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Shortridge as a Programmer Found the
Sentiment of the Members. .
What Is Evident!** a Concerted Display of Enthusiasm for
Grant Amuses Alameda's Representatives, Who Are
Recipients of Many Messages,
MENTO, Feb. 6.— To-night the Grant !
forces are elated and defiant. They are J
predicting that the contest will end this
week with the success of Grant. The'
utter defeat of the Burns forces on the
floor of the joint convention today adds
somewhat to the glee in the Grant
rooms to-night. The prime cause of
their delight, however-, is the combina- I
tion effected in Alameda County. It '
now seems clear that Pardee's friends
in that county have entered the field in
favor of the San Diego candidate. The i
first open show of Grant work in that
quarter was manifested in the dispatch
of messages to Senators Stratton and j
Taylor and Assemblyman Knowland
* imploring them to break the deadlock i
and elect a Senator. Many of the tele- j
grams expressed a direct preference for j
Grant. . * '•• |
The Alameda Assemblyman, Mr. j
Knowland. was able this evening to
produce twenty-eight telegrams from
his county asking him to support Grant. .
Some of the messages added the injunc- ;
tion to never vote for Burns. Some of '
the senders reside in Alameda, and it is
supposed that they are Republicans,
but others are unknown as residents of
the district which Mr. Knowland repre- ;
Bents, and nothing is known as to their
political affiliations. The Assembly- j
man has no thought of deserting the j
standard of General Barnes. It is clear |
to his mind that the plan to send him
so* many telegrams was preconcerted,
. and represents some combine rather'
.- than the sentiments of his constituents. \
'. Senator Stratton estimates that he re
ceived one hundred messages by wire
since. this morning. As he was very
busy in the Senate all day, he did not
get time to open and read all the re
' quests wired to him. The Senator; ; is f
supporting General Barnes, and is sat- j
isfied that he is representing the desires
of a majority of the people of his dis- j
trict, j The Senator did not express sur- '
* prise at the deluge of requests. In fact, I
the* pressure was' not. unexpected, as
. he knew last Saturday evening that a
move of the kind displayed to-day was
in contemplation. The Call Sunday
morning signaled the junction of Par
dee and Grant forces in Alameda Coun
In this movement Dr. Pardee is cvi
* dently getting the support of one Fed
eral office-holder. To-night it. is be
lieved that F. A. Leach, the Superin
tendent of the San Francisco Mint, as
sisted in getting men to w_*>* to Alame
. . daans in the Legislature urging them
to break the deadlock. The. Alameda
plan is to elect now a Southern Califor
nia candidate and four years hence
. take a citizen of Oakland for the place
. now filled in the Senate by ' Perkins.
The Superintendent of the Mint, who
was appointed on the recommendation
of Perkins, may take the position that
the present Senator will be able to
succeed himself four years hence, even
if Dr. Pardee should come to the front
as an aspirant. Possibly both the Su
. perintendent and the Senator would
• feel better if the present contest should
I terminate In selection of a candidate
from the South.
-Senator Taylor of Alameda has had
his share of messages from the dis
trict which he has the honor of repre- j
senting. The Senator is in the Bulla j
camp, and Is not signifying any haste ]
to leave his quarters and join the
Grant forces.
Henry C. Dibble and Grove L. John
son, who vie with each other in devo
tion to Dan Burns, were chagrined and
indignant* at the specatacle of Charles
M. Shortridge, the Senatorial phono
graph from Santa Clara County, speak
ing the sentiment- of the Colonel on
the floor of the joint convention. "When
they were told by rank outsiders that
Shortridge was a programmer and was
speaking according to the programme,
they resented the suggestion with the
remark in chorus: "If this had been the
programme, do you suppose that wo
would have remained silent after Cut
ter spoke?" * •<"; .-
Desplte the denials from Dibble and
Johnson, there are many members of
the Legislature who believe that Short
ridge was inspired and that the inspira
tion came from Burns. No one is closer
or dearer to Dan than the eloquent
Shortridge. He knows the feeling In j
the Burns corral, and moreover he en
tertains a deep sympathy for the touts '
throughout the State who are clamoring !
