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The first four named vessels -were put
in commission in 1S9S and the last two in 1897. Tho repairs Include the period be tween commission nnd up to February 24 last. There Is some striking difference in the cost, of repairs, indicating that either a superior sort of tubes were used in some of the ships or that the boilers ¦were looked after more or. less conscien tiously. The Powerful's bill of repairs must be considered exceedingly small con sidering the fact that during the period indicated she steamed . from England to Hongkong, did some cruising while on the China station and - in February last ar rived on tho coast of South. Africa. Her steaming record has probably not been less than 75.000 miles. The Terrible,- on the other hand, only made aishort service to the Mediterra nean. ¦ on which several , tubes blow out, killing and wounding several me», and the expense of $52,320 means that all her boil era have been retubed. A report from Paris says that at the first perform ance of Sousa's band in the American section of the Paris Exposition the enthusiasm of the great audience of Americans that gathered to hear it did not break all bounds until the "Cake Walk" and other ragtime pieces were played. Then the American colony be came delirious. It danced and whooped and de r n-anded encores until the band was exhausted. That is bad, but not so bad as was feared. For a long time there was a dread in this country that the American Commissioners and their staff at Paris would array themselves in militia uniforms and open the Ameri can pavilion with a cake walk. <»If politics in Oakland possesses no other merit it certainly has the virtue- of .'.variety, and excitement. Anything from an indictment by a Grand Jury to a candidacy for Governor is considered to be good form in one's political career. San Rafael has produced some oddities in the way cf offenders against the law, but' the' man '.who. is ac cused of having stolen his friend's house and moved it to a hiding-place is certainly entitled to the dis tinction of originality.' If the vociferous Sulzer succeeds in his ambition to get the Democratic nomination for Vice President, the calamity ticket will be able -to. make as much noise in the campaign as two pigs under a fence. BRYflN fIND HIS PLATFORM. SENATOR JONES, of Arkansas, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is re ported tb be a convert to David Bennett Hill's plan of campaign— that of nominating Bryan for the sake of pleasing the silver men and the wild colts of Democracy, but drawing the platform to suit the con servatives. The Senator, it is said, will go at once to Chicago for the purpose of conferring with Bryan snd will urge him "not to abandon the Chicago plat form, nor any principle contained in it, nor to stul tify himself, nor to do anything contrary to the rules c f good faith, sincerity and self-respect; but to con sent that the reafnrmation of the Chicago platform be ftut in language which will not alarm the country and will permit the Democratic party to reunite and win." In that programme there is all the unctuousness of a professional hypocrite. Bryan, we are told, is to be asked to do nothing contrary to good faith and self respect, but he is asked to consent to the expression, cf his doctrines in language quite different from that in which he has been expressing them for the last four years. The object of the change of words, we are frankly told, is to prevent the doctrines from alarm ing this year those who were alarmed by them in 1S96. Are the conservative Democrats, then, such stupid folk that they can be beguiled into supporting t'ne Chicago platform by the mere process of covering it with a Kansas City canvas? If the reafnrmation of the old platform in new words do not change the intent of the platform itself, then every man who is induced to vote for it by rea son of the change of words will have been defrauded and cheated. If, on the other hand, the change of Tribes of This Order Throughout the State Will Go to the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Independent Order of Red Men will celebrate the battle ot Bunker Hill Sun day, June 17, by a grand excursion to Sun set Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Tribes from various parts of the State will take part in the celebration and rep resentatives will be present from Pacific Tribe -No. 66. California No. 70, Golden Gate No. 74, Germania No. S3. San Fran cisco No. 246, Vorwaerts No. 235, Schiller No. 278, Metamora No. 4, Concordia No. 2C8 and Oakland No. 272. San Jose Lodge will also celebrate the thirty-tlfth anniver sary of its organization on the same day. Members will gather at Red Men's Hall, 510 Bush street, and will march to the ferry, headed by a band. They will leave for the pleasure grounds on the 9:15 boat. The exercises of tho day Include ad dresses by Grand Chief R. Landmann and Grand Chief Powhattan Jacob Rumetch and the singing of patriotic American and German airs by the Red Men's Lieder kranz, There will be games and prizes for young and old arid the special feature will be the tug of war between the differ ent tribes for valuable prizes. Following are the committees: Arrangements— William Gelssllch. John Tiede mann. II. Marschall, Adam Brehtn. C. Lei decker. C. Feelscher, J. Krumholz, B. Schoen feld. J. Klefer and R. Putzraan. Refreshments— T. Schulz, J. Welkert, D. Schaffer. J. Wechle, Z. Maldenhauer, E. Lau dolt, C. Olenthal. H. Hoffmann, F. Meier, Charles Younff, A. Runge. J. Jaeger, J. Bark. J. Appel, R. Landmann, K. Dunk. J. Schmidt. F. Bode, J. Mayer, M. Bechtel and B. Sam mann. ;¦ .