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EIGHT FOR MONOPOLY, FOUR FOR THE PEOPLE Scandalous Betrayal of Public Interests by Supervisors. FRANCHISE GIVEN AWAY The Soiid Eight Concedes Not a Single Point in Favor of the City. JEEKED BY THE GALLERY. A Seance Not Soon to Be Forgotten in the History of Local Legislation. What there is to tell this morning about the granting to the Market-street Railway Company by the Board of Supervisors of a franchise to run out to the new racetrack, over Ocean House road and Sunnyside avenue, is wholly descriptive. "What they did was told by The Caix of Bundav morning under a heading of "What They "Will Do." But they did it with "a vengeance" that could hardly liave been anticipated, even with the record they had established. No, there is this to be said in addition— Alphonse Hirsch voted straight along for monopoly and against the people's inter ests with the delinquent seven. It will be remembered that The Call held Mr. Hirshe's case open for him. For nearly two hours yesterday after noon Supervisor Taylor stood in the breach between the Solid Eight and the sale of the people's rights which they had deter mined upon, endeavoring first to induce them to stop and reconsider; then, seeing there was no hope of tnis. to gain some concession for justice. To every proposi tion he made he had the hearty support of three other members and the opposition of the Solid Eight. Not a single point did they yield, but, step by step, they beat down every issue raised and finished by handing to the Market -street Railway Company the franchise in the form that that company had itself prepared and pre sented. No such complete surrender to the cor porations has been witnessed in the board Bince the days of Christopher Buckley's Solid Nine. That great interest was felt in the day's ~^ork was evidenced by the throng that l>lled the lobby and the gallery and over flowed into every available space in the Supervisors' room, occupied by the more privileged. Behrend Joost was there to see his competitor fed with the sugar plums he had prepared for himself. His enemies were there to smile at his defeat, but before they got through with the seance the smile upon many of their faces had faded and they were asking themselves whether, after all, it was such a laugning matter. Thi3 was the case with those who in opposing Joost thought they were leav ing the way open for a better road — the Market-street Company's road. When they discovered— as they did— that in killing the San Mateo road's franchise out Sunnyside avenue they were killing all hope of a road being built there for many years, and that the majority of the Supervisors were openly assenting to the job, the humor of the situation became a very ghastly effort. When Assistant Clerk Farquharson had finished reading the order granting the franchise as prepared by the Market-street Railway Company Supervisor Hughes moved its immediate adoption. It con tained the provision recommended by the Street Committee that the line out Ocean House road to Ingleside be completed within ninety days. Supervisor Wagner moved that this pro vision be amended to read 180 days. He said the rails could not be got on the ground and the work even started in ninety days. Mayor Sutro called upon the board to go slow with regard to the matter in any shape. "This is a very important busi ness," be said, "and careful consideration should be given it before any action is taken. The people of San Francisco are greatly interested in grants of this magni tude. If you postpone all action for at ieast a week you will be acting wisely." Supervisor Taylor said he intended to offer a substitute which would necessarily bring up the matter of postponement. Then the question on Wagner's motion was put. Supervisor Dimond asked to be excused from voting. Supervisors Spreck els and Hobbs voted against the extension of time and the others voted for it. Then Taylor offered his substitute and The Smoke of the World===the famous Captain Marryat Ci= gars, the finest on the Co a s t===once smoked, always smoked. HARBURGER, HOMAN & CO., New York, Makers. H. LEV! & CO., 117-no Market Street, Distributing Agents. asked that it be read. It set forth that the City had no right under the law to grant a franchise which was directly in the inter ests of any one corporation, and provided that it should be open for the bids of both the companies. He moved its adoption and Spreckels seconded. "I am under the impression," said Mr. Taylor, speaking to his motion, "that the Street Committee, which has recommended the grant to the Market-street Company, has not given