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DURRANT IS HOPEFUL
He Cannot Recall the
Identity of His New
THE POLICE ALSO AT SEA.
Mr. Clark Is at Narragansett
Pier and His Wife 13 in
AFTER A MYSTERIOUS WOMAN.
General Dickinson Will Ask the
Court to Enjoin the Alcazar
CHE DURKAXT CAPE IN A MINUTE— THE
DEVELOPMENTS OF A DAY.
District Attorney Barnes was busy yesterday
drafting cros?-interrogatoriesto be propounded
to Charles H. Clark, the newly discovered wit
ness for the defense in the Durrant case. Cap
tain Lees and his detectives made an effort to
discover something about the man, and Detec
tive Bohcn had an interview with his wife,
who resides at 334S Clay street, this City. The
Call has ascertained that Clark himself is at
Karragansett Pier, R. I.
General Dickinson for the defense has taken
the preliminary steps in the direction of in
forming the court of the intended production
of the play "The Crime of a Century," and on
Monday morning will ask the court to enjoin
the production. In this he will be joined by
District Attorney Barnes.
The police are still hunting for a mysterious
woman, and it is said they are close to her dis
The defendant Durrant speaks of the trial
and talks hopefully of the outcome.
The defpnse in the Darrant case has
found Its man— its all important witness.
The prosecution is looking for a woman — a
mysterious woman — dark hints of whose
existence have been giren out from time
to time, whose testimony, it is believed,
will be damaging to the young de
fendant. The police have not located the
woman, but. from all that can be gathered,
they are confident that her identity will
be revealed and her story safely in their
keeping within a few days.
Ever since the first inkling was trained
that there was such a woman Captain Lees
has been untiring in his efforts to discover
her whereabouts. The best men in his
department were detailed at once to hunt
her up, but until Friday morning nothing
but failure rewarded their efforts. Up tiil
that time over fifty women had been
hunted up and closely questioned, the re
sult in each case bei ng the discovery that
the one woman wanted was still undiscov
It was discouraging enough, but Captain
Lees kr;,t his men on the chase and now it
is confidently asserted that she — the mys
terious woman with the clinching testi
mony — has been found and will be seen on
the stand in the trial of Durrant. Offi
cially, the police have given nothing out
about her, not even that they have been
hunting for her, but they have searched
and searched, while keeping silent, and
now it is hardly likely that they would
care to declare her identity from the house
tops. They would have nothing to gain
aud everything to lose by such a move, and
they do not propose to take the chance.
There is but very little mystery concern
ing the man in the case, the defense's 1 new
witness. Chanes H. Clark— not even to the
police after they had read in yesterday
morning's Call as to what he would tes
tify in the matter. He is at present at
Narragansett Pier, R. 1., where the playful
Atlantic lures the shapely summer girl.
He is ready to testify in the behalf of the
defendant" just exactly what The Call
stated he would testify ana only awaits
the opportunity to put himself on record.
Detective Ben Bohen's visit to Mrs.
Clark resulted in the shedding of but little
light on the general darkness on the new
witness in which the District Attorney
confessed he was groping.
Bohen said that he first saw Miss Cou-
Ems, Mrs. Clark's sister, and that she told
him that tbe news of Clark's connection
with the Durrant case was a great surprise
to all his family. They had never heard
him mention anything about it. The3 T did
not know his address, as they had received
no communication from him since he left
Mr. Bohen then interviewed Mrs. Clark.
At first she was so nervous that she could
not collect her thoughts. She could not
even recall the firms in whose employ her
husband had been. The detective gave
her time to recover her memory and self
control and was rewarded by receiving the
information that Mr. Clark had traveled
for a shirt-manufacturing firm named
Pierson & Hughes. On the subject of
the Emmanuel Church murders and the
conversations she had had with her hus
bond her memory was still more at fault.
She recalled that they had talked a good
deal about the terrible tragedy, but could
not be certain that he had mentioned
seeing Miss Laraont with a strange gentle
man. She was much provoked at the idea
of such marked newspaper notoriety and
showed a strong disposition to say as
little as possible.
To a reporter who called in the even
ing she had also little to say. She knew
the family had discussed the church mur
ders, but could not recall that Mr. Clark
had seen Miss Lamont with a strange gen
tleman the day she was supposed to have
Her sister, Miss Cousens, was more em
"We talked a great deal about the dual
tragedy," she said, "but I do not think
Mr. Clark ever mentioned seeing Miss La
mont under the circumstances described.
