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TOLU^HiSCxXVIII.— S"O. 39.
THE LEASE OF THE CHINA BASIN IS SIGNED A Terminus in San Francisco for the Valley Road. THE PAPER DELIVERED. Mayor Sutro Objects for the Last Time and Everybody Is Happy. BOARD ADJOURNS SINE DIE. The Rails to Be Shipped to Stock ton and Work to Commence at Once. The lease of China Basin to the San j Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway j Company was signed yesterday, and the basin is now the terminus of the road in Ban Francisco. At the meeting, the last to be held, there were present Governor Budd, Mayor Sutro. President E. L. Col non. P. T^ Cole and F. D. Chadbourne, Harbor Commissioners, representing the State, and acting President Robert Watt, Secretary Mackie and Thomas Magee of the Valley road. Governor Badd had the usual struggle to get through a mob of office-seekers, but finally reached the rooms of the Harbor Commissioners with out damage. It was thought that everything had been cut and dried, and that all that would be necessary would be to call the meeting to gether and sign the lease. But as there never had been a meeting without an ob jection being raised, so it was in this in stance. Mayor Butro did not think that the cer tificate authorizing Messrs. Watt and Mackie to act was properly drawn, and considerable time was lost in discussing the matter, and finally the minutes of the meeting at which the resolution appoint ing the gentlemen named was passed were produced. Another certificate was drawn, and, on a resolution introduced by Attor ney F. S. Stratton, formerly attorney for the board, the lease was signed. On mo tion of the Mayor, seconded by Commis sioner Chadbourne, the meeting then ad journed sine die. President Colnon broke in on a confer ence of the Governor with several poli ticians to call the meeting to order. The minutes of the preceding meeting were then read, and Mr. Colnon declared that tiie board was ready to proceed to busi ness. Acting President Watt said that he and Secretary Mackie had been authorized to execute the lease by the- board of di rectors, and offered the following certifi cate of the passing of the resolution to that effect: San Frakcisco, May 28, 1895. At a regular meeting of the board of direct ors of the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Company, held this day, the following resolution was, unanimously adopted: Resolved, That this corporation, the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Company, do lease from the Board of State Harbor Commissioners the lands in the City and County of San Francisco forming a part of China Basin, subject to the covenants, con ditions and limitations contained in a form of lease of said premises submitted to the board of directors of this corporation upon the 28th day of May, 1895, by the Board of State Harbor Commissioners, and the acting president and the secretary of this corporation are hereby authorized to execute said leaae in the name of this corporation under the corporate seal thereof. I certify that the above Is a true copy of the resolution adopted by the board of directors of the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Company. Respectfully, Alexander Mackie, Secretary. At the conclusion of the reading of the certificate Mr. Watt explained that the president and attorney of the board of directors were out of town and that he and the secretary had been appointed to act. Mayor Sutro objected to the form of the certificate. "Why, this shows nothing," said he. "It does not show who was at tne meeting of' the directors. "It was a regular meeting," said acting President Watt, "and we never do any business unless there is a majority." "But there is nothing to show that," urgsd his Honor. "The certificate should chow who was present and that all had been duly notified." "We have regular meetings every Tues day," replied Mr. Watt. "At thi3 meeting my recollection is tbat there was a full quorum, and the action of the directors was unanimous." "When a corporation acts it is necessary to show who was present. In the present case we can't tell who was there." "I agree with the Mayor," put in Presi dent Colnon. "The certificate should be more explicit." "As a matter of fact," returned Mr. Watt, "there was a quorum, but if you like I will send for the records of that meeting." "I think that is right," said the Mayor. I have had fifty years' experience with corporations, and we cannot be too careful." "What do you think of this, Mr. Strat ton?" asked Mr. Colnon. "The fact that the corporate seal is affixed to it," said the former attorney of the board, "is t>rima facie evidence that the resolution has been passed. If the certificate is spread on the minutes of this meeting it is also prima facie evidence of the same thing.' "Suppose the books of the Valley road were destroyed?" suggested the Mayor. '•That would make no difference," re plied tne attorney, "for then the burden •f proof would rest upon any one who sought to disprove it " Btill the Mayor was not satisfied, and it was concluded to send