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He Makes a Fair Proposi
tion to the National
A Decision Must Be Given to the
Best Man After Four
The Sailor's Backer and the Club
People Inclined to Break Their
It is a decided, thing now that "our
Jim" Corbett, champion pugilist of the
world, will give Sharkey, "the pride of
the American navy," a chance to make
himself famous if the latter's friends do
not indulge in too much jockeying at the
start. As a matter of fact, Corbett has
already done that by listening at all to
HharKey's unreasonable talk. But Corbett
has decided to do more by stepping into
the ring with him and giving him a
Yesterday afternoon, while Corbett was
preparing to take a ride through Golden
Gate Park, James J. Groom, treasurer of
the National Athletic Club, and Mr.
Lynch, manager for Sharkey, met him in
the St. Nicholas Hotel.
The trio were in perfect accord, and had
the articles been drawn up there and then
they would have been signed.
"This is the situation, 1 ' said Corbett,
"and these gentlemen representing the
other parties interested are agreeable. I
will meet Sharkey in a four-round contest
on the night of June 24. I fix that date
on account of the departure of Nat Good
win on the next day for Australia. He
wants to see the mill, and 1 asked for the
24th instead of the 23d, which was the date
heretofoie mentioned.
"I must get 50 per cent of the gross
receipts and Sharkey can look to the club
for his compensation.
"The only point on which we have dis
agreed has been wiped out. ft was the
clause which called for the meeting to be
declared a draw in the event oi Sharkey
being on his feet at the end of the fourth
"We have settled now to leave the de
cision entirely to the referee, whoever he
may be, chosen by the club, and agreeable
to both Sbarkey and ma. If Sharkey has
done better than I during the four rounds,
and is still able to go on, the decision must
be given him. If I do better than Sharkey,
and am still able to go on, the decision
must be given me.
"Naturally, if the result is a standoff
the referee must declare the mill a draw.
"Should I knock tfharkey out it is agreed
he will get nothing of the receipts, but
should I only best him and he is able to
face me after the fourth round, then he
will be entitled to 25 per cent of the receipts
from the club.
"Is that right?" asked the champion.
"That's right," answered both Lynch
and Groom.
"Then, ooys," added Corbett, "get your
articles in black and white, so we can have
no misunderstanding. When 1 come back
from my drive fetch them to me and I'll
After this conversation it seemed that
everything would work along smoothly
and the fight take place. Groom and
Lynch went away to prepare the articles
ot agreement, and, having labored over
them during the whole afternoon, they
brought forth the following, which Cor
bett refused to sign, the second clause
being in direct contradiction to the agree
ment made by the trio in the presence of
The Call representative:
San Francisco, June 8, 1896.
We, the undersigned, James J. Corbett of
San Francisco and James Sharkey of tne same
place, agree to contest in a boxing bout of four
rounds before the National Athletic Club of
this City on June 24, 1896, at a place to be
selected by the said club, on the following
First— We both agree to contest for 50 per
cent of the gross receipts, the winner to take
Second— We agree with the club and referee
that if either of the contestants at the end of
four rounds is on his feet and able to continue
the coDtest. then the bout to be declared a
draw, in which event the purse to be divided
equally between the contestants.
Third— We agree that the National Athletic
Club select the referee at the ringside, and
that said refereeshail be agreeable to both con
Fourth— We agree that the contest shall be
governed by the Marquis of Quecnsberry rules
and that the gloves snail be regulation si*e,
viz: five-ounce gloves.
Fifth— We both ajrree to be in good physical
condition and ready and willing to enter tne
riijg at 9 o'clock on said evening to curry out
the above agreement.
Corbett is very much put out that even
such a meeting with Sharkey, a man who
is almost wholly unknown, should be sur
rounded with such petty maneuvering.
"You'd think I was making a match for
thousands against one of the stars in the
pugilistic firmament, the* way there is
backing and filling in this case," Corbett
stated last night.
"I don't want to allow Bharkey a draw
if Ido not knock him out. There are a
score of things that might interfere to pre
vent that result. While I believe that he
may stand up like a man and fight, .still
he may not. He is a man also who can
stand considerable punishment, and while
I may prove to everybody present that I
am his master, still I may not put him
asleep in four rounds. I do not think,
under such circumstances, that the match
should be called a draw and the purse di
According to the proposed articles of
agreement with which Corbett will have
nothing to do the division of the 50 per
cent would leave the remainder as the
earnings of the club, whereas, under the
understanding with Corbett during the
afternoon, Corbett wa« to get 50 per cent
anyhow and Sharkey 25 per cent if he was
not knocked out in four rounds.
