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Interesting Report of Important Up-to-Date News Items in Alameda County HOGAN BADLY HOODOOED The Debs Transparency Was Being Driven Into Pardee's Ward. WAS BLOWN INTO THE LAKE. Plans for the Tabernacle Exposition Annex Will Be Completed on Monday Next. Oakland Office San Francisco Call,) 90S Broadway, Nov. 23. f Great disappointment was expressed at the non-appearance at the Debs celebration of James Hogan. To-day the promoters of the meeting discovered what they con eider is the cause of Mr. Hogan's deten tion — the celebration was hoodooed. Yesterday was a very windy day in Oak land and across the Twelfth-street dam the storm blew fiercely. The promoters of the celebration built a transparency ten feet high ou a wagon and lettered it gor geously and sent it around town to an nounce the coming of Debs' fellow-pns oner, Hogan. Inside the canvas was a lit tle drummer-boy and a companion, who rang a bell. After promenading in Oak land the canvas erection was started for East Oakland, but it never got there. As the wagon was being driven across the exposed dam the wind through the can yons at Piedmont swept across Lake Mer iitt with terrific force and the ten-foot an nouncement of the meeting wobbled con siderably. The occupants of the wagon beat the drum and rang the bell more desperately than ever in their efforts to go one better than the windstorm. A sudden gust broke the transparency from its moorings and carrie i it into the lake, and as the wind caught the large surface the affair went along the estuary at the rate of sev eral miles an hour. As it passed by, with its red and black lettering, the people aboard the ships and on the creek ferry boat thought it was a novel way of adver tising a meeting, but did not know its origin* Henry Munro. the boy who was beating the drum, was badly hurt but not seri ously, and the bellboy had his arm cut. The driver escaped, but the drum went overboard with the canvas. The lads man aged to prevent getting a ducking. "That noodooecl Hogan's coming,'] said T. J. Roberts to-day. "That transparency should not have been driven into Pardee's Ward." Dr. Pardee was Mayor at the time of the strike last year, and was not over-popular with the strikers. EXPOSITION' ANNEX. It Is Proposed to Erect It by a Carpen- ters' Picnic Party. The exposition committee will meet to morrow night to consider the details of the annex to the tabernacle that has been rendered necessary by the many demands for spate. It has been suggested that 100 carpenters organize a picnic and each donate a day's work to the annex. It could probably be completed within that time. The men will each be given a season ticket for com- j pensation. Those desirous of aiding in ; this manner are requested to report to | Superintendent Bharpe at the tabernacle i that he may be able to submit a delinite t report next Monday night. A force of j men are at work in the tabernacle to-day : petting the iloor in readiness for the mark- i ing off of space. Applications are pouring : in, and it is very evident that the fair will , hare to be arranged on larger lines than i was at iirst anticipated. No subscriptions will be asked to aid I the project and the management states j that it will not be a mo ne\ -making i scheme. Whatever amount of money may ' be made by tiie iair will be placed on de- j posit, and the Merchants' Exchange and j the Board of Trade will use the same as j tne nucleus of a fund for a permanent es tablishment. Want Williams Freed. Several of the friends of Captain Wil liams, the oldest Odd Fellow in the world, are trying to secure his release from Ag news Asylum. Many have made affidavits i that, although Williams' memory is weak, j he is in no sense dangerous or a tit person to be imprisoned in a madhouse. Tne attempt to have Williams released is based on the entries in the commitment book in the Sheriff's office. Stewart McMuilen feels it an injustice that Williom-, who is 84 years old, should f-nd his days in an asylum, and will prob ably have the case reopened within a few days. "On the simple statement of a couple of witnesses who wanted the old man out of the way," says McMullen, "the harmless fellow was certified lo be 'insane, danger ous to health, person and property.' "The Odd Fellows provided Williams with a home at Thermalito, but the old man did not like the restraint and re turned. He was then declared dangerous to be at large, but about the most danger ous thing he did was to pick up rubbish he found on the streets and carry it to his I room. I consider it an infamous shame ] that an old Odd Fellow, with his physical ! strength scarcely abated by a life of nearly nine-tenths of a century, should be con demned to lifelong