for the minutes of the meeting. While Secretary Mackie went after the minute-book the lease was read ami pronounced to be satisfactory to all parties. The minutes of the meeting of the board of directors were then produced and read, and a new certificate was drawn up by Mr. Mackie, differing only from the first in that it named those who had been at the meeting. The list was as follows: Bobert W*tt, first vice-president; A. H. The San Francisco Call. | Tayson. second vice-president; John D. Spreckels, J. B. Stetson, Thomas Magee, Isaac Upham, Leon Sloss. Charles Holbrook. Ab sent and out of the city: Claus Spreckels, president; \V. F. Whitticr, Alvinza Hay ward. Attorney Stratton submitted the fol lowing preamble and resolution, which were adopted : A form of lease having this day been pre sented for adoption and execution by the Board of State Harbor Commissioners, together with the Governor of the State of California nnd the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, as ex-officio members thereof, for the purposes hereinafter referred to, which lease so presented is in the words and figures following, to wit: [The lease provides for the occupation of China basin as a terminus for the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Company for a term of fifty years, under conditions which have been published heretofore. The only changes from the original draft are regarding the length of the road to be built, to-wit: Fifty miles out of San Francisco in ten years; the privilege of renting part of the premises for stands and offices necessary to the ter minus, and the elimination of the word "now' 1 in connection with an alliance with any other railroad having a terminus in the City. Continuing the resolution says :] And it appearing to the satisfaction of the board that all and singular the recitals con- SIGNING THE LEASE OF CHINA BASIN, THE TERMINUS OF THE VALLEY ROAD. tamed in said lease are correct and true, and that the same should be adopted and executed by this board, as so composed, for the purposes and to accomplish the ends in said lea&e set forth. And it further appearing that said lease has been ratified, adopted and executed by the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Company, through its proper officers, there unto duly authorized, now therefore be it Resolved, That the Board of State Harbor Commissioners, duly assembled for such pur pose and comprising the members thereof, to gether with the Governor of the State of Cali fornia and the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, shall and will adopt and ex ecute the lease hereinabove set forth, and the members of said Board of State Harbor.Com missioners, as so constituted, be and they are hereby authorized to sign their names, as such, to said lease in duplicate, to be countersigned by the secretary of said board, and the seal of said board to be thereunto affixed. There was nothing left now but the exe cution of the lease. Lincoln Sonntag, the notary, was sent for to attest the signa tures, and the indenture was signed in the following order: James H. liurld, Governor of the State of California, and ex-offlcio member of the Board of State Harbor Commis sioners. Adolph Sutro, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, and ex-offlcio member of the Board of State Harbor Commissioners. E. L.. Colnon, Dan T. Cole f F. S. Chadbourne, members of and consti tuting; the Board of State Harbor Com missioners. J". J. Keegan, Secretary of the Board of State Harbor Commissioners. The San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Kailroad, By Kobert Watt, its acting President, And by Alexander Mackio, its Secre tary. Notary Sonntag donated his notary fees \ to the Valley road, and after that Mayor j Sutro made the following motion: '■I now move that this board, created under an act of the Legislature for the pur pose of executing a lease to the San Fran cisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway Company, having performed its duties, do adjourn." The motion was seconded by Commis sioner Chadbourne and unanimously car ried and the proceedings begun in last January terminated. THE VALLEY ROAD. Bids for the Grading: and for the Bridge Lumber Are Re- ceived. The bids for the first grading to be done on the San Francisco and San Joaquin Railroad, and the bids for lumber and piles to be used in constructing the bridges between Stockton and the Stanislaus River, for the same road, were opened at the office of the company yesterday after noon. "What the bids were will not be given out until after they have been submitted to the directors at the meeting to-mor row," said Chief Engineer Storey. "There were two or three bids for grading, but I do not feel at liberty to say whether they are low or high. They were, however, from Stockton, as the company decided to SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 9, 1895. give that district the work. The bids for lumber were many; there were about thirty of them." Mr. Storey added that if the bids for grading prove satisfactory and the contract