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SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 1895
THE CALL SPEAKS FOR ALL. .
Show yourself at the mass-meeting to
night.
Don't forget that this is the day to leave
orders for The Svnpay Call.
Every citizen should help to swell the
voice of San Francisco against the funding
bill.
The Armenians may yet take a contract
to settle the Turkish problem while Europe
waits.
John Bull might as well be made to see
fhat the Venezuela chip is on Uncle Sam's
shoulder.
Municipal reform is bound to come, for
the tendency is in that direction all over
the Union.
The Dunraven act was not very digni
fied, but it was safer than the play Salis
bury is trying.
The steelhead may be a big trout for
science, and still serve as a little salmon
for the market.
This is the time to take the hoarded
money out of your stocking and get the
stocking read}* for Christmas.
The Philadelphia Record says the rail
road lobby at Washington "is very strong,"
but it probably meant "rank.' 1
No city can show a liner variety of holi
day goods than ours, and none a more
prosperous people to enjoy them.
The action of the Republican majority
in Congress may be conservative, but with
Tom Reed to direct it is sure to be vigorous.
Uncle Sam must have impaired eye
sight if he cannot recognize independence
even when it comes so near to him as
Cuba.
When the New York people hear that
we call it "the Hobart show" they will
think he is the man who wore the be .-t
clothes.
Cleveland's message is at any rate safe
from the charge of being pleasing to fools,
for, as a matter of fact, it was pleasing to
nobody.
Pittsburg can see through her smoke
clearly enough to perceive that San Fran
cisco would be a better convention city
than Chicago.
In trying to get what they cail reason
into his head the diplomatists of Europe
have run the Sultan crazy, so they were
evidently successful.
Paris must be very dull since .Tames Gor
don Bennett can apparently find no other
amusement than that of setting the JJerald
to boom Cleveland for a third term.
North Carolina boasts of manufacturing
all the cotton she produces, but the coun
try won't kick as long as she doesn't un
dertake to eat all the peanuts sbe raises.
Officials who cannot see the difference
between legitimate sport at Ingleside Park
and fake poolrooms for gambling down
town must have been blindfolded with a
sack.
The proposal to retire greenbacks will
not be found hereafter in the Held of prac
tical politics, for it has been wrapped up
in Cleveland's message and laid on the
back shelf.
As both the Spaniards and the Cubans
claim every battle as a victory the United
States should insist on having the dispute
settled by arbitration to keep them from
lighting about it.
If we gain the Republican National Con
vention we must not take all the credit to
ourselves, for we have many stalwart
friends in the East who are working zeal
ously and effectively for us.
"Whether there is any truth in it or not
there is certainly a fine poetic force of ex
pression in the prediction of the Courirr-
Joiima! that when Democracy "has un
loaded the Cleveland bandersnatch and got
rid of its jub-jub birds it will live again."
It is worth noting that no distrust is
anywhere expressed concerning what will
be done by Congress this winter. The Re
publican majority in the House gives con
fidence everywhere and all are assured
that every step taken will be in the direc
tion of protection and prosperity.
We have heard nothing of late of the
proposed celebration of the anniversary of
the first Republican convention in Phila
delphia. The idea is too good to be lost.
If the East is backward about it the
pioneer Republicans of California should
take it up and start the ball rolling.
Senator Chandler's bill providing for the
free coinage of silver whenever similar
laws have been passed by England, France
and Germany might be a good subject
for a debating society, but it is hardly
worth while to take up the time of the
United States Senate in discussing a meas
ure whose enforcement will depend on the
governments of other nations.
Although Kentucky is generally asso
ciated with whisky and the people are
supposed to use bourbon as a steady drink,
there are thirty counties in the State
where no saloons are allowed and the use
of spirituous liquors, except for medicinal
purposes, is strictly forbidden. The whole
South, in fact, is rapidly changing from
old conditions, and the popular ideas of a
few years ago concerning that section will
have to be abandoned.
THE MEETING TO-NIGHT.
The mass-meeting to be held at Metro
politan Hall this evening has been called
by the Mayor, in order that the people of
this City may protest against the passage
by Congress of any measure for extending
or refunding the debt of the Central Pacific
Railroad to the United States. It is just
and in good taste for the ueople of San
Francisco to express themselves in this
way. They are in the best possible posi
tion for understanding the whole subject
and for taking intelligent action concern
ing it. The merchants, particularly, know
what grievous and unjust burdens have
been placed upon them by the mainten
ance of this monopoly. For that matter
every interest in the City has suffered
from the oppression.
There is one prevailing and overshadow
ing sentiment among the people— a dread
of a continuance of the evil which has held
their progress In check. The danger is
that many strong citizens, aware of the
comprehensive extent of this sentiment,
will remain away from the meeting, be
lieving that a sufficient number will be
present to lend an overwhelming influence
to the occasion. It is every one's duty to
be on hand and lend the weight of his
presence to the meeting.
The pioposition is a very simple one.
The aided comuany, having failed to dis
charge its obligations to the Government,
and having acquired incredible wealth by
withholding from the Government what
was honestly owing, and by levying heavy
tribute upon the wealth and industry of
California, is seeking in Congress to secure
an' indefinite .extension of the time in
which it may pay its debt. Grave as that
proposition is, it is inconsiderable, so far
as California is concerned, in comparison
with the proposition which it carries—
that of perpetuating the burden which
now rests upon the State. The debt being
now due. it is within the right and power
of the Government to enforce its collection.
It is in the exercise of this right that a rea
sonaole prospect of relief to California
exists.
That is the simple proposition. It is
one of justice, as well as self-preservation.
