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MAN-HUNTING NEAR VISALIA Sheriff Merritt and Posse Pursuing the Johnson Brothers. ANTICIPATE A FIGHT. The Twin Desperadoes Not Likely to Be Captured Without a Battle. WANTED FOR MANY CHIMES. Stolen Property Found in Their Wid owed Mother's Home— She Is Under Arrest. VISALIA, Cat.., Feb. 17.— Sheriff Mer ritt to-day sent Frank Hafley and a posse to the mountains to capture Dudley and Ben Johnson, twin brothers, charged with robbing the Farmersville store and post office on December 11 and Rankin's store at Lindsay on February 6. It is believed that the men also robbed the Porterville nostofficc last September of several hun dred dollars in money and stamps, and several holdups of belated travelers are laid at their door. Constable Harry Bernstein of Hanford was informed last Tuesday that the thieves had stolen eight sacks of barley from the Cressy ranch, south of Hanford, and a set of harness from a Spaniard near there. He and the Spaniard started out early and soon found the trail and followed it twenty-eight miles to the home of the Johnsons. When they, arrived there the mother of the twins said that Dudley was at Yisalia and Ben was away. Disbeliev ing her, Bernstein shouted Johnson's name and immediately Dudley Johnson came out of the house and asked, '"What do you want?" On being informed that. Ben- had a warrant he seized a Win chester and leveled it at the officer and de clared the warrant would not be served. Bernstein was forced to beat a retreat. The Constable went to Hanford. secured Sheriff Buckner and Constables Goodrich and Collins and then returned to the ranch. They found the boys gone, but a search of the house resulted in tho recov ery of a quantity of plunder. The widowed mother disclaimed all knowledge of her sons' acts, but she was arrested and placed in jail. Her eight year-old grandson could not be left alone and he was jailed witn his grandmother. The posse searching for the Johnsons is now in the foothill. It is believed that the two desperadoes will not be taken withont a fight. TULARE, Cm., Feb. 17.— Johnson brothers doubled on th ■ posse and are now heading for Tehachapi Mountain. Han ley's men are about four hours behind them. ON THE STANFORD COURT. Co-Eds of Castilleja Hall and the University Will Play Basket-Ball. A Contest Between Athletic Bloomer i Girls Which Promises to Be Very Exciting. STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Cal., Feb. 17. — The "co-eds" have at last arranged a game of basket-ball with a team from a young ladies' boarding-school at Palo Alto— the Castilleja Hall team. Miss Stella A. McCray is the captain of the Stanford "co-eds,'.' and a remarkably dash ing player herself. She is also high up in the lists as a tennis-player and is a recog nized athlete among tbe women. She asserts that her "men" are not as quick as the Castilleja players; but they are going in to win their first match of this semester and, if successful, the Berkeley young ladies will be challenged to play a game. Basket-ball has lone been "a favorite game among the co-eds here, and the Stanford team has, almost to a game, de feated all comers. Tbe game itself is in tensely exciting to participants as well as to spectators. Nine is the number con stituting a team, and the game is played with an inflated, round, leather ball. much like a football, but smaller. The object of each side is to throw the ball through an iron hoop on the opposite side of the field. These hoops are ele vated some feet above the ground and the ball must be thrown so as to fall through as it descends. The players are clad in bloomers, and as the contestants scramble and scrimmage a iter :he ball the effect is amusing. President Chris Henne of the class of '97 has appointed the committee which is to have charge of the junior day exercises, as to the arrangement of the programme, etc. The committee includes J. M. Ross, chairman; Miss Alice E. Wheeler, Sherriil B. Osborne, F. V. T. Lee, C. L. Thompson, Chester A. Thomas, Chris Henne, D. Brown, F. W. Lake and Mr. Holbrook. The schedule of interciass games has at last been arranged and the matches will undoubtedly cause considerable interest here. The latent class rivalry needs but slight provocation.