this matter the considera tion which it should have. Here are two companies bidding for this franchise. One is completely ignored. "There are two routes to a given point. One of these companies is particularly de sirous to cover one of these routes, but both of them are to be given to the other company, and the one company, as I say, is ignored entirely. Now, I have sought legal advice as to this, and learn that it is directly contrary to the law to do this thing. It should be open to competition, and this substitute makes it so. There should at least be an even chance. Then, again, the $500 which the other franchise stipulates as the minimum bid is too tri fling for such a magnificent privilege. My substitute fixes the minimum bid at $2000. It really should be $5000, but since the City ! has hitherto given railroads away, I thought we might compromise on $2000 — but $500 is ridiculous. Now, I bespeak for this matter respectful and decent consider ation, and move that the whole matter be referred back to the Street Committee— both of these resolutions." • Supervisor Hobbs seconded the motion. There was no apparent disposition to dis cuss the matter, and the roll was called. These eight men voted against the substi tute; against referring to the Street Com mittee; against any further delay: Joseph King. Peter A. Scully. <'. I". Benjamin. Alphonse Hlrsch. E. G. Hughes. Chris Dunker. A. W. Morgenstern. 1,. Wagner. These four voted for the substitute, throwing the matter open to competition, or for referring it all back to the Street Committee for further consideration: Joseph I. Diiuond. C. L. Taylor. A. B. Spreckels. J. K. C. Hobbs. Now the question returned npon the adoption of the original order granting the franchise to the Market-street company. .Thus far the members of the solid eight had not seen fit to say a word in its behalf— i not deeming it necessary. Taylor, having seen his work upon the substitute — an elaborately prepared order — all thrown away, now rose in evident disgust to talk to the pending question. "This issue has been forced upon us, Mr. President," he said. "Here is an order presented to us by the Street Committee, not all of whom are agreed to it. It ap pears, however, that the majority are in favor of handing over this valuable privi ! lege to the Southern Pacific Company, : whose collar this City and County has i worn for twenty-five years. I personally ! have felt the weight of it, being threatened j with its wrath to the disadvantage of my business if I did not do thus and so as it wished. The people are becoming fretful under these conditions. "Now, the San Francisco and San Mateo Railway Company is being discrimated against in favor of this company and in spite of the law against it. The $500 for which it is proposed to sell this valuable franchise is a pitiful consideration. I was really ashamed of the $2000 fixed in my substitute, but the vote that has just been taken indicates to me how the thing is drifting, and I can only protest against it and say that I regret it exceedingly. The Southern Pacific Company owns all the most valuable streetcar lines in the City, and is going to be given all the outlets to it. It should be paying a big revenue to the City. The San Mateo Company pays 2 per cent of its gross earnings — the Market street Company pays nothing. Now, it seems that the only roads that pay some thing to the City are to be shut out of busi ness; those that pay nothing are given everything. They are to gain complete control and make us suffer for it. There seems to be no hope for the people." "I attended all the meetings of the Street Committee when they had this under con sideration," said Supervisor Wagner, "and 1 heard so much complaint against the San Mateo road that I will always vote against it for anything it wants. It don't fulfill its promises." "It is a ramshackle concern," said Super visor Benjamin. "It wanted to cet to the racetrack through private property. We don't know whether it could get through or not. It is pretty certain the other road could not. But lam convinced the people out there don't want it and I am opposed to it." •'I know this, that the law requires that a fair field be given in this matter," said Supervisor Dimond. "And speaking of bad faith— if the Southern Pacific has ever lived up to its promises it will be news to the people of this City." This sally was greeted with a burst of applause from the crowded lobby and gal lery. Then the vote was taken, and these eight Supervisors voted to hand over the splendid franchise to the Market-street Railway Company, without contest or con sideration so far as that