companionship with gibbering lunatics and bowling madmen. He is as much buried alive as if his living body had been bricked up in a tomb at Mountain View." Y. M. C A. Thanksgiving Dinner. The Women's Auxiliary of the Young Men's Christian Association is making extensive preparations for a genuine Thanksgiving dinner for the Y. M. C. A. Love absent from home. This i-i an annual custom and one that is ereatly appreciated by those entertained on that day of all days that saddens the heart to be away from the family gather ing at home. The women of the Auxiliary do not intend that the members in Oak land shall suffer from home-sickness, for they are preparing a dinner fit for a king. It will be served at 5 p. m. on Thanksgiving day, in the Y. M. C. A. building, on Twelfth and Clay. This will be followed by an entertainment in the evenin;;, of a literary and musical make-up, in which the following young ladies will participate: Misses Marvin, Mcßriiie, Bennett, Canty, Craib, Huggins, Macßride, Evans and Mr. Coats will render a cornet-song solo. KaJlroad'n County Taxes. This afternoon, the District Attorney prepared the stipulation under which the railroad company will pay a portion of its taxes. The company pays the amount of the first installment at the reduced valua tion of the County Board of Equalization. It is agreed that the county waives no rights and penalties, and in case the ap peal sustains the judgment of Judge Ells worth that the acts of tbe county board were invalid the amount paid is to be credited on account. The railroad com pany declines to pay at all on its local franchise or the rolling stock on the same, and this portion of the taxes will be al lowed to go delinquent and will be tested in the courts. All taxes become delinquent after next Monday nigh.. Another Beer War. The war between the syndicate and the independent breweries has brofcen out egain and as a result the price of beer has ulready dropped from $5 to ?4 a barrel. It js believed it will be $6 by Monday. The latter mark was reached when the war was OU before, but a truce has since existed by which all agreed to charge $5. At present the compact has not been technically broken, as the drivers have been instructed to charge full price and to return $1 in each case with which to treat the house. A Sculptor's Second Wife. Francis Marion Wells, the Berkeley sculptor who has been in court several times for his delinquency In paying ali mony, has married again. He took out a license yesterday to wed Anna Muler of Berkeley. He gave his age as 46 and that of his bfide as 24. Tried to Rob Ladies. Mrs. E. A. Trefethen and a lady friend were held up in West Oakland last night by a man with a revolver. They screamed and ran toward an electric-car and the footpad took to his heels. The ladies notified the police, but could not give a very accurate description of the man. HISTORY OF A DAY. Alameda County Happenings Told In Brief Chapters. Oakland Omcs, San Francisco Call, j 5)08 IJioadway, Nov. 23. \ To-morrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the Y. M. C. A. building, Harold F. Sayles will give his farewell address to men only. George Asher died at an early hour this morning at his home, 102 Second street, from the effects of a surgical operation. He was 37 years of age. Thomas Ward, a cattleman living at Cypress and Eighteenth streets, was arrested this after noon for battery upon Mrs. Mary Flaherty, one of his neighbors. E.lward McFadden of Alameda, who was in dicted for alleged frauds in connection with the school census, has pleaded not guilty. He will be tried January 16, 1896. The Ladies' Aid Society of the First Congre gational Church will give their annual Thanksgiving lunch in the church parlors Tuesday from 12 until 2 o'clock. William Gormley, who is In jail for selling diseased meat, is wondering how he is going to be able to pay $15 a month alimony ordered by Judpe Ellsworth yesterday in a decree of di vorce granted Mrs. Gormley. There was a crush at the Tax Collector's of fice to-day, as the time is getting short in which to pay the first installment of taxes. Monday next will be the last day, and after that taxes will become delinquent. F. J. Woodward died at the home of his sis ter, Mrs. Dr. Thrasher, yesterday. He has been a resident of French Camp for years, and served as a member of the Nineteenth and Twentytsixth Legislatures from San Joaquiu County. An open meeting of the Merchants' Exchange will be held next Tuesday evening, when the subject of discussion wiU be "A Road Into Contra Costa County." This is a subject o1 so much importance that it is hoped there will be manifested a general and hearty interest. County Treasurer Sanford has filed his re port with the County Clerk for the quarter ending November '2. The receipts were $43, --212 13 and disbursements $195,097 82. The floating indebtedness of the county was $15, --188 17; district school bonds, $85,700; sani tary district bonds, $71,650. NO MONEY FOR LIGHTS The Town Trustees of Berke ley Refuse to Pay the Bills. The Cornerstone of Ellsworth-Street Presbyterian Church to Be Laid Thursday. BERKELEY, Cal., Nov. 22.