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BURNED TO ASHES.
The Larkspur Inn Gone Up in Smoke. IT WILL BE REBUILT SOON. Loss Sixty Thousand Dollars, Partly Insured. EXPLOSIONS OF OIL RESERVOIRS. The Fire Spread Through the Sur rounding Underbrush— Nobody Hurt— Some Close Calls. A henp of smoldering ruins, in the midtt of which four gha:.t!y chimneys &Uud, are all that remain ol tne Larkspur Inn at tin pleasant 1 ttle suburb of Lark spur. In an hour and a half SGO,OOO went up in flame in sprta oi the efforts of trie employes and the assistance of the cit zens and t!>e San Rafael Fire Department. A defective flue from the kitchen caught fire at 11:30 o'clock yesterday morning aud be fore it was discovered t!ie blaze had se cured headway on the third floor and roof. No water supply adequate to the emer gency was available. A large reiervoir is bniiton the hill behind the hot'l site, but the pumps could not bring the water in favt enough. Buckets and hand pumps were pressed into service from the neigh boring cottages and the volunteers held the flames in cbeck long enough to save most of their property. About thirty people were stipping at tbe inn and when tbe fire broke out a number of ladies and children were greatly frightened, as the men were for the nuisit rait in San Francisco. For tunately the wind was from the east and as the fire :-t irted in the western end of the building it made slower progress than might have been expected from the char acter of the structure, which was of frame with a shingle roof. The most dangerous feature of the fire was tte fact thai coa! oil pines ran to all parts of the hotel and storage tanks were placed on each floor. A number of explosions ot the coal oil oc curred while tbe building was burning, and Michael Maguire, the porter of t'le inn, narrowly escaped b*ing seriously in jured while bravely fighting the fire and rescuing the property of the guests. Al though 200 feet of hose was k»pt on hand, it was impossible to get it out in time to do any effective work. Sheriff Harrison took command of the volunteer firemen, and did much to re assure the fright-ned women and children. The Larkspur Inn was built three v?ars ago by the American Land and Tru-t Company of 9 Beale street, and President Wright wa» in t:iied ot tlie losa. Bot 1 Mr. Wright and the lessee, K. M. Briare, were absent in this ctv dKiring tiie fire, and ar rived only to fid a heap of smoking em bers aud twi'tnd iron rods where their property stood when they came to th« city. The insurance on the building and fur niturn was placed as follows: Springfield Fire Insurance Company, $1500: Prussian National, (3000; Union, 52500; Fire in surance . f Pennsylvania, S-500; Palatine, $4500; British America, £l. r >00; American of New York, £1500, and the Western of Torontj, 51500. .Several other companies hold risks amounting to 830,000. The Joss i* SfiO.OOO to the company, and personal effects of Mr. Wright and Mr. Briare to the value of aDout $1500 each were de stroyed. Several employes lost all their clothine. Enterprising hotel-keepers from Mill Valley, S;wi Rafael and other neigh boring towns were promptly on the pruuud and tbe guest* found accommodations easily. The iiotel waß built at the foot of a steep and wooded hill, and some of ihe under brush caught fiie, leaving a blackened track nearly to the top of the slope. Ll foi ts were at once directed toward stamp ing out tbe fire in the brush, and it whs brought under control. Several camping parties located near the burning building were nearly broken up by the spread of tbe flames. No one was injured. The owners of ibe rescued property, which was scattered over the surrounding grouud*. were en deavoring to identify their belongings as darkness settled. A guard was placed to prevent thieves from taking advantage of niehiiall to plunder. President Wright stated that the inn will be rebuilt on the same plan by January 1, and will be thrown open uextsprine. Amone tne guests were: W. Wright and family, John Mr-Gee and family T. Sullivan and family, H. Stilwell and fami ly, Mr. Kahu and family, Mrs. Reese and family, Mr. a:*d Mrs. Anderson, and the Misses lilesheim, Galley, Crueli and Gib ers. F. i>. Keade, the clerk of the hole), narrowly escaped being caught by a fall ing wall. The San Rifael volunteer fire men came over uu a special train, but could do nothing toward saving tbe struc ture on account of lack of water. THE FEMALE FIREBUG. Mrs. Annie Crapo's Husband Charges tier With Being Insane. The