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CRIMINAL PLOT OF RACING GAMBLERS They Complete Their Scheme to Protect Ingleside's Corruption. The Supervisors Are on Guard — All Classes Are Joined in the Struggle to Destroy the. Evil. The gamblers of Ingleside have now I completed the details of the campaign , in which they hope to save themselves and the ill-gotten profits of the race- | course from the legislative prohibition of the Supervisors. The jockeys, touts, I manipulators and sure-thing men of the racecourse are up in arms, and they | make no secret of their promise to u.se some money to gain their ends and the | privilege of preying upon San Francisco and its people. The men that have the affairs of the racetrack in hand an- j nounce that they will spend cpin to pre vent the final adoption of the resolution that was passed to print last Monday j by the Supervisors. This announce- j ment is a direct insult to the officials ', who have so far remembered their i pledges and have so acted as honest j officers of the municipal government • as to enact a law that means so much | to th*- healthy life of the community. | In reply the gamblers declare that they will attempt to bribe the Supervisors j to retire in disgrace from the position j they have taken. This proposed attempt has been so | openly and shamelessly declared that ! every gossip on the street knows it, and the Supervisors have naturally : been made aware of it. In answer they declare that neither money nor the ex- | ercise of influence, dishonestly used, can induce them to waver in the stand they have taken. As one member of the board said yesterday: "We have the press, the pulpit, the commercial and mercantile communities behind us in j our crusade against the crime-creating nest of the racecourse. We took our initial action after due deliberation. We knew that merchants and business men ! were begging for legislative action that would protect them and save their employes from the consequences of j temptation at the racecourse. The aid j of the police and of every well-meaning element in the community had been in- i yoked in vain, and we stepped in to supply the remedy that so man: bought | and none but ourselves could find. I "We know that a cry is being raised '; in behalf of honest sport, so called. ! This cry is a dishonest one, and we I thoroughly understand it as such. The game that is conducted at Ingleside is | neither sport nor honest. In abolish- Ing this game we are not militating against honest sport of any kind. We are simply striving to save the young men of the city from the offenses that lead to disgrace and death and the young women from the temptations that end in dishonor. "In such a crusade we cannot afford to temporize with so grave an evil. It must be killed, and we are glad that the LABOR'S UNITED SONS OPPOSE THE TRACK Labor's forces, the brawn and muscle of the city, as represented by the Building Trades' Council, stand opposed to the notorious .adjunct of the racetrack, the bookmaker's stand, and^its close and deadly ally, the pool room of the city. The racetrack is something essentially foreign to a body which simply deals with labor matters, but things have come to such a pass" that the racetrack has forced itself upon the attention of the workingmen of this city. Under the regular order of business laid down by its constitution and by-laws the Building Trades Council could take no definite action on this matter, but like all other organizations it sets apart a portion of the evening when subjects of common interest may be discussed, and it was under this head that the track received a blow from the workingmen last night. The regular routine business was transacted as usual. Then came a lull. President P. H. McCarthy rapped sharply with his gavel and said: "Brothers, we are now under th" head of 'good of the order.' As your president it hardly becomes me to occupy the floor, but there is a subject to which I would like to call your attention and on which I think the members of this body might well express their individual opinion for the benefit of the public. In the picturesque outskirts of this city there is a crime-breeding spot; a putrefying sore which contaminates all who touch it. It is known as the Ingleside racetrack. You know its history; I know it. There is a trail of blood leading to it. The hills are white with gravestones, the prisons full of felons. "Look for the cause. The records of the criminal courts show that many men wearing stripes to-day started on their downward journey at the racetracks. The mortuary records show that scores of suicides ended their lives to hide their disgrace— a disgrace caused by a monomaniac desire to beat the races. "The Board of Supervisors at its last session passed to print a resolu tion which, if finally adopted, will pu a stop to this evil. Brothers, I' think it but right that we express our honest opinion on this matter. 