for a caucus. The voluble Senator, if i
the truth be known, is probably much |
nearer the Candelaria throne than :
either Dibble or Grove Johnson, and !
when he spoke in the Senate to-day he
uttered the heartfelt sentiments of the
Colonel. The cruel way in which the!
convention turned down the Shortridge
suggestion Indicated in a striking man
ner the unpopularity of the, Burns
cause. The applause that greeted the
sentiment against a caucus In the in
terest of an unfit candidate was not all
refreshing to the touts. The "organ
ization" has received some hard knocks j
since the. opening of the Senatorial
campaign, but this one to-day in the
joint convention was the hardest of the |
After the adjournment of the Legis
lature this afternoon, Judge Dibble and
Colonel Burns were together for, an ex
change of views, but the interview was
brief. Dibble does not enjoy the meas
ure of confidence which the Colonel
daily bestows on Senator Shortridge:
From this time onward it will be un
derstood that when Shortridge speaks :
the sentiments of the Colonel are find- j
ing a channel of expression. Dibble and j
Johnson may get In and fight when the ,
time comes for the final mix-up, but
the orders on the floor will come from
Shortridge. The junior Senator from j
Santa Clara County has a retentive j
memory. and he can use the exact and
forcible language employed by the Colo- j
nel. The presence of Cutter in the
Grant camp excites the inward wrath i
of Dibble and Johnson. The three have |
done together many a pretty piece of \
politics, and they know the vulnerable j
places of one another. One of these *
fine days there will be open talk on the '
floor, of the convention.
The Burns men, while not confident |
that the "Colonel" can win out, are not '
in the slightest degree alarmed at the j
boasting of the. Grant forces. They
are as confident as ever that Grant
cannot win and Judge Dibble would ;
be willing to wager money that Grant i
cannot gain one more vote. The foot i
that Judge Dibble lost at Port Hudson i
in 1863 may be cold, but the one he has i
with him now is still warm for Burns.
He is convinced that Burns or no
body will be Senator. This defiance is j
generally expressed by the touts. They : \
have resolved that California shall
have but one representative in the
United States Senate if Burns is not
chosen. _ . . \ .■ _ .
. There is talk to-night that Burns had
a motive in view when he authorized
Shortridge's speech in the joint Assem
bly to-day. It is said that he desires
that there shall be a record for future
reference wherein it will be shown that
he, (Burns) was not responsible for the
deadlock and the adjournment of the
Legislature without the election of a
Senator. The record is to show that he
offered to go into caucus and settle the
question and that proposition being. re
jected he offered to remain in session
three hours each day and continue the
balloting until a Senator was chosen.
A record of this kind will not affect the
judgment of the people of California. 1
The i responsibility for failure to elect
a Senator will rest on the "organiza
tion" and ! the \ Southern Pacific Rail
road. It is clear to the simplest mind
that they attempted to foist a man on
the Legislature. that the people of the
State cannot indorse, and in the' name
of the people the candidate of the rail
road and the "organization" is rejected,
turned down arid cast out. •
Bulla's .Question, of Privilege.
MENTO, Feb. ' 6.*— A question of personal
privilege from - Senator Bulla took first
place in the • Senate . 'proceedings this
morning. He wished to reply to a state
ment he read in one of the San Francisco
papers in which he was accused of de
feating the hill appropriating $30,000 for
the expense of an accountant to expert
the books of the Southern • Pacific. He
declared that his only connection with the
bill was to propose an amendment reduc
ing the amount to $15,000 and then voting
for the bill as amended. The amend
ment, he declared, was adopted by 23 to S
and as amended the bill. was defeated. by
22 to 12. he being one of the twenty-two.
When the bill failed to pass when appro
priating $15,000 ho failed to see how it
could have had. any chance when appro
priating $30,000,- and he denied being in
any way responsible for its downfall. His
statement -will be printed in the journal.