question as to whether Mrs. Annie Crapo is insane or not will be decided by the Insanity Commissioners to-day. Sfce was arrested on Wednesday by Fire Alar snal Towe and Sergeant Bennett on the charge of twice setuug fire to her house, 810 Tennessee street, iasi Monday morn ing as detailed in yesterday's Call. Yesterday u.oimug her bu«baud, iler- Bert CraDO, swore out a complaint chare ing her Witti insanity, and she was renvjed fretn the City Prison to the Receiving Hos pital. If the Insanity Commissioners should decide that she is not insane she wilt be hooked on the charge of arson by the Fire Marshal, but if the decision is that she is iusaue tnat will dispose of the arson cliaree and she will be sent to an insane asylum. DEATH STEPS IN. Joseph Hawkins' Name Stricken From Judge Conlan's Calendar. Wlieu tue case of Joseph Hawkins, cuarped with assault with a deadly weapon, was called iv Judge Conlan's court yesterday, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tobin rose and asked that the case be stricken from ihe calendar. "On what ground." said ihe Judge. "Jhs body was (oimd in the bay yesterday," was the reply. "I: l« so oulered," said the Judge. Hawkins was a s.i'.ooo- keener at Fourth and Braunan streets. On Sunday afternoon a mau named James Hunt sot noisy while drinking at the bar and Hawkins went 10 put '''"' out. Hunt resisted and Haw Kins hit him over lUe In ad Wltu a club. He was arrested and re leased ou bunds. The ease was called ou Tuesday moraine and ' was coutinued till yesterday. Ou Wednesday j af ernoou Ills Dody was found tl.iatinc id the : bay. Tiie charge may not have had anything i to do with his death, but it is peculiar. A SISTER'S TESTIMONY. Miss Maggie Loeber Tells of a Visit to Dr. Dale. Tbe trial of Ilertha Dale, charged with mur- | dor in having caused the ueatti nt Mrs. Emma . Jliuz several months ago by means of a crlm- ! lnal operation, was resumed In Judge Belcher's | court yesterday, and Ijis. liosenstirn. Perry. O'Brien aud O'Connell were examined as ex perts regarding the nature of the Injuries which caused me death of Mrs. lUdz. Miss Maggie Loeber. the sister ol deceased, was then called, aud gave some strong evldeuce THE REMAINS OF THE LARKSPUR INN. against Doctress Dale. She did not hesitate tn « yine iliat she accompanied her sister to the doctress and that she Knew what war to be done. Id fact, she was a wliues* ot what tran spired, i'rior to the vl»it to Doctress Dale Mrs. Loebar, the mothei o! the girls, had secured some pills from another doctor for her man ied daughter. The prealer part of Ml«s Loeber's testimony was "similar to that piven lv the l'ollce Court. The case toes on to-day. INSURANCE MEN. Clerks Listen to the Logic of Their Elders. Underwriters Meet and Talk Over the Requirements Neces sary to Success. The Fire Underwriters' Association of the Pacific Coast tendered the Fire Clerks' Insur ance Association a reception at their rooms on California street last evening. KollaV. Watt, president of the Underwriters' Association, de livered the address of welcome. E. N. Sewell responded for the clerks. "How to Become an Underwriter" was the subject of Edward Brown's address. Mr. Brown said that to become a successful under writer -quired a great amount of knowled go. The subject of insurance Is a deep one and a life study. The lime Is not far distant," re marked the speaker, "'when we will (have schools and colleges-preparing young men to enter the profession of insurance, for I firmly believe tbat an underwriter Is a professional man. His vocation demands as much prepara tory mental training as any of tbe other recog nized professions." Mr. Brown thought that Id fitting oneself for an underwriter he should acquaint himself with chemistry, so that lie may understand the conditions under which a fire may Ignite. He should thoroughly familiarize himself with all kinds of machinery so that he may be aware of 'he risks and hazards in insui ing tins kind of property. He should also cultivate his judg ment. This Is the most Important thing of them all. John O. Thomas of the Clerics' Association discoursed upon the subject of "Courtesy An ong Insurance Man." He thought It was the duty of men to be courteous. "There were times when It requited great patience to hold one's temper, especially when the small boy showed up for calendars about New Year's time," said Mr. Thomas; "but it does not pay to lo«e control of yourself over suc<i seemingly trifling matters." Beruaid laymonvllle of the