-W. E. Topham, secretary of the Berkeley Elec tric Light Company, appeared before the Board of Town Trustees last night and de manded payment of bills rendered in July for the making of extensions in the town lighting system. The bills were dated Juiy 29 and July 30, and called for $575 50 and $54 respectively, the former sum being for pole*, wire and labor in the extension of the Claremont avenue system, and the latter for painting. Upon r?:otion of Trustee Martin the board passed a resolution declining to pay tbe bihs. This action was taken under a clause in the electric-lighting company's contract, which provided that the com pany should furnish such additional lights as the town might desire "at the same price and under the same conditions as the others." The Trustees' construction of the con tract is that the "same conditions" are that the lighting company fur nish the light with the plant as it was when placed in the hands of the company by the town, while the company on the other hand declares that the conditions of the past and present are that all lights are upon wires and T>nles supplied by the town. In a communication to the board the company declined to extend the line for the twenty arc lights as ordered by tho board. The letter was read and filed; and a resolution passed again ordering the lights. In the casting of the ballots, Trustees Gage and Jones voted "no" as formerly. President Richards, who voted "no" on the previous ordering of the lights, sup ported the resolution, giving as his reason for so doing the desire for a test case that would decide the position of the company. The bourd passed to print an ordinance declaring it to be for the good of the town that a wharf be constructed at West Berkeley, and that a High School and four grammar school huildinc be constructed. The total cost of the wharf and buildings, as shown in the ordinance passed last night and based upon revised reports of Expert Mathieson :md Engineer Huggins, is $200,00".), divided as follows: Wharf, $80,000; Hi'-rh School site $10,000, con struction $ f ;f>,ooo, furniture $5000; North Berkeley school site $8000, construction $3500, furniture $500; Dwight-way school, construction $10,500, furniture $lo00; con struction of San Pablo school $11,000, fur niture $2000. Will Lay the Cornerstone. The cornerstone of the new $20,000 Pres byterian church building, now in process of construction at the corner of Ellsworth street and Ailston way will be laid on Thanksgiving day at 10 o'clock a. m. By consent of the otiier churches of Berkeley the ceremonies attendant with the laying of the stone will take the place of the usual union Thanksgiving sermon. Addresses will bfi made by President Martin Kellogg and Dr. Joseph Le Conte of the University of California, Dr. Fraser of Oakland and by Dr. Minton, professor in the San Francisco Theological Semi nary. Dr. Ketchum, pastor of the church, will offer the invocation; Dr. Bentley of the Trinity Methodist Church the prayer; Rev. George B. Hatch will read the Scrip tures; and J. M. Whitworth, president of the board of church trustees, will place the stone and contents. After the close of the exercises connected with the laying of the stone the congregation will adjourn to the old church-building, where the addresses of President Kellogg. Dr. Le Conte and Dr. Minton will be made. Cause of Slits Michaels' Death. Investigation to-day revealed the fact that Miss Alice Michaels, the member of the class of '98, whose death was at first reported to have been caused from over exertion in the university gymnasium, came to her death from inflammation of the heart. The attending physician. Dr. Reynolds, stated that the gymnasium work prescribed for her in no way aug mented the disease which caused her death. The Potato Warmly Defended. Kedlands Citrograph. What next? The learned and gastronomical experts have taken to saying all sorts of mean things about potatoes. What is a meal with out murphys? Naught but a barren and un- Idealized waste, a whole band of Sabaras, « junta of Mojave deserts. Avaunt thee, thou soured and withered vision of ill omen, thou Goniurer of microbes and bacilli and consorter with evil spirits. We will have none of thee, but hug our toothsome spuds close to our pal ate, even though in eating our days are not prolonged beyond a dozeu decades. