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TANFORAn PARK. FOURTH MEETING. Feb. 12 to 24. Inclusive Six high-claw running races every week <!ay. rain or thine. brßlnnmg at 1:30 p. m. Tut Ideal winter racetrack ot America. Pa- tror.s Ktep <Sir*ct!y from the railroad cars Into a superb grantf etand, irla»«-»nclo««fd, where, ccnrortably housed In tad weather, they can ?njcy an unobstructed view of the races. Train* leav» Third and Townsend streets at S •'/¦. 10:44 end il:30 a. m., aad 12:15. 12:35, 12:jv and 1:25 p. ni.. returning: Immediately after Jakt race at 4z4Z p. m. Seats in rear cars r£* nerved for women end their escorts. No tmok- Ingr. Valencia meet. 10 minutes later. San and Way Station*— Arrive tt San Bruno et 12:43 p, m. Leave San Bruno at 4:0) acd 4:41 p. m. P.ATES-fin Francisco to Tanfbran and re- turn, lndudinr idmlMlon to track. SI.2S. V.'. J.MAP.TIX. President. F. H. CKE^X, Secretary and Manaser- THE SPHINX weighed the balance he was allowed t<v pass on, into the heavenly realm, where In some way he became forever more identified with the god Osiris. PAUL. E. MORE. Harvard University. Lecture on the Social Question. A. K. Sanborn will deliver a free lectur* this evening at the Academy of Sciences Hall. 819 Market street, on the subject, "Survey of the Social Question." Insurance. The Equitable'? annual statement for the jrar ending December 31. 1699. furnishes attendant food for thought. The more prominent features are: Outstanding as surance. $1,054,416,422 (notwithstanding the fact that more than thirty-four millions applied for was declined on examination; rew assurance issued, $203.301i32; assets, j'Bo 131 2SI : liabilities. J219.073.509: Furplus, JCI UT.47S; income. $53>75,201; disburse ments. J."4.55,2.92<5. leaving of the year's In come $15,095,275 to the good; a truly mag r.ificent statement *:or an/ comp.ir.y, and especially ?oi so young :i company; this hetr k the fortieth annual staiornent. The fact that more than twemv-fcur millions o* dollars was paid to the Equilubla'e policy holders during the year— an average of more than two millions a month—lllus trates the immense good accomplished by a faithful and sound lift? assurance soci ety. CCPPER>.M!TH. JOSEFH FOX. Supt. 11. BLTTH. M«:r. rU' SKfTH fh| I> Plumbing. Steamboat W- n -J.'i.lll and Ship Work a Specialty. II acd 18 Washington it. Telephone Main 5611. FRESH AND SALT MEATS. FAS RflYF^£ fft EhIPPJn? Butcher*, ici JAJ- DUIIJII VU-, Cla>\ Tel. Mam 1J34. DIRECTORY OF RESPONSIBLE HOUSES. Catalogues ani Prica Lists Malb i on Application. SCHOOL BOARD CONSOLIDATES FIVE CUSSES Attendance Deemed Insufficient. TEACHERS ARE TRANSFERRED Petition for Decrease of Home Study "Will Be Considered at Next Meet ing- — Leaves of Absence Granted. The Board of Education at Its meeting yesterday persevered in Its announce! policy of reducing classes in the public schools, and as a result five schools will have one teacher less in the future on the ground that the average daily attendance does not warrant the employment of so many pedagogues as are now In t^e de partment. The resolution providing for fhe consolidation state that the efficiency of the School Department will not in any way be Impaired by decreasing the num ber of teachers. Superintendent AVebstcr has publicly expressed hlmstif against the consolida tion of classes and takes the opposite stand on the question of the efficiency b» ing Impaired, but consolidation neverthe less goes merrily on and will go on until at least fifty teachers find themselves without positions.' The following consoli dations were ordered to take effect im mediately: Rincon School, one teacher. Miss M. A. Mul llne; Richmond School, one teacher. teach»r to be consolidated out not yet selected: Sutro School, one teacher. Miss M. L. Folsom; Park School, one teacher. Miss Lucy Wade; Han cock'School, class consolidated and substitute recalled. It was aluo resolved that the outslda class rooms in the Richmond and Sutro schools be abolished and that tb« rent of said class rooms cease March 1: that the pupll3 of the eighth and ninth grades of the Richmond School be tranMerred to the Hamilton Grammar School, or any other school that can accommodate the said pupils; that Miss M. L. Folsom. being consolidated from the Putro School be assigned to the Rincon School during the leave of Mis* Morton: that- Miss -Lucy Wade, betn* consoli dated from the Park School, be assigned to the Rincon School, vice Miss O. B. Chalmers, re nigmcd: that Miss Agnes McLaushlln be. as eißned to the Jefferson Pchool vice Mrs. A. H. Hamlll. deceased: that a leave "f absence be granted to Mlfs E. A. Keating. Miss Elizabeth McDonald and Mi!