Any citizen who neglects his duty in the
premises not only may be assisting to
fasten upon himself the chains that bind
him, but may be inflicting a serious injury
upon his neighbors, his City and his State.
The voice of San Francisco, when spoken
this evening, will be heard at Washing
ton. There need be no fear on that score.
THE PIEE DEPARTMENT.
The indications seem to be that we are
on the eve of a general breaking up of the
hard winter of political corruption that for
so long has held the City in its grasp. It
is now reported that because Chief Sulli
van of the Fire Department has made war
on Buckley the blind boss is pursuing the
Fire Department through the agency of
the Grand Jury and proposes to show how
it has neglected its duty for politics.
The Grand Jury wisely accepts any clew
to mismanagement that may be offered,
even though it come from the man who
originally fostered the evil. For years the
City has baa to face the shame of main
taining a Fire Department controlled by
corrupt political bosses. Chief Sullivan is
an able fireman and has conducted the de
partment with more decency than has
been known for years. But if Buckley's
charges are true that Sullivan's lieutenants
have used their positions and the City's
time for political purposes, whether with
good or bad motives or in the interest of
decent or corrupt politics, he should be
made to suffer the punishment which such
conduct deseives.
It may be expected that h^will retaliate.
That he knows a great deal which would
make interesting reading these long win
ter evenings can hardly be doubted, and
that he could if he would assist the Grand
Jury in discovering many criminal politi
cal practices of the past may be taken for
granted. It is his duty to do so. Buckley
and others of his ilk have not begun to
realize that a revolution is afoot. With
the same old cynical, sneering smile they
are watching the present movement in a
bored way aud waiting patiently for the
time when it will end. lie and others like
him have seen such movements begun
before and have witnessed the collapse of
them all. They know, too, that Canada is
convenient and that we have a statute of
limitations.
The present Grand Jury seems to be
even more searching than the famous
Wallace jury, which sent Buckley riving
to Canada. It is going far deeper and
taking a much more comprehensive course,
In all these matters it is supported by the
sympathy of the decent elements of the
City and by the active assistance of some
fearless and public-spirited citizens who
have pride in the City and are weary of
being plundered. The situation is more
menacing for boodlers than it has ever
been before, and the wonder is that they
have not the intelligence to ncte the fact.
PAVE POLSOM STEEET.
The residents south of Market street
have the sympathy of the whole City in
their efforts to secure an appropriation
from the Board of Supervisors for the pav
ing of Folsom street with bituminous rock.
The Market-street Railway Company has
already promised to do its share of the
work if the Supervisors will do theirs. The
estimated cost to the City is only $<w,OOO.
The benefits would be great.
Tiie only drawback to the proposition is
the fear that the money will not be
honestly expended nor the work faithfully
done. The improvement will have to be
made by the Street Department, which has
been already discovered to be incompetent,
if not corrupt. The Grand Jury is securing
evidence going to snow that, besides per
mitting private property-owners to be
swindled b}' rascally contractors, the
Street Department has done public work
in a most shameful manner.
But tho knowledge of a danger suggests
means for avoiding it. The improvement
clubs interested in the Folsom-street pave
ment can prevent any approach to crooked
ness by exercising a sleepless vigilance in
watching the work from the moment the
specifications are drawn to the payment of
the warrants for the completed work. This
may reduce the perquisites of the Street
Department and of the corrupt political
influences which direct its operations, but
the people will not grieve over that. Cor
ruption in the City government cannot be
successfully carried on if the people are
watchful, and public improvements cannot
be permitted to cease through the fear that
the revenues will be stolen.
A REMAKKABLE CASE.
Tuolumne County has furnished a pe
culiar instance of passion, haste, cupidity
and murder combined and confused in a
singularly complex fashion. A popular
young man named George Morris, the
Wells-Fargo agent at Chinese Camp, was
found dead recently. The indications
were that he had been murdered, and as a
young man named Wesley Mcßeynohls
was said by certain private detectives to
have boasted of the crime and threatened
to kill the brothers of Morris he was sus
pected by the public. Morris had been
very friendly with Ada Mcßeynolds, a
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1*95.
sister of Wesley, and only 17 years old.
Shortly after the murder (if it was a mur
der) Ada astounded the community by
signing a declaration to the effect that her
two brothers, Wesley and Albert, had com
mitted the deed In punishment of Morris'
bad treatment of her.
This added the finishing touches to a
movement which had started to lynch
Wesley Mcßeynolds. All the telephone
and telegraph lines in the county were
monopolized for the assembling of a mob
for that purpose. Wesley and Albert were
at once lodged in jail and a guard was
established. Ada, their sister, likewise
was placed under arrest. The Grand Jury
of the county promptly took the matter in
hand and through its intelligent efforts
has discovered and exposed an amazing
condition of affairs.
When the young girl was pressed for a
full statement of the matter her conscience
came into play and she confessed tnat her
declaration charging ner brothers with the
murder was untrue, and that it had been
secured from her by two private detectives
named BrpWQ and Reiliy, who had been
engaged to discover the murderer and who
were pursuing her brothers. They con
vinced her that Morris had insured his
life for |5000 in her favor, and that if it
should be shown that he had committed
suicide she could not secure the money.
She refused to inculpate her brothers at
first on that showing, but did so when the
detectives swore a solemn oath that her
brothers would not be molested, but that
the statement from her was wanted merely
for the purpose of getting the insurance.
Thus deceived, the girl consented and filed
the dreadful charge.
The Grand Jury summoned the detec
tives and they admitted that what the girl
had said was true, but justified themselves
on the ground that they had acted in the
interest of justice, believing the Mcßey
nold boys frailty. That this extraordinary
view of justice has shocked the people of
Tuolumne is not surprising. Such meth
ods of securing evidence in murder cases
ought to be made a penal offense. This
case is aggravated all the more by the pos
sibility that no murder was committed at
all, as it may be a simple case of suicide.
