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RICHMOND WILL FIGHT
THE FRANCHISE GRAB
Residents See No Good in De
mands of Railway.
Iroquois Braves Adopt Condemnatory
Resolutions Which Are Presented
by E. P. E. Troy.
THE residents of Richmond District
are up In arms against the officials
of the Market-street Railway Com
pany in their efforts to make a
grand clean-up of franchises before
the new charter goes into effect on the
first day of next January.
A meeting of the executive committee of
Richmond District Improvement As
pecially railed for the pur
onsiderlng the application of the
V irket-street Railway Company for fran
yf Ises in the Richmond District, was h. ...
j* . st night at Eighth avenue and Clement
Mreot. Many members of the club at
tended.
The unanimous opinion was expressed
that the purpose of the Market-street
company is to destroy the Sutro railroad,
the only competing line In Richmond, to
the end that It may monopolize the Btreet
car traffic of that section of the city.
Resolutions were :k l. >j . t •■< J calling the at
tention of the Board of Supervisors to the
fact that the Geary-street Railway fran
chise will soon expire and under the pro
visions of the new charter the city may
truct and own Its first municipal
street railway on Geary street from the
ferries to the <"liff House.
The following committee was appoint
ed t'i represent Richmond District at the*
next meeting of the Board of Supervis
ors and t'> present its objections to the
granting 1 t a franchise on Geary street
ami other parts of ttichmond District: C.
Il.Hubba (chairman). Charles Mueller, F.
TV Curtoni, Mr. Vlleges and E. P. E.
Troy.
Resolutions were also adopted approv
ing of the action of the minority of the
! ', of Supervisors and particularly
commending the vigorous opposition of
rvisor Lewis F. Byington to the at
■ • .! franchise ati ..is.
The people who live under the shadow
one Mountain are suspicious of the
intentions .if the great street railway
: elieving no good can come from
present desire to attain privileges.
They see behind the application for fran
- In Richmond a possibility that the
road, which developed the district
!h;-.n any other factor, will be crip-
Its value ultimately destroyed
through the shutting off of its access to
•rt of the city.
The chief concern of the Rlchmondites
Is over the franchise on California street,
linni Central avenue to First avenue, a
distance of seven bljcks. For i:\. blocks
• • ■ ■ • •■■ ady line.- fran
■ record. The first was gr 1
Lei and Stanford In November, IOT9; the
. to Gustav Sutro in December, 1886,
■ ■ last to Adolph Sptro in July. IB9i
I'nder the law no more than two roads
•■■ ..v.^r on ■ street and thf com
pany granted the a .-<> nd franchise can i
■ M".-k< if the other's tracks.
In looking over the situation some per-;
GAMBLERS ABE
CONTENTED, BUT
CITY SUFFERS
Losses Through New
Patrol System.
The supporters of the new system of po
lice activity to prevent gambling in the
dens of the Mongolian district are legion,
but for reasons heretofore explained in
The Call the larg-est percentage of
supporters is composed of the Chinese
gamblers themselves. Although the pres
ent head of the Chinatown squad. Ser
geant Donovan, fails to strike terror to
the hearts of the almond-eyed gamblers,
as did the "white devil," Sergeant Price,
he cannot be blamed for so gaining the
support of these game-keepers and pa
trons.
The truth Is that Donovan's moves to
euppress the lawless element are Or:
by a board of strategy. Each night he
must report for instructions, and with
i ach instruction goes on his way the less
capable of coping with the situation as he
find it, for he must obey instructions.
The lunacy of the present syst< tn of pe
riodical visits to the various games of the
district has already been exploited by The
Call, but the disastrous financial result,
as far as the collection of fliie.s is con
cerned, has not before been ailuded to. if
the small figures representing the amount
of fines paid into the treasury- since the
inauguration of the new system denoted
a decrease in gambling there would lie
cause for universal rejoicing, but when it
Is manifest that sufficient evidence exists
rove that gambling never flourished
as at present and with so little Interfer
naught can bo said of the system
but in criticism and a wish prevail for a
change and a rauical change.
On April 21 the new system was inaug
HE HAD OVERLOOKED
MISSION ROCK ENTIRELY
.-.. f I \HKRE is ,in ex-Supervisor in town who has just made the (to him) *
O surprising discovery that there is one available portion of the peninsula °
<;> that waa overlooked by himself and associates while they were in of- ®
O flee, nnd he baa already begun to lay plans for another term, with a 2
-*- view to correcting the oversight. q
O This form ther is E. C Hughes, who mailo the. discovery that $>
♦ threatens to again Inject him into politics in a peculiar manner. • 6
9 Mr. Hughes, v.i t h s.,m._- friends, including Jeremiah Deasy, present mom- ®
O ber of the board, visited th<- Claua Spreckels building yesterday, and the J?
