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Interesting Items From Important Points in Alameda County.
Rev. Father McSweeney Never
Objects to Meeting a
How Oakland's Women Writers Started
to Get Out a Holiday
Oakland Office San Francisco Call,)
90S Broadway, Feb. 2. 1896. \
Rev. Father McSweeney was inter
viewed in the confessional box last night
for the first time in his life. When thus
engaged he is generally the one that inter
views. VTnen the reporter called at St.
Francis de Sales' clergy-house the servant
said the priest was hearing confession and
could not be disturbed. As there was no
hope at the clergy-honse the janitor was
approached, and he, too, refused to help
to bring priast and newspaper man to
gether. He hinted that if it were a mat
ter of death he might be prevailed upon to
break the unwritten law, but for any other
cause he could not be tempted. There was
no hope for it. The priest's story was
necessary to authenticate a report of a
frustrated elopement of two bright young
ladies and the priest had to be seen. There
wu a line of penitents leading past tl.a
confessional box and the stranger fell in
at the end. In due time the empty box
was reached and Father McSweeney
turned to hear what the suppliant might
say. His surprise may be imagined wLen
he discovered the identity of the stranger.
"Well, well," said the priest, but he cor
dially gave the desired information, and
■when the penitent emerged from the con
fessional box no one would have guessed
that it was the priest who had done the
It is again stated that the Populists are
trying to oust Mayor Davie from office.
That is nothing new; they have been try
ing to do it for nearly a year. It is stated
that they are also obtaining affidavits
proving that his Honor did violate the
purity of elections law. That is a sur
prise in one way, but not in another. In
the first place the name of the Alameda
County official who is now in office and
whose friends did not violate the purity
law is unknown. In the next place there
are hundreds of "politicians" in Oakland
who would swear that the moon is a green
cheese, and for a very small consideration.
Judas' paltry thirty pieces would seem a
fancy price for many politicians on Broad
way and in West Oakland.
Mayor Davie is, iv nearly every respect
in which these two tnen have come before
the public, a counterpart of President Cleve
land. Botu rode into power in a political
whirlwind, and no sooner had each fairly
warmed up his official chair than he re
alized that public opinion had turned a
complete somersault. There was a lot of
talk of impeaching the President, and
there is a lot of talk of impeaching the
Mayor. Both movements will be found in
the end to .have been concluded in the
same manner. Whatever rnles or preju
dices of political faith they have broken
or ignored, th^ro are enough firm friends
in either case to prevent personal ignom
iny other than that of a political nature.
It is openly stated that the people elected
Davie and that he is now working in the
interests of the capitalists and bankers.
The assumption is untrue, and the best
proof of its falsity is the fact that those
who are most prominent in throwing out
the charge are those who, when a banker
filled the Mayor's chair, thought the ad
ministration perfect. The greatest ele
ment in retarding the progress of Oak
land are the organized "jobs" forever
being put up by the hoade of men who al
ways smoke cigars and derive a comfort
able living from "politic?. 1 ' Under Pardee
and the reform movement of his time
these elements of disturbance were deci
mated, but now they seem to be on the
increase again. Tnese are the men who
are constantly demanding the "ousting"
and "impeachment" of public officials
whom they cannot use.
The ladies of Oakland are to issue the
Washington Birthday edition of the En
quirer, and as it is the first venture of its
kind ever attempted in this city there is
much speculation as to the result. There
was a meeting of the editresses two days
ago and about ten ladies were present.
All were understood to be pledged to se
crecy yet some of the doings of the fem
inine sanctum have leaked out and prove
that although there is an "Alameda County
Writers' Association" this does not imply
that there is a corps of newspaper-women
on this Bide of the bay. The conference
also developed the fact that there is more
than a trifle of vanity among certain
scribes of the gentler sex. The mysteries
of the "detail-book" were explored, and it
was somewhat of a surprise to the ladies
to learn that some one would have to visit
the prison and jail; another must camp at
the receiving hospital; a couple must at
tend the parade, but would have to ignore
the banquet so as to get in "early copy."
