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Made drunken, tottering with lime;
Made drunkec, garrulous with years.
He spake, spake as a broken rhyme;
He heard, heard as a baby hears.
Colonel Short of Trinity Center had a
very long name to begin with, but as he
was a very short man and, like all small
men, was disposed to maKe a big showing,
the boys soon found out his weakness and
he was simply "Short" after that.
This obese, rotund and obtuse man had
also a very short memory. He kept a store
and the postoffice at Trinity Center and he
had gold enough to buy— but goodness!
this was away back in the fifties. Jones,
now Senator Jones of Nevada, was Sheriff
of Trinity then, had a pack train, a share
in the store, gold, a share in almost every
thing all up and down the Trinity rivers,
and, next to Colonel Short, the best story-
. teller and most popular liar in the mines.
Handsome, too, was Jones, and proud.
Give him full credit for all that. He needs
it now, the poor, rich "United States
Jones could cinch a mule. He says he
could work, swing a pick or ply the shovel.
Maybe he could, but we never saw him try.
Perhaps this was only one. of his many
little stories. But cinch a mule! You
6hould have seen Senator Jones of Nevada
cinch a mule, the big bell mule.
' The big canvas cinch-band that goes un
der the mule's belly, and almost cuts the
creature in two has a long cinch-rope on
one end; the other has a big oaken hook.
" You gather the whole long rope in your
■ right hand, throw it away, away out full
A ; -ngth back past the mule's tail and heels,
row the hook and canvas girth under
the ' mule's belly to the man on the other
side, throw a fold of the rope over the
pack, lay tne "diamond hitch" across and
about the top of the pack as the other man
makes fast in the hook, and then pull,
pull and haul and haul and pull as the
mule sets her four feet wide out, takes in
her breath till her girth is like unto the
girth of Saturn, and then she grunts, and
grunts, once, twice,, and then rip! The
third grunt you do not hear, you feel; the
long neck and head sweep around with
the swiftness and velocity of a 1000-volted
electrode, and while you don't so much
mind the wear and tear in the rear of your
overalls you really don't like to sleep on
your face or stand up at a stump to eat
your beans for a month or two at a time
when it can be avoided. _ .
Senator Jones always wore a "Tomrim,
that is a great flat sheet of perforated stove
piping, after his first experience with that
old bell-mule. He would lash it on the
lower end of his back with a rope when he
went to cinch her— sort of breastplate, as
it were. "
Sometimes a fresh young packe/ would
come from some other camp and want a
"Can you throw the diamond hitch?
Train goin' out Boon as we pack up— might
give you a job. Start in on old 'Billy'
there, you and Bell Boy." . „
And Jones would bite an inch off his
cigar, wink at his Bell Boy and the crowd
and then begin to shake and shake away
down to his boot-tops.
Well, to cut it short, the new man
wouldn't stay long enough in Trinity
Center to sit down as a rule.
Ah, these were the good old days when
Red Bluffs was the head of navigation and
' the one single, narrow iittle pack trail to
Trinity Center was simply an endless, tor
tuous, tiresome, braying, yelling, cursing,
moving corkscrew of mules and Mexican
packers, all knee-deep in dust. Dust on
the mules and Mexican drivers till all were
©I the came color of clay; dust on the,
bacon, dust in tho oeuii-.. .... . i .... .
some dust got into the sugar mats too.
You see, we used Kanaka sugar— put up
in mats — entirely in those dear "good old
days," and surely the wind must have heen
blowing always very hard in the sandy
Sandwich Islands when the good mission
ary sugar merchants out there were put
ting the sugar up in the mats. And per
haps they untied the mats in San Fran
cisco to dry the sugar with the most
honest intentions toward the honest miner
before sending it up to us; and maybe the
wind in sandy San Francisco was blowing
awfully at the time.
This sugar was then sent up by boat to
Sacramento, another sandy place. Maybe
the sugar got damp on the boat and had to
be opened and dried there, too. Anyhow,
what with the sand of all these sandy
places, sand and dirt and dust, dust and
dirt and sand, there was never less than
half an inch of grit on the bottom o f the
"THE LOST FBENCHMAN WALKED IN."
tin coffee cup after dinner in "the good old
days," strain it and dram it through your
teeth as you might, grit and dirt that cost
just even its weight in gold "in the good
No reproach on Colonel Short now; no
reproach of Senator Jones. They loved
their joke, their gold dust, too, but they in
jured no man. In truth, they helped
many a miner when he could not help him
self — "staked" him, sent him forth, and
also, too frequently, if, like the dove, he
found no place for the sole of his foot, he
came back, and , Colonel Short put forth
his hand and received him again into the
ark; and if, on the other side,* he found
"the waters abated from off the earth," or,
in other words, he "struck it," he, too fre
quently for the upbuilding of faith in man,
never came back till time, convenience or
old age made him "an.te up."
