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VOJLUMJK LXXXII.-NO. 175.
THE RUCKER BROTHERS AND THEIR PLACE OF BUSINESS, WHICH THE JIM REA CROWD FALSELY CLAIMS TO HAVE CLOSED. JIM REA DECLARES A BOYCOTT ON THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL v S AN JOSE, Nov. 2L — Ii is by terror as y a* by more insidious methods of \ 1 fellowship and chicanery that ihe Rea ring maintain their power. Of late so thoroughly has their gentler modes of operations become an open book to the people of Santa Clara County that they have had to depend more largely on their ability to terrify the community. They* have made it their business by every means possible, except by publication, to spread the idea that every man who has ilared to oppose them has been driven to ruin — forced out of business and compelled to leave town. That they have actually done this in many instances is generally acknowledged by all residents. Growing bolder from ;he;r earlier successes they soon hit upon a plan for increasing the dread of their power by those who were disposed to act contrary to the programme laid out by the band of boodlers. Whenever a man wa3 unfortunate in business, and he had in any way attempted to oppose the rinc, the tanesters claimed to have hung an other scalp in their baits. While bankers, merchants and profes sional men have been free to admit the power of the ring In private, the publica tion of the recent boast of Johnnie Ale- Kenzie, the lieutenant of Boss Rea, to a representative of The Call mat no one could oppose the "gangland live and suc ceed in the community, has aroused all the latent spirit of the people who are striving for good government. It will not be many days before the boss and bis henchmen in and out of office will have ample opportunity to try conclusions with "ie people whom they claim to nay foß^-fcil to submission by terror. i >ne is moreindignant over the utter- ? McKenzie than the friends of Ki\^pr Brotner?, the firm which he claimed had been driven out of Dusiness because the Ruckers would not swallow the programme arranged by Rea for tne election of four years ago. They deny tnat the gang had anything to do with the firm's retirement from the furniture business in this city. Up to about four year* ago g am jj # Rucker and J si-ph H Rucker, the brothers who are member; of the firm of Kucker Bros (incor porated ), were among the stancbest friends and supporters of Jim iiea. At that time The San Francisco Call there was a three-cornered fight on for the Mayoralty. Paul P. Austin was the Republican candidate, and was backed by I Rea. Tom Hocan was the Democratic i nominee, and Valentine Koch, the pres ent Mayor, ran independently. For rea sons of their own the Ruckers declined to be whipped into line for Austin. Sam ■ j Rucker Mood by Hogan and Joe Rucker I took up Koch's light. From this time * dated tne parting of the ways for Rea and the Ruckers. Joe Kucker laughed in scorn when he ! was asked if the boast of Johnnie McKen zie had any foundation in fact. "There is absolutely nothing in that j statement of McKenzie's," he said. "He ! nor the gang of which be is a roembar had nothing to do wiih tue Ruckors go ing out of business. It is true we have announced our intention to retire, but our reason for doing ao is not based on any j thing the can? has done, thoush 1 know ' ttiey have been working against us. i They have taken some city and county i business from ti • wiiich they have thrown to the L. Lion & Sons Company, but that cuts little figure in the business we were doing.'' Sam Rucker was at Santa Ouz, but he J was reache 1 by telephone. "Thai report I is too absurd to be worth a serious denial. No one who knows that little scrub Me- Kenzie would taxe any stock in what he say. The Call is on the right track and will, I am sure, receive the assistance of every decent citizen in the work it is doing." Those who claim to be friends of Judge LorL-an and Jim Rea are pleading for leniency. Their prayers are baaed on the ground that tney are exceedingly gooJ fellows, and that The Call hat been too severe on them. The moral and legal phases of the situation are entirely ig nored. No statement can be obtained from Judge Lorigan giving his side of the controversy in the Grand Jury in refer ence to the Dwyer indictment?, ibongh he and his interceding friends have been told repeatedly that the columns ol The Call are wide open io any Biat<*ment or ex planation that might be offered on the subject. In vi wof this reticence the pro ceedings in Judge Loripan's court to-mor row morning, at which time he will have toe Grand Jury before him on a citation, SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 22, 1897. will be watched with the most intense in terest. Just what course he proposes to follow remains a secret, though the gen eral pnb'.ic believe that he intends to be come the inquisitor of that inquisitorial body. Jim