•--•'¦• ¦ » ¦ Amiable Hostess— well, now you are here, I hope you will stay to lunch with me. Gushing Visitor— Oh, thank you so much, dear Mrs. Browne, if we may. (To daughter) — There, Vera, won't that be de lightful? Such a pleasant surprise for you! Severely Truthful Child— Not a sur prise, ¦ mother. You know, you said Mrs. Browne must ask us to lunch If we only stopped long enough!— Punch. RED MEN TO CELEBRATE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL CALIFOItNIANS IN NEW YORK. X. E. de Toe, a furniture dealer of Mo desto, is at the Lick. State Senator E. C. Voorhiea of Sutter Creek Is at the Palace. L. M. Cutting, a real estate man of Stockton. 13 at the Lick. C. A. Moody, a Los Angeles newspaper man, is a guest at the Lick. Samuel M. Nave, a merchant of St. Jo seph. Mo., is at the Palace. Judge A*. P. Catlin of the Sacramento Superior Court is at the Lick. John J. BIrne. a Santa Fe official of Los Angeles, Is a guest at the Palace. Rev. Gerald Card and wife of Charles ton. W. Va., are at the Occidental. J. S. Brady and J. G. Chapman, mer chants of Omaha, are at the Palace. Adjutant General A. W. Barrett came up from Los Angeles yesterday and is at the California. John F. Carrere of Sacramento, secre tary of the State Lunacy Commission, is at the California. Railroad Commissioner E. B. Edson came down from Gazelle yesterday and Is staying: at the Occidental. Frank W. Griffln. who is operating gold mining dredgers in the vicinity of Oro ville. Is a guest at the California. Dr. H. A. Mandevllle and wife of Orange. 2*. J.. are guests at the Palace, j In their party are dlso Misses Jennie R. and Mary M. Morgan, Charles Morgan and Miss Glass. ¦ John P. Bray of Washington, D. C, re cently appointed United States Consul General to Australia, -with headquarters at Melbourne, is a guest at the Palace. He leaves for his new station by the steamer Mariposa next Wednesday. i PERSONAL MENTION. THjE COMMERCIAL SITUATION. THE feature of trade last week was the upward turn in wheat. This important product, which has so long languished, started up under the influence 01 adverse crop reports and rose about 5 cents per bushel at Chicago in a couple of days. This market re sponded and the close of the week found wheat a much better piece of property than it has been for some time, with increasing speculation. The minor grains sympathized and the feeling was firmer all ilong the line of mill and feed stuffs. The cause of the rise is the poor outlook east of the Misissippi and the precarious condition of the crop in the great Northwest, where rain is badly needed. In Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan the ravages of the Hessian fly have cut down the acreage 33 per cent and the crop itself over 50 per cent, in some cases destroy ing it altogether. In addition the outlook in foreign countries is not sufficiently flattering to counteract the adverse reports from the United States, hence the ad- A gainst this rise in wheat, however, we have stead ily weakening markets for almost everything else — !u:r.bcr, iron and steel, leather, hides, wool, cotton, petroleum, siik, hemp, a flat market for boots and shoes, slackened demand for manufactured clothing, etc., down through a long list of minor commodities. Manufacturers are giving way before the accumula tion of stock and backwardness of buj-ers and more mills are reported shutting down. All this is goin^j on without any loss in confidence or any disturbance in the money market, which is as abundantly supplied £S ever. Indeed, the decreased activity in trade and dosing down of mills throughout the country has caused a stream of idle money to flow into New York, where it is slowly accumulating and going into hiber nation "like a seroent in winter. Under these conditions Wall street remains duIL The more peaceful aspect of the South African situa tion :s oflset by the recently arisen complications in China r.nd the poor crop outlook in the great wheat States, the latter threatening to reduce the railway earnings during the coming fall. Another bear fac tor is the reported stringency in money at Berlin snd London, which seems to produce more effect on amateurs than profesrionls, who regard