MENTO, Feb. 6.— The news came into the
Assembly chamber to-day that the peace
treaty had been ratified just at the mo
ment when Senate joint resolution 14
was being read for its final adoption. *
Senate joint resolution 14 calls upon
Congress- to have the boys of the First
California brought home from Manila,
and no sooner had it been read and the
news brought in that the treaty was signed
and a fresh battle on at Manila, .nan As
semblyman Dibble got up to voice the
sentiment of the- whole House.
"I should have voted in favor of this
resolution on Saturday," said he, "but to
day I shall not. Our boys out there have
been an honor to us all, and if there is
no more fighting for them they should be
brought home. But since Saturday there
has come the news that again our flag is
attacked. again* there is work for our
boys, and there is not one among them
who would thank, us if we should vote, to
bring them home 'while it is going on. I
think that in view of these late develop
ments this resolution should be passed
over." y.y-'v.--
Assemblyman Cowan of Santa Rosa sug
gested that before anything be done a
committee wait upon the Senate, but no
action on that was taken.
Belshaw of Contra Costa said he
thought the proper action would be to lay
the resolution on the table.
"We don't want our boys to come home
while there is lighting to be done," said
he. "and they. wouldn t come back if we
sent for them. We will send more boys
out there if they want them, a whole lot
more if they want them, but this is no
time to bring them home."
Mr. Dibble then moved that the resolu
tion be laid on the table, and his motion
carried by a shout of hearty and unani
mous applause. . / -, -
Then Milton J. Green was called for. It
was the usual bi-weekly summons to ap
pear and explain, but Milton came not;
Instead came the stereotyped certification
of Dr. Hatch that Mr. Green was still not
well enough to come out in the open. inr.
Works of San Diego moved that the
whole matter be held In abeyance for
thirty minutes. Mr. Works said that
within that time he expected to receive a
communication from Mr. Green that
would settle the whole "deplorable mat-
ter." y'y---'
It was so ordered, but when the half
hour was up no communication had ar
rived, and Mr. Works again asked a con
tinuance until 11 o'clock to-morrow, when
he said either Mr. Green or his communi
cation would positively appear.
The report of the Ways and Means
Committee of the Assembly for the- week
ending February 4 was rendered and
showed that hills carrying appropriations
aggregating $637,235 11 had been consid
ered during the last week.
Of this amount $3673 32 was reported fa
vorably, $112,870 unfavorably, $22,500 re
ported back without recommndation.
$150,000 referred to other committees and
$125,000 withdrawn. The total of appro
priations referred to the committee to
date is $1,060,452 10. '*•
The Committe on Federal Relations sent
Assembly concurrent resolution . 7 relat
ing to the election of United States Sen
ators by direct vote of the people back
to the Assembly without recommendation.
Assembly joint resolution 14, relative to
an inquiry into the alleged servitude of
Frank B.issford ii*. Siberia, and . Senate
joint? resolution 7, relative to the false
branding of food products, were recom
mended to pass. I
Assemblyman Mcllck introduced a lit
tle temperance resolution during the aft
ernoon session that was intended to close
the "well and its two auxiliaries on the
second floor of the Capitol. Mr. Mellck'a
resolution did not order the "cloakrooms"
closed; it merely condemned the practice
of selling liquor within the Capitol build
ing. The resolution, was adopted, with
only a half dozen - thirsty "noes"
against It.
The Contested Elections Committee ren
dered*' its report on the- contest of Gra
ham vs. Hoey of the Twenty-eighth As
sembly District of San Francisco. The
report : recommended that Mr. : Hoey re
tain his seat, and it was adopted unani
Assemblyman Dibble announced during
.the afternoon that according to the deci
sion of the Committee on Rules evening
sessions of the Legislature would soon be
gin, possibly this week, maybe not until
next Monday, and when the flies were
taken up it was decided to let the half
dozen election law bills that were entitled
to a reading go over until evening ses
sions should begin. Other work on the
special and third reading files was taken
up, however, and but for an unusual in
clination to debate every proposition that
.offered opportunity for spell-binding fair
progress might have been made with the
. Shortridge' Senate resolution prohibit
ing polygamy in the United States and
making a polygamlst ineligible for public
offlce was one of the first matters for
consideration, but it was passed on the
S. J. R. s, relating to the irrigation of
arid lands, was adopted.