There was a Frenchman and the French
man had a wife, and the wife had a garden
all full of old prosnect-holes — holes as deep
and dark as sin. The two didn't get on
very well, and one dark and stormy night
the man, half drunk at the time, Colonel
Short said, disappeared. He had been last
seen in the garden of dark and deep holes.
The water was booming over the whole
place by morning, and as it abated the
poor, lorn French widow went from one
prospect-hole to another and wept and
She could not decide in which one of the
three deepest holes her husband was
buried, and so she planted flowers and
shed tears on each one copiously each day.
This touched the heart of Colonel Short;
and as she, like all good Frenchwomen,
was a good cook, he furnished supplies,
and she set up a little resort, or restaurant,
which soon became the very heart of boom
ing and beautiful Trinity Center. It was
there that all the high-toned and first-class
poker games were played. It was there
that Sheriff Jones and Colonel Short told
their most brilliant tales and "were wont
to set the table in a roar." And so it was
that the widow prospered amazingly; but
she did not forget her buried lord in the
vegetable garden or neglect the triangle of
possible or probable graves. So far from
that she went to Shasta City with her very
first money and ordered three marble
tombstones. It looked odd, this triangle
of tearful tombs, to Sheriff Jones in that
pretty garden down the sloping hill be
yond the festive door, and he : told the
widow so in the gentlest terms possible.
There were likewise many other men in
Trinity Center, mischievous persons, and
clearly not of the aristocracy, but voters,
who did not like this profuse display of
tombstones, , and Jones ', threw himself at
their head and once more ] made solemn
protest with the widow.
"This three-cornered grief, madam," he
said one day as .he stirred a spoonful of
sand and Kanaka sugar in big — ; "maybe
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JULY 28, 1895.
acute, a sort of acute triangle as it were,
but one don't like it spread all over crea
tion for breakfast and dinner and supper."
She did not quite comprehend, and to
make himself clear he said, still more sol
emnly and slowly, as he stirred up the
sand and took a swallow:
"Madam, the square described on the
hypothenuse of a rightangled triangle is
equal to the sum of the squares described
on the other two sides ; therefore, why not
These terrible and mysterious new words
convinced her. In the dim poetical and
• Ireamful twilight of that same afternoon
she and the obese, obtuse and rotund part
ner of Sheriff Jones, Colonel Short, silently
and solemnly carried two of the tomb
stones into the little restaurant.
Fancy the dismay and horror of Jones
on discovering, after a hurried breakfast
next morning, that he had taken his meal
on a marble table— a tombstone upside
He simply roared at the obese, obtuse
i Short when he cot back to the store and
told him he could have the widow, tomb
stones and all, entirely to himself there
after and forever. The tombstones were
carried back into an old shed, but they had
already created a coolness between the two
that never to this day has quite thawed
Some of the custom fell off, too, and
there were those who hinted that the
spouse was not dead at all, notwithstanding
this profusion of tombstones, but had
picked up a big nugget in China Camp
j Gulch while prowling through the chapar-
r al with his shotgun in quest of jackrab
! bits and had gone to 'Frisco to have a good
Years on years rolled gently and swiftly
along. Jones and many good men went
away, the pack trains went; stages, freight
wagons, immigrant wagons, women, all
these things came, and still the platonic
and obtuse colonel and the pretty widow
The colonel had become a doctor, doctor
of both law and medicine, for he wa3 now
"the magistrate, with fat, round belly."
He performed all the marriages, and in
cases when he thought the tie not quit* so
fast as the Gordian knot, he kindly decreed
an occasional divorce, just to oblig*.
In medicine he never lost a case. This,
perhaps, was due to the good French cook
ing, the pure water and the tine air as
much as anything else, for he rarely ad
ministered medicines. Stop a minute.
Let it be explained that there was, most
likely, one death; but hear the facts and
you will hardly blame his want of skill,
but rather his want of memory, for this
one fatal termination.