Corbett believes that the original under
standing will be lived up to, and to-day, if
the articles are changed, he will be glad to
sign them.
The following is a note received from
the champion:
To the Editor of the San Francisco Call— Bie:
My idea of this fistic engagement with Sharkey
is simply this: My friends in San Francisco are
anxious to see me in execution and I am like
wise anxious to please them.
Sharkey is probably the hardest and most
stubborn pugilist seen here in along time, and
is unquestionnblv the hardest man for me to
go against. He acknowledges my ability to
defeat him on cleverness or in a drawn-out
meeting, but hopes to stand four rounds before
me without being knocked out.
I am satisfied to give him a chance to knock
me out, perhaps, if he can do it, in that or any
other number of rounds, so as to show my old
friends of the Olympic Club that I am as good
as 1 ever was.
But I do not propose to claim tbat I will
knock out Sharkey within that stated time, as
I am not doing that kind of lighting. I am
satisfied to meet him, however, on almost any
proposition, and the referee may decide, if
Sharkey is on his feet at the end of four
rounds, whether tie is in as good condition as
I, and give his decision accordingly.
As I am giving Mr. sharkey all the best of it,
with a possible chance of his getting a decision
of a draw, with all the honor that might ac
crue thereby, I am doing it simply in accord
ance with the wishes of my friends, who again
want to see me in tbe ring.
There are two men, Peter Jackson and Fitz
simmons, I must eventually meet if they will
come to the front. Jamks J. Corbett.
Rev. Oliver C. Miller Sees Signs of Its
Near Approach.
"The Second Comin^of Christ" was the
subject of a sermon preached yesterday by-
Rev. Oliver C. Miller at the Church of the
Holy Spirit, 2127 Jackson street. Mr.
Miller selected for his text Joel 2:1, "Blow
ye the trumpet in Zion and sound an
alarm, for the day of the Lord cometh, for
it is nigh at hand." He said:
"Our Lord's going away was the begin
nine of his coming, as the dawn is the
promise of the coming day. He has been
coming through all the onward march of
civilization. We do not understand the
Scriptures to teach' a millennium before
the second coming, which shall be in per
son. We should not try to point out the
day of His coming, neither should we idly
await it. The church has always fallen
into impurity and inactivity when this
I doctrine has not been practiced. It was
I the very heart of apostolic preaching and
the mighty power for the conversion of
souls. It enables men to live a better and
higher life to be in constant expectation
of His coining.
"Let us see in the commotions that sur
round the stronger sign of the good time
near at hand. The present day's unrest
is a visible proof of the working of the in
visible power of the spirit. There has al
ways been conflict between light and dark
ness. Silence means death, commotion
progress. The present day distress and
commotion mean the fast coming final
victory of Christianity.
"God has told no one the time of his
coming, but left it indefinite, just as he
did not tell the disciples when the spirit
would be poured out, only saying it shall
be not many days hence. Christ's teach
ings on this subject cannot be explained
away,- neither can they be applied to the
destruction of Jerusalem, for they were
given in answer to the question, 'Tell me
the sign of thy coming and of the end of
the world?' The time of his coming is to
be learned from the signs whicn He has
given in the rigtree, whose bursting buds
indicate that summer is nigh.
"We see to-day distress of nations has
become well-nigh universal; perplexity
has fallen like a demon upon the social,
political and financial world; unrest, like
mighty waves of the sea, is dashing wildly
about all man-made institutions, men's
hearts failing them for fear of what the fu
ture shall bring forth. The powers of
heaven are being shaken in the death
dealing cyclones. In these words of our
Lord we have an accurate description of
the present times: 'Ye shall hear of wars
and rumors of wars; nation shall rise
against nation, and there shall be famine
and pestilence and earthquakes in divers
places; they shall deliver you up to be
afflicted and killed, and ye shall be hated
for my name sake; men shall betray and
hate one another; false prophets shall
arise and deceive many, and because ini
quity shall abound the love of many shall
wax cold.'
"All these do we see from America to
Armenia and all around the world."
A Frenchman's Comparison Between
English and French Courts.
M. Cruppi, the Procurator's substitute,
in a paper on French assize court trials,
used the Old Bailey as a foil to set off the
assize court of the Seine. A sensational
criminal draws to the Palais de Justice a
brilliant crowd, who come to be stirred
and amused, as at a playhouse. They ex
pect alternations of weeping, laughing and
blood-curdling horrors. At the Old Bailey
there is nothing spectacular.
