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VOLUME LXXXI.-NO. 40.
SHORTRIDGE IS GAINING. Now the Forces of Perkins Are Routed and Badly Scattered. Judge Daly Reiterates His Opinion: That No One Is Bound by the Alleged Caucus. \ LEGISLATORS SO ADVISED BY CONSTITUENTS. - — — — — —^__^^_^ Friends of Shortridge Declare That He Has the Enemy on the Run — Both Branches of the Legislature Adjourn Until Monday, and Many Members Come to San Francisco. SACRAMENTO, Cal., Jan. The opinion is now freely expressed that the Perkins forces are breaking up and that no election of a Senator will occur next Tuesday. Senator Gleaves and others asked Judge Daly to-day whether he had been correctly reported in this morning's CALL to the effect that a caucus was a conference of persons of sufficient number and with sufficient power to effect the common object. The Judge replied that such was the fact. His opinion is now accepted as the law of the case, and this disposes of all the hopes of Perkins which were based on the snap "caucus." As Perkins is losing, so Samuel M. Shortridge is gaining iii strength and popularity. The friends of the latter are now sure that he has the enemy on the run. ;-•• NOT BOUND BY PLEDGES. So the Honest Legislators Are In formed That They Will Not Have to Vote for Perkins. SACRAMENTO, Cal., Jan. 9. — The Perkins forces are demoralized and in full retr at. They had been secretly and openly working for a year, and when the caucus which was to decide the matter once and for all was held, there was, ac cording to their own admission, but one vote snort of ending the contest. Why did they stop on the very threshold of victory? Simply because their strength had been spent and exhausted and they had not a solitary round of ammunition left. It is a dangerous thing to come to a bait in the middle of a charge when in front of the loaded guns of the enemy. That's what the Perkins people did on the night of the alleged caucus. On the next day they did worse. One of the strongest men weakened and left the field. His example was contagious, and within twenty-four hours several more had done the same. Sig Bettman, Sam Rainey and Major Gillts Hod a Caucus, With Rtiss Stephens on the Right Wig. The San Francisco Call To-day the desks of the Republican members in both bouses were littered with ; letters and "rush" telegrams from their i constituents to the effect that George C. j Perkins had sung no siren song of the ; sea that couid entrance them. Those con j siituents reminded their representatives ! that the candidacy of Mr. Perkins was not j an issue in the primaries, and when the resolution indorsing his candidacy was i read in the county conventions, there be j ing no other aspirant for the place, the resolution was adopted, and for the further reason that the delegates did not wish to arouse the animosity or the resentment of j Mr. Perkins' friends. The letters and j telegrams indicate it never was a question that was seltled — no one considered it, and therefore no fight was made. The whole southern delegation were pledged to Senator Perkins, yet the letters and tele grams show that the people represented by that delegation are not for him. The opinion of Judge Daly of the Code Commission, published in The Call of yesterday morning, attracted consider- SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 9, 1897. SAN JOSE DEMANDS BETTER REPRESENTATION. SAN JOSE, Cal., Jan. B.— in an emphatic manner the Board of Trade directors *»rpr»Bsed the senlimentrthafr California is not ably represented in the United 1 States Senate , and coming aa it does at this parti cular time the action is about as significant as a body of conservative business men coutd take. It was brought about by the defeat of the proposition to improve Alviso Creek. Vigorous resolutions were offered by Director A. C. Darby, and after warm opposition on the part of Director C. J. Steeple, who is district freight agent of the Southern .Pacific Company, were aJopted, Steeple alone voting against them. Following are the resolutions: RESOLVED, That In the recent report of Mnjor K. G. B. Davis of the Lighthouse Engineer Corps againat an appropriation by th« Government for the improvement of Alviso Channel, said report contained, perhaps unconsciously, intimation- that those improvements are in the interest and benefit of the proposed Santa Clara Valley Railroad Company; and this report further states that through the extension of the above proposed railway to a point threo milts farther than the present fixed terminal deep water may be reached. RESOLVED, That the Board of Trade most strenuously objects to the first of tho above propositions, as not being in accordance with the fads, as the movement for these improvements wag inspired by the public demand made by the citizens of San Jose and Santa Clara County, based upon the necessities of the case, as shown through shipping statistics, carefully and honestly compiled, and which have been furnished from time to time to the Lighthouse Hoaid and our Representatives at Washington. We object, also, to the second of the above statements, in that it is not a fact that deep water exists at the point stated, and cannot be round at a nearer point than at least five miles from the point known as Port Alviso. RESOLVED, That In the above report a great injustice has been done to this valley in postponing relief confidently looked for, and which would be cheaply purchased even with an appropriation of 946,000, as suggested by the engineer's report. RESOLVED, That this report emphasizes the need of an able, energetic Representative In the United States Senate, one familiar with the needs of this and all other sections of the State, and who will be prepared at all times to champion the rights of the people as against any antagonistic influence. RESOLVED, That we continue our struggle for the improvement of this waterway in the name of the citlsens of this county, and that we appeal to Congressman E. F. Loud of this district and our Representatives in the United States Senatn for the relief sought for. able attention among the Republicans, and several who had attended the caucus, among the number Senator Oleaves, asked Judge Daly whether his remarks had been correctly reported. The Judi-e replied that they hnd been, and reiterated that, speaking in a general sense of all caucuses, there