Underwriters' Association took us the subject of his paper '•Insurance Literature." He -aid it was abso lutely necessary that an Insurance man Miould keep posted in his line <>[ work, aud he recom mended the caieful study ot the best journals on the subject. Additional lemarks were made by Messrs Itictiards, Durbiow, Ward, Scott, Dngan Boaidman, ('liristenseu. Duttou and oilier*. Itefreshments were served at the conclusion of tne literal y exercises. HE MUST SHOW CAUSE. An Action Against Receiver Sheehan of the People's Bank. In tbe suit of K. H. Knight against the Peo ple's Home Savings Hank an order to show cause was issued by Judge Hebbaid yesterday against Receiver John 1-. Siieehan, which Is leturnable next Thursday in Department 4of the Superior Court. Id Ins application for an order Plain tiff Knight says that since the bank failed the quarters oil Market street have been maintained end $550 a inontli paid therefore. The premises were also filled up at an expense to the bank of $42,000. This money was invested In eteel vaults aud other furnishings. Since the failure the plaintiff says It has been wholly unneces sary to keep up such an expensive establish ment simply for office purposes, and he further thinks mat the best thing to do is to pell th« vaults and other paraphernalia and allow tue proceeds to go toward refunding to the de positors what Is due them. He also insists upon the bank movine to more convenient and economical quarters. Uu<ler the order Kecelver Sheenau will have to show cause why these things should not be don.-. N THE MORNING CALL, SAN FRANCIHCO, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1894. WHO CHANGED IT? A Question Now Puzzling Deputy Herzer. SOME ONE ALTERED A PAPER. Quite a Sensation in the City Assessor's Office. IT MAY BE A WORK OF SPITE. An Assessment Raised From $50 to $650— Threatened Passage at Arms Averted. The discovery that the records in the Assessor's office may be and are being altered and amended as a means of work ing out individual spites upon taxpayers has caused something of a sensation in that department of the city govern ment. That the records have been changed, in one instance, at least, in proved by an In vestigation which has been going on for some time and reached its conclusion yes terday. That the changes bare been made are admitted by Chief Deputy Herzer, but that there has been any purpose to wron? j the individual he will not assent to with i out further evidence. Guisseppi Onesti of tbe firm of G. Onesti & Co., commission merchants, 519 Front street, is equally certain that some clerk in the Assessor's office has a grudge against him tbat be has undertaken to satisfy in this petty and underhand fashion. lie does not undertake to state names, but nays be has no doubt it is a political griev ance and that it is not the first time he has been harassed in this manner, though not before from this Bource, The affair reached a climax yesterday afternoon In the private office of Chief Deputr Ilerz r, where for the second time the discussion over it nearly precipitated an assault at arm*. Mr- O:iesti had been assessed by Deputy Newmever on his personal property, val ued at $50, One?ti having made tlie return himself and Mgrjea and made oath io it in proper fashion. When he received a postal-card com manding him to i:nrae and pay bis taxes he was surprise.) to see that his assessment was upon SGSO. He sent one Walter Meade to look the in hit r up, and Meade has been in a peck of trouble ever since. He conld make no progiess whatever in securing a reduction or an explnnaton, although he has been to the office repeat'dly for the purpose. Newmeyer told him in so many words that the assessment was £GSO, and on tbat he would have ti pay, and that was all about it. Meade demanded that the original as sessment papers be shown him, and de. manded it so insistently that, although it was something of a job to die them out of the mas?, it was done, and they were pre sented with an air of triumph, G. Ones tig Dame appearing under an apparently self-returned assessment of $650. Then Me;fde declared that Onesti had never sinned the paper, and when New meyer inquired ir be dared to intimate that the paper had been forced Meade simply reiterated that be knew Onesti bad never signed it. Thereupon Newrneyer ordered him out of the office, and Meade invited him to come out with him and settle the matter be tween themselves in the magnificent court of the City Hall, so eminently fitted for such