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CLIMAX OF A DAY
OF REJOICING
Public Demonstration Over
the Defeat of
Funding.
VICTORS CONGRATULATE
THE PEOPLE.
"California at Last Hears the
Rattle of Falling
Chains."
LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR JETER
IN THE CHAIR.
Great Enthusiasm Pr v iis as Sutro,
Pheian and Others Addr ss the
Gathering
The State holiday commemorative of
the defeat of the funding bill was brought
to a close in this City with a demonstra
tion expressive of popular exuberance
over the victory. With colored fires,
blazing masses oi timber, with rockets
and music of a brass oar.d, crowds were
attracted to Metropolitan Temple. The
people pressed forward, filled the rows of
seats and the aisles, while others were
compelled to walk away, as there was not
room for ali.
All through the evening the meeting
was at a high pitch of enthusiasm. Fre
quently the feelings of the large audience
broke into tremendous applause, as if to
seal witb public approval the work of the
men who fought the railway measure.
To the strains of stirung m*usic by the
band the principal speakers ami vice
presidents appeared on the p.atfom.
Their entrance moved the gather. to
applaud vociferously.
Among those on the. platform were:
Henry E. Highton, I. J. Truman, Lieu
tenant-Governor Jeter, Adolph Sutro,
Mayor James D. Phelan, the Hon. Marion
de Vnes, Congressman Caminetti, James
H. Barry, Joseph Leggett, George K.
Pitch, Frank Gould, ex-Senator Fay, ex-
Judge W. P. Lawlor, Colonel W. P. Sulli
van, William M. Bunker, James A. Way
mire and others interested in the victory.
Ex-Mayor Sutro arose to call the meet
ing to order and was completely over
whelmed with applause of a most uproar
ious nature. He tried to speak, but was
stopped by the cheers and cries of "Well
done, Adolph 1" "Good boy!" "I have
the honor oi introducing to you," be be
gan, when the boisterous applau c "was re
sumed with renewed enthusiasm. The
venerable ex-Mayor waited patiently, and
when the cheering ceased be resumed his
short introductory address: "I have the
honor of introducing to you Lieutenant-
Governor Jeter. 1 shall later on address
you for myself."
The Lieutenant-Governor was cordialiy
received as he stepped to the speaker's
stand.
"As the representative in part," said
Mr. Jeter, "of tbe neople of this State I
appreciate the great honor conferred on
me in being asked to preside over this
meeting. It is proper and becoming in
people to express their gratitude for the
benefits they have received, and we are
here to-night to express by resolution how
we as a people appreciate the action of
our representative- in Congress in defeat
ing the funding bill. The results of the
vote on that question cannot be fuily ap
preciated now; it will restore confidence,
and will show that where the representa
tives understand these questions they will
stand with the people. Those who have
borne the brunt of the fight as leaders are
here with you to-night, and I take pleas
ure in introducing to you a representative
who will be in the next Congress, the
Hon. Marion de Vries."
The Lieutenant-Governor then took the
chair and presided at tbe meetiug.
Congressman-eiect de "Vries, the suc
cessor of Grove Johnson, sai_ : "The time
has now arrived when every citizen
should stand up and take the side either
for or against the people of the State of
California. We have met here to cele
brate the defeat of the Pacific funding bill
in the House of Representatives. This is
only the hrst step. Unless you are ever
alert they will yet defeat the will of the
people. We find that there is now being
prepared ior presentation 10 Congress a
scheme which ii equally nefarious with
the bill that has just been defeated. lam
opposed to any measure which will in
any way refund this railroad debt and
any one who favors such a measure is not
loyal to California. When I take my seat
in the House next March i sbali oppose
any and all propositions for tbe funding
of this debt. I hope when we are asked,
What are you going to do about it? that
we shall be able to say that we are able to
pick up Collis P. Huntington and his rail
road and walk oh* with them.
"If necessary I am in favor of the Gov
ernment operating this railroad. I be
lieve it is far preferable that the Govern
ment should run the railroad than tbat
the railroad should run the Government."