it with a skeptical and indifferent eye. But it makes the public vzry just the same and a dull stock market is the re- The decrease in the volume of business last week, as shown by the bank clearings of eighty cities, was 8.6 per cent. The decrease at New York was 14.S per cent and at Boston 18.6 per cent. St. Louis, dis turbed by a serious strike, showed a gain of 1.6 per cent — an incongruity. Pittsburg, the scat of the iron and steel trade, said to be languishing, exhibited .1 gain of 38.8 per cent, 2nd San Francisco, afflicted with a farcical "plague," a gain of 18.5 per cent So much for figures, which never lie. If strikes, weak mar kets ar.d burlesque "plague" scares each produce in creased business in three different cities, what a boom there would be if any one city had all three conditions The local features are the ri?e in wheat, a continued good expert movement and sharp cutting in the prices of provisions following the advent of a new competitor in the cured meat field Otherwise the markets are dull and featureless. The crop outlook of the State was never better, taking the list of products as a whole, and from now on it will be a question of Los Angeles is suffering from a reign of footpads, and attributes the evil to the domination of the Police Department by the politicians. Our own experience in the same field ought to give Mayor Phelan an op pcrtunity to correct the mistake of the southern city.. In seeking to tax everything of value in the citv 10 the highest notch the Democratic Board of Super visors seems determined to carry out to the very let ter that law of their party which declares that gov ernment is for revenue only. . If China is to be dismembered by the powers of Europe the Empress will have at least one satisfac tion. Hungry dogs invariably fight over a bone. ¦ Tf-|E SCHOOL BOARD PROGRAMME. SHOULD the report prove to be true that the Board of Education intends to adopt rules re quiring every principal controlling less than ten classes to teach a class and fixing the minimum numberyof pupils in a class at sixty-five, then it is time for the- parents of school children, for the press and for ttfe public generally to make protest. Such a scheme cannot be made commendablc»even if given the respectable name of economy. It is essentially bad and no matter in what guise it may be masked no cood can come of it. The Call had occasion some time ago to point out the wrong which is bting done to the public by the practice of various boards and commissions of the city government in holding secret sessions for the dis cussion of municipal affairs under their control. A striking evidence of the evil results of that practice is presented in this case. The reported intention of the Board of Education to make the stated changes in the rules is a rumor merely. The agreement to make the change is said to have been effected at ex ecutive meetings. The public has known nothing of it, has had no chance to discuss it, no opportunity to protest and yet it is announced, the board will prob ably carry out the scheme at the meeting to be held to-day. Were the proposed changes unobjectionable in themselves, there would still be just cause for com plaint on the part of the public in the very fact that they have been devised by the board, not in open discussion but in the secrecy of executive sessions, and are to be sprung upon the people as a surprise. There is no authority for the Board of Education to carry on public business in that way. The Police Commission is the only commission or board to which the charter gives the privilege of secrecy. All other administrative bodies of the municipality arc expected to act openly and above board, so that the press may publish and the people may read what is going on and what plans of administration «ire being considered. Had it been generally known that the Board of Education had under consideration any such scheme as the one rumored, there would have been vigorous protests before now. It is not right to require the principal of a school to devote a large part of his time to teaching a class. The rule might as well re quire each member of the board to teach a class and the president to teach two classes. Neither is it right tc fix the minimum number of pupils in a class at sixty-five. That number is in excess of what a teacher can rightly attend to. All experience in pub lic and in private schools has demonstrated that a teacher cannot manage and instruct so large a num ber of pupils with anything like the efficiency that parents have a right to expect. It is asserted furthermore by competent authorities that the average classrooms in our school buildings arc not spacious enough to accommodate so large a number of pupils; that to enforce the rule would be to overcrowd the rooms, producing not only incon venience but conditions prejudicial to health. Economy in the administration of the public schools is a popular