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VOLUME LXXXII.-NO. 17S.
FIERCELY RAGED THE WILD FLAMES Oakland Sacred Heart Church Property Destroyed. FIRE OF INCENDIARY " ORIGIN. Tjhe Blaze Communicated?! to 4. Clergy-House and Girls' School. THE WATER SUPPLY GAVE OUT. Little If Anything Saved From th« Fire— Valuable Statue Destroyed. Fiercely raging flames last night de stroyed the Sacred Heart Church, corner of Fortieth and Grove streets, Oakland, the clergy house and the girls' school. It is believed to have been of incendiary or i.'in. The priests connected with the church, Fathers Serda and Scanlan, went in to Oakland early last night to attend a lec ture delivered by the Rev. P. C. Yorke of this city. On their return nothing un usual was noticed, and they retired. At about 11 o'clock they were awak ened by the ringing of the church bell and wild cr.e* of "Fire! Fire!'' Father Serda was the first to be aroused, and throwing open his window he noticed a blaze in the rear of the church. Hastily awakening his household he went out to help light the flames, which were rapidly getting headway. The Fire Department soon arrived on the spot, and the men wonted like heroes to save the building, but all to no purpose, is it was old and the dry wood burned S-.te tinder. lo add to the dfficulries the water sup (add to the d is very the water sup * hich at ne-t is very scant in that \:t, soon gave nut and the firemen j We obliged to leavs the noble edifice. ! where the prayers and praises to God have been sounded for the past twenty years to its fate and bend all their efforts toward saying the adjoining buildings. Tills task also prov.-d futile, as the flames soon communicated to the ciergy iiou-e immediately adjoining. The flames here burst out with such fieiceness that no effort was made to quench them, and what , i : tie water could be obtain- d was at once turned on the school building, which adjoins the church. But to pour water on a building alongside these raging furnaces was u«e'ess, and wnile the outs de of the ding wts com pletely drenched it soon took fire on the inside owins to the fierce heat from the burning buildings immediately surround ing it. The sight was now on=? of terrible grandeur. The sky was completely over cast and the three torches cast a glow over the landscape for miles. The at mosphere was perfectly still, &nd the flames, now shooting high in air. now sizzling, cracking and de vouring all within their reach, cast a glow over the town of Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley, which could eu-ily be distinguished on this side of the bay, while the dense clouds of smoke totally obscured such few stars as had made their way through rents in the clouds, and showers of sparks and burn- brands momentarily threatened new ▼. ; ir,gers in the twin cities across the bay. j .;e loss on the buildings will be very heavy, as almost everything was de stroyed, and there was very little insur ance. Tne only thing saved from the church was the vestments and the blessed sacraments, which some unknown hero brought out at the risk of his life, while a statue of the Blessed Virgin, considered the finest in the State, was destroyed. The loss on the church is estimated at fully $17,003, while the insurance is but (6000; on the clergy-house, $2500—insur ance $1200; school, $4-500— insurance $3000. The loss will, perhaps, be felt more keenly as the clerity had been congratu lating themselves that, after a hard strug gle, the church has been cleared of debt and they were preparing for a winter of vigorous, aggress. work with no mill stone of debt around their necks. In an interview with a Call reporter this morning Father Serda spoke as fol low-: •■Many sleepless nights I have spent planning for that church, and now some ill-minded person has destroyed it all in an hour. .No natural agency caused that fire. It was most certainly started by a fiend, for' what purpose God only knows. 'Only a month ago we had a very suc cessful church fair and raised about all of our debt, and we were congratulating ourselves that we were out of the woods, and now all our work is undone. "I had just come from Father Yorke's lecture ana was resting when I saw the flames. I cried out "The church is on fire,' and en rushed out to warn the other-. In ten minutes the church was doomed, au/i :n half an hour it was destroyed. I. '"l-n unhappy welcome to my Thanks- V 1 ":,'. which I thought was to be one of th\fc ppiest of my life." By 1 o'clcck the buildings were com- I lately destroyed. The large church is a mass of asl.e , not a stick is left standing, and the clergy-house and school are total wrecks. Some of the furniture was saved, but it will cut no figure in the total loss. Father Serda's estimate* arj as follows: Sacred Heart Church, $18,000; furnishings, $3500; clergy house, $300O; furnishings, $1000; Sacred Henri hill and school, $500); furnishings, $1200: total loss, $31,700; total insurance, $10,., 0 0. The San Francisco Call WERE COOKED AND DEVOURED BY THE SERIS Bodies of Captain Porter and His Com panion Undoubtedly Served as Food for the Cannibals of Tiburon Island* SAN DIEGO, Nov. 24.