When ho paid a tribute to James G.
Maguire there was tremendous applause
and cheers.
I. J. Truman, who acted as secretary of
the meeiine, read the following telegrams,
and also conveyed to the audience the re
grets of Governor Budd for his inability
to be present:
Washington, D. c, Jan. 16, 1897.
To Hen. James D. Phelan, President Citizens'
Committee, San Francisco, Cal. : The fundi; g
bill having been defeated, 1 am informed At
torney-General claims he baa ample power to
collect Government railroad indebtedness.
liis action will probably open the way from
which great benefits will come to California.
We also have good prospects ol passing the
Nicaragua canal Dill this session of Congress.
George C. Perkins.
Washington, D. C, Jan. 16, 1897.
Hon. James D. Phelan, Mayor. The people of
California may well rejoice over a victi rv so
worthily won, but they must not yet put off
their armor. The foe is already forming its
lines for another assault. Eternal vigilance is
the price of liberty, & G. Hilborn.
Washington, D. C. Jan. 16, 1897.
James __>. Pheian, Mayor: The people of I
the Pacific Coast are to be congratulated upon
the defeat of the funding bill. An honest ad
ministration of the Thurman law will secure
fnlly the payment of the Government debt,
snd give us an independent competing line.
W. W. Bowers.
Washington, D. C, Jan. 16, 1897.
Hon. James D. Phelan, Mayor: Am glad to
Joiu in to-night's rejoicing over the defeat of
the funding bill. I fear that the danger is not
passed. Although some excellent and honest
opponents ot mnding favor the commission
plan, I am radically against it. When the
mask is removed, it wlli appear as a railroad
suggestion. I believe the present law is suffi
cient, but in any event oppose delegating Con
gressional duty to such commission. The pro
vision regarding fares and freights will be
found as useless as similar powers granted
State Legislature*. Stephen M. White.
, • -~y Washington, D. C, Jan. 16., 1897.
Hon. James V. Phelan, Mayor of San Francisco:
California in' general and San Francisco in
particular are to be congratulated to-day on
their bright prospects ot ultimate deliverance
from monopolistic railroad domination and
the beginning of a healthy traffic competition
that will redound to the general good of all.
James McLachlan.
Alter a song by the Press Club quartet,
LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR JETER Addressing the Meeting at
Metropolitan Temple.
the enemy of the octopus, the Hon. Adolph
Sutro, was introduced. His name was the
signal ior a wild outburst of enthusiasm
that showed itself in* cheering and re
peated applause. He said :
Fellow-cltizens.Ladies and Gentlemen: When
the people of Boston in 1773 threw the British
tea overboard It was. in itself, an insignificant
act. It hail, however, momentous conse
quences—the destruction of British rule, and
the creation and growth of what is now the
most powerful nation on earth— th» United
States.
Nearly four yearn ago— May 18, 1894— a few
citizens ot San Francisco, at my request, as
sembled in a small room in the Richmond dis
trict to denounce a 10-cent fare and .the gen
eral misdoings of the Southern Pacific ol Ken
tucky, and to protest against its funding bill.
A small beginning — but this protest and de
nunciation against the aggressions ot corpora
tions, in thousands of pamphlets, newspapers
«nd telegrams, has been repeated, spread all
over the United States, and re-echoed in every
Congressional district, until it* growing thun
der tones forced the deleat of the funding bill
in the lust four Congresses. The antagonism
against the usurpations of strong corporations
powerfully showd itself in the Inst election
by a general uprising and a. most bucoeede i
in (.: rr i.;g the Presidential election.
All this time the rep .i of Sun Franrlsco
lived under _ veritsblo terrorism. Hardly a
man in the State of California dared express
himself openly against the misdoings oi the
octopus so great was the dread of social per
secution and business destruction.
This terrorism still exists, but in a modified
form. On a call like that of to-night the peo
ple now readily turn out; there are dozens of
speakers who have no fear of giving utterance
to their honest opinion, and the press, at least
some part of it, boldly and freely denounces
our oppressors.
