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Company's Offer to
Sell Not in Good
Same Old Cry Has Been
Raised Many a Time
■When the Corporation Is
Pressed It Makes Pretense
of Yielding.
Mayor Snyder "Will Not Stop Until the
People Have Worked Their
LOS ANGELES. Jan. 17.— The publi
cation in The Call this morning of the
position in which the city of Los An
geles finds Itself, as regards the public
ownership of a water distributing
plant, has already borne fruit. This is
despite the fact that the paper contain
ing the first comprehensive review of
the matter that has ever been printed
has not yet reached this city.
- At 10:10 this morning a messenger
/ arrived at the City Hall in breathless
„ ■■♦haste. He carried in his hand a letter
\ Addressed: "Hon. F. M. Nickell. chair
pan of the Water Supply CommiUee."
i. The messenger was in a great hurry to
/ find Councilman Nickell. He delivered
. f the message and a few minutes there
|'; after Mr. Nickeil; as chairman of the .
\ ; »»KVater Supply Committee, submitted to
;\ the Council the following communica
'-.* tion from the City Water Company:
i ' "We received your note of December 29,
m 1897. and have been desirous of making
™ reply thereto at the earliest moment
"We have submitted to the attorneys of
the water companies, who are here in the
city, the question of how to approach this
matter in the event we can agree upon .
prices. The legal difficulties of carrying
that agreement into effect are. as we are
advised, considerable, and it is our de- !
elre, at the same time we negotiate with
you as to terms,- to also negotiate with
you as to the mode of carrying our con- :
elusions into effect, should' we come to
"One of our attorneys is absent, but
•will return shortly, and If agreeable to
your committee we would like to have .
. you meet a representative or representa- i
tives to be appointed by the companies \
In a short time for the purpose of con- )
sidering these questions. Senator White,
one of the attorneys, will be In the city ■
some time about the middle of February,
and we should like to have matters in ,
such shape that he. In connection with i
our attorneys here, may determine on the
legal proceedings to bring matters be- I
tween us to a conclusion.
"Representatives will be appointed by
the boards of directors and we shall in
form you at once who they are, and a !
time can be arranged to get together and '
discuss the plans of procedure, and that it
may be submitted to the attorneys for the i
respective parties for their consideration :
' as to Its legal feasibility.
"We desire also, if -we can agree- upon !
terms, to bring the. matter to a conclusion i
at once, and to that end we are working
■with our stockholders and endeavoring to
get the consent of all of them that will
authorize us to carry the transaction Into ;
effect as soon as the proceedings neces
sary for that purpose can be taken; and
•we have strong hopes that in th*» course
of the next five or six weeks we shall
have the consent of all of them.
c "S. H. MOTT, Secretary."
This communication is the first result
of The Call's exposition of the local wa
ter situation. As soon as The Call ap
peared on the streets of San Francisco
this morning, the secretary here was
immediately informed by wire of what
M it contained. It was then that the
" characteristic communication* given
above was forwarded to the Council,
post-haste. The people of Los Angeles,
however, thoroughly understand the
"Water Company's tactics, and this
•\.' communication carries absolutely no
•'.■•-■' . -weight whatever.
The popular feeling is most concisely
stated by Mayor M. P. Snyder, who In
talking about the latest communication
•'■'.'■ this evening said:
"It Is but Illustrative of the methods
of the Water Company In the past in
blocking the will of the people. They
have always claimed they were ready
and desirous of bringing about nego
tiations whereby the i.'lty would come
into possession of its plant at any early
date. Then, through their news
papers, attorneys and understrappers
generally, they have always imme
diately set about to block every possi
ble settlement which could be obtained.
In this latest communication, . which
hns been sent forth, and which in mV
Judgment is the result of The Call's
work, there is absolutely nothing sew.
Whenever we have in the past succeed
ed In getting matters down to a point
where the Water Company was com
pelled to <lo something, it has invaria
bly set forth that some o^e or the other
of its attorneys was absent from the
city, and that for that reason it could
not proceei. The directors now claim
that Senator "White is away and that
thf-refore they are privileged to delay
matters. They all knew White was go
ing to be absent from the city during
the session of Congress, and it is prob
able he will continue to be away for
B orne time to come, as this is th« long
session of Congress.