— George W. Boer- i maker, who was the first to send the news of the murder of Captain Porter and John J hn-on by the savages of Tiburon Island, arrived to-day from Guaymas and con firms the truth of the news sent from Guaymas. B-ermaker says that the Rio Yaqui, the steamer sent to Tiburon Island by the Mexican Government with fifty soldiers in search of the junk World and her ill-fated owner and his companion, returned to Guaymas a few days before his departure. The captain in charge of the steamer said they saw no Indians, but , in Channel Inferno, on the island shore, | they found the remains of the junk, which j the savages had attempted to burn, and j they brought away the anchor, a piece of j the mast, part of the bot^m with keel ; attached and pieces of sail. They found j i on the beach a pair of shoes which be- , longed to one of the murdeied men. They j also brought books, papers and documents be onging to Porter and Johnson. They saw evidences of savages and fresh ; signs. Thera were a number of brush j wigwams where t c Indians had been j lately, and also evidence* of a recently ! extinguished fire. One burro was lean, i but no cattle or horses. They made care- | ful search for the bodies of the Ameri cans, but with no result. The troops marched eighteen miles into the country and along shore. From the number of brush wigwams and fires they estimated that there must have been fully 200 In dians. A body of troops numbering 200 was sent from Ortiz to the island. At the time the steamer was there they saw no ! indication of the presence of the troops, j It is reported that they have since re- i turned to Ortiz. "1 talked wim a Mexican who was in i the vicinity of Tiburon after the niurdor, " i said Beermaker, "and he told me there | was no doubt that Porter and Johnson j had been killed. The junk was lying | wrecked on the island shore, and it ha < ] been looted of everything, mc tiding sails. j Tie Indians, according to this Mexican, j are cannibals, and he declare! that John ion ana Porter had eaten, beyond j SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 25, 1897. THEY ALL GIVE THANKS. any question. The Mexicans all affirm vigorously that the Sens ate cannibals. The officer in command of the expedi- on had not made his-, fficial report when I lett, but I inquired among the soldiers and some of them told me they believed Porer and Johnson had been eaten after being cooked in the fire they found on the island. "This was a big fire, built not far from the wreck of the junk World. The camp there had been a large one and the Indians were seen dincing there. From all the signs it was believed the Indians had gone back from there into the mountains, where no body knows the country and where pursu ers are very likely to be ambuscaded and killed. Ido not believe the troops made any march into the interior, although they claimed they did. The Mexicans are not anxious to punish the .Seiis, and unless the American Government take? action nothing will be done and the Indians will simply lie in wait for ii'-w victims.'' TRIES TO END HIS LIFE. Banker Dwight of Honolulu laid to Have Attempted Self- Destruct/on. HONOLULU. Nov. 17.— The city is ex cited over a report that Mr. Daighi of Bishop & Co.'s bank att-mpted to com mit suicide last night because of ner vous prostration. Tne facts have Deen withheld as much as pos-ibie. but it is reasonably certain that the attempt to end his life was made. The tragedy could not have been traced to financial difficulties. Dwignt's friends believe that a love affair was at the to - tom of the att-mpt at self-destruction. The doctois in attendance deny the sui c de theory, and claim that the patient's illness is due to natural causes. Dwigbt is a brother-in-law of W. A. Kinney, the Commissioner to Washington. A Cyclone at Mndrn*. MADRAS, Bkitsh India, Nov. 24.— A terrible cyclone la raging here this morn ing. JUDGE McKENNA SURE TO SUCCEED JUSTICE FIELD It Is Positively Certain That President Mc- LKinley's Appointment of the Attorney- General to the Supreme Bench Will Be Confirmed* Call Office. Biggs House, ) Washington D. C, November 24. ( There 's not the slightest doubt of Mc- Kenna's confirmation as an Associate Justice of the Supreme C urt. The re port that Senator Elkins will oppose him on account of the Attorney-Gen-ral's de cision on section 22 of the Dmglev tar net is a mistake. Elkins and McKenna are warm friends. Neither is there any foundation for the belief that Senator Hoar, chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate, will oppose the confirmation. Senator Hoar has the highest regard for McKenna. The Attorney-General's decision on section 22 is calculated to help the New England people, and the opposition to the discrimi nating duty came chi< fly from Boston, the home of Senator Hoar. If the latter is actuated by selfish considerations he will have no reason to oppose the Judge's confirmation. "i jie CALL correspondent, after a careful investigation, is enabled to state ii the most positive terms that Judge McKenna will brj nominated to succeed Fie.d, and that he will be