- The games will take place as follows: '96 vs. '99— Thursday. February 20. "98 vs. '97— Tuesday February^ 25. The winners in these matches are to meet Friday, February 23, to decide the championship. SECRETS TOLD IN FRESNO Ex-Senator Goucher's Story of an Alliance Between Budd and Daggett. Political Partnership Having for Its Object the Securing of Senator White's Toga. FRESNO, Cal.', Feb. 17.-Ex-Senator Goucher, a gentleman prominent iv the councils of the Democratic party of Cali fornia and chief editor of the Fresno Watchman, has just made public a politi cal secret through the medium of his newspaper. It is decidedly in the 'nature of "inside history," mit the ex-Senator seems to have no compunction of con - science for what might be regarded in some quarters as a breach of confidence. The statesman-editor, without circumlo cution or apology, says: "About a year ago a prominent Demo cratic politician told the writer that he knew that John Daggett of the United States Mint at San Francisco and Governor Budd had combined to 'do polities', to gether. The ultimate result was stated to be that one or the other could be sent to the United States Senate in place of Steve White, provided, of course, that a Democratic Legislature could be oppor tunely secured. "In" this connection it will be remem bered that Governor Budd's time as Gov ernor will be out about a week or two before Senator White's successor will have to be chosen by the Legislature. This will avoid the State constitution's inhibition against a Governor's eligibility to become a United States Senator during his in cumbency of the great State office. Dag gett's time as mint superintendent will be out in time to look out for the senator ship, too. "The only feature of the story confirmed by facts is that the Governor has appointed some of Daggett's friends to State positions and that Daggett has reciprocated in the usual manner by recognizing some of Budd's friends. There is another circum stance giving color to the story, and that is that Daggett could not be induced to ap point one of Senator White's sisters to a position in the Mint. "It is certain that Daggett has no use for White or White's friends, but if Daggett and Budd really are in close political alli ance the reason of the attraction between them is not apparent unless Daggett wants to be Governor or Budd wants to succeed himself, and the senatorship has been ac cordingly arranged. We prefer to believe that Budd will let such a proposed combi nation alone. If Daggett wants to make a fight against White let him have an unin terrupted chance to "do so, and then the people of California will easily decide the question without exposing the Governor's political hand." THE WILLOWS TRIAL. Twelve Men Sworn to Weigh the Evidence Against Editor Sehom. WILLOWS. Cal., Feb. Twelve men have been sworn to try Editor W. A. Se horn for the killing of Druggist Putnam last October. The taking of testimony will begin to-morrow. The court, lawyers and spectators were surprised alike when at 4:20 o'clock, after examining the four remaining talesmen in the venire, only one was excused, and within a few minutes the twelfth was ac cepted and the jury sworn to try the case. Attorney Swinford asked the court to take a recess until to-morrow morning, which was granted. The men who will listen to the testimony and render a verdict are: John Price, John Squires, S. L. Ballard, A. Cottrell, M. Campbell, Charles Strawn, S. M. Silver, Ed Poullott, George Vanderford, G. W. M unlock, L. L. Thurston and H. D. Barber. SHORBS STATION WRECK Two Passenger Trains on the Southern Pacific Crash Together. Both of the Engines Are Demolished and Three Persons Receive Slight Injuries. LOS ANGELES, Cal., Feb. 17.— A head end collision occurred at Shorbs station on the Southern Pacific Railroad this morn ing at 10 o'clock between two passenger trains, one a local train from Los Angeles eastward bound, and the other the incom ing flyer. At this point the double track from Los Angeles ends. The local train was moving along slowly toward the switch leading onto the single track. There is a sharp curve, making it impos sible for the engineer of the train bound west to observe the condition of the switch. The flyer had the right of way and was coming at a high rate of speed. The switch had been thrown open, and before the engineer of the flyer was aware of the fact his engine was onto the switch. Both himself and the fireman jumped, as did also the engineer and fireman of the local, when they saw that a collision was un avoidable. The engines came together with a ter rible crash, ana they were