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' San Francisco Call
Broadway, Sept. 6.
0 to-day/ 1 said Major Da
ford at a little gathering
" ' 1 Ifornia and am
In the State
'■■'if a centurj
was in honor ot the
- leford is p< rhaps the best
■ and millman in
nt> He has literally grown
State, and although having
■ lie Is now but 68 years
'■ 'Mined his early strug
: : m trip
he was surrounded
Is, whose whitened heads
' ■ experiences before
■ ' '-.'in ;n a > .-w . ountry.
f April 1849. the major and
• • Ind.. b1 md for the
: the West. The party proved
d to break it up,
f them, ln< iudlng young
1 alone. 1
■ and they
' ' iry for days without
tranger. Young
r the 1 issil id< bcf < amp mln
• had heard during a
is a drug clerk
me Dr. Rankin, Mr \ lams
G Patrick, William Shingles, a
Mr. Sunderlarid; whose son Thomas is now 1
l-ruminem in Nevada, anil John Qulncy A. j
IjujlarJ, who now livei ur.<l has prospered j
at I-'laoerrjlle.
As soon f.s the party reached California ;
they commenced mining and met with the
usual experiences of pioneer miners. They
would be broke one day and (lush the
next, but finally ali came out with mod
erately good fortune.
"I remember one occasion," said Major
Standeford, "when 1 was sent down the
Sacramento River laden with dust and
told to make some good Investments in j
real estate in San Francisco. 1 looked at !
the miserable shacks and concluded that !
any investment In such a place would be I
merely a waste of money, so 1 carried |
the dust back and reported accordingly." ■
In ISC7. the yar tht; Central Pacific j
Railroad opened. Mr. Standeford came to
Oakland anu established the first planing '
mill, on the corner of First and Washing
ton streets. or a long time lie i id an a ,
partner the late O. H. Burnham. He de- [
voted himself to his business with the ;
Fnme persistency that he had hunted the :
gold dust and now I■• preside* over the '
largest establishment on the \<rater front
The mnjor is ,i member of Uakiand •
T-odge of Masons and passes much of his.
time with the brethren at the Masonic I
Temple For peveral years he ha! been ■
a widower. ar.<! his three daughter! are ,
all harpily married. The major Is a typ- ;
lrai pioneer; hale, hearty, of good mem
ory and always ready 9 ben not attend n«
tolbusinCSS tell of the days when the
S'are was young find when th« way to
fortune pnd success was not as Bmootn
:m it is for the generation that is sue- j
nnnVtlno' the n re< inauts.
Robert Parker Campbell's Father j
Suicides and Leaves Him Wall ,
Provided For.
OAKLAND. Sept? G.—JUSI °»« week ■•". j
to-day Alexander Campbell; first elated
over the return ,f his son. Robert IMrker ;
Campbell; on the cruiser Boston from .W- .
nlla. tl despondent over the '.den
destruction of his home at Fruit by |
Jlre took n do«f of strychnine ana dU a,
In a petition filed to-day by the Union ,
Trust Company of Ban Francisco;* and
Benjamin B. tfuncon .... probate of
th<- will it appear* that the lustrum, nt.
disposing of his $25,000 estate had ■■" < j
made- only a few days prior to his f ■««•
The petitioners arc named as executors ,
and the witnesses to the will; dated Au
gust 2',. are Bam 801 l McKce ;ind .1. H.
Troy of this city, r.y its terms the i m,
who returned as n w/irrlor from tne Phil
ippines; is woll provided for. The estate
consists Of property at the corner of j
Seventeenth and Mission streets, San
Francisco; arid money on deposit In tne
San Francisco Saving:-! Union. To the
eldest son; James Thomas Campbell, need
"fi years JSr/K) Is I ftthed; to Mrs. Mar
garet Miller of San Francisco; si' l " 1 ' : Mrs. \
Ann Jano Strathoran of Santa Barbara; |
W>cr Miss Annie K. Campbell of Eureka.
|l0f»0, and to Mrs. Hannah McConnell of ;
Fruitvnl'' Jl'W 1 ' i
For the returning . on, Robert Parker
Campbell. $10,000 is bequeathed to the
Union Trust Company In trust, to be in
v ,...,,i in :•!!:■ income-bearing property,
mortiraß<s or securities, the Income to bo
mild over to this son until be shall arrive
at the ago of -JO years, at which time the.
trustees' shall pay directly to him i lie i
whole principal. In th event of Robert's
death before reaching th< age of !<>— be
is now 21-the principal goca to his broth
er Janus T. Campbell. The balance of
the estate Is bequeathed to thn two sons,
•.'■we and share alike. 1
°* the Bay Cities
Unified Six Merely De-
sire Action.