D.< not, however, hug the flattering idea to
yonr souls that the funding bill is quite dead.
Notwithstanding his repeated defeats, the
man of brass, Huntington, is still hanging
about the halls of Congress, watching his op
portunity, SDakellke, to slip through and pass
a funding measure. The snake is scotched, it
is true, but it is not killed.
The sack Is still at Washington, only now
doubled in size. Firmly believing that every
man has his price, he still hopes to.gain the
thirty odd votes that would have enabled him
m force his measure through the House on
Monday last.
There are tricks in all trades;. this is true of
The Throng at the Door of Metropolitan Temple.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY; JANUARY 17, 1897.
parliamentary tactics. The next move will
probably be in the Senate. There a modified
bill might, just before the close of the session,
be silently worked through and passed. Before
that occurs, however, the amended Senate bill
will be introduced In the House, referred to
the Committee on Pacific Railroads, adopted
by them and for the time will rest there.
The Senate bill, should it be passed, will be
sent to the Speaker's desk, which must be and
actually is always cleared before adjournment.
When, in the regular order, this bill is called
for reierenceor disposition, the chairman or
any other member of the Railroad Committee
may rise, and, stating thnt a bill identical
word foreword with the Senate bill has al
ready been adopted by the> House committee,
may" move.that the Mil be taken up there and
then and put upon its passage.
This may happen in the lust midnight hours
of the session, when the friends and cham
pions of the people, worn out by their con
tinuous labors, are sleepy or absent, and the
friends of the octopus are sure to be wide
awake and at their posts. Then the bill may
pass by a majority then present and all that is
needed to make it a law of the land will oe
the President's signature. • .* :
Though I hardly believe the above will hap
pen, it might. It behooves us, therefore, not
logo to sleep, but to remain watchful until
the Speaker's gavel falls lor final adjourn
ment. "Eternal vigilance is the price of
liberty."
In conclusion, permit me to congratulate
the people of the Pacific Coast on our wonder
ful achievement. 1 hope and believe that it
marks the dawn of a new era of liberty and
the restoration of the people again into
power.
The following resolutions were read by
the secretary for adoption by the meet
ing. The resolutions were unanimously
adopted:
Whkkeas, The Government of the United
States has invested over $121,000,000 in a
chain of overland railroads, and, whereas, the
earnings of these roads art? amply sufficient to
pay the market rate of interest on this invest
ment and to repay the principal within a rea
sonable time, aud, whereas, the permanent
maintenance of an independent* competing
line is as important to the people of the whole
country as the recovery of the debt; be it
Resolved, By the citizens of San Francisco, in
mass-meeting assembled, that we thank the
majority of the House ol Representatives for
at once refusing to strengthen the present
monopoly and to sacrifice the Government'
Investment by permitting the cancellation of
the debt on the payment of a nominal rate of
interest for eighty-six years, thus perpetuat
ing the oppressive rule and fraudulent man
agement of tie present organization,
Resolved, That the Government should not
relinquish its hold on the roads until it hag
mode itself familiar w_th the inside facts re
garding their management, expenditures,
earning capacity and ability to reduce rates,
nor until it has given the principle of opera
tion by public officials in the public interests
a fair trial. We call attention to the fact that
the Union Pacific, lite scores of other roads,
is now and for years has been managed by
receivers appointed by Federal courts to guard
private interests, and we see no reason why
similar methods, employed for th« public
benefit, should not be at least equally succe.-s
--_____
Resolved, That if the Government should de
cide to sell at any time its interests in the
roads for the full amount of the debt, it ought
to make such stipulations as would insure
their permanent maintenance as an indepen
dent, through competing line.
Resolved, That we protest against the passage
of ihe Gear bill, providing for turning over for
the settlement of the debt question to a com
mission; or any similar measure, and ask Sen
ator Morgan, Senator White, Senator Perkins
and our other friends in the Benate to prevent
such action.