<s Margaret Curry. Walter S. Brann, a teacher In the Hum boldt School, who tiled charges of incom petency, unprofessional conduct and unfit ness for teaching against E. C. Kllpat ricU. principal of the Business Evening School, on January 29. 1529. filed a request that the board take up the charges. He said that the Judiciary Committee of the old board had ordered an investigation, but Kllpatrick sued out a writ of prohibi tion, which has been pending since Jan uary 29, ISO 9. A decision adverse to Kil patrlck was' recently rendered and the board is now at liberty to take up the case. A copy of the charges has been filed with Chairman Mark and recites that Kil- Eatrick attempted to blackmail \V W. •avidson, John Danlells, Miss Nora AMUSEMENTS. PHARAOH'S BED we have no knowledge, and. In fact. It probably il!d not exist. The Egyptians seemed chiefly to have worshiped the sun. and the highest sods were but names of that luminary. Ihey were passing through the stage of what Max Muller has caJled henothelsm. which is not exactly monotheism, but the habit of addressing and worshiping now one god and now another as if he were su preme, especially the sun-god, as there are hymns that sound like the psalms to Jehovah. But beyond this henotheistio state of mind there comes to light at times a notion of the deity quite apart from these nature-gods. Read, for In stance, these lines from a well-known hymn: God Is On» and Alone, and th*re is non« other with him. God is a Spirit, a hldvlen Spirit, the Spirit of Spirits. God is ihe Truth He liv»s by Truth. He llve» upon Truth. He is the Klr.g cf Truth. God is conii>a?*ir>nate to those that fear Him and hears those who cry unto Him. For us the religious literature of Egypt has three points of interest. First, be cause many of the customs ami rites of the Jews as related in the Old Tesrament were probably due to Egyptian influence, as. for example, the tustom of holding swine's flesh as unclean. Secondly, be cause we may take encouragement to our selve3 in reading the moral precepts of this ancient people, and in finding that as far back as time goes morality is still the same and always a measure of civili zation. Sometimes these precepts were quite separated from religion. -*nd In gen eral we may say that the Egyptians were more advar.ced in their moral than in their religious ideaa. Other* of their max ims breathe a true spirituality, as, for ex ample, this: To ob*y ir to love God. but to dieobey la to hate Him. And thirdly we may find Interest In th!s religion because, as Herodotus says. "The Egyptian* were the first to maintain that thf soul of man is immortal." In a cer tain sense this statement Is true, although it is not to be supposed that the other peo ples of the world borrowed the doctrine of immortality from the dwellers on the Nile. The Egyptian notions concerning the fu ture are the result of a conglomeration of various views, and are so confused thac it is impossible to give any clear account of them. Everybody know 3 how -careful the people were in hewing or building tombs — the pyramids stand as witness to this — and in embalming the dead. '"These tombs," Diodorus informs us. "they called eternal habitations, and spared no magnificence in their construction; but they called the houses of the living Inn 3. to be inhabited only for a little while, and took small care to adorn them." We do not quite understand why the Egyptians were so careful in building their tombs and in preserving the dead. They «em to have had some notion of the resurrec tion of the body. They also believed in a sort of double of the man. called hla KA, ¦which hovered near his dead body and re ceived nourishment from the KA of the food which was offered up by the man's relatives in the tomb. All this while the actual soul of the man was supposed to be going a journey down a mysterious river that flowed through the region of death, as the Nile flowed through Egypt. On the way he had to encounter a!l sorts of devils and monsters who attempted to seize him. and to escape these It was necessary to repeat certain masie formulae. These formulae were collected In the so-called "Book of the Dead." a copy of which was. commonly buried with the corpse to re fresh his memory during the Journey, and which, though of little philosophic or In trinsic Interest, is much the best known work of Esryptian literature. At the end of the Journey the soul entered the great hall of Judgment, where before Osiris and forty-two Judges he must give an ac cov*": of his life. His heart was weighed In cc arm of the scales and