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A. H. Ricketts of the Miners'
Association Says It Has
Not Been Kept.
Light Thrown on Clear Lists of
Lands Patented to the
A. H. Rickctt of the California Miners'
Association, who recently went to Wash
ington, D. C, as the duly accredited agent
of the association to consult with Presi
dent Cleveland and Secretary Hoke Smith
with regard to the issues which are of vital
importance to it, due to the action of the
railroad companies in seeking patent for
mineral lands lying within the limits of
their grants in the State of California, is
not pleased with either President Cleve
land or Secretary Smith. The cause of his
displeasure is based on a dispatch received
yesterday from Washington, which is to
the effect that Secretary Smith, in spite of
his assurance to Representative Caminetti
and of the manner in which Mr. Rickett
recently presented the case of the miners,
continues to patent lands to the railroads
in California.
In expressing his opinion of the action
of Secretary Smith, Mr. Rickett was de
cidedly emphatic when seen in regard to
the matter yesterday. "If this is true," he
said, "and I have no reason to doubt it, I
say that it is an outrage and a failure to
keep faith." Reading from the dispatch,
Mr. Rickett added: "It says, 'To-day he
(Secretary Smith) approved a clear list
consisting of 109,293 acres within the grant
to the Central Pacific Railroad in Califor
nia. There is no way of discovering here
what steps were taken to ascertain the
character of this land.'
"This is what is meant by a clear list,"
said he. "I read from the rules and regu
lations of Hoke Smith, announced July 9,
Where the lands selected by the company are
within a mineral belt, or proximate to any
niining claim, the railroad company will be
required to file with the local land officers an
affidavit by the land agent of the company,
which affidavit shall be attached to said list
when returned, setting forth in substance that
he has caused the lands mentioned to be care
fully examined by the agents and employes
of the company as to their mineral or agricul
tural character, and that to the best of his
knowledge and belief none of the lands re
turned in said list are mineral lands.
Upon receipt of said list you will cause it to
be examined, and a clear list to be prepared of
all lands embraced therein that are not within
a radius of six miles from any mineral entry,
claim, or location, which list shall be trans
mitted to the department for its approval. If
any of the lands embraced in said list of selec
tions are found upon examination to be within
a radius of six miles from any mineral entry,
claim, or location, you will cause a supplemen
tal list of such lands to be prepared, and return
the same to the register and receiver of the dis
trict in which they are situated, and notify the
railroad company that they have been so re
"Of course I have no means of knowing
at this time what the land is that is in
cluded in »his clear list, but I do know
this. Commissioner Drummond in a com
munication to Secretary Delano wrote:
A former Commissioner of the Land Office
says: Aside from the obstacles growing out of
the peculiar character of the lands, which ren
dered it difficult, even with the utmost circum
spection and care, to carry out the Intention of
Congress and prevent the disposition of min
eral lands as agricultural, I have found that,
owing to the grossly careless, not to say fraud
ulent, manner in whicn deputy surveyors exe
cute tneir work in the field and make their
returns, the distinction which Congress had
drawn between agricultural and mineral lands
warn not observed, and whole townships of the
richest mineral land in the world, including
■well-known mines which had been worked
mcoeufally for years, and which were still
being worked successfully and profitably, were
returned to this office and to the local laud
offices as agricultural land, and so posted on
the tractbobks, ana became from the date of
such return subject to sale and to selection by
railroads, etc., as agricultural lands, in direct
violation of the plain intent of Congress, as
expressed not only in previous legislation but
in the very act under which these lands were
"I drew the particular attention or the
President to this matter and added that
yet under the rules promulgated by Secre
tary Smith the only examination provided
for on the part of anybody representing
the Government, of a list of railroad selec
tions, is an examination of the same or sim
ilar data to that which was condemned by
Commissioner Drumrnond.
"I have President Cleveland's letter to
me, and it has been published, in which he
advises me that it was not necessary for
me to remain longer in Washington, "as no
further patents to the railroad would be
granted and that grants would be sus
pended until the railroad had settled its
indebtedness to the Government. "
"It would appear that that promise has
not been kept."