Oakland Office San Francisco Call,
90S Broadway, Sept. 6.
Some surprise was manifested to-day
when it became known that the City
Council had fixed the tax levy. More sur
prise was manifested at the manner in
which it was done. It If really the first
thoroughly businesslike proceeding con
nected with any big measure that the
present Council has carried out.
The animated debate of last night
shows that when occasion requires the
Council can break apart and that Fix
members— Messrs. Mott, Bar stow, Meese,
Schafer. Kramm and (Jirard, which is a
majority of eleven — can be depended upon
to act definitely. All of the six who voted
together last night declare that there is
no combination among them but that they
rely passed to print the tax levy ordin
ance because they were tired of talking
night after night and accomplishing noth
ing. The committee of the whole was to
have discussed the tax levy t'. -night, but
as the matter has been disposed of it is
now entirely out of th« hands of the com
All the pet schemes that have been
talked over during the past month disap
peared with th( vote. Mr. Rowe's visions
of Improvements, in independence square
faded away: Mr. lor's desire to per
manently reconstruct a >• ctlon of Tele
graph avenue and call It .1 boulevard also
disappeared; Mr Gfrard's second tire en
gine for the annexed district went up In
smoke, although he was one of the six
who hurriedly closed up the tax levy
That little meeting last Saturday night
presents a very strong contrast to a little
gathering held a few months ago at th
homo of Councilman Taylor. On the lat
ter occasion nearly all the Councilmeii
were unanimous on whatever was pro
posed It was the moat beautiful gather
ing oV doves on record and everybody
cooed In unison.
Last Saturday night Mr. Bowe was not
there *tr. Taylor was also absent, ami
last night they 'let it be known very clear
ly why they were not present. There was
nothing suggestive of the dove about th<=
manner in which Messrs. Mott, Rowe
Mees.=>. Taylor and Stetson expressed
themselves last night. Bach man resented
dictatorship by any other member and
Mr. Rowe turned red, while Mr. Mott
turned white. Everybody realized that it
Was the 1 cginnlng of a new era in the
Council and to-day, although the mem
bers when they meet smile at each other,
being gentlemen, it Is not the same old
emi'.e with which they saluted each other
in the days when the sole energy of th.
legislative department of the city govern
mcnt was being used to force Mayor Snow
to reappoint a police officer or a Street
"It was no combination, said Mr. <■!
rard to-day: "but. great Caesar! we had
to do something. We weren't elected to
talk, talk, everlastingly talk!"
OAKLAND, Sept. 6.— Judge OKden to
day rendered judgment In favor of the
Stewart Law and Collection Company,
assign of the Tribune Publishing Com
pany, against Oscar Lunlng for the sum
of $- : 'i)o and costs of suit. Mr. Lunlng was
sued on a contract whereby he promised
to pay 1500 toward the souvenir edition of
Ai.:in'ila County, known as the "Alftmeda
County Illustrated,", and published by the
Tribune Publishing Company. Mr. Lun-
Ing contested the claim on the ground j
thai lie agent of the publishers stated
to him that other prominent men were
to subscribe a like amount <>( money. It.
was shown by Attorneys Snook and
Church for the plaintiff that .Mi. Lunlng
mad. his subscription as an enterprising
public citizen for the purpose of advertis
ing the advantages of Alameda County.
It was also agreed by the publishers that
Mr. Luning's ground! and surroundings
were to be written up in the publication.
In deciding the case Judge Off den said
Where it vas down, as it was in this
case, that th<> publishers had gone to a
great expense in getting out this work,
and thai a special consideration, agreed
upon by the parties to the suit, had been
given to Mr. Liming In writing up his
place, that there were no grounds under
the law by which Lunlng could avoid the
contract. The evidence showed that the
work performed for Liming was well
worth the amount of money charged, and
even if it bo considered a case of "vol
untary subscription," that, the work of
getting out the book having been per- 1
formed by the assignor of plaintiff, there
was sufficient consideration to support
the contract made.
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Adjusting Political Obligations.