Thejpatient waß a poor leprous loafer,
repulsive from sores and want of soap,
and also sadly in love with the widow.
Colonel Doctor Judge Short believed in
simple remedies. He nearly always, for
example, applied moist, clean earth to all
sorts of bruises and broken limbs, and
with marvelous results. And to show how
nearly right he was in this primitive
method let it be mentioned that the
French surgeons of the army used this
same simple remedy continually in their
late great war. This most remarkable
Judge of Trinity reasoned that if a little
earth will heal a little bruise or break, a
lot of earth ought to heal a lot of big sores
as well ; and so he had a pit dug away up
on the hillside, and one pleasant twilight
stood the man in there with the dirt
packed tightly in about him up to his very
He wanted a drink then, the poor leprous
and soapless loafer, and so the generous
widow went to her restaurant, returned,
got down to him on her hands ana knees
and filled him half full of gin. It had been
hot work in the sun, and so the men drank
heartily all around of what, was left, drank
twice three to his good health. Then they
filled his mouth with tobacco, put a lighted
clay pipe in his teeth, and, as the long, dark
shadows of the lordly pine trees came down
over the kindly and humane group of
sympathizers with the poor fellow, they,
one by one, melted away down to the com
mon center, the widow's tables.
The doctor was the last to leave. He
could not feel the patient's pulse, but he
got down on his hands and knees, as the
widow had done, and took a good look at
his tongue. As he arose and brushed the
pine quills and fxesli, sweet earth from his
knees, he heard the howl of a wolf far
away on the wooded mountain top, and,
knowing how timid was the widow, he
hastened down to where she stood waiting
and took her home to where the hungry
and merry crowd was already waiting for
supper and the usual game of poker after.
There had been a big "find" that day,
and so the game was unusually steep, pro
longed ana absorbing. Besides that there
was a sensation. A half-drowned China
man, one of six who had suddenly disap
peared a few days before, taking one of
their number in a handcart, fast on his
Dack with innumerable broken bones, so
they said, has returned. True, they had
not* called in "doctor" with his earth
and other simple remedies, but they
had taken pains to tell everybody
that they were in great haste to
get the dying man, who had been
crushed in a landslide, out of the moun
tains before he died. The stage driver had
remembered that when he met the little
Sarty near Shasta City they had a yellow
ag displayed above the cart, indicating
"Well, the story now was that the hand
cart had held the biggest nugget in it that
had ever seen the light of day in Califor
nia, besides a lot of other and smaller
nuggets, all taken the week before from
China Camp Creek, near town. The half
drowned uhinaman had begged his way
back from where he had scrambled out
from the overturned canoe in the Sacra
mento River, leaving his dead companions,
and now was compelled to tell the truth
to the magistrate in the hope of getting
back his abandoned claim and cabin; a
But the sensation of sensations took
place next morning at about daylight,
when the great poker game was at high
The lost Frenchman, the man who once
had three tombstones when he was not
entitled to even so much as one, walked in,
sat down in a corner with a shotgun on
his lap and waited, but waited not long, to
see that crowd melt into thin air.
Jones had long since gone far, far away;
had become Senator, a great and greatly
honored United States Senator. Colonel
Short was a man of resources, when not
blinded by the little blind boy in his pure
He did not wait to see the crowd go. He
set a virtuous example, and was first to
leave. He bad business at his store. Later,
as the gray dawn came, the late widow saw
that he was burning at least two candles,
and, maybe, many letters.
The stage left at sunrise each morning.
A mile from Trinity Center, in the midst
of a cloud of dust, the horses were thrown
back on their haunches and a man clam
bered up without a word and took his
place with the driver.
Certainly Senator Jones would give his
old "pard r> of poker and Trinity a great
place. The country needed him abroad,
and abroad he needed the country.
Did you ever know a man to go to Jones
and get the promise of a place? or, rather,
did you ever know a man who didn't go to
Jones and get the promise of a place?
One year, two years, five years, ten, fif
teen. Short grew short in every sense.
Possibly he was as tall as ever, but he
seemed' only about half his usual height
and twice his usual thickness. He had
thought he could play poker. It cost him
much to find out that he did not know the
first thing about that delusive chimera.