<»' party was conducted up to the cupola, 350 feet above Market Btreet, where the o
O big beacon glows at night. Mr. Hughfs was deeply Impressed with th.- grand- <v
| ear of the panorama spread beneath him and waxed eloquent. Turning to °
.i, Mr. Deas) and sweeping his arm around he said:
o "No fairer spol can l>e found on earth; no lovelier city was ever built o
♦ than tills! Over {his splendid domain I once held full sway, and now to you ®
O that same mighty power has passed. Do not abuse it; deal with these poo- <?>
♦ pie as fairly as did 1." 6
There was. a pause for an instant a? Mr. Hughes' oye alighted on some
q unfamiliar object out ii: the blue waters of the bay, and then he resumed, °
<«> though in a slightly altered tone: o
o "But what is thai peculiar object out there?" <§>
"The transport Sheridan," volunteered one of the gentlemen.
,? "No. it Isn't a ship. I im-an that dark object that resembles a fort q
O somewhat, lying .lust off shop and to the south of the transport!" <g>
♦ "oli. that— why, that's Mission Hock," resptonded the others in a chorus, o
° "Surely you ought to know that, Ed." <s>
♦ "Mission Rock nothing. You caii't josh your Uncle Edward on that, so o
O don't try it." <$>
♦ "Why. yes, it is. You certainly must have heard of Mission Rock?" O
"Ye-as, I've heard of it all right, but blame me if I hadn't always been led
q to believe that the hoard preceding the one 1 was in had gathered in Mission <g,
['• Rock, and anything they got hold of they moved off the map. Blessed if I o
W' can see lIOW our crowd made such a mistake as that." ♦
The entrancing panorama had become blotted out of Hughes' eyes, his ®
eloquence was stilled. What he longed for was to get back to terra flrma q
O and further Investigate the status of Mission Rock. <j>
O
sons profess to see in the application a
possibility of the Sutter-street Company
ending its relations with the Sutro line.
It is pointed out that Robert Morrow and
Mr. Grant, who control the Gutter-street
line, are also the minority stockholders
in the Geary-street road. If the fran
chise Is t.i be abandoned it is held that
their con sen must be obtained before it
can be surrendered." It is expected they
will naturally demand some concession
, for the Sutter-street line. It is reasona
ble to believe the concession would be
joint ownership of the proposed electric
road to the beach. Should that be brought'
about, eventually they would hardly con.
; tinue transferring to the Sutro line. This
I would leave the Sutro line without a con
necting link with the heart of the city.
It would undoubtedly destroy it. leaving
Clement street without a road. This Is
the business street of Richmond, and was
built up by the Sutro Company.
No franchise is asked for Point Lobos
avenue, which is taken as an intimation
that the Market-street Railway Company
expects to hold that great thoroughfare
on an old franchise. On June 3, L 892, .1
franchise was granted the Ocean Beach
Railroad Company, since merged with
the Market-street Railway Company,
from First avenue to the Cliff House
road. This was to run fifty years. No
work has been done on it, hence the claim
is made that the company has no legal
Tight to its possession.
The Iroquois Club has also taken a
hand in the tight. At a meeting last night
the following resolution, presented by K.
P. K. Troy, was adopted. It reads:
Whereas, The Market Street Railway
Company of San Francisco has applied to
the Hoard of Supervisors for numerous
lranchises; and
Whereas. This corporation has always ex
hibited an utter disregard of the rights,
comforts and even the lives of the people
and has frequently violated the law by lay
ing rails upon streets of this city with
out securing a franchise, namely: O'Far
rell street, from Scott to Devisadero, and
on Church street, from Ridley to Sixteenth;
and also destroying the only desirable
driveway to Golden Gate Park by laying
rails of a character dangerous to life and
limb on Devlsadero; and
Whereas, There Is a large number of
streets covered with its rails and slot!
unused, and it frequently abandons parts of
franchises to suit its own convenience; and
Whereas. it has steadfast!} refused to
adopt working brakes and life saving fend
ers; and
Whereas, The charter adopted by the
votes of our people expressly provides that
it is the purpose of the city to acquire its
public utilities and that no franchise shall
be granted for more than twenty-five years;
therefore. be it
Resolved, That the [roqula Club protests
rigainst the granting of any franchises at
the present time, especially to the grant-'
Ing of a franchise to the Market street
Railway Company to cover Geary street;
and be it further
Resolved, Thai we protest against the
Board of Supervisors granting the Southern
Pacific Railroad Company the right to lay
another steam railroad track through the
Mission district.
urated :'nd the j •■ >li<-*» "merry-go-round"
commenced. For a day "r h<i tin- Chinese
tnflted, but with cbaracti ristic
shrewdness they soon got the "police vis-
Its" timed and during the interim played
merrily away with no fear of Interfer- j
>!.'•■. Again, watches were so placed I
that the > xpected arrival of the police !
was heralded to the players In the vari
ous dens and when the Bquad arrived the '
door would swing open, .1 tew disconsol
ate appearing Chinese would be bi ated on
their haunches, perhaps another reading,
another smoking. A cursory glance
around would satisfy the squad, it would
leave and instantly in*- games would
open.