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1895. NEW SCHOOLS AS MODELS To Be Used by a Stanford Pro fessor at the State Meeting. NORMAL SCHOOL ALUMNI. They Are Invited to a Big Reunion at the First Congregational Church. Oakland Office San Francisco Call,) 908 Broadway, Nov. 23. j A communication was received by County Superintendent of Schools Gerlick to-day, stating that at the State Teachers' Association, to be held in this city from January 1 to 4, there will be a social re union of the alumni of the State Normal schools of Chico. San Jose and Los An geles. The Alumni Association of San Jose has taken the matter in hand, and there will be hundreds present at the re union on the evening of New Year's day. There will be a programme of five-minute speeches. All alumni who wish pro grammes can receive them from F. K. Barthel, president of the association, or Miss Allie M. Falker, secretary. At yesterday's meeting of the committee arranging for the State meeting it was an nounced that the First Congregational Church had been engaged for the sessions of the association. The programme, as at present arranged, is as follows: Wednesday afternoon, January I— Meeting of the .Board of Education. Evening— Normal tchool reunion at First Congregational Church. Thursday niornine— Kvports of committees; paper on course of studies for county schools, by J. C. Lioscott; report on committee of fif teen, by Professor 6. W. HowlsOß of Herkcley; paper on "Certificating High ßehool Teachers," by Professor S. of Stanford University; paper on "Needed school Legislation," by State Superintendent 8. T. Block. Friday morning— Discussion on the report of the committee on nmnual training and an ex hibition of the work under the direction of President Charles Keyer of Pasadena. Saturday morning — Report of the committee on physical training under the supervision of Professor T. D. Wood of Stanford. This will include the question of school hygiene, and because of the modern im provements in the Oakland schools they will be used as an object lesson. "It is a grand thinej for the teachers of the State that the annual session is to be held in Oakland," said Superintendent McClyruonds to-day, "because no other city of the State has such a perfect school system as we have at present. Within the past two years over $.300,000 has been ex pended in onr new school buildings and when Professor Wood of Stanford uses them as an object lesson of school hygiene he could not have a better example. They are models of modern school buildings. "We intend to give the teachers a royal reception when they come to Oakland. I do not think we will have any trouble about raising the necessary funds, and we shall have a great gathering. It is a splendid opportunity for teachers all over the State to see why Oakland calls herself a city of schools and boasts of them. We are arranging to give the teachers the best entertainment possible, so that they can combine pleasure with their work. Teach ers will hear a ereat many new ideas from the leading educators of the State, and every one who can arrange it should be present." The teachers of Alameda County are responding to the request for contribu tions to the entertainment fund, but Superintendent McClymonds, who has charge of that department, would like to hear from several school districts as soon as possible. It has been customary at past State sessions for the teachers to be entertained at a banquet, but this time a presentation of a Shakespearian play by amateur talent at the Macdonough Theater will probably be substituted. During the gathering papers will also be read by Professor Smith of the San Jose Normal School, Professor Bailey of the University of California, Professor Dresslar of the Los Angeles Normal School, Profes sor Search of Los Angeles. Superintendent Kirk of Fresno and Miss E. Pi Packard of the Oakland High School. The programme will not be finally arranged for some weeks. Principal Frick of the Cole School i 3 chairman of the committee on hotels. W. G. MARCY'S FORTUNE. After a Distinguished Career He Goes to the Old People's Home. Two Electric-Light Men Terribly Shocked by the Current— The Punchbowl Again. ALAMEDA, Cal., Nov. 23. —W. G. Marcy, an old resident of Alameda, one of the first of the argonauts and a member of a distinguished family, has become a member of the Old People's Home in San Francisco, provision having been made for himself and wife in that institution. They lived alone for many years at the north east corner of Santa Clara avenue and Broadway, and the place was offered for pale at auction two weeks* ago. Mr. Marcy's eyesight has all but failed and he is quite feeble in health from advancing years. He is the son of the late William L. Mnrcy, of National fame as an official and