OAKLAND. Sept t'.-Some political
changes are to bo made at the court
house. Bert Swan, one of the leaders <>f
the Pondinkey Club and the Young Men's
Republican Club, is to become a deputy
In the County Clerk'a office. Deputy Dean
is to go to the Recorder's office, and Dep
uty Breed Is to be retired from the lat
ter department. j
Onkland Office San Francisco Call.
908 Rroadway. Sept. f..
TWO thousand dollars for throwing a
rock at a cat— and it wasn't even Mrs.
Christine Tobler who threw the rock.
Charles Kuhn loves cats; his neigh
bors, the Toblors, love chickens. Cats
also love ohi>'keni», and Kahn's cats were
no exception to the rule. The
neighborly relations of the Kuhns and the
Toblers have many times been seriously
disturbed because of the love of
Kuhn'a cats fur Tobler's chickens and
ens. To-day an Innocent-looking damage
Ysabel Dolores Neil
Seeks Damages.
Oakland Office Ban Francisco Call.
'.••is Broadway, Sept G.
A story of lacerated affections and sad
disappointment in not securing as a life
luiik com! anion and htißband the man
upon whom she had set her heart; hopes
red even after Bhe had purchased
her trousseau and made all preparations
; for i!it happiest event in her life are t >M
. In a breach of promise suit filed in the
Superior Court this afternoon by Isabel
Dolores V . - I Milton Shirek for th<
i very oi $i' ,0 0 damages.
The plaintiff, a charming; brunette of five
and twenty summ> rs, was formerly a pop
ular i ■■• '!• of San Bernardino, where she
mcl Milton Shirek, wno was a prominent
and well-to-do young business mar, ■<( that
.-• i i ion, and their Btorj or courtship is ono
wherein love played not wisely nut ;<«>
1 well.
The young woman's complaint prepared!
■ and tiled '.his afternoon l>y Attorn.-;.
Gei rge E. de Golla recites thai a mar rage
contract was entered Into in Oakland on
in ..hum November -■■• of last year,
"when, in consideration that the plaintiff,
; who was then sole and unmarried, would,
lat the requesi of th< defendant, marrj
him. on Ins request, within a reasonable
time; th< del udani then and there prom
ised to marry th< plaintiff within a rea
sonable time." 'The plaintiff avers that -
she placed implicit confidence in defend
ant's promise and has always remained
unmarried, and has always been ready
and willing to marry the defendant, and
that she is even now ready and willing
that the nuptial knoi should be tied.
However, in the month of April last,
Miss Neil, evidentlj believing that tho
expiration of a ■ time was close
at hand pop)"'; the question for h.-r erst
v. i |c lover and requested him to fulnll
his promise of marriage; hut the young
mans thoughts "1 love had evaporated,
and he poinl blank declared his refusal to
i fulnll th' premise.
But, according to tln> complaint, there
was more than love pure and simple In
volved in the negotiations between the
young Couple, for at the time of the mak
ing of Hi. promlsi of marriage Shirek
was a man of wealth and means, owning
property Including two valuable Jot* lo- i
eated In this city, and these the defend
ant as a part of his contract, promised
to convey to the fair plaintiff as her home
and as licr separate property: hut in this
he was no less dilatory than in the fulflll
ment of the marriage, in conclusion says
Miss Nell's complaint:
•■That by reason of and because of the
refusal of defendant to fuliill his afore-
Bald promise of marriage, and t<< keep his
contract, plaintiff has Buffered and been
injured, and still suners greatly in mind
1 and body, and li'is been injured hy loss of
tun- In preparing (or said marriage; has
suffered «r.at injury to her prospects in
life and to her feelings and affections, and
her pride was therein- greatly wounded,
and she has suffered from impaired heal:h
loned by acts of plaintiff since the
said promise so m«d>- by defendant. • • *
That by reason of the premises and of the
breach of contract of defendant, and of
the refusal of defendant to keep his aicn-.'
mi nt as aforesaid, this plaintiff has heen
I damaged in the .«um of $10,000." Where- j
i fore she asks judgment for damages to
that amount. Incidentally a Us pendens
was filed late this afternoon on the prop
erty of Shirek. who at present is engaged
in business in San Francisco.
A Nurse Thought It a Trivial Affair,
but Must Nov Stand an
Oakland Offke Kan Francisco Call,
908 Broadway, Sept. fi.
Mrs. F. Rickard, a nurpe In the West
Oakland Home, will undergo an opera
tion at Fahiola Hospital to-morrow morn
inp to Save her from death by blood-poi
Mrs. Ri.kard's condition is the result
of a pin prlrk. While fastening a Bafety
pin in a garment she ran the Kharp
Brassy point Into her finger. There was
no pain for several days and Mrs. Rick
ard had entirely forgotten the circum
stance when her hand began to swell.