the law of righteousness In the other. If his heart A Young Bride T\'ai planning to furnfsh a house last ¦week and came to us [because she bad heard we carried . carpets in all : fabrics, weaves and designs at the famous 750 Mission-street 'low. prices. Indianapolis Furniture Company. • HVERT NIGHT <nXCEPT PUN.) MAT SVT - THE FAMOUS - BOSTONIANS In th* Ntwut Work by Victor Herbert. THE VICEROY. SUCCESS BETOXD A QUESTION! Feb. 19 -Last Week~cTTHE BCSTONIANS. Moniay and Thursday, "THE SERENADE" TU«i>v ar-d FrtdJir. "THE Y/iCEROY." Wednesday «n4 Saturday Nljfcts and Saturday "ROBIN HOOD." SEATS XQTV RE APT. AND ONLY THIS WEEK. THE FRAtVLET COMPANY. AN UNCONVEHTIONALHONEYMOON i IK) NOT FORGET TO-MORROW. FKIDAT. V AFTERNOON MADAME SANS GENE. RESERVED SEATS-Sae. V*. SUNDAY AFTERNOON at 2:15. Tl-» FBtmlect of A!'. Fare* Cotn»KSles. "WHO IS WHO." So Betuitifal Girl* A Bijr Lot of Specialties. .-EATS NOW ON SALE. — LVERY ACT oFTHE NEW BILL A WINNER! T'.SHMAN. ISOLCOMBI-: and Ct'RTIS In the • .-:-»! Comedy. 'THE NEW TEACHER." • Niton * MACK: lIOMALO BROTHERS: : :TS ar.l DON; FRANK COFFIN: BLACK TONS: MR. and MRS. PERKINS- (¦'ISHEB: IRENE FRANKLIN: BIOGUAI'Ii. LAST WEEK OF 1 F*/\F»IINT/\. Reserved •*•!¦. Z~>c; ba'.eor.y, 10c; opera chairs ar-i bex «ats. 50c. Matln<g« Wednesday. saturfty and Sunday. (THE PBOFUTB POPULAR PLAY HOUSE.) PHOrtE. SOUTH 770. EVERY EVENING" AT 8:!5. MATI El- DAILY T 2:15. Thousand* Unable to Gain Adrni?*!on at Evfry Performance. THE R,EA.I_i JEFFRIES-SHARKEY CONTEST PICTURES. CAUTION— The public ie warrM against buy- :r.*r tickets from fj>*CTjlator». Secure seats only it box-office fti this theater. Special rtservatior.s made for visitors from cut-of-to'wo point*. Matinee. CCc and Me; Children. ISc. Even- irps (reserved). IZc. !•"»<?, Sjc. £*.c and Tic. TIVOLI OPERA-HOUSE. "EootXon, Nothing's Safa 'ronodfiim " FIFTH WEEK Cf tfce Encnsoia Triumph, tbe Comic Opera. i THE IDOL'S EYE. Every Evening at 8. Matinee Saturday at 2. Jnd Fnsiness h Larger Th:n Lver. POPULAR PRICES* . . 3 and 50 cent*. Telci>b.ope-Bu»h 9. ALCAZAR_THEATER. THIS WEEK US™ KTfce itViy farce fi-om the Ua4l*oa Hquare The- ater, New York, entitled. M Susannah R^Tsf D 15c, 25c, 35c, 50c. MATINEE FATURDAT AND SU.VDAT. VLVk "THE PRODIGAL FATHER" GRAND OPERAHOUSE TELEPHONE MAIN SB. JHE CRY IS STILL THEY COME! CROWDEO NIGIITLT. GREAT SUCCESS OF THE SECOND EDITION Of the. Most Glorious of All Extravaganzas. UFUAL POPULAR PRICES. Good fU-served £<ea.t in Orch»*tra at Saturday Matinee. Sc Branch Ticket Office— Err.rorlum. GRAND Prize masquerade —— OV Til 1Z - ¦ — VEREINEINTRACHT MECHANICS' PAVILION, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1900, ADMISSION, ONE DOLLAR Reserved Seats 50 cents extra. Petition to Open Public Streets. The Board of Public "Works yesterday referred a petition from residents, of the Fairmount tract, west of the Southern Pacific Railroad, to City Engineer Grunsky for investigation. The petition contained a request that St. Mary's ave nue be opened across the railroad tracks and througrh private property, the depth of one lot. to Arlington street. The City Engineer said .the extension desired would be dangerbus, and suggested that an overhead crossing a block to the north be constructed. The board denied " the request of Mau rice Casey to build an additional story on the building at 130 Ellis street, on the ground that it would conflict with the fire ordinances. The Holly Park . and Mission Street Improvement Club petitioned the board to open Richmond avenue and East Park street to Andover street, thereby making it possible to have the streets graded and sewered. The City Engineer was in structed to investigate. JBKBSt CITY'S ASSESSMENT ROLL. Board of Equalization Inspects Pre« liminary Work. Two members of the State Board of Equalization— T. O. Toland and Alex Brown— accompanied by State Controller Colgan and Secretary C. 11. Coglan. yes terday paid an Informal visit to Assessor Dodge for the purpose of ¦ ascertaining what progress had been made in the pre liminary work of making up the city's assessment roll. The members of the board inspected the- books and expressed themselves as satisfied with the result. An informal discussion was held regard ing what the law contemplates In the methods to be followed in assessing cor porations, other than railroad.