This system is still continued. As said
before, it was Inaugurated on April 21. In
cluding that day and tip to and includ
ing May 19, Sergeant Donovan and posse
made seventy-seven arrests. Out of this
batch lines were collected amounting to
(765. Of the seventy-seven gamblers ar- i
rested twenty-five were dismissd and
seven cases ar»- still pending. The preced
ing month, from and including March
2\ and up to and including the 18th of
April. Sergeant Price, under the old
system, which was "Investigated" ami
found wanting, made 224 arrests. Pines
were collected from tins.- gamblers
amounting to $2600, forty-flve cases were
dismissed and a few are still pending. In
other words a comparison will show that
under the old system 347 more arrests
were made, tin- city was enriched Sis:',;,
and less gambling was indulged in. The .
19th and 2oth of April— these dates, as
will be seen, being omitted In the calcu
lations—were occupied by Sergeants Prlc ■
and Donovan in consultations. Price was
preparing to turn the district over and
Donovan to receive it, consequently no
am-sts were made.
It will be seen from these figures that
under the new system the city will lose
about $2000 a month, $24,000 a year, and
still the "merry-go-round" continues, and
Chinese continue likewise.
To properly handle the Chinese district
it is evident that experience is required.
During the last two raids made under the
supervision of Lieutenant X.sola seventy
arrests were made, but each and every
case was dismissed.
Insufficient evidence to convict was
taken by the police on these occasions,
but on the long list captured by Price but
forty-live escaped, and the rest donated
to the city treasury for their wrongs.
Doubtless the old system was the best
system— the Board of Strategy notwith
standing.
New lighj on Christian Science and
its development in next Sunday's
Call.
THE SAN FTCANCISCO CALL* SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1899.
SCHOONERS
IN COLLISION
ON THE BAY
Harvest Queen Ran
Into the Relief.
ABBIE ALSO DID SOME DAMAGE
TORE CITY OF STOCKTON'S PORT
QUARTER OUT.
The Marine Underwriters Reward
Captain Whitney— Captain Pierce
Will Not Be the Master
of the Grant.
There were two collisions on the water
front yesterday. The schooner Harvest
Queen drifted down on the tug Relief and
was nearly sunk, while :he schooner
Ahhie ran into the river steamer City of
Stockton and tore away nearly all her
pert quarter.
The fact that the wind was light and
there was a very strong flood tide ac
counted for both collisions. The Harvest
Queen was bringing a load of shingles
from North Beach, when she got caught
in the tide rip off Mission-street wharf.
H carried her along at a good rate of
speed, and the captain congratulated him-
THEY MET AND THEY PARTED.
THE crew of the schooner Mary Dodge was given a very pleasant surprise at sea on May 22. It was a
beautiful night and right ahead the lookout on the schooner could make out a British bark. The
Dodge rapidly overhauled the larger vessel and then Captain Hansen made her out to be the Moel
Eilian, frrm Pisagua fo~ San Francisco, with nitrate. The Mary Dcdge was on her way here from
Honolulu. As the latter came up all on board heard from the forecastle head of the Britisher the strains
of the "Star-Spangled Banner." This was followed by "Yankee Doodle," "Dixie," "Maryland, '"'Marching
Through Georgia" and other American melodies. The crew of the Moel Eilian is a musical one and it has
a band of its own, composed of a comet, flute, accoidion, tin whistle and two drums. Captain Hansen says
that in all his life he never heard such perfect music as that which floated over the moonlit waters from
the Moel Eilian.
self on the time he was making. Sud- I
• l.iily the wind dropped light and the
Harvest Queen lost steerage way. Be
fore the anchor could be dropped the tide
had carried her across the bow <>f the \
Relief. lying at Folsom-street wharf. -and
the Harvest Queen was cut down to the
water's' edge. Nearly all her cargo had
to li.- lettisoned to keep her from Sinking
and then the tug Amelia took her to the j
Mission mud flats.
'l'h' Ahl>i> was on her way out to Cas- ,
par and the City of Stockton had stopped
t.> allow her v> pass. The wind and tide
again took command and the Abl>ie
sheered into the steamer, carrying away
over twenty-five feet of the steamer's
port quarter.
Captain Pierce is not going out in the i
transport Grant after all. He gave up'
the command of the Centennial in order
to be captain of the big steamer, but the ,
powers that be at Washington havo
changed all that, and a .man is now on :
his way out from the Kast to take com
mand of the transport. It seems to be ',
a case of "very hard lines," but the
chances are that Uncle Sam will take care
of Captain Pierce on some other vessH.
The Grant .will get away next Monday
with about 1500 troops aboard.
The Sheridan came off the drydock yes
terday and will !><■ coaled in the stream.
Bhe will then go back to her berth at the
Government wharf to load for Manila.