completely de molished, the fronts being stove in. En gine 1962, which was attached to the flyer, was the pride of the officials of this end of the iine, being considered one of the finest and speediest locomotives owned by the Southern Pacific Company. Engine 1300, attached to the local, was also a very fine piece of locomotive mechunism. Brakeman Lemon of the flyer jumped and one of his fingers was crushed. Bag gageman Canniff, also of the flyer, was thrown against the side of a car, receiving a slight cut over the right eye. One pas senger, who was leaning, on bis elbow against the window, was thrown forward against the casement of the window, re ceiving a cut about two inches in length over the right eye. All the seats in the day coach were nearly wrenched from their fastenings, and boxes / and parcels went flying about from the racks like a big hailstorm. Women screamed, and for a time the greatest consternation prevailed, but after the excitement had abated it was found that, excepting the slight in juries received' by Lemon, Canniff and the passenger, occupants of the trains had fortunately escaped. MARE ISLAND MONUMENT. A Tree to Be Planted in Soil From the Grave of Dr.' Browne. VALLEJO. Cal., Feb. 17.— An interest ing ceremony will be performed in the grounds adjacent to the Naval Hospital at the navy yard on Thursday afternoon, Major K. A. Sherman of Oakland will, with due Masonic ceremonies, plant a black acacia tree in commemoration of the late Mcd ical Director John M. Browne, U. S. N.. a past grand master of the Grand Lodge of F. and A. M. of California. The soil in which the tree is to be planted was taken from the grave of Dr. Browne at Arlington Heights. Members cf Naval Lodge No. 87, F. and A. If., of Vailejo, of which Medical Director Browne was a member, will be present and assist in the interesting cere monies. While at the yard Major Sher man will be the guest of Chaplain A. A McAllister, U. S. N. It was through the instrumentality of Dr. Browne that tbe hospital building was erected at the naval station, and it has been deemed eminently fitting that the tree should be planted to commemorate his worth. Attempted Hold- Up at Sacramento. SACRAMENTO,. Cal., Feb. 17.— Frank Howerton, while on his way home from the city early this evening, was stopped by two masked men near the city limits. Howerton had a pistol under the cushion of his buggy seat, and when he went for it the men sprang aside and escaped in the darkness. They were armed, but did not fire upon him. Howerton drove home, got his Shotgun and came back and searched for the men, but could - not '.. find them.. .."-,;"■>-;";./• Burglary at Biggs. CHICO, Cal., Feb. 17.— George Miller's saloon at Bigss • was entered by a burglar last night. Nothing was taken but a nictel-in-the-slot machine, from which the miscreants secured $4. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1896. SAN JOSE'S BIG WILL CONTEST Eva Rose Barron's Motion for a New Trial Is Granted. ERRORS OF THE COURT. Unsoundness of the Millionaire's Mind Not Proved by the Evidence. REOPENS A BITTER FIGHT. George Barron's Counsel Will Appeal to the Supreme Court Against a Rehearing. SAN JOSE, Cal., Feb. 17.— Judges Lori gan and . Reynolds, sitting in bane, this morning handed down opinions granting the motion"of Eva Rose Barron, the wid ow, for a new trial in the contest brought by George E. Barron, and which resulted in the setting aside- of the will of his father, Edward Barron, on the ground that undue influence had been used and that the deceased was of unsound mind at the time the will was made. Edward Barron died at Mayfield in 1893, leaving an estate valued at $1,500,000. He left a will dated Febuary 4, 1892, under which George E. Barron, a son by his first wife, was given a life interest in $100,000, and his brother, William R. Barron, was left $200,000. The residue of the estate, with the exception of about $50,000 left to charities, was left to the widow, Eva Rose Barron, and her three minor children. George Barron at once commenced a con test of the will, and after a lengthy trial in this city the jury on March 7, 1895, ren dered a verdict in favor of George Barron, setting the will aside. Eva Rose Barron, by her attorneys, then filed a bill of exceptions and asked for a new trial. In his opinion Judge Lorigan discussed the case, the assignments of error, etc., in full. The court did not believe that any undue influence was shown. As