The first we knew of it was when we saw
an announcement in the papers."
As Miss Cousens lives with her sister, the
latter's statement relative to their first
knowledge of Mr. Clark's possible value as
a witness for tbe defense would seem to in
dicate that Clark had never informed his
family about seeing Blanche Lamont in the
One of the clerks of the San Francisco
office of the Swiss-Italian colony told a
reporter yesterday afternoon that he knew
Clark and had seen him in the office talk
ing with President Sbarboro.
Captain Lees has ascertained that Clark
was employed by Andrea Sbarboro of the
Italian-Swiss Agricultural Colony, to work
the New England States for the sale of
their wines. He purchased a ticket from
Clinton Jones on Montgomery street on
June 9 for Boston. Mr. Sbarboro has heard
from him since his departure, but he could
not tell the captain his present address.
The captain looks upon the fact that
Clark left within a fortnight of the open
ing of the trial as suspicious. He thinks
it is exceedingly strange that neither his
family nor his employer knows his ad
At any rate, if Clark saw Miss Lamont
on the last day she was seen alive, in the
company of a young man who was not
Dnrrant, his wife and family are strangely
ignorant of the fact.
The commission for the taking of the
deposition of Clark will issue Tuesday and
tbe interrogatories and cross-interrogator
ies will be mailed at once to the commis
eioner in Boston. The interrogatories will
be returned in about fifteen day*.
The prosecution, represented principally
in tbe persons of District Attorney Barnes.
Captain Lees and Detective Bohen, was
very busy yesterday. The new witness for
the defense, Mr. CJark, bothered them not
* little. They bad been unable to gather
from the list of interrogatories furnished
by General Dickenson, or from the state
ment published as to what Clark would
testify, really how far he would go.
To intelligently draft cross-interroga
tories, District Attorney Barnes felt that
he needed more information, and he pro
ceeded to get it. He had intended to take
the 2:35 train to Monterey yesterday after
noon, but, after a consultation with Cap
tain Lees, he decided to put off his visit to
his family for twenty-four hours. The
whereabouts of the wife of Clark was as
certained to De at the residence of Mr.
Cousens, and, upon the advice of Captain
Lees, Detective Bohen was detailed to in
terview her as to what extent her hus
band's knowledge of the case went. This
much accomplished, the District Attorney
and the chief of the detectives closeted
themselves in a private room at Mr.
Barnes' office in the Crocker building, and
proceeded to again scan the interrogatories
submitted by the defense.
At 5 o'clock the District Attorney had
his coat off and was working as fast as he
could drive the pen. He stated that lie
would hardly finish the cross-interroga
tories before "Monday, but in a general way
could give an idea as to what ground they
would cover — the entire case as far as Mr.
Clark could possibly know it for a few
brief hours on the afternoon of April 3.
Every point which was likely to crop out
in answer to any of the interrogatories of
the defense, and these it was conceded
would, in all probability, be many, would
be guarded against, and Mr. Clark's
answers would be necessarily voluminous,
if nothing else.
The attorneys for the defense were
har«lly less busy than was counsel for the
prosecution. They were not worrying so
much about Clark, however, and were not
figuring so much in the dark on that
proposition as was the District Attorney,
but they had plenty to do for all that.
In the first placethe production of the
muchly advertised play, "The Crime
of a Century," took up much of the at
tention of General Dickinson. He is de
termined if possible to restrain the pro
duction on the general ground that it
would prejudicejhis client's case and he took
the first active steps yesterday morning to
He procured two tickets, for which he
paid 50 cents apiece, and then proceeded to
his office. Once there, he sat down and
drew up an affidavit, to be signed by Dur
rant, and presented it to Judge Murphy,
in which is set forth the belief of the de
fendant that the presentation of such a
play at such a time would interfere with
the defendant's right to a fair and impar
tial trial; also that" it interfered with the
seemly conduct of justice in the court and
would tend to influence witnesses and
those who might be called upon to act as
jurors in the case.
The play is advertised to be produced at
the Alcazar Theater on Monday evening
next by the members of the Dailey stock
company. Posters and lithographs an
nouncing the event are plastered all over
the City, and tickets are already on sale
for the tirst week. But in all likelihood
the play will not be presented on Monday
evening or on any other evening during
the pendency of the Durrant trial — not if
General Dickinson takes the action he
proposes and Judge Murphy does what he
has plainly outlined he would do.
