
enough compensated, bnt he has not even
had the common decency to follow out its
conditions". He was to have drawn up
the .specifications, but it is shown that En
gineer Holmes did this work. Mr. Brown
was to supervise the work on the founda
tions, but Inspectors Klein and Cheese
man were here to-day and both said that
they only saw Brown once on the work to
know him. When he did appear on the
work he had to be introduced by another
party to the inspectors. Mr. Holmes, the
engineer, has never seen him on the work
in the character of overseer, and it is a
matter of record that he has never made a
report to this board, and the only time he
has ever appeared before the Commission
ers is when he was sent for.
"When Professors Soule and Marx were
appointed as the Commissioners' experts
they came on to the investigation groping
in the dark. It was the place of Mr. Brown
to come forward and supply these gentle
men with all the data in his possession to
assist them in their work. But he did not
even offer a single suggestion, and they
had to go to Engineer Holmes to get a
start on their investigation."
When Brown signed the contract with
the Board of Harbor Commissioners he
named as his bondsmen Oscar Lewis and
J. C. Roberts. These gentlemen qualified
in the sum of $15,000, and they may be
called upon to make good the amount
which the architect has drawn down for
work, which, to say the least, has been
pooriy done.
The health authorities of a number of
States have recently made exhaustive ex
aminations of the baking powders with the
uniform result of finding the Royal supe
rior to all others.
The Grand Parlor Given the
Freedom of the City of
Skirmishes on Some of the Most
Important Issues to Be
There was no lack of evidence in Oak
land, at least in the uptown district yester
day, that some event out of the ordinary
was on the tapis, and the Native Sons had
as good cause to be proud of the reception
tendered them as Oakland had to be of the
cordialityand generous character of its man
ifestation of welcome. On every hand t lie
eye met streams of banners, artistically ar
ranged flags and shields, or bunting draped
in graceful folds. The occasion of all this
was the eighteenth annual convention of
the Grand Parlor of the Native Sons of the
Golden West.
Delegates and their friends began to ar
rive Sunday evening and last evening the
visitors, including delegates, numbered be
tween four and five thousand. Well
sprinkled among these were seen badges of
the Grand Parlor delegate?.
While headquarters have been regularly
established at the Galindo Hotel, the regis-
SPROUL, N. 8. G. W.
ters at all the other Oakland caravansaries
are well filled.
In honor of the visit of the Grand Parlor
Mayor John L. Davie lias issued the fol
lowing proclamation or message:
To the people of the city of Onklßiid: During ;
this week the Grand J'arior of the Native Sons
of the Golden West holds its sessions in this
city, and it devolves upon every citizen i.>
exhibit that .-pirit of hospitality which is the
proud boast of every California'community.
The order represents those high attributes of
fraternity and fosters a State pride that is the
foundation upon which all commonwealths
are based and built. It stands for moral and
intellectual advancement and Its bonds of fra
ternity extend to all parts of this great State
ami brine in close union all sections and politi
cal divisions. It is composed of those whose
vast influence is cut in the direction of social
and industrial progress and wh<i«c watchword
is the advancement of the great State which
gave them birth.
When we look about and consider the intense
civic pride of the New Yorker, the Oiiioan, the
Virginian, toe Verraonter and the Texan in
their respective commonwealths, we can then
readily appreciate the power that has made
those States.
It is the great propelling force that insures
honest and faithiul administration of govern
ment and upright citizenship.
Born on the soil, the members of this order,
too, have a warm place in the hearts of every
■ citizen of the State. They revive the memories
of the State's past glories, they are the motive
force of the present and they are the founda
tion upon which the hopes for a bright and
proud future are erected.
A Californian is welcome everywhere, and
let it not be said that they are least welcome at
home. Let the people of Oakland extend a
generous and free-nanded hospitality to the
officers, delegates and members of this great
order. Let their visit here be made one of in
terest and pleasure, so that their memories will
long retain the kindest and pleasantest recol
lections of Oakland and of Oakland's people.
