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GRANTS ALTERNATIVE "WRIT— The Su
preme Court has granted an alternative writ of habeas corpus In, favor of Elizabeth, Gal lehere, who Is livlnjr wltft her aunt' In San Jose. Fted Gallehere. father of the child, gave her to the aunt when-*l» wife died. He has since married and wants' the little girl again, but the aunt refuses ¦ to eomrly. with his wishes. The Supreme Court will hear argu ments In the case September 12. WINFIELJD, Kans., Sept. 1.—Symbo leer, owned- by J. Johnson, paced a half mile i to-day under.the ; saddle in one .7 minute and six seconds, thereby breaking the world's record for a-half mile." -• <;>'' '" . ' ". Fast Half Mile Under Saddle. HEALDSBURG, Sept. 1.— A. H, Poe. a: prominent member of the local branch of the Knights of Pythias, died at Burke's Sanitarium' to-day. Poe wf s 65 years old : and ! was well known throughout this part of the State. Pythian Dies at Healdsburg. WOULD FIX SAME RATE.— OAKLAND. Sept. 1. — At an informal discussion among the members of the • Board of Supervisors to-day a general sentiment was expressed that the tax rat« this year should be the same as that of last year. ?2 61 on the Jl«0. It Us believed that this will raise sufficient ! funds to' defray the expenses, not wlth.it ending , that . the valua tion Is much lower this year. . ojvlnr •, to the leaving off of 'the -raise madefy the . State Board of Equalization last year. UARRIAGE LICEXSE6. — OAKLAND, Sept. 1. — The following marriage licences were Issued by the Cocnty Clerk to-day: Thomas F. Cul hane, 23. ard Eylvla. il. Baker.' 20. both of Oakland; George E. Dove, over 21, and Anna Bkinner, ever 18. both of flan Francisco; Her bert A. Smith. 24, Berkeley, and Leila H. Daly, 19, Oakland : Leo J. Thomaa, 24, .St. Louis, and Teresa Heebert. 2i. Alameda; Fred eric O. Dorety. 29. Oakland, and, Mary F. French, 23, Berkeley.". ' -. / SENT TO AETLUM.— OAKLAND, Sept.. 1.— J. L. Warder was committed 'to the Uklah Aeylum for the Ineana to-day by Judse. Og den. He. suffered from sunstroxe several yeaiis aco and.* combined with-, tne "excessive - use of cltarettei, bis mind has failed him. HEADS TO PAM.- At a meeting of the board of electricity last night" Messrs. -Reagan, Boyne.and Parry were appointed acommitte* to look, over the : list of temporary r employes and recommend changes. It Is considered 'that there are. too many men on the roll at present and a little. Judicious pruning ; Is deemed ad visable. The . committee ' will meet -this -after-' OAKLAND. Sept. 1. — The public schools will be closed next week. The Board of Education decided to take this action because of the numerous attractions on both sides of the bay during the week. Schools Close for a Week. Many States and Every County in New Jersey. Represented at Strange Gathering. : NEW YORK, Sept. 1.— Three thou sand or more Smiths have gathered at Peapack, N. J., to celebrate the annual reunion of that famous family in New Jersey. Every county in the State was represented and there were visit ing Smiths present "from many other States. The custom of holding the family reunions was inaugurated in 1800. THREE THOUSAND SMITHS HOLD A FAMILY REUNION The following players were. drafted by the American ; League: . .New, York» Hogg from Spokane; Detroit. Graham from Colorado Springs; Philadelphia. Frisk from Seattle. Rockenfleld .from Spokane, § Buchanan from Oakland. The commission adjourn^ to-night.* CINCINNATI. Sept. 1.— The Na tional Baseball Commission met here to-day in its annual session^ Sec retary Bruce reported the list of play ers purchased by. the National and American leagues from minor leagues, which the commission passed o*n. Tha St. Louis Nationals purchased Swin dell of • Butte. The Cincinnatis get Blankenshlp from Seattle and Eagnn and Overall from Tacoma. Overall Drafted by Cincinnati. It has been settled by the Repub lican-managers that Judge Cullen will be- nominated by the Republican' party for the .position to which he was ap pointed to-day. . NEW YORK. Sept. 1. — Judge Ed gar M. Cullen of Brooklyn was to-day appointed Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals by Governor Odell, suc ceeding Judge Alton B. Parker, re signed. Judge Cullen is a Democrat and is now serving as an additional Judge of the Court of Appeals, a position to which he was designated by Theodore Roosevelt when he was Governor of New York. ERMINE DOFFED BY PARKER IS DONNED BY CULLEN BERKELEY, Sept. 1.