A remarkable development of the case
is the suicide of Albert Mclteynolds. He
left no statement or explanation. The
bearing of this tragic incident on the mys
tery of the crime must be largely a mat
ter of opinion. The value of such an
opinion would depend on the extent ana
intimacy of knowledge concerning the
suicide's history and temperament.
"THE SUNDAY CALL."
With the approaching admission of
Utah to statehood public interest in that
commonwealth has been largely increased
and all who share it will be gratified and
instructed by the entertaining paper on
the subject by Nephi Anderson in The
Si m:.\y Call of to-morrow. Under the
title of "Utah, tbe New State." he fur
nishes an able account of the conditions
prevailing in that nourishing community
and adds much to public information con
cerning it.
"The Illiteracy of Ambrose Bierce" is
discussed with incisive vigor by William
Greer Harrison. \V. C. Morrow contributes
a local story of a striking character in "A
Revelation From th« Demon of Goat Isl
and." A chapter of personal history in
the days of the pioneers is given in "Rem
iniscences of an Argonaut," by Henry B.
Livingston, and the interest is enlivened
by several new anecdotes of noted char
acters of the time.
An amusing character sketch of a Mo
hammedan priest is given in a clever story
entitled "The Karamojah, or the Hig
Book-man of theGailinas," by Bransconibe
Ashley, and will be found the more at
tractive because it deals with a portion of
the world that has been but little de
scribed in our literature. A delightful
story for children will be found in "A
Fifty-Dollar Dog," by Mary Woodward
Edwards. And both young and grown
folks will be pleased with "The Adven
tures of Maaroof."
The regular departments of the Sunday
paper are tilled, as usual, with bright and
notable matters of current interest, and ail
classes of readers can find something "suited
to their particular tastes and interests.
I'm Call can be had generally wherever
newspapers are sold, but as there is always
an enlarged demand for the Sunday paper,
the best way to make sure of getting it is
to leave orders for it to-day.
A POOL AND HIS ERRAND.
Hermann Ahlevardt, the noted ".lew
hater" of Germany, has arrived at New
York and is reported to have announced
the intention of delivering lectures for the
purpose of startinean anti-Semitic crusade
in this country. I'nder our Jaws it is im
possible either to send him back where he
came from or to make him behave him
self while he is here. Alien though he is,
he will be in this land of liberty protected
in the same freedom of speech that is the
birthright of Americans, and we must
make up our minds to bear with him with
what patience we can while ne strives to
awaken among our people the prejudices
and spites that are found among the most
illiberal and narrow-minded of his own
countrymen.
The coming of such a man with such a
purpose raises the question whether in
amending the immigration restriction bill
it would not be well to shut out such
vicious agitators from the right to make
public speeches in this country. Ameri
can liberty ought not to be made an open
door for the entrance of old European
intolerances into our homes. American
freedom should be free from all the hates
and prejudices that linger in the Old
World as the surviving embers of medieval
barbarisms and superstitions. Liberty of
speech we value too much ever to restrict
among our home people who have grown
up in freedom to cherish American ideas,
but it should not be left free to every alien
agitator and mischief-maker who comes
here with the avowed purpose of venting
his malice and stirring up strife.
It is not likely that Ahlwardt will have
any great success in his mischief-making
plans. The Jews with us have grown U>
be a Dart of the American people and are
everywhere esteemed among their neigh
bors. Many of them have been elected to
oihces of trust and responsibility by the
people and rarely has one of them ever
been found to be a false or unworthy offi
cial. They are honored in all the walks of
life and have weight and influence in
every department of commerce and
finance. It would be hard to find an
American who does not number some
member of the Hebrew race among the
friends who have been helpful to him.
Against the strong sentiment of American
justice and the personal feeling ol indi
vidual friendships Ahlwardt. the "Jew
hater," will rave in vain, burall the same
he should not be allowed to disturb us by
doing his raving in this country.
THE "GLOBE REVIEW."
The initial number of the Globe Review,
formerly published in Oakland but now
of this city, appears in its new form
and dress this morning;. It merits un
unqualiried approval, not only from
tae presa, but from all who have at
heart the development of Pacific Coast
industries. The number is replete with
good things of interest to lumbermen,
miners, builders, real estate dealers and
wheelmen. The mechanical features of
the paper are excellent, and exhibit the
careful, skilled hand of Jesse S. Halstead,
its editor. James Kip is associated with
Mr. Halstead in the enterprise as business
manager, and his twenty- five years' expe
rience in mining and general commercial
pursuits will insure the permanent success
of the Globe Review.
PERSONAL
Leonard Coats oi Xapa is here.
E. A. Cutter of Arizona i.s at the Baldwin.
G. E. Shaw, a merchant of Hollister, is at the
Grand.
John M. Barbour of Lisburn, Ireland, is at
the Palace.
Arthur Lestnsky, the attorney, of Stockton,
is in the City.
E. G. Etirkan, a business man of Sioux City,
is at the Grand.
I. de Turk, the vineyaniist of the Sonoma
Valley, Is in town.
J. 11. Rucker, the real estate dealer of San
Jo.«e, is at the Palace.
Prison Commissioner Robert T. Devlin of
Sacramento is m the City.
C. F. Ainsworth, a business man of Phoenix,
Ariz., is visiting this City.
Michael Ohl, a mining and cattle man of
Wilcox, Ariz., is in the City.
Charles 11. Dodd and E. May, merchants of
Portland, arrived here yesterday.