Shortly before noon the Grand Parlor
was called to order by Grand President J.
D. Sproul. All the grand officers were
present except Grand Lecturer Henry C.
Gesford and Grand Trustee E. W. Frost.
Grand President Sproul appointed George
B. Lovdal of Sacramento to fall the va
cancy created by the absence of Grand
Trustee Frost.
W. W. Shannon acted as minute clerk.
C. 0. Dunbarof the Santa Rosa Demo
crat, Charles R. Heverin of the Marin
County Tocsin and E. B. Hayward of the
Woodland Democrat were appointed a
committee to select an official reporter and
arrange for the publication of the proceed
ings of ihe Grand Parlor in an Oakland
paper. They selected Delegate Heverin
as the official reporter and the Oakland
Times for the publication of the Grand
Parlor's proceedings.
The following committee on credentials
was appointed: Gustave Weiss of Mar
tinez, J. T. Skelton Jr. of Sacramento and
R. B. Tappan of Alameda.
During the recess the delegates were
photographed in a body in front of the City
Upon reconvening all vacancies in the
standing committees were filled by
the grand president. These committees
consisted as follows:
Finance-F. W. Lees, J. J. Fennell, R. W.
Printing and supplies— F. L. Byington, D. L.
Fitzgerald, L. H, Cook.
Laws and supervision— J. L. Gallager, George
K. de Golia, George N*. Van Orden, J. J. Wvatt,
J. H. I'etersen.
State of the order— Noah G. Rogers, J. J
Pfister. 11. G. W. Dinkelspiel, J. C. Freman, l.
J. Chipman.
Appeals and grievances— W. M. Conley, F. G
Ostrander, R. C. Rust, J. F. Coffcv, C. M.Cassin.
Petitions— C. M. Wooster, T. W. Doyle, c. \V
legislation— J. C. Prewett, F. J. Murasky, M.
B. Cope, 11. R. M. Noble, P. E. Zabala.
Ritual— Frajik L. Coombs, M. A. Dorn, A.
Ramish, J. A. Steinbaeh, D. K. Morgan.
Transportation— Rod W. Church, A. R.
Underwood, W. W. Shannon.
Committees on literature and on returns
were not appointed.
According to the report of the committee
on credentials the following delegates were
found entitled to seats:
San Francisco— W. W. Phannon, F. W. Mnrs
tOß, Harry Lachman, W. D. Shea, Henry Stern
D. L. Fitzgerald, T. W. Dovie, F. R. Neville, Jo
seph K. Hawkins, H. E. Coffey, J. B. Acton, R.
Andrews, W. W. Ackerson, D. C. Martin. J H
Mangels, E. L. Head, J. R. Howell, H. S. Mil*.
ner, John T. Harmes, Fred W. Lees, Louis F
Byington, J. B. Keenaa, L. M. Braunan, Robert
W. Maitland, George N. Van Orden, Charles H.
Buck, H. C. Pasqimle, VV. A. King, B. J. Hilde
brand, Louis P. Powelson, Charles R. Heverin,
James \V. Seinfeld, John J. Hack, Sylvester
Pearl, James 'Wilson, H. Abraham, Joseph
M. Cumming, Henry E. Farmar, Eugene W.
Levy, H. G. \V. Dinkelspiel, E. E. Fisher, Wil
liam W. Sanderson James T. Campbell, Carle
ton H. Johnson, W E MeCreery, W. A. Mona
han, J. 11. Roxburgh, Frank J. Murasky, J. T.
Cosgrove, James L Galllagher, Henry Ltchten
stein, A. 1,. Karl, M. D. Garratt, James J. Fen
nell, J. F. Lane, Fred K. Squires, Robert i.
Oak la n/3- -George E. de Golia, Conrad Reuter,
O. T. Wilson, L. S. Stone, H. N. Gard, George J.
Hans. Ed S. Hoed. K. W. Church.
Alur eda— R. B. Tappan, E. Mayrisch Jr.. O.
A. Hremer.
Alton— J. W. Monroe.
Alvarado— George Beebe.
