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Some Important Happenings in
the South
An Assortment of Newsy Events That
Occurred in our Midst That Cannot
Fail to Interest.
Riverside has but one "dry" hotel.
Ventura is organizing as a city of the
fifth class. '
The Globe has become the official
paper of Riverside.
The Santa Fe is pushing its station
improvements at Biverside.
; Santa Barbara mothers are organizing
a council of the American Maternal
The raisin harvest is in full blast at
Cucamonga. The product -will bring
$200 a ton.
Editor H. C. Warner of a San Ber
nardino paper is on trial for libeling a
town trustee.
G. W. Lynch, formerly of San Diego,
is to have charge of a permanent Cali
fornia exhibit in Sew York city.
The school trustees of National City
have begun a crusade against the cigar
ette habit among their male pupils.
About 6,000 fruit trees are fumigated
nightly at Pomona under the direction
of the Horticultural Commissioner.
Santa Barbara's teachers' institute
, was better attended than any similar
gathering in the history of the county.
Pasadena is to have a sewer bond
election without waiting for the expect
ed supreme court "lawful money" de
cision. .
Fallbrook reports such a large crop of
grain this year that the ranchers are
fearing it cannot be threshed before the
winter rains come.
The steamer Queen will be succeeded
on the Alaska route byjthe Corona, and
the Queen will run betweenSan Fran
cisco and San Diego. ;
Miss May Newell,-;a teacher, has
brought suit against theSan Bernardino
board of education, claiming $1850 and
costs for breach of contract.
Shipments of oil made from Los An
geles during the month of September
equal 12,133 tons o'f coal at the usual
ratio of three barrels to 'a ton. The
cars sent out during the month were
200, and each contained 140 barrels of
oil, making a total qf 36,400 barrels.
Messrs. Cawston ! & Cockburn, pro
prietors of the South Pasadena and
Norwalk ostrich farms, have just sold
six of their largest birds to Walter
Main, of circus fame. They are also
shipping a car of these mammoth birds
to Dallas, Tex., to be exhibited at the
State fair, to be held in that city in
The Pacific Steam -Whaling company
has just invested in 3200 acres of land
in the western part of Ventura county,
just north of the Rincón district, some
of the land bein in Santa Barbara
county. The company believes that
this territory will prove as rich in pe
troleum as the Summerland oil belt,
and will push the work of prospecting
as rapidly as possible.
The oran-.e crop of this year is esti
mated at 10,000 calroads or over 3,000,
000 boxes. It is ripening, early anda
good deal of it will be on the way be
fore the possibility of frost occurs.
With the protection afforded by a cent-a-pound
tariff, good prices will undoubt
edly rule and the crop ought to bring
several millions of dollars into this sec
tion, lifting a great many mortgages and
providing funds for all sorts of improve
ments. The Merchants and Manufacturers'
Association of Los Angeles has decided
to establish a permanent exhibit of
home producís. The president and
secretary will lease for three years the
Main-street building now occupied by
Meyberg Bros., and known as the Crys
tal Palace. A special coimmittee of five
will be appointed to take entire charge
of all matters connected with the ex
It is reported from Santa Barbara that
Theodore B. Starr, the diamond mer
chant of New York city, has taken pos
session of the Dibblee mansion there,
and there is a rumor that he has in
contemplation the purchase of the prop
erty. It consists of a magniticent resi
dence, costing $60,000, and forty acres
of land. In the event of Starr making
the purchase it is his intention to erect
a number of handsome villas and form
a New York city colony. It would be
a sort of Bar Harbor only much prettier.
Visitors to San Pedro recently saw a
young devil fish in the water, near
shore. It was piirsuing crabs, and
could move very swiftly, back, forward
or sideways. Clumsy as it looks, the
arms dart out like lightning, and the
animal "gets there" almost like a fish.
When it has far to go it trails all of its
feelers in the rear, and looks a good
deal like a fish, its body forming the
head. ' It occasionally sauirts out
water, like a whale, only that it is
blown straight back and not up, and it
a good deal like the mud valve of s
A new town site has been laid out at
the Soldiers' Home, Los Angeles
county. The plat is all finished, streets
graded, soon water mains and pi pes'will
be laid ; lots are now offered for sale at
reasonable rates, and it will not be long
before an embryo city will rival Los
Angeles for grandeur and magnificence.
The name of the young, city may be
Barrett or Barrettville, after Gen. A.
W. Barrett, adjutant-general of the
State of California and local manager
of the Home. It is situated at the
crossing of the electric railway and the
Home branch of the Southern Pacific.