— A real es^ tate deal involving the exchange of a large amount of money for a large amount of laud has just been com pleted by Joseph J. Mason for the Berkeley Development Company and Jacob Marks, the capitalist. By the transaction Marks parts with forty one acres of land in the Fairview tract in South Berkeley to the devel opment company for a consideration of $102,000. The property lies near the line between Oakland and Berke ley and its boundaries are Prince street on the north, Alcatraz avenue on the south, College avenue on the east and Dana street on the west. Its new owners propose to open up the tract at once for settlement. Grad ing and macadamizing will begin soon and when this is completed '199 lots, with a frontage of fifty feet'each, will be out on sale. Large Real Estate' DcoJ. Rock Frar .?s Girl's Skull. BERKELEY, Sept. 1. — Marjorie Etruhm, aged seven years, jvas struck on the head by a rock while playing with some of her friends yesterday in front of her home at 2108 Fifth street. The blow was so hard that It caused a slight fracture of the skull, frcm which the child is now recover ing under the treatment of Dr. J. J. Benton. - The rock was thrown by some boy. whose name is unknown. President K*mlrick C. Babcock of the Uni versity of Arizona was the principal speaker at a rally last evening in Stiles Hall, under the auspices- of the -Young Men's ¦" Christian Association. His subject was "Bible- Study." Vr. H. C ily«rs, chief chemist for • the sugar factories in Colorado and Utah and honorary fellow\ln agriculture at the univer sity, has gon« south to begin ' work for the coming sugar-beet campaign. The entertainment for the Boating Associa tion will be clven at Idora Park on the even ing of October 1. The followtnr named com mittees have been appointed to take charge of the affxlr: Programme, A. C. Keane, J. P. I«oeb; finance, Stuart Hawley; advertising O. J. Anloff. . Kallyinjr will be i>ut on an organized basis for th- flr*t time this year, the rally commit tee, of which Kurenc K. Hnll«tt is chairman, having assiirntd the members to particular di visions of .the work. G. J. Anloff will have charge of bonfires, the Illuminations and the organization of the freshmen division;- Oliver Orrick of the shakers and programmed, Bert Campbell of the advertlslnr. Frank Schuman of the weekly bleacher rallies, Ernest Voilmer of the ¦'searchllcht brigade." The students will be add reined • by Secre tary Shaw of the Treasury on ' next Tuesday. While here he will be the guest of President Wheeler. - > .-,;.•. ¦ BKKKEIJSY, Sept. - 1.— Lewis Bulkeley was elected yell leaojr for the year this afternoon by gn overwhelming; vote. He received .100 votes and Nat Eddy as vote*. The Junior class met this afternoon, and nom inated the following for officers. For'/presi dent, Al. Cocsan and Stephen -Gamble; for first vice president. Miss Sue Bitting; for sec ond vice r.resident. Kdward Berrintrer; for sec retary. Miss Hazel Hobscn: for treasurer, Harry Squires; for serueant ¦ at arms. Collier and Harris. i*V ADA, Ohio., Sept. .. 1, — Three hun dred students ' at the Ohio Normal • University have signed a petition to the trustees to refuse- a negro s'tudent the privilege of studying at trie school. The students refused to attend class this morning as a protest against ths presence of the colored man. Some of the students have gone elsewhere for tuition.. - - DO NOT WANT A NEGRO TO ATTEND THEIR SCHOOL UNIVfcRSllYHVENTS Secure Contract for Construction of the Equipment of the Argentine Republic Railroads. NEW YORK, Sept. 1.— Probably the largest single order for railroad equipment for export ever placed with American manufacturers has just been closed. It comprises ,640 freight cars and 38 v passenger, sleeping and baggage cars for the Argentine Gov ernment railroads. The American manufacturers se cured the orders' in the face of strong competition on the . part of British, German and Belgian manufacturers. AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS , DEFEAT ALL COMPETITORS BERKELEY, Sept. 1. — Earl At Sar gent, the university student whose bouse after a search revealed boxes full of stolen goods, now faces a burg lary charge. A complaint charging him with burglary was issued this afternoon by Justice Edgar and his bail was fixed at $3000, in lieu of which he will be compelled to stay in the County Jail. Sargent is charged with the burglars- of the house of Benjamin Dallerup, for whom he worked as a carpenter. He was ac quitted of petty larceny last week 'in Justice Quinn's court. » Sarsrnt Faces Burglary Charge. DENVER, Sept. 1. — The new Unit- • ed States Mint in this city was opened to-day with a President's salute of twenty-one guns and the raising of the American flag over the building by George EL Roberts, director of the Mint of Washington. D. C. The Mint will not begin coinage un til July 1.1905, as no appropriation has been made by Congress as yet to • cover the cost of coinage. OLD GLORY FLIES OVER DENVER'S NEW MTST • OAitLAXD, Sept. 1. — As a result of incompatibility and subsequent de- Fertion, Harry C. Dexter, Deputy County Assessor, has brought a suit for divorce against Carrie Brown Dex ter, a soprano soloist in the First Presbyterian Church and well 'known in musica^ circles on both sides of the bay. • The couple were married in this city in 1889 and in 1899 Dexter al leges his wife left him and has «nce refused to live with him. They have three children, Alice B., Dudley C. and Ella H.. of whom he asks the custody. ."".