is possible for them to do: Joseph King. Peter A. Scully. C. K. Benjamin. Alphonae Hirsch. £. C. Hughes. Chris Hunker. A. Morgenstern. Kdtvarii L. Wagner. These four voted against the unlawful outrage : Joseph I. Dimond. C. L. Taylor. A. B. Spreckels. J. K. C. Hobbs. "Now," said Supervisor Taylor, "since it is determined that competition shall be be barred from this business I shall have to amend the orders substituting the words '$5000' for '$500' as the lowe3t bid to be accepted. "It is certainly worth much more than that. It is worth $5000 a year for the ex clusive privilege of running cars to th« racetrack, and I am sure that the Market street Company will be perfectly willing to pay the higher figure." Supervisor Hobbs seconded this motion. Supervisor Hughes inquired: "What is the law in regard to that?" Clerk Russell read the law as printed in The Call of last Sunday, providing that franchises as applied for must be adver vised for ten days and then sold twenty days later to the highest bidder. He explained that the City realized just $10 on the first franchise sold under this law. That then the Supervisors passed an order providing: that no bid for a franchise should be received for a lessi sum than $5000, and no bid for an extension of a franchise over two or more blocks for less than $.500. It was amusing to the spectators— the THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1895. eagerness of these eight Supervisors to save money for the Southern Pacific Rail road Company. The law was clear, per fectly clear, and they all rose out of their chairs at once to say that it was. The big corporation didn't have to pay out $500 ac cording to the law, and it was not for them to step outside the law in this matter — not for a minute. Even Hirsch, who never says a word about anythine, rose half-way up and cried, "two or more blocks, Mr. President, two or more blocks, it says." Of course it said two or more blocks, there was no doubt about it, and that meant that the company could extend its lines for twenty miles under a bid of $500. But when the eager flurry of the eight to keep the City from taxing the big com pany subsided, clerk John A. Russell made a remark that left these eight eager Super visors without a cloak to hide in — left them standing there under the eyes of the throng in the gallery as just plain agents of the Southern Pacific Railroad Com pany. "I should say, perhaps," said Mr. Rus sell, "that this resolution stands only to operate where no action conflicting with it is taken. It is an act of the Supervisors; the Supervisors can overrule it. It does not prevent your fixing any rate you please to this ordinance." An injection of icewater into the throb bing veins of this eager eight could not have been more effectually cooling than was this little speech. From that instant to the end of the session the easy con fidence of the lot was changed to sullen bravado. They were in for it, and now that the people were on to them, "the people be d d." That is the speech that lay in the tone of voice with which they voted down ever}' suggestion looking to a protection of the people's interests. Mayor Sutro could not let the oppor tunity pass. "It is simply a question," he said, "whether the Southern Pacific of Kentucky should not be made to pay as much for this franchise for a line of street- cars extending over a dozen miles as a private citizen of San Francisco would have to pay for it. If there is nothing further to be said the clerk will call the roll. The question is upon Mr. Taylor's motion to make the minimum bid $.3000 instead of $500. You have askea for the reading of the law. It has been read and i explained to you. There is no doubt of your right to fix it at whatever figure you please." There was an instant of complete silence. The situation admitted of no further dis cussion. The clerk began to call the roll and, as stated, in a tone of sullen defiance to public opini on, to which Joseph King, the first on the role, set the key, those eight voted "no": Joseph King. Peter A. Scully. C I . Benjamin. AlphoiiMe Hirscli. K. C. Hughes. Chris Hunker. R. TV. Morgenstern. Edward It. TVagner. These four, hopelessly in the minority, voted aye,; Joseph J. Dimondi V. L.. Taylor, A. T5. Sprerkels, J. K. c. H0!.!.-. The announcement of this vote — 8 in the affirmative. 