"Put this water question has got to
The San Francisco Call
be settled, and the water company
must secure attorneys who will be pres
ent. The directors have about exhaust
ed excuses on that line. I am just as
confident now that the water company
has no more intention of entering into
negotiations in pood faith with the city
than it has of deeding its property to a
charity, as I was a year ago.
"We have been striving ever since I
went into office to get the company
down to business. But It has delayed
and procrastinated and put matters off.
It has muzzled the daily press and pre
vented the people gaining any accurate
information as to what the situation as
to- municipal ownership was. Every ef
fort we have made to do something for
the people in this matter the Times,
Herald and Express have ridiculed and
made light of. In the Council the wa
ter company's forces are strongly or
ganized and held well in hand.
"The corporation is playing for a
stake of a million and a half, and It can
afford to- effect many combinations to
carry Its point. Everything is being
carefully looked after by the manipu
"Now that The Call has determined
to give the people of Los Angeles a
hearing in the settlement of this great
and important question, which means
so much for the municipality, we have
renewed hope of our ability to protect
the people's" interest?. Tbe communi
cation that was put tn to-day by Sec
retary Mott is a Jumble of words ab
solutely without meaning. It was evi
dently written in great haste, and is
the first recognition by the water com
pany of The Call's labor."
One of the men who was foremost In
pushing the petition asking the Coun
cil to call a special election to vote
bonds so that the city could build a
water distributing plant of its own in
dependent of the city water company's
trust was A. W. Fisher, a well-known
business man and taxpayer. Mr. Fish
er has always been an ardent and con
sistent advocate of municipal owner
ship of the water plant, and to a Call
correspondent he this evening gave his
views of the matter as follows:
"The city water company claims per
fect willingness to bring to a conclu
sion the negotiations whereby the mu
nicipality is to acquire the plant. I
have arrived at the conclusion that It
don't contemplate anything of the kind.
It is not now, and never has been, deal
ing in good faith with the city. The
water company people claim they are
willing to give up if a fair price is
awarded them for their rusty streaks
Weather forecast for San Fran
cisco: Fair on Tuesday: continued
cold weather; northwesterly winds.
Maximum temperature for the past
twenty-four hours:
San Francisco 62 degrees
Portland 46 agrees
Los Angeles 66 degrees
San Diego 68 degrees
Los Angeles Water Fight.
Great Riots In Paris.
President Dole In America,
Cotton Bplnner* Quit Work.
Los Angeles School Scandal.
Only Harness Horses Go at Chicago.
Cuban Insurgents Gain Victory.
Killed In a Santa Fe Tunnel.
A Father's Awful Crime.
Old Man Burned to Death.
Judge Denounces Grand Juries.
Million In Gold From Klondike.
Congress at Work.
San Mateo Wants a Boulevard.
Fenders for One Car Una. '.
How nr"nwn.y Sawn Wood.
News of the Water Front.
Charged With Hotel-Beatlnjr.
Suicide of a Society Vocalist.
The Lo* Angeles Water War.
The Useful Injunction.
Chinese Immigration.
Judge Campboll's Jokes.
The Grand Boulevard.
A Sinecure and an Incubus.
Stories From the Corridors.
Letters and Queries.
Status of the" Police Courts.
The City's New Ferry Depot.
Unraveling the Berkeley Mystery.
Nearlng the Golden Jubilee.
Judge I»>w on His Mettle.
Work of the Supervisors.
Spanjer and Kelly Matched.
The Commercial World.
Nsws From Over the Bay. -
Racing in the Mud."'. !
Births. Marriages and Deaths.
New Bills at the Theaters.
More Klondike Adventurers.
of Iron pipe. What they mean by that
is that if the people will submit to a
robbery of $1,800,000, they will consent
to retire. They want us to pay $3,000,
000 for a plant that is at a liberal esti
mate not worth over $1,200,000.
"It is perhaps true that they would
be perfectly willing to have a bond
election called to vote bonds to pay
them this exorbitant figure for their
old junk. They know, and we all know,
that the people would not consent to
pay any such figure for the plant, and
the bond scheme would be defeated.
This is what the water company wants
done. They would certainly herald
the result far and near as evidence of
the f.ict that the voters of Los An-
F-l« s had pronounced against munici
pal ownership of a water plant.
