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Some Important Happenings in
the South
An Assortment oí Newsy Events That
Occurred In our Midst That Cannot
Fail to Interest.
Silk culture has become an establish
ed industry in San Diego.
Santa Barbara has a Y. M. C. A.
paper edited by R. L. Lang.
Wild mustard grows into trees in
some portions of San Diego county.
An assessment of $6000 has been voted
in the Escondido irrigation district.
. Pasadena will at once begin work for
.fiJier New Year rose tournament parade.
hii?h school district
' in Riverside county is to be disincorpo
T.na a noeles will Drobablv vote on
the issuance of $ 150,000 in bonds for the
fire department.
At Phnpnix. Ariz., the Indian Bchool
now has a daily guard mount, and dress
naraile is to be added.
Thü T.nu Ancrolpfl retail butchers have
.uv ra
formed an association and raised the
price on all meats 20 per cent.
market continues steady
rHVi increasing business and much
higher prices than a year ago.
Tha war denartment is surveying the
lines at the southern end of the State.
The starting point is Point Loma.
Marsh & Ramish, contractors, have
cant inO mpn nnri teams to Kramer and
begun work on the railroad to Rands-
burg. :
Judgment has been entered against
vProf. X. b. U. l-owe in rxis angoics uu
account of two notes amounting to
There are now 250 men employed in
' the San Gabriel canyon by the San Ga
briel Power company, which is putting
up an electric plant.
Rev. Hugh K. Walker of Baltimore
will succeed Rev. Dr. Chichester as pas
tor of the Immanuel Presbyterian
church, Los Angeles.
Kate Sonoma Williams has recovered
$20C0 damages from J. W. Casebeer, her
father, at Santa Barbara. She alleged
false imprisonment.
San Diego has set a good example by
ordering the names of her streets
stamped on the pavement of Ihe side
walk af each corner.
The engagement is announced of Miss
Francesca Alexander, the queen of last
fiesta in Los Angeles, and Dr. E. W.
Fleming, a physician in that city.
The Santa Fe road will build a ten-
mile branch in San Bernardino county,
from San Jacinto to Lakeview. Later
this line will be extended to Alessan
dro. The Catalina stage road is now fin
ished to Eagle Camp, 11 miles from
Avalon. Eight miles more will com
plete the road from Avalon to the
City Engineer Eugene Capps of San
Diego has filed a report charging that
the Moreno dam, for which the city
voted $1,500,000, is being faultily con
structed. Mail Clerk Freeman has been sus
pended at San Diego under charges of
discourtesy and misconduct from the
postmaster at that place. He claims it
is politics.
The department of agriculture is seek
ing information in Southern California
to help in its plana for the establish
ment of flower farms for the production
of perfumes.
Oil has been struck at Newhall at a
depth of 438 feet. The specific gravity
of this oil is 48 degrees as against 16
degrees for the oil found in other Cali
fornia fields.
The Rivera schools closed in order
that the children could help harvest the
walnut crop. One day 16.000 sacks of
nuts were received by the Rivera Wal
nut association.
-Los Angeles county horticultural com
missioners have distributed 50,000
rhizobiu8 ventralis to 370 ranches dur
ing the season. About 80,000 trees are
fumigated nightly with hydrocyanic
San Diego is felicitating itself upon a
statement made in the last weather bul
letin issued bv the denartment of argi-
culture. It credits San Diego with the
most eaualile climate of all the cities
in the United States.
The oil well being sunk bv the sugar
factory people on the Chino hills is Baid
I to have reached a depth of 1200 feet,
with no oil or indication of oil yet to be
seen. The well is said to have cost over
$7000 np to date.
Health Officer Rene of San Bernardino
reports officially that the recent typhoid
epidemic in that city is due to the filth
in Bear Valley lake. He wants the
lake cleansed and advises that the water
from the Santa Ana river be boiled be
fore using.
The Los Angeles supervisors have
ganted a license for a saloon just out
side the Pomona city limits on the west.
Pomona citizens are much exercised
over the matter, although no protest
was made before the board.
Suit has been brought in the United
States circuit court by the Chilcala
Water company to have the bonds of
the Rialto Irrigation district declared
null and void on the ground that the
district has no legal existence.
The Pasadena city trustees have de
cided to call a sewer bond election to
vote bonds to complete the severing of
the city. Estimates of the amount
needed are not completed yet, but it
will run well up toward $200,000.
A. C. Shafer, ex-city zanjero, has do
nated to the park department two pine
trees, both of which he two yoars ago
brought here for transplanting from the
Chicamagua and Chattanooga national
military reservation. Mr. Shafer is a
survivor of the battle fought at that
point on September 19 and 20, 1863
The poor farm of Los Angeles county
seems to be a model institution of its
kind. Its orange crop this year will be
worth $4000 or $5000 ; and besides fur
nishing fruit, vegetables, milk, butter,
eggs, etc., for the paupers, it largely
supplies the county hospital with these
things. - It has solved the problem of
making the poor take care of themselves
in an interesting manner.