Resolved That we condemn the policy of any
new sparer which either openly aids the exist
ing monopoly or which, under the clonk of a
pretended desire 'or Government ownership,
endeavors to embarrass the efforts of those
who ere working in the only practicable way
to prevent the sacrifice of puolic interests, and
wo demand the loyal and hearty assistance of
the press of Calilornia, and especially of San
Francisco, in impressing upon the National
authorities the views of the great majority of
our people.
Resolved, That we extend our heartfelt
thanks to all who have aided In securing the
defeat of the Powers funding bill. We are
proud of the gallant work of our delegation in
Congress, led by Sau Francisco's honored rep
resentative, James G. Maguire; Congressmen
Barham, Bilborn, Loud, McLachlan, Bowers;
and while we condemn the one traitor we
.uke comfort in the fact that he is a member
without a constituency. We thank Messrs.
Cooper, Boatner, Hubbard, Bell, Cummings
and the rest of ounfl_astern friends who made
the victory possiwe, nor, although the matter
was not brougnt to an issue, can we overlook
the activity of Senator Morgan of Alabama, to
whose unselfish devotion we owe so much of
our standing at Washington.
The hundreds of Eastern newspapers that
aided us have earned our earnest gratitude,
and particular recognition is due to the Wash
ington Star, which Dy its standing and influ
ence at the capital rendered us invaluable
service. -vHHBHBMP'CSBIBBMH
To all the faithful servants of the public at
home we give thanks' and honor. Governor
Budd and the Legislature made the unani
mous desire) of California for the defeat of the
funding bill apparent. The City government
of San Francisco has exerted its just influence
through ex-Mayor Sutro and Mayor Phelan.
The Committee of Fifty has ably iuifllied the
duties intrusted to it. To George K. F.tcli,
John T. Doyle, James H. Barry, W. M. Bunker,
J. M. Bassett and their colleagues of that com
mittee we extend our warmest congratulations
on their admirable work. And we gratefully
acknowledge the services of all the others
Khatami West through whose aid the grip of
tbe Southern Pacific on our commerce has
been broken.
Henry E. Highton said he looked only
to the immediate occasion for rejoicing.
"The defeat of the funding bill," be said,
"bas been appropriately celebrated by a
holiday, which accurately meets the sen
timent of tbe people. This great State
has at last heard- the rattle of falling
chains. If the shackles have fallen and
our thralldom to Mr. Huntington, then we
can discern the homes of million? of
American freemen representing every
phase of industry. on the Pacific Coast."
Mentioning the names of men who stood
up for the people in this struggle, the
speaker was interrupted repeatedly as he
enumerated Mr. Sutro, James G. Maguire,
Mr. Hilbom, Senator Morgan and Franx
iin Bartlett of .New York. To all these the
gratitude and acclaim of the people of
California should be accorded. Nor should
the young men of the State, of whom
James D. Phelan, a native son, is the ex
emplar, be forgotten. Hr. Highton could
not conceive of a more honorable type.
Should this type become general in politi
cal circles corruption in office would not
he mentioned.
He 3aid ir. would be better if the earn
ings of the Southern Pacific Company
should be dropped into the sea than this
Nation should be held up to the world as
condoning the frauds wbich tbe funding
bill was intended to extinguish. Where
can Mr. Huntington look lor aid among
the political forces of the Union? he
asked, and presently he retired amid ap
plause.
Ex-Congressman A. Caminetti, now a
member 01 the State Legislature, said:
"As a humble soldier I am glad to see
that that part of the people of this State
who believe that their rights are sacred
are rejoicing in the acts of this Congress.
You can't meet too often to express your
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honest sentiments on this matter. The
resort to a commission bill presents
greater dangers than you have had to face
in the last three or four years. As long as
you are represented by honest men, with
tbe exception of one. there was no danger,
but let us keep up the fight till the two
houses adjourn sine die. It represents
the future development of this great State
to win this fight. They say. are you id
favor of Government ownership?