Thinking it a felon, she began treatment
for that ailment. Hut instead of growing
better she grew rapidly worse, feho was
forced to tak'- to her bed and summon a
physician. Then the real trouble was as
certained and Mrs. Rickard was taken to
Fabiola Hospital.
To Promote Home Trading.
OAKLAND, Sept B.— The firsi Work
lngtnen's Home- Trading Club was organ
Iced Co-day among the employes of the
Btandeford Lumber Company. This move
1 Ik being fostered by the Merchants' Ex
i change, which h,aa started an energetic
i crusade to indue- p.-ople of this city to
purchase «t home instead of spending
tlvir money in Sxn Francisco. Similar
Clubs will l>e formed wherever the oppor
tunity off<-r3.
Yon Kapff Wants New Trial.
OAKLAND. Sept. 6.— Ex-Constahle H.
\V. yon Kapff of Alameda. who was last
week convicted of swearing falsely to
claims for foes, appeared in the Superior
j Court to-day for sentence, but the matter
was continued for one week at the re
riuopt of his attorneys, who propose to
appeal to the Supreme Court if a motion
for a new trial is denied.
of the Bay Cities
suit was filed by Christine Tobler, who
demands $:!""fl from Charles Kuhn, be
cause ho secured her arrest for disturbing
Ins peace. The disturbance of thf> peace
consisted in throwing a rock at one of
the Kuhn cats, said rock missing the cat
and goi;:g through one of the Kuhn win
dows. Presuming, naturally, that Mrs.
Tobler had thrown the rock, Mr. Kuhn
swore out a warrant for her arrest. Si: >
was tried before Justice Lame and ac
quitted. The swr-rn testimony showed that
she was entirely innocent, knew nothing
of the rock and that her husband threw it.
Nearly Caused Death
of Mrs. Edwards.
Oakland Office San Francisco Call,
OS Broadway, Kept. 6.
Mr?. Susan Edwards, whose home is in
this city and who Is a Bister of the late
ex-Mayor Sanderson of San Francisco,
is the latest victim of poisoned strawber
ries. VVeah and extremely ill she lies ;>t
Fabiola Hospital, yel la congratulating
herself on the fact that she is alive. A
few weeks ago Mrs. Edwards, who is a
woman of wealth, went to Santa Cruz to
. an outing. One day recently Bhe
ate freely 't strawberries and In a sup
posedly dying condition was at once
brought back to her home in Oakland.
On examination it was found that the
strawberries eaten had been Bprayed
with paris green and thai Mrs. Edwards
had t'akwi .■■" little amount of the deadly
drug into her system.
V. hen the lir.-i effects of the terrible
powder were felt at Santa Crux Dr.
Small was Bummoried and administered
an antidote. It relieved Mrs. Edwards
,'ii once. But pain and fright had affected
the patient so greatly that her life was
despaired of. she asked to be brought
home, ami (in reaching this city was
taken to Fabiola Hospital, where she is
Several of the strawberries remaining
in Mrs. Edwards' dish were examined
after she was taken 111, ami it was found
that the paris green, which hail been ap
plied when they were small and unripe.
had become surrounded by the growth of
the berry and was found within, looking
iik,- sniaii wlun- worms. This was so
deadly that Dr. Small expressed surprise
at the amount of poison taken into the
stomach and the fact that Mrs. Edwards
had survived.
Mrs, Edwards Is being cared for day
and night by efficient nurses, and her
condition is being closely watched by the
hospital physicians l< st unlooked for
complications Bhould yet arise.
A Consul's Son Who Is Always "At
Home" to Those Who Are Will
ing to Insult Him.
ALAMEDA, Sept. 6.— Bloodshed seems
imminent among Alameda High School
students. National pride has reached the
boiling point and naught but a meeting
on the "field of honor" can soothe the
wounded pride of Charles Guislain, son
of I. -hi Guislain, the Belgium Consul.
Young Guislain has thrown down the
gauntlet to Foster Griffiths, who he refers
to as a narrow-minded coward.
The trouble Is all over High School ath
letics. The High School failed to enter
any contestants at the last field day of the
Academic League and tor the failure to
do so and to pay the fine imposed for its
failure has since been suspended from
membership. Grlfliths wrote a letter
which was published in last month's Ala
meda Bee. stating the above facts and
in an indirect manner charged that Guis
lain had offered to enter the field day if
he should be paid $2 50 for it.