is awarded at the meeting to-day, work will be commenced within ten days. Then after the graders have two or three miles of road ready the track-layers will com mence their part of the work and follow the graders. At first they will lay the side tracks and switches and then go ahead with the main track. The company, he said, had not thought anything about having a jollification on the occasion of the turning of the first shovelful of earth, but he had heard that the people of Stockton had talked about some kind of a demonstration. Another consignment of ties for the road, the third, was received yesterday, and these will without delay be sent by barge to Stockton. To-day the Washtenaw will commence discharging her cargo of rails, and these, too, will be taken to Stockton on barges. A party of surveyors for the road are at work south of Stockton, another party is near Tulare and a third at Wildflower, be tween Fresno and Kings River. A happy man was Secretary Mackie wben he entered Chief Engineer Storey's room late yesterday afternoon. He had a paper in his hand and as he held it before him he exclaimed: "We've got it at last! Here it is, all signed." It was the lease to China Basin, which he had just brought from the office of the Board of State Har bor Commissioners. He then showed it to | the chief engineer, and with considerable j satisfaction pointed to the bold signature of Governor Budd and to those of the other signers. When asked how soon the lease would i be placed on record at the City Hall he re i plied that he did not know, as he had not j given that matter any thought. SELJAN WAS MURDERED. Omaha Police Are Confident That He Did Not Commit Suicide. Mr. and Mrs. Urban and Their Con- federates Formally Charged With the Crime. OMAHA, Nebb., July B.— Chief of Po lice White has filed complaints charging Mr. and Mrs. Mike Urban, John Dunnitz and John Buckovitz with the murder of John Seljan. The police rely upon the circumstantial evidence which they claim points toward the theory of murder, found in the Seljan bedroom, to assist them in securing the conviction of the accused. They rely upon the testimony of Dr. Summers to bear out their theory of murder, and point to the undisputable evidence given by the doctor that Seljan was dead before the body reached the water, because of the presence of air in the lungs; also the further fact that the doctor stated that it would have been utterly impossible for a person with such a wound to have traveled in any man ! ner such a distance to the river, for the j purpose of drowning himself. One of the jurors, who takes exceptions to the charges made by the police that the verdict was not rendered in accordance with the. evidence, is severe upon Chief White and his assistants. He says that the action of the police in arresting the three suspects and placing them together for several hours at the city jail, thereby affording the prisoners an opportunity to settle upon a plan of defense and arrange as to what they should say, was one of the "rankest" pieces of detective work yet done. The juror also accuses Chief White with attempting to "blow his trumpet" at the expense of the lives of four ignorant men, who are without friends or money with which to protect or defend them selves. It is alleged by friends of the Chief and j of the Police Board that this Coroner's i jury was worked upon by the A. P. A. in order to confound Chief White and to lead to his rejection by the new Police Board when it conies into being, August 1. Rxcift Descent of an Elevator. CHICAGO, 111., July B.— An elevator in the Warren-Springer building on South Canal street dropped from the eighth floor 10 the basement this morning. Samuel Ford and Joseph Levye were in the ele vator at the time and received injuries which will almost certainly prove fatal. RUIN ON EVERY SIDE Appalling Destruction by- Wind and Rain in Missouri. WINONA'S LIST OF DEAD. The Bodies of Twelve Victims Have Already Been Re covered. ONE MAN SAVES THREE LIVES. Suspended by a Rope From a Cliff, He Rescues People From a Rushing Torrent;. WINONA, Mo., July B.— Now that the fatal deluge is subsiding in this ill-fated town and its vicinity, the horror of the disaster and its attending ioss of property become apparent to the brave body of [Sketched by a "Vail" artist.] searchers and others who are here to render what aid they can to the survivors. The flood has left only a scene of desola tion, and a menace to the health of the living from the .presence of hundreds of dead horses, cattle, hogs and other stock. For miles below the town are strewn car casses, mingled with wagons, household furniture and other property, which was swept away with the dwellings by the rag ing torrent of water. The loss of human life is placed at a dozen to a certainty, all but one of the victims being known. The bodies have been recovered with the exception of that of Lloyd Wright's daughter. The body of George Nevins was found a little before noon to-day. No arrangements have yet been made for the burial of the victims. The unidentified body is that of a