eenti-privnte » flairs. ' Hut Newmeyer refused to fro, and Meade retired and reported *uch poor progress as he had made t) Mr. Onesti. Mr. Onesti encouraged him in his post, tion — that he had never signed any $650 assessment paper, but said that be had properly signed a paper in lead pencil. Meaae again returned to the City Hall and asked 1 1 see the paper, examined th« sig nature, and found it very like Onesti's. • In studying the wilting he discovered that th« figures, "$350" for furniture, etc., aid "£100" for piano bad first been writ ten in lead pencil and traced over in ink in a hand clearly not Mr. Onesti's. He called Mr. Newraejer's attention to tin . and offered to get a magnifying glass and expert if necessary to prove that there had been some juggling with tbe paper. But all his efforts availed nothing. He was told that the records were there and he could not cet back of them. Then (.);.t'*n himself put in an appear ance yesterday afternoon and secured what Mr. Meads had not— a bearing by Chief Deputy lierzer. The well-thumbed assessment return was brought out and Onesti was asked If that was his signature. He said that it was. Mr. Newmeyer demanded, with some heat, why he had denied it then. Otiesti, looking steadily at the $650 assessment written in ink in large figures, said that he had never denied bis own sig nature. *"Bnt it was denied by yonr representa tive," said Newineyer, with growing ex citement. "Hut he tierer did," said Meade, who was silting quietly by. "Never mind," said Herzer, "it UOnesti thai we Lavs 10 deal wiih now— not tnls man." "But you said this was not Ins signa ture, didn't you?" cried .Newmeyer. turn ing threateningly toward Mende. "Tei. 1 did," laid tbe Utter, blowing a cloud of smoke from a cigar. "It seems that I was mistaken." But the revival of hostilities between these two was checked by the breaking out of the suppressed wrath of Mr. Ooesti himself. "I did sign that paper," he said, "but those figures were net on it at the timp. 1 was personally assessed for $50. That paper rat?s me for $550 for furniture and 8100 for piano. The word ' Piano' is writ ten by the man who write ttie figures. I did not do it. for I have no piano. Some one In this office is putting up a job on me. 1 have tried for a couple of weeks t> h»ve it fixed quietly, but my agent gets no sat s lartion. Now I wait to know about it" Mr. Newmeyer, who took tie assess ment originally, now turned to th« charge of Mr. Onesti, and declared that tha idea of raining the figures could not be eoter tiined; nobody would do such a thin?, and the paper was just as it was gotten from him. This only angered Ooesti the more, and, with his hat off and perspiration beading his face he declared that it was not jo, and that he would go to ttie bottom ol the matter. Newmeyer demanded ti know why, if there was auv purpose to work him an in jury, the assessment on hid business bad net been raised— it being admitted that it was all right— and reiterated that this, too, was just as he ha«l given it. "Go and get the field book," said Mr. Better. Newmeyer was gone some fiy« minutes. Be returned with tiie "field book" open at Onesti's name and said: "It is true— some one has altered those figures The assessment here is for $80l" A careful and cooler t'xaicmi.t'ou oi tne assessment papers followed. It was easily seen that the figures had been traced over h-ad-pencil. marks, and the artist, bad lelt the evidence, several lines above of an in tention ti writ j "$50," as ttie dim remains of a "5" was still tiier*. Deputy Ileiz?r did not undertake to ex plain, except to saytunt he could not think t'lere wa« auy malice aud intent to wrong in the matter. Onesti puiuted out that it could not be charged to a n>f»re error or a slip of the pen, as tbe Ss.vi and the writing in of the "piano," the $100, and the adding of these together at the foot uf the column made it clear that there was intent. Mr. HerzT said he would make the proper application to the Supervisors to have the assessment reduced. "i would lik« to know who my friend is, though," said O-iesti, as he bowed himself not. "Not that I would do him any harm, but jus! to louk at him and pass the time of day." Mr. llerzer says it will be almost impos sible to discover who did the thing, as a great number of extra clerks have been encased in the work of making up the as sestineut, all of whom departed with the finish of it. There is nothing to be done but have the error adjusted. CLUBS DISCUSSED. Women Writers on Men's