*, that own property in various counties of the State and whose place of incorporation i» in the city. There appears to be a differ ence or opinion as to whether the city or State has power to assess. No con clusion was arrived at and the matter was postponed for future consideration. The assessment roll of the city and coun ty ' was not mentioned in the discussion though Assessor Dodge took occasion to deny that he had ever appealed to any member of the board with the object of raising the assessed valuation of this dty 5100.C00.000. Dodge stated that he had no preconceived Ideas as to what the as sessment roll would amount to. AMUSEMENTS. FURS. J. 11. LUIJMi;. ,*y[ n ©«.*«; price* ¦•med«!in« THE ROSETTA STONE. cipher the Egyptian characters by me?r.3 of the Greek gave the first real Impulse to the study. But it remained for an other Frenchman, Champollion. to fnd the key to these strange figns. He Ik~ gan his study of the language in ISIS, a-.d in nine years had laid the foundation of all that has since been done. The Egyptians employed three kinds cf ¦writing— the hieroglyphic and the. h!«rat ic, used especially by the priests anl the demotic, of later origin and less import ance, used by the people. The hiero glyphic Is composed of pictures and con ventional signs, some of which represent ideas and others mere sounds. Thua, for instance, the picture of a vulture is 'irawn to signify the word, and such a picture Is called an ideograph. The phonetic signs, on the other hand, form a' sort of ilpha bet and in a curious, primitive way Thus the word for lion (as In English) br gins with L, and accordingly the picture of a lion is made to stand for the sound L; the word for noose begins with O, r.r.J the picture of a noose does duty for tNat letter. The hieratic was a cursive hand derived from the hieroglyphic, and was adopted by the priests as more readily written than the other. Inscriptions on stone reach back as far as the fourth dynasty— that is, to about 4500 It. C. Besides these there are pre served in the tombs and elsewhere Innu merable writings on wood and manu scripts on a sort of paper made of strips of the Inner fiber of the papyrus reed. In this way the bulk of Egyptian documents that have come down to ua is enormous, extending over a period of about 4000 years and embracing almost every branch of literature. Perhaps the most interesting of the?e documents to us (apart from the famous "Book of the Dead") are the short stories, a considerable number of which have been published in easily accessible translations. For example, "Egyptian Tales." edited by W. M. Flinders Petrie, two volumes: Methuen & Co.. 1395. It cannot be claimed that these stories have great intrinsic value as literature. PTOLEMY II AN -r > BERNICE. PTOLEMY I AND ARSIXOE (Gold coin struck to announce the deification of Ptolemy I and his wife.) But. on the other hand, they do possess what commonly forms the chief interest of exotic works; they enable us to trans port ourselves to strange lands and past times, and so to extend our sympathies. To read these stories in chronological or der would show us that In Egypt fiction passed through stages very similar to ths growth of tho modern novel, and as Mr. Flinders Petrie observes: "It would not be dllHcult from these papyrus tales -to start an historical dictionary of the ele msnts of fiction." The best of the tales are "The Ship wrecked Sailor" and "Anpu and Bata." The former is the story of a sailor cast upon a magic Island, where he has a strange adventure with a monstrous ser pent. "Suddenly." the tale goes. "I heard a noise as of thunder, which I thought to be that of a wave of the sea. The trees shook and the earth was moved. I uncov ered nay face and I saw that the serpent drew near. He was thirty cubits long and his beard greater than two cubits; hi? body was as overlaid with gold and his color as that of true lazuli." The other story, that of the two brothers. "Anpu acd Bata," tells In simple, beautiful lan guage the well-known Incident of Joseph and Potlphar's wife, and this la the more interesting to us because it Vas probably enough written about the time of Jo- Beph/s sojourn in Egypt. There Is, too. real delineation of character in the story, and the picture of the young Bata leading the cattle to the pasture in the morning and bringing them back in the evening, with its quaint touches of old world com munion with nature, forms an idyl of genuine and permanent value. Careful study of documents and Inscrip tions the world over has of course given REV. B. FAY MILLS TO SPEAK HERE NEXT SUNDAY Arrangements have b«-en made for Rev. Benjamin Fay Mills to deliver in Metro politan Temple next Sunday at 4 p. m. the address which attracted the largest con gregation that ever assembled in the Uni tarian church at Oakland, filling audito rium, Sunday school room, parlors, dining room, galleries and vestibules. The sub ject was "The Claims of Liberal Religion on the Modern World.". and it was one of Mr. Mills' finest efforts. He is said to have lost none of his evangelical fervor and magnetic power which ne had when he attracted audiences of several thou sand night after night during five weeks to the Mechanics' Pavilion eight years ago. In 1575 Mr. 