to the soundness of mind the court said tbe evi dence was conflicting. A new trial was granted on the erroneous admission of tes timony. The trial court has erred in al lowing the introduction of testimony as to the early poverty of Edward Barron and his first wife and as to the value of community property at the time they sep arated. Judge Reynolds concurred in the opin ion of Judge Lorigan. He held that an error had been committed by the court in allowing D. M. Delma9 in his address to the jury to comment upon the excluded questions and answers in the testimony of Mary A. Corbett in reference to the con duct of the first Mrs. Barron toward her husband and children up to the time they separated, and also in regard to the con- ; duct of Barron a short time prior to their separation. He also held that the court erred in allowing Attorney Bowden to re fer to the separation of Barron and his first wife in addressing the jury. All the other statements of error were denied. The matter of granting a new trial will be taken to the Supreme Court by the at torneys for the contestant, George Barron. MISSING FROM HIS HOME. The Proprietor of a Lodging-House Mysteriously Disappears. SAN JOSE,;CaI., Feb. 17— William H. McCune, the proprietor of the Stanford lodging-house at the corner of First and San Antonio streets, has mysteriously dis appeared. McCune was an engineer on the Southern Pacific Railroad for years, but went out in the strike of the American Railway Union . nearly two years ago. About a year ago he came to this city and purchased the Stanford lodging-house. McCune did not seem suited to an inac tive life and has worried - a great deal of late. It is feared that his mind was un balanced. A week ago he left the house while laboring under deep excitement. His wife became alarmed at his actions and followed him. After several blocks she lost sight of him and he has not been seen since. BONDSMEN MUST PAY. Absconder George Hughes' Sureties Or dered to Settle His Shortages. SAN JOSE, Cal., Feb. Judges Rey nolds and Lorigan, sitting in bane, to-day rendered an opinion holding B. D. Murphy and J. G. Enright, bondsmen of George Hughes, the absconding notary public, liable for the peculations of Hughes, amounting to several thousand dollars' which he had secured on forged promis sory notes and mortgages. The court held that the bondsmen were liable for the official misdeeds of Hughes , and gave judgment to P. Doerr for $700, with inter est since January 24, 1892; Martha David- i son et al., for $2000. with interest since November 11, 1893, Frank Draves for $1200, with interest since November, 1894, and S. Kirk, as administrator of J. D. Guerraz, for $1400 with interest from November' 1893. TWO HIGHWAY ROBBERIES. Road Agents Levy Tribute Upon East San Jose Citizens. .-yW.'.-y SAN JOSE, Cal., Feb. 17.- S. N. Gru wcll, an old man, was held up on Mc- Laughlin avenue, in East San Jose, last evening by William' Layman and relieved of $6. Layman was armed with a large knife and threatened to kill Gruwell un less he produced some money. A warrant has been issued for Layman. John Nicora, while riding with two young ladies in East San Jose last even ing, was held up by two men and robbed of $7. The description of one of the men tallies with that of Layman. » Alexander's Will Filed. SAN JOSE, Cal., Feb. 17.— will of Isador Alexander, who committed suicide by hanging last Thursday night, was filed for probate this afternoon. The estate consists of real property in Oakland and is valued at $12,500. The property is left to the widow. ' -y SACRAMENTO SENSATION. Mayor Hubbard Prefers Serious Charges Against Captain Anthony Green of the Police Force. SACRAMENTO, Cal., Feb. 17.— Charges of a serious nature have been filed against Captain Anthony Green of the local police force by Mayor Hubbard, who j has also instructed Chief Drew to suspend the cap tain from duty. It is stated that for some time a close watch has been kept upon the actions of Captain Green by an agent of the Board of Trustees, and it has been found, it is claimed, that he spent most of his time in the pool rooms, and that he was a frequent visitor during the midnight hours at the residence of a man for whom, oyer a : year ago, he had procured a posi tion as night barkeeper at a prominent downtown hotel. The charges in full are as follows: First— Violating the rules of the Police De partment. •>. • ■ - Second— Neglect of duty as an officer. Third— Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. Fourth— That lor some time past in the city of Sacramento, and while acting in the capacity of captain of police, said Anthony Green has frequented gambling and pool-selling rooms, and has contributed to the support of gaming; that he has continually and willfully vio lated rule 17 of the police regulations of this city by frequenting gambling rooms, etc., and has failed to make a written or any other re- Eortof the same; that for some time past he as often violated rule 3 of police regulations of Sacramento by drinking intoxicating liquors on duty. V'^'!??f***H%'fi?'