-. Wife. Who He Says L«eft Him Five Years Ago. Harry C. Dexter Begins Action Against Mayor Warren -Olney announced to day that an offer of 2^ per cent- pre mium had been made to him by a pros pective purchaser of the projected pub lic improvement. bonds. This tender is made on the basis of the sale of the entire Issue, amounting to J2.492.000, of forty-year bonds, with 4 per cent in terest. The offer is, significant of the standing that the city of Oakland main tains in the large financial circles. The Mayor expressed great- satisfac tion concerning the tender. He said it indicated that there would be a lively demand for the bonds should they be voted. His Honor pointed. to the large premium, but added that he was even hopeful that a better, bid might be ob tained. Of the general effect of this Informal tender. Mayor Olney said: It ic gratifying to know that tlr?r« Is such a demand for our municipal s«>curJties. Whl!e I am not at liberty at present jo dizcluse th? Identity of tho bidder. I am thorouihly satis fled t>x to the reliability of th«> offer. That 2'i per r^nt nromiviin nhould tw; offered on a 4 Vtr cent bond Issue Is a splendid cerd for thi» city. It means that investors have a su preme ('onfidrnce in Oakland. Kurther than that It shows that th« bond project as a whoie is received with favor. Municipal bond buyers will not Invest 1h bonds that are issued on doubtful projects. They must b» assured of the value of the works contemplated. They must be confident of the intrinsic merits of the scheme. It speaks well f.or our city In -that regard as well. With this offer as ft starter I feel sum that our bonds will be literally cobbled up .as soon as they can be put en sale.. • Oakland Office San Francisco Call, 1016 Broadway, Sept. 1. To save Chairman of the Board of Supervisors John' Mitchell, County Auditor Gil " Bacon and County Clerk John P. Cook the almost end less task of signing their names to each iniivid.ua! coupon, which would require 38,400 signatures, the. Board of Supervisors met this morning and passed a resolution that these three names could be lithographed on the bonds. , - . v Nine hundred and sixty thousand dollars was paid into the county treas ury this morning by, the Oakland Bank of Savings and the Central Bank as the price of school bonds which were- voted at a recent election held for the purpose of raising money "for the improvement of the schools, of the city. The money is now available to be expended by the City Board of Ed ucation, and $25,000 was paid out this afternoon to A. Poirier for a tract of nine and a half acres for a school site near Adeline. Oakland Office San Francisco Call, 1016 Broadway, Sept 1. WANTS A DIVORCE FROM CHURCH CHOIR SINGER NEW YORK, Sept 1. — Men who have been paying alimony to a for mer wife married after getting her de cree are celebrating over the new State law which goes into effect to day and cuts off the incomes of thou sands ' of divorcees now living with their second husbands. According to the new statute, alimony payments as sessed against an ex-husband are to continue only so long as the. woman shall remain unmarried. A good many persons, not a few of them in the theatrical profession, will be able to 'visit New York for the first time in years, except on Sunday, they .having remained out of the State rather than make the required pay ment, in default of which they could have been sent to jail. Statute Says Alimony Shall Cease . When Former Wife Takes a Second Spouse. STATE LAW BRINGS JOY TO THE HEARTS OF MEN Central and Oakland Bank of Savings Turn $960,000 Into the County Treasury Intending Purchaser Ten ders Heavy Premium for Improvement Securities ROME. Sept. 1. — Prince Georce of Greece arrived here to-day In strictest incognltp, desiring to test the ground for the petition of the inhabitants of the island of Crete, asking for his re moval because of alleged misrule. This petition will be heard before the Italian Foreign Minister, assisted by the Russian. French and .British Em bassadors, who have charge of the su pervision of affairs in the Island. His Removal. Desires to Learn the Ground for the h'i' Petition- Asking for PRINCE GEORGE TRAVELS <:h''TQ ROME INCOGNITO CASH IS PAID OVER ON BONDS WANTS TO BUY ALL THE BONDS NEWPORT, R. I.. Sept. 1. — A rap- Idly moving automobile caused the death here by fright of Mrs. Green of Paterson, N. J., to-day. The woman was awaiting a car bound toward her boarding-house, six miles distant. As she stepped from j the. sidewalk to board the car a large automobile "went past with a roar. She screamed with fright and felL*. i: ,» . . Doctors - were quickly summoned, but the" woman was dead when they arrived. Heart disease superinduced by the shock was found to have been the cause. The motorist escaped un identified. Machine Whizzes by Woman and the Shock Causes Her to • - .Drop Dead. FRIGHTENED TO DEATH BY SWIFT AI7T03IOBIL.E Kajis' scalp was stripped from the left side of his skull and his left arm v.as fearfully mangled between- the shoulder and the elbow. He was re moved to the Railroad Hospital in San Francisco at noon and the physicians believe Jhat the patient has a good chance of surviving his injuries. Kajis