The marine underwriters remembered
Captain Whitney of the Klihu Thomson
yesterday. For bringing the steamer
safely into port after she had lost her
propeller they presented him with a gold
watch and chain, a diamond locket and a
check for |600. 'liny also gave him a
check for $250 to divide among the men
who assisted him. On the inside case of
the watch was engraved: "From marine
underwriters on S. S. Klihu Thomson, to
Captain J?. B. Whitney, in recognition or
meritorious services. San Francisco, May,
l>s;»9 " The presentation was made by J.
J? I-evison of the Fireman's Fund, and
Captain Whitney responded in a neat
little speech.
In August, 189 S. the board passed a reso
lution to the effect that no employe should
hypothecate his salary on pain of dis
missal This rule has been more honored
in the breacji than in the observance, but
now the Commissioners have issued a
new edict, and the next time a money
lender presents an order the employe who
gave it willbe dismissed.
Captain Lew Williams will take the
bark Alaska out to-day. She is bound for
the gold lields and Captain Cogan was to
have gone north as master. He is very ;
sick at his home in Alameda. but expects
to be well enough to rejoin the vessel at j
St. Michael.
The steamer Portland will get away for |
Unalaska and St. Michael next Monday.
Bhe will call at Victoria. B. C, for cargo
and passengers on the way north. The
Bertha will lie ready about the sth of.
June and will sail direct for UnHlaska.
St. Michael and Cape Nome a few days
later The Alaska Commercial .Company
expects big travel, as the inquiries about
the gold 1 fields are very numerous.
To C. Herlitz, the energetic manager of ;
McNear's wharf at Port Costa, is due the
credit of having shipped in one day the ,
heaviest cargo ever loaded at this port.
On Wednesday 2'1.K00 sacks of wheat were
put on board the British four-masted bark
Pyrenees. Tills enormous Quantity was
handled by one gang only between the
bouds of EL m. and 5 p. m.. notwithstand- !
ing the fact that considerable time was
taken up shifting from one hatch to an- |
other and rigging up the necessary gear, j
Stewart Menzies & Co. of San Francisco
were the stevedores, who took it away as
fast as Manager Herlitz could pour it on
board.
THE WHEELS OF
JUSTICE CEASE
THEIR GRIND
No Money to Maintain
Jurors.
JUDGE COOK CALLS A HALT
CRIMINAL DEPARTMENTS HAVE
CLOSED THEIR DOORS.
«
The Board of Supervisors Will Take
Steps on Monday to Provide
Such Funds as Are
Necessary.
The public larder is empty and the
wheels of justice have stopped their
grind. Yesterday morning Judge Cook
announced that the criminal departments
of the Superior Court would try no more
cases until provision had been made to
feed the jurors sitting- to determine the
guilt or innocence of accused persons
brought before the bar. This decision
was reached after due deliberation on the
part of the Judges of this branch of th.}
court — Cook, Lawler and Dunne — and they
intend to adhere rigidly to their decision.
All prisoners in custody are entitled to
trial within sixty days after their incar-
eeration, and in event the matter of cre
ating a fund to supply the jurors with
food is not arranged by the Finance Com
mittee of the Board of Supervisors with
in that time the doors of the city jails
will be thrown open and a dangerous
host of criminals will stalk forth to re
new t heir chosen vocations.
A short time ago it was announced that
the fun,d created to pay restaurant bills
incurred on behalf of the jurors was ex
hausted. Thursday at noon the* jury in
whose hands the fate of John J. llierer,
charged with manslaughter, rested was
ordered into the custody of the Sheriff,
and a deputy was directed to take them
to lunch. The twelve men good and true
were marched to a near by restaurant,
but the keeper refused to feed them with
out money in advance, saying that he
could not trust the city for the outlay.
The jurors were returned to court, and
when Judge Cook's attention was called
to the matter he disbanded the jury and
ordered its various members to return
yesterday morning to deliberate upon a
verdict. At noon yesterday the jury
came into "court and asked for further
time, and then the court instructed them
that they could not l.c fed. The Jury re
turned to the deliberation room and for a
couple of hours these hungry men dis
cussed the evidence in favor of and
against the accused. Finally they came
into court and entered a verdict of not
guilty. The court then dismissed the jury
and went into consultation, with Judges
Lawlor and Dunne. The Judges hold that
juries are entitled to maintenance and
care by the Sheriff during the time they
are in custody, and if maintenance can
not be assured them the Judges will re
fuse to call them into court. Ofttimes,
they say. juries require as many as twen
ty-four hours in which to arrive at a ver
dict, and to prevent a miscarriage of jus
tice they should be properly cared for
during that time and will be, else the
criminal department will close up and the
jails will be emptied.