can be no caucus of a lessor number Arrival of " The Call ff at the Cafe of the Golden Eagle Hotel, Sacramento* I than are required to effect the purpose for which the members had gone into caucus. Judge Daly's opinion has had consider able weight with the members, and the idea is nuw prevalent that the action ol the so-called caucus can bind nobody. A large number of legislators went to San Francisco on this afternoon's train and the lobbies of the hotels wherein the "push" and "puli" most do congregate are as lonely and deserted as the banquet hall of which the poet Moore wrote: "Whose lights are fled, whose garlanus dead, and all but ho departed." IN SAN FRANCISCO. Many Members of the Legislature Discuss the Senatorial Situation In Hotel Lobbies. There was quite a breakaway from Sac ramento yesterday. The session of each branch of the Legislature was brief, and adjournment was taken until Monday to allow members to catch the early after noon trains for their respective homes. Among members of the San Francisco delegation who came to the City last night were Senators Mahoney and Wolfe and Assemblymen Dibble and Dennery. Sam uel M. Snortridge and Colonel Isaac Trumbo arrived in the City on the train which left Sacramento at 3:lo p. m. Others arrived on an earlier train. After the late hours incident to the organization of the Legislature and the activity of the Senatorial contest the mem bers were pretty well worn out and imme diately went to their respective homes for a good night's rest. At the Palace, Grand and Baldwin hotels and the Union League Club but few of the legislators were seen. In the Palace court W. B. Hamilton, L. Bromwoll and ex- Assemblyman Pendle ton of Los Angeles discussed the outlook for next Tuesday's balloting. Major Frank McLaughlin. chairman of the Republican State Central Committee, left ihe Palace shortly after 10 o'clock and went up to the Baldwin for a talk with Jacob Stcppacher, Jacob Shaen and others. Major McLaughlin will go to Sacramento, probably Sunday, to attend the meeting of Presidential electors at the State Capitol on Monday. Ths contest for t..e honor of bearing California's vote to Congress is sill in proeress. Democrats around the Baldwin Hotel talked of the rumor that Senator B. P. Langford of Snn Joaquin and A. Caminetti of Amfidpr might, in a certain contin gency, cast their voles for United States Senator for a candidate other than a Dem ocrat. The opinion was expressed that neither the Senator nor the Assemblyman would desert his party. One of the Democrats said: "Senator Langford baa received many honors and emoluments from his own party, and he will not be found ready to close his DO'iti cal career in California. It certainly would be closed if he should waver now. Caminetti, who was sent to Coneress by Democrats, will not imperil his chances for further political honors by acts of de sertion. Monday evening the union minority of Democrats and Populists will meet in Sac ramento again to caucus on the Senator ship. The caucus held Thursday evening disclosed ihe fact that Maguire, Cator and Lane will bo the candidates for the honor of v complimentary vote. In Republican circles it is now con ceded that there will be no choice for United States Senator on the^ballot next Tuesday. The prominence which Samuel M. Sboriridge has gained and the expres sions of the leading Republican press in his favor were freely commented upon. The programme which promised Per kins sixty-one votes on the first ballot cannot be carried out. The proof of this assertion is evident by the desperate out reaching of Perkins' managers to get votes from tht Democratic camp. Conceding the obstacles which Mr. Snortriiige was obliged to encounter in order to break the programme it is acknowledged that he has made a masterly canvass. The tactics of the opposition to Mr. Bbortridge have changed. The whip is not plied to force reluctant Republicans into the Perkins corral, but soft words, blandishments, pledges of patronage and place are employed to hold the wavering. The ridiculous claim that a binding caucus was held and that either the Re publicans who attended or those who did not were bound thereby has been shown to be so absurd that it has been prac tically abandoned by the Perkins man agement, ana it is generally conceded that no actual or sufficient caucus was held. The opinion of the Attorney-General that the pretended caucus of last Monday was in any way binding upon those who attended has set this issue finally at rest. No one is better posted on party usages than Judge Daly, Assistant Attorney- General and one of the Code Commission PRICE FIVE CENTS. era appointed to revise the laws of the State. Judge Daly scouts the notion that any thing like a binding caucus was held. The Per Kins managers attempted to hold a caucus and boasted of their early ability to do so by securing at least sixty-one votes. To that object they bent all their tnergies, but they failed to realize their boast. "Why," said a well-known Republican in the Baldwin Hotel lobby la3t evening, "You might as well claim that twenty or even ten out of the entire membership of the Legislature would constitute a bind ing caucus. The claim of the Perkins managers is simply ridiculous/ ADJOURN UNTIL MONDAY. Several Bills Introduced In the Assembly and the Tariff Reso lution In the Senate. SACRAMENTO, Cal., Jan. B.— The ses sion of the Assembly to-day was unusually brief. A resolution to adjourn out of re spect to the memory of ihe late Cyrus Coleman was passed without opposition and recess was taken until Monday morning. Bills were introduced as follows: By Dibble, to amend the law in regard to street grades. By Kyan, to complete the seawall of San Francisco. By Gi-uy, amending riparian law?. The tariff question absorbed the atten tion of the Senate this morning for some time. Senator Langford's motion to adopt the resolution embodying the memorial to Congress of the California State Fruit-growers' convention fixing a tariff on all imported fruits was passed after considerable debate and by a mixed vote. A petition from the growers of South ern California asking the Legislature to memorialize C ingress to amend the pres ent tariff law on citrus fruits was ordered Rheu- matism affect 3 the Joints and muscles and causes constant suffering. 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