Amador City— W, H. Fortier, J. T. Bennett.
Antioch— S.'E. Eramo.
Arcata— Charles Burrell, J. Edwin Morton.
Auburn— J. E. Prewett, L. L. Chamberlain.
Bakersfleld- B. L. Brundnge.
Bcnicia— William 11. Quarney.
Bodega— L. w. IfcGaughey.
Byron— \V. W. Huffman.
Calistoga— A. 11. McArthur.
Cambria— Milton Mayfleld.
Camptonville— W. R. " Williams.
Castroville— Lois Griflin.
Centerville — Joseph D. Norris.
Chico— L. A. Jackson, A. Abrahams.
Courtland— A. W. Johnson.
Crescent City— Frederick Frants.
Dixon— J. if. Peterson.
Downieville— H. S. Tibbey.
Dutch Flat— J. H. Runckel Jr.
Esparto— Henry llaiues.
Etna— F. M. Bradley, A. Parker Jr.
Eureka— C. W. Sktan, C. W. Cramer.
Ferndale— C. A. Berding.
Folsom— J. h. Leonard.
Forbestovvn— D. U. Tofl'elmier.
Forest Hill— G. Howard Garrison.
Fort Jones— J. E. Dudley.
Fresno— G. C. Freeman. F. A. Jloinan.
Georgetown— C. E. Benjamin.
Gibsonville— J. J. Barrett.
Gilroy— A. W. Furlong.
Glen Ellen— John 11. Weisse.
Grass Valley — James F. Robinson, A. F.
(irililey— E. A. Light.
Hulfmoon Bay— Thomas F. Quinion.
liaywards— Nell A. McConaghy, E. K. Stro
Ilollistcr— John Tatham.
Hueneme— L. H. Cook.
Independence— F. E. Densmore.
lone— J. A. Haverstick.
Jackson— R. C. Rust, H.C. GarbarlnL
Lincoln— Guy £. Jeter.-.-. %
Llvermore— William 11. Galway, George W.
Meyers. : 7J r -' c i'-VH-
Los Angeles — Herman: C. • Lithtenberger,
Frank Sablchi. D. W. Ed el man, A. Ramish.
Los Gatos— Noah G. Rogers. r ; . 7
Lower Lake— J. A. Kelsey. ,
Madera— William M. Conley.
Mariposa— K. L. Paine, G. E. Lind.
May field- K. A. Dornborger.
Martinez — Gustave Weiss, J. J. McMahon.
Marysville— J. H. Shaffer, J. M. Cremin.
Mento Park— E. S. flute.
Merced— F. G. Ostrander, A.T. Hyde.
Napa— Frank L. Coombs, B. S. Wilkins.
Nevada City— D, E. Morgan, J. J. Hanley, F.
E. Brown.
Nicasio — F. E. Rodgers.
Nipomo— W. H. (irisby.
i Occidental— L. Heedle*.
oroville— Robert J. Strong, George E.
Placervllle— Max Mierson, D. V.' Carr.
Pleasant Grove— W. W. Decker. r*
•Point Arena— H. P. Chaifant.
. Paso Robles -R. C. Nelson.
Plymouth— C. H. Potter.
Redlands— J. A. Rivera.
Redwood Joseph P. Coffey, D. E.Staf
Sacramento— William Henderson, A. E. Mil
ler, rharles X. Post, John T. Skelton Jr., G. B.
Salinas- P. E. Zabala.
San Bernardino— Oscar D. Foy, W. D. Wagner.
San Diego S. J. Sill.
San Jose— Toland Hart, A. R. Underwood, C.
M. Wooster, J,. J. Chipman, Steve L. Worden,
Thomas Monahan.
Shu Lucaa Hugh J. Nance.
San Luis Obispo— J. W. O'Hullivan.
San Mateo— John H. Herbst.
San Miguel— D. P. liahoney.
San Rafael— Sigfried Herzog, Thomas J. Fal
Santa Barbara— Walter B. Cope, C. A. Thomp
Santa Cruz— George Btaffier, M. Bisse, R. H.