The bill introduced by Meserve of San
Bernardino, which was "supposed to strike
a death blow at San Francisco's charter,
came up with its objectionable features
eliminated and was passed by a unani
mous vote. 7-.*' V
Johnson's A. B. 4, which creates an ex
empt fireman's relief fund in all cities,
counties and towns of the State, was so
amended that It will apply to only cities
of 20,000 population or over, and sent back
to the printer.
Arnerich's A. B. 245, which is designed
to reorganize the State normal school sys
tem ;«j, that It will be practically on the
same oasis it was when the Legislature
changed things around two years ago,
was the subject of considerable debate.
Assemblyman Conrey of Los Angeles
claimed that the only reason Arnerich had
for wishing to again shift the norma!
schools was political, and Arnerich denied
It. It has been said in the Assembly
chamber during the past few days that
the sole reason for Arnerich's bill was the
reinstatement of Professor Childs as prin
cipal of the San Jose Normal School, from
which position he was ousted under the
Democratic reorganization. There were a
half dozen amendments offered, but they
were all voted down, and Assemblyman
Valentine was delegated to amend . o iV c
measure in one or two minor Par '*" i
Adjournment was taken to the usual
hour to-morrow.
; '■ MENTO, Feb. 6.— Indirectly, of course,
the Judges of the Superior Court of San
Francisco came in for a good roasting
in the Senate to-day, and it came from
those who wanted to raise their salaries.
i The idea in raising the salary of the
Judges was to bring better men to pre
side and not have all the good lawyers
on the wrong side of the bar.
Senator Cutter^ bill fixing the annual
salaries of the Judges of the Superior
Courts of the State came up for final pas
sage, and Senator Stratton Interrupted
the rollcall to submit an amendment. The
original bill allowed the Judges of San
Francisco $5000, and this Stratton wished
to have raised to $5200. Mr. Stratton said
j lawyers made, more money in San * ran
cisco than they did in other counties, and
therefore the Judges before, whom they
: plead should be paid . proportionately
higher. **. *' ' .. , _'7-i - ■ a
Senator Simpson opposed the amend
ment, because he said under the schedule
of salaries now paid and the growing de
mand for a reduction instead or an in
crease, $4000, while not too much, was cer
tainly enough. . * ' » •
Senator Shortridge spoke for the amend
ment and the bill, for he- thought It would
' result in a better- quality of Judge.-,.
Dickinson spoke against it. for he believed
the way to raise the bench was to In
crease the term of service, not the amount
of the salary. Bettman spoke for it and
so did Wolf. . . *
Cutter didn't want* it.'- "A man wont
be honest for $80 a month," he said, "and
that's what the bill and the amendment
amounts to: a man who is not honest for
$4000 a year will not- be for. $5000." '.; and.
Leavitt echoed his words when he said,
"If a man cannot be competent for S4UOO a
year he cannot be competent for $5000.''. .:
Stratton moved tb^rflfet-Hthe* bill to a
special committee of orte. On rollcall this
was lost. Then the bill : itself came u>
and was passed. ■,-.-• „: ' : . •■-. * ; '
MENTO, Feb. 6. —Senator Gillette's bill
Introduced into the Senate this* morning
is one bearing directly upon an important
and much talked of question among the
miners. All lands owned by the State
containing placer or other deposits of a
character subject to "location and. sale
under the laws of the United States are
declared by the bill to be open- to location
and exploration by every citizen of the
State of California under the same laws
and conditions as are provided by the
United States laws for the working of
mining claims upon public lands of the
United States.