'Mills was a clerk in a real estate olßce in this city. When he was 2J years of age he passeo. his theological ex-, amination and was ordained to the Con gregational ministry. He was a promi nent evangelist for several years, holding revival meetings with satisfactory results to all that were associated with him. Seven years ago he delivered an address at the Parliament -of- Religions on the topic. "Christ the Savior of the World." He gradually changed his theological views until he announced himself as a minister ot the Unitarian denomination, and for two years he preached to large congregations in Music Hall and HolUs street Theater, In Boston. He worked at hfgh pressure, as Is his way, and It be came necessary for him to take a rest 'and a change of climate. He came to Sac rampnto upon private business, and the pastorate of the Unitarian church. Oak land, being vacant he was invited to (111 it on Sunday mornings for three months and longer if he should desire to do so. He has nad large congregations and has awakened a great interest in religious subjects. The church people desire that he should continue hi« services, but he la undecided In regard to his future field of work. His many friends in this city want him to speak here before he leaves the coast. He has signified his willingness to do so if • Sunday afternoon will be acceptable. Those who have charge of the meeting assured Mr. Mills that he will have a warm greeting by very appreciative hear ers. They also assure those who differ from him that they will be pleased with the presentation of his. opinions and ad mire his spirit of tolerance and charity. All are cordially invited. PHILHISTORIANS TO DEBATE. Will Discuss the Pros and Cons of the Philippine Question. On next Tuesday evening the members of the Philhistorian Debating Society of St. Ignatius College will commemorate the thirty-seventh anniversary of their or ganization with appropriate exercises at the College Hall, Van Ness avenue and Hayes street. A feature of the exercises will be a debate upon th question: "Re solved That the retention of the Philip pine Islands by the United States is Jiu<t and expedient." Some of the most entertaining and con vincing members of the society have been selected to present the affirmative and negative arguments. In addition to the debate a musical and literary programme hus been arranged as follows: Overture. "Orph*us" (Offenbach); remarks by the chairman. T* I. Flupatrlck; riding, Joseph W. Beretta. Those who will take part in the debate are: Tlrst affirmative. Daniel C. Deaey. first neg ative Charles A. Swelfrert: second affirmative. John' L.. Mulrenln; second negative, Frank L. Fer.tou. • Music and an essay by William Weyand will bring the affair t6 a close. Warshauer and G. G. Donovan, teachers In the school. Brann alleges further rhat other charges, filed against Kilpatrlclt August 11, lS3f>. will be renewed by G. G. Donovan. R. Hooe and John Prescott. State Superintendent of Public Instruc tion T. J. Kirk notified the board th-it the State Educational Convention wouH be held in this city on Thursday, April 12. im The Invitation of the board that the Convention of County Superintendents of Schools also be held in this city was noted with thanks In the communication, but as the former organization had pre sumed that the board would provide a suitable hall for its convention, it was thought that it would be trespassing to hold the two conventions in this city. The Civil Service Commission was granted the use of the upper floor of the Lincoln School for examinations. The board ratified the action of Chair man Mark in renting additional premises at 4040V4 Twenty-fourth street for school purposes. ¦ The bonds of 'the assistant secretaries and storekeeper were referred to Direclcr Casserly for investigation. The California Chapter of the Daugh ters of the American Revolution submit ted a prepared list of topics relating to revolutionary and colonial history for the seventh, eighth and ninth grades, which was taken under advisement. . The board decided to take action at the next meeting on the resolutions of tl>e Western Addition Improvement Club ad vocating a decrease of home study for pupils. - . - The Superintendent's report that the ap ellcation of Principal S. A. Miles of the heridan School for