.Santa Paula— F. F. Elwell.
Santa Rosa— J. 11. Laughlin, Don Mills and
Charles O. Dunbar.
Sawyers Bar— J. 8. Nailey.
Bebwtqpol— F. h. I.uth.
Shasta— C. J. Litscli.
Hierra City-George Morrison.
Smartsvilie-John McQuaid Jr.
Sonoma— Julius E. poppe.
Honora— Charles H. Mi-Cambridge.
M. Helena - H. L. Childs.
Stockton— H. R. McNoble, E. M. Grunsky and
George E. Catts.
Suisun— J. j. I'ilßter.
Susanvilh— John B. Snaulding.
Batter Creek- a P. Vlcini.
Tracy— W. <;. I^wis.
Vallejo— Wilbcrforce Dudley Jr.. P. J. Wen
Ventura— N. Hearfne, James Daly.
Visalia— Simon Levi.
Walnut Crook— J. L. Geary Jr.
Walsonville-- Kdward McCabe, C. M. Cassin.
Weaverviilc K. \y. stiller.
\Vheatlaiii]— K. N. Murpliy.
Winter*— W. 11. Gregory.
Woodland- E. H. Hayward, Owen Armstrong.
Yreka— F. J. McNulty.
hi order to ,*ave time the reports of~the
oflicers, the salient features of vvhic]i were
published in the Call of Sunday, were re
ferred to the proper committees without
being read.
Frank D. Ryan presented a resolution as
Jienolved. That a general celebration of Ad
mission day by the order be held at Sacramen
to on the 9th of September, 1895.
In connection with the resolution the
following telegrams were read:
Sacramento, April 23, 1895.
J. D. SprouX, Grand Prenident N. 8. O. W.: Sac
ramento wants you on the next Admission day
and wants you badly. We offer you the State
Fair, the Buffalo Brewery and the State treas
ury, if needed. We will guarantee you a grand
time. B. U. Stki'nman,
Mayor of Sacramento.
Sacramento, April 22, 1895.
Frank D. Ryan, care Grand Parlor, Oakland,
Cal.: Have raised $3000 additional at the meet
ing of business men yesterday. Decided to
make Saturday, Monday* and Tuesday holidays.
Boys, we guarantee me greatest celebration
ever held; $8000 guaranteed in all.
J. W. Henderson Jr.,
Robert Grkkr,
C. T. Barton.
The signers of this telegram are members
of the Sacramento parlors. .-- .. • / "
; Grand Trustee Frank ' > Mattison then
moved to amend the resolution by striking
out . '> the {. word - : Sacramento ■ and ;, insert
ing Santa Cruz, la support of this a tele
gram from Mayor Effey was read as fol
Santa Cruz extends the glad hand of welcome
to the Native Sons and wants to see them here
in September. Will do all in our power to
make the occasion a big success, and would
like a chance to outdo the good old times.
Another from J. R. Chace of the Pacific
Ocean House was also read. It said :
Santa Cruz, April 22, 1895.
J. P. Dockery, Chairman Ninth of September
Comnittce: Citizens have guaranteed the com
mittee $2000, now making $5000.
Passenger Agent Goodman's letter as
' published in Sunday's Call was also read
to the convention. .
The whole matter was then made a
i special order for 11 a. m. Wednesday.
If the character and volume of applause
| that . ereetcd the mention of these respec-
I tive cities was any criterion of what the
I result is to be Sacramento will carry off
I the honor. Had a vote been taken yester
day Santa Cruz would apparently have
had less than one-third of the votes of the
delegates. But forty-eight hours will pass
before the vote will be taken, and within
that time a change of sentiment may be
worked. It is ' expected that one of the
greatest fights ever seen on the floor of the
convention will evolve from this matter,
as the celebration will be of more than
ordinary interest. It will not only be the
i regular triennial Admission-day festival of
the order, but will celebrate the twentieth
anniversary of the birth of the Native Sons
of the Golden West. . ■
. Next came a resolution signed by Charles
M. Cassin and Edward McCabe, members
of the Watson parlor, committing the
Grand Parlor to the holding of the next
| convention in Watsonville. This was fol
lowed by one presented by J. B. Blake
and C. A. Thompson of San Luis Obispo,
resolving that the next meeting be held in
that city. Their consideration was made a
special order for 2 p. m. Wednesday.