1 know of no rule which permits us to bring this matter to a final vote, but I think that, as citizens, we should express our commendation of the ten men who have already done their best to suppress this evil. Let us thank them for what they have already done, and hope they will clinch the nail already driven In." William M. Page, the time-honored secretary of the council, was the next speaker. He is a man of few words, honest and open-hearted. "Brothers," he said, "1 am glad that our president has called this matter to our attention. Like him, 1 have read the long record of crime and death which can be traced directly to Ingleside. We, as individuals, can do lit tle to suppress this evil; but the men who have already voted on the question, the ten honorable members of the Board of Supervisors, are the choice of the majority of the citizens. In this matter, at least, the cho sen ones have done well. I personally thank them, and hope that at the next meeting they will make the resolution killing the vice-breeding gam bling a law. This Is something for every workingman to think about and study carefully." Walter Grofl of Carpenters' Union 453 followed Mr. Page on the same lines. He compared the racetrack and its brother, the downtown pool room, to the viper which lurks in a tempting spot and venomously strikes the wearied sojourner who halts there for a moment's r__t. James W. Rose had another idea and one which struck home. "We are always raising the cry," he said, "that money is scarce. Outsiders are taking it away. Who are these outsiders? DO not the sycophants of the track take away our dimes, our quarters and our dollars day after day, without a voice being raised against the practice? The Supervisors are right. Let the races run,, and if I want to go out let me have the privi lege of doing so, but keep the commissoned bookmaker and poolseller far away from me." ; Other speeches having the same general trend were made by C. Hussey, E. J. Brandon. C. W. Stark, George Oakes, George Lee, H. J. Skeehan and others. Many .interesting and hitherto unthought of points were brought out. but one and all looked at the bookmaker and the poolseller as evils which should at once be suppressed. people of the city understand, as we do, j , the seriousness of the situation. We have taken our stand in the matter, and | our next vote will simply be the regis- | ter, of our first determination. As we took our stand only after due delibera tion, there is nothing in the nature of a just argument that can induce us to retreat from our position and with the plea of legalizing and restricting a 'sport' permit a pernicious scheme of 1 debauchery to thrive In San Francisco." The foregoing Is the opinion of one of the members of the Board of Super visors, It is of significant and timely Interest, because of the fact that the masters of Ingleside have determined to carry out a crafty campaign to pre serve the crime-breeding influences of the racecourse. As the plan is now outlined three men will appear before the Supervisors next Monday to plead against the final adoption of the pro hibitory ordinance. These men will be Henry Crocker, Walter Hobart and ex- Senator Androus. They will ask the Supervisors to de lay final action until representatives of the racecourse may be heard. Any al ternative except the complete prohibi tion of gambling will be accepted. The L racetrack cannot exist as a sport in it self. It needs the savings of honest men and the thefts of thieves with which to reward the gambling blacklegs of other communities that flock to San Francisco. The Supervisors will be asked to re- j fer the resolution, which has been passed to print, to a committee, that of Health and Police, over which an In- i teresting gentleman presides. The plea for such action will be that representa tives of the racecourse may then state their case. It is an old game that sometimes works with success. After the resolution, which under the ordin ary process of law would become opera tive next Monday, has been referred to • a committee the people of the city may abandon any hope of relief. Messrs. Hobart, Crocker and Androus ! will represent the property interests of | Ingleside. Many thousands of dollars i have been invested at the local race j course. The pleaders before the Super visors will ask for justice as they un derstand the meaning of the term. When this plea is made, however, the Supervisors will remember what has j been done by the local Merchants' As sociation, of which Mr. Crocker is an honored member. This association has done everything ' in its power to destroy the gambling; evil which the race course has bred in | San Francisco. The association, j THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1899. WAS NOT A PARTY TO BEEF SCANDAL i Ex-Secretary Morton Disproves Allega | tions of Enemies. IX the dispatches from Washington yesterday regarding the scandal over the beef supplied American soldiers in Cuba ah effort was made to con nect ex-Secretary of Agriculture Morton with the horse-slaughtering in dustry. Happily, Mr. Morton is In this city at present, and was glad to avail himself of the opportunity afforded him to refute the allegations/ In an Interview he demonstrated that the Information given out at Washington was not accurate and that an Injustice had been done him. He said: "The horsemeal packing plant at Hoboken mentioned In the dispatches was established and stamps of inspection awarded Its output under the Har rison administration by Jerry Rusk, Secretary of Agriculture. The product of this equine pickling establishment was branded 'sweet pickled beef,' and