Later in the day Attorney Peixotto, rep
resenting Sheriff Martin, appeared before
the Finance committee of the Board of
Supervisors and after stating the action
taken by Judge Cook asked that some
steps be at once taken to provide money
for the maintenance of jurors.. In reply
Chairman Perrault stated that the mem
bers of the committee would hold a con
ference with the Auditor and Treasurer
to-day and decide as to how best to meet
the {"mergency. The committee will re
port to the board on Monday, and that
body will no doubt pass whatever author
ization may be necessary In the prem
ises. The action contemplated is the
transfer of money from one fund to an
other.
■ ♦ ■
Vagrant Girls.
Etta Birmingham and Stella Risley, two
girls in their teens, were arrested yes
terday by Officers Graham and Fitzgerald
and lodged in the City Prison on charges
of vagrancy. The first girl went to I,ark-
Bpur recently with a family named Dyer,
living at Nineteenth and Valencia streets,
and, stealing two vail sea full of clothes,
returned to this city. She then coaxed the
Kisley girl, who was employed a.s a do
mestic by a family named Cohen, living
at 1009 Greenwich street, to leave there
for a short pleasure tour. "When the His
ley girl did not return yesterday the police
were notified. The officers found her com
ing out of a saloon in the tenderloin dis
trict. The Birmingham girl was arrested
In Alameda and the discovery made that
both girls had been on a "spree" with a
local real estate dealer, for whom the
police are now searching.
R. T. Brodek, late prop. Baldwin Hotel
barber shop. Is located at 22G Powell. •
BUCKLEY WANTS
HIS OLD POWER
BACK AGAIN
Forming Clubs in All
the Districts.
HE IS WORKING VERY QUIETLY
RUMORS CONNECTING HIM WITH
VARIOUS FACTIONS.
The Blanket Ticket Idea Has Not Yet
Been Dropped by the Com
mittee of One Hun
dred.
The blind boss is the coming thorn in
the side of the local Democracy. He is
organizing and all the friends of the Com
mittee of One Hundred can say will not
keep the rank and file of the party out ;
of the secret. He is particularly strong
in the Twenty-ninth, and there are others
of the downtown districts where he is
strong enough to shQw himself in the
open, but there is not a district in the
city that he has not canvassed and in
which he has not men working. Ih some
he has small clubs; in others he has large
clubs, but in all he has some kind of a
footing and he is reaching for more.
There have been all kinds of rumors
regarding the workings Of the Bucktey
f action, many of them, it Is believed, hav
ling been set going by himself. He is
said to have been affiliated with every
wing of the party, respectable and other
wise, since he returned to search for his
former power. He h;is been credited to
the Committee of One Hundred more than
once, but most persistently is he con
nected with the prospects of Phelan. It
is believed that much of the talk con
necting him with Phelan is an outgrowth
of his own desires, but so far there have
been no denials.
Coupled with the rumor of Buckley and
j his Phelan flirtation is the well defined
] idea that if Mr. Phelan wishes to win
[ in his coming campaign he must come
j down to "practical" politics. The Com
mittee of One Hundred is about of the
: same mind concerning itself, but its prac
tical politics is of a nature peculiarly
its own. There is a minority in the com
mittee which has heard the Buckley ru
mors, and these men are asking that be
fore Mr, Phelan becomes their candidate
I he be requested to declare himself free
and loose from all sid.' Issues and petty
i bosses. If he does this he will lose his
1 chance of doing "practical" politics. If
he does not do so, it will probably cause
ail kinds of a row in the committee anil
the little bosses will profli anyway.
Kainey is doing very little so far, but he
has condescended to bury the hatchet In
the Twenty-ninth and join hands with his
! old-time enemy, Buckley. The Twt-nty
, ninth is Braunhart's district. He has al
ways considered himself sole proprietor,
! and when the idea of forming a club was
| broached to him he took it under advise
i ment and allowed the formation of the
j club to drag along listlessly. But now
I he has become most active. Both Buckley
! and Kainey have well organized clubs
; right in his own stronghold, and Braun
. hart is now out with another club of his
j own make into which he hopes to gather
; what he considers the temporarily falth
i less. The worst of it is the two foreign
| clubs seem to be on the best of terms
; with each other; it is practically a join
ing of forces.
The blanket ticket idea of the Commit
-1 tee of One Hundred has not been dropped.
It is still simmering, and if there is the
slightest chance of It going through it
will be the form of ballot submitted to
. the faithful at the next primary. The
i State Central Committee has advised
i that the precincts be given representa
, tion. and it was decided that such a plan
might be a good one. The idea was taken
| as a suggestion only, however, for it was
i pointed out that the State Central Com
i mittee had no jßwer to do more than ad
! vise the Committee of One Hundred; and
j even if it had, did not the Committee of
One Hundred control the State Central
Committee anyway— so what was the dlf-
I fer»>nce?