It is probable that before any discussion
is had as to the respective claims of these
two towns, action will have been taken on
the proposition of locating the Grand Par
| lor permanently in San Francisco. Should
j San Francisco fail to win a lively contest
{ will result between the adherents of Wat
! sonville and San Luis Obispo.
Eight o'clock was the hour set for the
formal welcome of the Native Sons to the
city of Oakland by Mayor Davie, but long
before that hour the streets debouching
into the grounds surrounding the City
Hall became streams of human beings,
and when the exercises began one of the
largest gatherings ever assembled for an
occasion of this kind filled the ample
widths of Washington and Fourteenth
streets and the lawns of the City Hall
grounds. The number present was not
less than 10,000. ■ ; .
After the rendering of a brief musical
selection by Cassasa's Band, Chairman Rod.
W. Church, chairman of the committee of
arrangements, extended a welcome to the
visitors on behalf of the local parlors, and
then, in a few well selected words, ; intro
duced Mayor Davie, who, in his address of
welcome, expressed regret that he was not
a native son of California, but thought he
was next door to it in being a native son of
New York. "But." he continued, "I have
done the best I could under the circum
stances. lam the father of three native
eons." The remainder of his speech was
as follows:
Native Sons of the Golden West: From all
over the West you have come to our city to
hold your annual reunion. In the name of
Oakland I welcome you ; as a citizen I welcome
you, and as chief executive of our municipality
I bid you a hearty and earnest welcome. May
your stay among us create impressions that
will be reviewed and remembered with pleas
ure in days to come.
You are sons of argonauts — of Jasons who
came in search of the golden fleece that many
of them did not find; but they found a golden
west, a glorious country, and they left their
j sons in the "gar-den of the world." They left
j them a land in which every man may sit under
his own vine and fig tree— the land of the
orange and the grape, the yellow wheat and
the bough-laden orchard. You are truly sons
of the golden — the only golden west on
the face of God's earth.
The name "Native Sons" inspires the thought
of patriotism. You a,re the sons of patriots — of
! men whose adventurous spirit and tireless
! energy carried them over thousands of miles of
i deserts drear, through wild tribes of merciless
Indians and across cloud-piercing ranges of
mountains, white with eternal mows, to the
land of the Golden West. The sons of patriots,
you are patriots. Should occasion demand, no
State in the Union would send, forth braver
and more unflinching defenders of their coun
try's flair than would the land of the argonauts
—the Golden West. While we read the pages
which are the record of the brave deeds and
Hercules-like labors of the argonauts, your
fathers, you will feel the inspiration that makes
men brave and energetic, confident of success
and ever ready to struggle for the right.
Young men, the blood of the pioneers flows
in your veins, the world is before you, and
your home— your native land— is the Golden
west. Prove yourself worthy of the heritage
bequeathed by your fathers.
Once more, gentlemen, I bid you welcome to
At this point the Mayor introduced
President Jo D. Sproul of the Grand Par
lor to the assemblage and presented him
with the key of the city, intended to be
emblematic of the whole-souled hospitality
to be extended to the delegates, and their
friends by the entire body of residents of
the city of Oakland. ,
The gilded emblem rested on a huge
velvet cushion and measured about three
feet in length, the handle being decorated
with streamers of red, white and blue rib
bons. On it was the following inscription :
"Key to the gate of the Athens of the Pa
cific. . Presented to California's noble
sons." In handing it to President Sproul
Mayor Davie expressed the wish that it
would be enjoyed to the fullest extent.