The following letter from Guislain ap
pears in the September issue of the Bee:
To the Editor of the Alameda nee— Dear Sir:
In replying to your article of lust month edi
tion, l' am doing, indeed, too much honor to
the coward and anonymous author of that ab
surd insult. I would advise him another time
not to wait until the eve of his departure for
the East to publish such lies about me. I say
lies, because nil present on that occasion know
as well as the author himself that there in not
anything true In It. The words In your artirle
have/been pronounced, I know, but not by me
In the first instance, and I have repeated them
with the same Intention as the other (honor
able student). It Is to say, just for a joke.
Therefore, i hope you will do your duly in pub
lishing this letter, hoping also that your paper's
columns shall be open no more to the calumnies
of narrow-minded cowards. Yours truly,
. p. S.— l wish you would alsn say that any
one willing to Insult me nhall always flnj me
at 1212 Paru street. C. C. OUISL.AIN.
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Dalton Sued by Colgan.
OAKT-AXK Sept. ft.— Assessor Dnlton
h.-is been served with a copy of the com
plaint in the suit broiißht by State Con
troller d'lgan to compel payment of $579 tW
which Mr. Dalton claims he is .■muled to
as commissions. Th<- writ of mandate
alsc: served on the County Assessor com
mands him to show cause before the Su
perior Couri "f Sacramento (Jountv on
September 22 Why lie has not paid the
money (Mi the advice of his attorneys,
Mr Dalton will not pay the money until
the court has passed upon the law in the
To Test the City's Power.
OAKLAND. Sept. 6.— The Police and
Fire Commissioners have determined to
learn if they can legally require the water
company to place lire hydrants where the
board deems them necessary for the pub
lic safety. An ordinance beginning with
the following paragraph has been drawn
up and if the company refuses to obey it
the matter will b* taken into the courts:
"It is hereby determined and declared
ami found to be a fact that a hydrant or
Tn her suit Mrs. Tobler refers to her
sensitive nature and to her delicate physi
cal organization, both of which she de
clares suffered fearfully because of the
excitement and notoriety attendant upon
being haled into a court of justice by a
constable, and beinp forced to spend a few
hours ir durance vile— to-wit, in Justice
La rue's courtroom, while her husband dus
up the necessary bail. For all of this
Mrs. Tobler thinks that Kuhn should pay
her $2000, and through her attorney, C. G.
Dodge, she has asked the Superior Court
to authorize such payment.
Sugar Boats in Danger Off Whale Head.
hre plug, connected with n main suitable
in size to properly and constantly supply
said hydrant or (Ire plug with water for
fire purposes. Is necessary at each of the
points specified in section 2 hereof, for tht,
proper protection from lire of inflammable
property in proximity thereto.
"The Contra Costa Water Company is
h"r<'liy authorized and directed to erect,
within sixty days after the taking effect
of this ordinance, and thereafter maintain
a hydrant <>r fire plug at each of the fol
lowing points in the city of Oakland."
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OAKLAND, Sept. «.— James P. O'Brien,
who about six weeks ago was convicted
of a felonious assault upon a young girl
of Pleasan,ton, has petitioned the Supe
rior Court to admit him to bail pending &
decision by the Supreme Court on his ap
peal for a new trial. His petition recites
that he is in delicate health and believes
that his incarceration in the County Jail
will result in further injury to his health.
O'Brien's father is a wealthy hotel-keeper
in I.ivermore.
To Dedicate Their Home.
OAKLAND, Sept. 6.— The Home Asso- i
elation for Aged and Infirm Colored Peo- I
ple will dedicate Its building at Beulah
September 9, eommencifrg at 11 a. m. The
following programme will be rendered: !
Singing of "All Hail the Power of Jesus' |
Name"; prayer and Scripture reading 1 I
by Elder Allen; violin solo, D. W. Mc-
Donald; welcome address by the presi
dent, Mrs. Louisa Jackson; musical Be- I
lections, C. S. Butler and Leon Hum
phrey; dedicatory address by Rev. T. [
Brown; solo, Mrs. R. McDonald; .three- j
minute addresses by any of the friends j
desiring to speak; duet, "There's Room
For You to Anchor"; original poem by
Mr*. .D. Washington; singing, "Beulah
Land"; recitation, Miss Bessie ; col
lection raised by Rev. E. T. Cottman; |
prayer and benediction by Rev. W. W. j
Grimes; pianist, Mrs. M. Sargent. Mrs. i
Thomas Pearson will be director of cere- '
monies. The ladies will serve a first- :
class dinner. The cars for Beulah will
meet local trains at Fruit vale.