The license taxes collected from the
saloons of Los Angeles every month
amount to about $10,000. The license
tax on a saloon is $50 per month fully
seven times the tax in San Francisco,
and greater than almost any other large
city on the Coast. 'This tax aggregates
$120,000 a year, or fully one-fifth the
amount received from real and personal
property taxes and quite one-half of all
revenues of the city outside the regular
Capt. N. H. Chittenden has left upon
a world tour, especially in the interest
of ethonlogical and archaeological re
search. He makes the journey across
the continent (bis twenty-third) with
his own outfit, using pack animals only
until the deserts are crossed. His route
will be via Southern Arizona, El Paso,
Indian Territory and then Rio Grande
valley to the Gulf of Mexico, which he
expects to be about nine months in
Workmen while relaying gaspipe on
Commercial street, Los Angeles, un
earthed a nestful of old cannon balls be
tween Main and Los Angeles streets.
There were four cast iron balls, four or
five inches in diameter, and one copper
shell. ' They evidently were for use in
the old cannon at the Farmers and Mer
chants bank corner, and at the court
house, which were used in the defense
of Los Angeles by the Mexicans at the
time of the American invasion and oc
cupation. There was wild scramble
among the workmen for possession of
the ancient reí ics, no one of whom got
away with more than one of the his
toric missiles.
Col. Offley J. Crewe Reed has been
superseded as general manager of the
Mexican Colonization and Development
company, with headquarters at Ense
nada. His successor is the Hon. Ernest
A. Alsop, who has been a resident of
Ensenada for some time past, and is a
heavy stockholder in the company.
Col. Reed has been in charge of the af
fairs of the company for about eighteen
months and his liberality has made
him popular. The Hon. Ernest A. Al
sop is a thorough-going Englishman of
business habits, and under his manage
ment the interests of the company will
be jealously guarded, and the property
run on business principles.
The United States training ship
Adams dropped anchor in San Diego
harbor last week, after a 36-days cruise
from San Francisco. This is the
Adams' first visit here since last spring,
and her only object in calling was to
get the mail that had been forwarded
here. She has been ordered on a cruise
as far south as Magdalena bay, and from
there to Honolulu, returning to San
Francisco some time in January. The
training ship has 80 boys on board,
ranging from 14 to 17 years of age, and
these will be given five months' instruc
tion on the Adams before being trans
ferred to the cruisers. The ship is in
command of Capt. W. C. Gibson, who
commanded her on her last visit here. '
Important Information Gathered
Around the Coast.
A Summary of Late Events That Are
Boiled lown to Suit our Busy
There are no snakes in Alaska, but
there are two kinds of poisonous flies.
Four women served on a jury at Boise
City,, Idaho, for the first time in the
State's history.
It is rumored that an English syndi
cate has been formed to buy the Union
Pacific road. It will offer 9,000,000.
Santa Fe engineers are running lines
and setting stakes for the new side
track, depot and other improvements at
The Alameda board of education has
dopted a resolution forbidding the wear
ing of mourning robes by teachers in
the classroom.
Dr. George D. Pardee, of Oakland has
announced himself as a candidate for
governor before the next State Republi
can convention.
The Mount Whitney Telephone com
pany, with 200 miles of wires connect
ing Visalia. Tulare, Porterville and
Bakersfield, has filed a petition in in
Deportation of Chinese threatens to
prove exceedingly expensive to the gov
ernment, especially if the heathens get
a habit of wishing to go home every
The San Joaquin Valley railroad
has issued a new freight schedule, mak
ing heavy cuts on shipments to Stock
ton, Port Costa, Benicia, South Vallejo
and San Francisco.
The steamer Coos Bay,- from San
Pedro for San Francisco, put into Mon
terey in tow of the steamship Sunol on
October 7, with '8 "broken shaft. The
Sunol towed her to San Francisco.
Six miners from Dawson arrived at
Seattle with small piles but great prom
ises of what is to come. One thousand
two hundred miners from Australia
reached Victoria on their way to the
A. O. Lauschener, professor of as
tronomy at the University of Califor
nia, has just returned from Europe.
He has been mentioned as the possible
successor of Prof. Holden, a director of
the Lick Observatory.
The first contingent of the colonists
to go to the Salvation Army beet culture
colony at Soledad, Monterey county,
has left Oakland. The party consisted
of Lieut. Tillsley, Capt. Thompson,
Gillespie F. Traylor and H. Laurence.