desire; we may even add that it is im peratively demanded — but the desire and the demand are for economics that will put an end to waste, ex travagance, jobbery and corruption, such as have been too frequently manifest for many a year past. There is no demand for an economy or a parsimony that will weaken the teaching force or impair the ef ficiency of the instruction. The people are perfectly willing to pay all that is needed for the proper teach ing of the children of the city. They object only to that which is the result of negligence, unfaithfulness or dishonesty — and to star chamber proceedings. Vlckers Sons and Maxim at Barrow em piny about 10,000 men in the trades con nected with shipbuilding, engine construc tion and gun and armor making. ' Brazil has five naval arsenals, that at Rio Janeiro being the prnlcipal. The others are located at Pernambuco, Bahla, Ladarlo and Itaque. The last named is on the upper Uruguay and 13 used for river flotilla. The Neptune and Inflexible, battleships in the British navy, are to be overhauled nt an estimated expense of 1125,000. The Neptune has never been of any account since her purchase in 1S7S, and, like the late Bellelsle, Is only fit for gun practice to be sunk. The damage to the Japanese battleship Asahl, which ran aground last month near Portsmouth, is quite serious. AVhen docked it was found that the steel plates had buckled under the fore barbette twenty feet on the starboard and forty feet on the port sldft and that nearly all the frames through this distance were broken. The ship will be detained at least two months to undergo the necessary re pairs. The new fuel for the. British torpedo boats Is of two kinds, one being 1 composed of Welsh coal residuum, the other being a mixture of anthracite coal and other composites, formed in blocks of twenty two pounds each. Trials of these fuels are to be made as follows:. Four hour3 at full speed, natural draught: twelve hours at twelve knots; twenty-four hours at ten knots, and a harbor trial of seven hours. The NewskI shipbuilding yard at St. i Petersburg is In a bad way. Its balance j of last year's account showed a deficit of 1,113,069 rubles, which, with prior years, makes a total deficit of 5.547.347, rubles. The original capital paid up was 7,500.000 rubles and obligations to the amount of 3,503,000 rubles have been contracted. The yard was established with a view of tak ing contracts for the navy, but the work has either been insufficient or badly managed. The Russian Imperial Bank la the principal stockholder. Chief Constructor Yates of the Ports mouth dockyard recently delivered a lec ture in which he prophesied that battle ships would be obsolete twenty years hence. By that time there would prob ably be three distinct types of vessels, one for firing guns, a second to discharge torpedoes— both of a nich types would be heavily armored. The third would be to ram disabled ships and send them to the bottom. He argued that these three com binations could not be successfully carried out In one single ship as It was now at tempted in the present type of battleship and that If a ship had only one function to perform each man would know exactly what to do in battle. Torpedo craf t-of all descriptions have, as a whole, proved more dangerous to their own crews than to their adversaries. Explosions of boilers have occurred with in the last two months on French. Turk-, lsh and Russian torpedo boat destroyers, involving loss of life. Numerous mishaps occur to British craft of this class, no less than three being disabled In one day last month, the victims being the Ariel. Avon and Porcupine, damaged in collision or by propellers being disabled. Torpedo boat No. S5 was severely damaged an-1 nearly sunk while on practice, a torpedo flred from another boat striking No. 83. The Brazilian system of court-martials and procedure of naval and military law have some good features. Ordinary court martials are composed of seven members, one of whom is a civil magistrate who acts as reporter to the court and has a deliberative voice. The High Court of Military Justice is a permanent Council of Revision and Is composed of fifteen life members, of whom eight are army of- Ilcers, four naval officers and three civil magistrates. The advantage of having civilians on the court who are learned in the law is obvious. It Is no Infrequent occurrence that sentences in our naval service are set aside by the Secretary of the Navy, who, as a lawyer, finds that the proceedings were either irregular or the punishment did not lit the crime. The British Admiralty has furnished Parliament with the detailed cost of re pairs to boilers of certain new ships In the navy, from which the following data are taken: Repairs to Belleville boilers In British navy: NEWS OF NAVIES. ARMY INTELLIGENCE. First Lieutenant John W. I* Phillips. Eleventh Intantry. has been transferred from Company M to Company B of that