It is the intention of General Dickinson
to present the affidavit of Durrant in this
matter to the court on Monday morning
and to ask that the machinery of the court
be set in motion to stop the presentation.
In thisrenuest he will be heartily seconded
by District Attorney Barnes and the mat
ter will be left to the court. Last Thursday
his Honor plainly stated that he would
consider such a production an outrage on
justice, a violation of law and a menace to
the rights of the defendant and would use
all means in his power to stop it and to
punish its producers.
it is supposed, therefore, that Judge
Murphy will at once make an order, upon
the presentation of the affidavit, giving
notice to the managers of the company
and all concerned in the production to re
frain from giving the play, at least during
the pendency of the trial. This will be in
the nature of a warning; one, however,
which the receivers thereof will ao well
not to disregard. The consequences will
be something swift and painful.
"Should the people who have the pro
duction in charge, 3aid District Attorney
Barnes yesterday, "ignore the order of the
court I am certain that they will be placed in
jail. The court, if it takes the action which
it signified it would do in the premises,
will undoubtedly see that the officers are
on hand at the theater on Monday night.
Should the management go ahead, un
mindful of the order of the court, the mo
ment the curtain rises on the first scene
everybody in the house, management,
players and spectators, will be placed under
"As I understand the matter, the court
has more extraordinary powers in such a
case than it would have in an ordinary
contempt, in which he would be limited by
a fine 01 $500 or five days in jail, or both.
The contempt in the case of the production
of the play would be continuous and each
beparate attempt at giving a performance
could and undoubtedly wouldjbe construed
into a separate offense and punished as
the court willed, pending the trial of the
That is all there is to it, but in view of
this gloomy prospect it is hardly likely
that the players will insist, despite the fact
that their startling posters have cost
money and are still swaying to the breeze.
Over in the Broadway jail Durrant, the
man about whom all this action is taking
place, was calm and confident of the out
come of the trial.
"I see I am catching it in the papers,"
he said, "for my impassive demeanor in
court. It is hard to Dlease everybody. If
I should put on a long face, they would say
I had lost hope, and if I looked bright,
they would charge me with flippancy. So
I try to take a course midway between the
two, and still I catch it. I suppose,
though," he added philosophically, "a
man accused as I am should expect such
"The trial? Well, it has scarcely begun,
and I suppose most people consider the
preliminary work of getting a jury very
slow. I hnd it very interesting and have
listened to all the questions asked by the
lawyers on both sides. The answers are
interesting, too; but isn't it surprising
that so many people will form opinions
and draw conclusions when they have
heard only one side of a case?
"The two jurors? "Well, as to them, I
suppose, I ought to have nothing to say.
From their answers I believe they will
weigh all the evidence and give me a fair
trial. All I want, you know, is a jury of
twelve men, possessing ordinary common
sense, who will listen to all the testimony
before forming their judgment.
"The witness Clark? I may know him
and I may not. I am acquainted with
three or four Clarks in tbe City, and he
may possibly be one of them.
"His first name, however, does not recall
itself to my memory as that of one of my ac
quaintances. It brings with it to my mind
absolutely no identity. I suppose, how
ever, he may have seen me at the jail."
"The revelation of the fact that General
Dickinson had such a witness has caused
some surprise," was suggested.
"There will be more surprises before the
trial is over," remarked Durrant. "We will
convince the public of my innocence, and
that will be a surprise," he added, then
laughed merrily at the witticism.
Park Music To-Day.
The following attractive programme for tbe
open air concert in Golden Gate Park to-day
has been prepared:
"Friedensmarach aus Blenzi" Wagner
Overture. "Jolly Bobbers" Supoe
Pesther Waltz Laoner
Cavatina, "Frelschutz" Weber
holo for horn, performed by Mr. Keiter.
Potpourri, "Melodien Bouquet" Trenkler
Ovmure, "Stnuiella" Flotow
"Wiener Blut Waltz" Strauss
Fantasie, '• Fledermaus" Strauss
"Lorely Paraphrase" Nesvadba
Caprice, "Awakening of the Lion" Konstki
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Soft Soap ts. Borax.