The outgrowth of all this has been the
quiet formulation of a plan of representa*
tion that, while seeming to have sub-
I stance, is really nothing but a shadow
i and a hollow one at that, if such a thing
I exist in the economy of nature. The idea
■to give a representation of sufficient size
to allow of a man from each precincet
I and then to so allot the entire number
I that only the districts solid for the com
! mittee will furnish the men, is one too
attractive and too "practical" for the
committee to let go without a tremor,
and it wUJ keep bobbing up. No one will
be surprised if it should be thrust for
', ward "with the announcement that all
j representatives will be chosen "at large. 1 '
Commander in Chief General Miles
and General Miller of the Iloilo expe
dition write about our new memorial
day in next Sunday's Call.
LEGACIES OF
THE CAMPAIGN
THAT MAY FAIL
Bills Party Managers
Will Not Audit.
TIME FOR THE WIND-UP
mclaugilin may call a meet
iitg of the committee.
Gage Threatens to Kick Against
the Board of Health Programme
Which Burns Has Pre
pared.
The executive committee of the Repub
lican State Central Committee had very
nearly reached the order of "unfinished
business" when the contest for United
States Senator called some of the mem
bers to Sacramento. The incidents and
events of the Senatorial campaign em
bracing the part which the Republican
"organization" played in the contest are
still so fresh in the minds of the people
that it is hardly necessary to recount the
failures of the session.
The "unfinished business" of the exec
utive committee must be adjusted some
time, and many leading Republicans
fancy that Major Frank McLaughlin
could not do a better thing than call the
members together at once for a final set
tlement of affairs. In the language of
the prize ring fraternity, it is time for the
"wind-up."
The aspect of affairs is not delightful, j
The statement is made by one member of j
the committee that there is no money in !
I the treasury, and yet there are many un- i
: paid accounts. The fact is known that the
Republicans were generous contributors to
theeampaignfund for the election of Henry
1. Gage and his associates. Among the'
: liberal contributors were "sound money" !
I Democrats, who were firmly convinced ■]
j thai the welfare of the State demanded I
the success of the Republican party.
There is a record in the committee's
possession of many cash contributions.
; This record, together with the memoranda
: t,t what might be called cash donations
out of the regular order, ought to show
the aggregate amount of coin received.
The vouchers on hand should show the
disbursements and the amount of the un
j paid claims can be easily ascertained. It
i will be an easy matter, therefore, to de- i
lermine the amount of money required to ■
liquidate all outstanding obligations.
The auditing committee consists of j
Judge Nusbaumer, Phil Lilienthal, Judge .
Hart, Wendell Easton and Paris Kilburn.
The last named is treasurer, but cannot
pay bills unless thf same be audited.
: Several members of the auditing com
• mittee assert that they will never audit :
! bills for certain services at Sacramento. I
' They take the position that the engage- !
! ment of rooms at the Golden Eagle Hotel i
was unauthorized so far as the executive \
committee was concerned and therefore j
cannot be charged to the account of the '■
j organization. There is no certainty but j
i only a surmise that the party will be |
' asked to pay certain bills con-tracted at I
Sacramento. An effort was made last |
! winter to obtain the written consent of j
' a majority of the members of the exec
■ utive committee for the maintenance of
headquarters at Sacrnmento. but when
The Call hegan to make inquiries oon
cerning the character of the document
and the names of the signers efforts to
obtain signatures were suspended if not
abandoned.
A leading member of the committee said
yesterday: "I do not believe that Mc
i Laughlin. Kilburn, "Watt and Steppacher
will put in claims for money expended at
; Sacramento. I am sure that the auditing
> committee will never approve sucn
claims. There is llkeW to be a lively time
; when the executive committee meets, and
i the meeting must take place sooner or
later. We might as well settle the matter
'■ now as defer the question. 1 know that
, several Republicans will speak their
minds when the committee gets together
to discuss the subject. Th<e power to call
a meeting of the committee rests with
Major Mclaughlin." .
Governor Gage, D. M. Burns. Major Jic-
Laughlin and Phil Crimmins cannot agree
as to Board of Health appointments. So
; far Burns has had things pretty much his
i own way in the distribution of patronage,
: but the report comes that Gage is inclined
to kick against Burns" Board of Health
' programme. Martin Kelly ajid Phil Crirn
i mins have taken steps to en-.ghten the
Governor concerning the limited range of
Burns' Influence in local aff rs.
The Governor has arranged to attend
the annual meeting in the valley of the
Board of Yosemite Commissioners. If he
does not change his mind he will an
nounce Board of Health appointments on
the eve of his departure for the valley.
The adjutant general and Labor Com
missioner may be named before the jaunt
■to Yosemite begins. Major Bj C. Tru
! man. who reported the ttrst but not the
worst speech made in California by Go\
ernor Gage, will leave Los An eles this
i evening to attend a meeting of Commls
; sioners in this city on Monday to or
-1 ganize the Paris Exposition Board.
BROKERS MADE HAPPY.
City Attorney Declares That Seats in
the Stock Board Are Not
Taxable.