Is a Greek, thirty-six years of age and unmarried. He has been living with a section gang near the Fruitvale-ave ' nue bridge across the tidal canal. ALAMEDA. Sept. 1. — Steve Kajis. employed by the Southern Pacific Company as a section hand, was • " struck by the tender of a locomotive this morning on Railroad avenue, near Stanton street. Although the Morgue was notified to send a wagon for the body, Kajis surprised "those who . thought him dead by reviving. He then taken to the Emergency *' Hospital, . where his injuries were treated by Drs. G. P. Reynolds and L. ' W. Stidham. ""•.,<¦. Steve HajL» Surprises Morgue arid Hos pital Officials by Surviving Fcarfnl Injuries. GREEK SECTION HAND HIT BY LOCOMOTIVE The new system consists of four steel bridges and fifty semaphore poles. The bridges are built through Oakland and Berkeley, where there are four tracks to be controlled. One is located at Sixteenth-street station, one at Emeryville, one near the Key route crossing, and one in Berkeley. On each bridge is a small semaphore, .one for each track that passes, be neath. Where there is only a double OAKLAND. Sept. 1. — The longest and only main line block system on the Pacific Coast went into operation to-day on the lines of the Southern Pacific Company between Oakland and Port Costa, and beginning to-day all trains passing between those points run under an 'automatic block system that Is the nearest preventive of collisions known to railroading. track signal poles are substituted. These signals indicate to the engineer the condition of the track upon which he Is running. It has taken eight months to con struct this plant, which was made necessary by the growth of traffic over the line between Oakland and Port Costa. This, however, is only the be ginning of a block system for the Southern Pacific Company thai will in time extend to Sacramento, on the north, Tracy, on the east, and to San Jose, on both sides of the bay. This first division was installed by E. M. Cutting, superintendent of the block and signal system of the South ern Pacific . Company. ; Mr. Cutting has been testing the system for sev eral weeks, and actual 1 operation be gan to-day. ' '¦¦¦' ONE OF THE PTEKL BRIDGES USED IN THE NEW BLOCK SYBT*M THAT WAS INAUGURATED VESTERDAT BETWEEN OAKLAND ANO PORT COSTA ON THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD. WASHINGTON, Sept. 1- — Santlno Martlnelll ha» been commtsslonetS postmaster of Olexna, CaL *''¦-:'>¦ Additional rural servica route No. 3 will be established at Everson, "VThat com County, on October 1. The following Oregon rural car riers have been appointed:. Gaston, William A, Spence regular. Earl P. W. Hadding •substitute; Harrlsburg. Glenn E. Holt regular, D. C Holt substitute. .-• ¦-•;-' Dr. H. H. Zermerman was to-day appointed a pension exaznlnins sur geon for Red Bluff. Red Blnff Physician Appointed Pen sion Examining Surgeon— Changes Made In Postal Service. OF INTEREST TO PEOPIB . >^ OP THE PACIFIC COAST In a dream there came to John M. Morris a few nights ago a vision of his approaching sudden death. To day Morris' wife returned to their home at 30 Telegraph av&ue to flnd her husband's lifeless body. The warning had been verified. Morris was in the employ of the^ Southern Pacific Company. For some time he had been ailing and depressed. Several days ago he startled his wife with the story of the dream. Morris said his Impending death had been re vealed to him while he slept. So re alistic did the message seem to the man that he could not shake off the feeling that his end was near. Mrs. Morris left the house early this morning to go to San Francisco ¦on an errand. When she departed her husband seemed a bit gloomy, but as that had been his condition for several days the wife was not unusually anx ious. She returned at 2 o'clock this afternoon and found Morris lying on ; a bed. He did not respond to her call and the woman's quick Investigation disclosed that the call of death had been made. Coroner Mehrmann took charge of the case. Dr. Henry Fine h^ld an autopsy this afternoon, which showed that heart disease was the cause of death. Morris was 60 years old, a native of New York. He leaves no children. An inquest will be held to-morrow. Oakland Office San Francisco Call, 1016 Broadway, Sept. 1. Following the signing of the death certificate by Dr. W. W. Allen in the case of little Myrtle Conklin. the child who died yesterday from lockjaw, al leged to have been caused by vaccina tion, Coroner Mehrmann gave his con sent to-day to the burial of the body. This action is taken as being the close of the incident, for 'now there will be no Coroner's inquest and no more prob ing into the cause of the child's death. The certificate signed by Dr. Allen describes death as having been caused by lockjaw, following vaccination. In this description Dr. F. R. Woolsey, the vaccination officer, who vaccinated the child, agreed during a consultation with Dr. Allen. Both doctors having agreed as to the cause of death, Coro ner Mehrmann accepted Dr. Allen's signature to the