stranger who was a guest at one of the hotels. As usual, in cases of calamity, men and women have come to seize and appropriate as their own all the movable property which they can lay their hands on. This region is so mountainous that wagons can hardly make connection, and there is a big cap in the railway bed caused by the flood. The Fort Scott Rail road officials came to W T inona on a special train this evening to do what they could for the tlood-stricken people- Trains were run from each end of Current River branch as far as the gap, thus establishing com munication by railroad for the first time. During the flood a man was lowered from the bluffs by a rope and when a human form was whirled past he jumped into the water and carried the body to shore, assisted by men on the bluff. In this way he rescued three from death and recovered two bodies. Besides the unknown stranger the fol lowing are dead: Rev. G. W. Duncan, Mattie Duncan. Crawford Gart, Norma Nevins, daughter of Lloyd Wright. Mrs. Nevins, Mrs. G. W. Duncan, Mrs. Craw ford, George Nevins, Maggie Cannon and John Norris. The follow ing business houses were de stroyed and the stocks were partially or totally destroyed: A. Carter Lumber Com pany; Mrs. A. G. Scranton, millinery; J. J. Brown, three buildings; Church & Kis sell, dwellings; Tom McCandless; "Wil liam Howell; George Jordan; Ulysses Randolph; John Morris, drowned; George Hayden, four houses; James Hensley; Jack Chilton; Joseph Miller; Rev. G. W. Duncan, drowned; D. W. Van; Daniel Holmes; George Farris; Crandall Robert son; Mr. Lloyd; Tom Galbraith. The Bar Hotel, Tet tit House, Lewis House and Sill's Hotel were badly damaged. Hardly a building except those in the suburbs and on high ground escaped being flooded. Anether storm struck this territory and about 9 o'clock last evening a severe earth quake shock was felt in Springfield and vicinity. Houses shook and windows rattled, but there was no serious damage reported. CATTLE KILLED BY BAIL. A Destructive Stortn Sweeps Over Souih- western loir a. DES MOINES, lowa, July B.— Reports here show that a storm swept a section o! the southwestern part of the State this morning. Southwest of here, in Warren, Union, Adair, Page, Montgomery and Pottawattomie counties, there was a wind that approached the character of a tor nado that did immense damage to crops. There was also a severe hail in a wide strip of country and which killed a considerable number of cattle. The small grains, which were very heavy, were matted down by the storm and the loss will be severe. Details are meager, but the storm caused great de vastation in the southwest part of the State. IN THE CYCLONE'S PATH. Destruction of Crops and Building* in Heorgia. ATLANTA, Ga., July B.— News from the path of yesterday's cyclone comes in very slowly. Very little additional information was obtained to-day from Putnam County. Specials to the Constitution from Madison, Sparta and Milledgeville received to-night state that another storm of great violence passed over that section, adding much damage to the crops and buildings. In Morgan County, in addition to the damage reported last night, comes the news of the destruction of the Home and buildings of S. W. Higginbotham. F. R. Logan, the loss of whose house was re ported last night, had a thrilling experi ence. He escaped from the house and partly lashed himself to some shrubbery to avoid being blown away. The members of his family were visiting a neighbor, whose home was beyond the path of the storm. At E. L. Bradston's the wind swept away all his barns and outhouses, leaving his dwelling intact. His family took refuge in the storm pit. At Mrs. D. E. Butler's plantation several farmhouses were blown away and her crop badly dam aged. The worst feature of the storm seems to have been the destruction of Lally Pen nick's house, while he and his wife were in it. Parties who have seen the wreck to-day say it was simply a miracle that saved them from death. The house is a mass of ruins. His corn crop is a com plete wreck. He and his wife will recover from the injuries they received. At Albert Collier's place two of his chil dren had their limbs broken by falling tim bers. G. D. Perry's plantation lay in the storm's path and several of his farmhouses and much of his crop are ruined. People who saw the storm cloud say that it was an awful sight. A mass of black clouds, with white, vapory linings, was seen to whirl in the air, alternately rising and falling. J. M. Brooks, who was half a mile away from the main track of the storm, says that he could see houses and treetops whirling about in the air. A house was seen to be lifted from the earth, carried several hundred feet from the ground and broken in twain. BRIDGEPORT VXDER WATER. Swollen Streams Overflow and Inundate the Kansas Town. SALINA, Kans., July B.