confirmed beyond a doubt. •The Supreme Court meets a am on Monday, November 29. Two days later Justice Field retires. It is not incumbent upon the President to nominate his suc cessor immediately, for the court can transact its business without a full mem bership. Indeed, Justice Field has not attended court lor several weeks. But if the Presi dent chooses ho may appoint Mr. Mc- Kenna on the very day that Mr. Field re tires. This would .be what is generally known as a "recess appointment," and he could serve until the Senate confirmed him. pHB It 13 considered doubtful, however, whether the appointment will on made until af er Congress meets, five days after Field's retirement. This will give the President a little more time to consider the appointment of the Attorney-Gen eral's successor. The Call correspondent learns from high authority that although the Presi dent has given the matter sume consider ation, he has not yet decided upon the new Cabinet officer. There is ptetty good ground for the be lief that the new Cabinet member will not come from Ohio, nor from California. The name of Assistant Attorney-General Boyd of North Carolina is being consid ered. ', ASSURANCE FROM THE POPE. His Coming Encyclical Will Not Ag gravate the Manitoba School Question. ROME, Nov. 24.— A recant letter of the Pope to Archbishop Braschesi of Montreal, who is now in this city on a mission in behalf of the Roman Catholics of Mani toba, who claim the right to maintain separate schools, in addition to empha sizing the importance of the demonstra tion made by forty newspaper men at Montreal when the Archbishop started for Rome and pointing out how import ant the aid of a sympathetic press can give the cause of order and tranquility, concludes by saying that "animated by esrecisl at rnal Z'-al for Canada," his Holiness will use bis utmost solicitude that "public concord will suffer no de triment." The last statement is interpeted to mean that the Pope's coming encyclical on the Manitoba school question will not ba so rigid as to embitter the situation. The reply of his Holiness also contains an exhortation to the Catholics of Canada to warmly second the efforts of their Bishops. The letter from his Holiness to the Archbishop of Montreal was sent in reply to a report Mgr. Braschesi bad made in regard to the journalistic demonstration previously alluded to. Snicid" of Playteritjht franeoii Ston*. PARIS, Nov. 24 —Francois lions, a playwrieht and translator of French plays into English for production in the United States, has committed suicide, with his mistress, by inhaling charcoal fumes. Mons iaierly has been in financial straits. JUROR CARROLL SCORES LORIGAN IN HIS REPLY Judge Took Advantage of His Position on the Bench* The People of San Jose Realize That the Gang of Boodlers Was Desperately Determined to Break Down Its Sworn Foe* SAN JOSE, Nov. 24. — In compliance with urgent requests from my friends and the public, I wish to make a statement and reply to the slander and abuse heaped upon me while acting as a grand juror by Superior Judge VV. G. Lorigan of Santa Clara County, who in his judicial capacity took cowardly advantage of my defense less position and used language befitting a street hoodlum. To this I would not reply at the time, as I was warned by my friends not to make any move, and thus give the "gang" the chance it was looking for but did not get. 1 will not lower myself to answer in the same strain, but will try to make a fair statement, borne out by the facts, which can be verified by any one desirous of investigating the same, as they are a matter of notoriety and can be found in the public records. I determined to refrain from answering the abuse of Judge W. G. Lorigan until I had been discharged from the Grand Jury, which 1 knew would be in a few days. I did not want to take advantage of my official position as a grand juror to score the Judge, which I had a legal right to do and would have done if he had not slan dered me th; way he did. When the Grand Jury appeared in Judge Lorigan's court and the Judge be gan his inquiry, it was a noticeable fact that I was the last one to be examined. The "gang" expected something d.fferent j from what I gave them. I refused to answer on the ground, as 1 stated, that I j was credibly informed there was to be a i determined effort to cinch me at any cost, j on account of the active part 1 took in performing my sworn duty as a grand juror and making diligent inquiry into j any facts brought to my notice in regard to public affairs. 1 found, after removing many obstacles placed in my way, that a gang of politi cal bloodsuckers was systematically de frauding the county in large sums. These men had fed so long at the public crib rrs mrsinrs tnnrsirs vinnnrs re o-jq g NEWS OF THE DAY. 3 Jo Weather forecast for San Fran- 3 £ Cisco: Fair Thursday; south- 2" )° erly, changing to fresh westerly oj (o wind;. 3 g FIRST PAGE. 3 to Eaten by Cannibal Sens. of £ McKenna to Be Confirmed. oj g j Juror Carroll's Answer. 3 jo ; Cnurch and Buildings Burned. 3 C SECOND PAGE. 3 [o Snta Clara Poultry Show. . 3 C No Silurians at Sacramento. oj Jo Faced Death on the Desert. 