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Oakland Sacred Heart
Church Property
Tjhe Blaze Communicated?! to
4. Clergy-House and Girls'
Little If Anything Saved From th«
Fire— Valuable Statue
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
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
•■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
Bodies of Captain Porter and His Com
panion Undoubtedly Served as Food
for the Cannibals of Tiburon
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
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
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
"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.''
Banker Dwight of Honolulu laid to
Have Attempted Self-
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
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
"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
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. ',
His Coming Encyclical Will Not Ag
gravate the Manitoba School
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
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
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
Judge Took Advantage of
His Position on the
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
Jo Weather forecast for San Fran- 3
£ Cisco: Fair Thursday; south- 2"
)° erly, changing to fresh westerly oj
(o wind;. 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
[o Snta Clara Poultry Show. . 3
C No Silurians at Sacramento. oj
Jo Faced Death on the Desert. 3
U Bear Sailors Are Angry. 3
P Insurgents Raid Havana. 3,
U Riot m Austrian Assembly. 3
>o Says Durrant Is Innocent. o*
£> 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
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
£ 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
» News of the Water Front* of
C Arrest of a Crook. ■ 3
£ The Footoafl Outlook. 3
to Commercial Intelligence. ©?
to Board of Education Meeting. 3
v°, News From Across the Bay. 3
U Racing at Oakland Tract. 3
U Births, Marriages, Deaths. 3
£ Charles Fair's Legel Tangle, 2
p Steamers Overcrowded. 3
U Thanksgiving Ideas. 3
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.

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