"It would appear that way," said Mr.
The whole matter will be discussed at
length at the meeting of the executive
committee of the California Miners' Asso
ciation to be held to-morrow night in the
Palace Hotel.
Michael >"olan Convicted of Battery on
Officer Heaphy.
The charge of battery preferred by
Policeman Heaphy against Michael Nolan
of Bernal Heights was heard by Judge
Joachimsen yesterday and Nolan was con
victed and ordered to appear for sentence
Heaphy had been at a picnic at Glen
wood Park of the Sunday-school of St.
James parish on Saturday, May 25. Nolan
and two friends were there also. Nolan
had a grudge against Heaphy. and when
he saw him on the train on the return
journey he and his two friends made a tar
get of Heaphy's face with their fists and the
officer was unable to report for duty for
several days.
Over a dozen witnesses appeared for the
defense and all denied there was any fight
ing on the train. Some of them were
Bcrapping for gum on the floor of the car
riage when the policeman interfered, but
they said "nobody touched him.
A. O. F. Hall Association Sued for Some
Ten-Cent Admissions.
Victor E. Josselyn and Milton Sichel
brought suit in the Justices 1 Court yester
day against the Ancient Order of Foresters
Hall Association. They complain that on
April 27 they engaged from the defendants
the hall at 102 O'Farrell street, known as
Social Hall, for the evening of May 29 for
the purpose of holding a dance therein ; that
they spent some $20 in cash and labor in
advertising the dance; that they went to
the hall on the evening of the 29th and
some 350 others gathered there from whom
they expected to collect 10 cents admission
fee "and also 10 cents each additional for
hat checks, which would amount to $70 in
Highest of all in Leavening Power.— Latest U.S. Gov't Report
all, but that the defendants turned them
out and refused to allow them to use the
hall. It is for the incidental financial loss
that the plaintiffs sue.
The San Francisco Gag Light Company
WHI Probably ISrect. One at an
Karly Date.
The San Francisco Gas Light Company
has discovered that the electric light is
affecting its revenue, and that if it wishes
to keep in the front ranks of progress it
will have to add an electric light plant to
the one used for furnishing gas to the citi
What the company may do in the course
of the next few months lias not yet been
definitely determined, but yesterday after
noon Joseph B. Crockett," the president,
started for the East and Europe to be ab
sent three or four months. During his
visit East and on the Continent he will ex
amine all the prominent electric light ;
plants and obtain facts and figures to form j
the basis of an exhaustive report he will i
present to the directors on his return. For I
some time past the officers of the company I
have been engaged in studying the electric
light problem, and in an informal way they
have decided that they ought to have a
plant to furnish the new light. Without j
estimates they came to the conclusion that \
such a plant as they require would cost j
about $2,000,000.
"Mr. Crockett left for the East to-day,"
said the secretary of the company yester- j
day afternoon, "and the purpose of his |
visit is to familiarize himself with all the j
[Sketched yesterday by a "Call" artist.]
details of electric light. In fact, he has
gone on what might be called a recon
noitering expedition."
P. K. Gillette, a Grass Valley Barber,
Invents a Guard for Street
P. E. Gillette, a Grass Valley barber with
a turn of mind for invention, has con
structed a model for an electric or cable
car fender, which he brought down from
the mountain town and submitted to Mr.
Vining yesterday. It was especially con
structed to overcome the railroad man's
objection to nearly all of the models here"
tofore submitted — namely, that nothing
yet presented would work on a grade.
Mr. Gillette's intention was made with
especial reference to grades and works by
a triple-action spring. The fender is made
oi wire netting and runs on two small
tracks one inch and a half from the road
bed. When striking an obstruction it is
forced to the rails and when springing
back to its natural position turns a wire
"basket," which throws and holds the
obstruction, if a movable one, out of
danger. A wire screen attachment ex
tends along the car on either side, thus
affording ample protection from the
wheels. Mr. Vining complimented the
inventor on his work, telling him that it
was one of the few fenders submitted
worthy of consideration.