The old-fashioned soap used to be murderous
to all color, and the new-fashioned Borax is a
preserver of it. The former was inconvenient
and hurt the bands; the latter is refined and
heals the hands. The soft soap gave trouble,
was offensive and took space and fuss to pre
pare ; the modern cleanser, Borax, is simple to
use, is delicate and convenient at all times.—
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JULY 28, 1895.
THE COGSWELL COLLEGE,
Statement Made by the Foun
der of the Polytechnic
WOULD REMODEL THE I DEED.
An Institution to Help Poor Boys
and Girls to Learn Useful
"It was the third time in three years
that I had visited the school,'' said Dr. H.
D. Cogswell, the noted philanthropist, re
ferring to his recent appearance at the
opening exercises of the Cogswell Poly
technic College, that was founded and lib
erally endowed by the man whose name it
Besides the 260 scholars entered for the
coming term, there were a number of vis
itors present at the exercises. Dr. Cogs
well made a speech at that time which set
forth at some length the difficulties that
had beset his path in getting the institu
tion placed on a firm business basis. It
PIONEER HENRY D. COGSWELL.
was a significant statement of the doctor's
attitude toward the institution, as well as
in the case now pending in the courts for
the possession and control of the college.
This speech was as follows:
Ladies and gentlemen, teachers and pupils:
I am pleased to meet you here this morning,
which is the third time I have visited this
place for the p«3t three years, as it is well
known that my former trustees leased this
Sroperty to the Board of Education or School
oard for Three years at $1 per year after cre
ating a debt at bank of $72,000, which I had to
pay by the Bale of my property. By the advice
of my attorney at the end of this three years'
lease I took peaceable possession of the prop
erty. Then ex-Judge Levy took forcible posses
sion by putting in a keeper at $5 per day, with
pistol, to prevent me from entering the prop
erty under pain of death.
This course disgusted me, together with
the management of the trustees that I had
appointed to help me carry outmyplans. After
they had accepted their positions from me,
alone, as provided by deed of trust, I was told
by them that they were a majority and were in
for life, and would do as they pleased, without
regard to the wishes of myself and wile; hence
the, expensive law suits for the past seven
My trustees never run the college to exceed
two years, exclusive of the three years' lease
as referred to, while there passed through their
hands about $154,000 since the opening of the
school, and when my litigation to oust them
ended, out of the above sum handled by them
there was found to be the Bum of $2500 re
maining in the treasury. Fifty thousand dollars
of this sum I advanced to build a brick building,
besides some $10,000 extra, where only frame
buildings, like our best school buildings,
were contemplated. The total sum called for
by the trust deed was only $50,000, 1 being
desirous of doing the best thing of the kind
ever done, and being willing to take my
chances of getting back the advances then
Let m c here ask if this looks like a con
spiracy to cheat the dear people out of the gift
I had' voluntarily made for the good of the
I will here say, my object was to remodel the
trust deed, and on the principle of "like beget
ting like" will incidentally remark that the
City may credit me with the amount of the
$540,000 given by James Lick and the $400,
--000 given by Mr. Wilmerding; also the million
more or less given by Mrs. Charles Lux, all for
these trade schools, of which I was first in the
field. All these were personal friends of mine,
who had this scheme for more than twenty
years before I was able to demonstrate it. We
were all of the old school, and are not likely to
be outdone by those Californians who shall
come after us, while the liquor question, horse
racing and pugilism take first rank. Let me
here remark that when this school waß first
opened, some of the principal daily papers had
some half a dozen lines referring to it, and a
whole column devoted to a fight which came
off the same day.
The sort of school intended by mv wife and
myself was first meant to benefit the class,
who, like myself, had the battle of life to fight
alone, commencing at the age of eight, with
poor health, without friends, money or family
prestige, and never having had the benefit of
being under the roof of a district schoolbouse
more than a hundred days, as your schools are
now, except when teaching a district school
with seven young lady assistants, it being the
leading school out of sixteen, taking our ex
amination in competition with twelve others
(this was in 1837) in the town of Sandy Creek,
State of New York. I predict that it will take
a more courageous man than myself, in future,
to try a similar experiment and jeopardize a
million dollars, the result of forty years' accu
mulation, one-third of which*as been wasted.