He had believed he knew a little bit about
politics. Fifteen years taught him he
knew less even about politics than about
At last, grown desperate by disappoint
ments, be made open quarrel and protest
with Jones. Jones blandly referred him
to the Civil Service examination commit
"Me! mcl Hell and blazes! Did Bay
ard have to put up with that Civil Service
At last, word came that the übiquitous
Frenchman had kindly laid aside his shot
gun and consented, so far as he could con
sent, to let the tombstone still standing in
the garden, with some alterations of dates,
record his many and manly virtues.
"Jones is not a bad man, except that he
is such a dreadful liar about offices," said
the retiring colonel at the Palace, as he
drew out the little check from a Washing
ton letter with the Senator's name at
tached. "Yes, boys," he cried to some old
cronies, "back— goin' for old Trinity. By
George, I can see the stately old sugar
pines nodding their plumes to welcome
me. I can see the rabbits dancing in the
dusty road as the partridge whistles at
sundown from the chaparral hill for him
to dance. lean seethe large-eyed, timid
deer step daintily out in the dusty stage
road and look up and down, and then pass
across unharmed. I lan hear the rustle
of the cool, sweet waters over the cobble
stones and sands of gold; and I am going
to get gold, gold, gold, as of old. Come
along with me, boys! Why, bless me! it
used to cost a month to get there, and all
sorts of trial and privation, while now we
can go in no time, live on nothing and be
like lords as of old. Same skies, same
mountains, same rivers, same sweet air
and spicy smell of wood and carpet of
pine quills. Glad I didn't get a place
after all. We will open the old China
Camp Creek with a grand sluice! We
will— goodnesss! what will we not do?"
And so the little fat Colonel Short pulled
together a few of his old companions.
They, too, thought the mines of old Trinity
still* the sweetest, healthiest, happiest,
dearest place on earth, and so had only
wanted a leader and some one to "put up
a stake "
And what a happy, hilarious old party it
was that trundled out of Redding in the
old stage drawn by the six dusty old
Let who will rebuke the obese and short
old man with his short memory and all
other sorts of shorts. He was a pure and
clean old fellow from the first, entirely
platonic in his love, for his heart was in
his stomach, as with many another man,
and the widow knew it. And all those old
fellows, now his following, knew that his
love for the rotund little old woman, now
so old and fat you could scarcely see her
little black eyes, was from the first en
tirely chivalrous and platonic, else they
had not been at his side. Let us rather
honor his loyalty to the old love, the old
mountains, rivers, pines and all that makes
old Trinity a paradise.
She was fixing things up as the stage
was nearing Tiinity. The marble tables?
She had not only the two from the shed,
but the one from the garden. God bless
her! for it had fallen down soon after they
had dug the new grave by it.
They chatted of the widow and her
waste of tombstones. The merriest stage
ful and stagetopful of old boys that the
world ever saw or heard of. Old heads,
hatlesß, hairless, bobbed in and out and
about each window and blossomed on the
top as thick as they could stick, while hats
swung in the air and the old fellows
vowed with one voice to live and die in
dear old Trinity, tombstones or no tomb
stones. The very trees, they declared,
were glad to see them back again ; for in
their years and years of absence the forests
had grown up and the road had become so
narrow that in places the pleasant, cool
boughs hung over their heads and reached
out merrily as if to shake them by the
hand in welcome.
At Trinity Crossing they saw little farms
on either hand, and fruit trees laden with
rosy apples. Pretty girls, rosy aB the ripe,
red fruit, stood out on the low, vine-cov
ered porches, and showed their pretty
teeth with pleasure, as the old heads
bowed and bobbed, and hats went high in
the air in happy salutation.
Too old to be scandalized now, the two
rotund lovers reached out in the won
drous moonlight that poured a path of
silver down the hill for them to walk upon.
They ascended toward the great sugar
pines that had cast their lordly shadows
over them that last twilight when they
had been together in Trinity Center.
As they approached the spot where they
had left the man buried to the chin,
with a pipe in his teeth, the colonel
seemed to remember, and suddenly asked,
as if for the first time some dreadful idea
had come to his obtuse mind, "Did — did
he get well?"
"MonDieu! Mon Dieul I no bin see
he! He nxt bin see me!"