3 g THIRD PAGE. 3 U Bear Sailors Are Angry. 3 P Insurgents Raid Havana. 3, U Riot m Austrian Assembly. 3 >o Says Durrant Is Innocent. o* C FOURTH PAGE. 3 £> Burglars Hard at Work. 3 g Senators at Honolulu. °j jo Lovering May Be Acquitted. -^ g New Western Union Service. °< U Mrs. Nack Once Loved Thome. 3 £» FIFTH PAGE. 3 g Police Department on Parade. 3 g Explosion in a Restaurant. o< C Tne San Pedro Harbor. °j jo Another Examiner F«ke. 3 g Marriage of Julia Crocker. 3 to SIXTH PAGE. 5 £ Editorial. 3 >o A Comical Defence. 3 C Thanksgiving Day. oj io Where No i'nanits Arise. 3 g Tragedy at Dixon. oj g Music and Musicians. 3 >o Personals and Queries. 3 £ SEVENTH PAGE. 5 » News of the Water Front* of C Arrest of a Crook. ■ 3 £ The Footoafl Outlook. 3 g EIGHTH PAGE. 3 to Commercial Intelligence. ©? g NINTH PAGE. 3 to Board of Education Meeting. 3 v°, News From Across the Bay. 3 £ TENTH PAGE. oj U Racing at Oakland Tract. 3 £> ELEVENTH PAGE. 3 U Births, Marriages, Deaths. 3 g TWELFTH PAGE. 3 £ Charles Fair's Legel Tangle, 2 p Steamers Overcrowded. 3 U Thanksgiving Ideas. 3 ti&JUULPJLPJi^JU^^ PRICE FIVE CENTS. that they were becoming bolder in the belief that they could never be called to account. I declined to answer on the ground of my constitutional rights as a citizen and not on the ground, as the Judge tried to induce me to say, that I would incriminate myself. I also declined because I had grave doubts as to the jurisdiction of the court in the matter. The Judge acknowledged in open court that he had no legal evi dence against me, yet he, the presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, assuming that I was morally guilty, proceeded to abuse me in language most foul, illy becoming a man in his official position. The minority report which I handed in will bear me out in my statement that I was to be sacrificed for daring to expose the wholesale frauds being perpetrated year after year. This assertion can be easily verified by examining the reports of the expert who worked on the Jus tices' books. The reports are public documents and can be seen by any citizen who cares to look them up. The weak attempt made by the Board of Supervisors to pull the wool over the people's eyes in commencing a civil suit against the Justices to recover the moneys the latter had illegally taken by tilling and swearing to a false claim was done only for the purpose of leading the people to believe that it was simply a question for a court to decide whether the Jus tices were entitled to the fees or not. The fact is that there is no question about this matter at all, as an examination of the fee bill will show. The Hon. W. G, Lorigan, Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County and aspirant for the Supreme Bench, sought to destroy my reputation in open court by viilifying me— by calling me perjurer, scoundrel and cur when 1 was at his mercy and powerless to defend my self. 1 meniion this that people may know who is the cur. As for "perjurer" and "scoundrel," 1 will have occasion to speak of that later on. When Judge Lorigan found he could not intimidate me, as he expected, his malicious passion broke loose, his cloak of hypocricy fell from him, the mask was torn from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ap peared. 1 submit this to the people and leave it to every decent, self-respecting citizen to judge who is the scoundrel and cur. And 1 promise that the future will disclose who has been right and who wrong in this controversy. T. W. CARROLL. NICARAGUA CANAL SURVEY. Rear-Admiral Walker and the Gov- ernment Commission Ready to Work. NEW YORK, Nov. 24 —With every thing in readiness, ihe United States cruiser Newport, Captain B. F. Tilley in command, is lying off drydock 2 at the Brooklyn Navy-yard, awaiting orders to sail with the members of the Nicaracuan Canal Commission recently appointed by Congress — namely, Rear-Admiral John G. Walker, U. S. N., as president; Colonel Peter C. Haines, corps of engineers, U. S. A., and Professor Lewis M. Haupt, civil engineer. With them will go about fifty surveyors, engineers and otheremployes as members of the expedition. The commission will report on the feasibility of the proposed canal, it? probable cost and cost of main* tenance and the most desirable route. The vessel will proceed direct to Grey own, whence Rear-Admiral Walker will go to Manama and pay his respects to President Zdaya. The expedition will remain until March next. Independent of the canal commission work, a general survey will be made of the harbor at Greytown and another of the San Juan River. CAPTLJthI) 1* MJESDOZ i. He JHd :>nt O't Vrr V Far With the 200,000 Peitos. Copvrlcht, 1897, by James Gordon Bennatt. VALPARAISO, Nov. —Reports just received state that the delimiting cas ->ier of the Government Central Monetary Conversion Office of Santiago, who disap pear^ several days ago with more than 200.000 pesos, has been captured in Men dcza. Mountain-climbers Fitzgerald and Vines, who came here from Europe on a moun tain-climbing tour, and who succeeded in makine the ascent of Mount Aconcagua, sailed for Liv.rpcol yesierday.