4 in the negative — was met by a burst of derisive laughter from the crowded gallery, which the sergeant-at arms tried to check. The thing was so utterly shameless that the people could not but laugh. Mr. Taylor rose to his feet again and was awaited with perfect silence. What was to be the next move? "Mr. President," he said, "I am anxious to see if these gentlemen who vote so solidly in the railroad company's interest will concede anything at all to the City, for which it is generally supposed we are working— or were chosen by the people to work." The eight were sinking down in their seats looking solidly at the desk In front of them. "I shall move," went on Mr. Taylor, "that the words '$4000' be inserted in the place of '$500.' " Hobbs seconded this, as usual. Nobody offered a word and the clerk, at the in stance of the Mayor, called the roll. These eight in the same tone as before, a little emphasized in manner — King and Hughes a little louder, Scully, Hirsch and the others a little more quietly sullen than before — voted "no": Joseph King. Peter A. Scully. V. K. Benjamin. Alphonae Hirsch. X, G. Hughes. Sg^ Chris Dunker. A. IV. 3lorgengtern. Edward L. Wagner. These four voted as insistently and con sistently "aye": Joseph I. Dituond. C. It. Taylor. A. B. Sprockets. J. K. C. Hobbs. Again the ripple of derisive laughter from the gallery as the vote is announced and again Mr. Taylor takes the floor. "Now, Mr. President, I have another motion to make. I think it an outrage that this company should be given privi leges over all the roads leading out of this City in the direction of Ingleside, especially when there is another road applying for some one of the privileges. I find by the map that the franchise asked for three or four different routes, and I am told that they are not asking for them in good faith, but merely to keep a competitor out. It will be a long time at any rate before this company would build over all these routes, while the competing company is anxious to and I am sure will build im mediately. "For that reason the people out there want this franchise divided up. It looks like a monopoly to me, and, if any reasons can be given for permitting it, I v.'ill listen patiently to them." He moved that the franchise be amended granting the com pany only one route. Supervisor Wagner said the people of Sunnyside were opposed to the San Mateo road for the»reasons he had before stated. Supervisor Huehes said he was in favor of roads running everywhere, but he wanted good roads. The San Mateo road was a rattletrap. It ran over people's sidewalks; it didn't run on time; it didn't pay the men's wages, and he was opposed to it on these grounds. When the Market-street com pany built roads it built them well, kept the roadbed in order and gave the Street Committee no trouble. He favored it on these grounds. Then the question was put and these Supervisors voted to keep the franchise in tact and give the Market-street company all it asked: Joseph King. Peter A. Scully. C. K. Benjamin. Alphonse Hirsch. E. C. Hughes. Chris Dunkcr. A. W. Morgeuatern. Kdward L. Wagner. These voted to cut out a portion and give the opposition that promised to build its road out Sunnyaide avenue as rapidly as the Market-street company built out the road : , Joseph I. Dim oiwl. C. L, Taylor. A. B. Kpreckels. J. K. C. Hobbs. "Well, then," said Taylor, still sticking to his text, "let us see if they are in earn est about building the road. They say they can build out Ocean House road in 180 days. I move that we place such a time limit on the Sunnyside branch. The people there are very anxious to have com munication with the City. Since we have barred out the opposition let us at least require the company which we favor so much to build their road." And these eight Supervisors voted "no" : Joseph King. Peter A. Sculley. C. E. Benjamin. Alphonse Hirsch, E. C Hughes. Chris Dunker. A. W. Morgenstern. Edward 1,. Wagner. And these four voted "aye"j Joseph I. Diraond. G. L.. laylor. A. B. Sprockets. J. K. C. Hobbs. "Well, then, I move that they be required to build the Sunnyside branch in a year." And these eight voted "no": Joseph King. Peter A. Scully. C. E. Benjamin. Alphonse Hirsch. 1.. C. Hughes. Chris Dunker. A. W. Morgenstern. Edward L.. Wagner. And these four voted i: aye": Joseph I. Diiuond. C. It. Taylor. A. B. Spreckcls. J. K. C. Uobbg. "Is this all a bluff, then? We are told by members of this committee that they want the people of the outskirts to have railroads, and he insists that they shall have good ones. Let us see if there is anything more to it than bluff. I move that the time be fixed at not later than two years." '•The law fixes the time," said Hughes. "At three years," said Taylor. "Bnt that is too long to keep these people wait ing. They want to come to town and another road offers to bring them at once if it is given a chance. We all know how the Market-street Company secures fran chises and allows the time to pass to the three-year limit and then secures exten sions, so that there is no telling that they would ever secure a road — in face of the fact that here is a company that wants to build at once. Let us fix it at two years. Surely that is allowing ample time." And these eight Supervisors voted "no" : Joseph King- Peter A. Scully. C. K. Benjamin, Alphonse Hirsch. E. C. Hughes. 