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The Old Ixora Hall Again
Gutted by Leaping
The Fire Department Once More
Called Out on a General
Hundreds of Electric L'gat and Tele
phone Wires Interfere With the
The Doernbecher Furniture Manufac
turing Company's stock of furniture at 733
Mission street was gutted by flames last
evening and caused three alarms of tire to
be sounded from box 62. This was the sec
ond time during the week that the Fire
The Old Ixora Hall Building on Mission Street Again Threatened With Total Destruction by a
"Furniture" Fire.
Department was called out on a general i
alarm. The other occasion was also the :
destruction of furniture. ,
At five minutes before seven o'clock
several people passing on Mission street,
between Third and Fourth, saw the flames
in the top floor of the old Ixora Hall build
ing, a three-story structure, playing havoc
with the furniture. It seemed as though
tne top story was aflame from the front to
the rear. As soon as Acting Chief Engi
neer Dougherty reached the place he saw
that active measures had to be resorted to
or the whole block would go up in smoke
and a second alarm was turned in.
Althoueb confined in one large fire
proof brick building there was great dan
ger of it leaping the bounds and more ap
raratus was necessary, so the third call
for help wa3 scunded. In a little while
thousands of gallons of water were being
poured into tbe windows, and from the
top floor it ran in torrents to the stores be
The second story was occupied by the
same firm as a iurnitnre storehouse, while
below wore the following business places:
No. 741 Mission Street, the American
Varnish Conipanv, Charles G. Schrar.fer
proprietor, and with him Frank La Faille,
an oil and varnish u«ent.
No. 735, the Woodbine saloon, Fred
Wilte proprietor.
No. 733, the Unon Undertaking Com
pany, W. J. Mallady proprietor.
These places were literally Hooded, and
in some instances the damage by water
will be heavy.
As stated, the tire was in the third story,
bnt It did not lake loun to work its wiy
through the floor into the second Btory,
where tbe inflammable nature of the stock
and laree quantities of oil and varnish in
tensified tiie heat and made many think
that it would escape from tbe control of
the firemen.
The latter did heroic work, under the
cool command of Chief Dougbertv, in tbe
face of aererravating obstacle-.
In tbe first place the evening wind was
blowing a cale. T en there were trolley
wires of the Mission-street cable cars, and
a perfect network of telegraph, telephone
and the dangerous electric light wires. In
the midst of all these rose the tall water
tower, and although the stream was fre- !
qnently split by the obstructions named
it performed noble service. At ttie foot of
the tower stood the Siamese which con
centrated the streams of several steam en
The hook and ladder boys were not idle
by any means, for they quickly mounted
the roof of the parsonage of the old How
ard Presbyterian Church on the east
and the California Spring Manufacturing
Company's building on the south, and
from both directions powerful streams
were brought in play.
On the Minna street side the firemen
were equally active playing from the roofs
of the buildings. All of thi^ time Captain
Comstock's fire patrol boys were saving
property by removal or applying rubber
About 8:30 o'clock tbe fire was literally
drowned out, and without having been
able to escape from the building.
This is the secend time the old Ixora
Hall building has been in flames, the first
time being about seven years ago, when a
quantity of furniture was destroyed on
the top floor. At that time the dancinir
hall was on the second story.
The building is a part of the Shiels es
tate, tbe ground being owned by William
Tischmeacher. Tbe Doernbecher Furni
ture Company has occupied the second
and third stories for several years, and
with this firm was the ageucv of the Sum
n«l Beale Furniture Company. It will
take several days to learn the exact losses,
but from what can be learned, Doern
becher's stock was insured for about $30,
-000, and ita value was about $35,000 or
Mallady's damage whs about $1500. The
damage by water to Schaier'a stock of oils
could not be learned.
The saloon man's loss will not amount
to over a tew hundred dollars.
The damage to the building will not be
over $5000 or $6000, as the brick walls tyre
apparently in fair condition. The inte
rior walls of the two top stories were de
No one seemed to know the cause of the
fire, which apparently started in the mid
dle of the top floor. It is the custom to
close that part oi the building at 5 o'clock
on Saturdays, and wnen the employes left
yesterctav everything was all right, so far
as they could see. Mr. Scbaefer said that
after 6 o'clock, when he closed his store,
there was no evidence of danger overhead.