The fourteen leading cities and towns
of Southern California outside of Los
Angeles, taken as a whole, show a net
increase in school population from 1896
to 1897 of 310 children. Of this total
gain 224, or 72 per cent, is credited to
the city of San Diego, showing an in
crease during the past year, figuring on
the accepted basis of 44 to the child,
of 1008 in population. Southern Cali
fornia towns as a whole have stood still
during the past year. Santa Monica,
Pomona and Colton show heavy losses.
The now famous schooner, the Emma
and Louisa, has arrived at San Diego
from the Mexican coast, and Captain
Harris has a most interesting story to
tell. This is the vessel chartered by
Jesse Grant to explore the guano islands
in the Gulf of California, for which he
holds concessions from the Mexican
government. The schooner is well
loaded with fine guano. A few weeks
ago they almost foundered in a terrible
storm. At Tiburón island they pre
pared to gu ashore and prospect for gold,
but were deterred by the hideous can
nibals that gathered to give them a
warm reception. They examined a
good many islands carefully and lound
but few traces of gold. Turtle, how
ever, existed in almost fabulous abund
ance. With all the excitement that has at
tended the development of oil in and
around Los Angeles, it is remarkable
that so little attention has been paid to
the question of natural gas, from which
big fortunes have been made in some
of the States east of the mountains. It
is known that large quantities of gas
have been escaping from the local wells,
and in some cases the gas has been
utilized for fuel, but as a rule it has
been allowed to go to waste. Since the
wells were closed down for a couple of
weeks it has been noticed that the flow
of gas has been increased, and possibly
something may now be done toward
utilizing this valuable product. Is is
not only in Los Angeles that gas exists
in considerable quanities. There is a
nutural gas well at Rosecrans, between
Los Angeles and the ocean, which was
utilized for some time to furnish fuel in
the kitchen of the ranch-houe. Possi
bly a systematic effort to develop nat
ural gas in this section might prove
quite remunerative.
If the proposed plans of the navy
department are this winter endorsed
by Congress, San Pedro will soon have
an additional available appropriation
amounting to $1,500,000, and as the war
department will have no control over
the matter, Secretary Alger will not be
able to prevent the legitimate expendi
ture of the money. New docks are
needed for the accommodation of the
navy department. This is especially
true of the Pacific coast, where but one
government dock is now in operation.
It is located on Puget Sound. The
board of naval experts, to draw pi ins
and prepare estimates in the matter,
has filed its report with Secretary Roos
evelt. It finds that five new docks are
necessary, at a cost of $5,775,000. In
addition, the board recommends a dock
at San Pedro, of concrete, 500 feet long,
to cost $1,500,000. The San Pedro dock
is of course contingent upon the long
delayed harbor improvement. The pro
posed Southern Caliornia dock will have
a draught of 30 feet at low water. The
dock will bring to San Pedro a large
amount of shipping, and will necessi
tate the constant presence of a naval
force. It will also mean the mainte
nance of a large land force at Wilming
ton, where the government owns lands
for just such a purpose. A large artil
lery post will probably be established
there for permanent service.
Important Information Gathered
Around the Coast.
A Summary or I.ate Events That Are
Boiled Down to Suit our Busy
The supreme court of Washington has
decided that the new mortgage law is
The California vintage, it is reported
in San Francisco, will be superior to
any of the past fifteen years.
The United States engineers in charge
of San Francisco harbor fortifications
have directed a survey of south side
shore line.
The Dalles, Ore., has a giant 9 feet
9 inches tall, who weighs 225 pounds
and is 18 years of age. The young fel
low works on his father's farm, and is
as strong as he is big.
Three carloads of granite have been
ordered by the King's county supervis
ors as the beginning of a rock pile on
which the hobos and other prisoners
will hereafter be engaged.
An engine and dynamo have been pur
chased by the regents of the Oregon
State University for an electric plant to
light the Universitv buildings. The
plant will be put in at once.
Thomas Cluff, with the consent of
the state, has brought suit against the
city of Oakland to test the legality of
the proceedings by which the northern
district was recently annexed.
E. S. Glover, an artist, swam from
the beach south of the Cliff House, San
Francisco, to Baker's Beach. He
passed near the seal rocks and followed
a course over five miles in length. He
was not accompanied by a boat.
The opposition to co-eds voting on
any question continues to agitate the
State University. Its daily journal
thinks that the vote to abolish class
rushes having been carried by the
co-eds may not be considered as bind
ing. A petition is being circulated in Se
attle asking that the civil ser vice system
be abolished. The petition must be
signed by 20 per cent of those who
voted at the last municipal election be
fore it can be considered. This means
1675 names must be secured
The San Francisco Manufcturers and
Producers' association asked the Labor
Council to co-operate with it in its fight
against prison-made shoes. But the
council demanded a guarantee of good
faith, and the assocition resents this by
requesting the council to consider its
communication withdrawn.