7 Chris 'Dunker. A. W. Morgeustern. I'd ward L.. Wagner. And these four voted "aye": Joseph I. Dlinond. C. L,. Taylor. A. It. Spreckels. J. K. C. Hi. hi.*. Taylor had finished. The crowd in the lobby shifted its weight from one foot to another — especially the Sunnyside contingent — very wearily, and more especially that part of the contingent that had been so viciously fighting Behrend Joost. They had been seeing things as through a glass— darkly. Now it was coming out — face to face. Dimond sprang to his feet. "This is the old story," he said; '"the old story of the grab game so familiar to the Southern Pacitic. It is all for the monopoly — noth ing for the people. I move that the whole matter be laid on the table." Hobbs seconded. No speeches were made. Thess ei^ht voted "no"; Joseph King. Peter A. Scully. V. K. Benjamin. Alphonse Hirsch. K. C. Hughes. Chrig Hunker. A. W. Morgenstern. Edward L. Wagner. These four voted "aye": Joseph I. Dimond. C. L. Taylor. A. B. Spreckels. J. K. C.Hobbs. This ended the skirmish. The last ditch had been reached, and the gallant four lay in it waiting to fire their last shot. "The question now is upon the adoption of the order as read." said Mayor Sutro, and as the clerk called the roll these eight Supervisors voted "aye": Joseph King. Peter A. Scully. C !■:. Benjamin. Alphonge Hiisch, I . C Hughes. Chris Dunkcr. A. W. Morgenstern. Kdivard L. Wagner. And these four voted "no": Joseph I. Dhnond. C. It. Taylor. A. B. Spreckels. J. K. C. Hobbs. The Royal Baking Powder is the greatest of the modern-time helps to perfect cook ing, and every receipt requiring a raising ingredient should enjoin its use. WANTED IN NEW YORK. £dward Schlesinger Arrested In This City on a Charge of Grand Larceny. Chief Crowley received a dispatch yester day from acting Chief of Police Peter Con lin of New York giving a description of Edward Schlesinger and asking that he be arrested, as he was wanted for grand lar ceny. The dispatch was handed to Detective Byram last evening and in less than an hour he had Schlesinger under arrest. He saw a man answering his description lean ing up against the White House, on Kearny street, smoking a cigar and watch ing the people passing by. Byram accosted him and he admitted he was the man wanted. He was taken to the City Prison en route to New York. He asked permis sion to see some friends and it was ac corded him. Captain Lees sent a dispatch last night notifying acting Chief Conlin of Schlesin ger's arrest, ana asking lor particulars of the charge. Up to hve years ago Schlesinger had a misfit clothing-store on Grant avenue, near Market street. He sold out and went to New York, where he started a similar business, but failed about two years ago. From what Captain Lees cbuld gather Scblesinger had been playing the races, and probably that had led to the charge of grand larceny, but he expects to have full particulars to-day. A Family Jar. GREAT AMERICAN IMPORTING TEA CO.'S Stores are selling MASON FRUIT JARS At greatly reduced prices. 1 dozen jars, pints, in box 60c 1 dozen jars, quarts. In box 60c 1 dozen jars, half gallons, in box 80c Inspect our Improved Jelly Glasses, 35c per doz. ; Ice Cream and Berry Rets of 7 pieces. 26c, 35c and 60c per set. Our prices for Teas and Coffees the lowest. Buying directly from us saves middle men's and peddler's profits. A dividend of 15J4 per cent was paid last year by the French Nord Railroad, prob ably the most profitable railroad in Europe. Its net revenue for 1894 was f 18, --856,265 on an outlay of capital of $302,804, --540. It works 2311% miles of road. POET OF THE SOUTH SEA Return of Charles Warren Stoddard to His Old Home. ON HIS SUMMER VACATION. A Dinner In His Honor to Be Given at the Bohemian Club Next Friday Evening. Charles Warren Stoddard, professor of English literature in the CatholicJ Uni versity of America, "Washington, D. C, ar rived in this City yesterday, and was wel comed by relatives and old-time compan ions. The first weeks of his summer vaca tion this > ear were passed at the delightful home of Rudyard Ivipling, in New Hamp shire. This is his first visit to California in many 3 r ears. Two years ago he traveled as far west as Chicago, and at the World's Fair