certificate and declared that there would be no inquest. While the doctors interested In the case have agreed upon a cause of death, they still hold to their original opinions regarding the vaccination op eration. Dr. Allen said to-night that Coroner Mehrmann's action was a com pliment to himself, as he had accepted his diagnosis that death had resulted from blood • poison following vaccina tion. Dr." Woolsey, on the other hand, maintains that the blood poisoning was not due to the vaccination operation, but to improper sanitation. The funeral of, the dead child was held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from a local undertaking parlor. As a result of the feeling against vaccination C. E. Kinard has taken steps to test the legality of the require ment of the State Board of Health that all school children must be .vaccinated before they are allowed to attend any public school and has petitioned the courts for a writ of mandate to com pel the City Board of Education, City Superintendent of Schools McCly monds and J. H. Pond, as principal of the High School, ¦ to allow his three children admission 'without having ob served this requirement. In his petition, filed to-day, he sets forth* that' he tbok his children to the school at the beginning of the present term and asked .that they be admitted, which, was refused' on the ground that they had "riot" been' vaccinated. He states that there is no" immediate remedy at hand and therefore asks that the courts take the matter up and order those having charge of the school system to give his children admission to the school. ,v 7 - .¦ - An anti-vaccination ineeting will be held in California. Hall to-morrow even ing to protest against the compulsory law. Berkeley Office San Francisco Call 2148 Center street, Sept. 1. C. E. Kinard Brings 3Ian damus Suit Against Oak land Board of Education Woman Returns After Short Absence to Find Her Hus band's Vision Is Verified LONDON, Sept 1* — a R. Bpahr of Kmgsbridge. N. Y.. editor of two magazines of Ne^ York City, either fell or Jumped overboard from the steamer Prince Albert midway be tween Ostend and Dover on the even- Ing of August 30. His mysterious dis appearance recalls that of . Frederick Kent Loomls and was reported on th« arrival of the steamer at. Dover ta American Consul Prescott by B. W» Ordway of Brooklyn, In Whose com pany Spahr was making a tour of Europe for the benefit of his health. Spahr seemed to have been much Improved In health and his companion said he never for a moment suspected that he would attempt to commit suicide. Found to Be Missing Upon Arrival of Vessel Upon Which he Had Embarked. fFDITOR OF NEW TORE 1 DISAPPEARS LIKE LOOMIS REVEALS CALL TO WIFE WILL TEST STATE LAW The proposals for playgrounds are made In response to the urgent requests of many public spirited citizens and to the silent, but no less fctrong appeal of ¦ the " children themselves. These- playgrounds ore In line with the prac tice of the older municipality t>, and are found to be both valuable and necessary; at the same time their- creation: and maintenance dis charges in part the obligation due from the municipality toward the childhood within Its ¦ borders. . • The necessty for. expenditures on sewers, culverts and crosswalks Is so self evident as t-> need 'neither explanation nor defense. As to. the Polytechnic School, the committee first made an investigation to satisfy itself as to the value and character of the work. As compared with results obtained under lim ited . conditions, if no other consideration pre vailed, then as a pure business proposition the additional -Kocd to be obtained fuily Juslltiea the proposed Investment. . Finally, there Is left the proposal to pur chase property on the present City Hall block and > to erect a new public building In sire sufficient for present needs, but of such • de sign as will admit of. additions, while pre serving the same architectural features. . ., Sometimes we hear the statement that It were better to sell the. valuable small area of City Hall Park and purchase a larger and less expensive location, .thereby avoiding the necessity, for an Increased . Investment in land at the present site. New York did not move Its: City Hall from Us downtown location, not withstanding the very great value of Its City Hall Park. . - In relation to . our main . thoroughfares no better site may be found, ami .In. view .or. th* agitation i for : consolidating ¦ Alameda, > Oakland and Berkeley, > surely its geographical position could not be Improved. The additional area will ?».rtalnly. be needed. • The ' deferment of , pur chase means • the payment of a filghsr price In future, \ the new public building should ulti mately be fittingly displayed and not spoiled by its immediate surroundings. ¦ In ' its " discussions the ' committee kept - In view the fact that .all over the city would Independence Park, likewise, a gift, "has stood for years a monument of official neglect. Occupying an elevated and beautiful position, it has remained for years unimproved, un ornamental