President Sproul in accepting the em
blem remarked jocularly that it was rather
more than the usual size and would need
a large keyhole. The latter, however, he
continued, was a common want. It was
frequently a matter of little difficulty to
find one's latchkey when returning home
late of an evening, but trouble often arose
in finding a keyhole large enough to fit it.
I He then returned thanks on behalf of the
Native Sons for the cordial welcome ex
tended them by the people of Oakland and
he felt confident that they would always
look back to the visit of the Grand Parlor
with memories filled only with pleasant
This concluded the formal exercises and
the vast throng dispersed to enjoy the
music of the grand open-air concert in the
City Hall park dispensed by Charles H.
Casassa's orchestra of thirty instruments,
the following selections being rendered:
Grand overture, "Macbeth". .......... Hat ton
Operatic selection, "Faust".; Gounod
Pasquinade ....:...:......Gottschalk
Fantasle, American airs, ."Lustlgerßruder"...
... — .*. .......... .Kuppey
Concert waltz (by reque5t).. ....... .:...... Vollsteut
Overture, "William Tell" .Rossini
(Sextet, "Lucia". ........;................. D0nnizettl
Gems from the Admired works of Tosti Godfrey
Excerpt! from "A Gaiety Gir1". .............. .J0nes
March, "Great Repub1ic"..... '..;.... .....:..■. Thlelo
Several additional arc-lights had been
erected about the grounds and the
scene was made ntarly as light
as ever.
Although the election for officers does
not take place until Thursday a large por
tion of the time not devoted to session was
consumed in discussing the chances of the
candidates for the contested offices, and in
canvassing for favored aspirants.
In the natural line of promotion Presi
dent. Jo I). Sproul will become past g^rand
president, and Grand Vice-President
Frank H.Dunn will succeed to the presi
dent's chair. For grand secretary Henry
Lunstedt, the efficient incumbent, will
have no opposition, nor will there be any
to Grand Treasurer Henry S. Martin.
Grand Lecturer Henry C. Gesford will take
the chair of the grand vice-president, as
being in the line of promotion to that
office, but for the remaining offices there
will be more or less exciting contests.
For grand lecturer there are no less than
four contestants already in the field —
GrandJOrator Eugene F. Bert, Grand Trus
tee George D. Clark, James L. Gallagher
and H. G. W. Dinkelspiel, all of San Fran
cisco. The real fight, however, is said to
lie between Bert and Clark. The friends
of Bert base his claims on the facts that he
is in direct line of promotion to that office
and that Mission 'Parlor, of which he is rf
member, has never yet had a past grand
president, while Pacific Parlor, to which
Clark belongs, has had four in the past
eight years. There will probably be more
than one ballot for this office, as it requires
a clear majority of all votes cast to elect.
For grand orator Grand Trustee Edwin
A. Munroe and W. M. Conley of Madera
will enter the field, both being strong can
Fox grand inside sentinel J. B. Blake,
the present outside sentinel, and Gus
Weiss will contest.
Judging from the large number of aspir
ants, tlie office of grand; outside sentinel is
exceedingly popular, out this is accounted
for by the fact that it is the first stepping
stone to the high honor of becoming a past
grand president. The candidates for this
position are J. J. Ptister of Suisun, George
N. Van Orden of San Francisco, Charles O.
Dunbar of Santa Rosa, Joe Norris of Cen
terville. John Leathers Jr. of Woodland
and J. H. Peterson of Dixon.
To-day the great events, aside from the
proceedings of the Grand Parlor, will be
the parade, which is to start at 11 a. m.,
and the barbecue at Trestle Glen imme
diately after the disbandment of the parade.
Themost striking feature of the pageant
will be the float of P^ireka. The lady who
will represent California on this float is
Mrs. Nellie Hodrcin. She is of French and
Spanish extraction, rather short in stature,
has bright Hashing eyes, masses of dark
hair, and by her unusual beauty of features
and form is peculiarly fitted to represent
the glorious State of the Golden West.
A Charter Party Suit Involving a Large
Sum or Money Is Finally
Starr & Co. won the suit brought against
them by the Golgate Ship Company in the
United States Court of Appeals yesterday.