Prerogatives. Poems Are Read and Songs Are Sung-Electlon of Offi cers. The Woman's Press Association devoted yesterday morning strictly to business. The most important matter before the meeting was the election of officers. In the selection of their officers tbe women proved themselves able politicians. A printed slate had been prepared by the leaders, and the patronage was so dis tributed among the different factions that not a dissenting voice was heard. Prior to the balloting for officers resolu tions were offered thanking the press for the generous space allotted to the proceed ings of the convention. The following officers were elected : President— Mrs. Ada C. Van Pelt. Vice-presidents— Mrs. Sarah B. Cooper, Mrs. Nellie Blessing iiyster, Mrs. Minna V. Gaden, Mrs. Frances Fuller Victor. Corresponding secretary— Mrs. Lillian Plun keit Ferguson. Recording secretary — Mrs. Alice Carey Waterman. Assistant recording secretary— Miss Alma Piiscilla Alden. Treasurer— Mrs. Florence Percy Matheson. Auditor— Mrs. Emeline North. Librarian— Mrs. Ella If. Sexton. Additional members— Mr*. Charlotte Perkins Stetson, Mrs. Mary i-ynds Craig, Miss Ina Donna Coolbrith. The afternoon session was given up to the reading of papers and discussion of the general subject, "The Ideal Club and Club Ethics." The first paper was read by Mrs. George T. Godeu. In her paper Mrs. Goden dealt with women's clubs only. She said that she was not qualified to speak of men's club", as she had not bad the opportunity of observing their inside workings. "For some reason or other men hesitate very much nowaday", to talk upon the inside affairs of their dubs" remarked Mr*. Goden. She treated of the functions of a woman's < lub, stating what should be the objects of a club and the dunes of its mem ber*. Tne participants In the general discus sion were Mrs. S. B. Cooper, Mrs. C. P. Stetson, Mrs. R. S. Bollard, Mrs. M. F. Mc- Itoberts, Mrs. N. B. Ey»t«r, Mr*. L. Y. Pinney. Mrs. Cooper gave some of the advantages derived from club life. "A well-ordered club," remarked Mrs. Cooper, "is sure to develop executive ability and confidence in one's self. It will keep its members posted on the social questions ot the day. A properly conducted club will develop both heart and brain." Mrs. Stetson took as her subject, "The Benefit of Club Life to Both Sexes." She said what was eood for one sex was good for tbe other. If clubs were good for men they were equally as helpful to women. She argued that ladies' societies were use ful if conducted in the right manner. Mrs. Bollard set forth the objects of a club, among which were the promotion of goodtellowship, acquaintance of all Its members with each other and trie general welfare of all concerned. Mrs. Pinney drew a beautiful allegori cal picture of the ideal club of the society woman, the busy housewife, the scholarly ladr, and at the close said: "My ideal club is one winch gives rest and peace to the soul." Mrs. Eyster thought the ideal club had its existence in the perfection of the real. There should, above all, exist good good fellowship in a club. It was a very im portant factor in club life. At the close of the general discussion a poem written by MissGeraldine Myrick of Oakland was read by Mrs. Mcßoberts. Following the recital of the poem Miss Inn* Fitch sang a song. Miss Marion Powell recited "Pauline Paulkina." by Bailey. In the recital ot this difficult piece Miss Powell showed plainly that she is the fortunate possessor oi a remarkable dramatic ability. The exercises of the afternoon were completed by reading of a well-written paper woich was read by tne author, Mis* Lydia Bell. "The Universal Language" was the topic of her naper. Mis* Bell made beauty the pervading language which speaks to the world. The convention was brought to a close last evening by au entertainment and reception at Golden Gate Hall. Tne affair had been ar ranged to take i lie form of an evening with familiar characters in literature, and Uie parti cipants for tn>- most part appeared in costume. The programme was quite lengthy ana was keenly enjoyed by the large audience present. At Its conclusion an Informal reception was held, during winch the country delegates were introduced to the association members residing In tnls city. Took Rough on Rats. Adolf Larbarei, a liebiew porier, wbo lived at 1807 Ellis streel, commuted suicide yester day by swallowing rai poison. Larbarei rup tured a blood vessel in tUe brain some time ago aud was cousiaered aieutally unsound. He was 