The colonel groaned. He fell on his
knees at the spot. There was a little de
pression in the ground — a foot or two of
soft, sweet-smelling pine quills. That
He felt about in the leaves a little— for
the bowl of the pipe, maybe — but soon he
rose up, cheerfully brushed his knees with
his two hands, and as they sauntered back
to the "French restaurant" he proved to
»the widow that the man had, of course,
got well and got out, for as he fa3ted and
convalesced he naturally grew very thin,
and so, of course, crept out as beautifully
as a butterfly from the chrysalis. And she
believed it. Indeed so did he. for, in fact,
it is quite possible, although it is said by
the miners that the wolves ate his head off
the first night. Joaquin Millee.
A SALVATION WEDDING.
The Army Also Celebrates Its Twelfth
Friday night the Salvation Army cele
brated its twelfth anniversary on this coast
by a rousing meeting at their headquarters
on Market street, the event of the evening
being the wedding of Captain Thompson
and Lieutenant Rosa Harrington.
The bride, a very prepossessing young
lady, 19 years of age, is a native of San
Francisco, and has been stenographer to
Brigadier Keppel of the army for some
Her father is a gentleman of some means,
and she also has two brothers living here,
one of whom is bookkeeper for the Produce
Exchange and the other an employe of
Mr. Kaufman, the grain-broker.
The groom, who recently had charge of
tbe army's work at Fresno, is a tine-look
ing: young man of 27 years.
The hall was filled to suffocation. When
the bridal procession marched ud the aisle
to the air of "The Secret Is HisXiOve" the
hallelujahs were impressive. Numerous
songs set to popular music were rendered
with piano and trumpet accompaniment,
and one set to the tune of '"Whoa, Emma,"
and sung by Captain Gardiner of San
Jose, with a banjo accompaniment, was
applauded to the echo. The marriage
service is ver} r original and differs from the
orthodox form greatly, fealty and allegiance
to the Salvation Army being exacted.
After the ceremony and congratulations
the meeting continued until a late hour.
AGAINST THE FRUIT RING,
United Action of the Growers
the Only Thing That
Will Do It.
Secretary Fllcher of the State
Board of Trade on the Fruit
There seems to be only one thing for the
fruit-growers of this State to do to break
the power of the combines in New York
and Chicago, according to the views ex
pressed yesterday by Secretary Filcher of
the State Board of Trade and A. T. Hatch.
This one thing is to stand together to a
man and crown with success the efforts
of the California Fruit Growers' and Ship
pers' Association to bring about the estab
lishment in each of those cities of a con
solidated and open auction-room.
Mr. Hatch has the utmost confidence in
President Weinstock. It is due to the
pluck and persistency of Mr. Weinstock,
Mr. Hatch recalls, that Washington Porter
was secured as the agent in all the terri
tory east of the Mississippi for the growers
of California. Previous to that time Mr.
Porter had been a very successful manipu
lator of the market, not, however, for the
best interests of the California growers.
Parker Earl was always friendly to the
interests of the producers here, and the
co-operation of these two giants of the
fruit trade meant great things for Cali
It now remains for the fruit-growers to
study their own interests and to ship only
to the open auctions, if possible, though it
may be that their transportation arrange
ments might possibly conflict somewhat
with this- Otherwise, if the fruit of Cali
fornia is sold in both the close and open
auctions it is brought into competition
with itself. Said Secretary Filcher:
One auction in each city, and that an open
one, is what the fruit-growers must, have to
keep California fruit from being brought into
competition with itseh, ana that they will
have if they will only all pull together. The
close auction is a regular robbing scheme— a
sort of buyers' union to which only those can
be admitted who are willing to pay for the
H. E. Parker of Placer County went to Chi
cago a little while ago and made an investiga
tion of the way the market was run. He saw
peaches bought in by the members of the com
bine for 75 cents, and afterward sold- to retail
ers at $1 25. Here was a clear profit of 40
per cent made by the man in the combine on
just one turn, arid with not an iota of expense.
It costs money to raise fruit and if anybody at
all should get the bigger share of the profit it
should be the producer.
A. T. Hatch said :
I can't think of anything better than Mr.