Those who tirst saw the blaze s?id that W
Beemed to burst^out all over the floor at
once, and this leads to the belief that it
was a case of spontaneous combustion in
tie repairing, oil and varnishing depart
During the progress of the fire thou
sands of people rushed to the scene of the
blaze, and Mission and Third streets were
Backed to the ropes stretched across the
streets by the police. In many instances
the firemen were sadly hampered in the
discharge of their duties by the curiosity
seekers. It was with great difficulty that
even the department wagons could get
through the masses after the second and
third alarms were sounded. One part of
the crowd on Third street paid dearly for
its gratification. An over-strained fire
hose burst in the midst of the great gath
ering and a hundred or more went home
sadder and wiser and drenched to the
« mil p ;»iii«-d of tho Acids.
Workmen employed by the City in repairing
a sewer on Eleventh street, near Folsotn, com
plained at the Health Offire yesterday that
owins to the powerful acids and other drugs
dumped into the sewer by the California
MeJical College, which is situated on Folsom
■treat, between Tenth and Eleventh, they
were unable lo continue their labors, and
K-kvl that the college be instructed to cease
tne practice until the sewer is finished, j
William Doran, One of the City's
Familiar Figures, Passes
He Arrive! Here in 1851 and Was for
Thirty.Two Yeais Connected
With the Police Force.
William Doran, one of , the familiar fig
ures in the City's history, died at his resi
dence, 1009 Pacific street, on Friday, in the
eighty-seventh year of bis age.
He was born in County. Meath, Ireland,
and when quite a young man came to this
country in 1842. He went south; and in
1847 was appointed a member of the police
force in New Orleans. In .'a' months
he was promoted to " the position of cap
tain, and as such he "., treated all without
fear, favor or affection. • When the gold
fever was at its height he resigned and
came to California, landing in this City in
1851. " rafffffMrnWHT
His fame as a man of nerve preceded
him, and lie was appointed on the police
force in 1854, under Hampth North, then
chief. , He : afterward resigned to accept a
position in t tie Custom-house, under
Colonel Washington, then Collector of
the Port, the present Collector, John H.
Wise, being chief clerk.. • ; .
During the stirring times of the vigi
lantes he openly rebelled against what he
believed to be the unjmt acts oi the vigi
lance committee. To his courage alone
Judge Terry owed his life after stabbing
HoDkins, and under : his ' roof Charles P.
Duane sought shelter und got it. > He was
a personal friend of James Casey and Nea
tie was reappointed; to "the police force
in 1865 by FranK AlcCoppin. then Mayor.
It can be said to bis credit that in ail the
thirty-two : years of active service on ; the
force he never drew a weapon" to capture a
Criminal, no matter desperate, and
he arrested several of the most notorious
malefactors of the old days. He and fear
were strangers, . and '• tho 1 lawbreakers
knew it. BWHMMI
He was one of the few men who knew
the inside facts' that-led ; to the : duel be
tween Terry and Broderick, and he did
everything to prevent it. Broderick was
his frien-i-and tie mourned his death. He
often, declared that both men were be
trayed by Gwin, a false friend.
Among his old Mends were such men as
Peter Donahue, Hon. Frank McCoppin;
George Pen r Johnston, S. M. Wilson, Gov
ernor. AlcDougall, Eugene Casserly and
Archbishop A.emany. All the old settlers
knew him and li is death' will recall to
them many .*tirring incidents.
leaves a widow and a ; large [ number
of children and grandchildren to " mourn
oJ3 loss.' :■.■.,- •■ '• - - :
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Irish peat rugs, which made their first
appearance in London quite recently, are
gaining approval in many quarters*. Not
only mas but dresses and men's suits can
be made out of this peat.
He Chases and Captures a
Petty Larceny
Levi B. Gordon, an ex-Policeman
Who Jumped His Bonds,
Was the Man.
The Judge Was Ably Assisted in the
Capture by Bailiff Kelly of
His Court
Judge Conlan distinguished himself yes
terday morning by chasing and capturing
Levi B. Gordon, an ex-policeman, for
whose arrest the Judge had issued two
bench-warrants last Monday.
Gordon, after his dismissal from the
fjree a few months ago, established a milk
route. He did not buy his milk from any
dairy, but adopted the original method of
stealing it in the early morning hours
from tue doorsteps of houses in the Mis
sion and Western Addition.