publicist. W. L. Marcy was for three terms Gov ernor of the State of New York, having previously served as United States Sena tor from that State, and he was Secretary of War under President Polk during the Mexican embroglio. W. G. Marcy came to California in 1846 as an army officer, and was stationed at Monterey when the Americans first occu pied the country. He was the secretary of the first constitutional convention, held at Monterey, and at a very early day aban doned the army for mercantile pursuits. For many years he was a commission mer chant in San Francisco. Latterly he had not engaged in any business." He had lived in Alameda for twenty years. Shocked by Electricity. William Ellis, night engineer at the power-house of the Alaraeda Electric Rail way, and Assistant Superintendent Duperu, came very near to being electro cuted Friday night. They were making measurements on the switchboard in the engine-room. The engineer was making use of a brass rule, and accidentally touched a key with it, when the electricity shot through his body and through that of Duweru also. The shock rendered both for the moment unconscious und sineeti their eyebrows and whiskers. Mr. Ellis, in describing his sensations, says he felt like a bull of fire. He thinks that if he had been standing on iron or a wet floor, he would have been killed instantly. The after effects are more like those from a scald than from a burn. Ellis says he could feel the electricity penetrate to his very marrow, and then he became con scious and would have fallen on a dynamo, but somebody caught him. He is still far from having recovered from the shock. Republican* Meet. The Alamedtt Republican Club met last night to reorganize and elect officers for the coming yearand the campaign. Judge A. B. Hunt presided. There were no con tests. George H. Payne was elected presi dent, A. B. Hunt first vice-president, Dr. C. L. Tisdale second vice-president, E. A. yon Schmidt third vice-president, J. R. Knowland secretary and Henry Sevening treasurer. There were ninety membprs present. Twenty new members were elected. Alexander Mackie, H. A. Thomp son and J. L. Fields had been suggested by the executive committee as delegates to the State Executive Council and the sug gestion was confirmed. Some minor changes in the constitution weic also adopted. An effort will be made to have only one Republican club in Alameda and to that end all sections of the city were repre sented at this meeting. A great deal of enthusiasm was displayed, considering the earliness of the movement. The Punch-bowl. The Rev. F. D. Bovard of the Park-street Methodist Church will preach this even ing on "Wine, and the Social (Status of Those Who Drink." The sermon is in spired by the controversy which resulted from his severe strictures on the Kate Field reception, on which occasion the wo men writers presented a punch-bowl to the San Francisco Press Club. Rev. Mr. Bo vard is a very pronounced temperance man, and declares that he will attempt to show that wine drinking "corrupts the moral nature and weakens the will, arouses the beast in the man, and is a crime against humanity in any circle." Captain Winant's Will. The will of the late Captain J. J. Winant of the steamer Bandorille, who lost his life off the mouth of the Umpqua River Thurs day, has been tiled for probate. His estate consists of real estate in Oregon of the value of $1000, $750 in bank and a life in surance policy of $3000. M. W. Peck, his fattier-m-law, and K. A. Bensell of Oregon are named as executors. Encinals' House. The Encinal Yacht Club has let the con tract for erecting its new building. The price is $1287. The building is to be a plain structure, erected on piles, and its cost will not be half the outlay that it is intended to make. The bowling-alleys and other inside arrangements will cost as much more as the building itself. Colonel James' Honne. Colonel James, politician and insurance man of San Franci:-co, lias let a contract for the erection of a $10,000 residence in Alarueda. It is to be built at the southerly terminus of Union street, on the east side, overlooking the bay. A dwelling now upon the site is to be moved off to make room. Notes. Jam r s Hunter, the well-mown gauger of San Francisco, is confined to his home on Santa Clara avenue with a severe ill ness. Patriotic services will be held to-day at 11 o'clock in the First Presbyterian Church. Joe Hooker Post, G. A. R., and James Monroe Council, Junior Order of Mechanics, will attend in a body. One hundred and fortj'-eight houses have been erected in Alameda during the past year. This is a decided improvement over last year, and the houses are of a better class and more expensive. WEST OAKLAND'S GANGS Chief Lloyd Determined to Break Up