— The territory west of here was visited by another down pour of rain yesterday, which added greatly to the danger and damage by the already swollen streams. Hail accom panied the rain over a strip of country twenty miles west of here, and the grow ing crops were flattened to the ground. Many small buildings were blown down and destroyed. Bridgeport, a small town six miles up the Smoky River, is submerged under eight feet of water, the river having risen to the flood height of 1867. At that point a part of the current has left the main channel and is sweeping across to Dry Creek, inundating farms and crops. At this place the river is breaking over its banks, and business houses and dwellings are being vacated. A HA Mi I l: OX TIIE WARPATH. Sequel to the Recent Robbery at Rainy Lake City. CHICAGO, 111., July B.— A special to the Chronicle from Duluth, Minn., says: The sequel to the recent bank robbery at Rainy Lake City, Minn., came to-day. After Cashier Butler returned from Du luth with money to replace that stolen from the bank he learned that during his absence many of the depositors had openly accused him of being a party to the rob bery. Butler was angry when this came to his ears. He armed himself with a large re volver and started out after his traducers. He first went to the Girard House and no tified the proprietor, Henry Girard, that he must withdraw his deposit in the bank and retract the stories he had circulated. Mr. Girard protested and the gun was pushed in front of his face. The same BRADY, THE BANDIT, HOLDS UP A STAGE. treatment was accorded nearly a score of depositors. While this was going on Fred Potts, the bank clerk, was going around notifying everybody to go to the bank and get their money. M. U. Thoma?, editor of the St. Francis News, was attacked on the street by But ler. The latter was terribly punished and would have been killed but for interfer ence. Butler had sworn out warrants for a number on charges of slander. The town is greatly excited, and it is likely that there will be more trouble. To-night the depositors of the bank are holding a meeting, and an effort is being made to get them to sign a statement that they have been paid in full, and they do not' believe Butler had anything to do with the robbery. MAT DESK JIT HIS PARTY. Senator Warren Say* He mil Stand by SALT LAKE, "Utah, July B.— United States Senator Warren of Wyoming, who was elected on the free silver issue, said to-day in a Herald interview in regard to his leaving the Republicans if the party shelved silver: "You know there is an old saying which says: 'A good dog never shows his teeth unless he is going to bite.' Some time in the future I may have to leave my party on account of silver. Until that time comes, however, I shall not make any an- nouncement or any threat to do so, but I believe the silver issue is important. lam a silver man, in and out of Congress, in and out of conventions, all the time, at a ratio of 16 to 1, without regard to other nations, or at a ratio of 15V£ to 1 if we can secure it. The sentiment in favor of silver is spreading and the prospects of a popular indorsement of it were never better, but the problem is how to get it before the people. I would like to see free silver, even if we went to a silver basis." BATTLE WITH A FOOTPAD Running Fight With a Robber on Crowded Chicago One Citizen Fatally and Another Seriously Wounded Before the Fugitive Is Killed. CHICAGO, 111., July B.— A runaway robber was killed on the street to-night, and an innocent bystander fatally wounded. At 9:30 o'clock George E. Cole went into the restaurant of Peter C. McGloin at 84 Adams street and, at the point of a revol ver, robbed him of a small sum of money. When Cole went out McGloin gave chase. Cole ran on Adams street to State, down State to Van Buren, through Van Buren to "NY abash and south again on the latter street. All the way he was pursued by McGloin, a number of citizens and several policemen, who joined in the race. Shots were fired freely by both the pursued and his pursuers. Two bystanders were hit by the fusillade, W. K. Lukes receiving a bul let in his right leg and a man named Sternberg getting another through the abdomen. Sternberg will die. Although a number of shots were fired at Cole he continued in his mad flight until he reached the corner of Wabash avenue and Congress street. Just as he reached the Auditorium Hotel the first bullet struck him, and he dropped to the sidewalk, dying almost instantly. Cole is unknown to the police and hig body was sent to the morgue. Sternberg was sent to the hospital. ATE POISOXED CUSTABD. Two Men Die and Scores of Others Are Seriously 111. LTME ROCK, Ark., July B.— A whole sale poisoning case occurred among the Laurel Hill miners. Sixty-four of the men partook of poisoned custard. Two died and the others are dangerously ill. Buried. Beneath Falling Walla. ST. LOUIS, Mo., July B.— By the caving of the wall of a trench in which six men were working, at the corner of Branch and Thirteenth streets, this morning, two men were Hilled and three seriously injured. The killed are "William Gruenwala and Daniel Cramer, who both leave families. One of the injured, James Haggerty, is re ported to be dying. PRICE FIVE CENTS. The Scene of the Crime Four Miles From Morley. A NOTORIOUS LOCALITY Where the Howards and the Ruggles Had Formerly Operated. MAIL'AND TREASURE SECURED. No Attempt to Resist by the Driver of the Redding and Bleber Stage. REDDING, Cal., July 3.