"The truth of the matter is nine
teen-twentieths of the people of this
community are a unit for it. and they
propose to have It. Hut, at the same
time, they will not consent to any
proposition that consummates a cold
blooded hold-up of a million and a half
or more. The net Income of the
water company is about J.", 00.000 per
year. They can afford to spend $200.
(>oo or 5300. <X>0 per annum for a long
period of years delaying this matter
and holding off. Then their Idea Is
that they can at an parly date get a
Council and Mayor who will renew
their lease for a long term. This will
give them another opportunity to sand
bag the water consumers and accumu
late millions. The present plant is ob
viously Inadequate to the wants of the
city, as every consumer knows. The
mains are Inadequate as to size, and
the system is for a village and not a
great city. One of the great desidera
ta to be obtained by municipal own
ership is a plant fully and amply ade
quate to a city's needs.
"It Is now a year since I actively
took this matter up. I looked upon
it as a part of my duty as a citizen
and I am going to stay with it to the
end. During the past twelve months,
though, we who have been honestly
striving for municipal ownership have
met with many discouragements. Un
derstand, we do not desire or advocate
the taking of anything trnm the City
Water Company that belongs to it
without giving it value for every dol
lar. We are willing to be liberal with
th<» corporation, but we are not in fa
vor of being robbed.
"One of the great obstacles we have
met with has been the combination ex
isting among the three daily pppers.
They have all— the Time*, Herald anil
Express— been as one in their policy of
protecting the water company in this
all-Important controversy. They have
refused absolutely to give any one who
'stood for the people a hearing. All
avenues of reaching tho people in or
der to inform them as to the gravity of
the situation have been cut off. The
newspaper combine has been all-pow
erful, and any Intelligent discussion of
this question has been tabooed. This
has made It very difficult to keep the
masses informed, but, now that The
Call has taken up the matter, we are
going to be released from the news
paper thralldom which has held us
down. We want The Call to give full
Justice to the Water Company's side
of the case, and we know that It will.
But at the same time we shall expect
it to do what the syndicated dally pa
pers of Los Angeles have not done —
that If. to keep the people Informed
as to th'-lr side of the case and to let
them know when their rights are In
"The public officials chosen at the
last municipal election were all pledged
solemnly to do everything in their pow
•er to effect' municipal ownership. Of
nine Councilmen, only two have kept
their pledges. The other seven h.-f*e
', equivocated and shuffled around until
i the people do not know where they
stand. Councilman Nickel], as chair
j man of the Water Supply Committee,
| has exhibited unpardonable weakness,
while Councilman Toll, as a member of
that committee, has rather acted ns a
1 special pleader for the Water Company
than otherwise. And so I might go on
and enumerate.
"I superintended the circulation of
the petition asking the Council to call
a special election to vote bonds to build
an Independent plant. I talked with
hundreds of citizens and taxpayers
then, and I know the sentiment of the
people. They ar« in deadly earnest In
this matter.
"We realize that we have a hard
fiKht on hand, but we are enlisted for
it, and we are going to stay with it to
the end. Thus far we have received no
aid, support or help of any kind or
character in this contest f«>r the people
from the League for Better City Gov
ernment. We did not look for any help
from that organization and we have
not been dloappointed."
Anti-Dreyfus Riots in
Several French
Wild Scene of Disorder
at the Tivoli Vaux
hall Meeting.
Mad Mobs in the Streets of
Paris Charged by the
| That Never Ending Army Scandal
Threatens to Cause a Social
Special Dispatch to The CalL
PARIS, Jan. 17.— A great anti-Drey
fus and antl-Pemltic meeting at the
Tivoli Vauxhall produced extraordinary
scenes. The neighborhood was pa
trolled by police, mounted and on foot,
and the rapidly growing crowd in
creased the excitement. At 9 o"clock,
on the opening of the meeting, the hall
was a seething sea of humanity, crowd
ing every part, gesticulating, shouting,
"A bas Zola," "Vive lArmee," and
"Vive revolution soclale." The members
of the anti-Semitic committee display
ed banners bearing the words, "Death
to the Jews," and wore lnscripti s. It
was soon seen that the 5000 present
consisted largely of anarchists and
others bent on opposing the students.
On M. Guerin, the president, propos
ing that the honorary presidency be
conferred upon 11. Rochefort and M.
Drumont, a groat uproar ensued, the
anarchists trying to wrench the ban
ners from the anti-Semitics. Scuffles
took place, in which two of the officials
were injured.