-'%% Fifth— That said Anthony Green has often neglected his duties as chief of the night force, and has retired and left the station and police force without a commanding officer, the duty of said officer being to look after and regulate the night detail of the police department. Sixth— said Captain Antnony Green did on the night of February 14 neglect his duties as said Captain of Police, and went to the noma of one R. \V. Donnca at 1013 Q street at about midnight, and remained there sev eral hours thereafter: that said Captain Anthony Green has often absented himself from his office at the police station during the night and retired to the above-mentioned house and remained there during the night; that the neglect of the said Captain Green has demoralized the police force and is working great injury to the department. Wherefore complainant asks that said Anthony Green may be cited to appear and show cause, If he nave any, why he should not be dismissed from the police force of said city. .:..;•->. . C. H. Hubbard. HEALDSttURG'S WINERIES. Prominent Growers Make a Tour of In- spection of the District. HEALDSBURG, Cal., Feb. 17.— "1 have just returned from a tour of the wine cellars of the Cloverdale and Healdsburg districts," said B. W. Paxton to a Call representative to-day. "I accompanied H. Lachman of the association, who sam pled the vintage of '05. ,'-''<' "We found the wine pretty fair, but high in acid— sound wine, however. The ex cess of acid is due to the grape-grower picking the crop too early. "The grape-grower can be an important factor in causing the winemaker to manu facture inferior wine unless he exercise proper care in the delivery of his product. Leaves, rotten or unripe grapes are not calculated to make a salable, palatable wine, and hence the reputation of the dis trict suffers. lam happy to inform you, however, that Mr. Lachman did not find a gallon of wine to be condemned. This is certainly a matter for congratulation. "Prospects are bright for our industry. If the producer will assist the manufac turer in an effort to put on the market sound wines the dark days of viticulture are past in this country." LOS ANGELES ROMANCE Mrs. Bella Lovett Claims That Her Mother-in-Law Caused Her Unhappiness. Sues the Parents of Her Husband for Damages for Alienating His Affections. LOS ANGELES, Cal., Feb. 17.— A sen sational suit has been filed by Mrs. Bella F. Lovett against Mrs. Harriet Lovett and Henry F. Lovett, in which the plaintiff asks $25,000 damages for the alleged alien ation of her husband's affection by the defendants, who are his father and mother. Bella F. Lorett, in her complaint, sets forth that her husband, Albert H. Lovett, has, by the influence and persuasions of his mother, Mrs. Harriet Lovett, treated her outrageously. The old folks are wealthy and objected to the marriage of their only son to Bella. She alleges that she got along nicely with her husband up to May, 1895, but from that time on her mother-in-law interfered. She claims that her mother-in-law has always had her husband very much under her control and that the marriage made no difference; she ruled her son with a rod of iron just the same. "-.'.-.;'„ Albert, the wife alleges, was a very duti ful son, and always obeyed his mother. The complainant charges that Mrs. Har riet Lovett told stories about Mrs. Bella Lovett to her husband, saying that she was not a true wife and had no affection for him; that she had married him solely for his prospective inheritance of great wealth as an only son. She continued circulating these reports until the heart of the husband was steeled against his wife. It is alleged that Albert was told that unless be de serted his wife he would be disinherited, and, being faint-hearted, he acceded to the wishes of his mother and went to Boston with her, leaving the plaintiff in a desti tute condition. -^ -J y v^ CUT IN WATER RATES. Horizontal Reduction of SO Per Cent Or dered in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES, Cal., Feb. 17.