The following opinion relating to mat
ters of taxation will be welcome news to
holders of seats in the San Francico Stock
and Bond Exchange:
SAN FRANCISCO. May 26, 1599. j
Washington Dodge, Assessor City and County
- D ear sir; in your communication of the 24th
inst you Inquire If the members of the San
Francisco Stock and Bond Exchange should be
assessed for their seats or the right of mem
bership held by them in such exchange. The
constitution of this State defines property, sub
ject to taxation (Article XIII. Sec. 1) as
••moneys debits, bonds, stocks, dues, fran
chises and all other matters and things real,
personal and mixed, capable of private owner
" Does a seat In such an exchange or board fall
•within any of the terms used in the constltu-
In ' the cases of Lowenberg vs. Greenbaum
(99 Cal., 162) the court defined a seat upon the
San Francisco Stock and Exchange Board as
being merely "a personal privilege of being
and remaining a member of a voluntary asso
ciation with the assent of the associates." And
in the case of San Francisco vs. Anderson (103
Cal., 70) the court held such a '."seat" to be
too impalpable to go Into any category of tax
able property. "It Is a mere right to belong to
a certain association with the latter' consent,
and to enjoy certain Deri tea] privileges and
advantages which flow from membership of
6iich association. Those privileges and advan
tages cannot be transferred without the con
sent of the association, and a forced sale of
them would not give to the purchaser the right
to occupy said seat."
It has 'also been held that a seat on the San
Francisco Produce Exchange Is not taxable
property (San Francisco vs. Wangenheim, 37
Pac. Ren. 221).
Assuming that the San Francisco Stock and
Bond Exchange js. similar in organization to
the San Francisco Stock and Exchange Board
and the San Francisco Produce Exchange, I
advise that seats upon such exchange are not
subject to taxation. Respectfully.
FRANKLIN K. LANE,
''■'■;•'■''■■ Attorney- and Counselor.
Handball Game Entries.
The games to bo played at Phil Ryan's
handball court, 858 Howard street, on
Sunday will be lively and entertaining.
The second series of the return game for
the Ryan trophy will be contested by
E. Foy and M. MaKUire vs. J. White and
E. Curley. Other entries are:
J. Dowline and M. Mcrure vs. P. Ryan and
J. Lawless; T. Foiey and J. Klrby vs. D.
Regan and M. Klrby; A. McVlcker and T.
I.ydon vs. G. Smith and .1. Condon; D. RoUgers
and M. McNeil vs. G. McDonald a/id P.
Steiner; J. Rlordnn and M. Dillon vs. J. Ilarlow
and E. Maloney; J. C. Nealon and A. Hampton
v*. M. J. Kilrallon and R. Unehan. The sec
ond series of games for the medal between R.
Toy and M. Magruire vu. J. White and K. Cur
ley.
Trunk moved, 25c; furniture, pianos, freight.
Slcnal Transfer Co.. 530 Jonea; tel. Sutter 441.
THOUGHT THEIR
PATIENT HAD DIED
FROM SMALLPOX
Alarm at the Harbor
Hospital.
A VOLUNTEta HAD MEASLES
SUCCUMBED TO THE DISEASE AT
COUNTY HOSPITAL.
Owing to Suspicions of Contagious
Disease Ail Persons Brought in.
Contact With Him Are
Vaccinated.
The death of James W. Gustin at the
City and County Hospital on Thursday
has created a scare among all the people
with Whom he was brought in contact.
Malignant measles was the cause of
death, but the report gained currency
that he was suffering from smallpox.
"When the Sixth Infantry arrived from
the East last Monday it was accom
panied by W. Gustin. He wore the uni
form of Uncle Sam's men and said he
belonged to the Sixth, but was not at
tached to any company. At the Govern
ment wharf he was taken ill and was re
moved to the Harbor Hogpital. Dr. Hop
per made a cursory examination, and
rinding the man to be seriously ill at once
notified the medical authorities at the
Presidio. After some delay an army doc
tor arrived. After questioning Gustin, he
found he was a discharged volunteer and
did not belong to the regular army. He
therefore declined to have anything' to
do with the man.
In the meantime Gustin was suffering:
a great deal, and as he had all the symp
toms of typhoid fever the City and Coun
ty Hospital officials were notified and he
was moved there. He was placed in a
ward, but owing to the serious condition
of the man he was moved to a room In
which there were other men afflicted with
measles. These men were under the care
of Dr. William W. Kerr, one of the visit
ing physicians. At his suggestion Gustin
was isolated in order to allay the fears
of other patients, who had an impression
he was suffering from smallpox.
The man died on Thursday. Dr. G. E.
Sussdorff, superintendent physician of the
hospital, together with Dr. Reilly of
Cooper College, and Dr. Jules Franken
hHm of Tnland College pronounced it a
case of malignant measles, with suspected
intercurrent measles. No autopsy was
held, it being considered unnecessary. As
there had been a question as to the pres
ence (>f smallpox, Dr. Sussdorff ordered
the body placed in a sealed casket.