Weinstock's plan. Of course if all the auctions
were open and the sales were at different
times, so as to give all buyers who wanted to
bid a chance, I wouldn't care if there were two
places of sale. Some shippers may be so Ritu
ated that in sending fruit to New York they
can only ship to the Erie pier, and others, like
wise, to the Union. Now, supposing both sales
were open to everybody, and there could be a
sale on the Erie for one hour and another at
the Union the next hour, this would give the
fruit a fair chance of obtaining good prices in
Whatever Mr. Weinstock endeavors to bring
about is all right. His record In the past has
shown this. lam satisfied, if the growers will
co-operate with him, it will only be a question
of time when we will have a fair market with
out opposition. Every grbwer who ships to
the clo. c «-auction companies at present con
tributes to the strength of the opposition and
weakens tne movement in behalf or the pro
ducers. £ome temporary benefit or advantage
might be derived by this, but a much greater
benefit will ultimately accrue to tne individual
grower if all turu in and recognize only the
D. E. Allison, the local fruit merchant,
looks at it in the same light. He said :
I believe In the open auction and the concen
tration of fruit all In one place, so as to give
everybody a chance to bid on it. An open auc
tion of this kind means a greater demand East
for California fruits, and the more fruit sent
East, the better It will be for the merchants in
the City. Our prices will be improved, as a
matter of logical consequence.
A. T. Perkins has gone East to put
his new process of shipping fruit into
practical operation. By his process the ne
cessity of ice will be dispensed with, a con
stant flow of dry sterilized air of even
temperature being the means he proposes
to use to keep fruit in good condition while
in transit. Mr. Hatch is of the opinion
that by this process fruit can ( be sent East
for half of what it now costs refrigerator
companies for ice.
THE CALIFORNIA REGATTA
A Yacht Race Oft* the Narrow-Gauge
Wharf— Movements of the
The second regatta of the California
Yacht Club for the season of 1895 will be
run to-day off the Alameda mole. The
course is across an imaginary line out
from the southerly pierhead of the nar
row-gauge wharf, thence to and around
Blossom Rock buoy, thence to and around
a stakeboat four and a sixteenth miles to
the southeast and across the line of finish
ing. There will be three classes of boats,
and it is expected that all the craft in the
club will be in the race. Prizes will be
offered for each class and the Walter cup
will be awarded to the yacht making the
fastest time over the course. The prepara
tory gun will be fired at 12:55 p. m. and the
smallest class will be started five minutes
later. Classes B and A will be sent off ten
and twenty minutes later respectively.
The San Francisco Club will take an
outside sail to-day, starting by signal
from the flagship.
The Corinthians and Encinals will have
open dateß to-day, and the rule for both
clubs will be "go-as-you-please."
Shrewd once signified evil or wicked.
Thomas Fuller uses the expression, "a
shrewd fellow," meaning a wicked man.
HOW THE COMBINE COSTS,
Mr. McDonald Confesses the
Price of Rock Has
TWENTY PER CENT HIGHER.
A Few Instances of Paving Cited
Where the Difference Is Thou
sands of Dollars.
J. W. McDonald, president of the City
Street Improvement Company, has given
the taxpayers much food for thought in
his little mathematical demonstration pre-
sented before the Street Committee of the
Board of Supervisors last Thursday by
way of showing that 14 cents per square
foot was not too high a price for paving
Van Ness avenue.
As previously stated by The Call, they
will serve a valuable purpose by merely
standing for reference and comparison.
For instance, take the price of bitumin
A few montha ago, when the order cre
ating the bituminous-rock monopoly, of
which Mr. McDonald is so pronounced a
factor, was up before the Mayor seeking
his approval, Mr. McDonald made a speech
in its favor, in which he declared that the
price of the rock was $4 25.
Everybody not interested in creating the
monopoly declared at this time that the
price of rock would immediately go up
once this order became a law. Mr. Mc-
Donald and others interested declared the
That was only a few months ago, but
Mr. McDonald, careless of the effect of his
figures and only intent on making another
plausible appearance in public, on sustain
ing another false position, declares that
the price is now $5 45 per ton. Here, then,
we have in a brief interval of the existence
of the combine an increase of $1 20 per ton
on bituminous rock.
Of course, this increase is only im
aginary. Nothing has occurred to make
the rock more valuable — only the members
of the combine have been placed in a posi
tion to ask all the people will pay. Public
work is no longer put up for bids. These
few tractable contractors do the work,
nobody else is given a chance, and, what
ever they fix upon as the figure, it "goes."
The last work done under the old speci
fications and for which bids were called
for, was a stretch of four blocks on
Twenty-fourth street, between Castro and
Dolores, which included five crossings.