regiment, taking the place of First IJeu tenant Milton M. McGrew, who was trans ferred to Company II. The leave granted First Lieutenant Ar thur W. Chase. Second Artillery, ha* b«esx extended twenty days. Major Frank Greene, U. S. V. Signal Corps, has been ordered to proceed to Seattle on business connected with. th» proposed Government telegraph, lisa through Alaska. Major William J. "White, quartennastar, U. S. V., has been has been relieved from further duty in the Division of Cuba and ha3 been ordered to proceed to Newport News, there to take charge ot the repair* being made on the transport Buford. First Lieutenant Adrian S. Fleming. Sixth Artillery, has been detailed to In spect the Central University of Kentucky, Richmond, Kv., and the Georgetown Col lege, Georgetown, Ky. Captain Samuel "".V*. Dunning. Sixteenth Infantry, has been detailed to Inspect the- Michigan Agricultural College, near Lan sing, Mich. Captain Charles D. Clay. Seventeenth Infantry, will Inspect the Jesse ilal Ayde lott College. TuUahoma. Tenn. First Lieutenant Thomas F. Schley, Twenty-third Infantry, will Inspect the following institutions: Ohio State Uni versity. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Wesleyan. University, Delaware, Ohio; Wilberforce University, Wllberforce, Ohio; Denison University. Greenville. Ohio; Miami Uni versity. Oxford. Ohio, and Marietta Col lege. Marietta. Ohio. Captain William II. C. Bowen, Fifth Infantry, will inspect the Northern Illi nois Normal School, Dixon. 111.; Western Military. Academy, Upper Alton, 111.; Northwestern Military Academy. H'gh land Park, III: De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.; Vincennes University, Vlncennes, Ir.d.. and the Purdue Univer sity, Lafayette, Ind. The leave granted Captain Benjamin Johnson, assistant quartermaster, D. S. V., has been extended one month. The leave granted Captain James D. Nlckerson. Seventeenth Infantry, has been extended one month. First Lieutenant Henry E. Wetherlll, assistant surgeon, has been ordered to re port to the headquarters of the Depart ment of California for duty. First Lieutenant Lambert W. Jordan, First Infantry, has been granted leave of absence for one month. Leave of absence for a month has been granted to Major Samuel L. Woodward, First Cavalry. Major Forrest II. Hathaway, quarter master, has been ordered to proceed to Omaha, Neb,; to Whltewood and Fort Meade. South Dakota, for the purchase of artillery horses. First Lieutenant George C. Burnell. TJ. S. V. Signal Corps, has been relieved from further duty at the signal corps post at Fort Myer, Va., and has been ordered to proceed to Seattle, for duty there under the signal officer of the Department of Alaska. Captain George O. Squier, U. 9. V. Sig nal Corps, has been ordered to inspect th« deep-sea cable now under course of con struction at New York and at Seymour, Conn. Captain Colden L. H. Ruggles, ordnance department, has been ordered to Inspect projectiles and rapid-fire guns in cours* of manufacture at the Bethlehem Steel Works, South Bethlehem, Penn., and at the works of the Carpenter Steel Com pany, Reading. Penn. • The following changes in the stations and duties of officers of the subsistenca department have been ordered: Captain John Little, commissary of subsistence, will report to the Department of tha East for temporary duty as chief commis sary of that department, to relieve Colonel Charles A. Woodruff, assistant commis sary general of subsistence. Captain Lit tle will also relieve Colonel Woodruff of hia duties^ as purchasing commissary at New York City. Colonel Woodruff, upon being thus relieved, will proceed to San Francisco, reporting upon arrival to the Department of California for temporary duty. Upon the completion of the duty assigned him he will proceed to Manila. Philippine Islands, and report In person to the commanding general. Division of the Philippines, for duty as chief commis sary of that division, to relieve Major Ed ward E. Dravo, commissary of subsist ence. Major Dravo. upon being thus re lieved, will proceed to San Francisco and report by telegraph to the adjutant gen eral of the army for further Instructions, Athletic at Sixty-Seven. From the Providence Journal. Following the example of ex-President Clevt.and, ex-President Harrison has tak en up golf. He is a man of 67, but thera Is no reason why he should not find a profitable exercise In the sport. Unlike some other outdoor pastimes, among them tennis. It dees not require fatiguing exer tion, though at the same time it permits the fullest play of a great variety of muscles and gives the player all the exer cise he needs, ilany of the older men of the country would find in golf an ideal sport. We are learning nowadays that athletic exercise is for persons of all ages and that as long as a man or a woman la vigorous outdoor pastimes are appropri ate. The old notion was that anything of the sort was undignified; that only boys ouRht to wear an athletic costume or In dulge in the healthy exorrise of tho body. Happily the last few years have wrought a change in this respect. ¦ ? ¦ ¦ CaL glace fruit 50c per tb atTownsead**.