51 years old and leaves a widow and child. RUEF IS BEATEN. Martin Faction Wins the y Forty- Fourth. MOSES IS THE PRESIDENT. Bitter Struggle for Control Now Ended. OVER FOUR HUNDRED VOTES CAST j Stuff ers Stand in Line All Day, Waiting for the Growler and a Chance to Repeat. There was a ime hours' fight for the control of the Forty-fourth District Re publican Central Club at Weasel's Ball. Tlie contest began at 1 o'clock in the after noon and continued until 10 o'clock at night. It was between the tickets headed i by Moses and Ruef. The fight was an old feud. The club roll had been badly stuffed and contained 1200 and odd signatures. Four hundred and two votes were cast, 81 votes were challenged and refused, and there were seven other challenges offered before the would-be voters presented their ballots. The successful ticket was that of tbe Martin faction, made up as follows: President, Paul L. Moses; secretary, Gus Aicher; treasurer, L. A. Rba; vice presidents—First Precinct, Louis L ind wall: Second, Frank Gumper; Third, George Zocchi; Fourth, Gregory Valerro; Fifth, Louis Cooper; Sixth, F. Arata; Seventh, W. G. Shankey; Eighth, Dave Crowley; Ninth, Charles Heinz; Tenth, Andy Hynes; Eleventh, Louis Strohl; Twelfth, StevH Garibaldi; Thirteenth, William Warnke; Fi)urteentb, D. J. Koefe; Fifteentn, Patrick Connors; Six teenth, A. Guilbert; Seventeenth, Peter Johnson- The other ticket bora the following name*: President, A. Rnef; secretary, Martn Mr-Gowan; treasurer, Robert L. Clark; vice-presidents— Jos uh E Artl- Lues, M.1)., L. Pellegrini, William G'lbari, Frank Msirini, Feargus Hanson, Robert Browell, A. J. Patterson. J. H. Nelson, S. Nathan. .Sidney C. Jones, VV. C, Eiden muller, M.D., James Croall, Leon Dolhe- STUFFERS STAND BETWEEN THE VOTERS. Buy, R. W. Bowdick, R. J. Willis, Philip Reilly and William F. F.tzgerald. Of tue total number of ballots cast but ten were scratched. Out of 402 votes Moses received 240 «nd Ruef 162. The count was not completed until after mid night. Frank D. Worth acted as inspector, Victor D. E. Martini acted as challenger for Hurt, and Milo Ellich for the Martin faction, which supported Mcses for the presidency. John H. Nelson acted as clerk and challenger as well for Ruef. ami L >nis Cooper in tbe same capacity for Moses. The line of voters formed at 1 o'clock, and stretched from tba hall entrance a block sod a half along Powell street. It was filled with sfuffers. Many who acted in the Democratic ranks in toe pist were in the line, which continued to growdur imr the afternoon and evening. District bosses were present to encour age the stuffers in their work. Both fac tions were well represented by ou-of-di: trtet contingents. Ed Conroy came early in the afternoon and asked those who did n t belong in the district to leave the line. lie stated that it was the wish of Burns that the fac tions be left tn fight out the contest between themselves without interference by stuffers. The words did not have much effect. To keep the line from breaking beer «va» generously dispensed during the al'ernoon, and when a sign of wavering began to appear the district bosses would see that the growler made its appearance to keep up tbe courage of their henchmen. The police barricaded the sidewalk in front of the hall to keep outsiders from in terfering with the line. Frank McManus came over early in the day with a large following. Tim Sullivan. Mike Smith and the various factional leaders were on the scene. Voters were admitted to the hall one at a lime and had to answer as many questions as a census enumerator asks be fore being allowed to vote. There was a sauad of police present to keep order. Things went along smoothly until evening. Then the tougher element appeared and scraps were frequent, though none were serious, and the police contented themselves witb dispersing tbe combatants without arrests. It was easily apparent that Burns was with the Martin faction, whose ticket was headed by Moses. They even went so far on occasions as to speak of the regular ticket, which Moses beaded, as "our ticket." There were frequent efforts made on the line outside, each faction asking the police to remove tbe stuffers placed in line by the other. The polls were declared closed shortly after 10 o'clock, when the line was fully a block long. Those outside waited patiently. They refused to btlieve that they would not be allowed to vote, but when it dawned upon them that the polls had been finally closed, there was a howl started, and an