The court is a dark, dingy bole, to which
narrow stairs and passages lead. Justice
is public, but the public were not thought
of by the architect. But the press is there,
and its presence constitutes publicity.
This hall of justice is not as spacious as
the least large of the correctional courts
of Paris. It is meant for business merely.
The one place where there is elbow-room
is in the dock. The prisoner can move
about there, stand up, sit down, come and
go. Soidiprs do not guard him. A warder
bits in a little corner pew and looks more
like a scribe than a jailer.
One soon sees that the prisoner is a
sacred and intangible being. He discusses
from his notes in the tone of a creditor
claiming a debt, and. he may well do so,
for the proof of his alleged crime is due to
him. A table is in the lowest part of the
dark, dingy hole. Jammed around it are
counsel for and against. They are close to
the jury. Theatrical effects would be out
of place here. Thai air is thick with the
all-pervading London fog. No one gesticu
lates. No face lights up or shows any sort
of animation. There is no rustle of ele
gant toilets.
M. Cruppi points out that the English
Judge is witness of what witnesses say,
and arbitrator, but never accuses. He re
spects every right of the accused, and, if
need be, makes others do so, too. Should
he be nervous and cross the counsel for
the Crown will be made to feel unpleas
antly his temper. English barristers
argue rather than plead. They are so
close to the jury that if a barrister in a
vehement gesture thrusts forth his arm he
might knock over a juror. The thing is to
show a proof or establish a point of law,
and not to produce an effect.
The Old Bailey jurors seem better suited
for their wort than those of the Palais de
Justice. Their questions to the accused
and to witnesses are clear and to the point.
One often wonders at their quickness, after
the Judge sums up, at agreeing on a ver
dict. Every juror seems absolutely confi
dent in the wisdom and fairness of the
Judge. He is the sheet anchor.
Witnesses may have contradicted them
selves and each other, counsel may have
puzzled them, the prisoner's counsel may
have proved black white, and the Attor
ney-General strained many points, but the
Judge is to declare what is true and fair.
He meddles with nobody, but keeps on
taking notes until he has to sum up.
A juror feels his conscience may be at
rest if he follows the Jud?e in doubting a
witness or doubting the whole case of the
accused. M. Cruppi further says that it is
well to understand England, but danger
ous to imitate her, because all her insti
tutions are of secular growth and racy of
the soil. None or her institutions is more
worthy of study than trial by jury, which
France has had for 100 years, but "without
the English Judge. — Correspondence of the
London Daily News.
Commission to a Maryland Negro.
At the monthly meeting of the board of
managers of the Industrial Home of Col
ored Girls at Melvale, Baltimore County,
Monday, the Rev. Dr. W. H. Beaver pre
sented his commission as a member of the
board, the first commission, it was an
nounced, that had been given to a colored
man by the Governor of Maryland. — Balti
more American.
David Belasco's Brother
Admits That This Took
In Fact, He Maintains It to Bs
Indicative of Good
The Ca'ifcrnia Playwright Labored
Night and Day to Burnish
Up a Star.
"Did my brother pull Mrs. Leslie Car
ter's hair and knock her down occasionally
while training her to be a star?" asked
Fred Belasco of Belasco's Academy of
David Belasco and His Ex-Pupil, iMrs. Leslie Carter, Whom He Is Suing in New
York for $50,000. His Brother in This City Yesterday Related the Extraordinary
Methods Employed by Mr. Belasco in Training Girls for the Stage.
Acting yesterday, as he lit another cigar
"Well, I should rather say he did.
"That was one proof of the labor he de
voted to making Mrs. Carter what she is.
"I was in New York when he was pre
paring her, and was present at all the re
hearsals, and I know of what I speak. He
trained her in ail manner of stage falls,
and would throw her to the ground re
peatedly until she was a perfect master of
the art of falling gracefully. And falling
is not the easiest thing in the profession,
"She and Fairbank both came from
Chicago. She knew absolutely nothing
about acting until my brother taught her.
When she first came to New York Dave
watched her at the Berkeley Lyceum. It
was hot, sultry New York summer
weather, and yet they would begin prac
ticing at 8:30 o'clock and continue until
11:30; begin at 1:30 in the afternoon and
work until 7:30 in the evening. At night
they would rshearse at the Madison
House, and do this after working ail day.
I was present at the time and held the
book while they rehearsed.
"This was before the 'Ugly Duckling'
was put on the boards. She made an
artistic success in this almost financial
failure. My brother is a tireless worker
when he begins on anything of this kind,
and hardly stops to sleep or eat.