George Eliot, to the end of her life, enter
tained the fondest regard for her mother.
She said. "Mighty is the force of mother
hood. It transforms all things by its vital
heat; it turns timidity into fierce courage
and dreadless defiance into tremulous sub
mission ; it turns thoughtlessness into fore
sight, and stills all anxiety into calm con
tent; it makes selfisnness become self
denial, and gives even to hard vanity the
glance of admiring love."
Appalachie Bay, Florida, was variously
termed Apahlahchie, Abolachie, Apeolatei,
Palaxy, Palatcy and so on.
Major Pearce's Eloquent Ex
position Before the Cham
ber of Commerce.
Something Must Be Done to Protect
the Manufacturer Against the
Cheap Labor Countries.
I JThe Chamber of Commerce and a num
ber of prominent manufacturers and busi
ness men, present by special invitation,
listened to an interesting and instructive
address by Major Charles E. Pearce of St.
Louis yesterday afternoon.
Major Pearce is a lawyer with a large
practice in St. Louis, and is interested
quite extensively in the manufacture of
jute and cotton goods. Having recently
returned from a tour through England,
Scotland, India, China and Japan, where
he devoted much of his time to a close and
critical inspection of the manufacturing
institutions and the processes of those
countries, his address was closely con
fined to a comparison of the several pro
cesses in vogue and a comprehensive ex
position of the deductions he had made,
touching on the effect of those foreign
competitors on the future of American
manufacturing industries.
It was apparent to all who heard him
that he had been a critical observer. He
is a statistician from an inherent love of
facts and figures, and much that he told
his hearers yesterday afternoon was new,
entertaining and instructive.
After a few introductory words in a
happy vein he said :
"I went down to Manchester and found
there 30,000 cotton manufacturers and
workers protesting by petition to Parlia
ment against the 5 per cent duty on cotton
goods from India. The why will be seen.
"I dropped into the manufactory of Cox
Brothers in Dundee, where they employ
7000 operators under the best sanitary con
ditions. I was told by one of the members
of the firm that they would have to move
some of their machinery to India; that it
was no use — they could not compete with
the cheap labor of that country. I had not
been in Calcutta fifteen days before I saw
samples of their manufactured goods that
proved conclusively that no further ex
periment was necessary. They can manu
facture goods equal to that produced by
the manufacturers of Dundee. Therefore
i£ is impossible for the English manufac
turers to compete.
"I have traveled over 6000 miles of rail
way in India, and they are equal to many
of the lines in this country. The price of
railroad labor there is (icents a day. It is the
same throughout the entire scale. The best
bank clerks and expert bookkeepers get
$17 50 a month ; expert accountants, $25 to
$125 a month, for which labor we pay $250
and $300 a month; lathe-machinists, 27
cents a day; master mechanics, $3 75 a
month. The highest skilled labor receives
only $7 50 a month. It is the same in
"When England shut down the mints in
London with the result of demonetizing
silver in the Orient she did a greater ser
vice for the silver men of the United States
than all the speeches and press work that
has been carried on up to this day. But to
return to the manufacturing question —
what is true of the cotton manufacture is
also true of the metal-workers. In Japan
watches are made by workmen who get
from 3to 6 cents a day. I bought a watch
there for $11, which would have sold for $27
or $30 in New York City. In metals we
all know they have excelled for the last
hundreds of years.
"I went into the match factories there,
and let me tell you that they have certainly
closed Germany out of the Oriental mar
kets. It is the same with brushes. Here
is a brush (exhibiting a finely made tootn
brush) that could not be bought in New
York for less than 90 cents a dozen, and
the Japanese turn them out for 23 cents.