met many Californians. to whom he expressed the greatest desire to visit San Francisco. The poet enjoyed the trip across the continent, but was worried with the long journey. During his vacation in this State ,he will pay a visit to some of the CHARLES WARREN STODDARD. [Sketched for "The Call" by Artist Strong.] old missions, of which he still entertains the fondest recollections. At one time the poet was almost enthused on the subject of becoming a monk and passing the rest of his life in a famous mission. His agree able duties at the Washington University have somewhat changed his views and now his career as a college professor is re garded by himself as permanent. A dinner at the Bohemian Club next Friday evening will, if the announcement be carried out, welcome him back to Bohemia. It should be a great evening for the poets and ought to assemble a large number of otner Bohemians. Mr. Stod dard began his literary career in Oakland and gave such promise that his friends encouraged him to adopt literature as a profession. He traveled extensively in Europe and the Holy Land in 1874 and 1875, and sub sequently made a prolonged voyage to the isles of the South Seas. The record of his voyages and his visits to Hawaii, Tahiti and far-away islands of the South Pacific was responsible for hia best and most poetic work. On his return to San Francisco he did more or less daily newspaper work, and manifested an inclination to loiter in art stadios and make sketching excursions in company with artists. One of his favorite artists is Joseph D. Strong, who in Munich painted Stoddard as a monk. The portrait hangs in the Boheniian Club. Mr. Strong and Park Commissioner Austin welcomed Mr. Stoddard to San Francisco yesterday. At Betsy B's delightful salon at the Palace Hotel Charles Warren Stoddard was always a welcome guest. Together with Julian Rix, Fred Somers, J. D. Strong. Mr. and Mrs. Tippett, Jerome Hart and others many enchanting even ings were passed. BUDD'S BOARD OF HEALTH. All the Appointments Are Made, but the Names Are Withheld. The Members to Be Banqueted This Evening at the Heights by the Mayor. The four members of the Board of Health were appointed by Governor Budd last night, but their names are not to be whis pered into the public ear until this evening. The Governor has been besieged for months past by friends of the candidates, and in the last ten days his gubernatorial ear has simply buzzed with praises for physicians. Last Saturday afternoon the chief execu tive was in a quandary. He had two doctors named, but to whom he was going to Rive the other two positions was a puzzler. He took Mayor Sutro into his confidence, but apparently with no better result. After a short conference the Mayor went away and the Governor was still in doubt. Last night he and President Colnon went out to Sutro Heights, far from the mad dening crowd, and the Mayor and the Governor thought and thought and thought. In the afternoon the two gentle men met at the Harbor Commissioners' office and it was then thought that every thing was fixed. Governor Budd was asked for the names of the board, but he said that he could not state the names just then, as he' had not seen Drs. Morse and "Williamson, and he would not appoint any one unless he was entirely satisfactory to both those gentlemen. Later on he had a consultation with Drs. Morse aud Wil liamson, but even then he said that his lips were sealed. Mayor Sutro had invited him out to the Heights and there in the solitude of the cliffs and amid the slumbering seals the names of the board were to be spoken out right. •'1 want a little more time to think," said Mayor Sutro. "We will be ready to name the board at 11 o'clock to-night, at which time i will telephone the news to the newspapers.'' But the Mayor did not keep his word. Another chance had been made in the programme. The Mayor desired to inform the lucky, aspirants" before letting the public into his confidence. The entire board will dine with him and the Gover nor at the Heights to-night and then will be presented with their appointments. Dr. Gerald Fitzgibbon has been named as the third member, and Governor Budd last night would not deny that thft was so. He would not affirm it either. Dr. John F. Morse, who has iust become a member of the new Board of Health, was born in Sacramento September 12, 1857, and is consequently just 38 years old. Though youne in years he is a giant in the medical world and has come to be regarded as one of the most eminent surgeons on the Pacific Coast. He comes by his love of the science of medicine and surgery honestly, his father having been a prominent physician