— City Council to-day adopted an ordinance mak ing a horizontal reduction of 50 cent in the water rates charged consumers by the Los Angeles Water Company. The ordinance received the votes of every one ofthe nine Councilraen. If the rates are enforced the income of the water company will be reduced $200,000 per 'annum. The fact that the council committee on water supply recommended a reduction of only 33J4 per cent, and that this cut was increased to 50 per cent and adopted by a unanimous vote, has caused . the impres sion to arise that there is a string oh the cut somewhere that will enable the water company to prevent the enforcement of tne reduced rates. Assassinated at Santa Ana, SANTA ANA, Cal., Feb. 17.— Jose Sepnl veda, a young man, was shot through the head here this evening by an unknown person and killed. Sepulveda was on his way to a dance when tbe assassin shot him down. He was found lying on, the side walk, with a bullet hole under his left eye. CORRIGAN IN THE BAHAMAS. The Archbishop Stiff From Exposure During ills Mission. NEW YORK, N. V., Fob. 17.-A letter was received «.y. the Rev. M. J. Lavelle, rector of the cathedral, on Saturday to the effect that Archbishop Corrigan is suffer ing from a severe cold in the Bahamas, which may result in a postponement of his return to this city, father Lavelle at once sent a dispatch to the Archbishop ad vising him not to endanger his health by a return while not in good physical condi- j tion. j The Archbishop has been in the Baha mas for several weeks, going from place to place administering the sacrament of con firmation to children in; different: and re mote parts of the islands. It was during his peregrinations that he caught cold. It was his intention to visit all the churches on the- west side on successive Sundays to help to raise the $300,000 necessary to com plete the new seminary at Troy. . — -*.: ■y'^yy The Oceanic Arrives. BOSTON, Mass., Feb. 17.— The : disabled steamer Oceanio, from Sunderland Janu ary 20 for Baltimore, arrived at anchorage below Boston light to-night in tow of the W ilson line steamer Galilee. ; MRS, CODY NOT AT STOCKTON. Hopes of Her Relatives Are Again Dashed to the Ground. A WOMAN OF MYSTERY. The Missing Wife's Double Walks to the City and Applies for Assistance. DETAINED BY THE , OFFICERS. Tacoma's Chief of Police Is Summoned, Only to Announce Another Disappointment. STOCKTON, Cal., Feb. 17.— elation of the local officials and the joy of the relatives of Mrs. Arthur B. Cody, the miss ing Chicago woman for whom scores of men, spurred on by magnificent rewards, have been searching for weeks, ended in hopeless dejection to-night when Chief of Police Smith of » Tacoma failed to identify a woman under espionage here as the un fortunate Mrs. Cody. The depressing news was at once telegraphed to Mr. Cody, and almost the last straw at which the husband could grasp had disappeared. A few days ago a woman applied at the kitchen door of a California-street resi dence for food. She was in a fainting con dition, and her sad plight bo excited the sympathy of the lady of the house that she was taken in and cared for. The woman stated that she had walked from Auburn j ana expected to continue to Los Angeles the next day, at which place she claimed to have relatives. The matter was reported to the authori ties, but it was passed as a case of a female tramp, and nothing more was thought of it. The woman did not leave town, how ever, and shortly afterward Chief Kings bury received a description of Mrs. Grace Goodrich Cody, the woman who disap peared so mysteriously from Tacoma on December 31. . The striking resemblance the woma n bore to the picture of the missing Mrs. Cody excited the attention of the officers, and Detective Marshall instituted a search for the woman. She was not found then, however, but yesterday the officers were surprised to see the woman they had been looking for enter the office of the registrar of Associated Charities. To Registrar Eck strom she repeated the story of her long walk from Auburn and asked aid in order that she might be sent to Los Angeles, saying she was too weak to continue her journey. Reporters immediately began question ing her, but she refused to give the names of the friends with