This was rather unromantic, and at this
stage of newspaper manufacturing one
laay proposed that there should be a
modest little article on the '-Women
Writers of Oakland." This motion was
amended so as to read "the women report
ers of Oakland." Then the fun began and
the feathers to demi-volt on the top of in
dignant heads. Who were the writers?
Who were the reporters? The question
could not be answered and Mrs. S. C. Bor
land, the cool-headed editor-in-chief, said
that the detail of writing a mutual admi
ration article would be held in abeyance,
but did not use this exact language. A
liberal estimate of the active woman re
porters in Oakland who do not work across
the bay would be one and a half.
In the earlier part of the week some phil
anthropists, who were more sympathetic
than practical, started a movement for the
benefit of "a vetern journalist" of this
City. Everybody in Oakland knew that
although the poverty of the man was not
overstated the part relating to worthi
ness had to be taken ciJm grano salis.
however, money began to come in and the
prospects for a good-sized fund were very
bright. A local editor temporarily bandied
the fund, and now he regrets it. Last
Thursday night the ben&ficiary was found
in the lower part of town, and was taken
in the patrol-wauon to the City Hall,
where the charge that is marked with a
rubber-stamp was placed against his name.
Ihe Judge next mornine imposed the
usual fine for an old offender, and when in
the dock the prisoner made a novel plea.
Jde said, Your Honor, a man down town
has some money of mine, and it you give
me time I will go and get enough to pay
my fine."
He went to the editor, used some strong
language, made some threats, and when
he left the man who had been his truest
friend sat down and wrote a new definition
of the word ingratitude. S. W. B.
Alameda's Proposed Library Building.
ALAMEDA, Cal., Feb. 2.— The proposi
tion to form an association of public-spir
ited citizens to erect a public-library build
ing, at a cost approximating $25,000, has
by no means been abandoned, but is being
perfected by those having it in charge and
the prospectus will soon be given to the
public, so it is stated. The organization
will bft actuated largely, if not entirely,
from a nublic spirit and a desire to see
the library properly und adequately housed
in a structure that will not only meet all
the requirements but that will be a credit
and ornament to the city and evince the
public spirit and good taste of its people.
It is not proposed that anybody shall
give money to the fund for the erect ion of
the building. They are simply to loan
money at a low rate of interest — probahly
5 per cent — to be raid back in one, two
and three years. The city can very well
bear the burden of the improvement if it
is spread over three years, but it cannot
stand it in any single year, and to issue
bonds is a tedious and expensive process.
The city cannot specifically be bound to
repay the private association if it shall
erect the building, but public sentiment is
in favor of the step, and a majority of the
present Municipal Board will hold for
three years, and are in accord with the
movement, so that there could be little
risk on that score.
In the New City Hall.
ALAMEDA, Cal., Feb. 2. — The City
Trustees will hold their first meeting in
the new City Hall to-morrow evening.
The new Council chambers are large and
handsomely furnished, and are a bis im
provement over the old meeting-place.
AmonK the matters which will come up
for action to-morrow evening will be the
awarding of contracts for the addition to
the municipal electric-light station, in
cluding a building, engine and boilers.
Engagement Announced.
ALAMEDA, Cal., Feb. 2.— The engage
ment is announced of Miss Emma Boeh
nier of this city to Charles Logan of Oak
land. Miss Boehmer is the youngest
daughter of Fritz Boehmer, a" pioneer
merchant of Alameda. The wedding will
take place on the 15th inst. at the home
of the bride's father on Central avenue.
The New City Prison.
ALAMEDA, Cal., Feb. 2. — The new
City Prison had two occupants yesterday.
They were S. L. Teterson and Frank
KeLev, charged with having burglarized
the ship Frosper, now lying at Alauieda
mole. - ■
Clean Plays of Histrionic Ability
Will Tend to Elevate
the Mind.
Keen Discrimination Is Necessary As
in All Other Things Affecting
Human Morals.