M. Thiebaud delivered an address de
nouncing the Jews and urging the
meeting to support the Government.
Tumults and fights for the banners
contlued. with shouting, - .whlstllnir and
Kinging of the Marsel'l^i^i «. 1 th- Car
magnole, while M- Thiebaud proceeded
In a violent speech declaring that the
Dreyfus scandal was the commence
ment of a social revolution by "a band
of scoundrels desiring to overthrow
everything In order to raise a traitor."
The scene now became a saturnalia.
The anarchists removed the iron stair
case giving access to the tribune, so
that the committee was unable to de
scend. Free fights began around the
flaps. Finally the students, rhased the
anarchists out of the hall. The organ
izers of the mooting then seized the
flags decorating the hall ami arranged
a rendezvous at the military club, cry
ing "Vice l'Armee."
The hall partially emptied, but soon
the anarchists returned and. breaking
open the great doors, began further
flighting. It is alleged that several were
injured. Finally the students were van
quished and the anarchists were mas
ters of the situation. The meeting
broke up and the anarchists replaced
the ladder and invaded the tribune, led
by M. Curtois. flourishing a red flag
and all shouting, "Conspu<>z Rochefort"
(spit upon Rochefort) and "Long live
The disturbance continued, the anar
chists declaiming from the tribune
against the army and acclaiming Drey
fus. Some of the injured people were
carried out with their faces covered
with blood.
Tho interest was now transferred to
thf» atreeta. where th*» police had been
reinforced by tho Republican guards.
At 10 o'clock this evening large bodies
of students, flourishing the tricolor and
shouting, "Vive l'Armee," proceeded in
the direction of th* Military Club In
the Avenue de l'Opero.
The troops cleared the place de la Re
publique and charged the bodies of stu
dents. A large force is protecting the
Military Club.
Several were arrested. The demon
strators then proceeded shouting, "Con
epuez Zola" to the offices of the Temps,
the Aurore and the Libre Parole, but
the police again dispersed them. Near
midnight 500 students, led by M. Mille
voye, assembled at the Military Club,
but they met with the same fate. In
the melee some were wounded and
others arrested. Ultimately M. Mille
voye obtained permission of the police
to march before the club crying, "Vive
By midnight those who had been ar
rested were released and quiet had
been restored In the Palace de l'Opera.
There were only trifling manifestations
M. Blanc, the Prefect of Police, has
personally taken the direction of the
men who- were protecting the Military
Club, through fear of further trouble.
Telegrams from various provincial
towns r.port student manifestations at
Marseilles, where the windows of Jew
ish citizens WCIC broken.
At Nantes there have been some at
tacks on shops and the synagogue.
The crowd rescued those who were ar
The events of the past few days are
beginning to produce a feeling of panic
in Jewish circles. Both tht> business
and private houses of the Rothschilds
and other wealthy Jews are guarded by
special detectives and gendarmes, for
fear the crufade produce a sudden pop
ular outbreak.
A heavy fog settled over the city this
afternoon and made it difficult to as
certain until late exactly what had
happened. It ceems that, fearing dis
orders, a large body of police moved in
the direction of the Pantheon about 4
o'clock and barred the bridges across
the Seine. Half an hour later the stu-
dents. Issuing from their lecture-rooms,
filled the Place de Pantheon. An agi
tated crowd shouting, "Conspuez Zo
la," and raisins other cries, moved in
the direction of the bridges. Several
attempts to cross the river were frus
trated, but eventually a large number
reached the Place de la Republique. In
one case the crowd stopped in front of
a shop that bore the name "Levi,"
shouting:, "Death to the Jews. Let us
pillage, let us pillage." The students
at the rear, ignorant of the cause of
the delay, pushed on, and the mass
continued its onward course, after at
tempts in various directions to reach
the principal boulevards, always frus
trated by the police. Many were ar
rested. The students were now joined
by the riff-raff of the city, but llnally
desisted until evening.
The students, having the sympathy of
the authorities, were treated with sig
nal forbearance by the police, who only
kept them within necessary bounds.
According to some accourts. twenty
people were wounded in the cavalry
chars* outside the Tivoli Hall, which
the police eventually clear*!. The fin
prisoned committee in the tribune was
unable to make Itself heard and hung
out a placard announcing that the pro
ceedings were closed.