Kea fired another shot at "The Call" yesterday. The Commercial and Saving* Bank ordered "Ihe Call" (topped. Ke« la a director of the bank, and L. Lion of the 1... Lion & Sons Company, dealers lv furniture, m president of the institu tion. Lions' firm is credited with get ting all the city's and county's busi ness in its line. It is believed that Kea has ordered a boycott on "The Call," and friends and enemies are quietly laughing at this exhibition of his utter iiupotency. There is apparently serious trouble in store for S. A. Beggs and W. 8. Begus, two brothers of Justice Beggs. Tuey were charged last week in Judge Hyland's court with seeking to impose a fraudulent instrument upon the court, and a broad intimation was made by ex-Judge Rey nolds, counsel for the appellant in the case, that an exhbit placed in the cus tody of Justice of the Peace Wallace on the original trial of the case had been ab stracted from the court's records. Early in September the case of White side vs. Mellot to recover about $40 on a note was tried before Wallace. The note was drawn in favor of To^ni <fe Tognazzl, who were partners. In tae Justices' Court an assignment of the note to the plaintiff was produced, signed by C. Togni, one of the partners. This was ob jected to by the defendant on the ground i that the assignment was void, not haying I been signed with the firm name, but ju gnient was nevertheless given for plain tiff. The case was appealed and was up for trial last week. At that time an assign ment of the note signed wiih the b'rm name was offered in evidence, uated March 6, 1897, a considerable lime before the original suit had been instituted. Togni, when placed on the witness-stand, could not remember anything about the new as signment, whetner it was made on the date indicated or at a date later than the continued on Second Page MELBOURNE VISITED BY A BIG FIRE Fanned by the Wind the Flames Burn Many Buildings. MERCANTILE BLOCKS DESTROYED. i Some of the Largest Business Establishm ns Laid in Ruins. FIVE MILLION DOLLARS THE LOSS. Trade in Scf; Goods Receives a Serious Setback and Hundreds Are Out cf Employment. £p*clsi Dispatch to The (.all. MELBOURNE. Australia, Nov. 2L— A great fire broke out here at 2 o'clock this morning, and in a very short space of time did enormous daniape. It started at the warehouse of Craig Williamson, in Elizabeth street, in the very heart of the city. A strong wind was blowing and the tiercely fanned flames rapidly ingulfed building after building:. Despite the des perate efforts of the firemen, the entire bJockj bounded by Elizabeth, Flinders and Swanston streets and Fiin lers lane, with the exception of two buildings on the Swansionstreet front, were destroyed within three hours. The burned section included many of the largest business houses in Me, bourne. The buildings ware completely gutted, as most of them contained soft goods, the names progressing with a rapidity which defied all checking, and in the fierce wind ashes and burning debris were carried into the suburbs a distance of two miles. It Is estimate] that the loss tvi'i reach £1.000,000 ($5,000,000), while '.he trade In soft goods has received a serious setback. Hundreds of employes of all sorts have Deen thrown out of employment. Sw-pt by a « ycione. MELBOURNE, Nov. 21.— A dust cyclone swept over the northwest portion of the colony on FrMay evening. It was especi ally severe in the vVimraera district, •where several towns were wrecked, many churches and prominent !>ui dings being ruined. One town alone suffered damage to the amount of $250 000. beveral per sons were seri"uslv iij.ired. The J-rt'le-t Ji.iil Jr-in. KANSAS CITY, Mo.. Nov. 21.— The new last mail train service on the Santa Fe was inaugurated this morning. The train will start from Kansas City daily at 2:30 in the morning and will lay local and Easern mails down In Western Kansas towns nearly twelve hours eariior than heretofore and improve greatly on con nections for the far West. Tue train will make ioriy-two miles an hour between here and Newton, Kan., and is said to be the fastest mail train in the country. NEWS OF THE DAY. Weather forecast for San Fran cisco: Cloudy and unsettled weather Monday. Probably showers. FIRST PAGE. Rescuers of -Whalers. Great Fire in Melbourne. Boodlei s Desperate. SECOND PAGE. Grim Death in Cuba. Reciprocity With Canada. Secretary Alger's Report. THIRD PAGE. ' Dizon's Mysterious Poisoning. Berkeley Kickers Confident. Railroad reck in Mexico. Severe Northern Floods. FOURTH PAGE.. Editorial. A Menace to American Labor. Rattier Quiet, but Prosperous. Problems for Fruit-Growers. The Coast Press. ' News of Foreign Navies. Two Recent Inventions. Personals. FIFTH PAGE. Coursing at Ingleside. Australian Smith's Double. News of the Water Front. Dr. M. C. O'Toole Dead. SIXTH PAGE. The C all Commended, Mission at Holy Cross. The New Westminster. Unrest at the Churches. SEVENTH PAGE. Shipping