whom she claims to, have stopped while in Auburn. J She said her name was Curtiss and told very. dis connected stories concerning her life. One very weird narrative was concerning a shipwreck in which she claimed that her entire family was lost. , "'./:,,, The woman had a veil drawn across her face, but removed it during the conversa tion, revealing features which bore every evidence of refinement and good breeding. She was well dressed, but her clothes were travel-stained. Her description answered in many particulars the one sent out by the Tacoma authorities, except as. to her age. She claimed to be 60 years old, but was apparently not over 35, and had the appearance of one who bad undergone some sickness or who was laboring under mental derangement. Her story regard ing relatives at Los Angeles corresponded with the fact that Mrs. Cody's children are at present visiting their grandfather, Judge Cody of Pasadena, and it was believed the mother had started to join them after the sudden derangement of her reason at Tacoma. o ?; :; ..;-,'? Chief of Police Smith of Tacoma arrived in this city this evening in response to the telegram from Chief of , Police Kingsbury, and was taken to the hotel where the sup posed . Mrs. Cody was being detained. Chief Smith was surprised at her striking resemblance to Mrs. Cody, but could not satisfy himself that she was the woman wanted. The woman told a very rambling story, but all questions asked with the in tention of connecting her with the Chicago lawyer's wife proved unsuccessful. Chief Smith concluded that he would not take her back, and wired to Mr. Cody at Chi cago that the hopes that he had enter tained that the missing wife had been found were, in all probability, doomed to disappointment. ; . This does not clear up the mystery, how ever, as to whom the woman actually is, and the police are inclined to believe that there is something about her that she has not divulged in the course of her conversa tions. yyVW HISTORY OF THE AZTECS. Sources of Information Detailed Before the Academy of V Sciences. An Ancient and Rare Codex Exhibited and Interpreted by E. J. Molera. At the meeting of the members of the Academy of Sciences last evening Professor Rufus L. Green of Stanford University and Rabbi Vobrsahger of this City were elected to membership. The event of the evening was the lecture by E. J. Molera on the his tory of the Aztecs and the latest discov ered Aztec codex. '•All the information we have regarding the Aztecs," said the speaker, "of an au thentic character is very scant. "Of all the nations of the continent of North America none can compare with them in intelligence, i propose to-night to show where most .of our information concerning their history is obtained." He stated that the earliest arrivals of Christian priests, in a mistaken spirit, de stroyed many valuable writings of the na tives of the present country of Mexico. "The first document treating of the his tory of the Aztecs was a painting on a specially prepared paper, and the facts were portrayed in hieroglyphics. Another I similar one was subsequently i found, and these two gave the history of the Aztecs for 100 years after their arrival and settle ment in Mexico. There are two other such paintings— one known as the Codex Diaz, i named after the President of Mexico, and the other the Codex Fernandez, after the Secretary of \ Public Works of " Mexico. ' Tbe last mentioned was displayed on the desk at the side of the speaker,, for the in spection of the audience. Other codices were then described to the extent of showing the character of the sub jects treated of and the periods covered by each. t'"V^ "The next thing to consider in connec tion with the history of the Aztecs," Mr. Molera continued, "are the monuments and villages built by the Aztecs during their peregrinations and the temples con structed by tnem after settling in Mexico. "Now we have to consider the character of the information derived from the na tives by the first invaders of the country of the Aztecs, also the writings of those who first came into contact with those in teresting people.. After the writings of the conquerors we must depend upon the writings of the missionaries." Various works of these kinds were then reviewed in detail. Mr. Molera next referred to modern works on the Aztecs, compiled from the codices that had been success fully deciphered and which also incorpo rated the facts described by the