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
: 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
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
. 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
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
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
Secure Contract for Construction of
the Equipment of the Argentine
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Found to Be Missing Upon Arrival of
Vessel Upon Which he Had
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
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
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
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
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,-
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
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
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
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
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
Seattle Knights Sail.
BEAjS t CH OFFICES
OF THE CALL IX
: 101 6 Broadway.
*;¦ Telephone Alain 10 S3.
2148 Center Street.
Telephone North 77.
1485 Park Street..
Telephone Alameda 550.
A Wagon Load of
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-
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