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Railway to Be Prosecuted.
OAKLAND, Sept. 6.— City Prosecutor
Abe Leach declares that uiere is no in
tention of abandoning the proposed pros
ecution of the Oakland Railway Company
for violating the ordinance requiring two
men on each car, in having but one man !
si engaged on the Alcatraz avenue car
when little Esther Wahlstad was killed j
a week ago. Prosecutor Leach announces
that he has filed a complaint and sum- |
mons in the cape. After the summons
has been served on an officer of the cor
poration the latter will have five days to
appear in court, when the preliminary
examination must be set.
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Athletic Officers Elected.
BERKELEY. Sent. The Athletic As
sociation of the university of California
held an election to-day for three vacancies
in the list of athletic officers. Different
factions among the students lent a lively
interest to the contest. All day long the
polls were surrounded With friends of the
candidates, and when the poll closed the
result was awaited with more excitement
than is usually display^ In college poli
tics The ballots showed a majority in
favor of Ezra Decoto of the class of 1900 |
for the position of track manager. Robert
Belcher, also of the class of 1900. defeated
his opponent in the fight for football man
ager. The outcome in both cases is satis
factory to the college. Paul Selby was
elected tennis manager without opposi
tion. '
g Next SUNDAY'S CALL will be a
« marvel of beautiful illustrations
}l — its half-tone work being es-
|: pecially fine.
Lurline and Bryant
Just Missed It.
Two vessels have had narrow escapes
from going on Whale Head, near Point
Bonita, within the last forty-eight hours,
The brig Lurline, from Kahului drifted
past the rock on Tuesday afternoon and
was so close that the sailors held their
breath, fearing she would strike. Luckily
the current carried her up toward Arch
Rock and a land breeze soon carried her
out of danger.
The bark C. D. Bryant, from Honolulu,
had her narrow escape yesterday. She
could not clear Whale Head and
Captain Colly had to run her into Paddys
Port and drop his anchor. I*ater the
breeze came along and the Bryant was
worked out of her dangerous predicament
and reached an anchorage off Vallejo
street wharf. In the case of both the
brig and the bark it was a question of the
wind falling light and the tide taking
charge. The Lurline was very light, hav
ing only enough sugar aboard to ballast
her, and had she not fortunately kept in
the current that set toward Arch Rock
she surely would have gone on Whale
Head. The Bryant was loaded, and had a
bceeze such as blew during the afternoon
come up while she was in Paddys Port
.she would have gone ashore.
The captains of the C. D. Bryant and
the German Bark H. Hackfeld had a
peculiar experience. They left Honolulu
within half an hour of each other and
reached San Francisco almost the same
length of time apart. Both vessels made
long voyages of thirty-one days and yet
neither "sighted the other until they were
off port. The schooner Mary K. Foster
made the run up in twenty-three days and
the brig Lurline in nineteen days.
The dozen sailors who deserted the ship
British Isles as soon as she dropped an
chor on Tuesday afternoon are once more
at Sea, and the boarding masters an
richer by nearly $750. When the men were
taken on the P.rltish ship they were prom
ised a good time ashore and then a nice
easy berth on a coaster. Lying In the
stream were the British ship Glenard,
ready to sail for Antwerp; the bark R. i
Rithet, ready to sail for Honolulu, and
the bark Colusa, ready to sail for Kahu
lui. All of these vessels were short of
men and had been held in the stream for
several days in consequence. <>n the
Britisher the captain was willing to pay j
"blood money" and on tiv American ves
sels the captains were willing "to do the
right thing" by the boarding masters, i ul
still men could not be procured because
there were no sailors "on the beach." '
Yesterday the Glenard, Colusa and Rithet
went to sea and not one of the men who
came ashore from the British Isles can ;
be found.
The men are being taken one by one out
of the Dv Guesehlin and Claverdon, which
arrived on Tuesday from Australia and
England, and by Saturday night they also
will be shipped again, minus the money j
they lost by deserting and a month's ad
vance paid by the ship thoy went out on. !
The steamer Del Norte arrived from the
Arctic yesterday with the most valuable ,
r;eneral cargo that has come from the
rozen north this year, it is composed of !