John E. Malzke, a banker 01 Palo Alto, is in
the City, accompanied by his wife.
State Librarian Dana Perkins came down
from Sacramento yesterday for a short stay.
11. A. Laugenour, ex-Assemblyman from
Yolo County, came down from Woodland last
night.
John Nichols, the well-known gold-mine
owner of Dutch Flat, was among last night's
arrivals.
M. Page Minor of Fresno, who is interested in
real estate In that part of the country, is at the
Occidental.
Ross C. Sargent, the millionaire land-owner
and cattle-raiser of San Joaquin County, ar
rived here yesterday and is at the Grand.
L. VY. Shinn, a mining man oi Alaska, who is
interested near Sitka, with Superintendent
Tom D. Lane of the Utica, and other Califor
uiAUß, is in town.
D. S. Fish of Leemore, director of the Sunset Ir
rigation District, in which he resides, is in the
City. Mr. Fish was the candidate of the people
and won by a handsome majority.
Frame X. Cicot't, who was formerly a resident
here and occupied a position in the United
States Mint, has arrived from New York, where
he has been living since leaving California.
He is at the Palace.
H. P. Warner, for some years past a fruit
grower near Albany, Or., is at the Grand, ac
companied by his wile. They have sold their
property in Oregon and are en route to San
Bernardino County, which they will hereafter
make their home.
Armand Deeourtieux Jr., the well-kuown
member of the French colony, has been seri
ously ill with inflammation of the bowels and
pleurisy lor Borne time past. Dr. Gallwey has
been in constant attendance and now thinks
his patient is out of danger.
C. L. Webb, one of the leading grain and com
mission dealers of Seattle, who for many years
was engaged in business in Des Moiues, lowa,
is at the Palace. He went to the Sound country
about six years ago. Mr. Webb is here on &
short trip for both business and pleasure.
CALIFORNIANS IN NEW YORK.
NEW YORK, N. Y., Dec. C.-Mr. and Mrs.
William Alexander of Santa Barbara were
among tin- guests who sailed on the Kaiser
Wilhelm II for Genoa via Gibraltar, Algiers
aud Naples. San Francisco people in New
York: .1. C. lies, Imperial; F. \v. Lawrence,
Coleman; P. D. Morgan and wife, Mrs. W. P.
Morgan, Mi<s Morgan, Holland; W. W. Welk-r,
Plhzh: S. Annstroug, Union Square; j)r. W. .1.
tiorriugor, Hoffman; L. K. Smith, Everett;
i-< < rocker, Netherland: S. MeNear an<l wifc\
Savoy. Sacramento: 11. .1. Ki-lgariff, St. Denis.
Oakland: Miss Jeghers, Jlr.s. Isaac L, Itequa,
Miss Reqna, Netherlaud.
A FANCY SILK WAIST.
The Marie Antoinette fichu is one of the ac
cepted accessories in waist trimming. It is es
pecially liked for theater and evening waists
and for house dresses. A perfectly plain dress
is made into quite an elaborate affair by the
addition of a soft, graceful fichu. And such a
plain waist should be owned by every woman
who likes variety, and especially those whose
income does not allow of the many waists
which are such a comfort. A simple trimming
of ribbon may be made adjustable by taking one
strip for the center front; this is joined to the
ribbon collar and the ribbon belt, which are
both finished by enormous bows in the
back; two other pieces ol ribbon, four inches
longer than the shoulder-seam, are sewn to the
collar at the shoulder; the other ends are laid
in po'nts which extend over the sleeves. This
trimming of ribbon may be made very elab
orate by sewing bright spangles on all the
edges. Or mark ends, with a spool for guide,
down the center, aud outline these with
Spangles or beads.
Another mode of trimming is to have revers
and a sailor-collar made removable. A black
satin or crepon waist may be made very useful
in this way. Have collars and revers of a fancy
silk in bright colors with an edging all around
of black chiffon.
The ribbon trimming may be of geranium
velvet ribbon with block spangles or of black
satin ribbon with bright blue or green span
gles.
A fichu may be ol the black crepon edged
with ploatings of yellow china silk, or use a
bright china silk with ruffles of mousseline de
soie.
CHANGES IN JOURNALISM.
Chicago Times-Herald.
Within a year or two there will be important
changes in the mode and means of newspaper
making.
The reporter will send both description and
picture by telautograph; and the reporter of
the future is going to draw as well as to write.
The editor, whether in his ollice or tempo
rarily residing at a distant point, will telauto
graph his orders and ideas, and, by an im
provement now being pertected, he will receive
tclautographic proofs in return.
Writers on newspapers will become users of
a machine in processor construction by which
tho present typewriter keyboard will not only
set their ideas Into print, but also instantan
eously put them into type, eliminating the
machine type-setter as the machine itself has
eliminated the hand compositor and as the
steam press eliminated the hand press.
These are only a few of the changes in the
near future of journalism. These and others
bound to come will not injure anyone, but will
divert to other profitaole fields labor now oc
cupied intermediately between the writer and
the press. By cheapening the cost of a news
paper these changes will improve the business
and make it more beneficial to mankind.
McAfee Bros.' auction sale of Brittan Ranch,
sun M&teo Co., sure to-daj-. See advertisement.
AROUND THE CORRIDORS.
All bohemia was pained yesterday that Otto
Norman was forced to the wall. If Mr. Nor
man could have heard tne' many good things
that were said of him, coupled with the regrets
that his place should have passed into other
hands, he would no doubt have been gratified,
although mere words do not always help a
man the most.