I'll tell you, gentlemen, it is a great and
momentous question, and it devolves on
us to solve it. And let me say that when
these Japanese get their matches, their
metal works and their brushes, and, in
fact, all other articles of skilled manufac
ture in this country I will thank my stars
that I have no interest in the Diamond
Match Company and other manufacturers
that will have to stand against that com
"In India and Japan the manufacturing
enterprises are increasing rapidly. In ten
years more India will not be importing a
single article of manufacture from Eng
land, and in the years to come she will not
only be supplying her own wants, but will
be knocking at tat doors of the j,reat mar
kets of the world. It may be deduced from
this prophecy that when England loses
her vast export trade with the countries
which are so rapidly coming to the front
in manufacture she will cease to be the
banker and creditor of the world;
when she loses her £75,000,000 income per
annum from her foreign markets she will
be ready to enter into an international
compact for a bimetallic currency. Just as
sure as we are here to-day when India ac
quires her commercial independence Eng
land will become a bimetallic country.
"Going back to Japan we find that a few
years ago she had about 400.000 cotton
spindles in operation, now she has upward
of a million and a quarter and in five
years there will be four million spindles
in operation in Japan. These facts point
in various directions. This great domain
of the Pacific Coast has got to have some
outlet for her immense products and every
patriotic citizen should bend all his
energies to the completion of the Nicara
gua canal. If that great waterway were
completed it would not be long before
California and the Southern cotton dis
tricts would be able to supply Japan with
all the cotton needed in her manufacture.
"It would be the same with your wheat
and other cereal products. Next to the
importance of the completion of this great
waterway comes the" acquisition of the
Hawaiian Islands. They are needed in
our commerce and mean "more to us than
appears on the surface. But the great
trouble with our people is that of national
egotism — we are too self-sufhcient in our
selves; but the vast working element of
the country, on which the grind of increas
ing competition must come, will awaken
us to a realizing comprehension of our
"\ou cannot show me a manufacturing
institution in the United States that within
the next six months I cannot meet in com
petition with the manufacturing products
of Japan. The Japanese mind is the most
acquisitive mind in the world. There has
not been a college in England, Europe or
the United States within the last twenty
years that has not had Japanese students.
I'll tell you, gentlemen, that the Japanese
are bound to c>ecome one of the most pow
erful commercial elements in the world.
Their navy is one of the finest on the globe
to-day, and with their wonderful re
sources and unequaled acquisitiveness,
it is not strange that they should acquire
such a foothold in the vital affairs of the
"It is no wonder they make good
soldiers. They are full of patriotism and
loyalty; they are brave and possess a
power of endurance that almost passeth all
understanding. I know of no army of
men of any nation to-day that I would
rather command than that of the Japanese
people, and the danger of competition from
such a contiguous nation cannot be passed
over lightly. It is our duty as Americans
and loyal citizens to look" these matters
squarely in the face and meet them as far
as possible through the medium of Con
gress. Let us not pass over them too
lightly, but act while there is time."
On motion of Louis Sloss a vote of thanks
was tendered the able speaker and all pres
ent rose to their feet in recording the vote.
Mr. Rutherford of Oakland said the
manufacture of hemp, jute, cotton and
flax had been tiied there for many years,
and he said his experience had been that
of the eloquent speaker. He then spoke
of a visit to the pottery works in England
and contrasted what he saw there with the
appearance of Trenton, N. J., on his re
turn. The whole city of Trenton seemed
to be to let— the pottery-kilns were idle
and all permanently closed down. The
lesson thus taught is "that all the improve
ments and patents in the various processes
of manufacture had been introduced into all
the cheap labor countn.es, and at this time
in this City goods from Japan and other
cheap labor countries are oeing sold in
open market in competition with our own
products. The mill with which the speak
er is connected had experimented with Cali
fornia grown cotton, but it was not a suc
cess. He feared the time was coming when
the mill would have to be moved to Japan.
But what , California wants, he said in
conclusion, is an increased manufacture
next to an increased population. He hoped
the prominent and representative men
present would not fail to seriously con
sider the valuable and portentous infor
mation given them by the gentleman from
St. Louis.
After the meeting adjourned many lin
gered to discuss the matter so forcibly pre
sented by Major Pearce.
It Discusses an Interesting and Enter
taining Paper on the Individu
ality of Socialism.
The Fabian Club held its regular meet
ing Mondaj night at 713 Van Ness avenue.