In conclusion, let it be known that my wife
and myself desired to give credit to San Fran
cisco for what we intended to be a benefit to
our adopted City and State, for a trade school
for poor children, to help them to earn their
own living, also for public drinking fountains,
which have been neglected and thrown away,
and we find that we have made ourselves ob
jects of envy by doing too much; hence come
the past misrepresentations and former perse*
"I do not care to talk any further about
these things at this time," said the doctor
yesterday. "What I had to say was said
in the speech at the opening exercises.
However, I do not wish any false impres
sions to gain currency in this matter. Mrs.
Cogswell and myself mean to keep the
school running if we are successful in gain
ing possession of it. Our plans were to es
tablish a school there that should last as
long as the world stands. We have not
changed in this regard. We still mean
that this school shall be open for all time
to poor and deserving scholars. We have
had reasons enough to be displeased with
the previous management of the institu
tion, and it is only that we may repair the
wrongs that have been done to the school
in the past that we now desire to obtain
possession of it again.
"You ma^ say that we are well satisfied
with the present management of the col
lege, and that the trustees and educators
there will have our hearty co-operation in
every matter that is for the welfare of the
college. We desire it to be a help for the
children of poor people, and to that end
we have made tuition free and other costs
as light as possible.'.'
The present trustees axe; Dr. Hi £>,
Cogswell (president), Mrs. Caroline E.
Cogswell, Robert Ewing, Thomas G.
Knight, Abner Doble, Oscar Lewis, J. H.
Tue instructors are as follows:
L. A. Buchanan, M.E principal
E. May Cogswell vice-principal
W. B. Clark, M. A mathematics
Arthur Kilgore, A.B
assistant in science and mathematics
J. Milo Griffith, M. A
sculpture, carving and modeling
T. J. Allan (naval architect)
mechanical drawing and design
Miss E. May Cogswell. English and history
Miss Ada F. Brown
sewing, miilinery and cooking
Miss Martha Patterson
drawing, designing and color
Miss Eleanor E. Gallagher
shorthaad and typewriting
R. Herring Jr woodworking
"The Cogswell College is intended to
combine literary and scientific studies
with practical training in the mechanical
arts and kindred industries," said Dr. Cogs
"It seeks to educate both mentally and
manually. The aim is to give the students
a good general training in practical science,
mathematics and such studies and occupa
tions that will enable them to earn their
living in after life.
"The school, shop and laboratory exer
cises teach principles. The students learn
these principles, apply, combine and con
struct from them. If they can successfully
construct in the Bchool-shop or laboratory,
they can in the shop of commerce. The
size and scope of work is necessarily limited
in the school, but, teaching principles tnat
apply universally, it requires only judg
ment ana self-reliance in order to grasp the
greater problems of industry and techni-
cality. The mental training required
should give good judgment and establish
"The institution supplies or teaches
more than a manual training course. The
students are to obtain a knowledge and
skill that will enable them to compete with
the apprentices of equal-time experience
elsewhere in handicrafts, and lead them
mentally, because of the general training
they receive in the academic work."
Dr. Henry D. Cqcswell, the donor and
founder of this munificent gift to the boys
and girls of California, was born in the
town of Tolland, Conn., in 1820. His an
cestors were among America's earliest
pioneers. His ancestral lineage may be
traced to Lord Humphrey Cogswell, 1447,
whose coat of arms the doctor cherishes
with pride, and the motto "Nee sperno nee
timeo" (I neither despise nor fear) is still
Mrs. Caroline E. Coeswell, his wife and
helpmate, was born in Providence, R. L.
coming from that stern old New England
stock that loved liberty, industry and vir
tue above all things. Her father was Ruel
Richards, an esteemed manufacturer in her
native town, where her girlhood days were
spent in the quiet influence of a Christian
At the early age of 8 years, weak in phy
sique, but strong in determination. Dr.
Cogswell went forth to fight the battle of
life alone. The first rudiments of educa
tion, reading, writing and arithmetic, were
acquired under the most adverse circum
stances, mostly after his daily toil was
done, by self-study and the light of a blaz
ing fire or tallow candle.
These hardships, or what seemed evils,
were the source of his beneficent gift to the
young people of California. ■
As time passed, by diligence, persever
ance and the help of a country school
master, he advanced to the aspired position
of a teacher himself, and for one year acted
as principal, with seven lady assistants.
His next ambition was to be a professional
man. He chose dentistry, at which he
rapidly advanced, and in the year 1845 was
master of his profession and well estab
lished in business at Providence, R. 1.,
in 184G, where he married Caroline E.