— The Brady ex citement was renewed here to-day. The southbound Redding and Bieber stage was stopped by a lone highwayman about thirty miles from this city and the driver was compelled to throw out both express boxes and mail bags. It was 11 o'clock last night when the Redding and Bieber stage, southbound, with Jay Smith, driver, reached the grade at "Bullskin" Hill, a point about four miles from the hamlet of Morley and thirty miles from this city. It was bright moonlight and naught disturbed the quiet ness of the night save the rumbling of the stage coach and the occasional howling of a coyote in the distance. "Bullskin" Hill has been the scene of several robber ies, and it was here that the celebrated Howards held forth and struck terror to the farmers and residents in the neighbor hood many years, and where one of them two years ago was killed in his father's house while resisting the officers who wanted him for stage robbery. Tnis was also the scene of the exploits of the Rug gles brothers, who had justice meted out to them at the end of a rope in this city two years ago. As last night's stage began the descent of "Bullskin" grade the driver noticed the dim outline of a man alongside of the road ahead, and almost simultaneously the command "halt" was given. There were two passengers on the stage, Mrs. William Brackett and Supervisor Bass. At the command Smith drew rein, and as he did so, the robber, who was a short and rather heavy-set man, with a dark mask over his face, ordered the driver to throw out the box. The driver complied, and both boxes were thrown at the feet of the bold robber. This was not enough, and he ordered Smith to throw out the mail sacks. The driver did so, and the stage was emptied, so far as the United States and Wells Fargo's goods were con cerned. The passengers were not molested, and as the last sack struck the ground, the command to "drive on and don't look back," was given. The stage rolled on and arrived hero nearly on time, at 4 o'clock, this morn ing, when the ofhcers were at once notified. The description of the robber given by Driver Smith tallies exactly with that of Brady, the bandit, who has been causing the officers so much trouble here lately. It is the general opinion that the robber ig Brady, and that, instead of going toward the coast after his exploit on Clear Creek he struck out toward the mountains to the east, and en route held up the stage to get a supply of coin to carry him through. This morning Sheriff Houston, a deputy and a small posse left for the scene of the hold-up, but as there is no telegraphic or telephone communication, nothing will be learned* of their whereabouts or doings until a messenger comes down or they return. The fact that this is Brady is made still more apparent by a circumstance that has just been made public to the officers, which goes to show that Brady was in that coun try, on the east side of the river, soon after being seen at the Johns house, in Spanish gulch. One morning last week an old German was returning to his home, near Millville, from Redding. It was about 4 o'clock in the morning. On his way he met a man of rather small size, but well built, walk ing, or rather limping, along the road. The individual had his face covered with a dark handkerchief, and the German thought him to be a highwayman and ex pected to be held up. On approaching, the fellow asked the German how far it was to a certain point. The German asked him why he kept his face covered, and he replied that he did not want to get any blacker than he was now. This caused the German to suspect that something was wrong, but he had not a3 yet heard about Brady. On hearing that the bandit was in the country, he at once came to the conclusion that it was he who accosted him on the road, and tbe de scription he gave tallies exactly with that of the individual who had the encounter with Bowers and Martin on Clear Creek, and also tallies with the description of the perpetrator of last night's hold-up, as given by Smith. It is not known how much coin or treasure the robber secured. It is believed there were several registered packages in the mailsacks. A report came to town this evening that a Chinaman had found the body of a man on Clear Creek, near where Brady, Bowers and Martin had the shooting, but up to this hour, 9 p. m., the report has not been confirmed. &TEA.X FREIGHT WAGOXS. I'roposltion to Jiun Them Between Red- ding and Tehama. REDDING, Cal., July B.— Captain Rob erts appeared before the Board of Super visors here to-day and asked for the right of way to run a line of steam freight wag ons to this city. His object is to connect with the line of river steamers at Tehama and from there carry freight to this city. The scheme, if carried out, will be a great boon to people of the northern part of the State. He will make a trip every twenty four hours, and will use large traction en gines of his own invention as propellers.