attempt made to reach tbe polls by a side entrant?, which resulted in tbe breaking of the glass door. Tbe fight of the factions in the Forty fourth District goes to tbe time of the in ception of its organization. When it was decided to organize tbe various district clubs in the manner which finally pre vailed, A. Kuef was appoioted to organize the Forty-lourth District. Wbon this was announced a factional fight began, headed by Fred Jones, county coiumitteeman from tbe district. This state of affairs was reported to tbe County Committee, and it was decided to Ufce Ruef's name off And MISCELLANEOUS. FROM THE CRADLE TO BUDDING MANHOOD! /^V, WUST THOSE YOUNG MEN BUDDING INTO -I bright manhood will have a bag advantage iii! through our "Wool on the Free List" Sale. (S\ 600 SUITS \vJl r^ * n D° u b' e ~B reas t: e d Sack style, made and tai- \ \3° 1 lored in the very latest fashion, in strictly all- ly^ wool fabrics ; were $12.00 a week ago — sale price Sizes 12 to I 9 years (Long Pants). OPEN SATURDAY EVENINGS TILL 11. RAPHAEL'S (INCORPORATED), 9, 11, 13 1 15 Kearny Street. TWO ENTIRE BUILDINGS. substitute that of Henry Martin as organ izer. On the night of organization the liuef fact on engaged the hall and paid for it. When the other faclion appeared, Henry Martin showed his credentials as organ izer. There was a lively fight for conn 01. aud Flanders went tn tht> hall and ordered both factions out. Finally two men from each faction were chosen and two persons were allowed to enme in to vote. All this was protested against, and the result was the election ordered held yesterday and last night. The Martin faction supported Moses for the presidency of the club. REPUBLICAN RALLY. The Ratification Meeting to Be Held Saturday Week. A meeting of the executive council of Republican clubs was held at Judge M. Cooney's rooms, 103 Phelan building, last night to determine the date of the great Republican parade and ratification mee' ing. It was decided to hold the rally on Saturday, the loth, and Oad Fellows' Hall lias been engaged for that purpose. A number of tbe leading orators of the Re publican party will speak on that occasion. The following have been selected to be requested to speak: Governor H. H. Markuam, E. F. Loud, Samuel M. Shon ndge, W. S. Barnes, C. W. Kvle, A. G. Booth, Judge M. Coouey, E. Laude, Grove L. Jolinson, L. Bergerot, E. F. Bert and J. Campbell. It is estimated that the pa rade will be one of the finest affairs of the kind ever held in ttiis city. All the clubs that will take part are requested to meet at 7:30 o'clock Saturday evening at the bead quarters, Phelan building, to march to Odd Fellows' Hall. POLITICAL NOTES. Popper Calls a Meeting of the Demo cratic Grievance Committee. Max Popper has called a meeting of the grievance committee of the general com mittee of the local Democracy for Satur day night to take up the questions at issue in three of the Assembly districts. The meeting will take place at headquarters in the Columbian building. The Traffic Association is urgine upon the Republicans the advisability of placing its nominee for Railroad Commis sioner, John O. Ear!, on the ticket. Quite a number of leading Rnoublicans favor Mr. Earl's nomination. Jabez Swan and George H. Sanderson are prominent can didates fur member of tne Board of Equal ization. The Democratic Statn Central Commit tee will meet this afternoon at 2 o'clock in tne Flood building for the purpose of or ganizing. F. 11. Gould of Stockton will probably be made the chairman and K. F. Troy is mentioned for secretary of the committee. Id speaking of tbe severance of relations with the general committee Max Ponper ■aid: "I navo read tbe article iv The Call this morDing. It in correct. I bare nothing lurther to add to what is said there. The statement is complete." The executive committee of the Central Club of tbe Forty-first Assembly District met at Golden Gate Hall. 1620 Pacific ave nue, last night and issued a call for a gen eral meeting of the club to be held Thurs day evening, tbe 13th inst., at the same place. As the membership of the club is 1640 an enthusiastic meeting is expected. Incendiary Fire at Blacks. Woodland, Sep . 6.