As an additional precaution, all persons
exposed to the supposed contagion were
vaccinated, while the rooms were disin
fected. Down at the Harbor Hospital
there was a decided scare.
Mrs. Andrew, the matron, had done
everything in her power for Gustin, and
Driver Kelly had given her assistance.
Drs. Hopper and Fine had examined the
patient, while Drs. Fitzgibbon and Oliver
had been in to see him several times.
Mrs. Reid, the night matron, and George
Liby. the driver who is on night duty,
had also been in attendance upon Gus
tin.
When the news of the death reached
the hospital Dr. Fitzg'bbon at once vac
cinated all the persons named. He de
clined to be treated himself, saying lie
had been vaccinated six months ago. The
others wiinlii not h» denied, hnwover, and
while some held Fitzgibhon, Dr. Fine vac
cinated him over the right knee. Each one
as he was cut with the lancet gave a yell
of pretended pain and fear and by the
time the last operation had been per
formed there was a crowd of several hun
dred people around the hospital.
Dr. Sussdorff hopes the scare will has
ten the erection of a building by the Su
pervisors in which persons suffering from
contagious diseases may be placed. At
present they endanger the health of the
inmates in the great public institution.
Invited to Vallejo.
MARE ISLAND, May 26.— An invitation
has been sent to the Veteran and Ex
empt Firemen of San Francisco to join in
the Fourth of July celebration in Vallejo.
ADVERTISEMENTS.
, yg. It is a marvel how-
L=J9 jsr some men will, risk their
»^S^>Sr lives by sheer neglect.
w=|sly^ T^? cv s ' ee P away entirely
'^^^a oblivious of the danger
; '^p)H creeping upon them. Men
i J\^> can hardly be made to re-
•^^g--V alize that a little sput-
ml\f^^\ tering spark of disease
W.<\ xXV which. might be stamp-
•jT^V^JiVK ed out in an instant
»%k -^f/l > may mean death if it
;iK^—^(i2l.jis allowed to keep on.
gf^W ZL^cL Dyspepsia, con-
n I \Pi\\S\ s . u P at j° n a , n d
yj' j^S • v^l \ I*ver1 * ver complaint
SjV~T T 1* 1 i \\\ seem like trifling
J f]POWD£)mJ \\\ matters but they
r - J IT Ir \\\ win eventually
' -^A I) / 'L-J \ wreck the con-
.^\ ..i^&^gS&tfma st ' t " >; "' 1 — '
>^ ■ * ■!»»■ --»< r surely as a
(rrm / 4f& -"*■ spark will blow up a keg of
/< ?./^-powder.
/ 3>x/. ■»* If your health is not strong
«A, ~\ and vigorous it is a simple
•* (\\l/ and sensible thing to write to
'^t'^i: Dr. R. V. Pierce, chief con-
IVY suiting physician to the In-
. valids' Hotel and Surgical
Institute, of Buffalo, N. V., and obtain from
him and his staff of eminent specialists,
without charge, professional advice which
will enable you to put your constitution on
a solid basis of health and strength forth-
with, before th#ie ailments have a chance
to reduce you to a physical wreck.
Dr. Pierces Golden Medical Discovery is
acknowledged as the most wonderful med-
icine ever devised for those diseases which
are caused by imperfect action of the liver
and digestive organs.
Mr. F. M. Robinett, of Xenophon, Hancock
Co., Term., says in a letter to Dr. Pierce: " I can
heartily recommend Dr. Pierces Golden Medical
Discovery for indigestion and torpid liver. I
tried different doctors with but little result. I
could scarcely eat anything— it would put me in
such dreadful distress in ray stomach. I had a
dull aching pain in my stomach, and continual
hurting behind my shoulders, bad taste in my
mouth, tongue coated brown, had faint spells
with a tired worn-out feeling. I took eleveu
bottles of • Golden Medical Discovery ' and re-
ceived great benefit. lam now able to work. If
it had not been for this wonderful remedy I be-
lieve I would Dot be living- to-day."
The most difficult diseases to cure are
those which are aggravated by constipation.
' In such cases Dr. Pierces Pleasant Pellets
should be taken in conjunction with the
" Discovery. " They never gripe. All good
dealers sell them.
DR. MEYERS
jgSff^^ =^S SPECIALISTS
Shew 1 FOR men.
jSSBg rt^ftQWti g-Jt^ Established IS Tear*.
W, 3*§Pm; PAY WHEN CURED.
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wU'foz. -—LMfimL- a tatton. Home cures
IWtW' rfttfWSSSui a specialty Private
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JwlS'' / vw nd advlce free by
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NEW WESTERN HOTEL, '
KEAKNEY AND WASHINGTON STS.— RE-
modeled and renovated. KING. WARD &
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15 to JS week: $8 to 130 month. I Free baths; hot
and cold water every room; lire grates la event
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