16,812 sealskins. S boxes of walrus ivory, j
S bales of bear skins, 4 musk ox skins. 4
bales of beef hides, 4S bundles whalebone,
and 23 bales pelts, the -whole being valued
at half a million dollars. The sealskins :
come from the Pribilof Islands and nearly >
all the other articles were secured by the
whalers. The musk ox hides are very
rare and very valuable, and come from
the. McKenzie River district. So rare are i
they that people doubt the existence of
thf. musk ox. but the four skins on the
Del N'orte will set their doubts at rest.
Captain Allen of the Del Norte reports
that he saw neither the Homer nor the
Bertha, the two steamers now duo fp.m
St. Michael. At Dutch Harbor the only ;
vessel in port was the steamer Bristol
with a cargo of coal. Four of the sealing
fleet had been driven in by stress of
weather, and reported very rough times '
on Bering Sea and very few seals. At 9t. j
Michael everything was very quiet, but
at Cape Nome things were booming, i
Captain Allen says the diggings are very <
rich and that millions will ba taken out :
of the ground next year. The revenue
cutters Bear, Corwin and Grant were all
spoken by the Del Norte. All were well
The steamer Aloha sailed f/>r Cape
Nome yesterday with a few passengi ra i
and a big cargo of general merchandise
She will take on some lumber at Eureka
and s'imo more freight at Seattle and
Will then go to St. Michael and Cape |
Nome. John Heugster, one of the crew,
had the top Of one of his fingers taken .
off while loading the ship. He was treat
ed at ihe harbor hospital by Dr. Robin*
Son and afterward sailed on the vessel.
There are a number of changes among
set; captains. Captain George S. Calhoun j
of the bark R. P. Rithet takes command
of the Ship. George Curtis, Welch & Co. s
latest purchase. Captain Bender of the
schooner Amy Turner will take the K.
P. Rithet to Honolulu, where Captain j
Drew of the bark Andrew Welch will i
assume command. Captain A. McPhail,
Who was formerly chief officer of the i
Andrew Welch, will now assume c >ra
mnnd of her. Captain McPhail is now in |
Honolulu, having taken the yacht Lft
Paloma there. Captain Parsons of the i
steamer George W. Elder will take the
Corona out on her southern trip to-d ty.
Captain Debney, the Corona's regular
master, is sick, and Captain Harry Good*
all. who commanded her for two trips.
fs to remain ashore. On his return Cap
tain Parsons will take the George \\\
Elder to Manila. Captain Green, who was
master of the steamer Coliimhin on the I
Portland route and who brought the I
Orizaba down from Pueet Sound, has !
gone out as master of the Stato of Cali
Andrew Thoresen, a nurse on the hospi- j
tal ship Relief, was very badly beaten on
Howard and Steuart streets early y ester- I
day morning. He had an altercation with '
three men in a restaurant, and they got
him out on the sidewalk and half killed i
him. His hands and face were lacerated !
his leg was broken in two places, and his
ribs on the right side are probably frac
tured. Thoresen was found at 3 a', m. in
an unconscious condition by Officer Clif
ford and taken to the Harbor Hospital,
where Drs. Robinson and Sherwood at
tended to him. He was then removed to !
the hospital ship, and later was sent to j
the Marine Hospital. 1
Find a Champion in
Auditor Wells.
So far as Auditor Wells is concerned,
the public school teachers of San Fran
cisco will not be compelled to teach the
young idea how to shoot gratis during any
portion of the present fiscal year, hut
whether the position assumed by the Au
ditor will stand th.' test of the law, or
rather whether the law under the au
thority ot which he is acting will stand
the test of constitutionality, yet remains
to be determined. The law <>n the sub
ject, as it stands, makes it mandatory on
the Auditor to notify the Board of Super
visors, the Board of Education and the
City and County Treasurer, at the begin
ning of each fiscal year, the amount of
money used in the payment of the salaries
of the teachers in the preceding fiscal
year, and to set aside that sum for the
payment of teachers during the passing
year. In this connection the legal
interpretation of the word "used"
will have an important bearing in decid
ing how much the teachers are actually
entitled to, should the constitutionality
of the law be upheld. According to the
Auditors figures, the amount actually
paid the teachers during the last fiscal
year was $60,463 2u. hut that sum, with
the $17:<.:: J| '. 90 withheld because of lack of
funds makes a total <>f $1,029,800 10. If the
word "used" is interpreted to mean the
=urn actually earned by the teachers last
year the amount will be ample to pay all
teachers' salaries f<>r the present fiscal
year, as the estimate of the amount re
quired for that purpose submitted by Su
perintendent Webster is but $i,"'.o.oi'H>. or
nearly $-i»,<ni<i less than the sum to which
tht y Were entitled last year. On the
Other hand, if thr- word "used" is inter
preted to mean che sum actually paid out,
th«> amount the Supervisors will he re
quired to appropriate Is $159,547 less than
the salary estimate. Auditor Wells, how
ever, appears to have taken the more
liberal view of the m< aning of the word,
and unless he is overruled by the law the
teachers will get what may be due them.