hiero glyphics found on the monuments of Az tec origin. At the conclusion of his lecture proper Mr. Molera submitted two fragments from one of the codices he had described to tha spectators. These were in frames and de picted scenes during the period of the wanderings of the Aztecs. The most interesting portion of the evening's programme to many were the illustrations by means of the steropticon of the scenes of one of the wanderings of this people. In explanation of what was to come a specially orepared map of Mex ico, showing the peregrinations of these Indians before their final settlement in Mexico, was shown. In tracing the route of their migration the lecturer explained that the hiero glyphics in the various codices showed that they began their movement south ward from a lake. He added that accord ing to the best authorities the Aztecs came originally from a point in California or Utah— possibly Lake Tulare or the Great Salt Lake. Then came reflections in color of a codex portraying the advance of the Aztecs into Mexico for a period of 200 years. In the course of his remarks Mr. Molera made lucid explanations of the system of counting in vogue with the Aztecs, and also made some interesting interpretations of- the hieroglyphics dis played. : > Among other things the composition of the calendar wheel and the use of the sacrificial stones were described as they were presented to the view of the audi ence. An impressive feature was the ex hibition of the Lord's Prayer in Aztec hieroglyphics and its clear interpretation by the speaker. OLD BLIND ANNIE DEAD. Was One of the Historical Char acters of the Pacific Coast. A Chinese Woman at Whose Levees Favored Tourists Have Been in Attendance. Old "Blind Annie" is dead. She was as much of a landmark in the recollections of tourists who have visited Chinatown in the last quarter of a century as are the Seal Rocks and the Cliff House on the shores of the Pacific- She is the Chinese woman who has lived in a basement room on Jackson street, near Kearny, surrounded by a score of cats, her pets, the only comfort she had in this world. .People who have been to see her will re member her abode. The visitor had to walk along a narrow corridor, and then de scend into a courtyard, on which "Blind "Annie's" apartment opened. .. It made no difference to her that there were no windows or that the sun never shone upon her, for she had been blind for twenty-eight years. People called on her just the same, as if she had been in the most sumptuous rooms of a fashionable hotel. In fact, one of her most recent callers was Paderewski, who it is said will not give over ten minutes of his time and talent to the upper tendom for less than $2-500. . . As the world-renowned pianist stepped out of the ill-smelling den of the old woman he tossed her ass piece and, feel ing delighted with his visit, he carried his j cambric handkerchief to his nose and walked away delighted at the new experi ence. , . ■¥■■■.•■.•. .\r.-~j " Sergeant Helms of the California-street station has known old Annie for a score of years, and yesterday, when he found the crowd gathering about the dying bed, he detailed Officer Jennings to watch the old woman and protect her from the crush of the morbidly inclined throng. In speaking of the old woman the ser geant said: "While she has been blind for twenty-eight years she has been able to make a livings uch as the Chinese might en joy. She has lived for twenty-lour years in the den in which she died, and many thousands of dollars have been given her in dimes and dollars. "The only comfort the woman had was a perfect school of cats. I really believe she has twenty or more in the room with her now. She knew them each and all by some particular name in Chinese, and she never made a mistake when she petted them as they came around her in their purring way." "Blind Annie" was the wife of a white miner in 1853. when women were very scarce in this country. By him she had two daughters, who left her at the time she became blind and went Esst. The miner left her likewise, and she took up with a one-eyed old Chinaman, with whom she lived until his death a few years ago. Jcoia All in all, the old Chinese woman whose remains are now at the Morgue represent but a bit of dust or decay from the histori cal features of San Francisco's pioneer days. j Mrs Anna M. Sickles, who died the other day in Kingston, N. 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