Oakland Office San Francisco Call,)
908 Broadway, Feb. 2. f
Rev. Philip Graif spoke on "The Thea
ter" to-night at the First Baptist Church.
He said :
Do the prudential ethics of Christianity
taboo the playhouse altogether, or is there a
safe, iviie, golden mean of discrimination ?
3lere austere Puritanism is r.esieuof strength,
nor is contempt or narrow restrietivenets an
answer to fair logic.
Of course, ii the drama is Inherently bad, !
the sooner its obscene lips are siienccu and its
transparently veiled nudities are decently
draped the better, but if It is constitutionally
grounded in human nature the quicker we
give our aid to refine and elevate its art and
literature the more valuable will it become as
a moral vehicle for the culture of humanity.
>o doubt the trashy, flesh-tinted stuff that
has too often glittered and pirouetted and
bawled across the stage, along with certain J
green-room scandals and other noisome things,
have made a large body of the Christian pub
lic look askance at the theatre and light shy of
its seductions and its fig-leaf tendencies of
wardrobe. Rightly used, the playhouse might
be made a handmaid of religion, and instead
of a hotbed of vice or illicit sensation, might
be converted into something of a Dorcb. of
ethical philosophy or a fcchool of virtue.
If of old Christian truth was often dramati
cally represented by a series of passion plays
in the churches, why should histrionic genius
if used for lofty purposes be frowned upon or
stigmatized? Really our law of action should*
be to conserve the good and spew out the evil,
or, in other word ■■, to transform the smirched
and leper-spotted into a healthy ministry of
pure, unalloyed happiness and progress. Kvcn
Christ himself did not disdain to create hi*
parables, which in many respects were mas
terly and exquisite little pocket dramas, illus
trating heavenly principle.-: by all the fascina
tion and spell of earthly incident and adven
It is not figuring at haphazard to say that
the world's greatest seven masterpieces of the
drama are deep studies of conscience and duty
and make .strict obedience to the oracles of the
skies their holy dominant note.
But stiil tliis broad recognition of the essen
tial dramatic element in nature and life does
not blur the moralist's keen-eyed vision as to
the hurts and harms oJ indiscriminate theater
Though recreation is at times an iron neces
sity it is questionable whether the average
footiight flashes of the day afford our youth a
safe or wholesome form o? entertainment. In
moral discipline it is better to be a little too
strict than to be a trifio too flabbily lnx. In
short, whatever tends to purify motive, stimu
late noble impulses or exalt mr.nhood or glorify
humanity, promote and champion that; but
wnatever nres unholy passions, lowers the
moral tone or devitalizes piety, that either ab
hor and shun, or, better still, by God's grace
try to convert from a demon of sin and error
into an angel of light and goodness.
One Ascent Wag Not Made, the Other
Followed by an Accident.
The fates have been against Mile. Viola,
"the Empress of the air," for the first time
she attempted to make an ascent from the
Haight-street grounds she fell. The sec
ond time she was announced to rise sky
ward the rain came down in torrents. Yes
terday when her balloon was about in
flated it caught fire and the ascent had to
be postponed. She was offered another
balloon, but as it was as full of holes as a
porous plaster she declined to use it.
Another balloonatic, Otto Burke, volun
teered to make an ascent, so the bag was
filled and when it was cut loose he rose
about five hundred feet and as he was
crossing the chute lake it commenced to
sink. Burke cut loose, expecting to come
down in the lake, but the parachute did
not open fast enough and he was carried a
little beyond it and in descending struck
against the fence, injuring his left arm and
There has been considerable jealousy
among those who go up in the air, and it
was reported on the grounds yesterday
that there had been some jobbery to pre
vent Miss Viola from making the ascent
and that the burning of the balloon was
not an accident pure and simple.
How He Walked.
A new schoolmaster in one of the small
schools near ShetlieJd was endeavoring to
make clear to his young pupils' minds the
moaning of the word "slowly."