For nearly fifteen years Mr. Norman has con
ducted this noted place at Bush and Kearny
streets. During that time it has been the re
sort of actors, musicians, artists, newspaper
men, and also of foreigners from France and
Germany especially. Many is the good time
they have had there, and many a glass of
lager, Pilsener, Culmbacher and wines have
they had over the strange and amusing stories
that were told.
Then the steaks that were served, the roast
beef and the countless other things that could
be had at the moment's call to refresh the
inner man, served to round out the attractions
of the unique place.
There was sawdust on the floor when It
rained, but dry or not outside Norman's was
always a place where bohemia could gather in
the most informal way. When cheering viands
were discussed one rould form a circle in a
card game, if he wished, and he might stay as
long as he wished, for it ran like a clock— day
and night. '
If in the late hours the visitor desired two
chairs he would usually manage to get them
together despite the crowds and thus stretch
his feet out and recline at ease while he
smoked and imbibed beer till he was entirely
comfortable. Here, while watching the curl
ing smoke, he could build air castles, without
which life is after all scarcely worth the
living.
Thus it transpired that Norman's came to
have a very tender place in bohemia's heart.
Before the Press Club was organized Norman's
was almost the sole place of meeting of many
of the working newspaper men. The reporters
gathered, after rinixhiug the evening assign
ments, and discussed their scoops, excepting
always those of the morrow till it was too late
for rivals to get them.
There they waited oftentimes till the first
editions of the dailies were out, and then
eagerly scanned them, each to see how his fa
vorite story appeared.
If the story was "butchered" by the cynical
sphinx who wielded the blue pencil there
were sometimes comments that might have
made even his hardened ears tingle had he
heard them. Talk about how no two of such
judges of copy could "cut" alike was also
heard, and this was not Infrequently consid
ered a justitication of the story as originally
written.
In that candid place at times, too, one
might hear comments about the "skates" in
the business, and all the phases of local and
New York journalism might sometimes be
discussed. As the newspaper man, however,
to, for the most part, a soldier, obeying orders
always, any dissatisfaction was apt to be soon
calmed.
Through all the varying scenes Mr. Norman
came and went, bestowing pleasant greetings
on everybody. lie was never perturbed. If he
ever was angry nobody knew it. Nothing
troubled him apparently, and many is the
man he helped, it' the stories told about him
yesterday are true. No doubt he did.
Many German and other societies have held
their banquets in the rear of the place from
which the viands were directly served, and in
the rooms above.
Athur McEwen got much of the material for
some of his best stories there. Ned Townsend
was so impressed by his experiences there at
odd times that he has embalmed some of them
in his books. Charles Michelson, the
Cuban war correspondent, and Pete Bige
low were frequently there. There it was
that the man who interviewed Evans and Son
tag in their mountain fortresses drank his big
gest and most numerous glasses of beer. Billy
Hart, lately carried away by a malignant
cancer, and known as the Samoan war corre
spondent and best water-front man San Fran
cisco ever had, Joe Ward and a host of others
were often seen there.
Every visitor has called Norman that.
"Here, Norman," a visitor would call out,
"zwei glass beer," or "eine glass," according
to the number to be served. In this way the
place was aided to obtain a wider celebrity.
Bui it would take columns to tell of the many
odd features of the place.
Norman was an officer in the German army.
One day he met with an accident. His arm
was broken, and no longer being able to serve
in the field his mind turned to America, and
hither he came.
Bohemia hopes he will be able to start
again, for the old place will never seem quite
natural with him away.
Among the arrivals at the Russ is F. E. Doyle,
>vlio lor ten years past has been foreman at
Butte, Mont., of the Belle of Butte mine. He
thinks the Butte district is one of the most
marvelous ever discovered.
"It is tne biggest camp on earth," he said
last night, with the enthusiasm of the usual
Montanan. "Take the towns of the district.
Anaconda has a population of 25,000 people
and Butte 40,000. The payroll of the Ana
conda Copper Company alone is over $150,000
a month, and there is enough gold and silver
in the copper to pay for all the mining and
milling, leaving the copper free.
"Down at Butte things are humming right
along. I don't know how many companies are
at work, but there are lots of them. In both
etimps things are very active, it gets cold
there in winter. It was 6 degrees below zero
one morning recently, but it got warm the
next day. Sometimes the thermometer drops
to GO below, and it is sharp enough then, you
may be assured, lake it ell in all, though, as
I said, it's a big camp."
Mr. Doyle is taking things easy for a time in
the land of sunshine.
LETTERS FROM THE PEOPLE.
A RIVAL FOR SUNSET COX.
To the Editor of the San Francisco Call— Slß:
One of the most beautiful as well as one of the
most novel spectacles was accorded the pas
sengers on the different ferry-boats crossing
the bay this morning just before sunrise. As
witnessed from the ferry-boat Tiburon the
view was extremely gorgeous. The whole sky
toward the south, west and north was shrouded
by a veil of almost inky blackness, and the
City could hardly be discerned through this
ebony shroud: but over toward the east, just
a little above the horizon, was presented such
a grand aud magnificent sight that it excited
the keenest admiration of all beholders— a
spectacle that shall remain permanently fixed
in the memory of all who beheld this admira
tion-inspiring scene. It was just before the
god of day peeped his fiery eye beyond the
apex of the Coast Range mountains. It re
quired no cudgeling of the brain or effort of the
imagination to behold, planted in the eastern
skv, a veritable scene of enchantment.