* ¦ ? ¦ Special Information supplied dally to business houses and public men by the 1'reis Clipping Bureau (Allen's), 510 Mont gomery street. Telephone Main XOli * Plutu and apple selling by hawkers was Illegal In the sixteenth century In Eng land. The reason was that servants and spprentlces were unable to resist tho sight of fruit, and . consequently wero tempted to steal their employers' money in order to gratify their longing for t&Md dainties. NEAT CYCLING COSTUME. The pretty cycling costume represented is made of small black and white woolen check. The collar, lapels and trimminsj of the bolero are of white cloth. The skirt is of the type known as "divided," and fastens down the front beneath a tab of white cloth. daughter were directly to starboard. The ostrich was kept In the hold and visited and fed dally with great care by the two attendants. The gangplank was pulled In at noon on a Wednesday In April at the New York dock, and for the first two days out no Incident occurred worth relating. On the morning of the third day some half-dozen passengers reported to the captain that they had been mysteriously robbed of large quantities of Jewelry and diamonds. No report of this was allowed to reach the remainder of the passengers or crew for Beveral day?, when the robberies* ¦were repeated and the story became public property on board. The voyage lasted tight and a half days— nine nights— and In that time over thirty staterooms were entered, trunks opened. Jewel caskets emptied and strong boxes looted. In every cane the losers were among the wealthiest people on the passenger list. One Chicago woman lost over 13000 worth of diamonds and pear!s. while a young married couple from New York were losers to the extent of over W00O In gems. A clothing dealer In Kansas City who re sides at the Cordova Hotel gave up a Jeweled watch and diamond ornaments valued at approximately $2000. Mrs. Jam en H. Davis of Texas mourns the loss of something like JSOOO worth of prop erty. Mrs. George F. Washburn of Bos ton parted with a diamond crescent and pearl necklace valued at $3300. Miss Mae E. George of New York lost a tiara valued at J1200. The losses foot up In the neigh borhood of $45,000. Every effort was made to discover the perpetrator of these wholesale robberies. The closest watch was kept, detectives on board were called Into service, but tered on tho freight lint aa tnc prop erty of a mnn living In San Joaquln County. Along with tho ostrich were two men attenj»nts. an older gentleman and a dashing young woman. All o(tn«o were devoted to the kln K of bird*, and the older man and hnndsomfj wonian a _SP" te At°Ncw Yo d rk m t a hey took passage with the ostrich, on one of the French line of steamers bound for Cherbourg. France. The two assistants occupied flrst cabins on the port side, while the man and his seven weeks ago, and Commissioner l'crk has been watching every Incoming Hteam er with an ostrich cage and a choice diet of sand rockB. The ostrich has not ar rived, and tho following story throws a brilliant calcium light on Kb disappear ance. Several weeks uro an ostrich, purport ing to be th« hlKhly educated bird which had been groomed for the Paris fair, was shipped from Snn Joaquln County, fai »r» K'ow vnrif Citv. It was en- AN ostrich, $45,000 worth of missing Jewels and a quartet of thieves fig ure in a remarkable story from Paris, published In the Chicago In ter-Ocean. Among the chief attractions of the Cali fornia exhibit at tho French Exposition was to have been an educated ostrich, raised and trained on a California ranch. This was thu way It whh ect forth in the ofn elal rntnineru*. Tho ostrich was shipped without avail. Search of several state rooms and no less than twenty-five pas sengers failed to bring any of the stolen property to Hsht. As soon as the steamer was landed the police of Cherbourg were enlisted and the. Parts «letectr<re tares no tified. For days the detectives worked without obtaining a clew. Then attention wai called to the fact that Commissioner PetVc was waiting In vain for an educated Cali fornia ostrich. The police turned their notice temporarily from the missing jew els to the lost ostrich. The disembowelci body of the bird was found finally In a lonrly suburb of Cherbourg. an«l near by were a few broken bits of what had beeri expensive, jewelry. There were not many pieces of 'jewelry, but enough to set the astute minds of the detectives to work. They have now found out something which convinces them, so they say. that the four passengers In charge of the os trich were four of the most expert dia mond thieves !n the United States. Thes* thieves discovered that preparations bad been made to ship an ostrich to the Elx position and either secured possession of the real bird which was to hare been sent, or anticipated the plans of the California Commission, and started with an ostrich of their own choosing. At any rate, when the attendants went down to the hold every day to fted the ostrich they dinea him on choice gems, which the older man and the pretty girl, who passed for hta daughter, had stolen from tne> cabin passengers the night before. At thj end of the voyage they took the ostrich out to the edpe of Cherbourg, killed It and recovered the most of the Jewelry. 