The Oregon fish commissioners last
week cast a seine in Lake Wallowa, in
Wallowa county, and made a haul of
over 1000 fish known as "yanks," but
which are a species of salmon. It was
a bonanza for several Indians who hap
pened to be there at the time, and a few
palefaces reaped a little benefit also.
The Alaskan passes prove to be very
dangerous in many ways. There will
be many deaths in that quarter this
winter without doubt. A landslide on
the Skaguay trail wiped Sheep Camp
out of existence and absolutely blocks
the trail. One woman and seventeen
men are missing. One body was re
covered, that of A. M. Choynski of San
The demand, at good wages, for hands
in the harvest fields led the editor of
the Ritzville, Wash., Times to work
where he could earn a few dollars. The
"devil" took advantage of the editor's
absence and said, "If the paper is bet
ter than usual this week, it is probably
owing to the fact that the editor is out
in the country running a threshing ma
chine." The San Francisco syndicate that has
taken the entire issue of $6,000,000 of
bonds of the San Francisco and Snn
Joaquin Valley railroad is made up of I.
W. Hellman, A. Borel & Co, Nevada
bank, John D. Spreckels, Bank of Cali
fornia, Balfour, Guthrie & Co., Abby
M. Parrott. Work will now be prose
cuted simultaneously on the Bakersfield
extension and on the line connecting
San Francisco and Stockton.
In a letter to the chamber of com
merce from J. A. Filcher, secretary of
the San Francisco board of trade, re
garding the California canaigre indus
try, he states that the outlook is not
bright. The demand for canaigre in
Germany, which has heretofore been
brisk, has dropped off until there is no
demand for the article in Germany at
all. In Southern California alone there
is at least 4000 acres planted to canaigre.
President Martin Kellogg of the Uni
versity of California has furnished the
students with a statement of his policy
now that the board of regents has abol
ished the committee of internal affairs.
He does not intend to resign, but will
accept the situation as it has presented
itself, and will exercise his discretion
in all matters that call for his decision.
While making repairs in the switch
room of the Western Light and Power
company at San Francisco last week
Louis Kruger, an employe of the Edi
son Light and Power company, touched
a live wire, receiving the full power of
2200 volts. He did not immediatley re
lapse into unconsciousness, and to a fellow-workman
who ran to his assistance
he said: "It's all right." And then he
went into a state of insensibility. He
was kept alive for almost an hour by
artificial respiration, but never re
gained consciousness. Kruger was
about 21 years of age and unmarried.
Secretary Long has chosen names for
torpedo boats Nos. 19, 20 and 21, select
ing Stringham, Goldsborough and
Bailey, the names of three distinguished
commanders in the naval service during
the late war.
Florida has 10,000 square feet of space
engaged at the Omaha fair. . Manager
Bruce says: "It will be a pity if the
great State of California is not repre
sented more extensively than indica
tions show."
Work on the repairs of the battleship
Texas is rapidly nearing completion,
and she will be ready to join the squad
ron next week. Both bow and stern
torpedo outfits are being removed
They have been found to be practically
useless, as torpedoes could not be fired
from them without danger to the ves
sel. Twenty-four of the Texas' crew
deserted her while she was in the dry
The gold Democrats convention at
Boston adopted a platform which in
sists upon the maintenance of the pre
sent gold standard. The platform also
declares for revenue only and for the
abolition of all duties which tend to
create and maintain monopolies and
trusts, demands the extension of civil
service principles to all postoftices, to
the consular service and within the
states to municipal offices.
At the interstate commerce hearing at
Chicago, Local Freight Agent Lockett
of the Grand Trunk admitted that his
company stored certain classes of goods
for a long time and Local Freight
Agent Brinkerhoff of the Chicago and
Northwestern said that many times his
company has stored dried fruit and sinv
ilar freight for fifty days or over,
Other local freight agents of other coni
panies running into Chicago testified to
the same thing on the part of their
Superintendent S. H. Day of the
Santa Fe Water company at Santa Fe
has received lrom the agricultutal col
lege at Las Cruces the first analysis of
sugar beets produced in Santa Fe val
ley, showing 10,l2 per cent saccharine
matter, or over 3 per cent higher
than the sugar in the Nebraska pro
duct. He finds by actual weights and
measurements that fifteen tons of sugar
beets per acre can be produced here
with intense fertilization, while the av
erage yield is ten tons per acre. Exten
sive experiments in beet culture are
also being made in Española valley.