In June, 1891, the Golgate was chartered in
Liverpool by Starr & Co. The charter was
signed by John Joyce & Co. for the ship
and by Balfour, Williamson & Co. for the
California firm.
The words '-charterer's surveyor" were
stricken out and "competent surveyor" in
serted. Balfour, Williamson & Co. ob
jected, but when it was explained that in
another instance Starr & Co. had agreed
to the chance, they signed the charter
party. The rate agreed upon was 38s 9d a
When the Goleate arrived here from
Newcastle, N. S. W., Starr & Co. refused to
load her because they could not employ
their own surveyor.
In the meantime freights dropped to 19s
a ton, and the ship was loaded by some
one else at that figure. The Colgate Ship
Company then brought suit to recover
$19,180, the amount they haa lost in the
transaction. In the first trial of the case
Judge Morrow gave a decision in favor of
Starr <fc Co., but, on a rehearing, reversed
and gave a verdict for the Gqlgate Ship
Company for the amount claimed. The
United States Circuit Court of Appeals
yesterday reversed Judge Morrow s de
cision and ordered the libel dismissed.
Lawyer Jeffries of Seattle Has
a Plan for Their
He Would Incorporate Them Into a
Co-operative Common
A large audience of laboring men listened
last evening at the Labor Temple on Turk
street to the presentation of a plan of prac
tical co-operation which its promoters
think is destined to satisfactorily solve
the vexing question of what to do with the
The speaker of the evening was E. J.
Jeffries of Seattle, formerly a printer and
later an attorney, who for two years past
has given his entire attention to labor
questions. His address excited consider
able discussion, not all of which was favor
able to his proposition. Another meeting
to consider the scheme will be held this
evening on the steps of the Mint on Fifth
The title given the new scheme is the
"Co-operative Commonwealth.'" It pro
poses to associate the unemployed single
workingmen in a corporation, of which
each shall be a shareholder, and in which
no one shall own more than one share of a
par value of 1 cent. It aims to establish a
headquarters where the members shall eat
and sleep. It proposes to distribute
dodgers asking for orders for work snd will
maintain a telephone at headquarters by
which such orders may be received. When
work is ordered men are to be detailed to
perform it and the money so earned is to
go into a common fund. When the cor
poration becomes prosperous it is intended
to pay suitable wages to all members, with
holding from each a small sum— say 10
cents a day — for a reserve fund. This,
when it shall become large enough, is to be
used for the purchase of land upon which
the unemployed may work, becoming pro
ducers instead of consumers.
Mr. Jeffries stated that a "co-operative
commonwealth" had been started in Se
attle and another in Portland, and that
both were in a very prosperous condition.
To get his headquarters started he proposes
to interest perhaps a score of people who
will solicit donations of food, bedding,
stoves, dishes and so forth. Then he will
set a table which shall be free to every un
employed man who desires to ioin the
organization. He expects to nave no
difficulty in securing members, because, as
he remarks, hunger is a great persuader.
Having joined they will be set to work,
and any one who will not work will be ex
pelled and at once become a fit person for
police attention as a vagrant.
By means of this plan Mr. Jeffries says
he can care for all the unemployed, giving
them wholesome food and a comfortable
place to sleep at a maximum cost of $1 a
week each.
"There's no place like home" when the
food is prepared with Dr. Price's Baking
The Traffic Association Takes on An
other Lease of Life and Will
Begin Anew.
The executive committee of the Traffic
Association held a postponed meeting yes
terday, and discussed the question of dis
banding or continuing as an organization.
Some members argued that there was
little or nothing now to be done. General
Manager J. S. Leeds, who was really the
head and energy of the concern in many
ways, had gone East, and on that account
the usefulness of the association had come
to a close.
This opinion did not iind favor with the
majority of the committee, however, and
after some discussion it was determined to
continue the organization.
Since the association is to take on a new
lease of life a sub-committee was appointed
to consider in what particular respect the
body could be of most benefit to shippers
and importers. A week from next Wed
nesday the sub-committee will make its
Saved the Babies.