of Sacramento. At the age of 21 he gradu ated from the Medical College of the Pacific and was regarded an one of the most brilliant students of the year. For not quite twelve months he practiced his profession and in the fall of 1879 went to Germany. He continued his studies at the Friedrich Wilhelm University, graduat ing from that institution in 1832. Dr. Morse returned to San Francisco the same year, and in 1883 was appointed sur geon to the German Hospital. For live years during the regime of Dr. W. A. Douglas he was a visiting physician at the City and County Hospital. At different times he has been president of the San Francisco Medical Society and Academy of Medicine. Dr. Morse is a physician of very pro nounced views, and at times has not been in good favor with the old-time physi cians on account of his scientific ideas and independence. Dr. J. M. Williamson is a Native Son and is proud of it. He was born at Valleio in IS6I. In ISSS he graduated from the medical department of the University of California, and was at once recognized as a young Eihysitian of much brilliancy and promise, 'or a year succeeding his graduation he held the important post of resident physi cian of the City and County Hospital. Dr. Williamson has been practicing just ten years, yet so successful has he been that he is to-day regarded as one of the most promising physicians on the coast. At present he is professor of anatomy in the medical department of the University of California, and holds the same chair in the CoJlege of Dentistry of the University. He is Secretary of the California Academy of Medicine, and a member of the State Board of Medical Examiners. LOOKING FOfl THE MINOR PLACES. Candidates for Subordinate Positions in the Gift of the Board of Health. The town last evening had very much the appearance it takes on before the as sembling of a political convention. Demo cratic politicians were very much in evi dence all the way from the Popper-Iroqiiois headquarters at the Baldwin down Market street and along Kearny to the corridors of the California Hotel. There were meet ings and caucuses on the streets, in the lobbies and in saloons. The candidates ior the fat offices in the gift of the new Board of Health are numberless, but never were politicians more at sea as to what in fluences are most apt to prevail. Owing to Dr. Levinsjston's energetic fight for the place of Health Officer few candidates have sprung up for that office. Now that he is said to be out of the way the most likely candidate is claimed by the knowing ones to be Dr. Arthur fc>. Lovelace, who was formerly a partner of Dr. Morsfc, the new member of the board. Then Dr. Mizner is said to be under con sideration. He, it is said, will get some place, anyway. For Quarantine Officer Dr. John S. Potts, formerly of San Jose, has the active back ing of Barney Murphy and is said to be a very efficient man. There are a number of * other candidates, of course. The smaller the offices, it seems, the greater the number of aspirants. Dr. Barcer hopes to get back into his old position at the City and County Hospital now held by Dr. Titus. The candidates for Police Surgeon and assistants are simply legion and include most of the graduates of the Toland Med cal College for the past two or three years. The Toland faction among the doctors will probably be in the majority on the Board of Health. What effecf this will have cannot be said. It is claimed that the Governor will insist that there be no prefer ence shown to either college. Dr. Berry, now Assistant Police Surgeon, is a leading candidate for the place of his chief, with very strong political backing; He is a nephew of Sub-Treasurer Campbell P. Berry. His friends claim that he has the fight won. Dr. Rottanzi is making a strong fight for the place. For assistant police surgeons, among the most active candidates are Dr. Howard Thompson Jr., son of G. Howard Thomp son of the Bank of California, and Dr. Harry Gossage. J. J. Dwyer has made an active fight for the position of secretary of the board for his brother Jerry, and as lie stands well with the Goveftior is in a good position to win. £x-Assemblyman Godchaux has strong backing for the same place. Ed Reddy, brother of Pat Reddy, is a leading candidate for the superintendence' of the Almshouse; but it is thought that Mayor Sutro's friendship for Weaver may secure his retention. James Fenton. formerly head keeper in Sheriff MeDade's office, 'for the desirable office of steward of the City and County Hospital is said to have the inside track, as has John Foley, ex-superintendent of the House of Correction, for market in