an extra teacher be denied was approved and the classifica tion will remain as at present. The application of Miss Ella Mansfield as teacher of physical culture was placed on (He and a similar action was taken with a lift of twenty other applicants f">r positions. - JAMES C. McKINSTRY, the New Fire Commissioner. MAYOR PIIELAN yesterday announced the appointment of James C. McKinstry as a member of the Fire Commission to succeed David I. Mahoney, who 'was transferred to the Police Commission to fill the va cancy made by the retirement of Commissioner \V. J. Biggy. Mr. Mc- Kinstry is a Democrat in politics and a lawyer of high standing and ability. His appointment will doubtless prove highly satisfactory to all who are in terested. The Mayor's latest appointee is a son of ex-Justice of the Supreme Court E. W. McKinstry, and with his father is a partner in the law firm of Stan ly, McKinstry, Bradley & McKinstry. He is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of St. Ignatius College and the Hastings College of Law, from which institution he received his diploma in ISM. He then went to Spokane Falls. "Wash., where he began the practice of his profession as a partner with George Turner, now representing- the State of Washington in the United States Sen ate. After five year-s in the north he returned to this city arid entered the firm with which he is at present associated. In an interview yesterday afternoon Mr. McKinstry said that the appoint ment tendered him by the Mayor came as a surprise, as he had not been consulted until his name had been announced. "I had as lleve try my hand, though," said he. "and will take up my new duties with a determination to fulfill them to the letter." : : ..;;.¦ . WE CURE DISORDERS OF MEN. QfR PRACTICE IS DEVOTED exclusively to disorders of men. Our business is so extensive in this line of work that we have no time for Fide issues. We make a particular specialty of Varicocele and Its kin- dred ailments. We do not use the knife, ligatures, suspensory or elec- tric belt.". We emphatically guaran- tee cures ¦without pain or detention from business. We show confidence in our abil- ity by waiting for payment until cure is effected. If you are suffering with any of the following ailment?, write us at once and receive in a plain sealed envelope full information. General Debility Ffiys'ccf Decay Loss of Memory Sleep essiess Blood Po-son Despondency Special Diseases Nerrcus Debility. DR. TALCOTT & CO., 997 Market Street, Corner Sixth. ADVERTISEMENTS. writers of the period who had written systematically on the subject, it was easy to form n clear conception of the religion as a consistent unity, but wider informa tion shows us that no such unity ever ex isted. Religions grew up naturally and were the result of many diverse tenden cies, more or less crudely grrouped to gether. So in Egypt every notne. or prov ince, had its peculiar gods and ceremonies, and when in the course of time these dif ferent currents of belief flowed together to form what may be called the Egyptian religion the resulting discrepancies were never entirely obliterated. We know the names of a great number of gods, and the attributes of many cf them are fahiy well defined, hut of a uniform system of belief GOLDEN AGES OF LITERATURE. 1. THE LITEBATUEE OF EGYPT. BY PROF. PAUL ELMER MORE. Harvard University. Even to the men of ancient Greece ar.d Rome. Egypt was a land of darkness, and to us of to-day something of the old mystery and allurement still attach to the dwellers on the Niie. Herodotus brought away admiration for thlj peo ple, whom he visited, because, as he said, they did everything- exactly opposite to the rest of the world. And Plato de-.lared the Greeks were but children. Ignorant of life, in comparison with the riper clvllijs tion of Egypt. From a careful study of Inscriptions and papyrus manuscripts w.» have come to know many things about the land that were dark to the wine men of Athens. We know that the Greek- oi<l not learn nearly so much as they thoupht from the priests of the Nile, and we know that Herodotus' account of the Egyptian religion is in some important particu'ars quite false, but we have still much to discover. Yet in one respect our fceil:ig toward the land has not changed from that of Plato and his contemporaries. Itr civilization ia indeed old. and gives us authentic records that go farther back probably than any others of the wot Id. and a strange immutability seemel to possess the land. It is this antiquity and immutability' that more than anytMntr else lend a mystery to the people of the Nile. The vast pyramids, the solemn