A crowd of laughing, playing babies were
saved from injury and possible death by the
brave promptitude of Officer Wolhveber late
yesterday afternoon. The little ones were
frolicking on the edge of the sidewalk, when a
runaway horse attached to a buggy dashed to
ward them. The stalwart young policeman saw
the horse tearing down the street, but did not
intend to try to stop it till he noticed that the
maddened animal was headed directly for the
group of children. He at once sprang at the
horse's head, grasping one line of the bridle
with both hands. The officer was swung off
his feet, but kept his grip and was dragged
thirty feet before ho finally brought the horse
to a standstill within a foot of the spot where
the little ones were huddled together in terror
and dismay at the Impending danger.
Wentworth McKeen of Keswick, N. B.
had a live sable on exhibition in St. John,
recently. It was caught by him on the
upper St. John.
The Grand Jury Talks Very
Plainly to the Railroad
Everything That Is Demanded Is
Promised Without Reser
The Market-street Railway Company
promise to comply with the law requiring
guards or fenders to be placed on all cable
and electric cars. They have promised
this same thing many times before, but
now there is a probability that the much
needed protection to life and limb will be
The Grand Jury had a short but inter
esting session last night, and it was then
that the railway company, through H. E.
Huntington and J. L. Willcutt, promised
that the law should be complied with.
The matter has been before the Grand
Jury for some time and the appearance of
these gentlemen before that body was to
explain the absence of the fenders and to
name a time when the people could
reasonably expect some protection from
the rolling death-traps.
The railroad representatives explained
to the satisfaction of the Grand Jury
many things that have hitherto appeared
a little mysterious to the average citizen,
and went so far as to say that the com
}>any would immediately offer a reward
or the safest and most practical guard or
fender that human ingenuity could de
vise. They wanted a little time to do all
of this, but the cars would certainly be
provided with protectors at the earliest
possible moment. Mayor Sutro was
present also, pointing out the law in the
case, and insisting on an immediate com
pliance with the same on the part of the
offending corporation.
The Grand Jury also took up the case of
Alonzo J. Whitman, alias Edwin J. Dela
field. the forger, who was arrested in New
York last Saturday. Whitman is badly
wanted in San Francisco for several forger
ies committed about a year ago, hence the
prompt action taken by the Grand Jury.
The only witnesses examined last night
were Chief Crowley and J. D. Maxwell, the
insurance agent who is out $500 through
the skillful penmanship and suave tongue
of the man now under arrest in New York.
There are several witnesses yet to be ex
amined, but there is hardly any doubt but
that an indictment will be returned against
Last summer Delafield or Whitman came
here with strong letters of recommenda
tion, and in a short time gained the confi
dence of quite a number of people. He
obtained entrance into the most exclusive
circles of society, and one fine day in July,
1894, a number of people found themselves
with forged paper on their hands.
Delafield succeeded in passing worthless
checks on the following people, securing
the amounts named: Yanderlyn Stow,
$250: agent of the Burlington road, $100;
C.Johnson. $500; Occidental Hotel, $400,
$350 of which was repaid :J. D. Maxwell,
$500. It is also said he succeeded in
securing smaller sums on the same kind of
paper, or as a loan for "a few days."
Most of these checks were given on the
Traders' Bank of New York, and were re
turned as fraudulent. When asked about
the matter he told a plausible story of
mistakes on the part of the bank, promis
ing at the same time to take up the checks
in a few days. Without bidding his friends
good - by, Whitman started eastward,
finally landing in Chicago. It was said
tbat he was interested with a gang of
forgers in Chicago, who succeeded in plac
ing $50,000 worth of bogus paper on the
market, but there was not sufficient proof
to convict. Since that time he has been
following a career of crime, finally winding
up in prison in New York, as published in
the Call of Sunday.
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the shriveled and shrunken
skin, tones and invigorates
the nerves and muscles, en-
riches the impoverished
blood vessels, and supplies
youth and elasticity to the
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