that, too, for exportation to Belgium and other countries of Europe where the manufacture of bologna sausages is extensively carried on. "When the second administration of Cleveland began early in March 1593, this bogus beef business was brought accidentally to my attention. I imme diately took the ground that the laws of the United States. providing for the inspection and certification of meats for interstate and foreign trade were operative only upon edible meats, or meats which the American people held to be edible. I then withdrew inspection and stamps from the Knackers oi Hoboken and elsewhere, declaring that the Department of Agriculture court certify, the flesh of dogs, cats or rats with the same propriety that it could stamp horse meat inspected and wholesome.' . "The attempt now evident in some quarters to shoulder, the Imperfections of meat inspection and the service of the Bureau of Animal Industry upon me may result in a more general publicity for the methods, management and disbursements of the Bureau of Animal Industry, and In fact of the whole Department of Agriculture. The American taxpayers, and especially the farmers, cannot know too much about the policies, methods and expenditures of this department. I will rejoice In the complete, detailed and precise publi cation of all of my official acts bearing upon either the microscopic or other meat inspection. I desire, however, meantime, to have it distinctly under stood everywhere that 1 did not Institute but did abolish the Inspection of horsemeat by the Department of Agriculture, and furthermore I put Inspect ors Into the classified service and required as a condition precedent to their examination that all applicants for inspectorships and assistant Inspector ships should be graduates from, reputable veterinary colleges. "Before my term of office these meal Inspectors were made up. as a rule, from the ranks of heelers, bummers and workers in political parties. The ante-mortem or post-mortem Inspection of a carcass to determine Its fitness for human food when made, as it generally was. under the spoils system, by a ward boss or. a precinct politician, was a wicked waste of money and a farce Horsemeat inspection, the records will show, was abolished by me." | through its officers, and by deliberate official action, has denounced the book j making, poolselling evil as demoraliz ; ing to the whole community and cor- I rupting to clerks and employes el ! business men and merchants. The as sociation, controlling property owners and possessing their unqualified sup port, has placed a boycott of wealth upon poolsellers and bookmakers, forc ing them, with the might of law, to va cate premises they occupied as nests of crime. The association has consulted with the police in an effort to destroy the terrible evil that has its source and maintenance at the race course. When the Merchants' Association discovered thai, the police were powerless tO kill the evil the directors, all merchants of standing, appointed one of their num ber to make it his exclusive business to wipe out the gambling dens that thrive and have their being in Ingle side. Special attorneys were employed at the expense of the Merchants' Asso ciation to assist the municipal authori ties in punishing offenders. The Merchants' Association did more than this. Recognizing the far reach ing effects of the evil that has brought crime and disgrace, desolation and death to so many people in San Fran cisco, the directors of the Merchants' Association secured the Introduction of a prohibitory bill before the Legislature at its present session. The official news paper of the . Merchants' Association, known as the Merchants' Association Review, declares that horse gambling and its attendant evils had reached such a pass that it has become an ab solute necessity to San Francisco to secure a legislative prohibition. In this bill the Merchants' Associa tion would have placed an absolute ban not only upon bookmaking and poolselling upon horse races, but upon all contests of whatever sort in which men or animals engage. The measure was far more sweeping in its provi sions than that which the Board of Supervisors have passed to print. But the Legislature in the exercise of its inscrutable judgment saw fit to defeat the bill, and the Merchants' Associa tion, and all that it represents in this city, is now forced to fall back upon the Board of Supervisors for redress and relief. The Supervisors will, with out question, remember this fact when Mr. Crocker and his associates appear before the board next Monday after noon. It will not be forgotten that an organization, representing the wealth and the morality of this city, has fought for nearly a year in vain to kill an evil which the Supervisors with a single vote may destroy. \_; Messrs. Crocker, Hobart and An drous will appear as legitimate prop erty owners before the board. They will plead as ones having valued inter ests at stake and there will be none Photograph by Th irs. other than an honorable motive in their pleading. They will present jus tice as they see it. The other part of the campaign will be conducted by the carpet-bag gamblers, thieves and blacklegs who make the race course their rendezvous In the day time and the city their field at night. These men