He walked across the room in the
manner the word indicated.
"Now, children, tell me how I walked."
One little fellow, who sat near the front
of the room, almost paralyzed him by
blurting out:
"Bow-legged."— Spare Moments.
There is but one factory in Japan where
leather shoes are made. The natives, ex
cept about the court, wear saudals of straw
or wood.
The Lad Who Discovered It Was
Threatened With Death hy
a Fiend.
Located Near the Baptist College and
Just Outside the Limits of
the City.
Oakland Office San Francisco Call,)
90S Broadway, Feb. 2. [
A yonng man who delivers goods for an
East Oakland grocer bad an experience a
few days ago that he will not soon forget.
He was taking goods as usual to a/house
located in the hilly region where Thirty
sixth and Commerce streets cross. He
has always been met at the door by one
of the occupants, but on the last occasion
his knock was unheeded and he walked in
and deposited his goods on the floor.
To his great surprise he found that the
house was an opium joint, fitted up with
bunks, and in nearly every one of them
was an occupant either smoking or asleep.
No sooner had he looked around than one
of the fellows rushed toward him and
pushed him to the door. He told the lad
that if ever he told any one of what he had
seen he would probably be found some
morning dead. He took himself away as
fast as possible and has not been near the
place since.
The house is an ordinary looking cabin,
but it is frequented by a very hard set.
Amonjr those who frequented it was
Thomas Lamb, the desperado who was
shot dead by Officer Andrews while trying
to escape from custody a couple of weeks
apo. His brother still goes there, and an
other habitue is a young fellow well
known to the police named Tye. It is
stated that the mother of one of the boys
owns the place. When its locality was
made known to thi poiice it was stated to
be outside their jurisdiction, as it is just
beyond the city limits.
Now that its existence is known, the
opium joint will doubtless be suppressed,
as it is within a few blocks of the Baptist
California College.
Big Inducements Are Offered By the
Board of Trade.
OAKLAND, Cal., Feb. 2.— At a special
meeting of the Hay wards Board of Trade
the question of having a cannery located
at that town was discussed.
Mr. Johnson of San Francisco said he
had been delegated to represent certain
capitalists of i?an Francisco who were de
sirous of locating a cannery at Haywarda.
He said he was instructed to attend the
meeting and find out what inducements
the Board of Trade would jniarantee.
Tue committee appointed for that pur
pose stated the inducement offered to Mr.
Schamruel, a canner, was to give him tiie
use of Estudillo Square, Thoy were will
ine to Rive any other responsible party tne
same terms.
Mr. Begier stated that P. E. Bowles, of
Oakland, was authority for tie statement
that Mr. Hicfcmpth. tiie Oakland canner,
had" orders for (Kt.OQO cases of fruit which
he could not fill. Most of the fruit canned
by the Hicknioth Company was grown in
the vicinity of San Leandro. He consid
ered the inducement offered one of the
very oest. The general opinion was that
it would be well for the parties desirooa of
starting a cannery to meet the Board of
Trade, and Delegate Johnson undertook
to arrange for such a meeting in the near
Experiences of Mme. Tavary and
Thea Dorre on a Mcxi-
can Tour.
The Women Were Indignant at Car
men's Wiles— Mascagni Praised
Mme. Marie Baeta Tavary and Mme.
Thea Dorre, the bright particular stars of
the Tavary Opera Company, arrived here
yesterday from Los Angeles, ahead of the
rest of the troupe.
Both prima donnas are in splendid
health and spirits, a happy condition of
things which they attribute largely to their
recent Mexican trip.
They were carried away by the color and
picturesqueness of the al fresco Mexican
life, which, they say, acted as a mental
tonic and an artistic stimulant.
Mme. Tavary, who is an accomplished
painter and sculptor, made an artistic find
at Guadalajara. Some one told her that
there was a wonderful sculptor liv
ing in a little adobe hut outside
the town, and for the joke of the
thing she weiH to visit the self-taught art
ist. "He was only quite a poor country
man,'' she said, in describing ;her visit,
"what in Europe we should call a peasant,
but his work was something marvelous.