and useless for the purposes for which It was given and Intended. I PLAYGROUNDS AND HALL. Passing next to the smaller areas: In the De Fremery property we have op portunity of purchasing a tract that stands alone In the preservation of the original and wildly natural conditions that prevailed in Oakland before the march of improvement re moved them. • At slight expense this area can be made a most delightful resort for that sec tion in West Oakland that stands so much In need of beautifying, and there Is the certainty that It will be best appreciated when it is opened to nubile use. . - Bushrod Park, a gift to the city, stands In Its unimproved condition and needs to front on what will always be the main thoroughfare between this city and Berkeley. To that end It Is advisable to purchase the' land inter vening between its eastern entrance and .Tele graph avenue and to spend at present a mod erate amount in its development for the grati fication of the residents in that district. The Council felt that' at this time it was not justified In . going further in Its recom mendations, nevertheless it Is firmly con vinced that if these projects are adopted and completed some one of Its near successors will put before the people the scheme for its com pletion by acquiring the remaining two sec tions of lake shore frontage, viz: Between the lake and Twentieth street on the west and around : that portion on the north known a9 'Adams Point. 5. To complete on the boulevard plan that portion of Harrison street lying between Twen tieth and Twenty-fourth streets. „'¦*-.:*• 4. To purchase land between Twelfth and Lake streets and east of Oak on the western shore of Lake Merritt and to suitably improve it for park purposes. 3. To finish the East Lakeside boulevard to the lake head and to continue It at greater width to form a "panhandle," and thus reach the southern entrance of th« proposed Central Park. This would have the effect of trans ferring the park entrance to the head of Lake Merritt. • - 1. It Is proposed to deepen the shallow water ofLake Merritt and make it available over Its entire area. To use the material thus obtained for raising the present grede of ths proposed park south of the Twelfth street dam. This' will be the most easily accessible place ot deposit and thus most easily accessible place accomplished* at a minimum of expense. 2. To convert the unsightly area south of the Twelfth street dam Into one of ornament and use. In other cities artificial lakes are ; crsated with infinite labor and cost. Here in our midst is a salt water lake provided by nature, and it needs but the proper acquisition and improvement of adjacent land to produce a result that does not anywhere else exist and one that will prove a source of pride and pleasure to the citizens of Oakland forever. It is this water park with its ample area of about 160 acres that the committee used as the basis for developing the comprehensive park scheme that Is now presented. LAKE MERRITT PLANS. Cities do not part with public park prop erties, and people everywhere would resent' at tempts to deprive them of these facilities for pleasure. I speak not In disparagement of the smaller and scattered breathing place*, but more. particularly in favor of the larger areas for the masses and which are a crowning glory to every" city, that possesses them. What is. there in San Francisco that equals , Golden Gate Park, that affords so much pleasure to its Inhabitants and so much attraction' to- Us visitors? Does that .municipality regret Its Investment, that produced such a beautiful re sult out of the most unpromising -materials and conditions? • The proposals now before you are such as can be encompassed, and in our examination of their necessity or advisability let us ad dress ourselves to the projected park systems, which appear to need both advocacy and de fense against narrow and thoughtless criti cism. CONXEItXIXG PARKS. Miscellaneous— Wharf foundations, $15,000; •ewers, $121,440; concrete culverts. $49.StO; cross walks, $127,000; polytechnic school, $143. 000; public library. $15,000; city hall and ad ditional lands. $650,000; total. $1,121,080. Granl total, $2,492,000. If we classify the projects Into natural groups It will' be found that $1,069,250, or 43 per cent of the total., will be devoted to beautifying the city or for recreative uses, and $1,422,750, or 57 per cent, is for the purposes that may be regarded as more* practical and more utili tarian. • It must be remembered that on s the subject of a municipal water supply the condition of public sentiment was such that, in Its recom mendation to the Council, the committee felt the need of putting a limit upon Its pro pcsals. That limit was fixed at $2,MK).0O0, which would leave a possible $5.000.0CO of bonds available in future to provide for such water supply and system as might commend itself to the favorable judgment ot the city govern ment and the people. * ¦ But let us pass to an analysis and aiscus sion of the projects submitted: Children's playgrounds — Fifth and Chestnut