declare that they can bribe the authorities for Immunity from Interference. It was openly boasted on the streets yesterday that Chris Buckley had been employed to act as middle man in the campaign and to offer or accept terms. The gamblers know of only one weapon to use, and that is the coin that was niched to fill their coffers. It is be lieved, however, that the Board of Su pervisors, which has acted so cour ageously thus far, will continue to the end in its crusade for the destruction of a terrible evil. Members of the board, as a matter of course,* have heard of the rumors of the street. They know of the influences" against them and of those in their favor. A stand has been taken and a majority of the members declare that it' will be maintained. . MARIN COUNTY HAS JOINED THE CRUSADE People of Sausalito Ask Their Officers to Follow This City's Lead. SAN RAFAEL, March 9.— Taking their cue from the action of the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco County in adopting an ordinance virtually crippling the revenues of the Ingleside racetrack the citizens of Marin County will make a fresh endeavor to rid them selves of the poolrooms at Sausalito. Various legal devices have been tried to accomplish this object and rid the county of an eyesore, but they have all failed. The last attempt was that of a citizen named H. H. Noble, who tried to have the courts pronounce the pool rooms a nuisance because their pres ence injures the property interests of Sausalito and the county generally and because the youth of the community are corrupted by their association with a motley horde of gamblers and race track touts. . From many residents of. the "hill sec tion" of Sausalito and other citizens of the county have come petitions to Dis trict Attorney Mclsaac to formulate an ordinance similar to the one adopted in San Francisco and present it to the Board of Supervisors for their adoption. It is believed in this way the evil can be throttled. Of the temper of the Supervisors there can be no question. All have given evidence of their ani mosity to the poolrooms at Sausalito in numerous instances. It is stated that District Attorney Mclsaac, in deference to the. wishes of his constituents, will formulate such an ordinance and pre sent it to the board. CUTTERS OF MARBLE OUT ON A STRIKE Object to Reduction of Wages. ONE HUNDRED MEN INVOLVED STRIKERS SAY EMPLOYERS BROKE AN AGREEMENT. Two Largest Yards in the City Af fected Trouble Laid at the Door of the Vermont Marble Company. About one hundred members of the Mar ble Polishers' and Finishers* Union, em- j ployed in various yards in this city, have quit work sooner than submit to the piece : work system, which would mean a reduc- ; tion of "about 25 per cent in their wages. The difficulties between the employers | and employes in this business are of long standing. The marble workers of this city have long been forced to light against unequal odds. In Vermont the finishing work is done by women and children. In other States. notably Ohio and Tennessee, convict la in, is 'employed. Here In San Francisco fair wages have been paid. Workmen have been earning from $250 to $350 per j day, according to th class of work on which they were employed. _ The employers have found it difficult to keep up this scale of wage, as they have been forced to contend with child arid con v-i, labor. One large contract after an other has been sent East, and a confer ence between employers and employes I was final v held. , . ,___ ! An agreement was entered into between ; the employes and the firms of Run.no & Blanch! and the Vermont Marble Com- I pany. According to the terms of this , understanding the two firms were to em- , ploy union men at ion wages until May 1 next, and the union In j -turn was to see that all large jobs ware kept in his city. According to the statement made bj the strikers the union kepi to its agreement. Several large jobs, including the wells- Fargo building, the Hearst building and j the Railroad Hospital, svere saved to (all fornia: The employers however, were dissatisfied, and about a week ago gave the men their choice of working by the piece or quitting altogether. The latter course was chosen by the men,<and yes- j terday at noon the workmen of both con- | corns quit work. ; . i At Ruffino & Bianchl s business was : entirely suspended, but the Vermont Marble Works secured some men to take i in hand the most pressing work. Neither of the firms has any large contracts on hand at present. The Vermont Marble Company has just about completed the | Crocker "vault In Cypress Lawn Cemetery,! and a guard has been stationed around it, lest it be "destroyed by the strikers." The men who are out laugh at this precau tion and characterize it as a "raw bluff ' by the company? The strikers Mann- the whole trouble on the Vermont Marble Company, and claim that Ruffino & Bianchl were drawn into it by agents of this concern. The Building Trades Council last night tendered Its moral support to the strikers. A meeting will be held to-night in the rooms of the Marble Cutters and a regular strike committee appointed. This is the second strike the marble cutters have had during the past year. The last trouble was with the Vermont Marble Company, but that firm made Its peace with the union