With a few touches of his hands on the
clay the likeness besan to appear, and be
fore he had modeled half an hour the head
stood out. an exact image of the person he
"He colored his work, then fired it, and
when the bust was completed it was a
marvelous reproduction of the sitter. "
"I wish my trunks had arrived. I would
show you some of this poor peasant's
work," said Mme. Tavary convincingly
"My bust is a wonderful likeness, and he
modeled a head of Mr. Payne Clarke, our
tenor, that almost speaks."
Mme. Tavary is full of enthusiasm over
the role of Aida, which" she is to sing to
night. "The make-up for the part takes
me an hour and a hair," she said. "It is
so difficult for a blonde to change herself
into a dark Egyptian, but when the trans
formation lias been made I revel in Aida.
Darre too," continued the prima donna
generously, "she is a magnificent Am
neris. Dorre is an actre?s, and she depicts
the character of a scheming, wijy little
Egyptian to the life."
There is a popular tradition that in
opera companies the rival prima donnas
hate one another, and if they occasionally
speak honeyed words, do so only to con
ceal a sting. But this tradition is all at
sea with regard to the Tavary Opera Com
pany, for its two brightest stars are the
best possible friends and praise one an
other in all sincerity. Tavary and Dorre,
in fact, never say m an thing, and always
play into one another's hands when on the
stage together.
Torre, the witching dark-eyed Carmen,
who made so warm a place for herself in
the affections of San Francisco opera-goers
last season, has returned as handsome and
bewitching as ever. The young prima don
na enjoyed herself in tier own way during
the Mexican tour by riding miles over the
hills and reveling in the picturesque scen
ery and quaint life. She is a splendid
horsewoman and scorns the lowly bike.
Her Carmen was the great attraction of
the season. The gay cavaliers used to send
notes by the score round to the stage door,
beginning "Heaveuly Carmen," and heart
less Carmen used to have many a laugh at
the weird English in which her unknown
admirers penned their admiration.
"It was my first visit to Mexico, and I
found it like Italy and Spain," s-he
said, "all poetry and picturesqueness
and beggars. But the very beggars had
a touch of color in tbeir dress, ora^ay
sarape thrown round their shoulders that
made their rags seem beautiful. I enjoyed
the climate there, just as I revel in the
lovely California sunshine, because it is
my nature to like anything that is tropical
and to hate the cold."
Dorre has played Carmen with brilliant
results in Naples and other parts of Italy,
but she had never tried Prosper Meri
mee's heroine on a Spanish-speaking au
dience till her recent Mexican tour. "You
have no idea how the women resented it,"
she said, laughing mischievously; "some
of them fairly made faces. at me in the
chairs. I took it as a compliment. They
said, 'Our Spanish women are modest,
none of us are so bold as this Dorre makes
Carrcen.' They did not nnder.-tand that
the Carmen of Merimee was like Topsy,
'she just gfowed,' and was net a type of
any particular country."
It ia very probable that Mme. Dorre will
go to London next spring to sing Carmen
and Santuzza at Covent Garden. In
New York her Curmen was spoken of
by the critics as sharing the palm with
Calves, and in Milan, where she had the
benefit of some private coaching from
Mascagni in interpreting Santuzza, the
composer of "Cavalleria R'usticana" called
her an ideal exponent of his passionate
Sicilian heroine.
Flourishing First Meeting of the New
College Settlement .Movement Held
in tho Broadway School.
The new vocal society known as the
Woman's Singing Class of 1896 met at
the Broadway Grammar School yesterday
afternoon for its first practice.
An attendance and enrollment of ninety
six persons attest the general and active
interest already awakened in the move
ment that was inaugurated only ten days
ago by Miss Jean Parker, principal of the
Broadway Grammar School, and Mrs. C.