"Yes!" "Yes!" cried the audience.
"I Jtnnw you are," said the speaker.
"Government control of the, road may
allow an** nd all railroads coming to
Omaha to come to our great State. It
does not involve Government ownership
of all the road ; only a part of it. The rail
road question in this land will never be
settled till the Government owns a railroad
from ocean to ocean." _ ••'
Dr. Clinton, a member of the Board of
Supervisors, said: ••Thank God the fight
against the grasping avarice of Hunting
ton has been won, and the price of that
victory is eternal vigilance. We should
send into oblivion any commission .or
similar measure. lam here to lend "my
voice to swell the shout of gladness that is
going up from San D'e._;o to Del Norte.
Dr. Clinton paid a tribute to ex-Mayor
Sutro, "who has done more than any one
else to bring abo*_t the defeat of tb. fund
ing bill," to James H. Barry and the Star
and . Congressman Maguire, for all of
whom there were loud cheers. H j said
he Poped that the present Board of Super
visors had been elected for reform, "and
if any are recreant to their trust 1 want to
see them held up to scorn in a public
meeting like this."
This was greeted by tremendous cheers.
James H. Barry said: "I am glad to be
here to join with you in congratulations.
It is the first time this State has been vic
torious over Collis P. Huntington and his
pals in crime. If we express oursejves as
we did on the funding bill there will be no
commission. Under a commission we
would be even more under the control of
the evils from which we have escaped.
We can find out whether railroads in the
bands of Government receivers can be run
as well and economically as in private
hands, and then we will know further
what to do. I believe we have throttled
railroad monopoly. There is land monop
oly to throttle next."
He paid a tribute to Congressman Ma
guire, Mr. Caminetti and to Mayor James
D. Phelan.
Mayor James D. Phelan was met with
cheers and applause when introduced.
He said: "This is an occasion as broad as
the State. What are we here for? For
mutual congratulations on a fight that re
sulted in victory. That power has been
defeated which has in the past been con
sidered invincible.. I am glad to say.
coritrarv to the words of Huntington, this
Congress is not a venal institution. We
know that the in teres s of the corporation
represented by Mr. Huntington are not
the interests of this community and the**
State of California. - This man Hunting
ton goes on planning and planning bene
fits which he will not live to reap himself,
and they are detrimental to California.
"He has erected in the East construction
iron works in competition with our own
iron works, and instead of erecting them
on this coast. He has .tried to establish
another port in competition in this State,
and he has made New Orleans really the
port of California. When the Southern
Pacific's debts are paid in the future it
will be a dismantled road. I say that
there is a transportation conspiracy which
tends to the ruin of San Francisco as a
port.
"I say that man is a public enemy. Let
that railroad go to foreclosure ior a titbo
of the dei_t, and let other people get ho d
of it, for any change cannot be a change
for the worse. There are half a dozen
roads at the Missouri River waiting to
come this way. Let the Government lore
close, and when this is done we do no man
an injury." '.' . *:
Hon. F. H. Gould of Btockton, ex-Con
gressman, made the closing speech. He
said that to-night the people of this State
believe the paying of the railroad debt is
simply an act of common honesty. "Up in
the town of Stockton we have a railroad
running down the valley to Fresno.whicb
will, at least so far as that valley is con
cerned, relieve the people from the thrall
dom of the Southern Pacific. That road
has cut rates in two. That road was
built by money raised in San Francisco,
and now, in behalf of Stockton, I desire to
return to you our sincere thanks.
"What has been done in the San Joaquin
Valley by railroad competition can be
done over the whole State by competition.
It is a great wrong that the commerce of
San Francisco and a great State should bo
in the hands of one man. I believe that
in the present Congress there will be
measures adopted that will give California
a competing railroad." . ~ ,*.
The. meeting terminated with three w
cheers for California's representatives in 1
Congress. They were given with such '
energy and volume that they were prob
ably beard out on Market street

Funding: Bill in Oakland.
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