To obtain a patent for a claim on public
lands, the bill provides that any citizen
may file his application with the Surveyor
General, showing the nature, extent and
location of the claim desired, and it shall
be the duty of the Surveyor General to
have the same surveyed at the expense
of the applicant, the survey to be made as
provided by the United States rules and
regulations governing such surveys; a
notice of location must then be advertised
for thirty days and the applicant must
file an affidavit of two witnesses that
$500 worth of work has been done or im
provements to that extent' made by him
self or associates, and if there is no .id
verse claimant during the publication he
is entitled to his patent upon the pay
ment of $250 per acre.
Adverse claimants must prosecute their
claims in the Superior Court of the county
In which the land In dispute is located
with due diligence, or the adverse claim
will fall, and in the meantime all other
proceedings on the patent will be stayed.
MENTO, Feb. 6.— The nickel-ln-the-slot
machine has found an adversary even in
Sacramento. Senator Simpson will not
have it anywhere in the State If he can
get through the bill he introduced this
morning, and fines and imprisonment
await any one who will own or run one
or even drop the offending nickel Into the
avaricious slot. . -77 w7
, The bill places the ban on any one who
will own a machine or make one, or lease
one, or run one, or play one, or even one
who will pay the cigar or drink or check
that now and then follows the introduc
tion of the coin or the delusive leaden
slug. And any one who owns land upon
which there Is a house, in which there is
a bar or counter or place of business of
any kind, in which is one of the perni
cious machines, he, too, shall pay a fine
or fill a cell. <
:In describing the proposed crime of
playing the slot machine the bill. declares
punishable by a fine of no less than $50
and no more than $500, or an imprison
ment of six months, or both, this proceed
ing: *- -\ ■ -y-y.<y
The placing within such machine or device,
or within any . receptacle within such
machine or device, any coin' or check,
with the understanding that in > the
event certain results should follow the opera
tion of such machine or device, by reason of
the placing of such coin or check within such
machine or device or receptacle that the per
son so placing such coin or check In such ma
chine, device, or receptacle, should or would
be paid, by the persons owning or controlling
such machine or device, any money, check or
article of value. '■''.-'
Finance Committee Work.
MENTO, Feb. 6.— The Senate Finance
Committee this evening reported favor
ably upon the bill making an appropria
tion of $150,000 for the improvement of the
State harbor at San Diego. Bills 212 and
271 were also reported upon favorably.
Bill 212 is the claim of E. N. Strout for
$2000 for services rendered* as Reclamation
Fund Commissioner, Bill 271 makes an
appropriation to pay the claim of Clement
Bennett for reporting in the case of the
Southern Pacilic Company vs. the Board
of Railroad Commissioners. Superintend
ent D. W. Hirshburg- of the Preston
School of . Industry appeared before the
committee in regard to bills making ap
propriations for the school which he rep
resents. There are a number of bills ln
this line, of which the aggregate is about
$140,000. The money is to be spent ln re
pairs, tools, an ice plant and in the con
struction of a dam. The committee took
no action in the matter, but will have the
several bills under advisement and v.-ill
probably make a report at its next meet
MENTO, Feb. 6.— Ars ■ mblyman Valen
tine of Los Angeles ro_- to a question of
privilege on the floor of the Assembly this
afternoon and asked permission of his
colleagues to reply to a statement. made
in the Chronicle. to the effect that he was
looking for a job as one 'tt the three
Paris Exposition Comn.h^'jners which
are to be created under the provisions of
the bill which he recently introduced in
the Assembly for that purpose. Mr. Val
entine said that the statement was false
from beginning to end, as the Chronicle
would have kno^n had it paid any at
tention to the statement he made when
he Introduced the bill. He said .at that
time that only experienced men should
be appointed to the commission, and that
he was not one of them, nor would he
accept the honor if it were offered him.
He finished by saying that he was con
fident that the Chronicle's representative
was not on the floor when he made his
statement, and called attention to it
merely to offer him an opportunity to
correct a wrong he had done through mis
information. - J-"-
No Joy for Martin Kelly.
MENTO, Feb. 6.— Martin Kelly was very
much In evidence this afternoon before
the Assembly Committee on Elections as
a champion of the cause of Patrick J.