The sun, before beginning his daily patrol
around this portion of his domain, shot his
preliminary rays among a number of fragmen
tary clouds that had lodged in the eastern
heavens, and the effect waß magical. There
were presented to view long and serpent-like
creeks and rivulets, winding through exten
sive and level marshes, apparently running as
far as the eye could reach and losing them
selves in distance and space. Forests of trees
could be plainly discerned in various places, of
ali sizes and shapes, in clumps, and here and
there solitary ones standing majestically alone,
and occasionally some monarch of the forest
standing supremely above his kind. Lakes as
of liquid silver nestled between mountains of
extraordinary height and covered with luxuri
ous growths of vegetation, and giving: to wit
nesses of this resplendent scene a birdseye
view of all this gorgeousness at one and the
same time. Then there were bays oi sparkling
gold, stuaded with numerous isles, some ap
parently connected with the mainland by
natural bridges, and traversing on its smooth
surface might be seen graceful boats and
crafts of fantastic shapes, and now and
then a steamer could be imagined,
with curling smoke puffing from a
perceptive smokestack. And farther off in the
far distance was an ocean of unnatural calm
ness, spreading seemingly without end, until
the eye could not follow it to where it joined
itself with the horizon. A little toward the
north, where Sol's rays were not so penetrat
ing, could be distinctly seen distant cities,
with growths of trees, and smoke issuing from
tall chimneys of specter manufactories, while
from fancied roads leading thereto, clouas of
dust enveloped their entire length as if caused
by the tramp of armies of men and charge of
heavy dragoons. Indeed, no pictura of fairy
land, even by the most masterly and versatile
brush.could equal the magic picture portrayed
in the eastern sky this morning by that great
and irreproachable artist, the sun, and as if
dissatisfied with his work, on taking one
glance at the whole picture as he peeped over
the hills, and not deeming it worthy Ms artis
tic taste, he shed his full rays over the scene
and gradually dissolved the spectacle from
view. Respectfully, San Rafael.
THAT CALAMITY.
Oakdai.e, Stanislaus County. California, )
December 4, 18f)o. j
To the Editor of th+: San Francisco Call: 1 wrote
to you a few days ago in regard to Dr. Close's
alarming statement that the planets will all be
in alignment In December, 11*01.
I shall make a statement here which I am
willing to leave to the decision of Stanford,
California University, or to the observatory, as
follows:
First— The planet Neptune is now in the
constellation Taurus, and will not reach that
line of alignment for 100 years.
Second— The planet Uranus is now in the
constellation Libra and could not reach that
proposed alignment for twenty years.
Third— That the planet Saturn is now in the
constellation Libra, and will not reach that
proposed alignment for eight years.
Fourth— That Mars and Venus will not be in
that proposed alignment in 1901.
Fifth— That Mercury and Jupiter are the only
two planets tnat will be in said alignment in
December, 1901.
Sixth— That admitting that there was such
an alignment at Noah's flood such alignment
could not possibly happen again in less than
Hi'2o years.
It is wrong to create fnlse alarms and
frighten ignorant people.
1 could make oilier statements in regard to
Rev. Allen's sermon published in Tuesday's
Call, but will content myself by saying that it
is mere badinuge.
Finally il such alignment would take place
it would not aftect tne earth's motion or in
crease its centripetal force. Neptune is about
2,828,000,000 of miles from the sun and
Uranus is about 1,802,000,000 of miles from
the sun and cannot have much attractive
force at such a distance. Jupiter and Saturn
have been in opposition to the earth. They
are 2200 times the size of the earth and yot
they did not affect its orbital motion at all.
Yours, S. B. McCorMick.
WHAT "JEHOVAH" DENOTES.
San Francisco, December 5, 1895.
To the Editor of the San Francisco Call— Sir:
In your Tuesday's edition of this week mer
tion is made of a discussion that took place
among a concourse of clergymen as to the ori
gin and signification of the biblical word "Je
hovah." As the result of their deliberations
is not disclosed I venture, with your Kind per
mission, to make some comments upon this
subject.
In the Hebrew language, in which the Bible
was originally composed, the word '"Jehovah"
(which, by the way, ihe German pronuncia
tion, with the "j" sounding like "y" in Eng
lish, corresponds with the Hebrew), includes
letters which denote the eternity of our Cre
ator, namely: "Hoyoh," "Hoveh," "V'yhyeh,"
which signify respectively "Always has been,"
"Is at present" and "Ever will be."
I should be exceedingly grateful to the gen
tlemen concerned for information as to what
conclusion they reached in this matter. Very
respectfully, Victor Harris.
5J^ Falmouth street.
MACHINERY AND LABOR.
San Francisco, December 6, 1893.
To the Editor of the San Francisco Call: I see
in your issue of this date the report of a lecture
entitled "Mau vs. Machinery," delivered by
Professor Edward A. Ross of Stanford Uni
versity last evening iu this City. He main
tains:
First— That machinery is beneficial. (Which
is undeniable.)
Second— That it displaces skilled labor. (Also
undeniable.)
Third— That this displacement results in an
evil, detrimental to the well-being of society.
(Which is undeniable.)
Fourth— That socialism would cure this evil,
but that it would not be advisable to cure the
evil in that manner. (Which may be ques
tionable.)
Fifth— That he believes that society can pro
vide a cure by once more training labor up to
the point of skill!
Is this the kind of logic that comes from the
mind of a university professor?
If skilled labor can be supplanted by ma
chinery, what earthly benefit will it do to train
skilled labor? Yours truly,
Oliver Everett.
OPINIONS OF WESTERN EDITORS.
Railroad Discrimination Against Bi
cycles.
Los Angeles Times.