spector. Among the other leading candidates are ex-Senator P. J. Murphy for assistant secretary of the board, ex-Senator W. Wil liams for superintendent of the City Ceme tery, Captain Edwards of the Iroquois Club for captain of the quarantine vessel and ex-Senator Sullivan for plumbing in spector. It is said that the Governor will recom mend that the board refuse to recognize either of the political factions and choose the men for their individual fitness and party service. The Secret is Out. The first and only essential to consider in saltwater swimming or tub bathing is purity of water. This is why the tank of the Crystal Baths is refilled with a new supply of sea water every night. SMUGGLER M'LEAN AGAIN " Mrs. Lodge" Supposed to Be the Chief of the Old Opium Gang. TWO CLAIMS FOR THE REWARD The Informer's Fee Will Not Be Paid Until the Investigation Has Been Held. There was a mild sensation sprung in the United States District Court yesterday morning. It was in connection with the Emerald smuggling gang, most of whom are now serving time in San Quentin. The leader of the smugglers was never caught, and he is now supposed to be in Victoria, B. C. W. A. McLean is the man, and Col lector "Wise would be delighted to see him behind the bars. About a year ago the Emerald people sent a quantity of opium down from Puget Sound on the steamer Queen. Mrs. Isa bella Lodge of Victoria, B. C. sent infor mation to the Custom-house officials that the drug was on the vessel, but she did not know where it was located. That particu lar information was given by Mrs. Louis Greenwald, whose husband was serving his sentence at the time for complicity in the smuggling trips of the Emerald. Since that time the opium has been sold and the informer's fee is now ready for either of the women who can prove her right to it. Mrs. Lodge claims it on the ground that she gave the first information, but Mrs. Greenwald, through her attorney, asserts that the opium would never have been found had it not been for her. Matters stood thus yesterday when the case was called for argument before Judge Morrow. The Government started the proceedings by asking for a continuance of four weeks in order to investigate certain matters. The continuance was eranted, and it then came out wbv the delay was necessary. Mrs. Isabella Lodge is said to be no other than W. A. McLean, the smug gler. He did not like the arrangements made for the landing and sale of the drug in San Francisco, and thinking that a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush he turned informer on his comrades in the hope of getting the informer's reward. During the four weeks granted by Judge Morrow Special Agent of the Treasury Moore will send a deputy to British Co lumbia to investigate the matter, and should it be proven that Mrs. Lodge is McLean that enterprising gentleman will not get a cent, as the Government is not likely to pay a reward to a man indicted, for defrauding the revenue. "Both Treasury Agent Moore and my self have information that Mrs. Isabella Lodge and W. A. McLean are one and the same person," said Attorney L. D. Rior dan yesterday. "As soon as the opium was shipped he wired to Collector Wise under the name of Mrs. Lodge. He dare not use his own name because he knew no informer's share of the money would ever be paid to him. If the facts are as we think they are Mrs. Greenwald will get the entire reward." McLean was a partner with the notorio'.is Whaley in all his smuggling ventures in which the yacht Halcyon figured so promi nently. As he tried to overreach his com panions in this instance so Whaley got the better of them all in the last venture in which they were partners. They put sev eral tons of the drug on the Halcyon and Whaley successfully landed it in Hawaii, clearing up nearly a quarter of a million on the transaction. Some of the money he spent in Honolulu and then he went to Yokohama. From that day to this he has never been heard from and McLean and the rest of them never saw a cent of their money. Women of Frisco and Suburbs (Only)! Those of you who have not yet been here — what say you to paying $1.50 to $3.50 for your Shoes (from good to finest) instead of from $2.50 to $6 and $7 ? Big Shoe Factory Retailing at Factory Prices. ROSENTHAL, FEDER & CO., 581-583 MARKET ST., NEAR SECOND. GO TO THE " NEW LOUVRE," 8 to 14 O'Farrell Street. TITE HAVE REMOVED THE "LOUVRE" »» from the old basement und^r the Ptaelan building, and now occupy the finest quarters above ground in the city. RUDOLPH HAGEN. FELIX EISELE, Prop's. THIS WEEK ONLY! 500 CAPES, 200 SILK WAIST3, AT HALF-PRICE. 40-43 GEARY STREET, Corner Grant Avenue.