In parts of Shasta and Siskiyou
counties millions of small black flies
have appeared, called by some deer
flies, by the others the Texas fly. They
are smaller than the common house
fly, but bite with such fury that an ani
mal is soon covered with blood. They
swarm so thickly at Stout Meadows that
stockraiser8 have been compelled to
withdraw their herds from that region.
Santa Rosa was recently visited by
nearly a hundred Indians from Point
Arena reservation. Thev had been
picking hops near Mark West. They
rode on the street car lines, visited all
the mills and factories and astonished
business men by the heavy purchases
they made. These Indians are consid
ered the upper ten among the Coast
A railroad is projected to run through
the fertile foothill section between
Marysville and Grass Valley. The pro
moters'of the venture and the ones to
produce the capital for the building of
the new railway are the J. C. Ayer es
tate of Lowell, Mass., and Col. George
Stone of San Francisco. The Ayer es
tate owns considerable property near
Smartsville, which will be rendered
accessible by the new road.
Oftiical statistics of the Southern Pa
cific company show a remarakble in
crease in the volume oi east bound
freight recently. During the month of
Setepmber 2522 loaded cars more went
east than came west, and about the same
ratio has been maintained this month,
notwithstanding the fact that the
number of west-bound cars has been
greater than ever before. These figures
cover only the traffic handled by way of
El Paso and Ogden, and do not include
the freight movement by way of Mo
jave and Ashland.
The State convention of woman suf
fragists elected the following officers:
President, Mrs. John F. Swift, San
Francisco; first vice-president, Mrs.
Chapman, Oakland; second vice-president,
Dr. Ida V. Stowbach, Santa Bar-
bars ; third vice-president, Mrs. John
Bid well, Chico; recording secretary,
Mrs. Mary Gorham, San Francisco; cor
responding secretary, Mrs. Mary E.
Donnnelly, San Francisco; treasurer,
Mrs. Mary S. Spery, San Francisco;
auditors, Mrs. Lovell White and Mrs.
Elizabeth Oulton, San Francisco.
For the year ending May 31, 1897,
according to ithe returns made by all
flour mills in California, the output of
flour is 2,300,000 barrels, requiring 310,
000 tons of wheat. The exports were
1,119,000 barrels and the home con
sumption 1,496,000 barrels. On the
basis of one barrel of flour for each in
habitant in the State, the accepted ratio,
the present population of California is
upwards of 1,567,00, allowing for nat
ural increase.
The phenomenal demand for lumber
has depleted the San Francisco yards,
and many firms have been obliged to
refuse orders, although mills are run
ning full blast. In consequence the
price has advanced from $9 a thousand
two months ago to $13 at present
Shingles are in great demand east of the
Rocky Mountains, the average eastern
shipment being 2000 carloads a month,
The price of shingles lias recently ad
vanced from $1 a thousand to $1.35,
with prospects of a further advance.
Two expeditions will leave this State
this month for India to witness a total
eclipse of the sun. Prof. Charles
Burckhalter, as the astronomer at the
Chabot Observatory, will go with two
complete outfits, and Prof. W. W.
Campbell of Lick Observatory, will rep
resent the State institution. The Pier-
son expedition from the Chabot Observ
atory will leave October 30. W. W.
Campbell, of the Lick Observatory, will
start October 21, and it is not improb
able that the two expeditions will meet
in the Orient.
The San Francisco Call says that a
movement which may involve the issue
of $40,000,000 in bonds by the city of
San Francisco is beginning to take
shape. The plan, as outlined by a com
mittee of the grand jury, will soon be
presented to the board of supervisors in
the form of a recommendation for gen
eral improvement of the streets, sewers
and parks of the city. The committee
of the grand jury having charge of the
subject consists of C. 0. Burton, J. R.
Howell, I. W. Hellman, Jr., Charles S.
Stanyan, Luke Battles and the foreman,
H. H. Hobbs.
The State Board of Trade contem
plates calling a convention of delegates
from all the counties in the State to be
held in November, for the purpose of
arranging for an adequate representa
tion of the resources of California at the
World's Exposition in Paris in 1900.
Among other novelties it is proposed
by W. H- Mills to construct on the
banks of the Siene a relief model of the
Yosemite Valley, to cover at least "an
acre of ground. He would have it built
entirely of .California marbles, onyx,
building stones and redwood. The in
accessible sides of the grand canyon
could be utilized as places for elaborate
exhibits of cereals, fruits and other
local products. The plan is yet in
embryo, but promises to attract much
Three members of the expedition
which went to Peru have returned to
San Francisco with hard luck stories.