There is no doubt that the policy of
the Government is beginning to be
strongly assailed. General Billot. Min
ister r>f War, is especially the abject of
attack and the smallness of the major
ity in the Chamber of Deputies to-day
indicates the waning of M. Maine's in
The Cabinet was only saved from de
feat by the votes of Monarchists and
Boulanglsts. The Libre Parole accuses
General Billot of illegally spending 150.
000 francs of the war office funds in
bribing the press during the present
A special service of police has been
organized around the residence of Ma
thleu Dreyfus.
Le Soir asserts that M. Zola will call
Continued on Second Page.
Does Not Disturb the
Hawaiian Ruler
at All.
Talks Pleasantly of Hi 3
Mission to Gentlemen
of the Press.
He Says He Has Not Coma
Here to Lobby for An
Wants the Islnnds Annexed and Will
Do What He Can to That
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88 88
S3 NEW YORK, Jan. 17.— A spe- 52
** cial from " Washington to the 88
?8 Post says: The reported arrival 82
82 In San Francisco of President 82
S3 Dole of the Hawaiian Republic 88
88 is not regarded by annexation- 52
8* ists here as a matter of concern. S3
S3 There is a feeling that It might 88
S3 be best for Mr. Dole to remain 82
*. away from Washington until the 82
S3 discussion over the treaty is 82
8* ended. His presence might S3
!88 arouse antagonism, and such in- 88
i formation as he has to impart S3
', 82 can be given at long range Just 88
,Si as well. Pro-Hawaliaris will, It %
82 . is said, be governed by th« desire »3
82 of the administration . spokesman j S3
|82 as to .what course to pursue. 82
58 ■ : ■■ ■ . ' ■" ' 88
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There were several embarrassing cir
cumstances connected with the arrival
of President Sanford B. Dole of Hawaii
yesterday morning, but they did not
seem to ruffle his usual good temper or
Inconvenience him in any manner, ex
cept that he did not know Just how to
act. The President's wife accompanies
Heretofore the arrival of potentates
from the distant islands o-f the sea has
been the occasion of burning a great
deal of Government powder by firing a
salute. In the case of the President of
Hawaii there was nothing whatever to
indicate that a person of rank had ar
The few people who got aboard the
Peru told Mr. Dole Market street was
decorated; that General Shatter had
been instructed to meet him with an
escort, and that his reception was to
be a brilliant one. Accordingly, news
was sent to the Mail dock that the
President of Hawaii was going to leave
the steamer in a tug and land at the
Clay-street float, whence he was
to drive uptown under the waving flags
that had been strung across Market
street in his honor.
A long hour was the Peru detained
in the stream awaiting the salute that
never came from the guns on Black
Point: then when the news reached the
steamer that the flags were flying in
honor of the Golden Jubilee the anchor
of the Peru was raised, and a start was
made for the Mail dock.
When the steamer got alongside the
wharf Lieutenant Noble, aid-de-camp
to General Shafter, went aboard and
proffered his services, and that was the
nearest approach to a military escort
the President of Hawaii got. The only
carriage to met him was one sent down
by the proprietor of the Occidental Ho
tel, and into it Mr. Dole got hurriedly
and was driven away. Once at the ho
tel the President was as accessible aa
the humblest citizen. Though weary
from the Journey and crowded with
work which he had laid out for the day.
he granted representatives of the press
an interview. To every question he
gave a clear and courteous answer,
saying that there was nothing to hide,
and that there was no secret mean
ing to his visit.
"It was the sense of the officers of the
Government." said the Chief Executive
of Hawaii, "that I make a visit to the
Chief Executive of this country for the
purpose of discussing with him va
rious phases of the proposed treaty
with Hawaii. I do not come here as a
special pleader for annexation, nor
shall I appear before any Congressional
committees. It would not be a very
proper thing for me to do. The pro-
I posed treaty has been ratified by my
; Government. If it is finally ratified by
the United States Senate in the pres-
e nt shape, or with immaterial amend
ments, there are a great many little
questions that will have to be settled.
Something will have to be arranged as
regards the form of government that
will be maintained during the period
between the ratification of the treaty
by this Government and the period
'■ when Hawaii will finally be turned over
jto the United States. For example, all
suits would have to run in the name
iof the United States. It would have to
be arranged in detail what would be
I the status of the Hawaiian Islands

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