— Au iuceudUry flre at Blacks tbis morning destroyed tbree buildings, Sandrock's blacksrnUb sbop, Frank's saloon aud residence and a vacant building. Us© total loss is f SOOO, covered by iusurauca to tne amount ot |2100. THE BURROS DIED. But the Men With Them Still Survive. Terrible Sufferings of Two Prospec tors—Deadly Water and Mil lions in Free Gold. A man cau stand more hardships than a burro. That is the conclusion that Henry Freeman and Jacob Gester bave reached, and their stoiy bearing on tbe subject indicates tbat tbe point is well taken. Freeman aud Gester are mining prospectors whose nabits are migratory. They arrived in tills city yesterday after a long aud winding scout (or precious metals in the mountains of Sau Bernardino and Inyo counties. Mr. Free man, when seeu yesterday in Iront of a Kearny street Lute!, voluuteeied Hie information that i tie had passed through an experience which in j suffering outdid anything that be could expect to iind in the infernal regions during twice the ■ length ot lime. "Gester and I bad been knocking around the i mountains and canyons for several weeks," | said Mr. Freeman. "We had lour burro«, two i 10 ride and two lo carry our packs of tools mid ; provisions. The burros are dead; Gesirr and ! I are alive, but mlebty shaky. We had poor I luck and struck noihing with color in n foi a long time. Finally we decided to strike out for a locality where few, if any, white men had ever gone before. We crossed the desert couutiy south of Death Valley about the middle ot July— l can't remember dates, because I didn't know Wednesday from Sunday. •'Well, then we beaded for tbe Funeral Mountains, east of tbe borax beds. There was I some game to be bad, and our supply ot pro j visions held out very well, but the further east we went the scarcer tbe water became; and what there was of it was rank poison. In one of the gulches of the Funeral range we found a running sDrine, with water as clear as crys tal. Gestf r and I drank with great gulps, and so did tbe burros. Tins was about two hours before suuset on a day that was hot as Bade*. Well, sir, five minutes after we drank mac water my partner and I and tbs burros began to suffer agonies worse thuu death. My inside* sc-ined to b; ou tire, and 1 felt as if nuine I lusiy fireman was dragging out my intestines I with a flre hook. It was nip and tuck between Gester and me and tbe burros as to which could squirm and kick aud make tbe most horrible noise. Before the sun set two of the animals were dead. Tbe other two partially recov ered. "After a couple of days' rest— having in the meantime discovered a scant quantity of dirt, but less poisonous water— we set to work again and very soon discovered some very rich gold-bearing quartz. It carried free gold, at least $300 to the ton, and we drove ■ takes on the claims. But we might as well have saved our selves the i rouble, because, so far as I am con cerned—and I know Gesler is of the same mind — 1 wouldn't co back to that accursed region for a million. No, sir! It's death, aeat every where. Poison in tie water, burning death in the sunlight, annihilation la the scorching winds. There is no water with winch to woik the ore or quench the thirst of man or beast. It would be next to an Impossibility to cart the ore to a place where life could be sustained fur any length of time. lam satisfied there are thousands of great fortunes in those hills and gulches, but it's my opinion they will remain there a long time." Mr. Freeman then gave a graphic account of the retreat toward civilization and habitable regions. For nearly two days aud ulghts lie and Gester and the two burros bad not one droD of water. The men were on the verge of madness, because the heat was intense. The mules tottered and gioaoed, and hung their tongues out of the corners of their mouths. When almost within light of a little mountain stream of pure water, not far from the Santa Fe Railroad, the burros lay down and died, almost in the same breath. But Freeman and Gester reached the railroad, flagged a freight train ana left the land of horrors with a pledge to each other oever to return. Freeman says be will seek a cooler climate and better water In South Africa. NEW BOOKS EVERY DAY. A Splendid Offer to "Call" Sub scribers. Our readers who have not tbe oppor tunity ot daily visiting libraries and book stores will find in "Tue Call's" book offer a rare chance of securing tbe very best works of fiction at a nominal cos:. 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The building is occupied by Cniuese shoe and cloth ing makers, who estimate their loss at £1000 Tbe nre was caused by the explosion or a coal oil lamp. • — •■ — • The illustrations Id Fart 27 of " Pic". turesque California" are fully up to the high standard of the preceding numbers. Don't fall to set this port folio. 3