The subject of the evening's discussion
was "Individuality as Applied to Social
ism." After an essay on this subject was
read by Mr. Daniels the paper was fully
discussed by Mr 3. Carr, Rev. J. E. Scott.
A. H. Sanborn, M. J. Ferguson and other
prominent members of the club. The talk
of Mrs. Carr was probably the Best re
ceived, as she advanced a lot of ideas and
theories heretofore unthought of. Tne
next meeting of the club will be an inter
esting one, as Dr. Scott is to speak.
A well-known member of the club has
received a letter from Dr. Herron. dated
Grinnell, la. He expresses himself as
highly delighted with California and its
climate, and hopes to pay the coast another
visit belore many days.
They manipulate paper into every conceiv»
able shape ; print or bind it. Mysell & Rollins,
521 Clay street. *
Accles Rapid-Fire Gun for the
Naval Battalion, N. G. C,
Is Here.
Seven Hundred Shots a Minute.
Initial Velocity of 2000 Feet
Per Second.
The Accles rapid-fire gun, which was
ordered for the use of the Naval Reserve
several weeks ago, reached this City on
Sunday lasj, and was turned over to
The Accles Gun Mounted for Use on
Board Ship.
[From an engraving.]
Lieutenant Frank A. Brooks, adjutant of
the battalion. For twenty-four hours it
lay in the freightyards of the Southern
Pacific, and in its packings it looked very
little like the formidable death-dealing
weapon that it is. The gun was assigned
yesterday afternoon to Company D of the
Naval Reserve, and was removed to the
company's armory on Pacitic avenue,
where it will be set up.
"The Accles gun," said Lieutenant
Brooks yesterday afternoon, "is the
highest specimen of the gun-makers' art.
It has but six barrels, and weighs only 150
pounds, but it is capable of delivering 700
shots a minute, with a length of range and
accuracy of fire which is unsurpassed by
any weapon of the kind. Our gun is
mounted on a field carriage, but it is de
signed also to be mounted on a conical
base for use on board ship.
"A metal shield intended for the protec
tion of the gunners when the piece is
mounted on a field carriage is also pro
vided. We have not yet received the 'ship
mount' and shield, but will have them
within a few months.
"The caliber of the gun is .30. It shoots
a nickel-covered bullet weighing 220
grains and measuring Y% inches in length.
The cartridge contains 40 grains of smoke
less powder, and the bullet leaves the
muzzle of the gun with an initial velocity
of 2000 feet a second. The total length of
the gun is 41 }^ inches, and the length of
the barrels is 28 inches.
"With the gun the manufacturing com
pany has sent us an improved feeding ap
paratus, and we have also 2000 rounds of
"The members of Company D will be set
to drilling with it at once. This is neces
sary, because every gun has its own pe
culiarities, to which the men must become
accustomed. When the men shall have
become expert in the use of the weapon an
exhibition drill will be ordered, to which
Senator Perkins, Governor Budd and other
State and Federal officials will be invited.
The officers of the regular army and navy,
who have awaited the gun's arrival with
considerable interest, will also be afforded
an opportunity of inspecting the piece and
of examining the working of its machin
The newly acquired weapon of the Naval
[Reproduced from an engraving.]
Battalion is the first one of its kind that
has been seen on this coast. In appear
ance the weapon is formidable in the "ex
treme and the practical efficiency of a
machine gun of this character can scarcely
be doubted.
Among the members of the Naval Bat
talion there has been considerable rivalry
over the first possession of the piece,
though the gun belongs to the battalion as
a whole, and will be passed from company
to company in turn. Under the circum
stances, therefore, tue officers and men of
Company D are jubilant and will work
hard to deserve the preference shown them.
The commissioned officers of the company
are Lieutenant L. H. Turner, Lieutenant
(junior grade) \V. E. Gunn, Ensigns C. M.
St. John and A. H. Elliott.