"I remember on the first night of the
'Ugly Duckling,' while Mrs. Carter was
entering the theater some one handed her
a telegram. It said her baby had just
died. One of her enemies had sent the
telegram to prevent her success, and there
was no truth whatever in it. This was
about the time of her divorce proceedings.
We knew there must be something wrong,
and wrote some bogus dispatches, saying
: what afterward was lound to be the truth —
that the child was all right. That sume
night she received two curtain calls the
first act, three after the second, and, what
is without precedent, seven after the third.
||"People came to guy ncr, but they were
won over by her wonderful acting and
stood — actually stood on the peats to ap
plaud her. E. J. Henley said to Dave
that night, 'Mr. Belnsco, this lady has
done to-night what it has taken me a
whole lifetime to accomplish.'
"Why, in preparing her for this play and
for Miss Hellyet he went over the parts
with her at the theater and at home.
Even on the streets they would go
through the scenes. One day on Broad
way they were carrying on this way and
people would stare and look back, until I
became a little bit put out. I said, 'Dave,
why not wait until you reach the hotel?'
" 'If you do not like it, go on ahead,'
said he, and the scene was continued.
The same thing occurred one time in Lin
coln Park. Mrs. Dudley, Mrs. Carter's
mother, and I were walking with them.
They became wholly abstracted from prac
tical life and drew quite a crowd.
"During their rehearsals in theaters and
halls I was obliged to remind them to eat,
even. Two or three times Dave said:
'You can't fool me. I have already eaten.
I am going to finish this scene, anyway.'
"When Mrs. Carter was preparing for
the bell scene in the 'Heart of Maryland'
she visited a gymnasium in New York
daily for six months and practiced on
bars, rings and trapeze for several hours a
"1 have had seventeen years' experience
in this business, and yet I have never
heard of another man and woman who
worked as they did, A person can have
no idea of the intensity and perseverance
they manifested who has not actually wit
nessed them in their work.
"In the realistic bell scene, should Mrs.
Carter slip her hold from the clapper of
the bell it would mean death to her. Only
the bare floor of the stage is underneath.
"Many a morning I have heard the
janitor ask how long they would use the
stage that day. Dave would answer : 'Oh,
two or three hours.'
" 'If they are off at 6 this evening I am
in luck,' the janitor would remark to him
self, and it would turn out as he
"One night, while the 'Ugly Duckling'
was being rehearsed, we left Mrs. Carter
shortly after midnight. On the way
home Dave stopped suddenly, saying: 'By
Jove, I have neglected to mention a cer
tain point that is important.' and, ex
hausted as he was, he insisted on return
ing, and they did not cease practicing this
idea until nearly 3 o'clock in the morn
ing. But this is only an instance of the
conscientious work they gave to the
"While he traveled with her in the
'Ugly Duckling' company he at the same
time was putting her up in 'Juliet' and
"In ' Miss Hellyet' his work was but a
repetition of the work in the 'Ugly Duck
"There is a rather dramatic incident
connected with the rehearsing of 'Miss
Hellyet.' They had been working five or
six hours. It was bitterly cold outside
and the snow was falling. * They left the
theater together, and ie was seen that
Dave had come out with no hat on and
that Mrs. Carter was without her fur
wrap. The stage director informed them
of the iact, and when they returued to the
stage they believed that another day's
work had begun and practiced nearly an
hour. This is an actual fact.
"About this same time Dave and I were
at a play together. When the curtain fell
on the last act I turned to him and asked:
'Well, Dave, what do you think of the
piay?' He looked at me vacantly for a
moment and then said, "Now, Mrs. Carter,
we commence to-morrow morning, etc'
He thought I was Mrs. Carter and I do
not believe he heard a single line of the
"It was Fairbank who came to Dave
and asked him to coach Mrs. Carter and
insisted that Dave go on tbe road with
her. He asked Dave how much he made
in a year. A certain sum was named.
'Very well,' said Fairbank, 'do not neglect
her for anything. I want to see Mrs. Car
ter one of the brightest stars of the stage.'
When Dave afterward demanded his com
pensation he was accorded a glassy eye."
The first play- writing that Dave Belasco
did was when a schoolboy in this City.
He would sit up in defiance of parental
authority until the early morning writing
his juvenile dramatic ideas.
Lecture by Father Yorke.