streets. $35,000; North Oakland. $37,216; West Oakland, $31,230; total. $103,410. Parks— De Fremery property, $94,075: Inde pendence, $18,089; Bushrod, $26,140; Central. *450,0OO: west side Lake Merritt, $183,200; Lake Merritt water park. $48,400; south of Twelfth-street dam. $145,000; total $965,804. - Boulevards— Cemetery Creek. $80,000; east vide Lake Merritt. $110,350; park panhandle, $41,600; Harrison street, $83,420; total $301,- U70. The meeting- was called to -order by Edwin Stearns, president of the fed eration. Principal P. M. Fisher of the Polytechnic High School was elected chairman. After briefly expressing his views upon this subject, he Introduced Councilman John L. Howard, chair man of the special committee that framed the bond issue. Mr. Howard gave the first official statement of the bond proposition as follows: It could hardly be expected that the bond ing, scheme recently prepared by the City Council would perfectly lit the ideas ot all classes of our citizens; Indeed, It is fairly sus ceptible of Improvement in some respects, but, taking all the circumstances and limitations that surrounded its authors, it is probably as good a project as could have been devised, and with this feeling on the part of the\ govern ment, it Is. submitted to your favorable con sideration. OAKLAND, Sept. 1.— The opening meeting of the campaign for bonds was held at the Masonic Temple this even ing under the auspices of the Progress Federation. The principal speakers were Councilman John L. Howard and Colonel John P. Irish. Success was pre dicted for the carrying of the proposed measure, but it was also considered necessary to do a' certain amount of missionary work to insure its passage. Other speakers were G. W. Langan and P. J. Keller. Notice was given that" meetings are to be held from now on until the election. A vote of thanks was also passed to City Engineer Turner for the prepara tion of a large map upon which are marked the nieces of land proposed to* be purchased for park sites. Following Howard, Cplpnel John P. Irish was called upon, and began his remarks by complimenting the city upon having a man of Councilman Howard's ability who was willing to devote so much of his time to its wel fare, and he made a motion that a resolution of thanks be passed for the paper Mr. Howard had prepared. En tering upon a discussion of his subject, Colonel Irish designated a few points which seemed of importance to him. By reference to a map he pointed out that leaving out the foothill park, East and "West Oakland are about evenly balanced in regard to benefits to be re ceived by the establishment of parks. This was in answer to a feeling which he said existed in his part of the town. West Oakland, where it was .stated most of the property was being bought for East Oakland. Another point he made was that eventually the big foothill tract would call for the establishment of a like park in West Oakland, and that in a few years he would not be surprised to see a park in West Oakland which would connect bv boulevards with the foothill tract. In speaking of the bene fit to be derived from a bond issue he Illustrated his remarks by stating that a few years ago, when a similar propo sition, was before the people, he had bonded a tra^ct of 160 acres, of marsh land in West Oakland, to be purchased in case the bonds measure passed for $60,000 for the establishment, of a park. "To-day you cannot buy that land' for twice $60,000," he said. "This will show you how the value of property is en hancing and 'why we should buy this land when it is cheap. The improve ments • themselves aid in raisins the valuer of the property." • Let us not -deceive ! ourselves that we ' haro had the full measure needed of tbfs public spirit, otherwise the beauties and the advan tages of our situation would have been more availed of than they have been. . . They will appeal strongly to that public spirit which believes in focusing the maximum amount of Intelllzent work and. the minimum amcunt of talk upon all measures that promise good to the city. ¦ They solicit the . support of those who be lieve that no good can come to the whole city unless that good Is shared by all Its parts. Regarding the projects submitted for bonds, no claim for originality is made on the part of the council. AH of them and more are self-evident propo sitions. In some form or other all of them have been discussed, and tcose that are of fered are the limited and official i elections that should commend themselves on the ground of necessity or expediency. They will not appeal to the unprogresstve or to the sectionalism What advantage was derived by Alameda or Berkeley for their contributions to the county? I do not contend that under a consolidation the total of these contributions would be saved to the united cities, but it may with safety be said that under a wise and clean adminis tration an astonishingly targe percentage could be saved and devoted to purposes in which the three municipalities have an Imme diate and direct interest. To those of us who