It was the discovery of gold in 1849 that
brought the doctor to these shoies. He
arrived in October of that year in the ship
Susan G. Owens, and at once began a mer
cantile business in the mining regions
that proved successful. He soon tired of
this, however, and returned to San Fran
cisco to practice his profession. He has
lived here ever aince, and by adherence to
his favorite motto of "temperance and in
dustry" he built up the large fortune that
has enabled him to carry out his philan
The Young People of Dr. Brown's
/ Church Peaceably Inclined.
The differences between Dr. C. O. Brown
and some .of the young people of the
Christian Endeavor Society bid fair to end
by the adoption of the reverend gentle
man's plans in reference to - the society.
The pledge :- which , each . active , member
takes to perform s certain devotional duties
each day . and at the weekly meetings of
the society will be made voluntary instead
of compulsory, as heretofore, by an amend
ment to the constitution.
The superintendent of the Sunday-school
will be a member '■ of ' the executive ' com
mittee, a new ■ president of the £ Union
Endeavor Society ; will ■be appointed and
James Mason will after : awhile return to
bis allegiance to the society. At least that
is what most of the members predict. •
"; The members ; feel very strongly in ; re
gard to the pledge which Dr. s " Brown prac
tically purposes to I abolish, for with that
eliminated from the constitution the bars
will be > let down, so that almost any one
can enter without regard : to : qualification
for Christian work. ■;
; ; Dr. Brown refuses '■ to make any state
ment in regard to the difficulty.
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The Pacific Laundry Machinery Company
has been incorporated with $575 subscribed on
a $100,000 capital stock, as follows: James B.
Merritt, $250; Joseph F. Forderer, $250 ; Al
bert Kahn, $25; Webb Van Slyke, $25; H. A.
Another corporation formed yesterday is
the San Francisco Furniture Manufacturing
Company, with its capital stock placed at
$100,000 and $12,000 actually subscribed.
The shareholders are: Charles J. Bruschke,
$100; Henry T. West, $5000; Elmore C. Lef
fingwell, $100; Ferdinand C. Bruschke, $100;
Jessie C. Bruschke, $5500; Georgie Malcolm,
§ 100; Andrew C. StieU, $100.
AFTER THE SOLID EIGHT,
The Civic Federation to Bring
Suit Against These
"THE CALL'S" WORK INDORSED.
Secret Meetings Will Be Held Next
Week by the Executive Com
mittee of the Society.
The Civic Federation has formulated a
mode of action to fight municipal corrup
tion, and especially that of the Solid Eight.
At their meeting on Friday evening an
executive committee was appointed com
posed of the following gentlemen: G. T.
Gaden, W. W. Case Jr., Irwin J. Truman,
Wallace Bradford, Dr. Dille, Dr. McClish
and D. Gilbert Dexter. This committee
has been instructed to proceed at once and
secure evidence against the Solid Eight.
A committee of lawyers has been appointed
to consult with the executive board. These
lawyers, whos« names are not to be made
public, will meet the executive committee
at a secret meeting next Tuesday.
G. T. Gaden, the central figure of the
Civic Federation, was seen at his home
last evening. When asked if the society
had decided what course they would take
in their projected suit against the Solid
Eight he stated that the members had de
cided not to make public their plans.
He stated that three prominent attor
neys had been engaged by the society to
consult with the executive board and pre
pare papers necessary for the bringing of
any suit against corrupt officials in behalf
of the society.
"I do not positively state," he continued,
"that these supervisors are corrupt —
thougn l have my private opinion. These
men. however, will be given an opportu
nity to clear themselves. If they have
acted according to law then proceedings
will be dropped. Our attorneys will advise
us fully on that point.
"I do not think that the society should
at present enter into a war on dives and sa
loons. There is bigger game than
that to be bagged at present. The Civic
Federation is here to fight municipal evils,
the more prominent being the Supervisors,
the streetcar company officials and the
At the Friday evening meeting the fol
lowing resolution indorsing the stand
taken by The Call was presented by G. F.