L. Uonestell.
The object of the class is to furnish all
lovers of vocal music an opportunity to
come together for an hour ever Sunday
afternoon and practice upon the composi
tion of the masters. It is a gratuitous
attempt to foster the love of music, par
ticularly among those who are too much
occupied through the week to devote the
time necessary to continue and improve
the knowledge of pinging they may have
acquired earlier. The by-laws require a
payment of 5 cents at each meeting, the
proceeds bein« devoted to the preparation
of the sheet music and to the janitresB 7
fee, which are tlie only expenses. Any
surplus that may accrue will be devoted
to the purchase of wall charts to sin? from.
Yesterday's practice was upon "Like as
a Father," taken from oueot the oratorios.
Mrs. Bonestell, the director of the class,
conducted the voices and Miss Elsie Wade
acted as pianist.
In an address to the regular chorus drill
Miss Parker, the president, said:
"Mrs. Bonestell and I are very desirons
of seeing more older people interested in
this hour, from 3 to 4 o'clock, on Sunday
afternoon. We want the mothers and
more of the older sifters to take part. No
matter if they do not know a thing about
music; let them come at 2:45 o'clock and
they will be given a little preliminary
practice each Sunday, so that they can
easily fall in with the others."
The rules of the class say that the mem
bers must be at least 15 years of age. At
yesterday's meeting there were perhaps a
dozen matrons, but the majority of the
singers were girls.
Cleopatra's Needle, on the Thames Em
bankment, weighs 186 tons 739 pounds and
is (38 feet by 2 inches high.
Discovery of a Hidden Wire Pass
ing Into Ingleside Race
An Expose That Shows the Keepers of
These Dens Will Resort to
Any Means.
Perhaps the downtown poolrooms will
not get the results of the Ingleside races
so readily as they are at present boa3tine
that they will do. One of iheir latest and
most ingenious attempts at beating the
management was yesterday effectually
nipped in the bud.
The keepers ot the downtown poolroom
"joints" have been strutting about of late
with a consequential air, that would indi
cate they had somethiu ; "up their sleeves."
The various dens about town are now in
the enjoyment of splendid telegraphic
service. A wire leased from the California
Jockey Club that runs to San Jose gives
them the full results of the races at the
Bay District track. It will be remem
bered that daring the last racing period
at Ingleside track the Pacific Coast Jockey
Club folks learned that the poolrooms were
getting the results of their race 9 by having
them wired from the interior towns where
poolrooms were running.
To obviate this, the Jockey Club leased
the wire from the telegr aph company, and
the interior rooms were obliged to cl ose
up shop.
Now, this was a serious blow to the City
"commission plan." Their crafty pro
prietors held a council of war. It was de
cided to invade the enemy's camp. Many
clever devices were resorted to for obtain
ing; the results of the different events run
off. Men inside the grounds signaled to
confederates on the surrounding hills,
women passed out through the gates with
the desired information secreted about
their person, carrier pigeons were called
into requisition, and in one instance a
wire of the Postal Telegraph Company
was tapped. The latter occurrence, how
ever, it is said, was with the full Knowl
edge of the local management.
But the Ingleside people were not slum
bering and the different clever plans were
after one or two recurrences frustrated.
Nonplused and in despair the owners of
the smaller joints quit the business, while
the bij dens temporarily suspended, await
iner the reopening of the Bay District.
Next Thursday Ingleside "track will re
open for the spelL^f two weeks' running.
Once repulsed amvin desperate straits the
men engaged in the nefarious poolroom
traffic resolved to eet the required infor
mation at all hazards.
Men whose past records were shrouded
in darkne-s were called into requisition
and asked to submit plans. At last one
was hit upon, and that is the reason the
keepers of three downtown holes have
been telling their dupes "we will get the
Ingteside races."
For some time the management of the
new track has been cognizant of the fact
that an underground wire bad been run
into the track, and yesterday the story
leaked out. Fearing "something of this
sort, the Pacific Coast Jockey Club has
had in its employ for some time a skilled
electrician, whose duty it was to inspect
the buildings for hidden wires.