Organizations of Criminals. Four Are Under Arrest and Strong Efforts Will Be Made to Down Their "Pull." Oakland Office San Francisco Call,) 908 Broadway, Nov. 23. \ A determined effort is being made by the police to rid West Oakland of the notorious Fish and Sporting Life gangs that have committed a series of crimes extend ing back four years. Four of the members are now in jail on serious chargts, and more are likely to be there before long. The latest capture is that of Frank Molan, captain of the Sporting Life gang, who is in prison for an assault upon a colored girl. Kelly, McKay and Marks, other members, were arrested last Sunday for nearly murdering a teamster for no other apparent purpose than the fun there was in it. These two pangs have been a terror to West Oakland for many years and several attempts have been made to break them up. nut so far without success. Police officers have b een brutally beaten, one in particular, Ollicer McCrimmons, came witbin an ace of losing his life. On one occasion an old woman was assaulted by several of the gang on her own threshold. Saloons havo been wrecked on various oc casions and several burglaries have been traced to the nang. All are rowdies of de praved instincts and vicious temperaments and are utterly devoid of all feeling of decency. "I'm going to clean out those gangs of hoodlums," said Chief Lloyd to-day, "if I send half the police force down there. Their conduct is intolerable, and there will be some speedy convictions if I can secure them. One-tenth of the doings of the gang has never been published, but their reign of terror has about come to an end. Their existence is a disgrace to the community." In the Police Court this morning the charges against Kellv were reduced from assault with a deadly weapon to battery. Marks and McKay have been held to answer, with bail fixed at $5000, for as saulting a man last Sunday with a deadly weapon. STRIKE AT THE ROOT. Mercpd Sun. John Barker of Kern County mortgaged his land to Henry Miller, the cattle king, and when the mortgage was foreclosed Miller bid in the land. For this piece of business The Call of Monaay gave Barker three-quarters of a column in which to "roast' 1 Miller. We read the "roast" carefully, and could find in it no statement of fact on which an honest com plaint could be made against Miller. Burker's growl was based upon two facts; first, that he lost his land, and secoud, that Miller got the land. There is no contention that Miller cm ploved dishonest or questionable methods in acquiring the land, or that any one else would have done otherwise under similar circum stances. It is just such silly controversies as this be tween Miller and "Barker that hinders the progress of every reform movement. When the laboring men of this country, and the men who hnve been made poor by law, see a few of their fellow beings acquiring nearly all the \veakh of the country, they turn their ar rows of hatred against their rich neighbors instead of against the social and financial sys tems which legalize and make possible such conditions. It requires only average common sense lor a man to see that so long as money is scarce and dear, the products of the soil must be cheap; and that as a natural consequence, the men who own the money must continue to profit at the expense of the producer. But why turn around and curse the men who own the money, when as a matter of fact they ac quired their wealth in accordance with laws made by men whom you elected to oflice? If you choose to stand in the center of a brush pile and allow others to set fire to the edges thereof, you have no one but yourself to blame if you fail to get out without a scorch ing. That is your predicament now, brethren, and it behooves you to do something about it. The fire has been burning for years and it is slowly but surely getting closer to you. Many of you have felt* its scorching effects during the past year. But it will do no good to stand still and curse the men who are standing around the brush pile at a comfortable dis tance warming their hands. Far better that you should bend your energies in an effort to put the lire out, aud that can only be done at the ballot-box. Prepare to do your part toward putting the tiro out next year. TO EXPECT EARTHQUAKES. Astronomical Conditions Obtain for the First Time Since the Flood. SCIENCE AND FACTS AGREE. An Interesting Statement Borne Out by the Statistics of the Weather Bureau. Oakland Office San Francisco Call,) 908 Broadway, Nov. 23. f As a result of practical and astronomical research Dr. Frank M. Close of this city has adduced proof that the recent earth quakes reported on this coast and in all parts of the world will increase in number during the next five years, after which they will