When the Congress mine, says the
Phoenix (Ariz.) Gazette, gets down to
the proposed 3000-foot level, it will be
the deepest mine west of the -Rocky
One of the best illustrations of co-operative
mining is the success of the
Unity mine in Nevada county, which
was recenly bonded by nine pracical
miners for $15,000, with a lease of three
years and privilege of purchase.
Great copper deposits have been
found on Prince William sound in Alas
ka. Their early development is consid
ered both certain and easy by men in
terested in them, because ocean steam
ships can land at the very door of mine
During the first six months of this
year the ore production of Colorado was
double that of the corresponding
period of last year. Owing to the re
cent great increase of low grade ore be
ing worked in that State, the increase
in the value was but 26 per cent.
In New South Wales the government
offers $2500 for the discovery of a new
gold Sold or any new region containing
pay deposits of silver, copper, diamonds
or opals. It also offers a reward of
$5000 for the first discovery of pay ore
at a depth of 2000 feet. Last year the
government paid out to aid prospectors
The Los Angeles Mining and Stock
Exchange was removed to its new
quarters in the Henne building on Third
street, near bpnng last Thursday. The
new headquarters will be elegantly fitted
up. The pit is one of the finest and
most capacious and well ventillated
spaces in Los Angeles, well adapted for
an exchange.
A large force of men is now working
on the site of the 10-stamp mill which
is to be erected at Johannesburg. The
place selceted for it is directly back of
the Pioneer lumber yard, which offers a
very favorable grade for the working of
ores at the least expense, as no rehand-
ling or elevating of it will be required.
The mill will be of the latest pattern
and especially designed for custom work.
The Llewellyn Iron Works will have it
completed in a Bhort time. It will be
owned by Messrs. Montgomery, Hicks
and Griffiths and will be run by M. R.
Kitchie. i rank Griffiths, one of the
owners, has recently left for Johannes
burg, where he will superintend the
erection of the plant.
The Latest Klondyke News.
Quartz mining on the Klondyke has
been commenced.. For several yeara
the North American Transportation
company has .had men on the Upper
Yukon looking for gold-bearing quartz.
Since the Klondyke discoveries these
men have transferred their work to that
section. They have located numerous
quartz properties that are believed to
contain gold. Among these are some
immense ledges on Klondyke river, just
opposite Dawson City.
The constructipn of a railroad from
Vancouver or some point east of that
place on the Canadian Pacific line to
Dawson City and the Klondyke country
in general will not be a very difficult or
expensive undertaking, in the opinion
of Collingwood Schrieber of Ottawa.
"Two surveys are now being made
from different points on the Canadian
Pacific. The latter company is making
one of the surveys, and the government
is making the other. It will be neces
sary to build only ninety miles of rail
road in order to make a good rail and
water route from the Canadian Pacific;
line to Dawson City. The railroad can
be operated the year round, but during;
the winter months the water portion ol
the route will not be open for steam
boats." Yaqui Country Uold.
Capt. T. C. Cox, an old and exper
ienced mining man from Tuolumne
county, Cal., has just returned from the
Yaqui country, in Mexico, and brings
the first authentic information from
the gold region there. He describes the
country as a rolling valley, about 35x60
miles in area, and says the gold is found
in the foothills at the edge. It is
reached by road from Oritz station, on
the Sonora railway, 215 miles south of
Nogales, and 50 miles north of Guay
mas. Capt. Cox says the ground is very rich
in placers. The gold is coarse and
heavy, and is easily washed. Capt.
Cox reports that in the vicinity are
many quartz ledges from six to ten feet
with free-milling gold ore, much of it
high grade.
The Randsburg Kailroad.
An event of the greatest importance
to the mining interests in and around
Raudsburg b the building of the Kra
mer and Johannesburg railroad (now
under actual construction), and which
will be completed and in operation by
ueceniDer l, iy.
Johannesburg, the northern terminus
of this new line of road, is conveniently
accessible from every part of the Rand
mining district and only a mile away
from the center of mining operations.
The mercantile business of Randsburg
will probably be transferred, in a large
measure, to Johannesburg, owing to
transportation convenience.
The new line will be 28 miles long and
will be operated independently but with
the most advantageous traffic arrange
ments with both the Santa Fe and
Southern Pacific railroads.
Total Valuation of Product Estimated
at 10,000.000.
The Los Angeles Times estimates the
production of Southern California for
the coining season as follows: Oranges,
carloads, 12,000; lemons, carloads,
2,900 ; celery, carloads, 450 ; other vege
tables, 700; beans, carloads, 2,000;
dried fruits and raisins, 1600; grain,
carloads, 5,000; Biigar, 1,000; petrol
eum, 3,500; canned goods, cases, 150,
000. The dry concentrator at Johannes
burg has made a few test runs, but has
not gotten down to regular business. It
has proved a success and has come up
to the inventor's most sanguine expectations.

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