Not many day's ago the inspector
became aware of the fa"ct that there was
"something in the air," and veiy soon he
mads a startling discovery. Entering the
grand stand below the arched passage-way
was an underground wire that had its
egress in the toilet-room, which is located
at one end of the betting ring. In three
different locations in the room, cunningly
concealed, well out of the range of the
human eye, were stations to be operated
upon the push-button principle. The worJr
was that of an expert, showing that the
Rtealthy han.t whose labor had been for
naught, was old in experience.
The course of the wire was then followed.
In one instance the long iron rod extend
ing between the hitching posts was util
ized as a conductor. '1 he wire then passed
along under the ground, making its exit
under the fence at a point south of the
main entrance. Just before passing under
the fence was a fourth station that could
be used if the operator thought himself
watched at the other points. Out
side of the race course the wire followed
along the fences and trees for some dis
tance. Connection with a main wire had
not yet been made.
This expose only shows to the public
what the men engaged in this illegal pool
selling business will resort to. Time and
again their many sharp practices have
been shown up in print, yet still they
thrive and appeal for a law licensing their
business. Had the California Jockey Club
mU forth the same commendable efforts to
prevent the ruinous dens from getting the
results as did the new racing organization
there would be no need of calling upon the
police to close the illegal resorts up, nor of
enacting any new prohibitory measure, for
these parasites, that threaten this grand
sport with destruction, take the hard
earned pennies of the newsboys and fill
the prisons with felons, would have to
close their doors for lack of support.
He Once Owned the Site of Johannesburg
It is a curious commentary upon the in
stability of human affairs that the former
owner of the entire city of Johannesburg
now lies a confirmed invalid in the work
house infirmary of the quaint old market
town of Guildford in Surrey. The old man
seems to have had a most remarkable
career. He was in the service of the East
India Company, fought in the Crimea,
was seriously wounded at Sebastopol, and
afterward passed through the Indian
mutiny. He then went to South Africa,
where he fought against the Zulus and tb«=t
Boers before the Transvaal was made ove^'
to them. He bought for £350, his accumu
lated savings, over 15,000 acres of land
near the source of the Limpopo, where ho
made up his mind to ultimately settle, but
war broke out, he took up arms against
the Boers, and formed one of the party
who held Pretoria against them. In 1880,
when the republic was declared, he refused
service under President Krneger, and the
consequence was that his land, upon
a portion of which the Transvaal city of
Johannesburg now stands, was forfeited.
Thus tne old man who lies-dying without
a penny in the world just escaped being
"rich beyond the dreams of avarice." —
Philadelphia Public Ledger.
Rupert Schmid Says He Has
Modeled the Handsomest
Man Here.
It Is Colonel Herbert Choynski, Who
Is an Aid-de.Camp to Governor
"Jim " Budd.
Rupert Schmid, the sculptor, is tired of
seeing people wait till they are dead be-
fore they have portrait busts modeled.
He has long been keeping his eyes open
for a perfect specimen of manly beauty, in
order to catch it while voting, model his
specimen and place it beside the most de
crepit old bust he can find and say, "Look
on that picture and on this," when people
urge that they-would rather wait till they
are dead to be modeled.
To Mr. Schmid's great joy, he found his
ideal type of manliness recently in Herbert
Cboynski, a young Californian guardsman
who is aid-de-carup to Governor Budd.
After expending much eloquence in point
ing out how much better he looks now
than he will fifty years hence, the sculp
tor succeeded in persuading Colonel
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Choynski to po^e, uniform and all, and
the portrait bust which has resulted from
the sittings has filled Rupert Schmid with,
"It is so much better to have a young,
live subject," he said yesterday, as he con
templated the manly head of Choynski,
wrought in clay. With malice afore
thought the sculptor had placed his new
work beside the head of an antique million
aire, who waited till he had lost his teeth
and had acquired a triple chin before
making up his mind to go down to
posterity in plastic clay.