Rev. Peter C. Yorke will lecture in St. Mary's
Church, California street, on Sunday evening,
June 14. His subject, which is apropos of the
present controversy, will be "Are the Irish
People Criminals?" Tickets, for sale at the
residence of the Psullst Fathers, 628 Califor
nia street, cost 50 cents. The proceeds will be
devoted to the improvement of old St. Mory's.
Why Riin*ians, Poles and Hungarians
Hold This Distinction.
In conversation with a Frenchman the
other evening a reporter asked the follow
ing question : "How comes it that among
the foreign population in Paris the Rus
sians are credited with the gift of speaking
the best French?"
"The Russians, the Poles, and, I think
I may add, the Hungarians," replied the
Frenchman, "speak French with wonder
ful facility. Their accent is perfect, and
they acquire all the finesse of the language
with marvelous rapidity. One can account
for their capture of pronunciation ant', ac
cent easily enough, but their ability to
get down into the depths of a language in
a comparatively short time is a little mys
"You have often seen a common Ger
man concertina and the other thing that
is called the English concertina. You can
only play a limited number of tunes on
the former, because it has no semi-tones or
half-notes. There is no sound that the
human tongue can utter that is not in
cluded in its repertoire. Consequently, a
Russian hears no discordant note in a for
eign language. He masters its pronuncia
tion with ease. Now, when a man ac
quires a correct pronunciation of a foreign
tongue he can get the accent with little"
difficulty, especially if he has a pood ear,
and that is something which almost every
Russian has.
"The same can be said of the Poles and
Hungarians. The Hungarian and Polish
languages have a compass probably as ex
tensive as that of the Russian language.
The theory that a man must be possessed
of good musical ear in order to be able to
get over all the difficulties of pronuncia
tion and accent is interesting, and there
may be something in it. But it must be
remembered that some of the best lin
guists the world has ever seen were men
without any ear for music. Bismarck, for
instance, who can speak half a dozen lan
guages flnently and elegantly, has no ear
for music; in fact, he can't understand
why anybody should like it. For him it is
'all noise.'
"Among the English-speaking people
Americans, especially the ladies, talk the
best French. It is not generally known
that there is a marked difference between
the accents of Americans and Englishmen
when they speak in the diplomatic lang
uage. There is what we call the American
accent, and, while there is the British ac
cent, and while we Frenchmen cannot ad
mire either, we are bound to admit that
the former is preferable. Moreover, the
average American traveler ib more observ
ing than the average Englishman. He
'catches on' quicker, as we say idiomatic
ally, if indeed that phrase is not a specimen
of what may be called the argot of New
York. But it is expressive, and every
thing that is expressive is good.
"As a rule, French-speaKing and Eng
lish-speaking people are not good "lin
guists. Of course there are conspicuous
exceptions, but the rule holds good. The
Germans, on the other hand, though in
ferior to the Russians, may be set down as
good linguists. They have great diffi
culty in putting their b's and p's in their
proper places, and Frenchmen make fun
of them on account of that weakness, but
in time they manage to get over that de
fect. Moreover, they always attack a
language boldly, without caring a fig for
the blunders they make, and doubtless
that is a good plan.
"It is, of course, well- known that the
Jews have a wonderful power of picking
up languages. That is a gift which they
received from the persecutions that com
pelled them to become a nomadic race, but
the fact that they are great traders, hard
students, and keen observers with good
ears, must also have something to do
with it.
"It has been said that the ability to grasp
many languages does not necessarily de
note a high order of intellect, but that is a
question which had better be left with the
philosophers. All we know for a certainty
is that it gives poor evidence of stupidity.
—New York Sun.
A ton of good coal is said to yield about
8000 feet of purified gas.
Max Popper and Others De
clare War on Thomas
J. Clunie.
Clunie's Rebuff, Ferral's Ambi
tioD, Popper's Assault, the
Buckley Issue.
From the Social Side the, Annual
Iroquois Outing to San Jose
Was a Success.
The big double-action annual picnic
of the Iroquois Club at San Jose yes
terday had two highly interesting phases.
One phase is more interesting than the
other, but which is which depends on the
standpoint and on who is interested.
It was a Democratic picnic, and Demo
cratic picnics are common this year. This
one ..ad two contrasted natures, and from
both it yielded largely.
As a social affair it was a blessing, like
the glad and gentle Sabbath morn that
brought it. As a political affair it yielded
red war — the play of hate, the leaping forth
of armed ambitions, new sizzles of party
strife, poisoned arrows of political skir
mishes and, as well, the play of the gentler
arts of politics— kind, winning, insidious.