The ridiculousness of checking a hundred
pound trunk for railway passengers free of
charge and charging the man who has only a
twenty-pound or a forty-pound bicycle for car
rying his wheel as baggage, ia so apparent that
it ought to appeal to even the understanding
of the people who make railroad rules. Bi
cycle-riders can get even with the corporations
by riding on their wheels more and on the cars
less. They may also find it convenient to
patronize more freely the lines which do not
make this senseless and unfair discrimination,
in preference to those astute corporations who
have adopted this penny wise and pound
foolish policy. Probably the railroads can ex
plain, however, why a nundred-pouud trunk
is easier to carry and takes up less room in a
car than does a wheel that weighs & fifth as
ir.uch and occupies infinitely less space. Or is
Mis intended as a punishment for the crime
of riding wheels?
A Western Democratic View of It.
Portland (Or.) Telegram.
Mr. Cleveland's message is heavy in language
and light in practical value. It advances no
new truths nor does it clarify any old ones.
Its utility consists chiefly in its absorption of
newspaper space and most of it squeezes out
mare interesting matter. The real interest of
the country would be just as well served if Its
author had abandoned usage and substituted a
single-line greeting to the new Congress for
those eleven laboriously built columns of lan
guage.
How Cuban Cigars Are Corrupted.
San Jose News.
It is said that in the cigar factories in Cuba
there is employed what is known as a
"reader"; one whose duty is A read aloud to
the employes while they work. The reader sits
on an elevated platform in the center of the
factory and reads all day. The matter selected
is the news of the day, history and fiction.
Judging from some of the cigars alleged to be
of Cuban production some of the literature
must be of a very low order.
Digging Through Silver for Gold.
Virginia (Nev.) Enterprise.
A hasty glance over the State proves that
Nevada is a great gold region, and that it may
be that we are but standing upon the threshold
of disclosures which will fill the world ■with
astonishment. It looks as though the work of
a few years more would justify the old asser
tion thnt Nevada was i u 1 1 of gold, but that the
miners had to dig through masses of silver in
order to reach the more precious metal.
New York Will Have a Jay Celebration.
San Jose Mercury.
The 19tb of the present month will be the
hundredth anniversary of the day on which
the Jay treaty between the United States and
Great Britain was signed, and it will be cele
brated in New York as the centennial of Ameri
can commercial liberty. It has been suggested
that a general observance of the day would be
appropriate, but the celebrations will un
doubtedly be confined to the commercial
classes of a few Eastern cities.
THE IDEAL JOURNALIST.
Rev. A. D. Mayo of Boston took for the sub
ject of a lecture last week, "The Journalist."
He said:
"It was never sucli b privilege as now to be
an American citizen on the shady side of 60.
Other great periods in the world's history have
been of equal importance and even more pic
turesque, but the present xeneration of elderly
American people has enjoyed the only supreme
advantage of reading the history of every week
brought up to date by the journalist.
"Until seventy-five rears ago nine-tenths of
the intelligent people in Christendom lived in
almost complete ignorance of what was goinr
on beyond their own horizon circle The
change from such a condition to that where
especially in the northern portion of the
United States, the great mass of the people can
read and at least once a week are in a war in
formed of the main facts in the historr of th»
past week, is incalculable. y '
"Until iB6O the newspaper meant the editor
usually an influential public character who
appeared once or six times a week in the ea
pacity of public oracle, presented his own
opinion and writing upon the news to cor
respond.
"To-day the great metropolitan daily aims to
Allcock's %z
be a picture :of the worlds doing- up to the
hour of potng to the press. The ideal journa
,ist of to-day has a more rcsponsiDle and difli
" cult office than his predecessor .for he must ->o
I arrarrge his picture of the world's affairs > that
i the light of the new civilization shall, not be
! extinguished in the shadows. .. . . >
! "It is simply 'stupid journalism to make a
newspaper that sends its readers from the
history." '■"■■' " " " .. .
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
To British Coixmbia-F. S, Smartsville, \ üba
UOnntx Cal. The most direct route from San
Francisco to Uritish Columbia is by steamer to
Victoria, V. I. This point can also be reached
by rail from San Francisco to Tacoma, end
H : om there by steamer to Victoria. At present
cut-rates, as advertised in Thk Call, the cost of
transportation is very reasonable. Thn climate
of Brnisn Columbia varies according to local
ity, owing principally to four causes: 1.
Greater or less distance from the sea: 2.
Greater or less distance from the mountain
ranges: 3. Difference in the variety and
growtn of vegetation ; 4. Elevation of the level.
The low portions near the sea and on Van
couver Island have a moderate climate, with a
temperature ranging from 2O .leg. in winter to
80deg.in summer. The spring is short last
ing lroiu earlv March 10 early May-summer
till September. The next two months are au
tumn, of which winter is merely an !lKgraya
tion, the snorts being light and the irosts fa.
from severe or lasting.
National Convention of 18<>4— A. W. D.,
Oakland. The California delegates to the Re
publican National Convention held in 18b4
were James Otis, William & MeMurty. William
Ritter O. H. Bradbury, Nathan Cooinbs and
Robert Gardner. These, two from each dis
trict tepresentrd the First, Second and 'l bird
districts. The delegates at large were Thomp
son Campbell, M. C. Briggs, John Bidwcll and
Phineas Banning. The alternates were "-H-
Cu verTA. P.Jourdnn, C. P. Huntington, (
f "Aversion, *• J. snyder; at large David
Mahoney, Samuel Braunan. John F. \>f rnl , 1
and Amos Kendall. These were cho.-en March
«>4 The delegates to the Democratic National
Convention, chosen September?, were John tf.
Weller, John Bigler, John G. Downey, Thomas
Haves, ft B. Stevens, J. S. Berry, t. VUtheral,
C D Semple, C. L. Weller and & O. Whipple.