"He had lost everything that constitutes
good looks, and should be in the cellar,
where I put njost of the old chromos,"
said the sculptor. "He serves as a foil to
Choynski, though. The face of the colonel
is perfect, thesbapeof the nose, the length
of the chin and of the forehead ! They are
all on «.ireek lines, and if one only models
him just as he is one has a perfect
specimen of a faultless face and head."
Rupert Schmid never tires of extolling
the specimen of manly beauty he has been
so fortunate as to capture in its prime. He
says lie hopes Colonel Choynski'a bust
will teach people not to wait till they are
dead to be modeled. "He is a very bril
liant man, and if tie ever becomes Gover
nor of the State or President of the repub
lic I shall become famous through this
bust," said Rupert Schmid. "Look at a
man likeGrover Cleveland," he continued.
"There 13 no great gratification in model
ing him now; his face has run to flesh.
But if Grover bad bad the good sense to
foresee that he would beoome famous and
had been modeled while he was yet young,
the sculptor who did the work would hay«
shone with a reflected glory."
He Utters Strong Words Against the
Proposal to License That Form
of Gambling.
Rev. Dr. E. R. Dille of the Central Meth
odist Church delivered a scathing sermon
last evening on the "The Latest Infamy,
the Proposal to License Gambling."
The preacher introduced his subject by
saying that the gambling instinct was
almost the strongest in human nature,
tiiat it lies dormant in every man's heart,
and that when awakened it entirely en
slaves and rriins its follower.
"When this fire burns in a man's heart,"
said the speaker, "it leaves nothing beau
tiful in his nature. Gambling in its
essence is theft; it is on the same plane as
picking pockets. The community which
tolerates gambling can have no morality
in its social circles and no integrity in its
commercial circles.
"I wish the parents of this City would
teach their children that to drop a nickel
in one of these infernal nickel-in-tbe-slot
machines is gambling, and to put money
in that fool trap, the Louisiana lottery, ia
"There is one form of gambling that has
become dominant in our City — that is
racetrack gambling. The unclean birds of
heaven and earth gorge themselves at the
"A good 'starter' is paid a higher salary
than a Judge on the Supreme Bench.
"This species of gambling surpasses as a
crime-breeder even the Louisiana lottery.
There is nothing which holds up so many
inducements to young men to gamble
with their employers' money as the pool
"These gambling institutions have been
driven out of nearly every Eastern city,
and now, following the lines of the least
resistance, they have come to the wild and
woolly West. And now a Supervisor has
come forward with a resolution to saddle
this baneful evil on our fair City. There
could be no greater outrage than this. It
seems to me that San Francisco has suf
fered enough already without this new
blot on its escutcheon.
"Does it follow that we Bhould license
poolselling because it cannot be sup
pressed? Because we cannot suppress the
devil, should we license him and give to
him all the traffic can bear?
"Shall we say that we will stand by and
aid you while you succeed in the ruin of
our sona and bring their mothers to a
grave of sorrow ?
"Poolrooms can be suppressed as well
as thievery or opium-smoking. Even if
these be carried on in secret, still they are
not publicly sanctioned and have not such
debauching influence on the young."
University Lectures on Journalism.
The Catholic university of Lille has «•
cently attached to its law faculty a depart
ment devoted to political and social
sciences, in which courses in industrial
legislation, and above all in the legislation
relating to the press, are serionsfy given.
The university, it would seem, hits wisued
to emulate certain universities of the
United States in bringing modern journal
ism into the still air of academic studies.
This year it is one of the best known
writers on the Catholic Unlvers, M. Taver
nier, who has been asked to give the course
of lectures on the theory and practice of
the journalist's art. Naturally, M. Taver
nier seeks, particularly In French journal
ism, matter for illustration, and the facts
upon which he bases his philosophic In
i ductions. But a portion of his lectures is
i to be devoted to journalism in England
and the United States. — Westminster Ga
There are folly 100 former priests in the
ranks of the cab-driver 3 of Paris.

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