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CARLTCS Herald Square _— — _• NEW TOUK riEPRESElsTATIVE: STEPHEN B. SMITH 33 Tribune Building CHICAGO NEWS STANDS: Ekersaa Bobm: P. O. New* Co.; Great Northern Hotel: rrr-r.r.Kt Kcu— ; Auditorium HotcL KEW TORK NEWS STANDS: T?cZ£orf-A*torl& Botel; A. Breatano. U Union Bqdixc: tizmr EU Hotel. WASHINGTON (D. C.) OFFICE Wellington Hotel MORTON t. CRANE, Carretpondcnt. BRAtrHflrrirE«_:r Montgomery, comer of Clay. cp»n entll 8:33 o'cl-wV. to© Hayes. open until 9:30 o'clock. 633 McAllister, open tctil » :30 o'eloclt. €15 LarJi'.n. npen until *:3S o'clock. 5S«1 V;.-f! r.. open until 19 o'clock. 22E1 llarket. corner ElrtwnUt T*n until f o'clock. 10S4 Valencia, oi^n i:nt:l S o'clock. :<"¦€ Eleventh, open until 9 o'clock. NTV cor ner T»er.ty-«*ccr<i «n<1 Kfi!U'"kv. np»n until 9 o'clock. THE \ PASSING Of THE} BOERS. HISTORY records no more pitiful tragedy than has . been enacted in South Africa. Nor docs history record a more amazing spectacle than the wild rejoicing in Great Britain that a victory has been gained by that empire over two weak re publics. The British force outnumbered the Boer army more than twelve to one. Yet London went ! mad over the victory! If the record of human affairs has been correctly written such rejoicing over such a victory is a symptom of national decay. It indicates the breaking down of that fine spirit which refused to count anything a victory at .' arms worth re cording that was not won from an equal foe and none worthy of great" exultation that was not gained over a superior force. When that spirit goes out of a people and victories over } freemen, outnumbered and friendless in the world, are hailed with shrieks and freaks of rejoicing, it is a sign that the equal foe may come and conquer those who vaunt their victory over the weak. There is much that is suggestive in the fate of the two republics. The world has looked on with indif ference while monarchy, greed and commercialism have besomed them off the map. The monarchies which normally have scores to settle 'with Great Britain refrained from taking her in straits and seek ing an accounting. They are interested in a reaction against republican institutions. They are admonished by the fate of France,-- which in our American revolu tion aided a republic against a monarchy, only to find the ferment of freedom extended to her own institu tions and in a measure to every nation on the con tinent. A monarchy cannot well aid republican in stitutions abroad and deny them at home, so Europe has waited until England brought down her prey and if there is to be an accounting it must wait until she ha? gorged herself with it. Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Germany, all states ruled by a monarch, have posses sions in Africa. They cannot afford to perpetuate the existence there of two republics. Therefore, while they owe England no good will, they avtrt their faces while she assassinates liberty. Africa is the only continent left upon which the civilized races can get a foothold and where civil in stitutions are to be founded. The downfall of the Free State and Transvaal is final notice served upon mankind that no republic will be permitted in Africa. There freedom must have no altars, liberty no wor shipers, self-government no resting place. The pray ers of the weak are unanswered. The free-born Boers can go no farther into the wilderness. The long trek is over. In the Dark Continent freedom has made its last stand and received the devotion of its last martyr. Women mourn their dead. The orders of Rob erts have burned their farmsteads and put weltering ruin where kine grazed and fields ripened in the sun. But this is forgotten while mothers look upon their fatherless young, captive to the hated Government that has followed them, like a wolf, from the Cape to the Vaal. England has before this given mankind some rea son to fear her, but she has not before filed such a claim to the hatred of a world which sometimes likes fair play. That world may not be just nowjn a mood to mind what has been done on the Vaal and wildly celebrated on the Thames. The passion of greed may have to give place to satiety. But when the appetites are jaded the conscience renews its vigor. Even Solomon did not write "All is vanity" until age and decrepitude had made passion vain. But when con science takes the throne and the crimes