In the distribution of the men about the
g un and in the mode of working the piece
in action the Accles gun differs consider
ably from all others. With it a full gun
crew consists of nineteen men, including
one commissioned officer, two petty officers,
eight riflemen and eight gunners. As in
dicated by the names the riflemen are
armed with rifles and in action are de
ployed about the piece to protect it from
capture in case of a charge. The gunners
are armed with cutlasses and revolvers and
give their attention to the actual working
of the gun. In moving the piece all six
teen men lend a hand, and as the gun is
comparatively very light that number can
move it a long distance at considerable
Sherith Israel Children Examined in
the Tenets of Their
The commencement exercises of the
Sherith Israel Sunday-school were held
last evening at the synagogue, Post and
Taylor streets. The educational commit
tee of the congregation, presided over by
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70 pieces FANCY FRENCH SUITING (silk
and wool) -------- $1.00 a yard.
Three cases 45-INCH FRENCH SERGE (all
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(latest shades) ------ 75c a yard.
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30c a yard,
Ei^ We respectfully invite our patrons to
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ttt" Country orders receive prompt attention.
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Mill Valley, Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley.
111, 113, 115, 117, 119, 121 POST STREET.
Louis Brown, president, occupied seats on
the platform. |
A song by the children was the first
number on the programme. Next followed
selections from the Hebrew scriptures,
which were translated by the boys. Ten
members of the Sunday-school recited the
ten commandments in Hebrew and Eng
lish. After prayer by Morris Goldtree
several little girls recited sketches de
scriptive of Bible events.
Frank Coffin rendered "The Holy City."
Some essays were read descriptive of the
times of the judges, the parables, books of
Ruth and Samuel.
After appropriate quotations from the
book of Proverbs had been read Dr. Nieto
addressed the class on the work of the past
The following pupils of the Sunday
school received prizes:
Silver medals— Hazel Abrahamson. Nathan
Goldtree, Saul Gruman.
Gold medals awarded by the president:
Belle Monash, Selby Badt.
Prizes were also given to:
May Hirschfield, Lucille Aronson, A. Men
delsohn, Edna Summerfield, Hattie Mendel
sohn. Monroe Green. Tessie Summerfield,
£S?I l ? a £, lcin - Mola Kowalsky, Ida Young
Hilda Schlesinger, Leon Kuttuer, Albert Pose
ner, Leah Young, Milton Badt, Mildred New
man, Gertrude Rotowsky. Josie Leszynsky,
Samuel Levinson. Stella Leszynsky, Flossie
beiler, Morris Goldtree, Gussie Wolfsohn, Julia
During the evening solos were sung by
Cantor D. Davis and Miss Ella V. McClos
key, accompanied by Mrs. H. J. Stewart.
An address by Rabbi J. Nieto closed the
Yon Ranke's mother was literary and the
author of several essays and other works.
Take No Substitute^
Gail Borden
Eagle Brand
Has always stood FIRST in the estima-
tion of the American People. Wo other is
"just as good." Best Infant Food.
Still Continues With Unabated Snccess.
This clearly demonstrates that the
public is fully aware of the great bar-
gains to be had at KCENIG'S.
Desirable sizes are thinning out, and
to get a good fit come soon.
Customers are kindly requested to
come as early in the morning as ' con.
venient to avoid the afternoon rush, as
they can then be better attended to.
SHOES in the house for &A (\t\
ladies and gents «JV±."l/
WAUKENPHASTS, calf or $ \ fid
patent leather, in any style. «pO.l/U
Store Open Saturday Evenings to 10 o'clock
122 Kearny Street.
Each and every pair of Royal Worcester Corsets
have the full name stamped inside on "the linen
tape at the waist. If the full name Is not there
they are not genuine Royal Worcesters. The pU.-^
to buy them is at the fitting-rooms, 10 Geary st.,
up stairs, corner of Kearny, where they are fitted *
free. We can fit any form ai any price and war-
rant every pair. If you have not worn them you
should try a pair.
10 Geary St., cor. Kearny.
rlntprior merchants please address wholesale
poms, 35 New Montgomery st., San Francisco.
»£*?.£? them to Specttcles orEyegliu«B.
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