Demi-Franc— Suscriber, Estrella, San Luis
Obispo, Cal. There is no premium offered for
a half-franc coined during the first empire of
France. Dealers who have such coins tor sale
offer them for 'J5 and 40 cents, according to
the state of preservation the- coin is in.
Capital Punishment —N. M., City. The
strongest argument in favor of capital punish
ment is that it has been found necessary to re
store it in those countries, or in nearly all, in
which it bad been abolished as a penalty for
murder.
Sisters of Charity— H. A., City. Sisters of
Charity ride free on the streetcars of this City
by courtesy ot the directors oi the several com
panies. Priests are required to pay just the
same as other passengers.
Candy canes and baskets. Townsend's. •
Best printing, best prices. FvOberts Ptg. Co."
Nice present for Eastern friends— California
Glace Fruits, 50c lb., Jap. baskets. Townsend's*
Famous broken candy, 10c a lb. Townsend's.*
Christmas Cards, Calendars and California
souvenirs now ready. Sanborn, Vail & Co. *
Special infoimation daily to manufacturers,
business houses and public men by the Press
Clipping Bureau (Allen's), 510 Montgomery. •
Barry's Star. '
Take the Southern Pacific! The so-called
"Message." Mayne and Boss Buckley. *
Better the Olat»s Than the Standing.
Seattle Post-Intelligem-pr.
The young men who expect to enter college
next year are beginning to wonder if their
class will be known as '00.
Thousands of people have found in Hood's Sar
saparilla a positive cure for rheumatism. This
medicine by Its purifying action neutralizes the
acidity of the blood and builds up the,syßtem.
CHICAGO LIMITED.
VIA SA.NTA F2 KOUTK.
i. A new train throughout begins October. 29.
Pullman's finest sleeping-cars, vestibule reclining
chair cars and J dining-cars. Los Angeles tp\C.hl-'
cago,* via ' Kansas City, without change. . / Annex"
cars on sharp ' connection for Denver "'. and. St.
Louis. Twenty-seven hours quicker thaif the
quickest competing train. The Santa Fe has been
put In fine physical condition I and Is now the best
transcontinental railway. /^V;!',:^; ■ :;
A Cough, Cold ok Sore Throat requires im
mediate attention. "Brown's Bronchial Troche*"
will invariably give relief. 25c a box.
aftkr a sleepless night use Dr. Siegert's Angos
tura Bitters to tone up your system. All druggists.
NEW TO-DAY.
REAL ESTATE
FOR SALE BY
Tlios. Mlfifi U ois,
REAL ESTATE , AGENTS
And Publishers "Real Estate Circular. !
4 Montgomery Street,
l\!0\ TRUST BlilLDNfl, fORVF.R MARKET.
NEW PROPERTY. •
City Hall lot; north side Market st.: 25x100 anrj
brick improvements; bringing small rental ; $55,.
000. . • .
■ Fine residence' and corner; 50 feet on Paciflo
ave.: $32,000. *cino
Geary-st. corner; 28 feet front; rents ¥123; nea»
Taylor --!.•,,»*.. „ „
Bush st., near Fillmore; 27:4x137:6 and 2-storv
and basement house, 9 rooms," 2 baths: In fin«
order; only $5500. ■ . . • .
Liberty st.,,]N'. side; 25x114, and comfortable
2-story; best residence portion of the Mission j
$4000. - ■ •'
T INVESTMENTS/; - : j
Rents 5486 50: cor. Geary and Larkm sis.; 120s
120: a corners covered with stores and dwellings.
Ninth st., bet. -Market and. Mission: 50x100:
30.000; frame buildings. *
Golden Gate ave. and Franklin St.; 85x120 tq
rear street: 3-story good dwellings on the avenue-
bnildin«on rear street; small corner vacant: rents
240: $40,000. '
Sacramento st.; rent $100; «10,000: bet. Kearnv
and JDupont; rented to Chinese firm, whohava
been there nearly 20 years: lot 23x137:6, and good
2-story and bttsement, brick. , ■ » ■
i Sixth St., W. side, near Bryant: 50x85, and
3-story; 2 stores below and 6 tenants upstairs:
rents low, $tl9; $9000: half can remain on mortl
gage. ,
68:9x137:6, north side North Point st. bet
Stockton and Powell ; one block from the seawall i
only $G"5O. . - -
steuan st., bet Market and Mission; Ss%*
137:6; cheap. '•
HOUSES AND LOTS *5000 TO 97000.
-Payst.,' north "side, 'bet, Fillmore and Steineri
25x102 and good 2-story, 7 rooms and modern con'
veniences; $5000.
Octavia and Hickory ave. corner and 2-story
?" n . l a * s , ni ent house, in good order, bet. Oak and
reil; $5125. .•■•■:.•■'■ i ■• - • ,
OctaviHl st., west sHe, bet Broadway and Va.
lle^o; 25x1)2:6, and 2-story 8 rooms in very good -
So^X-lerms **'' street bitumlnlzedi only.
, Ashbury st., near Waller, in the best block- flna
nev flats,, which cost $4500, and lot 27 -4x106 '
l^percenf 6 1 * °° : $15 °° cash> &*™ii
Pine St., near Stockton; 34:6x77:6 and aistorT
d * 800 J»« S penton°^
$6000; very tine house and Iot;'25xl00- Me.
*isooVsh: ne Baker: very ea^ tcrm »' «»?.
l27 a -R r^rt en L° st «" bet .'. Bro<l rick and Baker; a7:6x :
127 .8 and very line 2-storv, well flnished in narn
cifi a c na a^-.' n rhin i: ee n: 3 Bxh-ort8 x h - ort woi-ks from* p«:
nc ave.; l block ' from ■ Union-st c&n anrt a
blocks from new line on Flllmore st. - •

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