gradually become less frequent. Dr. Close is a past president of the Tacoraa Academy of Science and a man well known in the scientific world. He said to-day: I do not wish to be considered an alarmist, but I am prepared to tell of the data that are indisputable, and let nature do the rest. The lßte seismic disturbance, which extended over the Middle and Southeastern States, was one of the preliminary throes of a great cataclysm, the culmination of which may not occur for several years, and may be located far distant from this region. Now, then, for a most interesting historical fact, known to very few savants. What are known as the "Babylonian tablets" are a set of inscribed plates— book leaves written thou- The Straight Line Represents the Plane of the .elliptic Positions of the Sun and Planets December 8-25, 1901. sands of years before the Christian era, in which is given an account of the Noachian deluge. These tablets were exhumed from the ancient city of Nineveh and are now in the British Museum at London. They state that Capricornus was the ruling sign of the zodiac at the time of the deluee. Berosus, a Chaldean astronomer, wrote the history of Babylon, and quoted the Babylonian tablets, and ho further declared that when the sun and planets again together occupied the zodiacal sign CaprTcornus another world flood would happen. It is proper to here say that the term "flood" or "deluge" does not mean the end of the world, nor the total ex tinction of life upon the globe, but the subsi dence or sinking of a great body of land, such as a continent, beneath the waters of the ocean, as in the case of Atlantis and Lemuria. Every nation upon the globe preser%'es tne le gend of such catastrophes, one of which was the "flood." Just now the planets are rapidly ap proaching that position in which the earth will be on one side of the sun and all the rest of the planets on the other, all ranged in nearly a straight line. To such arrangement the bodies of the solar sys tem are trending. The majority are now there, the others rapidly falling into line. Beginning on December 9, 1901, and until the 26th of that month, the sun and all the planets will be in a direct line; only the earth will be alone at one Bide of the sun at the end of the line, and the balance of the planets on the other side of the sun; and the entire solar system, sun and planets, will occupy astronom ically the zodiacal sign of Capriroriius! Whether the conclusions of the Babylonian astronomer prove correct remains to be seen. The fact exists that the planetary conditions will obtain. The abnormal storms are undoubtedly due to changes in atmospheric conditions produced by oxtra-terrestrial influences. The remark able floods in New England and in Western Russia during the spring of the present year, at a time when the precipitation was not abnormal, may be traced to a disturbance of the molecular structure of the earth under the influence of changing magnetic potentiality and polar ity, causing great heat to be manifested in the masses of matter which form the Carpathian Mountains in Europe and the mountains of New England, melting the accumulations of snow and ice upon them. That volcanic fires are increasing their heat in these localities and elsewhere is evidenced by the almost daily newspaper mention of incipient eruptions ana earth tremors and quakes. The times of revolution of the planets around the sun are such that it is mathematically im possible that every member of the solar sys tem should be ranged on the same side of the sun at the same instant of time; that is, that a straight line proceeding from the center of the sun would not pass through the absolute cen ter of each planet. An approximate approach to such position has undoubtedly occurred on several occasions, and forgotten history de clares that such occurrences have been at tended by marked exhibitions of profound terrestrial disturbances. Ancient history, with which we are forming better acquaintance, records that the "flood," of which we now have the record handed down from widely separated and totally different peoples, ooenrrea at the time of one of the planetary alignments. Science is not absolutely sure, but is pretty certain, that the interior of the earth is a mol ten mass, fluid and hot, in the best possible condition to promptly obey a physical law; the indurated crust of the earth being, by comparison, but a thin eggshell. Granted, then, that the laws of magnetism are correct; that the operation of magnetism is correctly stated and that the planets are magnets, ter restrial disturbances are perfectly normal re sults. The postulate rest 1 * mainly upon the determination of the subject that the planets are magnets. Science is unanimous in de claring