Graham, the contestant In the contested
election case of Graham vs. Hoey, Assem
blyman from the Twenty-eighth Assem
bly District of San Francisco. Kelly did
not appear to have any strings tied
around the necks of the members of the
committee, as has been evident in his
former political manipulations, for the
committee unanimously decided In favor
of the contestee. Graham was defeated
by Hoey by a majority of twenty-five
-— «
Assembly Judiciary Committee.
MENTO, Feb. C— A number of bills of
minor importance were acted upon by the
Assembly Judiciary Committee this even
ing while that body was in executive ses
sion. Some very important bills were to
come up, but owing to the scarcity of
members of the committee they were not
considered and will be taken up at future
meetings. The bill asking to have the
trustees of Stanford University allowed
certain corporate privileges and also to
have the school property exempt from
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88 came before both the Senate and Assembly Commas °" SSS *
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28 to meet with absolutely no opposition whatever. _„,„._ ♦
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88 that at present the wooden structure was in such a state of decay and +
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taxation, in consideration of which the
university is willing to allow students
from this State to attend the university
with free tuition, went over until Wednes
day. Those bills reported favorably upon
were Nos. 95, 188, 384, 482.. 183 and 593. Bill
95 relates to the renewing of the ap
pointment of the Supreme Court Com
missioners. Bill 188 relates to the manner
and time within which certain objections
to depositions shall be made. Bill 384
relates to "grubstake contracts." Bill 482
amends section 2955 of the Civil Code. Bill
183 amends an act in relation to foreign
corporations, and bill 593 amends section
1395 of the Code of Civil Procedure. Bills
472. 473. 474 and 496, relating to public ad
ministrators, were laid over until Thurs
day. , ••
An Interesting Bill.
MENTO, Feb. 6.— A very Interesting bill
came before the Senate Finance Commit- j
tee this evening. It was an act making
an appropriation of $15,000 for, the relief
of August Zimmerman, who, in 1884, was
convicted of the murder of a saloon
keeper named . Krutzenthal, who was
found in his saloon foully murdered,' hav
ing his head split open with a hatchet.
Two men were arrested for the crime
August Zimmerman and Ed Neff. At the
trial Ed Neff testified that Zimmerman
had committed the deed, and it was by
that testimony that Zimmerman was con
victed, the term being for life. In 1894
friends of the convicted man who believed
in his innocence commenced work on the
case and finally obtained from Ed Neff
a confession of the falsity of his testi
mony. It is thought that Neff testified
falsely to shield his brother. John Neff,
who was also suspected of having com
mitted the murder, but who could not be
found at the time of the murder and
who has since died. On obtaining tha
confession of Neff. >the friends of Zim
merman circulated a petition, through tha
means of which the man was pardoned.
The appropriation is to pay him for tha
loss of salary and for the damage to his
personal character sustained by his
eleven-year incarceration. ; *
The committee took the matter umlet"
advisement and it will again come up at
the next meeting.
Room for a Homeless Official.
MENTO, Feb. 6.— The Lieutenant Gover
nor Is practically homeless at the Capi
tol. He has a room labeledMor his of
fice, but committees hold sway there dur
ing the working hours of the Legisla
ture and when the session adjourns
boards and commissions and more com
mittees take possession until there is no
room for the Lieutenant -Governor. A
resolution was therefore introduced by
Boyce. asking the Secretary of State to
set aside permanent and suitable quarters
for the homeless official. •* r ' ;
Recreation for Legislators.
MENTO, Feb. 6.— The Senatorial situa
tion here presents. conditions such as haa
induced Professor Young Dutchy to open
headquarters of his own. his purpose be
ing to break the deadlock by giving tin d
legislatures something to occupy their
minds besides politics. With this object
in view, he opened headquarters to-day
in the Clunie building and had for his
guests all of the people worth mention
ing now sojourning in Sacramento. His
enterprise bids fair to become popular
during the continuance of the present
session. . .......

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