Intelligence. - News From Over the Bay. EIGHTH PAGE. . . With the Target Shots. NINTH PAGE. . Births, Marriages, Deaths . • TENTH PAGE. Boots' Reply to Williams. . Rot an zi's Voice Is Hushed. -Baltimore Wins Again. RACING WITH DEATH. BRAVE OFFICERS WHO GO NORTH TO RESCUE WHALERS SEATTLE, Nov. 21— In view of the widespread interest which Is being man ifested in the relief expedition that is soon to go Nortu to aid the ic-im prisoned whalers there are many inquiries as to the personnel of the men who have volunj leerfd to go on this perilous mission. When the revenue cutter B«ar sails on Thursday next the full complement of officers will include men who have already done meritorious service. They will put forth every energy to insure the success of the expedition which has been ordered by the Government as a result of The Call's efforts to that end. They realizs that ninny hardships and privations will have to be endured ere the unfortunate whalers are rendered aid and possiby relieved from a state bordering on starvation. But they are brave and persistent men, who are determined to surmount all obstacles in order that the end desired may be at ained. The head of the expedition is Captain Francis Tuttle, commander of the Bear. This cutter was formerly in command of Captain Mealy, who has a wide and inti mate knowledge of the natives, land and waters of tnat part of Alaska in the vi cinity of Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. But he was suspended in the spring of 1895, and the Treasury Department promptly offered the command 01 the Bear to Captain Tuttle, just promoted from the grade of first lieutenant Al though he had never been on the Arctic cruise he bad served the greater part of his time since entering the service on the Pacific coast. He knew as well as coul i be known without actual experience the conditions of the Northern service. 60 he promptly accepted the responsibility and wt-nt North in command of tne Bear for tne summer cruise ol 1896. The year before the Bear bad failed to reach Point Barrow at all, while the Juannie and the Excelsior, vessels not so well able to cope with the ice, had reached that point and had even gone beyond to the mouth of the Mackenzie River. But in 1896, un der worse conditions than had obtained the year before, the Bear succeeded in making tbe trip to Point Barrow. And this last summer she went beyond, reaching the farthest north and east that she has ever been. To Captain Tuttle belongs the credit for these two successful trips. He is a man ' about 53 years old, born in Newfield, Me., and was appointed to the revenue cutter service from that State. He served ns a. volunteer officer in the navy from 1863 until 1869, was honorably discharged, re appointed in 1870 and joined the revenue marine, being commissioned a third lieu tenant in 1871. He was promoted to the grade r,f second lieutenant during the same year, to first lieutenant in 1883 and to captain in 1895. He has done duty on the Eastern coast for ten years and ten months, on the Great Lakes one year and one mouth and on the Pacific Coast twelve year 3 and ten months. He has been on special duty on shore for eight month?, and on waiting orders for one year and four months. Two years of Captain Tut tle's Pacific Coast oaty has boen spent in Alaska, principally on the Rush und Bear. Considering Capiain Tut:le's splendid rec ord during the last two years he should be especially equipped for this special expe dition. First Lieutenant James H. Brown, who will be executive officer of tne Bear on this crnise, was born in Washington, D. C, January 6,1865 He was educated in the public schools of Washington and in 1884 entered the revenue cutter serviC9 as a cadet. He was commissioned third lieutenant in 1886. second lieutenant in 1890 and first lieutenant in 1896. He has made one cruise to Bering S.i us naviga lor of the revenue steamer Perry and one as executive officer of the Grant. The rest of bis service has been on the Eastern coast. In October this year he was com mended of gallantry in connection with tbe rescue for tbe crew of the wrecked schooner Hueneme on Unimak Island. Alaska. Lieutenant Brown comes from the Grant, whence be volunteered for this expedition. Second Lieutenant Claude S. Cochrane was born at Germantown, Ohio, October 28, 1865. He entered the United States Navai Academy in 1883, was graduated in 1887 and honorably discharged from the navy in 1889 in accordance with the Act of Congress passed in 18S2 reducing the number of officer-. He then took a medical course at Cin cinnati and a supplementary course at the Post Gra mate College of New YorJc City. He had intended tv fit himself for _ PRICE FIVE CENTS. the med'eal corps of the navy, but pre ferred in enter the line of tbe r*>vpnnp cut nsw to-dat: Disease makes a man just as helpless as if he were tied with ropes. 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