For Max Popper and his own declared
war on Thomas J. Ciunie, who readies for
the Democratic nomination for Congress
in the Fifth District, cried war to Clunie's
teeth where Iroquois bucks and gentle
maidens schottished in the eucalyptus
For they trotted out to the starting
post ex-District Attorney V. A. Scheller
ot San Jose, who is now all at once a
formidable candidate for the nomination.
For they tooK along in a special car a
wierd dragon, labeled "Buckleyism,"
scaring peopie from the side of Andy
Clunie's brother, and displaying it through
the Santa Clara Valley as the thing to
keep in mind at the State Convention
when the virgin Junta steps forth to take
the vows of eternal purity and receive a
white robe, for which Sam Rainey is meas
And Robert Ferrall stopped all guessing
that he might be a candidate for Congress
in the Fifth, ana announced himself out
for a Superior Judgeship, whereat he was
promptly threatened with deieat if he
didn't shake Buckley at once.
Stilettos were thrust into Daggett and
politicians without quarrels, or the hope
of any, came in peace and in tender fel
There was no sign of all this when sev
enteen carloads of people moved out of
the depot at 9a. m,, and the majority
knew not nor cared that ruthless politi
cians had lugged their hellish wiles and
wars into the Sunday picnic. Theirs was
the social side.
The social side was the nicest one and
the picnic was the nicest one of all the an
nual picnics of the Iriquois Club. They
said— the braves at the front did — that
this was because the Buckleyites were not
there. It was in truth an anti-Buckley
crowd, the only Buckleyite that attended
being Fred Raabe, Deputy Superintendent
of Streets, who was the jolliest soul aboard.
The Buckleyite members have largely left
the Inquois Club to the enemy since their |
defeat at the annual election.
The several hundred that went down on
the train were an unusual picnic crowd
for the size, in the character and respecta
bility of its members.
The active braves of the club were all
in evidence. President Charles Gildea,
with white stove-pipe hat and badge,
looked proudly after the arrangements.
Vice-President" Thomas O'Connor, Louis
Metzger, chairman of the board of
trustees; Lawrence J. Welch, Secretary
Gordon, Harry Zemansky, L. V. Merle,
Max Popper and others, who had most
actively worked to make the affair the
success it was, were at the helm when
needed throughout the day. James
O'Connor of the School Department, J. L.
Franklin, E. P. E. Troy, ex-Senator P. J.
Murphy, John Cunningham, H. Bienfield,
August Keller and Registrar Hinton were
picnickers too.
There were other Iroquois braves along
with as deep and honorable social cravings
as any. T. J. Clunie was one and Robert
Ferrall was another. James Denman en
joyed the day; he is talked of for many
things. Auditor BroJerick brought his
hearty good nature, and said little about a
renomination. Senator Fay, who may be
nominated again, was gad he went. Rob
ert Burnett, who is after Daggett's scalp
along with others, joined the merry
Nearly all who came brought their fami
lies or lady friends along.
There was a band aboard, the morning
was bright and the Santa Clara Valley
feasted all eyes with its summer beauty.
The day, the air, the hills, the orchards,
groves and blooms were bright and kind
as the pleasant-faced crowd aboard.
The social story of the picnic is that of a
quietly delightful, uneventful outing amid
charming scenes. Arriving at San Jose
part of the crowd went to Agricultural
Park, toward Santa Clara, and there
spread bountiful lunches brought from
home. The rest sought hotels and restau
rants uptown, and after luncheon many
spent an hour or two riding about.
The crowd at the park grew large eaMy
in the afternoon. Roughs did not come
with Sunday picnic girls to trouble the
quietly pleasant hours. Nearly 100 San
Jose people, largely friends of the San
Franciscans, joined the crowd at the park.
Tuere were no speeches and no special
features to the entertainment except the
dancing on the open dancing platform.
Refreshment booths helped out the life,
and the crowd rested, moved, chatted, ate,
drank and danced in the shady grove until
train time at 5 o'clock.
Eight hundred tickets had been sola,
and that, with the pleasant time enjoyed
by everybody, made up the success that
everybody recognized.
The eucalyptus grove yielded a lot of
politics, but most of it was as unobtrusive
and inoffensive as the faint odor from
the gum trees. The party chart was
studied by experts by twos and threes, and
there was much kind fellowship that may
But Popper and some others jumped
into the Fifth District Congressional fight
as soon as they struck the depot gravel.
In twenty minutej after arrival Popper
was uptown talking earnest politics to
Sam Rucker, Postmaster Ryland, Deputy
Postmaster Kelly, Tom O'Connor and
others, who were at the St. James Hotel
by appointment.