temples, the placid reiterated forma cf sculpture, the Sphinx staring out upon infinity— all these affect us with the srun awe of magnitude and lor.gr enduring time that aroused the wonder of ancient trav elers. Even the written language of the ia.iid impresses us in the same way. and there is no more romantic chapter in the his tory of scholarship than the deciphering: of the hieroglyphs. In I'M one of Napo leon's officers discovered at Rosetta a stone containing an inscription in hie roglyphic and demotic .wilting with a Greek translation, and the attempt to de- AGE OF PYRAMIDS, OBELISKS AND TEMPLES. Copyright, 1900, by Seymour Eaton. SULLIVAN NOW IN CHARGE OF CITY'S POLICE Formal Installation Yesterday. BUTTEW CHANGES PROBABLE Says He Will Be Guided by Their In structions in His Course Toward. Chinatown and Other Evils. Chief ,of ¦ Police Sullivan assumed the duties' of his new office at t 1 o'clock yes terday afternoon.- There was no "fuss or feathers" about his introduction as the head of San Francisco's Police depart ment: He just took his seat at the chiefs desk and commenced to issue orders as if to the manner born. Ex-Aettne. Chief Biggy was in the office early in the morning preparing to make the transfer to his successor. He sent a messenger to Mr. Sullivan to ascertain if he should remain In the offlceuntil the latter was ready to take possession. Chief Sullivan advised Mr. Biggy that he could consult his own convenience in the, mat ter. He was not certain as to the, hour when he would assume charge of the de partment and for that reason suggested that Mr. Biggy turn everything over to Captain Wlttman. Mr. Biggy retired at once and for several hours the captain was, in charge of the department. - It was nearly 1 o'clock in the afternoon before Chief Sullivan had wound up his affairs as the Mayor's secretary and perfected his $25,0.0 bond as Chief of Police. The Pacific Guarantee Company is his surety. When he entered his new office a large number of his friends- awaited him and offered their, hearty congratulations. According to Chief SulWvanTi statement he will make haste slowly in regard to any radical changes that may be found necessary in the department. It is his intention to map out a complete policy with relation to Chinatown, the Nymphia and similar places and to the nickel-ln the-slot macnincs. In. all these matters he proposes to work in harmony with the Police Commission. He will make no move without consulting the members and will be guided entirely by their advice. "It will take some time." said Chief Sul livan, "to become familiar with my duties as chief, but I will do so as rapidly as possible. In the meantime I am not in a position to say anything about probable changes in the department. There has been some talk about the detective force being reorganized, but I can pee no neces sity for putting a new man at its head just at present. The charter provides for a detective force' nearly double in size to that now employed, but the Supervisors have made no provisions for paying the salaries of the additional men. which pre cludes the possibility of appointing them. "I will map out a complete policy of the course I will pursue toward China town, the Nymphia and the nlekcl-in-the slot machines. Previous to taking any action I .will consult the commissioners and will look to them for Instructions." The new chief expres%ed a determina tion to treat all of the* attaches of the upper office with the utmost fairness. He does not contemplate making any changes in the personnel of the staff, but if such should be found necessary- It would be with the idea of appointing superior men to fill the vacancies. Captain Bohen. the present captain of detectives, wants less than two months to serve the three years required under the altered condition in the charter to en title him to the benefit of the Increased pay on retiring. There la no probability of any changes being made in that branch of the department until then. The Mayor yesterday appointed Charles \V. Fay his private secretary to succeed Colonel William P. Sullivan Jr., appointed Chief of Police. It is understood that Fays appointment is of a temporary character. but it is quite likely that it will be made permanent. MAHONEY'S SUCCESSOR IS JAMES C. McKINSTRY THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, THUKSDAV, FEBRUARY 15, 1900. CIVIL SERVICE FOR CLERKS AND COPYISTS Large Number of Applications Al ready on File— Places to Bs Filled Under the New Charter. The municipal Civil Service Commission hold a session late yesterday afternoon and arranged for competitive examina tions for clerks, eopyi.