and offenses, the meannesses, the murders, done in the name of God's will, and the robberies committed to advance civilization, are all written off the journal and trans ferred to each nation's ledger account, this crime in South Africa will be found to leave England with a kirger balance to settle than any other nation. The seeds of retribution are planted along the path way of an empire which rejoices when it overcomes the weak. They spring up in time and the mighty are laid low. Rome got her first fatal blow at the hands of Hermann. Orphaned by her legions in ravaging Germany, the child was carried to Rome as the hunter t2kcs home a strange cub whose dam he has slain for defending her young. But the German child never forgot the scenes of his infancy nor forgave the power that tore him from them. He paid the score at Teutoburgerwald and in slaughtering the le grons of Varus to feed German buzzards balanced ac counts and gave the mortal blow that led to the death of the empire. The Boers have been bereaved of their generals by death and the fortunes of war. One is an exile on St. Helena, the great and cowardly empire fearing the imprisoned lion in a place less secure than one with an unbroken horizon of water. Another is dead, gone beyond the spites and fears, the quaking greed and jackdaw hypocrisy, which join in robbery and sanctify it with prayer and professions for the eleva tion of man. But perhaps some Boer lad, whose father's bones have been stripped by hyenas, and whose childish face had been baptized in his mother's tears, will re member it all as he goes forward to manhood and when the great empire' that lives in denying the right to live to others and kittens on the substance of the weak seems at the height of power, insolent and de fiant, he will direct a blow that inflicts a mortal wound and the long forgotten dust of the martyrs who fell for the two republics will thrill in its uncoffined quiet and the great crime will be avenged. language carry with it a change of meaning, then every man who votes for it under the supposition that the old platform has been reaffirmed will be defrauded. Either the silver men or the gold men are to be cheated by the tactics proposed, and yet it is stated Bryan will not be asked to stultify himself or to do anything contrary to the rules of good faith, sincerity and;' self-respect Fortunately it is not possible for the schemers to carry out the game of false pretenses they have de vised. Bryan is too loose 1 of tongue to play the game, and too headstrong to sit silent and permit Hill, Gorman and Jones to play it for him. He de lights in talking and in all his talking his chief delight has been to pose as the champion of silver. No mat ter how skillfully the Kansas City platform might be drawn to catch gudgeons, Bryan would within a week after the hook was baited make such a racket on the stump as would frighten away the last one of them. The surprising feature of the programme is not its transparent hypocrisy, or the evident belief of the schemers that Bryan can stand upon any other plat form than that of Bryanism, but the assumption that the country was alarmed in 1896 more by the Chi cago platform than by the Chicago nominee. It is not too much to say that to the conservative sentiment and business interests of the people Bryan is fully as objectionable as the platform on which he stands. Such a man clothed with the powers of the Presidency would keep the country in a condition of unrest and uncertainty and turmoil. A man of sound statesman ship, even if nominated on the Chicago platform, would be more acceptable to a majority of the Amer ican people than Bryan on any platform whatever. Jones and his fellow schemers are therefore going the wrong way to work to win over the conservatives of their party. So long as Bryan leads the way none but wild colts will follow. Marvelous Tale of a Bird of One Passage Under the Guidance of Expert Diamond Thieves. CALIFORNIA OSTRICH STORY THAT OUGHT TO JAR YOU THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, JUNE 11, 1900. . New York Democrats have cut the very ground from under the feet of .William Jennings Bryan. : They have accepted him and rejected his platform. 4 FASHION HINT FROM PARIS. NEW YORK, June 10.— Guy C. Earl of San Francisco is at the "Waldorf. E. P. Murdock of San Francisco is at the Im perial. E. W. Bowrlng of Los Angeles is at the Empire. NAME. '3 § ¦" P p "1 p Diadem I Jul y la * 15 - 92 ° * b - m &.0K Nlobe .. Dec. 6 680 1.190 1.870 Arrocar.t Jan. 27 15.105 7.450 22.5m Furious July 1 8-040 1.9S0 8.02C Powerful June S 6,340 3,550 ».S9C rerrlblc. ....... June 15 S3.S60 19,070 52.S3C NAME. '3 § ¦" P p "1 p Diadem I Jul y la * 15 - 92 ° * b - m &.0K Nlobe .. Dec. 6 680 1.190 1.870 Arrocar.t Jan. 27 15.105 7.450 22.5m Furious July 1 8-040 1.9S0 8.02C Powerful June S 6,340 3,550 ».S9C rerrlblc. ....... 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