Popper made his first open anti-Clunie
move since Clunie announced his candi
dacy three days ago. Clunie's suffering is
somewhat vicarious. He has a brother,
Andrew J. by name, whose keeper he was
not at the time of the last State Conven
Clunie was Battling for Dr. Stanton's
nomination for Railroad Commissioner,
and Popper was fiercely opposing Stanton
as a Buckleyite and a railroad slave. The
impetuous Andrew blazed away with a
keen-edged story about Popper's former
partnership with Buckley. Popper has
not forgiven. He was Tom Clunie's polit
ical friend before that, and since that he
has held Thomas largely responsible for
not making Andy keep his mouth shut.
Popper is proving himself a strong polit
ical influence just now, and he has a large
part of the anti-Buckley Junta with him.
They are now all at once plastering Gen
eral Clunie with Buckleyism. They cry
that his brother is a big man in t.e
I Buckley councils. They have aug up
' a banquet by Mayor Grant to Buck
j ley in New York in 1890 at which
Clunie, who was there with other Pacific
Coast Democrats, Jsuded Buckley during
the black-coffee hour. They hurl at him
an interview with Buckley in Los Angeles
recently in which Buckley said that
Maguire and Clunie would be Conzress
When Joseph P. Kelly, now apparently
i eclipsed, started out for Congress on the
Buckley side not long aeo Popper looked
around for an anti-Buckley man to beat
him with and thou.ht of Attorney V. P.
Scheller, a prominent S.in Jose Democrat
and ex-District Attorney. Bat no Schelier
boom was started.
When Popper read the other morning
that Clunie had jumped into the field, he
put on his hat and went to work. So it
was that Scheller was trotted out by Pop
per, backed by large elements in the Junta
and in the Iroquois Club and by many
friends down that way.
The San Jose Democrats said to Popper
that Scheller could get Santa Clara County
if he could get enough to win in San Ma
teo and San Francisco. Scheller told Pop
per that he would run if the way seemed
clear and that he had much strength from
that end of the district. The biggest doubt
entertained by Scheller and his friends
down there is based on the uncertainty of
the contest here.
If the Junta delegation is seated a large
majority would go for Scheller. If the
Buokleyites get half a vote it is thought
likely that the Buckley portion of the
eigty- five San Fiancisco votes, as well as
whatever Clunie men there may be among
the Juntaites, would go for Clunie. Pop
per assured the doubters that the Buckley
ites would not get half a vote. ,
Scheller came to the picnic making
friends, and announced himself only a
possible candidate.
Clunie had enme down to the picnic to
build fences. He has supporters in Santa
Clara County and claims the San Mateo
delegates. He got in his work uptown,
and came to the grove to win friends. He
I got there a sickening Mow. Not a politi
i cal friends but Robert Ferral appeared to
be among the gum trees.
Then came the meeting with Popper.
Clunie wanted to make up and explain,
| and L. V. Merle consented to say:
"Mr. Popper, I believe you know Mr.
I Clunie.'' The meeting was a sensation
jof the day. Popper turned loose
j and declared in plain terms that he had
l no political glad hand to extend, and that
he was against Clunie to the end. Clunie
and Scheller met later in the grove and
Scheller told Ciunie he was in the race.
Popper and hia friends have started a
! bitter and apparently uncompromising
! fight. Clunie rode home reflecting on the
i ways of political warfare, somewhat dis
figured but still in the middle of the ring.
Barney Murphy didn't come forth to
mingle. He is reported to be for Clunie,
but the Santa Clara party is expected to
unite on Scueller.
Popper, Merle, Troy and others talked
the local contest vigorously to the San
Jose Democrats, who are said to be in
clined to favor a division of recognition
and a new deal in San Francisco.
Robert Ferral announced his judicial
candidacy in the grove, and Mr. Ferral is
a part of the BucKleyites' machine. He
was thoughtful, too, on the trip homeward.
The Wind Palled His Tooth,
One of the queerest pranks of the wind
during the cyclone the other night hap
pened at the corner of Sixth and Jefferson
streets. John Gazzollo, the night engi
neer at the City Hall, has been suffering
from toothache for some time, and has
been telling his friends that he intended
to have theacher jerked out as soon as he
could screw his courage up to the. point.