that the earth is an electro-magnet, made so by the current of electricity coming from the sun, and which in her axial revolu tion she is continually winding upon herself. We have no reason whatever to assume that any other member of the solar system differs in this respect. During the present year the meteorological phenomena have been extremely marked. The weather Bureau reports the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded as occurring in 1895. Storms of exceptional severity have oc curred. The precipitation of rain and hail has been abnormal. Numerous large meteors have oeen observed, and last, but not least, the volcanic and seismic disturbances have been unprecedentedly numerous and wide spread. The Weather Bureau long since determined that the meteorological phe nomena of the earth were in some way gov erned by electric emanations from the sun; and in March last Professor Bieelow of the United States Weather Service publicly an nounced that "the atmosphere of the earth is under the influence of the polar (electric) mag netic radiant energy from the sun." To-day the Weather Bureau is conducting delicate in vestigations to the end that the secret may be disclosed. We may, therefore, read in the planetary aspect the causes of the terrestrial disturbances. PACIFIC SLOPE EDITORS. Wait Till Stanford and Berkeley Meet. Oakland Tribune. What has become of the November meteors? The first display was due on the 13th and 14th inst. The second is due on the iiSth and 29th of the present montti. The two groups of meteors with wnich the earth is supposed to come in contact usually make an annual dis play during the present month. Nothing has thus far rewarded watchers except an occa sional shooting star. But something better is due at just about Thanksgiving time. Stern Justice and Prompt Punishment Demanded. Los Angeles Times. Crime seems to run in a species of ther mal belt, and just now a most disagreeable stratum of immorality is filling the criminal court with defendants whose particular line of offenses deserves the death penalty anite as much ns murder. 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College Significance of Great Holidays. Stanford Palo Alto. In the bustle of American life In the fin de siecle we forget the origin of names and cus toms. Thanksgiving to us is the day upon which our eleven is to.vrln or be defeated by our opponent's eleven. Christmas is the sea son in which we have some fun and good eat ing in the City and receive some pres ent? .from home. Easter is the breathing spell in hich we catch up back work and .prepare -tor^he final puil that is to land us in the big world with a diploma and plenty of ambition. Marysville Declines the Liquor Cure. Marysville Appeal. Some towns are given over to congratulating their people on the establishment of "liquor cure institutes." In Marysville such a place could not exist. Now let our humorous con temporaries turn loose their batteries. We said that a liquor cure institute could not ex ist here. The saloon men aay that the business is on the decline. ■ • Cleveland's Woeful Vindication. Carson (Nev.) Tribune. Grover Cleveland is scheduled to thunder down the ages as the one Pre6ideut who ac cepted the annihilation of the party that elected him as a vindication of his own states manship. It is as if a doctor were to point to the graves of his patients as the supreme tokens of his professional skill. John Sherman and Talleyrand. Los Angeles Express. Talleyrand was a better diplomat than John Sherman. The former ordered that his me moirs should not be published until forty years after his death, while Sherman In cautiously published his memoirs while yet alive. Sherman was the braver, but Talleyrand the wiser ot the two. Hoke Will Stick to the Combination. | Portland Oregonlan. r .' The report that Hon. Hoke Smith has decided to leave the Cabinet is not entitlea to credence. There is no reason in the world why the Georgia performer should leave the circus until the close of the season. His pay is assured, notwithstanding the disgust of the ratepayers. Yet Woman Demands Equal Rights. Uklah Herald. It Is unaccountable that a man should take* mustard and onion suppers, drink beer, smoke rank cigars, tell strong anecdotes, and then imagine some nice little woman likes to kiss him. The Victim liived Only Forty Tears. Eaywards Mail. Don't fight duels. Thomas Flournoys died yesterday from the effect of a wound received in his bowie-knife duel with Edward Garth in 1854. , Governor Atkinson of Georgia after recover ing from an illness gave thanks to God for bis restoration and declared his gratitude for the 1 prayerful Interest in him shown by many of bis people. This, through the public press, from the executive office.