Gaden and adopted unanimously:
We, the members of the Civic Federation, de
sire to express our appreciation of the work
done by the Call in behalf of municipal re
form and the noble efforts of that great news
paper in exposing the corruption of the Super
visors; that in our estimation The Call is
absolutely a paper exercising an influence for
good and in every sense a paper that represents
the opinion of the best citizens of San Fran
A prominent gentleman of the Civic
Federation, who does not desire to have
his name mentioned, when asked as to his
opinion concerning the proposed suit
against the Solid Eight, stated :
"I do not think the Civic Federation will
ever be much of a potential factor in San
Francisco politics until it devotes more
time to hard work and less to advertising.
It deals too much in the future tense and
is too fond of dealing with social evils.
The practical method of uncovering cor
ruption is to raise a sum of money and
employ two or three men to give their un
divided attention to the work.
"At present the Civic Federation is an
undiciplined body. There are ways of un
covering the corruption of San Francisco.
It requires hard work with skilled and
honest men, but it cannot be done through
advertising their plans."
The executive committee of the society
will meet every day next week. The place
of meeting will be changed daily, in order,
if possible, to elude the press reporters and
keep the transactions secret.
He Is in New York Seeking: to Dispose of
His Mexican Mining Prop
There is not much mystery surrounding
the movements of J. N. E. Wilson, for
merly State Senator and Insurance Com
missioner of California. His mine in
Mexico is situated about 150 miles east of
Mazatlan, on the coast, and 150 miles west
of Domingo, on the railroad. He paid the
men employed on the Ist of July, and tele
graphed to his father, Joseph Wilson, in
this City, that he would leave there on
July 3 for the East. Again, on July 13, he
telegraphed to his family from Laredo that
he was on his way to New York. He is ex
pected to return to San Francisco as soon
as his business affairs in New York are ad
His wife says that she has no knowledge
or belief that she and their child have
been deserted. He Jeft here on May 25 for
Mexico and is expected to return soon.
Mr. Wilson has put a great deal of his
own money and the money of others in
the mine, and now since the value of the
property has been demonstrated he is
probably trying to sell it for what it is
worth. At least that is the belief which
his father and wife entertain.
The Water Decision.
To the Editor of the Call— Sir: The decision
of Judge Boss in the Wright irrigation law
case was necessary to complete the foolish and
disastrous decision of the California Supreme
Court that gave occasion to the enactment of
the Wright bill.
For thirty-five years the Legislature of Cali
fornia had been enacting laws to govern the
distribution of the waters of the State. With
out a single exception all these laws were
founded on the principle of appropriation,
which regards all the waters of the natural
streams as the property of the State, and in
which not one word was ever used which could
be tortured into acknowledging the existence
of the riparian principle, which regards all
the waters of the natural streams as the private
Eroperty of the owners of the land along their
In a certain famous Kern County case the
Bupreme Court, after briefly disposing of the
one issue on appeal, went out of its way to
render a decision on a matter which was not
before it for adjudication.
In this part of the decision, which was really
only so much irrelative dicta of the court, the
English common law of riparian rights was
fastened on the State, the legislation of the
people on irrigation was made null and
void and the hurtful declaration pro
mulgated that California is bound not
only by the English common law as it ex
isted in 1776, but also by all the changes which
the English Government has made in it trotn
that time to the present day.
The Wright irrigation law immediately fol
lowed this decision, and was the result of the
indecent haste of a lawyer to clinch an unjust
decision of the Supreme Court. That decision
took the water of the State from the people and
gave it to private owners. The Wright law was
intended to enable the people of the State to
buy back at a fair price the water which had
been taken from them by invoking the law of
The decision of Judge Ross completes the
foolishness by declaring that the people have
not the right to buy the water at a fair price
under condemnation proceedings, but must
stand at the mercy o,f the good will of the pri
vate owners of the water which falls from the
clouds and results from the melting snows of
the Sierras. B. Marks.
Dos Palos, Cal., July 25, 1895.
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A Counterfeiter Discharged.
The case against Minning Jones, the counter
feiter, was nolle prosequied by United States
District Attorney Foote yesterday. Jones was
tried twice on a charge of passing counterfeit
bills and on each occasion the jury disagreed.
The evidence for the Government was not very
strong, ana as many of the witnesses for the
Government had left the country Secret Ser
vice Agent of the Treasury Harris consented to
a dismissal of the charges.
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At 50c a Pair.
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100 dozen MISSES' COTTON HOSE (all sizes), fast black.
At 50c a Pair.
75 dozen LADIES' BLACK CASHMERE HOSE (extra
At $1.00 Each.