On the night in question his tooth ached
so badly that he could hardly hear the
wind blow. •He was desperate. Borrow
ing a gum overcoat from one of the police
men about the police station, he started
out just as a funnel-shaped cloud was
scudding along. He reached the corner of
Sixth and Jefferson streets and was about
to turn the corner when a gust of wind
I struck him and lifted him off his feet. He
might have been carried over to the Court
house and drowned in the fountain, but
for his presence of mind in grabbing the
iron railing that runs around the steps
leading into the basement. He clung
there for a moment with the wind right in
his face. ' He turned his head, and as he
did so, there was a sudden jerk that dis
lodged his hat and fairly unraveled his
red necktie. Then there was a lull, and
when he crept back into the station-house
he made the startling discovery that the
aching tooth was - gone. . The wind had
pulled it. He tells the story himself, and
if it is not true Mr. Gazzollo has greatly
deceived — Louisville Commercial.
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Customer — That meat that I bought
here last, Mr. Cleaver, was frightfully
Butcher — Do you know, inarm, that one
reason why there are so many poor teeth
nowadays is because they do not have
enough exercise ?
Customer — But that steak couldn't be
cut with a knife.
Butcher— Yes; there is some mighty
poor cutlery in the marKet. Did you say
five pounds, mann? — Boston Transcript.
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The Spirit of Patriotism in
the American Public
Pertinent Idea of a Baptist Union
Preacher on Commerce
and Education.
Some original ideas are advanced by
Pastor W. L. Birch of Manchester, Eng
i land, who is now temporarily filling the
j pulpit of Calvary Presbyterian Church,
and intends to become a citizen of tne
United States. While in Southern Cali
fornia he interviewed the Los Angeles
Chamber of Commerce with the view of
introducing a mutual trade ia fruits be
tween California and Australasia.
"The California on season is the Aus
tralasian off season," he said, "when
5,000,000 persons residing there would be
pleased to have the chance of procuring
fresh fruit."
He has communicated with Spreckels
Bros. Company, the Southern Pacific and
others, all of whom say that when officially
requested they are prepared to favorably
receive applications to carry sample ship
ments gratis. These consignments are to
be sent to the Mayors of Sydney, Mel
bourne and Auckland for exhibition, re
port and sale. In the same way Austral
asian products may come consigned to the
pastor at San Francisco, who will hand
them to well-known firms for report and
sale. The pastor also suggests that the
proceeds of trial shipments be given half
to the Mayor of Sydney and half to the
Mayor of San Francisco for distribution
among the fatherless children of these
"I am delighted," said the pastor, "with
the public school system of the United
! States. The pupils are inspired with
patriotic sentiments, unknown in the
schools of England, and are taught a self
respect which should result in a noble
manhood and a pure womanhood."
Relative to the custom of saluting the
American flag, in which the pupils say,
"I pledge allegiance to my nag and th"»
country for whith it stands — one nation
indivisible with liberty and justice for all,"
he says: "I admire a system of education
j which teaches a reverence for our fellow
creatures and a national loyalty."
The pastor deplores the long hours for
i nurses in the Children's Hospital and says
I that in the hospitals ot London and Paris
j the eight-hour system is in vogue. The
nurses also take dully outdoor exercise
and once a month are provided with a
concert or some similar congenial amuse
A Lighthouse Without a Light.
The most extraordinary of all light
houses is to be found on Arnish Rock,
Stornoway Bay— a rock which is separated
from the isiand of Lewis by a channel
over 500 feet wide. It is in the Hebrides,
Scotland. On this rock a conical beacon
is erected and on its summit a lantern ia
fixed, from which, nigut after night,
shines a light which is seen by the fisher
men far and wide. Yet there is no burn
ing lamp in the lantern and no attendant
ever goes to it. for the simple reason that
there is no lamp to attend to, no wick to
train, and no oil-well to replenish.
The way in which this peculiar light
house is illuminated is this: On the isl
and of Lewis, 500 feet or so away, is a
lighthouse, and from a window in the
tower a stream of light is projected on a
mirror in the lantern on the summit of
Arnish Rock. These rays are reflected to
an arrangement of prisms, and by their
action are converged to a focus outside the
lantern, from where they diverge in the
necessary direction.
The consequence is that to all intents
and purposes a lighthouse exists which
has neither lamp nor lighthouse-keeper,
and yet which gives as serviceable a light,
taking into account the requirement?, of
this locality, as if an elaborate and costly
lighthouse, with lamps, service-room, bed
room, living-room, storeroom, oilroom,
watertanks and all other accessories were
erected on the summit of the rock. — Tid
An expensive watch which has a com
pensating balance is not affected by
changes of temperature.

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