The Electric Vehicle company has just
been organized under the laws of New
Jersey, with an authorized capital
stock of $1,000,0000. Its incorporators
are Gustave Kessler of Kessler & Co.,
Philip Lehman of Lehman Bros., and
W. WarJ Tuck. Both of the firms
mentioned are well-known banking
firms in Wall street, and connected with
the New York stock exchange. The
object of the company is to manufacture
and operate electric carriages to be
propelled by storage batteries. The
corporation is virtually a trust, and
proposes to establish branches through
out the United States.
The Naval Ordnance Bureau at
Washington has been securing some re
markable results from experiments it
has been making with an attachment
for torpedoes, the invention of an
Austrian named Obrey. This is a kind
of gyroscope, and the reports irom the
torpedo stations' where the tests have
been made show that it has the prop
erty, having once been directed at the
object to be hit, of actually restoring
the torpedo to which it is attached to a
straight course towards that object,
even after it has been deflected. The
addition of this device is said by the
experts to make the torpedo almost a
weapon of precision.
A rich strike has just been reported
from the Montezuma quartz mine at the
Alamo in Lower California.
The travel to Randsburg through Mo-v
jave is larger than ever and the stage is
taxed to its full capacity. The recent
rich strikes will make things lively this
The Spokane Chronicle says tabt ow
ing to the discrimination made by the
Alaskan mining laws against non-resi
dent miners, five companies now out
prospecting will be recalled.
Favorable reports have .come from
Randsburg in regard to recent develop
ments in the mines of that camp.
Mining men of experience who have
visited Randsburg during the last few
months are inclined to take a favorable
view as to permanency of the camp.
The question of whether the mines will
hold out with depth is one regarding
which we shall soon know more than
we do at present.
Judge Virden of the Mono county Su
perior Court has decided that the Pow
ers Mining Law passed by the last Cali
fornia legislature is in conflict with
the United States minine laws and
therefore null and void. The special
point at issue was the requirement that
mining district recorders should deposit
their records of locations with the
County Recorder. Judge Virden says
they "don't have to."
A new gold field has been discovered
in the past three months, in which
Los Angeles parties are doing well and
heavily interested. It lies across the
borders of San Bernardino and River
side counties, in the Virginia Dale min
ing district, skirting Eagle mountains.
The nearest station is at Palm Springs
on the Southern Pacific. The district -combines
both qu rtz and placer
ground, the former assaying from $25 to
$75 per ton. J. Mait and others panned
and washed out 17á ounces of coarse
gold in a few weeks, with several nug
gets from $3 to $5. Prospecting parties
are forming daily, and it is likely that ..
a town of several thousand persons will
shortly arise.
The mining editor of the San Fran-",
cisco Examiner thus comments on the
sales of three-for-a-nickel and two-for
-a-cent stocks that are made on the local
"The Los Angeles Mining Exchange
seems to be doing a lively business in
stocks. At first glance the sales count
up thousands of shares, but closer in
vestigtaion shows, at a price of from
lá cents upward, seldom exceeding $1,
at which rates an investment of few
dollars will load upa man to the capac
ity of his pockets. It would sound like
a big business if the price of shares was
omitted. There may not be much
profit, but there is a good deal of fun in
it, and keeps up a show of business. A
man can paper his house with shares
for the cost of wall paper, and if by any
chance 1-cent shares of a mine making
a strike advance to dollars, the good
housewife has ever a housekeeping fund
at hand. All she has to do is to re
move a share or two to meet the milk
man's bill."
The following important decisions,
published by a San Francisco contem
porary, in regard to the right to follow
a mineral lode, will be of interest to
mining men in this section.
"The United States Circuit Court of
Apjieals has in the case of theTyler Min
ing Company vs. Sweeney, reported in
97, Federal Reporter, page 277, decided
that when a vein of mineral-bcarine
j rock, in its course lengthwise, after pas
I sing under the surface limits of one lo
j cation, on which it outcrops, crosses
I nearly at right angles the side lines of
j another, prior location, on which it also
outcrops, the side lines of such prior
j location becoming, by the reason of the
i course of the vein, its end lines, the right
I to follow the lode in its downward
! course, between the vertical planes
drawn through such end lines, belong- ,
nig to such prior location, and the extra
lateral rights of the other location cease
when the vertical plane so drawn be
tween the two locations is reached.
"The same court in the case of the
Republican Mining Company vs. the
Tyler Mining Company, rejwrted on
page 733 of the same volume of the Fed
eral Reporter, also finds that when a
lode enters an end line of a regularly lo
cated mining claim and runs its course
lengthwise, nearly parallel with the
side lines of the claim for the greater
part of the length of the claim, the
owners of the claim are not deprived of '
their extra lateral rights because the
lode crosses a side line before reaching
the other end lines, but such rights
shall extend from the end at which the
j lode enters to the point at which it
: crosses the side line, whether a new end
I line is regarded as being drawn at that
j point or not.'

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