Complaints had been made by customers
to their milkmen and the Milk Dealers^
Association took the matter up. A watch
was set and Gordon was caueht in tiie act
on two occasions of stealing the milk.
He had given $100 cash bail for his ap
pearance, but later got back the money,
substituting a bond for $200. When the
cases were called in Judge Conlan's court
on Monday morning Gordon failed to ap
pear and the Ju-.lge issued bench-warrants
for his arrest and declared his bond for
feited. He had accepted the bond himself
and was disgusted when he discovered
that the sureties were worthless.
The Judge had spent several evenings
loooking for Gordon and yesterday morn
ing Bailiff Kelly called at his house on
Pftge street near Fillmore. He was de
lighted when Kelly told him that he bad
seen Gordon talkine to a woman at the
door of ahouseon Filimore s:rec-t.
'Why didn't yon arrest him," said the
Judpe, as he seized his hat and cane.
"Well." said Kelly, "I hadn't a gun,
neither had I my badge."
"Come along with me," said the Judge
as he hurried out, of tbe house. They
went to Fillmore street and Gordon was
still talking to the woman. As soon as
Gordon saw them he walked hurriedly in
the direction of Haight street. They fol
lowed at as swift a pace and when Gordon
reached the corner he ran. The Judge and
Kelly ran after him and Kelly yelled to
Gordon to stop. Gordon looked behind
and the Judge quickly placed his hand to
his hip pocket and shouted:
"1 command you to stop." Gordon
wheeled round and threw up his hands
begging the Judge not to shoot.
The Judge was unarmed, but the ru««e
was successful. Gordon wept and begged
for merry, but it had no effect. He wa«
placed in a passing Haight-street car, and
when the conductor was collecting the
fares he made an attempt to escape, but
the Judge and bailiff were too quick for
him. At Larkln and Market streets he
made another unsuccessful attempt to
Gordon was marched to the City Prison,
the Judge on his r igtit and Kelly on his
left, and his bonas were fixed at $1000 in
each case, so that he will not be able to
get out on worthies sureties again.
The Judge mourns the loss of his cane.
He had it in his right hand, and when he
made the biuff to pull his i\ volver in his
excitement he threw it away, and forgot
all about it till he got to the City Prison.
Gordon is sure to get six months on each
charge, as the evidence is strong against
Peculiar Relation* of m Kich Man and a
\\ <. in. hi M hu Claimed to lie Hl* Child.
Judge Black yesterday granted the ex
ecutors of the will of the lute fi. P. Hewlett
permission to compromise with E. P.
Hewlett and Isabeile H. Offutt their
claims against the estate by giving Isabeile
H. Offutt credit for $21,500 on a note for
$33,500 she made in favor of the deceased
during his lifetime.
When the will of P. B. Hewlett was filed
for probate Mrs. Isabeile Offutt entered a
contest, claiming to be a daughter of the
deceived. E. P. Hewlett also sued the
estate for $8000, wnich he claimed was due
him from his father.
In his will P. B. Hewlett devised to his
eldest son, E. P. Hewlett, a house ani lot i
at 30 Rincon place, together with the
household furniture tsereon, and be
queathed the sum of $25 per month to h'm
for five years. To Belie Walker, now Mrs.
I*abel!e H. Offutt, he bequeathed $500. and
outside of a few minor legacies the balance j
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of the estate, worth about $100,000, went to i
George and Palmer Hewlett, infant sons
of tne testator.
After matin? his will P. B. Hewlett
loaned to Isabelle H. Offutt and her hus
band and L. W. Walker and wife $33,500,
taking their promissory note for tue
Amount, secured by a mortgage on aa
1100-acre ranch near Petaluma. At the
time of the inakine of tne note and as a
partial consideration therefor Mrs. Offutt
executed a written relinquishment of all
right, title and interest in Hewlett's
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and E. P. Hewlett claimed that the
testator was of unsound mind and threat
ened to take steps to have the order ad
mitting it to probate set aside. Mrs.
Offutt made good her threat and filed a j
contest, but afterward both E. P. Hewlett
and Mrs. Offutt offered to compromise the
matter if the sum of $21,500 be credited on
tue note of $33,500. They, however, de
mand that Mrs. Offutt receive the $500 be
queathed to her a:nl that E. P. Hewlett
get his $25 per month for five years.
The judicial permission having been
given the executors, the matter will now
be amicably settled.

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