35 dozen LADIES' SWISS RIBBED VESTS AND DRAW*
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At $1.00 Each.
50 dozen LADIES' NATURAL WOOL VESTS AND DRAW-
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At $1.50 Each.
75 dozen LADIES' EXTRA QUALITY FULL FINISHED
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£tF~ Country orders receive prompt attention.
ISir- Goods delivered free in San Rafael, Sausalito, Bllthedaia,
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A MIDGET IN BLOOMERS.
Miss Valentine Cornwell, the
Youngest Cyclist in the
She Is Three Years Old, and When
on Her Wheel Is Not Three
The smallest of wheels, the tiniest of
riders and the cutest thing in the way of a
bicycle turnout to be found in the City
can be seen almost any day flitting up and
down McAllister street, near Market. The
rider is little Miss Valentine Larook Corn
well, the daughter of J. 8. Cornwell, man-
MISS VALENTINE LAROOEA CORNWELL, THE YOUNGEST BIDES
IN THE WORLD.
ager of the Waverly agency, and the wheel
is one made especially for her.
Little Miss Cornwell enjoys the distinc
tion of being the youngest and smallest
cyclist m the world. She is three years
and four months old and can manage her
wheel with much of the skill and all of the
confidence of a veteran. She has been rid
ing two weeks. At first it was uphill work,
for the baby's mind could not grasp the
principle of equilibrium, but, as she says
herself, it came to her suddenly, and
brushing aside the hands that steadied
her she commenced to cut figures of eight
and erapevines on her own hook. She
was nearly a week learning, but she kept
at it, and last Sunday she nad the privi
lege of riding in the park. Arrayed in a
little tailor-made bloomer costume of red,
with a sailor waist, trimmed with white,
and a jaunty little red cap, the midget fol
lowed her father aa far as the bandstand
and back; nor did he have to go away
slowly in order that she might keep up.
To-day she will be out again, escorted by
fourteen of the men from the store. They
call her the "Waverly Mascot" and expect
to create a sensation when she leads them
over the park roads.
The wheel ridden by the diminutive cy
clist is a curiosity in its way. It is
very small as to height, but as the parts
are from ordinary stock it has a heavy
look, and weighs more than it should
were it proportioned in every way. The
wheels are fifteen inches in diamether,
with clincher tires and ball bearings. The
frame is twelve inches deep, and the
sprockets are geared to thirty-Bix inches.
It is nickel-plated, weighs tea pounds and
was built in this City. Rider and wheel
together do not stand three feet high. As
yet she does not mount without assist
ance, but once started the child is quite
able to take chargo of herself.
BOARD OF HEALTH PLACES.
Dr. Fltzgibbons Says That Democrats
Will Get the Positions in the
The Board of Health will m«»et again
early next week to declare some more va
cancies and fill them. Last evening Dr.
Fitzgibbons said that there was no man
employed in the Health Department in
any capacity whatever whose place could
not be asceptably filled by some other per
"It is the policy of the board," he con-
tinued, "to caucus before going into regu
lar session. We have yet to appoint a
Market Inspector, Superintendent of the
Almshouse, Superintendent of the City
and County Hospital and quite a number
The doctor was asked if the report was
authentic that the present Market In
spector, who is a Republican, would be re
tained on account of his fitness, and to
this question responded : "This is a Demo
cratic administration and it is our pur
pose to select Democrats to fill the places.
We have not yet agreed on any man for
Market Inspector, and the matter will not
be settled until we caucus. A strong ef
fort is being made to keep the Market In
spector and the Superintendent of the
Almshouse in their respective places."
"Has there been any unfavorable com
ment on the action of the board in ap
pointing your brother as Assistant Physi
The doctor replied in the negative, say
ing: "I offered to withdraw the appoint
ment if any one else cared for it. My
brother is a young man and the position
pays only $75 a month. It is simply &
Explosion in a Qnarry.
Through the premature explosion of a blast
In Warren & Malley's quarry on the San Bruno
road yesterday afternoon William Jones, fore
man, and John Hoffman were badly injured.
When the explosion occurred Hoffman was
ciose to the spot and was thrown several feet
by the concussion. His right hip was dislo
cated, his scalp cut and his hands, face and
body badly burned. Jones escaped with severe
burns on ths hands and face. Both men wera
taken to the Receiving Hospital.