must tonslder the fact that the needs of our city and the demands of. its departmental heads grow In a faster ratio than our Income, a perplexing problem Is presented. For the present we must con tent ourselves by compelling the expenditures to be kept within the resources. This process cannot be continued indefinitely or suffering will ensue and the remedy we see before us U the abolition of the expensive Incubus of the present county government. .During last year the valuation of Oakland property was increased 20 per cent and upon this augmented assessment tne contribution by Us tax-paying citizens for county pur poses was .809 cents, or more tnan $400,000. What proportion of it was spent for the benefit of Oakland? art» the aue.tton. What will be the effect of this .bonding «cheme upon ««> taxpayer. It la proposed to lssu« 12.500.000 » f * £1 cent bonds toruu forty years with .a ?»"« fund provision to retire ZV, per cent °J™£ at the end of each year. Taklns the «treme view, assuming that all the proposals »»" »• adopted, and that the entire «P« nd "™L™ *£ be made during the year 1905. **• •mount to be raised annually for bond ™> l b « 5S2.5C0. and the average of the *«"£¦''}£['"; Payments will be |S1.260l or a yearly total or JU3.75O. equal to |2 27* per thousand on a U tal assessed valuation of $50,000,000. . It must not be hastily conclud fV,rin* the rate of taxation will be permanent *"*»«"• entire period of fort* year.. On «*• eontr arr . we have reason to expect a rapid y«rly «•- Cr if*BecauBe the table of assessable value* of the city shows a gradual Increase. . 2. Because, with the completion of _ J nes * public Improvements, history cannot fair io repeat Itself In respect of accelerating ine Increase In taxable values, not merely M io properties Immediately adjacent to them, dui also values throughout tne city will appre ciate in sympathy with the general upward movement. "_.,. , 8. It is exoected that our dtlaens will feel the necessity for an early change In our char ter provisions In regard to the making of as sessments. It is clearly apparent that with the adontion of a better system and its busi nesslike prosecution there will result a more equable distribution V>f the municipal burden and a very appreciable increase In the total assessed Valuation. . . Given a. low tax rate and a wise municipal administration and your city will commend itself to the favorable consideration of cap ital. From the three reasons advanced one Is Jus tified In the belief that the total value as sersed in the city of Oakland should reach between $65,000,000 and 170,OW,000 by the year 1910, and of course with each increase of $1,000,000 in the value of taxable property be yond the $50,000,000 assumed there will b« a ratable diminution in the $2 27% per thousand before referred to. Coroner Accepts Diagnosis That the Conklin Child Died From Blood Poison Councilman Howard Delivers Able Address on an Import ant Issue, and Is Followed by Colonel John P. Irish, Who Urges Necessity of FubiieParks and improvements TELLS OF DEATH IN HIS DREAMS Warning to Sleeping Man Is Given Only Few Days Before Sudden End Came Southern 'Pacific Company Installs Only Main Line Safety Device Plan on Pacific Coast, With View of Preventing Railroad Collisions bv Modern . Scientific Methods FINDS INQUEST IS UNNECESSARY BLOCK SYSTEM IS NOW READY FOR OPERATION BOND CAMPAIGN OPENS WITH BRIGHT PROMISE NEWS OF THE COUNTY OF ALAMEDA THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1905. HUMAN BOXES UNEARTHED.— Workmen ?Sf^ s t? ln excavatin S f or a new building • at 1MK Howard street yesterday afternoon un earthed a portion of a human skeleton. Vo e«f lanation i» given as to how the bones cams there. .The neighbors know Uttte O r^ nothin of the former occupants of th» pr*mf *?» . • Th<» bones were taken to the ' >Iorru«"an(t''*n-m rrcbably later be Interred in the Potter's fle.> REFUSES TO GRANT WRIT— The Supreme Court yesterday . refused -to grant , a writ of mandamus to .William O'Connor. , who - wants the Superior Court compelled to consider a petition jtlat' his -lawyer be. allowed fees from th» estate of /Cornelius O'Connor. ¦ It ig held that the petitioner can find . a remedy - by ap pealing: In the usual way without resort to mandamus proceedings. v ¦ SEATTLE. Sept. 1— Seattle Knights Templar to the number of 146 sailed to-day for San Francisco on the steamship Spokane. They .-will ar rive at their _ destination Sunday morning. Seattle Knights Sail. 6 BEAjS t CH OFFICES OF THE CALL IX ALAM^A COUNTY OAKLAXD. : 101 6 Broadway. *;¦ Telephone Alain 10 S3. BERKELEY. 2148 Center Street. Telephone North 77. ALAMEDA. 1485 Park Street.. Telephone Alameda 550. FREE. FREE. A Wagon Load of GRIFFIN EXTRA CATSUP and TOMATO SOUP FREE TO WANT AD. PA- TRONS OF THE CALL. Those bringing to THE CALL office, either Thurs-day, Friday or Saturday, a want ad. mill re- ceive a bottle of Griffin Extra CntMip and also a can of Grif- ftn Extra Tomato Soup, made by California Fruit Canners' Asso- ciation, free See announcement on classi- fied page.