The City Street Improvement Company
secured that work, being the lowest bid
der. That was before the price of the
rock had gone up to $5 45, and Mr. Mc-
Donald could bid low like the other con
tractors. His bid was 18% cents a square
foot for paving and 65 cents for curbs. Re
member, that included all the work —
getting the street ready, laying concrete
foundations, and putting down the bitum
The majority of the Board of Supervisors
at the last meeting directed the Superin
tendent of Streets to "enter into a
private contract" with Mr. McDonald's
company for doing precisely the same
kind of work— 23}^ cents for the pave
ment and 85 cents for curbing— a clear in
crease of 5Vg cents per square foot for the
paving and 20 cents per lineal foot for the
In this interesting little bunch of figures
which Mr. McDonald presented to the
Street Committee he says his profit on the
Van Ness avenue job was 1% cents a
square foot. He said that he was a pros
perous business man and rejoiced in the
fact. He accounts for his success by the
fact that he knew his business and always
figured "safe." He accounted 1% cents a
square foot a good, safe margin then.
That margin must certainly have been in
cluded in his Twenty-fourth street bid of
18% cents a square foot for paving and 65
cents a lineal foot for curbing.
When to that is added by B cents a square
foot for paving and 20 cents a lineal foot
for curbing — how many safe margins is
that? Come, boys, figure it out for Mr.
McDonald; how many times 1% cents is
that and how many thousand dollars does
it come to in five long b locks of the width
of Twenty-fourth, street?
Ah! This is a very expensive luxury
having a bituminous-rock monopoly and
street-paving combine in one's midst
where there is so much street work to be
done. And at a time, too, when there is
such a clamor about a proposed big tax
levy, insomuch that the School Directors
must be refused money which they deem
necessary to carry on the complete werk of
the department; when the Supervisors are
hesitating about providing Chief Crowley
with the new policemen he is demanding;
when the proposed boulevard and other
improvements are in danger of being post
poned all for lack of money.
A monopoly is an expensive thing at any
time, and when it accomplishes no good,
when it is ornamental not useful, it should
not be allowed to prosper and be "success
ful" at the expense of the City's best loved
and most necessary institutions. It will
not be allowed to do so.
Here we have a few figures showing the
difference in the cost of street work between
the time, some few months ago when Mr.
McDonald bought bituminous rock at $4 25
per ton and the combine had not been
formed, and to-day when he figures it in
his estimates at $5 45 per ton and the com
bine is in full bloom, figuring more than
"'safe" and being especially "successful."
Under the old regime when it had to bid
for what it got, the City Improvement
Company paved with basalt blocks a
portion of Steuart street at 17 cents a
square foot and 65 cents for curbing.
Since the combine was formed the same
company paved the same street between
Fulton and Grove streets at 22 cents a
square foot and 85 cents for curbing— an
increase of 5 cents for paving, and 20 cents
for curbing. No bids were called for— the
Superintendent of Streets was simply
directed to enter into contract, etc.
Under the old regime of bidding against
competitors the City Street Improvement
Company took a contract for paving Jack
son street between Steiner and Pierce
with bituminous rock at 18^ cents per
square foot, and 68 cents for curbing.
Since the combine was formed the Super
intendent of Streets was directed to enter
into private contract with the same com
pany for paving the adjoining block —
Steiner street, between Washington and
Jackson— at 22 cents a square foot, and 80
cents for curbing.
Since the new regime the same contract
ors secured another contract for the same
kind of work in the same way for paVing
Clay street, from Steiner to Pierce, at 85
cents for curbing and 23 for paving— an in
crease over the preceding contract, not
withstanding that the character of the
work of preparing the street should have
made it cheaper.
Since the new regime the City Street
Improvement Company got a private con
tract in the same way for paving Vallejo
street, between Octavia and Laguna, at 21
cents a square foot, and was allowed— this
is essentially the City's part of it — 27%
cents a foot tor paving the crossing at Val
lejo and Lacuna.
Under the system of calling for bids a
contract was let to the San Francisco Pav
ing Company for paving the crossing at La
guna and Octavia streets, one block dis
tant, at 19% cents.
Work was done by public contract on
Haight street, from Lyon to Scott, at 18%
cents per square foot and 70 cents for
curbing; on D street, from Fourth to
Eighth avenues, at 18)4 cents per square
foot and 68 cents for curbing.
This is all work in the sand neighbor
hood and of the same character. There
are no big cuts or fills to be cited as
accounting for the great difference in the
The City's portion alone of the work
named will, under these high prices of the
combine, cost s9ooo more than it would in aa
open market with contractors at large per
mitted to bid.
What are the people going to do about
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