In compliance with the law referred to,
the Auditor, after a consultation with
General Dickinson, bis attorney, yesterday
sent the following communication to the
Supervisors and to the County Treasurer:
PAN FRANCISCO. Sept. 6. 1899.
To the Honorable Board of Supervisors, City
and County of San Francisco:
Gentlemen— Pursuant to the provisions of
section ISISA. Political Code, I beg leave to
inclose herewith a certified copy of a state
ment made by me showing the sum total of:
school teachers' salaries lor the last fiscal
year, and I beg leave to notify you that I
have and will set the full amount of $1,029.
--800 10 shown by said statement, aside out of
the school fund for this current fiscal year
as a special fund to pay teachers' salaries for
the current fiscal year, as required by said
section. Very truly, ASA R. WELLS.
The statement referred to follows:
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 6, 1899. •
Statement showing amount of money used
in the payment of teachers' salaries in the
public schools of the City and County of San
Francisco for services rendered during the
fiscal year 1898-99:
Amount actually paid out for
said services $550,453 10
Amount of salaries of teachers
for November and December of
said year and remaining unpaid
by reason of litigation concern
ing' same 179,346 90
Sum total J1.029.500 10
The foregoing statement is made In pursu
ance of section ISIBA, Political Code, and is
the amount necessary to pay salaries of teach
ers for the current fiscal year, based upon the
»urn total of teachers' salaries for last fiscal
year. ASA R. WELLS,
Auditor City and County of San Francisco.
I hereby certify the foregoing to be a full-,
true and correct copy of the statement made
by me pursuant to the provisions of section
ISIBA, Political Code of California, for the fis
cal year commencing July 1, 1599.
In witness whereof I hereto set my hand,
the 6th day of September. R WELLS.
Auditor City and County of San Francisco.
A copy of the communication will be
sent to the Board of Education this morn
The action of the Auditor practically
makes the teachers preferred creditors or
the department, and in all probability the
matter will ho carried into court on man
damus proceedings, that are almost sure
to he instituted by the merchant creditors
of the department on the ground that the
law quoted by the Auditor is unconstitu
tional in that it is special legislation. The
section of the statutes which bears on the
subjects reads: "Any city or city and
county regarded as one school district,"
and as San Francisco is the only city or
city and county in the State regarded as
"one school district," it alone benefits by
the law. :
City and County Attorney Francis K.
Lane has been requested for an opinion
■8 to tho legality of the law. and he Is
now engaged in looking up the authori
A. Chesebrough of the firm of Williams,
Dimond & Co. appeared before the Har
bor Commissioners in regard to wharf
room. A big line of steamers and sailing
vessels is to be put on the run be
tween New York. Honolulu and San
Francisco about July. 1900. and Mr.
Chesehrough wanted to be sure that
there would be plenty of dockage fa
cilities. He was assured by the Com
missioners that ample space would be
provided for the new line. The steamer*
will be put on with the beginning of tw
sugar season next year. m
Qeoige w. Kneaas and John Twigg &
Sons are occupying space in Central Basin
without paying any rent to the commis
sion. Chief Wharfinger Henderson was
Instructed to make a demand upon the
two boat builders for rent, and if they re
fused to pay to eject them at once.
The new collier Matteawan arrived from
New York yesterday. She will have to be,
docked for repairs here, as she was
aground at Satellite Patch, in the Straits
of Magellan, and temporary repairs cost
$10,000. The Matteawan takes the MackN
naw's place, carrying coal for the South
ern Pacific, while the Mackinaw will carry
coal for P. B. Cornwall, and the Progreso
will run to Tacoma for R. D. Chandler,
carrying Roslyn coal.
The steamer Fulton, which was ashore
at Fort Point, is to go on the California
drydoek to-day.

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