«ts, stenographers and ty;>ewriters. The first examination for copyists will take place on the 'even ing of March 1 at the Lincoln School. Th«? second examination, for stenographers and typewriters. v;ill be held at tne same place on the evening of March 15. Ap plications for copyists will close on Feb ruary 24. The :iHd of application for stenographers and typewriters will be open until March 10. Two classroom? engaged for applicants desiring to enter the competition may not afford ample room, as the number of ap plications for service as copyists alreany exceeds 100. and as many more will prob ably be nied before 'the list is cloeed. Six teen places in the Recorder's office, twen ty in the County Clerks office and cleri cal positions in various ether departments of tne municipal government will be filled under civil service conditions. The char ter .is somewhat vague in relation to stenographers, but the heads of depart ments will probably find a way of ob taining adequate stenographic service by the selection of clerks who possess the qualifications of stenographer and type writer. IKSCftIPTION ON A ROCK. ISLAND OF ELEPHANTINE. us truer notions of ancient religions, and yet In one respect It has added only con fusion to our understanding. When our knowledge depended chiefly on one or two THE CALL'S HOME STUDY CIRCLE '» I^EKCTRICBELT^I m.%^"# g '&' fif PiJSJ'v™^^^^ ¦•¦^p' swß»s»f '/^yfP'v rf rt 0 7il : Et^»^?fcS<^NH^'^' > zS> :: s*^riiDi/'^ T am plnQincr nut & § m^^^^^^m my stock of these 1 § . Beits at the very lib- | 1 eral reduction of HALF PRICE. These are the g S Belts with a 30 years' reputation as the % jg greatest remedy in the world for all pains and g § weakness of man and woman. Call and exam- | g~ine and test these Belts, or write for the tree | | book, "Three Classes of Men," mailed free. ,g In D C D UAT I LI( ? N D * UG co ' I § IJ 11. t. 1 , Tl ALL. Cor. StooYlm and Market Btrsots, § H t/IU J-JI 1 I 1111LJLJJ SAN FRANCISCO. g K"EW ADVERTISEMENTS. AXCOHOL AS BRAIN FOOD. Professor Atwater Proves That Al- cohol Is the Greatest Brain Food Known to Science.' Mtddlvtown. Conn. — The man who is *xpfrt- ed to survive a »»»ek and Jo ten hours' hard r.-.rr.^i work a day with nothing to sustain h 'm bat alcoholic beverates ha* mjw.l hIK :I-.ird day aad is In a happy frame of nitnd and ta •xrellent uhyHcal condition. Professor At- A»ti-r of Wesleyan, 'who 1* trying to demon- -:rat»- the eJTect cf alcoholic drinks uj>on brain worker*, communicated with Osterjrren by telr- • -- this afternoon. • '.sr rirrm sai<J that he Is Ftudyinjt fn h/jur* trtry <iay an>J fxercWn* with duir.b-bells for :*<> hour?. Th# rest of the day he put* In ac- COratac to inclination. Professor Atwater a«- "ernblod the chemical cl%«» of We*i«»yan erounrt th*> rlass o»p«- in which ORterswn i* conflnM this aficrtiooTi anil It^tur* 1 *! on the value ot hi* "filorimeter to science. Duffy's Pur» Malt Whiskey, the old family rerr.*Mjy of forty ><«ar*' standing, in the purest fr-rro of alcoholic stimulant. a< It contains none ot that d»«<lly poison, "fut^l oJl." It gives Power to the brain, strength and elasticity to tli«» muscle* and rl<-hn«» to the blooi. It l.r:nt« v~u refreshen* sle*>p. It cure? nf.-vousnffj and ir.'ir»«uon. It In a promoter of good health rM longevity. Make* the ol<! yaung-. keeps the v« unc i-trrne. Over T'>» doctors prreortb* it DO account of its rarity *n<l excellence. The most ff-nfltive stomach will retain It. All druggists nrA tpv* 1 !^ fV fur> you g^t the genuine. FURNITURE BUYERS ! SWEEPING REDUCTIONS IN ALL LINES OF FURNITURE. CARPETS. LINOLEUMS. MATTINGg. ETC., From 10 to 20 per e»r.t en account of enlarging Ftore. MuFt make room for new goods. Try my credit system. The only liberal credit hoiiFe on tbe Coait. Estimates Riven on complete bousefurnlshing. Prices lower than ever. T. BRILLIANT. 335-340 POST ST., Bet. Powell and Stockton sts. Open evenings. Fre* delivery Oakland and nuburbs. COAL. COKB AND PIQ !i(OX J C \HI *CO *°° »«"«* Street. J- \r TTIL^UiI a VU-. Telephone Mata XS64. papr:« oralhrv THI I 4MFTTF » >i;i - p AJCD paper co.. HILLA 'ICI 1C 125 Mcntjcomerr st. PRIXTIXX F T KIIfiHF\ PRINTER. STATIONS* ANU PRI.NTH3. WHITE ASfi STEAM COAL^dl^ck DIAMO.SU COAL MINING CO.. at tU GREEN RIVER COLLIERIES, la tbe Bni Coal In th* market Ofao and Yards — O Main itraet. CBUTES_ANDZOO. EVERY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. MAJOR MITE: RUTH NELTA and PICKAN- NINY; BLANCHE LE CLAIRE SLOAN; PAUL LA CROIX; GEORGE BTKD; VOLKTRA and NEW MOVING PICTURES. TO-NIGHT— The Amateurs' Garden Party! SATURDAY NIGHT, CAKEWALK! Phone for Seats PARK 23 7