In order that it might secure a large contract. Mclaughlin didn't pay. Suit Brought Against the Major to Recover on a Promissory Note. Major Frank McLaughlin was yesterday made defendant in a suit instituted by J. A. Lawrence, who claims the politician is indebted to him in the sum of $1123 30, due on a promissory note executed January 19, 1898, and payable one year after date, with interest at 5 per cent. According to the complaint, the major promised to pay at the First National Bank on the day the . not became due. but he failed to keep his promise. O'Brien, O'Brien & O'Brien rep resent the plaintiff in the action. LADIES' NIGHT AT THE OLYMPIC FURNISHES MUCH EXCITEMENT A Large Number of Fair Admirers See Their Hosts Defeated at Baseball and Water Polo. It was ladies' night at the Olympic Club last evening and every person present got brimful of pleasure and excite ment. Generally upon occasions when the club throws open its hospitable portals to the fair sex large numbers avail them selves of the privilege. Last evening proved no exception to the rule in this respect and the. many swell gowns worn by the guests added to the attractiveness of the scene. The only cloud that marred the pleasure of the members of the Olympic Club was the fact that they received a couple of black eyes in both athletic events which were given for the benefit of their guests. The first number on the programme was a game of indoor baseball between the Olympics and Reliance team of OaJ|a land, in which the latter was victorious to the tune of 10 to 4. The Olympics started out with a confident rush as if they were sure winners. They were the heavier and appeared to be in better condition, but about the fifth inning they ac quired a bad case of "rattles" and their game became exceedingly yellow. Although they were defeated the utmost goo 4 nature prevailed and both teams combined after the game to mob the umpires. Messrs. Ryder and Coffroth. The two teams lined up as follows: Olympics— James, Morton, Monahan, Lalne, Kreling, Cosgrove, Follansbee, Han rahan and Denham. ':: Reliance— Gross, Moskiman, White, Resenheim, Holmes, Dieckmann, Dean, Audlffred and Piatt. The water polo game followed. The Lurlines were the contenders with the Olympics and they won by a score of 3 to 2 after a hard-fought game. In the first half the Lurlines proved to be the faster swimmers and had no trouble In put ting the ball over the goal, but before the half was up they showed signs of weakening and in the second hat tnev _naa all they could do to keep the Olympics from pulling victory out of defeat. Had there been ten more minutes or pi..> i arc. is hardly any doubt that the Lurline boys would have been defeated. The playing was fast and at times -™*^™ b " tendency upon the part of some of the players on both sides to rough it. This resulted in some bruises ana an - duckings, but it afforded lots of sport to the spectators. , . t ___. K .. n ._„._,., V*K f The two teams were as follows: Lurlines-Geddes and Pomen, forwards; Lyons and Harris, centers, -_.nn.i___. and Smith, backs; and Foley, goal. * , -__._ __„, Olympics— and Cooper, forwards; Pope and Hobson, centers; Melrose and Habennitch, backs; ana james, goal. ~~ ADVERTISEMENTS.' ™ 1 RIBBONS! RIBBONS!? I— . I 1 A Beauteous Array ? I ... 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At 20 Cents. „ % __ 314 INCH ALL-SILK TAFFETA RIBBON, all shades; will be offered + © "at 20c. ® I At 25 Cents. ; 1 4-INCH ALL-SILK TAFFETA RIBBON, all shades; value 35c; will be ® 4. offered at 25c. __ ; ' jv<- % + At 15 Cents. _ + EXTRA SPECIAL. 300 pieces ALL-SILK COLORED TAFFETA RIB- £ __ BON; value 25c; will be offered at loc. 4. I LADIES' SHIRT WAISTS. ! ® - ® I At 25 Cents. ♦ "*" LADIES' LAUNDRIED SHIRT WAISTS, in fancy stripes and checks; ■♦- ® ' will' be offered at 25c each. '? I (glff Market, Jones and McAllister Sts, / ® ® \f t_K San Francisco. / ® s)4.®.+®+® + .?■♦ y>®4® ♦®»®-»®>®»®4®>® -fr®*®*®**® -»®4® ♦® ♦ ® -» ■? ♦ . THALIA CUTTING SCRAPE. Joseph Caldron, a Boiler-maker, Stabbed Six Times During a Fight. Joseph Caldron, a boiler-maker, living at 42 Turk street, got mixed up in a tight in the Thalia early yesterday morning and was cut six times In the back and arms with a penknife. Half an hour later he told Policeman "Wilson of his injuries, and ' Wilson sent him to the Receiving Hospi tal. where his wounds, '.which 'were slight,' were dressed. Caldron told the police that he knew the i man who cut him and promised to swear : out a warrant for his arrest yesterday, ■ but he failed to do so. Detective Bgan was detailed on the case by Captain Bo hen, and he will endeavor to get Caldron to carry out his promise. Policemen Joy and Wilson last night arrested Fred alias "Jockey" Maynard, a prizefighter, and charged him witn the cutting. Maynard admitted his guilt, but claimed that he acted in self-defense Subsequently the officers arrested "Kid'" Madden, another prizefighter charged with being an accessory. It is claimed that Madden handed Maynard the knife which he used on Caldron. Child Study Club. The San Francisco Child Study Club will hold its regular meeting at the Occidental Hotel this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Mrs. George Wale will read a paper on "De velopment of the Senses."